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Simon Mayo | 08:12 UK time, Friday, 4 November 2011

As I write, I'm in a caravan, on holiday with no prospect of outdoor play so it'll be off to Herbie Rides Again this afternoon. That's what this kind of weather makes me think of, as the rain pounds off my kitchen roof and the rivers of water run through the garden and down the road. Can't say we didn't need it in these parts however, so maybe I'll just go running round the estate, waving my arms and singing hallelujah.
Then I might go and learn how to make a spreadsheet work as quite a few of you seem to find them slightly more engaging than I do. And in case it wasn't obvious, Nigel's roast beef was extraordinary last night. Mrs M had still cooked a full meal for my return, so much vigorous exercise needed this weekend to keep everything under control.
Busy old day here with a screening of "The Rum Diary" starring Johnny Depp and directed by Bruce Robinson. Bruce is best known still as the director of "Withnail and I" in 1986 but was hand-picked by Depp to make a comeback with this story written by the late Hunter S Thompson. Bruce will be on the show around 2.15. After much assorted nonsense and the odd review, the reliable Central Line will bring me to Radio 2 and the unalloyed joys of the all request Friday. Last week we started with Patrick Hernandez and it was a joy. Always liked a small amount of hi-energy and suddenly it was 1979 again. In the caravan, in the rain. This does not mean we'll do it again (though Man2Man meets Man Parrish might get a few requests) and probably means we need to ROCK. But that's just how it feels at 6.35am. 5pm feels a long way away.
Anyway, have a wild and liberating Friday, see you after 2&5 on 5&2.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    In a caravan?

    Nice early blog this morning.

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 2.

    I wonder how many shops will run out of beef this weekend?

    It certainly sounded delicious.

    When I woke up this morning, I had these words going around in my head...

    I have a dream, a song to sing.

    To help me cope, with anything.

    If you see the wonder, of a fairy tale..

    You can take the future, even if you fail.

    I believe in.....

    Then I forgot the rest of the words!

    But taking above into account, my dream is to hear....

    *** Twilight *** by ELO please.


    Happy Days.

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 3.

    Well, if the early bird catches the worm. Its looking good so far.

    Have a great Friday all. Off to buy some sturdier walking boots. I think I am going to have to earn that roast beef.

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning Simon, MTF and fellow scribes of Blogpoppetland,

    A rather soggy Friday, but hey, the weekend is almost upon us!

    Off to take the dogpoppet to the V.E.T this morning for his kennel cough drops (no, they are not sweets!)

    But before I go, I would like to deposit a small seed of an ARFO suggestion, although it is a mighty tune, so without further ado, here it is:

    TWIST & SHOUT by THE BEATLES

    madchick x

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning Simon and Driveteam & fellow blogchums

    Please may we ROCK the ARFO today with
    THE LEVELLERS - WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY [HEY HEY]
    "♫★It was on the 5th of November when time it went back ..."

    Probably the only Friday of the year when the song is ridiculously appropriate
    :^D

  • Comment number 6.

    Just checked Katy's list........phew! It hasn't been an ARFO.....yet..........

    Mind you, maybe I should have picked one from the list, WHO anyone???? ;-)

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning Simon, team and hopefully not too soggy blogpoppets,

    Was woken at 5am this morning by the sound of the rain. Impossible amounts falling at speed from a leaden sky. It's a good thing my new window was fitted this week otherwise the plywood blocking the hole may have collapsed under the weight of water and I could have been looking at a new indoor pool rather than a kitchen!

    Anyhoo, as to an appropriate ARFO, how about a little JBJ rockness please ..

    IT'S MY LIFE - BON JOVI


    Hmmm just checked and Bon Jovi have never opened on a Friday, that can't be right can it? ;-)

    Happy Fridays all.
    Jx

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Congrats for all the menshes yesterday including a thank you for my own...was totally unexpected to the extent my weighted hula hoop nearly knocked me out when I heard!

    In the same vain as Patrick Hernandez how about:

    I'M ON FIRE - 10,000 vOLTS
    RIDE ON TIME - Black Box

    Oh well must get ready to be presentable and professional for my interview at 12.30.

