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Farewell Robin

Simon Mayo | 09:46 UK time, Monday, 21 May 2012

And a good Monday to you all. Hope the weekend was fabulous, particularly the south western bloggers who have been catching the flame as it comes to a street near you. Family affairs dominated here (and not talking about football thank you very much).
And very sad news overnight about Robin Gibb. It wasn't a surprise given how ill he has been but it is always a shock to hear the obituaries when they roll. The Bee Gees songs have been with us for so long and over so many musical styles that I wonder if their place in pop history is fully appreciated. An astonishing back catalogue. Paul Gambaccini said "Everyone should be aware that the Bee Gees are second only to Lennon and McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music.
"What must also be said is Robin had one of the best white soul voices ever. He was singing lead on his first number one when he was 17, that was Massachusetts.Their accomplishments have been monumental. Not only have they written their own number one hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny's Child, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, the list goes on and on."
I met him a few times and enjoyed telling him how I loved "Saved By The Bell' enough to buy the single when I was a kid and we talked about the extremely bizarre b-side 'Mother and Jack'. His 1983 song Juliet which Ken played last week was always a terrific piece of 80s pop (with a terrible video) and Robin was as baffled as anyone that it wasn't a huge hit.
Today we welcome Midge Ure to the show- Ultravox are back! The album and single are both called "Brilliant" and full of moody synth and Midge-ness. Top bloke too so welcome back Midge.
And tunes today for the Queen visiting the Ch***ea FLOWER SHOW please. You know what you have to do.
Have a fragrant and spirited Monday. See you after 5

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all!
    No 1? surely not??

    Joni Mitchell of course with *Chelsea* (sorry Spurs fans) morning

    GOLD Spandau Ballet (medal winners)

    FLOWERS IN THE RAIN the Move (depending on the weather)

    Sandi Thom I WISH I WAS A PUNK ROCKER (with flowers in my hair)

    ‘ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING’ Dana (Red and yellow and pink and green etc) HOIB??

    Laters, for some craic

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Yes, very sad news about Robin Gibb. Another musical genuis lost to us :o(

    Songs for today:

    I DON'T WANT TO GO TO CHELSEA by Elvis Costello

    FLOWERS IN THE RAIN by the Move

    FLOWERS IN THE WINDOW by Travis

    KISS FROM A ROSE by Seal

    SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by Robbie Williams

    ROSE GARDEN by Lynn Anderson

    SHOW ME HEAVEN by Maria McKee

    ~X~

  • Comment number 3.

    Hello again everyone

    CHELSEA MORNING ~ Joni Mitchell

    IN THE GARDEN ~ Van Morrison

    GARDEN PARTY ~ Ricky Nelson

    SECRET GARDEN ~ Alan Parsons' Project

    SECRET GARDEN ~ Bruce Springsteen

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning again -

    Very sad news indeed.



    Song suggestions -


    THE GARDEN – Take That (WAH!)

    FLOWERS IN THE RAIN - Move

    A ROSE FOR MY ROSE - Marv Johnson

    A ROSE IN SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin

    ROSE GARDEN – Lyn Anderson

    I BEG YOUR PARDON – Kon Kan

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning again.

    ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN - ?
    FLOWERS IN THE RAIN - THE MOVE
    CHELSEA MORNING - JONI MITCHELL

    JW

  • Comment number 6.

    Happy Mondays all round and Hello Simon, the Driveteam and Constructors


    ROYAL MILE - GERRY RAFFERTY

    CHELSEA MORNING - JONI MITCHELL

    I DON'T WANT TO GO TO CHELSEA - ELVIS COSTELLO

    CHELSEA DAGGER - THE FRATELLIS

    KISS FROM A ROSE - SEAL

    :^)

  • Comment number 7.

    #3 Ooh yes Florence, can I second SECRET GARDEN by the Alan Parsons Project. Anything by APP has to be worth a play...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 8.

    BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP - Foundations

    A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES – Elvis Costello

    I DON’T WANT TO GO TO CHELSEA – Elvis Costello

    FLOWERS IN THE WINDOW – Travis

    BUTTERCUPS – Fran Healy

    IN THE BUSH – Musique

    GARDEN PARTY – Ricky Nelson

    POISON IVY – Coasters

    EVERGREEN – Will Young

    EVERGREEN – Barbra Streisand

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning all

    Marillion's Chelsea Monday is too long. Hurrah says everybody.

    I wonder if Her Majesty actually likes having to go to the Chelsea Flower Show every year, presumably on the same day every year? And to all the other things that she has to do on the same day every year. It would drive me batty.

  • Comment number 10.

    Good Morning All;

    Very sad news about Robin Gibb, I will be playing some Bee Gees CDs today in tribute.

    Oldie suggestions...

    BED OF ROSES - BON JOVI

    LES FLEUR - MINNIE RIPPERTON or 4Hero with CARINA ANDERSSON

    A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES - ELVIS COSTELLO

    LAVENDER - MARILLION

    SECRET GARDEN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND

  • Comment number 11.

    RAMBLIN’ ROSE - Nat King Cole

    ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN - Jimmie Rodgers

    MISALLIANCE - (The Honeysuckle & Bindweed Song) - Flanders & Swann

  • Comment number 12.

    Good morning, everybody!

    I hope you all had a good weekend.

    Here goes, then...

    WONDERWALL - MIKE FLOWERS POPS
    YOUNG AT HEART - THE BLUEBELLS
    WATERFALL - THE STONE ROSES
    ROSEABILITY - IDLEWILD
    LILY THE PINK - THE SCAFFOLD
    GARDENING AT NIGHT - REM
    NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS, FEAT. KYLIE - WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW

    Off to the coffee machine..

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 13.

    Good morning everyone.

    @Zoe (from yesterday), thanks for the 'heads-up' on Paul Buchanan. I'll catch it on the Ithingy (©JBG) today.

    Be back later.

  • Comment number 14.

    How about

    LET IT GROW - ERIC CLAPTON

  • Comment number 15.

    LET IT GROW - Eric Clapton

  • Comment number 16.

    OO yes, Van the grumpy old Man and IN THE GARDEN - lovely tune,
    Here's another:

    OCTOPUS'S GARDEN by the Beatles...well, you never know what will appear in these modernist plots...I saw a plant once - flowers n everything!

    oh and Guns n Roses Garden of Eden - but that's more of a Dr Mösh effort methinks.

  • Comment number 17.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    RIP Robin Gibb. God must be short of good musicians hence the calling for so many!

    Sorry Spurs fans but as a Chelsea fan I absolutely knew we going to be European champions, too many fated events happening over the last 2 months! Call it divine intervention and a gift from the heavens and the fact that i have been frantically rubbing buddah sore for weeks!!!


    Now for the floral tunes:

    1. CHELSEA DAGGER - The Fratellis
    2. FLOWERS IN THE RAIN - Move
    3. BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP - The Foundations
    4. I DONT WANT TO GO TO CHELSEA - Elvis and his attractions
    5. ROSE GARDEN - Lynn Anderson
    6. EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN - Poison
    7. KISS FROM A ROSE - Seal
    8. LAVENDER BLUE - Marillion
    9. FLOWERS IN THE WINDOW - Travis
    10. BORDERLINE - Madonna

    Oh well back to it.

    Still on cloud 9999999999999999999999 from the Chelsea boys victory/

    Have a nice day

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 18.

    #14/15 - Jennie! Ha!

  • Comment number 19.

    Morning................well Summer weather hasn't arrived here yet!......still grey and cold.................................................................................surely the song most appropriate has to be..................................................


    ROSES IN THE HOSPITAL - MANIC STREET PREACHERS


    Be back for more soon....................................................................

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

  • Comment number 20.

    #14/#15
    Jennie/Billie, are you sharing a computer? :P

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning,


    Gold - Spandau Ballet

    Golden Green - Wonderstuff

    Let it grow - Eric Clapton

    Green grow the rushes - R.E.M

    Bridge over troubled water - Simon & Garfunkel

    High and Dry - Radiohead

    Perfect - Fairground attraction

    Perfect 10 - The Beautiful South

    I'm One - The Who

    Good year for the roses - Elvis Costello

    Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson

  • Comment number 22.

