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Joyful and Triumphant

Simon Mayo | 07:59 UK time, Friday, 23 December 2011

Dear bloggers.
I'm imagining a few sore heads this morning. That blog party was a little wild wasn't it? I've never seen such a range of out of date booze. And what was going on in the shower? All sorts of teenage behaviour reported, you should all be very proud of yourselves. And the clearing up has already been done thank you, you know who you are. That might have to do as far the booze in concerned, for the rest of you.

Some of us are working of course and 2 shows will mark the end of working for 2011 for me. The 5 Live show comes live from a theatre in Leicester Square (can't remember which one but I've got it written down somewhere) with Michael Sheen as our star guest. Then, while the assembled movie faithful get shown the festive favourite that is Die Hard (well it does take place at Christmas) I'll sprint youthfully through London's shopper-thronged streets to the good ship Radio 2 for an All Request Christmas - ARF/ARC in full effect. Get your ARC openers in (if you can still type straight) and let's get this Christmas started.

And today's show marks the leaving of producer Andy who has navigated from the bridge with dedication, wisdom and skill. He's been with the show since we started 2 years ago and it has gone in a flash. Thanks Andy, I'm sure the breakfast show will be a breeze. Chris's gain I feel!

So this is the last blog from me this year and what a year it's been. Drivetime ends up with record figures and a Sony for best music show - it doesn't really get much better than that. Thanks to all of you for being there every day and blogging with gusto and panache and enthusiasm and wild abandon. All that and more. I wish you a very lovely and peaceful Christmas and hope it is everything you want it to be. Keep the blog rolling! 401 comments it is!


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  • Comment number 1.

    What a year indeed Simon.

    Happy Christmas to you and all your Family.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 2.

    Two years already? My how time flies!

    My last attempt, in 2011 to get my ARF played, but will be back in 2012....

    Not holding out too much hope, as it says ARC!

    *** Twilight *** by ELO.

    Now bring on the brekkie!

    Why are we waiting, why are we......

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 3.

    Four hundred and forty one actually!!

    Happy Christmas to you and your family, Simon. May your boiler continue to flourish and keep the Mayo home toasty and warm.

    Thank you and the team for a fabulous year of Drivetime.....that Sony award couldn't find a better, more deserving, home.

    Busy day this morning, not going to be helped by a stonking hang over. ;-)

    But it is not going to stop me putting in my ARFO request. It has to be:


    madchick x

  • Comment number 4.

    Aha, its already being served.

    I really must learn some patience!

    MTF ;)

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning All,

    Wakey wakey,

    Vesta curry's on the go, don't mind the smell, at least I think its the curry and not TSE

    Good to see most of the clearing up is done, although surprised to open the cooker.... A bottle of Blue Nun and a bag of satsumas, somebodys attempt at mulled wine?

    Now lets put these records away, Partridge Family in the Tull Aqualung cover, somebodys in for a ribbing when they have their mates round after school

    Who's going to explain that the BC Rollers album allegedly 'borrowed' from their little sister now has miraculously changed to Led Zep IV.

    Oh and see we now have 3 copies of ONJ albums

    Right, waffled away on the last blog but breakfast served on here too

  • Comment number 6.

    Just pooping over the fence firstly to apolagize for the not show last evening ,many thanks for the invite by the way ,that was most kind .hope your gathering went well and no headaches this morning:))...

    And aslo want to wish you all a Happy Christmas and hope its peaceful and problem free and sail through to the new year .

    Take care all ..and stay safe out there ...Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi MTF/Mrs Fairy!

    That was a good party last night!

    madchick x

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Mcw, yes a good time was had by all. Such fun.

    Its that the Bidster pooping over the fence?

    Not like her to miss out on the action ;)

    Happy Christmas to you and yours too Bids. No doubt, will be dropping by to see you at some point. Cakeage might be involved. xx

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning everyone.

    Thanks for your concerns about the plumbing. My temporary fix seems to have done the trick for the present and a more permanent solution is being sought.

    @Allelujah (from yesterday's blog), shower worked fine this morning but many thanks for the offer; it's still very tempting even with no expectations of blue curacao added spice ;-)

  • Comment number 10.

