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Simon Mayo | 09:07 UK time, Monday, 23 January 2012

Warning! Contains football references!

Those last minute penalties do take it out of you don't you find? There I was, just innocently trying let child 3 do all my DIY for me, when the guy with the mohican ( who shouldn't have been there anyway) made me all glum. By scoring. Which wasn't supposed to be happening at all. As a result I slouched my way upstairs to find child 3 had put up my new desk and chair that had been awaiting my attention. This I could get used to. The dreaded words 'self assembly' are not lessened in any way by the addition of 'partial' at the beginning. Figure 1 made no sense. Figure 2 was badly photocopied and Fig 3 was anatomically impossible. But that was just my take on it. I have been put in my place and am quite happy with that. Now if he could fix sporting injustice, that really will be something.
Hooray for a new week (I'm talking to myself here) and all the possibilities it might have (I'm auditioning for Pause for Thought I think). We have a new book for you today with the Radio 2 Book Club at 6 and today it is Kate Williams and "The Pleasures of Men". Kate is a historian and Timewatch presenter as well as being a novelist. We have an extract available to download here so you can sample this haunting Victorian thriller. Which has a few gruesome moments let me warn you. It concerns the life of orphaned Catherine Sorgeuil and London's obsession with a series of murders committed by a man called Man of Crows. Our conversation will of course be delicate and appropriate for your communal listening requirements.
Now oldies please for the CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE DRAGON which is today of course. 'Good old St George eh major? He killed a hideous fire-breathing old dragon' (Basil Fawlty) was what sprung to mind but actually the DRAGON is a symbol of wealth and success. Cheery news indeed.
Have a rip-roaring and smile-filled Monday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all,

    Some oldies:

    Canned Heat - Jamiroquai
    Don't Stand So Close - Police
    Hot Legs - Rod Stewart
    Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Quickly, as I'm supposed to be working - how about:

    THE CHINESE WAY by Level 42 (wah!)

    CHINA IN MY HAND by T'Pau

    CHINA GIRL by David Bowie

    GREAT BALLS OF FIRE by Jerry Lee Lewis

    FIRE by Bruce Springsteen

    and for the HOIB

    PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON by Peter, Paul and Mary

    ~X~

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM, and flat-packed bloggers

    Well if you're doing DRAGON oldies, you have to start here:

    PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON - Peter, Paul & Mary

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning again everyone

    Chinese New Year? Shame it's not the year of the Cat!!!!

    DRAGON ATTACK ~ Queen

    FIRE AND RAIN ~ James Taylor

    PLAY WITH FIRE ~ Rolling Stones

    PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON ~ Peter, Paul and Mary

    xx

  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning All :)

    I'm quite looking forward to this week too, amongst other exciting things, we are doing some DIY (no self-assembly! My mister is as useless at that as Simon!!) Also we are getting new stairs/bedroom carpets, this means that we have to prize the old ones up in preperation. The mister is hard at is, as I slack off on the blog ;D

    I like the sound of the bookclub offering, I don't mind a bit of gore (watcher of The Walking Dead, True Blood and Game of Thrones here :)) I'll be paying attention to the reviews later.

    Oldie suggestions? Can't think of any songs about dragons...

    CHINA GIRL - DAVID BOWIE (of course!)

    VISIONS OF CHINA - JAPAN

    CANTONESE BOY - JAPAN

    The mister is a fan of Japan, and Tin Drum (amongst their other albums) still gets regular play in our house.

    Better get back to work, before the mister cracks the whip!

  • Comment number 6.

    Good morning again Poppeteers and Simon

    I think the only song I know about a dragon is

    Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul and Mary

    And for Chinese theme.

    China Girl - David Bowie

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning :-)

    RELIGHT MY FIRE by DAN HARTMAN

    FULL OF FIRE by AL GREEN

    PSL X

  • Comment number 8.

    Good morning everyone.

    Hoffs was asking how we choose our suggestions for the theme. As you'll see, I tend to request stuff that I like (which has very little chance of ever being played) unless I'm in a mischievous mood when I might choose something by Queen.

    CHINESE WHISPERS by ALAN PARSONS PROJECT

    You decide which mood I'm in today :-)

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning one and all................................where did that weekend go..........can I have another one please!.............................................
    Oldies today..................................................................................

