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Salt and the earth

Simon Mayo | 09:18 UK time, Monday, 22 October 2012

Foggy morning here, primed and ready to go already. Hope the weekend was good for all bloggers. I spent most of it in a ditch. Or under a bridge. Maybe wading through marshland or staring up at a tree with a gale and driving rain doing their best to knock me over. This, in case you hadn't realised, is geogaching. Child 3 and I were to be found tramping around the Suffolk countryside, phone in hand, looking for caches buried/stuck/hidden in trees/telegraph poles/benches. I knew nothing of this world but can report that I suspect I'll be spending quite a few more murky, dank weekends hunting for tiny logbooks to sign. Adding to the pleasure was the company of Nigel Barden and clan providing extra eyes and hands. And the promise of a well chosen beer and wine selection to come.
So today we have the book club choice of 'Citadel' by Kate Mosse, another terrific yarn based in her beloved Carcassonne in south west France. It's set mainly in world war 2 with an all-female resistance group, but uses this time-slip idea again with some of the book set in AD 342. There's a chapter here while you're with us so you can see what she has done. Kate will be live from 6 and the web chat from 6.30.
And oldies please for SAINTS. The pope announced 7 new ones yesterday so your musical suggestions welcome.
Have a straightforward and hassle free Monday, see you after 5.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all

    SAINT FRANCIS - GRETCHEN PETERS

    A gorgeous song.

  • Comment number 2.

    Although I hate to say it, anything by the All saints (not under the bridge - far too dire)
    Green day - the saints are coming
    And of course - any version of the 'when the saints come marching in'

    Baggy

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Everyone

    A very grey morning here. I can vouch for Carcassonne being a beautiful place and look forward to reading Citadel.

    MY SWEET LORD - GEORGE HARRISON

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning All;

    I fear I will be rather blog-lite for the next few weeks, too much to do, including getting twin 2 sorted for his new residential school placement (starting after the October break) *Panics*

    Anyway, I hope everyone is o.k, and not to damp in this soggy autumnal weather.

    Oldie suggestions...

    JOAN OF ARC - O.M.D

    ST. ELMO'S FIRE - JOHN PARR

    MIRACLES - PET SHOP BOYS

    THE MIRACLE OF LOVE - EURYTHMICS

    SAINTS ARE COMING - U2

  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Pleased to hear that a small, select group of bloggers had a good time in Sheffield on Saturday.

    Duvet day today - either a bug or something I ate. I'll spare you the details. I might be around here a bit more than usual as a consequence...

    #Saintsoldies

    LADY MADONNA - Beatles

    MARY'S PRAYER - Danny Wilson

    JESUS HE KNOWS ME - Genesis

    ST ELMO'S FIRE - John Parr

    HIGHER LOVE - Steve Winwood

    HEAVEN - Bryan Adams

    STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - Led Zeppelin

    ~X~

  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning again!


    Song Suggestions -


    WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN – Louis Armstrong


    THEME FROM “THE SAINT” TV PROG. – ?


    HALO - Beyonce


    JOAN 0F ARC - OMD


    ST. ELMO’S FIRE – John Parr


    SAINT OF ME – Stones


    SAINT THOMAS – Sonny Rollins


    SAINT FRANCIS – Gretchan Peters


    ON A BUS TO ST. CLOUD - Also Gretchan


    THE SAINT - Orbital


    THE SAINTS ROCK & ROLL – Bill Haley & His Comets

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning again everyone

    I hope all who attended the Sheffield meet had a nice time and poor Shona's toe isn't too painful today.

    Simon, your geo-caching sounds a bit like orienteering our children did in primary six and I went a few times and enjoyed it. Sorry you had such awful weather while we were basking in warm sunshine north of the Border!

    My saintly offerings....

    LITTLE SAINT NICK ~ The Beach Boys

    IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY ~ Bruce Springsteen

    HOLY HOLY ~ Neil Diamond

    WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN ~ Louis Armstrong

  • Comment number 8.

    It's a good thing my boss isn't on Twitter, as our leader tweeted earlier that he's going to be in Cambridge today. So she might have doubted the veracity of my illness...

    ;o)

    Actually, I know two kids at the school he's visiting (some of you may have heard me mention our Brainy friends). The younger one is 14 so may well be in the class he'll be talking to.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 9.

