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Time to kill.

Simon Mayo | 08:53 UK time, Friday, 30 November 2012

And we made it to another weekend, well done troops. The estate cold and uninviting (partially naked except toffee wrappers and this morning's papers, Mr Jones got run down. Lyrics that just sprung to mind. Not many songs I can quote but Down In A Tubestation At Midnight is one of them). The autumnal leaves still not swept yet and each one reproaching me for my slovenly gardening. Or no gardening at all really. Job 1 Tomorrow I reckon, unless its freezing and then obviously I might be damaging the er, turf and things like that. Fortunately tons have accumulated on the trampoline so I can bounce those off. And burn the rest.
2 show Friday and the first movie show in our new studio which will be lovely. No more Television Centre for me and no more dashes on the central line and breathless cookie-buying if I'm the quiz loser. My arrival at Radio 2 will be even more serene. Guest on 5L is Helena Bonham Carter who stars in Great Expectations with Ralph Feinnes.
All request time then and todays ARF opener from the year of 1972 please. The crown could be yours!
And before we go, thanks to top producer Gary Bones who has execed this show since we started and whose job it has been to read this nonsense before you do to make sure I don't break any rules. Like say ******* *** ******** ** ****** and tell you about ******** **** and ******* *****. Or mention Itch. Things like that. Thanks Gary, top work. Your life is now easier!
Have a chilled and insouciant Friday, see you after 5. and 2.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Good morning again

    What better way to start the weekend than

    LAYLA - DEREK AND THE DOMINOES

    or

    WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS - REDBONE

    I live in hope!

    JW

  • Comment number 2.

    Good morning Simon and Blogpoppets.

    Where is everyone today? Simon I am picturing you partially naked apart from toffee wrappers......!


    1972 reminds me of these three songs...

    VIRGINIA PLAIN ~ Roxy Music

    HOLD YOUR HEAD UP ~ Argent

    YOU WEAR IT WELL ~ Rod Stewart

  • Comment number 3.

    Good morning Florence - they may have frozen overnight!

  • Comment number 4.

    Good morning Simon, team, NYM, departing execs, and slovenly bloggers,

    It was a bit nippy up on Spankers Hill at 6.30 morning, but the leaves were crunching, the mist was nestled in the valley, and the stags looked magnificent. One of these days I'll take a photo.

    #1972oldies

    No chance of a glitterball classic, or a Rebecca-sing-along toon (is that going to become a regular feature btw?)

    Has to be a classic from "Mr 1972" himself:

    JOHN I'M ONLY DANCING - David Bowie

    JEAN GENIE - David Bowie

    Back later,

    JBG

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning Jennie.... had I refreshed I would have seen you but there was nobody around when I started my message and had a quick think about tunes. Good morning to JBG as well.

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning all.

    Not quite into the Christmas theme, just yet....

    How about ROCKIN ROBIN - MICHAEL JACKSON.

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning all

    RUN RUN RUN - JO JO GUNN

    or

    WIGWAM BAM - SWEET

  • Comment number 8.

    Morning Simon & lovely bloggers


    CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION - T REX

    LONG LIVE ROCK - THE WHO

    TELEGRAM SAM - T REX

  • Comment number 9.

    Good Morning All

    I'm going to go for

    BACK OFF BOOGALOO - Ringo

    BANG A GONG - TRex



    I think it's worth waiting til every single leaf has fallen and then do one massive tidy up. Ha!

  • Comment number 10.

    Three word Friday..

    Yeah I know we dont, but what the 'eck.

    Absolutely straight banana.

    So straight in fact, that it could be used as a ruler or spirit level, or simply as a banana.

    Thick white frost here, even though we are close to the sea.

    Off out to defrost the bird bath. Gotta look after our little feathered friends.

    Tweet tweet.

  • Comment number 11.

    I was 10 in 1972.

    I dont know if Bing bang boing made it over here, did anyone have it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYEug-6-nSo

    Awesome!! I did have mouse trap.

    .....awaits Bloggers pleas of 'I wasn't even born in 1972!' Not you Gazza ;)

  • Comment number 12.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    1972? How about

    POPCORN - Hot Butter

    GET IT ON - T Rex

    SCHOOL'S OUT - Alice Cooper

    CRAZY HORSES - Osmonds

    PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE - Temptations

    ~X~

  • Comment number 13.

     
    From 1972, a great cover of the Moody Blues song...


