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Simon Mayo | 09:01 UK time, Wednesday, 15 June 2011

So there I was finishing a wee 500 words on the delights of Paul Simon for Radio Times, when they call again (and when I say 'they' I mean the very lovely Alexis) and wonder whether I could make it 900 and interview the man himself. And could it be now please? Well I mean to say. I said yes because I've always loved his work but bang goes the prep time! I suddenly became the 15 year old at the London Palladium in 1975 (5 pounds of my own money) waving rather ludicrously at Mr Simon waiting in the wings. And he waved back! Now here I was waiting for him to call me. Well well. After a few gushing questions from me, I think it all went rather well and will be cobbling together (surely lovingly assemble?Ed) as soon as I finish here.
I have 'lived with' the album 'So Beautiful Or So What' for a few weeks now. I wasn't sure to start with. Beautifully played, with some wonderful rhythms and sounds, I couldn't get the melodies to stick. But it is worth sticking with and repays your loyalty. It reminds me most of 'Hearts and Bones' and all is well with the world.

Stuart Maconie is on Drivetime today, a show he has graced many a time. Today he brings with him 'Hope and Glory' his latest book. His colleague Mark Radcliffe's last tome took one song from each decade of his life and used it to write a lovely memoir: Stuart takes one event in each decade of the 20th century-the death of Queen Victoria, "Live Aid", the end of New Labour-and uses them to look at 'modern Britain'. Stuart is always an interesting chap, he's on from 6.

And tune-wise, we should then do songs of HOPE AND GLORY. You could do one over the other or both, whichever you fancy.

Have a gently reassuring and optimistic Wednesday, see you after 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Good morning again -

    Well obviously

    GLORY DAYS - Bruce !

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning All,

    Just to say that I am around and will try to pop in when I can.

    Maybes Laters


  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning All :)

    Look forward to hearing the interview with Paul Simon, Simon (too many Simon's! :D)

    I love Stuart Maconie too, so it'll be great to hear him on Drivetime. He always has a good yarn to spin!



    I shall have a think about some more...

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi again everyone

    Looking forward to hearing your Paul Simon interview Simon!

    The first two songs of 'hope' that spring to mind are........


    I HOPE YOU DANCE ~ Lee Ann Womack


  • Comment number 5.

    Ah, I have a song suggestion, Hurrah

    (What's the story) morning glory - Oasis.


  • Comment number 6.

    I HOPE YOU DANCE - Leanne Womack

    WISHIN' & HOPIN' - Merseybeats

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning all!

    HOLD ON - Wilson Phillips

  • Comment number 8.

    Morning Lord Ammo, team, NYM, and hopeful and glorious bloggers,

    WISHIN AND HOPIN - Dusty Springfield

  • Comment number 9.

    Blimey, I can't think ofowt for weeks and now they're coming thick and fast...

    Blaze of Glory - Bon Jovi


  • Comment number 10.

    THE GLORY OF LOVE -Pete Cetera

    HOPE - Shaggy

  • Comment number 11.

    ....and a couple of 'glory' songs!

    THE GLORY OF LOVE ~ Peter Cetera

    MORNING GLORY ~ Tim Buckley

  • Comment number 12.

    More oldie suggestions...


    HYMN - ULTRAVOX (Glory)




  • Comment number 13.

    Morning All,

    I'd like to second LuciesMum with I HOPE YOU DANCE - Lee Ann Womack


    HOPE - Jack Johnson

    HIGH HOPES - Paolo Nutini

    HELPLESSLY HOPING - Crosby Still & Nash



  • Comment number 14.

    YOU RAISE ME UP - Westlife/Josh Groban

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning All,

    'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet' Bachman Turner Overdrive
    'Shout It To The Top' Style Council

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 16.

    I'm a bit confused about this theme...so am going to suggest this, as it seems relevant to Mr Maconie's new book


  • Comment number 17.

    Good morning all and thanks for the warm welcome yesterday (Toots)

    Today's offering...




    and of course


    Have a good day folks :)

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning all

    Can I suggest





  • Comment number 19.

    HOPE OF DELIVERANCE - PAUL McCARTNEY For hope (obviously! :D)

    I think that's me done on the oldies now.

  • Comment number 20.

    #18 Andy - Eddie Grant - Superb Choice!

