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Simon Mayo | 08:34 UK time, Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Well quite a drama. I finished the show yesterday in my coat ready to leap into action. To get to the Royal Albert Hall from Radio 2 in central London is quite a tricky operation if you're in a hurry at the best of times. There is no easy tube line that doesn't involve loads of walking and a taxi will queue for a very long time through Hyde Park (sure I spotted some stragglers from the Tom Jones bash in September). So, with no other options, the taxi bike is the transport of choice! I'm not really a motorbike fan but sometimes it's the only choice. Off air at 7pm, seated by7.10? Are you kidding? I was always going to rely on a door person to smile and allow me in and so it proved! She gave me a 'you're that bloke' look and looked amazed that I been worried in the first place. Turned out the film didn't start till after 8! I could have got a Boris bike after all.
I would though have missed the military bands, the speech from Sam Mendez, introduction of the cast and national anthem etc. Child 3 loved it (first Bond film) and children 1&2 waxed lyrical all the way home. And Wife 1 (when not feeling poorly) loved it too. So a hit for all the family over 12 who like that kind of thing.
And a fun time with Art Garfunkel too! What a star, what a talent, what an unusual gent! I could have talked with him for hours as he seemed quite likely to say pretty much anything. And as he mentioned, he's the opposite of Paul Simon; where Paul is reserved and cautious, Art is wild and unpredictable. Let's hope he gets that voice back soon.
Today's guest is the star of DCI Banks Stephen Tompkinson. I still think of him as self-aggrandising journalist Damian in Drop The Dead Donkey which will be very annoying as he's sort of moved on since then (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel, Brassed Off etc). He's back with the second series at the moment and will be in Spamalot any week now.
And oldies please to mark the end of the CEEFAX service after 38 years. It used be the least stressful way to follow sport and I loved it. It's all been switched off now and the kids will be amazed at what we were reading from the tv screen-but what do they know? Songs for CEEFAX please, and thankyou.
Have a busy and creative Wednesday, see you after 5


  • Comment number 1.

    So pleased you made RAH. Great to hear about Geocaching - as you said its the best fun you can have in a ditch, although not all caches are there. I have placed a few of those hundreds the chappie from Souter Lighthouse said are within 6 miles of the Place (and half of that is North Sea). I'm just a beginner too with only 213 caches found. Shall we make a date for a bit of cache hunting at GB13?

    How about - Here is the News/ELO
    (from their Time album - I think it was a single as well but I was/am more an album guy)

    Best get on with something

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon and Blog Friends

    Glad everyone enjoyed the movie and your trip there sounded like Bond in action, Simon.



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    Morning all!

    Hope everyone is having a good week. I keep thinking it's Friday already. Good news that the taxi-bike got Simon to the Royal Albert Hall on time - a bond-esque way to arrive I suppose.

    Can I poop in with:


    Righto - off to prepare for half term. Yippee! Back later hopefully x

  • Comment number 5.

    Ceefax Oldies suggestions:

    MISSING WORDS - Selecter

    MORE THAN WORDS - Extreme

    TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN - Amazulu/Chi-Lites (I think, sadly, I prefer the Amazulu version as it was the first I heard back in the day)

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    Last from me today as I'm about to head out into a very wet field.




  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning again



  • Comment number 8.

    Incidentally first mensh in a long time yesterday for I wish I was James Bond. Even got a secondary 'thank you'...!

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    Hi Simon and everyone.

    Glad you made the Bond Prem on time.

    Art Garfunkel was great and was really pleased you opted to play "I only have eyes for you" instead of the other solo number one.

    It was funny how Art exposed your "50 Shades of Grey" liking!!

    Had a rejection yesterday but had a call from one of many emails to offer myself as a sub contractor accountant yesterday, from a medical supplies company that need my help in sortting their December year end accounts and for 3 days a week on a regular basis as their accountant and being paid £25 per hour. I have a meeting with them on Friday. I have 3 firms who want to use me this way and I know what will happen, all the work will come in at once and I will be probably be successful in securing another contract from the few I have been put forward for! Typical! I suppose its nice to be wanted!!

    Congrats to all menshes yesterday and Deebee I heard yours as Simon referred to you as Ms Davies!

