And we're back. Hope your weekend was a good one. Thank you for all the birthday wishes from Friday, it was a gentle one. A visit from my mother, a few friends baring gifts (beer and chocolate by and large) and a visit to the garden centre. This was a rock'n'roll birthday as I'm sure you can tell. I did however indulge in the pudding department and whole tarts were bought (apricot and rhubarb actually) with an excessive amount of cream but as excess goes, it is hardly on a Fleetwood Mac scale of indulgence. There was one r'n'r element to the weekend which was a coffee and conversation with Bono and Edge about this and that. Which is always nice.
Just checking the new Radio 1 breakfast show as host Nick Grimshaw makes his debut. He certainly sounds a lot more together than I did in 1987. Yes it really was 25 years ago and now I'm feeling old all over again (twice in one blog!). It was the most terrifying experience and I didn't really know what I was doing, not helped by the producer being in Florida with Mike Smith. But it turned out ok in the end I suppose.
Showday dawns and another book club for you. Birdsong author Sebastian Faulkes will be in to talk about his new book A Possible Life. It's really 5 stories or 5 novellas which sort of connect but don't really. But Sebastian will explain all. Meantime you can check out some of it here-it is strong stuff I think.
And oldies today please for PLEBS. Courtesy of the current furore, this archaic word (meaning the shopkeepers, craftsmen and farmers of Rome) is suddenly everywhere, so let's do plebs for the tunes and see what happens.
Have a calm and straightforward Monday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 113. Posted by John B Good

    on 25 Sept 2012 07:15

    Morning all

    It's a bright one here, but I fear other bloggers now have the biblical deluge which we had all day yesterday. This too shall pass. Anyone seen Sal? The SW was nearly washed away yesterday, hope she's OK.

    Amelia, I loved your review, and I will definitely give Mr Faulks' new offering a try.

    A boy in GoodChild#3's class at school is being teased/bullied because he liked "Downton Abbey Series 3" on FB....the perils of being a 12 year old!

    See you soon on a new page.

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  • Comment number 112. Posted by Queen_Autumn

    on 25 Sept 2012 07:04

    Morning bloggers everywhere. I hope everyone (and their vehicle) is feeling a little better this morning. It's a brighter morning here in the east and there is actual sunshine, although I know that's not the case for all.

    Another busy day in store, but hopefully I'll get the chance to pop over to the new blog and catch up later.

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  • Comment number 111. Posted by amelia

    on 24 Sept 2012 21:58

    Enjoyed Sebastian Faulks tonight. Ta for all the kind comments about my wee review, I just loved the book & wanted to share.

    Agree with Shona, always lovely to hear bloggers names, well done all, I really enjoyed your choices.

    Hugs to all poorly, sniffly folk & those with poorly cars too! Sleep well all of you.

    Just watched the latest Jane Eyre film. It was splendid. Easily the best adaptation I've seen. Novel structure, right amount of gothic & of course Michael Fassbender! It is probably my favourite book of that era.

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  • Comment number 110. Posted by Deebee

    on 24 Sept 2012 21:33

    Evening All

    Didn't hear the whole show this evening, but I enjoyed the bits I did manage to catch. Sebastian Faulkes was interesting - I like the sound of his book, think I'll give it a try. Well done for all menshes - a good evening for the blog. And I managed a clutch of OSMs - it's good to be aligned... although I did suggest Paul Young's version of Common People.

    A comment about the 3 worders - I thought it was supposed to be a clever and entertaining summary of your day, but more and more they seem to all be variations on a theme, and often about the weather. Is it time to revisit this particular feature? Or is it just me missing the point...?

    Shona - I can't watch that show. I just know I'd be a blubbering wreck...

    Gill - sorry to hear about your car. Hope you get it dried out.

    Molly Coddle - hope your children have both reported in safe and sound by now.

    Night all.

    ~X~

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  • Comment number 109. Posted by Julia43

    on 24 Sept 2012 20:48

    Good evening,

    Congrats to Flo, Pony Club Mum, Jennie, JBG and Molly Coddle.

    Billie, Just been watching The Rat Pack belting out The Birth of the Blues. Fabulous!

    Bille again, Did you hear Gary Barlow on with Ken Bruce this morning?

    So. Now this Apricot tart has had a brush with a broadcasting legend, will she qualify of a place on one of these s'leb reality shows then?

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  • Comment number 108. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 24 Sept 2012 19:38

    Well done everyone for the mensches tonight - much success I think!

    Have great evenings all and get well soon all the duvet-bound bloggers.

    Weigh-in day tomorrow, so will be late on parade.

    JW

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  • Comment number 107. Posted by Andy Toverson

    on 24 Sept 2012 19:25

    Evening all

    Cheers for the mensh for The Jam, Simon, I agree not enough on ARF as well.

    I too laughed out loud at GTT but it is a go to song for many themes!

    #93 Billie - I play bass in the band and we like Birth of the Blues, it's a good song to play.

    Cheers

    A

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  • Comment number 106. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 24 Sept 2012 19:13

    Oh no. Tears are flowing for Noodles on Paul O'Grady's show ;(((

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  • Comment number 105. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 24 Sept 2012 18:30

    Congratulations to everyone who got a menshe tonight. It always makes me smile to hear a familiar name being read out;)

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  • Comment number 104. Posted by Hoffs

    on 24 Sept 2012 18:24

    Enjoyed the show tonight. Thank you for reading my three worder. See you all soon x

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