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Shock and Awe

Simon Mayo | 09:46 UK time, Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Now something must be up. Things are not right, no not at all. There is a ball-type thing in the sky which appears to be giving out heat and light. There are folklore tales and songs about this sort of thing happening but it seems frankly ridiculous to me. It'll be gone soon and we can all carry on as normal.
What the weather is doing is almost irrelevant however as I have a denouement to write. Last night I clicked over 90,000 words on the new book (Itch 2? Itch Rocks?) and I can finish anytime I like really but there seem to be a few thousand to go. Pretty soon after finishing this here posting, the weary trudge upstairs will mark the beginning of today's tapping of the keyboard. First I will have to make another coffee and then read the entire contents of the internet. Then I might be ready. The procrastination fairy is due any minute.
Today we have author and columnist Tony Parsons on the show, the best selling author of Man And Boy, One For My Baby and My Favourite Wife. His new novel is Catching The Sun about a man who gives up on the UK and moves his family to Phuket, Thailand. They are seeking a paradise to contrast with life in Blighty but, inevitably, it doesn't quite work out the way they were hoping...
And oldies today please on the return of DALLAS to our screens. After a 20 year absence JR, Bobby, Sue Ellen and their amoral Southfork chums are back on TV screens. Choose a song for them all please in the traditional manner.
Have a smart and ingenious Wednesday, see you after 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning Simon and Troops

    Thank you for my menshe yesterday.

    Dallas? For the love of Sue Ellen


  • Comment number 2.

    I'll send the porcrastination fairy over when she's finished here ..

    BOBBY'S GIRL by someone I can't remember

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi again everyone

    Glad you have the sun at last, Simon! In the words of U2... it's a beautiful day, hope it is for everyone else! Looking forward to hearing Tony Parsons tonight!

    BOBBY'S GIRL ~ Susan Maughan


    I SHOT THE SHERIFF ~ Eric Clapton

    DALLAS ~ Alan Jackson

    GALVESTON ~ Glen Campbell

  • Comment number 4.

    Good morning sunny Simon, top team and raring to go blogsters,

    I thought I was dreaming when I awoke to sunshine this morning ;)

    Dallas choons ...







    Happy Wednesday!

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning all



  • Comment number 6.

    Good luck with the writing Simon, just keep plodding along.

    Will need to ponder over todays theame me thinks.

  • Comment number 7.

    Yellow Rose of Texas
    Deep in the Heart of Texas

  • Comment number 8.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Slight Return' by The Bluetones

    'Bring It All Back' by S Club Seven (HOIB?)

    'Cadillac Ranch' by Bruce Springsteen

    'Oily Way' by Gong

    'Poison' by Alice Cooper (Dwarf)

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning Simon, Team and fellow blogpoppets

    I did enjoy Dallas in its day, not sure how it will fair now.

    Oldie suggestions:




    WIDE EYED AND LEGLESS - ANDY FAIRWEATHER-LOW (for Terry's 'poisonous dwarf' Lucy Ewing?)

    FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS - NEIL DIAMOND ( for the line 'money talks, it don't sing and dance... etc) and despite all their wealth Bobby etc were always wearing jeans.

    WINDSWEPT - BRYAN FERRY (Why did they always eat breakfast outside when it was usually blowing a gale?)

    madchick x

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  • Comment number 11.

    DON'T FENCE ME IN (see they live on a ranch!)

    There we go, I knew they were in my head somewhere.

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Normal service resumes as back in the office today and can blog as normal.

    Oooh exciting times Simon. Itch 2 is eagerly awaited!

    Dallas was my fave out of it and Dynasty and the Colbys, I remember the Who Shot JR? paraphernalia very well!

    So here goes:

    1. WHODUNNIT? - Tavares
    2. BOBBYS GIRL - Susan Maugham
    3. RHINESTONE COWBOY - Glen Campbell
    4. OIL BE THERE FOR YOU - Rembrandts ( sorry!!)
    6. MAMA USED TO SAY - JR ( Junior)
    7. THE POWER - Snap
    9. TO BE WITH YOU - Mr Big
    10. HE AINT HEAVY HE'S MY BROTHER - The Hollies
    11. I SHOT THE SHERIFF - Eric Clapton
    12. WHISKY IN A JAR - Thin Lizzy

    Oh well week in after being out and about, tons to do.

