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42. Inevitably.

Simon Mayo | 09:02 UK time, Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Gosh we are lucky. A real warm one coming. We are experiencing a 'col' apparently. This, according to the TImes is a weather system that sits at the crossroads between two high pressure and two low pressure systems. We are in the slack area in between apparently and slackness (in weather systems if not children) doesn't last long. Anyway, it'll be fun while it lasts and this morning's frantic struggle to find a cap for child 3 to wear was very similar to the scramble for the ice-scraper when the first blast of winter kicks in. We will always be unready and we are ready for that.

So Ken is off to Baku and will perform his normal heroics for Eurovision. Caught some of the 'semi-final' last night on BBC3 - it's like an early warning system. Ken was watching and will now know that, even though it'll be midnight when they start (!) the temperature in the new arena will be hotter than the sun and even though Scott Mills was only wearing a vest, he was a virtual river for most of the show. Ken's dinner jacket will need many perforations I feel.

So today we talk The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy with two of the original radio cast Simon Jones, who played Arthur Dent and Geoff McGivern who played Ford Prefect. They are part of a new stage show called 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show, Live!' And that's a lot of punctuation. I think I missed the first broadcasts of the radio show in 1978 but I remember listening to it in 1980 at University and marvelling at it's originality (not that I spoke like that then). I've loved the series and the work of Douglas Adams ever since and look forward to some Hitchhiker chat from 6. Wear your towel with pride and choose a HITCHHIKING oldie while you're at it.
Have a Vogon poetry free Wednesday, see you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all

    ARE YOU GOING MY WAY by Lenny Kravitz (lots of points in Scrabble for that name)

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning all

    HITCHIN' A RIDE - Vanity Fare

  • Comment number 3.

    #1 - oops - I now realise this is in fact called Are You Gonna Go My Way, but still fits the bill

  • Comment number 4.

    Good morning everyone on this lovely warm sunny day.

    Hitchhiking songs.... how about....

    HITCHING A RIDE ~ Vanity Fare

    CHASING CARS ~ Snow Patrol

    THE PASSENGER ~ Iggy Pop

    WALK THIS WAY ~ Run DMC

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning Simon et all,

    No sunshine in this corner of North West Essex yet! :-(

    I love the 'early warning' comment about the semi-finals. Didn't see it, but I understand that Jedward are through. Says it all really.

    I didn't quite 'get' Hitchhikers, but loved the name 'Slartibartfast'! Perhaps because it sounds quite rude!!

    Will have a think about an oldie, but I may be some time.

    madchick x

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning Simon, team and gently toasting poppets,

    Beautiful start to the day here... and long may it last.

    I have to confess that I don't really know much about HHGTTG. I vaguely remember some of it from the TV series long ago. Maybe your guests tonight, Simon, will encourage an interest.

    So a few tunes that might suit ...

    ARTHUR'S THEME - CHRISTOPHER CROSS

    HITCH HIKE - MARVIN GAYE

    PLANET EARTH - DURAN DURAN

    STARMAN - DAVIE BOWIE


    I'm sure those in the know can think of many more apt choons.

    Have a glorious day all.
    Jx

  • Comment number 7.

    No sun in East Yorks yet either madchick.

    I loved Hitchickers, and read the book(s?) and heard it on the radio.

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Surely not the first?!

    I caught the end of the BBC 3 Euro coverage last night and was willing with all my heart that annoying gruesome two some did not qualify...alas I did not will strong enough because we have to endure them on Saturday night.

    I hear Iceland are favorites and my mom said that Greece were excellent but they did not qualify only Cyprus did ( who will get their 12 now????)

    Birmingham struck GOLD at the Chelsea flower show and received acclaim from Michael Caine!!

    Oh well choon choosing it is:

    1. HITCHIN A RIDE - Vanity Fair
    2. I'LL FIND MY WAY HOME - Vangelis
    3. UNDER MY THUMB - Godley and Creme
    4. SHOW ME THE WAY - Peter Frampton
    5. A THOUSAND MILES - Vanessa Carlton
    6. I'M GONNA BE 5,000 MILES - Proclaimers
    7. WALK ON BY - Dionne Warwick
    8. STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE - The Supremes
    9. I CAN SEE FOR MILES - The Who
    10. THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING - Nancy Sinatra

    Oh well catch ya later

    Enjoy the sun.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning all! Another gorgeous day here :-)

    Only one I can think of so far

    The Proclaimers - 500 Miles

    Was way off the mark with yesterday's theme.

