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The Old Bull and Bush

Simon Mayo | 10:31 UK time, Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Bright and sunny here, high wispy clouds and the autumn-tang in the air! Apparently we could well be in for a beautiful, golden show this year as the wet summer gave a huge boost to trees, and their leaves are staying put rather than being shed early, as happens in drought years.

It's all about sugar in the leaves apparently. If the sunshine continues the leaves produce more of it and that helps produce the stunning golden spread once the green chlorophyll is broken down. So I understand. And if the wind can back off for a while that would help too and we can all marvel for a few extra days before the leaf kicking begins.

So we have Sir John Major on the show today. He has written a large tome which is partly a history of the music hall and partly the story of his father Tom. Chris has just been talking about what a fascinating man Sir John is and there is a point of view that he has acquired a gravitas he was rarely allowed to show while PM.

This book however rarely wanders into anything political and is more concerned to paint the picture of the vulgar, boisterous and patriotic world of the music hall which peaked at the end of the 19th century. The only link older readers will have with this world would be the BBC's The Good Old Days show which ran for ever and I never really got it but I guess I wasn't really the target audience. But it was the life of Tom 'Major' Ball and his son will tell all after 6.

Can we do MUSIC HALL oldies? Songs for SHOW MEN AND WOMEN? I think so. Old fashioned show-biz. The lights and the grease paint. And if all else fails, vulgar, boisterous and patriotic will have to do.

Have a healthy and pain-free Tuesday, see you after 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all

    Bright and sunny here too!

    First thing that comes to mind:

    SHOW MUST GO ON - Queen

    Will try to think of something more original!

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 2.

    Harlem in Havana - Joni Mitchell

    Willy the Shake

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Music Hall oldies:

    SHOW MUST GO ON - Queen

    THE SHOW MUST GO ON - Leo Sayer

    TAKE A BOW - Madonna

    SHOWTIME - Nelly Furtado



    I AM A CLOWN - David Cassidy


  • Comment number 4.

    Morning all.

    If they could see me now - Shirley Maclaine from sweet charity I think.

    Gotta fly..... :)

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello again everyone

    Still very windy and sunny here

    THOSE WERE THE DAYS ~ Mary Hopkin

    DANCE HALL DAYS ~ Wang Chung


    THE SHOW MUST GO ON ~ Leo Sayer


    SEE THE LIGHTS ~ Simple Minds

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    Morning Simon, team, NYM and leaf-blowin’ bloggers,

    I can “just” remember The Good Old Days on TV. I remember how much my grandparents loved it , and laughed and sang and laughed and sang. I never understood why the audience was all dressed up like the people on the Quality Street tin. Or why the “women” all had big feet and broad shoulders...... All just a bit too confusing for a small lad from Norfolk.


    MUSIC AND LIGHTS - Imagination

    SING – Travis

    THOSE WERE THE DAYS - Mary Hopkin




    and finally...


  • Comment number 7.

    I forgot to say, I remember The Good Old Days, used to know the words to a lot of the music hall songs (the clean ones!)

    JBG - do you think GYPSIES, TRAMPS & THIEVES - Cher would fit the bill? I think that's what the performers were thought of at times!

    T x

  • Comment number 8.

    I keep thinking of THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS but I've no idea who sung it...


  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning Simon & fellow bloggers

    Hmmmm I’m just about old enough to remember the Good Old Days. I don’t think it was something we watched regularly or else I have just blanked it out.

    Lacking much inspiration today …

    The Muppets Show theme

    Keep Right on to the End of the Road – Harry Lauder

    The Show Must Go On - Queen

    Diva Lady – The Divine Comedy

    The Entertainer - Tony Clarke

    There’s no Business Like Show Business – Irving Berlin

    Angels on the Balcony – Blondie

    Show Business – AC/DC

    The Entertainer – Billy Joel

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning everyone, it was fine and sunny here......turned overcast at the moment..

    I would like to share with Tortie-cat, DeeBee and Florence if I may. I did tweet this a little earlier..



  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Congrats to all menshees last night and commiserations to all the OSM's!!

    I remember our junior school play Christmas 1976 was "old Time Music Hall" and our class did "Where did you get that hat?" the girlies had posh dresses on and had to be escorted round the stage by a boy, particularly awkward as at the age of 8 and 9 boys were still annoying!

