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Simon Mayo | 10:42 UK time, Wednesday, 19 September 2012

School run completed, assorted children safely dropped. Main topics of conversation; USBs, Taylor Swift, last night's football, the quality of one school over another and uniforms in general. All with Radio 1 on.

Then the turnaround and it is just me and some CE on the radio to ease the journey home again. Now we can begin...

Enjoyed having John Major on yesterday. I had forgotten about the security aspect of these conversations but while Matt was performing his sports bulletin I was aware of the toilets (conveniently just through the glass door behind the studio) receiving a visit from imposing figures in suits.

Normally this means management are with us but this time it was just what has to be done when very important political folk come by. I hadn't met Sir John before but can vouch for the fact that he has a powerful handshake and is taller and broader than you might imagine. There was a lot of listener warmth towards him and he seemed genuinely pleased. No other senior politician I know has a story like John Majors and I thought he told it with warmth and compassion.

Today we move from Music Hall to the musical. Ruthie Henshall is a big name on these boards, starring as Roxie in Chicago, Nancy in Oliver and Grizabella in Cats. She's done Broadway as well as the West End so is perfectly placed to be writing 'So You Want To Be In Musicals?'. I've never thought of myself as a musicals fan but then remembered all the ones I had seen: Evita, Chess, 42nd Street, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar and Dr Doolittle (though left at half-time, so maybe that doesn't count). Better than expected really. We'll talk more with Ruthie Henshall after 6.

And oldies please for TRAFFIC WARDENS who turned up for the first time in London on this day in 1960. Where would we be without them? Serenade them now!

Have a jolly and sure-footed Wednesday, see you after 5


  • Comment number 1.

    Good morning Simon, fellows of the blog and Drivetime team,

    I have already tweeted these traffic warden oldies:

    I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

    Up The Junction - Squeeze

    Move It - Cliff Richard

    Move Away - Culture Club

    Crossing The Line - Steve Winwood

    Spread A Little Happiness - Sting
    *bit tongue in cheek that last one!*

    Must dash,

    mc x

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning all




  • Comment number 3.

    Hi again Simon and Blogpoppets

    Traffic warden oldies, here's mine....

    CHASING CARS ~ Drive

    ROAD ~ Nick Drake

    TICKET TO RIDE ~ The Beatles


    DRIVER'S SEAT ~ Sniff 'n' the Tears

    ROAD RAGE ~ Catatonia

    YELLOW ~ Coldplay

  • Comment number 4.

    You turn your back for 5 minutes..............






  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning Simon, team, NYM, and firm-handshaking bloggers,

    Thanks for the mensh last night for Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear. Still not entirely sure about Mr Major. And can’t quite believe he ever had it in him to be PM.


    Well, you have to start here....

    LOVELY RITA – Beatles

    YELLOW BRICK ROAD – Elton John

    KNEW YOU WERE WAITING FOR ME – George Michael & Aretha Franklin


  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning Simon and Blogland People

    Sounds like you have had a busy morning Simon!






    Off for a much needed coffee....................

  • Comment number 7.


  • Comment number 8.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    I wasn't going to play, as I have already had a mensh this week. But can I just slip in:

    CHASING CARS - Snow Patrol


  • Comment number 9.

    IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE - Tavares (shhhh, don't tell Billie but it's better than the TT version)

    WAITING ON A FRIEND - Rolling Stones

    ALWAYS THERE - Incognito

  • Comment number 10.

    A quick pop by for tunes. Back later for conversation.

    Lovely Rita (meter maid) – The Beatles
    Heart of Stone – The Rolling Stones
    Man in Black – Johnny Cash
    Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
    It Only Takes a Minute – Take That
    It’s Too Late – Carol King
    Not Ready to Make Nice – Dixie Chicks
    Ticket to Ride – The Beatles

    PS - I love musicals :)

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning folks. Traffic wardens... hmmm:

    Lovely Rita (Meter Maid) - The Beatles

    Hit the Highway - The Proclaimers

    Where is the Love? - Donny Hathaway

    Takin' It to the Streets - Doobie Brothers

    Out of Time - Chris Farlowe

    Happy Hump!

  • Comment number 12.

    Morning all

    Not much time today, so have already tweeted:

    LOVELY RITA - The Beatles

    I'm a big musicals fan, so will look forward to hearing Ruthie Henshall tonight - didn't realise she had book out (it must be coming up to C*****mas!)

    T x

  • Comment number 13.

