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Simon Mayo | 08:51 UK time, Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Good morning from a wet and gloomy car/station/train/school. As my old colleague Jane Garvey tweeted yesterday, if only there was a winter,party based celebration on the way...
Having explained about my chat yesterday with Naomi Watts, an unusual turn of events meant that Naomi turned into Ewan McGregor who plays her husband in the film The Impossible. Fortunately Ewan is always a brilliant, thoughtful and engaging guest and all was well. I had to lose my questions about Princess Diana (she's just finished filming a bio-pic) but otherwise (hopefully!) no one, apart from you dear blogger, will be any the wiser.
Today Taylor Swift graces us with her presence. One of the biggest American country and pop singers in the world does a turn. The stats on Taylor are staggering but Grammys and CMA awards and 20 million album sales tell their own story. She has a huge entourage which is unusual among the stars that usually come to R2 but when you reach Taylor herself, she is delightful. A woman in control of her career and team (it seems to me) and if her new album is anything to go by, someone poised to try a few new ideas. Duets with Gary Lightbody and Ed Sheeran are very good I think and the Lightbody track particularly show a generous nature-it sounds more of a Tired Pony/Snow Patrol track really. But he won't be here and Taylor will from 6.
And oldies today please for THE LAST TYPEWRITER which was made yesterday. My mother had one and was very fast too. As a kid she used to tell me how useful it would be if I could learn to type. Ha! I scorned, who's going to need those skills? I had no intention of being a secretary after all and so ignored her advice. You were right ma! If only I'd listened I'd be able to blog at twice the speed...
Have a vigourous and thorough Wednesday. See you after 5

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
    There's an orchestral piece that includes typewriter but can't think of its title or composer
    Alphabet Street by Prince

  • Comment number 2.

    Good morning all from a dry above but very soggy underfoot Scottish Borders. And 'Thank you, Simon' for my double mensh last night - I think I've just about recovered from the excitement!

    The last typewriter oldies, I'll have to have a thunk because the only thing that springs to mind at the moment is

    ABC - The Jacksons

    Back in a bit with some, hopefully, more inspired suggestions. (I don't want to speak too soon but I think the computer is my friend today, sshhh)

    SE x

  • Comment number 3.

    Good morning all!

    Quite a tricky theme this morning.

    Can only think of :

    Kiss And Tell - Bryan Ferry Lots of typewriter tapping in the intro.

    The Secretary - Sailor

    Lady Writer - Dire Straits


    mc x

  • Comment number 4.

    Oh Simon - Ewan McGregor ........ *goes weak at the knees*

    Morning all (sorry, got distracted by my hormones for a moment!). Another horrid, dark and wet day here. 3 1/2 weeks though til we break up so I mustn't grumble....

    Oldies (a tough theme I think):
    Brother, can you spare a dime - George Michael
    This is the Last Time - Keane
    Made in England - Elton John (actually I think it was Wales....)

  • Comment number 5.

    THE TYPEWRITER -Composed by Leroy Anderson, played by many

  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning Simon and Blogger Chums

    WORD UP - CAMEO

    WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN - THE 3 DEGREES

    Off for another wee think.....

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning Simon and Blogpoppets

    How much easier it must be to be taught typing nowadays than when I learned on one of those old clattering keyboards and I think some authors still use them... Jilly Cooper for one!

    Songs for the last typewriter...

    THE LAST TIME ~ The Rolling Stones

    LOVE LETTERS ~ Alison Moyet

    THE LETTER ~ The Boxtops

    BRAND NEW KEY ~ Melanie

    NIGHT SHIFT ~ Commodores

  • Comment number 8.

    Morning all,

    Why, oh why, do I always end up with boots that leak?

    Socks consequently drying on the office radiator (apologies to colleagues)

    Hard theme today, I think. How about:-

    Paperback Writer - You know who
    The writer - Ellie Goulding

    Don't think I'll be back but you never know.

    A.

  • Comment number 9.

