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And the winner is...

Simon Mayo | 09:16 UK time, Monday, 27 February 2012

Another fine week dawns....morning to all. A somewhat mixed weekend really. The bad side was a very public one and I'd really rather not talk about it. If that's ok with you. I'll be avoiding all reds today and fortunately a music network has other more important issues to concern itself with.
Anyway, it's only a game.
Apparently.
Matt might be slightly more difficult to restrain but his red is different to a London red but THAT'S ENOUGH FOOTBALL ANYWAY.
Took child 3 to The Muppets last night. He'd seen it before but was prepared to humour me and go again. I loved the TV series and still have the original album somewhere. I've always struggled to get used to any voices other than Jim Henson and Frank Oz for the Kermit, Fozzie and co. But it's a delightful film which may well be a kids film that's enjoyed more by nostalgic parents. And now 'Man or a Muppet' wins the Oscar for best song and child 3 is asking me if I prefer Swedish Chef or Sam The Eagle. My Fozzie/Douglas Hurd impression may live on a little longer.
Today we welcome Monty Halls to the show. Fresh from his 'Reef' show,the marine biologist/action-man Attenborough fronts "The Fisherman's Apprentice". Monty lived and worked as a Cornish small boat fisherman. It's one of those worlds that we are in danger of losing and Monty will explain all tonight.
And oldies please for THE OSCARS. The usual shenanigans overnight saw The Artist, Hugo and Meryl Streep take the headlines. Your musical interpretations and selections welcome.
Have an energy-filled and compliment-heavy Monday. See you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Good morning everyone

    Sunny, dry and windy here... will that wind ever go away?

    The dreaded green box is still here... a few refreshes did the trick!

    Since the silent movie won most Oscars... how about....

    THE SOUND OF SILENCE ~ Simon and Garfunkel

    SILENCE IS GOLDEN ~ Tremeloes

    DON'T SPEAK ~ No Doubt

    SO YOU WIN GAIN ~ Hot Chocolate

    WIN ~ David Bowie

    THE WINNER'S SONG ~ Geraldine

    xx

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning again

    HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS – Bob Seger

    GLITTERING PRIZE – Simple Minds

    SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD - Billy Joel

    MOVIE STAR – Harpo

    GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR – David Essex

    STAR – Kiki Dee

    BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE – Isley Brothers

    YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A STAR TO BE IN MY SHOW – Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jnr.

    YOU WIN AGAIN – BeeGees

    ACT NATURALLY - Beatles

    SILENCE IS GOLDEN – Tremeloes

  • Comment number 3.

    For Oscars Oldies the winner is....

    THANK YOU - Dido

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    I tweeted my suggestions before I left for work. Here they are again:

    GIRLS ON FILM by Duran Duran

    VOGUE by Madonna (several film stars mentioned, plus lots of pose-striking on the red carpet)

    BIG SHOT by Billy Joel

    STAR by Kiki Dee

    MOVIE STAR by Harpo

    THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL by Abba

    THE SOUND OF SILENCE by Simon and Garfunkel (for The Artist)

    ~X~

  • Comment number 5.

    I didn't think I'd be first to post with the green box hindering me first thing!!!

    Maybe Matt will be along soon and sort it for us!

    Coming from the West Country, I look forward to hearing what Monty has to say.

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM, Matt of the BAIU, and academy award winning bloggers


    Oscar oldies, you say? Well you have to start here:

    HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS – Bob Seger

    GIRLS ON FILM – Duran Duran

    GLITTERING PRIZE – Simple Minds

    HOLLYWOOD – Michael Buble

    KISSIN’ IN THE BACK ROW – The Drifters

    GOD PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE – Coldplay

    HOLD YOUR HEAD UP – Argent

  • Comment number 7.

    BUSY BEING FABULOUS – Eagles

    THANK U VERY MUCH - Scaffold

    THANK YOU - Dido

    THE PERFORMANCE OF MY LIFE – Dame Shirley

    EVERYTHING’S AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE – from Sunset Boulevard –
    Glen Close/Barbra Streisand/Elaine Page

  • Comment number 8.