    Now Ceefax tunes:

    1. READ ALL ABOUT IT - Emelie Sande
    2. WEATHER WITH YOU - Crowded House
    3. Stuck with you - HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS
    5. TELL HER ABOUT IT - Billy Joel
    6. TELL HIM - Hello
    7. COMMUNICATION - Spandau Ballet
    9. LEGO HOUSE - Ed Sheerhan ( the print was lego style)

    Oh well need to get ready as agency meeting at 11 am!

    Catch ya later.

    Mandy ;)

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    It sounds like a grand time was had by the Mayo family last night - hopefully Wife #1 is feeling better today, Simon.



  • Comment number 11.

    How about

    HOLIDAY - MADONNA - there were cheap flight/holiday offers on Ceefax


  • Comment number 12.

    Morning all,

    How about I heard it through the grapevine - Marvin Gaye

    Or the Bee Gees - Gotta get a message to you


  • Comment number 13.

    You could always use Ceefax to find out



  • Comment number 14.

    Morning all. Well I haven't been verys successful at this game of late. My suggestion of a a song seems to be a guarantee it won't get played, so apologies in advance to anyone who offers the same tunes as I do (probably better to try something else.

    Here goes all the same.

    FREEZE FRAME - J GEILS BAND (it was forever sticking, usually with only half a screen displayed).

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning all

    Still dull and grey here.

    Apologoes for the recent absinthe m- I have a note from my boss (again!)


    Will try to think of something better soon!

    T x

  • Comment number 16.

    Mmmmmmmorning all.

    Big V, it would be great to hear a track of the Time album. Fingets crossed for you.

    Grey and gloom here once more.

    Busy morning, already I have deep cleaned the fridge and mopped the kitchen floor. Ok, ok, maybe if I hadn't spilt a whole tub of sliced peaches, inside the fridge, then right the way from one side of the kitchen to the other, I may have not been quite so industrious, its a sticky situation to be in!!


  • Comment number 17.

    Morning all !!
    Glad the family enjoyed Bond. Hope Mrs M is well again (was it a gluten incident?)
    If you pressed 'hold' on the wrong page you were done for because by the time it reloaded you can bet your life it would have gone past the page number you wanted.

    Hubbs and I found out about Princess Diana's death on Ceefax/Oracle. Can anyone else remember what big thing they found out about on it?

  • Comment number 18.

    Good morning all,

    A very brief visit as I am a little busy today.

    #oldies choices:

    Information - Dave Edmunds

    Too Much Information - The Police

    Famous Last Words - Billy Joel

    Words Unspoken - Supertramp

    mc x

  • Comment number 19.

    I loved a game of Bamboozle on teletext/ceefax.

    Awww, this is quite sad really..


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    lol Sal, ive been in similar cleaning situations. Not so many moons ago I removed a dish from the microwave not realising how hot it was. My brain and hands went into AHHHHH phase and the resulting arch of spinach liberally coated the ceiling, floor and cupboard doors in between. Ive learnt my leasson since and now use a tea towel to pick my spinach dish. :-)

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    Good morning all


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    CEEFAX eh! That could be tricky but here goes.

    Tired Of Waiting For You - The Kinks (it took forever for the pages to change sometimes)
    You're In A Bad Way - Saint Etienne (they sing about "Just Dial My Number")
    News Of The World - The Jam
    Slow - Kylie Minogue
    First Of The Gang To Die - Morrissey

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    Morning Simon,

    These two songs have a Beatles connection



  • Comment number 26.

    Like Simon I can remember watching CEEFAX for its sports contents but on a Saturday afternoon I found it very stressful as the football scores were updated and I waited for my teams scores to come around again. Always hoping that they had scored during the intervening period.


  • Comment number 27.

    Eeugh Sal. Isn't it amazing how far a relatively small amount of liquid will go when you spill it?!

    When we had dogs, it wasn't so bad because they would come and eat/lap up whatever was spilt and then it was just a case of mopping the floor - (no dogs allowed in the fridge, of course!)


  • Comment number 28.

    Morning all.

    The first thing that sprang to mind was

    THE BEE GEES - Words ("It's only words...")

    But other aspects of Ceefax included finding the page number you wanted only to find it was on page 4 of 17 and you actually wanted to see what was on page 2. So...

    THE BEATLES - Wait

    NU SHOOZ - I Can't Wait

    FIVE STAR - Can't Wait Another Minute

    I also used to love Bamboozle, the quiz game (I think) on Channel 4's 4text service, which had a kind of booby trap element in that if you got an answer wrong you went back to the beginning. So...

