Dark and cold. Time for a duvet day! Let's not work at all. I'd like to read the 3 books I need to finish, bake some toffee and let a firework off. In between, I'd like to snooze and tidy the house. Mrs M has been away a few days, leaving me in sole charge of house and 2 children and I need to make sure everything is as ship shape as it needs to be. I only broke one bowl, managed to cook all the meals that were expected, taxied as needed, finished the new book's rewrites and all with a lovely cold to moan about. I need a break. However I have just been informed I need to provide a protractor and pair of compasses before 10am. Right. You couldn't have mentioned that a little earlier? Maybe when the shops are open and there was time to shop? Oh well, we'll muddle on through somehow.
And there's a show to put on! The Radio 2 Bookclub features the new Ian Rankin novel 'Standing in Another Man's Grave'. It sees the return of his top cop Rebus investigating a series of murders on the A9 and is, as you would expect, a terrific read. Actually he's not a cop at all. He's working in the Cold Cases Unit of the Lothian and Borders Police in Edinburgh and not exactly thrilled with his retired status (and we are not surprised). But the law has changed and cops don't have to retire at 60 anymore so Rebus is reapplying. He may well be back for a while. You can read some classic Rebus here ahead of Ian's appearance tonight from 6.
And oldies of course for BONFIRE NIGHT. Remember remember, the 5th of November etc even though it doesn't seem to hold the imagination the way it used to. A few years ago we had rockets exploding around us for weeks but now it all seems a little more gentle and restrained. But 5TH NOVEMBER tunes please and we can have our own fireworks and toffee evening.
Have a sparky and illuminated Monday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 114. Posted by WickedFairyFlo

    on 6 Nov 2012 09:41

    Gill, I heard it and turned the sound down as it irritates me! ;o)

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  • Comment number 113. Posted by Gill withagee

    on 6 Nov 2012 09:28

    Anyone else hear Chris play Manamama this morning? I feel im being stalked by it.
    ~gill~

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  • Comment number 112. Posted by Suzieeeee

    on 6 Nov 2012 08:49

    Morning all!
    Congrats to the menchees - and of course DT Dude for his Carnegie award nomination...where do we sign?!
    Bitingly cold day here but dry and sunny (all a cyclist can ask) - as I got to work Moira was telling me that later rain will sweep the south of the UK *sigh* Waterproofs proving they ain't waterproof again, then.
    Oh and as it's so light now at 7.30-8am, and I wear reflective gear AND have lights on, why oh why do car drivers pretend not to see me?
    2 near misses, one submission and a partial fall.
    Thanks guys!

    See you all over t'page

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  • Comment number 111. Posted by Lilac Blue

    on 6 Nov 2012 08:41

    Thank you all for the kind birthday wishes. :^) It was a nice day, dinner yummy and now hubby and I are trying to tack down the leaky pipe we can hear, that started last night. All I can really hear is £ down the drain ~ sigh.
    LB, x

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  • Comment number 110. Posted by John B Good

    on 6 Nov 2012 08:25

    Morning all,


    Brrrrrrr. Was a bit nippy up on Spanker's Hill just before 7 this morning. But the stags looked magnificent.

    Missed last night's episode, but seems like menshes were thin on the ground, so thanks for mine, and congrats to Gazza too (although I would have preferred My Guy!).

    Right, must be off to the dentist. Toothbrush, check. Paracetamol, check. Remortgage documents, check.

    JBG

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  • Comment number 109. Posted by Queen_Autumn

    on 6 Nov 2012 07:54

    Morning all

    A belated Happy Birthday Lilac_Blue. I hope you had a wonderful day.

    Missed most of yesterday's show due to working late and going for a run, but I didn't hear any blogpoppet menshes. Ah well, it's another day ....

    Lots of US election stuff for me today - am very excited and a bit nervous.

    See you all on the new blog.

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  • Comment number 108. Posted by lord gazza

    on 6 Nov 2012 03:30

    i see liza turbuck is doing the show next monday

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  • Comment number 107. Posted by lord gazza

    on 5 Nov 2012 23:38

    happy birthday lilac blue

    i heard mentions 4 the lovley billie and i got a mention with john for the elton song.

    i see places are starting to switch on the xmas lights on isnt it a bit early we only in the first week of november.

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  • Comment number 106. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 5 Nov 2012 22:57

    woops. Forgot to say congrats to John too!

    Thugs still letting off bangers here. Booo to all fireworks ;((

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  • Comment number 105. Posted by Julia43

    on 5 Nov 2012 20:54

    Good evening,

    Was just lurking (as you do) but had to pop by properly to wish Lilac Blue a very Happy Birthday.

    Congrats to Shona on the century.

    Loving the maths jokes too.

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