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Simon Mayo | 08:57 UK time, Friday, 9 September 2011

Love this busy blog! Thanks for all the memories and comments yesterday, it'll be an interesting day. I don't think I mentioned that September 11th is child 2's birthday and after the programme in 2001 drove home to be jolly for her 8th birthday party. So yes, we are now deep into the 18th party plans which spreads over the whole weekend. It starts tonight with hundreds of teens descending on Mayo Mansions. We are not welcome and are under instructions to make ourselves scarce. Movie, friends, whatever. That's fine by me as I'll know I'll just walk around tut-tutting in a middle-aged way "I think that's your 13th beer sonny." "No you can't ring for pizzas." "No we don't have any Napoleon vintage brandy, try cider."
Think I'll booby-trap the trampoline and barricade upstairs. A day to clear up and then the family all arrive (must remember to de-fuse the trampoline by then as you know what the grandparents are like).
I'm looking forward to Monday already.
2 show Friday. To 5 Live for some movie talk with Mark and Michael Fassbender, star of the latest Jane Eyre adaptation (and pretty much everything else at the moment). Then to the mighty ARF so pick that ARFO with care and deliberation.
Have a splendid and intoxicating Friday, see you after 2 and 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Now its Friday.


  • Comment number 2.

    Thank goodness!

  • Comment number 3.

    Check the toaster tomorrow morning, it is ALWAYS hilariously filled with something after a teen party. Oh and the kettle. I will never forget the time I found mine full of baked beans....

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning Simon, all the DT team and NYM and all bloggers too.

    As you can see from Katymatys list of ARFOs, still no ELO as an opening song....

    Any chance of rectifying that?

    *** Twilight*** by ELO please.


  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning again! Hope all fine and dandy in blogpoppetland.


    Back later with an ARFO suggestion


  • Comment number 6.

    ARF choice:


    In tribute to the (albeit improbable) shafts of light flooding across my field of vision during tomorrow's early rugby kick off

  • Comment number 7.

    I knew I had one tucked away somewhere. You know how you hear a song earlier in the week and think "that would be a good ARFO" and then promptly forget ;-)

    The Supernaturals - Smile

    Back for chit chat later.


  • Comment number 8.

    Beans in kettle? I hope you found them before switching it on?


  • Comment number 9.

    #7. Oooh, like it! Saw them once and they were a cheery band. Baffling choice of attire though: head to toe in boiler suits.

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning all, a slightly more rotund DT team (STP all round?) and of course the 'expectant' father, expectant of mayhem only, natch.

    Ah, the upcoming 18th B'day party explaines the sudden arrival of blonde tresses on child 2?!
    Presume child 1 is allowed to linger at the house (older sibling, quite cool), but child 3 is banished, along with yourselves...

    Anywho, thanks for the mensh with Zoe UU on Wednesday for Sparks, yes, they are a great blast from the past, nothing like them then, or even since!
    I was stirring my crab apple and chilli jelly so it didn't boil over - but I sent you a wink!

    I didn't hear last night's show, was catching up with friends RE post-holiday blues..but will look back at the music and of course STP recipie. Delia Smith does a good one in her winter cookbook, if you're inclined to make, rather than travel to Cartmel for the real deal.
    ARFO is tricky, having had my long-time wish of Dandy Warhols played, and someone else has also had Boston played, so will have to give it a thunk...
    Back laters, have a nice Friday y'all

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning Simon, DT Team and assembled Blogpoppets

    I had some fantastic parties in my teens, which included a pyjama one and several toga parties. Very happy memories indeed - and I always cleared up the mess my mates made (usually as mum was half cut from too much Blue Nun!)

    Happy 18th Birthday to Child 2 and I sincerely hope the celebrations are plentiful at Mayo Mansion (and yes, watch those grandparents on the trampoline and whatever you do, make sure nanna removes her shoes before clambering on the bouncy castle!)

    Plans at ChezNic this weekend include going out for a chinese this evening with some friends and I promise to eat my body weight in Singapore Noodles (they are paying as we entertained them a few weeks' ago). Tomorrow we are off to a 40th birthday party for a friend of ours, and Sunday sees the return of the Dynamic Duo to the ballroom dancing class after a 4 week break - shinpads at the ready!

    And so to ARF:


    just because!

    Back later (hopefully!)


  • Comment number 12.

