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Pirates! An Adventure on Drivetime

Simon Mayo | 09:11 UK time, Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Sunny day dawns again and boy are we all getting used to lovely spring weather. If it goes back to the seasonal norm anytime soon, we'll get a mighty shock. There are small furry things falling from a tree in the garden which is messing up the estate somewhat but apart from that and the foxes and the almost total absence of grass, it's looking lovely.
Thanks for the techie comments and words will be said. Thank you for your patience (assuming you have any left). Store that computer rage and take it out on an inanimate object near you. But probably not your computer...
Today we welcome Sir Andrew Motion to Drivetime. The former poet laureate (or more likely Poet Laureate) has written 'Silver-A Return to Treasure Island' and as you might have guessed, it is a follow up to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. Which I don't believe I have ever read. But all the language has been with us since 1881 when it first was published as a serial in a childrens magazine called Young Folks. The pirates with parrots, buried treasure, X marking the spot, pieces of eight, yo ho ho and all that come from Treasure Island. These days young readers don't have to wait too long before a sequel to their favourite new book. But RL Stevenson fans have waited 131 years for a new Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver story! Well it is here now and Andrew Motion will explain more at 6.
So obviously, it's TREASURE ISLAND oldies today. So much to work with! Rich pickings indeed.
Have a creative and stimulating Tuesday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning everyone

    Wall to wall blue sky and glorious sunshine... we can get used to this every day!

    CONEY ISLAND ~ Van Morrison

    HI HO SILVER ~ Jim Diamond

    LADY OF THE ISLAND ~ Crosby, Stills and Nash

    SILVER MACHINE ~ Hawkwind

    SILVER AND GOLD ~ U2

    ISLAND GIRL ~ Elton John

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning all. Beautiful sunshine, wish I wasn't working!

    Pirates look for Booty, don't they? So my first choice would be

    DESTINY'S CHILD - Bootylicious

    Back with a few more in a bit...

  • Comment number 3.

    Posting my first message surprised me, seeing as I had that green box trying to stop me and it took a few refreshes to get rid of!

  • Comment number 4.

    LIVING ON AN ISLAND - STATUS QUO

  • Comment number 5.

    STATUS QUO - Living On An Island

    PEGGY LEE - Baubles Bangles and Beads

    SPANDAU BALLET - Gold

  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning Simon and Everyone

    I get Treasure Island mixed up with Kidnapped a bit but here goes:

    MY NAME IS JACK - MANFRED MANN

    ISLANDS IN THE STREAM - KENNY ROGERS AND DOLLY

    I FALL TO PIECES (OF 8) - PATSY CLINE

    Off for another think.....

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning all, summer is a cummin' in - old medieval song that originating from Reading Abbey..... How about HI HO THE SILVER LINING by Jeff Beck (brings back old school disco memories that one)?
    Trust the nuptials were celebrated in style Harry and New Mrs Snapper, congratulations all and enjoy the sunshine whilst it lasts.

  • Comment number 8.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Another beautiful day here too!

    How about:

    GOLD by Spandau Ballet

    ISLAND GIRL by Elton John

    MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE by the Police

    ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE by Phil Collins

    HALFWAY TO PARADISE by Billy Fury

    IF PARADISE WAS HALF AS NICE by Amen Corner

    ~X~

  • Comment number 9.

    For buried treasure:

    U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

    JAMIROQUAI - Deeper Underground

  • Comment number 10.

    Arg green box hell....
    Yes, tweeted GOLD by Spandau Ballet too,
    plus LIVING ON AN ISLAND by The Quo,
    Capt Jack (sparrow) by Billy Joel;
    Digging in the dirt Peter Gabriel;
    plus Sunken Treasure by WILCO..

    Back later, for the craic...wonder if we'll hear from Mr Snapper?!

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Well shiver me timbers well I never ("patch removed now")

    Sorry to hear about woes Tortie, RIP indeed to your little friend :(

    Congrats on all menshes last night!

