Pictorial Musings

A rather wet winters day here today.

Some pictures to cheer us up, hopefully:

First a slide show of puddles in a car park on a field, a week or so back when it was cold enough to freeze water.

Magical shapes

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Chickens have become so expensive – I know Waitrose are not cheap but even £5.58 for a chicken is ridiculous


In a local Oxfam shop, a while back they had a collection of Enid Blyton books on display.  In my formative years I read these books with great excitement.  They were written for children in a day when there was very little radio and television to distract us.


I admire eccentrics, and Sir Frank Crisp was a Victorian who had plenty of money and his speciality, like a lot of Victorians was in architecture – above is  a photo I took last week of his boat  house on the river at Henley on Thames.

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The picture above is of Sir Frank Crisp’s home Friar Park, which is currently occupied by George Harrison’s widow Olivia and his son Dhani.

c60 cassette

Who remembers C60 audio cassettes?  Fantastic system but it used very thin ferric tape.  If static set in, or you respooled too quickly, they would tangle up.  I use to be quite adept at doing “surgery” on twisted tapes, cutting out the bad bit and re-assembling them!

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Still a favourite of mine, Birds Custard.  I live really thick hot custard on crumble or fruit.  This is how they advertised it many years ago!

bumper cars

Bumper cars were terrific fun, these ladies would be ripe for a good bump by lads at a fairground

Broadcasting Centre in Heaven

So many presenters have left this earth recently. The latest is Terry Wogan.   I say Terry Wogan but he is known now as Sir Terry.

One memory I have of him was when I was working in the BBC Archives, and David Rider was researching a quiz programme about radio. I forget the title.  We got a chance to meet Terry at the Paris Studios before and after the recording.  He seemed reserved when we spoke to him before the show, but appreciative of the help that we gave in supplying clips for the show.  Afterwards he was the jovial Terry Wogan we all knew and loved.  Even though he seemed to be ad libbing and was relaxed, he did put a lot of thought and effort in everything that he did.  My condolences to his family and friends left behind.

Here now is the Obituary on the BBC Site (for information)

Sir Terry Wogan: Veteran broadcaster dies, aged 77

Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77, after a short illness, his family has confirmed.

In a statement, they said: “Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer.

“He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”

BBC director general Tony Hall said: “Terry truly was a national treasure.”

Sir Terry leaves wife Lady Helen and their three children. The couple also had a daughter who died in infancy.

Obituary: Sir Terry Wogan

Tributes paid to Sir Terry Wogan

A life in pictures

Audio slideshow: The Wogan years

BBC Radio 4 – Desert Island Discs, Sir Terry Wogan

Sir Terry ‘made radio in age of TV’

‘Wonderful personality and charm’

Limerick-born Sir Terry had a 50-year career on television and radio, including presenting Wake up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2 and the Wogan chat show.

He was also the voice of Eurovision in the UK for many years and had been involved in the Children in Need appeal since it began.

BBC Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said: “As the host of Wake up to Wogan, Terry established himself as one of the greatest and most popular radio hosts this country has ever heard.

“We were brightened by his wonderful personality and charm as he woke us up every weekday morning, becoming an essential and much-loved part of our lives.

“His millions of listeners adored him, as did his whole Radio 2 family. We will miss him enormously and our thoughts at this very sad time are with Helen and all the family.”

Sir Terry Wogan with Pudsey the Bear in 2008Image copyrightPA
Image captionSir Terry helped raise hundreds of millions of pounds for Children in Need

Sir Terry originally went into banking after college before switching careers to join Ireland’s national Radio Eireann as a newsreader and announcer.

He moved into light entertainment, as a DJ and host of TV quiz and variety shows in Ireland, before joining the BBC, where he would stay for the rest of his career.

He presented the breakfast show from 1972 to 1984, as The Terry Wogan Show, and then from 1993 to 2009 as Wake Up To Wogan.

He built up a firm fanbase, dubbing his audience the TOGs, or Terry’s Old Geezers and Gals.

