Morning. Friday dank and murky. Moist is the word (as Franki Valli didn't sing) but mild too and that's fine. No big gigs in the park, no wardrobe concerns, all is well. Just the 2 shows to do and it starts with films on 5L and the Naomi Watts interview which you might have heard about. Diana doesn't come out till next week but we'll run the conversation today and everyone can hear for themselves what happened.

Then, controversy free, the ARF kicks off with a top tune from (clouds part, drums roll, breaths held) 1965. Tom and Jerry, Highway 61 Revisited, Ali beating Liston, the Post Office Tower, Heath and Wilson. And your host happily in his early years at St John's CofE Primary in Croydon. Songs please!

Have a youthful and energetic Friday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 235. Posted by Billie on the Blog

    on 16 Sept 2013 07:34

    Good Morning All -

    Sunshine and blue sky but a chilly wind.

    Lovely posts ^^^^^!

    Only 20% in the quiz - and they couldn't find anyone to compare with!

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  • Comment number 234. Posted by Stressed Erica

    on 16 Sept 2013 07:09

    Eiders! Forgot to mention that there were LOADS of eiders bobbing up and down on the waves and there must have been a huge shoal of fish very close into the shore because I've never seen so many gannets diving so close in. Magnificent sight! I kept expecting to see them with their beaks firmly lodged in the sand and their bodies stuck up in the air!

    Oh, and when we came out of the tennis we saw the red arrows trailing their red, white and blue for the Great North Run.

    Tennis aside (though he did win the matches he played so...), quite an exciting day!

    PW, some lovely and funny posts from you, as always, over the weekend. Hope the coccyx (ouch!) heals quickly.

    Jilly, your wedding sounded perfect.

    Jennie, will you be setting up a market garden stall at the side of the road? Your harvest sounds fantastic.

    Mildred, they don't normally have bonxies on the Northumberland coast as far as I'm aware, at least they never used to in the past, but this is the 2nd year in a row where we've seen one, in almost exactly the same place. Just the one. According to the maps in the books they shouldn't be there but, as my dad always says, "the birds don't read the books" and, apart from that, my books are quite old so the maps will be out of date. I'm sure others must have seen it. I might have a google later and see how many sightings have been reported (there'll probably be loads and I'll find that they're now as common as muck!). When we first started going to this stretch of coast the only way you could see gannets was either from a boat over at the Farnes or with a telescope from one of the headlands, now they're absolutely everywhere and can be seen quite clearly with the naked eye. Times change. I love seeing how nature changes things, not just the bird patterns, the landscapes as well. The dunes have changed enormously over the years - I'll get all my photos together one day and compare them all. And the curlew sandpipers were a real joy. Am I going on a bit? I'll shut up now.

    Good morning all, by the way, 4.5 deg C when we got up this morning, a little breezy but blue skies and sunshine for the dog walk - if I can drag them out of their bed after yesterday, they're just a bit tired!

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  • Comment number 233. Posted by Lady_Bird

    on 16 Sept 2013 07:08

    A very quick good morning everyone - no choon choosing for me again - too much going on at work. Some of it good, some of it less so and no prospect of 5 mins to myself this week, let alone a day off. Next week not looking much better.

    So I'm way behind with what's going on here. Will try for a read back this evening, but hope you're all well and happy and from the little I have read:

    Jilly - that sounds like the most beautiful wedding, perfectly individual and elegant.

    PW - I laughed like a drain at 7am yesterday when I read your overnight posts. Thank you! (Anyone know what a drain laughs like btw?)

    Billie - loved your steak story. Mr and I had a similar one that involved rognons that her ordered in France. They turned out to be kidneys. We swapped dinners. I still remind him about at appropriate moments.

    Good luck with the menshes tonight.

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  • Comment number 232. Posted by Just Hoffs

    on 16 Sept 2013 06:27

    Jilly - what a wonderful wedding day - perfect! Set me up with a smiley face this morning. X

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  • Comment number 231. Posted by lord gazza

    on 15 Sept 2013 23:23

    i got 100%

    if you dont belive me check my fb ive posted the result of my score

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  • Comment number 230. Posted by Jilly

    on 15 Sept 2013 22:10

    Hello sweeties, knackered of Surrey here. All this gallivanting takes it out of a girl you know!

