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Friday 16 November 2012, 09:58

Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

Gloomy and dark here due to a) the weather and b) the scaffolding blotting out all traces of sunlight but I understand it is daylight out there and Children in Need day is once more with us. The money is rolling in already, the auctions are rocking and the phone answerer tribes are gathered. The jukebox rolls out all day with your messages and music choices and by the end of the day a very nice total indeed should be added to the CIN total. The jukebox works because instead of bids for many thousands of pounds (and that was an unbelievable total that Chris reached this week!) you get a song on for whatever you can manage.
So it is the jukebox/all request Friday/CIN update show and will feature the debut of BECKS ON THE DECKS/PIKE IN THE MIKE making her debut with a selection of 80s hits. We have asked her to wear an 80s outfit with a bow in her hair or something but she'll probably wear that Pudsey onesie as normal. Dr Mosh will rock the non Abba/ELO tunes and all in all FUN WILL BE HAD OR THERE"LL BE TROUBLE.
And your opening tune please from the year of 1990. And if you get the crown, the deal is you cough up to your nearest CIN bin. Thanks. This week the crown costs cash!
Have a generous and cooperative Friday, see some bloggers later and on air at 5.


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    Comment number 41.

    Thank you Lilac Blue and Jennie.

    It looks like a mighty fine crown to me Flo.

    ELO.... What do you think? Next time... :)

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    Comment number 42.

    Well done - didn't realise this was your first crown, m'Lady.

    Oh, hadn't realised you'd moved from Zummerzet - no more ship watching?!

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    Comment number 43.

    On the contrary John, many more ships as it 'appens.

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    Comment number 44.

    Right, all the excitement is too much.

    I'm off to do a lap of honour on me bike.

    I'll stick my crown on top of my cycle helmet.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

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    Comment number 45.

    I've just pledged my donation to Pudsey. I think all the bloggers had gone home, I got some fella answering to the name of Jeremy Edwards? :O

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    Comment number 46.

    DT is smokin tonight - so excellent!

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    Comment number 47.

    Oh Sal! I am delighted for you! I would have been here earlier but "BlueBand" - as I've started calling it cos it's performance makes me sad - wouldn't let me!

    I Congratulate You and Curtsy in Your Presence!

    I also didn't know it was your first ARFO. I've NEVER had an ARFO! (Sob!) 171 menshes but the ARFO still eludes me!

    Congratulations again!

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    Comment number 48.

    Bless you Billie, thank you.

    171 menshes, wow, thats some memory you have got ;)

    Off to celebrate with a curry.

    Wishing all bloggers far and wide a great evening.

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    Comment number 49.

    Have a great evening all and see you over the weekend.


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    Comment number 50.

    Saaallllllliiiiieeeeeeee! You did it!!! Well done Your Maj!

    The crown looks so sparkly that you wont need lights on your bike!


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    Comment number 51.

    Good evening,

    Many congratulations to ARFO Queen Sal. How lovely that the crown went to a blogger today.

    Wow! What a day! Not long got home after the most fantastic day meeting so many wonderful bloggers.

    Being in the phone room for Children in Need was a fantastic experience - but the absolute highlight of the day by far was taking a donation from the lovely Lilac Blue. I wish we could have talked for even longer my lovely. Now when I read your posts I will be able to imagine your voice. xxx

    Thank you to the amazing people who make all the arrangements for the telephone room volunteers.

    Thank you to Andy Toverson and Telephone Trainer to the Stars Not So Big 'Un for keeping me well and truly entertained all day.

    Thank you to CiN Vets for being so kind to this nervous newbie (particularly Emily)

    Thank you to Berni and Mr Berni for their company at both breakfast and dinner.

    Such a perfect day.

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    Comment number 52.

    well done queen sallie i have posted the vid on fb

    well done all the bloggers who helped on the phones i heard simon say tim smith was handing out sweets to you lot,did you meet anyone famous.

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    Comment number 53.

    Good Morning All -

    and a Beautiful One it is too!

