Breakfasty Bonus

Recently, I covered Breakfast on Fun Kids for a couple of weeks, presenting from 7-10 as kids woke up during the Easter Holidays.

We did stuff like the ‘Easter Experiment’, a ‘School’s Out Moveabout’ and an ‘Easter Exam’, all while detailing the ‘Zayn-Leaving-1D-Gate’ – coverage was essentially me emphasising that I should be the newest member, at least I’d have danced at boot camp.

I’ve managed to cut down 30 hours of Radio into 13 glorious minutes of SoundCloudage.

HAVE A LISTEN please

Januarggghhhhyyy – Part 2 (Or the less boring bit, with more Morgan Freeman, but less enthusiasm at writing a blog)

August – November

August started amazingly as I worked at Camp Bestival as a kids entertainer with an event company. This really was the life of riley – to be paid to lark about with my mates and then watch bands? Are you kidding?!

Camp Bestival 2014

Then, the big call. After spending much of the last 8 months running and eating bananas for this sodding Tough Mudder thing, I was all prepared to do the 13-mile run, through mud, wood and electricity on the 17th August.

BUT THEN.

An invitation to attend the International Press Screening of the movie ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ in Tampa, where I would see the filming locations and interview some actors involved. They would both take place on the same day, but 3000 miles apart.

So the choice was this, or to follow-through on a promise I’d made to myself and my best friend, for which I had spent a lot of gym-membership money and eaten nothing but Chicken for months, to overcome a fear I’d had all through growing-up about whether I could actually focus on a physical task and see it through to the bitter-tearful end.

When I stepped out of the first class lounge and onto the flight that would take me back to Heathrow after 4 days of chatting to Dolphin Trainers in Aquariums, interviewing Hollywood A-Listers and lounging, eating and drinking by pool in 90 Degree heat for free, I knew I’d made the right choice in potentially sacrificing my best-friendship.

r1 picFor the next few months I spent a lot of time roaming around different radio stations, spending a day here-and-there at Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio London, all the while working with BBC Radio Berkshire and hosting the shows on Fun Kids.

tumblr_maogyciqhD1r5pjkqo1_500I also travelled across Croatia to ‘Unknown’ festival, which consisted of 5 days of 4 beats blown out through distorted speakers.

The highlight being landing in the only airport in Eastern Croatia, which was essentially a field and the dwellers of the town actually left their homes and crowded around to see the plane actually landing.

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In October, I travelled around the UK on a promotional tour for the release of ‘Mr Peabody and Sherman’. This really meant I trained it to wet, windy dog-parks to interview people from ‘This Morning’ and ‘Coronation Street’, whilst desperately trying to ask dog-owners where they’d like to travel back in time to given infinite options. I don’t remember this being a career option at school…

electra picI was also in a play!

Covering myself in blood every night for a week playing a crazy Prince slaughtering his Mother for the throne. I’m reliably involved I was more like The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, rather than a physically threatening Greek one.

December

Apart from hosting another batch of weekday holidays for Fun Kids, I essentially did nothing in December (especially not look for work, hence… y’now, writing this blog…) other than watch Love Actually, and dream about opening a PlayStation 4 on the 25th.

THIS DID NOT HAPPEN.

Avoiding that terrible way to end the year, 2014 was pretty fantastic 12 months and has prompted huge excitement on what this year will hopefully bring.

MAINLY WITH A PLAYSTATION 4.

Remember to listen, or direct any 8-14 year olds to listen, to my show – 11-4, Saturdays and Sundays on Fun Kids – Thanks for reading.

LOVE DAN xox

Januarrgghhhhhy (Or that annoying review blog post) – Part 1

I hate January.

Which is peculiar, because although loads of things are mildly irritating, I usually very rarely absolutely detest something.

I’m normally a pretty happy, cheerful chap that enjoys every month for it’s own particular idiosyncrasies. The bright, dewy mornings in May. Excited, friend-filled days of August, and the frosty, slightly anxious evenings in November as we count down to the big Ho-Ho-Holiday.

They all fill me with a particular warm, infectious glow.

Apart from sodding January.

There are a plethora of reasons to detest this wayward month: damp, dank and dark mornings make it impossible to get out of bed, and – if we’re being honest – my absolute hype for Christmas means I have given no thought, in any way, to getting any work for the month, so there’s usually not a lot to get up for.

