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Monday 8 October 2012, 11:09

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And good morning to all bloggers, old new and vets. A fine weekend I hope. I was (as you may have read here) in beautiful Bath at the Children's Lit Festival and talking to a cool collection of families. Youngsters, slightly-less-than-youngsters and a few bags of sherbet lemons is a fine way to spend a couple of hours.

And then blogger Hoffs and Master Hoffs appeared and photos were taken and all was well. I always enjoy meeting everyone afterwards, although it usually means I miss the train home and a bit of re-jigging is needed. Bath looks fine on most days but in the sunshine of Saturday it was spectacular. Could have stayed all weekend!

Then that night I dreamt I was Art Garfunkel and was lost backstage at the Royal Albert Hall and I wondered if an excess of sherbet can cause such things. Maybe I should stick to fruit gums in future...

Today is book club day and Jacqueline Wilson returns with another hit book for her loyal audience called Emerald Star, the third of her Hetty Feather books. Jacqueline has sold 35 million books, is a former Children's Laureate and a Dame for services to children's literacy. This woman know a thing or two! Some of our younger listeners will be reviewing her book after 6.

And David Blaine oldies please. The illusionist is spending three days and nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents streamed by tesla coils. The stunt is called "Electrified: One Million Volts Always On." He is wearing a chainmail bodysuit as a barrier between himself and the electric currents and some scientists have cast doubt as to how dangerous it really is. However, we will play some Blaine-themed tunes on today's show.

Have a sparky and electrifying Monday yourself. See you after 5.

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    Comment number 21.

    Simon, Ive always found that too much protine close to bed time gives me bad dreams. Most recently the culprit was a rouge bag of peanuts munched while watching Dallas the other week, NEVER AGAIN !
    ~gill~

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    Comment number 22.

    What about...

    Jump - Van Halen

    A.

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    Comment number 23.

    #21 Gill - it also throws your typing out. Never mind bad spellers of the world untie!

    Just off to the the old blood pressure checked. Can I be the first to mention the phrase 'Faraday Cage' on the blog? It may be a first? As Scotty would say 'Ye canna change the laws of physics'. Anyway I've posted a twitterage - phew!

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    Comment number 24.

    The only choon I can think of is

    WHY - ANNIE LENNOX

    JW

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    Comment number 25.

    lol Lady S,
    Did you hear about the dyslexic satanist? He sold his soul to santa ;-)
    Why is Dyslexia so hard to spel?????
    ~gill~

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    Comment number 26.

    Oops, I meant to say, lovely mention in dispatches for the Hoff family!

    As for the dream - better than the naked Gerry Adams / Ian Paisley one?


    MAGIC - Bruce Springsteen

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    Comment number 27.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Well done to Hoffs for being mentioned in dispatches!

    Hope Deebee and Mo had a nice time.

    1. JUST AN ILLUSION - Imagination
    2. ELECTRICITY - Elton John
    3. ELECTRICITY - OMD
    4. TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS - Philp Oakey and Georgio Moroder
    5. I'm on fire - 5,000 VOLTS
    6. LIVING IN A BOX - Living in a box
    7. COLD AS ICE - Foreigner
    8. IM STILL STANDING - Elton John
    9. HOW LONG? - Ace
    10. MAD WORLD - Tears for Fears

    Oh well another job search week continues. Couple of bubblers in the pipeline so fingers crossed.

    Have a nice day

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

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    Comment number 28.

    Morning all

    SHOCK THE MONKEY - PETER GABRIEL

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    Comment number 29.

    Morning All,

    Congratulations to Jilly for the ARF Crown, good tune

    'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' The Police

    Have a good day everybody

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    Comment number 30.

    Morning all!

    Thank you very much for the Mention in Despatches this morning, Mr Mayo. How exciting! Sorry that I rambled on about it over the weekend on the blog - but it was a lovely afternoon. (Mister Hoffs may not agree - he is still retrieving stuff from Master Hoffs' shoebox that he has 'borrowed' for his new element collection)

    Have come to the conclusion that it would be very boring to live somewhere in the world where the weather hardly ever changed. There I was, like most bloggers, sitting enjoying the sunshine on Saturday afternoon. This morning, by complete contrast, I lost my bearings in the fog/low cloud on the hillside above where I live. Couldn't see more than about 10 feet in front of me. Stopped to tweet my oldie suggestions and one of my dogs went off too far ahead of me. Both of us are of 'little brain' so it took a while to find one another. Lovely British weather. Certainly keeps you on your toes.

    Anyway, my only suggestions are:

    IT'S A MYSTERY - TOYAH

    LIVING IN A BOX - LIVING IN A BOX (just pretend they are saying 'glass', not 'cardboard')

    or possibly

    COULD IT BE MAGIC - TAKE THAT

    OK, kettle on, time to read back......

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    Comment number 31.

    CANT EXPLAIN - THE WHO

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    Comment number 32.

    Wow - thanks for all the menshes about the mensh. #10 - Sal - hmm, why am I suddenly humming 'nice one Cyril'?!

    #4 - Deebee - kettle has just boiled. Sending a strong one over.....

    #12 - MollyCoddle - definitely agree on the sore tongue!

    #17 - Julia - definitely agree on the need for choc*

    #19 - Gill - MH grinned all weekend and went back to school clutching his book and his *Pod with its new screensaver photo!

    Reluctantly, need to do chores now. Back later hopefully x


    *trudges off to find the cleaning kit, via the choc stash......

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    Comment number 33.

    Morning your sherbet-lemon loving Lordship, team, NYM, and assembled bloggers,

    A little late today, I have a note, and cannot blame a temporary detour via Bristol Parkway.

    #davidblaineoldies

    THE POWER – Snap!

    SHAKIN’ ALL OVER – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

    SHAKE YOUR BODY DOWN TO THE GROUND – Jacksons

    SHAKE YOUR BODY – KC & THE Sunshine Band

    CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE? – The Real Thing

    SMOKIN’ - Boston

    And surely you have to play something by AC/DC? YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG?

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    Comment number 34.

    Hoffs - I loved your posts over the weekend! Your son’s enthusiasm is fantastic.



    TESLA GIRLS - OMD

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    Comment number 35.

    OMD's Electricity is pretty much guaranteed to get a play, but hozwabout a nice pre-6oclock-news montage with OMD'S TESLA GIRLS? I'm sure Mr Blaine had a few sequinned assistants supporting his stunt? (not a euphemism)

    *goes off to look up what exactly a tesla coil is*

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    Comment number 36.

    ELECTRIC SIX: "DANGER! HIGH VOLTAGE"
    CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: "ELECTRICITY"

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    Comment number 37.

    #34/35 amelia Snap!

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    Comment number 38.

     
    We don't hear enough of the sainted Catherine on the wireless...


    Houdini - Kate Bush


    >8-D

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    Comment number 39.

    JBG - great minds or fools, time will tell.

    Did you get Mumford tickets in the end?

    My milk frother broke - coffee just not right this morning.

    If you don’t mind me asking, how is your mum?

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    Comment number 40.

    Just a few more...

    TURN IT ON AGAIN - Genesis

    I DIDN'T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON - Robert Palmer

    ALIVE AND KICKING - Simple Minds

    AFTERGLOW - INXS


    JBG

 

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