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Simon Mayo | 10:14 UK time, Friday, 9 November 2012

And Friday dawns cloudy and unpromising. Builders swarm, children depart and parents shamble. Feels like another duvet day again (this is becoming a trend). But it is impossible to have one when you have roofers, tilers and plasterers outside, aware of every movement. I actually dress up a little because they're here to be honest, and appear to be busy and serious. While providing top quality biscuits of course.

The other reason for busyness is work of course and the small matter of the movie show on 5Live and the mighty ARF for 2. Ben Affleck is our guest and Argo is his film. It's a fantastic film which is both a tense 70s adventure and Hollywood satire. If it wasn't a true story, it would be dismissed out of hand but its tale of 6 American Embassy workers in Tehran who escape when their building is occupied, prompting the CIA to try to rescue them under the guise of a mock sci-fi movie, is all fact. And that sentence was way too long, apologies.

Then to R2 central and let's kick off the ARF with a song (chooses year from ARF hat) 1978. No idea if that is any better than last week but over to you pop pickers.
Have a decisive and clear-thinking Friday. See you after 5.
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Oh, I'm not here on Monday as I'm in Cornwall doing that other thing I do. But only briefly.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all

    Am I first? Probably not by the time I've posted this!

    1978?

    MY LIFE - Billy Joel
    HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE - Blondie
    PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES - Showwaddywaddy(!)

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning again.

    Thankyou Simon for my mensh last night for my eversoobvious suggestion! Congratulations to fellow menshees!

    An ARFO from 1978 ?

    INSTANT REPLAY - Dan Hartman ?


    Shall miss you on Monday, Simon.

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning Simon & everyone

    I like the themed Fridays. Too much choice this week though ....


    HEAVEN KNOWS - DONNA SUMMERS

    ONE WAY OR ANOTHER - BLONDIE

    EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULD'VE)? - BUZZCOCKS

    DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    PUMP IT UP - ELVIS COSTELLO

  • Comment number 4.

    #3 I like the themed Fridays too Amelia, makes it a bit easier to think of songs!

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning All,

    1978 was a particularly fine year for music, I seem to remember.

    But for a rousing number with a brilliant intro to start ARFO, I have already tweeted:

    RAT TRAP - BOOMTOWN RATS

    Have a great weekend all,

    mc x

  • Comment number 6.

    Good morning everyone

    I like having a year to choose from...

    1978 oldies....

    DISCO INFERNO ~ The Trammps

    BAKER STREET ~ Gerry Rafferty

    NIGHT FEVER ~ The Bee Gees

  • Comment number 7.

    1978 was fine - I took my A levels (did reasonably well, I seem to remember).

    I'd recommend BAKER STREET - GERRY RAFFERTY
    with a saxophone definitely NOT played by Bob Holness of Blockbusters fame (can I have P, please ?)

  • Comment number 8.

    #3/#4 I like the themed Fridays too.

    It has occured to me, though, that someone could C&P the whole list of hits from the year! Someone who was very naughty might do that!

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Great news I received yesterday ....I managed to secure a 3 month contract at a top 20 Accountants in their Internal Audit department...hope it does not affect my 2 private jobs too much! I start On Thursday!

    Mmmmm 1978 ...great year...the best year of my school life .....3rd year in Junior School, when I had my 1st male teacher who was an absolute gem...he is now my FB friend!!

    BECAUSE THE NIGHT - Patty Smith band/group ?

    FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME - Genesis

    LOVE IS IN THE AIR - John Paul Young

    YOUR THE ONE THAT I WANT - John Travolta and Olivia Newton John

    Oh well work to do and unsubcribing 78 spam emails!!

    Have a nice day

    Latrers

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 10.

    Good Morning Simon, team and pop-picking blogsters,

    A few 78s for your perusal:

    Denis - Blondie

    David Watts - The Jam

    Take a Chance on Me - Abba

    Have a fab Friday all.
    Jx

  • Comment number 11.

