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Nic Philps | 14:37 UK time, Friday, 27 October 2006

What can I say, what can I do, how can I tell you how much I love you?

It’s a song, as I’m sure you know, (Walking Back to Happiness) but also a heartfelt thank you.

The figures are up, the pressures off, so full steam ahead, we ai’nt seen nothing yet…

…the irony of it all is now I’m off for two weeks. Oh

Not only will the show be taking a break, but just as the blog seems to be flying, I will be computer-less for the next couple of weeks. Or at least I think so. Sure, there may be computers around but I may not be around en generalle. If they are and I am however, I may well be tempted to once again publish. In the depths of Ireland a’ golfing perhaps next week or the week after way down in the south west whilst on my cookery course. For if there is one thing you have taught me it is to “do”’ and not just talk. So, your advice is required.

A. Would you like me to open the blog everyday so you can carry on yourself o little ones?
B. Shall we close it down have a complete rest and come back all guns blazing?
C. Just wait and see if I blog with a deep sense of anticipation probably resulting in ultimate disappointment?

Let me know before 5pm today and I will make our decision during the show

The Christmas present ideas yesterday were awesome. The best one by a country mile was the piglet for £15 for a family in Tanzania. When I get back we gonna do loads of those. Also on the way the show takes to the road and broadcasts live from someone’s living room everyday for a week. It could be you! And look out for our Advent Kids everyday in December.

The sun is shining; me and my mum have just been to the fishmongers to buy everything we need to make American style fishcakes. The old girl has once again bolted the door to the kitchen as she protects another one of her, take to the grave, recipes. Boy do they smell mighty tasty.

All Request Friday, oh such a joy, so simple, so brilliant just a couple of hours away.

Mange Tout Mange Tout, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower cheese to you all

Get posting and let me know what you think

Big Kiss

PS went to see Little Britain Live last night, laughed my #### off!


  1. At 02:43 PM on 27 Oct 2006, cat wrote:

    hi chris - welcome to Friday, you've missed loads & we missed you!

    Keep blog open, some of us are addicted....


  2. At 02:46 PM on 27 Oct 2006, anna wrote:

    2 weeks holiday - oh no............. bereft we shall be. but lets face it, you do deserve a holiday without having to think about us - regardless of how much you may like us....

    you could just leave it to chance and if you get the inspiration and/or inclanation drop us a line.

    have a fabulously, well deserved holiday. Cant wait till you get back.

    see you all tonight...... sort of!


  3. At 02:46 PM on 27 Oct 2006, cath wrote:

    Hello Chrissy Wissy - WAAAAAAHHHH you're not here for 2 weeks???????

    I think I'd like the blog to keep going please, I'd miss everyone too much.

    MWAH gorgeous man - and have a lovely hols

  4. At 02:49 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Jonahwood wrote:

    At last you bugger. Waited ages to say thanks for reading out my text last night (milk without tommy tata soup - it's just not heard of!)

    I personally would prefer to wait and see if you do ever get around to blogging during your hols and if not, I'll feel the bliss of anticipation until your return.

    I love your little veggie references and they always make me smile. I remember once being told by my boss that part of my appeal was that I appeared to be so naive, whilst really being a knowing soul - I think the same applies to you!

    Anyway, have a fab break Chris and love to the other bloggers who will no doubt be pining along with me. Have fun and don't do anything I wouldn't do - aw, go on then!

  5. At 02:51 PM on 27 Oct 2006, cath wrote:

    PS you and your team deserve the success - the show is F.A.B.xxxx

  6. At 02:52 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Susan wrote:

    Hey Chris and fellow bloggers

    Personally, I'd really miss dipping in and out of the blog while you're away - although I'll miss you terribly darling! I say, please may we keep it open? And keep each other entertained in your absence?

    Happy Friday, happy weekend everyone. Have a fantastic holiday Mr Evans.

    Take care

  7. At 02:52 PM on 27 Oct 2006, MWK wrote:

    Good Afternoon Chris,

    mmmmmm those fish cakes sound yummy!

    My vote is for the blog to stay open so that we can be there for each other, and a surprise or two entry from the gorgeous Christophe would be a bonus. :-) It will be difficult enough not having you around for the next two weeks, I don't think I could cope without my blog family also xx

    Fantastic news about the viewing figures, well done Chris and the team xx

    Looking forward to all request Friday.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

    Chris have a fab holiday, enjoy the cookery course, look forward to hearing all about it on your return.

    Take care
    Lots of Love
    Mary xx

  8. At 02:53 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Gloria wrote:

    Can't believe I'm first the first time I've done this!
    Anyway, Chris, methinks you should have a well deserved rest - blog if you feel like it, if not, don't.
    Enjoy golfing & the craik.

    best wishes one & all

  9. At 02:55 PM on 27 Oct 2006, jimmy wrote:

    i think c would be the best idea. the sense of anticipation and the possible inclusion of deep disippointment i think is the best way forward.

    enjoy your holiday

  10. At 02:55 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Lashers wrote:

    Oh no, two weeks without a blog - oh Chris, please at least try and sends us your words of wisdom whilst you are away.

    Have a fab time, miss you already

    Sally xx

  11. At 02:56 PM on 27 Oct 2006, kateyB wrote:

    Hi Chris
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday will miss you for the next couple of weeks but look forward to hearing all about your holiday on your return.
    I suggest we hold the blog for the next couple of weeks and maybe I will get some work done.
    Love to you and all fellow bloggers

  12. At 02:57 PM on 27 Oct 2006, J wrote:

    Close the blog, let all go to Ireland.

  13. At 02:57 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Susan M wrote:

    Ahh... at last we were beginning to think you were all hungover in a puddle of something somewhere!

    Good for you, I would love to do a cookery course, as it is I am concocting my own version of the casserole as I type.. having bunked off work for the afternoon.

    With the amount of anticipation floating around today, I think two weeks of that would possibly kill some of us. But I think an open blog is a good idea for those of us who are simply addicted now!


    We'll miss you Chris, have a fab time


  14. At 02:58 PM on 27 Oct 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Hi Chris,

    Pleeeaaaase not B.

    I've just been signed off work for another 3 weeks so need the sanity of the blog to keep me going.

    But you must have a great 2 weeks away too so guess A is better for you.

    Although if you felt the urge to blog one day you could.So that would be C then.

    Oooooh, I don't know A or C or C or A......

    ...or D do a mother of a thought provoking blog tonight for us all to get our teeth into for the next fortnight???? Who knows what that could lead to

    Take care, enjoy cooking

    P.S. Hope tonight is the night I get through with request, Gary Moore - The Loner!!!

  15. At 02:59 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Bren wrote:

    I vote for 2 weeks off - absence makes the heart grow fonder. Plus I need to get on with other things in my life; reading this everyday is a time consuming obsession!
    By the way you'll never guess who bought me and my friend Carol pink champagne in a bar last night! Alan Curbishley and his mate. I didn't even realise it was him until someone told me! And it was him because I have checked on Google images this morning! I also have discovered that his friend is the Queen's jeweller. I wish I'd know that at the time and spoken to him more - I bet he is a very interesting man. Strange how when wonderful things happen I still find something to regret!

  16. At 02:59 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Mark wrote:

    Hi Chris,

    two weeks! what are we going to do!!!! driving home is going to be dull dull dull
    Congratulations on the figures, very much deserved.
    Please keep the blog open, could we ask the fox, Jonny and Sally to `guest blog` if they're around?

    Can't wait till All Request....

    Have a great holiday!

  17. At 03:00 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Kaiser Chef wrote:

    I think we should have a holiday with the Blog, and all of us, including yourself Chris, should come back refreshed after two weeks!

    Otherwise, it could just turn into a kind of Message Board! Everyone deserves a holiday, even The Blog Meister!

    love and light KC aka Jeannie x

  18. At 03:00 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Jeanie wrote:

    I would like the anticipation of wondering if there'll be a blog that day or not! Not much excitement in my life at the moment, so every little helps.

    On the subject of the piglet for £15 - there's something about issues with donating lots of lifestock in areas where they can't feed them because there's nothing left to eat? Can't remember the full details, but Oxfam researched into this, I think.

    Love the show, love Request Friday,

  19. At 03:01 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Bodacia Marchbanks wrote:

    Afternoon All, Chris, Enjoy your two weeks off and just leave us and see what happens, might be fun for you too dip in and out silently and see what we nutters do while you're away.

    On a slightly different subject I couldn't sleep last night and while I prowled the house I thought what a good idea it would be to make the total request Friday once a month themed!! Not just dull boring themes but a Chris and bloggers special... I had some ideas, see what you and others think!

    1. Show tunes(my personal favourite this one!)
    2. Dads record collection (that one favourite that our parents inspired us with)
    3. Songs beginning with...(insert your favourite letter of the alphabet)
    4. Girls names (speaks for itself)
    5. Songs by twos (duos)
    6. Songs about ...(rain, spam, elephants, whatever you fancy really)

    The list could be endless, what do you think?

  20. At 03:01 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Si wrote:

    Already congratulated you on yesterdays blog, entry #40!
    Noticed the figures were released with no real fanfare by the beeb which is cool. Found your actual figure on some Irish news site yesterday morning, obviously the 'others' couldn't slag you off this time as you've improved on figures from last year when you weren't even there, so they just kept quiet I suppose.
    We're all dead pleased for ya'll. It's good to be smug!

    I choose option C. Wait and see, if you can then fine, if you can't then fine. No one will be disappointed.

  21. At 03:01 PM on 27 Oct 2006, melanie c wrote:

    Afternoon All.

    Noooooooo!!!! Cant live without either a fix of the blog, or listening to the show on my way home from work!!!! Is just me????
    Laters Peeps....

  22. At 03:02 PM on 27 Oct 2006, alison wrote:

    Option c

    I love a bit of anticipation.......!!!

    Go on Chris tease us.

    Enjoy ya hols,


  23. At 03:02 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Adam Beral wrote:

    Hiya, was starting to worry about you!

    Congrats indeed on the viewing figures. I love the show, but then being 16 years younger than you (sorry!) I have kind of grown up with you... TFIF still remains one of my all time favourite shows. But now I'm a little bit older I have graduated to Radio 2 (pass the pipe and slippers) luckily it seems, so have you.

    It's my last day in my current job today (the one with the wandering swans), off to pastures new on the 6th Nov. So I have decided to bunk off early and aim to be in a nice hot bath by 5 to catch the show. (there you go... you said you never hear men talking about having nice relaxing soaks... although I suppose they do say gay men are closer to their feminine side blah blah blah)

    Anyway, I ramble. Re: blog. I for one would love to keep blogging in your absence and think you should surprise us with messages when (and if) you find the time during your well deserved holiday.

    That'll do for now, I'm sure I'll think of more to say as soon as I hit the 'post' button...

    Yours in two-hour-countdown-mode,

    Adam xx

  24. At 03:03 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Dan wrote:

    Have a rest Chris.... one less thing to worry about! It'll give me one thing less to read a day... and it'll be missed but take a break!

    We'll all be waiting with baited breath when you return!

  25. At 03:04 PM on 27 Oct 2006, soozy woo wrote:

    Hey Chris and all

    The anticipation of a Friday blog ..."will he post before I leave work at 4pm or not.." is already almost too much to bear! I don't know if I can take two whole weeks of it!

    On the other hand - two weeks will feel like a long time without either the show or the blog... what a dilemma!

    With that in mind..... I'll have a B please Bob!

    That way - we can all still chat and contemplate life and if you get a moment or 5 you can come and join in like a humble blogee!

    Have a fab holiday, enjoy the "Do-ing".


  26. At 03:06 PM on 27 Oct 2006, GillyM wrote:

    Hello Chris,

    Have a great break, come back well refreshed and have a ball!

    We will miss your thoughts, and musings, and joi de vie, but im sure we will carry on in your absence!

