Fun on You Tube

My friend Steve introduced me to a category of video I had not explored before on You Tube. Flute Fails.

This one features three separate instruments paid exceptionally badly. I am not musical and could not do any better.

With Halloween coming up I would like to remember Screaming Lord Sutch. I am credited in a book reminiscing about the time I met him a charity shop appearance in South Harrow, two weeks or so before his sad suicide.

This is a perfomance in 1972

A good quality video from the BBC, introduced by Johnny Walker

An Interview with Screaming Lord Sutch and Carlo Little

Radio Newsbeat


Since moving to the Thames Valley I have sampled first hand how poor DAB reception is outside London and the suburbs. The National multiplex with the BBC on it is not receivable at my location. My wi fi radio has come in very useful, so does the FM band as well.

News selected by the Waffler from the Radio Today Site

Radio Caroline and Manx Radio are joining forces in their 50th anniversary years.

For one week, they’ll celebrate “50 years on” with Caroline airing on Manx Radio. Caroline presenters Tom Lodge, Roger Gale, Mike Ahearn and Gord Cruise plus Tony Prince will all be heard.

Also, Chris William’s “Carnaby Street” programme will air from Radio Caroline’s newly restored radio broadcasting ship – the MV “Ross Revenge” on Saturday 15th November.

Radio Caroline will be broadcasting via Manx Radio from Monday 17th – Thursday 20th November (special programmes nightly on FM from 6-30-9pm) then an overnight relay of Radio Caroline Programmes on Manx Radio AM from midnight – 6am Monday 17th – Thurs 20th November.

The evening programmes will include documentaries, archive recordings and specially re-created programming featuring 60s music and nostalgia

BBC Asian Network has won three out of the four radio categories at the Asian Media Awards, with the fourth going to Asian Star 101.6.

The BBC Asian Network won Radio Station of the Year, whilst Tommy Sandhu scooped Best Radio Show and BBC Radio 4 presenter Anita Anand won Best Radio Presenter. Community station Asian Star 101.6 in Slough won Regional Station of the Year.

Bob Shennan, Controller, Asian Network, said: “Asian Network is a station that delivers a unique audience to the BBC and has an increasingly important role to play in shaping the way that the rest of the BBC reflects Asian Britain. This award is for the on-air talent that we have on the station, our super-talented production teams and of course to our loyal audience who provide us with so much content.”

In his acceptance speech, Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes, Asian Network said: “Whether through our journalism – with the Prime Minister on Nihal to Bobby Friction live from Belgrave Rd in Leicester last week for Diwali or Maher Zain live with Noreen Khan, it’s the strength of our connection with this audience that has driven growth over the past year. We see part of our role as uplifting British-Asian culture and delivering moments of real wonder.

“Britain is changing. Seven per cent of this country are now British-Asian. And in my 20 years of being involved in Asian Media I believe that we have never been better placed to give British-Asian culture, creativity, discussion and debate the prominence that it deserves today. I’d like to congratulate everyone on the Asian Network on this award.”

Asian Network presenter, Tommy Sandhu, said: “This is my first ever award of any kind for radio work … So it’s extra special! Plus it represents how hard my production team work. It was a real boost for all of us as it recognises everyone’s effort that goes in to making the show.”

Any Answers presenter, Anita Anand said: “I’m honoured to accept this award particularly in the face of such dazzling competition. I’m also delighted that Any Answers has been recognised. I’ve always felt this programme provides a vital shared space where politicians can hear the impact of their decisions on those they seek to lead. The voices are always passionate and sometimes express opinions they may find hard to hear, but MPs block them out at their peril. There has been much talk of a disconnect with politics of late – with some calling on the public not to vote. Men and women struggled, often risked their lives to give us a voice. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t be heard.”

Sunrise Radio has agreed a deal to sponsor the Imperial College’s Just Bollywood competition.

(From Waffler – glad to learn that the station is back on air)

The event, taking place next month, is London’s first ever inter-university Bollywood Fusion Dance Competition.

“London’s Asian community is young and growing with over 50% under the age of 40. They are an interesting mix of east meets west, however there is one thing which remains consistent and this is the love of Bollywood and the music it produces,” said Tony Lit, MD of Sunrise Radio 963/972.