    Here goes:

    1. ISLANDS IN THE STREAM - Kenny and Dolly
    2. A LITTLE BIT MORE - DR HOOK
    3. Whoa! i'm going to Barbados - TYPICALLY TROPICAL
    4. BILLY DONT BE A HERO - Paper Lace ( Billy Bones?!)
    5. WHEN YOUR'E DEAD AND GONE - MCGUINESS FLINT ( Flint in story)
    6. SILVER LADY - David Soul ( Long John Silver)
    7. Move like Jagger - MAROON 5
    8. LIVING ON AN ISLAND - Status Quo
    9. CASTAWAY - Green Day
    10 DO THAT TO ME ME ONE MORE TIME - CAPTAIN and Tenille
    11. STRANDED - Lutricia McNeal

    May poop back later

    Have a glorious day

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 12.

    I was forgetting the obvious one:

    LED ZEPPELIN - Black Dog

  • Comment number 13.

    And a couple more character references:

    MICHAEL JACKSON - Ben (for Ben Gunn)

    and

    ABC - Poison Arrow (for Mr Arrow, first mate on the Hispaniola)

  • Comment number 14.

    Ditto from yesterday................a sunny good morning to one and all.....................

    ROCK THE BOAT - HUES CORPORATION

    CHASING PIRATES - NORAH JONES

    BEYOND THE SEA - BOBBY DARIN

    COME SAIL AWAY - STYX

    DOCK OF THE BAY - OTIS REDDING

    SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS - OMD

    SHIP OF FOOLS - ROBERT PLANT

    WOODEN SHIPS - CROSBY STILLS NASH & YOUNG

    SAIL ON - THE COMMODORES

    In a Treasure Island accent................have a good one my lovelies......................

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

  • Comment number 15.

    A few more....

    CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP ~ Reparata and The Delrons

    WOODEN SHIPS ~ Crosby, Stills and Nash

    ISLANDS IN THE STREAM ~ Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

    BONES ~ The Killers

    BACK TO THE ISLAND ~ Leon Russell

    ROCK ISLAND LINE ~ Lonnie Donegan

  • Comment number 16.

    Good morning, everybody!

    Here goes...

    Treasure...
    GOLD - SPANDAU BALLET
    DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER - SHIRLEY BASSEY
    JET - WINGS
    GOODBYE RUBY TUESDAY - ROLLING STONES
    PEARL'S CAFE - THE SPECIALS
    LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS - THE BEATLES

    And to recover the treasure...
    PURE SHORES - ALL SAINTS
    DIGGING IN THE DIRT - PETER GABRIEL

    Avast me hearties! (Looking forward to 19th September) :P

    Now... off to the coffee machine... back later.

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning all.

    I couldn't get the comments to show at all at first - but obviously others could as every time I refreshed the 'comment count' had increased. Very frustrating!

    Tortie - I hope you're feeling a little less 'raw' today
    Harry - I hope you're feeling decidedly jolly (if a little the worse for wear).

    Oldies:
    Gold - Spandau Ballet
    Jimmy Jimmy - The Undertones
    Wild Boys - Duran Duran
    Diamonds & Pearls - Prince
    Diamonds are Forever - Shirley Bassey
    What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor? - Fisherman's Friends (was there a live version on the show at one point)

  • Comment number 18.

    Good morning Captain Simon, yo ho ho team and shiver-me-timbers blogsters...

    A few Treasure Island oldies ..

    GOLD - SPANDAU BALLET

    ROCK THE BOAT - HUES CORPORATION

    CAN YOU DIG IT - THE MOCK TURTLES

    CHASING PIRATES - NORAH JONES

    GOLD DIGGER - KANYE WEST

    FIELDS OF GOLD - STING or EVA CASSIDY


    Have a great day in the sunshine me hearties!
    Jx

  • Comment number 19.

    #9 - Driver I'm, err, 'digging' those suggestions! :P

  • Comment number 20.

