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Simon Mayo | 08:09 UK time, Friday, 24 June 2011

I mean really what's the point? You get up early for no reason, then are reminded on twitter that you can apply for the Olympic tickets that no one wanted last time. So give it a go and log on, only to get the password wrong and then fail the security question. Now I won't be able to attend the Greco-Roman Wrestling with my happy and grateful family in tow.
So now I have a few hours to tackle some ironing and be useful. That self-righteous glow is unmistakeable and stays with me all day. In fact I'll read by its light at bedtime.
BTW, I am becoming a keen collector of knackered music. The cd you put on when the radio just can't fathom your mood correctly. And my latest find is the Gillian Welch album 'The Harrow and the Harvest' (when I say 'find', it was given to me and I was told I'd like it). Sir Bob played some last night and it really is beautiful. That Dave Rawlings is on guitar too. Nicky Campbell over at 5Live says knackered used to be a banned word at Radio 1, which I don't remember, but it seems pretty harmless these days. I do remember when '(Sexual) Healing' had to be introduced as just plain old 'Healing'. Tender days, the 80's.
It's a 2-show day again with some movies to review at 5 Live at midday as the tennis takes over later. Then the mighty ARF hits the airwaves and your weekend begins, courtesy of some Abba, AC/DC and Tom Jones (just guessing). Get that song in now! It's easier than getting tickets for the wrestling!
Have a cool and groovy Friday, see you after 12 and 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon and everyone.

    Nice early blog.


  • Comment number 2.

    Good morning Simon, Team, NYM and blogpoppets!

    You were up bright and early, Noisy. Will send down my ironing for you next time ;-)




  • Comment number 3.

    Morning Simon and all you happpy bloggers,

    ARF has comes around again and this week I am back in the office after the trip last Friday to Edingburgh University open day with daughter two , and a two day trip to London this week. Alas the London trip was all business and no tennis ! Therefore i had no chance to shout “Come on Tim or Andy” !!

    As part of my capitial trip i took time to sipping a glass of chilled something at the Southbank complex over looking Waterloo bridge while the sun was going down, therefore naturally i shall be requesting :-


    Alas i did not see Terry and Julie , may be because it was not Friday night

    Or as an alternative can i have my usual request of :-


    Many regards Andy - Wharfedalegas

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning Lord Ammo, team, NYM and knackered old bloggers,

    I agree, ironing, hoovering and lawn-mowing - instant satisfaction and sense of achievement. But that doesn't sound very cool, so I think we should move swiftly on.

    I'm offering a smorgasbord of toons in a panoply of styles for today's ARFO. In for a penny in for a pound, I say.

    SHE'S NOT THERE - Santana

    JOHNNY BE GOOD - Chuck Berry

    KNOCK ON WOOD - Amii Stewart

    Take your pick, but hurry now while stocks last.

    Good day all.

  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning Simon, team and Blogpoppets

    Simon, when you've finished your ironing could you just pop round and do mine please...?

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the word 'knackered' is something to do with dead horses - can't imagine why Radio 1 would ban it.

    As I've already had two menshes this week I'm sitting out the ARFO chasing today. Don't want to be greedy. I hope Brandon gets to hand over the crown to another blogpoppet.

    Off to work - see you all later.

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 6.

    Ironing? The very word makes me 'shudder!'

    However, if you would consider playing my ARF, then I would poop around and finish off the ironing for you Simon (a tad of desperation sneaking in here!)

    If you and the NYM and the team take a look at Katymatys list, you will notice that there has never been an ELO song as an ARF opener, so for one week only, could you please play....

    *** Twilight *** by ELO.


  • Comment number 7.

    Simon, you forgot Spruce, Queen and Europe which all seem to get more than their fair share of air time ;-). Please, please, please can we have something different? 2Day was proof indeed that R2 has an extensive and eclectic collection at it's disposal :-)


  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Simon and all the blogsters.

    Yep! ironing is satisfying.....but hate duvet covers!!!

    I am the boss at the kickboxing club today and tomorrow ( 3 hours teaching the kids classes with the help of a 13 year old!!) This is because the owner, my buddy is fighting for the Kwon England team in Germany tomorrow ( all expenses paid by the Germans!) So good luck to Martyn Styles and hope you bring the 1st places back with you. ...Simon, could you mention this...perhaps a little 3 worder KNOCK THEM OUT!!!!

