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Simon Mayo | 08:49 UK time, Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Good morning bloggers, new and vets. A sunny morning (enjoying it while we can) and this house's last exam of the summer. Hooray! A level English is done and dusted this lunchtime and good riddance to Gatsby, Corelli and Satan who have plagued our recent weeks and months. Piles of notes, sweet wrappers and water bottles are littered around the assorted revision points of the house and I imagine a massive clear-out is on the way. Goodbye to all that and hello to the long student summer of distant memory *wistful sigh*.
Last minute revision is tricky when the house is full of folk watching/cheering/shouting/gasping at the football. The usual agonies of a football summer will continue till Sunday at least and it's a fun journey to be on. At least Drivetime doesn't clash with football anymore and Sally can calm down and carry on.
Today we welcome Patricia Hodge to the show who is about to star in a play called Dandy Dick which is off on tour around the UK, starting in Brighton. She is of course Miranda's mother opposite Miranda Hart on TV and she seems to have cornered the ice maiden from the upper classes. Her TV dramas include Mary Fisher in The Life and Loves of a She-Devil and the title role in Jemima Shore investigates...and it will be great to have her on the show.
And for our oldies, we need DRESS CODE TUNES please. The fashion police are out in force at Ascot where a tough new set of rules are in operation; no fascinators, skirts of modest length, shirts and ties and morning suits. No bare shoulders obviously, no strapless off the shoulder and halter neck dresses. All midriffs to be totally covered at all times. Songs for the fashion police please.
Have a well-tailored, appropriately covered Wednesday. See you at 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all.

    I do like a nice early new blog :)

  • Comment number 2.

    Good morning all

    Just had a maisy bout when I saw 'Dandy Dick' - thought it was going to be yesterday all over again!

    However, not to be so to state the obvious

    DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION - The Kinks

    Back later maybe...

  • Comment number 3.

    Oh you 'pretty thing!' Hermans Hermits.

  • Comment number 4.

    Good morning Simon, Team, Sir Tel & blogpoppets!

    First thoughts. Still thinking...

    DIGNITY - DEACON BLUE

    FASHION - BOWIE

    ENGLISH ROSE - THE JAM

    x

    HAVE YOU SEEN HER - THE CHI-LITES

  • Comment number 5.

    Picture this! - Blondie.

    She's got a way - Billy Joel.

    Attention to me - Nolans ( yikes!)

    Something beautiful - Robbie Williams.

    You wear it well - Rod Stewart.

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and fascinating bloggers,

    End of exam season here too - Latin GCSE this afternoon, L6th exams finished yesterday, internal primary exams finished last week. Hurrah! And Hurrah again!

    We're going to a posh event next week where Mrs Good required a dress covering the knees. Does the sight of a set of (slightly sagging) knees really cause gentlemen to get into a bit of a lather?

    And so to dress code oldies...


    OVER MY SHOULDER - Mike & The Mechanics

    HIGHER AND HIGHER - Jackie Wilson

  • Comment number 7.

    Hello again everyone, on this lovely sunny Wednesday.

    Dress code oldies....

    YOU WEAR IT WELL ~ Rod Stewart

    FASHION ~ David Bowie

    DRESSED FOR SUCCESS ~ Roxette

    LONG COOL WOMAN IN A BLACK DRESS ~ The Hollies

    YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR HAT ON ~ Joe Cocker

    WHITE DRESS ~ Fairport Convention

  • Comment number 8.

    Good morning Simon, team and fellow blogpoppets (veterans and spring chicks alike),

    How about:

    DRESSED FOR SUCCESS - ROXETTE

    HANDBAGS & GLADRAGS - CHRIS FARLOWE or STEREOPHONICS

    THE 'IN' CROWD - ROXY MUSIC

    madchick x

  • Comment number 9.

    HOT LEGS - Rod Stewart

    LEGS - ZZ Top

  • Comment number 10.

