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Monday Blues? Good!

Simon Mayo | 09:38 UK time, Monday, 7 November 2011

Good morning to bloggers all, wherever you may be. I hope the weekend was a fine one. I took it upon myself to try one of Nigel's recent recipes- the superfood chicken and smoothie curry one from the book by Gurpareet Bains. Finding Nigella seeds proved too much even for out lovely smart supermarket that sells that kind of thing. It wasn't helped by the fact that I had no idea what they look like and that the 'herbs and spices manager' had never seen them either. So what's a chap to do? Obviously ring Nigel! He was about to talk about cheese somewhere but caught him in time for him to tell me that black onion seeds are just as good. Of course they are. Anyway the result was pretty fine if fiery and everyone declared themselves impressed (but they would wouldn't they). Then we let off a few fireworks around the estate, finding the 'retire 25 metres' instruction a tad difficult as it meant we had to congregate in the hall to watch what was happening in the garden. I tried to inform the younger members present about jumping jacks and bangers that used to be sold here but are now banned-they feigned interest and went to a party. And that was that.
Today! We welcome multi-million selling blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd to Drivetime. He doesn't read music, is completely self taught and his father in law is Mel Gibson! He has been nominated for 5 Grammy awards and opened for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Eagles. He is very welcome to come in, noodle around with his guitar and help prepare the way for Paul Jones at 7.
Tunes today for the troubled EURO. Yes it's time to bend your minds to that most talked about currency and work out some songs that might-at a pinch-fit snugly into its grasp. I know you'll enjoy the task...
Have a enthusiastic and positive Monday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 1.

    Good morning, good morning, good morning!!

    Happy Monday one and all.

    Troubled Euro?

    LEVEL 42 - Hot Water
    STATUS QUO - Down Down
    DIRE STRAITS - Money For Nothing...

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Full of cold today, so I'm having a duvet day. On the plus side, I'll have more time for blogging...

    My song suggestions:

    MONEY FOR NOTHING by Dire Straits

    MONEY by Pink Floyd

    GIVING IT ALL AWAY by Roger Daltrey

    WALL STREET SHUFFLE by 10CC

    IN TOO DEEP by Genesis

    I could go on, but I don't want to be greedy.

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning again -

    YOU'VE GOT YOUR TROUBLES - Fortunes

    WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS PLACE - Animals

    THIS COULD BE THE LAST TIME - Rolling Stones

  • Comment number 4.

    Good morning everyone.

    Beautiful, sunny (if very cold) one here in Cumbria.

    The oldies theme:

    AIN'T GOT NO MONEY by BOB SEGER

    Be back later.

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning all

    With so many european governments possibly needing loans

    RUNNING ON EMPTY - JACKSON BROWN

    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning All,

    Hope you all had a good and safe weekend.

    My suggestion would be:-

    Final Countdown - Europe

    as I think that it is only a matter of time now before the Euro spontaneaously combusts.

    Shall have another think.

    Maybes back later

    A.

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning again,

    Choons:

    LET'S STICK TOGETHER by Roxy Music
    LET'S STAY TOGETHER by Al Green
    WE ALL STAND TOGETHER by Paul Macartney and the Frog Chorus
    IT'S OVER by Roy Orbison
    IT'S ALL OVER NOW by The Rolling Stones
    TIME TO SAY GOODBYE by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
    JE NE REGRETTE RIEN by Edith Piaf

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi again everyone

    A gorgeous blue sky here again for the fifth day running, so a nice beach walk beckons. I hope MTF heard her beloved ELO this morning, just after the 8 o'clock news!

    GIVING IT ALL AWAY ~ Leo Sayer

    TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ Steve Miller Band

    BLUE MONEY ~ Van Morrison

    MONEY ~ Rolling Stones

    EUROPA ~ Santana

    xx

  • Comment number 9.

    WE CAN WORK IT OUT - Beatles

    WHAT A WASTE - Ian Dury

    ALL OR NOTHING - Small Faces

  • Comment number 10.

    Stay in or leave the Euro?

    SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO =-THE CLASH

  • Comment number 11.

    ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE - Mike & The Mechanics

    GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME - Gerry Rafferty

  • Comment number 12.