    Anyway i'll try again with an ARF:

    1. YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE - New Radicals
    2. TUBTHUMPING - Chumbawumba
    4. SWEET FREEDOM - Michael Mcdonald
    5. ACE OF SPADES - Motorhead

    Have a great weekend everyone. Good luck with the ARF chasing.

    Mandy :)

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning everyone.

    ARFO ? I'd really like to hear


    played on the wireless please.

    As for ironing: I don't buy clothes that require ironing and we have a firm rule in our household that no one does anyone else's. In my opinion, if you reach puberty without being able or willing to iron your own clothes you either have to wear them crumpled or find other options. So, apart from the odd occasion when I need to wear a proper shirt, I just don't do it. Life really is too short!!

    Be back later.

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning All,

    A fine morning it is too. Ironing...something I don't mind doing but still put off 'til I absolutely have to do it. i.e when the pile is higher than me, hehehe. Which is not really hard with three uniform wearing, rugby training and Ju Jitsu involved males in the house!

    Not often I request an ARFO so...cos I really fancy hearing played loud and proud

    Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

    Ta very muchly


  • Comment number 11.

    Good morning!!

    Ironing? Pah!!! I'm with Harry on that.

    Gazza - your #137 from previous blog. Is your name Rumplestiltskin?

    No ARF from me. Bit of Gillian Welch would be nice but doubt she fits the bill.


  • Comment number 12.

    For the first tune on the show today how about -

    Walk This Way by RUN-DMC Featuring Aerosmith

  • Comment number 13.

    for ARF please

    Message In a Bottle by The Police


  • Comment number 14.

    Morning Simon and the Blogpoppets, from a sunny Edinburgh! It's the first day of a four day weekend for me so hoping the sun stays out.

    I'm sure there will be some ironing action for me over the weekend, I'm not the biggest fan either, but try and make it more earable by setting up the lappy and watching stuff on the i-player while I iron.

    For the ARFO I'd like to hear DISCO 2000 -Pulp


  • Comment number 15.

    Morning everyone!

    Ironing? I could do with you right now Simon, to clear my stack of ironing!

    Having just been for a nice walk along the beach with my dogs on this lovely sunny morning, I'd like to hear....

    'BEACH BABY' by First Class

    please Simon


  • Comment number 16.

    morning all from a sunny blue skyed Shire...now why couldn't it have been like that yesterday for the county show...got a soaking :-(


    that'll do me nicely

    thank you very muchly PSL x

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning all

    Three word Friday
    "Spain tomorrow yippee "

  • Comment number 18.

    I’ve said on this blog before how much I love the Guardian. Every Friday, they publish a supplement, Film & Music. It is to me today what ‘Sounds’ was in the 70s: the weekly promise of undiscovered music. The first article I look for is Laura Barton’s column, “Hail, Hail, Rock’n’Roll”. She writes the most achingly beautiful pieces. Here is today’s:


  • Comment number 19.

    Morning all and a special hello to all those stuck in the mud at Glastonbury! I on the other hand am stuck in my office supposedly working!

    Anyway ARF suggestions today:

    Waterboys "Whole of the Moon"
    The Alarm "68 Guns"
    XTC "Senses Working Overtime"
    U2 "Vertigo"



  • Comment number 20.

    Theoretical physics tells us that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light which, I believe, is 299,792,458 metres per second.

    As a book seller I have discovered that the speed with which people remove a book from my shelves is a strong indicator of how fast it will be replaced. I am convinced that some 'customers' can retrieve a book from the shelf, examine the price, decide they don't want it, and replace it much faster than 300 milion metres per second!

  • Comment number 21.

    Given the Olympic ticket situation how about

    RUNNING in the Family by Level 42
    PLAY the GAME by Queen

    or with the precipitation affecting Glasto

    Sittin on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

    or to reflect the weather as I drove into work listening to Chris this a.m.

    Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra

    DD out

  • Comment number 22.

    Harry - so 'flying off the shelves' in a bookshop really means 'checking out the price'?
    Considering the amount of wear and tear on older tomes this activity might engender, you must spend a lot of your time policing your customers' behaviour ...