    CECELIA - Simon & Garfunkel


    ARE YOU GOING TO SAN FRANCISCO ? - Scot MacKenzie

  • Comment number 10.

    Skipped to work this morning so the toe seems fine. Deebee, sorry to hear you are having a duvet day today. Hope you feel better soon.

    PRETTY AMAZING GRACE - NEIL DIAMOND

    MATTHEW AND SON - CAT STEVENS

    ANGEL FINGERS - WIZARD

  • Comment number 11.

    Good morning again - and as I said over the page - from a 'dank' Essex (great word!) Simon and I share this word today - great minds etc etc...................

    Can I second

    STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - LED ZEPPELIN?

    Can't think of anything original for a minute

    JW

  • Comment number 12.

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    SHE WALKS ON WATER - NEIL DIAMOND

    AMAZING GRACE - JUDY COLLINS or ARETHA FRANKLIN

    I PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE - SIMPLE MINDS

    THE MIRACLE - QUEEN

  • Comment number 13.

    GOD ONLY KNOWS - THE BEACH BOYS

    HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL - TAVARES(?)

    JW

  • Comment number 14.

    THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY - Ennio Marricone

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and dank bloggers

    Thanks again for playing my ARFO! I keep meaning to give geocaching a try... must investigate.

    Not around much this week, bu just thought I'd pop in with a few ideas.

    #saintoldies

    SANCTIFY YOURSELF - Simple Minds

  • Comment number 16.

    #14 Love that tune Billie!

    3 STEPS TO HEAVEN - SHOWADDYWADDY

    I'M A BELIEVER - THE MONKEES

    TOUCHED BY YOUR PRESENCE DEAR - BLONDIE

    HE WAS MY BROTHER - SIMON AND GARFUNKEL

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

  • Comment number 17.

    SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN - Phil Collins

    LIFTED - Lighthouse Family

    EVERY KINDA PEOPLE - Robert Palmer

  • Comment number 18.

    Did David Essex sing a song - Sanctus - in a film he made a 'few' years ago?

    If so -

    SANCTUS - DAVID ESSEX

    JW

  • Comment number 19.

    Brings back memories of my Catholic Prep School education - No homework on special saints Days

    Thinking about martyrdom
    Bleeding Love - Phil Collins
    Jar of Hearts - Christine Perri
    Love will tear us apart - Joy Division
    Poison Arrow - ABC
    Sacrifice - Elton John


    Saints
    Blue PETER - Mike Oldfield
    Lady Madonna - Beetles
    Maid of Orleans - OMD


    Faith - George Michael
    Ghetto Gospel - 2Pac/Elton John (One of my favorites)
    Personal Jesus _ Depeche Mode
    Pray - Take THat
    Feels like Heaven - Fiction Factory
    Promised you a miracle - Simple Minds
    Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin
    True Faith - New order
    Paradise - Coldplay

  • Comment number 20.

    Morning all. Pleased to hear the small select band had a great time on Saturday. Great surprise for Paul, to. Glad Shona's toe job wasn't too catastrophic.

    How about

    ANGEL EYES - ROXY MUSIC, and I can't believe no one has suggested
    KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR - ERIC CLAPTON (OR BOB DYLAN)

    (I'll probably find 7 people have now also suggested that tune).

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning all

    Damp and dull here in Robin Hood county this morning.

    Religious icons not my strong suit but I'll have a bash with:

    'Mysterious Ways' - U2
    'Pure' - Lightning Seeds
    'Shining Light' - Ash
    'Halo' - Texas

    N x

  • Comment number 22.

    Where abouts are you then, Nadine ? That's my original part of the world ?

  • Comment number 23.

    Hey Jude - The Beatles

  • Comment number 24.

    THE WONDER OF YOU - Elvis

  • Comment number 25.

    Good morning all from a misty murky place

    BERNADETTE = FOUR TOP

  • Comment number 26.

    Morning Simon & everyone

    Another fine, gloriously sunny day here.



    THE SAINTS ARE COMING - THE SKIDS

    SAINTS AND ANGELS - THE WATERBOYS

    IT’S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    SHADOW OF AN SAINT - IAN BROWN

    BLESSED - SIMON & GARFUNKEL

    THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL PLAYING WITH MY HEART - EURYTHMICS

    5.15 THE ANGELS HAVE GONE - DAVID BOWIE

    KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR - BOB DYLAN

    COUNTIN’ ON A MIRACLE - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE - LEONARD COHEN

  • Comment number 27.