    Firestarter - Prodigy

    Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis

    Keep The Fire Burnin' - REO Speedwagon

    Light My Fire - The Doors

    Coffee and thinking hat now required........................................................

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

  • Comment number 10.

    Aww - agreed - edge of the seat game and unfair result ...

    Happy New Year of the 龍


    THE CHINESE WAY - LEVEL 42

    CHINA GIRL - BOWIE

    KILLING THE DRAGON - RONNIE JAMES DIO

    FIRESTARTER - PRODIGY

  • Comment number 11.

    Kung Fu Fighting - Karl Douglas

  • Comment number 12.

    Happy Chinese New Year to all who celebrate.

    Am I alone in liking self assembly stuff? There something theraputic about being able to put stuff together myself despite the poor instructions. I was very much a LEGO and Meccano type of girl in my yoof.

    Haven't got a scooby doo what to suggest on today's theme. Shall go and have a think and maybes be back laters.

    A.

  • Comment number 13.

    A NEW FLAME......SIMPLY RED

  • Comment number 14.

    Oh another thought..........

    Ring of Fire - Jonny Cash

    Must get on with work.

    Catch you later

    Shona x

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning everyone

    A new flame - Simply Red
    China Girl - Bowie
    China in your hand - T Pau
    Eternal Flame - Bangles
    Fire - Kasabian
    Fireflly - Owl City
    Lighters - Bad meets Evil
    Maneater - Hall and Oakes
    Set fire to the rain - Adele
    Land of make believe - Bucks Fizz
    The road to Mandalay (Ok so its Burma, but a lot of Chinese live there) - Robbie Williams

  • Comment number 16.

    Good morning Simon, team and poppets,

    Simon, I too was very glum at the end of ninety minutes and you are totally right; he should not have been on the pitch in the first place. Boo! And drat! etc.,

    Anyhoo, onwards and upwards and a Happy New Year to each.

    Fiery, dragony, wealthy new year tunes ...

    RING OF FIRE - JOHNNY CASH

    FIRESTARTER - THE PRODIGY

    NEW YEAR'S DAY - U2

    CHINATOWN - THE MOVE

    DRAGON DAYS - ALICIA KEYS

    Jx

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning all

    I think I read somewhere that it's the year of the Water Dragon,if that's correct, how about

    SMOKE ON THE WATER - Deep Purple

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 18.

    Good advice if you find a dragon lurking in the corner of your living room...

    TRY NOT TO BREATHE - R.E.M.

  • Comment number 19.

    Sorry - love The Chinese Way - Level 42 (Should read other peoples suggestions first ie 2 Deebee)

  • Comment number 20.

    Morning all,

    Lovely golden sunrise here today, and it's stayed bright thus far! Much better than the squally showers of yesterday.

    Dragons? Hmm tricky one that ...

    BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE - TALKING HEADS

    BURN DOWN THE MISSION - ELTON JOHN

    Not particularly fortuitous but all I've got at the moment. Thinking cap required, back later ...

    GoD

  • Comment number 21.

    #12 No, I like doing the self-assembly bit too. I don't have any problems with it and it mystifies me a little how some others do. I suppose it's like anything - some people can take to something naturally whilst others find it a bit more challenging.

    Tunes? No time to read thru so apologies if any of these have already been nominated...

    DEEP PURPLE - Into The Fire

    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Fire

    ROXETTE - Dressed For Success

    THE BEATLES - Baby You're A Rich Man

    LEVEL 42 - The Chinese Way

    DAVID BOWIE - China Girl

  • Comment number 22.

    BURNING HEART - SURVIVOR

  • Comment number 23.

    A few more....

    CHINA DOLL ~ Suzanne Vega

    I'M ON FIRE ~ Bruce Springsteen

    CHINA GROVE ~ Doobie Brothers

    SLOW BOAT TO CHINA ~ Emile Ford


    Back later... lots to do! x

  • Comment number 24.

    Morning
    What about...
    "We didn,t start the fire" Billy Joel.

  • Comment number 25.

    Mornin all from wonderful Cuybush Park!

    My word, where did that weekend go? Why can't the working week go as quickly?

    Anyway, in celebration of the New Year, may we wish everyone of Oriental persuasion a:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR - ABBA.

