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To Sheffield ...

Simon Mayo | 09:52 UK time, Friday, 12 October 2012

Via Retford. A direct train would have been fine but hey, I've never been to Retford so that might be a highlight. What delights will await from platform 2? I'm hoping for a cheese baguette or a packet of crisps at the very least. At least, post-Olympics, London stations look rather grand and swanky. Having breakfast at Kings Cross is actually a rather pleasant experience these days with a variety of healthy options and some chips for Matt if needed.

Sheffield bound because 5Live are doing one of their 'Octoberfest' dos. There is no beer or sausage involved (as far as I am aware), it is merely the name given to a series of outside broadcasts in one city and this year it is Sheffield. The good doctor and I are hosting the film show from The Crucible with a few hundred cheery and, hopefully, easily pleased listeners.

This means another ARF from someone else's studio. Never a happy state of affairs. It's like hosting a party in someone else's lounge; you're never quite sure where anything is, you hope you don't break anything and it usually smells funny. What comes out of the radio is hopefully exactly the same however and we shall endeavour to set up the weekend in style.

Your opening salvo would be appreciated and feel free to choose your favourite Bow Wow Wow song if you feel like it. You know you want to.

Have a satisfying and solid Friday. See you at 2&5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning Simon and Blog poppets

    Really wishing I had taken the lovely Amelia up on her offer of a ticket to go to Sheffield today. Ah well, I'll be there next weekend.

    I gather it will be a Bow Wow Wow song for the Arfo then? Still, I'm going to go for


    Coffee time.....................

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi again Shona

    What a great tune... I hope it gets played!

  • Comment number 3.

    Get this party started - Pink.

  • Comment number 4.

    I've found you!

    LETS TWIST AGAIN - CHUBBY CHECKER (or Bow Wow Wow if you prefer!)


  • Comment number 5.


    Please Please Please no more Bow Wow Wow. Please.

    How about 'I saw her standing there' by the Beatles.

    Thx. And definitely not that cacophonous racket by Bow Wow Wow. Otherwise I won't listen again.

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning from sunny South Yorkshire. Yes, really it's lovely here.

    Since ARF is coming from Sheffield it seems appropriate to include some Sheffield acts, so see below

    I'm off to play inside a bubble, I think. You know what they say about meeting folk from online ... well if I'm never seen again Deebee or Zoe did it.

    Shona - I wish you were coming too!




  • Comment number 7.

    Good Morning Again

    ARFO -



    Seriously -

    C & P ‘d from two weeks ago - ARFO blog -

    At 10:24 28th Sep 2012, Jeffrey in Maidenhead wrote:

    "#1 Billie on the Bog, I think the reason your selection is never played is that its called 'I Am the Beat' and clearly the youngster in charge of pre-selection is confusing it with either a record by The Beat or the song 'The Look' by my favourite Swedish band, Roxette!

    I also love that record - particulalrly the line about Mr Gruber, whatever its referring to!"

    And, of course, Jeffrey is correct !

    The full title is I AM THE BEAT by The Look! And it’s Gene Krupa – Drummer - the subject of Stewart Copeland’s R2 series who is mentioned in it.

    So – ARFO –

    I AM THE BEAT by The Look, please!

  • Comment number 8.

    Morning Sir of Sheffield, NYM, team, and healthy-eating bloggers

    More Bow Wow Wow? Oh yes please!


    *any excuse to look at the album cover again*

  • Comment number 9.

    Indeed a good morning to all and here are my Sheffield starters!

    Pulp - "Common People"
    Human League - "Voice of Buddha" (CLP played "Don't You Want Me")
    Heaven 17 - "Temptation"
    Def Leppard - "Animal"
    Richard Hawley - "These Street are Ours"
    OR Tony Christie - "Avenues and Alleyways"

    Ok enough for now1


  • Comment number 10.

    Telephone line - ELO

  • Comment number 11.

    #5 Love that song choice Amyscarlett!

    #4 Love your choice too Jennie!