    Top of the morning to you all!

    Thank you Simon and team for a great year of Drivetime. The award and record listening figures are well deserved, I always know that I am guaranteed a smile and a good choon between 5 and 7 every weekday and long may it continue!

    So I've had my curry (thanks BB) and a little bloody mary just to take the edge off and I am feelingggggg good ;)

    Quite a party last night folks. Thanks for the great company and the laughs, not just yesterday but every day since I joined this 'ere lovely blog. You're a great bunch of folk and I'm so glad that in the midst of the gigantic interwebs, I found this most welcoming and fun spot.

    Ahemmmm!! Must have an eyelash in my eye ....

    So on to business of the day .. an ARCO, well that's a bit of a challenge but after much thunking I believe this one fits the bill perfectly -


    Hope everyone has a stress-free and happy day and that all plumbing emergencies are solved tout de suite!

    Jilly ♪jingle♪jingle♪jingle♪

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning everyone

    What a fantastic year you've had Simon... and thanks for letting us blogpoppets feel a part of it on here every day!

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and a fantastic New Year ahead.


  • Comment number 12.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to my fellow bloggers!




    because it's a year and four weeks since hearing a female ARFO....

    ROCKING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE by Brenda Lee (or Kim Wilde & Mel Smith)

  • Comment number 13.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and sore-headed bloggers,

    I woke up with a paper hat round my neck, wearing only a FRANKIE SAYS RELAX T shirt, and lying among shards of a broken copy of ABC's The Lexicon of Love.

    Need to go down the greasy spoon for a full english before I can even think of an ARFO

  • Comment number 14.

    Cant tempt you to a poopadum John?

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 15.

    Oooooooooooooooooo, little bit of good news! Plumbing to be undertaken "in about 15 minutes" (we've been promised).

    Let'sjust hope he's not from Leigh, or that he takes Mrs Plumber to the sea, or I'll be on the naughty step again ;o)

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning all

    Merry Christmas to the Drivetime team and to all bloggers :-).

    Couldn't work out where to change my name, so plain old Ken it will remain!

  • Comment number 17.

    Excellent news Harry.

    Thats the shortest day out of the way.

    Hurrah for lighter evenings.

    Three word Friday.... Last cake cooking!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 18.

    morning all :-)

    what a fun blog party last night....some very funny comments!



    many thanks PSL x

  • Comment number 19.

    Morning Simon, Team, NYM and blogpoppets. And best wishes to the departing Andy.



    So glad a good time was had by all last night. Apologoes for absinthe. Will explain later.


  • Comment number 20.

    Merry Christmas Simon, Drivetime team and poppets .. even though I don't get as much time to join in during the day as I used to, I love reading the total silliness and careiness (?) that happens on this blog .. you are a lovely bunch ..

    Having had my favourite played yesterday, please may I request

    SLEIGH RIDE by The Ronettes from the truly fab Phil Spector Christmas Album

    I have been singing the original version as part of a festive medley with my community choir, and find it VERY hard not to add the Wall of Sound touches .. ding a ling a ling a ding dong ding ..

  • Comment number 21.

    And of course a very Merry Christmas to the whole DT team and families and blogpoppets one and all. Can't imagine a world without you all. Look forward to the show returning in the New Year. Thank goodness we live in an age when I can listen live from afar.


  • Comment number 22.

    Good morning all after the night before.

    Suggest for todays ARF a good sing-a-long Christmas tune for all the family.

    Might keep the kids in the car occupied for a few minutes through the traffic jams and delays and grown ups can join in as well

    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 23.

    Happy Christmas Simon & team - thanks for a great show and another successful year. And Happy Christmas to everyone here - I'm so glad I joined this blog and found you all!

    I'm glad to see the plumber is on the way Harry - I hope he can get it all sorted without having to go back for too many parts!

    Yep - cleaning up is done - I hope you are all recovering by now!! Brekkie was lovely - fried bread, black pudding, greasy bacon & runny eggs! Mmmmm - just what we all needed!

  • Comment number 24.

    Blimey. The trouble you get into when you go home stinking of Denim, Charlie, Rive Gauche and alcohol.