    A Simple Game - Four Tops


    Keep it Motown!

  • Comment number 14.

    ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD - PAUL SIMON

    DO YA - ELO

  • Comment number 15.

    Good Morning.

    My choice from 1972 is - BURNING LOVE by ELVIS PRESLEY please.

  • Comment number 16.

    Good morning all!

    Is it Friday again already? Must apologise for not being around this week, I have been REALLY busy trying to arrange a swim my 8 year old son's doing to raise money for his cub group's roof after Christmas and, so far, it's not going particularly well, seems it's too small a deal for sports men/women/manufacturers/retailers/celebs to be associated with - need thinking cap and expertise of someone who knows. It's a bit more challenging than a normal sponsored swim but I won't go into details - boring for those not involved, as I'm finding out!

    I won't suggest an ARFO this week, don't feel I should after winning the crown last week and then slacking in my duties until now! I'll wish everyone else the best of luck and go and polish it ready for the next queen/king.

    Have a nice day and play nicely.

    SE x

  • Comment number 17.

    OOh how remiss.

    Bye Gary Bones. Good luck in whatever you are off to do next.

  • Comment number 18.

    My Mr feels the same as you Billie - he has waited for all the leaves to come off the two cherry trees and he says he'll rake them up now there are no more to fall!

    Birds are well fed and watered here - they are enjoying their breakfast as we speak!

    JW

  • Comment number 19.

    Morning all

    Cold, frosty and sunny here.

    1972? My first year at senior school!

    CROCODILE ROCK - Elton John

    LOOKIN' THROUGH THE WINDOWS - Jackson 5

    GUDBUY T'JANE - Slade

    CMOON - Wings

    Back later

    T x

  • Comment number 20.

    Talking of 'missing' bloggers, has anyone seen Posh Soul Lady she hasn't been around for ages, has she?

    JW

  • Comment number 21.

    If possible, try and leave some leaves on the ground. I know it doesn't look great, but there is great natural fodder under them for the birds.

  • Comment number 22.

     
    #10

    Sunny side up Sal,


    PUT DOWN THE BANANA! STEP AWAY FROM THE BANANA! YOU ARE IN VIOLATION OF EUROPEAN UNION GUIDELINES!



    >8-D

  • Comment number 23.

    Blimey Scotch git!

    I've eaten it. Yikes!!

  • Comment number 24.

     
    #23

    Sunny side up Sal,

    Nae wunner Ah like a wee drink...

  • Comment number 25.

    Jennie, isn't Posh Soul Lady called another name now or am I mixing her up with someone else who has changed their name?

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Ooooo experiencing a bit of naturism Simon, hope they were big toffee wrappers to hide the old modesty!!

    Deebee, I love Popcorn song, its a bit like the No 2 song on a Friday.

    1972 hey, the year I started school, my mom thought i would be a nightmare because I screamed the place down at Nursery and apparently I only went to nursery for one week, I think the fact that I saw kids wandering around in their Jim Jams must have made me think I was never going back home!!

    LISTEN TO THE MUSIC - The Doobie Brothers

    REELING IN THE YEARS - Steely Dan

    SUPERSTITION - Stevie Wonder ( chooooooooon)

    Oh well sat on stair at Staffs CC at moment as only place where the internet connection is good!

    Have lovely weekends, I have a Kickboxing competition on Sunday and Refereeing in Solihill (well Chelmsley Wood).

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 27.

    I turned 13 in autumn 1972. I agree with JBG (#4) it has to be Mr Bowie, but I have another tune in mind

    STARMAN - DAVID BOWIE

    Still a bit of interest left in the Apollo programme in 1972, from me at least.

  • Comment number 28.

    Morning one and all. Friday at last....

    A good year for glam 1972 - and nearly for me (there was a small scare but I hung on for another 19 days and into 1973!)

    So there's an obvious ARFO favourite: Stay With Me - The Faces

    But that feels a bit like cheating....shooting fish in a barrel and all that ;)

    I love Vildeen's The Sweet choice - I know the dance and everything!

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning All, thank you Simon for the mention yesterday, big smile

    1972 suggestions

    'Cindy Incidentally' The Faces
    'Tumbling Dice' Rolling Stones

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 30.

    Morning all

    I was only 2 in 1972 and didn't get out much on my own!

    But can I suggest

    PYTHON LEE JACKSON - IN A BROKEN DREAM

    cracking guitar and great vocal from Rod the Mod.

