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Simon Mayo | 08:52 UK time, Monday, 30 April 2012

Yesterday I went shopping for a kettle. This is not really interesting or significant (I probably wouldn't get put on ARF with a tale this dull) except that I chose it over watching football. I had been offered tickets, I could have watched or listened but I chose kitchen appliances. My younger self is horrified but the older self finds it too stressful. Exasperation, frustration and rage- the traditional lot of so many fans- appears to greater price to pay. Of course, as it turned out, we won and it would have been a rather lovely afternoon full of elation, satisfaction and smiles. So maybe I was wrong and need to revisit my middle age maturity/cowardice.
And I ended up with a toaster anyway.
Also this weekend, I enjoyed a nice little chat with Dermot on his Saturday show. Really strange to be in 'my' studio and sit in the 'wrong' seat and would always rather it be the other way round but Dermot was a Blockbusters fan so what's a boy to do? (Astute bloggers are correct in observing that the start date has changed to the 14th May). And we got a second outing in as many days for "I Feel Love' which it seems was Coffee Buzz's choice for the ARF and not as appeared on my papers, The Driver. Apologies, I take full ministerial responsibility. The Bruuuuce tune 'If I Should Fall Behind' is a belter of a tune too and rarely played.
So today ladies and gentlemen we have the Radio 2 Bookclub sitting with Gordon Ferris's Bitter Water. Gordon's previous novel, The Hanging Shed, was published on Christmas Day 2010 - it was one of 12 books Corvus published over 12 days at just £1 as a bit of an experiment based on how many people were likely to receive a Kindle on Christmas day. Turned out to be a huge success, and of all the books published, including a collection by Lee Child, it was the best seller. Daily Mail has called him 'the new Ian Rankin' which explains where we are with Biter Water. Read some here then hear him today...
And oldies on the theme of SURPRISES please. Inspired mainly by Roy Hodgson being asked to be the new England football boss and not our 'arry. And coming home with a toaster instead of a kettle.
Have a robust and controlled Monday, see you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    *HELLO*... Is anyone around?

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and drying-out-nicely bloggers

    Toasters and kettles , the life of a media and literary celebrity in the 21st century! Me, I had a trip to IKEA, followed by a journey to the dump (not the same stuff), and hours spent putting up a new light. As Mental as Anything would say, Live It Up!

    Surprises, hey? Well you have to start here....

    MY MY, HEY HEY, OUT OF THE BLUE – Neil Young

    BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW – Stylistics

    SURPRISE, SURPRISE – Rolling Stones

    WHO’D HAVE KNOWN – Lily Allen

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning All :)

    The sun is actually shining this morning, it probably won't last...

    I didn't get to hear Simon's interview with Dermot on Saturday, it's on my listen again list.

    Surprise songs, eh? Oldie suggestions...

    LIFE OF SURPRISES - PREFAB SPROUT

    MAYBE I'M AMAZED - PAUL McCARTNEY

    YOU NEVER CAN TELL - CHUCK BERRY

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning Simon and Poppeteers

    Congratulations to Coffeebuzz and The Driver for getting the ARFO sorted out and won't Coffeebuzz look splendid in his crown by the coffee machine.

    Surprises?

    WHO ARE YOU - THE WHO

    LET'S GET MARRIED - PROCLAIMERS

    TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT - TEDDY THOMPSON

    WHAT SHALL I DO? - FRANKIE AND THE CLASSICALS

    and for a tune with a surprise at the end

    18 YELLOW ROSES - BOBBY DARREN

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello again everyone

    A bit dull and windy here today after being spoilt for so long with sunny weather!

    Nice to see Coffee Buzz getting an 'apologetic' mention in Simon's blog, today!

    LIFE OF SURPRISES ~ Prefab Sprout

    SURPRISES ~ Billy Joel

    NO SURPRISES ~ Radiohead

    BABY WHAT A BIG SURPRISE ~ Chicago

    SURPRISE ME AGAIN ~ Haircut 100

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning all.

    Is she REALLY going out with him - Joe Jackson.

  • Comment number 7.

