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Simon Mayo | 09:36 UK time, Thursday, 12 January 2012

Hi there bloggers, a happy Thursday to you. A merry school run finished in under an hour through the sparkling and pristine streets of old London town. Happy children who hadn't argued once all journey or forgotten their kit or maths books thanked me profusely as they leapt from the car, eager for another day of academic and sporting stimulation. Cheery bus drivers waved as they behaved courteously and charmingly to all and prosperous shop keepers offered generous terms of credit to all who passed.
Well I think that's what happened but I might have blocked it all from my mind. A day of promise on the way but will need to tell Rebecca, who was continuing her grumbling about the first monarch of England all night (on Twitter you understand, we don't all live together in a Drivetime house-that would be too weird) to move on. Offa of Mercia. Get over it. Even if it wasn't.
Meantime book 2 writing continues albeit in a haphazard way. "Itch" is out in March but the second one needs to be in by the summer and ITS ONLY SLIGHTLY STRESSFUL. I'm only 16,000 words in and most of the heavy loading is yet to happen. Too many distractions. Like this blog for example. Need to switch everything off and live in the shed.
Now Nigel promises a flaming Pecorino today. I have no idea what this will involve but assume it ill be that hard cheese made from ewe's milk and a flame of some sort. And a visit from health and safety. Don't miss it!
And oldies today please for THE NATIONAL TRUST. It is their birthday today (b1895) so let us salute the fine work they do by your tune selection. Their motto 'For Ever, For Everyone' is pretty unbeatable really.
Have a well preserved and enchanting Thursday, see you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all !!!!!
    x~x~x~x~
    Gill

  • Comment number 2.

    Good morning all

    COUNTRY HOUSE - BLUR

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and distracted bloggers,

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

    COUNTRY HOUSE - Blur

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning All :)

    Oh dear Simon, you do sound just a bit stressed. I hope 'Itch' volume 2 soon gets scratched (so to speak!) 16,000 words in isn't so bad, it's a start at least.

    I am spending the morning sewing upan exploded duvet, courtesy of twin one... Oh the excitement!

    COUNTRY HOUSE - BLUR

    That's the obvious oldie choice, off to ponder on less obvious ones...

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning all

    OUR HOUSE - Madness

    The NT preserves 'real people's' houses as well as grand ones

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Ever get the impression that the collective are taking the quiz just a teensy bit too seriously... ;o)

    A very Happy Birthday to some-time blogger and hospital radio DJ extraordinaire, Kev!!!

    No mensh chasing for me today. My two this week will do me very nicely, thank you! Plus it gives me more time to think of a real stonker of an ARFO. Don't hold your breath...

    Those asking after MTF - I have messaged her on FB to tell her she is missed. Hope she gets her computer problems sorted soon.

    See you at coffee time.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 7.

    Simon, 'Itch' is FANTASTIC (I have a proof copy), my neice is reading it at the moment and is loving it also.

    When hubbs is writing, he often says the story 'leads' him. Have faith in Itch and he will show you the way xx

  • Comment number 8.

    THIS OLD HOUSE - SHAKIN STEVENS

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning Simon and Poppeteers

    On the forever theme,

    Who Wants to Live FOREVER? - Queen

    Off for another thinkypoo

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning Simon (there there), team and bloggers all,

    First thoughts on NT tunes

    COUNTRY HOUSE - BLUR

    PARK LIFE - BLUR

    MADE IN ENGLAND - ELTON JOHN

    Further thinkage required,
    Jx

  • Comment number 11.

    Good morning one and all..............................I guess being called a distraction is a kind of compliment?..........................................................................

    Oldies today.....................................................................................

    Green Green Grass Of Home - Tom Jones

    This Old House - Shakin Stevens

    Be back laters..........................................................................................

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 12.

    SELF PRESERVATION SOCIETY - from "The Italian Job" (don't know who sang it)

  • Comment number 13.

