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Simon Mayo | 07:28 UK time, Thursday, 26 August 2010

Well Autumn is well and truly here and it feels like a weekend of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Which is fine apart from the obligation to spend most of it in a tent. I used to love camping-all our family holidays were caravaning ones-but find that middle-age brings with it the desire for a decent bed. And curtains. Oh and warmth. Still compulsory family time, you know how it goes.
And you might be in the mood for a hearty stew but Nigel is promising a salad made with stale bread. I told him last week that it didn't get the pulse racing exactly but an Italian Panzanella salad is what it is. So let's all join in with the enthusiasm that we would greet a golden syrup sponge and custard with. 'Yes Nigel, nice basil leaves. Super tomatoes. Stunning balsamic vinegar. Pass the treacle.'
And oldies I hear you ask? Well this weekend sees Newqay hosting the British Surf Championships on Fistral Beach. What a place to be this weekend! There'll be a limit to the number of Beach Boys tunes available so lets think waves, boards and wetsuits.
And let's go surfing from 5.05...



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  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning Simon & Team

    Really enjoyed yesterday's show


  • Comment number 2.

    Morning all.

    Well if there is a limit on Beachboys tunes, let's start with the obvious -

    SURFIN' USA - The Beachboys

  • Comment number 3.

    Oh yes -




  • Comment number 4.

    Oh yes -




  • Comment number 5.

    Oh dear

    Blog is misbehavin' again

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning All

    Is it Greenbelt this weekend, Simon? Have a great time. Hope it stays dry for you.

    How about ON THE BEACH by Chris Rea. And I second KatyMac's First Class choice.

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 7.

    In view of Mr Mcw's recent success, how about


  • Comment number 8.

    Oops, where are my manners??

    Good Morning Everyone, hope you have all dried out!

  • Comment number 9.

    Hello there fellow blogpoppets!


    I may be an old rock chick but I can do cheesy, oh yes indeed

  • Comment number 10.

    WALKING ON SUNSHINE - Katrina & The Waves

    BODY SURFING - Santana

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning All,

    'Echo Beach' Martha and the Muffins
    or either
    'Peaches' The Stranglers
    'Always The Sunshine' The Stranglers

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 12.

    Great choices BB


  • Comment number 13.

    As Drive is a 'grown-up' show I wonder, Simon, if you dare play the intriguing:



  • Comment number 14.

    BLUES BEACH - Steely Dan

    GALVESTON - Glen Campbell

    BIG WAVE - Pearl Jam

  • Comment number 15.


    HOIB candidate?

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning all!

    My thoughts for the day are;

    SAILING - CHRISTOPHER CROSS (Or indeed RIDE LIKE THE WIND - either is appropriate!)

    And I heartily second KatyMac's brilliant suggestion at #3/4




  • Comment number 17.

    More sensibly -

    CREST OF THE WAVE - Ana Johnsson

  • Comment number 18.

    Oh, and a song we never hear enough of...


    I thank you...

  • Comment number 19.

    [part of] Echoes by Pink Floyd

    A life on the ocean wave [goodness knows who recorded it!]

