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Who's stuck to their New Year's resolutions?

10th January 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

It was in the news this morning that only 8% of people have stuck to their New Year’s resolutions and we’re only 10 days into the New Year! That’s pretty bad people; you need to take a leaf out of our books. The whole of the breakfast show team have stuck to our resolutions so far. Stephen is taking part in Dry January, the easier way to lose weight without exercise. Simon decided not to cut alcohol out completely, but just cut back; so instead he’ll be having only 1 bottle of wine every other night! I chose the exercise route to try and lose weight; I actually went to my first exercise class night and I’m in agony. I spent a lot of the session laughing at myself after I realised how unfit I actually am.

Today was your last chance to win tickets to Singing in the Rain at the Empire next week and as promised I had a special surprise in store. Seeing as I have been singing my little heart out all week I thought I’d give you all a little treat and let you experience the singing talents of Mr Grundy, although I can only apologise if anyone’s ears started bleeding. That’s right, we sang a duet, not just any duet, we sang Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers ‘Islands in the Stream’, it happens to be one of my favourite songs of all time and he killed it!!!! I know I’m not in the position to judge someone on their singing abilities but c’mon!! He was out of tune, out of time and at any point I expected him to yell “Yee haw”. Safe to say I won’t be inviting him to join me at any karaoke bars.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend; I don’t have anything planned, although it’s the live eviction tonight on Celebrity Big Brother, The Voice is starting tomorrow night and it’s the series 3 finale of Sherlock on Sunday!! I lead a pretty exciting life.



Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:45am

Sleeping Advice Needed

9th January 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

Yet again, I didn’t get much sleep last night. I don’t know why but for the past week I’ve ended up lying in bed for about 2 hours trying to force myself to get to sleep but all I end up doing is talking to myself! Simon had a rubbish night’s sleep as well, although that was because someone decided to phone him at 3am.......I’m just pleased my number’s blocked so he couldn’t press redial! A lot of you on Facebook suggested Lavender could help and that I shouldn’t use my phone or watch the TV in bed. I looked online to see if there were any other ways that would help, and stumbled upon some research that lists ways in which you can actually trick yourself into falling asleep. I was a little bit unsure as to how ‘helpful’ this could be because the first tip was to “Inhale through your left nostril”. I think I might actually try a couple of them though; a few of them are yoga based tips so technically they should relax your body. Tonight I’ll be trying out “Hum to Yourself”, tip number 7:

“Sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes, drop your shoulders, relax your jaw but keep your mouth gently closed. Breathe in through your nose as deeply as is comfortable, ensuring your abdomen, not chest, rises. Breather gently out of your mouth, lips together so you hum. Try to hum for the whole out-breath. Notice how it vibrates in your chest. Focus fully on the vibration over six breaths then sit quietly for a moment. Tell yourself ‘I am ready for sleep’, get up slowly and go to bed”

It sounds simple enough. I’ll let you know if it works?!

Tonight I will be starting one of my New Year’s resolutions........exercise!! For someone like me it’s a big deal. Anyone who knows me knows that I do not do exercise, in fact I despise it, but this holiday weight I’ve somehow piled on will not shift itself. Fingers crossed I don’t pass out. I just hope I don’t end up walking like John Wayne in the morning!! Wish me luck.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for your last chance to win tickets to Singing in the Rain at the Empire next week. I’ve got a little treat in store for you, Simon doesn’t even know what it is, no doubt he’ll be over the moon with what I’ve got planned for him!!!



Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:21am

Euromillion winners???

8th January 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

Sorry to disappoint but we didn’t win the Euromillions. If I did, I definitely wouldn’t have been up so early for work this morning. Don’t shoot the messenger, but there weren’t any UK winners of the £109 million jackpot. There were 2 winners, one from France and one from Spain. Imagine what you could do with all that money.

Surprise Surprise, the main topic of conversation this morning was that Sunderland beat Man Utd last night in the first leg semi final of the League Cup. Even though I’m not a football fan, I must admit I actually watched the game and was pleased Sunderland won. I was pleased, but Simon and Stephen were ecstatic, especially because it means Stephen gets an all expenses paid trip to Manchester for the next leg of the semi final........favouritism!

