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Friday 31 August 2012, 09:07

Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

Good morning from the chilly estate. The price for leaving a skylight open is 1) a very cold kitchen and 2) spider webs where spider webs shouldn't be. I knew I should have been more ruthless in throwing out my squatting arachnid friends but it is too late now. An early morning flourish with a duster and all will be well.
Interesting conversation with an American friend last night, most impressed with the coverage and tickets sold at the Paralympics here. Then this morning reports of the almost media-black out in the States about the games; NBC are not showing highlights till September 16th! The host broadcaster will always provide more coverage than foreign ones of course but our American friend felt it reflected wonderfully on the UK that we get excited by the Paralympics. It's only a sample of one but thought you'd like to hear it.
2 show day today with the good doctor back in place after his ridiculously long holiday. Ray Winstone (in case you miss/missed him on Chris's show) with his Sweeney co-star Ben Drew who is Plan B the rapper. They are the Regan/Carter double act in the movie of The Sweeney. Except it isn't. It is nothing like the loveable cheeky-chappy cop show and really a violent London cops and robbers film, fronted by a Carter and a Regan.
Then it's a swift Central line to R2 for some ARF duties and the crowning of a new ARF Queen/King. Over to you.
Have a startling and affirming Friday, see you after 5.


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    Comment number 1.

    As promised (and remembered - just hope it works), here is Hoffs' ARFO, posted yesterday.

    73.At 15:22 30th Aug 2012, Hoffs wrote:
    Good afternoon lovely bloggerfolk!

    I have pooped by to ask the most massive of massive favours of anyone who might possibly be able to help me please?!

    I know that I havent been the most regular of bloggers this summer - I hope to be back next week, with sensible suggestions and not too much waffle but in the meantime:

    I am about to leave for Granny Hoffs' house where internet access is intermittent/indecisive so I won't be able to access the blog. If I ask really really nicely, please could someone cut and paste my ARFO suggestion for tomorrow?!

    Three generations of the Hoffs family are leaving tomorrow before the sparrows have woken up to make the trek to London to spend the day at the Paralympics. Granny and Grandma Hoffs n' In-Law are accompanying us on our grand day out to watch swimming and some of the cycling before heading home. The excitement (and phone calls between households) has increased as the week has progressed.

    It would be a complete miracle if our suggestion was to be chosen but it would make our day. Having discussed this at length, we would like:

    GIMME SOME LOVIN - SPENCER DAVIS GROUP (or the Blues Brothers version, we aren't too fussy)

    We will be in the hottest of venues (in both senses of the word) and we will be so glad that we have made it!

    Looking forward to the show as we wend our way this evening and wishing happy and sunny weekends to you all (especially Stressed Erica)

    See you soon xx

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    Comment number 2.

    In case that didn't work, Hoffs' ARFO suggestion is

    GIMME SOME LOVIN - SPENCER DAVIS GROUP (or the Blues Brothers version, we aren't too fussy)

    Hope he enjoys his day at the Games, all very exciting again.

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    Comment number 3.

    Just thought, not being as regular as some, I don't know everyone particularly intimately and I've assumed that Hoffs is of the male variety, don't know why. Now I thinb about it I'm leaning more towards Hoffs being of the female persuasion so apologies if that is the case, for calling you a 'he'.

    Whatever, I hope you all have a wonderful day. :o)

    *Hope I've redeemed myself*

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    Comment number 4.

    Good Morning Everyone -

    What a beautiful morning it is - with hints of Autumn!

    An ARFO?

    Have I ever requested THE BEAT by The Look? It's been said that it's a Top Tune!

    Shall I request it today?


    THE BEAT by The Look

    Have Fab Fridays everyone!

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    Comment number 5.

    Good morning again everyone on this lovely sunny, slightly autumnal, Friday.


    LIVE IT UP ~ Mental as Anything

    PRETTY IN PINK ~ Psychedelic Furs

    Seeing as tonight will be a blue moon, how about this for an ARFO!

    WHOLE OF THE MOON ~ The Waterboys

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    Comment number 6.

    Morning all

    Out walking last night the moon was huge and magnificent. I winked as requested by Neil Armstrong's family. Can I second your suggestion Florence; it was exactly what I was thinking driving to work. It is a shame we didn’t get to do moon oldies this week.

    Fun filled day at work, scary stuff happening, roll on 5.05 (or 2.00 if I am very lucky).

    So, to cheer me up I would love to hear any of the following.

    Teenage Kicks - The Undertones

    I Bet You Look Good on The Dance Floor - Arctic Monkeys

    Fields of Fire - Big Country

    Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves

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    Comment number 7.

    Good morning one and all - beautiful morning here. It is a little chilly, but fresh and inviting.

    ARFO suggestion today is


    Come on everybody, clap your hands,
    Aah, you're looking good..............


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    Comment number 8.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Just to reiterate Erica's post #1


    GIMME SOME LOVIN - SPENCER DAVIS GROUP (or the Blues Brothers version, we aren't too fussy)

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    Comment number 9.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Congrats to all blog menshees last night and to Zoe for that 2 hearts suggestion, you must be a real Whoey!!!

