Archives for February 2012

The four-hour World Football Phone-in returns

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Oliver Dearden | 10:23 UK time, Friday, 24 February 2012

The World Football Phone-in

Good ideas are worth repeating and sharing, such as democracy, popular beat combos, boiled sweets and the four-hour world football phone in special.

That’s right, the hugely popular and super successful soccer chat marathon that took 5 live to places that other phone-in shows can only dare to dream of….is back. From 0100 on Saturday 16 March Up All Night’s Dotun Adebayo will be joined by Tim “The Legendinho” Vickery, Andy “The Top Brass” Brassell and Sean “The Big Wheel” Wheelock.

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Can you live on £10 a week? Day 3

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Michelle Dignan | 10:49 UK time, Thursday, 23 February 2012

Thank you for all your help. I cooked my whole chicken yesterday and had the first lot of meat from it last night. I bought some pasta (30p) and made a sauce from tinned tomatoes, half an onion and a few mushrooms. I added my chicken to this and it was a very tasty meal.

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Inside London's Olympic velodrome

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Andy Dill | 13:52 UK time, Wednesday, 22 February 2012

London's Olympic velodrome


Imagine the noisiest place you've ever been, multiply it ten-fold, crank up the temperature to almost 30 degrees C, and you might just get a hint of what greeted us as we watched Great Britain's cyclists clinch five gold medals, one silver and two bronze in the Track Cycling World Cup at London's Olympic velodrome.

In the mixed zone within the track, just 20 feet from the second bend, we stood and tried to hear ourselves think. Matt Dawson, our reporter for Sports Extra's commentary, was poised to interview the victorious riders alongside our BBC TV colleagues, while I looked after our equipment, making sure the production went smoothly.

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Can you live on £10 a week? Day 1

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Michelle Dignan | 15:37 UK time, Tuesday, 21 February 2012

It is only Tuesday and I’ve already had problems with this – a highly embarrassing situation at the supermarket till for one!

First, thank you for all your suggestions. There have also been lots of text messages into 5 live Breakfast too. I decided to go with the whole chicken option. Many people said to cook this on day one and then use it for various meals across the week.

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Super Mario

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Patrick Nathanson | 11:10 UK time, Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring against Manchester United

By Pat Nevin

Crazy man child or misunderstood genius, I personally couldn’t get my head round just who the real Mario Balotelli is. Read some of the tabloids and he is the worst kind of mad, bad, out of control, arrogant, spoiled footballer. Ask others, and although he might let off the odd firework indoors, he also looks out for bullied kids, is generous to a ridiculous level and, most importantly, is one of the most special players on the planet.

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Spoony meets Sir Alex Ferguson

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Editor Jo Editor Jo | 10:48 UK time, Monday, 20 February 2012

Spoony with Sir Alex Ferguson

By Spoony:

It wasn’t the first time I’d met the Knight of the Realm. It wasn’t the first opportunity I’d had to drag the man who has inflicted a lot of misery on me over the coals. But it was the first time that I’d interviewed him. Like times gone by, I’d have to put personal feelings on the back burner as a staunch Liverpool fan, be professional, and enjoy the company of the most successful manager in British history.

Credit where credit is due - I’ll say through very gritted, Liverpool-loving teeth.

Very early on in the conversation it becomes apparent what a giant the man is. Not physically, but in stature, and I get the impression that whatever Alexander Chapman Ferguson chose to do as a career, he was going to be fantastic at it. Always a leader. 

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Can you live on £10 a week?

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Michelle Dignan | 13:49 UK time, Friday, 17 February 2012


By 5 live reporter Michelle Dignan

Can you survive for a week on food bought using just £10? That’s the question I have been challenged to answer next week.

On last Thursday’s Your Call (16th Feb) a heated debate began over how much it costs to live on healthy meals. There were some awful stories from callers who claimed to starve themselves at times, saying they literally don’t have a penny to do anything differently. But there were others who argued the opposite, claiming that it doesn’t cost a lot to eat at all.

