It is probably possible to work out the contents of my kitchen from the blog titles of recent days. No advertising obvs but you're an astute bunch and can work these things out. Poirot could have deduced my entire shopping trolley I suspect.

So here's the link to the podcasts we've been talking about this week (Look at the bottom of the page). It's a bit buried in the page so thought I'd be helpful. I'm not a great one for heroes but for sheer bravery, the story of the Penlee lifeboat crew under the coxswain William Trevelyan Richards as they tried to rescue the Union Star in 1981 takes some beating. Historian Neil Oliver knows the story well and tells it very powerfully. Listen and be moved/inspired/amazed. The first interview is with Larry King, American broadcast legend. That's got to worth 99 of your hard earned pennies. 19 shillings and 10 pence is all we ask.

Foodie Thursday stars Nigel's Red Wine Velvet Cake with Whipped Marscarpone delivered to your radio after 6 and how about PINK oldies please? This is because a diamond known as the Pink Star has sold for $83m (£52m) at auction in Geneva - a record price for a gemstone. The diamond measures 2.69cm by 2.06cm (1.06 inches by 0.81 inches) and is set on a ring. It has been renamed the Pink Dream and so pink oldies it shall be.

Have an intriguing and rewarding Thursday, see you after 5.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n9wgv

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  • Comment number 120. Posted by amelia

    on 19 Nov 2013 07:39

    Pretty In Pink - The Psychedelic Furs - Jennie
    Cracklin’ Rosie - Neil Diamond - muggle
    Pretty Flamingo - Manfred Mann - none
    Pink Sunshine - Fuzzbox - Mandy
    Pink Cadillac - Bruce Springsteen - PJ & Ella B

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  • Comment number 119. Posted by Wuggles

    on 17 Nov 2013 23:47

    Can you tell me how to find the recipe for Nigel's red wine velvet cake please? It sounds delicious, a good alternative to christmas cake.

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  • Comment number 118. Posted by WickedFairyFlo

    on 15 Nov 2013 09:13

    Good morning everyone!

    Hoff's posts made me smile! :o))

    Bright and dry here and double-figures according to my car. I heard Janice Long's weatherman say that it's to be about 14 degrees on the east coast of Scotland today. I'm taking hubb's car into Edinburgh for a service in a wee while so I'll do some Christmas shopping until it's ready.

    I hope our blogpoppets have a very busy, enjoyable day answering the phones for CiN.

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  • Comment number 117. Posted by Billie on the Blog

    on 15 Nov 2013 09:08

    Well! What do I know?

    The new blog's up and there's NO year!

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  • Comment number 116. Posted by Billie on the Blog

    on 15 Nov 2013 08:58

    Good Morning All -

    Damp & Grey here ................

    Loved your posts Hoffs.

    I enjoyed almost all of the Concert - Will - I've spoken of EG's voice before - and long before this single.

    QueenAutumn - I think there will be an ARFO year.

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  • Comment number 115. Posted by Queen_Autumn

    on 15 Nov 2013 07:54

    Morning all

    It sounds like it was a good night for the bloggers in London. I hope everyone has a great day 'manning' the phones.

    Hoffs - other people's converations are always so funny :))

    I expect it will be a quiet day on the blog today, with most of our regulars working hard. I can't remember whether there's an ARFO on CiN day.

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  • Comment number 114. Posted by mary fraser

    on 15 Nov 2013 07:46

    #104 Thank you Florence.

    Just Hoffs - I just loved your tale of your train journey - it sounded hilarious! People do take themselves too seriously, don't they? (Where's Bernard when you need him - I am pinching his theme!)

    I hope all the CiN bloggers have a fantastic day. I would think that it would be a really rewarding experience and a fun thing to do as well. As they say in Yorkshire "more power to your elbow pet" - usually pre-ceeded by an expression of delight and amazement such as "Eee, our Just Hoffs...) Enjoy!

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  • Comment number 113. Posted by Just Hoffs

    on 15 Nov 2013 07:31

    Sorry for all the typos - have fab days all and 'see' you later xx

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  • Comment number 112. Posted by Just Hoffs

    on 15 Nov 2013 07:27

    Money to CiN anyway. His birthday party that evening also had to be postponed because his sister had a d&v bug. Really satisfying to hear Simon talking to the mother on ARF that day. Only in this country, and only on the BBC. Just brilliant.

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  • Comment number 111. Posted by Just Hoffs

    on 15 Nov 2013 07:24

    Grr. Fat fingers and a distinct lack of understanding of technology.....there is a serious job to be done today by us lot. In just over 2 hours' time those headsets will be clamped on and the phones will start ringing. I am looking forward to speaking to the many people who have a story to tell about their CiN fundraising efforts and thanking them for their generosity. I will never forget my call from the mother of a little boy whose birthday it was that day but who had arrived home to find that the post hadn't come but donated his pocket

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