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Thursday 23 May 2013, 10:26

Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

Ooh, at home and pyjama blogging. No poor students to hassle today so stuff to do and words to conjure/copy/chisel. Lots of celeb/Dr Who chatter here yesterday-child 3 a big DW fan and can offer many complex theories about the latest plot twists. He seems as captivated as ever (apparently John Hurt is a previously unreported Doctor or something but I agree with those who find it rather disappointing in comparison with the high points of recent years under Russel T Davies). Too fussy, not scary, even-occasionally-boring. I wonder if it's started to believe its own hype. But while child 3 spends all his time reading about it and working on the latest developments, it is clearly reaching its target audience rather effectively.

Loved having The Zombies on yesterday, Colin and Rod are such gents and so eloquent that you can only wish them well. St Albans in 1961 clearly a rockier place than I imagined! And their idea (borrowed from Ringo) of not leaving the stage before the 'encore' seems a sound one to me. But enough of the ghost/hell/zombie theme! Let us venture to the Chelsea Flower Show and the GNOMES that have captured the headlines. The ban on garden ornaments was lifted by the Royal Horticultural Society so the gnomes, as decorated by Elton John, Lily Allen and Alan Titchmarch have caught our eye. I'm still not sure if The Laughing Gnome is going to make it  however...

Have a flowery and fragrant Thursday, see you after 5.

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    Comment number 1.

    Good morning all,

    #gnomeoldies:

    BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE - ISLEY BROTHERS

    GONE FISHING - CHRIS REA

    TURN TO STONE - ELO

    STATUES - OMD

    LITTLE MAN - SONNY & CHER

    I AM A ROCK - SIMON & GARFUNKEL (for the realists amongst us!!) ;-)

    WISHING WELL - FREE

    mc x

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    Comment number 2.

    Haven't read anything yet, still thawing out from my hobble with the dogs- Good Morning, by the way!

    My 3WT - hail, sleet, snow!

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    Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Again Bloggers!

    Good Morning Simon & Team

    GNOME oldies –

    THE GNOME – Pink Floyd

    SHORT PEOPLE – Randy Newman

    LITTLE MAN – Sony & Cher

    LITTLE THINGS – Dave Berry

    LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT – Kitty Kallen

    BRIDGET THE MIDGET – Ray Stevens

    WALK TALL – Val Doonican

    FISHERMAN’S BLUES - Waterboys

    As Gnomes are now acceptable –

    SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME - Tremeloes

    HIP TO BE SQUARE – Huey Lewis & News

    YOU’RE SO SQUARE – Elvis

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    Comment number 4.

    Hi again everyone

    Garden gnomes? Don't they often wear a hat and smoke a pipe?

    THE GNOME ~ Pink Floyd

    IN THE GARDEN ~ Van Morrison

    GONE FISHING ~ Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby

    PIPES OF PEACE ~ Paul McCartney

    YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON ~ Joe Cocker

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    Comment number 5.

    Good morning again from a now sunny Essex.

    This is a tricky theme today, hence the explanations!!

    Choons for gnomes

    How can you do a theme on gnomes and not include

    THE LAUGHING GNOME – DAVID BOWIE sorry, Simon! ;0)

    LET ME IN – THE OSMONDS Since this is the first time gnomes have been allowed into Chelsea

    GONE FISHING – BING CROSBY/LOUIS ARMSTRONG Gnomes are often found fishing by a pond

    ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN – JIMMIE RODGERS

    Apparently, gnomes are supposed to guard the earth’s treasures underground, so

    FROM THE UNDERWORLD – THE HERD (for the 4th day running! Please play me!!)

    Gnomes of Zurich are financial folk, so

    MONEY MONEY MONEY - ABBA

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    Comment number 6.

    Songs about gnomes is difficult!
    1.Short people by Randy Newman
    2.Ramble On by Led Zeppelin – about Lord of the Rings
    3.On The Border by Al Stewart – border of the garden
    4.Garden Party by Marillion
    5.Behind A Painted Smile by IsleyBrothers
    6.Spread a Little Happiness by Sting
    7.Little Man by Sonny and Cher
    8.Little Things by Dave Berry
    9.Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat

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    Comment number 7.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    #gnomeoldies

    SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY – Otis Redding

    CHINA IN YOUR HAND – T’Pau

    CHINA GIRL – David Bowie (surely there are some girl gnomes?)