    Morning all

    No suggestions from me today; I'm busy polishing the crown ready to hand over to the next ARFO blogger!

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 13.

    #8. Just. Luckily I am one of those people who has to tip the unused water out from the day before before my first cuppa. I know it's bad but on this occasion I was glad of my non-eco credentials...

  • Comment number 14.

    Good Morning Everyone and, of course, Simon The Party Planner, The Team and The NYM,

    Good luck for this weekend, Simon. You'll be glad when it's bedtime on Sunday and all your little darlings are tucked up, snoring peacefully.

    I am tackling the elder boy's room tomorrow - gas mask, forensic suit and scrubbing brush are on standby. 'Nuff said.

    I'd like to request:-


    Having a chat with the lovely MTF on t' other side. Great start to the day :)

    Must go and do some chores tho' before the barnet fixer's at lunchtime. May see you later, it'll be my glamorous self for one day only.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning All from the Artisan up north

    Can't believe it is Friday already , they seem to come around so quickly !!

    Anyway as usual my request for ARFO is:-


    hope every one has a great weekend

    Wharfedale Andy

  • Comment number 16.

    SM - if any 'mature' folks do wander in the direction of the trampoline, don't forget to have the video camera at the ready for those 'you've been framed' possibilities!

  • Comment number 17.

    Hi Simon and busy Bloggers.

    Congrats on the offsprings 18th. Hope the celebrations go off with a bang and a good time is had by all!

    I'll never forget my 18th....I was at college ...and there was a National Bus Strike and had to walk 6 miles to college ..well I wasn't going to miss college as birthdays previously always landed on half term week! Someone gave me some homemade wine and we were told off for drinking it on college grounds so that put paid to that!

    Glad Paddy won Big Brother last night.

    As to Strictly ...I will be avidly watching with my tongue out at that Day break presenter ...Dan Lobb!!

    Congrats on menshes last night...loved Crowded House song and thought Ape man was a hoot!!!

    Finally, my ARFO:

    GENO - Dexys Midnight Runners or:


    Have a lovely day and weekend.

    Catch ya laters.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 18.

    Good Morning All

    Simon I hope you have a lovely celebratory weekend.

    We have tickets for tonight for an Open Air Concert inside the grounds of Beaumaris Castle - supposed to be preceeded by a Picnic. It is really cold, grey, misty with swirling frets, and the forecast is for rain later. Bechod.

    I've actually caught up with the blog. A super read.

    ARFO -

    Please -

    THE BEAT - by The Look


  • Comment number 19.

    Morning Sir, team, NYM and the blogging fraternity,

    My requests for today’s ARFO include the old favourite and a wheelthumpin' seatwhackin' foottappin' headnoddin' blinder:

    JOHNNY B GOOD – Chuck Berry

    GET UP OFFA THAT THING - James Brown

    Good luck with the party. And I guarantee that sometime in November or December you'll find an empty Strongbow bottle at the back of the wardrobe.

  • Comment number 20.

    With all this talk of keeping grandparents away from Trampolines might I suggest:


    Hurricane Katya has put paid to my trip to Scotland - so I'm cancelling my annual leave planned for next week. Boo Hoo!

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning all


    Thank you.

    Pen x

  • Comment number 22.

    Yikes for a 'swirling fret' Billie.

    I hope it clears up for you, what a lovely setting Beaumaris Castle is.


  • Comment number 23.

    #17 - Mandy, you'll have to get in line. I saw him first and Deebs and I are already sharing.

    Tortie, I didn't hear the show last Friday - I was cutting the grass and missed the start of the show. I meant to listen at a time more convenient but then stuff got in the way. Which tune did you request? Anyhoo, heartiest congrats on having it played, I bet you looked a right bobbydazzler in the crown.

    HH - a labour of love, I'd say. Thanks for that. I'll have a look when I get some time.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 24.

    Good Morning All :)

    Sounds like Mayo Mansions will need a good going over with a feather duster and spray cleaner, before the grand-parents arrive! Unless they are party animals too, in which case they won't mind wallowing in the remnants of child 2's teenage rampage! :D

    Happy 18th to child 2, hope it all goes swingingly :)

    I am currently procrastinating and putting off mowing the lawn. I think if I do it now, it might not need another trim before Winter :-/ I just don't know if I can summon up the energy, it's been a trying couple of days with school transport for tge twins going awry, and various other disasters. A nice soak in a hot bath is a much more appealing option...

