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Friday 1 March 2013, 09:04

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So it's 4.30am and I've just danced a ridiculous jig with my daughter as she headed off on her travels. She's been looking forward to this for years but when the moment came, it all was a lot more tricky than she realised so we covered that with a little minuetto allegretto. So that was ok then. Child 3 is less than happy of course as he realises he's about to be an only child but hopefully we'll all settle into our new roles very soon. Lovely moment last night when daughter  was reading from IR to son who was finding it tricky to sleep! Just got something in my eye...
So show time and get on with it. Richard Gere stars in the movie show on 5L from 2 and is in twinkling top form. Then your ARF (I may well be flagging at this point) and your year of mystery for the first tune is 1977. Gabba Gabba Hey!

Have an emotionally together Friday, see you at 2&5.

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    Comment number 21.

    Sound and Vision - David Bowie

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    Comment number 22.

    Morning bloggers. 1977, what a peach of a year. I was a long haired student at the time and one of 3 DJs running the college disco. One of the happiest years of my life. Shame about the studying though.
    And of course being students, we had to revolt so organised a "Stuff the Jubilee" party. So for student anarchy I suggest GOD SAVE THE QUEEN - SEX PISTOLS. 1977 was after all the big year for punk. Our college actually turned SP down when ITV asked to film a gig there. We couldn't get insurance for the gig!

    But 1977 was also a good year for other toons, so how about:
    AMERICAN GIRL - TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS (I still have my free DJs promotional single of this)

    But no, Simon will of course remember that 1977 was the year one of the greatest albums of all time was released - RUMOURS by FLEETWOOD MAC.
    So with that in mind, whilst any track off the album is a winner, and maybe we will all be wanting DON'T STOP or CHAINS off the album, surely for Simon, in honour of his daughter just setting off on her gap year, the choice will be :


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    Comment number 23.

    In case it was a hint (Erica - Sheena was so close to being on my list)


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    Comment number 24.

    You know I've got quite a lump in my throat after that. It must be tough for Simon to wave his daughter off like that. We all wish her (and him, and Mrs) well.

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    Comment number 25.

    *minces in*

    DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY - Thelma Huston

    *adjusts spangly top, and departs*

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    Comment number 26.

    Simon gives me a lump in throat moment twice this morning (I trust your daughter will have a splendid time Simon) and then I see Mull of Kintyre was 1977. Makes me think of my grandparents, my gran bought me the single downstairs in John Menzies.

    Anyway I was 6, in primary 1 / 2 and absolutely loved school. My biggest problems were being told off by my ancient neighbour (he probably wasn’t much older than I am now) for picking rose petals from the communal flower beds to make “perfume”.

    Jennie - it is a hard year, lots I was tempted to pick.

    Mandy - I forgot to say to congratulate you yesterday - I’m really pleased for you, well done.

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    Comment number 27.

    Catching up...

    I posted to Mandy yesterday, but I don't think I've said the same to Sal. Well done Sallie!

    And Flo, thanks for the hugs yesterday.

    Normal service resumed today.

    Simon - what a great post, and I would offer you one of those man-hugs that we English men are so uncomfortable with and then step back in embarrassment making strange guffawing noises.

    Several new faces on the blog yesterday, who I don't think received much of a welcome due to all the arrow shennanigans (sp?). Welcome, new bloggers!

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    Comment number 28.

    Good morning Simon and the sniffling contingent! ;)

    Dull and wet start here but we're in March now so Spring can't be far away, can it?

    My 1977 ARFO choices:



    Have a fab Friday one and all.

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    Comment number 29.

    Ooh, we're off again with the ratings - JBG is +1 for #27 (there's that number again!)

    1977 - the year I was 21 and got a wee bit tipsy on brandy and babysham - never again!!

    I was working as a Nursery Nurse in Wood Green, London and learning more than I ever learnt at college and 4 years away from being a 'proper' student at teacher training college. Memories..............

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    Comment number 30.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Think we need a Blog Ark this morning as the tears being shed...lovely post Simon, your daughter will be fine and have a blast!!

    Thank you for all your congrats on the new job and congrats to Sal too. Time to get disciplined about working from home...1st day is Tuesday, half day as IT man coming to fit me out and my 1st duty is to ply him with plenty of tea!!!

    Now for 1977, I was 9 for most of it and clearly remember silver jubiliee day as I broke my front tooth in 3 legged race and had to have a silver crown at the front for a whole year!! Apt eh?

