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Tonight Mathew...

Simon Mayo | 09:58 UK time, Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Good morning bloggers all, new ones, returning ones and faithful-always-there-ones. Another lousy day here and a few more on the way it seems. One of the 3 worders yesterday was 'soaked in drought' which sort of summed it up really. Too little, too late apparently according to the weather folk and the blooming and blossoming trees are taking lots of the rain for their private needs. So we continue to drink the rain, water the grass with washing up water and only hose the foxes very occasionally (the man said it was ok).

Last night, post-show I went to Ronnie Scotts in London for the first time since a memorable show with Stevie Wonder for Radio 1. He was there to promote his new album and we had a live show lined up, a large live audience and a gorgeous piano for the Motown legend. It was just that Stevie didn't want to sing the new songs. No sir, none of them. We got there in the end but now without a few, as Sir Alex Ferguson would call it, 'squeaky-bum-moments'. Yesterday, with Georgie Fame selling out downstairs, we went upstairs to watch a young guy called Luke Sital-Singh who I first heard before Easter and has a terrific voice and wonderful control. A great future for him and a great future for Ren Harvieu who was knockout. It takes a very brave and talented voice to nail Roy Orbison's 'Crying' live but Ren did it and I hope won over many more fans.

Today we welcome Mathew Kelly to Drivetime who is starring in a new production of Educating Rita. It starts in London and then heads off on a National Tour. He trained as an actor before light-ent took him for some big hit shows. But his acting has won him many accolades and he'll tell you more tonight.

And oldies tonight? Well the newly announced Olympic motto is 'Inspire A Generation'. Which is fine but maybe there are song titles which could work better? So OLYMPIC MOTTO oldies please. So over to you,fair bloggers.

Have a dry and cheerily optimistic Wednesday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 1.

    3 word Wednesday.....

    Stranded on Guernsey!

    Darn the weather. Gotta fly, maybe literally..... :)

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon and Poppeteers

    POSITIVE THINKING - MORCOMBE AND WISE

    NEVER WALK ALONE - GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS

  • Comment number 3.

    Yaaay!

    I'll kick off with

    CHARIOTS OF FIRE - VANGELIS
    RING OF FIRE - JOHNNY CASH
    CIRCLE IN THE SAND - BELINDA CARLISLE

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 4.

    Where to start! Gone for the inspirational

    All together now - The Farm
    Anything is Possible - Will Young
    Blaze of Glory - John Bon Jovi
    Don't Give up - Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush
    Going for Gold - Shed 7
    Flying without Wings - Westlife
    I have a dream - Abba
    Life's what you make it - Talk Talk
    Light my Fire - Will Young
    Live to Tell - MAdonna
    London Calling - The Clash
    Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
    Search for the Hero - M People
    When we stand together - Nickelback
    When You Believe - Leon Jackson

    Almost feel like getting my running shoes out after that - but maybe not as its raining, and I'm chained to my office desk

  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning Each!

    I'd thought at first of things like 'Born To Run', but I think the theme is possibly slightly more specific than that, so I offer these for consideration...

    'Come All Ye' by Fairport Convention

    'Time For Heroes' by The Libertines

    'Tribal Gathering' by The Byrds

    'Let's Do It' by any of loads of people. Peggy Lee, Noel Coward, Billie Holiday....

    'Get Ready' by The Temptations

    'All Together Now' by The Farm

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM, Matt of the BAIU (all fixed now?) and present-and-correct bloggers,

    First morning back on the blog, so damp and drizzly greetings to everyone!

    Is tonight's guest the same man as "Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be..."? Wonder how many times people have said that to him in the supermarket.

    Inspiring motto oldies, you say?

    DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ - Journey

    TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT – Eagles

    DON’T STOP TIL YOU GET ENOUGH – Jacksons

    DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO – Eddie and the Hotrods

    BE YOUNG, BE FOOLISH, BE HAPPY – The Tams

    LIVE IT UP – Mental as Anything

    TWIST AND SHOUT – The Beatles

    And finally......

    DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY – Liquid Gold

  • Comment number 7.

    # Oh no Sal!

    Olympic Motto and legacy perhaps for generations?

    ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME - SANDY SHAW

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello again everyone!

    Looks like we're in for a nice sunny day and the birds are singing happily.

    YOU'RE MY INSPIRATION ~ Chicago

    GOING FOR GOLD ~ Shed Seven

    ONE WORLD, ONE DREAM ~ Sylver

    THE POWER OF THE DREAM ~ Celine Dion

    DON'T GIVE UP ~ Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

    SILVER AND GOLD ~ U2

  • Comment number 9.

    GET IT ON - T REX

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning All,

    Have already FB'ed

    The Only Way Is Up - Yazz

    Still cannot think of any more.

    Pouring it down here with a bit of sleet thrown in for good measure.

    Maybes laters

    A.

  • Comment number 11.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Tricky theme today, I think - still at least there shouldn't be too many duplicates.

    Here's some I tweeted earlier:

    ONE VISION by Queen

    THE NAME OF THE GAME by Abba

    GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS by Peter Gabriel

    COME TOGETHER by the Beatles

    SIMPLY THE BEST BY Tina Turner

    Nearly coffee time already...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 12.

    Morning!

    John, sorry to see you are having problems with your regularity. LOL!

    Sal, possibly worse places to be stranded? Hope you get home soon.

    The Olympics fill me with no inspiration at all so I will step back on this.

  • Comment number 13.

    'Happy Together' by The Turtles

  • Comment number 14.

    Good morning from a drizzly, windy Essex - "the garden needs it"................

    I pre-empted the blog theme today and got it wrong, naturally! Thought it might be 100 days to go - well, I wasn't far off...........

    GAMES PEOPLE PLAY - JOE SOUTH could work as a motto? Maybe not.

    Maybe
    GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS - PETER GABRIEL

    Off for a good think.


    JW

  • Comment number 15.

    REACH FOR THE STARS ~ S Club 7

    REACH OUT AND TOUCH ~ Diana Ross

  • Comment number 16.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Nice moniker you have gave us blog stalwarts "faithful and always there bloggers" like it a lot!

    Liked Ren too, still cant believe how young she is!

    I get the oldies now,although on FB they are all seem to be getting the wrong end of the stick...us bloggers are with it and switched on in Simon's head!

    1. ALL TOGETHER NOW - The Farm
    2. SIMPLY THE BEST - Tina Turner
    3. WE ARE THE WORLD - USA for Africa
    4. ONE LOVE - U2
    5. DON'T GIVE UP - Bryan Adams and Chicane
    6. REACH FOR THE STARS - S Club 7
    7. MY GENERATION - The Who
    8. I BELIEVE - Frankie Line or Robson and Jerome
    9. BELIEVE - Cher
    10. LET IT BE - The Beatles

    Have an inspiring day.

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 17.

    Crying?

    A classic moment from Only Fools & Horses :0)))))

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hztzcLvxT58

    I shouldn't be here.

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning everyone..................I hope that you are all well..........................motto oldies...................................................................................................


    DON'T STOP BELIEVING - JOURNEY

    I'VE GOT THE POWER - SNAP

    SIMPLY THE BEST - TINA TURNER

    YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE - NEW RADICALS

    SOMETHING INSIDE SO STRONG - LABI SIFFRE

    ORDINARY PEOPLE - JOHN LEGEND

    YOU RAISE ME UP - JOSH GROBAN

    HOLD ON - WILSON PHILLIPS


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

  • Comment number 19.

    Morning all :-)

    RESPECT ARETHA FRANKLIN


    PSL xx

  • Comment number 20.

    SIMPLY THE BEST - TINA TURNER

    GOLD - SPANDAU BALLET

    JW

  • Comment number 21.

    YOU'RE THE BEST THING .....STYLE COUNCIL

    THERE'S NO STOPPING US NOW...THE SUPREMES

    AIN'T NO STOPPING US NOW..McFADDEN AND WHITEHEAD

    PSL

  • Comment number 22.