    1. Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beach Boys
    2. Wipe Out - The Surfaris
    3. Pipeline - The Chantays
    4. Misirlou - Dick Dale & the Del-Tones
    5. Surfer Girl - The Beach Boys
    6. Surf City - Jan & Dean
    7. Let's Go Trippin' - Dick Dale & the Del-Tones
    8. Surfin' Safari - The Beach Boys
    9. Walk-Don't Run '64 - The Ventures
    10. Penetration - The Pyramids
    11. Ride The Wild Surf - Jan & Dean
    12. The Lonely Surfer - Jack Nitzsche
    13. Surfer Joe - The Surfaris
    14. Honolulu Lulu - Jan & Dean
    15. Baja - The Astronauts
    16. Catch A Wave - The Beach Boys
    17. Surfer's Stomp - The Marketts
    18. California Sun - The Rivieras
    19. Moon Dawg - The Gamblers
    20. Mr. Moto - Bel Airs
    21. Surf Beat - Dick Dale & the Del-Tones
    22. Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
    23. Bombora - The Atlantics
    24. Diamond Head - The Ventures
    25. Lonely Sea - The Beach Boys
    26. Bustin' Surfboards - The Tornadoes
    27. Point Panic - The Surfaris
    28. Perfidia - The Ventures
    29. Soul Surfer - Johnny Fortune
    30. Stoked - The Beach Boys
    31. Noble Surfer - The Beach Boys
    32. Surf Rider - The Lively Ones
    33. Mr. Rebel - Eddie & The Showmen
    34. Tell 'Em I'm Surfin' - Fantastic Baggys
    35. New York's a Lonely Town - Trade Winds
    36. Beyond the Surf - Jack Nitzsche
    37. Let's Go! - The Routers
    38. Surfin' - The Beach Boys
    39. Shake N' Stomp - The Surfaris
    40. King Of The Surf Guitar (vocal version) - Dick Dale & the Del-Tones
    41. My Big Gun Board - The Rip Chords
    42. Kame-Kaze - The Challengers
    43. Tidal Wave - Dick Dale & the Del-Tones
    44. Surf Jam - The Beach Boys
    45. Pipeline - Dick Dale with Stevie Ray Vaughan (1987)
    46. Mar Gaya - Fender IV
    47. Surf Sacrifice - The Eliminators
    48. Surfer's Delight - Bruce Johnston
    49. Banzai Washout - Dick Dale & the Del-Tones
    50. Surf-Ari - The Challengers
    51. The Inebriated Surfer - The Tornadoes
    52. Surf-A-Nova - Bruce Johnston
    53. Surf Man - Richie Allen & The Pacific Surfers
    54. Surfers' Slide - Richie Allen & The Pacific Surfers
    55. He's My Blonde Headed Stompie-Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy - Little Pattie
    56. In-Liner (Surf Beat '97) - Dick Dale
    57. Balboa Blue - The Marketts
    58. Surfin' And Spyin' - The Ventures
    59. Big Wednesday - The Rip Chords
    60. Surfin' 'Round The World - Bruce Johnston
    61. K-39 - The Challengers
    62. Fiberglass Jungle - The Crossfires
    63. Toes On The Nose - Eddie & The Showmen
    64. Santa Cruz - The Ventures
    65. Surf Trek - Davie Allan & Dick Dale
    66. Gone Surfin' - Gary Hoey
    67. Save Your Sundays For Surfin' - Fantastic Baggys
    68. Surfer Dan - The Turtles
    69. The Sweet Ride - The Supertones
    70. I Live For the Sun - The Sunrays
    71. Malibu Run - Fender IV
    72. Surfin's Here To Stay - Bruce Johnston
    73. Black Surf - Surf Guitar Villains
    74. Surfer's Life - The Blue Stingrays
    75. Shootin' The Pier - The Lively Ones
    76. Summer Means Fun - Bruce and Terry
    77. Two On The Beach - The Ventures
    78. Surfin' Tragedy - The Sentinals
    79. Surfin' Natasha - The Mel-Tones
    80. Surfin' Time Again - Little Pattie
    81. The Perfect Wave - Neil Norman
    82. Surfin' School - The Del-Tinos
    83. Surf Party - The Blue Stingrays
    84. Shangai Surf - The Supertones
    85. Pray For Surf - The Essex
    86. Curl Rider Stomp - The Mel-Tones
    87. The Ninth Wave - The Bomboras
    88. Caught in the Undertow - The Retroliners
    89. Surfmania - The Aqua Velvets
    90. King Of The Surf - The Trashmen
    91. Parafin Jungle - The Eliminators
    92. You'll Never Surf In This Town Again - The Mel-Tones
    93. Sex Wax - Surf Nation
    94. Sultans of Surf - Surf Guitar Villains
    95. Return Of The Surfin' Headhunters - The Mel-Tones
    96. Surf Blaster - The Vara-Tones
    97. Surf Nouveau - The Aqua Velvets
    98. Curl Rider - Surf Nation
    99. Ghost Wave - The Verbtones
    100. Little Miss Red Riding Hood Surfer Queen Of Hollywood - Jim Pewter

    and of course, the theme music to 'Hawaii 5 -0'

  • Comment number 20.

