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Simon Mayo | 09:42 UK time, Friday, 13 January 2012

(Today's blog music Blood on the Tracks/Bob Dylan).

Hooray for Friday. Thursday was pretty good but Friday should be better. Full steam ahead for the calmer waters of the week end (as if).

Good National Trust conversation yesterday, particularly the free car parking comments- I remember my late father making exactly the same point! We could have played so many good choices but enjoyed the ones we selected. Even Shaky. We were hoping to get to "Ramble On" for a little Led Zep but sadly ran out of time (a familiar story).
And thanks to Gilly for her "Itch" comments-a blogger with a proof copy and a word of encouragement. A potent mix.
A 2 show day of course and it is Steven Spielberg day first on 5 Live. The world's most successful director talks "Warhorse", films that make children cry and whether Jaws is about a shark or adultery. You might be surprised. Warhorse may well be more divisive than people expect. You may well cry buckets but you might not be moved at all. It is very episodic and with Richard Curtis writing the screenplay, 'War Actually' did occur to me more than once. But it is a must see film with some terrific performances, both equine and human.
Then to some wonderful tunes as selected by folk with more exciting weekends than me, but you go first! ARF needs YOU! Select at will, post below.
Have a tune-filled, toe-tapping, melody-humming Friday, see you after 2&5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning Each! A rare treat for me being able to blog this early, although only a small window of opportunity at the mo. I shall take a few moments at 3.30 for GC3, and wish him all the best. Life, eh? As if it's complications and travails don't start early enough as it is.

    Anyroad, ARF request...

    Simon, and other choosers, would you please give some consideration to...

    'What A Wonderful World' by Joey Ramone.

  • Comment number 2.

    Whoop whoop for Gilly :) A blog mensh!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 3.

    Good morning everyone.

    All Request Friday: decisions, decisions, decisions.

    My choice this week is for a forgotten classic from an overlooked (some would say ignored) band. We can only dream of a time when such majestic musicians will be recognised by that pantheon* of rock history, the Rock‘n’Roll Hall of Fame.

    The best band to come out of Nottingham since Robin Hood’s merrie men. Winners of the 1970’s version of X-Factor (Opportunity Knocks). This track spent three (yes, count them, three) whole weeks at number one in 1974. Yes, it has to be:


    *pantheon – got this word from Vanessa Feltz this morning.

  • Comment number 4.

    I second the congrats for Gilly .Blog Menshes from Simon. A rare honour, indeed.

  • Comment number 5.

    That would be Gill, without the Y!

    LOL :)

  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning Simon, and Poppeteers

    What a beautiful morning! Wow! Gilly a blog menshe for you - lucky girl.

    I love Blood on the Tracks Simon however my ARFO suggestion today is:

    Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats

    because I haven't heard it in a while. Thank you.

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning all

    Sunny and calm here today.

    Good to 'see' you again MTF and well done to Gilly for a name-check!

    Just off to a meeting, so will have a think about an ARF and be back later.

    Tortie x

    PS - Simon - exciting weekend? Does cleaning the greenhouse count?!

  • Comment number 8.

    #3 Harry, I have the single. I think I have nearly every single there was to be had from the 1970's. I must get them out and have a giggle one night.

  • Comment number 9.

    I feel a naughty step comment coming up!

    MTF :O

  • Comment number 10.

    Good morning,

    Paul, Nice to "see" you this early.

    Congrats to Gill on a blog mensh.

    As for ARFO:

    SHOUT by Lulu

    Must dash... Toddler group calling.

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 11.

    'Pantheon'. Nice! The word of the day on my fave Scrabble game is 'Sapindaceous', which in turn gives rise to 'Soapberry'. I am struggling to find a way of getting either of them into a sentence to use on this ARF based blog. Such a pity, Harry, that you weren't struggling in a similar manner with the words 'Paper' and 'Lace'.

    Katy, another rare hat outing, I think.


  • Comment number 12.

    Morning all .. in not nearly as eloquent style as MTF on the blog may I say that it's beautiful here on the River Hamble as well today .. I took some snaps on my way along the riverbank this morning, although they don't do justice to the frost on the grass, the stilliest water and bluest sky ..

    Please may I request SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED by Steive Wonder

    # 3 I hope that Moorcroft is going to create a summary of your 2012 ARFO suggestions, as you've made interesting (!) choices so far this year .. is it your new year's resolution to expose us to the sort of tunes Graham Norton plays on his 'I can't believe it's not better' slot?

