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March 2014

Pyjamas on the school run

28th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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An article out today suggests that women’s self confidence is at an all time low and one of the reasons is that 11% of women feel they’re judged on their appearance when dropping the kids off at school. We wanted to know if this was the case on Wearside.........and to be honest it would seem that most mams aren’t really bothered about their appearance on the school run because they’re far too busy trying to get the kids ready. In fact some comments on Facebook even suggested that mams in our area do the school run in their pj’s!!!! I can’t remember seeing any mams wearing pyjamas when I used to go to school, please say it’s not happening these days. It takes two minutes to change into a pair of jeans and a t-shirt! If there are parents out there doing this it’s good that you’re not bothered what people think about you which I’m guessing would mean your self confidence isn’t low at all, but please stop it, how embarrassing must it be for your kids!!

A woman in the North East whose self confidence must be at an all time high right now is Joanne Milne. The 40 year old suffers from a rare condition called Usher Syndrome which affects a person’s hearing, sight and balance. Joanne has been deaf since birth, and last month had an operation to have cochlear implants fitted. A video posted today shows the moment that Joanne hears for the very first time and unless your heart is made of stone you’ll be crying like a baby. It’s such an overwhelming moment when she hears a doctor recite the days of the week and she can’t hold in her emotions.

If you don’t have plans tonight, get yourself to Washington for the launch of Champs Bar & Grill. You can put your dart and pool skills to the test and take on Simon or Micky Horswill........it’s going to be hilarious.

Catch you all on Tuesday.........that's right I've got a cheeky 3 day weekend ahead!

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:51am

When rats attack!

27th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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Has anyone read a Beatrix Potter story called “The Tale of Samuel Whiskers”? It’s about a really big fat rat called Samuel who lives in the attic of Tom Kittens house. One day Samuel captures Tom and tries to turn him into a pudding by rolling him up in pastry that he steals from the kitchen. There is a reason behind me telling that story as it could actually happen one day! A family in Sweden have just caught a 15 inch rat that had been terrorising their family cat for months!!! The animal is thought to be a Viking Rat and had managed to chew through concrete and wood to live behind the family’s dishwasher. It became so domesticated that sometimes it would just sit under the kitchen table chillin' out!!!!!!!!! It's disgusting, even pest controllers said they’d never seen a rat so big. I can’t be the only one who feels sick at the thought that something that big could be hiding in my kitchen!

I’m surprising myself at how dedicated and committed I am to the 10k. I had the chance to miss a running session and go bowling with everyone at work last night, and even with the prospect of free food I kindly declined!!!! What’s happened to me???? I’m refusing FREE FOOD!! Don’t let all my hard work go to waste; get sponsoring now to raise money for the NSPCC Sunderland www.justgiving.com/DanielleMoore1034

It’s your last chance tomorrow morning to bag yourself VIP tickets to the launch of ‘Champs Bar & Grill’ in Washington. Give us a ring to take part in our ‘Champ or Grill’ game. We’ll give you the name of something and all you have to do is tell us if it’s the name of a champ I.E a sports star, or the name of something you put on a grill?? Simples.

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:48am

To strike or not to strike......that is the question

26th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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With some schools closed today due to a teachers strike, a few of you vented your frustration on Facebook. Comments that were posted were pretty much split down the middle – some were for the strike and others weren’t. Now I’m going to try and be as diplomatic as possible: I understand that a lot of parents have had to use holidays at work so that they can look after their kids because the schools are closed and I can see how that would be frustrating, but then on the other hand if you’re not a teacher, how can you question the reasons behind their strike???? I suppose that’s a debate in itself.

Steve Cram was back today to give me my running tips for week 4. The last 3 weeks have flown by and I’m impressed at my own motivation to go out running after I’ve been to work. Steve looked pleased that I’ve stuck to his training plan, which is good as I definitely don’t want to let him down. He said that because I’ve now got a routine going, and I’ve added variation to my sessions I should now try to focus on adding some distance. He wants me to add a few hill sessions to keep my heart rate moving around and also extend one of my running sessions to 40 minutes instead of 30. If like me you’re training for the 10k for the first time, then you should listen to Steve’s tips over the last 3 weeks, they’ve been really beneficial for me, and if I can do it anyone can!!

