« Previous | Main | Next »

A little bit of politics for you

Simon Mayo | 09:22 UK time, Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Back in the saddle. Back in the smoke. Had a great time in Cornwall and met a stack load of Drivetime listeners as well as, shall we say, future Drivetime listeners (i.e school kids). Via Sherborne, Yeovil, Truro, St Mawes, Exeter, Tregeny and Bude I picked up my own body weight in cream teas and pasties. If there's a health food that Devon and Cornwall specialises in, I wasn't offered any. I don't think there were any bloggers in queues and apologies if I missed you. Didn't hear the show yesterday, I trust all good and lovely and Liza a hoot as usual.
Normal service resumes today with Ben Elton as my guest after 6. He's written a monster of a novel called 'Two Brothers' about , unsurprisingly, two brothers separated by war. They are twins born into the chaos of Weimar Germany with one ending up fighting for Hitler, the other fighting for Britain. Far fetched you might think, apart from the fact that it actually happened to two of Ben's uncles. As such it is the story he's been waiting to write a long time. He's always good company, so hope you enjoy Ben after 6.
And so BROTHERS will work for our oldies today please, which we will scatter liberally over 2 hours.
Have a flamboyant and daring Tuesday, I'm off to watch Twilight. See you after 5.


  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning Simon and Fellow Blog Chums. Glad you had a super time yesterday Simon.


  • Comment number 2.

    Brothers in arms - Dire Straits!

    Morning all :)

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning everyone

    Pleased you had a great time in Cornwall with plenty of pasties and cream teas!

    BROTHERS IN ARMS ~ Dire Straits



    BROTHER MINE ~ Suzanne Vega

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning All

    Quick poop in to say hello!

    SOGGY BOTTOM BOYS - I AM A MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW (from O Brother were art thou)



  • Comment number 5.


  • Comment number 6.

    Morning Simon & lovely folk of the blog

    Good to get back to normal!

    Assorted car tyre related annoyances this morning.




  • Comment number 7.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    How about:

    RUNNING IN THE FAMILY - Level 42 (wah!)


    BROTHERS IN ARMS - Dire Straits




  • Comment number 8.

    Its different for girls - Joe Jackson.

  • Comment number 9.

    One for the HOIB

    TWO LITTLE BOYS - Rolf Harris


  • Comment number 10.




    work beckons..................................

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning all!!
    I'm glad to announce the safe (if early) arrival of Freddie last night, 10.59pm weighing only 5lbs 11oz and looking distictly neanderthal (hairy!!)
    He was due Christmas eve, which made planning who was going to eat xmas dinner & where quite problematic - all now sorted.

    Lovely to hear the theme, as my #1 grandson Alfie has JUST become a BROTHER, so for him any of the above would suit - I'd like to add

    WE ARE FAMILY by Sister Sledge

    Am taking the afternoon off to meet hairy Freddie, so may not be back on t'blog - enjoy having the DT Dude back on the radio peeps.


  • Comment number 12.

    Good morning,

    I know it has already been requested but this song has a special meaning to Mr 41 (39 actually):

    BROTHERS IN ARMS by Dire Straits

    A tenuous link but this song has the word "brothers" in the lyrics:


    Probably way too tenuous but this one fits Ben Elton's book:

    TWO TRIBES by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

    Must dash... Off to do our Children in Need coffee morning. Chocolate rice krispie (other cereals are available etc etc...) cakes and fairy cakes iced by toddlers all round then.

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 13.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and pasty-stuffed bloggers,

    Glad you're back and things will be as normal at 5:05. Normal is good.



    HE WAS MY BROTHER - Simon & Garfunkel

    BOYS DON'T CRY - The Cure

    BOYS WILL BE BOYS - The Ordinary Boys

    and finally, if you can bear it....

    TWO LITTLE BOYS - Rolf Harris

    MY BROTHER - Terry Scott

    *makes swift exit*

  • Comment number 14.

