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Monday 20 May 2013, 09:20

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The 7.23 from Euston is a sparkly affair and the (pre-bought) coffee is working its magic. I am en route to one of my many old schools and feeling rather strange about it. I was only there from 70-73 but it was the age child 3 is now and to say they are mixed memories would be an understatement. I do remember insisting that we listened to Tony Blackburn on the way in, the new chart recap on Wednesday the most important day (nowadays 'an appointment to listen').
Solihull School rescued me from the horror of the failed 11+ exam and I  always remember it as a salvation from the nightmare secondary modern I had landed in. Whenever I need to conjure a picture of misery for one of my fictional children, that secondary modern playground is where I go and it all comes flooding back.
This is also the time I developed the sherbet lemon addiction. The tuck shop served a mean quarter pound and, in my memory at least, far more astringent than the present-day offerings. To today's pupils I will be just another old-boy who rattles on about the old days and be a break from exam revision but I'll look at the (doubtless) motley array of youth and I expect to see something of the awkward specimen I was at 13 staring back.
So today it's book club time and it's John Boyne's This House Is Haunted. John you may remember from The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas but it's a ghostly hall in Victorian Norfolk that is the setting for this tale. It has already provided Rebecca with nightmares so be warned. The opening chapter is here for your enjoyment.
And shall we try HAUNTING/HAUNTED songs to add to the atmosphere? At least it'll be daylight...
Have a calm and entirely rational Monday, see you after 5

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    Comment number 1.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    How about:

    THERE'S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE - R Dean Taylor

    WUTHERING HEIGHTS - Kate Bush

    HAUNTED - Taylor Swift

    HAUNTING - Carly Simon

    SPOOKY - Dusty Springfield

    ~X~

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    Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Everyone

    HauntingOldies?

    The Obvious One first –

    THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE – R Dean Taylor

    GHOSTS – Japan

    GHOST TOWN – Specials

    GHOST BUSTERS – Ray Parker

    SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD – Police

    THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME – Sandie Shaw

    THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT - Allstars

    ERNIE - Benny Hill

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    Comment number 3.

    Thought of a couple more:

    THE GHOST TRAIN - Madness

    And

    EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE - The Police

    could be about being haunted...

    ~X~

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    Comment number 4.

    Good morning all. Ahh, the memories of the awkward teenager. Based on observations round these parts, I don't think there is such a specimen now. They all seem supremely confident and attractive with none of the bespectacled, spotty adolescents of my teenage years.

    Anyway, despite it being voted one of the worst lyrics of all times, i'd like to nominate:

    LIFE - DES'REE

    (I don't want to see a ghost, It's the sight that I fear most, I'd rather have a piece of toast, Watch the evening news). It brings back some lovely memories of a family holiday in Northumbria. Thank you in advance. :)

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    Comment number 5.

    Morning folks


    THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD ~ BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    WUTHERING HEIGHTS ~ KATE BUSH

    GHOST IN THIS HOUSE ~ ALISON KRAUSS

    SHE MOVES THROUGH THE FAIR ~ FAIRPORT CONVENTION / nearly everyone

    HAUNTED ~ THE POGUES & SINEAD O’CONNOR

    GHOSTS ~ THE JAM

    (WAITING FOR THE) GHOST TRAIN ~ MADNESS

    UNDER YOUR THUMB ~ GODLEY & CREME

    (GHOST) RIDERS IN THE SKY ~ JOHNNY CASH

    GHOST TOWN ~ THE SPECIALS

 

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