So, how far will a tenner get you? I’m going to find out.

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5 live Drive: Unemployment Blogs

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Jo Meek | 14:31 UK time, Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Woman entering a Job Centre

Over the next three months Drive will hear directly from a group of young jobseekers who come from areas hit hardest by the economic downturn.

Each of them is facing different barriers to finding work, but all are determined to find ways to change their lives for the better.

5 live will be following their journeys from February to May - both on Drive and on this blog - and hearing the challenges they face in securing jobs or setting up their own businesses.

They'll be introduced to their own 'mentors' who'll try and inspire them, and challenged to create a manifesto to improve the employment chances for their generation.

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London 2012's Track Cycling Test Event

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Andy Dill | 18:14 UK time, Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The velodrome in London's Olympic Park.

London's stunning new Olympic velodrome gets its first full workout this week as the UCI Track Cycling World Cup rolls into East London.

As well as being the fourth and final leg of the World Cup Series it's also a huge milestone for Olympic organisers; it's also doubling as the official Test Event for London 2012 - a chance to examine how the new venue, with its logistical and practical challenges, stands up to the stresses of a major event.

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An audience with Andy Murray

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Andy Dill | 11:05 UK time, Thursday, 9 February 2012

Andy Murray, his mother Judy and brother Jamie.

By BBC Sport tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend:

Five minutes after walking into the redeveloped National Museum of Scotland I was into a debate with Andy Murray about the next England football manager. Maybe he saw Fabio Capello's exit coming more than I did.

Brother Jamie was chipping in with his usual vigour - before going all silly and advocating a selection policy based around all available players from his beloved Manchester United.

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5 live in pre-Presidential election Moscow

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Tom Green | 12:29 UK time, Monday, 6 February 2012

Russian oppostion activists take part in a rally and march to Bolotnaya Square on February 4, 2012 in Moscow, Russia.

Arkady is puzzled. He's wondering why we want to drive halfway across Moscow to catch the final minutes of a demonstration in support of the Russian government.

“They are all drunk on vodka,” he tells us as he swerves his battered Toyota Prius into a heaving mass of traffic, “they have been transported in from towns around Moscow and they are all being paid.”

It seems he, like many Muscovites, is somewhat disillusioned with the Putin-Medvedev partnership which has ruled his country for the past dozen years.

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Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis

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Andy Dill | 11:27 UK time, Thursday, 2 February 2012

Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis

By 5 live Sport commentator Darren Fletcher:

The Super Bowl is described as the greatest show on earth. These days it's a week-long event. I arrived in Indianapolis ahead of media day which took place at Lucas Oils Stadium on Tuesday.

Hundreds of journalists from all over the world are there with every player from the New England Patriots and New York Giants available for interview. To highlight how mad Super Bowl week has become, over 7000 fans bought tickets to watch the players speak to the press and listen to their views on big screens and mini radios.

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5 live Rajar figures Q4 2011



Hot on the heels of the publication of the service licence review, today we’ve got the latest radio listening figures.

5 live’s weekly audience stands at 6.23 million – virtually unchanged on the 6.24 million of last quarter. Our share of listening has risen slightly to 4.3%.

Year on year there’s a significant drop from what was a record-breaking time for us when for the first and only time in our history we had more than 7 million listeners a week.

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Six Nations Preview: 5 live Sport

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Andy Dill | 15:51 UK time, Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The Edinburgh skyline


By BBC Sport producer Steve Jones: The events of the Rugby World Cup have left us with one of the most intriguing Six Nations in years, with experts struggling to predict the opening weekend, let alone an eventual winner.

Matt Dawson – who has beaten Scotland at Murrayfield, and lost there as England captain when chasing a Grand Slam – will present a special preview programme from Edinburgh on Thursday night in 5 live Sport, which will be available on the red button and here on this website. He says he can’t wait for the championship to get underway.

“Every year the tournament is so unpredictable and the Grand Slam is so elusive. Underdogs become more dangerous than favourites and a team on paper is somewhat irrelevant.”

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