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A Lord is with us

Simon Mayo | 09:15 UK time, Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Well a mild and cloudy day on the (much neglected) estate, school run finished and coffee waiting. Trust all bloggers are raring to go-have postings eased off while I have been moonlighting? Am I responsible? Guilty of neglect your honour...search parties need to be sent out to round up the stragglers.
Really enjoying being back on and Larry Lamb was fun yesterday. Still fascinated that he should have felt a wanderer and a performer without knowing anything about his history. What's the biology there? Can your family traditions really be passed on when you have no idea what those traditions are? We use DNA as a shorthand for what someone's instincts are but I wonder if that is the truth of it. I'm sure there are some bloggers out there who know the truth. Step forward and be counted...
Watched some of the Brits last night and while there's been a lot of fuss about Adele being cut off (why not just let the news be late? News at 10.15 would have been fine) I thought the real shame was the perfunctory mentions of Whitney and Amy Winehouse. If that was all they could do, maybe they shouldn't have bothered.
Today we welcome back Melvyn Brag to Drivetime. He is without doubt one of the great broadcasters in this country and I find him compulsive listening, even if I have no idea what he is talking about. He has a new series on Class and Culture on BBC2 this week. Melvyn thinks we are freer, more tolerant and less snobbish than we used to be-he will explain more tonight.
And oldies? Well to follow on from pancakes yesterday, we should do LENT songs today- GIVING UP STUFF. Chris and Vassos have been discussing GIVING UP STUFF for Lent and I have decided to give up smoking, eating beetroot and reading German poetry. It'll be tough but I'll get through it. Also then NOT GIVING UP should feature in the mix somewhere.
Have a cultured and classy Wednesday, see you after 5


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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon and fellow blogpoppets.

    Perhaps we should start with a classic:

    Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley

    More shortly.....

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and uninterrupted bloggers

    If my memory serves me well, we did this Pancake Day – Lent combo theme last year too. History repeating itself? Or just running a bit low on ideas??

    And, yes, the blog does feel a little deserted at the moment. A bit like being at school when other classes have gone off on an exciting outing.

    Anywhere, here goes:

    ASHES TO ASHES – David Bowie


    GIVE IT UP – KC & The Sunshine Band


    MILK AND ALCOHOL - Dr Feelgood

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning again

    Songs for Lent ?



    GIVING UP GIVING IN – Three Degrees


  • Comment number 4.

    Morning everyone

    Not sure whether I have the willpower to give anything up for lent... least of all pancakes, whether Scotch ones or crepes!

    DON'T GIVE UP ~ Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

    GIVE IT UP ~ KC and the Sunshine Band

    GOT TO GIVE IT UP ~ Marvin Gaye

    DON'T GIVE UP ON US ~ David Soul


  • Comment number 5.


  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Simon and the crew

    Dont Give up - Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush
    Dont stop me now - Queen
    Gotta get thru this - Daniel Bedingfield
    One day at a time - Lena Martell
    Our lips are sealed - Fun Boy Three
    Sacrifice - Elton John
    Temptation - Heaven 17

    Still haven't decided what to give up for Lent - Can't cope without chocolate.

    Thanks to your show I have been selected as a book distributor for World Book Night. 25 copies of Pride and Prejudice coming to West Devon soon.

  • Comment number 7.

    Recycling from yesterday...


  • Comment number 8.

    THE PROMISE – Girls Aloud


    TEMPTED - Squeeze

    I TRY – Macy Gray

    DON'T GIVE UP - Peter & Kate

    DON'T GIVE UP ON US - David Soul

  • Comment number 9.

    It's the little green box which says we can't post which has brought the numbers down!

    I WANT CANDY – Bow Wow Wow

    CANDY – Paulo Nutini

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning All,

    'Last Time' Rolling Stones

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning all

    Been trying to get on here for ages!

    GIVING UP, GIVING IN - Three Degrees

    Wild and windy here (weather not me)!

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 12.


    I CAN'T GO FOR THAT (NO CAN DO) - Hall & Oates

    TEMPTATION - Heaven 17

    Green box which brings the fresh organic veggies = good

    Green box which stops posting on the blog = bad


  • Comment number 13.

