A dreary Monday it may be but job well done for all those bloggers who tirelessly answered the phones and took pledges all day long. There is a type of knackered which comes from doing good things- a righteous knackeredness if you like-and that's what you should be feeling. And a pretty good total I think you'll all agree.
Aside from that, I should tell you that being on Radio 4's "Infinite Monkey Cage" (which had been scaring me all day) was great fun, even if I was by some margin, the stupidest person on the stage. The highlight was afterwards when child 3 was discussing quantum physics with Professor Brian Cox for a good 10 minutes. The producer was not the only one thinking she had the wrong Mayo on the panel.
Yesterday I went to sample the delights of Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan who were playing at the Hammersmith Apollo. This clearly was a show waiting to happen since Mark produced Bob's "Slow Train Coming" in 1979. Well I can report that Mark was brilliant and his band (with John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick) first rate. I can also report that in my view Bob was terrible. I am out of step with the rest of the audience who whooped and clapped but it seemed to me they were applauding the memory of great songs, not the versions they had just heard. Sure it's great to be there when Bob does Tangled Up In Blue, Desolation Row And Like a Rolling Stone but he didn't actually sing any of them, he growled them. When the crowd joined in the 'How does it feeeeeeel', it was the first thing with a tune for a while. Since Mark Knopfler in fact. After a while I had had enough.
So today we welcome Russell Watson to Drivetime who has this year returned to the stage after his battles with cancer. He thinks his voice is even better than it was and you can judge for yourselves tonight after 6.
And today, in case you didn't know, is International Hello Day where we are invited to say hello to ten people at least. So we'll do songs that say HELLO in anyway, or contain a GREETING or SALUTATION of some sort. And then you've done your duty.
Have an organised and thorough Monday, see you after 5