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Playing: Common People by William Shatner
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Morning to all bloggers, veterans, newcomers and festive dabblers. Comfortably seated in my own house, my own coffee (no one asking me my name for some false familiarity - I sometimes give different names just to keep for variety) and gentle, age-appropriate lighting.

Bristol Library was fun yesterday, they have refurbished the children's area and filled it with some fine pupils to listen to me rabbit on and show them pictures of Dimitri Mendeleev. They like it really.

On the train back I did some prep for interviewing Anne Hathaway this morning, Les Miserables is about to hit the cinemas and what a hit it is going to be. Chris has been saying how much he enjoyed it - Hugh Jackman on Breakfast tomorrow - and it is a stunning piece of work. It's put together by Brit Tom Hooper who must be our hottest director at the moment and you must see it. Anne says she has loved Les Mis since watching her mum in the same role - Fantine - in the original stage show! And she lost 25 pounds for the role; if anyone has looked as though they were really dying on screen better than AH then I haven't seen it. Which is quite possible.

Nige today with a boned and stuffed thigh of something or other. Chicken almost certainly.

And oldies please inspired by this is from BBC News:

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is leading a team of five other explorers in a quest to achieve a feat no other human has managed - to walk across Antarctica in the near permanent darkness and super low temperatures of winter.

Phase one of The Coldest Journey expedition - which aims to raise millions of pounds in donations for the Seeing is Believing charity to tackle avoidable blindness - begins later when the icebreaker SA Agulhus sets off from the River Thames. The journey from a wintry Thames to the ice shelf of Antarctica will take just over a month.

So that's COLDEST JOURNEY EVER tunes please, but not Foreigner as we played that on Monday.

Have a comforting and warming Thursday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 142. Posted by Tortie Cat

    on 7 Dec 2012 09:10

    Monring all

    Lovely post Hoffs - hugs to you all.

    Just looked at the photo of last night's Nigel offering - pink turkey? I thought it had to be thoroughly cooked through. Or has the stuffing made it go pink?!

    See you over the page

    T x

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  • Comment number 141. Posted by John B Good

    on 7 Dec 2012 09:02

    Morning all

    Hugs for Hoffs, congrats to menshees, and soup spoons for everyone else.

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  • Comment number 140. Posted by Billie on the blog

    on 7 Dec 2012 08:17

    Good Morning All

    Hoffs - what a moving post - how right you are!

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  • Comment number 139. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 7 Dec 2012 07:42

    Good Morning Everyone

    What a chilly morning and so slippy outside and walking up the street with 2 dogs must have looked a bit comical.

    Holly Berry, what a sad day for you yesterday. My thoughts are with you. X Zoe, I remember being very sad for you when you mentioned your Grandad before. How sad.

    Hoping for an early blog today as a big field awaits.

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  • Comment number 138. Posted by Zoe Stardust

    on 7 Dec 2012 02:08

    #134 Holly Berry - I was really touched by your post, and thoughts and best wishes to teen berry, yourself and the family and friends of teen berry's friend.

    I don't think you're bossy at all, it's a lesson I learned the hard way back in 1991, when my dear granddad went out to walk the dog one morning, and never came home again. He was knocked down and killed instantly whilst crossing a busy road, less than 5 minutes walk from his bungalow. He was 77, so you could argue that he'd had a good innings, but it's the unexpectedness of it that that does you in. I tortured myself for ages afterwards, trying to remember the last conversation we'd had, was it a good one? Did he know how much I loved him? I would have done anything for one last chance to tell him what he meant to me, and to say goodbye.

    I don't mean to be maudlin, but like you say, tell people how much they mean to you while you have the chance, because tomorrow might just be too late.

    Goodnight one and all. x

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  • Comment number 137. Posted by Ken

    on 7 Dec 2012 00:50

    P.s. I'm sure you're right about the age thing Flo. In my teens and twenties I wouldn't really listen to anything that wasn't Prog or rock in nature. It's only as I've got older that I've grown to appreciate the sound of voices and acoustic instruments.

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  • Comment number 136. Posted by Ken

    on 7 Dec 2012 00:45

    #129 Neil Young is playing in March. Edinburgh Playhouse, then 5 nights at Hammersmith, then a couple of nights at Manchester Apollo. I may have to tolerate the rudeness. He's just about the only musician in my bucket list :-)

    Kathleen Edwards tonight at Bush Hall was as great as I knew she'd be. It's so sad that a singer-songwriter of her talent had to cancel all bar the two Bush Hall shows on this short European tour because tickets aren't selling. I really fear for how artists of this nature will be able to keep going.

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  • Comment number 135. Posted by amelia

    on 7 Dec 2012 00:37

    Not bossy at all Hoffs - what a sad, moving but so appropriate post - love to you and your family x

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  • Comment number 134. Posted by Hoffs

    on 7 Dec 2012 00:04

    Hello,

    Have really enjoyed reading back today. Another one of those multi-topic blogs and a fab example of how a group of people can flit from tipping the soup bowl to lobster picks to folk music, to Flo on the naughty step, to blog names (Pee-Aye) and back again. Made me smile.

    I spent this afternoon sitting in a church at a most incredibly moving service of thanksgiving for the life of one of Teen Berry's friends whose life was cut short, tragically, a fortnight ago following a car accident. 13 years old. That time of life when you are invincible. Nothing scares you. You think that people only die when they are old or very sick. 'See you on Monday' were the last words that he said to my son and of course, they both thought that they would.

    Obviously its not for me to go into it all here, but I will never, ever forget either the wonderful tributes paid by the family (oh so brave), or the sight of my son and several of his fellow rugby-playing friends sitting, crying silently as the choir processed out slowly to 'We are Young' by Fun.

    Really bossy of me, but please don't forget to remind your loved ones how special they are!

    Righto, time to sleep now. I'll meet up with you all again tomorrow to see who will be crowned for the ARFO x

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  • Comment number 133. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 6 Dec 2012 23:15

    #132 Not long now til 14th JiM ;0)

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