Wednesday 25 May 2011

Just missed out on the Gold!

Just been at the biggest awards ceremony in the radio industry calendar - the Sony Radio Awards - they're like the Oscars in my industry.

Everyone who was anyone in radio was there - from Danny Baker to Tony Blackburn, John Humphreys to Simon Mayo. Chris Evans was hosting the event, and did the job fast and furiously as he guided the star-studded audience through what felt like hundreds and hundreds of categories.

I was nominated for "Speech Broadcaster of the Year" for my radio show on BBC Radio Berkshire, up against the likes of Radio 5's  Victoria Derbyshire and Radio 2's Jeremy Vine. They got, respectively, silver and gold and I got the bronze but was actually very proud to walk away with anything at the end of the evening, and I drove home happily clutching my bronze and Perspex plaque.

Not quite heavy enough to use as a doorstop, though. They don't make 'em like they used to. Years ago, when I won a TV Personality of the Year Award (from TV or Radio Times, I think), it served as a doorstop for the downstairs loo for many a year until the dog ran off with it between his jaws and buried it in the garden, where it slowly rusted.

I mention this is no disrespect whatever to the award itself. It's wonderful to win awards - but you can't really bung them in a cabinet in the living room, can you? Everyone in the family would think you were showing off.

Lots of people I know put them in the loo, where you can show them off in a self-deprecating sort of way. It worked quite well until the dog had other ideas! But if you don't know what to do with your old treasures, try selling gold for cash and getting them valued by the experts.

You might find they're worth a bob or two, and that the cash is much more handy than letting them go rusty and unloved!

Going for Gold at Chelsea!

Everyone was going for gold at the Chelsea Flower show this week.

The sun came out, the winds blew and I donned my Sunday best for the first day of the event -Press Day when all the world's photographers gather in London SW3 for this highlight of the horticultural calendar.

Straightaway I bumped into hypnotist Paul McKenna who was there with his mum, Joan, singer Will Young, comedian Bill Bailey and talk show host Sir Michael Parkinson with his wife Mary. And that was just in the first few yards of the showground.

Every year, Chelsea attracts thousands of visitors, and provides headlines and colourful photographs for the national papers. This year the great story was the colour gold - it was everywhere from delphiniums to rhododendrons, anemones to azaleas. The whole four acre site was splashed with gold - particularly combined with purple.

According to the experts that was this year's trend. Difficult, though, for the daffodil growers and showers - because this year, due to the unseasonably warm climate, all of our daffs had bloomed early. Many exhibitors have had their daffs in fridges for the last couple of weeks, and only got them out at the last minute in order to show them at Chelsea.

But don't put your  gold in the fridge, or anywhere else for that matter. If you're not wearing it and you're not likely to - cash it in. Better in cash than lying unwanted at the back of a dingy drawer. If you still don't know how to make the best of your old or unwanted gold (or silver, or any other precious or semi-precious stones or metal, get yourself a FREE Gold Selling Pack from

Within a very short time, you'll be contacted with a cash offer - and according to all of the latest independent research, is still offering the very best in competitive rates. If you like, shop around, and then you can be sure. Either way, you'll probably find that when you sell gold for cash makes you an offer you cannot refuse!

Get gold to work for you, just like the experts have done at Chelsea!