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Simon Mayo | 09:19 UK time, Monday, 12 December 2011

Monday greetings to all bloggers and I trust your weekend was at least half decent. Chances are it won't have been exactly relaxing. Too much to do. If you read the paper or your book for more than 5 minutes, you might get afflicted by Christmas guilt or get some cards thrown at you. And it's non stop till the 26th basically. So welcome to the least relaxing fortnight of the year (and yes I know that women don't need to be told this).
Anyway, the tree is lit and decorated. A good tree this year, good shape and yer actual branches all the way to the top. It's always my job (for some reason) to huff and puff about the tree. I'm the one who fusses about getting the height and shape absolutely right, much to the bafflement of everyone else. But everything seems good. Whether it makes it to Jan 6th of course is another matter.
So here we go with our final book club of the year and we are providing you with a selection of gift book ideas today. Fiction and non-fiction, kids, young adult and grown ups all included. I'd be interested in bloggers books of the year in any or all categories-we'll try and include as many as we can.
This week is team confession week! I'm not sure who goes first- I think it's Matt or maybe Rebecca but any way it's a chance for the collective to unburden themselves for a change. We haven't done one of these for a while but its high time the Drivetime forgivers were judged themselves.mim hoping to escape this year as Nigel steps up on Thursday (plus a blameless life makes it tricky for me obviously).
And in the oldies let's mark the ROYAL MAIL'S BUSIEST DAY with songs of CARDS, STAMPS, PARCELS, PACKAGES, DELIVERIES and COLLECTIONS. And 'sorry we missed you' notes.
Have a sprightly and nimble Monday, see you after 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and festive bloggers

    “Well if you’re doing Christmas card oldies, you have to start here...”


    _PLEASE MR POSTMAN – Carpenters or The Marvelettes

    _LETTER FROM AMERICA – Proclaimers

    _RETURN TO SENDER – Elvis Presley

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets!

    I'm going to go with

    PLEASE MR POSTMAN by The Beatles (or the Carpenters)

    SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED by Stevie Wonder

    SEALED WITH A KISS by Bryan Hyland

    LOVE LETTERS by Elvis Preseley (or Nat King Cole, or Alison Moyet)

    Lots to do - back later!

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning again Simon and blogging friends!

    Hope everyone had a good weekend. Royal Mail's busiest day? I'd better finish writing my cards then... I've had two attempts and today should see them all done and ready to post


    THE LETTER ~ Box Tops

    PLEASE MR POSTMAN ~ TheBeatles

    STAND AND DELIVER ~ Adam and The Ants

    YOU SEND ME ~ Sam Cooke


  • Comment number 4.

    Morning Simon and Poppeteers (again)

    Mr Postman - The Carpenters

    Return to Sender - Elvis Presley

    Off for another think

  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning oh most excellent of all Driveteams:

    would love to hear:


  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning All :)

    Can't linger today, off to Lincoln in a bit to celebrate the SIL's 50th birthday!

    Book of the year? Not had chance to read much this year, I am sorry to say, and none of what I have read was all that great. I think our better read bloggers will be able to make some good suggestions for that one.

    Oldie suggestions (already tweeted)




    Hopefully I will hear the show in the car on the way home.

    Have a good Monday everyone xxx

  • Comment number 7.

    Good Morning again -

    Obvious Choices -



    STAND AND DELIVER - Adam & Ants

    PLEASE MR. POSTMAN - Beatles or Carpenters

    PLEASE READ THE LETTER- Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

    THE LETTER - Boxtops

    LETTER FROM AMERICA - Proclaimers

  • Comment number 8.

    Postman Pat???

    Duelling Banjos from the film DELIVERANCE??

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning everyone.

    I've not had time to give the theme any consideration so I'll be back later with a suggestion or two.

    Have a great day.

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning all. A quick visit from me with a couple of suggestions. no doubt I'll be back later...

