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Simon Mayo | 06:26 UK time, Thursday, 9 June 2011

Morning all and welcome to bloggers old and new. Well done for making it this far. I love Thursdays though I have little evidence for why I should feel like this. Is it the proximity to the weekend? It's Bob Harris day? Maybe a decades old reaction to Blue Peter day(and I think Robinson Crusoe) on TV. Maybe a bit of all those. Anyway, hooray for Thursday.

Top blog contributions yesterday. What an education experience this blog is, I'm sure Lord Reith would approve. At this point I would sing you "Northern sky" by Nick Drake, our showstopper from yesterday. Then read you in Just by e e Cummings which has the line 'And it's spring, when the world is puddle-wonderful.'
A wonderful phrase no? Let's try and use it at least once today...

Here's hoping your world is 'puddle-wonderful' today...

Loved Jon Ronson yesterday, he really is a one off. No one else could write a book on psychopaths and make it as entertaining and engaging as Jon does.And as he mentioned yesterday, a movie has already been agreed. Check out "The Psychopath Test" should you get the chance.

Nige does his thing with lentils and aubergines today. Matt will not be looking forward to it but I love the aubergine so I'll happily have his portion unless Sally gets there first.

And songs today please for KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE. And that includes CAMELOT MERLIN, EXCALIBUR, GUINEVERE, LANCELOT, THE LADY IN THE LAKE and all that lot. New series coming on Channel 4 starring Eva Green and Joseph Feinnes. Enough already.

Have a noble and chivalrous Thursday, see you after 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Hi again Simon and everyone on this blustery sunny Thursday

    Let's Dance ~ The Ramones

    Moondance ~ Van Morrison

    Let's Dance ~ Chris Montez


  • Comment number 2.

    Morning Simon and team

    How's about ....



  • Comment number 3.

    Oops... Simon's twitter said it was about songs to dance around the table!!!

    He must have changed his mind just as I was trying to get a Ramone's song played!

    I can only think of Arthur's Theme ~ Christopher Cross

    McArthur Park ~ Jimmy Webb


  • Comment number 4.

    Morning Simon and the very welcoming blogpoppets

    AVALON - Roxy Music

    Edinburgh is certainly puddle-wonderful today, what with the rain we've had


  • Comment number 5.

    morning all


    Ps great day for the might Bristol Rovers - new stadium plans announced

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and puddle-jumping bloggers

    Recycled from yesterday's rat extermination:

    SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN - Tenpole Tudor

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning All,

    Too busy at work wading through the gazillions emails that appeared while I was on holibobs. I was only off for a week!

    Anyways, nothing springs immediately to mind on todays theme so shall have a think and maybes be back later.

    Aaah Lord Ammo, looking forward to Nige's creation tonight as I too like Aubergines. Not very good at cooking them, though. Always manage to stay rubbery. Can any of our Knowledgeable Blogpoppets help me out with some hints. My mum has tried her best to impart her cooking know-how onto me, but alas to no avail. She does a wonderful Chinese type stew thing with Aubergines *wanders off drooling*


  • Comment number 8.


    LADY GODIVA - Peter and Gordon

    (Was she shacked up with Arthur? Or Merlin? or Lancelot? Or all of them?!)

  • Comment number 9.

    Good Morning again all -

    (K)NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN - Moody Blues

    GUINNEVERE - Crosby, Stills & Nash

  • Comment number 10.

    MISTY - Ray Stevens

  • Comment number 11.

    MY HERO - Foo Fighters

    Another opportunity to try for

    HOLD YOUR HEAD UP - Argent ?

  • Comment number 12.

    #8 JBG, errrrrrrrrr, none of them? She was married to the Earl of Mercia, Leofric.

  • Comment number 13.

    Good Morning All :)

    Meeting now on at 11am, so time for a quick pop in here first.

    I already tweeted AVALON - ROXY MUSIC For the oldies.

