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Simon Mayo | 08:31 UK time, Thursday, 8 March 2012

Assuming the solar storm hasn't hit and all electronic communication has ceased, greetings. Maybe if it does, it'll sort out the blog and the BIAU squad can stand down. I appreciate this is unlikely but we can hope. Welcome to a lovely Thursday on Radio 2. Chris is talking about this year's 2Day and plans are afoot. Given that you are, by definition, amongst the Drivetime elite/hardcore/shock troops, we'd be interested to know what you'd like to hear as R2 shakes it all up again. We each get 1 hour at a different time to normal with some different music to play with. Who fancies what?
Today we salute British Pie Week with Nigel knocking up a steak pie for us all (he takes orders, deliveries within the hour or your money back.
And oldies today please for the MIDDLE AGED (we may have done this before but obviously I've forgotten). According to Cambridge University academics, the middle aged are not over the hill at all. Oh no. Far from it. We are, and I quote "at the very summit of evolution, perfectly adapted to the needs of family and society." That's us! Hooray! You might not have felt at the summit of anything for a while but you are now. So celebratory MIDDLE AGE oldies please, as we gaze down from our summit. We are "the most impressive living things yet produced by natural selection." Feeling so proud.
Have a strutting, top-of-the-heap Thursday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    How about:

    GERTING BETTER EVERY DAY by the Mamas and Papas

    GOLDEN YEARS by David Bowie

    STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU by Stealers Wheel

    TIME OF YOUR LIFE by Green Day, or Geln Campbell

    CONFUSION by ELO

    ~X~

  • Comment number 2.

    I'm alive -ELO ....!

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning everyone

    Cold but sunny again today.

    STUCK IN THE MIDDLE ~ Stealers Wheel

    GOLDEN YEARS ~ David Bowie

    IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL ~ Nick Lowe

    MIDDLE AGE CRAZY ~ Jerry Lee Lewis

    THE LIVING YEARS ~ Mike and The Mechanics


    And if we're not yet over the hill, we're....

    RUNNING UP THAT HILL ~ Kate Bush

  • Comment number 4.

    #1 Oh dear, oh dear! Please forgive the typos. I haven't put my eyes in yet... First post too, how embarrassing... GETTING. And Glen Campbell did a much better version of TIME OF YOUR LIFE than his brother Geln...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 5.

    Its going to take some time - The Carpenters!!!

    These are the days of our lives -Queen.

    I know, but I dont know - Blondie.

  • Comment number 6.

    Thought you'd picked up a bit of the local dialect there Deebee ;)

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning Simon, team and lovely poppets,

    The sunshine is back! Hurrah :D

    Simon, you seem to be suggesting that WE ARE ALL middle aged!! I'm sure there are some veritable spring chickens (or Foghorn Leghorns, lol) among us!

    But some middle age tunes if you will ...

    STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU - STEALERS WHEEL

    MIDDLE MAN - JACK JOHNSON

    YOUNG AT HEART - THE BLUEBELLS

    YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG - FRANK SINATRA

    FOREVER YOUNG - ROD STEWART

    GOLDEN YEARS - DAVID BOWIE

    Jx

  • Comment number 8.

    Good Morning Simon and Poppeteers

    Ooh La La - Rod Stewart (Faces?) "I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger"....

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning Simon, Team, NYM, BAIU Matt and all tip-top blogpoppets!

    Morning Deebee! Morning Sal!

    Sounds a good opportunity to wheel out the bloggers classic:

    OLD AND WISE - Alan Parsons Project

  • Comment number 10.

    Hitting the big 50 next month, but in my mind....

    Nineteen forever - Joe Jackson.

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning Jilly and Shona! You weren't here when I started typing.

    Going to stop saying good morning to individuals or I could be here all day and the kitchen floor is in dire need of a wash. Rosie paw prints all over it.

  • Comment number 12.

    Walk of Life - Dire Straits.

