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Minx



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:59 pm    Post subject: Simon Bates Reply with quote

Whatever happened to Simon Bates? Didn't he present the slot Ken Bruce now has? I was reminded of him the other day when Alan Titchmarsh played the theme from Romeo and Juliet. He had a slot very similar to what SW has now on the Sunday love songs. I thought he was great, but never seem to hear anything of him these days.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He was working on a Brighton station last I heard, but I think he's now breeding horses in Sussex or somewhere down that way.

He did Radio One weekday mornings for years. The theme from Love Story comes to mind. I read his autobio recently - full of bile, hate and bitchiness, and I know see why he earned the reputation he did at R1.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He never struck me as being a particularly pleasant chap.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did he not move over to classic FM? I remember himplaying Rolf Harris's 'Stairway to Heaven' on R1
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't remember him bitching, but I wasn't too much into the scene at that time. I just caught the odd radio show. I do remember DLT being very bitter and bitchy though after he lost his slot. Does he have a slot anywhere now, does anyone know?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He is on classic FM, he usually does the music from the movies show.

I too had heard that he wasn't too pleasant but then he bought a house in a village in rural Cambridgeshire where my uncle lives.
The word on the street was he was very nice, polite and helpful so it just goes to show you can't believe everything you read.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, he's on Classic FM - he started on the Movies show but has moved to total weekday dominance: he's on from 8am to noon, at least. Pity, really, as he's a pompous twit.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
Pity, really, as he's a pompous twit.


That's how he was regarded at Radio One, apparently, though according to his own book it was everyone else's fault that he came across in that manner. He has no kind words whatever to say about the infamous Matthew Bannister who pushed a broom through the place and changed the face of the station overnight.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've met a couple of people who've been associated with him, and apparently he can be a bit 'difficult'....more than that I can't say as he has very good lawyers!

I am, however, a huge fan of his Classic FM shows - the morning show is the regular accompaniment to my journey into work, and his movies show is excellent (especially the TV special over Christmas - TV music is neglected far to often in favour of the more glamourous big screen, but there's been some great stuff over the years.)

I didn't realise he'd written an autobiography - I must track it down!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I didn't realise he'd written an autobiography - I must track it down!


You'll have to look hard. I found mind in a remainder shop for 2!!! A look on eBay will turn up copies no doubt.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ordered one from Amazon - thanks for the heads-up, I had no idea this book even existed! I love score-settling autobiographies...I bought JY's on the day it came out, then found a signed copy in a charity shop a few months later!

Now, who's got a copy of 'Bouncing Back' by Alan Partridge.....? Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, you've bought it! At full price? Needless to say, he's having the last laugh Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing this book of his was not a bestseller. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mcl wrote:
Just ordered one from Amazon - thanks for the heads-up, I had no idea this book even existed!


You did WHAT???? I'd have sold you mine for a fiver!

I thought it went out of print ages ago. Well, well...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's big. simon bates.

Simon Bates the golden hour on radio one.

I remember Mike Read sitting in for bates whilst he was at one of the airports and he said you can all go down there and touch his trousers.

Is he married, as I never thought he was as he used to talk about as he always went out to dinner every evening with mates?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="mark occomore"Is he married, as I never thought he was as he used to talk about as he always went out to dinner every evening with mates?[/quote]

According to his autobiog he is, or was. Whether he had any mates or not isn't discussed.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ella Sailyour wrote:
mcl wrote:
Just ordered one from Amazon - thanks for the heads-up, I had no idea this book even existed!


You did WHAT???? I'd have sold you mine for a fiver!

I thought it went out of print ages ago. Well, well...

Ella


Nah, it was a second-hand one for a couple of quid - I'm not desperate enough to pay full price for Simon Bates!

FASCINATING FACT - Simon Bates' first job was artificially inseminating animals (Source - 'Who's Who In Radio', Sheila Tracy, 1983)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mcl wrote:
FASCINATING FACT - Simon Bates' first job was artificially inseminating animals


I told you there was more to him....! Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:02 pm    Post subject: Simon Bates Reply with quote

In Chris Donald's 'Rude Kids - A History Of Viz', Donald said that Bates kept claiming to be the magazine's No. 1 fan.

The editors went to be interviewed on Radio 1, and marvelled at the size of the presenter's spare tyre! 'That's well Batesy' was to be heard around the office since.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't John Peel and a few other Radio 1 jocks back in 1980 plan to give Batesy a hiding?
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