My highlight of the show today was when we crossed live to the Bafta nominations announcement. I love anything to do with celebrities and I actually squealed with excitement. Surprisingly, ‘Gravity’ is up for the most awards with 12, and both ‘American Hustle' and ‘12 Years a Slave' are up for 10 awards each. I’m pleased to see that ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ is up for Outstanding British Film, although it’s up against some big names. I wonder if I can somehow persuade Simon to let me go on an all expenses paid trip to the Baftas, for research purposes obviously.......I wonder how Stephen managed to get special treatment for the match???

Also on today’s show was round 3 of our Singing in the Rain competition. Simon keeps giving me false hope by saying I’m a good singer and that I have the voice of an angel. Today’s song choice didn’t quite go to plan. I sang “If you see a faded sign at the side of the road that says 15 miles to the...” hoping that someone would phone in, guess what song I was singing and join in to finish it off, and what was the next song that Simon decided to play?? “Loveshack”, by the B-52’s. Nothing like giving it away Simon!!



Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:39am

Showbiz News Overload

7th January 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

Simon was pleased to announce some breaking showbiz news this morning. It’s been announced that Disney’s The Lion King will be coming to Sunderland Empire in the autumn!!! I’ve always wanted to go and see it so I can’t wait. I also managed to find the full shortlist for this year’s National TV Awards nominations. I was lucky enough to bag tickets to last year’s show and it was brilliant. I think the toughest category will be Best TV Detective, which sees Idris Elba’s character 'Luther' go up against the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch’s 'Sherlock'.

Also on today’s show was day 2 of our Singing in the Rain competition. I’ve been practising my singing talent all morning considering yesterday I sounded awful. I’m getting better!! Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll be good enough to try out for The Voice! If you hadn’t heard, for one week only we’re giving you the chance to win tickets to Singing in the Rain which kicks off at the Empire next week. All you have to do is guess the song I’m the rain?? Today I chose to perform my all time favourite song 9 to 5; I’d say I did it justice, it was pitch perfect!

Planning a little break away after the stress of Christmas and New Year? You might want to think again as research out today describes how organising a trip takes longer than the break itself. According to Teletext Holidays, Brits spend on average 18 days planning a holiday but only 6 days actually enjoying the holiday itself. The first 2 days of their holiday are spent trying to relax and unwind and the last 2 days are filled with thoughts of having to go back to work. I thought Simon would enjoy this bit of information seeing as he’s planning a little holiday of his own in a couple of week’s time and now has all the stress to look forward to. I’m not bitter........I hope he enjoys his ‘relaxing’ time off, (nice for some).



Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:38am

Blue Monday

6th January 2014

Simon Grundy in the morning

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Everything is back to normal now; Christmas decorations are down, alarms have been set, the kids are back to school and unfortunately everyone else is back to work. It seems fitting to announce that today has been dubbed Blue Monday. Due to weather conditions, debt levels, failed New Year’s resolutions and the fact that some of us are unhappy with our jobs, apparently we're all going to be miserable today. Seeing as we’re only 6 days into 2014 and today is the most miserable day of the year, I suppose things can only get better!

Another bit of research out today suggests that women actually love ironing because it keeps them sane. Personally I love a bit of ironing, it relaxes me and I think it’s quite therapeutic. The majority of you however thought that this bit of research had obviously been done by a man, (FYI Simon did NOT do the research), and you didn’t agree with it at all.

I managed to fit in a quick reality TV update from the weekend. I honestly did NOT watch Splash! I really don’t know how it managed to get another series. The only thing I’m looking forward to is when Dan Osbourne from TOWIE makes an appearance in his Speedos.

If you didn’t hear this morning, I was showcasing my vocal talents. For one week only we’re giving you the chance to win tickets to Singing in the Rain which kicks off at the Empire next week. All you have to do is guess the song I’m singing in the rain.....get it?! I must admit it was pretty appalling. Simon found it hilarious that I can’t sing, although loads of people phoned in so I couldn’t have been that bad, unless they were phoning to complain about the awful noise coming out of their speakers!

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for your next chance to bag yourself those tickets.



Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:47am

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