    Make your own kind of music - Mamas and Papas.

    Always something there to remind me - Dusty Springfield.

  • Comment number 13.

    Other offers from today are:

    YESTERDAY - THE BEATLES

    20TH CENTURY BOY - T REX

    THOSE WERE THE DAYS - MARY HOPKINS

    WHEN I'M 64 - THE BEATLES

    FALLING APART AT THE SEAMS - MARMALADE

    Catch you all later - work beckons - have a good day everyone. (although I might pop back for a banana later).

  • Comment number 14.

    #9 Hi Alex. Yes, yes, YES! Please can I second OLD AND WISE.

    Thought of another one - in the shower actually (tmi?)

    STAYIN' ALIVE by the Bee Gees

    ~X~

  • Comment number 15.

    Good Morning Everyone –

    Suggestions –

    MID LIFE CRISIS – Faith No More

    GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME – Beatles

    GETTING BETTER EVERY DAY – Mamas & Papas

    I’M ON TOP OF THE WORLD – Carpenters

    THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES – Queen

    GOLDEN YEARS – David Bowie

    YOUNG AT HEART – Bluebells

    THE OLDEST SWINGER IN TOWN – Fred Wedlock

  • Comment number 16.

    IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR - FRANK SINATRA (or the Robbie version)

    IT'S GETTING BETTER - MAMA CASS

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning all from a lovely sunny Shire :-)

    THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE...DIANA ROSS

    BE YOUNG BE FOOLISH BE HAPPY...THE TAMMS

    I FEEL GOOD....JAMES BROWN

    SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE...JANICE McCLAIN

    PSL xxx

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning morning Alex, all other bloggers too :)

    Are we in the 'Twilight' of our years? According to the above, then we are not.

    ***Something is happening to me and I only hope the same thing is happening to you - Hermans Hermits. ***

  • Comment number 19.

    ....and for Harry

    FOREVER YOUNG...BOB DYLAN

    PSL x

  • Comment number 20.

    GROW OLD WITH ME - GLEN CAMPBELL

    OLDER - GEORGE MICHAEL

    and this would really make me smile ....

    LIFE IN THE OLD DOG YET - FOSTER AND ALLEN

    Ha!

  • Comment number 21.

    FEELING GOOD - Nina Simone

    FOREVER YOUNG - Bob Dylan

  • Comment number 22.

    SIMPLY THE BEST...TINA TURNER

    PSL

  • Comment number 23.

    When I was younger, so much younger than today....

    HELP! - The Beatles.

  • Comment number 24.

    If we are all under the same middle-aged umbrella ..

    MY GENERATION - THE WHO

  • Comment number 25.

    Morning all, especially those of us turning 50 this year- you too Sal?!
    Suggestions: Got to get you into my life- Beatles, In the Evening- Led Zep,
    Wish you were here- Pink Floyd, Living in the Past- Jethro Tull, I used to love her- R.Stones, Every Picture Tells a Story Don't It?- R Stewart & Small Faces, Time of my Life (LOL) J Warnes and some bearded dude.
    Turned out nice again in west Cornwall. Have a good day y'all.
    So far no coloured boxes.........

  • Comment number 26.

    Not the same song as Frank Sinatra sings -


    THE BEST IS YET TO COME - Clifford T Ward

  • Comment number 27.

    YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW...THE STYLISTICS

    I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING...JACKIE WILSON

    PSL

  • Comment number 28.

    Yes Surfer girl. Whens yours?

    This just made me laugh....

    http://www.experienceproject.com/music_search.php?song=songs+for+50+year+old+woman

    Still scrolling through....!

  • Comment number 29.

    Happy International Women's Day. If only I knew some international women.

    No time to blog today - story of the week for me. How I managed to get a mensh I've no idea!

    Only this one from me:
    JOE WALSH - Life's Been Good To Me So Far

  • Comment number 30.

