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December 2013

Bye Bye 2013

31st December 2013

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

Today’s show has been full of fun New Years Eve facts. An article out today lists the top 5 most bizarre NYE customs from around the world. From banging old bread on the walls in Ireland to throwing old furniture out the windows in South Africa, there are some crazy superstitions out there. We in little old England prefer singing Auld Lang Syne and waiting for a dark haired person to walk in the door........I suppose if you actually know the dark haired person, and it’s not a burglar, then he should bring you luck for the new year.

Another thing we all try to do is come up with at least one resolution for the New Year. I’m planning on losing a bit of weight in time for all the weddings and hen do’s I’ve got lined up. None of them are mine obviously. Perhaps I should make a resolution to have a boyfriend by the end of 2014 instead???

You all know how much I like a good list, well I found plenty today, recapping 2013 by showcasing the top 10 favourite singles, movies, and TV shows to name a few. David Beckham topped the list for most attractive male and I was pleased to see both Ryan Gosling and Benedict Cumberbatch in the top 10 as well, although I’m unsure as to why David Tennant is third????? No offence but I mean come on!! Best single went to Daft Punk with Get Lucky, while the most favourite film of 2013 went to The Hobbit, which I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t seen.

I’d like to finish off 2013 by listing some more useless fun facts; my gift to you for the New Year:

In Venice a mass kissing tradition takes place at the stroke of midnight in San Marco Square (germs galore)

The first place to see in the New Year is the Christmas Island which celebrates at 10am GMT

You can take a private jet from Sydney Oprah House to LA (if you’re loaded) and celebrate New Year twice in one night.

Whatever your own superstitions are and whatever you’re planning on doing to see in the New Year I hope you all have a good one and I’ll see you next year!!



Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:20am

New Years Eve Eve

30th December 2013

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

It’s the penultimate day of the year. I can’t believe 2013 is nearly over.

We wanted to know what your memorable moments of 2013 have been. Personally my most memorable moment has to be when I went to audition for the new Star Wars film in Manchester. I suppose it could also be classed as my most humiliating moment as well. If you hadn’t heard, I decided to go to an open audition and showcase my talents, hoping that in years to come I could tell the grandkids about the time I was a famous movie star and starred in one of the greatest films ever made. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out as well as expected. Basically I travelled all the way to Manchester at daft o’clock in the morning, queued for 3 hours and then got asked to kindly leave the queue when I realised I didn’t have any headshots..........At least I tried. Although it would seem you lot had more charming memorable moments than me; from weddings and births to Sunderland beating the scum, it was interesting to read what you enjoyed most.

If you didn’t know, I love reading. I got Ron Burgundy’s autobiography for Christmas and it’s quite possibly the best autobiography you’ll ever read. There’s at least one laugh out loud moment on every page. There’s a book out today full of delightful dotty facts that I’d really love to have; “1,339 QI Questions to make your jaw drop”. It’s full of true facts taken from the TV programme QI. I’ve managed to get a hold of some quotes and if like me you like to have a list of useless facts on hand for a conversation starter then get a hold of these; “A raw carrot is still alive when you eat it”, “An ostrich could run the London marathon in 45 minutes”, and “A tiger’s tongue is so rough that if it licked your hand it would draw blood”. If that doesn’t impress, then I don’t know what will.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for the last Breakfast show of 2013. It’s bound to be a New Year bonanza........well, hopefully!!



Posted by Danielle Moore at 10:16am

Christmas is over

27th December 2013

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

Well Christmas is over. All that build up, stress and shopping for one day of the year. It was all worth it though; I personally had a lovely day full of presents, food, family time and Christmas TV specials.

Simon and I had a lovely little catch up finding out what each other got for Christmas. Simon was thrilled that he got his new kettle...........that’s right, he asked for a kettle, (showing his age I think). I was absolutely chuffed with my vintage Star Wars T-shirt and brand spanking new Hogwarts blanket. Yes I’m nearly 30 but everyone already knows how much of a complete nerd I am so you shouldn’t be surprised with what I got. We were also talking about the great shows that were on over Christmas. My personal favourite was the Downton Abbey Christmas special; it was brilliant, which is why I was surprised to see that it only came seventh in the Christmas day viewer ratings. Even though 10.2 million people tuned in to see Peter Capaldi make his Doctor Who debut, on average, only 8.3 million people wanted to watch the full episode. Mrs Brown’s Boys topped the list with 9.4 million viewers and for the first time in 10 years Eastenders failed to land the top soap spot, coming in second to Corrie.

