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A happy throng

Simon Mayo | 09:28 UK time, Friday, 23 November 2012

Assuming all our roofs are on and hair is in place, here we go for another fabulous Friday. And having been grateful all day yesterday in the Thanksgiving way, we had the Radio 2 presenters gathering-that-wasn't-a-party in the evening. Although we all come out of the same speaker, we rarely get to see each other. I see Steve and Jo of course and sometimes Lord Bob and Jamie C but that's usually it (occasionally Chris and Mark Radcliffe at the gym, Mark with his clothes on). So an evening with Ken, Jeremy, David Jacobs, Claudia W and the Dark Lord is not to be sniffed at. Speeches were made, propaganda film were shown and sausages were nibbled. When I left- to cries of lightweight-, Matt and Rebecca were still going strong and maybe are still there with Nigel Ogden and Frank Renton getting the next round in. Party on.
Movie show today on 5L with guests Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth-not a bad double act. They star, along with Alan Rickman, in a remake of Gambit which originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. It's got a Coen brothers script (though it doesn't feel like it) , Colin F loses his trousers and Alan R does his Sheriff of Nottingham act again. I watched it next to Claudia W who laughed a little more than I did but there are some good gags and a Colin/Cameron movie will always find an audience.
Then to R2 towers and today's top year for the ARF opener is 1984, so the gauntlet is laid...
Have a stable and sure-footed Friday. see you at 2&5


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  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning again!

    Are there 2 blogs?

    ARFO from 1984?

    YOUNG AT HEART - Bluebells

  • Comment number 2.

    I have counted 3!

  • Comment number 3.

    Good morning,

    Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me.


  • Comment number 4.

    Morning Simon & Everyone


  • Comment number 5.

    Hello again everyone

    The first song to come to mind for me is

    JUMP ~ Van Halen

  • Comment number 6.


    The Reflex - Duran Duran

    Fiona H

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning all, hope everyone is not too soggy and all survived yet another biblical soaking.

    I shall be brief and to the point today. 1984 ARFO suggestions as follows

    RELAX - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    TWO TRIBES - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
    MASTER AND SERVANT - Depeche Mode
    WALK AWAY - Sisters of Mercy
    SEXCRIME (1984) - The Eurythmics
    WHITE LINES (DON'T DO IT) - Grand Master Flash and Melle Mel
    I FEEL FOR YOU - Chaka Khan

    Laters maybe.

    SE x

  • Comment number 8.

    Quick "good morning" post. Back in a bit with ARFO - feels like it should be a good year....

  • Comment number 9.

    #5 I also like...

    JUMP ~ The Pointer Sisters

  • Comment number 10.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Sounds like a good party last night - hope there aren't too many sore heads this morning...

    Well three of the songs I was going to suggest have already gone, so I'll go with:

    SAY, SAY, SAY - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

    UPTOWN GIRL - Billy Joel

    I'M SO EXCITED - Pointer Sisters

    LOST IN MUSIC - Sister Sledge

    ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK - Murray Head


  • Comment number 11.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Gambit - heard Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth on Steve Wright's show the other evening, and it sounds like it could be quite good. Plus Alan Rickman is in it...


  • Comment number 12.





    Have a good one.

  • Comment number 13.

    Oooooo there's a lot of nostalgia for me in 1984. I was 11 and therefore just coming into my own musical awareness. I inherited my parent's record player (in a teak case) and could buy records of my own (they upgraded to a Japanese 'stacking stereo system' - v posh!)

    On that basis and for the many, many hours I spent listening to 'Make it Big' my ARFO choice has to be

    Freedom - Wham!

    I can't hear the opening to this day without feeling happy!

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning your Lordship, team, NYM and sausage-lovin' bloggers,

    1984? By wonderful synchronicity, good karma, and general ying-yang goodness, after yesterday's celebrations in the Good household 1984 is the year I turned 18. (Takes a few moments to drift away....)




    Get the wire brush out to spruce up those tukka boots...


  • Comment number 15.

    Tukka boots! Now I'm drifting with you JBG......

  • Comment number 16.

    Oh... one more:


  • Comment number 17.

