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Simon Mayo | 09:35 UK time, Tuesday, 30 October 2012

I write in near darkness. Nothing to do with the weather but the builders are back. Windows are covered, scaffold erected and men swarming (if 3 people can swarm). The roof needs attention and coffee and biscuits need buying. This can be a stressful time as most bloggers know. We have all had the inconsiderate chap (always male in my experience) who lights up in your house, is not the cleanest in the bathroom (ahem) and walks mud and goodness knows what else throughout your house. And then charges you a fortune (plus VAT) for the pleasure. This hasn't happened for a while so here's hoping things are getting better (and no that's not a cue for a song so you can stop that now).
Outside is sunny and mild (in comparison with the weekend) so with a cheerful step we journey to drivetime and the return of Dawn French. She has a new novel out called Oh Dear Sylvia. Dawn has really taken to this writing malarkey (this is sounding familiar no?) and is set for a series of bestsellers if her last one 'A Tiny Bit Marvellous' is anything to go by. There's also talk of the need to do 'The Bishop of Dibley' if the CofE goes ahead with women bishops. Hear Dawn after 6.
Oldies please for the new 4G phones please. The UK's first fourth generation (4G) mobile service has gone live in 11 cities.
London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Glasgow and Southampton will have access to network EE's 4G from this morning. This all means extra speed and capacity which allows for high-quality streaming of audio, video and other content while on the move. Apparently. It all seems a little unnecessary and extravagant at the moment but you cant stop the march of technology-we'll all succumb eventually. 4G it is then.
Have an efficient and astute Tuesday, see you after 5.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all!

    HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE - BLONDIE

    CALL ME - BLONDIE

    TELEPHONE LINE - ELO

    NEW SENSATION - INXS

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning all, again
    Off to a meeting so a quick poop in to suggest
    GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME by the Beatles
    and
    MOVING ON UP by M People,

    Back later, apres lunch for a spot of catch-up

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning All,

    First thing that poops to mind:-

    My Generation - The Who

    Back later

    You've been warned, mwah ha ha

    A.

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi again everyone

    HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE ~ Blondie

    TALK TALK ~ Talk Talk

    FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT ~ Bonnie Tyler

    FASTER ~ Manic Street Preachers

  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Busy day at work today, so I might not have much time to play.

    #4Goldies

    THE POWER - Snap

    FASTER - Manic Street Preachers

    A LITTLE BIT MORE - Dr Hook

    MORE, MORE, MORE - Andrea True Connection

    HIGH SPEED - Coldplay

    ~X~

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and tidy bloggers,

    Builders in house. *Shudders*. Last time we had them in, we were shocked that being SW London they rejected our N*scafe and would only drink filter coffee. Says it all.

    #4goldies (no, not a selection of tunes for any koi carp listening to DT!)

    MY GENERATION – The Who

    HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE - Beatles

    FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF NIGHT – Bonnie Tyler

    PUMP IT UP – Elvis Costello

    COMPLICATED – Avril Lavigne

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning all,

    Oh Simon, I do sympathise with your current situation. We had the builders in for most of last year and the noise and mess intrusion takes quite a while to get used to. Then when they go, however, they are strangely missed. We have a project going on outside at the moment so not so bad this time, although we have to watch where we park the cars!

    Looking forward to hearing Dawn French again. Apparently, they are filming another of their 'Famous Five' spoofs, an anniversary edition!

    I have already tweeted my 4G oldie choices, although I am a complete Luddite when it comes to new technology!

    (Goodbye) Blackberry Way - The Move

    New Sensation - INXS

    New Toy - Lene Lovich


    mc x

  • Comment number 8.

    Thinking about the types of communication in the past now...

    MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - THE POLICE

    TELEGRAPH ROAD - DIRE STRAITS

    FROM ME TO YOU - THE BEATLES

  • Comment number 9.

    ISLANDS IN THE STREAM - Dolly & Kenny

    I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW - Johnny Nash

  • Comment number 10.

    Some people have to:

    Got To Get It - Culture Beat

  • Comment number 11.

    Simon, I don't envy you having builders in and out of your house, but at least they should be outside until wanting their coffee, biscuits and the loo... although I thought these days workmen have to bring their own portaloos when out on jobs!

    I'm looking forward to hearing Dawn French after 6pm, talking about her new book, 'Oh Dear Sylvia', not that I have ever read any of her books, but I do like her!

  • Comment number 12.

