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Simon Mayo | 09:24 UK time, Friday, 15 June 2012

Greetings bloggers. A lovely Friday beckons, weather notwithstanding (I have no basis for this statement and there is more evidence to the contrary. But I make it anyway). Child 1 should be returning to the fold which will be lovely but means we will all have to rearrange our places in the house. Just when you're used to them not being there, they're back. More food required. A lot more food required. Then, just as we get used to being 5 again, child 1 will upsticks and we'll be 4 again. Then 3 (repeat to fade).
Top book launch with Jeremy Vine last night. JV has written a book on his 25 years at the BBC and the room was awash with the nations finest journos: Jon Sopel, Steve Richards, Jonathan Friedland, Justin Webb etc Politicians like IDS and top radio talent like Ken Bruce and Sir Bob Harris. Tim Vine made a hilarious speech which, I can inform you, had IDS in stitches. Haven't read JV's book but it sounds packed with tasty morsels (just done the maths and realised I've been with the BBC for 30 years. I've missed a trick.)
2 shows today and first up it's movies on 5L and guests Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg who are star and director of Cosmopolis which is out today. We recorded the piece a week back,but there is a frisson in the room when a top heartthrob is in the room (a bit like hanging out with Ken Bruce) and can report R Patz was charming and suave.
Then the ARF for R2 and looking forward to it already. No restrictions for today's opening tune, just the best you can possibly think of to set everyone off in the best possible spirit. Over to you bloggers and blogvets...
Have an organised and waste free Friday. See you after 2&5


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  • Comment number 1.

    Good morning all - cloudy but warm at the moment.



    would be good starters I feel.

    Back later for a chat


  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning again


    I'd like to request something by FOREIGNER again - never been played as ARFO -

    Lots of choice - Good Openers -







    Take your pick!

    Thankyou Kindly ...................

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning everyone; started well here but is now pretty grey and damp.

    I didn't get much of a chance to catch up with yesterday's blog, or hear the show but Simon's tweet-pic of Nige's tart looked yummy, so I may have to give that a go.
    Shona I was also pleased to see your speech went down a storm :)

    ARFO - hmm I'm struggling for inspiration this week. I think I'll come back to it.

  • Comment number 4.

    Good morning Jennie (and anyone else who poops in before I hit the post button)

    Shona, Hope today goes better than you are thinking it might.

    Katy, My Hundred Hat attrached many an admiring glance on the school (or were people looking at the gawjus party dress and princess shoes Little Girl insisted on wearing this morning?

    If you happen to be about - Hello CSNxxx

    ARFO. Hmmm. Following on from a comment I made yesterday, I would love to hear:


    Ken Bruce is, indeed, a legend who is rightly respected by so many of his peers. Am I alone in thinking that in his Radio 2 website picture he bears a striking resemblance to Penfold from Dangermouse though?

    Must dash... Toddler group to attend, food shopping to do with toddler in tow, ironing mountain to climb, post office queue to join, cupcake birthday party to pick Big Girl up from, 40th birthday party to attend.

    If I don't get back later - Have a fab weekend one and all. x

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning all

    Wet & Windy in bonnie Scotland. Family duties continue.

    For ARFO, briefly as typing on phone

    Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

    Rockin' All over the works - Status Quo

    Have good weekends if I don't get back

  • Comment number 6.

    Happy Friday to all Blogchumsters ... and also to Simon, the Driveteam and ARF Choon Choosers.

    I may be a Blogvet but I haven't had an ARFO for nearly 2 years - or since all the upstarts arrived and started choosing much better choons

    Five of the best NOISY old favourites from me today:

    ♪´¯`♫ .. Ah, ah,
    'We come from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow..'

    ♪´¯`♫ 'Bless my cotton socks I'm in the news ..'

    ♪´¯`♫ ' ...one step away from the shoeshine .. '

    ♪´¯`♫ 'There's a place up ahead and I'm goin' just as fast as my feet can fly... '

    ♪´¯`♫ 'Tell me, who am I without you, by my side .. '

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning all. Stunning view from my office window - the trees and ground are bathed in sunlight but there is a backdrop of a sky-filling dark grey cloud clearly making it's way towards us. The contrast is magnificent and I wish I had a camera to share it with you.

