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Gabba gabba hey!

Simon Mayo | 07:57 UK time, Tuesday, 24 April 2012

I have no idea why I put that except that it's on a placard on the cover of an old Ramones album I have somewhere. It's from a song of theirs called 'Pinhead' I believe and will not be featured on the show today. But gabba gabba anyway.
Weather induced thoughts yesterday of damp beach huts and cup-a-soup produced quite a response. It seems there are few things more evocative than wet seaside holidays we have endured/enjoyed. Soggy fish and chips on the sea front, damp tents and snug caravans, going to the cinema just because it's dry- we've all done it. And this weather makes me feel it wasn't all bad. However I was tweeted by Zoe Ball offering me both soup and a damp beach hut yesterday and I am tempted to accept. My guess it would be slightly more glamourous than our Bude beach front offering with, at the very least, chocolate digestives and ginger cake on offer.
Today I'm off to talk to some keen school pupils about matters literary and thence to Radio 2 where we have The Chieftains playing on the show. Yes really. They have a terrific new album called Voice of Ages in which they celebrate their 50th anniversary with a host of new tip-top talent. Secret Sisters, Decemberists and Paolo Nutini star in a great collection of songs. Paddy Moloney and the boys will be joined by Secret Sisters and it should just sparkle from start to finish.
So it seems HAIL TO THE CHIEF oldies would work today. Chiefs were higher than chieftains but CHIEFS will work well enough. Being in charge and ruling stuff, that kind of thing.
Have a well-honed and flexible Tuesday, see you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon, Team and fellow Blogpoppets,

    EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD by TEARS FOR FEARS

    Please??

    madchick x

  • Comment number 2.

    Happy Tuesdays all round and Hello Simon, the Drive Team & Constructors

    Looking forward to some interesting talk and music later, chiefly because The Chieftains have always been complete masters of their instruments ...


    LONE RANGER - QUANTUM JUMP 'Me Tonto Kimosabi'

  • Comment number 3.

    Am I here playing on my own this morning?

    Might as well suggest a couple more then:

    THE BIG CHAIR by TEARS FOR FEARS

    SITTING by CAT STEVENS

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Chickster - 'bout time your #1 choice got an airing x



    GO WEST - PET SHOP BOYS

    THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL - PREFAB SPROUT


    :^)

  • Comment number 5.

    LEADER OF THE PACK by THE SHANGRI- LAS

  • Comment number 6.

    KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER - ADAM AND THE ANTS

    KING OF THE ROAD - ROGER WHITTAKER

    WOMAN - JOHN LENNON ... always 'in charge'


    :^)

  • Comment number 7.

    WILD WEST HERO by ELO

    #4 Hi Katy, I shall keep on keeping on! ;-) x

  • Comment number 8.

    UNDER YOUR THUMB by GODLEY & CREME

  • Comment number 9.

    JUMP - VAN HALEN

  • Comment number 10.

    Good morning everybody!

    Busy, busy for me today and an early finish to boot!
    I'm all out of ideas for the oldies too. Must be mensh-karma (or at least some kind of unconscious quota monitoring) :P

    Off to the coffee machine to prepare for meetings...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    Good luck with the school tour of posh Windsor Simon.

    Another toughie but here goes:

    1. RULE THE WORLD - Take That
    2. EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD - Tears For Fears
    3. TOP OF THE WORLD - The Carpenters
    4. KING - UB40
    5. LOVE AND PRIDE - KING
    6. LEADER OF THE PACK - Shangrilas
    7. LEADER OF THE GANG - Gary Glitter
    8. Born in the USA - THE BOSS
    9. STAND BY ME - Ben E King
    10. SAY WHAT YOU WANT - Texas

    Laters after a thunk!

    Mandy ;

  • Comment number 12.

