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Simon Mayo | 10:28 UK time, Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Greetings from the 7am train to Bristol where the lighting is harsh. Full tv studio lights with no make up and 3 hours sleep is not good. I feel like the ghostly apparition of Canon Bob in yesterday's confession. This is all because of my attendance at the National Book Awards to applaud David Walliams and his plundering of the best children's book award (see yesterday's blog for accurate prediction). And what a bun fight it was. Congrats to Clare Balding and Lee Child who won in their categories-I reprised the 'Tom Cruise is too short for Reacher' chat we had on air last year with Lee. He reckons the film will win over the Cruise-doubters! Rachel Joyce was thrilled to win for 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' and EL James was not surprised to win for 50 Shades in the 'Popular Fiction' category. If you've sold 40% of all books in the UK, you're a shoe-in frankly (or shoo-in whichever you prefer).

What we need is a Chris-Mösh to get the festive juices flowing so that's what'll happen after 6. And your oldies please for the last DANDY which hit the shelves yesterday before going online. Tunes to serenade The Dandy and COMICS in general should ease us through till 7.

Have a warms and comforting Wednesday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Early into the fray:

    CARTOON HEROES - Aqua

    Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo

  • Comment number 2.

    Dandy and Comics are the theme are they?

    STAND AND DELIVER – ADAM AND THE ANTS (“I’m a DANDY highwayman”) is the first thing that springs to mind

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning Simon and lovely folk of the blog

    Hard luck last night - the judges are obviously fools but we know better.


    DANDY - THE KINKS

    COMIC STRIP - SERGE GAINSBOURG

    MAGNETO & TITANIUM MAN - WINGS

    THAT’S REALLY SUPER, SUPERGIRL - XTC

    WAITIN’ FOR A SUPERMAN - THE FLAMMING LIPS

    JOHNNY THUNDER - THE KINKS

    SUPERMAN - REM

    IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS I KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) - REM

    HEROES - DAVID BOWIE

    IT’S ALL OVER NOW - THE ROLLING STONES

    SPIDERMAN - THE RAMONES

    FISH ‘N’ CHIP PAPER - ELVIS COSTELLO

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi again everyone

    Sorry to hear you didn't win the NBA prize, but to be nominated must be fantastic.
    Maybe next time the prize will be yours, Simon!

    Comic type oldies....

    DANDY ~ The Kinks

    STAND AND DELIVER ~ Adam & The Ants "I'm the dandy highwayman"

    JUDY IN DISGUISE ~ John Fred & His Playboy Band

    JUDY TEEN ~ Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

    STREET LIFE ~ The Crusaders

    THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT ~ The Who

  • Comment number 5.

    SUNSHINE SUPERMAN ~ Donovan

    EAGLE ~ Abba

    FLY LIKE AN EAGLE ~ Steve Miller Band

    DANDY ~ Herman's Hermits

  • Comment number 6.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    As I said on yesterday's blog, disappointing result at the NBAs but just to be nominated for a debut novel is something!

    #comicbookoldies

    FLASH - Queen

    ZOOM - Fat Larry's Band

    HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO - Bonnie Tyler

    HEROES AND VILLAINS - Beach Boys

    GOD'S COMIC - Elvis Costello

    PICTURE THIS - Blondie

    END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT - REM

    ~X~

  • Comment number 7.

    Those were the days - Mary Hopkin.

  • Comment number 8.

    Morning Simon, team, NYM, and harshly lit bloggers

    Commiserations to your Lordship on being beaten for the NBA Award, but if you keep practising your run up, shooting more hoops, and perfecting the slam dunk, then maybe next year will be the one!

    #dandyoldies

    THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE – Paul Simon

    BUBBLES – Biffy Clyro

    BLOCK BUSTER - Sweet

    THE END OF THE INNOCENCE – Don Henley

    PICTURES OF LILY – The Who

    DESPERADO (Dan) - The Eagles

    TURNING JAPANESE – The Vapors (because all the most successful comics nowadays are manga comics)

  • Comment number 9.

    THE LAST TIME - THE ROLLING STONES

  • Comment number 10.

    Charlie Brown - -COldplay
    Neverending story - Limahl
    Scooby Snacks - Fun lovin Criminals

  • Comment number 11.

    Picture this - Blondie.

  • Comment number 12.

    JACKIE - SCOTT WALKER (is it a comic or magazine?)

  • Comment number 13.

