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A few lights, no cameras.

Simon Mayo | 09:29 UK time, Friday, 3 February 2012

School run done, homework discussed, coffee poured. Boiler blessed and prayed for.
Early waking and ran tv thing round my head for an hour or so. Bit A follows bit B unless C happens in which case it's D next. Then probably E but maybe G. And don't forget to smile (which I always do). That kind of thing. A photo is required this very morning apparently, before all is revealed on Monday's blog. Clue? I bumped into one of the former hosts in the BBC car park last month. Maybe not very helpful after all. So make-up, fuss and bother, attention to my eyebrows, lights and suits will take their place very shortly and it will be fun I'm sure and the team seem lovely. But nothing will replace the lovely cardigan-broadcasting at Radio 2 which is the centre of everything. And no one cares about a misplaced eyebrow hair.
Anyway a lovely 2 show day again and first up it's movies on 5 Live with Viggo Mortensen as our special guest, "the new De Niro" according to Dr Kermode. He's playing Sigmund Freud in a new movie "A Dangerous Method' alongside Keira Knightley and man-of-the-moment Michael Fassbender. Then (and not needing to acquire loser's snacks) straight to R2 and some full-bloodied ARF duties. Who will be our captivating child of the week? Where are the hen-nighters heading to? Who has the boring DIY weekend with not much else to look forward to? All will be revealed from 5.
Have a warm and wrapped-up-well sort of Friday. See you after 2&5


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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning again Simon and Blogpoppets.

    Hmmm... you met a former host of your new TV programme in the BBC car park... I think I'm going with my husband's thought, which is that you're going to take over from Nicky Campbell on 'The Big Questions' hence the need for smart suits and new shoes!

    Got to try and think of an ARF... backinabit!


  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning again -

    We ARE being teased .............................

    I'd like to request something by FOREIGNER please - never been played as ARFO -







    Take your pick!

    Or there's always -

    THE BEAT by The Look

    Thankyou Kindly ...................

  • Comment number 3.

    Please can we have Bruce Springsteen - Tougher than the rest
    A great opener for the show and for the weekend
    Nujja in (snow-white) Lincs

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    Too quiet here...are you all too cold?

    Am suffering this morning with toothache...."genuine" check up is a couple of months overdue and think I need filling refilled as can only chomp and drink on left side. :(

    Hope it does not snow this weekend as I have a Kickboxing competition at Killamarsh Leisure Centre ( sounds Scottish I know) but its near Sheffield. Dont think I am driving up either as we are mini bussing it!

    Can't wait for the big reveal of the new show on Monday....Flo, Nicky Campbell's ex show is a good guess as he is due to to another series of Long Lost Family which is ace!!!

    Anyway for a kick ass ARFO how about:

    1. HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO - Bonnie Tyler
    2. CRAZY HORSES - The Osmonds

    Must crack on

    Have lovely weekends


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning to everyone who missed my earlier greeting.

    Lord Ammo’s guide to the ARFO:

    "A rousing tub thumper to set the pulses of even the most jaded Friday listener racing."
    "The winning songs are always walls of sound from the beginning. They don't build or get louder, they start fast and loud and stay that way. Sometimes for 1'58", sometimes for 4'50" but they don't flag and they don't rest until they keel over."

    "Feel free to suggest sensitive, quiet and meditative but it won't get on.”

    Can someone tell me in what way ..............


    .............. doesn’t meet all these criteria?

    Be back later

  • Comment number 6.

    Good morning Simon, Team, NYM and fellow blogpoppets!

    A belter of an ARF for your consideration:


    Fits all the criteria!


  • Comment number 7.

    Of course,


    would be good too :-)

  • Comment number 8.

    Morning all. Bloomin' chilly, what? Hope all is well with bloggers everywhere.

    ARF comes round again I see....they have a tendency to do that (thank goodness). So, what shall I offer for consideration this week? I'm tempted by Joey Ramone again but I'll change it up a bit and go for something new.

    I'm in the mood for something a bit more current and I know that's not the ARFO way, but as I'm feeling daring will suggest:

    I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning.......another bright and sunny one here....................so glad it's Friday......................................................ARFO today.........................


    Need some thumping good music to get me going for the weekend.........been a draining week for me..............................................................................

    Have a lovely day everyone............................keep toasty...........................

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

  • Comment number 10.

