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    Whatever we tried the buzzing persisted I rang the lighting shop for advice they accidentally cut me off and by the time I managed to get through again they had mysteriously discontinued the light said I could keep it and offered a full refund I pointed out I d had the ceiling strengthened and plastered around said light They offered further apologies and asked me to complete their marketing survey I ve opted for a plain on off switch The buzzing has gone only to be replaced by a high tone It s a D for those interested As the experts say dimming is a dark art 01 Jul 20 000 steps There s nothing finer than the smell of a piping hot pizza fresh from it s wood fired oven I ve been waiting for thirty minutes but I don t care because we re at Glastonbury Festival and the sun is shining James Bay has just played a beautiful set and I m pondering to myself how young he looked then it hits me he s the same age as our hero how is that even possible and why is that 12 year old over there dressed as policeman Before things turns too maudlin my pizza arrives in a topless box a thing of beauty I gaze in smug awe How thoughtful I muse no bits of cheese sticking to the lid worries for me It is at this precise second the heavens open and literally tip a bucket of water over my lovely ham and mushroom thin crust I glance up at the pizza attendant with a pleading eye hoping for another box but she s not having any of it Using the hat I just purchased to keep the sun off my bonce as a shield I run for cover gallantly I have placed Mud s pizza box under mine in a bid to keep her goat cheese and pesto dry she owes me big Within minutes paradise has turned to carnage Everything I have brought to wear is soaking including my trusty waterproof which I work out is nearly as old as James Bay We sit steaming literally in a humid bar tent for a good while waiting for the rain to stop I diligently push all reoccurring thoughts of getting a cab home out of the way and try to look like I m having a marvellous time The sun obviously a Lulu fan finally makes an appearance just as the great lady takes to the Avalon stage some three hours later Cheered by that and a salted caramel brownie Muddy and I head over to The Other Stage to watch Mark Ronson who delivers the most incredible hour of music Brilliantly put together and superbly paced he brings on guest after guest including Boy George who looks and sounds fabulous Grand Master Flash Mary J Blige and George Clinton his closing number causes what feels like a small earthquake on site as tens of thousands of people shake their stuff to Uptown Funk Glastonbury Tremendous live music wonderful food and 20 000 steps on the pedometer 24 Jun Dust Definition of dust 1 NOUN Fine dry powder consisting of tiny particles of earth or waste matter lying on the ground or on surfaces or carried in the air or up one s nose Did you know once disturbed it can take up to 2 hours for a dust mite to re settle I should know since work began on the study it s literally everywhere brick dust sawdust dust dust Henry is cowering in a corner stuffed and dejected Not being the most tolerant person on the planet three weeks in I feel like I m in a John Steinbeck book memories of GCSE English prompted me to look on line for a witty Grapes of Wrath quote to impress you with instead I ve just spent the last hour reading about the devastating effects the Dust Bowl of the 1930 s had on America During the First World War the price of wheat was high and so farmers flocked the the Great Plains of America to grow the stuff Unfortunately the land wasn t properly irrigated it was difficult to manage without the characteristic high winds and hot sun adding to the fun There followed a great draught which lasted almost a decade In states like Oklahoma Nebraska and Kansas the top soil began to blow away and with it any chance for farmers to keep their livelihoods By 1934 dust began to darken the skies dust storms became a regular occurrence and when one hit houses would be literally caked with dust inside and out within a few hours It got into everything linens dishes and food supplies Cattle and horses perished along with machinery Families lost everything I read an account of what Steinbeck witnessed during visits to the squatters camps of California squalid dumps housing farmers labourers and their families desperately trying to earn enough to feed their starving families written three years before The Grapes of Wrath was published it s absolutely heartbreaking More so when you think this happened during the Great Depression when few people had any spare money to help others Steinbeck s people showed great resilience So on principle I will stop whinging about any dust blowing about the house Town is full of festival goers buying their supplies all ready for the weekend and we all know what dust turns into when it gets wet and there s always plenty of it to be found at Glastonbury 17 Jun The Wheels on the Bus As I write this I am on a mission to get to Manchester to rehearse with the Halle Orchestra at 3pm Due to circumstances I won t bore you with I ve ended up on the 376 from Glastonbury to Bristol I never think of catching a bus instead of the train but as Glasters is a bit off