    Oh, hello, is it still morning? Twas a beautiful bright and frosty morning when I took the dogs out along the river, the robins were lining my route with their Autumnal fanfare and life was truly splendid.

    I won't babble on as time is tight. I have to agree that an absolute must is

    LOVELY RITA - The Beatles

    don't think anything else comes close.

    Laters maybes x

  • Comment number 14.


    Chasing cars - Snow Patrol

    She's got her ticket - Tracy Chapman

    Finetime - Cast

    Opportunities(lets make lots of money) - Pet Shop Boys

    It's yer money, I'm after baby - The Wonder Stuff

    Love to hate you - Erasure

    Get a Job - The Silhouettes

    Behind a painted smile - The Isley Brothers

    Yellow - Coldplay

    Don't stop - Fleetwood Mac

    Panic - The Smiths

  • Comment number 15.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Lovely Rita, Meter Maid' by The Beatles

    'Blue Badge Abuser' by Half Man Half Biscuit

    'Giggling Gertie, The Laughing Traffic Warden' by Bernard Cribbens

    'Beside The Yellow Line' by The Avett Brothers

    'Can't Park Here' by The Quireboys

    'Waiting For My Chance To Come' by Noah And The Whale (For That Warden that hasn't met his daily quota)

    'The Policeman's Little Child' by Earl Shirkey and Roy Harper

  • Comment number 16.

    #3 Silly me... just realised I mixed up two songs in my list and meant to say....

    CHASING CARS ~ Snow Patrol

    DRIVE ~ The Cars

  • Comment number 17.

    Good Morning All;

    Oldie suggestions...


    WE CARE A LOT - FAITH NO MORE (for the lyrics 'It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it...)








    Back for blog chat later, if I get the chance, the twins have a school inset day today *Sigh*

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning again

    Some great tunes already can I add in the mix





    and also just to repeat what I put on the old blog, I've now set up the Sheffield blog meet as an event on our group on FB, so if you're going or would like to, please indicate appropriately



  • Comment number 19.

    Good morning Simon & fellow bloggers (again)

    I’m not here. Worse than traffic wardens I have the VAT man with me today.

    Some of these tweeted earlier as I didn’t know if I would be here but I’ve left him with piles (of paper)

    Rip It Up – Orange Juice

    Easy Money – Nick Cave

    Strolling Down the Highway – Bert Jansch

    Lovely Rita – The Beatles

    Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

    Walk Away – Franz Ferdinand

    Hit The Highway – The Proclaimers

    I Love a Man in Uniform – Gang of Four

    Parklife – Blur

  • Comment number 20.


  • Comment number 21.

    BAD DAY - Daniel Powter

    or Rebecca might remember this song of the same name from 1983

    BAD DAY - Carmel

    That's m'lot. See you later.

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi All

    Thought John Major came across as a really nice person last evening. Need more like him in the current cabinet.

    Cars - Gary Newman
    Don't stop me now - Queen
    Dont turn around - Aswad
    Drive by - Train
    DRiving in my car - Madness
    Out of time - Blur
    Street Spirit - Radiohead
    Sympathy for the devil - Rolling Stones
    The man who cant be moved- The Script

  • Comment number 23.

    Oooh glad you made it Simon. Lovely blog apu. Our before school morning wasn't quite as jovial today. The younger child has had a bit of an upset this week and is trying the 'I feel sick' tack, and because I won't give in, he got himself so wound up he's nearly hysterical. I'd like nothing better than to take him home and snuggle him up in his duvet in front of the tv but know that's not the answer... :( Feeling a tad distracted today :(

    Anyhoo, no melancholy allowed round here so I'd like to suggest:-


    Off to find the thinking cap and hope to be back later :)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Many thanks for my mention yesterday for the Wang Chung toon, I was just leaving the Rubery Bypass up to J4 on M5 when I heard it. And warmest congratties to everyone else.

    1. LOVELY RITA - Beatles
    2. TICKET TO RIDE - Beatles
    3. OUT OF TIME - Chris Farlowe
    4. ONE FINE DAY - The Chiffons
    5. WALKING AWAY - Craig David
    6. STOP! - Sam Brown
    7. TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE - Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
    8. ALONE AGAIN NATURALLY - Gilbert o Suliivan
    9. CHASING CARS - Snow Patrol
    10. I AM THE BEAT - The Look

    Have a nice Wednesday

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 25.

