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Simon Mayo | 08:09 UK time, Monday, 19 November 2012

Watcha. Top work from all phone answerers on Friday. Money taken, tunes selected, customers satisfied. It was good to see all the bloggers working while Tim Smith wafted chocs at you all. Hope the photos looked ok given the brief amount of time allocated between show 1 and show 2! And a grand total at the end of it all. Trebles all round...
Saturday evening at the O2 and an evening with Killers. Just settling into our seats when young Jeremy Vine arrives with his posse/entourage/friends&family. I can report that he's a mean dancer and jigger. There was many a Radio 2 listener there, all of us basking in the glow of still going to a rock concert that our kids wouldn't laugh at. Brandon Flowers is one hell of a frontman and considering he couldn't perform past song 5 on Monday, he was in good form. We spent a while trying to work out who the crowd were straining to take photos of. We saw Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter but it wasn't them. The clue was in the cover version of 'With or Without You' they struck up. Turns out Bono and family were in attendance and he told me he is really big fan of Mr Flowers. Killers supported U2 a while back and they have obviously stayed in touch.
I left just before the end and JV was still bopping. The man has stamina.
Today it's another book club offering and it is Simon Tolkien's Orders From Berlin. It's a WW2 story of a Nazi plot to assassinate Churchill. There's a chapter online here and yes, he's one of those Tolkiens-JJR's grandson.
And oldies please for the 60th anniversary and 25,000th performance of AGATHA CHRISTIE'S THE MOUSETRAP at the St Martins Theatre in London. Never seen it! Not sure whodunit! Don't tell me! Songs please...
Have a clear-thinking and muddle free Monday, see you at 5


  • Comment number 1.

    Good Morning!

    An early blog!

    Suggestions -

    WHO DUN IT? - Tavares

    RAT TRAP - Boom Town Rats

    THE LONG RUN – Eagles

    KEEP ON RUNNING – Spencer Davies

    KEEP ON – Bruce Channel

    NEVER STOP – Echo & Bunnymen

    THE TWIST – Chubby Checker

    ON AND ON - Stephen Bishop

  • Comment number 2.

    It's a Mystery by Toyah Wilcox

    While I'm waiting for the Council to come and fix my bathroom...

    I hope!

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Simon, the photos look fine! At least the ones I have seen - and I have to forgive the Revster for appearing in the background of mine, as he's such a nice chap. Thank you for finding the time in your busy Friday schedule to come and support us.

    I haven't seen The Mouse Trap either. I will go with:


    KILLING ME SOFTLY - Roberta Flack

    May think of a few more on my way to work


  • Comment number 4.

    HOW LONG? - Ace

  • Comment number 5.

    THE TENDER TRAP - Ol Blue Eyes

  • Comment number 6.

    2 different songs - same title


    THE SHOW MUST GO ON - Leo Sayer

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning all - the sun is shining and a gentle breeze blowing, by the look of it, through the window - not poked my nose out of the door yet!

    I have seen The Mousetrap - about 20 odd years ago - and all I can remember is that at the end the audience is asked not to tell other people who dunnit, so.......




  • Comment number 8.

    Morning Simon & folk on the blog

    Photo most acceptable, thank you.

    Need coffee -



  • Comment number 9.

    BODIES - Robbie

  • Comment number 10.

    #7 - perhaps it was THE BEATLES :0/ Too early for me!


  • Comment number 11.

    Good morning all

    Pleased everyone had a successful day phone-answering on Friday at the BBC.

    Mousetrap oldies...

    RAT TRAP ~ Boomtown Rats

    WHO DONE IT? ~ Tavares

    MYSTERY OF BEING ~ Yardbirds

    RUN ~ Snow Patrol

    ON THE RUN ~ Kaiser Chiefs

  • Comment number 12.

    Morning all. Brief visit for now. Too many meetings....

    ABBA - On and On an On

    LIMAHL - Never Ending Story

    FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS - Suspicious Minds ("I'm caught in a trap...")

    STATUS QUO - Mystery Song

    THE EAGLES - The Long Run

    Back later if I can think of more....

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  • Comment number 14.

    A cheery good morning Simon, one and all! Sorry Deebs for intruding on your photo - I was in the middle of moving after Simon told me to "butt out" - still, at my age fast moving is a memory!

    I can't think of a theme related track so I thought I would pose my own mystery and suggest Simon, that you play "THE WASHING UP SONG" by the CRIMSON POMEGRANATES.