    What is wrong, what is right? - Hermans Hermits.

  • Comment number 11.

    GIRLS TALK - DAVE EDMUNDS

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Simon

    How about 'Short Skirt Long Jacket' by Cake?

    or

    'If you wear that velvet dress' by U2?

  • Comment number 13.

    Already tweeted this, but other than those mentioned already it's the only one that springs to mind.

    ZZ TOP - Sharp Dressed Man

    No doubt I'll pop back if any more occur to me...

  • Comment number 14.

    Good morning everyone!

    Thanks for the mensh and the congrats from the bloggers/blogvets
    *wonders if 'blogvets' typo 'blogvest' will ever become adopted*
    *hopes not*

    Congrats to all other menshees from yesterday, especially gazza.

    Happy birthday, Julia!

    Oldies:

    SHARP DRESSED MAN - ZZ TOP
    DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION - THE KINKS

    That'll do for me

    Off to the coffee machine...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 15.

    OH YOU PRETTY THINGS - BOWIE

    PRETTY THINGS - TAKE THAT

    UPTOWN GIRL - BILLY JOEL

    x

  • Comment number 16.

    Hi Simon and everyone
    Quick choon list as on 4S again as on site
    At a client in Birmingham's equivalent of Calcutta!
    1. FASHION - David Bowie
    2. DRESS YOU UP - Madonna
    3. DRESSED FOR SUCESS - Roxette
    4. RESPECTABLE - Mel and Kim
    5. DIGNITY - Deacon Blue
    6. YOU WEAR IT WELL - Rod Stewart
    7. RESPECT - Aretha Franklin
    8. KEEP YOUR HAT ON - Tom Jones
    9. BLUE HAT FOR A BLUE DAY - Nick Hayward
    10. COVER ME - Bruce Springsteen?

    TTFN folks

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 17.

    NEW SHOES ~ Paolo Nutini

    IN THESE SHOES ~ Kirsty MacColl

    THE RED SHOES ~ Kate Bush

  • Comment number 18.

    UNDER COVER (OF THE NIGHT) -Rolling Stones

    YOU KEEP IT ALL IN - The Beautiful South

    THE RIGHT THING TO DO - Carly Simon

    That's m'lot (for the moment). Will try to poop back later in my finery to keep things moving along.

    Have a good day all, and enjoy the sunshine if you have it

    JBG

  • Comment number 19.

    UPTOWN TOP RANKING - ALTHIA & DONNA

  • Comment number 20.

    OK, a few more minutes thought provides the following:

    ROD STEWART - You Wear It Well

    STATUS QUO - Break The Rules (what you don't want to do)

    ELVIS COSTELLO - The Angels Want To Wear My Red Shoes

    OASIS - Don't Look Back In Anger (advice to anyone turned away for infringing the code)

    ROD STEWART - You Wear It Well

  • Comment number 21.

  • Comment number 22.

    Good morning Simon, team, NYM and always immaculately attired bloggers,

    Lovely day again! Bit of a rush this morning so no time to read back.

    Some choons, I'm sure there'll be duplicates ...

    YOU WEAR IT WELL - ROD STEWART

    DRESSED FOR SUCCESS - ROXETTE

    SHARP DRESSED MAN - ZZ TOP

    FASHION - DAVID BOWIE

    IF YOU WEAR THAT VELVET DRESS - U2

    COVER UP - UB40

    Good day to all!
    Jx

  • Comment number 23.

    RESPECT YOURSELF - I like the ROBERT PALMER version

    OK, that's it from me for now.

    Hope to see you all later for some chat.

    x

  • Comment number 24.

    Morning All,

    'Under Cover' Rolling Stones

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 25.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    A very Happy Birthday to Julia!!!!!!!

    Oldies for today - my suggestions:

    YOU WEAR IT WELL by Rod Stewart

    SMART DRESSED MAN by ZZ Top

    DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION by the Kinks

    THAT DON'T IMPRESS ME MUCH by Shania Twain

    ~X~

  • Comment number 26.