    Off out for lunch shortly (I know, it's early, but this is the Norwegian way). Back later.

    x

  • Comment number 10.

    HITCH HIKE by MARVIN GAYE

    HITCHIN A RIDE by VANITY FARE

    SWEET HITCH HIKER by CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

  • Comment number 11.

    Good morning, everybody!
    The sun shines brightly here - ooh my eyes!

    Here goes...

    BEETHOVEN'S 5TH
    SWEET HITCHHIKER - CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
    SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH - HH2G MOVIE SOUNDTRACK

    I'm sure there are loads of hitchhiker tunes, but I'm all out of ideas today!

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 12.

    Good morning,

    Gorgeous sunny day in this part of Essex. Long may the col continue.

    UNDER YOUR THUMB by Godley and Creme

    This song was on the first compilation album I ever bought in the very early 80s. Was it really that long a ago.

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 13.

    DAVY'S ON THE ROAD AGAIN by MANFRED MANN

  • Comment number 14.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    I'm suggesting:

    GO YOUR OWN WAY by Fleetwood Mac

    DRIVE by the Cars

    THE PASSENGER by Iggy Pop

    RIDE MY SEESAW by the Moody Blues

    DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO by Diana Ross

    TAKE A RIDE by the Isley Brothers

    ~X~

  • Comment number 15.

    Hello. More sun. Yippee! Laughing about the search for a hat for Child 3 - we had something similar and several were rejected on the grounds of not being cool enough.

    Erm, how about:

    THE GALAXY SONG - MONTY PYTHON

    (Ha ha ha ha - highly unlikely that this will be played, not just because of the rude word in the last line. It just makes me chuckle every time I hear it!)

    Have a good day everyone. See you soon x

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and always-prepared-bloggers,

    We had the same shenanigans in the Good household yesterday morning - cricket afternoon for GoodChild#3, much rummaging in the understairs cupboard, only to find one of those Norwegian knitted jobs with dangly pompoms.

    HITCHHIKING OLDIES, you say? Well you have to start with Vanity Fayre.

    TAKE ME WITH U - Prince

    ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY? - Lenny Kravitz

    HITCH A RIDE - Boston

    DADDY, LET ME HITCH A RIDE - Gary Primich

  • Comment number 17.

    Good morning everyone.

    I see Eurovision managed to save some of its credibilty by voting Jedward through to the finals. Phew! A close call that one.

    Theme:

    THE HIKING SONG by KENNETH McKELLAR ;0)

  • Comment number 18.

    Good Morning All;

    Great show again last night, and thanks for the song mensh, Simon & the mensh congrat's :)

    I had a bit of sad news yesterday, my Great-Aunt has died, she was the last of my grandad's siblings left, but she was in her mid-nineties, so a good innings, as they say! My nan has outlived all her own siblings (all 15 of them!) and now she's seen off all my grandad's too. My nan will be 100 next year, and she's hanging on for that telegram :)

    The Eurovision Song Contest, is what is known in these parts, as a rum do. Many crimes against music, and fashion, will be commited on Saturday night.

    Oldie suggestions...

    TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS - JOHN DENVER

    PASSENGER - IGGY POP

    GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR - BILLY OCEAN

    LOVE IS A STRANGER - THE EURYTHMICS

  • Comment number 19.

    #16/17

    Norwegian knitted jobs & Kenneth McKellar - you boys know me so well ;-)

    x

  • Comment number 20.

    RIDE A WHITE SWAN - T.Rex

    Well, it's a more extreme form of hitchhiking...

  • Comment number 21.

    Or more seriously:

    ME AND BOBBY McGEE by KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

    The greatest hitchhiking song ever? Probably :0)

  • Comment number 22.

    MAGIC CARPET RIDE - Steppenwolf

    RIDE ON TIME - Black Box

    SLOW RIDE - Beastie Boys


    Now there's a diverse trio!

