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Simon Mayo | 08:10 UK time, Monday, 6 February 2012

Morning and welcome to bloggers old and new. Warm and cold. Snowed in and surprisingly snow free. Hope you had a fine weekend. We got about 3 sparkly inches of snow and our road was at once a lot more beautiful and a lot more dangerous. Beauty still on top for the moment.
Ours was a memorable one. We mourned the passing of a friend who had been ill for way too long. We sang and clapped to Thea Gilmore as she sang the songs of Sandy Denny and emerged to a white-out to make us sing and clap all over again. And behave like teenagers . My mum didn't get to see us for her birthday meal as the roads were too rubbish but book 2 got a thousand words instead. Whether they were good words of course is another matter altogether.
My mother always says her 21st birthday was not the event she was hoping for due to the King dying. She doesn't mean this in a self-centred way you understand, just that her 21st was memorable in ways she wasn't expecting. And that was 60 years ago today. Happy birthday mum and congratulations ma'am.
I think DIAMOND JUBILEE oldies would be the least we can do.

(By the way the lyrics I tweeted on Saturday to mark my friend Julia's passing were from a song called "Closer to the Light" by Bruce Cockburn. I'd copy them here but sadly copyright law means that's impossible. They work for me.)

{And while in brackets, my new TV adventure is none other than "Blockbusters". Yes really. We hope to do Bob Holness proud. And start filming next week. The team are terrific and fantastically supportive. 40 shows in one week can't be that tricky can it?}

Today it is the book club and blow me down if we haven't got another wonderful debut author (anyone would think I had a particular sensibility here). She is Penny Hancock and the novel is 'Tideline' full of dark things lurking beneath the surface of respectability. Read some here! Now!

Have a well insulated and be-hatted Monday. See you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morninng from a foggy and frosty Shire :-)

    DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER SHIRLEY BASSEY

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 2.

    WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES......ESTHER PHILLIPS

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Congratulations on the TV role Simon. Blockbusters - I don't think any of us guessed that. And happy 81st birthday to Mrs M Senior.

    Diamond Jubilee oldies - how about:

    LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS by the Beatles or Elton John

    SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND by Pink Floyd

    DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND by Marilyn Monroe

    DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER by Shirley Bassey

    CELEBRATION by Kool and the Gang

    CELEBRATION by Madonna

    ~X~

  • Comment number 4.

    ALL OF MY LIFE.....DIANA ROSS

  • Comment number 5.

    What a wonderful surprise. Blockbusters, eh? Nice one Mr Mayo.
    AND you were at Cecil Sharp House - that's where I got my first proper job and met my future husband. A true centre of excellence.

    Diamond stuff:

    DIAMONDS - CHRIS REA

    DIAMOND SMILES - THE BOOMTOWN RATS

    DIAMOND LIGHTS - GLENN AND CHRIS

    :^)

  • Comment number 6.

    MAGIC MOMENTS...PERRY COMO

    used to love blockbusters...even though I was a bit too old and had no children old enough to watch!

  • Comment number 7.

    Some more diamonds:


    DIAMOND DOGS - DAVID BOWIE

    DIAMOND GIRL - PETE WYLIE

    DIAMONDS AND PEARLS - PRINCE

  • Comment number 8.

    Can I have a 'p' please Simon? *grin* Chuffed to bits for you and the new venture. I'm sure you will shine at it and of course do Bob proud :)

    And, good morning all. The white stuff still much in evidence in these parts and now ice is making an appearance too. Such fun! :S

    So to Her Majesty and her diamondness ...

    SMOOTH OPERATOR - SADE (good description for Liz *curtsey* and it starts with the right words)

    and for the Corgis...

    DIAMOND DOGS - DAVID BOWIE

    BALLAD OF A TEENAGE QUEEN - JOHNNY CASH

    LONG TIME GONE - CROSBY STILLS & NASH

    Off to think some more.
    Jx

  • Comment number 9.

    Good Morning All

    Mist & Murk here but no snow!

