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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:04 pm    Post subject: Happy New Year 2014 Reply with quote

A little early, but some of you won't be around until 2014.

Happy New Year too you all. Hope everyone continues to post on here in 2014?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy new year to you too Mark.

I will continue to post and hope that you will too.
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy New Year when it comes to everyone!

Here's to a good year for the board as well!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After seeing the new year's day weather forecast yesterday, I gave up on the idea of going to Popham for their annual new year fly-in. I think the weather will cancel the event, so I saw the new year in at my local. It's the first time I've been in a pub for new year for about 10 years. It reminds me of a previous new year when I was at Popham on a bad new year's day ( I used to compile the aircraft movements for an enthusiasts' magazine) and that day's forecast was put on a whiteboard thus:
Charlie
Romeo
Alpha
Papa
Hoping everyone else had a good new year's eve.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy New Year to all

Hope it's a good one for everyone!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, for the first time Mrs W and I were completely alone at midnight. Our kids are married and both now have young baby or toddler. We will drive round to see them today.

She had me up dancing to the R&B music on Jools' Hootenanay. I was really impressed by Mel C, Ruby Turner and Charlie Wilson. Why can't they play this music on R2 daytime? Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John W wrote:
Ah, for the first time Mrs W and I were completely alone at midnight. Our kids are married and both now have young baby or toddler. We will drive round to see them today.

She had me up dancing to the R&B music on Jools' Hootenanay. I was really impressed by Mel C, Ruby Turner and Charlie Wilson. Why can't they play this music on R2 daytime? Smile


Yes, I thought that too, John. Charlie Wilson was so utterly wonderful. Ruby Turner was, well, Ruby Turner and the perfect front-woman for Jools' orchestra as always. Melanie C was surprisingly good, too; she really has matured as a singer and it was fitting that Jools should invite her onboard.

I have to say that I always found Lisa Stansfield a very sexy singer in the 80s, and although she did rest on her most-famous song last night she still looked and sounded great.

What I do find a bit galling is the fact that the "Hootenanny" is recorded in the first week of December at the Maidstone Studios, and knowing this I hate hearing Jools constantly repeating his "Happy NEW Year" line to all and sundry. It's a small price to pay for the kind of show we should being seeing and hearing more on broadcast TV and radio.

And why can't Radio 2 have a more eclectic music mix? Answers on a postcard.........

BTW - I'm listening to Radio Caroline at the moment (now there's a surprise) and the music is exactly that - very eclectic indeed.

I've almost given up on Radio 2, in fact.

PS: It's been nice to hear Richard Allinson on breakfast at the moment. Good things have to come to an end, of course, so it'll be back to Radio 4's "Today" programme next week.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy New Year to all of you!

I started 2014 by going on a rainy muddy walk in and around Bentley Priory/Harrow Weald Common with my walking group. One lady got well stuck in the mud and had to remove her foot from her boot. She hung onto me while two others dug the boot out with sticks. In spite of the challenging conditions we were all glad to have made the effort and enjoyed ourselves.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
One lady got well stuck in the mud and had to remove her foot from her boot. She hung onto me while two others dug the boot out with sticks. In spite of the challenging conditions we were all glad to have made the effort and enjoyed ourselves.


That sounds like a scene out of Last of The Summer Wine! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too thought Jools' hootenanny was brilliant last night, especially Ruby Turner. Haim were also very good. Ironically I didn't really enjoy Ray Davies, though The Kinks were my favourite group back in the 60s.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot to add that Mel C was great too, with her version of a Stevie Wonder song.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schizoidman wrote:
I too thought Jools' hootenanny was brilliant last night, especially Ruby Turner. Haim were also very good.


Ruby Turner is just fabulous. She has an amazing voice that projects for miles! As for Haim, I thought they were a bit odd but it's nice that Jools makes space for newer acts in between the established performers. It's such a pity that other TV and radio formats don't do the same.

Schizoidman wrote:
Ironically I didn't really enjoy Ray Davies, though The Kinks were my favourite group back in the 60s.


My thoughts too. His rendition of "Lola" started awkwardly and it just felt like he was going through the motions.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin wrote:


I've almost given up on Radio 2, in fact.

PS: It's been nice to hear Richard Allinson on breakfast at the moment. Good things have to come to an end, of course, so it'll be back to Radio 4's "Today" programme next week.


