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Simon Mayo | 08:23 UK time, Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Thanks for all the nice messages on yesterday's blog. We start in the Blockbusters studio today and I write this blog while being driven to the studios in Isleworth for a pilot day. We record show 1 on Thursday and then it's 5-a-day for a long time. Coo gosh indeed. And while on the subject of extra curricular activities,while talking to our book club author Penny Hancock yesterday, the first finished copy of Itch turned up. I restrained my desire to whoop and holler as this would have been inappropriate but it's still an exciting moment. What a great guest today. John Hurt will be here at 6. He's getting a Bafta for outstanding contribution to cinema this weekend and he has so many memorable roles to look back on. He also has a voice which, as a friend remarked, if an Irish coffee could talk it would sound like John Hurt. Evidence on parade from 6 And tunes today to mark the 200th anniversary of CHARLES DICKENS. I would join all those who might mark it by waking around London all day as he did but am otherwise engaged...
So have an appreciated and error-free Tuesday. See you after 5

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM, and extra-curricular bloggers,

    Firstly, thank you for yesterday’s loud-and-proud mensh and also the OSM

    Dickens oldies, you say? Well you have to start here:

    LET’S TWIST AGAIN or THE TWIST – Chubby Checker

    (Have a horrible feeling that a person in Sheffield is dreaming of the Jive Bunny version...)

    HARD TIMES – Human League

    OH (christmas) CAROL – Neil Sedaka

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning Simon and Blogpoppets and a special hello to Gazza!

    Another lovely sunny, crisp day. Enjoy your first day at Blockbusters, Simon!

    OLIVER'S ARMY ~ Elvis Costello

    TWIST AND SHOUT ~ The Beatles

    OH CAROL ~ Neil Sedaka

    THE TWIST ~ Chubby Checker

    IT'S A MYSTERY ~ Toya

    TWIST IN MY SOBRIETY ~ Tanita Tikaram

    YESTERDAY'S PAPERS ~ Rolling Stones

    SUMMER IN THE CITY ~ Loving Spoonful

    xx

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    How about:

    CLASSIC by Adrian Gurvitz

    OLIVER'S ARMY by Elvis Costello

    TWIST AND SHOUT by the Beatles

    THERE'S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE by R Dean Taylor (for 'A Christmas Carol' of course)

    ~X~

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning again –

    Suggestions -

    CLASSIC – Adrian Gurvitz

    EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK – Elvis Costello

    THERE’VE BEEN GOOD TIMES THERE’VE BEEN BAD TIMES – Rolling Stones

    TWIST AND SHOUT – Beatles

    MORE MORE MORE – Andrea True Connection

    MORE THAN THIS – Roxy Music

    AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME – from OLIVER – Dame Shirley

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning Simon and Poppeteers

    Congratulations on you book Simon. That's my birthday sorted for next month.

    Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello

    Simple Twist of Fate - Bob Dylan

    Words - Bee Gees

    Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkins

    Jailhouse Rock - Elvis

    Catch you later

    Shona X

  • Comment number 6.

    A couple more and then my dogs are telling me it's walkies time!

    LOVE AND HARD TIMES ~ Paul Simon

    HARD TIMES ~ Amy Grant

  • Comment number 7.

    WONDROUS STORIES - Yes

    PAPERBACK WRITER - Beatles

  • Comment number 8.

    Good morning again Simon, team and poppets all,

    Hope your first day goes well Simon and congrats on the book!

    A few Dickensian oldies -

    PAPERBACK WRITER - THE BEATLES

    MR WRITER - THE STEREOPHONICS

    HARD TIMES - JJ CALE

    TWIST AND SHOUT - THE BEATLES

    LONDON TOWN - BELLOWHEAD

    Off to think some more
    Have good days all.
    Jx

  • Comment number 9.

    Poops. Just did long post on previous blog. Can't copy and paste by phone. Most important thing was hugs to Deebee and her Mum.

  • Comment number 10.

    2 different songs -

    TELLING STORIES - Tracey Chapman

    TELLING STORIES - Charlatans

  • Comment number 11.

    GHOSTS (of Christmas Past, Present and Future!) - LAURA MARLING

  • Comment number 12.

