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Simon Mayo | 09:20 UK time, Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Horrible school run completed, full of stupid drivers and their stupid cars. I of course was an oasis of calm and politeness. Things can only improve and here we are in the ordered world of the drivetime blog where decency prevails and everyone has a cheery word for everyone else. Even the moderator can join in if she/he wants to-hello moderator! There may be a few missing bloggers (as discussed yesterday) but it is still a good place to spend some time everyday. In my opinion. So well done for getting this far. If you read and don't normally say hi-thats fine too.
So today how about Kirsty Young from Desert Island Discs on todays show? Not only is it an iconic show but Kirsty is just the perfect host. Warm, informed and persistent-who could ask for more? The show has the simplest format but it inevitably drags you in and you play the 'well what I choose' game. There's a fascinating "70 Years of" book out that details every castaway's choices of music, luxury and book; good bedtime stuff. So we will do DESERT ISLAND oldies of course and why not add a song, a luxury and a book if you can think of any...
So that'll do. Have a positive and affirming Wednesday, see you after 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    LIVING ON AN ISLAND by the Quo pretty please?

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi again Simon and everyone

    I'm glad I don't do a school run like you mentioned, Simon, especially when I occasionally encounter the mums and their offspring in their gas-guzzling 4x4s clogging up the road... some who would only have a 5-minute walk, which in my day was fun.

    Anyway, some songs for the lovely Kirsty Wark....

    LIVING ON AN ISLAND ~ Status Quo

    LADY OF THE ISLAND ~ Crosby, Stills and Nash

    LISTEN TO THE OCEAN ~ Nina and Frederik

    ON AN ISLAND ~ David Gilmour

    ALL ALONE AM I ~ Brenda Lee

    THE TIDE IS HIGH ~ Blondie

  • Comment number 3.

    A whole new blog all to myself !

    I'd have to go for LIVING ON AN ISLAND - STATUS QUO who were great on the Hyde Park 'festival in a day' on Sunday. Found there were highlights on the red button last night - worth a look if it's still live.

    Gazza - #83 from yesterday - was it Phil Collins ?

    One last 9/11 memory - a friend of mine flew out to Toronto on the 14th on one fo the first flights out of Manchester when they resumed. A very tense set of passengers, but possibly one of the safest flights they would ever take, ironically. They arrived, very relieved, and applause broke out spontaneously on board.

  • Comment number 4.

    #1 Ooooo how exciting, I'm first - but how odd.
    Back in the day a blog at 9.20 would have been humming along by 9.46....

    2nd choice: Island Girl by Sir Elt - but think that was played last time we did islands!

    MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE by Sting (or Police?) would also suit the conundrum the poor celeb finds him/her self in

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi folks,

    how about:


  • Comment number 6.


    ISLANDS IN THE STREAM by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
    ALONE AGAIN by Gilbert O'Sullivan

    A tenuous one:

    ROMEO AND JULIET by Dire Straits

    Because castaways get to take the complete works of Shakespeare with them.

    A luxury - A lifetimes supply of chocolate, please.

    A book you say Simon? Well that would have to be "Itch" because I haven't read it yet.

    Must dash...

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 7.

    Good Morning Simon and Poppeteers


    Off for another wee think

  • Comment number 8.

    It looks like there are several blogs today as you can keep clicking 'next'!

    ALONE ~ Heart

  • Comment number 9.

    Sorry - where's me manners!
    Lovely morning here in Oxford, but a wee bit nippy.
    Rain due at 12 though according to BBC weather (other weather websites are avail etc etc)


    ALL BY MYSELF by ERIC CARMEN (don't wanna be -ALL BY MYSELF)
    speaking personally I could do with it somedays...

  • Comment number 10.

    Good morning Simon, Team & Blogpoppets!

    It's anotgher sunny but cold one here.


    will probably be my only offering today. Meetings, meetings & more meetings :-(


  • Comment number 11.

    Morning all !! Shockingly soggy school crossing this morning, thankfully not windy though. Of course in my head I was basking on a beautiful beach ~ its the only way to deal with a wet crossing don't you know.

    The cat is in the house, so clearly the summer is OVER. Time to embrace the on-comming Autumn/Winter. (lets see how many mornings/afternoons I need to visulise being on a beach)


    Seem to remember even the video is on an island!

  • Comment number 12.

    #6 Tsk. It's cracking read, get on with it. :¬)

    Just at the moment, 'Sailing By' is the only tune I can think of.

  • Comment number 13.