    Missed out on Aladdin the following year but was Charlie Bates the year after in Oliver! Loved being in school plays as it was exciting staying up past 9 when we had evening performances!

    1. DANCE HALL DAYS - Wang Chung
    2. LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU - Robbie Williams
    3. THE SHOW MUST GO ON - Queen
    4. SIGN OF THE TIMES - Belle Stars
    5. LET THE MUSIC PLAY - Shannon
    6. PIANO MAN - Billy Joel
    7. BAND ON THE RUN - Wings
    8. MR TAMBOURINE MAN - The Byrds
    9. COME DANCING - The Kinks
    10. LIPSTICK POWDER & PAINT - Shakin Stevens

    Have a nice day


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 12.

    Morning all. Horrendously busy, but popping in for a moment or two. Also thought of Leo Sayer but a different song...

    LEO SAYER - One Man Band

    Other suggestions:
    THE WHO - Squeeze Box

    THE BEATLES - All Together Now

    DAVID BOWIE - Cracked Actor

    ISLEY BROTHERS - Behind A Painted Smile

  • Comment number 13.

    #7 T-C Why not?! It's all yours....

    #8 Deebee - It's Ethel Merman. (Get me on the Pub Quiz team...)


  • Comment number 14.

    OOps forgot to suggest....



  • Comment number 15.

    #10 Happy to share Queen's song with someone who brings joy to the blog!! ;o)

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning everyone on the new blog.

    Another busy day in store with meeting after meeting to squeeze in between doing my actual job of teaching.......

    Anyway to the oldies:
    There's No Business Like Show Business - Ethel Merman (I know DT's not EP - but it's a belting tune)
    Let Me Entertain You - Robbie Williams
    That's Entertainment - The Jam
    Super Trouper - Abba

    More later if I get a chance. I hope everyone's having a good day. Do we know if Zoe was feeling better & went off to London?

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  • Comment number 18.

    Good to see you albeit briefly Sir Cumfy

    #8 Deebee - me neither hence the cop out in #9

    I want to suggest John, I'm Only Dancing - David Bowie but I don't think it is entirely appropriate?

  • Comment number 19.

    Somehow this fits the theme....

    LOLA - The Kinks

    Coffee break over. See you later

  • Comment number 20.

    Oh, I know if Zo or Bille were around they would suggest this....

    COPACABANA - Barry Manilow

  • Comment number 21.

    I vaguely remember TGOD - wasn't there some guy in the corner who spouted out long words...? Never quite got what that was all about...

    #9 Amelia - loving your Billy Joel suggestion. I was sure he'd done something that would fit - kicking myself that I didn't think of it. Hope it gets played.

    #10 I have a 'fantasy covers list' of songs I would sing if I had my own band and that is one of the songs on it - I love the melody and the lyrics, and it is high enough to work for a female voice...


    #13 Ah - thanks JBG:



  • Comment number 22.

    #Just to second amelia's choice of 'There's no Business Like Show business' sung by Ethel Merman.

    And to add: 'Another Openin' Another show' from Kiss Me Kate.

    Or 'Broadway Baby' from Follies. (Although 'Ealing Broadway Baby' by Fascinating Aida is rather good too!)

  • Comment number 23.

    Music Hall Oldies: syrely this....


    Title and most of the lyrics were taken from an old music hall poster that John Lennon had bought in an antique shop.

  • Comment number 24.

    #21 Deebee - thanks. Same for me and JBG's Lola suggestion although I think it is going to be stuck in my head all day now.

  • Comment number 25.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolelee' by Peter Frampton

    'On The Boards' by Taste

    'Curtain Call' by The Damned

    'Variety Is The Spice Of Life' by The Doors

    'Famous In The Last Century' by Status Quo
    (A bit short, mind you)

  • Comment number 26.

    #23 Very clever, Jeffrey. You are truly a Mastermind



  • Comment number 27.

    #15 Florence Why thank you kind lady... *big booming smile*

    #21 DeeBee Its a song that plays and plays in the back of your mind.....let me know when you give it a go....would love to hear you belt it out ;0)


  • Comment number 28.

    Morning all

    Busy again but quick poop in to say hello.

