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Simon Mayo | 09:53 UK time, Thursday, 6 December 2012

Morning to all bloggers, veterans, newcomers and festive dabblers. Comfortably seated in my own house, my own coffee (no one asking me my name for some false familiarity - I sometimes give different names just to keep for variety) and gentle, age-appropriate lighting.

Bristol Library was fun yesterday, they have refurbished the children's area and filled it with some fine pupils to listen to me rabbit on and show them pictures of Dimitri Mendeleev. They like it really.

On the train back I did some prep for interviewing Anne Hathaway this morning, Les Miserables is about to hit the cinemas and what a hit it is going to be. Chris has been saying how much he enjoyed it - Hugh Jackman on Breakfast tomorrow - and it is a stunning piece of work. It's put together by Brit Tom Hooper who must be our hottest director at the moment and you must see it. Anne says she has loved Les Mis since watching her mum in the same role - Fantine - in the original stage show! And she lost 25 pounds for the role; if anyone has looked as though they were really dying on screen better than AH then I haven't seen it. Which is quite possible.

Nige today with a boned and stuffed thigh of something or other. Chicken almost certainly.

And oldies please inspired by this is from BBC News:

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is leading a team of five other explorers in a quest to achieve a feat no other human has managed - to walk across Antarctica in the near permanent darkness and super low temperatures of winter.

Phase one of The Coldest Journey expedition - which aims to raise millions of pounds in donations for the Seeing is Believing charity to tackle avoidable blindness - begins later when the icebreaker SA Agulhus sets off from the River Thames. The journey from a wintry Thames to the ice shelf of Antarctica will take just over a month.


So that's COLDEST JOURNEY EVER tunes please, but not Foreigner as we played that on Monday.

Have a comforting and warming Thursday, see you after 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon & Everyone

    Less sunshine today I fear.

    And my particular favourite 9am pastime - trying to get gig tickets ....













  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets


    FROZEN - Madonna


    SHIVER - Coldplay

    SNOW (HEY OH) - Red Hot Chilli Peppers



  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Simon and Blogger Chums


  • Comment number 4.

    Morning all Chilly and not so chilly Blogpoppets.

    Colder this morning than yesterday but not as icy, yay! Yesterday was the first slippy slidey walk into work of the season.

    Shall see if I can think of summat not mentioned t'other day.

    I am secretly hoping that the snow forcast for Sheffield drifts a little more to the East ;-)


  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning again –

    Suggestions –

    CRAZY – Willie Nelson

    LOSING MY MIND – Pet Shop Boys & Liza Minelli

    TELL ME WHY? – Beatles

    A HARD DAY’S NIGHT - Beatles


    HOLD UP A LIGHT - ╪ (Wah!)

    SOMETHING STUPID – Frank & Nancy or Robbie & Nicole

    DON’T GO – Hothouse Flowers

    GOTTA GET THROUGH THIS – Daniel Bedingfield



    AIN’T NO SUNSHINE - Michael Jackson

    BLACK IS BLACK – Los Bravos

    BLACK NIGHT – Deep Purple

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello again everyone

    FROZEN ~ Madonna

    BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE ~ Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews

    THROUGH THE DARK ~ KT Tunstall


    ICE ICE BABY ~ Vanilla Ice

  • Comment number 7.

    MADONNA - Frozen

    JIMMY CLIFF - Hard Road To Travel (I'd LOVE to hear this on the radio!)

    PHIL COLLINS - Against All Odds

  • Comment number 8.

    another couple:

    TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME - Supertramp

    SO FAR AWAY - Dire Straits


  • Comment number 9.


  • Comment number 10.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM, and well-equipped bloggers,



    CAN YOU FEEL IT? - Jackson 5

    WHITER SHADE OF PALE – Procul Harum

    ALL TIME LOW – The Wanted


    WHY DID YOU DO IT? - Stretch

    SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane (“I walked across an empty land...”)

  • Comment number 11.





    Must dash. Have a good day everyone

  • Comment number 12.



