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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 81.

    #73 I vaguely remember Romper Room, Shona. Didn't the presenter look through a magic mirror to see which children were in it that day?

    Funny how I remember the above but not where I left the dogs lead! Poor dog is sitting here with his legs crossed waiting for me to get my act together! ;-)


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    Comment number 82.

    #80 Yes, Elvis Costello did do a version. Very nice it is too, but I figured the Sarstedt version more likely to get played. Though with my recent track record maybe I jinxed it!

    By the way, your suggestion of Toast made me smile :o)

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    Comment number 83.

    *waves* to Molly :)

    RBS - had to g**gle GD and yes I do remember him. Oh bless you. Do you have a recording of your special moment? A third tv appearance??? Oh my, you're entering the world of major sleb-dom. Spill.

    #78 - Sir Cumference - you monkey, poor old Val Singleton.

    ~ xx

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    Comment number 84.

    #82 Why thank you, Sir Cumfy. I don't think it will get played though! :-)

    ......dog starts concentrating on his pelvic floor exercises just as I locate his lead! Phew!

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    Comment number 85.

    #79 TV appearances?
    I leave that to my still-working-as-an-extra Mother.
    Although, have recently walked/run across the rear of Lewis scenes filmed here - and funnily enough in the background of a Bollywood movie being filmed here in Oxford last Sept on one of those rare bright autumnal days.
    They were trés lucky as their bollywood dancing (in and out of extras who were hunched over laptops) on the steps of the Sheldonian theatre, t'would have been tricky in the wet.
    TOAST yes, that gets my vote too..

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    Comment number 86.

    #81 Molly Coddle you are absolutely correct. My nursery nativity was in the very mirror ;)

    Sir Cumference, your TV appearnaces are just tad more high brow than mine.

    #83 I think there was a video recording of it once but I'm sure the large Norwegian looking jumper I had on will have faded in colour now.

    3rd appearance was when Channel 4 (sorry BBC) came to film for 3 weeks in my school for a show called the Real Nativity Show with Gaby Roslin. A spin off from her Real Holiday Show. We (children and me) then had to fly to London to be interviewed in the studio with Gaby herself. A great experience.

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    Comment number 87.

    #85 - Suzieeeee - next time walk more slowly so we can see you :)

    #86 - major sleb-dom indeedio. Well done you and how exciting for the children. I'm sure you were a model of the cool, calm and collected teacher.

    ~ xx

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    Comment number 88.

    Back from shopping - have started listening to the second RA programme-it was a marathon today.

    #77 - glad to have amused you Shona - but honestly,WHY? Can he not get a proper job?!

    The Radio 2 home page has changed again - something to do with Radio iPlayer- I haven't read it properly.


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    Comment number 89.

    #88 I agree Jennie and who is actually interested in his silly stunts?

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    Comment number 90.

    #48 #50 looking forward to meetin ya at CiN Bingo, you've a rare way with the words like!!!!!
    Memories of a holiday abroad as a kid:
    YOU CAN DO MAGIC by Limme the Family Cooking
    I took my tape recorder with me and played this incessantly (and may have illegally have taped it off a Sunday night chart run-down) eek
    Am pretty sure those are NOT the 'FORGOTTEN TAPES' the Beeb are looking for.

    of course it is mentioned above, you are all of the same age-ish as me so it's gotta be up there...

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    Comment number 91.

    I can't believe how warm it is today, having just been out for a nice walk with my dogs. It's warmer than some days in July!! Hope it's nice for everyone else.

    Deebee, did Deacon Blue have a support act the other night? I rang my friend who works at the Usher Hall to check if the show starts at 7.30 or 8pm tonight and she said it starts at 7.30 with a support act called 'Red Sky July', then Deacon Blue do two hours. She said one of Red Sky July is a guitarist from Texas who almost died a few years ago and another member is Brian Poole's daughter who was once in Alisha's Attic, so I wondered if they were also on in Aberdeen.

    I saw this review from last night in Glasgow but no mention of any support act!


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    Comment number 92.

    Afternoon all - thanks for all the kind messages about our blog mention today and a big hello to Toots - I know you are a vet of vets but I don't think we have ever spoken before!

    Have discovered this afternoon that there's something quite heartbreaking about the tears of a small boy who was mightily excited about something that sadly won't happen now. A friend was due to come for tea but sadly he can't as he had to go home from school early, ill. I don't think having pizza and watching an Avengers DVD with me will be much consolation......

    Righto, had better get on - won't catch much of the show this evening - first choir practice tonight for three weeks that I can attend with a voice - yippee! Don't worry, will listen back tomorrow morning so hopefully will hear lots of blogger menshes.

    See you soon x

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    Comment number 93.

    #92 Aww that's a shame for Mini Hoffs ;(

    Just about to ties up my laces and skip up that road. Got loads to do before 7pm but will listen out for all your names - and smile.

    *skippety, skip, skip, skip*

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    Comment number 94.

    #93 - Nice skipping action Shona! I particularly like the way that you flick out your left pigtail as you go.......

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    Comment number 95.

    Afternoon All!

    Need to read back ............................

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    Comment number 96.

    The blind leading the blind? Hmmm.....

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    Comment number 97.

    Well done to Just Plain Alice and Arthur Loaf for the OMD song!

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    Comment number 98.

    #91 Florence, there was a support band on Saturday. Unfortunately they'd already started when we got there and I didn't catch their name. But I've just G**gled Red Sky July and from the pics it looks like it was them. I think Deacon Blue were on stage by about 8.45. Hope you have a great time!


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    Comment number 99.

    Suspect Blaine 'pinched' the idea from Jim al-Khalilli:


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    Comment number 100.

    100? Would be rude not to...



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