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Simon Mayo | 09:26 UK time, Monday, 16 January 2012

And here we are again. Cold and v frosty around the estate-the mangey fox will have lost all it's remaining fur and left a poo on the table like normal. It's a cheery start anyway.
I hope the weekend was a fine one. I managed 400 odd miles taking child 1 back to university and back-got it sussed now. Leave before 7, coffee and croissants at the first services and we'll be there by lunchtime. Then the briefest of time possible at the student house (2 mins max) and a fine pub lunch before turning round and tootling back home. Pick of the Pops is always a bitter sweet accompaniment here as you're feeling pretty creaky anyway by this time. I tweeted that I was hoping it wasn't going to be 1985 and fortunately it was 1981. 1985 was one of those years (88 another offender) that sounds poor whichever month you get but 1981 sounded great (apart from the Nolans which I never really understood). Child 1 asked me to text him to let me know I was safely home; my how the world has turned.
(Spoiler alert. Re Sherlock. Just how are they going to explain that away? You know, that small tumble? Brilliant end of series 'leave-them-wanting-more' moment) Meantime there's work to be done! Drivetime offers John Torode tonight to mark the return of Masterchef tomorrow. While Lloyd Grossman was in charge, the series worked fine but stayed in its ghetto slot really. Now with John and Gregg Wallace it has become a national talking point. With 3 versions to choose from, I think the amateurs usually win over the celebs and pros. There seems to be so much more at stake for these guys and the drama that much more heightened. So let's do MASTERCHEF oldies too. It's an area we have done before of course but FOOD + COMPETITION = a decent selection of tunes I hope. It's all up to you now!
We will also have a one week feature, to try to find the worst teenage bedroom in the UK. Never mind the Masterchef folk, this is the real stuff. There will be many nominations.
Have an observant and insightful Monday, see you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Good morning chums!

    Theme:

    EAT IT by WEIRD AL YANKOVIC will do nicely, thank you.

  • Comment number 2.

    WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH - BILLY OCEAN

  • Comment number 3.

    Good morning all!

    Bright and frosty here. Aching limbs from a weekend of hard graft in the garden. Feels good though.

    Need to have a thunk re the theme

    Back in a bit

  • Comment number 4.

    Good morning again -

    Suggestions -

    FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD - Soundtrack from Oliver

    EAT IT - Wierd Al Yankovic

    WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH - Billy Ocean

    LIFE IS A MINESTRONE - 10cc

    SNACK ATTACK - 10cc

  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Don't get me started on teenage bedrooms... ;o)

    For today's oldies:

    I WANT IT ALL by Queen

    JAMBALAYA by the Carpenters

    AMERICAN PIE by Don McLean

    MACARTHUR PARK by Richard Harris (for the reference to cake baking)

    RAT IN THE KITCHEN by UB40 (although I'm sure Messrs Torode and Wallace are nice really...)

    SCENES FROM AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT by Billy Joel

    BEAT IT by Michael Jackson

    HEY GOOD LOOKIN' (WHAT YOU GOT COOKIN') by Jimmy Buffet

    THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL by Abba

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 6.

    Good morning again Simon, team and poppets,

    Such a beautiul day here, hope you've all got the same too :)

    Some tunes -

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT - UB40

    RAT IN MI KITCHEN - UB40

    BEAT IT - MICHAEL JACKSON

    STIR IT UP - BOB MARLEY

    Need tea .. will return
    Jx

  • Comment number 7.

    Good Morning Simon, DT Team and Poppeteers

    Glad you had a good weekend Simon and all children returned safely.

    A Taste Of Honey - The Beatles

    Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones

    Work beckons

    Enjoy your day everyone

    Shona x

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi again everyone

    A lovely cold, crisp, sunny morning...

    THE HEAT IS ON ~ Glen Frey

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT ~ UB40

    SOMETHING'S COOKING IN THE KITCHEN ~ Dana

    IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT, STAY OUT OF THE KITCHEN ~ Buck's Fizz

    THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL ~ Abba

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning all.

    Toon ideas:

    Food Glorious food from Oliver!
    Snack attack-Godley & Cream
    Life is a minestrone-10cc
    In the Kitchen at Parties-Jona Louie
    Shake, Rattle & Roll-Bill Hayley & the Comets
    Toast-the Q tips



    Good job we all like different music, I happen to love the music from 1985 so each to their own!