    Morning Simon & the lovely folk of the blog

    Rather wet & miserable drive to work this morning

    I can barely got a mobile signal at home half the time – 4G is a long way off!


    LIFE IN THE FAST LANE – THE EAGLES

    TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU – THE KINKS

    MY GENERATION – THE WHO

    TELEPHONE LINE – ELO

    NO ACTION – ELVIS COSTELLO (I’m not a telephone junkie)

    WHEN WILL YOU (MAKE MY TELEPHONE RING) – DEACON BLUE

    HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE – BLONDIE

  • Comment number 13.

    Morning Simon and everyone.

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes, your're so kind. It was a good day and I did not get too beaten up in sparring at kickboxing last night. (probably had something to do with the sweetner of the choccies i bought in (hardly the right carbs for training!)

    Do you have to wait for a phone upgrade to get 4G or can you automatically get on on current phones?

    1.FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT - Bonnie Tyler
    2. FAST LOVE - George Michael
    3. HOLD THE LINE - Toto
    4. YOUR GENERATION - GENERATION X
    5. MY GENERATION - The Who
    6. ITS GETTING BETTER EVERYDAY - Mama Cass
    7. MORE MORE MORE - Andrea True Connection
    8. THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER - D Ream
    9. NEW LIFE - Depeche Mode
    10. Drowning in Berlin - THE MOBILES

    Have nice days

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 14.

    So whilst some parts of the UK still can't get a decent phone signal, let a lone data signal, people with certain fruity phones on a select network in a few cities will be able to get a super duper new faster network.

    10 years ago it was pretty neat to be able to send a text message. Nowadays people seem to have an overwhelming desire to be able to watch video and broadcast where they are and what they've had for lunch and what the person sitting opposite them on the train is reading. At all times.

    Don't get me wrong, I think the fact that I can tweet or post on Facebook or look something up on the internet wherever I am (except for the aforementioned areas with poor/no network coverage) is fantastic, but I can't think of anything I need to know even quicker than I do now.

    THE SMITHS - What Difference Does It Make?

    Or for those without 4G:
    DEL AMITRI - Always The Last To Know

  • Comment number 15.

    Faster Sooner Now - David Gray

  • Comment number 16.

    If it is going to make the whole mobile phone experience better, then:

    FUN BOY THREE - The Telephone Always Rings

  • Comment number 17.

    I don't know if this tune fits the theme....

    WHEN WILL YOU MAKE MY PHONE RING? ~ Deacon Blue

  • Comment number 18.

    GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE - Beatles or Earth Wind & Fire

    I WANT YOU, I NEED YOU, I LOVE YOU - Elvis

    YOU'RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY - Marvin Gaye and Tammy Tyrell

    or

    GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU - Skeeter Davis or Bad Manners

    WITHOUT YOU - Harry Nillson

    I'M DOING FINE NOW WITHOUT YOU - Pasadenas

  • Comment number 19.

    Morning all. a beautiful one too.

    Just a little bit better - Hermans Hermits.

  • Comment number 20.

    As everyone seems to be going for telephone songs, hey ho, what do I know...

    RING RING - ABBA.

    or moving with the times (as it seems we all must..)

    21st CENTURY MAN - ELO.

    Or for someone, like me, who still struggles with all this new fangled technology...

    BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED - Doris Day.

    CONFUSION - ELO.

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning all!

    First thoughts:

    'Whenever, Wherever' - Shakira
    'You Got It' - Roy Orbison
    'Everybody's Talking (Theme from Midnight Cowboy)' - Harry Nilsson


    N xx

  • Comment number 22.

    meri wilson - telephone man
    abba - ring ring
    stereo mcs - connected
    abc - one better world
    glen campbell - wichita lineman

  • Comment number 23.

    Under Your Thumb - Godley & Creme

  • Comment number 24.

    athelete - wires
    who - anyway anyhow anywhere

  • Comment number 25.

    'Is Vic There?' Dept S. For those who are struggling to get through. (Trying to fit it to the theme, possibly...)

    Hope your builders turn out to be the type to tidy up, Simon!

  • Comment number 26.

    Scream if you wanna go faster - Geri Haliwell.

  • Comment number 27.

    PARTY LINE – THE KINKS

    MODERN THINGS – BJORK

    ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL – RICAHRD THOMPSON

  • Comment number 28.

    Mornin' all...hands round a cup of coffee to keep them warm right now. The heating at work is going through it's usual daily routine of deciding whether to work or not...