    HIGHER GROUND - Stevie Wonder

    HIGHLY EVOLVED - The Vines

  • Comment number 31.

    Some caffeine fuelled inspiration ..

    STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS - PAUL SIMON

    REELIN' IN THE YEARS - STEELY DAN

    IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME - CHER

    HOLDING BACK THE YEARS - SIMPLY RED

  • Comment number 32.

    We've only just begun - The Carpenters.

  • Comment number 33.

    Green boxes!



    FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS - Neil Diamond

  • Comment number 34.

    JUST THE WAY YOU ARE....BARRY WHITE

    YOU'RE GORGEOUS....BABYBIRD

    PSL

  • Comment number 35.

    I'M STILL STANDING - Elton John

    PERFECT - Fairground Attraction

    I'M A WONDERFUL THING BABY - Kid Creole & Coconuts

  • Comment number 36.

    WHO KNOWS WHERE THE TIME GOES - FAIRPORT CONVENTION / SANDY DENNY

  • Comment number 37.

    #25 #28....Up to six of us at the last count on the blog!

    PSL x

  • Comment number 38.

    Really PSL.

    Hope its not me first. LOL :O

  • Comment number 39.

    THIS IS IT! - Melba Moore

  • Comment number 40.

    Morning All,

    'I Feel Good' James Brown

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 41.

    Fingets crossed for that one Brandon.

    Will get a big thumbs up from next door :)

  • Comment number 42.

    LUST FOR LIFE...IGGY POP

  • Comment number 43.

    'Too Much Too Young' The Specials

  • Comment number 44.

    Just like yesterday - Bread.

  • Comment number 45.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    Congrats to all the mentions this week from I who is having a mensh drought this week ;'( Especially to Shona and Jilly who have been the superstars this week.

    For R2 day Simon how about a day of one hit wonders and the bizarre? I have Rupert the bear and the wombles tunes on my fruity device and I love White Horses by Jacky.

  • Comment number 46.

    "at the very summit of evolution, perfectly adapted to the needs of family and society."


    THE FLOOD - ╪ (Wah!)

  • Comment number 47.

    #38 I think you are first and I'm last...

    LETS GET IT ON.....MARVIN GAYE (ha ha that'll put the youngsters of their evening meal if it gets a play!!!)

    PSL xx

  • Comment number 48.

    What is life - George Harrison.

  • Comment number 49.

    'Everyday' Buddy Holly

  • Comment number 50.

    #45 Ed Stewpot played white horses for me on his Christmas day show.....a song for girls of a certain age....*goes all misty eyed while humming the tune*

  • Comment number 51.

    Middle aged? The way I feel sometimes:

    DAZED & CONFUSED - Led Zep

    50 next year. Bring it on!

    Simon - for R2 Day, would love to hear you team up with Mike Harding.

  • Comment number 52.

    Still crazy after all these years - Simon and Garfunkel.

  • Comment number 53.

    Anyway time to right the drought:

    1. WHEN I'M 64 - The Beatles
    2. TIME OF MY LIFE - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
    3. LIFE GOES ON - Marmalade ( obla di obla da)
    4. OLDER - George Michael
    5. OLD BEFORE I DIE - Robbie Williams
    6. STUCK IN THE MIDDLE - Stealers Wheel
    7. YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE - Candi Staton
    8. YOUNG AT HEART - The Bluebells
    9. YOUNG GIRL - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
    10. FORGET ME NOT - Patrice Rushen
    11. REELIN IN THE YEARS - Steely Dan
    12. HOLDING BACK THE YEARS - Simply Red
    13. GOLDEN YEARS - David Bowie
    14. THESE ARE THE DAYS OF MY LIFE - Queen
    15. WE HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN - The Carpenters
    16. All right now - FREE
    17. LIFE'S BEEN GOOD - Joe Walsh
    18. TIME IN A BOTTLE - Jim Croce
    19. BEST YEARS OF OUR LIFE - Modern Romance
    20. BE YOUNG BE FOOLISH BE HAPPY - The Tamms

    Oh well must jump to it.