    FALLEN ANGEL - Frankie Valli

    NO SELF CONTROL - Peter Gabriel


  • Comment number 14.

    Good morning all!

    I was going to suggest:

    DON'T GIVE UP - Peter G and Kate B

    But see it's already there.

    I am feeling left out. Haven't experienced the green box.

    I approve of your Lenten aims, Simon. In the same spirit, I will give up gin, crisps and reading philosophy.

    Back later, roofing man to call.

  • Comment number 15.

    #6 I went the whole of January without chocolate of any kind, so it can be done.

    FRANK SINATRA - They Can't Take That Away From Me!

  • Comment number 16.

    #12 JBG - We need Peta Womble's replacement to sort things out!

  • Comment number 17.


    SELF CONTROL - Laura Brannigan

    Hiya Tortie! Have replied to your FB message. Purrs to you.

  • Comment number 18.

    LAURA BRANNIGAN - Self Control

    HERMAN'S HERMITS - No Milk Today (!)

    ROBIN SARSTEDT - My Resistance Is Low

    Or for those times when, despit everything, you cave in
    PHIL COLLINS - I Don't Care Anymore

  • Comment number 19.

    A few more....

    NOT GIVING UP ~ Daniel Merriweather

    TEMPTATION ~ Heaven 17


  • Comment number 20.

    Really should be getting on with some work.... but am allowing myself to be distracted. I hope everyone's well. Very grey and miserable here, but not actually raining - yet.

    Can I 2nd suggestions:
    Temptation - Heaven 17
    I Try - Macy Gray

    I'll also add:
    It's Hard to be a Saint in the City - David Bowie
    No Regrets - The Walker Brothers
    Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi
    Highly Strung - Spandau Ballet (for all those trying to give something up)
    God Only Knows (What I'd Do Without You) - The Beach Boys
    Don't Think of Me - Dido
    Always on my Mind - Elvis/Willie Nelson

  • Comment number 21.

    SELF CONTROL - Laura Branigan

    COLD TURKEY - John Lennon

  • Comment number 22.

    #17 Hi Alex - have sent them back on FB!!

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    I had a suspicion that Lent would be chosen as the theme.

    Another busy day again so must get my choons in the mix:

    1. GIVE IT UP - K C and the Sunshine band
    2. GIVE IT UP GIVE IT IN - The Three Degrees
    3. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP - Rick Astley
    4. HARD HABIT TO BREAK - Chicago
    5. SMOKE ON THE WATER - Deep Purple
    6. DONT GIVE UP - Peter and Kate
    7. STOP! Sam Brown
    9. NEVER EVER - All Saints
    10. STOP! - Spice Girls

    Have a lovely day.


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 24.


    40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS - Muddy Waters

    #16 - T-C - yes indeed. But who is she/he? Did any of the CiN-ers find out?

    Things I 100% cannot give up - bread, cheese, coffee, alcohol. Been there, tried, failed.

    Things I am considering giving up - chocolate/sweets, rubbish TV (Take Me Out, anyone?), driving short distances under 2 miles.

  • Comment number 25.

    Good morning everyone!

    May I suggest:


    A minor hit from the early 90s if memory serves me well. We don’t hear anywhere near enough Hothouse Flowers on the wireless.

    P.S. That's C&Pd from last year .............. it didn't get played then either :))

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi all

    Give it Up - KC and the sunshine band


  • Comment number 27.





  • Comment number 28.

    I could give up Turnips and Swede! Easily!

    Couldn't give up Cheese, Red Wine or Chocolate!

  • Comment number 29.

    #24 I was one of the CiN-ers JBG, but I was too busy to find out!

  • Comment number 30.

    #28 Billie, surely not? Swede or turnip mash with lots of butter and white pepper is gorgeous.

  • Comment number 31.

    #30 Harry - Yuk!

  • Comment number 32.

    #31 I bet you say that to all the boys! ;-)

  • Comment number 33.

    Good Morning all.