    JOE COCKER - The Letter (much prefer this to the Boxtops, personally)

    SIMON & GARFUNKEL - Why Don't You Write Me?

    THE SPECIALS - A Message To You Rudy

  • Comment number 11.

    (for those parcels where the sticky tape just won’t do what it’s supposed to...._


    _SHE’S NOT THERE – Santana (or the Zombies if you prefer...)

    _CARRIE – Cliff Richard (“Sorry, but she left no forwarding address...”)

  • Comment number 12.

    Recycling my own suggestion from last week -

    FROM ME TO YOU - Beatles

    SEALED WITH A KISS - Brian Hyland

    LOVE LETTERS - Alison Moyet or Ketty Lester

  • Comment number 13.

    Morning all,
    DT Team, bloggers, poppets dogpoppets and the finally festive DT Dude!

    Chilly one here in the heartlands....when the weather peeps say the weather's going to be one way in the West and another way in the East, we wait with trepidation to see which weather we are going to get...

    Re Theme, this song is a bit of a downer


    So will counteract it with this bopper:


    or we could finally have

    For those sending and receiving cards from loved ones away from these (soon to be wind-battered isles)

    Back later when I've had some caffeine,

  • Comment number 14.

    Love letters - Alison Moyet

    Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone

    Perhaps they are more for Valentine's Day ?

  • Comment number 15.

    #8 Shona, why not Postman Pat? I understand the Wombles are visiting shortly:-S

  • Comment number 16.

    MESSAGE IN THE BOX - World Party

    PRETTY PAPER - Roy Orbison

  • Comment number 17.

    RUBBERBAND MAN by the Detroit Spinners

  • Comment number 18.


  • Comment number 19.

    Or, picking up from Billie's suggestion #16 this is a bit left field, but how about:

    MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE by The Police

    I'm not really here...


  • Comment number 20.

    What about:


    OK, must do some work.

    Catch you later.

  • Comment number 21.

    #19 now if you make it 'message WITH a bottle' you can come round anytime!!

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Simon and the team

    obviously - Please Mr Postman - the Marvelettes


    Letter from America - The Proclaimers
    Stand and Deliver - Adam and the Ants
    Chasing Pavements - Adele (Thinking about pavement pounding)
    Cant stand Losing you - Police (letters going astray)
    Express Yourself - Madonna (special delivery)
    Living by Numbers - New Musik (The sorting office)
    Don't you Forget About Me- Simple Minds (The postman often does)

    Have a good

  • Comment number 23.

    Morning All,

    Hope all in Blogland are feeling fine and dandy.

    My suggestion for today, for the parcels that don't make it in one piece...

    Come undone - Robbie Williams

    Shall be back if I thunk of any more.

    Maybes laters


  • Comment number 24.

    HANDLE WITH CARE - Travelling Wilburys

    FRAGILE - Sting

  • Comment number 25.

    Morning all. Just another week to fight through then a fortnight off to 'relax'!

    No posting for me just yet - haven't even considered Christmas so far let alone cards and presents!

    Some post oldies for you:

    Postcards From Paraguay - Mark Knopfler
    Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
    Message in a Bottle - The Police
    Rotterdam (Or Anywhere) - Beautiful South
    For America - Red Box

    That'll do for now...

  • Comment number 26.

    THE BEATLES - All My Loving (... I'll write home every day)...

    ELVIS PRESLEY - A Mess of Blues ("I just got your letter baby...")

  • Comment number 27.

    Just to let you know that the Christmas BBQ went well yesterday .. the weather was no where as near windy and rainy as forecast ..

    Mr from Eastleigh wisely tasked a pyromaniac guest with firing up the chiminea, so a few hardy souls hung out under cover in the garden, while the rest of us snuggled up inside ..

    Father Christmas was generous with his secret Santa gifts, checking whether we had been naughty or nice before handing over the goodies .. and we even had time to sit down and watch Elf at the end of the day .. perfect :0)

  • Comment number 28.

    morning all :-)





    PSL x

  • Comment number 29.