    That was the one I was thinking of Stressed Erica! How blindingly obvious!

    There's also the Beatles' Paperback Writer.

  • Comment number 10.

    Actually, the way I type this would be quite apt.

    HIT OR MISS - TOM JONES

    another thought...........

    THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING - BOB DYLAN

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and the blogging entourage,

    I've filed my morning report on the previous blog, so will jump straight into the chase:

    #typewriteroldies

    HE AIN'T HEAVY HE'S MY BROTHER - Hollies

  • Comment number 12.

    I was not a very good typist (still pretty slow), but in the good old days of paper and ink, I frequently had to:

    Rip it up (and start again) - Orange Juice

  • Comment number 13.

    SECRET ALPHABETS ~ Kasabian

    IF I HAD WORDS ~ Yvonne Keeley and Scott Fitgerald

    WORDS ~ The Bee Gees

  • Comment number 14.

    Hola!

    Ring my Bell - Anita Ward

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning Simon & everyone

    Rushing off to get car serviced, I fear the worst


    CHINA MY CHINA - BRIAN ENO

    EXHUMING MCCARTHY - REM

    LADY WRITER - DIRE STRAITS

    PAPERBACK WRITER - THE BEATLES

    EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK - ELVIS COSTELLO

  • Comment number 16.

    Good morning all from a very wet, grey, miserable ................well you get the drift.

    ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST - QUEEN

    THE LAST TIME - ROLLING STONES

    A B C - THE JACKSON 5
    JW

  • Comment number 17.

    Can I please second JBG's Holly's song ~ He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother?

    RETURN TO SENDER ~ Elvis Presley

    BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU ~ Robert Palmer

  • Comment number 18.

    Under Your Thumb - Godley & Creme

  • Comment number 19.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    #lasttypewriteroldies

    RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN - Orange Juice (what you had to do if you made a mistake)

    SLIPPING THROUGH MY FINGERS - Abba

    ANGEL FINGERS - Wizzard

    INVISIBLE TOUCH - Genesis

    UNDER YOUR TOUCH - Sophie Ellis Bexter

    MORE THAN WORDS - Extreme

    IF I HAD WORDS - Yvonne Keeley and Scott Fitzgerald

    NINE TO FIVE - Dolly Parton

    ~X~

  • Comment number 20.

    The Knack - My Corona...

  • Comment number 21.

    #14 Inspired Andrew!

  • Comment number 22.

    The last typewriter?


    THROW AWAY THE KEY - Linx or was it Lynx?

    SLIGHT RETURN - The Bluetones

    PLEASE READ THE LETTER - Plant & Strauss

  • Comment number 23.

    PLACE YOUR HANDS - Reef

    UNDER MY THUMB - Rolling Stones

    COMPUTER LOVE or COMPUTER WORLD - Kraftwerk


    That's m'lot.

    JBG

  • Comment number 24.

    LOST FOR WORDS - SQUEEZE

  • Comment number 25.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    Pants out there, I do here this rain will die out during the day to leave a dry one!

    I still have my typewriter and properly learnt to type at night school when I was in the last year of school. Those ones were big black beasts in the desk!

    Now choons:

    1. BRAND NEW KEY - Melanie
    2. WORDYRAPPINGHOOD - Tom Tom Club
    3. HE AINT HEAVY HE'S MY BROTHER - The Hollies
    4. RETURN TO SENDER - Elvis Presley
    5. SLOW HAND - Pointer Sisters
    6. IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE - Take That
    7. ALPHABET STREET - Prince
    8. TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING - Diana Ross
    9. RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN - Orange Juice
    10. UNDER YOUR THUMB - Godley and Creme

    Hope you all dont get too wet

    Laters

    Mandy ;

  • Comment number 26.

    This is a difficult subject, but, after much furrowing of brow I've come up with

    HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER - HOLLIES
    TWISTING BY THE POOL - DIRE STRAITS
    INVISIBLE TOUCH - GENESIS
    TIE A YELLOW RIBBON - (TONY ORLANDO AND) DAWN - works well but could also qualify for a HOIB.