    Gosh - tunes about money troubles yet again.
    *heart sinks*

    EUROPE – THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

    ROTTERDAM [OR ANYWHERE] – THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH

    THE GREAT BRITISH MISTAKE – THE ADVERTS

    FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN [THEN WE TAKE BERLIN] – LEONARD COHEN

  • Comment number 13.

    Also:

    ZORBA THE GREEK by Sirtaki (a rousing piece of music for a Monday night. Just called it up on a certain site and Little Girl is jigging along)
    RED by Daniel Merriweather
    BACK TO BLACK by Amy Winehouse

    I'm getting greedy now so best I stop.

  • Comment number 14.

    COME AND GET IT - Badfinger

    LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE - Bread

  • Comment number 15.

    TROUBLE - Coldplay

    I THINK I'M IN TROUBLE - Lindsey Buckingham

    OH WELL! - Fleetwood Mac

  • Comment number 16.

    Happy birthday Joni Mitchell

    How Do You Stop - Joni MItchell (feat. Seal)

    Willy the Shake
    x

  • Comment number 17.

    A couple more....

    TROUBLE ~ Coldplay

    YOU'VE GOT YOUR TROUBLES ~ The Fortunes

  • Comment number 18.

    Good Morning All :)

    The weekend has worn me out, so I am glad I can just rest up today. It's cold, grey and damp here, but I don't care because I am snuggled down under my Winter duvet, and a nice little nap beckons...

    But before I go... Oldie suggestions...

    MONEY DON'T MATTER 2 NIGHT - PRINCE

    HOMELESS - PAUL SIMON

    MY HOMETOWN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    LOST - COLDPLAY

  • Comment number 19.

    A SONG FOR EUROPE - ROXY MUSIC

    DANGER ZONE - KENNY LOGGINS

  • Comment number 20.

    THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS - Phil Collins

    THE WAY IT IS - Bruce Hornsby & The Range

    AGAINST ALL ODDS - Phil Collins

  • Comment number 21.

    FIXING A HOLE - Beatles

    THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET - Harry Belafonte & Odetta

  • Comment number 22.

    Mornin all,

    Hope everyone had a fine weekend. We'd like to kick off with the following:

    MONEY'S TOO TIGHT TO MENTION - SIMPLY RED

    MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT) - FLYING LIZARDS

    IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW - CHICAGO

    KISS THIS THING GOODBYE - DEL AMITRI

    CHINA IN YOUR HAND - T'PAU

    THE CHINESE WAY - LEVEL 42

    SAVE ME - QUEEN

    FREE FALLING - TOM PETTY

    Have a good day one and all :o)

    - Paul TMFM, Paul G and Richie J.

  • Comment number 23.

    IT'S NOW OR NEVER - Elvis

    IT'S ALL OVER NOW BABY BLUE - Bob Dylan

    HOW DID IT COME TO THIS - Take That (Wah!)

  • Comment number 24.

    GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS - ODISSEY

    WONT GET FOOLED AGAIN - THE WHO

    TAKE ME FOR WHAT I'M WORTH - THE SEARCHERS

  • Comment number 25.

    THERE'S A PAWN SHOP ON THE CORNER IN PITTSBURGH PENNSYLVANIA - Guy Mitchell

  • Comment number 26.

    THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN - FRANK SINATRA

    IS IT LIKE TODAY [HOW DID IT COME TO THIS?] - WORLD PARTY

    GYPSIES TRAMPS AND THIEVES - CHER

  • Comment number 27.

    EURO-VISION by TELEX (a Belgian Eurovision Song Contest entry)
    TRANS EURO EXPRESS by KRAFTWERK
    MOULDY OLD DOUGH by LIEUTENANT PIGEON
    YOUR CASH AIN'T NOTHING BUT TRASH by STEVE MILLER
    MONEY by THE BEATLES

  • Comment number 28.

    THE CONTINENTAL - MAUREEN MCGOVERN

    VIENNA - ULTRAVOX

    TAKE MY BREATH AWAY - BERLIN

    TAKE ME OUT - FRANZ FERDINAND

  • Comment number 29.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Hope all had a "banging" weekend!

    Here are my offerings:

    1. EUROPE - Final Countdown
    2. CRASH - Primitives
    3. 48 HOUR CRASH - The Clash
    4. WAY DOWN - Elvis Presley
    5. NOTHING COMPARES TO U - Sinead O'Connor
    6. DOWN DOWN - Status Quo
    7. FALLING - Alicia Keys
    8. FALL AT YOUR FEET - Crowded House
    9. MONEY FOR NOTHING - Dire Straits
    10. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - Donna Summer

    Oh well, need to sort my deliveries out, just heard I was not successful at the Walsall practice inrterview because they wanted to exploit my network of contacts however I pointed out that there are ethics regarding Restraint of Trade clauses when poaching clients...naive or what??!!!