    #15 Erica - not sure if I'm drifting, or if my mohair jumper and Yasser Arafat scarf just got caught in the train door.

    *having a BronskiBeat/Depeche Mode/Duran Duran/TalkTalk morning*

  • Comment number 18.

    I was 13 - started high school that autumn, struggling with french is the first thing that pops into my head, it was hideous.



    PANAMA - VAN HALEN (R2 friendly?)



  • Comment number 19.

    Morning all

    Not been aropund much as v busy at the mo, also a bit under the weather with post CiN sore throat, so a bit croaky still.

    for ARFO could I suggest




  • Comment number 20.

    Good morning all,

    1984 was the year I got married at the tender age of 21! And as I said to Mr Coddle:

    Take On Me - A-Ha

    mc x

  • Comment number 21.

    I turned 16 in 1984 and I'm not ashamed to admit that I loved the Frog Chorus song by Sir Thumbsaloft.

    What are the odds on Dr M playing that?

  • Comment number 22.

    Morning all.

    Golly time to give the crown back already?

    I hope the new recipient likes the multi coloured polka dots a la Pudsey, that I have added!

    1984, aha I was 22, time to root back to those days... or maybe I'd better not :O

    Back in a mo, oh yes, a beautiful morning here, I hope everyone fared well.

  • Comment number 23.

    #20 - I think you may have said that the following year in 1985.

  • Comment number 24.

    LOL #17 JBG. Now I'm itching at the thought of those bloomin' mohair jumpers. Just HAD to have one though! I got my mum to knit me an oversized black one, she hated it. Oh, I could drift all day....

  • Comment number 25.

    Just one more before I go-go...

    LET'S GO CRAZY - Prince

    Good day all!


  • Comment number 26.


    Ok talk to you ( I always thought that was ok Tokyo!)

    South America, Australia, France, Germany, Africa, UK.....

  • Comment number 27.

    #21 Andrew - I used to hum that as a lullaby to my boys when they were babies! Even now, if I go "Pom, pom-pom" they will reply "Pie-ee-ya"!!

  • Comment number 28.

    How's about...

    SHOUT TO THE TOP - Style Council; or
    NO SURRENDER - Bruce.

  • Comment number 29.

    I've been waiting for a new blog for an hour a half - no NEXT appearing - grrr.

    And now there's a choice of two so far............



    holds some special memories for myself and the Mr. 1984 was the year we 'got together' and we've never looked back - ahh

    I know I promised to suggest Amy McDonald - 4th July for The Revster, but I don't think we stand a chance there!


  • Comment number 30.

    #28 FolkyVale - welcome to the blog, and top choice of the Style Council, which I've suggested on many occasions for the ARFO - hope it gets played for you! And I'll throw into the mix...


  • Comment number 31.

    Hi John - my lullaby song to my son was another Macca song - Golden Slumbers.

  • Comment number 32.

    #21 Ha! You are right! One year out as Ken bruce would say!

    OK then, I'll proffer:

    Half A Boy And Half A Man - Nick Lowe

    It would be great to hear it in its entirety, rather than bedding for the requests....

  • Comment number 33.


    would be a great dancing start to the weekend - I have visions of kitchens with people and children having a dance to set the weekend off with a bang

  • Comment number 34.

    Andy, I, too, have succumbed to the bloggers bug. It has completely wiped me out this last day or two. I can sympathise with all fellow sufferers. It is one helluva germ!

    From my sickbed yesterday, I had a bit of fun composing a 'flu Top 10, as you do, and came up with the following:

    My Sentimenthol Friend - Hermans Hermits

    Sneeze please cease now, let me go - Englebert

    Oh C@lpol! - Neil Sedaka

    Snot Unusual - Tom Jones

    When The Going Gets Tough, The Cough Gets Going - Billy Ocean

    Blame It On The Bogie - Michael Jackson

    Benylyn And The Jets - Elton John

    Kung 'Flu Fighting - Carl Douglas

    Shakin' All Over - Johnnie Kidd & The Pirates

    Us And Phlegm - Pink Floyd

    OK, I'll get back under my duvet...........

