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Live webchat with Richard Bacon, Radio 5 Live broadcaster, ex-Blue Peter presenter and author, Monday 10 June, 8.30pm to 9.30pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 07-Jun-13 14:52:35

Join us on Monday 10 June at 8.30pm for an evening webchat with Richard Bacon, Radio 5 Live broadcaster, ex-Blue Peter presenter and now author of his memoir, A Series of Unrelated Events. In his book Richard gives a frank and very funny glimpse into his life and the mistakes he's made along the way, from upsetting a band on live TV, performing stand-up comedy to a group who were funnier than him to letting down all the children of Great Britain. As well as Blue Peter, Richard has presented TV shows including the Big Breakfast and Top of the Pops and currently hosts a weekday Radio 5 Live afternoon show.

Join Richard at 8.30 pm on Monday 10 June or post a question to him in advance on this thread. Everyone who joins the discussion will be entered into a draw to win one of five signed copies of his book.

Pagwatch Fri 07-Jun-13 15:15:06

Ooh I really like his show on radio 5.
His interview with Ruby Wax recently was really interesting especially given how she tends to just steam roller conversations through sheer force of personality.

I always thought he sounded a bit scared of mumsnet <head tilt>

The webca coincides with part of the school run but will try to get back.

I would probably like him to say which interviewee was least like their on-screen persona. And is John Simm as fantastic as he seems to be.

Pagwatch Fri 07-Jun-13 15:17:21

Oh that's annoying. I just realised my questions to Richard would be about other people. That must be an interviewers curse. No one ever says 'so Parky, tell me about you'

harryhausen Sun 09-Jun-13 11:35:37

I love Richard Bacons 5live show. He's really natural and seems genuinely excited about some really nerdy topics that always turn out to be fascinating.

People still remember the drug scandal, Richard. Do you have regrets about that part of your life? I was of the generation who remembers your apology on the TV

harryhausen Sun 09-Jun-13 11:40:27

I'd like to ask how he copes when he realises quite soon into an interview that the interviewee isn't going to say much and is quite 'closed' and they come across as grumpy.

Does he monitor twitter on air for a reaction?

mignonette Sun 09-Jun-13 15:00:41

Why bother giving in to the pressure to apologise when there are a good few parents taking far more drugs than you probably ever did?

It was a shame that you had to make such a forced public act of contrition.

Merrylegs Sun 09-Jun-13 15:15:38

Ah, I thought this was going to be a webchat with my MP, but I see it is the other Richard Bacon.

So, my question is, has anyone ever come on the moan-in specifically to complain about the way you sign off your show. 'Ba-bye'. Because it grinds my gears. But I think you know that...

(Love the show btw)

Merrylegs Sun 09-Jun-13 15:16:24

(Up until that.point)

partystress Sun 09-Jun-13 15:35:41

I LOVE the ba-bye! Only get to hear it once a week, but it is one of my highlights. My question would be: given that your life must be quite 'starry', how do you stay sounding so normal?

I think it was bang on right getting him to apologise! Especially given his position at the time!

mignonette Sun 09-Jun-13 17:45:23

These apologies are issued based upon advice given by PR teams, managers, agents in order that career damage is contained and suitable opportunities for interviews (paid) can be exploited. They are an automatic response and are pretty meaningless in reality. Time passes, people move on,a career resurrects if there is talent either that of the celeb or his management/PR team.

An apology that comes from 'getting' is not a true voluntary one.

lljkk Sun 09-Jun-13 17:50:07

I best like Jo Brand's intro to the MoanIn. Don't keep changing it.

JaquelineHyde Sun 09-Jun-13 18:29:22

Hi Richard

Just wondering how excited you are about the mighty Stags return to the football league?

majjsu Sun 09-Jun-13 19:36:56

Is there a quote or a motto that you try to adhere to?

dinkystinky Sun 09-Jun-13 19:48:55

So these frank and funny remembrances - when do they start from? Do they start from school going years or the years trying to get into the limelight or basically when you were in the limelight for all the wrong reasons?

