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One’s At The BBC!

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“How would you like to be in the One Show studio on Friday with me” was how it started, I took my Sister’s excited high squeal as a yes, lol.  It began with one of those ‘well I’ll just try’ things, a modicum of hope invested but a healthy dollop of disappointment prepared. When the email arrived confirming attendance it was a mad frenzied series of phone calls and web searches to secure the one and only wheelchair seat on the four trains, and to reserve wheelchair accessible hotel room.  All was set for Fridat 30th September, what a way to end the month!

Arriving at BBC Broadcasting House with comfortable time to spare we sat with a drink and panini looking down into the news room, the news studio is underneath the media cafe. Before too long we were booked in, given our yellow wrist bands and grouped together ready to go across to the studio. The lovely audience greeters instructed us that we should have fun, keep watch on the floor manager, watch out for cables and moving cameras etc, and finally could we give a hearty laugh.  We must have passed the audition as we were lead across the piazza through the barriered area and into the studio.

Martin the floor manager introduced himself and shook my hand, placing me and my sister comfortably. He addressed us all, reminding us to be careful of cables, to watch for his signals, to laugh if there is something amusing, clap enthusiastically, and have fun. Seated not more than ten feet on the iconic green sofa were Alex Jones and guest presenter Shane Richie, familiarising themselves with a section of auto-cue. They both turned and greeted every one, I passed my congratulations onto Alex, as it has recently been announced she is expecting her first baby. My first impressions of the studio were how small it was, how calm it was (we were less than five minutes to air).  There are three cameras, the sound guy, props man Dave, the hair stylist and make up lady, as well as other assistants. The monitors showed that we were in the final minute to air when a voice announced “Ladies and Gentlemen Barry Gibb is in the studio” huge applause and cheers from the dozen or so fans there, he waved and as he turned towards the sofa the same voice announced “Ladies and Gentlemen Stephen Gibb is in the studio” more applause and cheers. I was directly opposite the door they came in through, his face was a picture of surprise and glee as he spotted me, pointed and came straight over to hug and kiss me as he was then escorted out to the performance area.

We were on air! In my direct eye line, over Shane’s shoulder was Barry, and to my right peripheral vision was the auto-cue with monitor beneath. Everything felt so calm considering how time conscious live broadcasting must be. Martin had his hand signals to an art, palms up as ‘get ready’, silent clapping to ‘clap enthusiastic’, palms down to signal stop and double thumbs-up as good job done. As the vt’s are run cameras and cables are moved, we are shown our marks for when we could move forward and when we returned to ‘first positions’.  We listened intently to those on the sofas.

It is an eclectic magazine programme, there was a segment about notable cars from the 1970’s being reclassified as ‘classic’ and included a section where Barry and impressionist Jon Culshaw trying to guess the first names of a family who had named their five children after classic cars. Another vt was about singing falsetto. Barry discussed his new album and recounted the tale of running around the house in search of a mini recorder as he had the hook to “You Win Again” in his head and if he went back to sleep he’d forget it.

Barry was to perform the title track from his latest album “In The Now” to close the programme, Stephen is a member of the band. As the last tv was run (about clam fishing is Scotland) we were ushered out the studio and around the piazza to the performance area.  Stephen shouted to me as we massed together, laughing together as we \m/ each other.  The closing piece was broadcast and the performance began, due to issues with sound it was lip synced from a recording taken earlier. Once we were off air Stephen came across to give me another hug and kiss, express his surprise and we exchanged a few words. I introduced him to my big Sister. He gave me his plectrum (in the header photo). Barry met each of us in turn, which was a nice gesture. Stephen had to start packing his kit (they would be going to Elstree Studios for Strictly Come Dancing) and the assistants were waving for us to leave, in order to hand back our wrist bands and have a group shot taken.

After having seen numerous online videos of the various band members, it was exciting to be just a couple of feet away from the familiar faces of Tim Cansfield, Dan Warner, Julio Hernandez, Beth Cohen, Leesa Richards, Charlotte MCKinnon, watching Lee Levin, Doug Emery and Richard Bravo along with Barry and Stephen.

Back at our hotel, I connected to the Internet to watch the programme, which is when we received messages and texts on our phone saying we had been seen! We watched the broadcast with exclamations of “Oh that’s me!” And “There are my feet” and “Doesn’t it look different on the telly” and “Look my feet are in the closing shot”.

Quite the experience. We got rained on getting back to the train station the next morning and our train was delayed because of an incident requiring police and medics at Ilford, we missed our connection, but got home safely, if a little chilled and shattered.

Sometimes investing hope can pay off, but boy it is a rarity.

 

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in In The News, Life, people

 

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Seeking Sponsors (just a £1 will do)

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That remarkably handsome chap standing there is my nephew (proud Aunty being unashamedly biased) …. he is doing something rather remarkable (and possibly slightly crazy) …. he has signed up to take part in the “Only The Brave” event (think commando style assault course, but muddier and sort of fives miles long) …. it is happening in March (that is a British March, could be snow, could be a heat wave or both).