    I saw the touring production of Spamalot last year, at the Sheffield Lyceum. It was great and very funny, my mum and I laughed from start to finish! :D

    Any James Taylor fans in our midst? Apart from Sally Traffic that is! This might be of interest, if so http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures/8564289/James-Taylor-tales-of-a-troubled-troubadour.html

    Jason Issacs was on BBC Breakfast this morning :) I am planning on watching Case Histories on iPlayer later.

  • Comment number 14.

    Happy Thursdays all round!

    Anything from:


    -would be lovely thanks.


  • Comment number 15.

    #12 doh! Only 500 years between them. Good job I'm not doing my GCSE History this week.

  • Comment number 16.

    #9 Billie.... Great song choices especially Crosby, Stills and Nash's Guinevere!

    Hope Simon plays it for you!!!


  • Comment number 17.

    HEROS - David Bowie


    HERO - Enrique Iglesias

    CAMELOT - Richard Harris


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    LAY LADY LAY - Bob Dylan

    LADY ELEANOR - Lidisfarne

    LADY D'ARBANVILLE - Cat Stevens

  • Comment number 22.

    The court of King Arthur can't have been all noble knights and gracious ladies. There must have been a few of these hiding in dark corners...


  • Comment number 23.

    Well Done John!


  • Comment number 24.

    LOVE PLUS ONE - Haircut 100

    ("Where does it go from here, is it down to the lake, I fear?")

    Obscure? Moi?

  • Comment number 25.


    LET'S DANCE ~ The Ramones (around the Round Table)!

  • Comment number 26.

    I was expecting the theme today to be the periodic table because, in addition to Simon's forthcoming book having its protagonist discovering a new element, it was announced yesterday that the Russians have discovered two new ones. Looks like the names will probably be flerovium and moscovium.

  • Comment number 27.

    Macarthur Park by Richard Harris

    Camelot by Richard Harris

    Arthurs Theme by Christoher cross

    Avalon by Roxey Music

    Moonlight Shadow - Mike Oldfield

  • Comment number 28.

    Harry, reading Simon's tweet, I thought the theme was going to be dancing!!!

    "Due to a new C4 series, feeling in a KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE (we dance whenever we are able) mood. Songs please!"

  • Comment number 29.

    #17 - HEROES! not HEROS!

  • Comment number 30.

    Blimey! I leave the blog to get some work done, and the next thing I know you're all over here on the new blog, and I can't think of anything original to request!

    I did see that there was a new series about Arthur, Merlin, et al. That will definately be Sky+'d; I love anything to do with Arthurian legends!

    As I'm growing aubergines for the first time, I'm interested to hear Nige's recipe, unfortunately, Mr T has the same view as Matt concerning meals without meat!

    More work to do!

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 31.

    #26 Ditto Harry

    Shall I try for a Merlin one?


  • Comment number 32.

    #28 LuciesMum, let's be all-embracing, let's dance around the periodic table with King Arthur :-)

  • Comment number 33.

    More swords and stones:




  • Comment number 34.

    If anyone has looked at some of the pictures of the food Nigel does, do you not think he never makes it look appetising?

    Reading Simon's blog above, about Matt not looking forward to Nigel's cooking today, I'm not surprised when it looks like this!!!


    Sorry Nige!!! ;o)

  • Comment number 35.

    Been racking me brains and I've finally found one! Just a tantalising nod to the theme:


  • Comment number 36.

    I have to agree with No.14..... Simon.... be a brave knight and play something from the Rick Wakeman album.

    or ... Bring on the (K)Night - Sting

  • Comment number 37.

    #34 LuciesMum, I commented on this a short while ago and I agree with you. I'm sure it tastes delicious but it doesn't look at all appetising.

  • Comment number 38.

    #32 Harry.... good idea!!! We can dance around both tables!!!! :o))

    GLASTONBURY SONG ~ The Waterboys

    It's said to be where King Arthur is buried!


  • Comment number 39.