    In addition, can we also celebrate all the wonderful Cantonese restaurants out there:

    TAKE IT AWAY - PAUL MCCARTNEY

    Moreover, how about that wonderfully quick and tasty style of food:

    STIR IT UP - BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi Simon and everyone.
    Iphoning it today.... Work pc is a pain at mo!
    Did not get perm role? Reason? Lack of expansion of my experience.
    Intentional really cuz contract rate is far higher than perm salary!
    Fellow contractor was escorted off premises on friday and a replacement starts today and she is a bell ringer from Hereford.

    Hope u all had spiffing weekends. Yes i concur with u Simon... mohican man is a cheat!!!

    Dragon toonage:

    1. Fire - crazy world of arthur brown
    2. Fire - sister sledge or pointer sisters
    3. A New Flame - Simply Red
    4. Take my breathe away - Berlin
    5. Firestarter - Progidy
    6. Hot hot hot - Arrows
    7. Into the fire - Bryan Adams
    8. Every ones a winner - hot chocolate ( success)
    9. If i were a rich man - Topol ( weatlth)
    10. Nobody knows - Tony RICH Project

    Have a nice day.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 27.

    oooh ooh ooh

    I don't really like this song, but it seems to apply to dragons:

    TAKE MY BREATH AWAY - Berlin

    (Also applies if you've overdone the chicken in hot garlic and ginger sauce with spring onions)

  • Comment number 28.

    #12 & #21 I'm with you both on the self assembly thing. I might even go so far as to say that I think it can be a little therapeutic at times. The worst thing for me about it all is disposing of all the packaging afterwords, all those different materials for recycling or binning!

    8-)

  • Comment number 29.

    #26 /27 Ah, Mandy, you were a minute faster!

    That's me done. Later, people of blogland.

  • Comment number 30.

    Morning all,

    "Hot Hot Hot" by Buster Poindexter....HOIB??

    I'll get my coat..

  • Comment number 31.

    Kung Hei Fat Choy.......................................................................................

    Funky New Year - Eagles

    China Grove - Doobie Brothers

    Indoor Fireworks - Elvis Costello

    Fireworks - Siouxsie and The Banshees


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

  • Comment number 32.

    C&P'd from the last blog...

    "Good Morning Each!

    Songs...

    'Fire' by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

    'Locomotive Breath' by Jethro Tull

    'Puff, The Magic Dragon' by Peter, Paul & Mary

    'Flying High' by Jem

    Just guessing. Happy Chinese New Year."

    Coo, I've never guessed the theme correctly before.

  • Comment number 33.

    Oh and one for the wealth and prosperity aspect ...

    OPPORTUNITIES (LET'S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) - PET SHOP BOYS

    EASY MONEY - NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS

    MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT) - THE BEATLES


    Hope everyone has a good Monday.
    Jilly x

  • Comment number 34.

    And as the Dragon is supposed to bring wealth and happiness with it, I give you this double whammy...

    'Money' by The Flying Lizards

  • Comment number 35.

    And...

    'Drag On Forever' by The Cars

    'Paff, Der Zauberdrachen' by Marlene Deitrich (although we've had this one before)

  • Comment number 36.

    Morning all

    SEND IN THE CLOWNS - JUDY COLLINS

  • Comment number 37.

    just making a fresh pot of coffee anyone fancy a cuppa...alost time for elevenses

    :-)

  • Comment number 38.

    GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD (I'm off to join the circus) - JAMES DARREN

  • Comment number 39.

    Coffee and catch up time... Blog's being slow for me this morning, and not letting me post too much waffle (which may be a good thing!)

    From the weekend blog: thanks for all the birthday wishes for my Daughter, and thanks to KatyMatey for the cake. It felt strange not being with her on the day, but we spoke on the phone and it sounds like she had a great day. And happy birthday for yesterday to Master Hoffs!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 40.

    START.....THE JAM

  • Comment number 41.

    #37 Yes please PSL, fill me up!

    And I found a forgotten box of mince pies in our goodie cupboard over the weekend if anyone is suffering festive food withdrawal symptoms ;-)

  • Comment number 42.

    Re Hoffs' question about song suggestions - I would never choose anything I actually disliked, so nothing by kd lang from me as her voice really grates on me. But the main consideration for me is picking songs that fit the theme - and if possible something brilliant and original that nobody else has suggested (which doesn't happen very often, sadly!) If it's one of my favourites, that's a bonus. And occasionally I'll suggest something that I really really want to hear.

