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Simon Mayo | 08:31 UK time, Friday, 26 October 2012

Last day of half term here. Last day of no school run obligations and pyjama blogging. A decadent start to the weekend eh? One of the reasons for our slovenly behaviour was the post show dash to see Warhorse at the New London Theatre. I had heard it was brilliant and, ahead of Michael Morpurgo's appearance on the show, needed to see for myself.
And guess what? It's brilliant. Everyone else was right. I enjoyed the film but this is so much smarter and so much more engaging. It's spectacle comes from the work of the Handspring Puppet Company who bring the horses to life. Many of you will have seen it and know all this but you really watch 2 shows; the story as told by the actors and then the puppeteers working the animals and providing their noises too. 2 hours and a half hours of being utterly absorbed, moved and thrilled too, we then got a speech from Michael Morpurgo. He told the story of how a pint in a pub in Devon with an old solider had formed the basis of what became Warhorse. It's now on in the US and about to be staged in Berlin. He'll be on the show shortly-don't miss him.
(and a mention for the brilliant folk singer Bob Fox who sang the John Tams songs and plays the omnipresent narrator-like song man. The singing is what gets you if the story hasn't)
It's Bond day on the film show on 5L with full review and Daniel Craig interview (Steve has Daniel C and Judy D too on his show). I agree with Chris that it's best to see Bond without anyone giving anything away but that's difficult when reviewing the thing. But Skyfall is the only show in town so it'll dominate matters I think. Then we'll hit the weekend with your ARF selection of good time tunes. Sylvester last week-anything better you've got in mind?
Have a washed and scrubbed (and maybe shaken and strirred) Friday, see you at 2&5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all.

    On the theme of Skyfall...

    We'll fly high in the sky - Amen Corner.

    Gill with a G, I really did think you and hubs were doing a sky dive, duh! ;)

  • Comment number 2.

    Sky High - Jigsaw.

    Howzat - Sherbet.

    Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel - Come up and see me make me SMILE :)

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Simon and Friends of Blogland

    Glad you enjoyed the show Simon and hope child 3 did as well.

    My ARF today:


    Back for a chat later.......

  • Comment number 4.

    Live it up - Mental as anything.

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning one and all from a rainy, wet Essex - where is the sun???

    LETS TWIST AGAIN - CHUBBY CHECKER would get the weekend off to a great start.


  • Comment number 6.

    Grey, chilly and damp all across the South, by the looks of it Jennie..


  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning all - bit of a disappointment , was really, secretly hoping for snow - the child in me always does.

    Just a quick poop by with a couple of suggestions for the ARFO. Have I missed much? I haven't had time to look in all week what with Christmas cake baking and Hallowe'en costume making amongst the other usual more mundane day to day stuff.

    Anyway, suggestions...

    BORN TO BE ALIVE - Patrick Hernandez

    RAMA LAMA DING DONG - Rocky Sharpe and the Replays

    CA PLANE POUR MOI - Plastic Bertrand


    Think that'll do for now. Might pop back later if my pompom making gets ahead of schedule...

    SE x

  • Comment number 8.

    We have been promised some sun tomorrow Sal - we live in hope...

    I've just read back - Zoe, best wishes to your nan for a full recovery soon.


  • Comment number 9.

    Just reading that back and I'd like to say I'm not a Stepford wife, honest!

  • Comment number 10.

    Good morning everyone. A bright, sunny morning here in Preston, but only 2C when I left the house.

    Thanks to the guvnor for my mensh last night - I missed it again. That's twice I've had back to back menshes, and those are my only successes. Very odd.

    I also thought of Cockney Rebel for today.


    No particular reason. The bowline is a climber's knot - we had to learn how to tie one with one hand as part of one of the Scout badges. Lady_S - do they still do that - you may know with your family connections.

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning all - still driving my dad's car - long story short - he's had to give up, but I've given her a good home.

    Anyway after last weekend's fun on Windermere starting the floating caravan's 40 year-old Volvo marine engine -


    Keep warm everyone!

  • Comment number 12.

    I'd like any of these ARFOs:

    BLUE SAVANNAH - Erasure


    FOUR TO THE FLOOR - Starsailor

  • Comment number 13.