  • Comment number 35.

    Two more choices then I'll give up - 1984 was a good year!


    LEGS - Z Z TOP


  • Comment number 36.

    #34 Or how about:

    Sneeze Sneez - ey - The Beatles

    Only Flu - Yazoo

    Flu are you - The Flu

    God only Nose - The Beach Boys


  • Comment number 37.

    Excellent flu songs. A suggestion:

    Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know, first line:

    'Sneeze, sneeze quell me now...'

  • Comment number 38.

    Very good, Molly Coddle - get well soon all lurgified bloggers!


  • Comment number 39.

    Morning all

    I've finally found you! I tweeted his Lordship - I thought the blog was broken again -I must apologise to him!

    #34 didn't realise you were ill with the CiN bug too mc - hope you're feeling better soon.


    Tortie x

  • Comment number 40.

    Good Morning Each!
    'Break My Stride' by Mathew Wilder
    '99 Luftballons' by Nena
    'Time After Time' by Cyndi Lauper
    'Glory Days' by Bruce Springsteen

  • Comment number 41.

    Fridee Greetings Ter Mayo & ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man - WOW whatta party that must 'ave been with all the R2 DJ's/ Broadcasting gods all in one place... 'eard Jo Whiley mention it on 'er most nice show!!!!!!!
    'ad a taste of life at R2 a week ago from this very day 'elping with CIN!!!!!!!
    Wish a worked at Western 'ouse!!!!!!

    Yesterdee for me was a mixed bag cycling wise!!!!!!
    Firstly in the afternoon a raised me seat... Been meaning ter do this for a while as although aready raised ave noticed watching the pros on tv their leg on full extension is nearly straight with the slightest of knee bend!!!!
    Ave noticed am abit cramped cycling so raised me seat 4 inches more... Can nearly not touch the floor but no me leg is similar... Although still slightly more bent than the pros!!!!!!
    Maybe a need a special bigger cycle for me lanky frame!!!!!!!
    Anyway cycling now feels weird from what am used too.... But a guess yer getta bigger arc of the leg and thus more power!!!!!!!!
    Also fixed me cycle computer that stopped working!!!!
    Needed ter get me sensors closer so packed out me frame with abiita old car engine coolant 'ose!!!!!!
    All working now!!!!

    Then later a set off for work for the worst cycle ride of me life!!!!!!!!
    5 mins inter me ride torrential rain against a strong wind.... A couldn't see where a was going with the rain in me face... cycling through puddles that a couldn't see where there.... A thought why am a doing this?????
    Achieving nothing in me cycle training.... Except maybe the experience of learning not ter be stubborn and go out in crazy weather!!!!!!!

    Go to work totally soaked through... Spent the whole of me shift with all me trianers and cycle clothes on the dashboard of me truck with the 'eater full on but with all the windows open!!!!!
    Even drove up the M6 in me socks ter try and get them dry!!!!!!!!!

    Then cycling 'ome in the early 'ours... OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Whatta difference.... Clothes dry and rain now gone.... A really good cycle 'ome!!!!!!
    Near the end a relaised this is gonna be a MEGA time!!!!!!!!!
    Normally a do it in 24 minutes ish... maybe 22 is very fast!!!!!!
    Going in the mad rain and wind it took me 32 minutes... One of me slowest ever times!!!!!!
    In fact a think it was me slowest!!!!!!!

    Me fastest ever is 19mins 52.... A few months ago and a still don't know what came over me as 'ave not been able ter get anywhere near it!!!!!!!
    But last night me second fastest ever.......

    20 mins 39 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe the new cycle postion really does make for a more powerful pedal action!!!!!!!????????????

    1st note to self: NEVER cycle ter work in 'eavy rain... Get the.... train!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2nd note to self: ALWAYS keep an emergency spare pair of Bingo Star socks in me work locker!!!!!!!

    3rd note ter self: When the BBC weather webiste weather map not only shows a continous band of blue and the blue is dark blue and in parts there's dark green to illustrate VERY VERY 'eavy rain... Do NOT even think of cycling!!!!!!!!