    I did once suggest 'Little Arrows' by Leapy Lee (the theme was Robin Hood), not thinking for one minute that Simon would actually play it, but he did. That was one occasion when I was quite pleased not to get a mensh...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 43.

    Good morning,

    How about:

    WALKING ON THE CHINESE WALL by Philip Bailey
    THE PERFECT YEAR by Dinah Carroll

    #10 Katy, Terrific Chinese text. Amazing.

    Still feeling ropey.

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 44.

    I haven't had a lot of experience of self assembly (Mr B is a very practical sort of chap so I tend to leave all that to him) but when I have done it I haven't had any problems, and quite enjoyed it in fact.

    Ponyclubmum #15 I'm very impressed that you put all your song suggestions in alphabetical order before posting them! :o)

    #41 Don't mind if I do - waste not, want not...!

    Where's Billie today?

    ~X~

  • Comment number 45.

    #42 Nothing wrong with a wee bit of Leapy Lee Deebee (Tee hee) X

  • Comment number 46.

    There really aren't that many 'dragon' choons, are there? China it is then ...

    CHINA TEA - RUSS CONWAY

    CHINA DOLL - SLIM WHITMAN

    CHINATOWN - THE MOVE

    CHINATOWN - THIN LIZZY

    and referencing the year change -

    RUN RABBIT RUN - FLANAGAN AND ALLAN

    IS IT LIKE TODAY? - WORLD PARTY

  • Comment number 47.

    #43 Is that your 3 word Monday Julia40? Aww, sorry to hear that. Hope you're soon on the mend.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 48.

    Morning all.

    Belated birthday wishes to Hoffs and Deebee's daughter. I had a fun time at Rock of Ages (although the group of teenagers in front of us complained we were too loud - how ironic is that!)

    Too much wine and good food over the weekend, so an 'abstemious' week in store. I managed to leave my phone in the back of a cab on Friday night (yes, as a consequence of the wine), so I'm now into my 3rd day without it - it's like living in the 80s again.... trying not to be too pathetic and behave as if my arm's been cut off (but no music, internet etc on the go is tough, never mind the few people who now think I'm incredibly rude by not replying to their text messages). Hopefully it'll be back with me tomorrow....

    Lots of great oldies chosen so I'll just add my vote to:
    Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul & Mary
    Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
    China Girl - David Bowie
    Dragon - Tori Amos

  • Comment number 49.

    A bit late to the blog today

    YELLOW RIVER - CHRISTIE

    SHANGHAI NOODLE FACTORY - TRAFFIC
    (for all the Chinese food that will be consumed over this period)

  • Comment number 50.

    How about this for anyone doing a Bilbo Baggins and trying to make off with the dragons hoard ...

    TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN - STEVE MILLER BAND

  • Comment number 51.

    Did anyone suggest these two yet?

    LIKE CHINA by Phil Collins or CHINESE CAFE by Joni Mitchell

    Bit busy today, Manic Monday indeed....

  • Comment number 52.

    #42 I had 'raw hide' played for the naked cycle ride theme *blushes*

    PSL

  • Comment number 53.

    #37 Yes please PSL, just what I need. Can't seem to get going today.

    #43 Aww Julia, sorry to hear that, hope you're feeling better soon.

    #36 & 38 - Penny, your choices are baffling me. Like I said, I'm not really with it today but I can't see the link between clowns and New Year/dragons.. I'm sure I'm being very dim :(

    Think I need that coffee pronto! :S

  • Comment number 54.

    On the subject of the astrological then I suggest the beautiful (and underrated):

    WHAT'S YOUR SIGN - Des'ree

    ...which Wiki tells me was a number 19 hit in 1998.

  • Comment number 55.

    #52 Ooh, PSL, that's the sort of oldie theme choon thinking I like, clever. One to be proud of that :)

  • Comment number 56.

    I can't believe I forgot to suggest (HOIB contender?)

    THE BALLAD OF BILBO BAGGINS - LEONARD NIMOY (For references to Smaug, the dragon from The Hobbit)

    Other fiery oldies...

    FIREBALL - DEEP PURPLE

    I'M ON FIRE - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    FIRE WITH FIRE - SCISSOR SISTERS

  • Comment number 57.

