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Gunpowder, Treason and Cop

Simon Mayo | 08:11 UK time, Monday, 5 November 2012

Dark and cold. Time for a duvet day! Let's not work at all. I'd like to read the 3 books I need to finish, bake some toffee and let a firework off. In between, I'd like to snooze and tidy the house. Mrs M has been away a few days, leaving me in sole charge of house and 2 children and I need to make sure everything is as ship shape as it needs to be. I only broke one bowl, managed to cook all the meals that were expected, taxied as needed, finished the new book's rewrites and all with a lovely cold to moan about. I need a break. However I have just been informed I need to provide a protractor and pair of compasses before 10am. Right. You couldn't have mentioned that a little earlier? Maybe when the shops are open and there was time to shop? Oh well, we'll muddle on through somehow.
And there's a show to put on! The Radio 2 Bookclub features the new Ian Rankin novel 'Standing in Another Man's Grave'. It sees the return of his top cop Rebus investigating a series of murders on the A9 and is, as you would expect, a terrific read. Actually he's not a cop at all. He's working in the Cold Cases Unit of the Lothian and Borders Police in Edinburgh and not exactly thrilled with his retired status (and we are not surprised). But the law has changed and cops don't have to retire at 60 anymore so Rebus is reapplying. He may well be back for a while. You can read some classic Rebus here ahead of Ian's appearance tonight from 6.
And oldies of course for BONFIRE NIGHT. Remember remember, the 5th of November etc even though it doesn't seem to hold the imagination the way it used to. A few years ago we had rockets exploding around us for weeks but now it all seems a little more gentle and restrained. But 5TH NOVEMBER tunes please and we can have our own fireworks and toffee evening.
Have a sparky and illuminated Monday, see you after 5


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  • Comment number 1.

    Good morning all - a sunny and cold start to the day here.

    What an early blog today - up early to get the house in order, Simon?

    Oldies for Bonfire Night



    I'll go and think of something else............


  • Comment number 2.

    Good morning all


  • Comment number 3.

    Morning all

    An exhausting, though fun weekend and now back at school. 6 weeks and counting.....

    I hope everyone is well.

    Bonfire oldies:
    Disco Inferno - The Trammps
    I'm on Fire - Bruce Springsteen

    Must go - catch up later!

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning Simon & everyone












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    And for all those dogs and cats out there



  • Comment number 6.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and ship-shape bloggers (I was thinking sleek yachts rather than Thames barges...),

    Oh the perils of being "left in charge". You know there'll be some comment later in the week, like you didn't use the right plastic contraption/bag thing for the detergent in the washing machine/tumble dryer, or you put the wrong socks in the wrong child's drawer. It's never the way it should be...

    #bonfirenightoldies you say?

    Here's some I prepared earlier...

    TREASON – Teardrop Explodes

    MY GUY – Mary Wells

    SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY – Jocelyn Brown

    SONG FOR GUY – Elton John

    DYNAMITE – Taio Cruz (yes, really!)


    BOOM! SHAKE THE ROOM – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

    ROCKET MAN – Elton John

    LIGHT MY FIRE – The Doors or Jose Feliciano (“If you’re doing Bonfire Night oldies, you have to start here”)

    RELIGHT MY FIRE – Dan Hartman (knowing that somebody else might just suggest the TT version, wahhhhh!)

    SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES – The Platters


    BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE – Talking Heads

    A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - Shalamar

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning all,



    mc x

  • Comment number 8.

    Re the title of today's blog....what's "cop"?

  • Comment number 9.

    OOH AAH (just a little bit) - GINA G


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  • Comment number 11.

    #8 - Rebus, presumably John?

  • Comment number 12.

    "Cop" refers to Ian Rankin/Rebus I think, John.


  • Comment number 13.

    #11/12 Doh, thanks. More coffee needed.

  • Comment number 14.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets


    SONG FOR GUY - Elton John

    ROCKET MAN - Elton John

    BANG BANG - Cher

    SET TALKING GUY - Chiffons

    LOGHT MY FIRE - Doors

    BURN BABY BURN - Hudson Ford

    FIRE - Bruce Springsteen

    Back later - late for work already...