He has never tried anything like this before and has been diligently training to raise his stamina since Christmas in all weathers, sometimes after a full days work outside up on roofs, whether he felt like it or not, because he is committed to a promise he made. Besides which he knows how mildly mad some of the pilots and crews are, you have to be to do battle everyday to save lives and stay sane.

Could you sponsor him, please? A £1 makes all the difference, and I am sure that much is down the back of the sofa, or on the bedside table, or sitting in the well of your car – and it would be incredibly appreciated to show your support to him.

Thank you

JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Life, people, Projects

 

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Condiment Conundrum

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A conversation with my BigSis today.

BS- I have a dilemma about dinner

me- oh?

BS- well I’m having belly pork and that calls for brown sauce but I’m having peas and they demand ketchup

me- true, brown sauce on peas is not right

BS-there will be chips, and onions with mushrooms done in the micro

me- Oww they call for brown sauce

BS-but there are peas!

period of silent thinking

me-easy, don’t have the peas

BS- why didn’t I think of that! Sorted, no peas.

We tackle the heavy issues of everyday life.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2016 in General, Life, people

 

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It’s Starting … senility

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It’s starting …. those tell tale signs that your brain is not properly communicating with the nerves/muscles to complete a task with the information received from the old eye balls.  You find yourself doing something and the ticker tape caption scrolling across your vision is “Why isn’t this working ….”

Then a moment of clarity dawns and you wonder whether you should ever admit your error.

This is was happened.

My tv is digital but I also have a ‘box’ on which I can record programmes for later viewing, so there are two remotes. Both are black but are different sizes and have different sized buttons and configuration of buttons. I parked my be-hind on the sofa grabbed remote and hit the red button, nothing happened, I watch myself point the remote at the tv and firmly press the red button, nothing happened. Hmm cannot be batteries surely, maybe some grease is across the sender, wipe it with tongue and aim control at the tv. Press power button and ……… nothing happened.  Brain wakes up, oh oops my bad wrong remote.

Grab other remote hit red button and tah-dah the tv springs into life.

Switch back to the other remote and hit the button waiting for the big green light to come on the box, nothing happened.  Hmm, carefully point remote at the box and firmly press the button, nothing, it looks a dead lifeless box of nowt.  Look back at remote, brain has second surge of clarity, red button not the green one, thats for mute.  Press the red button and the lovely green light comes on and the box springs to life.

Brain returned to sleep mode for the rest of the day.

Not good, not good at all.  This almost out ranks the day I came home from work and out my car keys in the fridge and then remembered that was where they were the next morning and what was worse at no point did my brain do “Huh? The Fridge?” felt completely normal.

I am done for

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in General, Life

 

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Siblings Day

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Its National Siblings Day and my older Sister visited today (she off out tonight!) and brought with her a booklet to show me a top she liked the look of.  The immortal words “oww, there’s a web site” were uttered and BAM!

You see I have some specific needs with clothing. Tops must be long sleeved, the neck must be round, but so round it’s sliding around my neck/shoulders, no slash necks, no v-necks, no buttons, no fastening at the back. I am fed up of woken jumpers and want something different for the Warner summer days.  We have gone around all the clothes shops in town and found the grand total of one that meets my needs, so demoralised I did not like it so did not buy it.

On this site I found at least half a dozen designs, in numerous colours and all at affordable prices!  Spoilt for choice.

Monday, we are shopping apparently, lol, so she can claim the free gift 

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2015 in people

 

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The Kitchens Have It!

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When a General Election comes around the masses of Joe Public are forced to consider where to place their all-powerful X. It is often a difficult process, so much to consider, the pros and cons of taxation, health, education, defence, immigration, economics, etc, all these complicated intertwined aspects that want to affect the change in our pockets.

This time, however, our wonderous helpful press have whittled through it all and found a way to help us weary voters decide.  The kitchen, the hub of the home and now the heart of government. So the kitchens will decide who I shall vote for.

Farrage is out, I doubt he even knows where the kitchen is unless his has a beer fridge.
the Green Party, are kitchen within their green ways?
Clegg is out, he always seems to be in some one else’s kitchen.
Milliband is out, well who can trust someone who slurps his morning tea from a bland striped mug!
Cameron … Hmm … We’ve been treated to two and in both I’ve seen a foot stuff that is the same brand as something I like. We share the same affection for mayonnaise … That’s where I will confidently strike my cross.

Of course folks, this whole post is pure annoyed sarcasm. Our media has turned everything into such celebutard mockery, all desperately trying to engraciate themselves to everyone, offend no-one, commit to nothing and covert affection rather than explain and sell hard truths.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Every tear has its own mend

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HELP!!!!  Have you made a smart fix of something you find useful?  I am on the hunt for things we have that have broken that we have fixed to still be useable, rather than just chuck it and buy a new one.

If you have any items and can take a photo of them for me and send them in a message, that would be awesome.

I am trying to help a friend with her Uni finals project.

Thank you 

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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