    My ARCO?

    THE WOMBLES - Wombling Merry Christmas :o)

  • Comment number 25.

    'Open your eyes, look to the skies, when you're lonely.....'

    Whoop whoop, hope your ARCO gets picked Driver :)

  • Comment number 26.

    Merry Christmas Simon, Team and Blogpoppets!

    Thanks for the help with the clearing up last night, guys. I did make a start on it, but I fell asleep...

    No ARCO suggestion from me. Even if it wasn't for the *slightly embarrassed* 4 menshes this week (one as Deebee and 3 as SLH!) I had the ARCO last year, and it wouldn't be right to hope for it two years running.

    #16 Plain old Ken is just fine! Avoids confusion.


  • Comment number 27.

    Oh, and I meant to say - very best wishes to Andy! Drivetime's loss and Breakfast's gain, I'm sure.


  • Comment number 28.


    MTF :O

  • Comment number 29.

    Just had a phone call with good nes and bad.

    Good: we are plumbed with a new stop valve which doesn't leak.

    Bad: I'll be decorating next week and Mrs Snapper has fallen in love with the plumber whose name is Julian! Julian? What kind of name is that for a plumber? No offense to all you Julians out there but shouldn't a plumber be called Bob, or Jack, or Dick? ;-)

  • Comment number 30.

    #28 It's an Americanism. Don't know why I used it really - would folks be better?


  • Comment number 31.

    Just a suggestion. Should we all hang on to our Christmas cracker jokes instead of throwing them with all the rubbish. We could have minutes of .. erm .. hilarity in the New Year and see who gets the biggest laugh.

  • Comment number 32.

    #29 I knew a Julian at school. Think he was 'on the other bus' though. That's a euphemism, by the way.


    Right, stuff to do. Laters...


  • Comment number 33.

    #28 Fairy on the Treetop.... what guys?

    Is that a cryptic clue for something?


  • Comment number 34.

    Morning all. Merry Christmas Simon & the Mayo family (real and radio-land). I applied for tickets for live Wittertainment, but without success, so I shall be spending the better part of the afternoon watching and listening from rainy Cheshire.

    As a 'blogger' for the last 5 months I'd like to wish everyone here all the very best for the festive season. I've had a great few months - it's been lovely to be welcomed so enthusiastically and the blog unfailing brightens my day. As for my 7 (I think) menshes have been unfailingly thrilling!

    ARC: well I think Fairytale of New York - Kirsty McColl & the Pogues is the only respectable choice.

    Off to help tidy-up .....

  • Comment number 35.

    Yay for the Plumber! Even if his name is Julian, lol. Glad you are all sorted Secret Santa and a little bit of decorating is much better than a whole lot of flooding :)
    Three cheers for Julian!

    SLH, you should choose a certain Twilight for your ARCO, then you are sure NOT to be chosen this year! ;)


  • Comment number 36.

    Good morning Simon, Team, NYM and fellowblogpoppets!

    Happy Christmas to all of you! Especially to the DT team who have kept us entertained all year.

    Blogging by phone. Laptop was a party popper and died. Hope heads not too sore this morning. Looks like a good time was had - I laughed a lot.

    Glad plumbing sorted Harry. Julian? Was he in pink overalls?


    Has to be... THE WOMBLES!!

    Chores to do. Back later.


  • Comment number 37.

    # 29 Would it have been worse if the plumber had been a Julie? ;0)

  • Comment number 38.

    LOL Jilly, where's your Christmas spirit?

    In the words of Will Young, anything is possible, well almost anything!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 39.

    Flo, what Guys? My point exactly!

    MTF :O

  • Comment number 40.

    Greetings Mayo Man & ALL Bloggers...

    Bingo Strar 'ere...

    Mayo Man - A most sorry ter read yer producer Andy is leaving, a for one if a got 'old of the Drivetime Gig would cling to it for the rest of me life.... Cling to it all!!!!!!!!!!
    Good luck ter yer producer.... Is 'e following Jono S's footsteps ter go inter teaching???

