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Simon Mayo | 08:15 UK time, Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Well that was calmer. Ghost exorcised (see yesterday's ramblings) and order restored. Highlight for me was Jamie C saying he never wanted to hear The Entertainer by Marvin Hamlisch again and then everyone voting for it anyway. It might not have been the jazz standard that the other 3 tunes were, but I quite enjoyed it. But then I'm not an internationally acclaimed jazz musician (you'd probably noticed).
Today I'm watching The Hunger Games and then interviewing it's star Jennifer Lawrence for the 5L movie show (The BBC's flagship film show you know). It really is the most astonishing book which stays with you for quite a while after you've finished it. They'll need a 12A certificate as the book is a children's or 'Young Adult' piece of fiction but as the story is one of an X Factor style contest where children kill each other, that's going to be quite a challenge. As Anthony Horowitz said when he was on Drivetime a few months back, the plot is very similar to a movie called 'Battle Royale' and that was an 18! I shall report back...
Today we welcome legendary Motown artists Otis Williams of the Temptations and Duke Fakir of the Four Tops! How about that! So many hits between them, it'll be difficult to know where to start. The Four Tops and Temptations are touring the UK with Tavares and the Crystals which sounds like one heck of a night out to me.
And lets do PLANET oldies please. Venus and Jupiter are side by side at the moment which is making for a pretty spectacular heavenly spectacle, as long as the cloud isn't obscuring them. Which it is. So we'll have to wait till 2015 for another disappointment of a similar scale. But the PLANETS and CELESTIAL BODIES will keep us going for a while.
Have a dapper and well-shod Wednesday, see you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Have to start with:

    LIFE ON MARS by David Bowie

    VENUS by Bananarama

    ~X~

  • Comment number 2.

    Or

    PLANET EARTH by Duran Duran

    SPACE by Magic Fly

    JUPITER by Earth Wind and Fire

    STAR by Kiki Dee

    STARS by Simply Red

    ~X~

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning all

    Busy day for me today!

    STARMAN - David Bowie

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 4.

    Last ones from me:

    FAR AWAY by Nickleback

    SO FAR AWAY by Dire Straits

    ~X~

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning all,

    VENUS & MARS - Paul McCartney

    SUBWAY TO VENUS - Red Hot Chilli Peppers

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning all, halfway to the weekend... :)

    Above the Clouds - ELO
    Bad Moon Rising - CCR
    Brave New World - Jeff Wayne (War of the Worlds)
    Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John
    Stars - Simply Red
    Life On Mars - David Bowie
    In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
    Man On The Moon - REM
    Stardust - Nat King Cole
    Walking On The Moon - The Police

    That's all for now...

  • Comment number 7.

    MERCURY - Counting Crows

    JUPITER - Earth Wind & Fire

    HEY JUPITER - Tori Amos

    SATURN - Stevie Wonder

    SATURN RETURN - R.E.M.

    VALLEYS OF NEPTUNE - Jimi Hendrix

    NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER - Divine Comedy

    PLUTO - Bjork

    HALLUCINATING PLUTO - B 52s

  • Comment number 8.

    Morning everyone

    VENUS AND MARS ~ Paul McCartney & Wings

    IT'S WRITTEN IN THE STARS ~ Paul Weller

    STARRY EYED ~ Ellie Goulding

    WISHING ON A STAR ~ Rose Royce

    LUCKY STAR ~ Madonna

    STARDUST ~ David Essex

    UNDERNEATH THE STARS ~ Maria Carey

    SHOOTING STAR ~ Bad Company

  • Comment number 9.

    ST JUDY'S COMET - Paul Simon

    GALAXY BOUNCE - Chemical Brothers

    SHOOTING STAR - The Mamas and the Papas

    A SHOOTING STAR IS NOT A STAR - They Might Be Giants

    CELESTIAL THE QUEEN - Blue Oyster Cult

  • Comment number 10.

    HARVEST MOON ~ Neil Young

    THE WHOLE OF THE MOON ~ Waterboys

    MOONDANCE ~ Van Morrison

  • Comment number 11.

    SOLAR SYSTEM - Beach Boys

  • Comment number 12.