    #20 #25 I'm in touch with PSL on other media! She isn't blogging at moment but hopefully she may be back next year.

    Cheers

    A

  • Comment number 31.

    Think Lizzy: Whisky in the Jar

    or another vote for: Layla

  • Comment number 32.

    1972 ARF opener -

    All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople

  • Comment number 33.

    Morning all!

    LONG COOL WOMAN IN A BLACK DRESS - THE HOLLIES

  • Comment number 34.

    Coffee Time...

    Best wishes to Gary Bones - good luck in your future endeavours!

    #11 Funny, Sal - we were talking about Mousetrap (the game, not the play) only the other day, as we have some unwelcome little visitors in our house at the moment...

    ;o)

  • Comment number 35.

    Happy St Andrews Day to Shona and any Scots on here!

    http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02109/Scottish-flag_2109121c.jpg

  • Comment number 36.

    Having a RUBBISH morning.
    Tend to have at least one 'near miss' at the school crossing each week, they varey from people slowly driving through to vans slamming their breaks on at the last minute and on one occasion loosing the load of wood on his roofrack which then nearly hit me. Todays was probably the worse weve had to date though.

    3 cars had stopped in each direction while a group of about 15 parents and children were crossing, when around the outside of the cars a 'off road' bike came flying up the road swerving round me. Not only was I nearly run over, several of the children at the crossing had to jummp out of the way too :-( Grrrrrrrrr

    Neither the rider or pillian pasenger were wearing helmets, the bike had no lights or registration. Im really p'eeeed off !
    All reported to the police of course. with any luck they might be picked up.
    Sorry for rant. Had to vent.
    Grrrrrrrrr
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 37.

    You have MICE in your house Deebee??

    There are some really good humane mice catchers available. They work really well, just a little smear of peanut butter on the inside, in they go and you tip them out into the garden or maybe further away for peace of mind.

    Please, not the guillotine method :O

  • Comment number 38.

    Gill, I dont suppose you are allowed to use your lollipop for other purposes?

    I'd have whacked them clean off their bike!!

    What a horrible experience for you all.

  • Comment number 39.

    #36 Rant away and hope you get cameras to film the miscreants (other, much stronger words are available) in the act.

    Re mice. Put a wellington boot down. They like to to hide in these as it's a cosy dark space. The little visitor(s) can then be carried far, far away to be released.

  • Comment number 40.

    #30 Thanks for the update Andy - glad she is ok.

    I meant to wish all the Scots amongst us - HAPPY ST ANDREWS DAY - do you do anything special to celebrate?

    Gill - glad you and the children are ok - we had a scourge of those bikes around here for a while until our local policeman sorted them out (Yes we did have a local policeman - sadly, no longer).

    I did my O'Levels in 1972 and went on holiday to Tintagel in Cornwall, where the results were sent - not brilliant; I was a late developer!

    When I was teaching, I used 'Popcorn' for the littlies movement 'lessons' - they loved it!

    JW

  • Comment number 41.

    A few years back, we saw a few mice on our patio and Mr thought they were a bit too close to the house, so we bought some humane traps and caught quite a few of the little devils and released them in our local woods.

    That was until the local foxes discovered them and stole them, presumably with a mouse inside - PACKED LUNCH! And at around £5 a time, it got too expensive, so the mice still live around the patio and haven't ventured inside yet (fingers crossed!)

    JW

  • Comment number 42.

    Packed lunch made me laugh Jennie :)

    I used to have a very deep bucket, one that they used at a local cake making factory and had previously contained apple and blackcurrant mix for pies.

    I put some tasty morsels in it and they accessed it by means of 'walking the plank!'

    Once inside, there was no means of escape, no matter how high they jumped - and they can! I then used to take them down to the woods to and leave them for nature to decide their fate!

  • Comment number 43.

    #34 Deebee, try to get some pics of your house guests because they are quite cute (when outside the house) like this one was one day last year when I snapped him through the kitchen window! ;o)

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8344/8232404144_78a6ac5ec3_b.jpg

  • Comment number 44.

    Meant to add that the seed, nuts & fat the mouse is eating was for birds, not mice!

  • Comment number 45.

    ARFO cappuccino inspiratino:

    VIRGINIA PLAIN - Roxy Music

    I SAW THE LIGHT - Todd Rundgren

    STAY WITH ME - The Faces
    (Released in Dec 1971, charted in 1972 - does that count?)

  • Comment number 46.