    _I MISSED AGAIN - Phil Collins

  • Comment number 30.

    #17 Alison I like it. Rubberband Man

    Yikes! One of my "big" bosses just cam up to speak to me and kept glancing at my screen. I best go and get on with some work.

    Catch you later


  • Comment number 31.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Blogged once already but took a mission and was stuck again on "posting".

    So here are more choices:

    1. PLEASE MR POSTMAN - The Carpenters
    2. LABELLED WITH LOVE - Squeeze
    3. THE LETTER - Boxtops
    6. LOVE LETTERS - Alison Moyet
    7. BAG IT UP - Geri Halliwell
    8. RETURN TO SENDER - Elvis Presley
    10. THE MESSAGE - Grand Master Flash
    11. MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - Police
    12. LETTER FROM AMERICA - Proclaimers

    Take care and have a good day.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 32.

    IT'S FOR YOU - R Cilla

  • Comment number 33.

    #8 hearing that will be enough to make most men come out in a cold sweat!


    ......those awfull round robin/ boasting letters some peeps feel obliged to include in their cards

  • Comment number 34.

    JBG - Hope Mrs. JBG had a good Birthday and that you made a fuss of her.

    Do GT&T work for Royal Mail?

  • Comment number 35.

    Managed to think of more. I know I'm just as surprices as you are, hehehe!

    Big Area - Then Jericho, for the postal route

    Toodle Loo


  • Comment number 36.

    one for those times when you get a card from your postie saying he's tried to deliver a package but you weren't in, when in fact you were there all the time...

    FLEETWOOD MAC - Little Lies

    Given the theme, it's nice that the button to submit our suggestions is labeled POST comment...

  • Comment number 37.

    Just got time to squeeze in a few more suggestions...

    ALL MY LOVING - THE BEATLES (they have the post oldies market cornered methinks!)


    I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER - BARRY MANILOW ( there are many versions of this song, but I've always had a fondness for the Bazza one)

  • Comment number 38.

    PARCEL of Rogues by Barbara Dickson
    2 Pints of lager and a PACKET of crisps by Splodgenessabounds

  • Comment number 39.

    Oh dear, sorry about the spelling. I blame it on the giddiness of thunking of another, lol.

    I can spell surprised, honestly.


  • Comment number 40.


    *swift exit stage right to nail bar*

  • Comment number 41.

    Does anybody else have people on their Xmas card list who you send a card to each year, but you haven't actually seen them for 10 years or more (former neighbours, former colleagues etc), but you daren't cut them off the list because you know they'll still send you a card, but all you do each year is write "Hope all's well - must try and meet up next year!" ???


  • Comment number 42.

    Morning everyone,

    Hope all had a good weekend :-)

    First thoughts:

    'You Keep Me Hangin On' - The Supremes
    'Writing To Reach You' - Travis
    'You Can Ring My Bell' - Anita Ward

    N x

  • Comment number 43.

    "Takin' me some paper
    Pencil in my hand
    I'm gonna write ..................."

    DARLIN' - Frankie Miller

  • Comment number 44.


    The Letter - Al Green

    Love Letters - Julie London

    The Letter - James Morrison

    Letterbox - They might be giants

    Return to Sender - Elvis Presley

    Stay(I missed you) - Lisa Loeb

    Everythings not lost - Coldplay

    Lost and found - Feeder

    Forever lost - Magic Numbers

    Honesty - Billy Joel

    Under Pressure - Queen

    Let em in - Paul McCartney

    Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin

    Thank U - Alanis Morissette

  • Comment number 45.

    Good morning one and all...........................hope all is well with everyone............zilch festive stuff in my house at the moment......................but it will all come together.....................I refuse to get flustered!.........................a few mins found to post my oldie suggestions for Simon and the NYM......................

