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The hat dropped

Simon Mayo | 08:42 UK time, Wednesday, 29 August 2012

There you all are. Well done. It's Wednesday already and we've barely broken sweat (you speak for yourself Mayo-you only put records on). The London drains are flowing with Gloucestershire's mud and the post-holiday wash is almost done. The autumnal spiders are taking over the garden and the first glimpse of school uniform has emerged in the ironing pile. The start of the school term (England and Wales only of course) can't come soon enough for many-the last few days of the holidays seem a particular challenge. We've used up every idea, every game, every trip; now be off with you and don't forget your pencil case.
Blog discussion on Flanders and Swan a delight as (like some of you) I was brought up on them, Gilbert and Sullivan and then Tom Lehrer. The 'Follow me follow' title yesterday was indeed a reference to 'The Hippopotamus Song' (Mud, mud, glorious mud etc). They aren't often on the stereo but whenever they turn up on my generic mp3 player-set to shuffle-I'll be singing along with the crowds of 1964. The albums were produced by George Martin and it was on one of them that Michael Flanders said 'responsible music for respectable people'. So borrowed/nicked it.
We were going to have Dave Stewart on today but he didn't get on the plane we thought he would. So we will speak to Robin Ince, stand-up and science nut. I watched him this weekend do his 'Happiness through Science' routine and very good it is too. As co-presenter of The Infinite Monkey cage with Prof Brian Cox, Robin has to be a really smart cookie and it is clear he is onto something. His enthusiasm for mind-boggling ideas and concepts is infectious and you can hear him after 6.
And oldies please for the start of the Paralympics which begins tonight. The flame, the crowds and the volunteers are back!
Have an easy and rewarding Wednesday. See you after 5.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Is there anyone there? I can here an echo!!

    So Paralympics tunes it is for such an inspirational lot!

    1. AGAINST ALL ODDS - Phil Collins
    2. NOTHING IS GONNA STOP US NOW - Starship
    3. PROUD - Heather Small
    4. NEW FLAME - Simply Red
    5. EVERYONE'S A WINNER - Hot Chocolate
    6. GOLD - Spandau Ballet
    7. SILVER STAR - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
    8. TOP OF THE WORLD - The Carpenters
    9. THE RACE - Yello
    10. BEAT IT - Michael Jackson

    Hope its not too wet where you are, however after today the weather is improving.

    Laters

    Mandy

  • Comment number 2.

    Good morning Simon and Blogpoppets

    'The hat dropped'... I wonder what that means!

    Rain here first thing, brightening up at the moment....

    A NEW FLAME ~ Simply Red

    GAMES PEOPLE PLAY ~ Joe South

    ETERNAL FLAME ~ The Bangles

    GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS ~ Peter Gabriel

    GOLD ~ Spandau Ballet

    THE LONG RUN ~ Eagles

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Mandy, looks like only you and me, so far....

  • Comment number 4.

    Good morning again

    PROUD - M PEOPLE

    SIMPLY THE BEST - TINA TURNER

    JW

  • Comment number 5.

    The flame is back?

    DAN HARTMAN or Take That - RELIGHT MY FIRE

    No offence TT fans, but it would be nice to hear the original too!

    Some of these events take place late in the evening too, so:

    GRAHAM BONNET - Night Games

  • Comment number 6.

    To steal from JBG yesterday

    CATCH US IF YOU CAN - DAVE CLARK 5

    JW

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning All,

    Nothing sensible to offer at the mo'.

    Has gone really dark in this neck of the woods. It is showering it down here.

    Maybes back laters

    A.

  • Comment number 8.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM, and wallowing bloggers,

    Thanks for the mensh for U2 last night on my first day back. Am feeling greatly aligned, as my Troggs suggestion was also played with a nice mensh for Vildeen.

    And was Cuddy Toy (after the 6pm news) also a feem toon? Great choice which brought a smile to my face when I heard it.

    The Goods are off to the Paralympics on Fri - we attended several events in July, but couldn't get tickets into the stadium for the Olympics, so this is our way to savour the atmosphere there.

    DO IT AGAIN - Steely Dan

    COMING AROUND AGAIN - Carly Simon

    YOU WIN AGAIN - Bee Gees

  • Comment number 9.