    Oops I meant to include this one....

    SULTANS OF SWING ~ Dire Straits

  • Comment number 12.

    #8 - The temptation!

  • Comment number 13.

    Congratulations Mandy!

  • Comment number 14.

    Some great songs from 1978, my choice is - SWEET TALKING WOMAN by E.L.O.

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning all.

    TURN TO STONE - ELO.

  • Comment number 16.

    Mandy - how fantastic, you must be delighted.

    Can I add one of my usual picks please


    TEENAGE KICKS - THE UNDERTONES

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning,

    Dusting off my sparkly platforms, ready for a boogie under the disco ball...

    Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
    Grease - Frankie Valli

    Fabby Friday Foot is tapping already!

    Fiona H

  • Comment number 18.

    Just as I post on the old blog a new one appears!

    Morning all (again)

    Can I suggest

    NATIVE NEW YORKER - ODYSSEY
    AIRPORT - THE MOTORS

    and second

    DISCO INFERNO - THE TRAMMPS

    As I said on the old blog, this time next week various of us will be at Radio 2 for the Children in Need Jukebox, hopefully busy answering phones and taking lots of money in donations.

    If you're not coming please call in and donate, you'll either get one of us or a Chris Evan's blogger.

    Cheers

    A

  • Comment number 19.

    COPACABANA - BAZZA!

  • Comment number 20.

    LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN - SWEET.

    WITH A LITTLE LUCK - WINGS ( with a little luck, with a little luck!)

  • Comment number 21.

    SUMMER NIGHTS - JOHN TRAVOLTA AND OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN

    DO YA THINK I'M SEXY - ROD STEWART

    JW

  • Comment number 22.

    Good morning all from a bright but chilly place this morning.

    Suggestions for todays 1978 ARF Opener

    CA PLANE POUR MOI - PLASTIC BERTRAND

    MR BLUE SLY - ELO

    RASPUTIN - BONEY M

    DRIVERS SEAT - SNIFF & TEARS

    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 23.

    Morning All,

    'Miss You' Rolling Stones

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 24.

    I've already asked for a song at #14 but my favourite song ever and the one I ask for on this blog nearly every week is from 1978 and I didn't realise!!!!!

    Please play CRUEL TO BE KIND by NICK LOWE

    Thanks.

  • Comment number 25.

    I was trying to avoid the obvious Grease songs. They were played to death that summer! So in that vein:

    IF THE KIDS ARE UNITED - Sham 69

    LOVE IS IN THE AIR - John Paul Young

    SUBSTITUTE - Clout

  • Comment number 26.

    Not a bad year, 1978

    LAY DOWN SALLY - ERIC CLAPTON

    JW

  • Comment number 27.

    LAY DOWN SALLY - ERIC CLAPTON.

    What a splendid idea.....!

  • Comment number 28.

    Haha Jennie.

    Wharra coincidence :O

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning all

    For a 1978 ARFO, how about:

    ONLY YOU CAN ROCK ME - UFO

  • Comment number 30.

    #7 Parsley C, I love some of those urban legends. I set quizzes quite often and just love to pop in the odd question about Captain Pugwash just to see the disbelief when its revealed that it was Tom the Cabin Boy and not Roger...some of these myths are so entrenched but they are always the ones you want to believe. Like alligators in the NY sewers or that OAP in 'Norwich' calling up saying someone's robbing his shed, the police do nothing because they're too busy elsewhere, so he calls up to say don't bother I've just shot them. The Police are round in 2 minutes. Thought you'd shot a man they say. Thought you were busy, he says. Priceless urban legend material!

  • Comment number 31.

    #27/#28 - great minds, Sal..........

  • Comment number 32.

    #18 Andy - yes, this time next week I will be at Radio 2 answering the phones for CiN (eeek how did that happen). Looking forward to meeting everyone. Trying to write a transfer pricing letter this morning - I suspect next Friday will be less dull!

  • Comment number 33.