  • Comment number 21.


    I HOPE - Dixie Chicks


    HIGH HOPES _ Frank Sinatra

    DEATH OR GLORY - The CLash

    BOUND FOR GLORY - Neil Young

    OH WHAT A CIRCUS - David Essex or Madonna

  • Comment number 22.

    A couple more 'hope' songs... same title, different songs!

    HIGH HOPES ~ Pink Floyd

    HIGH HOPES ~ Frank Sinatra

    Off to walk the hounds... see you all a bit later! x

  • Comment number 23.

    I'd like to suggest a trio of GLORIA'S - Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker, Laura Brannigan, and U2

  • Comment number 24.

    Good morning everyone!

    Another damp day in the paradise that is the Lake District.

    Stuart Maconie is in Cockermouth on Friday, I have a poster in my window advertising his reading (at 8pm in the United Reformed Church hall if anyone is interested) which opens the Midsummer Festival ................ perhaps you/he could mention it? :-)

    The theme .................. how about:


  • Comment number 25.

    Hello all,
    An unsettled weather-type day in Oxon - greetings to one and all especially the *starstruck* Lord Ammo, how sweet.
    HOPE I DIE BEFORE I GET OLD by the Stones.
    One that it's easy to aspire to, if you are young...less so when you get to 'middle age' (when did that start again?, I forget, it's the Alzheimers...)

    We went to an Oxfringe comedy event last night and saw lots of new raw comedy talent - some good, some v bad, and got to boo 'em off (after 2 mins) if appropriate.
    The winner was a Scots lass called Samantha Hanna (surname night not be spelt like that); watch this space..
    Have a nice day y'all, mine will be improved with a v large coffee, it was a L A T E night (on a school night yet!)

  • Comment number 26.

    Some GT&Ts -


    LET IT BE - Beatles


    SOMETHING IN THE AIR - Thunderclap Newman

  • Comment number 27.

    Morning all,

    I follow Stuart Maconie on twit*er and used to enjoy his programme on radio 2 when I had the chance to listen to it.

    Harry the snapper, I am in the Lake district on Sunday taking part in the great north swim and am hoping the weather stays decent.

    hope you all have a good day.


  • Comment number 28.

    Morning all

    FIrstly, may I suggest the very excellent

    GLORIA - U2

    And onto other things ..... I love Stuart Maconie's books. I'm actually reading Adventures On The High Teas now (well, not right now as I'm at work, but I have it packed in my swim bag for some post-pool delight this eve!). Cider With Roadies had me in stitches - the on tour with Megadeath chapter will stay with me forever more! And Pies & Prejudice .... just brilliant! Read it in 2 days on a Greek beach, put it on the hotel bookshelf and it was snapped up within the hour for another holidaymaker to enjoy.

    I shall be asking the big guy in the red suit for both Mr Maconie and Mr Radcliffe's tomes this December!

    I hope you're all well. Life's grand, and I'm a happy bunny!



  • Comment number 29.

    I hope Mr Mayo indulges Stuart's love of Northern Soul...will have a look for something to play

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  • Comment number 31.

    Morning all! A rich vein to be tapped today I think. Some U2 musings for you, how about "Gloria" or "Rejoice" or "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"?

    Missed the fisher folk last night, trying to keep up with all the goings on in B6 is very time consuming!


  • Comment number 32.


    afine Northern tune and his book will have touched on some dark times no doubt

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  • Comment number 34.

    Morning All , late to the party again ! too many meetings interfering with my blog selections.

    Anyway here we go:-

    Stevie Wonder, "i believe (when i fall in love it will be forever)"
    The Kinks, "better things"
    The Beach Boys, "wouldn't it be nice"
    "Nothing's Gonna Stop us Now" Jefferson Starship
    Billy Bragg - Waiting For The Great Leap Forward

  • Comment number 35.

    #30 Chris E played that song yesterday , just brilliant ! Never enough Sam Cooke on the radio

  • Comment number 36.

    Good morning Simon, Team and fellow blogpoppets!

    London weather is decidedly undecided at the moment.

    Some rotten so and so has put a meeting in my diary for late afternoon until 6pm which means that I cannot meet the lovely Deebee. Am most disappointed. It also means that I will miss the Stuart Maconie interview - bums.

