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Simon Mayo | 08:53 UK time, Monday, 25 June 2012

Hello and greetings from the estate. Or to be more accurate, my sickbed within the estate. I have spent most of the weekend indisposed, I will spare you the details. The GP may have a few things to say before the show but assuming he gives the all clear, all will be well. Well, nearly well anyway.
Plenty of time to catch up on reading then, so let me mention again our book choice which is "The Age Of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker. She's a former book editor at a publisher's and wrote the book early in the morning before work, sometimes on the subway. It's about 'the slowing' of the earth- it's spinning has, inexplicably, started to slow down resulting in longer days. Gravity and tides are thrown into chaos; life in general is about to change for ever. We see this through the eyes of 11 year old Julia, an only child and keen observer of friends, family and the increasing chaos of the world outside. Read a chapter here! Then hear Kate after 6. There'll be a webchat too, once she's finished on air.
And oldies today please (as seems annually appropriate) on the joys of WIMBLEDON. The best way to forget the nonsense and disappointment of the football is to enjoy an iconic festival of sport from SW19. Your tennis,tantrum and strawberry based tunes please.
Have a jolly and spirited Monday, see you (GP willing) at 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    What a trouper!

    Hope we get to hear you Simon :)

  • Comment number 2.

    Good morning everyone!

    Busy weekend, so little inspiration for these...

    THE WOMBLES THEME - MIKE BATT
    ANYONE FOR TENNIS - CREAM

    Off to the coffee machine...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 3.

    Hit me with your rhythm stick - Ian Dury and his Blockheads.

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning Simon, Blogvets and Blogger Chums

    So sorry to hear you have been unwell Simon. I hope the GP gives you the all clear so we can hear you after 5.

  • Comment number 5.

    Get well soon Simon - grapes are winging their way through the ether..................

    STRAWBERRY FIELDS - BEATLES

    JW

  • Comment number 6.

    STAND AND DELIVER - ADAM ANT

    RETURN TO SENDER - ELVIS PRESLEY

    SLIPPIN' AND SLIDIN' - LITTLE RICHARD

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning All,

    Sorry to hear that you are poorly, Simon. Take it easy and only come to work if you feel up to it.

    Oldies?

    LOVE PLUS ONE - HAIRCUT 100

    madchick x

  • Comment number 8.

    Monring all

    Hope you get better soon simon, and the GP gives you permission to join us at 5.00 today. Virtual grapes being passed to you - do you want them peeled?!

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 9.

    The lights go down - ELO.

    The bouncer - ELO

    Rain is falling..... ELO :)

  • Comment number 10.

    WICHITA LINEMAN - GLEN CAMPBELL

  • Comment number 11.

    ANYONE FOR TENNIS? - ERIC CLAPTON

    IT'S RAINING AGAIN - SUPERTRAMP

  • Comment number 12.

    I LOVE TO LOVE - TINA CHARLES (for the tennis score)

    SWEET VIRGINIA (Wade) - ROLLING STONES

    SPINNING AROUND IN THE AIR - THE PROCLAIMERS (for the ball)

    Work beckons.......

  • Comment number 13.

    Rubber ball - Bobby Vee.

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning everyone

    Get well soon Simon... you're a brave soldier!

    A glorious sunny morning, wall-to-wall blue sky and the birds twittering away, happily.

    THE WOMBLES OF WIMBLEDON ~ Mike Batt

    SUMMER WINE ~ Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood (Strawberries in lyrics)

    RUBBER BALL ~ Bobby Vee

    WRECKING BALL ~ Bruce Springsteen

    HIT ME WTH YOUR RHYTHM SICK ~ Ian Dury & the Blockheads

  • Comment number 15.

    Good Morning again

    Sorry to hear that you're not well, Simon. Hope you get the all clear to go in.

    Here's my list of suggestions -

    ANYONE FOR TENNIS? - Cream

    THE POWER OF LOVE – Huey Lewis

    THE POWER OF LOVE - Frankie goes to Hollywood

    LOVE X LOVE – George Benson

    LOVE PLUS ONE – Haircut 100

    IT’S ONLY LOVE - Beatles

    LOVE - John Lennon

    MIND GAMES – John Lennon

    STAND AND DELIVER – Adam & Ants

    MY FAVOURITE GAME – The Cardigans

    GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU – George Harrison

    RUBBER BALL – Bobby Vee

    THE GAME OF LOVE - Wayne Fontana & Mindbenders

    IT’S ALL IN THE GAME – Sir Cliff

  • Comment number 16.