    Evening Simon,

    For all those planning a big night please play the ultimate song to play before walking out the door

    Prove it all Night - Bruce Springsteen from Darkness on the Edge of Town.

    Cheers

  • Comment number 34.

    Greetings To ALL Of This Blog, That Blog & The Other Blog...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man - Yes best PJ's... Last night what with the crazy 'igh cost of gas nowadays!!!!!!!!! (a could go on and on on this subject about what is 'appening on this subject.... We invent gas central 'eating.... For all to enjoy.... Then greed sets in with BIG companies.... In turn prices go so 'igh that are we 'eading that soon only the wealthy will be able ter 'eat their 'omes??????)
    Where was a?????
    Oh I yeah.....
    What with the crazy 'igh cost of gas.... I was contemplating last night buy 2 extra duvets for night rather than put the me central 'eating on at night!!!!!!!
    A double bed but 2 king size dubets at 9 quid each sounds value for me!!!!!!!!!
    They will be my best PJ's!!!!!!!!

    Thank you for yer kind words over on CLP's blog after me blog got moderated!!!!!!
    A was just trying ter add topical chat about cycling and road safety after Wiggo's raod accident!!!!!

    And now sadly the extra news of 'is coach being more seriously injured!!!!!!

    I just wonder why is the a kind of break down of respect for others in modern britain.... It does seem that way nowadays from the road rage I witness from the windscreen of my car & truck & without a windscreen on me cycle!!!!!

    A few lessons that pop into mind are firstly a still do not understand why we put the clocks back ter make it get darker earlier!!!!!!!!
    Utter MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!
    Just the other night I completed my ride at 4.30 just as it was getting dark and I felt at 'igher risk on the road!!!!!!!
    Secondly alot of cycle clubs their colours are dark like dark red and back - more utter MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I've noticed this alot while out and about in my car & truck!!!!!!
    When ever i'm out cycling I ALWAYS if on the road wear a 'i-viz vest, white trainers and 'ave not one but 2 rear flashing lights, a front flashing light.... reflectors front and rear.... Reflectors on my pedals (something I insisted on a few weeks ago after 'aving a full new crank & pedal set fitted after bending me old ones doing Chris 'oy starts in top gear)..... So all in all I make present myself by making my presence present by presenting myself in a 'ighly presentable visablness of visability abitlity!!!!!!!!

    Some cyclists I 'ave seen out in black AND with no lights at NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I do wonder are they purposely trying ter end it all due to 'igh cycle repair costs????@?

    A just wish everyone would be nicer to their fellow Brit and calm down when they get onter the road!!!!!!

  • Comment number 35.

    Good Afternoon All;

    Sorry I've been a bit M.I.A lately, but it's been a tough week. Thanks for the mensh congrats from last night, it was unexpected. I was being a bit cynical with my oldie selection, based on the (slim) facts I'd heard about the new AoC, and the fact that I would have liked John Sentamu to get the job. Oh well, at least Obama got reelected!

    Anyway, down to the business at hand, and ARFO suggestions...

    IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU - YVONNE ELIMAN

    KISS YOU ALL OVER - EXILE

    MILK AND ALCOHOL - DR FEELGOOD

  • Comment number 36.

    hi all

    who are you-the who

    pump it up-elvis costello

  • Comment number 37.

    Morning....oops... Afternoon all

    This morning disappeared in a flurry of taking assembly and then teaching (pesky work!). I also like the year themes and the Smurfs aside there were some goodies in 1978. I will cast my vote for a Ken Bruce fave:

    The Sweet - Love is Like Oxygen

    I've been polishing the crown for whoever takes it next (but I'm secretly hoping it's a muggle so I can keep it for another week!)

  • Comment number 38.

    I see that Ivor Biggun had a few hits in 1978...

    I was going to get my cheese quota by requesting Copacabana (which I'd still love to hear!) but Sal got their first, so I'll request (unless I missed it on someone else's list)

    Y.M.C.A - THE VILLAGE PEOPLE

  • Comment number 39.