    Mind you, you might have to send a Courier Express rider to pick up the CD as I might be one of the only holders of it in the country.

    The mystery is simply this, how can anybody write a song about washing up?? Well it got its first public play at a wedding on Saturday.

    The other mystery is how do I get the wretched tune out of my head!?? It is driving me bonkers: "Do, do the washing up. Do Do the washing up." HELP!

  • Comment number 15.

    CONSTANTLY - Sir Cliff


  • Comment number 16.

    ANOTHER OPENING ANOTHER SHOW - Many artists including The Muppets!

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  • Comment number 18.

    Having failed dismally on Friday to get 4TH OF JULY by AMY MACDONALD played despite 4 of my donaters asking for it, I shall launch a campaign this week. Wouldn't it be great fellow bloggers, if you could join me in a blitz appeal for this esteemed record on ARF Friday? I remain your humble servant, Simon, THE REVSTER

  • Comment number 19.

    A few more:

    WE CAN WORK IT OUT - Beatles

    LIVE TO TELL - Madonna


    WHO DONE IT - Tavares

    #14 Absolutely no problem, Rev!


  • Comment number 20.

    "Let's do, do, do the washing up
    Put your apron on...."

    Arrgghhh! Help

  • Comment number 21.

    Oops, sorry Flo - hadn't seen your Tavares suggestion at #11. Share?


  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Great photos i have seen of all you little helpers. Sterling work folks!

    Quick choon chase as at Warwickshire County Council at the moment on my dongle as the server is down!

    1. RAT TRAP - Boomtown Rats
    2. WHODUNNIT - Tavares
    3. ITS A MYSTERY - Toyah
    4. LONG RUN - Eagles
    5. TRAPPED - Colonel Abrahams
    6. SOMEBODY'S WATCHING ME - Rockwelll
    7. NEVER ENDING STORY - Limahl
    8. MURDER ON THE DANCE FLOOR - Sophie Ellis Bextor
    9. KEEP ON RUNNING - Spencer Davies Group
    10. HOW LONG? - Ace

    Have lovely days


    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 23.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and bopping bloggers,

    Well done to all those who worked the phones on Friday! I was going to call in just to say hello, but felt a little shy...


    DON'T STOP TIL YOU GET ENOUGH - Michael Jackson

    GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY - Little Richard

    THE TWIST - Chubby Checker


    That's m'lot!


  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Simon

    Bodies - Robbie Wiliams
    Chelsea Dagger - Fratellis
    Love lies Bleeding - Thompson Twins
    Paperback Writer - Beetles
    Poison - Def Leppard/ Alice Cooper
    Poison Arrow - ABC
    We are detectives - Thompson Twins
    Unfaithful (I dont want to be a murderer) - Rhianna
    View to a Kill - Duran Duran

  • Comment number 25.

    #21 Deebee... of course... very happy to share the Tavares song with you. :o)

  • Comment number 26.

    #18 - seeing as that is my birthday, I'll back it, Revster!

  • Comment number 27.

    #26 Thanks Jennie - much appreciated!

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  • Comment number 30.

    STILL THE SAME - Bob Seger

    NOTHING LASTS FOREVER - Echo and the Bunnymen

    and finally

    FOREVER AND EVER - Demis Roussos

    *Coat. Gone*

  • Comment number 31.

    There is a Simon & Garfunkel song that works but it a bit of a plot spoiler so I will keep quiet.

    Revster - lovely to meet you on Friday and share a bottle of wine. But I thought we had all agreed NEVER TO TALK OF THAT CD AND ESPECIALLY THAT SONG AGAIN !! You may have blighted some poor newly weds lives by playing that song.

    John - tut tut you should have phoned in - I kept hoping I would get to talk to another blogger.



  • Comment number 32.

    Morning All,

    'How Long Has This Been Going On' Ace

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 33.

    Good morning all a bit late to the blog, sorry if any of these have gone before but in a bit of a hurry this morning, French Lessons not going very well and have alot of homework to catch up on.






  • Comment number 34.

    Who Dunnit?? It wasn't me - Shaggy xXx

  • Comment number 35.

    Good morning all,

    A rare popping in for me I know ,not very often pop in ,and it looks like that hedge has grown ..

    Well done to all of you lovely bloggers that attended CIN on friday ,you did a grand job.

    what I really want to ask you that If you see Sal on your travels ...can you get her to text me as I've tried her ...no reply so this is my only other way...Sal ..are you about ....

    Sorry to have spoilt the flow this morning,I must write note to self ,drop by more often then you might just remember me ;-))..

