Right you are then. Wednesday already, tan fading and meetings piling up. One of those post-summer holiday moments is when you realise 1) loads of people haven't left for theirs yet and 2) it's along time till Christmas. And even then Christmas isn't much of a holiday. Maybe the trick is think August is a holiday, even if I'm working. This would mean eating baguette in vast quantities for breakfast and lunch and tea, washed down with wine at 3 euros a bottle. I'm not sure this is conducive to long life or continued employment to be honest. Maybe I'll just moisturise and get on with it.
Roddy Doyle today. Author of 9 novels, including The Commitments, winner of the Booker for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and now his new one The Guts. This is a return to some of The Commitments characters (25 years after its publication), in the same year that it is to become a musical. He says he'd rather have been a musician than a writer but The Guts is full of old bands, singles and albums so maybe this is as close as he'll get.
And maybe we'll try songs of COMMITMENT and see what happens!
Have a poised and enthusiastic Wednesday, see you after 5.

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  • Comment number 107. Posted by amelia

    on 8 Aug 2013 12:00

    Let’s Stick Together - Bryan Ferry - Perfect Circle, Florence & PSL
    Stuck With You - Huey Lewis & The News - muggle
    I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash - me
    Mustang Sally - The Commitments - muggle
    I’m Sticking With You - The Velvet Underground - muggle

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  • Comment number 106. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 8 Aug 2013 07:41

    Good morning all - the sun has his hat on and it is warm already.

    Erica - we only had one skinny carrot as Mr pulled one up to see how they were growing and thought they might need a liitle longer in the ground!

    The tumble-dryer-fixing-man is coming this morning so fingers crossed he can do something that won't cost the earth, or alternatively, a new dryer. We'll see...........

    And a bit of general sprucing up around the estate today - my sister, b-i-l and his daughter coming for a visit tomorrow. 'Twill be the first time we've seen them for a few years - time flies and all that - so I'm looking forward to it.

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  • Comment number 105. Posted by Sunnyside up Sal

    on 8 Aug 2013 07:38

    Morning all and a glorious one it is too, so setting the wheels in motion this morning and see where I end up at, by this evening. That doesn't sound correct grammar but hey ho, anything goes!

    Not around as usual to choon chase or owt else, but here's a helpful tip of the day.

    It doesn't always pay to buy the cheapest grater in the shop!

    Happy days and best wishes to all.

    Gotta pedal.....

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  • Comment number 104. Posted by Deebee

    on 8 Aug 2013 07:33

    Good Morning All

    A sunny morning here, and my Mum is coming for a state visit. Mr B and our daughter have gone to collect her - daughter is driving all the non-motorway bits. Yikes! Actually, she's pretty good now, and Mr B says he keeps forgetting she's a learner. She's due to take her test soon, so the 200 odd mile round trip will be really good experience for her.

    Well done for menshes last night. I've had nothing but a pair of OSMs over the past couple of days, but as others have said it's as much about the fun of picking songs to fit the theme as actually getting my name read out on the radio, although that is obviously a bonus and still makes me grin no matter how many times it happens!

    I've just had a tweet reply from Susan Cain, she of the "Quiet" book who Simon spoke to on Monday...

    :o)

    Jennie, glad to hear you enjoyed your vegetables. The best we could manage was some home grown chives on our salmon last night.

    Erica, that does indeed sound spooky!

    Julia, good to see you m'lovely.

    Never mind cake - I would require alcohol to listen to One Direction...

    See you over the page...

    ~X~

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  • Comment number 103. Posted by WickedFairyFlo

    on 8 Aug 2013 00:13

    A late hello to thank Simon for my mensh and hoping Deebee and Oscar are both doing well. x

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  • Comment number 102. Posted by Julia43

    on 7 Aug 2013 23:03

    Erica, congrats on the century.

    Jilly, that was kind.

    Zoe, here"s hoping you have a better day tomorrow. X

    Jennie, your vegetables sound lovely.

    Billie, just because I haven't said hello for a while have a Pah! on me!

    Shona, hope whatever's causing your "out of office" is fun

    Deebee, I hope your dog poppet makes a good recovery.

    Just finished watching the latest episode of The White Queen. Mr 42 (40 actually) and I are really enjoying it.

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  • Comment number 101. Posted by Jilly

    on 7 Aug 2013 22:43

    My work here is done - night night all :) x

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  • Comment number 100. Posted by Stressed Erica

    on 7 Aug 2013 22:37

    Ha?

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  • Comment number 99. Posted by Jilly

    on 7 Aug 2013 22:33

    Anyone fancy a little century? I'm feeling magnanimous tonight......

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  • Comment number 98. Posted by perfect_circle

    on 7 Aug 2013 22:20

    Jilly - I know what you mean. Sadly for Amelia, she cannot bear cake in any shape or form.

    Meant to say earlier how much I enjoyed the interview with Roddy Doyle today. A great musical discussion. And he has such a cool accent.

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