Its easy to put a spin on things after the event, especially a funny spin. But what events - other than the one everyone knows about with Blue Peter - have really shaped your life?

NigellasGuest Sun 09-Jun-13 20:50:30

Hi Richard, why did "Help!" disappear?
I don't miss it at all, but just wonder why it was stopped.

Also, do you miss anything at all about the late night show? I used to listen to you when you did that. (i still listen in the day too)! Obviously it was a good move for you to do the afternoons instead, but is there anything about the late night programme that you preferred?

DevaDiva Sun 09-Jun-13 21:28:05

Richard, big fan and particularly love the 5Live show. Do you prefer tv or radio and why? Also, what do you really think about the relocation to media city, do you ever have lunch in the Blue Peter garden? grin

tethersend Mon 10-Jun-13 00:12:48

Richard,

I quite like you, but I'm not sure why.

Can you think of a reason? I've tried, but no luck.

Cheers x

ViviPru Mon 10-Jun-13 08:32:44

Eh up duck. Being born and bread Notts as am I, I have to ask, did you ever put fairy liquid in the slab square fountains?

Eastpoint Mon 10-Jun-13 08:52:03

Why do you hate dogs & pets so much? Especially as your mum loves her dog so much.

nettie Mon 10-Jun-13 10:42:16

Hi Richard

Hated the late night show you did on R5, love the afternoon show, couldn't care less what you got upto when you where on Blue Peter smile.

i know you've done a lot of work surrounding young people and politics, do you think it is important to try and make politics more engaging for the general population and do you see yourself as the young persons Andrew Neil?

poorbuthappy Mon 10-Jun-13 11:20:24

Love the show, think you are great.

Question: do you ever struggle to keep a lid on your emotions when interviewing idiots? Are you calling them twats in your head as your listeners are screaming it at the radio? grin

emsiewill Mon 10-Jun-13 13:45:35

Hi Richard, I am a podcast hero, one of those people who you prefer to the people who listen live...

When are you going to start electing some more podcast superheros? You've been doing your podcast links during the actual show a lot lately - very poor form I think. Surely you must have some podcast superhero emails to read out?

bleedingheart Mon 10-Jun-13 14:53:07

Do you think your reaction to certain topics in the news has been affected by becoming a father?

I've listened to you for a long time and I think you've matured a lot in the past two years. That isn't meant to sound as catty as it appears.

Clayhead Mon 10-Jun-13 17:12:59

Love the show, listen to podcasts mainly. Please stop banging on about London versus Manchester, we get that you prefer London but it's getting tired now!

How do you deal with the shifts in tone demanded of you on R5? One minute you can be talking about something trivial and then suddenly some breaking, tragic news. I think you're really good at it but how difficult is it to do?

Is Shelagh Fogarty as fab as she sounds?

whattodoo Mon 10-Jun-13 18:38:22

Richard, do you have a 5/10/50 year plan? Has your life (roughly) followed what you set out to achieve?

Any questions you wished you'd asked after the interviewee has left?

Shakey1500 Mon 10-Jun-13 20:02:01

Do you munch on some biscuits during the show? If so, what type?

grin

(had to be done!)

Eastpoint Mon 10-Jun-13 20:25:16

Yes to the Podcast heroes - there hasn't been much mention of them recently. Maybe you could give some of us a shout out in tomorrow's show?

tmckinnin Mon 10-Jun-13 20:31:52

i enjoy your show i watch it everyday via the live stream what i wonder is why u do so many outside broadcasts and why are u obsessed with the USA and u love of america do u hope to live there one day and why u dont cover news in asia or cover anything to do with asia

CabbageLeaves Mon 10-Jun-13 20:33:02

Hi

What is your biggest regret?

WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 10-Jun-13 20:34:45

Do you think out culture is too celebrity obsessed?

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Jun-13 20:34:50

Richard is here in the towers and about to start answering your questions. Thanks for joining us Richard and welcome to mumsnet.

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:36:22

Hi everyone, I'm here at Mumsnet, surprisingly flashy, New York style loft office in Kentish Town. I don't mind telling you, I'm a bit scared of Mumsnet ...

WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 10-Jun-13 20:37:22

Run for the hills Don't be smile

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:37:36

Pagwatch

Ooh I really like his show on radio 5.
His interview with Ruby Wax recently was really interesting especially given how she tends to just steam roller conversations through sheer force of personality.

I always thought he sounded a bit scared of mumsnet <head tilt>

The webca coincides with part of the school run but will try to get back.

I would probably like him to say which interviewee was least like their on-screen persona. And is John Simm as fantastic as he seems to be.

The answer is actually John Simm because he's incredibly un-intense in real life. All the characters he plays are very intense and he is the exact opposite of that.

stickthekettleon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:37:39

Ahhhh don't be. We love you Dicky xxx

poachedeggs Mon 10-Jun-13 20:37:58

And so you should be, Richard. grin

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:38:27

harryhausen

I love Richard Bacons 5live show. He's really natural and seems genuinely excited about some really nerdy topics that always turn out to be fascinating.

Harry, I don't think you've mastered the art of posing a question. But thank you for such a generous comment.

BettyTurpinEyes Mon 10-Jun-13 20:40:22

Hi Richard, just to get the embarrassing bit out of the way I would like to say that I have long been a fan, and love the way that you seem to be genuinely fascinated with the workings and processes of the media in general. It's great to listen to someone who seems to be so engaged with the subjects that they cover, and often comes at them from a quite different angle.

You seem to have a knack of relaxing your interviewees with a laid-back style of questioning, which often leads to some really unexpected admissions - what do you feel has been your biggest coup in terms of getting a subject to talk about something that you may not have expected them to before you met?

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:40:43

harryhausen

I'd like to ask how he copes when he realises quite soon into an interview that the interviewee isn't going to say much and is quite 'closed' and they come across as grumpy.

Does he monitor twitter on air for a reaction?

Harry, I apologise, I realise you have mastered the art of asking a question. Paul McCartney's son came on and barely said 3 words, and that was a car crash. I just talk a lot myself. Sometimes if it's a really long interview and I've asked a lot of questions, I'll re-ask questions I've asked in the beginning of the interview and re-phrase them. You can now look out for this technique when you listen to the show, which you'll be doing during your break from reading A Series of Unrelated Events.

Cherrypi Mon 10-Jun-13 20:42:32

Hi Richard. Love the podcast. Where is your iplayer show picture taken? It looks like a market. Thanks.

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:43:31

JaquelineHyde

Hi Richard

Just wondering how excited you are about the mighty Stags return to the football league?

The only football match in my life I've ever really enjoyed was when the Stags won the Freight Rover trophy at Wembley in 1986. Since then no football has lived up to that moment so I don't really follow the game. But I think it means an enormous amount to the town and it's a great achievement for the previously ridiculed female Chief Exec of the club. I hope she rewards herself with a copy of A Series of Unrelated Events smile I'm really happy for Mansfield.

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:45:07

tethersend

Richard,

I quite like you, but I'm not sure why.

Can you think of a reason? I've tried, but no luck.

Cheers x

All of the answers to that question are contained within the covers of A Series of Unrelated Events smile. Some people seem to like me because I've led quite a chaotic, hapless existence in which quite a lot has gone wrong.

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:47:01

NigellasGuest

Hi Richard, why did "Help!" disappear?
I don't miss it at all, but just wonder why it was stopped.

Also, do you miss anything at all about the late night show? I used to listen to you when you did that. (i still listen in the day too)! Obviously it was a good move for you to do the afternoons instead, but is there anything about the late night programme that you preferred?

Two really good questions. Help disappeared because the BBC trust took it away for not being 'newsy' enough. For the record I think it was a terrible decision by the BBC trust. I miss a lot about the night time show - we created a real club there, in which it felt like I knew all the listeners personally. The night time show if I'm honest is more enjoyable to present, it's just on at the wrong time of day. There's only so long you can get home at 2am for.

NeddyNibbles Mon 10-Jun-13 20:47:35

What's been your biggest surprise at becoming a Dad?