    How about:

    Paul Evans - Hello, This is Joanie (AKA The Telephone Answering Machine Song)
    Bob Geldof - This Is The World Calling
    The Clash - London Calling

    TTFN.

  • Comment number 29.

    As we get more and more advanced phones then this will surely be the oldie that says it all...

    CALLING OCCUPANTS OF INTERPLANETARY CRAFT - The Carpenters

  • Comment number 30.

    Keep the customer satisfied - Simon and Garfunkel.

    The dangling conversation - Simon and Garfunkel.

    Why dont you write me - Simon and Garfunkel.

    The times they are a changing - Simon and Garfunkel.

  • Comment number 31.

    Or, maybe ......

    The times they are a changing - Bob Dylan.

  • Comment number 32.

    Good Morning All;

    Just a flying visit to shamelessly mensh chase...

    ROAM - B52s

    COMMUNICATION - SPANDAU BALLET

    TALK - COLDPLAY

    I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU - STEVIE WONDER

    MESSAGES - O.M.D

  • Comment number 33.

    Maybe:

    'Can't Wait Another Minute' - Five Star
    'Instant Replay' - Dan Hartman

  • Comment number 34.

    One of the big selling points of 4G is that it will allow streaming of high quality video on the move. What scares me about this is that there's a good proportion of the population who will do this inappropriately.

    I see lots of people driving and texting, and a recent survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (of which I'm a member) found that around 8% of drivers admit to using smartphones whilst driving:

    http://www.iam.org.uk/news/latest-news/1019-death-wish-of-driving-seat-tweeters

    I'm sure there are a lot more who didn't admit to it.

    I've seen people driving and reading a book. I've seen them using portable DVD players on their dashboards. If you start giving people the opportunity to watch TV, movies and sports events on their phones whilst on the go my fear is that a considerable number of people will do so whilst they are driving, particularly young people, because when we are young we think we know everything and can do everything. That spells disaster, not only for them, but for anyone else they encounter whilst they are behind the wheel.

    Add to that the people who will be too wrapped up in what they're watching when crossing the road, or simply not looking where they are going...

    I'm aware I'll sound like a right old Luddite, but I can assure you I'm not. My work deals with implementing new technologies, and I'm all for technological advances - I just wonder if in this case people have thought of the potential consequences.

    (and look at me - genuine blogging as opposed to simple choon suggestions!)

  • Comment number 35.

    Morning all

    I hope the builders are the tidy, neat and clean Simon.

    Oldies choices for 4G:
    High Speed - Coldplay
    Wings of Speed - Paul Weller
    Communication - Spandau Ballet

  • Comment number 36.

    Good Morning Each!
    'Next' by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

    'Newest Industry' by Hüsker Dü

    'You're My Latest, Greatest Inspiration' by Teddy Pendergrass

    'I'll Do Anything You Want Me To' by Barry White

    'Modern Way' by The Kaiser Chiefs

    'Faster Than The Setting Sun by Fyfe Dangerfield

  • Comment number 37.

    Hi folks, no time to chat, off for my flu jab for what it's worth - didn't do me any good last year!

    My suggestions, late though they are, are

    TELEPHONE MAN - Meri Wilson

    HELLO THIS IS JOANIE - Paul Evans

    Sorry if I've nicked anyone else's toons.

    Back later maybe.

    SE x

  • Comment number 38.

    IMPATIENCE – ELVIS COSTELLO

    KINGS OF SPEED - HAWKWIND

  • Comment number 39.

    DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO - Eddie & The Hot Rods

    #34 Sir Cumf - Good post. I'm still shocked when I drive along the motorway and see people tapping away on their sat nav or phone or ipad. It's so distracting and dangerous to take your eyes off the road for even more more than just a second. And cars these days seem to have even more screens built into them, which are not always in the natural field of vision for keeping your eyes on the road. Surely the latest research should be used to ban them?

    Cars aside, I welcome all the latest phone developments. I'm not a tech-junkie, and don't have to have the latest model, but I can't imagine life without instant access to all those things we "need".

  • Comment number 40.

    I WANT IT ALL - Queen

    YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT - Desmond Dekker

  • Comment number 41.

     
    An irate female woman awaits a telephone call from a man who has wandered off...


    Why Haven't I Heard from You? - Reba McEntire

     
    Keep it Country!

  • Comment number 42.

