Blogs > November 2012
28th November 2012
Today has unexpectedly become very Christmassy at Sun FM. Firstly Simon Grundy played a Christmas song, can't complain too much as it was Fairytale of Newyork, then our Christmas tree was delivered. We have a lovely tree from Thoburns but its in reception, I felt we needed something in the studio, especially as I was given this as the studio Christmas tree...
As you can see this is pretty pathetic and thought we deserved better. We will soon be playing lots of Christmas tunes and it just seemed wrong that we didn't have a tree in the studio. Luckily our lovely listners came to my rescue. Cindy said that she had a spare tree with decorations and that we could have it, brilliant problem sorted. She very kindly brought it down to the studio and we have now decorated it, ta..da!!
I had great fun decorating the tree, although apparently you can't just put baubles and tinsel on willy nilly, you have to have a theme according to the girls in the office. I think most of the baubles that I put on the tree were reposistioned, I have to admit though it does look better than where I had them.
So from not feeling in the Christmas spirit at all this morning I'm finishing the day with a lot more festive spirit than I had.
Posted by Mark Black at 4:12pm
26th November 2012
It's been a busy time of late with Halloween then fireworks and now Christmas light switch ons, these are all great to do and I genuinely enjoy them, but it can get cold! The coldest its been was in Seaham last Thursday, right on the sea front and the wind was fierce. Credit to everyone who turned out though to help make it a really successful night. I didn't get caught out either I had the scarf and gloves and plenty of layers, and most imprtant the big thick socks. We had Santa in his sleigh and paraded along the seafront to Byron Place then finishing at Church Street where Santa had his grotto. You couldn't help but get into the Christmas spirit with the kids taking part in the letter trail.
This weekend I was braving the cold again, this time at Dalton Park to give away perfume with the Fragrance Shop. It was a really simple idea. We had 4 perfumes and we sprayed smelling strips with one of them and asked people to guess which one it was just from the smell. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best and we had loads of people trying to guess it. The only problem was by the end of the day I had a lovely mix of perfumes on me from spraying them all day. It's a good job my wife knew what I was doing otherwise there might have been a few questions when I got in.
We have lots more stuff planned over December, I might even see you out and about :)
Posted by Mark Black at 3:52pm
19th November 2012
Last week was a busy one with some huge Sun Fm events. It started with the Christmas Light Switch On which is one of the best that we have done. It had everything with choirs, fireworks, celebs and even Santa on the big screen. There are certain points in the year that I look forward to and the light switch on is definetly one of those. More than 15000 people turned out to see the Mayor and Tom Lister flick the switch for this years illuminations. Before the switch on you do wonder whether the middle of November is too early to do the switch on, but once the event gets going there is a real sense that Christmas is close. If you want to check out all of the pictures you can here.
This week I'm helping turn on the Christmas lights in Seaham it starts at 4pm with a parade if you want to come down.
Posted by Mark Black at 3:10pm
5th November 2012
Remember remember the... you know how it goes, it's Bonfire night!!!!
I'm not one for getting my own fireworks, and setting them off in the back garden. I'd be worried that I'd fire it through a neighbours window, so its safer to go with an organised display. Also the organised displays are much better, and you don't make your neighbours feel like they're under attack when you set off your own!
As usual we are right across all the organised displays that are happening on Wearside and I was at the Seaham dispaly on Friday. Even though its always really cold I do enjoy the smell of the hotdogs wafting past as you watch the display, I think the cold air must enhance the smell. Hotdogs and fireworks just go hand in hand. There was a great turn out on Friday and we enjoyed music from Seaham music academy as well as our Battle of the Bands compitition which was really good. Anyone that was at the display might have thought that I was dancing to the music, and although I enjoyed it I was simply trying to keep warm, as it was bitterly cold. I had made sure to bring gloves, scarf, wear a thick jumper and dig out my big coat BUT had forgotton about my feet! I really could have done with some thermal socks. As the night drew on my toes got colder and colder and it did confirm to me that I probably wouldn't be any good on one of those arctic exhibitions. I did feel for some of our acts though who clearly had gone for style over practicality and did look very cold, but very stylish at the same time!
If you are going to any displays tonight my advice is to wrap up warm and DON'T forget your feet. You can still buy tickets for the Ashbrooke dispaly at our reception.
Posted by Mark Black at 4:00pm