    Some good selections so far.

    I remember TGOD and Leonard Sachs with his indubitably, incongrous and incomprehensible introductions (like those!) Also as it was filmed at City Varieties in Leeds, my mum and elder sister were in the audience, not sure how they got tickets as apparently they were like gold dust?

    So a couple of unlikely selections




    linking two topics together I remember doing a music hall night on a weekend away with the choit I was in at the time. I did 'The man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo' complete with silk scarf, top hat and tails! Such fun!



  • Comment number 29.

    Just lurking...not really here...

    #16 RE Zoe - Yes, she did - and tweeted she was off to the Big Smoke this morning!

    Not much to add to above choices and am pretty much a mench-free/honorary lifetime member of the OSM zone anyway, so won't waste the ink and paper for the choon-choser.....
    Am off to an afternoon staff conference this PM rounded off by drinkies and probably debauch-ing into a pizza with whoever is left standing (!) so may not hear the show -I'll be checking up on the blog about the menches tho.

    Have a lovely day y'all - still sunny here but I can see grey clouds on the horizon which is a shame as I am on my bike and wearing a skirt!

  • Comment number 30.

    Today I feel WONDERFUL! Had a lovely nights sleep thanks to the mogpoppets being outside, and we even managed to 'trick' cherub into going to bed an hour early (!) which ment hubbs n I got to sit and drink wine together :-)

    Not an easy topic to choose for today but shall have a go anyway:


    Off to lie in a sunbeam as Ive had water in my ear since showering this morning. (does it really work? we shall see)


  • Comment number 31.

    There was often a magician amongst the old variety acts


  • Comment number 32.

    #18 Thanks, Amelia. Some would say that briefly is the best way to see me!

    Just thinking of The Good Old Days and host Leonard Sachs. Is it too early to suggest

    SINEAD O'CONNOR - Nothing COMPERE's 2 U?....

    *ducks for cover to avoid rotten tomatoes*

  • Comment number 33.

    PS Re The Good Old Days, I do remember it being on (usually when the 'old folks were around - grandparents) there was little choice in those days, not like today's TV - we're overloaded with options.
    Anyone keeping up with Dallas? We just watched ep 2 last night (watch-again facility) and Mr e said 'it's a bit of a soap opera isn't it'? (DOH) and he was a BIG fan back in the day..
    He suggested we play the 'Dallas drinking game' as they used to, to make watching it more interesting:
    When a character holds or drinks an alcoholic drink then the person watching who is 'representing' that character gets to have a slug of a drink - of their choosing (I would think Sue Ellen would be a popular character to choose out of the bag)....nb I think Sue Ellen is going to slide back into drinking when she realises that JR is still the same old evil JR he always was.
    Compared to slick drama we are now used to (like Good cop, The Accused etc) it's all a bit dated and stagey but can only presume that it what they were going for in a retro way.

    Definitely not here now,
    Have fun this afternoon

  • Comment number 34.

    Has anyone suggested this yet?

    PILOT - Magic

  • Comment number 35.

    Vaguely on the Mr Kite subject JBG....on October 19th I make my debut on the boards presenting an evening at our local arts centre (the wonderful Norden Farm) called The Vinyl Frontier which is simply a chance to listen to a classic album on vinyl in its entirety - I will add some trivia, slides and a bit of chat. And Mr Kite comes in because the first LP (lovely to use that in its proper context) is Sgt Pepper!

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    hi all




  • Comment number 37.

    Afternoon all,


    'It's a Kind Of Magic' - Queen

    or how 'bout:

    'Egyptian Reggae' - Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

    For those crazy cats that used to do the 'Egyptian Sand Dance'.

    N xx

  • Comment number 38.

    Afternoon all!

    On the subject of The Good Old Days, it was always filmed at the old Varieties Club in downtown Leeds. The building has recently finished a period of restoration and looks fantastic on the Local News. HM the Q (latest Bond Girl) came to see.


    Wilson, Kepple & Betty were always mentioned.

  • Comment number 39.

    #38 - 'doh, didn't think of that one! The reggae track just always reminds me of those 'dancers'...

    Vulgar and boisterous?

    'Can Can' - Bad Manners

    Or for the ventriloquists:

    'Living Doll' - Cliff
    'I'm Your Puppet' - James and Bobby Purify

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  • Comment number 41.