    Where did bright and breezy go? Back to wet and muddy - had enough and we're not out of August yet :-(

    GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS - Peter Gabriel

    Really struggling to think lately. Back laters poss

  • Comment number 10.

    IT'S MY TURN - Diana Ross

    I AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor

  • Comment number 11.

    PARADISE - COLDPLAY (para-dise?)

    I suspect weve had our final good day of weather for the holidays. It was yesterday and we used it to go to the beach one last time. Still trying to get the sand out of my hair (on 2nd wash now), its a wonder theres any sand left on the beach the amount in my car and on my personal self. Still I guess im nicely exfoliated now.

    Off on a final search for disco lights today, getting a bit desperate now. Really dont want to buy new ones for the shindig on friday. (whatever happened to someone else organising this thing?).

    Meh.
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 12.

    Where is everyone???

    LET'S GO ROUND AGAIN - Average White Band

  • Comment number 13.

    #8 JBG - I did tweet Cuddly Toy rather late in the day (4-ish) with a note to the effect it was probably too late for inclusion. Maybe a coincidence or someone else suggested it earlier, but thinking about that toy tiger that caused all the fuss last year it amused me.

    Tough one today - tring to think of something that's more specifically Paralympian than Olympian...

  • Comment number 14.

    How about:

    ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE - Wil Young (seldom played double A Side to Evergreen)

    HERE I GO IMPOSSIBLE AGAIN - Erasure

    STAR - Kiki Dee

    NOTHING IN MY WAY - Keane

  • Comment number 15.

    Glad to be getting another Olympic fix

    Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds
    Against All Odds - Phil Collins
    Better Man - Robbie Williams (after The Best of Men)
    Blaze of Glory - John Bon Jovi
    Fields of Gold - Sting
    Going for Gold - Shed 7
    Games without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel
    Gold - Spandau Ballet
    The A Team - Ed Sheeran
    The winner takes it all - Abba
    We are the champions - Queen
    We are the people - Empire of the Sun

  • Comment number 16.

    I'm still here.

    Trying to fathom the blog title today - is it an allusion to starting a race, when the hat drops, the race starts?
    Don't really know.............

    JW

  • Comment number 17.

    Good morning everyone!

    I'm not here - really busy.
    I'll try to poop back later on.

    No time for the coffee machine...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 18.

    How about

    THIS WHEEL'S ON FIRE - JULIE DRISCOLL

    The things that can be achieved in a wheel chair amaze me

    JW

  • Comment number 19.

    NOTHING'S GONNA STOP US NOW - Starship

    #13 Sir C - I had a sneaky feeling it was a blog suggestion. It just smelt like it!

    #1 Jennie - I wondered if it meant the the substitute guest has stepped in at the drop of a hat? But then again, maybe not.

    Must be orf now.

    JBG

  • Comment number 20.

    #1/19 Oh, sorry Mandy, didn't see you'd already suggested it. But as Deebee says, we don't own the songs anyway!

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning everyone

    I’m scared to ask what today’s title means after missing the blindingly obvious yesterday!

    Lacking time & inspiration this morning. Some of my colleagues need a mute button,


    Nobody Does it Better – Carly Simon (or the Radiohead cover would be even better)

    Race for the Prize – Flaming Lips

    Like a Flame – The Proclaimers

    Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen (I know but I like it)

    Good as Gold – The Beautiful South

    Can you Stand on One Leg – The Divine Comedy (inappropriate?)

    Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk

  • Comment number 22.

    Greetings one and all,

    I know its a little obvious, but I would like to suggest

    "Fanfare for the common man" EL&P

    No Hard feelings Katy_Blogvet.......it was I that complained about your post..

    Jt69

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi,

    Here's a few ideas for today's oldies

    SPINNING WHEEL - Blood, Sweat & Tears
    AN END HAS A START - Editors (could be a good Dr. Mosh tune too!)
    WANNA BE STARTIN' SOMETHING - Michael Jackson
    LETS START 2 DANCE AGAIN - Hamilton Bohannan
    LET THE FLAMES BEGIN - Paramore

    Toodles,

    SC

  • Comment number 24.

    Good morning all

    DONT STOP BELIEVING - JOURNEY

  • Comment number 25.

    #21 Me - read the blog properly before posting, Katy's post #67 from yesterday explains the Hat reference, I feel silly now.