    #19 *speechless*

  • Comment number 21.

    If you're looking in ----

    Happy Birthday Nic!


  • Comment number 22.

    Morning all!

    Are we fixed?

    Happy birthday Nic! Have a great day.

    Well done to Gaily, Alison and Alex-H for the menshes. It was a great show yesterday.

    Well done also to Mr MCW for the day skipper. I know how hard the course is as a couple of friends have done it.

    I was going to suggest Wipe Out by the Surfaris but see it is in the extensive list provided at #19 so won't.

    Catch you all later. Have a good day one and all!


  • Comment number 23.

    Not fixed. Some sort of virus, me-thinks.

    Alex H - you definitely deserve the HOIB!!!!

  • Comment number 24.

    #9 Can't go wrong with a bit of cheesy Cliff, Katy!

    #11 I'll second Echo Beach, BB.

    #19 !!!!!!!??????!!!!!! I think that just might have done for the blog today!

    ahh but you forgot


  • Comment number 25.

    Good choice MCW!!!

  • Comment number 26.

    #19 as speechless as Katie

    Don't think that list contains the beautiful songs Surf or Here Comes the Ocean by Roddie Frame (he's not played enough on the radio these days in IMHO)

    or Ocean Drive by The Lighthouse Family

    or Big Sur by The Thrills (not a typo - it's about the place not a f-less surf!)

    Kids left for Reading Festival at 6.30 this morning ... bit frantic when they discovered at 8pm last night that the tent had been lent out and not returned ... lovely friend saved the day (well 4 days) with loan ... house to ourselves ... yippee

  • Comment number 27.

    Happy Birthday Nicrolastic!

    How about the theme from the film 'From here to eternity'. There's that famous scene with Burt Lancaster and the girl body surfing on the beach. That is what they were doing, isn't it? ;o)

    Or ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI by Brian Hyland. Think I might have trumped Alex H for the HOIB.

    Better get on with some work then...

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 28.

    Do you have enough imagination to play KARE KARE by CROWDED HOUSE from TOGETHER ALONE?

    It's about the beautiful NZ beach Kare Kare and begins:

    "I was standing on a wave, then I made the drop"

  • Comment number 29.


  • Comment number 30.

    Morning Everyone and, of course, Simon and The Team,

    Firstly, THANK YOU for my mensh last night, Simon - ashamed to say I didn't hear it - yesterday afternoon turned pear-shaped (elder GB's orthodontic appointment was 3.40 not 4.20 as I thought - he was seen at 4.50 - marvellous orthodontist) so I missed most of the show. I did hear Alex Heney's mensh tho' so congrats Alex. I will listen again.

    As I had a mensh last night, the 2nd in as many weeks, I'm not going to suggest anything today. (that's just a cover for my usual thing of not being able to think of anything suitable to suggest).

    Warmest Welcomes to you Anna and Phillipa Chapman - I hope you hang around to enjoy the banter.

    Deevs - great to 'see' you - shame about being in the open plan office - I'm in an open plan office but my desk is right at the back in the furthest away corner :) Glad you enjoyed 'V'.

    The Fantastic Rolastic - happy birthday - I hope you have a wonderful day.

    Congrats Mr MCW on his exam result. How's your head this morning MCW? All clear?

    Katy Mac - you cheesy rock chick - I'm loving the cheesy choice.

    Alex-G - I hope the PM is going well.

    BB - good choices - I hope you get a mensh for the Stranglers.

    Deebee - where are you my lovely - is it busy in HR today?

    Has anyone seen Mark Cannon lately - haven't heard from him for what seems like ages. Mark, are you lurking? Poop by if you can

    Alsion of Eastleigh - is that another candidate for the Blog Dictionary?

    Rightio, off to look busy - the grindstone has ground to a halt today :(


  • Comment number 31.

    morning all :-)

  • Comment number 32.

    'wade in the water' Eva Cassidy

  • Comment number 33.

    #30 Was called Nosila at school when playing the backwards name game ... will be Alsion for the rest of today :-)

  • Comment number 34.

    'beach boy blues' Elvis

  • Comment number 35.

    "Sea of Love" - The Honeydrippers

  • Comment number 36.

