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Simon Mayo | 09:41 UK time, Friday, 7 October 2011

Made it to another Friday. Well done everybody. I'll buy the cakes.
After the show last night I zoomed to a dinner of online bookbuyers who wanted to chat about stuff. Jason Manford was there with his autobiography, top writer Sadie Jones with her latest 'The Uninvited Guest' and also SJ Watson whose 'Before I Go To Sleep' was one of our Radio 2 Bookclub picks earlier in the year. He was still in awe of the power of what a Radio 2 interview can do for a book! Our next choice 'The Sound Of Gravity' by Joe Simpson has a gripping and terrifying first chapter which is available here for you to read. You might not walk up a hill again.
Movie show on 5L today talking to actor turned director Paddy Considine about his new movie Tyrannosaur. It stars Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman and, while being a tough watch is notable for some fantastic performances. Mullan and Colman are brilliant and Eddie Marsen puts in another terrifying turn. Paddy will be in along with Olivia who you might know best from Peep Show but will win great reviews for her role here as a battered, devout, charity shop manager.
Then I have to buy some biscuits for losing the quiz, get the tube and turn up in time (not late yet) for the much loved ALL REQUEST FRIDAY. For my money, still the best way to get in the mood for the weekend. Then I get home and fall asleep. Anyway I'm still after a top song to blow everyone's socks off (even if they cost 38 pounds). Deposit below!
Have a swinging and racy Friday, see you after 2&5 on 5&2.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Was 'Before I go to sleep' the book about the woman with amnesia? Brilliant story - very original.

    Anyway, my ARFO suggestion is:

    BEDS ARE BURNING by Midnight Oil.

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon and all the DT team.

    Looking at Katymatys wonderful list of ARFOs.....

    You will see, that there still hasn't been an ELO opener......yet?

    So, could you rectify this by playing ..

    *** Twilight *** by ELO.



  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Simon and bloggers

    Thanks Hoff41 for referring to my Einstein choice...does this mean I was mentioned? I am confused as I thought only Tortie Cat was successful?!! Well done TC.

    If not, complete DUCK for me all week. :( Nice for newbies getting mentioned and Muggly bugglies!!!

    Maybe the ARFO will put a huge grin on my face:

    1. HAPPY TOGETHER - The Turtles
    2. BLACK VELVET - Alannah Myles
    3. MUSIC - John Miles

  • Comment number 4.

    4 may be a bit of a show stopper Mandy ;)


  • Comment number 5.

    From the previous blog ...

    #215 Ta Harry - A corrected list below - I'd also missed out the two stars for Queen Tying Mother Down...

    #213 Ta LM - had fun looking through that. Not sure if I really want to show so much leg tho' lol .

    #225 - JillyM - Pizza yes. Good idea. In the spare room I have a wardrobe full of insanely colourful clothes from way back ..

    PSL - Absolutely - the 'hotness' factor definitely needs considering. And I lolled at your post #224 *insert exclamation mark here*


    From last Friday's All Request Friday Opener right back to the beginning in Jan 2010

    ★ indicates how many times the track has been played as a Friday Opener.