  • Comment number 13.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Well done Gill with a G for the blog mensh! Think you made our leader's day with your review.

    My ARFO suggestions:

    RIDE MY SEE-SAW by the Moody Blues

    and one I've just thought of (thanks for the inspiration, Shona)

    COOL FOR CATS by Squeeze

    I have a somewhat tenuous claim to fame regarding the film Warhorse. One of the actors in it, Jeremy Irvine, grew up in Cambridgeshire in the village where some good friends of ours live, and their daughter knows him quite well. They are all quite excited about the local lad's film coming out!

    #3 #8 I have a 'cheesy' playlist on my ip*d, and that is one of the tracks on it.


  • Comment number 14.

    #11 PoS, "sapindaceous" ........ mmmmmmm, lovely. One of my favourite words is "saponification" but I raely het the opportunity to use it, as you can imagine.

    Looking up "soapberry" now ..................

  • Comment number 15.

    Good Morning All;

    I'm cold, tired and bad tempered this morning, so I won't linger long.

    Well done on getting a blog mensh, Gill :) Even if Simon did give you an erroneous y! (the poor love is stressed and sleep deprived)

    Anyway, my ARFO choice this week is cheddar at it's most vintage. It's cheese on a stick, on a retro cheese and pineapple hedgehog... with the odd onion!

    *Drum roll*


    I am going with Harry, and mining the rich cheesy pop seam of the 70s :D

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning all


    As for Jaws, from memory the book involved adultery - (possible) SPOILER ALERT - I'm fairly sure Brody's wife had an affair with Hooper. Or was sorely tempted by the idea of having an affair with Hooper... Apologies, it is some many years since I read it. I've seen the film countless times and, of course, this aspect of the book is not in the film at all so the filmic memories of the piece tend to take over.

  • Comment number 17.

    #14 I think my fingers became little over-excited for a while there.

  • Comment number 18.

    "The word of the day on my fave Scrabble game is 'Sapindaceous', which in turn gives rise to 'Soapberry'. I am struggling to find a way of getting either of them into a sentence to use on this ARF based blog."

    You just did, Paul.


  • Comment number 19.

    Good morning Simon, Drivetime team and fellow blogpoppets,

    Ooooh Gilly, a blog mensh for you, great stuff!

    Positive vibes for young Master Good, fingers crossed that he gets in to his 'big' school of choice.

    Now, Simon, about this elusive ARF. (Well elusive to me, that is!) I am currently clearing out the spare room, and have come across all my old albums, and I am talking vinyl here. Spotted a few gems that have temporarily halted the tidying process as I reminisce (that word doesn't look right, but I am positive that is how it is spelt!). Thus inspired, I have 3 choice offerings that you may wish to consider (and probably discard!)




    My next dangerous task will be to enter my daughter's room, now that she has departed for University. I am 'wary' of what wonderful 'delights' may greet me as I hunt for the crockery and cutlery that is missing from my kitchen cupboards and drawers.

    madchick x

  • Comment number 20.

    Morning everyone, hope you're all well and enjoying a crisp January day. Thank heavens it's Friday - my goodness it's been a long week!

    Well done for the blog mensh Gill; a mensh which lives indefinitely in the BBC webpage archive ..... a rare honour indeed.

    I didn't hear much of the show last night as Thursday is Keep Fit night but I'll try to catch up over the weekend as it looks like some fun was had and I'm dying to hear about the flaming pecorino.

    A fairly quiet weekend in store for me, as January rumbles on the the coffers are stretched by early December pay-day. However I have 4 days of darts highlights to catch up on, so that'll keep me entertained for a bit *guilty pleasure* :)

    ARFO? Actually, I 2nd PoS's call for Joey Ramone and would be delighted to hear that as I pour myself a small(ish) G&T.

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM, and ramblering-but-never-rambling bloggers,

    Firstly, thanks for all the good wishes for GC#3 at 3pm - PoS thanks to you too, but note the time, not 3.30, or it'll be curtains.

    Gill-with-a-G-not_Y : a mention in despatches!

    Great tunes yesterday, and some wonderful suggestions for a great theme. have to say I was a little disappointed not to get an airing for Charley Pride's CRYSTAL CHANDELIERS which needed a light dusting after years of neglect. Another day, another theme. Or maybe a contender for next week's Country Show Stopper?

