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Simon Mayo | 06:35 UK time, Thursday, 12 May 2011

Bright and sunny here and swifts accompanying my early morning meanderings (could be swallows but I think not). I've never been a birdwatcher but Simon Barnes book 'How To Be A Bad Birdwatcher' a few years ago really changed the way I looked at birds. "To the greater glory of life' is what he put on the cover. He says wherever you are, city or town, you can always see birds and that watching and listening to them is life-enhancing. And he turns out to be right. And the sound of swifts high above feasting (I imagine) on pesky bugs is one of the great noises brought by the warmer weather.
And it's school play season also, at least in this house. Last night saw one of those, now customary, post 7pm dashes. I tend to miss all parents evenings but school productions can be reached. Child 3 was in The Tempest last night and as he was Miranda (it's an all boys school should you be wondering) a big effort was required. All highway code and legal requirements were observed of course-no more speed courses for me thanks very much-parking found-half a mile away-and a less than impressive run brought me to the school hall. I made it in time for Miranda's last line and to join in the whooping and applause. Well done to all!
It's lamb something-or-other in breadcrumbs tonight with Nige (just breadcrumbs for Sally) and let's do the 64th CANNES FILM FESTIVAL oldies. Glamour, glitz and shallowness. Stars, cameras and vacuous nonsense.
Have a positive and inspiring Thursday, see you after 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning All,

    POSTCARD FORM CANNES - The Rippingtons

    FILMS - Gary Numan

    THE FESTIVAL - Chuck Berry

  • Comment number 2.

    Glass of champagne by Sailor

    Star by Kiki Dee

    Girls on Film by Duranduran

  • Comment number 3.

    Ah Simon - I am glad you're interested in birds. An friend and I have a slightly edited version of the old line that "one summer a swallow doth not make", which goes "one swallow doth not a ummer make...but a swift doth". Swifts are beautiful creatures - not seen any yet up here in the northern wastes though.

    As for the oldies....

    FAME - David Bowie
    "What you like is in your limo, what you get is no tomorrow, what you need you have to borrow..."

    CRACKED ACTOR - David Bowie
    (though I guess being on air before the watershed denies us this pleasure)

    LIFE ON MARS - David Bowie
    (she walks through her sunken dream
    To the seat with the clearest view,
    And she's hooked to the silver screen.
    But the film is a saddening bore
    For she's lived it ten times or more.
    She could spit in the eyes of fools
    As they ask her to focus on
    Sailors fighting in the dance hall,
    Oh man! - look at those cavemen go
    It's the freakiest show...)

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning Simon, Team and fellow blogsters,

    Simon, MTF and I look forward to the arrival of the swallows, swifts and house martins as they herald the sunshine and warmer days. Swifts are sleeker and slimmer (sickle shaped in flight) than swallows, and have a dark underbelly whereas swallows have cream coloured tummies and are a little broader in shape and fly closer to the ground. Watching Simon King and Chris Packham has more benefits than you think! ;-)

    Missed a lot of the programme last night, but will catch up on iplayer. Well done Gill, I heard your two menshes, and MTF well done you! Love that Joe Jackson song, so I will definitely listen again.

    No mensh chasing for me today, lots to do, so I will try and catch you all later. Have a wonderful day all,

    Madchick x

  • Comment number 5.



    SMILE FOR THE CAMERA - Rick Springfield

    MIDNIGHT IN PARIS - Stephen Stills (The opening film this year)

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello Sir Dude, Team Cool and the Constructors and Hi Blogpopsters -

    M'girl attended the slightly less prestigious movie awards thingy last night at Wembley Arena - it was on the telly ... frivolous stuff indeed but good to see Take That perform live and enjoyed the new X-Men previews.

    Cannes, however is altogether different - for a start it's by the sea which is why I'm going for:




  • Comment number 7.

    Morning Simon and everyone

    I love birds.... and Swallows have returned here, so summer clearly well on its way. Pigeons nesting in the ivy on our front garden wall, Blackbirds in the honeysuckle and yesterday, across the field from my house, the farmer showed me where a pheasant is looking after her 15 eggs!

