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Alex Lester- The Dark Lord Diaries
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rachel wrote:
.. great music and Pink Floyd -Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun from ,A Saucerful of Secrets….too!! Woohoo!


Blimey, haven't heard that for many years. As me and my pals were pretend Hippies, we'd listen to that LP over and over with just a red light on for maximum effect... Rolling Eyes far out man.


I remember going to parties where that happened. Floyd and Mike Oldfeld's Tubular Bells, or, worse, Hergest Ridge, where everyone would sit around in reverential silence, while I would have much preferred Free and Led Zeppelin. I was a philistine and didn't really appreciate the Syd Barrett/psychedelic period - first album I got was Meddle.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing I think it was just the thing to do for most budding Hippies, giving the impression that could see the light and be where it's at although in reality, I was probably wondering why my V4 Zephyr kept overheating!
Meddle ( and Electric ladyland ) was great to listen to in that environment though I must admit, it's probably my favourite Floyd LP.
Great days when you think back, all the different bands and styles for you to listen to.
Being impressed by Paul Rogers and the new Queen single, I've noticed I have a big gap in my collection in terms of Free. I must get on to Ebay.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just caught the start of today's BTOTD show, as we were late home after a nice long weekend away with some old friends.

Alex had been to see Van Morrison at Kenwood House, an outdoor gig with free cider (I share his dislike for cider - though I like everything else apple-wise - it's like vinegar). Van's interaction with the audience was limited to four words, which, on his past reputation, was being positively talkative. Even silence would have been preferable to the scolding which Paul Jones gave us at the Rock With Laughter concert this weekend, for declining to join him wholeheartedly in the chorus of Do-Wah-Diddy-Diddy, a song I've always felt ranks with the lowest of the Eurovision barrel-scrapings.

VM apparently forgot or otherwise omitted to perform his new single, which Alex then played. Van was probably right to omit it from the set.

(Edited - just deleted a superfluous word)
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh cool beans Ron! Very Happy I've not listened to the whole show yet - been having a long hot soak this morning after a rubbish weekend of rain and attempted fun. So quite a bit of the show was drowned out by my splashing and gurgling.

Cider.. oh yuck. It was Blond Cider I think I heard Alex say ... they also make a beer called Blond - Bitter and Twisted which is proper old fashioned beer with a hint of lemon. ( I buy it for Hubby - just cos it says Blond on the bottle - he drinks it, so it must be ok) There are many different blonds- some good some not so. Smile
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Sounds like you had a fun weekend Ron.... singing along is for when you're in your car on your own at night and at no other time... well that's what I think. Then again I'm one of those people who goes to see a comedian and doesn't laugh until I'm on my way home. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On today’s show.

Have you ever been stuck somewhere; in a lift perhaps, maybe a car, or a disused mineshaft?

I’ve been locked out of a car but never in one. I did once get my upper body stuck in a bucket but you’d die laughing if I told you why and how, so I won’t.

More Olympic watch… mainly the Womens’ Volleyball !!!

Also a ….Laziness amnesty. Alex fessed up to Christmas Cards left on the sideboard- unsent- ah that’s where they all are…. I don’t mind if they’re out of date Alex- just send em- make it part of blubberwatch to walk to that Postbox. Do it now- clear your conscience. You may wish to send a very large , very expensive gift too… Wink

All that and music from Medicine Head….… who?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning, Rachel Smile

Undisturbed night's sleep (just as well - felt like a zombie most of yesterday) so missed him this morning.

Threads a bit close for comfort though. Once got locked in the strongroom at work (bank) - someone didn't realise I was in there looking for old documents. Pitch black, was half an hour before anyone came near and I could attract their attention. Not nice.

Women's volleyball. I've missed that Crying or Very sad

Ah, the year I forgot to post the Christmas cards! Still get reminded of it, ten years on Rolling Eyes

His playlist isn't up yet. One And One Is One?

Little Mermaid - simply delightful.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning Ron Smile

yep one and one is one was the track....it was good , not heard it before.

Locked in a vault must have been ... well... yeah, not nice. Crying or Very sad

I expect someone will make a video of all the womens' Volleyball... Wink

Odd things Christmas Cards ... I send them but just because that is what people do.... I'd much rather say it one on one.

I love the Little Mermaid...

None of the playlists for today are up yet....there was a great track on the SK show by Acker Bilk which has prompted me to put on my Readers Digest Hits from the 50s and 60s CD box set... it's all similar instrumental stuff.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I heard the Acker Bilk - Burgundy Street Blues. His own choice, and great to hear something other than Stranger On The Shore. I love the sound of the clarinet - it has a wonderful range and suits every kind of music, from Mozart to Benny Goodman. Tried to get my son to play - he got to grade four but there wasn't enough jazz in the learning process and he got fed up with it.

