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Simon Mayo | 08:28 UK time, Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The train south from Waterloo. A bacon and egg roll (with ketchup) and a coffee to hand and (as JY used to say) 'orft we jolly well'. Stockbridge in deepest Hampshire is the destination for this morning's fun and games and not the Stockbridge in the James Taylor song '1st December was covered in snow, so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston'. Not that one. Wrong turnpike.
Then a speedy return to Radio 2 and tonight's top show which will not ask you to lick your elbow, smoke a pipe or another deviant activity but might tempt you to open a map. Our guest is Simon Garfield who has written 'On The Map' an account of our fascination with maps. From the earliest sketches of explorers, treasure maps and google maps, Simon tells a fantastic story. He also addresses the prickly subject of the different ways men and women approach map reading! Tread carefully...
And how about MAP oldies? Plenty of scope for bloggers imaginations to roam free (and special credit to John B Good for his 'This Is Not America' suggestion yesterday- maybe my favourite ever).
Have a fragrant and encouraging Wednesday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning all

    TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS - John Denver

    Is the first thing that springs to mind!

    Well done JBG - mentioned in dispatches!

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning all!
    Not blogged for quite some time but here are some suggestions:

    Al Stewart - On The Border
    Wings - Band on the Run
    Michael Jackson - Earth Song
    Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
    Tom Jones - Hit Or Miss (Battleships anyone?!)
    Kraftwerk - Autobahn
    Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia (all abouth the Mason-Dixon line)
    Peter Frampton - Show Me The Way
    Tony Christie - Is This The Way To Amarillo

    That's enough from me...

  • Comment number 3.

    Good morning all, rain threatening here this morning, again.

    ABC - JACKSON 5

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning everyone

    Well done to JBG for a special personal mention from Simon in the blog.

    I hope Amelia likes my first song... I'll be singing along to it on Friday night!

    N17 ~ The Saw Doctors

    ON THE BORDER ~ Al Stewart

    TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS ~ John Denver

    GOING UP THE COUNTRY ~ Canned Heat

    LOST IN FRANCE ~ Bonnie Tyler

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning Sir, team, NYM and roaming oldies,

    Well, I do most sincerely appreciate those kind words, your Lordship, and delighted to get a mention in dispatches (despatches?). Anyway, high praise indeed!

    So it seems a bit greedy to make more suggestions for a mensh today. But, whatever, that never stopped anybody before, and it’s all a bit of fun....and if I don’t, Billie will!

    #mapoldies

    RAMBLE ON – Led Zeppelin

    ROAM – B52’s

    LOST! - Coldplay

    LOST IN FRANCE – Bonnie Tyler

    RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM – Maxine Nightingale

  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning Simon and Blogger Chums

    STREETS OF LONDON - RALPH MCTELL

    Off for another wee think...............

  • Comment number 7.

    #5 You're right JBG, I knew it looked wrong as I pressed the button! Don't post on the blog for ages and then make a mistake!

  • Comment number 8.

    Well done JBG for a mention from Simon this morning! That must have made your day ;0)

    TAKE ME BACK AGAIN - TEDDY THOMPSON

    BABY, I LOVE YOUR WAY - PETER FRAMPTON

    500 MILES -THE PROCLAIMERS

    TAKE ME HOME - JACK SAVORETTI

  • Comment number 9.

    JBG, if its OK with you I'd like to think I was right in there on the ground floor of gushing praise for your selection yesterday!

    I'LL FIND MY WAY HOME - Jon & Vangelis

    SEARCHIN' - Hazell Dean

    HONEY, I'M LOST - The Dooleys

  • Comment number 10.

    Morning bloggers all.

    A marvellous mention in dispatches JBG - well done :)

    I hope all's well, I haven't had a chance to catch up completely with yesterday but will add my thoughts on the highs and lows of Christmas: like many families Christmas is bitter-sweet and we try to maintain a cheery and festive approach whilst the sadness of losing a daughter/sister is very much on our mind. We've always had quiet, immediate family events and so the loss is always apparent but as we, and particularly my sister, have always loved the holidays so we enjoy the champagne, presents and good cheer. Church on Christmas Eve (although these days rarely Christmas Day), carol singing at school and with choirs both here and in Cheshire is something I thoroughly enjoy. Buying gifts and sending cards to those both near and dear, and those with whom I only maintain a once-a-year contact, is all part of the fun. There is no doubt that I probably enjoy it all the more for the fact that I finish work week before and get at least 2 full weeks helps! I try to block out the over-commercialism and focus on family and friends.

