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Tuesday 3 September 2013, 09:08

Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

Well only one place to start and that is the death yesterday of David Jacobs. What a gent, what a radio legend. He's one of that generation of broadcasters who has always been there, an ever-present in our lives, a man who's love and knowledge of music shone through every show; every week I saw him locked away with his producer, meticulously selecting each track for that week's programme. He was always the the jauntiest man in the building, a twinkle in his eye and witty comment at the ready. I only met him when I moved to Radio 2 but always looked forward to bumping into him. I sat opposite him at a showcase that Harper Simon, Paul Simon's son was singing at and it is fair to say that the American was less than impressive. David leant over to me and whispered-though everyone on the table heard- 'Just as well his dad's famous!'. It was pretty much what we all thought but hadn't dared to say. Our condolences to all his family.
Today we welcome James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers. The Manics are starring at our Hyde Park gig on Sunday and have a new album 'Rewind The Film' out this month. They're one of the best live bands out there and one of the many must-see acts this weekend.
And I think BACK TO SCHOOL oldies will capture the moment perfectly.
Have a golden, sun-kissed Tuesday, see you after 5.


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    Comment number 41.


    I'm going slightly mad - Queen

    Relax -- Frankie goes to Hollywood

    Hallelujah - Happy Mondays

    At Last - Etta James

    Free at last - Al Green

    Free Me - Cast

    Freedom - Wham

    Lippy Kids - Elbow

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    Comment number 42.

    #38 Thanks Deebeedeebs - good to hear you are going on Sunday :^)

    but also - somewhat belated because I've just caught up -

    ♥♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*• TO YOU •*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣♥
    ♥♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*• TO YOU •*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣♥
    ♥♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*• TO GILL!•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣♥
    ♥♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*• TO YOU •*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣♥
    ... ..•*✲*•..
    ... ═════

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    Comment number 43.

    Simon, how about a real old blast from the past? Lulu and "To sir with love"

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    Comment number 44.

    Aha Deebee, Strictly is soooo good, I remember when I started on the contract at Worcester City Council based at Redditch Council internal auditing in 2011/12 and my line manager remembered me when I attended Bromsgrove Council on the External Audit as she heard me in the next room talking about Strictly and as she was a fan also we bantered quite a bit about strictly oh and managed to knock out a few audit reports too!

    I agree Fiona Fullerton could be quite good. For the girlies Ashley Dawson from Hollyoaks is a fitty. Not looking forward to Abby Clancy opening her mouth as the Liverpool accent grates on me. Quite a few profs not dancing this year...Ola and James, Vincent and Flavia and finally I bet Anton is paired up with Vanessa Feltz...shame I so want Anton to win this year as he is a Strictly stalwart from the beginning!

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    Comment number 45.

    Hello Simon, my friend's little boy asked me yesterday 'why is the sea salty? how did it get salty?' i thought this might b a good question for homework sucks :-) thank you Su in Dorset

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    Comment number 46.

    Thanks for the welcome back Deebee, it's never easy to even look at the blog let alone post on it when the house is filled with cherub and her friends.

    Katy, that cake looks lovely and I shall devour it after my lunch :-)

    Quite a few of us 'fretful parents' out side the new school this morning. It was hugs all round (even the Dads!)

    With that in mind, heres another suggestion:

    Stiff upper lip people.

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    Comment number 47.

    Hi everyone,hope you are all enjoying the peace and quiet.
    My suggestion would have to be Hot For Teacher by Van Halen,a little bit of rock on a Tuesday would be nice.

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    Comment number 48.

    (school days certainly were not my best days despite what my father said they would be)

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    Comment number 49.

    Hello All - I gotta try & log in more! Is it too late for


    .....Susie wants to be a lady director
    And Eddie wants to drive a hearse
    Johnny wants to be a doctor or lawyer
    And Linda wants to be a nurse
    Well it's back to class, pack your books
    No giving the teacher dirty looks.....

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    Comment number 50.

    Good afternoon,

    Such sad news about David Jacobs. I always imagined him sitting at an old fashioned microphone wearing a bow tie and a smoking jacket. An absolute pleasure to listen to.

    Bless you lovely Deebee for mentioning Little Girl's first day at school. Rather like Jennie's observation on Jeffrey's little lady's blazer I'm sure she'll "grow into" her huge cardigan and enormous regulation yellow satchel. Big Girl is very proud of herself as she can tie her new junior's tie all by herself!

