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The return of normalcy (again)

Simon Mayo | 08:49 UK time, Monday, 5 September 2011

Ah yes I remember this. The Sunday night scramble for missing books/clothing/kit/equipment as the new school year beckons. Child 2 back today, child 3 not till Wednesday (cue bragging rights in the vacation stakes) and the fun starts again. The kids don't look forward to it but the parents are, by and large, waiting for the moment when they get to do their own stuff again. We have all run out of activities, play dates, trips and anything with imagination involved. It is time for the teachers to work their magic. Thank you teachers we love you.
And I bet (as I might have mentioned before) I'm not the only adult who still gets the odd, brief pang of nerves as the season changes. There's something I think about the dampness and chill in the air that triggers the decades old butterflies to briefly take flight again. Or then again, maybe it is just me...anyway we should do BACK TO SCHOOL as the oldies today. Some schools have been back for a while I know but today is the big day for most so lets do the tunes to mark the moment. University students will be with us for while yet... And our latest Radio 2 Book Club offering is Joe Dunthorne's "Wild Abandon". It has a subtitle of 'The last day on earth is coming. Bring your own booze'. It is set in a commune in Wales that is, frankly, going down the pan and it has a great ensemble of characters. The rebels are the teenagers who think a normal life with a house and a car would be just fine thank you very much. We have chapter or 2 to download here so you have a look yourself. Joe is on after 6.
Meantime have a breezy and confident Monday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all,

    Hopefully a bit more back to normal in work for me too :)

    How about

    HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL - Jerry Lee Lewis.

    SCHOOL DAYS - Chuck Berry

    REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOLYARD - Cat Stevens

  • Comment number 2.

    RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM MAXINE NIGHTINGALE

  • Comment number 3.

    NEW KID IN SCHOOL - The Donnas

    MY OLD SCHOOL - STeely Dan

    BACK TO SCHOOL - Deftones

    And for the HOIB
    THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - Sesame Street

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning again -

    THAT'S WHAT I GO TO SCHOOL FOR - Busted

    TEACHER I NEED YOU - Elton John

  • Comment number 5.

    YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE CANDI STATON....yipeeee freedom!!

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning all

    NEW SHOES - Paolo Nutini

  • Comment number 7.

    GET BACK - Beatles

    BACK TO LIFE BACK TO REALITY - Soul 11 Soul

    ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL - Pink Floyd

  • Comment number 8.

    Good morning all

    I remember only too well the first day back at school after what had at one time appeared and endless summer break
    Suggestions for todays tunes :-

    SCHOOL DAYS (RING RING GOES THE BELL) CHUCK BERRY

    ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL - PINK FLOYD

    CHARLIE BROWN - THE COASTERS

    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 9.

    START THE JAM

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning Simon and everyone

    A glorious sunny start to the day for me... hope it lasts all week!

    PENCIL FULL OF LEAD ~ Paolo Nutini

    GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL ~ YARDBIRDS

    REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL YARD ~ Cat Stevens

    ROCK 'N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL ~ The Ramones

    xx

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Simon and blogsters

    Glad your daughter and BF are ok after their ordeal.

    Also can anyone advise me on stretches to help me lean back further than vertical when doing this quad stretch as everyone else can lie back and I cannot!!!

    Anyway Schoolie tunes:

    1. ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL - Pink Floyd
    2. RING MY BELL - Ami Stewart
    3. WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO - Wham!
    4. GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME - CHAIRMAN OF THE "BOARD£
    5. TO SIR WITH LOVE - Lulu
    6. SHOUT - Tears for Fears
    7. BACK TO SCHOOL - Deftones
    8, WHATS ANOTHER YEAR - Johnny Logan
    9. BAGGY TROUSERS - Madness
    10. EVERYBODYS GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME - Korgis
    11. BEST DAYS OF OUR LIFE - Modern Romance

    Have a lovely day.

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 12.

    GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL - Van Morrison

    NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN - Fleetwood Mac

    GOING BACK - Phil Collins

    HOT FOR TEACHER - Van Halen

    THE TEACHERS ARE AFRAID OF THE PUPILS - Morrisey

    EDUCATION - The Kinks

  • Comment number 13.