    #33 Never came across the backwards name game. I would be Xela - sounds a bit Warrior Princess! My full name would be Ardnaxela which sounds like a laxative.........

  • Comment number 37.

    'Rockaway beach' The Ramones

  • Comment number 38.

    #36 patent it quickly!

  • Comment number 39.

    My top choice of the day 'Summer breeze' The Isley Brothers

  • Comment number 40.

    'lets go surfing' The Drums

  • Comment number 41.

    'splish splash' Bobby Darin

  • Comment number 42.

    #30 Hi Gaily. I think Mark Cannon said a while ago that his current job meant he couldn't post during the day any more. Frustrating isn't it, when work gets in the way of the all-important job of blogging.

    Dentistry does seem to be a theme today. Simon tweeted earlier that he was going to the hygenist (poor lamb - I HATE that), Gaily's GB had an appointment with the orthodontist yesterday, and my own GB has a check-up this afternoon. It's the first time he's been on his own so I'm a bit nervous, but as he's off to Uni next month it's about time he started doing stuff like that without Mum. I guess...

    Another song suggestion: TO THE SEA by Jack Johnson. I'm not sure if it's a single though.

  • Comment number 43.

    California Girls by David Lee Roth please Simon.

    I remember him riding on a giant surfboard on wheels from boxing ring (which he abseiled into for the opening) to the stage at Wembley Barnatorium on a solo tour while singing the song.

    Of course, many beers have been consumed since then so time may have dulled the memory.

  • Comment number 44.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Knock, knock'
    'Who's there?'
    'Old Father Time'
    'Old Father Time who'
    'No, you wassock, this isn't a schoolboy joke, it really is Old Father Time'
    'Oh, sorry, I did't recognise you. Is there something I can do for you?'
    'Yes, I have this year to deliver, but I don't have an accurate address.'
    'What do I want a year for?'
    'Oh, it's not for you, I was hoping someone here would be kind enough to pass it on to Nic, to add to his growing collection of years'
    ' OK, then leave it on the doorstep, and either someone here will pass it on to him, or the neighbours might spot it and hand it on. Although I'm not sure he will really want ANOTHER year.'

    Happy Birthday, Nic. From The Blogpoppets.

  • Comment number 45.

    So, surfs up, is it?

    'Wake Up The Nation' by Paul Weller

    'Wipe Out' by The Surfaris

    'Riptide' by Robert Palmer

    'Riptide' by Lou Reed

    Thou Swell' by Nat King Cole

    Hey, Cowabunga, dudes!

  • Comment number 46.

    Morning Simon

    How about this:

    Katrina and the Waves "Walking on Sunshine"

  • Comment number 47.

    #44 - i like that PoS - very good :)


  • Comment number 48.

    #46, Maverick - suggested at post #10 :)

  • Comment number 49.

    #48 - but you don't mind sharing, do you Alex?


  • Comment number 50.

    Oh and the 50?

  • Comment number 51.

    That'll be a resounding yes.

    I thang you!

    Gaily :)

  • Comment number 52.

    Trying for a fiver PoS.


  • Comment number 53.

    She shoots, she scores?

  • Comment number 54.

    Five in a row - hullo!!! (a la the footie chant for 3 in a row, I think)


  • Comment number 55.

    Well done on the 50 and the fiver Gaily!

    Bit quiet here today! I have my dead down at work - on holibobs for a few days from 5pm today and have a shed load of stuff to do before I go! We are just off to the bolt hole for some r&r (cat free r&r at that)so I might lurk via my phone.

    Must get back to my reports. Will poop by later when I need a break!

  • Comment number 56.

    #55 I have my HEAD down at work.

  • Comment number 57.

    #49, not at all Gaily

  • Comment number 58.

    Anyhoos, after getting two menshes yesterday, I shouldn't expect anything today :)

  • Comment number 59.

    Just had a laugh out loud moment...

    I'm typing up some handwritten notes from my boss and mistook cucumber for chamber - (he's talking about rainwater drainage and a drain chamber with an 8" (203mm) diameter) - I typed a "cucumber with an 8" diameter". I think I need a hat of inappropriate transription - a HOIT - or should I just get my coat?