Round 3 of our new competition ‘Champ or Grill’ didn’t go as planned this morning.........John Paul was a loser!! He actually thought that Veal Oscar and Lobster Newberg were names of sports stars...............Aw well, tune in for tomorrow’s chance to bag yourself those VIP tickets to the launch night of Champs Bar & Grill in Washington on Friday.

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 12:11pm

Bring back Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Free!

25th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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I was little tired this morning as I stayed out late on a school night........it was worth it though!!! I took my mam to the Empire last night to see The Beatles musical ‘Let It Be’. I honestly didn’t know what to expect and it was amazing!!! Quite possibly one of, or even the best things I’ve seen at the theatre. The lads imitating Paul, John, George and Ringo were unreal; unbelievably talented and they sounded so much like the real thing it was as though you were at an original Beatles concert. My mam was taken back to her youth; apologies to those sat in a 5 feet radius.........yes the woman singing, screaming and dancing was in fact my mother, who thoroughly enjoyed herself! It’s definitely a must see and I guarantee you will not be left disappointed.

A few of you on Facebook actually suggested ‘The Beatles’, when we asked if there was any band you’d like to see reunited. I definitely agree with you on that one, however I don’t agree with bringing back ‘The Krankies’ or ‘Ken Dodd and the Diddymen’.

We had a really good afternoon yesterday. If you didn’t notice on Twitter, Simon was posting a few teaser shots of how our photo shoot was going. That’s right, we had a photo shoot.........Simon even got asked to straddle a car!!!!! Anyway, one of the photo’s Simon kindly posted to the world was one of the 2 of us; don’t be surprised if I look like a giant, yes I’m standing on a box! I didn’t actually realise how short I am, so thanks for that Simon, now everyone can see my stumpy little legs.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for round 3 of ‘Champ or Grill’ to try and bag yourselves VIP tickets to the opening of ‘Champs Bar & Grill’ in Washington on Friday.

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:54am

What song sums up your weekend???

24th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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I don’t know about you but I was having a brilliant weekend until last night. On Friday I spent the afternoon watching my little sister try on wedding dresses! I didn’t know what to expect; seeing as she’s the baby of the family I was unsure how I’d feel seeing her so grown up. It was tears all round as she walked out wearing the most perfect dress I’ve ever seen. Safe to say me, my mam and sister in law were bawling our eyes out. After spending all day and night with my niece and nephew on Saturday and then shopping with my mam yesterday afternoon I was a tad annoyed that someone would try and rain on my parade. No surprise that I woke up this morning thinking “What a difference a day makes”.

We wanted to know what one song would sum up your weekend. A lot of you on Facebook were trying to feel positive after the football result on Saturday with suggestions of “Things can only get better” and “The only way is up”, and some of you must have got out the right side of bed this morning suggesting songs like “Walking on Sunshine” and Pharrell’s “Happy”. My favourite on Facebook was Joanne’s suggestion of Mis-Teeq’s single “One Night Stand”..........I wonder what Joanne was up to over the weekend!?!?

We kicked off our new competition this morning ‘Champ or Grill?’ We’re giving you the chance to join me and Simon on Friday as a VIP at the launch of the new ‘Champs Bar & Grill’ in Washington. We give you 5 names and you have to tell us if they’re names of sports champs or names of things you’d put on a grill.........'Champ or Grill'.....get it?!

Anyway tuna in for round 2 tomorrow................

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:22am

No Make-up selfies and Socks on C***s

21st March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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You’ve probably noticed all the ‘no make-up selfies’ making the rounds on Facebook this week. At first I didn’t understand how taking a photo of yourself with no make-up on would raise awareness for breast cancer; however the point is that if you upload a photo you then have to make a donation to Cancer Research UK. Instead of taking a photo of myself with no make-up on which would’ve scared the bejesus out of people I just made the donation. There’s actually a way lads can join in; you need to post a photo of yourself wearing a sock, and only a sock.......however this sock is not on your foot, it should be worn on a part of your body that rhymes with sock and it’s to create awareness for prostate cancer. Lads take the photo and then make a donation. It’s all for charity and the no make-up selfies donations raised £1million in 24 hours!!!! Simon was hoping to get involved but we couldn't find a sock small enough..........

