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My first publicity shot as a mobile DJ. The other half of this card was full of information (Spin) about me. The headphones were borrowed from a Radio Clyde friend of mine. Mobile DJ's couldn't afford anything that good. Notice the Trimphone.
(Circ 1979)
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A little while before I joined the BBC and still working at Radio Tay in Dundee, I swam the mouth of the River Tay to raise money for the station charity. I got the turn of the tide wrong so I started drifting out towards Carnoustie and ended up swimming more than a mile in what was very cold water. The swim raised more than a £1000 which for the mid-80's showed fantastic support from my listeners.
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This is a Radio Two studio from the early 80's. Note the three record decks and a complete absence of any computers - hurrah! What a huge thrill it was walking into Broadcasting house and presenting a programme from here.
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This is a publicity shot taken c.1986. Colin Berry was presenting the Early Show Monday - Friday and I was in charge on Saturday and Sunday. He was one of the really nice guys I worked alongside at Radio Two.
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My first ever publicity photo for the BBC in 1986 and I was at Radio Two. As they say, it's all downhill from here. Had I peaked too soon? Look at the full head of hair and how dark it was. I wouldn't want to use those headphones again, they were very uncomfortable and the sound quality poor, but there are still some around.
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I think this was 1987 when I sailed down the Thames in a bathtub promoting the Children in Need Appeal for BBC Radio Two. I stopped for a rest at one point and chatted to Ester Rantzen from a mobile phone which was one of the early versions with a house brick size battery.
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Following a series of fund raising events on behalf of the group behind a new swimming pool for Wragby, I was invited to the official opening. Years from now I'm sure people will wonder who "Dave Bussey" is when they see the name on a plaque on the wall.
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Back in the 80's, apparently it was cool to wear white shoes. This is me opening Arrow Cycles in North Hykeham for my friends Ted and Carole
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A Radio Times article from November 1986. Pictured with me was a very witty, intelligent and competent young BBC employee called Chris Morris. Together we sailed a Cambridgeshire punt down the River Cam for Children in Need. We raised a lot of money and had a great deal of fun along the way. At the time I was working with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
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One of my first fund raising efforts for BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Rowing a boat from Saxilby to Lincoln. I've no idea where the idea came from and certainly I couldn't row very well, but somehow I made it.
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December 1986 and I was hired to look after the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Lincolnshire for a couple of weeks. John Inverdale was the regular presenter but had taken the opportunity to spend a few weeks with BBC Sport in London. He liked the job so much that he decided to stay and the rest as they say is history. I continued to work on the Breakfast Show for four and a half years.
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Now then, let me tell you a story.
I have to admit it, I've been quite a fan of Max for many years. When I first came to Lincolnshire it was quite normal on a Friday night for the landlord at the Half Moon in Willingham by Stow to put on one of his singalongamax cassettes. Great songs and enjoyed by many, well a few of us anyway. I eventually met him at the Embassy Centre in Skegness several years ago (Well look at the hair). The crowd loved him and needless to say I enjoyed the songs all over again. Sadly the whereabouts of the subsequent interview is unknown but at least I got to chat to him.
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The name Guy Gibson is well know to RAF historians and anyone who knows the story of the dams raid in World War 2. There are only two people alive today with the Gibson name, that were alive at the time of the dams raid. One of them is his nephew Michael Gibson. After visiting RAF Scampton he took a break at the Dambusters Inn where I took the opportunity to chat to him about Guy the family man and his own memories of Wing Commander Gibson the national hero.
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One of the many animals I have interviewed at the Lincolnshire Show though this one was more interested in other things going on.
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This is one of my favourite memories of my days with the BBC in Lincolnshire. The BBC Antiques Roadshow came to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre on Thursday August 2nd 2007. Thousands of people turned out to have their collectables identified and valued and my show came live from just outside the NAAFI. A mixture of guests included visitors and some of the personalities regularly seen on your TV screen and an opportunity to get up close to "Just Jane" the resident Lancaster.

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Eric Knowles asks for a piece of my chocolate cake! I don't think so, I don't care how famous you are.

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Tim Wonnacot on a rare occasion he’s not seen wearing that hat and if he leaves it there, I'll have it.
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Pilot Bussey ready for take off after completing another very successful outside broadcast. I loved every minute of it and it's a reminder of the perks that come with boadcasting.
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The forward gunners position in the Lancaster, "Just Jane". It's difficult to imagine the bravery of the men that found themselves in this position in the middle of a battle.
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The hair is becoming more grey but I’m blessed with being reasonably healthy.