    #35 Jeffrey - Good for you, sounds like an entertaining evening and what a great idea...it could just catch on. Would make an excellent radio show too! Perhaps you could get a slot after his Lordship at 7pm....

  • Comment number 42.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

  • Comment number 43.

    #23, Jeffrey, I agree with #26 and good luck with The Vinyl Frontier (clever title).

  • Comment number 44.

    (Lily Langtree)?

    A very short track (about 2 minutes long) is on CREAMS album Disraeli Gears, which is an old musical song entitled, My Baby has Gone Down the Plughole, and entitled


  • Comment number 45.

    #35 October 19th, you say? I wonder if my social secretary (Lady C) has anything pencilled in for that evening. I rarely get the opportunity to get 80 minutes to listen to anything undisturbed these days...

    Not that I'm at all unfamiliar with the album, of course - my Mum was a fan and it was regularly on the old reel-to-reel when I was still in short trousers. And being a fan of the pastiche, I also like the Big Daddy version and the Rutles' take on Sgt Pepper/With A Little Help From my Friends.

    Less so the soundtrack to the rather awful movie version...

  • Comment number 46.

    #45 - Sir C, I chose Sgt Pepper not only because it is so widely known but also because I think there may be a lot of people out there who have it and have never (or rarely) listened to it all the way through. There's a lot of nice trivia bits to throw into the evening as well. I managed to get a copy off eBay which had the cut out moustaches still intact!

    The audience then chooses the LP for the next evening a month later. Each quarter will bring Singles Night and rather than speed dating will be a chance to celebrate the humble 45 once a quarter - people will bring in their favourite/first 45 and we'll choose a favourite!

  • Comment number 47.

    #46 You should have asked - my moustaches are still uncut-out :o)

    I might try and make it along...

  • Comment number 48.

    Good afternoon all - sunny at the moment after a brief shower which has stopped the Mr from weeding - his favourite job (not!)

    Well, I have been weighed and ..............................I've lost 5lbs!!

    Excellent start. I know that more usually goes in the first week but it certainly provides some encouragement to carry on, so onwards and downwards, hopefully!

    Glad you enjoyed the beans, JoyBringer. I heard the song last night but didn't hear your name mentioned (the kettle was boiling and it has a volume akin to a passing train). I take a little of the credit for that! ;0)

    I also remember watching TGOD's with my grandparents and loving the sound of Leonard Sachs ennunciating those long words, introducing the next act.


  • Comment number 49.

    Jeffrey - what a fantastic idea for an evenings entertainment - I would come, except for the small matter of the Irish sea.

    #38 Lady S - I saw various folk at the City Varieties when I lived in Leeds; most memorable was Duke Special; his performances are very Vaudeville anyway so the setting was perfect.

  • Comment number 50.

    Hi Jennie Wren,

    Jolly well done on losing 5lbs, a sure step in the right direction.

    The beans were nice and tender and very much enjoyed....love fresh veg..

    Simon said my aka name after the song when your kettle was doing its thing..
    It was released under Jon Tully....although he didnt add the 69 after it..and yes of course you can take the credit for it.. ;0)

    Don't suppose Mr fancies doing some weeding at mine :0)


  • Comment number 51.

    I doubt it, JoyBringer. It takes me all my powers of persuasion to get him to do ours let alone asking him to do someone elses! I think he goes out praying for rain, so that he can do something else.

    He wants to play golf tomorrow so this will earn him a few brownie points in that direction.


  • Comment number 52.

    Congratulations on your weight loss, Jennie Wren - an excellent start indeed!

    #42 What was all that about, I wonder?


  • Comment number 53.

    Probably someone trying to convince us all that you can just click for free electronic goods!!

  • Comment number 54.

    #51 Jennie Wren, can't fault his motives there and its meant to be a good day tomorrow. :0)

    I think you should let Mr go out to play for the day


  • Comment number 55.

    Hello All

    Have just escaped from a meeting that began at 10o'clock so my brain is too tired to do any tune suggestions BUT:

    #7 TORTIE: Was my first thought too!

    #21 DEEBEE: Leonard Sachs was the man and is Andrew (Manuel) Sachs dad!