    PS ALL - This link about Wiggo today... The photo shows 'im near 'is 'ome going out for a raz....
    I notice 'e is all in black... Except for yellow 'elmet and the photo looks like it's dull conditions!!!!!!!!!
    To be 'onest it's not good this years Tour DeFrance yellow jersey winner/ wearer is going out all in black :-/

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/bradley-wiggins-on-road-to-recovery-at-home-after-crash-8299982.html

  • Comment number 40.

    #7 Parsley - you did better than OK!!!

    #39 Bingo - I tend to call cyclists with no lights & no bright clothing 'organ donors'.

    If it's not too late (again)

    JOE WALSH - LIFE'S BEEN GOOD. From the seminally brilliant - But Seriously folks album.

    Off to pick up fish & chips tonight on my way home. Yorkshire's a strange place, their fish shops don't sell steak puddings - ethnic food from over t'border they call it.

  • Comment number 41.

    Take a chance by Abba
    Bicycle Race or Fat bottomed Girls by Queen

    from the bestest PJ of them all!!!

    lol

  • Comment number 42.

    #40 Lady_S - but they sell "scraps" - what more could you want?

  • Comment number 43.

    Good ARFternoon Simon, Team and marvellous blogpoppets

    1978 you say?

    Please please please play



    OLD TIME ROCK & ROLL - BOB SEGAR & THE SILVER BULLET BAND





    as it makes me think of Tom Cruise in his pants in Risky Business! :-))

    In other news ...... only a week to go until CiN, and in the words of Vic Reeves .... We Really Wanna See Those Fingers!

    Ta Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Deevs
    x

  • Comment number 44.

    #38 - Zoe - I can't think of anything off Ivor's albums that COULD be played on DT. Even to suggest one would risk breaking the * key to render the title acceptable. What about NEXT Friday - how much would you have to pledge to be successful ?

    #39 - I suspect the photo is misleading - it was obviously taken in summer. Nonetheless, it isn't a good example to set when cyclists are so vulnerable. They need to take some responsibilities for their own safety - it isn't all down to the motorists. I cycle at times and always wear hi-vis things. I've also done a lot of horse riding on the road and apply the same responsibilities there especially when an animal's life is at risk if drivers become frustrated with irresponsible riders' behaviour.

  • Comment number 45.

    !978? Has to be 'A Rose Has To Die' by The Dooleys, doesn't it? Doesn't it?

    Or...

    'Run For Home' by Lindisfarne

    'Davy's On The Road Again' by Manfred Mann's Earth Band

    'Ca Plane Pour Moi' by Plastic Bertrand

    'Fat Bottomed Girls' by Queen

  • Comment number 46.

    I reckon Vildeen might have nailed it with his Sniff and the Tears suggestion, Drivers Seat.. When Simon took over on Drivetime, the first song he played was Bruce Springsteens Born To Run, but, Simon being Simon, that was always going to be his opener. The real decision would have been what to play second. Guess what that was.

  • Comment number 47.

    I'd happily second Karon's Nick Lowe recommendation (again!).

    As for 1978, one song sprang instantly to mind (having recently watched a cover band absolutely rocking this in a soggy field in Kent),

    Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury & The Blockheads

    Cheers,
    Paul

  • Comment number 48.

    Oh damn! 1978 and I've only just had chance to get ont blog so I'm too late. Along with 1979 I think this is my favouritest year. Not had chance to read suggestions but I bet there are some crackers. Too late to post my own now and I have to rush off out again anyway.

  • Comment number 49.

    Good Afternoon she said waving with a cough' and splutter'',

    Too late but what the heck:
    Every 1's a Winner ~ Hot Chocolate

    Mandy - Congratulations and you must be quite a number crunching maven much in the way you know music!

    Ameila & Andy that is great and thanks for being able to help out at R2 CIN and for all of you that will be manning the phones! Of course I'll call in and hope to speak to one of you.

    Oh yes Autumn Gale, a gleaming crown can be seen from here. Who will it be I wonder..?

