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Simon Mayo | 08:45 UK time, Monday, 1 October 2012

Gloomy skies, drizzle, heating on. October indeed. A weekend of re-writes, cooking and trying to resist the siren call of the golf. If I had succumbed, two days would have disappeared down the tv-shaped hole and that would never do. So instead I held out until the bitter end but then watched the final climactic hour. Given that my very own THFC had beaten Manchester Utd on Saturday, this was making a rather splendid weekend all round. But I can't just sit/stand and watch/listen sport anymore as it is all too stressful. So washing up/ironing/cooking while occasionally checking scores works just fine. This is the equivalent of watching sport on ceefax which used to be my preferred option; the scorecheck and the 2 minute wait for it to update was perfect for allowing you to get on with life while keeping tabs on your team. Steam-based technology!
All that and reading too. 3 books on the go. One is a possible future book club choice, one is the current selection from Jacqueline Wilson 'Emerald Star' (read whilst here) and the other is 'Oblivion' by the masterful Anthony Horowitz. This man is on fire! His Sherlock Holmes book 'The House of Silk' got great revues (including this weekend from Philip Pullman) and he worked on Tintin with Steven Spielberg. Now he has completed what he thinks is his best ever work and it is a monster of a read. It's the concluding part of a pentalogy (I checked) about 5 children with special powers to take on the evil Old Ones. They are sort of children's books but sort of not too. A splendid grey area! Anthony is a force of nature and hear more from 6.
And for the oldies I think COMEBACKS might work. After the European golfers comeback from 10-4 down at one stage to win the Ryder Cup 14 and a half to 13 and a half (can't do fractions on this board), let us salute the REVERSAL OF FORTUNE and comebacks will sound good tonight. Which is where you come in of course.
Have a healthy and bouncy Monday, see you after 5.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all.

    Come back and stay for good - Paul Young.

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Mr Mayo & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mr Mayo - YES.... INCREDABLE come back for Europe in The Ryder gig.... INCREDABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My thoughts on the INCREDABLE year of sport the UK is 'aving..... A will come back with me own come back shortly after ave thought about me thoughts.....

    Back soon!

  • Comment number 3.

    Return to sender - Elvis Presley.

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning again –


    The sun is shining now.


    Comeback Suggestions –


    IT AIN’T OVER TIL IT’S OVER – Lenny Kravitz


    BABY COME BACK – Equals


    COME BACK AND STAY FOR GOOD THIS TIME – Paul Young


    COME BACK AND SHAKE ME – Clodagh Rodgers


    BACK FOR GOOD - ╪ (Wah!)


    WHO’S CRYING NOW – Connie Francis


    NEVER GIVE UP ON A GOOD THING – George Benson

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning again everyone

    A lovely sunny, autumnal and chilly start to the day here.

    A great come-back and win for the European Ryder Cup team and not far to go next time as it's in Scotland, so I know one golf-mad man who will be very happy!!

    GOING BACK~ Dusty Springfield

    COME BACK ~ Depeche Mode

    BABY COME BACK ~ The Equals

    BACK IN THE HIGH LIFE AGAIN ~ Steve Winwood

  • Comment number 6.

    A knew a would go for the wrong one in 'incredible'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    My goodness is english MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Incredaible is ter able so yer would think incredible would be spelt incredable.... But it's dible noot able... in other words unable ter 'ave able in incredible which a find incredable in an incredible way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A think putting a 'i' in incredible credits incredible incredible in less a credible way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A suppose yer gonna tell me next credible is spelt credable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok me mind is under pressure know, sorry now!!!!!

    Back in a mo with me thoughts.... About our spirting success and of 'ow and why are we winning EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Back soon!

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning Mr 'Twinkle Toes' Mayo, Drivetime team and fellow blogchums,

    Oldies suggestions that I have also tweeted:

    Return Of The Los Palmas Seven - Madness

    Come Back My Love - Darts

    Rise To The Occasion - Climie Fisher

    Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears for Fears

    The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy


    mc x

  • Comment number 8.

    @ Jeffrey - message for you at the end of yesterday's blog!



    DON'T GIVE UP - Peter & Kate

    NOT FADE AWAY - Stones

  • Comment number 9.

    Fade away and Radiate - Blondie.

  • Comment number 10.

    #4 Love your Lenny Kravitz suggestion, Billie!

  • Comment number 11.

    Good Morning Simon and Everyone

    I WANT YOU BACK - JACKSON 5

    Off for another wee think....

  • Comment number 12.

    FROM A JACK TO A KING - Ned Miller

  • Comment number 13.

    Here it comes again - The Fortunes.

