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Monday 26 November 2012, 08:24

Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

Grim old train journey this. Dark clouds, huddled travellers. However, heading for the bright lights of Winchester with a song in my heart and a bacon roll in my stomach. My relentless cheerfulness will get them in the end.
A weekend when I finally pressed 'send' on book 2 and of hoping it doesn't come back with a 'see me' attached. I also had to write the acknowledgements in double quick time and I'm now hoping I haven't forgotten anyone. Then it's the dedication. Much angst. The last book was dedicated to child3 so should I do child 2? Child 1? All 3? Maybe wife1. Or Tottenham Hotspur FC. Or the drivetime bloggers maybe...that needs to go today too...too much indecision is not good for you..
Today we welcome the rather clever Michael Morpurgo to Drivetime. One of our best-loved authors and storytellers, he has had over 120 books published, been children's laureate and received the MBE in 2006. Warhorse has been such a huge hit for him-the latest production is wonderful-and Private Peaceful is about to be a movie as well. He has 2 new books out 'A Medal for Leroy' and 'Where My Wellies Take Me'; a novel and a poetry anthology respectively. And he's good company too. And we should do STORYTELLER oldies please.
Have a smart and ingenious Monday. See you after 5.

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    Ray Davies 'Storyteller'. (I confess I cheated and looked this subject up.) Still have a feeling there must be some folk song with a title like this somewhere. I'm probably wrong though.

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    Comment number 2.

    Good Morning Simon and Everyone

    Off to think about story telling but the first song that jumped to mind was

    VINCENT - DON MACLEAN

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    Comment number 3.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    #Storytelleroldies

    NEVERENDING STORY - Limahl

    STORY - Maroon 5

    LIVE TO TELL - Madonna

    EVERY DAY I WRITE THE BOOK - Elvis Costello

    PAPERBACK WRITER - Beatles

    STORYTELLING - Belle and Sebastian

    WONDEROUS STORY - Yes

    Hi ho, hi ho...

    ~X~

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    Comment number 4.

    Good Morning All;

    Wet and grey here, and the weather's not so good either! *Boom Tish*

    A book dedication, eh? I think probably best make sure all children (and wives) are included, just to be on the safe side.

    Oldie suggestions... Now I don't know if I'm interpreting the theme right, but I'm going for songs that tell a story...

    EMMA - HOT CHOCOLATE

    ELEANOR RIGBY - THE BEATLES

    THE SNAKE - AL WILSON

    ODE TO BILLIE JOE - BOBBIE GENTRY

    UP THE JUNCTION - SQUEEZE

    Maybe I should think of songs with story in the title. :-/

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    Comment number 5.

    Zoe, I'm with you thinking of songs that tell a story. Imagine Simon even considering dedicating his book to blog poppets....................

    18 YELLOW ROSES - BOBBY DARREN

    THE UNICORN - THE BACHELORS

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    Comment number 6.

    Good morning everyone

    I hope the floods are subsiding as it sounds like some areas have been dreadful.
    Very cold, dry and windy here but it sounds like rain is heading north!

    FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK ~ The Pogues

    NEVER ENDING STORY~ Limahl

    A WINTER'S TALE ~ David Essex

    EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY ~ Rod Stewart

    WHEN I WRITE THE BOOK ~ Huey Lewis and The News

    WORDS ~ The Bee Gees

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    Comment number 7.

    #5 Shona - Great minds think alike! ;-)

    More songs that tell a story...

    CAT'S IN THE CRADLE - HARRY CHAPIN

    COWARD OF THE COUNTY - KENNY ROGERS

    A BOY NAMED SUE - JOHNNY CASH

    PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE - THE TEMPTATIONS

    COME DANCING - THE KINKS

    COPACABANA - BARRY MANILOW

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    Comment number 8.

    BANKS OF THE OHIO - ONJ

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    Morning all on another wet and dreary day. Thinking particularly of those who are suffering from the effects of flooding, all around the country. Hope all good bloggerfolk had a good weekend.

