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Wednesday 26 September 2012, 10:32

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Actually in my house this morning which is a strange moment. No schools to talk to but back on that tour again tomorrow. The trouble with 'working from home' is of course getting roped in to give children lifts when buses fail to turn up or missed bus because spent too long looking for umbrella. If you're on a train, that's that. `Yesterday's star pupil-as i mentioned on the show-was a lad called George who told me he listened to the show regularly. Before I looked too pleased he added it was his grandmother who always had me on. Anyway this is a good thing as I subscribe to the theory that a 'target audience' is a nonsense and that everyone is welcome. Across the generations, come one, come all. I always tell the pupils that we might not have tempted them in just yet, but that Radio 2 will get them in the end. Like death and taxes.
Today we are baking. Paul Hollywood, judge on "The Great British Bake Off", will be with us. His partnership with Mary Berry has been described in The Guardian as 'the show's secret weapon' and maybe one of the best judging combos on TV. I have never baked but happily pay for other people's labour and watched last night's episode of doughnuts and celebration breads with a rising hunger. Cakes and bread are seen by the weight conscious as the devil's food but Paul looks in good shape to me and he will discuss the art of baking from 6. And GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF oldies should fill the gaps between sponge and tart (insert your own joke here).
Have a trim and sporty Wednesday, see you after 5.

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    Comment number 41.

    Afternoon all - at least the rain has ceased. Could I suggest

    SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL - BILL HALEY
    'get into that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans'.

    Oh and why has no-one said the immortal phrase......

    'Cheese and Cake? Am I hearing you right?'

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    Comment number 42.

    I've just been cursing people's inability to properly format excel sheets Mandy, would it kill them to use commas and brackets?

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    Comment number 43.

    Good afternoon all,

    I really enjoyed the show last night - a brilliant night for blog mentions. I love that song 'Me and The Elephant', Zoe, what a great choice.

    Looks like today is going to be a corker. Paul Hollywood has eyes almost as twinkly as Mr SportsGuy Matt!!

    There are very few songs that induce me to switch off the radio, but I'm afraid that JBG's choice at #10 is one of them.

    ponyclubmum - sorry to hear about your puppy - hope he is back on all fours in good time. Our little Jack Russell managed to rupture his cruciate ligament in his back leg when he was about two. After the op, he was a sorry little thing. The wind had been completely taken out of his sails. Very poignant watching him try and lift his leg when taking a wee and collapsing in a heap. He soon learnt how to perform like little girl dogs after that.

    mc x

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    Comment number 44.

    Apologies for lateness and duplicating anyone's suggestions but, once again, I'm in a rush and haven't had time to look back. My offerings are

    MA BAKER - Boney M

    MACARTHUR PARK - Donna Summer

    AMERICAN PIE - Don McLean

    Gotta dash......

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    Comment number 45.

    Mr MC and I are due to see the Beach Boys tomorrow night at the Royal Albert Hall. However, I am mightiliy miffed to read that Mike Love has 'dumped' half the original group from the tour. :-(

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    Comment number 46.

    If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake - Eileen Barton

    Willy the Shake
    x

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    Comment number 47.

    Good afternoon all - finally! So much for "I'll be here early..........." - my lovely laptop won't connect to the wireless system so have had to wait for Mr (who didn't play golf in the pouring rain) to finish what he was doing, before the important business of blogging could take place.

    Paul Hollywood - mmmmmmmmmm. (sighs)
    He writes a mean recipe for Xmas cake - made last year - delicious.

    Much too late for choons so good luck everyone - I'll listen and smile quietly to myself.

    JW

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    Comment number 48.

    Am I the only person on the planet not to watch GBBO? I just had to google Paul Hollywood; I had no idea what he looked like.

    My lack of enthusiasm is because I really dislike cake; even thinking about it makes me feel peculiar. Bread, on the other hand, I could eat until the cows come home (with lots of lovely cold butter).

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    Comment number 49.

    Afternon all

    Late arrival again - I blame the boss!

    I love GBBO - have watched all 3 series, but I'm still not very good at baking! However, I do like Mr Hollywood, #47 I agree about the eyes Molly!

    #47 Jennie - I'll have a look for that recipe, they need to be made fairly soon, I think!

    Tortie x

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    Comment number 50.

    #48 Amelia, I have never seen one episode of the programme and have never heard of Paul Hollywood or Mary Berry either.

    (I don't bake but have been known to make a mean crumble)

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    Comment number 51.

    Amelia, I dont watch it either. Used to watch cookery programmes all the time, but these days they just wind me up because I know I cant eat any of the food there cooking (evil Gluten be it Chorleywood or not) :-(
    ~gill~

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    Comment number 52.

    #40 Sorry, Mandy - couldn't resist?

    Re the excel document - are you able to print it on A3? Failing that, I think you'll have to split it onto 2 pages. Not ideal, I know...

    #44 On the subject of 'American Pie', I have a friend who is American, and she was complaining that the American pies they cooked on GBBO a few weeks ago weren't real pies as they were far too shallow.

    #47 Yes, I made Paul Hollywood's C*******s cake last year - it was delicious. I'm planning on giving it another go this year as well...

    #48 It's not all about cakes, Amelia. There's pies, and tarts, and breads, and puddings...

    *wanders off salivating*

    :o)

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    Comment number 53.

    Ponyclubmum - poor puppy :-/

    I love to bake and have a small repetoire which I do pretty well: scones and sponges particularly, however I have no artistic talent at all which means I can't pipe or ice or make things look pretty. I try not to bake too often though - as I just end up eating it all, and heaven knows I don't need the calories - that's the joy of watching it on TV - guilt-free :))

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    Comment number 54.

    #52 please ignore the superfluous ?

    ~X~

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    Comment number 55.

    A colleague has just dropped off a case load of baking for a tea party that I am organising for another colleague who is leaving tomorrow. Tempted to pass the lovely baking off as my own...........................................

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    Comment number 56.

    We wont tell if you dont Shona ;)

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    Comment number 57.

    Very sad to hear the news that Andy Williams has died.

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    Comment number 58.

    That is sad news Molly Coddle - another of the 'proper' singers gone.

    God bless.

    JW

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    Comment number 59.

    I didn't know that Molly - that is sad news.

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    Comment number 60.

    Oh, that is sad Molly Coddle. I have very fond memories of watching the Andy Williams Show when I was a child.

    ~X~

 

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