    Have a nice day and try to keep dry.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning blogpoppets - lovely lancastrian damp drizzle here in Horsforth - I'm not beefing though as it makes me feel quite homesick for the 'Old Country'. We are off to our floating caravan this weekend - Mr Aquaplane just wants to go sailing to get the past week out of his system. Did anyone see that programme on Wednesday night with that chef from Masterchef talking about rare breed roast beef? There is a beef conspiracy on the British Beef Corporation. Mmm roast beef sandwiches for lunch! Anyway ARFO time....

    HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS - BOB SEAGER AND THE SILVER BULLET BAND

    I had the NINE TONIGHT L.P. live version - so that would be a great rock starter.

    Or some Captaion Beefheart... TTFN

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning everyone.... ARF day already, Simon dreaming of caravan holidays
    and I can't make up my mind on one tune so here's a few......

    TEENAGE KICKS ~ Undertones

    LIVE IT UP ~ Mental as Anything


    There's not been a female ARF for 50 weeks so.....

    YOU GOT THE LOVE ~ Candi Staton

    Or as I'm seeing The Strawbs tonight and not heard this on the radio for ages...

    LAY DOWN ~ The Strawbs

    xx

  • Comment number 11.

    #8 Good luck with the interview Mandy :-)

  • Comment number 12.

    Just considering when and where to take the dogs walking this morning. Around the corner to the small, rather boring grassy area they call a park, or a 15 min walk up to the heath. Both have advantages and disadvantages. The park is good to escape the rain as it cascades off my so called waterproofs, but the heath is better for scenery and for the dogs. Only one way to find out .........

    Please play - Dont pay the Ferryman - Chris de Burgh.

    Thanks

  • Comment number 13.

    Morning all

    I had a 5.15am start today, which involved driving GoodChild#1 to the designated assembly point. The things we do.

    I remember 1979 and Herbie Rides Again. And the rain too. After much anticipation, sitting through the Pearl&Dean commercials, KiaOra in hand, the film began. And promptly finished 10 mins later when the roof started leaking due to the torrential conditions outside. Thank you, Great Yarmouth ABC Cinema.

    And so to the ARFO

    Somebody mentioned that female artists are woefully underrepresented in the ARFO Hall of Fame. So to readdress the balance I would like to suggest


    SUZI QUATRO


    _DEVIL GATE DRIVE could be a highly suitable headnodding choice

    _CAN THE CAN (which would have been even more marvellous for Jamie Oliver yesterday)

    _48 CRASH might also be a timely choice, given the shenanigans going on in Greece this week.


    I'll leave it in your capable and professional hands.

    Good day all!

  • Comment number 14.

    Good Morning Everyone

    The weather can't make up its mind - sunshine one minute - shower the next - but its making a rainbow filled morning so that's good!

    Heard the show - laughed a lot - at Simon reading my Bing Crosby/Bob Hope suggestion - at the menshees - esp. John - 4 this week? - Get the ARFO and that'll be some kind of Royal Flush!

    So - the ARFO - because it's Bonfire Night tomorrow - I'm quite literally going to change my tune and request

    TREASON - Teardrop Explodes

    Thankyou!

  • Comment number 15.

    From yesterday morning #37 Katy

    Yes please. I'm curious as to what caused it and how she cured it. Is it Psoriasis?
    Sorry, BTW, for misremembering the type of daughter!

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning all

    ARFO request please

    LIVING ON A PRAYER - BON JOVI

    Thank you

    Pen x

  • Comment number 17.

    Good Morning All :)

    Ah yes, holidays spent in a caravan with rain pitter pattering down on the roof, I had a couple of those. My mum and step-dad have a static caravan at Ingomels, so I suppose I could do it all again, if I wanted to!

    It's very grey and damp here, but not raining at the moment. I'm waiting for the electrician to finish fitting our new lighting, so I'm just faffing about on my iPod until I can start the housework... It's a life of non-stop glamour and excitement here...

    My ARFO request for today, as I am feeling in a defiant mood is...

    I WON'T BACK DOWN - TOM PETTY

    I also liked the version that Johnny Cash did of that song, on one of his last recordings, but I'd like to hear the original.

  • Comment number 18.

