17:38 The body of a six-year-old girl and her grandmother have been removed from the scene of a fatal house-fire in Palmerston North.

16:47 Warriors coach Andrew McFadden's bitterly disappointed with the three players who partied, two nights before the dismantling by the Wests Tigers.

16:37 The Reserve Bank is adamant it has the legal right to use a Maori design on its new $10 bank note, despite complaints from its owner.

16:33 Surplus crown-owned land can now be used for Auckland housing. Ngati Whatua has withdrawn court action after doing a deal with Government.

16:19 John Key has indicated a refugee quota review could happen sooner than next year, but he has not made a firm commitment on when that might happen.

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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