    #11 Suzieeee, Congratulations! Wonderful news. Enjoy meeting Freddie and please give big brother Alfie a kiss from me.x

    #9 Oh Deebee. You've set me off now. My brother and his friend acted out this song at his school Christmas concert one year. Not a dry eye in the house.

  • Comment number 15.

    Congratulations Suzieeeeeee on your new grandson's arrival.. a good theme for you!

    BLOOD BROTHERS ~ Bruce Springsteen

    BROTHER LOUIS ~ Hot Chocolate

  • Comment number 16.



  • Comment number 17.

    Good morning all

    '(and like my brother above who took a rebel stand. He was just 18 proud and brave but a Yankee laid him in his grave)'



  • Comment number 18.

    PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM - Elton John (Philadelphia means "City of brotherly love")

    And Congrats to Suziiiieeeeee!

    Must be orf now.


  • Comment number 19.

    Someone to watch over me .......

    Either by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sting, Barbara Streisand, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, Rod Stewart, Amy Winehouse or a beautiful version by Sting.

  • Comment number 20.

    What wonderful news Suzieeeee, congratulations all round.

    Julia, I hope your 'visit' yesterday was as stress free as possible!!

    The binmen, waste collectors, what ever is the correct terminolgy these days, have just been, in short sleeves!! The Postie was still in shorts too the other day.

    The 'sunny side up' in me likes to think that next month, the days start getting longer again!

    Happy Days :)

  • Comment number 21.

    BROTHER, BROTHER ~ Carole King

  • Comment number 22.

    #13 JBG - As I've said elsewhere this morning I love that Terry Scott record, takes me back to being little! "Come on before you fall down the hole in the middle" Explain that line to the MP3 generation!

    More Brother bands rather than tunes

    (Last 2 are a bit of a bid for the HOIB really)



  • Comment number 23.

    Hi All!

    Daniel - Elton John

    Have a good morning and #11 Suzieeee, Congratulations to you and family!
    LB, x

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Phew! stressed morning....basically i am never ever going to obey my satnav again, i am going to go my way which is the best way!!! Too many traffic lights today already!!!

    Bet you CIN helpers are looking forward to Friday.

    Simon, did you not visit Perranporth? appears idyllic on photographs!

    Now choons:

    1. HE AINT HEAVT HE'S MY BROTHER - The Hollies
    2. The Harder I try - BROTHER BEYOND#
    3. When will i be famous - BROS
    4. LIKE SISTER AND BROTHER - The Drifters
    5. BROTHERS IN ARMS - Dire Straits
    6. BROTHER LOUIE - Modern Talking or Hot Chocolate
    7. SON OF MY FATHER - Chicory Tip
    8. Harvest For the World - ISLEY BROTHERS
    9. Easy on your yourself - WALKER BROTHERS
    10. Listen to the music -THE DOOBIE BROTHERS

    Oh well must fly


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 25.

    Suzy – how wonderful! I was so pleased to read your news and how considerate of Freddie to arrive in time not to disrupt your CiN plans. Have a wonderful afternoon meeting him.

    I’m still thinking about Eggs Benedict.

    MAY YOU NEVER – JOHN MARTYN (“Your just like a great strong brother of mine and you know that I love you true”)


    (NICE DREAM) – RADIOHEAD (“They love me like I was a brother”)


    NEIGHBOURHOOD #2 (LAIKA) – ARCADE FIRE ("Alexander, our older brother")

  • Comment number 26.

    Whose gonna take the blame? - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles!

  • Comment number 27.

    Congratulations to Granny Suzieeeee! But you are far too young to be a grandmother...

    #12 Surely Mr41 must be 40 at least by now..?

    #14 When Rolf Harris was at Proms in the Park he sang 'Two Little Boys' - by the end of it there wasn't a dry eye in Hyde Park!

    Has anyone suggested



  • Comment number 28.

    It wasn't me! - Shaggy.

  • Comment number 29.

    Who was it? - Hurricane Smith.

  • Comment number 30.

    Congratulations Suzieeeee! That is lovely news and hope mum and baby Freddie are doing well. X

    Trying to finish off a few things at work this morning as I am out in the field for much of the afternoon today and all day tomorrow. Then a train to catch on Thursday and I'm sure I have something in the diary for Friday.........................