    Anyway - that aside, I'm looking forward to the blog party again this year. I might have some mince-pies in the the freezer from last year .... they'll be fine I'm sure!

    Map Oldies - yikes:
    On the Street Where You Live - Vic Damone
    Lost Highway - Bon Jovi
    Lost in France - Bonnie Tyler
    Planet Earth - Duran Duran
    Mancuian Way - Take That
    Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz

  • Comment number 11.

    Good morning all - dry but cloudy at the moment here in S. Essex

    Congratulations for the 'mentioned in despatches' JBG - there should be an award for such an occurence, I feel.............G.O.O.D - THE GRAND ORDER OF DESPATCHES Award, maybe?

    Anyway

    WHERE DO YOU GO TO MY LOVELY - PETER SARSTEDT

  • Comment number 12.

    ROAD TO HELL ~ Chris Rea

    59th STREET BRIDGE SONG ~ Simon and Garfunkel

    THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD ~ The Beatles

    ARNOLD LANE ~ Pink Floyd

  • Comment number 13.

    Maps have keys don't they?

    So, let's try

    BRAND NEW KEY - MELANIE

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning Simon, lovely bloggers and especially JBG!

    Well deserved mention in dispatches John - no pressure today to come up with something equally brilliant!

    Running out the door and lacking inspiration, back later


    RAOD TO NOWHERE - TALKING HEADS

    I’M GONNA BE (500 MILES) - THE PROCLAIMERS

    MAP OF THE WORLD - MARILLION

    CITY TO CITY - GERRY RAFFERTY

    HOMEWARD BOUND - SIMON & GARFUNKEL

    SO FAR AWAY - DIRE STRAITS

    SO FAR AWAY - CAROLE KING

    WILL IT GO ROUND IN CIRCLES - BILLY PRESTON / PAUL WELLER

  • Comment number 15.

    UPSIDE DOWN - PALOMA FAITH - cos apparently lots of people have the map upside down when navigating

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning Mayo Geeez & ALL Blog Pals...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Man - Be VERY careful with the coffee if yer go over a set of points at 90mph.... And also be VERY careful biting into yer bacon roll at anything upter 90 degrees.... Could end up arriivng at R2 aych Q with coffee and ketchup all over yersen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just wanted ter share with all 2 new milestones acheived in me quest ter try and become an olympic track cyclist in 2016...
    Last week I 'it a new top speed accidently after me old time of 30,07mph stood for a couple of months... 30.10mph!!!
    But yesterday on the way to work I was powering along on one of the fastest parts of me cycle and me speedo read 28mph... So a decided ter go for it....
    Me new top speed 34.31mph or 55.20kph!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Wiggo won 'is olympic gold in the road time trail event with an average of 50.1kph... But that is the WHOLE 44km... I just 'it over that briefly... Never the less i'm getting better day by day!!!!!!
    If I was on a carbon fibre cycle the same as Wiggo instead of me 20 year old moutain bike I would 'ave 'it around 50mph or 80kph pedalling at a similar cadence!!!!!!!!!!

    But there's more:

    Last night at 1am on me way 'ome from work a really tried ter break the illusive 20 minute barrier... I did it a while back 19.52 but that was a one off!!!!!!
    After seeing dry conditions were forecast I gave it a go last night.... I got off to a sluggish start, still quick, but not very fast like i'd like... It was freezing and a 10mph 'eadwind made it even colder!!!!!! So the start of me ride wasn't very pleasant!!!!!!
    But once I turned east and got warmed up then by 10 mins into my ride I really started flying!!!!!!!

    I'm starting to really concentrating on my pedal strokes.... Forcing each stroke down to get alot of power!!!!!!
    I'm really starting to sound like a pro-cyclist... Most cycles are slient as they go by but i've watched Wiggo on the Tour Of Britain race and when they all go past the cycles sound powerful/ angry... You can 'ear the power from their legs going through the tyres into the road!!!!!
    Tyre road roar it's called of which i'm doing now so much I keep thinking a car is coming up behind me... I look over my shoulder only to realise it's me making the roar of the tyres!!!!!!!!
    And my chain makes a destinctive noise too with each stroke... I'm starting to produce some power through the bicycle!!!!