    Have a nice day


    Mandy ;)

    PS: Thinking of you Lilac Blue. xx

  • Comment number 13.

    Good Morning All;

    It's raining here. That is all.

    Good luck with the operation, Lilac Blue & Get well soon :)

    Dallas, eh? I watched back in the day, not sure I'm bothered about the next generation one though.

    Oldie suggestions...



    BIG BAD JOHN - JIMMY DEAN (J.R = John Ross)

    WHODUNIT - TAVARES (for 'who shot J.R storyline)


  • Comment number 14.

    DREAMING by Blondie

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  • Comment number 16.

    Texas by Chris Rea

  • Comment number 17.

    As they all wear big hats
    Blue hat for a blue day - Nick Heyward
    Wherever I leave my hat thats my home - Paul YOung

    The 'dream'
    Boulevard of broken dreams - Green Day
    Dreams - Gabrielle
    I am the resurrection - Stone Roses
    The land of make believe - Bucks Fizz

    the ranch
    Who's gonna ride your wild horses - US
    King of the wild frontier - Adam and the Ants

    Its a family affair - Sly and the Family Stone
    Unfaithful (I don't want to be a murderer) -Rhianna
    American Boy- Estelle/Kanye West

  • Comment number 18.


    I may be 'spent' now, but time will tell. Anyone got any chocolate there willing to share? Im in need of a 'fix'.

  • Comment number 19.

    For Cliff Barnes and JR


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  • Comment number 21.

    TAVARES - Whodunnit?

    FLEETWOOD MAC - Dreams

    THE FLYING LIZARDS - Money (That's What I Want)

    JOHN KONGOS - He's Gonna Step On You Again

    PYTHON LEE JACKSON - In A Broken Dream

    SHOWADDYWADDY - A Little Bit of Soap (Opera)

  • Comment number 22.

    Happy Wednesdays All Round and Howdy There Simon, Driveteam and Constructors



  • Comment number 23.

    Enjoy the rest of your tune chasing. I hear helicopters and the road is going to close in 4 minutes. Off to grab my spot to see the torch ;)))


  • Comment number 24.

    Some more...

    'Back Stabbers' by The O'Jays

    'A Little Bit Of Soap' by Showaddywaddy

    'The Power' by Snap

  • Comment number 25.

    DallasOldies: Gosh! Some brilliant ones already ..



  • Comment number 26.

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    RUNAROUND SUE - DION (for Sue Ellen)



  • Comment number 27.

    Morning all

    Hope your shell suit is still pristine Shona. Have watched a bit on torch-cam. I have received an interesting letter about the torch relay which I'll post a bit of later; not a view I'd heard before.

    Family Affair - Sly and the Family Stone
    Galveston - Glenn Campbell (same state, not quite Dallas though)
    Before he Cheats - Carrie Underwood
    Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
    Cowboys & Kisses - Anastacia
    We Are Family - Sister Sledge
    All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers
    If I Can Dream - Elvis
    Dreaming - Blondie

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  • Comment number 29.

    Do I get bonus points for actually having been to Southfork? We visited when we lived in Texas a few years back. The big driveway with the metal gates is exactly how you see it in the opening titles. The patio where they had breakfast was like being in a wind tunnel and I have a photo somewhere of me sitting there looking very windswept. The rest of the house is fairly small so they filmed most of the interior shots in a studio. The swimming pool was quite small too but for all those scenes of Bobby doing laps they would fix a mirror to one end to make it look huge.


  • Comment number 30.

    YOU WIN AGAIN - BEE GEES (Cliff Barnes/ JR feud)

    That's my lot, catch up later x

  • Comment number 31.

    Morning all

    Only one that springs immediately to mind will be one for the reject bucket as it's not a hit single:


    The sun was most welcome when I was out running this morning. And to cap it all the app on my phone awarded me an "ATHLETE" badge on completion. I wish! A few more weeks to go before I get anywhere near that label I think :-)

  • Comment number 32.

    I wonder if the new Dallas will be sufficiently politically incorrect for a new generation of students to be able to resurrect our old "Drink Along with Dallas" game :-)

  • Comment number 33.

