Archive for June, 2012

James Bond Sipsmith London Gin Martini

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

While I was in London broadcasting LHR – London Hit Radio – live from London in June 2012 I had a wonderful afternoon at the equally wonderful Dukes Hotel, St James and was welcomed into the legendary Dukes Bar by Head Bartender Alessandro Palazzi.

We had a chat about the legacy of the bar where Ian Flemming spent a lot of time and was inspired for his James Bond stories. The famous Bond Martini was invented here and Alessandro creates a Martini inspired by Bond using Sipsmith London Dry Gin.

I also had a gentlemanly conversation in the bar with Fairfax Hall of Sipsmith who told me the story of his original London Dry Gin, which is now only one of two gins produced in London.

Sit back, relax and click on the play button below to join a truly classic London afternoon..

For more about Sipsmith Gin and where to purchase in Japan please check this website

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Dukes Hotel, St James.

Guy with Alessandro Palazzi, Head Bartender at Dukes Hotel Bar.

Guy with Fairfax Hall of Sipsmith Gin.

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Sipsmith Gin

LHR Live From London Friday 2012.6.29

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Day 5 (and the last) of LHR – London Hit Radio live from the Kiss FM studios in London broadcast to Inter FM in Tokyo.

Join me today at Piccadilly Circus with a crowd of happy Italian football fans; a chat in a Leather Lane cafe with Pete from Record of the Day; a James Bond inspired London gin martini at Dukes Hotel in St James; a walk down Regent Street with Olympic nation flags; Beatles fans spotted on Abbey Road; piano’s being played on the streets of London including at London Museum and Soho Square; a pint and a pie at a pub; and finally we drop into Fabric nightclub – TGIF!!

Click on the play button below to play with me on Friday in London..

Surrounded by singing Italian football fans at Piccadilly Circus.

Guy with Pete and Paul from Record of the Day at Prufrock Cafe, Leather Lane.

Dropping in to Dukes Hotel, St James for a James Bond inspired Sipsmith London Gin Martini.

Guy with Alessandro Palazzi Head Bartender at Dukes Bar.

Guy chats with Fairfax Hall creator of Sipsmith London Dry Gin.

Regent Street Olympic nation flags.

Beatles fans spotted on Abbey Road.

A gentleman plays a classical piece on a street side piano at London Museum.

A singalong to Adele on a street side piano at Soho Square.

A pint and a pie in a pub – TGIF!!

Fabric nightclub founder Keith Reilly and legendary DJ Kid Bachelor on the floor at Fabric.

A Banksy on the wall at Fabric.

A wonderful week of broadcasting live from London comes to an end – bye and thank you Kiss FM!!

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LHR 2012.6.29


Thursday, June 28th, 2012

While I was in London broadcasting LHR – Live from London – the lovely staff at the Paul Smith Jeans store Covent Garden (which has an R.Newbold section) took me on a walking tour of the area. Charlie and Hugo dressed in the latest R.Newbold collection, chatted about “Born in Britain” fashion and music, and R.Newbold designer Rob Hamilton shared his design concept.

Click on the play button below to listen to LHR – Live from London – and the R.Newbold tour..

See more at the R.Newbold website

The Cross Keys pub where the Paul Smith / R.Newbold staff hang out after work.

The Rock & Sole Plaice fish and chip restaurant.

Covent Garden market – wonky phone boxes.

Tea and scones at the Piazza Cafe!!

Guy with Charlie and Hugo.

Guy with R.Newbold designer Rob Hamilton.

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LHR Live From London Thursday 2012.6.28

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Day 4 of LHR – London Hit Radio live from the Kiss FM studios London broadcast to 76.1 Inter FM in Tokyo.

Today we start our London tour at Covent Garden with lovely staff from R.Newbold / Paul Smith; then to Highgate and a chat with Mike Skinner and Rob Harvey of The D.O.T. in Mike’s back garden; I visit Rough Trade Records just off Brick Lane looking for Inter FM listener’s favourite band signatures and pick up a handful of new CD’s.

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R.Newbold boys Charlie and Hugo take us on a walking tour of Covent Garden..

Guy with R.Newbold boys Charlie and Hugo.

Guy with R.Newbold designer Rob Hamilton.

The tube to Highgate..

Guy with Mike Skinner and Rob Harvey of The D.O.T.