Dr.-Who  I know right… the world hates me.

Mostly, however, January is the worst month because it’s time to ‘evaluate’ last year and decide what the goals should be for this year.

ARE YOU READY?! HERE WE GO. 

January – April 

2014 started pretty well, was given my first proper radio show – if you’ve failed to miss all the flagrant self-promotion so far on this website, it’s 11-3 Saturdays and Sundays on FunKids. This led to some very cool things, I interviewed Disney Star Dove Cameron (who would totally love me if it weren’t that she makes YouTube videos with her mildly talented, slightly buff BF)

It also scored me a ticket to the premiere of the LEGO Movie, which is totally awesome. Well, I say premiere, it was actually the Gala Screening. Which is quite similar only instead of being a star-studded swanky evening bash, filled with A-Listers and glamorous journos; it’s usually on a cold, wet Sunday morning at 10am, where I stand next to sniffy, podgy paparazzi, and desperately fight to ask Justin Lee Collins what his favourite LEGO piece is.

fantine-crying I know right, sometimes stuff is too hard.

At this time I also began working for BBC Radio Berkshire writing Travel Reports – which would’ve been made easier had almost every road in Berkshire not decided to take a post-christmas-holiday, and given in to the tumultuous rain. The county went crazy and I took about 10 calls a day from Kathy in Reading. KATHY THE ROADS ARE CLEAR NOW M’KAY! GET HOME TO YOUR 12 CATS AND STOP CALLING ME.

I also agreed with a friend to do the Tough Mudder challenge thing. Which was recklessly stupid as I dislike running, and mud, and toughness.

April – July

At the start of April I went to Australia for the 2nd time in 9 months, now although that is a pretty cool feat there are only a few hundred times you can look in a middle-eastern airport McDonalds and be amazed at the amount of different stuff they have on the menu. It’s like whenever I see a drive-thru Starbucks I immediately want to move to Membury Service Station.

So Australia was amazing, as it always is, I swam with a turtle and shark and really cannot be bothered to write more about it as I’ve already blogged here about it all.

June was mostly spent emulating World Cup tactics on Football Manager. I won’t bore you with the details but I got to the final with Uzbekistan.

July was a hugely hectic month, weekday holiday shows on Fun on top of the usual 4 hour Weekend gig. This meant loads of time in the radio studio, which is amazing because that’s what I’m in it for, but remember that July was the hottest month since Vesuvius erupted, so it was a tad warm in there.

simpsons-fridge copy I know right, I was so hot.

I also got the chance to broadcast from British Summer Time in Hyde Park, where I fulfilled a life-long dream of seeing Boyzone sing ‘Picture of You’ and an even longer held goal of interviewing the 2011 X Factor Finalist Amelia Lily.

For every spare moment of my life at this time I ran and trained for the stupid Tough Mudder thing that I had moronically agreed to do. HOW WILL I GET ON?!

 

If you’ve stuck this through to the end, then GOOD NEWS! There’s no more to read just yet, as Part 2 will be here next week for your visual pleasure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Morgan Freeman and Wavy Hands!

You walk in to a room. Bright lights slightly blind your vision, obstructing a calm figure sat silently on a chair, as 3 women run around quickly grabbing anything they can to seek his authoritative approval.

You carry on walking forward. People seem nice, they smile, wave and reassure you that this is absolutely normal.

That it’s perfectly usual for a 22 year old to be sat in his musty conservatory, in pyjamas, eating a Cheesestring on a Saturday, blissfully unaware that only 3 days later he’ll be walking towards an interview with Hollywood Royalty.

And then, ‘Hey Dan! That’s a nice British Accent you have there!’

This was because the new ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ movie is released on Sept. 19, so I flew over to Florida, to see where it was filmed and meet ONLY THE BIGGEST HOLLYWOOD STAR IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF THE PLANET AND EVERYTHING EVER.

Amelia Lily!

The other day I went to British Summer Time in Hyde Park, to see Boyzone and hang out with some popstars in the VIP tent.

I had a chat with Amelia Lily from The X Factor in 2011 (one year after 1D… the year Little Mix won) She was lovely and best of all, had a ‘reeet gurrd’ northern accent.

We talked about her new single, ideas for a music video and italian salad dressings.

If you happen to notice my shiny face, it’s probably sweat. It really was excruciatingly hot.

 

PS BOYZONE WERE AMAZING…