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Simon Mayo | 10:09 UK time, Monday, 8 October 2012

And good morning to all bloggers, old new and vets. A fine weekend I hope. I was (as you may have read here) in beautiful Bath at the Children's Lit Festival and talking to a cool collection of families. Youngsters, slightly-less-than-youngsters and a few bags of sherbet lemons is a fine way to spend a couple of hours.

And then blogger Hoffs and Master Hoffs appeared and photos were taken and all was well. I always enjoy meeting everyone afterwards, although it usually means I miss the train home and a bit of re-jigging is needed. Bath looks fine on most days but in the sunshine of Saturday it was spectacular. Could have stayed all weekend!

Then that night I dreamt I was Art Garfunkel and was lost backstage at the Royal Albert Hall and I wondered if an excess of sherbet can cause such things. Maybe I should stick to fruit gums in future...

Today is book club day and Jacqueline Wilson returns with another hit book for her loyal audience called Emerald Star, the third of her Hetty Feather books. Jacqueline has sold 35 million books, is a former Children's Laureate and a Dame for services to children's literacy. This woman know a thing or two! Some of our younger listeners will be reviewing her book after 6.

And David Blaine oldies please. The illusionist is spending three days and nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents streamed by tesla coils. The stunt is called "Electrified: One Million Volts Always On." He is wearing a chainmail bodysuit as a barrier between himself and the electric currents and some scientists have cast doubt as to how dangerous it really is. However, we will play some Blaine-themed tunes on today's show.

Have a sparky and electrifying Monday yourself. See you after 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon & everyone

    Still bright & sunny here!

    Not a fan of Mr Blaine or that sort of thing.

    FINAL SPARK - The Beautiful South



    LIVING IN A BOX - Living in a Box

    NECROMANCER - Van der Graaf Generator

    SHOCK & AWE - Teenage Fanclub






  • Comment number 2.

    You can do magic - America :)

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi again everyone on this beautiful sunny morning

    I hope Deebee has had a lovely weekend, with Mo, on the sunny east coast of Scotland and is back safe and sound from seeing Deacon Blue in Aberdeen.

    Well done on your blog mensh, Hoffs!

    David Blaine songs? I read the other day he's to be doing some strange stunt involving electrocuting himself, so here's my oldies....

    JUST AN ILLUSION ~ Imagination

    ELECTRICITY ~ Elton John


    THE FREE ELECTRIC BAND ~ Albert Hammond

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Well done to Hoffs and Master Hoffs for a special blog mensh!

    Haven't had enough coffee yet this morning - is it possible to get jet lag between Aberdeen and Cambridge...?

    Just one suggestion from me then:

    ELECTRIC DREAMS - Human League



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  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning again –

    Ah! A Mention in Dispatches for The Hoffs!

    David Blaine Oldies?

    COULD IT BE MAGIC - ╪ (Wah!)

    YOU CAN DO MAGIC – Limmie & Family Cooking

    YOU CAN DO MAGIC - Different Song - America

    ABRACADABRA - Steve Miller Band

    IT’S MAGIC - Pilot

    I’LL PUT A SPELL ON YOU – Alan Price Set or Nina Simone

    IT’S JUST AN ILLUSION – Imagination





    SPARKS FLY – Taylor Swift

    THE FREE ELECTRIC BAND - Albert Hammond

    SO WHAT? - Pink

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  • Comment number 8.


    LIVING IN A BOX - Living In a Box

    ELECTRIC 6 - High Voltage

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning again

    Lovely photos Florence and congratulations Jilly on the Arfo crown! Well done Hoffs and Master Hoffs, on a blog mensch too.

    No idea really about choons for David Blaine - will go and have a think.


  • Comment number 10.

    Nice one Hoffs, nice one Son :)

  • Comment number 11.

    DIRE STRAITS - Your Latest Trick

  • Comment number 12.

    Good morning all,

    I do know that too many sherbet lemons results in a sore tongue, Simon. Not sure about strange dreams though!

    I have already tweeted the following oldie suggestions:

    Just An Illusion - Imagination

    Invisible Touch - Genesis

    Electricity - OMD

    Toast - Street Band

    mc x

  • Comment number 13.

