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Simon Mayo | 09:09 UK time, Friday, 21 September 2012

Good grief. Another birthday to consider. There was a story around a year or so back that most of think we are about 17 years younger than we actually are. In our heads we get older so much slower. Not sure I'm feeling 37 but it's not far off. There are occasions of course when I feel 100 but normally it's 42 or so. I am the proud recipient of a new shirt, jumper, sherbet lemons, back scratcher and The Shorter English Dictionary in 2 volumes. This last gift (mother-in-law a retired librarian, she knows these things) is without doubt the heaviest gift ever received. I think it's the last one they're producing as we all go online now but it is a monster of a gift, it's like holy writ- gold-edged pages and all! The sherbet lemons are the dead cert hit and indeed might be all gone by 5pm.

2 shows today with no long haul trains to worry about. Oliver Stone is our guest on the movie show from 2. His new film is Savages about some LA druggies getting mixed up with Mexican uber-baddies and is receiving, lets be honest , mixed reviews. But he is always a fine guest and he's on from 2.30.

Then to your weekly ARF with a new king/queen to be crowned once you've delivered your coup de grace below.

Have a startling and reassuring Friday, see you after 2&5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Think you have caught everyone out Simon as we were all expecting a late late Blog like the rest of the week!

    Anyway happy birthday to ya and remember age is just a meer number its what you feel inside that counts, oh and chuck us a sherbert lemon, not really bit tangy for me, pear drops are my thing!!

    How about an ARF such as:

    1. REFLEX - Duran Duran
    2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Stevie Wonder.

    Back laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 2.

    Happy Birthday Simon

    ♪ღ♪░░H░A░P░P░Y░♥░B░I ░R░T░H░D░A░Y░░♪ღ♪

  • Comment number 3.

    Once again...
    Happy Birthday Simon !!
    Would have suggested SEPTEMBER - EARTH WIND & FIRE, but you played it yesterday! So how about
    Have a good one pepps

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Happy Birthday Simon! I think I have been 35 since I was about, er -40...

    First things first -as Hoffs is unavailable this morning, I need to do this:

    50.At 14:32 20th Sep 2012, Jennie Wren wrote:
    Will one of you lovely bloggers do me a HUGE favour? I have to have another day-stay op tomorrow and won't be around to request an ARFO, so would you PLEASE
    c and p my offering? I would be very grateful.

    ARFO from Jennie Wren ...


    Thanks again you lovely lot!!


  • Comment number 5.

    Im totally with you on the Pear Drops. My uncle used to run a post office up in the Lake District, and when we visited I always stared longingly at the sweet jars untill offered a quater of one. I ALWAYS chose Pear Drops - :-)

  • Comment number 6.

    As for my own choice, I think

    ALL MY LOVING - Beatles

    would be a fine way to start the show. Or you could go for

    WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE - Steve Winwood

    Back laters for some chat...


  • Comment number 7.

    Morning all


    The only thing that springs to mind this morning is


    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 8.

    Good Morning Simon and Blog Friends

    A very happy birthday to you Simon! I hope you have a great day being 42 (ish)

    Didn't get out to play yesterday but I do have a note and for an ARFO today:


    (As it's your birthday Simon ;))

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning Simon, team, NYM, and heavyweight bloggers,

    Happy Birthday your Lordship. You don't look a day over 37....

    For today's ARFO, I thought this might be appropriate:

    REELIN' IN THE YEARS - Steely Dan

    Good day all


  • Comment number 10.

    Did you not get a 'Onesie' Simon? Cherub spent the last of her vouchers on one the other day from a well known store whose name appears at the top of the blog each morning (previous/main/NEXT). Ive herd rumers they are having a 'FLASH' sale this weekend so I might go down and pick one up for myself :-)

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning all

    Happy Birthday Simon! We do seem to have a lot on September birthdays on this blog?

    Can I suggest




    for ARFO please.