    Just remembered this one with the Hair revival....

    AQUARIUS ~ Cast of Hair

    "When the moon is in the Seventh House
    And Jupiter aligns with Mars
    Then peace will guide the planets
    And love will steer the stars"

  • Comment number 13.

    Good Morning Simon and Poppeteers

    Too many people speaking to me this morning and probably the best tunes have already been taken.

    URBAN SPACEMAN - BONZO DOG DOODA BAND

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning Sir, team, NYM, Matt of the BAIU and celestial bloggers,

    Well, since I missed it yesterday as a "water carrying" suggestion, let's try again under the banner of "astronomical and astrological"....

    AQUARIUS - Fifth Dimension

    I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU - The Flamingos
    ("Are the stars out tonight, I don't know if it's cloudy or bright")

    2000 LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME - Rolling Stones

  • Comment number 15.

    ASH - Girl From Mars

    I may be back, but wanted to get that one in before anyone else did!

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning all. A couple of oldies suggestions for now and I'll be back later to catch up and chat.

    Life on Mars - David Bowie
    Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones
    Venus and Mars - Wings
    Drops of Jupiter - Train (?)
    Moondance - Van Morrison

  • Comment number 17.

    VENUS - SHOCKING BLUE

    MOONDANCE - VAN MORRISON

    THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES - BOBBY VEE

    ASTRAL WEEKS - VAN MORRISON

    IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL (CELESTIAL) BODY WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME - BELAMY BROS.

    Catch you all later

    Shona x

  • Comment number 18.

    STEVIE WONDER - Saturn

    SHOCKING BLUE - Venus

    MICHAEL JACKSON - Earth Song

    CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT - Down To Earth

    THE ONLY ONES - Another Girl, Another Planet

  • Comment number 19.

    TASMIN ARCHER - Sleeping Satellite

    LOU REED - Satellite of Love

    THE HOOTERS - Satellite

  • Comment number 20.

    HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN - ANIMALS

    VENUS IN BLUE JEANS - MARK WYNTER

    BLUE MOON - THE MARCELS

    MOON SHADOW - CAT STEVENS

    DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - PINK FLOYD

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning All,

    How the devil are you all? Not been around much tho I have attempted to lurk, I couldn't even manage that properly. Who'd thunk that having the decorators in at work would cause so much more kerfuffle than normal?

    Anyways, a semblance of normality is returning so hopefully I'll be able to join in more.

    Song for today:-

    Venus in Blue Jeans - Jimmy Clanton

    As for the film...the book was recommended to me a while back but the blurb just didn't grab me. Maybes its the kids doing horrid things to win what did it. Perhaps I shall get it and give it a go any way...just to see what the fuss is about. Has anyone one here read it? A part from our esteemed leader, of course.

    Well off to have a proper think.

    Maybes laters

    A.

  • Comment number 22.

    Venus - Bananarama
    Atmosphere - Joy Division
    Champagne Supernova - Oasis
    Girl from Mars - Ash
    Invisible Sun - Police
    Life on Mars - Bowie
    Man on the Moon - REM
    Moon Dance - Van Morrison
    Stars - Simply Red

  • Comment number 23.

    Good morning all!

    EYE IN THE SKY - Alan Parsons Project

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    I liked "The Entertainer" it reminds me of the snooker!

    That X factor styley book reminds me of that book Ben Elton wrote which was a bit Big Brotheresque, title escapes me!

    Now to go celestial:

    1. DROPS OF JUPITER - Train
    2. VENUS - Banarama
    3. VENUS - Shocking blue
    4. PLANET EARTH - Duran Duran
    5. SPACER - Sheila B and Devotion
    6. OUT OF SPACE - Prodigy
    7. Dancing Tight - GALAXY
    8. SILVER STAR - The Four Seasons
    9. LUCKY STAR - Dean Freidman
    10. LIFE ON MARS - David Bowie

    Oh well better slip off.

    Catch ya later.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 25.

    GOOD MORNING STARSHINE - OLIVER

  • Comment number 26.