    CONGRATULATIONS Simon!

    Suggestions -

    DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES - Paul Simon

    DIAMONDS AND RUST - Joan Baez

    DIAMONDS AND PEARLS - Prince

    HER DIAMONDS - Rob Thomas

    SHINE ON CRAZY DIAMOND - Pink Floydd

    LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS - Beatles

    DIAMOND DOGS - David Bowie

  • Comment number 10.

  • Comment number 11.

    DIAMONDS FROM SIERRA LEONE - Kayne West

    which samples

    DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER - Dame Shirley

  • Comment number 12.

    The word DIAMOND doesn't look right!

  • Comment number 13.

    IS IT LIKE TODAY - WORLD PARTY

    CELEBRATION DAY - LED ZEPPELIN

    QUEEN OF HEARTS - DAVE EDMUNDS

    :^)

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning everyone

    Congratulations on your new Blockbusters programme Simon!

    My first song is especially for you!

    SIMON DIAMOND ~ The Coral

    DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES ~ Paul Simon

    DIAMONDS ~ Jet Harris and Tony Meehan

    LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS ~ The Beatles

    THIS DIAMOND RING ~ Gary Lewis and The Playboys

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning all! What a beautiful morning it was yesterday morning. I was up and out fairly early, jointly trying out my newly acquired Land Rover on the steep hill at the end of the road and taking a few snowy photographs...

    Duck-made patterns in the ice on the River Thames
    The Stream at Widbrook Common
    Cookham Bridge

    All the good Diamond Tunes have gone!! Will have to have a think and come back. In the meantime, in a slightly silly vein...

    THE DOOBIE BROTHERS - Long T(Reign) Running :o)

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning All,

    'Diamonds and Pearls' Prince

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 17.

    Good morning everyone.

    As it now seems that Lenny is back in fashion, how about one of his best?

    DIAMONDS IN THE MINE by LEONARD COHEN

    Thought not :-)

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning all!

    CONGRATULATIONS - SIR CLIFF

  • Comment number 19.

    YOU'RE STILL THE ONE - Shania Twain


    and nothing to do with the feem


    BLOCK BUSTER - Sweet !

  • Comment number 20.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and blockbusting bloggers,

    Congratulations, Sir! I'm sure it will be a huge success. But can someone explain what "Challenge TV" is? Is it a channel?

    Diamond Jubilee choons? I fear there's not much choice available, but here goes..

    SIXTY YEARS ON - Elton John

    THE LONG RUN - Eagles

  • Comment number 21.

    Nice pics from The Driver and it must have been really cold where you were over the weekend compared to our weather which was wet and mild first thing on Saturday, then dry for the rugby that England won and it was sunny and cold yesterday.

    Good idea for The Sweet's Blockbuster, Billie!!! :o))

  • Comment number 22.

    THE BEATLES - Long Long Long

    LED ZEPPELIN - Rock'n'Roll (Been A Long Time...)

    DAVE EDMUNDS - Queen of Hearts

    Or in celebration of the last monarch to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee..

    THE KINKS - Victoria

  • Comment number 23.

    SHINE - Take That (Wah!)

    SHINE SILENTLY - Nils Lofgren

  • Comment number 24.

    A few more but they're a bit thin on the ground today, the snow must have frozen my brain too...


    THE LONGEST TIME - BILLY JOEL

    HARD WORKIN' WOMAN - BB KING

    JUBILEE STOMP - DUKE ELLINGTON (fab stuff!)

    Jx

  • Comment number 25.

    Happy Birthday to Simon's mum! Can I have a "P" please Simon?

    Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon

    Diamonds are Forever - Shirley Bassey

  • Comment number 26.

    Hello snowy peoples.

    Congratulations on the job Simon.

    We had a good 7 inches of snow in Herts. Mr B and I went to the pictures in Hatfield on Saturday and took an hour to get home instead of 25 mins!

    Hope you all have a good day and manage to keep warm!!

