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Simon Mayo | 08:24 UK time, Monday, 26 November 2012

Grim old train journey this. Dark clouds, huddled travellers. However, heading for the bright lights of Winchester with a song in my heart and a bacon roll in my stomach. My relentless cheerfulness will get them in the end.
A weekend when I finally pressed 'send' on book 2 and of hoping it doesn't come back with a 'see me' attached. I also had to write the acknowledgements in double quick time and I'm now hoping I haven't forgotten anyone. Then it's the dedication. Much angst. The last book was dedicated to child3 so should I do child 2? Child 1? All 3? Maybe wife1. Or Tottenham Hotspur FC. Or the drivetime bloggers maybe...that needs to go today too...too much indecision is not good for you..
Today we welcome the rather clever Michael Morpurgo to Drivetime. One of our best-loved authors and storytellers, he has had over 120 books published, been children's laureate and received the MBE in 2006. Warhorse has been such a huge hit for him-the latest production is wonderful-and Private Peaceful is about to be a movie as well. He has 2 new books out 'A Medal for Leroy' and 'Where My Wellies Take Me'; a novel and a poetry anthology respectively. And he's good company too. And we should do STORYTELLER oldies please.
Have a smart and ingenious Monday. See you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Ray Davies 'Storyteller'. (I confess I cheated and looked this subject up.) Still have a feeling there must be some folk song with a title like this somewhere. I'm probably wrong though.

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon and Everyone

    Off to think about story telling but the first song that jumped to mind was

    VINCENT - DON MACLEAN

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    #Storytelleroldies

    NEVERENDING STORY - Limahl

    STORY - Maroon 5

    LIVE TO TELL - Madonna

    EVERY DAY I WRITE THE BOOK - Elvis Costello

    PAPERBACK WRITER - Beatles

    STORYTELLING - Belle and Sebastian

    WONDEROUS STORY - Yes

    Hi ho, hi ho...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning All;

    Wet and grey here, and the weather's not so good either! *Boom Tish*

    A book dedication, eh? I think probably best make sure all children (and wives) are included, just to be on the safe side.

    Oldie suggestions... Now I don't know if I'm interpreting the theme right, but I'm going for songs that tell a story...

    EMMA - HOT CHOCOLATE

    ELEANOR RIGBY - THE BEATLES

    THE SNAKE - AL WILSON

    ODE TO BILLIE JOE - BOBBIE GENTRY

    UP THE JUNCTION - SQUEEZE

    Maybe I should think of songs with story in the title. :-/

  • Comment number 5.

    Zoe, I'm with you thinking of songs that tell a story. Imagine Simon even considering dedicating his book to blog poppets....................

    18 YELLOW ROSES - BOBBY DARREN

    THE UNICORN - THE BACHELORS

  • Comment number 6.

    Good morning everyone

    I hope the floods are subsiding as it sounds like some areas have been dreadful.
    Very cold, dry and windy here but it sounds like rain is heading north!

    FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK ~ The Pogues

    NEVER ENDING STORY~ Limahl

    A WINTER'S TALE ~ David Essex

    EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY ~ Rod Stewart

    WHEN I WRITE THE BOOK ~ Huey Lewis and The News

    WORDS ~ The Bee Gees

  • Comment number 7.

    #5 Shona - Great minds think alike! ;-)

    More songs that tell a story...

    CAT'S IN THE CRADLE - HARRY CHAPIN

    COWARD OF THE COUNTY - KENNY ROGERS

    A BOY NAMED SUE - JOHNNY CASH

    PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE - THE TEMPTATIONS

    COME DANCING - THE KINKS

    COPACABANA - BARRY MANILOW

  • Comment number 8.

    BANKS OF THE OHIO - ONJ

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning all on another wet and dreary day. Thinking particularly of those who are suffering from the effects of flooding, all around the country. Hope all good bloggerfolk had a good weekend.

    On a train to Winchester you say Simon? Perhaps the length of the journey (and definitely the bacon roll) will provide the perfect setting to work on the dedication - maybe make a shortlist and then have another look at it on the way back home again - and don't forget whoever it was who invented sherbert lemons, in your deliberations!

    As usual, am suffering from Monday morning brain freeze (which generally lasts for a further few days) so can only come up with one song - the title doesn't give anything away but the song tells a story particularly well.