    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
    The Rolling Stones - Get Off Of My Cloud
    Big Country - Fields of Fire
    Stray Cats - Rock This Town
    Queen - Tie Your Mother Down★★
    Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues
    Arthur Conley — Sweet Soul Music – LIZA TARBUCK
    The Knack - My Sharona ★★– LIZA TARBUCK
    The Rubettes — Sugar Baby Love – LIZA TARBUCK
    Madness – Night Boat To Cairo
    Alice Cooper – Schools Out
    Beatles - Revolution
    Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
    Wizzard – See My Baby Jive★★★
    Little Richard - Tutti Frutti
    Eddie Cochran – Something Else
    George Harrison – What Is Life
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
    Slade - Cum On Feel The Noize ★★★
    Led Zeppelin – The Immigrant Song
    The Trammps — Disco Inferno
    AC/DC — Highway To Hell
    Dave Edmunds — I Knew The Bride
    Blues Brothers — Everybody Needs Somebody To Love★★ LIZA TARBUCK
    The Eagles — Life In The Fast Lane
    Rush — The Spirit Of Radio★★
    The Who — Won't Get Fooled Again★★★★
    Johnnie Allan — The Promised Land
    Huey Lewis and The News - The Power Of Love
    Guns n Roses – Sweet Child of Mine
    Wizzard – See My Baby Jive★★★
    Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
    Blues Brothers — Everybody Needs Somebody To Love★★
    Soft Cell — Tainted Love
    T. Rex — Metal Guru
    Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band — Hollywood Nights
    Joe Walsh — Life's Been Good
    The Who — Won't Get Fooled Again★★★★
    Steely Dan — Reelin' In The Years
    Frankie Goes to Hollywood — Relax PATRICK KIELTY
    Slade — Merry Xmas Everybody
    Sweet — Blockbuster
    Talking Heads — Once In A Lifetime
    Free — All Right Now
    KISS — God Gave Rock And Roll To You II
    Gloria Gaynor — I Will Survive
    Tony Christie — Is This The Way To Amarillo
    Chris Rea — Let's Dance
    The Who — Won't Get Fooled Again★★★★
    AC/DC — Whole Lotta Rosie
    Patrick Hernandez — Born To Be Alive
    Supertramp — It's Raining Again
    Bruce Springsteen — Born In The USA
    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts — I Love Rock 'n' Roll★★
    Donna Summer — I Feel Love
    Eddie & The Hot Rods — Do Anything You Want To Do
    U2 — Pride (In The Name Of Love)
    Thin Lizzy — Jailbreak
    Led Zeppelin — Whole Lotta Love
    Traveling Wilburys — Handle With Care
    Queen — Tie Your Mother Down★★
    Earth, Wind & Fire With The Emotions — Boogie Wonderland
    Wizzard — See My Baby Jive★★★
    Meat Loaf & Cher — Deadringer For Love
    Slade — Cum On Feel The Noize★★★
    The Eagles — Take It Easy
    Love Affair — Everlasting Love
    The Knack — My Sharona★★
    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts — I Love Rock 'n' Roll★★
    Meat Loaf — Bat Out Of Hell
    Slade — Cum On Feel The Noize★★★
    Faces — Stay With Me
    The Jacksons — Blame It On The Boogie
    Led Zeppelin — Rock 'n' Roll★★
    ZZ Top — Sharp Dressed Man
    Tom Petty — Runnin' Down A Dream
    Derek and the Dominos — Layla
    Rush — The Spirit Of Radio★★
    Whitesnake — Here I Go Again (Remix)
    Led Zeppelin — Rock 'n' Roll★★
    Elvis Costello & The Attractions — Pump It Up
    Thin Lizzy — The Boys Are Back In Town
    Madness — Baggy Trousers
    The Who — Won't Get Fooled Again★★★★
    Queen — Don't Stop Me Now

  • Comment number 6.

    Good morning each from a cold wet and windy North. It is DEFINITELY October now, isn't it? Anyhoo- to the playlist to pick an ARFO from:

    Make you Feel My Love- Adele
    Roll Over Beethoven- ELO
    XRay Spex- Oh! Bondage, up yours. (Some people think that little girls should be seen and not heard, but I think......)
    Its the End of The World- REM
    Hell Raiser- Sweet
    Rock n Roll Train- ACDC
    Jean Genie- Bowie

    and as an off the wall suggestion how about......

    I Fought the Law- The Clash.

    Good Weekend everyone

    D x

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning everyone.

    A glorious, sunny morning here in Cumbria but, as it’s Friday, that won’t stop me grumbling ;-)

    My choice, once again, for the ARFO is:


    Now I know it has been suggested that if we shouldn’t continue to select the same song week after week. However, if we choose a different one each week until it coincides with what Simon or the NYM want to hear, then that would make it THEIR request, not mine.

    I’ve had a similar conversation with Mrs Snapper over the years when it comes to decorating the house until I pointed out the truth of the situation.

    Mrs Snapper: “What colour paint shall we buy?”
    Harry: “You choose.”
    Mrs Snapper: “Why don’t you take more interest and pick a colour?”
    Harry: “Because every colour I suggest gets knocked back until I name the one you want”

    And, I’m curious about this idea that Simon may feel pressured if we all try to get MTF’s choice played. Pressured? This is a radio programme! It’s not like we’re trying to get Israel to give land back to the Palestinians. If it doesn’t get played, it’s not a great catastrophe. But, it would make a loyal listener, and constant presence on this blog, very happy. I think that’s worth the effort, don’t you?

    So Simon (NYM and anyone else with a little influence on ARF), please ignore my request above (I’ll ask for it again next week anyway) and make the lovely MTF’s day (week, year), eh? :-)

  • Comment number 8.

