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Well thank you for all the birthday best wishes and greetings. A lovely time was had, in amongst the packing, shopping and occasional slice of cheesecake. Then to university duties and transporting child 2 to her seat of learning. The motorways were full of similarly laden cars and similarly reflective parents, wondering what they were delivering their children to. The service stations were doing a roaring trade in, well, pretty much anything their offspring wanted. We are vulnerable at moments like this; you want a pen that only writes upside down in water? Fine. You want a waterproof, teletubby onsie? Ok then. And a portable fridge for your room? I'm sure that's fine. And so we add more junk to the already groaning car and proceed to destination. Unload, say meaningful words of support and stride, stiff-lipped, back to your vehicle.
Then get back for Downton Abbey. You need to keep a sense of decorum.
So it is time to say )again) OMG! It's OMD! Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys are back with a new album called English Electric and it's full of classic OMD material. As you will hear today!
Meantime DOWNTON ABBEY oldies please and even if hasn't beaten Breaking Bad and Modern Family, it will still give us a chance to sit on the same sofa for an hour or two on Sunday.
Have a well-manicured and neatly-trimmed Monday, see you at 5

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  • Comment number 71. Posted by Jilly

    on 24 Sept 2013 07:54

    Morning all.

    A veritable pea souper here this morning!

    Shona, how scary, glad the response was swift and I hope Mr W is on the mend. I know the awfulness of asthma + chest infection, horrible indeed.

    Hope Sir C is feeling better today too.

    And hope your venture back to work wasn't too wearying Deebee.

    I heard Molly's blackberry 3-worder last night - very slim pickings here too!

    See you over the page xx

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  • Comment number 70. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 23 Sept 2013 22:21

    Good night all

    SYITM

    Sweet dreams

    JW

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  • Comment number 69. Posted by Lady_Bird

    on 23 Sept 2013 21:11

    Dear lovely bloggies

    thank you all so much for your kind words, good wishes and hugs - all so appreciated.

    The closing of one of my shops was definitely down to changing buying patterns Katy - lots of people come in, seek our advice and recommendations, write them all down, then go and buy them cheaper on-line. I fear it's short-sighted - when there are no bookshops left does anyone think the on-line people will maintain their low prices?

    The hardest part of the last couple of weeks has been lots of children vastly upset that we're closing - they reduced me to tears at the weekend. Of course no commercial business has a right to exist - but I agree with Dr Johnson that booksellers add something good to society.

    It was ironic that many of the people bemoaning our closure, hadn't been seen in our shop for months and hadn't equated buying on-line with the closure of local shops.

    I've still got a couple of busy weeks to get through before any more daytime blog reading - let alone choon chasing. I'll pop by when I can.

    Thanks for all your lovely messages, and if you like bookshops, do support the 'Books are My Bag' campaign that is trying to help keep bookshops available for local communities.

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  • Comment number 68. Posted by amelia

    on 23 Sept 2013 20:58

    Pants - I do know Common People is Pulp and PSL also got a Sunday name mention for it ;-)

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  • Comment number 67. Posted by amelia

    on 23 Sept 2013 20:54

    Thoughts and best wishes to Sir C and Shona’s husband.

    3-worder for Molly at the start of the show :-)


    Downtown - Petula Clark - Buzzy
    Lady Lynda - The Beach Boys - None
    Common People - Blur - EllaB
    Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan - Hamlin & Mandy

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  • Comment number 66. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 23 Sept 2013 20:44

    I am officially asleep but sorry Katy meant to say the reference to the newspaper is not connected to my dramas.

    It was the Sunday Mail and Daily Record

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  • Comment number 65. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 23 Sept 2013 20:34

    Shona - hope Mr is feeling better - I've been in the same boat - Mr W has asthma and ended up in intensive care for a week on one occasion. Not good........

    I heard Hamlin and Mandy get a mention for Lay Lady Lay as I was coming home in the taxi - congratulations to any other mentions.

    Hugs to all poorly bloggers - early night and stiff hot toddy is my recommendation.

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  • Comment number 64. Posted by KatyHat

    on 23 Sept 2013 20:17

    #62 Sorry to hear about your midnight dramas, Shona - how very frightening. Thank the lord for such a swift response to your emergency call! I hope there isn't any lasting damage and Mr W is on the mend. I was asking earlier about your reference to the 'Sunday papers' last night, so assume this is not connected. Hope you have a peaceful evening.

    And I see Sir Cumfy is under the weather - hey, here's a sympathy hug for you too.

    And not forgetting Deebeedeebs in back-to-work mode. All good I hope.

    I heard part of the show earlier - Lady Lynda, Common People, Lay Lady Lay and missed every single namecheck - I wish people in my house wouldn't insist on chatting between 5 and 7pm.
    Clearly I was completely unaligned - noo bother ... as my scots relatives are apt to say


    :^)

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  • Comment number 63. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 23 Sept 2013 18:32

    Yes Lady_B I am sorry you had to close your book shop. How sad ;(

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  • Comment number 62. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 23 Sept 2013 18:30

    Hello Everyone

    Sorry for not being around today but glad I am aligned with the OMG, OMD part of things. Do you mean other people thought of this too Simon? ;0)

    Bit of a disaster last night ending up in A&E in an ambulance just after 11pm with Mr W having an asthma attack on top of a chest infection. He couldn't breathe, panic set in and 999 was called. 3 sets of paramedics arrived all within 3 minutes and off to hospital we went.

    Mr W got the treatment he needed and allowed home to hit the hay at 4.15 am. Slept for 3 hours and had to get up for work! ;(

    Sir Cumfy, I hope you are feeling better too!

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