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Here we go.

Simon Mayo | 09:11 UK time, Friday, 19 October 2012

Me again. Thanks for checking the blog, it has been a mad week but the weekend approacheth and maybe a little space for things like going for a walk, watching clouds and sitting on a bench. I can't quite imagine it but you never know. I was supposed to go to see another film this morning but that went away and so I sit at my kitchen table for this epistle. Everyone else is asleep (or still out, one of the two) so I'm taking advantage of a few minutes of silence to tap some keys.
Last night was the team meal and Nigel walked us around the block to an Italian restaurant I never knew existed. Matt coughed and sniffled his way through a couple of courses but there were no chips so he went home. I owed £60 to the drinks bill as I have to put £10 in the kitty everytime I say 'here we go' to a caller on ARF. I realised I was saying it all the time so imposed the fine on myself but there have still been 6 outbreaks in 4 weeks so recompense had to be paid. Now we are quits and we start again; I'm sure there'll be someone keeping score for the Christmas party. Could be expensive.
Also yesterday, I recorded a chat with Art Garfunkel a man I have been listening to all my life. It was quite a session! Im not sure I've done an interview like it before- it goes out on Tuesday and I'll post more about it then. But it's worth looking out for next week...
Meantime to 5L and the film show with some reviews and Tim Burton is our guest. His new film is Frankenweenie and a brilliant black and white, 3D animation about a kid and his dog and a bunch of strange of characters as you'd expect from Tim Burton. Then the ARF tunes take over again and we'll be all set for another top weekend. Or maybe just a weekend.
Have a well-dressed and surprisingly marvellous Friday, see you after 2&5


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  • Comment number 1.

    Top o' the morning to you,

    I saw her standing there - The Beatles please


  • Comment number 2.

    ... if not, a mention would be great for Charlotte, Abi, Ella and Jasmine - we'll be in the car off into Derby to celebrate Charlotte's 12 birthday at that well-known restaurant that celebrates the fact it's Friday...

  • Comment number 3.

    Waffling away on the previous blog and here you 'all' are ;)

  • Comment number 4.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello again Sal - and Amy - I think everyone is preparing for hibernation; that's what it feels like today and yours and my shopping list must be from the same mould Sal.

    We bought a slow cooker yesterday so goodies must be bought to produce some delicious one pot wonders which are light on washing up - my kind of eating!

    If there was a 3 word Friday - tooth still holding!


  • Comment number 6.

    Great news about the tooth Jennie.


  • Comment number 7.

    All that waffling and "here we go"................ I forgot my ARFO


    I have visions of carfuls (?) of people going away for the weekend, wiggling around on their seats, trying to do the twist while travelling up the M1 or where-ever - don't you, NYM?


  • Comment number 8.


  • Comment number 9.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Simon, I have never noticed you saying 'here we go' to ARF callers - now I and probably a few others will be listening out for it...

    As it is the anniversary of Alan Murphy's death (although he didn't play on this track) and I as I am going to see them next week (woohoo!) can I suggest:

    LESSONS IN LOVE - Level 42

    for the ARFO. Thank you.

    #5 Not hibernating, but as I am usually at work by the time the new blog arrives I can't always get here as early as I'd like to...


  • Comment number 10.

    #4 ???

    Do the moderators not realise that is the title of a song?


    #9 please ignore the superfluous I


  • Comment number 11.

    Good morning all from a wet and chilly place, very autumnal feeling here.

    Suggestions for todays ARF opener:-



  • Comment number 12.

    Woohoo, I've been modded :)

  • Comment number 13.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and slow-cooking bloggers,

    It definitely feels like a weekend to be outside and enjoying the last of the temperatures in the teens, while there's still some warmth in the sun, and the leaves are crunching underfoot.

    And it's also the start of half-term in these parts - 2 out of 3 sons are off on school trips, so the house will be eerily quiet (wonders it it's too late to persuade the remaining one to go and find something interesting to do....!!)






    Good day all!


  • Comment number 14.

    #4 - ? I just remember reading a song title, Sal. Can't remember what it was , mind!!

    Are they being sensitive this morning?


  • Comment number 15.

    Lets try again....

    HERE WE GO 2, 3, 4... (without revealing what Gordon allegedly may be) - Jilted John!