    Good morning everyone

    It's been a truly dreadful week so I won't hang around and depress you all, but can I just request my ARF choice so that it can get overlooked in favour of some AOR soft rock tune .....


    No, I don't know why either ....

    Have a lovely weekend everyone.


  • Comment number 9.

    Oops MTF..prematurely clicked and just bombed out again...my lappy been repossessed!!

    4. MOVING ON UP - Primal Scream.

    Q word = QUAVERS - (My fave crisps!) or QUINNINE.

    Have a lovely weekend folks.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 10.

    #7 Okay, maybe pressured is the wrong word. How about nagged? But whatever you call it, it ain't gonna work... ;o)

    My Q word is Quality - a very apt word for this blog, I would say.


  • Comment number 11.

    Must do some work but I'll throw in my Q-word:

    Quean ............... and, yes, that is the correct spelling. Not that there are any of them on this blog; the naughty step would not be such a lonely place if there were :-D

  • Comment number 12.

    Good morning to you Simon and again to all you lovely blogsters

    You do make me smile Simon! Unfortunately I will probably miss most of the MUCH LOVED ARF but I'm sure it will get all those who do listen well and truly ready for the weekend ;-)

    At the beginning of the year I went to my primary school reunion. Most of the people I had not seen for almost 35 years! (That must merit an exclamation mark) But we all shared great memories of a little school in a run down area that had really given us a good start in life, principally due to a few extraordinary teachers that also joined us for the occasion. Well, three of the attendees were women that had been in my class aged 10/11 and we remembered each other straight away. We had a lovely time that day and tonight the four of us are going to get together again for a few more reminiscences. So I have good reason to be excused from tonight's show. I will however still be around to catch the beginning and the all important ARFO. My choice this week is ...


    Hope everyone has a fab Friday, Jx

  • Comment number 13.

    How lovely of you Harry. Thank you, like you say, not the end of the world, just a bit of fun. I cope very well with disappointment. LOL!

    I dont actually assume that it is noticed, that I choose the same song every week, after all there are a lot of us on here and some cracking choices also.

    Hey Harry, did you say SUN? I dont think its going to make an appearance here today, I am looking at packing the deckchair away now, as the Summer seemed to officially end on Tuesday after what I must say was a glorious start to the month.

    Still, only another how many weeks till it starts getting lighter again in the evenings? Thats my way of looking at things.

    Right must get on.

    Happy weekends one and all.


  • Comment number 14.

    Nagged Deebee?

    Surely not!


  • Comment number 15.

    Morning Sir, team, NYM and home-baked bloggers,

    £38 for a pair of socks??? Are they embroidered with gold thread? No walking around barefoot please, or you'll get a hole in the big toe.

    My ARFO suggestion for today, just the one:


    (am currently undergoing a minor rediscovery of aforementioned band, much underrated IMHO)

    Q word of the day - QUIBBLE.

    Sounds so amusing and quirky , for such a moany negative nitpicky meaning.

    Good day all!


  • Comment number 16.

    #13 MTF - don't do it. Forecast for Monday is sun and 24!

  • Comment number 17.

    Good morning everyone

    Well done Katy for keeping such an elaborate list of ARF played tunes!

    I couldn't make up my mind between these two... not on Katy's list!




  • Comment number 18.

    Good morning all Blogpoppets, Simon and Team

    First of all - a big thank you Simon for my mention last night - the first for ages - it really cheered me up!

    I haven't been around much this week - I didn't really feel like joining in with the fun. Some of you may remember that a friend's brother died earlier this year - well now that same friend's Mum (almost like an Aunty to me) is dangerously ill in hospital. The inquest into her brother's death hasn't happened yet and I feel so sorry for her and her Dad, having to deal with all of this.

    Anyway, I don't wish to bring the mood down, especially on ARF day!

    We're off to see The Pierces tonight, so I'm looking forward to that - will submit a review next week.

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 19.

    Hey it's Friday.............................what a long week! (Just the one exclamation mark).

    Well what does one do?.................................I actually enjoy trying to think of a different ARFO each week.................but can understand why some people like to stick to their guns...................but having looked at the history list of ARFOs, I think that it is quite weighted towards the heavy side of the music spectrum................so to try and balance this out my choice is..........................................


    Have a good day everyone............

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 20.

    I forgot - my 'Q' word - Quiver

  • Comment number 21.

    #15 JBG... maybe those £38 socks are in a pack of ten pairs and not £38 a pair!

