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Simon Mayo | 08:21 UK time, Monday, 24 September 2012

And we're back. Hope your weekend was a good one. Thank you for all the birthday wishes from Friday, it was a gentle one. A visit from my mother, a few friends baring gifts (beer and chocolate by and large) and a visit to the garden centre. This was a rock'n'roll birthday as I'm sure you can tell. I did however indulge in the pudding department and whole tarts were bought (apricot and rhubarb actually) with an excessive amount of cream but as excess goes, it is hardly on a Fleetwood Mac scale of indulgence. There was one r'n'r element to the weekend which was a coffee and conversation with Bono and Edge about this and that. Which is always nice.
Just checking the new Radio 1 breakfast show as host Nick Grimshaw makes his debut. He certainly sounds a lot more together than I did in 1987. Yes it really was 25 years ago and now I'm feeling old all over again (twice in one blog!). It was the most terrifying experience and I didn't really know what I was doing, not helped by the producer being in Florida with Mike Smith. But it turned out ok in the end I suppose.
Showday dawns and another book club for you. Birdsong author Sebastian Faulkes will be in to talk about his new book A Possible Life. It's really 5 stories or 5 novellas which sort of connect but don't really. But Sebastian will explain all. Meantime you can check out some of it here-it is strong stuff I think.
And oldies today please for PLEBS. Courtesy of the current furore, this archaic word (meaning the shopkeepers, craftsmen and farmers of Rome) is suddenly everywhere, so let's do plebs for the tunes and see what happens.
Have a calm and straightforward Monday, see you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and pie-filled bloggers,

    Well. I was still posting over the page, you surprised us your Lordship. But must just sneak this one in...

    #pleboldies

    You have to start here....

    COMMON PEOPLE - Pulp

  • Comment number 2.

    LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE - Nicky Thomas

    (this version please and not the Paul Young one, even if Rebecca would prefer it)

  • Comment number 3.

    EVERY KINDA PEOPLE - Robert Palmer

    *goes off to make some coffee, waiting for others to arrive*

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning again - an early blog -


    Suggestions –


    LIVING IN THE LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE – Nicky Thomas

    COMMON PEOPLE – Pulp

    EVERYKIND OF PEOPLE - Robert Palmer

    ORDINARY PEOPLE - John Legend

    CREEP - RadioHead

    CRY ME A RIVER - for the line - "TOLD ME I WAS TOO PLEBEIAN" - Julie London or Michael Bublé

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning Pudding filled presenter and all blogpoppets which would be just John at the mo' ;-).

    Sounds like a good weekend to me Simon. Can't beat Pudding, beer and chocolate.

    Mine consisted of U12s Rugby on Saturday at home and U11s away on Sunday. 100 miles round trip is not bad, is it?

    Still waiting for inspiration to catch up wi' me.

    Think caffeine will be of help.

    Maybes laters.

    A.

  • Comment number 6.

    ORDINARY WORLD - Duran Duran

    WELCOME TO MY WORLD - Jim Reeves Ha!

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning Simon, Team, JBG and fellow blogsters,

    Glad that you had a good birthday weekend, Simon. You didn't meet Edge & Bono in the Graden Centre, did you? That would be really rock and roll!!

    oldies choices:

    Ordinary People - Van Morrison

    Ordinary Girl - Alison Moyet

    Fanfare For The Common Man - Emerson Lake & Palmer

    Humdrum & Humble - Tears For Fears

    Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Elvis Costello

    Quite a tough theme today.

    mc x

  • Comment number 8.

    DIGNITY - Deacon Blue

  • Comment number 9.

    Seems like a great opportunity to play...


    GYPSIES TRAMPS AND THIEVES - Cher

  • Comment number 10.

    Ooh, I knew a cuppa would sort me out.

    If I were a carpenter - Bobby Darin

    Laters

    A.

  • Comment number 11.

    #9 JBG ! Splendid!

    What about adding

    I'M GONNA GET ME A GUN - Cat Stevens ?



    THE MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES - Manics

  • Comment number 12.

    Ah, there you all are. I was beginning to think you'd gone out to gather in the staircase to have one of those private discussions.

    EVERYDAY PEOPLE - Sly and the Family People


    And one for Andrew Mitchell...

    BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN - The Smiths

  • Comment number 13.

    Good morning Simon and Blogpoppets

    Pleased you had a nice birthday, with chocolate, beer and puds... all a man needs!

    A really lovely, warm weekend but a chilly wind this morning!

    Songs for plebs?

    LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE ~ Paul Young

    COMMON PEOPLE ~ Pulp

    LOVE OF THE COMMON MAN ~ Todd Rundgren

    ORDINARY PEOPLE ~ George Benson & Al Jarreau

    FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN ~ Emerson, Lake and Palmer

  • Comment number 14.

    RESPECT - Aretha

  • Comment number 15.

    another for Andrew Mitchell or it fits the theme....

    NOWHERE MAN -BEATLES

  • Comment number 16.

    SOLID - SOLID AS A ROCK - Ashford & Simpson

  • Comment number 17.

    WORKING CLASS HERO - John Lennon

    PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE - Depeche Mode

    WORKING FOR THE MAN - Roy Orbison

    That's m'lot. See you all later

    JBG

  • Comment number 18.

    Good (?) morning all, hatches battened down in readiness for the day.

    Given the original meaning of the word this immediately sprung to mind

    SHOPKEEPERS OF THE WORLD UNITE - The Smiths

    but I've drawn a blank on any other thoughts - may be back laters with inspiration and a wet and windswept aura.

    SE x

  • Comment number 19.

    He didn't swear, then he did swear but he didn't call 'em plebs

    The changingman - Paul Weller

    A.

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Don't feel old Simon, you are still Peter Pan in our eyes!

    Last week in this contract :( Hope I get news of interviews for my next one this week!!

    An observation was made at the weekend by my mom while she was at my nan's...there were 5 generations of the same family in my nan's front room; My Nan, My mom, My Brother, his Son, his son and daughters kids!!!

    Now for Plebs:

    1. LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE - Paul Young
    2. COMMON PEOPLE - Pulp
    3. FANFARE OF THE COMMON MAN - Emerson Lake and Palmer
    4. ORDINARY PEOPLE - John Legend
    5. ORDINARY WORLD - Duran Duran
    6. SHUT YOUR MOUTH - Julian Cope ( for Andrew Wright)
    7. EVERYDAY PEOPLE - Arrested Development
    8. ALL TOGETHER NOW - THE FARM
    9. WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU - Detroit Spinners
    10. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE - Depeche Mode

    Oh well have a nice day and laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 21.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    #Pleboldies - how about:

    COMMON PEOPLE - Pulp

    COMMON PEOPLE - Paul Young

    NO ORDINARY LOVE - Sade

    EVERY KIND OF PEOPLE - Robert Palmer

    FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN - Emerson, Lake and Palmer

    IF I WERE A CARPENTER - Johnny Cash or Bobby Darin

    Back later for chat...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 22.

    Oops, that's my boy that is, always changing song words then they go and stick in my head and make me look an idiot! Still, it could still work..... how about

    SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE - The Smiths

    Doh!

  • Comment number 23.

    Good morning one and all - grey, wet, etc etc.

    Slept in this morning - I did put the winter duvet on the bed last night and very cosy it was too! I didn't want to wake up

    LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE - NICKY THOMAS/PAUL YOUNG

    Off to read back and see who else has suggested it!

    JW

  • Comment number 24.

    Morning All,

    'Saturdays Kids' The Jam

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 25.

    REVOLUTION - Beatles

  • Comment number 26.

     
    Simon,

    Friends baring tarts? Wish I had birthdays like that...


    What This World Needs is a Few More Rednecks - Charlie Daniels Band


    Keep it Country!

  • Comment number 27.

    Last one from me:

    ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL - PINK FLOYD

    mc x

  • Comment number 28.

    #26 I had similar thoughts, Scotch Git! Baring what, I thought! ;0))

    JW

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning all - glad that you had a good birthday weekend Simon. Hope everyone is surviving on this chilly and wet day.

    I did poop by to suggest COMMON PEOPLE by Pulp but I think I might be too late! Will think again.

    Sending spare tissues, menthol rub and hot lemon drinks to Jilly, Zoe and Deebee. Hope you all feel better soon x

  • Comment number 30.