    Morning All,

    Nice blog mensh The Hoffs.

    Hope all had a calm and relaxing weekend.

    Mine spent doing a flying visit darn sarf to visit wi' the 'rents before one of them departs for the warmer climes of Hong Kong.

    Electricity - OMD

    Sprang to mind. Shall have another think.

    Maybes back laters


  • Comment number 14.

    THE JACKSONS & MICK JAGGER - State of Shock

  • Comment number 15.

    Shocked - Kylie Minogue
    The Power - Snap

  • Comment number 16.

    MAGIC MOMENTS - Perry Como Ha!

  • Comment number 17.

    Good morning,

    TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS by Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder.

    Congrats to Hoffs and Master Hoffs on a blog mensh!

    Deebee and Mo, Hope you had a fab time this weekend. Was thinking of you.

    Billie, Belated Happy Birthday to Mr Billie

    #4 Deebee, Sounds like chocolate is required. But then again that's my answer to everything.

    Do Sherbet Lemons cause weird dreams?

  • Comment number 18.

    Good morning all from a very wet but mild place





  • Comment number 19.

    Morning blogpoppets ! Well done Hoffs getting a mench in dispatches. Has Master Hoffs recovered yet?

    Sunny and cold here in Wigan, gloves weather to be sure.


    back later peeps ;-)

  • Comment number 20.

    Well - David Blaine courts publicity - so how about "Court and Spark" - Joni Mitchell?


  • Comment number 21.

    Simon, Ive always found that too much protine close to bed time gives me bad dreams. Most recently the culprit was a rouge bag of peanuts munched while watching Dallas the other week, NEVER AGAIN !

  • Comment number 22.

    What about...

    Jump - Van Halen


  • Comment number 23.

    #21 Gill - it also throws your typing out. Never mind bad spellers of the world untie!

    Just off to the the old blood pressure checked. Can I be the first to mention the phrase 'Faraday Cage' on the blog? It may be a first? As Scotty would say 'Ye canna change the laws of physics'. Anyway I've posted a twitterage - phew!

  • Comment number 24.

    The only choon I can think of is



  • Comment number 25.

    lol Lady S,
    Did you hear about the dyslexic satanist? He sold his soul to santa ;-)
    Why is Dyslexia so hard to spel?????

  • Comment number 26.

    Oops, I meant to say, lovely mention in dispatches for the Hoff family!

    As for the dream - better than the naked Gerry Adams / Ian Paisley one?

    MAGIC - Bruce Springsteen

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Well done to Hoffs for being mentioned in dispatches!

    Hope Deebee and Mo had a nice time.

    1. JUST AN ILLUSION - Imagination
    2. ELECTRICITY - Elton John
    4. TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS - Philp Oakey and Georgio Moroder
    5. I'm on fire - 5,000 VOLTS
    6. LIVING IN A BOX - Living in a box
    7. COLD AS ICE - Foreigner
    8. IM STILL STANDING - Elton John
    9. HOW LONG? - Ace
    10. MAD WORLD - Tears for Fears

    Oh well another job search week continues. Couple of bubblers in the pipeline so fingers crossed.

    Have a nice day


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 28.

    Morning all


  • Comment number 29.

    Morning All,

    Congratulations to Jilly for the ARF Crown, good tune

    'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' The Police

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 30.

    Morning all!

    Thank you very much for the Mention in Despatches this morning, Mr Mayo. How exciting! Sorry that I rambled on about it over the weekend on the blog - but it was a lovely afternoon. (Mister Hoffs may not agree - he is still retrieving stuff from Master Hoffs' shoebox that he has 'borrowed' for his new element collection)

    Have come to the conclusion that it would be very boring to live somewhere in the world where the weather hardly ever changed. There I was, like most bloggers, sitting enjoying the sunshine on Saturday afternoon. This morning, by complete contrast, I lost my bearings in the fog/low cloud on the hillside above where I live. Couldn't see more than about 10 feet in front of me. Stopped to tweet my oldie suggestions and one of my dogs went off too far ahead of me. Both of us are of 'little brain' so it took a while to find one another. Lovely British weather. Certainly keeps you on your toes.

