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Simon Mayo | 09:22 UK time, Friday, 2 December 2011

Today written from Chris's studio as he entertains the military wives. Big smiles from everyone! Vassos is invisible in a sea of swaying choir ladies! He's ok about it though. All the best to them for their song raising money for great causes, the British Legions and SSAFA. I'm hoping Chris clears up. That's one messy studio in there.
Today is one those 2 show days, starting with Movies with Mark at 5L. And get this-we have Martin Scorsese! Cinema royalty indeed. He's talking about his magnificent Hugo film and I, for one, cannot wait to see it again. Child 3 has a birthday this weekend (12? Really? How did that happen? He was tiny just yesterday) and I'm hoping to persuade him to chose Hugo over Arthur Christmas and Puss in Boots. His call but might offer him money if needed.
Then it'll be one of those fancy-dan All Request Friday with lots of lovely folk making your weekend seem somewhat humdrum. Set the pace now! Big brash and noisy tunes now welcome for our first song if something takes your fancy...
Have a joyful and harmonious Friday, see you after 2&5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    CHICAGO - 25 or 6 to 4

    Big, brash and noisy on a plate!

  • Comment number 2.

    Big, brash and noisy?


    Off for a thunk.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 3.

    By the way, thanks to all those who wished me (or rather my eye) well yesterday. Much better today and I look sufficiently less like Marty Feldman to be back at work.

    Lovely and sunny here today. Let's hope that holds out for the weekend...

  • Comment number 4.

    Big, brash and noisy?

    Doesn't sound like a Twilight day then MTF!

    Sounds more like a Moshing Matt type song is needed!


  • Comment number 5.

    A good morning to everyone.

    A cold and frosty start here it's now clouded over and raining.

    I know the inclination will be tread the well worn path but hwo about something different for the ARFO?


    Failing that, how about:


    Catch you all later once the chase has relented.

  • Comment number 6.

    Think you might be right Flo.

    Whats wrong with welcoming the weekend in, a bit more gently?

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning all and happy Friday, lovely morning up here today.

    Congrats to Nadine_C and Florence on the menshes last night, and to anyone else I might have missed (I was dipping in and out a little).

    I'm all dried off now and have ironed out the pruney wrinkles MTF 8-)

    And might I venture either


    as suitably big 'n' brash choons to kick off with.

    Back later

  • Comment number 8.

    #6 MTF... now wouldn't that just be such a nice change... why does the ARF have to be rocky week after week? Why not start the weekend off nice and gently for a change and give us something different to think about, especially since it sounds like Simon was in with the Military Wives this morning and they sound quite 'gentle'!

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning all

    V busy still but quick poop in to suggest


    That's about as brash as they get I suppose!



  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Simon and Team and Hi Chris - well done on the menshes this week ;^)

    And a happy Friday greeting to fellow Blogpopsters.

    There's an ARFO list towards the end of the last blog which does not include:




    both Big, Brash and Noisy

  • Comment number 11.

    If I was to choose something a little on the brash side, then it would be my second ARF choice of ALL NIGHT LONG by RAINBOW, but there is the 'if' word to consider....

    So, as usual how about an ELO opener Simon, its about time.

    ***Twilight *** by ELO.

    The Ladies not for turning!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 12.

    Morning all - apparently it's 2 degrees on Horsforth this morning. Hacking cough is going well. A rocking brash 'un eh? I'll retry last week as well.


    #5 Thanks for the weather report, Harry. I think that puts paid to any trip to Windermere to see how the floating caravan is surviving so far.

  • Comment number 13.

    Loved hearing the Military Wives this morning. Many damp eyes in our home, particulaly from Hubbs who was born to a military wife - sadly when hubbs was still a babe, his dad was killed in a training accident :-( , Truly hope it will be a bit hit for them.

    the only songs I can come up with at the mo are christmassy, will have to ponder a while and think of something less seasonal.

  • Comment number 14.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    I heard a bit of Chris' show this morning. As I've said before, Gareth Malone is an absolute miracle worker, in my view! And good luck to the Military Wives Choir for raising money for such worthy causes.

    So, brash and noisy, huh? Tricky one... think I'd like to go for:

    I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts


    WE WILL ROCK YOU by Queen

    or if I'm allowed one more suggestion

    CAN THE CAN by Suzy Quatro

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 15.