    ARFO opener? After a good 9 months of trying I'm accepting that Chicago's rousing 25 or 6 to 4 doesn't cut enough mustard to get pole position, so a few alternatives listed below

    SUPERTRAMP - Breakfast In America

    STATUS QUO - Break The Rules

    THE BEATLES - Drive My Car

    JOE COCKER - With A Little Help From My Friends

  • Comment number 8.

    Good morning Simon, Team, Bloggers & Blogvets!

    No ARFO request from me today since I'll be mid-air at 5.05 and it seems a shame to potentially deny someone who will be listening.

    I read JV's book last week. For anyone interested in news/politics/current affairs and the reporting of it, it makes fascinating reading. Those wanting to know about JV's personal life are in for a disappointment. Surely there's still time, Mr M? JV wasn't a R1 dj during the big shake up. There must be many tales to be told.

    Hope all are having a good day. Shona, I'm thinking of you.


  • Comment number 9.

    Supertramp's It's Raining Again is probably quite appropriate as an opener...

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM, and charming and suave bloggers and blogvets,

    We will have a houseload of 12 (count 'em!) 11 and 12 year olds tonight for some post-exam pizza and footie, so I doubt DT will get much attention in Be Good Towers tonight....

    But just in case you're looking for something loud and appropriately English to kick things off, I commend to the DT choonchoosing collective


    BEAT SURRENDER - Style Council



    Eng-er-land, Eng-er-land, Eng-er-land!

  • Comment number 11.

    Good morning Simon, team, NYM and blogsters all,

    Started out nice here but the black clouds are advancing swiftly. Busy day today but will try to poop back later for some chat.

    My ARFO choice this week which will hopefully break my duck is ...


    Shona, I've got my fingets crossed for you today x

    Happy Friday all.

  • Comment number 12.

    Good morning :-)



    PSL xxx

  • Comment number 13.

    Good Morning All

    As last week's ARFO was chosen by a BBC employee (not sure that's exactly in the spirit of things, but hey ho...) I have been holding onto the crown, and hope to hand it over to a blogger at 5.05 this evening.

    I've been musing on what is a 'decent' interval to leave between receiving the crown and starting to ARFO chase again... Actually, I'd be very happy to bow out now for the forseeable - especially as some bloggers have never had an ARFO and there are others who had one once but so long ago they can barely remember it... But it would seem churlish to stop taking part altogether, so I think maybe I'll sit it out for a month or two, then start requesting Level 42 songs in the expectation that they will never get picked...


  • Comment number 14.

    Good morning, everyone!

    Free choice ARFO?


    Off to the coffee machine...


  • Comment number 15.

    Hello again.

    July 4th is obviously an auspicious day, Billie. Unfortunately I'm way over repeat 21 years old - chronologically anyway! In my head I'm still 21!

    Also if I was lurking for a few months and that time was counted in blogging months, I would have been here 'officially' for longer. My first post was 2nd September last year, so nearly a blogvet!


  • Comment number 16.

    Good Morning Simon and Blogvets and Bloggers

    No P45 this time round Yee Haa. But after that meeting perhaps my ARFO should be:


  • Comment number 17.

    Fingers crossed for you Shona - hope your P45 remains in the hands of others.


  • Comment number 18.

    Good Morning Each!

    My unrestricted ARFO choice is...

    'Country Girl' by Primal Scream

    Love a bit of riot city blues.

  • Comment number 19.

    But actually the tunes I would prefer to hear are:



    Sounds like JV's book launchwas the place to be last night.

  • Comment number 20.