    THE MOODY BLUES - Question

    MAXINE NIGHTINGALE - Right Back Where We Started From

    JOHN LENNON - Starting Over

    And of course, I used it for sports results. So...

    KIRSTY MacCOLL - England 2 Colombia 0

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    I'm still finding it Jennie!!

    Eeugh indeed!

    Tinned peaches always remind me of goldfish, in fact, going back to school dinners (equally eeugh) we used to call them goldfish and custard.

    Ceefax songs cont...

    Those were the days - Mary Hopkin.

  • Comment number 30.

    Morning All,

    'It's All Over Now' Rolling Stones

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 31.

    Now its over and....

    I still haven't found what I'm looking for - U2.

  • Comment number 32.

    Dark side of the moon pink floyd
    "I'll [cee ]you on the dark side of the moon"

  • Comment number 33.

    Good Morning Each!

    ...and, aah, Ceefax! Cheerio, old chum!

    'Opus 300' or 'Opus 302' by Lieutenant Pigeon. (For the Ceefax footie pages. Both tracks can be found on Lieutenant Pigeon's 'Best Of' album, a piece of vinyl which had, surprisingly, more than one track on it. Actually, being honest, it was surprising that it had more than no tracks on it)

    'Coming around Again' by Carly Simon (for that annoying wait when you'd missed the Derby County {Spurs, in your case, Simon} match report page, and had to sit and wait for the other match report pages to scroll around)

    'Index No.1' by DJ Logilo, DJ Khalid (This is pretty much what you might imagine. Give it a miss)

    'My Back Pages' by The Byrds

    'Analogue' by a-ha

    'Living After Midnight' by Judas Priest
    (Midweek Mosh, Matt?)

    After Midnight' by J.J.Cale, or Eric Clapton

  • Comment number 34.

    Closing time - Leonard Cohen.

    Never heard this one before, but I like it :)

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    As I dont expect it will get an airing, yer tiz....


  • Comment number 36.

    Hey, thats no way to say goodbye - Leonard Cohen.

    One of his more well known ones.

  • Comment number 37.

    'Last Time Forever' Squeeze
    'Modern World' The Jam
    'Picture This' Blondie

  • Comment number 38.

    Another thing I remember about Ceefax was that when there were multiple screens on any given page number you sometimes needed to be able to speed read before the page changed, particularly in the early days before the 'HOLD' or 'STOP' button appeared on remote controls. So,

    SPARKS - Beat The Clock

    And of course there was the general rotation of information that applied to so many sections of Ceefax, so:

    FOCUS - Round Goes The Gossip

    That's enough contrived suggestions from me!

  • Comment number 39.

    Morning Simon & lovely blog folk

    Dull here then a scary phone call – not the best start to the day.











  • Comment number 40.

    #33 - Paul - I would have thought that missing the Derby County results wouls have been desirable ! (I'm sure you can work out where my allegiances lie - about 15 miles east). In all honesty, it was painful waiting for the pages to refresh. I seem to remember that they sometimes jumped and you missed your info again. Bit like a 404 error, I suppose.

  • Comment number 41.

    I wonder if anyone actually booked a holiday off TELETEXT ? Perhaps just Peter Kay then :-)
    Booked it, Packed it ............

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  • Comment number 43.

    #40.Parsley_cat. I rather miss Kev (Tricky Tree), formerly of this parish. I had been unaware that someone had filled his red shoes. There may be some form of treatment you can take, to help with your affliction, but until then, I can offer you this...Ner, nerr de ner nerr ;0)

  • Comment number 44.

    #43 - I suppose something like that was inevitable. It's the end of season position that really counts, not the individual results on the way (unless you win, of course).

    I notice that neither of us actually lives in the appropriate city/town, although you are somewhat nearer than I am.

  • Comment number 45.

    hi all

    its all over now-rolling stones

  • Comment number 46.

    Good Afternoon All;

    Another day, another meeting, I feel like I'm stuck in Groundhog day when I've answered the same questions so many times over. *Sigh*

    I haven't read back yet, so apologies for duplications...






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  • Comment number 48.

    'Fade Away' Blondie

  • Comment number 49.