    Good Morning all


    If Simon likes a piece of high energy then may I suggest for the start of ARF

    LAND OF A 1000 DANCES - WILSON PICKET

    or for the start of the Bonfire Night Weekend

    LIGHT MY FIRE - THE DOORS

    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 19.

    As it's quiet ... a message for Harry and other interested parties

    I haven't had a reply to my email to Simon re. judging the 5 LIMERICKS. I can only assume that it was passed to him - but there's no way of knowing. A direct tweet over the weekend may be the answer. But just the one - really don't want to be a nuisance ...

    :^/

  • Comment number 20.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Soggy here too. Never really had caravan holidays as a child so I can't comment on that, but I do love the sound of rain pattering on the deck of our boat, when we're all snug inside the cabin and know we haven't got to go outside and do anything yachtie.

    Bit short of ARFO ideas at the moment. Can I second John's Devil Gate Drive suggestion (I was going to ask for that one myself), and maybe also request:

    NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS by Tina Turner

    or

    BLOCKBUSTER by The Sweet

    Laters...

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 21.

    morning from a very we Shire,

    ARFO

    FEEDER 'BUCK ROGERS'

    CANDI STATON 'YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE'

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 22.

    Morning all !!! Not too bad weather wise here in the lancashire region, a tiny bit of blue up there and watery sunshine to complement the damp ground.

    Just returned from a school assembly where subject was baptisem. Cherub played mother to her anatomicly correct baby doll being baptised. Afterwards one of the other mothers approached me and giggled 'I understand your doll has a WILLY'!
    I wont have my 'plastic grand-child' laughed at! :-)
    Apparently its good to introduce annotomical dolls at an early age to remove the 'novelty' of bottoms later on. Worked well on my girl but the rest of the class clearly avoided that route.

    Anyhow ! a song for ARF on the bonfire weekend...

    RELIGHT MY FIRE - TAKE THAT AND LU LU
    FIREWORK - KATEY PERRY

    Have a good weekend all :-) xxx

  • Comment number 23.

    I am sitting here making Christmas gift bags and thinking about what I would love to start my weekend with, how about
    Elvis, 'Little Less Conversation'
    Your show has changed my afternoon habits over the last year, I know spend two hours in my kitchen listening to you having such fun and playing great tunes! I switched from 5Live Drive and haven't regretted it yet!
    Have a good show, looking forward to it

  • Comment number 24.

    #14 #15

    Great choice Billie - 'Treason '. One of my regulars along with 'Reward' Hope it gets you the crown.


    Step-daughter - think it was eczema feet. Need to check my inbox, she may have replied ..

    :^)

  • Comment number 25.

    Good morning everyone.

    ARFO?

    I WANT YOUR LOVE by TRANSVISION VAMP


    Clearly, if you want a dead horse flogged, I'm your man :-)

  • Comment number 26.

    #19 Katy, if not Lord Ammo, who?

    #21 PSL, shouldn't you be getting your hair done or nails polished? ;-)

  • Comment number 27.

    #14 Billie - Teardrop Explodes, great choice, great band, saw them a couple of times in my yoof

    Mensh last night? Really, for what? Only heard a bit of the show last night as I was dashing about like a dashy thing.

  • Comment number 28.

    By the way, thought some of the choices played yesterday were a bit odd. Just sayin', no big deal!

    Loved the stories about going the wrong way round the M25.

  • Comment number 29.

    Well the maxim 'rain at 7, clear by 11' seems to be true - the sun's out now. Mr B did explain the meteorological reason behind it to me this morning - something to do with cold fronts. Think Simon needs to get that cloud guy back on.

    #22 Clearly your daughter's classmate's mother has anatomical doll envy... ;o)

    Welcome to junson and Jaki - hope you can stick around for some chat.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 30.

    #26 that was yesterday Harry! Nails in the morning and hair last night....busy busy lol ;-)

    I'm going to my parents now to see how they are doing and do a few little chores for them

    be back later on :-)

  • Comment number 31.

    Hello All,

    ARF suggestion ' One Way Or Another' Blondie

    Have a good day everyone

  • Comment number 32.

    #29 Deebee I remember my grandma saying 'rain before seven, fine before eleven' many moons ago and it regularly happens... as does the reverse, because I also remember grandma saying on a really bright, sunny morning, 'it is too bright to last' and it would suddenly get dull or begin to rain at 11am!