    How about....

    GIRLS ON FILM ~ Duran Duran

    VOGUE ~ Madonna

    GLAMOROUS ~ Fergie

    Thanks Simon x

  • Comment number 8.

    Good Morning Everyone




    ART FOR ARTS SAKE - 10cc

    WHERE DO YOU GO TO MY LOVELY - Peter Sarstedt

    BETTY DAVIS EYES - Kim Carnes

    SUPERSTAR - Jamelia

  • Comment number 9.

    STARS - Janis Ian - I really love this song

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning Lord Ammo of DT, team, NYM and ornithological blogsters,


    SHINING STAR - Earth Wind and Fire

  • Comment number 11.


    MOVIESTAR - Harpo

    MAKING MOVIES - Dire Straits

  • Comment number 12.

    Not sure about the 'shallowness' of such a festival - after all, mega bucks are at stake - - -




  • Comment number 13.

    Morning all

    #6 Katy New XMen previews? I wish I'd watched it now - does the new film look good (in spite of it not having Hugh Jackman in)?

    No choon suggestions today - my boss is back after 2 weeks' absence!

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 14.

    Good morning everyone.

    More cataloguing for me today so nose firmly to the grindstone for the next few hours.

    See you after lunch or dinner or whatever appellation you attach to your mid-day. meal

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning All,

    Was going to suggest:-

    Girls on Film - Duran Duran

    I'll third it in stead, hehehe.

    But if I had to vote it would be for Billie's suggestion

    #8 BETTY DAVIS EYES - Kim Carnes

    Love that song.

    Maybes Laters


  • Comment number 16.

    'Sheila take a bow' The Smiths

  • Comment number 17.

    'thank you' Frankie Valli

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning All,

    'Gonna Make You A Star' David Essex

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 19.

    Good morning again,

    A boy playing a female role in Shakespeare? Isn't that how it was done in the Bard's day? It wasn't just Mrs Worthington's daughter who wasn't allowed on the stage in those days - no women were.

    As for choons, how's about:

    STARS by Simply Red
    YOU'RE SO VAIN by Carly Simon
    GOLDFINGER by Shirley Bassey
    WHEN I'M 64 by The Beatles (see what I did there!)

  • Comment number 20.

    Thought of one of my own:-

    The Land of Make Believe - Bucks Fizz

    Fits the bill all round, methinks


  • Comment number 21.

    PEG - Steeley Dan

  • Comment number 22.

    Good morning Blogsters and of course Simon. Sorry I've been out of touch...something to do with life, universe and everything.

    My suggestion is STARS by SIMPLY RED.....ok, I'm stretching a point but it its a thumping good tune....good to see nothing has changed with the jumping blog

  • Comment number 23.

    Good Morning Simon, Team, NYM and blogpoppets, award winners all!

    As long as you were there for the whoop whooping Simon I guess Child 3 will be happy.

    My offerings today (without reading any of the above):

    Girls on Film - Duran Duran

    Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

    Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John (for all the self-aggrandisement)

    I seem to be doing better at punnage (Cannes you) than "proper" suggestions at the mo.


  • Comment number 24.

    #3 - written for me by an illiterate pigeon, hence typos. Apologoes to the English language and all who sail in her.


    THE PRETTIEST STAR - David Bowie

    I thought Mark Radcliffe was great last night. What an entertaining and charming chap. And John Allen the other night was VERY good... great choice to play 'Angie' - haven't heard that for ages. And Simon - if Jeffrey Archer is still on the list to be a guest, drop him eh? He's not a very nice man.

  • Comment number 25.

    Wow! I can't believe I have only 1 "copy" from above. Julia39, wasn't Stars our very first mensh?

    How lovely to see you, Rev.


  • Comment number 26.




  • Comment number 27.

    #21 - Billie.......GREAT choice. "It's your favourite foreign movie......."

    Just in case Harry has not lurked back to his Challenge Note Book and black biro - Vanessa Felz played Ms Corr's Tinseltown again this morning.... UGH!

  • Comment number 28.