  • Comment number 15.

    Morning everyone

    A nice sunny, but chilly day again here.

    Bonfire oldies.....

    BURN BABY BURN ~ Hudson Ford

    LIGHT MY FIRE ~ Jose Feliciano

    FIRE AND RAIN ~ James Taylor

    MY GUY ~ Mary Wells

    NO MORE MR NICE GUY ~ Alice Cooper


  • Comment number 16.

    Good Morning All!

    I'm late and you've all started without me!

    Suggestions -

    I'M ON FIRE - Bruce

    LIGHT MY FIRE - Jose

    RELIGHT MY FIRE - ╪ (Wah!)

    TREASON - Teardrop Explodes



    FIREWORK - Katy Perry

    ZOOM - Fat Larry's Band

    WOW! - Kate Bush

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning all - cold and crisp and frosty and bright here, beautiful!

    Well, it looks like everything's already been suggested so I'll have to go away and put my thinking cap on and see if I can squeeze in a quick visitation later.

    Play nicely.

  • Comment number 18.

    UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE - Polly Brown


  • Comment number 19.

    I hope "My Guy" gets played, John and Florence - made me smile when I read that.


  • Comment number 20.

    THIS WHEEL'S ON FIRE - Julie, Brian & Trinity

  • Comment number 21.

    Good Morning Simon and Everyone


  • Comment number 22.

    After the weekend I've had under the table, I am looking forward to:


  • Comment number 23.

    I feel an apology may be in order for my extensive list at #6. Got a little ahead of myself on my laptop while Mrs Good was engrossed in Downton last night.

  • Comment number 24.



    NIGHT IN THE CITY – ELO (for firework haters “Night in the city drivin you insane”)

  • Comment number 25.

    Good Morning All;

    What a cold and frosty morning it is too! I had 2 hours sleep last night, so I think I need a duvet day too, shame I've got so much to do. *Sigh* Anyway, whilst I feel sorry for myself, I'll offer up a few oldies (which have probably already been suggested!)



    FIRE - U2




  • Comment number 26.

    Simon, reading through your blog I can see you're really quite domesticated... what with the shopping washing, ironing, cooking the meals and taxi for your children... but if your job that lasts two hours a day, you need to keep busy in between being a radio presenter! ;o) Just kidding!!

    I am really looking forward to hearing Ian Rankin tonight and I love his books and know most of the locations in them. I saw Ian with Mike Scott together in a show, 'Adventures of a Waterboy' at the Edinburgh Book Festival where both read extracts from their books and had a Q & A session afterwards and Ian said he is a failed rock musician and like me, is a fan of the Waterboys, so no wonder he and Mike had a great rapport! He likes the Stones too... so for him,

    JUMPING JACK FLASH ~ Rolling Stones

    PLAY WITH FIRE ~ Rolling Stones

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  • Comment number 28.

    From the previous blog.... Deebee I'm pleased you enjoyed the very funny Greg Davies... I love watching him on 'Would I Lie To You?' We also went to see a funny man on Friday night... Kevin Bridges and he's very funny too and has a comedic face too... and was a change for us from normally going to see pop concerts or a musical.

    I meant to add to my list above....

    FIRE ~ The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

  • Comment number 29.

    AFTERNOON DELIGHT - STARLAND VOCAL BAND (About fireworks of a different kind, methinks!)



  • Comment number 30.

    Arrived at work just in the nick of time - and within the speed limit at all times, obviously. In my haste to post I see there was a typo in my #14. I did of course mean

    SWEET TALKING GUY - The Chiffons


  • Comment number 31.

    Morning Simon and everyone

    Congrats to Queen Autumn Gale.

    As well as Guy celebrtations it is Bryan Adams' 53rd Birthday today and my mom's birthday so happy birthday to them!