    Good Morning again

    Suggestions -


    COUNTRY HOUSE – Blur

    DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith

    FOREVER – Roy Wood

    FOR EVER AND EVER – Slick

    FOR EVER AUTUMN – Justin Hayward

    FOR EVER AND EVER – Demis Roussos

    THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY - Kinks

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning all,

    we'll pitch in with these:

    GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME - TOM JONES

    I CAN SEE FOR MILES AND MILES - THE WHO

    IN THE COUNTRY - SIR CLIFF

    I'LL FIND MY WAY HOME - JON AND VANGELIS

    ON THE BEACH - CHRIS REA

  • Comment number 15.

    Errrrrrr.

    FOREVER AND EVER - Demis Roussos

    Ahem.

    Shorts and running shoes on. Time for a quick exit.

  • Comment number 16.

    THE STATELY HOMES OF ENGLAND - Noel Coward

  • Comment number 17.

    House of the Rising Sun - The Animals ???

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi again everyone

    Still looking glorious outside... a stroll along the beach with the Bassets is beckoning!

    IN THE COUNTRY ~ Cliff Richard

    COUNTRY HOUSE ~ Blur

    ROSE GARDEN ~ Lynn Anderson

    HOUSE OF BEAUTY ~ Isaac Hayes

    xx

  • Comment number 19.

    Morning bloggers all and I am sorry, Simon, that your jet lag has been replaced with stress! This is not cool!

    EXCELLENT choices yesterday folkes!

    Now on to today -

    COUNTRY HOUSE - Blur - just has to be!
    THE PALACE SONG - The Big Pink
    BIG YELLOW TAXI - Joni Mitchell - take all the trees and put them in a tree museum and how true - you don't know what you've got til its gone! Thank goodness for the National Trust
    SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN - Tenploe Tudor - they are always having displays of that sort of thing....
    OUR HOUSE (is a very very very fine house...) - Crosby Stills and Nash (possibly with Young - I honestly can't recall!
    IN THE COUNTRY – Farmers Boys

    Hmmm- this is trickier than usual! Off to have another think….

    #16 – SUPERB choice!

  • Comment number 20.

    Morning again!

    Those grand old houses, the wonderful gardens, magnificent shrubberies:

    WALK IN THE PARK - Nick Straker Band (I think)

  • Comment number 21.

    One of my favourites...

    JUSTIFIED AND ANCIENT - Tammy Wynette


    and maybe an opportunity to recycle one of yesterday's suggestions...

    NEW COAT OF PAINT - Tom Waits

  • Comment number 22.

    Morning all,

    Wet and windy here but seems to be giving way to a little sunshine :)

    Hmm, tricky subject today, certainly not as wide a field as yesterday!

    My thoughts so far ...

    THE WAY WE WERE - BARBRA STREISAND
    YESTERDAY - THE BEATLES
    HISTORY - MAI TAI
    NOT FADE AWAY - THE ROLLING STONES

    That's me done for the mo', back a little later.

    GoD

  • Comment number 23.

    KEEPER OF THE CASTLE - Four Tops

    JUSTIFIED AND ANCIENT - KLF

  • Comment number 24.

    Here are a few more oldie suggestions...

    WUTHERING HEIGHTS - KATE BUSH

    RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH - IKE & TINA TURNER

    WILD WOOD - PAUL WELLER

    TREES - PULP

    THE STATELY HOMES OF ENGLAND - NOEL COWARD (probably more Desmond Carrington than Drivetime!)

  • Comment number 25.

    A tenuous one, but we love Lou so:

    TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - LOU REED

    and just for good measure:

    A WALK IN THE PARK - NICK STRAKER BAND

  • Comment number 26.

    This one has just sprung to mind...

    EVER PRESENT PAST ~ Paul McCartney

  • Comment number 27.

    Morning all .. love The National Trust .. especially their teashops ..

    TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLD OAK TREE - Tony Orlando

  • Comment number 28.

    Morning all

    IN THE COUNTRY - CLIFF AND THE SHADOWS

    Pen x

  • Comment number 29.