    Fool if you think its over - Elkie Brooks.

    Have a great day in Bristol, Simon. A fine city, if ever there was.

  • Comment number 14.

    The Whole of the Moon - Waterboys
    Man on the Moon - REM

    (Slightly tenuous connection of the cow pie so loved by Desperate Dan. The cow jumped over the moon...). Should I bother to return?

    Ooh - Bristol. I'm sitting overlooking Temple Meads station - maybe I'll see the great man in person. Should I be on the lookout for dark glasses concealing the lack of sleep?

  • Comment number 15.

    The things you learn!

    Did anyone know that Desperate Dan eloped with the Spics Girls?

    Its all here....http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/micwright/100008404/desperate-news-for-dan-the-dandy-goes-digital-only-sucking-the-life-out-of-its-characters/

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning to all on the new blog. Snow on t’internet tracks I guess…..

    So Dandy oldies:
    Size of a Cow – Prefab Sprout
    Desperate – The Killers
    Cool for Cats – Squeeze

    General ‘comic’ oldies:
    Superman Tonight – Bon Jovi
    Flash – Queen
    Spider-Man – The Ramones
    Iron Man – Black Sabbath
    That’s Really Super, Supergirl – XTC

  • Comment number 17.

    #15 Sal - Presumably to Italy?

  • Comment number 18.

    Good morning,

    It's been a while and I'm afraid I don't have a note from my mum. Hope all Blogpoppets are fine and dandy (see what I did there?)

    DANIEL by Elton John (for the Desperate one)
    THE BANANA SPLITS THEME TUNE (for Banana Man)
    PUSS IN BOOTS by Adam Ant (for the pugnacious duo Puss 'n Boots)
    YELLOW PERIL by Steely Dan (for the legendary Beryl)

    Must dash... A crew from the local fire station are visiting Little Girl's play school today and I feel I must selflessly go out in the snow to thank them for their visit on behalf of all the mums. Now. Never mind the warm winter coat - where did I leave my lippy?

    Have a good day. x

  • Comment number 19.

    Spics girls? Tralalalala!

  • Comment number 20.

    #15/17 Oh, I meant Spain!!! Ha! As Billie knows, nobody likes a S.A.

    Off for coffee.

  • Comment number 21.

    Good morning all!

    #comicbookoldies

    Sunshine Superman - Donovan

    Prince Charming - Adam & The Ants

    Dandy - Kinks

    Dan Dare - Elton John

    Take On Me - A-Ha
    ...that video springs to mind!


    Simon, I'm sure that award will be yours next year! Itch Rocks and all that!

    Take care out in the snow

    mc x

  • Comment number 22.

    The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill - Beatles

  • Comment number 23.

    They cant take that away from me! - Frank Sinatra.

  • Comment number 24.

    Good morning all

    Very wet here today, but no snow, yet!

    THE INTRO AND THE OUTRO - BONZO DOG DOO DAAH BAND
    (this mentions Lord Snooty and his Pals tap dancing)

  • Comment number 25.

    Lol Julia - we all love a fireman ;)

    Simon's musings about the train lighting reminded me: I meant to say to Deebee re your comment on Friday's blog about the lighting in the Wittertainment studio that I had the opposite reaction - in fact I'd emailed the show to say how flattering I thought the lighting was and how both S&M looked 10 years younger!

  • Comment number 26.

    Good Morning Each!

    'Dennis The Menace' by Rosemary Clooney

    'Dandy In The Underworld' by T. Rex

    'Cartoon Boyfriend' by The Wonder Stuff

    'Desperate Dan' by Lieutenant Pigeon

  • Comment number 27.

    DENIS - Blondie

    (I'm sure the French version of Beano features a character called "Denis le Menis". Maybe not.)

  • Comment number 28.

    JBJ - I like your Boy in the Bubble suggestion a lot

    Advent Gale - the lighting was better for Friday’s Wittertainment, the whole stream was better quality I thought but I did think Simon was looking a tad orange too. Still my favourite 2 hours of the week regardless if they were both green with purple spots.



    POP ART POEM - THE JAM

  • Comment number 29.

    When I was a lad there was a comic called Whoopee, so

    MAKING WHOOPEE - ROD STEWART AND ELTON JOHN duet ( on one of Rod's Great American Songbook albums I think)

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Commiserations for missing out on an award Simon, maybe Itch 2 will be the award winner!

    Congrats on all menshes yesterday and thank you for mine Simon.