    Morning everyone

    I love The Chieftains and the best time I saw Van Morrison was when he was with The Chieftains, at Edinburgh Castle, a few years back!!! :o))

    EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD ~ Tears For Fears

    THE BOSS ~ James Brown

    THE LEADER ~ The Clash

    RULE THE WORLD ~ Take That

    LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD ~ Elbow

    LEADER OF THE BAND ~ Dan Fogelberg

  • Comment number 13.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM, and moist-round-the-edges bloggers

    Can someone wake those new bloggers up who crashed out on the sofa last night? I think CoffeeBuzz slipped some extra vodka into the punch


    THE BOSS - Diana Ross

    I'M THE LEADER OF THE GANG - Gary Glitter (is it OK to play him now?)

    WHAT I SAY - Ray Charles

    SHOUT TO THE TOP - Style Council

  • Comment number 14.

    #13 RG... I don't know when I last heard Gary Glitter on the radio and I used to like some of his songs and the Glitter Band's songs and we went to see his Christmas shows a couple of times at the SECC in Glasgow back in the 80s and I saw him in a 60s' musical called "A Slice of Saturday Night" in the 90s, when he had broken a leg and appeared on the stage in plaster and using crutches some of the time!!!

  • Comment number 15.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Paying The Cost To Be The Boss' by B.B. King

    'Man At The Top' by Bruce Springsteen

    'I Just Can't Wait To Be King' by Laura Williams, Jason Weaver and Rowan Atkinson

    'Leaders Of Men' by Joy Division

    'Top Of The World' by The Carpenters

    'Main Man' by T. Rex

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning all. Another time-poor day so only a quick post from me. Back later if time permits. Note from Simon's tweet that he's in Windsor today - wonder if it's the school up the road from my office...?

    PAUL McCARTNEY & MICHAEL JACKSON - The Man

    STEVIE WONDER - He's Misstra Know It All
    (some of my bosses...)

    GENESIS - Follow You, Follow Me

    Already tweeted but mentioning it here too:
    BILLY JOEL - Big Shot

  • Comment number 17.

    BADGE - CREAM

    (Alan) SUGAR SUGAR - THE ARCHIES

    AL CAPONE - PRINCE BUSTER

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning all. Bright and sunny here at the moment, but I don't think it's going to last. The school year begins to accelerate from here on and AS exams begin at the end of this week - poor things!

    Oldies - can I add my vote to the following great songs:
    Rule the World - Take That
    Leader of the Pack - The Shrangri-Las
    And add:
    Father Figure - George Michael
    The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie
    Number 1 - Goldfrapp
    On Top - The Killers

  • Comment number 19.

    ALL RISE by BLUE

    ALL STOOD STILL by ULTRAVOX

  • Comment number 20.

    SNAP - (I've Got) The Power

    LESLEY GORE
    (or Dusty Springfield or Blow Monkeys - You Don't Own Me

  • Comment number 21.

    One more:
    BOY GEORGE - Bow Down Mister

  • Comment number 22.

    LISTEN TO ME - Buddy Holly


    IT AIN'T WHAT YOU DO, IT'S THE WAY THAT YOU DO IT - Fun Boy Three/Bananarama

    #14 Florence - I think he's now in the box marked "persona non grata"! I saw him as a student in the 80s - he was already a bit dodgy then.

    Bit of a toughie today. Must be orf now, but will try to poop back at coffee time.

    JBG

  • Comment number 23.

    Just one more...

    I"M TELLING YOU NOW - Freddie and the Dreamers

  • Comment number 24.

    LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID - PAUL MACARTNEY

  • Comment number 25.

    #2 Katy, my husband would agree with you when you say 'The Chieftains have always been masters of their craft' and as they're at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, with Tim Edey, a couple of days before his birthday, I have just bought us tickets to see them and was lucky getting two seats in the front row of the dress circle, so I shall have to remember to keep them hidden until 17th June... a Sunday too, so that's good!

  • Comment number 26.

    Just for balance ..

    I'M THE MAN - JOE JACKSON

    I'M EVERY WOMAN - CHAKA KHAN

    MAN OF THE WORLD - FLEETWOOD MAC

    RHIANNON - FLEETWOOD MAC
    'She rules her life like a fine skylark ...'