    Morning All,

    ARF suggestion

    'Stay With Me' The Faces (one of my all time favourites)

    'One Way or Another' Blondie

    'Sweet Gene Vincent' Ian Dury and the Blockheads

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    I am not sure if I am a blog vet, I know that I first realised Simon was on Drivetime when I was sat in the Dentists after 5 but I cannot remember when that was, I do remember that when I was working at Wolverhampton University I blogged from there and I started there June 2010 but I think it was more like October 2010 that I remember blogging and my 1st mention was "Breakaway" by Gallagher and Lyle which I distinctly remember being quite a nice one as Simon was chuffed I chose it!

    Deebee, don't worry about whether or not to ARFO chase, go ahead, we have to keep it in the Blog so choose away!!!

    Well done on all mentions last night... Deebee, Bilie, Jilly and moi! Good result for the Blog!

    Now my Choon:

    1. ACE OF SPADES - Motorhead
    2. DANCE WITH THE DEVIL - Cozy Powell

    Have lovely weekends, I am refereeing and competing on Sunday, I hope I win 1st place as there are some gloves up for grabs and I want to win it for my special angel as 1st fathers day without him! ;'(


    Mandy x

  • Comment number 22.

    *does a happy dance for Shona*

    I, too, this morning received confirmation of some good news .. in the form of a letter from my Consultant Neuroradiologist: "... the result of your recent Southampton MR scan performed in May 2012. Appearances are satisfactory and the aneurysm remains secure. I would like to arrange further evaluation with MR in 3 --- [yes 3!] years .. etc etc.
    I'M FREE [for a while] - THE WHO

    Now thinking of Lilac Blue's recovery from her surgery.

    Cake? Yes. Cake.


  • Comment number 23.

    Excellent news, Katy. By means of celebration, on your behalf, I will indulge myself with a bit o' cake, and apply marmalade to the old pins. Dead chuffed for you.

  • Comment number 24.

    #23 :^D

  • Comment number 25.

    Congratulations Katy - brilliant news!! Whoop whoop indeed!

    And Shona - the P45 stays put!


  • Comment number 26.

    So pleased we have reason to celebrate & eat cake. Huge sighs of relief all round for Katy & Shona! Also thinking of LB.


  • Comment number 27.

    Avast me hearties and a big Scottish yar! From a storm-bound Tarbert on Loch Fyne. Would you believe this is the first really bad day of weather we’ve had on my Spring Cruise? We’ve had boat battery and problems with internet connections but I’m here now back in civilisation. If it’s not too late for an ARFO, a boaty one...


    Back at work next week
    Oh and congrats to Katy Blogvet

  • Comment number 28.

    Hello all, its started raining again!

    suggestions for todays ARF opener




    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 29.

    hi all

    arf tune


  • Comment number 30.

    Good news indeed for Katy and for Shona, so to celebrate their good news, I am tucking into a big slice of the lemony sponge cake I have made this morning, filled and topped with tangy lemon curd and buttercream... any excuse to eat cake!

    I've whittle down my long list of ARFO tunes to these....

    OUT OF TIME ~ Chris Farlowe

    HEY ROCK 'N ROLL ~ Showaddywaddy

    BORN TO BE WILD ~ Steppenwolf

    SUMMERTIME BLUES ~ Eddie Cochran

  • Comment number 31.

    Congrats to Katy and Shona. There's so much gloomy stuff in the news these days it's nice to have a couple of real positives.

    The big grey cloud came and went with hardly a drop of rain. There is now glorious sunshine outside. I'm hoping for summer to arrive proper in July - my contract finishes in a couple of weeks time and it would be nice to have some glorious weather before I find something new.

  • Comment number 32.

    Afternoon all

    Hope everyone's fine and dandy.

    I'm in a decidely nostalgic mood today so any of the following would hit the spot nicely:

    'New York City' - T. Rex
    'Here Comes My Baby' - Tremeloes
    'Do Wah Diddy' - Manfred Mann

    Hang loose, y'all.

    N x

  • Comment number 33.

    Woohoo Katy, what excellent news!

    #6 I love your S&G suggestion, one of my favourites. My GD made up all sorts of mondegreens for that one when she was small - can't for the life of me remember them now. I just remember chuckling to myself listening to her sing a long to it in the car.

    Good news for Shona, too! Phew!

