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One last hurrah

Monday 10 September 2012, 09:55

Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

Well. Through bleary eyes it might be that the typing will be more erratic and error-strewn than normal, but I'll give it a go. It was a long old day but Radio 2 in Hyde Park was a mighty day of sweaty, swaying, cheering, yelling, queuing, happy music fans. It might be that you were watching the Paralympics closing ceremony and roaring along with Coldplay et al, but Jo Whiley and I were in the royal park along with 30,000 + fans for the 'festival in a day' that we put on every year. I'd missed all the others so it was my first and we had a great time. From Mick Hucknall (who got away with singing no Simply Red hits by playing lots of everybody else's) to Tom Jones (who just has so many hits to chose from but when he did Delilah I thought the park would tremble) via Jessie J (who had the noisiest fans by some way), it really was a good end to the summer. Which exactly how it feels now that the september spiders have taken over...
But just one more last hurrah...oldies for the PARADE OF THE OLYMPIANS AND PARALYMPIANS which wanders through London this afternoon. The flag gets one final wave. It got a good flourish at the Last Night of the Proms so lets do it one more time. Parade songs please. The LNOFTP was another tub-thumping success and when the Olympian rowers came on for Rule Britannia it took the roof off. But enough of the social whirl.
To Monday's show and the return of the Radio 2 book club with The Yellow Birds by debut novelist Kevin Powers. He's a veteran of the second gulf war and the book is set during the conflict in Iraq. But this is no Andy McNab style romp but a poetic story of friendship and loss. Read some of Kevin's book here and hear him from 6.
Have a straight-forward and hassle free Monday. See you after 5.

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    Comment number 1.

    Good morning again

    SIMPLY THE BEST - TINA TURNER

    JW

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    Comment number 2.

    Parade Songs? I'm going for the literal:

    BANNER MAN - Blue Mink

    WAVE YOUR FLAG - K'naan

    Happy parade days folks!

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    Comment number 3.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and cheering yelling and swaying bloggers,

    Sooooo much to catch up on the Ithingy including Sir Tom in the park and dinosaurs on a spaceship. Must pay attention not to get the two confused!

    I loved the closing ceremony last night and thought Coldplay and the whole spectacle were just fantastic. Might even try to sneak along to Trafalgar Sq later if I can. And now we just need Andy to deliver the goods tonight. Come on Andy!

    #paradeoldies, you say?

    Well you have to start here......

    GLORY DAYS – Bruce Springsteen

    GLORIOUS – The Pierces

    THE GREATEST DAY – Take That (Wah!!!!!!!!!!)

    RESPECT – Aretha Franklin

    BLAZE OF GLORY – Jon Bon Jovi

    TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS – Richard Hawley

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    Comment number 4.

    68 GUNS - THE ALARM

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    Comment number 5.

    Good Morning Simon and Poppeteers

    I had a blast watching the concert from the comfort of my sofa last night. What a great show! Well done Radio 2.

    Parade songs?

    FLOAT ON - THE FLOATERS

    500 MILES - THE PROCLAIMERS

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    Comment number 6.

    Hi again everyone

    I'm pleased that Simon, Deebee and the 30,000 in Hyde Park had a good time.

    Songs for today's parade....

    THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES ~ Queen

    TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS ~ Doobie Brothers

    GREATEST DAY ~ Take That

    STREETS OF LONDON ~ Ralph McTell

    FLOAT ON ~ The Floaters

    SAY HELLO, WAVE GOODBYE ~ Soft Cell

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    Comment number 7.

    After another wee think............

    PROUD - M PEOPLE

    THE CARNIVAL IS OVER - THE SEEKERS

    CONVOY - CW MCCOLL

    Work beckons.......

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    Comment number 8.

    WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS - QUEEN

    JW

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    Comment number 9.

    Good Morning Each!
    'Magic Bus' by The Who

    'Walk Of Life' by Dire Straits

    'Praise You' by Fatboy Slim

    'You're The Best Thing' by The Style Council

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    Comment number 10.

    ONCE IN A LIFETIME - Talking Heads

    FANS - Kings of Leon

    I DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING - Aerosmith

    IT AIN'T OVER TIL IT'S OVER - Lenny Kravitz

    DON'T BURST MY BUBBLE - SMALL FACES

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    Comment number 11.