    The work of the NT and upkeep depends on donations so

    WITH A LITTLE HELP OF MY FRIENDS - JOE COCKER or BEATLES

    NOT FADE AWAY - BUDDY HOLLY / ROLLING STONES

  • Comment number 30.

    Oh yes - and possibly

    NEW ENGLAND - Kirstie McColl - she doesn't want to change the world or a new england - the one we have needs saving!

    #15 - Run faster..... if that gets played I'll eat my own blog posts!

  • Comment number 31.

    GLORIOUS! - The Pierces (And LOVING that album, btw)


    WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN - Style Council (Which would happen without the NT!)

  • Comment number 32.

    This Land is Your Land - not sure who sang it though. But I wrote in my song jotter in 1977.

  • Comment number 33.

    Morning all. A damp and very grey start here - which co-incidentally matches my outfit today; charcoal trouser suit accessorised by a spilt glass of water!

    Good luck with the writing Simon - don't spend too much time in the shed - we'd miss you ;)

    Oldies for the wonderful NT. As everyone has said the obvious choice to which I'll add my vote is:
    Country House - Blur

    Other suggestions:
    Rescue Me - Aretha Franklin
    Fixing a Hole - The Beatles
    Michael in the Garden - Ralph McTell
    The Garden - Take That
    A Home - The Dixie Chicks
    Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson

    Hmmm - need to go and think now ....

  • Comment number 34.

    Another that might fit the theme...

    ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN ~ Jimmie Rodgers

  • Comment number 35.

    I think the National Trust do a great job and me and the Mister have been supporters since we got married.

    A few more choons...

    OUR HOUSE - CROSBY, STILLS & NASH

    THAT'S ALL FOR EVERYONE - FLEETWOOD MAC

    HISTORY - THE VERVE

    SOMETHING TO SAVE - GEORGE MICHAEL

    SECRET GARDEN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    WILD WOOD - PAUL WELLER

    Jx

  • Comment number 36.

    HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN - Beatles

    for the line

    " ...... a soap impression of his wife, which he ate and donated to The National Trust"

  • Comment number 37.

    I feel a coffee and a Danish pastry coming on.

  • Comment number 38.

    CRYSTAL CHANDELIERS - Charlie Pride

    "Oh the crystal chandeliers light up the paintings on your wall
    The marble statuettes are standing stately in the hall"

  • Comment number 39.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    Congrats to Florence for the double mensh last night and also to Deebee for the two- er mensh record this week and well done.

    Pecorino? sounds like Indian Pakoras in some guise but I think perhaps not.

    Gearing up for 1st competition of the year on Sunday in North Solihull ( Chelmsley Wood actualy) bet there will be not Ladies Veterans to fight so its business as usual kicking some ass with the young pups, most are in their early 20's!

    Concentrate on the book Simon, we expect it to be an epic!!

    Julia40, yes indeed I did become an Accountant because of Brookside

  • Comment number 40.

    Good morning everyone.

    Only on Queen suggestion? Not good enough.

    ONE VISION by QUEEN

    Or, because it makes me snigger like a little schoolboy:

    NATIONAL EXPRESS by THE DIVINE COMEDY

  • Comment number 41.

    John - #15 see #13 then #21 see #23!

  • Comment number 42.

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    SAVE ME - QUEEN

    NOT FADE AWAY - THE ROLLING STONES

    FIX YOU - COLDPLAY

    Songs for their restoration/preservation work maybe?

  • Comment number 43.

    TRUST in Me - The Snake from the Jungle Book

  • Comment number 44.

    More suggestions.............................................................................

    Take Me Home Country Roads - John Denver

    Saturday In The Park - Chicago

    Our House - Crosby Stills Nash and Young

    Itchycoo Park - Small Faces

    House Where Nobody Lives - Tom Waits

    Bye for now

    Dougal x

    P.S Another distraction for Simon might be his beloved Team doing so well!..........................................................................................

  • Comment number 45.

    ..............................................................................................................