    Ain't Nobody Home - BB King

    Nobody's Home - Deep Purple

    Tell Him I'm Not Home - Chuck Jackson

    Have a good day........................don't eat too many mince pies!.....................................................................................................

    The Magic Roundabout Lady x

  • Comment number 46.

    #34 BP - Yes, fuss was in full flow - much spoiling, and presents were a success!

    Sadly I think there are a lot of GT&Ts in the Royal Mail - we seem to have a new one each week, and we've stopped counting the number of lost letters and parcels in the last few years.

    #17 Rubberband Man - brilliant! Our house is held together by red rubberbands. The Junior BGs are horrified whenever I stop in the street to pick them up!

    OK, work to do etc etc

  • Comment number 47.

    Good morning,

    Hope all bloggers are fine and dandy.

    Choons chasing:

    SAVED BY THE BELL by The Bee Gees
    RING MY BELL by Anita Ward

    Yes, it is a busy time of year. Meant to mention last week that I gave our esteemed leader a mention all of his own in a charity quiz I set. One of the questions was

    Which radio show won the Gold Award for Best Music Programme at the Sony Radio Academy Awards? When the answer was given someone very rudely said "Simon Mayo. Blast from the past". To which I replied "Simon Mayo. Very much in the present and the best show on radio".

    As for books:

    DEAD END by Leigh Russell. You don't have to take my word for it that this is a good book. The great Jeffery Deaver describes Russell as being "A brilliant talent in the thriller field".

    WELCOME TO MY WORLD by Miranda Dickinson. Because sometimes a bit of chick lit is exactly what the Dr ordered.

    PARTY PEOPLE by David Jamilly and Tammy Cohen. A fascinating insight into all the hard work that goes into making sure people have fun.

    Have a good day. x

  • Comment number 48.

    'I Knew You Were Waiting For Me' - Aretha Franklin & George Michael

  • Comment number 49.

    Morning all - a weekend practising my driving skills ready for the forthcoming bad weather. I should have never feared the Land Rover's gearbox - Landy behaves like a lamb under my gentle ministrations. How about


    Tip of the day for parcel deliveries - park a boat on your drive and tell the delivery people to leave items in the cockpit, it works every time.

  • Comment number 50.

    At this time of year our hallway resembles a sorting office. The postman and all the delivery drivers know I don't go out to work but all my near neighbours do so I take in everything. I have had a punchbag (thought about giving it a try out), a box of wine (Mr 40 (38 actually but not for much longer) threatened to open that when it wasn't collected for a couple of days) and enough book parcels from a certain river company to set up a library.

    I really don't mind doing it because there is nothng worse than having to traipse up to the real sorting office, is there.

  • Comment number 51.

    Did anyone else hear James Blake on Dermot O'Leary's show? He was a revelation - never heard of him, but see his debut CD was one of The Times' top new albums of 2011
    He did an amazing cover of Joni Mitchell's 'Case of you' here it is from a previous show:

    We were sitting for 3 hours on a coach to get to Victoria, London. Usual travel time is 90 minutes, but Boris and his roadwork gangs had other plans...so I resorted to my ithingy radio to while away the time

  • Comment number 52.

    Favourite books this year
    Jo Nesbo, espically The Snowman and The Leopard.
    Also Rohinnton Mistry's A Fiine Balance.

  • Comment number 53.

    Hello all,

    How about: 9-5 Dolly Parton

  • Comment number 54.

    Morning all !! Cold and wet yet sunny out there today (what more could a girl want?)
    I supose Id better get writing my cards out if I want any chance of them arriving on time. One year I was so late with them, they were saved for the following christmas. Unfortunatly Id added to my greeting in the cards 'Have a lovely 2007', which ment everyone knew what id done (the cards arriving at xmas 2007).
    My advice - dont write a year on the cards !

    Anyone gone for LOVE LETTERS - ALISON MOYET yet ?

    off to try tidy up the carniage of tinsel and baubles now.