I'll warrant Petite Fleur (Chris Barber) is also on that CD of yours?

I-player's broken this morning. No BTOTD show Crying or Very sad
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Hello Ron ... yep Disc 1 - track 3 is petite fleur... Smile managed two whole discs yesterday ....

It's always difficult with children and instruments - our three are all doing music related Degrees at Uni, none of it seems to involve playing any actual music though........... " sing us a song then" oh it's not that kind of music!.... so let me get this straight ... you don't play any instrument... you don't sing... you don't have to be able to read music, and you're doing a degree in Music.... ... That's right! Cool beans init!

Last night my car alarm kept going off for no apparent reason.... turned out to be a cat in the engine bay under the bonnet - so I heard a bit of the show live this morning- I've not done a thingy on it cos I'm feeling all blarhhhhhh and tired....a wee bit zombie-like...... but what I heard was good....I-player is working here.... but I'm treating the neighbours to some Queen at the mo.... ( Made in Heaven)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A little gem with Tom Sanders at the 5 o'clock news that had me chuckling Laughing
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Another day and more of that laziness amnesty, this is probably a good point to say that yesterday, I was just being lazy, well; it was raining, and I don’t know, the Postman was late, the washing machine was whirring away, I was really tired after being woken in the night, and I just thought – oh sod it for today- so there was no show synopsis from me yesterday. I apologise, I’m very sorry, I’m lazy and slack, and I’ve let you all down. Oh no! Now I have guilt!

More of those things we get stuck in: this morning – a boat outside a pub! A rut is the worst thing I think but on the other hand – four fingers and a thumb, you just never know with ruts do you? If it’s someone else’s rut, it may lead somewhere fantastic for you when you catch up with them , your rut may turn into paradise, so don’t despair…

This morning there was boomerang jokes including quite possibly the very best boomerang joke ever, now what was it? It will come back to me… ah yes – A man walked into a shop and was startled by a cake! It was a Boo! Meringue. He he …………

Also have you ever been too polite? – you know when people give you things that you don’t really like but you never tell them, so they keep giving them to you as presents etc….
Several years ago someone (now my hubby) bought me a small wooden puzzle as a gift , and I made the mistake of saying, oooh thank you that’s lovely, I should have stopped right there but I didn’t, I added, I really like puzzles – I now have the world’s largest collection of wooden puzzles – all shapes and sizes- they seem to get bigger and more complicated every year too. ….If it carries on like this, Jewson will be delivering them soon.

Be careful what you wish for ……

I want your body……

…..with mayonnaise and fries……

Great music selection this morning too…especially, Smoking Gun by Robert Cray Band …

Check it out! Check it out! One night only! Checkout who is in the chair from 10-12pm on Friday night…….. and it’s - ladies night at the Palace Hotel Ballroom!
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Rachel wrote:

This morning there was... quite possibly the very best boomerang joke ever, now what was it? It will come back to me… ah yes – A man walked into a shop and was startled by a cake! It was a Boo! Meringue. He he …………


Laughing It's the way you tell 'em

(Morning, Rach Smile )

Rachel wrote:
Also have you ever been too polite? – you know when people give you things that you don’t really like but you never tell them, so they keep giving them to you as presents etc….


Sounds like my aftershave, until they came up with the Dolce & Gabbana

One chap mentioned those huge Toblerone bars. My wife loves them - perhaps he'll let me have his at a discount.

Rachel wrote:
Check it out! Check it out! One night only! Checkout who is in the chair from 10-12pm on Friday night…….. and it’s - ladies night at the Palace Hotel Ballroom!


Perhaps you could arrange to have him piped through Wink

And, yes, great music again. Played the Beatles' And Your Bird Can Sing - perhaps he was still thinking about the slip-up in the five o'clock news yesterday. Curiously, though, Mark Radcliffe also played it last thing last night!
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"Perhaps you could arrange to have him piped through"

Now I'm confused.

was it Blue Stratus by any chance?
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Rachel wrote:
"Perhaps you could arrange to have him piped through"

Now I'm confused.

was it Blue Stratus by any chance?


Sorry, Rachel, I just meant have the radio on the sound system in the Ballroom (while you're having a break, dancing? Not breakdancing, of course) Just trying to be daft, should know my limitations.

I think I did get Blue Stratos, and Denim, then Hackett Bespoke (promoted by Jonny Wilkinson) and Floris Elite (by Appointment to HRH PoW - smelled like catpee), before the nice one from D&G that I mentioned a few days ago. T'was my mother - she now takes the easy route and gives me an M&S voucher.
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Oh I see! Very Happy I'm such an idiot. Takes a lot of practice though.