    Take Me Home Country Roads - John Denver

    Itchycoo Park - Small Faces

    House Where Nobody Lives - Tom Waits

    Saturday In The Park - Chicago

    Another distraction for Simon might be his beloved team doing sooooo well!! ;0)

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 46.

    #37 Think I'll join you Shona, although I'll be making do with a 70% Dark KitKat* as I'm all out of pastries!

    * other chocolate fingers are available

  • Comment number 47.

    Now for tune choosing for the National Trust:

    1. TOGETHER FOREVER - Rick Astley
    2. ALWAYS AND FOREVER - Heatwave
    3. COUNTRY HOUSE - Blur
    4. OUR HOUSE - Madness
    5. HISTORY - Mai Tai
    6. HISTORY - Michael Jackson
    7. ROSE GARDEN - Lynn Anderson
    8. DEEP IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY - Alison Moyet
    9. PICTURE THIS - Blondie
    10. EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL - Ray Stevens

    Oh well must tootle off.

    Have a lovely day.

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 48.

    Morning All,

    Hope all is well in Blog Land.

    Fine choices already and if inspiration finds me, I'll let you know.

    Have a good day all

    *wanders off singing Demis Roussos...thanks a bunch y'all, lol*

    A.

  • Comment number 49.

    NEVER FORGET - TT (Wah!)

    ETERNITY - Robbie

    HOUSE - Patrick Wolf

  • Comment number 50.

    Hi Simon and the crew

    I live close to a couple of lovely NT properties, Buckland Abbey was the home of Sir Francis Drake, and Saltram House is a lovely Georgian house, often used as a film location, including a particularly nice scene of Hugh Grant riding a horse towards the house in the 2006 version of Sense and Sensibility.

    My suggestions for songs are

    You cant touch this - MC Hammer
    Turn Back Time - Aqua
    This is your land - Simple Minds
    Souvenir - OMD
    Parklife - Blur
    If I could turn back time- Cher
    Ghosts - Japan
    Daytripper - The Beetles
    Country House - Blur
    Cherish - Madonna
    End of a Century - Blur
    Back to Life - Soul 11 Soul

    Have a great day

  • Comment number 51.

    Has PASTIME PARADISE - STEVIE WONDER been suggested? If not, it has now! :D

  • Comment number 52.

    #46 Glenn, K*t K*t sounds great too!

    *tummy rumbles*

  • Comment number 53.

    #41 Billie - ha! Great (and probably sad!) minds!

  • Comment number 54.

    Aahhhhhhh...................time for a break I think.........................my computer is not enjoying my enthusiasm this morning......................................................

    One minute it just ignores me......................the next it posts twice!!!!

    Time to get back to my day stuff...............................................................

    Dougal x

  • Comment number 55.

    Morning all :-) dull and windy in The Shire

    'THERE'S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE'..... R DEAN TAYLOR

    'WILD WOOD'.....PAUL WELLER

    'ALWAYS AND FOREVER' ...HEATWAVE

    see you all later of to have my nails done

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 56.

    Last few ...

    COUNTRY COMFORT - ROD STEWART

    PATCH IT UP - ELVIS PRESLEY

    FIX YOU - COLDPLAY

    OLD STONE - LAURA MARLING

    Happy Thursdays all
    Jx

  • Comment number 57.

    Good Morning All,

    'Good Tradition' Tanita Tikaram

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 58.

    SHAKESPEAR'S SISTER - You're History

    PULP - Help The Aged

    Will have to think a little more on this one...

  • Comment number 59.

    Good Morning to the historically interesting Drivetime Team and the naturally beauteous Blogpoppets ...

    How wonderful to 'theme' The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty - to give its full title - a very special organisation which has provided some smashing memories ...

    KEEPER OF THE CASTLE - FOUR TOPS

    COUNTRY LIFE - SHOW OF HANDS

    IT'S ONLY NATURAL - CROWDED HOUSE

    OLD AND WISE - ALAN PARSONS PROJECT

    :^)



















    KEEPER OF THE CASTLE - FOUR TOPS

    COUNTRY LIFE - SHOW OF HANDS

    IT'S ONLY NATURAL - CROWDED HOUSE

  • Comment number 60.