    Lilac Blue - hoping that everything went well and that you are recovering nicely. x

    madchickenwoman (my original blog name back in January 2010) x

  • Comment number 34.

    #22 Excellent news, Katy :))

    Good Morning One and All;

    Haven't really got much to say today, other than I'm looking forward to having a rest on Monday. I shall be edging ever closer to 40, in less than a fortnight's time, but I feel more like I'm knocking 100 today!

    Hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and that the weather doesn't let the side down...

    ARFO suggestions...




  • Comment number 35.

    Zoe, you are a mere spring chicken!

    I have just been out on a dog walk with a friend and her dog. Got back and my son said to me that he was worried that I got caught out in a heavy rainstorm that had just passed. We had only walked a mile or so from the house and it didn't rain a drop. How localised was that? Now it is brilliant sunshine.

    Florence, your cake sounds delicious. I love lemon cake, but it has to be nice and tangy.

    Rightio, I didn't think I'd get chance to blog today, but I couldn't resist a peek. Now I really must dash. Wishing you all a great weekend, and wishing Zoe a lovely restful Monday.


  • Comment number 36.

    Madchick, it is quite tangy as I put grated lemon zest in the sponge mix and while it's still warm I prick the top with a skewer and pour over a mix of icing sugar and lemon juice and I like Tesco 'finest' lemon curd, which is quite tangy and nice with buttercream!

  • Comment number 37.

    So pleased to here the various pieces of good news and lovely to hear from Lady_Stormrider from her cruise....

    Still no real inspiration for ARFO so I'll bow out this week (not that I've ever been Queen *pout*)

  • Comment number 38.

    Liking all of the good news ^^^^
    Also indulging in cake as we have a leaving doo (English language usage of 'doo', no pigeons involved), so...




    Take your pick...


  • Comment number 39.

    My ARFO suggestion: Question by The Moody Blues


  • Comment number 40.

    Cake here too. We have a birthday girl in the office tomorrow ;-)


  • Comment number 41.

    Okay, I give up. Can somebody please explain the title of today's blog?

    #16 Shona, what a relief!

    #22 And a big relief for you too KatyMatey - so good to hear some positive news for a change! Lovely cake, by the way...


  • Comment number 42.

    Afternoon all

    Glad to hear the good news for Katy & Shona, great relief for both of you I'm sure.

    #41 - Is it to do with the fact that R Patz is on and that is the 'normal' reaction which accompanies his appearances anywhere. Also doesn't David C direct horror fims?


  • Comment number 43.

    #41/#42 I assumed it was a RPatz/DC reaction thingy too.


  • Comment number 44.

    #41 - Anything to do with the film he is talking about today - Cosmopolis?

    No idea really.


  • Comment number 45.

    #41 and #44... I was thinking the same as you, Jennie Wren!


    "Cosmopolis- , expressive, gloomy/impenetrable without illusions -it mostly reminds us of Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” and you should agree that not often do we feel like comparing modern films with real pieces of art."

  • Comment number 46.

    #42 onwards - thanks, I think all of you are right!


  • Comment number 47.

    Great to hear the good news from Shona and Katy. Hugs for you both.

    Lovely virtual cake and thanks cBzz, tea for me!

    The sky is getting very very dark here....

  • Comment number 48.

    Quiet day on the blog, then.
    Hope all's well with everyone.

    Good luck with ARFO's!

    Going home now.


  • Comment number 49.

    Thank you for all your lovely comments everyone and for Katy's little dance. I too shall dance for joy for your news Katy. That must be such a relief for you,:)

    You are such a scenic part of the world Lady_Stormrider. I used to live quite near there and now you are making me jealous ;) Hope the weather picks up for you.

    What clever cake makers and cooks on this blog. I love lemon drizzle cake!

    I began lurking on the blog around 9th July 2011 then joined in a week later I think so I am nearly a Blogvet *puffs up chest*

  • Comment number 50.

    Oh no!!!! A football song... *turns sound down*!!!

    Well done for being selected, but sorry Neil, I can't bear those football songs!! ;o)

  • Comment number 51.