    RIGHT DOWN THE LINE - GERRY RAFFERTY

    That's me done. Have a lovely day all, nice and sunny here.

    madchick x

  • Comment number 17.

    Under attack - Abba.

  • Comment number 18.

    Oh!

    HAWKEYE - Frankie Laine

  • Comment number 19.

    LOVE IS ALL AROUND - WET WET WET (this works on two levels I feel!)

    JW

  • Comment number 20.

    Straight shooter - Mamas and Papas.

    Big shot - Billy Joel.

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning all. Beautiful out. If only it had been as nice yesterday...

    THE WOMBLES - The Wombing Song (Underground Overground)

    GERRY RAFFERTY - Right Down The Line

    THE WHO - Squeezebox ("In and Out and In and Out")

    STATUS QUO - Rain (!)

    ROLLING STONES - Undercover of the Night

    THE WHISPERS - It's a Love Thing

    MOTORHEAD - The Ace of Spades

    Back with more in due course after a bit more cogitation...

  • Comment number 22.

    Rain or shine - Five Star!!

    Nobodys 'fault' but mine - Beth Rowley.

  • Comment number 23.

    For the 'grunters' -

    NO SELF CONTROL - Peter Gabriel

  • Comment number 24.

    Good morning,

    Get well soon Simon. If you are still indisposed at 5 I can recommend a great radio show to cheer you up. It's on 88 to 91 FM. No hang on a minute - that isn't going to work isn't...

    Chooooons:

    WALK THE LINE by Johnny Cash
    GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU by Geroge Harrison
    YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF MY by Billie Holiday
    ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE by The Beatles

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 25.

    SHOUT - LULU - what the line judges do and the players sometimes!

    JW

  • Comment number 26.

    Kate?

  • Comment number 27.

    Good morning poorly Simon, Team, Sir Tel & blogpoppets. Quick post before the tourists head out or the day. Will be back in time for 5, hopefully to hear Lord A.

    Wimbedon is one of my top times of the year :-)

    Right Down The Line - Gerry Rafferty

    Wichita Lineman - Glenn Campbell (fingets crossed there are no Nalbandians)

    Addicted To Love - Robert Palmer

    Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

    The Umpire Strikes Back - The Brat (???)

    xx

  • Comment number 28.

  • Comment number 29.

    ******HOIB ALERT******

    CHALKDUST - THE UMPIRE STRIKES BACK by The Brat

  • Comment number 30.

    Get well soon Simon and I hope you make it for the show in fine fettle.

    SW19 it is then:

    1. How Long? - ACE
    2. LOVE TIMES LOVE - George Benson
    3. WOMBLES OF WIMBLEDON - Mike Batt
    4. SET ME FREE - Jaki Graham
    5. STRAWBERRY FIELDS - Beatles
    6. HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT - Pat Benatar
    7. HOLD THE LINE - Toto
    8. INSIDE OUT - Odyssey
    9. MRS ROBINSON - Simon and Garfunkel
    10. LOVE PLUS ONE - Haircut 100

    Anybody see Tim yesterday afternoon with Mel Gibson, it was made in 1980 which explained why they kept referring to him as simple and all that was wrong with him was autism, would never get away with using that description nowadays, shame on the Aussies!

    Got hooked on the most popular app over the weekend ...Song Pop..absolutely blumming ace!

    Have a nice day

    More grapes Simon?

    21 more Blockbusters to catch up on!!

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 31.

    Happy Mondays All Round a big-hearted Get Well Soon to the Lord Mayo, the Drivetime Dude.
    A virtual brow mopping and 'there there there' to you Sir.

    Great suugestions already, as per.
    Flo - love the Summer Wine - Lee Hazlewood/Nancy one so I'll second that - I've requested it so many times so hope you succeed where I've not.

    I shall go for:

    DUEL - PROPAGANDA


    Hope to return with some more ideas ...
    :^)

  • Comment number 32.

    Or Karen?

  • Comment number 33.

    Go Let It Out - Oasis

    In & Out of Love - Bon Jovi

    Out of Reach - Gabrielle

    x

  • Comment number 34.