    #6 Amelia, have a great time in Sheffield with Deebee and Zoe!! *goes off and kicks self very hard*

  • Comment number 12.

    #6 amelia and #9 Simonward - Was just thinking the same thought. Sheffield it is then. But surely today's crown should go our very own Lord o'Sheff?

    Anyway, politeness and sentimentality have never stopped us barging ahead.






  • Comment number 13.

    Good morning all and what achange in weather from yesterday, warm sun and clear blue skies, but still boiler problems!!

    For todays ARF opener may I suggest one of Sheffields finest sons Graham Fellows aka John Shuttleworth, aka JILTED JOHN - JILTED JOHN

  • Comment number 14.

    John, did you have a pair?? Wow!!

    I wore them too, thought it was spelt 'tucker' as in tucked trousers into them, doh!!

  • Comment number 15.

    PULP - Disco 2000

    *steps politely aside*

  • Comment number 16.

    #14 Sal - not just the boots, but the frilly shirt too. Floppy fringe was a particular irritation for my dad, not to mention the occasional (badly applied) eye-liner!

    Kids these days, eh. A dark hoodie is about as rebellious as it gets.

  • Comment number 17.

    Call me an ignorant southerner, but my coffeetime G**gling and Wikiwotsiting is producing an amazing amount of musical talent from Sheffield. Who knew?

  • Comment number 18.

    Good Morning All;

    Don't worry, Simon, I'm easy like a Sunday morning, and 21 years with my mister has taught me to be easily pleased! ;D

    Amelia - I'm glad that you're enjoying taking the Sheffield air, it's a tad blowy, but at least the sun keeps putting in an appearance. Oh, and don't worry, I'm sure you'll escape unscathed from meeting Deebee & me. :-)

    Shona - Sorry you're not coming too. :-(

    Loving all the Sheffield ARFO suggestions, I think I'll go with...


    Because although Bruce Dickinson was born in Worksop (Notts) he grew up in Sheffield. Also r.e hills, Sheffield like Rome is built on seven hills. A couple of Sheffield factoids for you there! :D

    Have a good day one and all. x

  • Comment number 19.

    #16 Oh, I forgot the mohair jumper.

    I wonder what happened to all the mohair goats after the 80s?

  • Comment number 20.

    John, you are a true dedicated follower of fashion.

    What did our parents know ;)

  • Comment number 21.

    Sheffield, hometown of the Comsat Angels. Ask Dr Kermode what track he would like as an ARFO.

  • Comment number 22.

    ROCK THIS TOWN ~ Stray Cats

    or as Tony Christie is from Sheffield...

    IS THIS THE WAY TO AMARILLO? ~ Tony Christie

  • Comment number 23.

    #19 I must have been a real trend setter, John. My Nan knitted 2 mohair cardies for me in the 70s.

    Thought I'd try my hand at knitting in the early 80s and used odd pins (one large, one small - anyone else remember that?) I sold loads of wee jumpery things when I was at college for £2.50 each. I was robbed, robbed I tell you!

  • Comment number 24.

    I agree Sheffield should be honoured in today's ARFO. I'll go for

    MIKE & THE MECHANICS - LIVING YEARS for Paul Carrack's vocals.

    Unfortunately I've reluctantly decided I'll have to give this fair city a miss next weekend. I've posted on the event entry on the FB group page. Sorry I won't be able to meet the other attendees. Hopefully another opportunity will present itself.

  • Comment number 25.

    My three hopefuls this week are:

    JIMMY CLIFF - The Harder They Come

    T-REX - 20th Centrury Boy


  • Comment number 26.

    #23 - I remember that Shona! I knitted a rather fetching hairy, green cardigan using two odd needles. I loved that cardi but left it on a train and it was never seen again - somebody muust have been desperate for a unique fashion item and pinched it!


  • Comment number 27.

    Actually, if we're honouring Sheffield...

    JOE COCKER - Delta Lady

  • Comment number 28.

    Good Morning Each! And welcome to Sheffield. I have Sherbet Lemons (and Sherbet Strawberries) at the ready, just in case. I wish I could tear myself away, and down to The Crucible, but my lovely customers dictate otherwise, so t'radio it is. I know which side my bread is buttered.