    4th note ter self: End the notes ter self now before a forget them due to too many!!!!!!!!!

    'ave a nice Fridee all!!!!!!!

    For my ARF Opener - One of me all time favourite songs that's a guilty pleasure but since they 'ad so many number ones with this song must be a guilty pleasure of many!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And who cares it makes me feel GOOD and raw everytime a 'ear this tune.....

    Europe - The Final Countdown!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 42.

    #11 Deebee, I'm also looking forward to seeing Gambit with the lovely Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz who was very amusing on Graham Norton's show the other night.

    I'm looking forward even more to seeing The Railway Man next year, as Colin was here for 12 days with Nicole Kidman and I saw several of the scenes being filmed... and I had a nice hug from Colin, and I was thinking back to Mr Darcy and the lake scene!


    As Eric Lomax in the Railway Man on moving in day

    Colin with young fans

    Nicole as Patti coming off the beach on day she moved in with Eric


  • Comment number 43.

    Even SpongeBob is uper it... so if it's good enough for 'im... Gotta be good for R2:


    PS SpongeBob big even in Ukraine and Thailand!!!!!! 100% TRUE!!!!

  • Comment number 44.

    Haha... I had to laugh at Molly Coddle's 'Flu Top 10'!!! :o))

  • Comment number 45.

    This won't be played but might suit the weather in some areas this week!


  • Comment number 46.

    hi all
    arf from 1984




  • Comment number 47.

    1984? I could be curmudgeonly and suggest that choosing music from this period is like being stranded in the 7th level of Hell, but it IS Friday, so I’ll simply say it’s a “challenge” (business speak for attempting the impossible!)

    We don’t do many ARFO slowies, which is a shame as either of the following would go down very nicely,

    No More Lonely Nights – Paul McCartney (with THAT Dave Gilmour solo) or
    An Innocent Man – Billy Joel

    So instead, I’ll just throw in the one choice for (the slightly slow-ish)…

    The Killing Moon – Echo & The Bunnymen

    Cheers all,

  • Comment number 48.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Phew! I thought that said "Happy Thong" I nearly choked on my coffee all over Net book.

    Before I select an ARFO song from the year I left School does anyone of you knowledgable lot know why a Sammy tablet cannot open a hotmail account that is used on a laptop. The account is a Windows Live account if it helps. My moms other half bought one and is frustrated about not being able to log in his emails on the tablet?

    Hope you all did not suffer too much in the wind and rain yesterday.

    Now for a 1984 corker.

    REFLEX - Duran Duran
    FOOTLOOSE - Kenny Loggins

    Oh well must step on it as I am wrapping up my audit work in Warwick today before heading to Stafford CC on Monday for 2 weeks.

    Have lovely weekends.

    Love you all.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 49.

    Florence, or any other blogger with an opinion, - I am thinking of buying a Bellowhead CD for the Mr as he loves playing his bodrhain (sp?) in his workshop (not a euphemism!) - he usually accompanies The Chieftains or the like. Any help would be appreciated!


  • Comment number 50.

    A bit late to the blog today

    Not sure if these tunes have already been suggested for todays ARF opener (1984) but would like to add



  • Comment number 51.

    Afternoon all!

    Only an occasional blogger at the moment due to work! Perhaps I should change my name to include that monicker?

    Couldn't resist pooping by today to put a call in for U2 "Pride (In the Name of Love) from the requisite year of course.


  • Comment number 52.

    QUEEN - Hammer to Fall

    LEVEL 42 - Hot Water (my personal preference of my three suggestions)

    GRANDMASTER FLASH - White Lines (Don't Do It)

    Also fancied the Laura Brannigan and Quo suggestions but beaten to it!

  • Comment number 53.

    I don't know why I didn't think of this before:

    HOT WATER - Level 42

    Not sure the NYM/W reads down this far though...


  • Comment number 54.

    #52 Ha! Snap, Sir C - great minds!


  • Comment number 55.

    #47 - I had much the same thoughts as you regarding 1984 (musically at least). However, then along came #51 & #52 suggesting there were at least a couple of decent songs from this year.