    Have lovely days.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 54.

    YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET - BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE
    HALF WAY TO PARADISE - BILLY FURY
    GOLDEN YEARS - DAVID BOWIE
    THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES - KATE BUSH
    JUSTIFIED AND ANCIENT - KLF & TANNY WINETTE
    DAZED AND CONFUSED - LED ZEPPLIN

  • Comment number 55.

    We've got a groovy thing going! - Simon and Garfunkel.

    Right, gotta fly.

    Happy days :)

  • Comment number 56.

    'Shout It To The Top' Style Council

  • Comment number 57.

    HOLD BACK THE NIGHT....THE TRAMMPS

    THIS OLD HEART OF MINE...THE ISLEY BROTHERS

    PSL

  • Comment number 58.

    Another:

    PRIME TIME - Alan Parsons Project

    Okay, the lyrics might not quite fit the theme, but the title does!!

  • Comment number 59.

    Good morning everyone.

    50+ posts before 10? How come the "middle aged" theme inspires such enthusiastic mensh chasing? :-)

    Too many already suggested above so I won't add my musings to the pile.

    However, I would like to make one suggestion about the whole of Radio2's daytime output (not just 2Day): could we have more album tracks, and not just singles, between 5am and 7pm?

    Radio2 after 7 is arguably the finest radio output anywhere in the world because of its diversity. Why can't we have little more of this mix during the day?

    Gretchen Peters was fantastic on Tuesday but would Drivetime play one of her tracks if she wasn't guesting? Last month, Drivetime showcased some great acts that were appearing at the Folk Awards but these artists are never played at any other time. Why?

  • Comment number 60.

    Morning everyone,

    First thoughts:

    'You Wear It Well' - Rod Stewart
    'Fade To Grey' - Visage (must get my roots done....)
    'As Time Goes By' - Louis Armstrong

    N xx

  • Comment number 61.

    I think it's coffee and banana time as my tum tum is beginning to rumble.

    Perhaps as we are middle age should we be singing:

    MY WAY - FRANK SINATRA........and now the end is near and so I face the final curtain................

  • Comment number 62.

    GOOD TIMES...CHIC

    PSL

  • Comment number 63.

    Normally a Friday suggestion, but

    'Dignity' Deacon Blue

  • Comment number 64.

    Has anyone suggested:

    PRECIOUS TIME - VAN MORRISON

  • Comment number 65.

    Good morning from a sunny, bright Essex.

    61 posts already!! Must have struck a chord today with the choon subject! I need more tea to think of a suitable contribution so see you soon.

    I've said it before Gazza but don't know if you've seen it - you will get the money back if you keep the receipt for your pills bit if you cannot afford them you should see your GP and explain the situation. You certainly shouldn't just not take them!
    Telling off over.



    JW

  • Comment number 66.

    Morning everyone. Some exam results out today so it's a busy one for me - mainly mopping up tears unfortunately :/

    #59 totally agree Harry - I think Drivetime does the best job of diversity in a 'prime-time' slot and the post 7.00pm specialist programmes are incredibly varied but the day-time playlist is repetitive and often quite bland.

    So to oldies - lots of lovely choices already so I'll only add 2:
    Older - Bon Jovi ("Like a faded pair of worn blue jeans, the skin I'm in's alright with me. Not old, just older")
    Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds

  • Comment number 67.

    I agree about the theme hitting a chord with us all today. Tee hee. X

  • Comment number 68.

    #59 morning Harry...I would like a soul play as per the Dr Mosh slot as not everyone wants to drive home with their ears bleeding....., we have a song each night linked to the follow-on show so most genres are covered there with the exception of soul....

    PSL

  • Comment number 69.