    Mrs B x

  • Comment number 27.

    Oh and happy birthday Mummy Mayo and happy jubbies to ma'am!

    1. DIAMONDS AND PEARLS - Prince
    2. DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES - Paul Simon
    3. THE LONGEST TIME - Billy Joel ( 3 years away from Queen Vickies record reign!)
    4. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER - Shirley Bassey
    5. DIAMONDS - Jet Harris and the Shadows
    6. THE CROWN - Gary and the ???????
    7. RULE THE WORLD - Take That
    8. CELEBRATION - Kool and the Gang
    9. CONGRATULATIONS - Cliff Richard
    10. PEARLS A SINGER - Elkie Brooks

    Have a lovely day.

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 28.

    NOBODY DOES IT BETTER - Carly Simon

  • Comment number 29.

    A few more suggestions...

    QUEEN OF HEARTS ~ Dave Edmunds

    SIXTY YEARS ON ~ Elton John

    DIAMONDS AND GOLD ~ Tom Waits


    SOME DAYS ARE DIAMONDS ~ John Denver

  • Comment number 30.

    IF I RULED THE WORLD - Sir Harry Secombe

    RULE THE WORLD - Take That (Wah!)

    GREATEST DAY - Take That (Wah!)

  • Comment number 31.

    #20 Yes, Challenge TV is a channel on Sky. Not sure if it's available on Virgin Media as well, others will be able to advise.

    It's besically full of game shows. It used to have a late night strand with poker programmes but they dumped that a few years ago to concentrate solely on game shows.

    Simon's a good choice for it I think. I noticed that comment on the bottom of the Sun article suggesting it was cynical to bring it back following Bob's demise. Hmm, presumably that reader missed the fact that Liza Tarbuck did it for a few years on a previous return.

  • Comment number 32.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    Hope you all had lovely weekends.

    Massive Congrats Simon on your Blockbusters appointment. I loved that show and one of my teachers applied for me when it started in 1983. Will it be on Sky 1? If so I think I will have to bite the bullet and get Sky!

    I came second and got Silver at the Northern Open Kickboxing competition near Sheffield. I lost 14 - 13 and we were level at 90 seconds and then a second left of 30 seconds she scored a point. My opponent said I worked her hard and I surprised her as I had got fast, my coach, my mate said I would have beat her if I had reached out on shots and put all my body weight forward ...massive note to self for thi evening training!

  • Comment number 33.

    ALWAYS THERE - Incognito & Jocelyn Brown

    THIS IS THE DAY - The The

    "This is the day, your life will surely change"

  • Comment number 34.

    Morning all. Congratulations Simon, I think I've mentioned that it was a teenaged dream of mine to be on Blockbusters ... too old now I fear.

    Grey and miserable here. The snow was 24hrs too early for me - we'd no doubt have a had a 'snow day' off school if it had been Sun/Mon rather than Sat/Sun. Instead it was a somewhat trecherous slide out of the side roads and then a slow crawl along the damp (but thankfully clear) main roads.

    So many great 'diamond' songs already mentioned, so I'll add my vote for:
    Diamonds are Forever - Shirley Bassey ("unlike men diamonds linger" is a great line)
    Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - The Beatles
    Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
    Diamond Lights - Glenn & Chris (I had a quite a crush on Glenn Hoddle at this point)
    Diamond Ring - Bon Jovi
    She Loved Like Diamond - Spandau Ballet

    On a broader theme:
    Handbags & Gladrags - Rod Stewart
    I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
    She's the One - Robbie Williams
    The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles

  • Comment number 35.

    FROM THIS MOMENT ON - Frank Sinatra or Doris Day or Ella or The Carpenters

    EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE - Paul Young

  • Comment number 36.

    No disrespect here

    JUSTIFIED AND ANCIENT - KLF & Tammy



    ONE IN A MILLION - Aaliyah

  • Comment number 37.

    Good morning,

    So much news in one blog.