  • Comment number 31.

    Good Morning Each!
    'My Brudda Sylveste' by The Houghton Weavers

    'My Bruvva' by Terry Scott

    Yeah, sorry 'bout that ;0)

  • Comment number 32.

    'Brother can you spare me a dime?' by George Michael?

    Definitely not here now!

  • Comment number 33.

    Morning all

    I hope all is well. What wonderful news Suziiiieeee :))

    Brother Can You Spare a Dime - any version but I'm particularly partial to George Michael's one
    Blood on Blood - Bon Jovi

    I'll also second all the votes for:
    Brothers in Arms - Dire Straights
    Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show - Neil Diamond

  • Comment number 34.

    You've got a friend - James Taylor.

  • Comment number 35.

    Good morning all - the sunshine could best be described as 'watery' today but it is trying.



    are the ones that immediately spring to mind but then they've probably sprung to everyone else's mind too - off to read back to find out!

    Weigh-in was succesful - another lb has disappeared into the ether - onwards and downwards.......


  • Comment number 36.

    Just popped in to suggest, in no hope whatsoever of it being played:


    Not yet read back so apols if I am nicking someone else's choice.

  • Comment number 37.


    Celtic Soul Brothers - Dexys Midnight Runners

    He was my Brother - Simon & Garfunkel

    Brother loves travelling salvation show - Neil Diamond

    Me, my Mom, my Dad and My Brother - The Wonderstuff

    He ain't heavy he's my Brother - The Housemartins

  • Comment number 38.

    #11 - congratulations Suzieeeeeeeeeeeee and welcome to little 'hairy Fredddie'! So very considerate of him to arrive early and make life easier over Christmas!! ;0)

    Off for an early lunch - I'm starving today - no breakfast on weighing day...


  • Comment number 39.

    #36 Tickled Lurker - there is always hope! And never worry about suggesting something that has been suggested already; lots of songs get suggested multiple times.

  • Comment number 40.

    BROTHER IN HEAVEN ~ Alan Parsons Project

    BROTHER LOVER ~ Colin Blunstone

    BROTHER TRUCKER ~ James Taylor (for Sal)

  • Comment number 41.

    I know it's NOt the obvious choice but:
    He ain't heavy he's my brother by CHER or the Housemartins
    Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits

  • Comment number 42.

    hi all

    brother louie-hot chocolate

    he ain't heavy he's my brother-the hollies

    we are family-sister slegde

    family affair-sly and the family stone

  • Comment number 43.

    "Caravan of Love" by The Housemartins.


  • Comment number 44.

    Oooh - Lonely Boy by Andrew Gold... think that'd work?? xXx

  • Comment number 45.

    Afternoon Greetings Ter Mayo Man & ALL...

    Bingo Star'ere...

    Firstly a just wanted ter say me prediction of who would win The BBC New Comedy Award was most accurate!!!!!!!!
    A banged on CLP's blog last night an 'our before who they announced as the winner!!!!!!!
    Not that am boasting..... Actually yes DAMN IT I am boasting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    YES I AM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    When it comes ter comedic judgment and interlec ('ave a spelt interlec correctly??? A don't now, sorry know!!!!) a am a man who nows things that others may now, sorry know!!!!!!
    So who is the winner yer may ask!!!!!!????@?
    A will tell yer as she is VERY talented.... More so than previous winners and like me predictions that Rita Ora, Jessie J, Emile Sande would all become 'ouse'old names (the evidence is all on this blog and CLP's in the archives) (and DAMN IT yes a am boasting!!!!).....
    The winner from 'ull is.... Remember this name many of yer will 'ave 'eard this name 'ere for the first time.... But for sure all of yer will now, sorry know 'er name by this time in 2 years!!!!!!!!! (provided the world doesn't end of December 21st as predicted by The Mayans) (no wonder the BIG supermarkets 'ave started their Crimbo campains, and yes a did mean camPAINs early!!!!!!)
    Soz a will get on with the name of the name........