  • Comment number 55.

    Rohinton Mistry's A fine Balance.
    Even better when blogged correctly!

  • Comment number 56.

    Wow! 2nd guy on popmaster just put my music knoledge to shame.

  • Comment number 57.

    And for all those parcels that go missing

    BLAME IT ON THE PONY EXPRESS - Johnny Johnson and his Bandwagon

    #41 John, Loads of people on my list I never see from year to year. I usually try and write highlights of the year in the card. The return card never has this though so perhaps I'm wasting my time and they are really not interested.

  • Comment number 58.

    Good morning Simon, Team and fellow blogpoppets!

    Thank you for the cup cake for Mr P, Katy! Happy belated birthday to Mrs Good.

    We had a fine weekend. Presents were a success, kitties survived the cattery and we had a lovely time at my Mums. Unfortunately, it was a dark weekend at Mothers. She is having her bathroom replaced and had a leak which went through a light fitting and plunged us into darkness. It was just as we were getting ready to go to the posh restaurant so did make-up by candle light.

    we also went to Mum's church which has a Christmas Tree festival. 73 trees all beautifully decorated for different local charities. Whilst there, took a Christmas wreath to my Dad - he always liked a wreath on the door.

    Deebee, loved the picture of you sitting by the fire sewing a hassock!

    No suggestions for the theme, other than to myself - start writing the Christmas cards!



  • Comment number 59.

    I've just remembered something that made me smile. An aunt and uncle who I never ever see, sent a card last year to Shona and Tony. Mr W's name is not Tony but now that I have a new "pal", I wonder if this was a premonition????

  • Comment number 60.

    #52 - Judith, I was givena Jo Nesbo book to read by a friend of mine. The Redbreast was a great read. Slowly pulls you and by half way thro' you are trundling along at a great pace. I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to read more. Is there a particular order? I was tol dthat Redbreast was the first book, but it didn't read like a first, if you know what I mean. I haven't had chance to check out more on the old t'internet.

    Read so many books this year I can't remember them all nevermind pick a favourite. Shall have to have a think.


  • Comment number 61.

    I have read some excellent books this year. I will have to go and have a thunk what they were - actually, I think at least some of them were Book Club choices. Don't suppose our leader will want a recommendation for 'It's only a movie' by Mark Kermode though... (even though he is in it!)

    #47 Julia, how very dare they! Well done you for sticking up for him. :o)

    #54 Yes, but very happy to share!

    #58 Alex-Girl, you confused me there for a moment - I thought you meant you'd seen an actual picture of me sitting by the fire...

    #59 LOL! Puts me in mind of an incident years ago when I was still living at home. One night I had a boyfriend staying over, and on the Sunday morning my Dad took him up a cup of tea with the words "Good morning John." His name was Simon.*


    * no, not that one...

  • Comment number 62.

    #60 Morning Alice
    They get better as you read them!
    In order Redbreast, Nemesis, Devils Star, The Redeemer, The Snowman,
    and The Leopard.Think there are 2 other books but they have not been translated
    so they might be the first.
    Happy reading!

  • Comment number 63.

    #59/61 Back when we were still engaged, Hubbs had an occasion where he BLANKED on my last name. He recons he was suffering from concussion at the time having hit his head, (likely story) have never let him forget it.

  • Comment number 64.

    Morning all. Am now slightly panicky as I haven't written my cards yet (although I did buy stamps at the weekend. I guess I know what I'll be doing while listening to DT tonight!

    My favourite books of the year:
    A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
    The Sisters Brothers - Patrick De Witt
    You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Sarah Manning

    From Me to You - The Beatles
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
    Please Mr Postman - The Carpenters
    Return to Sender - Elvis

  • Comment number 65.

    #50 SCARF FOR JULIA! What an efficient delivery service - lol


  • Comment number 66.