    No suggestions from me - feeling a bit brain dead. Some great tunes above - would like to hear all of them!

    Back in a bit


  • Comment number 37.

    AFTER THE GOLD RUSH - Prelude (or various others)

  • Comment number 38.

    #27: you can still enjoy Stuart (and Mark) at lunchtimes (or listen again at night, so it's just like they never went away) they are on R6 (other programmes are available blah blah blah) at 1pm weekdays.
    Not QUITE as subversive sounding as it used to be at night, when I used to listen lying in the tub with a G & T, but then 1pm is a hard time to sound subversive, don't you find??
    Still thinking of Hope and Glory songs, but can't get the goddammed end-of-the-proms' 'Land of Hope and Glory' out of my head! arg.

  • Comment number 39.

    I nearly forgot my old home town band :=

    Portishead - Glory Box

    you can now follow me on twitter @artfoundryman

  • Comment number 40.

    The thing I like best about Stuart Maconie is that
    a) he has an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music
    b) he doesn't drive - I think the two are linked...he spends all his travel time (public transport etc) reading through The History of Rock n Roll...
    He is another of my *ideal* dinner party guests; he takes his place next to Will Self...

  • Comment number 41.

    #27 bignick, forecast for the rest of the week is sunny showers although I'm not sure that adds anything to the credibility of the met. office as you could say that about almost any day up here and have a pretty good chance of getting it right. Anyway, I'm not sure it will affect you a great deal because the sun could shine from now until September and it wouldn't raise the temperature of Windermere by much. Best of luck with the swim!

  • Comment number 42.

    Morning everyone,

    Here's my hopeful handful:

    Keep on Movin' - Soul II Soul
    One Day I'll Fly Away - Randy Crawford
    Everyday is a Winding Road - Sheryl Crow
    You can get it if you really want - Jimmy Cliff
    We can work it out - The Beatles
    Rip it up - Orange Juice ("I hope to god you're not as dumb as you make out....")

  • Comment number 43.

    Morning all,
    How about "pomp and circumstance" by Elgar (Land of Hope & Glory)

    Andy (Dagenham)

  • Comment number 44.

    Stuart Maconie is always superb on the radio, whatever time of day. The Radcliffe & Maconie show on 6 records is a must-listen in this house.

    Records? has to be
    Land of Hope and Glory by Madness.
    The Glory of Love by Otis Redding.
    Death or Glory by The Clash

  • Comment number 45.

    Belated good morning all!

    Late arrival due to budgets (company's not the Chancellor's)! No time to blog or make suggestions, and I've just realised that because I am going out to the cinema tonight (X Men) and having tea with a friend beforehand, I will only hear a little of tonight's show! : (

    *Note to self - must plan my life around Drivetime listening*!

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 46.

    #41. Thanks Harry, have been swimming in the albert dock every sunday, now that is cold and full of jellyfish !!!

    #40. Suzie, your *ideal* dinner guests bit got me thinking about who I would have as my ideal dinner guests and they are as follows.

    Nelson Mandela for his stories of his life, Rolf Harris for his entertainment value, Elvis Presley for his voice and Frank Skinner for his humour.


  • Comment number 47.


    A change is gonna come - Same Cooke
    People Hold On - Lisa Stansfield

  • Comment number 48.


    Day two of giving up smoking...... must remember to put contact lenses in BEFORE applying nicotine patch,if not result can be quite excruciating....!!!!

    Cheers Mick Holliday

  • Comment number 49.

    Does anyone else have to press 'refresh' twice now before their post appears, or is it just me?

  • Comment number 50.

    #25 Suzie.... it would be good to have a new female comedian... she just needs to get herself on Michael McIntyre's show... look what it did for people like John Bishop!

    Is this the lady you saw, Suzie? http://www.samanthahannah.co.uk/
    If so, I'll remember I saw her mentioned first on Simon's blog!!! :o))

  • Comment number 51.

    Good Morning Each!

    'HOPE' by ROY HARPER and JIMMY PAGE. I don't normally capitalise my suggestions, but on this occasion...

    More suggestions...

    'Hope In The Air' by Laura Marling. Now she IS a folk singer that has got it. Whatever 'it' is

    'Glorious' by The Pierces

    'Glory Box' by Portishead

    'Faith, Hope, Love' by Starsailor

  • Comment number 52.