    ALL - A don't wanter bring the blog down so close ter Christmas but just of late things ave been going downwards in my area.
    After me recent severe acute tonsilitis that a 'ad for 3 weeks, am most 'appy ter say am now better.
    But after being unable ter eat or drink due to the swelling of me throat and the agony.... AGONY.... Ave lost alotta weight all!!!!!!!!
    In fact the Bingo Star spare tyre very much 'as gotta puncture for Xmas!!!!!!!!!
    The only problem.... Mondee whilst at work trucking and delivering Easter eggs ter the supermarkets (100% TRUE) in me aych GV.... Me underpants kept falling down inside me trousers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    All damn it day a was 'aving ter pull 'em up out of sight!!!!!!!!!
    Then Tuesdee after swapping me underpants for a most tight pair..... A then found me trosuers kept slipping down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    At one point nearly ending up around me kness whilst pushing a 'eavy cage of Easter eggs inter a store!!!!!!!!!

    For Christmas.... A need a belt!!!!!!!


  • Comment number 41.

    My ARCO suggestion:


    Back laters

  • Comment number 42.

    Solution to that Bingo, wear your underpants on the outside. Superman style?

    Just an idea!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 43.

    Ah. There you all are.

    All is now well with the world. What a fine blog above, Simon - ticks all the boxes. And then some

    FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK - POGUES AND KIRSTY - for a memorable ARCO please.


  • Comment number 44.

    Hi Simon and all you hungover bloggers!

    And a very merry christmas and even a more cracking new year to you Simon and the Mayo clan and all the Drivetime team too and last but not least you lovely bloggers!

    I have had a top time blogging and listening to drivetime on way to kickboxing ( i hardly listen to my local radio station now at drive time!)

    Congrats to the menshes yesterday and a doubler for Zoe and Deebee! And Simon many thanks for mine too ( Brucie baby toon!)

    Well every year I wish for Bryan Adams in my sack but this year is his first christmas as a daddy to Mirabella Bunny!!! so yet again it aint happening! lol

    And for my ARC please can you play:

    SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING - Chris De Burgh ( Awesome toonage!)

    Catch ya laters

    Have a nice day.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 45.

    Good Morning Everybody!

    Merry Christmas Eve Eve!



    Back later .................................

  • Comment number 46.

    #32 LOL - Julian 'on the other bus'

    What a swell party that was ... !
    The last word in retro drinks and nibbles, fragrances and games. Did anyone notice Duncan sidle in for a spot of festive fun? I think he may be the person who 'deconstructed' the snowman ..

    ˛°_██_*˚°。★*˚°。°*。˛. (´• ̮•)*.。°( . • . ) ˛°.*(...'•'...) *


  • Comment number 47.

    #37 Worse for whom, exactly?

    #38 You mean we didn't drink all the Christmas spirits last night?

    So it's Christmas Eve Eve and I'm stuck at work. Rumours abound of a pub lunch, though maybe I've had enough alcohol after the Yule (B)log Party.

    Nice to see a second and third for my Wombles suggestion, by the way. You KNOW it makes sense....

  • Comment number 48.


    Wombles..............or Pogues.....................Wombles..............or Pogues.........

    Will be back later when I've decided.

  • Comment number 49.

    A great show. My favourite of the day. Keep it up!

    Never blogged before - a terrible confession for an A'Level Media teacher - but here goes:
    *** Why not play PEACEFUL COUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Stefan Cush & The Feral Family (Cherry Records) ***.
    The debut single by off-shoot project of THE MEN THEY COULDN'T HANG vocalist. This is an instant modern Christmas Classic, every bit as good as FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK - and Shane & Kirsty even get a name check. As Mrs. Doyle would say: "Go on, go on, go on, go on"

    Merry Crimbo!

  • Comment number 50.

    Newbie to the Blog.

    Love the show, I always look forward to my drive home in your company.
    ARC : Please could we have "Grandma got run over by a Reindeer".

    Have a fabulous Christmas, y'all

  • Comment number 51.

    You're GUARANTEED to hear Shane & The Blessed Kirsty loads of times in the next few days, and rightly and deservedly so. indeed, it's probably my favourite Christmas single ever.

    Butt how often do we get a chance to hear THE WOMBLES on the radio?