I noticed on Twitter today that Tom Fletcher from McFly / McBusted has released a video tribute to his newborn baby son; named “Buzz Michelangelo” ...........aside from the name the video is amazing!!! Tom is definitely a dab hand at creating videos to show his love for something, or someone. You might remember the speech he made at his wedding which has had over 12 million views on YouTube, or you might even remember how he and his wife announced that they were expecting a baby by carving out pumpkins on Halloween. Well this video beats them both; Tom took photos of his wife everyday throughout her pregnancy and he’s edited them together to show her bump getting bigger and bigger. In the video Tom’s singing a song called “Something New” and at the end when little Buzz appears, Mr Grundy cried like a baby........he’s such a wimp! You have to watch it though, it’s brilliant!!

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you’ve got planned. I’m off to watch my younger sister try on wedding dresses.......that’s right, ‘younger’ sister! I just hope they hand out free champagne while I’m there!!

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:50am

It's officially Spring!!

20th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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I thought there might have been something funny in the air last night because I had a weird dream that I took Una from The Saturdays’ kids to Florida, however she only has a little girl and in my dream there were 2 kids in their teens. Simon had a weird dream as well, although it was about me and he says he can’t remember exactly what it was??? Maybe freaky dreams have something to do with the ‘Spring Equinox’? Not only is today the first day of spring but it’s also the ‘Spring Equinox’ which means that the sun will shine directly along the equator. It only ever happens twice a year and when it does, the length of the day and night will be the same. I.E the sun rose at 6.09am this morning and should therefore set at 6.09pm. Just another fun fact I thought you’d appreciate!

I had such a good laugh with the Sun FM team last night. Me, Simon, Mark Black, Tim West and Roger Kennedy went to Laser Quest in the town and it was hilarious! It would seem Mark Black is a secret MI5 spy who in his spare time practices sniper shots in his back garden! Not only did we have fun but it’s also a good workout session as well! I didn’t get the “don’t wear white” memo so I was an easy target. I think because I was the only girl on the team the lads working at Laser Quest helped me out by giving me a couple of tips and telling me where everyone was hiding..............I still came third though, which isn’t too bad. I was furious I didn’t beat Simon but at least I didn’t do as bad as Tim. I don’t want to be harsh but he ended up with -6 points!

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:22am

This time next year we'll be millionaires!!!

19th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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Once again the Trotters are millionaires!!! I’m not talking about Del Boy and Rodney though; I’m talking about Neil Trotter and his wife from Surrey who were revealed as the winners of the £107 million Euromillions jackpot on Friday. It’s caused a little debate as some of you think it was a silly idea that he agreed to go public considering all the people who will now be begging for a handout. We were asking on Facebook if you’d won that amount of money what would be the first thing you’d buy????? The first thing Sharon would buy is a bodyguard, which would be understandable, especially if the whole world knows that you’re now a multi millionaire. A lot of you would buy a new house or go out for a celebratory drink. Personally the first thing I’d do is triple check that I definitely have the winning ticket, then I’d go out and drink my weight in champagne then in my drunken state phone all the people who’s ever wronged me and laugh uncontrollably down the phone, but that’s just me!!

Week 3 of my training and my mentor Steve Cram was back in the studio to give me more tips and advice for the upcoming week. He seemed pretty impressed with my progress so far and said I should’ve been able to achieve a 2 mile run without stopping. I’m nearly there.........I managed a mile and a half the other day so not far off! If like me you’re new to this running malarkey you’ll find Steve’s advice useful as well. Listen to all of Steve’s tips so far on our ‘Run Danni, Run!’ page. And don’t forget you can sponsor me at www.justgiving.com/DanielleMoore1034

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 11:35am

Bacon, Sausage and Egg, oh my!