    #60 thanks for the tip Re Redbreast!
    My mum-in-law is an avid crime fiction reader - have ordered her a boxed set of the trilogy from a well-known large river store...
    While there, also decided to get Johhny Ball's new puzzle conundrum book for Mr e to while away his travel time on the Oxford to London (non)express coach.

    Still struggling with sis-in-law though - she has oodles of money (no hubby, kids, pets, mortgage) so can buy herself anything she needs...

  • Comment number 67.

    #64 Autumn Gale, I've only written out a few cards and I only started to write them at about 11pm last night and have been putting it off for too long! Having moved several times over the years, I have always sent cards to old friends and neighbours from the West Country, Cheshire and Ayrshire and often feel like sending card and stamp money that mounts up, to a charity, but I would have to send cards to let people know what I was doing, especially those I never see, or they may think I've done a disappearing act... so I guess I'll just carry on writing cards!

  • Comment number 68.

    #63 for the first time ever, on Friday evening I was called the name of Mr e's previous spouse by him - in company. Maybe it was the wine.

  • Comment number 69.

    #61 LOL Deebee. I nearly got caught out laughing out loud then.

    Sitting here with a smile on my face. People must think I really enjoy my job. (Which I do, for the record but not to sit and grin all day)

  • Comment number 70.

    #68 Oh Suzieee. That would have wiped the smile off my face

  • Comment number 71.



  • Comment number 72.

    #68 Suzieee, I agree with Shona... :o(

    Did the company you were with say anything about your 'new' surname?


  • Comment number 73.

    #61 LOL!

    #68 Ouch! Fortunately, the current Mr P has the same name as the previous Mr P so I don't have any risk of using the wrong name. Which is good as I am forever calling the cats by the wrong names.

  • Comment number 74.

    Afternoon all

    Very late arrival today; a meeting first thing and lots to do - work does get in the way of getting to the blog!

    I haven't had a chance to look back yet, so hope everyone is fine and happy.

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 75.

    #68 I hope you issued a suitable punishment, Suzieee...!

    #73 I bet the cats really hate it when you do that, Alex-Girl.

    I'm off out for lunch shortly, with my HR counterparts from other sections of my organisation. Looking forward to it, although I generally prefer not to eat a big meal in the middle of the day. Hope I don't fall asleep at my desk this afternoon...


  • Comment number 76.

    Good Afternoon Each!

    Hey, Simon. Do you want a perfect 'bed'?

    'Postie's Jig' by either The Lothian Scottish Dance Band, or The Thaxted Country Dance Band. Right up your street, I'd have thought...

    Back in a bit, after I's thunked

  • Comment number 77.

    In a bit of a rush, kids' school carol concert this afternoon.

    On the 'sorry we missed you' theme, how about


    Tissues at the ready, off I go....

  • Comment number 78.

    #75 They do look at me in disgust, Deebee. Although one of them now answers whatever name I call, just in case it's her I want.

    By the way, we have been "gift" free since Thursday. That either means they have (a) killed every mouse and rat in Kent, (b) every mouse and rat in Kent has moved to Sussex or (c) a cache of dead mice and rats has been created somewhere we haven't found.

    Not looking forward to the forecasted high winds tonight. Little Rosie kitten will get blown away.

  • Comment number 79.

    My favourite book of the year was Colin Bateman's "The Day of the Jack Russell". A self centred, scaredy-cat, mysoginistic, hypochondriac, customer-unfriendly bookshop owner who fancies himself as a detective. Highly recommended, although I'd suggest you read "Mystery Man" and "Dr Yes" first, as they are the forerunners to this book.

    However, the author I have started reading this year, quite voraciously, is P. G. Wodehouse, particularly the Jeeves & Wooster and Blandings Castle books. The good Lady Driver has been a fan for years but until recently his books never caught my attention. Now I can't stop reading them!

  • Comment number 80.