    LIFE IN TECHNICOLOR - Coldplay

    or VIVA LA VIDA - Coldplay (sounds suitably Latin and all-encompassing)

  • Comment number 23.

    Good Morning One and All :)

    Well it's damp and grey here, and the weather ain't too good either... (Ithankyaw)

    The mister is fretting about his brassicas, so he's off to the allotment. He goes out in all weathers!

    Here are some oldies I tweeted earlier...

    KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE - FREIHEIT

    DON'T STOP - ROLLING STONES

    YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT - JIMMY CLIFF

    DON'T STOP BELIEVING - JOURNEY

    DON'T STOP TIL YOU GET ENOUGH - MICHAEL JACKSON

    YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE - NEW RADICALS

    BORN TO RUN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

  • Comment number 24.

    Got one!!

    EVERYONE'S A WINNER - Hot Chocolate



    Alex_Girl

  • Comment number 25.

    T

  • Comment number 26.

    HIYA!

    DONT STOP TIL YOU GET ENOUGH by MICHAEL JACKSON

    EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD by TEARS FOR FEARS (a bit tenuous I know! But the best song!)

    WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS by QUEEN

    BELIEVE by CHER ( maybe not, it is a bit of an irritating song!)

    madchick x

  • Comment number 27.

    Just listening again to yesterday.

    Ren...what a lovely voice. Loved 'Thro the night' when it first came out and immediately looked for the album. Was dismayed that I would have to wait til' May to get it. Not what you would call patient. Only a few short weeks away tho'.

    A.

  • Comment number 28.

    Haven't heard this for aaaaages:

    LIVE AS YOU DREAM - Beth Orton

    Goes off to rootle about for very old copy of CD.

  • Comment number 29.

    One more.....

    I BELIEVE ~ Joe Satriani

  • Comment number 30.

    Ooh ooh ooh

    IF I CAN DREAM - Elvis Presley

  • Comment number 31.

    #17 Harry, I'm afraid that moment from OF&H was all I could think of as she sang so beautifully.

    Coffee time again....

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 32.

    Morning all - dank and damp here too. Trying to work up the energy to do something useful with my day ....

    "Inspire a Generation" ?! Hmmm that is a toughie:

    My Generation - The Who
    If I Can Deam - Elvis
    You're the Inspiration - Chicago
    My Way - Frank Sinatra
    It's My Life - Bon Jovi

    OK - I really should get dressed.... back later!

  • Comment number 33.

    #17 :o))

  • Comment number 34.

    Last one for the moment - this one could be a slow burner all day.


    RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW - Fatboy Slim

  • Comment number 35.

    I go out to the chemist and come back to a blog !

    We had a 'rather' similar topic not so long ago, but this time round Im going for,
    HOLD ON TIGHT TO YOUR DREAMS - ELO (complete with poorly pronunced Fench)

    Sorry to hear your stranded Sall, hope you can find suitable food. I read an article recently about the 'lack' of GF food in Jersey, hope Gurnesy is a bit better.
    Absolutly tipping it down here in Wigan today. Oh how I love the English weather.
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 36.

    Big (((HUGS))) to Hoffs if she is lurking, as she's feeling a bit poorly today. Hope you feel better soon

    ~X~X~X~

    We have Queen tickets! I know that won't be good news to some certain bloggers, but Son is a massive fan and was really disappointed that the Sonisphere festival was cancelled. So he will have a big smile on his face today!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 37.

    Tough one this..................but here goes..................................................


    THIS IS THE MOMENT - MOODY BLUES

    THE TIME IS NOW - MOLOKO

    WE CAN LAST FOREVER - CHICAGO

    ALWAYS AND FOREVER - HEATWAVE


    Dougal x.....................needing more coffee...................................................

  • Comment number 38.

    #25 - Less is more Harry?

  • Comment number 39.