    ONE STEP BEYOND - Madness

    That's m'lot. Be good.

  • Comment number 13.

    THE VOYAGE ~ Christy Moore

  • Comment number 14.

    Not a dry eye in the audience. Guaranteed!

    The Blizzard - Jim Reeves

    Keep it Country!

  • Comment number 15.

    Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones


  • Comment number 16.

    Hi Simon and everyone.

    So cold today and as an Excezma sufferer my hands are plastered up to the nines as cold weather cracks my skin easily so i have to slip slap slop the moisturiser quite a lot! I look like Michael Jackson!

    Congrats to all menshes last night and to Santas PA with a double menshe after a month on the bench!

    Now choons:

    1. BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE - Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews
    2. FROZEN - Madonna
    3. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - Lou Reed
    4. SLIP SLIDING AWAY - Paul Simon
    5. BLACK IS BLACK - Labelle Epoque
    6. TURN OFF THE LIGHT - Nelly Furtado
    7. LOW RIDER - Average White Band
    8. DOWN DOWN - Status Quo
    9. THE NIGHT - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
    10. ICE ICE BABY - Vanilla Ice

    Oh well must crack on and keep warm.

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 17.

    Morning Greetings Of Nice Ter The Mayo & ALL Of The Blog...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Pal - A thought my cycle training in the cold dark winter was a littlew 'ard going but walking across Antartica in the insanely cold and in the dark.... MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The very thought sends more than a shiver up me spine... Frightening if yer ask me!!!!!!!
    Ter be so isolated in such SEVERE cold and dark.... And it's alot colder when it's dark..... 'ow Sir Ranulph Fiennes.... Unlike the idiots who getta knighthood by simply being the chairman of a blue chip company.... In some cases just their only achivement is they've been the berst bully boss and run the company on fear and personal excess and greeeeeed.... They do NOT deserve knighthoods but often get them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now people like SIR Ranulph Fiennes REALLY DO deserve a knighthood..... 100 times braver and better then a simple chairman of a blue chip company.... A doo feel Sir Ranulph will be blue also though in many areas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'ow does 'e do it??????????????????????????????????????????????

    'OW DOES 'E DO IT?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


    A was gonna talk about me 20 minute mark a broke on me cycle butta now feel my story is nowt compared ter The Sir Ranulph dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 18.

    I heard Santas PA. I've been reading it as P. A. but I'm sure I heard Simon say Pa (as in Dad) which is it?


  • Comment number 19.

    Simon, Re:#14, You may, if you wish, play Jim Reeves' "The Blizzard" at the end of the show to get the listeners in the mood for Bob Harris.

    You're welcome!

  • Comment number 20.

    U2 - Numb

    THE JACKSONS - Can You Feel It

    ELVIS COSTELLO - I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

    PHIL COLLINS - Long Long Way To Go

    PAUL SIMON - Slip Sliding Away

  • Comment number 21.

    There must be a chance to get this played soon:

    WHEN THE THAMES FROZE - Smith & Burrows

    SO LONELY - The Police

    and in similar vein EVER SO LONELY - Monsoon

    and one that signposts the final bit of civilisation...


  • Comment number 22.

    THE JOURNEY ~ Dolores O'Riordan (of the Cranberries)

  • Comment number 23.

    My show tune choices:

    INXS - Black And White!!!!

    Dark Tranquillity - White Noise Black Silence!!!!!

    Extreme - More Than Words!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 24.

    PS A mean't 1000 times braver noot 100!!!!!!!

    Also soz about me speeling mistakes above.... The keyboard fingers often struggle ter keep up with me over excited mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 25.

    Good morning again

    Just a couple of suggestions today - off to the hospital for an appointment at 4.20 - honestly don't they know that some people have better things to be doing at around 5.00, other than sitting in waiting areas to be prodded and poked where they don't really want to be prodded and poked!? ;0)



    Thought of another one but it's gone out of my head..............?

    Will try to remember.....

  • Comment number 26.