    # 46 interesting dinner party guest choices!
    Like Desert Island discs (did anyone put their list up on R4 for the show last Saturday?) the guests have to be chosen so that they have something special to contribute.
    Not too many luvvies, unless they were also well-informed and polite!
    I would like to have Sue Perkins, and I suppose her TV mate Giles Coren - as they crack me up when they are on TV together, but then you have the worry that as a restaurant critic, Giles may make the whole food thing too stressful.

    Best recent DP we had recently was when we were *playing* parts in a murder mystery thing - we were so busy acting and laughing no-one noticed the grub!
    (RESULT for the over-worked kichen skivvy, ie me)
    My feather boa got singed on the candles though, but hey ho you have to make some sacrifices for your calling..

  • Comment number 53.

    # 50 - yes, it is, I just found her on FB too, not sure if she should've competed, as it was a stand up night for new (un-professional) comedians...her winnings though - were a crate of Brakespear beers (supporters of the event - other beers, blah blah blah) a voucher for a tour of the Brakespear brewery (!) and she gets to appear at the closing evening event - for free!

  • Comment number 54.

    More songs of hope...

    'Don't Give Up' by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

    'Don't Stop Believin' by Journey

    'Don't Stop' by Fleetwood Mac

  • Comment number 55.

    More songs of glory...

    'Glory Of Love' bt Pete Cetera

    'All For The Glory' by Kiss

    'For The Glory' by Ian Brown

  • Comment number 56.

    #40 Dinner Party Guests ......... looks like this could be a good game (I'm assuming as this is a fantasy game we can invite dead people?).

    1. Will Self
    2. Claude Debussy
    3. Victoria Coren
    4. Lucy Mangan
    5. Laura Barton
    6. Jan Morris
    7. Mervyn Peake
    8. James Boswell

    Me and Mrs Snapper makes 10 :-)

  • Comment number 57.

    1. GLORY OF LOVE - Peter Cetera ( from The Karate Kid...mr meaggy and Daniel Son!!)
    2. GLORIA - Laura Brannigan
    3. BANNER MAN - "Glory Glory Glory etc etc"
    4. WISHFUL THINKING - China Crisis
    5. KING OF WISHFUL THINKING - Prefab Sprout

  • Comment number 58.

    1, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU - Olivia Newton John

  • Comment number 59.

    Oooooh, liking the dinner party guest thing. Will have to have a thunk and a contemplate and report back accordingly ....


  • Comment number 60.

    New Blog! (Well, there is next door!)


  • Comment number 61.

    Morning Deevs - how's assigment No. 8 coming on?

    I like the dinner party thingy too and will also have a thunk.

    GLORY DAYS - The Boss .......... just has to be

    CG xx

  • Comment number 62.

    morning all

    give me hope joanna-eddie grant

    glory days-bruce springsteen

    glory of love-peter ceteria

    hopelessly devoted to you-olivia newton john

    land of hope and glory-ex pistols

    land of hope and glory-elgar

  • Comment number 63.

    # 56 I want Victoria Coren!! I LOVE her only connect quiz show - and if you're not too busy, there are Only Connect walls online that you can do:
    Can't have her AND brother Giles though, so would have to do two sittings!
    Also have a guilty secret person I want to invite, Jonathan Ross - but that would mean Mr e would refuse to attend..so no sous-chef :-(
    I think I would have Simon Schama too, from the Art world - but he's also a know-it-all about History too.

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  • Comment number 65.

    Peter Cetera
    Whatever happened to him??
    One hit wonder?
    Great Drivetime song, reckon that'll be played for sure!
    'I am a man who would fight for your honour, I'll be the hero that you're dreaming of'....
    A great song for a 'wedding song' if the groom decided to sing...I got 'You make me feel so young'
    (there are 30 days in age between me and Mr e, luckily the right way round (ie he's 30 days younger than me) sadly the video recorder had given up the ghost by then (no evidence 'cept in pictures) - and phones with video recorders were just a marketing man's wet dream...

  • Comment number 66.

    #63 Suzie, KatyMac and I were discussing Victoria Coren a few weeks back (Katy is a poker player too). I think she is wonderful but I was heartbroken to hear she has been 'seen out' with David Mitchell. Katy recommends VC's book "Once More with Feeling" but I've yet to find a copy. I agree with your other half on Jonathen Ross but Simon Schama would be OK by me.