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:48:14

Shakey1500

Do you munch on some biscuits during the show? If so, what type?

grin

(had to be done!)

I'm going to evade answering this question in the hope of generating a fraction of the publicity that Gordon Brown did when he came here to Mumsnet Towers and shamefully avoided answering that question.

cm22v077 Mon 10-Jun-13 20:50:13

So Richard, why have you written the book? Is there Blue Peter scandal in there? grin

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:50:29

bleedingheart

Do you think your reaction to certain topics in the news has been affected by becoming a father?

I've listened to you for a long time and I think you've matured a lot in the past two years. That isn't meant to sound as catty as it appears.

Yes I think that's true. Some listeners are quite sarcastic about the amount I mention my son, but I've always been a presenter who talks about his own life a lot so when that's the biggest thing in your life it's hard not to mention. And I think I have matured in the last couple of years, but I still go out far too much. But I think on air I probably (when I'm not sounding hungover) have tried to sound a bit more mature. I'm glad you've noticed.

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:51:35

ViviPru

Eh up duck. Being born and bread Notts as am I, I have to ask, did you ever put fairy liquid in the slab square fountains?

I don't remember doing that, but if I did it would have been one of the least criminal things I did during my time in Nottinghamshire. Thanks me duck.

jillfiona Mon 10-Jun-13 20:54:23

My 9 year old son is your biggest fan, he listens to your podcasts (not always entirely appropriate) and often recites bits of the before/after show briefings. I'm not sure if this is a good idea, but it keeps him quiet.
Anyway, he'd like to know if you played at instruments when you were at school?

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:55:51

NeddyNibbles

What's been your biggest surprise at becoming a Dad?

Because I've got a very laid back wife, my life hasn't changed as much as I thought it would. But it is very restrictive on how much you get to do as a couple out of the house. I really miss going to a restaurant on a whim with Rebecca, ditto the cinema, ditto friends' houses. I still do a lot of those things, but sadly without Rebecca. But if you have a baby, NeddyNibbles, and you're struggling to go out as much as you used to, can I draw your attention to a new book called A Series of Unrelated Events smile

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 20:58:20

jillfiona

My 9 year old son is your biggest fan, he listens to your podcasts (not always entirely appropriate) and often recites bits of the before/after show briefings. I'm not sure if this is a good idea, but it keeps him quiet.
Anyway, he'd like to know if you played at instruments when you were at school?

I played the saxophone, drums, piano and trumpet and I really wish that I'd kept them up. It was a mistake to stop any of them. Because if you put in the hard work as a child, all of that will come easily to you as an adult, and life would be much more fun if I could play the piano effortlessly. Jill your 9 year old son is clearly really clever. I'm not just saying that because he picked my podcast, but 5 Live is full of smart material and current affairs - the average listener is 51. Your son is 42 years ahead of schedule. Congratulations - tell him I love him and thank him of lowering the average age of the audience.

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:00:19

cm22v077

So Richard, why have you written the book? Is there Blue Peter scandal in there? grin

I enjoy writing, I've read a few columns in the past and that's why I did this. The first chapter is called 'Cocaine and lots of it'. Let me recommend that. The chapter, not cocaine. I go into some detail in that chapter on the affect that had on my upstanding, criminal defence lawyer father, and I hope that chapter is an interesting insight into what it's like for a family to be at the centre of a media scandal.

LaundryLegoLunch Mon 10-Jun-13 21:01:45

Who would you love to get on the show as a guest? Who would you hate to have on and have to be nice to?

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:05:48

BettyTurpinEyes

Hi Richard, just to get the embarrassing bit out of the way I would like to say that I have long been a fan, and love the way that you seem to be genuinely fascinated with the workings and processes of the media in general. It's great to listen to someone who seems to be so engaged with the subjects that they cover, and often comes at them from a quite different angle.

You seem to have a knack of relaxing your interviewees with a laid-back style of questioning, which often leads to some really unexpected admissions - what do you feel has been your biggest coup in terms of getting a subject to talk about something that you may not have expected them to before you met?

