Bright and sunny here, high wispy clouds and the autumn-tang in the air! Apparently we could well be in for a beautiful, golden show this year as the wet summer gave a huge boost to trees, and their leaves are staying put rather than being shed early, as happens in drought years.

It's all about sugar in the leaves apparently. If the sunshine continues the leaves produce more of it and that helps produce the stunning golden spread once the green chlorophyll is broken down. So I understand. And if the wind can back off for a while that would help too and we can all marvel for a few extra days before the leaf kicking begins.

So we have Sir John Major on the show today. He has written a large tome which is partly a history of the music hall and partly the story of his father Tom. Chris has just been talking about what a fascinating man Sir John is and there is a point of view that he has acquired a gravitas he was rarely allowed to show while PM.

This book however rarely wanders into anything political and is more concerned to paint the picture of the vulgar, boisterous and patriotic world of the music hall which peaked at the end of the 19th century. The only link older readers will have with this world would be the BBC's The Good Old Days show which ran for ever and I never really got it but I guess I wasn't really the target audience. But it was the life of Tom 'Major' Ball and his son will tell all after 6.

Can we do MUSIC HALL oldies? Songs for SHOW MEN AND WOMEN? I think so. Old fashioned show-biz. The lights and the grease paint. And if all else fails, vulgar, boisterous and patriotic will have to do.

Have a healthy and pain-free Tuesday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 111. Posted by John B Good

    on 19 Sept 2012 09:50

    Nice to see B&B popping back last night. He get's around.

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  • Comment number 110. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 19 Sept 2012 09:48

    I'll be having my lunch soon

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  • Comment number 109. Posted by John B Good

    on 19 Sept 2012 09:47

    Morning all

    Coffee time already. Wot, no blog?

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  • Comment number 108. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 19 Sept 2012 09:39

    Maybe Simon has gone to visit Tony Blackburn who has been in hospital again this for a hernia operation. He's home now and says he'll be back for POTPs on Saturday.

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  • Comment number 107. Posted by WickedFairyFlo

    on 19 Sept 2012 09:35

    Maybe Simon's still down at the Old Bull and Bush!

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  • Comment number 106. Posted by Toots

    on 19 Sept 2012 09:32

    Good morning Everyone and, of course, Simon the Blogger Missing in Action, The Team and The Very Nice Young Man,

    The cat's away today so I'll be out to play. I'm gainfully employed with a major re-type and, accordingly, will require regular breaks to ease the boredom levels.

    COME ON SIMON, WHERE ARE YOU? WE'RE ALL HERE...

    ~ xx

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  • Comment number 105. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 19 Sept 2012 09:28

    I need coffee and a banana. Please hurry Simon..........

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  • Comment number 104. Posted by Andy Toverson

    on 19 Sept 2012 09:27

    Morning all

    I saw that tweet but will keep my powder dry until the new blog appears.

    I have just set up the blogmeet as an event on our group on FB, so hopefully those people who can come will confirm that on there.

    Cheers

    A

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  • Comment number 103. Posted by WickedFairyFlo

    on 19 Sept 2012 09:26

    Traffic wardens?

    We used to have a nice one on our local high street and if cars were parked wrongly, he would go in and out of the shops looking for the driver to say he would give them five minutes to move their car, but when he retired, he was sadly replaced with a warden who seems to be on commission because he hides in doorways and produces a ticket as soon as the driver has disappeared into a shop or the post office!

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  • Comment number 102. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 19 Sept 2012 09:24

    I'll have to have a nap soon - I've been up for hours!

    Traffic Wardens eh?

    JW

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