  • Comment number 60.


    In the words of the immortal Beez, you just gave me a tea on screen moment!

    What with your cucumber and me bringing dead people to work, it is a strange old day!


  • Comment number 61.

    Oh no - chances of confusion have just increased - two Alexes on the blog at once.

    AG - Thank you - I think it ended up a sixer but didn't want to push my luck by posting again before anyone else had had a chance. I hope you have a wonderful time at the bolt hole - who has the pleasure of the GKs?

    AH - I knew you were a kind and sharing sort of chap - I'm sure Maverick will appreciate your kindness.


  • Comment number 62.

    #60 Aw Alex - sorry - apologoes to any others who have a tea on screen moment reading #59.

    Now Alex - get back to work my lovely - you've got loads to do before home time. It's not that I don't enjoy your company, I just don't want you getting in a panic later.

    Gaily :)

  • Comment number 63.

    #59 Erratum - it was outflow drainage not rainwater drainage. Apologoes.


  • Comment number 64.

    #59 Erratum - it was outflow (from a bio-disc unit) drainage not rainwater drainage. Apologoes.


  • Comment number 65.

    oh no, I've broken the blog!!! :(

  • Comment number 66.

    LOL at Gaily's cucumber! Will go in search of some hats and cakes for the deserving few ...

    How about the ultimate beach chill out track:

    GROOVE ARMADA - AT THE RIVER [should be seaside]

    "If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air
    Quaint little villages here and there ..."


  • Comment number 67.

    Deebee - I knew there was something I wanted to say - I hope your GB gets on well at the dentist today - I'm sure he'll manage just fine - you're probably more nervous than he is. The elder GB has a fantastic orthodontist - he was so lovely yesterday when I got the time completely wrong - should have been there at 3.40 but I thought the appointment was 4.20 doh! From what the receptionist said, he hadn't even stopped for lunch yesterday. I was really grateful that he saw EGB.

    Now then, I wonder if the blog's working again?


  • Comment number 68.

    For Nic:

    ........... () ...........

  • Comment number 69.

    For Gaily - 50th post today

    ....................◒ . ◒...............
    .................... ╰╯ ................

  • Comment number 70.

    #67 Thanks Gaily - I'm sure you're right.

  • Comment number 71.

    #68 Woohoo! - the first outing for our blogpoppet cake. Hope Nic comes along soon to blow out the candle, so we can all have a piece.

  • Comment number 72.

    #68 - Nic - you are honoured - I think you're the first recipient of the blog birthday cake - now blow out the candle and make a wish.

    #69 - thank you Katy - that's made me smile. :)

    #70 - let me know how he gets on Deebs. :) Btw, did you get my reply to the FB message?


  • Comment number 73.

    #71 & #72 - great minds, Deebs...


  • Comment number 74.

    For Deebee - for Itsy Bitsy etc.

    ....................◒ . ◒
    .................... ~

  • Comment number 75.

    #74 - wear it with pride Deebs.


  • Comment number 76.

    Well you guys, I'm outta here 'til Tuesday - woo hoo.

    A weekend of tidying and pottering before the return to the old routine. I'm hoping for a day out on Saturday with the GBs but will see how the weather is doing before any final decisions are made. The elder GB is going ski-ing on Monday with a mate so he's super hyper about that. The younger GB and I will find something equally exciting to occupy ourselves with, I hope. If not, it'll be an afternoon on the sofa with a supply of dvds and goodies.

    Have a fab and groovy weekend you gorgeous blogpoppets and 'see' you next week.

    Good luck with menshes - actually thinking about it I may poop by with an ARF opener tomorrow so may 'see' you then.

    Anyhoo, toodle-oo for noo.

    GailyB x

  • Comment number 77.

    Cheery-bob, GailyB, hope your weekend (whatever one of those is) is all you'd hope it to be.

  • Comment number 78.

    #72 If you haven't quite gone yet - yes I did get your reply, thanks. Hope you get the dates sorted out with your ex.

    #74 #75 Thank you. I shall indeed wear it with pride.

  • Comment number 79.

    Rightio, you guys, it's nearly home time - woo hoo!!!