  • Comment number 67.

    'As I have HOPED for half a chance to even ask if I could dance with you oo!

    Good old Hurricane Smith - Oh Babe, what would you say?

    How do everyone.

    Having one of those 'faffing about' sort of days. One step forward, two steps back...


  • Comment number 68.

    Loving the dinner party guest lists!

    So far, my dinner party includes:

    1. Me
    2. Mr P
    3. Jaco Pastorius (at the risk of him and Mr P talking basses all night)
    4. Joni Mitchell
    5. Jane Austen
    6. Mozart
    7. Stephen Fry

    I am still debating the other 3. I am thinking of Thomas Hardy but he could be a bit grumpy. I am also going eeny meeny miney mo between Stuart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe. Ooh, and Lord Ammo - of course!

    The other dilemma is what to feed my guests. Some come from an era when a veritable banquet would be provided. Others would expect something a bit simpler. And I can't see Miss Austen enjoying a G&T as an aperitif.

    I will think on!

  • Comment number 69.

    #68 Alex G, not sure about Mozart; not much a conversationalist and always the danger he'd go off in huff if he didn't get his first choice of pudding. Good idea to keep Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy apart. He had an eye for the ladies and Ms Austen might get a touch of the vapours ;-)

  • Comment number 70.

    Something is happening to me and I only HOPE the same thing is happening to you :)

    Hermans Hermits.


  • Comment number 71.

    #66 Interesting about VC being seen out with David Mitchell
    I have got what could be called by some other radio programme a 'top tenuous' link with him....his dad was one of my tutors at Oxford 'Poly as was - & when I ended up working back there and was expecting baby #1 Ian (Mitchell) sold me David's cot as he (David) was then about 8 or 9 yrs old so they called it quits on the baby front!

    I only realised when I saw David on 'Who do you think you are?' that Ian was his dad! My kids (who slept in said famous cot) have dined out on that one..spookily my son was called David too (not a comedian, but writes for a muso website:
    So he has the verbosity of the previous cot incumbent.

    ps there were no teeth marks or ebay sell-able carvings to mention.

  • Comment number 72.

    #68 wasn't Mozart deaf??
    Perfect seating partner for Joanathan Ross, Mr e would say... oh no, sorry that was Beethoven wasn't it?
    RE aperitifs: I think a nice big bowl of punch would suit all eras!
    Food-wise hmm, tricky one - roast hare? jugged fox? carved ice sculptures? - Oooo I am getting a touch of the vapours at the thought of the all that cooking, never mind Ms Austen.
    No wonder people make simpler food nowadays not everyone can afford a cook!

  • Comment number 73.

    #71 This blog is positive proof of the theory of six degrees of separation!

    And checking out the website now ...........

  • Comment number 74.

    Hiya CG! I have Assignment 8 with me at work, but the MD is in at the mo and I have "real" work to do ...... sooooooo inconvenient!!

    The dinne party thingy is hard innit. Thus far I have:-

    1. Me
    2. Nic
    3. John Lennon
    4. George Best
    5. Marian Keyes
    6. Chris Packham (and his poodles, Itchy & Scratchy)
    7. Frank Skinner
    8. Noel Gallagher
    9. Chris Evans
    10. Matt from Drivetime - so I can tie him to a chair until he agrees to play Enter Sandman for the midweek mosh!! ;-)


  • Comment number 75.

    Hi Simon, hows about....(starred ones are my favs)...
    Eddy Grant - Gimme Hope Jo'Anna
    Paul McCartney - Hope Of Deliverance
    * Levellers - Hope St.
    * Peter Cetera - Glory Of Love
    Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory
    Daryl Hall & The Sounds Of Blackness - Gloryland
    Portishead - Glory Box
    Just Jack - Glory Days
    Adele - Hometown Glory
    * Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory


  • Comment number 76.

    #71 That's a great article on Bon Iver. I do like good music journalism which is why Laura Barton is on my list of dinner guests.

    #72 Mozart probably had syphilis so he may well have had hearing difficulties although I don't recall reading that deafness was one of his many health problems.

  • Comment number 77.

