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Keeping the flame alive

Simon Mayo | 08:23 UK time, Thursday, 5 January 2012

We start the new year with our jolly boiler deciding to take some more time off. Either that or it's dead. And we're cold. And miserable. So I might not linger on this blog if that's ok with you. Boilers are just rubbish really. All they have to do is stay working but they wait for your time of maximum need and just give up. We have called the man with a bag of spanners and healing hands.
Good show yesterday I thought and back in the swing of things. Rust and cobwebs blown away (does that work? maybe rust or cobwebs but unlikely to be both) and looking forward to 2012; it promises to be quite a year. And once everyone has gone back to work, we can get this party started. You send an email and back comes the automatic reply 'I am not working till the 18th. Try my underling who might be back on the 14th.' Kids? Back to school! Go Now! Even if term hasn't started! Wait in the playground and show willing. Students? Back to University! Your parents need to rent out your rooms! Take your washing, your late nights and lie-ins and get thee hence. See you at Easter. You'll be fine. We should know, we are paying for it.
(There. That's better)
Now I'm thinking of IRON LADY oldies. You'll have seen the ads for the film and the reviews and posters. Meryl Streep does indeed put in a fantastic peformance and it is a fascinating film, well worth your time. Please send in as many broadcastable songs as possible. You know what I'm saying. Balanced, nuanced, smart. Like you are normally essentially.
Have a magnificent and sure-footed Thursday. See you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning All

    How about:

    TURN, TURN, TURN by the Byrds

    SHE'S A LADY by Tom Jones

    SHE'S MY MAN by the Scissor Sisters

    NO MILK TODAY by Herman's Hermits

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 2.

    OH dear, the chill to the Mayo homestead is back - sorry to read that. My darling returned to school yesterday and and I'm grateful for small pleasures - alone. ;)

    Laura Branigan ~ Gloria.

    Stay dry wonderful bloggers,
    LB, x

  • Comment number 3.

    Thought of another couple:

    DENIS DENIS by Blondie

    MAGGIE MAY by Rod Stewart

    ~X~

  • Comment number 4.

    Gah! Sorry to hear about the boiler. Wish I could help
    :^(

    "Balanced, nuanced, smart ..." - we merely take our lead from you.

    Right - that's enough of the complimentations from me - Iron Lady eh?
    Will try and steer clear of metal head choons although it'e verrrrry tempting ..


    TURN TURN TURN - JUDY COLLINS/THE BYRDS


    :^)

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning all.

    Sorry to hear about the boiler problems again Simon - time for a new one perhaps?

    Lady - Kenny Rogers

    Windswept Tortie x

  • Comment number 6.

    Good morning shivering Simon, warm hearted team and not for turning poppets,

    Was a wild night in Surrey, only weather-wise though! More of that later, firstly some tunes...

    SHE'S A LADY - TOM JONES

    THIS WOMAN'S WORK - KATE BUSH

    IRON FIST - MOTORHEAD (would've been perfect yesterday for a mosh)

    TURN - TRAVIS

    SONG SUNG BLUE - NEIL DIAMOND


    Back after a thunk,
    Be safe poppets,
    Jilly x

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and reliable bloggers,

    Stick with the boiler, and find a good repair man - the new ones are rubbish

    WALK LIKE A MAN - Franki Valli & the Four Seasons

    YOU'RE THE VOICE - John Farnham

  • Comment number 8.

    Morning Simon, team and blogpoppets

    WHO'S THAT LADY? ~ Isley Brothers

    TURN ~ Travis

    OUT OF THE BLUE ~ Roxy Music

    TRUE BLUE ~ Madonna

    LADY ~ Kenny Rogers

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning everyone.

    Cold, wet and windy here in Cumbria again.

    Theme? Sorry, I can't do balanced and nuanced when it comes to Thatcher and Frank Turner's song isn't broadcastable so I'll take another day off.

    Have a great day and I'll be back later once the mensh chase has abated.

  • Comment number 10.

    #2 Hello and Happy New Year Lilac Blue!
    You paid me a huge compliment in here at Christmas and I didn't get the opportunity to say cheers - so ...
    Cheers!
    :^D

    Enjoy having the house to yourself - me too. Although today sees Christmas being packed away ...