    :^)

  • Comment number 27.

    ooh, Vildeen, you've made it gender-specific! Big chief boss = a man! That'll put the cat among the pigeons.

    In the spirit of Big Chief Sitting Bull, sitting proudly in his wigwam, resplendent in his feathered headdress ...

    WHAT A MAN - Linda Lyndell

  • Comment number 28.

    Morning all

    My powers of choon choosing are sadly depleted at the moment! I'd like to second/third:

    KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER - Adam and the Ants

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 29.

    Came to work to find my office has been broken into. Inside job suspected as petty cash all gone, but my crappy old computer is still here! just waiting for the police - so back tomorrow

  • Comment number 30.

    #15
    PoS - ref. our conversation t'other day about Quantum Jump and Lone Ranger [#2] opening lyric ... and whether there is more to it than the following:

    'Taumatawhakatangihangakoayauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukypokaiwhenuakitanatahu' is all I can find.

    Not able to listen to it at the moment. Perhaps someone else in here can offer some insight?

    :^)

  • Comment number 31.

    Oh no ponyclubmum - what a shame.....

  • Comment number 32.

    #29 That's not good PCM. Hope they're ashamed of themselves, if it is an insider.

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 33.

    GOLDFINGER = SHIRLEY BASSEY

  • Comment number 34.

    #27
    Don't fret John B!
    As if - lol
    I've got it covered in #6 and #26


    #28 Tortie - I think it's a very difficult theme.

    #29 PonyClubMum - sorry to hear your news. Hope there's nothing more to it than initially evident

  • Comment number 35.

    #30 When I was a nipper I knew that bit of the song off by heart! Sadly, it seems that the grey cells signed the task of remembering have moved on...

  • Comment number 36.

    Good morning everyone.

    Just a quickie from me for the theme:

    CHOCOLATE JESUS by BETH HART & JOE BONAMASSA

    Well, if God's the Chief, Jesus must be the Chieftain?

    Hopefully back later for chats and fun.

    P.S. My listening pleasure today (inspired by a tweet from Katy yesterday) is Gordon Lightfoot's "The United Artists' Collection"........ 49 tracks of pure genius.

  • Comment number 37.

    ‎"Boss Of Me" by the band "They Might Be Giants"

  • Comment number 38.

    Or Apache by the Shadows? Apaches had plenty of Chiefs!

  • Comment number 39.

    #38 Yeah, too many Chiefs and not enough Indians ;0)

  • Comment number 40.

    Joan of Arc was the leader of the French Army

    MAID OF ORLEANS - OMD

  • Comment number 41.

    Morning one and all......................this is getting slightly repetitive........3 word Tuesday.........wet.......wet.....wet...........................................................

    Oldies today..........................................................................................


    I WILL FOLLOW - U2

    LEADER OF THE PACK - SHANGRI-LAS

    TEN LITTLE INDIANS - THE BEACH BOYS

    LET ME BE YOU LEADER - NAZARETH.....................for Dr Mosh

    WE WEREN'T BORN TO FOLLOW - BON JOVI

    I'M THE LEADER OF THE GANG - GARY GLITTER........if it's allowed?

    LONELY AT THE TOP - RANDY NEWMAN

    TAKIN' CARE OF BUSINESS - BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE

    MAIN MAN - T-REX

    MAN AT THE TOP - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN


    Dry off and coffee time..............................................................................

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

  • Comment number 42.

    Thanks for all your kind thoughts. annoyingly the radio is part of the crime scene, so cant turn it on until the police have been. Missing Ken Bruce

  • Comment number 43.

    Good morning all - it has stopped raining for a while!! Still cloudy and cold though.

    Early blog today and difficult subject -

    DAVY CROCKET _ ? (...........King of the wild frontier.........)

    TWO TRIBES - FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD They would have had Chiefs wouldn't they?

    More thinking required..