    Bringing on back the good times - Love Affair.

    Here I go again - The Hollies.

  • Comment number 14.

    I MADE IT THROUGH THE RAIN - Bazza

  • Comment number 15.

    REVOLUTION - THE BEATLES

    TAKE ME BACK AGAIN - TEDDY THOMPSON

    HONEY COME BACK - GLEN CAMPBELL

    Work beckons.............

  • Comment number 16.

    SO YOU WIN AGAIN - Hot Chocolate

    NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP - Rick Astley

    DON'T GIVE UP ON US - David Soul

    FOOL - IF YOU THINK IT'S OVER - Elkie Brooks

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning all

    Wet & miserable here. How did it get to be Monday morning?

    I’d had half an ear on the golf all weekend but feared the worst; really enjoyed the last couple of hours.


    Don’t Dream It’s Over - Crowded House

    Lucky Day - Bruce Springsteen

    It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over - Lenny Kravitz

    Lucky - Radiohead

    Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves

    Never Surrender - Corey Hart

    No Surrender - Bruce Springsteen

  • Comment number 18.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Just a few from me today:

    IT AIN'T OVER TILL IT'S OVER - Lenny Kravitz

    AGAINST ALL ODDS - Phil Collins

    DON'T STOP BELIEVING - Journey

    ~X~

  • Comment number 19.

    Good morning again

    What a win and reversal of fortune/comeback - Was it inspired by

    SPIRIT IN THE SKY - NORMAN GREENBAUM ? Was Seve inspiring the comeback?

    JW

  • Comment number 20.

    THEY ALL LAUGHED (WHO HAS THE LAST LAUGH NOW?) - Frank Sinatra

    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND - Justin Timberlake

  • Comment number 21.

    DRIVE BACK ~ Neil Young/Crazy Horse

  • Comment number 22.

    TURNING TABLES - Adele

    OUR DAY WILL COME - Ruby & The Romantics ?

    MY SHIP IS COMING IN - Walker Brothers

  • Comment number 23.

    COMING BACK TO LIFE - Pink Floyd

  • Comment number 24.

    How about

    I'M INTO SOMETHING GOOD - HERMANS HERMITS

    or DAYDREAM BELIEVER - THE MONKEES

    JW

  • Comment number 25.

    Turn Around - Phats & Small

  • Comment number 26.

    OLI(ver)S ARMY - ELVIS COSTELLO

    EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD - THE TREMELOES

    JW

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    1st day off after finishing my current contract on Friday and sick off that morning TV in the background.

    Well done to Spurs...any team who beats Man Utd is Top Banana in my books!!

    Our kickboxing students graded yesterday all passed and got in the 80's apart from one girl who got 78 and should have got mid 80's!

    Now choons:

    1. COME BACK AND STAY -Paul Young
    2. BABY COME BACK - UB40 and Pato Baton or the equals
    3. BACK TO YOU - Bryan Adams
    4. AGAINST ALL ODDS - Phil Collins
    5. FAITH - George Michael ( hope he is ok as he cancelled the Aussie shows!)
    6. IT AINT OVER UNTIL ITS OVER - Lenny Kravitz
    7. BACK TO LIFE - Soul2Soul
    8. COME TOGETHER - Beatles
    9. SO YOU WIN AGAIN - Hot Chocolate
    10. CLOSER - Ne Yo
    11. CLOSE TO YOU - The Carpenters
    12. DON'T GIVE UP - Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

    Maybe back later as i have ironing to do as could not do last night as had sore throat and shivers, also club banking to do and job search!!!

    Have a nice day

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 28.

    Willing and Able - Prince

    Willy the Shake
    x

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning all, WELL DONE EUROPE, I SO dont understand golf but I appreciate youve done really rather well. Head feeling like its stuffed with wool today, Id have a hot toddy but I think tipsy Lollypop Ladies are frowned upon.

    YOU NEVER CAN TELL - CHUCK BERRY
    COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED - GLADYS KNIGHT & PIPS
    LETS GO ROUND AGAIN - AWB
    CAN'T STOP THIS THING WE STARTED - BYAN ADAMS
    INSTANT REPLAY - DAN HARTMAN
    ALMOST THERE - ANDY WILLIAMS
    NOTHINGS GONNA STOP US NOW - STARSHIP
    NOTHINGS GONNA STOP ME NOW - SAM FOX (lets see you play that one)

    achooooo!!!!!!
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 30.

    Morning all,

    How about 'Walking back to Happiness' (whoopa-oh-yeah-yeah!) by Helen Shapiro

    Splendid.

  • Comment number 31.