    OK, a few more...

    STEELEYE SPAN - Hard Times of Old England

    JAMES BROWN - The Old Landmark (from the Blues Brothers)

    THE KINKS - A House In The Country

    THE COMMODORES - Brick House

    THE CLASH - Safe European Home

    BIG COUNTRY - In A Big Country

    10CC - Charity Begins at Home

    Thinking of stately homes in the rolling countryside...
    STATUS QUO - Rollin' Home :o)

    Pleased to report that the good Lady Driver is back in fine fettle today - those good wishes obviously helped.

  • Comment number 61.

    A couple more oldie suggestions...

    WILD MOUNTAIN THYME - THE SILENCERS (loads of versions of this song though, inc Van Morrison & Rod Stewart)

    MULL OF KINTYRE - PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS

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  • Comment number 63.

    'Holding Back The Years' Simply Red

  • Comment number 64.

    #59 ?! ... so good I requested them twice. Darn and drat this tiny postbox.

    #60 Glad to hear that Lady Driver is back to full perkiness


    #50 ponyclubmum - yes, we've quite a few dotted around here - with glorious Stourhead just half an hour's drive away ... am amazed by just how much land is owned by the NT - they say 1.5% of the total land mass of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Slightly less than the Crown.
    ;^)

  • Comment number 65.

    A few more....

    AFTER ALL THESE YEARS ~ Journey

    THE LIVING YEARS ~ Mike & The Mechanics

    YEARS FROM NOW ~ Dr Hook

    GOLDEN YEARS ~ David Bowie

  • Comment number 66.

    Morning everyone,

    Struggling a bit with the theme today but how about:

    'Keeping The Dream Alive' - Freiheit
    'Just The Way Your Are' - Billy Joel or Bazza White
    'Walk This Way' - Aerosmith
    'Take Out Some Insurance' - Jimmy Reed
    'Day Tripper' - The Beatles
    'Don't You Forget About Me' - Simple Minds
    'If You're Looking For a Way Out' - Odyssey (some of those mazes can be a bit tricky, eh?)

    N x

  • Comment number 67.

    Some great suggestions above - and one or two not so great ones (Demis Roussos...??) I particularly like PSL's 'There's a ghost in my house', and can I also second KatyMatey's 'Old and Wise' - any excuse to play that gorgeous APP track :o))

    We have a NT property almost on our doorstep, Wimpole Hall - it's about a mile and a half walk with the dogpoppet, or we can get in the car and go and then walk round the estate. There's a little farm there too, that we used to go to a lot when the kids were small.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 68.

    How about
    FLOWERS IN THE RAIN - THE MOVE
    for anyone who has ever spent a wet bank holiday monday at Tatton Park.

  • Comment number 69.

    Morning all

    PAUL McCARTNEY - MAYBE I'M A MAZE

  • Comment number 70.

    Morning all,
    DT team, bloggers dogpoppets and the Itchy DT Dude.

    Back later for chat, busy busy busy here
    NT inspired these from me:

    ENGLISH ROSE by Paul Weller
    WILD WOOD by the same

    Seems they are 117 years old - I presume it is the actual date we are celebrating then, rather than years??

    Laters,

    ps RE 1st Kind of England, if you had watched the 'illuminating' BBC prog about Ye Olde Bookes of Yore illuminations, they reckoned it was a chap called Athelstan (Stan to his friends) as he conquered more of the British isles than had Offa - there was also a chap called Cuthbert around (Bert, etc etc) but not sure who he was as I dozed slightly off.

    pps RE men and sheds, Mr e has a shed (in which he wrote his children's book - avail on e-purchase only, written under a pseudonym) which he recently referred to as his studio 'when did it become a studio??' said I
    'when I cleared out all the cra*p' says he

    Much laters,

  • Comment number 71.