    PETER SKELLERN - Hold On To Love

    STATUS QUO - Break the Rules (for Break Point, or McEnroe-like behaviour)

    MADONNA - Borderline

    PAUL SIMON - Late In The Evening

    PHIL COLLINS - A Long Long Way To Go

    THE BEATLES - Long Long Long

    or either of these two HOIB contenders:
    ROGER KITTER? - CHALK DUST (The Umpire Strikes Back)

    ROLF HARRIS - The Court of King Caractacus

    That'll do for blog suggestion for me for the day

  • Comment number 35.

    Is it broken?

  • Comment number 36.

    COURT AND SPARK - JONI MITCHELL

    SET ME FREE - KINKS


    Wimbledon COMMON PEOPLE - PULP

  • Comment number 37.

    Right, my deckchair day has turned into an ' Off to the Levels superscoping day!'

    Hoping to be back with reports of Great white egrets!

    Wishing Simon well and all Bloggers a good day.

  • Comment number 38.

    Morning everyone. Simon - I hope you feel better as the day progresses.

    One oldie offer for the moment:
    Green, Green Grass of Home - Tom Jones

    Hopefully pop back later ...

  • Comment number 39.

    I know its about different ones to these but my suggestion is:

    WHITE LINES - Grandmaster Flash

  • Comment number 40.

    Morning all

    My best wishes too Simon and a small hot toddy.

    Blog not letting me log in, probably my stupid work computer, bit of cutting & pasting onto phone.

     #30 Mandy – I thought we had 4 weeks of Blockbusters (20 episodes) and then a summer break?

     

     Great Expectations – Elbow (And if it rains all day)

     High Hopes – Paolo Nutini

     Dreams – Fleetwood Mac

     Trouble with Dreams – Eels

     Love and Regret – Deacon Blue

     One Line – PJ Harvey

     Rain Stops Play – The Duckworth Lewis Method (hmmm instrumental!)

     Buckets of Rain  - Bob Dylan

     I’ll Take the Rain – REM

     Rain – Nick Drake

    Friday I’m in Love – The Cure

     

  • Comment number 41.

    SOUNDS OF THE CROWD - HUMAN LEAGUE

    SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE - TEARS FOR FEARS

  • Comment number 42.

    Blimey - there must be something going round. Mister Hoffs and I were in attendance at Mini Hoffs' bed for most of Saturday night and now Teen and Master Hoffs are crashed out upstairs feeling dreadful.

    Mr Mayo, I do hope that you feel better soon. Put your feet up, relax. Hope to hear you later but obviously your health is the most important thing.

    So, my only suggestion today is:

    DEF LEPPARD - POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME - for the grunting, not the sugar, obviously.

    Will read back now and find that I'm the 33rd person to have suggested this. Probably won't be played anyway as it had an airing on Pancake Day.

    OK, off to do chores...quietly...so as not to disturb the snoring patients....

  • Comment number 43.

    Maybe this will mean it doesn't....

    ITS RAINING AGAIN - Supertramp

  • Comment number 44.

    #14 - Queen Flo - morning! Love the Wombles choice. I went to Wimbledon once when very little. Spent the whole day looking for Wombles. Really really believed that they would be there. Mightily disappointed to discover that they werent.

  • Comment number 45.

    #27 - Viking Mobee - Have a great picture in my mind of the two of you coming up with suggestions together over in Norway. Enjoy your day together - looking forward to hearing all about it!

    Also, Zoe, if you are lurking - I do hope that you manage to get out for the day today after all. x

  • Comment number 46.

    Morning all

    Gig week, so of course I have the worst cough going. Apologies in advance to anybody at Under the Bridge on Wednesday night if it hasn't improved by then. I promise I'll try to hold the coughing to between songs as much as possible. Need a medicinal Pimms, or maybe half a dozen of them, but not really appropriate sitting here at my desk.

    Can't think of an appropriate song to go with today's topic. That might be because the brain's not functioning though. Oh well, have a good day all.

  • Comment number 47.

    The post has just arrived and mapped out my day for me - well a good portion of it I suppose. Last week I spent ages on the phone to our gas supplier who wanted to increase our monthly payments by 50%!!!!! Never has my flabber been so ghasted so I finally sorted out a more amenable arrangement and asked for the new payment to be confirmed by letter. Today I receive a letter confirming they have dropped our electricity payments!! Why is so difficult to do anything which seems fairly simple....................off to the phone...............wish me luck, I may be sometime..............

    JW

  • Comment number 48.

    Morning all,

    My weekend was not as anticipated on Saturday AM either. Like Simon spend the weekend in bed, big thanks to Nanna for looking after cherub.