    As I came into my 'ome town I could sense this was good and a new personal best could be up for grabs....
    Pedalling as fast as my lungs and legs would let me.... I crouched down to be more areodynamic and blasted into the final km!!!!!!!!
    I was fighting 'ard... So out of breath and the pain in my legs.... But still fighting!!!!!! Fighting!!!!!
    I took the sharp left 'ander flat at around 23mph.... right by the police station knowing a car could be around the corner!!!!!!!
    But in the early 'ours every night I almost never see a car 'ere!!!!!!!
    Still caution.... I took a wide line leaning like a motorbike on a race track..... As I came around the corner.....
    A police car was just coming the other way.... I gave the policeman driving a fright.... Oh dear I 'ope 'e doesn't come after me for words of ADVICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Luckily I think the local police know me now.... I often pass the same police late at night on my way 'ome so i'm sure most of the police know of me!!!!!!
    Sometimes I think it looks suspicious late at night a lone cyclist pedalling like mad with a small rucksack on me back.... Looks like ave gotta bag of swag and i'm trying ter make a fast get away!!!!!!!

    Anyway all was ok.... No police chasing me!!!!!!!!!!

    I fought now into the last 400 metres.... I couldn't go any faster..... I so needed to get to the finish of my ride..... I was doing 28mph.... But now on the last stretch my legs 'ad gone.... 24mph I couldn't go faster despite giving it all into the last 100metres!!!!!!!!!!!
    I 'it the brakes 'ard ter come to a stop at my back gate.... Violently 'itting a bump in the road surface and nearly losing control.... But not losing control what with my natural racing driver reflexes (another long story the racing driver thingy!!!!).... I stopped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I looked at my cycle computer.............................................

    20.02!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So, so, so, so close.... 2 seconds from my 20 minute target!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But i'm feel so elated..... 20,02 is absolutely brilliant for me... I feel so positive... I am continually improving...... I just feel so motivated.... I feel now NOTHING will stop me from getting to Rio 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'ope all don't mind me writing often about me cycling... But just keeping all upter date with me progress day by day... Yer could be witnessing an olympic champion in the making.... Or a deluded nutter entering mid-life crisis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning all

    Anyone who's ever tried to read a map in a force 8 on Kinder Scout will recognise the following:

    BOB DYLAN - BLOWIN' IN THE WIND

  • Comment number 18.

    How about

    DIANA ROSS - Upside Down

    which is the way round that Lady Cumference has to have the map if she's driving south (or 'down the page')

  • Comment number 19.

    And for anyone who has tried to figure out what all the symbols mean:

    NEIL YOUNG - UNKNOWN LEGEND

  • Comment number 20.

    SOLSBURY HILL ~ Pete Gabriel

    BAKER STREET ~ Gerry Rafferty

    ITCHYCOO PARK ~ Small Faces

  • Comment number 21.

    THE WANDERER - DION

  • Comment number 22.

    LETS GO ROUND AGAIN - AVERAGE WHITE BAND

    Snap, Sir C but different songs (?) and I do the same!

  • Comment number 23.

    IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT – Odyssey

    RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH – Ike & Tina Turner

    I’LL FIND MY WAY HOME – Jon & Vangelis (too C*****massy??)

    and the person who tends to be on map-reading duty (at least in our SatNav-free car...)

    THE PASSENGER – Iggy Pop

  • Comment number 24.

    "WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME" - U2
    "SHOW YOU THE WAY TO GO" - JACKSONS
    "SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY" - FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS (if she has the map reading skills of my other half)
    "RESCUE ME" -Fontella Bass (see above)

    The ambulance chaser

  • Comment number 25.

    UP THE JUNCTION - SQUEEZE

    Have we had COUNTRY ROADS - ONJ?

  • Comment number 26.

    EAST WEST - Morrissey

    NORTH AND SOUTH - Christy Moore

    #18 Sir-Cumfy - that is so true!

  • Comment number 27.

    UP AROUND THE BEND - CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
    DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE - DIONNE WARWICK
    WE CAN WORK IT OUT - THE BEATLES
    WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? - THE POPPY FAMILY

    To continue the thead of having the map the wrong way up
    I CANT TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP - THE HOLLIES.