  • Comment number 22.

    Oh my Q word is:


    seems appropriate for the start of the weekend ;0)

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 23.

    Morning all

    End of the week, cream-crackered, something dreamy sounding rather than steering-wheel thumping would go down a treat:


  • Comment number 24.

    Morning All and what a sunny start to the day!

    No ARFO for me but I like the sound of Jilly's Mr Brightside... top tune.

    Q word...Quintessential

    Maybes Laters


  • Comment number 25.

    #21 LuciesMum - think you may be right. Or maybe £38 is the cost for a full set of replacement socks for all bloggers. Collective noun - a poppet of socks. (including KatyMac's Pan's People legwarmers!)

  • Comment number 26.

    Morning Warmth Ter The Mayo & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    The Mayo - Sounds like yer mtotbike is 'aving alotta use terdee.... darting from one side of London ter the other!!!!!!
    The only way for a broadcaster of your standing ter avoid both the traffic jams.... And the papperaaazi photographing yersen at most inconvieniant times!!!!!!!!

    Am still trying ter talk Wrighite inter swapping 'is Range Rover for a 'arley!!!!!!!!

    Shona W/ Deebee - Thank you for your most kind welcome ter The Mayo blog!!!!
    Am new ter blogging so please be gentle with me as a learn & INDEED educate mesen inter 'ow ter blog/ what ter do whilst on this most nice BBC blog!!!!!

    'ope all 'ave a nice weekend - A won't... Am working.... Not that am after sympathy.... Am very 'appy ter 'ave a job & be able ter work at the weekend in the middle of the middle dip in a double dip reccession - know what am sayin'!!!!!!!

    Tatty bye!

  • Comment number 27.

    Good morning all from a distinctly chilly Essex.

    Crown polishing duties today in readiness for passing it on to the next incumbent of the DT throne. If a muggle gets picked, do I keep it for another week? I hope one of you lovely bloggers gets chosen though - what is Shona up to?

    My q word - QUEEN of course!

  • Comment number 28.

    PS Soz about me mis-speeling of 'motorbike'!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 29.

    My Q Word ....



  • Comment number 30.

    Sitting down with a coffee and a catch-up of the blog so far.

    #12 How lovely, JillyM! I'm still in touch with a friend I've known since we were 6. We had a reunion - with a few other school pals - last year in Cornwall where she now lives.

    #13 I'm sure he does notice, MTF.

    #15 I like the new name, John!

    #18 So sorry to hear about your friend's Mum, Tortie. Some families seem to get a run of bad things happening. I hope she recovers. And I know what you mean about not wanting to bring down the mood of the blog - hope you've been cheered up by lurking. And your mensh, of course! Enjoy the Pierces.

    #19 Good thing it's only exclaimation marks that are rationed, and not dots, Dougal... ;o)

    I think maybe Simon should look after those £38 socks - with yesterday's announcement of BBC cuts, he might not be able to afford any more for a while...


  • Comment number 31.

    Good Morning again

    I am going to request the same ARFO because I think it is a belter!

    And I think others will think so too when it gets played!

    So Please Simon & Team, Please play

    THE BEAT - by The Look

    Thankyou Kindly

  • Comment number 32.

    PS My Q-word:

    Quarantine - Reminds of a troublesome weekend a once spent at 'eathrow airport!!!!

  • Comment number 33.

    I knew I'd forgotten something.

    #8 Sorry you've had a bad week, Deevs. Here's something that will cheer you up: Six weeks!!!


  • Comment number 34.

    BBC cuts - what's the betting that the main news presenter will still be jetted off to present from some far corner of the worl so they can interview the local BBC correspondent live on site.

  • Comment number 35.

    #33 It's 6 weeks today, Deebee - can't wait!

    Deevs, sorry you've been having a bad time lately.

    Also Billie- Happy Birthday to Mr P!

  • Comment number 36.

    Q - QUANTITATIVE - as in Easing ........................

  • Comment number 37.

    I feel lucky by Mary Chapin Carpenter [from album, 'Come on, come on']
    We can by Lee Anne Rimes
    I don't feel like dancing by Scissor Sisters
    Crockodile Rock by Elton John

  • Comment number 38.

    Misstra Good - LOL! Fanbloomintastic :-D

  • Comment number 39.