    Enjoy the fishcakes

    GillyM x

  27. At 03:07 PM on 27 Oct 2006, geoff wrote:

    chris, take a clean break, you are the glue that holds it all together. saying that, I wait every day to read the blog so keep it coming as and when you can.
    regards geoff

  28. At 03:07 PM on 27 Oct 2006, sarah wrote:

    I think blog should rest a wee while as its your diary and we only contribute.
    Unless you can get mama E to fill in for you and we could prise her recipes out of her?
    Have a fabulous holiday
    Good golf good cooking good health

  29. At 03:07 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Nicki wrote:

    HiChris and beveryoddy,

    I agree, I think it would be fun/interesting to let the blog carry on, see what we make without your pearls of wisdom to start us off (your pearls will be much missed)

    Ah, but then you'll know what the mice get up to when the cat's away. You may have created a monster!!
    But a big friendly cuddly one.

    I think we can be trusted, and we all seem to get on really well, it would be a shame not to be able to keep in touch with blog chums, even if you are going away and leaving us for TWO WEEKS (emtional blackmail card played)

    Have a frantastic break Chris, come back and tell us what you've learned

  30. At 03:10 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Helen wrote:

    A-haa! There you are!

    Who's going to do the show in your absence? Not that Richard Allinson fella? He's quite rubbish! Hope it's Stuart Maconie or perhaps the lovely Mr Walker will return?

    Option C gets my vote. I like the 'will he won't he?' aspect!

    Have a great holiday. You'll be missed.


  31. At 03:11 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Cate D wrote:

    Hi Chris

    it would be great to keep the blog going, there is so much people want to share and it feels like a community is being formed here. That said, like you I am off on hols for two weeks. Happy holidays to you and I look forward to catching up with everyones exploits on the blog when I get home.

    Take care bloggers, I hope the next two weeks treat you well


  32. At 03:11 PM on 27 Oct 2006, wilsmar wrote:

    Good Afternoon Mr E and fellow bloggers,
    It would be great to hear from you on a regular or semi regular basis during the next fortnight, I mean you are on holiday and hopefully having a great time so may not have any inclination to blog. Just think of all the catch up when you get back and perhaps an update on Wiglet and Poobe? I hope you're going to pass on some of the cookery tips from your course too. Any chance of your Mum taking any cookery courses, sounds like she would be an ideal tutor.

  33. At 03:13 PM on 27 Oct 2006, ness wrote:

    Hi Chris,
    I panicked when todays blog hadn't appeared by lunchtime- (thought you might have run off with a sofa guest or should I saw un-sofa guest). Anyway based on this lunchtime panic two weeks with no blog seems like a mightly long time. Things may start to get a bit ordinary.

    So can you put my vote in the surprise holiday blog when you are in the mood hat.

    Enjoy your break.


  34. At 03:15 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Mike Donnelly wrote:

    Congrats on another success!
    Although this is my first ever blog I would suggest that a holiday is a holiday. Take a break for 2 weeks. It will also mean I can get some work done instead of checking for the blog between 8 and 4!
    Hear ya later!

  35. At 03:15 PM on 27 Oct 2006, sam wrote:

    Chris and bloggers

    Yeah I think keep the blog going, it's so entertaining reading everyone's thoughts and joining in trying to be as clever and entertaining as the other people on here! Think you not being on the radio and the blog not being here would be too much!

    Really looking forward to all request friday tonight - I too am off work next week so I will be in a joly good mood on the way home!! My little sister is going traveling for 6 months on wednesday so spending some time with her and then wondering around a bit aimlessly for the rest of the week, worrying about her.

    Have a great holiday Chris and see all you bloggers back here next week!


  36. At 03:16 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Jenny Walton wrote:


    As I said some weeks ago, everyone should have their own blog in order to be a blogger.

    Everyone else i a commentator.

  37. At 03:16 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Hi all

    I did a fab post just now with a joke and a list and everything, and got this message come up about something guarding against malicious and abusive comments...

    I don't do malicious or abusive...is everyone getting this message?

    Chris - Option C for preference - option A is assuming that you have access to a computer every day, and when I'm on hols I don't like to think about work, however much I love my job.

    I'm all at a loss now, can't remember half of what I wrote before...

    See/hear you all later

  38. At 03:16 PM on 27 Oct 2006, prof plum wrote:

    Ireland, fabulous choice for a holiday.

    It's amazing how succesful the show has become with a wide age range of listners too.
    Well done Mr Evans.

    Well I'm off to find a Pirate quizz game now ages 4 to 8.

    Happy Hols.

  39. At 03:17 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Amanda wrote:


    I have only just got to grips with this whole thing and you're going away. Say it ain't so!!

    I think that if you were to post in an ad hoc way I would lose my mind (if today is anything to go by - logging on, logging off time after time after time after time after time after time after time). It was like the days when I was waiting for a call from my then flaky boyfriend (now reliable husband). I would 1571 on the phone even after going to the toilet, just in case my hearing had failed me whilst taking a tinkle.

    This being said I do not and I'm sure none of us would like to get in the way of a fabulous (and dare I say well earned) holiday.

    I'm sure you will make a decision that is right for all of us - being as clever as a 'brain pie' an' all!!

    Looking forward to tonight's show (more than ever as it will be the last for an absolute age).


  40. At 03:18 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Dan Martin wrote:

    Keep it open none of read what you put on there now any way we just to EM and Cath And the rest of them

    Have a good break mate If you get the chance get the doolin ferry over to one of the islands one called inasher is fantastic really pretty

    See you in two weeks

    Right everyone now hes gone what shall we talk about
    he he he

  41. At 03:19 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Lizzybeth wrote:

    I've only blogged once before but (although it pains me) I reckon close down the blog and come back all fired up in two weeks.

    That way we all get chance to do a little bit less talking and a whole lot of doing that can be shared when the blog returns in two weeks.

    Enjoy the cookery course Christophe, sounds like heaven! Just got my organic veg box delivered and shopped for excellent meat at the butcher's yesterday...A weekend at home cooking for friends and soup making awaits- Bliss!

  42. At 03:21 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Tootie wrote:

    Hello Chris and fellow bloggers xxxx

    I'll miss you Chris. Enjoy your holiday and keep on 'doing'

    The blog won't be quite the same without you, but at least we can all miss you together if it continues : )

    Had the most horrendous drive home last night. If it weren't for Chris's dulcet tones calming me down, I think I may have been a candidate for an early heart attack. 70mph winds were howling round my car, bollards from the central reservation were coming at me, debris all over the roads, car being blown to my left when I really needed to travel right, it was a nightmare. I'm glad all I have to worry about tonight is a little drizzle.

    And wooooohooooo it's Friday.

    Have a fab weekend everyone x

  43. At 03:21 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Alison P wrote:

    I'm probably going to be the only one to say this - but close the blog! Only cos I feel I'm getting addicted to it (turning the computer on first thing and not wanting to navigate away just in case I miss something) and I need to concentrate on job hunting!!! But I suppose once I find a job my addiction will automatically come to a end so leave it open.........

    Oh I don't know.

    Have a fabby 2 weeks off and make sure you come back and fully refreshed.

    Off to walk dog before a night out with some friends I rarely go out with. Should be a night of much gossip!

    Happy weekend

    Alison xxxx

  44. At 03:23 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Brian H wrote:


    You make us laugh every day and hopefully we make you laugh sometimes!

    The session with Rod Stewart was amazing so down to earth and such a nice guy!

    Take a break man! You cant be on holiday if you are turning your computer on every day.

    Go away and enjoy yourself and and after 2 weeks everything will be going at 150%!

    Glad your coming over here to play golf, patience is important it takes 7 minutes to pour the perfect pint of stout! I will maybe invite you to my living room before Christmas!

    Have a great holiday!

  45. At 03:24 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Charlie Trespaderne wrote:

    keep the blog open, it gives me something to do while at work, other than sleeping or reading a newspaper on the toilet. It still amazes me how many work hours must be lost while employees play soduko, if I could invent a newspaper detector for mens and ladies rooms I could perhaps patent it and make myself a fortune. There you go, one for the dragons den, oops better go time to look busy, ps chris which aussie wine do you prefer rosemount or wolfblass???

  46. At 03:24 PM on 27 Oct 2006, anna wrote:

    can we cope for 2 weeks without you? Bereft we shall be, but even you, CLP deserves a holiday.

    I reckon have your time off and dont give us a second thought......... even if we do end up checking several times a day...... just in case.

    as far as the flow of the blog is concerned i refer you to the words of (i think) a wise old seagull called Jonathan.

    "if you love someone enough let them go, if it is meant to be, they will come back"

    the blog will pick up where it left of when you get back i am certain.

    blimey, that was a bit intense a response just for a shall we or shant we blog question. Sorry!

    shall end on a lighter note.

  47. At 03:26 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Eleanor's Mum wrote:

    Hmmm. I'm torn between B and C.

    A is too easy an option.

    Will miss you in the radio, and blogging, but will be up to eyeballs in work so maybe not such a bad thing.

    Hope you enjoy your cookery course - don't forget the squiggly Pig's recipe request!

    Also, over the moon to hear about your listening figures - told you it was a ncie club to be part of.

    Happy weekend everybody. Two weeks and counting and the Squiggler will be a whole year old. My, how time flies.

    PS - any chance at all of having a Then Jerico track this evenign Christophle? I managed to get through last week, but the show ran out of time... we need an entire day dedicated to Chris Evans Drive Time!!!

  48. At 03:27 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Jennie (from the blog) wrote:

    2 week break sounds good - i can get some work done - and take my own advice and get on with doing rather than blogging!!

    Have a great break. If you are back in sunny surrey come down to the chid bonfire on 4th November - if one of us is sober enough we may tootle up to the mulberry to warm up (and line your pockets!) - or may stick to the swan inn as usual.

    and next week remember "claudia schiffer not Kate Bush"

    Love Jennie

  49. At 03:27 PM on 27 Oct 2006, anna wrote:

    oh no, two blogs from me with differing views. thought the first had gone in to the ether and thought twice by the time i sent the second one......

    now 3 blogs..........

    sticking with my second view point though.

  50. At 03:28 PM on 27 Oct 2006, The BigUN wrote:

    Afternoon bloggers and schloggers,

    Well all request Friday already :-) Where has this week gone?

    What no blog for two weeks? Oh no my head is spinning and I fear it may spin off if I do not get to blog!!

    I think the blog should stay open with a going on hols message for you Chris. That way we can continue with the blogging and just make up stuff about you whilst you are not here, :-) You could just pop in and add a P.S or two when you have time to keep us going? So that is A for me please :-)

    So off to the South West for a cooking course are you? I hear there is a very good sea food restaurant in Padstow (with a famous chef) who run courses on how to cook sea food………...Mmmmmm!

    Chris have a wonderful two weeks off, I hope you miss us!!

    Keep smiling everyone and have a wonderful weekend :-)


    An Englishman, Frenchman and a Irish man are out walking on the cliffs of Dover when they come across a genie bottle.

    They decide to rub it and out pops the genie.

    "I grant each one of you three wishes" he says, "but it must benefit your own country"

    The Irish man asks for peace in a united Ireland, next thing all across the country Catholics and Protestants are shaking hands.

    The Frenchman asks for a 1 mile high wall to be built around France to keep all the none French out. Next thing he sees is a huge wall encircling France.

    The Englishman seeing this huge wall from Dover asks the Genie if that will really keep everything in as well as out. Yes replies the genie.

    Fill it full of water then says the Englishman.

  51. At 03:30 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Tickle In Cork wrote:

    Congrats on the figures, I do try my own bit, but I don't think internet listening figures are included! If only R2 was in FM here. Oh well....

    Have a great time touring my part of the world - especially the cookery course. Very good I hear!

    Have a rest, get out of everything for a few days and when you're ready start blogging and broadcasting again - you'll be amazed how much the pistons will be firing by then!

    By the way our spare bedroom is free if the food gets too much and you need an escape! (Hardly!!)

    And don't forget your raincoat.... mange tous and cabbage and bacon on top of it.

  52. At 03:31 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Joannie (Toronto and UK tomorrow, yay) wrote:

    Hi Chris....
    1) Congrats on the numbers.....awesome dude :-) Well deserved of course :-)
    2) Have a great hol - we will really miss you, it just won't be the same without your daily dose of happiness
    3) I vote we keep the blog open...I am Joannie and I am a Chris blogaholic - so yes we can keep our family going and we can talk about you behind your back - lol. And of course if you can send any snippit while you are away, even better
    4) Enjoy your coooookery lesson
    5) ONE MORE sleep till I come over - I will blog when I get back with my trip antics :-)
    6) I will miss you all for 5 days
    7) Please please play the request I emailed, Fernando - Abba for my dear Dad's 90th
    Enjoy your fishcakes - being a veggie myself, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower cheese to you too :-)

    Miss you already :-)

  53. At 03:32 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Simon wrote:

    Dear Chris,
    option C seems like a good idea.
    Have a good show.