“Bollywood influences style, fashion, dance and most importantly music. Sunrise Radio is committed to supporting young Asians in connecting or reconnecting with their culture and heritage and I have great pleasure in announcing Sunrise Radio’s sponsorship of the Imperial College London’s, first ever inter-university Bollywood Fusion Dance Competition, ‘Just Bollywood’ in December”.

Sudeep Biswas, Founder of Just Bollywood said “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Sunrise Radio for its support towards the UK’s first ever inter-university Bollywood Fusion Dance competition, Just Bollywood. For years Sunrise Radio has reached out to households nationwide, and has played a pivotal role in the development of British Asian culture and heritage. By showing its support for Just Bollywood, Sunrise Radio has yet again shown its desire to encourage the work of the younger generations within the Asian community.”

British Asian singer-songwriter, rapper, beatboxer and record producer Jay Sean is to host a one-off drivetime show on Sunrise Radio.

He’ll present the programme tomorrow, Friday 31st October, with regular host Sonia Dutta.

Station Managing Director Tony Lit: “It’s great to have the super talented Jay Sean with us here at Sunrise. When he’s in the UK It’s always a pleasure to have him join us, a real treat for our listeners and his fans. The show is going to be really special Jay will be playing all his favourite Bollywood songs and Punjabi Desi Beats, with the lucky winners of this week’s Sunrise Jay Sean Competition getting to meet him, too.”

Sean is often referred to as a ‘one-man boy band’; he has topped charts in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan. Sean has also been a featured artist in several hits – ‘What Happened to Us’ by Australian R&B and soul singer Jessica Mauboy features Jay Sean reaching the top 20 on the Aria singles chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.

Sunrise Radio now broadcasts to LondonLed Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page is back at TeamRock Radio ahead of the release of the next set of Led Zeppelin’s re-mastered companion discs.

Whilst at the station, Jimmy alluded to a new project on his own whilst chatting with Nicky Horne. “It’s now time to be playing, I enjoying playing live and I want to get out there with a vehicle so I can bring some surprises to the party,” Jimmy said.

“And play some old favourites and some new favourites. I want to be seen to be playing, because at the moment nobody knows what I’m doing, so I need to manifest things.”

The one hour special will be broadcast on Friday 31st October from 6pm on Nicky Horne’s Classic Rock Magazine Show where Jimmy talks about album IIII and Houses of the Holy.

Nicky said: “He had a real twinkle in his eye when he teased the idea of going out on the road with a ‘new vehicle’, I reckon we are in for some big news from Mr Page next year.”
on 963/972am, DAB and online.

Change of design

I expect site visitors keep wondering why my blog keeps changing design.

I now prefer a simpler design and find the narrow page rather limiting when posting items on the blog.

I hope to keep this one, as long as it works for me, and hopefully for my site visitors, who may find the links etc easier to read on the right hand side of this page.

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Pictorial Musings

Some interesting items spotted at Oxford collectors Street Market recently


An old Coca Cola artifact and an old Film Show Book with no less than James Bond on the cover!

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In the shops some minature books and london memorabilia.  Also some solar powered waving characters

Heres is a video of the solar powered characters.  I wonder how the Queen feels about this?


This sign in a local collectables shop (new not vintage) is novel. I have not found any evidence of this in any shops to date thank goodness.


Spam Microsoft style!

Just a  to be careful when viewing emails today I had one saying they had news about a local lady who had an accident. It invited me to click on a dubious link, and it came from a dubious email address!

This is one in the spam section of hotmail – removed the link on click here, in case somebody is caught out via this blog!

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You Tube selection

This this time round I do not know why I looked up best man speeches, but here are two well worth looking at.

Great if your best man can entertain with a guitar!

Here is a more conventional “funny witty” speech. Note the use of many cards to prompt him, works very well indeed!

Finally, totally irrelevant but I cannot resist the funny sermon – Rowan Atkinson style – a gem!

Radio Newsbeat


Good to hear Howard Hughes back after a break on BBC Radio Berkshire.

Roger Day’s Uncool Radio is well worth a listen from time to time .