    Thinking hurts. Only one more suggestion. This will blow the post-weekend blues away:

    WORKING MAN - RUSH

    Have good days all x

  • Comment number 31.

    Charmless man - Blur
    Common People - Pulp
    Westend Girls - Pet Shop Boys
    My Perfect Cousin - Undertones
    I predict a riot - Kaiser Chiefs
    Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
    Love for the common People - Paul Young
    The importance of being idle - Oasis
    Vagabonds - New Model Army
    Wide Boy - Nik Kershaw

  • Comment number 32.

    Morning all

    Wet, wild and Windy here in West Yorks this morning. #26 & #28 Baring tarts - sounds more like Prince Harry or a tory MP thing to me!

    Can I suggest in the spirit of the plebian revolt against the Patrician rulers (apol - result of a classical education!)

    These two may be suitable

    THE JAM - ETON RIFLES

    ELVIS COSTELLO - OLIVER'S ARMY

    from the weekend blog I note Billie was kb'g Birth of the Blues, which the swing band I'm in played as part of our set list at the gig on Saturday night. Which was a weird co-incidence!

    Cheers

    A

  • Comment number 33.

    But in case that's a bit too much for a Monday, there's always

    THE WORKING MAN - Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Don't worry. Am off now.

  • Comment number 34.

    Good Morning Simon and Everyone

    Can't really think of any more to add to the oldies suggestions today apart from

    THAT'S WHY THE LADY IS A TRAMP - TONY BENNET AND LADY GAGA

    A blustery Autumn day here Brrrr

  • Comment number 35.

    #29 Thanks Hoffs. :-) Sending well wishes to all my fellow lurgy sufferers too.

    Good Morning All;

    I'm all coughs and sneezes today, and the weather's doing nothing to perk me up. Think I'll just stay inside, wrapped up with my hot lemon and honey.

    Can only think of one oldie to add to the list...

    TALKING BOUT A REVOLUTION - TRACY CHAPMAN

  • Comment number 36.

    Maybe...

    THE MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES - MANIC STREET PREACHERS

    Or even...

    IF YOU TOLERATE THIS THEN YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT - Also by the MANICS.

  • Comment number 37.

    Morning all !!!!
    Can I second Billies ORDINARY WORLD - DURAN DURAN, (coz i luvs it to bits)
    other than that im waiting for inspertaion to arrive while listening to Pop Master. I stand firmly with Zoe Ball in not being too keen on the new jingle. (lol just read back and realised I typed 'Jungle'. Thank goodness for preview)
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 38.

    #37 - Popmaster jungle - now there's an idea for a new programme, contestants dropped into a jungle, having to answer popmaster questions, only getting fed if they can get three in ten.

    I think we're on to a winner there!

    A

  • Comment number 39.

    Ken now playing MACARTHA PARK ~ far too appropriate for todays weather if you ask me. Oh when will this rain stop !!??
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 40.

    Morning all

    Busy, so no song suggestions. Must confess my mind also started wondering what gifts were being bared, or whether Simon simply had them all so well trained that the gift-bringers all take the wrapping off for him :-)

    Just to add - the Union Chapel. What a great venue! Can't think why I haven't been before. You know it's a good venue when someone steps away from the mic and you can still hear them singing perfectly well. I imagine it's a tad chilly in the winter though, and keeping guitars in tune must be a bit of a nightmare. And take a nicely padded coat to sit one - pews aren't really designed to be sat on for gig-length periods. But other than that, loved it.

  • Comment number 41.

    lol, Nice idea Andy. What would the forfit be for being 'one year out' though?
    ba ba ba ba da da da (sorry just passed the 'Pearl n Dean' bit in Macartha Park)

    ~gill~

  • Comment number 42.

    #37 - has "inspertaion" arrived yet? ;0))

    Sorry, don't mean to pick out mistakes - it's the teacher in me!

    JW

  • Comment number 43.

    Simon talking about his debut on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show got me thinking about what I was doing then. I was working in HR for a (now defunct) computer company with the initials of the first three letters of the last month of the year (look it up!), and I had about a 40 minute commute to work up the then A45, subsequently renamed the A14. I don't specifically remember Simon's first show but he regularly accompanied me on my journey to work. I'd arrive at about 8.45 which was when the 'Confessions' slot was on, and I'd sit in the car park listening to it... and looking around me I would spot several colleagues in their cars doing the same... Ah, memories...