    Good morning everyone,

    Flipping 'eck, Friday already?! A beautiful sunny but crisp winter's morn here in Robin Hood county.

    #7 - Thanks Glenn :-)
    #161 (previous blog) - I'm a Nottingham lass, Cutbush Crew, so doubly glad you enjoyed it! Who knows, we may have shared a dancefloor or two in the past... :-)

    Big, brash and noisy? Has to be one of my favourite cobweb removers:

    'Hush' - Kula Shaker

    Have a fantastic Friday folks.

    N xx

  • Comment number 16.

    HI Simon and everyone

    I have tried to post but it seems stuck on "posting your comment", I dont think its too long as it is shorter than Bingos posts!! lol.

    Happy pre teen birthday to Mini Mayo for the weekend.

    And as am off to see Bryan Adams at the LG Arena at the NEC on Sunday and as I have been familiarising myself with Waking up the Neighbours album I came across a tune that fits all Simon's criteria for an ARFO as it blew my head off and I think Matt will think its a mosh tune too:


    So have a lovely weekend folks


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 17.

    Pruney wrinkles Glenn? Now there's an image!

    Ah well, while you can still iron them, then not all bad eh?

    I hope the weather is going to be reasonable for everyone, thats really the most that we can ask for really. I purchased some new gloves last night and they are sort of fingerless, with a mitten bit to unbutton and pop over the ends of your fingers.

    Pretty darned cool and I came up with the name 'glittens' for them, thinking that was a pretty good name for them, only to throw it into google and see, that it wasn't my idea after all.

    Happy Days.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 18.

    Good morning Simon, team and Poppets all,

    A lovely cold, crisp, sunny morn here :)

    I still have not heard the Military Wives song, probably because I don't listen to Chris at the moment. I'm sure it'll find its way to my lugholes eventually and I'll likely as not buy it as I'm a big supporter of the British Legion.

    So a rousing song for the ARFO is needed .. hmmm think I'll stick with my choice of last week. As we all know us girls need a bit more representation on the list so ...


    please and thank you Sir!

    Hope everyone has a splendid Friday, back later to chatter.

    Jilly x♥x

  • Comment number 19.

    Morning all,

    Well Tatty Bumkin done with the dogs (5K trot not really running!!) over the heath. I love getting out early and seeing the mist rise over the heathland near to sunny Poole, where I live. Sets one up for the day of phone calling.

    1st and probably only Xmas party tomorrow night. As I type this am listening to Mrs saying, "What am I going to wear" - repeat to fade. How should I know.



    Thanks love ya - Bye

  • Comment number 20.

    Morning All,

    A tad nippy here to today,

    ARFO suggestion

    'Dignity' Deacon Blue

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning all. Cold and crisp here.

    I'm off to see Duran Duran tonight in Birmingham so how about "Wild Boys"?

    That said, as it's now been over a year apparently (see last week's blog) - how about a femail ARFO?

    See you later. Off to teach.....

  • Comment number 22.

    #11 MTF - trust you heard the opener on Chris's show this morning...

  • Comment number 23.

    Despite having been up, for well over an hour before the start of the show Driver, no!

    Will just go and have a look at the play list......

  • Comment number 24.

    Simon, since it is now 53 weeks since a female voice opened your Friday show.....

    ATOMIC ~ Blondie

    or if you want something jolly.....


    or something a bit rowdy....


  • Comment number 25.

    Not available to listen to yet, but found out which one and am enjoying it on you tube now. Thanks Driver :)

  • Comment number 26.

    Raised on Robbery - Joni Mitchell

    Willy the Shake

  • Comment number 27.

    Morning all from a very bright but cold Surrey



    Thank you.

    Pen x

  • Comment number 28.

    Morning all

    Big, brash and Noisy?


  • Comment number 29.

    I'm from a forces background (Dad did 22 years in REME) so I hope the wives sell bucketloads. And it is Simon Cowell's turn for an "offyear" again in the Christmas No 1 stakes I think.

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Simon & all

    For a big, brash belter to open tonight's show, how about The Toy Dolls' gloriously catchy 'Credit Crunch Christmas'?



  • Comment number 31.

    Big, brash and noisy:-

    Shoot to Thrill by AC/DC

    Dead Ringer for Love by Meatloaf & Cher

    Holding out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler

    A track from Metallica's 'S & M' = hard rock plus classical orchestra!