  • Comment number 27.

    Ooh ooh ooh

    JAMMIN' - Bob Marley

  • Comment number 28.

    THE SPECIALS - Stereo-type?

    LIVING COLOR - Type

    ELVIS COSTELLO - Brilliant Mistake

    I suppose anything from 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' might be appropriate... :o)

  • Comment number 29.

    GO NOW - THE MOODY BLUES

    #27 - Has to be played, surely!

  • Comment number 30.

    #27 JBG That has to be the best suggestion! LOL

  • Comment number 31.

    Morning all

    For today's topic, remembering how it sounded when I used my Dad's old portable typewriter as a kid.......

    THUMP, THUMP - Jewel

    Commiserations to the Mr Mayo. I would be extremely disappointed if scheduled to meet Naomi Watts and it turned out to be Ewan McGregor.

  • Comment number 32.

    I'm struggling a bit to come up with something other than the obvious so have some rather tenuous ones and a more obvious one for good measure.

    CRUSHED BY THE WHEELS OF INDUSTRY - Heaven 17
    FADE TO GREY - Visage (what the ink on the ribbon used to do)
    DARK ENTRIES - Bauhaus (for a new ribbon)
    I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER - Shakin Stevens or Paul McCartney or Nat King Cole or Dean Martin or countless others

    Might be back later.

    Play nicely
    SE x

  • Comment number 33.

    #27 JBG Good one, hope that gets played.

    Just thought of another

    WORDS - F R David

  • Comment number 34.

    Last one from me before work kicks in

    IT'S A SHAME - THE DETROIT SPINNERS

    Catch you all later........... XX

  • Comment number 35.

    Just realised all this typewriter choon thunking has led to me demolishing a bag of the purple chocolate company's chocolate eclairs without even realising - and my cup of tea's gone cold >:-|

  • Comment number 36.

    Morning,

    Paperback Writer - The Beatles

    Mr Writer - Stereophonics

    Everyday I write the book - Elvis Costello

    He was my Brother - Simon and Garfunkel

    Are friends electric - Gary Numan & Tubeway Army

    It's the end of the world as we know it - R.E.M

    The Modern World - The Jam

  • Comment number 37.

    Loads of brilliant suggestions that could fill the show and I expect Sal will say to Simon, as she usually does... "How can there possibly be any songs about a typewriiter?"

  • Comment number 38.

    ENDLESS GREY RIBBON - NICK LOWE

  • Comment number 39.

    Good morning all from a damp and increasingly windy place


    I can remember learning to type on an old Imperial 66 typewriter and the sound of the bell when you got to the end of the line so

    (YOU CAN) RING MY BELL - ANITA WARD

  • Comment number 40.

    You know that moment when you're typing too quickly and the two hammers meet and get stuck wedged together?

    STEALERS WHEEL - Stuck In The Middle With You

    HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS - Stuck With You

    And there's also:
    NICK LOWE - ENDLESS GREY RIBBON

    And for those attempts which weren't good enough quality due to too many mistakes you can always turn them into something else:
    STATUS QUO - Paper Plane

  • Comment number 41.

    END OF THE LINE - TRAVELLING WILBURYS

  • Comment number 42.

    Morning Greetings Ter Mr Mayo & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    A don't wanter bring any gloom of me own ter the blog, especially when Simon says it's gloomy outside and INDEED uo 'ere in Merseyside it's a wet start ter the dee... But sun is forcecast later this afternoon.... Ter add some brightness of me own... But also being a realist terdee is a dee of promononince....

