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Sunday Morning Playlist – 8 July 2018

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Happy Sunday! Here’s this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist!

There’s only one song that’s in my head this week, and I just can’t get it out!

“It’s coming home, it’s coming home”
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So sorry to all those people who don’t like football, but I’m sure you’ve heard this song all week too – on adverts, some fantastic Facebook memes and just about everyone you speak to.  I’d always preferred the original version, but now upon rewatching the video, it’s Three Lions 98 that gives me goose-pimples!  Seeing England fans chanting the songs, followed by that sad memory of Gareth Southgate missing his penalty, and being unable to be consoled by Terry Venabales, it makes it all the more poignant. As much as I just want England to do it, I want them to do it for Gareth Southgate.  When I was at college and university I worked as a safety steward at Middlesbrough Football Club at the time Southgate was the captain there.  And all I can say is what a lovely man he is.  He always had time for everyone.  He spent time with all the fans, signing autographs, photos with kids and was just such a professional and such a gentleman to everyone.  I have a lot of respect for him and the young players over in Russia.  There seems to be real team spirit, with no individual megastars that think they’re better than the rest. I’m feeling very optimistic – we’re having a real summer, with real summer weather, and I can’t remember a long stretch of good weather like this for years!  There’s that ‘feel-good’ mood out there, and I love it.  But, for those that really don’t like football there’s only a week to go – it’s nearly over!

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The other song that I’ve chosen this week is Green Day’s American Idiot.  There’s a campaign running to buy or stream this song as much as possible over the next week.  The intention is that the song gets to number one in the charts just in time for Donald’s Trump’s visit to England.  Now, I don’t know if it will get to number one, but at least I’ll feel like I’ve done my little bit in showing my distaste to such a man.  And I’m loving that the green light has been given for a, shall we say, unflattering Donald Trump blimp to be flown over the Houses of Parliament.  I’m all for a bit of ….

As only a couple of my close friends know I went on my first demonstration rally last year.  It was ‘Stand Up to Racism in Darlo”.  Now, racism is always something I’ve always felt really strongly about all my life so it felt like the perfect opportunity for me to go and make a stand.  Well, I was a bit of a coward.  I was totally intimidated!  The whole atmosphere was horrible: so menacing and aggressive (what did I expect really).  There were supporters of the marchers taking photos of those demonstrating before the event even started, and I this made me really concerned.  At the time I lived by myself; I didn’t want my face posted on a Facebook most-hated list!  (I do let my imagination get the better of me sometimes). So, after about fifteen minutes I made my excuses and skulked away timidly into the background, ashamed of my lack of conviction, but just in time to see a procession of despicable black-clothed individuals saluting and insulting everyone in sight  – it was unnervingly like stepping back in time!  I was deeply saddened but pleased to be away from such an uncomfortable situation.

So now I’m a gentle, softy, anarchist protestor.  I’ll protest quietly in the background doing things like purchasing songs to make my feelings known.

And, just because I’ve rattled on about football and politics, (the things you probably shouldn’t talk about in polite conversation), here’s two just nice, good summer pop songs, just to lighten the mood.

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Enjoy this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist, and have a great weekend and even better week.


Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) – Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds

Three Lions ’98 – Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds

American Idiot – Green Day

I Got a Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

Uptown Funk –  Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Lesley xx

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Sunday Morning Playlist – 24 June 2018

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Happy Sunday everyone!

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist!  I know, it’s late, so welcome to Sunday’s Playlist!  Here at last. Better late than never!

This weekend:

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This weekend has been a weekend of celebration.  Firstly, on Friday I was awoken to the wonderful news that my lovely daughter-in-law had given birth to a healthy baby.  Her third child, but first daughter and the first little girl in my family.  A special granddaughter to love.  And a sister to the most brilliant, clever, funny, gorgeous boys, Henry and Oliver.  A super family and I can’t wait to get down there to see them all.

Then yesterday I double-booked myself, but all worked out so well.

