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Simon Mayo | 09:58 UK time, Friday, 16 November 2012

Gloomy and dark here due to a) the weather and b) the scaffolding blotting out all traces of sunlight but I understand it is daylight out there and Children in Need day is once more with us. The money is rolling in already, the auctions are rocking and the phone answerer tribes are gathered. The jukebox rolls out all day with your messages and music choices and by the end of the day a very nice total indeed should be added to the CIN total. The jukebox works because instead of bids for many thousands of pounds (and that was an unbelievable total that Chris reached this week!) you get a song on for whatever you can manage.
So it is the jukebox/all request Friday/CIN update show and will feature the debut of BECKS ON THE DECKS/PIKE IN THE MIKE making her debut with a selection of 80s hits. We have asked her to wear an 80s outfit with a bow in her hair or something but she'll probably wear that Pudsey onesie as normal. Dr Mosh will rock the non Abba/ELO tunes and all in all FUN WILL BE HAD OR THERE"LL BE TROUBLE.
And your opening tune please from the year of 1990. And if you get the crown, the deal is you cough up to your nearest CIN bin. Thanks. This week the crown costs cash!
Have a generous and cooperative Friday, see some bloggers later and on air at 5.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    River of dreams - Billy Joel :)

  • Comment number 2.

    EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE - THE BLUES BROTHERS

    THE JOKER - STEVE MILLER BAND

    JW

  • Comment number 3.

    Love shack - B52s.

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning again -

    C&P'd from yesterday's blog -


    "Thankyou, Simon, for my mensh for Police last night and for the "whole bunch of great tunes" compliment. Sorry that Molly missed out. Congrats. to AutumnGale too.

    I do hope all at CiN have really good days."


    A 1990 ARFO?

    THE POWER - Snap

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello to all fellow bloggers working at R2 today. Sorry that - as I had an unexpected and unavoidable client meeting today - I had to drop out of the team but I'm there in spirit and intend to be there in person next year.

    My suggestion for this week's ARFO:

    PRIMAL SCREAM - Loaded

  • Comment number 6.

    I might have been misinformed about post 1. Doh!

    Pump up the jam - Technotronic.

  • Comment number 7.

    U cant touch this - M C Hammer.

    Hoping that ties in with todays fund raising challenge too :)

  • Comment number 8.

    MONA - CRAIG McCLACLAN (sp?)

    JW

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning all

    I see Mr Wright seems to have messed up his holidays this year. He's working today!

  • Comment number 10.

    MONA - CRAIG McLACHLAN spelling correct, I think!

  • Comment number 11.

    Good Morning All,

    Well done to everybody at CiN hope you all have a great day.

    ARF Suggestion - 'Start Me Up' Rolling Stones

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 12.

    I feel it is going to be a quiet day on the blog - only got household chores to be doing today so will be popping by to see who is about.

    JW

  • Comment number 13.

    Good morning all

    1990 ARF opener suggestion

    STEP ON - HAPPY MONDAYS

    MY DEFINITION OF A JAZZ STYLE - DREAM WARRIORS

    Hope the money rolls in during the show this evening

  • Comment number 14.

    Sorry it's not gloomy and dark where you are Simon... it's blue sky and sunshine up here in Scotland... a bit chilly though, but nice seeing the sun... ideal for walking my dogs and my car needs a wash too!

    Sal has picked the two songs I had in mind, so I'll go for these two 1990 oldies...

    ICE ICE BABY ~ Vanilla Ice

    I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU ~ Londonbeat

  • Comment number 15.

    ARF suggestion: I'M GONNA BE (500 MILES) - THE PROCLAIMERS

    Hope you don't me gatecrashing Mr Mayo's blog, but Chris Evans's blog is now closed and I wanted to wish all the bloggers taking the calls at R2 today all the best. I've been with them for the last two years but this year sadly I couldn't make it so I'm listening to the show and feeling quite emotional!

    I've just phoned in to pledge and spoke to Suzie - fingers crossed Ken Bruce plays "Don't Stop Me Now', that well-known bloggers' song!

    jillygoat

  • Comment number 16.

    Ooh, ooh, Mr Peevly......

