Bland On Bland – One…


Bland On Bland – The BookThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ One … “.

It was a great show this week, JVG and I had a longish chat about the how my book was going and why I hadn’t done a CD to go with it ( there is always Vol II Jon)

I felt sure that we had used “One” as a theme before but I guess not. I was looking for an idea and found myself strolling through the  “neighbourhood”, stumbled on the question people ask “If you could change just one thing” and before you know it I had a poem.

Great to have Ed on guitar this week. Have a listen to how it went below…

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Bland On Bland – Breathing

Bland On Bland – The Book

The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “ Breathing “.

I took the opportunity to head back to the “neighbourhood” this week. Second time in weeks.  It was one of those ideas that jumped into my head but took ages to get right

Jon and I also discussed the sad passing of Chuck Berry, and the importance of him to popular music. A true giant.

Ed Bates supplied the appropriately atmospheric backing this week, have a listen to how it went below…

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Bland On Bland – Dropping Something

blndonblandpoem-featuredThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Dropping Something“.

Today’s poem is something of a milestone. It marks the tenth anniversary of Bland On Bland.

To commemorate the occasion it seems fitting that today’s offering should head “back to the neighbourhood.”

Besides it’s been a while.

Thanks to Ed for coming in to do today’s show. I felt it was important that he be here as he has been a significant part of Bland On Bland from the beginning ( I hope you got to your gig on time mate.) and a special thanks to Thatch and Jools at Pretentia.com for their technical wizardry,enabling me to contribute to the JVG Radio Method from all around the world

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Bland On Bland – Gift Giving

blndonblandpoem-featuredThe theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Gift Giving“.

Last show of the year and Jon is in a mellow mood, seems he opened the bottle of Cabernet he was given as a gift a week early.

Well at least the show ran like a well oiled machine… Ed stepped on a cat’s tail, the cat turned around and bit him and he is in hospital in one of those rooms you have to put on a yellow “hazmat” suit when you go and visit him.
Both cat and Ed are responding well to treatment

I lost the poem BUT fortunately there was a perfect poem in my book so I used that instead.
I found the one I had lost after the segment and Jon accused me of shameless marketing – well of course it was. I learnt from him

Have a great Christmas and we will see you all in the new year


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Bland On Bland – Get It …

RRRBBQDay2014_046The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Get it …“.

Back in the studio this week and Jon has picked another “odd” one.

Truly, I have no idea what causes Jon’s penchant for weird themes like this.

Still a great excuse to revisit some of the “popular” denizens of the neighbourhood.


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Bland On Bland – Radiothon 2016 Week 2

RRRBBQDay2014_046The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Radiothon 2016 Week 2“.

Good afternoon Jon, and for the last time, at least for the moment, greetings from Coventry.
Heading home to Melbourne in a couple of days.

A big thumbs up to all the volunteers in the phone room, RRR of course couldn’t function without the army of volunteers who contribute so much, and I hope you are making their lives absolutely miserable by jamming the phone lines as you ring to renew your subscription or become a new subscriber.
If not, give them a call now and make their lives even more stressful, they can take it.

That’s enough from me, I look forward to returning to the studio next week, but first I have to finish what I began last week and it’s back to the neighbourhood.


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Bland On Bland – Radiothon 2016 Week 1

RRRBBQDay2014_046The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Radiothon 2016 Week 1“.

Good afternoon Jon and greetings, this week, from Manchester.

Sad to be absent from the studio for Radiothon, one of my favourite times of the year and I know you have a full show this week, crammed with guests and it will be bedlam: very enjoyable bedlam I might add, so I’m not going to take up too much time.

If you have already subscribed to RRR, thank you very much and I hope you win one of the many fabulous prizes.
If you’ve been a subscriber in the past, we’d love to welcome you back, if you haven’t please consider coming on board, because you are the lifeblood of community radio.
That’s enough from me and as tradition dictates, it’s time to head back to the neighbourhood.


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Bland On Bland – Animal Enclosures

RRRBBQDay2014_046The theme for this week’s JVG Radio Method poem is “Animal Enclosures“.

Good afternoon Jon, and after an absence of nearly two years, welcome to Coventry.

I’ve seen quite a number and variety of animal enclosures in my travels, from cages on the backs of motorcycles in Vietnam, donkey pens in Italy, to the more controversial Spanish bullrings which are understandably under siege.

In fact, to ensure I’m completely thematically correct today, I’m coming to you from a horse stable in Coorley Moor on the outskirts of Cov, so excuse any background noises.

Last week, as you are no doubt aware, after a particularly vile and venomous campaign Britain voted to exit the EU and as the initial euphoria or disappointment wears off, carnage is sweeping the political landscape and many people are only now pondering exactly what the ramifications and new realities will be.

One of the more contentious and emotive issues of the campaign centered on immigration and I’m pretty sure there is one group of people and one person in particular who might struggle to gain entry into Britain in the future, even in a poem.


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