Tag Archives: BBC

Fake finance guru fools all on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (Rousse)

We were all horrified when my niece BM announced at the breakfast table that she was about to be interviewed by a financial journalist on Radio 4’s Today programme. What on earth did she know about big business? It was … Continue reading

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Chatting with Kylie Minogue and Melanie Sykes in make-up at the BBC (Rousse)

Since the BBC opened up its building to everyone it had the feel of a public library on a busy Saturday afternoon. Some offices were off-limits but – just as my mother and I had done – you could plonk … Continue reading

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How to keep a loving relationship alive (Rousse)

Everyone was raving about a new BBC lifestyle documentary about keeping a loving relationship alive – starring my cousin SA and his wife LA! The quality of the production was superb, and it was no surprise that this show was … Continue reading

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An afternoon with Killing Eve star Sandra Oh (Rousse)

I met my book group pals in Edinburgh’s Dean Village. MH instructed us to follow the steep overgrown path down to the Water of Leith. I willingly obeyed, unaware that the path was, in fact, a tight tunnel. Half way … Continue reading

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A visit to the Manchester United and BBC comb factory (Belle)

I was guest of honour on a tour of the comb factory. Away from the production lines the offices doubled as BBC newsrooms while the glass windows looked out over the Old Trafford pitch. They showed me a video of … Continue reading

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A failed rail journey to Northfield (Rousse)

The young woman and I left the Chil gig and walked to the small railway station. Our journey home should have been straightforward, but we missed one train because we weren’t paying attention to the platform announcements, another because we … Continue reading

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Blue Peter’s Patch lives! (Rousse)

As a former Blue Peter presenter, I cared for the programme’s dog Patch well into his old age. (Many people mistakenly believed the BBC’s story that the pet had died in the early 1970s. This simply was not true, and … Continue reading

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Tragedy on the ice at Edinburgh airport (Rousse)

I was one of hundreds of anonymous passengers stranded at Edinburgh airport, many of whom were returning home from ski-ing holidays. For entertainment the airline put on an evening display of ‘danses populaires’. JG took my arm and led me … Continue reading

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Lunch with Barry Cryer (Rousse)

I took pity on Barry Cryer, dining alone at a table for two. He recognised me when I joined him, and seemed to welcome my company. We discussed my ‘secret talent’, and the pleasure of revealing to others that I … Continue reading

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Is Dr Who to blame for a shrinking world? (Rousse)

When the elevator doors opened I was disappointed to see that the lift was minuscule. How would we all fit in there? ‘Just go in one at a time’ my colleague suggested. It was clear that she could not see … Continue reading

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