    BLUE SAVANNAH - Erasure

    Happy to throw cash in nearest CIN bucket if that gets played! I've requested it as 'normal' ARFO a few times.

  • Comment number 17.

    Better the Devil You Know - Kylie

  • Comment number 18.

    Afternoon,

    INXS - Suicide Blonde

    Fiona H

  • Comment number 19.

    hi all

    1990s arf

    WE DIDNT START THE FIRE-BILLY JOEL

    THE POWER-SNAP

  • Comment number 20.

    Delighted the blog finally decided to 'load'.
    Oooo 1990, I remember that year. :-)

    BEATS INTERNATIONAL - DUB BE GOOD TO ME
    ADAMSKI - KILLER
    GROOVE IS IN THE HEART - DEE-LITE

    I think that about covers it??
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning (Afternoon) Simon, team, NYM, and absent bloggers,

    Late late late, but I did hear Olly Murs earlier saying that he met a lovely bunch of people down at the cafe!

    #1990ARFOoldies

    IT'S MY LIFE - Talk Talk

    BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL - They Might Be Giants

    THERE SHE GOES - The La's

    (Top suggestions from Vildeen #13 and Sir Cumfy #5)

    See you later

    JBG

  • Comment number 22.

    Oh, is that a clue about Chris's total raised for CiN?

    UNBELIEVABLE - EMF

  • Comment number 23.

    Better the devil you know by Kylie Minogue

  • Comment number 24.

    Afternoon all - I may have to raid the Galley Slave's Pennies Pot if I win, I had no idea cars were so expensive - the darn thing keeps using the petrol I keep filling it up with! Anyhoo if I'm not too late..


    DEE-LITE - GROOVE IS IN THE HEART

    At least I'll be listening in the warmth of a car.

  • Comment number 25.

    It's no exaggeration to say it's been near-impossible for this 60's/70's retrohead to find ANYTHING he likes from 1990! (This is the year that gave us Ice Ice Baby, after all!!)

    Anyway, I've found one - my choice of 1990 ARFO is...

    Hard To Handle - The Black Crowes

    And a CIN charity donation *will* follow, if chosen (there's a fellow blogger who will ensures this gets done, too!)

    Good luck one and all,
    Paul

  • Comment number 26.

    Good Afternoon All;

    An ARFO from 1990, eh? How about...

    EPIC - FAITH NO MORE

    I've asked Dr Mosh to play this before, to no avail, so here's hoping. I've already donated to CIN, but I'd be willing to bung them a bit more if this song gets an airing.

  • Comment number 27.

    Afternoon folks.

    Madly busy morning means I haven't had time to either listen or phone-in for CiN - will definitely do so this afternoon!

    1990? I don't remember that being a particularly stellar year ..... OK now I've had a chance to look, it really wasn't!!

    Of all the suitable ARF openers (some good stuff that not really an 'opener') I'll plump for:

    Birdhouse in Your Soul - They Might be Giants

    Hope all's well - quieter than usual without a few regulars ......

  • Comment number 28.

    Household chores completed and I've found a few pennies that will be flung in the nearest bucket should I be successful!

    JW

  • Comment number 29.

    Is it too late for...

    I'M FREE - Soup Dragons

    or

    ALL TOGETHER NOW - The Farm

    Glad that nobody suggested Gazza's Fog on the Tyne, or Pat & Mick's Use it up and wear it out....

    ....and having a hard time getting my head around the fact that these songs are all 1990, rather than about 20 years apart!

    If you'd have asked me, I would have guessed Love Shack in 1980, We didn't start the fire 1986, Groove is in the Heart 1994, and Loaded around 2000.

    #butthenwhatdoiknow

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Simon, Team and Best Bloggers Here and There!

    The Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes On You) - Robert Plant
    What It Takes - Aerosmith
    Doubleback - ZZ Top

    Been busy here by spending the morning at the gym, then weekend grocery shop and now able to get to here and Wittertainment. Good luck to anyone who may get the crown and I'm waving to all of you on the phones!

    LB, x

  • Comment number 31.

    PS Looking forward to Rebecca's 80s slot.

    As she's the Business Reporter, does that make her a Material Girl?!

    #seewhatididthere

  • Comment number 32.

    afternoon peeps - just made my pledge to Shona. Phone room sounded very busy.