    Mornin everyone,

    Pretty much everything has been mentioned already, but we have a few alternatives:

    GALAXY - WAR

    JOYBRINGER - MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND

    SHINING STAR - EW&F

    ACROSS THE UNIVERSE - BEATLES

  • Comment number 27.

    Good Morning All :)

    I've been AWOL for a few days, due to being quite ill with a cold/flu thingy. I'm alright now though, except for a lingering cough, and a sore nose! Anyway, I can't linger as we've got yet another meeting to attend this morning. But hopefully I'll be back later for a bit of a catch up.

    Oldie suggestions...

    DROPS OF JUPITER - TRAIN

    WALKING ON THE MILKY WAY - O.M.D

    STAR - ERASURE

  • Comment number 28.

    Back again,

    The planets bend between us - Snowpatrol
    February Stars - Foo Fighters from the excellent The Colour and the Shape Album. Off to revisit it now.

    A.

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning all from The Shire :-)

    Looking forward to tonights guests.....can't think of any tunes at the moment

    PSL xxx

  • Comment number 30.

    Good morning everyone.

    I have a favour to ask the collective which may tax all your brains but I'll come back to that after the mensh-chase has slowed down to a snail's pace.

    For the theme, how about:

    GALAXY SONG by MONTY PYTHON

    one of Eric Idle's greatest in my opinion :-)

    Be back later

  • Comment number 31.

    I second:

    DROPS OF JUPITER - Train

    and add

    CLOSE TO YOU - The Carpenters

  • Comment number 32.

    Re the proximity of the two planets:

    RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE - Eurythmics

    NEARER THAN HEAVEN - The Delays

    CLOSER - Travis

    And did Venus say this to Jupiter....?

    MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER, BABY - Mama Cass

    MOVE CLOSER - Phyllis Nelson

  • Comment number 33.

    Morning one and all.........just caught the Four Tops on BBC Breakfast singing live....they were very good..............................quick couple of oldies........

    RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE - EURYTHMICS

    CLOSE TO YOU - THE CARPENTERS

    Be back later........................................................................................

    Dougal x.....................................hope all is well with everyone....................

    P.S When will the blog be fixed..........still getting green boxes.........................

  • Comment number 34.

    And as if this isn't gettin enough airplay at the moment;

    NEXT TO ME - EMELI SANDE

  • Comment number 35.

    Morning All

    'Moondance' Van Morrison

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 36.

    Ok...........some more.........................................................................

    JUPITER CRASH - THE CURE

    JUPITER'S CHILD - STEPPENWOLF

    JUPITER - TRAIN

    PLANETS OF THE UNIVERSE - STEVIE NICKS

    VENUS IN BLUE JEANS - JIMMY CLANTON

    VENUS - FRANKIE AVALON

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

  • Comment number 37.

    'Calling Occupants of Interplanetary-craft' The Carpenters

  • Comment number 38.

    CLOUDY......AVERAGE WHITE BAND

    GET OF MY CLOUD.....THE ROLLING STONES

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 39.

    Good morning, everybody.

    DROPS OF JUPITER - TRAIN
    LIFE ON MARS - DAVID BOWIE
    VENUS - BANANARAMA/SHOCKING BLUE
    IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE - PINK FLOYD
    SATURN RETURN - REM

    Out of thoughts for now - off to get another coffee then...

  • Comment number 40.

    A couple more oldie suggestions...

    VENUS - FRANKIE AVALON

    TWILIGHT TIME - THE PLATTERS

  • Comment number 41.

    Not read back yet, but has anyone gone with...

    WHOLE OF THE MOON - WATERBOYS
    THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH - GARBAGE
    DROPE OF JUPITER - TRAIN

    Speak for youself about the cloud Mr Mayo, here 'up north' weve had an uninterupted view of said planets for several nights. My 82 yr old mother became quite taken with the sight of them last Thurday when I was driving her home.
    Still not sure which is which though. Is Venus the brighter one or Jupiter?

    ~gill~

  • Comment number 42.

    ATMOSPHERE - RUSS ABBOTT
    Coat (check)
    Hat (check)
    shall I close the door on my way out?...
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 43.

    peeps head round the door., Hubbs reckons he can 'top' mine...

    CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON - THE RAH BAND
    SILK SATURN N LACE ?

