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Of boilers and sparks

Simon Mayo | 08:08 UK time, Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Boiler failed again. House cold again. DIY skills failed (turning on and off failed). Might we need to cancel Christmas? Can we invite grandmothers when we all know the house is freezing? Might I regret playing 'Gypsies Tramps and Thieves' for the relatives yesterday? If we go knocking at their door, will there be room at the inn?
Do any bloggers do boiler maintenance?
Maybe we could just move in to Radio 2's studios and curl up in the corner. I'm sure the assorted children would behave and run errands for Alan Dedicoat if he needed a bag of sugar. We'd be a sort of Occupy! movement but without tents or sanitation requirements. Or placards and beards. Or maybe the boiler man/woman could just visit and sort it all out. World peace would be great for Christmas of course but right now I'd settle for a warm radiator.
Today we have a little festive loveliness with some live songs from Carole King. She has a new Christmas album out and you may have heard her on Ken Bruce recently. Well, we'll get in the mood for log fires and tinsel with one of the finest American voices of the last 50 years. I think anyone who grew up in the 70s harbours warm thoughts to Carole and James Taylor as purveyors of great songs and classic albums. Their voices are warm and reassuring and that'll do it for me. CK sings Christmas ( or 'Holiday' in its American version) from 6.
And songs today for WISEMEN please and WISDOM in all it's forms. In fact songs with wisdom in will do.
And we are nearly there. So have a comforting and joyful Tuesday, see you after 5.

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