    #20 Great suggestion Alice.

    #22 Rev, Lovely to see you. Was talking about you only the other day.

    #23 Mo, Elton John - Another great suggestion

    #126 yesterday JBG, Tea on screen moment!

    Just heard Jedward's entry for Eurovision on Chris's show. Oh. My. Good. Ness.

    Feeling a bit seasick with all this jumping so going to abandon ship for a bit.

  • Comment number 29.

    # 25 Thanks Mo - that's heartwarming

  • Comment number 30.

    ACTION - Sweet

    THE CIRCUS - Take That (Wah!)

  • Comment number 31.

    # 22 Thanks Julia - what were you saying???

  • Comment number 32.

    Good Morning All

    Simon, I feel exactly the same way about birds. I'm not very good at naming them, but it's lovely to watch them in the garden, or when I'm out walking the dog.

    No time to read back, so apologies for duplicates - here are my suggestions:

    GIRLS ON FILM by Duran Duran

    MOVIE STAR by Harpo

    STAR by Kiki Dee

    Must get on with some work now - see you all later.

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 33.

    #20 Alice - Land of Make Believe was penned, I believe, by Pete Sinfield, the lyricist from King Crimson, wrote the prog-monster earth-shaking "C21st Schizoid Man". Odd career... I think he also wrote Heart of Stone for Cher, though I am not aware that gypsies, tramps or thieves were involved anywhere in the writing process.

  • Comment number 34.

    'Talk Of The Town' The Pretenders

  • Comment number 35.

    ROBERT DE NIRO'S WAITING - BANANARAMA [he is President of jury]



  • Comment number 36.

    See you later guys and gals...duty calls.....

  • Comment number 37.

    Last one..

    29 PALMS - Robert Plant

    (Palme d'Or being the most prestigious award for best film. Overthunking this one, perhaps.)

    #33 B&B - Careful, last time mentioned them I was modded all day. Doubt they'll make it past the bouncers at Cannes. Lots of bulging pockets to pick though)

  • Comment number 38.

    #33 - BandB, I read the words but I only understand less that half...King Crimson...C21st Schizoid Man...I feel I have to fire up Spotify (while I still can) and continue my musical education. I will even find Blue Nile and listen to Tinseltown In The Rain as it should be heard.

    #28 - Julia39 i that "Oh. My. Good. Ness." in a good way or bad way? Should I listen again?


  • Comment number 39.

    Good morning Lord Ammo, Team and fellow blogpoppets!

    A late start for me so I guess I am too late to be making any suggestions. Some excellent choices above!

    The reason for my lateness is a crow. Our house used to be occupied by a chappie who is now a Druid hermit in the West Country. He once found an injured crow and nursed it back to health. Descendents of said crow still live in an oak tree 3 doors down.

    This morning, Mrs Crow obviously demanded an extension to her already large nest and sent Mr Crow off a-building. He decided our Ash tree would provide good material. I spent a lovely 30 minutes watching him break dead bits off the tree, try to balance them in his beak, drop them, start again. When he finally managed to get full hold of a twig (and at one point, almost a branch), he would fly them to our chimney pot, put them down and then balance them properly before flying it home. Wonderful.

    Nature is grand.


  • Comment number 40.

    #38 In.A.Bad.Way - you must listen to Blue Nile version!

    #39 How wonderful Alex G


  • Comment number 41.

    #13 Tortie - XMen First Class - saw a trailer when I went to see Thor - then a couple of previews last night and a further trailer in the ad break. Missing Huge Ackman, of course - but but but .....our very own James McAvoy figures quite prominently as Professor X - good reason enough for me to want to see the film!

    *chuckle* Am remembering Simon's birdsong app on ipad/phone when he was desperately trying to provide a birdsong 'bed' for that RSPB chap he interviewed earlier this year.

  • Comment number 42.

    #37 - the frustrating thing about the GT&Ts John, is how the mud sticks. Once the people of the town get involved we all end up being tarred with the same brush.