    Twas COMFORTABLY NUMB, but I've been beaten to that as well as my other two so there you go ........


  • Comment number 27.

    Morning all.

    Chilly start but quite bright here.

    Coldest Journey songs - yikes a lot of overlap with "winter" theme on Monday:
    Shiver - Coldplay
    Help Me Make it Through the Night - Kris Kristopherson

  • Comment number 28.

    Time for a coffee...

    I'm a bit sneezy today - hope it's not going to develop into any sort of lurgy, I could do without that thank you very much...

    #18 Miss Eltoe, it's supposed to be P A - as in Personal Assistant. I've separated the letters to make it a bit clearer. I did wonder about changing it to "Pee Aye" but that just looked odd...

    #25 Hope all goes well for you at the hospital.


  • Comment number 29.

    Santas PA I heard your mensh last night in the car and it sounded like Simon thought you are Santa's dad. If you change it to 'Pee Aye' any Scottish speaking bloggers might pronounce it as Pee Eye as in och aye the noo!!

  • Comment number 30.

    Flo I thought exactly the same, made me giggle - I would go for P.A. to avoid further confusion perhaps.

  • Comment number 31.

    Deebee, how does being Mrs Claus sound?

    I googled Mrs Claus and got a variety of ladies... some quite glam!


  • Comment number 32.

    Good morning everyone!

    Long time no blog.
    I've been busy buzzing around like a blue bottomed watzit for a few months.

    With absolutely no chance of catching up on the last three months I'll jump in to say I hope all's well and good with all of you.

    My only contribution to the #oldies would be

    STAR TREKKIN - THE FIRM (he's a famous 'star', you see?)

    Off to the coffee machine...


  • Comment number 33.

    Holly Berry - my thoughts are too with you today.

    Min Spy - I hope all goes well at the hospital today.

    Simon was only gently mocking towards cutlery man last night I thought. No fish knives here. I did have soup spoons but the generic spoons tend to get used these days much to the disgust of some visitors. I have a cheese knife I use all the time but I do eat far too much cheese. Flo - I had to google Splayds.

    I’m not a fan of kitchen gadgets as such - a good knife and a chopping board and you can achieve most things but I do love my apple corer / segmenter and my milk frother. And I do like a nice mug too.

    Was it just my mum - when eating soup we had to tip the bowl away from us when finishing? And she never filled a cup or glass more than 2/3 full as to do otherwise “was rude”!

    I am all for correct grammar JBJ but sometimes a clumsy sentence is worse than a grammatically incorrect one.

    I’m off to see Bruce Springsteen in Belfast in July - I hate buying tickets so far in advance.

  • Comment number 34.

    Morning each.

    Sorry, can't stop, apols for duplicates, suggestions :

    BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE - Cerys & Tom OR Ella + Louis
    NOBODY'S TWISTING YOUR ARM - The Wedding Present
    SHAKIN' LIKE A LEAF - The Stranglers
    WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN - Arctic Monkeys (unlikely?)

    Must dash.

    Have fun and play nicely.

    SE x

  • Comment number 35.

    Morning all.

    Can I chip in on the cutlery chat... We have a wide selection of silver lobster picks, however, lobsters are a bit thin on the ground, more's the pity, as it has to be my favourite food EVER!

    Isn't it a bother, that we cant do punctuation, when changing our blog names, just the lower _ or whatever its called.

    Another beautiful crisp morning here, I wonder whats in store......


    Flo, you must be in the little peep hole in the middle. Have you ever researched how it is, that the 'weather' as a rule always seems to miss you? Is it something to do with the Gulf stream? You are lucky :)

  • Comment number 36.

    Also on the crockery theme..

    My kids, erm 19 and 21, still proudly eat from their Fireman Sam and Winnie the Pooh plates. They'll be so pleased I shared that, well actually they wont know, as they dont 'do Radio 2' yet.

    Its only a matter of time. I've been tuned in since I was about 17 in my first job, where we had the radio on all day.

    Happy Days.

