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Another last hurrah

Simon Mayo | 09:12 UK time, Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Well there we were thinking we had nothing else to cheer and then Andy Murray steps up and wins in New York. That Olympic heritage has paid pretty swift dividends. Jonathan Overend is the BBC's tennis correspondent and has been talking about Murray and grand slams for ever and I worked with him on Wimbledon for many years and hearing him describe the winning shot was terrific; I'm not sure he ever thought he'd get the chance! But that is now a wonderful headache for the sports personality of the year team:Wiggins? Ennis? Farrah? Storey? Murray? Where to start...
I know. Let's start with ANDY MURRAY/NEW YORK oldies. I know we did Andy tunes recently but hell this is different! And if you add New York to the mix, that sounds like a great selection in the offing.
Today's guest is Richard Hawley to talk about his new songs and performing with the BBC Philharmonic at the weekend. His rockabilly show for Radio 2 was a fantastic series and he's a fascinating singer-songwriter. Richard after 6.
Have an intriguing and surprising Tuesday. See you after 5


  • Comment number 1.

    Morning (again). Bleary eyed this morning, though I suspect not as much as some other bloggers who lasted the distance watching Andy Murray last night. The coffees are on me. Of course, you'll have to make your own way to my office in Berkshire...

    So, for Andy
    ETTA JAMES - At Last

    SAILOR - A Glass of Champagne

    BOB DOROUGH - The Magic Number
    (refers to Andy's new ranking)

    And for New York
    BILLY JOEL - New York State Of Mind

    GERARD KENNY - New York New York

    Busy old day ahead. happy blogging...

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello again Simon and blogpoppets

    I enjoyed watching Andy Murray win the US Open early this morning in the company of Amelia and Janice Long and hope this is the first of many big wins for him.


    FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK ~ Pogues & Kirsty McColl

    THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK ~ Simon & Garfunkel


    SIMPLY THE BEST ~ Tina Turner



    FLOWER OF SCOTLAND ~ The Corries

    WRECKING BALL ~ Bruce Springsteen

  • Comment number 3.

    Good morning Mr Mayo, team, NYM and top lobbing bloggers,

    Well done, Andy!

    NIGHT GAMES – Graham Bonnet

    THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK – Simon & Garfunkel

    GLITTERING PRIZE - Simple Minds

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning Simon and Poppeteers



    Off for another think................

  • Comment number 5.

    KING OF NEW YORK ~ Fun Lovin' Criminals

  • Comment number 6.

    FINALLY - Ce Ce Peniston

  • Comment number 7.

    AT LAST! ~ Etta James

  • Comment number 8.

    Good morning all!

    Fabulous result for Andy! A Grand Slam at last!


    Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis

    Fantastic Day - Haircut 100

    Higher Ground - UB40

    Dedication - Thin Lizzy

    No More Tears - Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer

    mc x

  • Comment number 9.

    Some more thoughts then I really need to get on:







    Catch you later.

    Shona x

  • Comment number 10.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    I'd like to recycle a couple of my suggestions from yesterday:


    PROUD - Heather Small

    And some bright shiny new suggestions for today:


    YOU WIN AGAIN - Hot Chocolate

    YOU WIN AGAIN - Bee Gees

    RIGHT DOWN THE LINE - Gerry Rafferty


  • Comment number 11.

    Joybringer - Manfred Mann's Earth Band

    He certainly seems to have topped a brilliant sporting year for GB's athletes.

  • Comment number 12.

    Good morning all - sunny and breezy today

    Quick pop in before I go and find out just how much that "moment on the lips" has cost me!!

    Congratulations Andy - you deserve it!!



  • Comment number 13.

    Frank: New York New York. Flower of Scotland - Band of the Scots Guards. (I do like bagpipes, I'm afraid.)

  • Comment number 14.


    Englishman in New York - Sting

    Windy - The Association

    Do you remember the first time - Pulp

    The boy done good - Billy Bragg

    New York City Boy - Pet Shop Boys

    King of New York - Fun Lovin Criminals

    Do it again - Beach Boys

    Smile - The Supernaturals

    Smile like you mean it - The Killers

  • Comment number 15.

    Good morning all

    Great result overnight for Andy with his first grand slam so the pressure should be off him now, for a while at least so...


  • Comment number 16.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Firstly a very happy birthday to your middle child Simon.