    Hope all are well, work calls!

    Love Mrs B x

  • Comment number 10.

    YOU'LL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE KITCHEN AT PARTIES - Jona Lewie

    HOME COOKIN' - The Band

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning All,

    Very frosty morn here in South Yorkshire.

    American Pie - Don Mclean, sprang to mind when I saw today's theme.

    I was trying to read without reading when I saw the spoiler alert. (If that makes sense). I haven't watched any Sherlock yet so please, if there is to be a discussion can you let me know in advance so that I don't read.

    Must be loadsa songs so shall go have have another think.

    Laters

    A.

  • Comment number 12.

    One more for Michel Roux jnr's stern, but nice, assistant....

    SANTA MONICA ~ Savage Garden

  • Comment number 13.

    Good Morning All :)

    It's a cold and frosty one all round I think, but I have my thermals on, so all's well.

    I thought Sherlock faked his own death??? He did in the Arthur Conan Doyle Reichenbach Falls anyway. Or rather, ACD wanted to kill Sherlock Holmes off, but was persuaded to bring the character back for The Return of Sherlock Holmes, I think that's what happened :-/

    Oldie suggestions...

    IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT - BUCKS FIZZ

    THE HEAT IS ON - GLENN FRY

    CHOCOLATE CAKE - CROWDED HOUSE

  • Comment number 14.

    TASTE IT - INXS

  • Comment number 15.

    Ooh!

    Green Onions-Booker T & the MG's

  • Comment number 16.

    Aha, I seem to have found some inspiration! There's always summat bubbling in the kitchen so hows about:-

    Steam - Peter Gabriel

    A.

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and long-distance bloggers,

    For the teenage room no nomination, I need look no further than GoodChild2 - truly bubonic.

    Masterchef oldies, you say? Well you have to start here...

    HEY GOOD LOOKIN' (WHAT YOU GOT COOKIN') - Johnny Cash or Hank Williams

  • Comment number 18.

    Good morning from my office in glorious North Cornwall. Food/Competition songs as follows

    Baby Cakes - 3 of a kind
    Beat it - Michael Jackson (as in beating eggs and also a competition)
    Food for thought - UB40
    Orange Crush - REM
    Raspberry Parade - Prince
    Rat in the kitchen - UB40
    Sweet Surrender - Wet, wet, wet
    Sweet dreams are made of these - Eurythmics

    Have a great day everyone

  • Comment number 19.

    Morning all, and what a glorious one. Cold (-5 when I was out scraping the car!) and frosty here but tempered with some lovely sunshine.

    In true Monday morning fashion I'm a little busy with 'work' stuff so will try to poop back later when things have settled down.

    But for now ...

    YOU'LL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE KITCHEN AT PARTIES - JONA LEWIE

    Later ... 8-)

  • Comment number 20.

    WHAT'S YOUR FLAVA? - Craig David

  • Comment number 21.

    THE POACHER - RONNIE LAINE

  • Comment number 22.

    (IT'S GOT TO BE ) PERFECT - Fairground Attraction

  • Comment number 23.

    Good morning all from a cold, frosty but bright Essex - stunning sunrise this morning!

    Sugar, suger - The Archies

    Green Onions - Booker T and the MG's

    Off for a think.

    JJ

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Hope you all had great weekends.

    I should have fought in the KB competition but I delivered flyers for our club from 1.30 to 4.45 yesterday afternoon and my legs are so sore.

    Greg Wallace makes me laugh on Masterchef as you can always tell when the dessert is a winner because he makes noises and laughs a lot when he is tasting them!

    Anyway here are my aperitifs:

    1. FOOD FOR THOUGHT - UB40
    2. SNACKATTACK - 10 cc
    3. BEAT IT - Michael Jackson
    4. THE HEAT IS ON - Glen Frey
    5. The pushbike song -THE MIXTURES
    6. THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL - ABBA
    7. YOU CAN DO MAGIC - LIMMEE AND THE FAMILY COOKIN
    8. BEAT THE CLOCK - Sparks
    9. THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER - D Ream
    10. IF YOU CANT STAND THE HEAT - Bucks Fizz

    As to non entity music years, early noughties appear to be a blur.