    Anyway I have an interview for a a contract at Worcester City Council on Wednesday and the woman interviewing me I have worked with loads in the world of accountancy contracting and she gave me excellent feedback at one of the places we contracted together which is why I got the job...so its not what you know its who you know!! Also I am waiting to see if I have a 2nd interview in Stourbridge and whether I have been shortlisted at 2 roles in Wolverhampton and Edgbaston.

    Phew! out of breath!

    Have a lovely day all.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 30.

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  • Comment number 31.

    Hello all, I'm back from a great holiday in the west coast of Ireland. Higly reccomend.

    How about: Trouble by Ray Lamontague

    Rolling in the deep by Adele

    If I could turn back time by Cher

  • Comment number 32.

    EUROPE [AFTER THE RAIN] JOHN FOXX

    EUROPEAN FEMALE - THE STRANGLERS

    EUROPEAN SON - JAPAN

  • Comment number 33.

    A couple more oldie suggestions...

    GOLD - PRINCE

    THAT'S ALL - GENESIS

  • Comment number 34.

    Morning Simon, morning team, morning all

    It's fate - I thought of the absolute perfect song for this topic last week. And you've selected the topic on my birthday!

    "There's No Way Out of Here" - DAVID GILMOUR

    "When you come in you're in for good" - you know it's a must play!

  • Comment number 35.

    And I'm going to give the album a spin tonight, that first solo album really is a neglected masterpiece.

  • Comment number 36.

    Now I have temporarily stopped sneezing, time for a catch up.

    Nigella seeds, Simon? The only ones I know of come from the garden centre. I put them outside for the goldfinches to feast on. No idea if you can cook with them though.

    From the last blog - LuciesMum, thank you very much for the label ideas. I wish I had your artistic flair!

    And last but not least, a very Happy Birthday to Ken!

    *crawls back under duvet*

    ~x~

  • Comment number 37.

    A cool chill in the air this morning and light drizzel to add to the dank feeling

    (european) UNION CITY BLUES - BLONDIE

  • Comment number 38.

    Morning all

    Grey. cold and drizzly here!

    Happy Birthday Ken, hope you have a good day!

    Hope all poorly poppets feel better soon.

    I cooked Nige's carbonara last night - was a bit dubious about not cooking the eggs, but he was right, they do cook with the heat of the spaghetti - and it was wonderful!

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 39.

    Good Morning Each! I am afraid that I have had to let The Kendo Nagasaki Pretence go. As a disguise, he was most ineffectual. Or should that be ineffective? Anyway, off he goes to that great disguise box in the sky, nary a mansh to his name. New disguise is, as you can see, Edward McCrae. I wonder if anyone aside from the obvious two has any idea of the link between my poor disguises yet. (The obvious two? I know who I mean). Anyway, choons...

    'Euro Zero Zero' by Massive Attack

    'European Legacy' by Jethro Tull

    'Paper And Iron' by XTC

    'Danger Zone' by Black Sabbath (ish)

    'Worthless' by Dido

    'The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks' by The Eagles

    'For What It's Worth' by Buffalo Springfield'

  • Comment number 40.

    HAPPYBIRTHDAYKEN JUDE

    48??!?

  • Comment number 41.

    Has anyone (apart from me) heard of tonight's guest? I know my musical knowledge isn't as good as the rest of the bloggers, but Kenny Wayne Shepherd has completely passed me by!

  • Comment number 42.

    I seem to remember Kendo Nagasaki appearing on World of Sport on Saturday afternoons from such exotic world sporting venues as Margate Town Hall. Was Edward MacRae his real-world name?

  • Comment number 43.

    How about

    London Calling by The Clash

    Bring me to life by Evanescence

    I predict a riot by The Kaiser Chiefs

    Ain't no sunshine by Bill Withers

    Running on Faith by Eric Clapton

    Theme from Mission Impossible by Lalo Schifrin, or U2

    Inertia creeps by Massive Attack

  • Comment number 44.