    Good Morning all

    Fascinating list from Katy on history of ARF Openers

    Weather here this morning across the channel is dull and grey but I am sure this evenings music will brighten the spirits

    Suggestions for opener:-

    As this weekend sees the birthdate of John Lennon

    TWIST AND SHOUT - THE BEATLES (with John on lead vocals)

    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 40.

    Morning all

    having a bit of a low day - got a scary client to see at the weekend so my Q word is 'quaking' as 'in my boots..

    Good wishes to all those having a sad day today and to everyone have a lovely weekend.

    Got eldest daughter home this weekend and youngest on a D o E Camp, yes CAMP - brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    ARFO James and Sit Down

    Love Sparkyhunter x

  • Comment number 41.

    #25 New name made me laugh John. Q word - well I'm owning up to being a QUINQUAGENARIAN. I might get a badge made!

  • Comment number 42.

    # 16, thanks John, I will follow your advice.

    #17, I hope your second choice gets picked, love that song :)

    Bingo, new to blogging? Whatever!! LOL.


  • Comment number 43.

    Mornin all,
    DT team, Bloggers, poppets and the DT Dude strutting his funky stuff 'sure nuff' in his gold plated socks..

    CAKES?? did someone mention cakes?? YES please, am fading away here *picture skeleton hunched over desk*

    Q word?
    That is what's occuring outside my orifice - 170+ keen, hopeful new students registering to study and be Dr's and passing 'Fresher's Flu' around generously - hence why I am taking cover in said office...
    £38 for a pair of socks ! (only 1 exclamation mark seems paltry) must be a pair from Savile Row (Oswald Boateng?)- for that, I would expect them to make the morning coffee and massage my feet as I walk..
    Anywho onto business, thanks to Katy Maty for letting me know that my song choice of late (since the Dandy Warhols were played) has already been played twice - so am plumping for another of my favourite, blasts from the pasts:

    But you knew that, already cos you are a well-read/listened lot.

    However, having had a mensh for Stevie Wonder last night (and you Jilly M!) am perfectly happy to not have mine picked this week.
    BTW my son was listening in the kitchen, as my name was said for Stevie W - and there was the faintest of faintest eybrow raises in a display of respect/surprise - not sure which - but thanks, anyway DT Dude in the natty socks for the mensh.

    Have a nice weekend y'all, we're going to have the 'on/off heating discussion' I suspect, similar to Harry's paint colour one (#7) - where the only right answer is 'Yes dear'.

  • Comment number 44.

    Morning all!

    Just tweeted my suggestion, Billy Idol - "Rebel Yell".

    Thought we woulod have a change from U2 that's all.


  • Comment number 45.

    #5. That's some record keeping there!

    This week's favourite of mine, therefore requested here for ARFO:


    Especially since after all this time I have now worked out the lyrics!

  • Comment number 46.

    #43 here's the 'e' missing from my eyebrow - must've over-plucked!

  • Comment number 47.

    Q word = Quandary.

    I often find myself in one!


  • Comment number 48.

    Thanks Deebs and Tortie - yes, 6 weeks indeedy! I'll be booking restaurants and cafes next week!

    I've not had much sleep this week and it's really taking its toll today - I'm starting to resemble a wide-eyed troll with black circles underneath its eyes.

    On the bright side (I'm a Leo - I have to try to remain positive) I sent my final assignment to the college late yesterday so hopefully by this time next week I'll be a qualified Nutritionist. Who'da thunk it eh?

    Shall we have a group huggle?


  • Comment number 49.

    Deevs - a group hug is definitely in order!

  • Comment number 50.

    Group Huggle AND cakes Deevs xxx
    Suzie mentioned that someone mentioned cakes - so I'm straight in there with the slightest excuse - in this instance:
    Birthday wishes to MR PEPPER - the husband of Billie, who was sometimes called Mr Pepper herself!

    ♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*• TO YOU •*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣
    ♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*• TO YOU •*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣
    ♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*•MR PEPPER!•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣
    ♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*• TO YOU •*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣
    .......... () ...() ...() ...() ... ()
    .......... \♫♪♫★☆★☆★♫♪♫/

  • Comment number 51.

    Lucky Tortie - going to see The Pierces tonight. They didn't seem to want to gig anywhere closer than 40 miles of here ..
    ... r'else we would've been there *insert exclamation mark*

    - a phrase I shall soon acronyse to IEM. It may even catch on. Even Simon says ARFO nowadays

  • Comment number 52.