    B-BUMBLE & THE STINGERS = NUT ROCKER (Mr Bumble)

    GHOST IN THE HOUSE - R D TAYLOR

    MATTHEW & SON - CAT STEVENS

  • Comment number 13.

    @ John - GT & T?

  • Comment number 14.

    Alex, I saw it! Glad you will get to see your poppets. Good to have some smiles in tough times xx

    Howzabout...

    HOLD YOUR HEAD UP - URIAH HEEP .. or anything by them really, that's the only one I can remember!

  • Comment number 15.

    BUNGALOW BILL (SYKES) = THE BEATLES

  • Comment number 16.

    Quite a hard feem methinks but a last couple from me...

    HARD TIMES - GILLIAN WELCH (please, love this!)

    YOU LITTLE THIEF - FEARGAL SHARKEY

    MAN IN THE CORNER SHOP - THE JAM (The Old Curiosity Shop has one of the best Dickensian character names ever ... Dick Swiveller, ha!)

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning All,

    Brain too cold to come up with any sensible suggestions. Very hazardous coming in to work this morning. Hope it warms up by this afternoon.

    Thanks to Suzie with a zee, Alex girl and Zoe re. the wood burner. Stuff to think about.

    Thoughts with Deebee and her mum.

    Off for a cuppa to see if I can defrost a bit.

    Maybes laters.

    A.

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning all :-)

    MORE MORE MORE......ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION

    T REX 'CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION'

    BOZ SCAGGS 'WHAT CAN I SAY'

    FAITHLESS 'I WANT MORE'

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 19.

    EVERY KINDA PEOPLE - Robert Palmer

  • Comment number 20.

    How about:
    FROM NEW YORK TO LA by Patsy Gallant which is a tale of two cities....

  • Comment number 21.

    HARD TIMES - ERIC CLAPTON

  • Comment number 22.

    Got one!

    OUR MUTUAL FRIEND - Divine Comedy

    My favouritest Dickens book.

  • Comment number 23.

    Morning All,

    'My Book' Beautiful South

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 24.

    Suggestion from Hubbs (who is hovering, which is very different to hoovering)

    TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS - TINY TIM

    No hubbs, i'm not leaving this chair till my cup of tea is finished!
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 25.

    And an opportunity to play:

    STREETS OF LONDON - Ralph McTell

  • Comment number 26.

    Ooh, ooh, GHOSTS by Japan.

  • Comment number 27.

    Suggestion from ME!

    LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE - PAUL YOUNG/ NICKY THOMAS
    CHAIN OF FOOLS - ARETHA FRANKLIN (for christmas carol)

    ~gill~

  • Comment number 28.

    Good morning,

    I would like to add to the pot:

    HEROES & VILLAINS by THE BEACH BOYS

    NANCY BOY by PLACEBO

    STREETS OF LONDON by RALPH McTELL

    MASTER & SERVANT by DEPECHE MODE

    LAMPLIGHT by DAVID ESSEX

    madchick x

  • Comment number 29.

    Good Morning All;

    I'm feeling a bit brighter this morning, it may be the prospect of having a new bed delivered, after weeks of sleeping on a mattress on the floor! My aching back and shoulder are giddy at the idea of having a nice bed to sleep on again anyway.

    Best Wishes to Gazza, Deebee, Alex G, and anyone else who is going through difficult times ((((Hugs))))

    Oldie suggestions...

    GHOSTS - JAPAN

    LONELY BOY - ANDREW GOLD

    MONEY - PINK FLOYD

    IT'S HARD TO BE HUMBLE - MACK DAVIS

    STREETS OF LONDON - RALPH McTELL

  • Comment number 30.

    PAPER AND INK - TRACY CHAPMAN

  • Comment number 31.

    I would also like to wish that all goes well for Mrs Deebee Snr today, big ((hug)) to Deebs too, an anxious time for you.

    Gazza - please rest up and take it easy. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back here on the blog very soon.

    madchick x

  • Comment number 32.

    Dickens books are full of people with strange names and professions also children play an important part in a number of his stories.

    MYSTERIOUS PEOPLE - VAL DOONICAN

  • Comment number 33.