Ah yes... Denim ..mmmmm yummy, for the man who doesn't have to try too hard.... thinking about that, it translates into - If you're a pretty cool good looking hunk of a guy, and have problems with too many women crawling all over you - try this .... Denim woman repelant- only the really desperate ones will still want you.

My hubby uses that Lynx chocolate stuff ..... ... and with the kind of mouthwatering lust usually reserved for a bag of Galaxy Minstrels, her chest heaving with anticipation, she threw back the duvet, crawled over his taut tummy, took her reading glasses from his beside cabinet, then said .. This Andrew Marr book is pretty good actually.....

Good old M & S..... Smile

I've not been to a club for ages Ron- Sad Sad I'll be listening in bed.
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Don't forget - Alex is on 4-7 on Monday.

Also, if you didn't listen to the Weekender on Friday night - check it out on the Iplayer --- big secrets being given away by Alex.... Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if it's just me but Alex always sounds different when he's broadcasting at "normal" times. Or perhaps it is because I'm never fully awake at 4 o'clock!
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Alex does sound a little different on other shows John but in the words of Bill Murray “Different is good”

On this morning’s show it was keeping the peace (no not the UN) – what lengths have you gone to, to keep the peace?

Also, magic potions (beer), strange dancing and diamond sparkly shoes next to Alex’s bed on Saturday morning.

How does it go next? …. There’s no place like home… there’s no place like home… there’s no place like home….

And of course you need an old man with a beard.
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Today we heard about quiet carriage etiquette, conversation stoppers and bank holiday good deeds. Organised chaos Rules! I can't believe it's not Clutter!

Also remembering phone numbers. - I had a similar thing on Friday, I had 4 calls from a number not stored on my phone. However my phone has the ringer swithced off so I didn't notice until Saturday. So I checked who had phoned. I had no idea- Only 5 people in the world know my mobile number - 4 are stored and one of the people has never phoned me - so I don't have their number stored. So I thought, I'll ring the number to see who it was. ... Hello, said a voice (very nice voice actually) then before I could say a word, uproar and loud noises. Whoever it was must have been at a football match or live event of some sort. So I said Hello back but they couldn't hear me and hung up. Doh! So I tried again but it went to voice mail. Doh! I hate voicemail. Then I thought I know - I'll send a text and ask if they know me... no repy yet ! Maybe I'll ring em again later.

Some good music this morning too....


My good deed for the weekend was trying to assuage my own catastrophic oversight of failing to have sufficient tea bags (builders variety) to last until my Tesco delivery later today- Oh I was in such big trouble. Although there is an abundance of Posh Tea (Earl Grey), New Age Tea (Camomile with Honey) and the stuff I won’t drink (Mint Tea) it seemed everyone wanted good old-fashioned ordinary tea. By Saturday lunchtime it became apparent that the nine remaining PG Tips tea bags wouldn’t make the distance. Now I know you’re thinking – well why didn’t you just go and buy some more? Good point- well made! However, that would mean I’d failed in my responsibility of Chatelaine. (I forgot them- ok! It’s not the end of the world) So a plan was hatched to save the day and my reputation. From that moment on, it was one tea bag between two cups and a jolly good squeeze. Phew! I think I got away with it.

On Friday there was a French Market in Town – it was lovely and sunny, a trip to the Butcher was on the cards anyway, so we went down town. There were lots of typically French market stalls selling cheese, sausages/smoked meats etc, and sweets. Yummy. Then, and this made me howl all the way home, there was a stall selling signs- they were all in French. I’m not sure that our postman is that sophisticated!

On Sunday and yesterday there was a mini music fest just over the way – so we spent lots of time listening to that while pottering around in the garden.
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I've missed most of the last few days, except the very end of Friday's (realistic pub names - until the smoking ban last year I could have gladly renamed a few the Smoky Pokey. Now all the smokers take up residence in the beer garden, and foul the air for anyone who, in the height of what summer we get, wants a cool drink outside) and this morning's Now That's What I Call Clutter - he must have had a spy in our spare bedroom.

Bank Holiday Good Deed - we took mother-in-law for a ride to one of those "Designer Outlet" villages full of shops selling end-of-line and seconds. She was thrilled, and bought a surprisingly modern (considering she's 80) skirt and top and two bars of Cadburys Turkish. I got three casual shirts and my wife came away with nothing more than a glum expression because she couldn't find anything. Reminding her that last time she got two of those expensive handbags with the doggie tag Rolling Eyes didn't seem to cheer her up.