    Not that I'm trying to influence your decision, obviously...

  • Comment number 52.

    #29 my chimney sweep is called Julian

    enjoyed the scented time line to my youth too....all that was missing was 'Smitty'!

  • Comment number 53.

    'All day long, we will be Wombling as we go.......'

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 54.

    #52 btw that isn't a euphenism! ;-D

  • Comment number 55.

    Good morning all - anyone need a plink plink fizz?

    I would like to say thank you to everyone for being so welcoming and making blogging a new part of my life! Never thought I would be attending a 'virtual' party this year or any year come to that!

    I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and all boilers and stop cocks behave themselves!!

    ARCO - WHITE CHRISTMAS - Bing Crosby

    Now, the blue curacao -------------frappe (can't do the accent) or not, Secret Santa?


  • Comment number 56.

    'Julian' provides a dry cleaning service around these 'ere parts!

    Not a euphenism either :O

  • Comment number 57.

    I've been resisting the temptation to suggest the ARCO but I have to say, if I had to express a preference, it would be for:


    As for the Wombles, I think I've heard enough of them to last me several lifetimes of Christmases, thank you very much :-)

  • Comment number 58.

    Simon, a Happy Christmas to you and your family and likewise to everybody else that works on the show and their families.

    Well deserved accolades this year, am sure more to come.

    Good luck to Andy in pastures new

    'ARCO, unlikely opener 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing' Leo Sayer

  • Comment number 59.

    # 50 - welcome - I'm pretty new here too but everyone is very friendly and encouraging - definitely a no-brainer participating in the blog!

    # 51 & 53 - Still can't decide - don't suppose anyone's heard of the Wombleogues have they?

    I once knew a one-eyed pony called Julian...........

  • Comment number 60.

    #55 JJ, frappé ............... have an accent on me :-)

  • Comment number 61.

    #59 "a one-eyed pony called Julian"? Now that HAS to be a euphemism! ;-)

  • Comment number 62.

    Back again...

    Fairy At The Top Of The Tree - BIG TARR for the advice.... A will try that ;-))

    ALL - A also don't wanter bring the blog down so near ter Christmas.... BUT.... According ter The Mayans time ends on the 21st of December 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So if they are correct.... Make crimbo 2011 a DAMN good one as it could be yer last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A don't believe it is gonna be the end of the world next year, but a do find philosophy most interesting and ave been watching this Mayan prediction for many years!!!!!!!!!!
    Just can't beleive 'ow the distant 2012 'as come so fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    One thing for sure..... A think 2012 is gonna be a giant year of change for the world.... Alot will 'appen!!!!!!!!!
    A mean yer can see now the world is going through something big with all the economic problems and people fed up across the globe with dishonest politicians and the greedy few controlling us.

    Recently on the 9th December a wrote a blog on Chris Evans' blog about what I think might 'appen next year that could be serious for the world.

    Part of which I wrote this:

    And the other area I see trouble is with North Korea who are developing nuclear weapons!!!!
    The leader who's 'ealth is failing is bringing talk of 'is son becoming the new president!!!!!
    If this 'appens I see BIG trouble!!!!!!!
    I've seen it so many times before that the son of a leader, who normally isn't as clever 'as 'is father, even if 'is father is a crazy dictator, normally it's the father who is more clever... The son is normally somebody who 'as been brought up in a rich kid type of upbringing and is less wise than 'is father!!!!!
    Yet if 'e gets 'is father's power.... Then 'e will try & out do 'is father by basically doing bigger things.... Often of which are very unstable/ cause big problems!!!!!!!
    This was very evident with the Bush family of 2 U.S presidents!!!!!!
    Son as I 'eard George W Bush was the son of the former president.... The first thing I said is this president will cause BIG problems... And look what 'appened!!!!!

    And bang on cue the leader of North Korea 'as died making it perfect timing for The Mayans prediction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sadly unlike William 'aug's talk of 'oping the new 27 year old leader of North Korea, and the son of the former leader, engaging with the international community and the 'ope of an opportunity of change for North Korea..... Sadly it doesn't work like that in the real world.
    The son of the former leader will not undo all what 'is father did.... 'e will want ter do one better than 'is father.
    And with the world's 5th largest army at 'is disposal.... Worrying times!!!!!!!