  • Comment number 16.

    #4 / 15 Sal, you should know better than calling former Prime Ministers and celebrity chefs names!

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning all

    Sal - I think the response could only be "it's so unfair, it's so unfair..."

    As a small but select band of bloggers are meeting up in Sheffield can I suggest foir ARFO either

    PULP - DISCO 2000



  • Comment number 18.

    Hee John!

    I've had the smack bottom email, explaining why!

    Have just found it on Twitter ( where its obviously less likely to offend ) as a suggestion, when Simon was looking for songs about plebs!!

  • Comment number 19.

    OOh yes..

    All Sheffield bound Bloggers, have a great 'meet up' Hope the sun shines for you :)

  • Comment number 20.

    Fridee Greetings Ter One Of My Favourite DJ's/ Broadcasters Of Broadcasting AKA Mr Simon Mayo (Favourite But Noot In A Sickening Sycophantical Sentimentation... More In An Admiring Way) & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man & ALL - A don't wanter bring the blog down or come across as looking for sympathy... But a too 'ave 'ad a crazy sanity testing week... 'opefully by sharing my difficulties it will make any bloggers who've 'ad a bad week realise it could be worse!!!!!!!
    AND they do say a problem shared is a problem 'alved:

    3 weeks yesterdee a injured me back after a bloke at the builders merchants threw a concrete lintel inter me arms... Thus popping something in me back!!!!!!!
    Last week being positive a thought me back was getting better and after 2 weeks on the sick at work.... A decided ter use me 3 rest days ter keep active as the doc told me ter do!!!!!!
    So despite the pain a mentally prepared mesen for knocking out me wall, putting in me new pvcu french doors on me 'ouse exterior wall... Bang in me lintel (yes the offending one) and then build me wall above complete with new pitched roof above.... All ter sort out me leaking bay window problem, sort out me rising damp problem and increase me kitchen size by putting a new door in the other side of me back of me 'ouse... Thus making way ter take out me old door and brick it up ter make the kitchen bigger!!!!!!
    Despite me pain.... And doing the job of three men on me own.... And being the first time ave done anything pvcu in the DIY stakes.... A did it all!!!!!!!!
    A mind of steel... Of determining detertmination!!!!!!!!!
    (track cyclists take note... They should be frightened of Bingo Star when 'is 'ealth is back and 'e 'its the veloderomdome!!!!!)

    The only problem if that wasn't enough in the middle of doing the 3 dee job... Me mother rang me ter tell me she thinks she is 'aving a 'eart attack and our cat of 12 years who is very ill with kidney failure is looking VERY bad!!!!!!!!!
    Nice so me mother and cat might drop dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Being 30 miles away a could do nothing but dial 999!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Result Mum in 'ospital ASAP.... And a promised a would take Tom the cat ter the vet ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But a couldn't leave me 'ouse a sit 'ad a BIG 'ole in the wall!!!!!!!

    That evening a drove the 30miles ter me Mum's 'ome.... 'elped the cat and the next morning went ter the vet ter 'elp save Tom!!!!!!
    Then later ter collect me Mum from 'ospital!!!!!!!
    Thankfully a false alarm as it wasn't a 'eart attack... Just bad anxiety brought on by 'er worrying about 'er beloved cat and companion!!!!!!!!
    (me Mum 'as 20% lung capacity and 'as 'as 'eart attacks before 'ence no chance taken if she 'as chest pains!!!!!)

    All this with me being unable ter walk properly with me bad back and sharp pain down me left leg!!!!!!!!

    Mondee it was back ter work as am worried about too much time off on the sick!!!!!!
    An assessment in which the result is a can only do light duties only!!!!!!
    So Tuesdee onter nights at work as this is when a can do work that involves only driving a truck not unloading it which is impossible for me!!!!!!!

    The pain of walking and climbing out of me truck is agony.... Maybe a shouldn't be back at work with me back!!!!!!!!!
    But am worried about losing me job after being threatened with possible disiplinary action through too much sickeness!!!!!!
    If yer 'ave 5 sickness in a rolling 12 months it can trigger disciplinary action!!!!!
    Even though in 20123 ave 'ad only 2 days seperate sickness before this.... And 2 separate weeks in 2011!!!!!!!!
    But just within the 12 months rolling period!!!!!!