    Florence, your bassets are such hams - just darling. ;^)

    Have a good weekend everyone!
    LB, x

  • Comment number 50.

    #39 just taking a break from chisling out a groove in me wall for me gaspipe....

    Ter say:

    #40... #39 'ere - A fully agree again it all comes down ter simple common sense... That sadly is lacking in all areas of the road....
    Often the batteries ave nearly run out of juice that's why those lights become dim!!!!!!!!
    I meself 'ave gotta fine set with the latest technology of flashing led lights... I've tested them and standing back from a distance they're really bright.
    I carry a spare set of batteries with me and also i've got TWO flashing rear lights!!!!!!!
    In fact am so bright... A few times ave come around a corner at speed and a car coming in the opposite direction 'as slammed on due to suddenly thinking am an emergency vehicle what with me bright flashing front light!!!!!!
    On top of this a often put me 'and behind me ter chack the flash near me rear.... Just ter check me batteries are nice!!!!!!!
    On top of this a keep me lenses and reflectors clean!!!!!!!!!!!

    Am not boasting or saying am an overly nice cyclist.... All am saying is it just takes simple common sense!!!!!!!!

    PS When a was 12 a got so fed up of cars cutting me up... A fitted me bicycle with a FULL blast red air 'orn!!!!!!!!!!
    If ever a got cut up.... The driver gotta 'eart attack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    In fact a enjoyed getting cut up then!!!!!!

    ALL - 100% TRUE!!!!!!

  • Comment number 51.

    Back again - sorry, I didn't say 'hullo' before, where are my manners?

    Nothing to do with the ARF or anything Drivetime but I need help (careful!). Daughter came home from Brownies last night with a quiz on musicals - you get a clue and how many letters in the title, eg Able Able (3,3) is Can Can - get it? Well, there are 40 questions and I think I've done them all but 3 which are now taking over my every thought so I thought who better to help......? Here goes.

    - Matey (5)
    - Existing Existence (9,4)
    - Depressed Island (4,6)

    Can anyone help me? I just know they're going to be really obvious when I know what they are, duh!

    Thanks in advance.

    SE x

  • Comment number 52.

    Oh, and is there a musical called Dancing Queen? That's my answer to 'Sovereign moving rythmically (7,5)' - please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

    Taa muchly ;o)

  • Comment number 53.

    Erica - the first one is Chess.

  • Comment number 54.

    #51 - Erica - Depressed Island is Blue Hawaii, I think. I'd guess the second word of the Existing Existence is probably 'LIFE'.

    Hope that's of some help.

  • Comment number 55.

    I love cryptic clues.... only just come back home in time for DT...

    WONDERFUL LIFE?

  • Comment number 56.

    Golly, how popular is Daniel O'Donnell to have been the first artist to have an album in the charts each year for the last 25 years consecutively?

  • Comment number 57.

    WELL DONE to Amelia, newly crowned ARFO Queen for the Buzzcock's song. :o)

    About to turn off for a few minutes before that horrid song is played!!!

  • Comment number 58.

    Many congrats to ARFO Queen Amelia - good choice!

  • Comment number 59.

    Congrats to Queen Amelia - curtseying low to your Majesty!

    Well done too, to Mandy on the job news. Excellent news.

    Finally, have good weekends all and enjoy Cornwall, Simon.

    CiN a week today.....

  • Comment number 60.

    Good for you Queen Amelia!

  • Comment number 61.

    Congrats amelia on a cracking opener!

    #53 amelia (again) - if 'Matey' is Chess what could 'Game of strategy (5)' be? Because I had Chess down for that one but I'm now wondering....

    #54 PC - Ah, of course! Blue Hawaii!

    #55 Florence - Wonderful Life, yes, I'd got the life bit

    Oh, you are a clever lot, thank you!

    Just one more, which I think I've got but only if they've missed a word out of the title, 'Profound sequence of notes (5,2,5)'. Do you think it's '(The) Sound of Music'?