I'm a philistine - I can understand perfectly why no one was keen on the Earl Grey and Camomile. Still, good to hear that old PG Tips and British economy saved the day!

The French Markets we see occasionally here are pretty sparse compared to the real thing - every village over there seems to have a street market once or twice a week and they are positively heaving, with both produce and people.

Sunday we didn't feel like joining the mass throng on the roads out to Derbyshire, and went for a long(ish) walk around the more modest Nottinghamshire fields and villages nearby - I'm surprised how hard and dry the ground is here; my boots don't need the usual unclogging but my feet feel as though they need new suspension.

Henry the Incontinent Mouse! That must be worth a thread on a future BTOTD show....
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I’m not keen on those fancy teas either Ron- Earl Grey tastes like tea with lemon fairy liquid in it – Camomile tea tastes like stagnating water. Happy to report I now have 240(average contents) PG Tips Pyramid tea bags. Yay!

Ah yes Henry the incontinent mouse. he he….

On this morning’s show there was a fine blend of aromatic irrational fears, movies to give birth to, the slap my top racing team news, and, some mother’s do have em…

If I were to give birth to a movie (not likely at my age- but hey, worse things have happened at sea) I’d not go for Alien which was the most popular choice on the show this morning, The Fabulous Baker Boys would be my choice– what a pain numbing movie that is. If you were lucky enough to ever reach the end of it; it would be like waking from a 30 year coma to discover your baby is not only born but has grown up, got married, emigrated to Australia and has several children of their own. G-day Grandma should I switch the DVD off now?

Question? Last night a Local Authority Tree Inspector was in our road doing a tree survey. What else? There are lots of very large Conker Trees lining the road where we live. He had all the gear, ladders, ropes, cones and a hi viz jacket thing- he parked his estate car right at the end of our driveway – he seemed to use that area as a base for his car/tools etc. Not a problem. That is until he went around the back of his car opened the hatch, took a bottle from inside the car, then right there in broad daylight relieved himself into the bottle- he was looking around in a “shifty” manor during this process. He has just arrived this morning and parked in the same place. So to the question. Do I go out and offer him tea and biscuits or, the Vicarage ablution facilities or both? The problem is, having seen more of him than I’d otherwise wish to (although he is a bit of a hunk) I’m worried that I may not be able to keep a straight face. I’d like to talk to him about our Conker trees, however, I’m not that keen on shaking his hand but I’m quite certain it would be rude not to. You see my dilemma? Maybe he would like Camomile tea.
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Morning Rach Smile Bit late, as I've been struggling with Photobucket, which seems reluctant to upload something I was going to put on Toggy's hobby thread.

Some Mothers... is one of those shows we watched and laughed like a drain at 25 years ago but is now unbearably embarassing.

I found The Fabulous Baker Boys deeply unsatisfying as well, despite the presence of Michelle Pfeiffer (Frankie and Johnny is a favourite). As for movies to give birth to, I can hardly comment, except that (and I think I've mentioned this before here somewhere) we went to see Fatal Attraction when my wife was 8 months pregnant, and by her shriek and jump almost into orbit at the final denouement, I thought she was having it there and then. Would certainly have spared us - her- the 20 hours labour two weeks later.

He's probably gone now, but it might be an idea to find out what the Tree Inspector is up to. Councils have a habit of cutting large trees down if they are going to be expensive to maintain in the future, or if they think they might be a hazard to passing traffic or small boys climbing them. If they're your trees, of course, they may be thinking about tree preservation orders and enforcing costly work through their "approved contractors". I'd offer him the use of your facilities "in case of need" and have your camera ready to capture the moment his face turns the colour of beetroot. Embarassed Laughing
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Hello Ron,

fatal attraction is really scary.... a bit like The hand that Rocks the Cradle....

The tree man has gone. Crying or Very sad I didn't talk to him. Oh how we would love for the huge tree right outside to be chopped down. It belongs to the LA not us, although we have some in the garden at the back... this is the road and the trees ...


they are so tall and thick - we cannot get TV recpeption in summer , satelite doesn't work either cos they are too close to the house. The leaves are just turning now, some conkers have fallen already so a few weeks and we'll have TV again... woohoo ...It works but not very well .

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Blimey, they are big, and so close to each other! You might be in luck, for some thinning out at least - I suspect the roots are undermining the road and pavement, not to mention the foundations of the houses if they're close.