    Anyway, my only suggestions are:


    LIVING IN A BOX - LIVING IN A BOX (just pretend they are saying 'glass', not 'cardboard')

    or possibly


    OK, kettle on, time to read back......

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  • Comment number 32.

    Wow - thanks for all the menshes about the mensh. #10 - Sal - hmm, why am I suddenly humming 'nice one Cyril'?!

    #4 - Deebee - kettle has just boiled. Sending a strong one over.....

    #12 - MollyCoddle - definitely agree on the sore tongue!

    #17 - Julia - definitely agree on the need for choc*

    #19 - Gill - MH grinned all weekend and went back to school clutching his book and his *Pod with its new screensaver photo!

    Reluctantly, need to do chores now. Back later hopefully x

    *trudges off to find the cleaning kit, via the choc stash......

  • Comment number 33.

    Morning your sherbet-lemon loving Lordship, team, NYM, and assembled bloggers,

    A little late today, I have a note, and cannot blame a temporary detour via Bristol Parkway.


    THE POWER – Snap!

    SHAKIN’ ALL OVER – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates


    SHAKE YOUR BODY – KC & THE Sunshine Band

    CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE? – The Real Thing

    SMOKIN’ - Boston

    And surely you have to play something by AC/DC? YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG?

  • Comment number 34.

    Hoffs - I loved your posts over the weekend! Your son’s enthusiasm is fantastic.


  • Comment number 35.

    OMD's Electricity is pretty much guaranteed to get a play, but hozwabout a nice pre-6oclock-news montage with OMD'S TESLA GIRLS? I'm sure Mr Blaine had a few sequinned assistants supporting his stunt? (not a euphemism)

    *goes off to look up what exactly a tesla coil is*

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  • Comment number 37.

    #34/35 amelia Snap!

  • Comment number 38.

    We don't hear enough of the sainted Catherine on the wireless...

    Houdini - Kate Bush


  • Comment number 39.

    JBG - great minds or fools, time will tell.

    Did you get Mumford tickets in the end?

    My milk frother broke - coffee just not right this morning.

    If you don’t mind me asking, how is your mum?

  • Comment number 40.

    Just a few more...

    TURN IT ON AGAIN - Genesis

    I DIDN'T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON - Robert Palmer

    ALIVE AND KICKING - Simple Minds



  • Comment number 41.

    Bit late today

    A few suggestions possibly not already mentioned, but haven't got time for a thorough check
    Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
    Dare - Gorillaz
    Hung up -Madonna
    Let me entertain you - Robbie Williams
    Your latest trick - Dire Straits

    Support for Living in a Box

  • Comment number 42.

    #39 Amelia - yes, we'll see!

    No, didn't get any Mumford tickets - tried again when they announced a 2nd O2 date, even had the special fans' pre-release code before they were available on T_cketmaster 48 hours later, and once again they all went. And once again, within 10 mins the same tickets were available on V__gogo for double and triple the price. Makes me so angry, I could write a letter to the Daily Mail!!

    No milk frother, that's gonna ruin your day!

    Awww, thanks for asking - she's OK, and out of hospital, and, most importantly, "in the clear", which is the best news, but still needs to have another op soon just to tidy something up.

    Must go now, I have a deadline which is creeping up faster than a creeping up fast thing.

  • Comment number 43.

    hi all

    do you believe in magic-loving spoonfull

    hocas pocas-focas

    you can do magic-limmie and the family cooking


  • Comment number 44.

    Afternoon all!

    My suggestions

    "Could it be Magic?" Take That
    "Just an Illusion" Imagination
    Or "Electric Co" by U2.


  • Comment number 45.

    I am off to the virtual store of the flower which lingers, accompanied by Mr Allinson - we could be some time as it is the first visit and they take ages, I seem to remember.


  • Comment number 46.

    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Pure imagination -Charlie and the chocolate factory
    Eye of the tiger

  • Comment number 47.

    Afternoon all

    How lovely to see that bloggers seem to have had exciting and productive weekends. Well done Hoffs for the blog-mensh.