    And for some reason i can remember loads of tunes from 1974 and I was only 6 going on 7.

    Have a lovely day

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 25.

    Another quick choon thought ...

    STRANGE BREW - CREAM

  • Comment number 26.

    #11 Sorry JPA - I'd already posted my spoiler before I read your post, but then I was referencing the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle version of events, so maybe the TV show played out differently (I didn't watch the episode last night, we recorded it)

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME - DEF LEPPARD

    PULLING MUSCLES FROM A SHELL - SQUEEZE

    FLAMING PIE - PAUL McCARTNEY

  • Comment number 27.

    ONCE YOU'VE TASTED LOVE - TT (Wah!)

    SAVOY TRUFFLE - Beatles



    BANGERS & MASH - Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren !

  • Comment number 28.

    GREASE! - Frankie Valli

  • Comment number 29.

    Howzabout ...

    TOO MANY COOKS - ANDREW STRONG (The Commitments)

    TASTE IT - INXS

    BURN - RAY LAMONTAGNE (Just because I like to hear Simon trying to pronounce it!)

    GOING DOWN IN FLAMES - 3 DOORS DOWN

    DOG EAT DOG - ADAM AND THE ANTS

    Jx

  • Comment number 30.

    A Monday morning, bright and clear
    And what is this? A new blog is here.
    For inspiration I look to the skies
    I'll suggest The Platters
    'Smoke Gets in Your Eyes'

  • Comment number 31.

    Good morning everybody. A bit tricky this one. How about:

    Pizza, Pizza,Pizza by Fred Mollin, tom hambridge from the film Ratatouille.

    He loves Pizza :]

  • Comment number 32.

    Some more:-

    Chocolate - Snow Patrol

    and if it's me in the kitchen, it definitely:-

    S.O.S. - Take That.

    Laters

    A.

  • Comment number 33.

    Please replace 'e' with 'a' where appropriate in # 23

    Every loser wins by ??

    Toast by ??

    You win again - Hot Chocolate

    Sorry I'm so hopeless at knowing who sang what.

    JJ

  • Comment number 34.

    DOG EAT DOG - Adam & The Ants


    (Not a reference to Masterchef Korea, but just the competitive spirit among the chefs!!)

  • Comment number 35.

    BEING BOILED - Human League

  • Comment number 36.

    Hmmm how about the truly awful ...

    FOOD FIGHT - VILLAGE PEOPLE

    I'll get my coat ...

  • Comment number 37.

    #29 Jilly, oh, sorry, just saw your post after my #34. And thought I was being soooo clever and original. Not.

  • Comment number 38.

    Food + Competition =

    THE MARROW SONG (OH WHAT A BEAUTY!) - BILLY COTTON And HIS BAND

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNTVKANb7p4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    I think that one is more Desmond Carrington than Drivetime, indeed I have heard it on DC's show :D

  • Comment number 39.

    SUGAR AND SPICE - THE SEARCHERS

  • Comment number 40.

    SOME LIKE IT HOT - Power Station


    It's from 1985!

  • Comment number 41.

    JOY DIVISION OVEN GLOVES - Half Man Half Biscuits

  • Comment number 42.

    Little green apples - Roger Miller

    Sweets for my sweet - The Searchers

    Blackberry Way - The Move

    Melting Pot- Blue Mink

    Pickin' a chicken - Eve Boswell ??? (Found on Mr's CD of 50's favs!)

    JJ

  • Comment number 43.

    #41 Feel free to recycle that extra "s", if you need one.

  • Comment number 44.

    YOU CAN DO MAGIC - LIMMIE & THE FAMILY COOKING

    MA BAKER - BONEY M

    RED RED WINE - UB40

    I CAN'T KEEP IT IN - CAT STEVENS

  • Comment number 45.

    LIVING ON THE CEILING - BLANCMANGE

    WHIPPING BOY - ELTON JOHN

  • Comment number 46.

    Theme from MASH (Suicide is painless) - Loudon Wainwright or Manic Street Preachers

  • Comment number 47.

    Morning all,
    Chilly DT team battling through the frosty capital, bloggers and poppets de-icing their PC screens, and the DT Dude clocking up the miles on the motorway, in a duvet and plant-filled car singing (Soprano, if your singing on that festive authors' example is anything to go by...) to the Nolans.