    Wow - thank you all for lovely vibes and comments and everything. Really really appreciated.

    The first in an occasional series of *ARFOfactoids*

    June 2012:
    First an ARFO from 2001 then from 2007 and now one from 1998.

    Does this constitute a sea change?


  • Comment number 52.

    Good Afternoon All

    Tonight's ARFO ? - I have an opinion on that!

  • Comment number 53.

    And I have one on the second song too!

  • Comment number 54.

    I'm very pleased to read that Shona is still in employment. I'm delighted to read Katy's excellent news.

    Does anyone have any news about Lilac Blue?

  • Comment number 55.

    The second in an occasional series of *ARFOfactoids*

    ... and only 19 bloggers had a go at choosing an ARFO today [plus ballando69 who posted for the first time].

    Does this constitute another sea change?


  • Comment number 56.

    #54 Thanks Billie. Am not sure if Lilac Blue is connected to anyone in 'other places'. I certainly have no further news.

    and while you're there ... wanted to say ..
    We finally watched the second of the London Music programmes - the one that you said had something for everyone. [Saw Jool's on the night]. Yet to see the Joe Meek one - is it worth a look? The Beeb have commissioned some wonderful programmes about the British Isles incorporated some indiginous music but you have to really search through the schedules to find them. A few of my mates from the folk world have contributed.

    Watching *TorchCam* Why-eye those Geordies sure know how to do a Woopwoop.

    Who's next for the Torch Relay?

  • Comment number 57.

    What were the openers! The show lost out to Honeydrippers Vol 1 as I was driving home today.

  • Comment number 58.

    Katy - interesting ARFOfactoids

    Re "dates" of choices: I'm all for expanding the repetiore, and so whilst they might not have been my personal choice, I'm quite happy to move away from the 'old favourites' - which frankly get chosen anyway during the course of the programme from the phone-ins

    Re blog choices: for some reason I only choose 1 tune on a Friday, rather than my usual list (and I think quite a few of us are similar) - so if I'm not inspired, or can't choose then I won't contribute anything. I also get the feeling that quite a few bloggers don't really enjoy ARF in the same way as the rest of week (and I think that's understandable, it's a totally different show) and therefore are generally less "engaged" on a Friday and therefore less likely to contribute.

    Torch in Northants still a couple of weeks away.

  • Comment number 59.

    #57 - Ken - The ARFO was - truthfully - the "Vindaloo/Eng-er-land" thing!

    # 56 - Katy - glad you enjoyed it. We thought it was terrific - definitely something for everyone. Haven't watched Joe Meek yet. Will be interested to see the portrayal of Billy Fury. Will report back.

    Back in a mo (or 3) to ask for culinary help.

  • Comment number 60.


    We do a Gordon's recipe. Chicken legs cut into thighs & drumsticks - red onions quartered - quarters of lemon - baby new pots - lots of garlic - some Rosemary & Thyme. Toss all this in Olive Oil ( in a baking tray obviously Ha!) and then roast @200c for 45 - 55 mins. Delicious! and so simple!

    Question? Can I do this with a Pork Fillet? I've never cooked Pork Fillet before - far too posh - but it was on offer at the Rosethatwaits! Do I chop the fillet? Will the lemon go? Do I have to change the herbs?

    Please - for Sunday!

  • Comment number 61.

    One other thing -

    Tonight's "FNIMN" features Paul O'Grady - not just as compere - but music choices from his life. We won't catch it tonight but it does sound rather lovely.

  • Comment number 62.

    #60 Billie, I have absolutely no idea but give it a try anyway and report back ~

    Salad anyone?

  • Comment number 63.

    #60 Billie - yes to the pork fillet - leave it whole though.
    Depending on its size and weight - your timings may also be OK - but whereas chicken has to be cooked through, you can get away with a bit of pink in pork fillet if you like that sort of thing. I don't.
    Why don't you try quarters of apple with the onion instead of lemon and maybe a bit of sage instead of rosemary. Just a thought.
    Bon cuisine!