    Sleeping with the television on - Billy Joel

    Lovecats - The Cure

    Beggin - Franki Valli & The Four Seasons

    In the City - The Jam

    Riverboat song - Ocean Colour Scene

  • Comment number 53.

    Eeeek - I haven't chosen an ARFO yet -


    just for a LARF [IEM]

  • Comment number 54.

    #11 Harry, well you learn something new every day!

    #22 Dougal, love that word - will be partaking later ;-)

    #41 Alan - that'll be some bagde! lol. Great word. I could plump for 'quadragenarian' for mine but I don't think it has the same ring to it :-)

    Re: SockGate - I have an acquaintance who is a bit of a WAG type and well into expensive designer gear. For Christmas one year the Mister got a single pair of socks from her which we thought was a bit strange as she's usually the sort who goes in for over the top (usually wholly inappropriate) gifts. So, suspecting these were no ordinary socks, I looked them up on the interwebs afterwards and lo and behold they were designer (i forget who exactly) and cashmere and cost a mere £65 a pair!!! (yes it deserves 3 !s) The phrase more money than sense could have been invented for her, especially as my lovely lab has a penchant for a nice sock and I think they were last seen disappearing into her basket ;-) Of course, in no way am I inferring that our esteemed leader is cash rich and sense poor (perish the thought) but big money tootsie warmers are definitely out there.

    Q word - QUIXOTIC

  • Comment number 55.

    #51 Katy - they're not 'near' to us - the gig is in Sheffield, about 60 miles away, but as it's the weekend tomorrow, it doesn't matter so much! (just the one)

    Re Sockgate - I might have mishears, but I didn't think it was Lord Ammo who had the expensive socks, I thought it was a 3 worder he read out.

  • Comment number 56.

    #55 "mishears"? please replace the s with this 'd'.

    #50 thanks for the cakes Katy - just what we need!

  • Comment number 57.

    Hi All,

    Long time, no blog! I have been keeping in touch by having the odd sneaky peek at the daily postings here. I do occasionally let out a whoop of joy if I hear a blogpoppet name I recognise whilst listening to the show, driving home from work.

    Not only is ELO missing from Katy's fabulous list of ARFO's, but I can't believe there hasn't been a 10cc opener!

    In order to try and rectify this glaring omission, I would like to suggest:

    RUBBER BULLETS by 10cc

    Sorry that you are not feeling great Deevs. Group hug definitely.

    I have been battling with a very sore inner ear, doesn't sound much but it has been quite debilitating. Just been told by the GP that it is off to the ENT specialist for me.

    My day off today, so I shall be mainly pottering! ;-)

    madchick x

  • Comment number 58.

    Good ARFternoon All :)

    ((Hugs)) to Tortie & Deevs for their rotten week.

    Misstra Good LOL

    My Q word is QUORN because the mister (misstra?!) is making a veggie chilli for dinner with quorn mince in...I just hope he remembers the kidney beans today!

    My ARFO selection is...


    Hope everyone is having a fandabbydozy Friday xxx

  • Comment number 59.

    Quizzical is rather a fine Q word, don't you think?

  • Comment number 60.

    OOoh while you are about MCW...

    Have you noticed that they have gone?


  • Comment number 61.

    #7 Harry the Snapper or should it be Harry the Bookseller?

    I enjoyed reading your message and re what you said about 'choosing a different song each week until it coincides with what Simon or the NYM want to hear, thus making it THEIR request' not yours or mine, clearly, the type of tunes I had always asked for week after week, never ever stood a chance, so one week I changed my tack to a song I thought Simon/NYM might like (a Slade song)... and hey presto, it got played!

    A couple of colleagues, who are also good friends, from work who listen to DT and occasionally peep at the blog from work to look at our song choices, say we're kidding ourselves if we think we have chosen the songs played... they think the songs to be played are already decided and because we bloggers list so many different songs on the topic of the day, several are bound to coincide with what the producers have decided to play, so our names get read out!

    Same with Fridays, my work colleagues reckon that to be truly the 'listeners' choices' played, all of those who get through to speak to someone (first come, first served) should have their choice of song played, whereas the NYM actually decides what gets played, not the listeners who rang in. Coincidentally, one of my bike racing friends phones in every British Superbike race weekend to try and get a mention for her son and his race team, and she has never been called back in the past four years and she thinks she needs to change her song to one that the programme producers like, rather than what she wants played!


  • Comment number 62.

    #59 It is indeed Chickster and it's good to hear from you

    Might your inner ear problem be connected to your root canal treatment? I say this because when the link was finally made for a friend of mine, it generated much relief.