    JW

  • Comment number 44.

    To counter all of the Chiefs.....................................................................


    RUNNING BEAR - JOHNNY PRESTON


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

  • Comment number 45.

    Sorry to hear about the burglary Ponyclubmum - must be all the more galling if it was an inside job.

    Apparently, The Wellingtons sang The Ballad of Davy Crockett. There you go.

    JW

  • Comment number 46.

    SIMON SAYS ~ 1910 Fruitgum Company ;o)

  • Comment number 47.

    The theme today is taxing my soggy grey cells.............................................



    SONG FOR THE TRIBES - SIMPLE MINDS



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

    pcm ............................ :0(( .....................sorry to read your bad news..........

  • Comment number 48.

    Last gasp ...


    WIG WAM BAM - THE SWEET

    TWO TRIBES - FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

    OH MY GOD - KAISER CHIEFS

    WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE - PAULA COLE


    :^)

  • Comment number 49.

    Morning all:-) just a quick poop by.....

    UP TOWN TOP RANKING ALTHEA & DONNA

    THE BOSS DIANA ROSS

    LEADER OF THE PACK...SHANGRI LAS

    MR BIG STUFF JEAN KNIGHT

    of to the dentist with a broken tooth...deep joy!

    be good while I'm away

    PSL xxx

  • Comment number 50.

    #46 Never underestimate the importance of sucking up to the boss, eh? :0)

  • Comment number 51.

    Ponyclubmum, you have my sympathies. Last week some nasty toerag broke into our shed and helped him/herself to my daughters almost new leather saddle and other tack, Mr madchicks expensive bicycle and various garden power tools. I am rounding up receipts etc for the insurance company as I speak. Various other sheds in the area were also targetted. It leaves a horrible taste in the mouth - not nice.

    On a lighter note, Katy (#30) Are we to find words of 3 letters or more out of that? It will keep us quiet on a rainy day!

  • Comment number 52.

    AND IT IS RAINING AGAIN...............

  • Comment number 53.

    Morning All,

    Struggling a little wi' today's theme. Only thing that my grey cells can come up wi' is:-

    Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves - Aretha and Annie

    for the line "behind every great man, there had to be a great woman"

    Maybes Laters

    A.

  • Comment number 54.

    #30. Katymatey,Taumatawhakatangihangakoayauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukypokaiwhenuakitanatahu, is the published lyric but what is actually said in the song is that, but with what sounds like matakuatanganuakawamikitora, tacked onto the end. (Ish!) You will notice that the last bit doesn't seem to appear in any published copy of the songs lyric, as far as I can tell. Confustication abounds!.

  • Comment number 55.

    #50 LOL!


    OK one more ... because I think this means being 'in charge':

    DRIVER'S SEAT - SNIFF 'N' THE TEARS



    :^)

  • Comment number 56.

    #52 I love this blog! A short post, presumably a simple statement of fact, can remind one of the most beautiful music: "When Debussy died, on March the 25th 1918 in Paris, it was being bombarded by the Germans, and it was raining."

    Il pleure :0)

  • Comment number 57.

    Glad to have stirred memories Harry :o)

    JW

  • Comment number 58.

    THE MAYOR OF YOUR TOWN by LEONA NAESS
    BIG BOSS MAN by ELVIS PRESLEY
    I'M IN CHARGE by BRUCE FORSYTH
    KING BEE by THE ROLLING STONES

  • Comment number 59.

    #54
    Cheers Paul - bet it took you AGES to work out the extra bit. ;^)

    It's my OH's ringtone - so I really should have taken more notice.

    Wikipedia says the word is:
    Taumata-whaka-tangi-hanga-kuayuwo
    tamate-aturi-pukaku-piki-maunga
    horonuku-pokaiawhen-uaka-tana-tahu
    mataku-atanganu-akawa-miki-tora



    ... job done!

  • Comment number 60.

    #56 and #57

    ... that's blown my assumptions. Thought you and I were around the same age Harry.