    Barcelona by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballer
    [bonkers, but beyond awesome]

    Almost any of Sousa's marches [Liberty Bell, also Monty Python!]

    Hippy Hippy Shake

    Anything by Wizzard

    Almost anything from Phil Spector's wall of sound


    Movies = Tintin, if not already viewed. Of the others, Hugo.

  • Comment number 32.

    #27 Great choice, Pen - that was my suggestion last week. Hope you have better luck than I did ;o)

    And a very Happy Birthday to Simon's Child 3!

    *waits patiently in the expectation of there being cake*


  • Comment number 33.

    Brash? then how about

    or a bit more melodic

    Strange weather here this morning with bright sun and blue sky suddenly giving way to dark clouds and torrential rain.

    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 34.

    Morning all,
    DT team, bloggers, poppets and the DT Dude, who may or may not be the reason the Military wives sounded so giggly on the radio this morning!
    My ARFO is TOM Petty

    Either would do!! - and can I say agree with other bloggers that a loud rock ARFO is not always the way to go on a Friday - when I was the first caller on Lisa T's show, PSL got the ARFO with a fab soul song - 'sweet soul music' (?) - a different kind of go-getter, it had me bouncing around the room!

    Have a nice w/end all, we are on our knees here - it's the end of term and it's the busiest term.
    I went to my first Xmas do last night - mulled wine, mince pies, canapés etc - came out full of the joys of the season, only to find my gel-padded bike saddle had been swiped. Bah Humbug indeed.

  • Comment number 35.

    Good morning Simon, Team, NYM and fellow blogpoppets!

    Hope everyone is fine, well and dandy.

    I am likely to hear the ARF Opener this evening so feel able to make a tiny suggestion:


    Katy, thanks for posting the list on the previous blog. Nice to see my 2 ARFO's have not been repeated. I think of you whenever I hear the George Harrison track.

    Penultimate Friday of this contract - hurrah!

    Back later


  • Comment number 36.

    I often call the Friday request show but my selection is often met with indifference by the youngster manning the phones - its key that the call is answered by someone who has heard of the selection! In light of this and big and brash being the criteria I nominate:

    Ashton Gardner & Dyke - The Resurrection Shuffle

    Mainly for its 'put your hand in the air' refrain!

    Jeff Lloyd in Maidenhead

  • Comment number 37.

    Hi all sorry not been on here much miss you and hope to be a out a bit more next week :)


    thanks PSL x

  • Comment number 38.

    #35 great tune AG I've asked for it a few times too x

  • Comment number 39.

    #38 Hi PSL! Am liking your choice too!

  • Comment number 40.

    Good ARFternoon Each!

    There was once a great and powerful being, who having spotted a weekend hoving into view, spake thus:

    " My people, we have toiled mightily throughout the working week, and now comes the time for pleasure. We shall take two days unto ourselves, and fill them with pastimes and pleasures. We shall both rest and party in equal measure, and through my emissary, Simon, we shall share tales of our hopes and dreams for these special days. Simon will, with our blessings, give us song and dance in return for tales of our aspirations and dreams for this 'week end'. And in order to correctly set the tone and mood for this well earned time of leisure, Simon shall play a selection of canticles, paeans, anthems, or, erm ditties, which will have been pre-ordained for him via the use of a variety of electrical communications. And principal amongst these melodies shall be...

    'Faith Healer' by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band"!

    The great and powerful being then went on to say...

    "Yeah, I know it's a bit out of left field, but I mean, come on, blimmin' excellent and all that..."

    This command was lost in the annals of time, until I unearthed it, about ten minutes ago, in a dusty corner. I thought I'd better pass it on. Wouldn't want anyone getting into any bother.

  • Comment number 41.

    Whilst I'd really like to hear my first post first choice, big, brash and noisy also covers:

    OUTKAST - Hey Ya

  • Comment number 42.

    afternoon peeps - not mad an ARF suggestion for ages and ages but having just made my advent calendar suggestions, next door, thought I would offer up

    Best of You - Foo Fighters

    ttfn, Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 43.

    #35 Me too you Alex!

    Bad move ... taking a break on a deadline day to surf around for something big, brash and loud for ARFO requests - however, the deed is done.