    Now choons:

    1. DENIS - Blondie
    2. OH SUPERMAN - Lori Anderson
    3. THE FIRST PICTURE OF YOU - Lotus Eaters
    4. MISFIT - CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT
    5. HEROES - The Stranglers
    6. SIZE OF A COW - Wonderstuff
    7. AMERICAN PIE - Don Mclean
    8. DANIEL - Elton John
    9. YELLOW PERIL - Steely Dan
    10. MELLOW YELLOW - Donavan

    Oh well must fly

    Laters

    Hope you feel better Shona.

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 31.

    AMERICAN PIE ~ Don McLean (for Desperate Dan)

  • Comment number 32.

    MISSING YOU - John Waite

    #28 Thanks Amelia! Can you send some lentil soup over? I'm starving. And cold. Sorry, that sounds far too Dickensian. You know what I meant.

  • Comment number 33.

    'Tammy' by Debbie Reynolds

    'Jackie' by Scott Walker

    'Buster' by Sugababes

    'Twinkle' by Tori Amos

    'The Rover' by Led Zeppelin

  • Comment number 34.

    Santas PA was quite rightly missing Katy and her list making skills over the page. I think this is everyone with a festive name. Sorry if I have missed anyone and I am having a brain freeze - Ho Ho Ho Johno, Miss Eltoe and Mildred the Red Nosed Reindeer - who are you? (As soon as you say I will hit myself over the head in a comic book manner for being so dim).

    Sorry for any misspellings too! Cut & paste with corrections?


    ADVENT_GALE - AUTUMN_GALE

    ADVENT OF AMELIA - AMELIA

    BAUBLES BRANDON - BRANDON

    DASHA THE DANCING REINDEER - UNCLE GAZZA

    FEELING FESTIVE FLO - FLORENCE

    GIN GIRL ALL THE WAY - JILLY

    GARY THE SMOG - GARY

    HO HO HO JOHNO -

    HOLLY BERRY - HOFFS

    I BELLIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS - BILLIE

    JINGLE BE JOHN - JOHN BE GOOD

    JINGLE BELLS JULIE41 - JULIE41

    LILAC BLUE CHRISTMAS - LILAC BLUE

    MILDRED THE RED NOSED REINDEER -

    MIN SPY - JENNIE WREN

    MISS ELTOE -

    MISTLETOE MO - EX VIKING MO

    MOLLYS GOT THE SPROUTS ON - MOOLY COODLE

    SANITY CLAWS - PARSLEY CAT

    SANTAS LITTLE ERICA - STRESSED ERICA

    SANTAS PA - DEEBEE

    SEVEN SWANS A SWIMMING SAL - SUNNY SIDE UP SAL

    SILENT KNIGHT - SIR CUMFERENCE

    SNOW SURPRISE - SHONA

    SPARKLY SUZIEEEE - SUZIE WITH AN EEEEEE

    TINSEL TORTIE - TORTIE CAT

    WINTER STORMRIDER - LADY STORMRIDER

    ZOE HUMBUG - ZOE

  • Comment number 35.

    Thanks Amelia :o)

  • Comment number 36.

    Dandy links:
    The Kinks - Dedicate Follower Of Fashion
    Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger (Tiget Comic)
    Doriy Day or Ella Fitzgerald - Makin' Whoopee (Whoopee Comic)
    David Bowie - Fashion

    Chris-Mosh:
    Eels - Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas

    TTFN!

  • Comment number 37.

    There seem to be more of us when you see a list like that ^^^^

    Thank you Amelia :0)

  • Comment number 38.

    JBJ - I’m still at the morning coffee stage of the day - will a frothy coffee do you for the moment? Hope you like your coffee strong.

    Min Spy - there does seem a lot of us and there are a fair few regular blogger who haven’t changed their names too.

  • Comment number 39.

    Hello All,

    'Picture This' Blondie

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 40.

    Where's JOHNO as I'm sure he will have a festive name?

  • Comment number 41.

    Still waiting for the furniture.........................

  • Comment number 42.

    I'll take a tangential approach to this (no surprise to anyone who knows me).

    HERE COMES THE SUN - BEATLES
    NEWS OF THE WORLD - JAM

    As I've long believed that both of these publications were comics rather than newspapers - just a personal opinion, before the writs start flying.

    Commiserations to Simon for last night, although to me NBA relates to basketball in the USA.