    Simon, sorry for your loss. It sounds like you did your friend proud. It's nice the way a song can trigger a memory of a departed loved one. Not familiar with the Bruce Cockburn one you mention but I am sure you will always think of Julia and smile when you hear it and that will be a fitting tribute to her.

    Simon again, Blockbusters. How exciting! Look forward to watching it.

    Simon yet again, Many Happy Returns to Mrs M Snr.

    Oh, hang on... Mensh chasing. All the best songs probably gone already but will suggest this one for my girls:

    DANCING QUEEN by Abba

    And this one for Mr 40 (39 finally) because he loves playing it on his bass:

    DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES by Paul Simon

    Sorry to fellow bloggers - no time to have a proper read back because house looks like a bomb has hit it after the wonderful 6th birthday celebrations at the weekend. Back later...

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 38.

    THE CROWN - Gary Byrd & Experience

  • Comment number 39.

    Good morning all,

    Congratulations on the new programme, Simon. I don't think anyone guessed Blockbusters, but I think that you will be excellent in the chair.

    Many happy returns to Mrs Mayo Senior.

    My choices are:

    HOLIDAY by MADONNA

    LET'S CELEBRATE by THE STRANGLERS

    RESPECT by ARETHA FRANKLIN

    EUROPEAN QUEEN (CARIBBEAN QUEEN) by BILLY OCEAN

    GOD SAVE THE QUEEN by CHICAGO (not the Sex Pistols one)

    EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD by TEARS FOR FEARS

    KING GEORGE STREET by SQUEEZE (mustn't forget this is also the anniversary of the loss of the Queens father)

    madchick x

  • Comment number 40.

    Morning one and all....................trying to shy away from the obvious ones I will plump for...............................................................................................

    HEROES - DAVID BOWIE

    KINGS AND QUEENS - AEROSMITH

    SOME DAYS ARE DIAMONDS - JOHN DENVER

    DIAMOND LIFE - SADE

    CELEBRATION DAY - LED ZEPPELIN

    Hope all is well......................................bye for now...................................

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

  • Comment number 41.

    One for Charles -

    I'M STILL WAITING - Diana Ross

  • Comment number 42.

    GET THE PARTY STARTED - DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY

  • Comment number 43.

    Morning All

    Haven't read back yet so apologoes for duplication

    Diamonds and Pearls - Prince

    Right, reading back now. Back in a mo'

    A.

  • Comment number 44.

    ...meanwhile, on an extremely tenuous tangent....

    WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES - Elvis Presley

    JUST WALK IN MY SHOES - Gladys Knight & The Pips

  • Comment number 45.

    60 YEARS ON by ELTON JOHN
    DIAMONDS by JET HARRIS & TONY MEEHAN
    DIAMOND HARD BLUE APPLES OF THE MOON by THE NICE
    DIAMOND SMILE by THE BOOMTOWN RATS
    I AM NOT A ROBOT by MARINA & THE DIAMONDS
    PASS THE KUTCHIE by THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS

  • Comment number 46.

    60 years and still going strong(ish)

    YOU WEAR IT WELL - Rod Stewart

    "a litte old-fashioned, but that's alright"

    Must be orf now, good day all.

    JBG

  • Comment number 47.

    Errm...where'd my post go?

    A.

  • Comment number 48.

    Diamonds are forever - Kanye West/Shirley Bassey
    I'm still standing _ Elton John
    Independent Woman - Destiny's Child
    In these Shoes - Kirsty Mccall
    Jubilee - Blur
    Queen of my Heart - Westlife
    Smooth Operator/Diamond Life - Sade
    Empire - Kasabian

  • Comment number 49.

    ooh.. I don't think this was written with Her Maj in mind, but y'never know:

    SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY - Donna Summer

  • Comment number 50.

    ok.................what about........................................................................

    DEDICATED - R KELLY

    GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY - BOB DYLAN

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

  • Comment number 51.

    #43 There you are, hehehe. Wasn't there a minute ago, I'm sure.

    Anyways had a quick catch up.