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    IT AIN'T WHAT YOU DO (IT'S THE WAY THAT YOU DO IT) - BANANARAMA & FUN BOY THREE

    NOBODY DOES IT BETTER - CARLY SIMON

    FAITH - GEORGE MICHAEL

    NEVER GIVE UP ON A GOOD THING - GEORGE BENSON

  • Comment number 40.

    Glad you got tickets to see Queen Deebee. Who sings in place of Freddie?

    My 2 very lovely bosses wanted to take me for a coffee which was lovely but kept me away from here.

    I HAVE A DREAM - ABBA

  • Comment number 41.

    #38 I found it hiding in the back of the shop and I thought it might be of use if someone wanted to spell Matthew ;0)

  • Comment number 42.

    #25 #38 LOL!

    #40 It's a guy called Adam Lambert... no, me neither - apparently he won American Idol...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 43.

    #41 That's funny Harry. I thought you were too busy selling books to blog today?

    #42 Well, let's hope he does a good job. If he won American Idol he must be a decent sort of singer - you would hope.

  • Comment number 44.

    So very subjective this motto malarkey..........................be interesting to see how the alignment pans out tonight...................................................


    PRIDE - U2

    DREAM ON - AEROSMITH

    SOMETHING SO STRONG - CROWDED HOUSE

    NOBODY DOES IT BETTER - CARLY SIMON

    Must go now ........................so have a good day one and all............................

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

  • Comment number 45.

    Morning all from saturated Surrey!

    IT'S ALL IN THE GAME - TOMMY EDWARDS

  • Comment number 46.

    DO WHAT YOU DO DO WELL by NED MILLER

  • Comment number 47.

    I'm kind of hoping this might apply at some point uner the Union Jack:

    CELEBRATION - Kool & the Gang

    Also motto wise (and its a great record):

    YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE - Candi Staton (said as a command and not a statement!)

    And I concur with

    IF I CAN DREAM - Elvis

  • Comment number 48.

    Coffeetime inspiratino.

    PEACE, LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING - Elvis Costello

    GIMME SOME LOVIN' - Spencer Davis Group

    TO DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM - Matt Monro or Andy Williams


    And re my question about Matthew (#6). I just read the title of today's blog. Doh.

    (Of course, it could be a different Matthew, spelt with only one "T", changed his stage name due to Equity Rules, he said in desperation. Note to self, when you find yourself in the bottom of a large hole in the ground, drop the spade)

  • Comment number 49.

    #43 Shona, I said I was busy, I never mentioned books. My dream of being busy selling books is still unfulfilled.

    #48 JBG, I think he did change his name but it was from David to Matthew, not Matthew to Mathew :0))))

  • Comment number 50.

    Happy Wednesdays all round - and Hello Simon, the Drive Team and the Constructors.

    I can just about bear the missing 'T' from Matthew Kelly's name, you'll be pleased to noe ..

    ... however, I was on proper tenterhooks listening to little 'Wren' [I've seen her - she's tiny] singing RO's 'Crying' because, like Harry and coffeeBuzz, all I could think about was *that* OFAH episode which is, arguably, more funny than the falling into the bar moment - mainly because the rest of the cast had to hold their laughter for so long.
    :^D

    Olympimottos:

    LONDON CALLING - THE CLASH

    WISH YOU WERE HERE - PINK FLOYD

    WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH - BILLY OCEAN

    THE DRUGS DON'T WORK - THE VERVE

    ALL THE RIGHT MOVES - ONE REPUBLIC

    TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT - EAGLES

    DUEL - PROPAGANDA

    I RAN - FLOCK OF SEAGULLS

    REWARD - TEARDROP EXPLODES

    DON'T WANNA MISS A THING - AEROSMITH

  • Comment number 51.

    I'm doing farming duties this afternoon with my lovely boss i.e. out in the field so I won't see you til later. Not holding out much hope of any of my choons getting picked anyway.

    #48 John. LOL

  • Comment number 52.

    One more for the hippy in me....

    WONDERFUL WORLD, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE - Jimmy Cliff

  • Comment number 53.