    BAGGY TROUSERS MADNESS....lots of 'you'll grow into it' new uniforms in evidence today....poor kids!

  • Comment number 14.

    Good morning again Blogpoppeteers

    A quick poop in to suggest

    Sam Cooke - Wonderful World

    Have a good day and catch you later.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 15.

    MORNING HAS BROKEN - Cat Stevens (because the early start will be a bit of a shocker for many, and also it's a song that's still sung in many school assemblies)

  • Comment number 16.

    Good morning everyone.

    #9 PSL, is that to celebrate the school-run clogging up the roads again?

  • Comment number 17.

    TO SIR WITH LOVE - Lulu

    DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME - Police

    TEANAGE DIRTBAG - Wheatus

  • Comment number 18.

    Just read back the last few comments on previous blog. Billie, LOL, the "l" on my laptop has issues and I hadn't noticed what I'd written!

    A lovely sunny albeit autumnal misty morning here.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 19.

    Morning!

    I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS - BOOMTOWN RATS

    Pen x

  • Comment number 20.

    "Johnny kissed the teacher - tiptoed up to reach her - he's the teacher's pet now - what he wants he can get now - he even made the teacher let him sit next to my baby - "

    BIRD DOG - Everlys



    DAVID WATTS - Jam

  • Comment number 21.

    THE SWEETEST FEELING JACKIE WILSON

  • Comment number 22.

    A few more....

    ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOL YARD ~ Simon & Garfunklel

    TO SIR WITH LOVE ~ Lulu

    HIGH CLASS BABY ~ Cliff Richard

    xx

  • Comment number 23.

    AND I'M TELLING YOU I'M NOT GOING - Jennifer Hudson !

  • Comment number 24.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    This is the first time for 17 years that we haven't had any kids going off to school. Feels a bit weird, actually...

    My suggestions for today are:

    GET BACK by The Beatles

    WONDERFUL WORLD by Sam Cooke

    WHEN I KISSED THE TEACHER by Abba

    A B C by the Jackson 5

    And for those parents who are relieved the holidays are over at last:

    I'M FREE by The Who

    FREEDOM by George Michael

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 25.

    "Went to school and I was very nervous ............ "

    MAD WORLD - Tears for Fears (pref to Gary Jules)

  • Comment number 26.

    HIGH HOPES FRANK SINATRA

  • Comment number 27.

    BLUE MONDAY - New Order !!

  • Comment number 28.

    I DON'T WANT TO GO TO ART SCHOOL - Leyton Buzzards

  • Comment number 29.

    SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE SOFT CELL

  • Comment number 30.

    Morning All

    MY OLD SCHOOL - STEELY DAN

    ME AND JULIO (DOWN BY THE SCHOOL YARD) - PAUL SIMON

    ETON RIFLES - THE JAM

  • Comment number 31.

    NEW KID IN TOWN - Eagles

    Later, gaters.

  • Comment number 32.

    "The ink is black, the page is white, together we learn to read and write ............"

    BLACK & WHITE - Three Dog Night

  • Comment number 33.

    #28 Billie, that reminds me of one of the longest album titles I know:

    THINGS MAY COME AND THINGS MAY GO BUT THE ART SCHOOL DANCE GOES ON FOREVER by PETE BROWN & PIBLOKTO

  • Comment number 34.

    Oh, dare I just add....

    SUMMER NIGHTS - ONJ and John Travolta.

    How many of THOSE conversations will take place today?!

    I'll get my coat.

  • Comment number 35.

    Morning all ! Quick U2 suggestion how about "A Celebration" because I bet most parents feel like one now.

    Back later I hope.

    GB

  • Comment number 36.

    #33 HA! Harry! One of the longest song titles I know is -

    "How could you believe me when I said I loved you when you know I've been a liar all my life?" from the Musical "Wedding Bells"

    and there's Rod Stewart/Faces

    "You can make me dance, sing or anything (even take the dog for a walk, mend a fuse, fold away the ironing board, or any other domestic short comings)"

  • Comment number 37.