    Quick poop as been all way to South Staffs to get to Wednesfield... Stupid satnav!!!

    1. Never Ever - ALL SAINTS
    2. HEY JUDE - Beatles
    3. SAINT ELMOS FIRE - John Parr
    4. BERNADETTE- Four Tops
    5. ???!! UTAH SAINTS

  • Comment number 28.

    OH LORD IT'S HARD TO BE HUMBLE - Mac Davis

  • Comment number 29.

    THE COAST - PAUL SIMON

  • Comment number 30.

    HEART OF GOLD - NEIL YOUNG

  • Comment number 31.

    The following are all saints, even though they might seem unlikely...

    STATUS QUO - Caroline

    SIMON & GARFUNKEL or SUGGS - Cecilia

    GILBERT O'SULLIVAN - Clare

    THE FOUR TOPS - Bernadette

    ELTON JOHN - Daniel

    ALLMAN BROTHERS - Jessica

    THE BEATLES - (Hey) Jude

  • Comment number 32.

    CULTURE CLUB - It's A Miracle

    FEARGAL SHARKEY - A Good Heart

    STEVE WINWOOD - Higher Love

  • Comment number 33.

    Morning peeps, hows about,
    PRAISE YOU - FAT BOY SLIM
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 34.

    #31 Love Jessica Sir Cumfy! I hope it gets played ;0)

  • Comment number 35.

    Oh here's another one.
    SPIRIT IN THE SKY - DR & THE MEDICS
    Mowed my neighbours front lawn this morning because if looked a tip (they havent cut it in over a year). Remains to be seen if she will thank me.

    ~gill~

  • Comment number 36.

    Hello All,
    Quick Monday morning poop in - already twittered St oldies - and have the choice in the next ten mins of doing some real work (before skipping class) or checking in with you all.
    Sorry to hear the weather in Suffolk was a bit Dreich, Simon but anything that gets kids out in the fresh air gets my vote!
    It was sunny in Stratford on Avon Saturday - and we were treated to the most amazing sunset on the M40 all the way home.
    I took pics, but not sure if they're worth posting.
    Sunday was a nice catch-up in our fave local Italian with friends who've moved to London then a tramp over our local woods (deer, rabbits, pheasants etc) in gradually worsening weather.
    Oh and my Friday day-off tramp of 5 miles was tricky - mud mud glorious mud!
    Lovely views though.

    Off to a clinic appt this arvo with #2 daughter so won't be back later, unlike Arnie - so GOOD luck with your Saintly menches all

  • Comment number 37.

    Hope you are feeling a little better, Deebee - enjoy your duvet day, as much as you can.

    JW

  • Comment number 38.

    Did I miss much on the telly last night?

    Grey and gloomy here, but thats only the weather. Very mild indeed for late into October.

    This time next week, it will be just gone one o' clock! Yikes!

  • Comment number 39.

    #22 Hi PC - I've lived in various areas of Notts over the years but am currently in a village with the wonderful name of Bunny! Have often considered changing my blog name to 'Bunny Girl' but then thought better of it...

  • Comment number 40.

    Bunny!!!

    Hope you get a good tv reception around there Nadine!

    What a great name for a village. Goes off to google it...

  • Comment number 41.

    #40 yes, apparently 'tis the only place in the world called that.

  • Comment number 42.

    Angels - Robbie Williams

  • Comment number 43.

    Catching up a bit...

    From the previous blog - Gill, I hope you get the diagnosis and support you need for your Mum. I have a few friends who have parents with dementia, and getting the right care seems to make the world of difference. *Hugs*

    Florence - lovely pictures! There doesn't seem to be much wind for that little sailing boat - looks like they were probably going quite slowly. Lovely to be out on the water though.

    #38 11 o'clock surely, Sal?

    #10 Shona and #37 Jennie - thanks both! Starting to feel a bit better. I'm currently contemplating whether to risk a cup of coffee.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 44.

    maid of orleans-omd

    jon of arc-omd

  • Comment number 45.

    Hello All,

    'Joan Of Arc' OMD

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 46.

    maid of orleans-omd

    joan of arc-omd

  • Comment number 47.

    #39/41 - Nadine - I know the place. I'm originally from Nottingham (and went back there for University). One of my friends there know someone in Wymeswold, so I've travelled around South Notts quite a bit. Bet you're fed up correcting people on the pronunciation of Gotham ?