    #7 - Erica (Stressed variety) - I thought of Ca Plane Pour Moi last night, too. Spooky.

    #11 - spooky you should post immediately after me. Especially with my comment on the previous line.

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning Ter Mayo Man & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Deebee & Molly Coddle - Most sorry for getting both of yersens mixed up!!!!!!!
    It's all too much for me mind.... NAMES!!!!!!!!
    When ave been ter blog meets and especially the CiN gig a will be 'onest that most who are there a don't know exactly who they are!!!!!
    But everyone seems ter know who a am????
    A can't think why!!!!!
    Maybe it's the fact there's few blokes writing on the blog 'ence we are more easy ter remember... All a know is am confronted by nearly a 'undred women.... Noot only with real names but with blog names then even like yer good self Molly Coddle who used be MadChickenWoman.... Believe me a can't even remember the name of me next door neighbour who's name ave 'eard a dozen times!!!!!!]
    For some reason ave always 'ad a mental bloke with names!!!!!!

    'pologies ter all.....

    And especially 'pologies ter Molly Coddle & Deebee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But like a said.... Very nice couple Molly Coddle and 'usband (a take it 'e is yer 'usband???? AYE???? A????) (maybe am putting me foot in it further???@?).
    Maybe a should say other 'alf!!!!!!!!
    Very nice ter chat ter!!!!!!!

    Even though often a 'asve noot gotta clue who am talking too.... It's one of the things a love about the blog... So many different people from so many walks of life all coming together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    For my ARF opner it can only be one tune:

    'POLOGISE by TIMBERLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 15.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Glad you enjoyed Warhorse, Simon. It's on my to-do list to see it.

    Slightly disappointed this morning that my Richard Hammond 'top tenuous' wasn't read out. But the ones that made the cut were really good.

    My ARFO suggestions for this week:

    CHINESE WAY - Level 42

    ALRIGHT NOW - Free

    HOURGLASS - Squeeze


  • Comment number 16.

    Happy together - The Turtles.

  • Comment number 17.


    Yes he was/is my husband, Bingo!! :-) Your posts never fail to make me smile and there is no need at all to apologise! x

    #13 Parsley Cat & Erica it just shows how 'in tune' we are on the blog! And, as Bingo would say 'Whattta coincidence!!!!!!!!!!!!' (That's my exclamation tally exceeded) ;-)

    Zoe, from yesterday, please don't worry about depriving me of a mensh. Simon also gave me an erroneous mensh for Eric Clapton. I suggested a completely different track of his. I know that 'Here Comes The Sun' was a bonkers choice considering the theme, but it sort of fitted, and it is probably one of my favourite Beatle tracks. So it was lovely it got played, and if the mensh was going to anyone else, I couldn't think of a nicer person. :-)

    No ARFO choice from me, but I hope that Erica's (of the stressed variety) choice of Rock Sharpe & The Replays gets an airing. How are the pom poms coming along?

    Wishing you all a great weekend. Wrap up warm and enjoy the extra hour. :-)

    Molly Coddle formerly the madchickenwoman x

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning All,

    ARF suggestions

    'One Way Or Another' Blondie
    'Start Me Up' Rolling Stones
    'Stay With Me' The Faces
    'Dignity' Deacon Blue
    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 19.

    You really got me - The Kinks.

  • Comment number 20.

    Extra Bingo news/ things on me mind:

    Me Bradley Wiggans blog that ave been trying ter bang on the blog for a week will 'ave ter be delayed until next week.

    On property prices from yesterdee... INDEED ter every blogger reading this who 'as property, seriously stop and think could you afford ter buy terdee at terdee's market prices what yer bought in the past!!!!!!!!!!
    A think most could not.... Which makes me feel very concerned and sad for our young people.
    Even with university fees before they've even got their job and thought about buying property... It's a very worrying future for many!!!!!!!
    Something 'as gone VERY wrong with the economics of our country in the last 30 years!!!!!!!
    Yep great5 if yer bougfht a 'ouse cheap and made alotta money.... but sad ans selfish for future genrations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'ospital Radio - The Vanessa show yesterdee about yougsters trying ter be cool by 'aving their undies too 'igh and jeans too low reminded me of an incident a 'ad whilst on DJ-ing on 'ospital radio!!!!!!!
    Getting inter the world of cut throat media (almost literally inside a 'ospital).... Trying ter look cool a was wearing me Calvin boxers way too 'igh..... So much so whilst live on air they goot caught on me 'eadphones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A was playing a jam and in a total jam.... Unable ter reach me mixer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The only answer was ter get the nearest surgeon ter come down ter the studio with some of 'is cutting gear!!!!!
    Unfortunately the only one available was a vasectomy specialist......
    A saod whatever yer do.... Don't be cutting anything else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'ave a nice weekend all!!!!!!!!!!

