John Humphrys lands weekly Classic FM show after quitting Radio 4

John Humphrys lands weekly Classic FM show after quitting Radio 4 – but at least he’ll get a lie-in now…

  • John Humphrys is to join the Classic FM on Sundays, starting on January 5
  • He will have a slot from 3pm to 5pm instead of previous early breakfast show
  • Humphrys said it is ‘proof positive that there really is a life after politics’

After leaving Radio 4’s Today programme, John Humphrys swapped Brexit for Brahms with a guest slot on Classic FM.

Now the 76-year-old has joined the station on a permanent basis, having landed his own show on Sunday afternoons.

It comes just three months after the much-loved broadcaster retired from Today after 32 years at the helm of the BBC‘s flagship current affairs programme. 

John Humphrys, pictured in the studio at New Broadcasting house, has swapped Brexit for a slot on Classic FM. He will present a weekly Classic FM show from 3pm to 5pm starting on January 5

He will now present a weekly Classic FM show from 3pm to 5pm, starting on January 5, during which he will be sharing stories and reflections on his favourite composers. 

He will finally be able to stay in bed during weekday mornings, having initially filled in for Tim Lihoreau on the More Music Breakfast show.

Mr Humphrys, pictured, said: ‘How could I resist a music station like Classic FM after a lifetime on the news beat? It’s proof positive that there really is a life after politics. 

Humphrys, pictured on Mastermind, took up his Classic FM guest spot at the end of October, standing in for regular host Tim Lihoreau of the station’s national More Music Breakfast.

Humphrys, pictured on Mastermind, took up his Classic FM guest spot at the end of October, standing in for regular host Tim Lihoreau of the station’s national More Music Breakfast.

‘And a rather more inspiring one at that.’ 

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s senior managing editor, said: ‘We had a hugely positive reaction from our listeners when John guest-presented.’     

He took up his Classic FM guest spot at the end of October, standing in for regular host Tim Lihoreau of the station’s national More Music Breakfast.

Speaking about his new role Humphrys said: ‘How could I resist a music station like Classic FM after a lifetime on the news beat.

The veteran BBC presenter has been working in journalism for more than 60 years. He is pictured here in 1987 before a Today programme broadcast. Mr Humphrys said: 'How could I resist a music station like Classic FM after a lifetime on the news beat? It’s proof positive that there really is a life after politics'

The veteran BBC presenter has been working in journalism for more than 60 years. He is pictured here in 1987 before a Today programme broadcast. Mr Humphrys said: ‘How could I resist a music station like Classic FM after a lifetime on the news beat? It’s proof positive that there really is a life after politics’

‘It’s proof positive that there really is a life after politics. And a rather more inspiring one at that.’

Mr Jackson added: ‘As we launch our new Sunday schedule on Classic FM, it is fantastic to welcome John Humphrys to our weekend line-up.’ 

In October, Humphrys said BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day should be axed for being ‘discriminatory’ against those without a religious belief.

Humphrys, whose successful career spanned six decades, argued that because he does not believe in any faith he would be unable to express his opinion on that segment.

Thought for the Day, which lasts three minutes, addresses issues and people in the news from a faith-based perspective. 

Other changes to Classic FM’s 2020 schedule includes Charlotte Hawkins hosting a new Sunday night edition of Smooth Classics at Seven, moving from her previous afternoon time slot of 3pm to 5pm.

And David Mellor’s Sunday evening show moves to a new time of 5pm to 7pm with familiar favourites and off-the-beaten-track discoveries.

His show will replace The Classic FM Chart, presented by John Brunning.

  

Mother names newborn twins Ronnie and Reggie…not knowing their famous namesakes

Mother-of-five names her newborn twins Ronnie and Reggie… and only later learns another pair of baby boys have had the names before

  • Lisa Tarr, 27, from High Wycombe, gave birth to the premature boys in October
  • She named them Ronnie and Reggie but insists she has never heard of the Krays 
  • That didn’t stop her from dressing them in sharp outfits reminiscent of the Krays 

A young mother who named her twin boys Ronnie and Reggie insists she had never heard of their infamous East End gangster namesakes.