    #19 amelia - hahahaha, like the addition of (of paper)

    #17 Blogger Zo - top tune, I must second

    WE CARE A LOT - Faith No More

    Not heard that for eons. Must go youtube.

    That really is it now, got to go.

  • Comment number 26.

  • Comment number 27.

    #10 Autumn_Gale and #12 Tortie, I'm also a big musicals fan, especially of Les Mis and We Will Rock You, which I've seen many times, also Phantom that I'm going to see a couple of times while it's in Edinburgh, starting tomorrow (because John Owen-Jones is the Phantom)!

    Coincidentally I'm going to see Ruthie Hensall in Edinburgh in 'An Evening of Movies and Musicals at Christmas' with John Owen-Jones (Les Mis & Phantom) and Keith Jack (Joseph), a 65-piece orchestra and a community choir. I bought tickets because I love John Owen-Jones, especially when he sings 'Bring Him Home' from Les Mis and he's the current touring Phantom too but I also like Keith Jack and Ruthie!


  • Comment number 28.

    Morning all

    My kerbside collection:

    'King Of The Kerb' - Echobelly
    'Why Did You Do It' - Stretch
    'In The Shadows' - Rasmus
    'I Will Follow' - U2
    'Nowhere To Run' - Martha and the Vandellas
    'Think' - Aretha Franklin
    'One Way Or Another' - Blondie
    'Unbelievable' - EMF

    and one for Dr Mosh:

    'Breakin' The Law' - Judas Priest

    N x

  • Comment number 29.

    Did you have a good day meeting your friend in the Big City, Zoe? I hope so, cos when Harry came down to the big smoke, we haven't heard hardly anything of him since!


  • Comment number 30.

    #28 flo, I'm not a fan of Phantom, but love Les Mis - looking forward to seeing the film version when it's out (with the lovely Hugh Jackman as Valjean!). We're going to see Matilda in London next, looking forward to that too, as the reviews (and Olivier awards) have been good.

  • Comment number 31.

    Few more:

    'Mercy' - Duffy
    'Ain't Too Proud To Beg' - The Temptations
    'Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' - Santa Esmerelda

  • Comment number 32.

    Oh Dear, I know someone who won't be too pleased at #12 #27 two mentions of the C word before her October birthday.

    Can I also add the ELH last night was putting out a display of............Selection Boxes! We haven't had Hallowe'en yet mateys.

  • Comment number 33.

    For the times when only bribery will work.....


  • Comment number 34.

    #30 Tortie, I'm also lookimng forward to Les Mis film and the lovely Hugh Jackman and I'm really going to Phantom twice, to see John Owen-Jones... also a friend likes Phantom and JLJ, so I bought her a ticket as a 'special' birthday pressie and we're going together to see it on the last night (Sheffield blog meet day, I think)!

  • Comment number 35.

    Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell

  • Comment number 36.

    Welcome back Zoe - do tell all about your adventures yesterday. Whenever I've met on-line people, it's always gone well, but you can't help feeling a bit apprehensive.

    Count me in amongst the Les Mis devotees looking forward to Hugh Jackman & Russell Crowe. Less of a 'Phantom' fan and I haven't seen the recent-ish sequel. Although I love the stage productions, and have seen many and varied over the years - including Gary Wilmot in 'Copacabana'(!) my real love is the films of the 30s-60s: Lerner & Lowe particularly of the later period and the Gershwins as interpretted by Fred & Ginger from the earlier. Gigi is my absolute favourite I think....

  • Comment number 37.

    Morning All,

    No chance to blog for a few days, will catch up on happenings as time permits:

    'Man Out Of Time' Elvis Costello

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 38.

    hi all



  • Comment number 39.

    happy birthday jilly x

  • Comment number 40.

    I think we can probably take Lovely Rita as given now - and I'm happy to 22nd it, too.

    My offering - PARKLIFE by Blur

  • Comment number 41.

    ('Don't follow leaders
    Watch the parkin' meters')

  • Comment number 42.

    Getting a chance to read back...... Toots I'm sorry to hear you had a stressful morning, hopefully it will pass quickly for younger child and he'll get back into the swing.

    Florence - I haven't come across John Owen-Jones before - I'll look out for him as you obviously rate him very highly.

  • Comment number 43.

    #42 Autumn_Gale, apologies for my curt reply to you on last blog but I thought the new blog was going to appear at any second. Yesterday went very well with the Nordic Head Teachers. I think they were suitably impressed with the programme I had put on for them. Showered with Nordic gifts, I arrived home shattered.

  • Comment number 44.