    #48 P.S. Not so regular John, have you tried senna?

  • Comment number 54.

    Afternoon all

    Some interesting suggestions, wonder how many will be played by Radio 2 before 5?

    Can I second TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT - THE EAGLES

    and suggest

    PUSH IT - SALT and PEPA

    ONE MOMENT IN TIME - WHITNEY HOUSTON

    PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE - SIMPLE MINDS

    Cheers

    A

  • Comment number 55.

    #53 Harry - ha! Spluterring coffee on screen.

    Also Harry #25 - you're obviously very busy today, that was the quickest Tea break ever.

  • Comment number 56.

    #55 "Spluterring"?

    Maybe the senna is working after all.

  • Comment number 57.

    #23 Zoe - every time you mention the Mister fretting about his brassicas, I have a disturbing picture in my mind, like one of those unnecessary close-ups on Embarrassing Bodies.

  • Comment number 58.

    I really, really should be working but .......... Only Fools and Horses funniest moments?

    For me, the funniest was in the episode where Del goes hang gliding to impress a woman (“I did loop the loop over Dimchurch”).

    Del returns to the flat in Nelson Mandela Gardens, battered and bruised, apparently paralysed in a wheel chair after colliding with a pylon.

    Trigger says: “Never mind, Del, it could have been worse”

    Everyone, open-mouthed, stares at Trigger:

    Trigger : “My nan had one with a squeaky wheel”


    I guess it loses something in the re-telling :0)))

  • Comment number 59.

    hi all

    EVERYONES A WINNER-HOT CHOCOLATE

    I HAVE A DREAM-ABBA

  • Comment number 60.

    #58 nonono - it loses nothing in the re-telling - but it's one of many sublime one-liners, delivered with impeccable timing ... as were the hundreds of slap-sticky physical gags ...

    ... I was just more impressed by the comedic 'sustain' of the 'Cwying' - how Tessa P-J managed to keep a straight face. But then Morecambe & Wise's guests were challenged somewhat in that regard
    :^)

  • Comment number 61.

    If Simon's Choon Choosers go for the obvious today - I reckon our Gazza is in with a shout. And about time too. If ever there was a 'faithful blogger' ...

    Hi Gaz - hope you're feeling well x

  • Comment number 62.

    #58 H - Dymchurch





    :-o

  • Comment number 63.

    #62 Thank you, Katy ............. duly noted :0)

  • Comment number 64.

    hi katy im feeling better x

  • Comment number 65.

    #58 OFAH favourite moments (in no particular order):
    *Cw-ying, cw-ying....

    *"Nice 'n cool Trig, nice 'n cool" (the falling through the bar episode)

    *Trigger: "We've got a saying down the depot 'look after your brush'"
    Del: "And it'll look after you?"
    Trigger: "No. Just 'look after your brush'"

    *Batman and Robin

    Almost all of my favourite moments involve Trigger. A great character!
    Lunch and coffee beckon...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 66.

    Someone made the point on twitter, and it was retweeted by SimonWard [thanks] that the motto 'Inspire a Generation' was coined back in 2005, during the time of the Olympic bid - to promote sport. They then say that a whole school generation has passed, mostly untouched by it.

    Does anyone here know anyone who is competing in any way, shape or form?

    I know someone who is dancing in the opening ceremonial part.

  • Comment number 67.

    #66 Katy,
    I thought the motto was more like "Faster, Higher, Stronger" (or the Latin equivalent thereof)?
    But then, I also mistook "motto" for "logo", hence all of the 'ring' suggestions in my #3.

    I have rings on the brain at the moment!!

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 68.

    I don't know anyone competing or taking part in any way personally.

    I think golf* is in next time around, or the one after that, so at that point I might be able to say that Tom Lewis was my nephew's partner in the Panshanger juniors' team if he gets selected.

    *Although like tennis it's completely ludicrous that golf is going to be in the Olympics. If winning the gold medal isn't the pinnacle of their career the sport shouldn't be there in my opinion.

  • Comment number 69.