    Morning Everyone and, of course, Simon the Normal Drivetime Dude, The Team and The NYM,

    Hyowj thank you for my mensh on Thursday evening for Talk of the Town - it made my day - I was smiling from ear to lug :) xx

    for today's theme, how's about:-

    DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME, POLICE
    I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS, BOOMTOWN RATS

    V busy today so may not be able to catch up 'til later.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 38.

    #36 Very impressive, Billie! Can anyone beat those????

  • Comment number 39.

    Morning,

    Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard - Paul Simon

    Be true to your School - Beach Boys

    Come back to what you know - Embrace

    Baggy Trousers - Madness

    Sad Mood - Sam Cooke

    Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

    Boys don't cry - The Cure

    Big Girls don't cry - Franki Valli & The Four Seasons

    Gone too Soon - Michael Jackson

    Sigh no more - Mumford and Sons

    Helplessness Blues - Fleet Foxes

    (What a) Wonderful World - Sam Cooke

  • Comment number 40.

    Has the mensh chase slowed down to a crawl?

    May I request:

    BACK TO SCHOOL AGAIN by THE FOUR TOPS

  • Comment number 41.

    Slipping through my fingets - Abba.

    Morning all.

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 42.

    With apols if I have repeated the above, not had chance to read back yet.

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 43.

    Years may come, years may go - Hermans Hermits.

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 44.

    YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND CAROLE KING

  • Comment number 45.

    #42 Hi MTF, don't think anyone has but in any case there's no need to apologise. As has been said many times before, none of us own the songs suggested and duplicates are fine.

    From yesterday's blog, thanks for the kind thoughts re my daughter. Incase you missed it, she was involved in a car accident yesterday evening. Both she and her boyfriend (who was driving) are fine, although pretty shaken up. Nobody else was involved. I haven't heard from her this morning, but I'm hoping no news is good news. Kids, huh? We never stop worrying about them, the worries just change as they get older...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 46.

    JENNIFER ECCLES - THE HOLLIES

    X

  • Comment number 47.

    Has anyone seen today's "G**gle Doodle" tribute to Freddie Mercury?

    Not quite as good as the "strummable guitar" for Les Paul's birthday but still a great one.

  • Comment number 48.

    Deebee, so sorry to hear your news. Hope everything is ok. And no, we never, ever stop worrying, whatever age they are xx

    Yes, Harry, it's fabulous and a fitting tribute.

    Pen x

  • Comment number 49.

    #47 Thanks for pointing that out Harry - that's brilliant!

    #48 Thanks Pen.

    Coffee break over - back to the HR coalface...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 50.

    A quick pass by:

    The Boys are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy


    Lovely and sunny here now

    Catch you later

    Shona x

  • Comment number 51.

    Apols for apols. LOL!

    Actually apples, is more appropriate. Back to them, chop chop....

    MTF.xx

    Ps, big phew Deebee. Glad all is well.

  • Comment number 52.

    An apple for the teacher - Bing Crosby.

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 53.

    Not forgetting Connie Boswell.

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 54.

    1939, maybe a bit eraly for DT!

    Whats the earliest song we have had played on Drivetime?

    Now who would know such a thing....

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 55.

    Doh!

  • Comment number 56.

    Morning all,
    Late as usual to the party, 1st day back2work blues....

    On the subject of crying - let's spare a thought for the parents (mums, mostly) welling up at the school gates, as they walk away for the first time - come on, we've all been there.
    So for those 'empty-nest' blues for sad mums, can we have

    CRY ME A RIVER by Alf Moyet...

    For the school kids:
    'DO YOU REMEMBER' by Phil Collins (to questions from teachers in whatever subject: maths, history etc) the answer from the kids will be 'er, no, it's been a l o o n g holiday!'
    Nice in a way, to be back to normalcy, but thank goodness I have a late Sept trip to look forward to; this morning's flat ipod, rain and wind in my face did not make me happy on my bike!

  • Comment number 57.