    Morning!! Cold - Brrr! That's the way I like it (uh-huh, uh-huh). Have been listening to little people read this morning - always a pleasure.

    Haven't read back yet, apart from Simon's blog - got a bit tangled in the naked toffee wrapper bit but I think I know where I am now. Leaves? Hmm. Left my garden recycling bin out this morning and was leaving for school just as the truck came to empty it. I was told not to be too disappointed by the fact that they wouldn't be able to take all the contents away because its such a cold day and the bins would be frozen. Aah, poor bins. So, my bin is still 3/4 full of leaves and I have to steel myself to do what's come down off the trees since I last filled the bin and magic them into the small space that's left. Much prefer raking them up when the ground is frozen - makes anything left amongst them by foxes / badgers easier to pick up, if you get my drift. Annoyingly, our trampoline is completely leaf-free inside but they are banked up all around on the ground. Guess what I'm doing this weekend?!

    1972? Although I was little, some of my favourite songs come from that year because when I was older, I could play my parents' 45's on the record player, stacking them up, pretending I was a DJ. Four particular suggestions - I can't choose between them:

    LAYLA - DEREK & THE DOMINOES (Was mightily confused as a child when my dad told me that the singer was Eric, not Derek)

    BANG A GONG - T REX

    THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT - ROBERT JOHN (see below)

    or

    BLACK and WHITE - 3 DOG NIGHT (anyone else remember singing this at school? Did we have a clue, in the infants class, what this was all about? Wonder if it is sung in schools nowadays?)

    The Lion Sleeps Tonight is a family favourite. Especially when we watch the following clip (but the boys sing different words about our family - not to share, would be moderated):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJwgP44Ap9E

    Off to walk the dogs - lovely crispy grass. No mud. Fab.

    See you soon x

  • Comment number 47.

    John, lovely to hear about Spankers Hill this morning.

    I took quite a few pics when there a few weeks back. I must say it looks unusual to have pics of stags with high rise buildings in the background. Lucky you, having the chance to see them every day. Am I right in thinking the rutting has stooped now?

  • Comment number 48.

    I'm not sure but hoping that this one is from 1972.....


    LAY DOWN ~ The Strawbs

  • Comment number 49.

    Back again, have read back - T-Rex popular!

    Some parish notices before I disappear:

    #2 - Florence - LOL!

    #7 - Vildeen - Wig Wam Bam - excellent choice, hope it gets chosen!

    #11 - Sal - I used to love to play Mousetrap - can you still get it?

    #16 - Stressed Erica - tell us more - maybe we can come up with some suggestions to support your son's fundraising.

    #20, #25 & #30 - Regarding PSL - shame she isn't here - hopefully as Suzieee says, she might pop back for the party - as might some others who are MIA. Julia41 & Dougal for example.

    #26 - Mandy - Love the Doobie Brothers choice!

    And finally......

    #36 - Gill - Vent as much as you like! Hope you are OK and not too shaken up by your dreadful experience. Some drivers are really bad. Hope they get caught. x

    Friday's 3 worder: CROSS LEGGED DOGS - had better go....

  • Comment number 50.

    Hoofs, I'm sure you can still get it. Hang on....

    Yup still available at Argoose. The reviews say it has more going on, than it used to. Hmph, I thought it was pretty impressive back then. Mind, the diving guy didn't always end up in the tub!

  • Comment number 51.

    hi all arfo from 1972

    MAMA WEER ALL CRAZEE NOW-SLADE

  • Comment number 52.

    OOps sorry Hoffs, a bit over enthusiastic with my 'Os' today!

  • Comment number 53.

    Off to the hills.

    Gotta fly... :)

  • Comment number 54.

    #48 Ooh yes! The Strawbs. I used to go to youth-club with them, and went youth-hosteling to Scotland with a group that included at least some of them - before they rose to real fame. My Mum knew the parents of one of them having been to school with said parents. I bought one of their cds recently - all my old vinyls of them have long since gone.
    Leaves - we spent a happy morning last weekend raking up every last leaf from the biggest copper beech tree I have ever seen. It's a twice-yearly job as the spring sees the ground covered with the little leaf bud covers (there must be a technical word for such botanical parts). We waited until the tree was devoid of all leaves. The plane trees aren't as far advanced though so no doubt we shall have another few sackfuls of leaves - this cold snap should promote leaf-drop.

    Friday's three worder: Data entry boredom. Or: New kitchen nightmare.

