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Friday 9 November 2012, 10:14

Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

And Friday dawns cloudy and unpromising. Builders swarm, children depart and parents shamble. Feels like another duvet day again (this is becoming a trend). But it is impossible to have one when you have roofers, tilers and plasterers outside, aware of every movement. I actually dress up a little because they're here to be honest, and appear to be busy and serious. While providing top quality biscuits of course.

The other reason for busyness is work of course and the small matter of the movie show on 5Live and the mighty ARF for 2. Ben Affleck is our guest and Argo is his film. It's a fantastic film which is both a tense 70s adventure and Hollywood satire. If it wasn't a true story, it would be dismissed out of hand but its tale of 6 American Embassy workers in Tehran who escape when their building is occupied, prompting the CIA to try to rescue them under the guise of a mock sci-fi movie, is all fact. And that sentence was way too long, apologies.

Then to R2 central and let's kick off the ARF with a song (chooses year from ARF hat) 1978. No idea if that is any better than last week but over to you pop pickers.
Have a decisive and clear-thinking Friday. See you after 5.
Oh, I'm not here on Monday as I'm in Cornwall doing that other thing I do. But only briefly.


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    Comment number 61.

    Congrats amelia on a cracking opener!

    #53 amelia (again) - if 'Matey' is Chess what could 'Game of strategy (5)' be? Because I had Chess down for that one but I'm now wondering....

    #54 PC - Ah, of course! Blue Hawaii!

    #55 Florence - Wonderful Life, yes, I'd got the life bit

    Oh, you are a clever lot, thank you!

    Just one more, which I think I've got but only if they've missed a word out of the title, 'Profound sequence of notes (5,2,5)'. Do you think it's '(The) Sound of Music'?

    Thanks again, what would I do without you?

    SE x

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    Comment number 62.

    I accept your thanks in a gracious and regal like manner (or something like that anyway)

    I do have a silly grin on my face. I honestly never thought it would happen. Flakey internet meant I missed the beginning.

    Now where is Autumn_Gale with that sparkly crown? I need it to take to CiN - I will wear it while singing along to “that song” badly and out of tune - apologies in advance to those who have to listen to me.

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    Comment number 63.

    Amelia, will this crown do until Autumn_Gale arrives with your new one?

    /°★°☆°★ \ ★°☆°★ /★°☆°★ \ ★°☆°★ / ★°☆°★\
    /★°★°★° \ ★°★°★° / ★°★°★° \°★°★ °/ ★°★°★\

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    Comment number 64.

    Erica - oh I don't know now. I was thinking matey meant checkmate but chess seems to fit better with the game of strategy clue ...

    Is it the same for (A) Wonderful Life with the missing word? I can't think of another musical that starts with a 9-letter word?

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    Comment number 66.

    Thank you Florence - just perfect - I'm dancing round the kitchen wearing it while attempting to chop vegetables.

    Paul - of course it must be Buddy - sorry Erica!

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    Comment number 67.

    I salute you, Queen Amelia!

    Evening bloggers, apologoes for absinthe etc. Been running around in circles like a hare on a greyhound track.

    Hope all are well, and fine weekends are ahead,


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    Comment number 68.

    #65 BtC - Aaaah! I will sleep tonight, thank you!

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    Comment number 69.

    Gosh darn it ... For just a moment I thought I was going to get to keep it

    My precious..........

    Congrats Queen Amelia :))

    *hands over the crown somewhat reluctantly*

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    Comment number 70.

    Goodness, I have been skipping through the fields all day and missed the ARFO as well only to read back the blog to see the crown has gone to Queen Amelia!! So pleased for you;0)

    I look forward to seeing you at CiN in you crown and sparkly costume to match. Hee hee. XX

    Mandy, well done on your good news!

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    Comment number 71.

    Congratulations Queen Amelia - so the crown goes 'abroad' eh! - suits you ma'am!

    Well done too Mandy on your job news.

    Have great weekends all and good travels to Simon, going to the depths of the South West on Monday.

    See you over the weekend.


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    Comment number 72.

    Good Evening All

    I have written many times on this blog that the most wonderful time of day is when I play Keyboard – and the reason for this is - because the day has been fine – no traumas. In the song from 1884 –
    “Love’s Old Sweet Song” they talk of “Sad the day and long” but when I play at the end of the day – it’s because we’ve had a Good Day – Thank You God – and All Is Well.

    Tonight we called out the Emergency Vet. Our 13 year old cat seems to have had a seizure/fit -and, of course the vet cannot tell whether that is so – from a home visit – is it a mini stroke or if it is only an ear infection or worse - a brain tumour -unless we take him to the Surgery and have him subjected to tests. Now – he doesn’t travel well – to put it mildly – he will scratch at his cage and will make his claws raw. The alternatives are too many to list. We shall have to see what happens overnight and then confer with the Vet tomorrow.

    Listen out from a wise one ……

    If things are good – enjoy them while you may.

    If things are not good – “Strive to be Happy!”

    I seem to have been diverted into Les Crane’s “Desiderata” – but is that a bad thing?

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    Comment number 73.

    Desiderata - by max ehrmann

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

    As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

    Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

    Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

    Max Ehrmann c.1920

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    Comment number 74.

    I didn't play KB tonight.

    Congratulations to Queen Amelia.

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    Comment number 75.


    My husband wants to give a cuggle .,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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    Comment number 76.

    Billie - I am so sorry to read about your poor cat. You must be beside yourselves with worry. I just hope the morning brings positive news. My thoughts & best wishes are with you.

    Desiderata is beautiful and for me sums up the need to find contentment in life.

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    Comment number 77.

    congrats to queen amelia

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    Comment number 78.

    *sneaks in quietly*

    helloooooooooo from a little CLP over the fence blogger
    Wanted to say hello to some of my future colleagues at the CiN gig next friday so that I'm not so shy on the day (If Deevs is reading she'll say "shy" pah!)

    *runs away quickly before being noticed*

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    Comment number 79.

    Good Morning All

    Congratulations to Queen Amelia! A blogger takes the crown once more - how lovely!

    Well I passed the first aid course, so I can carry on handing out plasters for another three years. It wasn't a walkover by any means - there are so many little things you have to remember... I guess at the end of the day though as long as you can keep the casualty as comfortable as possible (and hopefully alive!) until professional help is available then you've done your job. It's a very worthwhile skill to have - I would recommed it to anyone.

    Billie - so sorry to hear about your poor mogpoppet. Hope today brings better news.

    Debs - lovely to 'see' you over this side of the fence. And I look forward to seeing you for real next Friday! Yes, I've heard how shy and retiring you are...


    Today will be mainly domestic tasks - sorting out some clothes for the charity shop, and mixing the Chr*****s pudding in preparation for cooking it tomorrow. Even though the children are at Uni, Mr B and I still stir the mixture and make a wish. I've decided what I'm going to wish for... obviously I can't tell you, or it won't come true...*


    *yes I do know it's all poppycock really :o)

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    Comment number 80.

    Good morning all - pouring down here.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your mogpoppet, Billie. I hope this morning brings positive news for you and him. Hugs coming your way >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>



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