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Simon Mayo | 08:46 UK time, Thursday, 22 November 2012

Morning all. A lovely (wild, stormy, floody) day here, with a trip to some where! Who knows where! The leaves are piling up in vast wet piles around the estate waiting for someone to get a grip. I have a feeling everyone is thinking that person is me (precedent m'lud) so if I could just stop running around to assorted schools and presenting assorted radio shows, the garden might look as though someone could give a monkey's...Maybe this weekend (but probably not).
Hope everyone enjoyed Taylor Swift and her germs yesterday. There was a moment when I was going to greet to her and one of her entourage tried to tell me that was ok to go and talk to her now. I think I might have used my rarely seen withering 'it's-my-show- and I'll-greet-who-I-like' smile. And all was well.
Today and entourage-free, Nigel with a veggie stew with shallots and other earth goodness. The Nigel deal is that with 5 seconds to go before the end of the post-6 o'clock song, there's still no sign of him. Then, as I open the fader to start wittering, he appears in a flurry of sweat, flowery shirt, floury pastry and steaming pots. And we're off on another culinary delight.
Oldies please today for Thanksgiving Day. We did this last year of course but it's a great festival and I wish we had it here. A big old feast linked to being grateful. What could be better? So songs of THANKS AND GRATITUDE please and it'll be our small contribution to the day.
Have a count-your-blessings kind of day, see you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Good morning all

    shall we start here

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH - THE SCAFFOLD

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning all from a wet wild and windy Westcountry!

    THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND - Andrew Gold

  • Comment number 3.

    First of all, thanks to Dr Mosh and Mr Mayo for the full length version of Caroline yesterday evening. Perfect accompaniment for a drive to the supermarket!

    Obvious ones:

    THE SCAFFOLD - Thank U Very Much

    ALANIS MORRISSETTE - Thank You

    DIDO - Thank You

    ANDREW GOLD - Thank You For Being A Friend


    Back later, probably....

  • Comment number 4.

    William Devaughan - Be Thankful For What You've Got.

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning all - damp but calm at the moment; what's in store though? :0/

    THANK YOU - PET CLARK (I think)

    might be a good place to start

    JW

  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning!

    THANKS & GRATITUDE?

    THANK YOU GIRL – Beatles

    THANK U VERY MUCH – Scaffold

    THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND – Andrew Gold

    THANK YOU FOR THE DAYS – Kirsty or Kinks

    THANK YOU - Dido

    (YOU DON’T KNOW) HOW GLAD I AM – ONJ or Kiki Dee or Nancy Wilson

    HOW SWEET IT IS TO BE LOVED BY YOU – James Taylor

    YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY – Blood Sweat & Tears

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning all

    THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC - ABBA

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 8.

    PENCIL FULL OF LEAD - Paulo

    THE OTHER MAN'S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER - Petula

    EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL - Ray Stevens

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning all!
    At work, but should really still be shivering under a duvet - what on earth is this R2 bug? It's been going on since Friday night!!
    Bored now.

    Anywho, 'withering' looks? Would like to have been there to see that!!

    Re songs:
    THANK GOD IT'S NOT CHRISTMAS by Sparks yeehaaaw
    or

    THANK YOU by the might Zep

    Back later, if I can focus...

  • Comment number 10.

    THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE - Janet & Luther

    IT'S JUST A WAY OF LIFE - Family Dogg

  • Comment number 11.

    Good Morning Simon and Blogger Chums

    What a wild wet day here. The dogs and I almost dissolved in the rain this morning.

    My first tune choices have already been chosed so I'll need to try

    WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD - LOUIS ARMSTRONG

  • Comment number 12.

    SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGH - ELTON JOHN

    WONDERFUL WORLD - LOUIS ARMSTRONG

  • Comment number 13.

    BIG STAR - Thank You Friends

    LED ZEPPELIN - Thank You

    MASSIVE ATTACK - Be Thankful For What You've Got

    THE VERVE - Lucky Man

    LIGHTNING SEEDS - Lucky You

    KIRSTY MacCOLL (or THE KINKS) - Days


    That's me done...