    Dickens was notable for his depiction of the suffering and poverty of the working classes. And he wrote some of his earliest works under the pseudonym of Boz. So:

    LOWDOWN - Boz Scaggs

    See what I did there?

    And sending some goodblogvibes to Alex, Deebee and Mrs Deebee, and Gazza/Happy Hornet

    === § § § === § § § = = = § § § = = = § § § = = = § § § = = = § § § = = =
    ........goodblogvibes....... goodblogvibes...... goodblogvibes........goodblogvibes........ === § § § === § § § = = = § § § = = = § § § = = = § § § = = = § § § = = =

  • Comment number 34.

    Some Dickens Oldies


    Mr Writer - Stereophonics
    Paperback Writer - The Beetles
    London Calling - The Jam

    Bleak House
    Country House - Blur
    Love is the Law - Thompson twins (Jarndice and Jarndice)

    Oliver Twist
    Vagabonds - New Model Army
    Beat Surrender - The Jam
    Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello

    The Old Curiosity Shop
    Misfit - Curiosity Killed The Cat

    Our Mutual Friend
    Our Mutual Friend - Divine Comedy

    Little Dorrit and Hard Times
    Moneys too tight to mention - Simply Red

    Christmas Carol
    Spirit in a Material World - Police
    Street Spirit - Radiohead

    Tale of Two Cities
    Two Tribes - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    Great expectations
    Common People - Pulp

  • Comment number 35.

    ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK by STING


    .....Tale of Two Cities!! ;-) and Charles Dickens did undertake two reading tours to the US.

  • Comment number 36.

    'Real Gone Kid' Deacon Blue

  • Comment number 37.

    LONDON BRIDGE by BREAD

  • Comment number 38.

    #33 I went down that line of thought too! #18

    psl

  • Comment number 39.

    Good morning everyone.

    I'm a bit gobsmacked by Gazza's news! I know we've taken the mickey about his coming birthday but he's a mere child ............ anyone in touch, please pass on my good wishes for a speedy recovery.

    And, my thoughts are with all bloggers, and their nearest and dearest, who are goin through hard times right now.

    And now to trivial things ............ the theme: surprised no one has asked for:

    PORTSMOUTH by MIKE OLDFIELD

    Have a great day everyone.

  • Comment number 40.

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART - THE EURYTHMICS (For Miss Havisham)

    NO MORE I LOVE YOUS - ANNIE LENNOX (Also for Miss Havisham)

    MOTHERLESS CHILD - Many covers of this song but I had BONEY M's version.

    TRAGEDY - THE BEEGEES

    I SAW THE LIGHT - HANK WILLIAMS (For Scrooge)

    MAN IN THE MIRROR - MICHAEL JACKSON (Also for Scrooge)

    GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES - CHER

  • Comment number 41.

    What excellent choon choices so far! I would like to second STREETS OF LONDON and add :

    AVENUES AND ALLEYWAYS - TONY CHRISTIE

    LITTLE CHILDREN - BILLY J KRAMER

    LONDON CALLING - THE CLASH

    I FOUGHT THE LAW - THE CLASH

    and because all Dickens' tales end well ...

    HAPPY ENDING - JOE JACKSON


    :^)

  • Comment number 42.

    THE SHAMEN 'EBENEEZER GOODE'

  • Comment number 43.

    Morning everyone,

    My Dickensian ditties:

    'Smalltown Boy' - Bronski Beat
    'Human Nature' - Michael Jackson
    'Ghosts' - Japan
    'Grimly Fiendish' - The Damned
    'When Am I Going To Make A Living' - Sade
    'Tainted Love' - Gloria Jones (for Nancy in Oliver)

    Fare thee well, poppets.

    N xx

  • Comment number 44.

    Quick poop in.....

    Gazza has just reported that he is coming out tomorrow hopefully. I'll leave it for him to tell the rest, but thats positive news, that I know everyone will want to know.

  • Comment number 45.

    Morning all. Busy busy busy...

    I'm sure I could spend hours on today's theme but I have work to do, so off the top of my head...