    RE THEME of Masterchef:

    Minestrone by 10CC would be nice,
    or
    Eat me, drink me, by Marilyn Manson - no? thought not...

    MacArthers Park, by Richard Harris (cakes, burning etc)

    Sugar sugar by the Archies or CHOCOLATE CAKE by Crowded House esp for the sweet-toothed Greg Wallace the chubby grocer!

    FIRE by Arthur Brown for those accidents in the studio kitchens...


    By the way, when is a 'teenage' bedroom not a 'teenage' bedroom, I have a prodigal son (returned from Uni, gap year etc) now working locally and enjoying the comforts of home again - whose bedroom is a health hazard!! A plastic food container was chucked out at the weekend as no-one was brave enough to open it...

    Laters, after caffeine

  • Comment number 48.

    Morning all!

    A few suggestions:

    ABBA - HONEY, HONEY
    SNOW PATROL - CHOCOLATE
    FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
    ROLLING STONES - BROWN SUGAR

  • Comment number 49.

    COOK WITH HONEY by JUDY COLLINS
    HOT POTATOES by THE KINKS (the B-side to Celluloid Heroes)
    SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE by THE COASTERS; possibly PAOLO NATTINI, too.
    HOLD TIGHT (I WANT SOME SEAFOOD, MAMA) by FATS WALLER

  • Comment number 50.

    Ooh ooh ooh

    SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL - Bill Haley & The Comets

    "Well get out from that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans..."

    That's m'lot mLord. I'm orf now. Good day all

    JBG

  • Comment number 51.

    It's freezing down here in South Wales, but I know what will warm us up

    KING CURTIS - MEMPHIS SOUL STEW

  • Comment number 52.

    Morning all - wasn't TOAST done by STREETBAND a.k.a. Paul Young? The confusing thing is there were two Paul Youngs. The one in Sad Cafe (sadly now in that great gig in the sky) and the one formerly of the Q-tips who had one great album 'No Parlez' before his voice gave out.

    I was going to suggest BLACK COFFEE - SQUEEZE as the end of the meal.

  • Comment number 53.

    And finally, a song for the soufflés...

    RISE TO THE OCCASION - Climie Fisher

    ALL RISE - Blue

    RISE UP - The Commodores

  • Comment number 54.

    Here's a pretty comprehensive review of last nights ep of Sherlock... Many spoilers within: http://www.denofgeek.com/television/1205250/sherlock_series_2_episode_3_the_reichenbach_fall_review.html

    Also, courtesy of one of my Twitter tweeps, a couple of jokes...

    How do you make a pirate mad? Take the 'p'.

    A war horse walks into a bar. The barman asks, "why the long film."

    :D

  • Comment number 55.

    Morning all. Well this is more like winter. I keep hoping for some snow days - but no sign of it yet.

    Lots of great oldies suggested and I'm struggling to think of anything more so I'll just a couple that caught my eye to 2nd:
    The Heat is On - Glenn Fry
    Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
    Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard

    Has anyone suggested
    Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond

  • Comment number 56.

    Food combined with a competition:-

    THE LIQUIDATOR - HARRY JOHNSON ALL STARS
    CLASSICAL GAS - MASON WILLIAMS
    STIR IT UP = BOB MARLEY
    EAT TO THE BEAT- BLONDIE
    TIME IS TIGHT = BOOKER T
    GIVE ME A LITTLE MORE TIME - CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
    THATS ENTERTAINMENT - THE JAM
    HERE COMES THE JUDGE - PIGMEAT MARKHAM
    AMATEUR HOUR - SPARKS

  • Comment number 57.

    So on the subject of teenage bedrooms... well, even Daughter's friends say her room is a mess. We once threatened to take a picture of her bedroom floor and post it on Facebook with a 'guess the colour of the carpet' caption. She's forever leaving items of food and drink to fester in there. This morning I tweeted to Simon a picture of a plastic food box, one of three we found in her room after she left for Uni. Let's just say if penicillin hadn't yet been invented we'd be millionaires by now... And on another occasion we were just off on a 2 week holiday and I went into her room to check the windows were closed, and discovered a half drunk bottle of milk, which had already been there for a few days. It doesn't bear thinking about what it would have smelled like if it had stayed there till we got home again.

