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Simon Mayo | 08:43 UK time, Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Greetings from the super luxury of the train to Didcot. Not a nook, not a cranny is available for your bags, sandwich or general peace of mind. Every seat is reserved, but not really. So it's grab what you can essentially. I am off for some all-important research into book 2 and I know what you're thinking; if it's climax is in Didcot it must be exciting. You have a point of course but you'll have to trust me on this. Working on book 2 when book 1 has yet to be published is a bizarre place to be, but it is supposed to be finished by March (which it won't be unless you're from the publishers, in which case I'm well on track).
So here we are then with the rock'n'roll moment that is the Wombles playing live. Yes really. Orinoco, Wellington, Tomsk, Bungo, Tobermory, Madame Cholet, and of course the venerable Great Uncle Bulgaria are still around and still having a wombling merry Christmas. Where have they been all these years? Does Wimbledon Common still need clearing up? Did they fake the scenes that were filmed in the burrow? All will be revealed today from 6.
Clearly we need to do TIDYING and CLEARING UP oldies in their honour. I could suggest rubbish but that might be too tempting for some of you.
It's Rebecca's confession time today. Our very own Lady Mary has much to confess, but whether she'll give us a monster or just another anecdote from the Wolverhampton local newspapers days, we will have to wait and see.
And while I explore the dark underbelly of Didcot, have a ravishing and sunlit Tuesday. See you after 5

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and underground-overground bloggers,

    I will publicly state, for the record, that at the age of 9-ish I was a HUGE Wombles fan - had the records, the books, the puppets, the lot. So I for one will be strangely and secretly (not in front of the teenage Goods) tuning in, to see how kind the years have been to Madame Cholet.

    "Well, if you’re doing tidying and clearing up oldies, you have to start here.."

    PICK UP THE PIECES – Average White Band

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning again -

    CLEAN UP YOUR OWN BACK YARD - Elvis

    LET'S CLEAN UP THE GHETTO - The Philadelphia International All Stars

    PICK UP THE PIECES - Average White Band

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning (again) Simon DT Team and Poppeteers

    First 2 that spring to mind are:

    When I'm Cleaning Windows - George Formby

    I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair - ? whoever

    If the Wombles get a slot on Drive Time, then surely there is some hope for these 2 choices???

  • Comment number 4.

    THROWING IT ALL AWAY - Genesis

    USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT - Odyssey


    I'm orf now, happy toon choosing!

    JBG

  • Comment number 5.

    BITS AND PIECES - Dave Clark Five

    THROWING IT ALL AWAY - Genesis

    CAR WASH - Rose Royce

  • Comment number 6.

    Car Wash - Rose Royce

    Whistle While You Work - Snow White

    Crikey, this is a hard theme today.

  • Comment number 7.

    The Wombles of Wimbledon COMMON ?

    LIVING IN THE LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE - Paul Young

    COMMON PEOPLE - Pulp

  • Comment number 8.

    Morning everyone

    Cold and windy here again today but thankfully it's dry and I have a lot of work to do so will pop back this afternoon!

    I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ~ Johnny Nash

    CAR WASH ~ Rose Royce

    PICK UP THE PIECES ~ Average White Band

    WHEN I'M CLEANING WINDOWS ~ George Formby

    ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST ~ Queen

    xx

  • Comment number 9.

    WHAT A WASTE - Ian Dury

    LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE - Bread

  • Comment number 10.

    Has to be

    AVERAGE WHITE BAND - Pick Up The Pieces.

    Also
    GERI HALLIWELL - Bag It Up

    though I know which I'd prefer to hear.

    Back later when I've thought of a few more.

    Or not

  • Comment number 11.

    A couple more...

    LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW ~ The Hollies

    CLEAN UP WOMAN ~ Betty Wright

  • Comment number 12.

    Just time for a couple more...

    JUNK OF THE HEART - The Kooks

    JUNK - Bronski Beat

  • Comment number 13.

    THE BOY DOES NOTHING - ALESHA DIXON

  • Comment number 14.

    morning all :-)

    PHILADELPHIA ALL STARS CLEAN UP THE GHETTO

    ALL WOMAN LISA STANSFIELD

    PSL x

  • Comment number 15.