    ;^)

  • Comment number 61.

    Ok, I'll attempt to veer the musical selection away from cowboys and indians with some Burns:

    "Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!
    Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
    Painch, tripe, or thairm:
    Weel are ye wordy o' a grace
    As lang's my arm."

    Fred MacAuley once said he'd used an online translator to put "Address to a Haggis" into German and back into English (as was all the rage a few years ago) and the line "great Chieftan of the Puddin' Race" came back as "mighty fuhrer of the sausage people".
    I suspect there was more than a little artistic license used there! :P

    One meeting down, two to go.
    Coffee machine time....

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 62.

    #51 Madchick

    SO sorry J - in amongst all the silliness - your post about being burgled. How awful. And bl**dy infuriating, I should imagine. Mum's shed was similarly targeted a few years ago - what upset her the most - she was storing the entire stage make-up and wig collection for the amateur operatics society and they lifted the lot [after the initial shock - yes, there were a few jokes flying around regarding how the thief might best be described].
    Just as well you're home-based for a while to sort the insurance claim. Good luck with that.
    xx

  • Comment number 63.

    Morning All,

    'Big Boss Groove' The Style Council

    'Shout To The Top' Style Council

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 64.

    #60 I thought you were a lot younger than me, Katy. Mind you, I think everyone is younger than me these days LOL

    A clue: one of your hash-tagged numbers is my year of birth.

    Why am I being so coy? I was born in 1956. No need to make any assumptions now :0)

  • Comment number 65.

    (Late) morning all,
    Sorry been a bit absinthe recently, was on my hollimidays (staycation in the soggy UK, since you ask) and yesterday got to work at 7 in the AM to play catch-up with emails...a loooong day.

    So finally, a window of opportunity to post on the blog - and I must say I find this theme a bit tricky - apart from suggesting ANYTHING off the NEW BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN CD (ie The BOSS's) (tugs forelock reverentially) which will go down well with the DT Dude - the only other thoughts I had were random like:

    'High Ho Silver Away' ie The Lone Ranger by Quantum Jump (I see already referenced by #30)
    or RUNNING BEAR, the Indian love song which was covered by Sir Tom Jones
    oh and GOLD by Spandau Ballet, for the 50th Anniversary of the band, as in a marriage 50 yrs = GOLD (and methinks a medal)

    Sorry to hear about Ponyclub mums break-in ESPECIALLY the radio part - no Ken Bruce?? - nightmare!!
    I listen to radio channels on my PC (with headphones) - do you not have speakers?

    Re the debate over the gender of the CHIEF in question -
    JOHN CALE wrote 'WHO'S IN CHARGE'
    AND Parker Graham WROTE - 'Women In Charge'
    'Nuff said...

    *Walks away having stirred up a gender debate*.....

  • Comment number 66.

    Spent the morn looking round charity shops for silver tea pots. Turns out the townsfolk beat me to it, not one in sight. That'll teach me. meh..

    Been a rather busy bee lately dealing with 'sleepovers' and 'poorly relatives', all in hand though now. Truly delighted to have remained dry at work this morning (wonders will never cease).

    Havent watched the Louis Theroux programme yet but will be doing as im hoping to gain some tips on dealing with Mum who suffers from dementia. Herd Zoe's message read out last night and found it realy touching. Such a shame those schools arnt available over here.

    Still pondering on something for todays topic, insperation where are thee?

    ~gill~

  • Comment number 67.

    #65 And Nancy Friday wrote "Women on Top" but that's something entirely different ;0)

  • Comment number 68.

    Afternoon all

    A late, flying visit:

    'King In a Catholic Style' - China Crisis
    'That's The Way I Like It' - KC and The Sunshine Band

    N xx

  • Comment number 69.

    #67 now then Mr Snapper, PSL told us to behave....if she gets back and we've all had to huddle on the naughty step, WORDS will be HAD!!

    ps how is married life? Yesterday you passed the milestone that is your 4 week anniversary!
    NOW we realise how lucky you were with the weather that day....