  • Comment number 23.

    Good morning all

    ALL I WANT TO DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU - HEART

  • Comment number 24.

    #19 Mo - all tastes catered for on this 'ere blog!

  • Comment number 25.

    HITCH HIKE ~ The Rolling Stones

  • Comment number 26.

    KING OF THE ROAD - ROGER MILLER

  • Comment number 27.

    #23 Vildeen - LOL! Coffee on screen.


    HOW CAN I BE SURE - Dusty Springfield


    I may be a bit slow this morning. What is the 42 in Simon's title today? Today's temperature? The predicted points tally in Baku? The age of THHGTTG? Items of unwanted hatwear found while hunting for a cap?

  • Comment number 28.

    COME PICK ME UP ~ Ryan Adams

  • Comment number 29.

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU - HEART (Lyrics about picking up a guy by the side of the road, and er, taking advantage of him!)

    FAST CAR - TRACY CHAPMAN

    GUITAR MAN - ELVIS PRESLEY (Lyrics about hitchhiking)

  • Comment number 30.

    #27 JBG, I think Simon's '42' might be this..........

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrases_from_The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy

  • Comment number 31.

    #27 JBG, apparently 42 is the answer to everything in life and the Universe according to HHGTTG.

  • Comment number 32.

    A spaceman came travelling - Chris de Burgh
    Its the end of the world as we know it - REM
    Rocket Man - Elton John
    Space Bound - Eminem
    Vagabonds - New Model Army
    Panic (DONT) - The Smiths
    Rescue me - Madonna
    Sail to the moon - Radiohead
    Walking on the moon - Police

  • Comment number 33.

    #27 JBG - You obviously don't know your Douglas Adams... ;-) 42 is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything! (From Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy)

  • Comment number 34.

    Happy Wednesdays all round and Hello Simon, Driveteam and Constructors
    :^)

    Some H2G2 ideas:


    LIFE ON MARS - DAVID BOWIE

    DRIVER'S SEAT - SNIFF N THE TEARS

    WHAT IS LIFE? - GEORGE HARRISON

    LONG WAY FROM HOME - WHITESNAKE

    TRAVELLING LIGHT - CLIFF RICHARD

    PASSENGER - IGGY POP

    RUNNING DOWN A DREAM - TOM PETTY

    EVERYBODY'S LAUGHING - PHIL FEARON AND GALAXY

    THE BOOK - DAVID WHITFIELD

  • Comment number 35.

    Sorry JBG, it looks like half the link from Wikipedia didn't show up...

    Some time ago a group of hyper-intelligent pan dimensional beings decided to finally answer the great question of Life, The Universe and Everything. To this end they built an incredibly powerful computer, Deep Thought. After the great computer programme had run (a very quick seven and a half million years) the answer was announced.

    The Ultimate answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is... 42

    Which suggests that what you really need to know is 'What was the Question?'.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/hitchhikers/guide/answer.shtml

  • Comment number 36.

    #30 /31 /33 re 42. Ah, thanks, suitably enlightened. (Can you tell I've never read/watched HHGTTG? My nerdy cousin was really into it, which was enough to put me off. He's the same cousin who received all my Airfix model sets after every birthday and C***mas)

  • Comment number 37.

    Morning everyone..........good to see lots of new bloggers yesterday..........the more the merrier I say.................................welcome..............................


    I GET AROUND - BEACH BOYS


    TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS - JOHN DENVER


    TAKE ME I'M YOURS - SQUEEZE


    I DON'T KNOW WHERE I'M BOUND - JOHNNY CASH


    HITCH HIKE - MARVIN GAYE



    Hope you are all well..................coffee needed now...............................

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

  • Comment number 38.

    Morning All,

    'Only A Hobo' Road Stewart or Bob Dylan

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 39.

    Everyday is a Winding Road - Sheryl Crow
    The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles

  • Comment number 40.

    How about...

    42 - Coldplay

  • Comment number 41.

    AMERICA - SIMON AND GARFUNKEL
    ('It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw
    I've gone to look for America')

  • Comment number 42.