    Afternoon all

    My but it's a miserable day here - cold, windy and pouring with rain!

    Nothing to add to today's choon choices.

    One part of the Olympics I was looking forward to was the torch route; it's going to be about 5 mins from my home - unfortunately, we'll be on holiday when it passes through : (

    T x

  • Comment number 70.

    Always thought this was a song in search of meaning...

    GET DOWN ON IT - Kool and the Gang


    #66 Katy - that's a great point. As the parents of kids at a London school, I can report they are spectacularly untouched by the whole thing. Which makes me rather sad, as it should be a major event for them. But the cynicism around not getting any tickets (we applied for 10 events), being told to stay away from the park if you don't have tickets, the transport system going into meltdown etc etc etc, means they are actually not really interested. In fact, we've put our house up for rent for 4 weeks for an exorbitant sum with the local agent, and we're more excited about the possibility of it paying for an amazing holiday so we can escape!

    (It pains me to report, we haven't even set eyes on the new stadium or Olympic park - it might as well be on the other side of the world)

  • Comment number 71.

    #67 coffeeBuzz - have just looked back at your #3 'rings on the brain' suggestions! [Expect not-so-regular-John B might also be a tad ring-fixated]

    The 2012 logo itself has attracted quite a few .. er .. comparisons, I believe?

    #69 Tortie - the Olympic Torch passes within 40 yards of my gaff on Day 54. Will see it from all front windows. Actually - it's B & B-ing in the cathedral - so we get an opportunity to do stuff with it for 2 days.
    *contains her excitement*


    #68 Ken - is there football this time?

    I really ought to take an interest as it's only 100 days away.

  • Comment number 72.

    Don't know anyone who is competing but I do know someone on the project team. Not sure which part of the project though. She thought it would entitle her to free tickets. She was mistaken.

    OFAH largely passed me by as I wasn't in the country for much of the time it was aired and don't watch much TV. Might have to get DVD's and get edjumacated.

  • Comment number 73.

    #71 Katy - yes, there is football. Lots of it. But without all the famous players. And played in different parts of the country. Anybody fancy B-list Norway vs Fiji in Sunderland?

    And not sure why I would be ring-fixated?

    #72 Alex-G. Me too! It's in the same blackhole of in-jokes as Star Trek, Last of the Summer Wine, and Friends. Smile politely, nod, and move on.

  • Comment number 74.

    3 word Wednesday...

    Accounts Deadline Looming

  • Comment number 75.

    On the subject of the Olympics - is anyone else watching 2012? I love it; the writing is so funny and clever, and I suspect a lot of the time, some of the things they do/say actually happen in the planning areas!

  • Comment number 76.

    #57 (Not so regular) John - LOL It's not a medical condition, fortunately. The mister did say yesterday, that he feared his sprouts would blow again, if there was a drought. But I'm pretty sure he meant the Brussel sprouts he's growing...and not anything else! :D

    Harry - Did you see Jools Holland's Later show last night? I loved Paul Buchanan singing 'Mid Air' with Jools accompanying him on piano. It's here on YT for those who don't want the whole show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HGSFQo63r0 but it is available on iThingy too.

    Also, on The Only Fools And Horses stuff, I saw an interesting snippet earlier, when I was reading an article about Dramarama http://www.denofgeek.com/television/1326013/looking_back_at_dramarama.html

    Here's the snippet, for those who don't want to plough through the article...

    David Jason confessed to a “keen interest in sci-fi” around the time the likes of Tony Robinson and Dermot Crowley were in the frame for the part of the Seventh Doctor in Doctor Who. It’s perhaps significant that the 1986 series of Only Fools and Horses was potentially going to be the last, with Delboy possibly emigrating to Australia. David Jason branched out into drama with Porterhouse Blue around this time. However, after two successful Christmas specials, he was eventually lured back to Peckham and filmed the ultimate pratfall in a yuppie wine bar ...

  • Comment number 77.