  • Comment number 70.

    Ooo if only it were a Wednesday, could ask for
    GREEN DAY & KING FOR A DAY....
    I think the lyrics are ok...a great thrash 'em up noise!

  • Comment number 71.

    #66 my mum-in-law has just had her silver teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl valued at a local auctioneers and found it to be not solid silver and worth a bob or two, but nickle plated silver - so it'll be hitting a charity shop near us soon - unless you want to take them away? What on earth do you want one for anyway? A prop for an old-fashioned play is the only thing I can think of!
    We're in Oxford BTW.

  • Comment number 72.

    #51 re annoying tea-leafs, I had my bike saddle COVER (gel-filled and comfy) whipped off when I had my bike parked on the High Street in town - in broad daylight!!
    2nd time it's been knicked...they leave the Minnie Mouse bell though - funny that.

  • Comment number 73.

    #69 Suzieeee, yes, 4 whole weeks; and they said it would never last :0D

    There is something imperceptibly different about being married compared with living together. I really can't explain it and I'm slightly shocked. I thought we'd walk away from the registry office and things would be the same. But they aren't.

    I quite like it :0)

  • Comment number 74.

    #73 I obviously don't know what you mean, Harry, but I'm looking forward to! :D
    Congrats on reaching the 4-week milestone! :P

    More coffee? Why not!

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 75.

    #64
    re. Average age of Drivetime listener and/or blogger.

    A surfeit of Gilbert & Sullivan over the past weekend reminded me of this ..

    ♪ "She might easily pass for forty-three
    In the dusk with a light behind her..."


    Would like to imagine that's me
    :^D

  • Comment number 76.

    Hi Simon,

    Only one oldie for me...

    BOSS OF ME - They Might Be Giants

    Thanks

  • Comment number 77.

    #64 - Must have been a good year Harry -Snap!

    JW

  • Comment number 78.

    #74 cBuzz, am I right in thinking you and Mrs-cBuzz-to-be have lived together for a while?

    We lived together for over 20 years but being married is different and it became apparent within 24 hours. I suspect that it has something to do with going through a public ceremony and the declaration about caring for each other for the rest of our lives. It was all very emotional. And, "binding"; in a very positive way.

    #75 Katy, I detect a bushel with a light hidden beneath it ;0)

    #77 Jennie, vintage, I'd say :0)

  • Comment number 79.

    On a tribal 'Hail to the Chief' theme I get the rare chance to suggest a track by (genuinely) one of my fave artists....

    SUN ARISE - Rolf Harris

    I bought his greatest hits for the kids years ago and it is a collection of amazing variety - in fact the Guiness Book of British Hit Singles describes him as 'surely the most diverse chart act of them all?' The B side to Two Little Boys was the epic Court of King Caractacus which still brings a smile.

    I have athree word Tuesday entry also:

    MASTERMIND JUST CALLED!

    Because they did! I had to answer 12 general knowledge questions to see how incredibly clever I am *clears throat*. I think I got about 8 right.

  • Comment number 80.

    #78 Harry, Yes, Mrs cBzz-to-be and I have lived together for a few years. We had always planned to get married 'some day'.
    I think I know what you mean about the public declaration. We are selecting vows at the moment and that puts focus on what it means to us to be married and for all of our friends & family to know that also.

    To the coffee machine, for a refill...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 81.

    A strange light has appeared in the sky - should I be worried?

    JW

  • Comment number 82.

    #81 Jennie, hang around for 20 minutes and I'm sure it will have vanished :P

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 83.

    Suns out here, has been all morning. But just wait until I put that last peg on the line.

    How do everyone.

    Be back later for a catch up, when I've caught up!

    Happy days :)

  • Comment number 84.

    Am I here?

    Thats a matter of opinion, I guess!

  • Comment number 85.

    Rostronposkett - wow! Clever you!

  • Comment number 86.

    #84 You're here Sal - welcome back!