    A beautiful ride in on Blackie into Horsforth this morning - but starting to get a bit cold on the knuckles. I must admit I did enjoy listening to Mr Major, a fellow cricket fan. if I could add my vote to:


    Thank you

  • Comment number 45.

    NICK LOWE - Little Hitler

    SKYHOOKS/IRON MAIDEN - Women in Uniform

    YOUSSOU N'DOUR - Seven Seconds ("I was only gone for 7 seconds")

    PAUL McCARTNEY - Take It Away

  • Comment number 46.

    ELH t'internet shopping completed with the aid of Mr Allinson of iPlayerland - it certainly makes it a bit more bearable!

    I enjoyed listening to John Major last night, but couldn't help thinking about him and Edwina Curry (ahem!) - that was a bit of a surprise when it came to light.


  • Comment number 47.

    Jennie, Autumn Gale & Everyone else who wished me well for my London trip - Sorry I couldn't elaborate earlier, but the twins are off school today (inset day) and I'm under a multitude of harassments!

    I had an absolutely fantastic day yesterday, and although I was a bit apprehensive about finally meeting my on-line friend from Holland (because you just never know if you'll hit it off with someone face to face, even after chatting on-line for years) Thankfully we got on like the proverbial house on fire, and as she speaks perfect English, I wasn't shown up by my lack of Dutch speaking. We didn't have all that much time together, but we managed to see the Shakespeare exhibition at the British museum, which was very interesting, and we both reminisced about the various productions of Shakespeare plays that we have seen (Dutch productions sound very interesting, including a production of Macbeth done with the actors dressed in Punch and Judy fashion, and with all their movements done puppet style) We also had a walk around Covent garden, and had a meal there before I had to leave to catch my train. She is staying in London for a few days to watch a few plays/musicals.

    It's coincidental that blog chat is of musicals, and I'm a big fan, but my Dutch friend and I originally 'met' on-line on a Digital Spy forum, on a thread supporting (the eventual winner of the talent search for a Joseph - Any Dream Will Do) Lee Mead. We then joined a fan forum, and both went to see the musical when it was on at the Adelphi theatre, although not at the same time. We have both drifted away from that fandom over the years, but we both still have a shared love of musicals and stage play productions. We were hoping to see Sweeney Todd together (she's seeing it today) but I couldn't stay for it in the end, because of the twins being off school today *Curses* Anyway, now that we've finally met in person and got on so well, we hope we can meet up again at some point in the future.

    On a quick side note, I love to hear about the cultural differences in other countries, and we got talking about traditional sweets (of all things!) I explained that we have many different kinds of boiled sweets like Simon's favourite sherbet lemons etc, and she was telling me of the Dutch love for licorice, or more specifically salty licorice called Salmiak. I tried a Dutch version of Fisherman's Friends which was Salmiak flavoured, it was an 'interesting' taste, that's for sure!

    I would say, that of course you always need to be cautious when meeting people you've met on-line, but so far I've had only lovely experiences of meeting blogpoppets, and other folks that I've met on-line through fan forums.

    I haven't had the chance to listen again to last night's DT, maybe tomorrow, if I get time. I'm mostly allergic to Tories, but I always thought that John Major was amongst the best of a bad lot!

    Oh, and finally... Autumn Gale - Gigi is one of my favourite musicals too, along with Singin' In The Rain and Les Miserables. :-)

  • Comment number 48.

    Well....it has to be:

    GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME - Chairman of the board/ or Kylie version I guess

  • Comment number 49.

    So much for being free to come out to play today.

    Autumn Gale, thank you so much. I'm sure he will be soon. His PE teacher rang today and said he'll have a word with him tomorrow.

    Not sure about John Major as a politician but I did enjoy the interview last night. He seemed very knowledgeable about his subject and spoke more warmly than I would have imagined. I wonder what it was like growing up with a dad who was so much older - 65 years old when JM was born - and so poorly too.

    Blogger Zo - what a lovely day you had and much deserved. Hope your day isn't too bad.

    I don't mind musicals and thoroughly enjoyed a local youth theatre's production of Les Mis a couple of years ago. However, I much prefer a good play and, living in the sticks, have loved seeing NT Live productions that are broadcast in cinemas. One Man, Two Guvnors with James Corden was excellent. A colleague and I are to be in the big smoke soon for a training course and after the course we're planning a trip to the theatre; not sure what we'll see yet but I'd love to see War Horse.

    Anyhoo, grindstone can't be left for too long so better get back to it.

