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Simon Mayo | 09:21 UK time, Friday, 19 November 2010

Greetings from a sunny office, peanut butter and marmite toast just finished and children and wife all in studies.In this Children In Need music marathon, we have the final leg, the mad dash to the finish. It's more of a relay really and Chris has, I'm sure you'll agree, has set off at an astonishing pace. Ken's just picked up the baton, Jezza will perform with his usual nonchalance before passing it to Richard who then offers it to Drivetime. If you have any money left to pledge, it would be great to take it from you...

Firstly to 5Live for some movies with Dr Mark. Today we unveil our Code of Conduct. We have had so much correspondence about trips to the cinema being spoiled by bad, thoughtless behaviour. You wont be surprised to know that talking and texting feature quite highly but you'll have to wait for the rest.

Top marks to blogger Andrew for getting into Mt Desolation and on this music marathon day when your old favourites are on all day. I'd love to know what new stuff you are listening to-even if no one else is! Share your passion now! I'm loving the new Ryan Bingham album even though I found it disappointing first time round.

Now it's your turn.

Have a generous, heart-warming Friday, see you at 5.05.


  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon, Morning all

    Not listening to much new music at the moment, but we did discover (and buy) Lady Antebellum (sp?) after hearing them on the show earlier in the year.

    It's very quiet round here today - all the chatterboxes must be with you in London, Simon!

    I'm going to try to call in tonight and hopefully speak to one of them.

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning again to Everyone.

    It's a lovely sunny one here on Anglesey.

    Congrats. to blogger Andrew for getting a name check in Mr.M's own blog!

    Simon - you asked what new stuff we're listening to. I'm going to tell of two - not new artists but new music. Really taken by the new Take That (WAH!) CD. This is a new direction for them. Not all balady like The Flood - a lot more techno-pop - The track KIDZ is an example.

    Then there's Annie Lennox - again not a new artist. We heard her on Graham's show and he played a couple of tracks from her new CD - Christmas Cornucopia. She has done traditional carols but has given each a new twist. Her version of "In The Bleak Midwinter" was spine-tingling. Her single "Universal Child" is also included.

    We've bought the CD but will wait a few weeks before playing it.

    Thought I'd share.



  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Billie

    I love Annie Lennox but didn't hear her on Graham's show. I'll have a look for that CD - sounds good.

    Tortie x

    PS Looks like it's just thee and me today!

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning each and every!

    I'll be calling CiN at around 5:30pm, so I expect Simon to pick up the phone personally - do you have a bloggers VIP line we can call? ;-)

    New music - well, I've been listening to Blair Dunlop's E.P., imaginatively titled, "EP". In all good record shops now. Blair is Ashley Hutchings' son (Ashley being, I'm sure you know, one of the founders of Fairport and Steeleye Span). The EP is stunning, especially considering Blair was 16 / 17 when he recorded the music. An interesting aside is that Blair was cast as "Little Willy Wonka" (with the huge braces on his teeth) in the Johnny Depp remake, and he is currently touring in the Bill Kenwright production of "Lark Rise to Candleford". Blair's definitely one to watch!

  • Comment number 5.

    Blimey, reading back my post, it sounds as though I'm his agent! :-)

  • Comment number 6.

    Just thought perhaps I'll be lucky and when I call CiN I'll talk to one of the bloggers who are doing their bit on the phones! Deebee, Deevs, et al - be ready!

  • Comment number 7.

    #1 - I'm with you on Lady A. Tortie - bought the album a few weeks ago and loving it. I have played a few tracks on my Hospital Radio show, pretending I'm Whispering Bob!

  • Comment number 8.

    Good Morning,
    Well since you asked....
    SOUTHGATE and LEIGH have a new album out called "WHERE WE ARE". It's fantastic and a rarity because all the family (from the two year old to my sevensomething father) love it. All the stuff on it appears to be original with particular favourites being "FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER" and "NOW THAT WE'VE MADE UP". A short track called "Bluebells" always makes me cry because it brings back memories of my late grandmother who the two year old is named after.
    We liked it so much we went on t'intenet and bought the CD but I think you can listen to it for free on their website: www.southgateandleigh.com Take a listen...
    If it was a three word day mine would be "Oven Glove Queen" because as I started typing this the two year old was dancing round the kitchen to "Don't Stop Me Now" with the oven gloves on her feet.
    Must dash - I have suddenly developed a craving for peanut butter on toast.
    Have a good weekend.x

  • Comment number 9.