    #72 it was her Christian name that was used...and spookily enough is also his Mother's name - not that he ever calls her by her first name, 'course.
    No the company did not even blink, but they did have a 6 day old baby in the house (and a not quite 2 yr old) so were a bit spaced out!

    Having said all that, I have found my mouth forming the first letter of my previous bow's name, on a regular occurence. I've solved that conundrum and call him 'Boy Wonder' he feels chuffed and I am relieved of the worry.

  • Comment number 81.

    Hi All

    Just visiting UK for a couple of days and stocking up on items we cant easily get back across the channel so doing some shopping for ourselves and fellow expats. List includes mince pies, tinned custard, ginger wine, christmas crackers, beaked beans, porridge oats and tea.
    A late suggestion for todays tune


    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 82.


    'Mr Second Class' by The Spencer Davis Group

    'First Class Love' by Teena Marie

    'Junk' by The Beatles

  • Comment number 83.

    Hi again

    While its nose bag time, here are a few more:

    1. EXPRESS YOURSELF - Madonna
    2. MARRAKECH EXPRESS - Paul Simon ( me thinks?!!)

    I have brain freeze now!

    Off to research for tomorrow.

    Books read this year but not finished:

    1. Davinci code
    2. Harry Potter and the Philsophers stone
    3. Janet Street Porter's Autobiography.


    Mandy :)

  • Comment number 84.

    I was reading the newspaper with interest at lunctime to learn that from Wednesday, Scotland will be seeing a rare phenomenon called Thunder Snow. Seemingly, snow, thunder and lightning all happening at the same time as well as temperatures falling to -10 degrees. Well, lucky old us for getting to see that then!

    My favourite books this year have been (and not all new to this year)

    Autobiographies of Paul O'Grady, Alan Carr and Peter Kay and a schoolgirlie read called "I Think I Love You" sent by a lovely blogpoppet. X

  • Comment number 85.

    #68/80 Oh heavens Suzieee :o I bet he felt dreadful too! Those pet names are very useful at times aren't they? "Darling / sweetie" is so much easier than remembering actual names - I do like 'boy wonder' though - that's one I might have to pinch!

    FestiveFlorence - glad to hear I'm not the only one :) I've done my parcels, so cards tonight for sure. However in order to do that I need to use the next couple of hours productively and get this marking done ... anyone fancy helping out with some microeconomics mock-exam marking?

    *awaits with anticipation being inundated with offers ......... or not*

    Must put the blog away......

  • Comment number 86.

    #84 Don't think I made the minus 10 degrees stand out enough in the post

  • Comment number 87.

    Did someone say something about -10º?

  • Comment number 88.

    Thank you Katy. My machine is soooo last century, I can't do that

  • Comment number 89.

    Ah Shona. T'was you then. That's rather cold actually.

    Have you tried the usual HTML markup method to get bold or blue?

  • Comment number 90.

    Afternoon Simon!!..... Royal Mail do try their very hardest but at this time of year their theme tune has to be.... I'll See You When You Get There by Coolio x x x

  • Comment number 91.

    #80 of course I meant to say my previous 'beau' not bow (doh!) - now it all makes more sense. I blame the damson gin over the weekend...

  • Comment number 92.

    Ah, books read this year -
    Stieg Larsson's trilogy of the gal with the Dragon Tattoo - three books, but boy were they a mission!
    LOVED the original Swedish films of the books too - not sure how Daniel Craig is going to measure up as Mikael Blomqvist, but am ready, willing and able to give him a whirl! ;-)
    Also re-read Paradise Postponed (John Mortimer) 'Miss Smilla's feeling for snow' (Peter hoeg) and 'One hundred years of solitude' by Gabriel García Márquez.

    It seems looking back I do have a slight penchant for all things Swedish/Danish, I put it down to having come from East coast of Scotland stock, bound to have been some Viking pillaging going on in the ancestors' *jeans* me thinks.
    Am enjoying the 2nd series of The Killing enormously - more Red Herrings than in a trawlerman's lunchbox.