    ;o)

  • Comment number 44.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Red Neck Woman' by Gretchen Wilson

    'Minnie The Moocher' by Cab Calloway

    'Poor Boy' by Nick Drake

    'Poor Boy' by Supertramp

    'Doing The Best I Can' by James Brown

    'Ordinary Man' by Christy Moore

    and, keeping it in the family...

    'I'm A Bogman' by Luka Bloom

    'Working On The Highway' by Bruce Springsteen

    'Can't Keep Johnny Down' by They Might Be Giants

  • Comment number 45.

    Talking of Simon's R1 breakfast show reminds me that he still owes me a 'Mike Read Tee-Hee Mug', that being the price I charged him for using my 'intellectual joke' on air. I wonder what interest a Mike Read Tee-Hee mug will have accrued over a quarter of a century?

  • Comment number 46.

    Fair dues Jennie, you got me :-)
    No, insperation has not hit me yet. Must be looking in the wrong places.
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 47.

    Caffeine-fueled inspiratino. (Where IS CoffeeBuzz? And all the other AWOL bloggers....Harry, Katie, Jilly, and many many more)

    GET UP OFF OUR KNEES - The Housemartins

    WE ARE THE PEOPLE - Empire of the Sun

    I AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor


    *still wondering if "indulging in the pudding department" is a euphemism*

  • Comment number 48.

    #47 Katie? It's been so long that I forgot how to spell her name. Sorry, Katy.

  • Comment number 49.

    Morning,

    Common People - Pulp

    Love of the common people - Nicky Thomas or Paul Young

    Poor little fool - Ricky Nelson

    Dumb - The Beautiful South

    The Masses against the Classes - Manic Street Preachers

    Don't let me be understood - Nina Simone

    Respect - Aretha Franklin

    Bell Boy - The Who

    Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

    Trampled under foot - Led Zeppelin

    Apeman - The Kinks

  • Comment number 50.

    Sorry Gill - it made me think of you waiting by the front door for the imminent arrival of someone/something and made me chuckle. I'm easily amused!

    Best wishes to all snuffly bloggers who are feeling under the weather today - it is certainly a day for snuggling up indoors if you can - still raining here.

    I have to look up recipes today for a curry night at the weekend - some friends are coming round and I can cook the curries on Friday and leave them for 24 hours to mature. A shopping list will be in order, I think. I do like a list (as does Katy, I believe!) Where are you Katy? And Harry? You are missed.

    JW


    JW

  • Comment number 51.

    hi everyone

    WHO ARE YOU-THE WHO

  • Comment number 52.

    Afternoon all,

    One for what's his name, you know, the fella that started all this:

    'Who Do You Think You Are?' - Spice Girls

    N xx

  • Comment number 53.

    Afternoon everyone

    Very soggy here. I have a note from teacher to explain my tardiness.

    If not too late


    Factory - Bruce Springsteen

    Bicycle Races - Queen (sorry been stuck in my head all morning)

  • Comment number 54.

    Afternoon all and it is still pleuting in the suburbs of pleb-like Leeds (sorry Leeds) Not sure how long before Blackie is put away in her cardbord box - she's already reluctant to come out of garage of a morning.

    Here's a tart suggestion: My home made bramble jam on a large-ish plate with twists of shortcrust pastry across - Mmm!

    If it's not too late (and I really don't know the cut-off point).

    MATTHEW & SON - CAT STEVENS.

    I just hope this rain eases off before home time.

  • Comment number 55.

    'If I Was A Carpenter' Bobby Darin or Tim Hardin

  • Comment number 56.

    Not strictly on the subject of 'plebs' but thinking of the policeman involved:

    DONT STAND SO CLOSE TO ME - THE POLICE

    WHIPPING BOY - ELTON JOHN

  • Comment number 57.

    Afternoon all. Hoping all is well. Glad to hear you had a great weekend Simon - popping out for coffee with Bono and The Edge is pretty darn rock and roll in my book and entirely eclipses assorted tarts and beer!