    :^(

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning - totally soaked walking from the No 19 Bus stop to work. Horsforth is torrential rain.

    How about BOBBY VINTON - BLUE VELVET
    BLUE MONDAY - NEW ORDER

    Just drying out and feeling colder - off for a hot darjeeling TTFN

  • Comment number 12.

    Would it be too rude to refer to her time of life ... although Europe *was* her stage ... so p'haps not


    THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - EUROPE


    ...or her betrayers ..

    BACKSTABBERS - O'JAYS



    :^D

  • Comment number 13.

    IT'S A MAN'S MAN'S MAN'S WORLD - James Brown

    THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD - David Bowie
    (can't find any songs with "privatisation" in the title!)

  • Comment number 14.

    hmmm... I don't think some of these stand much chance of being played, but here goes anyway -

    THE BITCH IS BACK - ELTON JOHN (balancing it the other way?)

    MAGGIE'S FARM - BOB DYLAN

    POWER OF THE BLUES - GARY MOORE

    EVIL WOMAN - ELO

    HARD HEARTED WOMAN - JOHN LEE HOOKER

    Jx

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning all,
    A quick poop in before the madness sets in here.
    Whoop whoop to the idea of sending the kids to Uni/School ever so slightly before it re-opens. Childline might be interested too...
    Anywho, howsabout
    LADY by John Denver (thought not)
    Ok, so THE LADY IS A TRAMP by Tony Bennett (or Lady Gaga if you want to be bang up to date)
    Laters, enjoy yourselves, but NOT too MUCH.

    PS here's a recipie for you all to try:
    Once again this year, I've had requests for my Tequila Christmas Cake recipe;

    1 cup of sugar
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 cup of water
    1 tsp salt
    1 cup brown sugar
    Lemon juice
    4 large eggs
    Nuts
    1 bottle of Tequila
    2 cups of dried fruit

    Method
    Sample the Tequila to check quality. Take large bowl; check the Tequila again to make sure it is of the highest quality. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluff bowl. Add 1 tsp of sugar. Beat again. At this point, it is best to make sure the Tequila is still OK. Try another cup just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 eegs and add to the bowl and chuck iin the cup of dried fruit. Pick up the fruit up off the floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit getas stuck in the beaters, just pry loose with a drewscriver. Test the Tequila for tonsisticity. Next sift 2 cups of salt, or something. Check the Tequila. Now shift the lemon ice srain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 s and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window. Finish the Tequila and wipe the counter with the cat.

    NAPPY YEW HEAR

  • Comment number 16.

    Simon, maybe it's time you had a new boiler, just like we had to have last year when ours kept having problems. They're probably much more efficient that the old ones and will keep you warm in this horrid weather!

    A couple more....

    WHO'S THAT LADY ~ Santana

    IRON MAIDEN ~ The Killers

    LADY MARGARET ~ Buffy Saint-Marie

  • Comment number 17.

    Balanced? Objective? Neutral? Responsible broadcasting?

    DEVIL WOMAN - Cliff Richard

    or

    REMEMBER ME - Diana Ross

    Take your pick!

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning all!

    A few suggestions:

    SCISSOR SISTERS - SHE'S MY MAN
    THE KOOKS - SHE MOVES IN HER OWN WAY
    SCOUTING FOR GIRLS - SHE'S SO LOVELY
    KEANE - SHE HAS NO TIME
    ROD STEWART - MAGGIE MAY
    KAISER CHIEFS - I PREDICT A RIOT
    U2 - MYSTERIOUS WAYS
    THE KILLERS - ALL THESE THINGS THAT I'VE DONE
    THE KILLERS - HUMAN
    OASIS - THE MASTERPLAN
    U2 -WALK ON

  • Comment number 19.

    NO MILK TODAY - HERMAN'S HERMITS

    IRON LION ZION - BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS

    THE MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES - MANIC STREET PREACHERS

  • Comment number 20.

    GHOST TOWN - The Specials

    ONE IN TEN - UB40

    IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT - Manic Street Preachers

    That's it, I'm orf.