18th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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Considering yesterday was a school night, it would seem that didn’t stop some of you celebrating St Paddy’s Day in style and ending up hungover this morning! I thought that only happened if it fell on a weekend, but alas some of you were pretty naughty and now you’re suffering. However we did want to help and asked you to get in touch with your favourite hangover cures. Whenever Simon’s feeling the aftermath of the night before he can always rely on a big greasy fry up to make him feel better. I on the other hand somehow end up with very sensitive teeth after a skinful so the only food I can manage to eat is mashed potato! A lot of you on Facebook suggested drinking lots of water and bingeing on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. A few of you even agreed with Simon and suggested our hungover listeners treat themselves to a full English. Kevin posted a lovely photo on Facebook of his fried egg sandwich and said it will taste even better washed down with a cup of tea!

A little bit of information as well for those who think that they shouldn’t be eating a Full English because it’s not good for you; Simon found an article out today that suggests eating saturated fats isn’t a bad thing after all!! Apparently there’s no evidence of a link between saturated fat and heart disease. I suppose as long as they’re part of a balanced diet it should be ok. That’s good to know, seeing as I still haven’t been able to give cheese up for lent, it only lasted a couple of days!

Finally, another quick update on my Sunderland 10k training; I managed to run a full mile and a half last night without stopping!!!! I was also called Forrest Gump and knocked into a bush by a cyclist but every cloud I suppose! Don’t forget you can sponsor me at www.justgiving.com/DanielleMoore1034

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:04am

Top o' the mornin' to ya

17th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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Well it’s St Patrick’s Day today, and I’m guessing the majority of you will know this date better than you do St George’s day........Anyway it’s much better when it falls on a weekend so we can all enjoy a wild night of drinking, singing and trying to do the Riverdance, but alas, today is Monday and therefore we all have work tomorrow morning, but it shouldn’t stop us making our coffees a little Irish this morning.

You might think we have no reason to celebrate St Paddy’s day but you’d be wrong. Did you know that due to Irish immigration during the industrial age when some Irish folk came to Wearside, they helped make Sunderland the biggest name in ship building? There’s a fun little fact for you today.

To celebrate, we kicked off the show asking you to give us your best limericks. Some of you on Facebook have some very poetic talents; however one or two of you don’t actually know how a limerick is formed. Simon gave you the first line and wanted you to finish it off; “There once was a manager called Gus.......”

My favourite was from Chris:

“There once was a manager called Gus,
Who had an impossible task when it came to us.
In the cup he took us all the way,
Where we all had an excellent day,
Whether we drop or stay up we're all aboard his bus.”

However, my favourite limerick of the whole day came from Kay who’s all the way in Dubai!!

“I have an app on my phone,
That brings me a bit of home,
From across the miles,
Sun FM gives me piles........
Of fun n' love in the sun."

Finally, just a quick update on my Sunderland 10k training. You’ll be pleased and perhaps shocked to hear that I was up at 8am on Saturday morning to go for a run!!!!!!! I was ridiculously chuffed with myself, although I’m beginning to ache now and I’ve started walking like John Wayne. Don’t forget you can sponsor me at www.justgiving.com/DanielleMoore1034

Hope you’re all drinking your Irish coffees this morning........I certainly am!!

 

Danni

 

Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:09am

Anyone fancy steak tonight???

14th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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Hurraaaaaahhhhhh!!!! It’s Friday!

I’ve got Auntie duties to look forward to this weekend. It’s my niece’s 6th birthday party tomorrow so no doubt I’ll be dragged up at some point to help out with party games! Unfortunately a few of you on Facebook will either be working or doing housework, so I suppose I can’t complain. I loved Iain McIntosh’s weekend plans “work work work pub match pub pub work” I like how he’s planning on mixing things up! Simon’s adamant that his weekend will be starting tonight with “Steak Night”. It’s full title is too ridiculous to even type. Apparently today, 14th March, is a day invented by a lad (obviously) called Tom Birdsey who felt that men deserved a day where women could show affection to their partner by giving them a big steak and also doing that one little thing that most women only do on special occasions! I’ll let your imagination run wild with that, if you don’t know exactly what it is just Google it. Anyway, it’s a load of rubbish, the reason behind this day is that men show their affection for their significant other by spending ludicrous amounts of money and showering them with gifts on Valentine’s day so the men deserve a day in return???? Now hang on a god darn pickin’ minute, do women not buy men cards and gifts on Valentine’s Day as well??????????? So there!!!!! In your face Simon!!