    Terdee is the 21-11-12.... Or written backwards it is also 21-11-12!!!!!!!!!!!
    Or turned around it is also 21-11-12!!!!!!!!
    Basically which ever way yer look at it the 21-11-12 is always gonna be 21-11-12 - know what am sayin'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also ter is EXACTLY one month from the predicted end of the world by The Mayans aka the ancient egyptians!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ave been waiting for this date for years and man does time go fast.... It's 'ere already!!!!!!!!!
    So will the world end on 21st December 2012!!!!!!!!!!
    Many think so... Alotta celebs are taking it seriously..... Maybe even a few at CIN giving large amounts just in case!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Do a think the world will end in a month?????????

    Am easy either way.... If judgement dee arrives a can go with a clear conscience as basically am a nice man who never does bad ter any other 'uman!!!!!!
    Am not perfect by far... But am not nasty ter others or ter animals!!!!!!!!
    And if it doesn't end.... Then am easy too ter carry on trying ter create a 'appy and positive path through all the madness that seems ter surround me!!!!!!!!!!
    Still looking just ter simply 'ave a decent job with a nice wife and family!!!!!!!!!
    Got the job although presently strike action and politics is going on where a work!!!!!!!
    Maybe Stobart will come in and give us all a 30 per cent pay cut!!!!!!! (that's what the famous company is well known for doing in the 'aulage industry) (undercuts it's rivals and pays the drivers less than other companies!!!!)

    Looking at 'ow could it all end.... A don't think it will but what do a know!!!!!?????

    Maybe Israel will nuke Gazza just before Christmas... Then Iran will nuke Israel with nukes we knew they were trying ter make but we didn't relaise they already 'ad!!!!!!!
    Than the U.S will nuke Iran!!!!!!!!!!
    Looking on the brightside at least Dave aka Cameron could step in then and ask is there any nuclear waste that could be salvaged from the middle east tension ter 'elp power Sellafield!!!!!!!!!!
    So all is not bad blog friends!!!!!!!!!!!

    Either way am easy all.... It's not my fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    One thing for sure..... Am gonna ask me Mum... Just in case ter cook an early Crimbo dinner on the 20th of December complete with a whole bowl full of 'er super duper 'omemade bread sauce ter tip all over me turkey dinner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tatty bye!

  • Comment number 43.

    GENESIS (or Phil Collins' own version) - Between the Lines

  • Comment number 44.

    PS The 'ollies - 'e Ain't 'eavy 'e's My Brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PPPS Am not boasting or overly saying am a nice person... But 100% TRUE:

    A regularly for 5 years used when a drove a mobile 44 tonne bomb.... Aka me tanker of 8 different 'ighly flammable solvents... With a lot lower flash point than petroleum.... A used ter go regular inter The Brother factory at Ruabon near Wrexham with a cocktail of solvents for them ter keep their ink vats well inked up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sad day ter see them close!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 45.

    Morning all

    Grey, misty and very wet here!

    Quick poop in to second #18 Under your Thumb - Godley & Creme

    Had to be done molly!!

    Tortie

  • Comment number 46.

    Hi all,
    Day 5 of sweating off this bug I picked up at CiN (why don't you go to the DR's says Mr e - cos I can't face getting dressed and going out there!!)
    Tricky theme today but they're usually the bestest.
    Only one I can think of (apols if already suggested)

    Living in a box - by living in a box

    or anything from
    Songs in the Key of Life.

    Jammin' get's my vote too, brill.

    Back later if I can stay with it

  • Comment number 47.

    I must admit I had to G***le 'Brother' as I couldn't see the link but then all became clear.....

    JW

  • Comment number 48.

    HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT Gladys and her pips
    for the line
    'take the ribbon from your hair' - now that is what I call a bad day at the office!

  • Comment number 49.

    Coffee time...

    Being a fan of Tired Pony (well, the one album of theirs that I have - did they do any others?) I am looking forward to Taylor Swift's session this evening. I know the interview has been pre-recorded - I heard a rumour that she was dating someone from One Direction (are they even old enough?). Don't suppose Simon will have asked her about that though...

    #31 I wouldn't have...

    ;o)

    #42 Bingo, you do make me smile! Of course all this 'end of the world' stuff is just twaddle. At least, I think it is...