    Hubbs, I think theres room out here on the step for two :-)
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 44.

    Hello Old Friend - Eric Clapton

    Willy the Shake
    x

  • Comment number 45.

    Morning,

    Another girl another planet - The Only Ones

    Planet telex - Radiohead

    Guiding star - Cast

    My Star - Ian Brown

    Venus as a boy - Bjork

    Moonshadow - Cat Stevens

    Bad moon rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

    The killing moon - Echo and the Bunnymen

    Man on the Moon - REM

    Moondance - Van Morrison

    Whole of the moon - The Waterboys

  • Comment number 46.

    Morning,

    CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON by The RAH BAND

    madchick x

  • Comment number 47.

    'Walking On The Moon' The Police

  • Comment number 48.

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


    LET'S STICK TOGETHER - BRYAN FERRY

    LET'S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER - ROLLING STONES

    COME TOGETHER - BEATLES

    MOVE CLOSER - PHYLLIS NELSON


    and for Mr D............................................................................................


    JUPITER - EARTH WIND & FIRE


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

  • Comment number 49.

    Zoe - sorry to hear you've been feeling ill - I hope you're on the mend.

    A couple more suggestions from me:

    Always the Sun - The Stranglers (is the sun a planet or a star?)
    Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
    Planet Earth - Duran Duran
    Well Did You Evah - Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby
    Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mrs - Bon Jovi

    I'm allowing myself to be distracted from work - anything to get out of marking! ;o

  • Comment number 50.

    VINCENT (STARRY STARRY NIGHT) - DON MCLEAN

    FLOAT ON - THE FLOATERS
    (star signs of the zodiac)

  • Comment number 51.

    We have had clear skies the last few nights and it's been possible to see Venus and Jupiter quite clearly. Of course, the clear skies make it chilly so we've done so from the comfort of the sitting room.

    Odd to think that it's possible to view something that's roughly 400 million miles away with the naked eye.

  • Comment number 52.

    Happy Wacky Wednesday!

    Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ~ Beatles
    Venus and Mars ~ Paul McCartney

    LB, x

  • Comment number 53.

    Had a bit of a giggle reading back some of the suggestions. It would be funny if Simon chose some of them. X E.G. #42 Gill, Atmosphere - Russ Abbott.

    Yellow banana safely in tummy and feeling suitably refreshed. (It was a banana today).

  • Comment number 54.

    Ah Shona..... I was talking about you today (indirectly).... I was discussing 'trading blocs' with my A-level Economics class and we were looking at some case studies on "banana wars" with regards to the EUs preferential tariffs on bananas from ex-colonial countries (keep awake at the back!)

    Anyway - I mentioned how much less of a problem it would be if we all just ate "red bananas" instead - much to the confusion of my class .... they giggled at the tale :)

  • Comment number 55.

    Morning all

    Flying visit so apologies if any repeats. My cosmic contribution:

    'Planet Clare' - The B52s
    'Venus As a Boy' - Bjork
    'Planet Earth' - Duran Duran
    'Walking On The Sun' - Smash Mouth

    Must dash.

    N xx

  • Comment number 56.

    #40 Zoe, the Platter's song is one of my Mum's favourites!

  • Comment number 57.

    #54 Glad to have helped add to the humour in any lesson Autumn_Gale. X Sometimes wish I was back in a school as egos seem to get in the way of humour in these parts. Except for us naughty ones at the back ;)

  • Comment number 58.

    HOIB alert:

    Star Trekking Across The Universe - The Firm.

    I'll get my coat...

  • Comment number 59.

    Good morning again!

    Snuck in earlier with a tune suggestion but didn't hang around - chores to do.

    Well done for the menshes last night. I think the Billie mention was for a CLP blogger, not our Billie. Could be wrong.

    From yesterday, John, the green boxes are nowt to do with me!!

    Harry, looking forward to hearing your favour - my brain needs taxing.

  • Comment number 60.

    OK, bloggers, I need some help.

    The Town Council wants all businesses to decorate their premises in a “patriotic” way for the whole of June. Not only is it the Jubilee but the Olympic torch will be passing through on the 21st.