    #26 JBG: Do you think we could have the Fozzie Bear version?!

    Mr Boris & I are going to the Gean Kelly 'Friday Night is Music Night' recording at the Hackney Empire tomorrow night. The Hackney Empire was also a well known music hall venue in it's day, so ties in nicely.

    Off now to do catching up with work :(,

    Have good days all,

    Love, *waves* and kisses,

    Mrs B xx

    PS Well done JW!!

  • Comment number 56.

    #55 would be better if I could spell!


  • Comment number 57.

    Afternoon all

    Must confess I really didn't get The Good Old Days either. I just have memories of it being on before Sportsnight so therefore being an irritant. But that might be my memory playing up :-)

  • Comment number 58.

    #55 Ah yes Mrs Boris, of course it was Leonard Sachs. Is that the FNIMN with John Barrowman that you're going to? I've seen him in concert - he is very entertaining! I'm sure you'll have a good time.


  • Comment number 59.

    #52 Deebee - I think it was a link to a different site. I didn't click it - but it just looked wrong, like of those emails from Nigeria about your long-lost relative leaving you $10million. But the username was different, and contained the work "h*ck", rhymes with "back". All very dodgy.

    #55/26 Mrs Boris. No.

    #45/46/47 Jeffrey and Sir-C - I might try to come along too, sounds like a very pleasant evening.

  • Comment number 60.

    Afternoon folks. From sunny jamaica, and listening to the show while I am working, a big hello to friends old and new. I wonder if SImon will ask John Major - in relation to his father Tom - if he knows anything of the veracity of David Bowie naming Major Tom after seeing the name "Tom Major" on a poster? Always sounded like an urban myth to me, but it would be interesting to know if JM thinks it's possible.

  • Comment number 61.

    ...also, not checked all the above for this suggestion, but how about

    The Theme to the Muppet Show

    "It's time to put on make-up..." etc etc

  • Comment number 62.

    # 18 Amelia (it was just a false alarm)....good choice, and whether appropriate or not, should definitely get more airplay on the radio. Great young Dave single!

  • Comment number 63.

    Well done to Mandy (I didn't catch other names) for Dance Hall Days and another OSM already for me tonight! I don't know if anyone else chose the Wang Chung song!

  • Comment number 64.

    3-worder just read out.... 'luscious juicy blackberries' just picked quite a few along the edge of a harvested field beside me and they're always big and juicy, probably because they are south facing and when the wheat and barley is fertilised, the blackberry bushes and elderflowers/elderberries get fertilised too as those little white pellety things are spread all over the place... shame we don't make elderflower/elderberry wine these days as they've also been in abundance this year.

  • Comment number 65.

    Good to see you Bertie. How are you? Can you believe Amelia wasn't played when we had Doctor Who oldies!

    Yes, I suggested the Muppets. I am not sure if Flo would like it any better than our usual Friday night second song?

    Was that your 3-worder Flo?

  • Comment number 66.

    Bertie you make me so envious with your tales of far off lands.(cant beleive you didnt go in the sea in the last photo I saw).

    Mrs Boris, I like the sound of your FNIMN. I 'nearly' went to one once. It can't remember the theme, but it was from Blackpool and the guest singer was Paloma Faith. We were lucky enough to get tickets in the draw, but it was back in the days when hubbs worked nights and he couldent get the time off :-( Ended up giving the tickets to my sister who took an imediate disliking to Paloma because she had (my sisters words here) 'the audacity to sing a Doris Day song'. Personally I think Paloma is the 'Beezz Knees' and to this day wish Id been there.

    p.s. re: Wang Chung ~ I tried to take hubbs by the ears but he wasent really impressed, so I put him down again.

  • Comment number 67.

    Splendid mensh for Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear. Thank you kindly, Sir. And glad it wasn't the muppet version!

  • Comment number 68.

    Mentions for JBG for dancing bears & Jeffrey (and someone else I missed on twitter but a blogger too perhaps) for Mr Kit.

  • Comment number 69.

    Quick poop by. Just caught the mensh for Florence, Deborah and ...... Oh heck I've forgotten - sorry! Anyway it was Leo Sayer. Off to choir shortly, so hopefully catch up tomorrow.

  • Comment number 70.

