David FitzGerald

David FitzGerald

Join David FitzGerald on BBC Radio Devon. Call 0845 301 1034 or email: fitz@bbc.co.uk

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Call during the show on 0345 301 1034, calls cost up to 5p/min from most landlines, an additional connection fee may also apply. Calls from mobiles may cost considerably more.

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Meet Fitz

Meet Fitz

David first began broadcasting on commercial radio in the early 1980s, before moving to television.

Working first at TSW and then Anglia Television, Fitz made the move to Sky News in the mid-1990s and was at the front of nearly every major disaster for nine years.

"From the trial of OJ Simpson to the death of Princess Diana, the knack of getting myself in the right place at the wrong time even got me into Trivial Pursuit as a question in 1995!"

This inspired Fitz to come up with some questions of his own, and has since contributed thousands of questions to quizzes.

This mine of useless information often finds its way into his programmes as well.

Fitz also finds time for writing, and has scripted TV favourites such as The Bill and Spitting Image.

He's also written a children's book, A Nod from Nelson, with Falklands veteran Simon Weston OBE.

Devon has always been very important to Fitz though, and he returned in the early 2000s.

As well as working in radio again, he writes regularly for local newspapers and Devon Today magazine.

Despite his "fuller figure", he's into sport too, regularly enjoying a game of golf on one of Devon's ranges.

"If you see me, give me a wave!"

Brain of Devon

Brain of Devon

BBC Radio Devon David FitzGerald Brain of Devon Competition Terms & Conditions

The competition is open to all residents of the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, aged 18 or over except BBC employees, their close relatives or anyone connected with the competition. Proof of identity and eligibility may be required.

The competition will run daily (Monday to Friday) within the David FitzGerald mid morning show 10-1pm on BBC Radio Devon and will promoted in trails and adverts on the station in general. Listeners will be asked to call the radio station on 0345 301 1034 and answer cryptic crossword clues, the correct answers are clues to reveal a general theme. The first person who correctly guesses the theme is the competition winner.  The competition will usually be played between 10am and 11am.

Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobile will apply No other method of entry will be accepted.

If you enter either before the opening time or after the closing time specified above your entry will not be accepted but you will still be charged. If you enter more than once, only the first entry will count, subsequent entries will not count but you will be charged.

Winners will not be permitted to enter subsequent rounds of the competition.

Prizes vary but may include tickets, books, DVD’s or merchandise such as T-shirts or pens etc.. The Prize will be accurately described on air before the competition opens.

The prize is stated as above. There is no cash alternative and the prize cannot be sold or transferred in any circumstances. The BBC reserves the right to substitute or supplement any element of the prize.

The BBC's decision as to entrants taking part and winners is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into.

Entrants agree to take part in any post-competition publicity if required.  The names of winners will be made public.

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Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.

The competition is run by the BBC. The applicable law is that of England and Wales.

Poppies - Devon County Show 2017 Remembers

Poppies - Devon County Show 2017 Remembers

A tribute to the Devon men and women who lost their lives in the First World War will be staged at next year’s Devon County Show.

The commemoration will be made of hand-crafted poppies and put together to create a carpet of red.

BBC Radio Devon has joined with the show organisers to encourage people to make 11,000 poppies, one for each of the men and women who lost their lives.

If you want to get involved then you can make your poppy out of anything but paper. if you want to knot or crochet your poppy then you can follow one of these patterns.

Easy garter/knit stitch pattern for beginners

Colour A Red (one ball will make a lot of poppies!)

Colour B Scrap of Black or a black button

Body of Poppy

Using Col A cast on 120 stitches.

Rows 1-4 Knit

Row 5 Knit 3 stiches together across the row(40 stiches)

Rows 6-9Knit

Row 10 Knit 2 stitches together across the row(20 stitches)

Rows 11-14 Knit

Row 15 Knit 2 stitches together across the row(10 stitches)

Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 20cm

Thread tail through yarn needle and slip all the remaining live stitches onto the yarn tail and pull tight. Pull around into a circle and then mattress stitch (or use whatever stitching you normally use) to seam for an invisible seam. Sew in ends.

Centre of Poppy

Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off. Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre.

Or use a black or green button with 4 holes and sew to centre of poppy. Add pin.


2.  Easy ribbed poppy pattern

Colour A 1 ball red yarn (this will make a lot of poppies)

Colour B Scrap of black yarn or black button

Body of Poppy

Using Col A Cast on 60 stitches

Row s1 –10 : K2, P2 across whole row(for a slightly smaller poppy do 8 rows of rib).

Row 11 : Knit 2 stitches together across the row (30 stitches).

Row 12 : Slip 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together then pass the slip stitch over... repeat across the whole row (10 stitches).

Break off yarn with long tail and thread back through remaining stitches and pull tight. Join edges with mattress stitch

Centre of Poppy

Using B, cast on 16 sts. Cast off. Coil into a tight spiral and sew base to the centre.

Or use a black or green button with 4 holes and sew to centre of poppy. Add pin.

Crocheted Pop Easy ribbed poppy pattern

You will need some red wool and a black button.


1. Three petal crochet poppy with 4.5mm hook Ch 3, join with slst to form circle. Ch 3, work 9 dc into the centre of the circle and join with slst. Work the three petals separately.

Petal 1. Ch 3, work 1st dc into same st, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off. Petal 2.

work 2 dc into last dc of previous petal, work 2 dc into each of the next 3 sts. ch 1 work 2 sc into each st, tie off. Work petal 3 as 2. Sew all ends in and attach button in the centre. Add pin


2.Two petal crochet poppy

Rnd 1: With 3mm hook and wool, ch2. Make 10dc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with a slst in 1st dc. (10sts) Rnd 2: *ch1 dc ch1 2tr in next st, 3tr in next st, 2tr ch1 dc in next st, slst in next 2sts. rep from * once again. Rnd 3: *ch1 3dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next 5sts, 3dc in next 2 sts,slst in next 2sts. rep from * once again. Fasten off.

Attach button in the centre. Add pin.

Stitch explanation st(s) = stitch (es)

ch = chain rep=repeat dc = double crochet rnd=round htr = half treble crochet slst = slip stitch r = row tr = treble crochet





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