    Good Morning again

    I am puzzled now as to what the TV programme is - not a clue!

    Anyhoo my ARFO today hopefully fits the bill

    BAMA LAMA BAMA LOO - Little Richard

    Have a great day everyone

    Catch you later

    Shona x

  • Comment number 11.

    #5 oh Harry!

  • Comment number 12.

    Oh what a beautiful morning........

    ...... to stay under the covers and not venture out. BUT as Jilly quite rightly mentions on the last blog, 'bird baths to defrost' Its that time of year, when they really do need a helping hand. Temperatures here plummeted too -10c was mentioned on the news bulletins as I was precariously driving back down the deep frozen 1 in 4s last night.

    The excitement here is almost too much too bear! A morning of oven cleaning, can anyone top that. I know there are professionals out there that can do it if you are willing to part with £50 but thats not an option, so get stuck, in I must.

    I may be gone a while, still at least its an indoor job, so cant really complain.

    As I was driving up to London last weekend, I spotted someone doing a job, that I remarked to my Daughter that I wouldn't mind. He was individually washing bollards!! Wash one, move on, wash one move on..... then look up and see how many miles they stretch out for ahead of you? I soon changed my mind.

    Off up to the bright lights again tomorrow but letting the superfast coach take the strain. Two and a half hours and £19 return, makes good sense to me.

    Off to top up all the feeders.

    Tweet tweet my lovelies.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 13.

    HOT IN HERE by NELLY (well, it might be for your indoor UK listeners)
    TAKE A PEBBLE by EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER (would the spirit of ALAN FREEMAN object is today's ARFO was KARN EVIL 9: FIRST IMPRESSION, PART 2?)

    MR MORTENSEN'S nickname is allegedly "VIG". Did/will you call him "Vig", SIMON?

  • Comment number 14.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    #1 Interesting thought, Florence - althoug didn't Simon say he was filming next week? The Big Question is filmed live (I think) and Nicky Campbell is doing at least the next two...

    I think choosing the ARFO is getting more and more difficult - not only do I have to pick a song that's likely to get played that I actually want to hear, but what if it doesn't come up to standard? What if the blogpoppet collective deem it unworthy? How will I hold my head up to have the crown placed on it...?


  • Comment number 15.

    Anyways, I suppose I'd better suggest a couple then...

    For this week's ARFO, how about:

    NO MORE HEROES by the Stranglers

    DEVIL GATE DRIVE by Suzy Quatro

    WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE by Steve Winwood


  • Comment number 16.

    Good morning from a beautifully crisp Leeds *wax lyrical on* where the sun slowly climbs through the water vapour rising from the power stations along the Humber *wax lyrical off*

    Anyhoo – this song has been stuck in my head for some days:


    Brrrr!! Minus 5 on Cleckhuddersfax station – watching the London train come & go as well

  • Comment number 17.


    *** Twilight *** by ELO.

    Which I know wont get picked, but one that I love. Good enough reason for me :)

  • Comment number 18.

    Good Morning Each!


    *** Tulane*** by The Steve Gibbons Band.


  • Comment number 19.


  • Comment number 20.

    It's ccccold isn't it bloggers, anyway morning all,
    For all request Friday - how about ♫Frantique - Strut your funky stuff (sure enough)
    or Jean Jett and the Blackhearts - I love Rock 'n' Roll ♫

    Love peace and jelly babies to all, wrap up warm blogpoppets

  • Comment number 21.

    As #5 Harry said... "A rousing tub thumper to set the pulses of even the most jaded Friday listener racing. The winning songs are always walls of sound from the beginning. They don't build or get louder, they start fast and loud and stay that way. Sometimes for 1.58 sometimes for 4.50 but they don't flag and they don't rest until they keel over."

    So how about this 'rousing tub thumper' of a tune... not quite 1.58 though...

    I WANNA BE ON TV by Green Day!!!


  • Comment number 22.

    I haven't heard the first song for ages but like all three....

    BROKEN DOWN ANGEL ~ Nazareth

    TEENAGE KICKS ~ The Undertones

    HEY ROCK AND ROLL ~ Showaddywaddy

  • Comment number 23.


  • Comment number 24.




  • Comment number 25.

    Morning all. Only a light frosting on the car windscreen this morning, but definitely a chill in the air. We are (currently) forecast to have a smattering of snow tomorrow evening. We shall see...