    Good Morning Simon, team and Blogpoppets

    I absolutely loved hearing 'Northern Sky' last night - so much so that I immediately downloaded it, and it is now on my ipod (other MP3 players available...) next to the Elton John song 'Love Song' that Harry shared with us the other day. The two seem to go together quite well.

    Bit late to the party this morning, but I have already tweeted:

    SIR DUKE by Stevie Wonder

    TO SIR WITH LOVE by Lulu

    I GET AROUND by The Beach Boys

    YOU SPIN ME ROUND by Dead or Alive

    ARTHUR'S THEME by Christopher Cross

    ARTHUR by Rick Wakeman

    AVALON by Roxy Music

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 40.

    Hi everyone.

    Am blogging at my new contract...yep I agonised over turning down a permanent job! This one is more cash!!!

    Are Aubergines them purple things that look like big plums?

    Slightly downbeat at moment, my best guy mate upset me last night by giving me the impression that I wont do a good job if I accept a foreigner to do his books and tax and accounts... I am qualified. The foreigner is one of the kid student dads at his KB club I attend.... I said I was offended by his comment and he said " dont give a s**t and stormed in after dropping him home last night...hope he apologises aa he was so rude!

    Anyway here are my offerings:

    1. ARTHURS THEME - Christopher Cross
    2. ROUND AND ROUND - Jaki Graham
    3. ROUND ROUND - Sugababes
    4. CUTS LIKE A KNIFE - Bryan Adams ( like a sword! lol)
    6. LADY Kenny Rogers
    7. Anything by WIZZARD

    Catch ya later folks

    Have a good day.

    Mand x

  • Comment number 41.

    Good morning Simon, Team, NYM and fellow blogpoppets!

    One of those mornings. Overslept, train cancelled, DLR suspended, walked in the end. Exhausted already.

    Did you all hear the business slot on Drivetime about the financial health check? That was me!! Well, it wasn't - it was one of my colleagues, but the project was one in my portfolio! Yay!

    Back in a bit to let you know Peta's reply to my email.

  • Comment number 42.

    Now had a chance to read back - anyone else get frustrated when you think you've thought of a really clever and original song, only to find about 5 others have suggested the same one! Ho hum - never mind. Share and share alike...

    #7 Alice - the best way I've found of cooking aubergines is to slice them, brush with a little olive oil and pop them under the grill. You can then add them to whatever sauce you're doing. Oven roasting them also works quite well. Must admit I have mixed feelings about today's recipe - I LOVE aubergines, but on the couple of occasions I've eaten lentils they have disagreed with me quite violently *shudders*

    #13 Bums - missed the gawjus Mr Isaacs. Anyone know whether BBC Breakfast is on ithingy?

    #31 KatyMatey - seconded 101%! I hadn't heard 'Old and Wise' before the lovely Alex-Girl got Simon to play it last year, and now it's one of my very favourite tunes in the whole wide world!


  • Comment number 43.

    A song about Uther Pendragon:


  • Comment number 44.

    Just waiting for our meeting to start, so a couple of Lady In The Lake themed songs afore I go...




  • Comment number 45.

    As mentioned yesterday, I emailed Peta again about the posting problems and also mentioned the 3 minute delay. Her response:

    "Hi Alex

    I'll report it again, thanks Alex...

    All blogs and messageboards across the whole BBC have the 3 minute
    delay... Including Chris Evans..

    The 3 minute delay is there to stop the servers from being overloaded.
    There are hundreds of blogs, messageboards and comment areas that all
    use the same comments system. The 3 minute delay encourages people to
    type longer comments that have some editorial value (ie not just 'hi
    there!') - as the idea of blogs is that people use them to comment on
    what the blogger has said, rather than use them as a chat room. We do
    understand that people like to use the blogs to chat to other people,
    but that's not the primary purpose of the blogs, and we can't make it
    work as a great chat room, to the detriment of people who want to post
    content related comments on other blogs, like news, sport and so on.