    I'd support U2 - Pride (In the name of love) (probably my favourite U2 track) or Level 42 - Hot Water

    Deebee - had you noticed that Mark King is on Ken Bruce's show one day next week ?

    You are all making me feel old - judging by the ages you have all given for 1984, I'm one of the oldest in this group. I turned 25 in October of that year. So, yes, I did just make the 50's (although on of my school friends only appeared with a couple of hours to spare).

  • Comment number 56.

    #49 Jennie, I wouldn't know which album of Bellowhead to suggest because I'm a fairly recent convert to the band, thanks to Simon, Mike Harding and the Folk Awards show etc and I don't have any of their albums, but I listen to them online.

    On their current tour they sing several songs from a 2010 album, 'Hedonism' and quite a few from their current one, 'Broadside'.

    Why don't you check out some of the song titles, find them on YouTube, have a listen and see which you think your husband would like.

    Their recent single from 'Broadside' is '10,000 Miles Away' and gets played a lot on the radio, also 'New York Girls' from Hedonism seems a popular song.... have a look at the listings here and choose some songs to listen to and check out the reviews for some inspiration.



  • Comment number 57.

    #55 According to Twitter he's doing 'tracks of my years' - so he'll be on EVERY day next week! Pity I'm going to be at work...


  • Comment number 58.

    Late and listening to Wittertainment.

    Waiting in Vain - Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Happy Black Friday!
    LB, x

  • Comment number 59.

    Mandy, I also thought the blog title read HAPPY THONG and nearly choked !

    I was 12 in 1984 and dearly loved everything about the music that year :-) You have all chosen some cracking tunes so I will be more than happy with whatever is played. Now all I need to do is get cherub dressed in time after her swimming lesson and rush to the car in time to hear it. Of course my usual method of listening to the opening 15 mins on the i-thingi later on, means I can SKIP the muppets (method in my madness).

    Rainbow weather here in Wigan, sunshine and showers.

  • Comment number 60.

    Got to be 4th OF JULY - AMY MACDONALD.......4th OF JULY come on bloggers - concerted campaign now!

  • Comment number 61.

    #57 Deebee, you can 'listen again' to it after work! :o)

  • Comment number 62.

    A happy thong could be a jolly tune from someone with a lithp.

  • Comment number 63.

    #60 Rev as much as you love it, was Amy Macdonald even born in 1984?

    I think you may have missed a trick yesterday as surely it would have qualified as a THanksgiving tune?


  • Comment number 64.

    #60 Good try Revster, but it doesn't exactly fit the criteria of coming from the year 1984 - in fact Amy MacDonald wasn't even born in 1984. Now who feels old...?

    #61 Ah, but then I'd have to choose between Mark and Simon... tricky one...


    #62 LOL!


  • Comment number 65.

    Hello all!

    Am an even more tickled lurker after yesterday's inaugural mensh (yes Gill you were right). Woo hoo! Makes up for my cowardice in not approaching our leader when he was on his Westcountry jaunt a fortnight ago. Just as well it wasn't this weekend your Lordship as you wouldn't have got very far on the train.

    Congratulations to new grandparents and "how on earth did he get to 18" parents alike. Minilurker no1 will be 18 next year and it only seems 5 minutes ago his Dad and I brought him home from hospital, plonked the car seat carrier thingummy on the carpet in the living room and wondered what the devil to do next. Still must have figured it out somehow because he's now 5'11" and at 6th form college.

    Was a bit underwhelmed with the top songs of 1984 according to W***p***a, but one which is worth a listen IMHO is


    There are a couple of good Queen tracks also but have I detected an anti-Queen bias on the part of the bloggers during my lurking days?

    *lights blue touchpaper and retires*

  • Comment number 66.

    Made it in one piece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Both me mind and me new window!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just finished banging in another new window in me kitchen.... Always alotta tension while trying ter cause as little tension as possible fitting the glazing inter me new pvcu frame.... But made it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Trousers abit brown though.... A think it's from the old timer frame!

  • Comment number 67.