    Does anyone else remember Rock Around The Dock - a 1986 Granada production? My late husband worked on the Special Visual Effects - explosions, fireworks, smoke, dry ice all synched with the lights and music. I tagged along so got to see the whole thing.
    Truly memorable.
    R1's Gary Davies hosted. There was an additional floating stage ideal for the Holly Johnson strut, poor Chaka Khan had to sing on the pirate ship and The Damned trashed their guitars and chucked them into the Mersey. Heehee.
    My favourites from that night are my extra ARFO requests:




  • Comment number 44.

    Big, brash, nosiy, sung by a 'laydeee' ..

    IT'S OH SO QUIET by Bjork ticks all the boxes for me

    Have a fab weekend x

  • Comment number 45.

    Greetings (seasons and otherwise)




  • Comment number 46.

    Afternoon All :)

    If I'm not too late for the ARFO, I'm going to have a punt on this one again...


    Cheese? Yes.

    An annoying earworm? Possibly.

    Sung by a female of the species? Yup.

    Big, brash and noisy? Erm, well, it's more glitter ball than thunder ball!

  • Comment number 47.

    #34 Suzieee - what a rotten thing. Very un-Christmassy

    A few new faces (well to me at least) around. Helloooo.

  • Comment number 48.

    #19 Jugsapugs - whilst Oasis, Roll with it is a good choice, I am unfortunately lumbered with the image of finding out that the Status Quo 'Dance' works very well as a dance.

    #43 Arfa Chance I do remember 'Rock around the Dock' as well as the pirate boat being part of an earlier children's show called 'The Mersey Pirate'. Andrew Schofield who went on to play Alan Bleasedale's 'Scully'.

  • Comment number 49.

    Hi again

    #43 Yes, I vaguely remember 'Rock around the Dock'. Whatever happened to Chaka Kahn - I used to really like her music. Will have to look her up on one of those on-line music thingys...

    Hello Crumpy - nice to see you over here!


  • Comment number 50.

    Gotta fly.....

    Good Luck all after 5.05.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 51.

    #40 Paul - Great choice by a band you just don't hear much of on the radio. I suggested SAHB's 'Delilah' a few weeks back...

    Hmmm... saHB, hmHB... is there a theme here?

  • Comment number 52.

    afternoon all,

    just a quick one to post for ARFO

    The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar

    think that fits the bill for loud and brash.

    Back to tiling and bathroom fitting now.


  • Comment number 53.

    Good afternoon,

    Probably too late for an ARFO but will suggest this anyway:

    I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU by Dusty Springfield

    #43 Hi Arfa, can't remember the show but can remember the host. Weirdly enough I thought of Gary Davies this morning in the dentist as the Mel & Kim song "Respectable" came on. During his R1 days Gary Davies did this feature where listeners sent in long convoluted stories leading to a pun on a song title. I remember Receptacle by Melon King was the answer on one particular story.

    Whilst on the subject of Dentists - MTF, while I was waiting our local mobile tooth fairy came in. A stocky six footer with a skinhead and a lovely warm smile. He really brightened up the place just like I am sure you do with your fairy dust on all your visits.

    Gig at the 12 Bar last night was awesome. Very proud of Mr 40 (38 actually but not for much longer). Having missed the last train we had to get a tube all the way back to the end of the line. Then at nearly 2 in the morning as we climbed into the car a speeding vehicle raced into the station car park cloesly followed by four police cars with lights flashing. Didn't expect to end such a fab evening with a scene like something from one of those Police Camera Action programmes.

    Sun shining here.

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 54.

    Simon, how about a little bit of Bad Reputation by joan Jett?

  • Comment number 55.

    #51 Julia - I'm sure that Chris Tarrant used to do the same thing on his breakfast show on Capital Radio years ago. Contrived isn't a strong enough word for some of them...

  • Comment number 56.

    #55, I meant #53, obviously. D'oh!

  • Comment number 57.

    #51. Driver, you seem to be a most perceptive chap. However, you are guilty of a small, shall we say oversight, in this instance. The choice of SAHB was that of 'a great and powerful being'(gapb), and not my good self. I am flattered that you might consider me thus, but nay, I feel I must disabuse you of the notion. I am merely the vessel of communication, due to a convergence, a confluence if you will, of events that led me to the dusty corner. I do, however, agree that the aforementioned tune would indeed be most apposite, as a show opener.

