Sandi Toksvig

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Monday, March 13, 2006

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Friday, December 23, 2005


Dear All

I so look forward to this time of year, a chance to impart all our exciting news. Billy the greyhound has finally learnt not to steal cheese from the worktops or worry Gerald's sheepskin slippers. Barbara was delighted to have finally had the ceiling rose re-plastered and has now made up with the boys in flat 4b.

Oh and Aunt Dol is still struggling with you know who, but we're hoping the man next door will sort her out soon. And more good news - the boys now have their stabilisers off their bikes and Katie is back to her pre-pregnancy size 10.

Nearly forgot, little Jinny's arm burst in the summer, but it didn't effect her studies, and we're very pleased that she is now starting to live out her dream as an 'internal sales co-ordinator'

And I think Alan married far to young - she is a lovely Chinese girl.

Must go now, only I've got to get the sprouts on for Christmas Day and my delivery of three tons of 'Eat Me' dates has just arrived.

Happy Christmas


And thanks to you all for the hundreds of Round Robin submissions

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

READ HEIDI'S experiences of everyday life in CHINA - CLICK HERE

Friday 25th November - 'The Chinese shout because they have no carpets.' Sandi
TOPICS: Corns and China, Rink art and Ivor Novello.
GUESTS: Alkarim Jivani, Paul Webb and Aisle 16 (A boy poetry band)
Ivor Novello: A Portrait of a Star ~Paul Webb Stage Directions
DELICIOUS PARTY PLACE: Beach Blanket Babylon
CLICK HERE to go there
STOP READ THIS: Sandi's recurring dream... she's naked on stairs there's no carpet just that sharp carpet gripper that holds carpets down.. and its attacking her. Weird!

'Villandry' restaurant provided a delicious turkey lunch today (Click the turkey)

Thursday 24th November - 'How do you scare a turkey? - Show it a roasting pan' - Sandi
TOPICS: Thanksgiving and to all Americans in London today - have a happy one.
GUESTS: Shyama Perera, Jenifer Joyce, Martha Greene and David Rothenberg and Geoffrey Smith.
Small Bites: Tapas, Sushi, Mezze, Antipasti, and Other Finger Foods ~Jennifer Joyce Dorling Kindersley.
Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet ~Shyama Perera Sceptre
Why Birds Sing [Import] ~David Rothenberg (Artist) Terra Nova Music
100 Best Paintings in London ~ Geoffrey Smith

Wednesday 23rd November - 'It's not illegal to have sex with a goat' Annie
TOPICS: Dressing as a woman, shagging crickets and bawdy songs and dildo's
GUESTS: Annie Caulfield, Lucie Skeaping, Crispin Black.
Broadside Ballads: Songs from the Streets, Taverns, Theatres and Countryside of 17th-century England ~Lucie Skeaping (Editor)Faber Music
Penny Merriments [Street Songs of 17th Century England] ~Richard Wistreich (Bass), et al Naxos (Audio CD)
7 - 7: The London Bombings: What Went Wrong? ~Crispin BlackGibson Square Books Ltd
Directions:Spread fresh, frozen and cleaned insects on paper towels on a cookie sheet. Bake at 200 degrees for 1-2 hours until desired state of dryness is reached. Check state of dryness by attempting to crush insect with spoon.

Tuesday 22nd November - 'Squirrels can't see the colour red' Jeff Green

TOPICS: The great Xmas song-off, hot dogs, secret news from Surrey, bonking county of Britain.

GUESTS: Jeff Green, Peter Malloy and Cyril Aydon

Scientific Curiosity: Everything You Want to Know About Science - But Never Had Time to Ask ~ Cyril Aydon

OPERA: Fancy a snatch of the Mikado?