    Should I try for an ARFO? I'm gonna, but they have no chance of being played,but if you get the chance, have a gander at some of these, unsigned Sheffield bands.

    'Actor On Fire' by The Marc Miranda Kitchen Band

    'Fridge' by Black Cat White Cat

    'Abigail' by Pete David and the Payroll Union

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning All,

    ARF suggestions

    'Stay With Me' The Faces

    'Start Me Up' Rolling Stones

    'Dignity' Deacon Blue

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 30.

    Paul - would anyone notice if you closed the shop for a couple of hours?

    Loads of police & demonstrators outside the theatre. Heavens knows what the good doctors have done to upset them! Maybe they are all Sex and the City Fans?

    Nick Clegg being in the building is however the more likely explanation!

  • Comment number 31.

    How do fair folks of the blog.

    A visit to the Steel City eh. Shame work gets in the way. ;-(

    Arf suggestion

    Are you gonna go my way - Lenny Kravitz

    Ta very muchly


  • Comment number 32.

    hi all



  • Comment number 33.

    Afternoon all.

    Since I posted this mornign (somewhat grumpily) on yesterday's blog the sun has come out and it's turned into a beautiful day. I however am still getting a cold...

    Sheffield ARFOs? Lots of good ones already suggested, so I'll add:
    Try and Little Tenderness - Joe Cocker (I know it's not a ARF type track but I don't expect to be crowned any time soon....)

  • Comment number 34.

    Some good calls for Sheffield artists here (I'd get behind Delta Lady by Joe Cocker)but, in honour of the world premiere of the concert movie "Celebration Day" taking place this week, I feel we ought to prostrate ourselves at the feet of the mighty Zep and get down to Immigrant Song!


  • Comment number 35.

    HoggyDoggy, Immigrant Song was played in the week, but that's not to say it won't be an ARFO! ;o)

  • Comment number 36.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Hope Deebee has a lovely "Deborah" free day with our leader!

    Here is another Sheffield artist ....Pulp therefore:

    COMMON PEOPLE is the choon I have chosen.

    Shona, I used to knit with massive wooden pins that looked like fence posts when I was at college and knitted all my own jumpers (80's styley!)

    Few sniffs on job front and have a meeting next Wednesdsay in Studley for a bit of freelance work...better than a kick in the teeth eh?!!!

    Oh well have a nice weekend all.


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 37.

    #36 Mandy - Good luck!

    I'm needing the help from you very clever techno people. I'm trying to get New Kids on The Block song, New Kids on the Block (not for pleasure you understand - for work) and I don't know how to do it.

    Any help much appreciated.

    Lunch beckons.................

  • Comment number 38.

    Oh to be in Sheffield !!!
    Amelia, I hope you Zoe & Deebee have a lovely time today. I can confirm they dont bite, and are a delight to be around :-)

    Lovely and sunny in and around Wigan, as im sure hoggydoggy will agree, being not that far from me (my sister lives in A-in-M) Might even get a chance to give the garden a final cut if this holds out (its been waterlogged for the best part of the past month.)
    Take care all

  • Comment number 39.

    ARFternoon all

    Hope those of your going to my home city have a good time - I love the Crucible theatre, just don't get there often enough!

    Another Sheffield band:

    Thompson Twins - YOU TAKE ME UP or HOLD ME NOW

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 40.

    Okay, let's turn this Bow Wow Wow thing on it's head a bit.

    How about Was (Not Was) & Mitch Ryder singing Bow Wow Wow from their album Born To Laugh At Tornadoes? Keeps with the theme I suppose... ;-)

    Or, as we're off to see Deacon Blue with Mrs Skeeve on Sunday, perhaps some Fergus Sings The Blues or Real Gone Kid?

    Have a good weekend all...TTFN.

  • Comment number 41.

    Should I stay or should I go by the Clash please. Just a great song. x

  • Comment number 42.