    #70 John B - are you on *that* side of London then? Or are the transport links SO improved that even a house in Surrey will be highly rentable?
    [As for my crack about you being possibly ring-fixated - apologies - to do with being regular/non-regular. Toilet humour. I forget I'm a girlie sometimes .. ]

    John and Alex - when people nostalgically wallow in the wonderful childrens' TV of yesteryear - it all goes over my head. I lived abroad for the first 15 years of my life so missed it all.

    #75 Tortie - LOVE it! TwentyTwelve. And we even re-watch it.
    Only one more episode in this little series but there'll be another series before the actuals.

    :^)

  • Comment number 78.

    OLYMPIC MOTTO NOT-SO OLDIE:
    Ready Steady Go - Paul Oakenfold
    Best of You - Foo Fighters

    More typically:
    Big Time - Peter Gabriel

    More cynically...
    The Beat(en) Generation - The The

  • Comment number 79.

    Olympic torch passes directly in front of my shop on 21 June (I think!); should be within 5 metres (if that) and I won't even have to move. I may have to turn around, though :-)

    I'm bored with the Olympics already. I firmly believe there should be no team sports or anything that requires any mechanical assistance (no bikes, bats, or boats; and, definitely no guns or bows); just running, jumping, throwing, and swimming.

    #76 Zoe, I recorded it and it's one thing I'm looking forward to watching.

    I made a decision recently and, apart from rugby, I'm not watching any live television. I have Sky+ so I can record all the programmes I might like to see and, if I haven't watched them within a week, I delete them. Since making the decision I've re-discovered chatting with my wife (I do like saying that!); reading for pleasure; and, listening to music with the lights off.

    I can highly recommend it.

  • Comment number 80.

    #76 Zoe - I, too,enjoyed PB on Later with Jools. Looking forward to more of it and him on Friday. Have also been rather impressed by The Maccabees for a while.

  • Comment number 81.

    The mother of one of the women's hockey players - who has been interviewed by Matt (the hockey player that is, not her mum!) - worked at my kids' secondary school, may still do for all I know.

    How long is the Olympics actually going to be on for? I think we're going to be away on hols for at least some of it.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 82.

    At the risk of being black-balled, I should also confess that I've given up live radio. I record the few programmes I really like and listen to them in the car for the drive to and from work.

  • Comment number 83.

    Had enough now. I really should be wandering into town to do some boring business and banking stuff - but it truly is the rainiest day yet here ... with the wettest rain ever.

    *switches on Radcliffe and Maconie and gets the baking ingredients out ..*

  • Comment number 84.

    A few more to throw into the rings...
    HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER - DAFT PUNK
    NUMBER ONE - S CLUB 7

    And how about a double-up for the mid-week mosh?...
    THE GAME - MOTORHEAD

  • Comment number 85.

    The captain of the mens hockey team Glenn Kirkham is an old boy of my school and Mr Posh taught him, and his mum is the cook at the school....crickey almost a top 10 tenious links all to myself! Oooo and the torch comes through my village too!

    PSL

  • Comment number 86.

    Some progress made today: washing & shopping done, mac & cheese in the oven and ingredients sorted for a DT spent baking with Simon (vanilla cupcakes & scones today).

    Still to be done: ironing and hoovering

    Re the Olympics - I've taught a couple of the competitors; a swimmer and an athelete (hurdles) and one of the potential hockey players is the husband of a friend. I'm quite excited about it, but would watch anyway, I get quite caught up in it.

    HtS- I like your idea - I don't watch a lot of live TV as I go to bed early and most dramas/things of interest are on after 9.00!

  • Comment number 87.

    ~85 PSL - Top Non-Tenuous Links!

    .. talking of which - I've just popped next door to say Hi to everyone now Chris is back.

    Am saddened but not really surprised by the state of affairs in there.

    An object lesson in how to lose loyal and faithful bloggers? Hope this doesn't translate into loss of listeners.

    :^(

  • Comment number 88.

    Hello again all.

    My friend arrived for lunch armed with a Chinese takeaway and a bottle of red - most civilised!! Certainly warmed us up after the horrible cold wet weather!