    Just popping in quickly before a meeting. I suspect there'll be some repetition, but here's an enthusiastic brain dump...

    STATUS QUO - Living On An Island

    ELTON JOHN - Island Girl

    GILBERT O'SULLIVAN - Alone Again, Naturally

    THE WHO - I Can See For Miles

    LOVE - Alone Again Or

    SPENCER DAVIS GROUP - Somebody Help Me

    DIRE STRAITS - So Far Away

    THE POLICE - So Lonely

    DUSTY SPRINGFIELD - In The Middle of Nowhere

    JON & VANGELIS - Somehow I'll Find My Way Home...

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning Mr Mayo, team, NYM and ordered and decent bloggers

    In a bit of a rush, but wanted to make these auggestions:

    ALL BY MYSELF - Eric Carmen


    EVER SO LONELY - Monsoon

    HEY THERE LONELY GIRL - Eddie Holman

  • Comment number 15.

    I think the artist in question from yesterday's blog (Gazza - #83) is Paul McCartney.

    And as for suggestions:
    Don't pay the ferryman - Chris de Burgh (well, maybe the ferryman should be paid come to think of it)

  • Comment number 16.

    My favourite Desert Island Disc celeb was Alice Cooper - always a revelation to hear him on the TV talking, but on the radio you are of course not able to see his full make-up routine (if indeed he wears it to 'do' radio) so he just sounds like a warm, funny, interesting guy.
    We were driving back from a weekend away in Bath I think, and it was peeing down - the show really cheered us up on the journey.

  • Comment number 17.

    Ooer - dodgy blog again!? No NEXT on last blog and two of this blog? Whasshappenin'?


  • Comment number 18.

    #13 Jon and Vangelis - that's a nice choice, I'll second that one Sir C

  • Comment number 19.


    RESCUE ME - Fontella Bass


  • Comment number 20.

    How about


    Work beckons

    Catch you later.

    Shona X

  • Comment number 21.

    A quick couple more



    While I'm here, can I make a request....when folks are congratulating the lucky menshees could you also post the song that was played.


  • Comment number 22.

    ok then how about:


    see what I did there?

  • Comment number 23.

    Morning all

    As I'm not teaching at all today, I might actually get the chance to participate a bit. Feeling a bit of of it at the moment, and I didn't even hear any of the show last night either.

    I'll add my vote for
    Islands in the Stream - Kenny & Dolly
    Island of Dreams - The Springfields / The Seekers

    My luxury? I suppose these days it would have to be a computer (assuming there's wireless on the desert island....) or perhaps a TV/DVD and the box-set of The West Wing.

  • Comment number 24.

    #12 Smee, I know I know. When I'm really looking forward to reading a book I tend to save it for a time like a holiday when I know I can really launch into it and read it quickly.

    #13 Sir C, Love the Dusty suggestion. Hope it gets played.

    #16 Suzieeee, Yes, that was a good one. I was also fascinated by Morrisey's. It sounded like poor Kirsty Young was treading on eggshells with him. There was a point where it sounded like he almost flirted with her though!

    Off to a garden centre now which is a good 20 miles from home (even though there are about 5 such centres just down the road from here). The fact said garden centre does the most amazing homemade cakes in its coffee shop has absolutely no bearing on why my friend and I are going all that way. Honest ;-)


  • Comment number 25.

    CIRCLES IN THE SAND by Belinda Carlise
    Again, think it is from the last Island blog, but it's a good-un

    WE GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE by the Animals (as Robinson may have said to Friday)

    Back later, after caffeine - another cold/fluey infested bad night's sleep

    Where's coffeebuzz when you need him?

  • Comment number 26.

    #17 No, I think they must be in pre-mod, Jennie.

  • Comment number 27.

    Good morning all!

    Simon, I don't miss the school run one little bit. Had to collect Mr Coddle slightly earlier from the station yesterday and got caught up in a jam of Mums in their 4X4's waiting for their little ones to alight from the train. Not the most observant of drivers IMO.

    Have already tweeted the following:




    SLEEPY SHORES - JOHNNY PEARSON (which I can blame on Chris's 1970's TV Nostalgfest yesterday. Beautiful tune!)

    mc x

  • Comment number 28.



  • Comment number 29.

    Thinking about what the show actually means...

    LOST, IN MUSIC - Sister Sledge (see what I did there?!)

    And for all the strange things which people request as their one luxury item...