    Now for choons:

    1. FIREWORK - Katy Perry
    2. SONG FOR GUY - Elton John
    3. DISCO INFERNO - Trammps
    4. BANG BANG - B A Robertson
    5. MY GUY - Mary Wells
    6. LIGHT MY FIRE - The Doors, Will Young or Jose Feliciano
    7. NEW FLAME - Simply Red
    8. NOVEMBER RAIN - Guns N Roses
    9. ROCKET MAN - Elton John
    10. WHEELS ON FIRE - Trinity and Brian Auger Bans

    Oh well unexpected day off tomorrow as private job just mailed to say I am wanted from Wednesday!

    Have a nice day.


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 32.

    Deebee - #30/#14 - so you DID mean


  • Comment number 33.

    A new flame - Simply Red
    Light my fire - Will Young
    Unforgettable Fire - U2
    Space Bound - Eminem
    Set fire to the rain - Adele
    November Rain - Guns n Roses
    Lighters - Bad Meets evil
    Jumping Jack Flash- Rolling Stones

  • Comment number 34.

    Have we all run out of steam?

    *** TWILIGHT *** - ELO.

  • Comment number 35.

    Morning all !!
    Can't beleive how cold it is this morning (Brrrrrr) I didnt change out of my jammies this morning for work, just added more layers ! (hubbs now calling me princess layer).

    Im sure these have been suggested, so sorry

    Oh my word.... can it be true.... Ken is playing a One Direction song..... and cherub isnt even here to hear it (!) will have to put on the i-thingi for her when shes home from school.

    Tis very sunny, may even need sunglasses later.


  • Comment number 36.

    Forgot to say, well done Simon surviving without Mrs M. We will make a man of you yet. Tell me did everyone go to school with socks on? Im sorry, couldent resist that :-)
    Ohhh im a little minx.

  • Comment number 37.

    Remembering the good advice never to return to a lit firework, or to try to relight it:


  • Comment number 38.

    Morning all

    Late arrival due to visit to the dentist; one tooth rebuilt and a payment of £180.00 - a great way to start the week! And my mouth is still numb, so I sound like the Elephant Man!

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 39.

    'Rockets' by Simple Minds. I great band and this is one of their best songs in years.

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  • Comment number 41.

    A late suggestion, which I don't think has been taken yet:

    MY GUY - Tracey Ullman

    #23 Never apologise, never explain... At the very least it should ensure you get a mensh...

    #28 I love a good live comedy show - as you know I saw Michael McIntyre recently, and we've also seen Lee Mack, Jimmy Carr, Dara O'Briain amoungst others. Laughter really is the best medicine...


    #31 Happy birthday to Bryan Adams. 53 - who'd have thought it. A good age...

    #32 Yes of course, Billie. Haven't you heard it? - it wasn't quite as popular as their 'Light my fire', admittedly...


  • Comment number 42.

    Good morning,

    Hope everyone is well. Lovely bright and sunny one here

    Flying visit. The big orange shop calls.

    PENNY LANE by The Beatles

    Have a good day. x

  • Comment number 43.

    #38 I got interrupted and pressed 'post comment' too soon - also meant to say: Ouch, Tortie! In more ways than one...


  • Comment number 44.

    Morning all


    *don't try this at home. Better still don't buy fireworks at all. Bah humbug :-)

    Handy tip for anyone going to Cambridge for a gig at the Corn Exchange. A 5 minute walk to Park Street car park gets you away from Cambridge much quicker than parking in the Grand Arcade park right alongside the Corn Exchange which can take half an hour to get out of. Don't tell anyone else though :-)

    Terrific gig last night. Support act The Lumineers were great fun. The Civil Wars singing was outstanding, and if Joy Williams smiled in my direction every day I would never be grumpy, ever. It would be impossible.

    But, I've never seen two musicians look less at each other at a gig before last night. John Paul didn't look in Joy's direction once through the gig. I can't remember ever being at a gig where there weren't looks between musicians at certain points that said "that was brilliant" or "you were great there" or just "wow". Rest of tour cancelled after tomorrow night's Roundhouse gig and dates through to March next year cancelled as well. Hmm.

  • Comment number 45.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Volcano' by Damien Rice
    'Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel' by Simple Minds
    'Rocket' by Def Leppard
    'Bonfire Of The Night' by Tiny Dancers (Whatever happened to them?)
    'Garden Party' by Ricky Nelson (I suspect that the Marillion song of the same name is a tad on the long side)

  • Comment number 46.