  • Comment number 21.

    A friend suggests this one..... STAND DOWN MARGARET ~The Beat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOg5XtNTUh8

  • Comment number 22.

    As she is the only woman prime minister we have had:-

    ONLY ONE WOMAN - THE MARBLES

  • Comment number 23.

    HARD HEADED WOMAN - CAT STEVENS

    [WE DON'T NEED THIS] FASCIST GROOVE THANG - HEAVEN 17

  • Comment number 24.

    Morning.

    With the midweek mosh out of the way I guess Iron Maiden is out of the question so how about these:

    Ashford and Simpson - Solid
    Rod Stewart - Maggie May

    x

  • Comment number 25.

    If the Iron Lady's "not for turning", surely then it should be

    ASWAD - Don't Turn Around

    Other suggestions:
    THE BEAT - Stand Down Margaret

    JOHN FARNHAM - You're The Voice (hers was rather recognisable)

    ROD STEWART - Maggie May

    Back after I've thunk a bit...

  • Comment number 26.

    Morning all and Happy New Year! My first post since before the dreaded Xmas - 1020 posts over the break?!

    Iron Lady tunes for you:

    Maggie May - Rod Stewart
    Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac
    Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf
    Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai
    Crime Of The Century - Supertramp
    Deeply Dippy - Right Said Fred
    Evil Woman - ELO
    I Can't Live With You - Queen
    Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
    Little Lies - Fleetwood Mac
    Money - Pink Floyd
    My Kind Of Lady - Supetramp
    That's The Way I Like It - KC & The Sunshine Band
    Who's That Girl - Eurythmics
    Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who


    Some slightly more obscure than others and some slightly more tenuous too!

    Now back to work...

  • Comment number 27.

    I CANT LET MAGGIE GO - HONEYBUS
    FOXEY LADY - JIMI HENDRIX
    THAT LADY - ISLEY BROTHERS
    MISS YOU!! - ROLLING STONES

  • Comment number 28.

    Maybe...

    HEART OF STONE - CHER

    ONE IN TEN - UB40

    and as she did unbelievably get voted in for three consecutive terms of office ...

    THREE TIMES A LADY - THE COMMODORES


    Think that's me done.

    Going out to examine what damage the wind may have caused during the night because it was really howling around the house.

    Hope you all have a good Thursday.

    Jillyx

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning All,

    #15 - Suzie this did make me smile. Colleagues looking at me like I've gone demented, hahaha!

    Still can't find mi' inspiration. Sure I had it before Christmas but I seem to have been misplaced it. Oh well, will be back after the chase has calmed down a little.

    A.

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    Sorry about your boiler woes, hope it is back to full working order soon.

    Now to business on the iphone as having IT woes at work! :(

    1. SHE'S A LADY - Tom Jones
    2. MAN! I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN - Shania Twain
    3. MAGGIE MAY - Rod Stewart
    4. Moonlight Shadow - Maggie ??? And mike oldfield
    5. NO MILK TODAY - Hermans Hermits
    6. TRUE BLUE - Madonna
    7. BLUE DAY - Suggs ( CFC toon) Sorry Simon
    8. BLUE MONDAY - New Order
    9. WOMAN - John Lennon
    10. Cornflake Girl - TORY Amos

    Laters folks

    Have a nice day and hope its not too windy!

    Mandy ;£

  • Comment number 31.

    Mornin all from a windswept Cutbush Park,

    This subject threatens to tear the Crew apart, so we shall opt for a balanced view and suggest the following:

    FOREIGNER - COLD AS ICE

    TAMMY WYNETTE - STAND BY YOUR MAN

    THE WHO - WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN

    LIVING IN A BOX - LIVING IN A BOX

    ROXY MUSIC - HARD RAIN'S A GONNA FALL

  • Comment number 32.

    EDWIN STARR - War (in memory of the Falklands)

    HEINZ - Just Like Eddie (as she took over from Edward Heath)

    STATUS QUO (or Elvis) - A Mess of Blues

  • Comment number 33.

    UNFORGETABLE - NAT KING COLE
    I PUT A SPELL ON YOU - NINA SIMONE

  • Comment number 34.

    Morning all.