Rough Trade store just off Brick Lane..

LHR listener’s favourite artists have signed the Rough Trade store walls..

..oh no someone has graffiti’d over Keane..

Guy with Rough Trade store staff Millie.

Baklava for dessert in the hotel room.

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LHR 2012.6.28

LHR Live From London Wednesday 2012.6.27

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Day 3 of LHR – London Hit Radio live from the Kiss FM studios London broadcast to 76.1 Inter FM in Tokyo.

Today we start the journey at the Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill Hotel just off Oxford Street with Head Concierge Joe Fox; then on a bus to Stoke Newington for lunch at Junior’s Caribbean restaurant with Bluey from Incognito; and finish the day with a gin and tonic with new UK artist Alt-J at the home of Alfred Dunhill, Bourdon House in Mayfair, just before their live session on BBC Radio 2.

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From the hot seat at the Kiss FM studios.

Mappin House (right), Kiss FM studios opposite Uniqlo, Oxford Street.. very early in the morning!!

On the buses!! Oxford Street at around 6am leaving the Kiss FM studios back to the hotel..

Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill Hotel, Portman Square..

Portman Square gardens opposite the hotel.

An incredible photographic portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Chris Levine from the Saatchi Gallery collection on display (and on sale!!) in the entrance lobby of the hotel.

Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill Hotel Marketing Communications Manager Henny Frazer and Head Concierge Joe Fox.

Phone box art near Oxford Street..

I meet Bluey from Incognito in Stoke Newington.. at first we chill in a very restful place.

Bluey takes Guy for a Caribbean curry at Junior’s in Stoke Newington..

A gin and tonic with Alt-J at the Home of Alfred Dunhill, Bourdon House, Mayfair.

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LHR 2012.6.27

LHR Live From London Tuesday 2012.6.26

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Day 2 of LHR – London Hit Radio live from the Kiss FM studios in London broadcast to 76.1 Inter FM in Tokyo.

Today we visit East London to meet Japan Underground events organizer Tom Smith at the outdoor Vibe Bar; eat a quick bagel at Beigel Bake, Brick Lane; drop in to the Simian Mobile Disco studio in Hackney; have a quiet moment in Haggerston Park and finally go for a spin on a bicycle at the Tokyo Bike shop in Shoreditch.

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Arriving at the Kiss FM studios just off Oxford Street at 2:30am!!

Guy with Japan Underground events organizer Tom Smith at Vibe Bar, Brick Lane.

A quick bite at Brick Lane Beigel Bake.

Salted beef bagel – notice the club event poster featuring Japanese DJ Daisuke Miyata.

Shoreditch streets..

Another Shoreditch club event poster – this one featuring Japanese DJ Kentaro and Anchorsong who recently came into the LHR studio in Tokyo.

Guy visits Simian Mobile Disco in their studio in Hackney.

A peaceful moment of countryside in East London, Haggerston Park city farm..

A visit to Tokyo Bike shop Shoreditch.

Guy with Tokyo Bike shop manager Yu Fujiwara.

On yer bike!!

Oxford students having fun in London tell us “This is LHR Live from London!!”

Guy with Kiss FM breakfast DJ Charlie who was about to go on air as we were about to go off the air!!

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LHR 2012.6.26

LHR Live From London Monday 2012.6.25

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The first broadcast of the week – LHR Live from the Kiss FM studios in London to 76.1 Inter FM in Tokyo.

Today we get back on board my Virgin Atlantic flight to London; re-enact David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album jacket; check the new UK Hit Chart; visit Buckingham Palace; witness Big Ben chime 12 noon; hear the choir at St Paul’s cathedral; and interview Adrian Sherwood on a rooftop opposite the British Museum.

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Guy with Virgin Atlantic Airways crew Masato and Belinda.

Virgin Atlantic Airways Chief (chef!!) Executive Steve Ridgway.

Guy with Kiss FM tech whizz Chris.

Guy re-enacts Ziggy Stardust album jacket..

At Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard..

Big Ben tells you it’s 12 noon.

Walking under the London Eye.

Crossing the Millenium Bridge.

Tower Bridge and the Shard.

Afternoon tea at St Paul’s.

The British Museum.

A pub beer outside the British Museum.

With Adrian Sherwood on a rooftop opposite the British Museum.

London cabbie England supporter.