    #38 - Alice - I fear Spotify may disappoint, as probably will Youtube, because I think Robert Fripp, owner of all things Crimson, doesn't allow his stuff on any of these sites. But good luck - worth the look anyway. And worth avoiding cover versions. And as for Tinseltown in the Rain... sigh! The Blue Nile are beautiful, and I would recommend closing the curtains, getting a good coffee, and listening to the whole of the Walk Across The Rooftops album, then 'Hats' then 'Peace at Last' - by which time Simon will be on!

  • Comment number 43.

    #39 - chimneys, sticks and corvids.... we used to have a little rookery at the bottom of the garden (in a tree obviously!), and the rooks at this time of year used to wait until nobody was in the house then charge around the neighbourhood collecting ten-inch long sticks and dropping them down our chimney. When we'd come home there would be a little woodland path emanating from the fireplace. Funny how consistent their choice of stick was though.

  • Comment number 44.

    #39 - To balance 'Nature is grand' - Nature is messy

    I came home one afternoon and as I opened the patio door I noticed splotches on the floor. Hmm what's that then? I said (out loud as I often talk to myself, hehehe) to which I got an answering bird sound...from the front room. Sat on my windowsill...on the inside...was a Magpie. Not sure how long he'd been in the house, but I surley knew where he had been. He had left quite a lot of...uh hum..tracks between the room window to the kitchen window to the patio door using the telly as a resting stop in between. I had to call my father in law to come and help me get it out of the house. He was there less then a minute. He deftly caught it in a towel and threw it out of the window. I spent over an hour cleaning away all trace of Mr Magpie and made Hubby stuff up the chimney, down which said Magpie and fallen.

    On the plus side, we went away for two weeks the day after. It could have happened during our hols and we could have come back to more that just poop.


  • Comment number 45.

    Ireland's entry for Eurovision - the lyrics are pure class:
    ♪♫She’s got her lipstick on
    Here I come, da da dum
    She’s got her lipstick on
    Hit and run, then I’m gone
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey
    Check my collar, collar, hey, hey, ey

    Oooohh, Oooohh♪♫

    ◒ ◒
    . O

  • Comment number 46.

    Morning all

    29 Palms d'Or does it for me.

    Or maybe STAR STAR - Rolling Stones

    On second thoughts, Simon would probably have to return the Sony Gold and look for another job so best to ignore that one :-)

  • Comment number 47.

    I heard the Andrea Corr offering on the way home yesterday (at least I think it was Chris Tarrant that played it).

    Not impressed.

  • Comment number 48.

    #45 - can't see much wrong with that KatyMac! Though running someone over just because they are wearing lipstick seems a trifle harsh.

  • Comment number 49.

    'Fame' Irene Cara

  • Comment number 50.

    #42 - You are indeed correct. There is a band called 21st Century Schizoid Band who are made up of former members. Had a quick listen but not really my thang!

    You have already introduced me to Blue Nile. Happiness is still my favourite. Simple Beautiful! Although the whole album 'Peace At Last' is wonderful.


  • Comment number 51.

    For those with a Blue Nile bent (other phrases that sound like they should be 'double entendres' are available), there are some lovely videos on Youtube. Because they are rather a sombre, sober bunch, they are usually quite intense, but this one of them doing "Strangers in the Night" is great.


  • Comment number 52.

    'didn't I blow your mind this time' The Delphonics

  • Comment number 53.

    Whoop whoop for JPA for the 50 x

  • Comment number 54.

    #53 Ta muchly Mo.


  • Comment number 55.

    Liked yesterdays 'Melodeon' bit (I play melodeon but don't do morris). Now what about Concertina next...there's 3 types of those.

  • Comment number 56.

    #51 - thanks Alice, and of course the day you found "Happiness" is well etched on my memory... it was really just a recommendation for the perfect day! See the Youtube link above though - very entertaining (though often slow to download, so recommend hitting pause button until it is all downloaded!)

  • Comment number 57.

    Back for a quick coffee break.

    I'm feeling sorry for the gawjus Richard Allinson this morning - he's standing in for Ken Bruce. The phrase "always the bridesmaid, never the bride" comes to mind. Come on BBC - give him his own show, for Pete's sake!