    #11 FF - Clean up woman - Good one!

  • Comment number 16.

    Last one from me

    Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off - Frank Sinatra

    Off to a meeting. Happy choon chasing.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning all. Tough oldies today, only have a small selection andeven then a bit iffy!

    Alesha Dixon - The Boy Does Nothing
    Queen - Under Pressure (for all the men out there who get nagged to do the housework...)
    Cleaning My Gun - Mark Knopfler

    Like the suggestion of Pick Up The Pieces by Average White Band too...

  • Comment number 18.

    Good Morning Simon, Driveteam, Constructors and fellow blogpopsters ... great theme. Tidy!


    DON'T THROW IT ALL AWAY - ANDY GIBB

    I THREW IT ALL AWAY - BOB DYLAN

    PARK LIFE - BLUR

    CLEAN CLEAN - BUGGLES

    A MESS OF BLUES - STATUS QUO

    LET'S CLEAN UP THE GHETTO - PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL ALL STARS


    :^)

  • Comment number 19.

    WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK - Dream Warriors

  • Comment number 20.

    Liverpool Lullaby - Cilla!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 21.

    STOP MESSIN' ROUND - Fleetwood Mac

  • Comment number 22.

    Hello all,

    Spring Cleaning by the Girls From Mars. A great song anyway but fits the bill.

  • Comment number 23.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    How about:

    BITS AND PIECES by the Dave Clark Five

    DON'T THROW IT ALL AWAY by Barrington Levy

    DONT' THROW IT ALL AWAY by the Bee Gees

    THE BOY DOES NOTHING by Alesha Dixon

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 24.

    Cleaning and Polishing?

    SHINE - TT (Wah!)

    SHINE SILENTLY - Nils Lofgren



    "Take Out The Papers and The Trash ..................."

    YAKETY YAK - Coasters

  • Comment number 25.

    some more ideas - this is quite chllenging ...


    LET'S WORK TOGETHER - CANNED HEAT or BRYAN FERRY

    LITTER CHILDREN - BULLY J KRAMER & THE DAKAOTAS

    MY OLD MAN'S A DUSTMAN - LONNIE DONEGAN & HIS GROUP


    ;^)

  • Comment number 26.

    Came on again to post this, only to find it's been suggested already:

    PULP - Common People.

    A couple of others...
    Eminem - Cleaning out my closet

    Outkast - so fresh, so clean

  • Comment number 27.

    Billie, I was going to suggest the Coasters - can I second it?

    ~X~

  • Comment number 28.

    Morning All,

    A very brief visit from me, as I wade through my in tray.

    How about BLOWING IN THE WIND by BOB DYLAN ( or even the Spruce Stringbean version)......even more apt with today's weather!

    madchick x

  • Comment number 29.

    DIRTY OLD TOWN - DUBLINERS or POGUES or the writer EWAN MACCOLL


    :^)

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Simon and team

    Loved Matts confession last evening. Am eagerly looking forward to Sally's. Anyway here's my contribution.

    Another one bites the dust - Queen
    Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie (Clearing task of clearing out our Rayburn)
    Back to Black - Amy Winehouse (Some special cleaning stuff for cars)
    Beat it - Michael Jackson (Before vacuum cleaners)
    Maid of Orleans - OMD (The daily help - In my dreams!)
    Mothers Talk - Tears for Fears (Nagging is usually about being messy)
    I want to break free - Queen (Just love the video)
    Shine - Take That
    Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (Why one needs to occasionally attack the kids bedroom)
    Rat in the Kitchen - UB40 (Attracted by poor housekeeping)
    Safety Dance - Men without hats (Poor housekeeping leads to accidents)
    Toxic - Britany Spears (Some cleaning products)
    Use it up and wear it - Odyssey

  • Comment number 31.

    #25 - Katy - I thought he was quite nice to his Dakotas!

    #27 Yo! Go Deebee Go!

  • Comment number 32.

    THIS OLD HOUSE - SHAKIN STEVENS

  • Comment number 33.