  • Comment number 26.

    YOUR THE INSPIRATION - CHICAGO

  • Comment number 27.

    For the equestrian competitors....

    RIDE ON ~ Christy Moore

  • Comment number 28.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Apologoes for absinthe - I have a note from my Mum...

    I missed yesterday's Flanders and Swan discussion, but I too remember them from childhood. And my brother has a piano book of their songs, which comes out every Christmas. He is very good - a particular favourite is "Have some madeira, m'dear..."

    ;o)

    Really looking forward to hearing Robin Ince - actually it will probably have to be the podcast as Mum is with us on a state visit so I'm not able to catch much of DT "live". I don't know a lot about him, but I read a really interesting blog of his the other day - I think Simon retweeted the link in fact. A refreshing take on the atheist/believer debate - impressed me, anyhow...

    http://robinince.wordpress.com/

    ~X~

  • Comment number 29.

    I need to add my paralympic medals prediction to the list:

    ★☆★☆★☆★ GB MEDALS PREDICTIONS - 2012 PARALYMPICS★☆★☆★☆★

    JT69 69
    SHONA 88
    HOFFS 94
    BRANDON 95
    JULIA 97
    JOHN B 101
    JENNIE WREN 106
    STRESSED ERICA 108
    ALISON 110
    FLORENCE 111
    SIR CUMFERENCE 112
    KATY 115
    VILDEEN 119
    DEEBEE 120
    GAZZA 125
    ZOE DUBYA 127
    MO 128
    LILAC BLUE 130
    COFFEEBUZZ 137

    :o)

  • Comment number 30.

    #28 Deebee - Hope the visitation is going well? Agreed about Robin Ince's blog, sensible and non-hysterical.

  • Comment number 31.

    Almost forgot


    ★☆★☆★☆★ GB MEDALS PREDICTIONS - 2012 PARALYMPICS★☆★☆★☆★

    JT69 69
    SHONA 88
    HOFFS 94
    BRANDON 95
    JULIA 97
    JOHN B 101
    JENNIE WREN 106
    AMELIA 107
    STRESSED ERICA 108
    ALISON 110
    FLORENCE 111
    SIR CUMFERENCE 112
    KATY 115
    VILDEEN 119
    DEEBEE 120
    GAZZA 125
    ZOE DUBYA 127
    MO 128
    LILAC BLUE 130
    COFFEEBUZZ 137

  • Comment number 32.

    Morning all,

    First thoughts:

    'My Own Way' - Duran Duran
    'Do Your Thing' - Basement Jaxx
    'Even Better Than The Real Thing' - U2*

    *I heard on the tv the other day that the blades used by the runners are not allowed to be developed any further for competing against able-bodied athletes as they could provide an unfair advantage. Apparently this is not the case when all competitors are using them, however, and the technology and engineering is progressing all the time; so, does this mean we could see a sub 9.5 sec 100m in the Paralympics before it's achieved in the Olympics? How exciting!

    N xx

  • Comment number 33.

    #30 Thanks Amelia - yes, it's going well so far. I've had to leave her to her own devices today though - well, my son's at home but he'll probably be stuck in his room all day!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 34.

    #25 - don't feel silly, Amelia - I missed it too. I must admit, though, that I don't know it. I did know the hippo so I feel a bit better.

    JW

  • Comment number 35.

    Thanks Jenny, it is really the hippo one I feel most silly about.



    Preparing to Fly – The Waterboys

    Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac

  • Comment number 36.

    Ooh, can I have a go?

    ★☆★☆★☆★ GB MEDALS PREDICTIONS - 2012 PARALYMPICS★☆★☆★☆★

    JT69 69
    SHONA 88
    HOFFS 94
    BRANDON 95
    JULIA 97
    JOHN B 101
    JENNIE WREN 106
    AMELIA 107
    STRESSED ERICA 108
    ALISON 110
    FLORENCE 111
    SIR CUMFERENCE 112
    KATY 115
    JPA 117
    VILDEEN 119
    DEEBEE 120
    GAZZA 125
    ZOE DUBYA 127
    MO 128
    LILAC BLUE 130
    COFFEEBUZZ 137

  • Comment number 37.

    Another thought, now that the Olympic Lanes are back in operation...

    A-HA - Stay Off These Roads...