    More #DallasOldies




  • Comment number 34.


    Cowboy dreams - Jimmy Nail

    Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell

    Life is but a dream - The Chords

    Daydream believer - The Monkees

    Opportunities(lets make lots of money) - Pet shop boys

    It's yer money I'm after baby - The Wonderstuff

    Devils Haircut - Beck

    Over my shoulder (pads) - Mike and the Mechanics

    Shoot you down - The Stone Roses

  • Comment number 35.

    Working for the Man - Roy Orbison

    Deeper Underground - Jamiroquai

  • Comment number 36.

    As JBG nor Billie seem to be around this morning for choon chasing I'll slip in the all encompassing...


    .. just for good measure ;)

  • Comment number 37.

    Hello all

    Cheating on You- Franz Ferdinand

    Shoulder Pads 1 – The Fall

    Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – The Beatles

    Dream Brother – Jeff Buckley

    Dreams – Fleetwood Mac

    (Nice Dream) – Radiohead

    Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics

  • Comment number 38.

    A few more oldie suggestions (I keep dredging 'em up!)

    LADY ELEANOR - LINDISFARNE (for Miss Ellie whose name was Eleanor)



  • Comment number 39.

    Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Nancy Sinatra or Cher

  • Comment number 40.

    Good morning,

    I'm late I don't have a note from my mum. Might get detention for the second time this week. The late teenage rebellion thing is going swimmingly well.

    I have a really blast from the parst to suggest which won't be played. In honour of Sue Ellen's lips:

    TALK BACK TREMBLING LIPS by Johnny Tillotson

    Or in honour the actress who plays Sue Ellen:

    LADY LINDA by The Beach Boys

    #9 Chickster, Loving all your suggestions.

    #18 Gill, Just off to the shops. Milk, dark or white? In the meantime I wonder if CBuzz can rustle up a Hot Chocolate to tide you over?

    #23 Shona, How exciting! Hope you get the chance to poop back later with a full update.

    #27 A-G, Do tell us more...

    #29 Jilly, You can have a great big shiny sheriff's badge for that! Love the bit about the pool.

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 41.

    Morning (again)
    Sorry Zoe, that you don't have the sun - it seems there was never such a North South divide as at the moment, with the weather.
    I've tweeted these:

    I was only dreamin’ : Bryan Adams (Pamela's shower scene)
    We are Family: Sister Sledge
    Mama we’re all crazee now : Slade
    Fields of Gold: Sting (or oil, to be more precise)

    Back later for the craic

  • Comment number 42.

    Oops. I must read my posts before I hit post. I must read my posts before I hit post. I most reed my pusts before I hat pest. I mast road mi pants be4 I hot paste.

  • Comment number 43.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and wide-brimmed bloggers,

    Apologoes for half-hearted bloggetry recently. Life getting in the way.

    Ah, Dallas, I remember thinking how glamorous it was to eat breakfast OUTSIDE next to a pool. And they each had their own car parked in a neat row outside.

    *revealing shallow side to personality at an early age*

    And I had an "I SHOT JR" T-shirt!




    BIG HAT NO CATTLE - Randy Newman

  • Comment number 44.

    #43 JBG, Good to "see" you and all other bloggers whenever you can poop in. I know what you mean about life.

    You had the T shirt - I had the mug!

  • Comment number 45.

    There is a clearly a whole (insert appropriate collective noun here) of procrastination fairies. There is apparently a program you can buy that blocks access to the internet. I just need to find my misplaced protestant work ethic; I know it is here somewhere ….

    I enjoyed the short extract from the new book club book, The Age of Miracles, shame it is not released until 21 June.

    I finished listening to the Itch audiobook this week. I’d really liked the book when I read it but had somewhat raced through it. Listening and therefore hearing every word made me enjoy it even more. Especially in the last 1/3 I found myself holding my breath (even though I knew what was going to happen!) The last book that had made me do that was the Hunger Games. As Mandy said, eagerly anticipating Itch 2.

    Elementary My Dear Itch - title for the new one? (perhaps not)

  • Comment number 46.

    Good morning Everyone and, of course, Simon, The Team and the VNYM,

    Long time no see. Grindstone has been choca. Anyhoo, the cats are away so I'm out to play.