    While I'm here, I may as well let you know about RAINBOW CHASERS too. Check out their new Best Of album - pure class! The jazzy soulful voice of Jo Hamilton mingling with the pure bright harmonies of Ruth Angell brings shivers down my spine!

  • Comment number 10.

    oh, forgot the links...



    both created and run by a certain blogger!

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning All,

    Like Kev I will be calling CiN after 5,

    New music, (I do admit to a slight family connection), I'm listening to Steve Appleton, 'When The Sun Comes Up' a very talented singer/song writer, he also played all the instruments and produced the album.

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 12.

    I'm liking this thread today - lots of new music to listen to on my Knackered Sunday morning!

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi gang!!

    Live from the CiN phone room! We have seen CLP, Jezza Vine and Ken and Lynn are here at the mo. Paul Gambaccini popped in as well. Totally brill.

    Back to the phone


  • Comment number 14.

    Afternoon all

    I am so excited because Chris Evans phoned me this morning.

    Alex G, sounds like your all having a great time.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 15.

    Hi csn

    Why did Chris Evans phone you? I'm not surprised you're excited!

    Hi Alex-G - hope you're taking lots of money!

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 16.

    CiN bloggers. Hope to speak to one of you later, keep up the good work. Hope Deebs is feeling chipper!

    New Music, well relatively! I love both of these, one local, one not quite so....



    And, just by way of total contrast, and to show how times change, this was a link I got from Dave Gorman...


  • Comment number 17.

    Hey CiNners!

    Get some photos for the FB blgpoppets page!

  • Comment number 18.

    As I recall Mr Gorman described that last clip as one that just keeps on giving....

  • Comment number 19.


    He phoned me to say hello and ask me if I would be joining them all next year to help with the phones.

    I couldn't go today because I am looking after my grandchildren for my daughter.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 20.

    Kev. Are you unhappy with the one photo that already exists 'pon that illustrious site?

  • Comment number 21.


  • Comment number 22.

    New stuff, well not too much unsurprisingly, but.......... absolutely knocked out by lovely N Irish gel Juliet Turner. Old Wogan introduced me to her with Burn the Black Suit. Bought the CD, excellent and some since. Can thoroughly recommend. Nice weekend to all.

  • Comment number 23.

    Afternoon all been in meetings all day but just pledged to try and hear some U2. Hope all the lovely bloggers are taking loads of money for CiN.

    Jumping websites!


  • Comment number 24.

    Hi blogsters.

    I;m planning my donation this evening, not allowed to do it from work!

    As regards new music - new to me that is - check out Cherry Suede from Canada - great songs, brilliant live music, free downloads of new live tracks from their website and the related link Cherry Suede Up Close and Personal. One reviewer said "If Keith Urban and Bon Jovi had a baby, it would sound like Cherry Suede." I think they're far more original than that!

    Peanut Butter and Marmite toast is delicious. YUM.

  • Comment number 25.

    Good afternoon Everyone and, of course, Simon and The Team,

    Blimmin' 'eck just signed in, listening on the i-player and heard my name check!!! If anyone missed it, the mensh was for Chris Evans and his bloggers. The message I left with the lovely young lady (who wasn't a fellow blogger - I checked) was for Simon's and Chris Evans's bloggers who are manning the phones today. Doh!!! It must be the language barrier, me being a Scot.

    Jumpy blog today - v off putting :(

    New music??? I haven't listened to any properly new stuff for a while but I was introduced to Luka Bloom's The Acoustic Motorbike (1992) earlier this year - different to my normal choons of choice but very enjoyable. (LB is a brother of Christy Moore, I believe).

    Hope you all have a splednid weekend.

    I'm off to pledge some more money if SM will play Twilight by ELO for the gorgeous MTF as his show opener - what are the chances???

    ~ xxx

  • Comment number 26.

    hi all...will ring later in the hope that paying may at last result in my ARF getting a play! Just heard AFKA donation shout :-


  • Comment number 27.

    #19 csn - How lovely of him to call you!

    Will you be joining them next year? I'm hoping to.

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 28.

    #25 AFKA - what time was your name check - I'll listen again when I get home.

  • Comment number 29.

    #25 AFKA, would be fantastic if Mr M played that as the opener

  • Comment number 30.

    Do you think if we all chipped in an extra tenner the hic-cups might go

  • Comment number 31.

    #28 around 3.40 ish Dave Bowie 'laughing knome' song went with it

  • Comment number 32.

    lol...typo error gnome!!