    Thanks again, what would I do without you?

    SE x

  • Comment number 62.

    I accept your thanks in a gracious and regal like manner (or something like that anyway)

    I do have a silly grin on my face. I honestly never thought it would happen. Flakey internet meant I missed the beginning.

    Now where is Autumn_Gale with that sparkly crown? I need it to take to CiN - I will wear it while singing along to “that song” badly and out of tune - apologies in advance to those who have to listen to me.

  • Comment number 63.

    Amelia, will this crown do until Autumn_Gale arrives with your new one?


    .......☆.........☆.........☆........☆........☆.........☆
    .....★★......★★.....★★.....★★.....★★......★★
    ...★☆★...★☆★...★☆★..★☆★...★☆★...★☆★
    .★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
    ./ARFO☆★•°★°•♫°AMELIA°★ARFO☆♫°•°★ARFO\
    /★°★°★\★°★°★/★°★°★\★°★°★/★°★°★★°★\
    /°★°☆°★ \ ★°☆°★ /★°☆°★ \ ★°☆°★ / ★°☆°★\
    /★°★°★° \ ★°★°★° / ★°★°★° \°★°★ °/ ★°★°★\
    ☆═══☆═══☆═══☆═══☆═══☆═══☆═══☆═══☆═══☆

  • Comment number 64.

    Erica - oh I don't know now. I was thinking matey meant checkmate but chess seems to fit better with the game of strategy clue ...

    Is it the same for (A) Wonderful Life with the missing word? I can't think of another musical that starts with a 9-letter word?

  • Comment number 65.

    Matey=Buddy

  • Comment number 66.

    Thank you Florence - just perfect - I'm dancing round the kitchen wearing it while attempting to chop vegetables.

    Paul - of course it must be Buddy - sorry Erica!

  • Comment number 67.

    I salute you, Queen Amelia!

    Evening bloggers, apologoes for absinthe etc. Been running around in circles like a hare on a greyhound track.

    Hope all are well, and fine weekends are ahead,

    JBG

  • Comment number 68.

    #65 BtC - Aaaah! I will sleep tonight, thank you!

  • Comment number 69.

    Gosh darn it ... For just a moment I thought I was going to get to keep it

    My precious..........

    Congrats Queen Amelia :))

    *hands over the crown somewhat reluctantly*

  • Comment number 70.

    Goodness, I have been skipping through the fields all day and missed the ARFO as well only to read back the blog to see the crown has gone to Queen Amelia!! So pleased for you;0)

    I look forward to seeing you at CiN in you crown and sparkly costume to match. Hee hee. XX

    Mandy, well done on your good news!

  • Comment number 71.

    Congratulations Queen Amelia - so the crown goes 'abroad' eh! - suits you ma'am!

    Well done too Mandy on your job news.

    Have great weekends all and good travels to Simon, going to the depths of the South West on Monday.

    See you over the weekend.

    JW

  • Comment number 72.

    Good Evening All

    I have written many times on this blog that the most wonderful time of day is when I play Keyboard – and the reason for this is - because the day has been fine – no traumas. In the song from 1884 –
    “Love’s Old Sweet Song” they talk of “Sad the day and long” but when I play at the end of the day – it’s because we’ve had a Good Day – Thank You God – and All Is Well.

    Tonight we called out the Emergency Vet. Our 13 year old cat seems to have had a seizure/fit -and, of course the vet cannot tell whether that is so – from a home visit – is it a mini stroke or if it is only an ear infection or worse - a brain tumour -unless we take him to the Surgery and have him subjected to tests. Now – he doesn’t travel well – to put it mildly – he will scratch at his cage and will make his claws raw. The alternatives are too many to list. We shall have to see what happens overnight and then confer with the Vet tomorrow.

    Listen out from a wise one ……

    If things are good – enjoy them while you may.

    If things are not good – “Strive to be Happy!”




    I seem to have been diverted into Les Crane’s “Desiderata” – but is that a bad thing?

  • Comment number 73.