    Great oldie choices, I'll only add:
    Work for the Working Man - Bon Jovi
    and for shopkeepers of all sorts:
    There's a Guy Works Down the Chipshop Swears He's Elvis - Kirsty McColl

    I remember Simon starting on R1 Breakfast show too - I would have been getting ready to go to school (as a pupil at that point - I'd have been 14 - yikes!) therefore I'd have missed anything after 8.10ish.

  • Comment number 58.

    Hi All,

    Simon, I liked reading that one r'n'r element (of the weekend), was shooting the breeze with Bono and Edge about this and that. I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall. Perhaps many of us remember when the dj actually put the vinyl records on off the turntable and the stuck needle moment. Cha-chinka, cha-chinka, cha-chinka...ruupt! Meatless Monday for us so a little pasta, garlic bread -- "high carbs abound", said my gleeful thighs. Just in from the gym and I'm getting closer to getting my left arm fully raised - goody. I find it best when this old body has a full range of movement. Something I took for granted in the past.

    Millworker - James Taylor

    LB.x

  • Comment number 59.

    Good Afternoon everyone.

    What a busy morning preventing a chat with you. I have to confess in 1987 (the year I started teaching) I was listening to a local radio station in the mornings back then. Sorry Radio 2.

    I quickly stopped listening to that said station when a T Shirt I won, never arrived. Perhaps it's with Paul's mug?

  • Comment number 60.

    Keep going LilacBlue - little by little, slowly, slowly you will improve. Easy to say, I know but meant with very best wishes.

    I do my mile on the exercise bike to help keep my legs moving and it would be very easy to skip a day here and there, but the only person I'm cheating on is myself - so I do it and usually feel ok with it afterwards.

    Keep going ...............

    JW

  • Comment number 61.

    At school my Biology teacher was Dr PL Barker, affectionately known as PLEB, which got me thinking about Pink Floyd's Brick in the Wall Part 2.

    Perhaps a bit of a leap...

    Vicarvernon

  • Comment number 62.

    WORKING CLASS HERO by JOHN LENNON (with or without bleeps)
    BICYCLE RACE by QUEEN -- as in 'I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle'

  • Comment number 63.

    I know just where you are coming from lovely Mrs. JW and thank you. I was stuck on the heil hitler rise height for the longest time, LOL. :^)

  • Comment number 64.

    Hello BigV and Sian - are you lurkers, finally taking the plunge!?

    Nice to see you....

    JW

  • Comment number 65.

    I don’t always have a chance to read the book club book but I was home alone yesterday and the sun was shining so an afternoon in the garden reading seemed a much better plan than the work I should have caught up with.

    Possible Lives is a series of 5 novellas; they were long enough not to be short stories. There are loose connections and themes between the stories but they all initially seemingly stand alone.

    There is a fantastic line about “the fearful joy of communion” and I guess that is the theme that runs through the five stories; the impact our choices make on us and those around us; how communicating can be frankly terrifying but it is what connects us.

    I raced through it yesterday and need to read it again to make more sense of the connections running across the stories. Cheeseman reappearing at the end did my make smile.

    I’ve always enjoyed Sebastian Faulks ; he is a great story teller. The five story here spam from the early 19th century to the near future via Victorian workhouses, the second world war and 70s America.

    Ultimately it is quite a melancholic (and in places harrowing) book about possible lives not lived because of choices make. The idea we wouldn’t make the same “mistakes” the second time around and how our atoms are recycled. What we might have been if we made difference choices. I certainly waste too much time thinking “what if I had got on that bus 20 years ago” etc.

    I loved it; one of the best books I have read this year.

  • Comment number 66.

    #65 Thanks for the heads up Amelia. I'm always keen to hear of good books although I don't think I have ever read a book in a day as my life has too many interruptions.

    Can someone switch off the wind and rain here please. Brrrr

  • Comment number 67.

    Mandy – Simon as Peter Pan is making me giggle. Fingers crossed about interviews. Your post last week about not having the time to do a proper job really chimed with me. Why does everything have to be quicker & cheaper?

    #60 Jennie - you are a wise women; do you want to come round and motivate me when I am slacking off?

    Good to hear you are making progress Lilac Blue.

    Lady_S – bramble really is the queen of jams.

    Hello BigV & Sian – good to see you here.

