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Tuesday 9 October 2012, 09:54

Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

Good morning, blogging in pjs again prior to another school trip and wondering again about saying 'this is breakfast' at the start of the show. This happened either because Mike Smith had just been on the news or there is still part of my head wandering backstage at the Royal Albert Hall as Art Garfunkel. And signing off the show with 'have a good weekend' would indicate the Radio 2 doctor might be popping in for a visit sometime soon. Maybe my biorhythms are in the wrong order and not in alignment with Mercury. Or I should stop waking up at 4am or something. Ho hum.
In between those 2 errors, I thought everything else was tip-top and Jacqueline Wilson great with the children reviewers and the web-chat was throbbing with excited readers. It's Kate Mosse in a fortnight and her latest 'Citadel'.
Today we welcome Neil Oliver, top historian and rugged tv host. His latest series is Vikings and tells the story of how they spread their Scandinavian prowess to America and Baghdad. They conquered of course by persuasion, art criticism and literary analysis and their empire lasted nearly 200 years. Neil will explain more and I think VIKING oldies might work splendidly.
Have a responsible and mature Tuesday, see you after 5.


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    Comment number 41.

    Tenuous but...200 years of vikings? That's...

    Everlong - Foo Fighters


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    Comment number 42.

    #31 I think we all suffer from what we can henceforth call 'Mayo-isms' when writing/talking/thinking....maybe there's something in the tea?
    Choon for the oppressed the Vikings invaded (nicely, as Mr O would have us believe!)

    DON'T GIVE UP by Peter Gabriel

    SOUTHERN CROSS by Crosby Stills and Nash - they must have used the stars to navigate by?

    BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN by Rodney Stewart (if the stereotype of Vikings being tall, blonde and god-like is true
    *goes off for a cold shower*

    Personally, if faced with a tall blonde Viking I would be in a pathetic *swoon*

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    Comment number 43.

    I dispute you claim Mr Johann, it CANT be just me.
    Simon if its any consolation, I often suffer from 'timeslip' when at work, bidding folk a hearty 'Good Morning' when its hometime (doh!).

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    Comment number 44.

    Hello again

    Damn! internet threw me off while I was in mid stream.

    1. NORWEGIAN WOOD - Beatles
    2. VIEW TO A KILL - Duran Duran
    4. SHIP OF FOOLS - Erasure
    6. BAND ON THE RUN - Wings
    7. HORNY - Mouse T
    8. Tide is high - BLONDIE
    9. TALL TREES - Crowded House
    10. I PREDICT A RIOT - Kaiser Chiefs

    Thunked out!

    Have a nice day

    Mandy ;)

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    Comment number 45.

    Can I add support for Highway to Hell and Swords of a Thousand Men ?

    And a reliable selection for all miscreants and ne'er-do-wells - Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves - Cher.

    I know the Vikings have had a bad press (PR obvioulsy wasn't a strong point with them), but this is still the popular image we have (along with horned or winged helmets).

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    Comment number 46.

    Just thought of another one:

    NORTHERN LIGHTS - Renaissance

    #26 Zoe, love your OMD suggestion. I'm now going "diddle dee diddle de dum - dum dum dee dum..."


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    Comment number 47.

    Good morning all

    SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY(watching the tide roll........)
    King Canute is supposed to have sat on the shore watching the tide

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    Comment number 48.

    Ooh what about;


    On the assumption that all Vikings had blue eyes...............

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    Comment number 49.

    #42 Suzy - thanks, I have many such moments every day

    NORTHERN SKY - Nick Drake

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    Comment number 50.

    If the Vikings did reach the America's or Middle East



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    Comment number 51.

    Any opportunity, to drop a Leonard Cohen song in, even if its a bit off the mark...

    First we take Manhattan - Leonard Cohen.

    Off to do a bit more scraping ;)

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    Comment number 52.

    LINDISFARNE (scene of a pivotal Viking battle) and 'RUN FOR HOME' (what the local Celts had to do!)

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    Comment number 53.

    Seth lakeman
    The hurlers
    Crimson dawn
    Feather in a storm
    A poor mans heaven
    They seem to depict tribal mentality and territorial struggle

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    Comment number 54.

    More barrel scraping


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    Comment number 55.

    Good morning Each!

    On occasion, I like to suggest a Half Man Half Biscuit song that fits the theme, and is radio friendly. Today, I have failed in one of those elements.

    So, most inappropriately...

    'Stavanger Töestub' by Half Man Half Biscuit

    Gotta go. They won't let me out for long.

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    Comment number 56.

    Sneaking back, having raided the old Peel sessions locker...

    'Date w/IKEA' by Pavement

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    Comment number 57.

    #55 do they let you have sharpened pencils in there?

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    Comment number 58.

    Alwight Mayo Man & ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man - The fact that yer were taking the time out ter blog even though yer were in yer PJ's shows that you yersen are 'responsible and mature!!!!!!'

    A meself am still suffering with me ligament injury but the good news is suddenly am seeing a VAST imporvementation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The doc said these things can take 4 ter 6 weeks ter 'eal up and a might need that much time off work!!!!!!!
    Something a could noot stomach at the time of being told by the doc.... A was 'opeful 3 days off work max!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now am in me second week.... And 7th sick dee!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Luckily in my job a work 4 days per week with the option of 2 extra overtime days if a want!!!!!!
    Of which a normally do!!!!!!!!!
    A do think maybe ave run me body and mind inter the ground!!!!!!!
    Am fully renovating me whole 'ouse, working 5 ter 6 shifts as a trucker delivering to a VERY BIG well known supermarket..... AND cycling 120kms per week ready for Rio 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    A know me body and 'ave been 'ere before!!!!!!!
    Near exhaustion.... but gotta keep going.... Keep going until me weakest link pops and am suffering an Anne Robinson on me back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Me back being me weakest link that is first ter go when a over do it!!!!!!!!!

    The good news is after Sundee and Mondee doing me 20km cycle on The Wirral by the seaside suddenly me back is getting better VERY fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A think it is no coincidence that the cycling losening up me Anne Robinson and the fresh pure sea air really is like a form of miracle 'ealing for both the mind and body!!!!!!!
    Coupled with me being nearly as strong and powerful mentally and physically as a top Olympic athlete!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It make sme realise 'ow lucky and 'appy and relieved a am that me mother now in 'er late 60's and suffering with 'er CYPD lung problem that living only a mile from the sea is adding maybe as much as 20 years to 'er life!!!!!!!
    Sometimes it's easy ter foget 'ow great life is and 'ow lucky we are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If me mother lived in London or Birmingham with the polutted air maybe she would 'ave got 'er illness at a younger age and not be around now!!!!!!!!!

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    Comment number 59.

    For the Up Helly Aa still going on in Shetlands every year (in a nod to their Viking ancestors(
    And of course just for the Umlaut beloved of all places Scandinavian

    Blue Öyster Cult and "Burnin' for You"

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    Comment number 60.

    #58 Oh Bingo, I do have a rather amusing image of Anne Robinson on your back as you are cycling ;0)


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