    #46 Sorry to hear you're still feeling poorly Suzieeee. It seems to have hit quite a number of the call takers from Friday. I was so paranoid about getting ill and not being able to go that I dosed myself up with vitamins for about 3 weeks beforehand, which is possibly why I've managed to avoid it.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 50.

    #29, 30, 33 Jennie, Shona, Erica - thanks!

    Cappuccino inspiratino.

    For "the instrumental/rock 'n' roll slot" just before the news....

    Anyone remember this?

    THE TYPEWRITER SONG - Jerry Lewis

    Doesn't really start until 1 min in...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ozd6W1wyzo

  • Comment number 51.

    Deebee, do you have any suggestions for what the Saw Doctors can do whilst they're in Cambridge on Monday afternoon?

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/photo.php?fbid=10151171088639611&set=a.181306404610.124014.89284694610&type=1&theater

    Are you going to see them? They're brilliant live and always enjoy themselves and I think they have a few fans on here and I'm going to see them on Friday week. Tonight I'm going to see Bellowhead, or as Simon calls them, 'the mighty Bellowhead' and I have never seen them before and I think the smallish stage at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh is going to be pretty full!

  • Comment number 52.

    Some typewriters had a 'daisy wheel' rather than a ribbon, so........

    WHEELS - THE STRING-A-LONGS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zb6H4b_oiA

    JW

  • Comment number 53.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Angel Fingers' by Wizzard

    'Words' by The Monkees (You're an intelligent lot, I don't need to tell you why The Monkees are relevant)

    'Take A Letter, Maria' by New Riders Of The Purple Sage

  • Comment number 54.

    I remember there being toy typewriters (the girl who lived next door to me when I was a wee boy had one), and a quick call to Lady Cumference confirms that she had one and the manufacturer was called 'Petite'.

    So may I therefore suggest:

    CHRIS BARBER'S JAZZ BAND (featuring Monty Sunshine) - PETITE FLEUR

    JACKIE WILSON - Reet Petite

  • Comment number 55.

    Morning all

    Weather wretched here in Robin Hood County - think I'll need my scuba gear for walking/floating the mutt round the park later.

    Only one that springs to mind so far is:

    'You're History' - Shakespeare's Sister

    N xx

  • Comment number 56.

    Morning All,

    Nightshift' The Commodores

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 57.

    #52 Jennie - that's got me thinking, if you typed really fast (120wpm?), maybe you ran the risk....

    THIS WHEEL'S ON FIRE - Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger & The Trinity

  • Comment number 58.

    DISSIDENTS - THOMAS DOLBY

    PO BOX 9847 - THE MONKEES

  • Comment number 59.

    hi all

    wordyrappinghood-tom tom club

    abc-jackson 5

    tie a yellow RIBBON -dawn

  • Comment number 60.

    #53 Bunner/PoS - complete works before 5.05?

    Another one for fast typists...

    SMOKIN' THE KEYS - Delta Rhythm Section/Atmosphere from the "Old School Classics' album, which I have worn out from overplaying in my car!

  • Comment number 61.

    Sunny in the front, raining in the back.

    Funny old world.

    Time to batten down the hatches methinks!

    Yikes!

  • Comment number 62.

    Lovely day here, shame I am stuck waiting for my car, Paul Simon singing about a sunny day in my ears to block out the dreadful music.

    Lots of catching up to do.

    Well done for all the mentions last night, especially Stressed Erica for your double!

    Welcome to Tom & Richard who posted yesterday - better to pick songs earlier if you can.

    JBG I misread your #14 from yesterday "as a mother of 3 boys. ..." I thought for a moment you were a girl!

    Also JBG I've still not seen Skyfall - something happens every time I plan to see it.

    And finally, yes, your Jammin' choice is great.

    I saw Breaking Dawn part 2 last night. Daft & hugely entertaining, it was great fun. Huge plot twist that had me gasping then laughing. Something that isn't in the book. Simon's comment at the very end of the Wittertainment podcast is just right.

