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  1. JohnS


    Vadreaming of a White Christmas? I'm afraid cryptic crosswords are way beyond me ... even when I see the answers.
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    Although finding out who the favourites are may be a little more transparent. I for one have rather enjoyed this thread, with Rob's clue from July 29 certainly appealing to my sense of quirkiness.
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    Hasn't your favourite recently got married but I don't know if she takes her husband's name?
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    Doesn't it depend on who else is dancing although there may be a recent name change?
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    Eddie Mair

    I see Eddie is still writing fur Radio Times and he suggests he might have a column next week, although I'm now not sure in light of recent events if this is a bit of a tease. I always think of the Radio Times as being a BBC magazine but of course it's been much more than that for many years and rather good to see that from 18 August it's actually printing LBC schedules.
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    Eddie Mair

    So Eddie calls in sick for Thursday and Friday and avoids his broadcast leaving do - inimitable to the last. I've rather liked the last few minutes of Sue MacGregor, Jim Naughtie and Sarah Montague saying their goodbyes on Today in recent years but Eddie clearly didn't wish to put himself in that position and is happy to argue the programme is more important than a presenter - I can almost hear the 'here today, gone tomorrow' aspersion. But Eddie has been the lead PM presenter for 20 years and I'd have welcomed something more reflective from him and his colleagues. Perhaps Eddie prefers the written word rather than being the interviewee when it comes to more personal reflections and we'll just have to wait for a new edition of 'A Good Face for Radio'. I can sympathise to some extent but it seems a little ironic that the master interviewer who puts so many people at ease enabling them to tell their stories so lucidly and unhurriedly is uncomfortable at the prospect of swapping roles. Perhaps it's a recognition of the vacuum left at the BBC following Eddie's resignation, although I'm increasingly impressed with Paddy O'Connell on Broadcasting House and A Life's Work where I thought his recent handling of the discussion with the funeral directors was excellent. Paddy helping Eddie say his goodbyes to PM was what I must say I was hoping for as I doubt if even Eddie would interview himself ... at least for public broadcast. As I say truly inimitable and many thanks Eddie for 20 years of PM, including bringing much needed sunshine. So perhaps Wednesday's finale was fitting, even if the audience would only understand when hearing later of Eddie's 48 hour 'cold'.
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    Eddie Mair

    Only if you're Boris Johnson and you realise Eddie has bothered to prepare for the interview and your attempts to wing it will fail - I recall Eddie quizzing Johnson about the Conservative party's manifesto and it was obvious that Johnson's grasp of the subject was based at best on a quick flick through the pages (checking if he featured in any photos?) but he had not read anything.
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    Eddie Mair

    Thanks Duck. Chris Mason is shown as doing PM 13 to 17 August so I'm sorry to say 10 August is Eddie's last PM broadcast. The new Radio Times also has some reflections from Eddie and confirmation about 10 August and his (forlorn) hope that his last programme is simply another edition. The article still has his 'Read Eddie Mair every week in the Radio Times' at the foot but we'll have to see what happens in the next issue (18 August).
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    Eddie Mair

    Last PM programme with Eddie Mair this Friday 10 August and enormous thanks and appreciation to Eddie for 20 years of PM. A great broadcaster and a massive loss to the BBC. His demolitions of Boris Johnson (and many others) have been forensic and good to hear the over inflated properly skewered. He has always been prepared to give the interviewee time, particularly those unfamiliar with being interviewed, and the series of interviews with Steve Hewlett must be amongst the BBC's finest jewels. I wish Eddie all the best at LBC and may try to find his programme on the web but can't help thinking that I hope he returns to the BBC.
  10. I very much appreciate the comments people have generously made about my wife's organ donation. I'd wondered whether to include the news from the recipient and her handwritten note but there was a lot of coverage about organ donation on this Sunday's Broadcasting House and the encouragement given to donors' families to say something of their experiences so I thought I would. Balletfanp is quite correct and I think Olivia Cowley has done this more than once. We were delighted to get Anna Rose O'Sullivan's signed pointe shoes a couple of years ago. And back again to the kindness of dancers, I did receive a completely unexpected package from one dancer with used pointe shoes and handwritten note. So despite all the froth and immediacy of social media, there are times when people do turn to more traditional forms of communication and I'm sure this will long continue.
  11. Whilst social media does provide such ready access as fashionista says, I've been very touched by the kindnesses shown by a number of Royal Ballet dancers in acknowledging messages, small gifts etc in traditional ways. And it is so good to receive a written letter. My wife died shortly before the June 2017 election and I received a number of emails reminding her to use her postal vote. I contacted our MP's office to explain the position and received a beautiful, handwritten letter from our MP when she was back in the House of Commons. And recently, quite out of the blue, I received a 'thank you' card from a recipient of one of my wife's kidneys, now fully fit, back riding her horse and eventing, and able once again to enjoy being the wife and mother for her family - again beautifully written and wonderful to hear how transformational the kidney transplant has been.
  12. I'm afraid I'm getting increasingly irritated when organisations and interviewees can't simply admit a mistake, apologise, make a correction and move on. The downside is I'll have to find ways of coping with higher levels of irritation so I'm very pleased to find out the local cinema is showing the Akram Khan Giselle on Monday evening.
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    Proms 2018

    I don't think there's yet a thread for this year's Proms but there have been one or two mentions elsewhere on the Forum. Highlights for me so far, and I'm still very much in catch up mode, have been Messian's Turangalia Symphony (Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra) which always brings a smile as it's so infectious; Alisa Weilerstein playing the Shostakovich 1st 'cello concerto with Karina Canellakis conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and then her Bach encore; and a fabulous Steve Reich Drumming Part 1 by 4 Young Musician permission winners as part of the Young Musician Prom - I know Steve Reich isn't everybody's cup of tea (Multiverse) but this I think is well worth catching.
  14. I'd love to see Pierrot Lunaire and also MacMillan's Different Drummer - neither of which I've seen. The recent Barbican MacMillan 'Steps back in time' was a real appetiser for neglected work.
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    My first night at work tonight since 1996.

    All good wishes Lisa and to your son in his studies. I was very sorry to read about Pumpkin and hope you and Biscuit are settling.