When he broadcast at breakfast for the final time, he told listeners: “The years together with you have not only been a pleasure but a privilege. You have allowed me to share your lives with you.

“When you tell me how important I have been in your lives it’s very moving. You have been every bit as important in mine.”

Lord Hall said: “Terry truly was a national treasure. Today we’ve lost a wonderful friend.

“He was a lovely, lovely man and our thoughts are with his wife and family. For 50 years Sir Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was a part of the family.

“Wake up to Wogan was for millions of Radio 2 listeners the very best way to start the day.

“For decades he’s been such a huge part of the BBC on television and radio and leaves so many wonderful memories.

“At the centre of Children in Need since its beginning, he raised hundreds of millions of pounds and changed so many lives for the better. He leaves a remarkable legacy.”

Sir Terry was knighted in 2005Image copyrightPA
Image captionSir Terry, pictured with wife Lady Helen, was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2005

BBC Radio director Helen Boaden said: “Sir Terry was a radio legend. For decades, he gave great pleasure to radio listeners with his wit, warmth and inimitable humour.

“He was an extraordinary broadcaster but also incredibly good fun, and will be sorely missed.”

Colleagues of Sir Terry have paid tribute to him.

Jeremy Vine said: “He was probably the greatest broadcaster since the invention of the microphone.

“He lived for the red light and the sense that there was a listener at the end of the microphone. He only ever spoke to one person, because the greatest radio is intimate.”

Graham Norton, who took over as Eurovision commentator from Sir Terry, said on Twitter: “He made it seem effortless and for a young boy in Ireland he made it seem possible. RIP Sir Terry Wogan.”

Current breakfast show host Chris Evans wrote: “We are all so terribly sad upon hearing of the passing of Terry. I can’t put into words how the whole Radio 2 family is feeling.”

Tony Blackburn said: “I can hardly believe my old friend Sir Terry Wogan has died. RIP Terry and thanks for being a friend.”

Sir Terry Wogan in 2009Image copyrightPA
Image captionThe prime minister said Britain had ‘lost a huge talent’

Prime Minister David Cameron wrote on Twitter: “My thoughts are with Terry Wogan’s family. Britain has lost a huge talent – someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.

“I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on TV. His charm and wit always made me smile.”

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins said Sir Terry was “one of the great figures of broadcasting”.

He said: “His was a distinguished contribution to television and in particular to the medium of radio.

“People in Ireland will remember his early career in Irish broadcasting. On his move to Britain his voice became one of the most often quoted, favourite radio voices.

“Always proud of his origins in Limerick, he made many returns to his native country for television and radio projects. His rise to the top of radio listenership in the United Kingdom was a great tribute to his breadth of knowledge and in particular his unique, very personal sense of humour.”

Sir Terry meeting the Prince of Wales in 2010Image copyrightPA
Image captionPrince Charles breaks into laughter as he meets Sir Terry at the Irish Embassy in London

Sir Terry made his BBC debut on the Light Programme, now Radio 2, and in 1969 was asked to stand in for Jimmy Young on the mid-morning show, which led to a regular afternoon slot.

He took over the breakfast show on Radio 2 in 1972 and was an immediate hit.

Sir Terry first covered Eurovision for television in 1973 and from 1980 to 2008, he provided the commentary every year for the BBC.

His chat show, Wogan, ran from 1982 to 1992, eventually being broadcast three times a week. During that time, he also hosted quiz show Blankety Blank.

Sir Terry at Wimbledon in 2015Image copyrightAFP/Getty
Image captionSir Terry and his wife Lady Helen attended Wimbledon in July 2015

Sir Terry anchored the Children in Need appeal from when it was first broadcast in 1980 and continued to host it after retiring from regular broadcasting.

Stevie Spring, chairman of Children in Need, said: “Most people know him as the face of Children in Need, but he’s the heart of the charity and has been for 35 years.”

In 1992 he returned to the Radio 2 breakfast show, after a break of nine years. He announced his retirement in September 2009, making his final regular appearance three months later.