    UP THE JUNCTION - SQUEEZE

    Righto, off to work on my long list of jobs. See you soon x

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Only had 3 hours sleep as I was prepping for todays audit at Stafford, worked 5 and a half hours the weekend as I have Wednesday off for another interview and need to ensure I get a full day in that I would lose! Wanted to Zzzzzzzz on trains but really short journeys!

    Oooooh a Bloggers dedication, how cool would that be, but I think the family should be 1st Simon!

    Now choons:

    1. NEVER ENDING STORY - Limahl
    2. WONDROUS STORIES - YES
    3. CATS IN THE CRADLE - Al Stewart ????
    4. UNDER YOUR THUMB - Godley and Creme
    5. CAMOFLAGE - Stan Ridgway
    6. WINTERS TALE - David Essex
    7. STORY OF THE BLUES - The Might Wah
    8. TELL HER ABOUT IT - Billy Joel
    9. HERE'S WHERE THE STORY ENDS - Tin Tin Out
    10. LONELY BOY - Andrew Gold

    Oh well must fly

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 11.

    Cześc all

    BUCKS FIZZ - LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE

  • Comment number 12.

    Good morning all - it poured with rain overnight but has stopped for the moment.

    Storyteller choons ........mmm

    How about a part of the new WAR OF THE WORLDS - not sure which bit! Or play the whole thing and that would be Drive Time sorted!

    jw

  • Comment number 13.

    ADELE - J K ROWLING IN THE DEEP

  • Comment number 14.

    CLIFF RICHARD - LIVING DAHL

  • Comment number 15.

    Is this classed as a story or tale?

    BRIGHT EYES ~ Art Garfunkel

  • Comment number 16.

    BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE - from KISS ME KATE

    JW

  • Comment number 17.

    If you want songs that tell a story, how about

    LENINGRAD - Billy Joel

    or

    COPACABANA - Barry Manilow

    A dedication to the bloggers would be lovely Simon, but maybe not the most appropriate - different parts of your world. Although some of us have read the first book. Maybe it should be dedicated to all the schoolchildren you have visited. Not necessarily by name...

    :o)

  • Comment number 18.

    AMERICAN PIE - DON MCCLEAN "A long, long time ago ......................"

    JW

  • Comment number 19.

    By the way, forgot to say how much the Hoffs household is looking forward to tonight's show. We are the 'Morpurgo Massive'! We were introduced to Mr Morpurgo when Teen Hoffs was very small and we listened to a story tape of 'Adolphus Tips'. We were hooked. Mr Morpurgo writes books in such a way that both adults and children can enjoy them and take so much from them, on different levels. Teen Hoffs and I read 'Private Peaceful' several years ago - he would read one chapter to me and then I would read to him in return. We both cried buckets at the end but, I think, for different reasons, because of our differing levels of understanding of the story. We are now planning to go to see the film together. May need tissues.

    Mr Morpurgo's books have always featured heavily when it comes to Chr***mas requests and this year is no exception with Master Hoffs asking for 'Medal for Leroy'.

    Won't say any more apart from to recommend 'Born to Run' (esp for blogger dog lovers), 'Alone on a Wide Wide Sea' (my favourite) and 'Kensuke's Kingdom (the No 1 in the Hoffs family Morpurgo Top Ten).

    Oh yes, and if you get a chance to listen to or read what Mr Morpurgo said in his Dimbleby Lecture last year, I would definitely recommend that you take it.

    One more thing - we still love 'Itch'!

  • Comment number 20.

    EXCERPT FROM A TEENAGE OPERA - KEITH WEST

  • Comment number 21.

    Amelia, what a lovely picture from yesterday's blog and a lovely chum to keep you company too!.

  • Comment number 22.

    Morning all!
    Well done Simon finishing off the old 2nd toom, any plans for a 3rd??? Id make sure your cherubs are catered for on the dedecation front ~ wouldent want any sibling rivalry now would we.

    I do rather like Michael Morpugo books, even if I am a 'little' out of the predicted reading age. Cherub was bought Kasper the King of Cats a couple of birthdays ago which I read to her, and last year while in hospital with the old war wound, I read Born to Run. Hubbs now desperate to be a 'Writer in residence' at ANY hotel :-)

    Having trouble with insperation. Perhaps it will hit me laters.
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 23.