    There's a track on Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds album which fits the bill ('scuse the pun):

    BRAVE NEW WORLD - DAVID ESSEX

  • Comment number 45.

    Yes 48, well spotted. Thanks for birthday wishes everyone.

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd, blues/rock guitarist. Anyone listening to Bob's Saturday night/Sunday morning shows would hear him regularly.

  • Comment number 46.

    #36 Deebee.... was it pickled pears that you made, as Shona said and did you get your labels OK? If not, you could print these off and use as a temporary measure! ;o)

    http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6115/6320020770_60db57978a_b.jpg

    xx

  • Comment number 47.

    'What's It Worth?' by Peter Hammill

  • Comment number 48.

    #42. As far as I am aware, no!

  • Comment number 49.

    Afternoon all

    'pologies for absence had a few busy days. (tax exams etc) :(

    Sorry to hear you're not well Deebee, get well soon.

    Happy Birthday Ken Jude

    #39 - I presume your noms des plume are linked by HMHB but we could do with Wharfdale Andy around as I'm sure he would know for certain.

    Cheers

    A

  • Comment number 50.

    Scarf?

  • Comment number 51.

  • Comment number 52.

    Afternoon all! Weekend over and already feeling depressed that it's a long way to the next one!

    You'll be wanting my U2 selections for the day to complete your afternoon so how about "Moment of Surrender" or "Until The End of The World"?

    Coffee calls.

    GB

  • Comment number 53.

    Afternoon Poppeteers

    Glad you are having a duvet day Deebee. Keep warm and hope you feel better soon.

    Happy birthday Ken! Hope you have a great day.

    Very misty today so I can hardly see you all.

    Bit late for tune chasing and I think Simon and NYM will be able to get 5 theme choons from what's been suggested - apart from

    Euro The Want That I Want - John Travolta and Olivia Newton John

    Sorry to hear you didn't get the job Mandy. Fingers crossed for next one.

    Must dash

    Catch you later.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 54.

    Morning all,

    Late to the party again....

    FIX YOU - Coldplay

    RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN - Orange Juice

    NEVER TEAR US APART - INXS

    THE GREEKS DON'T WANT NO FREAKS - Eagles

    TALK TALK - Talk Talk

    Good day all

    JBG

  • Comment number 55.

    Ahem....


    PAPANDREOU DON'T PREACH - Madonna

  • Comment number 56.

    Just read back end of last blog.

    Thank you Luciesmum for photoshop - I shall have a look later.

    Glad you liked the barking parrot - it's true. This house is barking mad sometimes.

    Shona X

  • Comment number 57.

    Re the latest "rescue package"


    STOP ME IF YOU THINK THAT YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE - The SMITHS

  • Comment number 58.

    #49. The song 'Everythings AOR' from the album 'McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt' contains the following lines...

    'But I can put a tennis racket up against my face
    And pretend that I am Kendo Nagasaki'

    Furthermore, in the song 'Tending The Wrong Grave For 23 Years', (from the album 'Saucy Haulage Ballads), the plot that had been recieving the undue attention was indeed the final resting place of one Edward McCrae. Both of these songs, and indeed, albums, are, as you have summised, from the works of that finest of bands Half Man Half Biscuit, and I congratulate you on your ability to 'suss me out' as it were. However, this assumes the fact that the aforementioned is the ONLY link between my two disguises, thus far. (Other disaguises will follow) So, is this the only link? Erm. Yes!

  • Comment number 59.

    Afternoon all. A bit late today. I hope everyone who's ill, feels better soon. I'm thinking longingly of my own duvet hearing you talk about yours'!

    I'm probably a bit late for oldies but I'll put my bid in for:
    Brother Can You Spare a Dime - George Michael's version is lovely
    Fight for Ourselves - Spandau Ballet
    I (Who Have Nothing) - Shirley Bassey
    I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor (can't see France & Germany letting it fail), or conversely,
    Livin on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

  • Comment number 60.

    Thank you for my Scarfe. Although, I suspect it wont keep me very warm.

  • Comment number 61.

    #50 - Edward McCrae features on one of my fave HMHB tracks - nice choice of moniker.

    #51 - Lucie'sMum - with reference to your reply re the sunshine on Friday's blog, you made me feel nostalgic. I spent many happy childhood years having my summer holidays in Fife and playing in the sea at St Andrews and Crail...

  • Comment number 62.