    Funny how it still happens after the clocks have been altered!!!

  • Comment number 33.

    Morning all..............................I have been absent for a little while..............but thought I would find a couple of mins to post my rock ARFO.............................not heard this for a while..............................

    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BORN TO RUN

    Wish I had more time to catch up with you all.................................................

    Take care......................................................................

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 34.

    Morning all. Suck at home waiting for a man to come to fix my drainpipes.

    My choice for ARF is Ten Years After - Love Like a Man

  • Comment number 35.

    Show starter...

    'Stay with Me' - The Faces

    Willy the Shake
    x

  • Comment number 36.

    ARFO:
    DAVE EDMUNDS - I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock'n'Roll)
    or
    SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND - Delilah

  • Comment number 37.

    #26 Harry - if there's no reply of any nature from Simon by Monday - can you think of anyone else who may be willing ...?!

    An aside ..

    I also spend time in 'another place' online and spookily enough there was some discussion a week or so ago re. limericks.
    It wasn't led by me - my contributions are rare nowadays ... but some very clever people who know about these things were saying that although most of us connect the limerick with Edward Lear who popularised the form, a chap called Legman compiled the largest and most scholarly anthology and held that the TRUE limerick as a folk form is always ribald, even obscene, and cites similar opinions by Arnold Bennett and GB Shaw describing the clean limerick as a periodic fad and object of magazine contests, rarely rising above mediocrity ..

    The limerick packs laughs anatomical
    In space that is quite economical
    But the best ones I've seen
    So rarely are clean
    And the clean ones so seldom are comical


    :^D

    I daresay this anthology is known to you

  • Comment number 38.

    Afternoon all

    ARFO suggestion

    Mony Mony - Tommy James and the Shondells

    Have a good weekend all

    Jennie

  • Comment number 39.

    Three word Friday...

    Just one cornetto?

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 40.

    Afternoon Simon and Poppeteers

    Network cables, power packs (whatever they are), PCs, boxes, files, swivel chairs, more files, staplers, desk tides, more files, extension leads, filing cabinets...the list goes on. All safely (just) moved into a new office for the next year.

    My arms have stretched 6 inches in length.

    ARFO today

    I Love To Boogie - T Rex please Simon.

    Happy Friday everyone

    Shona x

  • Comment number 41.

    Good ARFternoon Each! Ah, those quondam caravan holidays of childhood, the delights of a Skegness day curtailed by the British Summer weather. The compendium of games would make one of it's annual appearances, and as usual druaghts would be the order of the day. The gloom would force Dad out to buy new mantles for the gas lighting, whilst Mum cooked the hastily purchased tinned food. The fish and chips, candy floss and ice cream would have to wait. 'I'm sure it'll brighten up. There's a bit of blue over that way.' This from Mum, re-iterating something my ever hopeful Granny would have said. 'If there's enough blue in the sky to make a sailors suit, it's going to be fine'.

    Anyroad, enough of that, what we want is some seaside ROCK, to brighten a dull day. How's about...
    'Mama Weer All Crazee Now' by Slade

    And turn it up LOUD

    PoS

  • Comment number 42.

    #18 Vildeen - Ah yes The Doors version of Light my fire, as distinct from the latin version Lord A plays as background music.

    Just had word from the Vet'rinary about Blackie - bearing in mind they were only supposed to cure the cold start problem & quote me for a service. I have now been told she's ready to be collected and the bill is just shy of £200 eek!

  • Comment number 43.

    Greetings Mayo Man & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Mate - The reliable Central Line (aka the red one).... Wish my central line was a reliable as London Transport... or 'ave they recently (at BIG cost ter the travelling public/ tax payers) changed the name from London Transport... ter..... wait for it 'Transport For London!!!!!!!!'
    A suddenly can 'ear with me ear Gary Jules/ Tears For Fears and their most nice song 'MAD World!!!!!'.

    Where was a?????

    Oh I yeah.... Me own central line as gone inoperatative... aka me spine/ back!!!!!

