Blimey - we never seem to stop but that's the way we like it. Dashing from country to country - and from city to city - is precisely what gives us our energy. Being home in Glasgow for a while, though, is wonderful; particularly now the weather is playing ball. We arrived in Scotland, after a fun London trip, on Thursday, and hooked up with our pal Peter for dinner and it was great to catch up. We treated ourselves to a night at Browns (it's on George Square) and the food was excelleent. We'd certainly recommend it if you're around the city.
On Friday, yesterday, we had a studio call time of 11am for rehearsal at 'The Hour', a magazine show we co presented for the last day before regular host Michelle McManus came back to work after her holiday. And we had a brilliant day! The cast and crew at The Hour, many of whom we've worked with at STV over the years, were a total delight and welcomed us into their world straight away. And we have to give Michelle SERIOUS credit for hosting this show every day as she normally does. It's actually a whole load of work to do it all 'on time' with directors and producers talking in earpieces and so on! Respect!
We were doubly thrilled when we found out that the first guests were The Pearces, a wonderful girl group from Alabama. Rather like a younger Fleetwood Mac meets Steely Dan meets Cold Play meets Mamas and Papas, we hit it off with the girls straight away and, as they practised their set, we immediately bonded. We love their harmonies and their cool riffs and they performed a beautiful track called 'You will not be forgotten' and told us all about their pending performance at T In The Park. They seemed a little daunted when we explained that T in The Park is one of Europes largest music festivals and that they would probably experience a stampede! What lovely lovely girls.
Our next musical act was Four Poofs and a Piano and their wit, musical talent and sheer fun factor set the studio on fire. We actually had the pleasure of working with the band when we guested on Jonathan Ross's chat show and then, and again yesterday, they were charming beyond belief.
We wine tasted with Tom Canavan (who doesn't like a tipple on a Friday?) and learned how to make cup cakes with Paul, The Hour's resident baker. We made a pig shaped cup cake and also a bumble bee decorated cake. Really good fun! All in all it was a great show and we'd love to take part again if the opportunity arose.
After the show we headed back home and surprised ourselves by a sudden spurt of energy. So we went down to our basement and pulled out our pressure washer and went to work washing our steps and jetting our front garden. Not sure how we managed to find the energy for that one after such a busy day, but we really enjoyed the hard work and saved ourselves the £500 quote that someone had given us to do the job. Sure it took four and a half hours but the results are great!
After quick shower we headed off for a very late dinner (at 11pm) at Salma, a great wee Indian resto' just five minutes away from our house. And let us tell you; dinner never tasted so good courstesy of our fatigue - aye, we'd built up a whacking appetitte after all our hard work!
This morning we got off to a very early start as we're taking delivery of our brand new GLOSTA terrace furniture. It's all weather creamy white and is going to look great on our roof top played against our grey flooring and grey jacuzzi! We'll post pics later and you'll see the terrace featured in various magazines over the next while.
Later this evenng we're heading to our pals Jill and David who're having a barbeque, but we'll probably have a relatively early night as we're off to Real Radio tomorrow morning for 'Colin and Justin's Sunday Show' - 10am - 1pm. Hope you can tune in for our mix of music and chat. Tomorrow is week 4 of 13 episodes and the show seeems to be shaping up really well . If you've been listening - thank you, and if you haven't yet joined in the fun, twist your tranny knob and find us at 100 - 101 FM.
Tomorrow evening we're hosting the first of two night at The Tall Ships Race in Greenock. As MAJOR yachting and boating fans we're looking forward to the spectacle. We're presenting on the main stage area and have a host of guests including Deacon Blue, the Magic Numbers and Gamu. And a MASSIVE firework display! It's a free for all party so if you're anywhere near Greenock, please come along. Crowds of 800,000 are expected over the weekend's celebration so it's going to be a busy time.
For now... it's time for breakfast. Weetabix. Oh, the glamour. With a spot of semi skimmed milk, no less. Blimey; we know how to live.
Take care, lovelies, and have a great weekend!
Colin and Justin xx