    Hope they are charming the £££££'s out of all us callers.

    Keep it up bloggers and blogpoppets :O) xx

    ttfn, Crumpy

  • Comment number 33.

    Ooh forgot my 90's suggestion
    Hootie and the Blowfish - Only wanna be with you

    Cxx

  • Comment number 34.

    Me?

    Really!

    Shucks :)

  • Comment number 35.

    Queen Sal of Somerset!!!

  • Comment number 36.

    Well done ARFO Queen Sal...

    .......☆........☆........☆.......☆.......☆........☆
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    .★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★
    ./ARFO☆★•°★°•♫°★★SAL★★ARFO☆♫°•★ARFO\
    /★°★°★\★°★°★/★°★°★\★°★°★/★°★°★★°★\
    /°★°☆°★ \ ★°☆°★ /★°☆°★ \ ★°☆°★ / ★°☆°★\
    /★°★°★° \ ★°★°★° / ★°★°★° \°★°★ °/ ★°★°★\
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  • Comment number 37.

    My first ever crown, thank you.

    I had better dig deep and put some pennies in Pudseys pot. The first year I couldn't be there either.

    Thank for for the title too John, but its West Sussex these days :)

  • Comment number 38.

    Queen Sal - Well Done!!!

    I just got off the phone with our lovely Julia 41 who was so kind to take my contribution in the most friendliest and efficient manner possible! She is super and wow, I feel great --Julia gives good phone. :^)

    LB, x

  • Comment number 39.

    Well done Good Queen Sallie - there you go, it can be done!

    JW

  • Comment number 40.

    Sal, I'm sorry your crown isn't up to Katy's standard but she doesn't seem to be around to make a really special one. Would you really have preferred an ELO opener?

  • Comment number 41.

    Thank you Lilac Blue and Jennie.

    It looks like a mighty fine crown to me Flo.

    ELO.... What do you think? Next time... :)

  • Comment number 42.

    Well done - didn't realise this was your first crown, m'Lady.

    Oh, hadn't realised you'd moved from Zummerzet - no more ship watching?!

  • Comment number 43.

    On the contrary John, many more ships as it 'appens.

  • Comment number 44.

    Right, all the excitement is too much.

    I'm off to do a lap of honour on me bike.

    I'll stick my crown on top of my cycle helmet.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  • Comment number 45.

    I've just pledged my donation to Pudsey. I think all the bloggers had gone home, I got some fella answering to the name of Jeremy Edwards? :O

  • Comment number 46.

    DT is smokin tonight - so excellent!

  • Comment number 47.

    Oh Sal! I am delighted for you! I would have been here earlier but "BlueBand" - as I've started calling it cos it's performance makes me sad - wouldn't let me!

    I Congratulate You and Curtsy in Your Presence!



    I also didn't know it was your first ARFO. I've NEVER had an ARFO! (Sob!) 171 menshes but the ARFO still eludes me!

    Congratulations again!

  • Comment number 48.

    Bless you Billie, thank you.

    171 menshes, wow, thats some memory you have got ;)

    Off to celebrate with a curry.

    Wishing all bloggers far and wide a great evening.

  • Comment number 49.

    Have a great evening all and see you over the weekend.

    JW

  • Comment number 50.

    Saaallllllliiiiieeeeeeee! You did it!!! Well done Your Maj!

    The crown looks so sparkly that you wont need lights on your bike!

    xxxxxx

  • Comment number 51.

    Good evening,

    Many congratulations to ARFO Queen Sal. How lovely that the crown went to a blogger today.

    Wow! What a day! Not long got home after the most fantastic day meeting so many wonderful bloggers.

    Being in the phone room for Children in Need was a fantastic experience - but the absolute highlight of the day by far was taking a donation from the lovely Lilac Blue. I wish we could have talked for even longer my lovely. Now when I read your posts I will be able to imagine your voice. xxx

    Thank you to the amazing people who make all the arrangements for the telephone room volunteers.

    Thank you to Andy Toverson and Telephone Trainer to the Stars Not So Big 'Un for keeping me well and truly entertained all day.