    That's m'lot, see you all later,


  • Comment number 30.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Grrr... I've been refreshing on yesterday's blog and it wasn't telling me Next>>

    My Desert Island oldies (which have probably all been suggested by now)

    RESCUE ME - Aretha Franklin

    NEVER BE LONELY - The Feeling

    ISLANDS IN THE STREAM - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

    MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - The Police

    ALL BY MYSELF - Eric Carmen

    ALONE - Heart

    ON THE BEACH - Chris Rea


  • Comment number 31.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Thank you for the nice words Simon, this blog is indeed a nice place to be.

    Congrats on all the menshes for Andy Murray, I tried I Thingy to listen back as we had an early start at KB last night to the presence of a private lesson as I normally get to listen loads on a Tuesday, however it wasn't ready to listen ;(

    What was the tune that I was mentioned for?

    Now choons:

    1. ISLANDS IN THE STREAM - Kenny and Dolly
    2. LIVING ON AN ISLAND - Status Quo
    3. ALL BY MYSELF - Eric Carmen
    4. WISHING - Flock of seagulls
    6. MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - Police
    7. PARADISE - Coldplay
    8. ALONE - Heart
    9. STRANDED - Lutricia Mcneal
    10. SOS - Abba

    And now my 3 :

    Song - Come up and see me ( Make me Smile) - Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
    Luxury - Iphone
    Book - Charlotte's Web

    And regards that link from digital spy on other blog,well that forum member is talking out there ass!!!

    Have a nice day.


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 32.

    Ooh, almost forgot:



  • Comment number 33.

    #24 cake? cake?? did my cake radar get a hit?
    Enjoy your cake, and definitely worth a 20 mile detour in my book any day.

    No cake here sadly :-/ despite folks coming back from hols (it's office tradition to bring back local goodies for us back in blighty) but all we get are manky foreign biscuits and weird Thai sweets!

    Ho hum, I'll think of me hitting the Italian beach in 9 days time...not that I'm counting or 'owt

  • Comment number 34.

    Ah, now I've had a few minutes to read back I see it wasn't only me who had problems.

    And how remiss of me - thank you Simon for your kind words! And thank you for giving us a nice friendly place to hang out.

    #21 I second that request, Mo. I rarely get to listen to the whole show, and it's good to know how aligned or otherwise I've been in my suggestions.

    I'll have a thunk about what I would have for my book and luxury item - back later, but now I must get on with some work...


  • Comment number 35.

    Don't know if Lord Ammo had read my post from yesterday or we are on a similar wavelength today - c and p'd it for perusal of of others if you're interested ;0)

    #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 36.

    I too, will have a think about a book and luxury item to take with me.............

    Is there electricity on this island?


  • Comment number 37.

    Since changing from the tongue twisting Rostronposkett to my actual name I have not a solitary mention until last night when I got, dare I be so bold, the first mensh of the night just before JBG, for Ce Ce Peniston! But through Facebook....I just happened to be on it when I saw that Simon had posted the update so I was about first on there I think. Anyway my post-RP drought is over. Now just need to the full blog title. Its not going to happen with this but I do love:


  • Comment number 38.

    #36 surely electricity could be the luxury chosen?
    And of course then you can't have the things you want to plug in as your luxury item (and without t'internet, electricity is nobbut a lad)

  • Comment number 39.

    Morning everyone

    Have you been asked to do Desert Island Discs Simon?

    Richard Hawley was great on the show yesterday. I liked his comments about being yourself and not the same as everyone else.

    Coffee machine, beans etc I think is my luxury. I dither about the book, a favourite or something huge I would never have time to read? I will ponder further.

    Island Life – The Divine Comedy

    Island of Lost Souls - Blondie

    Living on an Island – Status Quo

    Alone - The Beautiful South

    Island of Dreams – The Seekers

    Tired of Being Alone – Al Green or Texas

    Message in a Bottle – The Police

    Dreams by the Sea – John Martyn

    Lonesome Day – Bruce Springsteen

    Solitude Standing - Suzanne Vega

  • Comment number 40.

    Ah ha !!


    Ok, it's not gonna get played but hey, it's a double-whammy!

  • Comment number 41.

    Morning all

    Here you all are! I've been checking yesterday's blog all morning looking for signs of a 'next' button appearing, then I find I've been logged out and have to get back in again - humph!

    anyway, no time to read back, so apologies for duplication:

    ISLANDS IN THE STREAM - Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers

    Will try to get back (technology permitting)!

    T x

  • Comment number 42.

    Glad to see I'm not the only one having problems!

