Zoe Lyons and Raspberry Pi on the play list at Severn FM
By Bodger21 | Sunday, February 10, 2013, 09:49
Severn Bore host Andy Clarke warned that he was prepared to Stand and Deliver a carefully-planned and finely-tuned breakfast show when I asked if I could join the crew last weekend.
Severn Bore Breakfast Show host Andy Clarke and his entourage - Caro Kingsnorth and Barry Kirby.
Slightly concerned that I may have thrown a bit of a spanner in the works with my 11th-hour request to tag along, I half suspected a slightly frosty response from Andy when I entered the studio five minutes after the show had actually started - timekeeping has always been a bit of an issue for me, I'm afraid.
Andy might be forgiven for thinking that I had been sent by a rival radio station to deliberately sabotage his efforts to 'stick to the programme', but he's fast-learning that I am equally - if not more - shambolic than he is when it comes to being prepared.
So, far from being annoyed with Calamity Jane here, he was, as ever, the perfect Prince Charming.
And, in case you hadn't guessed yet, the theme for last Saturday's show was Adam Ant - in celebration of the legendary '70s/'80s New Wave/post-punk star's new solo album, Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter - and breathe!
I was there to shamelessly plug Local People's fantastic new competition in which the people of Quedgeley, Hardwicke and Kingsway could be in with a chance of winning a holiday for two to beautiful Barbados by entering its Great Escape poll.
But also on the morning's schedule, which I had so gracelessly gatecrashed - and which had been so beautifully type-written by Andy too - were a live telephone interview with comedienne Zoe Lyons (Mock the Week, Live at the Comedy Store, The Paul O'Grady Show, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow), Raspberry Pi (and no, that's not a typo), brave Abby's quest to beat rare bone cancer, as featured in the previous day's Citizen article and Andy's impending flying lesson - he was due to take off from Gloucestershire Airport at 3pm later that day.
As usual, Andy was aided and abetted by his motley breakfast show crew of Barry Kirby and Caro Kingsnorth, who contribute to the witty banter and gentle leg pulling indicative of a typical Saturday morning (between 8am and 10am, at least) in the community radio station, based in the former school house at Pound Lane in Hardwicke.
So after a fantastic three minutes of Ant Music, to which Caro and I bopped along enthusiastically - gosh, it took me right back to 1981 and memories of an 11-year-old me with my first popstar crush and dozens of Adam and the Ants posters Blue-Tacked to the woodchip - the first topic up for discussion was the Raspberry Pi.
"What is a Raspberry Pi?" you might ask. Well, for the answer to this, and many other questions - such as 'Why is Andy taking flying lessons when he's absolutely terrified of flying?' - listen again to last Saturday's Severn Bore Breakfast Show by visiting www.severnfm.com, scrolling down to 'Listen again on Severn FM Encore' clicking on 'Shows', then, in the dropdown menu, clicking on 'Severn Bore Breakfast Show' then '2nd Feb 2013 - Episode 83'.
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