    Thank you to CiN Vets for being so kind to this nervous newbie (particularly Emily)

    Thank you to Berni and Mr Berni for their company at both breakfast and dinner.

    Such a perfect day.

  • Comment number 52.

    well done queen sallie i have posted the vid on fb

    well done all the bloggers who helped on the phones i heard simon say tim smith was handing out sweets to you lot,did you meet anyone famous.

  • Comment number 53.

    Good Morning All -

    and a Beautiful One it is too!

    Lovely post Julia - thankyou! Looking forward to hearing from the others .......

  • Comment number 54.

    Good morning all - very damp here and more rain is forecast - an indoors day, I feel.

    Well done to all the CiN volunteers - what an incredible amount to raise in such a short time.

    It sounds like you had a great day, Julia - it must be fun to put names to faces or rather, the other way round - faces to names!

    JW

  • Comment number 55.

    Good morning everyone

    It's lovely here today too, a nice sunny start to the day and very mild for November.

    Julia it sounds like you had a nice day and as Jennie said, good to put a voice to a name. I wonder if any other bloggers told the phone-answerers they were a blogger!

  • Comment number 56.

    @ Jennie - from Thursday - something for you -


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MMDugt8ZRk

  • Comment number 57.

    Good Morning All

    Congratulations to Queen Sal! Well deserved - and what a great idea to carry on the ARFO tradition by asking the winner of the crown to donate to CiN. Inspired, Simon!

    :o)

    Had a fantastic day yesterday! It was lovely to see blogfriends old and new. It really is a rewarding day, and as I've said before always one of the highlights of my year. Sir C, I hope you do get the opportunity to go next year.

    I do realise though that there are bloggers who are unable to volunteer for whatever reason, and I hope they don't feel left out in any way. I know Deevs worries that the day might be perceived by some as a bit of a jolly to meet celebrities and radio presenters, but that's really not what it's about at all! It's actually blimmin hard work - you are on the phone all the time (you can take breaks, but my longest one was about 15 minutes to eat a sandwich), and often it's hard to hear what the caller is saying. I lost count of the number of times I had to apologise for asking someone to repeat what they were saying, or spell their name as the noise in the phone room was really loud during busy times or when someone well known walked in. Some of the stories callers tell are quite heartbreaking, they are donating money in remembrance of loved ones lost or wanting to give back in some way when they have been beneficiaries in the past. Quite a lot of the callers I spoke to weren't even all that bothered which song was played - they just wanted to give a donation. And people are so generous - there was a story in the news the other day saying charity giving has gone down, but there was no evidence of that yesterday. I did have one funny one - a lady wanted to hear 'Mama Mia' for her 4 year old daughter, who had been singing it ever since it was played at a Halloween party a few weeks ago. Except she thought the words were "my, my, pumpkin I resist you"!

    Oh, and I met the lovely Tim Smith from Steve Wright's show. As Gazza says, he was handing out sweets in the phone room. I had no idea who he was - I took a sweet from him and turned back to my computer, then I heard him speaking to someone behind me and the penny dropped - I hadn't recognised him when he was speaking to me, but as soon as I was no longer looking at him his voice became very familiar!

    I'm tireder than a tired thing that just wants to sleep today - stupidly I booked to have the dogpoppet clipped at 9 o'clock so I didn't get a lie-in. Mr B has gone off to the Classic Car show, so at least I can have a fairly quiet day.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 58.

    #56 - thanks Billie - it could be My Song!!

    It sounds like you had a great day too, Deebee - you deserve a rest today!

    Far from feeling left out, it makes me feel part of it, knowing that people I 'know' are helping on the front line, so to speak. And meeting 'famous' people isn't always all it's cracked up to be - illusions can be shattered! So, I'm a happy blogger, keeping the home fires burning while you are all busy.......

    JW

  • Comment number 59.

    Deebee, what a wonderful post. Says it all. The most important people we spoke to were the very generous folk who rang in and said they 'just wanted to help'.


    mc x

  • Comment number 60.

    Just lost a long post, stupid blog.

    Yesterday was amazing, can't remember the last time I worked so hard & a complete joy to meet so many lovely bloggers.

    Then my phone was stolen by (insert suitable words here) when we were in the pub last night.