    More from the depths of the ithingy:

    GOLD by Emmylou Harris

    Dig down deep Marc Cohen

    Call off the search (found the treasure!) by Katie Melua

    Bring me a boat (get me off the island so's I can spend my treasure!) Kate Rusby

    ISLAND Gerry Rafferty

    Castles made of sand Jimi Hendrix

    Coconut skins Damien Rice

    Think that'll be it...work to do *WAH*

  • Comment number 21.

    Oh.. a couple more..

    I'LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE - THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH

    BIG BAD JOHN - JIMMY DEAN

  • Comment number 22.

    Don't know why I'm bothering with this because I know it won't get played but here we go anyway

    CINEMA SMUGGLERS by The Lancashire Hotpots

    Please?

  • Comment number 23.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM, Matt of the BAIU, Mr and Mrs Snapper, and poetic bloggers,

    Sending lots of good wishes to Mr and Mrs S, hugs to Tortie-Cat and Mo, a bowl of sugar to Hoffs (who ever really borrows a bowl of sugar?), long battery life to Alex, and sunshine wishes to everyone else.

    Just the one from me:

    SLOOP JOHN B - Beach Boys


    Keep enjoying this wonderful week of weeks!

    JBG

  • Comment number 24.

    Morning all ! Treasure island eh?, how's about...

    CAN YOU DIG IT - MOCK TURTLES
    HOLE IN THE GROUND - BERNARD CRIBBINS

    Topping up my roots n stinking out the house in the process at the mo. (keeping an eye on the clock so I dont overdevelop)
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 25.

    Gulity Pleasure suggestion from me:

    FANTASY ISLAND - Tight Fit

  • Comment number 26.

    Club Tropicana - Wham
    Echo Beach - Martha and the muffins
    Fantasy Island- Tight Fit
    Going for Gold - Shed Seven
    Gold - Spandau Ballet
    Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves - Cher
    Island of Lost Souls - Blondie
    Pearl in the Shell - Howard Jones
    Sailing - Rod Stewart

  • Comment number 27.

    And if X really does mark the spot then

    THAT'S WHERE IT'S AT - Sam Cooke

  • Comment number 28.

    Morning all from a lovely sunny Shire :-)

    I've tweeted a few songs but can't really think of any PSL type tunes for todays theme so I'll sit this one out.

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 29.

    And, seeing no-one else has said it yet:

    HI HO SILVER LINING - Jeff Beck (I played this as a request at a disco recently having not played it for 10 years+ expecting it to bomb except for the bloke requesting it - to my amazement it packed the dancefloor!)

  • Comment number 30.

    Oh go on then, just one more...

    LA ISLA BONITA - Madonna

  • Comment number 31.

    A meeting beckons and then out and about all afternoon in this lovely sunshine. Yipee.

    Have a great day everyone and catch you all later.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 32.

    How about.......................................................................................


    SILVER - ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN

    HI HO SILVER LINING - JEFF BECK

    CAPTAIN JACK - BILLY JOEL

    ON A ISLAND - DAVE GILMOUR

    ISLANDS IN THE STREAM - KENNY ROGERS & DOLLY PARTON

    SHIVER - NATALIE IMBRUGLIA



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

  • Comment number 33.

    Well I'll try again. Refuses to post.

    Morning All,

    Another glorious day in Yorkshire.

    My humble suggestion is:-

    Bits & Pieces - Dave Clarke Five

    Zoe, I did go on a bit about Walking Dead, but since it refused to post, I can't be bothered to write it out again. Suffice to say, I don't like Lori!

    Maybes Laters

    A.

  • Comment number 34.

    ...could go with JIMMY MACK by MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS at a push!

  • Comment number 35.

    #29 I've tweeted it earlier, it takes me back to my school disco days

  • Comment number 36.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Peggy' by Toots and the Maytals

    'Billy's Bones' by The Pogues (If you ignore the apostrophe, and the first 's')

    'Black Dog' by Led Zeppelin

    'Ben' (Gunn) by Micheal Jackson

  • Comment number 37.

