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Carrying a Torch

Simon Mayo | 09:13 UK time, Monday, 19 March 2012

Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the blog, I trust the weekend was to your satisfaction and any Mothering Sunday business was concluded with style. Remembering your own mum is one thing, arranging matters for your children to make sure they remember their mum quite another. When they're young this is straight forward as you have to buy the flowers anyway but this has morphed into discreet texting and gentle reminders. So this year sibling gratitude was expressed with chocolates, flowers and a powerpoint demonstration.
All the best to Aasmah Mir who sits in for JV this week. A really tough gig but Aasmah, who I know from 5Live, has the charm and the nouse to crack it.
On the show today we reconvene the Radio 2 Book Club with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Harold has received a letter from somebody he hadn't heard from for years and decides to reply. But when he goes to post it, he finds that he wants to keep walking; all the way from his home in Devon to where his friend lies stricken in Berwick. As he walks he reconsiders his life and decisions and it is a delightful tale. I first saw Jo Whiley reading this and all she could say was 'I love Harold Fry!' I think you might too and there is a big chunk for you to check out here if you want to try it yourself. Rachel will be with us from 6.
And oldies? Let's stick with the travelling theme and go for TORCH songs. Not in the traditional sense you understand but in the OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY sense,details of which are announced today. Plenty to choose from I think.
Have a sprightly and feisty and Monday, see you after 5.

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