    Hope this helps!


  • Comment number 46.

    Just thought of this one...

    GUINEVERE ~ Donovan


  • Comment number 47.

    This is the first time I've posted on a blod so I'd love to hear

    We are Knights of the Round Table - Cast of Spamalot


    Knights in White Satin - Moody Blues

  • Comment number 48.

    #42 - Thanks for that Deebee, I think even I cannot go wrong with that recipe. Hope that is not famous last words, hehehe!

    Not sure that I have ever had lentils. I do remember buying some and seeing them languish in the cupboard for eons. Haven't seen them when restoring stuff back into my new kitchen cupboards. I suspect that the OH has binned them as he is also of the same mind as Matt - strictly a meat and more meat kinda guy.


  • Comment number 49.

    Morning all

    First of all well done to all those that got a mention yesterday - thought it was a little tricky.

    Right then, takes a deep breath....

    Foxey Lady or All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
    Love and Pride - King
    Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
    I Put a spell on you - would love the Screaming Jay Hawkins version but Nina will do fine :-)
    Riders on the Storm - The Doors
    You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
    Ride a White Swan - T.Rex
    Just an Illusion - Imagination
    Treason - The Teardrop Explodes

    Off for a little lie down now....

  • Comment number 50.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Once And Future King' by Maddy Prior

    'Hands Up' by Ottowan (Lady Of The Lake, y'see?)

    '(Do The) Push And Pull(Part 1) by Rufus Thomas (Sword/stone)

    'The Wizard' by Black Sabbath

    Incidentally, you might want to spotify(otherblahblah) Tim Blane who also does a song called 'Once And Future King'. 'tis lovely!

  • Comment number 51.

    Hi all. Back again. Have just spotted your post Alex, re the one liners.

    Pleased that rambles are to be encouraged, I will carry on as normal :)

    Still dispute the three minute delay next door?

    Now to come up with some songs. Will read back first to try and not repeat anyone elses.

    Running a bit behind schedule today!


  • Comment number 52.

    WHEN YOU ARE A KING - White Plains
    THE WIZARD - Bat For Lashes
    STARGAZER - Rainbow
    Did Merlin play pinball? If so, PINBALL WIZARD - THE WHO.
    BY THE SWORD - Slash

    There is a country song called BE CAREFUL WHO YOU LOVE (Arthur's Song) by various people. Perhaps Bob Harris knows it.

  • Comment number 53.

    Good morning Everyone and, of course, the Puddle Wonderful Simon The Drivetime Dude, The Team, The VERY Nice Young Man and PetaPoppet,

    Nice Young Man and Simon, HUGE THANK YOU for playing my suggestion yesterday -I was out walking with a lovely friend when it was played so haven't heard it yet but will listen at a time more convenient.

    Brain back to neutral again and the only suggestion I can come up with (which is probably not even suitable but I'm going to make the suggestion anyway just to feel as if I've made some sort of musical contribution to this 'ere blog) is:-


    Will be back during my lunch break to catch up.

    Cheery bye for now

    :-) ~ xx

  • Comment number 54.

    Morning All,

    'Hocus Pocus' Focus

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 55.

    Is it midday yet?


    WHAT'S GAWAIN ON - Marvin Gaye

  • Comment number 56.

    Just a couple more....

    Chasing Rainbows - Shed Seven
    Sit Down - James

  • Comment number 57.

    Morning all

    V tired this morning as I went to see Styx, Foreigner and Journey at Manchester last night. They were in my opinion excellent, OK and good in that order.

    #55 - It's near enough




  • Comment number 58.

    These are proper song sugestions because they sound good on the raydio - they are not puns - well maybe a bit



  • Comment number 59.

    A few more....

    YOU CAN DO MAGIC ~ Limmie and Family Cookin'

    MAGIC BUS ~ The Who

    MAGIC ~ Pilot

  • Comment number 60.

    'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' The Police

  • Comment number 61.