  54. At 03:32 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Mark Occomore wrote:

    Hiya Chris,

    So it is the last show for a few weeks. I hope you will return in Novemeber with a festive spirt as it wont be long before it's upon us.

    I am sure my kids wouldn't mind you dressed in santa popping in for a cuppa in December.

    Anyway have a nice holiday and missing your show already.

    Best regards


  55. At 03:32 PM on 27 Oct 2006, mandie wrote:

    hi to one and all,

    blimey did not think this was coming today??? what is going on??

    yes please keep the blog open, if you get a chance to 'chat', that will obviously be a bonus, but this site is my switch off time at work, i look like i am busy, but in fact i am engrossed in what everyone else has been up to over the last 24 hours or so!!

    going now to make a nice refreshing cup of red bush tea to go with the piece of carrot cake i have just scoffed!! am looking forward to a indian meal out with my man tonight to celebrate his first pay packet since april!!

    have a wonderful holiday look forward to hearing about it!!

    lots of love to everyone, have a fab weekend, hope that you play my record tonight - bits and pieces by the dave clarke 5, reminds me of when i was a kid palying at full pelt on my mums radiogram!!

    xxx's to everyone

  56. At 03:34 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Mungus wrote:

    Congratulations on the listening figures. I knew you'd find your audience on Radio 2. Let the miserable s*ds go off to Radio Gold Land and not be challenged. Hurrah for us!

    Happy holidays Chris! May all of your recipes edify and delight and may all your putts be little ones.

  57. At 03:34 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Dan wrote:

    Big lad,

    Have a well-deservered break next week. Your show has been a new era for me over the last few months. Really appreciate thought-provoking stuff and opinions in the evening whilst preparing grub. Food for the mind, food for the stomach and food for them soul!

    Tip: try a golf course up North next week if you can - Royal Co. Down, Royal Portrush or Templepatrick among the best. (Or Fota island in Cork, if you can spare the time)

    Happy hols!!
    Dan in Belfast

  58. At 03:34 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Grizabella wrote:

    Well, happy holidaying… you lucky, lucky boy!

    MMmm the blog, I don’t know I just can’t decide… I like the idea of us carrying on your good work, but will it be that same without you?...but then… I also like the idea of closing it down and returning all guns blazing… but then… I’m quite excited about the prospect of the anticipation every day of the will he won’t he....

    I LOVE all request Friday, although I do miss the song you used to play EVERY Friday to open the show…play it again sam

    Happy weekend one and all


  59. At 03:35 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Gilly wrote:

    Firstly, have a brilliant break Chris- we'll miss you.

    Secondly, speaking personally, I'm not sure I can manage without my new extended friends/family on this blogsite. I think you should leave it open, just in case...Let's wing it and see what happens....!

    Love to all you petite pois out there,
    Gilly x

  60. At 03:37 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Bodacia Marchbanks wrote:

    my previous post has disappeared into the ether again! Have a good holiday, and blog when you! feel like it, if you can!

    Had an idea which might be why it disappeared, I fancied themed total request fridays. how about once a month having a theme, show tunes, dads favourite, purple songs, girls names anything you fancy!! What do you and the bloggers think?

  61. At 03:37 PM on 27 Oct 2006, cath wrote:

    Hey Cat #1 - are you the same Cat that was having the scan today?? How did it go? And did you do any shopping on the shopping channels? ;-)

    Thinking of you still


  62. At 03:41 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Manny Henriques wrote:

    TWO WEEKS OFF! do we have aspirations of a Woganesque nature?
    Will there be grouting?
    Are TOGS to be rivaled by COGS?
    Will hooded TYGS stand on opposite street corners to CYGS?
    Is the golfiing in Ireland a cunning ploy to enter a certain well know golf club?
    And is the cookery course a way of matching the racing snake figure currently being aired through the Children in Need adverts?
    Oh the endless quetions and dilemas with no answers just two weeks?
    I see too many similarities or is it just me, am i seeing and reading too many signs?
    Conspiricy Theory? Maybe!
    But be careful if you are many have tried and been cast aside like an old moldy snorker
    The master will not be gotten at via stealth methods or frontal assault.
    I see a vision in a radio studio in a place far far away the two warriors with light sabres at the ready the challenge of the Darth Manger attacks with the words "You are weak old man, it has come full circle, the student has become the master".
    But then Obi Wogan Kanobi defends with the immortal line
    "You cannot win. If you strike me down i shall become more powerful than you can ever imagine !"

    Dah Dah Dadada Dah Dah dadada Dah Dah dadada Dah

  63. At 03:43 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Vince wrote:

    Ooooh, 2 weeks without the show...I've only recently resurrected my portable FM radio walkman (last used during the old Virgin days) and started taking an overground route home from work so that I can pick up the show! Oh well, absinthe makes the heart grow fonder, as they say.

    As for the blog, it'd be nice to keep it open, but is there anyway to nominate a topic of the day for discussion?

    Anyway, have a good holiday!!!


  64. At 03:46 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Sammie wrote:

    Hello Friends!!

    Thanks for the lovely messages on Wednesday - I have now caught up with postings since then...

    Change in my life continues, as 'virtual' boyfriend has had the boot... Saw some houses yesterday and in an effort to move ASAP am going to rent... Such an exciting time - changing my job next year too!!!

    Holiday blog - hmmm tricky one Chris, may be good to have a break for a couple of weeks and come back refreshed with many tales to tell, but on the other hand, I missed it when you were golfing last time!

    Be a devil - make a decision!

    For fab gift ideas try Hawkins Bazaar - they are online and also have outlets around the country.

    To celebrate my newfound decision making, I am hitting the town big style tomorrow night - a FAB night guaranteed - yippee, so excited!!!!! (have just heard that we're on the 'special' guest list for a nightclub - it just keeps getting better!!)

    Have a FUNTASTIC Friday folks - the weekend starts here!


  65. At 03:55 PM on 27 Oct 2006, IanG wrote:

    Don't like "B". How will I cope not knowing how all of my extended family are doing for the next two weeks.

    It's ok for you, Chris, to go swanning off (ok, it IS well deserved), but we've all got to carry on - and we'll need each other even more without you to cheer us up our drives home.

    So, I say option D (I know there isn't an option D, but bear with me). Get someone at R2 to open a fresh blog each day with a simple one word "topic" that you write before you go. We've then got something to post about - but you can enjoy your break with out having to log in (unless you want to add the occasional comment).

    Now, how about the answer to lifes most important question - who have we got to listen to for the next two weeks????????????

  66. At 03:56 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Scuba Smurfette wrote:

    Option C definately. It's your hol do that which makes you happy. If that includes chatting with us then great, if it doesn't que sera. As good a job as I imagine yours is - it is still a job and everyone needs a break now and then.

    I like the idea of you buying people piglets for Christmas, just think Tanzania could be taken over by Ginger Bacon Inc.

    Hope the leprechauns are smiling on you

  67. At 03:59 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Afternoon !

    Congrats on the figures !!

    I would like the blog left open I think, especially as I would like to update all the lovely people that have been sending me good wishes. I had my second appointment today, it was very scary ! They are doing loads more tests next week (even more scary !!) and then the outcome of those depends on what happens next. Phew !

    Thanks to everyone for the comments and thoughts. I really do appreciate it. The Docs have said that although they can not rule out the big C at this stage as "there are no certainties in medicine Tracey-Ann" they are hoping that the next set of tests will indicate something else. Here`s hoping !

    Chris - enjoy your two weeks off ! You deserve it. Of course it would be lovely to hear from you in the meantime but a break is just that,a break ! Enjoy yourself and have fun !

    Oooh Little Britian is HILARIOUS !!! They hadn`t announced the London shows when we got tickets so we drove all the way down to Plymouth ! Was lucky enough to meet up with the chaps afterwards, great guys. Laughed so much ! Especially Sebastian and the big show number at the end !!!

    Right - I`m off ... Looking forward to getting in my car and turning you on (so to speak !!!!)

    I hope everyone has an excellent weekend !

    Chris - enjoy your break

    Love to all x x x x x

  68. At 04:02 PM on 27 Oct 2006, becks wrote:

    I would miss you all to much for 2 weeks, can we keep it open please and if chris get chance to post a new one that would be good but not necessary?

  69. At 04:08 PM on 27 Oct 2006, missmandyloo wrote:

    I'm usually a lurker but today I have decided to take the bull by the horns and add my twopennies worth.

    I really enjoy the blog and like others have been logging on and off all day (boss is away) to check if your latest instalment has arrived. I think the anxiety caused has been because we know that you were supposed to be blogging today.

    However now we know you are on your holidays for the next couple of weeks we aren't really going to expect to hear from you and so it will be a lovely treat if you are able to blog. Does that make sense? I can't remember what the letter option for that choice was but i pick that one!

    Got to go and lie down now - it's nerve wracking this sticking your thoughts down for everyone else to see. I think I'll stick to lurking!

  70. At 04:11 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    CAKE 12# Think of how much better you'll be in two weeks time though! Having not had to spend the last 14 days hunched over your computer constantly pressing the refresh button in your endless quest to find out exactly how late todays blog is gonna be!

    On a more serious note, keep warm and get well soon...if you have a view to look at the birds are all getting 'nesty' and just starting to come into their winter plumage so you can watch them messing about!

    It's been a beautiful day in Brighton.

    BigUn - with your permission I would like to share this missive...

    A journalist visits a special hospital and asks the director how he decides who should stay there...
    'Well,' says the director, 'We first fill up a bath with water, then offer the person a teaspoon or a teacup or a bucket, and ask them to empty the bath.'
    'Oh I see,' says the journalist, 'and a normal person would choose the bucket as it's the biggest.'
    'No,' says the director, 'a normal person would pull out the plug. Would you like a bed by the window...?'

    Get well soon Cake and see you in a fortnight.

    Bless the blog and all who sail in her

  71. At 04:11 PM on 27 Oct 2006, The Debster wrote:

    Hiya Chris
    You are sooo lovely. I really missed your blog this morning like many of us I'm sure. xx

    So the candyman may take away our candy for two whole weeks. I might just search for an alternative blog......who knows what's out there.......I was a blog virgin until I met you and now I can't go a day without it. Maybe I should see if there's another as satisfying out there....xx

    I'd go with option B if I thought you were running out of blog juice and needed replenishing but you are right on form every day.......pure honey. xx

    So I'm going with option C as it's the most free option. I could do with being less addicted to this blog and I'd also like to think that you can be totally absorbed in your golf and cookery without having to blog. I think you're far more likely to want to blog if you feel that you don't have to and besides I love surprises and I have been taking you a little for granted lately. xx

    I personally do not think that you will be able to go without the blog. Methinks that you have come not just to rely but to depend on our contributions. Complete withdrawal (option 'B') would be futile master. xx

    I just hope there's not too many needy bloggers out there who go with option A. It's lovely that you are are considering our opinions too but go play, go learn and come back a better man for it.

    I'm off to Galstonbury tonight to attend a witches party tomorrow night. Today I have been asked to accompany a male friend to a Masonic do - ladies evening - and as he doesn't have a lady he's asked me to accompany him. I do feel a bit like like I'm batting for both sides but that's why I love being single.....I get so many invitations and I can say yes to everything!

    A very happy weekend to all of you.
    Let's see how long Chris can go without a blog.....xx
    ....and a kiss for every one of you......

  72. At 04:16 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Katie OZ wrote:

    Will miss the daily blog but perhaps a break would be good to get some work done.... U deserve a good break Chris! Mind you if you popped on now and then what a lovely surprise that would be.

    Oh another indecisive lady arhhhh...

    Have a good one whatever you decide!


  73. At 04:16 PM on 27 Oct 2006, The BigUN wrote:

    Hazel # 35

    Rather surprisingly I do not get this message :-) I do not get anything, some of my posts just fail to appear ………. for ……… err ………some ……..reason :-) LOL

    I have read rules and it is not clear to me what would offend anyone as if it does not offend me why should it anyone else? Still the BBC laughter police are the ones in charge and our job is to get away with what we can :-))))))

    Now let me see if my earlier post has appeared yet? NO, I must be abusive?