    Hope you feel better soon Simon, wish I'd stayed in bed and not made the effort to attend work as not feeling my best today, brain still a bit foggy so no suggestions from this side of the mountain, afterall I'm not very good even when at my best!

    I'll leave it to the experts.

  • Comment number 49.

    One for Judy Murray

    Mother dear - The Divine Comedy

  • Comment number 50.

    Anyone For Tennis by Cream
    Little Sally Racket by Bellowhead
    Rubber Ball by Bobby Vee

  • Comment number 51.

    Morning all

    Lots of folk seem to have some kind of lurgy at the moment - hope all are feeling better soon.

    Only time for a quick swoop by so apologies if any repeats:

    'Step It Up' - Stereo MCs
    'Borderline' - Madonna
    'Losing My Favourite Game' - The Cardigans
    'Love Fool' - The Cardigans
    'Out Of Reach' - Gabrielle
    'Can You Feel The Force' - The Real Thing

    N xx

  • Comment number 52.

    Oh and also received a letter with hospital appointment for tomorrow morning - quick or what? The speed worries me somewhat... :~

    JW

  • Comment number 53.

    #46 - Ken & #48 - Sharon - sorry to hear that you are suffering too - hope you feel better soon

    #47 - Jennie - Good luck - go get them!

    Bit of a dilemma here - advice gratefully received:

    Chores OR reading the book club choice for this month ahead of the show tonight?
    Chores OR downloading the latest Confessions podcast?
    Chores OR snuggling up for a Harry Potter DVD marathon with my boys?
    Chores OR taking care of the choc muffins that were reduced this morning at the supermarket?

  • Comment number 54.

    Good Morning all

    JUST DROPPED IN - KENNY ROGER & FIRST EDITION

  • Comment number 55.

    #53 This building doesn't help. They have us working at carousels which means everybody's germs all head across to multiple people. Colds and viruses spread like widlfire - sickest building I've ever worked in.

  • Comment number 56.

    Morning,

    White Lines - Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel

    I walk the line - Johnny Cash

    Far out - Blur

    Disappointment - The Cranberries

    Beautiful noise - Neil Diamond

    Andy you're a star - The Killers

    Rainy days and Mondays - Carpenters

    Have you ever seen the rain - Creedence Clearwater revival

    who'll stop the rain - Creedence Clearwater revival

  • Comment number 57.

    Just tweeted these because blog was broke for a while - for me, anyway

    SUBURBIA - PET SHOP BOYS

    THE HISSING OF SUMMER LAWNS - JONI MITCHELL

    IT'S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS - JOE JACKSON

  • Comment number 58.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Little Deuce Coupe' by The Beach Boys

    'Tales Of A Raggy Tramline' by The Shadows (I know, an instrumental. Perhaps a 'bed'?)

    'Up On The Roof' by The Drifters

    'Have You Ever Seen The Rain?' by Creedence Clearwarter Revival

    'Rain' by Status Quo

    'In My Chair, by Status Quo (for the umpire)

    'Lazy Sunday' by The Small Faces

    'Single Ladies' by Beyonce .... maybe not.

  • Comment number 59.

    #52 Jennie - all for the best m'lovely [you are probably a 'priority patient' due to your underlying health issue - I know my Mum is]

    #53 ALL your second suggestions Nurse Nightingale

    :^)

  • Comment number 60.

    #53 Nurse Nightingale and all the other Bloggers, thanks for your good wishes, thankfully over the worst.

    NN Reference your dilema, no question do items 3 & 4 together and ignore the chores.

    #39 & # 56 good idea WHITELINES - GRANDMASTER FLASH

  • Comment number 61.

    HIGHER GROUND - STEVIE WONDER
    (Henman Hill)

    BREAK ON THROUGH - THE DOORS

  • Comment number 62.

    Poorliness pervades. My sympathies to all who are suffering.

    Therefore ...

    Haven't mentioned this before - but due to pervading nature of blogchat this fine Monday --
    Today have just today completed a massive dose of 2 kinds of antibiotics which is the current treatment for CAP [community acquired pneumonia]

    Hospital MAU weekend before last - it's very common at the moment. Not a sign of a cold, or cough or chestiness before it struck. Never has my knocker been so discom-erated!
    Better now, just a bit weak. Have been out three times as long as I get a door to door lift.
    It really is not as hurty as proper flu.