    Now, as some of you who have been here a while will know, I’m a staunch republican. I don’t want to create a display which celebrates the monarchy. But, I don’t want to let down my friends in the town or cause any controversy. I’ve already ruled out concentrating on Oliver Cromwell and the Civil War and I don’t really want to do the Olympics or sport.

    I love the United Kingdom, although I struggle with the idea of being proud of something which is purely accidental, and I would support the home nations against Johnny Foreigner in any way I can (except when it comes to rugby - I’ll be French between 2.45 and 5 on Saturday! LOL).

    So, do you have any suggestions for decorating/theming my windows which is patriotic but not monarchist or controversial?

  • Comment number 61.

    WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN...THE THREE DEGREES


    PSL xx

  • Comment number 62.

    HtS

    How about focussing on "Britishness" in the sense of either traditions (cream teas, Wimbleon/picnics/flora & fauna or ... is it a bookshop?? A big display about British authors through the ages ....

  • Comment number 63.

    #60 ..... A p*nguin cover deck chair, straw boater hat, picnic basket and a selection of classic books...reading in the garden on a summers day?

    just a thought :-)

    PSL x

  • Comment number 64.

    #62 snap!

  • Comment number 65.

    #60 Hello Harry

    I just collected my free latte from that coffee place which started in Seattle, so am settling down to ponder your question...

    An obvious idea would be for you to focus on British literature - famous authors like Chaucer and Shakespeare and Dickens. Perhaps you could print out some of their classic lines from their most famous works?

    Or maybe find references to GB/UK/Blighty/Albion in literature and print those quotes out. Would make a nice display. Maybe make it a quiz to get people to linger longer.

    Or classic British characters from literature like Sherlock Holmes?

    Just thinking out loud..

  • Comment number 66.

    I've been racking my brains over this for days and you guys come up with some brilliant ideas in seconds!

    Thank you .............. please keep them coming :-)

  • Comment number 67.

    Harry, really interesting question and I can see your dilemma.

    I think Autumn-Gale, PSL and John have got it bang on. Celebrate literature - it is what you do everyday! I suppose it depends how big your windows are as to how you could manage a display. Really like PSL's deckchair, picnic basket and books.

    You could go simple and do the red, white and blue - bunting, hanging baskets/window boxes.

    I will ponder............

  • Comment number 68.

    Hi Harry

    What about the flags of the nations of Great Britain and famous characters from books from each of the nations e.g. Oor Wullie sitting on his bucket or Desperate Dan for Scotland for example.

    Or the national emblems, Thistle, Rose, Leek, Dragon, Shamrock, etc

  • Comment number 69.

    Yes, I like Autumn's picnic and PSL's deckchair idea ............... perhaps with an umbrella, too. Or is that, given the weather down south, an outdated view of the British summer. Bring in JBG's quotations from literature and it's beginning to take shape.

    I don't usually stock a great deal of fiction. It's only a small shop, although it is double-fronted, with about 2000 books. I decided early on that I couldn't do justice (or compete with the charity shops) with fiction so I concentrate on collectible non-fiction titles.

    But, it's only for a month so I'm sure I can find enough books to fill the windows. And, besides, it's such a great idea.

    But, if anyone else wants to chip in, I'd love to hear your ideas.

    THANK YOU.

  • Comment number 70.

    Could you also tempt people into your shop with tasters of food from all the nations such as pie, beans and chips for Scotland - or was that just the Dundee diet?

    Pieces of Scottish fudge and other nibbles?

  • Comment number 71.

    Hi Harry

    Perhaps you could combine the two (and get a bit of free promotion too)

    Do a "summertime reading" display as suggested by PSL and Autumn_Gale. And announce that every day during June you'll include in the window display a new quote from classic British literature (and ideally which describes a quintessential British scene - landscape, cricket, London, Oxford, coast, etc etc). A bit like an advent calendar, so that people see something new every day. And if they need to catch up with the old ones that they missed, they have to come in to your shop to look through them in a folder, or on a wall if you have space.

    The winner is the one who gets the most right. And they win a British book! Might get you some publicity. Let the local schools and library know so that they tell the kids.