    WOW………I just had this post refused!!! I got that message as well as if I am an abusive commenter :-( A new feature to stop us being able to blog too soon between blogs!

    This is what it said! :-(

    Comment Submission Error
    Your comment submission failed for the following reasons:

    In an effort to curb malicious comment posting by abusive users, I've enabled a feature that requires a weblog commenter to wait a short amount of time before being able to post again. Please try to post your comment again in a short while. Thanks for your patience.

    So how long is a short amount of time?


  74. At 04:19 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Paul wrote:


    A. But while you're away, and darkness closes in, maybe your lovely bloggers could help me make this the best Winter ever. Can I indulge in a bit of blogg-napping?

    So, if any of you have Events or News you wish to share then please visit at:


    Alternatively you may want to see what's going on. Forget the weather and the darkness, let's make it the best Winter ever!

    Have a good hols Chris

  75. At 04:24 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Gaby wrote:

    o me miseram....

    I knew there was the 'four-day' foodie trip coming up - but tried to put that to the back of my mind or at least convince myself that it would be a weekend and hence we would only miss two days of you!!

    But now (sorry to start sentence with but. But these are extenuating circumstances!!), I discover you are to go away for two weeks : ( : (

    The clocks go back, you are away for two weeks and we may not have a blogmeister !!! : (....please not B....)

    Have a good one.....

    Have a good one too all you lovely people.


  76. At 04:26 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Gaby wrote:


    Is it time for you to come back yet....? : ) the two weeks must be up by now... : )


  77. At 04:27 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Jane wrote:

    Hi Chris will miss you loads while your away but suppose you deserve a rest like the rest of us. You say your second weeks your way down south west on a cookery course W E L L if your mean the south west of UK thats where we are near Liskeard & your more than welcome to drop in and try out your cooking skills on us There could even be a bottle of some good stuff waiting if you like. Mange toute Mange toute Jane & Don

  78. At 04:29 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Jude wrote:

    Hi Chris and blogsters

    I am torn between a complete break so I can 'manage' my addiction and the fact that I really don't want to not be able to read/have chats each day!!( 2 negatives in a sentence - my english teacher would be mortified!!)

    So 50/50 - no help really!!

    Have a fantabulous holiday Chris.

    Should be an even more brilliant show tonight - must get there for 5 so only half an hour at the pub for after works drinks methinks!!

    Love Jude


  79. At 04:42 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Apparently a chap called Stuart is standing in.....

  80. At 04:43 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Gaby wrote:


    ps Thank you for taking the trouble to ask us what we would prefer for the duration, blog-wise....: )


  81. At 04:43 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Karen D wrote:

    Morning all,

    Joanie (Toronto) do you think Chris does this on purpose....books a holiday when you or I are visiting the old country and looking forward to hearing Chris. "live" at 5 as opposed to 10am for me and 7 am for you? Oh well there is always the TOG meister to make you smile.
    On this note I have just booked to come over for a quick trip over Christmas...will you be around then Chris?

    I had the best birthday pressie yesterday from my daughters...a radio alarm which connects to my Ipod and so I can set it to wake me up with the sounds of the latest CE or TW podcast....cool.

    With regard to keeping the blog open while a certain someone enjoys his golf and cookery.......yes pleeze.

    I don't work on Fridays and really enjoy the All Request..maybe I will try my luck from this side of the pond !!

    By the way JustEmma39........I used to live in Fleet before moving over here 8 years ago.

    Love Karen

  82. At 04:43 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Linda Brady wrote:

    Hello dear... I think you should keep the blog open... it won't be the same without you but it'd be cool to see what happens... have a lovely holiday. Ciao ciao.X.

  83. At 04:45 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Lou Mills wrote:

    Hi Chris,

    Hello! This is my first ever comment on your blog but have been reading it for ages, and it makes my day (and makes me think....!)

    I think you should go away and not worry about blogging so you can chill out properly.....however......I like the idea that Sal, the Fox or Johnny could guest blog in your absence....

    Speaking of good ideas, I also liked the idea of a themed request friday every now and again (I'm sure your listeners will come up with some inspired choices...)

    Looking forward to listening at 5pm

  84. At 04:46 PM on 27 Oct 2006, cat wrote:

    hi cath @ #52

    yep that was me just before I left for the scan, now i'm back.

    wasn't too bad, very noisy in there, listened to my harry potter talking book (what I could hear of it) and I know they're not reading this but ta very much mr scan guy for putting up with my nervous witterings!!

    Now just wait for results...

    and like anna @ #45 i've changed my mind too re blog, very selfish to want christophe to blog every day on his hols, lets just wait for the surprise blog!

    thanks for thinking about me (no i didn't shop on shopping channel but t'internet got a bit of a hammering)


  85. At 04:47 PM on 27 Oct 2006, caroline wrote:

    Hi Chris and fellow bloggers

    Chris you are FAB, I think you deserve a rest on hols BUT>>>>> I'd love it to be C--anticipation is delicious and you may get inspiration at some point and then it would be a great surprise.
    It would be like sending a post card to all of us! what a saving on stamps..!
    You choose, anyway I'm sure we'll all still be here in 2 weeks
    Have a fantastic, relaxing, inspirational and foodie holiday ( will you go foraging?)

    see ya
    Love Caroline XX

  86. At 04:49 PM on 27 Oct 2006, V wrote:

    Hi Christophe

    Hope you have a fab holiday you've certainly earned it, well done to you and all the team on the figures!!

    As for the blog I would go with C.

    Looking forward to the weekend and another busy one, off to Glasgow! Going to go for lunch, shopping but most importantly wander around Borders books have a hot chocolate and watch the world go by....I love bookshops nothing ever bad happens in them!!!

    Have a fab holiday, take care.



  87. At 04:51 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Littlest Hobo wrote:

    Good Morning from Vancouver and good afternoon to you all back in Blighty,

    Though your absence will be lamentable, we can but wish you an elevating, exhilaratory, inspiring, invigorating, quickening, rousing, stimulating, stirring, thrilling and uplifting holiday.

    In the words of the wonderfully intuitive and profoundly deep Bertrand Arthur William Russell,

    "If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important"

    Having reflected on the true sense of this online community, I feel the ode to the Blog should he thus:

    How special is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.

    Good day to you all and Mr Evans, we await your return with breath that can only be described as 'baited'


    Dr T

  88. At 04:55 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Jo from the Hill wrote:


    Talk about irony - it's the threat of no blog for two weeks that has prompted me to blog for the first time! I love reading everyone's messages and the friendships that are there.

    My vote is please leave it open and the challenge is for you not to read it or blog while you are away (not even secretly).

    Interesting to read different people's views on who should be your sub - I'd vote for JW as I think the is the only other DJ worth listening to at the moment, but each to their own.

    Re Christmas presents - could you get Mum to let you publish a book of her recipes? Could sell it for Children in Need. Possibly too late for this year, but plan ahead.

    Have a great hols Chris, I am sure you will come back refreshed and bursting with ideas.

    Sorry this has gone on a bit, once I've started I just can't stop!


  89. At 04:55 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Lily wrote:

    Hello all,

    I agree with J (#12). Come to Ireland. It's a great place! And bonus for me because I'm already here :-)

    Chris, have a nice relaxing break. Everyone needs time-out every now and again, so enjoy it whilst you get it.

    Have fun,

  90. At 04:58 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Lawgirlleo wrote:

    Hi Chris and all Blogbabes,
    Have a fab break Chris, you desreve it after all your hard work - but we are going to miss you loads!
    I think the blog could continue whilst you are away, but it wouldn't be the same without you as you are the inspiration behind all the chatter x

  91. At 05:06 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Alan Stanley wrote:

    Congrats on the figures Chris, I've been with you since you started broadcasting on the station in April. You have turned it into something special and the drive home is much more tolerable.

    Onwards and Upwards

    Big AL

  92. At 05:08 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Afternoon !

    Congrats on the figures !!

    I would like the blog left open I think, especially as I would like to update all the lovely people that have been sending me good wishes. I had my second appointment today, it was very scary ! They are doing loads more tests next week (even more scary !!) and then the outcome of those depends on what happens next. Phew !

    Thanks to everyone for the comments and thoughts. I really do appreciate it. The Docs have said that although they can not rule out the big C at this stage as "there are no certainties in medicine Tracey-Ann" they are hoping that the next set of tests will indicate something else. Here`s hoping !

    Chris - enjoy your two weeks off ! You deserve it. Of course it would be lovely to hear from you in the meantime but a break is just that,a break ! Enjoy yourself and have fun !

    Oooh Little Britian is HILARIOUS !!! They hadn`t announced the London shows when we got tickets so we drove all the way down to Plymouth ! Was lucky enough to meet up with the chaps afterwards, great guys. Laughed so much ! Especially Sebastian and the big show number at the end !!!

    I hope everyone has an excellent weekend !

    Chris - enjoy your break

    Love to all x x x x x

  93. At 05:09 PM on 27 Oct 2006, anna wrote:

    sarah - that is genius.

    Dear Ma Evans

    On behalf of Sarah, myself and many other bloggers I'm sure...

    Please Please Please can you look after the blog in the absence of your man cub.



    Yours respectfully
    Anna x

  94. At 05:10 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Dear Chris

    As you are going on holiday, yet would entertain the idea of keeping the blog going, I would like to suggest that you offer one of your regular commentators the opportunity to take the helm. I'm far to modest to suggest myself, of course, but should others put my name your way then I might well consider the offer, discreetly and in confidence and without incurring the resentment or jealousy of others equally disposed to the idea of sitting on top of this blog for a change, rather than squatting underneat it

    yours in anticipation

    J McC

  95. At 05:17 PM on 27 Oct 2006, a smith wrote:


    Go off on holiday and forget about work - that's what's meant to happen and you're entitled to it just like anyone!

    You could keep the blog open for folk to interact if they want - you don't have to update it. At least it lets people keep in touch.

    Also you don't want to lose the momentum of the blog as it seems to going great guns!

    Enjoy your holiday, chill, relax and forget about everything you luck person!

  96. At 05:18 PM on 27 Oct 2006, wilsmar wrote:

    Mr E.... those lyrics .... they've been bugging me all afternoon. Could you be wrong and they are actually the opening lines from Carole King's "It might as well rain until September?"
    I wondered what was going on last night when you told Sally's "Boozeman" that you wouldn't see him next Thursday.
    Happy weekend all.

  97. At 05:32 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Gaby wrote:

    guys n gals

    Dr J McC.....awesome idea - I second your modest proposal which may, by definition, count as a nomination : ) ......I am sure there are many, like me, happy to assume position of squatters :)

    I may be modded out due to excessive use - see Keith's (BigUn) post above ....

    Sorry I haven't put the customary # next to the posts I have mentioned - I have now entered the 'preview' stage of my posting and fear that if I go back to main page I may post my piece accidentally only to re-type it and subsequently re-post it but with appropriate #s added ....in which case I would definitely be modded out for excessive use................'oh, if only that would happen to her' I hear you cry!!! : )



  98. At 05:34 PM on 27 Oct 2006, sarah wrote:

    Dr JC for blog sitter!
    ( other blogsitters are available)

  99. At 05:36 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Sarah Whittaker wrote:

    Hi. This is my first visit to your blog. I just read some of the previous blogs to my boyfriend and we both decided that you seem like a really good chap, the kind of bloke that you could have a quiet pint with.
    Just wanted to say that this is a nice place to visit and I'll come back! x

  100. At 05:37 PM on 27 Oct 2006, sarah wrote:

    Dr JC for blog sitter!
    ( other blogsitters are available)

  101. At 05:42 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Amanda wrote:

    Hello bloggers one and all!

    Chris, enjoy your two weeks! Visit us on the blog when you can...other than that, I would be happy if it was just opened everyday. We have created quite a community here! I always look forward to what amusements Bigun or the good Dr. McC have to share..as well as the recipe and gift ideas...and the just all around good time!

    We shall soldier on!

  102. At 05:46 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    BigUn 73#

    I'm not even 35# any more, I'm 37#! Something is sneaking under the wire methinks...the short amount of time has obviously been judged correctly by those previously denied access...