    Wednesdee Niceness Ter Mr Mayo Man & ALL Of A Sir/ Madam Disposition...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Ave gotta problem all.... A couldn't sleep for a little bit last night as am being 'aunted!!!!!!
    Noot by a ghost... but by a lady with VERY BIG white 'air from Scotland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Name: Emile Sande!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A can't get 'er latest tune out of me 'ead... Called Wonder!!!!!
    Butta wonder what is she upter?????
    Ok yes 'er latest tune is VERY catchy a agree.... A like Emile Sande... A saw 'er live just before she 'it the big time as a knew what alot of other people didn't know!!!!! (not that am boasting)....
    But last night in me truck it suddenly 'it me 'ow much a 'ate 'er new tune!!!!!!
    'ow much it irritates me and 'ow much a can't get it out of me 'ead.....
    "wooow... wow... wow..... wooooow... wow... wow..... LIFe is contagious..... Go tell yer neighbours..... wooooow... wow... woooooooow... wow!!!!"
    And the keyboard riff.... A know she is an excellent talented songwriter and keyboard player of which she will 'ave writted most of 'er songs via 'er keyboard.... but the riff.... It's like an 8 year old girl who got 'er first DAMN IT keyboard for Christmas and 'as come up with 'er first keyboard riff.....

    Dum dum dum dummmm.... dum dum dum dum derrrrummmmm..... dum dum dum dummmmm..... dum dum dum dum de dummmmm..... woooow.... wow... wow.... wow.... wow.... woooooow... Go tell yer neighbours... LIFE is contagious..... this DAMN IT SONG is outragous!!!!!!!!

    And then ok maybe this is gonna show the low intelligence as was brought up on a council estate in Merseyside bit of me.... But WHAT is the.....

    'This is a message from cavanagh' AYE??????????????? A??????

    What's she on about???? Is it Cavanagh QC????????

    Or am a mis 'earing it and it's cabanna???? As in Co-co Cobanna... A sort of tribute ter fellow songwriting god Barry not from Watford but from Vegas????
    Aka The Manilow!!!!!!!!!

    A tell yer the song is driving me mad.... A went ter sleep with it in me 'ead.... A woke up with it.... Am a blogging about it!!!!!!

    woooooow wow wow.... wooooow wow wow..... dum dum dum dum dummmmmmmm!!!!!! DAMN IT DUM!

    For any who don't know what am DAMN IT on about..... :


  • Comment number 50.

    Oh Hello,

    A flying visit. Apologies for yet again being absinthe. If only life wouldn't get in the way of blogging.

    #17 Gill, News found out on CEEFAX - Pan Am Flight 103.

    Every Friday night my dad uses CEEFAX to check share prices and will be devastated not to be able to do it any more. When he's away I'm left with a list of shares to check plus the page numbers. I've never told him this but I usually forget to do it - however I always manage to find the required info on t'interweb. Maybe now is the time to confess to my dad in order to lessen the blow.

    #29 Sal, My little brother used say he enjoyed eating goldfish at his boarding school. When we visited and stayed for tea we found out he meant tinned oranges.

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 51.

    You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) - The Beatles


  • Comment number 52.

    Afternoon all,
    Or it will be by the time this gets posted.
    Busy busy busy here - and I saw the call for CEEFAX oldies on Tw**tter and went off for coffee for a think - thought I was being SO clever putting It's only words by the Gibbs chaps, only to find you lot have done the same!!
    Back to the drawing board...
    SLOW by Kylie Minogue?
    Well I was always frustrated by how slow the pages were to load!
    Suddenly got stacks to do for something tomorrow - and Thursday is busy anyway, so will leave you all to enjoy yourselves while I lunch at my desk (again!)
    In case I don't get on tomorrow, we're off to the Bond opening night in Oxford on Friday - Italian dinner first, then Bond - what a perfect night out...only thing missing is Martinis!
    Enjoy yourselves, but no naughty steps, ok?
    ps did Jeffery (of Maidenhead) have his moment on Mastermind yet? A drinking buddy of mine was on last Friday (Jonathan) who won by just 1 point!!

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    Poor you Bingo. I rang my neighbours doorbell and told them life was contagious, but they didnt seem too interested.

    Zoe, liking your idea of 'Hold me now'., much better than any 0f mine ;-)

  • Comment number 55.

    Turning out all my draws at the moment looking for a sticky silver star to put on cherubs cheek for the Halloween disco tonight. We used to have a pack of the things and used them as reward stars for her, starting to think I might have thrown them out at some stage.
    Suzieee, Jeffery's appearance has yet to happen. He said yesterday (i think) he'd let us all know when he found out.

  • Comment number 56.