    Shona – I just love being in the garden reading (eating & drinking too). Sometimes if I don’t read a book quickly life gets in the way and it gets read too slowly, a chapter at time.

    Decisions, decisions – Mumford & Sons playing in Belfast but it is an arena, which I hate. I love them, have never seen them, cant decide. I really hate arena shows.

  • Comment number 68.

    #65 Thanks for the review Amela, it sounds like an interesting read. Yes, it's all too easy to play the "what if" game... but then if we made different choices in life that doesn't necessarily mean we wouldn't have made mistakes - they might just have been different mistakes. One of my favourite films is 'Sliding Doors' - if you haven't seen it, it is two parallel stories - in one the girl catches the train and in the other she just misses it. And her life takes quite different paths following on from that point.

    On the subject of the Book Club, has anyone else applied to be a reader reviewer? I applied back when it first started but I've never been chosen. It has occured to me that maybe we 'regular bloggers' are excluded from the Book Club because we get so involved in choosing the oldies... Just a thought.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 69.

    Sorry, can't write long posts at work - computer says no. I also wanted to say...

    Welcomes to BigV (like the name!) and Sian - hope you'll stay around and chat.

    Lilac Blue - good to hear of your achievements in the gym. Little by little does it...

    :o)

    Amelia - know what you mean about arena shows. They are so vast, and if you end up miles from the stage you don't really get that 'live music' atmosphere. On the other hand, I bet Mumford and Sons do a great live gig... A dilemma indeed!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 70.

    Deebee - I applied right at the start too (long before I posted here) and have never been chosen. The book panel was one of my favourite bits of Simon's 5 Live show and I'm glad we still have book reviews on drive time.

  • Comment number 71.

    #67 Amelia - true about the jams and it's just in the hedgerows for free! Mr Aquaplane bought me a sugar thermometer and was very precise with his measureing (being a scientist - he can do science things) so an excellent batch was produced. I can fully recommend the use of jam-making sugar with added pectin.

    I noticed on my lovely walk up to the Swedish Bridge above Ambleside on Saturday that there were loads of berries still not ripe yet. Plenty more to come.

  • Comment number 72.

    Ameila, wonderful review and well, I'm buying the book. The theme of communication binding us and it being terrifying, can be likened to posting on a large public blog. Something that many of us can relate to. Thank you for your support.

  • Comment number 73.

    Deebee - you are aware of my "being at the front" obsession! They just seem too intimate a band for a huge venue.

    Lady_S – very few ripe ones with us at the moment. The ones I pick usually get eaten before I get the chance to make jam but I really must try. Mum always said bramble was one of the easiest to make.

    Lilac Blue – thank you! Of course you are right. I remember the first time I posted on a forum (about 10 years ago now) I sat with my finger on the post button for ages, too terrified to actually press it.

  • Comment number 74.

    Amelia, I think you should go to see Mumford and Sons. If you don't, it could end up being a "what if........." story.

  • Comment number 75.

    I'm pulling down the shutters for the day here and about to brave the elements to skip home.

    Catch you later


    *skippety skip skip skip*

  • Comment number 76.

    #67 - I try to be wise but I think it is mostly common sense - and something I feel quite strongly about, is that people should take responsibility for their actions and not expect things to be done for them with no effort on their own part. If they do nothing, they should expect nothing in return.

    I hate selfishness as well. There was a letter in last week's local rag about a couple who had made an appointment to have their baby's hand and foot prints taken in the hospital plastering room (didn't realise you could do that!!). Because of various emergencies which took precedence, they had to wait three quarters of an hour and walked out as it was a 'dreadful service' - I couldn't believe that anyone could be so selfish. If it was so important that they had plaster casts of their little treasure's hands and feet, why didn't they go to the local craft shop and buy a bag of plaster and do it themselves?

    What planet are they on? Is it me??

    JW

  • Comment number 77.

    #75 - Lovely skipping action, RB Shona!

    #76 - JW - it's not you. Quite apart from the story being a shocker, the fact that they had time and the inclination to write to the local paper is unbelievable.

    Hope everyone enjoys the show. I'm off back upstairs for a date with my duvet.

  • Comment number 78.

    Afternoon All!

    It's STILL raining here - absolutely pouring down!