    Having very recently been put in a situation, where I have to give up all foods containing gluten, I am now realising how difficult its going to be, and not just for Lent either. So, good luck to all those attempting to do so.

    Sitting, going through supermarket grocery lists, which I have to say are most helpful, individually listing suitability or not. If a song springs to mind, I will be back.

    Happy Days :)

  • Comment number 34.

    A couple for the procrastinators....

    WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW - Jimi Hendrix


    I'm giving up beetroot, The Simpsons, and anything with Graham Norton or Alan Carr.

  • Comment number 35.

    'Private Hell' The Jam

  • Comment number 36.

    Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes

  • Comment number 37.

    'Can't Stand Losing You' The Police

  • Comment number 38.

    Do I spy a Tooth Fairy?

  • Comment number 39.

    Morning all,

    My abstinent/indulgent assortment:

    'I Just Can't Get Enough' - Depeche Mode
    'High And Dry' - Radiohead
    'Never Never Gonna Give You Up' - Bazza White
    'Constant Craving' - KD Lang
    'Need You Tonight' - INXS
    'I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten' - Dusty Springfield
    'Without You' - Nilsson (HOIB?)

    I'm giving up giving up ;-D

    N xx

  • Comment number 40.

    THE SMITHS - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

    There's a definite air of capitulation in the face of abstinence today!

  • Comment number 41.

    Good morning all from a greyish Essex. Very nondescript today.

    I have decided to give up alcohol for Lent - apart from the bottle of red which is already open and too good to waste! I'm hoping it might kick start a bit of weight loss to give me some hope that it can be done! The trouble with not being so mobile anymore is that exercise is not as easy as it sounds to all the 'experts' and all the good things in life tend to put on a few pounds here and there so I'll make an effort to start somewhere!

    I'll choose GIVE IT UP by K C and the SUNSHINE BAND and keep fingers crossed.

    Off to ELH store with you know who!

    Jennie Wren

  • Comment number 42.

    Morning All,

    Late to the party, no time to catch up, so apologoes for duplication:-

    Don't give up - Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

    Office is going to be painted tomorrow, so in the process of packing stuff up. Talk about last minute...I only found out on Monday! You take a week off and all sorts happens!

    Maybes laters, packing permitting


  • Comment number 43.

    Morning all!

    Please can I second JBG with 'WITH OR WITHOUT YOU' - U2
    Please can I second, third, fourth and fifth 'GIVE IT UP - KC & The Sunshine Band

    and suggest:

    THE SWEET ESCAPE - Gwen Stefani

    DENIAL - Sugababes

    YOU NEED ME, I DON'T NEED YOU - Ed Sheeran

    Brandon - how are you feeling this morning? After your tune suggestion yesterday, I was wondering what you put on your pancakes!

    Also, Suzieeeee - hope all goes well on Saturday with your son. Have you a plan for Saturday night when you have finished?

  • Comment number 44.

    Morning all
    I too was puzzled by LL's comment, maybe intrigued is a better adjective, that it's in the genes (jeans) as surely some of the past discoveries on family trees have revealed less salubrious talents and activities of their ancestors.. enough of the dark side. I too am giving up drinking, smoking and other activities for Lent but N~OT chocolate. How about
    'Never giving up on a good thing' tune- sorry don't know the artist, possibly Shalamar or of that ilk LOL

  • Comment number 45.

    #33 Sal- been gluten free for almost 30 years- Doves Farm products are great for maintaining same lifestyle foods without the pain...

    Thanks JBG for tip on oranges in (wheatfree flour) pancakes last night with caster sugar they were delicious and part of my useupwhatsthere budget!

  • Comment number 46.

    After last night's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brits, would be a nice opportunity to play one of their less shouty songs...


    But Blimey, didn't he go on. And on. And on. Why didn't Mr Corden cut him short?

  • Comment number 47.


    'Always Something There To Remind Me' - Sandie Shaw

  • Comment number 48.

    #45, you're welcome Surfergirl. Glad you enjoyed them!

  • Comment number 49.