    Well Done Mandy on your Silver. Killamarsh is not too far off from where I am.

    Congrats to Mr Mayo. Don't think anyone guessed it was Blockbusters. I didn't even know there were three previous presenters. Bob and Liza (I see from an earlier post) were two. Who was the other?

    Spent the weekend knocking the front room to bits and peeling wallpaper. The fireplace is being replaced by a wood burning stove...that I haven't got yet. Can anyone make any recommendations? It's not being connected to the heating system or anything like that. Just to make the room cosy on a cold evening.

    Great pictures The Driver. We had a couple of inches here, which the boys enjoyed thoroughly.

    Reet, must get on wi' some work.

    Maybes laters.

    A.

  • Comment number 52.

    A couple more suggestions...

    ALL OF MY LIFE ~ Diana Ross / The Carpenters / Phil Collins

    A couple of songs for the Duke of Edinburgh who has stayed beside or behind The Queen for the 60 years!

    RIGHT BY MY SIDE ~ Eurythmics

    ALWAYS RIGHT BEHIND YOU ~ The Zutons

  • Comment number 53.

    Morning all from the crisp blue skies of Horsforth (not Garforth, which was pictures covered in snow on the BBC website at the weekend). Some excellent driving practice in snow up to Preston at the weekend

    Congrats to Simon's Mum. Mrs M is 21, albeit with 60 year’s experience – so a diamond in there. Why not

    ALTERED IMAGES – HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Because mum’s everywhere deserve it!

    #15 The driver – we shall have to set up a Simon Mayo Land Rover Forum.

  • Comment number 54.

    #51 According to the Wicki, Michael Aspel did a series on BBC 2 with adult contestants in 1997.

  • Comment number 55.

    #54 - Thanks Ken.

    I remember having a blockbuster boardgame many moons ago. Loved it. Wonder what happened to it?

    A.

  • Comment number 56.

    Back again. It was hit the ground running as soon as I got to work - good thing it was an early blog this morning.

    I have a small confession to make - I have never watched Blockbusters. Obviously I have heard of it, and know a bit about the format. I hope Challenge TV isn't a Sky channel, as we don't have Sky.

    #10 Yes, very nice shirt...

    ;o)

    Off to a meeting now - back later for a proper catch up.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 57.

    #26 Hi Mrs Boris, I know your part of the world very well. Born and raised in WGC, moved to just south of Cambridge about 22 years ago.

    We had about 6 inches of snow, although there were drifts of up to a foot or so in the paddock. The roads are pretty good, have already tried out the snow tyres. However, our local town centre paths were treacherous this morning, not good for the old folk who were out and about.

    madchick x

  • Comment number 58.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Welcome To The Sixties' by Nicki Blonski (from Hairspray)

    'Sixry Years' by the Brian Setzer Orchestra

    'Long Time Woman' by Pam Grier'

  • Comment number 59.

    #56 Afraid it's wholly owned by Sky Deebee.

    Accordoing to their site you can see it on the following:

    Sky channel 125 and 164
    Virgin Media channel 139
    Freeview channel 46

  • Comment number 60.

    Morning all (just!)
    Busy morning here, people sick, snow-bound and just plain absinthe meant all hands on deck for those that came in thru the slush.

    CONGRATS to DT Dude for getting the Bob Holness crown.
    Just slightly confused in that I think last week it was mentioned that DT Dude saw the previous incumbent in the BBC car park recently - I didn't know anyone else did it apart from Bob! He was the best.
    40 shows a week?! Does this mean less time to interview film people and take part in the R5 film review show?

    CONGRATS also to DT Dude's mum on reaching 81.

    I admit to feeling nothing but sadness this morning when it was all over the news that today was the actual day when Princess Elizabeth was forced back to the UK, on hearing about the sudden death of her beloved father - to take up the throne.
    A bitter sweet memory for her.

    No diamond tunes from me - all the above look cracking.

    Have a nice day y'all.