    For the Red Arrows flypast over Buckingham Palace this afternoon....

    LITTLE ARROWS ~ Leapy Lee

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    Comment number 12.

    RESPESCT - ARETHA FRANKLIN

    THOSE WERE THE DAYS - MARY HOPKIN

    DANCING IN THE STREET - MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS/DAVID BOWIE

    YOU'VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY - BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS

    JW

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    Comment number 13.

    Morning all

    Yup, the summer of sport and parades doesn't quite end this afternoon. Andy Murray tonight in the final, Rory McIlroy looks to be having a personal parade and likely to win the US Tour finale, Bradley Wiggins on his celebratory tour of Britain (record crowds in Ipswich yesterday for "le grand départ". And the Ryder Cup to come in a couple of weeks or so as well.

    Song suggestion:

    Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

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    Comment number 14.

    Good morning all

    What a fantastic weekend - and such glorious weather. I'm hanging on to every last vestige of summer - the spiders can wait! BTW - what is this fixation of yours with spiders, Simon?

    #5 Shona, I do hope your Floaters choice gets played - if only for Simon's 'Larry' voice!! ;-)

    Parade songs?

    Absolutely Fabulous - Pet Shop Boys

    Magic Bus - The Who

    Everyone's A Winner - Hot Chocolate

    mc x

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    Comment number 15.

    Good Morning All;

    From previous blog...

    Simon Ward - So sorry to hear about your mum. Sending hugs and best wishes to you. Thank you for the tip about getting gluten-free bread on prescription, I'll certainly look into it, if the need arises.

    Deebee - Glad you had a good time at the festival in a day & well done on guessing the Paralympic medals spot on. :-)

    Oldie suggestions...

    HEROES - DAVID BOWIE

    PRAISE YOU - FATBOY SLIM

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    Comment number 16.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    I heard you and Jo welcome everyone to Hyde Park as I had arrived back from refereeing and competing at a kickboxing competition, I competed in the Ladies Veterans category (only one lady in category) I lost 16 - 15 but should have beat her as I was 4 up at one point. In the weight category where most were in early 20's I lost 5 - 4 after being 4 - 1 down. I got a silver medal though for the veterans category.

    Now for some quick choons:

    1. RAIN ON MY PARADE - Duffy ( hope stays dry!)
    2. WALK OF LIFE - Dire Straits
    3. BUS STOP - Hollies
    4. STREETS OF LONDON - Ralph Mctell
    5. COME TOGETHER - Beatles
    6. PROUD - Heather Small
    7. OH HAPPY DAY - Ed Hawkins singers
    8. CONVOY - DLT or Chris Kristoferson
    9. BANNER MAN - Blue Mink
    10. GLORY DAYS - Bruce Springsteen

    Have a lovely day one and all.

    Laters

    Mandy

    PS As a matter of interest regarding the phrase "baby in arms" do you think this sounds like it has come from a 90 year old? I used this phrase yesterday and my 36 year old best mate said this to me!!!

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    Comment number 17.

    SHEILA TAKE A BOW - The Smiths (might be better for the Ozzie female athletes...)

    FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE - Stevie Wonder

    NEVER FORGET - Take That (Wah again!!!!!!)

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    Comment number 18.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Olympic Parade Oldies:

    WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS - Queen

    PROUD - Heather Small

    HEROES - David Bowie

    BANNER MAN - Blue Mink

    SIMPLY THE BEST - Tina Turner

    ~X~

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    Comment number 19.

    Good morning lovely blog people

    Slightly damp here.


    Nobody Does it Better – Carly Simon (or Radiohead's cover)

    Going Home – Mark Knopfler

    Shiny Happy People – R.E.M.

    Top of the World – Carpenters

    Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen

    Pride of the Summer - Runrig

    The Carnival is Over – The Seekers

    Somebody Might Wave Back – The Waterboys

    Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley

    Rio – Duran Duran

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    Comment number 20.

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    CELEBRATION - KOOL & THE GANG

    BEAUTIFUL DAY - U2

    WALKING ON SUNSHINE - KATRINA & THE WAVES

    CAN YOU FEEL IT - THE JACKSONS

 

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