  • Comment number 64.

    #59 Thanks Billie. Plant v Vindaloo = fight stopped in the opening minute as a mismatch :-)

  • Comment number 65.

    # 55 An interesting factoid Katy. My nose has been firmly to the grindstone today, so no ARFO suggestion from me.

    I'm still old-school in this respect and pick just one tune, then get all carried away with other bloggers' multi-choices.

    No time to play next week either, as out of internet access on hols.

    Have a good week all x

  • Comment number 66.

    Good weekends all.

    See you soon.


  • Comment number 67.

    #60 Billie and #63 Katie... we also love pork with sage/onion/apple and I occasionally make a big puff pastry sausage plait with minced pork or good sausagemeat from the butcher, mixed with finely chopped onion, chopped apple and sage and it's nice hot or cold and good to take on a picnic.

  • Comment number 68.

    *coughs and chokes*

    Well done England ! Really enjoyed the game.

    *ducks before Mo and Coffeebuzz toss the rotten veg*

  • Comment number 69.

    Just pooped in to say, pork fillet, tenderloin of....

    Roll in sugar and freshly cracked black pepper and pan fry the entire loin, turning occasionally. Goes all sticky and gooey, after about 15 to 20 mins. Leave to stand for 5, then slice and eat, either as part of meal, or with dipping sauce.


  • Comment number 70.

    calling all ye techy experts. I love to play Scrabble on f/b even though I'm not too hot at it - I just love the word making etc etc etc.....................

    Hooever, I have founf that I can join games with people but it keeps coming up with I have forfeitied the game???

    Paul of Sheffield may be able to help?

    Is it Friday yet?

  • Comment number 71.

    shona you better than me at scrabble i got really bad letters

  • Comment number 72.

    Good morning!

    So pleased I missed that dreadful football song.

    #68 LOL Shona. I spent the evening trying to avoid it.

    Out & about most of today. Hope folks are having nice weekends.


  • Comment number 73.

    Good morning,

    Just a flying visit to say:


    Hope you have a happy day.xxx

  • Comment number 74.

    Shona, I've tried to answer your question on our Scrabble game, but I ain't confident in my response.

    Happy Birthday, Mo. Hope 'out and about' proves to be fun.

  • Comment number 75.

    Happy Birthday wishes Mo, hope you're having a great day

  • Comment number 76.

    Hi All!

    The Happiest of Happy Birthdays to the lovely Mo!!!!!!!

    Busy day for me today. My choir is performing this evening in Ware (where?) and we have a rehearsal this afternoon. In addition, some friends are staying for the weekend so it's been a quick lick round with the duster this morning...

    Anyone going to see our esteemed leader at the Cheltenham Science Festival today? I went a few years ago - it was a fascinating day out with lots of events, shows and exhibitions. Memorable for several reasons, not least of which was that Lord Winston stood on my friend's foot. We were standing in a queue, and he walked past us - it was a narrow corridor and there wasn't much space. I'm sure he didn't mean to do it - he didn't apologise though...


  • Comment number 77.

    happy birthday mo xx

  • Comment number 78.

    Happy Birthday Mo :)

  • Comment number 79.

    Many Happy Returns Mo. Hope you have a lovely day.

    Uncle Tony is back on POTPs and all is well with the world.

    Off to check my Scrabble - thanks Paul.

  • Comment number 80.

  • Comment number 81.

    Whoop whoop. Uncle Tony is back on form and gave me a shout out! Thank you.

  • Comment number 82.

    Happy Birthday Mo.

    Hope the weathers being kinder with you than it is here.

    Rain, rain and more rain.

    Splish splosh!

    Happy Days :)

  • Comment number 83.

    Hello all,

    Just a very quick poop by to wish you all good weekends whatever you are up to.

    Special wishes for wonderfulness go out to Mo! Hope you are having a very Happy Birthday :)


  • Comment number 84.

    I've just spent the last 5 hours playing Scrabble on line. It's good to know I've not wasted my day and you would think with all that practice I would be good at it by now;~0)

  • Comment number 85.