    And so to the ARFO:

    HAPPY HOUR - The Housemartins

    or alternatively

    JOHNNY BE GOOD - Chuck Berry

    You know it makes sense.

    Good day all!

    #3 HtS - I had the single too. Still brings a lump to the throat. (But not as much as spelling it with a "-ie" instead of a "-y")

  • Comment number 22.

    Morning again everyone.... gorgeous blue sky again, cold but sunny, hopefully it will last a few more days. Good luck for John's child 3 interview this afternoon and well done Gilly with a G for your own personal mensh on Simon's blog! :o))

    Seeing the sun streaming through the window brings a couple of songs to mind... plus another I haven't heard in a while!

    WALKING ON SUNSHINE ~ Katrina and the Waves

    I GET AROUND ~ The Beach Boys

    GLAD ALL OVER ~ Dave Clark Five

  • Comment number 23.

    ARFO Choice time...I will also go for 70s and plump for either of these:

    FREE ELECTRIC BAND - Albert Hammond


    BANG BANG - BA Robertson

    "She told em she would use em, And boy did she abuse em, Fall in love and blew em away..."

  • Comment number 24.

    #7 Tortie_Cat - your last "PS" comment: did the lion fly over your garden last night?!

  • Comment number 25.

    Alison, I can just imagine how beautiful it must be where you are, as a regular visitor to the area.

    Now then, a flash of inspiration, not a regular occurrence it has to be said, but a flash all the same!

    If I am to carry on in the usual failure, that is my ARF attempt (yes maybe 28 months of trying should be clue enough!) maybe I should be thinking about having a word with Graham Norton.

    Anyway, for now.....

    *** Twilight *** by ELO. I really cant believe its not better :)

    Happy Days.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    Well done Jilly on your blog mensh...big slap on the back to ya!!!!

    Congrats to all menshes last night and many thanks for mine Simon even though I did get the title wrong....diligently pointed out by Glenn!

    here is my ARFO:

    It meets Simon's criteria I feel:


    ...it blew my cobwebs away on route to work this morning anyway!

    Competition for me on Sunday in "Solihull".

    Hope all your weekends are relaxing and fulfilling.


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 27.

    #21 JBG, perhaps my spelling of "Billie" is the reason it has been overlooked for so long.

    I feel ashamed and I'm going to beat myself over the head with a dictionary of boys' names for at least half an hour.

    *Perhaps I have that woman from Anglesey in my thoughts far too much?* ;-)

  • Comment number 28.

    Zoe, there is a you tube clip of me at an Arrows programme way back when, dancing along to the first airing of Under the moon of love.

    See if I can locate it, was only a nipper it has to be said!

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning all,
    DT team, bloggers, dogpoppets, catpoppets and of course the helpful DT Dude, assisting us limping towards the end of what has been for some of us (me included) the
    L O N G E S T week of the year so far...

    #3 "Mr Snapper, with your ARFO choices you are really spoiling us" said in true Ferrero Rocher styleeeee!!

    In honour of the fact that I had finally treated myself to something I have wanted for 40 years, a bit of 70's rock/pop for my ARFO:

    (yes, you've guessed it I've bought a black biker jacket, ready for my next rock concert...)

    OR CROCKODILE ROCK by Sir Elt please
    As under it I will be wearing a 'dress quite tight' (nothing to do with the extra Xmas poundage, natch)

    Enjoy your weekends all, we're trying the Hairy Bikers vindaloo tonight, on a kill or cure basis!!

  • Comment number 30.

    ARFO request #2, head nodding to the last note:

    REAL WILD CHILD - Iggy Pop

  • Comment number 31.

    FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS (ALBUM VERSION) for all of us who are blessed in a callipygian way... And my husband Graeme, whose favourite song it is... And for anyone else whose post-Xmas diet is slipping just a touch this Friday night :)

    It has to be the album version though, please please, the single version doesn't quite do it justice!

  • Comment number 32.

    MTF, 10/10 for your perseverance. One of these days I'm sure your wish will be fulfilled.... but what's this I see high above the West Somerset coast?



  • Comment number 33.

    #31 amyscarlett, "callipygian"? Oooooooooooooo, I felt a shiver run down the length of my spine. Wonderful!