    Mr B says he can't wait for her to get her own house, so he can go round and trash the spare room...

    ;o)

  • Comment number 58.

    #54 LOL!

    I really enjoyed 'Sherlock' - I'm only sorry that I came to it late and missed the first series. Will have to try and get hold of it on DVD. I've heard there's going to be another though, so that's good!

    No KatyMatey this morning? Hope she's not having to lie low again.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 59.

    Morning all

    If this series follows the pattern of the last series (watched and enjoyed...) I'll suggest:

    OASIS - STOP CRYING YOUR HEART OUT

    SPOILER ALERT

    SPOILER ALERT

    NO, REALLY, READ NO FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT SPECULATION ABOUT LAST NIGHT'S SHERLOCK:

    Presumably, it was Moriaty who took the tumble at the end (somehow...)?

    And a joke:

    How do you make Lady Gaga mad? Pokerface

    Boom, boom

  • Comment number 60.

    And one for the poor contestant who'll be eliminated in the first round under the evil eye of Monica...


    CARELESS WHISKER - George Michael

  • Comment number 61.

    For a handy little filler ...

    YOUR STARTER FOR ... - ELTON JOHN

  • Comment number 62.

    I've no kids, so can't join in with this conversation. Is that unfortunate or quite the opposite? Discuss.....

    - Paul TMFM xx

  • Comment number 63.

    #62 But presumably you were once a teenager yourself...

    Actually, I wonder whether the trend for messy bedrooms is a recent thing. I can't remember my room ever being that untidy...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 64.

    I'm not sure the 'teenage' thing is relevant re. children's bedrooms. Our child is eight years away from being a teenager and certainly, in terms of untidiness, he's getting in plenty of practice now...

  • Comment number 65.

    I'm fairly sure that the fragrant Monica doesn't appear in this series of Masterchef. She just tests the Masterchef Professionals.

    No, no, it's fine. I can find my own way to the Pedant's Corner.

  • Comment number 66.

    #64 I guess the difference is that at his age you can still get him to tidy up periodically. Once he hits 13, you will no longer have any control over his room - in fact you'll be lucky if you're allowed in it!

    Right, back to work - laters, poppets...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 67.

    #59 - Thanks for Andrew. I managed to skip straight pass without seeing a thing. hehehe

    Really must find time to watch.

    A.

  • Comment number 68.

    "I guess the difference is that at his age you can still get him to tidy up periodically."

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

  • Comment number 69.

    Oooh. I've just a wee flash of inspiration re. today's Masterchef topic:

    CHINA CRISIS - WORKING WITH FIRE AND STEEL

  • Comment number 70.

    #58 I'm here Deebs! Just a bit busy today. Have been thinking about this list for an hour or so ... I especially like the last one

    :^D



    FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD - CAST OF OLIVER

    MAXIMUM CONSUMPTION - THE KINKS

    TV DINNERS - ZZ TOP

    SUPPER'S READY - GENESIS

    EAT TO THE BEAT - BLONDIE

    SUGAR - THE ARCHIES

    BROWN SUGAR - THE STONES

    SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE - SHANKS & BIGFOOT

    SUGAR AND SPICE - THE SEARCHERS

    JAMBALAYA [ON THE BAYOU] - THE CARPENTERS

    SUGAR MOUNTAIN - NEIL YOUNG

    ROCK LOBSTER - B-52S

    MAYONNAISE - THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

    SENSES WORKING OVERTIME - XTC

    SOMETHINGS COOKING IN THE KITCHEN - DANA

    YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY - OHIO EXPRESS

  • Comment number 71.

    Good morning one and all................................very late this morning.................so will just dive on in..................................................

    Food For Thought - UB40

    Sugar and Spice - The Searchers

    Salad Days - Procol Harem

    Supper's Ready - Genesis

    TV Dinners - ZZ Top

    Life Is A Minestrone - 10cc

    Win Some Lose Some - Bryan Adams

    Green Onions - Booker T and The MGs

    Pulling Mussels - Squeeze

    Me done.......................................have a lovely day each and every.................

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 72.

    John or Greg may say to a contestant

    "What is this thing called, love?" otherwise sung by Frank Sinatra with the emphasis on certain words slightly different.