    CLARA - Martyn Joseph (Songs for the Coming Home)
    DIC PENDERYN - Martyn Joseph (Far from Silent)
    THE MAYOR OF CANDOR LIED - Martyn Joseph (Run to Cover)

    oh and while I'm here Simon, just thought I'd ask...any chance of playing a Martyn Joseph song today. Thanks

  • Comment number 24.

    What say,
    TO CUT A LONG SOTRY SHORT - SPANDAU BALLET
    Not nearly enough short stories around (said the wife of the writer trying to get a collection of short stories taken up) :-)
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 25.

    Good morning all

    Bright but chilly here this morning

    LIVING FOR THE CITY - STEVIE WONDER

    and if its still not banned bu the BBC
    ARNOLD LAYNE - PINK FLOYD

  • Comment number 26.

    Morning Simon & everyone

    Sun forecast for later, dreich at the moment


    EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK - ELVIS COSTELLO

    RIP IT UP (AND START AGAIN) - ORANGE JUICE

    STORYTELLING - BELLE & SEBASTIAN

    LOST FOR WORDS - SQUEEZE

    THE BOXER - SIMON & GARFUNKEL

    HIGHWAY PATROLMAN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    LOSING IT - RUSH

    WHEN I WRITE THE BOOK - NICK LOWE

    SCOTLAND’S STORY - THE PROCLAIMERS

    HOWS ABOUT TELLIN’ A STORY - DEVENDRA BANHART

  • Comment number 27.

    A few more....

    HARPER VALLEY PTA - JEANNE C RILEY

    IN THE GHETTO - ELVIS

    That'll do - off to do the chores

    JW

  • Comment number 28.

    Morning all.

    If I had words - Yvonne Keeley and Scott Fitzgerald.

    I could have sworn it was Boney M or similar... goes off to google further..

  • Comment number 29.

    Hello all

    BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE - Georgie Fame

    I can see that Simon is always expecting his homework to be marked - a feeling I recognise so well and one that is a lasting effect of perpetual testing on a conscientious child! In my late twenties I found myself psyching up for non-existent exams as a result of taking them every year from the age of 11 to 26. Summer = exams. Palov's dog had nothing on me!

    Similarly, September brings on a desire for sharpened pencils and exercise books.

    No it's all right, I know there's no hope!

  • Comment number 30.

    BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN = MARIANNE FAITHFUL

    JACK AND DIANE - JOHN MELLENCAP

    BIGGEST NIGHT OF HER LIFE - HARPERS BIZARRE

    LONG SHOT KICKED DE BUCKET - THE PIONEERS

  • Comment number 31.

    Good morning all,

    #storytelling oldies:

    bit of an eclectic mix here:

    What's The Story Morning Glory - Oasis

    Streets Of London - Ralph McTell

    Classic - Adrian Gurvitz

    Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush


    mc x

  • Comment number 32.

    MY BOOK - THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH

    THE BOOKLOVERS - THE DIVINE COMEDY (I know!)

  • Comment number 33.

    No JBG today? I would have expected him to at the very least pop in and suggest:

    GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES - Cher

    ;o)

    I regret to say that Michael Morpurgo has so far passed me by. I have heard of him - I knew that he wrote 'War Horse' - but I have never read any of his stories. Must do something to rectify that. Maybe I'll start with Hoffs' suggestion of 'Born to Run' - although I have to ask at the outset: does it have any sad bits in it? I can't cope with stories where bad things happen to dogs...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 34.

    Bookends - Simon & Garfunkel

    The Book I Read - Talking Heads

  • Comment number 35.

    Weather report from Exeter:

    Some blue sky, dry at the moment, light winds, water levels receding.

    The fatal tree incident was very shocking. Poor woman. No doubt urgent inspections today by tree surgeons as there are many trees at the side of a very busy road. And commiserations to all those who have been affected in any way by the weather.

  • Comment number 36.

    Morning all

    Feeling a bit under the weather today (entirely self-inflicted I hasten to add: I'd severely under-estimated the effect losing a couple of stone has on one's tolerance for red wine!)

    I've read a few MM books and thoroughly enjoyed them - one particularly memorably on a school trip to the Isles of Scilly where we read to the children each evening from "When the Whales Came".