    My ARFO choice today is a slice of 1980 vintage cheddar...


    Hope everyone is having a pain-free Friday so far :)

  • Comment number 25.

    Just had a look at the Strictly line up - not actually knowing most of these CELEBS and yes, ding-dongs for Dan Lobb, but Neeooow for Robbie Savages - much as I like a blond-haired scandinavian type, not keen on one who looks like he would hog the bathroom mirror.
    And LULU - what has she had done, been taking, cos I want some of what she's having!

    ARFO, finally

    Have a nice day & w/end all, am working both Sat & Sun, so am having a 12-day week :-(
    But don't worry about me, you all just skip off and enjoy yourselves *said in Eeyore voice*

  • Comment number 26.

    Ooops, sorry Billie. Meant to say, have a wonderful time at Beaumaris Castle - I hope the weather improves and you can enjoy your picnic outdoors (as opposed to the front seat of the car - we've had quite a few front seat of the car picnics this summer). What are you planning on packing in your picnic?


  • Comment number 27.

    #22 Thanks MTF and Yes it is a beautiful setting.

  • Comment number 28.

    Good morning everyone.

    ARFO? I'm going back to an old, and frequently overlooked, track:


    #25 Suzie, you won't get much sympathy from me! I'm on day 5 of a 20 day week; next day off is Sunday 25 September.

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning all and happy friday!

    I have the lovely hound in a lampshade (one of those big plastic collar thingies) at the moment and have woken up today with the back of my legs black and blue with bruises! Poor love, she is on strict instructions to be better for our jollies up to the Lakes in a weeks time, promises of STP abound!

    Dashing around at the mo, will try to pop back later but as we are in the party spirit hereabouts my ARFO suggestion is

    Let's Go Round Again - The Average White Band


  • Comment number 30.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Simon, good luck with the celebrations, and I hope there's no need to get the decorators in on Monday. At least with the party at Mayo Mansions you'll know where they are. My Child 2 went out clubbing on her 18th birthday - don't think I slept at all until she came in at about 5 o'clock the following morning...

    I've had a thunk about the ARFO, bearing in mind Simon's hint last week that we shouldn't keep choosing the same tune. So I'm going to go for:

    QUEEN OF CLUBS by KC and the Sunshine Band

    HOT WATER by Level 42

    THE BITCH IS BACK by Elton John

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 31.

    Morning everyone

    Sounds like it's going to be fun and games at Mayo Mansions, this weekend, with child 2's eighteenth birthday party..... so how about a song for her birthday....

    I'M EIGHTEEN by Alice Cooper


  • Comment number 32.

    #24 Zoe - you'll be lucky if the lawn can survive without another cut. But if you let the twins run around on it, they might just trample it into submission!

    As the proud holder of yesterday's hat of HOIB, I appreciate your vintage choice, where others may be a bit, ahem, purist and sniffy. A mash-up with TINA CHARLES, I LOVE TO LOVE, might just get me a feather and extra sequins for the weekend.

  • Comment number 33.

    #23 Toots - it was Tie Your Mother Down - Queen.

    #24 Zoe - I'm fed up of having hot baths! Our shower died last Tuesday, and although a plumber came round, had a look and said he would phone us with a date to put in a replacement, he still hasn't! : (

    Simon, I forgot to say earlier - Happy 18th to Child 2!

  • Comment number 34.

    #26 Toots - we've prepped some tapas style dishes and some homemade quiche and meatloaf - but I can't see it happening. An alternative would be to eat in Beaumaris - there's lots of choice - and then just sit in the rain on our folding chairs!

    BTW - The concert is being MCd by the slimmed down Russell Grant!

  • Comment number 35.

    Morning all - bit of a dreich day here eeeeeeyuk!

    Having a half day to go meet some chums for lunch so looking forward to that. Got bed built(by myself, husband out getting puffed out a 5 a sides) by 7pm last night so when eldest daughter decides to come back home to see us she has somewhere to sleep!

    Loved last nights confession, we were chortling over our pasta......

    How about for ARFO

    Yes by McAlmont and Butler

    to get us all singing, go on DT team, you know you want to and you didn't call me last week with my emailed request to celebrate last supper with eldest daughter before Uni send off!

