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Simon Mayo | 09:26 UK time, Monday, 10 December 2012

Wrap up well, bloggers! A cold snap (or 'winter' as it's known) is upon us and the bun-fight at the glove and scarf counter is testament to that. And that we've lost precisely one glove since last year. It might even be time for those of us who look foolish in all hats to brave the sneers of our friends and family and don some kind of head gear to keep the heat in. All my family look great in hats, but I sadly an only get away with Lenin/American army/60s folkie style cap and even then small children laugh and point at me in the street. But I don't want get the flu so I will cope with the embarrassment. If you hear someone shout "Is that a Russian revolutionary, Gen Petraeus or Tom Paxton?" it'll probably be me.

And I'm hastening to work. And it's The Hobbit first thing! The first of the new Peter Jackson trilogy awaits this morning/afternoon and I'm hoping it's a belter. I'm watching for work but it's the movie we have booked for child 3's birthday trip to the cinema with chums at the weekend which will be followed by that spicy chicken place. So I have it twice in six days! Go Hobbit.

Then a top Drivetime with Jools Holland! Some live tunes with Jools at the Elton John piano and Ruby Turner at the mic. He starts and closes our show everyday so it's always good to get some complete Jools songs away and you can hear him and Ruby tonight.

And for the tunes, with two more weeks till the big day, we'll start the Yule-theme going with OFFICE PARTY oldies. Who knows if they still happen in the way tradition dictates - maybe it's just a bowl of peanuts and a cup of tea these days.

But you know what's expected...

Have a well-budgeted and well-balanced Monday, see you after 5.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon & lovely bloggers everywhere

    If I was a betting person I would have have guessed Patrick Moore oldies - sad to read about his death yesterday in any case.


    BET YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR - ARCTIC MONKEYS

    EVER FALLEN IN LOVE - BUZZCOKS

    KODACHROME - PAUL SIMON (for all the embarrassing photos)

    I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER - JIM DIAMOND

    WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW - THE SHIRELLES

    SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO - THE CLASH

    YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE KITCHEN AT PARTIES - JONA LEWIE

    MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) - THREE DOG NIGHT

    STEP INTO MY OFFICE BABY - BELLE & SEBASTIAN

  • Comment number 2.

    Good Morning All;

    All hats and gloves present and correct here, they'll be needed too... It's an ill wind that blows from the East...

    The Hobbit, well, I think if you loved The Lord of the Rings trilogy, you won't be able to get enough of this, but I fear it'll be Peter Jackson making mountains out of Hobbit holes again, so to speak. I may watch on DVD in instalments, as I did with LotRs, but otherwise, no thanks!

    Oldie suggestions...

    FIESTA - THE POGUES

    I BET THAT YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR - ARCTIC MONKEYS

    MILK AND ALCOHOL - DR FEELGOOD

    LIVE IT UP - MENTAL AS ANYTHING

    SOMETHING STUPID - FRANK SINATRA or Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman

    TEQUILA - THE CHAMPS

    My nan has taken a turn for the worse, so I'm just waiting for a call from my mum now...

  • Comment number 3.

    Good Morning again -

    Suggestions –

    MOMMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME – 3 Dog Night or PJ Proby’s rather splendid version

    IN THE KITCHEN AT PARTIES – Jona Lewi

    I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER – Beatles

    I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER – Jim Diamond

    DON’T GO ! – Hothouse Flowers

    I’LL DRINK TO THAT – Rihanna

    TUB THUMPING – Chumbawamba

    OOPS UP SIDE YOUR HEAD – Gap Band

    HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW - Smiths

    LET’S HAVE A PARTY – Elvis

    LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED – Pink or Dame Shirley

    IT’S MY PARTY – Lesley Gore

    DRUNK – Ed Sheernan

    WIDE EYED AND LEGLESS – Andy Fairweather Low

  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    #officepartyoldies

    EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN'T) - Buzzcocks

    OOPS, I DID IT AGAIN - Britney Spears

    GET THE PARTY STARTED - Pink (or Shirley Bassey)

    NO REGRETS - Robbie Williams

    DANCING ON THE CEILING - Lionel Ritchie

    EMBARRASSMENT - Madness

    MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME - Tom Jones

    ~X~

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning all!

    DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET - BILLY J KRAMER

  • Comment number 6.

    Good morning everyone

    Quite mild, bright and dry this morning and no rain or white stuff.

    I can't believe it's just 15 days to Christmas day... I've still got cards to write and hopefully can get a few more pressies wrapped today and put marzipan on my Christmas cakes (plural, as I make some for a neighbour who dog-sits and pressies for friends 'who have everything' and like a home made Christmas cake.

    GET THE PARTY STARTED ~ Pink

    IT'S MY PARTY ~ Lesley Gore

    HAVING A PARTY ~ Sam Cooke

    GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN ~ Cyndi Lauper

    IT'S MY PARTY ~ Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning all - no mud (well none that isn't frozen), no ice, just solid frozen ground for the dogs walk. May it stay like this all winter!

    I know I won't be first and, even by the time I've posted, someone will have already beat me to this but I'm going for it anyway.

    YOU'LL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE KITCHEN AT PARTIES - Jona Lewie

    I'll have another thunk, if I have time (school concert today - I have a shepherd and a Mary to go and see....TWICE!), and be back later.

    Play nicely.

    SE x

  • Comment number 8.

    Can't think of any songs involving Photocopiers ..................

  • Comment number 9.

    LOL! Loving your AFL suggestion, Billie!

    Just thought of another (probably won't get played)

    LIVING IT UP (SUN GOES DOWN) - Level 42

    ~X~

  • Comment number 10.

    Good morning all!

    I thought it would be Patrick Moore, too, Amelia. What an interesting man he was.

    #officepartyoldies

    Accidents Will Happen - Elvis Costello

    Aint Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman) - Joe Tex

    Back Of My Hand - Jags

    99 Red Balloons - Nena

    Big Night Out - Fun Lovin Criminals

    Music & Lights - Imagination

    The Circus - Erasure

    Fancy Pants - Kenny
    There is always one who wants to dress up!

    Reading back, says a lot about the office parties I've been too! ;-)

    mc x

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning Sir, team, NYM and balaclava’d bloggers

    Hats? I look like a drug-addicted Russian axe-murderer in any hat, so prefer to let my golden locks flutter in the wind...

    #officepartyoldies

    A NIGHT TO REMEMBER – Shalamar

    HAPPY HOUR - Housemartins

    PARTY FEARS TWO – The Associates

    MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR – Sophie Ellis-Bextor

    BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE – Jackson 5

    EVER FALLEN IN LOVE – The Buzzcocks

    COME OUTSIDE - Mike Sarne

    TAKE ME HOME – Phil Collins

    (I THINK I’D BETTER) LEAVE RIGHT NOW –Will Young

    WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? - The Shirelles



    HEARTACHE TONIGHT – Eagles

    Somebody's gonna hurt someone
    before the night is through
    Somebody's gonna come undone.
    There's nothin' we can do.
    Everybody wants to touch somebody
    if it takes all night.
    Everybody wants to take a little chance,
    Make it come out right.

    There's gonna be a heartache tonight,
    a heartache tonight, I know.

  • Comment number 12.

    BORN TO BOOGIE - T-REX

    IN THESE SHOES? - KIRSTY MACCOLL

    I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN - ELVIS COSTELLO

  • Comment number 13.

    #2 Oh Zoe, so sorry to hear about your Nan. (((hugs))) x

  • Comment number 14.

    STRETCH - Why Did You Do It?

    JONA LEWIE - You Will Always Find Me In The Kitchen at Parties

    ELVIS COSTELLO - Party Party

    RINGO STARR - Photograph (for the photocopier...)

    STATUS QUO - Break The Rules

  • Comment number 15.

    #11 - "golden locks" ?

  • Comment number 16.

    A common theme:

    Walker Brothers - No Regrets
    Robbie Williams - No Regrets
    New Order - Regret
    Madness - Shame And Scandal (or someone else's version)

    TTFN!