  • Comment number 48.

    Just typed a rubbish post about the difference between angels and saints, then deleted it as I don't really know what I'm talking about. Any RC bloggers who can clarify?

    ~X~

  • Comment number 49.

    It has to be ....

    BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS - DEPECHE MODE

    THESAINTS ARE COMING -THE SKIDS

  • Comment number 50.

    Doh, I'm usually behind the times. Well spotted Deebee!

  • Comment number 51.

    #47 Yes, some lovely pubs around here - nearly all of them called 'The Plough' though which can be somewhat confusing!

    No, the Dark Knight does not reside in the Gotham near us (pronounced goat-em), although I have met a few Jokers....

  • Comment number 52.

    A quick pop by to say I hope Deebee is feeling better for having a duvet day and as you thought in my boat picture, there was barely any wind yesterday and the engine was in use on their way out of the harbour.

  • Comment number 53.

    Deebee, went to RC school but C of E

    Angels - a seperte entity, part of God's holy chorus and sometimes come down to talk to humans (think angel gabriel)

    Saints - Humans who have lived amazing lives and get recognised by a pope after they die - think St Antony, St Bernadette and my favourite - St Jude.

    Hope that helps (and means that angles by RW does not get played, people who know me, will know why!)

    Baggy

  • Comment number 54.

    #51 - the Plough is an appropriate name for locals in your area and in days when people didn't travel far, having one in each village wouldn't be a problem.

    If you find any penguins around those parts, I'd get worried (although, having seen the weather forecast for the end of the week...)

  • Comment number 55.

    Deebee/Super Bagpuss

    Quite right. Angels are the heavenly host whose main role is to praise God (See Milton's Paradise Lost). The Devil is a fallen angel of course.

    Its the Popes that create saints through beatification. Normally martyrs to the faith, and include the apostles (Not Judas obviously).

  • Comment number 56.

    "Angel of Haarlem" by U2 would seem to fit the bill.

    Sorry busy at the moment.

    GB

  • Comment number 57.

    #50 No worries - the reason I remember which way round it is, is because it always falls near to my birthday and when I was a teen it meant an extra hour for partying... ;o)

    #53 #55 Thanks Baggy and ponyclubmum - that was what I thought. That's the sort of question I would have been able to ask my Dad if he was still around. Oh, and nice to see you this side of the fence, Baggy!

    Off out for some fresh air - I'm sure the dogpoppet won't mind.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 58.

    A bit late and it may be up there ^^^ but how about.....

    CECILIA - SIMON AND GARFUNKEL. Saint Cecilia being the patroness of musicians and church music. Unless I've got it totally wrong, which wouldn't be a first!

  • Comment number 59.

    Afternoon Greetings Of Delight Ter Mayo Man & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man & ALL - Firstly a just wanted ter say a 'ope nobody reading me blogs misunderstands me!!!!!!!
    A can well understand some bloggies saying ter themsleves 'oh 'ere comes Bingo Star egotistical, talking about 'ow great 'e is etc etc etc DAMN IT etc!!!!!!!'
    If yer think this about me am sorry but yer getting me totally wrong!!!!!!!

    YES a do talk about meself and me life alot on thew blog.... but am just trying ter share with all me ambitions, what am getting up to.... All with abit of 'umour... Sometimes with added rants about the trials of modern life.... but all is mean't ter simple provide interesting commentailia in sometimes admitdely a at times noot simple way!!!!!!!!!

    So onter sharing me cycling progress:

    Back in a momentation....

  • Comment number 60.

    Yes, I should know that too Deebee, my sons is the day before yours and I used to always end up with a houseful for the extra hour.

  • Comment number 61.

    Has anyone ever worked out when 'late' is 'too late' for suggesting a tune? On the basis that the FB message only appeared 2 hours ago I'd like to think that 2.30pm is still in time?

    Without checking back in great depth I'd likle to suggest my favourite song of all time:

    LIKE A PRAYER - Madonna and one for a saint, the Patron Saint of Lost Causes:

    HEY JUDE - The Beatles

    and two number 1s....

    Incidentally my Mastermind hasn't been shown yet but for those remotely interested I'll let you know when I hear.

  • Comment number 62.

    #53 Thank you Super Bagpussfor the clarification on Angels and Saints which I knew really. I through in an angel offering in song tunes earlier because I had run out of saintly ones. (Not even sure I had any saintly ones either ;0))

    Andy has seen the ipod I look through for songs in the morning and can vouch for its limitations....