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Well done JBG for your personal recognition.

    In recent times when I am being given directions I have to stop people in their tracks and so don't worry explaining I have a Sat Nav.....Sat Navs have made us all lazy although I am constantly disobeying mine and feel sometimes it wants to slap me in the face as I am confusing it no end!

    1. I'LL FIND MY HOME - Vangelis
    2. ROAM - B52's
    3. What makes you beautiful - ONE DIRECTION
    4. SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO - The Jacksons
    5. ROAD TO NOWHERE - Talking Heads
    6. HIGHWAY TO HELL - ACDC
    7. SEARCHING - Hazell Dean
    8. LOST IN MUSIC - Sister Sledge
    9. RIGHT BACK WHERE I STARTED FROM - Maxine Nightingale
    10. ROUTE 66 - Rolling Stones

    Tatty bye

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 29.

    PS For Map Tunes:

    'ow about:

    Mathew & The Atlas - To The North

    or

    The Yeah Yeah Yeah's - Maps

    or

    Immaterial - Driving My Way From 'ome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    All most friendly.... Most nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 30.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    #mapoldies

    GO YOUR OWN WAY - Fleetwood Mac

    GO YOUR OWN WAY - Wilson Phillips

    ROAD TO NOWHERE - Talking Heads

    SHOW ME THE WAY - Peter Frampton

    STREETS OF LONDON - Ralph McTell

    LOST IN FRANCE - Bonnie Tyler

    I'LL FIND MY WAY HOME - Vangelis

    ~X~

  • Comment number 31.

    #16 Bingo, you keep going my son and Rio '16 is within reach!!

    It is absolutely freezing here today and I'm not jealous or anything that Mr W is flying off to Dubai for 2 weeks. He says it's business.............Hmph

  • Comment number 32.

    and now I've had a chance to read back properly...

    Well done JBG for your very special blogmention! I feel that deserves a hat or a crown or something.

    And 15 posts in 10 minutes - including Bingo's very long one. Blog's on fire this morning!

    :o)

  • Comment number 33.

    THE CONTOURS - JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING

  • Comment number 34.

    BEND ME SHAPE ME ~ Amen Corner

    UP AROUND THE BEND ~ Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • Comment number 35.

    COCTEAU TWINS - ROAD, RIVER AND RAIL

  • Comment number 36.

    Deebee #11 - perhaps someone clever could design said award? Florence with her photo skills?

    Also you asked yesterday about Ken Bruce's Tracks of my Years - it's usually on at about 11.40 -11.45ish.

    JW

  • Comment number 37.

    Crossroads - Blazing squad
    every days a winding road - Sheryl Crow
    Many rivers to cross - UB40
    This is your land - Simple Minds
    YMCA - Village People
    Jack to the sound of the underground - Hithouse

  • Comment number 38.

    #32 Deebee.... how about a scarf for JBG on this cold morning... not sure if this will look right so I may need an edit button!

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  • Comment number 39.

    GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO - Mamas & Papas

    THEME FROM MAHOGANY (DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO?) - Diana Ross

    HOW FAR - Beth Orton (when was the last time anybody listened to Trailer Park?)


    Thanks for all the thanks, peeps.

    See you later....

  • Comment number 40.

    TALKING HEADS - Road To Nowhere

    JOHN FOGERTY - The Old Man Down The Road

    PETER SARSTEDT - Where Do You Go To My Lovely? :o)

    TOM ROBINSON BAND - 2-4-6-8 MOTORWAY

    IKE & TINA TURNER - River Deep, Mountain High

  • Comment number 41.

    Morning all .. that scarf looks cosy

    TOP OF THE WORLD by The Carpenters

  • Comment number 42.

    ooh ooh

    SO FAR AWAY - Carole King

    SO FAR AWAY - Dire Straits

  • Comment number 43.

    GOING UNDERGROUND by The Jam

  • Comment number 44.

    #38 - scarf looks a bit short... just as well it's a stretchy one! I'll try to lengthen it!

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  • Comment number 45.

    SUPERTRAMP - Take The Long Way Home

  • Comment number 46.

    Florence - thank you , it's lovely, I've always wanted one just like that!