    This weekend the plan is to get to the gym, go for a walk with the Ramblers, visit something National Trust-y and spend a couple of hours trying to learn to play my recently purchased ukelele.

    Trust all are hale and hearty, and if you're not, I hope you are soon.

    AZTEC CAMERA - Oblivious
    THE EAGLES - Heartache Tonight
    ROACHFORD - Cuddly Toy

  • Comment number 26.

    54321 - MANFRED MANN


  • Comment number 27.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and cardigan-clad bloggers,

    FFFFFFFFreezing here. But I just heard from a friend in Stockholm, who posted a pic on FB of the thermometer outside his back door showing -33C. Somehow I think their houses are better insulated than our Victorian fridges.

    ARFO choices...


    I WISH - Stevie Wonder

    And with a nod to the potential new gig...

    GIRLS ON FILM - Duran Duran

    Or if they don't whet your whistle, there's always

    JOHNNY BE GOOD - Chuck Berry

    Good day all

    #12 MTF - Superfast to London. Berrys??

  • Comment number 28.

    Oh yes, the oven................................................................

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning All!!

    Hope everyone is OK and not too cold.

    ARFO suggestion:

    Shang-a-lang-Bay City Rollers

    Did anyone else see the opening credits of the Space Programme on BBC4 last night at 8pm and think "OOh The Clangers"?........................Probably just me & Mr B then.........

    I too am intrigued about Simon's new job-I just hope it fits with doing Drivetime as it would be horrid to lose him.

    Having another busy day so will only do lurking rather than proper blogging, mores the pity, but it is nice to "see" you even if I can't join in.

    Love and waves to all

    Mrs B x

  • Comment number 30.

    Aye John.

    I've got a premium seat, with a table. Only 11 seats downstairs. Proper job :)

  • Comment number 31.

    MTF - And something from the basket?!

  • Comment number 32.

    Good morning all,

    A swift poop by as it's coffee break time. Haven't had a chance to read back yet but hope you are all well.

    -6 again here this morning but lovely and sunny so far.

    ARFO from me would be ...


    Busy again now (I'm just having the coffee portion of my coffee break!)


  • Comment number 33.

    OOps 13 seats. Luckily mine is facing forwards. I'm not that brilliant at facing backwards, doesn't feel quite right somehow.

    Right, I'm going in.

    Have a lovely weekend everyone.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 34.

    Basket John???? OOOOOH!

  • Comment number 35.

    Morning All,

    ARFO suggestion 'One Way Or Another' Blondie

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 36.

    Good morning all,

    What a beautiful sunny morning it is. It may be cold, but I have seen some spectacular sunrises whilst driving in to work this week.

    My bird feeders have all been topped up, fresh water put out, and my grateful feathered friends couldn't wait for me to go back inside!

    The septic man has been and gone - his tanker topped up too! :-)

    Now I will enjoy the rest of my day off mainly pottering, housework pottering, dog walking pottering and putting the groceries away pottering. I know....I like to live on the edge! ;-)

    Simon, I hope it is the Film series that you are presenting. But you do know how to keep us all in suspense!

    I wont put forward an ARF suggestion just yet, as I am still smiling from a few weeks ago, but I would love to hear Deebee's Stranglers choice or Florence's Showaddywaddy track.

    Enjoy your day whatever you are all up too, even cleaning ovens!!

    madchick x

  • Comment number 37.

    Coffee break here as well, Glenn! Do you want a top up?

    #29 Mrs Boris, I don't think you've got anything to worry about. I've just re-read Simon's blog - DT is clearly where his heart really lies. There's not much chance of us losing him to the bright lights of TV land. Especially if they won't let him wear his cardi...

    Enjoy your trip, MTF!


  • Comment number 38.

    Ooops, #36 !! The man wasn't 'septic', infact he was rather friendly considering the job he does. Please insert the word 'tank' where appropriate, although it did make me smile when I read the post back. :-)

  • Comment number 39.

    MTF you have reminded me that my oven needs a bit of a clean, despite being self-cleaning, the bars don't clean themselves! I take them outside, loads of newspaper, Mr Muscle spray on them and after a couple of hours I put the power washer on to clean it off!

    A few more ARF suggestions and then I must get cracking!

    RIDE ON TIME - Black Box

    CELEBRATION ~ Kool and The Gang

    WATERFRONT ~ Simple Minds

  • Comment number 40.