    STAYING ALIVE - THE BEE GEES

    This is not an easy theme today - too busy trying to relate it to the actual match yesterday.

    JW

  • Comment number 32.

    Back again...

    So the question is even in the midst of an economic collapse why our we being anything but economic when it comes ter winning and WINNING BIG!!!!!!????

    I think long and 'ard why are people from aged 16 ter 40 doing it BIG when it comes ter winning in their chosen sport that they are 'ighly talented at competeing in!!!!!!?????

    A think locally of if I wanted ter take up each sport could I do it now.... And could I 'ave done it when I was a child!!!!!!????

    Aged 39 and three quarters a was a child in the 70's and 80's!!!!

    Tennis - Could I take up tennis???
    When I was child it was more difficult... Only clubs locally geared more for the middle ter upper classes and outdoors!!!!!
    We now 'ave The Wirral Tennis Centre... A mervelous marvel of indoors facilities that's perfect for playing in our 'arsh autumn and winter weather.... AND not expensive... So yes this would set a keen tennis playing child on a better chance of a path ter the BIG time!!!!!

    Golf - We 'ad plenty of pitch 'n putt course for kids and adults!!!!!
    INDEED aged 6 a gotta 'ole in one at New Brighton pitch 'n putt!!!!!
    Many beautiful golf courses we 'ave... but again many for the more wealthy!!!!!
    Although we do 'ave many municiple courses locally!!!!!
    But the difference now from when a was a child... We 'ave driving ranges that we didn't 'ave!!!!
    One VERY near ter where a grew up as a child!!!!!!
    And slighlty further the excellent facilities a Carden Park And Ellesmer Port too... all giving a youngster a better chance of reaching the top!!!!!

    Athletics - All we 'ad was an old outdoors gravel running track... Don't know too much about athletics but even so what springs ter mind is an new running track nearby for school children and the indoor running track at a gym a was a member of... Again better than when a was a child!!!!!!!

    Cycling - The sport a did th emost as a child but not as a sport... More as a 'obby, ter get from A terrrrrrr B and ter keep fit!!!!!
    We always 'ad the wonderful seaside paths on The Wirral but crazy weather at this time of year and through the winter!!!!!
    But could a legally use the seaside paths on a cycle???
    Now we 'ave designated cycle lanes everywhere.... INDEED as a child a used ter cycle along the sea path and used ter get miresable adutls daily blocking my path and making remarks about cycle should not be using the path!!!!!!
    It was a grey area as the 'air usually was on the adults blocking my path on their path!!!!!!
    Was the path just a path or could cycles use it?????
    Cycles are not mean't ter be used on foot paths... but by the sea many cyclists would cycle along the coast... I remember the wonderful summers we 'ad!!!!

    The difference now is the path along the coast now 'as signs stating it is shared for cycles and people on foot.... Silencing the miserys who used ter get pleasure from bullying me on me daily cycle ride!!!!!!!
    And we 'ave cycle lanes all over the place!!!!!
    But best of all.... The UK's first velodrome built 30 miles away in Manchester!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just looking inter the 4 sports above.... Yes facilities 'ave greatly improved.... Which make sme think are the fruits of these facilties now bearing fruit with all the sporting success the Uk is experiencing??????

    Am sure the answer is YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It doesn;t 'appen over night ter create champions.... But 10 plus years of 'aving these wonderful facilites.... All over the UK... Champions are now being produced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When a finally manage ter 'ave kids of my own... A for one want ter very much encourage them ter get inter sport!!!!!!!
    A went ter the Women's British golf open at 'oylake a few weeks ago... Watching the women play a was thinking 'ow proud a would be if my daughter was one of those competing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe 'ave 'ad my chance gone by now... Ok for now am doing me cycling.... But if a don't get ter where a wanted ter be.....
    Then a will put all me energy on 'elpin gme kids ter do what the wanter do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Something that for sure will be easier for me ter do than it was for my parents do ter with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A think this is just the beginning of Great Britain getting it's greatness back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 33.

    Blues Run The Game - Simon & Garfunkel

    Pink Floyd - Come Back To Life

    Never Give Up - Ron Sexsmith

  • Comment number 34.

    PS For tunes for the show later 'ow about:

    Silversun Pickups - Comeback Kid????

    Or

    The Doors - Rider On Thre Storm????? (get it Ryder Cup???? Rider??? Storm/ Making a storm????)

    Both most nice!!!!!

  • Comment number 35.

    I hope you are right, Bingo. It would be wonderful if the children/teenagers have better access to training/sporting facilities, certainly than I did.

