And a good morning from an over-heated coach C of the 7o'clock train to Norwich where the announcement has just been made "due to the early departure of this train, there are no buffet facilities'. The early departure of the train is of course the reason why there SHOULD be food and drink available but we will cope, clutching our bags of coffee and yoghurty-based snacks (no chips, Matt not with us). We've just rolled past the Olympic venues and they looked all sad and deserted with not a smiley games maker tracksuit wearer to be seen anywhere.
Then back to R2 (assuming a super-heated train is available). Managed to catch the last number of a Bellowhead encore at the Radio 2 Club last night. I can reveal that the one song in question was a triumph. Album 'Broadside' is launched tomorrow but you have to go dressed as a pirate. And I'm not sure want to go quite that much.
Tonight we welcome Ben Miller-actor, comedian and occasional scientist. Oh,and Rob Brydon lookalike. He's best known as one half of Armstrong and Miller but he is a Cambridge educated quantum physicist and it's this which has produced 'Its Not Rocket Science' which has, it is claimed, got all the exciting bits about science in it. Not only that but we can do ROCKET SCIENCE oldies in his honour.
Have a refreshing and comforting Tuesday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 137. Posted by Deebee

    on 17 Oct 2012 07:35

    Good Morning All

    Hoffs, you are wiser than you think! I absolutely agree with everything you've said.

    Gill, chin up m'lovely. I have texted you.

    See you all on the next page.

    ~X~

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  • Comment number 136. Posted by Hoffs

    on 17 Oct 2012 07:14

    #135 - Gazza - phew - you were lucky I had left the building. I might have tried to solve your problems too.

    Gill - not sure I did anything to help other than ramble on at length - hope you do feel a bit better about it all soon.

    Think I'll stick to my day job though...

    Have good days all xx

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  • Comment number 135. Posted by lord gazza

    on 17 Oct 2012 01:58

    anyone still around im watching the president debate thing its very boring

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  • Comment number 134. Posted by Hoffs

    on 17 Oct 2012 01:15

    #131 - Gill - sorry, just saw your post as I was leaving - aww - bless you - you are a good mum - it's totally natural to think like you are doing. Its a shame that her best friends are not able to go - could you perhaps get together with any of the children who are going, beforehand, so that she might get to know a few people a bit better. Is there a teacher with whom you can share your concerns? If you are really worried about phone contact, tell them - maybe they can arrange something. You won't be the first person that they have come across with worries - its a big step for you all and I am sure that they will understand that.

    Letting them go away is a really hard thing - if its any consolation, I am still very protective about Teen Hoffs and if it weren't for my very calm and reasonable husband's intervention, I am sure that poor Teen Hoffs would not have been allowed to do half as many things as he has!

    Maybe you should just try not to think about it for a while, see how Cherub progresses and then revisit it, say, in the early spring when she has had a bit more time to get used to the idea. There are too many nights between now and June for you to be awake!!

    Take care, hope I have helped rather than hindered. Any other bloggers out there reading this, do contradict me if you need to!

    See you soon x

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  • Comment number 133. Posted by Gill withagee

    on 17 Oct 2012 01:07

    Night Hoffs, will finish off the milk if you dont mind
    x

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  • Comment number 132. Posted by Hoffs

    on 17 Oct 2012 01:04

    # my 130 - I meant stressing about 2013, not 2014 and in general terms, not from a specific point of view like Gill's which isn't ridiculous at all. Just to be clear!

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  • Comment number 131. Posted by Gill withagee

    on 17 Oct 2012 01:02

    Her closest friends are not going simply because they are both on holiday that week (typical). Shes had lots of sleepovers at her best friends house, but never more than 24 hours away from us, and absolutly never without phone contact. This is something she is stressed about herself.

    Re: safeguarding. Im just worried about her being on an enormous site with so many unknown people. Ive always maintained the mantra that I WILL keep her safe, (quite literally I have all my eggs in one basket) so I guess basicly its the fact that im not there to make sure everythings OK.

    Im sure things will seem verry different in the cold light of day, and especially as we get nearer the occasion and she becomes more independant. At the moment though, with visiting prospective high schools and this, I verry much feel like im waving my little girl goodbye :-(

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  • Comment number 130. Posted by Hoffs

    on 17 Oct 2012 00:58

    Take care Gill - 'see' you soon xx



    Hey ho. Perhaps I should stop rambling on now. Why am I awake? Stressing about what 2014 has in store for us as a family. How ridiculous is that?!


    There's a couple of biscuits here that I can't manage to eat and milk for anyone who wants it. Will the last person out please shut the door behind them......

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  • Comment number 129. Posted by Hoffs

    on 17 Oct 2012 00:52

    In my (albeit limited) experience, unfortunately, when the time comes, the separation will be much worse for you as her mum! She will be on an exciting adventure and dare I say it, may not think of home much. You might need to plan a few things to keep you busy during that time!

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  • Comment number 128. Posted by Hoffs

    on 17 Oct 2012 00:47

    The school will have had to have done a detailed risk assessment - no trip can run nowadays without one (I am a TA and have been part of the risk assessment process in my work). The fact that they are holding a meeting about it now rather than leaving it until the summer term would suggest to me that they are pretty organised about the whole thing. Are you worried about safeguarding issues from the point of view of the staff or general safety of where the children are going to be staying?

    I can understand how you must feel, especially without mobile phone contact and the lack of friends. Do you mind if I ask why it is that none of her close friends are going? Will there be a chance for them to sign up between now and June?

    Has Cherub done many sleepovers? Would there be a chance for her to stay somewhere - with family or a friend perhaps - for more than one night?

    Like all these things, the apprehension will build for both of you beforehand because its an unknown situation for you. When she comes back, I am sure that she will be able to talk of nothing else!

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