    Hellooo! Too late to suggest an ARFO (I would have chosen Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sweet Home Alabama, but obviously nothing to do with Sheffield)

    I just wanted to say that I hope that the blogger-girls have a fun time this afternoon at The Crucible.

    Have really enjoyed this week's shows. I'd like to wish all the Drivetime crew and everyone on the blog - vets, newbies or lurkers, a very lovely and fun weekend, whatever you are doing.

    See you next week. (Let's hope Mr M hasn't overdone the sherberts (lemons or otherwise) on his trip up north and will be back for Drivetime, not Breakfast, on Monday)

  • Comment number 43.

    Gill: Currrently sat in work in Liverpool unfortunately, but it's pleasant enough here too! I did *my* last (or second-to-last) mowing on Wednesday!

    I obviously missed Immigrant Song earlier in the week (damn!) - chances of more Zep for the ARFO are probably slim then, but either Rock & Roll or Custard Pie would do very nicely...

  • Comment number 44.

    As MM was responsible for Bow Wow Wow I will side with one of his that I love:

    DOUBLE DUTCH - Malcolm Mclaren

  • Comment number 45.

    #37 - Sorry Shona - I'd be about as much use as a chocolate teapot to you! There must be someone out there who can help - where has Harry got to?
    I hope it is because he is really busy that he can't join us - are you lurking Harry?


  • Comment number 46.

    False alarm on the mowing. Its just started raining :-(
    hey-do-ley ho.
    (starts to grumble like mutley)

  • Comment number 47.

    #37 Shona, are using itunes or spotify?

    On second thoughts if it is New Kids on the Block you are after I believe you may still be able to get it on vinyl!


  • Comment number 48.

    Afternoon Niceties Ter Mayo Man & ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man - Yes nerves of stainless steel needed ter venture inter Sheffield!!!!!!
    Many a times ave goot lost in the suburbs of Sheffield whilst on me way ter deliver aload of stuff ter supermarkets innthe above mentioned area!!!!!!
    Also been there on the train!!!!!!
    In fact brings back memories of when a was 15 on a Saturdee afternoon as a rail enthusiast taking a class 31 loco on the Liverpool ter Sheffield line.... Through the beautiful 'ills and the roar through thr 3.5 mile long Totley Tunnel under the Pennine 'ills!!!!!!

    Just finished me bricking up me wall, cemeted up me old roof and banged on me foirst layer of felt.... Water tight now!!!!!!!!
    Next step bang in some joists, buy some tiles and bang em on!!!!!!!
    A love DIY at this stage.... After the nerviousness of doing a new job... Then the work of doing it and learning a sa do it.... Now nearly done and it feels GREAT ter ave done what a didn't know 'ow ter do what a noe know 'ow ter do!!!!!!

    PS For Bow wow wow tunes.... :

    As yer outta London Mayo Man.... 'ow about:

    Bow Wow Wow - Go Wild In The Country!!!!!!!!

    Nice opener for any radio show!!!!!

  • Comment number 49.

    A thought occurs! Seeing as Simon is currently entertaining the masses from The Crucible theatre, perhaps a suitable ARFO would be...

    'The Len Ganley Stance' by Half Man Half Biscuit.

    Well, I say suitable...

  • Comment number 50.

    Back for a quick visit - am watching a certain broadcast from Sheffield - trying to spot Deebee, Amelia and Zoe - just heard the traffic news - it sounds quite a bit busy out there on the roads so the perfect ARFO would be (of course much much much too late now but just wanted to share)


    Byee x

  • Comment number 51.

    Shona, where do you need the song? There's all sorts of places you can 'acquire' the song from just to drop into a presentation or do you want to burn a copy?

  • Comment number 52.

    Hi Simon and gang

    How about Funky Town.

    My daughter is learning it at the moment aswell as others to sing in the young voices choir at the LG in Birmingham in December.xx

  • Comment number 53.

    Just spotted Deebs and Zoe at the podcast.

  • Comment number 54.

    They seemed to have been primed for their close up shot. DDG, the pair of them. (I know that there may be other bloggers with them, but I have no clue as to what they look like.)