  • Comment number 37.

    #33 Amelia, I don't understand why there is a cheese knife because a piece of cheese (I eat loads of it too) can be picked up using an ordinary knife. Like you, I was told by my mum to tip a soup bowl away from me but could never understand why.

    Bruce Springsteen tickets for July, Amelia? Last Friday I bought tickets for Bryan Ferry for NOVEMBER 2013 and had I not been online at 10am, I wouldn't have got any as almost all of them were gone before 10.15am when I checked!

  • Comment number 38.

    THE EAGLES - Journey of the Sorcerer

    B B KING - Into The Night

    DEEP PURPLE - Black Night

    FREEEZ - Southern Freeez (seems apt for the Antarctic in the cold)

  • Comment number 39.

    OOps, I'd better go and look for a song suggestion. I'd forgotten all about that!

  • Comment number 40.

    #35 Swimming Sal, I don't think the rain will miss us today as it's looking cloudy in the direction of Edinburgh. I live not far from Dunbar that is supposed to be the sunniest place in Scotland and the same is said about our county and is often used by estate agents in their property information! All around the area are arable fields, often a sign of good weather/growing conditions.


  • Comment number 41.

    Cappuccino inspiratino:

    WINTER COAT - Martin Harley Band (I keep trying with this one!)

    DOWN DOWN - Status Quo

    In this dirty old part of the city.
    Where the sun refused to shine.
    People tell me there ain't no use in tryin.

    Hello CBuzz! Nice to see you back again. Hope all's well, and make sure you put a date in your diary for the Blog Party.

    Silent Knight - That Monsoon toon deserves a play, I've tried it before!

    Flo and Amelia - I struggle to book anything more than 3 months ahead. On the few occasions I've bought tickets, something else comes along which means I can't go!

    #22 amelia - agree on the gadget thing. Mrs Good spent many years preventing my grandma buying us an electric carving knife or electric can opener for Xmas. She just couldn't understand why we wouldn't want one.

    Splayds??? That's a new one. Apparently there also Sporfs...

    *sniggering at Pee Aye*

  • Comment number 42.

    GBLBzz - lovely to see you back. Hope you are well too. Not so keen on the gingerbread lattes - too sweet.

    Sal - I like a bit of lobster too but prefer their baby cousins, crayfish. I didn’t do R2 until I was 38 and still pretty much only the one show.

    Flo - my cheese knife has holes in it, seems to make it easy to cut a thin slice.

    I thought Bruce would sell out quickly but there seems to be tickets still available. 11 odd months is a long time to wait for anything Flo.

    On your Deebee name suggestion Flo, I like Mrs Claus too.

  • Comment number 43.

    Well after my slip sliding land on backside (Ouch!) walk to the bus this morning

    PAUL SIMON - Slip Sliding Away

    Would seem very appropriate

    Also thought of share the darkness - The Saw Doctors
    Only thing is it needs the chorus changed "Why don’t we share the darkness tonight" tomorrow, tomorrow night and for the next 6 months

  • Comment number 44.

    Brrr, the coldest journey I have ever been on, was to the O2 in December 2010, to attend the 'Last ever Drivetime' of Chris Evans days obviously...

    To London from West Somerset via Basingstoke and Portsmouth (dont ask!) and it was -18c registering on the old heap I was driving. So for that reason my song choice of the coldest journey ever is...

    Down to London - Joe Jackson.

  • Comment number 45.

    JBJ - my mum was the same and kept wanting to buy me them for Christmas. Electric knives scare me and are useless.

    Your Down Down suggestion is good but I have just got the damn song out of my head from the last time it was an appropriate oldie choice, Neil Oliver I think.

  • Comment number 46.

    Amelia, I prefer thick slices of cheese... but do have a cheese slicer thingy (like in the link below) but I have never used it.

  • Comment number 47.

    Yikes, was it really 2009!!

    Time flies... :)

  • Comment number 48.


  • Comment number 49.

    #41 JBG
    There's a party? Woohoo! When? Will I have to dust off the industrial strength coffee machine?