Same here, although I have enjoyed a long listen to R2 today......Tony Blackburn and then Johnnie Walker. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've listened to more radio 2 over the last couple of weeks. Alex Lester followed by Richard Allinson. It's been like being on a two week holiday that's been particularly enjoyable and as the holiday gets near to it's conclusion, you start feeling sad at the thought of life returning to dull normal. I'm getting those feelings now!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord Evan Elpuss wrote:
I've listened to more radio 2 over the last couple of weeks. Alex Lester followed by Richard Allinson. It's been like being on a two week holiday that's been particularly enjoyable and as the holiday gets near to it's conclusion, you start feeling sad at the thought of life returning to dull normal. I'm getting those feelings now!


Indeed. Only one weekday left before the same old nonsense returns. Radio 4 here we come!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best wishes for the coming year, everyone - I'm still lurking occasionally but quite frankly am fed up with the dross that masquerades as music/presenters on R2 these days, so my rants on here would be frequent, repetitive and ultimately non-productive! Sad

Have dipped back into R2 over the holiday period during times of traveling to and from relatives, thank goodness for iPlayer to catch up on interesting shows/presenters relegated to the middle of the night and my more normal diet of R4 these days! Smile

Can't leave without one rant, though! How do French & Saunders get a gig on the radio? They give Alan Carr a run for his money in the annual "Most Cr@ppiest Presenter on R2" awards. Some stand-ins do work well, though - Craig Charles in for SW, for instance.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Cherskiy

It's good to see you on one of your infrequent visits. Yes, I think most people here are with you on the matter of dross presenters and programmes on R2 these days. I think we've given up complaining as it's clear that "they' don't care a hoot. Voting with one's feet is the best option, sadly.

Your re-emergence here reminds me that your aviation pictures are the tops. Fabulous work.

PS: Yes, Craig Charles has been a fine stand-in for Steve Wright. Much better than the incumbent, in my view!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you still have anything to do with Air North Cherskyi?

We bumped into Glen Auld and Mike Fairless a month or so ago at NCLAP.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Colin.

Helen, yes, was out for a pre-Christmas meal with Glen and Andy Hutchings on 22nd December. Haven't seen Mike for years but he is still contributing to the magazine, as am I. Hope you're keeping well.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot to say nice to see you and we're fine thanks! Peter gets on the Air North trips to Warton most times. He sees Glen there as well I think. Glad he's still got his interest after Sylvia passed away.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Forgot to say nice to see you and we're fine thanks! Peter gets on the Air North trips to Warton most times. He sees Glen there as well I think. Glad he's still got his interest after Sylvia passed away.

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Hello Aitch,
I think I saw one of Peter's E-mails on the manchesterspotters2 list the other day.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could well have been LEE.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very belated Happy New year to you all which unfortunately hasn't been too good for us in the Ruddles household so far

Early on the Friday following Boxing Day I had the misfortune to fall and break my ankle and severely damage my cruciate ligament tendon - yes exactly the same injury as suffered by Theo Walcott in the Aresenal v Spurs game last week - so I now have a large metal bolt in my leg and am likely to be in plaster and unable to work for around three months Sad

To make matters worse while I was in hospital early New Year's Day morning three tanked up local ar--holes broke into the house at 3 30am threatening my son with a knife and stealing most of our Christmas presents including a brand new I Phone and X Box One and causing significant damage to much of the furnishings

I returned home from hospital last night to a scene of devastation so right now I feel I'll be glad when 2014 is over but still looking on the bright side despite the horrendous weather elsewhere and the history of flooding here - so far not a sign of water - in fact the road surface is not even wet Shocked

I suppose as someone once said 'Things can Only get Better' but I'm not banking on it - still I did get to listen to an awful lot of radio over the last ten days Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh Ruddles you certainly have been through it. Strangely when I heard flood warnings for Chester area last night I thought of you and your cars.

Wishing you a speedy recovery, and hope your son is getting over his terrible ordeal.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rotten luck about your ankle,ruddles, but horrendous news about the break in at your house ...your poor son, being confronted with knife wielding scum.

How is he?

I hope the rest of 2014 is kinder to you and your family.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ruddles, that is so awful for both you and your son. I hope your leg heals as quickly as possible and that your son is recovering from a terrifying experience.

Good to know that you got to listen to an awful lot of radio and not "a lot of awful radio" Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all - my son is fine now - he wasn't harmed - just very shocked but the police did say he was lucky as things could have turned out very differently - in a way I would have preferred to have been there but I wouldn't have been of any help as I can hardly move even now more than a week after the operation

Apparently the Police have video evidence from a local pub of three males answering the description of the attackers being there about three hours earlier so they're hopeful that might prove to be useful Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wondered where you had gone Ruddles, I spent time looking through posts last night to see if I had missed something. Sorry to hear of your bad end to the year and I hope 2014 soon starts to improve for you. In the meantime, it is nice to see you back. Very Happy
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