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    car Buckingham Palace Parliament Square the embankment Tower Bridge etc Sunday would be spent pretty much on Oxford Street shopping the weekend would be rounded off with a trip to Radio 2 as I had to do my show in the evening Driving along the M3 rain lashing at the car we heard to our dismay Graham Norton and travel expert Bobby Prior warning people that London was in a total state of gridlock because of the Lord Mayor s Show I assumed the Lord Mayor s Show to be Boris doing the rounds but no I hear you all shout The Lord Mayor is an entirely different kettle of fish the 686th title holder is Fiona Woolf CBE only the second woman to receive this honour in 824 years there s progress for you It seems Fiona s parade followed the exact route we were aiming for and blocked us at every opportunity that said we ended up seeing interesting parts of London none of us had ever seen before Having eventually got fed up of the diversions Muddy headed for Soho after a lovely Mexican meal we strolled over to Covent Garden in time to see Fiona s Fireworks lighting up the sky over the embankment After a good night s sleep our plan was to head out early to try to see some of the things we d missed yesterday Knowing it was Remembrance Sunday I thought it would be busy but hadn t appreciated how much of west London is blocked off Buckingham Palace was a no An hour of chaos later we edge into Trafalgar Square to be pushed back by police to let the Salvation Army Band parade past who incidentally sounded great Much shopping and a radio show later we left the BBC

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    is excellent for weight loss and let s be honest I can certainly afford to miss a meal or two Sunday saw the start of my new Radio 2 show now unscripted and live featuring the best of big band and swing old and new The last thing I wanted to do was get stuck in traffic that A303 can be tricky so set off for London ridiculously early leaving more time than even my dad would ve to get to Manchester airport Sitting in Chris Evan s chair which incidentally is in much better nick than Ken Bruce s I watched the clock tick and listened to the 9 o clock news in a way I never had before As the show jingle kicked in I couldn t help thinking Chris Evans must be very tall my little legs are dangling off the floor that and Clare why on earth do you put yourself in these terrifying situations The green light went on and the next 2 hours were a complete blur As soon as the texts and emails started rolling in from real life people actually listening and responding to the music I relaxed and started to really enjoy myself What s not to enjoy about playing some of the greatest records ever made There was also a nice selection of biscuits in the control room At one point in the second hour during a particularly swingy tune incidentally Chris Evan s chair is better than both Steve Wright s and Ken Bruce s for bopping about in out of the corner of my eye I noticed a new blue light was flashing What does the flashing blue light mean chaps I casually asked the busy people in the glass box Oh no that s the fire alarm

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    was the event very well attended there was a lovely buzz amongst the audience who were all happy to be enjoying good music in beautiful shiny surroundings although I have it on good authority that seat 11 in the front row is surprisingly uncomfortable This is brilliant news for Yorkshire so if you re in the area have a look the programme looks exciting Other big news in our world This Sunday will see the launch of my new Radio 2 show The theme is still very much the joyous world of big band old and new with sessions and archive from the BBC Big Band plus lots of new features and the odd special guest though I m hoping they won t all be odd So how do I seamlessly jump from a one hour pre recorded scripted radio show to a two hour live unscripted radio show Fortunately I have a marvellous team to help me headed up by Barrowlands Boyd who many will remember as Terry Wogan s producer on the breakfast show ably assisted by one of my regular producers Cali Practices have gone well on the whole Now Clare all you have to do is push the fader up to open your microphone when you first open your mouth and push the fader down to close the microphone when you finish speaking you ll be fine it s just like driving Clearly neither of the producers have ever seen me drive I listened back to the very first hour and a few seconds after every link you can hear the studio manager kindly and always politely say and close the mic If I want to talk to the people in the glass box while the records are playing I have a small square talk back