    Good points about Mozart. Updated list:

    1. Me
    2. Mr P
    3. Jaco Pastorius (at the risk of him and Mr P talking basses all night)
    4. Joni Mitchell
    5. Jane Austen
    6. Bach (he can get into the cello/bass discussions with Mr P and Jaco)
    7. Stephen Fry
    8. Mark Radcliffe
    9. Sally Traffic (although she might scandalise Miss Austen)
    10. Charles Dickens (I can see him and Mr Fry pontificating together!)

    Still thinking about the menu. And what to wear. Maybe I should make it fancy dress.

  • Comment number 78.

    Good Afternoon Everyone and, of course, Simon The Star Struck Drivetime Dude, The Team and The NYM,

    Too late to the party today; work got in the way.

    From previous blog:-

    #135 - Tortie, a friend started reading the book at the same time as me and she's given up. I finished it this morning and have to say I kinda enjoyed it. Unfortunately, our garden boundaries aren't completely sealed and as dear old Bernie Bunny can't be trusted not to wander off, he has a run. We move the run around the garden so the grass at the back of the house is a bit patchy. I didn't get time to do any grass cutting or reading yesterday afternoon :(

    first instalment. Having to post in chunks again as the blog isn't happy with my rambling prose ;)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 79.

    #139 - Lucie's Mum - Very good photo, made me chuckle.

    Happy – no I'm not, m' Lovely, I'm a blogger – it was a headline I noticed on the BBC news website which, as a blogger, I decided to have a wee look at.

    BigNick, before I forget - I hope it all goes well for you on your big swim.

    Dinner party guests, hmmmmm, i'm off to ponder. I think I'd ask Billy Connolly to be my date and then everyone would be laughing so hard that they wouldn't notice the food.

    Laters sweet pataters.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 80.

    Dinner party guests (in no particular order) ....
    1. Nelson Mandela
    2. Stephen Fry
    3. Chris Evans
    4. John Lennon
    5. Mr. CG
    6. Moi
    7. J.K. Rowling
    8. H.M. the Queen Mother
    9. Emmeline Pankhurst
    10. Anne Frank

    now, there's a list of differences!

    CG x

  • Comment number 81.

    Yikes! So much to think about for this dinner party ......

    I think I like the idea of black tie for the chaps and cocktail chic for the lasses. A man in a tux is just so ..... hmmmmm! ;-)

    As for the food. I think I would ask Hugh Fearnley Wittingstall to come up with something - as long as he didn't take us all to a layby or beach to forage for our supper! His River Cottage fodder always looks amazing - rustic and plentiful and usually locally sourced as well. I always wish we had smellyvision when he's on so that you could get a whiff of the aromas of his cooking.

    I feel braised pigs-trotters and shin of beef in ale coming on! With hand-made rustic bread, of course.

    Hungry now!


  • Comment number 82.

    #80 CG, some interesting choices! I'm not being provocative here, just curious, but why the Queen Mum?

  • Comment number 83.

    Dinner Party Guests

    1. Me
    2. BC
    3. Andrea Levy - great author and sounds like a lovely person
    4. The Drivetime Dude - nice guy, witty and clever
    5. Miranda Hart - seems to be a lovely lady and good fun
    6. Robert Plant - nice guy and musical
    7. Stevie Nicks - I like her voice. Was most indignant when CE (I think it was) said she was doing a fair impression of some new gal on the block (I was so indignified I can't remember who it was he mentioned!!!)
    8. Martin Luther King - would like to learn more about him
    9. Mary Anne Evans (George Eliot) - Silas Marner, one of my fave books
    10. Colin Firth - seemingly a lovely man.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 84.

    # 80 CG What an interesting list!!
    I think we all need to do a 'Doodle' calendar, or poor Old Nelson Mandela will be rushing from DP to DP all over the Country....

    I 'met' him when he came to Oxford - hanging out of the Town Hall library, I got a pic of him and my boss together, which I know he treasures.
    He (Mandela) 'walked' the line of us employees, smiling beatifically (which he does surprisingly often for one who could be so bitter and twisted by long incarceration)
    by which brief encounter I say I 'met him....
    The film 'Invictus' is very stirring - Mr e was living in SA when that famous rugby world cup was won - and even now has tears in his eyes when he talks about watching it there. He refused to watch the film, though,prefering to enjoy his own memory of it.
    # 74 Frank Skinner - YES! Bostin' bloke - OR Jo Brand, very drole and witty both of them!