  • Comment number 17.

    #14 - Ringo! Ha!

  • Comment number 18.

    #15 Billie - Ok, more "strawberry blonde" these days.... ;0

    [[[[[Zoe]]]]]]

  • Comment number 19.

    Mostly because they probably should be played at parties:

    I'm every woman - Chaka Kahn

    Good Times - Chic

  • Comment number 20.

    ZEROX MACHINE - Adam & His Ants

  • Comment number 21.

    DANCING WITH MYSELF - Billy Idol/Generation X

    DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES - Ultravox

    ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID – Simple Minds

    YESTERDAY – The Beatles

    LOVE HANGOVER – Diana Ross

    WE DON'T TALK ANY MORE - Cliff Richard

  • Comment number 22.

    Mondee Morning Greetings Of Nice Mayo Man & ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Yes a little cold spell coming our way until Thursdee... But a don't mind... All good for me cycle training... Am used to it already cycling by the seaside at this time of year!!!!!!!!
    And me cycling going amazingly better than a expected... A will tell all later this week!!!!!!

    Seen the 'obbit film advertised... Looks like a decent film to go and see of which a will soon!!!!!!!
    Bit of a follow up ter Lord Of The Rings..... Which was mnost nice but a bit bum numbing at 3 and a 'alf 'ours!!!!!!!
    Mind you after me cycling ave gotta iron rear end so should stand me in good stead for sitting for 3 and a 'alf 'ours again if The 'obbit gig is as long as The Lord gig!!!!!!

    For party oldies it's gotta be the tune that 'ad Macca trembling with fear.... In fear of 'is music career being no more......

    Russ Abbott - Atmosphere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS From Fridee's blog discusion: Very sad the news story with the nurse and the royal phone call prank.... A still can only ask the question 'Why?' would anybody do what she did over a phone call?
    She had 2 children and a husband... Surely you wouldn't leave your family in such a way over a phone call?
    It's just very sad and like I sadi Friday I can't believe what's happening in the news nowadays!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 23.

    #2 - Zoe - So sorry!

  • Comment number 24.

    And possibly Prince - 1999

  • Comment number 25.

    Big hugs for Zoe, sorry to hear your Gran has become worse! :o(

    WE'RE HAVING A PARTY ~ Rod Stewart

    GAMES PEOPLE PLAY ~ Joe South

  • Comment number 26.

    Morning,

    Embarrassment - Madness

    You only tell me you love me when you're drunk - Pet shop boys

    Have a drink on me - AC/DC

    Human Behaviour - Bjork

    Sackville - Inspiral Carpets

  • Comment number 27.

    So much happens while I do my mile on the exercise bike - perhaps Bingo could give me a push!

    ITS MY PARTY - LESLEY GORE

    TEARS - KEN DODD (!)

    NO REGRETS - EDITH PIAF

    PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN - STATUS QUO (any good for the photocopier choon?)

    Think I'd better go..................

  • Comment number 28.

    Thank you, Molly, John and Billie. It's not unexpected, and she is 99, which is a good innings by anyone's reckoning, but she is my nan, and I'll miss her. I'm just hanging on now to see what the doctor has to say to my mum and aunty, she was adamant about not wanting to go to hospital though.

  • Comment number 29.

    #2 Zoe - hope your nan's ok.

    Had a little thunk, resulting in...

    BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN - The Smiths
    THE DAMAGE DONE - Sisters of Mercy
    WALK AWAY - Sisters of Mercy
    TEMPTATION - New Order
    BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE - New Order
    SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO - The Clash
    GOTTA GETAWAY - Stiff Little Fingers
    DO YOU WANNA DANCE - The Ramones
    PARTY OUT OF BOUNDS - B-52s

    ...and I'd also like to 2nd/3rd/whatever the following AS CHOSEN BY OTHERS!!!!

    I BET YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR - Arctic Monkeys
    IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO - Dave Stewart + Barbara Gaskin

    Really must get on now.

  • Comment number 30.

    Used to love the Japan version of this song...

    ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES - Japan (or Velvet Underground)

    ALL REVVED UP WITH NO PLACE TO GO - Meat Loaf

  • Comment number 31.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    What happened there? I pressed something and lost my post!

    Anyway I am glad it is not a speaking Blog else I dont think my throat could stand it although it is a little better than over the weekend. I much prefer the sneezes!!

    As a contractor I don't have office xmas parties although some places I have worked over christmas have included me in the festivities.

    Now choons again:

    1. ITS MY PARTY - Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
    2. GET THE PARTY STARTED - Pink
    3. GRANDMAS PARTY - Paul Nicholas
    4. CELEBRATION - Kool and the Gang
    5. DO YOU WANNA KNOW A SECRET? - Billy J Kramer
    6. DANCE AWAY - Roxy Music
    7. PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC - Wild Cherry
    8. I PREDICT A RIOT - Kaiser Chiefs
    9. DISCO - Ottawan
    10. YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER - Jim Diamond

    Oh well better crack on.

    Have a nice day and hope you lot in the East part of the country are not having too much trying weather.

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 32.

    Zoe - hugs to you - hope the phone call brings good news>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Comment number 33.

    #25 Thanks, Flo, I hadn't refreshed, so missed your message when I typed out #28.

  • Comment number 34.

    Zoe - sorry to hear about your nan - sending you lots of hugs

    JBJ - whatever image I had of you in my head flowing golden locks did not feature


    PARTY GIRL - ELVIS COSTELLO

    ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES - THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

    PEOPLE’S PARTIES - JONI MITCHELL

  • Comment number 35.

    Thank you, Erica, and Min Spy, we are prepared for the worst though.

  • Comment number 36.

    #8 - Billie - I work for a photocopier sales / service company. The theme song for photocopiers has to be BOB MARLEY - JAMMING because that is by far the most commonly reported fault. It isn't particularly relevant for office parties, unfortunately.

    I've never read the Hobbit, not too surprising as I'm not much of a reader. What is surprising (to me more than anyone) is that I HAVE read LOTR in full (I still don't know how). Somehow the film, which stuck very well to the book, just didn't do it for me. It somehow lacked suspense and atmosphere for me. I've seen parts of all 3 LOTR segments, but haven' watched any all the way through. I suspect I won't be rushing out to the Hobbit either.
    Having said all that, I'm sure it will be hugely popular and successful, with good cause, do doubt.

  • Comment number 37.

    Morning again,

    Regret - New Order

    Red Red Wine - Neil Diamond or UB40

    I've had enough - The Who

    I can't explain - The Who

    Unfaithful - The Wonderstuff

    Who wants to be the disco King - The Wonderstuff

    Dazed and confused - Led Zeppelin

    Nobody's fault but mine - Led Zeppelin

  • Comment number 38.

    #34/18/15 amelia/Billie - Ok, "golden locks" may have been using a bit too much poetic license! Short and slightly greying is more accurate (and even "slightly" contains a whiff of optimism...)

  • Comment number 39.

    #34 Thank you, amelia.

  • Comment number 40.

    Morning all

    I tweeted earlier for

    HAVING A PARTY - SAM COOKE

    so I'll second Flo's suggestion above.

    It's cold, finally given in and ordered some fleecy jogging bottoms. Shorts now starting to look ridiculous.

    Hats - pretty sure you could get away with a bog-standard woolly hat Simon. If I can wear one (as I do on a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday evening a this time of year) I reckon you can too. Who cares what anyone else thimks as long as your ears are warm?

  • Comment number 41.

    Coffee time - reading back...

    Zoe, sorry to hear about your Nan. Ninety nine is indeed a good year, but we always want our loved ones to go on forever. Hugs.

    I don't really 'do' hats either, except for walking the dogpoppet. Apart from looking sill I have quite a small head (probably speaks volumes..) and find it difficult to get a hat to fit me. The beany I don for walkies insists on sitting on top of my head in the manner of Blackadder's hat in the original series - no matter how many times I pull it down over my ears it keeps riding up.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 42.

    I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER ~ The Beatles

  • Comment number 43.