    Crash Boom Bang - Roxette

    Bang and Blame - R.E.M

    Boombastic - Shaggy

    Spinning the wheel - George Michael

    Wheels on fire - The Magic numbers

    Fields of fire - Big Country

    We didn't start the fire - Billy Joel

    Light my fire - The Doors

    Indoor fireworks - Elvis Costello

    Fireworks - Embrace

    Firestarter - The Prodigy

  • Comment number 47.

    Don't think this has been suggested yet:


    *gone in a puff of smoke*

  • Comment number 48.

    I'm amazed it took 16 posts before someone suggested 'Firework' by Katy Perry!

    I suggest (if no-one else has):

    THIS (Catherine) WHEEL'S ON FIRE - Brian Auger, Julie Drscoll & The Trinity

    FIRE BRIGADE - The Move

    WHO'S GOT A MATCH - Biffy Clyro

  • Comment number 49.

    On the subject of gigs seen: I went with two small people (12 & 10) plus missus to Oxford last Wednesday to see Owl City at O2 Academy. Absolutely superb. Age range was 8-60 I'd say and if you came expecting 90 minutes of Firelfies-esque electronic noodling or 90 minutes of crowd-pleasing Good Time-esque raving then neither materialised. Just about the most fun I've had with my clothes on this year. And that includes Mastermind...incidentally to be shown on December 14th (probably) for all those (both of you) who kindly ask regularly.

    Also, another update: my Sgt Pepper vinyl evening had 42 souls (98 capacity so that was an OK start) and the audience selected the next LP for the Vinyl Frontier treatment which is...drum roll please...Rumours by Fleetwood Mac on Jan 18th.

  • Comment number 50.

    #41 Deebee, like you, we also saw Michael McIntyre, on 5th August during the Edinburgh Festival, in a show that he called a 'warm-up' for his London 02 shows and much as his constant darting around on the TV seemed quite irritating I found him to be really funny.

    Another funny man we've seen three times - twice at the Edinburgh Festival, also at the Queen's Hall in 2009, before he started filling arenas and again in 2010 at the Festival's biggest venue - is John Bishop. Like Roy Walker said on Simon's show last week, all of the 'modern' comedians are very similar to comedians of long ago and he compared Michael McIntyre to Ronnie Corbett, Frankie Boyle to Bernard Manning and many more comparisons that seemed spot on!

    I'M ON FIRE ~ Big Country

    SEX ON FIRE ~ Kings of Leon

    For when the fire gets out of control....

    FIRE BRIGADE ~ The Move

  • Comment number 51.

    hi all

    rocket man-elton john

    song for guy-elton john

    bang bang-cher

    bang bang-ba robertson

    firework-katy perry

  • Comment number 52.

    Afternoon all - too many great suggestions, so I'll just say happy birthday to Bryan Adams and my cousins two - the terrible twins! Also hi to everyone who went to Adam & The Ants this weekend - apparently they were ace.

    Simon - if the children want compasses and protractors you should be warned. They are now classed as........Weapons of Maths construction.........

    *Crawls away & tries to hide behind a slide-rule*

  • Comment number 53.

    #49 - JiM - were any of the 42 souls rubber ones ? Quite a fair turnout and good luck with Rumours.

    I've been watching out for your Mastermind appearance in the RT listings (other magazines... etc., etc.). I'm sure there was something significant about 14th December, so I should remember that.

    The few ideas I had for today's theme were quickly taken by others (mostly before I had even logged on). Plenty of great ideas suggested.

  • Comment number 54.

    REMEMBER by JOHN LENNON, the final line being "Remember the 5th of November!"
    ALMOST INDEPENDENCE DAY by VAN MORRISON ("I can hear the fireworks")

  • Comment number 55.

    Thanks for the heads up Jeffery, Dec 14th now marked up on the calendar :-)

  • Comment number 56.

    #53 Parsley_Cat I always think the more people the merrier with tune suggestions, I'm always happy when someone else picks something I have, especially if I think it is a slightly daft suggestion (as many of mine clearly are!)

  • Comment number 57.