    So, the wedding was quite splendid and we were very lucky that the rain held off during most of the important bits. The service was held in a very out of the way pretty country church and the plan had been to stroll there from the country house where the reception was taking place. Due to the inclement weather they hired a vintage bus named Tilly to ferry us to and fro and it really just added to the wonderful atmosphere. It was all very traditional and it had a really nice personal and homemade feel to the whole day. We were given lavender and fresh petals as confetti and our wedding favours were a home grown tub of herbs and a homemade candle wrapped in hessian - very sweet. *Look away now Shona* ;) - at dinner each table was delivered a big joint of lamb for a selected guest to carve - they were provided with personalised aprons for the job. Instead of a traditional wedding cake they had a big cascade of cupcakes which had been made by various family members and they were delicious - good for me as I'm not a fan of fruit cake and icing. The bride and groom had met at university and the evening's entertainment were a band made up of fellow students from back then and they, despite some early reservations, were just great. All in all it was a wonderful day. The bride was natural and beautiful, the groom charming and obviously head over heels - there was hardly a dry eye after his speech, the champagne flowed, smiles and laughter were in abundance and my poor feet are just starting to recover from whirling around the dance floor until the early hours :)

    I haven't forgotten that I need to relate my train tale, hopefully I'll get time tomorrow. And amelia, I had completely forgotten the ferry incident! That will have to be at a time when people aren't eating!

    I have sort of caught up with the goings on over the past few days but my brain is a bit too mush-like to respond to everything that I want to lucidly - Ha!

    I few things I MUST say now ...

    PW - you really should never apologise for any of your posts. The Jocko ones made me laugh out loud. It is wonderful that you come here to share your thoughts whatever stage of 'letting your hair down' you are at :) Ouch at the coccyx injury - I have a story about one of those too! Another time - hope he heals quickly. You are doing a wonderful job holding the fort, my friend x

    The other thing that really made me giggle was the anticipation of Mr W - I'm sure Mr Trump (snort) must have responded by now, Shona?

    And Billie, my dear, I LOVED your Steak and Divorce story - all's well that ends well ... the current Mr BP is a very lucky man x

    Need some sleep now - more tomorrow xx

    Oh... or should that be Yo! I is down wiv the yoof, innit! 52% - no wonder I feel a bit brain dead at the moment ;)

    And lastly but certainly not leastly.. hugs and positive vibes to Deebee x

    Sweet dreams x

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  • Comment number 229. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 15 Sept 2013 22:07

    Amelia, enjoy your book and there is nothing better than being curled up in bed listening to the howling wind and rain. As long as the smelly one is cosying in with you.

    The hurricane has died down here and the rain has stopped for now. Heading to bed in 5 mins as I have an early start and a long day ahead ;((

    See you when I can. Sweet dreams everyone and Jocko is here if you need him.;0) X

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  • Comment number 228. Posted by amelia

    on 15 Sept 2013 22:01

    Be warned I am going to prattle on with my thoughts on More Than This tomorrow but it is perhaps about taking pleasure from and acknowledging the everyday stuff and I do always smile when I refresh on here and see there are new posts to read.

    PW & Erica - thank you for sharing you tales with us and AG indeed better to post sometimes than never. Hope eldest recovers soon Hoffs. Def do a review AG - I was dithering over Rush but you are pushing me towards going as I am in the vicinity of a cinema next week.

    It is a wild night here, bed & book the only sensible option. As PC equally sensibly pointed out earlier I probably need to read something light hearted next, the current Ian McEwan is making me stop every couple of pages & reflect on stuff. Although the only crying today was over the impossibly potent onions. Although my gran & dad are possibly weeping from where ever they are at my making lentil soup with celery not turnip.

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  • Comment number 227. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 15 Sept 2013 21:51

    Gazza, check Amelia's link at #206 and give it a go.

    PW, what a weekend for you! I hope mini PW is okay. X

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  • Comment number 226. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 15 Sept 2013 21:47

    That's right Canute. I was usurped and glad you noticed - nothing to do with work getting in the way of blogging at all. Hamlin had me surrounded at the flanks. (I don't even know if that makes battlefield sense!)

    Just watched Transatlantic Sessions and really wishing I could have been part of that - what lovely music.

    A busy day tomorrow and Patrick Ness retweeted one of my tweets! Whoopee!

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