Sandi Toksvig

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Monday, September 26, 2005

Sandi Last Week

Friday 23rd September
Alkarim Jivani today . Write a book in 28 days, Autumn and fifty years of ITV.
Tom Freemantle author of 'The Road To Timbuktu' (Robinson) and Guy Browning author of 'Never Push When You Can Pull' (Guardian Books) were also in.
Thursday 22nd September
Maria McErlane was Sandi's guest. Stress, Honesty and pigs were on the menu as was delicious food from La Porte Des Indes and new restaurant in Marble Arch
CLICK HERE for details of this fine place to dine.
Heidi Ann Frick dropped by, she's appearing in an all female version of 'The Tempest' at the
Brockley Jack Theatre and Anna Carteret who starring in 'Nathan The Wise' at The Hampsetad Theatre
Wednesday 21st September
Annie Caulfield was Sandi's guest today. They discussed penguins and censorship, sex and the harvest moon. Try Found Magazine for all your modern day archaeology needs.
Theary Seng, author of
Daughter of the Killing Fields, came in to talk about her experiences growing up in Cambodia and Jason Trachtenburg from the indie vaudeville conceptual art-rock pop band The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players dropped by as well.
Tuesday 20th September
Today, Sandi was accompanied by Shyama Perera. After re-arranging the studio for feng shui reasons, they mused over ghettos, gossip and revenge.
Writer and actor Rick Bland came in to talk about his new play
Thick which is coming to the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon, and jazz stars Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett dropped by, who are currently doing three weeks of shows at the Pizza on the Park.
Monday 19th September
The lovely Bonnie Langford joined Sandi for today's show. They discussed face transplants, getting ready for winter, cemeteries and the moose rutting season.
Ian Harrison came in to talk about his
Book of Lasts, and Georgia Powell and Katherine Ramsay from the Daily Telegraph obituaries desk dropped in to say Chin Up, Girls!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Sandi last week

Friday 16th September

Sandi was joined by Alkarim Jivani. Georgina McCallister and Tamara Kendall came in to talk about the pleasure gardens at Lauderdale House and the Garden Africa charity, and Vikram Seth, author of Two Lives, popped by.

Sandi and Alkarim discussed the press, bad art, odd things for sale on the internet and converted churches.

Thursday 15th September

Jenny Eclair was in for Sandi today, and was accompanied by Ayesha Hazarika. Sue Perkins came along as well, ahead of her show at the Soho Theatre. They saluted Prince Harry, remembered 21st birthdays, discussed fur coats and tried to out do each other on who has the worst eyesight.

Wednesday 14th September

Today the part of Sandi Toksvig was played by Jenny Eclair, who was joined by Ian Stone. They discussed the Ashes celebrations, Trafalgar Square, the new M&S ads, a life in stand-up and Jordan and Peter Andre's wedding.

Victoria Thornton, founding Director of Open House, came in to talk about this weekend's events and the Director of the London Design Festival, Ben Evans, dropped by to tell us all about the festival all over London from 15th to 30th September.

Tuesday 13th September

Sandi was joined by Annie Caulfield for today's show. We were Summoned by Balls as Christopher Matthew talked golf and we learnt about Mozart's Women with Jane Glover. Sandi and Annie discussed angst, the wonder of worms (see cartoon), cowboys and the Chinese version of Ebay.

Monday 12th September

Today Sandi was accompanied by a blue y-front wearing Bonnie Langford. They discussed pen pals, Cleopatra's Needle and awards. Travis Elborough popped by to reminisce about The Bus We Loved (Granta Books) as well as Victoria Mather author of The Mid-Life Crisis (John Murray).

Monday, September 12, 2005

Sandi Last Week

Friday 9th September - 'I'm 80 you know, and I can still eat a boiled egg.' Alkarim

TOPICS TODAY: Shakers -nice furniture, weird religion, Kentucky Fried Communism.

Alkarim was Sandi's chum today. Albert Jack who's written 'Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep' (Penguin) which offers the derivation of common sayings. Here's a few below for you:

Lights on, door open, nobody at home As confused as a hungry baby in a topless bar. He's as bent as a butchers hook He's as happy as a Pig in $hit About as welcome as a fart in a telephone box About as subtle as a flying brick She's got more wrinkles than an Elephants scrotum She's more nervous than a long-tailed dog in a room full of rocking chairs As tight as a Camels arse in a Sand-storm

Thursday 8th September - 'Would there be less litter in London if blind people were given pointed white sticks?' - Sandi.

TOPICS: Censorship, inappropriate art, was Jesus gay? Irish prostitutes and do penguins have knees?