    Some more Queen at Chelsea Flower show oldies ...



    THE SHOW MUST GO ON - LEO SAYER

    FLORAL DANCE - TERRY WOGAN

    SHOW ME THE WAY - PETER FRAMPTON



    :^)

  • Comment number 23.

    Good morning,

    It was nice talking to you on Friday Simon.

    Thank you for all your lovely messages on the last blog. I had been planning it for months as I figured I could make the NYM's job easier by ticking the "ARF Boasting Mum" box ;-) Never thought I would be giving a dance lesson on the radio though.

    Showx3 went really well. Unlike her mother Big Girl is rather reserved so it was great for her confidence.


    In light of today's sad news:

    YOU WIN AGAIN by The Bee Gees

    BED OF ROSES by Bon Jovi
    TULIPS FROM AMSTERDAM by Max Bygraves (HOIB alert)
    OCTOPUS'S GARDEN by The Beatles

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 24.

    DESIGN FOR LIFE - Manics

  • Comment number 25.

    Hong Kong Garden - Siouxie and the Banshees
    The Rose - Westlife
    Monarchy of Roses - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    Masterpiece - Madonna
    Fireflies - Owl City
    Lavender - Marillion
    Fields of Gold - Sting
    Sunflower - Paul Weller

  • Comment number 26.

    #14/15 SNAP!!

    ;o)

  • Comment number 27.

    Good morning all,

    Lots of excellent tunage being suggested. Only one I'd like to add:

    BORDER SONG by ELTON JOHN

    madchick x

  • Comment number 28.

    Good morning all

    GOLD - SPANDAU BALLE
    (I think a gold medal is the goal of all the exhibitors)

  • Comment number 29.

    I'll offer "Rosie" by Don Partridge, as I cana't see it above!

  • Comment number 30.

    Off to do the chores and water my own little seedlings - soon be ready to go out in the garden! How is everyone elses little patch of England/Scotland/Wales getting on - bit more practical than Chelsea, I'll bet!

    See you later

    JW

  • Comment number 31.

    SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE - Tears 4 Fears

    CAN YOU DIG IT - Mock Turtles

    ON THE BORDER - Al Stewart

  • Comment number 32.

    #27 Madchick, you've reminded me of another one - would it be greedy?

    ON THE BORDER by Al Stewart

    ~X~

  • Comment number 33.

    Jennifer Juniper by Donovan might also be a good shout

    Sunshine after the rain - Elkie Brooks?

  • Comment number 34.

    Morning all :-)

    JIMMY RUFFIN....HE WHO PICKS A ROSE

    PATRICE RUSHEN.....FORGET ME NOTS

    OTIS REDDING...IT'S GROWING

    PSL xxx

  • Comment number 35.

    Can I have:

    DAFFODIL LAMENT by THE CRANBERRIES

    . . . . . . works on two levels don't you think? :0)

  • Comment number 36.

    TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS - Tiny Tim

  • Comment number 37.

    #31 Billie - ha!

    ;o)

  • Comment number 38.

    A couple of suggestions from me:

    THERE WERE ROSES - Cara Dillon
    SWEET IRISH ROSE - Energy Orchard

  • Comment number 39.

    RAMBLIN' ROSE - NAT KING COLE

    FLOWERS ON THE WALL - STATLER BROTHERS

    DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES - ANDY WILLIAMS

  • Comment number 40.

    LILIES OF THE FIELD - Gretchen Peters

  • Comment number 41.

    I'm sure we've had this theme before...and Al Stewart made the cut then as well!

    I'm going for:

    GROW - Kubb

    FADING LIKE A FLOWER - Roxette

    SOUTH OF THE BORDER - Robbie Williams

    CAN YOU DIG IT? - Mock Turtles

  • Comment number 42.