    Oldies - well I think second the choices for:
    To Cut a Long Story Short - Spandau Ballet
    A Winter's Tale - David Essex

    I'll also add for stories which tell a story
    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Joan Baez / The Band

  • Comment number 37.

    A song that tells a story:

    Living For The City - Stevie Wonder

  • Comment number 38.

    The Diary of Horace Wimp - ELO.

  • Comment number 39.

    Once Upon A Time - Simple Minds

    William
    x

  • Comment number 40.

    Morning Warmth Ter Mayo Man & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man - Don't let the miserable people get yer down... Am continually fighting them off meself trying ter stay me nataural positive and 'appy self with a comdeic streak!!!!!!!!!!
    INDEED A only write on this blog not ter be an idiot or mess about but ter try and make a few people smile of which a love making people smile 'ence a love blogging in this bit of the www.
    Also maybe they're jealous that yer work at R2... A know a am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!!@!@!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!

    Talking of which...

    A see Mel C arriving at Radio 2 last week for the Music Marathon gig with Lex Bruce came a right 'cropper' 'ere.... A can see behind 'er it looks like a most proud of Mel Roy Cropper maybe taking time out from trainspotting at Fenchurch Street Station and filming at Corrie.... And regular face outisde R2... >>> :

    http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/mel-c-nails-cosy-knit-radio-2-162100068.html

    PS Story Oldies:

    Oasis - What's The Story Morning Glory!!!!!!!

    or

    Mark Knoppfleler - Jeremaih Dixon!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 41.

    My goodneeeeeessssss that was a morning blog too but only by a whiskey of the GMT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry whisker!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 42.

    Even after all these years there is something about waiting for something to be marked that is exciting and terrifying.

    I can’t wait for Itch Rocks - can I start lobbying now for our glorious leader to read the audiobook?

    #19 Hoffs - great post! Lack of children means Michael Morpurgo has rather passed me by but your enthusiasm makes me want to go and read some of his books. I’ve always thought a good book is a good book regardless of the “target audience”. I loved the Hunger Games trilogy (and of course Itch!) Alone on a Wide Wide Sea sounds wonderful.

    #21 Shona - thank you! The borrowed dog has a thing for apples, I am being stared at as I type and crunch, he will have to wait for the core.

    #36 Autumn Gale - sorry you are not feeling great, even if it is self-inflicted!

    The Bell X1 gig on Friday was great. I’ve seen them loads, usually when they are going full band shows, Friday was semi-acoustic. The frontman, Paul Noonon has a fantastically sexy voice. Musically they are a bit of everything, pop, rock, electronic but always with clever lyrics and great tunes. They have been compared to Radiohead & Talking Heads but more pop.

    http://youtu.be/vuvmxm-0U8E

    Video is from Friday night - first time I have uploaded one so hopefully working ok. Not really that representative but I was so caught up in the gig I forgot to take a video earlier. Those of you who have been (un)lucky enough to be at events with me will know my “being at the front” obsession, especially true at gigs.

    From previous blogs

    shefsmog - I spent quite a bit of time working in North Lincolnshire when I lived in England.

    Jennie Wren - you were asking about Bellowhead - I have their 2 most recent albums Broadside and Hedonism; I would recommend either of them although I think I prefer the earlier one Hedonism but that is probably just because I’ve listened to it more - I am not expert but the songs have a fantastic energy and life about them that I love.

  • Comment number 43.

    Morning All,

    'My Book' Beautiful South
    'Don't Believe A Word' Thin Lizzy

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 44.

    I saw that Fella outside Radio 2 last year Bingo, when we were there for CIN and had a chat with him and some of the other autograph hunters.

    It looked pretty serious business to me. They weren't in the least bit amused when I offered mine!

  • Comment number 45.

    Afternoon all

    Can only think of one new one (I think):

    'Treason' - Teardrop Explodes ("And then you realise...it's just a story")

    Would like to second:

    #10 - 'Here's Where The Story Ends'- Tin Tin Out
    #4 - 'Ode To Billie Joe' - Bobbie Gentry


    N xx

  • Comment number 46.

    Good Morning Each!

    'The Weavers Answer' by Family

    'Gather Round' by Love
    (Might need one small bleep to cover the bs)

    or, songs that tell a story..