Otherwise, a lovely, tree-lined road. Doggie Heaven Wink
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Morning Ron, Smile

I think I’ve mentioned before the odd situation with our L A and trees. We have a Trees Officer. Who better to contact, if you have problem with trees? We did just that – he told us the Town Clerk does trees- so we contacted the Town Clerk – who said, ah the trees in the road are not our responsibility. They are covered by the County Council – so we contacted them, they said, as the trees are in an urban area, we sub-contract all urban trees to your district Council Trees Officer- so we contacted him(again)… he said … ah yes that is true but I need approved funding from the County Council first. Why didn’t he just tell us that the first time? Months of correspondence followed …. Then it turned out pretty much as you say – all tree work in this area is sub-contracted (eventually) through a very complicated series of inter-department and inter-authority contracts to the guy who had a wee outside our house the other day. Nothing gets done without his say so – cos he is the one that does it.

Today’s show was all things “average” so to keep the theme going: today’s show was average, not average in its raw meaning but average for a best time of the day show…..which is pretty good actually. One show fits all.

Keep an ear out for the Chickens and Wolves blockbuster – coming on Monday ….. I used to be a chicken but I’m all right nowooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. That’s not right is it? Smile
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Morning, Rachel Smile

So your man will now report back to the Council Trees Officer to tell him how much it's going to cost and he will write a begging letter to the County Council who will tell him that there's no money left in the budget this year because they've spent it all on fancy brick paving for the town centre square (which has since been dug up by a utility company looking for a leak caused by the paving contractor's digger and relaid in finest asphalt) but there might be funding available in 2011.

Amazing to think we complain and make jokes about other countries' bureaucracy and manana culture Rolling Eyes I wonder what the view is like where the Council Trees Officer lives?

(If your local MP is of the same political colour as the council and doesn't have too large a majority a word in his ear might help, we have found)

Woke up at 5.50 this morning just in time to catch the end of the Pink Martini - comes originally from a super album Hang On Little Tomato - very Easy Listening but very varied - it's not all dreamy latin rhythms and crooning.

Chickens and Wolves, eh? Sounds like a recipe for one of those brainaching riddles. Someone wants to reintroduce wolves into the wild in Scotland - will they be able to survive on deep fried Mars bars and the occasional American tourist?
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Town centres with rubber kerbs, goosip corners and massage parks?

Sadly I'm unavailable for comment today - normal service will be resumed tomorrow, see you then Smile
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Morning Ron, Smile

I caught just the end of the show this morning - sounds interesting:) - will listen to the earlier parts later. After my carefully prepared weekend plans were ruined, I now have to take the cause of that dissapointment shopping at Poole. Children have a habit of turning up when you least expect them.... Have a good day ... see you tomorrow.
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Late Friday night – phone rings- that voice of desperation on the other end that lets you know you’re gonna have to get dressed. “ I’ve just landed at Luton – I’ve lost my bags – I have no money- please come and get me”. Today it’s, I need a new… and some new …. Oh…. and some of those………… then as quickly as they arrive … they stuff their pockets with tucker and they’re gone again…..

On today’s show….

Breaking the myth of Dumb Britain- Yes we can speak in another tongue! Tune in this week to learn a foreign language – one word at a time. (It’s the beginners’ course)

Today’s word is from the East …..”Beer” in Polish is … “PIWNY” or “PIWO”

Also this week Alex is building a Lady Town – how would you improve the Urban Sprawl to make it more girl friendly? Rubber kerbs, Shoulder Massage Points, Hairdresser on every corner… more shoe shops?

Too many wives? Have a competition to sort it all out – which of those wives have the eX factor?

Also this week – Letters to the Editor and Message Board heroes……..

Fab music this morning too!
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Have you ever wondered why things are in alphabetical order? Phone books- yellow pages –lists, you know, that sort of thing? On today’s show it was a letter lottery. Let’s start with Z for a change – no more AAA Taxis, it’s Z-cars for the wedding limo and ZZ Top topping the evening entertainment.

How about some extra letters too … “the Alphabet Plus” for all those times when you’re not quite sure how to spell a word – just put in a couple general purpose letters – leaving the reader to work it all out. And a new letter called double O, OO – two os on one key (how efficient is that) for all those double o words. It would also legitimise the football crowd near miss sound …two double os and an f – “oooof”

Warning! This Lady Town is Under Construction. Chocolate, men chocolate, men chocolate, men. Ooh there’s an idea!

Today’s language of lurve – how to ask for your cherished pint in, Turkish…”Bira” say it loudly – comes in a bigger glass.

By the end of the week, 5 new holiday destinations without the fear of not knowing your beer.