    I thought you would enjoy this quote from a Maths teacher

    "If a pupil misbehaves in my class, I sometimes give a referral, detention or up to 287 lines of a punishment exercise. I never give out 288 lines - that's two gross"

    Boom boom!

  • Comment number 58.

    Makin' Love by Floyd Robinson ( US classroom behaviour in the 1950's)
    Be True To Your School by The Beach Boys
    Ding A Dong by Teach-In
    Schoolboy Crush by The Average White Band
    Good Morning Little Schoolgirl by Rod Stewart (his first single!)
    Drop Out Boogie by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
    Don't Be A Drop Out by James Brown
    Stay In School by Otis Redding (a radio ad encouraging youth to stay in school)
    Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense by Fela Kuti

  • Comment number 59.

    Morning all............................where did that weekend go?

    My three word Monday is............Need another holiday :0(

    Very busy week so I will be popping in and out.........but probably just lurking when I can to make sure that you are all safe and well x

    My mensh chasers are:

    PENCIL FULL OF LEAD - PAOLO NUTINI
    NEW SHOES - PAOLO NUTINI

    Both songs bring back sweet memories of all the new stuff that was required for the new term. My fave being the new pencil case. How many rulers and protractors did we need and that we don't ever use in adult life!

    Take care,

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 60.

    ps glad to hear all ok with Deebee & family - the roads out there are full of crazy people, that's what's worrying!
    'SLOW DOWN, YOU MOVE TOO FAST' should be their moto.
    My son is biking - no helmet, won't wear a reflective jacket, and has poxy lights...I feel a trip to half*rds (other bike shops etc etc) is in order, with the coming darker nights. No, you never stop worrying; more about the older ones, as they are less in your care/control!

  • Comment number 61.

    Hi

    For all the students who are returning to school and cant believe how fast the summer holidays have gone :-

    LIKE I HAVE NEVER BEEN GONE - BILLY FURY

    COMING ROUND AGAIN - CARLY SIMON

    L

  • Comment number 62.

    Good Morning All :)

    Very late to the party due to twin mayhem (they are back to school tomorrow!) and a forgotten appointment with the Occupational Therapist at 10am, she must have wondered why we looked so shocked when she turned up :O

    Lots of good suggestions for today's theme :) I've thunked up a few school based oldies...

    THE FUTURES SO BRIGHT, I GOTTA WEAR SHADES - TIMBUK 3

    SUBSTITUTE - THE WHO

    WALK THIS WAY - AEROMITH (or RUN DMC)

    SMOKIN' IN THE BOYS ROOM - BROWNSVILLE STATION (Johnny Walker played it for Suzie QUATTRO on Sounds of the Seventies yesterday)

  • Comment number 63.

    #54 MTF, I would have thought that Lord Ammo's theme "Enjoy Yourself" was one of the oldest songs played - it dates from 1949.

    Earliest ARFO is Little Richard's Tutti Frutti from 1955.

    I'd be interested to know if anyone can think of one that's earlier.

  • Comment number 64.

    Thanks Harry.

    I wonder what inspired Simon to pick that as his show opener? I didn't listen to him on other radio stations pre DT, has he used it on other shows?

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 65.

    Good morning Simon and Blogpopetts one and all! Does anybody else suffer this nightmare? You are going into the exam room and you know that you have done no work for the exams. I have woken myself up before now sweating and had to tell myself that it is only a dream and I don't do exams anymore! So I'm afraid (apart from being one half of a childless couple) I can't get into school....though of course this means that assemblies start again.....and Governors' Meetings.....O Lord help!

  • Comment number 66.

    Hi Rev.

    You need the 'The dream guy' Ian Wallace to help you on that one. He used to blog on the DT blog when Chris was at the helm. I wonder if he looks in anymore?

    Oops, have noticed a lot of my posts are ending in ? today. Its my inquisitive mind you know!

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 67.

    #64 I'm sure others will correct me on this if I'm wrong (which is not unlikely) but the version he plays at the beginning is a much later version by Prince Buster with Jools Holland. Prince Buster first released his version in the 1960s. The original was performed many times in the late 1940s and recorded by the likes of Guy Lombardo and Tommy Dorsey. I think it's one of these that gets played in the middle of the DT show.