    Hope you've made it upstairs Simon and you've managed to fend off the procrastination fairy.

    It's the youngest boy's 12th birthday today, been up since 5.15, seriously wishing it was hometime.

    Rightio, down to business - I'd like to suggest 'Rhinestone Cowboy' by Glenn Campbell.

    Back to the grindstone.

    Toodle-pip for now.

    Toots xx

    (can't remember when or why I changed my moniker)

  • Comment number 47.

    I'd like to hear:

    SHOT ME DOWN - Audio Bullys & Nancy Sinatra

    or in honour of Charlene Tilton...

    THE LAUGHING GNOME - David Bowie

    there's bound to have been a



    THIS COWBOY SONG - Sting with Pato Banton

  • Comment number 48.

    #46 Hiya Tinks!

  • Comment number 49.

    I'LL OIL WELLS LOVE YOU by DOLLY PARTON (not to be confused with I Will Always Love You)
    FISH HEADS by BARNES & BARNES (Digger's family)
    Any song by the DALLAS BOYS (older readers may remember this group from the early 60's)

  • Comment number 50.

    #46 a suggestion for your missing collective noun - how about 'a postponement of procrastination fairies'?

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  • Comment number 52.

    Since everybody in the show had a gun - some more that one - how about.

    LITTLE BITTY GUN by Tom Paxton (it's actually a little tune about Nancy Reagan)

  • Comment number 53.

    GREAT to see you back in here Toots! It's been far too long. I think you changed your name when we went all Christmassy?
    Also good to see some of our scarcer bloggers like PhilMewis, Phil and Jude, crewcrewcrusader and CrazyFool who used to be called something else

    #42 Laughing out loud, Julia :^D

    #46 Collective noun for procrastination fairies? A 'brinkmanship'.

    A while back ... I tweeted @itchingham himself to suggest that he might suggest to his writer person that his follow-up story should be entitled 'ITCHINGHAM'.

  • Comment number 54.

    ... and whilst I'm thinking about scarcer bloggers - wanted to let you know that Harry the Snapper is healthy and well, has been quite busy lately ... and ... da-dah - will be returning to our very own Naughty Step next week.


  • Comment number 55.

    #53 Hey Katy - lovely to see you m'Lovely. How's it hanging? It must've been Christmas-time I changed my name. Wharra chump, almost didn't recognise myself ;)

    Sorry folks, I've been very rude and haven't read back. I promise to catch up over lunchtime.

    Laters sweet p'taters :)

    Toots xx

  • Comment number 56.

    Yeeeeaaaaa! Whoop whoop for the torchbearers! They did an exchange of torchbearers right outside our offices. I got front row view too.

    The police were on super form. Police bikes, lights flashing, making funny little noises with their sirens and waving at the crowds.

    I even managed to secure o long blue inflatable sausage thing to wave in the air - and a cold bottle of Olympic brown fizzy drink that says Zero on it too. So a good morning was had by all.

    Thank you Olympic organisers. They even managed to organise a bit of sun as well.

  • Comment number 57.

    #56 Shona, Sounds like a good time was had by all. If the organisers are still around can you please ask them to make sure they bring the sun with them when they head "darn sarf".

  • Comment number 58.

    #55 Been missing your p'taters Toots.x

  • Comment number 59.

    Missing you Deebeedeebs - hope all is OK?

    Living Next Door To Dallas - Smokie
    Ewing Again - BeeGees
    Driller - Michael Jackson
    Snoopy vs The Oil Baron - The Royal Guardsmen


  • Comment number 60.

    My research on the word "Shower" divulges this:- Felix Da Housecat - "Silver Screen Shower Scene" - I cannot vouch for its suitability for a family show:)

  • Comment number 61.

    #59 Hee hee Katy. Love it!

  • Comment number 62.

    Procrastination Fairy Collective noun thingy?...

  • Comment number 63.

    Shona it sounds as though you had a good morning.