    DIRRTY - CHRISTINE AGUILERA

    DIRTY DEEDS - JOAN JETT & THE BLACK HEARTS

    DIRTY LAUNDRY - DON HENLEY


    :^)

  • Comment number 34.

    NEAT NEAT NEAT - The Damned

    NICE N NEAT - Boomtown Rats

    SHE'S NEAT - Dale Wright and the Rock-Its

  • Comment number 35.

    HI HO, HI HO.....

    Hi ho hi ho, its off to work we go - The seven dwarves/dwarfs? Whatever!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 36.

    #31 Billie LOL! I'm in such a hurry this morning, I didn't bother previewing - - -
    *wipes away tears of laughter*

  • Comment number 37.

    #31 LOL! Thanks Billie :o))

  • Comment number 38.

    Shine - Take that

    : )

  • Comment number 39.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Wow! the wombles I loved them...I have a "venerable" Great Uncle Bulgaria but would love a cuddly Wellington as he was my fave ( probably to match my studious self at the time!) Anybody knows where I could get one I would be forever in your debt!

    Time to Womble free:

    1. PICK UP THE PIECES - Average White Band
    2. CAN THE CAN - Suzi Quatro
    3. BAG IT UP - Geri Halliwell
    4. THROWING IT ALL AWAY - Genesis
    5. USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT - Odyssey
    6. WHAT A WASTE - Ian Dury and the blockheads
    7. YOUR NO GOOD - ?????
    8. ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS - GARBAGE
    9. SHINE - Aswad
    10. DIRTY - Christina Aguelera

    Well must crack on.

    Leaving at 2.45 as have the "Dentist" at 4! ;)

    Laters

    Have a good day

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 40.

    Morning,

    Stay clean - Motorhead

    Clean clean - The Buggles

    Cleaning windows - Van Morrison

    Pick up the pieces - Average White Band

    Rubbish - Carter USM

    Trash - Suede

  • Comment number 41.

    Morning All,

    'Cleaning Windows' Van Morrison

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 42.

    Morning all,

    How about
    Yackety Yak (Take out the newspapers and the Trash) - The Coasters
    The Boy does Nothing - Alesha Dixon
    Throwing it all Away - Genesis

    Have a good un

  • Comment number 43.

    "Beat it" -Michael Jackson. (carpets!)

  • Comment number 44.

    This always happened when we've tidied up too much...

    I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR - U2

  • Comment number 45.

    SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE by REM .. that's me - I could easily be a Womble :0)

  • Comment number 46.

    Good morning Simon, Team and fellow windswept blogpoppets!

    Wow, that was some wind last night. Counted the trees this morning and they are all present and correct thankfully.

    I was a bit premature in celebrating the lack of kitty "gifts" yesterday. I can confirm there are still rodents in Kent but as at yesterday evening, 2 less than there were in the morning.

    I loved the Wombles. Really looking forward to the show!

    Hope all in blogland are fine and dandy.

    Alex-Girl

  • Comment number 47.

    #46. I actually MET the Wombles once. Opening a hifi store in Harrow. Somewhere I even have a photo of me with Orinoco and Wellington.

  • Comment number 48.

    We woke this morning to find our once enclosed garden is now open-plan with our neighbours on the right .. as I left for work Mr from Eastleigh was trying to effect a temporary repair as they have six Border Collies .. we know it will only be temporary as the forecast for Thursday is grim :-(

  • Comment number 49.

    THE HAPPY WORKING SONG sung by AMY ADAMS from the movie ENCHANTED, please.

  • Comment number 50.

    Good Morning Each!

    Everyone seems to have forgotten about...

    'Pick Up The Pieces' by those fine ex-Strawbs gentlemen, Hudson Ford

  • Comment number 51.

    'Dignity' Deacon Blue

    ........................and he takes no lip of nobody, and litter off the gutter, puts it in a bag.........................

  • Comment number 52.

    #48 Oh no, Alison - that doesn't sound good!

    I had a narrow escape last night - driving back from the church band practice there was a large branch across the main road. I saw the car in front of me move out, but I didn't really register why - thought they were overtaking the car in front of them. I only saw the branch at the last minute, and had to break and swerve quickly. Good thing there was nothing coming the other way.

