Sun streaming in here, illuminating every imperfection, both household and personal. Blinds down, sunglasses on. The house is also bursting at the seams with a full compliment of wives and children and a mound of washing the size of Everest. I might have lots of work to take me out of the house...I'll get the head of values to sort out some meetings.
On the show today after 6, Dermot O'Leary and the sole survivor of 81 Squadron Eric Carter. In 1941 he and RAF colleagues were dispatched on a top secret mission to help defend the port of Murmansk in northern Russia against the Nazis. The project was code named Force Benedict and two squadrons of Hurricane fighters were shipped to Russia in total secrecy on the first Arctic convoy. Dermot met Eric at a fund raising dinner at an RAF club in 2013 and suggested he tell is story-which he now has. Hear Eric and Dermot after 6.
And fascinating to hear Ian Hislop talking to Paddy K yesterday about his 'Olden Days' series on BBC tonight. Nostalgia, rose-tinted spectacles and so on. OLDEN DAYS oldies? Why not. And does the word 'olden' only get used in this context? It seems so...
5pm then.

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  • Comment number 146. Posted by amelia

    on 10 Apr 2014 09:23

    THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US – SPARKS

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  • Comment number 145. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 10 Apr 2014 08:27

    Quitting/resigning oldies today

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  • Comment number 144. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 10 Apr 2014 08:23

    They are stunning, topwifie. I hope the horse statue that we are supposed to be getting at Ebbsfleet (I think?) is as good.

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  • Comment number 143. Posted by amelia

    on 10 Apr 2014 08:18

    Morning folks

    Well done all, a double mention and a 3-worder for Janey :-)

    Wonderful interview last night of course. I almost did myself a mischief laughing at Matt - poor Rebecca, not your ears not working ;-)

    I see Simon is on American radio this morning …



    Back in Time - Huey Lewis- Janey
    These Are The Days of Our – Lives – Queen - muggles
    Golden Years - David Bowie - Zoe
    Reelin' In The Years - Steely Dan - Legs_eleven
    Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkins – Shona & Janey

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  • Comment number 142. Posted by Sprout Power

    on 10 Apr 2014 08:05

    Shona hope everything goes OK today.

    Thanks TW. Mrs P and I are going to this next week.

    http://www.thehelix.co.uk/news-and-events/events/home-the-kelpies-launch-17th-april/

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  • Comment number 141. Posted by topwifie

    on 10 Apr 2014 08:00

    Shona, Will P

    I don't know if you saw the time lapse film of the construction of the Kelpies
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-26954393 Really fab film.

    (The Kelpies are a massive art installation at Falkirk of two towering statues of horse heads. Yesterday were lit up for the first time. They are named after the supernatural water horses of Celtic folklore, which transformed into beautiful women to lure men into traps.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-26936703)

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  • Comment number 140. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 10 Apr 2014 07:58

    Good morning all - cloudy and overcast at the moment down here.

    Sleep was really disturbed last night after the excellent sleep the night before - hey ho.

    Just noticed that I managed to spell Eric Carter's name wrong ^^^^^^ Sorry! - edit button please

    Shona - I hope all goes as well as possible today. Our friend who comes for dinner on Thursdays, is going up to Edinburgh tonight for a funeral tomorrow. Sad times for himself and his wife.

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  • Comment number 139. Posted by topwifie

    on 10 Apr 2014 07:47

    #138 Hope all goes well with the funeral Shona,

    #134 Lady B - what a lovely idea

    I was up at stupid o'clock, watching world news. This story about a solar powered plane (with 72 m wing span) was interesting. The two pilots are both Swiss as the development team are based in Switzerland.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26955341

    My late brother in law who was a Senior Lecturer in solar power would be pleased.

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  • Comment number 138. Posted by Snow Wonder

    on 10 Apr 2014 07:31

    Good morning everyone. Don't think I'll get a chance to play today as I have my neighbour's funeral today.

    Catch you later. X

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  • Comment number 137. Posted by Sprout Power

    on 10 Apr 2014 07:00

    Good morning all!

    Congratiulations on the double mensh Janey, Well done to all the other menshees too.

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