    I was sent this - a reason why someone didn't want to attend the torch relay:

    ..... I think the torch relay a huge propaganda exercise by LCOG to make people who are not elite athletes believe that they have something to do with the Olympics and an completely against it, after all the idea for the Olympic Torch relay was actually the brainchild of the Nazis and introduced at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Hitler’s propaganda minister Josef Goebbels as a piece of media theatre. Organiser Carl Diem, their equivalent of Lord Coe, thought the torch relay – carrying the flame from Greece to Berlin – would be a brilliant way of associating Nazi Germany with the ancient Greeks who, Hitler spuriously claimed, were the Aryan ancestors of the Third Reich. Whilst I have no problem accepting that some people may for some reason want to attend such a farce ....

    Not a view I'd heard, so thought I'd put it out there.

  • Comment number 64.

    Nice punns there, can I add this one to your list?


    Fingets tightly crossed for Lilac Blue xx

  • Comment number 65.

    Good afternoon all! Where has today gone? Has passed by in a bit of a daze thanks to a dose of insomnia last night.

    Will catch up later & comment as required but I can tell you Deebee is a busy bee at work today and unable to get on the blog. Hopefully she'll be here soon.

    Shona, that sounds fab. Much better than watching it on t'internet!

    Too late for tune choosing again!


  • Comment number 66.

    Apparently there is a song called,
    J.R. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? by HOWARD KEEL but please dont look for it!

  • Comment number 67.

    Good afternoon all - the sun has been shining but it is hiding at the moment behind some clouds - perhaps it is shy?

    Good luck Lilac Blue - thinking of you xx

    Busy today, weeding while the weather is on our side.

    Only suggestion for choon is

    5 OCLOCK SOMEWHERE - JIMMY BUFFET (?) AND ?? That seemed to sum up Sue-Ellen's view of drinking!

    See you later


  • Comment number 68.

    #63 AG, interesting view.....

    #46 Toots! Helloooooooooo!


  • Comment number 69.

    Also - good to hear that Harry is ok. And busy!


  • Comment number 70.

    #50 The Driver - very good, I like that a lot, don't think I can do better than postponement but a little googling suggest Frollick for 'mystical fairies" which just about works for the procrastinating ones too.

    #62 Paul - haha these pesky fairies

  • Comment number 71.

    Hi Julia - lovely to see you. I've been missing getting out to play. One of our number was made redundant and her jobs were divvied up between us all and I copped for quite a few of the time consuming ones which is fine as I just love being busy :)

    Shona - well done you getting a good view of the torch. A friend has got us tix to see the torch when it comes to Lincolnshire - really looking forward to it as it's the only Olympic-type thing we'll be involved in. Said friend's husband and daughter, on the other hand, both have jobs at the Olympics - the daughter will be helping disabled people to their seats; can't remember what the husband is up to. They also have tix for some of the events.

    Hee hee - loving the punnage.

    Ken - don't recognise your suggestion but will check it out later. Sounds like you're taking this running lark a bit seriously! A morning run and an app on your phone?

    Lunchtime is over - best get cracking again.

    *smiles and waves to everyone*

    Cheery bye for now.

  • Comment number 72.

    #68 - VM - helloooooo. Lovely to see you :) xx

    AG - oooh, that's interesting.

    Rightio, definitely getting cracking this time.

    Hmph! Looks like the procrastination fairy has cast her spell over here too :s

    Toots xx

  • Comment number 73.

    #63 I've never heard that before and most likely no one who was cheering with me has heard about it either.

    I do think the Olympic torch bearing thing has helped unite the country as well as the Jubilee. With everyone in the same boat during a credit crisis, I think the nation has jumped a chance for something to celebrate and be happy about.

    A few of the torch bearers were outside our office at lunchtime letting people take photos of them and with them whilst holding the very shiny golden torches. I was tempted but didn't like to ask.

    I really must get on with some work - and I still have a speech to write and rehearse for tomorrow as well. ~~~

  • Comment number 74.

    Good Afternoon All

    Apologoes for my absence - the dog ate my note, etc...


    Far too late for choon choosing, but I would have gone for


    A mahoosive Welcome Back to the lovely Toots! *jumps up and down excitedly* You have been missed :o))

    #45 That sounds great, Wendy. For complicated reasons that I won't go into, I have two copies of the hardback Itch (one of which I plan to give away) and an e-reader copy. I don't think I can justify having an audio version too...