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I began the day meeting up with wonderful friends: some old and some new, and some who I miss so much.  The purpose was a day-trip to York to celebrate Kaitlin’s 21st and Louise’s 30th.  After meeting up at Durham train station, the 50 minute trip to York was eventful and it’s safe to say that if I did drink I don’t think I’d have made it off the train standing.  Well, certainly not sober anyway!  First stop was a hearty breakfast in the local ‘Spoons, maybe to soak up some of that alcohol.  Being so many of us, 20 I think, we couldn’t all sit together, but we made up for that next, rearranging all the tables down by the river.  Dave most kindly paid for a round for everyone and we were all grateful sitting there in the sun, whereas Dave’s drink seemed to have been forgotten only to arrive about 20 minutes later on the third asking!  I’m sure everyone around us could tell we all worked in schools, by not being content to sit in the sun, we had to play games too – some tame and some not so tame.  Anyway, reluctantly, I had to return early, so caught the train back home to celebrate at my next party!

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The afternoon was spent in the lovely hospitality and warm garden of Joanne, who I went to school with, and who was celebrating her 50th birthday.  Joanne is one of the kindest, most lovely people I have ever known, and with her fabulous cakes and Stuart’s excellent BBQ prowess, a wonderful afternoon was had by all.  Jordan sang.  Brilliantly, I might say.  I know I’m biased but he did.  And as the afternoon passed to the evening the group’s rendition, and dancing, to Somebody to Love, made it a party to remember.

Thank you to all the kind, caring, generous and funny people I got to spend the day with.  I really have the best friends.

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And today, as I type this, England are winning.  6-0! I daren’t say anymore; I don’t want to jinx it, but it may be safe to say, we might be celebrating again today!

Whatever you’ve been up to this weekend I hope it’s been a good one.  Enjoy the Sunday (Morning) Playlist and have fun.


AJR – Sober Up (feat. Rivers Cuomo)

Picture This – Blondie

Our Lips are Sealed – The Go Go’s

Shiny Happy People – REM

Let’s Get Tattoos – Carter USM

Lesley xx

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Sunday Morning Playlist – 17 June 2018

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Happy Sunday everyone!  Welcome to this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist!

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After a lovely start to the week, walking with Blossom looking for (and finding) lovely poppy fields, my health went a bit downhill and I had a few not so good days.  But the week has finished back on a high when me and Jordan went to see Billy Joel yesterday in Manchester.  We had a brilliant time, avoided the rain and sat in the evening sunshine singing our hearts out.
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Today the great weekend continues as we are off out now with Blossom to Pooches in the Park, a charity dog walk around Bishop Park.  It’s sure to be good fun and there’s even a doggy photo-booth there!

This week:

I’ve been… getting prepared for the World Cup.  I’ve only managed to see one match up to now, Portugal v Spain, but should be able to get to watch more this week.  Not being in a sweep-stake of any kind me and Jordan have just drawn random names out of a hat and will see which of our teams gets the furthest.  I’ve got Belgium and Egypt and Jordan’s got Serbia and Spain.  Let’s see how we get on. Oh, and England too, of course.

I’ve seen… and been on a lovely new walk when I was searching for poppy fields to photograph.  I knew what area I needed to be in, and although not a long walk it was lovely to walk in different surroundings, and so peaceful.

I’ve watched… me and Jordan have just started watching The Sinner on Netflix.  It stars Jessica Biel and has a very traumatic beginning.  Neither of us knew anything about the series, but Jordan had been told about the start.  Wow! It caught me by surprise!  The show is quite harrowing and is making me uncomfortable to watch and anticipate what came before leading up to the present day, but it is gripping.  We’re four episodes in and although part of me is uneasy to see what happened, I can’t wait to see how it ends.

I’ve listened to… I’m a radio person, I always have been.  I always have the radio on; I prefer it to the TV.  During the day I listen between Radio 1 and Radio X, but tend to browse different stations when I’m in the car.  I love the combination of chatter/discussion and music.  This week I’ve been dipping into listening to podcasts.  I tried Athletico Mince, with Bob Mortimer, who’s humour I do like, but I think with not feeling very well, after a couple of laugh out loud moments, I lost interest a bit so returned to listening to old Chris Moyles stuff.  I know he’s another marmite person, but I love him.

Anyway, I better crack on, Blossom’s got her leader ready, she’s off for her walk in the park.  Have a super weekend everyone and enjoy this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist.