    John - I'm pleased to hear it's good news regarding your Mum. You must be very relieved.

    It's a Kind of Magic - Queen
    She's Electric - Oasis (although I appreciate it should be "He's Electric")
    Are Friends Electric - Gary Newman/Tubeway Army
    Electric Barberella - Duran Duran
    Sparks - Coldplay
    Sparks Fly - Taylor Swift
    Magic Moments - Perry Como
    Could it be Magic - Barry Manilow/Take That
    Metal Guru - T-Rex

  • Comment number 48.

    Morning Greetings Of Nice Back At Yersen Mayo Mate & ALL Bloggies, Especially The 'offs & Master 'offs...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man - Am glad a nice weekend was 'ad by yersen... A fine weekend weatherwise in my area.... Looks like the crazy spell of rain 'as been broken for now!!!!!!!!
    And most nice that yer got ter meet a blogger... INDEED we can pop up at any time any place!!!!!!!!! Noot just on the blog ;-))

    A just wanted ter pop inter the blog as ave goot time on me 'ands again what with being off work with a bad back presently!!!!!!!!
    When a say a bad back.... Thankfully it's noot as serious as a disc gone ape or severe back trouble!!!!!!
    This time ave injured the ligament that runs from the lower back down me left leg!!!!!!!
    Bit of a weird one as no pain at all when still and resting... But soon as a move me leg the wrong way or try and walk a VERY intense pain of agonising agony of angst SHOOOOOOOTS along me leg through me backside and inter me lower back and back from the back again!!!!!!!
    In fact a can only walk at 90 year old man speed presently!!!!!!!!!
    The strange thing after the doc advised me ter both rest it and keep active too.... A tried a little cycling yesterdee for the first time in over a week!!!!!!!
    Apprehensive at first.... A climbed aboard me cycle with the attitude of just going slowly on me 20k ride near me mother's near the sea shore on the Wirral.... AND with the attitude of cutting the cycle ride short too... Maybe turning around on the promanade early and 'eading back!!!!!!!!!!
    A lovely calm sunny dee with only a light 5mph side wind.... A set off pedalling gently with no pain at all!!!!!!!!!!
    Wonderful sensation when unable ter walk presently but able ter cycle easy style!!!!!!!!!!!
    As a goot going something take sover me on a bicycle.... A can't go slow!!!!!!!!
    Something a remember when going for a nice gentle cycle ride with me ex..... Even slow and a kept automatically leaving 'er behind and 'aving ter stop for 'er ter catch me up!!!!!!!!
    Slow is impossible for me!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Where was a?

    Oh I yeah.... Back ter yesterdee's ride.... After 2 miles me legs started turning faster.... It just 'appens without me realising it!!!!!!!
    Getting inter a rythmn of niceness!!!!!!!
    Faster.... smoother.... faster..... 'arder.... firmer..... faster!!!!!!!!!!!
    The cadence was increasing all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In the end a ended up power cycling.... The whole ride was most pleasant with lots of fellow cyclists, walkers, families, dog walkers out enjoying the most nice October sunshine!!!!!!!!
    Only bad bit was with a car.... Suprise suprise.... An Audi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Me and Audi's just do not ever get on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ALWAYS in an Audi they just can not 'elp themsleves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A was passing a parked car on the road bit of me ride.... When an idiot in an Audi passed me, overtaking me, at 40mph missing me by 5 inches max!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Even though it's a main road with enough room ter land a small aeroplane on and no traffic was coming the other way 'e 'ad about 37 feet ter pass me!!!!!!
    But no being an Audi driver 'e 'as ter show me 'e is boss and 'ow DARE I use 'is road that was given to 'im at the Audi dealers as part of the finance deal ter buy 'is metal machine of egotistical materialism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (For any unsure: The 'ighway code and simple commonsense is: When passing a cyclist give them plenty of room, about a car's width (2m approx)!!!!!!!)
    (If yer can not do this then yer should wait behind them until it is safe ter overtake!!!!!)

    Where was a?