    So many great suggestions - enough for 2 or 3 shows! Therefore I will only add one more:
    Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

    Tortie - poor you :( I hope the numbness wears off painlessly

    #9 Jennie - I don't think this will be top of the list given Simon's reaction to playing it on Friday. Twice in as many days might be too much to bear! :)

    #44 Ken - that sounds very ominous for fans....

  • Comment number 58.

    December 14th for Jeffrey's Mastermind appearance... must mark it on my calendar!

  • Comment number 59.

    #57/#9 - can't think why he wouldn't want to hear it again ;0) I thought it was quite a clever suggestion, personally ;/

    I meant to say that I thought the choice of choons for ARF this week and last have been a bit different to the norm, and I don't recall any Queen being played.

    So, 14th Dec is THE day eh? Stars on the calendar for that one.


  • Comment number 60.

    November Rain by Gun(powder)s and Roses (don't want to tempt fate!)
    Under the wheels (sic?) by Alice Cooper
    Fire by Arthur Brown

  • Comment number 61.

    #38 Snap! Sort of.

    I was at the dentist this morning too with a very sensitive tooth I've had for a while. The dentist decided to take out the filling which was already there (and had been so for about 38 years so it's not done too badly) and replace it with a nice shiny new one and she coated my tooth near the gum in something magic just to be sure - belt and braces. Only thing was every time she tried to drill the old filling out (SORRY!!!) I nearly hit the ceiling so she kept giving me more and more anaesthetic injections - I think my mouth will be numb for a week!

    On the positive side, though, my visit only cost £11.12 - bargain! I'm sure the vet will extract plenty of money from me this afternoon to make up for it mind you.


    SE x

  • Comment number 62.

    Afternoon all!

    "The Unforgettable Fire" U2.

    I thank you.

    Off to read the blog now!


  • Comment number 63.

    Afternoon all!
    Late to the choon-chosing, so won't clog up the database with my (poor) selection.
    Our HUGE town fireworks was last Saturday and we didn't go as we have a lovely local one this Saturday (plus birthday party afterwards for #2 daughter) but we've been hearing bangs and whistles for days now!!

    I muchly liked #49's joke hee hee will pass that on to my Maths teacher friend! and #52 that date is diarised for me!
    My friend who got thru round one of Mastermind with 'French opera of *certain dates*', had his 2nd round recently but is not allowed to say how he got on, except his demeanor gives him away :-(
    Would be funny if you two met on there!?

    RE 02 gigs on the Cowley Rd, isn't it great, unless the gig says 'age 18 and over only' you CAN take your kids along (if they'll go!).
    Only concern I have is that the gig we saw a week or so ago there (with daughter then aged 13 years, 11 months and 338 days) was very very loud and I worry that their precious hearing will be damaged.
    The Radiohead gig in Paris sold foam earplugs...it's something other venues could learn from. (Didn't use them myself, we were sat far too far away to be in danger of hearing loss!)

    RE Duvet day YES please!! It's a Monday morning feeling for me, every week.
    RE DT Dude looking after 2 kids for a few days on his own - having been in that situation for many years (due to early demise of other parent) I have to say that people who do it every day, week in week out (for whatever reason) need nothing but praise, support and tolerance from society - sadly not something they get in spades, certainly from the media.

    *soapbox moment over...*

    Back to the grindstone I guess - skipping class done, now time to gorge myself on cup a soup and apples...I know how to live!
    Good luck with menches all and congrats to Queen Autumn Gale


  • Comment number 64.

    #61 I seemed to have far more anaesthetic than I needed! Mine's worn off now, so lunch has been consumed (somewhat tentatively though!) At least the cost of your treatment wasn't too painful!

    I forgot to say earlier, well done Autumn Gale for the ARFO!

    T x

  • Comment number 65.

    #52 Tsk, tsk.

    1) Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel - Simple Minds

    2) Rocket to the Moon - Runrig

  • Comment number 66.

    Morning Greetings In The Afternoon Ter Mr Mayo Man & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    The fireworks that are on my mind terdee are noot the 5th of November type.... Although the fireworks am thinking about are taking place VERY much on the 5th of Novemeber!!!!!!!!