    Never mind grandparents on the trampoline, it's our labrador we had issues with - he would never let the kids play on it without him, we had to get they net and they had to zip themselves in! Sadly trampoline is now gone.....

    as for parties, our eldest (18 in October) has avoided parties in our house as the demetia dad in law has a penchant for wandering the house in his underpants at night - not a good sight for anyone but defo not for a bunch of 17/18 year olds.....no worries, we keep the doors locked and hide the keys!

    Off to the theatre tomorrow to se Journey's end with youngest daughter - I expect we will both leave in tears! Any one seen it?

    Happy Friday everyone!


  • Comment number 36.

    #32 Before members of the Pendant Club start complaining, I now realise I was wrong to say "Hat of HOIB", as it's repetitious. It's like saying PIN Number (Personal Identification Number...Number!).

  • Comment number 37.

    Morning all!

    Here's a blast from the past...


    Have a great weekend, one and all. I am off to the Swanage Folk Festival tomorrow, and Bournemouth Football Club's open day on Sunday. Such fun!



  • Comment number 38.

    Zoe - definitely the bath. or *hesitates to make the suggestion* could you cut the grass then have a lovely long soak in the bath? two birds, one stone?

    Jill Moore (not the one I have coffee with on a regular basis and who lives in Nottinghamshire) I hope the pooch is soon well again. Poor wee thing.

    Suzie - I know what you mean about RS - happy to be proved wrong tho' - he might be a nice lad.

    LadyStormrider - Hurricane Katya? Not a storm you're willing to ride out then? Shame you've had to cancel your hols. Hope things calm down and you get off soonly.

    Rightio, off to do some chores now.

    Happy Fridays everyone and I hope the weekend is a blast.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 39.

    ~32 John B Good - I LOVE that Tina Charles song, one of those 'secret' likes, well it's not anymore is it!

  • Comment number 40.

    hi all my arf is


  • Comment number 41.

    Oh dear Billie - good luck with the "picnic" - just make sure you take blankets and waterproofs (but no brollies as this is unfair on the people behind you).

    Summer 2011 saw Nic and I watch The Merry Wives Of Windsor in an absolute monsoon-style deluge. The rain was so heavy at the outdoor theatre in the woods that at one point it was hard to hear the cast, thanks to the rain bouncing off the audience's waterproofs - half the audience left at half time but we stayed until the end. An excellent performance in adverse conditions, and we won a bottle of Cava!

    We also went to the Botanical Gardens in Brum to see An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, and again, the British "summer" didn't disappoint: soggy, windy, cold and a wet backside by the end of the evening where the rainfall had formed a canal down the back of my cavas chair ..... which made getting home, donning my PJs and opening a bottle of vin rouge all the more wonderful!


  • Comment number 42.

    #39. Shhhhhhh. I do too!

  • Comment number 43.

    Did you know we've never had an ARFO by the Stones? As his Lordship was ushered into Sir Mick's boudoir yesterday (allegedly), can I suggest:

    GET OFF OF MY CLOUD - Rolling Stones

  • Comment number 44.

    #36/32 John - Tautology!

  • Comment number 45.

    Morning All,

    Simon, I hope that your daughter has a very Happy Birthday. I remember the occasion of our daughter's 18th last year. Mr Mcw and I were sent out with strict instructions not to return before midnight. I recall that it was a difficult evening of forced jollity and trying not to think about what we would find on our eventual return. I am sure she'll have a wonderful time and the house will still be standing. Just make sure you have plenty of milk, bread and cereal in for the next morning, we found 'the night after' breakfast company highly entertaining!

    My ARFO choice is the brilliant Light My Fire by The Doors

    but if you insist on deciding on the much quieter, less ARFO-like 'Northern Sky' by Nick Drake, I'm sure you wont get any complaints! ;-)

    madchick x

  • Comment number 46.


    Nooooooooooooooooooooooo to Zoe UU's It Feels Like I'm In Love (sorry Zoe!) ....

    This was one of the tracks we used to do our displays to when I was a majorette for three years and every time I hear it (together with Abba's Super Trooper and Dance Yourself Dizzy by Liquid Gold) I have an overwhelming compulsion to find the nearest baton-like thing and twiddle, twirl and high kick my way through the song. Not knowing exactly where I'll be at 5.05 pm today, this could prove somewhat dangerous. Or very embarrassing!


  • Comment number 47.

    # Billie - show off!

  • Comment number 48.

    #47 - That was 44. Over and out. Have a good day all.

  • Comment number 49.

