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on Thursday, 06 December 2012
Apologies for radio silence. When the Lady site was last redesigned, I forgot how to log in. Now, some mountain rescue St Bernards have located me and dragged me back to safety and here I am, sharing with you a beautiful celebration of the jewel in radio's crown, the Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

At some time in the 1980s, it was decided to liven up an underpass beneath the Westway with murals. Including this one. Don't look for it, it's not there anymore, having been painted over, but we must be profoundly grateful that someone captured it with their camera. What's that in Tony Blackburn's mouth? Some uncommonly milky BBC tea? Ectoplasm? Worse?

The Breakfast Show, BBC Radio 1

It's not that the likenesses are particularly bad. In fact, they're rather good. Apart from Mike Smith, obviously, which requires a certain amount of mental and retinal detachment to be readily idenitifable. It's just the composition, the use of the old BBC logo and the fact that it was no doubt used as a lavatory for the dogs and drunks of W12 that make it so very special.
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