    What am a talking about??????
    A don't now, sorry know!!!!!!
    Butta will try ter tell yer what a don't know but what a think a know:

    Man do a 'ope Barracks Obama gets beck in a president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A just feel 'aving a black president is VERY good for world stability.... It diffusssesss tensions in the world!!!!!!!!
    And despite the economic crisis.... We are begining ter stablise financially.... Despite the world economy is still broke.....
    A just feel for these and many other reasons Obama is better!!!!!!!

    Glad ter 'elp!

    PS Am noot a party pooper.... A love fireworks..... A was always the first ter buy fireworks as a young adult and only let them off under FULL firework code conditions/ rules AND only on November 5th!!!!!!!!

    My show tune 'as ter be what probably everybody on the blog 'as chosen (and ave noot read any commentations yet so am noot cheating).....

    Katy Perry - Firework!!!!!!!! Most nice tune ter build self esteem without risk of a faulty blue torch paper.... Believe me 'av 'ad a few in me time and following the firework code a never approached me failed firework!!!!!!!!!
    In fact one year a took a VERY BIG safe precaution of telephoning the local army bomb disposal dudes!!!!!!!!!
    Well that's whatta told the judge!!!!!!!

    Tatty bye! ENJOY terneet!!!!!!! ;-))))

  • Comment number 67.

    #61 - Erica - I hope the vet visit is for a four-legged family member ? You didn't specify. I remember from a previous blog that you live near Ancrum where I have a friend - she is a vet (Fiona Steele).

  • Comment number 68.

    #57 Yup, if I had to make a prediction it would be that tomorrow's gig will be their last. I suppose it's entirely possible that one of them needs a long break for some other reason, and I guess some fans are hoping that's it, but the complete lack of eye contact looked ominous to me. That seems odd if two musicians still have any rapport. We'll see.

  • Comment number 69.

    Hi Simon, Team and Best Bloggers,

    Light My Fire ~ by The Doors

    Ameila, now that I'm back can't speak a word of Italian other than: Un altro gelato al caffe per favore!
    #49 Jeffrey, we have been watching but the scores have been too low to be the show you are on - thanks for the date.
    #52 Such a funny maths lady!

    It's so nice that everyone lays of fireworks for my birthday. With hubby working, not going out so I stopped on the way home from the gym at one of the lower cost food chains and picked up three frozen lobsters for dinner. Older and unfortunately not wiser.

    LB, x

  • Comment number 70.

    Lunchtime catch-up

    #38 T-C . Oh no, poor you (see what I did there?!). I'm going there tomorrow, box of paracetamol in one hand, sack of gold bullion in the other.

    #61 Erica - £11.12? You can't even buy a pair of pliers for that.

    #49 Jeffrey - glad to hear all went well with Sgt Pepper, and good luck for the next one. Funnily enough, GoodChild#2 and I were discussing the idea of "an album" and listening to it from start to finish. It was all triggered when another radio station (yes, they are available!) played a song from Bat out of Hell,which we then discussed as an album, and I did a spontaneous rendition of "On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses...." which amused him and excited Mrs Good. I think the music industry should love your concept - more revenue from an existing album, bring on a surprise guest or two, a nice multimedia presentation with interviews, photos,footage, the whole backstory, and a theatre full of paying guests who buy merchandise on the way out after two glasses of chardonnay in the interval. Are you planning to take it on tour? You should try to protect the concept somehow.

    *takes off marketing hat and continues as normal*

    Deebee - Loght my fire! is that the celtic version?

    Billie - from ages and ages ago. Carnal rites round the woodburner?????

    Zoe - hope you're feeling a bit more refreshed now.

    #52 Lady_S and #63 Suzieeeeee Ha! Here's another one: How did the mathematician cure his constipation?

    He worked it out with a pencil!

  • Comment number 71.