    Sorry, think I was up too early this morning!!

    JJ

  • Comment number 73.

    Okay, picture the scene. Greg Wallace has just tasted a particularly fine pudding. And, of course, his reaction is:

    MMM MMM MMM MMM - CRASH TEST DUMMIES

  • Comment number 74.

    BILLY OCEAN - WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING

    Because, as we know, 'Cooking doesn't get tougher then this...'

  • Comment number 75.

    ... and when it all goes horribly wrong ..

    BURN BABY BURN - ASH or HUDSON/FORD

    HOUSE ON FIRE - BOOMTOWN RATS

    BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE - TOM JONES/CARDIGANS

    I EAT CANNIBALS PART 1 - TOTO CUELO

    I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN'T FINISH - SMITHS

  • Comment number 76.

    No disrespect aimed at working mums... but I wonder if messy teenage rooms has a connection to working mums, who don't have enough time to tidy up their teenagers' rooms and instead, they do the more important chores with their limited time at home!

    Like Deebee said above, I also can't remember seeing messy teenage bedrooms in our house, but my mum never worked after having her children, so she was able to keep everywhere clean and tidy every day...

    Just wondering....!

  • Comment number 77.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Tougher Than The Rest' by Bruce Springsteen

    'Cooking' by Scritti Politti

    'Pop's Recipe' by Mavis Staples

    'Too Much On Your Plate' by Barclay James Harvest

    'Food For Thought' by UB40

    'Hospital Food' by David Gray

    'Fish Heads' by Barnes and Barnes

  • Comment number 78.

    One for all the soufflé makers:

    RISE - PUBLIC IMAGE LTD.

  • Comment number 79.

    Teenage bedrooms ...... well like Paul I don't have experience of anyone but myself but will confess to being pretty untidy (and still am) however that extends only to some clothes on a chair (or occasionally a small pile on the floor).

    Rules in our house were simple - no food in bedrooms and no locked doors therefore Mum went in every week and cleaned. There was no right to privacy - if I didn't want her to go in and hoover, pick stuff up etc I had to do it myself. For me the choice was simple - I hate cleaning / tidying (and now I'm working I pay a weekly cleaner) - I had a few decent hiding places for anything really private but other than that my room was cleaned every week without fail and so never got that bad.

  • Comment number 80.

    Morning all

    Late arrival today - work got in the way again.

    Not much of a weekend chez Tortie - one of the mogpoppets was poorly and had to have 2 visits to the vets - thankfully she is much better now, but I need another weekend!

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 81.

    'No disrespect aimed at working mums...'

    Or, ahem, working dads...

  • Comment number 82.

    Morning (just) all!
    Not had a chance to read through comments so may have repeated a few choices:

    Baggy Trousers - Madness (one hopes this is the case post-Christmas!)
    Baloney Again - Mark Knopfler
    Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
    Brain Salad Surgery - ELP (nothing like a bit of Prog Rock on Radio2!)
    Canned Heat - Jamiroquai
    Cook of the House - Wings
    Don't Try So Hard - Queen
    Albatross - Fleetwood Mac (Not just any cookery competition...)
    Four Minute Warning - Mark Owen (Some of the food cooked could be seen as nuclear)
    Green Onions - Booker T and the MGs
    Melting Pot - Blue Mink
    Sweet About Me - Gabriella Cilmi
    Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Take it Back - Pink Floyd
    That's The Way (I Like It) - KC and the Sunshine Band
    Under Pressure - Queen
    You Win, I Lose - Supertramp
    7 Seconds - Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry (about as long as they have to cook!)

    Back to the grindstone :(

  • Comment number 83.

    There was that terrible track called "Toast" - almost worth hearing it again ?!?
    Think it was Paul Young as lead singer of "Streetband"

    Or Rat In The Kitchen by UB40

    or Under Pressure by Queen

    Cheers
    Nujja

  • Comment number 84.

    And for the competitive element ..


    GLITTERING PRIZE - SIMPLE MINDS

    15 MINUTES - YEAH YOUS

    BEAT THE CLOCK - SPARKS

    STOP STOP STOP - THE HOLLIES

    STOP YOUR SOBBING - THE PRETENDERS

    SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES - PLATTERS/BRYAN FERRY

    RECIPE FOR LOVE - HARRY CONNICK JNR



    :^)

  • Comment number 85.