    Thought of another one:

    SO LONELY - Police

    Enjoyed listening Richard Hawley on the show last night; hearing a Sheffield accent is lovely!


    Book - The Mists of Avalon - it's quite thick and I haven't re-read if for years.

    will have a think about another one!

  • Comment number 43.

    #2 Flo, don't get me started on school run traffic...

    #14 JBG, top suggestion for Monsoon

    #21 Mo, is the next in the sequence

    QUEEN - Save Me


  • Comment number 44.

    #38 It's hard to think of a luxury item that doesn't require electricity, isn't it. And how are you supposed to play the records anyway - on a wind-up gramaphone?

    I think my luxury would have to be an endless supply of paper and pencils. Being on a desert island would be the ideal opportunity to write that novel I've never got round to starting... And there are far too many good books for me to be able to choose just one - so maybe it would have to be a cookery book... perhaps one of Rick Stein's, he does a lot with fish...


  • Comment number 45.

    I think there must be electricity, otherwise it would be pointless choosing records you couldn't play!

  • Comment number 46.

    I see we both had similar thoughts Deebee re the record playing so if there is power, would that change what people would take?


  • Comment number 47.

    Good Morning Each!

    'On The Beach' by Neil Young

    'So Lonely' by The Police (Mondegreen, y'see)

    'The Longest Time' by Billy Joel

    'Freedom Of Choice' by Devo

  • Comment number 48.

    #47 Ah, a fellow Only Connect watcher?
    Never heard of mondegreens myself before Monday's quiz show, but have suffered from years of poor home recordings on TDK tapes (other tapes are avail etc) that were over and over recorded so know full well what they are.
    I prefer Kirsty on DID rather than Sue Lawley, just IMHO

  • Comment number 49.

    #48 So that's at least three of us who watch it. Perhaps we should form a team (the Silly Bloggers?)

    I love the connections (i guessed correctly when 'Sue Lawley' came up, and the wall, but the missing letters is where I really come into my own...

  • Comment number 50.

    I love that Radio 4 have an archive of everyone who has been on Desert Island Discs together with their choices; I think it is a great show. I don’t think there is electricity. Solar power maybe?

    Book would be either Underworld by Don DeLillo (never found time to read it) or the complete Rebus series Ian Rankin

    Songs would be Idioteque – Radiohead / Born to Run / West of Her Spine – Bell X1

    My other luxury would be podcasts, particularly the missing early Wittertainment ones (hint hint!)

    Obviously I agree with Simon that this is a fine place to hang out.

    #23 Autumn_Gale - West Wing would be great. I re-watched the entire thing last winter and loved every minute of it. The early episodes are even more interesting as you know the story arc of the characters. I would happily watch it again. It was David Tennant’s luxury.

    Flo – from last night – meh re digital spy, all the people won’t be pleased all the time. I love the 3-worders. As was said over the page it is fun imagining what is happening to the people and trying to condense a situation into 3 words. I’ve had a few read out and am always pleased. As for the RC comment, too daft to even comment on.

    I think the “blogger / listener interaction” (you know what I mean) makes the show. I hate “phone-ins” such as the last hour of the 5 Live breakfast show or even worse Stephen Nolan. I am not interested in the (usually) ill-informed views of joe-public but 3-worders, choon choosing, homework, reaction to the confession etc I absolutely love. Mentions and OSMs are obviously great too!

    I’ve just finished listening to Stephen King’s The Dome, all 34.5 hours of it. Just fantastic, great story, wonderful characters. A steal at £4.33 from a well known purveyor of audiobooks. I have more time to listen than to read so long audiobooks are great.

  • Comment number 51.

    Morning all

    #48 - I have missed this series of Only Connect so far as the lure of Lorraine Pascale out does the future Mrs D Mitchell!

    I think we've discussed mondegreens here before, especially Harry, Paul and Katy from memory, but I could be wrong!

    Can I add in for today mix, seconding etc as appropriate

    TYPICALLY TROPICAL - BARBADOS (this cos it was a favourite as a small boy!)

    As a paaing thought on the busyiness (or not) of the blog, I wonder if the tech difficulties have put people off, esp with the refreshing and 3 min delay issues?



  • Comment number 52.

    Good morning all

    Great to get a mensh last night from Simon for tune choice but have to own up that it was not my selection played. So sorry for the blogger who should have had the mensh.

    For today a bit late to the blog and a lot of good tunes already selected but would love to hear


    (could be an important part of the diet on a desert island)

  • Comment number 53.