  • Comment number 34.

    LOL Flo, yes I am looking up and seeing the same too :)

  • Comment number 35.

    #1 I was going to suggest this as an ARFO a couple of weeks ago but didn't have the time to get on here. An excellent choice and one I'd gladly third.

    Otherwise, I shall persevere with
    CHICAGO - 25 or 6 to 4

    though whether I'll ever persevere for as long as MTF has with 'Twilight' I don't know...

    On the assumption that it will continue to be conspicuous by its absence, my other ARFO suggestion would be

    THE CLASH - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

  • Comment number 36.

    Here we come a wassailing....

  • Comment number 37.

    #27 Harry, I'll test you later on Leslie, Philip and Alasdair. No variants allowed.

    Thoughts lingering on the Anglesey woman?! Take a cold shower and have a brisk rub down with some hazelnut pesto and garlic-infused couscous.

  • Comment number 38.

    Any day with a surprise hear of Poco's Rose of Cimarron is a good day in my book.

  • Comment number 39.

    Hi Simon & Team - will return with some considered ARFO choices ...

    SO pleased Gill - that Simon spotted your post. I fear he missed your comments way back in - was it Oct/Nov - when you said you'd received a proof copy and just how fine a read it was.

    From the blog that's just slipped into yesterday - laughing at Glenn wearing the hat in bed. Did you spot the bespectacled eyes, Glenn? Donated by © PaulofSheffield

    And JohnB - I'll be with you in spirit at 3pm - having experienced a similar process with my youngest. If GoodChild3 can communicate anything like as effectively as its Dad - all should go well.


  • Comment number 40.

    Good morning all

    Quick pop in to suggest ARFO then hopefully back later.

    Mony Mony - Tommy James and the Shondelles

  • Comment number 41.

    #31 #33 "callipygian" now that's going to come in handy....just need to check how to say it....

    ps Dining out tomorrow with a couple, one of whom is an English Fellow at St Johns, Oxford I'm going to test it out on him to see if his eyebrows raise at all!!
    pps if I'm wearing that tight dress (I think it shrunk in the wash) it will be obvious why I'm saying it

  • Comment number 42.

    Good morning to all again!

    Well done Gill!

    Harry, am liking your ARFO choice. The lovely chap who builds Mr P's basses was the bass player in Paper Lace. For some reason, he never mentions it......

    In view of yesterdays discussions, I was going to go for Tight Fit and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" but on reflection:

    FOXY LADY - Jimi Hendrix

    Back in a bit


  • Comment number 43.

  • Comment number 44.

    #39 Aww, thanks Moorcroft. And thanks.

    Right , must be out of here.

  • Comment number 45.

    Having been inspired by MTF keeping busy in the garden earlier this week, that's where I am going fter a coffee and a Tunnock's teacake!

    For those of you stuck in an office until 5 'ish, I saw this a few minutes ago! :o))


  • Comment number 46.

    A sunny good morning to you all.....................this week has just flown by for me.......................................love it when the weekends come by so quickly

    ARFO today................................................................................................

    Hound Dog - Elvis Presley

    Another 'great' who has so far failed to make the ARFO list of plays.......................

    Have a wonderful Friday everyone...................................................................

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 47.

    #38 Ooh I like that one Andrew

    #27 Harry LOL. Strange looks from colleagues when I let out a burst of laughter

    Not that I would try to outdo your song choice Harry but has Little Arrows by Leapy Lee ever been chosen or suggested for an ARFO?

  • Comment number 48.

    Simon did indeed mention my "Sunday name" as this was a Twitter entry....I tell everyone my paternal grandfather is JFK and I found out over christmas when looking at the Social Services records on my dad ( as I dont know any of my dad's relatives because him and his younger brother were fostered at the ages of 2 and 18 months respectively as my paternal grandmother was Catholic and Irish and came to Berkshire and hooked up with an American Soldier.) that my paternal grandfather is American!! It was sad reading my Dad's records, my sister and brother are trying to trace our Uncle Melvyn and my grandmother and my Dad is au fait with this now as initially his opinion was "She gave us up so why should we trace her" Upon reading, I found out my grandmother had a son, then my dad, then Melvyn, then a son died ( who she went to prison for Infanticide which was because cot death was unheard of in the 40's) then while she was in prison she gave birth to another son who was taken into care straight from birth and adopted. So sad the reading but very interesting.