    Morning all,

    just the one from me, how about:
    Oasis - Cigarettes And Alcohol

  • Comment number 50.

    Good morning all,

    Profuse apologies for my absence, the whole 'work' thing has been more a full time job than a distraction just lately. How very inconsiderate! Anyway, in an effort to redress the balance here I am.

    Hope everyone is well, haven't had a proper catch up with things yet.

    Anyway, a couple from me that I don't think have been suggested yet ...




  • Comment number 51.

    Thanks Surfer Girl, will check that out. All about adpating eh? I made a cauli cheese at the weekend, using the gluten free flour, very nice too, except it aborbs so much fluid, that a little goes a long way, which is just as well, a pricey old business.

    Alex.... Aye.

    Can I second Drivers, Robin Sarstedt # 18. I suggested this one to another theme a while back. Apparently, there is an Elvis Costello version too, but I cant locate it at the moment.

    Sal :)

  • Comment number 52.

    Oh, and not that they'll get a play but here's a trio of choons from Kosheen. All taken from the Resist album, and rather conveniently appear in this order ...


    Perhaps a cleaver radio boffin could knock up a quick medley 8-)

  • Comment number 53.

    (the chorus is all about giving up - could be a potential Folk show stopper)

  • Comment number 54.

    Sal, sorry to hear about the dietary changes that have beset you. Adapting is going to take a while but once the habit is there, I am sure it will be easy. I would imagine the hardest part will be when you go out to eat. Some places are really good about special diets, others aren't. Our local pub restaurant doesn't even cater for vegetarians!!

  • Comment number 55.

    You will be relieved to hear that I'm disappearing off now for a bit -giving you respite from my wierd sense of humour!

    SF due back on Friday from 7 weeks of daily radiotherapy so got to go and get things ready for him and my mum. Can I just say, they are both BRILLIANT. Words cannot describe how amazingly they have coped with the last few weeks. Puts so much into perspective for the rest of the family. Fingers crossed that the slow journey down the long road to recovery will begin on Saturday.

    Zeb-the-moshing-mouse-muncher (loved the idea Katy, thanks) and I will be doing our worst in the kitchen tonight when the show is on. Good luck for menshes for all x

  • Comment number 56.

    Alex, going out wont be a problem, I dont :)

    Any changes are for the better, already noticing a difference.

    Maybe we could get Nigel to do a gluten free Thursday?

  • Comment number 57.

    Ps. Forgot to say - its already too late to give up coffee and biscuits and I'm such a cheap date that I fall over after one glass of alcohol so I don't really drink so I think I will give up.................

  • Comment number 58.

    Morning all......not good for me..........full of cold...........I actually look like Dougal today.............big bright red round nose..................most fetching...................







    I DON'T WANT A LOVER - TEXAS (for devout lenters!)


    My 3 worder today.................................NEED MORE TISSUES!..........................

    Sniffling Dougal x..........................................................................................

  • Comment number 59.

    #56 that's a really good idea!

  • Comment number 60.

    Hoffs - hope all goes well

    All this talk of giving things up has started me thinking about lunch. I'm starving!

  • Comment number 61.

    Hoffs, fingers crossed for your SF.

    Is Katy around? I have been really really rude and completely failed to say thank you for my beautiful scarf last week. Sorry Katy!

  • Comment number 62.

    Hi all!

    How about "Never Give Up on a Good Thing" by George "Bad" Benson?


  • Comment number 63.

    afternoon all

    im thinking of giving up my medication

  • Comment number 64.


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

  • Comment number 65.

    ...........All puddings and eating between meals.....oh, yes, and ironing. Watch out for a grumpy crumpled woman with a rumbling tummy wandering around these parts.

    #58 - poor you Dougal - hope you feel better soon. Virtual tissues on way.

    #63 - Gazza - no, don't!!

    Really going now. Waves and smiles to all......

  • Comment number 66.

    Hello All

    Me too like Glenn has had work interferring with blogging!

    #63 gazza DON'T YOU DARE!

    Thank you for the waves and hellos yesterday. Nice not to have been forgotten!