    We had a freezing cold, tatty public swimming baths, a pitch and putt course at the local park, cracked ashphelt (sp?) tennis courts and that was about that.

    JW

  • Comment number 36.

    'asphalt' - please correct at your leisure.

    JW

  • Comment number 37.

    Good morning all

    Comeback tunes?

    What about Mohamed Ali's comeback to win the world heavyweight title against George Foreman in the 'Rumble in the Jungle'

    IN ZAIRE - JOHNNY WAKELIN

  • Comment number 38.

    Good Morning Each! And thanks to Simon and the team for choosing my ARF. The crown is a little tight, I can't imagine why. ;0)

    Choons...

    'Lazarus' by Porcupine Tree

    'Tubthumping' by Chumbawumba

    'Get Back' by The Beatles

    'The Wobble' by Big Town Playboys

    'Sing, Fat Lady, Sing' by Carter USM

    'The Party Aint Over Yet' by Status Quo

  • Comment number 39.

    More...

    'The Sweet Escape' by Gwen Stefani and Akon

    'Surprise, Surprise' by Bruce Springsteen

  • Comment number 40.

    MY SHIP IS COMING IN - WALKER BROTHERS

  • Comment number 41.

    I do feel a bit sorry (but only a bit) for the sports haters as this summer of sport has been neverending. But neverending in a munificent way. Someone posted late last night on Twitter; 'My Twitter timeline is full of people I'd least expect tweeting about a sport they know nothing about - its like the Olympics never stopped!'

    In terms of comebacks and reversals of fortune I suggest:

    UNBELIEVABLE - EMF

    as it's golf: EAGLE - Abba (but not The Birdie Song...)

    DON'T GIVE UP -Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush

  • Comment number 42.

    "Moment of Surrender" U2. You know it makes sense.

    Nice weekend in London by the way, now back to the "grindstone".

    GB

  • Comment number 43.

    Afternoon all

    Manhattan doesn't have much luck does it - previously taken by Daleks and now taken by Weeping Angels as well.

    Golf last night was fantastic - people have already said it's similar in status to Headingly during Botham's Ashes and it certainly felt as monumental as that.

    Completely blank on suitable songs at the moment so will have to pass.

  • Comment number 44.

    hi all

    BACK IN BLACK-AC/DC

    ON THE ROAD AGAIN-WILLIE NELSON

    COUNTRY ROADS-JOHN DENVER

  • Comment number 45.

    Afternoon all.

    A magnificant triumph for Europe yesterday. As I mentioned over the page, I stayed up to listen to it last night - I'm exhausted, but it was thrilling!

    My oldie selections:
    Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton
    Against All Odds - Phil Collins
    The Times They Are A-Changin' - Bob Dylan
    Everything Changes - Take That
    Everybody's Changing - Keane
    Better Luck - Scissor Sisters
    Getting Better - The Beatles
    The Best is Yet to Come - Frank Sinatra

  • Comment number 46.

    Bingo, you are spot on with regard to the fantastic sports facilities around now. Suspect you and I may be slightly long in the tooth to become olympic level athletes. Having enjoyed the summer of sport, cherub has decided she wants to compete on the equestrian team. Yes , only my child could choose the most expensive sport. Now cherub are you sure you wouldent be happier just running round in circles??
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 47.

    Billie, saw you I am the Beat message. Is that what you were referring to? Or is it a different Jeffrey?!

  • Comment number 48.

    A bit late with this one as we've had a power cut for what seems like ages....

    BACK IT UP ~ Cara Emerald

  • Comment number 49.

    Good afternoon, everyone!

    Quick poop in to say hello to you all and to suggest

    RUBBER BALL - BOBBY VEE

    for today’s oldies theme.

    Really must dash back to work (via the coffee machine)...

    --
    cBzz

  • Comment number 50.

    Just another quick poop by to wish all sniffly bloggers a speedy recovery.

    Out in the field this afternoon with a late finish;( I just love Mondays!

  • Comment number 51.

    Now if I had a cosy hat for #50, I would give it to sniffly bloggers.............

  • Comment number 52.

    Afternoon,

    Not really 'comeback' related, but the name of the golf course reminded me of

    FUNKY COLD MEDINA - Tone-Loc

    Should have suggested it last week when it was Ryder Cup.

  • Comment number 53.

    I have reclaimed my laundry basket from a heap of ironing, with the added benefit of a choice of clothes to wear!

    Still raining..........

    JW

  • Comment number 54.

    Jennie Wren - Yes a agree... Our swimming pools were noot the best and our cracked up old running track that if yer slipped over on the pot 'oles and slippery gravel yerd end up with yer knees looking more battered than Nick Gleggs' presently with the down on 'is knees gravelling, sorry grovelling, for 'is lies!!!!!!!