    Smoke on the water Deep Purple
    Bang bang BA Robertson
    Flash bang wallop Tommy Steele
    All fired up Pat Benatar
    Fire with fire Scissor Sisters
    Fire and rain James Taylor
    Smoke gets in your eyes The Platters
    (Catherine) wheels Foo Fighters
    Heat of the moment Asia
    Rocket man Elton John
    Firework Katy Perry
    Rocket Def Leppard
    Loving you has made me bananas Guy marks
    This town aint big enough for the both of us Sparks
    Zoom Fat Larrys Band
    I Saw the Light Todd Rundgren
    Flash Queen
    Harden my heart Quarterflash
    Light my fire The Doors
    Fields of fire Big Country
    Fuse sorry now Journey

  • Comment number 72.

    #67 Yes, PC, one of my whippets. We do have a Fiona at the vets but she's not one of the vets, she's an assistant/nurse I think. Got to go back in a week so the final bill mounts....

    Just been interrupted by a doorstep interviewer asking me a 1000 questions about Europe which are not easy to answer when your mouth and tongue are numb so I've lost my thread now.

    Love the maths jokes, by the way, being a faded mathematician myself. Here's one for any fellow nerds, borrowed from Dara O'Briain:

    Did you know Benoit B. Mandelbrot's middle initial stands for Benoit B. Mandelbrot?

    Should I get my coat?

  • Comment number 73.

    #38 Tortie & #61 Erica – hope the numbness is wearing off!

    #49 Jeffrey – I keep meaning to listen to Owl City – interesting to read that you enjoyed them so much. You vinyl evening sound great too.

    Great that you finally have a transmission date – I’m really looking forward to watching the show.

    #63 Suzy – from last week – did you say were you at the Radiohead South Park gig back in 2001? Very jealous!

    #69 Lilac Blue – haha but did you enjoy it and your holiday?

    #52 Lady S & #70 JBG #72 Erica much giggling here!

    Not a fan of fireworks – lived in Leeds for too long where they seemed to last from mid-October to after Christmas. Blissfully here they are a brief, once a year affair that can be watched relatively silently from the comforts of my sitting room / living room / lounge / wee room (I’m sure we have had this conversation before about what we call that room?)

    Weekend was mainly spent at vets then putting drops into the sore eye of a poorly dog 5 times a day. He tolerates my fumbling much better than I would if someone was holding my eye open and squirting stuff in it.

  • Comment number 74.

    #72 - Fiona is a good Gaelic name. The one I know was born in England but went to Glasgow vet school and married a Scot, hence now living in Ancrum. The TV vet Steve Leonard and his brothers were at their wedding.

    I think I sort of understand the Mandelbrot thing, but couldn't explain it to someone else. I looked him up - French/American born in Poland to a Lithuanian Jewish family. That's a confused background - explains the fractal thing.

  • Comment number 75.

    Have enjoyed reading back the posts today. A busy day has prevented me from joining in unfortunately.

    Loving the maths humour too so can I just add a mathematical observation........

    There's a fine line between a numerator and a denominator.

  • Comment number 76.


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    .......... \♫♪♫★☆★☆★♫♪♫/

  • Comment number 77.

    How rude of me. Happy birthday Lilac Blue. X

  • Comment number 78.

    Another maths joke:

    A team of engineers were required to measure the height of a flag pole. They only had a measuring tape, and were getting quite frustrated trying to keep the tape along the pole. It kept falling down, etc. A mathematician comes along, finds out their problem, and proceeds to remove the pole from the ground and measure it easily. When he leaves, one engineer says to the other: "Just like a mathematician! We need to know the height, and he gives us the length!"

  • Comment number 79.

    #73 yes, I was at the last local gig Radiohead did - Oxford's Southparks - they played headlining with local bands in July 2001 - it was amazeballs (as my #2 daughter would say) we even had Supergrass as support - but it rained like a Polish football evening, from about 5 songs in - the special stand they had built for Radiohead family/friends was open air, so they didn't stay long :-(
    Thom was asked once about doing more local gigs but said it was too 'rainy'...ha! He should have been in the open air. Still MAGIC though.
    I also saw Elton John at the Oxford football stadium (2008 I think) it was great too, no crowd control, (no need!) we were at the front a metre away from himself, jiving to Crockodile rock!
    Not a great fan of Grandad rock myself, ie sitting down watching a rock band on a huge screen - might as well be at home!