    Last one from me:

    FROM HEAD TO TOE - ELVIS COSTELLO

    Off to enjoy the sunshine, before it disappears. Longest day today, then the nights start to draw in! :-(

    x

  • Comment number 27.

    Just pooping back to say...

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA!

    Hope you have a great day my lovely x

  • Comment number 28.

    Hmmm, longest day MCW, but still not enough time to do it all in eh!

    Off to tend my weeds now..oh yes, maybe from the deckchair, as its gloriously sunny here and rain is expected tomorrow, but it will still be nice and warm, so not all bad.

    Happy Days :)

  • Comment number 29.

    And for those who missed this morning's entries on yesterday's blog ... is there an easier way of saying that? ... for one of our blogvets ... JULIA

    You can never have too many cupcakes ..

    ❤☆*•.¸¸★HAPPY BIRTHDAY¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★♪♫•*¨*•TO YOU.¸¸★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★❤
    ❤☆*•.¸¸★HAPPY BIRTHDAY¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★♪♫•*¨*•TO YOU.¸¸★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★❤
    ❤☆*•.¸¸★HAPPY BIRTHDAY¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★♪♫DEAR JULIA!★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★❤
    ❤☆*•.¸¸★HAPPY BIRTHDAY¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★♪♫•*¨*•TO YOU★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸★❤❤


    .................☆☆☆☆
    ...¸.•*☆*••*♥☆°❤°☆♥*••*☆*•.¸
    ¸¸¸.•*..•*¨*•..¸¸..•*¨*•.¸¸.•*¨*•..*•.¸¸¸
    ¸¸..•*¨*•..¸¸..•*¨*•.¸¸.•*¨*•..¸¸..•*¨*•.
    .★°★°★┃★┃★┃★┃★°★°★
    ..\°°º¤ø„ø♥.☆•°❤°•☆.♥ø„ø¤º°°/
    ....\°°º¤øø♥☆•°❤°•☆♥øø¤º°°/
    ......\°°º¤ø♥☆•°❤°•☆♥ø¤º°°/
    .......\°º¤ø♥☆•°❤°•☆♥ø¤º°/
    ........\°º¤ø♥☆°❤°☆♥ø¤º°/
    .........\♫*♪♪*...❤...*♪♪*♫/
    ..........═══════════

  • Comment number 30.

    Before I go:


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JULIA!


    x

  • Comment number 31.

    Come as you are - Nivarna
    Baggy Trousers - Madness
    Donald wheres your Troosers? - Andy Stewart
    Fashion - David Bowie
    Hand in Glove - The Smiths
    Handbags and gladrags - Stereophonics
    In these shoes - Kirsty Mccall
    King in a catholic style - China Crisis
    Lady in red - Chris de burgh
    Sharp dressed Man - zz top
    Vogue - Madonna
    Wetsuit - The Vaccines
    Blue Jeans - Lana del Ray

  • Comment number 32.

    Hmm... I know I'm always saying it doesn't matter if we double up on suggestions, but when I look back and see I've only suggested one original one... maybe I should have got here earlier this morning. Some great suggestions, by the way...

    ;o)

    Catching up - well done for last night's menshes, especially Gazza who hasn't had one for a while.

    Better get on with some work then - laters m'lovlies!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 33.

    Oh yes....

    Happy Birthday to you Julia, a nice long day for it :)

  • Comment number 34.

    Happy Birthday to Julia-presumably-not-40-any-more!


    THE TIES THAT BIND - Bruce Springsteen

    #26 Thanks for that cheery thought mcw!!

    Really not here now....

  • Comment number 35.

    'Dignity' Deacon Blue

    Always worth a suggestion

  • Comment number 36.

    Hello again - glorious day so far here - hope it lasts for a while yet.