    Lovely post Julia - thankyou! Looking forward to hearing from the others .......

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    Comment number 54.

    Good morning all - very damp here and more rain is forecast - an indoors day, I feel.

    Well done to all the CiN volunteers - what an incredible amount to raise in such a short time.

    It sounds like you had a great day, Julia - it must be fun to put names to faces or rather, the other way round - faces to names!


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    Comment number 55.

    Good morning everyone

    It's lovely here today too, a nice sunny start to the day and very mild for November.

    Julia it sounds like you had a nice day and as Jennie said, good to put a voice to a name. I wonder if any other bloggers told the phone-answerers they were a blogger!

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    Comment number 56.

    @ Jennie - from Thursday - something for you -


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    Comment number 57.

    Good Morning All

    Congratulations to Queen Sal! Well deserved - and what a great idea to carry on the ARFO tradition by asking the winner of the crown to donate to CiN. Inspired, Simon!


    Had a fantastic day yesterday! It was lovely to see blogfriends old and new. It really is a rewarding day, and as I've said before always one of the highlights of my year. Sir C, I hope you do get the opportunity to go next year.

    I do realise though that there are bloggers who are unable to volunteer for whatever reason, and I hope they don't feel left out in any way. I know Deevs worries that the day might be perceived by some as a bit of a jolly to meet celebrities and radio presenters, but that's really not what it's about at all! It's actually blimmin hard work - you are on the phone all the time (you can take breaks, but my longest one was about 15 minutes to eat a sandwich), and often it's hard to hear what the caller is saying. I lost count of the number of times I had to apologise for asking someone to repeat what they were saying, or spell their name as the noise in the phone room was really loud during busy times or when someone well known walked in. Some of the stories callers tell are quite heartbreaking, they are donating money in remembrance of loved ones lost or wanting to give back in some way when they have been beneficiaries in the past. Quite a lot of the callers I spoke to weren't even all that bothered which song was played - they just wanted to give a donation. And people are so generous - there was a story in the news the other day saying charity giving has gone down, but there was no evidence of that yesterday. I did have one funny one - a lady wanted to hear 'Mama Mia' for her 4 year old daughter, who had been singing it ever since it was played at a Halloween party a few weeks ago. Except she thought the words were "my, my, pumpkin I resist you"!

    Oh, and I met the lovely Tim Smith from Steve Wright's show. As Gazza says, he was handing out sweets in the phone room. I had no idea who he was - I took a sweet from him and turned back to my computer, then I heard him speaking to someone behind me and the penny dropped - I hadn't recognised him when he was speaking to me, but as soon as I was no longer looking at him his voice became very familiar!

    I'm tireder than a tired thing that just wants to sleep today - stupidly I booked to have the dogpoppet clipped at 9 o'clock so I didn't get a lie-in. Mr B has gone off to the Classic Car show, so at least I can have a fairly quiet day.


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    Comment number 58.

    #56 - thanks Billie - it could be My Song!!

    It sounds like you had a great day too, Deebee - you deserve a rest today!

    Far from feeling left out, it makes me feel part of it, knowing that people I 'know' are helping on the front line, so to speak. And meeting 'famous' people isn't always all it's cracked up to be - illusions can be shattered! So, I'm a happy blogger, keeping the home fires burning while you are all busy.......


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    Comment number 59.

    Deebee, what a wonderful post. Says it all. The most important people we spoke to were the very generous folk who rang in and said they 'just wanted to help'.

    mc x

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    Comment number 60.

    Just lost a long post, stupid blog.

    Yesterday was amazing, can't remember the last time I worked so hard & a complete joy to meet so many lovely bloggers.

    Then my phone was stolen by (insert suitable words here) when we were in the pub last night.

    Just wanted to post to say thank you to the bloggers who helped me & dried my tears of anger & frustration. Shona & Andy T from here & especially Suzy (don't know your blog name) from Chris's - you are a complete star, thank you so much, you are a complete star, I owe you a drink.

    More about yesterday when I am home & sorted. Just sorted out a new phone at the moment.


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