  • Comment number 55.

    1972? How about 'American Pie' by Don McLean?

  • Comment number 56.

    All this talk of freezing temperatures, and his Lordship wandering around the estate naked with only a toffee wrapper to cover his bare necessities.....

    LITTLE WILLY - Sweet

    Try explaining that to the 6 yr old listeners.

    #47 Sal - yes, rutting season over, but sadly the cull has been taking place during Nov, so some of the stags have disappeared - seems very cruel, but a necessity to make sure the herd remains viable .

  • Comment number 57.

    I think I'll make my Christmas cake this afternoon - all the ingredients arrived in the 'virtual' shopping yesterday, so there's no excuse not to, really!

    Anyone want to lick the bowl?

    JW

  • Comment number 58.

    STATUS QUO - Paper Plane

  • Comment number 59.

    Oh and by the way, all this talk of binning and burning leaves - if you put them in binbags, tie them up and make a few holes in the bag with a fork then put them somewhere out of the way for around 6months/year and you will have some lovely leaf mould to spread over your garden!

    Magic...........

    JW

  • Comment number 60.

    #50 - Sal - thanks for that - will investigate further - could be a good game for Chr***mas.

    #56 - JBG - LOL! I think the 6 yr old listeners would be so giggly at the title of the song that there would be no further need for explanation.

    Just a quick walk today - was thinking though, how is it that dogs know exactly where to look for a ball that has been thrown for them? I throw a ball-on-a-rope for my dog, he doesn't seem to watch me do it but runs off in the right direction, even though it is often high above him so he can't see it. I tried to trick him just now by pretending to throw it in one direction, in which he ran, but then flung it the other way and he knew, without looking that I had done so. It is just super-sensitive hearing? Not sure that it is, in his case as whenever I say 'no' he never seems to hear.... Any suggestions?

  • Comment number 61.

    #54 Mildr... I love The Strawbs and here's you having been to youth club with some of them! I saw them last November and they played the whole of their Hero and Heroine album plus my favourite 'Lay Down' at the end of the show. Dave Cousins is as mad as a box of frogs, but enjoys himself and they're sounding as good as ever.

    Lay Down from last Nov: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBaVMEGAkGE

  • Comment number 62.

    #57 - Jennie - ooh, sounds like you are going to have a fun afternoon! Hasn't Deebee done hers too? Perhaps I might have a go this year....

  • Comment number 63.

    #61 Florence, it was Dave Cousin's father that my mum had been to school with - way back when! I love their early stuff - the lyrics of Glimpse of Heaven etc. conjures up real images.

  • Comment number 64.

    Either School's Out or Elected by the great Alice Cooper.

  • Comment number 65.

    Hoffs, I wonder if they can smell where the ball is that you've thrown because dogs have a really good sense of smell and ours particularly have as they're Basset Hounds and often run along the ground following scents without looking up from the ground and they can smell a scent beneath snow, which I don't understand as I would have thought the coldness would kill the scent, but it obviously doesn't. I think male dogs can smell a bitch in season from quite a long way.

  • Comment number 66.

    By the way, JBG, I thought it was you who had starred in the Army confession earlier this week - got v excited and nearly blogged congrats until I realised that Simon had said 'GBJ'.

    Hey ho. Off to see a woman about a map....

  • Comment number 67.

    Just been 'listening again' to the last of Level 42's Mark King's 'tracks of my years' from Ken Bruce's show earlier today. "Wheels on Fire" and "I feel Free"... May I refer my esteemed bloggers to my post #91 on Friday 23rd November? As Billie would say - Ha!

    #36 Gill, that's terrible! Must have been so frightening, for you and the children. There are some extremely stupid people on the roads - I sincerely hope the police catch them.

    #37 Fret not, Sal. Actually, these particular mice are slippery critters who have so far evaded arrest. Might have to try the wellie boot method.

    #56 Tea on screen moment!

    ;o)

    #57 #62 Yes, I made my cake last weekend. It's due a 'feed' tomorrow. Enjoy, Jennie - cake making is quite theraputic, don't you think!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 68.

    John B Good has called the best ARFO so far - I Saw The Light, by Todd Rundgren.

    But... I will plump for the best Neil Young song he never recorded,

    A Horse with No Name - America

    Is it 5'o'clock yet...?

  • Comment number 69.

    Afternoon All!

    I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band) - Moody Blues

    Gary, thanks for the fish and good luck on your next BBC adventure - salute!