    A large spider ran across my mums lounge floor last night straight under the sofa, we are all being invaded!!!

    Week one of babysitting the kickboxing club went well, quite poorly attended but this is last week of school hols and we have had bank holiday. Got Saturday - Wednesday to look after it and then matey comes back a new spliced man (under protest) I add!!

    Now for an ARFO:

    1. HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO - Bonnie Tyler

    I choose this because she performed it on C5 last night on CBB Bit on the side and was blooming good!!

    Have lovely week ends folks.


    Mandy ;)

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    Comment number 10.

    And here's mine:

    WHOLE LOTTA LOVE - Led Zeppelin

    #6 Lovely moon over South Cambs last night too. A pal of mine told me yesterday that her dad casually mentioned the other day that he met Neil Armstrong when he was a teenager... she couldn't believe that he'd never thought to mention it before!


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    Comment number 11.

    ...posted too soon, I also meant to say to Erica #3 Hoffs is most definitely female - I know this for certain as I've heard her speaking to Simon live on radio...


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    Comment number 12.

    Greetings one and all..lovely and sunny here..

    My ARFO if I may


    Have a super weekend everybody, may pop back a little later


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    Comment number 13.

    Good morning all, lovely morning here so just off for a walk along the coast.

    Suggestions for todays ARF opener




    Enjoy the day

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    Comment number 14.

    Morning Niceties Ter Mr Mayo & 'ALL' Blog Peeps...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Pal - Firstly a take me 'at off to you over that fact that yerv decided ter devoid of the 'ats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A don't blame yer after seeing the price of them on the link a put on first 'at blog yeterdee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Or was it the first blog??????
    Or the second?????
    A ain't now, sorry know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anyway at least yerv only goot spiders coming up yer drainpipe!!!!!!!!!!

    The DAMN IT rat returned ter me bedroom the other dee and robbed all of me chocolate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    They seem ter mad for chocolate as everytime it/ they ave been in the take the choccy first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A don't know 'ow it/ they are getitng in???????????!!!!!
    After following leads it lead me ter the old lead air vents in the wall... Ave blocked up the broken lead airbrick vents temporary ready ter bang in proper modern air bricks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ave found plenty of chewed choccy wrappers under me lounge wooden floor.... which leads me ter thinking is there a 'ole in the wall somewhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anyway it's only cos ave 'ad some of me lounge floor boards up that they goot in that way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Either ave gotta rat or the choccy is thinking a could ave a crazed woman coming in me 'ouse ter steal me choccy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    For ARF.....

    As a quckly approach me 40th birthdee and with rat problems......

    'ow about for ARF:

    UB40 - Rat In Me Kitchen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS Remember the trend ave noticed of the first dee of the month weather sets a president for the whole month ahead......
    INDEED the first of August was errrrrr... RUBBISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Of which a didn't wanter talk about that much in the 'ope this month me weahter prediction would be wrong.... But generally as usual it wasn't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What am trying ter say is take a VERY long 'ard look at the weather termozza on the 1st of The September......
    And see if we are going ter get out traditional September Indian Summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Weather good termozz.... Weather good for all of September!!!!!!!
    Yer 'ear dit 'ere first!!!!!!!!!!!

    Glad ter 'elp!

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    Comment number 15.

    Morning all

    Very chilly last night, so much so that I closed the big window in the bedroom for the first time in months. Time to dig out my trusty fleece ready for football tomorrow I reckon :-)

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    Comment number 16.

    Morning all. Just for a change, a few tunes which are more instrumental than lyrical...

    FOCUS - Hocus Pocus

    ISSAC HAYES - Theme From Shaft

    SPACE - Magic Fly


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    Comment number 17.

    I would like to share my mensch last night for Time in a bottle - Jim Croce, with Harry and Mrs Snapper, if you are lurking Harry.

    I'm fairly sure that that was one of the songs we tried to get played for your wedding day, Harry. It's taken a while, but we got there in the end!


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    Comment number 18.

    Good morning everybody!

    5-4-3-2-1 - MANFRED MANN

    Off to the coffee machine...


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    Comment number 19.

    Good morning all,

    Finally shaking off a nasty summer cold lurgie - although the gravelly cough I'm left with sounds as though I'm on 20 Woodbine a day!!

    #6 Amelia, I agree, we should have had a moon theme this week what with the sad news about Neil Armstrong, and the blue moon tonight.
    #5 Flo, your choice of The Waterboys gets my vote, too.

    If not, my ARFO suggestion this week is:

    Walk This Way by Run-D.M.C

    Enjoy the sunset this evening. I shall give a wink to the 'blue' moon on this poignant day, as I heard on Chris's show this morning that Neil Armstrong's funeral is today. How fitting....

    mc x

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    Comment number 20.

    Good morning everyone.

    Only a brief visit but should be back to full blogging in a week or two.

    I hope I find everyone well.

    ARFO? Another attempt to help out the lovely Wendy James with a royalty payment:


    Have a great weekend!


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