From February 2010, he hosted a live show on Sunday mornings for the radio station.

Sir Terry was last on air on Radio 2 on 8 November 2015.

For continuing coverage, watch the BBC News Channel and listen to BBC Radio 2.

The One Show: A Tribute to Terry will be broadcast at 19:00 GMT on Monday 1 February.

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Radio Caroline North from Manx Radio this January

Caroline North remembers the Mi Amigo!

In August 1974 the Dutch government followed their British counterparts seven years earlier and introduced a law outlawing offshore radio.

And just like before while the other stations operating off Holland decided to close down, Caroline took the decision to continue and our ship Mi Amigo returned to anchor off the Essex coast.

In the next Caroline North broadcast (30-31st January) we’ll hear from those involved in the move and some of the staff who joined the station at this exciting time.

It wasn’t all plain sailing though as after another broken anchor chain and subsequent drifting inside territorial waters Caroline was boarded by government officials and her future hung in the balance.

We’ll be online here, and also on 1368 kHz courtesy of Manx Radio, Saturday morning from 08.30.

Latest: To best utilise their time on board Ross Revenge, the weekend crew will stay on air after 9pm on Sunday, when Manx finishes, through to Monday morning. These live shows will be available on both the dedicated web stream and on Flashback. Programmes will cease at 5am when they have been ‘promised’ that a tender will be waiting to take them home.

(from the Radio Caroline site for your information)

Radio Newsbeat


Looking at the news below I am reminded that I used to be able to listen to Resonance FM on the FM dial when I lived on the outskirts of London. An amazing station with many innovative programmes.  I must remember to “tune into them on the Internet one day”.

It will be interesting to hear what Virgin Radio will sound like when it returns to the airwaves in March.

I am still amazed that I  had to sell my DAB radio after moving to the Oxfordshire borders.  The Pure Evoke Radio I had gave good service in London and picked up stations very well. It turned “deaf” here!  I sold it on eBay and the buyer was very pleased with it, they could receive programmes.  Then as described, possibly before, I bought a Sony AM FM DAB radio at a Sue Ryder charity sale, and that brings in all of the BBC and commercial stations I need.   I quite often dip into the BBC World Service, Radio 4, LBC and Jack FM whilst cooking.  The aerial of the DAB radio is not connected to another wire. I have run an old speaker wire over a Roman blind in the kitchen. That being behind the telescopic aerial boosts reception and nulls out that hideous glitching that can occur if a signal is weak


Selected from the Radio Today website

Two of Bauer’s radio stations merged at 4pm Thursday after a problem at One Golden Square.

The output of digital station heat was heard on Planet Rock, complete with heat idents and a top of the hour opener by Rihanna.

30 seconds after Rihannastarted, Planet Rock’s Music News with Paul Anthony started playing over the top of the pop song We Found Love.

A mash up of guitars and dance beats followed until the fail was fixed around six minutes past the hour.

Richard Wilkinson joins the new Virgin Radio

Richard Wilkinson has been appointed Head of Music for the new national DAB station Virgin Radio.


Richard was previously Head of Music for Scotland’s Beat 106 and Head of Programming for Forth One. He has also worked as a consultant for Virgin Radio stations in Thailand, Indonesia and Lebanon and has spent time at both BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6Music in his career.

Richard said: “I am tremendously excited to be part of the team – the brand has an incredible heritage that people absolutely love, so it’s an honour to be asked to put together the station’s playlist. Having worked with the Virgin brand for over 13 years, I can’t wait to bring it back to the UK.”

The Virgin Radio brand will be back in the UK in March, although an exact launch date has not yet been announced.

Liam Thompson, Programme Director for Virgin Radio, said: “Richard has a wealth of experience and depth of music knowledge, which makes him the perfect person to develop a unique music policy for Virgin Radio. It’s great to have him on board as we look to the station’s launch this March.”