    Good Morning Again -


    DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME? – Delfonics

    WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES – Esther Phillips

    (WHAM BAM ALACASAM! ) - OUT OF AN ORANGE COLOURED SKY –

    Nat King Cole/Johnny Mathis/Michael Buble/ et al

    WOW! – Kate Bush

    BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW ! - Stylistics

    ZOOM! – Fat Larry’s Band

    AMAZED – LoneStar

    MAYBE I’M AMAZED - Macca

  • Comment number 8.

    Good morning all from a beautifully sunny Essex.

    How about

    DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET? - BILLY J KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS

    JW

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning, everybody! (again)

    Surprises, eh?

    WAKE UP BOO - THE BOO RADLEYS
    NO SURPRISES - RADIOHEAD
    BOOM BOOM - JOHN LEE HOOKER
    SHOCKED - KYLIE

    Back to blether later

    --
    kkcBzz

  • Comment number 10.

    THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME - Abba

    Full of surprise -

    IT'S OH SO QUIET - Bjork

    TAKE MY BREATH AWAY - Berlin

  • Comment number 11.

    A rush of blood to the head - Coldplay
    Is there something I should Know? - Duran Duran
    Is she really going out with him? - Joe Jackson
    Leaving me now - Level 42
    Leaving right now - Will Young
    Panic - The Smiths
    Take my breathe away - Berlin

  • Comment number 12.

    Another oldie suggestion...

    THE HAPPENING - THE SUPREMES

  • Comment number 13.

    Morning Simon, Team & Blogpoppets.

    Glad you got the ARFO sorted. Surely an on air apology is the least we can expect from the BBC ;-)

    Have tweeted a couple of songs. Don't feel the need to reproduce here.

    Will be out & about most of today and will try to catch up when I can.

    Re the Springsteen song, I heard Paul Carrack's version on the Titanic show (so beautifully produced by the other Mr Mayo). First heard it sung by Faith Hill a few years ago. Prefer her version to Springsteen's but I am not much of a Bruce fan so I would say that.

    Hope everyone has a good day.

    x

  • Comment number 14.

    HOLY SMOKE! (Some Rude Words!) - Iron Maiden

    THE WONDER OF YOU - Elvis

  • Comment number 15.

    #4 Shona - I'm afraid I had to refrain from "looking splendid", by placing a shower cap over the ARFO crown to keep it dry.

    Only 4 more weeks until the weather doesn't affect my coffee machine run!

    --
    kkcBzz

  • Comment number 16.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    I shouldn't really be here - mountains of emails to read/action, but just time to suggest:

    WOW by Kate Bush

    WOW by Kylie Minogue

    RIGHT BEFORE MY VERY EYES by Chicago

    SURPRISES by Billy Joel

    Laters...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 17.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Hope all had good weekends, did not partake in the KB competition so just was in a coaching capacity and all our partaking students did really well and i did not take part because all the categories had changed and I would not have fought til 9pm!!!!

    Happy happy happy with Chelsea's result at QPR and Torres is certainly paying back his £50m fee!!! That was a surprise!!!

    Now for choons!

    1. AMAZED - Lonestar
    2. BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW - Stylists
    3. Venus - SHOCKING BLUE
    4. SUNSHINE ON A RAINY DAY - Zoe.
    5. IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM? Joe Jackson
    6. EVERY LOSER WINS - Nick Berry
    7. YOU WIN AGAIN -Bee Gees
    8. SHOCKED - Kylie
    9. YOUR AMAZING - Robert Palmer
    10. I'M YOUR MAN - WHAM!

    Have a nice day

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 18.

    Thought of another one:

    MAYBE I'M AMAZED by Paul McCartney

    ~X~

  • Comment number 19.

    REALLY SAYING SOMETHING - Bananarama & FunBoy3


    TELL ME IT'S NOT TRUE - Barbara Dixon

    Sob! Sob! Sob!

  • Comment number 20.

    I love that Bruce Springsteen song too, and there are lots of other lovely versions out there too. I thought I recalled one by Bonnie Raitt, I'll have to look it up on YT.

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    ALL SHOOK UP - ELVIS PRESLEY

    YOU SHOOK ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) - LED ZEPPELIN

  • Comment number 21.

    WELL, WELL, WELL - Duffy

    STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE - Four Tops

    HOW DID IT COME TO THIS? - TT (Wah!)

    HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON? - Ace

    YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH - Meatloaf

    I NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE - Stephanie Mills

    NEW KID IN TOWN - Eagles

    I WANT THAT MAN - Deborah Harry

    I'M YOUR MAN - Wham!

  • Comment number 22.

    Morning all :-) sunshine and blue skies here in The Shire...beging to think I should have had ducks rather than chickens my poor begraggled girls.

    MARVIN GAYE....WHATS GOING ON

    DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES...THE HAPPENING

    THE STYLISTICS...BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW

    PSL xxx

  • Comment number 23.

    Good morning all!

    I enjoyed Dermot's interview with you Simon. I quite like Dermot's interviewing technique even though he is so laid back sometimes, he's almost horizontal!

    My suggestions for today's 'feem':

    START! by THE JAM

    AGAINST ALL ODDS by PHIL COLLINS

    LOOK AWAY by BIG COUNTRY

    SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS) by DAVID BOWIE

    JUMP by VAN HALEN

    BABY IT'S YOU by THE BEATLES


    I think that covers some different types of surprises, but a really nice surprise is

    BREAKFAST IN BED by UB40

    madchick x

  • Comment number 24.

    a northern soul classic...

    WHAT.....JUDY STREET

  • Comment number 25.

    YOU TOOK MY BREATH AWAY - Travelling Wilburys

    I MUST BE SEEING THINGS - Gene Pitney

  • Comment number 26.

    IT'S A MYSTERY - Toyah

  • Comment number 27.

    #15 I have a lovely picture of you in my head with a shower cap over your crown Coffeebuzz. This takes away the vision of Gazza in his speedos.

    I really enjoyed the interview with Simon on Dermot's show.

  • Comment number 28.

    GEE WHIZ IT'S YOU by CLIFF & THE SHADOWS

    OH! CAROL by NEIL SEDAKA

    GO NOW by THE MOODY BLUES

  • Comment number 29.

    SURPRISE! SURPRISE! - R Cilla

  • Comment number 30.

    EVERYBODY'S TALKING - Nilson


    ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW - Del Amitri


    Must be orf now.

  • Comment number 31.

    Morning all

    Can we have some John Martyin please. How about.....

    CERTAIN SURPRISE - John Martyn

  • Comment number 32.

    UNBELIEVABLE - EMF

  • Comment number 33.

    WHAT CAN I SAY.....BOZ SCAGGS

  • Comment number 34.

    One more...


    IS IT TRUE? ~ Brenda Lee

  • Comment number 35.

    Hello and Happy Mondays all round - from the insensitive numpty who grumped into here yesterday complaining about everyone going on about the weather - at a time when people were really suffering out there - and ... wait for it
    ... an hour before her front hall flooded!

    That'll teach me.
    :^o


    OK - some surprise oldies already tweetled. Will try not to replicate anything above, although stuff may have appeared as I've been typing this:

    OUT OF THE BLUE - DEBBIE GIBSON

    SUDDENLY I SEE - KATY TUNSTALL

    UNBELIEVABLE - EMF



    :^)

  • Comment number 36.

    MIND BLOWING DECISIONS - Heat Wave

  • Comment number 37.

    #35 That's not karma, it's just old-fashioned bad luck. Hope it all gets sorted soon.

    Sorry to hear of all of your weekend catastrophes. I hope tyres, greenhouses and chillies are all mended soon.

    Like Shona, we had sunshine yesterday - proper 'cut the grass' sunshine! Back to the downpour now, though!

    --
    kkcBzz

  • Comment number 38.

    The opposite really -

    NO SURPRISES - Radiohead

  • Comment number 39.

    More Surprises ...


    I'M THE MAN - JOE JACKSON

    A NEW ENGLAND - KIRSTY MACCOLL

    NEW KID IN TOWN - THE EAGLES

    HOWZAT - SHERBERT

  • Comment number 40.

    Three word Monday....

    Spotted swooping swifts.

    Gotta fly :)

  • Comment number 41.

    Ooh, just thought of this one - re not having 'Arry as Manager...


    YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT - Rolling Stones

  • Comment number 42.

    Apologies Ken, meant to say before that I'm pleased all is ok after your scare at the weekend. Have been there and not come out so well so my relief for you and anyone who was with you is heartfelt.

    x

  • Comment number 43.