    Desiderata - by max ehrmann

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

    As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

    Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

    Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

    Max Ehrmann c.1920

  • Comment number 74.

    I didn't play KB tonight.

    Congratulations to Queen Amelia.

  • Comment number 75.

    NNGBPGBSYOINT

    My husband wants to give a cuggle .,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Comment number 76.

    Billie - I am so sorry to read about your poor cat. You must be beside yourselves with worry. I just hope the morning brings positive news. My thoughts & best wishes are with you.

    Desiderata is beautiful and for me sums up the need to find contentment in life.

  • Comment number 77.

    congrats to queen amelia

  • Comment number 78.

    *sneaks in quietly*

    helloooooooooo from a little CLP over the fence blogger
    Wanted to say hello to some of my future colleagues at the CiN gig next friday so that I'm not so shy on the day (If Deevs is reading she'll say "shy" pah!)

    *runs away quickly before being noticed*
    debs
    x

  • Comment number 79.

    Good Morning All

    Congratulations to Queen Amelia! A blogger takes the crown once more - how lovely!

    Well I passed the first aid course, so I can carry on handing out plasters for another three years. It wasn't a walkover by any means - there are so many little things you have to remember... I guess at the end of the day though as long as you can keep the casualty as comfortable as possible (and hopefully alive!) until professional help is available then you've done your job. It's a very worthwhile skill to have - I would recommed it to anyone.

    Billie - so sorry to hear about your poor mogpoppet. Hope today brings better news.

    Debs - lovely to 'see' you over this side of the fence. And I look forward to seeing you for real next Friday! Yes, I've heard how shy and retiring you are...

    ;o)

    Today will be mainly domestic tasks - sorting out some clothes for the charity shop, and mixing the Chr*****s pudding in preparation for cooking it tomorrow. Even though the children are at Uni, Mr B and I still stir the mixture and make a wish. I've decided what I'm going to wish for... obviously I can't tell you, or it won't come true...*

    ~X~

    *yes I do know it's all poppycock really :o)

  • Comment number 80.

    Good morning all - pouring down here.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your mogpoppet, Billie. I hope this morning brings positive news for you and him. Hugs coming your way >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    JW

  • Comment number 81.

    Morning all.

    Well its finally happened. My first James Bond film and in the words of Craig Revel Horwood (although I dont know how many Die Hard fans, will have heard of him, its a strictly Strictly thing!!) ......

    I didn't mind it actually!!

    For those, that haven't yet been to see it, not giving a single hint of the plot away, except to say, that I loved the baddie and am going off to google now, to see what else he may have been in.

    A very soggy oggy morning here, but its not going to spoil plans, wellies and waterproofs and away we go.

    I hope things improve for your cat Billie.

    Please be gentle with me mate Debs wont you... shy and retiring.... hahahahahaha!!

    Happy days.

  • Comment number 82.

    Morning all.

    Well, its finally happened. My first James Bond film and in the words of Craig Revel Horwood ( although I dont know how many die hard fans will have heard of him, its strictly a Strictly thing!)....

    I didn't mind it actually!!

    For those that haven't been to see it yet, I'm not going to give a single hint of the plot away, except to say, that I loved the baddie and am off to google now, to see what else he may have been in.

    A very soggy oggy morning here, but its not going to spoil plans, wellies and waterproofs at the ready and away we go.

    I hope things improve for your cat Billie.

    Please be gentle with me mate Debs, wont you...shy and retiring.... hahahahahaha!!

    Happy Days.

  • Comment number 83.

    Well, there you go, I should have more faith, that my post will eventually load, instead of tryping it all over again ;)

    Speeling mistake deliberate btw!

  • Comment number 84.

     
    On Monday, Gurt Lush Liza will be entertaining us!


    Cannae wait!


    Be still, my foolish heart!

  • Comment number 85.

    What do you mean, Bruce Willis never played Bond? ;)

  • Comment number 86.

     
    LIVE and LET DIE HARD ANOTHER DAY!