    Am off ter try and replicate Bradley Wiggans olympic gold winning 'ampton Court road time trial later with an equal 44km mega blast near the sea!!!!!!!!
    Nice sunny but chilly dee!!!!!!!!!!!
    Gotta up me game from me usual 20km ride ter double it!!!!!!!!
    Only problem something tells me me time will be double Wiggo lads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 21.

    Just read back blog from yesterday and I would also say to Zoe that I hope your Nan gets well soon in time to enjoy her birthday.

    I'm really enjoying the new Rolling Stones song - Doom and Gloom but I guess it's too new for an ARF?

  • Comment number 22.

    #20 That's funny Bingo! Enjoy your cycle ride and keep your Calvins at a decent height!

  • Comment number 23.

    #20 Lol at the underpants story! My screen is now awash with tea. :-)

  • Comment number 24.

    Thanks Molly Coddle ;-)))))

    A seem ter 'ave a 'abit of putting me foot well and truely in it with people.... An incident early in the year that pops inter me mind was at work when a came ter work with a docs sick note saying light duties only!!!!!!!!!!
    A was sent 'ome with the nasty manager saying 'we don't 'ave light duties 'ere!!!'
    They do.... Some drivers with medical conditions get special duties... A few even get ter park their car right by the entrance 500 yards from the 'uge car park as they say they can't walk that far!!!!!!!
    A was recovering from another bad back and could easily walk that far so was more than capable of walking from the car park!!!!!!!
    Unfortunately this story a was telling to a fellow driver in the canteen...... Saying there seems ter be one rule for one and one for another!!!!!!!
    The driver in question was one of the couple out of 400 who does park 'is caqr next ter the entrance..... WHOOOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
    Put me foot in it there and 'e now doesn't even say 'ello ter me anymore!!!!!!!

    Mind you people are so over sensitve.... A wasn't 'aving a go at 'im just stating me case that a was more than able ter work on light duties!!!!!!

    Am off for another banana ter clam me nerves!

  • Comment number 25.

    Morning Simon and everyone.

    Not as grey here in the middle of the country.

    Off out shortly to a meeting for some private work. Got an interview on Tuesday (good job it was not on Monday as one cannot be interviewing on their birthday!) this is for a 3 month but potentially extendable, hope I can fit the private one in.

    Just been watching about inspirational kids with disfigurements and ailments and it is heart wrenching at their tales of peoples reaction when they stare at them as people can be too hung up on the way people look!

    Welcome to the drifters from CLP blog ...all welcome here!

    Now for an ARFO:

    BLACK BETTY - Ram Jam ( loud and proud enough for ya Simon?!!!

    Have lovely weekends


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 26.

    Zoe, can I add to Shona's best wishes for your nan? I do hope that she is soon well enough to enjoy her 99th birthday celebrations. x

  • Comment number 27.

    Shona - A will let inter a secret.... After that incident am scared of wearing underwear!!!!!!!]
    Scarred/ scared for life!!!!!!!!
    So this iz whatta will be wearing whilst cycling:


    Bradley Wiggan should be scarred.... A mean scared!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 28.

    Whilst supping my tea, watching the birds in the garden, we had a greater spotted woodpecker arrive. We have a eucalyptus tree which is losing it's bark and the woodpecker came along to root out any stray insects (and strip any loose bark off at the same time).

    That's only the second time I've seen a woodpecker in the garden - beautiful bird.


  • Comment number 29.

    #27 - you'll catch your death wearing that Bingo - unless you remember your vest, of course! ;0)


  • Comment number 30.

