Merry Christmas!

Just a quick post to wish you a Merry Christmas - I hope you and all your loved ones are warm and well, and have a wonderful time. Mr Robot and I are having a quiet Christmas Day, but then filling the house with friends for roast goose followed by black forest trifle on Boxing Day. We collected the goose at 7:30am, I'm wearing a myrrh perfume, and all in all am feeling jolly festive. I hope you're filled with seasonal cheer too!

If you missed the documentary Len Goodman's Dance Band Days yesterday on BBC4, I heartily recommend catching up with it on iPlayer. It's an absolutely smashing look at how American jazz got smoothed for the customers of the luxury hotels and restaurants in London, and at the qualms the BBC had over broadcasting the music of the dance bands, plus there's a big creamy dollop of Al Bowlly to top the whole thing off.

And if you have kids, or ever were one, don't miss Junior Choice on Radio 2 while you're unwrapping your pressies tomorrow - Stewpot presents two hours of vintage children's music. I'm hoping for 'The Teddy Bears' Picnic', 'I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas', and 'Captain Beaky', but 'Sparky the Magic Piano' can do one 'cos that song is just too creepy for words. Honestly, if Scarfolk released a children's album, they could include Sparky without editing it... But Junior Choice is aces, don't miss it. I guarantee they'll play something you'll sing along to, even if it's just the Wombles!


  1. Merry Christmas, have a great time.

  2. Blimey Mim, you weren't wrong about Len Goodman's Dance Band Days - definitely a 10 from me!

    Hope you had a cracking Christmas and have a Happy New Year.

    1. Awesome, isn't it? I think it was actually my favourite programme of the holidays. I enjoyed so much of it, and it was something so infrequently covered. I hope the Beeb decides to cover the 1930s and 1940s more in future.


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