Monday 21st November - 'Wise man never jump over a Unicorn' - Sandi
TOPICS: Religious fashion tips, poetry for the people and the serious subject of rape.
GUESTS: Stella Duffy, Kevin Day, John Hegley, Nigel Slater and Enya.
HA HA:John Hegley's stand-up against domestic voilence
BOOK: Nigel Slater's delicious new book, buy it from Amazon The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen Nigel Slater Fourth Estate Ltd
BOOK: Python Star - Graham Chapman's authorised biography, buy it from Amazon
The Life of Graham: The Authorised Biography of Graham Chapman Bob McCabe Orion
MUSIC: Enya's beautiful new album 'Amarantine' buy it from Amazon
Amarantine EnyaWarner (Audio CD) - November 21, 2005

Friday 18th November - HIC HIC: Sandi took us all out to lunch - so it's all a bit of a blur really.
Heaven 17

Thursday 17th November
TOPICS: Practical jokes, online wanted posters and text message classics.
GUESTS: Ayesha Hazarika, Russell M Davis, Martin Ware,
Roland Muldoon, Nigel Fountain and Patrick Burnier
BOOK: Russell M Davis - Eggs, Bacon, Chips and Beans
MUSIC: Martyn Ware from Heaven 17 - Sound Sculpture for Amnesty - Freephone 020 7033 1599 and leave your response to the question: “What would a world without violence against women be like?”
BOOK: Nigel Fountain -
Lost Empires

Friday, November 25, 2005

Heidi goes to China Town

My Dearest Darling Sandi,

Instead of sending quaint stories about my family, I figured it was about time I got off my Ming vase and got down to the business of telling you about the back and beyond of modern day China.

I live in Qinzhou City, Quangxi Provence, China. This is a city of some 2 million people, slightly northwest of Vietnam and about an hours (perilous) drive north of the Gulf of Tonkin, South China Sea. Qinzhou is certainly not a small town, but in the scheme of things, is certainly not your major hub.

There are very few occidentals here and those that are are, in the main, teachers of English. The Chinese are very curious by nature and think nothing of walking up to your front door and having a good old look around. When I say very few occidentals, I mean running-into-your-house-and-carrying-bed-ridden-granny-out-to-see as you walk by, few. Not many under 16 speak any kind of English and those that do are eager to communicate, but oddly shy in that way.

China is NOISEY. I am told this stands true for the rest of the country, but I can certainly vouch for my little corner of it. Firstly, the people. There is an awful lot of yelling which can be alarming at first, but they usually don't yell at me as I am a foreigner and it is taken as read that I will do stupid things that can't be helped. Sitting on a bus is a rather good example of this though. Foreigners are not allowed to drive between cities and there are numerous other restrictions and expenses which mean taking the bus is the only way to go. At first I wondered why everyone yelled all the time. I have come to the conclusion it is because everywhere is tiled and there is a constant echo. There is very little wood, or fabric to absorb sound and when my daughters were here we were constantly asking each other to repeat things because we simply could not hear properly. Grow up in a world like this and of course you will think nothing of all the yelling. To a person used to soft furnishings and carpets it can be a little wearing. Along with the yelling is the television at full volume and music as loud as it will tweek.

Right now, outside my window is a group of "ladies dancing" as I call them. They meet every evening at 8pm in the disused covered market (and in the summer on the roof of the disused market). This apparently happens all over the city and all over China for all I know. They learn set pieces and dance to the same music night after night. The music is very loud and often I need to grab the head phones if I hope to hear your programme.

In my street and often in the building are chickens. More to the point cockerels. It really does not seem to be an issue for people to have a rooster ten feet from your bed sounding off anywhere for 2:30am. I actually don't have a front door to my apartment. It is a gate with a piece of cloth tied over it for privacy. Doesn't stop people stopping on the stairs and peeking through the gaps. And it Certainly does not stop the sounds (smells is a whole different e-mail) coming through. I have become used to the sounds of my building and really only notice the clanging of the scaffolding most of the time.

Directly across the street from me is a scaffolding yard. This usually gets going about 8am but has been known to start up at 6am if there is a scaffolding emergency. There is much throwing about of poles, on and off trucks and the occasional crane, for interest.