    'Spanish Train' by Chris De Burgh

    'The Band Played Waltzing Matilda' by The Pogues

    'Alice's Restaurant Massacre' by Arlo Guthrie
    (Kettle on, feet up for nearly 20 mins)

    'Taxi' by Harry Chapin

    'John Barleycorn Must Die' by Traffic


    'at'll do mi

  • Comment number 47.

    Ooh, just thought of another!

    'Babooshka' - Kate Bush

  • Comment number 48.

    And another! (Don't know what was in that last cuppa...)

    'Killing Me Softly' - Roberta Flack

  • Comment number 49.

    #33 - Deebee - without spoiling 'Born to Run', all I can say is that most Michael Morpurgo books generally give way to feelings in the reader from all parts of the emotional spectrum and this is no exception (Gill W - would you agree?!)

    #42 - Amelia* - thanks - see above, 'Alone on a Wide Wide Sea' is the same!

  • Comment number 50.

    #47 NTNadine - you caould also add

    CLOUDBUSTING by the same said amazing Ms Bush.

    I was going to suggest

    THE RIDDLE - NICK KERSHAW

    If I'm not too late. I'm still recovering after my first ever session of marshalling a Rally and what a Rally it was - the Roger Albert Clark (R.A.C.) Rally in Dalby Forest. Can I also wish everyone up there a safe day as the weather is getting worse here in Horsforth.

  • Comment number 51.

    Oh I meant to say well done to Zoe for her double mention on Wittertainment. You made the doctors giggle!

  • Comment number 52.

    #40 Extra-Value- Bingo- Star-Er . I think your song reference 'Mark Knoppfleler - Jeremaih Dixon!!!!!!!!' relates to:-

    FLYING TO PHILADELPHIA - MARK KNOPFLER AND JAMES TAYLOR

  • Comment number 53.

    Not sure if this one will get played:

    Uncle Remus - Frank Zappa

  • Comment number 54.

    Thanks for the Bellowhead info, Amelia - I'll buy one and if it goes down well, there will be birthdays to buy for!

    JW

  • Comment number 55.

    hi all

    american pie-don mcclean

    fantasy-earth,wind and fire

  • Comment number 56.

    Billie asked for ideas for a slow cooker and I posted it yesterday and don't know if she saw it so here tis again.....

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/lambneckfillettagine_91764

    I left out the pomegranate molasses, saffron, apricots, almonds and fresh coriander purely because I didn't have any and I added a couple of waxy potatoes which I cut up in small chunks and cooked it in the slow cooker for about 6 hours and served it with rice.

    Delicious it was too!

    JW

  • Comment number 57.

    OOh, I also meant to add...

    Amelia, what a truly stunning photo from yesterday. Beautiful :)

  • Comment number 58.

    #49, Hoffs. Oh absolutly !
    Can highly recommend the books. Dont worry Deebee, the protagonist in the story tends to remain intacked. Cant vouch for all those around him though.
    Hubbs has just raised his head from the laptop and suggested THE LAND OF MAKE BELEIVE - BUCKS FIZZ. Should I show him the door?
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 59.

    #42 Amelia, I have just had a listen to your clip of Bell X1 and it sounds really nice and I have never come across the name before, not even on Janice Long's radio programme and she's well known for introducing new, unknown acts on her shows.

  • Comment number 60.

    Grr - haven't blogged for ages and today am having annoying computer problems (always blame it on the tools, never user error.....)

    Amelia, the * was to say (*waves wildly) at the end of the post. We too are eagerly awaiting 'Itch Rocks' - also appeared on Master Hoffs' Chr***mas list (had to explain that it might have to be a very very late present!)

    On the subject of Chr***tmas, anyone else having stressful times planning?

  • Comment number 61.

    Given how much I have gone on about it, maybe I should suggest:

    BORN TO RUN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

    (gets coat)

  • Comment number 62.

    My work 'puter has been playing up today and IT Mafia was called for. I had everything crossed when they took over my machine remotely that they wouldn't hit upon this blog.

    #42 Amelia, my wee Jimmy loves apples too!

    I started reading The Hunger Games but didn't like all the killing of animals so didn't read on. Just bought Sue Townsend's The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year so hoping for a bit of a giggle with that.