    Also..............................................................................................


    DIGGING UP BONES - RANDY TRAVIS

    WE ARE GOLDEN - MIKA

    GOLD RUSH - YELLO

    BLACK DOG - LED ZEPPELIN

    OH JIM - LOU REED



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

  • Comment number 38.

    Raised on Robbery - Joni Mitchell

    Willy the Shake
    x

  • Comment number 39.

    Good morning everyone.

    Many thanks for all your good wishes.

    We had a wonderful day with gorgeous weather and all our friends around us. Well, I say ALLour friends but that's not quite true as none of you were there! The party went on a little too long but everyone behaved themselves :-)

    @Tortie, sorry to hear your news. I hope things don't turn out as bad as you fear.

    @Mo, hope your visit home goes as well as can be expected under the circumstances.

    I have loads of work to do but hopefully back later.

  • Comment number 40.

    PATCHES - CLARENCE CARTER

    ('Shiver me timbers) SHAKING ALL OVER - JOHNNY KIDD AND THE PIRATES

  • Comment number 41.

    #33 A quick search of t'internet suggests that lots of people don't like Lori on Walking Dead! It seems the producers have had to speak out about it.

  • Comment number 42.

    SHIVER ME TIMBERS by TOM WAITS
    LONG JOHN SILVER by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
    WOT by CAPTAIN SENSIBLE

  • Comment number 43.

    #41 Ken, I found said article on t'internet. Don't agree. I didn't really have any sort of opinion about Lori up until the final 10 mins or so of the finale when Rick was talking about Shane. Not realistic to give Rick the cold shoulder and treat him like HE was the monster when we all know that Shane clearly had a screw loose.

  • Comment number 44.

    Simon, your blog brings out the bookseller in me: "RL Stevenson fans have waited 131 years for a new Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver story"? Hmmmm, I think not. What about Björn Larsson's "Long John Silver"? Or, Francis Bryan's "Jim Hawkins and the Curse of Treasure Island"?

    I haven't read Bryan's book but Larsson's is excellent.

  • Comment number 45.

    Morning Everybody,

    'I'll Sail This Ship Alone' Beautiful South

    Have a good day one and all

  • Comment number 46.

    CATCH THE WIND - DONOVAN

    SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS - OMD

  • Comment number 47.

    Good afternoon everyone - another glorious day here and Mr has decreed another gardening day so off I go!!!!!!!!!

    Have a good day - glad to see Harry survived his glorious day yesterday! ;0)

    QJW

  • Comment number 48.

    'Diamond Smiles' Boomtown Rats

  • Comment number 49.

    This is my very first contribution. It feels a bit like I'm intruding into a well established crowd - everyone seems to know each other so well.

    Could I offer
    On the Beach - Chris Rea
    Ruby Tuesday - Rolling Stones (it's the correct day of the week as well)
    I'd support the vote for Johnny Kidd & the Pirates

    My sympathies to Tortie for the sad loss. You may guess that I'm a cat lover, too and I've been there.

  • Comment number 50.

    Looking for the buried treasure:-

    THE SEEKER - THE WHO

    KEEP SEARCHING - DEL SHANNON

  • Comment number 51.

    #49 Welcome Parsley_Cat, hope you'll drop by again. We're an inclusive bunch, and we were all 'first time contributers' once, so just join in when you want to.

  • Comment number 52.

    Good Afternoon All :)

    Bit busy today, and got a meeting at 1pm, but just got time for a quick pop in.

    Has anyone suggested...