    Toodles for now,

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 50.

    I enjoy a good musical too - we've seen 'We will rock you' twice, went to 'Lion King' for my last 'special' birthday, I love Les Mis (my choir has performed a medley of the songs), and I thought the stage version of 'Mama Mia' was far better than the film... And there are others that I've enjoyed too. My daughter and I are quite excited at the news that there is to be a musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls... I don't expect Mr B will be accompanying us on that particular trip...


    #23 Toots, sorry to hear about the problems with your younger boy. Chin up, m'lovely *hugs*

    #47 Glad you enjoyed your day out Zoe. I've met various online friends, and on the whole it has been a positive experience. Of course you need to be a bit cautious, but having the thing in common that brought you together in the first place is a good starting point.


  • Comment number 51.

    2 more and then its back to work:

    I GET AROUND - Beach Boys
    and, if we are allowed ironic suggestions....


  • Comment number 52.

    SW is playing Sugar Baby Love as I type. There is a God!! Hee hee

  • Comment number 53.

    Shona - Nordic gifts....sounds intriguing. I know what I'd like as a Nordic gift - somewhere around 6'4" and blond ;) Glad you had a good day with them.

    Zoe - so glad to hear you had a great day. It sounds like you were busy too.

  • Comment number 54.

    On the musical front, I always preferred plays at the theatre. However, I went to see Mama Mia in London and thought it was brilliant and like Deebee says, far better than the film.

    I also saw another one in London years ago but I've forgotten the name of it (senior moment here). The one with Happy Talk in it?

    Rightie ho.......catch you later......the field awaits and so does a late finish ;((

  • Comment number 55.

    #53 Had to hang around for another 3 minutes to giggle at your post Autumn_Gale. XX

    Also to say to Zoe that I'm glad she had a lovely time in London - you deserved it lady!

  • Comment number 56.

    RBS - sorry I didn't mention in my previous post - I was thinking of Nordic knitwear when I read of your gifts but I much prefer Autumn Gale's idea.

    Deebee - hello m' Lovely. thank you. I'm sure he'll be bouncing around happy as Larry by the time he gets home this afty.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 57.

    #46 -JW, I was thinking nearly the same as I listened to Majors and what possessed him to do so. She has gotten so much mileage out of that long ago trist.

    Good suggestions everyone and good luck!


  • Comment number 58.

    #54 Happy Talk is in South Pacific, Shona.

    Glad you had a wonderful day Zoe. You certainly deserve it


  • Comment number 59.

    #53 LOL! Can I have one too, please...


    #54 I think you're thinking of South Pacific, Shona


  • Comment number 60.

    Thanks to Shona 'Disco 2000' has now been replaced in my head by 'Happy Talk'


  • Comment number 61.

    #60 - me too, thank you Shona and Deebs :) xx


  • Comment number 62.

    Afternoon all and greetings from deepest Pudsey!

    Not posted much lately but I did last week regarding my Mum. Well mum passed away on Friday and myself and the family are obviously still coming to terms with our loss. Bit traumatic this week as the coroner wanted to open an enquiry a kind of mini inquest. That is happening tomorrow at 9.30am and hopefully will not take long. Trying to get on with stuff but obviously some days are better than others!

    Tune for today has to be The Beatles with Lovely Rita.


  • Comment number 63.

    #62 Simon, I'm so sorry to hear your sad news.

    My thoughts are with you.

    Mrs B xx

  • Comment number 64.

    #62 - SW - very sorry to read your sad news. Hope all goes as well as possible tomorrow. Thinking of you and yours.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 65.

    Gotta go - nearly home time - yippee!

    Will be tuned in at 5 :)

    Laters sweet p'taters :) xx

  • Comment number 66.

    I am so sorry to hear your news, Simon. My thoughts are with you and your family - hope it all goes as well as possible tomorrow. x


  • Comment number 67.

    #62 So sorry to hear of your loss SW - my thoughts are also with you.


  • Comment number 68.

    *62 Hope tomorrow morning isn't too painful for you. Take care

  • Comment number 69.

    #62 So sorry to see this note SW. Hope tomorrow goes as well as possible for you all.

  • Comment number 70.

    #62 my sympathies to you and your family SW. Best wishes for tomorrow.

  • Comment number 71.

    #62 - SW - can I echo the thoughts of everyone else at this difficult time.

  • Comment number 72.

    #62 Simon, I'm so sorry to hear your sad news... best wishes for tomorrow.