    Thank you for all your thoughts for the daughter's tooth out at the dentist yesterday, which went ok and she is fine today. Think the worst bit was the injections to numb it before it was taken out. Peppa Pig who she took for moral support, needed resucitation afterwards I think as it was squeezed so hard!



  • Comment number 12.

    I have just been polishing the ARFO crown ready to hand over to the new King or Queen at 5:05 so let's hope we see another blogpoppet wearing it next week!

  • Comment number 13.

    Good morning all and a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Simon!

    Woke up with the sniffles and sneezes this morning - they've been lurking since the beginning of the month - but a sunny, if muddy, dog walk more than made up for it even if I have gone through half a box of mansize already. Still, it's only a sniffle, could be a lot worse.

    My ARFO suggestions today

    TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG - The Specials

    both eminently suitable I think.

    Busy day, just for a change. Feel like a bit of an interloper lately but will try to get back later, after I've done and put away the 'big shop' maybe.

    Have fun and play nicely.

    SE x

  • Comment number 14.

    Good Morning All;

    Another (not 50 shades of) grey day, back under the duvet for me, I don't want any more bad news today, thank you very much.

    Happy birthday Simon! Enjoy your sherbet lemons. :-)

    ARFO suggestions....




  • Comment number 15.

    Just read back yesterday's blog as no chance to do this last night. Belated Birthday wishes to Gazza. It seems strange that you are now all grown up;)

    Jennie, I hope things go well today.

    It is a beautiful sunny day here today albeit a tad frosty this morning. You curl up under that duvet Zoe and I'll send some sunshine your way.

  • Comment number 16.

    #13, Erica
    The final line on you message makes me think of what we say to cherub as she goes into school each morning. 'Have fun and be good', to which she replied one day last week 'I cant be good AND have fun'!

    hope your day improves Zoe, can I recommend a hot bath coupled with a hot chocolate?

  • Comment number 17.

    #15 Thanks Shona. :-)

  • Comment number 18.

    #16 A long soak in a hot bath, and lots of chocolate (hot or not!) sounds like just the ticket today, Gill. Curse the old "hormones", eh? Grrrrr.

  • Comment number 19.

    Too right Zoe. Chocolate should be avaliable on the NHS. I think we have a stong case, come lets take this to the house !!!!

  • Comment number 20.

    Morning all

    Making a first visit to the Union Chapel tonight to see the Simone Felice Band - it's gig day, hurrah!

    ARFO suggestion:

    BLUE ON BACK - Keny Wayne Shepherd

  • Comment number 21.

    #20 +n

  • Comment number 22.

    Happy Birthday, Simon. 42 again, hey? Ta for the mensh yesterday, btw.

  • Comment number 23.

    Good morning!


    Sherbet lemons and pear drops are all rather lovely, as long as you don't eat too many and then you end up with a sore tongue! ;-)

    #10 Gill I had to read your post twice, as I thought you called our esteemed leader
    cherub! Lol!

    My ARFO choices offered up for consideration are:

    Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears

    Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash

    Black Betty - Ram Jam

    Enjoy the weekend.

    mc x

  • Comment number 24.

    #23 & #13 Oops, sorry Erica I didn't spot the duplication! Spent too long pontificating on my post and not paying attention!

  • Comment number 25.

    Hello All

    A VERY brief pop in from me (work manic at present) to say:

    ARFO: Hourglass-Squeeze.


    Happy B'day Gazza (belated-Sorry!)

    Happy B'day Mr Mayo.

    Jennie, Hope all goes well at the hospital.

    Had a lovely time on Wednesday at the FNIMN at the Hackney Empire. If you listen and wonder what all the giggling is during 'I got Rhythm' , it's because the drummers were tap dancing using shoes on very long sticks onto blackboards hung at the back of the stage! Very funny to watch and totally inspired!

    Have good days all,

    Love Mrs B xx

  • Comment number 26.

    Morning Simon & fellow bloggers

    Just to add to the chorus Happy Birthday Simon hope you have a splendid day.