  • Comment number 93.

    #84 Thunder snow?

    Sounds like you Scots are having all the fun weather-wise this month ;o

    BTW - yes, I meant the Ochils last week, not the Trossachs. Duh!

    Going to have to close down for a while or I'll never get this flaming marking done! *waves*

  • Comment number 94.

    #89 HTML Mark up method??***???? No idea what you mean - sorry.

    Because of the nature of my job, a lot of folks know who I am and I am becoming very skilled in the art of pretence at recognition if someone says "Hello". Reply, "Oh Hi, "there", (let them chat while listening for a clue to their identity) Bye "then".

    Even Mr W knows when to walk away so I don't have to do introductions.

    Out and about this afternoon and late home :(

    Will try and catch up later

    Shona x

  • Comment number 95.

    #84 Shona... thunder snow? I haven't come across that before and it sounds like it could be interesting especially if there's lightning to accompany it, which should make the snowflakes sparkle very prettily!

    The past couple of hours have been quite fruitful as I have another batch of cards written out and the job would be so much quicker if I could bring myself to write just our names and no greeting like some people do, but I just can't bear not to add the recipient's name/s and a personal note to everyone, which takes so much longer.... and I like to use a fountain pen!

    I also can't bring myself to print out sticky labels and like to write the names and addresses on the envelopes.... what do people on here write... quite a bit like I do, or do you keep it brief and print out labels for envelopes?


  • Comment number 96.

    Thinking about the mail... does anyone else find like I do, that instead of cramming things like A4 envelopes through the letterbox, folding or squishing the contents, at this time of the year the postman knocks to hand over the normally squished envelopes or packages? Must be getting near tip-time!!!

    I generally make a nice batch of shortbread for my posties so they can take it back to the sorting office to share, because we don't always have the same postman/woman, as they seem to rotate and by giving them shortbread, they can share it, whereas money might just go to one person.

  • Comment number 97.

    #94 I once had to apply a similar technique. I was Christmas shopping in Oxford St and a guy tapped me on the shoulder, and when turned round he greeted me with "I thought it was you!". I had no idea who he was, but assumed this was due to my being slow on the uptake.

    Once we had done the pleasantries of asking after each other's health he proceeded to ask me if I was still in sales (which I was), whether I still lived in Harrow (which I did) and then, to clinch it, asked if I was still with Mary (the name of a former girlfriend).

    In return, in an attempt to jog my memory and establish who he was I asked if he was still in the same job and still living in the same area. Annoyingly he sneered both in the affirmative which scuppered any chance I might have had to query him on why he'd moved from either, thus squeezing out a clue.

    After a few moments conversation he said it was lovely to see me again, and that he had to go to meet his girlfriend and that he was sorry he couldn't chat for longer.

    Not half as sorry as I was, I can tell you, as to this day I have not got the foggiest idea who I was talking to. Either I had met him before, or out was a case of mistaken identity involving some freaky coincidences.

  • Comment number 98.

    #95 Festive Flo
    I don't send or give greetings cards at this time of the year, so it's not a problem for me

    #94 Sorry Shona - HTML is just a method of highlighting text. There is very little allowable on this blog - just bold or blue - we used to be able to do italic, but I think it broke the blog ..

    All you do is type in 3 keys BEFORE the word you want embolden and 4 keys AFTER the word which effectively cancels the instruction.
    The 3 keys are left chevron, letter B, right chevron.
    The 4 keys are left chevron, forward slash, letter B, right chevron.

    For blue you do the same, only using the letter A instead

  • Comment number 99.

    #97 D'oh! That should have read ANSWERED, not SNEERED.

    I blame my phone!

  • Comment number 100.

    Afternoon folks

    Letter from America - the proclaimers
    is a top choice
    or in a more old fashioned way....
    Telegram Sam - T Rex



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