    #42 AoA
    All's well here, thank you.
    I know what you mean about the sweetness - my personal preference is for plain old black americano or 'tall black'. Mrs cBzz, however, loves the sickly sweet syrup at this time of year.

    Back to the coffee machine...


  • Comment number 50.

    #44 Sal... your journey to Chris Evans' leaving party must have been a long journey along the coast and in minus 18 degrees... brrrrrr that sounds FREEEEZING!!!!

  • Comment number 51.

    ('..coldest winter in almost 14 years')


  • Comment number 52.

    Eurythmics - You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart
    Status Quo - Ice In The Sun
    Communards - So Cold The Night


  • Comment number 53.

    Flo, thanks for the link. I'm just going to have a gander.

    Yes, and one of the most terrifying journeys ever and I've made a lot of journeys as you know! I had already done my round that day too. So all in all over 400 miles in dreadful conditions.

    BUT.. it was a fabulous day and would I do it all over again? Hopefully not for a long time, as I hope Simon is firmly in 'the driving' seat now so to speak.

    Right, I must away.

    Two more attempts...

    There's a kind of hush - Hermans Hermits. Its always so quiet when the snow really comes down.

    The longest time - Billy Joel.

    Gotta fly.. :)

  • Comment number 54.

    Wasn't the coldest journey as I was in the car, but the worst I had was from Hendon in NW London to Taplow. A total of nine hours. The first hour was London to Beaconsfield (4pm to 5pm), and in the snow that was acceptable. It then took me 45 minutes to get up the slip road and onto the A40. The remaining 5 miles home took me til 1am the following morning.

  • Comment number 55.

    Good to see you gingerbreadLatte Buzz - glad you have been able to join us for the Christmas 'silliness' . The party is on friday the 21st - so get your tux ready!

  • Comment number 56.

    My baby sister adores Tom Selleck. Indeed, she has written to Santa, requesting a box-set of Magnum Pee Aye


  • Comment number 57.

    Scotch Git.. whats your opinion on red sprouts?

  • Comment number 58.

    #1 Afternoon all. Heart skipped a beat when I read Amelia's pastime of trying to get gig tickets. Had a sudden premonition that I'd missed the Neil Young on-sale date. Phew, it's the 14th, not the 4th, and .... relax.


  • Comment number 59.

    #55 MS - thanks for the heads up.
    21st is the last day of nursery for babyBuzz (possibly need to find a more age-appropriate moniker, eh?), so I'll be evacuating the office late morning and 'working' from home in the afternoon.

    #34 SE - I may have missed an earlier discussion, but is your signature supposed to be read out loud?

    #40 ffFlo - One of my colleagues swears that his home town (Aboyne) should hold the title 'Sunniest Place in Scotland' as it's always sunnier than Aberdeen. Somehow I think he's missing the point :P

    Coffee machine beckons (another lunchtime meeting approaches)...


  • Comment number 60.

    Before they start walking into the darkness of Antarctica, presumably Sir Ranulph says this to the rest of the crew?

    WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN? - Three Degrees

    #45 Amelia - Argoose is offering an electric cupcake maker, if you're interested. Don't people have ovens?!

  • Comment number 61.


    running on ice-billy joel

    baby its cold outside-tom jones/cerys matthews

    ice in the sun-status quo

  • Comment number 62.

    How about
    Hazy Shade of Winter - Simon & Garfunkel

    Time Passages Al Stewart - starts with a good line (It was late in December, the sky turned to snow) but otherwise just a tenuous attempt to get a great track played!

  • Comment number 63.

    INVISIBLE SUN - The Police

  • Comment number 64.

    Good Afternoon All;

    Haven't had a chance to read back yet, but I see CoffeeBuzz is back with us, or should I say GingerbreadLatteBuzz, nice to see you again. :-)

    I don't know if I can dredge up any oldies that won't have already been suggested. :-/


    I only know the music from the album because the mister used to play it a lot.