    HANDBAGS AND GLAD RAGS - ROD STEWART

    PRETTY WOMAN - ROY ORBISON

    LONG COOL WOMAN - THE HOLLIES

    Back later

    JW

  • Comment number 37.

    Good morning everyone.

    And what an unexpectedly gorgeous one it is too.

    'lympic Torch in our neighbourhood for two days so I've adjusted nom de blog.

    Catch you later

  • Comment number 38.

    Brilliant torch and cupcake, Katy!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA ~ have a lovely day!

    ♪ღ♪*•.¸¸¸.•*¨¨*•.¸¸¸.•*•♪ღ♪¸.•*¨¨*•.¸¸¸.•*•♪ღ♪•*
    ♪ღ♪░░H░A░P░P░Y░♥░B░I ░R░T░H░D░A░Y░░♪ღ♪
    *•♪ღ♪*•.¸¸¸.•*¨¨*•.¸¸¸.•*•♪¸.•*¨¨*•.¸¸¸.•*•♪ღ♪•«
    ♪ღ♪*•.¸¸¸.•*¨¨*•.¸¸¸.•*•♪ღ♪¸.•*¨¨*•.¸¸¸.•*•♪ღ♪•*
    ♪ღ♪░░J░U░L░I░A░♥░♥░B ░L░O░G░G░E░R░░♪ღ♪
    *•♪ღ♪*•.¸¸¸.•*¨¨*•.¸¸¸.•*•♪¸.•*¨¨*•.¸¸¸.•*•♪ღ♪•«

  • Comment number 39.

    Oh, I think I suggested this for Ascot theme oldies once before, no chance of being played, but just thought I'd pass it on to any one who also likes James-Brown-stylee music

    For the women who buy their essential headwear from "6ohn L3w1s" and keep the label tucked inside so they can return it next week....

    TIT FOR TAT (AIN'T NO TAKING BACK) - James Brown

  • Comment number 40.

    Oh oh oh... howzabout ...

    DON'T MAKE ME OVER - DIONNE WARWICK (or Sybil if you have to)

    Jx

  • Comment number 41.

    Doh, thought of another....

    Dont rain on my parade - Barbra Stresiand.

  • Comment number 42.

    #21 Katy, I have the torch, thank you!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA

  • Comment number 43.

    *holding back from Choon Choosing* - one a week is more than enough thank you lovely Simon -
    .. but I feel that JohnB is missing a trick here - especially as Billie-in-absentia might have been in there by now
    :^D

    I do have a couple of 'original so far' suggestions but will wait until muchmuch later to post them - and only if they haven't already been chased.

  • Comment number 44.

    #31 ponyclubmum, Lady in red - Chris de burgh? Come on! Is a mensh REALLY worth the ignominy of having that played in your name? ;0)

  • Comment number 45.

    Be hard to find a more suited sentiment than:

    ABOUT YOUR DRESS - The Maccabees

    but is it Radio 2 enough?

    Maybe this would be more likely to be played:

    A CHANGE WOULD DO YOU GOOD - Sheryl Crow

  • Comment number 46.

    Last thoughts from me... I know Fascinators are getting the chop unless they are deemed 'headpieces' with a base of 4 inches or more! So with a little artistic license ...

    (Keep Feeling) FASCINATION - THE HUMAN LEAGUE

    FASCINATION - ALPHABEAT

    Jx

  • Comment number 47.

    I'm wondering how many of us 'ladies' have glanced down to check out the sagginess of their knees ;)

  • Comment number 48.

    Hmmmmm, I don't think this one has been chosen:

    JEANS ON by DAVID DUNDAS

  • Comment number 49.

    Have I broken the blog?

  • Comment number 50.

    It was all going so well....!

  • Comment number 51.

    #42 Harry - you are most welcome ...

    ... and if anyone else would like the virtual RELAY TORCH in their mitts for a spell - PLEASE shout out - think I know where most regular bloggers are located - but would hate to exclude anyone who might like to part of this.