    Morning All,

    'Telegram Sam' T Rex

    'Latest Flame' Simply Red

    'Too Much To Young' The Specials

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 43.

    Good morning all from a place with glorious blue skies and still some warmth in the morning sun

    Lots of good selections already as usual for tunes, may I add FOR G4

    MORE THAN A NUMBER IN MY LETTLE RED BOOK = DRIFTERS

    PRIVATE NUMBER - WILLIAM BELL AND JUDY CLAY

    other telephone related songs include

  • Comment number 44.

    'I'm The Man' Joe Jackson

    Lyrics seem to fit the theme!

  • Comment number 45.

    GOING MOBILE - The Who

    How did they predict this over 40 years ago?

  • Comment number 46.

    From Simon’s bit yesterday – the A9 is a fine road – majestic, magnificent scenery and it takes you to Inverness which can only be a good thing. It is also hugely infuriating – most of it isn’t dual carriageway. I spent many many Sunday evenings in winter driving home to Edinburgh in snow storms crawling along in the tyre tracks of the car in front – much fun.

    Mandy – you need a new phone I would imagine unless your phone is very new

    Sir C – folk who use their phones while driving make me so mad – I am always tempted to pomp at them which probably wouldn't be helpful. As for watching video while driving, complete madness. Not least because the car is obviously the best place for radio listening.

    As I said before I struggle to get a phone signal at home and my broadband is flaky and temperamental. I can’t imagine why I would want high speed video when out and about, I’m happy if I can text, tweet and look stuff up but as John said I can’t imagine not being able to do that now.


    A little autumn colour from yesterday – same forest as last week

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8049/8135799011_a5512c338e_b.jpg

  • Comment number 47.

     
    "I am always tempted to pomp at them which probably wouldn't be helpful."


    Depends on the circumstance(s).

  • Comment number 48.

    hi all

    call me-blondie

    alexander graham bell-the sweet

    call me-spagna

    call me maybe-carly rae jepson

    calling occupants-carpenters

  • Comment number 49.

    Will 4G be any more than a high-speed, more expensive mechanism for conveying disjointed dalek-like conversations that drop out consistently at the crucial moment ? I suspect not.
    Bearing that in mind, my only offering is

    COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN - LED ZEPPELIN

    Bring back the tin cans and wet string. At least you can do something else with them.

    ... --- ...

  • Comment number 50.

    Good afternoon one and all - sunny and bright today, but cold out of the sun

    My 'toy town' phone can send texts and receive calls and has a radio in it - no camera, internet access etc etc and I love it. My lap top is great when I am at home and I'm sure I can wait til I get there before I look something up - if I am out I want to enjoy that experience. I understand that people use their phones as part of their business, but personally I don't need it.

    No weight loss this week but no gain either, so that's ok - onward and downward!

    JW (Queen of the Luddites!)

  • Comment number 51.

    Too much time on my hands today....

    I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU - Dusty Springfield

    I don't know what it is that makes me love you so
    I only know I never want to let you go
    'Cause you've started something
    Oh, can't you see?
    That ever since we met
    You've had a hold on me
    It happens to be true
    I only want to be with you

    It doesn't matter where you go or what you do
    I want to spend each moment of the day with you

    It's crazy but it's true
    I only want to be with you


    I WANT YOU - Bob Dylan

    YOU"RE THE ONE THAT I WANT - ONJ and John Travolta

  • Comment number 52.

    I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING FOR ME - George Michael & Aretha Franklin


    *goes off to get a life*

  • Comment number 53.

    NEXT BIG THING - VINCE GILL


    *runs after JBG in case he can find me one too*

  • Comment number 54.

    The only thing I can think of is

    IN THE AIR (TONIGHT) - PHIL COLLINS

    Good luck with your builders Simon - we have been lucky with ours, always going on recommendations and reputations has worked for us.

    JW

  • Comment number 55.

    THIS IS THE MODERN WORLD - THE JAM

  • Comment number 56.

    #46 Amelia, a lovely picture and I love seeing other people's pics, especially autumnal ones. I took a few yesterday when I was walking with my dogs in a wooded area near me, with the golden brown carpet of leaves and the crackling of the twigs under my wellies, it looked and sounded like autumn!

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8190/8138270014_4a3f319326_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8196/8138243551_bc2824f40b_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8463/8138270682_1904103d44_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8191/8138274940_b916224df6_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8331/8138243937_eff3988ddf_c.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8325/8138243349_e601a97097_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8046/8138275408_c3aca70e20_b.jpg

  • Comment number 57.