    :o)

  • Comment number 38.

    Joining in....


    ★☆★☆★☆★ GB MEDALS PREDICTIONS - 2012 PARALYMPICS★☆★☆★☆★

    SHONA 88
    HOFFS 94
    BRANDON 95
    JULIA 97
    JOHN B 101
    JENNIE WREN 106
    AMELIA 107
    STRESSED ERICA 108
    ALISON 110
    FLORENCE 111
    SIR CUMFERENCE 112
    KATY 115
    PAUL OF SHEFFIELD 117
    VILDEEN 119
    DEEBEE 120
    GAZZA 125
    ZOE DUBYA 127
    MO 128
    LILAC BLUE 130
    COFFEEBUZZ 137

  • Comment number 39.

    #38 - great minds think alike, eh Paul?

    A.

  • Comment number 40.

    VERY Last Minute Greetings Ter Mayo Ma Man & ALL Blog Pals...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Ma Man - Yes yes the summer bank 'olidee is over.... A could tell this by the weather yesterdee.... It wasn't raining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    One sure sign it isn't a bank 'olidee if now rain 'its yer in the 'ead!!!!!!!!!

    And a can also tell the August bank 'olidee is over as yesterdee a started delivering Christmas stuff in me truck ter the VERY large supermarke tthat a drive for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    Reminds me of the 2nd of January when a was starting ter deliver Easter Eggs..... ALL 100% TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As for Paralympic Opener opener tunes.....

    This popped inter me 'ead and since they are performing at the closing ceremony.......

    "para, para, para... wooow owwwww whhhaaa woooooow..... para, para, para!!!!!!!!"

    It's:

    Coldplay - Paradise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As we are about ter sporting paradise of amazmentationing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS Julia41 - Yes thanks a did 'ave 5 mentions on The Janice Long show!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Nothing like 'aving an arguement with 'er live on national radio whilst driving through Wales in the early 'ours of Tuesdee!!!!!!!!
    PS The rain that we 'ad all day Mondee.... In fact as a drove inte rWale smondee evening it was 'eavy rain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Then as soon as the bank 'olidee went away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Amazingly at 11pm ish..... the rain went away also!!!!!!!!!!
    WHATTA COINCIDENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This why a always work Bank 'olidees.... ave learnt forgeet it... Get yer double buuble on the pay and bang yer day in lieu in on a day nowhere near a DAMN IT B/ aych!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PPPS A enjoyed the cheese jokes them on Jans most nice radio show!!!!!!!

    My cheesy offerings were:

    What do yer call 'alf a crisp playing music....

    A semi-quaver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Alex 'Leicester'.... a radio 2 BIG cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    What do yer call a clergy with bad beo.....

    Stinking Bishooop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Glad ter 'elp Jan!

    Glad ter 'elp Si also!

  • Comment number 41.

    Hello fellow Blogpopsters, Simon-are-you-sure-we're-not-related and the current Driveteam ..

    Cooking furiously for camping trip tomorrow - forecast is brilliant. But for now ...THAT rain - you know .. the huge swathe that's moving across the UK at the mo? Well it's just moved along ..
    :^D

    #OldiesTheme
    Some that missed the cut during the Lympics ..


    SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION - MARC BOLAN & T REX in superfast mode

    HEART OF GOLD - NEIL YOUNG in lyrical mode

    DUEL - PROPAGANDA in jawohl mode

    AN END HAS A START - EDITORS in sizzling mode

    I RAN - FLOCK OF SEAGULLS in coiffured mode

  • Comment number 42.

    ★☆★☆★☆★ GB MEDALS PREDICTIONS - 2012 PARALYMPICS★☆★☆★☆★



    JT69 69
    SHONA 88
    HOFFS 94
    BRANDON 95
    JULIA 97
    JOHN B 101
    JENNIE WREN 106
    AMELIA 107
    STRESSED ERICA 108
    ALISON 110
    FLORENCE 111
    SIR CUMFERENCE 112
    KATY 115
    PAUL 117
    JPA 117
    VILDEEN 119
    DEEBEE 120
    GAZZA 125
    ZOE DUBYA 127
    MO 128
    LILAC BLUE 130
    COFFEEBUZZ 137

  • Comment number 43.

    Joining in...