    Woop! well done to Andy Murray indeed, sometimes I feel ashamed when some English people especially in the Sports Media ( sorry Matt!) dismiss him as Scottish when he loses but when he steps up to the plate it is ok to call him British! I am pleased for him winning his first grand slam ( achieved more than Mrs Enrique Iglesias, cant remember her name!!)

    So toonage to celebrate:

    1. ACE - How Long
    2. AT LAST - Etta James
    3. NEW YORK NEW YORK - Gerard Kenny
    4. YOU GOT IT - Simply Red
    5. NEW YORK STATE OF MIND - Billy Joel
    6. ONE BAD APPLE - The Osmonds
    7. Just a little - LIBERTY X
    9.GLITTERING PRIZE - Simple Minds
    10. TOP OF THE THE WORLD - Carpenters

    Have a nice day


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 17.

    SUMMER (THE FIRST TIME) - Bobby Goldsboro (!)

    FOR THE FIRST TIME - The Script

    #14 PhilMewis - liking your last suggestion!!

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning poppets !

    Down in the dumps this morning as I keep hearing trailers for 'Friday Night is Music Night' for whitch I tried to get tickets. Sadly they were not forthcomming and now I shall miss our leader and the fab Bond music. I contemplated having a tantrum on my bed, but then realised I was 40 so should realy get ready for work instead. :-( BUM....

    Anyhow, how about a bit of ALICIA KEYS - EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
    Coz I likes it you see and it fits the bill ;-)
    well done Andy !!!

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi All!

    Isn't Andy something? Another birthday at the Mayo estate...have a grand one! :^)

    Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
    Winning - Santana

    Off to walk the dog,
    LB, x

  • Comment number 20.

    Thanks for the mention - My daughter was in the car, and heard it for the first time. Have gone up in her opinion - Pleased as 14yr olds are hard to impress.

    Shame it's not the mid week Mosh - Ace of Spades - Motorhead


    Better Man - Robbie Williams
    Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keys (Fantastic song)
    (An adopted) Englishman in New York -Sting
    New York New York - Sinatra
    Its been a very good year - Sinatra/Robbie Williams
    Fairytale of New York - Pogues/Kirsy Mccall
    Local Hero - Dire Straits
    One day like this - Elbow

  • Comment number 21.

    Good Morning All;

    Well done to Andy Murray!

    Oldie suggestions...





  • Comment number 22.

    Morning lovely blog people

    I am still grinning like an idiot.

    SirC – yes bowel movements did occur me yesterday too.

    Anyway, really pleased we are doing Andy tunes.

    Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

    I’m On My Way – The Proclaimers

    Flower of Scotland – The Corries

    Nobody Does it Better – Carly Simon

    New York State of Mind – Billy Joel

    Fairytale of New York – The Pogues / Kirsty McColl

    Pride of the Summer – Runrig

    At Last – Etta James

    Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen

  • Comment number 23.

    Thanks for the reminder Lilac Blue
    Happy Birthday Child 2 of the Mayo household

  • Comment number 24.

    #20 ponyclubmum -I love your Dire Straits suggestion. Did you hear Simon and Mark last Friday on their 5 Live show talking to Bill Forsyth at the Shetland Film Festival?

    Another moshing tune suggestion for all those who sat up and watched the match, including Flo, Amelia, Mr Coddle and Vassos:

    All Night Long - Rainbow

  • Comment number 25.

    Good morning Simon, Team & Blogpoppets.

    In need of lots of strong coffee (where is cBzz when you need him) and match sticks this morning. One very happy tennis fan here. Can't wait for Nov 9th at the O2.

    Apologies for absinthe, work & stuff taking up more of my time than I had anticipated. Can't wait for my 3am alarm call on Sunday when I go on my holibobs :-)

    Finally - Ce Ce Peniston

    No More Tears - Streisand/Summers

    Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down But I Get Up Again) - Chumbawamba

    New York State of Mind - Billy Joel

    I'm On My Way - The Proclaimers (although I don't believe he's as miserable as he is portrayed)

    One of These Nights - Eagles

    The Only Living Boy in New York - Simon & Garfunkel

    New York City - T Rex

    Have a great day. The sun is shining here but it is getting much cooler.


  • Comment number 26.

    Morning all!

    How about:

    'I Got You (I Feel Good)' - James Brown
    'In The Air Tonight' - Genesis
    'Just What I Always Wanted' - Mari Wilson

    N x

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  • Comment number 29.