    Many thanks ..take care all and have a good day ..


  • Comment number 36.

    HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON? ~ Paul Carrack (or) ACE

    CHRISTIE ROAD ~ Green Day

  • Comment number 37.

    Cappuccino inspiratino:

    THE SAME OLD SCENE - Roxy Music

  • Comment number 38.

    Morning all.

    Was that Bids drooping in just now? Fancy trying to get hold of me on here!! Anyway, she did manage to contact me by other means... does she think I live on here? LOL!

    So, we have a visitor arriving anytime soon. How lovely.

    No time to choon chase. Hope everyone is fine, will read back later.

    Gotta fly.....

  • Comment number 39.

    Mornin all
    Bit bleughry - upper resp tract infection...hope I didn't give it to our leader.

    Yes, it was whistle-stop visit to see us Friday Simon, but seeing you talk on the phone to some excited caller made it worthwhile. She'll probably never have stopped talking about that!

    Anywho, it turns out that I am allergic to London, who knew?

    I did have a song idea, but then after taking a call from an insulation grant person I've forgotten it.

    Might be back, going to watch The Killing III pt 2 which I couldn't keep my eyes open long enough to read the subtitles on yesterday at 5pm!!

    Ooo oo I've remembered : Elvis Presley 'SUSPICIOUS MINDS' for the line 'We're caught in a trap..'


  • Comment number 40.

    Ah I see up earlier than me Amelia already mentioned Elvis, so let's go with

    John Martyn's
    SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY ably supported by Phil Collins drums/vocals seen here on OGWT

    but here he is playing it live in Dublin

    John Martyn had a 'full' life, as they say - but his is a talent sadly missed.

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  • Comment number 42.

    Afternoon (just)

    Some good choices above - nothing to add, just want to say something that's important to me today. Please, if you can, ignore the little niggles in life as much as possible and tell loved ones how special they are. Time v precious. See you soon x

  • Comment number 43.

    Suzie - sorry you caught bugs in London - the worst I came away with was a cold sore.

    Excited that the Killing is back - I have it taped for when I am less bleary eyed - another short series, only 10 episodes. Did you watch Borgen? it is the second series of that I am really looking forward to.

  • Comment number 44.

    hi all

    its a mystery-toyah

    sweet little mystery-wet wet wet

  • Comment number 45.

    #40 More than happy to share Suzie - at least you got the title correct - more than I could manage - I blame lack of caffeine.

    Lovely John Martyn song.

    Hoffs - so true - hope you are ok?

  • Comment number 46.

    Don't know anything but based selections about being stuck and mouse trap I choose drum

    Trapped -bruce Springsteen

    Then as a joke we should all keep up with
    Trapped in the closet -r Kelly

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  • Comment number 48.

    Afternoon all

    A bit late to the party today as lots going on at work - it looks like being another mad week :(

    On the upside - I managed to achieve my goal of running (well staggering) 5km on Sunday morning. Very proud of myself! And exactly as promised by the app I was using to help me train....

    Great oldie suggestions already so not much to add really:
    Mystery Train - Bon Jovi
    The Killing of Georgie - Rod Stewart
    Thriller - Michael Jackson
    Sweet Little Mystery - Wet Wet Wet

  • Comment number 49.

    I suggest:

    FOREVER AND EVER - SLIK (a number one of course!)

  • Comment number 50.

    Afternoon all -well done on the money raised - I was accosted in a large department store in Pudsey by Pudsey jiving away which totally threw me!

    Here's a mousey song:


    A great favourite from Junior Choice days.

  • Comment number 51.

    Afternoon all,

    Never having seen 'The Mousetrap', I don't know who does what to whom. If there's a gun involved then how about "BANG BANG" by B A Robertson, or "BANG BANG: MY BABY SHOT ME DOWN" by Cher?
    If the police get on on the action, there's "I FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE LAW WON" by The Clash or "CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE" by The Real Thing.
    Other thoughts:
    I DON'T WANNA TALK ABOUT IT - Everything but the Girl

    The Ambulance Chaser

  • Comment number 52.

    There's a 10CC song that mentions Mickey Mouse, but I can't quite remember the title. I think it might be Life is a Minestrone. Also, there's a Reggae musician called Eke-a-Mouse.

  • Comment number 53.