    The pain was so bad a went back ter the walk in centre at the 'ospital ter see another doc.... This time for me not for me Mum!!!!!!!
    After me 2 previous GP visits said ave goot sciatica and a ligament strain.... 3 weeks of not getting better am worried all!!!!!!!!!

    The 'ossie doc said 'e thinks me disc 'as slipped!!!!!!!!!

    Then after the 'ossie off ter buy a new microwave for me Mum that broke the dee she came out of 'ossie!!!!!!!

    Yesterdee a 'elped me elderly Mum set up 'er new microwave.... Only ter find it is faulty!!!!!
    So back ter change it.... Despite carrying a 16kg microwave is very painful for me!!!!!!!
    Goot new microwave (2nd one).... And 'appy ter say now working!!!!!!!!!!

    Went ter see me GP again yesterdee and now been recommended ter go and see a physiotherepapapaptheerist ter 'elp me get ter the bottom of the pain in me bottom, back and whole left leg!!!!!!!

    This morning straight in fast for an session with the physio.... Told ave goot a buldging disc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thankfully noot as bad as a slipped or damaged!!!!!!!!!!

    Also off ter collect Tom the cat who positively 'as been on a drip ter clear the toxins from 'is kidneys.....
    Me Mum is 'ome and fine.....
    The new microwave is working nice.....
    And 'opefully a can get me back fixed with the exercises the physio 'as shown me AND am going back ter see 'er on Mondee.....
    Oh and me french doors are in and all is most nice.....

    So after a trying week.....

    Maybe there is light begining ter appear at the end on the Bingo Star tunnel of darkness that 'as been the October!!!!!!!!!!

    Peace ter all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Yes Sal I concur with everyone else, harsh as that is a song title!

    Hope you enjoy yourselves for the blog meet, sorry cannot attend as Friday night is for fighting for me ( not on the streets....in a well controlled dojo!)

    How about for an ARFO a get off your seat tune to jiggle your bits:

    DO THE HUCKLEBUCK - Coast to Coast

    Have lovely weekends


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 22.

    A few OSMs this week for me, so let's see if I can crack the ARFO... lol

    My suggestions:
    MADNESS - Wings Of A Dove

    STATUS QUO - Break The Rules

    RAY CHARLES - Hit The Road, Jack

  • Comment number 23.

    Sounds like quite a week Bingo! As you say, it puts other problems into perspective!

    Keep going.............but be careful with that back!


  • Comment number 24.

    With reference to Sal's modding, wasn't the title of the song also 'Jilted John'? I thought the bit about gordon was just the main refrain...

  • Comment number 25.

    Morning Simon & blog folk

    I'm sure we all have our own little annoying oft repeated phrases. I'm just trying to think what mine are.

    I was lying in bed last night mulling over ARFO tunes, as you do. I thought of a great tune, fits the brief & for personal reasons is just the right tune for today. Then I get a nagging doubt, I've heard it recently. I go & check. Yup, was the AFRO a couple of months ago. Oh well, back to the drawing board!

    Hope everyone meeting in Sheffield has a great time.




  • Comment number 26.

    I recall it being announced as Jilted John by Jilted John on the chart show back in the day.

    I had no idea he was also John Shuttleworth until reading it somewhere last week.

  • Comment number 27.

    #17 #19 Can I add my best wishes to the bloggers meeting up in Sheffield this weekend. I hope the sun shines on Sheffield. Really sorry that I can't be with you, but I'll be there in spirit and look forward to seeing some of you on the 16th November. Don't forget to take a picture for the Drivetime wall... we had one of all of us who went to the Cambridge blogmeet last year and I sent it to Simon - I've no idea whether it was actually put on the wall but I'd like to think it was.


  • Comment number 28.

    #25 I was toying with the idea of that ELO track myself...

  • Comment number 29.

    Good Morning Everyone

    If there was a 3 word Friday, mine would be SPECTACLES FELL APART

    Struggling to read back with the spare ones so a trip to the optician is in order today. Really looking forward to meeting the small and select few bloggers in Sheffield tomorrow.

    Camera is all packed for the occasion. Instead of a red carnation, I will have a copy of Itch on the table in front of me ;0)

  • Comment number 30.