    (Takes great care not to remove label, folds it up carefully and places in drawer, ready to give to Shona next year)

  • Comment number 47.

    RADAR LOVE by Golden Earring

    SIGN OF THE TIMES by The Belle Stars

    LABELLED WITH LOVE by Squeeze

  • Comment number 48.

    #44 Lovely scarf Flo and it really suits JBG ;0)


    Coffee time!

  • Comment number 49.

    Aww thanks Shona... :o)

    TURN, TURN, TURN ~ The Byrds

    CIRCLES ~ New Seekers

  • Comment number 50.

    #46 LOL, JBG. That really made me laugh! Will be sure to let MiL know ;)

  • Comment number 51.

    PAUL McCARTNEY - WANDERLUST

  • Comment number 52.

    One Way or Another - Blondie

  • Comment number 53.

    GIRLS ALOUD - Sound of the Underground

  • Comment number 54.

    Morning! Not a mardy pants today. Sorry for yesterday's sermon on my family.

    No time to hang around (phew, you say) can I suggest:

    WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAMES - U2
    500 MILES - THE PROCLAIMERS
    STAY ON THESE ROADS - AHA

    Have lovely days all! x

  • Comment number 55.

    Well done John B Good for the mention in dispatches today. Rather nippy dont you think? Make good use of that scalf dear chap :-)

    LET ME SHOW YOU THE WAY TO GO - THE JACKSONS

    Just bought tickets for first and last night of cherubs panto. Not sure who hubbs is going to take with him, bearing in mind im also on the stage! Keep kicking those legs people, t'will keep up warm and toasty!

    ~gill~

  • Comment number 56.

    OK, so you don't like my idea of the G.O.O.D Award, and I thought I was being so clever, especially for that time in the morning - a scarf is obviously much more practical! ;0)

    I meant to congratulate Bingo on his continuing efforts to become a member of the 2016 cycling team - always chase your goals, Bingo; you never know when they might be taken away from you by circumstances beyond your control... I would dedicate THE PUSHBIKE SONG to you if someone would play it!

    JW

  • Comment number 57.

    Map Oldies... 2 come to mind...

    Can't tell the bottom from the top by The Hollies - Well, I never can - God bless SAT NAV!!
    or
    Lost in France by....eeerrrr.... (Google it Clare) .....Oh teah, Bonnie Tyler..Doh!!!
    xXx

  • Comment number 58.

    #54 Now stop that Hoffs. It was an entirely justified rantette.

    Can't think of a song just now. May have to think on it.

  • Comment number 59.

    Time for a coffee break...

    There's a Right Royal Visitation in Cambridge today - non other than Mr and Mrs Cambridge themselves, Wills and Kate. Even if I wasn't carless, I wouldn't be going for my usual Wednesday lunchtime swim as all the city roads are an absolute nightmare... Apparently they arrived by train - I'm glad to hear that F***st Ca****l C***ct is good enough for them...

    :o)

    #36 Thanks Jennie - I've got my headphones with me, so I'll have a 'listen again' at lunchtime.

    #44 Lovely scarf, Flo!

    #46 LOL!

    #57 Glad you came back again, Planet Clare!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 60.

    Cappuccino inspiratino:

    FROM A DISTANCE - Bette Midler

    (Bet that will put someone's hackles up. I suspect she's in the same Marmite category as kd lang...)


    Nice to see Planet_Clare back, and also Fenners.

    Jennie - I feel a bit unconfortable with the G.O.O.D acronym for the desptaches award....Perhaps a M.I.L.D Award would be better; Mention in his Lordship's Despatches?

    Hospital update - I didn't mention it the other day, but mum was back in hospital on Monday. Anyway, the good news is she's had surgery and coming home today and all appears to be well.

    3WW Builders knocking, irritating.

  • Comment number 61.

    Er, 'Rip it Up' - Orange Juice? (For those moments of cartographic frustration. Or not.)

  • Comment number 62.

    Thanks all for the lovely welcome... I feel very honoured..

    So, as a newbee is there anything I need to know??? xXx

  • Comment number 63.

    #4 N17 by The Saw Doctors would be good I did think of Galway and Mayo by the Saw Doctors as well as it has "Twisting’s , turning , winding roads Of Galway and Mayo" in the Lyrics.