    'Top' of the morning all,
    DT team (doffs cap reverentially), bloggers, both the old, middle-aged and spring chickens amongst us, plus of course the DT Dude who did a whole section of the show yesterday just for Shona (Banana special)!! How thoughful.
    Speakings as someone at the summit of her existence, if this is the best it gets...crickey I feel rough!
    Cycling in yesterday and getting cold and wet = sneezing galore and playing the nose whistle like Mrs Moog was last night on Twi*ter - we could start a duet, there must be a 'talent' show that would take us! (the kind where a man hitting his head with a tea-tray to music is given airtime, methinks)

    Re R2day - I thought it was brill, great to have a mix-up of DJ's and their music choices, it was a great way to introduce people who listen at various times (on way to work, cooking tea, etc) to new music/shows/people/genres. Can't be a bad, in anyone's book, can it?

    Bring Richard Allinson blinking out into the light of day, YES please.

    And best of all the DJ's seemed to enjoy the day - and met some of their colleagues they only ever see once a year at the annual R2 Xmas bash, presumably in a seedy pub around the back of R2 towers...

    Re theme, I've twittered these already:
    TIME IN A BOTTLE Jim Croce
    OLD FIVE AND DIMERS LIKE ME Emmylou
    SLAP DAB IN THE MIDDLE Ry Cooder
    THE BEST IS YET TO COME Clifford T Ward *sigh*
    ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears for Fears
    HALFWAY TO PARADISE (if you're lucky!) BILLY FURY

    #59 Yeah what Harry said...re album tracks - has ANYONE heard anything by Gotye except that single??!

    Off now for cake (work colleague b'day) YAY! Let's hope there's some fruit in it, then I get to count it was one of my five a day...

  • Comment number 70.

    Morning all

    Don't you hate it when work gets in the way of blogging?!

    Busy blog today, no suggestions from me, but well dones to all who had menshes yesterday!

    May I make a confession? I really can't stand Bruce Stringbean's music, have to turn the radio to another channel when he comes on! And, due to Simon's high praise of the new album, Mr T has ordered it - thanks Simon!!

    Back later

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 71.

    I forgot to ask (middle aged moment), when is R2day this year?

  • Comment number 72.

    Suzieeee, Well done you for cycling to work! I am impressed.

    The canteen had run out of yellow bananas this morning :( So instead my banana has an orange coat and says T*ff*e C**sp on it. I don't even have a sweet tooth but I always need a wee energy boost around this time. I really should eat breakfast.

    Back to work.

  • Comment number 73.

    #68 PSL, I agree there should be more soul. And jazz. And every other genre. I don't see any reason why daytime radio shouldn't challenge us all a little by playing a few things out of the ordinary. Does it really have to be only singles that have charted? I'm not saying chart hits should be abandoned entirely.

    I think I'm trying to say that daytime Radio2 should revisit the BBC's Reithian dictum: "educate, inform, entertain" and apply it to popular music.

    Or maybe I'm just talking myself into buying a new digital radio for the car so that I can listen to 6Music all day ;-)

  • Comment number 74.

    For R2day I think Simon should be teamed up with Johnnie Walker - their combined wealth of musical knowledge would make for a very interesting show. In fact, there wouldn't be much time left to actually play any tracks... but it would be really good to hear some music that doesn't generally get played on Radio 2. Such as Show of Hands, who Simon opened with on last year's R2day, or Smith and Burrows who he played at Christmas - both acts I wouldn't otherwise have heard, and both I immediately loved. Oh, and could it please be either before 9 o'clock, between 1 and 2 or after 4.30. Thank you, from one of the Drivetime elite... ;o)

    ~X~

  • Comment number 75.

    hi all

    YOUNG AT HEART-BLUEBELLS

  • Comment number 76.

    #59 #73 Spot on Harry. I think one of the radio reviewers in the press made that point when 2Day happened last year. The controllers meet a stack of the BBC Trust obligations by "shunting" some of them into the post 7pm slots. Of course as you've alluded to that makes for some fantastic radio on the specialist shows, but it means that the music output of much of the daytime rota is "same old, same old" and inevitably hit single based.