    DISAPPOINTMENT - The Cranberries. Poor old George Clooney!

  • Comment number 9.

    HOLD UP THE LIGHT - ╪ (Wah!)

  • Comment number 10.

    Good Morning All :)

    I could happily not mention football forever, not my thing at all.

    I was pleased that The Artist won Best film & Jean Dujardin won Best Actor, it's good when something a bit different wins, even if it was a bit predictable in the end.

    Oldie suggestions...

    FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA - DEBORAH HARRY

    OOH LA LA - GOLDFRAPP

    FILMSTAR - SUEDE

    FASHION - DAVID BOWIE

  • Comment number 11.

    BLOCKBUSTER – Sweet

    GROOVY MOVIES – The Kinks

  • Comment number 12.

    ♫♫♪ “She grew up with the children of the stars
    In the Hollywood hills and the boulevard
    Her parents threw big parties everyone was there
    They hung out with folks like Dennis Hopper, Bob Seger, Sonny and Cher” ♫♫♪

    LULLABY – Shaun Mullins

  • Comment number 13.

    THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL - Meryl Streep - Mamma Mia!

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Have already tweeted a few suggestions, within 7 minutes of Simon blogging.

    Hope all had good weekends.

    Chelsea back on form again with a three nil moshing of Bolton, hope Birmingham don't knock us out of the FA Cup on Tuesday as it is the replay.

    1. GLITTERING PRIZE - Simple Minds
    2. MOVIE STAR - Harpo
    3. GOLD - Spandau Ballet
    4. HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS - Bob Seger
    5. SHUT UP! - Madness
    6. WALK ON BY - Dionne Warwick ( Red Carpet walkabout)
    7. SO YOU WIN AGAIN - Hot Chocolate (Meryl Streep reference)
    8. THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL - Abba ( The Artist )
    9. BILLY DONT BE A HERO - Paper Lace ( for the host)
    10. THANK YOU - Dido

    Oh well must dash on.

    Have a lovely day.

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 15.

    THE GREAT PRETENDER - Freddie Mercury or The Platters

    DIDN'T I BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME? - Delfonics

  • Comment number 16.

    Girls on Film - Duran Duran
    I wanna be Adored - Stone Roses
    The winner takes it all - Abba
    Living it up - Level 42
    Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz
    Thank You - Dido
    Smile Like you mean it - The Killers
    Stars _ Simply Red
    She's the One - Robbie Williams
    Waiting for a star to fall -Boy meets Girl
    What have I done to deserve this - Pet Shop Boys

  • Comment number 17.

    FAME – David Bowie

    NO MORE “I LOVE YOU’S” - Annie Lennox

    WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL – Boy Meets Girl

    That's m'lot.

  • Comment number 18.

    GOLD - Seal
    STARS - Simply Red

  • Comment number 19.

    Oooh ooh, just one more

    SMILE LIKE YOU MEAN IT - The Killers

  • Comment number 20.

    Morning all. A long time since I last posted but here are few options from me:

    Goldrush - Supertramp
    Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
    7 Seconds - Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry
    Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
    Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - Police
    Gone Hollyood - Supertramp

    That'll do me for now...

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning,

    You're a winner - Sharon Redd

    The Winner Takes it all - Meryl Streep/Mamma Mia soundtrack

    Silence is golden - Franki Valli & the Four Seasons

    The sound of silence - Simon & Garfunkel

    Going for gold - Shed Seven

    Gold - Spandau Ballet

    Thank U - Alanis Morissette

    Smile - Supernaturals

    Smile - Nat King Cole

    Smile - Lilly Allen

    Behind a painted smile - The Isley Brothers

    Good times Bad times - Led Zeppelin

  • Comment number 22.

    (Often nominated by me, but never played yet) LOOK AT ME I'M WONDERFUL by THE BONZO DOG BAND.
    I'M IN LOVE WITH A GERMAN FILM STAR by THE PASSIONS (this year's Oscars apparently snubbed Michael Fassbender)
    COUSIN KEVIN by THE WHO (Oscars also snubbed We Need To Talk About Kevin)

  • Comment number 23.