    Afternoon Ter Mayo Man & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man & ALL - Yes it was great ter be at Radio 2 on Fridee 'elping out with Children In Need!!!!!!!!
    And it was great ter meet yerself again Simon lad and Matt and Becky!!!!!!!!!
    Also fab ter meet/ see so many fellow bloggers and celebs up close.... From Shane Ritchie who seesm very a friendly bloke ter popping outside for abitta fresh air and relaising i'm standing next ter John Culshaw... But celeb wise 'ighlight of the day for me meeting Spice Girl Mel C!!!!!!!!!!!
    Always like Mel C being a fellow scouser and our birthday's only 2 days apart and I work only one mile from where she was born/ raised.... Really wish we I could 'ave 'ad more time ter chat to Mel C... She is one the most friendly down ter earth celebs out there!!!!!!!!!!
    Also a BIG 'ighlight was meeting Bobby Prior at last!!!!!!!
    Didn't see 'er all day so decided ter take SERIOUS action and 'ead upstairs ter see if she was about.... She was and a nice friendly chat was 'ad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But at the end of the dee 'ave ter remind myself the main reason for being there was 'elping children some of who are VERY sick and ill!!!!!!!
    Some terminally ill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Last year the 'ighest amount I took from a caller was £100!!!!
    Kept 'earing stories of £1000 or more with other callers!!!!!!!!!!
    This year a blew that outta the phone sockets.... In fact when a very well spoken posh lady rang up who possibly could 'ave connections with 'er majesty.... At first a thought a misheard what she was saying!!!!!!!!!!
    Eventually it sank in and after repeating the amount a few times.... Well it was so big we can't take more than a quid under 10k.... So a took 'er number and details and went off ter see The Boss of the gig!!!!!!!!!!
    What was the amount yer may ask??????
    A will tell yer......


    Yes 150k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AND if that wasn't crayyyyyzeee enough in such a nice way for kids needing 'elp.... A BIG coincidence what with me cycling for Rio 2016 (deluded yes but trying all.. A know a won't get ter Rio but am trying... Am at least trying!!! If a don't try for sure a won't be there... Do try there's a tiny tiny chance!!!!)......
    A company that makes cycling clothing 'ad raised £2,000....

    YES £2k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Despite all the sadness and madness surrounding the beeb presently.... Children In Need is one totally fine and wonderful annual event that brings together poor people, rich people, celebrity people, non celebrity people, DJ-ing GODS, people who wanter be Dj's but who don't 'ave a silky slick voice, people from all over the UK, from business leaders ter ordinary workers.... AND all for giving their time for FREE with the ones donating not giving their time or for free but taking the time ter feel free ter give as much as they could!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CHILDREN IN NEED & The BBC - Two fine errrrrr organisations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 54.

    #53 Gosh! well done Bingo - my biggest was a few £100's!
    #43 Borgen? YES, The BRIDGE? YES Big fans of nordic noir in this house.
    We always end the series's with a Scandinavian dinner.
    Only managed 23 minutes of the Killing III pt 2 before my body said SLEEP - just went up for a lie-down and suddenly it was 3pm!

    Looking forward to the show tonight, not heard Mr M since Thursday, since when I have shaken his hand!

    Good luck with the menches all

  • Comment number 55.

    Hi Simon, Team and Best Blogger all back together!
    Well done to all of you Best Bloggers who worked the phones, computers and did a over all amazing, fantastic job of it! I got in here late so I'll be entertained and hear for you name.
    Have a good start to the week,
    LB, x

    You're So Vain Carly Simon

  • Comment number 56.

    Just had a 'proper' catch up, including the tail end of the last blog. And I wanted to say to Amelia: very well said! You summed up nicely both the experience of being involved on Friday, and also this blog with its band of lovely folks who entertain, cheer and amuse on a daily basis! Any bloggers who missed Amelia's post should go and have a read...

    #53 Wow, that was some donation Bingo!!! The biggest one I received was £1,500 but it wasn't just the size of the amounts being quoted that was humbling but also the experiences that callers wanted to share of why they were donating to Children in Need. And I agree with you about Mel C - she was lovely.


  • Comment number 57.

    Hello fellow poppets! It's been a while. Crazy work commitments and some sad events have kept me away. Children In Need happily coincided with deadline day so hopeful that things will calm down and I can do a bit more joining in. Can only reiterate what has already been said about Friday. And send get well soon wishes to all who have succumbed to the Pudsey bug. And commiserate with Amelia on her unfortunate event.

    Been listening to a bit of Jo Whiley this afternoon. Enjoying what I'm hearing (epecially Stephen Mangan) although it would have been nice to hear our chocolate provider from Friday, Tim. Has Deebee told her story?


