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  1. Sobertober bows out

    Friday 31 October 2014, 08:26

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Friday greetings and warm weekend wishes to bloggers everywhere. Warm enough for shorts of course around these parts, even if I won't be tempted. Posties and sporty-types maybe but not senior broadcasters (I will if John Humphries does). A Halloween in swimwear is an intriguing possibility however-that would shock the trick or treaters (maybe not as much as on the confession yesterday however).

    And just the one show today- your All Requester from 5 kicks off with a 1973 theme. Hello Dark Side of the Moon! Hello VAT and the Austin Allegro! Shall we watch The Sting The Exorcist or American Graffiti? We could listen to Holland by the Beach Boys or The 6 Wives Of Henry VIII by Rick Wakeman if you prefer...What would you fancy?

    5pm and have some sweets in the bowl. Thanks

  2. Doc, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, Dopey and who else?

    Thursday 30 October 2014, 10:41

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    That's a greeting now so I'm using it here.
    I think it's a Friends thing. When the series started it sounded weird when someone walked into a room and instead of saying 'hello', 'good morning' or 'greetings and salutations to you sirrah', they just said 'hey'.  And now we do it. Well I do it and it's probably annoying and signals moral decline and media depravity. Ho hum.
    Here we are then with a lovely Foody Thursday on the way and Nigel lining up a Lancashire Hot Pot. So we're talking lamb, potatoes, onions, maybe some carrots and turnips...and I think mustard. Mustard is essential here, not optional, just to give it a little warmth. Mrs M always complains about the sheer number of sauces and pickles that fill the fridge and larder but these are essentials I think. Mint sauce, chutney, hollandaise, tartare, redcurrant, all of them. Bring 'em all in Nige!
    And how about GRUMPY oldies? Not the Snow White version obvs. Apparently we in the UK are just naturally grumpy because of seratonin, or lack of it. The French are grumpier, the Danes don't even no the meaning of the word, but we are born grumpy and that's that.
    Harrumph indeed.

  3. Wednesday's Winston

    Wednesday 29 October 2014, 09:45

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Morning. Rain and low cloud here. Quiet house apart from Chris playing 'Slipping Through My Fingers' and making empty nesters blub their way into Wednesday. Apart from 'Sunrise Sunset' from Fiddler On The Roof, thats a tough one right there.  Before 8 you haven't had the time to put the protections in place so I reckon Chris took a lot of people by surprise.

    Top tunes yesterday I thought, hope you enjoyed them. It's guest time today with the irrepressible Boris Johnson. He's written a compelling biography of Winston Churchill and what a story it is. Trust me, you only know the half of it. Don't miss BoJo after 6.

    And let's do ROCKNROLL LIFESTYLE oldies please after this story that a rock star's lifestyle is, amazingly, revealed as being bad for you. Who'd have thought it? Apparently it's the most dangerous career choice, reducing your life expectancy by 25 years! Put that drum kit away kids.

    5pm then...

  4. A quarter pound of humbugs and a big computer please

    Tuesday 28 October 2014, 09:29

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Back to that old thing then. Have to make sure each blog title is different or the whole system goes crazy! As you might have noticed, we had two goes at it again yesterday as my 'Tough Guy' title was the same as the one I used for Lee Child's appearance back in September last year. We need a new super computer like the Met Office is getting, just to publish whatever nonsense I might write on a daily basis regardless of title. Why even have a title? Maybe it should just be OCTOBER 28 2014 and that should be all fine. Boring but fine. We should invest in a big IT program. Oh wait...

    Hope you enjoyed...

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  5. A Real Tough Guy

    Monday 27 October 2014, 11:18

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Morning all. Monday dawns sunny in these parts. How was your weekend? Did you achieve your aim, did you clear up after yourself?  Hope it was a good one. Mrs M had a ceramics exhibition running so it was a weekend of ferrying, careful placing and art appreciation. And child management. And a chapter written (can't tell you abut it). And a few chapters read (can tell you about it)...getting stuck into Moriaty, the new book club choice written by Anthony Horowitz. Splendid Victorian crime drama-everything you would want really and we'll be doing it a week today. 

    And we saluted child1 as he ran...

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  6. Tough guy

    Wednesday 18 September 2013, 09:01

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    I had a healthy breakfast with me for yesterday's Sting recording and then spilt my porridge in the studio. Which, I believe, made me look like a chump. Sting had some honey and water for his and he kept control of it fine. And managed to sound rather good I thought. It was fascinating how his geordie accent was so pronounced and how he says he only uses i t when he's singing a folk song or he's angry. And his kids think of it as his 'angry' voice. Sounded excellent to me.
    Today we have best selling author Lee Child, creator of Jack Reacher with us. Very tall Jack is now being played-somewhat controversially...

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  7. A Space Odyssey

    Friday 24 October 2014, 08:33

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Well obviously the food turned out to be fabulous. But then it wasn't exactly salad was it? Chick pea and egg curry and aubergine with a soy/miso thing going on and no leaves anywhere would not count as a salad methinks. But the beetroot was very beetrooty. If only we'd known...





    'It's not really salad! It's got curry and everything...'





    2 show day with movies first and Toby Jones talking about Serena with Jennifer Lawrence and also being Captain Mainwaring. He really...

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  8. Salad Yippee

    Thursday 23 October 2014, 08:55

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Well I ask you. It's always an exciting (ish) moment when Nigel says what next weeks food is going to be. Will be spicy and exotic? Wil it be rich and fabulous? Or will it be grey mullet soup...Well last week how Nigel thrilled us all with the promise of... a trio of autumn salads. Just what we wanted to hear. At the end of a long day, hard toil, sweat on brow and exhaustion in our limbs, what we really need put in front of us is a salad or three.


    'Hi Honey i'm home!'

    'Welcome home dear! Good day at work?'

    'Not bad thanks. Is supper ready? I'm starving. I deliberately...

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  9. Double Denim

    Wednesday 22 October 2014, 09:23

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Well good morning and all that stuff. Just another Wednesday to negotiate here; a child to wake up/point in the right direction, some ceramics to pack in bubblewrap (it's for a thing) and a show to assemble. And some oldies to pick! So as a number of you realised, the stormy weather theme had to be dropped once fatalities had been caused by the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo. We didn't think it would have sounded appropriate. Usually picking a theme in the morning is perfectly fine but just occasionally we have to change the plan.

    Today's will be fine, you can choose in confidence. Status Quo will...

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  10. Wind And Gas

    Tuesday 21 October 2014, 08:28

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    October weather kicking in here. Don't think our hatches will need to be battened but galoshes may be needed. Was it only in Winnie The Pooh that anyone used galoshes? Having looked them up, I realise I have never had a rubberised overboot. I shall go chasing them today. Maybe I'll pair them with a sou'wester - at least they'll see me coming. A bright yellow waxed oil-skin hat is just what we need.

    Onwards! Showtime is on the way and Andrew Marr is my guest. The BBC's former political editor has written 'a political  entertainment' called Head of State full of juicy gossip and sly asides that...

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