    Have good days all, ****nose going back to grindstone****

    Love and kisses,

    Mrs Bx

  • Comment number 67.

    Hi all! And apologoes Simon. You are Not Guilty m'lud. I'm here, occasionally lurking rather than blogging. In the rain as you may have gathered from my 3 worder on Monday. No fear of a drought in these parts ;-). Life proving a tad challenging at the mo. Will try to lift my spirits up and join in a bit more but sometimes work gets in the way too.

    Much to catch up on and rather than risk leaving anyone out I will refrain from making any individual comments. But I do hope all is well in blogpoppetland. And send hugs to anyone who wants or needs one.


  • Comment number 68.

    #63 DON'T YOU DARE GAZZA - you are not taking them for fun!!

    Off to get some lunch now as this poor computer is slowing to a crawl. Hope the Mr can sort out a doctor's appointment for it soon.

    Mr Allinson behaved himself in Te**o so I took him to the garden centre as well - all seeds ordered ready for a bit of Spring weather.

    See you later


  • Comment number 69.


    Sorry For Absinthe

    Winter Vomiting Nightmare :(

    Upside - Weight Loss!

    Green Box Frustration

    Missed You All

    Giving up Procrastination

    Well, maybe tomorrow ;)

    Hopefully Back Later


  • Comment number 70.

    #69 Oh no Jilly! I hope you're feeling better.....

  • Comment number 71.

    Oh Jilly! Poor you! Hope you feel betterer soon.

    I haven't experienced this Green Box thingy. Feeling very very left out.

  • Comment number 72.

    Good Afternoon All :)

    Late to the party today, because the mister and I have been to Sheffield Children's Hospital, to see a dietician r.e twin two. Another lesson in teaching your grandmother how to suck eggs, unfortunately. We look to experts to offer us something that we haven't thought of ourselves, but mostly it boils down to the fact that the parents are the real experts.

    Anyway, on to blogging matters...

    Simon - Unless any bloggers have given up blogging for lent, I think the likely explanation for the lower post count in the gremlins in the system. I tried, unsuccessfully, to post three times yesterday evening, only to get the green message box, saying that the blog wasn't accepting comments. It seems to be happening frequently, and most bloggers have encountered it. 'Ave a word, thanks :)

    On lent - I won't be giving anything up, because I'm not of the religious persuasion, but I thought that whatever was given up, it should be a real sacrifice. It no use giving up something that you could happily do without anyway, that is surely not in the spirit of Jesus's 40 days and nights in the wilderness.

    On Larry Lamb & Who Do You Think You Are - I really enjoyed the interview last night, and researching one's genealogy can be a very interesting voyage of discovery. When it comes to whether our biology has been affected by what our ancestors professions/lifestyles etc were, the mister reminded me of the work of Doctor Rupert Sheldrake http://www.sheldrake.org/homepage.html It may seem a bit 'out there', but Dr Sheldrake came up with a theory based on something he called 'Morphic Fields' and 'Morphic Resonance', which is a bit complicated to explain, but basically boils down to a kind of telepathic link between a particular species. I haven't explained it very well, but here's an extract, with a link to a full explanation, for those interested...

    "Habits are subject to natural selection; and the more often they are repeated, the more probable they become, other things being equal. Animals inherit the successful habits of their species as instincts. We inherit bodily, emotional, mental and cultural habits, including the habits of our languages."


    Now to catch up with today's blogging activity... I'll be back (if I haven't bored everyone into a stupor, that is!)

  • Comment number 73.

    Good afternoon,

    Late to the party today. Had a meeting this morning then joined some "ladies who lunch" for lunch. Very civilised. I always feel slightly naughty when I leave the house without the obligatory toddler wet wipes in my bag though.

    #33 Sal, Sorry to hear about your gluten issue.

    #41 Update on Jennie's Essex weather bulletin - it's now tipping it down - just in time for school run.

    #55 Hoffs, Was wondering how your SF was doing. Sending positives thoughts his way.

    #58 Dougal, get well soon.

    #63 Gazza, DON'T.

    #65 Hoffs again, LOL!