    Morning all,

    No time to catch up and read up there ^^

    But saw his Lordship's request earlier, so would like to add


    DAWNING OF A NEW ERA - The Specials

    Good day all


  • Comment number 57.

    Hi All

    Glad you got to the RHA on time, Simon.

    I'm looking forward to the interview with Stephen Tomkinson. My daughter and I used to watch 'Wild at Heart' together on a Sunday evening - although it kind of lost its way after about the 3rd series, as these things often do. And of course 'Ballykissangel' was brilliant. I'm sure he'll be an entertaining guest.

    Not much to add to the comments re Ceefax. I have used it in the past, but I can't quite remember what it would have been for. I do remember waiting (im)patiently for the page to change, then missing the moment and having to wait for it to go back to the beginning again. I didn't realise it was still going, to be honest...

    Hi Julia41 *waves* Nice to 'see' you!

    #52 Don't you just hate that - you come up with a clever and original idea for a song, then find about 6 other people have also suggested it...


  • Comment number 58.

    Billie not around?

    PATIENCE - Take That (Wah!)

  • Comment number 59.

    #49 BINGO
    Lyrics are:
    "When everything feels wrong, and darkness falls upon you
    Just try sing along, this is a message from Cabana
    If your heart turns blue, I want you to remember
    This song is for you, and you are full of wonder"

    I followed links to this site:
    Which must be what she is alluding to? Cabana is a south American name for 'hotel accommodations' (Wiki) Hotel Cabana is like a double-whammy.

    It sounds to me like a song that was played on a loop at the Olympic park sporting venues - was it released last summer?
    Weird how familiar it sounds.

  • Comment number 60.

    #57 welcome to my world :-/
    BUT on the other hand it does show that at least I'm on the same or right wavelength re Oldies.
    RE last night's Bond ones I was waaaay off target.

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    Afternoon all!

    I feel a U2 tune coming on! How about "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" many a ceefax users cry I believe!

    Useless fact, many of the grotty scenes for DCI Banks are filmed in Bradford. I'll say no more!


  • Comment number 62.

    Simon had the honour of accompanying me on the virtual shopping trip today - Art Garfunkel is certainly a one-off, isn't he?

    I bought the LP 'Angel Clare' when it first came out - haven't played (or seen) it for years. T'will be in one of 'those' boxes which have not yet been unpacked since our last move (23 years ago)!



  • Comment number 63.

    #41 When I married Lady Cumference our honeymoon was arranged through a company that we found on Teletext, though it wasn't actually a trip they'd advertised, just one we asked them to put together for us.

    Very efficient they were too, and got us a great hotel on Waikiki beach.

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    #41, #63. Astonishingly, Teletext Holibobs (I changed the name on purpose in the hope of not upsetting the wombles) has survived the end of teletext, and is still trading. I suspect the time must soon be coming when they will change their name of their own volition.

  • Comment number 65.

    I’m days behind on here – not sure what I’ve been doing – anyway in an attempt to catch up –

    Loved the Art Garfunkel interview last night – gloriously mad – as for that book, makes me laugh every time Simon mentions it, an unlikely obsession.

    Mandy – really pleased to hear of your work related successes

    Molly Coddle – good to have you back; hope you had a good holiday

    Jenny & Sal – as much as I moan about my friend’s dog is he most useful with dealing with spillages

    Deebee – I keep thinking of great suggestions driving to work that completely go out of my head by the time I get to here (well they are great in my head anyway!)

    From yesterday - my first record was Wing’s Mull of Kintyre – bought downstairs in John Menzies with my gran. First gig was at Eden Court in Inverness and I am having a complete brain freeze as to who it was – first proper gig was Runrig, also in Inverness

    Mandy – I forgot my satnav when going to Belfast last week – drove round in circles trying to find the university – dangers of relying on it so much usually.

    Jenny – well done on the fantastic weight loss

    Blogmeet – glad all went well, a select gathering indeed – Paul we did have a similar thought about coming to see you after Wittertainment the previous week.

    Zoe & Gill – how things get sorted with your relatives

    John – don’t think I said well done for your ARFO Crown – well done indeed. And dreadful about the near theft of your stove. My stove is very poorly and does little than fill the house with smoke – something else to get fixed.

    Hoffs – how did the your first concert go? And yesterday?

