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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

The Big Cheese, Episode 1

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After completing my radio presenter training at Preston FM I was giving the opportunity to create a show of my own.  I have a few ideas on a list but the ultimate goal is to create an enjoyable listening experience.  After a bit of a brainstorming session with the rather fabulous, Will B, I sent out this to be included in the Preston FM newsletter:

Pilot for a new panel show.  Nickie O'Hara is piloting a brand new show for Preston FM. The panel show will be half an hour long and will incorporate general knowledge style and music-based quiz questions. Humorous input from panelists is a must. Recording will take place outside of the studio setting at a time and place convenient to all involved but an evening commitment is preferred. If you are interested in taking part in this "I'm Sorry I Haven't Got An Egg Head To Mock The Week" quiz experience please email Nickie.

Well, I love it when a plan comes together.  A great mix of people replied to the request and we arranged to meet up to discuss how feasible this idea actually was.  Two of the team were very well rehearsed with the technical side of 'outside broadcasting' and everyone seemed really keen on the idea. A venue was decided upon, equipment was arranged and a date for recording was agreed.

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And so The Big Cheese was born.

Two shows have since been recorded and the first was broadcast on Preston FM yesterday evening.  If you missed it, have a listen in here but you can tune in on Monday's at 6.30pm on 103.2FM in the local (Preston) area or online on TuneIn.




I am providing the themes and the questions myself (incorporating research used for the Friday Twiz) and I've had to teach myself how to edit sound files using Audacity (boy, that was a crash course and a half). For a first show it's not bad but we all know where we can make improvements. It's nerve-wracking waiting for listener feedback but the team is gearing up to record the next couple of episodes.

If you've got time to have a listen, let me know what you think.  We will be live tweeting the episodes using the hashtag #BigCheeseQuiz and you can keep up to date with all the news on The Big Cheese Facebook page.