    I also see Europe finally collapsing next year which the leaders there keep delaying the almost inevitable!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And the possibilty of the mad scientists in Switzerland who are messing with things they don't fully understand possibly sucking us all inter a black 'ole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Very unlikely but from a programme ave watched.... There's a small chance, even though we don't fully underatand 'ow black 'oles work... They are messing with the matter that they think surrounds/ is inside black 'oles!!!!!!!!
    MADNESS when people are still 'ungry in the world... While mad scientist mess with things they don't fully know what they are messing with!!!!!!!
    It's a bit like real life Frankenstein but worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And the world is on the edge of a financial depression!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Funny 'ow it all seems ter be clicking inter place for The Mayans 21st December 2012 gig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Do I think we will all be 'ere this time next year?????????


    Just wow whatta year of change 2012 will be..... And set up a wonderful new set of years after The 2012 Gig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'ave a GREAT CHRISTMAS eveyone.... And a 'ope 2012 is good for everyone reading this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A for one am determined ter make mine good and am not worrying about 2012.... More excited ter be living through such an interesting time for the world and it's 'istory in the making!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tatty bye!

  • Comment number 63.

    #60 Thanks Santa - CHEERS!!

  • Comment number 64.

    # 61 - Mmm, just realised what it looks like. Sadly, I'm not that clever!

  • Comment number 65.

    You Get What You Give - New Radicals

    Willy the Shake

  • Comment number 66.


    please, please please...

  • Comment number 67.

    Right, I'm off to deliver some Christmas smiles, not a euphenism either!

    Wishing all Bloggers a great Friday, whatever you are up to.

    Ding dong merrily on high, ho ho ho!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 68.

    A few people have mentioned The Wombles and I think they're going to be on This Morning in a wee while so I hope Orinoco keeps his head on!!!

  • Comment number 69.

    #57 Why not change your name to Secret Scrooge and be done with it! :o)

  • Comment number 70.

    I don't think I am going to get much time to participate over the next few days so just wanted to say:

    Thank you to all you lovely bloggers who have made me feel so welcome here since I took my first leap into the blogosphere in October. As always, I am completely in awe of your musical knowledge and have unashamedly borrowed your suggestions to supplement my own music collection.

    Beyond checking out your music choices, I have really enjoyed taking a very small part in your discussions - where else does such a wide-ranging debate occur and what topics you have covered since I have been lurking!

    I haven't managed a mensh but a highlight for our family of 2011 was when our 9-year old got through to ARF and despite being in a real pickle about the prospect of starting a new school and making new friends, mentioned in his conversation with Simon, an achievement for each and every one of our family. He said afterwards that he had felt brave enough to do it because 'Simon was so friendly'. That sums up Drivetime for us. Thank you Simon, Matt, Rebecca and Sally (and Nigel Thursday as my boys call you) for all that you have done this year - you deserve all the awards you can get!

    I hope that you and your families have the best Christmas and send you good wishes for, above all, a healthy and happy 2012.

    And finally, really really sorry, I was tempted by the Wombles, and I would love to think that MTF could have a smile on her face if Twilight were played, but for me, always, the perfect ARCO would be:

    Fairytale of New York, Kirsty McColl and The Pogues


  • Comment number 71.

    Followig on from yesterdays Homework question here's one for ARC.

    Christmas Countdown by Frank Kelly (A.K.A. Farther Jack)

    For the extra costs of vets bills, valium and whrisky for the mother.

  • Comment number 72.

    #70 Hoffs, you've brought a tear to eye of a cynical old man. You and yours have a peaceful Christmas and see you here again soon. :-)

  • Comment number 73.





  • Comment number 74.

    Morning all (just)

    Apologoes for the no show at last night's party - I had lots to do when I got home and completely forgot about it! Will read back to see what happened.

    Lovely blog Simon - very best wishes to family Mayo for a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

    And to all bloggers, new and old, have a wonderful, happy and healthy Christmas. As always, it's a joy to be here.