    Perhaps it is time for the blog to close for a while so that the 'malicious' amongst us who try to post 'abusive' comments forget all about it and go away.

    I, in the meantime, will be under the clock at Waterloo wearing a carnation in my button hole and carrying a copy of the Financial Times awaiting the happy return of the holiday maker in two weeks time.


    Perhaps if you see me you could bring me a sandwich and a drink...?

  103. At 05:49 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Suzane wrote:

    Option C, love the show listening in GA, USA formerly Warrington

  104. At 05:49 PM on 27 Oct 2006, lizzie wrote:

    c keep blog open

  105. At 05:49 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Simon Anderson wrote:

    Hi Chris

    We will miss you but i think it is best to close the blog down and re-open it with new fresh ideas when your back. i love the blog please never stop blogging? Thank you for keeping us all entertained have a great break chris


  106. At 05:51 PM on 27 Oct 2006, feste wrote:

    Hi all

    I love the fact that you have "viewing figures" for a radio show...the guilty parties know who they are LOL.

    Option C gets my vote but it's a little redundant because you just anounced on the radio that was going to happen anyway.

    OKI DOKI, i'm done for today. Short but hopefully sweet.

    Much love

    Feste xx

  107. At 05:52 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Frances wrote:

    Badminton, a poem

    Bend over, bend over, bend over
    Flow is petal begonia
    We stoop for the cap
    That sits in the lap
    Beatrice, Ulysees, Hercules

    Smack, smack, smack
    The proof is in on the tack
    The jockey is late
    From cleaning the grate
    Smack, smack, smack

    Pat, pat, pat
    There is more to this than that
    The fence is a farm
    The car is a barn
    Ignition is set on the bat.

    Fly, fly, fly
    The air is up to the sky
    The rain is a cloud
    And heaven is loud
    Jumbo jet

    Flaw, flaw, flaw
    The hoof is rounding the claw
    Noses and eyes
    When set in disguise
    Can get to go out of bounds

    Smith, smith, smith
    Galloping over the ditch
    The scoop is a stride
    For anyone’s hide
    Smith, smith, smith.

    Groom, groom, groom
    The melody of a perfume
    Plopping away the grass goes ay
    Shine, shine, shine

    Broom, broom, broom
    The gorse is sharper to touch
    The log is a dig that landed a fig
    Smoother than pass is green

    Morse, morse, morse
    Horse, horse, horse
    Clippety clop
    Clippety shop
    Dot to dash
    Is over the hedge

    Through, through, through
    The puddle is closer than you
    It opens and shuts
    Without spilling guts
    True, true, true

    Kennel, kennel, kennel
    The corn and the mennel
    Chum is nice
    For Barley Magrew
    Echo, alfa, foxtrot.

    Pope, pope, pope
    The soap is on the rope
    The bed is cold
    Men grow old
    On porridge and mould
    Hope, hope, hope.

  108. At 05:53 PM on 27 Oct 2006, mjg wrote:

    been out of the loop for a while due to myself being computerless too.

    just about fixed it, and as a way to celebrate, managed to get through and hopefully choose a track.

    would use the exclamation sign but my keyboard is playing up.

    would be great for the blog to continue, just so i feel part of the big family thing.

    great show mate, keep it up and have a great break,


  109. At 06:00 PM on 27 Oct 2006, I am Joannie (Toronto) and I am a Chris Blogaholic :-) wrote:

    Hi again....
    Karen D - yes I think it is a conspiracy....Chris just does not want us foreigners around :-) Also, I would love to take you up on your offer of a cuppa when I come to Calgary next year (I think my son will be moving there, it is just where he wants to be :-( so why dont you email me through my website so we dont lose touch (and of course anyone else who would like to)

    Hazel Love - I got kicked off too...I dont know why either - again, a conspiracy methinks :-)

    Tracey-Ann - good luck with your tests, please keep us posted.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

    Bye again Chris xxxxxx

  110. At 06:02 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Caroline wrote:

    Hi there Chris and the team

    I know this is a bit late, but only just started on the blog - but my vote goes to 'c'. Got to go back to work next week and without you to make it better! You deserve the break though - fantastic show, makes driving home and working at home til 7 as a teacher bearable - viewing figures just proved what we all knew anyway! Enjoy the the golf and the cooking - v envious!

    Caroline x x

  111. At 06:06 PM on 27 Oct 2006, julie wrote:

    Lets close the blog down for 2 weeks then we all have a well earned break as the blog is so addictive!! Enjoy your hols

  112. At 06:23 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Ali wrote:

    Hi Chris

    Have a great holiday. Hope it's Stuart Maconie who is covering your absence.

    As long as the BigUn can keep submitting his jokes I'll keep checking out the blog.

    love and kisses


  113. At 06:23 PM on 27 Oct 2006, david bones wrote:

    Brilliant show Chris !!!

    I am 44 years old been riding a motorbike for this past 6 years.
    It is the best toy I have ever had !!!
    Tell Sally riding a motorbike is the most fun you can have with your clothes on !!!!!!

    Dave Bones

  114. At 06:28 PM on 27 Oct 2006, S wrote:

    hi chris,
    yes i think
    B. close it down have a complete rest and come back all guns blazing. have agreat hol! love the show.

  115. At 06:28 PM on 27 Oct 2006, sarah j wrote:

    Keep it open for us pleeeeeeeeeease Chris ..

    The show is just brilliant ... you deserve a rest ..


  116. At 06:30 PM on 27 Oct 2006, mickster wrote:

    Hi blogsters,

    Sorry I'm so late just finished packing for weekend in the hills of North Wales. I know I've missed the 5pm deadline but I hope that we blogsters can keep it going in your absence. Could be a revelation, you know while the cats away and all that.

    Might even surprise you? Deep meaningful thoughts or shallow drivel (theres been no drivel yet, everyone is so nice) go on leave us the keys dad, promise we won't break it.

  117. At 06:31 PM on 27 Oct 2006, sarah j wrote:

    Keep it open for us pleeeeeeeeeease Chris ..

    The show is just brilliant ... you deserve a rest ..


  118. At 06:34 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Parksy wrote:

    Hi Chris

    New to the blog but just heard you mention the cramp thing the morning after drinking. I think I have a cure!

    I reasoned that it was dehydration from the drinkypoos the night before - and tried drinking a pint or two of water. And it works! Or it does for me.

    Great show, great blog, we'll miss you while you're away!

    From another Chris.

  119. At 06:41 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Penny wrote:

    Hurry back Chris, we'll miss you,


    ps. keep the blog open.....

  120. At 06:46 PM on 27 Oct 2006, elaine wrote:

    Hi Chris

    really enjoy the show, and have done since the very first one, all those months ago!! (In fact I even phone in on the first day and said it was great,!) Well done mate and keep up the good work, bu tenjoy your hols, the craik and the guiness!!!!

    lots of love

  121. At 06:49 PM on 27 Oct 2006, chris m wrote:

    hi christoph-will miss you over the next 2 weeks-we will be going to devon for a week in the caravan with our 2 golden retrievers-remember i text you on a friday show in august to say we were picking our puppy up and would be spending the weekend house training?? bet you don't! anyway have a great holiday,


  122. At 06:51 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Hannah James wrote:

    You are all so right doing is the thing! I've had a lurking idea for weeks to spend a birthday gift on a climbing lesson instead of the usual things. Job now done I'm booked in! Enjoy the cooking!

  123. At 07:18 PM on 27 Oct 2006, The BigUN wrote:

    Hazel # 102 or whatever number you are now :-)

    I will of course bring you a sandwich and a drink, so be on the lookout for a big chap in a raincoat with a big smile on his face :-)


    Ali # 112 I will try if the blog is here but I have to admit it is getting harder and harder to keep coming up with new jokes. I try so hard not to repeat any and I am not very organised so I have to rely on my memory as I have already posted so many :-) An now the moderators are watching it may get harder to get some of them posted :-(


    And finally great show tonight Chris, I am ready for the weekend now! Enjoy your two weeks off, come back refreshed and raring to go :-)


  124. At 07:20 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Linda Brady wrote:

    Hello dear people... I've just had a posting rejected... no idea why... I just said that the word malicious was horrendous (that word came up when I tried to post)... & that how could anyone find this blog offensive in anyway... it's all just fun & thought provoking, teddybears, cooking, Winnie the Pooh & all those lovely things & it makes me see things from a different perspective which is cool & I enjoy listening to you all... but it was rejected... what's that all about... virtual rejection is like a punch in the stomach... well not that bad but still got to me.X

  125. At 07:38 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Suze wrote:

    Alright champs!

    Can you believe that I'm going to be sat here working until 11pm tonight...good job i had Mr E to ease me into my shift gently with ARF.

    But tragedy strikes when I hear he's off on jollies for 2 weeks, how will we cope when the man we don't actually know leaves us without even a postcard?!

    It's hard (oo-er) but I'm sure we'll cope. Close the Blog Chris and have a rest from our crazy world and go and endulge yourself in your own.

    Oh and I'm still holding my hopes high for a date!

    Much love and armite scrambled eggs to you all,


  126. At 07:48 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Em M wrote:

    Hi Chris,

    I think you should do whatever you want to do, i know if i was on holiday i wouldn't want to feel tied to do something.

    Tried yet again to get on the show tonight, asked for Que Sera Sera for my mother in law who is 70 today, was asked to spell it by young boy who answered the phone, unsurprisingly it wasn't played!


    Em xx

  127. At 08:22 PM on 27 Oct 2006, nick pyle wrote:

    Oi, Chris, how about coming to my house and doing a programme one day??
    I live in Grantham.........yep really, people do live here and there is life north of watford gap, ask Sally........
    go on dare ya, you wont believe how much fun can be had up here ! go on .... go on.... if little britain made you laugh your **** off try my missus and son.. they are real life straight out of little britain, Matt and David could have moddelled most of their charachters from our family ?? go on give us a call.... go on.......

  128. At 09:32 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Chris wrote:

    Hey Chris,

    Great the figures are on the way up, I think they have further to go too. I used to listen to you on the breakfast show on Radio 1 many years ago, and then Sara Cox finally converted me to Radio 2 (am I allowed to say that?). Great to have you back ~ I regularly work late (from 4.15) so I can hear you on the way home.

    Have a great hol.

  129. At 10:54 PM on 27 Oct 2006, kate wrote:

    ooo, i posted son=mething yesterday, first time ever and cant find it, it got eaten i think by the web monster!
    help, there are many drunken poeple in my house (me included) singing breakfast in america interspersed with space oddity.
    very strange.
    tomorrow i am going to a fireworks display at hallowftree scout camp, which my brotherinlaw runs, first one of the year, so excited!
    excuse strange typing please!
    chris, dont froget the potoatoes, most important.
    love and squeaks to everyone in the blog!

  130. At 11:26 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Emma S wrote:

    I miss you already, I hope you have an amazing holiday and experience over the next couple of weeks. I will miss listening to you in the evening, but look forward to hearing all your tales.



  131. At 11:39 PM on 27 Oct 2006, BED wrote:


    Only Blog, if and when you feel like it. Don't feel pressured that in the back of your mind you have to do a blog whilst on holiday.....
    Personally, I still think you should have gone to Vegas!!
    Take care and enjoy,
    See you soon,


  132. At 06:17 AM on 28 Oct 2006, lyndyloo wrote:

    DOn't stop the blog!!!!! I'ts 1.21am here in Fort Lauderdale and the first time I've had a chance to look............ I need my blog! PLEEEEEEEEEASE!


  133. At 08:40 AM on 28 Oct 2006, annie wrote:

    Dr T,

    How's it going in Vancouver?
    I was married in Banff and had lovely honeymoon in Vancouver (husband is Canadian ) Thinking of buying a place on the water for hols etc. a bit reluctant because of the rain !!

  134. At 10:46 AM on 28 Oct 2006, Jan wrote:

    Hi Chris

    Yeah, its way past 5pm on Friday but ... maybe just see how it goes? Blog if you want, don't if you don't - hey it's your holiday!

    But then it's that whole seed of doubt thing - if you keep it open will you be tempted to blog even though you really want a complete break [much as you love we bloggers and we love you] and if you close it down will you feel withdrawal pangs and feel awkward about starting it up again wondering if anyone will check to see if you have? [see, you aren't the only one whose brain just spirals off into these endless possibilities .....]