    Finally, may I express my sadness at the passing of Billie's small furry friend. I've been there, too, and it leaves a large hole in your life. As long as you are left feeling that the animal in question had a happy life, then you can be satisfied you did all that you could. I'm pleased to see you were able to look back over many happy times together - that's how it should be.

  • Comment number 43.

    Home for lunch. Talk all croaked through and even managed to raise a few laughs with the audience.

    I wondered if Simon would use the Dandy as a theme for oldies and all I could think of were:

    DENIS - BLONDIE

    DESPERADO - THE EAGLES (Desperate Dan)

  • Comment number 44.

    #34 Amelia I am not a regular blogger but I normally use the name Johno.

    As for comic tunes.

    Villains - The Saw Doctors For all the villains who always get defeated by the comic book super heroes.

    feeling festive Flo there is a great bit of the Saw Doctors talking to Bob Brolly on is Sunday show here

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p010zwp4

    It’s about 2:30 in from the start.
    Talk about their Galway show to 50,000 and how they got introduced on stage by Michael D.
    There’s not many bands who can say they have been introduced by the President.

  • Comment number 45.

    hi all

    jarrow song-alan price(line in it says come on you geordie boys,there was a strip in the dandy called the jocks and the geordies)

    the cat crept in-mud(korky the cat)

  • Comment number 46.

    Sorry you didn't win the book award thing Simon but you get all our votes anyway!

  • Comment number 47.

    The furniture man has just phoned and they are running a little late because of the snow but they should be here 1.30ish .......

    Am very excited ..........

  • Comment number 48.

    Thanks Amelia - I'm so easily confuzzled it helps to have a crib sheet :)

    Shona - glad to hear you've survived and are now back home (I wish I was!)

    Jennie - fingers crossed

  • Comment number 49.

    Shona, who actually decides on the winner of the Book Awards?

    Jennie, I hope your furniture won't be too long in reaching you... it's lovely having new furniture and new carpets too, a good excuse for a thorough spring clean!

  • Comment number 50.

    Only 40 or so minutes to go now, and counting down ... . Fingers crossed they don't encounter any more snow. Hope you've not been standing all morning, Min Spy (or can I call you Min?).

  • Comment number 51.

    I can remember reading my comic under the bed clothes with a torch long after lights were out, so ...
    UNDER COVER(S) OF THE NIGHT - ROLLING STONES

  • Comment number 52.

    Thanks Johno!

    I don't think anyone has suggested .. for the Desperate Dan line


    THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY - THE KINKS

  • Comment number 53.

    I was going to suggest Stand and Deliver as well, but because a Dandy would very probably be a "Dedicated follower of fashion" then that would be a Kinks song.

    Also Heroes by David Bowie

  • Comment number 54.

    Afternoon all,
    Just popped in to say comiserations to Our Leader on not getting the book award prize, BUT if in order to win you have to prance about on the Royal Variety stage looking like a pratt (see David Walliams' shameful appearnace on an i-thingy near you, but only if you are feeling well) then you are best just being nominated!

    Sounds like a good night, if you were hob-nobbing until 4am, then sounds like a great party.
    I reckon Claire Balding would be an ace person to have a night out with - 'such fun'!!

    I also suggested Charlie Brown by Coldplay
    and if this were TV I would suggest Ah-Ha and TAKE ON ME for the amazeballs video with cartoon figures:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=djV11Xbc914

    However, it's not so that's your lot.

    #43 Glad to hear Shona made it thru the talk - I have a semblance of a voice today and we're off to London for a lovely dinner at friends' on Saturday - all DJ and BLD'd up, so I really really want to be ok for that.

    Laters, y'all

  • Comment number 55.

    #44 Ho Ho Ho Johno, I'll have a listen to The Saw Doctors on your link... thanks. Only three more days until you see them and I know you'll have a brilliant time.

    We'll both miss the X-Factor final because I'm also going to be out... seeing Runrig at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, but I'd better whisper it because someone on here... forget who, had a bad experience during Edinburgh's Hogmanay when Runrig were playing! :o)

  • Comment number 56.

    #50 - You may call me Min! I'll answer to most things!!

    No I haven't been standing all morning! ;0)

    When we get the call to say they are on the way, the old furniture will be shifted into the conservatory (or garden room, as I call it, a la Hyacinth Bucket) leaving the space for the new furniture... or that's the plan.

    Still waiting ( could have been apt for yesterdays theme!)..........