    Sunday was gloriously sunny here and I spent most of it reading in the garden – finished Perks of Being a Wallflower – film is much better – rare I know – but it did result in Mark reading my tweet on Wittertainment, hurrah. Then I raced through Mark Radcliffe’s Thank You for the Days – wonderful – he describes our glorious leader as “a charming man … well groomed and had a chiselled appeal in a certain light”.

    Much walking in the forest at the weekend too – colours not really spectacular – lots of browns and yellows – best I could mange photo wise




    Flo – as always I loved your photos

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    Gill - withagee - A agree with you Gill... A also knocked on me neighbours doors ter pass on the message that life is congagious... But a goot the door slammed in me face!!!!!!!!!!!

    Suzie with a zee and alotta eeee's - Thanks for yer 'elp and what an intelligent lot the blog dudes around 'ere are ter look up the meaning!!!!!!
    The only problem though.... The verse there is spot on what the girl with the french name from Scotland writes....

    This is a message from Cabana... You are full of wonder!!!!!!!!!!

    Spot on Emile.... A am full of wonder.... Full of wondering whatta yer songs mean????????????????

    A confused Bingo Star >B-O

    wooooow wow wow.... woooow wow wow..... Still got it in me 'ead!

  • Comment number 67.

    Amelia, they're stunning.

    Which Forest is it?

  • Comment number 68.

    Suzieeeeeee - Gill read correctly - I posted yesterday to say I haven't been given the nod yet as to when its on and Sky only gives 7 days' notice. Its not this Friday that much I know! If you have Sky look at the info blurb - it lists the specialist subjects then look for UK No.1 Hits 1963-2000. That will be me.

  • Comment number 69.

    #68 - JiM - I have the TV listings guide that has radio in its title (other magazines, of indeterminate quality are also available). I don't think you're on next week either - a random selection of specialist subjects, not involving hit singles was shown.

    I like to think I have a reasonably wide set of interests, but I look at some of the specialist subjects and just think 'who...what ?' (Not in your case, though).

  • Comment number 70.

    Although late, there's Words by F R David.

    Sadly I won't be around next couple of days as I am going to Bath University to take part in research (into Autism). And it's also my birthday tomorrow!!

    Luckily, I hope to meet up with a couple of people I know there!

  • Comment number 71.

    #69 Parsley, one of the specialist subjects on my night was The Ketts Rebellion. I heard 17 questions on it and I've still no idea what it was about!

  • Comment number 72.

    #71 - I rest my case !

  • Comment number 73.

    Aha, Parsley Cat, you were right and wrong all in one post @#14.

    Good choice :)

  • Comment number 74.

    Good to hear you made it.
    CeeFax was a waiting game...
    I'm still waiting - diana ross

  • Comment number 75.

    I wonder if there really are any chimney sweeps called Dick van Dyke?

  • Comment number 76.

    Well done Parsley_cat and Jennie for menshes!

    #70 Enjoy your trip to Bath PJ, and well done for taking part in the research. The more that can be done to assist people with ASD and their families, the better.

    Love your pictures, Amelia!

    Bingo - agree with you re Emilie Sande.

    I'm off to see Level 42 tonight (wah!). Really excited about it - the shows so far on their current tour have been their best for a long time, by all accounts. I'll post a review tomorrow.


  • Comment number 77.

    Thanks Deebee. I have wider activities in this area having Asperger Syndrome myself. And I have even had a book published! If you google "pj hughes autism"...

  • Comment number 78.

    #77 My son does too. I will certainly look up your book!


  • Comment number 79.

    It's called "Reflections: Me and Planet Weirdo".

  • Comment number 80.

    Nice mensh for Seymour Totti - your first? Love the way Simon hedged his bets over your gender... ;o). And a nice clear mensh for the blog too!


  • Comment number 81.

    Well done Parsley for the chunage. I was sat in traffic on the Leeds Outer Ring Road when it came on - it really made me head nod!

    #76 DeeBee I am soooooo jealous!

  • Comment number 82.

    #79. PJ, I've had a quick gleg at an extract of your book, and it seems quite fascinating to me. You do well to highlight the fact that the book is out there and available on this blog, as I think it may be of considerable interest to a fair few contributors hereof. I will be making a purchase. And good luck in Bath.

  • Comment number 83.

    Congrats to menshees all - did JiM get two tonight?

    Enjoy your evenings.

    See you in the morning.


  • Comment number 84.

    Bingo, hope this helps clear your 'ear-worm'

    See now, dont say I never do anything for you :-)

  • Comment number 85.