With Christmas now over, discussions now turn to the New Year. Before we completely dismiss 2013, we wanted to remind you of all the memorable things that have happened this year. From news stories to sporting achievements, we’ve been playing some amazing audio encompassing everything you loved most. Other lists that came out today showed what peoples favourite single, film and TV programmes were. Another list showed the top 20 most bizarre boys and girl’s names of 2013. Some people need to have a serious word with themselves if they think it’s ‘normal’ to name your child Tiger, Victory, Tea, Ream, Puppy or Peppa to name just a few!!

I hope everyone is enjoying their 2 weeks off work and I hope you all had a memorable festive family fun filled Christmas



Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:50am

Twas the night before Christmas....

24th December 2013

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

1 more sleep to go!!!!

We were full of festive fun and frolics this morning seeing as it’s Christmas Eve. We had Krispy Kreme doughnuts for breakfast and exchanged Christmas presents! Strangely enough, Simon and I bought each other socks! I’m not being bias but the socks I bought Simon are the best socks I’ve ever seen. Check out the photo Simon put on Twitter showing off his ’Sandal socks’.......Basically Simon never wears shoes when he’s in the office so I bought him a pair of socks that look like he has sandals on, they’re genius, and absolutely hilarious. Stephen blamed the postal service for not having anything to give me and Simon, although I’ve just been handed a lovely bottle bag with a lovely bottle of vino inside. It would seem that the postman delivered our presents to Sainsbury’s this morning, easy mistake.

From trying to eat as many pigs in blankets as humanly possible, to only opening one present every hour to make it last longer, we loved hearing your Christmas day traditions. Personally I love listening to the Phil Spector Christmas CD with my sister in the kitchen while my mam makes the dinner and my dad and brother are over the pub having a pint.

Jamie Rickers also joined in with our festive discussions by talking about how the panto is getting on this year. He’s currently playing Buttons in Cinderella at the Empire Theatre and it’s going really well. I went to see it last week and it’s brilliant, it’s not only for kids, there are loads of adult jokes in there too and it’s well worth a watch. Don’t worry if you missed our little chat, you can find it on our Listen Again page.

Well I’m off. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow. Fill up on Turkey and chocolates, slip into a brand new pair of pyjamas and don’t forget to watch the Downton Abbey Christmas special!!!!



Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:48am

Merry Christmas Eve Eve

23rd December 2013

Simon Grundy in the morning

Here’s what you missed........

The Christmas Cash Tour has ended and I can finally start feeling normal again. Back to reality with a bang!

My last breakfast show blog was posted in November, and now it’s Christmas Eve Eve. I suppose time flies when you’re having fun....??? I have actually enjoyed being on the cash tour, meeting some funny characters and getting out and about on Wearside, although I’m now more chilled out knowing it's nearly Christmas and I can start finishing at a reasonable time, early enough to fit in my daily nap.

So much has happened in the last month.....Christmas was cancelled, and then rescued by Lilly from Washington who then went on the Polar Express! We also gave away so much money on the cash tour and then gave away a holiday to Las Vegas to Nathan from Peterlee. Not only that but we also managed to fit in our works Christmas to say I now know who the closet ballroom dancer is, and who should stay away from the free bar in future!!

It's nearly Christmas, and Radio Times published a list today of the top 10 Christmas films voted for by the public. I’m pleased to see that my favourite ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ is in the top 10, along with ‘Elf’ and ‘Home Alone’. I was surprised to see that ‘Scrooged’ and ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’ weren’t featured. Apparently the most well loved Christmas film is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, and I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never seen it!! It is however on tomorrow afternoon, so I’m determined to be curled up on the settee at 1.10pm wearing my onesie and drinking hot chocolate.....because that’s how I roll.

Simon and I are off out this afternoon to gorge on Christmas turkey and brussel sprouts! We’re having an early Christmas lunch with Maureen Watson at the Holiday Inn in Washington. Maureen was the lucky winning bidder on eBay, who kindly placed a bid to have a festive lunch with Simon and I, all in the name of charity. I hope we get to wear party hats!!!

I hope you all enjoy your Christmas Eve Eve....only 2 more sleeps till the big fat man comes down your chimney and brings you presents and drinks your beer.



Posted by Danielle Moore at 9:30am


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