The BBC have a new online database of old Radio Times dating from 1923.  Interesting to see what was being broadcast at the time. In 1923 on 2LO the London station a children’s story called “Little Black Sambo” was being read. Considered innocent then, but racist now.  The full story about the new archive is on the link below, but you will find a link at the end of the article.


News selected from the Radio Today site.

Elliott Webb moves to BBC H&W breakfast

Elliott Webb is taking over from Howard Bentham as one of the co-hosts of the breakfast show on BBC Hereford and Worcester from next month.
Elliott – who spent years in commercial radio with stations including BRMB and The Pulse – will team up with Toni McDonald on the programme from 3rd November.
Howard Bentham is leaving the station after 10 years on breakfast to join BBC Radio Oxford. Elliott’s mid-morning slot on BBC Hereford & Worcester will be taken over by Malcolm Boyden who currently does a show on the station’s weekend schedule as well as weekday mid-mornings over on BBC Radio Oxford.
The new breakfast show will feature Elliott and Toni between 7am and 9am. Toni will present the 6-7am hour on her own, while Elliott will keep his current 9-10am phone-in hour.
Jeremy Pollock, Managing Editor at BBC Hereford & Worcester, told RadioToday: “This is an exciting new line up for BBC Hereford & Worcester – both Elliott and Malcolm are fantastic presenters who’ve established themselves really well on this station. Better still, they’re both broadcasting to their home patch. They’ll be building on the great work Howard’s done in his time here – Howard’s made a huge contribution to the station over the past ten years, with many memorable stories and campaigns. We wish him well at BBC Radio Oxford.”
Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 2:10 pm by Radio Today UK.

Australian radio presenter Mel Greig has told the Radio Festival in Salford about how she was the victim of internet trolling for 12 months after the suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.
Mel and co-host Michael Christian – then at Sydney station 2Day FM – made the prank call to the hospital where Jacintha worked and where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness in 2012.
Speaking at the Radio Festival 2014, Mel talked about the background to the prank call as well as her feelings in the aftermath.
“Prank calls in Australia have been around for years,” she said. “They’re normally quite harmless because you get permission from the person involved. We didn’t think about what could go wrong, because there was a process in place. We thought ‘Let’s have terrible accents and see how quickly we can get hung up on, then have a laugh at ourselves getting hung up on.’”
Mel gave presenters attending the Radio Festival session some advice about wind-up calls: “Don’t call emergency services, don’t call hospitals. We thought there was a media centre or a reception to go through. If you’re going to do a prank call, make sure you know the person you’re pranking.”
She said that after making the call the team at 2Day FM’s Hot 30 Countdown was shocked that they’d got through, and wondered whether it had actually happened. Mel says she emailed a suggestion for the editing process – to change the nurse’s voice and remove personal information – but that it was ignored.
Mel also spoke about what happened after the call had aired and the hospital had said that no action would be taken against the staff who’d taken the prank call. “It was surreal,” she said. “You had all the biggest news outlets talking about it and the majority of it was positive.”
But things changed when news started to break about Jacintha Saldanha’s death. “Midnight Friday night I was in bed, my boyfriend was on Twitter and saw some horrific tweets saying I had blood on my hands,” Mel told the audience in Salford.
“My phone started ringing and I was told one of the nurses had committed suicide. There were three hours I don’t remember. I was in complete shock and so disgusted with myself that I’d played a part in this poor woman’s suicide that it was so hard to live with.
“When the hospital said they’ve got the support, they’re not going to be disciplined, you believe that. After the suicide it was horrific. People were saying I deserved to die. I honestly thought I did deserve to die, because I was in lockdown and reading all the messages. I believed everyone in the UK hated me and wanted me dead. I believed everyone in Australia wanted me dead.”
In an interview with journalist Daisy McAndrew, Mel also talked about her feelings and the support she received: “I went into a really deep depression but I wasn’t going to commit suicide. When you’ve got people who are supportive they don’t let you go down that route and I was lucky that I had people around me. I was never to be left by myself. It was a constant feeling of numbness. Work were great in providing security and also mental health – they found me a psychologist.”
And she spoke about the abuse she’s received: “It was a good 12 months of trolling. I still have a stalker now. Nearly two years later and it’s still topical – people want to talk about it. One individual has been harassing me for 18 months. I don’t want to be the victim, I don’t want it to be about me. I was vilified the most, I don’t know why the media focussed more on me or whether it was because I was female.”
Mel said that the appearance on stage in Salford was the first time she’d been near a microphone since her engagement party 8 months ago, when she’d made the decision that she did at some point want to return to work in the media.
She also said that since arriving in the UK for Jacintha’s inquest and a series of media interviews, she had noticed what a lovely country it was, joking that it wasn’t full of people with pitchforks waiting for her when she arrived as she had expected it might be. “I’d love to move here if the opportunity came up,” she said.
Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 4:19 pm by Radio Today UK.