    #40 Now you are just showing off, Sal!! I still haven't seen any swallows yet! I think they must have got some dodgy foreign satnav.

    x

  • Comment number 44.

    Today the sun is shining and theres not a cloud in the sky :-) (dont worry it wont last)

    Shona, Id completly fogotten about the song '18 Yellow Roses' - it always makes me cry (reminds me of my Dad).

    Will be spending the morning trying to fix the gazebo which came a cropper in the winds yesterday, and assisting where needed for the chap taking out our old bath. If he ever turns up (taps watch expectantly).

    Can only think of the theme tune to SURPRISE SURPRISE for todays choice, which is by no means orriginal. Think ive lost my touch.

    Hope you all had a good weekend and have managed to wade out of your respective flooded areas.

    ~gill~

  • Comment number 45.

    Surprise!

    SUCH A NIGHT! - Elvis or Johnny Ray

  • Comment number 46.

    Morning all,
    DT team (including the reprimanded YTS child guilty of assigning Driver with Donna Summer ((I did think it was a strange one for the Driver)), DT Dude, owner of a shiny new toaster, and manky old kettle...oh and all bloggers esp those enjoying a ray of sun today.
    I was in the kitchen making a cake saturday afternoon, as we have visitors to feed (until 8th May) and was nicely suprised to hear the DT Dude on the DO'L show!
    RE theme, I twittered

    WOW by KATE BUSH and could add

    ONCE IN A LIFETIME Talking Heads ("...how did I get here?") or

    'IT STONED ME' BY VAN THE MAN never quite sure what he meant by that, but think he meant he was surprised - anyone got better ideas?

    We lost 1/2 our pear tree onto the footpath (luckily not house) over Saturday night sometime...the words 'batten down the hatches' was never so true as Saturday here in the UK.
    And the footpath into work today past the river (here lies the clue) was flooded, to about 2-3" and yes, was wearing wellies, but sadly they leak (eeeugh)

    Now back to read up on what you cleverer peeps have come up with...

    Sad though for Driver and ESPECIALLY Coffeebuzz .......getting half a crown each??

  • Comment number 47.

    Kettle buying v football

    Hmmm....purchase kettle via internet (or despatch wife to purchase kettle if an emergency and alternative water boiling facilities aren't available) AND go to or watch the football.

    Sorted. Now available for life consultancy at very reasonable rates :-)

  • Comment number 48.

    I heartily second Florence's

    SURPRISES - Billy Joel. The whole Nylon Curtain album is an underrated classic.

    Also: AMAZING - Seal

  • Comment number 49.

    #46 Wasn't half a crown, 25 new pence? don't spend it all at once! ;-)

  • Comment number 50.

    Now really what was asked for, but can't resist...

    YOU GOT IT - Roy Horgison (!)

    Really really really not here now.

  • Comment number 51.

    Morning one and all...................the sun is shining............coffeeBuzz is rightfully acknowledged as our ARFO King...........................so all must be right with the world!............................................................................................


    SURPRISE SURPRISE - ROLLING STONES

    SHOCK VALUE - BLACK SABBATH

    SHOCK AND AWE - NEIL YOUNG

    AMAZED - LONESTAR

    MAYBE I'M AMAZED - PAUL McCARTNEY

    SOMETHING CHANGED - PULP

    WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN - THE WHO

    SHOCKED - KYLIE


    Coffee beckons.......................................................................................

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

    P.S Hope everyone is fine and dandy ...............

  • Comment number 52.

    #50 Now = Not

  • Comment number 53.

    #46/#49 25p won't even get me chocolate sprinkles on my frothymochachino!
    :P

    --
    kkcBzz

  • Comment number 54.

    Worse still ( and I may be wrong?) but being older than Mcw, I think half a crown is equivalent to 12 and a half pence? Wasn't a crown, five bob, which is 25p?

  • Comment number 55.

    Now I am confused, think I may be wrong.

  • Comment number 56.

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



    REWARD - TEARDROP EXPLODES .......Bless My Cotton Socks I'm In The News........


    YOU DIDN'T SEE ME - THE ISLEY BROTHERS


    TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE - MARTI WEBB


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

  • Comment number 57.