    What's 'appened again me back is in agony.... Something wrong with me disc/ muscles!!!!
    It's a reaccuring injury that reaccures!!!!!!!
    A keep getting the same right side problem coming back inter me lower back... making me feel low!!!!!
    A can feel the pain down me right leg too!!!!!!!
    It's raw agony if a move incorrect!!!!!! RAW!!!!

    Not that am after sympathy.... It's all part of the test for the next life!!!!!!!

    Anyway am not gonna take the easy way out.... By going on the sick at work... (well not yey anyway) Even though maybe a should!!!!!!
    They say for a bad back... keep active.... So a will carry on working!!!!!!
    Just gotta be careful ter not do any 'eavy lifting/ pushing!!!!!

    Also the one thing a don't know if other bloggers find.... when yer ill & stay indoors yer seem more of a baby at 'ome!!!!!!
    Pain feels worse if yer stay indoors and rest!!!! It's like this with any illness!!!!
    Go outside and yer seem/ feel thougher and somehow the pain seems less - know what am sayin'!!!!!!!
    Yer just nataurally seem ter pull yersen together & put up a tough front!!!!!

    Tatty bye!

  • Comment number 44.

    PS ALL - A didn't know Steve Wright could play the fiddle.... This is Wrightie playing the fiddle on Jools 'olland?????

    Take a peek >>>>>

    http://youtu.be/HHSPSL64R-8

  • Comment number 45.

    Paul, what a wonderful post.

    Why was it, that the sun always came out on the day you went home?

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 46.

    I took a peek Bingo. Those 'boys' look very grown up?

    MTF.xx

  • Comment number 47.

    #42 Lady_stormrider - ouch! I'm just off to get a new battery for my car, but I'm hoping it won't be too expensive. Mr B can fit it, so that'll save us a bit.

    #43 Bingo - you take care of yourself now! If it's a recurring problem, you need to get it sorted out - go see your doc. Also, I've never tried it myself but I'm told acupuncture works wonders. I know what you mean about staying home feeling sorry for yourself. I still want my Mum even now if I'm off work sick.

    #37 LOL!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 48.

    #37 Katy, I've had the Legman book on Limericks several times. I think I mentioned last week that my favourite on the subject is the one by William Baring-Gould.

    If Lord Ammo is unavailable ( although I bet he'd jump at the chance of judging that lesser literary prize, the Booker) why not ask B&B? We know he is a man of infinite taste, wisdom and, perhaps more appropriately, he has a tremendous sense of the absurd - perfectly qualified, I'd say.

  • Comment number 49.

    Shhhhh, but I'm listening to another radio station at the mo.

    Been asked for before, but it occurs to me again that the current toon would make a mighty fine ARFO

    SINCE YOU BEEN GONE - Rainbow

  • Comment number 50.

    It's a bit quiet round here today...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 51.

    #50 *whisper* Deebee, we're sleeping. Shhhhhhhhhhh :-)

  • Comment number 52.

    #51 oops, sorry! *tiptoes away*

    ;o)

  • Comment number 53.

    AFTERNOON NAP TIME IS OVER!

  • Comment number 54.

    afternoon folks, I am very late to blog today - and was not able to get on yesterday. Have had to do a bit of running around and caring for father in law - he lives with us but I am the main carer as he won't go live with his daughter in England and my husband works (so do I but I work from home) anyhoo.....have to dash back to house again soon to sort him out.

    not had time to read through all of blog and yesterdays so hello to everyone, hope all are well and getting better, families are healthy and job news was good for those searching.

    Mr ARFO is

    LOVE SHACK - B52S

    it's a good one to dance to in the kitchen whilst cooking tea (though i now have a NEW freezer full of cooked food)!

    Love to all - have a smashing weekend -

    love Sparkyhunter

  • Comment number 55.

    Probably far too late for the show opener, but it's been one hell of a week at work so whatabout a bit of
    Allan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett - It's Five o'clock somewhere! too kick off a chilled laid back weekend! I wonder, what would Jimmy Buffett say!

    DD out

  • Comment number 56.

    #48 Yes - I'd thought of B&B - I suppose I was steering clear of bloggers to retain the 'anonymity'. Spike was a good choice for the whittling down because he truly hasn't been in this blog for a while. I sent him just the limericks - no names no pack drill ... even I can't remember who posted what - apart from my own and the very-obvious-to-us-bloggers one!

