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Well good morning bloggers, Wednesday looking fine from here. Enjoy the warmth while it's with us.
Really enjoyed the Manics yesterday. James Dean Bradfield and Nicky Wire were very engaging I thought and their mixture of anthem, passion and grit is as strong as ever. James was genuinely taken aback when I said the Manics were one of the best bands I had seen-he was totally flabbergasted. I am, in turn, flabbergasted about his flabbergastedness. Once you've seen them it is unlikely you'll be unimpressed-Sunday at 5(ish) should be a highlight. And it was nice to have a an interview run its course, without a walk out...
Philip Pullman today, the author of countless books and most famously the His Dark Materials trilogy. He has retold Grimms fairy tales and published his favourite fifty. Some you will know (Princess and the Frog) some you won't (The Boy Who Left Home To Learn About The Shivers) and many will surprise (Cinderella should be called Aschenputtel). Philip has a brain the size of a planet, I am expecting to be dazzled.
So FAIRY STORY oldies? Yes that should work I think...
Have a chipper and cheery Wednesday and we'll all live happily ever after. See you after 5

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  • Comment number 122. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 5 Sept 2013 08:11

    Good morning all - the sun has plonked his hat firmly on his head and is shining brightly - another hot one is forecast.

    I've got half an eye on Breakfast TV and Naomi Watts is being interviewed about the Diana film - she doesn't seem to be exuding much enthusiasm for the promo job she is presumably supposed to be doing...........and the film clips made me feel 'squirmy'/uncomfortable- why can't they leave her (Diana) alone? Most of her story will be guesswork and must be dreadful for her children/family/acquaintances to have to go through, time and time again. Let her go..........

    I hope Mini Wizardlet has a better day at school today ........... and that Hamlim Jnrs have a good day too.

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  • Comment number 121. Posted by Just Hoffs

    on 5 Sept 2013 07:57

    Ps. For info, Smallest woke up, said he wasn't ever going to go to school again and buried himself back under his duvet. He then realised that he was having a lift with a friend today so that made him reconsider!

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  • Comment number 120. Posted by Just Hoffs

    on 5 Sept 2013 07:50

    Morning - I was awake in the early hours and typed a post but when I pressed 'Post Comment' the little whirly thing went round and round and my post disappeared off into the ether. I am chuckling at the possibility that somewhere in the midst of erudite missives regarding the global economy on the Radio 4 Financial Editor's blog (if there is such a thing) there appears a contribution from one Pinball Wizardess charting the ups and downs of her smallest son's first day back at school.

    Was too tired to re-post so just a quickie now (others back to school today) to say that I can't tell you just how touched I am at the kind offers initiated by Shona (and the educator's blog sub group*) to help with Smallest's school issues. I will, indeed, take you up on the offer, but its a bit complicated - will poop back later or, most probably, contact you elsewhere.

    Righto, hoping the sun is shining for you wherever you are today and if not, then it's a good excuse to tuck up warm with a cuppa and some cake. Have good days all xx

    *sub-group not in any way, shape or form a reflection of ability or my thoughts regarding educators. You are all fab!

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  • Comment number 119. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 5 Sept 2013 06:06

    Good Morning Everyone

    And so the nose tapping paid off in the end. Lets hope black lab and chocolate girl get another trip to the beach soon.

    Deebee, I hope you slept last night. Things like that really upset me too.

    Have a nice day everyone! A big field awaits.......................................

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  • Comment number 118. Posted by Hamlin08

    on 5 Sept 2013 05:52

    Children back today!! Excited and they will be up and at em soon, must get off to work now

    Have a lovely day !!

    Already warm here!!

    Hamlin.

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  • Comment number 117. Posted by Arthur Crown

    on 5 Sept 2013 05:38

    Love is in the air!

    I have to confess........ I have a daft old black Labrador who has fallen for a pretty Choccie girl. He is pining around like some forlorn teenager.

    And just so you know... this isn't a euphemism or code of some sort!!

    I really have a lovesick puppy in the house! Jilly, you might just have to adopt him ;o)

    Have a splendid day all.

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  • Comment number 116. Posted by amelia

    on 4 Sept 2013 22:43

    A late 3-worder

    FILM WAS FANTASTIC

    Tears were shed, more tomorrow - "insightful" review that is, not tears hopefully.

    Sorry about the sad end to your evening Deebee. I hit a rabbit once, horrible experience x

    Jilly - :-) is all I can think to say.

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  • Comment number 115. Posted by Jilly

    on 4 Sept 2013 22:41

    This place really makes me smile. A proper big smile that makes your eyes twinkle :D

    The finger is still throbbing, Hamlin, but the beach... being beside the sea - my favourite thing in the world - makes everything better! Even more wonderful perhaps when it is unexpected.

    Nose tapping? A blog drug addiction being outed, perhaps ;)

    Loose talk costs lives, people!!!! Ha!

    HA!

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  • Comment number 114. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 4 Sept 2013 22:31

    #103 -absolutely, Shona - if you can take the lead from the children, and plan lessons around their interests, they learn much, much more. If someone brings in a wasps nest to show everyone, you don't just ignore it because you have planned a lesson around something else - I was taught to be flexible and it seemed to work!!

    Your beach walk sounds wonnderful, Jilly.

    Sorry about the rabbit, Deebee - sometimes they can't be avoided :0(

    I'm off to bed - determined to sleep tonight and feel more human tomorrow.

    Eyelashes being done tomorrow!
    )))))
    OO
    )))))

    Sleep tight all.


    JW

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  • Comment number 113. Posted by Deebee

    on 4 Sept 2013 22:13

    Feeling a little sad tonight. We were out this evening, and on the way back a rabbit ran out in front of the car. Mr B braked, but there was nothing he could do to avoid it... Pathetic really, but things like that upset me. :'o(

    #80 Absolutely, Billie! And I really hope my post didn't imply that we should - that certainly wasn't what I meant! Although self-censorship can be a good thing - there have been times when I've been going to post something and decided not to, either because I thought it would sound silly, or be misinterpreted, or just plain uninteresting... And there have been other times when I have posted, and then wished I hadn't. Ha! The wonder of this place is that Simon - and the BBC - give us free rein to talk about pretty much anything we want to. Long my it continue!

    #86 Lady_Bird - looking forward to some Strictly discussions. I should mention that Mr B hates the show with a passion, so I'm not often able to watch it live. Good luck with the tickets!

    #102 Jilly, your beach walk sounds absolutely splendid! And even better to share it with a friend.

    Lots more I should be commenting on, but like Hamlin my brain is tired...

    ~X~

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