    #69 Jilly, a 3 worder back to you: Hello my lovely!

    #72 Zoe, You are spot on when you say parents are the real experts. The experts spend years studying their area of expertise - but have they actually experienced the reality first hand on a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 12 months a year basis? Quite probably not. You know what is right for your lovely boys.x

    Must dash.

  • Comment number 74.

    Hello... Just a quick suggestion.. sorry if someone already said it.. no time to read all the comments... Bros... I Quit... Sorry!!!!! :-)

  • Comment number 75.

    Just a couple of late late suggestions

    Giving You Up 'Kylie Minogue'
    Never Giving Up 'B'witched'


  • Comment number 76.

    Sal #60something- A gluten free Thursday from Nigel would be very practical- great suggestion. I have requested a recipe for Danish pastries as that's the only thing the special needs counters at our national supermarkets lack- generally these products ready made are not too pricey but I now make my own bread with said flours as they last longer, slice when needed and much tastier.... as for DNA bipassing the next generation I still can't do maths/physics nor dressing-making (not simultaneously) despite my ancestry. Breaking news: I've given up ironing for lent, should be filed under 'extreme sports'.

  • Comment number 77.

    #73 Julia - Thank you :) I think you're spot on, these 'experts' know everything in theory, but not much in practice. If they got out and about a bit more in the real world, they would see that their academic approach doesn't always translate into reality.

    #33 Sal - I have looked into a gluten free diet in the past, for my twins, and I know of a good blog with gluten free recipes and advice, here is the link http://3xgf.blogspot.com/ I've posted it on here before, as I think other bloggers have gluten issues too (maybe Gill with a G, and I'm sure there are others too)

    #55 & #65 Hoffs - All the best to your Step-Father, and all your family. I hope that he will go from strength to strength from here on in. You'll be missed on here, so don't stay away too long :)

    #58 Dougal - Get well soon x

    #69 Jilly - Aww, sorry to hear that you've been struck down by the nasty vomiting bug :( There seems to be a lot of it about at the moment. Hope you're soon back to normal x

    Shona - (from yestrday's blog) You probably won't see this, but hope you have a nice time with your guests :)

    The trouble with doing these catch-up posts, is that you always feel like you've missed folk out, and things you meant to comment on...

  • Comment number 78.

    #43 Yes! We are off to Brum to see my mum in a funny play - so out of the house and back when it is bedtime...he normally only surfaces at the weekends at lunchtime so prob won't miss him until the first weekday evening when there will be am empty place at the table *wells up*...it's a stage in life, I suppose, and he is 25 this summer!!
    No chance of buying anything round here - although he has got a nest egg from his dad's estate, he doesn't want to invest in anything to 'tie him down' as he said.

    I had the green box too, but found clicking the 'refresh' button got rid of it.

    Simon, I'm sure we're all still here, just lurking - in my case I normally Tweet so I can get on and work.
    I have looked at the FB suggestions - but apart from us that put up there, the quality and depth of choice is just not the same as on this ere blog IMHO!

    I tweeted HOT HOUSE FLOWERS too,#25 Harry and like the #39 KD LANG option of CONSTANT CRAVING - see, clever and a good song!

    Have a nice evening all, I was supposed to be out drinking with a buddy while Mr e is in Belgium, but have lost my handbag (in the house somewhere I HOPE) so off home where the soon-departing son *lip trembles* has offered to stump up for a Thai take-away which he's picking up on his way home.
    For lent I am giving up black olives, meths and wearing my thermal vest (1st day today and so far...it's going ok, thanks for asking)

  • Comment number 79.

    Give It Up by KC & The Sunshine Band or Wilson Phillips or ZZ Top. Play them all together in a midweek-mish-mash-not-a-mosh.
    Never Give Up On A Good Thing by George Benson

  • Comment number 80.

    #78 If I was going to pick any of the songs listed as a dead cert for being played I'd go for CONSTANT CRAVING - a brilliant suggestion.

    I already went through January without alcohol (easy, as I rarely drink these days anyway) and chocolate (far more difficult, but easier than I thought it would be) so I'm not giving either up for Lent.