    Just wanted to post to say thank you to the bloggers who helped me & dried my tears of anger & frustration. Shona & Andy T from here & especially Suzy (don't know your blog name) from Chris's - you are a complete star, thank you so much, you are a complete star, I owe you a drink.

    More about yesterday when I am home & sorted. Just sorted out a new phone at the moment.

  • Comment number 61.

    Oh Amelia, what a horrible end to an amazing day - as you say (insert words of your own choice here) are absolute (insert more words here) - when so much good has been done on one day and then is spoilt by the actions of (repeats words here).

    Thank goodness there are good people in the world. :0)

    JW

  • Comment number 62.

    Congrats to Queen Sal - the crown looks lovely on you m'dear.

    Amelia - oh no, what a rotten end to what sounds as though it was a tiring and marvellous day

  • Comment number 63.

    hi all

    deebee tim looks older than he sounds

    shona your tony is playing a xmas song

  • Comment number 64.

    Afternoon all

    Back home now, tired but happy after a hard day's work yesterday; at least I didn't loose my voice this year! Mr T rang in and spoke to Suzeeee, and having heard all the noise in the background, can understand how difficult it can be!

    Amelia, what a horrible end to the day; I'm so sorry that happened to you.

    Well done Queen Sal!

    'See' you all on Monday

    T xx

  • Comment number 65.

    Hello, can I come in?
    A lapsed CLP blogger here popping in to say hello.
    I met a few of you at radio2 yesterday, and just wanted to reiterate what everyone has already said. It was a fantastic day, hard work but so worthwhile when you find out the total at the end of the shift. Sorry I missed Shona and Andy T this morning, hope you both made it home safely and Amelia, what a terrible thing to happen to you, you poor thing.
    Well done Sal on the crown, you wear it well!

    Ta ta for now, Lin x

  • Comment number 66.

    I thanked Julia this morning for her post.

    Thanks also to Deebee, Molly, Amelia, Tortie & GirlRacer for sharing.

    A special "Hello" to GirlRacer - please come back again.

    Amelia - sorry to hear that someone tried to spoil your day - as if!

  • Comment number 67.

    What a fantastic time in London! It was horrible that Amelia's phone was stolen but when we spoke she said it wasn't going to ruin her time there. But still not nice at all.

    Deebee, what a lovely post and I agree that the hard work is what CiN is all about but the time goes in so quickly. And we raised well over a quarter of a million during our shift which is incredible.

    Well done Queen Sal for the ARFO not that I heard it - sorry but I was tied up at the time;0) There was nearly no ARFO on Friday as we were keeping Simon back so long before the show.

    Tired after a long journey but can't tell you how much I enjoyed meeting everyone and Revster's new CD nearly split my sides at dinner laughing so much especially - THAT song! ;0))

  • Comment number 68.

    It's good to read the various bloggers reports of their day yesterday - glad you all had a good time and it was all so worthwhile.

    Have a restful evening and the rest of the weekend.

    JW

  • Comment number 69.

    I want to hear Revster's THAT song!

  • Comment number 70.

    Knock, knock!!

    CPL Blogger here....

    I promised to pop in to say hello after meeting so many of you from this blog manning/womanning the phones for CinN. I did read a mention about me #51 Julia41 (Isn't she lovely! xx) that was very nice, thanks. x I am sure the rest of you are also beautiful people as well. I am shy by nature but Julia41 did manage to bring me out of my shell......ha ha! We did have a laugh all day even though we were busy collecting donation and pledges.

    The best bit for me though I have to say was the amount of money......£255k taken on the phones alone of Friday! Makes it all worth while doesn't it and such a great cause.

    So, another promise kept by posting on the blog, who knows I may even come back for more? ;-)

    Keep smiling

    Keith
    xx

  • Comment number 71.

    Good to see some refugees from the other side posting. Please bring your friends and stay and post lots.

    Home safely, should be in bed but in a weekend full of coincidences the 2 guys behind me on the plane were talking about radio - one of them was James Whale - the guy beside me (who incidentally looked enough like Patrick Stewart for me to keep looking at him out of the corner of my eye - there was a little too much stubble on the head for it to be him) was cringing as much as me at some of the stuff he was coming out with. I will share tomorrow.