Mother-of-five Lisa Tarr, 27, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire gave birth to the premature boys in October and they fought off a bout of bronchitis.

She said she named them Ronnie and Reggie because she kept coming across the names on Google.

However, the full-time mother insisted they are not named after the infamous Kray twins, telling people who have asked her that she’d never heard of the gangsters. 

That didn’t stop her dressing them in waistcoats and bowties – drawing comparisons with the slick suits the Kray twins were famous for.  

Newborn babies Ronnie and Reggie were born prematurely and their mother insists they were not named after the infamous Kray twins

Lisa Tarr, 27, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire said she had never heard of the Kray brothers, also named Ronnie and Reggie

Lisa Tarr, 27, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire said she had never heard of the Kray brothers, also named Ronnie and Reggie

Lisa also proudly dressed her twins in Christmas outfits with Reggie as Santa Claus, suited and booted in red and white, and Ronnie in a Elf costume with a pointy hat.

She said: ‘I kept googling for boy names, and those two kept coming up.

‘When I told people I was thinking of calling my twins Ronnie and Reggie, they asked me if I was thinking of the Kray twins.

‘I’d not heard of them – obviously they’re not named after that Ronnie and Reggie!

‘But they’re nice, old-fashioned names, and they suit my sons.

‘Reggie is a bit bigger than Ronnie, so we thought we’d have to dress him up as Santa instead of Ronnie.

‘But Ronnie is a little smaller, and is a little mischief – so he’s definitely an elf. The two of them are so beautiful, and such tough fighters.

Lisa gave birth to the the premature boys in October and they fought off a bout of bronchitis

Lisa gave birth to the the premature boys in October and they fought off a bout of bronchitis

Ronnie, right, and Reggie, left on the sofa at home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Ronnie, right, and Reggie, left on the sofa at home in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Though their mother said she hadn't heard of the Kray twins, it didn't stop her dressing her babies in waistcoats and bowties - drawing comparisons with the slick suits the Krays were famous for

Though their mother said she hadn’t heard of the Kray twins, it didn’t stop her dressing her babies in waistcoats and bowties – drawing comparisons with the slick suits the Krays were famous for

Ronnie and Reggie were born prematurely in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, weighing just 4lb 6oz each

Ronnie and Reggie were born prematurely in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, weighing just 4lb 6oz each

‘My whole family is so smitten with them, and I’ve had such a positive reaction from my friends as well when they’ve seen them dressed like that.

‘I couldn’t believe how much other people love them too. They’re my boys, I just love them to absolute bits.’ 

Ronnie and Reggie were born prematurely in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, weighing just 4lb 6oz each.

They’ve had an uphill battle since October 21, and spent two weeks in November recovering from bronchitis.

But Lisa’s youngest boys have ‘gone from strength to strength’ – and she ‘can’t wait to spend this holiday with them at their healthiest yet’.

Lisa is also mother to Jordan, 10, Kye, four, and Lyla, two.

Together with her 30-year-old handyman partner Noel Oxlade, they will be spending Christmas Day with Lisa’s family.  

BBC newsreader Huw Edwards appears to be modelling himself on Robbie Williams

Huw’s turning into Robbie Williams? BBC newsreader Huw Edwards, 58, appears to be mimicking singer’s every look

A salt and pepper quiff. A soulful gaze. A love of the spotlight . . . not forgetting a fondness for a Christmas jumper. Yes, pop star Robbie Williams, 45, and BBC election coverage anchor Huw Edwards have more in common than you might think. As their Instagram accounts reveal, they seem to be turning into the most unlikely celebrity doppelgangers of all. ALISON BOSHOFF reports . . .