    There has been a further development. Having retrieved the message, I thought it might be prudent to clear the corner of the collected dust of ages, and I found yet another message from the gapb. It reads as follows...

    "But not that rubbishy short version that Tarrant played t'other week. Eeeh, by 'eck!"

  • Comment number 58.

    Good afternoon one and all...................................I haven't deserted you .....just been too busy to blog :0(( ..........................I have missed you all and the fun that chasing oldie suggestions brings..................hey ho................probably far toooooooo late for an ARFO..................but maybe Simon checks the suggestions on his way back to R2?...................so here goes with my ever hopeful choices:

    The Ballroom Blitz - Sweet


    White Wedding - Billy Idol

    Hope you are all keeping well.................................when I get some free time I shall try and read back to catch up.............................................................

    Take care everyone.........................thinking of you......................................

    The Magic Roundabout Lady x

  • Comment number 59.

    #55 Driver, it does sound like a Tarrant sort of thing. Hope the eye is okay today.

    #58 Hello Magic Roundabout Lady, nice to see you. Hope you are keeping well too.x

  • Comment number 60.

    Just secured tickets for me and my dad to see The Boss at Sunderland next year so how about opening with Glory Days or Born To Run???


  • Comment number 61.

    Hi all, PaulTMFM here representing the Crew :o)

    Looking forward to the weekend - my wife Elaine and I will be watching a pro darts tournament this evening, then trying out our newly taught swing/jive moves at a ball tomorrow night. Sunday will be spent Christmas shopping.

    Some confusion exists over the Cutbush moniker. We don't cut bushes, it's just that we all work for the same company based at an industrial estate called Cutbush Park near Reading, Berks. I'm the spokesperson and live in Portsmouth, Hants but originally came from the area around Nottingham. Nadine, our oaths may well have crossed at some point. Who knows?

    Anyway folks, have a lovely weekend and we'll see you on Monday.

  • Comment number 62.

    Good thought GoD
    and everyone else who thought of....
    Reward - The tear Drop Explodes

    with the best opening line in the history of pop
    "Bless my cotton socks I'm in the news"
    Have a lovely weekend

  • Comment number 63.

    Afternoon all,

    Hope good Fridays are being had all round. Had a glorious walk in the sunshine today with the hound, real ruddy cheek weather, most uplifting.

    Dougal (is it ok if I still call you that?) nice to see you and your dots. Hope all is well with you.

    #40 Paul, such wise words from the gapb, surely they cannot go unheaded! Isn't it amazing what dusty corners bring forth, sadly mine are usually dog hair and an old sweet wrapper ;-)

    Shona and Katy, loved your posts on yesterday's blog about the Magic Roundabout and other kiddies programmes from back in the day. One of my nicknames when I was little was Crystal Tipps as most of the time my hair looked like I'd stuck my fingers in a socket (no GHDs back then!) My favourites, apart from MR of course, were Trumpton (Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble & Grub), Camberwick Green (Here is a box, a musical box, wound up ready to play...) and the fab Mr Benn (the shopkeeper appeared as if by magic) aaahhh .. the simple pleasures we had back then :)

    Back soon in anticipation of a blogpoppet winning the ARFO crown.

    Jilly x♥x

  • Comment number 64.

    Ohhh and what I really wanted to post other than all that waffle before was a link to the BBC Sports page.

    The gorgeous and talented Kelly Jones has recorded a song to be used in a tribute to Gary Speed. I think it is lovely .. have a look if you get the chance -


  • Comment number 65.

    ~62 - Is that right? I always thought it was 'Bless my cotton socks I'm in the nude...' (I think I prefer my version).

    Taxi for Mr Mondegreen...

  • Comment number 66.

    Friday opener Simon has to be Glass Tiger with Don't forget me when I'm gone....brilliant anthemic song, get the listeners to turn up the chorus and sing along also guess the guest backing vocalist near then end !!!

    My wife Maria and I love the Friday show, really gets our weekend going.

    Trev in Bedworth

  • Comment number 67.

    #65 Andrew, he wouldn't have cotton socks if he was in the nude...

    Well, maybe one to maintain a modicum of decency, I suppose. :o)

  • Comment number 68.

    #65 Andrew, on a similar note my Big Girl loves the song "Devil in Disguise" but sings "Walk like an engine, talk like an engine".