    #36 I like it when I suggest or think of something someone else has suggested, it means I am on the right wavelength! That or we are all hopeless....
    The best songs chosen (in my 'umble opinion, said in Bleak House styleee) tend to be the 'tongue in cheek' ones, like #52 Rawhide.
    Speaking of which, I discovered that the 2005 Bleak House series is avail on my Virg*in Media watch again facility....3 hours down, only 3 hours watching to go.
    Never saw it in 2005 - it's BRILL.
    Bloomin football got in the way of watching over t' weekend. That and life, natch.

    RE flatpack furniture: I have an expert in the house - one of those who unpacks the whole thing, counts out and neatly lays out the screws and then READS the manual before attempting to erect.
    Weird.
    He does not rate anything done up with an Allen key though - he's right, they undo themselves!!

  • Comment number 58.

    Afternoon everyone,

    And a very happy new year to one and all!

    Following all the themes of New Year, dragons, and wealth and success:

    'Starting Over' - John Lennon
    'Celebrate' - Earth, Wind and Fire
    'Fire' - Jimi Hendrix
    'Dressed for Success' - Roxette
    'The Future's So Bright' - Timbuk 3
    'Money' - The Flying Lizards

    Live long and prosper peeps.

    N xx

  • Comment number 59.

    stumbles into blog in style of Mrs Overall with a tray of coffee and home made date slice.....

  • Comment number 60.

    Harry has been very quiet since I sent him some soul to listen to...do you think the crowds have flocked in to his book shop to hear the fine tunes and kept him busy...?or he's slipped something with all that 'sheene' and talc doing spins, back drops and the like in style of Wgan Casino c1976???

    PSL

  • Comment number 61.

    #58 D'oh - got my disco dudes in a mix! The track I meant was 'Celebration' which is of course Kool And The Gang. Although to keep on the elemental new year tip:

    'Let's Groove Tonight' - Earth, Wind And Fire

  • Comment number 62.

    #60 well I did warn him to be careful, what with the Nuptials on the horizon and all...

  • Comment number 63.

    #53, I was referring the the Chinese State Circus, a very tenuous link I know, but if you don't ask.............................! ;)

  • Comment number 64.

    Has anyone gone with CHINA IN YOUR HAND - T'PAU
    I love self assembley, find it very theraputic working with my hands. Over the past 5 years ive built a climbing frame, set of swings, trampoline and a full set of dining furniture. Something very satifying about standing back and saying, 'I built that' (well... put it together anyway)

    Happy Mondays to all !
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 65.

    Harry's probably recovering from his 'All-weekender' ;-)

    Oh and afternoon all from a soggy Horsforth.

  • Comment number 66.

    Quick lunchtime visit.

    Sorry to hear the lurg is still in the 40 household. Get well soon.

    And Happy New Carpet to Zoe - I love that smell!

    The Dragon is the only one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac which is mythical. So...

    FANTASY - Earth Wind and Fire

    And red is the lucky colour for New Year, when envelopes are given out, lanterns are lit, and lions go a-prancing:

    RED - Daniel Merriweather

    Some regulars are missing today...

    While out and about at the weekend, I saw a couple of buskers - the woman was playing a decent version of Jackie Wilson's "I get the sweetest feeling" on her keyboard, while the man was doing a few acrobatic Northern Soul moves and reading aloud from a hardback book at the same time.

  • Comment number 67.

    Good afternoon everyone.

    I did post a quick suggestion first thing but been busy with the Superintendant Registrar since then. Nuptials arranged: 26 March @ 3pm.

    #60 PSL, I've been listening to a lot of Northern Soul this weekend. I used your list as a starting point and then followed the "related artists" links on Sp*tify. Some great stuff but ....................

    #62 Suzieeeeeeeeee, I took your advice and hardly moved from my chair all weekend. No talc required chez Snapper.

    Off to read back properly.

  • Comment number 68.

    #59 Home made date slice.. lovely! But you are far too glamorous to be Mrs Overall, PSL ;)

    #63 Ahhh I see :)

    #67 How exciting! *goes shopping for a hat* ;)

  • Comment number 69.

    #67 ......but there is a lot of dross!

  • Comment number 70.

    I'm all for stopping football injustice. Let's bring Kompany back from the wrong and early sending off against Man Utd which affected the rest of the game and let's send Balotelli off for being the idiot he is and give one of the other players a chance at the penalty. I'm afraid, whether right or wrong, it all evens out in the fullness of time.

    Now, to the theme, how about

    WE ARE NINJA by The Frank Chickens ?