  • Comment number 58.

    Well, that wasn't what I expected today!. A friend came round as she has a couple of days off work and my lovely Mr (who went Xmas shopping today :0/!) said that if we fancied lunch, he would set up a tab at our local hostelry, and we could charge lunch to him!

    Would have been rude to say no, wouldn't it!


  • Comment number 59.

    #43 #54 The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge are all great. Saga Noren is brilliant.

  • Comment number 60.

    Phew... made it back just in time for the start of Simon's show but I don't like the first song he's playing.... I really enjoyed l;istening to Jo Whiley this afternoon and feel it's about time a permanent female DJ was on in the daytime as there hasn't been one on Radio 2 for 17 years... personally Janice Long would be my choice fron 2-5pm on weekdays but Jo Whiley is good too! ;o)

  • Comment number 61.

    Hope everything is ok, Hoffs..... I've just read back. Hugs coming your way if you need them>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    I think you had a mensh Florence, for Rat Trap, but no menshes for How Long and the pre-news song was a muggle - One more night (?) I would think they'd be hoping for more than that after 60 years!


  • Comment number 62.

    Well done Flo for Rat Trap and "Blogger Bill" for How Long!

  • Comment number 63.

    Evening All!

    "BlueBand" problems again! Bums!

    Congrats. & Welldone Flo for Rat Trap and to Blogger Bill for How Long! Ha!

    I didn't understand "One More Night" either Jennie .............

    Just heard Mandy's mensh. Welldone Mandy!

  • Comment number 64.

    Well done Billie - didn't hear your name - too busy washing up!

    Well done Mandy too.


  • Comment number 65.


    Mandy - for the Eagles .................

  • Comment number 66.

    Obviously not aligned with the NYM today!

    Have great evenings all and see you tomorrow


  • Comment number 67.

    Thanks for 'well dones' for Rat Trap and I'd like to say well dones to Blogger Bill, Sir Cumference and to Mandy for their menshes x

  • Comment number 68.

    Hello Everyone! Busy day

    What a nice post from Simon and just to let you know, my photo is fab Simon. Comments have been made that we could be brother and sister or that I could be your mum (I think it's the specs!)

    #14 LOL Revster. I burst out laughing again and glad to hear THAT song got an airing at a wedding. ;0) Poor bride and bridegroom. But whay a hoot we had at the table reading the song list on the CD. My ribs are still sore.

    Hope to join in the fun tomorrow. XX

  • Comment number 69.

    Well done Mandy & Sir C for your mentions.

    Catching up with podcasts. Billie - your lovely mention from Thursday makes it onto the podcast - good girl yourself as they say in these parts.

    Another of the many joys from Friday was Shona giggling at the good revster and his infamous CD.

  • Comment number 70.

    And of course Simon and his duvet comments never fail to make me giggle.

  • Comment number 71.

    @60 flo
    im not a jo fan shes 2 radio 1 for me.sw will be around 4 ever its the most listerned to radio show in the afternoons,i think jo wonts 2 be on 6 music she keeps plugging the show thats on after her before mentioning whats on next on radio 2,it seems she wonts people to turn over instead of staying on radio 2.

  • Comment number 72.

    #59 Ken - the older I get the less TV I watch - Nordic stuff & Strictly is pretty much it. Borgen was definitely the best (West Wing in a wee country) then The Bridge. Although I do have a zillion episodes of Montalbano cluttering up my Sky+

  • Comment number 73.

    Good Morning All

    Well done for all menshes yesterday. I was completely mis-aligned... in fact I've been in the wilderness for a few weeks now. It's just a bit of fun, though...


    #57 Lovely to 'see' you here Mo! Hope you'll be able to join in a bit more now things are a bit more settled for you. Yes, I did tell my Tim Smith story on the weekend blog. A very nice man - mind you, any guy who comes bearing chocolates is a good thing in my book...


    #71 I'm not especially a Jo Whiley fan either, although I don't mind her. I don't think she has a choice about which other shows she has to advertise. Steve isn't everyone's cup of tea, but he is still very popular. And the great thing about Radio 2 is its variety - it would be boring if all the presenters were the same. There are always alternatives.

    See you over the page.


  • Comment number 74.

    Best remember your brollies folks...


    An indoor day, paintbrush in hand and dig old some recently rediscovered CDs.

    Away to the kitchen :)

    Oh yes, removing crown, to avoid any paint splashes.


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