Pizza and wine for dinner at Princi, 135 Wardour Street, Soho.

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LHR 2012.6.25

Virgin Atlantic Airways to London!!

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Saturday June 23 2012 – time for me to jump onboard my Virgin Atlantic Airways flight from Tokyo NRT to London LHR on VS901.

OK.. I am biased – I’ve worked closely with the Virgin Group for over 30 years, originally as Virgin Megastore DJ and I do fly Virgin Atlantic Airways (as a paying passenger) when I can, but this time I’m particularly excited because I’m flying to London to broadcast my daily Tokyo radio program LHR – London Hit Radio – live from London for 1 week.

Join me on board for a wonderful flight – click on the play button below to listen to my quick interviews with the VS 901 in-flight crew and Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive Steve Ridgway for some London tips..

AND Virgin Atlantic Airways want your favourite recipe which could be included in the new in-flight menu – please have a look at their Facebook page to participate..

Virgin Atlantic Airways Narita Upper Class Lounge.. and I’m in the mood for a quick breakfast, pot of tea and glass of champagne.

Winging from NRT to LHR..

On board getting ready for Upper Class lunch..

.. and afternoon tea!!

Approaching LHR.

Flying into London – the Olympic stadium in view.

Flying over the City.

The Shard.

Westminster, Big Ben, London Eye..

View over West London – Pink Floyd fans note Battersea Power Station.

The back of Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Belgravia.

Arrived LHR!!

With my Virgin Atlantic in-flight crew Masato and Belinda.

Guy with Virgin Atlantic Chief (chef!!) Executive Steve Ridgway.
Virgin Atlantic Airways 2012.

Diamond Jubilee British Embassy Reception DJ Music List

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Here is a bespoke set of music I have selected to play at the Diamond Jubilee celebration reception of

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the British Embassy Tokyo June 6 2012.

I chose 60 pieces for this event that stylize British music of the six decades.

Gracie Fields – Around The World
Lita Roza – How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?
Tommy Steele – Nairobi
Cliff Richard – Living Doll

Petula Clarke – Downtown
Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger
The Beatles – From Me To You
Rolling Stones – It’s All Over Now
The Soho – Jump And Dance
Sandie Shaw – Always Something There To Remind Me
Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual
The Who – I Can’t Explain
Cream – Strange Brew

David Bowie – Changes
Roxy Music – Do The Strand
Pink Floyd – Money
George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
Rod Stewart – Maggie May
Queen – You’re My Best Friend
Elton John – Your Song
Wings – London Town
The Clash – London Calling

The Jam – Going Underground
The Specials – A Message To Rudi
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
The Human League – Keep Feeling Fascination
Madness – Our House
Culture Club – Time
Spandau Ballet – I’ll Fly For You
UB40 – I’ve Got You Babe
Sade – Smooth Operator
Eurythmics – There Must Be An Angel
Tears For Fears – Advice For The Young At Heart
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Lloyd Webber/Nunn/Eliot – Memory
Sting – An Englishman In New York
Soul II Soul – Keep On Moving

Adamski – Killer
Stone Roses – Fools Gold
New Order – World In Motion
Stereo MC’s – Connected
The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
Incognito – Always There
The Brand New Heavies – Dream Come True
Take That – Pray
Blur – Country House
Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy
Massive Attack – Teardrop
Robbie Williams – Millennium

Craig David – Fill Me In
Sugababes – Round And Round
Gorillaz – Rock The House
Lily Allen – Smile
Coldplay – Yellow
Franz Ferdinand – Can’t Stop Feeling
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
Rumor – Slow
Ed Sheeran – Lego House

So much more I will play at the reception including cutting edge lounge as befitting the Vivienne Westwood collection show.

Listen to the best of British music everyday on my Inter FM radio program LHR – London Hit Radio – broadcast live in Tokyo Monday-Friday 11:30am-1:30pm.

76.1 Inter FM

British Embassy front entrance.

Guy with HM Queen Elizabeth II portrait.

Vivienne Westwood show.

British Ambassador Sir David Warren and Tomoyasu Hotei.

Hotei performs.

Guy interviews Hotei.

Guy with Virgin Atlantic Airways dolls.

Guy at the DJ booth.. with King!!

Embassy garden marquee.

Embassy garden.

Congratulations to Her Majesty on her Diamond Jubilee.