    #28 ok Harry, you win on the longest-ever-week front!
    Does the blog carry on over the weekend? I may need some cheering up esp if we have an amazing 'Indian summer' kind of weekend ;-)

  • Comment number 50.

    #39 #32 SURELY a HOIB if ever I heard one??!
    Although, if it's ARF you never know, if SM is in a cheesy mood....

    Here's a random ARFO that was No 1 in the singles charts, pop-pickers, when SM's child 2 was born:

    CULTURE BEAT and MR VAIN - no, not very likely unless they want most of us to switch channels!

  • Comment number 51.

    Good Morning to each and everyone and a very happy Friday, a bit later today as not working. Happy Birthday to No2 Child, how about an Altered Images song to celebrate or perhaps little Stevie Wonder. No? Ok then for my first ARFO I would love to hear Wig Wam Bam by the Sweet.

    Up to 50 already conga-rats Suzie

    I think I'll join you in the bath, metaphorically speaking that is...

  • Comment number 52.

    Helloooooooooooooooo Sir (as in Headmaster) Drivetime Dude, NYM, Drivetime Team and wonderful fellow bloggers xxxxxxxxxxxx

    You have all kept me sane this week during a blur of busyness ;0(

    Of course, I always make time to get my mensh chasers in for the day and catch up on all the fun stuff posted throughout the day (and night!).

    Sooooooooooooooooo glad it's Friday! My AFRO today is:


    Busyness will not allow much blogging today. But rest assured I will be done and dusted for the Coronation at 5.05!!!! Can't think of anywhere else I would rather be.

    Enjoy peeps and be safe and happy x

    Dougal x

    P.S Happy 18th Miss Mayo..................enjoy your first legal drink..........I remember that I took my two older sisters out for a drink on my 18th...........but the barman refused to serve me and didn't believe that I was 18!!......gutted at the time. But my party made up for it!

  • Comment number 53.

    #49 Suzie, I've done longer weeks; it's just one of the downsides of being self employed. I ahven't had a whole week off since the beginning of October last year. But, I wouldn't have it any other way.

    The blog carries on over the weekend but it's not as chatty as during the week. I'll be around on Saturday (not Sunday as I'm at a fair in Ingleton).

  • Comment number 54.

    To avoid confusion with my namesake in Nottinghamshire (#38) and to be a little less formal now that I've been here a while and you are such a nice bunch of blogpoppets, thought I'd go for a little name change... if it works!

    On the topic of celebrations, must confess I have never ever had a birthday party in my life even though I am at the age where I could have had two 21sts! Maybe the big five ohhhh a few years down the line might be a good starting point?


  • Comment number 55.

    Oh and the name change did not work it seems .. back to the drawing board!

  • Comment number 56.

    Gawd, seems it is just slow to catch up with itself .. bit like me really! Good thing I'm just wittering away to myself .. *sneaks off while no one is looking*

  • Comment number 57.

    Time for a coffee and a catch up.

    Suzie - I've made Saint Delia's STP recipe a few times too, usually around Ch******s. Always goes down well with the family.

    JillyM - your name change did work! Hope your dogpoppet gets better soon - they really hate those collars, don't they.

    Like Billie, I will also be outside on Saturday and am following the forecasts with a certain amount of anxiety. We are going to Proms in the Park in Hyde Park again - we went for the first time last year with Son, and we all really enjoyed it. Won't be quite so enjoyable if it rains though. It's also difficult to know what to wear - do I get the winter boots and heavy cardigan out of the wardrobe?

    And I also confess to liking Tina Charles' 'I love to love'.


  • Comment number 58.

    #32 Yes, you're probably right, it may need another trim before Winter :( Love your song mash-up idea though, that would be a great glittery start to the weekend! :D

    #33 Hope you get your plumbing sorted soon...er, you know what I mean! ;)

    #38 I am doing that very thing now :D Mowing then bathing! I'll need it too, all covered in grass and stuff now!

    #46 I think Simon should definitely play Kelly Marie now ;D

  • Comment number 59.


    Ever since you posted that ARF request my head keeps giving me the "boop boop" bits from the Kelly Marie song, and mentally, I am back in a display ring, wearing a green leotard and white plimsoles, performing baton flicks and bobs!

    It's not a pretty sight .....


  • Comment number 60.

    Morning all you lovely people and a Happy Birthday to Mr Mayos no. 2 child. We are celebrating my in-laws golden wedding anniversary this weekend, don't think there will be any jumping on trampolines after a large lunch do you?

