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Live webchat with Radio 2 DJ Simon Mayo, Monday 27th February 1 - 2pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 22-Feb-12 12:34:42

Simon Mayo will be joining us next Monday (27th Feb) for a live webchat. Best known as host of Radio 2 Drivetime, Simon has been broadcasting with the BBC since the early 80s, including a stint as host of Radio 1 Breakfast show.
Simon's debut children's book ITCH is described as 'a fast-paced thriller starring an accidental school boy hero called Itch whose hobby of collecting all the elements in the periodic table gets him into some seriously explosive situations'.

If you have a question for Simon, join us next Monday or send in your question in advance to this thread.

travellingwilbury Mon 27-Feb-12 21:27:20

I missed it but looks like he did a fab job .

<still think he hates Children in need though >

squeaver Mon 27-Feb-12 20:48:16

Now THAT'S how to do a web-chat. WHAT a dude.

[Hello to Jason Isaacs]

MayCanary Mon 27-Feb-12 19:51:21

Woop, I got a reply. My day is made smile Bit sad that the Las thing wasn't true, I've believed that for years.

lemonpoppyseed Mon 27-Feb-12 17:58:36

Thanks for answering my question, and looking forward to reading Itch!

TheFoosa Mon 27-Feb-12 17:25:44

Don't be mean to Simon Mayo,he's lovely

thebestisyettocome Mon 27-Feb-12 14:29:00

Sorry RachelMumsnet.
It's a fair cop guv....

ripsishere Mon 27-Feb-12 14:23:16


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dramafluff Mon 27-Feb-12 14:19:36

Many thanks Simon for being generous with your time and all the fascinating answers - and well done mumsnetters for your questions with added congrats for those answered!

thebestisyettocome Mon 27-Feb-12 14:15:07

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cocolepew Mon 27-Feb-12 14:13:31

That was nice hmm

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cocolepew Mon 27-Feb-12 14:04:57

Make sure you do all your range of accents....

cocolepew Mon 27-Feb-12 14:04:34

Look forward to the reading smile

coppertop Mon 27-Feb-12 14:03:34

I really enjoyed reading all the answers, so thanks very much.

I can't wait for the "Itch" excerpt. grin

policywonk Mon 27-Feb-12 14:03:09

Oh yes I'd second 'Back in Black' for Mumsnet grin

Thanks for the answers and for years of entertainment and education <sobs>

Solo Mon 27-Feb-12 14:01:30

Thanks Simon...'see' you later...grin

ripsishere Mon 27-Feb-12 14:01:14

So, you won't be reading out my DDs messages on a Friday when we are doing the long drive smile ever so slightly passive agressive there.

SimonMayo Mon 27-Feb-12 14:00:53

Thanks to everyone for their fantastic questions! And I hope they were half-decent answers. (And thanks for the sandwich MNHQ, I'm still waiting for my luxury ginger biscuits however...)

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 27-Feb-12 14:00:19

we're going to close the webchat now so we have time to record Simon reading an exclusive excerpt of Itch which we'll put up on the site later today. We'll let you know which festivals Simon is going to this year as soon as the programmes are announced.

Thanks for joining us today and huge thanks to Simon for getting through so many questions.

hippoCritt Mon 27-Feb-12 13:58:18

No question just the memory of you dressed as a ninja turtle on the radio one roadshow a 'few' years ago!

CMOTDibbler Mon 27-Feb-12 13:58:15

I heard that ! It did make me smile grin

So, maybe a little Back in Black for MN ? Please ?

CatVonB Mon 27-Feb-12 13:57:23

I'd love a bit of Metallica as I'm driving the kids home in the people carrier... more of it!

SimonMayo Mon 27-Feb-12 13:56:39


Hi Simon
As a Chemistry teacher am fascinated by the idea of the hero collecting all the elements in the periodic table and wondered whether this was a hidden ploy to get children interested in Science.
Have noticed that on the Homework sucks section of your show that there are regular Science questions so there must be interest in Science out there.

It's not a hidden ploy - I reason that boys love collecting things, and once I'd come across the term 'element hunter' to describe those who collect the periodic table, I knew I had the beginnings of a story. I have to say that while Itch finds it the most fascinating thing to collect, everyone else finds it utterly baffling. So one of the tensions in the book is between Itch's love of science and the periodic table, and everyone else's studied indifference, which I think reflects where most of the readers will be.

Many will want to skip the science and get on the with the story, and others will want more explanation, and more explosions. Hopefully, I've got the balance right!

herecomesthsun Mon 27-Feb-12 13:56:31

Hello Simon! Doing a number of festivals? Which festivals? Are you doing Greenbelt? Oh, and can you say which festivals you think are best for children (mind you, ours are quite small still).

(love to all at St. L if you are still involved with it)

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