  • Comment number 33.

    lol, knome sounds better

  • Comment number 34.

    yes more in the know lol!!

  • Comment number 35.

    #26 & 31 - Wow PSL you're observant - Amanda only read out my first initial and surname and referred to me as 'he' tee hee! I couldn't have told you which tune went with it - I was too busy concentrating on my comment. I like 'knome' too - lol.

    CSN - Were you one of the peeps Chris rang to speak to on air? How exciting - I bet that's made your year. I'd love to be there next year too - Tortie we'll need to liaise ;) x

    ~ xxx

  • Comment number 36.

    Hmph rung in twice with pledges now in the hope I'd speak to one of the lovely bloggers but been disappointed both times :( x

    I've requested Twilight for MTF - actually I begged and pleaded with the young lady on t'other end of the phone but she said there was a high demand for requests so it may not be poss - Simon if you're reading this you know what you have to do... MTF is actually on shift in the CiN phone room as we speak. :)

    Fingets crossed.


  • Comment number 37.

    good for you AFKA fingers crosed

  • Comment number 38.

    #35 AFKA - we ought to liaise when we (eventually) have our mini Blog meet!

  • Comment number 39.

    Nice one AFKA

  • Comment number 40.

    #37 - I'll be tuned in at 5.05 with baited breath ;)

    #38 - Definitely Tortie - looks like it'll be into the new year now. Weather permitting, we could do something in Jan to blow away the mid-winter blues? If it's just thee and me we could do something mid-way between although not sure there's anywhere suitable? Thinking cap on :)


  • Comment number 41.

    #39 - Thank you BB :)

  • Comment number 42.

    Off to fetch a rather forlorn bunny in to thaw out in the kitchen. Bless him.

    Good luck with the pledging and menshes.

    Will be listening out for a collective whoop at 5.05 ;) x


  • Comment number 43.

    Good Afternoon all,

    As the blog is looking a little light today I thought I ought to log in again.

    To all the regular bloggers who have given time today to answer the phones - it is a bit lonely here without you but well done on all your very worthwhile efforts (and what does Radio 2 tea taste like?)

    Just got the weekly newsletter from "Jasmine, four and a half's" school in which they announce the School Council (of which Jasmine's is a member) raised £77 for CiN in a cookie sale on Wednesday. So well done Downham in Essex School's School Council for their efforts too. Every little helps!

    If I ring in and pledge do you think Simon will play Donald Where's Your Trousers"?

    Have a good weekendx

  • Comment number 44.

    Afternoon to all of you on the phones and the few of you not

    Let's hope one happy telephonist finally gets her Twilight dream come true

    And when are they going to fix this blinking blog ... Albuquerque and out

  • Comment number 45.

    morning all so its CiN day theres another charity on tonight called GiN donations of over £100 will only be accepted its a good cause lol


  • Comment number 46.

    just spoken to Rips!

  • Comment number 47.

    Just spoken to Nic!

  • Comment number 48.

    #46 and #47 :( I got Cable and Wireless peeps each time I rang in and no luck with the MTF request. Fingets crossed there's still time :) xx

    #43 - well done indeedio to Jasmine four and a half's school :) The two GBs' (gorgeous boys) schools have been fundraising for CiN. The elderGB's mate had his legs waxed at lunchtime - youch! The youngerGB iced digestive biccies and topped them with Smarties (other hyperactivity inducing sweets blah, blah, blah ...). He's not had a good day tho'. He and a few other Year 6s were hauled in front of the Headteacher for watching Shaun of the Dead on his mate's multi media hand held thingy on a recent school trip. Apparently it was a half hour lecture in trust. Kids!!! Never a dull moment.


  • Comment number 49.

    kids ~ who would have'em! not had my tune either hey ho!

  • Comment number 50.


    Pledged at 5:05 and spoke to someone (not a blogger - poo!) who just had her photo taken with Simon. I wish i could have been there!

    I asked for Twilight too, for MTF and all other blogpoppets everywhere. Haven't heard it yet!

  • Comment number 51.

    I. too requested Twilight, from a non-blogging telephonist. I have to say, if I was MTF, and pitched up to do a shift at the station whilst my fellow bloggers were parting with the hard earned to finally get her ARF played, and it STILL didn't get picked' I think I might just start to get a tad disillusioned. Until next Friday, anyway.

    Well done to all involved, You are all heroes of mine.

  • Comment number 52.

    Tortie, yes I will.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 53.

    where is everyone today not many posts

  • Comment number 54.

    I have just got back.

    What a day, what a day!!