    A serious one...........

    Arthur had a half sister, Morgause, and legend has it that Mordred (who killed Arthur) was his son via Morgause as she had bewitched him. In her honour:



  • Comment number 62.

    I'd almost forgotten about the wonderful

    LOREENA MCKENNITT - all tracks from the film THE MISTS OF AVALON would be appropriate.

  • Comment number 63.

    #62 Oh Katy, nice one!!! Or The Lady of Shallott if it wasn't so long.

  • Comment number 64.

    #62 One of my favourite books is "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley. My copy is sadly tattered now but it is a superb read and, whilst it follows the Morte d'Arthur story, she has given her own interpretation which is wonderful.

  • Comment number 65.

    Morning - sorry, afternoon all
    Not at my best today, and having to work from home on a work email network that closes if you aren't active every 10 minutes! Arg and double arg.

    #13 #42 I can recommend 'Case Histories' which I tied Mr e down to watch with me last night ....he complained "there is too much good telly on at the moment, no time to watch our 'Soprano's' boxed set" *Suzie smiles in a contented way*
    So I guess that means he liked it. Jason Isaacs is a bit of a mumbler tho, no trouble with the broad Scots on the prog, but he was a wee bit impenetrable.
    Overall good tho,
    No songs suggestions from me today - it's pretty much sewn up by now, methinks.
    Good luck with the menshes everyone, and have a nice day y'all.

  • Comment number 66.

    #64 Alex, I've read many re-tellings of the Arthurian legends but not that one. I'll find a copy. I lost a whole weekend reading Bernard Cornwell's version. And, Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy, starting with The Crystal Cave, is a great read, too.

  • Comment number 67.

    Oh I suppose Simon could put the cat amongst the pidgeons (makes a change from rats) and play
    'HOW TO HANDLE A WOMAN' 'sung' by Richard Harris from the Camelot stage show album - we had and played this 'album' to death as kids - so much so that for Xmas last year, I got my sister a CD copy for her car (never thanked me tho!.....)

  • Comment number 68.

    #64 That's one of my favourite books too Alex, and mine is very tatty now also! I very rarely re-read books, but this one is an exception, and I'll often dip into it.

  • Comment number 69.

    #13, #42, and #65: Case Histories was indeed very good, and some great shots of Edinburgh to boot! I haven't read the book but my Mum is a big Kate Atkinson fan and recommended it.

    Am looking forward to hearing Nige's recipe, as I love both aubergines and lentils, but have to go out around 6 so may well miss it. I regularly have veggie meals, though I could never "go the whole hog" and give up meat entirely!


  • Comment number 70.

    I think 'Hocus Pocus' by Focus would be in with a good chance, given the satchel scrawlings of Lord Ammo in his yoof!

  • Comment number 71.

    #63 64 66 68

    Oooh - your responses have made me feel warm and fluffy. And Torters - you have planted the idea. I am going to re-read it.


  • Comment number 72.

    #53 - Hmph!!! That just shows my brain is definitely in neutral. I read King Arthur and thought along the lines of Robin Hood. Ne'er mind, I'm happy with my mensh yesterday and will step aside to let others have a go ;)

    Morning Ianswife - welcome to this 'ere rambling blog. Hope you can stick around and join in the fun and frolics.

    Peta - thank you for explaining the reason for the 3 minute delay. I'm now not feeling so guilty for posting rambling comments. the only problem I have is sometimes my comments are too long and there is a problem with it posting. I shall now err on the side of caution and go for a ramble but not too a long one.

    Bit too rambly - having to post in chunks again. Back in about 3 mins ;)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 73.

    #66 Do, Harry. It has been criticised as being too feminist in it's leanings but it certainly isn't an Arthurian equivalent of "The Womens Room"!! I have read the Mary Stewart trilogy too. I can feel a re-reading coming on!!

    #67 Yay! A fellow "Mists of Avalon" fan!