    Some more H2G2 oldies :

    QUESTION - MOODY BLUES

    EYE IN THE SKY - ALAN PARSONS PROJECT

    HITCHIN A RIDE - GREEN DAY

    42 - COLDPLAY

  • Comment number 43.




    TAKE ME HOME - PHIL COLLINS




    Dougal x....................................enjoying her coffee now!.............................

  • Comment number 44.

    'Take Me Home' John Denver

  • Comment number 45.

    For the hitchhikers standing at Staples Corner at the start of the M1 on a rainy Sunday evening in November with a sign saying "Doncaster"...

    WAITING IN VAIN - Bob Marley

  • Comment number 46.

    Just a quick pop in today, visitors imminent.

    42 - Coldplay

  • Comment number 47.

    'Hit The Road Jack' Ray Charles

  • Comment number 48.



    MOVE OVER , DARLING - DORIS DAY




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

  • Comment number 49.

    Surely the juxtaposition of the hitchhiking theme and the glorious sunshine calls for some CANNED HEAT and... ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

  • Comment number 50.

    Another Coldplay song - Don't Panic.

    Hmm, 42 and Don't Panic - I sense a pattern.

  • Comment number 51.

    Morning all

    So lovely to have the summer frocks out. Am 'gee-ing' myself up to get online for a stab at a few more Olympic tickets in half an hour and then I must go and buy cake. It's my last A-level Politics lesson this afternoon, so we will mull over the powers of the US Supreme Court with a slice of lemon drizzle!

    Hitch-hiking songs - I think I'm repeating mostly but here we go:
    Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
    Shut Up and Drive - Chely Wright
    Get Out of My Dreams (and into My Car) - Billy Ocean
    Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

  • Comment number 52.




    TRAVELLIN' MAN - FREE




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

  • Comment number 53.

    Good morning all - beautiful day here - doors and windows opened already!

    I never really 'got' THGTTG - boyfriend at the time thought it was the best thing since anything really!

    Lots of good choons already picked so I will second, third etc.

    ALL I WANT TO DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU - HEART

    Great accounts of the torch relay yesterday - anyone near it today?


    JW

  • Comment number 54.

    Morning all

    I love the HHGTTG 'trilogy' and pretty much everything else Douglas Adams wrote. 'The Meaning of Liff' spent many months as the reading matter of choice in the smallest room when it first came out.

    For earthly hitchhiking I'll go for:

    'On The Road Again' - Canned Heat
    '2-4-6-8 Motorway' - Tom Robinson Band
    'I Saw Her Standing There' - The Beatles

    For the more universal form I'll go for:

    'Mothership Connection' - Parliament

    Have a cool and froody day, humans :-)

    N x

  • Comment number 55.

    My post has disappeared - into the ether somewhere!

    Good morning all - beautiful daya here - doors and windows open already.

    I was never really 'into' THGTTG - boyfriend at the time was and thought it was the best thing since anything!

    Lots of good choon suggestions so far so I will go for

    ALL I WANT TO DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU - HEART (All true of course and completely plausible!) ;0)

    Loved the torch relay accounts yesterday - anyone near it today?

    Let's try and post again.

    JW

  • Comment number 56.

    Hitchiking Oldies....

    CHASING CARS - Snow Patrol - seems appropriate. I have never hitchhiked in my 45 years but I imagine if I did I'd be doing that.

    As for 'Hitchin a Ride' - I prefer the Sinitta version *hangs head in shame as early 70s children throw tomatoes*. So sorry.

  • Comment number 57.

    There it is :-S #53

    Anyone know how to highlight, copy and paste on an Apple?

    JW

  • Comment number 58.

    I've picked up a few hitchikers now I think about it, so maybe I should be requesting:

    WHERE DO YOU GO TO MY LOVELY? - Peter Sarstedt

  • Comment number 59.

    I know they've already been mentioned:

    42 or DON'T PANIC - both by Coldplay

    Also, back to where the story begins:

    TEAR DOWN THE HOUSE by The Avett Brothers

    HEART OF GOLD - Neil Young

    Could I also suggest (as it is a Wednesday) for Dr Mosh ... PARANOID - Black Sabbath

  • Comment number 60.



    BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD - VAN MORRISON


    PASSENGERS - ELTON JOHN




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

  • Comment number 61.

    Coffee time!

    I know this isn't the Big Show, but here's a factoid for you: Level 42 got the inspiration for their name from H2G2...

    ;o)

    I loved the H2G2 radio shows - can't remember whether it was the originals or the 1980 repeats but I was still living at home and it was required family listening at 6.30 pm on whichever night it was on. Quite enjoyed the TV version too, but radio was better.

    Catching up from yesterday's blog: than you Hoffs for such a great review re the Olympic torch! It will be lovely to hear other blogger's reviews as the torch makes its way round the country.

    I enjoyed hearing Griff Rhys-Jones yesterday. I know where the 'spitalfields' place is that he referred to in the interview. We regularly sail our boat past Griff's house - he's never waved though...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 62.

    Morning all

    Subterranean Homesick Alien – Radiohead

    Paranoid Android - Radiohead

    Space (I believe in) - Pixies

    I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

    2000 Miles – The Pretenders

    King of the Road – The Proclaimers

    Freedom Road – The Divine Comedy

    Further On (Up the Road) – Bruce Springsteen

    A Space Boy Dream – Belle & Sebastian

    Empty Space – Teenage Fanclub

    [42 Days – The Dodge Brothers]


    I now can’t get 500 Miles out of my head, I’ve been singing it under my breath for the last hour. That together with David Tennant when he was standing in for Jonathon Ross on R2 dancing along with the boys in the studio.

    Audiobooks are fantastic, together with podcasts make walking and long drive so much better.

  • Comment number 63.

    I've got tickets for the show in Southampton, so looking forward to it ...

    Also Simon, don't forget it's "Towel Day" this Friday, 25th May http://towelday.org/

  • Comment number 64.

    One more for the road............................................................and possibly a HOIB...................................................................



    TRAVELLIN' LIGHT - CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS



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

  • Comment number 65.

    #62 Glad you came back Wendy - and nice to see you've slipped a Dodge Brothers track in there. I wonder if Simon will play it... ;o)

    By the way, I hope my comment #61 "we regularly sail our boat past Griff's house" doesn't sound like we're stalking him... he just happens to live on a river which has a rather nice spot (a bit further along) to stay for the night when we're out on the boat for the weekend.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 66.

    Welcome to aberis - good to see you on the blog, hope you can stay and chat.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 67.

    Zoe #18 mentioned the Eurovision Song Contest.... and the semi-final isn't something I usually watch but I came across it on BBC 3 last night whilst channel-hopping and I caught the last couple of songs of the eighteen that were played, and the last song was Jedward's entry... and I probably shouldn't admit it on here... but I rather like it and even worse to admit that I hope they get more votes than Engelbert Humperdinck's song that seems to have been played six times a day for what seems like ages and I'm tired of hearing it!!

    I heard Vassos, the sports guy on Chris Evans' show, saying that he also likes Jedward's song! I know Jedward irritate a lot of people but I love their enthusiasm and their song fits in with the modern day boom-bang-a-bang Song Contest... and they get wet at the end of this clip, so I wonder if they will have their water feature on the night!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_9QaVC-NKw

    :o)

  • Comment number 68.

    Archery tickets - yay!

    Now in 'waiting' purgatory for diving on PC and hockey on phone and badminton at Dad's (that's multi-tasking!)

    Welcome newbies :)

  • Comment number 69.

    Coffee time - phew!

    Been a busy, buzzy, bee this morning with no sign of a let-up this afternoon.
    I hope I'll have time to pack up my stuff before the big office move at the weekend!

    I am unreliably informed that the coffee machine may not be moved straight away, so I'm making contingency plans...a manual espresso maker, a 'plunger' and an over-the-cup filter. Should tide me over for a few weeks!
    :P

    Good to see the new bloggers returning for more :)

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 70.

    Morning all,
    JUST - an early finish today to go to London for a 'Big Night aaaat' (said in Mickey Flanagan stylee) means I am under pressure today work-wise...