    #41 Please excuse the typing errors in my last post - clearly I haven't had enough coffee yet *goes off for a top-up*

    :o/

  • Comment number 44.

    Morning all

    Congrats to Paul for getting a third of the ARF!

    Zoe - big hugs to you and your Mum

    I'll second/third:

    IN THESE SHOES - Kirsty McColl

    Because it's exactly what I said to Mr T on Friday night when he suggested I should run from the taxi to the hotel because it was raining!!

    Back later (work permitting)

    T x

  • Comment number 45.

    Morning all on this side of the blogging fence.

    I hope everyone had a good weekend. It was busy my end but good to see friends and have a couple of cocktails yesterday afternoon!

    Sorry to hear about your Nan Zoe.

    Office party oldies - I'll have a think and come back but almost anything about bad food and regret would seem to apply!

  • Comment number 46.

    Hats don't suit me either. I have a big head (apparently) and finding a hat that doesn't perch on top of my head is not easy. The best thing I found when I had to do playground duty ........brrrr................was a scarf with a hat as an intergral part of it, so you could wrap the scarf bit round to keep the hat bit on - very cosy.

    Mr's view of hat wearing is that it doesn't matter if you look daft when wearing a hat - at least you are warm and daft!

    MS/JW

  • Comment number 47.

    Cappuccino inspiratino

    TEQUILA - The Champs

    IT'S NOW OR NEVER - Elvis

    JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS - Jamie Cullum or Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday

  • Comment number 48.

    #47/2 Oh, Zoe, you were there waaaay before me.

    TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND PACKET OF CRISPS PLEASE - Splodgenessabounds

    RED WINE, MISTAKES, MYTHOLOGY - Jack Johnson

    LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR - Connie Francis

  • Comment number 49.

    Haven't got the time to make a thorough check of the suggestions to avoid replication but I don't think I saw;

    DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY - Liquid Gold

    SUSPICIOUS MINDS - Elvis

    DIZZY - Vic Reeves

    ...couldn't find a way of shoehorning in a suggestion for playing 'When the Thames Froze' again. Maybe Red Leader can just play it every day from now until Yuletide regardless?

  • Comment number 50.

    #26 Philmewis - I love the PSB and that song is absolutely one their understated greats. I wholeheartedly second it!

  • Comment number 51.

    Can i add my support for.

    IN THESE SHOES - Kirsty McColl

    Also

    I useta lover - The Saw Doctors the opening line "I have fallen for another she can make her own way home" For all those who turn up with one person and leave with another.

    And for a bit of music trivia " I useta lover " is Irelands all-time best selling single.


    Before you ask feeling festive Flo they were on great form last night and so was the crowd. What a night.

  • Comment number 52.

    Good Morning Each!
    'Step Into My Office, Baby' by Belle and Sebastian

    'Wide Eyed And Legless' by Andy Fairweather Low

    'Shame, Shame, Shame' by Shirley & Company

    'Embarrassment' by Madness

    'After Hours' by Jools Holland

  • Comment number 53.

    I’m looking forward to The Hobbit - I enjoyed all of the LOTR films but three Hobbit films does seem like two too many. But I love New Zealand so any excuse for a nostalgia trip is always welcome.

    Weekend watching was The Hunger Games - I didn’t read the books until this year - I thought they were fantastic, I read all three in one long weekend and then listened to them all as audiobooks. It is a superb story really well told. The film of the first book works really well too. Jennifer Lawrence is splendid and it is impossible it imagine anyone else in the role. Highly recommended as they say. Lots of killing - children and animals - but it is never gory and always essential to the story. I would read the book before watching the film. Even knowing what was going to happen and having seen the film in the cinema I was still holding my breath for 2 hours.

    I look ok in hats (she says modestly) expect for when I don’t. I have one that makes me look like a gnome. Having said that friends call me names when I’m wearing certain hats so maybe I look daft after all. And whoever has my favourite red gloves please give them back!

    Weekend reading was Island of Wings by Karin Attenberg. Set on St Kilda in the 1830’s it is an interesting story essentially about living on the edge of the world and the clash between the inhabitants pagan believes and a new minister religious zeal. Lots about the local sea birds which might interest some of you here.