    LUCY BEAUMONT from 'ull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok onter other things of nice:

    Mayo Man - Firstly - DON'T smoke.... Am worried when yer read yer back in the smoke!!!!!!!
    It's not good for yer 'ealth or yer wealth pal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Secondly - Don't get me started on politics.... Or a will end up going off on one VERY much like The Elton (Ben noot John!!!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!!!!@!

    Thirdly - My show tune brothers related would be....

    BROS - CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (As The Elton can scare a few in Westminster!!!!!)

    All the above.... Glad ter 'elp!

  • Comment number 46.

    Soz just read me blog back.... Should 'ave done so before posting the post.... As alot of it doesn't make sense!!!!!!
    Bad grammar, punctuation, speelling etc.... Soz a put it down ter being on nights and a difficult upbringing in me childhood!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Not me parents fault just a poor school with a poor english teacher!!!!!!!!
    Not that the english teacher was poor.... A think she was on a good salary judging by 'er new car!!!!!!!!!! (and that was in the dees before yer could getta new car for twen pound a week on a 4 year option deal) (the option deal being yer buy a new car but yer ave noot bought... Yer give us aload of money for 4 years.... And at the end of the 4 years yer either buy the damn thing then at an inflated price or 'and the keys back and yerv goot noot for yer money!!!!) (except rented a car for 4 years!!!!!!) (which looking on the brightside is cheaper than going ter 'ertz if yer gonna take out a 4 year rental!!!!!).

    Tatty bye!

  • Comment number 47.

    Afternoon all

    Too late to make any chon choices, but just wanted to say Congratulations to Granny Suzieeee! Hope Mum and Freddie are doing well.

    Will try to be back later, but like Shona, I'm trying to cram a full weeks' work into 3 days!

    Tortie x

  • Comment number 48.

    #43 Simon - Good choice, I was listening to it on Sunday but it didn't occur to me this morning.

    #30 Shona – oooohhh can I guess what you are doing on Friday …. I think you are going to see the new Twilight movie? Am I right?

    I’m looking forward to Twilight – I was a bit sniffy about the books until I was forced to read one for my bookclub. Nothing life changing - just hugely entertaining - as are the films. I will wait until all the teenage hysteria has died down before I go and see it though.

    The only interesting trailer last night was the Coen Brothers remake of Gambit with Colin Firth – but not sure which side of the funny / too daft line it falls though.

  • Comment number 49.

    In memory of yesterdays Pointless (which is always on in the background while drivetime is on)
    The round was hits from the late 80 by Stock Atkin & Waterman. Distressingly I got all the answers right!.
    Should I be proud of this fact?

  • Comment number 50.

    Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits
    Anything by the Dodge Brothers

  • Comment number 51.

    #45 Heard a bit of the comedy awards last night too Bingo and your post made me laugh so perhaps you should go in for the awards next year????

    #47 Tortie, it may be hard tying up loose ends but it's exciting too ;0)

    #48 Amelia I saw a trailer for Twilight when I went to see James Bond. Not a series of films I had heard about before (don't get out much) But no, not Twilight on Friday.......*excited*

    #49 Gill, Rebecca would have been proud of you!

  • Comment number 52.

    My #36 - have just re-read the lyrics and realised not at all suitable for a tea-time show (although very funny).

    #11 Suzieeee - congratulations on new arrival!

  • Comment number 53.

    Hello all

    sorry to pop in on your all - my normal blog is closed :-(

    Can I ask you lovely blog poppets to call on Friday and donate for the children in need music marathon? Anhd when you do, say blog poppet so we know who you are!!! Also for each blog poppot I will donate to CIN - and twice as much if you talk to me .......

    So get calling and speak to you Friday

    Super Bagpuss

  • Comment number 54.

    Whato Blogpoppets.

    Late in the day for suggestions but I'll third/fourth Brothers in Arms. Fab Song.

    Three worder...

    Home-made mincepies...yum!



  • Comment number 55.