    I thought seeing Simon on Thursday was freaky enough but this morning bumped into Shona & Andy T in Kings Cross - what were the chances when I had something to give Shona!

    This is perhaps not quite my favourite picture from Friday but Pudsey launched himself at me when I was about to take a photo was quite astonishing.


    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8208/8195345764_5d6e059f21_b.jpg

  • Comment number 72.

    Good morning,

    Well the sky has a brightness about it which hopefully means we're going to have one of those lovely late autumn sunny days. I can feel a bike ride coming on.

    #58 Jennie, That's a really lovely post which sums up how I felt listening in last year.

    #69 Billie, Me too!

    #70 Wotcha NotSoBigUn!, Can you please stop spreading this lie that I'm "lovely"! Clearly I'm a very naughty person because I brought shy, retiring you out of your shell! It's lovely to see you here and thanks again for looking after me on Friday.

    CLP BLoggers, I think I heard something about Chris not blogging anymore. I'm sure we can find room in the Mayo blog for you all. We can put some more chairs round the kitchen table and make sure we wash our mugs up when we leave so you can use them (where is CoffeeBuzz by the way?). It'll be a bit noisy like the phone room on Friday in here - but the atmosphere there was great. I really don't subscribe to the "us" and "them" idea in life. Where blogging is concerned we're all Radio 2.

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 73.

    Good morning all - beautiful sunny day out there but not very warm.......another 'good to be alive day'........Hello Harry and CoffeeBuzz if you are lurking...

    Welcome to all wandering CE bloggers - we will give you shelter if you need it and you get the chance to chase choons on here during the week...great fun!!

    JW

  • Comment number 74.

    Good Morning All - lovely sunny morning here too.

  • Comment number 75.

    Good morning (just) All

    A good night's sleep was had and forgot to say that it was lovely talking to Crumpy on the phone when she phoned in with her donation on Friday.

    Back to reality today. Cold but sunny and a trip to ELH awaits to re stock the cupboards.

    #70 Hello Keith!

  • Comment number 76.

    I've just looked at the web site for the 'lingering flower' and Christmas delivery dates available and the first is 20th Dec - all booked up from there on in!! Eeekkk

    I've booked my slot!

    JW

  • Comment number 77.

    Afternoon all!

    Sorry for my late arrival at the party - I have a note somewhere......

    Firstly, congrats to Sallie on your coronation as Queen for the CiN ARFO. I am sure that the crown will prove most useful this week to keep your head protected if the weather is colder and you are out on your bike. Perhaps you could accessorize it with a head torch?!

    Secondly, Amelia, what a dreadful way to end the day on Friday. May I just say that Amelia was across the desk from me and has the best telephone manner that I have ever heard. Fabulous company for the day, smiley, friendly, a lovely bloggerfriend.

    Friday. What can I say? An amazing experience and an unforgettable day. Deebee sums it up perfectly at #57. Really good to meet everyone and put faces to names at last. As for the phone calls - if I could wave a magic wand it would be to have a show long enough to mention everyone who phoned in.

    Hang on - got to go (can smell burning from the kitchen) - more to say (not too much, don't worry) - back soonish....

  • Comment number 78.

    Hello again...

    I spoke to some amazing people on Friday and my busiest time seemed to be during Drivetime! Having been lucky enough to have an ARF caller in the family, I could understand the excitement of some of the families that phoned through at that time. I listened back to the programme yesterday (perfect accompaniement for party cooking) and was chuffed to hear that one of my callers got a Muppet-mensh - the little boy who was celebrating his 9th birthday with no post, no party and a vomiting sister (the reason the party was cancelled) but who still wanted to pledge a large proportion of his birthday money.

  • Comment number 79.

    Hoffs - Thanks for your posts too! Lovely!

    Hope the "can smell burning from the kitchen" wasn't actually burning in the kitchen!

    We've had a lovely bright cold day here - we've achieved nothing which was the plan. Ha! It's drizzling now and it's very cold. We've actually drawn curtains which was amusing because we haven't had curtains very long.

    Have I mentioned that this new home gets many Rainbows? Delightful!

    Supper is Pork Chops cooked in foil with mushrooms, cream & thyme ala St. Delia - jacket spud and something green - still to be decided.


