Sad news

It’s clearly not a got time to be involved in showbiz: not only did we have the tragic news of Lily Allen’s second miscarriage, but also that of radio legend Danny Baker revealing that he has cancer, and is undergoing chemotherapy as we speak.

The 53-year-old BBC Radio 5 Live DJ told his fans of the news after being absent for his weekly Saturday morning slot on the station, and spoke to them via his Facebook account about the situation. Thankfully he sounds as chirpy as ever.

‘After a pretty mouldy diagnosis about a month back I finally begin chemotherapy on Monday with further radiotherapy from January,' he said. 'Yes radiotherapy; can you beat it?

‘This being so, the old treehouse baggy pants will be donned but sparingly. Once the quacks have soundly thrashed this thing I shall return like a rare gas and as if out of a trap.

‘In the meantime I am watching Tommy Steele box sets (and has there ever been a more lying title to a film than TS's ‘It's All Happening’?) and urge you all to keep yakking up a storm and laugh extra loud at the incumbents.’

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