    Haven't heard that in an age.

  • Comment number 71.

    Sorry, that was a Japanese reference not a Chinese one, doh. Damn!

  • Comment number 72.

    #43 Get well soon!

    A last minute thought for the theme, as Chinese New Year is always this month...

    PILOT - January

  • Comment number 73.

    #59 Thanks PSL. Nice to have some "afters" to follow my cheese sandwich.

    White, no sugar please.

  • Comment number 74.

    #60 only photographic evidence will be accepted as proof....
    #67 how exciting!! and as on a weekday means we'll be here wearing our hats for you (Katymac will be busy)
    ps does a 3pm mean you'll be free for a listen to that day's DT show??!
    pps RE the weekend chair-hogging, very wise.

  • Comment number 75.

    Harry, 26 March @ 3pm... so there's no turning back now!!! :o))

    Perhaps we can celebrate with a virtual wedding reception.. with a Katy Cake!

  • Comment number 76.

    #74 Suzieeeee, would you believe me if I said it was arranged for 3pm so as it would all be "done and dusted" before Drivetime at 5.05?

  • Comment number 77.

    #76 I so want that to be true...

    ;o)

  • Comment number 78.

    #77 Deebee, for you, it is true! :-)

  • Comment number 79.

    #76 I would, but don't be telling the intended Mrs Snapper that!
    I would prefer to believe that you have it to be over by the time the sun goes down over the yard arm...

  • Comment number 80.

    #78 LOL!

    :o))

  • Comment number 81.

    Afternoon all - thanks for the birthday wishes for 'Master Hoffs' and also for your views on what / how to pick tunes for a theme. Both much appreciated.

    Saw the theme briefly on Twi**er in a break at work and all I have had on my brain since is 'Big in Japan' which very obviously has not the slightest thing to do with Chinese New Year but reflects a) the state of my brain at the moment and b) my useless music knowledge. Dippy or what?!

    Off to walk the dog and blow the cobwebs away. Then a spot of cleaning. Then school pick up. Then 5 year old's swimming lesson. Then the show, when I can put money on the fact that I won't be hearing 'Big in Japan'.

    Enjoy the rest of the afternoon x

  • Comment number 82.

    #59 thank you Jilly....you can borrow my MTOB hat if you like ;-)

  • Comment number 83.

    Oooh - congratulations Mr Snapper on the naming-of-the-day. Hats, you say, SuzieWithaZee? No probs - will collect head sizes in the fullness of time = 9 weeks today!

    Sorry to hear you're still feeling rough Julia - that's a longlong time to be poorly. I guess that's what happens when the whole family succumb to a virus - I'm sure it gets recycled.

    Thanks PSL - I *did*partake of your offer and really enjoyed the freshly ground coffeee and date slice but managed to lose the post I'd made in here - to tell you as much :^/

    Good to hear about jolly weekending - and its consequences, AutumnGale [yes you]! We too made merry. House move for the youngsters - tick. Thai meal in Ringwood for friends' anniversary - tick. Monster Sunday roast here for my lot - tick.

    Also - this should be the last week of Mum's daily radiotherapy and we are so thankful that she hasn't suffered many side effects. She arrived hotfoot from auditioning hopefuls for May's Gilbert & Sullivan Weekend so was very bright and cheerful.

    So whether you are assembling flatpacks or awaiting new carpets, counting the minutes until the return of your mobile phone or preparing a Chinese New Year feast - have a pleasant Monday, dear blogchums.

    Thinking of you Alex x

    And, like Deebeedeebs, I usually choose choons that I really want to hear. But then again, I occasionally choose choons that fit the theme - and at other times, I faff around with any old daft stuff that comes into my head. There's no pattern. And certainly no agenda.

    :^D

  • Comment number 84.

    Oh well, it must be that time ...

    SLAY YOU SLAY ME - LIONEL RICHIE

    ;-)

  • Comment number 85.

    #84 why ever not?
    Anything by Boy George, or his older persona George Michael would be appropriate if you believe they have dragon-slaying abilities....

    Or Rod Stewart's 'SLAY with me' might be nice.

  • Comment number 86.

    GoD, you twisted my arm:

    DRAGON ME DOWN - Inspiral Carpets

    #5 Zoe - are your new carpets inspiral?

  • Comment number 87.

    #81 Hi Hoffs - nice to 'see' you!