    'Ready, Willing And Able' by Doris Day

    'You Do Something To Me' by Paul Weller

    'You're The Inspiration' by Chicago

  • Comment number 44.

    Hi Everyone,

    Running Up that Hill - Kate Bush
    I Don't Wanna Stop - Ozzy Osbourne
    Don’t Stop me Now - Queen
    Lets Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas
    Run with Me - The Doors
    Long May You Run - Neil Young

    Off to get new uniform trousers with xbox boy who would rather stay home ~sigh.

    LB,x

  • Comment number 45.

    Morning All,

    'Everyone's A Winner' Hot Chocolate

    'Good As Gold' Beautiful South

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 46.

    #44 - Uniform shopping for me too LB. Both my boys would rather stay at home. Not sure that it's worth thr stress. maybes I should guess and leave them at home, hehehe.

  • Comment number 47.

    Good Afternoon All;

    Late to the party again, oh well. It's raining like billy-o here, and autumn is most definitely in the air.

    Have we a male gigolo in our midst? :O Hello Jon, and welcome, sorry if I got the wrong end of the stick there, so to speak!

    Oldie suggestions...

    St ELMO's FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) - JOHN PARR

    MOVE ON UP - CURTIS MAYFIELD

    TRUE COLOURS - CYNDI LAUPER or PHIL COLLINS

    IT'S MY LIFE - BON JOVI

    BREAK MY STRIDE - MATTHEW WILDER

    INVINCIBLE - PAT BENATAR

  • Comment number 48.

    hi all

    AGANST ALL ODDS-PHILL COLLINS

    GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS-PETER GABRIEL

    BORN TO RUN-BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

  • Comment number 49.

    PS ALL...

    While on the subject of Olympics...

    Bingo Star's Quest Ter Become An Olympic Track Cyclist By 2016 DAY 16 (Tuesdee):

    Slowly me muscles in me legs are getting firmer/ stronger!!!!!!!
    Even though ave not been doing a smuch cycling as in the past... Me strength in me legs was not as strong... Me leg muscles sort of sleeping/ went softer/ smaller!!!!!!!!
    But it's amazing 'ow yer body changes so fast if yer put the work in.... It's like waking up me sleeping muscles!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yesterdee a cycled 'ome from work and although off to a start were a felt abit weak... tired after working all weekend.... A felt a determination take over me!!!!!!!!
    A thought a can getta decent time 'ere!!!!!!!!!
    Timing me ride on me 'mytracks' app!!!!!!!

    As a got more into the ride a got faster... faster.... ignoring the pain and breathing more 'ard than a needed too ter try and get extra oxygen in me system!!!!!!!!!

    Near the end of me ride is the killer 'ill.... that just the thought makes me ill!!!!!!!
    It's notta mountain climb... ok... BUT... it is a steady 'alf a mile continuous upward 'appening that rises 125 feet!!!!!!!!!
    Not good when am knackered after a long day at work and 5 miles inter me fast cycling!!!!!!!!!
    But bit by bit am getting fitter and stronger!!!!!!!
    A normally 'it the bottom of the 'ill flat out in top gear (26mph-ish).... power up it maybe 80 metres until the 'ill bites 'ard and me legs and lungs lose the fight.... me speed dies and a end up cycling at about 10mph all the way to the top.... Stubbonly refusing ter drop a gear despite the pain in me leg mucles!!!!!!!
    Mind over matter!!!!!!!
    Last night a powered up the 'ill better than ever before.... a got a further 50 metres until me fitness died..... and kept going at about 12 ter 15mph all the way up.... breathing like a mad man in madness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    As a got near the top a was telling meself wow this could be a good time!!!!!!!!!!
    So a gave it all inter the final mile of me ride now in me 'ome town!!!!!!!!!

    A was in such pain.... Struggling for breath but a 'ad ter fight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No gain without pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The words of Mo Farah keep going through me 'ead: "it's simply all 'ard graft... That's all it is ter get ter the top!!!!!!"

    A flew inter the final straight like it was the end of the Tour deFrance!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (be it about 2,00miles less though what a 'ad just done!!)...........

    A stopped.... quickly stopped me stop watch app on me mobile phone..... This could be me best ever time.... me best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A looked...... Some may remember a wrote about me new best time last week in which on the 23rd a did it in 21minutes 48 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A looked at me time............