    Tangentially - my OH gets a bit annoyed that he grinds through the weeks sometimes with a whole batch of non-specific aches and pains and the doctors never really sort it. I get ill just occasionally and get a diagnosis of a proper named illness straight away. Go figure.

    Is HYPOCHONDRIA purely a male preserve?
    ;^)


    *scarpers off having put cat amongst pigeons*

    :^)

  • Comment number 63.

    #55 Ken - I'm told that nowadays the words 'sick' or 'sickest' are top praise indeed - almost 'ledge' status on the HipHop scale of yoofspeak


    ;^D

  • Comment number 64.

    Nurse Nightingale... is your first name Florence?

    Katy, talking of pigeons...... We still have constant visits from 'Woody' the pigeon I rescued as an injured baby last year and kept for five weeks until his wounds had healed and was strong enough to fly. He has been in our garden to feed, every day since, so he maybe looks upon our garden as his home territory.

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8151/7438686978_fa3d734647_z.jpg

    Just now when I was walking the dogs along the edge of the wheat field across from our house, the skylarks were singing their little hearts out, but they were so high overhead that I couldn't see them and wonder just how high do they fly?

    When I hear the birds singing away quite happily, I feel all's well in the world.

  • Comment number 65.

    #63 Haha, yes that's true. Perhaps I should have put "sickliest" or "most sickly". Might have been grammatically better as well :-)

  • Comment number 66.

    #52... Jennie, perhaps the hospital have had a late cancellation so are able to fit you in. I hope it's nothing to cause you any worry.

  • Comment number 67.

    For tennis scoring (and for whichever blogger loves TT whose name escapes me):

    LOVE LOVE - Take That

  • Comment number 68.

    Love your blogchat swerves. Flo
    :^D

    Seriously though - and you may know the answer to this - are all pigeons - instinctively- 'homing' pigeons .. or are they bred to be thus?
    Your friend Woody is a fine specimen - can you tell which gender?
    Perhaps he/she is doing what comes naturally - although I suspect your care and attention last year and your beautiful garden with munchy treats have got more to do with it.

    :^)

  • Comment number 69.

    #63 Pah! grammar schmammar - my being-a-bit-ill post ^^^ is riddled, I say - RIDDLED - with crimes against the grammar police

    Wha'eva

  • Comment number 70.

    #52 - Jennie - just saw your post - hope it all goes OK for you. Will be thinking of you xxx

    #55 - Ken - yuk, poor you - the worst working conditions. Would recommend that you inhale and exhale as much as possible under the desk, but then again, that might get you some funny looks...

    #58 - PoS - hello! - had to do a double take when I saw the word Beyonce in your post...

    #59 & 60 - Sharon & KatyMac - thanks for the advice - taken so far (apart from a quick bike ride down the road to chat up a couple of hedge-trimming guys)

    #62 - KatyMac - oh no - poor poor you. That sounds dreadful. Having read back through last week's blog entries over the weekend, your usual lovely posts didn't show any of what you must have been suffering. Really hope you are back up to speed in the quickest time. Take care, won't you xx

    Oh, yes - re your suggestion about men and hypochondria - definitely - except for our esteemed leader Mr M, to which I would say it definitely doesn't apply He certainly has a pretty full diary and we have all heard him croak through his show when perhaps he would have been better not to. Hope he is OK. Closer to home, whilst Teen Hoffs is definitely suffering, I suspect * that Master Hoffs is on a skive and I am pondering how to deal with this firmly but also sympathetically. It's that middle child thing again....*whispers

    #64 - No, there's only room for one lovely Florence on this blog. My first name is normally Hoffs!

    Righto, chores now.................or lunch................

  • Comment number 71.

    #59 and #66 - thank you for your positive thoughts and good wishes, Katy and Nurse N.
    As I said last week, I am a glass-half-full kinda gal, so won't get really worried till I have to.

    Have sorted out gas/elec bills - I think - need to wait 7/10 days to get confirmation in writing - why does it take so long to generate a letter? Ah well..........

    Lunch calls, I feel.

    JW

  • Comment number 72.

    hi all

    THE WOMBLING SONG-THE WOMBLES

  • Comment number 73.