    Hope you have a lovely time off - I caught your 'itinerary' yesterday on the show but missed the last activity; what will you be doing? Whatever it is, hope you have a fabulous time, meet lots of lovely, smiley happy people, but also have plenty of 'you' time to just chill and be peaceful and do the things that make you feel relaxed [Christophe! Not THOSE things ...]

    Also wanted to say that last year I caught your edition of Desert Islands Discs with the lovely Dame Susan of Lawley and it genuinely moved me to tears Chris; your honesty, your self-awareness and how you dealt with some of the darker periods in your life. The bit where you talked about growing veggies and counting how many midges you could see swirling in a beam of sunlight, well I was literally sat on my stairs weeping, thinking "Oh Christophe!". I wish the best of everything Chris, you are a truly decent, big hearted, humanly flawed guy who just wants everyone to be happy; simple though that sounds, it can be a very tall order I know. Don't ever doubt that wanting the simple things in life is not cool; it's not about cool/uncool its about satisfying your soul.

    OK best be off as I'm getting all teary! Big love,

    Jan x

    PS Remember - plenty of water in between drinks and don't mix 'em up, oh and eat something first! Not hassling you, just want you to be well and happy and able to enjoy every minute of every day!

  135. At 10:58 AM on 28 Oct 2006, Josie wrote:

    HI all,

    Missed out yesterday as had a busy one at work. Glad all are well!!

    Think the blog should stay open too, we're all clearly addicted.

    Hurrah its Saturday, Boo Hoo I'm working later.

    Josie xx

  136. At 12:42 PM on 28 Oct 2006, Ian wrote:

    Do you think the Dutch guy really lost his car-keys yesterday? OR did he bottle it?

    Human League - great track though - had the missus singing along and she's been really ill all week - pukety puke type thing.

    Have a great hol, Christophe, listening to your itinerary whilst stuck on the motorway yesterday made me a tad jealous - not complaining though.

    Hurry back cause I love the show :-)


  137. At 04:05 PM on 28 Oct 2006, Ross Hemsworth wrote:

    Hi Chris

    You could always send them all to my blof for two weeks at www.myspace.com/rosshemsworth lol

    Have a great break mate!


  138. At 04:05 PM on 28 Oct 2006, Peirre O` wrote:

    How is everyone gonna survive with you off for 2 weeks? With you keeping us amused at teatime when you radiating total embarassment when caught out off guard by Foxy LOL.
    Fridays show was brilliant, as it kept my spirits up while trying to negotiate the M1 during the peak rush hour. Hope the audience figures continue to rise up and up, as I am enjoying the show enormously.
    Keep pushing Sally traffic to go for her motorcycle driving test. Maybe she should do it as a challenge for children in need............

  139. At 06:36 PM on 28 Oct 2006, Sam Downie wrote:

    Hi Chris - keep the blog open for the rest of us, and you.. please try to blog to it each day, and tell us what you are up to over the coming two weeks you are off, such as the cookery course, would love to know where you are doing it and what you are cooking! You say it's in the South West, I'm in the South West... in Bristol, so come and look me up for a beer/food !

    I've been in London for the last few days at the Mac-Expo that's just taken place at Olympia, and it's been brill! - I covered the 'Music on a Mac' stage, and have interviewed 3 top music producers such as Pill Levine (who produced Culture Club), plus I also interviewed the producer behind The Sugarbabes and Leane Rhimes ! and I also interviewed the writing team behind Lily Allen's top 10 hit SMILE !

    These interviews will be broadcast (i hope ) on BBC Radio One's Unsigned Podcast ! Plus you will be able to get them on the 'MacFormat this week' podcasts:



    Perhaps we could broadcast these on your show??
    so get ur producer on the case with me! :)

    Chris, maybe you should by yourself a laptop?
    then you won't be without a computer!

    (Get a Apple.. if you can!) (oh, I can help you with this too)

    Come and broadcast your show in my neck of the woods.. in Bristol, come live from my place?

    If you can be in Bristol, I look forward in seeing you soon.

    Have a great time off! - and am glad you liked the idea of buying a piglett for £15! :)

    Cheers... YOU ROCK !

    SAM D

  140. At 11:04 PM on 28 Oct 2006, tracey turner wrote:

    i'm a Chrisy baby virgin and i'm lovin it! Tis the best part of the day while i'm out driving my van and hard at work. The music is great the chat is blindin. I learn loadsa new stuff( and some useless stuff!), but best of all is 'hello friends' and the fab winnie the pooh songs! keep up the good work guys and gals, oh and one last message from yours truly 'HELLO FRIENDS'

  141. At 09:34 AM on 29 Oct 2006, snodgrass wrote:


  142. At 09:58 AM on 29 Oct 2006, Evelyn wrote:

    Keep it open love, I'm quite enjoying it. But one thing. Have a word with someone about enlarging the writing. It's crucifying my eyes, pet, crucifying em.

    What happened with the sea cucumber? I know I'm mithering over it, but I need to know!

    You taking a fancy piece on holiday or will you be single and looking for a promise?


    PS: What happened to that fella who used to be with you on your telly show you know the one, very pretty with glasses ''Willllllll'' I thought he was gorgeous in a lost schoolboy kinda way.

    PPS: Ever thought about getting a new pair of Specs? Forgive me for saying this, but the one's you have are so large they magnify the lines around your eyes - not good when you hit 40. Could be what's putting the girls off you.

  143. At 11:43 AM on 29 Oct 2006, Klangirl wrote:

    Chris, you've got to prise these recipes from your Mum, for the greater good.
    Get her to write a cook book for children in need, or other such wonderful charity. We'll all buy it, and her recipes will live on for generations!

  144. At 02:44 PM on 29 Oct 2006, Big Kev wrote:

    Hi Chris,
    just killing an hours stopover in Singapore with a couple of Slings before getting back on board for the final leg home. I've not blogged before so i thought i'd give it a go - certainly looks popular.
    Anyway must fly........ho ho

    p.s. I'd give it a rest while on hols and get a proper break.

  145. At 04:12 PM on 29 Oct 2006, Ms Mayhem wrote:

    Hello Christoph and fellow bloggers

    Hope you have a very happy holiday Christoph, will miss you lots tho, as for the blog while you are away am torn between B and C at the moment, you deserve the rest honey and the wonderful Joseph McC has bravely offered to step into the breach....!!!!!!!!

    Thurs 26th #98 Hazel Love - Thankyou very much for your kind words and thoughts and for the hugs, nice to kno you 're there

    Sunday 29th - weather here in Norfolk has been sunny......wonderful....

    Been busy today so my reward is glass or two of red with my world famous spag bol for tea (not a typical Sunday tea granted) but hang it life's too short

    Happy Days Everyone



  146. At 10:51 PM on 29 Oct 2006, Weezie wrote:

    Fellow bloggers and blogettes!


    What can I say?

    So much has happened in a week on the blog! When I do come back from my travels (Japan this time!) for a well earned break (got a week off, hurray!) where I can listen to Chris every day as the show goes out (very excited!) not only have I been edited (1 of my posts last weekend didnt appear) but our leader, le grand fromage, the big cheese has gone on holiday!!!!!! Boo-hoo!!! 2 WEEKS!!! I was so excited to have a week at home when I could blog every day too, so C gets my vote. UNLESS Dr J.McC takes over!!!

    I have spent the weekend reading all the weeks posts and have some messages:-

    Had no idea about Pauly till I read the blog. Only Chicken Noodle News (CNN) in Japan so no chance of finding out whats happened at home. What a shame, he will be sadly missed.

    BIG UN - New York at Christmas is brilliant. Garjus. Take Mrs Big Un (and an empty suitcase) and have a ball. Other than the shopping there is so much to do - ice skating at Central Park is sooooo christmassy! Go after Thanksgiving as all the decorations are up and all the shops have really great sales!

    JONATHAN - loved your video of you dancing in your mates bedroom! Fab!

    The 2nd blog from Chris on Mon was extremely moving as were all your posts on Mon.

    TRACY-ANN - we bloggers are with you.

    EM25 - Sharing what you went through with your Sister was so open and honest of you. I am thinking of you.

    CATHERINE - What can I say? So sorry for your loss.....Had a tear in my eye reading your lovely email. Hope Chris got it.

    CAT #84 - have my fingers crossed for the results of your scan!

    Have missed tonnes of people out, (HAZEL LOVE for example) for that I am sorry! Will log on each day to keep up with you lovely people and you never know, maybe a little post from Christophe Lamby Pie!

    Big huge hugs to you all. You are all fab!

    Weezie xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  147. At 08:33 AM on 30 Oct 2006, Gaby wrote:

    guys n gals

    (with apologies (for what follows) to all lovers of our great language and poets everywhere : )

    Well it's a lil ol' monday morning
    And my thoughts have turned to blogging
    But, what to write and what to say?
    Where is my direction, to point me in a certain way?
    The blogmeister he has gone-a-travelling
    So, his thoughts to us, he maybe won't be unravelling.
    Food for thought and golf-a-plenty
    But, when we refresh the page, the leader-section is empty.

    So...here's a 'good morning' from me to ALL of you
    Have a good one whatever you do
    Cheery thoughts to anyone feeling blue
    And don't forget those words of wisdom.......
    Mange tout, mange tout



    ps thank you so much to whoever it was that recommended 'Tuesdays with Morrie' - what an amazing book

    pps Littlest Hobo - I am very aware that I have not posted a 'light-hearted' recommendation to accompany any libations.......so sorry - I didn't realise until this point how much my reading material tended away from the afore-mentioned genre!! : ) greetings to you in Vancouver - it will be good afternoon from me and good morning to you : ). Am really enjoying Stephen Fry's Moab : )

    ppps I wonder if Dr J McC runs a training course for aspiring and discerning poet bloggers??

  148. At 09:28 AM on 30 Oct 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Well now. Where to begin???????


    So, I've arrived at work this morning, and the dear sweet robin of whom I have previously scribed, has been in the office all weekend and has c**pped all over every flat surface. Marigolds on Mildred, and a-scrubbing we will go!

    That's better...although gawd knows what he's been eating...blurgh!

    It's lovely to read that I am missed - makes me feel all warm inside - and you don't realise that you have that much of an impact do you???? Thanks guys - lovin you all xxxx

    WEEZIE - are you working abroad or holidaying?

    BLUE ANGEL doesn't seem to be about much atm, so I hope everything is ok hon?

    I went to a Hallowe'en fancy dress ball at a local nightclub on Saturday. The boy is still working nights, so I went with friends. I used to go to this club quite a bit, but lately due to money (lack of) and the aforementioned night-working boy, I haven't been. I'd been missed there too so there were loads of hugs and kisses. So much love in the room! They all asked after the boy as well, and although he'd rather had been at the party, that made him feel cherished too...

    I had a fantastic night, and BIG thanks to all who made it so.

    Hope you all had great weekends! I think this 'Friday' blog will probably be the longest one ever if Mr E sticks to his holiday and doesn't put any more on!

    Looking forward to the rest of the week
    It's gonna be good

  149. At 09:29 AM on 30 Oct 2006, cath wrote:

    Morning all

    Feel the slightest bit naughty blogging when we're not supposed to - tee hee!!!

    But I know I'm going to miss everyone too much if I don't check in every day. I'm already feeling blue at the thought of Christophe not being around for 2 weeks - how will we cope without his gorgeousness for 2 hours every evening - especially now it'll be dark by 5?? I feel SAD coming on..........

  150. At 09:37 AM on 30 Oct 2006, Katrien wrote:

    Hi Chris

    I just wanted to say I think you are a great guy, so real, honest and funny!
    I'm Katrien from Belgium, and I listen to your show almost everyday. I missed hearing you last Sunday, it just isn't the same without you!


  151. At 10:06 AM on 30 Oct 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Hi again all...ohmigod have GOT to ask - did anyone see the Royle Family last night??????

    Wasn't it just SUPERB?! Liz Smith is such a great actress. I sobbed so hard I thought my heart was gonna break! Yeah it was scmaltzy, and you knew how it was going to end as soon as baby Norma arrived, but it was SO GOOD!