  • Comment number 55.

    Well done MTF, Deebs, Deevs, Nic, MChickster, Alex and all other blogpoppets on a fantastic day's "Work"! I wish I could have been there with you.Next year!

  • Comment number 56.

    Wow! What a day yesterday! Totally fantastic and so good to meet fellow bloggers. My ears hurt and I have hardly any voice but so worth it!

    Highlights - hug and kiss from CLP, Mr Mayo remembering my ARF and saying it was a cracking choice, and having a fag outside with Sally Traffic. Just too cool!

    Back later with full run down. In meantime - huge thanks to Cheryl for organising it all!


  • Comment number 57.

    Good Morning All

    I had THE BEST time yesterday! Didn't sleep much last night my head was buzzing so much from it all. Very hard work, but enormous fun too! It was lovely to meet all the blogpoppets, especially Madchickster, Alex_Girl, MTF, misstoedipper, Nicrolastic and of course the wonderful Deevs, to whom I owe an enormous debt for letting me be a part of it! Plus all the lovely CLP bloggers - too many names to mention.

    And there were one or two familiar faces in the phone room throughout the day, including (in roughly the order I saw them):

    Jonny Saunders (who is VERY tall, and left just as we were arriving)
    Chris Evans (who is also tall, and gave me a kiss - bit of a surprise!)
    Noah Evans (who is gorgeous!)
    Jeremy Vine
    Paul Gambaccini
    Lynn Bowles
    Ken Bruce
    Rolf Harris
    Sally Boazman
    Amanda Holden
    Matt Williams
    Rebecca Pike
    Oh, and some bloke called Simon something - who looked vaguely like the picture at the top of this page. Better looking, obviously ;o)

    I didn't really bother with autographs, apart from getting Chris to sign his book for me. But I managed to get my picture taken with quite a few of them. Not Amanda Holden, obviously - she's far too pretty. But I didn't have any such qualms about any of the middle aged DJs...

    But it wasn't just about meeting the celebrities. The callers were amazing - there were some really moving stories, people wanting to pledge money in memory of someone who'd died, schools and brownie packs raising money, and so on. It was really heartwarming to know how much people are prepared to give, even these days.

    I'll post a fuller report on the blogpoppets' FB page, and I'll probably be messaging a few people with the "OMG!!!" fangirl-y version!

    Roll on next year - and hope to see a few more blogpoppets there.

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 58.

    I got through to CLP blogger Susan upon Tyne ... well done to all of you for your hard work ... will you be resting your voices today? x

  • Comment number 59.

    Morning All,

    Well done to everybody on their hard work for CiN

  • Comment number 60.

    #57 I couldn't have put it better, Deebee! And I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

    #58 What voice, Alison? Mine has completely gone! Deebee can vouch for that as I was talking non stop all the way home and it was pretty croaky then!

  • Comment number 61.

    Still buzzing!!

    Another name change - it's what Simon said to me!

  • Comment number 62.

    I got through to blogger Beany Green. Sounds (and looks) like you all had a fabulous time and worked very hard - jealous, moi?

    I'll be joining you all next year.

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 63.

    Good Afternoon Everybody.

    Thanks for the CiN reports. It DOES sound like you all had Nicetimes.



  • Comment number 64.

    Billie, we did indeed have nicetimes!

    Some of you may have heard this - there was a screen up in the phone room so we could see what was going on in the studio, and a camera on top so whoever was broadcasting could see us. About ten to 5, apparently, Richard Allinson said "Would Simon Mayo please stop hugging the girls in the phone room and come and do his show!" LOL! Mr B heard it. I must 'listen again'.

    Haven't had time to do my FB report yet, but there are some photos up.

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 65.

    On an entirely different, and entirely selfish subject.... Whoop!

  • Comment number 66.

    Whoop whoop Paul, for whatever it is that has made you happy.


  • Comment number 67.

    MTF. There was once a young lad that placed his name on the waiting list for a paper round with me, for my shop. He was, however, a little over 15 years old at the time, and although I had known him almost all of his life, I could not offer him a job at that point, as I had no vacancies. By the time a vacancy had arisen, he was gainfully employed elsewhere, at a club on a lane not too far from my shop. These days he is employed at a park. That young man is now an adult, and has, on occasion returned to my shop to gloat. His name is Johnathon Forte (pronounced fort), and is a thouroughly likeable fellow most of the time. He last came acallin, on a gloat based mission last season (I dont mean Summer, but last football season). For a while today, I was expecting a similar call soon. That was until Kris Commons restored the lead to my beloved Derby County that the rotter Forte had so cruelly (but deservedly) taken from us a short while earlier.