    Morning all!

    How we all doing? A couple of suggestions.

    "In a Big Country" by Big Country or " In God's Country" by U2.

    Still addicted to the Pointless quiz show at the moment btw.

    GB

  • Comment number 72.

    #70 that would be 'KING' rather than KIND of England, although, it would be nice...

  • Comment number 73.

    'Still The Same' Bob Seger

  • Comment number 74.

    Suziee, you should post the link to Mr E's book. Would love to see it.

  • Comment number 75.

    #67 We too are practically neighbours with a NT property - Cliveden, home if the Astor family and notorious for the Profumo scandal. A marvellous estate, with the only cliff-top views of the Thames, and a beautiful riverside walk.

  • Comment number 76.

    There’s an awful lot of rejection and criticism in the writer’s life, so relax, sleep well Simon and savor how sucessful the day job is..two years on. Well done!

    Carly Simon ~ The Garden

    Our House ~ Crosby Stills Nash and Young

    I was hoping for another striking sunrise like the stunner of light pink to deep red of yesterday dawn. Oh well, perhaps tomorrow.

    LB, x

  • Comment number 77.

    MONA LISA AND MAD HATTERS - ELTON JOHN

    ARE YOU READY FOR THE COUNTRY - NEIL YOUNG

    KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE - FREIHEIT

  • Comment number 78.

    SIGN YOUR NAME Pref by Sheryl Crow (for the membership plea at the doors...)

  • Comment number 79.

    #35 Jilly Withajay, me and the Good Lady GoD have been members for years now. We never tire of visiting the different properties, even revisiting the same ones more than once. Since moving up to Cheshire recently we're on a mission to visit all the ones now on our new doorstep!

    #50 ponyclubmum I know exactly were you are (but not in a scarry stalker kind of way!). We've visited both those properties a number of times over the years. My favourite house in that area has to be Coleton Fishacre though. A lovely intimate Arts and Crafts house with lovely gardens that run down to the sea on the South Devon coast. Well worth a visit if anyone is in the area!

    While I'm singing the praises of the NT I might as well also mention that they have a wonderful range of holiday cottages available. We've stayed in a few, from a small cottage on a Cornish quayside to a family break in a manor house in Somerset.

    Disclaimer: These are entirely my personal views and not those of the BBC. I am in no way affiliated with the National Trust, I just like what they do!

    Oh well, back to work ...

  • Comment number 80.

    Can I also add my vote for the beautiful Wild Wood - Paul Weller

    A few more suggestions:
    Forever and Ever - Slik
    Rainy Days and Mondays - The Carpenters (rainy Bank Holidays as mentioned by Gill)

  • Comment number 81.

    #40 Harry, I've had that tune National Express going round and round in my head since I read your post. Same 2 lines over and over

  • Comment number 82.

    Bargain of the day? ............. Les Misérables - Original London Cast Recording .......... 20p :-)

  • Comment number 83.

    Today's kitty offering: a sparrow.

    It's like having an advent calendar on the blog, isn't it? Bet you are all waiting with bated breath until I report on the days cat kill.

    We are NT members and try to make much use of it. The bolt hole was on the edge of the Scotney Castle estate and we had many happy hours of walking there. We are very close to Sissinghurst and those gardens are an inspiration. Smallhythe Place, home of Ellen Terry, is close by and is fascinating. Long live the NT!!

  • Comment number 84.

    HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN by THE BEATLES (the only song I know with National Trust in the lyrics)
    A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME by DIONNE WARWICK
    KEEP ON KEEPING ON by CURTIS MAYFIELD

  • Comment number 85.

    #76 Lilac, I don't think Lord Ammo would have had as many rejections for his book as some writers .......... I think you'll find doors open more easily when you're the presenter of a national radio show.

    #81 Shona ............... LOL

  • Comment number 86.

    I am going to whisper this as I might be evicted from the blog:

    * I find Coldplay a teeny tedious *

    Looking up local gigs yesterday, I found a band called The Moderators playing this weekend? Would that be our very own Modders?