    I can't imagine this is quite her Maj's cup of tea, but Matt would approve:

    ACE OF SPADES by MOTORHEAD

  • Comment number 43.

    But the one I'd really like to hear:

    BLACK DAHLIA - Porcupine Tree

    That's my lot.

  • Comment number 44.

    LEMONTREE - Fool's Garden

    Not heard it for ages - lots of muso friends of mine loved this song for some reason.

  • Comment number 45.

    Great choices..................so I'll add.......................................................


    LIME TREE ARBOUR - NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

    LA VIE EN ROSE - EDITH PIAF

    STONE FLOWER - SANTANA

    MORNING GLORY - OASIS

    LILAC WINE - ELKIE BROOKS

    LOVE IS A ROSE - NEIL YOUNG

    THE ROSE - BETTE MIDLER


    Hope all is well with everyone...........for a Monday!.....................................

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

  • Comment number 46.

    Grrr - servers and internet connections being fiddled with, prior to the "big move" next week.
    I sense that I might not be in communication with you, fellow bloggers, for as much of today as I'd like :S
    *shakes fist at the situation*

    *goes to the coffee machine*
    (it's not on the network, thankfully)...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 47.

    I took my mum to the Chelsea flower show a few years ago as she had always wanted to go....very disapointed, it was too crowded to linger and look at the winning gardens. The whole show much much smaller than the TV coverage portrays. The courtyard gardens were the size of my understair cupboard and the main gardens about the size of my kitchen!

    PSL *sounding very much like Victor Meldrew*

  • Comment number 48.

    This might be appropriate for when they get ready for judging day......................


    GARDENING AT NIGHT - REM


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

  • Comment number 49.

    Morning all

    Can't believe it's time for the Flower Show again - last year's seems like only yesterday!

    My floral tributes:

    'La Vie En Rose' - Grace Jones
    'New Rose' - The Damned'
    'Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)' - Edison Lighthouse
    'Going Back to My Roots' - Odyssey
    'Wild Wood' - Paul Weller
    'Thorn In My Side' - Annie Lennox
    'Going For Gold' - Shed 7


    N x

  • Comment number 50.

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



    PERFECT DAY - LOU REED ...............just reap what you sow...................



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

    3WM................................


    SHIVERING IN MAY!!

  • Comment number 51.

    I couldn't believe the Chelsea Flower Show is on this week as it seems quite early, or is it always on in May? I suppose that although it's very early for some plants and flowers, the exhibitors bring/force everything on very early.

  • Comment number 52.

    LITTLE GREEN by Joni Mitchell might be a nice change from her Chels*a morning tune and avoid the DT dude having to say the word..
    FRUIT TREE: NICK DRAKE

  • Comment number 53.

    For all the exhibitors who have to get all their plants to perfection at the same time
    COME TOGETHER - THE BEATLES.
    Never been to Chelsea Flower show but did go one year to the show at Hampton Court. Came away with lots of ideas but as we only had a town house with a courtyard garden at that time it was difficult to put many ideas into practice.
    We now have a cottage on the edge of a village and have started realising our dreams of creating an English Country garden, albeit in a foreign land.

  • Comment number 54.

    NIGHT SCENTED STOCK by Kate Bush
    (on 2 levels!)
    OH YOU PRETTY THINGS
    or MOSS GARDEN
    by David Bowie

  • Comment number 55.

    BLOOD ROSES by the eccentric Tori Amos
    #47 took my mum too, 2003 I think, yes, it was v busy and the show gardens were Soooo small - AND I dropped my camera in the portaloo (a real wet film camera, esp afterwards..) but it was lovely. I was inspired. To go home and gravel my pocket handkerchief of lawn, put in big pots, blousy flowers, garden lights and a water feature. I think the garden sold my house for me actually!
    I can't go again though, until I win the lottery and buy a house with a bigger garden. The current one is a wrap around the edges of the house type of garden - not much planting room, it would be too depressing.
    Oo and I did see the gawjus Diarmuid Gavin - my Mr Darcy of the gardening world.