    Harry gets three bites of the cherry - ahem - this week so I'll leave it with him until I know different.
    If anyone hasn't had chance to follow the 'lympic torch relay - this link will tell you everything you need to know - it's an excellent webstream:

    OK - not allowed to post the link - weird eh? considering it's one of their own - so I'll break it down ..
    wwwdotbbcdotcodotukslashtorchrelay


    Gosh - I'm such a Mum. You were right Chickster!

  • Comment number 52.

    Good Morning,

    Thank you so much for all the kind birthday wishes. Yes, today's the day I celebrate my 21st (again).

    Do please go ahead and help yourselves to a slice of the gawjus cake Katy kindly baked for me. Flo's pashmina will come in very handy to cover up the not so modest neckline on the maxi dress I will be wearing out to lunch with Mr 21 Plus VAT (39 actually).

    What a great blog title for a birthday eh!

    Think it's already gone but going to select:

    RESPECTABLE by Mel and Kim

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 53.

    Morning all

    Happy Birthday Julia and Nice Torch Harry!

    Can I suggest for those not quite meeting the requirements

    FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS - NEIL DIAMOND
    TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT - THE EAGLES

    Cheers

    A

  • Comment number 54.

    #48 Harry, would you believe that was top of my list, but I thought I'd leave you to suggest it?
    OK, I'll 'fess up. Never heard of it before, but looked it up on choo-choob. Rather a cheery number - I look forward to wondering if it will be played on DT.

    Another trip to the coffee machine...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 55.

    MARMALADE - Falling Apart At The Seams

    :o)

  • Comment number 56.

    Morning all (again!)

    After snaffling a mensh for seconding a choon yesterday will go with a couple I don't think have been suggested yet:

    'Sophisticated Lady' - Reo Speedwagon
    'Rebel Rebel' - David Bowie

    N x

  • Comment number 57.

    #43 Ah Katy, thanks for the reminder, I'm a bit slow this morning...

    Dress code required to keep out the riff raff?

    GYPSIES TRAMPS AND THIEVES - Cher

    And definitely not on the dress code...

    FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS - Neil Diamond

    #51 Katy/ Harry - three bites of the cherry AND little apples on the "wedding tree"? Who knew married life could be so fruity?

  • Comment number 58.

    #51 Katy, Have a feeling Jennie, Chickster and I may need to have a conflab about torch carrying duties on one of the July days.

    Right. Must dash... The girls did me breakfast in bed and helped me open my cards. House now looks like a bomb has hit it. Threat of mother in law visit later in the day. Cillit Bang (other cleaning products etc etc...) to the rescue.

  • Comment number 59.

    #54 cBuzz, I'm fairly sure it was a One Hit Wonder but it was quite ubiquitous in about 1976(?). I can't remember if it was made for a jeans commercial as David (aka Lord for he is proper aristocracy) Dundas was one of the leading jingle writers in the 70s. He may still be today; who knows?

  • Comment number 60.

    Good Morning One and All :)

    My allergies are giving me gyp today, eyes sore, red and puffy and streaming, and sneezing like billy-o. I think it's a high pollen count day though, so looks like us allergy sufferers will have to soldier on through it.

    Happy Birthday Julia40 :)) Hope you have a lovely day.

    Oldie suggestions...(Haven't read back yet, so apologies for duplications)

    WE DON'T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF - JERMAINE STEWART

    RASPBERRY BERET - PRINCE

    FASHION - DAVID BOWIE

    COVER ME - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    THE ONLY THING THAT LOOKS GOOD ON ME IS YOU - BRYAN ADAMS

    SHE'S IN FASHION - SUEDE

  • Comment number 61.

    Morning lovely blog people

    Bad / good start to the morning. Sun shining for my first day back at work. Knocked over half cup of coffee, somehow managed to miss laptop, piles of paper and me! Ironically just bought a travel mug thingy to stop this happening.