    Roll on March 2013 and Itch Rocks!!

    Out in the field all afternoon so catch you later. X

  • Comment number 63.

    Feels like heaven by Fiction Factory

  • Comment number 64.

    'Picture This' Blondie

  • Comment number 65.

    A few more, but probably too late or the DT team won't look down this far!

    THE WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD ~ Gordon Lightfoot

    THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN ~ Joan Baez

    JACKIE ~ Scott Walker

    LYING EYES ~ The Eagles

  • Comment number 66.

    My favorite song that tells a story... The Killing Of Georgie by Rod Stewart xXx

  • Comment number 67.

    Hi remember me?

    You all seem to currently be well-ish-I have been looking! and thought I'd chance logging in to say Hello (Shona I too have IT Police who's latest trick is block anything remotely useful!).

    I even have a couple of suggestions:

    The Story of the Blues-The Mighty Wah
    Never ending story-Limahl
    Word Girl-Scritti Politti
    The Riddle-Nik Kershaw
    Loves Great Adventure-Ultravox

    Must go as work to do.

    Lots of Love

    Mrs B xx

  • Comment number 68.

    BEE GEES - JIVE TOLKIEN

  • Comment number 69.

    ALTHEA AND DONNA - UPTOWN TOP RANKIN

  • Comment number 70.

    Hiya Mrs B :)

    Of course we remember you....confounded IT police!

  • Comment number 71.

    Hello Mrs Boris - I was thinking the other day that I must say Hello, as you said you lurked when you could..............so...............

    HELLO

    And hello to other lurking bloggers who don't get the chance to pop in for what ever reason...
    Katy, AlexGirl, Harry, CoffeeBuzz and any others --- we miss you!

    Does anyone hear from them in another place?

    JW

  • Comment number 72.

    I think we should be ok for a Christmas hat or two Jennie :)

  • Comment number 73.

    #57 Sal - thank you, down to the sunning weather rather than my photographic skills - off to the same place again now although I am likely to come home soggy.

    #59 Flo - they are Irish and have been around since 1999; I first saw them in Leeds years ago so it must have been a recommendation from an Irish online friend so I cant think how I wouldn't have heard of them otherwise. They have achieved some success in the US as one of their songs was played on some teen-drama over there.

    #60 Hoffs - *waves frantically back*

    #62 Shona - yes there is a fair bit of animal killing in the Hunger Games but if you can get beyond that the books are superb, although a disturbing read. I have to read Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg as it is our bookclub choice. Story about a minister on St Kilda in the 1830’s. The chooser usually chooses good books so looking forward to it.

    #71 Jennie - I spoke to Alex Girl when she called CiN, she was lovely.

  • Comment number 74.

    Glad to hear the girls are ok! Now, come on fellas, let us know about you!

    JW

  • Comment number 75.

  • Comment number 76.

    #71 Great idea...

    HELLO LURKERS!

    :o)

    I am in touch with KatyMac and AlexGirl 'elsewhere' - both are fine but busy with work. Katy hopes to be back amoung us in time for Christmas, and hopefully Alex will be able to pop in as well. It would be lovely to see other erstwhile bloggers too - maybe we should throw a blog Christmas party and see who turns up.

    #73 Amelia, I have met Alex a few times in 'real life' and she is indeed lovely!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 77.

    Two more.

    One Piece at a Time - Johnny Cash

    Galway to Graceland - Seán Keane (or Richard Thompson.)

  • Comment number 78.

    I would have thought that a Christmas blog party was a given, Deebee - we don't need much of an excuse do we?!

    ;0)

  • Comment number 79.

    I'm not sure whether i'm taking this too literally or not literally enough, but here's my ha'penorth.

    To cut a long story short - Spandau Ballet
    Neverending Story - Limahl
    Winter's Tale - David Essex
    Story of the Blues - Might Wah!
    Tale as old as time - Beauty and The Beast

    luv
    em6

  • Comment number 80.

    #78 Absolutely Jennie! We just need to set a date - when is good for everybody?

    Last year we all gave ourselves festive blognames for the week leading up to Christmas. I got a couple of menshes as Santa's Little Helper, so I may go with that again, unless I come up with something new in the mean time.

    *starting to get a bit excited*

    ;o)

  • Comment number 81.

