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Well how lovely to be back in the saddle again. Enjoyed the hols, tanned and gorgeous etc but when you come back to some Local Hero, a quick chat about introverts, a big thriller in the bookclub and some Stevie Ray Vaughn to finish, that's some job really. I could happily just do a 5 hour show everyday to be honest, although other programmes might have something to say about that. The 'Quiet' book was a particular joy. The 5 minutes we had with Susan Cain didn't do justice to a great, stimulating and inspiring book which is full of people, stories and facts you want to share with anyone around you. In a quiet way obviously. We in the media are part of the problem of course as we only honour the fast and the loud but maybe Susan has started a gentle revolution, a thoughtful revision, a contemplative insurgence (enough thesaurus thanks).

Today we have 2 new dragons from Dragons Den. Piers Linney is  featured in the JP Morgan and Thomson Reuters Top 100 most influential black people in Britain list in 2013. His twitter Bio flash describes him as a “Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut” ! And Kelly Hoppen is an award winning interior designer. Between them they are shaking up the den and you can hear them after 6.

And Dragon's Den oldies? I think so.

Have an easy-going, pleasure-filled Tuesday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 88. Posted by Billie on the blog

    on 7 Aug 2013 08:02

    Good Morning All -

    Sorry I didn't make it here at all yesterday. Welldone to all menshees! Thought they were rather splendid choices!

    It really is good to have the show back.

    Shona - perhaps we should wait before we welcome new bloggers - wait until we know what they're like! Ha!

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  • Comment number 87. Posted by amelia

    on 7 Aug 2013 02:33

    Jilly - you are wonderful & much too kind :-)

    Post in haste repent as soon as you have had a chance to reflect / someone to point out the error of your ways. I was hasty in my comments about the theme not mattering to the enjoyment of tune choosing. It was ill considered - I love Doctor Who and am at least aware of the format of Dragons Dens. My comment was thoughtless particularly as I am so dismissive of television in general. Sorry.

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  • Comment number 86. Posted by Jilly

    on 6 Aug 2013 22:46

    Canute, I've just finished 11.22.63 by Stephen King - also recommended by amelia - and thought it was great. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    The Scotland book/s have been added to my own pile - I will probably start these after my current, The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend, which I'm enjoying. I'm also planning to start soon the recent book club offering, The Son. So many books, so little time!

    Night night lovelies x

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  • Comment number 85. Posted by amelia

    on 6 Aug 2013 22:29

    Safely back in the middle of nowhere - girls watching dvds. Just refreshed in time to see your post Canute - my niece takes after me in so many ways - including a love of late nights - it will be hours before they are in bed - oddly her mum, my sister, is the exact opposite.

    It is a series of books set in Edinburgh - they are originally published daily as a series in the Telegraph in the way Dickens was - set around a building in Edinburgh’s new town the hero is a young boy with the mother from hell - they are as light as anything but they make me genuinely cry with laughter and there is more to them than perhaps is obvious. Perfect summer reading. Like Jilly I particular dislike his Botswana detective.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scotland-Street-Alexander-McCall-Smith/dp/0349118973/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1375827939&sr=8-3

    Interesting comments from yesterday from Canute & Jilly about names in books - both amelia and my Sunday name turn up now and again and both do well song wise too.

    Some very clever song choices tonight - well done bloggers! Apologies for anyone I’ve missed - dodgy reception to blame.

    I heard most of the show - I got my radio choice for half the 3 hour journey from Belfast - the girls theirs for the other half. Much singing along to Abba & Shania Twain.


    Take A Chance On Me - Abba - Shona
    Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones - Zoe
    When You Walk In The Room - The Searchers - none
    That Don’t Impress Me Much - Shania Twain - Vildeen
    Gonna Make You An Offer You Can’t Refuse - Jimmy Helms - Jilly

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  • Comment number 84. Posted by Canute

    on 6 Aug 2013 22:14

    Not sure what's happened, but my last post has gone AWOL.

    Amelia, if you can drag yourself away from your niece and her friend for a mo (given that it is way past their bedtime) you recently recommended a humourous book set in Scotland (and that's about all I can remember). Can you remind me what it was please. I find myself without books to read so am looking for suggestions. I wonder if Lady B does mail order?

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  • Comment number 83. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 6 Aug 2013 22:00

    Jilly, I'm chuffed at any menshe. You know me, just kidding.

    And I'm going to see Simon TWICE this month! Whoopee!

    Night night all. X Sweet dreams

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  • Comment number 82. Posted by Jilly

    on 6 Aug 2013 21:57

    Night night Jennie, sleep tight x

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  • Comment number 81. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 6 Aug 2013 21:45

    Good night all

    SYITM

    JW

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  • Comment number 80. Posted by Jilly

    on 6 Aug 2013 21:40

    Group hug? ;)

    What a lovely mensh for yours truly tonight, thank you Simon - chuffed. Two in two... thatll do me for the week :D. Well done to all other menshees, another good night for the blog methinks. Shona isn't one enough for you nowadays? ;) x

    Hope all is well with the guests, amelia. I wonder how long the house will stay pristine p_c? ;)

    x

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  • Comment number 79. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 6 Aug 2013 20:24

    #78 And you make me laugh out loud Jennie. Mwah!

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