The roads are full of honking and beeping. Again, at first I thought this strange and more than a little rude, but I have come to realize this is a warning to other road users .."I am here" kind of thing rather than a get-out-of-my-way nudge. But a city full of scooters, motorbikes, bicycles and cars all warning each other they are there can make an awful din. There are also the people that travel the streets and alleys making noise for specific reasons. A type of Rag and Bone person will make jangling noises with a kind of bell like drum. One is supposed to sell or give then empty glass bottles, plastic bottles or cardboard. There must be a dozen or more that go past my balcony every day. There are also the rolling billboards. A person on a bicycle will ride up and down all the streets in the neighbourhood with some recorded political slogan playing through a megaphone over and over, like "don't forget to save your cardboard" or "remember to turn your gas off". Very few vendors actually do the streets and the only one to make a noise is the fresh rolls bikes. They have a recorded megaphone that calls out "MINE TOE ....MINE TOE LINE MOE" over and over.

As I said at the beginning, I wanted to begin doing what I said I would rather than regail you will my family tales, but you comments about Mongolia have made me want to tell you about my dad. (His funeral was the last time I saw Mikki Bate with whom I was reunited on your programme). My Dad William C. Penttila was the first and as far as I know only foreigner to be awarded the Polar Star, Mongolia's highest honour for his services to them. He was friend to the first democratically elected President and was equally=20at home eating some boiled mutton and drinking fermented mare's milk in a yurt. He married a very nice Mongolian lady. There you have it my anecdote of the day. There is loads more to tell about this surprising country. Let me know if you are sick of the sight of my e-mails and I will calm down a bit, but as I am a writer..e-mails are a great source of procrastination for me.

Best of Everything to you,
Heidi Penttila

Monday, November 21, 2005

Sandi Last couple of weeks, sorry its all squashed

Wednesday 16th November
TOPICS: Polite swearing, Knight School, grace and favour and Canada.
GUESTS: Annie Caulfield, Paul Heiney, Pauline Halford and Diana Quick
Can Cows Walk Down Stairs - Paul Heiney
Diana Quick is starring in You Can Never Tell at the Garrick Theatre
Storm Warning: The Origins of the Weather Forecast - Pauline Halford

Tuesday 15th November - 'Smoking, drinking and junk food are good for you' Sandi
TOPICS: Google Love, lust and lunacy, useless information, cheese and road kill and Karaoke
Mark Curry, Go West, Graham Rawle (A Woman's World) and Neil Taylor (Google) guested.
GO WEST new cd - Mmm don't Know
CLICK HERE to find out
If you love Cheese and
Its Joss Dickie's Karaoke, this Friday at the Goldsmith Arms in East Acton and then The Albion in Acton Central on Saturday.

Search Me: The Surprising Success of Google ~Neil Taylor Cyan Books

Woman's World: A Novel ~Graham Rawle Atlantic Books
Round The Horne - Revisted revist Sandi
Monday 14th November - Bonnie and Sandi spent the show tongue twisting.
TOPICS: Speakin proper, maffermatics and the Queen as public enemy number one.
GUESTS: Bonnie Langford, James Geary,Max Decharne and David Rumelle and Robin Sebastian.
ROUND THE HORNE TWO - At the Richmond theatre all this week.
King's Road: The Rise and Fall of the Hippest Street in the World ~Max Decharne.
We Are What We Think: A Journey Through the Wisest and Wittiest Sayings in the World ~James Geary