  • Comment number 49.

    #31, #33 #41
    I looked up callipygian on a website to hear how it's said - and the voice
    sounded JUST LIKE KEN BRUCE saying it!!
    The my PC crashed and died...been one of those weeks.

  • Comment number 50.

    ARFO ... hmmm ... back to the Sixth Form Leaver's Disco for:




  • Comment number 51.

    Enjoy the rest of the day everyone. Work is calling...........................but am I listening?

  • Comment number 52.

    John, just read back yesterday's post - will be thinking of your Child #3 at 3, while sharing your outrage at the situation whereby children have to compete for places at decent schools. And I second KatyMatey's comment #39.

    #31 sadly I am not blessed...

    #45 Love it!

    Autumn_Gale - how did it go at the new choir on Tuesday evening? Don't think you've said.

    Right, I'm off to sweep the naughty step - got a feeling it's going to be needed today...


  • Comment number 53.

    For ARFO how about

    Good News by The Saw Doctors.

    Has a great line "gimme the two sides of the story the mirror and the sun"

  • Comment number 54.

    #48 Gosh Mandy, your life history is so full! Your Grandmother sounds as though she had it hard - these days, a child 'out of wedlock' and a cot death would bring nothing but support from friends and family. Amazing how quickly times have changed, somewhat for the better, says I.

  • Comment number 55.

    #46 Good morning Dougal. Yes, it's amazing that Elvis hasn't been an ARFO.

    Weekends mean little to me as I work every Saturday and quite a few Sundays too. But I do like Friday's blog. My favourite one of the week.

    Hope you have a great one, too.

  • Comment number 56.

    12 free Krispy Kreme doughnuts voucher, forgot to post it earlier


    The garden is calling me! xx

  • Comment number 57.

    More ARFO thoughts - from across the pond ..




  • Comment number 58.

    Hello Everybody,

    Best of luck to JBG Child 3

    Well done Gill

    ARF suggestions

    'Route 66' Chuck Berry

    'Chantilly Lace' The Big Bopper

    Have a good day one and all

  • Comment number 59.

    Have just been on to the Krispy Kreme website. It turns out that my nearest KK outlet (a 'Cabinet' apparently) is 97.8 miles away (bummer).

    Is anyone further away from a Krispy Kreme doughnut?

  • Comment number 60.

    Another ARFO thought, although I suspect it will NEVER make the R2 playlist:

    I'M KEEPING YOUR POOP - Hayseed Dixie

    A sad, heartfelt song of lost love....... ;)

    Mandy, I can imagine your family research is quite heart wrenching.

  • Comment number 61.

    Hello dear DTT and Blogpoppets

    Sorry for the late wishes, but


    Back to work with a vengeance and have had no time to post but have been sneaking a quick read now & then.

    In no particular order:

    Shona; Hope the nasty weather has left you and yours unscathed.

    Harry: Congrats.

    Simon (DTD): Try taking an antihisthamine before bed. I suffered this time last year and found it was just enough to keep me asleep.

    Mo & Hoffs: sending love.

    All poorly poppets (and poppets other halves): Hope you’re getting better.

    Jennie: Hello old neighbour!!

    JBG: Hope all goes well for child 3.

    Alex & PSL:Our previous cat was called Dave; my friends is Nigel.

    Zoe W: When we were looking for our new house, one lady told us of the hedge that was full of birds. All we could think of with our two cats was ‘running buffet’!

    Hello to GoD, PoS, Cutbush crew, the Driver, Jilly J and Gilly G, Katy, Billie, MTF, Julia, Alison, Deebee, Madchick, Autumn G, Tortie, Andrew in N, Mandy, Dougal, Florence and in case there is anyone I missed unintentionally and in the best mensh wording “anyone else who knows me”.

    Lots of Love,

    Mrs B xx

  • Comment number 62.

    #55 Harry I fully understand your lack of that 'Friday feeling' as my husband also works Saturdays and sometimes Sundays.............................so I try and curb my weekend enthusiasm at home knowing that the dreaded alarm will still go off...........................................................................................................

    The old Monday to Friday routine just does not exist for lots of people now..........

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 63.

    I must say Ken is playing some fine music this morning. Almost every one a potential ARFO. Loved hearing Kiss!

  • Comment number 64.