    #63 That's an interesting point of view. I think it's a shame though that some people always find ways to put a negative slant on what should be a positive event. I thought the same about the nay-sayers in respect to the Jubilee pageant.


  • Comment number 75.

    Well it turns out cold-callers are usefull afterall. I just had one from an insurance company regarding the renewal of my Buildings & Contents. Sure enough they gave me a better offer, so on the mobile I get to the current provider who without a blink UNDERCUTS them ! (So much for the renewal quote they sent me last week)

    Smiles all round, and Im now gonna treet myself to some LONG AWAITED chocolate of the bubbly pepermint variety.

    In other news, the sun's still hiding and the landline still not working, but who cares?

  • Comment number 76.

    #73 - Shona - hear hear!!! I agree. I think the torch relay has helped a lot of people feel a part of the games. Good luck with the speech writing, rehearsing and delivering - I'm sure you'll be magnificent. However, if you nede a hnad with the roofpreading, pleeze let me no and if I have a spare five minuets, I could of had a read through and made suggestnios? You no wear I am ;)

    #74 - Deebeedeebs!!! Looking as gawjus as ever m'Lovely. Missed you too :) Don't suppose you've been driving about with your top down much in this weather :(

    Well these invoices aren't going to sort themselves.


  • Comment number 77.

    Oh - posted too soon, then went off and did something else. I also meant to say Lilac Blue is in my thoughts.


  • Comment number 78.

    Toots, lovely to have you back with us :))

    Glad to hear that Harry is o.k, and will be back with us soon. Thanks for passing that on, Katy.

    #63 Autumn Gale - I did know that the Olympic torch relay was a NAZI invention. I actually concur with what your correspondent said. But I think most folk would rather wave their flags etc, and be willingly deluded into believing that it's all fantastically amazing... Actually, that's the reaction that the German people had to the same spectacle back in 1936... Not that I'm inviting comparisons, of course ;-)

  • Comment number 79.

    #71 Needs to be serious, this excess poundage won't come off without being serious. And if I don't rid of it before the big five-oh in 18 months (and I do want rid of it) I can't see me doing it in the following decade :-)

    The app is useful. Too often before I've started, but got disillusioned when going to fast and not going far enough to achieve anything. The whole "now start running....slow down and walk...now start running" approach really seems to work in building you up from lots of small intervals of 1m running, up to fewer longer stints. Will be up to 25 minutes non-stop running by the end of next week, enjoying it (sort of!) and weight is starting to come off.

    #various Olympics and Jubilee. Haven't really seen anything negative about the Jubilee as a concept other than from the republicans. The BBC allowed them to be over-represented by having Polly Toynbee on a two man paper review panel on Andrew Marr's show that weekend. Most of the flack was from people about the coverage, and the flack's pretty widespread.

    My biggest gripe about the Olympics is how they're now presenting it as being under budget. They already got the budget increased to £7.3bm, got another £2bn contingency on top of that, and having spent 3/4 of that contingency they're now trumpeting they're under budget because they're giving 1/4 of the contingency or so back to the Treasurey. Putting it like that really is bovine waste of the smelliest variety.

    But entirely happy to accept that people have enjoyed the whole torch thing. And other commentators have noted that people seem to think that being British is important again during the Jubilee and Olympic buildup. I think that's a good thing - not sure we're always allowed to feel British.

  • Comment number 80.

    Forgot to say...

    #41 Suzie - No need to apologise, I'm fairly sure it's not your fault that it's raining on me. ;-)

    #74 Deebee - Is it a negative slant, or historical fact? I can accept that some people want to celebrate, and be part of the event (the Olympics, as with the Jubilee) But equally, I think it's just as valid for those who object to said events, to be able to voice their disdain, or to quietly abstain from joining in.

    After all, this isn't 1930s Germany, is it? ;-)

  • Comment number 81.

    #78 - Hiya Zoe - great to see you. Hope things are well with you m' Lovely. think my time on here may be fleeting - bosses back in tomorrow so playtime will be curtailed :( Making hay while the sun shines (well actually the sun isn't shining, it's still v overcast here which is what the forecasters promised).