    A tune for Friday? Why not.



  • Comment number 23.

    Good morning to one and all from sunny Cambridgeshire. My ARF suggestions are:


    MONY MONY - Tommy James and the Shondells

    CECILIA - Simon and Garfunkel


    RING OF FIRE - Johnny Cash

    Wishing everyone a scorchio weekend!

    Dougal xx

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  • Comment number 24.

    Morning all

    Surprisingly cheerful this morning after the car's MOT cost came in way under what I budgeted for (replacement of nearside rear suspension downlink arm had me imagining a bill of hundreds rather then the £60 that it actually cost). Result.

    Suggestion for ARFO:

    REMEDY - Black Crowes

  • Comment number 25.

    Apologies - thought I'd done my greetingy stuff -

    - actually, I'd written a post in last blog in response to the HappyHornet's take on Ageism in the Beeb. lol.

    Then a new blog appeared, then I did some chores ...so my words, like so many before, lay scattered and forsaken down that rambling lane of whimsy and caprice ....

  • Comment number 26.

    Quick coffee break - think it's going to be another busy day :(

    Re ironing - everyone in our house is supposed to do their own, but it doesn't necessarily get done in as timely a fashion as I would like. So there are always piles of it in our utility room. I find it a chore, but I pass the time listening to music or a podcast, catching up on 'Casualty' episodes or with the radio on if I happen to be ironing between the hours of 5 and 7 on a weekday ;o)

    #7 Well said, Mo!

    #8 Mandy - good luck to your pal. Is kickboxing unusual enough to phone Matt up for the Friday fixture? I suspect not, but you could always give it a go.

    #15 LuciesMum - I'd LOVE to be able to walk my dog on the beach in the mornings, but sadly Cambridgeshire is quite lacking in beaches. Can I come and live with you please?

    #21 Can I second your first suggestion, Dissing Dave ;o)


  • Comment number 27.

    #25 KatyMatey, I'd love to hear your take on ageism in the Beeb - can't see it on the previous blog though...


  • Comment number 28.

    Morning everyone,

    My ARFO suggestion is one of my all time favourites - I defy anyone to sit still to this one! I'm also going to shamelessly play the birthday card as I will have chalked up yet another year on Sunday. Therefore, Simon, please could I have:

    Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder

    Have a wonderful weekend everyone,

    N xx

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning All,

    No ARF from me this week, am still somewhat shocked in a nice kind of way at getting my request played last week, thanks again Simon and team.

    I look forward to passing the crown to a fellow blogger, Good luck everybody and have a good day

  • Comment number 30.


    #8. Mandy, good luck to your buddy in the competition in Germany. My eldest does TAGB Tae Kwon do and he has a new instructor who happens to be 5 times and current world champion and 5th dan, it was his 1st lesson on Tuesday and to see him teach is amazing.

    Ironing doesnt bother me at all, I sometimes iron for hours on end if I am watching tv or listening to a cd or the radio.

    hope you all have a nice day and good luck with the ARF.


  • Comment number 31.

    oh! or as I'm having a week off!


    it'd make a change!

    DD out

    dftb - I knew you'd like that one!

  • Comment number 32.

    #30 Thanks for your good wishes BigNick. If you could blog some examples of his teaching methods this would be cool!

  • Comment number 33.

    #26 Thanks Debbie..... well KB isn't an olympic sport, however in light of the fact that I am going for my 2nd Dan next Saturday maybe Matt cannot refuse..I may only be 5ft 5 but have been told I punch like a man!!!!

  • Comment number 34.

    #33 Mandy, is that a compliment?

  • Comment number 35.

    Morning all.
    #4: where were you when I was perusing applicants for the job of Mr e??
    Ironing? actually don't mind it, BUT HATE putting the stuff away part!

    #21: did you think that by spelling the name ELO out fully that you could get Lord Ammo to finally play them?? MTF has been flogging that horse for ever!

    No news on the job interview; part two is happening next Weds, and no invite landed in my inbox so am guessing I'm on the waste heap on that one.
    But am counting my blessings - there must have been someone else who needed/wanted/deserved it more than me!