    Off to cycle home now, not looking forward to it at all, at least at 5.05 there is something decent to listen to!

    Enjoy the show peeps

  • Comment number 80.

    #69 Happy Birthday!!
    Slightly early arrival were you?
    nearly 9 months from Valentines day...!!
    #just sayin
    We bought those frozen lobsters too from Li*l this weekend, made a stonking chowder (practice for a dinner party in 2 weeks time!)
    Really am off now

  • Comment number 81.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LILAC BLUE - and MANY Happy Returns!!

    I took Mr Allinson to the supermarket today, where the flower lingers, to do the virtual shop - he really is good to listen to - WHY is he on in the middle of the night??


  • Comment number 82.

    A maths related joke (if you count statistics - no pun intended!):

    One day there was a fire in a wastebasket in the Dean's office and in rushed a physicist, a chemist, and a statistician. The physicist immediately starts to work on how much energy would have to be removed from the fire to stop the combustion. The chemist works on which reagent would have to be added to the fire to prevent oxidation. While they are doing this, the statistician is setting fires to all the other wastebaskets in the office. "What are you doing?" they demanded. "Well to solve the problem, obviously you need a large sample size" the statistician replies.

  • Comment number 83.

    #73 Amelia, if you like Fireflies more of his output is like that than Good Time but as a small introductory playlist I would recommend:
    Dreams & Disasters, Vanilla Twilight, Deer in the Headlights, Umbrella Beach and Hello Seattle.
    Quite good for mellow chilling more than rocking out but very good live...!

  • Comment number 84.

    Completely forgot to say:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lilac Blue - hope you're having a lovely day

    T x

  • Comment number 85.

    I also want to wish Lilac Blue a Happy Birthday, and hope you had a lovely holiday in la bella Italia!

    And I also bow down belatedly to ARFO Queen Autumn_Gale

    #82 Mildr - Good one! And along the same lines.....

    A physicist, a biologist, and a mathematician are sitting in a café and notice people going into and coming out of the house across the street.

    First they see two people going into the house. After a while, they notice three people coming out of the house.

    The physicist says: “Our first calculation cannot have been accurate.”

    The biologist says: “They have reproduced.”

    The mathematician says: “If one more person enters the house, it will definitely be empty.”

  • Comment number 86.

    Ooohhhh... well done Simon for being niminated for the Carnegie award.. is this connected to the Scot, Andrew Carnegie?

  • Comment number 87.

    Happy Birthday Lilac Blue - hope you are having a fantastic day.

    Loving all the maths jobs folks

    Why did the chicken cross the mobius strip?

    To get to the same side.

  • Comment number 88.

    Oops... Nominated, not niminated!! :o))

  • Comment number 89.

    Jokes not jobs!

    Yes Flo apparently it was set up in the memory of Andrew Carnegie.

    Well done Simon - not the first award nomination either!

  • Comment number 90.

    3-word Monday



    Taken about 45 mins ago from my front door.

  • Comment number 91.

    Flo - that is simply stunning - such splendid colours

  • Comment number 92.

    Burn baby Burn?

  • Comment number 93.

    #87 - now that's a quality mathematical joke.

    Time for off.

    Diolch yn fawr. Nos da !

  • Comment number 94.

    There are only 10 types of people that understand binary code, Those that do, and those that don't.

  • Comment number 95.

    Thank you kind bloggers for the birthday wishes and cupcake -yumbo!:^0
    Florence, stunning sunset photo - good eye!
    Amelia, loved the coffee gelato and Florence was magical.
    Simon, well done - W0W - fingers crossed for the shortlist, as Itch is excellent and deserves to be shortlisted.
    LB, x

  • Comment number 96.

    Loving the maths jokes folks!

    Lovely boss let me go home early to get the dogs walked before the banging started. We're all under the table again here ;(

  • Comment number 97.

    Lovely photo Flo!!

  • Comment number 98.

    Ooh see posts 96 and 97. No 3 minute wait?

    I'll try again. Pah it didn't work

  • Comment number 99.

    Will it work now?

  • Comment number 100.

    Well fancy that! A way round the 3 minute wait


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