The River of Dreams – Billy Joel

Tears Dry on their Own – Amy Winehouse

Ain’t no Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrel

(Song ends at 2:20)

Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

One Week – Barenaked Ladies

Valerie – The Zutons

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Sunday Morning Playlist – 10 June 2018

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Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s a lovely Sunday morning, and promising to brighten up as the day goes on.

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I’ve already had Blossom out for a walk this morning: only a short one today as my walking isn’t so good at the moment.  But it was refreshing, lush and green everywhere, and Blossom came home covered in mud needing a bath, so it’s safe to say she had a fun time too!
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This week:

I’ve been… getting my camera out everyday.  Continuing with the 30 Days Wild Challenge, I’ve been making sure I get at least a few good shots everyday, and uploading them onto my Facebook page each day.  The days when I haven’t felt so good I’ve been looking for nature around me; in the garden, the yard or the field straight across from my house.  I’m very lucky that there are so many lovely walks close to where I live so I don’t have to go far.

I’ve seen… so many beautiful plants, flowers and gardens. Visiting the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show was wonderful and very interesting with so much to see.

I’ve spent time with… Karen and Deb, celebrating Karen’s 50th Birthday.  These ‘Big birthdays are a great excuse to get together and have a good old catch-up, and it’s great to spend time with two such lovely and inspiring friends.

I’ve watched… nothing much this week.  I’ve took advantage of the nice evenings and sat outside listening to music or talking.  I’m looking for a good boxset to watch.

I’ve listened to… spotify, catching up on some new releases, from the extremes of The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (I love strings in any music, so the BB harmonies and strings, what’s not to love) and The Bronx new album, V: very punk, very fast and very good.

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Whatever you’ve been up to here’s this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist.  Have a great Sunday and a great week.


Bittersweet Symphony  – The Verve

Loaded – Miles Kane

When I Come Around – Green Day

Man on the Moon – REM

The Masterplan – Oasis

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Sunday Morning Playlist – 3 June 2018

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Happy Sunday everyone!  Welcome to June!  Summer here we come! purple calla lily in outdoor pot with small yellow flower

Well, let’s hope so.  While the rest of the country has been hit by terrible storms most of the week, here in the north-east we seemed to have got away with it until yesterday.  And then the rain hit with a vengeance! But I’ve been keeping myself busy this week planting bedding plants into pots in my yard so the rain was very welcome.  Sun during the day, rain at night, that would work fine! Hopefully today will be dry as I’m going singing today!! (Blog to follow shortly!)
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This week:

I’ve been… planting summer bedding flowers, including two beautiful calla lilies, to add a bit of colour to my yard.  I’m going for a blue/purple and yellow theme.

I’ve seen… my lovely friend Tracey. We just haven’t had chance in what seems like ages, so it was great to have a good catch-up.

I’ve started… the 30 Days Wild Challenge.  During June try to be closer to nature.  I’m using this as an incentive to get my camera out again, and even if there’s days where I don’t feel so good I’ll just pop out into the garden or the front field and I’ll soon find lots of inspiration and wildlife.

I’ve watched… Peter Kay’s Car Share Finale – Aww! It was so good, and funny, and sweet. And what a lovely ending.  My kind of TV.  In fact, I’ve watched it more than once!

I’ve listened to… Snow Patrol’s new single.  This is growing on me every time I hear it. I think it may be one of my summer faves.

I hope everyone’s had a great week too and that you enjoy your weekend whatever you’re up to.  Here’s this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist.  Have fun.


Empress – Snow Patrol

The Woodpile – Frightened Rabbit

Happy When it Rains – The Jesus and Mary Chain

She Bangs the Drum – Stone Roses

Caught by the Fuzz – Supergrass

Lesley xx

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Sunday Morning Playlist – 27 May 2018 cup of tea outside with red teapot

Hi everyone!

I’m sitting outside this morning to enjoy my cuppa in the sunshine. Blossom running uphill in lush green fields and valley and hills in the distance

Sorry I haven’t been able to put on a Sunday Morning Playlist for the last couple of weeks, or anything at all on my blog for that matter.

A few weeks ago I had a bit of a set back and was in a lot of pain and just generally not very well at all, so with constant pain and brain fog I just couldn’t get myself motivated to write anything.  Two weeks ago I had a fantastic music weekend with lovely people (Big 5-0 blog to follow).  It was great, but then I had to spend 3 days in bed to recover.  Last Sunday I had every intention of posting a playlist, but having attended a charity music event on the Saturday (another Big 5-0 blog to follow) I was just too poorly the next day to do anything.  Gradually over the week, each day I’ve felt a bit better, so today I was determined I was going to do this.   I’ve got lots of blogs to catch up with so hopefully I’ll get caught up over this next week.