  • Comment number 14.

    THANK YOU - LED ZEP

    GRANDMA STUFFED THE TURKEY - can't find an artiste!

    JW

  • Comment number 15.

    AIN'T GOT NO - I GOT LIFE - Nina


    There's a really old song from B&W days -

    COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS WHILE YOU MAY - Rosemary Clooney or Luton Girls' Choir

  • Comment number 16.

    Good morning everyone

    Another nice day here at the moment and I'm sorry for people who have so much rain, but it rains here too sometimes.

    Thanksgiving oldies....

    THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND ~ Andrew Gold

    THANKSGIVING DAY ~ Ray Davies

    LET'S DO THE TURKEY TROT ~ Little Eva

    THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND ~ Andrew Gold

    HARVEST FOR THE WORLD ~ Isley Brothers

    STATE OF INDEPENDENCE ~ Donna Summer

    BREAKFAST IN AMERICA ~ Supertramp

  • Comment number 17.

    THANK GOD I'M A COUNTRY BOY - John Denver

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM and just-in-time bloggers,

    I heard the Taylor Swift interview in the car last night. I've never really listened to her music before, but I thought her performance was beautiful, probably due to the vulnerability and imperfections brought on by her cold. But I found the dialogue a little tense - she has that annoying drawl, and too many "likes", and I got the sense his Lordship wasn't really warming to her.

    And so to Thanksgiving. We always celebrate it in the Good household, as we lived over there, and also have American neighbours. And today we have even more reason to celebrate - GoodChild#1 is 18 today, and he was indeed a Thanksgiving baby, born in New York the day before Thanksgiving. We were home the next day, just the 3 of us in our tiny apartment, with a snowstorm outside, our precious new baby, and Mrs Good insisting on doing the right thing and roasting a chicken and baking an apple pie! Happy Days.

    #thanksgivingoldies


    98.6 - Keith

    DIDN'T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL - Whitney

    YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT - Rolling Stones

  • Comment number 19.

    WE HAVE ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD - LOUIS ARMSTRONG

  • Comment number 20.

    #18 - Nice post JBG

  • Comment number 21.

    And a Happy Birthday to Goodchild #1 - and many more of them!

    JW

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Simon - Missed blog yesterday as took 2 hours to get to work due to floods - dislodged undercarriage of car in floods so had to limp to a garage.

    Lets hop the Tamar bridge isn't shut later due to storms so I can get home.

    Days - Kirsty Mccall
    reward - Teardrop Explodes
    Thank you - Dido
    Thank you for the music - Abba
    Express yourself - MAdonna

  • Comment number 23.

    WONDERFUL LAND - THE SHADOWS

    Work beckons............back later

  • Comment number 24.

    HOLIDAY ~ Madonna

    AMERICA ~ Simon and Garfunkel

    AMERICA ~ Razorlight

  • Comment number 25.

    DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY - Bobby Ferrin

    FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE - Stevie Wonder

    GOOD LIFE - Inner City

  • Comment number 26.

    WE ARE FAMILY - SISTER SLEDGE

  • Comment number 27.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    How about:

    THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND - Andrew Gold

    THANK YOU FOR THE DAYS - Kirsty McColl

    THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC - Abba

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH - Scaffold

    ONE LOVE - Bob Marley (for the line "give thanks and praise to the Lord")

    ~X~

  • Comment number 28.

    Thanks Billie and Jennie.


    CIRCLE OF LIFE - Elton John

  • Comment number 29.

    Earth, Wind and Fire - Gratitude.

  • Comment number 30.

    HARVEST MOON - NEIL YOUNG (any excuse to play this excellent choon!)

  • Comment number 31.

    A quick read back, and I see most of my suggestions have also been chosen by others. So I'll be saying a 'thank you' for allowing me to share... I seem to have taken up root on the OSM bench...

    #18 Happy Birthday to GoodChild #1!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 32.

    Morning all

    MERCY by Duffy (said in my best French accent)

  • Comment number 33.