    They do have the occasional album on the playlist, but I would really love to see the end of the over-reliance on singles during the day.

    Radio 2 should have the confidence to allow producers and and presenters to just let rip and play whatever they think makes a balanced show that the listeners will enjoy. Would people really stop listening if they hear something that's not a hit single and they don't know? The way Gretchen's latest album and her "best of" moved up the Amazon sales charts on Wednesday suggests that people who maybe weren't aware of her before really enjoyed it and rather than switching off were going and spending money.

  • Comment number 77.

    Good morning one and all.....beautiful sunny start to the day here.............I'm determined not to let a little green box ruin my day!...................................even if this will be my sixth........
    yes sixth.........................attempt at posting!......................you can probably hear me thumping my keyboard in Scotland................................................................................

    MY GENERATION - THE WHO

    STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU - STEALERS WHEEL

    YOUNG AT HEART - BLUEBELLS

    FEELING STRONGER EVERYDAY - CHICAGO

    GOOD TIMES - CHIC

    DON'T STOP ME NOW -QUEEN

    MIDDLE OF THE ROAD - THE PRETENDERS

    I FEEL GOOD - JAMES BROWN

    Me done for now..............................................happy days.............................................

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

  • Comment number 78.

    Hello again -

    wow, what a lot of suggestions - the NYM will have his work cut out today!

    SILVER THREADS AMONG THE GOLD - THE FUREYS AND DAVEY ARTHUR
    (I'm having my shiny hair disguised next week)

    FOREVER YOUNG by BOB DYLAN for Harry

    See you later.

    JW

  • Comment number 79.

    Oh and I also meant to say -

    PLEASE let Richard Allinson out into the day light for R2 day..........

    JW

  • Comment number 80.

    #70 I feel the same about Cold Play and they too are always on....

  • Comment number 81.

    OK.........bit late with my suggestions.............but having another crack with..........................................................

    ALL THE YOUNG DUDES - MOTT THE HOOPLE

    SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT - NIRVANA

    MOTORBIKIN' - CHRIS SPEDDING

    STILL ROCK AND ROLL TO ME - BILLY JOEL

    SUMMER OF 69 - BRYAN ADAMS

    FOREVER YOUNG - ROD STEWART

    .......................................................................
    Will it work?..........................................................

    Dougal x.........and all of her green boxes!............................

  • Comment number 82.

    Morning! What a lovely day here on the hilltop. Am just back from my 6 year old's class assembly - a real tear jerker as it will be his last at the school. He got a special mention for eating all his lunch on the Victorian trip last week. Pass the tissues please!

    I tweeted my suggestion earlier - its a HOIB, unfortunately, but when I think of being middle aged I have a vision of lots of smiley, rosy-cheeked (induced by too much nectar) middled aged dads on the dance floor swinging their arms around to:

    YMCA - VILLAGE PEOPLE

    Anyway, given my husband's suggestion at the beginning of the week, obviously he thinks we are still young enough....

    As for R2 Day, how about Simon and Richard Allinson together? (have only read back really briefly so if this has already been suggested, then I second it!)

    Off for a walk now, hopefully won't leave my keys on the outside of an unlocked door as I did earlier this week, spending more than a little time out in the fields searching for them because I had forgotten where they were. That's early onset dementia for you.

    Thank you Simon and the DT crew for mentioning my name yesterday - a privilege to have been associated with The Drifters. We love that song*

    Enjoy the rest of the day everyone - and Shona - I'm off to have a red banana now. Must be a healthy option!

    *wanders off humming 'Saturday Night at the Movies'

  • Comment number 83.

    Ps. Congrats to Art Foundryman on all his good news.

    Pps. Billie - what's for supper tonight at your place? I won't begin to tell you what I found at the bottom of our freezer this morning. Let's just say that it won't be on the menu tonight!

  • Comment number 84.