    Hmm, well thanks all for your support, if anything, that song used to offend me, as it was my dear Dads name.

    I was simply looking for a song, that included the words... 'Here we go!'

    Right, I must away, Happy Fridays to you all.

    Gotta fly.... :)

  • Comment number 31.

    Hi folks, only had a brief look back so apols if I'm repeating stuff or getting the wrong end of the stick.

    Sal, it was called Jilted John by Jilted John, I have the 7 inch - funnily enough so does Mr, we found we had quite a few overlapped records when we moved in together many many moons ago - quite a few at complete opposite ends of the spectrum too!

    Anyway, I'll second it as an ARFO choice, and add a couple of my own too.

    JILTED JOHN - Jilted John

    ALTERNATIVE ULSTER - Stiff Little Fingers

    GOTTA GETAWAY - Stiff Little Fingers

    RAMA LAMA DING DONG - Rocky Sharpe and the Replays

    TOP OF THE POPS - The Rezillos

    or finally

    (other music megastores are - or were - available. Hope I've satisfied the modders)

    Don't expect to get any of them played but it's always fun to have a bash.

    Lots to do again today, just for a change, so don't know if I'll get back later.

    Have fun and play nicely, oh, and those of you off to Sheffield - enjoy, and behave yourselves! ;o)

    SE x

  • Comment number 32.

    Morning All,

    ARF suggestions

    'Stay With Me' The Faces

    'Start Me Up' Rolling Stones

    'Dignity' Deacon Blue

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 33.

    A song for all bloggers, especially those on the way to Sheffield tomorrow.


    A degree of irony there as I have reluctantly had to drop out of the meet. May I wish those still going a wonderful day - I wish I could be with you.

  • Comment number 34.

    Just popped back in my coffee break to wish everyone a happy blog meet this weekend.

    And to add one more to the pot:

    MIDDLE OF THE ROAD - The Pretenders

  • Comment number 35.

    #29 - why do they put those teeny, tiny screws which hold the lens part of the frame together, upside down??!! Gravity doesn't help if they do get loose and can you ever find the little devils when they do fall out? :0/


  • Comment number 36.

    Hello lovely bloggerfolk and to the cool and trendy Drivetime crew!

    Please can I suggest:




    Thanks very much. Hope you all have a fab weekend - esp those who are meeting up on Saturday - and see you next week. I'm singing in my first concert tomorrow night. Can't work out whether the butterflies in my stomach signify massive nerves or huge excitement.....

    Take care, see you soon x

  • Comment number 37.

    As I can't be with you travelling bloggers tomorrow, I've looked up the weather for you on the BBC website and it looks gloriously sunny.

    Mr says the BBC is the best weather forecaster so hopefully it will be fine for you tomorrow - have great times and report back!


  • Comment number 38.

    merry xmas everyone



  • Comment number 39.

    #29 and #35 Though happily any opticians will fix them free, I've found.

  • Comment number 40.

    Morning folks. Didn't hear the show last night except 10mins around the confession. Will try to iplayer over the weekend as I do enjoy Nigel's cooking.

    Sal's on the naughty step then?! :)

    I hope everyone has a great time in Sheffield.
    Hoffs - good luck, and enjoy the concert. It will be fab when you're up there and everyone's clapping :)

    Da Do Ron Ron - The Crystals or
    Do Wah Diddy - Manfred Mann

  • Comment number 41.

    Hello everyone

    A bit late today... looking after house guests getting in the way.
    I hope everyone going to the Sheffield blog meet will have a lovely time.

    COME UP AND SEE ME (MAKE ME SMILE) ~ Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

  • Comment number 42.

    Afternoon all!

    May I suggest "Beautiful Day" by U2, well it is in these parts and in honour of the blog meet in Sheffield because I am sure it will be.


  • Comment number 43.

    As a shameless way of one more plug for my debut onstage tonight I'd like to request


    It's only a fiver. Norden Farm in Maidenhead. 8pm.

  • Comment number 44.

    Afternoon all !!!
    ~Today is a day for sunshine and backpain (though nothing like Bingo's im sure).
    Sang at a funeral this morning. It was the 2nd one in a week Ive done after being stopped outside church a couple of weeks ago by a parishoner who was in need of a singer. If todays organist had played any slower, she'd have been a snail. Now a little horse (too many animals in this post !!!)