    Oh I yeah.... : The whole ride was (except for the Audi bit) was most nice all.... Most nice!!!!!!!!!
    After me final turn around and 'eading back 'ome to me mother's 'ouse where a was spending me Sundee.... A increased me speed further.... Really warmed up and with no pain in me back or leg!!!!!!!!
    A felt so good blowing away me cobwebs of missery and pain of being off work ill after me altercation with a concrete lintel.....
    A powered back onter the main road for me final mile 'ome ('oping not ter see any Audi's).
    (me cycle ride basically is 1 mile of road ride ter the promenade.... Then 'ead west along the promanade, turn around back past where ave been going east. Trun around again going west again... Back ter where a first 'it the prom.... Then back for the one mile road ride ter 'ome..... Forming a most friendly looking 'T' shape on a map if yer traced me ride!!!!!!!!)

    Where was a?

    Oh I yeah.... A powered 'ome along the road with no altercations with any cars..... Fininshing back where a started!!!!!!!!
    A stopped me timer app on me smartphone which a 'ad set ter record me whole cycle!!!!!!!!
    Not bad me prevoius time when a was fully fit and going fast was 49.33.... This time the time after taking it easy for the first 2 miles was 52 minutes 53 seconds (52.53)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In in all a VERY nice ride with no pain at all in me leg or back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Which makes me think me present injury must not be terdo with overdoing it with all the preparation cycling ave been doing for Rio 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The cycling isn't tinkling the parts that walking tinkles!!!!!!!!!!

    Bingo Star Blog Disclaimer: The above blog is in no way mean't ter be egotistical on the part of Bingo Star. Or trying ter get self pity over back/ leg injuries. Or mean't ter offend the nice Audi drivers who do excists out there!!!!!

    Trarr for now all!!!!!!

  • Comment number 49.


    (I suppose he had to start his magic somewhere)

  • Comment number 50.

    PS For leccy tunes:

    ELO - Strange Magic!!!!!!


    Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue!!!!!


    'uman League - Together... In.... Electric Dreams!!!!!!

    All most nice.... Most nice ;-)))

  • Comment number 51.

    Candy man- Charlie and the chollcolate factory
    The candy man can and so can anybody

  • Comment number 52.

    Good Afternoon Everyone

    Well done Hoffs and Master Hoffs on your blog menshe today! Very late to the party today. No choon chasing but my 3 worder will be:


    and to think I got paid for it as well...................heaven!

  • Comment number 53.

    Ooh ooh ooh.

    Is it too late???

    DAVID WATTS - The Jam

    (see what I did there?!)

  • Comment number 54.

    Or you're welcome to select the The Kinks version if you prefer, of course.

  • Comment number 55.

    Hello all,
    Late to the partee as per usual - dratted kids!
    1st day of term here and we are helping lost and found students (none with custard coloured hair though please note) they can't find their way out of a paper bag...and are due to become Doctors in six years, heaven help us.

    Seems to me the choons chosen are already cracking, nothing to add but 2/3/4 etc OMD's Electricity and maybe even as it's the arvo and punnage time: 'WIRED FOR SOUND' by Sir Cliff (does he count as an HOIB?)
    Also like Joni's Court and Spark so definitely back that one.

    Would like to add:
    ALAN 'WATTS' BLUES - Van the Man (somewhat obscure so don't hold out much hope..)
    If it goes wrong:

    Babe I'm on fire - Nick Cave
    Barbecutie - Sparks for what he'll be...in fact anything by SPARKS
    Bird on the wire - Leonard Cohen

    (ps are there 'facilities' in his bodysuit?? Do water and electricty mix?

    'Sleep that burns' by the oft-overlooked (except by Zen Bruce) Be Bop Deluxe - well it would wouldn't it...?

    Finally (maybe)
    'THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT' (???) by Paul Weller

    RE dreams, been having a few recently no idea why, but always mean to write them down when I wake up - and normally forget OR think I'll remember them.

    RE Sunny Saturday - yes it was glorious wasn't it? And Bath city with it's golden glowing stone is the place to be. I went to Adderbury to visit #1 daughter - a place built largely of Horton stone, similar to Bath stone, a real treat this time of year, esp with the red of virginia creeper appearing.