    BREAKTHRU - QUEEN (for the ice-breaker)

    I can't think of anything else.

  • Comment number 65.

    Hello All,

    'Walk On The Wild Side' Lou Reed

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 66.


    Seven swans a swimming Sal,

    Red or green, I'm with Captain Keble!

    Don't even get me started on Brussels...


  • Comment number 67.

    #64, Zoe, is it snowing wi' you yet?


  • Comment number 68.

    Ooh ooh


    Not achieving much today....

  • Comment number 69.

    Simon, did you hear Sir Christophe Evans playing a certain choon this morning? ENJOY YOURSELF by Mrs Mills - brilliant! anyway it's too cold to think of anything me ink stamp pad has frozen up.

  • Comment number 70.

    Ken - sorry for spooking you!

    JBJ - it is on my christmas list along with an omelette maker (no, I don't have any pans). Lakeland is the best for completely pointless gadgets I have found

    All my coldest journeys have involved the A9 from Inverness to Edinburgh. Finished Ian Rankin’s latest - a lovely nostalgia trip as I said the other day. Now listening to Wonder by RJ Palacio following Rebecca heaping praise on it. I’m still trying to read out latest bookclub choice ...

    The borrowed dog doesn’t quite know what to make of my dancing around the kitchen ..

    Haha about SE’s signature CBzz

    JBJ - I'm achieving lots today just not the things I should be doing.

  • Comment number 71.

    No tune suggestions today - probably getting a bit late in any case. Just a couple of observations :-

    Next week's Radio Times is out (other listings mags etc., etc....) and Mastermind on Friday 14th has 'Number 1 singles 1963-2000' listed. Jeffrey, it's your big night. I suspect one of our number may be diverted by birthday events that day.

    Today is St Nicolas's day. This is relevant for all Santa-related things. (Please ensure you get the letters of 'Santa' in the correct order, otherwise you're going into a completely different domain entirely).

    #35 - Sal - the lower '_' thing is called an 'underscore'. Nothing festive about that, I'm afraid.

  • Comment number 72.

    I just thought of another song whilst listening to Spotify (other streaming services possibly available):


  • Comment number 73.

    Sir Ranulph Fiennes is I believe a baronet and certainly will be very cold down in Antartica so he will be a


  • Comment number 74.

    Back again...

    Just got back from me prom cycle ride and both the terdee's blog/ Sir Ranulph 'elped me terdee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A used the thought of 'ow 'ard it would be ter do what Sir Ranulph is going terdo AND of course what 'e 'as achieved.... And suddenly me 20km cycle ride in the cold (only +2) (noot -60).... And suddenly me ride seemed so much easier!!!!!!!

    A great way ter motivate mesen mentally ter make me move faster physically!!!!!!!!!

    A most nice cycle ride too.... The police radar van was on the main road down ter the seaside... 27mph a was doing in a 30 zone!!!!!!!!!!
    Then onter the prom and despite a nasty freeezing 14mph side wind all was most nice with me thermal socks a bought yesterdee!!!!!!
    A went inter a will known shop... The one with Max and an extra 'x' in it's name and no sports socks suitable... But then a spotted 2 foot long ski socks!!!!!!!!!
    Bought a pack of 2 and man are they superbly comfortable and warm!!!!!!
    Perfect for cycling as they go right upter nearly me knees of knobblyness!!!!!!!!!!
    For sure am going ter return terdee or termozz and buy more pairs!!!!!!!!!
    So me freezing toes are now just abit pinchy but alot warmer from before!!!!!!!!!
    AND after yesterdee's cycle in which there was an even worse cold wind.... Despite me woolly 'at a could feel an icy pain penetrating through me 'at on the top of me 'ead.... so terdee 2 woolly 'ats.... Again perfect on the 'ead!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A purposely rode 2 gears down from top ter concentrate on a 'igher cadence... upter 85 ter 90 cadence.... 21mph-ish!!!!!!!!
    And concentrating driving each calf down with each downstroke... Not easy terdo... Usually people just cycle without thinking about it!!!!!!!
    But ter try and get inter a rhythm of delivering extra power is easier said than down.... All good practice!!!!!!!!!