    #28 - Jenny Wren - quite appropriate you should be watching the birds in your garden. Watch out for those cats, though !

  • Comment number 31.

    Hmmm, I think the most worrying thing about those shorts, is that they do them in XXXL!!

  • Comment number 32.

    Oh, I will. Don't worry Parsley_cat - I stay well away from them! No offence - ;0)


  • Comment number 33.

    Morning all

    It's part-time John reporting for duty. We're only halfway through half-term here - who needs 2 weeks in October, when an extra week in May or July would be so much better?

    I had the pleasure of driving back to London yesterday, and managed to time it so we left just before 5, so I heard the whole "episode" in the car. (Radio in the car is just the best place to listen). Great chattage, delicious cassoulet recipe, and some lovely toons played, even though "growth" was generously interpreted! Loved the Beatles choice, Zoe.

    And well done to whoever got a mensh for Cher the other day - love that song!

    As the reigning King, I'm not sure I should be making another ARFO auggestion. But, as there's no chance of it being played, I may as well go for it. And whoever gets the crown today, is King or Queen for an extra hour this weekend!!



    HUSH - Kula Shaker or Deep Purple

    JOHNNY B. GOODE - Chuck Berry

    Good day all!


  • Comment number 34.

    Catching up a bit...

    From yesterday's blog: Zoe, can I add my best wishes to your Nan. Hope she's soon up and about again.

    Re geese - while I was walking the dogpoppet round our village yesterday about 50 geese flew overhead. It was quite a sight - they were in three or four separate V formations but all flying in the same direction, which was west. No idea where they would have been heading...


  • Comment number 35.

    Good morning to everyone

    How lovely for a wren to have seen a woodpecker... I hope he'll become a regular visitor for you now that he's found some tasty titbits in your garden!

    Bingo Star... I'm developing a bit of a Scouse accent reading your amusing messages.

    Deebee, sorry you didn't get your tenuous text read out today... I was tempted to make one up in your name and text in, but my sister rang up and I walked through to another room whilst chatting and forgot about Richard Hammond's tenuous bit!!

    Trying to think of an ARFO to fit in with the current popularity of James Bond


  • Comment number 36.

    Good morning all, a bit chilly over here today so having to get some logs in for the stove.

    Suggestions for todays ARF opener




    Enjoy the day

  • Comment number 37.

    My three suggestions this week:

    FOCUS - Hocus Pocus

    STEVE WINWOOD - Valerie

    RAINBOW - Since You Been Gone

  • Comment number 38.

    Happy Friday Simon & lovely blog people

    Beam me up Scotty - one of those morning - if only people would listen to me the world would be a better place (or something like that)

    #12 Jeffrey - Starsailor! You don’t hear much about them these days. Good tune.

    #15 Deebee - how annoying!

    Shona - I really like the new Stones track too!




  • Comment number 39.

    #25 I was going to suggest Ram Jam, but something in my head said "nah, leave it, someone else is bound to have suggested it". Spooky.

    Very quiet here today. It was very quiet on the roads on the way to work this morning too. And it's very quiet in the office.

    Where is everyone?

  • Comment number 40.

    Morning Simon (and all),

    No half-term here yet, but looking forward to a few days with the kids next week, including Skyfall on Sunday night, all being well (can’t wait).

    There’s a couple of good Deep Purple ARFOs up already, so props to them (NB. if you’re going to plump for Hush, then I’d say the original is the best – with the caveat that Joe South was the “original” original, of course!).

    I’m going to admit defeat in my personal quest for a Zeppelin ARFO – that was last week’s news – and, noting the TV advert for the latest un-named New Wave CD compilation, request summat in that vein from any of the Lowe/Edmunds/Costello axis. It’s all good...


  • Comment number 41.

    hi all


    pictures of matchstick men-status quo

  • Comment number 42.

    No half-term here either - must be next week. I don't have offspring, so I just look forward to being able to get to work in half the time and not having to stop at every crossing point.
    I've never known the holiday to be as late as this before.

  • Comment number 43.

    Hello All;

    Thank you to Jennie Wren, Shona, Molly Coddle & Deebee, for the good wishes for my nan. She is out of hospital now, and resting back in the nursing home.