  • Comment number 61.

    busy day here I'm looking aftre my friends little girl 26m....I'm a tad out of practice she is like a whirlwind! Lovely to have dolls and little pushchairs in the house again though :-)

    PSL x

  • Comment number 62.

    How about.............................................................................................

    SACRIFICE - ELTON JOHN

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

    P.S Was reading back and now see that we have a Zebedee in the fold...................as Florence mentioned...................all we need now is a Dylan, Brian......................................................................................................?

  • Comment number 63.

    Congratulations on your Blockbusters' job, Simon!

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7145/6829087771_077d15b4c0_b.jpg

  • Comment number 64.

    #60 Suzieeeeee - your last paragraph is spot on. Not sure today is really the day for "celebrations" - I think they'll be kept for the Coronation day in June.

    So, with memories of the death of the king, her father, 60 years ago today, this seems appropriately regal:

    BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY - The Verve

  • Comment number 65.

    #59 Thanks Ken. Will have to check when I get home whether we can get it on digital.

    #60 Suzieeee, I think it was 40 shows in a week (ie 40 in total), not 40 per week!

    #62 Actually there is a Brian... but he spells it with a y...

    ;o)

    #63 Very good, Florence!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 66.

    Hello all, a bit late today with tune choices

    RESPECT - ARETHA FRANKLIN

    THANK YOU FOR THE DAYS - KINKS

    WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES - SANDY DENNY

    DIAMOND DAY - VASHTI BUNYAN

    IN MY OWN TIME - FAMILY

    and for the loss of the Queens father
    SYMPATHY - RAREBIRD

  • Comment number 67.

    Just popped into my head....

    MY DESTINY - Lionel Richie

    BORN THIS WAY - Lady GaGa ("Don't be a drag, just be a queen")

  • Comment number 68.

    #55 JustPlainAlice... we still have the Blockbusters' game that I'm sure has never been played as all the game pieces were still sealed up! I wonder if there will be a new Blockbusters' game in time for Christmas!

    Here's a picture that I have just taken of our Blockbusters' game!

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6829293353_25e56bbc3e_z.jpg

  • Comment number 69.

    Ooh, am on a roll now. (Actually am on a chair, eating a cheese roll, but who cares)

    RUNNING IN THE FAMILY - Level 42

    Please play this for "Deebee on the Blog" who freely gives to others, most notably Harry the Snapper.

    No, that's NOT what I meant.

  • Comment number 70.

    IT TAKES TWO......MARVIN GAYE & KIM WESTON

  • Comment number 71.

    "Goodbye George VI, hello Elizabeth II"....

    HELLO GOODBYE - The Beatles

    SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE - Soft Cell

  • Comment number 72.

    Afternoon all,

    First and foremost, congrats to Simon on the Blockbusters gig. I was an avid viewer when Bob was at the helm and I look forward to seeing it back on our screens. I'm sure Simon will be great at it.

    A little late to the party today (pah, work!) so not much left in the choon department. I would like to throw my full weight behind JBG and Florence with their SIXTY YEARS ON - ELTON JOHN choice. Great song, but somehow don't think it'll get a play :(

    Right, lunch time so off for a more thorough read back. And as I suspect that the palace will be rockin' tonight, might I just leave you with ...

    AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A HOUSE PARTY - J GEILS BAND

    Tatty bye ...

    8-)

  • Comment number 73.

    #65 Ah, I see - so a concentrated 40 shows made in a week, average of 8 a day (yes, I did use a calculator)....he will be talking in his sleep, that week "no you can't have a 'P' the cameras are rolling"...
    still a bit pressurised, given that he has a DT show every day, film interviews/showings to go to AND a book to write....