    Good Afternoon Saturday Bloggers -

    May I add my best wishes to all the others for a lovely birthday for Mo? Happy Birthday Mo and Many Happy Returns!

    Thanks for the suggestions for the pork fillet.

    Sal - as this is the first piece that I've bought I'm not brave enough to pan-fry this time - but your recipe sounds lovely. I'm sure the sugary stickiness would go very well just as honey/mustard goes with gammon. I'm going to adapt Gordon's chicken recipe which I quoted and take Katy's advice leaving the fillet whole, swapping the lemon for sweet apple and swapping the herbs to sage. Shall report back - it's Sunday night's supper.

    #67 Flo - I too make a Sausage Meat Plait exactly as you have described it!

  • Comment number 86.

    @ Katy - thanks for your help. See ^

    Re: Joe Meek - I can't recommend it, I'm afraid - but do try it yourself and see what you think. We gave up about 15/20 mins in. Didn't like the slightly manic farcical style of directing - all the speech was delivered like machine-gun fire - it was surreal.

    Hope everyone's fineanddandy and enjoying everything!

  • Comment number 87.

    Sausage meat plait.... ahh memories of school cookery lessons.

    Our version, used finely chopped onion, a good lump of sausage meat, a tablespoon of tomato puree and the same of mango chutney.

    Equally delish cold.

    Roast chicken here tonight followed by the ooiest, gooiest, chewiest pavlova, generously topped with fresh raspberries which are on offer at Tesco for a pound a punnet.

    I made one last night too, but as we all had seconds, needed to make another today, as you do :)

    Some of the lovely ladies, maybe a gent or two also, from CEs blog are up in Scotland for the weekend, unfortunately, the weather has not been great so far. I dont think it will deter them from having a funtime, I have joined some of them before, they know how to enjoy themselves, even when its later than you think!!

    Happy Days. Hope the sun comes out for them tomorrow.

  • Comment number 88.


    Just popped in to say Happy Birthday to Viking Mo - hope you are having a lovely birthday weekend xx

    Wishing happy Saturdays and restful Sundays to all bloggers. See you soon x

  • Comment number 89.

    Jimmy update - he's great. It's a tough life having to put up with cooked chicken. fish etc


    Nighty night

  • Comment number 90.

    Great news Shona.

    Hope the jabs are getting easier. I know my Brother is now coping better with doing the same for his DS son.

    That sounds like my sort of diet, watch out Jimmy ;)

  • Comment number 91.

    What a beautiful SUNNY morning! :O

  • Comment number 92.

    Unfortunately, not the same in Edinburgh :(

  • Comment number 93.

    Good morning! Not so here (Aberdeen) either, Sal.

    Another out & about day beckons but had to pop in to say a big thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes. I had a lovely day.


  • Comment number 94.

    Good Morning Troops

    Glad you had a lovely day for your birthday Mo. I was roused at 3am by Wee Jimmy but he seems a bit more settled today.

    I'm on a 3 day training course as from tomorrow so won't get a look in for choon chasing but I'm really looking forward to the 3 days. The trainers are truly inspirational ;)

    Enjoy your Sunday everyone.

  • Comment number 95.

    Quick pop in to see what everyone is doing.

    Happy birthday for yesterday Mo..

    Mr and a friend were working in the garden yesterday and completed more than I thought they would. I think even the Mr was surprised with their achievements.

    They built a raised edge around a bed under two flowering cherry trees which was a bit of a no-man's land and we are going to fill it with bark and then put pots here and there - should look much nicer. Also, the birds seem to love rooting around in bark.
    They also built another bed around a holly tree and Mr is going to compartmentalize this so that different critters can get in it and hide, nest etc. We have a pile of dead wood, twigs etc which is going to fill that up and he has drilled holes in the sides so that they can get in and out. He will cover some of the top to make it even more cosy for the little critters - at least 5* accomodation I think!

    Lovely sunny day today, still bit windy but not like yesterday.


  • Comment number 96.