    We're not preparing anything at all for Mr. Davies. He can just salivate - he never comments on our food anyway! Ha!

    And when I KB in a few minutes I shall play "I'm Only Sleeping" and dedicate it to Jennie!

  • Comment number 80.

    Thank you Billie - I'll do my best to stay awake and listen to the end!

    JW

  • Comment number 81.

    Hoffs, hope your dinner wasn't too burnt! Sounds a bit like my cooking skills ;0)

    #79 All ears here too Billie

    Won't see you tomorrow for a choon chase as I am taking Pudsey and photos into the field and interviewing all day.

    Good luck and catch you when I can. X

  • Comment number 82.

    Have great evenings all and see you in the morning.

    JW

  • Comment number 83.

    #79 - Thanks Billie - had to rush off again but luckily neither kitchen situation was serious. Multi-tasking was never my strong point....

    Anyway, back to Friday, briefly. I now understand the mystery of sweets on my desk. I finished a call and found one next to my laptop. Before I had a chance to unwrap it, I took another call and when I looked again at the end of that call, another one had appeared. I wasn't sitting at the main desk so didn't realise that Tim Smith had been handing them out. Thank you Tim!

    I couldn't stay in London on Friday evening, I had been away since last Monday and needed to get home. Annoyingly, my train was delayed and I didn't get home til v late. I was woken v early on Saturday morning by Mini-Hoffs who then spent most of the day right by my side in case I went away again. Last night Mr H and I had some friends here, one of whom has just turned 50 and had no idea that the whole evening was in his honour. I love 'positive subterfuge' - eg. the cake was handed in through the window by another friend whilst he wasn't looking! Ended in the early hours of this morning and was then on the touch-line for U7's rugby with Mini Hoffs for most of the day. Bit tired now!

    Good night bloggers - have a good week x

  • Comment number 84.

    Sorry, long post, look away now if you are easily bored but I guess it is more on topic than some of the drivel I write.

    Sal - so pleased to hand the ARFO crown over to you - wear it with pride!

    #58 Jennie - such a lovely thing to say.

    Thanks for all your kind words about my phone - all sorted with a new one now - it wasn't the phone itself getting stolen that upset me, it was being so far from home without a phone that was scary.

    BBC radio has always made my life better and I cant conceive of life without it. I wake up to Today and fall asleep to any number of things. Wittertainment is the best show ever and Radcliffe and Maconie are a joy in the afternoon (although this means I had no idea who Tim Smith was - ta for the chocolates anyway); there is something on at 5.05 that isn’t that bad either. So to be at Radio 2 was an enormous privilege.

    Of course it was lovely meeting Simon, Rebecca, Matt & Chris et al, how could it be anything else; but honestly it was meeting folk I talk to on here and you being just as lovely in real life that was really great. The best bit was taking the calls; I loved talking to every single person, they all had a story to tell; I did just smile all day. Rebecca read out one that I took, from a granny bursting with pride at the happiness and joy a baby had brought to the family.

    I took calls from a TOG and then Alex_Girl who was really lovely.

    Hoffs and I were slightly separate from everyone else but it meant it was a less noisy and when it was less busy early on we had a chance to chat a little. She is every bit as lovely as she comes across on the blog, thank you so much for what you said, it was so lovely to meet you too.

    Deevs - what a fantastic job you do organizing everything - thank you so much. And the meal at night was fantastic - some of the best food I have eaten in ages!

    One of the things that was most often discussed on Friday was how much this blog had expanded bloggers music tastes. I couldn't agree more; I am listening to and loving stuff I had barely heard of and it is all because of the fabulous tune choosing of you folks. It is the best game ever I think. I was firmly stuck in turn of the century indie rock and frankly getting bored of it (although Radiohead are the best band ever obviously). Suddenly I feel as if the whole world of music has opened up to me. So thank you all!

    To anyone who lurks and doesn’t join in - you are missing out - start posting and choosing oldies - honestly there is no stupid choices (well some but the chances are I will have chosen them as well) - you never know what is going to be played - if you love a song chances are someone else will to.

  • Comment number 85.

    Amelia - not drivel, not off topic! Well said on the blog bit!

    Have good days everyone x

 

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