    Just put my "Out of Office" on the work e-mail saying I won't be back til next Tuesday. *jumps for joy*

    Skipping out to the field for the rest of the day and a late finish ;(

    Catch you all later

    *skippety, skip*

  • Comment number 56.

    Thats quite some route you covered yesterday Simon.

    I've got lost after Exeter though ;)

  • Comment number 57.

    Here's a bargain if ever I saw one....


  • Comment number 58.

    Mr Allinson and I have finished the weekly shop and excellent he was too, if I may say. He played loads of 'classic' choons which shouldn't be messed with and/or covered - last hour of Sundays show if anyone is interested.

    And now, on to Mr Mayo - my Mr is playing with fire out in the garden - a chimenea which I bought him for his birthday is being christened so goodness only knows what time he will be in!

    What is it with men and fire?


  • Comment number 59.

    Well done Shona, Autumn Gale and Phil Mewis - menshees heard so far

    Shona was for The Hollies and I can't remember the other two - sorry! No mensh for My brother Jake.

    Update on the fire - he wants to know if he can have another hour so that means he won't be in much before 8 - he says a time and I double it - usually works.....


  • Comment number 60.

    Where has everyone gone?

    Simon just played 'Like sister and brother' but I didn't catch any names.


  • Comment number 61.

    Cant he cook you something for dinner while he's out there Jennie?

  • Comment number 62.

    That's not a bad idea, Sal but I suspect it would be even later!

  • Comment number 63.


  • Comment number 64.

    Evening! Am miles away from home for a few days away in the Peak District with Mr H. Have got wi-fi in the pub so just pooped by to say congrats to Shona W, Phil, Autumn Gale and the lovely PSL for menshes. Didn't catch any others so congrats to those who I have missed out and to Deebee for her OSM for Level 42.

    3 sleeps until CiN.....

  • Comment number 65.

    Did I miss a menshe? Was working late and then had so much to do in prep for travelling south. Must listen back on ithingymajigger.

    Well done to everyone else for menshes too.

    Won't see you tomorrow and as from Thursday no Internet access as it drains my phone to within an inch of it's life. Happy choon chasing and will poop on in the evening once I'm packed. *jumps for joy*

  • Comment number 66.

    #63 - ???

  • Comment number 67.

    #63 Ah, I now see why GoodChild#3 was smirking and asking when I would be using my laptop again.

    What a prankster. Such laughter. Such fun. Oh how my sides are splitting. (But not as much as his will be when I see him in the morning).

  • Comment number 68.

    Hee hee John.

    Tell him next time he drops by, that we are a captive audience.

    Actually, could he be our youngest blogger?

  • Comment number 69.

    Little treasure!

    Have a great time in the big smoke, Shona and takes loads of bids for loads of money - and everyone else travelling to London for CiN - good luck!!

    Enjoy the rest of your evenings, everyone - (Mr has finally finished playing with fire and has reappeared. He did come in for his dinner and then disappeared again)


  • Comment number 70.

    hi all

    @49 gill i watch pointless i have it recorded each day on sky+so watch it when i finish work i also have deal or no deal recorded each day i like pointless i got a few pointless answers yesterday,i didnt get brother beyond but knew all the others,i used to have a 12 inch version of pat and mick singing use it up,wear it out it relesed to help london kids if i remember,i also got a pointless answer with the word ending ball i said sleazeball it it was pointless,i wont to go on pointless.

  • Comment number 71.

    #63 #67 Oh dear John. Is that what they call being fraped? I have no idea but laughed at the thought of your youngster doing that! X

    A bit late in the night for me to be blogging but can't sleep. Thank you Jennie for the good wishes for the big smoke this weekend. I am soooooo looking forward to it all. Nearly packed too!

    Sweet dreams everyone!

  • Comment number 72.

    John - don't be too hard on him - my day has been PANTS - the puncture this morning was the least bad thing that happened. But I am now lying here giggling to myself so thank you!

    I did wonder for a minute were you expressing mild disappointment at no mention for your Free choice!

    Not had a chance to listen to the show - off to catch up now - well done to all those who got a mention.