    WHISKEY IN THE JAR - THIN LIZZY

    I think it was played for a pirate theme before :)

    #33 & #41 Yes, I know that Lori is very unpopular amongst the Walking Dead fans, and last week, Gale Anne Hurd (one of the producers) did post a few things on Twitter in defence of Sarah Wayne Callies (who plays Lori) She said that the actress was one of the loveliest people she knew, and she felt bad about all the abuse she had been getting. I must say, whether you like a character or not, sending abuse to the actor portraying that character, can never be right. Lori isn't exactly my favourite character either, but I can agree with the writer's take on it, that's she is confused and angry with herself over what happened, but she is projecting all that on to Rick.

    Nice sunny day again, but as the mister pointed out, we've had a few years of these early taste of summer in March/April, only to have rubbish actual summers... Like I said yesterday, I'm a glass half empty kind gal! ;D

  • Comment number 53.

    #49. (adopts a David Jacobs voice) Hello, there!

  • Comment number 54.

    A warm blog welcome to Parsley Cat :) Like Harry said, we were all newbies once upon a time, and we wouldn't have stuck around for so long but for the friendly banter and lovely fellow bloggers. I hope you will stick around and join in too.

  • Comment number 55.

    Policemen and Pirates - Ocean Colour Scene

  • Comment number 56.

    Good morning from a sun-kissed Horsforth. As a Galley Slave on a 26ft boat on Windermere I have enough trouble with pirates. They are forever shouting 'Pieces of cake' at me. My long-handled no.3 skillet usually sees them off. I'm off planning a sailing trip to the parts of Scotland that R.L.Stevenson and his LIGHTHOUSE building FAMILY frequented. so:

    LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY and OCEAN DRIVE.

    Ah well - it was worth a try. Skipper's just let out a 'Yar, me beauty' again...... no no no, unhand me!

  • Comment number 57.

    A Pirate looks at Forty - Jimmy Buffett
    Silver - Echo & the Bunnymen
    I dug up a diamond - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris

    thank you
    twigsan

  • Comment number 58.

    Morning/afternoon

    DAVID GRAY - SAIL AWAY

  • Comment number 59.

    Afternoon all

    #49 Welcome Parsley_cat, and thank you for the sympathy.

    Once again, thanks to all my blog chums for your kind words and virtual hugs.

    Harry, so glad your wedding day went well - bet you're glad you ordered this weather!

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 60.

    THE HOUSEMARTINS - PIRATE AGGRO

  • Comment number 61.

    EASYBEATS - FRIDAY ON MY MIND

    (Perhaps I'm thinking of Robinson Crusoe...)

  • Comment number 62.

    Hello and welcome Parsley Cat... a cute name!

    I have just put on the TV and Alex James, Simon's guest from yesterday, is on Loose Women, talking about his new book, so I'm wondering if Simon might put in an appearance on Loose Women one of these days, talking about his Itchy book! :o)

  • Comment number 63.

    Hi Simon,

    Usually I'd try and suggest some good 80s stuff, but today it's back to the 70's...

    Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs - Seaside Shuffle
    Queen - Seven Seas Of Rhye

    Thanks,

  • Comment number 64.

    ROXY MUSIC - THE MAIN THING

  • Comment number 65.

    Crikey, I have just heard the news-reader on TV say the Post Office is to put up the cost of postage stamps by 30% and 39%, which seems rather a hefty jump, especially when you can't depend on first class delivering the next day!! A friend posted me a card with piece of fabric inside it, first class, from Kendal on Friday and I got it this morning... and surely that's a second-class delivery!

    Seemingly next month it's going to cost 60p to send a first-class letter and 50p for second-class, which sounds even worse in old money... 12/- and 10/- and wouldn't be quite so bad if next day or two days delivery could be guaranteed!

  • Comment number 66.

    I can't believe no-one's suggested

    JOLLY ROGER - Adam and the Ants

    Or if you don't fancy that then

    BLACK DOG - LED ZEPPELIN

  • Comment number 67.

    To be fair, I think it's perhaps more of an aspiration for first class to be delivered the next day - although it usually is in my experience.

    If you want to guarantee next day delivery then that really does cost (it used to be £3.50 - it may well be more now).