    Morning all

    Slightly tired as watched part of it last night but surrendered part way through the 4th set, as couldn't cope any longer. Whose quote is that goes "It's not the despair - it's the hope I can't stand"

    So can I second


    and suggest




  • Comment number 30.

    From yesterday, haven't heard of Katzenjammer, Deebee. I did come across a Norwegian folk band called Vamp who were pretty good (although it was all in Norwegian). Can't get their stuff in the UK sadly. My Viking colleague says Vamp are much better than Katzenjammer.


  • Comment number 31.

    Morning all

    I seem to have got out of the blogging habit, really must try harder!

    Happy birthday to Mayo Child 2!

    No suggestions from me today, but really looking forward to hearing Richard Hawley tonight.

    Tortie x

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  • Comment number 33.

    Coffee time *passes Mo a cup*

    Happy Birthday to Mayo Child 2!

    #18 Aww, that's a shame Gill - I know only too well that feeling of frustration when you try for tickets for something and don't get them. I am going to the afternoon show - I even had a spare ticket up till last night, but it has been snapped up by another lucky blogger... ;o)

    I have also applied for tickets to the R2 Beach Boys concert - what are the chances of success, I wonder...?

    #20 Make the most of it, ponyclubmum - mine just roll their eyes and tut when they hear my name on the radio.

    #30 Thanks for the heads up Mo - I'll check out Vamp on t'interweb...


  • Comment number 34.

    #33 Is it me, or does 'lucky blogger' sound a bit rude...?

    *schoolgirl snigger*


  • Comment number 35.

    Happy Birthday to Mayo Child 2. I remember Simon talking somewhere about how he had to go home to her birthday party after broadcasting on 5 Live during 9 – 11. Can’t have been easy.

    Blogging & tweeting seem so natural now when watching something important. Good to have folk here to share it with.

    #18 Gill – I’m having similar problems; real life is preventing me going to the afternoon Wittertainment 007 thingy.

    #25 Mo - Of course he isn’t miserable, just a little dour maybe

    Autumn in New York – Billie Holiday

    Leaving New York – R.E.M.

    The Rising – Bruce Springsteen

  • Comment number 36.

    Morning All,

    'New York' U2

    'You Can Get If You Really Want' Desmond Dekker or Jimmy Cliff

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 37.

    Simon you have to play (To win just once) by the Saw Doctors

    listen to the words it really suits

  • Comment number 38.

    NEW YORK GROOVE by HELLO (a pointless answer in Pointless, when they asked about top 40 hits with New York in the title)

  • Comment number 39.

    #35 amelia, we shall 'SOB' together (hankies at the ready)

  • Comment number 40.

    You've got to have a bit of Mr Sinatra surely? 'If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere...'

  • Comment number 41.

    Im kicking my legs already Eowyn !

  • Comment number 42.

    OWCH !!
    (that was my bad leg - it gets like this when theres rain about)

  • Comment number 43.

    Have posted on FB for the first time ever. In a bit of a panic now: Mastermind looms on Thursday. Any last minute questions on Number 1 chart singles 1963-2000 greatly appreciated. In my revision last night I was wading through the early 70s and what seemed like such an exciting time when I was 5-8 years old seems quite dull now. One Chinn/Chapman or Glam stomper record after another interspersed with Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and the New Seekers. Maybe it was hearing them all one after the other on a great Youtube link (all number 1s of the 70s!) that dulled me. I'm sure the Stock Aitken Waterman era was not much better...!

    Without starting a row, one of the standout records when hearing them back in that early 70s era was 'I Love You Love Me Love' by Gary Glitter. It makes me mad that he's ruined that memory.

  • Comment number 44.

    #41/41 careful there Gill, we don't want any more accidents ;-)

    Good luck on Thursday, Jeffrey. Any idea when it will be aired?

    Thanks for the coffee, Deebee.


  • Comment number 45.

    Mo, apparently about three weeks time. As long as I do resepctably....!

  • Comment number 46.

    Afternoon all!
    I have a sick note - off yesterday - and debating doing my normal Tues skipping class in my nose-dripping state (could make the floor slippy, see?)
    Hope you're all ok since I last blogged (Thurs) - if not, [[hugs]] I don't want any thanks, you'll catch my weird cold thingy.