    I loved the Wombles too - Orinoco was my favourite. I'm so impressed that you met them, The Driver! Somebody's just suggested to me that they're not real - but that can't be right. They were at Glastonbury this year, after all... ;o)

    ~X~

  • Comment number 53.

    I have been a womble, evidence on my fb photos somewhere... goes off to look....

    MTF :O

  • Comment number 54.

    Just G**gled Mike Batt, creater of the Wombles band. Wow, he has quite an impressive portfolio! I knew he'd written 'Bright Eyes' from 'Watership Down', and that more recently he's worked with Katie Melua. But did you know for instance that he produced Steelye Span?

    ~X~

  • Comment number 55.

    More choons... I had lots of 'em, but then realised that they were mainly about trash and rubbish, and the theme seemed to disallow them in favour of tidying up. So,....

    'Wipe Out' by The Surfaris

    'Dust My Broom' by Elmore James

    'Car Wash' by Rose Royce

    'Brush With The Blues' by Jeff Beck

    'You Never Wash Up After Yourself' by Radiohead

    'Stay Clean' by Motörhead

    'Sadie (The Cleaning Lady' by John Farnham

  • Comment number 56.

    my first needle work project in the first year (in old money way back...) was to make a toy womble! I think my mum eventually completed it for me...needle work not my thing then or now!

  • Comment number 57.

    Morning everyone,

    My tidy selection:

    'Can The Can' - Suzi Quatro
    'Crush' - Jennifer Page
    'Neat Neat Neat' - The Damned
    'Wash In The Rain' - The Bees
    'Big Iron' - Johnny Cash
    'Iron Lion Zion' - Bob Marley
    'Reunited' - Peaches & Herb

    N x

  • Comment number 58.

    Morning one and all........................phew.....................made it again................

    I used to pass through Didcot on the train to Bath Spa in my previous job...........I always thought that Didcot was a tad unlucky in the looks department.....lots of industrial chimneys and just a Railway Centre is all I could see......maybe it has hidden gems elsewhere?.........................................................................

    Oldies suggestions today are........................................................

    Bag It Up - Oasis

    Brush Away - Alice In Chains

    Clear As The Driven Snow - Doobie Brothers

    Sparkle - Earth Wind & Fire

    Papa's Got A Brand New (bin) Bag - James Brown ;0)

    Have a safe and refreshing day....take care out there.......................................

    The Magic Roundabout Lady x .....................................................................

  • Comment number 59.

    #52 Deebee - Oh they're definitely real. I held Orinoco's hand. I have photographic proof of their existence.

    Not real? Ptchah!

    Incidentally, I remember at the time that Wellington smelled of cigarette smoke. Obviously prone to a sneaky cigarette behind the litter bins when no-one was looking. Shocking, frankly. I hope he's kicked the habit by now.

  • Comment number 60.

    Afternoon all,
    DT team, bloggers, wind-swept dogpoppets and of course the global-trotting DT Dude.

    Having been out with one of the Rutherford Appleton lab science geeks (which is why our esteemed leader finds himself in the hinterland that is Didcot) many years ago, (I was impressed by his (the geeks) knowledge of astronomy, if not his clothes sense) I can only hope that the canteen has improved since then; Boffin types eating stodgy puds, heavy meat pies and talking of Star Wars is how I remember it....come to think of it, the DT Dude might fit right in.....

    Messing about on t'internet yesterday (Cyber Monday doncha know) means I am behind at work, so a bit tardy to the blog pardee.

    Have tweeted though
    'IF DIRT WERE DOLLARS' BY DON HENLEY

    and would like to add

    TRASH by SUEDE
    if no-one else blogged it yet??

    Still trawling t'internet for some more elusive small stocking fillers (find those pressies the hardest)

    Laters, all, from a very black, cold and dark Oxon

  • Comment number 61.

    hudson ford-pick up the pieces

    avrage white band-pick up the pieces

    underground overground-the wombles

  • Comment number 62.