And in other news, we had Hayley Tamaddon on the show this morning talking to us about the upcoming Dancing on Ice tour that comes to the North East in a couple of weeks time. She was absolutely lovely and even hinted that after each show all the stars will try to meet audience members as a way to thank them for all their support for Dancing on Ice! Selfie time!!! Don’t panic if you missed our little chat, you can catch it again on our Listen Again page.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 12:26pm

Epic Fail!

13th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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It was the Prince’s Trust awards last night and it would seem that Joan Collins tried to recreate Ellen DeGeneres’s record breaking selfie. I’m being nice when I say she tried.......because she failed miserably! You must have seen the one Ellen tweeted when she was hosting the Oscars a couple of weeks ago. The selfie that was re-tweeted a record breaking 3.2 million times and ultimately crashed Twitter. It was brilliant and full of A list actors........Joan’s on the other hand wasn’t so good. Fair enough it had actors such as Sir Ben Kingsley and Jeremy Irons in it but first off, Prince Charles declined to pose for it, half of the other people had their heads cut off, it was blurry, and so far on twitter it's only been re-tweeted 346 times. Don’t panic Ellen, your record still stands....better luck next time Joan!

Steve Cram joined us in the studio yesterday to give me more advice while I’m training for the Sunderland 10k. Simon kindly reminded me this morning that he spoke to me about diet, and how cheese isn’t good for me. That’s because Simon spied a slice of cheddar on my desk today and threatened to throw it away. He thinks I’m ignoring the advice Steve’s giving me. I promise I’m sticking to Steve’s training regime and I know he said cheese wasn’t good for me but it’s only a slice, and technically he did say I need a balanced diet which of course would include cheese.......... Also, don’t forget that even though Steve’s training me, his advice the last 2 weeks is perfect for anyone taking part in the race. Listen again to all his advice on our “Run Danni, Run!” page.

Oh and just a little update that I’m on track with my training AND my diet, even if Simon disagrees, and I’d really appreciate it if you would sponsor me!!! I’m running on behalf of a great charity, the NSPCC Sunderland, and I know they’d also appreciate anything you could give!

www.justgiving.com/DanielleMoore1034

Thanking you in advance!

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:48am

Run Danni, Run!

12th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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Did you know that 25 years ago today back in 1989 Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web!! Imagine how different things would be if he hadn’t???? It’s definitely a life changing invention and we wanted to know what other inventions you feel have changed your life. A few of you on Facebook thought that inventions such as hair straighteners , kettles and dishwashers should be classed as life changing.........I beg to differ, seeing as you could actually survive without having a machine to wash your dishes. Trish on Facebook understood what we were asking and felt that machines in hospitals were life changing such as X-Ray machines and heart monitors and you can’t disagree with that!

Steve Cram was back in the studio this morning to see how my training was going. If you hadn’t heard, Steve Cram AKA ‘The Jarrow Arrow’ has agreed to mentor me while I train for the Sunderland 10k. He came in last week and gave me some really useful tips on how I should be training during the first week. I was pleased that I could tell him this morning that I stuck to his training regime, of 4 sessions a week, which he seemed happy with. His advice for week 2 is to stick to 4 sessions but instead of jogging/running I should try and include perhaps a cycling session. Now I don’t have a bike so I’ll have to think of a different way to mix up that session. Steve knows that I don’t do exercise so he wasn’t surprised when I told him that I was a little bit out of breath trying to run. He had some really good advice; basically you should run at a pace where you can keep up a conversation, whether it’s with someone you’re running with or just with yourself. That’s the best way to see if you’re running at the right pace. He also talked to me a bit about diet. I’m pleased to say that I have altered it slightly but I love cheese......I was supposed to be giving it up for lent and I haven’t been able to do that! Steve’s advice; as long as I eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water I should be ok.