    Does it look like we might at long last get a bit of Herman played?

    Silver Lady - David Soul.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 35.

    How about: Everybody wants to rule the world by Tears for Fears

  • Comment number 36.

    Hi you all,

    Wet and windy in my neck of the woods............another careful drive into work trying to miss the fallen tree's....

    Todays theme is not for me, will give it a miss if thats ok...will try tomorrow. Sorry she brings back to many unhappy memories.... :(

    Good luck

    BD x

  • Comment number 37.

    Gladys Knight - Come back and finish what you started!!

    MTF :O

  • Comment number 38.

    Now those days are gone - Bucks Fizz.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 39.

    HANDBAGS & gladrags = CHRIS FARLOWE
    IM EVERY WOMAN - CHAKA KHAN
    STOP HER ON SIGHT - EDWIN STARR

  • Comment number 40.

    ALICE COOPER - Elected

    ARCADIA - Election Day

  • Comment number 41.

    Good morning,

    #9 Harry, as soon as I saw today's theme I have a feeling you might say that.

    Loving the Herman's Hermits suggestions. My earliest political memory is of that chant about The Milk Snatcher

    ERNIE, THE FASTEST MILKMAN IN THE WEST by Benny Hill

    INSOMNIA by Faithless
    ANY OLD IRON by Harry Champion
    HANDBAGS AND GLADRAGS by The Stereophonics

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 42.

    Morning all :-) froma blustery Shire

    I've tweeted a few:

    STUBBON KIND OF FELLOW MARVIN GAYE

    BACK STABBERS THE O'JAYS

    DA DO RON RON THE CRYSTALS.( as per the spitting image sketch of Maggie & Ronnie)

    GIRL WHY YO WANNA MAKE ME BLUE THE TEMPTATIONS

    THAT LADY THE ISLEY BROTHERS

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 43.

    Good Morning


    I'm trying to be balanced nuanced and smart.


    How will I know?

  • Comment number 44.

    DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD - THE ANIMALS

    THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE - THE PRETENDERS

  • Comment number 45.

    Morning All,

    Had a new boiler and heating just before Christmas, has made one heck of a difference.

    'Different For Girls' Joe Jackson

    Havea good day everybody

  • Comment number 46.

    Blue hat for a blue day - Nick Heyward.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 47.

    EXCERT FROM A TEENAGE OPERA by KEITH WEST

    (the grocer jack song)

  • Comment number 48.

    THE LINCOLNSHIRE POACHER FOLK SONG she did poach lots!

    http://youtu.be/uJTnGgkJIPg

  • Comment number 49.

    'You Can Get It If You Really Want' Desmond Dekker

  • Comment number 50.

    #37 MTF, "Come Back and Finish What You Started"? Please, God, NOOOOOOOOO!!!

    #39 Vildeen, I always hear the lyric as Chaka Khan inviting me to "climb every woman" :-D

    #41 Julia, I must have been here too long if I'm becoming that predictable :-)

  • Comment number 51.

    Would love to hear that fine traditional folk song and can't think of a more apt theme:

    THE LINCOLNSHIRE POACHER - THE BRIGHOUSE AND RASTRICK BAND
    ... who released it as a follow-up single to the successful Floral Dance in 1978.

    ♫♫

  • Comment number 52.

    #43 Billie, just be yourself.x

  • Comment number 53.

    Perhaps this IS balanced, nuanced and smart


    A GOOD TRADITION OF LOVE AND HATE STAYING BY THE FIRESIDE -

    Tanita Tikaram

    ?

  • Comment number 54.

    #48 Snap a roo PSL!
    Hadn't seen your post when I was faffing around hughlighting my text - but was thinking about you and Gaily and my friend Justine and my in-laws in Keelby ...

    :^D

  • Comment number 55.

    #50 Harry, You haven't been here long enough. Your reply to MTF - My thought exactly!

    Has anyone seen Revster lately?

  • Comment number 56.

    LOL Harry.

    I thought that might just trigger a reaction!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 57.