    Afternoon Poppeteers

    Crikey, it's wild out there. Horizontal rain and it is freezing.

    Deebee, that was a bit of a scare on the road last night. Glad you got home safe. X

    Most impressed some of you have met the Wombles. I think my favourite song is Remember You're a Womble but one of the first songs my guitar teacher taught me Underground Overground and I loved playing it. Happy days.

    More meetings this afternoon.

    Catch you later.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 63.

    Afternoon all. A late and flying visit today. Will try and catch up later....bye for now

  • Comment number 64.

    Quiet blog today - is everybody busy with frantic pre-Christmas preparations?

    #63 Hi Autumn_Gale - and bye! That was a brief visit.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 65.

    3 word Tuesday...

    Thunder and lightning. Thats just about covered all weather possibilities in one morning.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 66.

    Yikes, is that the time?

    Gotta fly.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 67.

    Afternoon all

    Apologoes for the very late arrival (I have a note from my boss!)

    #64 More like frantically trying to get everything done before the christmas break Deebee!

    ..and on that note, I'm off again. Will try to get on more tomorrow (fingets crossed!)

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 68.

    I went to see the Wombles many many moons ago when I was about 6 or 7ish and they were ENORMOUS!!!! That is my main memory. I watched them on TV, I had books, placemats, keyrings and all sorts of things. I even made up a dance to the Wombling song (I can still remember some of it 30 odd, nearly 40, years later!) and, as far as I was aware, the Wombles were little creatures who could tidy up Wimbledon Common without people noticing them, so long as they were careful, because they were so small. They used to recycle rubbish into useful objects for themselves the rubbish being so big compared to themselves. So imagine my shock when I saw these GIANT Wombles on stage. Scary.

    So my suggestion is for anything by They Might Be Giants.

  • Comment number 69.

    Oh, or

    ORINOCO FLOW by Enya

    I'm probably way too late now anyway.

  • Comment number 70.

    Simon,

    A week or so ago when you had Caro Emerald on the show I texted in to ask her to wait for me to arrive at the concert in London tonight as I would be a little late and she very graciously agreed.
    Unfortunately, I will be somewhat later than late as my other half, also called Caro, has been overcome by flu and I am unable to attend. Could you let her know, apologising on my behalf obviously, so she can just get on with things rather than upsetting the rest of the audience waiting for me to get there? I’ll just have to make it up to her another time.

    My other half's condition would respond greatly to Wombling Merry Christmas.

    Many thanks,

    Peter
    From Cambridge

  • Comment number 71.

    I'm here Deebee. Just lurking.

    2 more days to go then the contract ends - hurrah!

    There are some VERY big clouds building up over London town. Not looking good for the drive home. Oh well, if we are timely, we will be able to hear the Wombles on the journey.

  • Comment number 72.

    'tis very quiet on the blog?
    I've ironed for England and wrapped lots of prezzies today...going to bake some thing now :-)

  • Comment number 73.

    Good afternoon ............... apologies for being so late.

    Some interesting suggestions and too late for one from me. But, #68 janmbs, what about:

    TAKE OUT THE TRASH by THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS

    Much work to be done. Hopefully around a little more tomorrow.

  • Comment number 74.

    #66. You've got a fly? Be careful, MTF. Those, and moths, can be highly detrimental to you state of equilibrium.

  • Comment number 75.

    #68, janmbs. Just goes to show what a loppy lot those Wimbledon Commoners are, with their enormous rubbish. Thank goodness for the Wombles.

  • Comment number 76.

    Good Afternoon All :)

    I am very late to blog today :( I have so much going on right now, and very little of it is Christmas related. I probably won't get any time to blog tomorrow either, because the mister and I are going to visit the centre where twin two will be staying, from next Monday. I am in a state of high anxiety and panic over that, and I don't feel prepared at all. I can't even concern myself with Christmas, although I have at least bought everyone's presents, even if they aren't wrapped! I also decided that I am NOT sending out cards this year, apart from family cards, everyone else will just have to cocoa I'm afraid.