    Happy Birthday Julie. Hope you have a fantastic day, MiL permitting.


    Beauty Queen / Horse – Tori Amos

    Dedicated follower of Fashion – The Kinks

    In these shoes? - Kirsty Mccall

    Karma Police – Radiohead

    No Cover Up – Duke Special

    Beautiful Madness – Bell X1

    The Power of Orange Knickers Tori Amos

    New Shoes – Paolo Nutini

  • Comment number 62.

    #58 Julia, I was aware that the Tories were robbin' *%~#"*&s but have they really put Vat up to 100%? ;0)

  • Comment number 63.

    Happy Birthday Julia, hope you have a wonderful day

  • Comment number 64.

    Or maybe:

    'Pretty In Pink' - Psychedelic Furs

    Used to love them back in the day :-)

  • Comment number 65.

    ****HOIB alert****

    YOU'RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE from Annie! the Musical

    (Bet Paul O'Grady would play it if he were hosting DT tonight)

    Harry, Off to the Norty step ;-)

  • Comment number 66.

    'Oh! You Pretty Things' David Bowie

  • Comment number 67.

    What about a proper oldie?

    DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS by MITCH RYDER AND THE DETROIT WHEELS

    Or, if it can be found in the archives, Bruce Springsteen does a cracking version.

  • Comment number 68.

    #44Harry & #31ponyclubmum

    Well I think you've got the best list so far ponyclubmum -
    - take no notice of the Snappy man - just because he's got a long cylinder with a hot end in his hand ... thinks it gives him the power to question others' choices.
    Really hope that, as a nod to his days at Radio 1, Simon plays your third choice ..
    :^D



    #48 Jeans On? David Dundas?
    ;^D

  • Comment number 69.

    Hello everyone. Time for a quick scan and choon-chase today which is good. The blog feels like my "happy place" at the moment as work is getting to be ridiculous!

    So to the oldies - please can I add my vote to some popular ones and add a couple:
    You Wear it Well - Rod Stewart
    Handbags and Gladrags - Stereophonics (or, as above)
    Red Dress - Sugababes
    Puttin' on the Ritz - Fred Astaire
    Coat of Many Colours - Dolly Parton
    The Jean Genie - David Bowie
    Material Girl - Madonna (more material needed in some of those outfits)
    Pretty in Pink - The Psychadellic Furs (maybe useful for Dr Mosh too)
    Smart Woman (in a real short skirt) - Jimmy Buffet

  • Comment number 70.

    Girls, girls girls - Sailor!

  • Comment number 71.

    #68 Well that told me.

    I'm off to the naughty step for a party with Julia21ish. :0D

  • Comment number 72.

    I had completely forgotten about 'The life and loves of a She-Devil' - it was a brilliant drama. Can't remember the name of the actress who played the main role - she managed to appear scarily gross and at the same time strangely compelling. Patricia Hodge is fab in everything she does, and I'm a big fan of 'Miranda'. Looking forward to the interview.


    #62 Surely only 95.24%

    ;o)

  • Comment number 73.

    Get it on - T Rex.

  • Comment number 74.

    'Talk Of The Town' The Pretenders

  • Comment number 75.

    #59 Harry, according to choo-choob:

    "A one-hit wonder reaching #3 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1976 and originally appeared as a television advertising jingle for Brutus Jeans. Also made top 10 in Australia, and charted in Canada, America and Germany in 1977."

    #61 Wendy, I feel your grief for losing 1/2 cup of coffee. ;)

    -- cBzz

  • Comment number 76.

    Grace Dent offers her take on the Royal Ascot dress code here...

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/grace-dent-its-class-war-at-ascot--so-give-me-aintrees-finest-fillies-and-their-38-fascinators-any-day-7866521.html

    All the Bruce Springsteen tunes have reminded me of another one of his that might fit the theme...

    GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

  • Comment number 77.

    #75 cBuzz, I thought as much ................... it was very much in evidence around the time I met the first Mrs Snapper.