    I've been so lucky spending time with our girls over the last seven and a half years. I was also lucky to have two little girls skipping along the pavement on the walk to school. Hasn't stopped the tears flowing though.

    As much as I don't want to hear this song I simply can't get it out of my head :


    Apologies to Gill for suggesting this. If it's played we can think of each other sobbing into our tissues.

    Must dash...

    Parents coming with me to pick girls up so need to get this suddenly very quiet house that has just seen 6 weeks of fabulous fun courtesy of two wonderful little girls into some sort of shape. Thank. Goodness I have Radio 2 and you lovely bloggers to keep me company.

    Have a good day. X

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    Comment number 51.

    Oops. Predictive text on fruity tablets alert.....

    Jeffrey's little LAD. Sorry.

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    Comment number 52.

    Crikey - I must be made of different stuff to some of you.

    Despite delighting in every single second of their at-home tenure - I was inordinately pleased and proud to wave goodbye to my girls; be it first days of primary or that massive step up to secondary education. Loved the instant sense of freedom ... the pay off being their return in the afternoon with news and stories and fresh ideas from their new world.
    The very best years of MY life, never mind theirs!


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    Comment number 53.

    Sad loss of David Jacobs - one of the last of another generation and almost seeming to come from another world. Radio and TV have changed so much in my lifetime, and I suppose one of the catalysts in those changes was the other great loss of the last couple of days, and another David, Mr Frost. We will never see their kind again.

    As I live in Leyland in Lancashire, there can only be one song suitable for the Back to School topic today :-


    Look at the news stories for Lancashire if this doesn't make sense - sorry, but I couldn't resist this one !

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    Comment number 54.

    It is so heart-warming to read of parents who actually enjoy the summer holidays and having fun with their children. I get quite upset when people moan about the six week holiday and who can't wait to get their children back to school in September. Why do they have children in the first place?

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    Comment number 55.

    #53 Parsley Cat - yes, the school. Shocking stuff.

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    Comment number 56.

    #55 - Katy (and all others) it was appalling, even if it turns out to have been a stupid prank that went horribly wrong. I don't in any way condone what happened, but couldn't resist the opportunity to take an alternative line. Thankfully no one was injured in the incident. My friend's daughter had just left the school in question this summer.

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    Comment number 57.

    Hot for teacher - Van halen
    Blue Monday - New order

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    Comment number 58.

    #53 Parsley Cat - i thought that was pretty good, this is a good place for humour!! Whilst i agree it is / was shocking.

    way back when - school in the 1970's some idiots thought they would suspend activities at my old school with a little bonfire, alas not to be - they set a glorious fire only to be thwarted by the resolute council and school putting pre fabs on the playground to make up for it - problem was those pre fabs lasted 6 years !!

    Time off with the kids - I wish i could but that's another tale.
    Teenage stropster is itching to get back to politics and practise French and Spanish
    and little 6 year old trouble alert is ready and set for all that year 2 brings,
    She who must be obeyed happy to say - off you go and get on with her job too,
    I suspect many feel this way - having kids is a great thing ( a treasure to be frank ) and parents need time too, its a balancing act.

    I was sad when child number 2 went to school - but only for a split second, he ran off and that was it, had a hug from another mum ( oi oi ) and went to work, number 1 son didnt see him off and no 3 son same. BUT i do know that there are mixed emotions - the Boss Simon has often made reference to this on the show.

    Its good to see them off - you can look forward to seeing them back all the more,

    As for Michaelmas Holidays - even better - they will be wound up tighter than cat gut - best not mention the C word!!

    have fun all


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    Comment number 59.

    My children are both all growed up now, but I remember clearly the first day at school for both of them, and also their first day at secondary school. Emotional times indeed, but I do also remember feeling a sense of pride seeing them in their smart new school uniform (which didn't stay smart for long, it has to be said...) I loved having them at home, but they are very different from one another and it was always quite hard to find things to do that they would both enjoy. And like Our Zoe (but to a far lesser extent - and I really admire the way she copes with her twins) my son was fairly hard work when he was younger. So I am afraid I am one of those who used to look forward to the end of the long summer holidays, when I could at last have a few hours in the day to myself.


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    Comment number 60.

    Perhaps my comments were a little hasty - #54 - what I was really thinking about were the parents who wanted to get their children back before they had even broken up.............if you see what I mean!

    Not putting this very well........................


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