    ...anyway, what I was trying to get around to on this morning's earlier blurb, was, it's good to miss people - you don't focus on the fact that they aren't about, you look forward to them coming back...whether they're coming back in person or only in your thoughts, makes no difference...so Chris, I'm not missing you at all, I'm looking forward to you coming back!

    message ends

  152. At 10:07 AM on 30 Oct 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Good morning all

    McCrumble here, recovering after a hectic weekend searching through the local woods for two reporters who went missing whilst trying to discover my hiding place. I'm going to write the story down when I get a chance - hopefully later today. The upshot of all the attention is...well, I'll let you know on the blog.

    4 votes for McCrumble to take over! Thanks to Gaby, Amanda, Ms Mayhem and Weezie. I suspect that in cyberspace no-one can hear you vote, but it's nice to know that someone cares (sniff)

    Gaby - as for your request for personal tuition in the noble art of blogging - I'm afraid that in my current predicament I have been unable to run this year's 'Advanced Blogging for the Literary Minded (Level III)' course. The philosphically-existentialist oriented 'I type, therefore I blog' session is particularly popular, and I am sorry to anyone who was looking forward to visiting the Institute to take part. I hope to have it up and running next year. Assuming, that is, that I haven't been taken out by whoever has been making death threats.


    J McC

  153. At 10:15 AM on 30 Oct 2006, Linda Brady wrote:

    Goodmorning everyone... hope you are all well... have a lovely day... will check in later. X.

  154. At 10:33 AM on 30 Oct 2006, Ricky Simpson wrote:

    Well my friend, you had to go away this week - when the nation needs you to keep us awake and entertained on the long drive home?

    It's going to be a long day today kiddiewinkles!
    With the clocks going back at the weekend you probably fell into two catgories of people.
    Those who were able to thoroughly enjoy the extra hour in bed yeaterday and lounge about, not getting up until midday, before the intake of a lovely cooked breakfast/ bacon roll.


    You have young kids and they got up an hour earlier than they are meant to.
    Which makes today, a real slow one....

    Maybe you should do what you Terry does, and tape the shows a couple of weeks in advance..

  155. At 10:53 AM on 30 Oct 2006, prof plum wrote:

    Dr Mc Crumble you have my vote too.

    Who is hiding in the woods and why?

    I was wondering also what you thought of the Blood schizontocidal activity of Fenozans against the mutidrug-resistant strain of Plasmodium.

    Morning one and all

  156. At 11:13 AM on 30 Oct 2006, anna wrote:

    Morning all. so glad to see some of you checkin in. Didnt catch all the show on Friday and wondered if CLP had confirmed one way or another wether it would be ABC, must do the listen again thingy!

    Ricky - i am so with you on that one. 5.30 my little man woke me up. So much for the extra hour. the only good thing was that he woke up singing which was sooo cute, and we all managed to get out into our local woods for a walk by 8.30 yesterday morning. It was a beautiful morning and there were lots of sweet chestnuts to be picked. Perfect with my sunday lunch yesterday!

    Hazel - Oh my god, The Royle Family. How amazing was that. Such beautiful writing and of course acting. The balance of comedy and tragedy was perfect. Come back Caroline Aherne (and craig cash.... and the other guy that writes it whose name i cant remember!) we miss you!!!

    am working from home today so keep an eye on the blog, in between cups of tea, and This Morning - I love Philip Schofield!!

  157. At 11:28 AM on 30 Oct 2006, cat wrote:

    morning all

    I feel distinctly directionless today....

    won't be able to get to blog much after today, going back to work pending scan results....i'm already suffering withdrawal symptoms. Feel like i have a new family and everyone loves everyone!

    just took my dog out in a new head collar to get better control of him - trouble is it took me 20 minutes to get him into it...sigh...don't know why anyone would be interested in that but I felt like passing it on.

    dr mcC - need any help in the woods? me 'n' Archie Dog could sniff out your reporters for you..


  158. At 11:44 AM on 30 Oct 2006, Joe Palooka wrote:


    Close the blog down for two weeks. Bloggers could hang out on Eddie Mair's PM blog on Radio Four. It's a great blog.

  159. At 01:00 PM on 30 Oct 2006, melanie c wrote:

    Afternoon All.

    Well, no Chris.
    I really do think someone should take the helm for the next 2 weeks, and I would say Dr McCrumble would be THE best person to take on this mighty task.
    But, how will the good doctor be able to take on the job when he is in hiding, especially as he has to keep on the move?????
    Dr McCrumble you certainly have my vote......

  160. At 01:00 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Karen George wrote:

    Blimey charlie!!

    Hazel Love # 151 you are so so right, The Royle Family was excelent i laughed and cryed lots! I even heard my hubby having a little sniff!! thought the part where barbara was doing Nanas hair was very moving (sniff!)

    I too feel strange and lost with out our beloved Christoph! all seems to be blogging well so far though doesn't it?!

    Have a good day one and all

    Love Karen xx

  161. At 01:21 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Letty Pooley wrote:

    Just wanted to say how much I absolutely love the fact your back on radio bringing joy and laughter to so many people long may it continue lots of love letty x x x x x

  162. At 01:53 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Another Chris wrote:

    Lambie-pie, you do whatever you want, me ol' mucker!
    If you do or think anything of interest, post it. If you spend all day playing golf or eating ham, maybe miss a day on the blog.
    If you come up with another Wiglet and Poobe, get typing boy!
    Most of all, chill. We ain't going anywhere...

  163. At 02:18 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Hel Cruse wrote:

    Didn't they all seem to relish being back there last night.

    Sue Johnston should get an award for her incredibly moving performance last night. What a national treasure she is.

    Just such a shame they had to loose the brillian Liz Smith as Nana. We were all snuffling away at the end. It was lovely, touching and brilliant.


    PS - Yeah, keep the blog open. We like blogging even with you not there Christof.

  164. At 02:40 PM on 30 Oct 2006, cath wrote:

    Sue Johnson's always been a brilliant actress - anyone remember her many many moons ago in Brookside when her son Damon died? I have never seen such moving acting, especially on a soap. Her subsequent career success has been very well deserved.

    Although the bit in Love Actually where Emma Thomson realises her gitty husband has been cheating on her, and she goes into her bedroom to cry and then has to compose herself cos it's the kids' nativity play and they've got to go out en famille - is incredibly moving too.

    Just thought I'd mention that!!

    I hope they show Royle F again - I missed it last night! Anyone know if it'll be repeated?


  165. At 02:40 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Sarah L wrote:

    keep the blog open... we need to discuss the whole roaming Friday show thing.. how can we tempt the team into our front rooms for a Friday show (and you thought we had forgotten)

    Sarah L

  166. At 03:17 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Nicki wrote:

    Hi all,
    Isn't it dark - I hate it, I shall probably be miserable now until they go forward again! (or at least until Christophe returns)

    Definate case of SAD in the Nicki camp.

    Anyway, enough of me being miserable, we've nearly done Monday YIPEE!

    I think it's good that we can all keep in touch with or without 'O Great Blog'

    Well you all take care on the drive home in the dark


  167. At 03:24 PM on 30 Oct 2006, JF wrote:

    Hello all,
    I know it's not the same with Chris but I think we can rally together and make the best of the next 2 weeks. Let's make Chris proud!
    Happy Monday everyone

  168. At 03:28 PM on 30 Oct 2006, MWK wrote:

    Good afternoon all,

    Hope you are well xx

    I missed the royal family last night, does anyone know if it will be repeated?

    We haven't had our daily dose of laughter from Keith (Mr BigUn).........we can't be without you and Chris xx

    Hazel Love - Archie is a great name for your dog - it was my Dad's name and always makes me smile when you post his name xx Hope your feeling a bit better. Shame about the cute little robin making such a mess :-)

    Wonder how the Lady from Toronto is enjoying her time back in Blightly, hope it's full of fun for her.

    take care all
    Love Maryxx

  169. At 03:45 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Afternoon All

    How odd it is to click on the Radio 2 link on my favorites list not to be met with some fabulous new musings from the mind of Mr.E

    I`m sure he`s off having a wonderful time....

    Have found out that my next Docs appointment is Friday morning.... 9.30 Any positive vibes are warmly welcomed !

    Heres to a fantastic week one and all

    All the love

    Tracey-Ann x x

  170. At 03:49 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Attn Prof Plum!

    If anyone has been offering you Fenozans to cure multi-drug-resistant malaria then I would strongly advise you to JUST SAY NO.

    Now, I'm not medically qualified, and therefore you can cheerfully ignore this advice, but from what I can ascertain from the literature, this drug is still highly experimental, and has so-far been confined to drug-resistant rodent malaria. A recent paper in the journal Parasitology pointed out that only certain formulations were effective, and only when delivered in ground-nut oil. The effects of Fenozans in humans have not been scientifically studied.


    Hope this helps

    yours sincerely

    J McC

    P.S. Thanks for your vote

    P.P.S It is myself who is hiding in the woods - well, on the edge of a forest actually. The reporters got lost in the wood whilst hunting me down.

  171. At 03:50 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Afternoon All

    How odd it is to click on the Radio 2 link on my favorites list not to be met with some fabulous new musings from the mind of Mr.E

    I`m sure he`s off having a wonderful time....

    Have found out that my next Docs appointment is Friday morning.... 9.30 Any positive vibes are warmly welcomed !

    Heres to a fantastic week one and all

    All the love

    Tracey-Ann x x

  172. At 04:11 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Now then. I think something very strange is happening. I have refreshed this page on more than one occasion today in order to catch up with any recent comments and correspondence. I have just done exactly the same again, and lo and behold, there is my post regarding the Royle Family from this morning SITTING IN THE COMMENT BOX AS THOUGH IT WAS NEVER SENT!!!

    for MARY MWK 168#...

    I've had a relatively peaceful day, and have had the chance to see if the Royle Family is due to be repeated, and the answer is not in the very near future. Having said that, the BBC Comedy site only gives information up to Tuesday 7th November, so it may well be on again at some point after that.

    The irony is that all of us who watched it last night will watch it again, and we'll all be sobbing into our sleeves once more.


    OOOOOOOH and before I forget...PS Archie is Cat's dog. I have Cats. However I agree totally that Archie is a real cool name!

    That is I have felines. Not Cats to whom a dog belongs...that is not the latter Cat. I have several felines, the males are named Barney and Colin...but they don't care!

    and apologies if the post is there again...

  173. At 04:12 PM on 30 Oct 2006, anna wrote:

    Will be thinking of you on Friday and sending lots of warm friendly positive cyber hugs.

  174. At 04:26 PM on 30 Oct 2006, MWK wrote:

    Thanks Hazel Love xx

    Apologies for the mix up over ownership of Archie xx

    ps. Tracey-Ann will keep sending you positive thoughts, take care xx

  175. At 04:31 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Rosalinda wrote:

    Hi everyone
    Just leafing through November's Country Living and came across a "familiar name" to us bloggers, yes it's Fergus the forager. Lovely article and particularly like the photo of him loading his findings into his old VW beetle.
    Sending lots of positive thoughts to Tracey-Anne and Cat.

  176. At 04:52 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Littlest Hobo wrote:

    Good Morning from Vancouver, good evening to you all back in Blighty,

    Firstly, I am delighted and overjoyed that you are enjoying 'Moab is my Washpot', Gaby (#147). Hopefully, you have been able to imbibe a fine potation of some kind to compliment this riveting read. Indeed, I was wondering what your recommendation was to be and my breath remains baited. Having finished your previous suggestion, the compelling, insightful and highly entertaining offerings of Mr Andrew Marr, I feel confident, nay positive that your next notion will be worth the wait.

    In the meantime, the literature currently accompanying my piquant preprandial libations is the intriguingly entitled, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" by mark Haddon. A fine read indeed.

    Here's hoping that Mr Evans enjoys a well earned sojourn.

    Good day to you and as Gaby correctly highlighted, 'tis morning here and a beautiful one it is too..take a look at a local live webcam nin Vancouver: (www.katkam.ca)

    Dr T

  177. At 05:20 PM on 30 Oct 2006, prof plum wrote:

    Dr Mc Crumble.

    I take on board your warnings, however this drug has had marked effects on the Plasmoduim yoeli nigeriensis strain, which is lethal in swiss mice.It was successfully treated with Fernozan derivatives 6,27,32,39,44,51, if my memory serves me well.