    #18 Blimey! that was a good innings for your Great-auntie - and one of 15 children!?
    Seems to be folks either drop off this mortal coil at 60 ish or hang on until twenty plus years later - much of it is in the genes, apparently. Maybe you have it too, Zoe? I'm ok with being here at 90+ as long as I can deal with my own 'toilet' needs and speak!
    Mr e's paternal great-grandmother had 21 live births - only ('only'!!) 17 survived - and of those, only one was male. Talk about hen-pecked. Apparently there was nowt to do on the farm where they lived! (reminds me of the Monty Python sketch 'Every sperm is sacred (will that get modded?) oh and his grandmother, the oldest of those 17 only had ONE child herself. That speaks volumes I think.

    Re Theme, as I was given the benfit of 'Road to Nowhere' yesterday - despite not suggesting it (sorry to those who did :-0 )- feel like bowing out after 2 days on the trot of menshes - (following lots of evenings supping chilled vino on the OSM bench) - however, I saw the theme on facecloth and could not resist sticking my 2 pennorth in, as you do:

    GONNA HITCH A RIDE by Boston
    FINGERS AND THUMBS by Erasure
    TAKE IT ON THE RUN: REO speedwagon

    #67 we are hosting our Eurovision party this Saturday, getting excited now!
    there's a sweepstake (winner takes it all!) Ajerbajian food, lots of vino collapso - love it.

    Off out for a bit of sun in the parks in a wee while, hope you all get to have some too, while it lasts!

  • Comment number 71.

    Hitchhiker oldies
    How about
    Passenger - Elton John
    The Hitchhikers Song - Joan Baez
    2-4-6-8 motorway - Tom Robinson Band
    From Corrie Williams- Saundersfoot

  • Comment number 72.

    RE VOGON poetry - Mr e likes to recite Africaans poetry to me and claims it is the 'most beautiful language for poetry' but I am with Ford Prefect and his reaction to Vogon poetry - Aaaaarrrgg
    ps it (Africaans is a hard, gutteral language so there can be a lot of accidental oral phlegm volition involved...rather like the Vogons!
    If you don't believe me, just cast your eyes over this lady's biography (the Sylvia Plath of the Africaans poetry movement..) I defy you to speak this text out loud without some dribbling...
    http://www.ingridjonker.nl/index.html

    See, it's not just music information given out free on this 'ere blog!

  • Comment number 73.

    Afternoon all.

    WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD by Louis Armstrong from both the BBC Radio and TV HGGTTG programmes.

  • Comment number 74.

    Afternoon all - OK I can admit my nerdy credentials & say I listened to THHG2TG from the first broadcast on Radio 4 in 1978. There was quite a debate in New Scientist magazine at the time about the number 42. It appears that enzyme reactions start at 42 degrees Farenheit and Molybdenum (atomic number 42) is essential for cell-building. Apparently Mark King named his band after the number so can I suggest:

    LEVEL 42 - RUNNING IN THE FAMILY

    Have a hoopy time, froods.....

  • Comment number 75.

    Afternoon, hope it's wall to wall sunshine all round?

    Only 21C here today, which after yesterday's 26C is a bit of a let down ;-). Nice to get a wee walk up to the local Thai for lunch though. We were celebrating passing a milestone at work. Was originally planned for a few weeks ago. Needless to say we can't remember what it was.

    I never got into the HHGTTG and don't know anything about it to be honest.

    #72 Suzie, LOL!

    x

  • Comment number 76.

    Arf'noon all,

    I did poop by earlier but didn't have anything to contribute theme wise. Feel a little cheeky now (as I haven't poopped by in quite a few days) but I was wondering if any of yous in Blogland can help a lass out?

    I live on a street that has a slight slope. When it rains really heavily or consistently, like it did a few weeks back, water comes off next doors patio and pools outside my back door. Now I realise that with it being rain and all they are not obliged to do owt but they further accerbated this by turning on the tap of their overflowing water barrel and just letting it run out. This annoyed me somewhat and in the puring rain, I went next door and told them what was occuring and suggested that they put a hose on their water barrel tap and feed it onto the garden to prevent it collecting outside my door. He didn't even go and turn it off!