    Morning All,

    'There's Something Wrong In Paradise' Kid Creole and the Coconuts

    'Island Of Lost Souls' Blondie

    'I'll Sail This Ship Alone' Beautiful South

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 54.

    One more thing. Doctor Who watching bloggers, what did you think of this week’s episode? I was slightly bored! Good to see Amy having more to do though. I wish Matt Smith would learn better diction, I had to rewind several times to make out what he was saying.

    Rewind - still using analogue terms for digital technology, what do young folk say? It is like having the wee floppy disk icon for save when disks haven’t been used for ages, except in my local chemist for some reason.

  • Comment number 55.

    hi all



  • Comment number 56.

    the answer of the question is guessed right by #15 mildr

    paul mcartney.
    solo was pipes of peace,duo with stevie wonder trio as part of wings, 4 piece the beatles,5 piece the beatles and billy preston and hes been on a few charity songs eg.band aid 20

  • Comment number 57.

    Good Afternoon All;

    Ooo, I'm very late to the party today, I'm just going to chuck in a few song suggestions, before I get to (not so) serious blog business...








  • Comment number 58.

    the answer of the other question about which british band has had the most top 40 hits without a number 1 the answer is the who.

  • Comment number 59.

    #49 (et al) - add another to the Only Connect viewing list. I got the Sue Lawley question, and we've had one of the other entries from that suggested here today (Islands in the Stream or Ireland's Industry as listed).

    I'm currently finding the connecting walls in the Radio Times far more difficult than those on the programme for some reason. I'd always choose the lion wall - for obvious reasons.

  • Comment number 60.

    Hello Blogland,

    Long time, no...see? Ok, there has been seeing on my part in that I have been lurking but I haven't had any inspiration whatsoever and nothing to contribute to the blog. Except for now, hurrah!

    #54 - I am a Dr Who watching blogger and I must say after the opening episode, the second one was a bit slow. I found myself asking why was Nefrittiti ('scuse spelling) and that hunter fella doing there? Once saw Mark Williams (Rory's Dad) on a ferry to France once.

    Inspiration has at last come my way

    Get into the groove - Madonna, Yes? No?

    Maybes laters


  • Comment number 61.

    Two Mexicans are stuck in the desert after crossing into the United States , wandering aimlessly and starving. They are about to just lie down and wait for death, when all of a sudden Luis says:

    "Hey Pepe, do you smell what I smell. Ees bacon, I

    "Is, Luis, eet sure smell like bacon. "

    With renewed hope they struggle up the next sand dune, & there, in the distance, is a tree loaded with bacon.

    There's raw bacon, there's fried bacon, back bacon, double smoked bacon, every imaginable kind of cured pork.

    "Pepe, Pepe, we ees saved! Ees a bacon tree!"

    "Luis, maybe ees a meerage? We ees in the desert don't forget."

    "Pepe, since when deed you ever hear of a meerage that smell like bacon? Ees no meerage, ees a bacon tree!"

    With that, Luis staggers towards the tree. He gets to within 5 yards, Pepe crawling close behind, when suddenly a machine gun opens up, and Luis drops like a wet sock. Mortally wounded, he warns Pepe with his dying breath:

    "Pepe, go back man, you was right, ees not a bacon tree!"

    "Luis, Luis miamigo, what ees it? "

    "Pepe ees not a bacon tree. Ees...


    Ees.... a ham bush."

  • Comment number 62.

    #54 I didn't really enjoy the dinosaur episode. I'm also finding that I'm becoming increasingly irritated by the incidental music which I believe is becoming intrusive. I discussed this with my brother. I argued it's making the show feel "sillier". He replied "it's a family show". I said "it should be darker. Will any kids be hiding behind the sofa when the Daleks are on if pantomime music is playing over the top?" His stance was the fact that they aren't aving to hide is probably a good thing.

    I'm still unconvinced. I think he's got his "soon to be a parent" hat on :-)

  • Comment number 63.




  • Comment number 64.

    #61 Molly - just dreadful! Giggling away here.

    Alice & Ken - I agree, the dinosaur's felt like Snakes on a Plane - a good title shame about the story. Of course it is meant to be scarier and darker. It was never silly before.

  • Comment number 65.

    On to blog matters...

    From yesterdays blog...