  • Comment number 63.

    Still suffering from me slipped disc luckily it is not affecting me cycling presently!!!!!
    When a first did it a didn't cycle for over a week.... Scared of the pain if a did!!!!!!
    Last week for the first time a carefully went out on me 20km ride near me mother's 'ouse just ter see if a could ride ok!!!!
    Suprisingly although a can barely walk.... Cycling all was fine!!!!!

    Me previous fastest time was 49 mins 33 seconds!!!!!!!
    Recently me second fastest was 49.37!!!!!!!!
    Amazing that a can ride 'ard for 20kms and come in only 4 seconds different.... Often it is said a sign of talent if such close times are delivered!!!!!!
    It shows am very accurate and consistant in every area of me cycle blast!!!!!

    Me first ride after me slipped disc jobbie a did that slowly at first.... but as usual the legs start turning faster and faster until near the end of the ride a was flying until a sudden muscle spasm came only 4kms from the end of me ride.... a 'orrible feeling coming from me lower back around me left to me abs!!!!!!
    Something terdo with me disc injury!!!!!!
    So a eased off and cycled 'ome moderately!!!!!!!

    A time of 56.50!!!!!!! Down from me 49.33!!!!!

    A few days later a tried again... Feeling abit better.... A time of 53.38!!!!!!
    The next day again similar.... 52.53!!!!!!

    Am feeling better abit more now after going to the 'ospital on Thursdee and being given some strong anti-inflamitry drugs and muscle/ mind relaxants!!!!!
    And Fridee a went ter see a physio who told me ter do 90 back exercises a day and ter put an ice pack on me back.... Plus ave been 'aving ice baths ter 'elp speed up me getting better!!!!!!!
    Still unable ter walk a feel me cycling despite me set back is still going ok... Am able ter get back me progress a made before getting ill!!!!!!!!
    So Saturdee a set out for a quick ride....As a got going a got inter a good fast rythm... The cadence seemed good!!!!!!!
    5kms inter me ride a thought this feels good.... Maybe a could do a good time!!!!!!!
    As the ride progressed a started cycling 'arder... faster... 'arder!!!!!!!
    After 15km of me 20km ride a was really pushing 'ard.... Breathing like crazy... loud... proud... MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Could this be a new fastest time even with me back injury!!!!!!!
    A tried so 'ard.... Flying 'ome!!!!!!
    A stopped and quickly got out me mobile ter stop me phone app that times me times!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    49.34!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 DAMN IT SECOND slower than me best time!!!!!!!!!

    But amazing three times of 49.33, 49.34, 49.37!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    'ow a ride for 20kms and come in so accurate.... Could this be the SIGN of a mind.... Of legs.... Of the determination of a future Olympic Gold Medal winner????????????????????????????????

    A don't know all.... A don't know!!!!??????

    But what a did know is 'ow annoying a can't beat me time!!!!!!!!!

    A thought about where/ why am going wrong!!!!!!!!!

    It's all very well ter cycle, ok yes am faster than most, but at a rate am comfortable with although working 'ard am not working VERY 'ard!!!!!!!!!
    Ter become a champion yer need ter push the barriers.... THe 'arder yer push the fitter yer get!!!!!!!!
    The 'arder yer push again.... Again slowly yer body will adjust and yer fitness goes up another notch on the cog of progress that leads ter being a champion!!!!!!!!!!!
    A decided Sundee a was going ter push 'ard from the moment a started cycling!!!!!!!!

    A even wrote on the blog yesterdee ter say am psyched up and ready ter beat me best time!!!!!!!!!!
    A few strectches.... A banana 20 mins before leaving me 'ouse.... Plenty of water...... And a was ready!!!!!!!!

    A left me Mum's 'ome yesterdee ready.... A knew being Sundee and a sunny Sundee it would be busy down on the Wirral seaside promonade.... A talk order in itself ter get past all the families and dogs walkers and fellow cyclists!!!!!!!
    Still a was ready!!!!!!!!!