    Looks like I'm not the only with with some kind of building hassle!

    I have been waiting for 4 months for the Council to sort out the bathroom. On 2 occasions: they came, they looked, they went and did nothing. The polythene sheet is still there to minimise leaks to the flat below!

    I am now convinced they are making any excuse not to do the job. The last time they came was yesterday, but the job has since been rearranged!


    On a different tack. Nice title for the blog. I'm learning French at the moment and when Messrs Mayo & Kermode were in Sheffield do the Film Review show, they were discussing the pronunciation of "Vague" as in Nouvelle Vague (I think it was posted in spelt vag.

    Needless to say I ended up heckling. Sorry Messrs Mayo & Kermode!

  • Comment number 58.

    Now that the mensh chasing has died down a bit, I have a question that I am interested in knowing the answer to. I reckon it would be a good Homework sucks question but Hubby thinks the Beeb might think I'm being too nosey about where the tax payers money is being spent. Honestly, I am just interested in knowing.

    It came about yesterday morning when I was listening to CE and trying to find the motivation to get out of bed. Chris happened to mention that the breakfast team had ended up with the Racing Post in their pile of newspapers and while he was sure it belonged to 5L he was gonna flick thro' it. This got me thinking. How many copies of newspaper does the beeb get thro' in one day? Does Chris and Vassos have a set each or does Vassos get the back pages once Chris has finished wi' the front bits? Do the breakfast telly team have a set for the researches to go thro' and then another set for Bill and co. to show on't telly?

    So simply put...How newspapers does the Beeb have delivered, across its various networks, everyday?

    I think it would be fascinating to know.

    Whaddya think?

    A.

  • Comment number 59.

    Aaaah.

    There are some 'nice' days in Autumn and today is one of them.

    Just back from a bike round down to the sea. It was so nice in fact, that we sat on the slipway and watched the world go by. The waves seemed to have an unhurried momentum, gently lapping in, then back out again, as they do ;)

    Days like these..... Happy ones.

  • Comment number 60.

    STUCK INSIDE OF MOBILE WITH THE MEMPHIS BLUES AGAIN by BOB DYLAN
    GOING MOBILE by THE WHO
    CALL ME by CHRIS MONTEZ or GO WEST or BLONDIE
    GEE WHIZZ by CARLA THOMAS

  • Comment number 61.

    Bike round? I knew what I meant!

    Flo, love the fungi pics. It does feel like Autumn doesn't it :O Do you know what kind of fungi they are, plus, did you ever find out what the brown ones you 'enquired within' about were?

  • Comment number 62.

    Afternoon Ter Mayo Man & ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man - Yes INDEED a stressful time 'aving yer 'ouse done but try doing it yersen and being out in freezing weather at this time of year doing yer 'ouse!!!!!
    The BIG question is do yer do it yersen and keep the wallet full (minus materials costings) or pay builders ter do it!!!!!
    If a wazza busy DJ 'osting a at time sinternational worldwide radio show and definately a national radio for sure a would chooose the latter!!!!!
    Good choice pal ;-)))

    As for 4G???? Does this mean that 5 years ago when a was told me super dooper super dooooper super 3G is a load of not good super dooper stuff??????
    Forgeet 4G.... A want 5G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Firstly - Thank you for all the kind words yesterdee!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Deebee - Just seen now... Someone's birthdee yesterdee.... Let me wish you a 'APPY BIRTHDEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (for yesterdee)

    Mandy - Also a 'APPY BIRTHDEE for yesterdee too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Suzie With A Zeeeee - On dogs and cats... Yes a agree dogs need more work that's why we've always 'ad cats!!!!!!!!
    The issue with them doing their business cats normally just do it descreetly in the garden or in a litter tray.... Dogs more of a 'andful!!!!!!
    And like yer say not all owners that responsible!!!!!!!
    'ad an incidnetation last week..... A was out cycling near the sea.... There's the lovely sea front path/ cycle path!!!!
    But on one section it splits... The lower footpath only.... The top cycle path only and the cycle path very narrow!!!!!!!
    If ever a carry on on the lower path people moan at me/ make remarks this is not a cycle path a should be up there!!!!!!
    Now a always cycle on the upper cycle only path.... Only problem.... Despite clear signs people walk on it!!!!!
    Most are good.... But a came across two ladies walking their dogs who would not move aside.... So the only way to pass was afte rlsoing all me speed and momentum..... Go around them on the grass!!!!!!
    A didn't say a word as am not one to cause confrontation..... So around a went!!!!!!!
    But ter add insult ter injury.... As a went on the grass a picked up dog stuff on me front wheel!!!!!!!!!!!! :-((((((((((((((
    A VERY unhappy Bingo Star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Then at risk of some flying up into me when back at speed a crried on!!!!!!
    Luckily none did.....
    But when a got 'ome a 'ad ter spend 10 mins washing me tyre tread ter get all the 'stuff' out!!!!!!!!