    Hi Simon and the crew

    My contributions are as follows

    74-75 The Connells (When Maggie became leader of the opposition)
    All that she wants - Ace of Base
    Blue hat for a blue day - Nick Heyward
    One in Ten - UB40 - High unemployment due to harsh monitarism/supply side economic policies
    Ghost Town - Specials - As above
    Maggie Mae - Rod Stewart
    Dont Turn Around - Aswad
    Everything she wants - Wham
    Home loan Blues - Simply Red -more Nigel Lawson's fault i suppose
    I predict A Riot - Kaiser Chiefs - The Miners
    Uprising - Muse
    In these Shoes - Kirsty Mccall
    Independent Woman - Destiny's Child
    True Blue - Madonna
    There's no other way - Blur
    Zombie - The Cranberries (Northern Ireland/Brighton Bombing)
    Iron Maiden - Wasted Years/The number of the beast

  • Comment number 58.

    I AIN'T MISSING YOU - John Waite

    IF YOU CAN'T SAY SOMETHING NICE DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL - Roy Orbison

  • Comment number 59.

    As Mrs Thatcher lived above her father's corner shop that probably sold jam....

    MAN IN THE CORNER SHOP ~ The Jam

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVzrS4SrLf0

  • Comment number 60.

    WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS ? - Pet Shop Boys & Dusty

  • Comment number 61.

    DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA JULIE COVINGTON

  • Comment number 62.

    Ok - let's get down to it ... fighting dirty whilst the enemy is weak ...
    ;^)



    TREASON - TEARDROP EXPLODES

    ALONE AGAIN NATURALLY - GILBERT O'SULLIVAN

    GO NOW - MOODY BLUES

    YOU STOLE THE SUN FROM MY HEART - MANIC STREET PREACHERS

    REPUBLICAN PARTY REPTILE - BIG COUNTRY ....best buddies with Ronald Reagan

  • Comment number 63.

    Morning everyone. Sorry to hear further "boiler tales of woe" Simon.

    Maggie Thatcher songs - well what choice! 2nding the votes for 'blue songs'

    Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton and
    True Blue - Madonna

    Also:
    Maggie May - Rod Stewart
    No Milk Today - Herman's Hermits
    Turn, Turn, Turn - The Byrds

    Will pop back later once I've had a chance to think ....

  • Comment number 64.

    #54 how nice if it gets a play :-)

  • Comment number 65.

    #62 I'm joining in Katy!

    I'M GONNA GET ME A GUN - Cat Stevens!

  • Comment number 66.

    #61 Morning PSL, an inspired choice!

  • Comment number 67.

    Oh dear Simon .. definitely time to invest in a new boiler methinks ..

    And what a challenge you've set us today

    THE LONGEST TIME - Billy Joel

    THE LODGERS (OR SHE WAS ONLY A SHOPKEEPER'S DAUGHTER) - The Style Council

  • Comment number 68.

    #65 BillieBOP - woohoo!
    :^D

  • Comment number 69.

    So sorry to hear you are cold again at chez Mayo. Boo hiss to the boiler - actually...maybe not the hissing part, that'll just be worse!

    QUEEN BITCH - David Bowie..... oh alright! Alright! Not balanced!

    Iron she was, though she would have had us believe the other way with those elocution lessons! How about:

    BLUE VELVET - Bobby Vinton

    MEAN WOMAN BLUES - Elvis Presley - that seems to encompass most things...

    TRUE BLUE - Madonna

    STAND DOWN MARGARET - The Beat

    BETWEEN THE WARS - Billy Bragg

    MAGGIE'S FARM - Bob Dylan

    MILK AND ALCOHOL - Dr Feelgood - well, she snatched the milk and taxed alcohol into oblivion for all the publicans out there....

    Oooh there are SO many..... trying to be nice....

  • Comment number 70.

    Coffee and catch-up time. Oh it's good to be back in the old routine... apart from the dark, early mornings maybe.

    Sorry to hear about the boiler, Simon. I think you need to take a deep breath and invest in a new one now.

    Can I second/third YOUR THE VOICE by John Farnham. It's one of my ARFO hopefuls - in fact, if it doesn't get played I might have another go at it tomorrow.

    KatyMatey - on the subject of missing posts, did you see my comment #147 yesterday?