Thursday 10th November - 'Gorilla's are very well endowed but they don't make sensitive lovers' Sandi
TOPICS: Inspirational people in your life, telling tales out of school and heroines.
Shyama Perera, Clive James, Stephen Inwood and composer of the new Harry Potter - Patrick Doyle.
The Meaning of Recognition: New Essays 2001-2005 ~Clive James Picador City of Cities: The Birth of Modern London ~Stephen Inwood Macmillan Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire [Soundtrack] ~ Original Soundtrack
Richard Griffiths playing 'Uncle Vernon' in Harry Potter'
(picture image copyright Warner Brothers)
Wednesday 9th October - 'Shitnfarten is the German name for ice skating' Sandi (I always thought it was Eiseislauf, but that's not so funny)
TOPICS The unfortunate story of a fire eater who set a pole dancers breasts alight, the perfect crime and what's being British all about then? Oh and The Chinese President Hu Jintao having dinner with the Queen - (see below)
Annie Caulfield was in the house along with Richard Griffiths who's appearing in 'Heroes' at The Wyndham Theatre, Peter Davies author of Hearts and Minds and Ian Vince - Britain What a State.
Tuesday 8th November - 'I don't remember a bouncy castle in the nativity play' - Sandi
Zoe Lyons, Roger McGough, P J O'Rourke and Philippa Gregory filled the studio.
TOPICS: Paradise because of Milton (the poet not the sterilising fluid) Bery Reid covered in chocolate blancmange and when Tweenies go bad (actually I think that's just a doodle I did on the running order)
Said and Done ~Roger McGough Century Peace Kills ~P.J. O'Rourke Picador The Constant Princess ~Philippa Gregory HarperCollins
Ian Ogilvy - circa 1973
he's still in good nick though, just like Michael York
Monday 7th November - 'Never have more children than you have car windows' - Sandi
Guests: Bunnie Lingfield, Ian Ogilvy, Michael Dobbs and Monty Don.
TOPICS: Outdoor colonic irrigation - is it a water feature too far? And Bonnie told Sandi about the good stuffing she got from her husband on Sunday. Sandi took a visit to the Marie Celeste and found no-one at home (see cartoon below)
Churchill's Triumph Michael Dobbs Headline Book Publishing Ltd My Roots: A Decade in the Garden Monty Don Hodder & Stoughton Ltd Measle and the Mallockee ~Ian Ogilvy.
Find out more about BONNIE LANGFORD -
click here
Friday 4th November - Wendy Lloyd in for Sandi
GREAT BLOGGING SITES (from our listeners) An interesting green
lifestyle blog. Quirky but interesting site in which people send made up or real secrets about themselves. Surprisingly
popular. A commercial blog but the number one place to go if you have an interest in gadgets and technology. A site about the cool and cutting edge. Interesting blog all about hoaxes. Blog about a lady who is training to become an astronaut. This is what they call vlogging or video blogging. This particular site does a fun daily video log news update.
One of my favourite blogs is "The English Cut" it is the insiders view of a bespoke savile row tailor, it is a good voyeuristic insight into a
profession that I know nothing about :- <>Of course there is then "Boing Boing" "A directory of wonderful things"
<>"The Bosh" a great gossip site <> And "Metafilter" which is a self regulated blog of articles:-
Alkarim Jivani the guest along with The king's Singers (new album called SIX on
signum records)

Ye olde Gunpowder bookes -
Gunpowder: The Players Behind the Plot James TraversThe National Archives and The Firemaster's Mistress Christie Dickason HarperCollins

Thursday 3rd November - Wendy Lloyd in for Sandi

Shyama Perera spent most of the show trying to eat a sandwich, Gerald Scarfe(
Drawing Blood Gerald ScarfeLittle, Brown) talked about having his b*lls cut off by some sixties teenage girls and Wendy confessed to wearing PJ's around the house during the day. Charley Boorman (Long Way Round Ewan McGregor, Charley BoormanTime Warner Paperbacks)

(More cartoons on the Surreal McCoy web blog - see below)

Wednesday 2nd November.

Annie Caulfield and Jack Klaff were the top team. TOPICS included last meals, baked beans 24 hour news and colonic irrigation.

Tuesday 1st November

Michael York in his Logan's Run days, but he's still in pretty good nick.

Topics today included sticking cocaine up your a*se, singing mice and religious press gangs.