    #5 Harry - For several weeks I've been suggesting the song below which fulfils all of those criteria, but so far, no joy...

    CHICAGO - 25 or 6 to 4

    I live in perpetual hope...

  • Comment number 41.

    Morning again secretive Simon, top team and brrrrr-ing blogpoppets,

    Bird bath defrosted and feeders full :)

    Don't envy that job MTF, I advise more procrastination ;)

    Well this one fits the criteria, so for my ARFO please and thank kindly -


    Off to do some one-armed food shopping- such fun!

    Stay warm out there lovelies x

  • Comment number 42.

    I think the new show is Film 2012 and the out going presenter Simon saw in the car park could have been Claudia Winkleman or Jonathan Ross.

  • Comment number 43.

    Morning all,

    Hubby tells me the car was showing -6 on the ole thermometer o bob, but it didn't feel that cold as as I walked to school/work. I think it is because it is absolutely glorious in this here neck of the woods. Mind you, I think the forcast for tomrrow is 5 - 10 cm of snow which my boys are looking forward to. Me...not too fussed as me and the hubby are knocking out the fireplace and chimney breast. Hope to keep my all my fingers intact.


  • Comment number 44.

    I also topped up the bird feeders this morning. We have two, one with niger seeds for the goldfinches and the other with mixed bird food. The niger seed one seems to need refilling a lot more frequently. I'm wondering if the other one has the wrong sort of food for the birds in our area. Have any other blogpoppets got any tips for the best sort of bird food to use? We can't use fat balls because the dogpoppet sits underneath them salivating.

    #42 It's unlikely to have been Jonathan Ross, if it was the BBC car park...


  • Comment number 45.

    Also don't think we have had an ARF from this group

    'Start Me Up' Rolling Stones

  • Comment number 46.

    Suggestions for todays ARF opener




  • Comment number 47.

    #40 Driver, I've been requesting Transvision Vamp and scrumptious Wendy James, except for a brief hiatus since Christmas, for months but we're both way behind the (equally scrumptious) MTF who has been asking for ELO since Noah was a lad :-)

  • Comment number 48.

    'Sweet Gene Vincent' Ian Dury & The Blockheads

  • Comment number 49.

    #1 and last post of yesterday's blog -

    I have suspected for some time.. but ... you have finally convinced me, Florence, that you don't see - or perhaps don't read - a lot of my posts! Sorry they are so boring. LOL.

    This is what I posted in here Wednesday:

    At 12:25 1st Feb 2012, Katy M wrote:

    *wishful thinking*

    I, for one, would be delighted if Simon were to be taking on the role as host for The Big Questions - BBC1's Sunday morning series which discusses moral, ethical and religious issues.
    Nicky Campbell's performance has become rather stale of late and the programme could certainly do with ''refreshing'.

    Also, there is a fair degree of studio gallivantery involved - hence the importance of shoes.


    ***A bit of trivia: Songs of Praise which celebrated its 50 anniversary in 2011 has had over 200 presenters ..

  • Comment number 50.

    #45 - Brandon - Get Off Of My Cloud was picked at the end of last Summer.

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

  • Comment number 51.

    #21. Seems to fit, apart from the offer of free cocaine in the lyrics. When Simon played JJ Cale, he did say that he didn't anticipate playing any songs with mentions of that particular substance in their lyrics, on any subsequent occasions. I suppose he could borrow a pip, as JW used to from Terry, and use it to cover the offending lyric. ;0)

  • Comment number 52.

    #42, #44 Nor Barry Norman, for that matter...

  • Comment number 53.

    Thanks DMac for kind words in yesterday's blog. Also Alex. Good to see you Mo and good luck to Hoffs and nurse Jennie and all other blogpoppets who are finding life a bit tough at the mo.

    It's worth remembering that ...life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning how to dance in the rain ...

    I'm out of here for a while but would like to leave these
    ARFO suggestions ...





  • Comment number 54.

    Good morning everyone,

    It's like a scene from Bambi here today, what with the glorious sunshine, frozen puddles and the wild deer and bunny wabbits scampering around the woods - truly a loverly day.

    To kick off this weekend please could I have:

    'Bad Case Of Loving You' - Robert Palmer

    No cocktail parties this weekend, alas - possibility of boring, slightly dodgy, DIY though. Finally got round to making a fruit cake yesterday – in fact think it might be time to do some quality control, don't want to serve sub-standard fare to any unexpected guests....

