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Archives for February 2012

Springing into life

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Mark Cummings | 12:30 UK time, Monday, 27 February 2012

Many thanks Ray Sherman from Cam...I love a red Tailed bumble bee!

This was taken on Sunday and proves spring is getting closer. Please keep them

Sunny mornings on the way

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Mark Cummings | 12:07 UK time, Friday, 24 February 2012

Many thanks to Steve for his Forest of Dean vision from this Friday morning...sunrise over the old Rank Xerox buildings.

If you capture any signs of spring I'd love them for the a great weekend...I'm taking my daughter for her first ever visit to Kingsholm for the Gloucester versus Harlequins encounter. Fingers crossed for a victory for the Cherry and Whites...full story on Monday's show! If you have any vivid memories of your first visit to the rugby please share them with me.

I'm a pedant and I'm proud!

Mark Cummings | 12:07 UK time, Wednesday, 22 February 2012

It is NOT a train's a railway station.

If the temperature goes from 12 to 6 degrees it has not halved.

It isn't a pin is a pin

We are celebrating the joy of being a pedant on the show at the moment. Over the next few days I will be publishing the "pedant of the day" email. I will explain the above if they make sense to you and publish your thoughts.

Be proud of being right even if people accuse you of excessive pedantry. What mistakes are made that get your goat?
On Thursday's show we will be looking at when and when not to use the phrase union jack/union flag. Enjoy the following email

Hi Mark

Understand one of your subjects tomorrow will be the use of Union Flag (on flag pole) or Union Jack (on Jack staff) - (very simplified). A related point is the use of the word "the" when talking about a Royal Navy vessel.

As "H.M.S" is an abbreviation for "Her (or His) Majesty's Ship" it is not right to say "the H.M.S Daring" (for example), as that would be the same as saying "the Her Majesty's Ship". She should be referred to as "H.M.S. Daring", or as "the destroyer H.M.S. Daring".

Listen to your programme every morning on the way to work. Brilliant!


Big cat becomes a video star

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Mark Cummings | 11:49 UK time, Tuesday, 7 February 2012

So is it or isn't it?

The Sun newspaper released this footage today


The mystery of the big cat prowling the Stroud valleys has captured the world's imagination. So what do you think...have a look and let me know.|

Enjoy your snowy weekend

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Mark Cummings | 11:46 UK time, Friday, 3 February 2012

-10 overnight in Cinderford last night!

Have a great weekend and if you manage to take any photos on the snow I would love to publish them on the

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