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It's All Happening at The Bear's Lair

Hi, everyone.

I'm just dropping by with your weekly invitation to The Bear's Lair, which you can hear at 13 hours UTC, 9 AM Eastern, 8 AM Central, 6 AM Pacific, or 2 PM in the UK , on The Global Voice.

Settle back on my big squashy sofa with your favourite drink and prepare for two hours of friendly chat, fun and, of course, fantastic music. There is always plenty of room for your requests, so do please feel free to get in touch at any time.

This week we have a right royal Crank it Up corner, and a colourful Love Zone, which I hope you will enjoy. Don't forget if you would like to hear your own choices in either of these features you can find out how by tuning into the show.

The lair would be a very empty place without you, so I'd love to hear from you during the show. Getting in touch is easy. Just Email yourvoice@theglobalvoice.info or tweet @lulu_bear.

I look forward to your company at 13 hours UTC when the Bear's Lair opens its door once more, in the meantime, have a great day.

Drop In to The Bear's Lair!

Hi, Everyone!

I just thought I'd pop in here to deliver your regular weekly invitation to The Bear's Lair, which you can hear on The Global voice today, and every Friday, at 13 hours UTC, 9 AM Eastern, 8 AM Central, 6 AM Pacific, or 2 PM in the UK.

Take your seat on the big squashy sofa, pick up your favourite drink, and prepare for two hours of friendly chat, fun and, of course, fantastic music! This week we have a twin-Spin of a popular Swedish group in the Crank it Up Corner, and no, I don't mean Abba! This week's love Zone is not themed, just two beautiful songs which will bring out the romantic in anyone.

Getting in touch with the show is easy. You can Email yourvoice@theglobalvoice.info, or send a tweet to @lulu_bear. I look forward to having your company, later today in The Bear's Lair.

The Bear's Lair Later Today!

Hi, Everyone.

I'm Lulu Wells, and I'd like to invite you to drop into my place, commonly
known as The Bear's Lair, tomorrow, and every Friday at 1300 UTC, 9 AM
Eastern, 8 AM Central, 6 AM Pacific, or 2 PM UK, only on The Global Voice.

I'll play you a variety of good mood music, ranging from oldies to great
tracks from today, with lots of room for your requests. I also have a
couple of great features, which you won't want to miss. This week, in my
Crank it Up corner, where I play two songs that you have to play as loud as
possible, we go back to the eighties for those turn it up tunes. In The
love zone, which happens during the second hour, you are going to want to
take time to relax and listen. That was a clue!

Getting in touch with the show is really easy, either Email
yourvoice@theglobalvoice.info while I'm on air, or tweet me any time,
@lulu_bear is the user name. I look forward to having your company, Friday,
1300 UTC for The Bear's Lair, on The Global Voice.

Nervous? Me?

Hi, Everyone.

This has been an eventful week, and as we head into the Easter break, life should certainly not be boring! My sister has traveled down from Norfolk to spend time with us over the holidays. I got to see her on Tuesday, and we had a hectic day, shopping and trying on clothes, talking a lot and doing the things sisters do. I was exhausted all of yesterday, but gosh, it was worth it!

B got home yesterday evening, and it is always wonderful to have him back after being away. We had lots to catch up on, and he got to see the gift he had bought me for the first time. It is a funny thing, when you buy something online, you take a leap of faith, especially when it is something as special and personal as an eternity ring. We chose the ring together, but neither of us had ever touched it, we chose it by reading reviews, and by its description, and by what I know about jewellery. Anyway, it arrived Tuesday morning, and it is absolutely stunning. 3 beautiful rubies which look red, not pink or so dark they are almost black, complemented by tiny diamonds that look like a wave, and sparkle beautifully. I was just overjoyed with it, and everyone who has seen it loves it. Luckily when B saw it he loved it too, so our leap of faith paid off, and I can't thank B enough for such a special Easter gift.

Today has been fairly quiet, with us both relaxing, but my stomach has been full of butterflies for a lot of the time, because tomorrow my radio show The Bear's Lair is set to debut on The Global Voice. Yes, I know, I have done umpteen Bear's Lairs, in two different places, and this is only a two hour version when I am used to doing three hours, but this is a whole new ball game of a station, and wherever I broadcast, I want to do a good job. Lots of things are different, including the kind of server I am using, but it is going to be ok. I am looking forward to being back on air tomorrow. If you would like to know more, there is a longer description of the show and much more information which you can find by returning to our home page.

Life is odd. You can't plan it really, or at least I can't plan mine. I thought I would never do this again, but the bug, or something gave me a nudge, and here I am again, part of me saying yay! Back on air again, and part of me saying god! What am I doing this for, I can't do this! The same old mixture of excitement and butterflies, and rather more butterflies this time, as this station is still a very unknown quantity to me. Ah well, all I can do is what I always do. Promote it as well as I can, do the best job I can, and leave the rest in the hands of God. I hope I may see you tomorrow on the big, squashy sofa. 1300 UTC, 2 PM UK, 9 AM Eastern.