Betty, thanks for your nice comments. It is true I think that you can sometimes get people to open up by being laid back. It's the opposite of the John Humphreys approach. I remember Chris Evans really opening up in a long interview I did with him. There are times when I've been too laid back and not pressed a point enough, but it's an afternoon show and I want to create a tone and a world that people want to visit both as guests and listeners. But they were very sweet comments, thank you. So sweet that I will not clumsily plug my book, A Series of Unrelated Events, in this answer.

cm22v077 Mon 10-Jun-13 21:06:33

Thanks Mr Bacon. Another question if I'm allowed, what's it like growing up with the last name Bacon? What's the best nickname you've had because of it?

Crumblemum Mon 10-Jun-13 21:08:32

I really like the politics stuff you do. I get so bored of politicians repeating tired lines and you seem to at least get them to try to avoid doing that. Which politicians do you most rate? Which politicians do you think are over - promoted? And any you'd tip for the top in the future?

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:09:29

whattodoo

Richard, do you have a 5/10/50 year plan? Has your life (roughly) followed what you set out to achieve?

Any questions you wished you'd asked after the interviewee has left?

For much of my life I've never been that ambitious or had that much of a long term plan. But that's all started to change. When you have a kid you realise that you have to have a long term plan as in 10 years (which seems like a long time to me) Arthur will only be 11. So my plan for the next few years, and here's something I've not told anyone else apart from my wife, is to move to New York. The exact city quite a lot of people tell you not to go to with a baby or toddler, that's where I'm going.

Crumblemum Mon 10-Jun-13 21:09:45

And any views on why you think (Boris and maybe Nigel Farage aside) our current crop of politicians are so poor at communicating?

champagnesupernovahg Mon 10-Jun-13 21:10:33

You're v recognisable - what are the best and worst things that have happened to you since being on tv (that aren't in the book! I'm going to buy a copy!)

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:11:53

cm22v077

Thanks Mr Bacon. Another question if I'm allowed, what's it like growing up with the last name Bacon? What's the best nickname you've had because of it?

Because I was quite confident at school I didn't really get ridiculed. Michael McIntyre calls be Bacofoil. And having worked on things like breakfast shows, it's always handy having a name that lends itself to pork based puns. Sadly I forgot to do any Bacon based puns in the chapter headings of my new book A Series of Unrelated Events smile.

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:15:11

majjsu

Is there a quote or a motto that you try to adhere to?

I have a number of catchphrases, slightly military ones, which date back to my time in the Combined Cadet Force in school. I use 'At Eaze' and 'As You Were'. I don't really a motto, but I have always been driven by a desire to have fun. I got into the media quite young, when I was 17, so I've got 20 years behind me now. After two decades at this gig I can say that it has been an enormous amount of fun. Quit whatever job you've got now and come and get a shallow job in the media.

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:17:17

DevaDiva

Richard, big fan and particularly love the 5Live show. Do you prefer tv or radio and why? Also, what do you really think about the relocation to media city, do you ever have lunch in the Blue Peter garden? grin

That question comes up a lot and it just depends on the job. SOme jobs in radio are better than some jobs in telly and vice versa. Some jobs in telly are very boring. Pound for pound, a big live TV show is more exciting than most live radio shows. I agree with the principal of the BBC better representing the country and therefore I agree with the principal of setting up the office in Salford, but I can't pretend it suits my life. I live in London and it's really hard to overstate how much I LOVE London.

chickensandbees Mon 10-Jun-13 21:18:14

Dont go! When are you leaving us for the USA?? Love your show. Also do you wish you did fridays ss well?

jillfiona Mon 10-Jun-13 21:20:49

Thank you, he's gone to bed very happy having read your reply. Listening to the Jamie Cullum interview tonight, he's a bit behind.

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:21:10

champagnesupernovahg

You're v recognisable - what are the best and worst things that have happened to you since being on tv (that aren't in the book! I'm going to buy a copy!)