    21minutes........ 55 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Only 7 seconds off a new personal best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And despite a sluggish start for the first mile!!!!!!!!!!!

    Am so a'ppy with this as it shows am getting better.... am sure the time will keep coming down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But what is the limit on my bicycle I have now!!!!!!!!!

    Absolute top speed is 30mph.... That's turning the pedlas till me feet are nearly flying off them!!!!!!!!!!

    A few days ago a drove 'ome in me car and experimanting a did 30mph exactly the whole way.... using me timing app again!!!!!!!!!
    A did it in 15minutes 49 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But this is impossible to do on my bike.... I'd 'ave ter be Superman ter cycle flat at 30mph for the whole route!!!!!!!!

    Realistic a think is 18 minutes which would be superfit with immense strength in me legs!!!!!!!!!!

    The only way a could do it faster than 15 minutes 49 would be buy a top of the range superlight racing cycle.... similar ter Bradley Wiggans rides and only if me fitness was 100 times improved from what a am now!!!!!!!!!

    Onwards and upwards..... Am serious about Rio 2016!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 50.

    #OldiesTheme:

    IS IT LIKE TODAY? - WORLD PARTY

    CELEBRATION DAY - LED ZEPPELIN



    :^)

  • Comment number 51.

    Sadly lacking in inspiration for tunes today - hope the athletes are better motivated, as I'm sure they will be.

    Flanders & Swan would now be forever 'tainted' by the hilarious similar duo from Armstrong & Miller. I now find old black and white WWII films in danger of being overwhelmed by their fighter pilot pairing. Radical.

  • Comment number 52.

    Keep going Bingo - sure you'll achieve your dream!

    JW

  • Comment number 53.

    PPPPPPS.....

    Soz can yer tell am abit excited terdee.... It's the para gig got me feeling extra CCCCRRRRAYZEE!!!!!!!!!!

    On the Para tunes for Si's most nice show later.....

    Am loving Florence's choice aka blog #2 terdee.....

    Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers.... AWESOME choice/ message in the name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If a was the DJ in charge for sure a would bang that tune on me show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In fact if me producer said no..... A would go as far as ter be wrestling on the floor with me producer mid-show ter get the tune in the mixer ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Regardless of the implication with the BBC DG AND Bob Shennman termorrow moring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 54.

    Lunchtime already?

    Not many choices today... There's a song by Andy Fairweather-Low which technically works for the theme, but would just be sooooo inappropriate.

  • Comment number 55.

    #54 - John - I had the same thought and the same conclusion.

    Doesn't stop Oscar Pistorious though, does it ?

  • Comment number 56.

    Jennie Wren - THANKS for the kind words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But lets face it... It is just a crazy mad dream ave suddnely got in me 'ead after watching the 2012 Olympic gig!!!!!!!!!!!
    'aving said that WHY should I not be the oldest man ter win an Olympic track cycling medal at 43!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'avign said that......

    what for sure a will ge tout of it is a will lose me tummy..... Be a MEGA fit 43 year old man....... If not slightly a MAD one!!!!!!!!!

    Am off for some beetroot sandwiches!

  • Comment number 57.

    I’ve been trying to think of songs on the parallel theme, the obvious Blondie one doesn’t fit but this is perhaps a little better?

    Parallel Lines - Todd Rundgren

  • Comment number 58.

    LUST FOR LIFE - IGGY POP

    RESPECT - ARETHA FRANKLIN

  • Comment number 59.

    Oh, here's a good 'un.....

    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE - The Smiths

  • Comment number 60.

    NO LIMIT - 2 UNLIMITED

    YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET - BACHMANN TURNER OVERDRIVE

    HEROES - DAVID BOWIE (it was used for the Olympics, but applies just as much, of not more to the paralympians)

  • Comment number 61.

    I have just done my order for ELH and was most surprised to find bananas looking remarkably like fresh cream slices ;~0 Those shapeshifters have been at it again!

    JW

  • Comment number 62.

    *waves and smiles to Katy_blogvet*....

    Power of the dream Celine Dion

    JT69

  • Comment number 63.

    #41 Good luck for some good camping weather, Katy. You don't say whether you are going on the camping trip or if you're cooking on behalf of other family members... anyway, I hope the sun shines.