    Before I forget my manners:


    CONGRATS ALSO TO #2 MAYO CHILD - whose University start date must be looming??
    This can only mean one thing, with a pretty much empty nest (just 1/3 offspring at home) Simon will start musing over the benefits of owning a dog to fill the gap.
    (my main downside would have to be the 'poop scoop' responsibility)

    RE Choons can I throw into the mix

    NEW YORK MINUTE by Don Henley
    and AMERICA by S & G

    #43 how exciting! a matermind contestant - we'll be rooting for you.
    For practice at obscure pop chart songs, you can do no better than listen to Ken Bruce's Popmaster at 10.30ish every weekday!

    See y'all later...
    Still quiet on here, although the kids are all back at school - where has everyone gone?

  • Comment number 47.

    #43 Jeffrey I'm sure you will do well, and I think most chart eras would have that feel about them after hearing them like that all together.

    I know exactly what you mean about GG tracks, he did do some great music which has been ruined for ever.

    I still cringe now at the memory of being a leader on a youth holiday in the early 90's and one of the other leaders coming in dressed in the full tin foil outfit doing "I'm the leader of the gang", which was brilliant and funny at the time, but is completely tainted now.


  • Comment number 48.

    hi alL



  • Comment number 49.

    #46 here's the missing 's' from Mastermind...won't be entering that competition on my speed typing/spelling then.

    ps I won last night's University Challenge!! Was that exciting or what?

    pps when I say WON what I mean is I backed the winning team (Mancs) who won in the VERY last second of the game and means that Mr e has to buy me a bottle (it's a weekly thing we do, the previous week's loser picks a team out of the hat and the holder of the winning team ticket gets a bottle of their chosing)

    ppps Such Fun!

    #18 #33 I noticed there were tickets to see Miranda being filmed still avail on the BBC tickets website today for THIS Sunday but LIFE is in the way and I can't go (it's a minimum age thing and my daughter who loves it and watches it is apparently too young to go to the filming!)

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  • Comment number 51.

    Afternoon all


  • Comment number 52.

    Afternoon folks. Such a great achievement for Andy Murray! Like Andy Toverson above I bailed out after the 4th set (I'd dozed through sets 2-4 to be honest) but I'm now ashamed to admit that I reckoned it was Djokovic's for the taking and couldn't stand to listen to Andy lose. Boy - did I regret it when I awoke to find out the glorious news.

    Still busy here so I hope everyone's well. I'll add my votes for the oldies:

    Local Hero - Mark Knopfler
    I'll Take Manhattan - Ella Fitzgerald
    Flower of Scotland - The Corries
    Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keys
    Let's Hear it for the Boy - Denise Williams

  • Comment number 53.

    #50 Vildeen - love that song. Maybe this would also work...

    SHOUT TO THE TOP - Style Council

    #49 Suzieeee - welcome back! And thanks for the info about Miranda - we were lucky to get tickets last year (or was it 2 years ago???) and saw the episode being filmed where she goes to the therapist with her mother and managed to sneak our 14 yr old in, but he's tall. Have applied for this Sunday just now - fingets crossed!

    #43 Good luck Jeffrey!

  • Comment number 54.

    Oh, there's a song called

    ANDY, YOU'RE A STAR - The Killers

    But it won't get it played as it's a bit sombre and dull. On the other hand....

  • Comment number 55.

    Many congratulations to Mr Murray - one had to wonder if it would ever happen. I suspect there may sell be more now that the first one has been achieved. Could I also suggest to PhilMewis (#14) that offering 'Englishman in New York' for a proud Scot is very bad form.

    I don't think I can avoid casting my mind back to a very different focus on New York 11 years ago today and remembering that I was listening to Simon's Radio 5 programme at the time and heard the initial breaking story from there on that Tuesday afternoon. Let us all hope we never have to witness such events again.

  • Comment number 56.

    #49 I lost on University Challenge, but I romped home on Only Connect

  • Comment number 57.

    Good afternoon all.

    I have returned from the weigh-in and much work needs to be done; so the moment on the lips has obviously settled on the hips (and elsewhere!) and needs shifting!

    Good luck Jeffrey on Thursday - will keep an eye out for your tv appearance and put my pound on you - Mr and I choose a Mastermind contestant each and whoever comes nearest the top wins £1 or £2 for a win. Sad but true...