    #82 what's a MTOB hat? I'm not really a hat person, actually - I never seem to be able to find one to fit me. Small head, you see... Maybe I'll go with one of those fascinator thingys for Harry's nuptuals... although there again I don't want to look like I've got a piece of garden on my head. Tricky one...

    #83 Love your open mouthed smiley, KatyMatey! I wonder what it would look like with my button nose. Let's see...

    :oD

  • Comment number 88.

    Worst suggestion of the day goes to me for

    THE YING TONG SONG - THE GOONS

    Weather warning issued for Yorkshire tomorrow - snow!

  • Comment number 89.

    Missed the posts just prior to my last one - so ...

    ... three months on from the Blog Christmas Party - perfect idea Florence!

    A virtual Harry's Wedding Reception

    It doesn't matter if he's not actually *here*. He spent most of the Christmas Party lurking in the shower anyway.

    Florence - I do have a graphic cake - a three tier job - but perhaps you can design one of your specials and post a link?



    :^)

  • Comment number 90.

    What about...

    I KUNG HEI FAT CHOI (NO CAN DO) - Daryl Hall & John Oates

  • Comment number 91.

    #82 Mother of the bride! I have a rather splendid one from my daughters wedding last summer :-D

    should I make afternoon tea with a slice of victoria sponge.......anyone?

  • Comment number 92.

    Yippy Harry! you've named the date!
    Deebee, im with you on the facinators as I also have a petite noggin. Totally stuffed with knowledge though - mostly useless of course.

    Lady S, i think id actually rather like to hear some of the Ying Tong song.
    "Ying Tong Iddle I po"!
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 93.

    #83 Lovely post, Katy. Glad to hear your mum's on the mend - went through a similar thing with my mum a few years ago (rad + chemo). She bounced back like a bouncy thing.

    Orf now. See you in a few hours.

    #91 PSL - you spoil us, venerable lay-dee. Save a slice for me for a bit later.

  • Comment number 94.

    Afternoon all .. lots of lvoely news here today re weddings, improving health etc ..

    Am a bit anxious about a party for Harry's nuptials on 26 March as he was rumoured to be in my shower during the Christmas do, but happy to see what happens on the day ..

    Missed the boat choon-wise, and have no water on here at work, so please may I have a mug of tea to go with my Victoria sponge PSL ..

  • Comment number 95.

    Afternoon all

    Deebee and Gill - I don't have a particularly small head, but don't wear hats; they really don't suit me at all - so I'll wear a fascinator for Harry's virtual nuptuals.

    #83 good news about your Mum, Katy. My Dad recovered from radiotherapy very quickly a couple of years ago.

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 96.

    #91 Oh PSL, you are looking after us today :)

    I suppose it would be rude not to, and very rude if it wasn't a big slice ;-)

  • Comment number 97.

    oh oh ..................I know I know..............probably far tooooooo late but.........

    Superstition - Stevie Wonder
    or
    With A little Luck - Wings

    Both could be oldie suggestions......................................................you never know....................the NYM might still be trawling for ideas...........................

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 98.

    Afternoon All :)

    Hoffs - Thanks for the good wishes (from the last blog) I hope things are going as well as they can with you and yours ((hugs))

    Thank you all for sending power to our elbows, for the carpet removal. We've got the old carpets/underlay etc up and out. The mister has had a trip to the local recycling centre/rubbish dump, and dropped some books and stuff at the local charity shop. The new carpets aren't being laid until Wednesday, but we've got twin stuff to do tomorrow, so we've done all the prep work today.

    John - I'm not sure if they're Inspiral carpets??? As long as they are stain-proof, I'll be happy :D

    Julia - I hope you start to feel better soon ((hugs)) I know how it is when the whole family is struck down, it takes some getting over :(

    Harry - How exciting! I'm thinking maybe the mister and I should take the plunge, you've inspired us :D

    On song choosing - I try to always suggest oldies that I like, but I have got carried away with mensh chasing in the past *blush*

    Hope everyone is having a decent Monday, so far :)

  • Comment number 99.

    Forgot to say...

    Katy - Glad to hear that your mum is doing well, and avoiding the worse effects of the radiotherapy. Long may she continue to go from strength to strength :)

  • Comment number 100.

    #98 Watch out for those prickly gripper strips until you get the new carpets down Zoe (speaks from experience - ouch!)

 

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