    PRETEND - Alvin Stardust

  • Comment number 24.

    Simon tweeted earlier, about his chat on Mumsnet (between 1-2pm today) I've had a quick glance through some of the questions submitted so far... O.O There will be a lot of sorting the wheat from the chaff there, methinks! http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/mumsnet_live_events/1412197-Live-webchat-with-Radio-2-DJ-Simon-Mayo-Monday-27th-February-1-2pm

  • Comment number 25.

    #23 Also available by GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS or THE DAKOTAS

  • Comment number 26.

    Good morning,

    #13 Hoffs, very clever. Love it!

    Howsabout:

    SHE'S A LADY by Tom Jones
    STARS by Simply Red
    LADY IN RED by Chris de Burgh (just to combined Oscars and football - sorry Simon)

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 27.

    Morning everyone.........sneezing has finally stopped..........now have a very fetching 40-a-day cough to contend with.....................hey ho....................

    GLADRAGS AND HANDBAGS - ROD STEWART

    I MISSED AGAIN - PHIL COLLINS

    THERE SHE GOES - THE LA'S

    IT SHOULD'VE BEEN ME - GLADYS KNIGHT

    GOLD - SPANDAU BALLET

    SIMPLY THE BEST - TINA TURNER

    WIN SOME LOSE SOME - ROBBIE WILLIAMS

    WHAT'S ANOTHER YEAR - JOHNNY LOGAN

    Happy Monday to you all.............................................................................

    Dougal x ..................................................................................................

    P.S Florence.....thank you for the picture...............made me smile.....................

  • Comment number 28.

    SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES - DRIFTERS

    CELLULOID HEROES = KINKS

  • Comment number 29.

    A few more:

    IRON LION ZION by Bob Marley
    CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT by Elton John (for all those luvvies in the room - and I think it won an Oscar for best song)

  • Comment number 30.

    Sorry, in a rush so forgot to say 'hello' properly. It must be a little difficult today for Simon and his disappointing 'red news' from the weekend, as we all post 'winning songs'. Hope you are smiling again soon Simon - possibly on 1 March?!

    Hope all bloggers had a good weekend. Overcast and wet here - not relishing my walk this morning. Need to focus on sorting stuff this week as the big moving truck will be arriving in a couple of weeks, much to the excitement of Mini-Hoffs the 6 year old. Thanks for all of your birthday wishes. He went to school armed with 24 fairy cakes for his classmates today and a large home-made rosette saying '6 today'. Oh to be 6 again.......

  • Comment number 31.

    One for the on camera smiles of the losers...

    MARTI WEBB - Take That Look Off Your Face ("I can see through your smile..")

  • Comment number 32.

    Blog's a bit quiet today. Are people still having trouble posting (think I'm about to find out if I am...)?

    Back at work today, feeling lots better although still not quite 100%. I haven't actually been here since last Tuesday, so there's a lot to catch up on.

    #24 Oh dear, oh dear - I see what you mean, Zoe. Not many of the questions appear to be actually about his book, do they... I hope they treat our leader with the respect he's due, or they'll have us bloggers to contend with...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 33.

    #27 Dougal, for a minute I was wondering which picture you mean and then it dawned on me.... http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7054/6926718355_25307b29dc.jpg

  • Comment number 34.

    From the Academy to each of the winners:
    STATUS QUO - Something 'Bout You Baby I Like

    For Meryl Streep
    DOLLY PARTON - Here You Come Again

    From the Oscar statuette to each winner:
    THOMPSON TWINS - Hold Me Now

    For the winners in general:
    REM - Shiny Happy People
    CLIFF RICHARD - Congratulations
    ABBA - On and On and On (for the speeches)

  • Comment number 35.

    Good morning everyone.

    A weekend, and certainly a Saturday, of ups and downs.

    Only one suggestion for the theme:

    BETTE DAVIS EYES by KIM CARNES or, at a pinch, Gwyneth Paltrow.

    Be back later

  • Comment number 36.