    Have a good weekend,
    LB, x

  • Comment number 70.

    Quick question to any Wittertainers out there. I missed the beginning; is there no live streaming in the fancy new studio?

  • Comment number 71.

    #70 Ignore thta - found it!

  • Comment number 72.

    Actually, ignore post #68 as well, while we're at it - I've changed my mind; Burning Love by The King is THE one. ;-)

  • Comment number 73.

    well said hoggydoggy post #72 - The cider is now chilling in the fridge!!! x

  • Comment number 74.

    Back again, briefly.

    Just been having a quick look back while eating lunch.

    #36 Gill - that's shocking, I hope the police get them. I've had problems with those sort of bikers in a few places before, particularly when I've had children with me - I pushed one off once (I was a lot younger and ballsier in those days!), well, he shouldn't have been close enough for me to do it, should he? I wouldn't do it nowadays mind you.

    #49 Hoffs - I'll try and be brief. My 8 yr old son is going to swim the Channel in just over a day to try and raise money for a new Scout hall roof. Perhaps that's a bit too brief? He will swim four one hour sessions per week for an absolute maximum of 7 weeks in our local swimming pool, so max of 28 hours to swim 1416 x 25m lengths. Does that make sense? I think it's quite an achievement but I'm his mum so I would. He's dead excited about it. Planning to start, possibly, 25th January so I've got from now til then to sort out as much publicity as possible. Obviously all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts etc will have sponsor forms and the local pool have said that they will promote it on their website and facebook page, and I'm hoping to get a piece in the local papers. I've written to all sorts of sports people, sportswear manufacturers/retailers, celebs but am not getting very far at all. I know it's not a massive charity but it's quite a significant challenge, I think. I've never tried to arrange anything like this before so I'm probably going about it all wrong. The Scouting organisation do so much for the kids, especially round here in the Borders where there isn't access to as many things as there are in towns and cities, and they do it all voluntarily plus they fundraise for other charities as a matter of course. We just thought it was about time someone did something for them for a change. Right, I'll stop, so much for brief!

    Also, on the dog ball thing. My dogs are useless at finding or following the trajectory of a ball and they're whippets, they're supposed to hunt by sight! I end up fetching it more than they do. You must have a very sniff sensitive dog.

    And finally,

    #69 LB - so long and thanks for all the fish? Or am I on the wrong track?

    I'll go now, write a few more letters and emails. Local business door knocking next week, can't wait!

    ANY help or suggestions would be VERY gratefully received thank you.

    Laters.

    SE x

  • Comment number 75.

    #74 SE...Wow, what a challenge. I guess there are no large companies in your area - they tend to have a 'charity fund' (when I didn't get any response from local shops when I did a half marathon for our local brain injury unit, a local large engineering company sent us a decent sized cheque) and I know a large petrol company has the same sort of arrangements. Maybe it would be worth casting your net a little wider. The Scouting (and Guiding) movement is brilliant and doesn't always get the publicity it deserves.

  • Comment number 76.

    #74 Erica - wow, what an amazing thing for your son to do! A friend of mine did it, but she's an adult... when I first heard about it, I thought she was actually going to swim the Channel, rather than doing the equivalent in a swimming pool. Just a thought, and I'm not sure if this would work (and if the modders would allow it) but it's worth a try - if you could post a link to the Facebook page on here, then those of us who have FB accounts could 'like' and 'share' it, and spread the word that way.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 77.

    The cake is made and the house is smelling wonderful! - I love the smell of baking cakes/bread/biscuits etc. Not very good for the diet though - never mind!

    What a great thing for your son to do, Erica - are there any Masonic groups near you? They sometimes donate to worthwhile events or Roundtable groups or WI groups - no idea if it would be fruitful but anything is worth a try!

    JW

  • Comment number 78.

    I do enjoy baking, Deebee - especially when I've got time and don't have to rush it .
    It's usually something 'different' as well; makes a change from usual cooking - dinner etc

    When we had dogs, they would get very confused when we threw snowballs for them.......they would chase them then look very puzzled when they couldn't find them!

    JW

  • Comment number 79.

    #68 I was rather taken with "Old Man" when Matrace Berg covered it in the encore a few weeks ago. I think that would be a qualifier for today's year.

  • Comment number 80.

    Lovely shiny new wittertainment very enjoyable, I did miss seeing the production folk through the glass, they smile and giggle along to the good doctors as much as i do.