    THINK FOR A MINUTE - Housemartins

    WE'VE GOT A GOOD THING GOING - Sugar Mynott

    LIFE'S BEEN GOOD - Joe Walsh

    LIFE'S WHAT YOU MAKE IT - Talk Talk

    LIFE - Desree (filed under "G" for guilty pleasures....I love this song!)


    Must get on, see you all later,

    JBG

  • Comment number 34.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Thank you Amelia for pointing out the mention from Simon and the erroneous "Melanie" recipient. I looked back and I think I know what the confusion was....I chose Brand New Key by Melanie as number 1 item and number 2 was Wordyrappinghood hence a mix up of 2 items.

    I thought Deebee would have got the 9 to 5 mention, anyway congrats for the OSM Deebee!

    Now choons:

    1. THANK YOU - Dido
    2. THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND - Andrew Gold
    3. THANK YOU VERY MUCH - Scaffold
    4. THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC - Abba
    5. CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT - Elton John
    6. EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL - Ray Stevens
    7. LIFE IS GOOD - Joe Walsh
    8. I'M ALIVE - The Hollies
    9. THANK YOU FOR THE DAYS - Kirsty Macoll
    10. HAPPY TOGETHER - The Turtles

    Work calls

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 35.

    BEAUTIFUL DAY - U2

    SAY A LITTLE PRAYER - ARETHA FRANKLIN

    JW

  • Comment number 36.

    You know we all like a bit of reggae, and as my "Jammin'" suggestion was inexplicably overlooked yesterday, howzabout redeeeming yourself with this one?


    WONDERFUL WORLD, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE - Jimmy Cliff


    Really not here now.

  • Comment number 37.

    Morning,

    Thank U - Alanis Morissette

    Thank You - Charlatans

    Thank You - Dido

    Thanks - The Wedding Present

  • Comment number 38.

    Morning Simon and lovely blog folk

    Hints of blue here ...


    DAYS - KIRSTY MACCOLL OR THE KINKS

    AMERICA - SIMON & GARFUNKEL

    THANKSGIVING SONG - MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER

    THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND - WOODIE GUTHRIE (or whoever you fancy)

    THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND - ANDREW GOLD

    LOVE IS A WONDERFUL THING - ISLEY BROTHERS

  • Comment number 39.

    Thank You For The Music - Abba

    Thank You - Petula Clark

    Thanks For the Memories - Bob Hope

    Thank You Girl - Beatles (B side of From Me To You or was it She Loves You? Records are in the loft so can't check :( )

  • Comment number 40.

    Mud morning all, really not in the right frame of mind today. After not wanting to eat anything at all last week at the start of my coughs and sniffles I now want to eat absolutely anything and everything and lots of it!

    Anyway, #18 JBG - lovely post, please pass on my congratulations and best wishes to GoodChild#1 for a very happy 18th birthday!

    Might be back later, if I haven't eaten the computer ;o)

    SE x

  • Comment number 41.

    #36 - a travesty, John! I sometimes think that the NYM has no 'funny bone'

    ;0)

    JW

  • Comment number 42.

    Morning all, from a gloriously SUNNY, yes sunny South Coast.

    A day in the garden tidying up, so that when the bulbs start appearing, which will be anyday now... they wont have to battle through debris to get through.

    Has anyone gone for BORN IN THE USA - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN?

    Time for a quick read back.

    Happy Days :)

  • Comment number 43.

    CALLING AMERICA - ELO

  • Comment number 44.

    THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC - ABBA

  • Comment number 45.

    WONDERFUL TONIGHT - ERIC CLAPTON

    NOW BE THANKFUL - FAIRPORT CONVENTION

    TOP OF THE WORLD - CARPENTERS

    I’M ALIVE - WILLIE NELSON

    THANK GOD I’M A COUNTRY BOY - JOHN DENVER

    I THANK YOU - SAM & DAVE

  • Comment number 46.

    Good Morning All;

    I've been in the grip of an awful lurgy all week, which doesn't seem to be in any hurry to clear off. Oh well, I hope you get better soon too, Suzie & happy birthday to the Good child. :-)

    Oldie suggestions...

    WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD - LOUIS ARMSTRONG

    THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHTTIME - NEIL DIAMOND

  • Comment number 47.

    THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS - DEAN FRIEDMAN

  • Comment number 48.

    Cappuccino inspiratino:

    THANK YOU (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) - SLY & THE FAMILY STONE

    Zoe and Suziiieeee - hope you feel better soon. Maybe it's something to do with having a "z" in your name!

    And thanks for the birthday wishes. Am wondering if I now need to refer to him as GoodMan...

  • Comment number 49.

    WIND BENEATH MY WINGS - BETTE MIDLER (she says thank you a few times at the end of this song)

    HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY - VAN MORRISON (for the lyrics - We should give thanks and pray to the one)

  • Comment number 50.

    THANK YOU - Bonnie Raitt

    Beautiful beautiful voice.

  • Comment number 51.

    Late Morning Warmth Ter Mayo Lad & ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Lad - (Lad is VERY friemdly scouse terms Si pal) Yes Taylor Swift... She VERY much is the double of a Ukrainian doctor a once dated for a while!!!!!!!!
    She's got that cheeky look in 'er eye and bubbly personaility!!!!!!!

    While there's alotta 'thank you' sentiments around a would like ter say 'bolshoy spaseeeeeeBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'
    A most friendly thank you in russian!!!!!!!

    Also a would also like ter say a BIG 'THANK YOU' that WW3 and the end of the world 'as been called off what with the ceasefire agreed between Isreal and 'amas!!!!!!!
    Although am wondering if a should keep it quiet ter try and get 2 Crimbo dinners out of me Mum!!!!!!!!!
    A very nice 20th December Crimbo dinner sounds most nice.... Followed by an extra celebratory 25th of Decmeber relieved that it didn't end and Christmas celebration!!!!!!!!
    (Just 'ope she ain't reading this!!)

    Am still worried though as the whole of fate and life is mapped out in three's!!!!!!!
    Everything comes in 3 so so far only two world wars!!!!!!!
    The same principle applies ter the number 18 bus, divorces and INDEED WW's!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don't beleive me?????!!!!!@!

    Take our British cycling team!!!!!!!!

    First Wiggo knocked off 'is bike!!!!!!
    Then 'is coach!!!!!!!!!!
    Then Mark Cavendish!!!!!!!!!!!

    There's yer three.... All is now ok no need ter worry as the three 'as appened!!!!!!!
    Nobody died thankfully.... No serious injuries... All ok and cycling can get back ter where it was!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Everything comes in three's!!!!!!!!!

    For my show tune:

    A was gonna say Abba - Thank You For The Music... But too predictable... FOR SURE will get played later.....
    So am gonna mix it up with:

    Alanis Morrisette - Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you!

    Thank you!

    Thank you!

    3 thank you's just ter be safe!

  • Comment number 52.

    PS Terdee the 22nd.... 22 being my lucky number.... And a can say yes terdee is feeling like a most nice and lucky day/ dee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    22nd December if we are all still 'ere also will be even luckier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Another 'thank you' for the 22nd being lucky!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 53.

    Happy birthday to child of JBG today.

    Sorry to hear some bloggers are still poorly after last week. My throat has been very croaky and at times a bit sore since last weekend which is a tad worrying for the simple reason that people say I resemble Deirdre from Corrie and now I'm beginning to sound like her! Yikes!

    Speaking of being poorly, has anyone seen Paul of Sheffield lately? He's been missing from our games of Scrabble so I do hope he is okay.

    Off out with my lovely newbees this afternoon and may just show them a pic or two from last week ;0)

    Catch you later. X

  • Comment number 54.

    Good Morning Each1 (Still just morning, isn't it?)

    'So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish' by Neil Hannon

  • Comment number 55.

    Carrying from from the America / breakfast theme (see Lord A’s tweet) mine was coincidentally toasted corn bread with cheese & marmalade. Not had corn bread since I was in American years ago. Happened to see it yesterday and lovely it was too.

    I cannot stand porridge - even thinking about it makes me come over all peculiar. Oats with COLD milk are the way to go.

    I’ve seen the withering look on the Wittertainment stream - it is quite terrifying.