    Hi, better late than never
    Grease - Frankie Valli
    Rescue Me - Aretha Franklin
    All together now - The Farm
    Stand by Me - Oasis

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT PLAY EUROPE- Final countdown or anything else by them, (sorry JustPlainAlice #6 / Team Katcha / #12 / Mandy # 29)

  • Comment number 63.

    Good afternoon all.

    #62 Pap3, negative requests, eh? I'm not sure it work but I'll give it a go ...........

    Please don't play:

    Grease - Frankie Valli
    Rescue Me - Aretha Franklin
    All together now - The Farm
    Stand by Me - Oasis

    Has to be worth a shot ;-)

  • Comment number 64.

    #46 Yes, it was pickled pears - Saint Delia's recipe from her Christmas book. And I made some of KatyMatey's apple chutney as well.

    Off to have some tomato soup. Sometimes when I'm feeling poorly, it's the only thing that will do.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 65.

    Get well soon Deebeexxx

    I see it's pun o'clock already. Has anyone suggested:

    FRANCS FOR THE MEMORY by Bob Hope?

  • Comment number 66.

    Hi Simon, Sally, Matt and Rebecca hope you all had a good bonfire night.
    my songs are Spandau Ballet - Gold.
    Harry Enfield - Loadsamoney doin' up the money.
    Jessie J - Price tag.

  • Comment number 67.

    DeeBee - I think it's end of the sailing season-itis. We've started putting the Floating Caravan away for the season this weekend.

    Coming home last night North Yorkshire had their gritters out in force - Oooh! Me lips go dry at the thought.

    We've noticed that the route for the olympic torch goes right past the floating caravan's mooring at the top of Windermere. Guess where I'm going to be next 21st June! Anyway as The Eagles has already been suggested, how about:

    THE LAUGHING GNOME - DAVID BOWIE

    To do with the Gnomes of Zurich - geddit? Oh well. *starts stamping bits of paper again*

  • Comment number 68.

    Hello Harry The Snapper #63

    I only asked 'one' negative request - we're all allowed one tune that makes us cringe aren't we?? :)

  • Comment number 69.

    #68 Papa3, I'm not sure that a "negative request" is really in the spirit of the blog but that's only my opinion and the point I was trying to make. As for being "allowed one tune that makes us cringe", I'll allow you as many as you want :-)

  • Comment number 70.

    Breakeven - The Script
    Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins

  • Comment number 71.

    #68 #69 I have to agree with Harry really, in that we all have songs that we'd rather not be chosen, but it's more in the spirit of this blog to chose other ones rather than asking for something not to be played.

    Also I think Lord A has form for being a bit contrary in that regard and may play it especially as someone has asked for it not to be!

  • Comment number 72.

    #69 Harry
    #71 Andy
    I could be doing it as reverse psychology :D

    Anyway appreciate your comments and noted :)

  • Comment number 73.

    My cringe list would kill the blog :-)

  • Comment number 74.

    #73, Hey, Ken, happy birthday!

    My cringe list would certainly make ARF an improbability :-)

  • Comment number 75.

    #73 Ken I think it has been mooted by others on here that a high percentage of the songs chosen for ARF, (but not the ARFO's) ;) are on thier cringe lists!

  • Comment number 76.

    Warmth Ter ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    After the sad news of the crash on the M5 & having been a truck driver for 14 years & driving my car since 17 (20 and a bit years).... I've written an article about roads & road safety for all to read.

    A 3 part article over 3 days on the blog.

    The reason i've written this is hopefully maybe by just one of two people reading it they might think twice & maybe we can start to imporve road safety further & reduce the 2,000 people that are killed on our roads each year.... Most sadly that need never be killed!!!

    It's good deaths have declined from a steady 3,500 per year to under 2,000 in 2010....
    ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reported_Road_Casualties_Great_Britain )

    This mainly due to stronger & safer vehicles what with higher build quality, built-in crash zones, airbags, sealt belts etc.... But what can be done to reduce the number further.....

    PART 1 - In a moment.....

  • Comment number 77.