    Derby County 3 Scunthorpe 2

    Cywka,3 Forte, 27
    Commons, 37(pen) O'Connor, 74(pen)
    Moore, 59


  • Comment number 68.

    Nice one Paul.

    I dont know that much about football, but I do happen to know of a certain chappie that used to have a paper round or two, to

    I think he is doing ok.



  • Comment number 69.

    To, should have read as...too.

    As for two of me, yikes!


  • Comment number 70.

    3 word Sunday... One too many!

    Ah well, I feel alright this morning.

    Hope everyone else is ok?


  • Comment number 71.

    Morning All,

    Bit grey here today, at least no more rain.

    Hope its a good day for everybody

  • Comment number 72.

    Can't have tooth many too fairies!


  • Comment number 73.

    Good afternoon all

    Just a quickie to say I've put a slightly longer report of Friday on the blogpoppets FB page, 'Blogpoppets of Simon Mayo's Drive Time Show'.

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 74.

    Johnnie Walker feature band The Ramones, excellent

  • Comment number 75.

    So, let's try to guess tomorrows theme.
    November 22nd, in the year...

    1963 - The assasination of J.F.K. Probably a bit morbid for a theme.

    1718 - English pirate Edward Teach (a.k.a. "Blackbeard") was killed during a battle off the coast of North Carolina. Morbid, again.

    1928 - First public performance of "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel. Hmm!

    1977 - The beginning of a regular passenger service on Concorde began between New York and Europe. Sad ending, though!

    1968 - The Beatles released their double album called "The Beatles" (a.k.a. "The White Album").

    1994 - "The Black Album" was released by Prince. Can you see what he did there?

    1958 - The birth of Jamie Lee Curtis

    365 - Felix II ends his reign as Catholic Pope

    1963 - Beatles release their 2nd album "With the Beatles" in the UK

    1989 - Conjunction of Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn & the Moon. I think that was supposed to signify something, but I don't know what. Possibly a portent of some future event?

    1990 - Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister

    2010 - CTN World. THE trade show for Newsagents and Convenience Stores at The Ricoh Arena, Coventry

    2010 - The Finchley Jazz Club at THE WILF SLACK CRICKET CLUB

    Anyway, with all of this in mind, my suggestion for a song for the as yet undisclosed theme is...

    'Skating Away(On The Thin Ice Of A New Day)' by Jethro Tull

  • Comment number 76.

    Fingets crossed then, Paul.


  • Comment number 77.

    Wow Paul.

    I am going to read back over them now. Thanks.

    You missed out 1962 ;)


  • Comment number 78.

    #73 Thanks Deebee, interesting read, appreciate you doing that, and all the pics everybody has taken are great

  • Comment number 79.

    #78 So are you coming next year, Brandon?

  • Comment number 80.

    #79, hope so, small own business etc, but hope to free the time

  • Comment number 81.

    Good Morning Each! Places to go to, people to see today, so I won't be around for the new blog, methinks! Say hello to everybody for me, and I will poop by later, to see what loveliness has occurred. Happy Monday, everyone!

  • Comment number 82.

    Good Morning All

    Now, which cloud am I on today? *checks* Yup - still the ninth one. I only have to look at my FB profile pic and I get a smile on my face! Guaranteed to chase away any Monday morning blues. It feels a bit weird listening to Chris and Lynn this morning and thinking 'I met them on Friday'.

    I probably won't be around today either, as I'm on a course all day (and also on Thursday). I'll try and poop by at lunchtime.

    Have a good day everyone.

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 83.

    Hi there Simon,

    I have been listening to a fantastic vocalist called Jo Hamilton recently. Think someone else has mentioned her but as part of the group Rainbow Chasers. Jo has recorded her own album called Gown and to say it is magical is an understatement! Each song has been put together beautifully and her voice..... well, it's wonderful. Just wanted to pass that on as I'm sure other people will love her too :)

    Hope you all have a lovely evening!

  • Comment number 84.

    I'll second Greg, above: Jo Hamilton all the way! The album is wonderful and has really grown on me over several listens; I am mad for her promo CD of Christmas/winter tunes, plus her Youtube vids of playing the airpiano are jaw-dropping. All round brilliant! More earnest than Lily Allen, more soothing than Florence and the Machine, more edgy than Corinne Bailey Rae, and may be jockeying for first place (not really... ) with Kate Bush!


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