This morning there was classic example of just how demanding it can be for the producer on a night time show. No names – but let’s just call him “Slumpy Simon”… was not quite but very nearly found slumped over his keyboard “ almost completely sparco”. (what does that mean?) I think a Producer Stick (shortened to “Prod Stick” then later shortened to just “a prod”) could be required. There used to be a whole bunch of them down in the BBC basement store room- a couple of them have a dayglow orange glove sellotaped to the end - one of the fingers stuffed with newspaper – for that realistic prod in the ribs experience.

Another Letters to the Editor and Message board hero this morning but I’ll leave you to listen to that on the I player.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning Rachel Cool

Missing in action yesterday as my wife made a late decision to work from home, something many employers openly encourage, particularly as modern offices frequently have fewer desks/PC stations than staff, especially when the peak holiday period ends. She was happy - got at least twice as much done as usual, even with our broadband going AWOL for a couple of hours - I think I ought to charge them rent!

I often used to wish they'd occasionally use reverse alphabetical order - I was always first for everything at school, and it wasn't usually pleasurable.

Don't know about extra letters, though - most people can't cope with the 26 we've got, and I've lost count of the number of famous brand names that have been changed because the European or world market can't pronounce J, R, or W (Dr Johnson thought X was a complete waste of time as well).

The double-O is a good idea, so long as people don't confuse it with infinity (Not very likely, I know). The chap who proposed a red H, for people who insist on saying "Haitch" is obviously a man after my mother's heart.

Ah, Ladytown. Did you wake Simon up, by any chance?

The Man Pick Up Point is an excellent idea, particularly the kiss, but some people may get the wrong end of the stick. You'd also need to speak to the local authority to waive the traffic-free and congestion zones to allow him to get his chariot close enough.

Don't quite know where he got the idea that town/shopping centres are such aggressively masculine places. Go into almost every store and the men-stuff is always at the back, or three floors up and at the back in the case of John Lewis. Walk along any shopping aisle and someone will try to sell you jewellery, or a nail-buffing and manicure set, or a pashmina in 56 different colours, hardly top of male priorities.

A Gossip/Massage area would be good - save them stopping in the middle of the street to do it so everyone has to negotiate round. Rubber kerbs - the chap was having a dip at women drivers but I recall the wear and tear on pushchair wheels going up and down concrete kerbs was staggering.

Only passing comment was made about the need for more ladies toilets (too serious, I suppose). Since I was interrupted in mid-flow, so to speak, in M&S Men's on Friday, by a young woman who was apparently so desperate she couldn't wait in the long queue for the Ladies and came by to make use of our stall, I think that should come top of the list.

The Letters To The Editor Hero sounded far too sensible for The Sun...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to be outdone by the supermarkets. The best time of the day show is franchising a listener points and reward scheme. Oh yes this what the world needs. Points are awarded for doing “good things”. Top Tip! Buying your wife an ironing board for her birthday doesn’t necessarily fall under that category. Although the great thing about this scheme is – if you think it does- it does.
It works like this. You do good or brave deeds for yourself and others (well that “others” part is optional and not really that important –well, altruism is so “last year”) and collect points. Points can be exchanged for :- a new dress, a night out with the girls or boys, some huggy bear seat covers for your boy racer wheels, maybe even a whip aerial. Cream cakes! The list is limited only by your imagination.

Today’s holiday beer call is in Mandarin – which is a bit like Chinese (I think) ………Pijru ( English speaking translation)

Perfect shops in Lady Town. Not a Router in sight. My perfect shop would be one that knew exactly what I wanted before I arrived, had it next to the till, with a good looking and mildly obsequious man waiting to carry it to my car for me.

Listeners were trying to put Alex up to stealing the Umbrella. I’d just move it a different door – then sit back and watch the confusion.

All of that with great music and a drug taking hat. My mum has a High Hat in her drum kit! Boom Tish!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning, Rach Smile

Listened to most of the show on i-player this morning, as I needed a break from Terry and Ken (and he's only been back three days).

Music was brill, give or take the odd Tavares and Talk Talk (It's My Life was one of those interminable 12" singles that people used to love to play at parties in the early 80s). He is in a blues mood this week, isn't he? - Buddy Guy is just sublime.

Funny how all the foreign words for beer (so far) are a variation on either "beer" or "peewu".

Funny also how he makes a conscious effort not to make these threads appear to be too sexist. If a suggestion leans that way he'll always say "I think men do that as well". Keeping on the boss's good side.

I don't think even the umbrella would have saved him from a soaking in his dash across the park yesterday - it certainly didn't me when I nipped out to meet my wife off the bus to save her getting wet (thereby trying to earn myself some of those reward points!). And standing waiting with a big golfing-type umbrella with a metal spike sticking out of the top didn't make me feel too good when there was a VERY close flash and crash of thunder.