    Molly Coddle - Aww thanks. :-) I didn't think it was a daft song choice, but Simon mentioned the sun/winter thing!

    John - Thanks, but see above, Molly Coddle deserves the credit. :-)

    ARFO suggestions...




  • Comment number 44.

    #34 DeeBee - I was also out at dusk last night & a huge V-formation flew over Cleckhuddersfax on their way west to overnight feeding sites. The only place I can think of was Martin Mere (has starred in Autumnwatch - brill) but that's way out west from Yorkshire. Unless it's as the goose flies.......

    #13 Parsley - the Bowline is an essential knot for boaties as well. A lot of tie up places have cleats to tie up to or on Windermere wooden jetties. Scouting associations have mostly been given up now due to age.

    Sorry to hear about the 'Garden Grab' That was a lovely cluster of trees at the bottom of the garden.

  • Comment number 45.

    Afternoon folks

    I hope everyone's had a good week as I've really been off the radar. Looking forward to much more blogging next week as we're on half-term. Yay!

    Zoe - just seen the bit about your nan - I hope her recovery continues well.

    I'm not going to make an ARFO suggestion this week but hope that with this manic week over I can resume a normal schedule going forward.

  • Comment number 46.

    Half term is late in the south... ours were off all of last week, probably because their summer holiday started the last week in June and ended in mid-August.


    BORN TO BE WILD ~ Steppenwolf

  • Comment number 47.

    #44 - Lady_S - I stand corrected on the bowline front. It makes sense, though, it is designed not to slip. The trees were left after the houses were built, but were later found to be diseased (after they didn't leaf), so down they came. No more squirrels or owls now, although I have had buzzards overhead on a few occasions. They are at least safe from the cat, which is more than can be said for some of the collared doves.

    Sorry to hear about your dad's situation, but your gain with the car (not that that really compensates). Please pass on my regards.

  • Comment number 48.

    #27 Hee hee! Bingo, I'm sure Arthur Loaf has a Mankini similar to that!

    #34 Deebee, we have loads of geese flying overhead each night. It's lovely to see and hear them when I'm out walking the dogs.

    Does anyone else think that Mick Hucknall sounds like Rod Stewart on That's How Strong My Love Is? And isn't Mick touring with The Faces as Rod didn't want to?

  • Comment number 49.

    Hi All!

    ARFO suggestion - Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf

    Hubby called from airport in elsewhere last night and I told him that Skyfall was a Mayo family rated - five thumbs up and lo and behold, I received surprise via email confirmation that he had purchased online tickets for the multiplex, midday Sunday - oh boy! :^)

    Off to dodge mizzle and drizzle,
    LB, x

  • Comment number 50.

    Afternoon all!

    Chilly isn't it?

    As it's my birthday on Sunday I thought I'd hark back to my youth for an ARFO!

    How about Dexys Midnight Runners "Gino"?

    Off to read the rest of the blog.


  • Comment number 51.

    Afternoon to all lovely bloggers and the Drivetime crew....

    Suggestions from this cold, drizzly part of the world:





    Have wonderful weekends all. x

    Ps. Amelia - from a couple of days ago - despite big nerves on my part, last Sat pm went really well and Tuesday was an amazing experience, thank you.

  • Comment number 52.

    Back home from the multiplex. Skyfall was FABULOUS !!!!
    (no Sal I havent been Skydiving, what are you like?)

  • Comment number 53.

    #51 #52 Sounds like Hoffs may have been skydiving?

    Glad you enjoyed the movie Gill - withagee. I'm looking forward to seeing it too.

  • Comment number 54.

    ARFO suggestion this week is Cruel to be Kind by Nick Lowe. Would love to start my weekend with this song!!!


  • Comment number 55.

    Bingo, so does this mean your COMMANDO as we speak ? Im not entirely sure how hubbs will feel about that ;-)

    I was also a Hospital Radio voluenter, (Radio Metro at Leigh Infirmary) In fact thats where hubbs and I met. On my first day there, I knocked a stack of CD's over. They crashed onto the control desk sending us 'off air' untill we found which button they hit. If you ask me a button to do such a thing shouldent be on the control desk in the first place! I did contenplate not going back after such a start, but am mighty glad I did :-)

    He's about to do his afternoon 'Skype-call' so Id better skaboosh !

