Charlie as Gene Simmons

Halloween update


Hello again,

Just a quick note this time as it’s late and I’m up early for the Morning Show tomorrow morning.

I just wanted to share with you a couple of photos from the last week. It was Halloween last Friday but I didn’t really get involved – I wasn’t one of the army of mums who bought pumpkins to carve out ghoulish-faced lanterns with their children, because my children are grown up. They can buy and carve them for themselves! But it’s the costumes and face paint artistry that they did for themselves that I wanted to show you.

PicMonkey Collage

Billy was working at TGI Fridays and their outfits had to be from the neck up, as they wear a uniform. The cocktail bar and restaurant always has a party atmosphere but Halloween weekend is extra special, so the Friday and Saturday shifts got involved – I’m hoping Billy’s zip face didn’t scare too many children trying to enjoy their tea! His ‘The Joker’ inspired face I find rather appealing – he has a big grin anyway and the makeup extends it from ear to ear.

Charlie as KissAppealing is something Charlie certainly wasn’t in his homage to the rock band Kiss. He was in London travelling on the tube and said it was odd to be so completely unrecognisable. He immersed himself in the role of rock star and rather enjoyed it, I think. He can dream!




Someone who really is a star, although more in opera and musicals than in rock, is Alfie Boe. His singing is incredible – a rich, warm distinctive voice – he reaches every corner of the room and gets right inside you when he hits his top notes. It was such a privilege to be so close to him as he performed for us. The title of his CD, Serenata, means to sing in your honour, but the honour was all ours.

I was lucky enough to chat with him on The Morning Show today, and he sang two numbers from his new CD for us. What a lovely man he is. The CD sold out before he even sang the second song, but we have a waitlist and will try to get some more. Here’s a taster of what you can enjoy – filmed by me in the studio so forgive the shaky hand!

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Have a good weekend – I’ll be back soon.

Kathy x


  1. Jean Aspin November 9, 2014 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy just read about your cataract operation and you have calmed my nerves very much. I am due to have both eyes done quite soon and was terrified but feeling a bit calmer now.
    How is your daughter getting on with her medical training I expect she may have qualified by now.
    Keep being the fantastic warm presenter you are. Jean

  2. jill rycroft November 11, 2014 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Just to say a big ‘thank you’ for your very moving tribute to the fallen today after the two minues silence, I’m sure it means a lot to the people who have lost family in conflicts past and present my family being one of them.
    Many thanks – Jill

  3. Kathy Tayler November 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean. I hope your first cataract op went ok, if you’ve had it already. If so, you’ll be enjoying technicolour high definition vision! I opted to have some sedation for the second op as I hadn’t enjoyed the first one much, but at least it was quick. And the results were really worth it all. I now only need glasses for reading and night driving – much easier. Hopefully you’ll be enjoying the full benefits soon too.
    Bex is in her final year at UCL medical school – it’s a six year course. At the moment she is placed at Luton and Dunstable hospital, she’s on GP practice after Christmas, then A&E at UCH in London then into her final exams! Come the summer she’ll be a fully qualified doctor!
    Hope you’re well – good luck if you haven’t had both ops yet.
    Kathy x

  4. Susan November 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, how is your chest now? Poor you. Handy having a Dr in the family mind you! Bet she can’t wait to be done! I love the face paint phots BTW. Did billy enjoy his shift? I hope you’re a bit better and enjoy your weekend x

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