    Being such a puritan and therefore relatively vice free (my story - sticking to it), after much deliberation I'm going to give up NOT going to the gym. I joined in December and, having been once, have enjoyed not going ever since.

  • Comment number 81.

    #78, #80 Ta very muchly! Would be good to hear - will have to wait and see...

    Actually, was going to say well done Driver on your mensh last night - I got my first ever mensh for that very same track! Fab to hear it played again as it's one of my all time fave songs (and albums).

    Fingers crossed for all blogpopsters for tonight's selection.

    N xx

  • Comment number 82.

    Afternoon All

    It's WET!

  • Comment number 83.

    #81 Thanks! I didn't even hear it in the end - was in the supermarket at the time. I may have to use iPlayer...

  • Comment number 84.

    #82 Afternoon Billie :) We need the rain!

    I'm not taken with Jessie J (now playing) it doesn't have me reaching for the off switch, but it's not my caper at all. I have to confess that Matt Cardle does have me reaching for the volume button (to lower it), I hate his 'new' song!

  • Comment number 85.

    Zoe, I get fed up with hearing that Jessie J record all the time, that sounds very much like Katy Perry! Matt Cardle seems to bring out a new record at least every fortnight and one sounds very much like another of his! ;o)

  • Comment number 86.

    #85 Florence - Yes, Matt Cardle's songs do tend to blend into each other :D

    Sorry I'm not keeping up with the menshes, but the mister keeps talking to me at vital moments! I heard Autumn Gale & Jenny Wren, but I can't remember which song they were menshed for, but well done all the same :) And to everyone else who's been menshed :))

  • Comment number 87.


    Heard some menshes but I had a Big Blue Cat talking to me - loudly, so probably missed some. Heard none for Rick Astley, then Jennie Wren and Autumn Gale and then Florence for "Temptation". Good one, gang!

    Mr P on way home. Hope he is careful - wind really picking up here. Ziggy took the barn roof off today - solves the problem of it blowing away. I have got all my bits and pieces together for my trip to the Smoke tomorrow and feeling as ready as I can be.

    Time for a whiskey, the rest of the show and a bit of my book so will say night night. Will swing by once I get home tomorrow afternoon.



  • Comment number 88.

    Hi All

    I spent today in what was possibly the most boring meeting ever. And it wasn't just me that thought so - the general consensus of those I spoke to afterwards was that the whole thing seemed totally unnecessary. That's six hours of my life that I'm never going to get back...

    I'm not giving anything up for Lent. Instead, I've decided to do something positive - I'm going to pay somebody a compliment every day. I think it's going to be harder than it sounds - as a nation we Brits aren't very good at either taking or receiving compliments. We'll see how I get on...

    #80 I'm afraid I hold the opposite view - there are very few songs that I can't bear to listen to, but 'Constant Craving' is one of them. To me, it's the musical equivalent of scraping your fingers down a blackboard. So I had to switch the radio off, and consequently didn't hear the mensh for it. Well done for the other menshes - I heard Florence's.

    Gazza *adopts stern expression* you keep on taking those meds.

    Jilly, hope you feel better soon.

    Alex, hope all goes well in the Big Smoke tomorrow. And I think you might owe me a FB reply too... ;o)

    Hoffs, chin up m'lovely!

    Oh-ho - I've got that scratchy feeling in the back of my throat that often comes before a cold. Hope I'm not getting Mr B's man flu.


  • Comment number 89.

    Well done Florence for the Temptation - Heaven 17 mensh. Well done Mandy for the Hard Habit To Break - Chicago mensh. And well done Nadine for the Constant Craving - KD Lang mensh :)

    Hope I didn't miss any names, I'm under a multitude of harrassments here!

    I was interested in what Melvyn Bragg had to say, and I can go along with some of it. But I still think it's very hard for people born into poverty, to break out of that cycle. It does happen, but it's rare, and there still isn't as much movement in certain professions, as one would hope. The example given being at the top of the political spectrum, as was mentioned in the interview. I simply cannot accept that those people are the best our country has to offer, and many of them still have the old sense of entitlement that goes along with being descended from old money, and aristocracy. Anyway, I could rattle on about this subject matter for ages, but you'll all be relieved to hear that I haven't got the time ;-)

    Duty calls.