Bonnie Langford and Hollywood star Michael York dropped by and music by
Pink Martini

Monday 31st October - 'Let me impress you with my longue tongue and teeth' Sandi to Angie Greaves

Today Inder Manocha was in the house, along with a witch and a very nice man from the Pagan Society, then by way of a change Sandi spoke to Kathryn Hughes about her new book on Mrs Beeton. (The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton - 4th Estate)

Friday, November 11, 2005

Your memories of the two world wars

Hi Sandi
Never Volunteer - some of my father’s war stories
In the second world war my late father was in the
first group of the SBS (naval commando). They were up
in Scotland on a training exercise (even in training
they died). Anyway, one of the officers came up to my
father and a some of the men and asked them if they
wanted to volunteer to leave training and paint some
sheds, so of course they jumped at it. That evening
they were swimming ashore in German occupied Norway.
After the raid my father said to the officer "sod this
I don’t mind painting, but next time they can paint
their only bloody sheds"
My father hated being on leave in London as he felt
venerable and couldn’t fight back. So on one of his
leaves, he visited his mother during a bad air raid,
when he got to the house and shelter she wasn’t there.
He found out that she was in the local cinema, when
he got to the cinema, he crawled on his hand and
knees down the aisle and there was my grandmother all
alone watching the film. There was bombs all around
the cinema and the noise was horrendous. My
grandmother would not leave the cinema as she been
looking forward to seeing this latest war film.
Love J

Dear Sandi

When I was very young, my family used to spend our summer holidays with my Uncle Tom and Auntie Florence at Hove, Sussex. Every morning he would make everyone tea and wake us up with the simple
message " It's daylight in the swamp, sun's shining on both sides of the fence. " He had been a lucky survivor from the Battle of the Somme. It's a simple phrase that, I think ,speaks volumes.

Best wishes

Mike P

Dear Sandi
My mum and her family lived in Clerkenwell during the war and one night the bombing was fierce, and my mum and nan were in bed listening when there was a banging on the door "go away we're not getting out of bed for the germans" my mum shouted, " but your our ARP warden they said. She had to go out on duty she was 16 at the time.


Could I quickly tell you about what my children's school has done for remembrance - earlier this year they went to a WW2 lunch with the elderly residents of the village which my 10 year old daughter enthused about for days. Today they have all gone into school wearing the poppy and the whole shcool got together to observe a minutes silence at 11am. Their ages range from 5 to 18 years. Well done Ewell Castle School. They take this very seriously each year and my children will grow up aware of what it all means.

Lindy (Chipstead)

Dearest Sandi (Leader of the wise),
My mother, who will turn 80 later this month, was a student at
Brirkbeck College, London during the Blitz. It was then a night college
(I believe it still is) and when taking her exams often had to leave
mid-exam to head for the air raid shelters.
I have often asked whether she used the time spent in the bowels of
Goodge Street tube station, sheltering from the bombs, to consult her
textbooks about the questions awaiting her on her return to the exam
"That is not the way we did things in those days", has always been her
somewhat magnificent reply.
jim in Twickenham

Hello Sandi,
In October we visited Ypres to find my uncles name on the Menin Gate.
Of course, we went to the war museum at Ypres. One exhibit was a vast display of photos of 'Tommys' taken in the town while on a break from the trenches. These photos were never collected as none of their owners came back. This really made us realise the horror of Flanders.
Incidentally, my uncle was killed in November 1914, a very short time after war started.
Rosemary (Wraysbury

Dear Sandi,

I won one of your fleeces yesterday... Thank you.
On a more serious note. I have written a book of war / aviation poetry which i'm currently attempting to publish. Some examples if interested.

With regards

Dave Roberts

Hello death. So here you are waiting - expecting us to meet.
You used to frighten me, though now, our encounter I shall greet.
Life was good; for a while. I joked of you; laughing heartily,
But, now I need to rest, to stay; stay ever long with thee.

I have traversed the awesome sky, heaven, where the angels dwell,
Or once did! - For men are there, changing paradise to hell.
I am young you see; my journey short but cruel to find this place,
But! Was it not too soon, just yet, for me to see your face?

Welcome me; let me roam your hidden, secret bound,
Of peace and quietness, where the fallen lost are found,
For it is time; time for you to take me where they rest.
I’m honoured now to be with those, - who were the very best.