    Amelia - Thank you, I'm sure Deebee and I will have a licence to be thrilled... ;-)

    Katy - Lovely to see you, and sorry you are to busy to join in much these days. But it sounds like you are enjoying your new job, so it's all good. :-)

    Jennie - Keep on blogging, indeed! I'm sure we will, of course, life sometimes gets in the way, but as well as missing bloggers, we've added some great folks to our ranks, and long may it continue.

    I forgot to say how much I enjoyed hearing Richard Hawley on last night's show, as he's from Sheffield, it's always fantastic to hear a local lad done good. I am very familiar with Magna, as they hold an annual free event for disabled children.

    From today's blog...

    Simon - None of us would be here, blogging away merrily, if not for you, so thanks.

    We are lucky to avoid the school run, as the twins get school transport, to and from school.

    #37 Jeffrey - Sorry to have missed your mensh yesterday, under your Sunday name. It was always a guilty pleasure, seeing if Simon could manage to pronounce Rostronposkett on any given day. :D

    I always try to list song and menshee(s) when I have the time. :-)

    #54 Amelia - I enjoyed 'Dinosaurs On a Spaceship', it was a slight, and often silly, tale, but an enjoyable romp all the same. I never have a problem understanding what Matt Smith is saying, but then, I am quite taken with him, so am probably hanging on his every word... ;D (The feminists who were attacking Steven Moffat would have a dicky fit!) I loved Rory's dad, Brian, wonderfully played by Mark Williams.

    My Desert Island list would be...

    Song - Life On Mars - David Bowie.

    Luxury - Internet access (solar-powered, of course)

    Book - A survival guide by Ray Mears, or Bear Grylls. (Would come in very handy)

  • Comment number 66.

    #62 Ken I don't watch Dr Who particularly, but incidental music, should form part of the atmosphere of the programme and I agree children should be watching it hidden behind the cushion or the sofa, speaking as one who did to the original series (Tom Baker vintage).

    Also I watch Merlin with my 6 year old daughter and see runs off when the scary music is on, but always comes back for more. IMO children love to be scared, especially when the can hide behind the sofa!


  • Comment number 67.

    Alice, Ken and Amelia - I think Doctor Who has always been a mix of the dark, the sublime and the ridiculous. Since Doctor Who returned under Russell T Davies' leadership, there have been plenty of silly episodes, Aliens of London & World War III with the flatulent Slitheen, or Love and Monsters (which I loved, but many hated) for example. There have been very dark episodes scattered in the mix, like Blink, which was much loved, and was written by current show runner, Steven Moffat.

    I haven't been the biggest fan of Steven Moffat, I do think that the show hasn't been as strong under his tenure as it was under RTD, but I had problems with some of his writing too... I am sorry that Steven Moffat was driven off Twitter, possibly partly due to all the attacks from feminists, about his treatment of female characters.

    On the incidental music issue, I've thought that the music has been OTT since the show returned. Murray Gold has done some lovely music for Doctor Who, but it can be too much, and drowns out dialogue, and intrudes on emotional moments where less would be more.

    I think that this series is heading towards darker episodes, with the return of the weeping angels, and the departure of Amy and Rory. Sorry if that's spoilery info for anyone.

  • Comment number 68.

    #58, gazza You are mistaken. The Who have had 27 British chart hits, none of which have been to Number One, but they are not even close to the record. That belongs to Depeche Mode, you have also never been to Number One, but have had 43 top 40 hits, and a further 5 that charted outside the top 40.

  • Comment number 69.

    Zoe – perhaps silly was the wrong word because I agree there have always been good, daft episodes.

    It is a huge shame that Steven Moffat has been driven off twitter. I wonder how “famous folk” cope with the inevitable abuse on twitter. I guess for most it is more than compensated by nice tweets?

    I think there is a difference commenting on somewhere like here about likes and dislikes and sending a nasty / abuse tweet to the person concerned. No matter how much I dislike someone it would never occur to me to tweet them, I just wouldn’t be following them in the first place.

    I liked Love & Monsters even if it was DT light.

    The combination of Russell T / DT / Steven Moffat will never be bettered.

    I generally like Murray Gold’s music but incidental music should add to the whole viewing experience but should be largely invisible (although not inaudible obviously), if you are aware of it then it is probably too much.

    I have something important I should be doing for Friday, hence the lots of posting on here today (and why I can't come on Friday), I really need to go. I think my first ever Simon mention was a 3-worder procrastination, procrastination, procrastination ….

  • Comment number 70.

    Paul, I think you should be Jeffery's 'Phone A Friend' ! ;-)


    Btw, Jeffery, wishing you all the best for tomorrow.