  • Comment number 78.

    #69 How right you are Autumn_Gale - the blog is indeed a happy place where bloggers often find a sanctury and a smile when 'real life' is throwing the bad stuff around! Hope things improve for your soon.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 79.

    Deebs - She- [devil] is appearing in the new Sharon Horgan black comedy drama 'Dead Boss' [Beeb3] - co-written by the very clever Holly Walsh who I was chatting to only the other week .. [mode: shameless name dropping]

    and totally unconnected ..


    There's a kind of hush on the south & west country highways, roads and railtracks and a massive empty space in the glorious countryside between Shepton Mallett and Bridgwater ...

    :^/

  • Comment number 80.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Blue Suede Shoes'by Ry Cooder. (He does an excellent version on his album 'The Slide Area')
    'Fur Coats' by Ivor Cutler. 35 seconds of classic Cutler genius
    'Fashion Is Danger' by Flight Of The Conchords


    'She's In Fashion' by Suede

  • Comment number 81.

    #79 Thanks Katy - I'll look out for that. Yes, Holly Walsh is very good.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 82.

    Morning all, it will almost be a shame if Ascot doesn't have traditional a PR disaster relating to their dress-code. Maybe they're finally getting it right.

    Many years ago I was physically man-handled by a burley female security guard who was checking that I wasn't wearing denim (I was wearing cotton chinos) at a time when they had a "no-denim jeans" rule in the Grandstand Enclosure. The rule was bizarre for a public enclosure, especially on a Wednesday in the jumps season, but physically manhandling your customers to check compliance is shocking.

    The kind of stuff the gatemen and security people used to be notorious for is so at odds with the approach and hospitality shown by the Trustees when our group's horse won a big hurdle race there that it was hard to believe it was the same organisation. I came away with the impression the Trustees were more relaxed than the course management was on their behalf. Of course it might just mean they're very, very good at their job and at separating themselves from the people carrying out their wishes :-)

  • Comment number 83.

    #71 Harry - heheheheheheh

    I shall post the couple that I thought of earlier - if you need any ammunition
    ;^D

    RULES AND REGULATIONS - WE'VE GOT A FUZZBOX AND WE'RE GONNA USE IT

    RULES OF THE GAME - BUCKS FIZZ

    ROYAL MILE - GERRY RAFFERTY

    ASCOT GAVOTTE from My Fair Lady


    ♫ .. what a gripping, absolutely ripping
    moment at the Ascot opening day .. ♫

  • Comment number 84.

    #58 - I think the torch is nearest to me on July 6th - Rayleigh/Hullbridge area

    JW

  • Comment number 85.

    #61 Wendy, is there really a song called The Power of Orange Knickers? Tori Amos is as mad as a cornflake but she would certainly be capable of such a tune. I must hear it!

  • Comment number 86.

    Crocodile shoes- jimmy nail
    This pretty face Amy maac Donald
    Your so vain-a nice ironic twist
    Girls in their summer clothes Springsteen -a happy summery song

  • Comment number 87.

    Lady stardust Bowie a fashion statement

  • Comment number 88.

    Morning All (just) dam missed it, must type quicker

    Today' suggestions are:-?

    HANDBAGS & GLAD RAGS - STEREOPHONICS
    VOGUE - MADONNA
    FASHION - LADY GAGA
    FASHION - DAVID BOWIE (song from my youth)
    FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS - NEIL DIAMOND

    #80 reference fur coats, my mum had an expression 'Fur Coat no Knickers' but that would bring back some the comments made by Florence yesterday, smirk smirk titter!

  • Comment number 89.

    Afternoon all

    #72 It was Julie T Wallace who played Denis Waterman's wife in She Devil. I seemed to remember she was in a Bond film about the same time, but can't remember which one, Timothy Dalton era I think.

    Also If Julia is 21 + vat isn't that 25 this time?