    A left the 'ouse and pushed 'ard.... Breathing 'arder than a needed too for the whole ride as ave found this 'elps me go faster.... Keeps the oxygen in the lungs more... Faster.... Gets the waste carbon dioxide out of me system faster!!!!!!!!!
    Man did a fly.... Very little wind.... 6mph side wind.... And the whole ride flat.... But bumpy on the concrete sections of the prom!!!!!!!
    The whole coastal path is made of concrete... So a bump every 25 feet.... Rattles areas a didn't know could be rattle!!!!!!
    But one thing for sure.... My cage could NOOT be rattle.... I was calm collected and ready ter thrash my fastest time!!!!!!!!
    Despite a few delays getting past dog walkers and families - All in a safe way.... Am noot one of these rude cyclists who nearly knocks people off their feet.... a lways slow and go past walkers with respect and ready ter stop if their dog suddenly shoots inter my path!!!!!!!!!!
    All in all a good cycle..... The whole ride breathing like crazy.... Even making me feel slightly dizzy in places from trying so 'ard!!!!!!!
    A got back ter me mother's 'ouse!!!!!!!
    Got out me phone ter stop me timer app!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This could be VERY good a felt.... Man 'ad a pushed 'ard!!!!!!!!!

    Me time............

    48.15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Smashing me old personal best of 49.33!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rio 2016..... Get ready for me!

  • Comment number 64.

    Afternoon all

    Just pooping by to say that I won't be around much this week. Various work-related busyness and a couple of days out of school. I hope all's well and look forward to catching up Thursday/Friday. I shall pop in when I can......

  • Comment number 65.

    No offence for talking about meself above.... Just trying ter share me progress with the blog 'ere!!!!!!!!

    If a do win an Olympic gold.... Fellow bloggers will be able ter say we watched 'is progress from day 1!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If a don't win gold or even get ter the Olympics.... Which lets face it the odds are VERY much a won't get there..... Then people who don't like me can say:

    That Bingo Star bloke is a nutter who seesm ter be suffering from delusions of grandeur!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Either way.... Personally whatta will get out of it is:

    As a 'it 40 in January.... Am getting fitter.... lowering me chances of getting many illnesses through being very fit..... And am noot letting meself go as a 'it middle age!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A don't wanter be a 50 year old man with a belly bigger than a woman carrying nonuplets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tatty bye!

  • Comment number 66.

    So this geocaching thing then.

    Am I right that you don't actually have to solve any clues to take you to the location of the "treasure"? You already have the lat/lon co-ordinates from the website so you just get your phone to take you right there?

    I confess I don't get where the fun element is if you haven't had to solve anything to get there. I vaguely remember doing a treasure hunt as a kid by car and I'm sure we had to solve stuff to work out where to go.

  • Comment number 67.

    #65 You go for it Bingo!!

    #66 Not sure Ken. I seem to remember seeing it on Countryfile or similar programme but can't really remember. Is it like a modern type of Orienteering?

  • Comment number 68.

    If you don't try, you won't succeed Bingo - keep it up!

    JW

  • Comment number 69.

    Afternoon all...late I know, but one of those Mondays at work where you think it would have been better to stay in bed...

    Just had a quick perusal and couldn't see this:

    Marvin Gaye - Abraham, Martin & John

    Strictly speaking, it's not about saints, but as all three names could relate to saints, it's too good a tune not to give it an airing... ;-)

  • Comment number 70.

    #66 - I think it is more like orienteering but instead of map and compass directing you to next point it's on the phone.

    #69 - A good tune is generally allowed no matter how tenuous the link!

    #67 - Hello my fellow Sheffield blogmeeter - hope the dogs survived ok without you.

    As some may have gathered the blog meet on Saturday ended up being a small matter of myself, Shona and Paul O' Sheffield, as unfortunately family issues prevented others attending who had hoped to come.

    We had a nice afternoon and Shona even provided gifts for both of us, which was unexpected and very lovely.

    Hopefully another blog meet can be arranged soon for those not able to come, not nec Sheffield but anywhere!

    Cheers

    A

  • Comment number 71.

    Afternoon all - just a poop by to say that I hope that Deebee is feeling better after her duvet day and that Shona's toe is OK now.

    Hope everyone has had a good day. Enjoy the show!

    See you soon x

  • Comment number 72.

    Afternoon all

    Ready to lose some of your faith in humanity?

    We're having a wood burning stove fitted today, so no more chilly evenings here (and we can light the candles and eat good food and sing and dance around it just like Billie and Mr Pepper!).