Ó Copyright D.Roberts. 2005

The Endless Sky
Chosen men, though very few
May see God’s work from heaven’s view,
To rise on high on sculpted wing,
Through paradise as wires sing;
Soaring o’er everything - free to roam at will;
Trespassing where eagle’s king - though sometimes swoops to kill.

Loud engine’s choir, in perfect time;
‘midst the angels’ blue sublime.
Death hunts on high, and stalks below,
Clouds’ wraith ravines of drifting snow.
Dizzy battle to be fought; kill - or be the prey;
For the able foe - no thought - no time to hate today.

No galleried damsels seated nigh,
As, at full tilt, their heroes vie.
Not jousting over verdant grounds,
Unseen from heaven’s eternal bounds;
No contest of mere vanity, no measured, even duel -
Victory, the prize to be, for either just or cruel.

Most know not this field of battle;
No bugle - calls nor sabres rattle;
No colours fly, no mire, no blood;
No dying oaths sworn in the mud.
No staring on the lifeless eye, no ailing hand to take.
Here in the endless, empty sky. No hollow pledge to fake.

Dying here, in God’s domain;
No hostile shout, no cry of pain.
No witness, but one’s maker near.
No eulogy, no welling tear.
No grave to dig, for me to lie, no tombstone yet to make.
Brief epitaph etched in the sky, a fiery, falling wake.

Ó Copyright D.Roberts. 2005

Forgotten Fields

Beyond the rambling hedgerow, where nettles stake their claim;
Buttercups and sedge grow, where once, youth’s finest came.
They laughed here and they sighed here. Some loved here for a while;
Liaisons grew and died here - a half-remembered smile.

Beyond the rambling hedgerow, where snatching seagulls fray,
Weathered concrete strips show, where virtue flew away.
They drank here and they played here, their spirits high and free.
They cursed here and they prayed here - for danger they could see.

Beyond the rambling hedgerow, where frost blown billets stay,
A glassless metal window, keeps watch on sad decay.
They joked here as they clowned here; they flew into the night;
For when the sun went down here - they had to go and fight.

Beyond the rambling hedgerow, where Ivy sets its claw,
Discarded plastic bags blow, where engines used to roar.
They hoped here, as they waited here, ‘til some came home again.
They grieved here and they hated here - the suffering and pain.

Beyond the rambling hedgerow, lie evening’s misty skeins.
Drifting on the dewy flow, the drone of distant ‘planes;
They lived here, and they died here, they climbed towards the stars;
Though, all that now reside here are burnt out stolen cars.

Ó Copyright D.Roberts. 2005

Dear Sandi,
I was listening to the show and it reminded me of something I saw during the Rememberance Sunday Parade after the September 11th attacks.
If you read all the names of everyone who died on September 11th, it would take around 2 hours.
If you read the names of all the people who died during both world wars and you started on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, without stopping, you would finish somewhere during the week between Christmas and New Year.
I thank God for all those who gave their lives so I am free to sit here today and send this e-mail.
Amanda, Old Woking

My late grandfather was an ARP warden, and he frequently had to go out
fire-watching without his tin helmet, because his kids, my dad and his
brother, had nicked it to use as a handy container to take out and
collect shrapnel in.
Love, Linda

To Sandi Toksvig

From Vaughan-Spruce, Cheltenham

I remember a story, apparently true, told me by my Uncle Dudley who was part of the army of military engineers maintaining our radar defences. Serving near Portsmouth, the division were
billeted in a field in heavily camoflagued tents. With leave due, they all went up to a local village pub about five miles away, leaving behind a handful of guards. A few miles away was a trainee battery of anti-aircraft gunners. That evening an enemy aircraft was apparently spotted and the battery leapt into action and opened fire with extreme enthusiasm. When my uncle and his companions returned, they found the guards hiding under hedges and every tent completely demolished by a rain of shrapnel from the battery who'd been firing all their efforts in completely the wrong direction. Thank goodness for British humour in adversity.

Kind regards


Hi Sandi, it's ricki from St. Albans. My mum worked on Mosquito's during the 2nd WW at Lebus Furniture factory Tottenham, North London. She also worked on the Horsa Glider. Mum is alive and reasonably well - 81 and fitter than i. People like mum often get over looked and on their behalf I would like to say "thankyou for all you and many others done on behalf off England" God bless you all, regards ricki.