    Gill - withagee - A agree with you Gill.... Looking on the brightside... At least motorsport isn't the chosen sport yer youngin!!!!!!!
    Now that is expensive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    As for athletics.... Not those top of the range super shock absorbing super cushioned super grip... super dooper super doopers running trainers ain't cheap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Especially if it's gotta BIG tck on the side... Add double more for a tick logo!!!!!!!

    No wonder Jess Ennis is wearing such skimpy attire.... She's blown all of 'er budget on the trainers!!!!!!

    Know what am sayin'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    PS Am sure Phil Collins - Against All Odds will be a chosen one by the chosen for the show later!!!!!!!
    Odds on if yer ask me!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 55.

    Hi All,

    Get Back - Beatles I know it's late but what the heck!

    Wow, what a wonderful golf weekend that was. I was hanging on to each day of it and an unusually glued to the box weekend. Quite a tribute to Seve Ballesteros.

    Amelia, Oh dear, your DH counterpart ended up in a Brooklyn cemetery -- Ekk!
    LB, x

  • Comment number 56.

    Afternoon All

    Last post at 15.40? Where are you all?

    Heard my mensh - Thankyou Simon - and Amelia's for Lenny Kravitz and a muggle for Chris Rea.

    Won't take me long to read back ..................

  • Comment number 57.

    Welldone Mandy for Faith and I meant Welldone Amelia #56 !

    I didn't catch what Simon said for Phil Collins. Doh!



    #47 Jeffrey - Yes you and yes the post about "I Am The Beat" but also post #98 on yesterday's blog.

  • Comment number 58.

    Jeffery, have you herd when your Mastermind episode will be on yet (or have I missed it?)
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 59.

    Flying visit - mainly to say well done to Paul of Sheffield for his Bluesy Showstopper - perhaps a badge to commemorate since your head is rather occupied at the moment?

    Well done to for all the mentions - ta for mine - I think I just heard the ones Billie mentioned - regular blogger Mandy indeed! Not sure if there was one for Phil Collins Billie.

    Lilac Blue - indeed - very sorry to see the demise of the Ponds, they were great characters. The episode was ok but I wasn't blown away and I think they deserved a better ending. I will go on more tomorrow when I should have more time.

    I loved the Anthony Horowitz interview; great enthusiasm and passion. His books are on my huge pile of "books I want to read". Problem is the pile gets bigger no matter how much I do read, made worse by the kindle as they don't take up shelf space, although I probably have read twice as much since I have had it, snatched 20 minutes at lunchtimes and the like.

  • Comment number 60.

    I heard a few mentions tonight - congratulations to all.

    Paul is definately in favour this week!

    Have great evenings all and see you tomorrow (after the weigh-in - eek!)

    JW

  • Comment number 61.

    Well done for all the menshes tonight and Paul, you are on a roll just now!!!

    #60 Good luck with the weigh in Jennie ;)

  • Comment number 62.

    Well, that was nice. Total mensh drought for months, and then, all of a sudden they're like buses. A fine weekend, (Forest 0, Derby 1... are you lurking, trickster?), rather pleasantly bookended. Thanks, Simon. And congratulations menshees, all.

  • Comment number 63.

    Good Morning Everyone

    An early start in this household today as Mr W left at 5am to head to Birmingham and it's still pitch black here.

    Amelia and Lilac Blue, am I right in assuming the Ponds of which you speak are from Dr Who? Oh please don't tell anymore as I am watching Saturday's episode tonight.

    Time to rouse the pups for walkies. See you over the page after a 1-2-1 with lovely boss so I may be late to the party.

  • Comment number 64.

    Good Morning All

    Gorgeous pink sky this morning as I was walking the dogpoppet. Needless to say I didn't have my camera with me. I should be like Florence and take it wherever I go, just in case...

    Well done for the menshes last night, especially Paul's showstopper. I wasn't familiar with the song, but an excellent choice! Really enjoyed the interview with Anthony Horowitz - what a talented and prolific writer! How can somebody possibly have a whole trilogy in his head, waiting to be written down! And such a nice man too. I imagine Simon was quite flattered that he'd read 'Itch'... And I had to smile at the slightly awkward pause when AH asked Simon if his wife had read '50 Shades'.. ;o)

    Did anyone see 'The History of Light Entertainment' on BBC 4 on Sunday evening? Mr B tells me our esteemed leader was on, talking about his days on Radio 1. I'm going to have a look for it on iThingy later.

    See you on the next page...

    ~X~

 

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