    Maybe I'm missing the point here but does it really matter who started the torch relay? It may have had negative connotations in 1936 but I'd say they've been turned on their head and the torch is a more positive symbol these days, bringing communities together. Sometimes, it's not helpful to look back or to look too deeply into things and it's more helpful to take things at face value. I'm sure, in carrying on the tradition, Lord Coe's intentions were entirely honourable.

    Oooh akshelly, that's a bit heavy for me.

    Off to restore Tinkerbell's Fairy status :)


  • Comment number 82.

    #79 - well done for sticking at it Ken, noticing a difference in your weight and fitness levels will be all the encouragement you need to keep at it. I started running about two and a half years ago for similar reasons and I've been well and truly bitten by the bug.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 83.

    #81 Toots/Tinks - I suppose anything that originated with the Nazis is bound to raise some questions about it's legitimacy. But then, they also invented the modern day s*x doll, which in turn provided inspiration for the Barbie doll... Make of all that, what you will... :-)

  • Comment number 84.

    #80 Absolutely Zoe - I'm all for free speech. But there's enough bad things in the world already, I just think it's good to hear something positive once in a while.

    #81 Well said, Toots!


  • Comment number 85.

    #83 - Wow Zoe! How do you know all this stuff? I must be very shallow as I'm quite happy to take things at face value. Don't get me started on all the coverage there was of the PM leaving his daughter behind. Really? Do we need to know that? As long as the little mite didn't come to any harm I can't see how it could take up so much space on the news.

    #84 - Aw fanx, Deebs. A rare moment of depth in my life. I hadn't even given the topic that much thought. Perhaps I'm deeper than I realised ;)


  • Comment number 86.

    Toots, so nice to see you pooping in! :)

    Katy, thanks for news on HtS, glad he is ok and hasn't deserted us for good.

    #79 Ken, I too have that app and can highly recommend it. I was doing well on it until my bad arm b*ggered up my progress. Hope to get back on it soon. Best of luck with your continued progress.

    There will always be people who look at life and events therein and see a negative connotation, be it realistic or spurious. I'm with the live and let live camp. Enjoy it if it's your thing but don't spoil others' fun if it isn't.

    The lovely sunny morning has turned very overcast now and I'm willing my washing to dry before that big black cloud comes any closer!


  • Comment number 87.

    I deleted a post I'd composed earlier - because I felt that this was probably not the most appropriate forum for a discussion of this nature ... but actually - what the heck.
    AutumnGale felt it was a valid observation and as a few have opinions on this - who's to dictate what we can and we can't discuss in our little corner of the interwebs?
    (and yes - this matter - what is or isn't appropriate - has been raised on several occasions in here in the past).

    What I was going to say ..

    I started by disputing Shona's first sentence in #73 ..

    ..you see - I assumed most knew about the Nazi connection - which has been amply highlighted by news columnists, the print press, social media over the last few months, has been raked over by the chatterati and those clever cynical bods who are privileged enough to use those platforms for their views. But perhaps that's a little harsh - my work means that I have to read this sort of stuff on a daily basis so perhaps I am more exposed than most.

    I reckon most who are thoroughly enjoying a bit a flag waving and indulging in a huge slice of national pride really couldn't give a flying flute .. and I am one of those. For the majority of the 8,000 who are 'torch carrying' - their moment in the spotlight may end up being *the* most memorable time of their life.

    But I would defend the right of anyone to stage their protest in whatever way they feel comfortable.

    The very word 'history' decrees that most acts and deeds have a precedent or origin. Some evils will never be forgiven, despite this modern trend for current leaders apologising for the sins of their predecessors ... although this style of closure can be very helpful to some.

    Life is about moving forward armed with knowledge of the past. Personally I would rather create my own history than be shackled by the knowledge of the actions of others.

  • Comment number 88.

    #84 Deebee - I suppose it all depends on a person's interpretation of what is bad, and what is good, in this world.

    #85 Toots/Tinks - I have a head full of rubbish! I actually read that Nazi doll story via a link on Twitter a while ago. I think the 'PM leaving his daughter behind' story, came about because of the government's policy launch concerning 'problem families'. Much like John Major's Back To Basics campaign, resulted in the subsequent slew of stories about Tory M.Ps up to no good. It didn't uncover his own hypocrisy though, as his dalliance with Edwina Currie didn't become public knowledge until much later.