Having said all this, it’s been all the lovely people in my life, those close to me and those just a message away, that have got me through the last few weeks.
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I hope everyone is well and is having a fantastic, long, holiday weekend.

Happy Sunday everyone.


Just a Day – Feeder

Terry and June – Nick Parker

Whisky and Wings – Dave Giles

Who knew – P!nk

Riot Song – Pure Love

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Happy Sunny Sunday!  Wow!  A sunny bank-holiday weekend!  This is how weekends should be.

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I hope everyone gets chance to get to the seaside or a river or has a barbeque in the back garden!  We’re meeting up with a friend today, so an afternoon in the sunshine for us.  And tomorrow, Blossom is going for her first ever haircut.  She’s so shaggy and hot at the moment so I’m sure she’ll feel much better after it.
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Whatever you’re up to, enjoy the weather, have a fab time and enjoy the extra long weekend.

Bye for now.

Mr E’s Beautiful Blues

Alright – Cast

Little Changes – Frank Turner

Beautiful Day – U2

Have a Nice Day – Stereophonics

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Happy Sunday everyone!

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Some weeks I have a good idea of what songs I’m going to choose, other weeks it takes me ages to decide.  This week I knew two of the songs – Downtown Train and Slow Motion, as I’ve been listening to these two songs and singing them all week.  The other three songs took longer to decide upon.  I probably think too long and too deep about it – I make sure the songs complement each other and I change the order around to see how intros and endings merge into each other.  I hope you enjoy this week’s choices.

Hope everyone’s weekend is going well and that it continues with a great day today.  Be happy!

Downtown Train  – Everything but the Girl

Julie – Levellers (featuring Frank Turner)

Silver Lining – Stiff Little Fingers

Two Angry Kids – Street Dogs

Slow Motion – Ferocious Dog

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This week’s been great.  What a difference a bit of sunshine makes!

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Everything seems better.  Everyone’s in a good mood.  There’s definitely been a holiday vibe this week – shorts and strappy tops, paddling pools and barbeques.  It’s been lovely to sit out in the sunshine on a night just talking and relaxing.  I love the light nights.

These few days this week have been so wonderful, it’s hard to believe only a month ago we had snow!  My house is very old, and extremely cold and drafty.  This time last month my smart meter read 0° in my kitchen, this week it’s reached the heady heights of 23°!  I love it!  I’m quite new to having a smart meter so I’m still a bit obsessed with it!  Let’s hope after an extremely long winter we’ve got a lot more sunny days ahead!

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Happy Days and Happy Sunday to everyone!

Enjoy your weekend!


Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

Freakin out – Graham Coxon

Holiday in the Sun – Sex Pistols

Norgaad – The Vaccines

Mr Brightside – The Killers

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I’m part of a music group called the FTA – the Frank Turner Army, that forms a monthly playlist on Spotify.  I love this.  Members are allowed to nominate one song per month and a combined playlist of about two-hundred songs is formed.  It’s a huge commitment by the wonderful man who compiles it each month, and it’s been a huge success.  Because we all have a mutual taste in music most of the songs are immediately to my taste.  It’s a fabulous way of being introduced to new music: every month there are bands or artists that I’ve never heard of before, or those that I’ve been meaning to check out and never got round to it.   I’m still making my way through this month’s list but one of the songs that I loved and kept putting on repeat was The Omen by Camp Cope.  They’re an Australian band from Melbourne and immediately reminded me of The Smith Street Band, also from Melbourne, who I love.  The song doesn’t have a video yet, just an audio-track.  It’s taken from the album ‘How to Socialise & Make Friends’ and I’m going to spend some time this week giving it a listen.

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Here’s what I’ve been listening to this week.  Enjoy this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist.

Happy Sunday everyone!  Have a great day.


The Omen – Camp Cope

Passiona  – The Smith Street Band

Your Graduation – Modern Baseball

Cigarettes & Saints –The Wonder Years

Monsters Ball – Electric River

Lesley xx

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