Like the link. The Corrs are a guilty pleasure and I'm a sucker for a soppy love song sung by a beautiful girl.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know you’ll all be extremely disappointed but somehow the little power adaptor that runs my MP3 FM Recorder- found itself unplugged overnight. So upon waking this morning – the source of my inspiration and daily euphoria was nothing more than a cold lifeless collection of microchips in a silver box – a neglected silent shell abandoned on my bedside cabinet like a rusting hulk on a deserted beach – eerily quiet, all signs of life washed away by the passage of time and tide …

In short, no show synopsis today- however, all is not lost – you can always listen to it on the I-player. (well, not always – just for seven days). The track list looks fab too.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning, Rach Smile Aw, shame about the plug and socket malfunction.

My wife was out last night baby-sitting for her brother, so in absence of anything on tv I listened to Trevor Nelson's Soul Show, which was surprisingly good, but then fell asleep on the sofa to Iain Anderson (BBC Scotland - plays good stuff but makes Whispering Bob Harris sound like the giant at the end of Jack's beanstalk). She got home at midnight, let the sleeping dog lie, and I woke up at a quarter to three, with a stiff neck of course, and by the time I reached the bed was wide awake.

So I listened to at least the first hour, and caught up on i-player. I won't do it as well as you, but may I?...

The Most Hirsuite Show On The Radio was also a very busy one. We learned there are only three sorts of beard of any worth, and producer Simon's is a combi designer-stubble-with sandals type. (My brother has a Grizzly Adams and it makes him look about 70 so I passed on that idea)

Have you ever shown off in front of someone and immediately come a cropper - the stuff that You've Been Framed keeps recycling. Olympic-perfect diving into 2ft of water (don't ask Oxford students for advice about that), or modelling your brand new leather jacket only to have a bird plop on it (the seagulls at Berwick upon Tweed had my number, and boy did they have a lot to give).

Brilliant gag - How can you make the summer last longer? Play the trail for last Wednesday's Chris Evans Staycation. The following suggestions that we all wear shorts and the cricket season be extended paled by comparison.

The Dilemma from Hell. You find a £10 note in the office doorway, pick it up and spend it on your lunch. Later in the afternoon colleague pipes up that he's missing £10 and thinks someone's stolen it. Having deferred your trip to the bank hole in the wall at lunchtime what to do? Own up, stay quiet, or say you found it and gave it to a deserving cause.

Today's word to assist the beerdrinker abroad was in Urdu and it's B - let's hope tomorrow the Greeks do actually have a word for it.

The Letter To The Editor nerd pointed out the absurdity to the average 70-year old pipe smoker of the usual warnings of danger to sperm and pregnancy printed on pouches of tobacco.

Oh, and the definition of a picnic - Pull up a dog turd and sit down.

Think I've covered everything. The music was absolutely wonderful, even Boyzone's was tolerable, which for them is unheard of praise from this angle.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh cool beans! Thank you Ron. Smile I'm tempted to run the risk of using the i-player... Smile ... Hmmm finding money is a dilemma.. twice in my life I've found money- both occasions it was a £5 note. The first time I was 13 years old, it was just laying at the side of the road all screwed up into a ball... I picked it up- thought all my birthdays had come at once then rushed to George's, our local Sweet and Record shop- which had previously been owned and run by my Grandparents- so I was both well known and at home in there.... I bought a Darts LP and some curlywurlys.

On my way home I saw a small boy with his mum, looking for something he had lost - he looked really terrified as his mum wasn't too pleased with him. I've been haunted by the look of terror on his face ever since. The second and more recent find was on the floor in the B & Q Depot at Poole - remembering the boy's face , I thought - well I'll do the right thing this time... I took it to the information desk- you wouldn't believe what they said at first... " oh just keep it- the paperwork is a nightmare" but I insisted, it's not mine - I found it. There was one of those sighs ( the queue was getting quite long by now) Bing Bong! Management announcement!.... a while later ... a young man appeared, to deal with me, he must have been in charge - he was wearing a tie. He had to make several phone calls to find out what to do and which forms to fill in- took ages ........but I felt that I'd done the right thing. Smile

I'm loving that Daniel Powter track at the moment....
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What a rubbish weekend- hubby ill, my mum not answering her phone (well not until late last night- she lives in Northumberland you see, near Morpeth- “oh we’ve been down at the beach watching the storm”) world financial markets in turmoil, Dorchester Show washed out, more hurricanes, Kimi hit the wall. D’oh!
I think those Scientists and their end of the world experiment may just do us Humans a big favour by putting us all out of our misery! Being tuned into grey sludge or disappearing up our own black hole has some appeal right now.