    Another one for the unnecessarily long speeches...
    CHAS AND DAVE - Rabbit

  • Comment number 37.

    #24 & #32 - Hmm, not sure about the questioner who suggests 'losing the confession'.....

  • Comment number 38.

    #32 Deebee mentioned the blog appearing to be quiet this morning, so perhaps if people are greeted by the green box, they don't have time to keep refreshing to get rid if it! I'm surprised my last message showed up because the green box appeared, so I refreshed a few times, then tried posting again and the wotsit thingy kept turning round and round with nothing happening, but after waiting for a while, then refreshing, my message suddenly appeared...

  • Comment number 39.

    PICTURE THIS - BLONDIE

    SOUND AND VISION - DAVID BOWIE

    KODACHROME - PAUL SIMON
    (think the Oscars ceremony is from the Kodak Theatre)

  • Comment number 40.

    #22 can I please second THE PASSIONS - I'm In Love With a German Film Star? An excellent choice.

    Another suggestion:
    DIRE STRAITS - Making Movies

  • Comment number 41.

    Re the live webchat with the mumsnet... looks like a lot of interest in Confessions!

    Did you see the question from 'travellingwilberry', who said, "I would like to know if you find the CIN day at radio 2 as tedious as you seem too and if so why ?"

  • Comment number 42.

    MOTION PICTURES ~ Neil Young

    MORE LIKE THE MOVIES ~ Dr Hook

    MOVIESTAR ~ Harpo

    EVERYONE'S GONE TO THE MOVIES ~ Steely Dan

    SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES ~ The Drifters

  • Comment number 43.

    #41 that wasn't the impression I got - and I was there!

    ;o)

  • Comment number 44.

    A belated good morning to all.

    Will read back momentarily for Oldies can I suggest:

    I Will Talk and Hollywood will Listen - Robbie Williams
    Hollywood - Michael Buble
    Anything by Iron Maiden
    Silence is Golden - The Tremeloes

    Back soon

  • Comment number 45.

    Also one by Robbie Williams that you don't hear very often:

    I WILL TALK AND HOLLYWOOD WILL LISTEN - which almost is the exact polar opposite of The Artist...

  • Comment number 46.

    Can't believe this wouldn't post for ages 'due to technical difficulties' then when it does it contains the same suggestion as the message above. Apologies, Autumn G, put it down to great minds thinking alike.

  • Comment number 47.

    In the much-missed Katy's absence, can I suggest a toon which I've been previously trying to shoehorn into various themes...National Trust, Fixing the Euro, etc

    RAMBLE ON - Led Zeppelin

  • Comment number 48.

    The Most Beautiful Girl in the World - THE ARTIST formerly known as Prince

  • Comment number 49.

    afternoon all

    the artist is a french film and thay won the oscars in the usa,so how about

    FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA-DEBBIE HARRY

    x

  • Comment number 50.

    I wonder if Matt is still trying to fix the green box problem because I have just got it again, so it hasn't gone away! :o(

  • Comment number 51.

    oh.........not sure if this has been picked already.........but how about....................

    THE CARPET CRAWLERS - GENESIS

    Dougal x......................................................................................................

  • Comment number 52.

    Simon, my 13 year old boy and I thought of you last night and of how sad you must be.

    Valley of the Dolls, Dionne Warwick

    Have a good start to the week everyone!
    LB, x

  • Comment number 53.

    In the light of Sacha Baron Cohen's stunt, what about:

    ASHES TO ASHES by DAVID BOWIE

  • Comment number 54.

    Morning All- am voiceless and speechless due to shock win of the red team and superb win by Wales RFU team- Borag Da! Simon, I must confess, I am truly, truly sorry but I vowed never to support the red team ever again due to poor performances and never to watch tv when they played.... and this weekend we know what happened. It's all my fault, so so so sorry. (Genuinely). JBG second your last choon choice.

  • Comment number 55.

    I don't see a mensh of Mr Mayo's Radio 4 chat this weekend on Loose Ends with Clive Anderson this week - has he got a book out methinks?