    Florence I'm sure you will have a great time Friday I've got to wait until the 9th before get to see them. Better get practicing "stone walls and the grass is green"

  • Comment number 64.

    Morning All,

    'Borderline' Madonna

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 65.

    Good morning all (just!)

    #mapoldies?

    The Knowledge - Janet Jackson

    From A Distance - Donna Summer

    Right Direction - En Vogue


    Well done on your special mention, JBG. 'Twas indeed a fine, inspired choice.

    mc x

  • Comment number 66.

    If the map reading goes wrong:

    All My Life's A Circle - New Seekers

    Lost In France - Bonnie Tyler

  • Comment number 67.

    DEAD END STREET - THE KINKS

    LONGITUDE AND LATITUDE - TOM GLAZIER & DOTTIE EVANS

  • Comment number 68.

    Double-shot soy cappuccino inspiratino:

    SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW - Keane

    "I walked across an empty land
    I knew the pathway like the back of my hand"

    #62 Planet Clare - no rules, no guidelines, just be yourself and enjoy the "bant" (as my kids seem to say...)

  • Comment number 69.

    Mark Knopfler and James Taylor "Sailing to Philadelphia" is about map makers.

  • Comment number 70.

    Morning all.

    A beautiful one too. A bit different from the heavy white frost that loomed as I looked out of the window from the maternity ward 21 years ago today.

    Where did that time go?

    Woohoo for your mensh in the blog John, well deserved too.

    Songs for maps.... back in a mo.

    Oh yes, Planet Clare, all you need to know, is down there, under complete archive. Happy reading :)

  • Comment number 71.

    'All Over The World' ELO

  • Comment number 72.

    CIRCLES - THE WHO

  • Comment number 73.

    Back again - had inspiration on my walk:

    LATITUDE - ELTON JOHN

    (shall I get my coat?)

    Planet Clare - yes, make sure you are around for the bloggers Chr**tmas party. It is an experience you won't want to miss!

  • Comment number 74.

    #68 - Sounds Reem Johnny...See I can do kid speak too... Or at least I think I can.
    xXx

  • Comment number 75.

    ARRIVAL - ABBA.

    I wonder (departure) - ABBA.

  • Comment number 76.

    Or:

    I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR - U2

    As, with the map upside down, I wind down the window and ask someone for help..

  • Comment number 77.

    Where the Streets Have No Name -U2. Map disaster? (Ok, coat, gone.)

  • Comment number 78.

    #62 Planet Clare, as others have said there are no rules - just blog nicely... As I'm sure you will! And have fun, of course - goes without saying. It's also worth noting that our esteemed leader does read our ramblings, and occasionally comments on them - so bear that in mind if you are saying something directly about him or about the show.

    :o)

  • Comment number 79.

    #70 Congrats Sal! I seem to remember you like this.....


    IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE - Dusty Springfield

  • Comment number 80.

    #62 Planet Clare.... hello and welcome from me, in the link below....

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8342/8225963131_21be449b05.jpg

  • Comment number 81.

    Seems like I've made suggestions that have gone before. That will 'learn me' for not getting on the blog sooner!

    One that hasn't been put forward yet:


    Follow You, Follow Me - Genesis Lovely song.

  • Comment number 82.

    END OF THE LINE - THE TRAVELING WILBURYS

    MAPS - YEAH YEAH YEAHS

  • Comment number 83.

    Where would we be without maps?

    MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR - Beatles


    3WW Must get on.

  • Comment number 84.

    #Molly, nice bit of East Anglian there. In my mind, I even "said" - that'll learn ya!

    Whatever are you loike?

  • Comment number 85.

  • Comment number 86.

    #60 - sorry, John. I wouldn't want to make you feel uncomfortable; I thought I was beeing so clever linking your name with the acronym! There you go...

    JW

  • Comment number 87.

    Hello again Claire - good to see you today! As for advice - the only thing I would add is that there is nothing too daft to be discussed here - it’s often the most obscure things that get people talking so just post whatever is in your head. And ask if you don’t understand something. Lord Ammo is Simon for example, OSM is “order of the silent mention” for when a song you choose gets played but you didn’t get a mention.

    And Bingo’s posts are best enjoyed if you read them in a Liverpudlian accent.

  • Comment number 88.

    Thanks John and yes, I do :)

    IS THIS THE WAY TO AMARILLO? - TONY CHRISTIE.