    CLIFF RICHARD - AMIS YOU NIGHTS

  • Comment number 82.

    EDWIN STARR - WAUGH

  • Comment number 83.

    Ooohhh so am I Deebee. I can't remember my Christmas name - will have to look back.

    Any date will do me - I can fit in with most dates

    JW

  • Comment number 84.

    PAUL McCARTNEY AND MICHAEL JACKSON - SAY, SAY, SAYERS

  • Comment number 85.

    #83 Friday 21st December seems like a good date. That will be the Christmas ARF, and I'm guessing Simon and the team's last day before the hols. And I know KatyMac should be around by then.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 86.

    BARRY WHITE - YOU'RE THE FURST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING

  • Comment number 87.

    I think that qualifies you as fairly regular now Andrew ;)

    Jennie, unless you can find a post, where someone calls you by your Christmas name, it will only appear as it is now when you click back if that makes any sense.

    I'm not here, I'm painting....

  • Comment number 88.

    Afternoon all

    OK Story teller oldies

    Flight of Icarus - Iron Maiden (story is in the title - bit obscure)
    ballad of bodmin pill - new model army
    story of the blues - mighty wah


    Unlikely the first 2 will even get mentioned, bit osbcure. I'm sure i'll think of some more

  • Comment number 89.

    DURAN DURAN - HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLFE

  • Comment number 90.

    romeo & juliet - dire straits

  • Comment number 91.

    Very literate, Andrew!

    #87 - I know, Sal - I'll have to have a quick read through and see if I can spot my name - I've got on idea it had 'jingles' somewhere in it.

    I've just pulled the curtains and there are some outdoor lights up already, over the way :0/

    21st Dec sounds ok to me, Deebee

    JW

  • Comment number 92.

    I wonder whether Simon managed to come up with a dedication for his book? Maybe Michael Morpurgo could give him some pointers?

  • Comment number 93.

    #73 Amelia,if you like Irish bands, I wonder if like me, you're fan of The Saw Doctors, whom I'm going to see on Friday night in Edinburgh? They always have a good time on stage, and have a great following of loyal supporters!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9HSgwZFeLE

  • Comment number 94.

    Does Mr Mayo look here for ideas for Homework Sucks? Or perhaps someone here knows the answer...

    In the opening Mr M talks about pressing 'send' on book 2. How long does it take from pressing 'send' to the book appearing in the bookshops? Presumably there's an editing process, a printing process etc. How long does it all take?

    Just idle curiosity, really.

    Thanks

  • Comment number 95.

    Hi Simon and Everyone!

    I've been very busy on this dreary Monday. Just back from seeing the orthopedist - who did a x-ray and a big fat corticosteroid injection in my left shoulder that has not been able to unfreeze since surgery. Fingers crossed, this should do the trick and be able to raise my left arm all the way up.
    Time to shift gears as a man called husband just walked in the door and I need to get meatless Monday dinner going. Looking forward to the MM interview.

    LB, x

  • Comment number 96.

    Well done Mandy and Zoe for having your songs played.

    Lilac Blue, I hope your shoulder improves after having it injected.

    x

  • Comment number 97.

    Is it going to be another 'tickled' moment?

  • Comment number 98.

    Well done for the menshes tonight. Only heard part of the show as the good step son is here and much chatting and feeding was had.

    21st December sounds like a plan and I think my festive name was Sherry Trifle last year. When will we change our names?

    Won't see you tomorrow for a choon chase as I'm out in the field all day. Darn this pesky work nonense;(

    Have nice evenings one and all and *waves* hello Mrs Boris!!

  • Comment number 99.

    Well done Mandy, Zoe and Tickled Lurker for the menshes! An observation - there seem to be a lot fewer names being read out lately. I'm guessing there is a different NYM/W collating the suggestions. It tends to be one person from each of the blog, FB and Twitter, or sometimes only one person altogether named as suggesting an oldie. A pity, when we've all made such an effort... Ho hum, as I've said before - it's just a bit of fun...

    Very interesting interview with Michael Morpurgo. What a fascinating and talented man! I'll be adding him to my reading list.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 100.

    Now, you see. If we'd had Steve Hackett on tonight, instead of tomorrow, we could''ve had "Tales Of The Riverbank". Lovely! Perhaps tomorrow, anyway.

 

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