It is true that a lot of the worst things that have happened are in the book. The nicer things are that when you've been around for a bit or have a media profile of any sort, the world of getting tables in restaurant and theatre tickets becomes a bit less complicated. To be honest, I will have to refer you to A Series of Unrelated Events! The chapters A Back of the Head, Cocaine and Lots of It and Twas Five Nights Before Christmas represent the worst and most ridiculous things that have happened to me in this industry.

chickensandbees Mon 10-Jun-13 21:21:45

Also that was a bad decision of the trust re Help. Was very helpful!!

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:24:18

nettie

Hi Richard

Hated the late night show you did on R5, love the afternoon show, couldn't care less what you got upto when you where on Blue Peter smile.

i know you've done a lot of work surrounding young people and politics, do you think it is important to try and make politics more engaging for the general population and do you see yourself as the young persons Andrew Neil?

That's very nice. I don't intend to go into news and current affairs full time, so I don't see myself as the young Andrew Neil. I think young people are engaged by politics but tend to pick up on single issues.
I follow politics religiously and the more I follow it the more I've come to dislike the tribal way that politics is structured. I think younger people will be less and less bothered about calling themselves Labour or Conservative. But that's not saying they won't be engaged with politics. They care about stuff they just don't want to sign up to a whole package - which parties offer you.

Shakey1500 Mon 10-Jun-13 21:25:04

Ooh you're quite personable aren't you? Not that I didn't think you weren't of course.

So, are you still nervous of MN now? Lovely aren't we? grin

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:26:37

Eastpoint

Why do you hate dogs & pets so much? Especially as your mum loves her dog so much.

I don't actually hate them. I used to have a running joke on my radio show about wanting all dogs to be put down. I don't actually think that, just that about two thirds of them should be put down. I don't really think that. I do love dogs and grew up with dogs but I have quite a hectic London life and our lifestyle doesn't really suit having dogs. But I just like to wind my Mum up by talking about how much I hate dogs.

DevaDiva Mon 10-Jun-13 21:27:10

A reply from Richard Bacon grin Thanks Richard, can't wait to read the book, if only I knew what it was called wink

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:27:49

Shakey1500

Ooh you're quite personable aren't you? Not that I didn't think you weren't of course.

So, are you still nervous of MN now? Lovely aren't we? grin

Turns out you're all really nice and ask rational questions. This is not the Mumsnet of folklore. It turns out that Mumsnet is a rather lovely place to be.

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:31:29

partystress

I LOVE the ba-bye! Only get to hear it once a week, but it is one of my highlights. My question would be: given that your life must be quite 'starry', how do you stay sounding so normal?

It's an act. I'm not that normal. My life is quite starry and actually I tweet about none of the most interesting things that happen to me as I think it would make people realise that the life I lead is a bit - to use a Nigel Farage phrase - 'metropolitan elite'. But the Telegraph in one editorial once put me in the 'smug metropolitan elite' and I thought it was one of the nicest things anyone's said about me. Thanks for picking up on the ba-bye, a lot of people don't like it. Now I know that you do, I promise not to drop it.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Jun-13 21:34:11

That brings us to the end of the hour. Thanks so much for joining us today and plugging the book asking our questions. Note to future webchat guests: We will be reviewing the number of book mentions for future webchats after this evening.

RichardBacon Mon 10-Jun-13 21:44:59

It turns out that you're all lovely and thoughtful and rational. This is not what I've come to expect from internet forums (see my chapter 'I hope you die before you get old' in A Series of Unrelated Events. Thanks Mumsnet, I'm going to miss you. And I'm going to sign off now the way I sign off my radio show. Ba-BYE.

Hullygully Mon 10-Jun-13 21:45:10

I don't know who you are, are you one of those ones that gets mixed up with Shakespeare?

Hullygully Mon 10-Jun-13 21:45:51

Oh you've gorn.

That is very sad

I guess I will never know you and what we might have shared

Hullygully Mon 10-Jun-13 21:46:22

Mind you, I didn't even know there was a radio 5

when did that happen?

Hullygully Mon 10-Jun-13 21:47:30

OR

Did you ever read that marvellous William story where the history teacher is driven mad by William asking him about why Shakespeare wrote stories about Ham?