    Cheers

    A

  • Comment number 90.

     
    Gold-Tipped Boots, Black Jacket & Tie - Jethro Tull


    Do the horsies have to wear shoes?

  • Comment number 91.

    hi all happy birthday julia 41

    YOU WEAR IT WELL-ROD STEWART

    SHARP DRESSED MAN-ZZ TOP

    WE DONT HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF-JEMAINE STEWART

    ALL AROUND MY HAT-STEELEYE SPAN

  • Comment number 92.

    Hello all

    HARPER VALLEY PTA - JEANIE C REILLEY

  • Comment number 93.

    The lady is a tramp-frank Sinatra

  • Comment number 94.

    Happy Birthday Julia !!!!!

    You wear it well - Rod Stewart seems to be the most requested song on todays blog, and frankly id love to hear it as it was No.1 when i was born :-)

    Yesterdays 'chors' went in an odd fashion, It took me 3 attempts to fix the patio table and 2 attempts for the gazeebo. All of which goes to prove I should have procrastinated longer as clearly I do my best work in the evening !

    Naughty step seems a bit crowded today.
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 95.

    What am I takling about 'Florence' for, I ment Katy.

    Katy please forgive a novice like myself, not so well practiced as the rest of the experienced bloggers on here.

    6/10 must try harder.

  • Comment number 96.

    Afternoon all from a (now) cloudy Lancashire. The torch is coming this way for the weekend where it will no doubr receive a traditional damp welcome.

    Happy Birthday Julia. If you can remain 21 (with or without VAT at whatever rate), then make the most of it.

    No useful song suggestions I'm afraid, but Donald where's your Troosers should certain appeal to Mr M.

    #90 - yes shoes would be worn (although called 'racing plates' in this context) and of course the horses are always properly turned out in tails !

  • Comment number 97.

    # 89 Andy - Julie T Wallace was in The Living Daylights (indded the first Timothy Dalton Bond film).

    # 85 "mad as a cornflake" what a lovely, random expression Rostronposkett :) I think I'll adopt it in place of my usual "mad as a badger" (or "box" thereof)

    #82 Ken - the problem with having a dress code is that it becomes a bug-bear for those who do abide by it, to see those who don't swanning about. I went last year for Ladies' Day and the friend who took me was very clear about the expectations of the dress code (he was in full regalia complete with top hat!) and, of course, I complied as his guest. But it was somewhat grating to see very short and stappy dresses on display all over the place. In my opinion they should just remove the dress code except to say hats /fascinators and smart clothing only (no jeans, trainers or hoodies). Would make life much simpler.

  • Comment number 98.

    #88 Sharon - Apparently Chumbawamba did a song called 'All Fur Coat and No Knickers' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNrR-CW2hLM Not a hit, I don't think.

  • Comment number 99.

    #97. I have no objection to Members/Club enclosures having a dress code. I'm quite happy that the annual members should be able to decide standards in their enclosure and expect anyone else choosing to use that enclosure to abide by it. I used to go suited and booted when using Tatts. Especially as nothing you can do from there (get to the paddock and winners' enclosure) is denied to anybody in the priciest public enclosure (Grandstand/Tatts). Well that's the case at all other meetings anyway - not sure if the Grandstand gives that access for the Royal Meeting given the existence of the Royal Enclosure which moves everything else back down the track.

    I don't think any other enclosure should have any dress code. The contrast between here and Ireland is amazing. I've been to Leopardstown 3 times and the equivalent of the members enclosure had no dress code. Owners in suits happily mingled with people in jeans with no issues at all. Seems to be the case there that you are strictly paying for a better view of the winning line by moving to the top enclosure with no expectations regarding dress code at all.

  • Comment number 100.

    The times they are a-changin'-not entirely about clothes but fashion in general 
    Subterranean homesick blues-song with clothing 
    Like a rolling stone-"once upon a time you dressed so fine" 
    Good old tuneful talking voice

 

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