    Hoping for a day out on Saturday with the GBs followed the rest of the weekend by pottering and tidying before the return to the old routine. The EGB is off ski-ing on Monday with a mate so he's super hyper about that. I'm sure the YGB and I will find something equally exciting to occupy ourselves with, if not, it'll be an afternoon snuggled on the sofa watching dvds and filling up on goodies.

    Have a fab and groovy weekend you gorgeous blogpoppets and 'see' you Tuesday. (Although I may sneak in with an ARF opener tomorrow - depending on time available - I have the all important coffee with the girls morning tomorrow.)

    anyhoo, toodle-oo for noo.

    Weasant Pleekend, everyone.

    GailyB x

  • Comment number 80.


    Thanks for the birthday wishes (Paul - original!) and the cake (I thought it was me skiing when I first saw it - it's my age you know!) Deevs claims she is treating me to a trip to the pub tonight...
    Not big on Beach Boys tbh - I don't have anything in common with blond American surfers, so not my bag. You could, however, play something by the magnificent Cherry Ghost's new CD, Beneath This Burning Shoreline. Saw them at V - fab - also seeing them on Oct 2nd, apparently (part of birthday treat!)


  • Comment number 81.

    Ooops - i didn't think it had posted so had to re-think what I'd said - I hope you enjoyed both versions. ;)

    I should be on FB at some point Deebee. X


  • Comment number 82.

    A couple more surf suggestions afore I go...

    'Chairman Of The Board' by Cahairman Of The Board

    'White Horses' by Jacky

    'Sea Of Heartbreak' by Johnny Cash

  • Comment number 83.

    #82 White Horses - that takes me back. One of my earliest TV memories.

  • Comment number 84.

    Good day all, apologies for the sporadic postings (I do have notes!), work has been getting in the way recently!

    Didn't catch the show last night I'm sorry to say, but a quick scan of the above tells me congratulations are in order, so well done on the menshes!

    And that cake looks lovely Katy. A piece of that would slip down nicely after my lunchtime pasty! Happy birthday Nic.

    Having missed the boat on all the surfin' tunes, here's a few for the boogie boarders out there ...





    Lunch time beckons ... later


  • Comment number 85.

    #83 me too..love that song..

  • Comment number 86.

    Just back, been busy on here

    Happy Birthday Nic
    Congrats on 50 Gaily

  • Comment number 87.

    Quick poop in to say hello and goodbye!

    Am finishing up my work ready to be out of here on the dot of 5. Dinner with friends then bolt hole tomorrow until Wednesday. Hurrah! Pet nanny coming into look after cats (yes, really - a bit like a Clever Super Nanny but for kitties) and I am sure they will enjoy a break from us too!

    So, lovely weekend to you all and thank you for your company this week!


    PS May have to pop in to post an ARF - got a cracking one for this week!

  • Comment number 88.

    #87 Have a great break Alex!

  • Comment number 89.

    #42 GB texted earlier to say he got the all clear at the dentist. And he arrived, and was seen, early!

  • Comment number 90.

    Evening all!

    #19 - Are you sure you're not from Kernow?!? :-)

    Alex - have a great weekend, free of Project management.

    Looking forward to tonight's show.




  • Comment number 91.

    Oh, and happy Birthday Nic! Hope you liked your shiny things from Deevs!

  • Comment number 92.

    Mensh in the bag for # 19 Philipa ... woo hoo.

  • Comment number 93.

    how about honolulu baby by ka'au crater boys.

  • Comment number 94.

    #92 *&%$£!!")*&****!!!!

  • Comment number 95.

    Well done Philippa! Clearly the secret to ensuring a mensh is quantity.

  • Comment number 96.


    Surfing music - how about 'O Fortuna' from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff - it was the music to the Old Spice ad which featured surfers.....

    Foxy :-)

  • Comment number 97.

    Well done KatyMac - woohoo!! A splednid tune. Bet that makes up for #94.

  • Comment number 98.

    #42 Wrong Jack Johnson song :(

    Still holding my breath for "Itsy Bitsy..." though.

  • Comment number 99.

    Shall I drop in a sneaky 3 in a row?

  • Comment number 100.



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