    It might get people talking too. At the very worst, they'll try and swap info with each other "I couldn't get the one on the 7th - I'll swap you for answer number 10"

  • Comment number 72.

    Oooh another thought Harry. If we all sent some scenic postcards from our piece of the country to you, you could decorate part of your window with them?

  • Comment number 73.

    #71 I like the idea of a treasure hunt style activity from the display in the shop window for children and adults. Then they have to come into your shop to get the answers? Or to drop of their answers into a box in the shop. First correct one pulled out wins a book!

  • Comment number 74.

    Hi Harry,

    Depending on the space you have available, for you window display might it be possible to create a union jack out of books using the colours on the covers? You could try and use only books relating to Britain in some way. Or maybe create the (rough) outline of the British Isles using books and try and place books relating to a particular area/region in the appropriate place?

    N xx

  • Comment number 75.

    Oooo this is taking shape nicely :-D

    I like Nadine's idea...Harry you posted a video a while ago on colour co-ordinating books on shelves

    PSL

  • Comment number 76.

    At the risk of sounding like a character from "The Fast Show", BRILLIANT! :-)

    So many great ideas. Once again, thank you.

  • Comment number 77.

    Hi Harry,

    Drawing from the ideas from everyone above:

    You said you deal predominantly in non-fiction, so perhaps you could use some good old British non-fiction literature as a basis for the treasure hunt/quiz?

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 78.

    Harry, for some reason I now have "Three Men in a Boat" going through my head! Quintessential British summer story. May have to have a rummage through the shelves to find it. The scene with Harris and the pie - superb.

    I have been thinking about your town council. By making the brief "patriotic", they are really running the risk of having an untidy looking town if every shop is free to decorate their shop front how they want. At least the broadness of the brief works in your favour.

    You have 2 windows? A ladies one (PSL's summer picnic, deckchair etc) and a man's one.....cricket. A bat, a ball, some stumps and some books about British cricket players? Also very summery, very British and would draw in a different customer.

    And then, as background music in the shop, British folk music.... Would mean you have to turn off R2 though. Hmm, maybe not.

    Blogpoppets, I think a trip to Cumbria in June to inspect the shop is called for!

  • Comment number 79.

    #60 Harry - I know where you work now as I shall also be in the vicinity on that self same day. The day has been booked off to decorate the floating caravan with bunting and sound air horns as the flame travels down past my mooring to Bowness. Have a look on various chandlery websites for pre-made streams of it. 'Swallows & Amazons' theme comes into my head.


    Also is it too late to recommend LEE MARVIN - WANDRIN' STAR?
    'cos the Greek for wandering star is planet. Off to stamp some bananas.

  • Comment number 80.

    The torch is coming through my village too, not sure if the parish council are expecting us to do anything for it? It'll be the closest I'll get to the Olympics along with the mens' hockey team captain being an old boy of my old school.

    PSL

  • Comment number 81.

    The torch is coming through our neighbouring village and I haven't heard a whisper about anything being done. I suspect people will look up from their daily chores and say "ooh look, there be the Olympic torch" and then carry on as normal!!

    I really can't get excited about it. I am still full of rage at the mess they have made of Greenwich Park when Badminton would have done just as well, if not better. No need to cut down oak trees that have been standing for 100's of years. Rant over.

  • Comment number 82.

    The torch is coming through here too. I'm keeping my head down about it as I rather suspect it will mean more work for me. Looking to fill my diary that day mmmmmmmmm, how much is a train ticket to Cumbria?

  • Comment number 83.

    I hope Simon plays nicely with tonights guests as he isn't exactly renouned as a lover of soul music. My mum who is 78 sent me a text this morning to say they were on breakfast tv! Hope he plays 'baby I need your loving' by The Four Tops and 'ain't oo proud to beg' by The Temptations

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 84.

    Hi all - my sick note may have got lost in the rainbow box hell - bad back again! Walking like a 99 year old on a walking frame at the moment. Would love to stand upright for a change!

    Harry - only suggestion for your display is to get the local schools involved in some way or other - illustrations from their fav books maybe? Pictures voted on by customers, passersby etc and the winner gets a book? Good luck with it - sounds fun!

    JW

  • Comment number 85.