    On the Wombles - I loved the show when I was a kid, and I had my own cuddly Uncle Bulgaria. I don't remember actually owning any of the records, but I do remember them, especially 'Remember You're A Womble'. The mister also had a couple of Wombles when he was a kid, but they were home-made by his mum.

    "Remember-member-member
    What a Womble, Womble, Womble you are..."

    BFN xxxx

  • Comment number 77.

    #72 TPSL - Do you fancy ironing for Scotland too? I've plenty I could send over...

  • Comment number 78.

    #52 Deebee... the wombles are real.... here they are preparing for later!

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7165/6483708303_9c4189d517.jpg

  • Comment number 79.

    Deebee, thank goodness your car missed the fallen tree in the road last night... it's handy to have good brakes and deep treaded tyres at this time of the year!

  • Comment number 80.

    #70 Peter, that is such a shame that you and your partner can't go to the concert. I hope she feels better soon. And I hope Caro Emerald gets the message - who knows, maybe she reads the blog!

    #76 Will be thinking of you tomorrow, Zoe - hope it all goes well.

    #78 Teehee! They look strangely familiar... ;o)

    Is it nearly hometime yet?

    ~X~

  • Comment number 81.

    Afternoon All


    It's good to be back home - safe and warm!

    Need to read back .....................

  • Comment number 82.

    #77. Be very careful, there Driver. I was minding my own business in another place, when PSL hit me on the back of the head with her iron. Fortunately for me, she is a very good shot, and caught me plum asquare the back of my bonce, so no harm done. ;0)

  • Comment number 83.

    #77 I know it's the season of goodwill etc but see #82......he's only teasing I barely broke the skin ;-)


    PSL x

  • Comment number 84.

    Hellooooo - been cooking and listening. Enjoyed Greg Lake and will be hearing him sing that very song in S'bury Cathedral on Friday night.

    OK - domestic gods and goddesses ...
    whilst we're revelling in the delights of Wombling people - what do I do with the two eggs whites in a mug that are left over after making a carbonara sauce?

    Quick and simple please. One problem - I don't have any icing sugar in the cupboard.


    Cheers
    :^D

  • Comment number 85.

    Katy - Americans make Yolkless Omelettes. I've never done it but I believe it's done in the same way as a normal one. Add some milk and some veg - Asparagus Tips or Spinach and some Cheese.

    The only problem I can see is that you would need more than 2 egg whites - prob. 4 at least - so then what do you do with the other yolks? Ha!

  • Comment number 86.

    Whoop whoop for Ms Billie and Festive Flo for the first clean-up song tonight!! :o))
    Not sure if Simon mentioned anyone else for the same song as my husband said "Not that Flo woman again!" so I missed anything that he said after Billie's name!

  • Comment number 87.

    Hi Katy

    3 things spring to mind:

    1. A gin flip: gin, orange liqueur, lemon juice & sugar syrup. Basically put it all in a cocktail shaker with ice & serve

    2. Some kind of chocolate mouse where the egg white is whisked into melted choc & cream to add a touch of 'lightness'

    3. Egg white omelette - pretty much as advertised - cooked, whisked egg white (stick some cheese, ham etc for interest)

  • Comment number 88.

    Well done Katy for Dirty Old Town!

    Billie, how about a facial for one white (or freeze both in ice cube trays for later!

    Beat one egg white until it is frothy.
    Spread it all over your face.
    Allow the egg white to dry.
    You will feel your skin tighten as the egg white dries.
    Rinse it off.
    Your skin will have a nice tingly feeling.

  • Comment number 89.

    Billie, you could also frost the rims of your glasses (drinks not specs) and dessert dishes if you lightly whisk an egg white and dip the rims in the white and then into a dish of caster sugar!

  • Comment number 90.

    #82 POS... was that an iron for ironing clothes with, that PSL hit you on the back of your head with, or was it a golf iron?

  • Comment number 91.

    Oooh - thanks all for egg white tips - what a clever lot you are.

    Like the omelette idea and thinking about it - in the dim and distant past, have definitely made an omelette which wasn't that disimilar to a cheese soufflé ...

    Breakfast tomorrow then ... after choon choosing ... Higgs Bosun oldies perhaps?


    :^D

  • Comment number 92.