    Sean Connery shtole hish wig...


    ...musht be shome mishtake...

  • Comment number 87.

     
    #81, #82


    More repeats on the BBC



    Jeezo.......

  • Comment number 88.

    Billie - I hope the morning has brought better news about you mogpoppet. Poor you - it's so hard worrying.

    Sal - I agree that Javier Bardem is great.

    Deebee - I have an owchie finger (a bit too slap dash whilst cutting a lemon this morning) - please can you plaster it up for me as I've made an absolute pig's ear of it!

    Have a good weekend one and all

  • Comment number 89.

    Deebee - I could do with some treatment for a sore thumb which I grated whilst attempting to grate some celeriac - ouch..........

    JW

  • Comment number 90.

    hi all grey day today

    billie hope your pussy cat gets better soon

    my brother has a cat its got one of those misrable looking faces its a bluey/greyish type and very hairy i think its a british longhair,shes a house cat has never been outside.

  • Comment number 91.

    Well, that was another rather splendid afternoon. Took a colleague back to see Skyfall and loved it all over again.

    Sal, the baddie was in No Country for Old Men as well.

    Billie, I hope your little cat is better today. X

    Scotch Git, I read that Daniel Craig aka my other 'arf (aye, right) is only doing 2 more Bond movies. Are you auditioning to be the new Bond?

  • Comment number 92.

     
    My name is Git. Scotch Git. Jack Daniel's. Neat. More than that! More _ More _ A wee bit more _

  • Comment number 93.

    Good Evening Everybody.

    Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and good wishes for PepperCat. It has been a long 24 hours.

    After last night’s vet’s home visit we took him to the vets this morning. The consensus is that it wasn’t a stroke nor a seizure. The HOPE is that it is an inner ear infection – a severe one which has affected his balance – hence the walking against a wall and the going round in circles. The worst case scenario is that it is a Brain Tumour. He has been dosed with Steroids and Antibiotics – for the IEI - long lasting slow release ones that should see him through next week and we hope to see an improvement. If there isn’t any improvement – or he gets worse – he will need more tests and then, of course, decisions will have to be made.

    Anyone who has ever “owned” – as if we do – any animal – will know that when they are ill – the hardest thing is - that they can’t communicate their stress/pain. Then the “owner” experiences utter helplessness. We want to do what’s best for them but how do WE know what’s best?

    This morning there was little, if any, improvement in Pepper. Questions – Do we take him to the vets this morning? Do we leave it ‘til Monday? He HATES going in his carrier. Will the stress cause him to have a Heart Attack? Will the stress cause US to have a Heart Attack? If we don’t take him to avoid the stress what if he takes a turn for the worse? As I said above we took him.

    Then – at the vets – we actually laughed out loud – the vet wanted to see how he was walking – so he walked! All around the room – investigating cupboards and bins – then when put back up on the examination table – he decided to investigate what was going on outside the window!

    When we got back home we laughed again – he walked to the kitchen - slightly disorientated - and ate – just a little – then he went to sleep.

    He has slept a lot this afternoon – sometimes looking comfy – sometimes not – but just now – while I’ve been typing this – he’s done his drunken trip to the kitchen again and eaten just a little.

    Wow! He’s just climbed up on the sofa to get a cuddle from Mr.! Wow! Inner Ear Infection? Please God it is!

  • Comment number 94.

    Shall I KB just a couple of mellow tunes?

    And Supper? We haven't even Christened Supper?

    Egg & Chips?

  • Comment number 95.

    Fingers crossed Billie! Hopefully the medicines will kick in soon and he will continue to improve.....x.

    JW

  • Comment number 96.

    Have great evenings all.

    JW

  • Comment number 97.

    #92 LOL You have made my day with a laugh out loud with that!

    Fingers crossed Billie X

  • Comment number 98.

    4 more sleeps til I leave for London

  • Comment number 99.

    Am I excited?

  • Comment number 100.

    Just a tad! Do I win a hat?

 

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