    Bad news for coffeebuzz if he has expensive tastes in coffee:
    "Half a crown (2 shillings and sixpence) = 12½p"
    From a lovely website which took me back to the good old days of Pounds, Shillings and Pence - all those lovely pics of farthings (I loved the little bird) and threepences...that's what we had from the tooth fairy when I was a gal
    http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/questions/moneyold.htm

  • Comment number 58.

    #57 - No real worries. I'm really not a fan of the frothy-choccy-mocha stuff: no milk for me, either.

    I'm afraid I have no recollection of the L/S/D days, being a post-decimalisation child. My mother and grandmother did have a few silver thupennies(sp?). My mother probably still does - I'll ask next time I visit.

    --
    kkcBzz

  • Comment number 59.

    #42 No apologies needed Mo. I was on my own so it was only my buttocks that were clenching.

  • Comment number 60.

    Ok, have read back and caffeined-up
    & would like to 2nd/3rd whatever

    Macca and 'BABY I'M AMAZED'
    and
    'WAKE UP BOO' by the Boo Radleys (esp as one of my favourite books is To kill a mockingbird)

    #2 glad to hear that IKEA purchases and DUMP deposits were not the same items...though some would disagree....

    #47 well said - (except the bit about dispensing the little woman to do the purchasing of said kettle/toaster) - if you support a team, gotta 'man up' and be there thru the rough and the smooth...
    Hence why I don't follow a team!!

    Of course the office window cleaners have arrived. Perfect timing.

  • Comment number 61.

    #54 Sal & #57 You are both right re the half crown decimal conversion!

    I can remember getting 20p pocket money per week, and the sweets you could buy with that! Black jacks, fruit salads, licorice catherine wheels, sherbet fountains, white mice....etc A whole paper bag full!

  • Comment number 62.

    Phew!

    How small are penny mice these days? Spose they had to be cut down, to match the price, that is IF they are still a penny?

  • Comment number 63.

    Talking of sweets. I think that the creme eggs have definitely shrunk. Last week when I was at home sorting through the insurance paperwork, I snaffled one of miss madchick's creme eggs thinking that I could replace it before she returns. Can I find anywhere that is still selling them? Nope!! I thought they sold them all year round.

    Looks like I may have to fess up.......or fashion one Blue Peter style! ;-)

    Off to clean out the chicken ark...

    madchick x

  • Comment number 64.

    Sainers Mcw, all half price atm :)

  • Comment number 65.

    #58 all I remember for sure is that 19/11 meant the equivalent of 99p today.

    I took my 11+ the year it all changed...about 3 months after it was brought in (and remember, it included weights and measures too, all the things we had been taught since starting school WENT out of the WINDOW).
    Yes, the maths techniques were the same and some would say easier, being to the power of 10 but it was bad timing all the same.
    It is interesting that now when you buy a drink in a pub, bar people can no longer add up sums in their heads and have to go to the till, type in £3.50 drink, £5.00 tendered - and need to be told the change required!

  • Comment number 66.

    #62 I think the newsagents I used to pass on my way to school were selling 'penny' sweets at 2 for 3p, as far back as 1990!

    --
    kkcBzz

  • Comment number 67.

    Good morning all, still raining over here.
    Bit late to the blog today and finding it difficult to add to the choices but maybe

    HARPER VALLEY PTA - JEANIE C RILEY (where a number of people are surprised)

  • Comment number 68.

    Six for 30 bob ;) that doesn't sound that much of a bargain somehow and yes, most definitely smaller!

  • Comment number 69.

    No sign of Harry today?
    Beth Hart and Slash duet featuring now on Zen Bruce - as part of Slash's 'tracks of his years' (thought it was supposed to be OTHER people's stuff??)

  • Comment number 70.

    Just a quick poop in to say:

    Good morning everyone

    before it's afternoon.

    Busy, busy, busy.

    Be back later with a little luck.

  • Comment number 71.

    Struggling with SURPRISES. These are the only ones I can come up with and I've been sitting here thinking for an age!

    OUT OF THE BLUE (into the fire) - The The
    NO SURPRISES - Radiohead
    PANIC - The Smiths
    THAT'LL BE THE DAY or OH BOY! - Buddy Holly
    START - The Jam

  • Comment number 72.