  • Comment number 68.

    Thanks again Harry, I am not in a position to correct you and am sure that you are spot on.

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 69.

    #66 Thanks MTF. Dreams can convey powerful messages - I do know that and as a Christian believe that God can speak to us in dreams (particularly if we're not listening the rest of the time!).

  • Comment number 70.

    #64 Further to my #67 ...... MTF, the version played in the middle of the show is by Guy Lombardo. Sp*tify has versions by Doris Day and Louis Prima among others.

  • Comment number 71.

    sadly, normalcy is gonna take a wee while for us as we waved our first born off to uni in Dundee on Saturday....many tears were shed , the little one (age 15 and taller than me) cried the whole 1 and a half hour journey home.....it has been a little unsettling as Saturday night was a bit of an eye opener for our fairly sensible, non drinking (yet) eldest child who had to shepherd the drunken flatmates back to halls at 3am and call an ambulance for the comatose flatmate who did not go with them. Thankfully, he was ok but she was thinking 'what the heck have I done....' Fingers crossed they run out of beer money soon and courses keep them busy! So Deebee, you asked me to let you know - well it was very hard and I am wrung out today!

    I am sure it would have been all easier if Simon had made my request for all request Friday (A Punk by Vampire Weekend - a good one to get you dancing) but alas I was disappointed!

    School songs, I like Pencil Full of Lead by Paulo Nutini though he is not a patch on the lovely Phil Campbell (not the motorhead guy) but I think Paulo got noticed first...

    Happy Monday everyone, off to walk the dog...been working at this screen for too long.

    Love Sparkyhunter

  • Comment number 72.

    #69 Revster, Lord Ammo expressed his opinion on this matter on last Thursday's blog :-)

  • Comment number 73.

    # 72 Thanks Harry - how do I access it?

  • Comment number 74.

    #73 www.spotify.com/uk/

  • Comment number 75.

    Merci beaucoup

  • Comment number 76.

    #75 I subscribe but I think there is still a free version available if you're happy to listen to advertisements.

  • Comment number 77.

    SparkyHunter, as a parent in the same situation, but one year on....

    I am just grateful, that like you, that the distance is only one and a half hours away. Its been a good first year for my Daughter and yes a bit of an eye opener too, but most seemed to settle down after initial 'celebrations' of freedom. Now going back for second year and living out of halls with 'chosen' friends. Best of luck to your Daughter, has the 15 year old asked for her room yet? My son is still after his sisters room, not sure what the latest bribe is!

    Have a good afternoon all.

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 78.

    Revster #65... I dream a lot!!! I seem to have inherited it from my mum and grandma, who often had dreams/premonitions! I have dreamed quite a few dreams that have come true and I always tell my husband, colleagues or friends when they are very vivid and could take up a few pages with dreams that I still clearly remember... some have been of people who have died!

    Two vivid dreams were about two plane crashes that actually happened the very next day... one was back in 1973, when I lived in Somerset and a plane carrying people from the Axbridge/Congresbury area crashed the following morning on route from Bristol to Switzerland (but my dream was that it crashed on a sloping field just below where I lived) but the markings on the plane were accurate. The other involving a plane was a couple of years ago when I saw a white plane with a red tail and white logo on it, crash after circling the sky for quite a while and the next day a Turkish Airlines crashed and my husband called to me when the news was on, saying, "here's that plane you saw in your dream last night" and I've never seen a Turkish Airlines plane before!

    It would take me too long to recall a lot of my dreams but a recent one was when I was out with my dogs and was walking back to the corner of where we turn into our lane and a neighbour a few houses away, was sitting in the middle of the road in a brown leather chair with wooden arms and she was turning round and round and my dogs started to walk around the chair. Later that week she died from a massive stroke so several weeks later when I had been speaking to her husband, I told him of my dream and asked if they had a chair like that and he said they did and his wife always sat in it because of her back!

    Lots more, and one more involving a garden chair where I used to live and an old couple across the road had a blue car and one night I dreamed his wife was sitting in his striped garden seat, in the middle of their front lawn, wearing the floppy hat her husband always wore when gardening and parked in their drive where their car was always parked, was a long black car.