    #69 Not sure a vegetarian could manage a whole hog Rosie!! LOL!

  • Comment number 74.

    Andy - Waaah!!! you're bringing back long-forgotten memories. I have a Styx single which has a laser etched (I think it is) design on the vinyl. Can't remember the name of the choon (it may have been 'Babe') but I do remember enjoying listening to it. I have the Foreigner 'Four' album on vinyl which I played 'til it was nearly frayed at the edges.

    Meant to say earlier, I really enjoyed Jon Ronson (or was it Ron Jonson? ;) ) last night. As I said yesterday, not normally the kind of thing I'd read but will definitely be purchasing 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'. Not sure I'd give the 'Psycopath Test' a read - I'm very suggestible and would probably convince myself I have psycopathic tendencies. Now then, where did I leave my weapons of mass destruction? I'm off to conquer the world - I'm going to be great and everyone will just love me - hope I don't get bored on the way ;)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 75.

    #69 Hi Rosieposie - thanks for keying the posts about Case Histories. I'd lost the thread - literally. Will now investigate ..

    #57 AndyT - sounds like an excellent line-up. Which venue was that in Manchester?

    *nerd alert* Radio2 Playlist has two songs entitled 'Starlight' - completely separate songs by different artistes.

  • Comment number 76.

    Afternoon all

    Toots - in the words of a well known band - ramble on!

    #66 - Harry have you read the Pendragon trilogy by Stephen Lawhead, which is another revisiting of the Arthurian legend?



  • Comment number 77.

    #69 – Iamarosieposie – I often cook veggie meals for my older boy and me but likewise could never go the whole hog (unfortunate turn of phrase?).

    I read Kate Atkinson's Case Histories a few years ago and loved it. Hoping to catch up on i-player tomorrow evening. Can't wait to see Edinburgh – may make me a little homesick tho' – ah well it's a chance I'm willing to take :D

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 78.

    #75 - It was a very full Manchester Arena and we had marvellous seats three rows from the front!

    #74 - I think Styx seemed to grasp the marketing ploys earlier than most, they were distributing frisbees and other freebies into the crowd at the end as they usually do.


  • Comment number 79.

    I am grumbling. My colleague who did the interview with Rebecca last night told me that she sat next to Simon whilst doing the interview. I could have done that interview........

    It should have been me........

  • Comment number 80.

    #76 - thank you Andy. It makes my day when I get on here and have a good old ramble ;)

    Btw, Mandy, hope you've sorted things out with your guy mate.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 81.

    hi all

    arthers theme-christoper cross

    you can do magic-limmie and the family cooking

    i put a spell on you-nina simone

    hocus pocus-focus

    lucky number-lene lovich(camolot run the lotto)

    round round-sugababes(round table)

    swords of a thousend men-tenpole tudor(theres a big sword and use swords 4 fighting)

  • Comment number 82.

    #76 Andy, I read the first three books (are there 5 or 6 in the series now?) and really enjoyed them. When the fourth book came out it had been so long since I'd read them I felt I should start again at the beginning and then never got around to it.

  • Comment number 83.

    #78 - it had a pretty cover too. Aaaah - those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end, we'd sing and dance for ever and a day, we'd live the life we choose, we'd fight and never lose, ah yes those were the days.

    la la la la-la la la a la-la la

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 84.

    Quick poop back in for me, as I have a meeting in half an hour.

    #45 Alex, thanks for the update from Peta.

    #64 I haven't read that - will definitely check it out. My brother was a big King Arthur fan when we were growing up. We had a lovely family holiday in Tintagel one year.

    #65 Suzie, I know what you mean about the accent. Jason Isaacs is from Liverpool originally (I think).

    #79 Grrr - yes, Alex it SHOULD have been you. And I should have come along to carry your papers...


  • Comment number 85.

    Gazza, like your thinking on the Lena Lovich track!

  • Comment number 86.

    Afternoon all! Can I post? Yes I can!