  • Comment number 55.

    #47 Simon and #51 Jeffrey. I am not using Itunes or Spotify. I just tried googling it and only got the lyrics. I need to put it into a powerpoint presentation.

    The lovely , helpful PoS helped me with Proud by M People for the same thing last year.

    #53 Ooh must have a look at the podcast as I will know what Amelia looks like too.

  • Comment number 56.

    I just had a little look. The soles of Simon's shoes are strangely pristine white. I wonder if he has "indoor shoes" only for the studio?!

  • Comment number 57.

    #55, Shona. Check my fb wall.

  • Comment number 58.

    #57 Will do Paul when I get home - thank you.

    Managed to catch the last 10 minutes of Mark and Simon as everyone else has gone home and I thought the same about Simon's shoes.

  • Comment number 59.

    Well that's me pulling down the shutters for the week and about to skip up the road but before I do can I tell you about one of my work colleagues David Kay who is also a stand up comedian. If you G**gle him, you'll get a couple of clips ;)

    *skippety, skip, skip, skip*

  • Comment number 60.

    Typical - I watched closely then had to go on the school run and I missed our lovely bloggerfriends. Erm, I did see the shoes though - they look similar to ones worn by the author at the Lit Fest last week - quite white on the bottom, but I think they are meant to be like that having seen others wearing them around and about. But then Mr M is a sort of pristine person isn't he - just thinking back to previous blog discussions about hands....

    Out tonight listening to a speech by a former politician. Got to get ready.

    See you all soon x

  • Comment number 61.

    Oh my goodness, this takes me back. Bit of 'Animal' kitchen dancing going on here in the Hoffs family...

    Well done King Simon!

  • Comment number 62.

    ARFO king Simon, well done me owd!

    I wonder if Mr Mayo is broadcasting from the broom cupboard next door to Toby Fosters studio. That would lend a bit of balance to the events of today, as said Mr Foster will at this very moment be turning up for his Everly Pregnant Brothers gig at the Lyceum Theatre, directly next door to The Crucible.

  • Comment number 63.

    No, I can't dance to this...

  • Comment number 64.

    Simonward1964 - well done - you da King for a week!

  • Comment number 65.

    Congratulations King Simonward1964!

  • Comment number 66.


    A quick visit to curtsey before King SimonWard! Congratulations!

  • Comment number 67.

    Congratulations King Simonward1964. I put big shoulder pads in to celebrate your coronation ;0)

  • Comment number 68.

    I hope the ladies of the blog meet are having a lovely time. Sent them texts but perhaps they haven't heard their phones due to the noise in the local taverna ;0)

  • Comment number 69.

    Congratulations King SimonWard1964 - look after that crown carefully now! It looks good on you, I must say!

    Have great evenings and weekends all.


  • Comment number 70.

    Good Evening All;

    Firstly, well done Simon Ward on bagging the ARFO, and a Sheffield band to boot! :D

    Secondly, and lastly, we had a lovely time at the Crucible theatre today. It was great to see Deebee again, and amelia is lovely too. Simon and Mark were on good form, and the two hours passed in no time at all. I must confess that I did notice Simon's clean soles, because having failed to observe his size 7 feet when last we met, I couldn't help but have a peek this time around.

    Paul of Sheffield, you are too kind. ;-)

    I'm feeling tired now though, an early night beckons, I fancy.

  • Comment number 71.

    Glad you had a great time ladies and the blog meet went well. Bad planning nethinks for a blogmeet next week without Lord Ammo there but I am still looking forward to it ;). ;)

    Cancel all enquiries for Kids on the Block. Helpful people elsewhere have given ne an insight to what a sh*t song it is. Think I'll go with "Getting to Know You" fro the Kinf and One.;0) Hee hee

  • Comment number 72.

    Jocko has been hitting the keyboards again!

    #71 Give ME an insight and FROM the KinG and One. Same author as ONE Claudius I believe

    Nice evenings all; )

  • Comment number 73.