Book I am reading: The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

Things I am looking forward to: Easter eggs, I know I have one coming from Mum.
Seeing family over the holidays.
Dinner! I'm starved!

Thanks for reading, and Bye for now!

30 March 2012

Hi, everyone, welcome to my blog. I have had several blogs in several places, but it's lovely to have this nice new one, right here on the hartgen.org domain. In it you will read not only day-to-day goings on, but also details about upcoming shows which I will be doing on The Global Voice.

Yes, really. The Bear's Lair is coming back to the airwaves. In the painful aftermath of the collapse of Team-Fm, I thought, in fact I could say we both did, that Internet radio was behind me, that I'd never broadcast again. Those were some dark days, I can tell you. I have been helped through them by B, who has just been such a rock for me.

Anyway, last weekend I got an Email from a dear friend who asked why I'd stopped broadcasting. He said if I did that, I'd be giving in, and I needed to get back to it at once. I said no, I didn't want to be part of that world anymore there was too much bad stuff going on in it. And then early last week I opened Station Playlist Studio to do something, and the thought came to me that the software was sitting there, as was all that good music I'd collected, and there was nothing to do with it. No! I'm not going back to all that, I thought! Anyway, where would I go? I don't want to go back to where I was, even assuming they'd have me, and I don't know anywhere else.

That Monday afternoon, I tuned into the show of the friend who'd Emailed me earlier. He works on The Global Voice. At one point, his stream went down. No dead air ensued, but an automated stream of promos and jingles cut in until he was back up again. Now that was impressive, I thought! And the quality of the promos I was hearing! I liked what I heard. And from all I've heard of TGV, they take things seriously, but they're not totally obsessive about it, they're a relaxed outfit.

So, I took a deep breath, had a think, had a talk with B to see what he knew about the station, and wrote to the managing director. She got back to me almost immediately, and an audition was set up: a live audition!

Now, I had never had to do a live audition before! I joined Mushroom Fm before they started their policy of live auditions, and of course, B and I were the managers of Team-Fm, so I didn't need to audition for that! So, Wednesday night saw a very scared L getting ready to go live on air to audition. I had some help from my dear lep, Bert. I was so, so glad to have him back again! More about Bert later, actually.

Anyway, I'd been told that the audition would go on for an hour, but I was stopped after half an hour, told I had passed, and sent an agreement which I had to accept, before I was subscribed to mailing lists etc. I am now waiting to see what will happen, with regard to show day and time. I'm excited about being back on air again. I will be doing a two-hour version of the lair, which is enough for now. If that goes down well, and they like what they hear, I might ask them about bringing Joyful Noise back. For now, I am just excited, and glad to be getting back to the thing I can do, and that people seem to enjoy me doing.

This may sound totally crazy, but one of the worst things about losing Team-Fm was losing Bert. I've worked with the character for nine months, thought about his life and his background, developed him from the two-dimensional cartoon character he used to be into a real person with thoughts and feelings, a history, a family, a whole life. I've written his words, been inside his head. Suddenly, it was all over, and I didn't have him anymore. Sounds silly I know, but it felt awful! I just couldn't deal with it.

And then B said to me: "A lot of people like Bert. He doesn't just have to promote radio shows. There is nothing to stop us making his audioboos, his life can go on, even if he isn't working on the radio." That's B for you, so sensible. So, now we have Bert's Place on the Hartgen.org domain, which is a treat for fans of our lovable lep, and not only contains all the original Bert Files, plus the Bert and Hinky files, but there are two new pieces of audio. One is a fill in, a piece of Bert's story that we missed telling at the time, so it is now told. One is something that happened recently. I hope you like them! As well as that, there's quite a lot of written material, which will be regularly updated. Don't tel Bert, but you're going to get to see his journal, because I know where he keeps it. And if that wasn't enough, now that I'm working again, I have Bert to help me on The Bear's Lair, pouring the drinks and finding the requests, so I'm one very happy L!

Well, as I write it's ridiculous O'clock, I have got up to make B breakfast, as he is leaving early to travel to Woking. Luckily he won't be away overnight. I have had him here all this week, which has just been heaven. Next week will be different, he will be away for the early part of it. Yukksville! Sundays when he has to leave are awful, they never get easier.

Well, I think I have written enough for now. I'll end with the books I'm reading and things I'm looking forward to.

Book I'm reading: Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince.

Things I'm looking forward to: B's wireless headset getting here, the long Easter break, being back on air, B coming home tonight.

Thanks for reading, and see you again soon.

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