    GONE FISHIN’ – Louis Armstrong

    IN THE GARDEN – Van Morrison

    SECRET GARDEN – Bruce Springsteen

    And definitely for the HOIB

    IT’S A SMALL WORLD – Richard M Sherman

    ~X~

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    Comment number 8.

    Morning Folks


    SHORT PEOPLE ~ RANDY NEWMAN

    STUCK IN A MOMENT YOU CAN’T GET OUT OF ~ U2

    ON THE BORDER ~ AL STEWART

    TURN TO STONE ~ ELO

    IN THE GARDEN ~ VAN MORRISON (When I saw you standin' Standin' in the garden )

    STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU ~ STEALERS WHEEL

    I’M ONLY SLEEPING ~ THE BEATLES

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    Comment number 9.

    Good morning Simon, team and poppets all,

    I feel a thorough drenching is on the cards today :S

    Gnome oldies:

    THE 'IN' CROWD' - BRYAN FERRY

    BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE - THE ISLEY BROTHERS

    FILL MY LITTLE WORLD - THE FEELING

    SHORT PEOPLE - RANDY NEWMAN

    ON THE BORDER - AL STEWART

    GONE FISHING - BING CROSBY & LOUIS ARMSTRONG

    SECRET GARDEN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    OUTSIDE LOOKING IN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    Jx

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    Comment number 10.

    Aren't gnomes always male?

    MALE MODEL ~ The Undertones

    Possibly made of concrete or clay?

    CONCRETE AND CLAY ~ Unit 4+2

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    Comment number 11.

    Following on with Molly's realists

    CONCRETE AND CLAY - UNIT 4 PLUS 2

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    Comment number 12.

    #10 - We were obviously struck with inspiration at the same time Florence!

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    Comment number 13.

    #12 Jennie... happy to share with you - I can't think of too many gnome related songs!

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    Comment number 14.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Well done to menshes last night, I remember Shona and Paul sorry about the other that I forgot!

    Now Gnomes:

    1. THE GNOME - Pink Floyd
    2. WE ARE FAMILY - Sister Sledge
    3. BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE - The Isley Brothers
    4. SMALL PEOPLE - Randy Newman
    5. OUR HOUSE - Madness
    6. GONE FISHING - Chris Rea
    7. STONED LOVE - Supremes
    8. TURN TO STONE - ELO
    9. PAINT IT BLACK - Rolling Stones
    10. SMALLTOWN BOY - Bonski Beat

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

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    Comment number 15.

    Nor can I, Florence.

    In some posts above, the - (hyphen) has been replaced by an a with an accent and a Euro (?) symbol and TM - anyone else seeing this??

    There is a garden near here which has lots of gnomes in it and some wag 'kidnapped' one and it sent postcards from various places around the world before returning, none the worse for his experience! I think it has happened elsewhere too......... so

    HOLIDAY - MADONNA (This is all a bit tenuous................) Off to do the washing up.........

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    Comment number 16.

    Strange symbols now disappeared - the gremlins are obviously at work today........

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    Comment number 17.

    Hard theme! Simon did remind me of one of my favourite sayings “neither use nor ornament”


    ASLEEP ON A SUNBEAM ~ BELLE & SEBASTIAN (All I need is somewhere I feel the grass beneath my feet)

    ALL RIGHT NOW ~ FREE

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    Comment number 18.

    Struggling.... for the 'silent' G in Gnomes....

    GEE BABY ~ Peter Shelley

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    Comment number 19.

    #14 No worries Mandy. It was only me. I was thee only one to suggest Walk This Way Run DMCAerosmith .. I think

    ;^)

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    Comment number 20.

    Morning all

    3 word Thursday - Dentsit appointment today - this will change when i know what treatment I've had!!

    OK so gnomes, very difficult.....

    TWISTING BY THE POOL - DIRE STRAITS (ok so they don't twist and it's not a pool, but stiing by a pond is close enough)
    FISHERMANS BLUES - WATERBOYS (any excuse for a corker of a song)
    I'M STILL STANDING - ELTON JOHN (starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel)
    TUBTHUMPING - CHUMBAWAMBA (I get knocked down etc - really are barrel scraping)

    I'll have a think about some more that might be better

    GTS

 

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