    Sundee Greetings Ter YOU...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear:

    Ave recently cracked the screen on 'touch' screen mobile phone after it fell outta me shirt pocket and bounced down the stairs in me new old 'ouse while a was in FULL flow of a Bingo Star DIY operation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ok better me phone falling if something is gonna fall and noot me falling of me 6 metre 'igh ladder the other dee when a was banging up a new gutter!!!!!!!
    (PS The gutter is performing most nice.... most nice with plenty of testing due to our typical UK summer!!!!!!!!)

    So 'gutted' a was with me broken phone.... but it was still working..... The only problem with me screen cracked it's noot easy ter see beyond the cracks!!!!!!!!!
    Escpecially when a was recently viewing new double glazing upvc french doors via me net app!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So terdee a finally decided ter change the glass screen after ordering a new one for 15 sheets from via the net!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Me kit came with tiny screwdrivers ter do the techno operation of taking me smartphone apart smartly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    All was going well until 2 of me 3 power points broke off me mother circuit board!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Panic set in.... could this be the end of me phone a thought?????????????

    But amazingly after getting out me soldering iron a manged ter solder the tiny connections back on, that a tiny robot 'ad done before, ter try and get reconnected..... And ter me amazmentation.... It worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The only thing now am a on borrowed time until me connections break.... thus breaking me connection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But this is not what worrys me the most.... losing connection from me mobile phone.... It's the wealth of information ave banged in me phone over the past 18months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ave got an important notes area of 'X-Factor tunes that suit me voice'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yes over the years when a 'ear a song on the radio that is great, would make a great performance and suits the key a sing in..... Just in case a can ge tthe courage ter give it a go on the X gig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    For example 'ere are 2 totally different examples of great songs that suit me voice and a could do a great performance with:

    http://youtu.be/jmnWXhxlh14 (very scouse sounding accent would suit this, nice gentle tempo)

    http://youtu.be/ZR0v0i63PQ4 (am very good at singing 'yeah'... Part of me daily vocal exercises.... and easy elec guitar.... a strange choice but could do a brilliant male version of this song!!!!!!!)

    http://youtu.be/jkMGf2_NKvs (this song me numbe rone choice it is so suited to my voice!!!!!!!!)

    Then there's jokes ave got in me phones in case a decided ter do a stand-up comedian line of stuff and not The X Factor.....

    Examples :

    A toilet attendant was asked by their employer ter work a bank 'olidee....
    The attendant asked what are the benefits....
    The employer replied: Double pay and a day in loo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    A was putting petrol inter me car at a petrol station when a burst inter tears....
    A fellow motorist noticed and asked me am a ok.....
    A replied..... It's the 'igh cost of fuel causing me inside ter fill up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Why is when yer buy a 25th Wedding Anniversary photo frame......
    The model couple in the photo frame are in their twenties???????????????????????

    This blog friends is just a little insight inter what is going on DEEP inside Bingo Star's mobile phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Which is why am in a panic now.... Ter get all me madness outta me phone and written down in case me solders break..... thus losing me permenant power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And just in case the stage bekons.... But only if a can get over me stage fright!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Of which am off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS A went ter the X-Factor auditions a few weeks ago in Manchester.... just ter check out the situation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Not sure if ave got the guts ter give it a go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tatty bye!

  • Comment number 97.

    #96 LOL Bingo Star!

    Johnny Walker Sounds of the 70s playing on the radio in kitchen. I jumped up from the sofa in the lounge to answer my mobile phone..............but no, it wasn't ringing. Johnny was actually playing Sugar Baby Love by the Rubettes. Now you all know the ring tone on my phone.

    What do other blogpoppeteers have on their phone?

  • Comment number 98.

    I have a very boring 'toytown' phone Shona - no camera but it lets me make and receive calls and texts. I can also listen to the radio on it too! All I want from a phone.
    No posh ring tones either!!


  • Comment number 99.

    Have I mentioned that I taught the daughter of one of the Rubettes? I think it was the keyboard player.


  • Comment number 100.

    Would be rude to not try for the 100 wouldn't it?


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