    A tip for the Radio 2 team - don't mention Red Diesel to any boaty people at the moment. They tend to start having arguments with themselves (*starts arguing with herself*)

  • Comment number 56.

    For all those actors and actresses who have been nominated but never won.

    To win just once by The Saw Doctors

  • Comment number 57.

    It never seems fair that the outcome of such 'important' games of football are settled by a few penalty kicks at goal! I wonder why they don't have a replay or carry on playing after the drawn game ends, until the first team scores a goal... as it seems fairer than one player at a time taking it in turns to kick penalties at goal!

  • Comment number 58.

    #56 Johno... a good suggestion! I've never heard Simon play a Saw Doctors' song!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsD9k82uAjo

  • Comment number 59.

    A late suggestion, for Uggie the dog who was at the Oscars....

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/02/27/article-2106986-11EE9EB4000005DC-618_470x633.jpg

    LOVE ME, LOVE MY DOG ~ Peter Shelley

    I LOVE MY DOG ~ Cat Stevens

  • Comment number 60.

    How about

    STARRY STARRY NIGHT by Don McClane

    Two links there; 'STARRY' - but also the song was about an Artist ...

    or

    LUCKY STAR by Madge.

  • Comment number 61.

    And also: we've had FAME by David Bowie - but we could creep lower and have FAME by Irene Cara ...!

    CELEBRATION by Kool & the Gang

    another Madonna song

    TAKE A BOW

  • Comment number 62.

    Afternoon all

    Can't think of any songs to add to the selections already made.

    Oscars seems to be an excuse for the Beeb to send two reporters to do the job of one. Colin Paterson + AN Other (presumably from TV) were apparently wedged next to each other asking Brannagh questions this morning. Ludicrous waste of money - use one and play it out on all platforms. Heard Brannagh say everyone and everything was wonderful and realised that was three minutes of lsitening time I'd never get back.

  • Comment number 63.

    #62 - I was wondering what Alastair Leithead had done to have swapped his flak jacket for black tie on the red carpet......

  • Comment number 64.

    I'm lurking on the Mumsnet site, and our leader is doing very well over there. Some of his answers, I've felt like punching the air in salute to him...

    Just a thought - why are Simon, Chris et al still referred to as 'radio DJ'. A DJ is someone who plays records, but they do so much more than that these days. Surely the title 'radio presenter' is more apt...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 65.

    Afternoon all,
    Late to blog - late to work (deliberate, will be here till 9.30pm Wah!)
    #22 Did you see him on Top Gear? I must say, even though I saw him in Jane Eyre I could have walked past him in the street - Jeremy Clarkson was very funny (or whoever writes his lines was ) "regarding that full frontal nude scene in SHAME...was it hard?"
    Well, made the audience titter, and I do believe Fassbender blushed!

    #24 I hope DT Dude has practiced saying the long name of his book's hero Itch, as it is a bit of a tongue-twister 'Itchingham Lofte' looking forward to hearing how it sounds coming out of his own mouth...

    Re Theme
    I FB'd GOLD by Spandau Ballet, for the winners
    plus 'SIT DOWN' by James (for the non-winners) or 'Should have been me' by Neil Diamond
    Plus I suppose anything by TALK TALK for the speeches...wonder if any of them were shoo'd off early and gave the finger - prob not, methinks.

    Will be listening via headphones at work today, good luck all with the menshes,

  • Comment number 66.

    #65 Suzieee, if you listen to this week's 'Loose Ends' on ithingy you will hear Simon saying Itch's full name...

    ;o)

    Turns out I have been to the church where he got the inspiration from the name from - I can't remember what the church is called, but it's somewhere in Suffolk.

    Must admit I wasn't terribly impressed by Michael Fassbender on Top Gear last week - he seemed a bit full of himself...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 67.

    #66 - Holy Trinity Blitheborough (sp?)?

  • Comment number 68.

    #67 Yes, that's it Hoffs! Blythburgh - we went there once years ago during a weekend away with some friends. Lovely church, as I remember. And it's quite close to Simon's Suffolk bolt hole, so that would make sense.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 69.