    #80. Thanks Deebee. Yep, first blog mention for me by Father Simon. Funny how he covered all the gender bases. Dear old Wogan never had a problem it (yes, I am a TOG). Definitely a bloke though. I have checked.

  • Comment number 86.

    Just finished me night cycle training/ ride.... Am 'ome now and time for bed ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But firstly:

    Deebee - Thanks for agreeing with The Sande incident of mine!!!!!

    PS Looking forward ter meeting yersen at the CiN gig/ after gig meal!!!!
    A remember 2 years ago (was it 2 years??? Man does time fly!!! >:-O ) sitting next ter yersen and yer 'usband... A never forget what a nice couple yer both are!!!!!!
    Very friendly... Yer 'usband seems like a VERY intelligent and nice man... Very nice ter speak too!!!!!!!

    Gill - withagge - Yes The Abbot... A fine musician.... Somebody a think The Sande could learn from!!!!
    PS Are yer sure that's noot Johnny Vaughan?????


  • Comment number 87.

    PS In case any are wondering why am cycling in the middle of the night.... Am just trying ter get me bodyclock ter the Rio time zone!!!!!
    Ready for the 2016 games.... A don't want jet lag ter ruin me performance!!!!!!

  • Comment number 88.

    Good Morning All

    Level 42 were fantastic! I'll write more over the page, but I'll just say now that I've seen them live many times, and that has to have been one of their best ever gigs. Lady_Stormrider, if they're playing somewhere near you I strongly recommed you get tickets.

    #85 Ah, now you've explained you're a TOG I 'get' your name. It took me a while to work out Andy_Toverson too...


  • Comment number 89.

    Morning bloggers!!!

    Have given up hope of Chris every writing another blog so am defecting over here!!

    Have a good day and see you all later

    C x x

  • Comment number 90.

    Good Morning Everyone - hello Cath!

    Well done for the menshes last night to Parsley_cat, Jennie Wren, Seymore Tottie and someone called the Sheffield Tourist?

    Glad you enjoyed the concert Deebee. Hoping for an early blog as I'm out in the field all day.

  • Comment number 91.

    A quick good morning to everyone... I didn't get on here yesterday and not had time to catch up but especially want to say to Amelia that I love your pictures above, especially the mushrooms/fungi one, which is my favourite.

    Deebee, so pleased that you enjoyed seeing Level 42. You said after all these years they're playing better than ever and I think that with a lot of the groups/solo singers whose gigs I go to, the older they have become, the better many of them seem to be and I think some are so pleased they can still fill venues that they make more effort to show their appreciation.

    Paul Carrack is a good example of one who just gets better and better and I go to see him each time he comes to Edinburgh and the same goes for The Hollies who I see once a year and I first saw them with Allan Clarke and Graham Nash when I was at school and their lead singer Peter Howarth does a first class job as lead singer and Tony Hicks is still with them and never seems to age and they seem to appreciate people still want to see them.

    I'd better stop there or I'll be here all day!!!

  • Comment number 92.

    Pants! I'm going to miss the blog.

    Have a good day everyone.

  • Comment number 93.

    Shona, don't forget little me....! That was two nights in a row. A first in oldie-suggesting bloggerdom!!! Missing Words by Selecter...a ska classic.

  • Comment number 94.

    Morning all!
    On Twitterdom Our Chiselled leader today wants songs of 'growth and expansion' if Dave's economic announcement about the economy is to be believed..
    Later, on t'other page...mwah mwah

  • Comment number 95.

    Good morning all - is there any blue sky up there at all? It is still so gloomy - we need a gloriously sunny, crisp Autumnal day. The forecast is for colder weather over the weekend, so we'll see..........

    Hello to any CE defectors - good to see you


  • Comment number 96.

    Well, quite remarkable, as a certain TV presenter used to say. Thanks for the congrats - all the more unexpected in view of my comments at #14 above.

    Good to hear Level 42 still going strong (and that number still appearing !). Saw them at NEC in 1986/87. Have to agree on the Paul Carrack thoughts (#91- Florence). The BBC4 doc a couple of weeks ago was very good.

  • Comment number 97.

    Parsley Cat, if you like Paul Carrack, try to see him if he's in your area... he seems to be in Edinburgh every February and I'm going to see him on Valentine's day this time. He's such a lovely person as well as a great singer.

  • Comment number 98.

    Thanks Paul of Sheffield.

    Happy Birthday to me!!!

    Now to get ready for Bath!


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