    Well, there are few finer ways to spent a Friday afternoon than watching wittertainment in glorious 3D with folk from the blog. Lovely to meet Debbie and Mr & Mrs Zoe.

    I did in a moment of foolishness stick my hand up when Simon was asking people to review films, unfortunately or fortunately he wasn't looking in my direction at the time.

    Paul, definitely no priming, just kept catching sight of ourselves on the big screen.

    Simon, many congratulations on your ARFO crown. Pleased it was a Sheffield band.

    I'm off back to Sheffield in the morning to see Colin Murray present Fighting Talk.

  • Comment number 74.

    Good morning - goodness me, it's early....... Too much golf, too many early mornings........ It was still dark when I got up...........My poor bed will think I don't love it anymore..........I need tea to wake myself up


  • Comment number 75.

    So........ I am the only person left in Blogland.............everyone else has gone away and left me to look after the old homestead

    Perhaps I am still in bed and dreaming.........


  • Comment number 76.

    Good Morning All

    Congratulations ARFO King Simonward1964!

    Had a lovely time yesterday, but I've come home full of sniffles and sneezes. Hope I didn't infect Zoe and Amelia.

    As Amelia and Zoe have already said, it was great to watch Simon and Mark doing what they do so well. Very different from the Bond special so I didn't feel too guilty going to both of them within a few weeks of each other - and there were a few empty seats so I wasn't depriving anyone else. We didn't get a chance to say hello this time, as our leader had to rush off straight after the show to do ARF somewhere else, and Dr K had to go and pick up his children in Southampton. Or something...

    Afterwards we went and had something to eat in a pub, then after Zoe and Mr W had gone Amelia and I sat and chatted like old friends over a coffee, until it was time for me to catch my train.

    Off now to play with my new fruity phone, which arrived yesterday - the one that begins with an A, not the one that begins with a B. If I can stop sneezing for long enough...


  • Comment number 77.

    Hello, Deebee - hope your sneezes and snuffles don't develop into anything nasty. It sounds like Amelia, Mr and Mrs W and yourself had a great time yesterday. I watched it on my 'puter and various bloggers said they saw you - I probably did too, but as I don't know what you look like, it was difficult to tell!

    Have fun with your new phone!


  • Comment number 78.

    A beautiful morning and forecast until Tuesday.

    I predict a lot of pedalling.

    What beautiful colours the trees are displaying now.

    Happy Days :)

    Oh, the podcast, is there anyway of seeing it again? I can get the radio version, but no picture?

  • Comment number 79.


    'An error has occurred, while processing this directive'

    Thats a new waffle I've not come across before ;)

  • Comment number 80.

    Hello All,

    A quick passing visit to say congratulations to Simon Ward for the ARF choice and crown

    Hope everybody is having a good day

  • Comment number 81.

    Good afternoon Everyone

    Had a few internet problems this morning which was infuriating and then when I eventually got it sorted, the blog was broken.

    Anyhoo, glad you all had a nice time in Sheffield and that was a shame you didn't get to speak with Simon or Mark but a good time was had by all anyway.

    Chucking it down here today and no shout out from Uncle Tony again so far;(

  • Comment number 82.

    Really strange weather here today - sunny one minute, cloudy and chilly the next and then hailstones, no less. It is definately a 'stay indoors in the warm' day.

    Hope everyone is ok out there and having a good weekend.

    There was a line in a tv prog I was watching this morning "Nothing good ever comes of lurking!" What could that mean!?



  • Comment number 83.

    #82 Goodness Jennie! Hailstones. Brrr Keep cosy;)

  • Comment number 84.

    I think everyone is getting a bit of this, that and the other today ;)


  • Comment number 85.

    Now this has made my day :)

    Not quite the stork, that I have been waiting all summer to see, but exciting nevertheless.


    Scope being put to good use Harry :)

  • Comment number 86.

    Have a good evening all

    See you tomorrow


  • Comment number 87.

    Morning! Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Like Jennie, we had wierd weather here yesterday - brilliant sunshine but simultaneous heavy rain and we counted 5 rainbows throughout the day. Today is one of those beautiful autumnal days - a heavy dew, sunshine, and leaves falling gently. Time for a good brisk walk, I think.