    #61 Paul, Thank you for the explanation. It's lovely thinking a group of bloggers really do see one another and have a laugh coming up with oldies each day.

    Oh and Happy Birthday to Mayo the 3rd. I've heard Arthur Christmas is fab.

  • Comment number 69.

    Hi Driver - he doesn't say anything about having cotton socks, he's just blessing his socks (in the nude) which may or may not be there.

    That's my view and I'm (tenuously) sticking to it.

    All the best.

  • Comment number 70.

    #66 Hello Trev, don't think we have "met" on here before so welcome and do stick around. We are a friendly bunch.

    #67 Driver, tea on screen moment. Keep that up and you will be joining Harry on the naughty step.

  • Comment number 71.

    Afternoon Poppeteers

    Good luck with the ARFO suggestions today. Such a busy day today and couldn't get on blog - in fact - I had no communication with the outside world for most of the day. No, I wasn't helping police with their enquiries for HIOB offerings. Tee Hee.

    Took me 20 minutes to scrape the car this morning with a Jonny Cash CD case (Sorry Jonny). Brrr. Perhaps Santa will bring a proper scraper for me.

    Another evening of music making for this household so probably no time to chat later.

    A lot of new names to me today - welcome to the sunny side :)

    Catch you later

    Shona x

  • Comment number 72.

    #71 I was, of course, not helping police with their inquiries *frazzled brain*

  • Comment number 73.

    If anyone was listening to Mr Mayo's other programme earlier today, you'd have heard him relate quite a teaser of a quiz question. (For those who were listening, try not to give the game away too quicky). The question is as follows:

    Name a number one hit single that doesn't contain its own title in its lyrics but does contain the title of the song that replaced it at number one in its lyrics.

    Perhaps not all that difficult but interesting none the less.

  • Comment number 74.

    Well done Rostronpokett. The ARFO crown goes to you!

    #73 Andrew, I have no idea!

  • Comment number 75.

    #74 Rostronposkett (oops! Sorry for my writting and speeling error)

  • Comment number 76.

    Well done Rostronposkett - Jeff Lloyd in Maidenhead
    The ARFO crown is yours!
    Now you have proof that it pays to come into the blog for requests - please stick around ..


  • Comment number 77.

    #73 bohemian rhapsody-queen mamma-mia abba

  • Comment number 78.

    #77 Well done Gazza! I am impressed

  • Comment number 79.

    Congrats Rostronposkett 8-)

    And loving the ARFO crown Arfa. If I'd have known that was on offer I would have come back sooner!

    Off to sit in the car for an hour now but will try to droop by a little later.

    Jolly Friday eve's one and all


  • Comment number 80.

    Well done to the new ARF crown wearer, Rostronposkett... an unusual name and anagram of 'knots protestor'!

  • Comment number 81.

    #73 Andrew, I doubt this is the answer, but does the song have two words and Simon played a song by them earlier for a wee Scottish lad? I can't imagine that another song would contain the two words in the song title I'm thinking of though!

  • Comment number 82.

    #80 is knot protesting legal?

  • Comment number 83.

    #82 or do you just need a permit?

  • Comment number 84.

    Hello again.........................very quick nip back to say conggggrrratttuuuullllattttiiioonnnsssssss to Rostronposkett............great choice for ARFO..........well done you.............................................................................

    #59 - Julia40 ..............................thank you for the wishes

    #63 - JillyM.....of course you can call me Dougal..................'tis my name ;0) Missing being able to blog...........all is well..........just very busy with my daytime stuff..........so won't be able to mensh chase for a while...............................
    miss joining in though...........but still try and hear snippets of the show and smile when I hear all your names.......................................................................

    As Brucie would say........................keep on blogging everyone!

    Take care

    The Magic Roundabout Lady......................AKA Dougal x

  • Comment number 85.

    Is it wine o'clock yet?

  • Comment number 86.

    I'll take that as a "Yes" then.

    Catch you later troops. Have a good evening.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 87.

    Shona_W ...................................can't you hear the clinking of glasses in East Anglia!!?????????????????????/

    Cheers my dear x

  • Comment number 88.

    Is that Ashton the same one from Paice, Ashton and Lord. And if so is it also the same one that did the Gastank series with Rick Wakeman back in ... Er ... a long time ago.