    Shucks - had to go out to the bank and missed Mt Major. Perhaps if there is a more convenient time I will listen again! Tell me fols - nearly the end of the show, and less than 70 posts on the blog. What's happened???

  • Comment number 71.

    "Mt Major"? "Fols"? "Illiterate"?

  • Comment number 72.

    Hi B&B - lovely to see you! Wherever will you turn up from next...? Yes, it is a bit quiet at the moment. Some bloggers are temporarily absent - Harry, Katy... not that I'm suggesting for one moment that they're the noisy ones, obviously...

    Well dones to Mandy, JBG, Florence and Jeffrey. NO idea where 'blogger Deborah' came from, but if that's what Simon wants to call me - hey, a mensh is a mensh...


    #66 Gill, I have a lovely picture in my head of you taking your hubbs by the ears - and maybe having to stand on his feet to do it... :o)

    Following on from all the singing discussions, I'm off to choir practice tonight. La la la la....!

    Have a good evening one and all.


  • Comment number 73.

    Deborah & Florence for Leo Sayer and Sir Cumfy even if it was a different Leo song I think?

    Have you been on the rum Bertie?

  • Comment number 74.

    lol Deebee, toes were indeed stood on to reach his ears. He's not tall dear bloggers, but I am somewhat vertically challenged ;-)
    I am not 5 ft, Im 5ft 1/2 an inch (its the half that makes all the difference)

    Think im going to dig my winter woolies out for tomorrow. Now the angle of the sun has changed, im in shaddow while at work and really feeling the cold. Brrrrr

  • Comment number 75.

    Hi Bertie - lovely to 'see' you again. Jamaica eh? "Or did she go of her own accord?"

    Just joining in the music hall theme ;))

    I'd better go, I think

    See you in the morning -early. Mr is golfing.


  • Comment number 76.

    That, Boys and Girls of the Blog, was my first full on mensh, for Mr Kite, as 'Jeffrey In Maidenhead' since abandoning 'Rostronposkett'. I thought it would never happen espeically since I had an Andy Murray 'Finally' played as my given name via FB the other day. If Mr Kite hadnt have been played I'd have known my name change, like a ship's, would have been cursed. But the curse is broken!

    *Jigs off into far distance doing Eric Morecambe dance whilst singing 'Mr Kite'*

  • Comment number 77.

    I'm lurking while colouring in group structures.

    I do love how this place make me laugh *watches JiM skip off into the sunset* Well done on the mention, Rostronposkett will be missed though.

    Gill, I'm exactly the same height as you #someonemightbeinterestediguessorperhapsnot

  • Comment number 78.

    Good evening,

    Very late to the party today. Tried to post at about 11.30am but "computer said no".

    Many thanks Simon for the mensh last night and to all fellow blogger chums for the congrats. My first mensh for many months. My last was around March. Marvellous!

    Congrats on menshes received this evening. Unfortunately I wasn't able to listen to any of the show.

    Jennie, Well done you.

    Jeffrey, Love the sound of your vinyl night. What a great idea. In my post earlier that wasn't I mentioned Mr 41 (39 actually) has a small collection of 1930s gramaphones. I'm taking one into Big Girl's school in a couple of weeks to demonstrate it as part of their "how homes used to be" project.

    B&B, How lovely to "see" you on here. Was only thinking of you and Harry the other day. Your long conversations used to be an education for me!

    Speaking of the naughty step regular, I have contacted our much missed Mr Snapper via another method this evening and will let you know as/when I hear from him.

    Now. I wonder what Billie is KBing this evening?

  • Comment number 79.

    A quick hello and then I'm going for a bath for a change with a mug of hot chocolate and jim jams already warming up on the radiator.

    I had already congratulated Mandy for the Wang Chung song so I must also say well done to JBG, Jeffrey and Deborah with whom I shared the Leo Sayer song. I would have preferred the Queen one of the same title, but Queen are played far more often than Leo Sayer, so it made a change!

    Well done to Jennie for losing weight already... wish I could lose some weight but I enjoy and eat far too much chocolate, doughnuts, Maltesers, brownies, chips, bacon rolls and cheese to name some fattening favourites and I could do with a job that doesn't involve sitting all the time... so well done Jennie... I need your willpower!