    PART 1 – How To Make Our Roads Safer:

    VERY sad to see such a bad crash on the M5, And on Friday!!!
    Most road accidents always seem to happen on Fridays... I've noticed this in the 14 years I've been a truck driver... Which is why I've written on the blog before about this and even nick name it 'demolition derby day'... It seems that way because every time I work on a Friday nearly always it's the day I will see a road crash/ flashing blue lights at the side of the road.
    Friday is the busiest day with a lot of tired people rushing to get home at the end of a long week working. And tired people who don't normally drive much travelling long distance to see relatives for the weekend. Coupled with the fact people now it's the day of traffic jams, which many are caused/ worsened by road accidents. This leads to a greater feeling of tension on the road on Friday in which people rush more to beat the afternoon traffic jams... Thus all these factors leading to more accidents & exacerbating the situation!

    I've seen enough over my 20 years of driving & 14 years to make at least a couple of 'Police Camera Action' programmes if I had had a camera recording everything I've seen/ been subjected to.
    I've seen a school girl get flung into the air by a car, I've seen a major crash happen on the M5 near Cheltenham in which a HGV driver failed to notice the back of a stationary traffic jam... It ran into the back of the stationary traffic, resulting in a silver Ford Mondeo upside down on it's roof & the HGV up a grass embankment.
    Only a month ago I arrived at a crash on the M62 that had only just happened. People speeding in heavy rain had aquaplane out of control. The result a small car hit at force side on by a large Mercedes. They side of the car was very badly destroyed, little left of it... And the female passenger still inside trapped. From the damage I could tell it was not good at all.
    The motorway was closed for most of the day after – A sign something very bad has happened.
    I've been subjected to road rage & violence from others... I've had my fuel stolen... In fact I've seen most things.
    The saddest was a dark evening when 5 horses escaped onto the A55 near Chester. I raced in my HGV up to the next junction & came back on the other side, trying to use my lorry as a road block to stop there being a big crash.
    Sadly people would not slow down & were doing everything to get past my lorry. I was driving in the middle of the dual carriageway but cars were undertaking me and swerving half on the hard shoulder to get past me.
    The result – Some of the horses were killed outright... All were hit, with the rest being shot right in front of us by police marksmen. I still remember the day very vividly.
    We all sat there for 3 hours, including the impatient people who not slow. If only they had given 5 minutes of their selfish little lives by stopping and allowing the owners of the horses to round them up. But no, many people drive with the selfish attitude on the road is all theirs and nobody & nothing should get in their way.
    That day as I looked into the eyes of a terrified horse waiting to be shot right in front of my lorry... Something changed inside me. A sadness about why are people so selfish in our society... Especially when it comes to driving.

    I do wish I'd documented my 14 years trucking via an always recording video camera – would make an interesting archive of being a truck driver which could be made into a tv programme.

    So what caused Friday's M5 crash?

    (PART 2 Tomorrow/ On the next blog).

  • Comment number 78.

    #61 Driver... it is still sunny now and the sky is blue as far as my eye can see... hard to believe for November but the sun is really warm today and I had my lunch outside in the garden sitting in the gazebo thingy which is south facing... long may it continue and I'm going out for another nice doggy walk before the sun goes down!

    Back later! xx

  • Comment number 79.

    #78- *looks out window, sees grimly grey gloom, sighs*

  • Comment number 80.

    very late to blog today -various reasons...

    sad news about that M5 crash. You never know what's gonna happen in a minute do you? Be thankful for all you got now.

    Had a lovely hard frost here which meant the mutt came home clean -no muddy mess to wipe up at 6.45am!

    Hope all are well, can't think of an oldie so will just send my good wishes to everyone, off to make mac and chees for tea, non gluten free request as the house is coeliac free for a few days, nom, nom, nom....

    cheerie-bye

    Sparkyhunter xxxxxxxxx

  • Comment number 81.

    Bingo. I have something to say to you, regarding your last blog entry, but it'll wait until you have finished your 3 parter. I'd like to add, though you are quite eloquent when you drop the accent. I'd always assumed it to be west country, but it is apparently Scouse. I also thought you to be a tad north of my own 54 years, so another surprise. Stick about a bit, owd lad, you and the other neighbours are always welcome.

  • Comment number 82.

    #76 #77 Bingo - good stuff :^)
    I have to confess I enjoy your 'sensible ' posts just as much as your Liverpudlian dialect ones - and they're a lot quicker to read! Keep up the good work

  • Comment number 83.

    #81. Should've placed a comma after that 'though'.

  • Comment number 84.

  • Do

  • Bullet

  • Points

  • Work?
  • Comment number 85.

    Wasn't expecting THAT!