    Yikes, I wouldn't know what to do with a dozen doughnuts, never mind another free dozen on top!

    How did you find your nearest Andrew, I live in sticksville, but must be a bit closer to an outlet than you. I think I have seen them at a motorway service station and LOLLED at the silly prices!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 65.

    #59 If I am, Andrew, it's by choice ...

    #60 It may not make the R2 playlist, Alex, but I bet the powers-that-be know the track

    Looking at your phrase 'heart wrenching' in your post to Mandy - reminds of my grandmother [the not-so-nice-one] who used to say 'heart rendering' and no-one ever bothered correcting her ..


  • Comment number 66.

    Hello all,

    Busy this morning so just making the most of a quick tea break to poop by.

    #9 Not sure that anyone took you up on your offer MTF, so shall I do the honors ...

    #8 Shona, might I simply suggest (request) that you post the link for your video diary for that particular evenings entertainment when you get around to it!

    #39 Yes, I had spotted the specs moorcroft. Thanks PoS for those. You must have known that I don't frequent that particular opticians where I "Should've gone", so a second pair will come in very handy!

    Haven't had much chance to fully digest everything else, hopefully I'll get a little time later on. But for now, please all enjoy the rest of your Fridays.


  • Comment number 67.

    Hurrah Glenn. Cant believe Harry missed the opportunity!!

    MTF :O

  • Comment number 68.

    Morning all

    ARFO, from way back when!


    Pen x

  • Comment number 69.

    *waves madly at Mrs Boris*

    It's Katy here! Yes, me. Happy New Year. Great to see you!


  • Comment number 70.

    Hello all :-) flying visit 'til later


    thank you

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 71.

    Oh, and an ARFO from me ...


    Later ...

  • Comment number 72.

    MTF - I just put my postcode into the store locator. Top right of this page:


    (Other purveyors of doughnuts are available, etc. etc - which in my case is a good job...)

    Now here we are, you all seem to be far better informed that I on the subject of these confections. MTF knows how much they cost, moorcroft would avoid them whatever the cost... I'm fairly sure I've had them but can't remember where or when or how much they cost.

    However, having now seen the online 'menu' I'm quite keen to give them another go.

  • Comment number 73.

    ARFO Choice if we're going for 1970's:

    SHANG-A-LANG by the Bay City Rollers

  • Comment number 74.

    #9 MTF, I think Florence has obliged (#56) although this may be only a temporary visit.

  • Comment number 75.

    Andrew, keep away from the doughnuts! Unless you want to be blessed in a callipygian way!

    Katy, I have a vague memory of MY grandmother (the nice one) saying "heart rendering". Now have an image of a large pot bubbling on a stove with a posse of grandmothers chortling around it..................

  • Comment number 76.

    #59 Andrew, 86.7 miles (Preston).

    #61 'ELLO Mrs Boris :-)

    #71 GoD, we had that a few (4/5?) weeks back. Even with DT's ability to repeat previous winners of the ARFO, that might be just a little too recent.

  • Comment number 77.

    Sadly, I am already somewhat blessed in the callipygian department. Indeed, I have given up counting my blessings.

  • Comment number 78.

    #67 MTF - I thought that too! Especially as I read Shona's post as ".. must get them out and have a jiggle one night"

    More ARFO thoughts ...





  • Comment number 79.

    Hi Mrs B.

    Andrew, thanks for that, 66 miles or so, maybe if I start pedaling now, I might work up a suitable appetite!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 80.

    Hurrah! The church charity has been and collected our two surplus double beds and mattresses. We now have room in the garage!

    This afternoons joy? Cleaning out the airing cupboard. The village hall is having a collection day for old bed linen, towels etc. They get money for every kilo collected which will go to the roof fund (the money, not the bed linen). Having kept old sheets etc for "just in case", we have a lot to donate. Then again, I could whip up a couple of new frocks...............

  • Comment number 81.

    #76 Ah, thanks for that Harry ... must have missed that one (shame on me)

    How's about this then ...


    (Well, it's worth a punt!)

    Lunch ...

  • Comment number 82.

    Afternoon all

    Goodness - what a busy blog for a Friday!

    #24 - JBG no flying lions here - just a greenhouse in need of a clean before I start planting seeds!

    T x

  • Comment number 83.