    Early three worder "Blog universally available?"


  • Comment number 87.

    #79 - alex~g - I'm feeling your pain. I didn't hear much of the show last night but will listen out for the interview when I'm listening at a time more convenient.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 88.

    Btw, it certainly is culture corner again today with all the discussion of historical novels. To my shame I've never read any of the books on Arthurian legend - can anyone suggest a good place to start? I always have the feeling they'd be a bit of a tricky read.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 89.

    #84 Hmmm, maybe we should invent something and apply for the Friday innovation slot.

    I have njoyed todays theme - reminded me of lots of much loved books that I need to re-read. I might even go back to basics and read the full Morte d'Arthur - I have it at home. There are also the T.H White books - Sword in the Stone etc.

    We have had several holidays in Glastonbury and Tintagel with Mr P kindly obliging my Arthurian interest. The ex Mr P and I had an encounter with a ghost dog in Tintagel and there is a local legend that says that Merlin appears in the form of a dog to help people in trouble. We were in a cave under the cliff (good place for a cave - better than on top of the cliff) and the tide was coming in rapidly. This dog appeared and kept barking and dancing around us, edging us back to the entrance and out on to the beach. We could see no owner and when we looked back for the dog, it wasn't there. Uncanny.

  • Comment number 90.

    #88 Toots, where to start? Well, the first book I read on King Arthur was a Puffin paperback by Roger Lancelyn Green. It got me hooked on the legends but may be a little too juvenile. Mary Stewart's trilogy, as I said above, which starts with The Crystal Cave, is very readable and a number of blogpoppets have recommended Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon. If you want realism, Bernard Cornwell's Warlord trilogy is superb, that begins with The Winter King.

  • Comment number 91.

    #89 - Alex~G - how strange. I've never experienced anything like that before - what a relief it was a helpful ghost.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 92.

    #90 - Harry, thank you for that m' Lovely - I've made a list and I'll have a look to see where I fancy starting. Juvenile may be a good place to start if it's an easy read.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 93.

    I love NW Cornwall (love the SW generally) - Tintagel has the best pasty shop in the world!

    #89 Alex the last time I visited there was a dog hanging around that bit of beach in front of the cave - your Merlin mutt wasn't a black/grey wire haired terrier type by any chance was it? If so, cue the spooky music......!

  • Comment number 94.

    #92 Toots, my grandad used to say "There's no such thing as a bad pub, it's just that some are worse than others". I think the same can be said of books about Arthur. It's only opinion, of course, but I think it's almost impossible to write a bad book based on the legends.

  • Comment number 95.

    #93 No, it was a black and white collie. But hey, Merlin could take many shapes..............

    #92 Toots, I would recommend Mists of Avalon. It is a good read and whilst it doesn't exactly follow the legend, it has the core. By the way, Mr P heard your mensh in the car last night and it was the first thing he said when I saw him -"Toots got a mention! Whoop!" Really made me smile.

  • Comment number 96.

    #94 - with that recommendation, I shall search out a good place to get started. I have to say, I'm not v keen on fantasy type novels but will have a good go.

    #95 - Thank you for the recommendation, Alex, I like a good read. My definition of a good read is being unable to wait to get to bed so I can read the next instalment. hee hee, Mr P has made me smile too. Say 'hi' from me :)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 97.

    I know why I like Thursdays - my weekend starts in 1, 8 or 18 minutes (depending on which clock you're looking at).

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 98.

    ooops forgot to say my goodbyes. Have a fabulicious rest of the day.

    Hope to see you for ARFO tomorrow.

    ~ xx

    Oooh forgot to say, I love aubergines (especially in moussaka) and I love lentils - dahl or soup or casserole. Good luck Nige, hope you can convince Matt he can have a main course that doesn't include meat.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 99.

    #95 Alex Girl, my sister has a black and white Merlin... he's a huge Munsterlander and he's so big and tall, that her Springer Spaniel can stand under his chest!

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