    An Unordered List:


    • Hoped

    • For

    • This

  • Comment number 86.

    Afternoon all. A bit late for choosing choons I should think! Just changed my job so it's a bit hit and miss getting on here to see everyone at the moment. Hopefully it will be a bit easier soon.

    Anyway I hope you are all well. Deebee - I hope the tomato soup works and you feel better soon! x

  • Comment number 87.

    #84 - Paul what have you done to the blog? The lines between posts have disappeared - well they have on my computer anyway!

  • Comment number 88.

    Oops!

  • Comment number 89.

    I bet I'm in trouble now

  • Comment number 90.

    #68 #69 #71 If a song comes on the radio that makes me cringe, I just turn the radio down/off for the duration. Simples ;o)

    #77 Very thought provoking Bingo. I like to think of myself as a careful driver - thankfully I've never been involved in a serious accident and the few minor prangs I've been in haven't been my fault (there was one where I had to admit to 50/50, but only because I couldn't be bothered to go to court to fight it. I still maintain I was in the right). But every time I get in the car, especially if I'm going on a longer journey, I am aware that however careful I might be there are still a lot of idiots out there. I look forward to your next installment.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 91.

    Looks like I'll be going offline for a while - my laptop cable appears to have melted and I'm nearly out of battery. And I don't feel well enough at the moment to sit up at the family PC in the study. Will be cheering any blogpoppet menshes from my sick bed.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 92.

    Those seperation lines between posts, they were really intrusive, weren't they? Weren't they? I don't have a clue what I've done. If the worst comes to the worst, it's been really nice knowing you all!

  • Comment number 93.

    LIMERICK NEWS

    Spike's SHORTLIST OF 10 limericks [in no particular order] A winner will be chosen from this list:

    The 80's just wasn't for me
    No perms or make up you see
    The Beatles were best
    The Stones and the rest
    The 60's are my cup of tea!


    There once was a singer called Elvis
    Who became allergic to shelllfish
    When eating the critters
    It gave him the jitters
    Which wiggled and wiggled his pelvis!


    US AND THEM ON THE RUN - SPEAK TO ME
    BREATHE in TIME - it's BRAIN DAMAGE you see
    An ECLIPSE will belie
    That GREAT GIG IN THE SKY
    ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE - MONEY's free


    Gary starred in a band called Take That
    When they split, he did run to fat
    But as he's grown older
    He's started to smoulder
    And now he's delish to look at!

    Funk/rock band Level 42
    Are oh such a talented crew
    Mark King slaps that bass
    The rest keep a-pace
    And chorus "Something About You!"

    There was a young lass called Adele
    Who really could sing rather well
    Performing on stage
    With stars twice her age
    Her voice rang out clear as a bell

    There once were two brothers in Oasis
    Who sadly split up on the basis
    Fruit was chucked backstage
    Which threw them into a rage
    'Cos they both wanted No 1's this Xmas

    If you like the do do ron ron,
    Or anything from from Elton John.
    Music from presant or past,
    From the Beatles to James last.
    Hear them on radio 2 all day long.


    There once was a Welshman called Tom
    Who in his day, was quite the sex bomb
    He loved a woman called Delilah
    But she let other men defile her
    So Tom saw her off with aplomb

    That oh so Brit band called The Feeling
    Sang songs whilst ensconsed on the ceiling
    From their lofty abode
    'bove the family Spode
    They called for a pot of Darjeeling


    :^)

  • Comment number 94.

    Oy there Eddie!

    I've still got those darned lines separating the posts ... what'v'e I done wrong?

  • Comment number 95.

    Perhaps I can blame you, Katie.

    I'll try anyway.

    Simon, Simon, please, Sir, that Katie's nicked everyones lines, Sir! She's a big girl, Sir, she did it, and ran away!

  • Comment number 96.

    Hi Billie - if you're reading this - I left a message #60 in Friday's blog ...

  • Comment number 97.

    #95 'Big' girl?!


    How very dare you

    :^D

  • Comment number 98.

    #97. So, you only deny the big part of that accusation, then. RESULT!!!

  • Comment number 99.

    Hmmm - very unusual - MTF hasn't paid us a visit. Especially after our concern following the M5 crash. I know she is fine because she posted in the Evansblog on Saturday morning.

    MTF - missing you. Come back soon xx

  • Comment number 100.

    Evening \poppeteers

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