    I can’t be doing with boiled sweets of any variety.

    Simon tweeted this earlier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v52FLMOPSig&feature=youtu.be A must watch if you loved the West Wing.

    After the glorious stars last night the sun is shining. Might even get my grass cut; it’s at least 7 inches long; too much rain / gallivanting lately.

    #13 Erica - I’ve had Should I Stay ... in my head all week, good choice.

    Any of the following will make me dance round the kitchen in a manner appropriate for a girl my age (24).

    Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz

    Fields of Fire - Big Country

    Teenage Kicks - The Undertones

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi all,

    Off to a family wedding in Norwich later (we're meeting up for a few beers tonight first), so on my drive over will be listening to ARF.

    How about The Beat - Too Nice To Talk To?

    Don't know why I thought of that though - just like it.


  • Comment number 28.

    Top of the morning Simon, team and blogpoppets.....and of course many happy returns of the day Mr Mayo...enjoy

    ARF for me would be......Gloria Gaynor I WILL SURVIVE :0)


  • Comment number 29.

    This weeks nominations are:

    SPARKS - This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both of Us

    ROLLING STONES - Honky Tonk Women

    SQUEEZE - Cool For Cats

    Another menshless week for me - an OSM yesterday for Them's "Here Comes The Night", wrongly credited to Fiona, who suggested the Beach Boys song of the same name. But I'm not bitter :o)

    Good luck fellow ARFO choosers - let's see if we can get another blog-nominated winner this week!

  • Comment number 30.

    Just read back. Didn't realise it was Mr Mayo's birthday.

    Happy birthday, Simon, and many thanks for making my daily journey home a pleasure.

  • Comment number 31.

    From yesterday's blog - Autumn_Gale, if you didn't hear much of the show last night you probably don't realise you got another mensh!

    Mr B and I are going to be experiencing empty nest syndrome again, as both children went back to Uni today. I dropped our daughter off at the Park and Ride this morning to get the coach, and I was reminded of something - JBG, you mentioned a few weeks ago that you were taking your son to an open day in Cambridge, but I don't remember you saying how it went. Did he enjoy it?

    #19 Absolutely - whoever puts that bill forward gets my vote. And the same goes for wine. Actually, my late father-in-law practically did have wine on the NHS - his GP suggested a glass of red a day would be good for him...


  • Comment number 32.

    Morning All,

    Happy Birthday Simon, have a wonderful day

    ARF suggestions

    'Dignity' Deacon Blue

    'Everyday' Buddy Holly

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 33.

    Happy Birthday Simon. I hope a onesie is given by the DT team!

    Hello blogpoppets. Thank goodness it's Friday....sorry to hear quite a few are feeling under the weather.

    Thanks for the link Amelia - will check it out later, when I'm on a PC which allows YouTube.

    ARFO: each week I agonise in the faint hope of crownage.... And each week I fail. Honestly, I have no expectation today either but in honour of a really wonderful George Michael gig last Sunday, and as we hear so few ARFO from the early 80s:


  • Comment number 34.

    Forgot to include ARF

    'Start Me Up' Rolling Stones

  • Comment number 35.

    #31 Deebee - I didn't - a 2 mensh week eh? A rare treat! As I didn't hear either of them, I'll be I player-ing tonight..... No hope of ARFO then - but I don't mind one bit :))

  • Comment number 36.

    ....... And thank you Deebee for letting me know.

    ( please forgive my shocking manners)

    Just been pink-boxed for the 1st time in ages....

  • Comment number 37.

    ARFO with a difference:

    NEW YORK GIRLS - Bellowhead

  • Comment number 38.


    Firstly, many apologies to Jennie Wren, having promised to c&p your post from yesterday I was rather unavoidably detained at Mini Hoffs' school this morning. Thanks Deebee for saving the day. Anyway, please NYM or NYW, could I request on behalf of Jennie Wren:


    See you later x

  • Comment number 39.