    #55 I would certainly second your thoughts on that dreadful day 11 years ago, Parsley_Cat.

    Birthday wishes to your daughter, Simon - they grow so fast!


  • Comment number 58.

    #53 I remember that therapist episoide - it was excruciating but brill. Who would have thought Patricia Hodge could play such a funny role?
    AND she has cheekbones that could winkle a pickle jar open - as my dad used to say about Servalan on Blake's Seven (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Servalan

    GOOD LUCK with the Miranda ticket lottery - NEVER been lucky myself but spent many hours at the BBC tickets website coalface filling application forms...

    #56 Only Connect makes Monday night a dream double as far as we're concerned...and Vikki Coren is at least funny without being too condescending (unlike Jezza Paxman sneering when contestants have a stab in the dark at an answer "Neeeuuuu" *sneer sneer* yes, of course you know the answer, Jezza, it's WRITTEN ON THE PAGE IN FRONT OF YOU!

  • Comment number 59.

    Good afternoon,

    Just popping in for a quickie before I pick the Big Girl up from school and then join the madness that is the M25 to Kent.

    Many happy returns to Mayo Child No 2.

    Tortie, Nice to see you my lovely.

    Jeffrey, In case I don't get the chance to pop by tomorrow - All the best for Thursday.

    Jennie, Nice to hear the high praise our Esteemed Leader gave you last night on your choice of Blood Sweat and Tears.

    Way too late for mensh chasing and far too tenuous really but going to suggest:

    NIGHTS ON BROADWAY by The Bee Gees

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 60.

    #30 Mo & Deebee - I thought Katzenjammer were very lively on Sunday, I quite liked them, and their cover Genesis's Land of Confusion.

    The Scandinavians continue to knock out some decent music, I'm currently liking First Aid Kit, as recommended last week by Paul of Sheffield. I've been listening to their album 'The Lion's Roar', here's the title track...


    #33 Deebee - I do feel very lucky indeed. :D I don't get released into the wild very often, so I'm *really* looking forward to Friday.

    Gill & Amelia - Sorry you are missing out. :(

    #43 Jeffrey - Good luck with Mastermind, I'm sure you won't disgrace yourself. :-)

    #46 Suzie - Hope you get rid of that cold soon. x

    #55 Parsley Cat - I think it was last year, on this date, that us bloggers reminisced about where we were on that fateful day, and how we heard the news. I shall go back and have a read, I think.

    I didn't realise that Andy Murray attended the Dunblane Primary school, during that terrible time of the shootings; he hid in a classroom, apparently. He's come a long way since then, and all credit to him.

  • Comment number 61.

    This was the blog with the 9/11 reminiscences...


  • Comment number 62.

    #43 Good luck Jeffrey! I'm sure you'll be fine once you get there...:o)

    #61 Thanks Zoe - just had a read back. Very poignant. And also noteable how many bloggers were around then who don't post now...


  • Comment number 63.

    !A SIMON RECITITATION...burns/scots wha hae...with some parodying of names...svp...

  • Comment number 64.

    #43 JiM, What connects the years 1963, 1973, 1990, 1991, 1995 and 2007, and what year is missing from this list?

  • Comment number 65.

    Zoe, thanks for posting the link. How depressing to see how similar my post earlier today was to my post from a year ago. I hope my bosses realise the sacrifice I make to meet deadlines ;-)


  • Comment number 66.

    #62 Deebee, I have just looked back and found a message I had posted this day last year when Simon's daughter was 18-years old (looking at my old message)!

    31.At 09:43 9th Sep 2011, Florence wrote:
    Morning everyone

    Sounds like it's going to be fun and games at Mayo Mansions, this weekend, with child 2's eighteenth birthday party..... so how about a song for her birthday....

    I'M EIGHTEEN by Alice Cooper


  • Comment number 67.

    #64. Considering your criteria, I probably shouldn't have included 2007. Consider it an extra clue.

  • Comment number 68.

    PoS, have looked in my book of facts (Guinness book of hit singles) and am none the wiser to you question. There certainly not all years Cliff had no.1's, or years when no record was at no.1 for only one week.
    Good luck JiM, will be rooting for you.

  • Comment number 69.

    #61/62 Zoe and Deebee - thanks for the link. Some poignant comments

    I agree with Deebee re missing blogchums. Also, despite the sombre mood of the 9/11 discussion that day, there was a lot more energy and lively chat in those days....