Even though Steve’s training me, his advice the last 2 weeks is perfect for anyone taking part in the race. Listen again to all his advice and to see how my training’s going on our “Run Danni, Run!” page.

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:32am

How to tell if someone is lying.....

11th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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Simon surprised me this morning and bought me an early birthday present!! I found a story that suggests we shouldn’t have our mobile phones in our bedrooms when we go to bed. I think for most of us that would be hard because we use our phones as an alarm. But apparently having mobiles in the room at night is the main cause of disturbed sleep. If you use your phone when you’re lying in bed, the bright light sends a message to the brain that it’s daylight, which is why you might not be able to get to sleep. To fix that little problem, Simon bought me a brand new alarm clock, which was nice of him! He’s got one exactly the same and it’s supposed to imitate natural sunlight and gradually wakes you up as it gets brighter! I’m actually looking forward to getting it. Fingers crossed it helps me get a good night sleep!

Also this morning I explained different examples of body language, how you can spot them and what they mean. It definitely helps if you’re on a date with someone, you can tell if they’re interested or not. Or it will help to tell you if someone is lying! If a woman tilts her head exposing her neck when talking to a man then it means she finds him attractive. Apparently you can tell if a man is lying because he’ll either put his hands in his pockets, cross his arms or hide his palms in some way. And it’s true what they say about women being able to multitask because women try to look busy while they’re lying! I hope this bit of info doesn’t cause too much hassle at home tonight!!

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s show; Steve Cram’s coming back in to see how my first week of training’s gone and to give me more advice for week 2. I know he’ll be proud of me, I’m proud of myself! I’ve changed my diet and I’ve stuck to his training schedule!!! I just hope it pays off.

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:56am

Happy Monday!

10th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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New research has been released by health charity ‘Mind’ which shows that two thirds of us experience ‘Sunday Blues’; anxiety triggered by thoughts of work the following day. The research stated that workers in the North East are most likely to give themselves a pep talk on a Sunday so they can face their Monday morning workload. Because of this, the charity are hoping that they can make today ‘Happy Monday’; a chance for people to wake up and do something that makes them happy, whether its baking a cake or spending quality time with colleagues. In aid of this we wanted to know what makes you happy on a Monday morning. Personally, I think it depends on the weather, and seeing as it was nice and bright this morning, it definitely put me in a good mood. Most of you on Facebook said spending time with family and hearing your children laugh always cheers you up on a Monday morning.

Another thing that puts me in a good mood any day of the week is when I find some fun facts. Everyone’s heard of the 5 second rule; that if you drop food on the floor you have 5 seconds to pick it up and eat it before germs get on it.......well it’s been proven true!! Microbiologists at a university in America put the theory to the test by dropping food such as toast, pasta and sweets onto different surfaces and they found that pasta had to be picked up in 5 seconds to still be edible but toast could sit on a carpet for much longer before it was covered in bacteria! Simon’s a total germaphobe so he doesn’t believe this fun fact at all, but it’s been proven by scientists so it has to be true!

Just to keep you updated, I’m sticking to my training regime for the 10k because I don’t want to let Steve Cram down and I’ve even changed my diet!! Final thought for the day; you can’t eat a grapefruit with a spoon!

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:55am

You'll be laughing on the other side of your face in a minute!

7th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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We’ve all got that Friday feeling this morning, so much so that Simon and I got wrong off Stephen for laughing at a mistake he made when reading the news. Stephen came out with “You’ll be laughing on the other side of your face in a minute!” This just made us laugh even more! Remember when you were a kid and your parents would come out with phrases like that all the time and they never made any sense? We had to ask you on Facebook what condescending phrases your folks used to say to you. I remember when I was little and my grandad would babysit, whenever we asked him where my dad was, his response was either “he’s gone to the chemist for six eggs” or “he’s gone to see a man about a dog”. Simon’s dad would also use that phrase, and one day he actually came back with a dog! Debbie on Facebook came out with a corker “Don’t look at me with those eyes!” and Lyndsey mentioned one that my mam used to threaten us with all the time “Wait till your dad gets in!” It’s quite funny that we look back and ask why on earth did our parents say things that didn’t make any sense, but I bet if you’ve got kids of your own now you’re bound to come out with a few of them.