    Oliver Twist:
    CARMEL - More More More (a great 80s track that I haven't heard in ages)

    ANDREA TRUE CONNECTION - More More More (different song, and one I've heard all too often!)

    ALANIS MORRISSETTE - Hand In My Pocket

    GOMEZ - Get Myself Arrested

    Mystery of Edwin Drood:
    STATUS QUO - Mystery Song

    THE BEATLES - Magical Mystery Tour

    Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty:
    KAISER CHIEFS - I Predict A Riot

    A Christmas Carol:
    CHUCK BERRY or The ROLLING STONES - Carol

  • Comment number 46.

    'HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART' AL GREEN for Miss Havisham

    psl

  • Comment number 47.

    EBENEEZER GOODE -THE SHAYMEN (eberneezer scrooge eventual came good)

    PEOPLE ARE STRANGE - THE DOORS

  • Comment number 48.

    MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES - MANIC STREET PREACHERS

    BEHIND THE MASK - ERIC CLAPTON

    DEAD END STREET - KINKS

    POOR MAN'S SON - ROCKIN BERRIES

    POOR MISGUIDED FOOL - STARSAILOR

    :^)

  • Comment number 49.

    Actually, on the subject of Edwin Drood, as Dickens didn't complete it...

    MASSIVE ATTACK - Unfinished Sympathy

  • Comment number 50.

    #42 PSL just noticesd your earlier post for Eberneezer Goode, like to endorse your choice

  • Comment number 51.

    Anyway happy 200th Charlie boy!

    Oliver Twist
    1. OLIVERS ARMY - Elvis Costello
    3. TWIST AND SHOUT - The Beatles
    4. TWISTING BY THE POOL - Dire Straits
    5. TWISTING MY SOBRIETY - Tanita Takiram
    6. YOU LITTLE THEIF - Feargal Sharkey
    7. GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THEIVES - Cher


    Great Expectations
    2. KISS THE BRIDE - Elton John

    Bleak House
    8. OUR HOUSE - Madness
    9. COUNTRY HOUSE - Blur

    Others
    10. Down to Earth - CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT (The old curiosity shop)
    11. HARD TIMES - Eric Clapton or Amy Grant
    12. WONDROUS STORIES - YES

    Have a lovely day all.

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 52.

    ooh ooh

    HARD TIMES OF OLD ENGLAND - Steeleye Span

  • Comment number 53.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    Good luck with the pilot episode, we are all "itching" to see it ( check the pun out viz a viz new book!)

    Loads of hugs to Deebee and her mum and best wishes.

    I have tweeted Simon 4 minutes after he tweeted as was dentist bound this morning and next Tuesday Valentines day I have to have a tooth out which is definitely best choice as root canal work costs £200 and not covered under my plan!

  • Comment number 54.

    #44 MTF - That's good news about Gazza, I hope it means he's on the mend if he's being allowed home from hospital soon.

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    LOVE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE - ROSE ROYCE

    PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART - ANNIE LENNOX & AL GREEN (was used in Scrooged)

    BRASS IN POCKET - THE PRETENDERS

  • Comment number 55.

    Very very late today.......................sending best wishes to you all......................especially those having a tough day..........................well I guess the NYM will have to earn his pay now that Simon is tied up with filming all day!....................................................................................................

    WORD UP - CAMEO

    THE WRITER - ELLIE GOULDING

    A FOGGY DAY - MICHAEL BUBLE ............because it always was in old London Town

    LDN - LILY ALLEN

    WATERLOO SUNSET - THE KINKS

    LONDON SONG - RAY DAVIES

    STREETS OF LONDON - RALPH McTELL

    Bye for now............................................................................................

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

  • Comment number 56.

    Good Morning Each!

    Hm! Good AFTERNOON Each! How tardy of me.

    'The Dodger Song' by Woodie Guthrie

    'Bag Man' by Paul Weller

    'Bumble Boogie' by B Bumble & The Stingers

    'Tiptoe Through The Tulips' by Tiny Tim

    'Deadlock by Can

    'Lady In Black' by Uriah Heep

    'Seems So Long Ago, Nancy' by Leonard Cohen

  • Comment number 57.