  • Comment number 71.


  • Comment number 72.

    #69 Amelia - I think silly is o.k, but yes, there have been some very enjoyable daft episodes. I think Dinosaurs On A Spaceship was built around the title, like Snakes On A Plane was, it was silly, but I still quite enjoyed it, each to their own though. :-)

    Steven Moffat's wife, Sue Vertue, said that he'd left Twitter because he found it too distracting, but I've read since that he had been receiving a barrage of hatred from self-declared feminists, who hate the way he portrays female characters in his writing (such as this article, which I think is mostly nonsense btw http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2012/09/06/799791/steven-moffat-im-over-your-lady-issues/?mobile=nc ) I think it's fair to say that any celebrity on Twitter receives a fair amount of both praise, and scorn. Most of them handle it with grace, and just block repeat offenders, but some celebrities deal with "trolls" in a more forceful, and sometimes unwarranted manner, by getting their followers to round on their perceived attacker. This is an interesting (but very long) blog on the matter http://comedychat.co.uk/2012/09/05/comedians-using-their-fans-for-co-ordinated-safety-in-numbers-bullying/

    Have you mentioned the important thing you're doing on Friday? Apologies if you have, I seem to have missed it. Whatever it is, I hope it goes well for you. :-)

  • Comment number 73.

    Would agree with #13 - The Who, I CAN SEE FOR MILES
    or HOME BY THE SEA by Genesis

  • Comment number 74.

    I read Amelia's post #54 and for a moment couldn't remember whether I'd actually seen the second Dr Who episode (I have) - so no, not as good as the first one.

    #60 Hi Alice - nice to "see" you!

    #61 LOL!!

    Most of the celebrities I follow on Twitter seem to handle negative comments pretty well - I'm sure the blocking feature is very useful. It must be hard to stop the more persistent offenders though - there was a TV programme recently about Richard Bacon's experience of trolls, which I found quite shocking...


  • Comment number 75.

    Afternoon all

    I watched Dr Who - it was a bit silly, but I still enjoyed it! We met Mark Williams on a cruise once; a lovely man : )

    #61 : ) : )

  • Comment number 76.

    oooh - another idea for the desert island oldie - a cracker!!!!


  • Comment number 77.

    #59 one good way to while away your afternoons:
    Apart from cruising the blog, of course.

  • Comment number 78.

    Molly, thanks for the best wishes. Panic is rising. I've come to the stark realisation that whilst I might know my specialist subject I'm going to need some luck with general knowledge! All will become apparent tomorrow....!

    Zoe W - should I be going back to Rostronposkett do you think? Did it get me more noticed I wonder?

    Incidentally I can confirm that a) should I have a phone a friend then PofS would be he and b) despite not getting to Number 1 being almost the opposite of my specialist subject I can confirm that Depeche Mode are the answer to most hits without scoring a number 1.

    My 'interesting' fact from today's research has led me to this little teaser (I hope its a question tomorrow): which US city, the setting of Starsky and Hutch, gave its name to a 70's double chart topper?

  • Comment number 79.

    #78 Jeffrey - All the very best for tomorrow, for your specialist subject, and the general knowledge questions.

    I think Rostronposkett was certainly a memorable moniker, and like I said, there was a guilty pleasure to be had in seeing whether Simon would manage to spit it all out.

  • Comment number 80.

    #45 Maybe they packed them off with wind up gramophones? I suspect a solar powered MP3/4 player might be more the thing these days. I'm sure this desert island has lots of sun so recharging it shouldn't be a problem.

    Re Doctor Who. Shame about the triceratops.

  • Comment number 81.

    #61 - Tee Hee - giggling to myself here

    The very best of luck tomorrow, Jeffrey - you'll be fine, with all the bloggers best wishes behind you ;0)

    *whispers* I haven't watched any of the new Dr Who........ should I have??


  • Comment number 82.

    Phew... just made it back here in time for a quick catch-up and to hear the start of the show. I would also like to wish Jeffrey of Maidenhead all the best for his number ones and the general knowledge questions on Mastermind tomorrow night. Any idea when it will be aired or is it one of these special lives shows? If live, I shall have to record it because I'm going to see the very funny Kevin Bridges tomorrow night, so I'm off to check the TV to see if it's live.

  • Comment number 83.

    Re the new series of Dr Who... I too haven't watched any of the programmes this time and I still miss David Tennant, who was my favourite Doctor.

  • Comment number 84.