    #18 JBG - lovely post - happy birthday to your eldest. And thank you, I’ve never really listened to Bonnie Raitt but she is now improving my morning - as you say a beautiful voice.

    Florence - how were Bellowhead last night

    Suzie and Zoe (and now Shona!) - sorry you are all feeling poorly!

    My other comment on the Twilight film was that the Irish vampires are hilariously - straight out of central casting via a bog and the Guinness factory. I laughed, not sure all the Irish folk around me did but they were no more daft than the rest of the film.

  • Comment number 56.

    For all you animal lovers out there, if this doesn't bring a lump to the throat in the spirit of being thankful................

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/EBYPlcSD490?rel=0

    JW

  • Comment number 57.

    #36, JBG. ... or ...

    'Give Thanks And Praises' by Bob Marley & The Wailers

  • Comment number 58.

    Just popped inter me 'ead....

    Franz Ferdinand - Lucky Lucky You - Not a thank you tune butta fine fine tune!!!!!

  • Comment number 59.

    #55 Amelia, for a gorgeous cover version, check out Bonnie Rait's cover of Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the Day". Absolutely beautiful.

    It wasn't a song I really knew until Gilmour sang it at his Meltdown concerts in the South Bank Centre. Then I sudenly realised I the album Bonnie included it on in my collection but had completely forgotten about it.

    Lot's of people have covered it, including Tom Jones on his latest album, but Bonnie's cover is the best in my view. Fantastic. There's a live performance on Youtube with Richard Thompson guesting as well.

  • Comment number 60.

    hi all

    america-simon and garfunkel

    american pie-don mcclean

    breakfast in america-supertramp

    celebration-kool and the gang

  • Comment number 61.

    Thats such a wonderful tail ;) Jennie. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment number 62.

    Hi Simon, Team and Best Bloggers,

    Sailing to Philadelphia - James Taylor & Mark Knopfler

    For my nod to Thanksgiving, I'm baking a pumpkin pie using Nigel's pastry crust and another pumpkin filling recipe that perked me. I think the bottom of the crust is finally cooked, so I'd better dash. Perfection is out of the question and trying to not to burn it is my goal. ;^)

    LB, x

  • Comment number 63.

    1st time poster, only started listening a few months ago whne a work colleague said that they had put forward a confession, not sure if it ever got aired though. been hoooked ever since

    Anyhow - thanksgiving - all related the the pilgrim fathers etc and the following settlers. so how about a reminder of the what the the settlers did etc

    Run to the hills - iron maiden

    Or seeing as since the settlers USA have become so dominant and we have the 'special relationship'

    51st state - New Model Army

    (unlikely that either will get played)

    or I suppose to fit into the the main theme of thanks, most of my thoughts have already been listed

    food, glorious food


    Cheers - Gary

  • Comment number 64.

    Thank You by Led Zep is a must!
    America by Neil Diamond

  • Comment number 65.

    Afternoon all.
    Sorry not been around, feeling rather rubbish. Hope your all fine and dandy though.
    Cherub loved Taylor Swift last night and wondered if the team would wear their Onesies to make her feel at home. Incidently ELH are selling them for £10 :-)
    Oh my its looking grim out there. So dont want to go to work.
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 66.

    #56/61 - isn't it an amazing story, Sal?! I think we still have a lot to learn about the animal world!

    Sorry to read of so many bloggers with the lurgy - get well soon, we miss you all.

    JW

  • Comment number 67.

    #55 Amelia, Bellowhead were brilliant and so was their support act, Mama Rosin from Switzerland, whom I had seen on Jools Holland's show! I can see why Simon likes Bellowhead and why they are so popular because they just have so much infectious energy and enthusiasm on stage (and in amongst the audience in one of their songs)!

    I could tell the show would be fun because during the interval, all the roadies were on stage, clearing away Mama Rosin's equipment and preparing for Bellowhead, DRESSED IN FULL PIRATE OUTFITS!! :o))

    It was a brilliant night and I hope Bellowhead win the Folk Awards best group!

    I was sitting in the balcony so I could sit my little camera on the ledge to give you a taster!