  • Comment number 73.

    Off to a parents' meeting shortly. Hope there's lots of menshes - missed the first one but I'm guessing it was Lovely Rita.

  • Comment number 74.

    Simon please accept my condolences at this time. Can I also add that everything goes as well as it can tomorrow. Thinking of you. x

  • Comment number 75.

    #42 Autumn_Gale, John Owen-Jones is my favourite Jean Valjean and is probably my favourite Phantom too and when I first saw him about 14 years ago, I think he was said to be the youngest ever to play the part of Valjean and has played it (and the Phantom) several times since, including on Broadway.

    I have also met him twice and found him to be a really nice, friendly, warm person, exactly how Colin Firth was when he was here for 12 days filming 'The Railway Man' and Colin was so nice with all the locals and seemed to like giving hugs too! ;o)

    Talking of Colin Firth, he was in the Mama Mia film and I agree with Deebee, it was better on the stage but I like to watch the 'feelgood' film occasionally!

    Here's John Owen-Jones singing 'Bring Him Home' as himself, but obviously there is more emotion when he's actually in Les Mis playing Valjean!


  • Comment number 76.

    Well done to Daisy's Dad for 'Lovely Rita' and Molly Coddle for 'I Won't Back Down' (remembered to include song titles for Mo)!

  • Comment number 77.

    Thank you for choosing 'Chasing Cars.' I've not heard it before and it's really rather good.

  • Comment number 78.

    Just back from a shopping trip after work - nothing exciting, just a few bits and pieces my daughter needed for Uni. Heard Molly Coddle's double mensh for 'I won't back down' - well done! Did anyone get one for 'Chasing Cars'? Missed it - I didn't particularly want the mensh but I do like the song.


  • Comment number 79.

    Simon, I'm so sorry for your loss and my condolences to you and family. I hope tomorrow goes smoothly and quickly, for all of you.

    Gentle hugs,
    LB, x

  • Comment number 80.

    #78 Deebee, I also love Chasing Cars and I don't know if you knew of Colin McRae, the Scottish rally driver, who was tagically killed in his helicopter about four years ago... my son who is into all things racing, went to his funeral service (listening outside with thousands of other rally fans) and Snow Patrol's 'Chasing Cars' was played as it was one of Colin's favourite songs, so when I hear it, it always reminds me of Colin McRae.


  • Comment number 81.

    Deebee, I hope you're watching The One Show!! ;o)

  • Comment number 82.

    Well done to all the menschees - and was that you under your Sunday name that sent a text/email which was read out when Ruthie Henshall was being interviewed, Florence?


  • Comment number 83.

    Simon, so sorry to learn of your mum's passing. My thoughts are with you. X

    #56 I couldn't think who RBS was and kept re reading your post to try and make sense of it. Then suddenly realised I was RBS. What a plonker!

    Didn't hear too much of the show due to late finish and life things but I did hear Flo under her Sunday name getting a text read out. And I smiled. Mr W thought I had other things on my mind ~}

    Won't see you at all tomorrow - off to a big field called Glasgow all day.

    Be good! XX

  • Comment number 84.

    Have good evenings all

    See you tomorrow


  • Comment number 85.

    Simon, sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family

  • Comment number 86.

    Simon, my thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    Flo - assuming we are allowed to mention Sunday names, nice email!

    Shona, my dear, hope you has a good evening!!

    As for meeting folk for online. I was terrified / mortified / embarrassed when I first did it 7 years ago. It has always been positive for me (well except for Shona obviously*). Not kept in touch with everyone but some folk have become really good friends.

    *joking just in case anyone was wondering, Shona is lovely & mostly harmless & giggles as well as I do. Deebee on the other hand I am terrified of meeting

  • Comment number 87.

    #82 Jennie and Amelia, yes that was my message Simon read out about seeing Ruthie and more importantly, John Owen-Jones. From what I thought she had said, after Simon had asked her if this show is to tour, it sounds like it's going to be a one-off show.


  • Comment number 88.

    Hello poppets, long time no see but I'm lurking and keeping an eye on you all! ;)

    I just wanted to poop by quickly to wish the lovely GAZZA a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 21 again? ;)

    Also, whilst I'm here, my thoughts and condolences are with you Simon x

    Take care all x

  • Comment number 89.

    Good morning all,

    Lovely to see you, Jilly.

    I won't be around much today, but I just wanted to say:




    Wishing everyone a wonderful day whatever you are all up to,

    mc x

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