    JiM. I posted the answer to my question for you on yesterdays blog. As for being a 'phone a friend', I'd be rubbish at it. I knew that Depeche Mode were the answer to gazza's question, but had to google to find the precise number. He threw me with The Who, so I googled that bit too. Incidentally, the answer to yesterdays question (to save you searching back) was that in each of those years, the total number of Number 1 hits in each year was 17. The missing year, also with 17 Number 1's was 1972.

  • Comment number 85.

    How remiss of me!. Good luck Jeffrey. You should outscore Watford, at least. But then, that is rather easy. ;0)

  • Comment number 86.

    Zoe - I didn't get a chance to read the whole article, but I find the subject interesting. Aaron Sorkin (of The West Wing) is constantly accused of the same issues in relation to his writing of women.

    How much of do I agree with? Some.

    Anyone interested in a modern approach to feminism should read Caitlin Moran's fabulous book "How to be a Woman". Funny, truthful and inspiring in a non-preachy way......

  • Comment number 87.

    I hate the 3 minute rule!

    Jeffrey - good luck :)) Can't wait to hear all about it (well what you're allowed to say at any rate)

  • Comment number 88.

    Well done to Mandy for Living on an Island by Status Quo & well done to Deebee (or Deborah as Simon has taken to calling you!) for Alone by Heart. :-))

    I may be a bit blog lite from tomorrow, until Wednesday next week. I've got a couple of very exciting events coming up, and a long (probably boring, but important) meeting tomorrow.

    Florence - I'm sure Jeffrey said that his Mastermind episode would be broadcast in around 3 weeks after recording.

  • Comment number 89.

    How about Stranger on the shore by Acker Bilk, or anything by Sandie Shaw?

  • Comment number 90.

    What's happened to everyone?


  • Comment number 91.

    I'm here briefly JW.

    Good show tonight. Kirsty great. Agree Drivetime should be 3 hours. Did we only have 4 Oldies again? Wish something else off the playlist got bumped instead.

    Congratulations to Mandy & Deebee as noted above & John for Rescue Me. A 3-worder & an OSM for me *grins*.

    Agreed with what Kirsty said about desert island tunes should mean something rather than necessarily be favourites. All mine are anyway.

    #72 Zoe - ta for asking. Job interview on Friday. Surprised I got an interview, it would be geographically difficult (to say the least) & I would die of shock if I got it. But my current job is pants & it could be fantastic.

  • Comment number 92.

    Must be something good on the box tonight - or some thing else going on?

    Have great evenings, whatever you may be doing ;0)

    See you tomorrow


  • Comment number 93.

    Well done to John for the Rescue Me mensh. :-)

    #91 Amelia - All the very best to you for your job interview on Friday. I hope you dazzle them, and knock all the other candidates out of contention! :D

    There were only 4 oldies again, and one of those was chosen by a previous Desert Island Disc-er! It seems to be that the traditional 3rd oldie slot, before the 6pm news, has been squeezed out. Not sure why this is, as with the dropping of show-stopper selections, there should be a bit more time... I think it's Sally's fault for never knowing what's going on with the confessions. She can read this when she pops on to the blog at 3am. ;-)

    Like I said earlier, I may be MIA for the next few days, it's all go here!

    Goodnight one and all x

  • Comment number 94.

    Evening all,

    I heard "my" song but not the mensh - thank you Sir, and thanks for letting me know Zoe and amelia

    3 word Wed night...

    Curry, Beer, Bed. (Hic)

    Night all


  • Comment number 95.

    hi all

    paul you are right i think i might have heard the question wrong it was on a local station a few years ago and the answer was given as the who,it might have been must top ten hits without a number 1 and not top 40.

    good luck jeffery for tomorrow win 4 the watford fans.

    sal you not the only person on the other blog now lol and i got one all 2 myself now lol

    its late so probley amelia and florence will turn up on here so hello ladies x

    next thursday is a big day lol

    gazza x

  • Comment number 96.

    Hello Gazza! See posts in other places.

    Ta Zoe. Would prefer to be with you on Friday.

    Mercury nominations for Richard Hawley & Field Music most interesting I think.

    Plan B, another nominee, was on Wittertainment last week (Carter in the Sweeney remake). Perhaps not their most engaging guest.

  • Comment number 97.

    hello amelia x

  • Comment number 98.

    Hey Gazza x 3.

    Listening to programme on R4 about weather related innovations.

  • Comment number 99.

    hey amelia x 3.

  • Comment number 100.

    ton up


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