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

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8207/8207517327_6ff5568b2f_b.jpg

    Here's a 'pirate' who looks like he's got only one leg (sorry for poor quality)

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8345/8208628316_aea7b99004_z.jpg

    Another pirate was testing the drums and every time a new instrument was brought on stage, it was by a pirate! Good fun!

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8489/8207548799_bd5a896daf_z.jpg

  • Comment number 68.

    Okay, I finally gave in and googled what a onsie is as twitter seems full of references to it.

    Am I wright that people are meant to sleep in them? Why on earth would anyone choose to sleep in one of those?

  • Comment number 69.

    Hello All,

    today would love to hear any song of gratitude choices include

    'Wonderful World' Louis Armstrong
    'Beautiful Day' U2
    'Headstart To Happiness' Style Council
    'I Feel Good' James Brown

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 70.

    Heavens, look at the time!

    After a quick scan it appears that there are various bloggers with various maladies - so I hope you're all feeling better soon.

    A couple of Oldies to add my vote for:
    Thank You for Loving Me - Bon Jovi
    What a Wonderful World - Joey Ramone / Louise Armstrong

  • Comment number 71.

    #59 Ken.... another Bonny Raitt fan here.. do you know she's touring here next June?

  • Comment number 72.

    Flo - thank you for the photos and the video, pleased you enjoyed them so much, they really do make the most joyous noise!

    Ken - sleep / lounge around in I think - hideous whatever. Dimming of the Day really is beautiful, thank you.

    Welcome to blog shefsmog - hope you stay around and chat.

  • Comment number 73.

    Happy Birthday to Goodchild, who at 18, will always be your child John, no matter how grown up they seem to be.

    AND a new blog title Brandon! Congratulations.

    Back to the potting shed, its glorious out there today. What a difference.

  • Comment number 74.

    No. 18 - So glad that you celebrate and enjoy Thanksgiving, and happy 18th birthday to GoodChild#1. Speaking as one who is originally from NY State (Long Island, actually, and 45 years ago), my family also celebrates this holiday, and in a short time we will be going over to my son and daughter-in-laws home to enjoy - together with grandson and friends - turkey, stuffing, candied yams and pumpkin pie! Looking forward to it, and have been starving myself this morning in anticipation!

    No tunes from me but thanks to all those who have contributed such a large collection.

    PS Tomorrow is Black Friday in the States - glad I’m not around for that, although going into Newcastle tomorrow so may still be fighting everyone in Marks & Spencer. Then again, I’m in a wheelchair, so others come off worse than me!

  • Comment number 75.

    #59 yes, 'Dimming of the day' sigh...and 'I can't make you love me' gawjus stuff.
    Went to see her a few years back at our local theatre, she is a real hoot - and her voice is as rich and deep as it is on record.

    Managed to get a cancellation at the DRs, this razor-edged throat and sore ears to add to all the coughing up stuff and sweatiness can't be right?!
    He said 'do you want the good news or the bad news' - to which I jauntily replied 'how long have I got?'
    'Ah no', he said, 'it's a virus and so no antibiotics for you, not even as a placebo'. Cheek! As if I that would work with me.
    Pants.
    So back on paracetamol and sipping cold water over my wretched sore throat.
    Really don't want to lose another weekend to sitting zombie-like on the sofa.

    Last from me

    IMAGINING AMERICA by Everything but the girl

    Get well all you other poorly ones - and sorry about the floods to those in afflicted parts.
    Happy Birthday to JBG Junior as they say in the Big Apple - but eeek that makes JBG SENIOR.
    NB When the senior person with the shared family name drops off the perch, does the person with the junior tag become the 'senior'??

    We had an American lodger for 3 years and always got into the swing of thanksgiving for her sake, (even tho horror of horrors she was a Vegetarian) - happy days.
    She also made an excellent snowman (plenty of practice)

    This has got to be the l o n g e s t day ever.

  • Comment number 76.

    #56 What a lovely story Jennie! I am sitting here with a lump in my throat...