    #55 Tortie - I hope you get chance to drop into the very best Newsagent/Off License that Sheffield has to offer - or is the wrong side for you?

  • Comment number 63.

    Quarter of sweet peanuts for me please :)


  • Comment number 64.

    Hi MTF,

    Yes our little feathered friends have been gone a couple of weeks now. :-(

    We currently have a garden full of owls in the evening. Confuses our cockerel Monty, their hooting and screeching (dependant on which owl it is) encourages him
    to crow! The fieldfares will be lucky this year when they arrive, plenty of windfall apples. I still haven't frozen all my cooking apples yet.

    Someone, sorry I cant remember which blogpoppet it was, was saying that they have made sloe gin already.I usually wait until we've had a frost first before I pick the sloes. We still have a few jars from last year, pretty wonderful stuff that gets better with age.

    Mcw x

  • Comment number 65.

    #62 I wondered that, too, Katy. The RCT was on the opposite side to my troublesome ear. Mind you, these things are all intricately interlinked so you may be right!

    Mcw x

  • Comment number 66.

    I am sick to the sight of apples Mcw. The blackbirds are welcome to them now.

    I was listening to a programme the other evening and the discussion was about swifts, the expert reckons they are only here until July? I am sure they fly over the fields here in August.

    At the moment, the telegraph wires are covered in Starlings and it wont be long, until we witness their wonderful aerial displays, a sight to behold and can recommend the Somerset Levels as an excellent viewpoint to see them from.

    We were pointed towards an osprey last week, while out at Shapwick heath, by an expert, so felt very privileged to have seen that, oh and a kingfisher too.

    I'm with you on the sloe/wild bullace debate, but am secretly hoping that the frost holds back a bit longer yet.


  • Comment number 67.

    #62 Katy - Paul is, I think, on the 'posh' side of town and we're going to the centre, so I'm afraid I won't be able to drop in!

  • Comment number 68.


    Have a nice time Tortie.


  • Comment number 69.

    #68 Thanks MTF.

    As the boss is away and it's such a nice day, I've decided to take the afternoon off - so have good weekends all, 'see' you next week.

    T-C x

    PS - Good luck with the ARFO suggestions

  • Comment number 70.

    @64 - MCW - It was little ole me wi' the Sloe Gin. I happened to mention to a colleague that I was intrigued about making my own Sloe Gin and then lo' a bag full appeared on mi desk this week. I tfelt rude not to o owt iw' so, hence my making of of the Sloe stuff. Is there any reason to waiting until the first frost? I'm new to all this home made stuff so any advice for the things I have mentioned is much appreciated.


  • Comment number 71.

    Gig proximity - I noticed references to 60 miles and 40 miles today. How far have people travelled for a gig? I've been known to drive 130 miles (and back) to Bournemouth or Poole for a gig if it means the convenience of a weekend show rather than dashing about for a midweek show in London. Or if it was Yes and I wanted to go twice on the tour :-)

  • Comment number 72.

    Good ARFternoon Each!

    #56. Midhears?

    #67. Posh? Tsss, pffft, hoohoo!

    Cracking ARFO? 'Someone's Looking At You' by The Boomtown Rats'

  • Comment number 73.

    #61 LuciesMum, definitely "Harry the Snapper" for the moment although I might have a name change in February.

  • Comment number 74.

    Q=quidnunc. Self confessed.

  • Comment number 75.


    So watcha doing for your birthday tomorrow then Harry?

  • Comment number 76.

    Although I love 'Qualtagh'. What a blooming fine word.

  • Comment number 77.

    #70 Alice - no the recipe I have (after you drink half the bottle of gin) is you can freeze sloes to soften them. To be fair they have all blown off the trees near us and I can't see them being around until November when it's likely to be frosty.

    Has anyone asked for TWILIGHT - ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA yet?

  • Comment number 78.

    #71 Ken - there's NO limit to how far I'd travel for a veryvery special or rare gig - -
    The Pierces are good but I get a sense that they may drop into Southampton or Bournemouth soon and I'll get to see them then.

  • Comment number 79.

    What does define posh anyway?

    I like to think more along the lines of standards. If you are living to the best standards that you can, then I think that makes the best of what you have.

    It ok, I know my place and am more than happy with it.

    Posh, doesn't wash with me.

    So there!


  • Comment number 80.