    #90 a clothes iron...

    well done on tonights choons :-)

    Katy have you caster sugar and cornflour? meringues are always yummy

    PSL x

  • Comment number 93.

    Hi to FF & AG! Good Ideas - Yes!

    Katy again - Welldone to you. I LOVE the song DIRTY OLD TOWN. I know it was written about Salford but it was adopted by Liverpudlians during the "slum clearances" and I have sung it in public more times than I remember - I do care to remember!

    Welldones & Congrats. also to bloggers Festive Florence, John and Billie Pepper for AWB.

    I thought the theme was quite obscure this morning and I think that was reflected in the suggestions which were played.

    I really enjoyed the show - watched The Wombles live and giggled. Surreal!

    I've been doing extra deccies. (?) The homestead is looking very Christmassy. Will do the tree in the next few days.

    Deebee - I'm glad to hear it was a "Near Miss"!

    @ Harry - The soup was delicious! It was a bit strange at first cos it was quite sweet - but really lovely! Mine was not as "green" as in the picture. It made a lot and we've frozen half - and are looking forward to it. Thankyou.

  • Comment number 94.

    Hi all, and well done for all menshes! Must admit I felt the tunes played didn't particularly fit the theme of tidying and clearing up all that well - but some good choices all the same! Thought the Wombles were fun, and it was great to have vision as well as sound for a change. They should do that more often for guests playing live.

    #84 You know you can freeze egg whites - I've done it before and it works quite well. Just put them into ice cube trays - the equivalent of one egg white per cube - then you can defrost how ever much or little you need.

    Off to choir practice in a mo - I have to break it to them that I won't be singing in the Christmas concert on Saturday. I've had a better offer - we're going to a party!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 95.

    PSL - yes I have caster sugar and cornflour :^)


    Thanks Billie - didn't realise you had sung in public. Do tell!
    #darkhorse
    x
    When I play along with a now-and-again-ceilidh band - we generally sing Dirty Old Town because everyone can join in. We also 'do' Whiskey In The Jar. lol.

    Quite alarmed to read the 'storm stories' - Deebs in particular.
    Hope Shona and Florence aren't suffering too much over the border.

    I think we're all in for it over the next few days. They'll need to give Lynne and Sally more traffic time ...

    Anyway - we've built a lovely fire - so I'm off for some telly watching tonight. Stay warm and stay safe

    Katy
    xx

  • Comment number 96.

    #94 I should have added, if you're going to freeze the egg whites in ice cube trays make sure you label them. Otherwise someone could get a nasty shock in their drink!

    Thanks for all your concern re the branch on the road. It did shake me up a bit - not so much at the time, but afterwards thinking about what might have happened. Someone was obviously looking out for me though!

    Take care any blogpoopets venturing out tonight. Actually, I think KatyMatey has the right idea.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 97.

    #96 how did we become blogpoopets? LOL! Where's an edit button when you need one?

    Okay, I'm going now...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 98.

    Evening Poppeteers

    Congratulations to Billie and Festive Florence and also to Katy for Dirty Old Town. Didn't get to hear too much of the show though as" lifie wifie" had to kick into gear earlier.

    Dirty Old Town is one of my favourite tunes to play on guitar and I love the way Mr W does a wee ditty to it on his moothies that makes it a bit "cowboyish" at one part. Billie, I'll let you know next time we are playing it so you can sing along! X

    Anyone got any matchsticks? My eyes are banging together and there is still a lot to do. Got a string of visitors for sleepovers starting Thursday through to Sunday. Anyhoo, it is the season to be jolly.

    The weather here is frightful and dogpoppets did not like their walk earlier. Do the deed, get home was their attitiude. Still, the gardens could do with a watering. Our's had dried up to a quagmire before today.

    Looking forward to Thunder Snow over the next few days - NOT.

    Take care and see you in the morning.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 99.

    What a Wombleing Wonderful Show !
    (this could have only happened on Radio 2)

    See this link? ... thats my fella that is :-)
    http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-presents/sherlock-holmes

  • Comment number 100.

    Hat and scarf combo, by any chance? ;0)

 

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