My first coffee shop blog of the new year, with a 2 topping porridge for company (living the dream). An early start brought on by the school run and the imminent viewing of the new Quentin Tarantino. I am not particularly looking forward to it but it's a packed screening of film hacks so I will need to have my wits about me. Child 1 was very keen to come along as well but had to be told firmly that the whole point of a national press screening is that it is showed to the press and not offspring of the press. He got this I think.

Today's drivetime offers you John Lloyd the award winning producer of Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI. I've interviewed John a number of times over the years and he never fails to fascinate. The tenth series of QI is running at the moment (and all the others are running all the time on other channels) and clearly reflects its creator's fascination with the universe and all things in it. His Desert Island Discs recently was a terrific listen (podcast still available) so here's hoping for a quite interesting chat after 6.

And songs please for the return of STARGAZING LIVE which Prof Brian Cox and his able side kick Dara O Briain which starts again on BBC2 tonight at 8pm. As the prof explained to Chris this morning, it's an exciting year for astronomers with 2 very bright comets on the way, hopefully the cloud cover will take pity on us at some stage over the next 3 days...

Have a reassuring and optimistic Tuesday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 150. Posted by Plain Mildred

    on 9 Jan 2013 09:57

    The doodle on that well known search engine is clever today. The name of it embedded in the Underground map.

    My suggestion would be Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty, but I probably won't be in when the blog gets up and running

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  • Comment number 149. Posted by Posh Soul Lady

    on 9 Jan 2013 09:49

    Good morning :-D

    Thank you for playing my tune...love a bit of Wilson Pickett and well done my fellow bloggers. I enjoyed John Llyod and the schol boy prank with the horn!

    bright sun here so Ive hung the washing out....cue heavy rain!

    PSL x x x

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  • Comment number 148. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 9 Jan 2013 09:42

    Good morning all - it's a bit damp and grey at the moment but feels quite mild - hopefully the sun will put in another appearance today.

    Sorry to hear that you're not well Erica - stay warm in that duvet!

    I agree Deebee, about the Emperor's new clothes view. I'll give it a while and see what I think after a few listen, but at the moment it's not doing it for me - sorry!!

    Have a great time in the Victorian cemetery, Dr - they can be great places for wildlife if they are really overgrown. I used to live close to a similar place in London and it was wonderful for bird spotting.

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  • Comment number 147. Posted by Deebee

    on 9 Jan 2013 09:37

    Oh yes - thanks for the reminder, Autumn_Gale. I forgot to say how much I enjoyed the interview with John Lloyd last night. Quite tempted to get his book.

    ~X~

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  • Comment number 146. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 9 Jan 2013 09:35

    Good Morning Everyone

    A very bright, sunny and cold day here today. Thanks Deebee for the heads up on today's theme.

    Hope you feel better soon Erica. A day in bed sounds just the thing for you.

    See you over the page.

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  • Comment number 145. Posted by Queen_Autumn

    on 9 Jan 2013 09:32

    Morning all.

    Hope all's well.

    I used a couple of John Lloyd's facts this morning in my assembly. The internet weighing the same as a strawberry went down particularly well!

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  • Comment number 144. Posted by coffeeBuzz

    on 9 Jan 2013 09:31

    #143 I'm sure there are others, as well as The Jam, Deebee...

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    cBzz

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  • Comment number 143. Posted by Deebee

    on 9 Jan 2013 09:18

    Good Morning All

    Well done for last night's menshes. It's good to have Katy back in the game...

    :o)

    Hope you feel better soon Erica. A duvet day sounds like just the thing.

    Hooray for GoodChild #1 - sounds like he has the right attitude too!

    Re the new Bowie single: at the risk of being controversial, I'm of the view that whenever people like Bowie, the Stones, Paul McCartney etc release a new song there's an element of the Emperor's new clothes. Everyone jumps in and says how great it is, just because they are 'legends'. I try to be more objective and consider what I would think hearing the song for the first time if it was someone I'd never heard of. I'm not a massive fan of David Bowie, although I quite like him - I have a few of his songs in my collection. I've heard the new one a couple of times now, and I find it a bit dreary. As others have said though, maybe it's a grower - I'm sure it will get plenty of airplay over the next few weeks.

    Simon has tweeted the theme is LONDON UNDERGROUND. Who's going to suggest The Jam then...?

    ;o)

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  • Comment number 142. Posted by coffeeBuzz

    on 9 Jan 2013 09:13

    Good morning everyone.

    Blue skies and bitterly cold in the Granite City this morning.
    Even the gulls are wearing anoraks.
    Brrrr.
    Making the best of the clear day though. There are gorgeous views over the local forest from my window. I might struggle to get any work done at all today!

    Off to the coffee machine...

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    cBzz

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  • Comment number 141. Posted by Plain Mildred

    on 9 Jan 2013 09:05

    Morning. Looks as though it might be vaguely nice here today. Mr Mildr announced he might go to the big Victorian cemetery (that got Lottery funding to sort out the buildings etc.) to look for a grave. It's a fab place for nature so I might tag along with the trusty bins. There's a new cafe there which we've not tried...
    Hope you feel better soon, Erica. The thought of the hot lemon drink is usually enough to make me recover pronto (I'm not a fan of them, unlike my son who is, I'm sure, addicted to the stuff!)

    See you all later, I hope.

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