  • Comment number 56.

    hi all

    flowers in the rain-the move

    i dont wont to go to chelsea-elvis costello

    can you dig it-mock turtles

    let it grow-eric clapton

    rose garden-lynn anderson

    in bloom-nirvana

    build me up buttercup-foundations

  • Comment number 57.

    Afternoon all,
    Sad, sad news about Robin Gibb! The Bee Gees were oft mocked for their massive tooth sets (Massachussets) but you cant argue with their body of work!

    Good to see Midge Ure and Ultravox releasing new stuff, looking forward to hearing Midge later!

    As for tunes (Boom) Whole lotta Rosey (sic) AC/DC (Boom)
    The Laughing Gnome - Bowie, believe they're not allowed at Chelsea, not since Dennis Wise anyway!
    or Lily the Pink - The Scaffold

    Have a good week all, keep your heads down!

    DD out

  • Comment number 58.

    Morning all,

    I'm going for ROSE GARDEN by Lynn Anderson please

    ...and I'll happily second Billie with SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE by Tears for Fears

    Off into the garden to enjoy the weak sunshine xx

  • Comment number 59.

    Good afternoon simon and team. new to this blogging lark but thought i would try it out.
    songs for chelsea.

    So how about,
    flowers in the rain by the move, or
    secret garden by t'pau.

  • Comment number 60.

    #59 Hello mike evans, welcome to the blog.
    Stick around, pull up a chair and help yourself to the coffee.
    Good luck with the suggestions :)

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 61.

    Welcome aboard the Blogasphere Mike.

    DD out

  • Comment number 62.

    ROSES by OUTKAST
    TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS by TINY TIM
    FLOWER CHILD by LENNY KRAVITZ

  • Comment number 63.

    Red Roses for a Blue Lady by Vic Dana[no 10 in the charts 1965....)

    suggested by Sandra from Peterborough

  • Comment number 64.

    Welcome to the new bloggers - pull up chair!

    Little seedlings not quite so little anymore! Everything is growing this year - last year, courgettes, squashes, beans didn't want to put in an appearance to start with but this year they are all growing well. I've potted on some of the chilli plants as well - hopefully a good crop will be had this year.

    JW

  • Comment number 65.

    I'll try again :

    WHOSE GARDEN WAS THIS? by Tom Paxton

    Alan

  • Comment number 66.

    Hi to Mike #59, I'm sure you'll soon find your way around here!

  • Comment number 67.

    Good Afternoon Each! This late, and no-one has suggested...

    'Digging Your Scene' by The Blow Monkeys?

  • Comment number 68.

    Okey-dokey, more vain mensh chasing.

    'The Gardener' by June Tabor

    'Les Fleurs' by Minnie Ripperton

    'A Design For Life' by The Manic Street Preachers

    'Little Trip To Heaven' by Tom Waits (at his most approachable)

  • Comment number 69.

    Good Afternoon Poppeteers

    Welcome new bloggers - hope you can stick around for some fun.

    A bit late for tune chasing but in light of my gardening skills, I would have plumped for:

    DEAD FLOWERS, ROLLING STONES

    Thanks to everyone for throwing a bit of sunshine up here last 2 days.

  • Comment number 70.

    Shona, I remember Simon playing Dead Flowers for you a while back and I've never heard it since, so perhaps you will be lucky again today!

    Like you, we're also enjoying the warm sunshine and it's nice for our resident actors Colin and Nicole who were still filming when I walked my dogs along the beach this morning, with the sea looking nice... a newspaper headline said at the weekend... 'Firth on the Forth!' This old postbox is outside the house they're filming in so they have a nice sea view from the windows!

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7103/7242190870_0b22977f40_b.jpg

  • Comment number 71.

    I wonder if Simon will open the show with Robin Gibb's song 'Saved By The Bell' that he said liked and bought when he was a kid... or maybe the lovely Massachusetts he also mentioned in his blog!

  • Comment number 72.

    Never mind - Mr Gambaccini will eulogise very eloquently.

  • Comment number 73.

    Hello!

    Goodness! It's quiet here! Only 2 posts since the show started?