    Have a goodnight one and all xxxx

  • Comment number 90.

    For Lent - I have given up posting in this blog. Still love you all very much, but really need to concentrate on my proper life. See you at Easter!


  • Comment number 91.

    Aww Katy, we'll miss you and I hope the weather stays mild until Easter then, as there will be no hats and scarves! :o( I keep saying I'm going to spend less time on the Internet and Lent would be a good start!!!

    It was a good night for bloggers' menshes tonight! I wonder if Simon's comment about fewer bloggers posting had anything to do with so many familiar names! Perhaps it was his way of trying to 'round up some stragglers'!

    Well done Autumn Gale, Jennie Wren, Mandy, Nadine and a hat-trick for me this week! The Driver was right about Constant Craving being played and like Deebee, it's not a song I like, but it fitted the theme! As a Queen fan, it was a nice change hearing one of their songs played for Matt to mosh!


  • Comment number 92.

    Just made it onto the PC (1st time of the day)

    #33 Sal
    You have my heartfelt comisserations hunny, I was diagnosed with coeliac around 8 years ago now. If you need any assistance just yell !!!!
    (im on FB too)

  • Comment number 93.

    Oooo Surfergirl, you too !

  • Comment number 94.

    Evening All

    Really enjoyed the show – the interaction – the camaraderie – seems to be the perfect blend - LOVE it!

    Welldone to all menshees – A good night for bloggers methinks - I shan’t try to name everyone – I’m sure to miss someone out!

    Disappointed to read Katy’s post. Would like to ask why? – Although I know it all becomes addictive – but if Katy’s not blogging – she won’t be able to answer. Ha!

    Related – where’s Paul? PoS?

    During the show we prepped and roasted Peppers, Courgettes, Aubergines, Onions & Garlic.

    This will make a Roasted Veg. Lasagne and a Roasted Veg. Mozz. Bake and a side dish of roasted courgettes. All Delish – and you should smell our kitchen.

    Non Sequitur –

    Tonight I used a clothes brush which I have had longer than my husband! We think it’s a “Ronco” as advertised on TV! It’s plastic – grey – with a wine coloured central bit. The idea is that you brush the hairs and stuff in one direction and then to clean the brush you brush in the other direction. And it works – and it has worked for about 30 years! Not bad for something like £1. 86!

    Any other stories?

    Hi MTF! (Sal!)

  • Comment number 95.

    Just popping in for a quickie before bed (where have I heard that before?...)


    Katy - Sorry to hear that you won't be blogging again until Easter :( I should have kept my trap shut earlier r.e bloggers giving up blogging for lent. But you must do what is right for you.

    Florence - Simon has been very generous with the menshes since his return :)

    Gill - I thought you'd mentioned being gluten-free before. I heard Simon mention that he'd had gluten-free pancakes, during the show. I think there's a better range of products available in shops these days, but I'm not sure how they compare price-wise :-/

    Billie - On Twitter the other day, Andy (formerly Artfoundry Man/Wharfedale Andy of this parish) mentioned that his ironing board was 30 years old, and still in service. I replied that my ironing board was also of a similar age, as I've had it 20+ years, and it came to me second hand. Mind you, I am like Matt on the ironing front, in that I don't do it! I buy crease-free clothing, and body heat takes care of the rest (I once tweeted this to Simon when ironing was discussed once before, and he read it out) I know some people will frown on me for not ironing, but really, life is just too damn short.

    Now it really is bedtime, the washing machine repair man is coming first thing, after 5 cancelled appointments and 2 visits with the wrong part... Shocking customer service from the Astronomically named electrical goods retailer!

    Goodnight one and all :)

  • Comment number 96.

    evening all

  • Comment number 97.

    not many post today

  • Comment number 98.

    i bet florence is waiting 2 pinch

  • Comment number 99.

    the magic

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