    #66 he looked quite anonymous to me, and where was his accent going to settle...Ireland or Germany? It was freaky.

    I saw a clip on there from 'A dangerous method' which he stars in with Keira Knightly...has nobody noticed (in the stylee of the Emperor's New Clothes') that she is WASTING AWAY...it is cr*p for her to say, as she does regularly, that she is eating normally - in her early film role in 'The Hole' she had to bear her top half - normal womanly breasts...come Pride and Prejudice, she is as flat as a pancake...normally, breast development is the other way around!!
    As mother of a 13 year old girl, I worry that women who look like her are paraded in the press and in films and regarded as looking normal...
    *soapbox dismantled, rant over*

    Laters,

  • Comment number 70.

    #68 Suffolk? *sigh*
    A week in Southwold this August will be Mr e's first time enjoying the skies, sunsets and more importantly ADNAM's beer!

  • Comment number 71.

    #70 Southwold is one of my very favourite places in England, Suzieee, but you are brave going in August - no doubt you will be met there by the world and indeed his dog... The beer will be good though - I'm not a beer drinker, but even I have been known to partake of a small half of the good stuff!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 72.

    Damn! Green box finally gone and I've forgotten what I wanted to say.

    "What a drag it is growing old"

    ;0)

  • Comment number 73.

    #72 See, can't even remember that correctly:

    "What a drag it is getting old"

    :-D

  • Comment number 74.

    Hi everyone....very late today for no good reason! I did tweet some songs first thing but in the style of Harry that was so long ago I can't remember them :-D

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 75.

    Afternoon All

    Wet here.

  • Comment number 76.

    Afternoon all

    Wet here too, and it's taken me ages to get on here, what with the green box and the 'spinning thingy'!

    T x

  • Comment number 77.

    Afternoon everyone

    I tried for ages to post earlier and gave up and went out to pull out lots of fast-growing weeds in between my pretty spring flowers, then forked around in the soil to freshen it up.

    I just caught Billie and Mandy's names for the current song Simon is playing.... and there were others I missed, so well done everyone!

  • Comment number 78.

    Ooh! First cab off the rank - dog out of the trap - and in such esteemed company!

    Billie, John & Mandy on the blog! Welldones to us!

  • Comment number 79.

    I can play this - Jai Ho - took me ages to work through it. It's not easy!

  • Comment number 80.

    Crikey, those marmalades are expensive... £6.95 a jar! When I think of all the marmalade and jam I give away every year... my husband always says it's a waste of me spending so much time preparing fruit and making jam and marmalade, only to give so much of it away! Ah well, it's usually appreciated by my neighbour and friends who can't be bothered making it for themselves!

    Well done to Rebecca for just sniffing it during her 40 days of giving up sugar!

  • Comment number 81.

    Was that a mensh for "Listener Dirk"? Mr. Thrust?

  • Comment number 82.

    Re the homework question about tea-towels... the Scots always seem to call them DISH towels, which seems a more accurate description, seeing as dishes are dried with them.

    Well done to Dirk for the last song... Dirk Thrust, I presume! :o)

  • Comment number 83.

    "Billie, John & Mandy" sounds like a children's nursery rhyme. Well done us!

    I think listener Mr Thrust is an honorary blogger. He has been spotted here occasionally. Feeling very aligned with the choices tonight.

    I love marmalade. Much underestimated by many people. Jam and honey too.

  • Comment number 84.

    #83 John -

    "Billie, John & Mandy
    Went to Colomendy ............" ?

    I feel "aligned" also!

    Congrats. & Welldone to Phil for The Tremeloes!

    I LOVE The Tremeloes!

  • Comment number 85.

    Evening All;

    Well done Billie, John, Mandy, Phil & Dirk Thrust for the menshes so far :)

    We went out for a drive and lunch out in the Peak District, it was lovely, if rainy! We stopped at the Chatsworth House Farm shop, and went in their restaurant, and very nice it was too. I had Chatsworth beef stew and dumplings, and it was very tasty, highly recommended.

  • Comment number 86.