    No choice for me today, but am TOTALLY looking forward to the Sheffield Blog Meet tomorrow. Am counting the hours !!!!!

    Ziperdy do da, Ziperdy day, my oh my its a wonderful day !!

  • Comment number 45.

    #44 Gill - is that the song you sang earlier? I can't imagine how a slow version on the organ would sound!!

    What's all this talk of sunshine-y beautiful days? Down here it's greyer and wetter than an elephant in a swimming pool

    #43 Good luck Jeffrey - I'm sure you're nervous, but they'll love it. Did we miss your Mastermind appearance??

  • Comment number 46.

    It has been raining here too - really, grey miserable day - ah well; we need the bad days to appreciate the good ones even more, I reckon.

    I have spent the last two hours trying to work out the household accounts and couldn't fathom why I was about £500 out - for the worse! Eek!

    Finally sussed out where I was going wrong and feel quite positive about the finances - more positive than I felt an hour or so ago!! Maths was never my strong point!


  • Comment number 47.

    Thank you for all the good wishes for tomorrow's blog meet. Having stumbled my way into town, I can now report back that I can see once again. Picked up my tickets at the train station too so I am getting very excited.

    Just got iron my sparkly dress for tomorrow and hey, I'm all set!!

    (Gill, I'm kidding about the sparkly dress bit)

    #45 John, it is chucking it down here too!

  • Comment number 48.

    #20 Oh Bingo. Poor you! What a week you have had indeed;(

  • Comment number 49.

    A quick poop by to have a proper read this time. Have we opened a library? It's very quiet in here.

    #20 What a time you've been having! Take it easy. Fingers crossed for you that that's all the nasties over in one fell swoop and everything will be hunky dory for you for the foreseeable.

    #21 Do the Hucklebuck...that takes me back. I can still remember all the dance moves

    #29 Glad you can see again. I've been having all sorts of problems with my new specs since my episode at the opticians - I'm on my 3rd pair of pairs now and they're still not quite right. "Should(n't) have gone to" that particular optician - won't be going to them again.

    Oh, look at the time now, it's so easy to blether on once you get started....

    Have a fun weekend folks.

    SE x

  • Comment number 50.

    I am new to this particular blog. And I live in Sheffield. It seems there's a blog meet here tomorrow. I guess it would be too early to invite myself!!

    Having said that, it's my birthday on Thursday (yet another 21st!) and I'm meeting up with a few friends!

    I wouldn't mind hearing some Led Zep mind!

    I think I shall also apologise for heckling the good Dr K (and to Simon) when they did the Film show in Sheffield last week. I am the one learning French! The sense of occasion got the better of me!!

  • Comment number 51.

    Hi Simon - still banging the drum for some Zeppelin, especially after dragging my lovely wife to Celebration Day on Wed. We'll be listening from my brothers house in Somerset this week along witwith brother, sister law, nephew, nana, grandad etc. so a full and appreciative audience is guaranteed! So please play Custard Pie for all my family, on the occasion of one of our reunions! Cheers.

  • Comment number 52.

    #50 - Don't feel you can't come if you're free tomorrow afternoon, we don't have a minimum blogging threshold! The small and select band of bloggers will be in the Showroom bar in the afternoon, come and say hello.



  • Comment number 53.

    Here we go.....

  • Comment number 54.

    Woohoo John!

  • Comment number 55.


    Get your glitter balls out *

  • Comment number 56.

    Well Done John for the ARF crown

  • Comment number 57.

    #55 - John - are yours glittery then?*

    *salutes to His Majesty and skips off to the naughty step..

  • Comment number 58.

    Hey, John, I posted a couple of pics of Richmond Park on fb, and a friend commented... 'where's Fenton?'

    Have you ever seen 'that' clip on you tube?

  • Comment number 59.

    Had to poop by just to say all hail King John! Congrats JBG, good choice

    Oh, what sparkly balls you have, Sir! ;)

    Enjoy the rest of the show x

  • Comment number 60.

    #58 - Sal - yes! It always makes me laugh and when I am searching and hollering for my dog, the word 'Fenton' always pops into my head..

  • Comment number 61.