    Alex - how lovely!

    Alice - yes, we've had birds down the chimney before and it is quite a drama trying to get them out safely. Not least in our house because of the dogpoppet, who tends to view such arrivals as an unexpected snack...

    Is it too early for punnage? I'm not very good at these, but I actually have a couple today:

    CANNES THE CANNES by Suzi Quatro

    CANNES YOU FEEL IT by Michael Jackson


  • Comment number 58.

    #56 I have already listened and thanks to the joy that is youtube (other sites available) I am investigating the list on the right hand side. At this rate, I'm not gonna get much work done, hehehe!


  • Comment number 59.

    #57 Shouldn't that be for Richard's sake, Deebee?


  • Comment number 60.

    #55 Folk Butterfly (lovely name) :o)

    What about the instrument (Melodica?) that Paul Carrack sometimes plays, particularly in "Eyes of Blue"... it looks and sounds an interesting instrument!


  • Comment number 61.

    B&B & Alice, thankfully we have never had birds down the chimney nor birds dropping things down the chimney! We do have starlings (in hobnailed boots) living in the roof at the bolthole but other than stomping and dancing, they generally behave!

    Bizarrely, the kittens seem to like birds - and not in an eating way. We have a robin who visits daily and sings at us from the lilac tree. Jack sits in the tree as well and tries to sing along! He has shown no interest in catching Mr Robin. And then we have a wee Jenny Wren who is nesting in the lace-cap hydrangea which grows over the outside loo (no loo anymore, just the beer fridge). Rosie uses the hydrangea as a staircase and again, shows little interest in the wren. Our eldest cat shakes her head in dismay as she KNOWS what birds are for......

    I must look up Blue Nile - I am obviously missing out on something special. I expect Mr P will know of them, and probably even have albums.

  • Comment number 62.

    #60 LuciesMum
    Thanks. :) I chose it coz I got called a butterfly for fluttering from one instrument to another.

    Not tried a melodica before. Maybe it could be a new section 'unusual musical instruments'.

  • Comment number 63.

    #56 & #61

    The 'related' column throws up some interestinf stuff on the YouTube site. Enjoyed




    Paul Buchanan has a loverlee voice.


  • Comment number 64.

    Morning all, just!

    Stepping out - Joe Jackson :)


  • Comment number 65.

    #63 JPA - oh indeedy - very good! Interesting that the Aqualung video bounces like this one (though deliberately!). Also on that right hand side - great film of Annie Lennox and David Bowie rehearsing Under Pressure for the big Dead Freddie gig. I love the way they watch one another... and then if you watch this rehearsal and then watch the actual performance on stage - wow! - that shows the difference between performers and PERFORMERS.

  • Comment number 66.

    #65 *scurries back for a look. Work will have to wait*


  • Comment number 67.

    "I'm in love with a German filmstar" - The Passions

  • Comment number 68.

    Hello everyone

    My suggestion today is:

    At the Movies - Neil Diamond

  • Comment number 69.

    #67 - CLP my friend's brother wrote that!

  • Comment number 70.

    #65 - I am gobmacked! What a performance! I wish that I was half the singer that Annie is. She has got a set of lungs on her, has that lass. And what can I say about David Bowie? I've got a bit of a crush on him, is all.

    #61 - Alex-G, You must look Blue Nile up. You won't be disappointed.


  • Comment number 71.

    Yes We Can(nes) Can(nes) by The Pointer Sisters
    I'm In Love with A German Film Star by The Passions
    Opportunities by the Pet Shop Boys
    Picture This by Blondie
    Look At Me I'm Wonderful by the Bonzo Dog Band

  • Comment number 72.


    movie star-harpo

    girls on film-duran duran

    can can-bad manners(cannes)

  • Comment number 73.

    #70 - isn't it great Alice? And she looks so in love with Bowie! And after you watch the rehearsal, which is SO great (one of the other 'guests' singing along in the wings) then watch the actual gig...wow! And the way she clings on to him at the end... they obviously didn't do that in the rehearsal, 'cos we've just seen that, and he looks quite unnerved. I love it. Bowie should have the Nobel Prize for something or other... he is wonderful, even today.