    Good luck all with menches - oh and well done Hoffs and MH on the mench in the blog from Lord Ammo - a real treat.

    Laters, all

  • Comment number 56.

    Hello Everyone and of course, the Spark(l)y Simon Mayo, the Team and the Very Nice Young Man,

    Just pooping by during my lunch break. Boss is off luncheoning with the great and the good of the professional world today so I thought I'd play out for a while.

    Oooh Hoffs - how wonderful getting a mensh in the blog. Bet you and Master Hoffs are thrilled to bits.

    I haven't read through yet but I'm sure this has already been suggested so humblest apologoes for being unoriginal.

    My one and only suggestion is:- IT'S JUST AN ILLUSION - IMAGINATION

    I thang you.

    Over and out.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 57.

    Thinking back to my Physics lessons...

    ROBIN SARSTEDT - My Resistance Is Low

    And then, being silly:

    ARCADIA - Elec(trocu)tion Day :-)

  • Comment number 58.

    Hello Toots - nice to see you pooping in!

    And how rude of me not to congratulate Hoffs and MiniHoffs for meeting his Lordship AND getting a mention in dispatches!

  • Comment number 59.

    'Step right up, hurry hurry, before the show begins'

    Side show - Barry Biggs.

  • Comment number 60.

    Oooh, just thought of another, hope I'm not too late.

    For a bit of encouragement when he's feeling a bit low:-

    The Show Must Go On - Leo Sayer

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 61.

    #58 - Hiya John, thank you. How's things?

    #59 - Hey up Sal, love that tune - hope it gets played.

    Hmph! Boss is back. Obviously these professionals can't hack it like they used to - thought I was good for another hour at least :(

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 62.

    Hey up yourself, Toots.

    Doh, for the boss!!

  • Comment number 63.

    #62 I know, Sal and he didn't even bring back any treats. Double hmph!


  • Comment number 64.

    Phew! A few minutes to myself to catch up...

    I had a lovely weekend with Mo - my first visit to Aberdeen and only my fifth visit to Scotland. And I couldn't believe the glorious weather! I hope to be able to return again before too long. Came back down to earth with a bump when the alarm went off this morning, but I have a couple of other nice things coming up to look forward to so not all bad...

    Belated happy birthday wishes to Mr Pepper and Mr Withagee.

    Re strange dreams - I often get them when we're on the boat. I put it down to an excess of fresh air, although the quantities of alcohol we seem to consume on board might also have something to do with it... Only in the evenings, mind you - it would be stupid to drink while sailing.

    Oh, and did you hear about the dyslexic, agnostic insomniac? Stayed awake all night wondering if there was a Dog...


  • Comment number 65.

    A big thumbs up for Sir Cumfys Robin Sarstedt choice :)

  • Comment number 66.

    #64 - Deebs - lovely to hear you had such a good time with our Aberdeenshire correspondent. Hope your hostess showed you the delights of Union Street :)

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 67.

    #66 Are there delights in Union Street? The last time I was there, it was a howling wind rushing up Union Street ;) Brrrr

  • Comment number 68.

    #67 Hi RBS, I think there is but that's just my humble opinion. I love Aberdeen in all it's freezing, sparkling glory (sparkles from the granite buildings).


  • Comment number 69.

    Afternoon all

    Another latecomer, so no choon chasing from me today!

    Well done Hoffs for the blog mention and the for great descriptions of your day!

    Deebee/Mo - so glad you had a lovely weekend. Seems like the weather was good everywhere on Saturday; we went to London to see Matilda (the musical), and it was a glorious day there too.

    T x

  • Comment number 70.

    Yes, yes, YES
    ROBIN SARSTEDT - My Resistance Is Low
    Clever and a lovely OLDIE too.
    Brownie points to you
    Well done Sir C!

  • Comment number 71.

    All together now....

    'You touch my fingertips and my heart is aglow...'

  • Comment number 72.

    Forgot to say - Hello Toots, good to 'see' you here again!

  • Comment number 73.

    #68 Yes, I'm kidding Toots ;) I spent a lovely week in Aberdeen on a course once and have happy childhood memories from a holiday there too.