    #55 - I'm keeping mine safely tucked away from public gaze. You can get locked up for that sort of thing.

    One final good wish for those on the pilgrimage to Sheffield tomorrow.

    #9 - Deebee - another good reason you missed for Level 42 was Mark King's birthday tomorrow (it's also mine - he's a year older than I am). Unfortunately it didn't amke the final cut. I assume the ARFO didn't go to a blogger this week ?

  • Comment number 62.

    #58, Love that clip, Sal, had me roaring with laughter. Can just imagine my lovely Lab doing that! x

    *goes to look at your piccies*

  • Comment number 63.

    Well done John... I heard your ARFO in the car and thankfully arrived home in time to switch off the ignition so as not to hear that awful Muppet song!


  • Comment number 64.

    #61 - I didn't read back very carefully then. Congrats and apologies to King John.

  • Comment number 65.

    Thanks everyone! Who has the crown at the moment? I look forward to getting it, and will add some suitable disco adornments to it!

    Hoffs - steady girl.

    That's my second ARFO - the first was last tear for "Get off my cloud" (or as I just typed, "Get off my clod", which is the Wurzels version).

    I should confess, I only suggested that song because I heard it in the car one night this week while performing Dad's Taxi Services, picking up my son from a music practise. And as he wasn't saying much, I just turned the volume up really loud to annoy and embarrass him. (And secretly, I do quite like it!)

    Thank you your Lordship, team, NYM, fellow bloggers, my family, my friends, the people who I can't remember who they are that I'm connected to on FB and Linked In, my teachers, my former colleagues, and everyone who has ever danced to that record.

  • Comment number 66.

    #58 Sal - oh yes, it's a classic. I said on the blog (I think you were already visiting the park), that it's the field coming down from Spankers Hill. But let's not start all that up again with the glitter balls, or the wombles will get excited.

    #63 Florence - thanks Florence, I'll hang it up all week.

  • Comment number 67.

    Aha, I missed the Fenton bit and thought it was a Jesus Christ video. Have just read back and it makes a lot more sense now.

    Enjoy your week on the throne John, well deserved ;)

  • Comment number 68.

    Sylvester, Kaiser Chiefs, and Frank Sinatra, all within half an hour! That's why we love an ARF!

    I seem to be getting carried away with the exclamation marks, so I think I'd better go and calm down with a glass of something.

    May not be around so much next week as it's half-term, have nice weekends all, and happy blogmeet tomorrow,


  • Comment number 69.

    Congrats to Good King John, swing those balls - makes up for me nicking your mensh earlier in the week ;0)

  • Comment number 70.

    Good King John, love your gush and well done!

    Have fun to all of you that are off to the Sheffield blog bash!

    LB, x

  • Comment number 71.

    Thanks #52. I meeting up with some people at lunchtime (birthday meal) and can take it from there.

  • Comment number 72.

    Congratulations Good King John - Simon Ward has the crown doesn't he? I don't think he has been around much this week.

    But with glittery balls who needs a sparkly crown??

    Great music this week - perhaps the NYM took notice of my moan last week?! Frank Sinatra and "Fly me to the moon" was mentioned........ ;0)

    Have great weekends all and especially the Blogmeet Crew.


  • Comment number 73.

    Congratulations Good King John! Well done Sir!!

    #61 Indeed Parsley_cat, I did know that. It being Mark King's birthday that is, not that he's a year older than you. I've been trying to get a Level 42 track played for ARFO since Simon started doing DT. One day...

    The best laid plans, as they say... We were supposed to be going sailing with some friends this weekend, but they had to cancel. Mr B and I were going to go anyway, but the forecast doesn't look brilliant for Sunday now, so it looks like we might just go to the boat for the day tomorrow. Ho hum, never mind...

    To Hoffs and Jeffrey - break a leg for your respective stage appearances. Hope all goes well!


  • Comment number 74.

    Well doen Good King John on the ARFO! It had me dancing about the kitchen!

    PJ Hughes, hope to see you tomorrow (p.s. I'll have a present for your birthday!) And one for all bloggers meeting up too. (Don't get excited)

    I'm all packed *excited* 2 more dog walks and 1 sleep to go!

  • Comment number 75.