    For my own part, I think of the number of letters I used to send out up to a few years ago and compare that with the number of emails I now send instead. Financially, I'm up - and Royal Mail are down. Hence the large price rise, I guess.

  • Comment number 68.

    Apologies. Re-reading my last post, the final paragraph makes it look as if my reduction in sending letters is solely responsible for Royal Mail's woes. Of course, what I meant was that my experience is no doubt the same all over - more people sending more emails than letters.

  • Comment number 69.

    Just had a customer in who told me I had beautiful books.

    "Unfortunately", he said, "I've given up buying books for Lent"

    I told him that it was actually quite fortunate because I've given up selling them for Lent.

  • Comment number 70.

    ...and of course I may not be up financially when broadband costs etc. are taken into account. Hmmm. I thought that made some sense when I first typed it...

    In any event, I find myself sending fewer letters and I'm sure that is the same for others.

  • Comment number 71.

    Irregular Blogger Andrew, why should I have to pay £3.50 to post a letter when there is '1st class' post, said to be 'next day delivery'? I don't mind paying extra for something valuable or posting an important document... but not for a birthday card, although I generally post birthday cards early, just to make sure they arrive.

  • Comment number 72.

    "why should I have to pay £3.50 to post a letter when there is '1st class' post, said to be 'next day delivery'?"

    I have no idea. Royal Mail don't say first class post is 'next day delivery'. They say:

    'Delivery aim 1 day'

    Which is something rather different.

    I was only pointing out that if you want something guaranteed for the next day then you have to pay for that service.

  • Comment number 73.

    #61 - can I second - Friday on my mind?

    usually ask for that as a possible ARFO but forgot all about it today until I saw you mention it Andrew!

    QJW

  • Comment number 74.

    #73 - Queen Jennie - of course, the more the merrier.

    I only 'rediscovered' it again quite recently (I've no idea how I managed to misplace it) - I think Tony Blackburn may have played it on Pick of the Pops. It's now safely on my itunes so all is well.

  • Comment number 75.

    Had trouble posting earlier - hope this works!

    Welcome to Parsley_cat! A few of us have met in "real life" but most of us only know each other from posting on here. Hope you enjoy joining in - it's a friendly place to be!

    Good to hear that the wedding went well, Harry!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 76.

    Here's a little something for all the cat lovers on the blog:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/26/kittens-dreaming-adorable_n_1379732.html?ref=comedy

    Harry - Glad to hear that you and your new Mrs had a lovely day yesterday :) All the very best to you both xx

    I hope this posts, I've been green-boxed a lot today...

  • Comment number 77.

    #39 Harry!
    You maybe feeling ok, but I have a wee bit of a 'head' this morning, after breaking out the Pimms when I got in yesterday afternoon (hence the random tweeting, apols to all)...glad to hear it went well - what an amazing day for it!
    Yesterday, coincidentally, was the anniversary of my first meeting the Mr - a date I normally forget, and he remembers. Hence I came home last night and found on the dressing table something I had NOT even SEEN at 7.30am - a card and the new Paul Weller CD...loving it so far....

    #61 thank goodness, I logged on to ask you lot why a FB'er had put The Cure's Friday on my mind up as a suggestion...I was stumped by that one, but now, thanks I see it's a Robinson Crusoe link..

    #69 LOL!
    ps if he's given up for lent, what was he doing in a bookshop...gotta be like going to a sweetshop when you've given up sugar (or do you sell other things, postcards, soon-to-be über £xpensive stamps??

  • Comment number 78.

    Back when we had record shops I would regularly browse away an hour looking through the racks and mentally adding stuff to my wishlist even if I couldn't afford to buy :-)

  • Comment number 79.

    #65 Agree, it's OUTRAGEOUS.
    Good time for an enterprising company to set up new 'post shops' where one can send a card/letter - it happens with parcel carriers, surely the writing is on the wall for the PO?
    Our one daily delivery comes at 2pm ish, no-way you could run a business on that basis from home or an office.