However:

It’s Monday- woohoo and Alex is back with another five days of wonder, which brings me neatly onto the show…..

If you have to rinse off the soil and spit out a few bugs, you know it’s Organic Radio- no artificial additives or sweeteners, just pure undiluted Alex.
Serving suggestion: Eat raw with honey.

A new word/phrase of the week to learn in five languages. This week it’s, “How Much!?” In Polish it’s “Ile?”

More Best Time of the Day Show- show offs- Ford Capri 1.6 Laser in white – oh how I used to drool over those. What was it about those and blonde women?

The unwelcome visitors book: Scorpions. No not people of the star sign, the big nasty creepy crawly- lots of legs, fangs stingy tails and bitey things. And! Peter the Python! Blimey.

“Well he looks like a Charles to me”, said the vicar just before being launched into orbit, never to be seen again.

Going out on the razz/pull and discover you have the same clobber as your mate dilemma? Both of you should wear it – just tell people that you’re twins and always wear the same outfit.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning, Rachel. I am sorry to hear you've had a bit of a trying weekend.

Our mums are both nearby, but my wife's maiden aunt, who she was very close to, lived in the country close to the River Severn not far from Worcester; her house was just a touch higher and never got flooded itself, although many around her did. My wife would ring her and get anxious when there was no reply, and then when she did make contact aunt would wonder what the fuss was about - she'd been out with the dog taking photographs across to the Malverns or cleaning up some of the plastic bottles that had been washed up onto the neighbouring field (wouldn't have been so bad if she'd been on even speaking terms with the farmer).

The stream of bad news on the weather and financial fronts seems never-ending, but I suppose we have lived through it before and will again; I'm certainly not ready to jump ship yet. While there's BTOTD there's hope Cool

Actually I didn't even catch the end this morning, and i-player doesn't want to play here at the moment (think it was more reliable in the old days when it sounded as if it were being played down a long drainpipe).

The Show-Off thread is still going then. I wasn't showing off exactly, but I do recall one moment of exhileration some years ago when I'd come to the end of painting a ceiling, came down the step ladder and put one slippered foot neatly into the carton of solid emulsion which I'd left on the floor. The subsequent sight of me hopping around trying to extricate my foot and not end up painting the carpet was apparently quite comedic.

Unwelcome visitors - shall I tell him about my wasp in the bedroom at two in the morning a few weeks ago? Small fry against scorpions and pythons.

I think the same outfit dilemma may worry girls more than us fellers, and considering nearly everyone buys their clothes from national chains I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. When my wife accompanied her aunt to the Veterans' Day Lunch at Buckingham Palace in 2004 she adopted what I thought was the high-risk strategy of spending quite a lot on an outfit from John Lewis. Must have got away with it as she said nothing when she got back and has since worn it at a wedding.
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Today I’m really unwell. I’m fighting a losing battle against a cold that I don’t want. All sympathy welcome. J One of the knock on effects of my temporary incapacity is that I didn’t sleep too well last night – which is both good and bad. Good because I got to listen to some of Alex live and that always makes me feel better (sat on the kitchen floor wrapped in my Yoga blanket drinking Lemsips at 4 am) and bad because I’m now so tired my recollection of what was happening on the show this morning is nothing short of sketchy- so it would be a disservice to Alex if I were to attempt a show synopsis this morning- cos I’d be sure to miss out the important stuff. There was some great music in the last hour though.

To counter my feelings of guilt for not being able to convey any details about this morning’s show – I’ll let you know about my new Roller Blades instead (they arrived yesterday). I’m looking forward to feeling better so I can give them a whirl. They sparked a bit of a conversation about age last night, more particularly, my age – so I said to hubby- well when is a good age for me to give up all this physical activity? He said , ten years ago.

As you may have read in the papers – today could be the very last whole day left for us here on the earth as we know it- so a good time to send in your nominations for this year’s Darwin Awards – now, I’m not the brightest spark in the box, probably on a level with the recent Drivetime live firework display in terms of sheer brilliance and entertainment value but if someone were to say … Rach .. we would like you to spend millions of pounds building a machine that will turn the Earth in it’s entirety into a grey gloopy sludge or maybe even a black hole- I would probably conclude that they were bonkers. I’d still take the money of course, and build a machine but I’d put a little sticker next to the on button. It would read simply. “Do not switch on”
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rachel wrote:
Today I’m really unwell. I’m fighting a losing battle against a cold that I don’t want. All sympathy welcome.


Poor Rachel. Have this sympathetic hug on me((((Rachel)))) I just hope it's not bird flu (female equivalent of 'man flu')
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