    Next time am gonna be more vocal after that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Soz for drifting inter a rant but no wonder after drifitng inter.... Dog stuff!!!!

    'aving said all the above.... It's the owners who don't look after dogs or cats who are at blame not the animals!!!!!!
    A know dogs are more 'uman like than cats... The classic farmers sheep dog springs ter mind (aswell as around a field gahtering sheep).... The one thing ave noticed is black and white dogs and cats are more friendly.... More inteligent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I've seen black and white sheep dogs so intelligent with their farmer!!!!!!!
    And over the years we've 'ad many cats since I was a small child.... always 'ad two cats of different ages!!!!!!
    There's a reason for everthing in life and it's no coincidence Sylvester the cat and Tom from Tom & Jerry was black and white and the Felix advert cat!!!!!!!!
    The black and white's are more mischevious and intelligent!!!!!!!!!!

    A think a capture that abit in my own Tom on some of me phots the way 'e would look right into my eyes with such a talkative expression!!!!!!

    Thanks again:

    Deebee, Jennie Wren, Tortie Cat, Molly Coddle, Autumn Gale, Amelia, Parcley Cat, Perfect Circle, Lilac Blue, Sir Cumference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 63.

    #61 Sal, I never did find out hat the previous fungi picture was and accepted what you called it as nobody else came up with another name. I have no idea what the white one is but a friend said it looked like a ballerina without a body as it's like sticky-out ballet dress and skinny legs!

    Here's another that is on a tree along the lane, but I have no idea what it's called!

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8054/8138495532_0e9eba9202_b.jpg

  • Comment number 64.

    Fabulous photos Florence - were you using your "proper camera" you have some wonderful background blur in particular on the second photo? I can never manage it with my wee camera only the big one that I generally cant be bothered carrying when walking the dog.

    The golden carpet of leaves is particularly wonderful with us this year.

  • Comment number 65.

    PS Blogger ~f117649d684052e16fff726d7fd7bbf00cd8c34b.... I'd like te r'ear 'ow Simon would read out yer blog name if 'e chose one of yer song choices for 'is show ;-)))))) LOL!!!!!!!!@!@!!@!!@!!!!!!

  • Comment number 66.

    What's the Frequency, Kenneth? - R.E.M.

  • Comment number 67.

    PPPPS A 'ope G4 'as nowt terdo with G4S????

    Or we might 'ave ter call in the army ter get connected ter the web!!!!!!

    PS For my tune choice:

    'ow about:

    Stereo MCs - Connected..... Love this tune.... Very Manchester sound but they're from London!!!!!!

    http://youtu.be/DRAt0V_MJBM A clip of Wrightie introucing them on totp2!!!!!

  • Comment number 68.

    For those outside of the 4G areas:

    CHAMPAIGN - How 'Bout Us?

  • Comment number 69.

    Flo, and anyone else that might be interested....

    Just take a look a this site....

    http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/index.php

    Wow oh wow! I've only got as far as C. I think I may be some time, trying to find the correct ID to match your pic.

    I think I may be out and about rummaging in the woods this weekend, camera in tow.

  • Comment number 70.

    #69... Sal, isn't nature just wonderful... my goodness I didn't realise there is such a variety of fungi (?) I shall be here all night looking at your website link!

  • Comment number 71.

    Sal, I'm not keen on the look of this fungus....

    http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/exidia-thuretiana.php

  • Comment number 72.

    I'm an idiot for not suggesting RADIOHEAD - IDIOTEQUE (although I've never had a Radiohead choice played) 'tis one of my favourite songs, particularly live -

    Mobiles working
    Mobiles chirping
    Take the money and run
    Take the money and run
    Take the money..

    Here I'm allowed, everything all of the time

  • Comment number 73.

    Have just returned after a wonderful dog walk through the meadows around here. It has certainly been a good autumn for fungi.