    Pooped back to apologise to Good King John but couldn't get into the blog - for some reason, I was trying to sign on as Shona (been celebrating, could be the reason)

    Anyway, Your Maj, sorry for the inference about the glitter balls. Of course I really knew you meant those ones that hang from the ceiling.

    Also, Shona - I feel your excitement about tomorrow - have a fantastic time - looking forward to hearing all about it on Monday. Make sure you have your pigtails all nicely done up with bows!

    Deebee - oops - forecast isn't great is it - hope you at least have a good day tomorrow and thanks for the good luck wishes for the concert. V excited (and even more excited about next Tues!!!!!)

    Good luck to Jeffery from Maidenhead - and when are you on Mastermind?

    Righto, have good weekends all - and Billie - have missed your posts - wherever you are, 'hello'!!!

  • Comment number 76.

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, I've had to cancel the meal. I should be at the Showroom about 2pm.

  • Comment number 77.

    #76 PJ, I think folks are arriving 2.30pm. I'll be there 3.30pm

    Looking forward to meeting you - was it the lure of the present??? Hee hee

  • Comment number 78.

    #75 Hoffs, you make me laugh!!

  • Comment number 79.

    Have great weekends and evenings all


  • Comment number 80.

    Ok thanks. Birthday not until 25th, but...

    Thanks for the "invite"!

  • Comment number 81.

    #80 All welcome PJ, all welcome ;)

  • Comment number 82.

    I heard Simon saying he was going to be doing a lot of driving at the weekend. I wonder if he is heading to Sheffield too ;0)

    *dreams on*

  • Comment number 83.

    Jocko - where are you? I need your help with typing...

  • Comment number 84.

    Jokco si heer hffos! Hwo cna I beee ov serveeze?

  • Comment number 85.

    Wow, great programme just now on BBC 4, about Dave Davies of Kinks fame.

    Using Lynton, The Valley of of Rocks and Exmoor and surrounding area, as a back drop.

    Happy memories :)

  • Comment number 86.

    #84 - anohs n' okcoj - LOL!!

    Miranda, Graham, Arnie and Ronnie. What a laugh.

    See you all soon xx

  • Comment number 87.

    Get back in your cage Jocko....................

    Good morning Everyone


    Can someone please tell Uncle Tony I won't be able to listen today due to a blog meet ;)

  • Comment number 88.

    Good morning all - dry and quite mild here in S Essex.

    I sense excitement in the air - will Sheffield be able to cope with this influx of visitors?

    Have a wonderful 'meet' everyone. Can't wait to hear the tales .............


  • Comment number 89.

    Morning all !!!
    up , about, and excited :-)
    Some shopping to get in this morning, then off to meetup.
    See you all there ~gill~

  • Comment number 90.

    Good Morning Everyone! Good Morning!

    Heard ARFO in the car - and BEAMED! I curtsy to GOOD KING JOHN! Well done You!
    Good Song too!

    I've had a really busy week and feel out of touch with the blog - will try to catch up. Hoffs #75 Thankyou!

    I hope you all have a lovely time in Sheffield. How many are going? Looking forward to hearing about it.

    I also hope those with "performances" this weekend do very well.

    Have Nicetimes all. Back later ..........

  • Comment number 91.

    Hello All,

    A passing visit just to say hope everybody going to Sheffield has a good time

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 92.

    Off out on a mercy dash having just had a call from sister. Problems with Mum. Might be a little late setting off to Sheffield, will try make up time on the way.

  • Comment number 93.

    hi all

    have a good time in sheffield everyone would have come but dont drive and train prices are expencive,

  • Comment number 94.

    Sorry if I missed anyone earlier. I was at the Showroom until 3pm (I don't know if anyone got there by then. Am I right in thinking it was starting about then?). I did ask bar staff, but...

    Not being a natural socialiser, maybe next time I hope!

    I was the stocky bloke with the orange rucksack

  • Comment number 95.

    Oh Dear PJ! Bechod!

  • Comment number 96.

    Well, that was a pleasnat surprise!

  • Comment number 97.

    Where is that blogpoppets dicker, these days?

  • Comment number 98.

    OOh, we all like a pleasnat surprise Paul, are you going to share?

  • Comment number 99.

    It might score you an 'at?

  • Comment number 100.

    Just a rough guess, but I think PJ missed Paul too.


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