    How about some Greg Wallace catch phrases..............................

    When The Going Gets Tough - Billy Ocean

    or

    Time Is Running Out - Muse


    Dougal x ...........................................................................................

  • Comment number 86.

    #70 Hi KatyMatey! Nice to see you.

    #76 Why should mums of teenagers, regardless of whether or not they go to work, tidy up their rooms for them? I would think by the time their little darlings get to that age (or even earlier) they are quite capable of blimmin well tidying up their own rooms! That's part of the trouble though isn't it - kids of today expect to have everything done for them...

    ;o)

  • Comment number 87.

    Hmmm... still slightly bemused at some of the frankly outmoded gender specifics being employed here.

  • Comment number 88.

    #86 Hear, Hear Deebee, except, my cherubs seem incapable of putting anything back. Every other month I have a fit and tidy their bedrooms for them with instructions that what they get out they put back (the adage, a place for everything and everything in it's place). It lasts appx. 1 day and then it all goes to pot.

    I have threatened to let them live in it but then we have visitors and need to appropriate a room and in goes Mum to tidy up. Ha.

    The latest battle ground is ironing. I do the ironing, the least they can do is to put their own clothes away. The number of times I wolk into their bedrooms to find the pile I have slaved away over for hours just dumped on the floor. Grrrrr.

    Best leave it there as I can feel my stress levels rising, hehehe!

    A.

  • Comment number 89.

    #86 Deebee... maybe my mum looked after us too well because she always made our beds too... we had to pull back the covers each morning, 'to let the beds' air and she would make them a bit later... that was in the days of sheets, blankets and eiderdowns, not the easy duvets we have these days... so easy for us to wash the covers and quick to make the beds too!

  • Comment number 90.

    #88 I mean walk not wolk.

    #87 I don't mean to be gender specific Andrew but the last I looked, I was of the female variety so can only call it as it is in our house. ;-)

    A.

  • Comment number 91.

    Very cold here in Bradford - and that's inside the office!!!!!

    My suggestion on today's theme:

    Procupine Pie - Neil Diamond

  • Comment number 92.

    The kids today, eh?

    This perfect world we've created is going to go to pot when it's handed over to them!

    ROTFLMAO

  • Comment number 93.

    Slightly off the topic of teenage bedrooms, but at least with the frosty mornings Simons fox poo should be easier to clear up (unless the poor old fox is still attached!)

    Right, that's the tone suitably lowered, I'm off to lunch ...

    GoD

  • Comment number 94.

    #89 My children have been stripping and re-making their own beds since they were old enough to have a reasonable stab at it. And they have also done all their own ironing (or not!) from the age when we considered they would be safe with an iron.

    I have heard of one particular Mum who, in an effort to get her daughter to tidy her room, scooped all her clothes etc off the floor into black plastic bags and put them by the front door, saying they were going to be recycled... And another story was of a girl who was terrified of spiders, and when she was quite young her Mum told her that damp towels left lying on the floor would attract them like a magnet...

    Apologies Andrew - it does seem a bit stereotypical. I'm sure Dad's get just as frustrated about their offsprings' mess!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 95.

    hi all

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT-UB40

  • Comment number 96.

    #94 Grrr - pesky apostrophes... please remove the surplus one from the word Dads. At least I got offsprings' right...

    #93 LOL!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 97.

    I don't have children so don't have first hand experience of today's kids but when I lived at home and had my own room, (which wasn't till I was about 14) it's main purpose was for sleeping in!
    We didn't have tv's in our bedroom, nor computers etc etc. We played outside or read a book outside or maybe in the sitting room if it was wet. We certainly were not allowed food upstairs. And in the winter, pre central heating, it was so cold up there you stayed down in the warm anyway!

    Ah the good old days!.........................


    JJ

  • Comment number 98.

    Here's a few Saw Doctors tracks that would fit the bill.

    To win Just once
    Sugertown
    Chips

  • Comment number 99.

    Beat it - Michael Jackson
    When the going gets tough (it doesn't get any tougher than this) - Billy Ocean

  • Comment number 100.

    Pulling Mussells From a Shell - Squeeze
    FireStarter - Prodigy

 

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