Various radio groups and presenters came together for a 12-hour RSL station this week, broadcast live from a tent outside the Radio Festival in Salford.
Presenters on the pop-up service, which was available yesterday on DAB and FM in Manchester as well as online, were BBC network presenters Ken Bruce, Jane Garvey, Fi Glover, Stuart Maconie, Adele Roberts, Anneka Rice and Raj & Pablo; Heart’s Joel Ross; Key 103’s Adam Caterall; Rock FM’s Jordan North; 5 live’s Chris Warburton and talkSPORT’s Max Rushden; Free Radio’s Ben Burrell; Fun Kids’ Bex Lindsay; Xfm’s Clint Boon; Absolute Radio’s Vicki Blight; and student radio award-winners Glen Scott and Emma Jones.
The studio and broadcast equipment were built and co-ordinated by Broadcast Bionics. The 12-hour 8am-8pm broadcast was streamed online with live video too, and there was also additional video content produced by students from the University of Salford.
Delegates at the Radio Festival in Salford also made guest appearances on the pop-up station. They included Radio 1 Controller and Radio Academy Chairman Ben Cooper, who went on for a few minutes with Ken Bruce while the Challenge Radio output was being simulcast on Radio 2. Listen to his inability to name any One Direction hits here!
Jordan North on how he was asked to be involved in Challenge Radio, and that it’s “OK to be an anorak!”

Leading radio production companies have called on the BBC to introduce a statutory 25% quota of value of programme making for radio in the corporation’s next charter in 2017.
Speaking at the Radio Festival in Salford, the CEO of Somethin’ Else Jez Nelson – who’s also a board member on the Radio Independents Group – set out RIG’s position on BBC Radio and how it could grow the relationship with indies.
As well as the quota, he also called for the BBC’s Window of Creative Competition to be expanded to cover 25% of the value of contracts issued.
At the moment, the BBC’s agreement with DCMS is for the BBC to commission a ‘suitable proportion’ of its radio programming from indie producers, which the BBC has set at 10%. In 2010, the BBC Trust also required as part of its radio network supply review for the BBC to introduce a 10% Window of Creative Competition (WoCC) where indies would compete directly with BBC in‐house producers for commissions. In 2012‐13 indies won 80% of WoCC hours, in 2013‐14 they won 75% of hours.
On BBC Director General Tony Hall’s ‘compete or compare’ strategy outlined last year, Jez Nelson said: “It recognises that although there are of course big differences between these platforms and sectors there are also many similarities and a great deal of crossover.”
Nelson said current radio commissioning was too low at a maximum of 20% of hours, but also that using hours as a measurement tool means that indies are ending up with a disproportionate of low‐value commissions. “Although the BBC has opened up new areas of the schedule for competition ‐ looking to commission the best ideas regardless of source ‐ it has done this in a way that legislates that the smallest number of people are exposed to those winning ideas. That can’t make sense,” he said.
“We believe competition is in the best interests of the audience who are paying for the service ‐ limiting that competition is wrong,” he added.
Nelson stressed that RIG supported the BBC and the continuation of the Licence Fee. He pointed out the importance of BBC Radio services, and called for protection of radio budgets, saying: “In our view BBC Radio has suffered disproportionately from DQF because of its relatively low funding compared to TV. We believe the BBC Radio budget should be ring‐fenced and not simply cut in accordance with any uniform cuts implemented in the future”
Speaking after the speech, Jez Nelson told RadioToday: “As a growing creative industry, doing business with commercial radio and others in the UK and overseas, as well as the BBC, we were keen to place on record some of the other factors we think point towards the need for the BBC to be just as radical in radio as they’re being in TV – in a world where there is increasing crossover between different types of content, radio shouldn’t be left behind while TV heads into a new era.”
You can read Jez’s full speech to the Radio Festival here.
Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 11:50 am by Radio Today UK.