  • Comment number 57.

    FF Flo - it was Jeffrey with the unfortunate Runrig experience. Me, I'm just jealous and wish I was seeing them on Saturday too.

  • Comment number 58.

    Afternoon all,

    Please excuse me, haven't read back today and I'm not hanging around - need to go and sort out a Teen Berry in a pickle, but I wanted to send a message to Rebecca Pike. Not sure whether she reads this or if anyone will be able to pass it on to her. I have been listening back to Monday's show and wanted to say that I totally agree with her comments on 'Wonder' by R J Palacio. I hadn't thought to recommend it to my boys, but, interestingly, when I went to the library with them before we went on holiday in the summer, my 10 yr old found it in the 'Teens' section, not in the normal 'grown up' Fiction area. The library lady said that they had seen it not to be an adult book. I enjoyed it. Will encourage him to read it now.

    OK, that's it. Won't be back today and have a very sad day ahead of me tomorrow so hope to lurk and then catch up with your weekend plans on Friday. Take good care all xx

  • Comment number 59.

    Holly Berry - you sound like you need a bloghug - hope it will help you on your day tomorrow >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Comment number 60.

    #57 Amelia, ah, was it Jeffrey? I couldn''t remember and I have checked to see if you can come with me on Saturday but sadly there's no seat for you! :o(

    https://www.tickets.usherhall.co.uk/public/hall.asp

    It must soon be time for Jeffrey's TV appearance on Mastermind.... when is it Jeffrey?

  • Comment number 61.

    Thanks for the list Amelia!

    #58 Holly Berry, Rebecca is on Twitter so you could always tweet her. She's quite good at replying too... Will be thinking about you tomorrow.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 62.

    #60 I think it's Friday 14th Dec - might be wrong!

  • Comment number 63.

    #58 Holly Berry... was 'Wonder' by R J Palacio the book that Rebecca said she wasn't sure which section of the library or book shop it should be displayed in?

  • Comment number 64.

    Hmmm, an odd rain radar today. It seems to be just skirting along just off the coast.

    Are you lucky again Flo in your little sunny corner?

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

  • Comment number 65.

    #64 we woke up to snow - suprised as we had no gritting or salting on the estate hence the bus refused to come to us, as it's got some tight bends and lots of cars either side of the road...so had to trudge to the main road - and when I came into the centre of Oxford, NO sign of snow at all!! We are up a hill and a bit exposed to the elements.

    Public health warning:
    The brussel sprouts I gave the Old Man for dinner played havoc with his insides last night so he spent most of it awake and was late getting up and going to London - and is having to work late to make it up - this is an official SPROUT warning.
    Devour at your own peril.
    *Parp*

  • Comment number 66.

    Crosses sprouts off the shopping list! ;)

  • Comment number 67.

    3 word Wednesday

    WE HAVE FURNITURE!

    Very comfy and solid it is too - my feet hardly touch the ground!

  • Comment number 68.

    Hi Simon & Best Bloggers,

    Simon, next book will ace it!

    Johnny Thunder - Kinks

    Count me in for fireman flirting. ;^)

    LB,x

  • Comment number 69.

    Afternoon all

    slightly off the wall choice

    Pictures of You - The Cure

    More in keeping
    Superman - Black Lace (hangs head in shame!)

  • Comment number 70.

    Min Spy, hope you're enjoying your new furniture... you'll not want to move off it!
    #64 Sal, yes lucky with the weather again... nice and sunny but cold. A lovely orange sky too as the sun has just gone below the horizon. In your map, I'm just above the n in Edinburgh so quite a way from the coloured stuff on your map. I couldn't resist taking this pic of a cute Westie in his little red coat as I got out of the car.

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8067/8246577117_3ff503e82c_b.jpg

  • Comment number 71.

    Jennie - yay! enjoy lounging around this evening.

    We've had our first 'carol' event of the year at school so I feel marginally more Christmassy.....

    Off home for hot toddies :)

  • Comment number 72.

    Quick teatime visit....


    Suzieeee, you had me spluttering at your Mr-with-a-eee sprout story, but the final *parp* made me explode all over my desk.