    #29 SirC - you did get a mention this week, an erroneous one on Tuesday for The Show Must Go On; think you suggested a different Leo Sayer song. All balances out in the end ;-)

  • Comment number 40.

    Can I sneak another one in? Heard it this morning while in the coffeshop at the ungodly hour of 6.30....


    #31 Deebee - thanks for the tip, parking was indeed a nightmare. We had a lovely day - it was beautifully sunny and hot, and Cambridge looked stunning as ever. GoodBoy#1 was a bit daunted beforehand (supposed that's only normal), but ended up having a great day and once he got chatting to the other people there, didn't feel like it was "all Chariots of Fire and Brideshead" {Funny that he's never actually watched either of those, but still quotes them as stereotypes!} . Now he just needs to work hard to get those grades! Good luck to your two in the new term.

  • Comment number 41.

    A bit of catching up...

    #13 Erica, please don't feel like an interloper! It doesn't matter how little or how often you post on this blog - all are welcome! Hope your sniffles get better soon.

    #35 #36 You're very welcome, A_G! It was for 'Golden Brown'

    #38 You are welcome too, Hoffs!

    Struggling to achieve anything today - it must be Friday...


  • Comment number 42.

    Just thought I would drop in to say Hippo Birthday. Don't feel I ought to request an ARFO as I'm rarely here...

    On the subject of old sweets I had those raspberries and blackcurrants (coated with sugar) sweets that I remember from old, at the cinema last night... I shan't go into my rant about the price of them here.

  • Comment number 43.

    #39 lol - indeed it does. I missed that one (I'd suggested One Man Band).

    I think I'm still the only incorrectly credited ARFO nominator (at poor CoffeeBuzz's expense) :o)

  • Comment number 44.

    #40 Thanks JBG - glad he had a good day. I may be a bit biased but Cambridge is a great place to be!


  • Comment number 45.

    Me again - have read back properly now:

    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday dear Simon
    Happy birthday to you!!

    Have a fab weekend, hope you enjoy many 42 and 37 yr old moments!

    #11 - Andy, good news on your daughter's dentist visit - hope Peppa Pig is OK this morning too.

    #31 - Deebee - virtual hugs and a bottle of something cold winging your and Mr B's way. My only advice is don't go into their bedrooms until AFTER the weekend.

    Off to make a large quantity of chocolate brownie whilst dancing in the kitchen to #26 - Amelia's Big Country choice. #13 & #14 Erica and Zo - will send you some to help you feel better and of course to our lovely Jennie Wren for when she gets back from her appointment today. Anyone else want some?

    Probably have missed the cut-off time for today's ARFO but will suggest anyway:

    LOVE SHACK - B52's

    Have good weekends all - see you next week xx

  • Comment number 46.

    Oh yes, forgot - if you have any sherbert lemons left, Simon, can I swap one for a blackcurrant strepsil?*

    *not a fair swap really, I know, but just thought I'd ask anyway........

  • Comment number 47.

    thanks again 4 all the messages

    happy 54th simon



  • Comment number 48.

    #42 carolynao - there are no prizes for regular attendance; I would suggest away when ever you pop in, the more the merrier.

    #13 Erica & #41 Deebee agreed!

    Just my thoughts, we all come and go, life gets in the way etc etc and it is always good to see someone who hasn’t posted for a while. I don’t feel new anymore but you were all so welcoming when I was.

    I’m laughing at Hoffs dancing (although probably a lot less hilarious than mine).

    Sun still shining.

  • Comment number 49.

    #48 - Thanks Amelia! Give me a break please, its quite tricky to do the mashed potato at the same time as sieving flour.....

  • Comment number 50.

    Amelia - I've now had a chance to watch it - and it almost made me well-up ..... it was so lovely to see them all together again.

    I love Sorkin but 'The Newroom' just doesn't do it for me in the same way

  • Comment number 51.