    I have an aquaintance in Holland who I chat to from time to time - she's a journo and likes poetry and music ... PSL knows her - but from a very different direction.
    Another serendipitous blog connection. :^)

    The above are purely my own thoughts - I really think it's up to you Mr Snapster. After all, the competition and the wonderful prize originate from your good self ..

    ..what do others think?

  • Comment number 57.

    #56 I think if you want to maintain anonymity then Simon probably isn't the best person to ask, as we know he reads the blog religiously every day... ;o) You're Dutch friend sounds like a good choice KatyMatey as she presumably doesn't.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 58.

    #57 of course you are not a Dutch friend at all, KatyMatey... grrr

    I meant to say your, of course.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 59.

    #56 Katy, is Stella Rimmington available? ;-)

    Your friend in Holland sounds like a good idea. I don't feel I have any 'ownership' of the decision; I just thought it would be a fun thing to do. I'm happy to go along with whatever you think best.

  • Comment number 60.

    #15 Message for Billiepoppet:
    Hers was diagnosed as pompholyx - hands and feet. She has eased it with a really strong steroid cream from the doctors plus manuka honey and an aloe vera based cream. Hope this helps x

  • Comment number 61.

    Thanks Harry and Deebs - I'll send a message to Justine. She's from Lincolnshire [hence the PSL connection] and married her 'Windy Miller' - a genuine Dutch windmill restorer - last summer. She works at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

    Shall we ask Spike to choose 10 rather than 5? There were some very fine ones amongst the 40 or so that adhered to the form in both content and wit.

  • Comment number 62.

    Is this working yet?

  • Comment number 63.

    #61 Katy, if Justine is happy to look at ten, let's ask her.

    One of those "wish I'd thought of that" moments ............. someone contributing to a Guardian blog with the username "Des Pond of Slough" :-)

  • Comment number 64.

    hi all hope its not 2 late 4 a arfo

    something i havent heard 4 awhile how about

    tap turns on the water-ccs

  • Comment number 65.

    #50 Deebee, it does seem to be quiet! I was invited out for lunch and it took rather longer than I thought, so I'm just having a quick read and felt for sure the blog count would have been well into the second page by now!!!

    Like Katy, #56, I also have a friend in Holland and I was only thinking last night that it's time we had a bit of a catch up... or better still, a trip to Holland, as I love windmills, especially those in the Kinderdijk area, where I was coerced into a bike ride last time I was there... thankfully nice and flat for a non-cyclist like me!!

    xx

  • Comment number 66.

    #41 paul your arf song was number 1 when i was born (sept 72)

  • Comment number 67.

    well done the driver on the arfo

    are you a new blogger

  • Comment number 68.

    #61 I'm sure Justine would love to do it she has a wicked sense of humour

  • Comment number 69.

    Well done to The Driver for the ARFO crown, I enjoyed the tune.

    It's funny, I wanted to say well done Sir because although I have no idea I ''picture' you as a man (apologies if you are not!) I do make these snap judgements on here with androgonous names - was most shocked yesterday to discover that 'on a roll' Vildeen was of the masculine persuasion when all along I thought you were a ladeeee (again sorry!)

    Anyhoo, it's Friday and I am opening the wine.. anyone want to join me?

    Jx

  • Comment number 70.

    Evening Poppeteers

    Well done The Driver - such a great song! I remember Simon played it (pre my blog days) when one of you suggested it on the theme of the Royal Wedding.

    Bingo, I feel your pain - no really I do. All the box humphing today has taken it's toll on all my joints.

    Laughing at the thought of our skills in literature being judged by someone at a university in Holland - but it sounds good to me and if she'll do 10 then bless her cotton socks.

    Mr W and his friend en- route and will be here around 11pm. Phew, plenty of time to get the house spick and span.

    Enjoy your Friday evening everyone and happy weekend. Keep all animals safe.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 71.

    #69 of course I meant to type 'laydeeee' as in female and not 'ladeeee' as in wee small boy!!! :-/

    And I haven't even had a drink yet... *continues search for corkscrew*

  • Comment number 72.

    I'll have a small one Jilly please.

  • Comment number 73.