    GREAT EXPECTATIONS - THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM

    CITY TO CITY - GERRY REFFERTY

  • Comment number 58.

    Get well soon Gazza, wishing you a speedy recovery

    Hope all goes well for Deebee's mum

    Best wishes and thoughts to Alex and family

    Mr Dickens was

  • Comment number 59.

    Mr Dickens was

    'Talk Of The Town' The Pretenders

  • Comment number 60.

    #7 yes!!! good track well done and the Beatles one.
    How about More Than Words- Extreme- cause sometimes words fail me!
    Keep strong all

  • Comment number 61.

    Hello everyone.
    How about 'Candles' by Chris Rea beacause of the reference to Bleak House?

  • Comment number 62.

    and for aspiring Miss Havershams- Owner of a lonely heart- Yes

  • Comment number 63.

    LIDO SHUFFLE by BOZ SCAGGS ("Boz" a nickname of Mr Dickens)
    DO THE SWIM by LITTLE NELL
    TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS & LOVE ME by GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS (Pip, being the boy in Great Expectations .. I think)
    GOOD MORNING STARSHINE by OLIVER

  • Comment number 64.

    Just had a chance to read thru the blog. Best wishes to all those having glum times. In particular Gazza - get well soon!

  • Comment number 65.

    Afternoon everyone. Very late today.

    A quick couple of oldie suggestions (no doubt already mentioned) before I read back:

    Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello & the Attractions
    Ghost Town - The Specials (a recurring plot device if I recall correctly)
    High Hopes - Frank Sinatra (= Great Expectations?!)

  • Comment number 66.

    Good day for some lunchtime punnery, methinks. As today's theme is so tough, I have a sneaking feeling some of them may even get played..

    DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVISHAM HALL – Whitney Houston

    DOMBEY CRUEL – Elvis Presley

    DODGER FORGET ABOUT ME – Simple Minds

  • Comment number 67.

    Adding my best wishes to Deebee (and her mum), Alex and Gazza.

    What a great selection of oldies, I think the NYM is going to have his work cut out today.

    Parents' Evening tonight, so I won't hear much of the show I'm afraid, it'll be i-thingy to the rescue at some point I hope. Just listened to JW's classic albums last night which was pretty good (Hunk Dory & Aladin Sane) - looking forward to some of the others.

  • Comment number 68.

    ❄´¯`✲*º°❄ø¤º°✲•*☆*•✲°º¤ø❄*°º✲´¯`❄•GET WELL SOON•❄´¯`✲*º°❄ø¤º°✲•*☆*•✲°º¤ø❄*°º✲´¯`❄
    ❄´¯`✲*º°❄ø¤º°✲•*☆*•✲°º¤ø❄*°º✲´¯`❄•☆.....GAZZA .....☆•❄´¯`✲*º°❄ø¤º°✲•*☆*•✲°º¤ø❄*°º✲´¯`❄
    ❄´¯`✲*º°❄ø¤º°✲•*☆*•✲°º¤ø❄*°º✲´¯`❄from your blogchums❄´¯`✲*º°❄ø¤º°✲•*☆*•✲°º¤ø❄*°º✲´¯`❄

  • Comment number 69.

    How about........................for Dicken's characters in general...................

    EVERYDAY PEOPLE - ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

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

  • Comment number 70.

    Just cooked up a couple more...

    MAGWITCHY WOMAN – The Eagles

    GIVE ME CHUZZLEWIT MORE TIME – Chairman of the Board

    WHY DORRIT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME? - Travis

  • Comment number 71.

    Good afternoon all. Beautiful day here in Essex - just wish the white stuff would melt a bit faster!

    I see Liza Tarbuck is in all next week for Lord Ammo and Richard Allinson all week for Janice Long - would they like to swap?

    Best wishes winging their way to Gazza - get well soon!

    Hope your mum is ok Deebee.

    Jennie Wren

  • Comment number 72.

    Last chapter....

    OUR MUTUAL FRIENDS ELECTRIC? Gary Numan & Tubeway Army

    Back to the grindstone, see you later.

  • Comment number 73.

    #71 Jenny Wren - I think I'd rather have the swapsie too, but I think there are some fans of Liza on here. To be honest I don't seem to get as much chance to listen to the radio during the school holidays, change of routine and all that.