    ~X~

    *keeping well out of the 'naughtier' song suggesting....*

  • Comment number 71.

    Now I know the reason for the' no milk today'. Was feeling a bit of a dumbo there!!

    Nowt new eh!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 72.

    WORKING IN A COAL MINE - Lee Dorsey

  • Comment number 73.

    #71 MTF, it's because you're so youthful - you won't remember school milk...

    I was a milk monitor in my second year of primary school. I and another girl had to give out all the little bottles to the class at break time. Very responsible job it was too.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 74.

    #71 'Thatcher the snatcher' was I think her nick name over the school milk thing

  • Comment number 75.

    Thats it Deebee, how right you are!

    Actually, have never drunk milk, detest the stuff. Dont drink tea, coffee, have dry cereals, jam and butter on weetabix, if I ever have weetabix that is. However, I do like a nice thick yoghurt!

    Is this wind ever going to die down?

    I still have half a tree to remove from under Noggin, before I venture out today. Landslides on the way up to the lab as well last night, so not sure if will be accessible today or not!

    Getting back into the work routine is a bit of a struggle, guess a full week next week, will motivate me more!

    Has anyone seen Mcw?

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 76.

    #72 alas not anymore....don't get me started on that one!
    Working at Mansfield General hospital during the strikes, I saw some very ugly injuries from the picket lines. I used to get stopped by the police going to work on an early shift and had to reasure them I wasn't a flying picket!

  • Comment number 77.

    #75 Mcw is poorly. She was supposed to be coming to my NYE party but she texted me the day before to say she had acute sinitus (sp?) Hope she's soon better and back amoungst us - I'm missing her too!

    BTW, my resolve to stick to Simon's 'balanced, nuanced, smart' edict has nothing to do with any political views I may or may not hold. Truth be told, I'm a bit of a fence-sitter. I like to listen to what the various politicians have to say and take a balanced, reasoned view based on who I think is talking the most sense. Which is actually quite hard these days, with our current crop...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 78.

    #62 Katy - good call on that Big Country track. Haven't heard that in years!

    Another one...

    SUPERTRAMP - Bloody Well Right (right wing, that is)

  • Comment number 79.

    For some reason, "Working in a Coal Mine" by Lee Dorsey seems to be appropriate, oh, and thinking of the famous Spitting Image sketch about "The vegetables", "Vegetables" by Brian Wilson from the SMILE album would be good too:)

  • Comment number 80.

    Aah, yes Deebee, I heard about her being poorly, was hoping that she was on the mend now.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 81.

    #76 Were you singing "Only You" a capella on the way to work, then?

  • Comment number 82.

    #80 I haven't heard from here since then. I'll text her at lunchtime.

    Must get back on with it now though - coffee break seems to have run over somewhat...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 83.

    #76 so that'll be the Flying Pickets then, with 'Who's that girl' OR 'She drives me crazy'.....

  • Comment number 84.

    #69 JustineL - welcome back and HNY to you. Milk & Alcohol - inspired choice!
    :^)


    #70 Deebee - 'suitably bijou' is the thing - worried about amount of stuff we have - my girls seem very willing to choose all the best bits of furniture for their respective new places but want to leave a cellar full of memory boxes, etc. with me! Kids, eh.


    #71 MTF - aww bless - you must have been a mere foetus when the Margaret Thatcher - Milk Snatcher! controversy occurred. [I've just refreshed the page and seen all the other posts to you about this - but I'll not delete]
    ;^)


    #76 PSL - thanks for the hint;


    ONLY YOU - FLYING PICKETS

    ARTHUR'S THEME - CHRISTOPHER CROSS

  • Comment number 85.

    I'm having such a 'young' feeling day today :)

    You lot know darn well, that I am not too young LOL!

    In fact, have got a big Birthday coming up this year, along with one or two more of you.

    Did Gazza ever poop back and defend his youthfulness?

    MTF :O

  • Comment number 86.

    #78 & #81 The Driver - Thanks, me too, Shame it won't get a play. *chuckled at Flying Picket remark*
    :^D

  • Comment number 87.

    #85 FairyOne - I don't believe gazza *did* come back to deny the 50th birthday dig - what? who? me? lol ..