    I had a Lord Ammo 'couch potato' moment last night, as my #1 daughter texted me to say that Paul Weller in Hyde Park was singing Van the Man songs - & 'was I jealous?'...not really, I replied - as I was at the time attending a wonderful stirring and uplifting Corpus Christi sung mass - bells, smells, and even whistles...followed by curry & beer with very good friends.
    See what I mean about blessed?
    My ARFO for today would have to be, as the super-cool, -152degrees Mr Weller is in my head:

    STYLE COUNCIL: LONG HOT SUMMER (too laid back, and a little tongue in cheek?)

    Re Gillian Welch I started listening to her (and Lucinda Williams) years ago, all thanks to Sir Bob, proving why he deserves his knighthood!
    Fave track: Everything is Free from 'Time (The Revelator)'
    Both singers have featured heavily in the 'Case Histories' TV prog, another reason to wish it back.

    Have fun this weekend y'all, will be mainly visiting the Mother-in-Law in hospital, fighting against her too early release by the NHS!

  • Comment number 36.

    #35 Suzie, I've been listening to Gillian Welch all morning following Lord Ammo's early tweet. Where's the best place to start with Lucinda Williams?

  • Comment number 37.

    #32. Mandy, I dont think what I write will be particularly helpful but I will say that I found he had huge passion in everything he did from helping all his students and passing on his vast experience of sparring and patterns. One thing I found really good was he went back to basics and wouldnt move on until that was right.

  • Comment number 38.

    Yeah Dave?

    Actually, maybe thats where I have been going wrong for the last 22 months! Doh!


  • Comment number 39.

    #35: her album 'Essence' - play it when it's dark outside (you may have to wait up until after your normal bedtime!) light some candles and sit back.....

  • Comment number 40.

    sorry did not mean #35, but #36...been a l o n g day already! (woken up at 4.30AM when Mr e left to get London bus)...

  • Comment number 41.

    #40 If I have wait tonight I may as well try some of the others from the series. Have you heard Mary Gauthier's Mercy Now? Rather fine!!!!!

  • Comment number 42.

    Well, so far, 38 ARF suggestions, thats only because some people have put multiple choices down.

    My money is on Brandon handing the crown over to post 15.

    I have that Friday feeling :)

    Its been a glorious 24 hours here and hence the same at Glasto, but the black clouds are moving in and moving in fast.


  • Comment number 43.

    #41: no, not heard of Mary Gauthier, 'til now!
    Will check her out.
    Have a nice w'end all,
    Good luck with the ARFO!

  • Comment number 44.

    #26 Debbie... it's lovely living so close to the beach, as well as being surrounded by fields... horses on one side of us, and wheat and barley on the other! Living so far from a beach, you'll appreciate it more than someone like me, who can walk along it every day! I always have my little camera or phone in my pocket, as I love taking pics, and this morning my dogs were the first on the beach where we walked!

  • Comment number 45.

    #28 Happy birthday for Sunday, Nadine!

    #35 Suzie, I thought we'd established he was sitting on the school bus... ;o)

    Has anyone been listening to the 5 Live film show? Simon read out an email from someone called Spike, from South London. I wonder...

    Must check out Gillian Welch this weekend - and some of the others mentioned above. This blog is great for learning about new music!


  • Comment number 46.

    #44 LuciesMum - wow, what a lovely picture!

    #45 Obviously I was talking about Lord Ammo being on the school bus, not John - unless you too grew up in Solihull...?


  • Comment number 47.


    Just finished listening to Gillian's Time (The Revelator). Music to get lost in, I say. Favourite track would have to the title track, simply wonderful altho' I do like Everything is free and I dream a highway. Well worth a listen Debbie if you can find the time!

    Right, onto Lucinda Williams...can't wait ti; it gets dark tho' hehehe!

    Maybes laters


  • Comment number 48.

