Gloomy and dark here due to a) the weather and b) the scaffolding blotting out all traces of sunlight but I understand it is daylight out there and Children in Need day is once more with us. The money is rolling in already, the auctions are rocking and the phone answerer tribes are gathered. The jukebox rolls out all day with your messages and music choices and by the end of the day a very nice total indeed should be added to the CIN total. The jukebox works because instead of bids for many thousands of pounds (and that was an unbelievable total that Chris reached this week!) you get a song on for whatever you can manage.
So it is the jukebox/all request Friday/CIN update show and will feature the debut of BECKS ON THE DECKS/PIKE IN THE MIKE making her debut with a selection of 80s hits. We have asked her to wear an 80s outfit with a bow in her hair or something but she'll probably wear that Pudsey onesie as normal. Dr Mosh will rock the non Abba/ELO tunes and all in all FUN WILL BE HAD OR THERE"LL BE TROUBLE.
And your opening tune please from the year of 1990. And if you get the crown, the deal is you cough up to your nearest CIN bin. Thanks. This week the crown costs cash!
Have a generous and cooperative Friday, see some bloggers later and on air at 5.

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  • Comment number 85. Posted by Hoffs

    on 19 Nov 2012 07:46

    Amelia - not drivel, not off topic! Well said on the blog bit!

    Have good days everyone x

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  • Comment number 84. Posted by amelia

    on 19 Nov 2012 03:26

    Sorry, long post, look away now if you are easily bored but I guess it is more on topic than some of the drivel I write.

    Sal - so pleased to hand the ARFO crown over to you - wear it with pride!

    #58 Jennie - such a lovely thing to say.

    Thanks for all your kind words about my phone - all sorted with a new one now - it wasn't the phone itself getting stolen that upset me, it was being so far from home without a phone that was scary.

    BBC radio has always made my life better and I cant conceive of life without it. I wake up to Today and fall asleep to any number of things. Wittertainment is the best show ever and Radcliffe and Maconie are a joy in the afternoon (although this means I had no idea who Tim Smith was - ta for the chocolates anyway); there is something on at 5.05 that isn’t that bad either. So to be at Radio 2 was an enormous privilege.

    Of course it was lovely meeting Simon, Rebecca, Matt & Chris et al, how could it be anything else; but honestly it was meeting folk I talk to on here and you being just as lovely in real life that was really great. The best bit was taking the calls; I loved talking to every single person, they all had a story to tell; I did just smile all day. Rebecca read out one that I took, from a granny bursting with pride at the happiness and joy a baby had brought to the family.

    I took calls from a TOG and then Alex_Girl who was really lovely.

    Hoffs and I were slightly separate from everyone else but it meant it was a less noisy and when it was less busy early on we had a chance to chat a little. She is every bit as lovely as she comes across on the blog, thank you so much for what you said, it was so lovely to meet you too.

    Deevs - what a fantastic job you do organizing everything - thank you so much. And the meal at night was fantastic - some of the best food I have eaten in ages!

    One of the things that was most often discussed on Friday was how much this blog had expanded bloggers music tastes. I couldn't agree more; I am listening to and loving stuff I had barely heard of and it is all because of the fabulous tune choosing of you folks. It is the best game ever I think. I was firmly stuck in turn of the century indie rock and frankly getting bored of it (although Radiohead are the best band ever obviously). Suddenly I feel as if the whole world of music has opened up to me. So thank you all!

    To anyone who lurks and doesn’t join in - you are missing out - start posting and choosing oldies - honestly there is no stupid choices (well some but the chances are I will have chosen them as well) - you never know what is going to be played - if you love a song chances are someone else will to.

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  • Comment number 83. Posted by Hoffs

    on 18 Nov 2012 20:51

    #79 - Thanks Billie - had to rush off again but luckily neither kitchen situation was serious. Multi-tasking was never my strong point....

    Anyway, back to Friday, briefly. I now understand the mystery of sweets on my desk. I finished a call and found one next to my laptop. Before I had a chance to unwrap it, I took another call and when I looked again at the end of that call, another one had appeared. I wasn't sitting at the main desk so didn't realise that Tim Smith had been handing them out. Thank you Tim!