    #65 Only some bloggers, Tickled Lurker. One of the great things about this blog is that we can hold diverse opinions without falling out. Personally, I love a bit of Queen - Master Bee is a massive fan, even though he was only 16 months old when Freddie Mercury passed away, and we went to see them earlier in the year (minus Freddie obviously, although he did put in an 'appearance' thanks to the wonders of digital film). And I've seen 'We Will Rock You' twice.


  • Comment number 68.

    *leaps in from the field*

    Sorry to hear some bloggers are still poorly. Think I'm just the same as Andy Toverson, a little croaky but not really ill.

    Perhaps it was a blessing to have been out in the field today so I didn't have to pick a tune from 1984. Not a good year for me and music wasn't top of my agenda that year.

    After reading how young some blogpoppets were back then, I don't think I'll bother mentioning I was in my early 20s

    #11 Deebee, I'm with you on the Alan Rickman front ;0)

  • Comment number 69.

    I feel ancient ! I was 28 in 1984 - the oldest here today?

    Thanks Florence - I will have a listen when he is out and make a choice.

    #60 - I have mentioned it Revster,- #29- but I don't think we stand much of a chance!


  • Comment number 70.

    #69 Jennie, you are not ancient. Like a wine, one improves with age ;0)

    Well it's time for me to pull on my reflective bib and satchel and skip up the road home. It's really dark out there.

    Good luck with the ARFO everyone!

    *skippety, skip, skippety , skip, skippety, skippety, skip*

    *flicks pigtails*

  • Comment number 71.

    Thanks Shona - that's made me feel a bit better!

    I've just realised that 1984 was half my lifetime ago - good grief!


  • Comment number 72.

    #64 Deebee... I didn't mean listen to Mark 'immediately after work'... I presume you realise you can listen to Ken's show any time up to seven days afterwards, so you could wait until Simon's programme has been on and then have a listen! ;o)

    I wonder what the tracks of his years will be... what do you think he might choose?

  • Comment number 73.

    Well done to Stressed Erica... new ARFO Queen

    I hope this crown works for you...

    /ARFO☆♫•°★°•♫°STRESSED★ERICA☆°•°★°•♫☆ \

  • Comment number 74.

    Ooops... the crown looks wonky... where's Katy when I need her?

    Speakers now turned down before 'that' song appears! :o(

  • Comment number 75.

    Well done Queen Erica!!

    Florence..here it comes...

  • Comment number 76.

    Congratulations Queen Erica-the-Stressed!! Raising a glass of something to you - have a good weekend - you may need to hold on to your crown, I've heard its going to get windy again!

    Have good weekends all x

  • Comment number 77.

    Quite a week for SE - a double mensh and now the ARFO Queen. Congratulations to the 'other Erica'.

  • Comment number 78.

    Thank you, thank you everyone, I'm quite overwhelmed *wafts hand at moist eyes*

    I'd like to thank Mr Mayo, the lovely blogmeisters, my family, especially my children, my dogs, my school teachers and university tutors, my friends and, of course, everybody else who knows me without whom none of this would be possible.....

    Thank you, thank you....

    SE x ;o)

  • Comment number 79.

    Congratulations Queen Erica the Stressed of Double-Menshville!

    Much deserved, top tune.

    Good weekends to all!

  • Comment number 80.

    Well done Queen Erica of Stressland - I think the Pudsey spots that Sal added really set the crown off - hold on tight to it in the grotty weather we are promised this weekend!


  • Comment number 81.

    Woohoo Erica.

    We heard your ARFO on our way home in the car and I was just pooping by to hand over the crown, but see its already nicely in place, dont you look wonderful :)

    Wishing you a stress free weekend.

    I must say, I feel a little light headed now.

    Lots of very 'full' looking rivers while out and about today, I hope everyone gets to where they need to be, safely.

  • Comment number 82.

    Happy late evening to you all! Just got round to reading the blog, as have spent today in Newcastle with the extended family, showing friends from America how terrific this city is. #70 - I hope you are right about the wine, as I was 30 when my youngest son was born, and he is now 36. Think you can all do the maths on this one! So am thinking I'm DEFINITELY the oldest on this blog! Have a great weekend, everyone.

  • Comment number 83.