    Nice to see Gary the Smog back again. Although on second thoughts, if you're going to make suggestions like *that*.... (Actually, it shows you'll fit in here just fine)

    *RipOff Britain Rant alert*
    You may remember I picked up GoodChild#2 from Gatwick on Monday. It turns out he lost his wallet on the trip, and to cut a long story short it has been handed in at Gatwick Lost Property (he was unpacking his bag in the baggage hall as one of his friends asked him to carry some stuff for him in his bag on the way back....parental sigh, that's another conversation we need to have with him). Anyway, I digress.

    The helpful lady at Gatwick said they can courier the wallet back to us - minimum fee £18.

    "What about Royal Mail?" Computer says no.

    Or we can pick it up any time in the next 3 months (while trying to calculate in my head the cost of petrol there and back vs train ticket)

    "And if you choose that option it will only be subject to our £5 handling fee"

    "What's that for?" he asked naively.

    (Cue "just Philadelphia" blonde voice) "Well, one of our database operators does have to log it into our system and apply a label to the item with a clear description of what it is"

    W-a-l-l-e-t

    *aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrgh*

  • Comment number 73.

    I'm doing an awful lot of giggling here in a dark office taking a chance to read back.

    #49 Flo, I don't know who decides? I would hope children have a voice in there somewhere though.

    And yes, it is 14th for Jeffrey on Mastermind because he said that is was when most work's nights out would be and as it's my work night out then, I remembered.

    Furniture is looking good Min Spy - all set for Christmas now ;0)

  • Comment number 74.

    As lovely boss told me to go home early.........................................


    *skippety, skip, skip, skip*

  • Comment number 75.

    Priceless, Jingle B John! - if you see what I mean ;/

    We were phoned this pm by our IP and Mr refused to answer any question of a personal nature as this call could have been from anyone. The chap was very surprised when Mr pointed out that he should have our email address to write to him should he require any information! You couldn't make it up!

  • Comment number 76.

    #73 - Yep - it's a lovely warm burgundy colour - very seasonal! Just add a bit of tinsel and that's the dekkies sorted!

  • Comment number 77.

    Min Spy, you have a job to trust anyone that phones these days... and the other day someone from our bank rang with a witheld number so I immediately said to the guy 'how do I know you're from my bank as you could be a stranger wanting my details?'

    He said I was right to question it and said I was the only person who had doubted him that day, but as he was able to tell me a couple of direct debits, I believed who he was!

  • Comment number 78.

    The white suff has just started falling here in the wilds of north east lincolnshire

  • Comment number 79.

    #70. I think you must reside somewhere near my cousin. Oh to live near such a beautiful beach. *Sighs jealousy* Weston-super-Mud doesn't have the same appeal.

    Take care skipping on the ice, Snow Surprise. Don't want you doing yourself any damage.

    Hope you are settled in for the evening, Mins. The burgundy colour sounds lovely. Good luck with the tinsel. I'm still finding the odd twinkly strand from last year - anyone would think I hadn't spent hours with a dustpan and brush sweeping every last nook and cranny. Maybe we had the special self-replicating variety.

  • Comment number 80.

    Good Evening All,

    I've been absent today, due to going to see twin 1's school Christmas Pantomime, they performed 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat'. It was an inspiring afternoon, to see all those children with various severe disabilities, putting on such a great show. I was in awe of how well they had learned their lines and all of the songs, and was damp of eye on more than one occasion! Our boy only had a minor role as a dancer, but they all worked so hard, it was magic.

    Thanks to Gin Girl All The Way and Holly Berry for their birthday wishes for my nan. :-) She's still not feeling too good, but reaching 99 is quite something, so hopefully she'll be up to a small celebration.

    No snow here, but it's nippy, and slippy!

  • Comment number 81.

    Congrats to Flo & Min Spy for 1st mensh (Adam Ant)

  • Comment number 82.

    Stunning picture of the beach Flo. (Mildred, some beaches along the Bristol Channel are really nice ) I think we went there years ago when we were staying at Humbie.

    Well, we've escaped the snow here, its only a few miles away, but we have the advantage of being on the right side of the hills.

    I've just nipped to the local shop for a few bits and bobs, ice cream strangely enough is one item. They only had RED SPROUTS!! What the 'ecky thump is all that about?

    Funny old world!

  • Comment number 83.

    Zoe, that sounds like a lovely afternoon and well done to them all.

    I'll toast your Nan on Saturday with a toffee ( are they thorntons? ) I hope she feels better and enjoys her day.

  • Comment number 84.

    #80 Zoe, so glad you enjoyed the school show and what an achievement for everyone. I really miss being in a school at certain times of the year - and this is one of those times.