  • Comment number 74.

    Woo Hoo more reason to celebrate. Latest RAJAR figures reveal record DT listening figures for Lord Ammo et al!


  • Comment number 75.

    #73 - by 'today' I obviously mean 'at the age of 64', as opposed to 'Thursday'!

  • Comment number 76.

    #74 Where did you see this Mo, I've been trying to find out?

  • Comment number 77.

    oh no, my last post has disappeared. Are we having more problems?

    Was only saying how good it is to be able to say I went to the same school as Annie, albeit a good few years later ;-). Wish I had a wee share of her talent.


  • Comment number 78.

    #73 I know I shouldn't have noticed being mesmersied as I was by Ms lennox and Mr Bowie during rehearsals but...did you notice Mr May's unbecoming clogs with WHITE socks?

    I don't think David knew about it at all. He wasn't sure what to do when Annie draped herself over him. She couldn't have got any closer and not through lack of trying, hehehe!


  • Comment number 79.

    Hi Everyone and, of course, the award winning Simon, Team and NYM,

    Just rushing in with a suggestion before I try to catch up.

    VOGUE - MADONNA, please :)

    The youngerGB is at athletics club tonight so I shall spend 45 minutes sitting in the care enjoying the show. I'll pop over for the last 15 minutes so I don't look like an absolutely awful and totally disinterested parent. Last of the SATs today so yippee to that!!!

    Back in a bit after a catch up :) ~ xx

  • Comment number 80.

    #76 Rebecca just tweeted it Tortie. I guess there'll be something on the Beeb shortly.


  • Comment number 81.

    Good Afternoon All :)

    Bit late to the party today.

    Oldie suggestions if I'm not too late...

    Fame - David Bowie - I'll second, third, forth this one!

    Celluloid Heroes - The Kinks

    Shameless - Pet Shop Boys (A bit harsh though for real movie stars!)

    Paparazzi - Lady Gaga

    Room At The Top - Adam Ant

    Starz In Their Eyes - Just Jack

  • Comment number 82.

    #79 - sorry to hear you are being taken into 'care' this evening Toots!


  • Comment number 83.

    Good afternoon one and all.

    I guess I'm way too late for a tilt at a mensh but how about, as reading through all the posts I don't think this has been chosen yet:


    ........... and it's quite pertinent to the current challenge on FB.

  • Comment number 84.

    #82 - waaah ha ha ha!!! Thanks B&B for your concern, it'll only be for 45 minutes, assuming they'll let me out again, of course. 45 mins might be just enough time for me to be assessed, processed and committed ;)

    #79 - ERRATUM!!! Please remove the extraneous 'e' from care, thank you :)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 85.

    #45 The Jedward Eurovision song is awful, but then most of them are. Eurovision songs aren't generally the pinnacle of fine song writing. I think the cheesier the better really!

    #74 I can't find any RAJAR figures for Drivetime, only Chris Evan's Breakfast Show is mentioned in the press release (He's still top dog with 9.53 million listeners)

    #70 I'm going to have a look for that on Youtube, I've got quite a soft spot for Mr Bowie myself :D

    We've talked about bird watching on here before, and I love it that our garden seems to attract so many varieties of song birds, and the odd sparrow hawk! I could sit and watch them all day, the wonder of nature is a beautiful thing.

  • Comment number 86.

    I still can't find any Rajar figures for DT :(

    I did find this picture of Lord Ammo and Co at the Sony Awards though :D http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/broadcasting/i345856/the-sony-radio-academy-awards-2011-bbc-radio-2s-simon-mayo.html

  • Comment number 87.

    #86 - good picture... a sober gentleman and an elegant young lady surrounded by a bunch of nutters!! (no offence, team)

  • Comment number 88.

    Afternoon all, here are my starstruck morsels:

    1. STARS ON 45 - Starsound
    2. MOVIE STAR - Harpo
    3. STARMAKER - Kids From Fame
    5. LOST IN FRANCE - Bonnie Tyler
    6. Anything by Aztec CAMERA

  • Comment number 89.