    Just catching up first on some TV - watching Celia Imrie's 'Who do you think you are?'. Also saw, last night on the news, the 'final journey' of the space shuttle. Does anyone else remember the first journey of the shuttle all those years ago? Those moments when we waited for it to reappear after its first journey into space?

    Found a CD last night in Mr H's dusty collection entitled 'The Marquee - 30 Legendary Years'. Today's lunch-cooking music I think.

    Shona - great to see Jocko back in action - am much impressed with your and Jennie's parrot-speak.

    Sal - stunning photographs! (on the friends of groyne no 4 website)

    Hope Deebee is feeling a bit better this morning and that the sneezes have disappeared by now.

    Hey ho, have good days all x

  • Comment number 88.

    Good morning all - a beautiful Autumnn day here too; the sun has his hat on and it looks lovely out there.

    The photos are wonderful Sal - have you seen spoonbills before?

    Have great days everyone.

    Will pop by later.


  • Comment number 89.

    Morning all, after a crisp start here (thats the weather, not my brekkie, that would be so wrong!) its a beautiful sunny day.

    Hoffs and Jennie, aren't they great. Yes I have seen spoonbills in France and was told that the white birds in the distance at Brownsea a couple of weeks back, were spoonbills, but I believe that I should actually be able to see the ones shown by the Friends of the Groyne!!

    Off we go, back later to report.

    Happy Days :)

  • Comment number 90.

    #89 - I had a work colleague many years ago (a fellow computer programmer at the time) who claimed a programmer's breakfast (similar idea to a ploughman's lunch) was a cup of black coffee and a bag of crisps.

    Spoonbills very impressive. I've never seen any, but I have visited Brownsea Island in the distant past - a must visti place for anyone with any connection to the Scout Movement, and most of us have probably been a member at some point.

    Can't help think that 'Friends of the Groyne' sounds a bit dubious, though.

  • Comment number 91.

    Good Afternoon Everyone

    A crisp but sunny day here too and a much enjoyed walk was had this morning with the dogs.

    I've just had a ghostly experience sitting doing my crossword and minding my own business when a huge crash was heard. A painting (for no apparent reason) fell off the wall and crashed to the ground. Creepy!

    Deebee, I hope your cold is better today.

    Enjoy your day everyone ;)

  • Comment number 92.

    It's not Jocko, is it Shona? Exerting his influence over inanimate objects?




  • Comment number 93.

    #92 Woooooooooooooo Woooooooooooooo

  • Comment number 94.

    Goodness but it has been quiet on here today! I hope everyone has had nice times. Watching Countryfile and it is absolutely facinating.

  • Comment number 95.

    Hello Shona - I usually watch Countryfile but Mr is watching something else and I forgot to record it - thank heavens for iThingy! What is it about today?


  • Comment number 96.

    Evening all!

    Hope all weekends have gone well. Inspired by Sal and Florence (and Amelia's sea photo) we took advantage of the glorious weather and went out to take some autumnal photographs. Now have the Sunday evening blues - definitely time to slow my metabolic rate, lower my body temperature and disappear under the duvet!

    Probably won't be around on the blog over the next few days - so just to say that I hope that the Drivetime crew have as much fun in the studio as they sound like they do, that everyone has a good week and that its a bumper one for for blogger menshes, 3 worders (esp dumpling-related ones), showstoppers and the ARFO crown. See you soon x

  • Comment number 97.

    Hopefully, everyone has had a great weekend - the weather seemed quite kind today and ideal for a feelgood walk.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening

    See you tomorrow


  • Comment number 98.

    Hello lovelies,

    I've enjoyed my majestic week :0) and am very happy to pass on the ARFO crown to our very own Simon. Enjoy your crowning glory week, my liege!

    Hope all is well with you sweet blogsters, big hugs and keep on keeping on ;o)


  • Comment number 99.

    So close?

  • Comment number 100.

    100 Hat to doff?

    I thank you,


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