Well these things are sent to try us and they most certainly do. More problems somewhere in the vast world of BBC IT delayed proceedings again-hopefully today things will be faster, sharper, fabulouser. WE SHALL SEE.


(deep breath)


And onwards. Garden door open, swifts are screeching already and the telephone man imminent (maybe my phone is, in some weird pan-BBC way, connected to the blog. When the blog is sick, my phone dies. Or something). I only have the phone man/woman's word for the fact they are imminent and it may well be that they are interpreting 'imminent' in a slightly looser way than me. We shall see.


Today's show welcomes comedian and writer Mark Watson. So comedy and books should take us through nicely. Hotel Alpha is the latest novel (his fourth), set in a 5 star hotel in London and is accompanied/complemented by/with 100 extra mini-stories on line. This seems like seriously hard work to me, never mind his forthcoming Edinburgh show. So as a musical extra, HOTEL LIFE oldies will be lovely.


Checking in at 5 (oh very drôle minister).

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  • Comment number 176. Posted by Proper Sparkly Lametta

    on 17 Jul 2014 08:44

    Morning all

    Loving the film triples
    #172 jungle book almost made my list too, a top 10 one for sure.

    Lots of mentions last night always good to hear blog peeps.

    Going to Skeg-Vegas for the day with youngest GD to be a grockle!

    PSL xxx

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  • Comment number 175. Posted by Florence

    on 17 Jul 2014 08:39

    Good morning everyone

    Another lovely sunny day... it sounds like a scorcher in the south... hope there's a breeze with it!

    Well done to all who had mentions last night - a good night for the blog! I loved 'Will, Flo & Debs'!

    Off to think of some summery songs!

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  • Comment number 174. Posted by BatteriesNotIncluded

    on 17 Jul 2014 08:25

    #168 - Wow! Great haul of mentions, well done everyone.

    Oh and Good Morning!

    Swift read back required - from Twitter it looks as though summer is the oldies theme today. x

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  • Comment number 173. Posted by Jingle Janey

    on 17 Jul 2014 08:23

    Well done Jennie, Helen and Molly - I missed you out in my roll call last night, even though I heard the song! Great choice, I love it, but I think I prefer the film version. I don't know why!

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  • Comment number 172. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 17 Jul 2014 08:23

    3 favourite films (for the moment)

    The Jungle Book
    Brassed Off
    A Knight's Tale

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  • Comment number 171. Posted by Sprout Power

    on 17 Jul 2014 08:16

    Your summer favourites for today.

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  • Comment number 170. Posted by Sprout Power

    on 17 Jul 2014 08:13

    #168 Congratulations everyone. A great night for the bloggerati.

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  • Comment number 169. Posted by The Grinch Rules OK

    on 17 Jul 2014 08:11

    At the moment, my favourite 3 films (in no particular order):

    Hable con Ella
    La Piel que Habito
    Farewell my Concubine

    with an honourable mention for films like Los Debutantes and L'Enfant Sauvage.

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  • Comment number 168. Posted by amelia

    on 17 Jul 2014 08:04

    Morning folks

    Well done for all the mentions :-)

    Bed and Breakfast Man – Madness – Nick
    Blue Hotel – Chris Isaak – Debs, Flo & Will
    Another Suitcase In Another Hall – Barbara Dickson – Jennie, Helen & Molly
    Dirty Laundry – Don Henley – Alison
    Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis – PC, Janey & Craigie-boy

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  • Comment number 167. Posted by The Grinch Rules OK

    on 17 Jul 2014 08:04

    #163 - Someone's having a Buddy Holly moment (Raining in my Heart).

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