    In that case, just for DT Dude, I want to dedicate this one:
    'THE 59th STREET BRIDGE SONG' S&G for the opening lyric:
    'Slow down you move too fast'

    And a nicked from 'tinternet poem on this auspicious 'B' day for him, by W H Davies, that Harry the S will no doubt know:

    Leisure

    WHAT is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare?—
    No time to stand beneath the boughs,
    And stare as long as sheep and cows:
    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:
    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night:
    No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
    And watch her feet, how they can dance:
    No time to wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began?
    A poor life this if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I LOVED Blockbuster, and wonder if the DT Dude will be following in Bob's footsteps:

    From Wiki: 'Holness played up the role of being an 'old duffer' to the young contestants'

    So long as he doesn't go down the Jeremy Paxman route of sneering when the contestants on Uni Challenge get an answer w a a a a y off mark.






    About the poet



    W. H. Davies







    By the same poet



    Money, O!







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    William Henry Davies at amazon.co.uk

  • Comment number 74.

    Good afternoon all.

    Sunny here in Essex and the snow is trying to thaw. Someone very kindly drove a snow plough down our side road early yesterday and cleared a path but unfortunately it has effectively made it a single lane road as the snow piled up the sides has frozen overnight into solid humps and people who didn't get out and clear their drives yesterday are working hard to clear them today!

    Choon choice

    Celebrate - Luther van Dross (sp?)

    Mr also seems to be on the mend - coughing and spluttering on the wane.

    Congratulations to Simon for Blockbusters - if it's popular perhaps one of the terrestrial channels will pick it up and everyone can watch it.

    Jennie Wren

  • Comment number 75.

    #68 - Florence that piccies brings back memories. It looks brand new. If I do find my own, I doubt it will be in as good a condition as yours, hehehe.

    Here, do you think you could host a blogland game of Blockbuster. It would a heck of a lot of photos to get a game going tho' eh, lol!

    Anyone got any recommendations on Log burning stoves? Dos and Don'ts.What to look for and what to avoid, that kind of thing.

    Ta muchly

    A.

  • Comment number 76.

    Just got back - haven't read back yet, but wanted to say very quickly that I heard Ken Bruce saying this morning as I drove to an appointment, that Simon Mayo was moving to Skye to set up a Blockbuster Video store. Can that possibly be true? Why would you need smart suits and shoes for that?!

  • Comment number 77.

    Ah, I get it now. Phew! Congratulations Simon and happy birthday to your Mum.

    See you all later x

  • Comment number 78.

    I'm too late but if anyone in 'construction' is still reading the blog: How about THE LONGEST TIME by Billy Joel.

  • Comment number 79.

    Ah, Blockbusters. Memories of getting my homework done, having tea in front of Blockbusters and going off to Guides..........

  • Comment number 80.

    Oh dear, not doing very well. Didn't get to read back much but am lurking ...

    #76 - #77 :)

  • Comment number 81.

    Oh, and one last choon, although I'm sure much too late.

    This choice in no way represents my personal opinion on this most auspicious of days but I feel it should be put forward in the interests of 'balance' at the BBC ...

    THE ROYAL SCAM - STEELY DAN

  • Comment number 82.

    #75 my experience re woodburning stoves is that the chimney liner, building work around the chimney/chimneybreast (if required) and installation can be as expensive as the actual stove!!

    I had a woodburner in a previous house (old school) I lived in and it was AWESOME - but you practically had to sit in the other room, so the plastic surgery did not melt! VERY hot.
    We're lucky as we have a local woodburning stove centre where we went along for a recce before deciding in our current abode to make good our existing Victorian cast iron fire that had been made crappily into a gas fire that didn't work and was not safe.
    It cost us about £150 to get the gas supply removed, a new basket and ash tray & the chimney swept.
    I prefer the smell of burning wood, but ours takes coal (smokeless, course as we're near the city).
    Hopefully you'll get to appreciate yours before the winter ends...not that I am relishing the icy blasts.

  • Comment number 83.

    Afternoon all!

    We have been enjoying the snow. I normally don't venture out in it, but country snow is so much better than city snow! We had about 6 inches but it had drifted to over a foot in places so much shovelling was required. The snow plough had helpfully left a huge pile outside our gate so that had to be moved too. Rosie has had a lovely time but the big girls have stayed firmly indoors.