    I couldn't stay in London on Friday evening, I had been away since last Monday and needed to get home. Annoyingly, my train was delayed and I didn't get home til v late. I was woken v early on Saturday morning by Mini-Hoffs who then spent most of the day right by my side in case I went away again. Last night Mr H and I had some friends here, one of whom has just turned 50 and had no idea that the whole evening was in his honour. I love 'positive subterfuge' - eg. the cake was handed in through the window by another friend whilst he wasn't looking! Ended in the early hours of this morning and was then on the touch-line for U7's rugby with Mini Hoffs for most of the day. Bit tired now!

    Good night bloggers - have a good week x

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  • Comment number 82. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 18 Nov 2012 20:18

    Have great evenings all and see you in the morning.

    JW

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  • Comment number 81. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 18 Nov 2012 20:07

    Hoffs, hope your dinner wasn't too burnt! Sounds a bit like my cooking skills ;0)

    #79 All ears here too Billie

    Won't see you tomorrow for a choon chase as I am taking Pudsey and photos into the field and interviewing all day.

    Good luck and catch you when I can. X

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  • Comment number 80. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 18 Nov 2012 19:19

    Thank you Billie - I'll do my best to stay awake and listen to the end!

    JW

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  • Comment number 79. Posted by Billie on the Blog

    on 18 Nov 2012 18:42

    Hoffs - Thanks for your posts too! Lovely!

    Hope the "can smell burning from the kitchen" wasn't actually burning in the kitchen!

    We've had a lovely bright cold day here - we've achieved nothing which was the plan. Ha! It's drizzling now and it's very cold. We've actually drawn curtains which was amusing because we haven't had curtains very long.

    Have I mentioned that this new home gets many Rainbows? Delightful!

    Supper is Pork Chops cooked in foil with mushrooms, cream & thyme ala St. Delia - jacket spud and something green - still to be decided.


    We're not preparing anything at all for Mr. Davies. He can just salivate - he never comments on our food anyway! Ha!

    And when I KB in a few minutes I shall play "I'm Only Sleeping" and dedicate it to Jennie!

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  • Comment number 78. Posted by Hoffs

    on 18 Nov 2012 17:53

    Hello again...

    I spoke to some amazing people on Friday and my busiest time seemed to be during Drivetime! Having been lucky enough to have an ARF caller in the family, I could understand the excitement of some of the families that phoned through at that time. I listened back to the programme yesterday (perfect accompaniement for party cooking) and was chuffed to hear that one of my callers got a Muppet-mensh - the little boy who was celebrating his 9th birthday with no post, no party and a vomiting sister (the reason the party was cancelled) but who still wanted to pledge a large proportion of his birthday money.

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  • Comment number 77. Posted by Hoffs

    on 18 Nov 2012 16:50

    Afternoon all!

    Sorry for my late arrival at the party - I have a note somewhere......

    Firstly, congrats to Sallie on your coronation as Queen for the CiN ARFO. I am sure that the crown will prove most useful this week to keep your head protected if the weather is colder and you are out on your bike. Perhaps you could accessorize it with a head torch?!

    Secondly, Amelia, what a dreadful way to end the day on Friday. May I just say that Amelia was across the desk from me and has the best telephone manner that I have ever heard. Fabulous company for the day, smiley, friendly, a lovely bloggerfriend.

    Friday. What can I say? An amazing experience and an unforgettable day. Deebee sums it up perfectly at #57. Really good to meet everyone and put faces to names at last. As for the phone calls - if I could wave a magic wand it would be to have a show long enough to mention everyone who phoned in.

    Hang on - got to go (can smell burning from the kitchen) - more to say (not too much, don't worry) - back soonish....

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  • Comment number 76. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 18 Nov 2012 13:48

    I've just looked at the web site for the 'lingering flower' and Christmas delivery dates available and the first is 20th Dec - all booked up from there on in!! Eeekkk

    I've booked my slot!

    JW

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