    #37 Flo - yes, Sal's comment makes me chuckle / groan every time. I love the huge variety of song we come up with. And jealous you are seeing Bellowhead - have a fantastic time.

    Lovely long blog from himself today. I too have a soft spot for Ewan, the smile helps.

    I was taught to type at school but was woeful. I taught myself years later with "Mavis Beacon".

    Molly & others I like your Orange Juice suggestion. My first office job was in an office & there was much ripping up & starting again.

  • Comment number 63.

    #61 Sal - why do you think we have a boat on our yard ready & waiting for weather such as todays?

    Parsley - hope you enjoyed 6Music as much as I do - I just need to get the old-cassette player out of the car & a CD-player DAB Radio installed in the Xsara.

    A question for the Bloggers - can anyone remember that classical piece that's often used for incidental music with a typewriter tapping away to the rhythm of the tune?

    Ta Ta from a soggy Horsforth.

  • Comment number 64.

    Hi Simon,

    I learnt to type on one of these .... so it has to be .....

    HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER!! - THE HOLLIES

  • Comment number 65.

    I was taught to type when I was in the 6th form at school. We had to type to a record - can't remember what it was - keeping the rhythm. We also had 'hoods' put over the keyboard so that we couldn't see the keys and had to 'touch type'. I never did type well but it gave me a headstart when computers arrived and keyboard skills came to the fore again.

    JW

  • Comment number 66.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2LJ1i7222c

    I think this is what you are thinking of Lady_Stormrider and posted by Stressed Erica #5

    JW

  • Comment number 67.

    #63 - Lady_S - I'd only tuned into R6 by accident, but I'll have to listen in more regularly. I can only get it via my TV - thanks to Freeview.
    Thanks also for the typing advice all those years ago. It's certainly been useful with all the computer usage.
    Has anyone else tuned in to the new series of ISIHAC on R4 ? I missed the first show, but this week's was the best I've heard for some time. Some great entries from the Uxbridge English dictionary. Unfortunately I can only remember the one :-

    Canary - extremely hirsute

    I look forward to the next edition

  • Comment number 68.

    Deebee @ area 49 about me 43 - All a can add is do what am doing... Be nice ter yer fellow 'umans... Then if 21st December is the end... Yer can go ter the Purley Gates with a clear conscience!!!!!!!!
    And if it is nooooooooooooooooot the end of the world on the above mentioned date then come the 22nd of December... Yer will 'ave become a nicer person.... Not that yer noot a nice person now... Just extra nice - know what am sayin!!!!!!!!

    Know what am tryin' ter say!!!!???!!!!!

    Peace ter ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 69.

    #62 Amelia, I have never seen Bellowhead before and since Simon calls them 'mighty', I'm thinking it will be a good night, especially with 11 band members on a smallish stage at a venue that was once a church hall until 1976 when it was turned into a music venue and opened by the Queen... maybe how it got its Queen's Hall name! (?).

    Three weeks ago I turned down the offer of a friend's spare free TV show ticket when her husband didn't want to go, to Stirling Castle tonight see the TV recording of Rod Stewart's Christmas show.... with Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue and Nicola Benedetti, but I was already looking forward to Bellowhead and had tickets since June.

    The TV show means being at Stirling Castle at 6'ish and a dress code of cocktail dress, dinner jacket, kilts etc and I'd rather wear my jeans to see Bellowhead! I've seen Rod Stewart at Edinburgh castle two years ago and I'm not keen on 'sickly smooth' Mr Buble but had it been a different night, I would have gone, even though it meant dressing up!

  • Comment number 70.

    Think you have def made the right choice Flo. You would be mad to swap Bellowhrad for any of them. Rod doesn't really do it for me, saw him ages ago at a works organised thing in a hideously huge arena, horrid.

    Car didn't cost as much as I feared!!!

  • Comment number 71.