  • Comment number 87.

    Morning one and all....

    "Always and forever" by Heatwave

    Not a song that gets much airplay. I did have the pleasure of watching them live many moons ago........such happy memories

    BD x

  • Comment number 88.

    #86 Alex G, each to their own. I'm much more concerned for the wildlife of Kent :-S

  • Comment number 89.

    Alex, just before the christmas break, my sweet little 'cat noir' delivered to the patio a RAT.
    It was of course far too big for him to snack on so there it lay for 3 days till hubbs was home during daylight hours and able to remove it to the bin. Every time the cat walked past across the patio, he glanced at it with the look 'Oh really, I couldent touch another thing'.

    'Cat noir' and the 'fangless one' dont exacly get along, have you any tips?

  • Comment number 90.

    National Trust songs. How about?

    Our House - Crosby, Stills & Nash
    English Country Garden - a bit radio 3, sorry

  • Comment number 91.

    Talking of NT properties, has anyone visited Lundy Island? I went there a few years ago and thought it was wonderful, and I think I've previously waxed lyrical about the Farne Islands, also owned by the NT.

    I thought, considering you had had so little sleep, Simon, that you sounded remarkably bright and bouncy on last night's show. I, on the other hand, having had very little sleep, felt like the un-dead by teatime last night!

    #83 Alex - Sparrow - dead or alive?

    T x

  • Comment number 92.

    RESCUE ME - FONTANA BASS

    SITTING IN THE PARK - GEORGIE FAME

    EVERLASTING LOVE - LOVE AFFAIR

    MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR - BEATLES

    GO WILD IN THE COUNTRY - BOW WOW WOW

    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 93.

    #85 Harry, right now hubbs would settle for an agent to fight his corner. Hes getting shafted right left n centre. Nobody want to know you unless you have the book, the sequel, the movie plan, and the tie-in.

  • Comment number 94.

    "Forever" Queen.....another group we never hear much of on the radio...

    BD x

  • Comment number 95.

    A few more choons from me ...

    LIVING IN THE PAST - JETHRO TULL

    GLORY DAYS - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    LOVE RESURRECTION - ALISON MOYET

    And for those who might bequeath to the NT on a large scale ...

    PASS THE DUTCHIE - MUSICAL YOUTH

    8-)

  • Comment number 96.

    #74 I would, If I could find it on Kind*le e-books!!
    Would I get modded??!
    Ok, I've found it - if I get modded, you'll know why!!

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kings-Ransom-ebook/dp/B005HAE8HO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1326368920&sr=1-1#_

    Annoyingly, he wrote the outline 15+ years ago, before JK Rowling came along and blew the wizard/witch genre out of the window....

    #79: best thing about membership of NT is all the parking you can have for free as NT own vast tracts of land at some of the most beautiful places in the UK (Minsmere nature reserve, for example). No House to visit, but Views from an old lighthouse, Wildlife and a great cafe!

  • Comment number 97.

    #83 Alex_G, when I was growing up in Kent I used to visit Sissinghurst Castle regularly with my parents.

    #85 Haha!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 98.

    #93 Gill, were you on the blog when Baxter&Bertie was around? He works for a children's publisher and we had a similar discussion when Simon had a sleb on promoting her book. I'm making no comment on the quality of Simon's book; I haven't read it and it might very well be brilliant. But, there's no doubt that being in the public eye can make the acquisition of a publishing deal that much easier.

  • Comment number 99.

    Morning,

    Country House - Blur
    This Old House - Shakin Stevens
    Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
    Back to the old house - The Smiths
    Rose Garden - Lynne Anderson
    This Garden - The Levellers
    Good year for the roses - Elvis Costello
    Holding back the years - Simply Red
    The village green preservation society - Kinks/Kate Rusby
    Save Me - Embrace
    Save Me - Queen
    I saved the world again today - Eurythmics
    Power to the people - John Lennon

  • Comment number 100.

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