Annie Caulfield was in the chicken coup with Sandi who explained as a good journalist she always checked her sauces - brown for sausages and red for chips. Sandi also discovered that battery hens are rubbish in a radio - not only are they hard to get in but give out little or no electricity.

BOOKS:The Planets By Dava Sobel (Fourth Estate) Fried Egg with Chopsticks by Polly Evans (Bantam)

Wednesday 7th September - 'I remember everything by dental accidents' Adriana Trigiani

Dillie Keane

TOPICS: Barbara Bush putting her foot in it, the Mercury prize and pets.

Dillie Keane (above) and Adriana Trigiani were the stars in Sandi's universe. Dillie is about to appear in 'Little Women' (see cartoon) at the Theatre Royal, Dury Lane and Adriana has just written a new novel Rococo (Random).

Tuesday 6th September - 'He got excited every time he heard next doors Jack Russell bark' Sandi

TOPICS TODAY: Theatrical disasters, Babs Windsor, back to school and bestiality.

Zoe Lyons (who was once an evil Nun) stood guard while Sandi got away with another show. Sandi spoke about grannies ashes being left at a charity shop (it's what she would have wanted) and that Leonardo da Vinci never married.

Monday 5th September - 'If we did a broadcast from the London Eye would it be a Podcast?' - Sandi

TOPICS TODAY: Adultery (see cartoon) Women's Institute, castration, Norway, Tobasco Sauce and Pledge Multi-Surface cleaner.

Bonnie Langford was in along with Tony Benn. Plans to turn Sandi's show into a medical phone-in were thwarted when we discovered Sandi's doctorate was in Philosophy. Bonnie suggested CatNav - radar for lost cats and tossed the caber.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Sandi Last Week

Friday 2nd September - 'If it's an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth then we all end up blind and toothless' Ghandi.

Belinda Lang Sandi's guest today

Alkarim Jivani played altar boy to Sandi's High Priestess the show was dedicated to Aunty Beryl and her canal festival, but Beryl prefers You And Yours on BBC Radio 4 so was not listening. Sandi spoke some more about lonley fishermen and skate and now squid. Belinda Lang popped by she's starring in 'What The Butler Saw' the Joe Orton comedy at The Criterion. Also fabulous children's author Michelle Paver spoke about her new book 'Spirit Walker' (Orion)

Want something to do on Sunday ?- pop along to The Angel Canal Festival - here's a handy link on how to get there CLICK HERE

Thursday 1st of September - 'Oh my god you have a third nipple' Sandi (after James O'Brien showed her, his third nipple)

TOPICS TODAY: Three legged pigs, headless chickens, third nipples and Picasso's work experience job.

Stella Duffy (above) was Sandi's ray of sunshine, Stella talked about her deadly dull childhood on the banks of the Waikato River in New Zealand and the Hooker Falls power station. (Yawn Yawn) Author Sean Wilsey who wrote 'Oh The Glory Of It All' (Penguin) a memoir about himself and his nutty mother.

Wednesday 31st August - 'If Karen Carpenter had shared that sandwich with Mama Cass they'd both be alive today' - Sandi

TOPICS: Sex in Leicester Square, The British way of life and the power of words.

Annie Caulfield (above) played Eva to Sandi's Hitler and author Sherril Tippins (February House - Scribner) explained why Gypsy Rose Lee ended up stripping off in front of Benjamin Britten.

Thanks for all you EMails to the show - keep them coming and thank you Doris for this one:

Sandi, All this talk of Sex - ridiculous. In my day we didn't bother with Sex. You had a Gypsy Cream and a Gracie Fields LP and made do.Please give me a shovel to dig up Mary Whitehouse - we need her more than ever!

Doris, Nuneaton


Wakey Wakey Campers it's 1965 and the Pink Coats welcome the campers.

(Channel 4 TV Tuesday 9pm)

Tuesday 20th August - 'Oh I say aren't you something to do with gravy?' A lady who lunches remark to actress Lynda Bellingham.

TOPICS TODAY: The paranormal, when animals attack, where do we belong and men and motors.

Lynda Bellingham was Sandi's cream in her coffee, Peter Lamont, author of 'The First Psychic' (Little Brown) spoke of the paranormal and Simon Rockwell, producer of the new Channel Four TV show 'Wakey Wakey Campers' showed off his award winning knobbly knees.

For more details of the Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee morning CLICK HERE

Monday 29th August - Bank Holiday -

TOPICS TODAY - Bra Wars, Peter Mandleson getting his knickers in a twist. Finding inner peace in London and how does the theme to Little House on The Prairie go?

Bonnie Langford was Sandi's chum today.