    I don't know anyone who has anything to do with the Olympics but.......... I did teach the boy who had his hand cut off and reattached in 'Holby City' last night. He was late for school every day and had to go to the school office to order his dinner as the registers had always gone by the time he arrived! ( At this point, may I say I don't usually watch the programme but did on this occasion to watch one of my old 'babies'!)

    I know people who live around here but work in London are not looking forward to the Games as they have to travel on the train line which goes through Stratford and the Olympic Park. Hopefully, more trains will be laid on so they can continue with their day to day life. We live in hope.................

    JW

  • Comment number 89.

    ONJ is on the Big Show

    *feeling weak at the knees*

  • Comment number 90.

    A gorgeous warm, sunny day so the dogs and I have had a lovely walk along the beach and enjoyed a Magnum ice cream, my treat for having cut the grass after lunch.

    I wonder if Sal has managed to get back from Guernsey yet... it's a long way to go bird-watching, so I hope she's seen some spoonbills during her visit!

  • Comment number 91.

    #89 NSR John, isn't ONJ one of Simon's favourites too, or is it just that he likes her song, 'Physical'?

  • Comment number 92.

    #77 Katy - no, I'm not on *that* side of town, but in the leafy SW 'burbs. Transport to Stratford has definitely been improved - it's now on 5 lines including the super speedy Central and Jubilee from Waterloo. The agents are marketing it as "an easy 2 hour door-to-door journey". Alternatively, visitors could fly from most of Europe in less time!

  • Comment number 93.

    Good afternoon! How are we all today?

    Don't have any links with any Olympians. The torch will be passing within a mile of my house but I won't be anywhere close at the time. I think that any subjective "sport" e.g. diving, gymnastics should be removed. Was going to say I like a gold medal outcome to be clear cut but having seen some of the footie stuff at the weekend I think my argument needs further defining ;-).

    Oi, NSRJohn, what's wrong with Norway B vs Fiji! Having seen a bit of the Norwegian league, I can't wait ;-).

    Off to go back & watch the OFAH clips. One of my favourite progs.

    Have I missed anything?

    x

  • Comment number 94.

    #91 Florence - yes, she is one his faves. I think he likes Banks of the O-hi-o. I bet he's lurking in Reception and hoping to share the lift with her (not a euphemism).

    As an innocent lad watching Grease, I remember ONJ's transformation at the end of the film wearing those leather trousers, and getting quite overcome (also not a euphemism)

    Also hope Sal gets home OK, although there are worse places to be stuck than Guernsey.

  • Comment number 95.

    To add to the congestion, Stobbarts have bought Southend Airport and there are now direct flights going in and out of there from mainland Europe, Ireland and Jersey with a new railway station built on the Stratford Line for direct access to the Olympic Park. People around here could make a fortune renting their houses for the fortnight/month whatever it is. The jouney time from here is about 40 mins I think.

    Where did I put the estate agents phone number?.....................................

    JW

  • Comment number 96.

    #89 A friend of ours is *sort of* related to ONJ and met her a few years ago when he was researching his family tree. He said she was very nice...

    ;o)

  • Comment number 97.

    NSRJohn (again), I am passing through Heathrow to Kings X and on to Cambridge for the Cambridge FF on Olympic opening weekend. Dreading that journey. Just as well I have a fab friend waiting at the end of the line for me. Who thought it would be a good idea to have the 2 events on the same weekend? Did no-one check? I am a bit disconnected from all things Olympian and didn't make the connection until I tried to book a hotel in London and almost fainted at the prices being quoted.

    x

  • Comment number 98.

    Has anyone been on the little railway down at Dymchurch? I intruduced hubbs n cherub to it last year when we stayed at Camber Sands. Twas my 3rd time riding the rails. Hubbs has been keen since to write a story involving Romney Marsh.

    See, I do know about places south of Wigan :-)
    ~gill~
    The Lass of Wigan

  • Comment number 99.

    #94 cold shower for NSRJohn!

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