  • Comment number 70.

    Ah, a mensh, loud and clear, thank you kindly Sir!

  • Comment number 71.

    Well done John B Good for your song choice.... and I have just heard my Pat Benatar song... thanks Simon! :o)

  • Comment number 72.

    Well done JBG & Flo; obviously not too sleep deprived to choose a good tune Flo!

  • Comment number 73.

    Just a very quick poop by to say well done on the menshes. I heard JBG, Flo and Vildean.

    In-laws arriving in 10 minutes 24 hours early! Yikes! And I still have to pick Mr W up at the airport at 10pm;(

    Catch you tomorrow.

    Shona X

  • Comment number 74.

    Well done Florence and Vildeen and Mandy - good night for the blog!

    I do like it when Simon refers to mere mortals as "Listener xxxx".

  • Comment number 75.

    PofS - I have had a big think about the years in question and can't get even the most tenuous link. I thought it might be Elvis-related but not with those 90s years in there. Then I thought: years with instrumental number ones? But not 1990. So I'm left with years with doiuble A-side number ones? It's all I've got! Put us out of our misery!

  • Comment number 76.

    Mo, Flo, Deebee & John - Glad you enjoyed looking back on last year's blog, it is rather poignant to revisit those moments in time, and missing the AWOL bloggers.

    Well done to John, Vildeen, Mandy and Flo for the Andy Murray menshes. :-)

    Thanks to Simon for menshing me for New York, New York by Ryan Adams. It is a great song, and I was reminded, as I watched the video earlier on YouTube, that Ryan Adams filmed the video to that song on the 7th September 2001, with the WTC as a backdrop. It really was a fitting song to play.

    I'm off to watch Inception with the mister...

    Good night one and all x

  • Comment number 77.

    A good night for bloggers... well done also to Zoe, Vildeen and Mandy :o)

  • Comment number 78.

    #72 Amelia... I wasn't bothered by sleep deprivation as I'm a bit of a night-owl anyway, so although I went to bed at 2.45am because of waiting for the presentations, general chat and Andy Murray's interview with Annabelle Croft, John Lloyd etc, I was up and showered just before 7.30am, feeling pleased that I had watched Andy win, rather than hearing the result on the news!

  • Comment number 79.

    Well done Zoe, have never heard that song before.

    And just when it's too late, I suddenly started singing The Darts, The Boy from New York City.

    Night all, see you tomorrow.

  • Comment number 80.

    Congratulations to all menschees tonight.

    See you tomorrow


  • Comment number 81.

    That question for JiM. Every year listed had a total of 17 number one hits. The other year to do so, and missing from the list was 1972. Mastermindy, or what? (I didn't know this, but looked it up)

  • Comment number 82.

    #78 Flo - I'm definitely a night owl but I have always struggled to get up in the morning regardless of how long I've been in bed. Mum used vacuum outside my door at the weekend in a vain attempt to get me up. I always thought I would grow out if it, start leaping out of bed in the morning. But sadly no, I still stay up too late & moan getting up in the morning.

    Lots of 9/11 memories. Thanks for linking to the blog Zoe, obviously there I had read about Child 2's birthday party. I was at home on study leave. I turned on the radio when having a late lunch & heard Simon describing events. Mum & Dad were in Canada & it took me a while to get in touch with them. They were stranded over there for a week.

    My dad died a few years ago. Murray winning made me cry last night as dad would have been over joyed; sport was the thing we had most in common. My first reaction is still to call him when something wonderful happens.

    Before I started to post on the blog I read Simon bits but not the comments; the "ginger blog" made me laugh lots this afternoon, especially Lord Ammo telling you off.

    Zoe - I am delighted you are going with Deebee to Wittertainment. You will have a wonderful time I'm sure. Wittertainment (as I'm sure I've said before) is always my favourite 2 hours of entertainment in the week. It is joyous & never fails to make me laugh. I just loved seeing the good doctors live & in glorious 3D.

    Shona - 24 hours early!!! How awful! I hope the visit is going well.

    Jeffrey - sending you best wishes for Thursday. I hope you have a fantastic time.

    Off to catch up on with Saturday's Doctor Who.