    Have a splendiferous Friday folks :-)

    N xx

  • Comment number 55.

    #53 words of wisdom indeed KatyM - and not an expression I think I've seen before. I shall remember it ... and if I can add my best wishes to all those who're having a tough time ....

    #54 splendiferous - now there's a marvellous, made-up word Nadine

  • Comment number 56.

    Now, I have no list of previous ARFOs (but someone must). Despite Harry's criteria posting, what was the last ARFO that wasn't a guitar based rocking number from the period 1971-1976?

    With that in mind I think Ram Jam is in pole position...

    My 70'S suggestion though is: STAY WITH ME - THE FACES

    My 80's one is: ANTMUSIC- ADAM & THE ANTS

    My 90's one is: ALTOGETHER NOW - THE FARM

  • Comment number 57.

    Harry, flattery will get you everywhere :)

    Three word Friday, yes I know we dont do them.....as a rule, but what are rules for?

    Mushy pea breakfast. Parp!

    Funny what takes your fancy sometimes, I blame this cold snap. Parp parp!

    OOh ships sailing past, the distractions that take me away from carrying on with cleaning the oven!

  • Comment number 58.

    Nadine, it sounds such a wonderful setting :D

  • Comment number 59.

    Good afternoon all

    Quick pop in to suggest ARFO

    Mony Mony - Tommy James and the Shondelles

    Will catch up later when the sick have been ministered to.

    Jennie Wren

  • Comment number 60.

    Well Hello All :)

    It's bright and sunny here, which more than makes up for the 'brass monkeys' ;)

    On Simon's TV Job - I am thinking it's something to do with politics, based solely on his chat with David Dimbleby the other day, and the fact that he didn't go for the more scathing songs for the oldies. Lots of folk suggested songs about lying etc in relation to politicians, but they didn't get picked, and Simon went out of his way to emphasise that he thought, on the whole, that politicians were a decent bunch. I was thinking about the Sunday Politics Show, as it's had 3 presenters, although the latest, Andrew Neil hasn't been there long enough to get the seat warm (the previous 2 were Jeremy Vine & John Sopel)

    My ARFO suggestion today is a song that's been going around my head all week (for reasons unknown)


  • Comment number 61.

    #53 Wise words indeed KatyMatey - it reminds me of the Neil Sedaka song Make Your Own Sunshine, which has the line 'before you walk in the sun, you've got to laugh in the rain'...

    MTF - pardon you!


  • Comment number 62.

    One day the ARFO will be "She's so Modern" - The Boomtown Rats.
    The law of averages states so

  • Comment number 63.

    Thats before I have eaten them Deebee, they are having mini explosions of their own in the microwave. Thats the next thing to clean!

  • Comment number 64.

    Afternoon all
    A morning meeting has set me all behind....here I am tardily with my attempt to get the ARFO crown with:

    *************CROCKODILE ROCK******************* by Sir Elton John...

    I did check the previous ARFO list and Sir Elt is sadly overlooked.

    Come on DT TEAM, give a pensioner (65 on 25th March!!) a look-in
    Oh, that's his age by the way, not mine...


    Enjoy the snow y'all,

  • Comment number 65.

    #58 I am very fortunate with my location - our house backs onto woodland which then leads onto farmland (not ours I hasten to add!). Just beyond that is a properly maintained wood that's also a nature reserve. We really are spoilt for wildlife! There is a family of buzzards nesting nearby - it's wonderful to see them cruising the thermals on a sunny day like today :-)

  • Comment number 66.

    Time for a breather. Busy morning so far:

    - washing up done and dishwasher emptied
    - walk to the Garden Centre to purchase 16 sacks of blue slate chippings and some solar lights. And a rather magnificent bench (couldn't resist it).
    - walk back home, collecting a hod of logs en route (see Jilly, shoulder doesn't stop all activity!)
    - filled bird feeders, lots of them
    - took delivery of sacks of slate and bench and got it all stacked in the barn
    - did emails


    Previous occupants left all their bird feeders behind so we have continued with them, despite the risks posed by the cats. We have 2 feeders with suet balls outside the kitchen window, a bird table with wild bird seed (and Rosie at the moment), and a feeder with nuts in this garden. The other garden has 2 seed feeders and 2 nuts. Deebee, we just get bog standard peanuts and wild bird seed. Looking out at the moment, I can see 6 long-tailed tits on the suet balls, a robin on the bird table (with Rosie bizarrely), about a dozen blue tits flocking round the nut feeder and a lazy blackbird picking up whatever is dropped. A woodpecker makes regular visits.