    I was never taught to type at school, as I went to a grammar school where it was expected pupils would all go on to either University or the Civil Service rather than become a 'lowly' secretary (my headmistress's sentiments, not mine!) And as Simon said, there was really no other reason to learn to type in those days... Later I got a job which involved a small amount of typing, and I basically taught myself from a book.

    #51 If the weather's anything like it is today Flo, their best bet would be to go to the cinema. Or they could have a look round the Fitzwilliam Museum... No, I'm not going to see them. In fact I haven't got any gigs, shows or the like booked at the moment... must do something about that.

    :o)

  • Comment number 72.

    I've just had a look at Bellowhead on YOU***e and it looks as if you are in for a fun evening, Florence

    JW

  • Comment number 73.

    I'm going to see Bell X1 on Friday *jumps up & down while grinning*

    Last time I had tickets the snow was so bad we couldn't get out of my village.

  • Comment number 74.

    #71... sorry you have a not very nice day, Deebee, as Shona will confirm as she's not too far away, it's a really mild, sunny day here in south east Scotland and I hope it improves for you.

    I saw the Saw Doctors' message about wanting something to do in Cambridge next Monday afternoon, on their facebook page as they seem to like to look around the towns and cities where they're appearing and post pics on their website and facebook.

    #72... That's good Jennie, probably much more fun than the 'posh do' tonight at Stirling Castle!! ;o)

    :o))

  • Comment number 75.

    Amelia, I love live shows and luckily so does my OH... I hope you enjoy your Bell X1 gig on Friday, but call me old-fashioned as I'm not familiar with them.

    I'm going to what should be a good show on Saturday at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh with my favourite Phantom and Jean Valjean, John Owen-Jones, Ruthie Henshall, who was Simon's guest a few weeks ago, Keith Jack from Joseph, a 65-piece orchestra and a choir of 140 youngsters and it's being filmed for a DVD so it should make a nice pressie for my musicals loving friends!

    http://www.scotsman.com/edinburgh-evening-news/latest-news/preview-an-evening-of-movies-musicals-at-christmas-1-2639044

  • Comment number 76.

    OK, I'd like to propose that the world waits another year (at least) before ending. I've got some new CDs that I haven't listened to yet (although the trip into London this evening will take care of Celebration Day!) and I'm intending to treat myself to the super-value boxed set of the first 10 Joni Mitchell albums, and I've already got two gigs booked for March with, hopefully, another in March if I manage to get a Neil Young ticket.

    so there's still too much to listen to for it all to end yet :-)

  • Comment number 77.

    Tonight, it's off to the Union Chapel to see Emily Barker & The Red Halo.

    If you've ever watched Brannagh's Wallander, you've heard one of Emily's songs. And if you watched that Shadow Line thriller last year (?) with the policeman who was recovering from being shot in the head and had a suitcase of money in his wardrobe and iddn't know why, then you've heard another of her songs :-)

  • Comment number 78.

    I'm trying to come up with an inspirational 3 worder, but wonder if that is what is required, when 'cold wet, miserable' seems to make the grade these days!

    Goes off for a thunk...

  • Comment number 79.

    Ps, Flo, dont you just fancy a night in now and again? ;)

  • Comment number 80.

    #74 I am seriously thinking of moving to Scotland... you often seem to have better weather than we do darn saaf...

    #75 Phew - so glad you said that, Florence. I have never heard of them either. Will definitely look them up - one of the great things about this blog is discovering new music.

    A bit random but still on the subject of bands - I'm not a big fan of Mumford and Sons, but I do quite enjoy their music from time to time. However, whenever I see pictures or videos of them I am always surprised at how good looking they are. I wonder why that should be...

    #76 I'll second that...!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 81.

    Hehe... I'm only out on two nights this week, Sal, then next Friday the Saw Doctors, three nights in December for June Tabor and Oysterband, Runrig and Them Beatles (a brilliant Beatles' tribute band frrom Glasgow), then nothing much until Paul Carrack in February and Gretchen Peters and Alfie Boe in March! Edinburgh has such a lot of shows and is too near to not go to ones we enjoy... sometimes with my husband and others with friends and is a good night out!