    I've been ploughing my way through the music used in Case Histories and I must say I've yet to find anything I don't like. I haven't made my way through it all yet as the albums I'm finding are too good to rush but this is the full (?) list:

    Zero 7 - Destiny
    Lori McKenna – Drinkin’ Problem
    Mary Gauthier – Mercy Now
    Gilian Welch – Paper Wings
    Kris Delmhurst – Since You Went Away
    Joan as a Police Woman – The Magic
    The XX – VCR
    Macy Gray – Winter Wonderland
    Lucinda Williams – Blue
    Eliza Gilkyson – Calm Before the Storm
    Lucinda Williams – Bus to Baton Rouge
    Eliza GIlkyson – When You Walk ON
    Lucinda Williams – Sweet Old World
    Nanci Griffith – Speed of the Sound of Loneliness

  • Comment number 49.

    Good ARFternoon Each! Hows about a bit of NWOBHM. I think Matt might lend his support. I would suggest...


  • Comment number 50.

    #35 #39 Essence is great. She played "Blue", which was on Case Histories in the middle week, when I saw her at the Shepherds Bush Empire a few years ago. Fantastic, and Doug Pettibone, who is excellent, was on guitar in the band around then. Was a a cracking good night. And mustn't forget "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road", my other favourite, which has Buddy Miller's mando-guitar on it. Which is the finest sound on the planet :-)

  • Comment number 51.

    #48 Harry, I'm not too familiar with most of those people - but you can be sure I'm going to check them out! I do have Joan as a Police Woman's 'Real Life' on my iPod (other MP3 devices also available...). I heard Jamie Cullum play it once, and he said everybody should listen to it at least once a day.


  • Comment number 52.

    #51 Debbie, I'm trying not to 'big' it up too much as that often leads to disappointment but the Mary Gauthier album "Mercy Now" is the one I'm most excited by.

  • Comment number 53.

    #51 Unfortunately the above clip cuts off rather abruptly - but it's near the end, anyway.


  • Comment number 54.

    For anyone liking Gillian Welch, dont miss out on the David Rawlings Machine album, which to some extent is an album where David and Gillian switch roles and she plays the sidewoman to his lead role. "Ruby" is just a glorious song.

    Harry, do you ever get people coming in your shop and reading whole books over the course of a nu bmer of visits?

  • Comment number 55.

    Good afternoon,

    ARF suggestion:

    TUTTI FRUTTI by Little Richard

    The reason being I am currently surrounded by Fruit Salads, Black Jacks, Shrimps, Pear Drops and several other penny mix sweets. Busy making grown up party bags for the bit of a do we are having on Sunday.

    Nadine, will raise a tea cup to you on Sunday. Have a good one.x

    Oh, and I'm late. Again. Some bloggers will already be aware I spent part of this morning in a brewery. There I discovered used malt smells absolutely disgusting. Mr 40 (38 actually) is going to be thrilled with what I came back with though.

    P.S I swear I didn't touch a drop. Hick...

  • Comment number 56.

    #54 Ken, I'm sure they do. I have a couple of armchairs so they can sit comfortably and read before they decide to buy but I'm sure some do abuse this. It's quite unbelievable what some will do. I've had people asking if they could take books to library to photocopy a page as they don't want the whole book.

  • Comment number 57.

    #46 Debbie.... I have zillions of pics as I'm always snapping away at anything and everything, especially when out dog walking!!! Here's a pic I took one day whilst walking across the putting green when one of my daft Bassets put her face into the hole just after a ball had dropped in! Needless to say she couldn't open her mouth to retrieve the ball and the guys who were putting, thought it was a hoot!!! :o))

  • Comment number 58.

    #57 LOL! Hope she didn't get her snout stuck!


  • Comment number 59.

    Haha... no Debbie, she got her face out OK... but she must have remembered the ball going in the hole because she often checks a hole or two, just to make sure, even at night when the putting green isn't being played on!!! :o))

    Here's my choice for today, inspired by my early morning sunny beach walk!
    Beach Baby... it always reminds me of warm summer days in the 70s!


  • Comment number 60.

    Oooooooooooooo, Eliza Gilkyson is very good, too :-)

  • Comment number 61.

    evening all

    my arf song is rock the casbah-the clash a good rocking tune 2 start the weekend

  • Comment number 62.

    #11 a-g
    no thats not my name my name starts with g

  • Comment number 63.

    #45, #55 Thank you! Will be going to our local for a 'summer birthdays' bash tomorrow. Me, my other half and quite a few of our friends have June/July birthdays so we're having a collective do this year. They're putting on a bbq for us so fingers crossed for good (or at least dry) weather. :-)

    N x

  • Comment number 64.