    #78 Ah, yes happier times...when you would wait impatiently for a record shop to open up after Xmas/New Year so you could spend your money/vouchers!
    Kids these days, tell 'em and they don't believe you!

    Still thinking up island tunes...
    ISLAND IN THE SUN by Harry Belafonte, for us oldies
    or if you want something more modern, same title by WHEEZER...

  • Comment number 80.

    #74 re: 'Friday on my Mind' - This is one that slipped the net for my new drivetime compilation CD of regular ARFO suggestions that will never be/have never been played. See Friday's blog for currrent tracklisting....!

  • Comment number 81.

    #77 Suzieeee, sounds like you've got a true romantic there :-)

    #78 I have no problems with people browsing; I have a couple of comfy chairs so as people can sit and read the things if they want. As long as a small percentgae of my visitors buy, I'm happy.

    However, I am a little unclear on the etiquette: am I supposed to thank people when they tell me with such glee that they're escaping without buying?

  • Comment number 82.

    I was told about this time yesterday that I had to care for Mrs Snapper for forever ................ anyone know how long forever minus one day is? :0)

  • Comment number 83.

    #79 There's more chance of me winning the Euromillions two weeks on the trot than there is of anyone setting up a rival service to Royal Mail that will deliver domestic mail from anywhere in the country to anywhere in the country cheaper than Royal Mail.

    The authorities in their wisdom opened up the market, but in a way which left RM with their hands cuffed behind their back i.e. they are still obligated to offer a uniform price for mail regardless of source address, delivery address, and distance between the two. They also allowed the competition to enter in such a way that they could cream off the low-labour trunking activities (collect in bulk from large corporate posters, carry it in bulk to the nearest RM operation) and dump it into the RM network for delivery (labour intenstive). At regulated prices.

    Nobody in their right mind would want to take on that universal commitment. You certainly won't be posting from Lands End to John O'Groats for 60p with any other provider of a full end-to-end service. Nobody is interested in anything other than business-to-business stuff that's easiest to handle from end to end.

    The government and the nation has got the RM they deserved. It was profitable in the early 80s but tied by having to pass surplus cash back to the government rather than being free to invest in its own changing future in a competitive market. Success goverments basically have loused it all up.

  • Comment number 84.

    #82 this is the problem with being together a long time, but living in unmarried bliss - you're starting from scratch 'wedding anniversary-wise' but have already done longer than most lifers!
    One day down...how's it going so far?!

    #83 You're right, of course, you're right - I find it best to Blame Maggie for most of the privatisation screw-ups and am happy to lay this one at Her supreme Dodderinesses door too - although email/t'internet has exploded on the scene like no-one would have believed way back when and damn useful, & quick it is too.

  • Comment number 85.

    Hello Parsley_Cat - good to have you aboard!

    Can anyone tell me - since when defrosting the beer fridge and marking up golf balls has been construed as gardening?
    The fact that it is not in the house may be something to do with it I suppose?!

    QJW

  • Comment number 86.

    #84 Ironically RM had the second biggest private IT network in the country (behind BT I think) in the early 80s but it's mission was related to text and packages with text being in the printed form rather than via bits and bytes! And the Post Office Act prevented (may still prevent, I'm not sure?) it using anything more than spare capacity for stuff outside the traditional RM core activities, which effectively prevented it diversifying into the newer communication media beyond tinkering around the edges.

    So it's saddled with a universal price obligation in a labour-intensive old communication medium.

  • Comment number 87.

    #85 'Gardening leave' is what chaps in offices call their time off, to do what men do...doesn't always involve getting a weelbarrow out!

    Now is the time, you might like to suggest, to get the BBQ out and ready for action...for all those 'you take it easy love, I'll cook' days ahead!
    *tongue firmly in cheek*

  • Comment number 88.

    #83 - Is an excellent post which explains the situation very well.