    In the front garden, we have a huge bush with bright orange berries and LOTS of thorns. Anyone know what it could be? We have 4 bull finches who love it. I have never seen bull finches before - gorgeous.

    Get back to your oven, MTF!!!

  • Comment number 67.

    ps Re weekend, (snow-allowing) we're off to the Ashmolean museum, now the crowds have died down to look at the new Egyptian Galleries..& maybe to see Warhorse if I can spare the tissues (Decendants was quite a tear-jerker, which we saw with the other penny-pinchers on Orange Wednesday!)...

  • Comment number 68.

    Good afternoon,

    ARFO. Hmmm. How about:

    GET HAPPY by Judy Garland

    I love the punchy brass section on this song.

    Haven't posted for a couple of days but have been lurking.

    Deebee, Hoffs and Katy, Have been thinking about your respective family members.xxx

    Billie, Zut Alors mon Ami! Beware late night lap top lingering. My brother in law woke up after a particularly beery night out with a vague recollection of some silly surfing on a certain auction site. When he checked his account he discovered he was the owner of a Sinclair C5.

    Paul of Sheffield, I recorded Junior Choice on our Skybox (other tv providers are available etc etc). Such a brilliant show. Kids today do have songs but they arent a patch on the ones you mentioned. One called "Gummy Bear" is a particular favourite of my girls and a serious pet hate of mine.

    This time 6 years ago I was at home and connected to my works remote access desktop hurriedly trying to finish a piece of work. My waters had broken several hours before but I was in complete denial as I only just about 37 weeks. The afternoon was spent shopping in a certain baby store where my mother frightened the life out of the shop assistant who asked if I would mind waiting a while for a particular product by telling her I was in labour.

    Yes, you've guessed it - it's partytime in the 40 household this weekend. Can't believe my precious Big Girl is going to be 6 tomorrow. In the past several of you have quite rightly told me to enjoy every minute with my girls because childhood really does fly.

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 69.

    #49 Katy... two minds must think alike then... or rather I feel I am being told off!
    I probably don't read all of the messages on the blog all of the time because other stuff often gets in the way but I do try to catch up most days, so apologies if I have missed a few posts, including yours! ;o)

  • Comment number 70.

    Oooooohhh - I've got it. Our esteemed leader is going to be the new Stig! Think about it - Perry MacCarthy, Ben Collins, the one doing at the moment who could have been in the BBC car park because a series is currently being filmed, Speedy Motor Mayo! A suit and shoes are definitely required and he didn't mention the helmet because that would have given the game away.

  • Comment number 71.

    #66 Alex G, is a pyracantha aka fire thorn? Possibly "orange glow"?

    The blackbirds love ours.

  • Comment number 72.

    Happy 6th birthday to Julia's Big Girl! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

    I clearly remember being 6. I had a cake in the shape of a princess - the cake was the ball gown and there was a doll with an iced bodice. So pretty. I wanted to stay being 6 - turning 7 frightened me because that class did joined up writing and I KNEW I would never master it. (I did, of course).

  • Comment number 73.

    *Shona* I've just booked tickets to see Christy Moore and Declan Sinnot and I'm thinking that you may be a Christy Moore fan... and if so, do you know he's playing at Stirling's Albert Hall on Sunday 11th November?

  • Comment number 74.

    #71 Harry, once again you come up trumps! I have looked it up in my trusty book and it is indeed a pyracantha. Thank you! It really is stunning against our front wall. My book tells me it will have white flowers in summer - am excited!

  • Comment number 75.

    #74 Alex G, we have two different ones (red berries and orange berries) which both produce white flowers. They seem to provide an inexhaustable supply of fruit for the birds right through the winter. The orange one we have is "orange glow" but I'm not sure what the red one is because I grew it from a cutting I "borrowed" from a neighbour's plant ;-)

  • Comment number 76.