    #68 Katy, 'blogchat swerves'... is that good or a bad thing? ;o)

    I've no idea if all pigeons are 'homing pigeons' but I guess Woody knows he was well fed here and he still loves thawed out peas and sweetcorn that he ate as a baby.
    Here's a pic of him after he'd been here for about three weeks when his damaged feathers were much improved and he would get out of the cage and walk around the grass... http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/6972498416_5ef633e93d_z.jpg

    I don't know how to tell if a pigeon is male or female... maybe there's no difference visually and a clue might be when they're mating! A homework question for Simon?

  • Comment number 74.

    Hello again from Waterworld (Lancashire). Things are slowly drying out and rivers returning to their channels from fields, roads and peoples' living rooms (thankfully not mine).

    Can I suggest :-

    BORIS THE SPIDER - THE WHO (for Mr Becker)

    and one that will never get played, not least for being an album,

    IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING - KING CRIMSON

    I think it must be time to hand on the torch to another worthy custodian (somewher in the Leeds / Sheffield area) - it's beginnning to burn my fingers.

  • Comment number 75.

    #62 Katy... 'community acquired pneumonia' is that related to pigeon flue?

    Sorry... just kidding... only because I/we mentioned pigeons... I do hope you have no lasting effects and will soon be feeling completely fit and well.

  • Comment number 76.

    #75 I don't think flu ends in a 'e'... that doesn't look right!!!

  • Comment number 77.

    ACE OF SPADES by Motorhead
    WHITE LINES by Grandmaster Flash

  • Comment number 78.

    Katy, I must apologise for not wishing you a speedy recovery - I get so wrapped up in my own life, I forget about others and their problems - and you have been so kind with your warm wishes..............Get Well Soon!!

    JW

  • Comment number 79.

    Here's 'Come On Andy Murray' that was written for him by Rock, Salt and Nails.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aREFbRmVlJ8

  • Comment number 80.

    #74 Parsley_Cat - agree. Our very own SimonWard - blogger who doesn't post in here very much nowadays but tweets quite a lot - has just seen the proper Relay itself - - - tomorrow sees it into Paul of Sheffield and Zoe - land. Wonder who gets it first?!

    :^)

  • Comment number 81.

    Wimbledon oldies:

    LOVE LOVE - TAKE THAT

    KICKING UP A RACKET - STIFF LITTLE FINGERS

    STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER - THE BEATLES

    BOYS KEEP SWINGING - DAVID BOWIE

    STAND AND DELIVER - ADAM AND THE ANTS

    GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY - BOB DYLAN

  • Comment number 82.

    #75 76 - Flo - LOL!! pigeon flue .. what a vision that would be ...

    "... a duct, pipe, or chimney for conveying exhaust gases ..."

    Might this be the answer to the gender question?

    ;^D

  • Comment number 83.

    #78 Aww Jennie - never thought of you being wrapped up in your own life AT ALL - quite the opposite.

    Am feeling absolutely fine - still under doc's orders for a couple more days, then another chest xray in 2 weeks. Should I admit to lying in bed all this morning - cup of tea, toast, rolling TV news in background, laptop on .. lap ... but very little work being done?!

    From earlier - when I potted out my tomatoes, peppers, chillis and dwarf beans - I kept one of each for my very large kitchen window ledge - just as a fun comparison.
    I have looked after them well as I always seem to be at the kitchen sink.
    Anyway, have just harvested about 20 perfect dwarf beans from the windowledge plant. Hothousing, they call it.
    [The outdoors stuff is barely coming into flower]

    Metaphor for life under this government

    :^D

  • Comment number 84.

    Can I just send warmest thoughts and wishes to all those who are a little poorly or have other health concerns? I don't have the time to keep track of individual cases as I'm at work, and anyway I'd hate to start mentioning individuals for fear I'd miss someone!

    A big virtual, spirit-lifting hug to you all.

  • Comment number 85.

    Katy, are you in touch with AlexGirl via Fb or wherever? I was just wondering how she is doing with her garden - it used to be entertaining, reading about the goings-on in her garden.

    And on the subject of pigeons, we had a racing pigeon in our garden a few years back. She was exhausted apparently and had just landed for a feed and a rest - looked it up on t'internet - so we fed and watered her and she left about 3 days later.
    We phoned her 'owner', who lived locally, but he wasn't interested in coming to fetch her - wanted us to catch her and take her home! "I think not" or words to that effect, said Mr!

    She was christened Penelope Pitstop.

    JW

  • Comment number 86.

    #83 - Your windowsill garden sounds great Katy. I was talking to my neighbour earlier and we were saying how slow everything is this year. There is not enough sun and continuous warmth for the plants to really get going and the slugs and snails are having a field day......................