    Hoffs - sorry, hope you are not making too much of a mess there!

    Autumn_Gale - oh I know, that is exactly how I felt, like old friends you hadn’t seen for a while; don’t think I feel like that about any other TV show? Nothing comes close to the West Wing.

  • Comment number 52.

    Happy Birthday Mr Mayo.

    How about a celebratory "Story of the Blues" by The Mighty Wah to start off the show today?

    Thanks for all the kind thoughts everyone.


  • Comment number 53.

    #50 #51 I haven't seen The West Wing, but you've made me think about what TV shows I miss that aren't around any more. Moonlighting would be one, also Capital City (with a very young Jason Isaacs!) and Soldier, Soldier... Anyone else got any favourites from days gone by?


  • Comment number 54.

    How very rude of me. I forgot to say well done to Autumn_gale and Smee for their menshes yesterday (the only 2 I heard).

    Is it hometime yet?

  • Comment number 55.

    #53 Deebee, I loved Moonlighting! Other particular favourites include Blake 7. I just loved Avon (aka Paul Darrow). Dallas and Dr Who would be included as well but they have made a comeback.

    Ooh and not forgetting The High Chapperal. I remember begging my parents to let me stay up until 9pm on Monday nights to watch it. I was 18 at the time ;)) (Just kidding)

  • Comment number 56.

    #55 OMG, the High Chapperal!! Henry Darrow - aka Manolito - was my very first celebrity crush (even before Donny Osmond...!) Those dimples...


  • Comment number 57.

    #53 I haven't seen The West Wing either, Deebee and agree with you re Soldier Soldier. I miss programmes like Ashes To Ashes, Life On Mars, Lovejoy, and I loved the 'old' Dallas, too, Shona. I can remember racing home from school to watch Grange Hill when the likes of Trisha Yates and Tucker Jenkins were in it. As a young teen I loved 'Angels' the series about young student nurses, I think Fiona Fullerton was in that.

    Deebee, Master Coddle comes home for a belated birthday celebration, but then he goes back on sunday and his sister returns to university on Monday, so I can sympathise with the empty nest feeling. *although at the moment I don't like the transitory phase when the packing goes on for days, stuff everywhere!*


  • Comment number 58.

    Mork & Mindy. Soap. Starsky & Hutch.......oo thoughts of Paul Michael Glaser! ;-)

  • Comment number 59.

    Hello all - they've let me go! Hurray! Only investigative today - action to be taken (or not) at a later date, but everything seems ok - good news.

    Thank you, Deebee (and Hoffs) for posting my ARFO - very kind of you. x

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIMON - and many more of them, my Lord.
    I always found that sherbet lemons shredded my tongue, so I preferred pineapple chunks - they lasted for ages.

    I'm feeling rather dopey this afternoon (nothing new there, then), so may be back later.

    Good luck all with the ARFO.


  • Comment number 60.

    Just reading back about programmes of the past

    We used to go to my Uncle's house to watch The High Chapperal because it was on BBC2 and we didn't have that channel. 'Blue' was my pin-up from that series.

    Secret confession coming up - I used to like Jeux sans frontiers/It's a knockout - innocent fun with Stuart Hall's infectious enthusiasm hyping it up - confession over.



  • Comment number 61.

    Afternoon alls!

    Happy Birthday Simon!

    Being a little bit older today is of no shame, I'll be a little bit older too come monday! May I request for the opener for ARF something along the birthday lines from Gerry Marsden, ummm, maybe Brucie Springsteen, Liam of the Gallagher, but DO NOT FORGET the ultimate tune from the Muppet Master - Jim Henson!

    We all celebrate, or is it commiserate birthdays this weekend!!!

    Have another great show, as they always are!

    Michele in a nice and temperarily sunny Belfast

  • Comment number 62.

    I missed the beginning of wittertainment - I'm sure there were a reason for the pink fluffy ear muffs Lord A was wearing? Pictures were taken.

  • Comment number 63.