    Terdee a VERY respectable time of 46.48!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And yesterdee despite a VERY VERY 'arsh 16mph side and 'ead wind coming off the sea... A did the gig in 49.50!!!!!!!!!!

    In the summer me times will be ALOT lower as the warmer the air.... The thinne rthe air is.... 'ence less wind resistance!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And ave got me eye on a 2.5k carbon fibre racing bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Went in a cycle shop asking about racing cycles.... Ave never rode one in me life!!!!!!
    Ave 'ad a Raleigh Chopper... Grifter.... A touring bike and now me mountain bike.... But never a racing bike!!!!!!!!!
    Asked about the difference in speed and the bloke told me a racing bike is way way faster than a mountain bike!!!!!!!!!!
    All good.... Maybe me times could be well under 40 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wiggo would do 20km in 25 minutes in racing conditions!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But for now riding a 'eavy mountain bike is great for building strength and stamina..... And if a did me ride in 35 minutes instead of 50 minutes.... Then am only getting 35 minutes of training instead of 50 minutes..... So actually buying a racing bike for now is a waste of money!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb.... A thought of this as it's me all time favourite song... But a didn't recommend it as the proper version is 7 minutes... Too long for The Drivetime gig... A 2 'our show living on the edge ter get so much excellence packed in in 2 'ours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But since alotta blog operatatives are going for this 'ave gotta go for it also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe since it's Thrursdee and Nigel Bardon will be bringing in some tasty food.... Playing the 7 minute Comfortably Numb number could be the perfect tune ter allow the Drivetime gang ter enjoy The Bardon's creations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Know what am sayin'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 75.

    Afternoon all

    Apologoes for the lack blogging this week; busy at work (boss only in one day) and a day off for Christmas shopping with Mum. Still back now, although too late to suggest anything for the NYM to pick.

    Off to do battle in S*@%sbury's now - back later

    T T x

  • Comment number 76.

    The Tip of the Iceberg - Owl City

    Off to get lunch..

  • Comment number 77.

    That Captain Keble. He wont have much wind in his sails!

  • Comment number 78.

    The Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstien
    Genesis - A Winters Tale
    Xandria - Winterhearted

  • Comment number 79.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 80.

    OOpsie FLO!

  • Comment number 81.

    #79 - Ooh Flo...what have you said?


  • Comment number 82.

    It was on the lunchtime news, so why has it broken any rules?

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  • Comment number 84.

    Was the aforementioned actually arrested?

    I know nothing :O

  • Comment number 85.

    The most read article at present on the BBC news site, as well. Double standards? Should there be an inquiry? :)

  • Comment number 86.

    Who next??

  • Comment number 87.

    #16 Mandy - I feel for you, with your eczema, I'm the same and my hands are being held together by plasters at the moment too. :(

    #67 Miss Eltoe - No snow here, we haven't had so much as a flake! I believe they've had a bit out towards the Peak District, but not here. The skies are pretty grey though... :-S

  • Comment number 88.

    I was just watching Sir Ranulph Fiennes saying during an interview a few minutes ago that on his trip to the Antarctic, he will encounter temperatures from as low as between -70 to -90 degrees! Sal's -18 sounded low enough and goodness knows how anyone can survive such extreme temperatures!

  • Comment number 89.

    Finally, on the blog...
    Not had time to read back, sorry if these have been suggested:

    DOWN TO ZERO by Joan Armatrading


    WALKING ON WATER by Matt Cardle (isn't that basically what the arctic circles are??!)

    I'll get my coat (and scarf, gloves, hat etc etc)

  • Comment number 90.

    #31 Thanks fpr the suggestion Flo. Mrs Claus sounds a bit like Santa's mum though, which isn't much of an improvement on being his dad! So I've decided to become Miss Claus instead...


    All these name changes - I'll start to forget who I am soon, never mind anyone else.

