Me again. Thursday again and the weekend nearly here. Wearily out of bed to push child 3 to school and make sure all the valentines business is correctly attended to. The kitchen table has no flowers but plenty of assorted Kraftwerk paraphernalia scattered across it: 3d glasses, photos, magazines, wristbands etc. The gig at the Tate Modern was quite unlike any concert I've been to before. To start with it was a most studious atmosphere-more like a university lecture with a few hundred (very) post grad students gathering to hear more from some professors of German art. Which is actually what we were. We all been given cushions so that we could sit on the sloping floor of the Turbine Hall but we all stood as soon as the masters appeared. It was really terrific. Honestly. As you know the 4 Kraftwerkians don't move from behind their consoles throughout the whole gig but the movies behind them are stunningly 3D and keep you riveted throughout. It's an art display really and I'm thrilled to have finally paid homage. We tapped our toes and swayed ever so slightly. Comedian Mitch Benn suggested to me the Kraftwerk equivalent of jumping into the mosh pit would be to stand absolutely still. I didn't quite manage that.

I'll shut up now.

But they were good.

Ok today it's Nigel time with some haunch of venison (time to roll out that deer joke again)with a salad of some kind and a green peppercorn sauce/jus/drizzle and oldies please for, what else, your VALENTINE evening OR LACK OF. All personal situations catered for!

Have a cuddly and admiration-filled Thursday. See you after 5.

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  • Comment number 154. Posted by Now Is The Time For Fire And Wine

    on 15 Feb 2013 09:50

    Please dear bloggers - enough with the dog filth habits



    *bleuuurgh*

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  • Comment number 153. Posted by WickedFairyFlo

    on 15 Feb 2013 09:39

    Good morning everyone

    It's a very pleasant morning here too... very pleasant indeed!! (Just to follow on from the pleasantries in Billie and Jennie's posts!) ;o)

    Jennie, I think it's quite common for some dogs to eat doggy 'doings' - a friend's Springer Spaniel does it to its brother!! http://www.dogpoopdiet.com/why-dogs-eat-poop/

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  • Comment number 152. Posted by I Billieve in Father Christmas

    on 15 Feb 2013 09:33

    @ Stressed Erica -

    When I refresh - it always goes to your post #5 on page 1 - and I've noticed your risque signature! Ha!

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  • Comment number 151. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 15 Feb 2013 09:32

    Good morning one and all - seems like a pleasant day out there today - the sun was shining earlier and it is still quite bright so fingers crossed for a good day. Mr counted 10+ magpies in our neighbours tree this morning - what does that mean??

    Your post made me smile Hoffs - as you say 'Outnumbered' must get their ideas from your posts! ;0))
    (And why do dogs have to eat other animals 'doings'?) I hope all is well this morning...

    I wonder what year we'll be researching today? How about a really early one -1963, maybe- as R2 has been remaking The Beatles album from that year..

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  • Comment number 150. Posted by I Billieve in Father Christmas

    on 15 Feb 2013 09:06

    Good Morning All

    A very pleasant one here - very pleasant.

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  • Comment number 149. Posted by Zo Ho Ho

    on 15 Feb 2013 07:56

    Good Morning One and All,

    Sunny, if rather early start here (thanks twin 1!)

    From t'other blog - Katy - I knew you were joking about 'Bad To The Bone' being played. I was only joshing myself when I replied, as I tried to indicate with the use of a winky smiley. I fear I must lack a lightness of touch... :-/

    #65 Aww Stan the Batter Man - T'was a nice thought. Alas, my mister is not of the romantic persuasion. Maybe I shouldn't say alas, because I'm no Barbara Cartland myself! We don't *do* Valentine's Day, or romance in general. But we've been together for 21 years, so we must be doing something right... ;-)

    I wonder what the ARFO year will be, I fancy something from the 80s, but we'll see what his Lordship has to say...

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  • Comment number 148. Posted by Hoffs

    on 15 Feb 2013 01:58

    Oh, and Katy - loved your post about Valentines Day. Hope you and your family had a wonderful evening x

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  • Comment number 147. Posted by amelia

    on 15 Feb 2013 01:22

    Oh Hoffs I don't know whether to laugh, cry or hug you. But thank you for the wonderful post. Wins my post of the year so far award. Borrowed dog is with his uncle for the weekend and who knew, I am missing him! He was mostly kept on the lead walking today as didn't want to hand him over too smelly. I am so looking forward to seeing you again & meeting the family-Hoffs.

    Shona - lovely to read your Jimmy update. Wish you were coming on Saturday but you are the perfect excuse for hopefully some Edinburgh galavanting in August.

    gazza - oi my friend. Are you lurking? Well as others have asked please tell us how you are. You pop into my head at this time of night so please post.

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  • Comment number 146. Posted by Hoffs

    on 15 Feb 2013 00:54

    Oh yes, and Shona, thanks for the update on wee Jimmy. Great to hear that he is doing so well. Sorry not to catch up with you on Saturday. Hope to see you at another mini-blog meet soon.

    and

    Suzieeeeeee - hope you had a fab evening x

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  • Comment number 145. Posted by Hoffs

    on 15 Feb 2013 00:31

    Blimey. Dogs. Anyone want mine?! Half an hour before Grandpa Sparrow arrived for supper, I walked the dogs around the fields whilst the boys cycled down the lane. First the dogs found 5 deer hiding in the undergrowth. Not sure who was more scared. One dog ran and hid whilst the other shot off in pursuit. There was a moment when I feared that we would be able to do Nigel's venison as a bonus course tonight but there was no way his little legs could keep up with the deer and he consoled himself with a roll in and munch of Mr Fox's 'doings'. The other dog refused to reappear and then, as far as we could be from home, Mini Sparrow needed to use the facilities and despite a headlong dash for home, we didn't make it in time. Thankfully, Grandpa was late by which time smelly dog had been hosed, hiding dog had returned and Mini Sparrow was freshly bathed and in his pjs. I had been a little worried about what Grandpa would think, given that the last time he came to visit, he found the front door wide open and me sprinkling breadcrumbs on the carpet to try to entice a robin out of the house.

    Anyway, the boys cooked a fab meal. The crisps were delightfully arranged, the ice-cream was seriously rich and Grandpa will wake up tomorrow morning leaving no one in any doubt that he had garlic chicken tonight.

    Jilly, you are right, there was a toilet-lock-in. Grandpa put the time that I spent stacking the dishwasher to good use and showed the boys how to lock someone in the loo from the outside. He left with a twinkle in his eye as Master Sparrow, sniggering, tiptoed upstairs to lock his elder brother in the bathroom. To my lovely husband, Mr Sparrow, if you happen to be lurking around this blog on your travels, don't worry, we are all fine. All great fun here. Really.*

    To Billie - a hot water bottle and turn-down? Wonderful! Possibly the most romantic thing I have heard for years. (By the way, you are welcome to come and take part in the Outnumbered experience at any time).
    To Sallie - a picnic - how lovely. Perfect weather for it (and some fab photos seen elsewhere)
    To all Valentines Day celebrants (is that possible?*), I hope that you had a wonderful evening. To all menshees, many congratulations to you all for tonight's tune choices.
    To Florence, thank you so much for the FF teeshirt idea. A very very good plan.
    To Deebee, Amelia and Perfect Circle - only two sleeps to go....
    To the man that told Amelia how to park - BIG mistake.

    Tomorrow is Friday - yippee! Sleep well all x

    (*...shuffles off to search for the sparkling wine. May be in need of some.....)

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