    Hi Flo! Hi LadyS!

  • Comment number 74.

    Hi Ladies!

    Enjoying Midge Ure's interview.

  • Comment number 75.

    Oh! A Blog Mensh for Lady C for Odyssey! Welldone you!

  • Comment number 76.

    And welldones to Zoe & Phil for Elvis Costello!

  • Comment number 77.

    Well done Lady C, Zoe and Phil for your menshes tonight!

    I'm excited. 2 months and 11 days after my birthday, Mr W's cousin has finally bought "Itch" for me.

    Looking forward to a good read now.

  • Comment number 78.

    Oh and Suzieeee too. X

  • Comment number 79.

    Have good evenings everyone.

    See you tomorrow before more pond clearing - duckweed tomorrow. Lovely!


    JW

  • Comment number 80.

    Just listened to the Paul Buchanan interview with Bob. Came across as just about as unpretentious and self-effacing as it's possible to be. Thoroughly likable.

  • Comment number 81.

    Woohoo, what an exciting day!

    The 'flame' was very well received by the good folk of West Somerset.

    I collected my Daughter from her year 2 uni digs today and she is home now until September.


    We walked the mile and a half across the fields of many colours to the nearest viewing point. It seemed odd really. We followed the steam railway line, two trains passed by as we walked, then through three fields full of cows, some milking and ready to be milked too, the others, with boisterous bullocks, inquisitive and a little cheeky really!

    Then past more fields beautifully coloured blue with linseed, quite stunning.

    Finally from the peace and tranquility of the walk, we arrived at the main road to the most amazing scene!

    Carhampton, is not a place that any of you have probably heard of, but today and for one day only, it was a place filled with a magical spirit. Hundreds of people, all waiting patiently for the arrival of 'our' olympic torch.

    I dont think I have ever seen such a huge police presence, but appreciate, that traffic needs to be managed carefully, we do have an influx of around 7000 visitors to the nearby camp on a Monday.

    There was a great air of days gone by and locals were allowing people to sit on their lawns to obtain the best view possible.

    I am just so pleased, that we managed to be there, I hope other bloggers share the occasion too, as it makes it way around our great country.

    Happy Days. Happy days indeed :)

    Oh forgot to say, with the excitement of it all, failed miserably to get a decent pic of the flame. One of those moments to be seen and experienced, rather than captured on film!

  • Comment number 82.

    Lovely Sal and what a great pic you painted in my mind, Glad you enjoyed the whole experience.

    I'm feeling like a bit of a bookend at the moment - can join you all in the morning and the evening with nothing in between;(

    Goodness knows what and whose pc I'll be on in the morning. All this flooding out of office is getting in the way of blogging;(

  • Comment number 83.

    Flaming Sal, it sounds like you had an enjoyable experience watching the olympic torch passing by. If an artist friend of mine read your message she would soon have painted a nice watercolour picture of pretty coloured fields, cows and trains!

    When the torch passes through several Edinburgh streets ending up at the Castle on 13th June, there's a free concert at the Castle for 7,500 people which includes Emeli Sande, who seems to be very popular at the moment.

    'Flooding out of the office' Shona? Not water, I hope!!!

  • Comment number 84.

  • Comment number 85.

    I wonder why that annoying man was carrying the torch when there must have been many locals who would liked to have carried it? He's irritating enough on The Voice... always texting through the programme and he's texting again whilst carrying an olympic torch... he probably sleeps with his phone on the pillow!

  • Comment number 86.

    Haha, the Points West presenters did say, that some of us over the age of 30 would ask Will I WHO?

    So many thrilled youngsters in Taunton, all very excited about seeing him.

    I am led to believe he was tweeting, something that I am not familiar with.

    We all have our foibles :)

  • Comment number 87.

    Will-I-am irritates me on The Voice and the only thing I like about him, is this song...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aSbKvm_mKA

  • Comment number 88.

    Good Morning and what a beautiful one too.

    Now who is going to take over the torch next?

  • Comment number 89.

