(Really? Where does this stuff come from?)
Those who might have guessed we're starting the AF with a track from 1963 would be spot on. Today we only have an hours worth because of the latest Minute by Minute project, taking in the assassination of JFK 50 years ago. I tend to feel extremely territorial about the show and hate to lose a second. But there is no arguing with the fact that Kennedy was shot at 6.30pm (our time) and so that's that. Also it is produced by my brother Jonathan and he'll hit me if I grumble too much. The line up is enormous with live music, actors, presenters and is taking up all of one our Maida Vale studios-it'll be epic.
I on the other hand have my regular small team who will sparkle and glitter in our brief moment, then retire to the bar muttering only quietly. So 1963 then. The Birds,Dr No and The Great Escape. She Loves You, Foot Tapper and  Louie Louie. And nursery school/primary school for your host, unaware of all of this of course. Big and 63 please.
Have a crisp and poised Friday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 347. Posted by KatyMac

    on 25 Nov 2013 09:03

    #344 #366 Me too :`^(

    I expect there were a few grown men crying after the Tottenham game yesterday ...

    Hi Billie and Shona and anyone else who may slip in whilst I'm typing ..

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  • Comment number 346. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 25 Nov 2013 08:48

    Good Morning Everyone froma misty icy place. Brrr.

    That post brought a lump to my throat Zoe!

    How cool is this:

    On the 1st December, it will be 10 days until 11/12/13 and that's 14 days til Christmas

    *leaves room thinking of a Christmas parrot story*

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  • Comment number 345. Posted by Billie on the Blog

    on 25 Nov 2013 08:45

    Good Morning!

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  • Comment number 344. Posted by Zoe Bowie Fan

    on 25 Nov 2013 01:55

    Well, what a busy blog! I have read back, but I'm much too tired to remember everything I wanted to comment on. I'm often up at random hours, thinking random thoughts, due to insomnia (Hello Jennie, Hamlin and did Queen Topwifie mention it too?) I've often seen the wee small hours of the morning, and I've grown to quite like it over the years, except for the near-constant haggard feeling!

    Anyway, I digress because there was one particular thing I wanted to comment on... Doctor Who! I loved the 50th anniversary special, and yes, Katy, there was a tear in my eye... Although not really for Tom Baker, just the whole thing really. I love Science Fiction, and have done as long as I can remember. It's everything, it's the past the present and the future, it's where we've been and where we're going. It's endless possibilities and as far as the imagination can take you. It's life as we know it, and life as we don't! I just about remember Tom Baker as the Doctor, although Peter Davison was really the first one I watched regularly. I may have weaved in and out of it over the years, but I do love Doctor Who, and here's to another 50 years!

    Matt Smith has also moved up one place on my top 3 list of man crushes; he's now at two, above Alexander Skarsgard, but behind Andrew Lincoln. :D I know everyone loves David Tennant (I do too), but Matt Smith is my favourite.

    Just one final thing to end on, as Katy and others may wonder at grown men crying over Tom Baker. I saw this yesterday, and although I already know how the most random of things can touch a person's soul, another reminder never hurts...


    Tom Baker's Biggest Doctor Who memory....

    I remember a man stopping me in Oxford Street once, looking at me with absolute incredulity; he couldn't believe it. He said, 'Tom Baker?' A man in his late thirties. I said, 'Yes'. He said, 'Tom Baker?' I said, 'Yes!' And he looked at me and in his brain he catapulted back in time and he said, 'You know, when I was a boy, I was in a home for children; nobody wanted us, you know? It was terrible. And you made Saturday night good.' And I went to say something to him and I could see him so close to tears that he couldn't speak. And he shook his head as if to say, 'Don't go on, don't remind me', and he just did a [thumbs up]. Such a common thing, isn't it? But suddenly, backed up with an expression on his face through his tears, that was a knighthood. It was a knighthood. Just thumbs up, meaning it was great, and thanks. It's incredible, isn't it? Just a gesture.

    Something to think on.

    Goodnight one and all.

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  • Comment number 343. Posted by Lady_Bird

    on 25 Nov 2013 00:02

    Oh a swift drop by to say goodnight.

    Hamlin - we had a great day - can you believe the prosecco was opened before noon? Not on my behalf but there were a few regulars lined up... We'd a fab day - lots of kids had fun - and chocolate. I'd a glass of bubbles after we shut, and - *whispers in case Queen Shona hears* - the roast lamb was delicious.

    Hoffs - we're all agreed you should write a book. I'd be happy to be your agent. Story of the Christmas Parrot on here asap please!

    Queen Topwifie (with apologies for the earlier typo) - I adore crime fiction - a chat to be had later in the week I hope. Incidentally I've a good friend - English- who always refers to me as "the wee wifie". Hmmm.

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  • Comment number 342. Posted by Billie on the Blog

    on 24 Nov 2013 23:21

    Hello!

    Lovely to hear from you Hoffs!

    Deebee – it all sounds Delicious!

    Our Beef Bourg – I’ve spelt it correctly once today using the OED – can’t be bothered to do it again – was Splendid! And the Cous Cous was Ideal!

    Would recommend “The Morecambe & Wise Story” Part 1 on BBC2 tonight at 9.pm.

    Watched Gary on JR show – he was on at the beginning and the end – so didn’t have to put up with much JR at all!

    In case you were unaware – Ha! I am in love with Gary Barlow – and I have my husband’s permission to say so – in fact there maybe a little Bromance there! Ha!

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  • Comment number 341. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 24 Nov 2013 23:04

    What wonderful weekends have been had - and lovely reports of them too. Great to read....

    I'll switch the lights out, Shona - good night all.

    SYITM

    Sweet dreams. x

    JW

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  • Comment number 340. Posted by Hamlin08

    on 24 Nov 2013 22:50

    sorry Hoffs - meant to say - sorry i didnt meet up with you as well, and Deebee and the full CiN crew, maybe next year!!

    really off now

    sleep

    Hxx

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  • Comment number 339. Posted by Hamlin08

    on 24 Nov 2013 22:42

    What lovely posts Hoffs, really lovely, finally my insomnia seems to be going so i am sloping off right now,

    Ladybird - hope you had a great day,lots of peeps and proseco and hope you had a grand roast!

    right that's me done, night night
    H

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  • Comment number 338. Posted by Just Hoffs

    on 24 Nov 2013 22:29

    Shona - night night..... I will pop back sometime with the story of the Christmas Parrot, especially for you x

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