  • Comment number 56.

    Afternoon all

    Only just been able to get on here - more blog problems than pressure of work.

    If it's not too late:

    UNDER PRESSURE - Queen & David Bowie


    Hope all blogpoppets have good weekends.

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 57.

    #27 #55 The theme tune to Rawhide springs to mind there Bingo or another song by Jonny Cash..................

  • Comment number 58.

    Well, it's still raining here.

    I've spent the day tidying and throwing out 'stuff' that hasn't been used/looked at for years and probably never will be so OUT they go......

    Glad to hear that your nan is back home, Zoe.

    Skyfall certainly is getting great reviews - Mr is a great Bond fan and says "It's all true!" as I guffaw at some of the more mind-stretching stunts (but secretly enjoying it...don't tell him!)

    Hoffs - I won an ARFO crown with Bad Moon Rising at end of Sept last year when Simon referred to it as Swamp Rock!? So, good luck............... ;0)


  • Comment number 59.

    Raised on Robbery - Joni Mitchell


  • Comment number 60.

    Pompoms finally finished. Light snack being prepared - well, they'll be getting party food later. Then onto dressing, applying make-up and doing hair before they head off for the Hallowe'en party at 5.30. Daughter - ghost bride complete with cobwebs, spiders and a single faded red rose. Son - evil baseball bat weilding clown (hence pompoms). No bought costumes for us, a right cobbled together affair (which is why it takes so long to sort out).

    Off for a well earned cuppa, might actually get chance to read back later while they're out. See you then.

    SE x

  • Comment number 61.

    #60 Erica, I hope they have a great time! You deserve a well earned rest after creating these outfits. I bet they look super duper.

  • Comment number 62.

    * wielding

  • Comment number 63.

    Sounds like they will look wonderfully scary - I love the sound of the ghost bride with the single faded red rose - brings a lump to the throat!


  • Comment number 64.

    Thanks Shona and Jennie - the clown will soon sort that lump out for you ;o)

    Right, make up at the ready, back later.

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  • Comment number 66.

    Sal, I've been meaning to thank you for the link to the American dentist talking about options for bridges.

    I certainly learnt soemthing I didn't know about bridges - I'd heard of them, of course, but wasn't sure about how they 'worked'. Thankfully, the work he carried out last week is still holding so I've been given a bit of a reprieve until a decision has to be made.


  • Comment number 67.

    #66 Jennie, come to Scotland to get your teeth done. Most dentists do bridges as a matter of course here.

    Right, I'm pulling down the shutters for the week to get ready for skipping up the road.

    Satchel? Check

    Pigtails? Check

    Duffle coat? Check

    Rope? Check

    *skippety, skip, skip skip*

  • Comment number 68.

    Just arrived home, I'm sure thats snow falling from the sky!

    Stuck through the letterbox, was one of those notes from the postie, telling me there is a LARGE parcel waiting for me at the sorting office. Unfortunately, the sorting office closed, before he even delivered said note!!

    What can you do?

    I have no patience when it comes to parcels, each and every parcel under the tree at Christmas is groped within an inch of its life :O

    Now, who is next in line to the Throne do we think?

  • Comment number 69.

    #53 - Shona - LOL! No, I was singing, not skyfalling (although I would love to try the latter)

    #58 - Jennie W - regarding the CCR choice - I don't hold out much hope anyway!

    #67 - Shona - rope?!! Had never realised that you were doing 'playground' skipping. Most impressed! Watch those pigtails now - don't get them tangled in the rope.

    Looking forward to the show. Have been having trouble working out what day it is, every day this week. When ARF kicks off in a few minutes, I will definitely know that it is Friday!

    Enjoy your weekends, bloggers all x

  • Comment number 70.

    Congrats to King Max, wherever you are tonight! (It was 'Max' wasn't it?)

  • Comment number 71.

    #70 - bet he's just gone MAD.

  • Comment number 72.

    #71 - LOL!

  • Comment number 73.

    Maybe not for the first time either?

  • Comment number 74.

    About three times, I'd say.

  • Comment number 75.

    We can make our own entertainment on here ;)

  • Comment number 76.