    Good Afternoon Each! Ooh, I like todays theme. Pity I'm too late.

    #60. Harry, I'd be willing to bet you've got a few James Bond books knocking about.

  • Comment number 86.

    #84 Sorry about your back Jennie. Take care. I do agree with you to get the local schools involved. X

  • Comment number 87.

    #2 Deebee - a bit late in the day, but I'd like to second SPACE - Magic Fly. Haven't heard that in simply ages.

    I remember a video of them - three guys in space suits. One of them is now the bass player with Status Quo! #uselesspoptrivia

  • Comment number 88.

    #87. The other two were Lawrence Dallaglio. #inaccuratepoptrivia ;0)

  • Comment number 89.

    #87 #88 and the other was Bob Holeness ;)

  • Comment number 90.

    Hi All

    Another hectic day - don't you think it's a bit unreasonable of my employers to keep me so busy with other stuff when there's blogging to be done... ;o)

    Jennie and Zoe - and any other poorly blogpoppets - hope you feel better soon.

    Harry, I can't add anything to the brilliant suggestions for your patriotic displays! I especially like PSL's seaside idea, and Shona's postcard one. I'll gladly send you a postcard of Cambridge if it will help. I'm sure the local shops here will have one or two available to choose from...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 91.

    #90 I know what you mean about employers being unreasonable keeping us busy Deebee. This will be my last chance til the ARFO for a choon chase and a chat. Out and about all day tomorrow - still it will be nice to get out in the fresh air for a bit.

    Home soon methinks. If I don't see you before, good luck with the choons and menshes. X

  • Comment number 92.

    I want to go to Harry's! I love all the ideas offered - so clever!

    #83, I'm sure Simon will be on best behaviour. ;)

    LB,x

  • Comment number 93.

    Afternoon! Hectic day - welcomed the chance to sit down just now and read back. Looks like everyone's going to be heading north to see Harry's display. Some brill suggestions - can't wait to find out what Harry decides upon in the end - will you keep us informed Harry?!

    No tune suggestions now but wanted to say that I am looking forward to Simon's views on the Hunger Games movie. The books have been a huge hit with my eldest son and he is very keen to see the film. Incredibly difficult subject to portray - intrigued to see whether Simon thinks it works or not.

    The whole film certificate thing is a mystery to me. I was surprised at 12A for Woman in Black - lots of my son's friends went along expecting Daniel Radcliffe in a slightly more grown up Harry Potter film and then had the pants scared off them when it wasn't!

    Hoping to catch more of the show tonight than I have managed to this week so far. Good luck with the menshes. Maybe see you tomorrow x

    Ps. Zoe, hope you feel better soon and that your meeting was OK today xx

  • Comment number 94.

    Afternoon all - another hectic blogger here!

    Trying to get all my work done today as I've got 2 days off; going to London for my birthday tomorrow, to see Sweeney Todd!

    I definitely want to go and see Harry's shop - the ideas sound great!

    Back to the grindstone for the last 15 mins - 'see' you on Friday evening.

    Zoe - hope you soon feel better. And Jennie, hope your back problems ease.

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 95.

    HELLO!


    No green box!


    HELLO!

  • Comment number 96.

    Evening all !

    Some fantastic suggestions for Harry's windows. I think Sherlock Holmes in a deckchair, drinking an iced tea would look spiffing frankly.

    I think I rather fancy going to see the Four Tops, Temptations, Tavares & Crystals all on the same bill. Sounds like a cracking night out for this Wigan Lass :-)
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 97.

    :-( the news is upsetting me at the mo...
    Those poor children... So sad :-(

  • Comment number 98.

    BILLIEE!!

  • Comment number 99.

    Planetary Oldies?

    Obvious one: VENUS - BANANARAMA
    How about...?
    MAN ON THE MOON - REM
    DROPS OF JUPITER - TRAIN
    SPACEMAN - BABYLON ZOO
    STARMAN - DAVID BOWIE
    SPINNING AROUND - KYLIE (orbiting?)
    INTERGALACTIC - BEASTIE BOYS

  • Comment number 100.

    #97 - Really sad. Awful. Doesn't bear thinking about.

 

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