    #67 Thanks for the pictures Florence. I can't remember whether I've mentioned this before - when I went to see Level 42 last month I took a couple of pictures, but a guy behind me tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to stop. I complied, but I was not happy about it. I agree it can be irritating to have people snapping away for the whole gig - in fact when we went to see Queen earlier in the year there was someone in front of us who must have seen the whole show through a camera lens. I don't see the point of that - you might just as well get a DVD. But I had only just started, and I was only ever intending to take a few here and there. I thought he was being a bit mean...

    #69 Congratulations Grandad Brandon! But you can't possibly be old enough...

    :o)

    Welcome to shefsmog and CindyC - hope you'll stay and chat.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 77.

    Thank you for loving me - Bon JovI

    What could be better on thanks giving day. A true American.

    Plus my missus loves him and its our 11th wedding anniversary this weekend. Might get a few bonus points, if it gets played.

  • Comment number 78.

    Too much good music to listen to. I was enjoying Bonny Raitt then Flo made me want to go and listen to Bellowhead and then I realised the time so Rad Mac are on. Some rather lovely Belle & Sebastian at the moment.

    Lots of new folk today - welcome Mitch (good choice of song) and CyndyC!

  • Comment number 79.

    Deebee - I have ranted about photos at gigs before so I will just say I think if you just take a few and don't use flash (heaven forbid) there is little harm. I just don't get folk who spend a gig looking through a camera lens - you might as well be at home.

  • Comment number 80.

    #67 - it looks and sounds like a good time was had by all, Florence.

    #69 - congratulations Grandad Brandon - is that your first? - you must have been a child groom!!

    Welcome to all new bloggers today - come back soon.....

    JW

  • Comment number 81.

    #76 Deebee, I agree it was rather mean of the jobsworth at your Level 42 gig to stop you from taking a few pics, it's not as though you're going to be trying to sell them, and as almost everyone has a camera or phone, surely if the jobsworth went round tapping everyone on the shoulder, it would be far more annoying than a few pics being taken with no flash - I never use flash as it would instantly draw attention.

    Bellowhead gig was standing downstairs and seated upstairs, where I was and likewise at the Deacon Blue gig a few weeks ago and I think picture taking at standing gigs seems to not bother staff, but I've no idea why and at outdoor gigs or festivals it seems OK for cameras to be used. Two weeks ago at the Christy Moore show I saw one person with her phone in front of her for all of the show.

    If I do make any clips, I never hold my camera up in the air, so as not to be spotted, and if sitting at front of dress circle, I rest the camera on the ledge (and hope for the best) and watch the show above it, so am not watching 'through' the camera. I would never film during a musical, but often take a pic of the cast during the encore.

    When we saw Van 'grumpy' Morrison earlier in the year, a voice over the tannoy said 'strictly no cameras or phones are to be used' and a guy near me said the last time he saw Van Morrison, Van saw someone using a phone and ordered the staff to remove him!

    A good friend of mine works at the Usher Hall and when we were chatting about the taking of pics at gigs, she said that very often, the singer/comedian etc insists that the use of cameras is forbidden, in which case an announcement is made just before the show starts but at standing gigs for people like Deacon Blue, Jessie J, Keane etc, they don't have any restrictions and usually ask the audience not to use flash photography, which I would never do.

    Oops... sorry for long boring post :o(

  • Comment number 82.

    #81 I agree no flash, mind you most modern cameras these days don't require it, and in fact some have a setting specifically for bright artificial lights such as you would get at a gig. I think the guy was annoyed at me because I was in front of him - presumably other people elsewhere in the hall who were also taking pictures weren't in his line of sight. I have also been at gigs where people have tutted at others singing along - I think some folks are just born with a grumpy gene, and always have to find something to complain about...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 83.

    Went to see New Model army on the 30th Anniversary Toiur a couple of years ago and they were actively encouraging videos to be tkane so that they could be used by the band to compile a documentary for the tour.

    Mind you you had to be far enough away from the pit for the videos to look OK, and as usual with their gigs I came out aching, briused, sore and knackered. (not as young as I used to be)

  • Comment number 84.

    #82 Deebee, so was this guy someone in the audience and not a member of staff at the venue? If so, surely he didn't have any authority to tap you on the shoulder to tell you not to take pictures! It's not like you were letting off fireworks or being offensive to anyone... some people should live and let live!

