Icy school run today with the trees and parks looking fantastic. The sprinkling of frost has livened up some of the drabbest scenes. Wouldn't want to be cycling anywhere but in the warmth of the car it was quite a jolly trip. I even managed to get some Rick Wakeman on the CD player! He's re-recorded the 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' album he originally released in 1974. I had some Paul Simon in my collection, some T Rex and some Elton John but I had never heard anything like this live concept album, complete with choirs, orchestras and narrator. I was a convert!  Rick is in today and it will be wonderful.

We have the Elton John piano in place and all he has to do is to swish his cape, sit himself down and we'll be off. A selection of 70s hits, prog solos and Christmas classics will put everything to rights. We might even order a curry for him (its a fine anecdote, much told).


Thanks for all the comments on the 'sparkly new look' which, as many have said, is not presented in a very helpful way really. I've passed it all on and hopefully we'll get some comments back. Bare with...


Songs today please for the selection, erection and decoration of the CHRISTMAS TREE. Ours arrives today and is still the greatest moment, even with the needles getting everywhere and the inevitable light tangle.


Have a stimulating and original Wednesday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 136. Posted by Sunnyside up Sal

    on 13 Dec 2012 10:03

    Good Morrrrrrrrrrrrrning.

    Much milder here and blue sky appearing. A quick look at what we can expect....

    http://www.raintoday.co.uk/

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  • Comment number 135. Posted by Gill withagee

    on 13 Dec 2012 10:00

    Goid Morning all !!!!!
    I think my mogpoppets have gone into hybernation. A couple of weeks ago we provided them with 'indoor facilities' (litter tray) with the intention of getting an undisturbed nights sleep. They have howver taken it as an open invitation to camp in the house throughout the winter. Not even a tree laden with sparrows can tempt them to the great outdoors. Its not like they arnt cover in fur or anything. :-)
    Come on Simon, get those fingets tapping.
    ~gill~

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  • Comment number 134. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 13 Dec 2012 09:15

    Good morning all - another frosty one, but not quite as beautiful as yesterday when the cobwebs looked very Miss Haversham(ish), covering the trees and shrubs in the garden.

    Goid morning to you too Mo - hope the dentist isn't too painful - physically and financially!

    MS/JW

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  • Comment number 133. Posted by Deebee

    on 13 Dec 2012 08:15

    Good Morning All

    Another cold and frosty day here. Lovely sunrise just appearing over the orchard behind our house. I may go out and take a picture in a minute. Porridge first though.

    #132 Is Goid morning a Scottish expression, Mistletoe Mo? ;o) Hope you get on okay at the dentist - best to get it out of the way before you go on holiday.

    ~X~

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  • Comment number 132. Posted by AmericaMo

    on 13 Dec 2012 07:05

    Goid morning! Too dark to determine what the day is going to bring. Was a bit chilly overnight.

    So much for my long lie! My body is obviously tuned to waken at the same time. Oh well, will get some things done before I leave.

    Pleased to hear Mr W arrived home safely, Shona. And beaing gifts :-)

    Hope everyone has a good day. I'm reserving judgement on mine until I've seen my dentist ;-)

    x

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  • Comment number 131. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 12 Dec 2012 22:47

    Sorry folks. I didn't win that fortune.............

    See you tomorrow

    Sleep tight

    MS/JW

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  • Comment number 130. Posted by Dumpy66

    on 12 Dec 2012 22:29

    Great to hear Rick on the radio. I met him after a performance of the New Gospels. He stayed around for well over an hour for a meet and greet. He signed anything that fans brought along, CD's LP's. Even let those who wished have a picture taken with him. I attache mine from that night.

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  • Comment number 129. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 12 Dec 2012 21:03

    #127 Opening sentence didn't really make a lot of sense did it? I meant I didn't hear much of the show due to listening to stories of Dubai and looking at photos.

    Meant to say well done to everyone who got menshe tonight. I did hear Miss Claus' mensh.

    Min Spy, thank you for thinking of your blog friends when you win that major prize.

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  • Comment number 128. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 12 Dec 2012 20:47

    At the moment I am flicking between the blog, tv and greyhound racing on Sky - the Mr and friends have gone to Romford dog track and I provided him with a list of my pick for each race and he is placing a bet for me. At this point, I should say that I know nothing about greyhound racing.
    At the moment I have won 2 out of 5 races - but I don't think the winnings will change my life! When I win the big money (!) I'll pay someone to sort out the blog the way we want it ;0)

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  • Comment number 127. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 12 Dec 2012 20:37

    Evenin' All

    Pah! Didn'r hear an awful lot of the show due to listening to stories oohing and ahhing in all the right places, photos.

    Dinner disaster when the lasagne tipped and fell all over the oven and onto my veg option tonight. Welcome home everyone! Thank goodness for a quick pizza delivery man!

    #125 Hi Flo, I would have jumped at the chance to see Neil Young but I remembered you said he was a grumpy chops last time so I'm not paying money for a bad tempered diva. I'll stick with the CDs and the tunes we play ourselves. But thanks anyway X

    Won't see you tomorrow due to an all day meeting *yawn* - with names on seats! Welcome to Primary 2 Snow Surprise.

    Be good and catch you later. X

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