So we found out the oldest thing in the world is in the Natural History Museum. And tiny powdered diamonds too- a top fact I think. And the head curator of meteors was a fascinating woman too. We had a true Reithian 5 minutes.

Movie show has Cate Blanchett today talking about Blue Jasmine, her new movie directed by Woody Allen. It's a great performance, the awards are being lined up and she makes it to the end of our allotted time without walking out. And your ARF will start with an agenda-setting, toe-tapping, bar-raising, thirst-quenchin' hit from our year of requirement which is............1990. We have British Sky Broadcasting launched, Mrs T, Neil Kinnock, Mr Bean's debut, World Cup in Italy, Gazza's tears, Luciano Pavarotti, Adamski, Sinead O'Connor and MC Hammer. And all that. And your perky breakfast host is into his 3rd year of early starts but still chipper. What were you up to? What's your song?

Have a zippy, energy-filled Friday, see you after 2&5.

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  • Comment number 207. Posted by Billie on the Blog

    on 23 Sept 2013 07:55

    Good Morning All -

    Misty Grey and Mild.

    I'm sad to read about your BookShop LadyB.

    I love reading your Outnumbered posts Hoffs - please post when you can - and especially when it is the Homecoming. Love to you!

    Good Luck for today Shona and SirC - TLC for you!

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  • Comment number 206. Posted by Deebee

    on 23 Sept 2013 07:11

    Good Morning All

    Hoffs, don't go. Don't you realise you are giving as much as you are taking from this blog? Your posts are a joy and a pleasure, and one of the things that have kept me going during my yuckier times. It doesn't matter how infrequently you post, but just be here whenever you can. Much love to you and the boys.

    #186 Billie - ha! I'm sure Mr Mayo knows he has nothing to worry about...

    Lady_B - can I add my commiserations. A bookshop is a wonderful thing, and it is such a shame that they are disappearing from our high streets.

    Shona - thinking of you today.

    Katy - mine would be Martha Minterne, who definitely sounds like a Downstairs type of girl...

    Sir C - have a duvet day. Hope you feel better soon.

    I'm going to try a few hours at work today - think I'm up to sitting at a desk answering a few emails. It will be good to get back - although I might be having second thoughts when I get there and discover exactly HOW many emails...

    ~X~

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  • Comment number 205. Posted by Just Hoffs

    on 23 Sept 2013 06:17

    Thank you for your kind comments - back to say:

    Shona, am thinking of you - hope that everything is ok xx

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  • Comment number 204. Posted by PJ Hughes

    on 23 Sept 2013 06:08

    I have done, Perfect Circle, but still nothing. It looks like I'm not the only one! Thanks, anyway!

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  • Comment number 203. Posted by Katy

    on 23 Sept 2013 04:52

    Hamlin - good to hear your Mum is making progress. Must be such a relief.

    Shona - am intrigued [which means I am being nosey] by your Sunday Papers reference?


    :^)

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  • Comment number 202. Posted by Sir Cumference

    on 23 Sept 2013 04:47

    Morning all. Woke up with a high temperature, bunged up nose and achiness, so obviously coming down with something. :(

    Too dark to see what sort of day it is!

    And never realised how busy this place was at weekends - will have to read back later...

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  • Comment number 201. Posted by Katy

    on 23 Sept 2013 04:47

    Hoffs - you and your family are adorable and I suspect many would feel rather cheated if you stopped posting about yourselves .. *shocked face*

    Lady Bird - if the closure is a result of changing buying habits then what a loss for you and the local community - I have never ever purchased books [or dvds] from the Amazon beast as a matter of principle. Just my thing.

    Jilly and others - wonderful foodie descriptions.

    In other news - for fans of the series - am chuckling at the *FIND YOUR DOWNTON NAME* tweets -
    Your grandma/pa name + your primary school. Are you Upstairs or Downstairs?

    I have the choice of 3 grandmothers and 5 primary schools ... haven't explored all the combinations yet but for starters ..

    Isla Wildenrath, a distant continental cousin with a shady past - is Upstairs whilst
    Edith Edisford has a whiff of the scullery about her ..

    :^)

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  • Comment number 200. Posted by amelia

    on 22 Sept 2013 23:32

    Hoffs - my friend you bring more joy & fun to our little special corner of the web than I could list if I typed for the next month. Much love to you & your wonderful family - your boys are a delight & I look forward to meeting them again. Hopefully it doesn't have to be all or nothing here, tune choosing is completely irrelevant to what makes this place wonderful. I always grin when I see there is a new post of yours to read.

    Lady B - sorry to read your sad news and all good wishes for your remaining bookshop.

    Shona - a difficult situation indeed.

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  • Comment number 199. Posted by Jilly

    on 22 Sept 2013 23:12

    Two important things ....

    Firstly, Hoffs? Bother us? You must surely jest my dear friend. You are a joy, a pleasure, a smile on an otherwise bleak day - you bring so much to this little corner of the interwebs - never doubt that. If 'real life' needs your solid attention, so be it but never forget you are a welcome and celebrated force in these parts and we will miss you and rejoice whenever you get the chance to poop by. Love and hugs to you and your boys xxx

    Secondly, Lady B - closing a bookshop? I'm so sorry if I missed that news here and it makes me very sad to learn of it. I can only imagine what emotional turmoil you are going through - you have a huge hug from me and best wishes for the success of your remaining concern. Please come back and join us whenever you can xxx

    That's all. Sweet dreams friends xxx

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  • Comment number 198. Posted by Lady_Bird

    on 22 Sept 2013 22:38

    Evening all and sorry I've been AWOL. Closing a bookshop is emotionally draining. I still have one left though and hope to get back to blogging week after next.

    However, having swung by for a quick look back, just have to say to

    Hoffs - you are a wonder- your Outnumbered posts always make me laugh. You welcomed me as a newbie and you sent me a very wonderful crown.

    I send you every good wish - if you ever need any book advice (boys won't read at age 10 etc) then get in touch - somebody here will know how how to find me.

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