    Hi everyone.

    I am having a busy day before little grandson arrives for an overnight stay with us.

    happy hornet, I know your name.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 65.

    Good ARFternoon!

    Been a busy little bee but had a wee success this morning so a happy bunny too ;-)

    ooooh, more music to try out this weekend. Thank you!

    #55 a party which takes you back to your childhood, Julia40?

    Happy birthday for Sunday Nadine!

    #24 that's always a pleasant surprise, Ken!

    #25 Katy, would be interested to read your views (if you can be bothered typing them again)

    Suzie, hope MIL is at the very least comfortable.

    Hello, and goodbye, to everyone else. Tidying up to geave the office shortly. Hope everyone has a nice weekend.


  • Comment number 66.

    #62 Gazza, is it Garth?

  • Comment number 67.

    Good Afternoon All;

    Had a bad flare up with my allergies over night, and now have swollen lips to rival Mr Jagger's!! :((

    Maybe too late for ARFO, but if not...


    Gazza - I take exception to your remarks about it being 'older' people who don't get SW. I'm younger than you, and I grew up listening to SW. I said yesterday that I was a loyal listener to his show in the 80s and early 90s, and even when he first came to Radio 2. But I have moved with the times, and IMHO he hasn't!

    Going to have a proper read back of today's blog, as I only skimmed over it before...

  • Comment number 68.

    #62, Or Garibaldi? No, that would really take the biscuit!

  • Comment number 69.

    Harry, that made me laugh.


    csn. xx

  • Comment number 70.

    happy hornet might not like me anymore if I put his name on here.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 71.

    #70 It would certainly spoil his fun :-)

  • Comment number 72.

    #67 zoe he was better when he had all the caracters from his r1 days but when the big quiz went because of bbc fixing issues hes lost a bit there the quiz needs 2 come back

    csn i know you know my name

    harry you are close 2 my name

  • Comment number 73.

    #67 Interesting. I always felt that SW in the early days was best listened to in a zoo-listening environment. We had it on in the 6th form common room, and the spoof dodgy chat line ads, and Sid the Manager, and co all seemed to work quite well in a zoo-listening environment.

    I find his show unlistenable now I'm afraid, but I don't listen in the same sort of environment - does Radio 2 get listened to much in a school/office/factory environment the way Radio 1 would have been when I was at school? Not so sure).

    If he's on when I'm in the car I will tune to Peter Allen on 5 Live for an hour then switch back to Simon at 5.05.

  • Comment number 74.

    Harry, I can't spoil happy hornets fun. Can I?

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 75.

    tune for Friday:
    Am off tomorrow and can't wait

  • Comment number 76.

    my package has turned up yippee

  • Comment number 77.

    #74 CSN, best not! My next guess was going to be Gaylord but he tells me I'm close with one of my previous attempts.

  • Comment number 78.

    #73 I don't know about schools and offices, but Radio 2 is always on at my doctor's and dentist's practices. I have tried to listen to 5 Live in the car, but the reception is terrible - don't know if it's the area I live in.

    #76 What's in your package Gaz.. sorry, happy hornet?


  • Comment number 79.

    #72 & #73 I think you are on the money there Ken, we also used to have SW on in the 6th form common room, and sometimes in the back room/stock room at work, and in these environments his show worked very well. Now that I think about it, I rarely listened to SW on my home radio during the 80s and early 90s.

    Like I say, I was a regular listener to SW's show when he first came to Radio 2, but I have to disagree with you again there Gazza, because I think I liked him more then because he had dropped the comedy characters. However they seem to have been creeping back in over the years, and frankly I find them all quite cringe-worthy now.

    I'm not sure losing 'The Big Quiz' has made that much of a difference to the show tbh, because whenever I heard it, SW and Tim Smith seemed to dominate it anyway, with the poor contestants barely getting a word in edgewise.

    SW has a lot in common with CE style-wise IMHO, they both appear to be more interested in themselves, and what they have got to say, than the music or their guests. Both have a tendency to come over 'all showbiz' and fawn dreadfully over some guests, whilst barely concealing their contempt for other, less favoured guests.