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    being asked to sing at David s surprise 85th Birthday party at The Ivy Restaurant in London The guest list was extraordinary incredible songwriters including Tony Hatch Don Black Sir Tim Rice not to mention the cream of British broadcasting Sir Terry Wogan Chris Evans and Ken Bruce not to mention national treasures Dame Vera Lynn and June Whitfield and members of David s very close knit family including his dear wife Lindsay After dinner David stood up and delivered a 20 minute address it was superb Sparklingly witty erudite and suave this softly spoken and most debonair gentleman enchanted the assembled cast with brilliantly funny anecdotes concerning some of the many mega stars and royal figures he d rubbed shoulders with throughout his career spanning seven decades There was an overwhelming sense of warmth emanating from him and from the people gathered to celebrate his birthday toward him David Lewis Jacobs CBE was born in 1926 and rose to prominence as the presenter of the popular TV show Juke Box Jury he also presented the BBC Radio 4 political show Any Questions He provided the UK commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest before Sir Terry Wogan and was one of the four original presenters of Top of the Pops when it started in 1964 From 1998 to just a few weeks ago he d presented a wonderful easy listening Radio 2 show that followed mine on Sunday evenings called the David Jacobs Collection I tell you I wish I had his record collection He had great taste in music and I m not just saying that because he would on occasion play my records no the music he played was an irresistible blend of classic songs performed by the greats of yesteryear rich in quality and sophistication I had

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    of constantly being swamped with news of Olympic security this and Olympic torch that Don t get me wrong I think it s a wonderful thing and I m a great supporter of people striving to achieve their best Mum is a huge sports fan and has her new chair lined up and ready in front of the telly However if you re looking for a fresh angle on all things Olympic I implore you to listen to Radio 2 s The Ballads Of The Games Monday evenings at 10pm When controller of Radio 2 Bob Shennon asked me last week if I d heard any of the Olympic ballads I thought he must be referring to Status Quo s latest effort The Winner but no thankfully not The Ballads of The Games is a stunning six part series recalling many fascinating and incredible moments of Olympic history Sixty new songs have been written and performed by some of the best folk writers and singers in the business Chris While Julie Matthews Chris Wood Jez Lowe Boo Hewerdine Steve Tilston and Martin Simpson Whoever would have thought that sport and folk music could sit so happily together The songs are so engaging and effortlessly capture the tales of strength and character of joy sorrow disappointment and triumph There is one song so far that absolutely knocked me for six written by Julie Matthews and sung exquisitely by Chris While Nie Wieder tells the story of high jumper Gretel Bergman now 97 who was dropped from the German team because she was Jewish at the Berlin Olympics of 1936 The same games that saw Jewish American sprinters Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller dropped from the relay so as not to upset the Nazis The fact that one of their replacements was

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    was the event very well attended there was a lovely buzz amongst the audience who were all happy to be enjoying good music in beautiful shiny surroundings although I have it on good authority that seat 11 in the front row is surprisingly uncomfortable This is brilliant news for Yorkshire so if you re in the area have a look the programme looks exciting Other big news in our world This Sunday will see the launch of my new Radio 2 show The theme is still very much the joyous world of big band old and new with sessions and archive from the BBC Big Band plus lots of new features and the odd special guest though I m hoping they won t all be odd So how do I seamlessly jump from a one hour pre recorded scripted radio show to a two hour live unscripted radio show Fortunately I have a marvellous team to help me headed up by Barrowlands Boyd who many will remember as Terry Wogan s producer on the breakfast show ably assisted by one of my regular producers Cali Practices have gone well on the whole Now Clare all you have to do is push the fader up to open your microphone when you first open your mouth and push the fader down to close the microphone when you finish speaking you ll be fine it s just like driving Clearly neither of the producers have ever seen me drive I listened back to the very first hour and a few seconds after every link you can hear the studio manager kindly and always politely say and close the mic If I want to talk to the people in the glass box while the records are playing I have a small square talk back

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    always struggled to appreciate the considerable works of Leonard Cohen That was until I heard Jeff Buckley s version of Hallelujah It s curious that Leonard s own version left me cold but yet Jeff Buckley s and later KD Lang s interpretations made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up Moaney Mitchell is another example for years her piercing high voice kept getting in the way of the songs so I gave up bothering to listen Until I heard my dear friend Ian Shaw sing Case Of You and River in his set and was blown away I m sure my voice and writing has the same effect on some people hopefully not too many Something I ve found researching the Great British Songbook is that if a song is built well it can withstand any amount of interpretation and tinkering Take for example Ewan Maccol s beautiful song The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face as sung by the lady he wrote it for Peggy Seeger The original couldn t sound more different to what most would call the definitive version lovingly recorded by the fantastic Roberta Flack Speaking of different interpretations a funny

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