    Middle Aged oldies suggestion collection

    DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME - Simple Minds or even
    ALIVE & KICKING - Simple Minds

    I second FADE TO GREY - Visage (I so loved that record and the whole pierrot image, happy days) and finally...

    A LITTLE RESPECT - Erasure

  • Comment number 85.

    #82 Hoffs, yes that was going to be my other suggestion - Simon and Richard would be a great team too!

    Just been doing a bit of housework for Mum. My, but she has a lot of knick-knacks! Some of them are quite valuable too - she collects those Spanish porcelain figures from the company that sounds like it could be Welsh, and she has one or two special edition items... Don't want to break anything...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 86.

    Just before I go out and enjoy the lovely sunshine. I was meaning to comment on a few things from late last night/early this morning on the previous blog.

    Shona, your Foghorn Leghorn impression made me laugh! I shall be picturing a big white rooster whenever I read your posts now ;)

    Florence, re Masterchef I had a little soft spot for Jay. I know he was the least talented of the four in a way but I loved his heart and the softness that was beneath that macho exterior. I do think Andrew over-complicates but I think it's just in his eagerness to show what he can do. Shelina is a bit too safe (although her dishes always look fantastic) and Tom is a bit too hit and miss and chaotic. I think there are three programmes on for the final next week.

    Gazza, I hope your card arrived today!

    I really enjoyed R2Day last time. One request at the moment.. can they put Mr Evans on at a time when he isn't constantly 'popping in' and taking airtime from the other presenters ;)

    Hoffs.. the old leaving the key in the door trick eh? I've done it a few times. It is especially embarrassing when someone knocks at the door and you open it to find your keys still in the lock. It's a good thing there are still plenty of honest people around.

    Hope everyone is having a fine day

    Jx

  • Comment number 87.

    #70 & #80 I like Bruce and watching him at Glastonbury (on telly box, not live and in person) was brilliant, but I am finding the "Wrecking Ball" album a tad dull and tedious. His "Empty Sky" album was the best post 9/11 album made - superb. I have made my feelings known re Coldplay before - dull, dull dull. The one that is really making me reach for the off button is that Emilie Sande song. Can't stand it. Loathe it. Have to walk away otherwise I start throwing things.

    Totally agree with Harry - there should be more of a mix during the day. I love the 7pm shows and have learned so much from them, particularly Mike Harding as folk music wasn't on my radar before. Jamie has stepped comfortably into Humph's shoes and plays a great mix. I bought Mr P the Gretchen Palato album off the back of Jamie's playing her and also bought the Nat King Cole "After Midnight Sessions" which is just blissful.

    Trying to work out whether to plant the carrots with the onions, or in separate beds that are next to each other. They need to be close to prevent carrot fly but then Titch says that shallots don't like competition so need to be separate. Decisions, decisions.........

  • Comment number 88.

    Good morning,

    #1 & 4, Deebee, LOL! I take it the caffeine hadn't kicked in by the time you posted? ;-)

    #59 Harry, Interesting points of view. Your point about the Folk Awards and Gretchen Peters is very valid. I don't particularly have a view on your album track point but would say I don't just listen to Radio 2 for the music. I enjoy all the presenters (yes really - even SW) and love the way they keep me company through the day.

    I personally think the night time specialist music programmes are played at the right time of the day. In the evening it's possible to sit, listen properly and enjoy them. As much as I like listening to Brian Matthew's Sounds of the Sixties on Saturday mornings I wonder if this is now something of a specialist programme that would be better in the evening?

    #61 Shona, I now think of you whenever my Little Girls sings "Bananas in Pyjamas".

    #68 PSL, Yes, soul would be good. I like Paul O'Grady's Northern Soul Triple.

    #70 Oh Tortie - a kindred spirit! I'm afraid he leaves me cold. When I hear his music and the gushing comments many DJs make about him it brings to mind the story of "The King's New Clothes". I just don't get it. Sorry Bruce fans.

    #79 Jennie, yes yes yes!

