Gloomy skies, drizzle, heating on. October indeed. A weekend of re-writes, cooking and trying to resist the siren call of the golf. If I had succumbed, two days would have disappeared down the tv-shaped hole and that would never do. So instead I held out until the bitter end but then watched the final climactic hour. Given that my very own THFC had beaten Manchester Utd on Saturday, this was making a rather splendid weekend all round. But I can't just sit/stand and watch/listen sport anymore as it is all too stressful. So washing up/ironing/cooking while occasionally checking scores works just fine. This is the equivalent of watching sport on ceefax which used to be my preferred option; the scorecheck and the 2 minute wait for it to update was perfect for allowing you to get on with life while keeping tabs on your team. Steam-based technology!
All that and reading too. 3 books on the go. One is a possible future book club choice, one is the current selection from Jacqueline Wilson 'Emerald Star' (read whilst here) and the other is 'Oblivion' by the masterful Anthony Horowitz. This man is on fire! His Sherlock Holmes book 'The House of Silk' got great revues (including this weekend from Philip Pullman) and he worked on Tintin with Steven Spielberg. Now he has completed what he thinks is his best ever work and it is a monster of a read. It's the concluding part of a pentalogy (I checked) about 5 children with special powers to take on the evil Old Ones. They are sort of children's books but sort of not too. A splendid grey area! Anthony is a force of nature and hear more from 6.
And for the oldies I think COMEBACKS might work. After the European golfers comeback from 10-4 down at one stage to win the Ryder Cup 14 and a half to 13 and a half (can't do fractions on this board), let us salute the REVERSAL OF FORTUNE and comebacks will sound good tonight. Which is where you come in of course.
Have a healthy and bouncy Monday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 64. Posted by Deebee

    on 2 Oct 2012 07:24

    Good Morning All

    Gorgeous pink sky this morning as I was walking the dogpoppet. Needless to say I didn't have my camera with me. I should be like Florence and take it wherever I go, just in case...

    Well done for the menshes last night, especially Paul's showstopper. I wasn't familiar with the song, but an excellent choice! Really enjoyed the interview with Anthony Horowitz - what a talented and prolific writer! How can somebody possibly have a whole trilogy in his head, waiting to be written down! And such a nice man too. I imagine Simon was quite flattered that he'd read 'Itch'... And I had to smile at the slightly awkward pause when AH asked Simon if his wife had read '50 Shades'.. ;o)

    Did anyone see 'The History of Light Entertainment' on BBC 4 on Sunday evening? Mr B tells me our esteemed leader was on, talking about his days on Radio 1. I'm going to have a look for it on iThingy later.

    See you on the next page...

    ~X~

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  • Comment number 63. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 2 Oct 2012 05:43

    Good Morning Everyone

    An early start in this household today as Mr W left at 5am to head to Birmingham and it's still pitch black here.

    Amelia and Lilac Blue, am I right in assuming the Ponds of which you speak are from Dr Who? Oh please don't tell anymore as I am watching Saturday's episode tonight.

    Time to rouse the pups for walkies. See you over the page after a 1-2-1 with lovely boss so I may be late to the party.

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  • Comment number 62. Posted by Paul Of Sheffield

    on 1 Oct 2012 20:14

    Well, that was nice. Total mensh drought for months, and then, all of a sudden they're like buses. A fine weekend, (Forest 0, Derby 1... are you lurking, trickster?), rather pleasantly bookended. Thanks, Simon. And congratulations menshees, all.

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  • Comment number 61. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 1 Oct 2012 19:41

    Well done for all the menshes tonight and Paul, you are on a roll just now!!!

    #60 Good luck with the weigh in Jennie ;)

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  • Comment number 60. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 1 Oct 2012 19:17

    I heard a few mentions tonight - congratulations to all.

    Paul is definately in favour this week!

    Have great evenings all and see you tomorrow (after the weigh-in - eek!)

    JW

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  • Comment number 59. Posted by amelia

    on 1 Oct 2012 18:49

    Flying visit - mainly to say well done to Paul of Sheffield for his Bluesy Showstopper - perhaps a badge to commemorate since your head is rather occupied at the moment?

    Well done to for all the mentions - ta for mine - I think I just heard the ones Billie mentioned - regular blogger Mandy indeed! Not sure if there was one for Phil Collins Billie.

    Lilac Blue - indeed - very sorry to see the demise of the Ponds, they were great characters. The episode was ok but I wasn't blown away and I think they deserved a better ending. I will go on more tomorrow when I should have more time.

    I loved the Anthony Horowitz interview; great enthusiasm and passion. His books are on my huge pile of "books I want to read". Problem is the pile gets bigger no matter how much I do read, made worse by the kindle as they don't take up shelf space, although I probably have read twice as much since I have had it, snatched 20 minutes at lunchtimes and the like.

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  • Comment number 58. Posted by Gill withagee

    on 1 Oct 2012 18:02

    Jeffery, have you herd when your Mastermind episode will be on yet (or have I missed it?)
    ~gill~

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  • Comment number 57. Posted by Billie on the Blog

    on 1 Oct 2012 17:24

    Welldone Mandy for Faith and I meant Welldone Amelia #56 !

    I didn't catch what Simon said for Phil Collins. Doh!



    #47 Jeffrey - Yes you and yes the post about "I Am The Beat" but also post #98 on yesterday's blog.

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  • Comment number 56. Posted by Billie on the Blog

    on 1 Oct 2012 16:47

    Afternoon All

    Last post at 15.40? Where are you all?

    Heard my mensh - Thankyou Simon - and Amelia's for Lenny Kravitz and a muggle for Chris Rea.

    Won't take me long to read back ..................

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  • Comment number 55. Posted by Lilac Blue

    on 1 Oct 2012 14:40

    Hi All,

    Get Back - Beatles I know it's late but what the heck!

    Wow, what a wonderful golf weekend that was. I was hanging on to each day of it and an unusually glued to the box weekend. Quite a tribute to Seve Ballesteros.

    Amelia, Oh dear, your DH counterpart ended up in a Brooklyn cemetery -- Ekk!
    LB, x

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