    #75 We had a woodburner put in at the bolt hole and have one here. Love them. We had to get a new burner here as previous people did not have the chimney lined - idiots. It was thick tar inside. As Suzieee says, budget for the liner, fitting etc costing as much as the burner itself. You would be sensible getting some guidance on what size to get - depends on your room size. Suggest you google (other search engines, etc) woodburner suppliers in your area. They will also recommend a registered fitter.

  • Comment number 84.

    #75 JustPlainAlice... it does look new as it was never played with and the bits and pieces were still sealed up. We also have a Countdown game and Family Fortunes all new and never played with! I don't think my family shared my taste in TV game-show games and have always played games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Lexicon, Pictionary and Rummikub!

    #76 Hoffs... maybe he needed the suits and shoes as he's to be the manager of the Blockbuster video store that Ken Bruce mentioned earlier today!!!

    It's a shame Simon couldn't do his more relaxing, comfortable, dressed-down way of presenting, on the TV!

    ;o)

  • Comment number 85.

    #69 Thanks John - er, I think...

    #76 LOL!

    Can't comment on the woodburner, I'm afraid. Would love one, but it wouldn't look right in our rather modern house. Also, like Suziee says, if we did have one our living room would be rather too warm for comfort. We do have a real fire though, mostly logs although we use a bit of coal to get it going. Lovely and cosy on a cold winter's evening!

    Think I'm getting a cold... I woke up with a sore throat this morning, and it's been getting worse as the day progresses. Not great timing :o(

    ~X~

  • Comment number 86.

    Long May You Run - Neil Young

    Willy the Shake
    x

  • Comment number 87.

    Afternoon All

    It's beginning to look like Brigadoon here!

  • Comment number 88.

    I love having a real fire.
    I do not love cleaning it out.
    I'm going in.. I may be some time!

  • Comment number 89.

    Late three worder 'feeling brainy today'.

    Not that I'm boasting, or anything but I actually got a question right on 'Brain of Britain' this afternoon. Deebee, can you smell the burning from where you are?!

  • Comment number 90.

    Finally made it onto toe blog :-) !
    Hubbs's laptop has been out of service for over a week now, so I just dont get near the PC at the mo. He's in front of the TV at the mo though so I get to play.
    (such reading back to do)
    Congrats on the birthday Mrs M senior, I had a similar situation with my 25th birthday which was on 31st Aug 1997.
    Congrats also on the 'Blockbusters' gig. It may have been nearly 20 years, but I still havent stopped saying 'can I have a T please Bob' whenever im offered a hot drink.
    Quite sure you will do Bob's memory proud xx
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 91.

    3 word Monday.... STUNNING ORANGE SUNSET!

  • Comment number 92.

    toe blog ??? Honest, I DON'T have a foot fetish.

    Forgot to say, hope everyone is well and not too frozen xxx

    ~gill~

  • Comment number 93.

    #91 Lucky you Florence - mine would be 'can't see anything!'

    Hope you have had a good day - thanks for the good wishes for Zeb. He's not a Bassett Hound, just a very very small wire haired Jack Russell terrier so the snow was up to his 'legpits' fairly soon after it started snowing on Saturday. He might be small, but boy, can he make a noise, particularly after dark......

  • Comment number 94.

    #92 - Gill - 'toe blog' - I did wonder! LOL

  • Comment number 95.

    #92, #94 - Maybe a toe blog is where you write a footnote...

  • Comment number 96.

    #89-Hoff :^D

    Simon, can't wait to see you in a suit - Blockbustering!

    Oh, and Happy Birthday Mrs. Mayo!

    LB, x

  • Comment number 97.

    Hi Simon,

    It's got to 60 Years On by Elton John!

    Great show

    Steve, Hempstead in Kent

  • Comment number 98.

    Did John get a mensh for Rod Stewart? I missed it!

  • Comment number 99.

    For the first time ever, I could be #99. So excited. Little things etc....

  • Comment number 100.

    No-one for Eagles? That was John also!

 

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