Top ten, top stories . . . or Top Gun: Both Robbie and Huw appear to have been inspired by Tom Cruise’s aviator sunglasses in the Eighties classic

The BBC news reader wears a statement turtle neck in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris for an atmospheric shot

Strike a pose: Robbie Williams looking soulful in 2017, while BBC’s Huw Edwards appears stern in Paris on New Year’s Eve 2018

Huw sports them in less exotic Crystal Palace, South London

Mirror, mirror: Robbie wears shades at a stadium in LA

Huw and singer Robbie are uncanny in recent photos of the pair both donning a pair of metallic sunglasses and a sleek black ensemble

Robbie wears similar patent loafers and a bow tie on the red carpet at 2018 Pride Of Britain Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on October 29

Huw steps out in a black velvet jacket while clutching an award from the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall in London, May 12

Rock DJs: Nothing sets off a dinner jacket like a deep tan. The stars are photographed

Huw eschews the leathers as he poses on a 959 superbike kitted out with feature red wheels

Huw eschews the leathers as he poses on a 959 superbike kitted out with feature red wheels 

The former Take That singer shows off his motorbike collection while dressed head to toe in leather biker gear

The former Take That singer shows off his motorbike collection while dressed head to toe in leather biker gear

Robbie¿s an ambassador for Weight Watchers

Huw trains with a British champion

Box clever: Dancing like butterflies and stinging like, umm, middle aged men on a mission to lose weight

Robbie embraced all things festive for his Christmas album this year

Huw got into the party spirit for last year¿s Mary Berry¿s Christmas Party on the BBC

After looking at their Instagrams, the pair could become the most unlikely celebrity doppelgangers of all. They are both photographed wearing Fair Isle jumpers for their respective celebrations

Meanwhile the Angels singer reveals a subtly curled moustache and darker toned stubble

Huw shows off white stubble across his chiseled jaw

Stubble trouble: An uncharacteristically rugged look for both of them

Huw Edwards pooch Cooper snuggles up for a photo which his owner tags with the dogsofinstagram hashtag similarly to the Let Me Entertain You singer

Huw Edwards pooch Cooper snuggles up for a photo which his owner tags with the dogsofinstagram hashtag similarly to the Let Me Entertain You singer

Pucker up: Robbie¿s massive Bernese mountain dog Mr Showbiz OBE holds his fluffy head to the sky as Robbie, who is wearing a dressing gown, tries to plant a kiss on his cheek

Pucker up: Robbie’s massive Bernese mountain dog Mr Showbiz OBE holds his fluffy head to the sky as Robbie, who is wearing a dressing gown, tries to plant a kiss on his cheek

 

‘Where did my doors go?’ Icelandic man films his home buried in snow

‘Where did my doors go?’ Icelandic man films his home buried in snow after blizzards and hurricane-force winds batter the country

  • Footage was captured by Bragi Valsson in Holmavik, Iceland, on December 11
  • The homeowner circles the property before questioning where his doors were
  • He later finds his door and understands why he was not able to get out of house

This is the shocking moment a ferocious blizzard covers a house in a layer of thick snow in Iceland. 

The footage, which was captured by Bragi Valsson in Holmavik, Iceland, on December 11, shows his property covered by a blanket of white snow after winds reaching 70mph hit the European nation.

The startled homeowner, who is seen circling the property during the clip, later shared the footage on Twitter with the caption: ‘The outside of my house after the blizzard. Where did my doors go???’   

Shocking footage, captured by Bragi Valsson in Holmavik, Iceland, on December 11, shows the moment his property is covered by a blanket of snow

The startled homeowner circles his property and shows viewers the effects of the snow storm

The startled homeowner circles his property and shows viewers the effects of the snow storm 

The homeowner steps through the thick blanket of snow on the ground as he tries to find the door to his home

The homeowner steps through the thick blanket of snow on the ground as he tries to find the door to his home

During the clip, Mr Valsson stands outside his property and begins to chuckle before saying: ‘Think there used to be a window here.’ 

After witnessing the effects of the latest snow storm to grapple the nation, the startled homeowner points the camera in the direction of where the door was once visible and shows how it is now completely hidden from view due to the snow.