  • Comment number 90.

    Ooooh I have a horrific birdie story. I'm still getting over it actually. The chap next door has two pretty little kittens who are allowed to roam about the neighbourhood day and night. Their beauty, however, belies their true nature, they are so stealthy in their pursuit of their prey from little insects bobbing about on the breeze to, well I reckon they'd take on the Terrifying Terrier from down the road. The other week I looked out the window at the foot of the stairs and saw a fluffy bundle lying in the middle of the grass, there had been a lot of dandelion seeds (fairies) flying around previously and I thought they had landed in a pile in my back garden (!?!) Anyhoo, the elderGB was in the garden and he confirmed that it was in fact the remains of some baby birdies and their nest! The main suspects are the two pretty kitties. Oooh it makes my blood run cold just thinking of it.

    Having probs posting so posting in chunks again - 1 of 2, I think.

  • Comment number 91.

    #90 Bad Kittens. Naughty kittens.

    However, if the nest was there too, it could have been blown down and then the whoseabadkittythen's could have taken advantage? (She says, desperately trying to stand up for the cat world [with the exception of the evil black cat who lives down our road and is a sadistic bully]).

  • Comment number 92.

    On the Rajar figures, I see that Rebecca tweeted that the Drivetime audience is now at a record high of 5.65 million listeners - Woo Hoo! Well done Simon and team :)

  • Comment number 93.

    #90 & #91 - I persuaded my neighbour to put a bell around her cat's neck; they are inexpensive and it gives the birds a little bit of warning of the feline's approach.

  • Comment number 94.

    #93 We tried collars and bells. No success. Our old cat used to take his collar off - not sure how as it wasn't loose. People used to find the abandoned collar and put it through our letter box, which was quite distressing if Old Boy had wandered off for a day and we hadn't seen him. The other cats then followed suit and used to take their collars off as well so finally we gave up.

    Our guys really don't seem that interested in birds though - mice are the prey of choice for the older cats and the kittens are practicing on worms. Nice.

  • Comment number 95.

    Whoop whoop! Well done to the Drivetime team!! Thanks Mo (and Rebecca) for the heads up.

    Zoe - good picture. I think I prefer it to the one that was posted on FB yesterday.

    Toots - I think those naughty kitties should be introduced to my own Terrifying Terrier. He seems to think any neighbourhood cats who dare to venture into his territory are fair game.

    I've been playing 'Google yourself' (you can tell I'm bored...) Apparently under my real name I'm a well known American blues singer. I've also Googled my various aliases and all I've come up with that's actually me is a Top Gear fan site that I'm officially still a member of, but haven't posted on for ages. Seriously though, it's quite encouraging to know that my online details are still fairly secure - it is something that causes me a mite of concern from time to time.


  • Comment number 96.

    #90 - I'd better get back to the grindstone.

    As I said earlier, I'll be listening in the CAR later. Hoping to poop by tomorrow with a suggestion for ARFO.

    Laters sweet pataters.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 97.

    Harry - great suggestion - will be pooping to the pet store on the way home to purchase a gift for each of the pretty (but naughty) kitties.

    Woo hoo and whoop whoop on the Rajar figures - great news. The show really is something quite special - I love it, love it, love it.

    ~ xxx

  • Comment number 98.

    Afternoon all .. I've gone off at a tangent due to the lateness of the hour ..

    CHOICES by The Hoosiers

    DANCING IN THE DARK by Bruce Springsteen (Dancer in the Dark won in 2000)

    LET'S STAY TOGETHER by Al Green (from Pulp Fiction, winner in 1994)

    PIANO MAN by Billy Joel (The Pianist won in 2002)

    See y'all later x

  • Comment number 99.

    #95 Aft'noon DeeBee.

    Googled myself and apparently I'm on FB...did get slighty worried till I looked further and it was someone with a profile picture of a lady in a gorilla suit, phew!

    Don't know whether to be worried or not but there was over 10 pages on the Google Search! Not looking any more. Starting to get paranoid.


  • Comment number 100.

    #92 see #80


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