    Perhaps we'll get an Indian summer and everything will have been able to catch up by then. We live in hope!

    JW

  • Comment number 87.

    #85 Jennie... Penelope Pitstop, what a cute name for a pigeon! Far more original than my Woody (just because he's a wood pigeon). Was Penelope a female?

  • Comment number 88.

    #84 I wonder if 'community acquired recovery' works?

    #82 Anyone suffering from 'flue' should keep an eye on their carbon monoxide alarms. Seriously.

    Best wishes to all ailing bloggers (and bloggers ailing nearest-and-dearest too), especially the hypochondriacs!

    Off to the coffee machine (for healthy coffee)...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 89.

    I've just been reading how changes within the Royal family means that Kate Middleton will now have to curtsy to these two sisters! Better not call them the 'ugly' sisters who look like they could be in panto!!!! :o))

    http://i.huffpost.com/gen/659705/thumbs/a-BEATRICE-AND-EUGENIE-640x468.jpg

  • Comment number 90.

    #87 - According to the chap we phoned (she was wearing a ring on her leg with phone no. on it), she was a she, but like you, how you tell the difference, I don't know - good job the pigeons know, I suppose!!

    Will go to t'internet and seek knowledge on sexing pigeons. (Anything to put off doing the ironing!)

    JW

  • Comment number 91.

    According to wikiwotsit, the male is more vinaceous ("chiefly technical of the colour of red wine") and less grey than the female, but they have to be the same age and compared in the same season. Tis very difficult apparently. As I said before, it's a good job they know!!

    JW

  • Comment number 92.

    Afternoon all

    Had a mixed few days so not had chance to get on, Friday was my Brother-in-law's funeral, Saturday was a day spent dodging the rain trying to play cricket and yesterday we went to watch the torch as it passed through Brighouse, which was more exciting and emotional than I thought it would be.

    This is an exciting place to be though with the DTD suffering amongst others from various lurgies and then onto Pigeon sexing!

    Late to the party but can I suggest two which don't seem to have gone

    AND THE GRASS WON'T PAY NO MIND - NEIL DIAMOND
    SUMMER LOVE - NEIL DIAMOND

    Hope everyone who needs it feels better soon.

    Cheers

    A

  • Comment number 93.

    #91 Jennie... this is Woody from just after he had left home (he's never left properly) but from when he started fending for himself a bit more and he would often come back and sit in the ivy on our garden wall, sunning himself! He does have some 'reddishness' on his breast, so may be a male!

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7182/6972498382_b51ae9ac9c_c.jpg

  • Comment number 94.

  • Comment number 95.

    Katy

    Thank you for your kind thoughts and the torch.

    It also passed all around where I work this morning so I'm happy to keep it until it passes to the South Yorks contingent!

    The B-i-L had been ill for for some time but it was still a shock, especially for my sister, after 32 years of being married, I think it's still sinking in for her.

    A

  • Comment number 96.

    #93 - he certainly looks very superior, with a haughtiness about him!

    Shona - I'm listening to Richard Allinson's show on Father's Day, which I recorded on TV box thingy and he played a request for Shona Wallace - you??? You get everywhere!

    JW

  • Comment number 97.

    #89 Gosh Flo. "Better not call them the ugly sisters"?! But you sort of did. LOL!
    FWIW - I think the princesses are rather vivacious and attractive.

    I suppose we all have our own personal opinions on what is beautiful, ugly or otherwise, ie: I happen to think some breeds of dog are quite ugly but wouldn't dream of saying it in here.

    :^D

  • Comment number 98.

    #91 - You could always ask them - I'm sure they'd tell you.

    In Pidgin English, obviously...

  • Comment number 99.

    Afternoon!

    I wonder whether Mr M is coming out to play later today? Bit worrying that he has to get the doc's permission. Hope Tortie's grapes hit the spot.

    Enjoying the info on pigeons. They obviously know what's what. They are all at it around here. You know, struggling.

    Like Florence, I was just surfing a bit - didn't see the bit about the sisters and the Duchess of Cambridge but, rather more worryingly, did see this article on waistlines:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18570445

    Erm...........anyone got a tape measure?

  • Comment number 100.

    Have been looking for this song for ages - would have been appropriate a while ago for something.

    DOWN CAME THE RAIN - MISTER MURRAY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD3PeYji9Ew

    Well it amuses me ...........

    JW

 

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