    Well done Festive Flo and Min Spy for Stand and Deliver and I'll take a silent menshe for Desperado.

    Looks like Amelia is about to get a menshe now!

  • Comment number 85.

    Aww Advent Amelia, please join me in the line of being beaten by a muggle for a choon ;(

  • Comment number 86.

    Sad to hear of Dave Brubeck's passing.

    Glad you enjoyed your son's production, Zoe. Such an achievement for him to be able to take part in something like that, and all credit to the teachers. Bet you were beaming - and probably wiping away the odd tear!

    I'm off out to my work team's Christmas dinner tonight. We're going to a local Chinese restaurant. Looking forward to it. And every better I'm getting a lift home, so I'll be able to enjoy a couple of small shandys...

    ~X~

  • Comment number 87.

    Ta Snow Surprise - as always I'm happy to hear one of my choices being played regardless.

  • Comment number 88.

     
    Take Five is one of only two chart hits I can think of with a 5/4 time signature; the other being Jethro Tull's Living in the Past

  • Comment number 89.

    What a blimmin racket! BOOM indeed.

  • Comment number 90.

    #86 Enjoy your meal and shandys Santa's PA

    #88 Que?

    #89 LOL Sal. Chris Rock blaring out here! (but only because the washing machine is on and I can't hear the radio on full spin. Hee hee)

  • Comment number 91.

    #90 the washing machine is on full spin of course and not the radio ;)

  • Comment number 92.

    I thought Amelia would have had a mensh for the Kinks, so to use Billie's word... Bechod!

    #82 Sal, were you at Humbie, which is a short ride from me? I can remember when Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs got married in Humbie church!

    I know there are some nice beaches around the Bristol channel, but mostly pebbly apart from over the other side at Burnham, Weston etc. Our beach is lovely on a summer's day, very clean as the council clean the seaweed away first thing every day in the warmer months but not this time of the year. It's nice to walk along even in the winter and is very sociable with the dog walkers who are often the only people to venture out when it is cold.

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8066/8247998948_4f70e92a55_b.jpg

    I hope a few more bloggers will get menshes, especially with so many good festive names. I'll be listening to the last half-hour in the car because I'm about to get ready to go and see June Tabor and Oysterband, whom I first heard Simon recommend when he often played their songs and praised their Ragged Kingdom album.... then I saw them receive five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and liked them a lot.

    Have a nice evening everyone x

  • Comment number 93.

    BOOM indeed... I didn't realise there were so many mosh songs tonight!!!

    #86 Santas PA, enjoy your evening out and your several shandies!!

  • Comment number 94.

    Aye Flo. We were staying at an hotel there, years ago on a tour of Scotland.

    The Johnstounburn, I wonder if its still operational. It was rather nice.

    Have you been back to Somerset recently? Minehead boasts a very sandy beach these days!

  • Comment number 95.

    #92 Enjoy your night Flo! Do tell, are you going to Edinburgh for the concert?

  • Comment number 96.

    Oh well done Santa's PA under your Sunday name. Did I hear another blogger name? Simon spoke so quickly, I may have missed.

  • Comment number 97.

    A double mention for Santas PA and under her Sunday name - well done!

  • Comment number 98.

    Santas PA - have fun tonight

    Well done to Festive Flo and Min Spy for their mentions

    Red sprouts - weird - I do like a nice sprout though and they don’t seem cause duvet raising issues with me you will all be glad to know.

    Festive Flo - lovely picture as always

    Another glorious sunny day here

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8485/8247033535_dca63a9417_b.jpg

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8059/8248101386_6b72dd68d5_b.jpg

    Zoe - happy to read about your aunt and glad you enjoyed your son’s production

    Sal - I went to a wedding years ago in Johnstounburn House, it was probably the best wedding I have ever been to.

    I’ve had the pleasure to listen to the resident tax expert lecture on many occasions.

    Festive Flo - have a good time tonight

  • Comment number 99.

    Great pictures Amelia and such a lovely day too.

    I love the rocks in the second picture. The first picture reminds me of some of the North Wales scenery.

    Billie, if you are looking in.. thinking of you x

  • Comment number 100.

    #98 Lovely pics Advent of Amelia and nice to see your adopted friend having a great time.

    Is anyone else feeling a tad robbed of their childhood with all these disclosures coming to light? I used to love It's a Knockout and other programmes but feel a bit gutted about all the news recently. Yuk!

 

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