    I've been digging through a pile of old photographs this afternoon (feeling nostalgic again) I really must get my scanner working, because I'd love to post some of them on a blog I'm writing. I did try to re-photograph some of them, but the quality is pretty poor, I posted a few on Twitter though...

    A couple of me with my childhood best pal (and the first dog we ever had) Butch. He was a great dog, very good-tempered, and tolerant of a bit of dressing up...

    https://twitter.com/

    https://twitter.com/

    Here's the cake I had for my sixth birthday (as Alex G mentioned one similar the other day)

    https://twitter.com/

    Like I said, the quality isn't great, but they made me smile :)

  • Comment number 74.

    #73 Zoe, my birthday cake was JUST like that!

    Really shocked at the news about Gazza. He is but a sapling. Get well soon Gazza and make sure you follow the doctors orders. Hope to see you back here in the very near future.

    Thank you to you all for your good wishes. Today has been all aabout logistics and planning. My uncle died on Friday night - my Mum and her other brother were with him which I was pleased about. All so quick - at first the doctors said months, then the next day it was weeks, then days, then hours, all in the space of 3 days. My Mum isn't coping too well. Funeral is next Tuesday in Cromer, so we are going up on Monday, via the cattery, staying with cousins, then returning on Tuesday, bringing my sister back here to give Mum a bit more time with the family. Then, the poppets are coming over from Canada (my uncle was their grandfather) and want to come to us this weekend before they then go up to Norfolk.

    Hope all is going well with Deebee's Mum's operation. Been thinking of her all day.

  • Comment number 75.

    #74 Alex G - I thought the cake you described, sounded very similar to the one I had, but I didn't know if I had a photo of it.

    (((Hugs))) So sorry to hear about your uncle, it can happen so quickly that in the end :( We had a similar experience last year with the mister's mum and cousin. I hope the travelling and funeral go as well as these things can.

  • Comment number 76.

    #75 Thanks honey.

  • Comment number 77.

    Sorry to read your news Alex. It seems very unfair when someone is taken so suddenly but at least their suffering is minimized while it is a huge shock to those left behind. Perhaps your mum will see that after a while and it may give her some comfort.

    JW

  • Comment number 78.

    Can't think of one except Star In New York, Star in LA by Patsi Gallant.
    It's a tale of two cities !

    Nujja in Lincs

  • Comment number 79.

    It's very quiet around here today.

    JBG, or should I say Ebenezer, thank you for the punnery, loved them :)

    Zoe, your photos are lovely. And what a great friend Butch must have been :D Thanks for sharing. I have a non working scanner too that I have been meaning for ages to sort out. Definitely back on the to do list!

    Alex thoughts and hugs are with you my lovely.

    It's half term next week? Already? Haven't they just gone back after Christmas?
    Being the childless, cumudgeonly thing that I am, I do not like school holidays! There are children out everywhere spoiling my walks, there is nowhere to park when I go shopping as every parent has taken their offspring to the shops for a day trip and the bare faced cheek of it .. my favourite radio presenters expect time off too! *grin*

    *shuffles off muttering under my breath*

  • Comment number 80.

    Afternoon all!

    Spurious U2 song for the day! Hope to most some more this month!

    Stories For Boys-U2

    GB

  • Comment number 81.

    ~79 JillywithaJ you could always send them to me for openschool since I've been twiddling my digits during term time maybe parents will think of me being spare in the hols!!!Signed a very bored supply teacher........
    Back to the shipping news.........Foxtrot....Tango and all that....
    JBG/EBG obviously has a lot of time on his hands at work- SWAPSIES?

  • Comment number 82.

    Hi All

    Thank you for all the good wishes - you are all lovely! The bad news is they can't do Mum's operation today as they have had a couple of emergencies - a story Katy will be only too familiar with (same hospital, same department). The consultant has told her that one of his colleagues might be able to fit her in tomorrow, if not then it will be Friday. Let's hope it's the former - she really doesn't want to wait around for too much longer and although she puts a brave face on it I know she's very anxious about the whole thing. They are letting her stay in though, which is good.