    Hello everyone, it's a wet and windy day here in North Wales. Still beautiful though!

    How about:

    Runaway featuring Loleatta Holloway by the solsoul orchestra.

    A very funky tune to get the weekend off to a kicking start :)

  • Comment number 81.

    Lady storm rider, give it a go, you never know.

    Ps, one bottle of gin makes two bottles of sloe gin, but love the theory of drinking half of it first. LOL!


  • Comment number 82.

    I notice that the cuts at the Beeb may result in Radio London sacking Danny Baker. I really hope so, 'cos he should SO be on Radio 2.

  • Comment number 83.

    #75 Katy, as it's a Saturday, I'll be working as usual. Working Sunday, too. But I'm hoping there'll be a trifle on the table when I get home :-)

    #71 Ken, when I lived in Plymouth, we would regularly drive to the NEC and back for a gig; about 400mile round trip. Originating from the Midlands I knew someone who worked there so we got "concessionary tickets" -aka "down the front for £5" ;-)Lost a lot of sleep but it was worth it for the bands we got to see up close and personal.

  • Comment number 84.

    #76 Paul O'Sheff - Qualtagh is an excellent word - redolent of seasonal celebration and a hint of mystery ..

  • Comment number 85.

    Hmm, knock a man when he's down eh Paul. Yes, would be Radio 2s gain indeed.


  • Comment number 86.

    #74 Hi JPA. We've been making sloe gin for a couple of years now, and it definitely tastes better if the fruit have been exposed to frost. My mother in law made some when the fruits were quite solid, and she was quite disappointed with the end result, marble like sloes at the bottom of a jar of neat gin. The softer the fruit, the better we have found. Prick them well, and shake the bottles once a week until Christmas. You want a nice purple fruity linctus. Damsons and mulberries also work well. I don't usually drink gin, but a wee drop of this is rather nice on a cold winters day.

    madchick x

  • Comment number 87.

    My suggestion for the ARFO:


  • Comment number 88.

    #79 No 'candle-lit suppers' at your place then? ;-)

  • Comment number 89.

    Not a hope Mcw unless there's a power cut.


  • Comment number 90.

    #86 MCW, I only did them t'other night and already I am getting a lovely purpley colour. Does this bode well then? A lot of the Sloes were quite soft with only a few hard as marbles. Any tips at to where to let the magic happen? Rightly or wrongly mi bottle is currently in the fridge.

    # 77 - Lady Stormrider, I had already drank half a bottle. I must have known that I would need to make room for making Sloe Gin (ahem, lol).


  • Comment number 91.

    #87 tubaldo [interesting name]
    Message - Police. I've requested that a few times so really hope it gets an ARFO slot. :^)

  • Comment number 92.

    #89 LOL! :-)

    #90 Sounds as though you've got it right. We kept ours in the garage/ boot room/ utility room in kilner type jars. They are supposed to be air tight jars, but we soon learnt not to wear our 'Sunday best' when we shake them!

  • Comment number 93.

    #91 KM. Name used is an in joke with the family really. Based on a visit to a website where you type in your name, and you are told what your Brazilian footballer name would be in return.

    However, back on the ARFO, let's hope we are successful.

  • Comment number 94.

    #92 I'm making it sound like I have a right little moonshine operation going on here.

    Just the half dozen or so jars, honest!

    o o o o o Hic! o o o o o

  • Comment number 95.

    I agitate mine in the bottles like pair of maracas Mcw. Oooerr!


  • Comment number 96.

    Hi MCW - lovely to 'see' you! We had Alex-G here yesterday as well. Anyone seen Toots?

    Re gig proximity - I would travel any distance (finances allowing) to see a band/actor/presenter that I really like.


  • Comment number 97.

    #96 Deebee, "finances allowing"? If money were no object, you could get them to come to you. Elton John would turn up for a couple of million and I'm sure you could get others for less :-)

  • Comment number 98.

    #92 & 95 - I have already discovered that mi bottle doesn't like to be shaken. I have to shake carefully in order to make sure that none of the loveliness escapes. I would like to work my way up to 6 bottles but I think Mr JPA might start getting worried. There's only me that drinks it, hehehe!


  • Comment number 99.

    Next project is Green Tomato Chutney. Got any tips? I have already made one batch and while nice it wasn't exactly chutneyfied in that is was runnier than expected. Any recommendations?

  • Comment number 100.

    Oh well off to work.

    Have a nice afternoon everyone.



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