  • Comment number 82.

    Two nights out for me this week, but really wish I could do three as I would really like to see Tift Merritt tomorrow night. But I'm tired, and broke til payday.

  • Comment number 83.

    Haha, luckily for me, especially with no payday in sight, I do like my nights in, and looking out there just now, I'd take a lot of persuading to go out.

    Yikes, some low flying school children just going past the window!

  • Comment number 84.

    I'd love to go to more live events, but they are just so darn expensive. I was looking at the Roger Waters 'The Wall' show as a possible Christmas present for Mr B, as he is a big Floyd fan, but tickets are upwards of £70. Plus the cost of the train fare to get there - for a night out for two you're looking at about £200. Ouch!! And even in Cambridge most of the more popular acts start at about £30 per ticket...

    *climbs down off soapbox*

    :o/

  • Comment number 85.

    I agree with you, Deebee - even down here, near sunny (not) Southend, for the two of us to go out for an evening at the local theatre/concert hall, it costs around £150 when it is all added up - not cheap.

    JW

  • Comment number 86.

    #80 Deebee, re the weather north/south divide, I took these two pics at about 4pm, to show you how nice it has been today, with not a cloud in the sky. The sun was going down behind the horizon at the front of my house and a quick look to the left to see the moon.

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8487/8206550858_a397bebe02_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8338/8206550738_f44ff6056b_b.jpg

  • Comment number 87.

    #83... Sal, the mind boggles with flying school children going past your window! :o))

  • Comment number 88.

    £15 for Emily Barker tonight at the Union Chapel, and I recall Deep Dark Woods at the Borderline in the summer was even cheaper. Kathleen Edwards at Bush Hall next month is £20

    Plenty of value, and great music, out there to be had at smaller venues, certainly in London. I think John Hiatt at £45ish is the most expensive ticket I've bought this year out of 16 gigs I will have been to.

    Obviously if you're a fair way out from the venue the travel gets more expensive.

    Van Morrison with his £150 tickets can go and take a hike.

  • Comment number 89.

    Simon / NYP mixing up Mandy and one of her choices for the mention for WORDYRAPPINGHOOD - Tom Tom Club I think. Unless we have a blogger Melanie hiding somewhere.

    There is an old Confession on You Tube to the same effect as Sal's story about hiding to get into somewhere for free.

    Sir C when you have a moment still looking forward to hearing your story.

  • Comment number 90.

    All this Talk of peanut butter putting me off dinner.... VILE MUCK!

    Saw a poster of how it is REALLY made: Lots of olde ladies chewing peanuts and holding a part full jar of PNB....Yummy!!

  • Comment number 91.

    Probably missed my opportunity but Typewriters got to be Trouble In Mind by Janis Joplin recorded with someone using a typewriter in the background. Brilliant track and not enough Janis Joplin played on the radio.

  • Comment number 92.

    I've always had my suspicions about peanut butter - food of the devil, in my opinion - yuk!

  • Comment number 93.

    Sorry Flo, I was a bit further away than expected with my lovely newbees but I can agree that the weather was rather nice today here too! The Rod et al concert at the castle here was kept top secret until after the event and I think is to be broadcast on TV in December.

    Laughed when I heard Irregular Blogger Andrew's Ring My Bell and Mr W was impressed when I told him before Simon said it who would get a menshe for the tune!

    Had such a busy night, my mind has gone a bit blank for other menshes - sorry.

    Deebee, move to Scotland anytime;0)

    Amelia, hope your car bill wasn't too painful.

    Off to relax...............

  • Comment number 94.

    Have great evenings all

    See you tomorrow

    JW

  • Comment number 95.

    Can someone tell Rod Stewart and his gang to stop letting off fireworks please! They are upsetting my dogpoppets. ;(

    It's like world war 3 here!

 

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