    One more try, this week:

    ARC: THAT'LL BE CHRISTMAS - Thea Gilmore

    Probably won't be around here much, but will try to pop in occasionally.

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 75.

    I forgot - thank you for last night's mention Simon, and well done to all other menshees!

    Just had a quick look back - good to see Toots around here again - welcome back!

    T-T x

  • Comment number 76.

    #68, forget what I had said bout The Wombles... it's Loose Women they're on today, not This Morning, for fans of theirs!!!

  • Comment number 77.

    Good ARFternoon Each! All well, I trust?


    Should a Christmassy song be aposite, then

    'Run, Rudolph, Run' by, well, loads of people. Lets say either Chuck, or Lemmy.

    If you think there may be loads of Christmassy stuff anyway, and fancy something different, then...

    'Rockabilly Rebel' by Matchbox.

    I'd like to thank Simon, Matt, Rebecca, Sally, Nige and Part Time Pauline and all of the staff and crew for another year of fine entertainment. Strength to strength, chaps. Merry Christmas to you all, and lets do it all again in the new year, eh?

  • Comment number 78.

    First time lucky?
    My ARF submission goes back to your Radio 1 days (1999 to be precise).
    'Walking Round in Women's Underwear' by Bob Rivers please.

  • Comment number 79.

    *really regrets planning to serve a hot mexican buffet and tequila cocktails to family and guests between 6 and 8 this evening*

    #not a euphemism either

  • Comment number 80.

    #34 Christmas_Gale - Misteltoe Mo and I were both similarly unlucky. Shame - we could have had a mini blog-meet.

    #70 #73 and others - very well said! I will be posting my review of the year sometime next week, when all the festivities have calmed down a bit.

    Bingo - sorry to hear of your woes. I hope things look up for you in 2012. And how do you manage to post such long posts? Computer says no when I try to do more than a few paragraphs.

    Just spent a frustrating morning doing what would normally only take me about an hour - picking up a handful of groceries from the Rose that Waits. Why oh why do people feel the need to fill up their trolleys with a month's worth of food and drink? The shops will be open again on Boxing Day, for goodness sake!


  • Comment number 81.

    Afternoon all, a little late arriving today! Busy trying to cram a days work into 4 hours to try and get away a little early, but not having much success!

    Managed to catch last nights show in it's entirety as I was in the car for the duration. And very good it was too. I must admit to having been one of those over enthusiastic youngsters a little too keen to get at the pressies myself a good few years ago! My brother and I took full advantage of dozing parents, we had been good enough to wait until after lunch was out of the way but just couldn't wait any longer 8-)

    Had a brief scan through and would happily second FesiveFlo's STEP IN TO CHRISTMAS or Mandys SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELING but for a non festive starter how about


    Anyways, must crack on, still plenty to do :(

    Will try and pop back a little later when time allows but for now festive wishes to all


  • Comment number 82.

    No idea if I'll have a chance to post again before Christmas, so just in case...

    A Very Merry Christmas to Simon and the Drivetime team, and to all fellow bloggers.

    I've only been here a few weeks and feel very much a part of it all already. I like to think of the OSM as my contribution in return.

    This place one of fun, friendly banter and far too much temptation to get distracted.

  • Comment number 83.

    Afternoon Poppeteers

    And Merry Christmas Simon to you and your family, DT Team and NYM. AND of course a very Merry Christmas to all blogpoppeteers.

    I too would like to say that I never dreamed I would ever be part of a virtual on-line community but I'm so glad I found you all way back in July. I've had such fun on this lovely blog and "meeting" new friends.

    Shopping done, cleaning done................and relax.well for a wee bit.

    Is a small sherry out of order do you think?

    I'll plump for the Wombles today to please Simon "Wombling Merry Christmas" - Hurrah!

    I'm sure I'll get a chance to pop on the blog at some point over the festivities - especially in the mornings (that's my time to myself- bliss)

    Enjoy the rest of your day everyone.

    Catch you later

    STS xx

  • Comment number 84.

    Hurrah! Survived Sainsbugs! I echo Deebee'scomment re people filling their trolleywith a month of food. Why??? I turned into a trolley snob as I looked at the junk people were piling in.

