12:58 Two helicopters have been seen returning from the site of the Fox Glacier chopper crash back to base as the weather deteriorates.

12:11 US President Barack Obama is calling on Russia and Turkey not to escalate their stand-off after the Russian fighter jet was shot down.

12:10 A recycling programme for soft plastic, including shopping bags and food wrap, is underway in Auckland. There are 70 bins across the city.

12:10 A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck in eastern Peru a short time ago. The quake's epicentre was close to Peru's border with Brazil.

12:07 Russia has confirmed a pilot shot down this morning was killed by gunfire from the ground while another died during a rescue operation.

Thu, 17 Feb 2011

Sir Ian McKellen, Sylvester McCoy and Jonathan Hyde rock up at RadioLIVE

I have uploaded this 2007 audio from an early morning visit to the studio by Sir Ian McKellen, Sylvester McCoy and Jonathan Hyde, truly the A Team of acting. They were in NZ with the Royal Shakespeare Co, performing King Lear and The Seagull. I took them on some sight seeing around Auckland and after the final show took them to a bar called Shanghai Lils. When I said I had to go to my talkback radio show Ian enquired if they were coming also, and so they did. The callers to the show didn't really know who the guests were and my co-host Joe, wasn't making a big deal of it. Highlights include Sylvester playing the spoons while a regular caller, 75yr old "Leggy Peggy" plays a knees up medley on piano. It's 20mins long but has some great moments! Thanks to the producer Jason Beaumont for having the sense to record it.

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