    Sal/Flo the last picture (white shelf-like fungus on the side of the tree) is commonly known as 'chicken of the woods' (latin name: laetiporous). It is edible and according to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall tastes like chicken when cooked, although I have never been brave enough to try it!!

    Having a little pony means that we get quite a good supply of field mushrooms twice a year. One of my happiest memories is going out in the early hours with my Dad, collecting mushrooms and coming home to make a delicious simple soup with warm bread for breakfast.

  • Comment number 74.

    Some of them sound like complaints you really should be discussing with your GP Flo.

    Jelly ear, mealybigfoot.... hee hee :O

  • Comment number 75.

    Hi Molly.

    Yes, I've had chicken in the woods, or of the woods, quite nice.

    I have a friend who will literally eat anything free. She puts the fungi in a plastic bag and ties it to kill off any creepies living within, then its in the pot!

  • Comment number 76.

    #73 - you beat me to it Molly Coddle! I thought I recognised that one and I looked it up first before posting.

    Lovely photos again Florence.

    JW

  • Comment number 77.

    My favourite free woodland fayre has to be sweet chestnuts. There were lots growing where I used to live as a child. Sadly, not many around where I live now.

  • Comment number 78.

    Spankers hill's your place for sweet chestnuts Molly :)

    Mind you, I dont know if they are fodder for the parakeets, now I wonder what they survive on?

  • Comment number 79.

    #69 - sounds rather like the old chestnut (ha)

    "Every morning my dog and I go for a tramp in the woods. The dog loves it, but the tramp's getting a bit fed up with it all."

    Roy Walker would have apporived last night, I'm sure.

  • Comment number 80.

    Is this your pretty ballerina fungi, Flo?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/24972344@N02/8035413565/

  • Comment number 81.

    Hee hee Parsley Cat :)

    Molly, I dont believe it, that ones not on the list I posted is it :O Not that I'd got as far as M!

  • Comment number 82.

    Well done to loads of blogpoppets' names I've heard so far....

    Sal and Molly Coddle, I don't even like mushrooms, but I love picking them and peeling and slicing through them, so there's no way I'd be eating fungus growing on the trunk of a tree... but sweet chestnuts, yes please! Reminds me of when I was growing up and my dad would put them in the fire, back in the days when we also occasionally toasted crumpets or made toast on the fire... much tastier than in a toaster!

    3-word Tuesday.... More fungus today!

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8048/8139055039_9ef851edd9_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8333/8139083928_0532af295e_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8325/8139085284_3ed21b80f4_b.jpg

  • Comment number 83.

    Sal, are you watching Autumnwatch with stunning wildlife photography?

    A pity it's on the same time as Pride of Britain awards, so I am watching one and recording the other.

  • Comment number 84.

    Well done for all the mentions

    Perfect Circle & Molly Coddle for New Sensation
    Suzy for Getting Better
    Zoe for Roam
    Alice for My Generation

    Think that's everyone?

    Allison had a 3-worder about being on the wrong train - hope she is now going in the right direction!

    And Sir Cumfy - are you a Dawn French fan?

  • Comment number 85.

    #80 Molly Coddle, it looks very much like it and perhaps the older it is, the more it rises up until it's horizontal. I've been looking at Sal's link and can't believe how many there are.

    I'm watching Autumnwatch at the moment and they are showing 15,600 pink-footed geese landing over in Fife and they are truly beautiful. Oh my goodness the sight of thousands taking off together is spectacular - 10,000 they think taking off together and they sound gorgeous!

  • Comment number 86.

    Have great evenings all

    JW

  • Comment number 87.

    Been on nights again trucking.... Aka night truckin'.... just a quick blog ter say:

    LOVE Radio 2.... 24/7 my friend thatta can take anywhere and everywhere.... Abitta Jo Whiley earlier.... Then later inter the night fellow scouser Janice Long and then The Dark Lord aka Alex Lester playing some most nice tunes.... Anyway before me quick blog turns inter notta quick blog....

    A just wanted before a go ter sleep ter say good morning Mr Mayo & good moring ter ALL bloggers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In the words of Barry from Watford.... "niyte niyyyte!!!"

    Just wanted ter take this opportunity

  • Comment number 88.

    Wet n windy. Yup that just about sums it up.

    A good day for a forage methinks :)

  • Comment number 89.

    Good morning all - cloudy and not very warm today -bit windy too.

    Good morning Sal.

    JW

 

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