  • Comment number 85.

    Oh crikey, did a really write wright in an earlier post? ;-)

    I think I need a holiday.

    #71 Florence, yes but I wasn't organised and sadly all the ground level seats at the Albert Hall and the Southend Whateveritscalled have gone and I hate the idea of being up in the ceiling space :-(

  • Comment number 86.

    Not a boring post at all, Florence - what is the matter with Van M. that he is so Grumpy - can't be lack of money if the price of tickets to his gigs are anything to go by...

  • Comment number 87.

    #85 - Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Ken

    JW

  • Comment number 88.

    Thanks Jennie, that's the one. Have you been there? What's the view and sound from the balcony like there. I guess it would be a possibility. Up top at the Albert Hall tends to be too echoey for my tastes based on two All About Eve gigs in the 80s.

  • Comment number 89.

    #86 Jennie, Van Morrison hardly ever utters a word to his audience, even at the end he strolls off and never returns for an encore (not the three times I've seen him) and to think that very often the cheapest tickets are over £50 and several thousand people have spent hard-earned money on his tickets (and possibly merchandise) he never even thanks them for coming... such a rude, ignorant man, who I don't wnt to see again!

    On the other hand, Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue very warmly/sincerely thanked his audience (before a note had been sung and later in the show) for spending money and coming out on a Monday night to see them, also others always say thanks for coming, but Van M is ignorant and I believe he's just as bad with his backing musicians!!

    #83 Shefsmog, I'm sure that some albums have been made using 'bootleg' recordings and I think Elton John has had an album that consists of of audience recordings and one of Judie Tzuke's albums was made from fans' recordings.

  • Comment number 90.

    Flo - hardly boring - I will rant a little more on one of my favourite subject later when I'm not rushing out the door.

    Ken - indeed you did - I was too polite to mention - I'm always doing similar on here and wondering how on earth I didn't notice before I posted. My favourite is yoke and yolk.

  • Comment number 91.

    #88 - As far as I remember,Ken (it's been a while since we went upstairs!) the view was fine and to my untutored ears, the sound was good. They always seem to get packed out for 'big name' events , so I presume that if the sound was no good, people wouldn't go.

    JW

  • Comment number 92.

    The Dorset wildlife trust has just issued a severe weather warning.

    Looks as if its going to affect a few others too, so take care if out and about.

    http://www.raintoday.co.uk/

    Wedges crown on that little bit firmer....

  • Comment number 93.

    #84 Yes, he was just a punter like me. I didn't have Mr B with me, or I might have been a bit braver and ignored him.

    #92 Yikes, Sal! You take care of that crown now. One more day...

    :o)

  • Comment number 94.

    Congrats to Goodchild#1 and Grandad Brandon :)

  • Comment number 95.

    It started off nice here today but has been raining since just after lunch, but I mustn't complain, having seen such dreadful flooding on the television in some parts of the country. I don't understand why there is so much rain nowadays, I'm sure it didn't rain like this when I was young, when from Easter onwards it was Clarks' sandals, little white socks and summery dresses and rarely more than a cardigan on top!

  • Comment number 96.

    Shortly off to brave the hideous winds here in the bleak North lincs area, country roads without street lights and losts of twists & turns, then unlit motorways. Really not looking forward to it. But at least for the 1½ journey I'll have drivetime on

  • Comment number 97.

    Be careful out there, all you travelling bloggers.

    JW

  • Comment number 98.

    Afternoon all

    Just come up for air after a mountain of paperwork!

    Congrats to Grandad Brandon and Goodchild #1

    #92 Wow Sal, that doesn't look good - it's very windy here, but no rain!

  • Comment number 99.

    Hello again .. first chance to poop back since this morning.

    Many happy returns to Goodchild #1. I would stick with that name if I were you John, as he will always be your child.

    Congratulations also to Grandad Brandon, who I can confirm looks way too young to be a grandparent.

    Off to batten down the hatches ..

  • Comment number 100.

    What a coincidence... he may be grumpy & I wouldn't pay £150 to see him, but this is a great song!

 

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