    On a train to Winchester you say Simon? Perhaps the length of the journey (and definitely the bacon roll) will provide the perfect setting to work on the dedication - maybe make a shortlist and then have another look at it on the way back home again - and don't forget whoever it was who invented sherbert lemons, in your deliberations!

    As usual, am suffering from Monday morning brain freeze (which generally lasts for a further few days) so can only come up with one song - the title doesn't give anything away but the song tells a story particularly well.

    UP THE JUNCTION - SQUEEZE

    Righto, off to work on my long list of jobs. See you soon x

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    Comment number 10.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    Only had 3 hours sleep as I was prepping for todays audit at Stafford, worked 5 and a half hours the weekend as I have Wednesday off for another interview and need to ensure I get a full day in that I would lose! Wanted to Zzzzzzzz on trains but really short journeys!

    Oooooh a Bloggers dedication, how cool would that be, but I think the family should be 1st Simon!

    Now choons:

    1. NEVER ENDING STORY - Limahl
    2. WONDROUS STORIES - YES
    3. CATS IN THE CRADLE - Al Stewart ????
    4. UNDER YOUR THUMB - Godley and Creme
    5. CAMOFLAGE - Stan Ridgway
    6. WINTERS TALE - David Essex
    7. STORY OF THE BLUES - The Might Wah
    8. TELL HER ABOUT IT - Billy Joel
    9. HERE'S WHERE THE STORY ENDS - Tin Tin Out
    10. LONELY BOY - Andrew Gold

    Oh well must fly

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

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    Comment number 11.

    Cześc all

    BUCKS FIZZ - LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE

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    Comment number 12.

    Good morning all - it poured with rain overnight but has stopped for the moment.

    Storyteller choons ........mmm

    How about a part of the new WAR OF THE WORLDS - not sure which bit! Or play the whole thing and that would be Drive Time sorted!

    jw

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    Comment number 13.

    ADELE - J K ROWLING IN THE DEEP

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    Comment number 14.

    CLIFF RICHARD - LIVING DAHL

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    Comment number 15.

    Is this classed as a story or tale?

    BRIGHT EYES ~ Art Garfunkel

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    Comment number 16.

    BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE - from KISS ME KATE

    JW

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    Comment number 17.

    If you want songs that tell a story, how about

    LENINGRAD - Billy Joel

    or

    COPACABANA - Barry Manilow

    A dedication to the bloggers would be lovely Simon, but maybe not the most appropriate - different parts of your world. Although some of us have read the first book. Maybe it should be dedicated to all the schoolchildren you have visited. Not necessarily by name...

    :o)

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    Comment number 18.

    AMERICAN PIE - DON MCCLEAN "A long, long time ago ......................"

    JW

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    Comment number 19.

    By the way, forgot to say how much the Hoffs household is looking forward to tonight's show. We are the 'Morpurgo Massive'! We were introduced to Mr Morpurgo when Teen Hoffs was very small and we listened to a story tape of 'Adolphus Tips'. We were hooked. Mr Morpurgo writes books in such a way that both adults and children can enjoy them and take so much from them, on different levels. Teen Hoffs and I read 'Private Peaceful' several years ago - he would read one chapter to me and then I would read to him in return. We both cried buckets at the end but, I think, for different reasons, because of our differing levels of understanding of the story. We are now planning to go to see the film together. May need tissues.

    Mr Morpurgo's books have always featured heavily when it comes to Chr***mas requests and this year is no exception with Master Hoffs asking for 'Medal for Leroy'.

    Won't say any more apart from to recommend 'Born to Run' (esp for blogger dog lovers), 'Alone on a Wide Wide Sea' (my favourite) and 'Kensuke's Kingdom (the No 1 in the Hoffs family Morpurgo Top Ten).

    Oh yes, and if you get a chance to listen to or read what Mr Morpurgo said in his Dimbleby Lecture last year, I would definitely recommend that you take it.

    One more thing - we still love 'Itch'!

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    Comment number 20.

    EXCERPT FROM A TEENAGE OPERA - KEITH WEST

 

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