    I'm off to have my bath.... night night everyone xx

  • Comment number 80.

    Hello y'all... Nice to see you all too. I am still wandering the globe - will probably log in from Trinidad tomorrow, though back to work and so probably at an ungodly hour. I haven't heard from Le Snapper or Katy for a while, so will see if I can find them in another place and point them back this way. I am back in the UK on Saturday, so this is my bit of Noisy Ammo Blog Freedom! See you all soon....:0)

  • Comment number 81.

    Chips & cheese (not together generally) & tiny amounts of red wine my downfalls Flo. You can keep the sweet stuff though. For a nation that almost worships the potato the Irish are rubbish at making chips (probably a good thing).

    Agreed, would love a job that didn't involve sitting at computer all day.

    I envy your globe trotting Bertie.

  • Comment number 82.

    And butter, but it has to be rock hard from the fridge & toast etc has to be stone cold.

  • Comment number 83.

    Another weakness of mine is a Cheese (or Dairylea cheese spread) sandwich with cheese and onion crisps inside, also salted peanuts or cashews, and bags of fruit and nuts! Best go to bed and not own up to any more bad habits... especially crisps or Pringles I eat when drinking wine and watching TV!

    Night night x

  • Comment number 84.

    Good morning - gosh it's early! I really don't do mornings this early.

    Where's the tea........................?

    Florence - I had to go to a group to lose the weight. I try at home, which is obviously cheaper, but the willpower is non-existant. The group stimulus certainly works for me but I think it could also be fear at the dreaded weigh-in!

    And I had a small glass of wine every evening last week! It's not all bad!


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    Is there anyone else out there today?


  • Comment number 86.

    Could be just you and me, Simon.................

    Blogland is still sleeping....................

  • Comment number 87.

    #86 - Jennie - I'm here, so that's three at least. How many for a quorum ?

    Been a bit busy during the day the last couple, so haven't contributed much. will see how today develops...

    Back later when the new blog appears and we see what today's theme is.

  • Comment number 88.

    Good Morning Everyone

    I'm here too from a frosty but sunny world.

    Well done to all the menshes yesterday and did I hear Flo get a three worder ? And just who is this girl Deborah Simon keeps mentioning ;)

  • Comment number 89.

    Good morning everyone

    Frosty, Shona? It's cold here but not that cold... maybe the sea air 'melts' the frost on the coast... nice and sunny though, so not a bad start to the day. Yes, my 3-worder, after I had been picking blackberries on my dog walk in the afternoon. :o)

    When I hear Simon say 'Deborah', it reminds me of the Pulp song, 'Disco 2000'

  • Comment number 90.

    #89 At 7am out walking the pups, the frost was crunching under my feet. Brrrr

  • Comment number 91.

    Good Morning All!

    I'm here too - making an early start as I've got lots to do.

    Re bad eating habits, I'm not really a snacker but I must confess to being a bit of a chocoholic - the good quality stuff mind you, preferably from Switzerland or Belgium... And I'm also partial to an occasional glass or two of wine, and if I open it while I'm cooking I find myself reaching for a handful of peanuts or a chunk of cheese to go with it...


  • Comment number 92.

    Morning all

    I think you are right Flo, I live by the sea and we get hardly any frost.

    When Simon says Deborah it reminds me of my cousin.

    Meeting at 10.30 so I may or may not be back later.

  • Comment number 93.

    #89 Flo, I now have that song going round my head...


  • Comment number 94.

    #93... me too Deebee... and here's a reminder from Jools Holland's show...


  • Comment number 95.

    It's like waiting for a kettle to boil isn't it? Hee hee

  • Comment number 96.

    I was thinking the same, Shona... I wonder if Simon's playing a game and is waiting for 100 posts on here before he writes up his new blog!!! ;o)

  • Comment number 97.

    Gosh - we're late today...

    How were the Scandies Shona? A busy day I'll bet.

  • Comment number 98.

    Autumn_Gale, it was 11am yesterday before the blog appeared! As he's late again, I hope Simon has a note from his mum! ;o)

    Just kidding, Simon!

  • Comment number 99.

    #97 Yes busy day indeed but all good.

    Simon tweeted oldies today are for Traffic Wardens.

    Get your thinking caps on

  • Comment number 100.



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