    #19 Gill - Good idea, I'll mention it to my G.P the next time I go. ;-)

    #31 Deebee - Your late FIL got red wine on the NHS? I have all on getting a decent size tube of eczema cream out of mine!

    Hope you & Mr B aren't too sad about having an empty nest again. (((hugs)))

    I forgot to thank Simon for the mensh I got last night, it was for September - Earth, Wind & Fire... So, thanks!

    #45 Thanks Hoffs. :-) I have a melt-in-the-middle chocolate pudding to come for dessert, but I can always make room for a brownie.

    #53 Old TV shows I miss? Life On Mars/Ashes To Ashes, The X Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, I also loved Moonlighting back in the day.

    I have applied for Wittertainment tickets! Here's hoping...

  • Comment number 64.

    #62 Amelia - The pink fluffy ear muffs were a present from the production team, so that Simon can block Mark out when he starts ranting, along with a book on how to deal with difficult people... ;-)

  • Comment number 65.

    #60 Nothing to forgive, Jenny! There is *no* shame in enjoying that fine (but very silly - though that was half the point) programme.

    Anyone else rather like Thirtysomething? Moonlighting was great too, partly for the music they used, though not entirely of course.

  • Comment number 66.

    Jennie - Glad you are back safe and sound after your poking and prodding. :-)

    #65 Smee - I used to watch Thirtysomething, I liked it at the time, and as I am now actually thirtysomething, it might chime even more with me.

    I watched an old episode of Frasier this morning, and I miss that, and Seinfeld, and The Larry Sanders show, but I wouldn't have wanted them to go on and on and keep flogging a dead horse. I have many of these shows on DVD and it's nice to revisit them once in a while, I don't think I'd like any of them to be revived now though, as it rarely works and it's better to keep the memory of the show you loved intact.

  • Comment number 67.

    Zoe - me too & thank you for the explanation! Not sure if better or worse than the onesie.

    #61 - Hello Michele. Good to see someone from this side of the water on the blog. As far as I know it is just me and you.

  • Comment number 68.

    Hi All,

    Happy Birthday Simon and you could bench press those dictionaries!

    Just to add my very late ARF: Birthday - Beatles

    Have a good weekend!
    LB, x

  • Comment number 69.

    #60 Jennie, I loved It's A Knockout and Jeux Sans Frontieres, too! Wasn't it on Friday nights? I'm sure that you and I are not alone confessing to that one. ;-)

    BTW Glad all went well today.

  • Comment number 70.

    Jenny - I'm glad you are home safely.

    There was a kids programme, I think in the 90s, a bit like a forerunner to the Crystal Maze (not the moral maze as I just typed), lots of running about, solving puzzles, set on a space station or something and one of the presenters turned into a plant. I sometimes wonder if I dreamt it as no one remembers it.

    Remember that painting the Spanish woman ruined and made look like a monkey? Well apparently it has become a tourist attraction and she is demanding her share of the revenue!

  • Comment number 71.

    Ahh well this would be a good reason why my song wasent chosen. Ha Ha
    Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday !
    needless to say, we had this song at my party 3 weeks ago :-)

  • Comment number 72.

    *puts up fists* Deebee, I'll fight you fot Manolito ;)

    Did anyone else get up on Saturday mornings for Tiswas? (spelling?)

    I used to love It's a Knockout too. Stuart Hall's laugh was just so infectious.

    Grange Hill, Biker Grove, Magic Roundabout, Mr Benn, Mary Mungo and Midge, Captain Pugwash, Willow the Wisp, Andy Pandy, Hector's House were also among my favs. I used to love the 5 minute programme just before the boring old news at teatime came on.

  • Comment number 73.

    Amelia, was that 'The Adventure Game' your thinking about? I remember it too. I tend not to 'miss' programmes too much as hubbs has buckets of them on DVD (Fraiser, Moonlighting, Blakes 7, etc.) I giggled so much when in the last episode of the recent season of CSI LV it turned out Sam Malone was married to Roz Doyle :-)

  • Comment number 74.