  • Comment number 89.

    Got to go now ........................hope you all have a great weekend...........................................

    clink clink x

  • Comment number 90.

    #85 Definitely!

    Well done to Rostronposkett for the ARFO. Good to have a blogpoppet get it.

    Well, I've started to make my Christmas cake - at least, I've been measuring out the fruit. It's got to marinade overnight in a brandy and orange juice mix,so the actual cooking takes place tomorrow. Jennie was right - there is a lot of fruit! Feeling a bit nervous that it will work out okay, as it's a bit different for my tried and tested recipe that I usually use.

    All this talk of gluwein (can't do the umlaut on my fruity tablet) reminds me of the couple of times I went skiing, both occasions in Austria. It really hits the spot when you're tired and cold after a day on the slopes. Or playing truant from your skiing lesson... not that I ever did that, obviously... ;o)

    No Billie since yesterday morning (I think). Hope all is okay.


  • Comment number 91.

    #82. s_d, not exactly, but Notts protesting is positively encouraged.

  • Comment number 92.

    Happy Weekends All :)

    Oh and it is definitely wine o'clock now xx

  • Comment number 93.

    To all bloggers - thank you for your kind words of congrats. I had no idea there was an ARFO crown on even an acronymn for that matter! I wish Rostronposkett was a mysterious anagram riddle but its merely the surnames of two fairly unknown (to anyone not a fan) Watford FC footballers from the 80s joined together. I often have a stab at theme suggestions and I count Ryan Paris' La Dolce Vita from the Italy evening a few weeks back as a lone success.

    "Make a V-Sign like you just don't care....."

  • Comment number 94.

    #93 rostronposkett i know who thay are wilf and malcolm late 70s early 80s when god was 1st in charge of the mighty golden boys,you might have guessed im also a watford fan

  • Comment number 95.

    That makes at least three of us Watford lads on here then!
    #93 + #94 Didn't know either of those players names but did go to school with a players son in the early 70's, the name will come back to me at some point.

  • Comment number 96.

    Good Morning All

    Hope the day finds you all fine and dandy. I'm going to spend mine making lists. Three weeks tomorrow - yikes! Even if I don't achieve anything else, as long as I have my lists I'll feel I've made some progress towards the Big Day.

    I'll also make a start on the card writing. I usually do this in several batches - the family and 'duty' cards first, then next week I'll probably do the friends whose cards have to be posted (and that list is getting bigger year on year thanks to the lovely interweb!) and then finally I do cards for friends I can hand deliver to, work colleagues, etc.

    Then I've just got to finish making the cake, and my day will be done.

    Have a good one - maybe 'see' some of you around later.


  • Comment number 97.

    Morning all .. just back in from my regular Saturday morning run .. quick shower and then off to the Christmas Market at Winchester Cathedral with my daughter and two of her friends .. it's set in the Cathedral Close - little wooden chalets selling craft goods, plus food stalls plus an ice-rink .. no plans for skating but hoping to get in the Christmas spirit .. ho ho ho

  • Comment number 98.

    Good afternoon.

    Less than 100 posts and we're half way through Saturday? Do people really prefer the strait-jacket of 140 characters?

    Just dropped by to give my congratulations to RP on wininng the ARFO crown; a fine choice.

    #70 Julia, "give a dog bad name", eh? I haven't been on the naughty step for ages now. Well, not properly; I was reprieved last week if you recall? ;-)

    Sun has just come out in Cumbria; pity I'm working.

    I hope everyone has a great weekend.

  • Comment number 99.

    #93 Rostronposkett, so you're not an anagram about knots protesting, after all! I bet Simon twigged where your blog name came from, being a football fan, of which I am not, although I did go to a Man Utd game at about six months pregnant in the days when people stood to watch and people gave me wide berth! Prior to that I went to a game at Northwich in Cheshire when Watford was playing there in some championship game and Elton John came along too and the landlord and a crowd of us from the Bull's Head in Davenham went to the match and the guys all threw me up in the air when Northwich scored a goal... but in those days I was a size 10 and much lighter than I am now... happy days!!!

  • Comment number 100.

    Deebee, I hope all goes well with your Christmas cake! I love the smell of a rich fruit cake cooking... also the smell that wafts up when I prick it and pour Brandy on it while is't still warm!


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