    There is (as I understand it) already competition in the market - at least for volume, business customers. TNT 'deliver' letters, for instance. However, they still use the Royal Mail network to make the 'final mile' delivery. As has already been very well described, no company could viably set up a delivery to actually compete with RM.

    I used to live in America and the idea of actually having mail delivered to your door (through your door) was unheard of. we collected our letters from the post office in town.

    60p to get a letter or card anywhere in the country, generally the next day. Is it really such bad value? It may look that way because we view it in the context of what we have had before. Perhaps we have been spoiled.

    One last thought. The price rise doesn't come into effect until the end of next month. Buy your stamps now.

  • Comment number 89.

    If I say Good Afternoon Poppeteers, who'll know who I am. Yikes! Just been in a meeting and 4 people I don't know asked me if it was me who gets the shout outs on Radio 2! I think they were meaning POTPs but given that they are probably listening to Simon's show on their drive home, I don't want to take any chances of being rumbled for a choon chase during the day.

    Off to read back....

  • Comment number 90.

    Afternoon all. It's a real scorcher out there today... for March that is. I, like Zoe, hope it is not an omen for a rubbish summer!

    Welcome Parsley Cat and all other newcomers. We're a very friendly bunch around these parts so just jump in to any conversation you see fit!

    Harry, so glad your special day went well yesterday. I think the following equation is the nearest I can get to answer your question: Love + (Helen+Harry) = Forever ;)

    And one of my favourite wasting the day away pursuits is browsing around a lovely bookshop. However, I have very little willpower, Lent or not, so nearly always ending up with a purchase or three!


    Happy Days!

  • Comment number 91.

    #49 Welcome Parsley_cat, hope you can stick around and join in the fun. Do you have a big brother called Parsley the Lion?

    #82 Harry, so pleased to hear you had a lovely day and if you have vowed to look after Mrs Snapper forever, then you should say, so far, so good. (Actually, I pinched that from someone on f/b or Twitter who said they wanted to live forever, so far so good). It rather appealed to me.

  • Comment number 92.

    Afternoon All - isn't the weather just gorgeous?

    Need to read back - can see Harry's name in Jilly's post ^ - Good!

    Good luck with the menshes!

  • Comment number 93.

    #91 - so you used to watch The Herbs, too ?

    I'm a very friendly lion called Parsley...

  • Comment number 94.

    Just been out with the dogs for a walk. They are absolutely pooped with the heat.

  • Comment number 95.

    Somewhat tenuous, I'd suggest.

    I wish I'd had a punt on:

    RAINBOW - ALL NIGHT LONG (JOHN SILVER)

  • Comment number 96.

    #95 I agree Andrew but I think Simon likes the song. Was that our Alan Dixon that got the menshe for it??

  • Comment number 97.

    Afternoon all!

    Power went off at 9.30 and has only just come back on. Despite the laptop being fully charged, I had failed to realise that the broadband would go off, leaving me internet-less. And the landline went as well, so had no phone for job hunting.

    So, I have thinned the radishes, planted the broad beans (and did stakes and string in the hope the seeds will grow), planted the perpetual spinach, resucitated the sprouting broccoli that had gone limp and generally played in the veg patch. Disaster was avoided by Ziggy bringing a camping stove so coffee was still on.

    Harry, SO pleased you had a lovely day yesterday! Did laugh at your reply to your "customer".

    Welcome Parsley-Cat! Another mogpoppet for the blog pet collective.

    Just realised I was meant to be in London last night for a reunion meal. Completely forgot. Contrite email needs to be composed.

    Laters!

  • Comment number 98.

    #85 Queen Jennie Wren... talking of golf balls and gardening, here's a colourful golf ball garden I saw at our local golf club the other day! It has been made from 200 golf balls cut in half!

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7088/7021237523_8714683370_b.jpg

  • Comment number 99.

    I'll set up the 100th post for anyone lurking.................

  • Comment number 100.

    3 words.... BEACH BARBECUE TONIGHT!

 

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