I went back to school last night, Monkwearmouth Academy to be exact. I was invited to go along and be a judge for their 'Search for a Star' talent show. It’s a competition that’s been going for 25 years and gives the kids from all secondary schools in the region a chance to showcase their talents. The heats take place at each school and the winners of those come together for the final which was last night. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect and I was blown away by everyone. They were all brilliant and I was thoroughly entertained but there was one girl who stood out among everyone; Chloe Robson of Southmoor School sang "I dreamed a dream" and I was gobsmacked at how amazing she was for just being a teenager! Because she won, the final of next years competition will be held at Southmoor School.......I hope I get invited back!

Hope you all have a fab weekend, I’m looking forward to doing absolutely nothing!

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:19am

#WorldBookDay

6th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

If you didn’t hear yesterday, I’ve been signed up to do the Sunderland 10k this year to raise money for the NSPCC Sunderland. I mentioned to Simon that I hadn’t even started training so in order to motivate me he brought in the big guns, in the form of Steve Cram! He’s agreed to be my mentor throughout my 8 week training period and I really don’t want to let him down. He gave me some great training tips for the first week and I’m pleased to say I started my training last night, and I’ve even changed my diet. Simon was surprised to see me eating granola and yoghurt this morning for breakfast instead of doughnuts and I’ve even brought salad in for dinner. I’m a changed woman, and dedicated to raise as much money as possible for the NSPCC. Thank you to Steve and thank you to all the running clubs that have been in touch today. The Sunderland Strollers and the Sunderland Harriers have both invited me to go along for training sessions; I’ll definitely have to take them up on their offers!

Today is World Book Day and many kids will be going to school dressed as their favourite storybook characters. We were inundated with adorable photos of kids in their fancy dress outfits. It’s impossible to pick the best one because all of them look amazing. Courtney Begg on Facebook got in touch to say she had an hour to make her son an outfit.........I must admit we weren’t sure she’d pull it off, but the photo she sent an hour later of her son dressed as Oliver looked great. Even some teachers got involved; Mrs Appleton from Grangetown Primary School is going to work this morning dressed as The Cat in The Hat and I think she could possibly win the coolest teacher award!

I’m a bit of a book worm myself, so whatever you do today take some time out to celebrate World Book Day by relaxing with a cup of tea and getting lost in a good book, I know I will.

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:26am

The Jarrow Arrow & Danni the Dart

5th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

Today is Ash Wednesday, also known as Lent; the day when we’re supposed to give up a luxury as a form of penitence. It lasts for 44 days and ends the Thursday before Good Friday. Simon hasn’t decided what to give up yet and Stephen is going to give Dry January another go, but in March. A lot of you on Facebook and Twitter are planning on giving up the usual like alcohol and chocolate and a few of you even said you were going to give up giving stuff up! Seeing as I really should be eating healthy I’ve decided to give up cheese! It’s one of my favourite foods so it’s a pretty big deal that I’m not planning on eating it for 44 days! Fingers crossed I manage, it’s normally a part of every meal I eat!

Now if you hadn’t heard, I’ve been signed up to take part in the Sunderland 10k this year. It’s not something I would’ve ever agreed to considering I despise exercise and I can’t run without injuring myself, but seeing as I’ve been told that I’m running for the NSPCC Sunderland I’ve decided to take it seriously. I’m going to be honest and say I haven’t started any training yet and now I’m a little nervous knowing that it’s less than 9 weeks away. Simon’s been making me even more nervous the last few days by saying he has a surprise in store for me, someone to motivate me into doing some training. He said this certain someone would be coming into the studio this morning and surprise surprise, in walks Steve Cram, the Jarrow Arrow!! I couldn’t believe it!!! Not only does he have an Olympic medal for running but he’s agreed to be my mentor during my 8 weeks training! To be honest I’m still gobsmacked. He was absolutely lovely and gave me some brilliant advice. He’s going to come into the studio every Wednesday to see how I’m progressing, answer any questions I have and give me tasks each week. He said for the first week he just wants me on my feet seeing as I don’t do any exercise. My tasks for week 1 are to go for 4 walks and try to include some jogging or even a run; the first should last for 20 mins, the 2nd 25 mins and the last 2 should be 30 mins long.