    I come bearing Wishes of Congratulations for our new Queen - before whom I curtsy deeply.

    However - being very aware of Protocol - Ma'am - I am not sure how I should address you. Is it Queen Stressed Erica? Is it Stressed Queen Erica? Or - now that one is Queen - is one no longer "Stressed"? - Queen Erica? Or being Queen is one even more stressed? - Even More Stressed Queen Erica?

    I await your instructions and remain your obedient servant ..............

  • Comment number 84.

    OOh, a 'who is the oldest blogger challenge'... :O

  • Comment number 85.

    Well, I'm definitely going to have to "listen again". Just so I can take a sample of Simon uttering what was perhaps the finest thing he has ever broadcast. I'll try and make it my ringtone. "Up the Rams".

    And, whilst I'm here, hearty congratulations to our newly crowned stressed Queen.

  • Comment number 86.

    Congratulations Queen Erica! Don't stress too much about looking after the crown. You only have to give it a bit of a polish once a day... Where else can you hear Frankie Goes to Hollywood followed by The Muppets - I love DT!

    #82 CyndyC, I believe you beat the lovely Billie by a couple of years - so yes, you could well be our elder statesblogpoppet. But hey, it's only a number...


    I'm trying a new recipe this evening - prawn linguine with chorizo and tomato sauce. It's one of Lorraine Pascale's. I'll let you know how I get on..


  • Comment number 87.

    Hi CyndyC!

    I think you have just stolen MY Crown!

    I was 64 in July and - for a time - blogged as "Billie 64 and Proud"!

    Watch out for Gazza - currently blogging as "arthurloaf"! He's lovely but a youngster and can he tease!

    Love and kisses to Gazza .................

  • Comment number 88.

    Let it be known that I am plainly a spring chicken, dropped amongst a bloggeration of wrinklies. ;-)

  • Comment number 89.

    That Nice Mr. Carrington is playing Gene Krupa on the drums! He's mentioned in my fave ARFO song - "I AM THE BEAT" by The Look! Shucks!

  • Comment number 90.

    Watch it Paul!!

    And our youngest blogger is....?

    .......someone that made us all chuckle a week or so back!!

  • Comment number 91.

    Meant to say earlier - much earlier - but I forgot. Flo #72 yes I knew that really - actually I will probably 'listen at a time more convenient' during my lunchtimes at work. I don't know what Mark King will choose for his 'tracks of my years', but if it includes Cream's 'I feel free' I won't be surprised. And he's bound to pay homage to at least one of the world's other great bass players - gosh, there are so many to choose from, I couldn't possibly hazard a guess. I'm actually getting quite excited about it...

    My linguine just needs a couple of minutes before it's 'al dente'. And the sauce is smelling good!


  • Comment number 92.

    #83 Billie - have to say I'm quite liking JBG's 'Queen Erica the Stressed of Double-Menshville' - has a certain gravitas, don't you think? Or Jennie's 'Queen Erica of Stressland'?

    Sal, you've done a marvellous job with those spots - so neat (I can see better now it's close up) - I'll try my bestest to keep them nice.

    I'm still in a bit of a daze after my whirlwind week. I must calm down a little. It wouldn't do at all to have a flibbertigibbet on the throne, would it?

    I shall partake of a little alcoholic refreshment to celebrate then retire to my bed early in order that I awake in good spirits, fit and ready to take on my regal duties.

    Have a lovely, and not too stormy, weekend everyone.

    SE xxx

  • Comment number 93.

    Well done Queen Erica of previous Stress and now in Joyland. Enjoy your alcoholic refreshment and have a great weekend.

    Just exactly who is the oldest blogger btw?

    Year of birth on a postcard please..............................;0)

  • Comment number 94.

    #93 - Hmm - 1892?

  • Comment number 95.

    Have great weekends one and all


  • Comment number 96.

    Well done Stressed Erica for the ARF choice, the crown looks good

  • Comment number 97.

    hi all well done on your crown eric

    l was 2 in 1984

    did you here that little girl going to see derby play, poor girl lol.

    love and kisses billie xxx

  • Comment number 98.

    Good Morning!

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