    #49 You go for it, Bingo! Everyone should have a dream...

    :o)

    #62 *wonders why Katy is singled out for special attention...*

    ;o)

  • Comment number 64.

    HERE I GO AGAIN - The Hollies

  • Comment number 65.

    I think it's because he complained about a post that Katy made on yesterday's blog and is trying to apologise :~0

    #22 - today's blog

    JW

  • Comment number 66.

    #63 DeeBee & #65 Jennie Wren.....

    I considered Katy had made unfounded comments about myself and my Twitter account, was hoping we could move on and let the new day be just that...a new day. I have altered my profile and am very very sorry if I have upset any one of you.

    JT69 Hope you all have a very lovely evening..tomorroe is another day :)

  • Comment number 67.

    #66 Ah okay - thanks for clarifying. I'm sure no harm was meant - the problem with the written word is that it's not always possible to see the tongue firmly in the cheek... things do sometimes get misinterpreted. One of the great things about this blog though is that all are welcome. The only (unwritten) rule is that we play nicely... and I think on the whole we manage to achieve that.

    :o)

  • Comment number 68.

    Conversations in the office at the moment, fish & chips and the Christmas party *rolls eyes*

  • Comment number 69.

    My first day back on the blog, after a week away, and a double mensh for 'A New Flame'... thanks Simon and well done to everyone else who chose the same song!

  • Comment number 70.

    No upset here JT69 - see you tomorrow............

    Now off to cook the dinner and listen for the mensches

    JW

  • Comment number 71.

    Good start Flo! Mandy also got a mention; think you were the only 2 who choose it from the blog.

  • Comment number 72.

    *flops*

    What a day and seems I've missed a lot goings on today here too! Well done for those who got a menshe - just got a chance to Sir (and Lady, I may add) Cumfy! Whoop whoop, Sir!

    Won't see you until later tomorrow;(

    Another day with a bunch of newbees though so I'm really pleased about that. I love working with them ;)

    See you tomorrow evening and for goodness sake kiss and make up and behave everyone;))

    *skips off to an early bed* ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Comment number 73.

    Happy evenings all

    JW

  • Comment number 74.

    SirC I hope you heard your mention tonight; it made me giggle anyway.

    The Robin Ince interview was fantastic tonight. Funny & insightful. He was talking about technology narrowing the urban / rural divide. I can't imagine living "in the middle of nowhere" without the internet.

    Definitely worth reading the blog Deebee posted the link to earlier.

    RadMac on 6 Music had Marc Almond on this afternoon and played Soft Cell's Torch. Discussion of the closing bit there too, think Marc said it was perhaps a french horn not a flugelhorn. Random I know, just stuck in my head.

    I'm enjoying tweeting through the opening ceremony. Seems inconceivable to watch something important & not share it on twitter.

    John Inverdale obviously liked his apple core joke he did with Simon, he used it again during the coverage tonight.

  • Comment number 75.

    Good to see CERN represented at the opening ceremony tonight but a missed opportunity to use the Higgs Boson joke I think.

  • Comment number 76.

    And Perfect_Circles's ex-pupil, Irish sprint double gold medalist Jason Smyth got a mention on the TV coverage. Racing on Friday so not at the ceremony. I got to meet him & hold his 2 Beijing gold medals 4 years ago, fantastic experience. Go Jason!!

  • Comment number 77.

    Morning all. We were out at the theatre yesterday evening so didn't hear the second half of the show. Looking at the comment from Shona above I had to listen again on iThingy - Lady Cumference will be delighted to hear her first name mensh when I play it back to her later! :o)

  • Comment number 78.

    Good morning,

    Did I see the lesser spotted snapper on here on Friday? Also a good sight to behold.

    Zoe, Lots of lovexxxx

    Sir C, Great mensh last night. I think Sal Traffic is going to be a fan of yours.

    Best I get on with the last few days of the school holidays now.

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 79.

    Good Morning All

    Very Autumnal here this morning. Grey, blustery and decidedly chilly.

  • Comment number 80.

    Good morning all - the sun is shining, but as Simon said yesterday, there is a feeling of Autumn around the estate in the mornings.

    Watched the Opening Ceremony last night so bit weary today - nothing much to do though, so ..........what's the sport today?

    JW

 

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