    Well done to Phil too.

    And Billie, I'm playing bingo with your list at #2! Going for a full house? You're winning the Prize of Maximum Alignment (POMA).

    I'm hearing lots of man/boy toons in the choices for the Bluesy Showstopper... Recycled from the Y-Chromosome feem??

  • Comment number 87.

    Really enjoying listening to Monty Halls and particularly the Billy Joel song - one of those great story-telling songs...

    Well done to menshees so far - Billie, John, Mandy and Phil.

    See you tomorrow x

  • Comment number 88.

    #85 Hello Zoe, been a while since we chatted. Sounds like a lovely day out, and a fine lunch. Good for you.

    No rain here - I really can't remember the last time. 2012 has been very dry. At this rate the Olympic canoeing will have to be in the swimming pool.

    The marmalade man made me chuckle. I imagined he had whiskers and wore a tweed jacket.

    Right, must stop prattling on, and go and do some fatherly duties.

  • Comment number 89.

    #88 Hello John, we are ships that don't even pass in the night! ;D Thank you, it was a nice outing.

    It has been very dry so far, which will probably mean we'll be up to our necks in flood water over the summer... Some places are already in drought though, quite worrying actually :-S

  • Comment number 90.

    Ooo my first green-boxing of the day! I'm on a laptop, windows 7 & Google Chrome, if that information is of any use to the tech team.

  • Comment number 91.

    Hi Zoe! Glad you had a good day out! "Chatsworth Beef Stew & Dumplings" sounds much posher than mere "Beef Stew & Dumplings"! I like a post with food in it!



    I didn't get "Black or White" .........................

  • Comment number 92.

    #90 I got it a few minutes ago too, Zoe - wonder if it happens at certain times of the day.

    #91 Billie, it's to do with The Artist being in black and white.

    Oh, how rude of me - evening all and well dones to Billie, John, Mandy and Phil! And of course Dirk... ;o). Plus 'Black and White' was Dissing Dave from over the fence, who occasionally pops in here.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 93.

    #91 Thanks Billie :) It was made with beef from cows reared on the Chatsworth estate, hence the fancy name! I did feel a bit guilty, because we could see the cows grazing from the restaurant window... But if you're going to be a meat-eater, you have to live with the reality of where your food comes from, and how it gets to your plate.

    I think Black and White was in reference to The Artist being a black and white film... The oldies were a bit predictable today, I thought, and only four instead of the usual five. That's the way the cookie crumbles though, sometimes.

  • Comment number 94.

    Zoe, I visited Chatsworth House years ago. Just had a look at their website - looks really nice. Glad you enjoyed the lunch, and didn't let the weather spoil your day out. We're in one of the potentially drought areas - it is rather worrying.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 95.

    #92 Hello Deebee :) Yes, the green box does seem to strike at certain times of the day.

    I read Simon's webchat answers over on the Mumsnet site... I think I can guess at one answer that you were cheering him for, after our chat on Twitter yesterday ;) He does talk a lot of sense though, I wouldn't like him so much if he didn't!

  • Comment number 96.

    Zoe, I visited Chatsworth House years ago. Just had a look at their website - it looks really nice. Glad you enjoyed your lunch, and didn't let the weather spoil your day out. We live in one of the areas potentially affected by drought - it is rather worrying.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 97.

    Deebee & Zoe - Yes! I understand that "The Artist" is a B&W film!

    It's not Black OR White!

    Ha!

  • Comment number 98.

    #94 We only went to the Chatsworth farm shop, which is quite close to the house. The house and gardens are currently closed for the Winter, and don't reopen again until next month. We will be visiting there in the spring though, it's lovely to see the gardens coming to life again after the Winter.

  • Comment number 99.

    #97 -

    EBONY AND IVORY - MJ & Macca would have been better!

  • Comment number 100.

    #96 You're talking about the comment about how he chooses to bring up his children, but it wasn't only that one I meant. I just thought he spoke a lot of sense in the face of particularly one or two rather tricky questions - not all of them by any means, some of the participants were quite complimentary I thought.

    ~X~

 

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