    Florence - did you enjoy Runrig? I’ve not seen them in years and not since Donnie left.

    Weather astonishing here again - cold but barely a cloud in the sky - and the forecast is the same for the rest of the week.

  • Comment number 54.

    All I want for Christmas is - AN EDIT BUTTON ON HERE - belief's not believes and any others I've not noticed.

  • Comment number 55.

    Morning All,

    'Dignity' Deacon Blue

    Have a good day everybody

  • Comment number 56.

    Zoe, sorry to read about your Nan, best wishes to you and all the family

  • Comment number 57.

    you got fight for your right to party-beastie boys

    dancing queen-abba

    tubthumping-chumbawamba

    self control-laura branigan

  • Comment number 58.

    Good Afternoon Everyone

    Zoe, sorry to hear about your Nan. Thinking of you. X

    No choon chasing from me today as I think you've all got it covered above.

    I spent the whole of the 80's in hats! But now they're only for keeping cosy. Beautiful day here but not holding my breath there won't be snow tonight.

  • Comment number 59.

    Good afternoon all, a bit late to the Blog and from a quick scan of the toon suggestions above Simon and the team are going to be spoilt for choice.

    Some additons and support to tunes above

    LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR - CONNIE FRANCIS

    SHERRY - FOUR SEASONS

    PURPLE HAZE - JIMI HENDRIX

    I CANT HELP MYSELF - 4 TOPS

    LOVE HANGOVER - DIANA ROSS

    THE UPSETTER - LEE SCRATCH PERRY
    (there is always one at an office party)

    FOR WHAT ITS WORTH - BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD

    SOMEBODYS WATCHING ME - ROCKWELL
    (probably the boss)

  • Comment number 60.

    #6 Flo! Thanks for the reminder - I've forgotten to buy Marzipan for my cake! I've also donated some chillies for a home-made chilli oil so may do some of that as well.

    The perennial Three Word Winter Monday:

    WINTER DRAWS ON!

  • Comment number 61.

    SLAP AND TICKLE - SQUEEZE
    OLD RED EYES IS BACK - THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH
    WHO ARE YOU? - THE WHO

  • Comment number 62.

    I think Never Mind the Presents by the Barron Knights is a must. But, somehow...

  • Comment number 63.

    #48 JBJ/G - Splodgenessabounds! Oh yes!

    It's busy in here today. Must dash, tissues at the ready....

  • Comment number 64.

    Sorry - late to the party as interviewing for a new assistant.

    Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Ritchie
    Fairytale of New York - Pogues/Kirsty Mccall
    Handbags and gladrags - Stereophonics
    Just cant get enough - Depeche Mode
    Living it up - Level42
    Pass Out - Tiny Tempah
    Temptation - Heaven 17
    the Club is Alive - JLS

  • Comment number 65.

    In 1972 Roy Castle said "dedication is what yer need!!!!"

    With a time of 46.25 that ave just done... Am dedicated Roy.... A am!!!!!!!!!!

    PS Just noticed on wiki WHATTA COINCIDENCE.... On the very day a was being born... On that VERY same day The Castle did the fastest tap-dance ever.... A record that's never been bettered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'ope all 'ave a nice dee!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 66.

    People's Parties - Joni Mitchell

    William

  • Comment number 67.

    You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties - Jona Lewie

  • Comment number 68.

    Late lunch again.

    Some fine auggestions above. Although I think the anticipation of the office party is sometimes more interesting than the final event. A bit like when somebody makes a big announcement, then just sticks -olph on the end of their name....

    A few more handbags to throw onto the dancefloor (do they still do that?):

    DANCING IN THE STREETS - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

    DANCING IN THE DARK - Bruce Springsteen

    TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME - Supertramp

    DO YOU WANNA DANCE? - Beach Boys or Del Shannon

    HANDBAGS AND GLADRAGS - Rod Stewart

    Amelia - wanted to comment on your music and book suggestions, but I haven't had time to look them up. But just wanted to say they are a great addition to the blog, so keep 'em coming. And I see the BBC just announced their Sound of 2013...whatever happened to Michael Kiwanuka (sp)? Talking of which whatever happened to Matt Cardle?