    Re Ideas for 2 Day: Simon, did you listen to the CD I sent you last autumn? It was called "Where We Are" and it's by our friends Southgate & Leigh. All completely orginal stuff. They are actually doing quite well. Their music has been used on an MTV show and they are opening for Joan Armatrading in Aldershot in June. Why not use your part of 2 Day to showcase new talent like them?

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 89.

    #86 Cock-a-doodle-doo.................Jilly. I'm not painting a very good picture of myself here am I?

    Would love to hear Simon and Richard together on R2 Day. Or Simon and Whipering Bob.

    Nearly time for me to skip up the road for lunch. I wonder what Mr W has made for me today. HA HA HA HA . Don't make me laugh. That is actually a side splitter for me! I'm not sure he even knows where the fridge is.

    Catch you in a bit.

  • Comment number 90.

    Teaming up presenters: if I were the main man* in one of the daytime slots I'd refuse to be linked up with Richard Allinson. He's way too good; he could take over any of their jobs. :-)

    * Apart from Vanessa Feltz, they are all men, aren't they? What that says about the BBC would be an interesting debate on International Women's Day.

  • Comment number 91.

    Not sure if this has already been suggested.........even reading back is now problematic...............................the font has changed to the size of a very small ant!.....................................................................................................


    TOP OF THE WORLD - CARPENTERS

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

    Sunny days and Carpenters goes hand in hand me thinks......................................

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

  • Comment number 92.

    #90 There is also Anneka Rice (although not sure if she counts as she only does one show each week and probably has 5 listeners) and Jo Whiley (although she doesn't count cos she's dull) and Janice Long (who counts big time as she is fab).

    Oh, see what you mean. Daytime slots........... yep, you are right. No women, unless Ken is on hols.

  • Comment number 93.

    Ahh Springsteen: I used to love him. Listening to stuff he is now recording it's easy to forget just how bloomin' marvellous he was prior to 1984's Born in the USA, when the mainstream finally caught on and, for me, ruined him.

    Joshua Tree did the same for U2.

    Angry, young rockers turned into "spokesmen" overnight. Boring!

  • Comment number 94.

    'I reminise about the days of old with the' OLD TIME ROCK AND ROLL - BOB SEGAR

    REMINISCING = LITTLE RIVER BAND

  • Comment number 95.

    #92 Alex, I know there are other women on Radio2, I was thinking about the main weekday slots. Are there really no women who could do Chris Evans', Ken Bruce's, Jeremy Vine's, Steve Wright's, or (dare I say it?) Simon's shows?

  • Comment number 96.

    Back for a brief moment...

    Have we found out whats at the bottom of Hoffs freezer yet?

    Just getting a couple of slices of my 'oh so yummy' bread from the freezer. Interesting to read, that one of the ingredients is added to inhibit mould growth. That will be one less thing to check for in the mirror then!

    Back to it....

  • Comment number 97.

    I'm with Jilly...My generation by the Who is perfect.
    Hotel California by the Eagles has remberance for this middle aged one.

    Simon teamed Whispering Bob would quack my duck for R2 Day.

    Enjoy the sunshine everyone,
    LB, x

  • Comment number 98.

    got most of my tablets one lot wasnt ready my dad will pick it up 4 me this afternoon and meet me at work to give me them,still havent card my card but thay accepted the letter i got conferming my details so didnt have 2 pay anymore.

  • Comment number 99.

    Good Afternoon All;

    *Whiny and croaky voice* I'm not very well :(

    I'm late to the party, and definitely don't feel top of the heap, lying in a heap more like!

    Oh well, a few (late) oldie suggestions & apologies for any duplications...

    GLORY DAYS - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    BETTER DAYS - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    YOU CAN'T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS - SEASICK STEVE

  • Comment number 100.

    #94.......................I was going to suggest.......................................

    NIGHT MOVES - BOB SEGER

    A lovely vignette of growing up............................................................

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

 

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