    I predict a Sweet song....

  • Comment number 77.

    Well done Muggle King Max, another glitter-ball classic for the ARFO.

    But where was he from - Simon didn't say, and I can't see him on FB. Max Grant sounds like a student's wish from the 1980s.

    That first chap driving over the QE2 bridge sounded a bit odd.

    Have we had any Queen yet?

  • Comment number 78.

    Will a Dame do John?

  • Comment number 79.

    #77 - JBG - odd? Hmmmm.

  • Comment number 80.

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes yesterday and for the e-cake!

    I have just got back from taking part in research at Bath University and I'm in the process of catching up!

  • Comment number 81.

    Aha, it must have been quiet on the road out PJ?

  • Comment number 82.

    Just in case you missed the show PJ, Simon said everyone seemed to be going to Bath.

    I hope all went well there for you.

  • Comment number 83.

    Research went well thanks. Met up with a couple of people I hadn't seen for ages!

  • Comment number 84.

    A muggle King from The Land Of Whoknowswhere?

    Brrr.........snow Sal? I didn't think it was coming too far south. I don't want any yet, thank you very much.

    Hope everyone has a great weekend, whether you are going to Bath or not!


  • Comment number 85.

    Evening all

    Thoroughly enjoyed Skyfall - so much better than the last one which was a load of old twaddle.

  • Comment number 86.

    #85 - Ken - after Simon's recommendation I was thinking of going, but after your recommendation, am definitely off to the cinema!

  • Comment number 87.

    evening all

    bond is confusing first hes scottish then austrailian then english then welsh then irish and english again,and theres talk the next bond might be played by a black actor,so in 50 years of bond his accents keep changing and he gets younger.

  • Comment number 88.

    Good Morning All

    It's clear and bright here - blue sky, whispy clouds and very very cold.

    I've been missing because we are having Broadband problems again. It hasn't been right since we moved - it's painfully slow when it's working and then it keeps cutting out completely. Very frustrating. Very.

    I need to catch up with the blog........

  • Comment number 89.

    Good morning one and all - cold but bright Essex this morning - the sun is shining!

    I don't know what today will bring - tea is being consumed while we think about it!


  • Comment number 90.

    I seem to remember several bloggers saying that it is their birthday this weekend, so to anyone who is celebrating the passing of another year or the entering of a new year ----


    By the way, the sun has disappeared and it is now "trying to do something" according to the Mr.


  • Comment number 91.

    Morning all.

    Air temperature 6.3c

    Sea Temperature 13.0c.

    Yup, well I'll take their word on that one, having just whizzed down to the sea, to have a look, definitely a day for admiring the clear views from the warmth of the car, rather than out cycling in it.

    So, its to the top of the highest hill, scope, binocs and a hearty picnic, possibly a flask of soup. For some reason, I always think soup tastes so much better, when poured from a flask.

    Off we go.

    Happy Days All.

  • Comment number 92.


    arthur loaf,

    What about Hungarian?

  • Comment number 93.

  • Comment number 94.

    Well, Mr was right - it did, and is still, 'doing' something - one minute there are blue skies, sunshine etc. and the next, the heavens open....................... with no warning.

    And it is cold.

    A day for staying firmly inside, we have decided.


  • Comment number 95.

    Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Couldn't get on blog last night due to frostbitten fingers. We had a blizzard here early evening.

    No snow lying but I don't ever remember snow this early.

    Brrrr. A coal fire tonight methinks with a glass of cheer. A musical evening planned so off to practice my scales.......................................

    Soh soh soh, me, me , me, fah, fah fah

    *sounds of glass breaking*

  • Comment number 96.

    Very tuneful, Shona!

    Have great evenings all

    See you tomorrow.


  • Comment number 97.

    Debates over F# and Db continue............

    #96 Thanks Jennie

    Doh, Doh, Doh, Meee, Soh, Fah, Fah, Lah

    *bang go another 2 wine glasses*

  • Comment number 98.

    Everyone in tune.............................................................

    Off we go again.....................................................

    Night night all

  • Comment number 99.

    Good morning all - the sun is trying very hard to shine and it is cold - first frost of the autumn.

    Are we all enjoying the extra hour this morning?


  • Comment number 100.



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