    #81 We too had that strange light Jennie, but it's gone now - replaced by the wet stuff!!

  • Comment number 87.

    #79 Rostronposkett - remember this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0C59pI_ypQ

    Well done to you, though! Good luck :D
    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 88.

    #75 I always think of myself in a Maggie May sort of way - 'the morning sun when it's in your face really shows your age..."
    That's why a gal hates electric light, too.
    Best to move around at dusk and preferably with a candle to hand

  • Comment number 89.

    Well done Rostronposkett - good luck!

    Mr and I watch Mastermind and have a pound 'bet' on who will win or come nearest to the the top, purely by looking at the contestants - I know it's sad, but it amuses us for half an hour! He swears his contestants get longer questions than mine and therefore lose! I don't think so!!

    Good to see you back Sal - where have you been?

    Strange light does indeed seem to have disappeared - very dim again and not looking very promising.

    I am really looking forward to The Chieftains tonight. I went to see them many moons ago in The Victoria theatre in London, I think. Must be all of thirty years ago now, but it was one of the best nights out I've had - brilliant experience. Mr has been converted to liking them too and plays his bodrhan (sp?) to their music in his workshop.

  • Comment number 90.

    #80 cBuzz, the vows are quite handy in many ways. We promised to care for each; I remind Mrs Snapper of this when she won't make me a cup of tea :0D

    @Loving life at FIFTY Sal, it's good to have one of the youngsters back. Hope you enjoyed your sojourn.

  • Comment number 91.

    Wet stuff continuing at least through until Sunday around here I guess. Expecting to get wet on my first "couch to 5k" run after work.

  • Comment number 92.

    Welcome back Sal and good to see you're enjoying life!

  • Comment number 93.

    Hi everybody - it always amazes me that there is so much music out there I know nothing about! With regard to today's challenge, the actual "Hail to the Chief", which is the music the President of the USA strides along to, could be played. But then again, that would be political and we have enough of that going on anyway on Jeremy's show!

    No. 1 cat (male) is sleeping in the greenhouse (even though it keeps throwing water down from the sky), and No. 2 (female) is upstairs, curled up on a nice soft and warm bed. I leave you all to decide which is the most sensible.

    Two more things - Simon, when does the TV show start? And, really enjoyed "Itch" - will the next one be "Scratch"? Sorry about that - really.

  • Comment number 94.

    #89 Jenny, I am also looking forward to hearing The Chieftains on Simon's show tonight and last saw them in 1996 at Edinburgh Castle with Van Morrison.

    My husband also likes The Chieftains and as they're appearing in Edinburgh on 17th June, with Tim Edey, who won a Radio 2 Folk Award a few weeks ago, so I have bought tickets (a surprise birthday treat for my husby as the show's a couple of days before his birthday) so I must make sure I don't let the cat out of the bag before the day!!!

  • Comment number 95.

    I were right about that peg!

    Back from an extended Birthday trip Jennie, some of it spent on the beautiful island of Guernsey :)

    Thanks Tortie and Flo, and Harry, you say all the right things, well most of the time ;)

    Goes off to google sojourn.....

  • Comment number 96.

    #90 Thanks for the tip, Harry! I hadn't thought of selecting vows tactically :P

    Welcome back Sal :)

    Now I have to go. Good luck with the menshes on this tricky oldie day! ;)

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 97.

    Hiya Sal,

    There were a pair of yellow hammers in the chicken run helping themselves to the chicken corn this morning, they let me get quite close to them. So i thought that I must tell Sal....and here you are! I hope that you had a wonderful refreshing holiday!

    Sojourn? Isn't that a doctor who is qualified to perform operations? ;-)

    x

  • Comment number 98.

    #89 The strange light is here in Windsor and has been for a wee while now. I bet it won't have the decency to hang around til the evening...

  • Comment number 99.

    Strange light is getting brighter - puddles drying up. All very odd................

    JW

  • Comment number 100.

    Sunshine here yesterday and today... no puddles anywhere!

 

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