    Will you share that 'little luck' around a bit Harry?

    Hang on, blue sky!!

    I'm outta here..... :)

  • Comment number 73.

    #61 20p would buy you a big bag of sweets?

    When I was a lad, 4/- (20p) would buy you a house! ;0)

    I really have to work.

  • Comment number 74.

    ah so Harry is masquerading as Alf, thank goodness for t'internet
    http://people.virginia.edu/%7Esfr/enam312/prufrock.html
    Brought on by this over the weekend??!!:

    "...Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels ..."

  • Comment number 75.

    #73 and you tell the kids these days and they don't BELIEVE you

    'We used to lick the roads clean before we got up etc etc'
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo

  • Comment number 76.

    Hello again everyone.

    I hope everyone who has suffered from the effects of the weather are getting themselves sorted out - not good :(

    We used to get 4 Black Jacks/Fruit Salads for 1d back in the days of £ S D. What you got when p's came in I don't know - bet it wasn't 8 or 10, which is what it should have been, in theory.

    Glad you are busy Harry/Alf - did you see my post yesterday re square metre gardening article in May's Gardeners World mag? Interesting.

    JW

  • Comment number 77.

    Early lunch. And a bit more inspiratino:

    BEHIND CLOSED DOORS - Dolly Parton

  • Comment number 78.

    SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME - TREMELOES

  • Comment number 79.

    #63 Madchick - My twin 1 has become rather enamoured of mini eggs, and I was panicking because he doesn't understand seasonality, so I was worried about what we'd do when the shops ran out of them. But someone on Twitter directed me to the Cadbury's world website, where (I'm told) they sell mini eggs, creme eggs and the like all year round. Indeed I managed to buy a whole box full of mini egg bags the other week, panic over! :)

  • Comment number 80.

    #64 & #79, Sal and Zoe thank you so much for the info. It looks as if I will be able to keep my halo in place and the gd will be none the wiser. ;-)

    It is usually Mr madchick who is partial to chocolate, and he usually gets the blame if any goes missing!

    x

  • Comment number 81.

    #73 Harry felt on Friday that he was becoming persona non grata, so changed to Mr Prufrock! I think it was cold war paranoia myself. All this name changing is making me dizzy. As well the ARFO database we're going to need a deed poll database for all original names and the new ones. Your sincerely, PostronRoskett.

  • Comment number 82.

    REELING AND A ROCKING - CHUCK BERRY
    (well I looked at my watch and to my surprise.....)

  • Comment number 83.

    Well hello there my lovelies.

    It’s been far too long.

    The trip to New Zealand was heart breaking but it was good to see my sister and her husband and my sister-in-law and my niece and nephew, though what I would have paid to have it under different circumstances.

    It really was a flying visit - there and back in a week. I’ve promised myself not to wait too long to go again when time and smiles are more readily available. It all went as well as it could. Many tears, of course, but also some laughter at wonderful memories shared.

    Even though I did not feel up to participating this wonderful blog kept me company during transit at Hong Kong outbound and Los Angeles on the way home and I must say you all travel very well :)

    After being home just long enough to wash and iron a few mountains, we took off for a long since booked trip to the West Coast of Scotland. We’d rented a lovely cottage a few miles outside Oban and the peace and beauty of the place is just what I needed to restore my spirit a little. We also (sorry to rained on and wind damaged poppets) had a dry and mostly sunny week and celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary last Thursday under a blue sky with freshly smoked kippers and champagne for breakfast!

    I know I’ve said it many times but such truths cannot be repeated often enough; this blog really is a balm to the soul. Your kind words before I left and the smiles that a quick read back induced wherever I was in the world are priceless.

    I’m glad to be back in the fold…. It’s like I’m home proper now xxx

  • Comment number 84.

    Afternoon all, my favourite surprise song is

    LOLA by the Kinks .. 'she walked like a woman and talked like a man'

    #79 Zoe, maybe you could introduce twin 1 to chocoloate Christmas tree decorations as I'm sure they'll be in the shops soon ;0)

  • Comment number 85.

    Has anyone 'seen' the Driver?
    I don't do titter, or facecloth.