    Like others have said, I was shocked to hear Gazza's news. It's more common than you might think in younger folks - a similar thing happened to a pal of mine about 5 years ago. She's fine now. Get well soon Gazza!

    Alex, hugs and best wishes to you and your family, especially your Mum. And the poppets too - it's a big thing to go through at their age. I'm so glad they get to spend a few days with you and the mogpoppets.

    Now, has somebody got some good news...?

    ~X~

  • Comment number 83.

    Afternoon bloggers, Simon and the team

    Mr Writer - Stereophonics

    Writing to reach you - Travis

    Twist - Miss 600

    Re-rewind - Artful Dodger

    Two story town - Bon jovi

    Anyway those are my suggestions enjoy the rest of the day, be careful in the snow/ ice!

  • Comment number 84.

    afternoon all...lots of sad news on the blog today :-( hope things improve for Db Ag and Gazza..

    trying to think of some good news to share but I haven't any :-(

    psl x

  • Comment number 85.

    Good news? There is a wee Robin who visits the bird feeder outside the kitchen window. He has got used to seeing me watching him and is gradually moving closer. Today, he sat on the windowsill and sang to me!!! How lovely is that!!

    Deebee, sorry to hear about the delays your Mum is facing. Sending good thoughts your way.

  • Comment number 86.

    Aww Deebee that's lousy news for your Mum. Fingets crossed it's a goer tomorrow.

    I've had a good thing happen today. Although if I think about it too much it probably means I am breaking the law in some way but ... I ordered myself a nice bottle of my favourite perfume online as I didn't get any for Christmas and needed a bit of a cheer up. It's on the expensive side so as a little treat I just bought a 30ml bottle. When it came today they had sent a 100ml bottle obviously by mistake but still charged me for the smaller size :) I know it is naughty but it made my day!

    Anyhoo, enjoy the show xxx

  • Comment number 87.

    Congrats Florence & Mandy :))

  • Comment number 88.

    great first theme tune...Mandy Florence and another??

  • Comment number 89.

    Congrats Mandy and a name I didn't recognise!

    PSL... an even GREATER second tune!!! I LOVE Ralph McTell and Streets of London.

    Well done Alex and Dougal for that gorgeous song just played!

    I can now go to my Zumba class with this lovely song in my mind! :o))

    xx

  • Comment number 90.

    Deebee, what a disappointment for your mum and for you as I expect you both had much worrying last night, thinkinbg about today and now you both have to go through it again! Let's hope all is well for the go ahead tomorrow.

    Hugs to Alex and get well soon Gazza... and now I'm off to Zumba!

    xx

  • Comment number 91.

    Well done Florence, Mandy, Dougal and me!! That's my monthly mention done with!

  • Comment number 92.

    Congrats to all menshees - loving the tunes tonight. Wonder who will get Oliver's Army?

  • Comment number 93.

    Oh no one on here.

    As Billie would say.. Bechod!

    But I did get my reaction to the hilarious confession read out :)

  • Comment number 94.

    Great tunes selected for the theme - well done NYM!

  • Comment number 95.

    Chooooone! well done Mandy!

  • Comment number 96.

    perfume half price sale at your local high street rubber foot covering shop-can't advertise....
    found new glasses on top of my head...... springcleaning as parents are imminent.........

  • Comment number 97.

    Evening all

    What have I missed? Not a lot, by all accounts. Very quiet again today...

    *feels a Delia moment approaching*

    "Come on you bloggers, let's be 'avin' you!!"

  • Comment number 98.

    I'm lurking but nothing much happening!

    See you later.

    JW

  • Comment number 99.

    Evening All -

    I missed the show but I have read back.

    I can't believe it about Gazza. I think it was Shona this morning who posted the news - I thought it was one of Gazza's jolly japes.

    Please - will those who can contact him in any way - please give him my love and tell him that I'm thinking about him and am anxious for him - please?




    If he is on the mend as MTF indicated - Gazza - would you like Hospital Radio to play for you BARBIE GIRL by Aqua?

    Tell him that too, please!

  • Comment number 100.

    Hi everyone... I missed an hour of the show as I was out at Zumba so having a catch up!

 

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