Dear Sandie
Finding your programme today very moving. I have not heard any one mention
the poor soldiers who were shot for cowardice during the first world war. Is
it not time they were all posthumously pardoned as they were anything but
David Smith

Friday, November 04, 2005

Sandi last couple of weeks

Friday 28th October

Live from the Armadeli, deli in Bramley Road Alkarim Jivani was the guest and Blue Harlem provided the music.

Thursday 27th October

Sandi was joined by Mark Curry. We had a bit of a Eurovision 50th anniversary special with Martin from the Brotherhood of Man, Nicki French the UK's 2000 entry and Cheryl Baker!

Don Shiach was in to discuss
Stewart Granger, and Jon Sayer and Jon Bonfigilo came by to talk John Keats.

Check out Mark Curry's dating agency
It Takes 2.

Wednesday 26th October 'I feel good in a pair of big girl knickers' - Sandi

Annie Caulfield the guest.

Two Lipsticks and a Lover ~Helena Frith Powell Gibson Square Books Ltd To Kill Rasputin: The Life and Death of Gregori Rasputin ~Andrew Cook Tempus Publishing Ltd

Tuesday 25th October.

This is the paragraph where I normally tell you about the guests, but due to staff sickness/leaves on the line/wrong rolling stock/signal failure you will have to wait to tomorrow, I know you wont mind.

Monday 24th October.

Bonnie Langford was sandi's guest, Graham Crowden popped in - he's starring in 'Then there none' at The Guilgud Theatre. Charlie Gillet with his guide to world music and Anna Robbins curator of 'Degas, Sickert and Toulouse Lautrec'

Friday 21st October - 'My kids think it's Nelson Mandela that's at the top of Nelson's Column' - Sandi

Alakrim Jivani was Sandi's helper today with a little smattering of Bonnie Langford.

TOPICS: The entire show devoted to Nelson - the man the myth the mistress and the musical.

Nelson ictoria Carolan - Pocket Essentials An Admirable Wife: The Life and Times of Frances, Lady Nelson Sheila Hardy Spellmount Publishers Ltd Nelson's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Commander Stephanie Jones, Jonathan Gosling
NELSON - THE MUSICAL DETAILS and a chance to listen to the musical.
Nelson The New Musical - Listen to the musicQuill Productions Limited presents Nelson The New Musical. Book and Lyrics byJenifer Toksvig. Music by Cathy Shostak. Directed by David

Thursday 20th October - 'Nothing will get me in a caravan' - Sandi

Adrian Mills was Sandi's little star today.

TOPICS: Caravans, Rolf Harris, Battersea and Edward R Murrow.

Lawrence of Arabia: The Life, The Legend ~Malcolm BrownThames and Hudson Ltd. The Bush Theatre Producer of new plays by both British and international authors. and producers on 'The Divide' which stars Nicholas Evans

Wednesday 19th October - 'I tried to help a homeless woman once, she came at me with a knife' - Sandi

TOPICS: Abuse of power, stocking fillers, magic mushrooms and how to win a prize.

Coronation: A History of Kingship and the British Monarchy ~Roy StrongHarperCollins. The Unfortunate Colonel Despard ~Mike Jay Bantam.

Annie Caulfield and David Rose were the guests.

Tuesday 18th October - 'Two wrongs don't make a right but two Wrights make an aeroplane' Sandi

TOPICS: Men's underpants, work disputes, James Bond and great buildings.

Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall Galore Park Publishing James Bond: The Man and His World - The Official Companion to Ian Fleming's Creation ~Henry Chancellor John Murray and finally With Their Backs to the World ~Asne Seierstad Virago Press Ltd

Monday 17th October - 'So Bonnie you'll be giving your fanny on Friday' - Sandi (Bonnie will be playing a famous Fanny on Friday)

TOPICS: Slippers, tacky things in catalogues, Trafalgar and whole bunch of other stuff.