    #75 AlexG - heehee - best I studiously avoid any references to “.. eye of newt and toe of 'f' word"

    #76 Harry and Glenn - Zep's Rock 'n' Roll managed the double with just the five weeks in between - but that was early 2010 .. when we were young and naive and had no reason to know better ..
    *cue violins*


  • Comment number 84.

    Katymaty, any chance of the list, or should I poop back and look?

  • Comment number 85.

    #83 Katy, don't you get modded for typing the 'f' word?

  • Comment number 86.

    Callipygian and Kirspy Kremes?
    Made for and of each other, methinks....

  • Comment number 87.

    #85 Only by me..... for that particular "f" word.

  • Comment number 88.

    Loking through my window, I see a huge flock of seagulls, just hovering inches above the field,( have no idea why they do that?) a reasonable size murmuration of starlings and hundreds of fieldfare flying over. Oh and a sainsbugs delivery van has just parked right outside and blocked my view!

    There he goes.... What a truly beautiful morning, the sea is flat, the sky is blue. I feel a song coming on... everythings going my way, makes a blimmin change I have to add!

    You just know something/one will come along with a very sharp pin, but for now, swonderful.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 89.

    MTF, have to say it. I love you. You are one glorious lady.

  • Comment number 90.

    #84 Fairyness - the ARFO Lists - my one plus Suzie's and Harry's should be in last Thursday's blog on Page 2 - here's the link:


  • Comment number 91.

    #59 Andrew. 0.4 miles! So we may not have access to good schools, but at least we can stuff our faces with Krispy Kremes! Want me to pop some in the post?

    #60 Alex-G. LOL! You been googling naughty words again?

    #79 MTF - and you'll need to cycle 66 miles home again to work it off, including a quick loop round the Quantocks (not a euphemism)

    #83 Sounds like a Booby Goldsboro song

    #84 MTF - It's under "Keeping the flame alive", which is somewhat appropriate for your Twilight crusade!

    #88 Alex_G - someone was looking for sheets the other day to wear to a wedding. Perhaps KT can whip up a hat from some old pillowcases...

    This blog is turbo-charged today. Is there something in the water?

  • Comment number 92.

    Home for lunch. Time for a catch up

  • Comment number 93.

    At last. Time to do a bit of blogging. My working week has been reduced to four days. Not good for the bank account, but at least I get the chance to request an ARFO.
    For everyone who is going on a journey this weekend, how about a lovely little tune called -


    We don't hear enough of this on Radio 2, and now that the poor chap is D.E.D he won't be writing any more.

    Fingers crossed for 5 o'clock.

  • Comment number 94.

    John - that is a kind offer. If I spend any more time looking at the online menu I might have to take you up on that offer. Very best wishes to JBG jnr, by the way.

    On the subject of food, I've just tried Heston Blumenthal's fool proof, never fail recipe for perfect soft boiled eggs. And I've got far from perfect hard boiled eggs. Thanks, Heston.

    Heston Blumenwrong more like.

  • Comment number 95.

    oooh - another Kate!

  • Comment number 96.

    Good afternoon Simon, Team, NYM and blogpoppets!

    Going to be rather rude and just post my ARFO suggestion just now.

    The Undertones - Teenage Kicks or

    Aztec Camera - Somewhere In My Heart

    Will be back later to catch up and do all the pleasantries.


  • Comment number 97.

    That new Kate #93 - hello Kate! - isn't me. This could get confusing ... especially for my 'netstalker


  • Comment number 98.

    #91 Nope. It's one of my favourite songs! If you haven't heard Hayseed Dixie, check 'em out. Bluegrass versions of rock songs, primarily AC/DC (hence their name). Quite brilliant. The lion poo reminded me of the track so I had a listen this morning.

    Zoe, look away:

    Rosie's done it again. Maybe we could add it to the pot with the eye of newt....

  • Comment number 99.

    Thanks Katymaty, will go and have another gander. Thanks John too.

    .....Alex, you can have my last Ecclefechan tart for your lovely words. Far superior to any doughnut, krispy or not!

    Still having router probs here, so I might just vanish in a puff of smoke.... whoosh >>>>>

  • Comment number 100.

    Kate, Katy I was getting confused.

    I've never heard of Krispy Kremes and not being a sweet tooth would probably not like them anyway.

    Glad to know other have old 45s they wish to get out and jiggle along too. Perhaps we could get them out one night (the 45s, I mean) and share the delights on the blog.


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