    The men who were fitting it were parked on our drive, with the doors of their van open, coming in and out of the house. One of them went outside, and found two men with their own van parked on the road, reaching into the stovefitters' van, hands on the stove, trying to lift it out. When they saw the men coming, they just dashed to their van and drove off. Apparently it's happened before. I'm shocked that they're just driving round all the time looking for opportunities like this.

  • Comment number 73.

    #70 *waves* Hello Andy!

    #71 Hoffs, I'll be testing my toe out just shortly skipping up the road ;0)

    #72 GKJ, that was lucky one of the men came back in time!

  • Comment number 74.

    #66 - Ken - My husband decided that geocaching was far too easy so about a year ago, he wrote down the coordinates of a series of caches local to us and off we set. BUT, he decided it would be more fun if we did it without a GPS and map-read ourselves there. Much more 'character-building'. Two excited boys, one near-teen-showing a modicum of enthusiasm and their parents then proceeded to wander round and round a tree saying 'it has to be here somewhere' before moving on to the next one. Same thing there. By the time we got to the third cache location, we had lost the will to live so retired, disillusioned with the whole thing without even having done it properly. Undeterred, however, my husband borrowed a handheld GPS (our phones are too old fashioned) and off we set again, slightly less enthusiastic about giving it another go. It was much easier, but not so easy that it wasn't worth doing. The GPS takes you really really close but you still have to hunt for the cache when you get there. Haven't done it since because we got into mountain bike orienteering (which is really good fun - provides much more of an opportunity to get completely covered in mud) but wouldn't mind having another go.

  • Comment number 75.

    #72 - Good King John - there are some real pieces of work out there. Thank goodness your workmen went out and caught them.

    A neighbour's son was burgled a while ago and then again last week. The police said that what they do is wait for a while, so that the goods they have pinched are replaced and then then go back and pinch them again! Little souls..............

    JW

  • Comment number 76.

    I loved living on the West Coast a few years back. No one ever locked their houses. Not sure that would still be the case today.....

    Enjoy the show everyone!

    Bobby socks straightened, rope in hand, pigtails at the ready................

    *skippety, skip, skip, skip*

  • Comment number 77.

    I think Lily the Mohawk (sic?) was one of the beatified. Then there is Lily the Pink or anything by Lily Allen. Albeit a tad tenuous, there's Adam & the Ants (The Human Beings and the Title track from Kings of the Wild Frontier and Mohawk from Prince Charming being examples.

  • Comment number 78.

    Aha, it was back up there, in a list.

    Well done Sir C :)

  • Comment number 79.

    Well done Sir Cumference on your tune... I have to admit that without any deep thinking, I didn't understand how the last Saint song had any connection with seven new saints having been chosen.. I can't even remember what the title was!

  • Comment number 80.

    Well done to any menshees tonight - I heard Sir Cumference mentioned...

    Have great evenings all

    JW

  • Comment number 81.

    Well done Arthur Loaf and Sir Cumference on the menshes.

    #77 P.J - You want to be posting your oldie suggestions a bit earlier, if possible, to be in with a chance of selection. We think before 1 p.m-ish, but if Simon is reading this, maybe he would be so kind as to furnish us with a definitive cut off point for oldie suggestions?

    Gill - I was sorry to hear of the upset with your mum, I hope you get an official diagnosis for her as soon as possible, so that you can get access to some help.

    We had a bit of a to do with my nan last week, let's call it a storm in a commode! We can laugh about it now, because it had a happy ending, but it did cause her some upset at the time. Basically, there was an old man with dementia who kept wandering into my nan's bedroom, and she complained about it, as did my mum and aunty. Then one day last week, the old man came into her room and did a number 1 in her commode. My nan was very upset, and shouted for one of the staff, then my aunty and mum found out, and complained again. The staff acted swiftly, and moved the man to another area of the residential home where he could be monitored more closely. My nan has been wanting an en-suite room since she moved in there, and now she has one. Turns out commode man had an en-suite room, and when they moved him, my nan bagged his old room!

    Have a good evening all. x

  • Comment number 82.

    @81

    thanks zoe

  • Comment number 83.

    Just finished me 10km cycle ride this morning.... Off ter bed know, sorry now ter meditate the inner area of the mind!

    nite nite!

  • Comment number 84.

    Thanks for the advice Zoe. Unfortunately anything "significantly" earlier means I'd be doing it from Work, which I'd prefer not to do. As work's work and when I finish, it's time to enjoy.

    I think certainly being aware of a cut off time may be useful, but...

 

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