    Tomorrow is going to be pants too but going to London on Thursday will make everything ok. Have I mentioned I love airports? No really, I do.

    Night all, tune choosing tomorrow possible but not probable.

  • Comment number 73.

    Ha! Shona wwwwwwww was your mention.

  • Comment number 74.

    i see all bbc radios stations are doing something at 5.33 its about the bbc radio at 90,
    does anyone remember the first show on the radio lol.

  • Comment number 75.

    Morning all

    Shona - I hope you get the chance to check in before you head off. Have a wonderful time :))

    Amelia - sorry to hear you're having a pants couple of days.

    Very busy here so didn't catch the show at all yesterday except 20mins between 6.30 & 6.50 when I was driving home - I didn't hear any menshes though.

    We're doing 'pyjamas for Pudsie' today, so I still feeling as though I should be in bed. You can't underestimate the psychological effect of putting on smart clothes and strapping on a pair of stilettoes to get you in the 'work' frame of mind.

  • Comment number 76.

    Morning all

    Well, I haven't managed to listen to last night's episode, but it looks like a "meh" night for the blog, with a few OSM's flying around. Quiet on the blog too.

    GoodBoy#3 has been chastised - although not very much as it made me giggle too, wondering what you were all thinking. #71 Shona - yes, I've been officially fraped.

    90 years of the BBC today, and it seems his Lordship is at the Science Museum. How ironic for this anniversary to come in a week when the BBC is making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. (Although I can't help thinking there are too many journalists caught in their own bubble reporting it like a major world crisis. Just get on and do your jobs and broadcast some stuff please - you're not saving lives or delivering world peace)

    Anyway, must get on. Amelia, hope you day is better than yesterday!

  • Comment number 77.

    Morning all!
    There is was an extra-ordinary René Magritte quality to the sky this morning at 7.30am

    A style copied so reverently on Jackson Browne's LP (can we still say LP??) Late for the sky.

    Anywho, enough bantering on about skies, Grandson Freddie is visited and held - and he's being tube fed (only 5lb 11oz) as he shows no sign of demanding food - but still recovering for his early arrival, I guess. If they bring food to him, he may well be there till he's about 16!

    Sometime yesterday I lost my work card (to get in, lock bike away, buy food/drink) as I remember taking it off at some stage so it wasn't in the photos - plz can you all look out for it?

    Tak, as they say in 'The Killing' or 'The Bridge' (Killing 3 back on TV this Saturday!!)

    Laters, over the page.

  • Comment number 78.

    Good morning all - cloudy but mild day

    Hope your day is better today Amelia!

    I'm glad #3Good child didn't get too much of a telling-off - I think it made most of us chuckle!

    See you over the page.


  • Comment number 79.

    #75 Stilettos? work? those words rarely coincide in my workplace - how do the boys feel about gals turning up in stilettos? Ah, yes, ok fair point.
    Not great cycling gear stilettos, they can get stuck in the pedal and you come acropper. That's my excuse anyway.


  • Comment number 80.

    #63 #67 it could have been so very very much worse!!

  • Comment number 81.

    Good morning everyone

    I've just been listening to Chris Evans' programme with the fund-raising for Children in Need and people have been invited to text in for the dine, disco and Gary Barlow in CE's pub and the cost of the text is £2.50 but only about £1.50 goes to CiN, so where does the rest go?

    I have texted The One Show for their youngsters' Rickshaw Ride challenge and the whole of the cost of the text goes to CiN, so I wonder why this doesn't happen on CE's show....

    I hope everyone who will be answering the phones on Friday enjoys themselves.


  • Comment number 82.

    Glad Simon you enjoyed your time down here in the West Country.

    On the food front, our healthier diet options come in the form of freshly caught fish, crab etc. (although most locals still buy theirs from supermarkets, I suspect). Devon and Cornwall do have some wonderful meat producers. the Tamar valley is well known for its soft fruit production and both Devon and Cornwall have highly successful vineyards.

    Clotted Cream and Cornish Pasties are pretty awesome however.


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.