    88 - Sal - morning to you on this beautiful sunny day. The torch arrives near to here at lunchtime today and I will be there with Mini-Hoffs to experience the event. Not sure that it will be as beautifully described as your day yesterday though!

  • Comment number 90.

    Good Morning All

    LOL at Will. I. am. There is a very funny person on Tw**ter called I Am Ken Barlow who tweets the funniest lines when The Voice is on if you are interested. It keeps me amused during the show anyway.

    The torch is going to be busy on 13th June Flo as it is coming here that day too.

    The canteen above our office flooded us out - something to do with a pipe not being securely fitted to a coffee machine. I was wondering about Coffeebuzz's whereabouts that weekend?

  • Comment number 91.

    #87 #90 The Voice irritates me full stop. Thankfully BBC4 on Saturday nights at 9pm at least provides an oasis of decent viewing with whatever Scandinavian cirme drama is running at the time.

  • Comment number 92.

    Good morning! And what a gorgeous one it is too. We have been told to down tools early today and go enjoy it. What's a girl to do ;-)

    I like Will.I.Am. And I like him tweeting through The Voice. He tweets pictures of the set from a perspective you don't get from tv. And given where we are these days, why not. But I don't understand why he was given the flame to carry and agree with Florence on that point.

    Have a great day following the flame, Hoffs. Sounds like it was a great day from Sal's post.

    Hope you get back to your own office soon, Sal.

    x

  • Comment number 93.

    Good Morning All

    Quiet day on the blog yesterday - it's not often that we don't get over 100 posts. Well done to all who got menshes, especially Suzieeee who is off the OSM bench at last ;o) Must admit I thought the oldies were a bit predictable. We've had similar themes before with the same songs played. And there were lots of other really good suggestions.

    I enjoyed the show otherwise though. Midge Ure was good value, and I thought Paul G's words on Robin Gibb were quite moving.

    Sal, what a sight that must have been! Whatever you think of the Olympics (and I know not everyone is interested) it's so nice to have some news that's not all doom and gloom for a change. Hoffs, hope you and Mini Hoffs enjoy seeing the torch today.

    I'm sure there were other things I was going to say, but I can't remember what they were. And my toast is getting cold.

    See you on the next blog.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 94.

    #92 The last comment was obviously meant for Shona, not Sal, but I'm sure you are all smart enough to work that out :-)

    cBzz, have a suggestion for you for 12th June. Why don't we meet at 8am ish (UK time) on the A90 at Portlethen to do a virtual handover of the torch ;-)

    x

  • Comment number 95.

    Morning all

    Quiet day on the blog yesterday, but all a bit frantic round these parts.

    Flaming Sal - sounds like you had a fab day yesterday, what a great experience. And Hoffs get to see it today. The torch has already passed through my alternative stomping ground early this morning, and the pictures on the BBC website look lovely in the sunshine. Wish I could have been there. Will have to wait now until July.

    On with the show.

  • Comment number 96.

    #75, #77 I missed the second half of the show last night (walking the dog in the park in the glorious sunshine - hurrah!). Will have to listen back - thanks for the mensh and playing my choon Simon!

    N x

  • Comment number 97.

    Morning everyone... lovely again it is, too!

    Ken, I think The Voice must irritate a lot of people because seemingly it loses viewers every week and dropped another three million this week.

    Re Will-I-Am carrying the torch, I heard Chris Evans say this morning that he wondered why Will was carrying it when it's supposed to be carried by members of the public, not celebs!

    Shona, if you look on the torch map, it looks like it will also be in Fife on 13th June, so a lot of miles will be covered that day.

    http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/route/

  • Comment number 98.

    Blimey, a very quiet blog!

    Good morning lovelies,

    Apologies for absinthe yesterday, one of THOSE days :oS

    Some great floral choices. I didn't catch the show but hope you were well represented!

    I quite like Will.I.Am too and think he is a breath of fresh air as far as those kind of talent shows go but my mind did boggle when I saw him with the torch... whose crazy idea was that?

    Anyhoo, the sun's shining and there must be a new blog by now .....

 

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