    Anyway 2 songs on yesterdays show so I won't go all out for an ARFO today!

    Have a fantastic weekend.


  • Comment number 61.

    that Kelly Marie song is now in my head aaagh!

  • Comment number 62.

    #59 LOL! We need pictures, Deevs... ;o)

  • Comment number 63.

    Oh ok then just the one:

    Big Country - "In a Big Country"


  • Comment number 64.

    Morning All,

    Simon, Happy Birthday to Child 2

    ARFO Suggestion

    'One Way Or Another' Blondie

    or my old favourite

    'Fields Of Fire' Big Country

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 65.

    Just thought of a couple more tunes... how about some Meatloaf for a change?

    DEAD RINGER FOR LOVE ~ Meatloaf and Cher




  • Comment number 66.

    Deebs, be careful what you wish for - there is pictorial evidence somewhere, it's just a matter of finding it and scanning it in when nobody's looking (at work!)

    I know there's a pic on my FB page under "Yesteryear" of me practising my baton skills in the back garden ..... but thankfully NOT in the green and white garb of the marvellous Witham Twirlettes!

    (other majorette troupes are available ....!)

    x x x

  • Comment number 67.

    Oooh thought of a tune that might banish that Kelly Marie 'earworm' from whirling around our heads:

    TIGER FEET by MUD would be a great ARFO!

  • Comment number 68.

    Simon is asking on Twitter for present ideas for his daughters 18th.

    I remember receiving the Roxy Music album, Flesh and Blood as one of the presents for my 18th. Still got it now, fabulous!

    On my 21st, I think my Dad put a 'Chrysler Horizon' in my life! Sadly, it didn't have the same longevity as the LP!!!!


  • Comment number 69.

    #68 I think?- I know!

  • Comment number 70.

    Hundreds of teens descending on Mayo Mansion? Is that before or after someone posts it on Facebook?!

  • Comment number 71.

    Morning All and congratulations to child 2 and the BIG birthday.

    Oh to be 18 again!!

    Thoughts for todays opener then :-


    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 72.

    LOL Ken - no need now that Simon's posted it on here!


  • Comment number 73.

    what a monring, beans in the kettle, soggy picnics (hopefully not) and Kelly Marie (nooooooooooooooooooo). Next thing you'll be asking for Aneka and Japanese Boy.........

    Off to walk the dog in rain (again) and meet chums for lunch. Prob won't be on at the weekend so have a good weekend everyone!

    Happy 18th to the daughter Mr Mayo, haope it is a fun filled weekend......Have you got your bacterial spray handy?

    Love Sparkyhunter

  • Comment number 74.

    Presents for teens? I was always very easy to buy for - I always had a wishlist at that age of vinyl that I desired, which covered birthdays and Christmas. And vinyl-tokens were always perfectly acceptable as well.

  • Comment number 75.

    ARFO? 'The Streak' by Ray Stevens. Just because it still makes me laugh out loud after all this time.

  • Comment number 76.

    Hello everyone. I have been working and not blogging this week. Much been happening? The shows have been the usual excellent standard.

    ARF request: The Who 5-15.

    Inspired by the Pete Townsend & Keith Moon Docs, which were also excellent.

  • Comment number 77.

    #75 You have just reminded me of a mousy/ dirty blond unusual 'crush' of mine!


  • Comment number 78.

    #72 Do you think Simon's daughter's friends read the blog then...? Actually, I wonder if any of their parents (or the teens themselves) listen to DT. Must feel a bit strange having your child going to the house of a 'sleb'. Or maybe they just take it all in their stride. I don't know - the nearest we've come was a TV chef by the name of Steven Saunders (he was in the original 'Ready, Steady, Cook' and used to appear regularly on BBC Look East, then faded into obscurity) whose daughter went to the same primary school as our kids for a couple of years. She was in the year between them though, and neither of them ever got invited to her house...


  • Comment number 79.

    Well had a few thoughts on an opening song, when I received a link for information on a charity auction ...

    The Michael J Fox Foundation, eBay and Nike team up to help cure Parkinson's and auction off the most famous shoes never made.

    Anyone remember the "Air MAGS" from Back to the Future Pt.2? Well Nike are auctioning off 150 pairs of these 'auto-lacing' trainers. http://youtu.be/eYMyEqRb2cw?hd=1 (Hopefully the moderators will allow the link)

    This lead me to either:

    BACK IN TIME - Huey Lewis and the News

    Both great tracks from the 3 movies ...