Bonnie Langford was Sandi's little friend today along with the lovely Gyles Brandreth.

BOOK GUESTS TODAY: Helen Of Troy - Written By Bettany Hughes, published by Jonathan Cape. Charles and Camilla - Portrait of a love affair, by Giles Brandreth, published by Century. Mick the real Michael Collins, by Peter Hart published by Macmillan

Monday 10th - Friday 14th

This week Sandi has popped off to Walton-On-The Naze as she finds Essex seaside resorts in the off-peak season so bracing this time of year, James and David have filled her hole except on Thursday when Wendy pops up to do Cycle 2005.

Friday 7th October

Sandi was joined by Shyama Perera, they talked about odd school rules, bells and stupid science.

Billy Bragg and Maxine Edginton came in to talk about the
Rosetta Life charity and their single 'Rosetta Requiem' is available as a download through iTunes. Shelly Poole sung tracks from her new album 'Hard Time for the Dreamer' and Andrew Sachs dropped by to talk about Faulty Towers.

Blue Harlem will be playing at the 100 Club on Oxford Street this Saturday 8th October.

Thursday 6th October

Sandi's guest today was Zoe Lyons. They discussed God's banker, book art and favourite poems

Alice Walker was here, she will be appearing at the
Hackney Empire this Sunday, Joanne Harris came by to talk about her new book 'Gentlemen and Players', and Belinda Hollyer dropped by to talk about National Poetry Day and her collections of poems, She's All That and Haven't You Grown.

Today's winning poem for National Poetry Day was from Cathy in Charlton:

What shall I be today?

On Monday I'm a fireman! Nee naw nee naw! Up with the ladder and pull out the hose. Quick quick! No time to lose!
Tuesday comes and here's my digger.builder day, hurray; lots to dig up, dump and deliver today.
Why is it always wet when I have to be a vet? Wednesdays are fun, especially out on the farm.and I get to wear my wellies. again
It's Thursday and guess what I am? Yes that's it - a postman! Parcels and letters and my favourite thing - birthday cards for all my friends who are celebrating - Happy birthday to you!"
Friday I am up in the clouds flying my plane - up up up and down again. I love the sound the engine makes "Weeeeeeeeeeeeee! Look at me up high. I am a pilot in the sky
On Saturday it's time at home. I'll be a cook and make some buns. Flour and eggs and butter to mix. In the oven -they're yum yum yum.
Sunday and it's hard to choose. Best to have a great big snooze. I have a busy week ahead, you see. so today I think I'll just be ME!

Wednesday 5th October

Today Sandi was joined by Annie Caulfield. They praised perfection, went to Cheshire, looked at Jack London and discovered Conquistador Vasco Nunez de Balboa.

Also on today's show were, Pamela Stephenson talking about her new book,
Treasure Islands (Headline), Nicholas Parsons, who is appearing in How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear at the New End Theatre Hampstead and Gloria Hunniford discussed her book Next To You: Caron's Courage Remembered by Her Mother (Michael Joseph) and the Caron Keating Foundation.

Tuesday 4th October

Sue Perkins was laughing alongside Sandi today. They discussed cavorting with camels, inappropriate wedding music, teach yourself books and they had a holy moment.

Robin Cooper came by with
The Return of the Timewaster Letters (Time Warner). The website of the day was Angry Alien, where you can see your favourite films acted out in 30 seconds by rabbits.

Monday 3rd October

Today, Bonnie Langford was in the hot seat with Sandi. They mused over Bonnie's encounter with a wookie, sex in the shires, arts and crafts and Sandi told a three legged chicken joke.

In today's packed show were: Miles Kington, author of
'Someone Like Me' (Headline), Donovan with his autobiography 'The Hurdy Gurdy Man' (Century) and Ned Paul came by discuss bridge and the Pro-Brain Bridge Month. Angela Rippon also dropped by to talk about tea dances and The Dansant De Lux which will be at the Vilar Floral Hall in the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on 9th October. For tickets call Laura Jane Lavender on 20 8305 7632.