Hullygully Mon 10-Jun-13 21:47:46

I love those stories

Hullygully Mon 10-Jun-13 21:48:15

If only Richmal wasn't dead, how great would she have been?

Hullygully Mon 10-Jun-13 21:49:49

Altho the best story is where William is up a tree while a hideous admirer coos at "little Ethel" beneath

or perhaps the one with the sheep

Hullygully Mon 10-Jun-13 21:53:26

Or the one where he teaches a frog to know and love him

and to jump

unfortunately it showed more aptitude at jumping

never bettered

wonderstuff Mon 10-Jun-13 21:55:09

Hully have you been drinking grin

emsiewill Mon 10-Jun-13 22:47:36

Well I guess he doesn't love the podcast heroes that much after all sad

poorbuthappy Tue 11-Jun-13 08:59:12

Fucking hell.
Ignored by Richard Bacon.
That's 1 book I won't be buying!

Pagwatch Tue 11-Jun-13 09:27:12

I did miss it as expected (bloody swimming) but he answered my question.

John SIMM is lovely : FACT

Thank you Richard <waves>

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 11-Jun-13 11:58:19

Congratulations to harryhausen, BeetleBugBaby, dinkystinky, BettyTurpinEyes and LaundryLegoLunch - you have each won a signed copy of A Series of Unrelated Events. We'll be pming you with more details. Thanks to everyone who joined the webchat last night and sorry to those who didn't get their questions answered, it's just so tricky to get through them all over the course of the hour. He did try - honest.

BettyTurpinEyes Tue 11-Jun-13 13:49:37

Exciting! Thanks smile

LaundryLegoLunch Tue 11-Jun-13 14:20:10

Woo hoo thankd! Makes up for my question being ignored grin.

woohoo. Same Laundry! grin

RachaelCurtis Tue 11-Jun-13 16:55:00

I really liked Richard Bacon until I read this. I'm glad that he's happy with his life, but all that 'come and work in the media because it's better than your job' bollocks is tiresome.

wonderstuff Tue 11-Jun-13 19:02:30

I think sometimes though when you write on screen it doesn't come across the same? I read that as being tongue in cheek?

Cherrypi Tue 11-Jun-13 19:17:44

Jillfiona Listen to today's podcast.

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 11-Jun-13 19:22:43

Strange given his 'starry' life that he chose not to answer my question about whether we are overly obsessed with celebrities...

RachaelCurtis Tue 11-Jun-13 22:52:39

Yes, I guess he could have been being sarcastic. He's also friends with Giles Coren though, who strikes me as a first-class arse ache.

Listen to me! As if Richard Bacon cares what I think. He is getting better looking as he ages; I'll give him that.

Darkesteyes Tue 11-Jun-13 23:23:37

Rachel if you buy this months Easy Living and this months Red you will see a glaring hypocrisy in Giles Coren as well.
Also cant help wondering how Richards comments about keeping his social life almost intact after baby would have gone down on the Relationships board if he wasnt famous.

Darkesteyes Tue 11-Jun-13 23:27:32

Next 2 posts are from my inbox. I sent them to a fellow Mner when we were pming each other a few days back.

Ive just been to the Easy Living website and bloody Giles Coren has done an article for them "when did mens bodies become fair game" about the objectification of men <head desk> ffs Sorry for rant

Darkesteyes Tue 11-Jun-13 23:29:57

Hes also done an article for Red this month. In said article four male writers talk about what they love about their wives/partners. Most are lovely. Pete Paphides one about Caitlin Moran made me melt.
But Giles Corens talked about how he liked his wife for her hotness and then a list of her body parts.
Ruined the whole theme of the article. And he admitted in said article that his wife puts up with his sexist ways. So he has form for this. He does not sound like a nice bloke.

Hypocrisy much?!

Clayhead Thu 13-Jun-13 18:35:30

He mentioned jillfiona's none year old on the next podcast!

JaquelineHyde Thu 13-Jun-13 19:21:29

Aaaah has someone PMed jillfiona and let her know her son was mentioned. He will be over the moon I'm sure, how lovely.

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