    Simons new telly thing. My guess is that he will be the new host of one of those gameshows on a Saturday evening that link into the National Lottery results. I seem to recall him doing something of that ilk before.
    OR, perhaps, 'Test The Nation'. (Previous presenters Anne Robinson, Danny Wallace and Phillip Schofield).
    Maybe 'Ask The Family' (Robert Robinson, Alan Titchmarsh, Dick and Dom) This only fits if you count the kiddies double act as one presenter.
    Other ideas...
    'Blankety Blank' (Terry Wogan, Les Dawson, Lily Savage)
    'Cluedo' (James Bellini, Chris Tarrant, Richard Madely)
    'Give Us A Clue' ( Micheal Aspel, Micheal Parkinson, Tim Clark)
    Food for thought?

  • Comment number 77.

    #75 My book doesn't tell me the varieties but I am bound to take a wander to the garden centre over the weekend (it is just over the road, so irresistable) and will take a look.

    #76 I am not speculating, just hoping its not a daytime or early evening show. Our TV does not work pre 9pm.

  • Comment number 78.

    #65 As long as the thermals concerned aren't ones your wearing then that's no problem...

  • Comment number 79.

    Lunchtime! A rather fine goats cheese awaits.

    Just had sad news. My uncle, my Mum's baby brother, was diagnosed with cancer last week. Initially, the prognosis was months which was bad enough. My sister just rang to say Mum is hot-footing it to Norfolk as his decline has been rapid and it looks like hours. Too too sad. My poppets are his grand-daughters so I am really feeling for them right now. Perhaps losing Captain Jack was to prepare the poppets for a bigger loss.

    Will be back later.

  • Comment number 80.

    A special blog dedicated to my blog pal 'arry The Snapper:

    Greetings Mr. Mayo Pal & ALL Blog Pals & Gals...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mr. Mayo Pal...

    First a driving tip from me:

    A driving tip for all from me, an expert at driving (noot meant in egotistical terms, just selling meself and giving free knowledge ter 'elp keep my fellow bloggers safer).... The roads when they 'ave been gritted 'ave a damp film across them which combined with oil and dirt trapped on the road surface makes for a more slippery road than when it's raining!!!!!!!
    Take it easy out there.... Unless like me yer like using it ter yer advantage and getting yer back end out on roundabouts!!!!!!!

    So Thursdee a 'ad a plumber around me new old 'ouse and at last a now 'ave full control of me water pipes!!!!! But still not 'ot water or 'eating yet!!!
    Me stopcock was jammed and the valve in the street, but now me new pipe is in from the street and me old lead pipes no more!!!!!!
    Yesterdee a got all me old water pipes out and me new ones in thus making way for me ter be able ter start ripping out me old bathroom and in with the new!!!!! (couldn't work on any ipes as they were all live and with a jammed stopcock unable ter turn it off – Thank the lord above a didn't getta burst as a wouldn't be able ter stop it!!!!! amazing 'ow the some people live, aka the previous owners!!!! but then both sad and understandable if they 'ave little money ter spend on their 'ome!!!!).

    Last night a went te rme Mum's 'ouse ter experience 'eating and the most beautiful warm bath.... Complete with bubblebath bath bombs that me most nice Thai girlfriend got me and me Mum for Xmas!!!!!!!
    After being in me new old 'ouse for days in cold... where even when yer go the toilet.... A cloud of steam rises it's so cold in me 'ouse.... A was lying there thinking wow this feels good.... The simple things in life of a warm bath are the best things in life!!!!!!
    The best thigns in life blog pals & gals!!!! Gals & pals!!!!
    Which brings me ter thinking about choosing a fine set of waterworks for me new bathrooms.
    In me previous 'ouse a fitted a fine corner bath... A used ter love soaking for 'ours in relaxation... And in this 'ouse am doing now... The one luxury am gonna spend abit on is a BIG bath!!!!!!!!

    A went down ter me local bathroom showroom of bathrooms which gets me ter the strangest thing ave ever seen.... The most expensive baht there 'ad many 'ole sin it!!!!!!??????????!!!@!
    A said ter the salesperson.... Surely all the water will come straith outta the 'oles... Of which a was reassured it was a top of the range whirlpool bath... complete with pipes ter plug the 'oles!!!!!!
    It's then memories of me Latvian girlfriend who 'ad one of these contraptions fitted in 'er 'ouse in London!!!!!! Aka zee Zvetlana.... ya!!!!! (it only lasted 4 weeks as she loved 'er 'whittle chiwawa' as she called 'im/ it, more than me!!!!)
    She let me use 'er whirlpool bath.... And for me it was anything but relaxing.... It's like being in a coffee maker thast makes that 'orrible 'ssscchhhheeeeehhhhhkkkkkkk' noise coupled with rumbling!!!!!!!!!!!!
    For me it was like 'aving a bath suffering from the severest of flatulence after eating baked bean and brussels sprout sandwiches!!!!!!
    Who wants ter pay top wack for such!!!!!!