    Billie - from yesterday - yes, I haven't been watching *factor, it just became too formulaic and predictable and really rather sad. I felt more manipulated than the poor contestants. End of. (As they say).

  • Comment number 69.

    Welcome to Ty from York (#61) - great Squeeze suggestion!

  • Comment number 70.

    Oh, new layout for the blog page!


    *BLUESY SHOWSTOPPER IN AN OFFICE PARTY OLDIE STYLEE ALERT*


    PAYING THE COST TO BE THE BOSS - Rolling Stones and BB King

  • Comment number 71.

    Oh no, this new layout for the comments under the blog is horrible, a clear case of change for changes sake rather than a change to the benefit of the page's users. Did anyone actually ask us about it?

    How can anyone think a limit of 20 comments to a page is better than the previous hundred?

    Moderators - please revert us. It will be horrible looking back for post numbers to refer to them. Are you trying to kill all the blogs?

  • Comment number 72.

    Blimey - what's happened to the blog? I go off to do some work, and it goes all strange... Not sure I like it...

    :o(

  • Comment number 73.

    I thought it was just my computer - this format is horrible! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE revert to the old format. We wanted more than 100 posts per page and now it's only 20!

  • Comment number 74.

    And I bet the 3 minute rule is still there.........

    Yep

    Can anyone think of a 3 word Monday that is printable?

    Is this the result of filling in several questionairres and then being totally ignored!?

    One of Bingo's posts will fill a page up!

  • Comment number 75.

    Oh, this is horrible! I thought it was just having one of its funny turns - can we have our old blog back please!

  • Comment number 76.

    Could we have the old blog back please? My poor old eyes are struggling with this size font
    and the colours are making me positively dizzy.

    I'm sure the hip and trendy young things on the Radio 1 site would much prefer this layout and colour scheme and we can have our cosy, more gentle site back. We are a talkative bunch, and 20 posts per page doesn't even cover it! ;-)

    mc x

  • Comment number 77.

    'It's not funny and it's not clever!'

    hmmmmmm!

  • Comment number 78.

    Ctrl-F searches have now been made less effective. You'd have to do it on 4 pages for every one previously. I often do a quick search to check if someone's already posted something and then don't bother posting it if I'm not the first to suggest it. Won't be bothering to do that any more if I've got to do it on two or three pages rather than one.

  • Comment number 79.

    3WM - BLOG DESIGN FAILURE

  • Comment number 80.

    What does 'highest rated' and 'lowest rated' mean at the top of page one? Does the highest rated get a prize or gold star? Does the lowest rated have red pen daubed all over their missive and is told to sit at the front?

    Off to walk the dog.....................

  • Comment number 81.

    Afternoon all

    Just a quick poop in as still very busy.

    I agree with the posts on the revamp, horrible and not user friendly at all. Unfortunately this is the house style for all BBC blogs now, so I think any protests are likely to fall on deaf ears. We will just have to learn to live with it, as we did when it changed from 500 posts per page and no 3 min delay!

    Cheers

    A

  • Comment number 82.

    Of course if we complain the BBC will tell us they have evidence that their users like the new blog layout, while we will never have met anyone who was asked to comment, and will never get shown the evidence, and will never have met anyone that actually does like it.

    Such is the way of the Beeb's complaints department on matters of this nature.

    Talking of complaints, the times reported on Saturday that Sky have accepted that viewers hate the credits scrunching up (it's rude to those who are listed) and have pledged to stop doing it. The Times then put the ball firmly back in the terrestrial channels' court to follow suit. We shall see. No word on whether Sky's change means they will also stop tallking over the credits.

  • Comment number 83.

    I also don't understand why designers think it's clever to make us click a "read more" link to read the whole blog post by the blogger, when we can rotate our mouse wheel to scroll more easily without having to move the mouse.

    The Football League's template designs for the clubs have also introduced that this season. You sometimes need to make 3 clicks after opening a story to be able to read the whole thing. It's bizarre.