  • Comment number 89.

    #86 I had sudden visions of you doing your running on your hands Jilly :-)

    I had to take a couple of weeks off. Either tore or strained my calf muscle when I went out on a Saturday morning feeling that it felt a bit tight. I got just towards the end of the first running stint when it went twang and I had to hop back home. It wa a pain as I'm still not quite far enough into it for a couple of weeks off not to be really noticeable when starting again.

    The app definitely helps - I have a 10k version and once I've reached that stage at the end of the program the intention is to run three miles a couple of times in the week and a 6 miler on either Saturday or Sunday.

  • Comment number 90.

    Countdown to blastoff !

  • Comment number 91.

    #87 Katy - I did deliberate over whether I should comment on Autumn Gale's post, or not, as I wondered if this was the right place for such a debate too. But I decided to go for it, because I seem to have an opposing view to most people here (and elsewhere) regarding the Olympic torch relay. I didn't feel comfortable with what seemed to be the prevailing opinion, that everyone was full of enthusiasm for the event.

    I respect the fact that this is a significant moment in history for some people, and that carrying the torch, and supporting the torch-bearers, is creating some very special memories for all those involved. But I also feel that it's important that the contrary opinions get an airing. It's not about trying to dampen anyone's enthusiasm, or pour cold water on it all, it's just being honest about how different people view this historical event.

    Knowledge of the history of events is important, at least it is to me. "Those who cannot remember the past, are doomed to repeat it..." And all that. I agree though, that you can't always let the history of something colour the way we look at it now. But if the present event in question, invites some comparisons with the past, then it's valid for commentators, and others to look at those, I think.

  • Comment number 92.

    No post deliveries from Royal Mail on rainy days due to health and safety! The world has really gone mad now.

    Thank goodness here is Simon with some sanity ;)

  • Comment number 93.

    Well done to Alison of E and Florence and PSL under her Sunday name for the Bobby's Girl mensh :)

  • Comment number 94.

    Well done Alison, Florence and Posh Soul Lady, for the (un-PC) Bobby's Girl menshes ;)

  • Comment number 95.

    Well done Alison, Flo and PSL for a maybe un-pc Bobby's Girl song - but what a cracker to start. I was singing along anyway.

    Katy, I'm beginning to feel guilty that I hadn't read anything about the torchbearing processions now. Seem to spend most of my time listening to radio, caring animals, working, blogging, playing Scrab*le, doing crosswords, housework. Note to self - read more news. ;))

    Also loved Sultans of Swing to open the show.....

  • Comment number 96.

    #76 Fiary Tiknerblell, thnaks. I'll sned hte speceh oevr too yoo ocne it's writ nad yoo cn csat ann I oevr itt fur mee. :)

  • Comment number 97.

    Congrats to Alison, Florence and PSL for the menshes (I admit I didn't recognise her under her Sunday name til I came in here).

    I've been very interested to read your opinions regarding the torch relay - and indeed that's why I posted it. There's been so much very positive publicity and excitement about it, it's interesting to hear the other side.

    I whole-heartedly agree that having an opinion, expressing it in a respectful manner and having debate is to be enouraged - that's what we're here for. Well that and mensh-chasing :)

  • Comment number 98.

    Good Afternon All!

    I haven't read back yet - will do.

    I've been laughing, though, at "Family Affair" - it's becoming as useful as GT&T - fits any theme! Did JBG suggest it today?

    Back in a bit ............

  • Comment number 99.

    I do hope that things have gone well for Lilac Blue. I hope all your good wishes have helped.

    From yesterday –

    @ Zoe – glad it was no worse than a scare – even though that must have been bad enough. Glad everyone is safe.

    #71 – Jilly – have you really got my hair? Ha!

    From today -

    Jilly again - #36 – YOU suggested it! Ha!

    And I missed Toots! #46 and after. Hi Toots! Nice to see you! Where have you been since just before Christmas?

    Congrats & Welldones on the menshes - Alison, Florence & PSL!

    Muggle menshes for Kirsty?

  • Comment number 100.

    Who got the menshes for Family Affair and Kirsty McColl?

    I'm on my own and my focus was totally on the injection - Whooppee! I did it!


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