He says: ‘This is the door and I was trying to get out of the house using this and now I see why that wasn’t working. Goodness!’

The Icelandic storm, which led to a red weather warning being issued for the Northeast part of the country, saw violent storms and blizzards sweep across the nation.

Mr Valsson later explains that the he had been trying to get out of the house and could now see why that wasn't working

Mr Valsson later explains that the he had been trying to get out of the house and could now see why that wasn’t working

The homeowner looks out into the distance to observe the roaring blizzard that has left his house covered in snow

The homeowner looks out into the distance to observe the roaring blizzard that has left his house covered in snow

Meanwhile in other parts of the country, pedestrians were seen battling the storms as the winds began to pick up speed.

Storm chaser Muhammed Emin Kizilkay took to Facebook to share a clip of himself and his meteorologist friends trying to stand upright on icy pavements near the University of Iceland in Reykjavik on December 10, after winds reaching 70mph hit the European nation. 

The storm chaser wrote on Facebook: ‘The strongest win has still not arrived but it is already STRONG! We were all of sudden taken by the wind!!!!’ 

In another video storm chaser Muhammed Emin Kizilkay took to Facebook to share a clip of himself and his meteorologist friends trying to stand upright

In another video storm chaser Muhammed Emin Kizilkay took to Facebook to share a clip of himself and his meteorologist friends trying to stand upright 

The storm chaser told social media users that the strongest winds had not yet arrived

Mr Emin Kizilkay tries to stand upright and battle the raging winds

The storm chaser battles with the ferocious winds near the University of Iceland in Reykjavik on December 10

He later said: ‘It’s amazing how strong the winds are. 

‘There are even stronger winds around than in Reykjavik but these were powerful enough to move us.’

Meanwhile in other parts of the country, an Icelandic patrol ship saw water pelt its windows as it tried to get through the heavy snow.  

 

Furious little boy kicks car and tells off driver after he knocks down mother on zebra crossing 

Furious little boy kicks car and tells off driver after he knocks down mother on zebra crossing

  • Footage captured in Dadukou District, Chongqing, China, on December 4
  • The boy and his mother were knocked to the ground as they crossed a crossing
  • Child rises to his feet and checks mother is unharmed before running to driver

This is the shocking moment a furious child kicks a car that knocked down his mother at a zebra crossing. 

The footage, captured in the Dadukou District, Chongqing, China, on December 4, shows the vehicle continue to move forward as pedestrians cross in front of it before knocking over a child and his mother as they cross the busy road. 

After he is forced to the ground with his mother, the child rises to his feet and checks his mother is unharmed before furiously shouting at the driver responsible. 

Shocking footage, captured in the Dadukou District, Chongqing, China, on December 4, shows the moment a child and his mother are knocked down at a zebra crossing

The child and his mother are hit by a white car as they cross a busy road at a crossing in China

The child and his mother are hit by a white car as they cross a busy road at a crossing in China

During the clip, the young boy and his mother are seen crossing the busy road at the zebra crossing before a white 4×4 vehicle crashes into them.

The pedestrians are pushed to the ground as shocked passers-by look on in horror.

After checking his mother for injuries, the boy rushes over to the car and kicks its bonnet before shouting at the driver.

He then returns back to his mother’s aid before running over to the driver and shouting at him once more.  

The driver immediately steps out of his car and attends to the injured mother as she tries to get to her feet. 

The woman was later taken to hospital and police have determined that the driver was fully responsible for the accident.

The young boy checks to see if his mother is harmed before running to the driver to tell him off

The young boy checks to see if his mother is harmed before running to the driver to tell him off

The furious child rushes over to the car and kicks it before he begins to shout at the driver responsible

The furious child rushes over to the car and kicks it before he begins to shout at the driver responsible

Shocked passers-by rush to the mother's aid before she is taken to a nearby hospital

Shocked passers-by rush to the mother’s aid before she is taken to a nearby hospital