    Am settling ter a treat of a large double bath ter 'elp improve me swimming... Cheaper than lessons!!!!!!
    Or should a build me very own bath out of concrete and tiles???????

    'ave a most nice weekend all!!!!!!!

    Niceness ter each ;-)))))

  • Comment number 81.

    Oooohhhh look at the suited and booted (no tie) Mr Mayo in this clip....

    Could TV Confessions be returning?


  • Comment number 82.

    #81 on second thoughts... silly/stupid me... it can't be TV Confessions as presumably there won't have been three previous presenters!

  • Comment number 83.

    Oinkity oink! :O

  • Comment number 84.

    Julia, wishing your Big Girl a very happy 6th birthday! I hope all in your household are over the lurgy now.

    Alex - so sorry to hear about your uncle. Big hugs to you and the poppets. XX

    Florence - is that really our esteemed leader in that clip? He looks so, er... young...


  • Comment number 85.

    Sorry for not reading back.... it happens all too easily. I was looking at Flos clip, must say can see where Jonathon Ross got some of his hair ideas from now..

    Alex, more sad news, I am sorry.

    Happy Birthday for tomorrow to Julias lass.

    Oven cleaning to continue this evening, other pressing matters took over as they do and no, not ironing!

    I hope everyone stays safe out there, its a deep freeze.

    MTF :)

  • Comment number 86.

    Re his Lordship's new TV appearance....taking over as the 4th :





  • Comment number 87.

    Paul McCartney's new album is being streamed by the Guardian:


    Not really my thing, and definitely not as good as Lenny last week, but someone here might like it :-)

  • Comment number 88.

    #84 Deebee... and look at the soft floppy bob of a hairstyle!!! ;o)

  • Comment number 89.

    #69 Sorry to make you stand in the corner, Florence - I was just making sure that if it really is 'The Big Questions' then everyone should know that I said it FIRST! Competitive? Moi? LOL.
    Anyway, you are totally forgiven because you have such good taste when it comes to seeing live music [#73]

    #79 Oh dear - sorry to hear about your uncle, Alex. It will certainly help that your poppets have had a warning, which won't make it more bearable - just less of a shock. x

    #68 Thanks Julia .. and here's a pretty birthday cupcake your lovely girl ..


  • Comment number 90.

    Have just discovered I can blog on my K•••le.

  • Comment number 91.

    Off to plug my kettle in....

  • Comment number 92.

    #79 So sorry to hear your sad news Alex_Girl

    #85 That's a darn lot of oven cleaning MTF!

  • Comment number 93.

    #89... it's OK Katy, I'm not competitive so you can have it to yourself! ;o)

    Someone (sorry not got time to check back as I shouldn't be on here) mentioned a Lottery show....


  • Comment number 94.

    #91 MTF. Can you blog on yours too, same as Jennie #90?


  • Comment number 95.

    Heard bits of the Macca album. Bit self-indulgent, I thought.

    JBG- LOL!!

    Thanks for the good wishes, folks.

    Thinking of Macca Does Jazz, have any of you come across Gretchen Palato? We were introduced via Jamie Cullum. I gave her cd "Lost and Found" to Mr P for Christmas and we both love it. Don't do links but she did a session on JC's show this week. Check out on ithingy.

  • Comment number 96.

    Thats what I am hoping for John, it has little use for anything else!

  • Comment number 97.


  • Comment number 98.

    Autumn Gale, I'm just a bit thorough, ok fussy. It has to be GLEAMING! Then no-one can use it for a month.

    Stupidly, I took a whole leg of lamb from the freezer this morning. Hope we're going to get some 'barbie' weather!

  • Comment number 99.

    Alex -so sorry about your uncle. Thinking of you and your family.

    Jennie Wren

  • Comment number 100.

    End of lunchtime, but we're on the final run into the weekend.

    Keep warm!


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