    Oh and a 2nd television appearance was had there too;) My first TV appearance was at the grand old age of 4 on Romper Room (anyone else remember that). I was dressed as a shepherd in the nursery nativity with my aunt's tea towl on my head. Nice.

  • Comment number 74.

    Ohh, what a terrific weekend for Simon (I love Bath in sunlight too!) and the Hoff's factored in a face-to-face hello and blog a mensch - great!
    Deebee, LOL. :^)
    LB, x

  • Comment number 75.

    #65, #70 Glad to be of service :o)

  • Comment number 76.

    #Hey Tortie, good to 'see' you too m' Lovely. Hope all's well with you.

    #73 - RBS, I wonder if we were visiting Aberdeen at the same time? We spent many happy holidays in Aberdeenshire visiting family. All the way from Fife to near Peterhead would take us at least 3 hours (depending on whether we were allowed a comfort break) in the days before the M90. Didn't realise you were a sleb in your own right m' Lovely. May I ask what was your 2nd tv appearance?

    :) ~ xx

  • Comment number 77.

    I just had another wee read back and burst out laughing at Jennie's suggestion at #24 Great Jennie!! Why indeed.

    Gill and Deebee, your jokes were very funny;0)

  • Comment number 78.

    #73 My first TV appearance was on The Money Programme. I think I was about 17. Myself and a few fellow students were alternately trying to decide on how to control a number of variables in a computer model of the economy, and putting Valerie Singleton off her stroke. We were reasonably successful in both endeavours.

    My last TV appearance, as previously mentioned, was on Simon Mayo's Confessions...

  • Comment number 79.

    #76 Toots, do you remember a comedian called George Duffus? (now sadly passed on). He hailed from Dundee and I knew him well. He had his own TV show called It's George which was filmed in Aberdeen. At the end of the show, George would run into the audience and sit beside 2 lucky people with the camera panning in. I was one of the err...lucky people.

    Then there was a third appearance.....................................

  • Comment number 80.

    'You bend to kiss my lips and I can't let you go........'♪♫

    I'm sure Elvis Costello sang a version of this..........as did Bernard Cribbens!

    Jakki Brambles has just said some really complimentary things about working on Radio 1 with our esteemed leader, on 5 Live, this afternoon. She also said the atmosphere was sometimes akin to Grange Hill. Drivetime today with Simon, Matt, Rebecca and Sally, still seems to support that analogy! :-)


    *waves at Toots* Helloooooo! x

  • Comment number 81.

    #73 I vaguely remember Romper Room, Shona. Didn't the presenter look through a magic mirror to see which children were in it that day?

    Funny how I remember the above but not where I left the dogs lead! Poor dog is sitting here with his legs crossed waiting for me to get my act together! ;-)


  • Comment number 82.

    #80 Yes, Elvis Costello did do a version. Very nice it is too, but I figured the Sarstedt version more likely to get played. Though with my recent track record maybe I jinxed it!

    By the way, your suggestion of Toast made me smile :o)

  • Comment number 83.

    *waves* to Molly :)

    RBS - had to g**gle GD and yes I do remember him. Oh bless you. Do you have a recording of your special moment? A third tv appearance??? Oh my, you're entering the world of major sleb-dom. Spill.

    #78 - Sir Cumference - you monkey, poor old Val Singleton.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 84.

    #82 Why thank you, Sir Cumfy. I don't think it will get played though! :-)

    ......dog starts concentrating on his pelvic floor exercises just as I locate his lead! Phew!

  • Comment number 85.

    #79 TV appearances?
    I leave that to my still-working-as-an-extra Mother.
    Although, have recently walked/run across the rear of Lewis scenes filmed here - and funnily enough in the background of a Bollywood movie being filmed here in Oxford last Sept on one of those rare bright autumnal days.
    They were trés lucky as their bollywood dancing (in and out of extras who were hunched over laptops) on the steps of the Sheldonian theatre, t'would have been tricky in the wet.
    TOAST yes, that gets my vote too..

  • Comment number 86.