It all seems real now and I don’t want to let anyone down. Once we’ve created a Just Giving page on behalf of the NSPCC you’ll all have to sponsor me!!

 steve cram

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 11:05am

Pancake Day!

4th March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

It’s Pancake Day!! Simon announced that he was going to make pancakes this morning so I was ridiculously excited, although straight away I thought we’d end up spending the rest of the show stood in the car park awaiting the fire engines to get here. I couldn’t believe it when I walked into the studio and saw that he’d brought his little travelling hob and all the ingredients to make the pancakes. Always one to break the rules, he couldn’t wait to start cooking and the smell was amazing! However, unsurprisingly, lights started flashing, the fire alarm started kicking off and I saw everyone in the building walk out the door!! Simon wasn’t bothered; in fact he cooked more pancakes 30 minutes later! Definitely one to watch, you can catch Simons Live pancake making video on our YouTube channel.

I found a few pancake facts for those of you who don’t actually know why Pancake Day is actually called Pancake Day:

1. The idea of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is actually more than a thousand years old and was originally created as a way to get rid of all the leftover fatty foods people had in their cupboards before Lent began on Ash Wednesday.

2. The most flips anyone has ever done with a pancake is 349 flip in 2 minutes

3. Andrei Smirnov from Russia ate a whopping 73 pancakes in 1 hour! That’s more than 1 a minute!!

Pancake Day is officially my second favourite day of the year, the first being my birthday. I love this day more than Christmas! It’s a Moore family tradition where all the family congregate at my mam’s, she ends up making around 80 / 90 pancakes and the fillings range from ham and cheese to peanut butter and ice cream, none of this sugar and lemon nonsense.

If you hadn’t heard, I’m taking part in the Sunderland City 10k race this year which I’m a little bit wary of. I’m not really a fan of exercise at all and I really don’t want to embarrass myself. Simon’s told me he has a surprise in store for me tomorrow; someone that can help me with my training........so I’m a little bit nervous to say the least. I hate surprises, but I suppose I don’t have long to find out who it is!!

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:54am

Proud to be a Mackem!

3rd March 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

We came, we saw and we sang our hearts out! It’s all over, and even though we didn’t win, we’re all still buzzing. After yesterday’s performance by both the team and the fans, I’m definitely proud to be a Mackem. I bet everyone on Wearside feels the same, and especially those of you who travelled to London for the final. You did us all proud painting the capital red and white. I wish I was in Covent Garden on Saturday night; the atmosphere must have been electric! Apparently Tesco and Marks and Spencer ran out of alcohol! One post on Facebook noted that the fans could be heard from miles away and a passer-by actually asked a policeman “what have they won?” To which the policeman kindly replied “nothing, the match is tomorrow!” It just goes to show how dedicated our fans are. Support for the Black Cats could be seen worldwide over the weekend! We were sent photos from fans in Australia, Canada, New York, Singapore and even South Korea!! Even after the full-time whistle you could still hear the Sunderland fans cheering. On Facebook today we were asking what your thoughts were on yesterday’s game, and everyone seemed to be in agreement, that at the end of the day we made it to Wembley which is an achievement in itself, and there’s still a chance we’ll be back for the FA Cup!

If it wasn’t the football we were talking about this morning, it was the Oscars. From Ellen DeGeneres breaking a world record for the most re-tweeted tweet, to Steve McQueen winning Best Picture for 12 years a slave, it was an entertaining night. We wanted to celebrate in our own style by having our very own Movie Monday. Every song we’ve played this morning has been from a film. My favourite song so far has to be “I wanna be like you” from Disney’s The Jungle Book. Stay tuned all day as our Movie Monday continues, and keep an ear out for the Star Wars theme tune!! That’s correct; the full 6 minute version will be played sometime today!

 

Danni

Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:37am

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