    Briefly for the moment I just wanted to say, Hoff - I was listening to last nights show in bed and I almost posted at JBG asking him if he had been throwing grenades into latrines? GBJ seems an awful coincidence.

    Off to take smelly around the block before the light goes.

  • Comment number 81.

    Missed the ARFO but I'm guessing it wasn't a blogger, due to the lack of congratulatory posts. So does Erica get to keep the crown for another week?

    #80 I had a sneaky look at the Wittertainment live stream earlier - of course I was at work, so not supposed to be watching ;o) The studio looks good but they need to get the lighting sorted. Simon looked like he'd been Tangoed (other orange flavoured fizzy drinks also available...)

    Home now, and the fire's lit. And it must be very nearly wine o'clock...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 82.

    OSM for Karon McFadyen for Burning Love I think - surely still gets the crown?

  • Comment number 83.

    Thank you Amelia, but I was a bit dissapointed that Simon didn't mention me!!! There's always next week.

  • Comment number 84.

    #83 - Karon - that's a shame, but at least you know that you are aligned!! Have a good weekend and good luck for next week!

  • Comment number 85.

    Thanks Hoffs, have a great weekend too!

  • Comment number 86.

    *flops*

    What a week and heard Burnning Love so when I read blog back, I thought Karon had got the crown! What a pity it wasn't you Karon but I think you should at least get a tiara?

    #35 Flo, thank you and good wishes to you for St Andrews Day as well. X

    #40 Jennie, I am just about to go to practice my Highland Fling to the skirling of the pipes and heeeuooching up the kilt!! ;0))

    #36 Gill, what rats! I wish you had used your large lolly stick and nailed them.

    #56 As usual JBG, you made me laugh out loud! X

    So glad it is the weekend but I must say I have had the most enjoyable 2 days delivering staff training and the feedback I got...............? well let's just say lovely boss will be reading it on Monday.

    Not ready for a P45 just yet.

  • Comment number 87.

    Just read back the end of yesterday's blog. Thanks for your good wishes for Jess (dogpoppet 1) and lovely pics Flo! You should open a gallery! I'd buy them ;0)

  • Comment number 88.

    HELLO!

    I didn't catch the name of the muggle who got the ARFO crown but I did know it had been suggested by a blogger this morning - and now I see it was Karen!

    Bechod! Bechod! Bechod!

  • Comment number 89.

    Texted the show earlier to say Jocko is beginning to pick up the sounds of THAT SONG because Simon has played it so much but actually, Jocko became very motivated at Dancing Queen tonight.

    What a performance!

  • Comment number 90.

    I think congratulations are in order for Karon - what a shame you weren't 'named'! My neighbour phoned at just the 'wrong' time but I think it was a muggle called Colin .... who received the praise.

    As you say, Shona, a tiara is the least Karon should get!
    By the way, I'm glad your pup is ok - rather £25 than any bad news............

    JW

  • Comment number 91.

    Have good weekends all

    JW

  • Comment number 92.

    You too Jennie - and to everyone else. See you next week x

  • Comment number 93.

    The crown belong to you Karon - you get our respect & adulation - what more could you want?

    I made Nigel's shallot & chestnut stew tonight and it was lovely, I minced the mushroom so wee my mushroom hating friend didn't notice them (although she did comment on the awful smell when I was cooking them). It needs a huge bunch of coriander and a little chilli to make it even better.

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8483/8232499257_1a83d1f349_b.jpg

    There is other stuff I need to comment on but will do so over the weekend - except to say Florence - I don't care what anyone else thinks please keep posting as many photos as possible, I love them. Especially given your comments that your point and click - you clearly have the most fantastic eye- something that cannot be taught.

  • Comment number 94.

    ps I hate my kitchen tiles, on the list of things to fix

  • Comment number 95.

    and finally the sprouts are mine (who in their right minds doesn't like sprouts - except Molly Coodles's that (which? a bit of grammar I've never mastered) have been boiling since Tuesday), the leeks are my weird sprout hating, leek loving friend's.

  • Comment number 96.

    i hate sprouts yuk

  • Comment number 97.

    Amelia - you love sprouts? I have loads - I'll send some over!

  • Comment number 98.

    all veg are horrible apart from potatoes

  • Comment number 99.

    i also hate curries,chillies anything spicey and fish yuk

  • Comment number 100.

    i like gammon, sausages,burgers chicken only the breast dont like the wings or legs i like the meaty bit.

 

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