    At 9am the next day, their son rang to say his dad had a heart attack at 4am and a hearse had come to take him away at about 6am (but I saw nothing as our bedroom was round the back and I was asleep at those times and it was January, so dark anyway.

    Does anyone else dream like this? What I can NOT UNDERSTAND AT ALL is why I can see things so clearly, like the markings on a plane and are these 'premonitions' or just dreams that seem to come true but I can't possibly know that something's going to happen? Why do I dream these things so close to a bad event taking place??

    We need a dreams' analyst on Simon's programme!

  • Comment number 79.

    Paying too much for your printer ink .................... ????

    Interesting little fact in the Guardian today: £1.63 per millilitre of black HP cartidge ink ............... £0.13 per millilitre of Dom Perignon champagne.

    Not sure low legible your print-outs would be though! :-)

  • Comment number 80.

    Good afternoon all - what a busy blog this is! I have read back and such a lot manages to get included in a few short hours! Hope your daughter and boyfriend are ok Deebee.

    Hope everyone has had a good weekend - sounds like it with the amount of apple crumbles made and consumed. There will be one made in this house this week - a friend has a very productive tree and she is sharing the produce. Lovely!

  • Comment number 81.

    Good day Simon, Team, NYM and blogpoppets. Me being late to the party is becoming a recurring theme. Things should calm down a bit next week. I hope!

    Because I'm determined to have a bit of Bryan Ferry after Saturday's excellent gig at Edinburgh Castle...

    The "In" Crowd - Bryan Ferry

    where kids mostly prefer or aspire to be.

    Shall have a catch up on all goings on this evening.

    Play nicely!

    X

  • Comment number 82.

    It's not just me who gets the season butterflies then!

    #10 LuciesMum - I agree, PENCIL FULL OF LEAD would be great. Very positive tune!

  • Comment number 83.

    #78 My view on dreams - as a psychology graduate - are that they are the brain revisiting things stored in your long term memory. Something that's happened during the day may trigger off a particular dream, although why we dream about people/places in our more distant past I don't know. LuciesMum, maybe because these events happened shortly after your dreams you make a connection that might have been no more than coincidence. I don't know - that's only my opinion, and I respect the fact that others have different views! And I also don't know why some people dream more vividly than others - I rarely remember my dreams the next day.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 84.

    SUMMER OF 69 - BRYAN ADAMS ('the best days of our lives')
    CARRIE ANNE - THE HOLLIES
    THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES - QUEEN (Freddie's b'day today as well!)

  • Comment number 85.

    Good Afternoon Each! Just a quick in and out from me, for a bit anyway....

    The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Andy Williams

  • Comment number 86.

    That's what I like about this blog, so much more to it than Mensh chasing!

    On the subject of dreams, I dreamt vividly and sometimes inventively (like Heath Robinson inventions, not the other 'inventively', like, say, I had just met and married George Clooney') when I was not working and at home, bringing up children #1 & #2; at that time my brain was a bit under-used (Thomas the Tank did not inspire) so I think that was how my brain had a 'work-out'
    Since being back in the work saddle, I fall into a deep, deep sleep and if any dreams happen, they are rarely remembered and not nearly as 'inventive'
    I have, however, been subject to 'day dreams' some of which have been premonitions of bad news, some of old friends making contact (whom I had recently thought about, then out of the blue..)

  • Comment number 87.

    no 77 MTF

    thank you for your kind words...things have settled down and she has discovered some students on her course in the halls belwo so that is good news...just need to let her get on with it - there will be scary moments - I remember them but we did not have mobiles so just had to get on with it! Younger daughter is after sisters room as a studio for her to make her creations in...either that or the Grandad has to go! For the time being the dressmakers dummy will live there as it's 'too creepy' to share a room!

    Deebee - glad your daughter and her boyf are all ok.

    xx Sparkyhunter

  • Comment number 88.