    Need to read back .................

  • Comment number 79.

    The rain has stopped!

    JW

  • Comment number 80.

    WHAT HAVE YOUR LEARNT TODAY

    When advising lodge owners on setting up their houses as baby friendly - They need to be charged for 2 stairgates. Its 1 for dogs.

  • Comment number 81.

    Lilac_Blue - it sound as though you're doing really well. It must be hard work and both you and Jennie are doing a good job at inspiring me! I also agree about the general need for responsibility and common sense.....

    Amelia - great review. I read Faulks last book (5 Days in December?) and was a bit 'so-so' about it, but I shall pick this one up and give it a go.

  • Comment number 82.

    Congrats to ponyclubmum and Florence for the Pulp mensh.

  • Comment number 83.

    Back under duvet with the show on beside me. Just pooped by to say congratulations to lovely bloggerpeeps Ponyclubmum and Florence for their mensh for Common People.

  • Comment number 84.

    Turns out my car doesent like sitting in heavy rain. Had to walk home from school this PM because it just wouldent start. I of course was dressed in far more appropriate clothing than hubbs and cherub, neither of whome had wellies or a waterproof. They may never leave the house again.

    Apparently were going to have this rain for another 24 hours! Oh my...
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 85.

    Well done JBG!

  • Comment number 86.

    Well done Mr JB Good :-)

  • Comment number 87.

    Congrats. & Welldones to PonyclubMum & Florence for Pulp and an extra laugh and Congrats. & Welldone To JBG! Superb!

  • Comment number 88.

    ^ for Cher - obviously!

  • Comment number 89.

    #84 Gill - poor you - hope you all dry out soon and the car starts tomorrow morning x

  • Comment number 90.

    Good Afternoon Simon,

    In regards to lightweight high energy food. We use Datrex onboard cruise ships for emergency rations. Containing 2400kcal(10,00kj0) for every 500g.
    Although I wouldn't replace them with your crunchy Nut just yet, as the taste isnt all there, they are Dried food but have been developed so not to make you de-hydrate. With a shelf life of 5 years they should be alright for most journeys, haha.

    Kind regards,

    Oh, enjoying the show!!

    Mike

  • Comment number 91.

    Congrats to Jennie Wren for the Nicky Thomas mensh!

  • Comment number 92.

    Evening all

    Well done ponyclubmum and Florence and Jennie Wren for your menshes!

    And thank you Sir and NYM for playing GT&T - I was in the car when I heard the opening notes, and laughed so much I nearly swerved onto the pavement, reducing the pleb popuation of West London by a dozen or so.

    #itsgoodtobealigned

  • Comment number 93.

    Yes! Jennie - Welldone You!



    #32 Andy - that WAS a coincidence! I like coincidences! It's an exciting piece to play on the KB. What do you play in your Swing Band?

  • Comment number 94.

    I missed the first half-hour of the show as I've been out longer than I intended with my (naughty) dogs who sniffed out five little Muntjac deer from their hiding place and the deer took off, leaping across the wheat stubble, followed by my dogs who hadn't any chance whatsoever of getting near them but kept following their scent until they reached the place where they had leapt over a high hedge and then gave up!

    So pleased to know one of my tunes was played and well done to PonyClubMum, Jennie and also JBG who must be over the moon to have Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves played!!! :o))

    xx

  • Comment number 95.

    Andy Toverson, well done! You too Flo & Ponyclubmum, JBG and of course Jennie for menshes!
    Mahalo Deebee and Autumn Gale!

    LB, x

  • Comment number 96.

    Congrats to Andy T. Enjoyed that.

  • Comment number 97.

    Welldone Andy. I like a bit of Jam!

  • Comment number 98.

    And Molly Coddle! Welldone to all menshees!

  • Comment number 99.

    Well done Andy T. I like a bit of Jam too. But apparently it's not liked enough for the ARFO.

    And well done Molly Coddle for Fanfare for the Common Man.

    For the homework sucks question about taking food to the Antarctic, I wonder if they can take frozen fish fingers and peas in their rucksacks, and just defrost them when they need them? ;)

    That's me done. Have a good evening all.

  • Comment number 100.

    Well look at that, haven't had a 100 for aaaaaages.

 

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