What’s trending on Twitter in the UK today? A radio program’s attempt — currently in progress — to break the world record for longest continuous broadcast, and a commemorative statue of Michael Jackson.
The #R1moremoyles hashtag refers to the attempt by radio personalities Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave, a.k.a. David Lloyd Vitty, to break broadcasting records on BBC1 Radio to help raise money for Comedy Relief. Specifically, they say they’re “hoping to break the record for Radio 1’s Longest Show – as well as setting a brand new Guinness World Record for hosting the longest music show by a radio team.”
Here’s how they started out:
They say they’ll break the record at 50 hours – and keep going. You can listen to them live right here.
@CHRISDJMOYLES: Still going .. Live on air with @mistajam on @BBCR1 … 13 hours and 20 mins and STILL … GOING!!!
@charleysangel: I’ve been up as long as Chris & Dave & am flagging.. so I don’t know how their coping, but I know they will do it! Good luck x
@Amwardo: Shame I’m married, watching @CHRISDJMOYLES on the red button & fancying him alot!!!
@amystaniforth: Watching in secret at work! Feel all renegade. All for a good cause though. Keep going, the nation is behind you 🙂 xx
@nic_dooley: good luck. Don’t do a second more than you have 2. Stuff comic relief lol they’ll be alright! Only kiddin. Ur doing a good thing
Craven Cottage is not the quaint home of an elderly English novelist but the name of an English football stadium, located in the Hammersmith and Fulham area of London. It’s trending today not because of any sports news, but because the owner of the Fulham Football Club, Mohamed Al Fayed, has announced that Craven Cottage will be the site of a memorial statute of pop icon Michael Jackson.
A friend of Jackson’s, Fayed had originally planned to place the statue outside Harrod’s department store, which he owned, but after it was sold, Fayed decided it should be put up outside the stadium instead.
“Michael Jackson was truly a legend, a term used too often in this modern world saturated in the hyperbole surrounding celebrity,” Fayed said, according to The Guardian. “I hope that many fans of his will visit the statue at the Cottage from far and wide, and that Fulham fans will appreciate seeing the finest performer in the world, in and amongst them, the finest fans in the world.”
Sports fans, at least on Twitter, didn’t appear to appreciate the announcement.
@philmcnulty: Just popped out for a couple of hours but appear to have returned to some parallel universe. A Michael Jackon statue at Craven Cottage?
@DJMattDavid: Michael Jackson statue outside Craven Cottage??? I didn’t even know he played for Fulham…
@amz539: why is Craven Cottage getting a Michael Jackson statue, surely there are some Fulham legends that would make more sense?
@levig090: Why Craven Cottage? Wouldnt it be more fitting if Michael Jackson’s statue was “erected” outside the Young Boys stadium in Wankdorf?