    Its probably already up ^ there.

  • Comment number 89.

    hi all

    i'll find my way home-jon and vangelis

    do you know the way to san jose-dionne warwick

    turn turn turn-the byrds

    road to nowhere-talking heads

  • Comment number 90.

    #18 I'm with Lady C on the map-holding scenario...

    Nothing new to add, some great suggestions above - I have been roped into decorating the work Christm*as tree - the students' last day is this Friday, so they are getting all excited about that huge holiday they're about to have.
    As grandchild #2 was due Xmas eve and has now been here nearly 3 weeks already, my Christmas countdown has gone all kaput.

    Well done to JBG for the super-dooper mench on the wireless last night, heard it and was proud for you - and a blog post from our leader, we are not worthy!

    Back later, if baubles allow (oh and 2 out of 3 tree light sets aren't working - plus ça change!!)

  • Comment number 91.

    #86 Jenny I loved your GOOD suggestion! But I can understand JBG wanting to be modest about his achievements so I think MILD is a fine suggestion.

  • Comment number 92.

    Afternoon all

    Slowly disappearing in a pile of tax returns to complete :( hence my lack of blogging.

    Hello PlanetClare and any other newbies, as others have said it's generally a happy go lucky place here so just ask if you don't know.

    Map oldies - can I suggest

    BLIND FAITH - CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME

    JOURNEY - ANY WAY YOU WANT IT

    Possibly more suitable for those without maps, or those provided by a certain fruit based company?

    Cheers

    A

  • Comment number 93.

    I've picked up Mr Allinson and we off to do the virtual shopping - see you later

  • Comment number 94.

    Goodness it's been a busy morning on the blog :)

    Welcome to the newbies - it's a fun and friendly place to join.

    #60 JBG - yep marmite for me - hate it! Sorry to hear your Mum was back in hospital. Fingers crossed she's out as planned and recuperating well.

  • Comment number 95.

    Hi Amelia... Thanks for all that and thanks ALL for your messages.. (awwwww...Florence xxx)

    I have a feeling I won't be getting much work done for the forseeable future.

    xXx

  • Comment number 96.

    One last choice - for all the places missing from Apple maps and what happens when I try to read a map


    MISSING - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

  • Comment number 97.

    Here's one that reminds me of circumnavigating Bordeaux's ring road, many times, looking for an exit in the days afore SatNav:
    LET'S GO ROUND AGAIN by AWB

    or BON VOYAGE by Sparks

    or even

    THE BENDS Radiohead

    Country roads by James Taylor

    or
    CITY TO CITY by Gerry of the Rafferty

    or for the inevitable 'heated discussions' over map directions in cars betwixt daddy and mummy :
    BLOODY WELL RIGHT by Supertramp
    We've all done it!

    DRIVING by Everything but the girl

    But let's not forget the ramblers/walkers who use the Ordnance survey maps for navigation:
    RAMBLE ON by the mighty Zep.

    Righto, battered old tinsel has arrived from the dungeons, it's time to put on a Chritamas*y face and get decorating...

  • Comment number 98.

    Thinking globally,

    NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
    or

    OVER THE HILL by John Martyn

    OCTOBER ROAD by James Taylor

    or quite succinctly:

    ROAD by Nick Drake

    Sorry if they are already mentioned, really shouldn't be here....gotta fairy to install...

  • Comment number 99.

    UNDISCOVERED - James Morrison

    I have never really understood how early mapmakers could map a newly discovered territory like Africa or South America or even some of the earliest maps of Britain and Europe by measuring the distances and directions around the coast and then produce a map of the whole country or continent in the right shape, with everything properly joined up. In most cases, even the very earliest maps look pretty accurate, and are recognisable to us like an aerial view from space. Which of course, they had no access to!

    I'm sure his Lordship will get Mr Garfield to explain all later.

  • Comment number 100.

    Oh what a busy blog ! Cant remember the last time we had this many posts at lunchtime. :-)
    Welcome newbies, were daft as old brushes here ~ but im sure you will fit in nicely.
    Bingo, keep up the good work. You will get under the illusive 20mins soon.

    DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME (JIMS TUNE) - ITS IMMATERIAL

    See there, I used the full title (such a smarty pants)
    ~gill~

 

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