    1. GONNA FLY NOW - Rocky theme
    3. BARRACUDA - Heart
    4. THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE - 10cc
    5. SIR DUKE - Stevie Wonder

    Oh i have a VAT Return to do, energy drinks to buy for the club and parcels to post.


    Mandy ;)

    PS Think I will treat myself to Itch Rocks this weekend for securing that job..much healthier than an alcoholic beverage! ;)

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    Comment number 31.

    #29 - I was telling someone recently about brandy and babycham; I don't think they believed me. I didn't drink it as I don't like any spirits (heathen, I hear you cry) but I was working in N Wales and some very sedate chapel attending, Welsh speaking colleagues got more than a little tipsy at a Christmas lunch in the local hotel on the self same lethal mix. I wonder if you can get the Babycham glasses again with the revival in its popularity?

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    Comment number 32.

    I'm sure there will be some out there somewhere, Mildred - Ebay probably! And the deer 'statue' that went with them behind the bar! Pass the cherries................

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    Comment number 33.

    Good Morning Each!
    Ah, Simon! What can I say? These pesky eyes they fit us with, so prone to catching a mote.
    Anyway, ahem, hrmmph, 1977 you say...

    'Theme from New York, New York' by Liza Minnelli

    'Romeo' by Mr Big

    'Wild Side Of Life' by Status Quo

    'Pretty Vacant' by The Sex pistols

    What a musically eclectic year.

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    Comment number 34.

    Some great suggestions today. My feeling is that Mildred has a good chance at the crown... not that I'm any judge.

    1977 I was first year sixth form, and we were the first year in my school to get a brand new shiny sixth form common room! The down side was that we spent all our free periods in there gossiping about boys and playing cards, rather than working on our A levels... as a consequence of which I didn't do as well as I might have done...

    Can't remember if I said congratulations to Mandy (I posted to Sal 'elsewhere') but anyway - many congrats to you both... Actually that sounds wrong, as if the two of you are getting married or something... But you know what I mean.


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    Comment number 35.

    Indeed, hello to all new folk, please stay and post lots.

    I think not knowing what you look like John makes all this spangly mincing even more hilarious.

    Brandy & babysham, my ex (almost) mother-in-law gave me a few of those.

    My 3wf would be - disappointing rye bread.

    For those who don’t tweet Simon has just tweeted this link to some of his radio nostalgia. I was throwing things at the radio when he made the 5 Live announcment. I guess things have worked out ok .... ;-)


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    Comment number 36.


    I think Stressed Erica has certainly picked up on Simon's little hint! ;-)

    That's probably the one but, just in case & you still need something noisy to kick off, why not run with the *B-side* of what used to be the biggest-selling single of all-time? (And which was a big hit in the USA in itself)

    Girlschool - Paul McCartney & Wings

    Alternatively, I'll just throw in a personal guilty pleasure,

    Silver Lady - David Soul

    (I know! I'm sorry!)

    Have a good day all...

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    Comment number 37.

    #36 Hoggydoggy, don't apologies for David Soul offering. I was going to marry him in 1977!

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    Comment number 38.

    This song brings back happy 1977 memories for me but I know it's too quiet for an ARFO!

    WHEN I NEED YOU ~ Leo Sayer

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    Comment number 39.

    Morning All,

    'Watching The Detectives' Elvis Costello
    'Looking After No 1' Boomtown Rats

    Simon, Hoping your daughter has safe and wonderful travels

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    Comment number 40.

    #25 JBG - I just narrowly avoided spitting tea all over my screen. It's still making me titter now and, like amelia, I don't know what you look like so the images in my head...!

    #35 amelia - blimey, all that in 2minutes 47 seconds!

    1977. Good year all round I think, music, silver jubilee, tennis and everything else. It was my 10th birthday on jubilee day. We had a street party and I thought it was the best birthday party I'd ever had. I got a red mini moulton bike with white tyres and can still remember what I was wearing - a very thin red polo neck top, blue denim pinafore dress, union jack knee length socks, white lace up plimsolls and red, white and blue ribbons in the bunches in my hair - oh how things changed very quickly after that!

    My lad's in both the local papers this week. The one that's out today mentions Simon's blog! I'll post when the link's available. They were asking about donations and sponsors and I said that I'd had cheques coming in from all over the country because I'd mentioned (ha! for mentioned read crow-barred) Ivan's challenge on here!


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