    #72 you can exchange an "r" for the "t" if you like - I'll still have fistie cuffs;))

  • Comment number 75.

    #73 Gill, you have jogged a few more memories of Soap, The Golden Girls and Cheers!!

  • Comment number 76.

    Have good evenings and weekends everyone.

    Thank you for all your kind thoughts today. x

    An early night for me, I think.


  • Comment number 77.

    Evening folks. A muggle for ARFO crown I guess? Didn't hear the opener but lack of comments suggest it wasnt a blogger.

    TV wise I miss Buffy and really anything from Joss Whedon, Deadwood, Moonlighting.... And so many others!

    Have a good weekend all.

  • Comment number 78.

    Good evening,

    Many Happy Returns Mr Mayo.

    #77 A-G, Yes, the ARFO went to a muggle and this week's Queen track was "Bicycle Race".

    Zoe, Glad you had such a fab time in London. Get well soon my lovely. x

    Moonlighting was great. Mention of the programme Soap made me think of another programme that ran in the same slot at 10.30 on Friday nights. Anyone remember Benson? What about The Thorn Birds?

  • Comment number 79.

    #78 OMG the Thorn Birds! Remember that!!!!

  • Comment number 80.

    hi all

    does anyone remember why dont you it was on in the school holidays also does anyone remember a programme called chocy and the follow up i think was called chockys children.

  • Comment number 81.

    I enjoyed the Thorn Birds although I think I preferred the book.

    There was another Friday night series called For the Love of Lydia; dont really remember much about it except the title.

    Dont think so gazza.

    Agree with Zoe that lots of stuff is of it's time. I loved Northern Exposure but seems really dated when watching the box set now.

    Someone actually wrote a letter to Wittertainment today. Simon gave out what he guessed was the postcode, I'm sure he said W12 8QT which was very evocative. I remember sitting on the bedroom floor with the telephone repeatedly dialling 01 811 8055 on a Saturday morning for Swap Shop.

  • Comment number 82.

    Gazza - I need to read posts before replying. I don't remember chocy but of course I remember Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead? Russell T Davies was involved for a bit. I remember it coming from Glasgow and I think Northern Ireland too.

    I still feel the need to shout Crackerjack at the beginning of ARF.

  • Comment number 83.

    amelia-chocky if i remember was a si-fi type of programme which had a boy i think he was chocky, there was another programme i remember called cockleshell bay that was on all the time.

  • Comment number 84.

    Amelia, that phone number brings back some memories.
    Just back from the 'previous/main/NEXT' sale. They didnt have any Onesies in it :-( Did however buy a lovely dress with my birthday vouchers - not a clue when I will wear it of course :-)

  • Comment number 85.

    Good Morning!

    It's a Beautiful Autumnal one here.

    I've had some Broadband problems the last few days and haven't been able to access the blog. I didn't get the chance to wish Gazza and Simon Happy Birthdays -
    so -

    Many Happy Returns Gazza! Many Happy Returns Simon!

    Hope everything is fine with you, Jennie.

  • Comment number 86.

    Morning all.

    Feeling v virtuous as have already been for a run! As I'm absoultely not a morning person ans will often sleep through til 9.30/10 on a Saturday - its a minor miracle!

    Gazza I do recall Chocky & Chocky's Children - but not much more than the name.

    It's amazing that I can barely remember my own phone number, yet like Amelia & Gill I can still reel-off the Swap Shop address, postcode and phone number without a second thought!

    Have a good day all. Sun is shining here so off to do some bits & pieces in town then some ironing as I'm off to London tomorrow for the day..

  • Comment number 87.

    Good Morning All

    Bright here, but Autumn is definitely on the way - the leaves are turning. Off out later to pick some blackberries - the hedgerows round here are absolutely full of them.