    They have now informed me that they intended to jetwash said patio today and there is nothing they can do to prevent their mucky water from collecting onto my side. The fence is mine and I suppose I could put up a new fence with gravel boards to stop the water from invading but the fence I have is still adequate and I'm not sure why I should go to all that expense over something that is not my fault. If you know what I mean.

    Or am I just being...not sure what I'm being. Should I just put up and shut up?

    A.

  • Comment number 77.

     
    From the soundtrack of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, a fillum about Sissy Hankshaw who was born with very large thumbs so became a hitchhiker!


    Don't Be a Lemming Polka - kd lang


    Keep it Country!

  • Comment number 78.

    #76 FWA - Sounds like a problem for "grill Graham" :P
    It's maybe not your fault, but it is causing you problems. Can you fit a covered gutter, or a "soakaway". I know these are costly, but they will stop the water puddling at your door. Water collecting so close to your foundations probably isn't a good thing.

    #77 Scotch Git, you have reminded me of another tune: "the hitcher song", from The Mighty Boosh
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSKuMYJCrIg

    Off to the coffee machine....

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 79.

    #78 Hubby has talked about lifting all our slabs and relaying so that the water is directed to a drain but I think I am being bloody minded and thinking 'Why should we?'

  • Comment number 80.

    #76 Alice... presumably you aren't in a 'hosepipe-ban' area! Would a power-washer count as usiing a hosepipe as it needs a water-supply? If so, give them a gentle reminder not to be using water that is in short supply!!!

  • Comment number 81.

    #80 - Florence, we are not in an hosepipe ban area and it doesn't matter how 'gentle' I am, they just ain't bovvered, unfortunately.

  • Comment number 82.

    No sunshine yet here...

    #74 see my #61

    ;o)

    #76 Tricky situation, JPA. I firmly believe there should be a bit of give-and-take with neighbours - it sounds like it's not their fault that the water's ending up on your patio, but they are not exactly helping the situation by using the jetwash. And why is it necessary to jetwash the patio anyway? On the other hand, I'm not sure there is anything you can do about it, other than what your husband has suggested. But it does seem like a lot of work. Maybe he could get the neighbours to help him relay the slabs?

    We have a neighbour issue as well. Our next door neighbour's front garden is currently full of weeds, some of which are about 2 ft high. Not only is it an eyesore, but we're worried about the weeds encroaching on our garden.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 83.

    #79/#80
    If they're not going to water their garden with the water butt runoff, maybe you could use it to water yours! Doesn't solve the power washer problem, mind you. Maybe suggest they buy a deck scrubber and save the planet! :P

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 84.

    #76 how annoying!
    A visit to the CAB might help to let you know your rights?!

    ...or you could set up a waterproof fence to send it right back!
    Yet, as you say why should you...their water barrel is clearly poorly sited - the resulting run off clearly needs to be led into a drain proper - maybe they have somewhere else thay can site a water barrel?
    Just need some chat over maybe a glass of vino in the garden?
    Nice neighbours are hard to find, sometimes you just have to be extra nice for them!

  • Comment number 85.

    #82 a stealthy overnight visit with a watering can full of weedkiller??
    We'll be looking out for you on Crimewatch!

  • Comment number 86.

    #82 Deebee, could you sneak out late at night with a watering can with a weedkiller mix in it and spray over their weeds and they might think the sun has scorched them!!!

  • Comment number 87.

    #83 - Lol! I'm liking the deck scrubber suggestion.

    #82 & 84 - We used to get on well wi' em. Yes, they could be a bit nit picky and complain about stuff that seemed like complaining for the sake of complaining but we got on alright until the dreaded scaffolding incident! After that it has been decidedly frosty and I am in no mood to be accomodating to them anymore.

    I have put up wi' their water run off for years, in the interest of good neighbourly relations, but I am not prepared to put up wi' it anymore. I know it sounds a little like tit for tat but I'm afraid that is where we are at.

    May I second, Wildchild Suzieeeeeee's suggestion of a midnight raid?

    A.

  • Comment number 88.

    #85 Sixties Wildchild Suzieeee.... we had the same thought but as I hadn't refreshed before posting, I hadn't seen your message!

  • Comment number 89.

    How about

    I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER WHERE I'M BOUND by Tom Paxton

    Regards

    Alan

  • Comment number 90.

