I listen to Popmaster on Radio 2 every weekday if I can. I keep a mental record of my score, and the best I’ve achieved was a respectable 33 points.
But before you say ‘You should ring in!’ I’m well aware that if I was live on the radio talking to Ken Bruce I would end up with a Norwegian entry Eurovision Song Contest score (i.e. nil points)!
I like to do the ‘Three in Ten’ bit as well, where, for the uninitiated, you have to get three chart hit singles for a singer or group in ten seconds.
I have managed to get them on some occasions, my greatest triumph being for Guns ‘n’ Roses where I shouted ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine, Paradise City and November Rain’ well within the ten second deadline, beating the contestant who was actually taking part.
It’s harder than it sounds – when you have some spare time, give it a try. Even for your favourite singers or bands it can be quite difficult to think of three chart hits in ten seconds.
But it’s a great way of keeping your brain active, particularly if you’re a fan of music. At least that’s my excuse anyway!