Medium wave consultation by Dutch Government

Source: Mike Terry via Medium Wave Circle FB Group)

Ydun’s Medium Wave Info
By Marcel Rommerts
12 January 2016

After switching off a number of high power transmitters in 2015, at the end of December the Dutch government has launched a public consultation on ‘opening up’ the medium waveband for radio and non-radio applications with ‘low power’ and with limited government regulation.

When referring to ‘low power’ this means both a power in the range of 1 – 5 watts (site coverage) and 50 – 100 watts (municipal coverage). The idea is that the same frequencies will be re-used across the country. They will be handed out on the basis of a first-come, first served basis. Deadline for comments is 14 February 2016.


David Bowie – goodbye to a great rocker !

The whole of the Andrew Peach show, on BBC Berkshire today was full of reminiscences, and good wishes from stars and public, in memory of David Bowie.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03cyq17  for up to 29 days if you want to hear the Andrew Peach Show I mention

The poor chap passed away after keeping secret his cancer diagnosis for around 18 months.

A song or two to remember David by. His real name was David Jones, but because of the Monkee Davy Jones he adopted the surname Bowie.

Thank you David Bowie for making such lovely music, and daring to be different.

Goodbye to Ed Stewart

Ed Stewart has passed away after a stroke.

Working at the BBC in the day I met up with Ed Stewart and found him to be an affable fellow. I heard him on Radio London on 266 mtrs, and was delighted that he moved on to radio at the BBC. Junior Choice was an amazing show, made even better when he took it over and made it his own.

Below is the report from the BBC Web Site

Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart, former BBC disc jockey, dies

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PAImage copyrightWilliam Conran

Former BBC DJ Ed “Stewpot” Stewart has died at the age of 74 a few days after having a stroke, friends have said.

Rocky Taylor, a friend of 40 years standing, said the former BBC Radio 1 DJ and Crackerjack presenter died in hospital in Bournemouth.

Stewart’s former brother-in-law Adriano Henney tweeted to say the DJ had died. “Fun guy-Huge loss,” he added.

Director of BBC Music Bob Shennan said Stewart had been a “stalwart” of popular music broadcasting.

Devon-born Stewart’s broadcasting career spanned more than 50 years, starting as an announcer, film critic and rugby reporter with Radio Hong Kong.

In an interview with the Express newspaper in 2014, he said he had returned to England five years later and joined pirate radio ship Radio London, based four miles off shore.

Ed StewartImage copyrightKeystone

Image captionEd “Stewpot” Stewart, seen here in 1981, had a broadcasting career that spanned 50 years
Left to right; Pete Drummond, Tony Blackburn, Dave Cash, Kenny Everett (kneeling), Duncan Johnson, Chris Denning, Ed Stewart, Mike Ahern, John Peel.Image copyrightGetty Images

Image captionNewly appointed Radio 1 DJs outside Broadcasting House after the BBC announces its new line up in 1967. Ed Stewart is third from the right.

He was one of the first presenters on Radio 1 when it launched in 1967, and went on to become a regular Top of the Pops presenter in the 1970s.

He was a regular Radio 2 presenter for 15 years, and during that time broadcast from the summits of Ben Nevis and Snowdon mountains, Vesuvius volcano in Italy, and also broadcast live from the Falkland Islands.

‘Broadcasting stalwart’

He was also a longstanding presenter of children’s show Junior Choice, which last broadcast on BBC Radio 2 over Christmas.

In his sign off at the end of his final programme, he thanked listeners, saying: “I’ll be with you whenever”.

Mr Shennan said Stewart’s shows had been enjoyed by millions of listeners.

His BBC Radio 2 colleagues were extremely saddened to hear of his death, he said, adding: “We are thinking of Ed’s friends and family at this difficult time.”

His former colleague and friend of 50 years, BBC DJ David Hamilton, said Stewart “was a little bit like a good wine; he just got better as time went on”.

“We used to play football together in the showbiz football team, we even once rode in a speedway race together at Wembley Stadium, so we’ve done a lot of things together.

“He was a really good guy, Ed, and I really will miss him.”