London mourns MJ

June 26, 2009

Check out London commuters mourning Michael Jackson in their own special way:

In fact, this was shot to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Thriller, but it seems appropriate today. I lifted the link from fellow tweeter @jackschofield, thank you! I love the fact that no-one, but no-one stares as the dancers get wilder and wilder. What would make a London commuter stare, I wonder? Could anything? And the polite smattering of applause at the end is wonderful, absolutely typical London.

The radio stations, of course, are playing wall to wall Michael. The girls and I always listen to Capital in the mornings. Believe it or not, I actually missed Capital when I lived Abroad, although now, through the magic of the Internet, you can listen to it on your computer. It was the radio station of my teenage years and I still love it. I once won a T shirt in a phone-in competition, I wonder where it is now?

Capital is on a roll at the moment, with its breakfast show presenters Johnny Vaughn (could be irritating but just about gets away with smartarse comments) and Lisa Snowdon (runner up in the last series of Strictly and used to go out with George Clooney! Yes, really!). Johnny’s previous sidekick laydee was Denise Van Outen, who was also lovely but somehow Lisa manages to be that little bit warmer. My ravishing friend Lulu at has written about the station recently. I must say it does bring a dash of joy to our mornings. There have been two things in particular which have struck me:

1. A tip from a caller to use hair conditioner when shaving your legs. She recommended Pantene, which I use anyway. Try it – slap it on, shave the leg. I think it really works brilliantly, leaving your legs smooth and soft, and no doubt tremendously manageable as well.

2. A story from a caller who owned a snake. This lady said she’d worried because her snake had stopped eating. She took it to the vet, who gave her some pills. A month later, the snake still wasn’t eating, so she popped back to the vet. Was there any difference in its behaviour, the vet asked? The owner thought hard, and said not really, but she was very touched because the snake had taken to lying down next to her in bed. The vet immediately turned pale and told her to get rid of the snake as soon as she got home. Why, the lady asked? “It’s been preparing its stomach and then it’s been measuring you. It’s planning to eat you!” said the vet.

That story makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!

Now Capital has come up with a third highlight – its current Wimbledon Grunting competition. Every morning, Lisa or Johnny take on a member of the public in a display of simulated tennis grunting. I admit I am not a Wimbledon fan, and there is something more than a little suggestive about all the noises they come out with, but this competition is absolutely hilarious. I had to stop the car yesterday because I was laughing so much. Thank you, Capital!

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  • Dancinfairy June 26, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Oh no. I do not like that snake story at all. Freaky!

  • Mum's the word June 26, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Great post.
    I missed Capital when I lived in Chicago. Used to try to get it through the computer.
    As for the Thriller dance. Well I checked it out and these dancers have been busy. They've posted loads of different ones to YouTube.
    Sad about MJ, good excuse to dance.

  • Not Waving but Drowning June 26, 2009 at 9:18 am

    That snake story is the stuff of nightmnares!


  • MelRox June 26, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Interesting post. Its so nice to know you too are a MJ fan. He was a tremendeous loss to us….

  • Littlemummy June 26, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Is that snake story for real, is that what they really do? Eeek

  • rosiero June 27, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I've heard that snake story before. Apparently that's what killer snakes do – they measure the length of you up alongside themselves to see if you are swallowable!

    As for the dancers on the tube, I think I would pretend they weren't there too!

  • Laura - Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy? June 28, 2009 at 12:43 am

    The snake … jeez, who would want to lie down next to a snake in the first place?

  • dulwich divorcee June 28, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Hello Dancinfairy, thanks for popping in, yes, the snake story is definitely freaky!

    Hi MTW, ooh, I'll have to look on Youtube, didn't see the other versions. I kept waiting for them to start singing …..

    NWBD, yes, I'm glad I've stuck at a cat! Child One was keen on snakes a while ago but, thank God, this story has definitely put her off ….

    Hi Mel, yes, a great loss, he really was a one-off …

    Hi Littlemummy, yes, I think it was quite genuine, the girl sounded really alarmed and it really did freak us out on the school run I can tell you ….

    Oh Rosiero, yes, I think that was what the snake was up to …..if we'd been on the tube together I would have made you stand up and dance!

    Laura, I know, some people have odd taste, I think reptiles smell really strange too, not great bedfellows ….