    #86 #88 Great minds!
    Am preparing a cake with a file in to 'Spring' deebee from her cell when she's caught...

  • Comment number 91.

    #70 Suzieeee I'm so jealous of your Eurovision party. I wanted to do exactly the same thing this year with the addition of people drawing a country from those taking part and coming in that country's national garb plus a dish from there too. Mrs RP said that's fine (in a voice that means 'it isn't') as long as I host the party properly (getting drinks for everyone, taking coats blah blah). I soon realised that if I wanted to have my downloaded scorecard on clipboard on knee then I have to have the 'party' as an internal event with just me and the kids invited.

    It's only in this country that we look disdainfully down the contest. On mainland Europe they still love it and feel its relevant. I think we have some political-voting-in-recent-times sour grapes going on there. Also we've only had a couple of decent songs in the past 10 years - Pete Waterman's effort a couple of years ago was excrutiating and fully deserving of joint last place, as was Scooch.

    The Hump has a bit of quality about him and I think he's destined for a top 5 finish.

  • Comment number 92.

    #85 #86 #90 LOL!

    Mr B is thinking about offering to go over it with a strimmer next time he's doing our front garden. We do have a bit of a 'history' with our neighbours, actually. When we first go our dogpoppet, they complained about him barking. Which absolutely mortified me...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 93.

    #67 Florence - I like Jedward too! I liked them when they did X Factor, I thought they were very entertaining, and undeserving of all the nasty comments and bad press. They are sweet lads, and I wish them all the best. Mind you, I quite like Engelbert's song too (despite it being played to death) so I hope both he, and Jedward do well.

    #70 Suzie - It is my nan who was one of 15 children, although not all of them survived past birth. My great-grandma had 3 sets of twins (all boys) but only one boy from each set survived :( They didn't have the medical care back then that we take for granted now. My own twins were born 2 and a bit months prematurely, and twin 2 had to be revived and ventilated at birth. I suppose back in my great-grandma's day, either one or both of my twins would have died too.

    #91 Rostronposkett - Scooch! I'd forgotten about them, they were truly awful. We have had some very dire entries over the years, but then so have many other countries. It's a harmless bit of fun really, and often very amusing, as the stage costumes and strange performances can lead you to wonder if you're drink has been spiked! :D

    I've just been watching Later With Jools Holland, and I was rather taken with this song...

    Myth by Beach House http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY9Ss7eQAkk

    Another new (to me) band who I intend to find out more about.

  • Comment number 94.

    #93 That should have read 'your drink', maybe mine has been spiked... ;-)

  • Comment number 95.

    Has everyone checked out today's Google doodle? It's a playable Moog synthesizer, in honour of it's creator, Robert Moog. Much fun to be had :)

    I just looked up Beach House (from Later With Jools Holland) and it turns out the singer, Victoria Legrand, is the niece of French composer Michel Legrand, who won an Oscar for the song 'The Windmills Of Your Mind' amongst other things.

  • Comment number 96.

    #65 about as likely as him having mushrooms on toast I think

  • Comment number 97.

    #93 That's why I love watching Later with Jools, Zoe, so much talent still out there to discover.
    Personally, I really enjoyed Jake Bugg singing Lightning Bolt. :)

  • Comment number 98.

    #70 and #91... imagine picking Ireland and having to dress like Jedward!!!
    I hope they're on last so that they can get a good soaking in their water feature!!

    http://www.itv.com/news/update/2012-05-22/jedward-provide-finale-to-eurovision-semi-final/

  • Comment number 99.

    #96... I'm with Simon and also think mushrooms are the food of the devil! Yuk!
    I like picking them and peeling and slicing them but can't eat them!

  • Comment number 100.

    #93... Zoe, I am so pleased to know that someone else is a fan of Jedward! I have always liked them too, from the first moment I saw them in their audition and they have just got better. From the minute I saw them they reminded me of my Basset Hound twins when they were a pair of mischievous puppies. I really liked their version of Under Pressure on X-Factor and especially when they performed it with Vanilla Ice at the 02.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Effq09PDy8k

    I just love their enthusiasm for everything they do and I hope they win on Saturday!!

 

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