  • Comment number 80.

    afternoon all....I had a house party for my 18th and on to a night club...happy days :-D met Mr Posh that night, it snowed and John Lennon got shot.....quite a weekend!!


    thank you PSL x

  • Comment number 81.

    #77 Oh yes, Mcw - an extremely funny guy! Although in the weird crush stakes I prefer his sometime associate, Lee Mack.


  • Comment number 82.

    #38 Toots - thanks for the words, actually the nom de Plumb partly came from taking my moped test in a thunderstorm some years ago. The instructor insisted we carry on riding round traffic cones in the playground in Fulwood with thunder still rolling around!

    My employers don't mind me changing plans for sailing as it is outside the school holiday period now.

    I'm only blogging as I've decided to either clean the toilet post repairs or do my tax return online.....urgh!

  • Comment number 83.

    #57 - ARG the 'C' word is that allowed by the mods??
    Happy Birthday to the newly-blonde Miss Mayo...
    Just to check - if her B'day is actually 9/11, surely a party tonight will be all ginger beer and lemonade, at least for her??!!


    Off to lunch with the Old Man, only time we'll see each other this w/end - but don't worry there is a list of to-do's to keep his idle hands busy (post rugby, natch...)

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  • Comment number 85.

    #83 Sorry, Suzie - yes I feel the same way about it, hence the asterisks! Nobody in our house is allowed to even whisper a mention of it until after my birthday at the end of October.


  • Comment number 86.

    Good ARFternoon Each! Quick, albiet rather late, attempt to claim an ARF opener...


  • Comment number 87.

    #70 Ken... but Simon hasn't posted the Mayo Mansion address on here or facebook, so how would the facebook teens find it, unless they're already friends of Ms Mayo? I hope his house doesn't get trashed... maybe Mr & Mrs Mayo will be hiding in the shed with secret CCTV cameras set up to keep an eye on the party!

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  • Comment number 89.

    #70 #87 I'm sure there isn't anything to worry about - remember the Mayos will have been through this all before a couple of years ago with their Child 1. They will be familiar with teen parties. They'll have contingency plans in place...

    #84 Thanks KatyMatey - don't mind if I do!


  • Comment number 90.

    #84 Katy, I love your 3-tiered cupcakes!!!


  • Comment number 91.

    I just had a tweet from former Radio 1 DJ Mike Smith. How about that!


  • Comment number 92.

    I was 18 a long time ago. I din't have a party. Ditto 21, Ditto 40 and Ditto 50.

    Where did I go wrong?

  • Comment number 93.

    Good afternoon all - just a quick pop in for the ARFO

    Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival - it must get you tapping your steering wheel musn't it??

    Back when I've read back.

  • Comment number 94.

    #92 Must admit I've never been a great one for parties - don't like being the centre of attention. I had one for my 18th, but since then I've had weekends away somewhere nice for all the 'big' birthdays. However, Mr B and I have a big wedding anniversary coming up next year, and we are considering having a party for that. You will all be invited, of course!


  • Comment number 95.

    #92. It was probably the bad rep built up at parties for 17, 19, 20, 22, 23,24,25....


  • Comment number 96.

    #97 Hopefully the guests are all arriving blindfolded :-)

  • Comment number 97.

    #77 & #81 After revealing my ginger fancies the other day, don't get me started on weird crushes...Let's just say that my weird crushes knock yours into a cocked hat! I once drunkenly revealed a (former) weird crush of mine to my SIL over a late night bottle of wine, her face went white and looked something like this ---> O.O

    I had two 18th Birthday Parties, and neither of them were wild or alcohol drenched! The first was a fancy dinner out with select family and friends, the second was a free-for-all family and friends barbecue, both were very nice though, as I recall.

  • Comment number 98.

    Caught up with the goings on!

    Happy birthday to Miss Mayo - and good luck to DT Dude and Mrs with the clearing up tomorrow!

    We seem to have a party every 5 years or so - for significant b'days or anniversaries. It takes 5 years to get everything back in its right place and for us to forget about the morning after! Good times are had by all though!

  • Comment number 99.

    #89 Contingency plan - hmm, machine gun turrets in place and manned around the estate perimeter fence? :-)

  • Comment number 100.

    Who has the 100?


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