    ,.. but he was here during the wee smalls with a very witty post about Mr Pepper's spare sausage ..


    :^D

  • Comment number 88.

    Aha, so he did Katymaty.

    I think he must have missed the 50th dig, that someone (?) put!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 89.

    school milk cut
    taxes cut
    union power cut
    government spending cut

    THE CUTTER - ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN

  • Comment number 90.

    STAND DOWN MARGARET by THE BEAT
    MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER by THE CARPENTERS
    IF I RULED THE WORLD by HARRY SECOMBE
    MISTY (Ms T) by JOHNNY MATHIS
    WHAT'S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH by REM (Mrs T to Ken Clarke, when she asked the cabinet whether she should go or stay)
    DENIS by BLONDIE (for Mr T - I mean Mr Thatcher, not Mr T from the A Team)
    MY GIRL BILL by JIM STAFFORD (re: Private Eye's Dear Bill letters)

  • Comment number 91.

    No foody mention in the blog today. Does anyone know, what Nigel is rustling up?

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 92.

    #81 not back in the day when I used to have a Marco Pierre White breakfast...."a cigarette, a coffee and a cough"....not up to singing that early in the morning lol

    PSL x

  • Comment number 93.

    Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end - Mary Hopkin!

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 94.

    Oh lordy - are we done with this depressing theme yet?
    And much as I enjoy watching fine actors doing accurate impressions on screen - nothing or
    no-one would persuade me to go and see the film ... well - maybe ONE person might - if she let me be her best buddy for the evening ... to pour her heart out in my shell-like ..



    .. Carol Thatcher - who's an absolute hoot in a gollygosh sort of way ..

    ;^)

  • Comment number 95.

    Good Morning All :)

    What I got from Simon's blog, was broken down boilers and Maggie Thatcher. I will leave it to others to make comparisons, or not! ;)

    Like Harry, I can't bring myself to suggest any oldies in honour of 'Lady' Thatcher, her name is akin to a swear word in these parts.

    I lived very close to Orgreave colliery during the miners strike, and it was a dreadful time. When the surrounding collieries closed down, the place was left to go to rack and ruin. Things only started to get better during the (late) 90s.

    Apropos of nothing, I was once in a lift with Arthur Scargill, he became as hated as Mrs Thatcher around our way.

    I'm sure the film is full of Oscar worthy performances, but I'm afraid that wild horses couldn't drag me there.

  • Comment number 96.

    Maggie's Farm - Bod Dylan

    Willy the Shake
    x

  • Comment number 97.

    *changing the subject completely*


    It's been several weeks - so would anyone like me to post the updated ARFO's so far list?



    ♫❤♫

  • Comment number 98.

    Surprised no one else has suggested this yet, maybe I'm older than your other listeners!
    Strawbs - Part of the union!
    Ali (Sussex)

  • Comment number 99.

    Afternoon one and all......................................so very very very late today...............will try to get back into the Mayo Zone with......................

    Leader Of The Pack - The Shangri-Las

    Lady Sings The Blues - Billie Holiday

    Authority Song - John Mellencamp

    Respect - Aretha Franklin

    Iron Lion Zion - Bob Marley

    Takin' Care Of Business - Bachman Turner Overdrive

    Red Roses For A Blue Lady - Bobby Vinton

    Hope I'm not too late with my oldie suggestions............................blowing a gale yet again here today................................but at least we have heat..............

    Bye for now

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 100.

    #84 KatyMatey, you need to be ruthless. Suggest they come round and pick out the things they want to keep (and take with them), and take the rest to be recycled.

    Not that I necessarily practice what I preach - I still have Son's cuddly toy lamb that was given to him by some good friends on the day we came home with him. Double poignant, as the lady half of the couple is sadly no longer with us...

    #91 Maybe he's going to rustle up something with the Christmas leftovers. Sprouts, anybody...?

    I'm looking forward to hearing what Simon and Mark have to say about the film this week in their Wittertainment show. But, (unless they absolutely hate it) on balance I probably will go and see it. It was certainly a very interesting time in history - and at the time I was too young/naiive to pay it the attention I probably should have.

    ~X~

 

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