    I seem to be in a ranty mood today :/ Oh dear! Maybe Gazza is right after all, maybe it is an age thing, I will be another year older on Monday!! :O

  • Comment number 80.

    #78 lots of t shirts,shorts 2 couple of pairs of trainers socks and some shirts i ordered online from a sport shop as when i went 2 the shop thay didnt have the stock in store,its 4 my holiday in 3 weeks time 10 days in the sun

  • Comment number 81.

    Harry, I can't spoil his fun, he might cry if I do.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 82.

    happy birthday 4 monday zoe

    it might be he appeals more 2 the men than the ladys these days

  • Comment number 83.

    happy hornet, I hope you have a lovely holiday in the sun.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 84.

    csn everyone knows my name,harry was close my brother keeps calling me baldy im not bald its shortish will be shorter next week when it gets cut 4 the wedding and holiday

  • Comment number 85.

    happy hornet, your hair looks ok to me.

    Are you getting married?

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 86.

    thanks csn i try and post pics when im back on fb

  • Comment number 87.

    #82 Thank you Gazza :) xx

    You might be right, maybe SW does appeal to men more, maybe not most of the men on here, but out in the big bad world, maybe :/

  • Comment number 88.

    Three word Friday....


    So I'm stuck on public transport after 6 weeks - thanks DVLA

    So ARFO please could be


    As I sit on a bus crawling though Headingley as ARFO plays.

  • Comment number 89.

    #79 It may be an age thing, but only in the sense that as we get older we become more discerning, and listen to things we are genuinely interested in - not just what all our friends are listening to. That's my opinion, anyhow.


  • Comment number 90.

    deebee do you listern 2 the local bbc radio at night you get the same one as me as it covers 8 counties,essex,cambridge,herts beds,bucks,norfolk,suffolk and northampton

  • Comment number 91.

    Hello All

    Been busy this week so no time to blog. Managed to catch most of the 2DAY shenanigans and I thought it was a great idea and mostly worked well although I admit I wouldn't want my lovely schedules tinkered with too regularly!

    I did love listening to presenters and music that I usually miss, so well done Radio 2 and in that vein my two offerings for this afternoon's ARF are -



    Have a good day and a lovely weekend.
    J x

  • Comment number 92.

    #48 Spelling mistake in my list of "Case Histories" music ....... it's Kris Delmhorst and she's very good :-)

  • Comment number 93.

    Have a great weekend everyone and best of luck with the ARFO.

  • Comment number 94.

    #92 It's a good list Harry :) I will be checking out the ones I don't already know, over the weekend.

  • Comment number 95.

    Hello again Mayobloggers all ...

    Deebs and Mo - with reference to that post I typed out this morning then didn't enter -

    I was laughing at 'good value gazza', who never fails to amuse [Hi HappyH!] with his sweeping assumptions regarding BBC radio progs and how it's all down to AGE ..

    .. my nerdy take on all this?

    SW in his 57th year is somewhat older than the average R2 listener [52 years old] but if you combine him and Tim and Janey Lee then divide by three, their average age is a direct hit on the target audience. Spooky.

    Of the 5 daytimers - our Simon is currently the average age of the R2 listener, Chris is slightly younger, as is Jezza. Ken is older - - but is the AGE of the presenter actually an issue here?
    Curiously enough - the average age if you add together the ages of the big five and divide by five - the average also matches the target audience - ie. 52 years old!

    That makes Mr Mayo pretty darn perfect as a R2 daytime presenter - but we knew that anyway.


  • Comment number 96.

    Happy hols, Gary hornet. What else is gazza another name for?

  • Comment number 97.

    #73 Snap Ken. Peter Allen is class. I also listen to the first hour of 5live breakfast. Rachel is doing a very good job of replacing Shelagh. Home earlier today so tennis is on until 5.05 when it'll be muted for ARF.

    Are you going on holiday, HH?

    #91 excellent choices there Jill.

    Could do with putting my feet up tonight so it may well be cereal for dinner/tea/supper (delete as appropriate) ;-)


  • Comment number 98.

    a old style rock n roll song for an opener....

  • Comment number 99.

    Wanted the century. but I've peaked too soon!

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