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Blue Peter

When I was a kid, Blue Peter was a top programme full of educational features. This week I have seen Dick and Dom making pancakes on Blue Peter, plus a song by the young pop combo who are so poor they have to share the single name of Jedward. I should point out that I only watched out of the corner of my eye and with the sound turned down,

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Assisted suicide

Earlier this week I was making a cup of tea in the BBC Nottingham kitchen, while a wild haired man with very red cheeks was holding court with a couple of producers.  He was Ray Gosling, a veteran TV presenter, well loved in the East Midlands. He has a great style and a fantastically  rich Nottingham accent. He was about to become well known throughout the country. That night a

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Union Jack

I’m greatly enjoying Chris Evans on breakfast on Radio 2. He’s quickly established the programme as a feelgood way to start the day that appeals to the whole family. Much as I loved Terry Wogan, he’d handed his show over to his contributors, and it had begun to show. One feature I particularly enjoy is the Wrong Bongs. To the sounds of the Bongs of Big Ben, Sally Traffic runs

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Male to Female

I was speaking at an event today in Central London, giving the one hour workshop version of my talk Putting the U in Humour. It’s aimed at people who speak from a podium who would like to use humor to put their message across more effectively. I was the main speaker in the afternoon, with the morning session headlined by Rikki Arundel. Rikki is a founder member of the Professional

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My day in court

Today I did something outside my comfort zone. I went to magistrate’s court to report on the Milan Mandaric case. I haven’t done any court reporting for over twenty years, since my early days in radio. I don’t remember having to put my bag through a security scanner to access the court in those days. Horsferry Road Magistrates Court was surrounded by snappers and camera crews for the all important

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Baby it’s cold outside

So this is day one of the new daily blog. I was always starting a diary as a child. Each year I’d receive a diary for Christmas and pledge to make an entry every day. I never made it beyond January. But here goes…… What better day to start a daily blog than Feb 10th. It’s very chilly in London at the moment. It has been for some time. I

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The Shark House

A luxury house was up for sale with a built in shark tank as a feature of the lounge. There were even two sharks thrown in. It caused quite a splash. Watch out for the names of the two sharks.

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The face of Elvis on a piece of Stilton cheese

When the face of Elvis was discovered on a piece of Stilton cheese nearly 30 years to the day after his death, the BBC knew they had to send their top reporter to cover the story. Sadly when I arrived, the cheese had already been cut up, because it was worth £70! I’m sure that would have easily been covered by the publicity value of having the world’s newsmedia rolling

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My interview with Paul Smith

Here’s my interview with fashion designer Paul Smith. Paul fell into fashion by accident, when he was knocked off his bicycle. During his long recovery he befriended some fashion students, fell in love with their teacher and with fashion itself. He’s never looked back. I love his shoes and always wear them to give me added confidence when I speak at big events. (Luckily he’s the same size as me!)

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