    #81 Molly Coddle you are absolutely correct. My nursery nativity was in the very mirror ;)

    Sir Cumference, your TV appearnaces are just tad more high brow than mine.

    #83 I think there was a video recording of it once but I'm sure the large Norwegian looking jumper I had on will have faded in colour now.

    3rd appearance was when Channel 4 (sorry BBC) came to film for 3 weeks in my school for a show called the Real Nativity Show with Gaby Roslin. A spin off from her Real Holiday Show. We (children and me) then had to fly to London to be interviewed in the studio with Gaby herself. A great experience.

  • Comment number 87.

    #85 - Suzieeeee - next time walk more slowly so we can see you :)

    #86 - major sleb-dom indeedio. Well done you and how exciting for the children. I'm sure you were a model of the cool, calm and collected teacher.

    ~ xx

  • Comment number 88.

    Back from shopping - have started listening to the second RA programme-it was a marathon today.

    #77 - glad to have amused you Shona - but honestly,WHY? Can he not get a proper job?!

    The Radio 2 home page has changed again - something to do with Radio iPlayer- I haven't read it properly.


  • Comment number 89.

    #88 I agree Jennie and who is actually interested in his silly stunts?

  • Comment number 90.

    #48 #50 looking forward to meetin ya at CiN Bingo, you've a rare way with the words like!!!!!
    Memories of a holiday abroad as a kid:
    YOU CAN DO MAGIC by Limme the Family Cooking
    I took my tape recorder with me and played this incessantly (and may have illegally have taped it off a Sunday night chart run-down) eek
    Am pretty sure those are NOT the 'FORGOTTEN TAPES' the Beeb are looking for.

    of course it is mentioned above, you are all of the same age-ish as me so it's gotta be up there...

  • Comment number 91.

    I can't believe how warm it is today, having just been out for a nice walk with my dogs. It's warmer than some days in July!! Hope it's nice for everyone else.

    Deebee, did Deacon Blue have a support act the other night? I rang my friend who works at the Usher Hall to check if the show starts at 7.30 or 8pm tonight and she said it starts at 7.30 with a support act called 'Red Sky July', then Deacon Blue do two hours. She said one of Red Sky July is a guitarist from Texas who almost died a few years ago and another member is Brian Poole's daughter who was once in Alisha's Attic, so I wondered if they were also on in Aberdeen.

    I saw this review from last night in Glasgow but no mention of any support act!


  • Comment number 92.

    Afternoon all - thanks for all the kind messages about our blog mention today and a big hello to Toots - I know you are a vet of vets but I don't think we have ever spoken before!

    Have discovered this afternoon that there's something quite heartbreaking about the tears of a small boy who was mightily excited about something that sadly won't happen now. A friend was due to come for tea but sadly he can't as he had to go home from school early, ill. I don't think having pizza and watching an Avengers DVD with me will be much consolation......

    Righto, had better get on - won't catch much of the show this evening - first choir practice tonight for three weeks that I can attend with a voice - yippee! Don't worry, will listen back tomorrow morning so hopefully will hear lots of blogger menshes.

    See you soon x

  • Comment number 93.

    #92 Aww that's a shame for Mini Hoffs ;(

    Just about to ties up my laces and skip up that road. Got loads to do before 7pm but will listen out for all your names - and smile.

    *skippety, skip, skip, skip*

  • Comment number 94.

    #93 - Nice skipping action Shona! I particularly like the way that you flick out your left pigtail as you go.......

  • Comment number 95.

    Afternoon All!

    Need to read back ............................

  • Comment number 96.

    The blind leading the blind? Hmmm.....

  • Comment number 97.

    Well done to Just Plain Alice and Arthur Loaf for the OMD song!

  • Comment number 98.

    #91 Florence, there was a support band on Saturday. Unfortunately they'd already started when we got there and I didn't catch their name. But I've just G**gled Red Sky July and from the pics it looks like it was them. I think Deacon Blue were on stage by about 8.45. Hope you have a great time!


  • Comment number 99.

    Suspect Blaine 'pinched' the idea from Jim al-Khalilli:


  • Comment number 100.

    100? Would be rude not to...



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