    Re cutlery - yes to most of the above, but most of it rarely used. The tipping of the soup bowl is just common sense - when you've nearly finished your soup it makes it easier to get those last few spoonfuls out of the bowl. And the reason you tip it away from you is that if you tipped it towards you there's a risk it would end up in your lap...


  • Comment number 91.

    Inspired by a lunchtime toasted sandwich, don't ask where this suddenly appeared from...

    MAKE IT WITH YOU - Bread

    Hey have you ever tried,
    Really reaching out for the other side?

  • Comment number 92.

    #35 No Lobster? High-tail yourself down to the well known cheap foodie emporium known as Lid* for some frozen lobsters, at only £5.99!!
    They were cracking - already cooked, just need thawing out & getting the meat out = use the meat in risotto, bisque, fish pie (oo la la that's a posh fish pie!)

  • Comment number 93.

    If Simon reads today's blog messages, I would like to thank him for 'introducing' me to the fabulous June Tabor and Oysterband, having heaped praise on their Ragged Kingdom album earlier this year, which I bought because of Simon. I know that several of us on here have discovered 'new' music, bands or solo acts this year, thanks to Simon either playing their music or having them guesting on his show.

    I saw them last night in an 'intimate' setting (tables, candles, wine etc) and they were just wonderful... June's voice is sublime and her harmonising with the lead singer was stunning, also she also sang two beautiful songs unaccompanied, one of them was Gaelic.

    Before the show started I was chatting to people in the loo and in the bar (coffee available too) and several people had travelled up to 500 miles yesterday, just to see them and others had come from Lincolnshire, Manchester and Birmingham (after seeing the band on Tuesday night and will see them gain tonight) and a couple on our table had driven up from Oldham and said they have seen either Oysterband on their own, or Oysterband with June Tabor, 170 times!


    After the show, everyone except June, who was resting her voice, came out into the bar area where CDs were on sale, to chat, sign autographs and John Jones, the lead singer, announced at the end to give them two minutes and they would come out for a drink and chat.


    I spoke to him and thanked them for a superb show and I told him I was pleased they had received four awards in the Radio 2 Folk Awards' show and said I was a recent convert to their music, thanks to Simon Mayo. He replied saying he owes a lot to Simon and he said he often listens to his show.

    Sorry this is so long and I don't know if anyone else enjoys a bit of folk music, or likes or has seen this band, but they are highly recommended and I hope they'll be back here very soon.... such an amazing group of musicians and really friendly chatty people on and off stage!

  • Comment number 94.

    I might give them a go Suzieee for recipes as you say.

    But, to have a lobster which you have pulled out of the sea and on the table half an hour later...oh dear, I'm drooling. Still its out of season now, so Lidl it is, unless Aldi have them?

  • Comment number 95.

    If I was going to tip my soup bowl, it would be straight into my mouth. Now that makes sense! ;)

  • Comment number 96.

    Three word Thursday..

    Gluten-free Mince pie challenge! (There are dodgier ones that get through than that!)

    I'm determined to make them every bit as tasty as the 'normal' ones and at a fraction of the rip off price that they sell them in the shops.

    I may be a while...

  • Comment number 97.

    Off to be prodded and poked then - see you later


  • Comment number 98.

    Off to London in an hour. Last gig of the year (probably) for me tonight. Kathleen Edwards (in due or trio mode I believe) with support from Peter Bruntnell.

    Rounds out the year nicely as it was Kathleen with full band who kicked off my gig year in January.

  • Comment number 99.

    96. Ssas Sal if you google jamie oliver gluten free mince pies you will find the recipe, also he does a gluten free pudding too, hope that helps

  • Comment number 100.

    Thanks Twigsan.

    One of the perks of having coeliac disease, is that some of the companies send you their products in the hope that you will get them on prescription.. £4 a loaf!

    So, I'm going to try the Glutafin recipe, if they come out like bricks, then Jamie, I'm heading your way.

    Aren't bloggers just a lovely lot.


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