    I'd say he should drive this way to pick up his half (12.5p).
    I'll be in between the hours of 08:00 -13:00 and will expect a call 1/2 hour before arrival.
    :P

    --
    kkcBzz

  • Comment number 86.

    In terms of songs that finish with a surprise this is hard to beat:

    STAN - Eminem with Dido

  • Comment number 87.

    Afternoon all. I'm very late to the party today for which I can only blame work - *harumph*!

    Jilly - so glad to see you back. I'm please to hear the blog offered some solace at a difficult time.

    Deebee - likewise, lovely to have you back.

    Haven't had time to read back properly so will just add a couple of oldie suggestions:
    Maybe I'm Amazed - Wings
    Ever Fallen in Love With Someone - The Buzzcocks

    Back in a bit I hope......

  • Comment number 88.

    A lot of posts since I was here earlier and much talk about old-fashioned swwets bought for old money. Can you still get those little pink shrimps and sweet bananas that were often part of a bag of mixed 1p sweets with the mice, black jacks and sherbet fountains.

    Someone mentioned shop assistants or bar workers not being able to add up and I like to confuse them if my bill is £7.51 by offering the odd 51p or maybe the £2.51 so they can give me even change and they are often totally lost as the till has told them what to give me!!!

  • Comment number 89.

    Busy shop; busy blog.

    Too much to read all the way through just now but:

    #76 Jennie, Mrs Snapper subscribes so I had seen the article but, yes, I did see your post.

    Has Alex been by today? Sorry to hear about the trees and the greenhouse. Hope all is well.

    I remember the change over to decimal currency quite vividly because I've always felt aggrieved by the actions of a certain bus conductor. I went to school in the morning, paid my bus fare, 6d. Got on the bus to come home, gave him my sixpence but it wasn't enough. The bus company had decided it couldn't be bothered with the ½p so the fare was now 3p and I didn't have enough. I had to walk home.

    I believe that was the start of soaring inflation.

    Must go, grindstone in need of a nose.

  • Comment number 90.

    Hi Simon,

    Oldies could be...
    Gary Numan - Sister Surprise
    Prefab Sprout - Life Of Surprises
    Bizarre Inc - Surprise
    Radiohead - No Surprises
    Oakenfold - Starry Eyed Surprise

    Thanks,

  • Comment number 91.

    Hi Jilly - lovely to have you back again. Seems strange to think that our words were being read in Los Angeles airport and other far-flung parts.


    Do other blogpoppets envisage where people are in their homes/offices etc when they are reading/writing?

    JW

  • Comment number 92.

    Welcome back Jilly. Lovely post. You write so beautifully. We've missed you.
    xx

  • Comment number 93.

    Is it time for silly suggestions, yet?

    SUDDENLY - ANGRY ANDERSON
    OOPS I DID IT AGAIN - BRITNEY SPEARS

    --
    kkcBzz

  • Comment number 94.

    #91 Jennie - yes! I do. Imagine where people are.

    I know some posts have a very strong sense of 'Place' - ie. N Somerset coast, Anglesey, Cumbria, etc. but within the confines of buildings, home and offices.
    Airports or in flight - or just 'abroad' - another matter altogether
    :^)

  • Comment number 95.

    Where am I ;)

  • Comment number 96.

    #83 Hello Jilly. How nice to see you back. I'm glad all went as well as it could and that you had a quiet break in a lovely part of the country when you got home.

    #44 Gilly, sorry, I didn't mean to make you cry.;(

    My dad used to put a penny and a sixpence (tanner) in his hand and ask me which one I wanted for pocket money. Of course, I picked the biggest coin everytime. (well, I was only 3 or 4).

    From the age of round about 7, my pocket money was half a crown. I remember being sent to the shops with old money and getting my change in new money.

  • Comment number 97.

    A most beautifully written post Jilly.

    Smoked kippers, champagne and sunshine too :)

  • Comment number 98.

    Welcome back to the fold, Jilly. So pleased you were lucky enough to celebrate your anniversary in the lovely sunny weather we have been having for quite a while up here!

  • Comment number 99.

    You can't beat some freshly smoked Loch Fyne kippers!!!! We often have kippers on a Sunday morning for breakfast and try to get 'real' ones!!!

  • Comment number 100.

    A busy start to the week... over 100 posts already!!!

 

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