The Radio 4 Today Programme has reported that Stephanie Hirst was forced off-air by her employers as it was “in her best interests”.
Global Radio apparently said it “did not think gender reassignment was suitable or commercially viable content” which resulted in the sudden disappearance of Hirsty from the Capital FM Breakfast Show in Yorkshire four months ago, as first reported by RadioToday.
At the time, Hirsty said: “I’ve decided to take a break as, personally, it’s been a tough 12 months and the time has come to make one of the hardest decisions of my life.”
Global Radio said she had decided to leave “to focus on the process” but a letter to Hirsty from Global, seen by the BBC and signed by Richard Park, suggests otherwise.
The letter says “We have a responsibility for your well-being, and having considered the matter we are not satisfied that going through this process ‘on air’ is in your best interests.”
When questioned about the truth, Stephanie said “Everyone was supportive. There is nothing more I can add that can be of use to you.”
Stephanie first appeared on a public stage at The Radio Festival yesterday where she said she finally felt alive and happy, now her gender reassignment was public knowledge. See the session in full here.
Global says: “Hirsty made the decision to take time out to focus on the process he was going through. We were sad to see Hirsty leave but we were happy to offer him our full support.
“We wish Stephanie all the best in the future. It’s standard practice in radio for presenters to come off air once they’ve made a decision to leave.”
Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 9:13 am by Radio Today UK.

BBC Radio 2 presenter Richard Allinson is joining Magic 105.4 to host the drivetime show on an interim basis.
He’ll cover Nick Snaith whilst he’s standing in for Neil Fox who was arrested last month and has not been on-air since.
Richard is losing his weekend early breakfast show in the recent changes at BBC Radio 2, but will continue to cover. His agent told RadioToday: “Richard has a long relationship with Radio 2 and that is something that all parties are very happy to continue”. The move to Magic marks a return to commercial radio since his early shows at Capital in the 80s and 90s.
The station, which is going national in January on DAB, has also made some changes to its weekend schedule with the introduction of specialist music shows including a Soul and Motown slot with Angie Greaves.
Other new shows include Magic 80s with Gary Vincent every Friday night, and a Sunday night music show with guest ‘big stars’.
Elsewhere on the weekend, Paul Hayes takes over the 10am slot on Saturday morning for the rest of 201 and Denise Van Outen will be on-air at 1pm. Saturday afternoons will see Celeb-show The Green Room with Jo Parkerson move to a new slot at 3pm meaning Nick Snaith will move to a new 4pm start. At 6pm a brand new music show with Angie Greaves called “Magic’s Soul Town” – is promising “the best of Motown and Soul featuring regular interviews and special guests”.
Content Director Liam Thompson: “Our new weekend line-up offers appointments to listen around music pillars we know our audience loves ahead of the Magic brand going national in January 2015.”
The new weekend schedule starts on Friday 17th of October with Richard Allinson starting drive on Monday 27th October 2014.
Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 4:11 pm by Radio Today UK.

Regular Radio 5 live show for Jenny Jones

Sochi Olympic medal-winning snowboarder Jenny Jones is joining BBC 5 live to present a new monthly series of Jenny Jones’ Extreme.
Each Thursday from 9:00pm-10:00pm in 5 live Sport, Jenny and co-host Will Perry will be taking a closer look at the adrenalin fuelled world of extreme sports.
Featuring interviews with some of the sports’ most courageous and charismatic characters, the series will also cover the biggest events taking place in the UK and across the world, while giving listeners an insight into what it takes to make it as an extreme sports star.
Commenting on the show, Jenny said: “I can’t wait to get stuck in with Will and team at Radio 5 live, shining a light on a selection of awe-inspiring sports that capture the imagination of millions of fans across the UK. With a personal love of any sport outside of snowboarding that gets the pulse racing, it’s going to be great fun getting under the skin of this adrenalin-fuelled world.”
Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by Radio Today UK.