    Now to make the chocolate chestnut pots - dear Nigella. Chuck everything in a food processor. Done. Yummy dessert made.

  • Comment number 85.

    I know it has been explained before, but how do you do accents?


  • Comment number 86.

    #40 Bingo sounds like you could do with a pair of underpant braces! The wonderful Kev invented the pant hammock, maybe he could rustle up something to solve your little problem?

    #52 Top Totty if you see #284 from yesterday evening, I was wearing it. Maybe I didn't put enough on? ;-)

    I could have done with it on holiday...would have been a fine mozzie repellent!

  • Comment number 87.

    Santa's Little 'elper - A don't now, sorry, know, 'ow a manage ter get more than a paragraph onter the most nice Mayo BBC Blog!!!!!!
    A went ter a bad school.... where they didn't wanter teach properly and a left school without any english literatatatatsure qualifications!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Not thatta want sympathy!!!!!!

    Although a did go ter night school and get me english GCSE atta later 10 years later!!!!

    Not thatta am boasting!!!!!!!!

    'ope this 'elps!!!!!!

    ALL - Am so sore terdee after knocking me plaster off me walls yesterdee!!!!!
    A can 'ardly walk... Me neck aches... me kness are kncking.... me 'ands are sore... me arm muscles in agony and me ankle 'urting after a missed me wall with me pickaxe and it the ankle.... But apart from that everything is most nice!!!!!!!

    Not thatta am after sympathy again!!!!!!!

    Bye for now!

  • Comment number 88.

    #85 French or German?

  • Comment number 89.

    #88 - French

  • Comment number 90.

    #85 apologies. An acute accent is achieved by holding down the ALT GR key and the required letter...

  • Comment number 91.

    Nothing seems to be happening - just getting a plain e -??

  • Comment number 92.

    #90 Driver, is there a shortcut for the cedilla (ç) or grave (à)?

  • Comment number 93.

    # 72 - Secret Santa - thank you very much - and the same to you and yours. And, I'd never have put you down as old or cynical!

  • Comment number 94.

    Back later hopefully, if I survive my trip to the (v cold) swimming pool this afternoon. Would rather sit by the fire roasting nuts....

  • Comment number 95.

    #91 JJ, I get them the Times Roman character set which you'll find in Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Character Map but it is a bit tedious to do it everytime.

  • Comment number 96.


    "Il est ne le divin enfant" by Siouxsie & The Banshees.

    A stunning Christmas song that I've never heard on the radio.

    Play it please.

    Merry Christmas.

  • Comment number 97.

    Quick lunchtime visit.

    *celebrity alert*

    Was in the rose that waits earlier and spotted Ros from Spooks. Resisted the urge to run down the aisles pretending to provide cover, shouting into my lapel "We need you back on The Grid"

    Loving the stories about Julian the plumber, the one-eyed donkey and the dry cleaner. We once had a vicar called Julian. I wonder if they are all the same person?

    I think I had a slow dance last night with someone who said her name was Toots Dubois? Can that be? Or was it just the creme de menthe?

    Lots of lovely festive messages from lots of lovely festive people. So I will add mine. It's a joy to be here almost every day (I mean being here almost every day, not it's a joy almost every day and not a joy on some days!), with such a bunch of fun-loving and kind-hearted people, and restores my faith in humanity on a daily basis.

    I wish you and your families and friends a very happy Christmas and best wishes for another year of bloggery, and don't forget to come back soon,


  • Comment number 98.

    é - very clever Secret Santa, but as you say a bit longwinded! Must be easier way?!

  • Comment number 99.

    There's only so much CBeebies a man can take. However, I've just noticed that presenters Andy & Sid are both wearing Arran jumpers from The Killing. That's some impressive intertextuality at work!

  • Comment number 100.

    #97 JBG, I believe that Toots was on the fringes of the party under the "nom de noël" of "Fairy Tinkerbell". By the time I joined in she was on her way home. Sorry to have missed her.

    I always think that "Toots Dubois" sounds like a character from a Tennessee Williams opus but g**gling it only produces links to this ere May blog.


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