    Just time for a couple more suggestions if they haven't already been mentioned:

    "Another Brick in the Wall" Pink Floyd
    "10/10" Paul Nutini
    "Song for Whoever" The Beautiful South. (I love you from the bottom of my pencil case)

    GB

  • Comment number 89.

    I do tend to dream more vividly when we're on the boat. Maybe something to do with being out in the fresh air all day, usually followed by an evening drinking wine means that I sleep particularly well. I'm quite envious of people who can control their dreams - or go back to a good dream after waking up. I've never been able to do that.

    Sparkyhunter - sounds like your eldest has had a bit of a baptism of fire. I'm sure things will settle down for her once the term proper starts. My son had a bit of a problem with drunken students last year as well (he doesn't drink, either).

    ~X~

  • Comment number 90.

    A friend of mine also often dreams... but she always loses her handbag or purse in her dreams and only realises it's missing after she has got home. She says she usually has left it behind in a pub or wherever she's been and she says that in these regular 'losing handbag' dreams, when she goes back to where she had been, her bag's usually just sitting there with everything intact...

  • Comment number 91.

    My friend posted this on her face ache profile...thought I would share ;-)

    T'was the night before school started, when all through the town, the parents were cheering - a riotous sound!! By nine, kids were all washed & tucked into bed where memories of homework filled them with dread! New pencils, new folders, new notebooks too! New teachers, new friends - their anxiety grew! The PARENTS just giggled when they learned of this fright and shouted to all "GO TO BED!!!! IT'S A SCHOOL NIGHT!!!
    ...

  • Comment number 92.

    Deebee, I don't think I have ever woken up and then gone back to a dream, or I can't remember doing this. My husband reckons he never dreams or if he does, he never remembers anything. I always tell him of my dreams, even when they're daft ones... and some are really very odd!

    Something else I experience occasionally, that he never does, is when it feels like something/someone heavy is bearing down on me/my duvet and I am scared but unable to move and I feel myself trying to scream or shout, but no noise comes out. I often used to lie facing towards the centre of the bed until one night it felt like there were two really strong arms behind me, holding me in that position and no matter how hard I tried, I could not pull myself away and it was so scary, that I now always have to face outwards, towards the window in case it happens again.

    One day at work we were chatting about these things and someone else, who is like me, Cancerian, also dreams a lot and she wondered if it's connected to when we are born! My mum was also Cancerian as was my grandma, but then again, it could be coincidence as so much in life is just that. Seemingly the sleeping and feeling 'crushed' and unable to shout out, is called 'sleep paralysis'... and I wonder if anyone on the blog has ever experienced it!

  • Comment number 93.

    As a new blogger I have a question which may show how untechnological I am!
    In order to read comments being posted on this excellent blog I have to come right out of it and then in again to see any new contributions. Is there another way or place to log on to where you can see new additions as they are posted as that appears to be what everyone else is doing!!

  • Comment number 94.

    Ah - just back to work after 3 weeks holiday; so I know the school kids will be feeling exactly the same as I did this morning (Alarm clock rings; 'No, it can't be that time already.... zzzz')

    Therefore my dozy song choice would be I'M ONLY SLEEPING by Suggs

  • Comment number 95.

    Jennie, you need to just refresh your page. Once posts reach 100, you will also need to go to page 2. If that makes sense!

    Pen x

  • Comment number 96.

    Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime - The Korgis
    New Kid in Town - The Eagles
    Take It Easy - The Eagles (One for the Parents)

  • Comment number 97.

    #93 Jennie, you can refresh the page by pressing the f5 key.

    The way it used to work, before they imposed the 100 posts per page on us, it would always take you to the last post but now, as PennyForem says, you have to select the last page now once we're beyond 100 posts.

  • Comment number 98.

    Thanks very much Harry and Penny. I knew there had to be a way!

  • Comment number 99.

    #64 #67 #70 When Jools Holland does "Enjoy Yourself" live it's the legendary Rico Rodriguez who takes the Prince Buster singing role, or he did when I saw them do it. Apparently he is genuinely legendary - I had no idea who he was before seeing Jools as ska and reggie-beat (as a friend used to call it) are not really my thing.

  • Comment number 100.

    Bet I've missed the 100!

 

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