    Well done to The Driver for your lively ARF and it's good to know the ARF crown is back safely in the care of the blog! Male or female driver, I hope you'll wear your crown with pride!! :o)

  • Comment number 74.

    Have you found that corkscrew yet Jilly?

  • Comment number 75.

    I have! I'm afraid even my small ones are on the large side Shona ;-) Cheers!

  • Comment number 76.

    *chink*

    Cheers Jilly!

  • Comment number 77.

    Have one for me too ladies as I'm driving tonight and about to leave now to go and see The Strawbs... not seen them since 1973 and I believe they're the same guys now as way back then!!!

    Back later... enjoy your evening everyone!

    xx

  • Comment number 78.

    Enjoy Luciesmum!

    Have asked for a shout out for Mr W and his friend travelling up the long road but not holding out much hope Simon reads it out now. :(

  • Comment number 79.

    PS Thanks Deebee & ALL for yer back advice... Ave decided a will go ter the 'ospital later.... As the pain is getting worse and me torso is 2 inches off line ter the right!!!!!

    Presently am twisted.... But not in mind.... just in body thankfully!!!!!!!

    Although the twisted in mind people do seem te rsuffer less in this life!!!!!

    Chow!

  • Comment number 80.

    Bingo, get that back sorted now! X

  • Comment number 81.

    Enjoy the show LuciesMum.

    Aww poor Bingo, hope you get your poorly back sorted soon.

    Shona, whilst walking the hound today my iPod shuffled a song that made me think of your inspirational music for the photoshoot thingy you are presenting... Reach by Gloria Estefan... just a thought :-)

    Off now to pick the Mister up from the station then ordering a pizza and

  • Comment number 82.

    Oops ... Finger slippage on the fruity tablet! ..... And curling up on the sofa with the rest of the wine!

    Have great evenings and weekends all.

    Jilly xx


    P.s. don't you just love the three minute rule!!

  • Comment number 83.

    Thanks for song offering Jilly. I'll add it to the list.

    Enjoy the sofa and the wine!

    Dusted, hoovered, spare room made up. Off for a flop on sofa too. x

  • Comment number 84.

    #67, #69, #73 - I'm relatively new here, and (as I'm supposed to be working) don't get that much time to post much. And definitely male.

    Thanks for the congrats - I'm feeling very smug as it's my second record pick of the week (Monday night too) but getting the ARFO feels a bit special!

  • Comment number 85.

    #84 Wear the crown with pride Driver.

    Peace shattered here. 2 dog poppets barking at the top of their voices at the nuclear missiles blasting in the sky.

  • Comment number 86.

    DeeBee - the annoying thing is - they never gave me an estimate, for that much I could have coerced No 1 step son, Justin* A qualified mechanic (on tanks) to do the work for me - a roast beef tea & some folding stuff & he would have been happy.

    *Not his real name, I chose the nom-de-plum because underneath all the axle-grease he does rather look like Mr Timberlake.

    PLUS they still haven't fixed the bad starting *grrr*

  • Comment number 87.

    Evening everyone. Work, work, work these past couple of days so I haven't been able to be here. Lots of catching up to do. I hope everyone is well.

    Well done to the Driver!

    Lots of fireworks in Halifax tonight - despite the rain!

  • Comment number 88.

    87 - oh and yes, extremely well chosen by The Driver. Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe or Rockpile - excellent at any time.

    This made me laugh, as I came in tonight I've just had to knock on next door to let their cat in before the fireworks kicked off. Apparently Mr Scruff* doesn't DO the tradesman's entrance round the back - or that silly flappy thing they put in for him.

    *yet another nom de plum, yes for a cat!

  • Comment number 89.

    Is it safe to venture out to the park with dogpoppeteers? *hears no more banging in the skies*

  • Comment number 90.

    childern in need will be on soon but theres a new charity out that needs millions to help its called g.i.n, its for a good cause min donation is £100 but it is a good cause and make the charity happy

  • Comment number 91.

    #89 shona are you talking about the mile high club lol

  • Comment number 92.

    #91 Naughty HH Made me laugh though. Liked your G.I.N. charity too. Very witty. x

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    Feeling.....

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    I

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    might

  • Comment number 96.

    need

  • Comment number 97.

    a new

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    hat

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    for

  • Comment number 100.

    the park

 

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