  • Comment number 85.

    # 83 Damn! Forgot any sort of Mr Darcy as 'eye' candy for the cook/chef/skivvy (ie me)
    Yes, Colin Firth (sans wifelet!)
    and Miranda, an inspired choice.
    I need to buy a much, much bigger house in order to put in my new dining table seating 30+ people!
    I did win the Euromillions on Fri last week; a whopping £2.60 maybe I'll invest it....

  • Comment number 86.

    Suzie - JO BRand was on my "almost" list - I was never a fan of hers in her younger days (too many gags about lady-stuff from a female comedian is only funny for so long). But as she's matured I find I do really like her humour.

    Victoria Wood also made my "reserve" list. A genius.

    I think in general, comedians are wonderful. I struggled between Frank Skinner and Ed Byrne. But then there was Tim Minchin, Jack Dee, Bill Bailey, Dylan Moran ..... and then Billy Conolly pooped up there too!

    Life's too short not to laugh a lot, a frequently!


  • Comment number 87.

    #85 - was about to drop Colin Firth in favour of Trotsky. Having just finished the latest Barbara Kingsolver offering, I would be interested to find out how accurate she was.

    I'm going to have to squeeze 12 in round the table so will have Trotsky at 11 and Victoria Wood at 12, she is so cleverly funny.

    Deevs - good idea, bringing in a chef. I think I'd ask Nick Nairn to cook for us - he's gorgeous doncha know.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 88.

    Just by way of thanks...

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    ╔══════════ ♥ೋ ღ☃ღ ೋ ♥ ═══════════╗
    .................. LOTS'N'LOTS OF LOVE ..................
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  • Comment number 89.

    #82 a good drinking partner??
    When she's on the floor you know to stop!

  • Comment number 90.

    #88 - ditto :)

    (I'm guessing it's for KM?)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 91.

    #88/90 Is that for Katy, Paul? If so, ditto from me too : )

  • Comment number 92.

    #79, toots. thanks for your good wishes, it was cancelled last year due to green algae and I was so disappointed, but now really looking forward to it and am getting all excited now.

    DP lists, so many good names mentioned that I am considering increasing my small get together from 4 to maybe 10 which would mean space for Miranda, Billy Connolly, Richard Branson, the proclaimers and Barrack Obama. I might give Nelson Mandela the night off as he is on a few lists and probably wouldnt be hungry and replace him with either Mother Theresa or Gandhi.

  • Comment number 93.

    # 50: Luciesmum:
    Are you still about? Did you send the superb pic of Lord Ammo playing wi' his marbles n' bag to him yet??

  • Comment number 94.

    Well, according to Twitter, Matt has chosen this week's midweek middle-aged mosh so I'm ousting him from my dinner table and replacing him with .....


    Oh yeh!


    {{{{{Huggles to Katy}}}}}

  • Comment number 95.

    #88 And ditto from me too. Just had text from Deebee.

  • Comment number 96.

    # 68 I read in the flyleaf of a Thomas Hardy novel that after he died, his body was cremated and buried in one place and his heart removed and put in the coffin of his first wife (imagine being wifelet #2!)....

  • Comment number 97.

    #89 Personally, I'd count the spoons before she left ;-)

  • Comment number 98.

    GLORY GLORY by the (Young) Rascals.
    GLORY TO GLORY by Fred Hammond. !
    SONG FOR THE HOPEFUL by Harry Connick Junior.
    MY GENERATION by The Who. (Hope I die before I get old). Not steeped in as much religion as the previous 3.
    DESIRE by U2. FAITH by George Michael. I WISH by Stevie Wonder. CHERISH by The Association.
    THE BANNER MAN by Blue Mink (Glory glory glory, listen to the band)
    GLORIOUS by Natalie Imbruglia.
    COME THE GLORIOUS DAY, theme tune to CITIZEN SMITH, a comedy starring that bloke from My Family and another bloke who was in Last Of The Summer Wine. Don't know who it's by, but probably written and sung by John Sullivan.

  • Comment number 99.

    #95 Alex G, does this mean Katy has her long awaited appointment?

  • Comment number 100.

    #99. Yes, Harry. deebs promises more news on the blog tomorrow. But all seems well


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