  • Comment number 84.

    Oh crikey, I go shopping for a few hours and come back to find the blog has changed.... for the worse by the look of it so far! I'm going out for a walk with my dogs and will look back later to see if it's still the same! ;o)

  • Comment number 85.

    #51 Ho Ho Ho Johno... I'm so pleased you had a great night with The Saw Doctors, so did we at the fab Runrig gig the other night, which was the last night of their tour so they were on brilliant form and brought on all their road and stage crew at the end for a sing-song!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9lXFkRW5_0

  • Comment number 86.

    #82. If they say they have evidence, they should produce it. Having worked in an evidence based environment for years, I would love to see just how they have obtained any such cited evidence...

    This format is (in my opinion) a real deterrent to posting, and is not only user-unfriendly, but it looks unfriendly as well. Sob.

  • Comment number 87.

    Hmmmm - agreeing with the comments about the new layout. I don't mind the format or the colours but it's a pain to have to go back through pages to check previous comments. The linear format is much easier to skim through.....

  • Comment number 88.

    And if you press F5 it STILL refreshes back to the first page... Grrrr....

    *throws toys out of pram*

    :o(

  • Comment number 89.

    Ouch, my eyes are hurting from trying to read the last 2 pages of the new blog, I've had to put my spectacules on (I don't normally need them for the computer) but it's not helping much, is the font different as well? It looks 'bitty', really is straining my eyes. Thanks BBC Blogmeddlers, headache on its way! And I can't read that orangey coloured writing when it's on the blue at all, it sort of flickers. I now feel really old. Not sure I can do this very often.
    I know things change and people usually moan when they do but get used to it eventually but this hurts and, as everyone else has said, conversation is nigh on impossible when restricted to 20 posts per page.
    Please Mr Blogmeddler, if you must change the layout can you make it something less painful and more user friendly?
    Thank you.

  • Comment number 90.

    Oh good grief! I don't like this at all. What does highest rated / lowest rated mean? Or have I missed that. The colours are all wrong for my blind eyes too ;((

  • Comment number 91.

    The time a post was made has also disappeared - do they think we can't tell the time -

    "just now" "3 minutes ago" etc

    And I agree about the orange writing on blue - it's very hard to read.

    And A Happy Christmas to You, blogbuilders............

  • Comment number 92.

    3 word Monday - NEW BLOG HURTS
    or
    NEW BLOG RUBBISH
    or
    BYE BYE BLOG

  • Comment number 93.

    Shona 15.52

    That should start a bit of a time line.

    I wonder what Simon will say about his blog changing?

  • Comment number 94.

    If you click on the 'o' on right of box, you can rate the post! Do we get league tables of point scores or something?

    And you can generate a permanant link to a post by hovering at bottom left of post and clicking. That's new isn't it?

  • Comment number 95.

    It didn't post my last offering so I shall try again.
    My 3 word Monday:-

    NEW BLOG HURTS
    or
    NEW BLOG RUBBISH
    or
    BYE BYE BLOG

    Fingers crossed X

    Nope, no success - a pale pink box has appeared. I think there might be some white writing on it but I can't read it. Presumably it's telling me that I can't post until after 3 minutes after my last post which was #89 10 minutes ago because my last one failed. I could be wrong, I can't read it so don't know.
    Working well!

  • Comment number 96.

    Oh, it's appeared now I've retyped it. Rubbish!

    Really must go now, eyes really straining even with spex and head hurts.

  • Comment number 97.

    16.00

  • Comment number 98.

    I have a three worder. Interfering Techie Buffoons. What on earth makes anyone think that employing someone to come up with this sort of ridiculous format is in any way a correct use of license payers money. You'd have thought that the Beeb had enough on its plate.

  • Comment number 99.

    I don't particularly mind the new style but its way too small. I've got 20/20 vision and it's a strain on the eyes. Can you change the default font size or is that too sensible?

  • Comment number 100.

    #94 Min Spy I tried rating your comment but it doesn't let you do it. What's the point of that function? I can't stand the orange colour.

 

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