  • Comment number 83.

    hi all

    i got a pop question if you want to try.

    which artist has had a solo number 1,a number 1 as a duet,a number 1 as a trio,a number 1 as a 4 piece,a number 1 as a 5 piece and a number 1 as part of a charity single.

    gazza x

  • Comment number 84.

    heres another question

    which british band has had the most top 40 hits without having a number 1

    gazza x

  • Comment number 85.

    Does anyone on here go on the Digital Spy website? A friend, who knows I like listening to Drivetime, sent me this link where someone has passed comment about some of Simon's Drivetime features being 'boring'.... I think you have to be a forum member to reply, if any bloggers wish to say something in response!


  • Comment number 86.

    Night night to Gaz if you're lurking!! xx

  • Comment number 87.

    night night florence xx

  • Comment number 88.

    Good Morning All

    Sorry I missed other people's menshes after my last post. This was on account of being frazzled getting things organised for Ma 'n Pa W arriving early.

    Sir Cumfy, when is your Mastermind to be on TV?

    Gazza, sorry. It's too early to try and answer your questions.

    I need coffee and lots of it. Busy day ahead again but hope to see you over the page for a choon chase.

  • Comment number 89.

    Hello dear Blog Chumsters

    I've been missing you all and sadly will continue to miss you all during the daytime for a few months - due to an employment contract which requires me to work on their premises rather than my home office.
    I'm in very lively company, mind. Hard work and great fun. Just the job!

    Re. last year's blog - quite an emotional experience eh ... reading back over that?

    My best wishes for those dealing with their own and parental health issues.

    Until later ... which means after 6pm

  • Comment number 90.

    Good morning all from a dry, but bit nippy Essex.

    #85 - can't please all the people................. Personally I like the 3 worders; they make me wonder about what is happening to those people as they can be quite puzzling sometimes and also amusing. The confessions are fun as well - not all as funny as each other, but you wouldn't expect them to be, would you?
    And as for upsetting Roman Catholics........??

    But the clincher for me was that he/she enjoyed listening to Vine........must be something wrong there!!

    And Shona, I think it is Jeffrey of Maidenhead that is the Mastermind contestant but I have been wrong before!!


  • Comment number 91.

    #69 - John,I read your post ending "there was a lot more energy and lively chat in those days...." Do you think it is because many of the then regular bloggers have had 'real life' interferring with their blogging and simply can't contribute as they used to, for whatever reason? Even the bloggers who contribute now, have work commitments and are not able to post as much as they would like.

    Also, there has been a lot going on - 'lympics, paralympics, sunny weather, festivals etc etc distracting folk from this 'ere blog. ;0)

    Those of us who can blog, do, but responses are not as rapid as they used to be and the impetus sort of peters out, I feel - but nevertheless, this is still the best blog for help and support when it is needed and general chat about the world in general.

    So I suppose the message is - KEEP ON BLOGGING! I love being part of it.

    Off my soapbox................


  • Comment number 92.

    Morning everyone

    A sunny but windy start to the day here and it's nice hearing from Katy :o)

    #90 Jennie, I also like the three-worders, and trying to condense a situation into three words and have had one or two read out now and again. Some of the confessions are hilarious, but you can please some of the people some of the time....

    Jennie, Keep On Blogging sounds like it should be a song title!

  • Comment number 93.

    #90 Definitely not me, definitely Jeffrey. Though a it's a subject I also have a good knowledge of I'll be keeping score when it's on, just to see...

  • Comment number 94.

    #93 Sorry Sir Cumfy and Jeffrey. My bleary eyes were not too hot at scanning posts this morning and I'm easily confused anyway ;)

  • Comment number 95.

    Good Morning All

    Well done for all menshes last night, and (as I haven't said this recently) commiserations to the menshless.

    #85 #90 Each to their own... it would be unrealistic to think that everybody enjoyed Drivetime. There are plenty of other programmes for them to choose from. The comment about Roman Catholics is just silly though - I'm not a RC but I have friends who are and they are not in the slightest bit offended!

    #89 Hi KatyMatey! *waves* Hope the job is going well.

    #91 I've been a part of this blog since nearly the beginning, and there have been quiet phases and busy phases... it's nothing to be concerned about. I'm sure it will pick up again. And it's still a great place to be, even when there's only a few others around to chat to.

    Will Simon slip in a new blog while I'm typing...?


  • Comment number 96.

    #95 The reason OSMs were invented, to award recognition to the menshless!


  • Comment number 97.

    Hello Katy - lovely to 'see' you again! You have been missed!!



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