    Loving the TV show reminiscing (sp?). The Thorn Birds - oh my goodness yes, Richard Chamberlain as the Catholic priest who falls in love with a young girl... I agree with Amelia though, the book was far better. I lost count of the number of times I read it, but it would probably seem quite dated now. Northern Exposure was a favourite in our house too.

    #84 Gill, my 'previous/main/NEXT' C*******s catalogue arrived yesterday (it's still only SEPTEMBER for crying out loud!!) They have Onesies in there...


  • Comment number 88.

    Gazza - #80/83 -

    "Chocky" was a childrens' sci-fi series based on the book by John Wyndham. Matthew was a boy with what seemed to be an imaginary friend but turns out to be Chocky - an alien who communicates with Matthew's mind and could talk through him. It was quite scary. The book was too.

  • Comment number 89.

    Good morning all - very Autumny here too. The sun is shining but it is chilly - looks lovely though.

    Still feeling a bit dopey today, but slept really well last night - lazy day in order I think.

    I loved Thornbirds - it's usually on S*y somewhere and it does seem quite dated now. I also liked Richard Chamberlain in Shogun, many moons ago.


  • Comment number 90.

    Morning all

    Less sunny here than advertised but it isn't raining so yay.

    #73 Gill - Yes! The Adventure Game is what I was thinking about, thank you!

    Billie - glad your broadband problems are sorted.

    Off to wake the surrogate dog.

  • Comment number 91.

    Good Morning All

    Loved Northern Exposure and it got me thinking about Twin Peaks too!

    Beautiful day here but very frosty and slippy underfoot at the park this morning. Off for a bit of retail therapy in town.

    Have a nice day everyone.

  • Comment number 92.

    Any mentions from Uncle Tony today Shona?

    Everyone must be busy today - hope you're having a good time!


  • Comment number 93.

    Evening All.

    It has been a really beautiful day here - clear sky and stunning panoramic views while driving about. We could even see - from North Anglesey - the sand on the beaches of the Llandudno area - Snowdonia was wonderfully clear - all the nooks and crannies!

    It has not been as hectic as the past few weeks. We're settling in and can see the proverbial light! Broadband is still unreliable - may need help.

    Home-made Fishy Pizza tonight - we call it a "Florence" because she detests the thought of it! I'm hoping to KB a few tunes before watching Gary & Crew - we've missed 2 weeks!

    @ Julia -having read back - I can't remember what I played on the days that you asked but I will take note tonight and post it tomorrow. Ha!

    The only other interesting thing - lovely though - is that the cats are tentatively (sp?) exploring their new surroundings. Scarey!

  • Comment number 94.

    Hi Jennie!

  • Comment number 95.

    Hi Billie!

    Glad you and Mr and the cats are settling into your new home. Can you see the sea from it? That's something I've dreamt of - looking out of the window at the sea in all it's moods!

    Have great evenings all.

    See you tomorrow.


  • Comment number 96.

    Jennie - No. We can't see the sea from here. There is a Ring Road - 5025 - which circles the island - and from many locations on that - one can see the sea. We are more inland - and although Anglesey is considered to be a flat island - there are peaks and troughs - and when you're on one of those peaks - "Pen"s - you can see for miles.
    And, from our new home, if we were stouthearted and wellbooted we might be able to reach the sea in about 15 mins. This is according to a OS map - we haven't tried it yet. Ha!

  • Comment number 97.

    @ Julia - just a few tunes tonight - not much time - in order - and no idea why -

    "The Birth of the Blues"
    "And This is My Beloved"
    "My Sharrona"
    "Since You've Been Gone"
    "An Unexpected Song"

    If you don't recognise any of the above - let me know - I will give you more info.

    Mr. & I are competing for the title of "Who Loves Gary Barlow More"!

  • Comment number 98.

    #97 - should that have had a ?

  • Comment number 99.


    "I'm just sitting watching the wheels go round and round ........"

  • Comment number 100.


    Who's lurking just for this moment? Ha!


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