    Meanwhile keep the forest fire burning. I look forward to your posts.

  178. At 05:32 PM on 30 Oct 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Afternoon bloggers,

    So no Chris :-(

    Still no reason not to send you a joke :-) Sorry it is late but I have been busier than a busy thing on a busy day!

    Enjoy :-)


    A diner in a restaurant is having his soup served when he accidentally drops the soup spoon on the floor. Quick as a flash the waiter pulls a fresh spoon from his jacket pocket and places it on the table. “That was very efficient says the diner. Not at all sir replies the waiter, the new manager is very keen and has worked out that 20% of diners dropped their spoons and the waiters were wasting over ten hours a month fetching a clean spoon from the waiter’s station.”
    When his main course arrives the diner sees that there is a piece of red ribbon protruding from the waiter’s trouser zip and enquires about its purpose.
    “Ah, says the waiter that is another of the new manager’s ideas. When we go to the toilet we pull on one end of the ribbon which undoes our zip and then it pulls out our penis. That way we do not have to waste time washing our hands, saving another 15 hours a month.”
    “But says the diner, how do you manage to put your penis back in your pants, the ribbon will not do that?”
    “I don’t know about the others”, the waiter replies,” but I use the spoon”

  179. At 05:53 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Weezie wrote:

    Hi Bloggers!

    Am listening to Stuart on Chris's slot. Not too bad but still missing our blogmeister.

    Having said that a stirling effort from GABY this morning with the 1st Monday blog without our leader!! Brilliant, brilliant!

    HAZEL LOVE - I'm cabin crew, so most of my travels are work. When I have holiday/time off cant bear to struggle through airports and really enjoy being at home doing "normal" things like watching telly, eating T at a normal time and sleeping in my own bed!! O and blogging, of course! Having said that, my parents are in Spain so I do visit them alot but 2hrs on a plane dosnt count for me as I dont fly to Europe for work!!

    The Royale Family was SUPER SMASHING GREAT!! and am with KAREN GEORGE as boo-hooed when Barbara was doing Nana's hair. Very moving and so well written and acted. Joy to watch.

    TRACY-ANN - Good vibes on way to you via cyberspace :-)))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    Where is the BIG'UN today? Surely he wont keep us deprived of his jokes esp. as CLP is away too.

    It is sooooo dark and its only 5.45pm. SADD coming on I feel!

    Hugs to you all

    ((((((((((((((((ALL BLOGGERS))))))))))))))))))))))

    Weezie xxxx

  180. At 05:54 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Flo wrote:

    Good evening Guy's

    I said to Mr Flo last night, that I have 2 weeks without Chris to drive home with - what am I going to do for entertainment?

    All the years I have listened to Chris on the radio, on the various shows he has done - NEVER has he been boring - ALWAYS great fun and enjoyable.

    Miss him loads until he returns.. Yes I am looking forward to him returning.

    Have a FAB hols Chris - ENJOY. Love Flo xx

  181. At 05:55 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Weezie wrote:

    Hi Bloggers!

    Am listening to Stuart on Chris's slot. Not too bad but still missing our blogmeister.

    Having said that a stirling effort from GABY this morning with the 1st Monday blog without our leader!! Brilliant, brilliant!

    HAZEL LOVE - I'm cabin crew, so most of my travels are work. When I have holiday/time off cant bear to struggle through airports and really enjoy being at home doing "normal" things like watching telly, eating T at a normal time and sleeping in my own bed!! O and blogging, of course! Having said that, my parents are in Spain so I do visit them alot but 2hrs on a plane dosnt count for me as I dont fly to Europe for work!!

    The Royale Family was SUPER SMASHING GREAT!! and am with KAREN GEORGE as boo-hooed when Barbara was doing Nana's hair. Very moving and so well written and acted. Joy to watch.

    TRACY-ANN - Good vibes on way to you via cyberspace :-)))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    Where is the BIG'UN today? Surely he wont keep us deprived of his jokes esp. as CLP is away too.

    It is sooooo dark and its only 5.45pm. SADD coming on I feel!

    Hugs to you all

    ((((((((((((((((ALL BLOGGERS))))))))))))))))))))))

    Weezie xxxx

  182. At 05:58 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Weezie wrote:

    Hi Bloggers

    Stirling effort from GABY this morning with the 1st Monday blog without our leader!! Brilliant, brilliant!

    HAZEL LOVE - I'm cabin crew, so most of my travels are work. When I have holiday/time off cant bear to struggle through airports and really enjoy being at home doing "normal" things like watching telly, eating T at a normal time and sleeping in my own bed!! O and blogging, of course! Having said that, my parents are in Spain so I do visit them alot but 2hrs on a plane dosnt count for me as I dont fly to Europe for work!!

    The Royale Family was SUPER SMASHING GREAT!! and am with KAREN GEORGE as boo-hooed when Barbara was doing Nana's hair. Very moving and so well written and acted. Joy to watch.

    TRACY-ANN - Good vibes on way to you via cyberspace :-)))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    Where is the BIG'UN today? Surely he wont keep us deprived of his jokes esp. as CLP is away too.

    It is sooooo dark and its only 5.45pm. SADD coming on I feel!

    Hugs to you all

    ((((((((((((((((ALL BLOGGERS))))))))))))))))))))))

    Weezie xxxx

  183. At 06:07 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Claire d wrote:

    Hi everyone

    Missing Chris loads!

    Really need to know if Royle Family is to be repeated as I also missed it. Anyone know?

    Fingers, toes and everything else (?!) crossed for Tracey-Ann and Cat.

    Take care everyone

    Claire xxxxx

  184. At 06:28 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Dear Prof Plum

    Tripathi et al tested compounds 6, 7, 11, 27, 32, 39, 44, 45, 48 and 51, of which 6, 27, 32, 39, 44 and 51 had no schizontocidal activity either in groundnut oil or tween-water. The rest demonstrated varying degrees of efficacy, with two compunds (11 and 45) curing 100% of mice with the normally lethal strain of yoelli malaria when administered orally in groundnut oil.

    I don't have access to the full article here in my hideaway, but if you need any more info I'll look at the journal when I get home.


    J McC

  185. At 09:01 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Jill wrote:

    Brilliant - so pleased to log on at last after a v hectic w/e and see how many people are still chatting away. Will catch up later...
    Love and hugs to all
    xxx Jill

  186. At 09:41 PM on 30 Oct 2006, kaz wrote:

    when will the royle family be repeated i missed it last night

  187. At 11:28 PM on 30 Oct 2006, Jill wrote:

    Hello luverly bloggers - the ever-growing gang of us. Glad we're hanging in here together, sharing our loss as best we can....

    Had a busy weekend with full house of family and friends for meals on Friday, Sat and Sun - different grouping each time - and joined on two of those three days by a bemused Malteser (Alfred, a B & B guest from Malta) who came down to microwave (used as a verb) a ready-made meal bought at the airport and ended up sitting at table with me and the mad family - that is excluding myself from the 'mad' bit of course.

    Random thoughts over the weekend: how many different sorts of love are there? how is love for your child different from your love for your mother, different from love for your friend, or love for your lover? But more importantly (perhaps...) how come you can leave an old sink in the garden, it fills up with rainwater and leaves, and lo-and-behold, before you can blink an eyelid, it's teeming with life?? :-) I'm scooping out the bloodworm to feed to the froglets/ex-tadpoles. No idea what bloodworm are exactly, but I know that a bag of them costs 75p at the petshop so I'm glad they've arrived free and for nothing up by our garage. I hope the good Dr J McC can provide a nature lesson.

    Also - the questions keep coming - why are we so crazy on sport when it turns out to be so BAD for us? Unless of course we're mere spectators. Even gardening is dangersous. I'm reliant on the osteopath after indulging in too much plant planting. Or maybe sitting too long at a PC? He spends the session telling me about the dire things caused by golf, jogging, tennis-playing, work-outs in the gym etc. I count myself lucky, as I take my exercise swimming but I s'pose I could drown one day. I won't of course.

    See ya soon, nitey nite for now xxxxx Jill

  188. At 12:11 AM on 31 Oct 2006, Demis Foster wrote:

    Just seen the hilarious Windy Miller Quaker Oats ad!! BRILLIANT!!!

    I love listening to your show in the middle of the night when i am working, and reading the blog helps be get through the teadium of being a hotel night porter. Six hours of nothing ness every night, so your show, and Steve Wright are the things that keep this sly old dog company.

    Keep up the good work Chris,

    PS, the BLOG is legend!!


  189. At 12:53 AM on 31 Oct 2006, Amanda wrote:

    I just have one question:

    Dr. McC, what in the world is "Tween-Water"?!!


  190. At 01:43 AM on 31 Oct 2006, Col wrote:

    Don't believe you went to bed so early (must be after the hectic weekend).

    Answer to your question (hopefully) love, is love, is love. No matter who it is for, the emotion must remain the same (mustn't it) only the significance of the object (object of the love) changes.

    If this is a bit much, or crap, then lets get this one answered (either way) because we all love people in different ways and it is in these ways we define who we are...

    On another note, the post last week from Chris about the pseudo Pooh and Piglet story was pretty much crap and was the indulgence of someone who plainly has aspirations of being a story teller.
    This is not a bad thing as it is best to test it on a live audience before publishing..

    Sceptically yours

  191. At 07:16 AM on 31 Oct 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Dear Amanda

    Thanks for your one question. The answer is that Tween is a type of emulsifier, like egg yolk.


    J McC

    (This comment was brought to you by McCrumble Answers Ltd - a premier information retrieval and targeted dissemination service for the curious blogger.. Free Trials always available)

  192. At 07:53 AM on 31 Oct 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    A very good morning to all bloggers.

    OK, so I was late posting yesterday so I thought I would be would be early today so I do not get into trouble for ignoring the blog whilst Chris is away on his holidays!

    Good to see so many of us staying around, I am sure Chris will be please on his return :-)

    A very happy Tuesday one an all :-)


    P.S. I hope this one keeps you all smiling today :-)

    Two old ladies are outside their nursing home, having a drink and a smoke, when it starts to rain. One of the old ladies pulls out a condom, cuts off the end, puts it over her cigarette, and continues smoking.

    Maude: What in the hell is that?

    Mable: A condom. This way my cigarette doesn't get wet.

    Maude: Where did you get it?

    Mable: You can get them at any drugstore.

    The next day, Maude hobbles herself into the local drugstore and announces to the pharmacist that she wants a box of condoms.

    The pharmacist, obviously embarrassed, looks at her kind of strangely (she is after all, over 80 years of age), but very delicately asks what brand of condom she prefers.

    "Doesn't matter Sonny, as long as it fits on a Camel."

    The pharmacist fainted.

  193. At 07:58 AM on 31 Oct 2006, anna wrote:

    Morning everyone, hope you slept well. The man cub is slowly beginning to realise that the clocks have gone back so didnt wake us up till 10 to 6 this morning. Went in, put some music on and gave him a dummy (ooh wot a terrible mother) and he fell back to sleep till 6.30. Much more manageable.

    Col, on the note of love. I understand that love is love is love..... but the love i have for my son is very different from the love i have for my husband. There are things i would do for my son that i would never do for my husband... i would die for my son, but as much as i love my husband (he is fabulous) - i wouldnt die for him. He doesnt need me in the way the man cub does. I suppose that could all just be the maternal thingy tho.......

    such a complex thing.

  194. At 08:45 AM on 31 Oct 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Good morning beautiful people. Love and Tuesday to you all x

    Have just walked to car and got soaked by rain in high wind, have arrived at work hot and damp and the sun has come out. Will need to check if rainbow on horizon methinks.

    Not many comments but loads to think about...

    WEEZIE - dunno how you cope, I spend most of my holiday desperate to get back in my own bed! It takes me ages to adjust... Having said that I do tend to sleep for quite some time on the sun lounger, so I guess it's a comfort thing! LOVE MY BED LOVE IT LOVE IT

    which leads me to...

    COL / JILL - I'm with the Col on this one being that love is love. I think the object of your love determines how you express your love. I'd stop a speeding bullet for my boy and if anyone hurts my family I feel the same sort of protective force. However I've chosen to spend my life with the boy so the things that I would do for him are completely different...ahem...Hey ho gettin way too deep for a Tuesday...

    Dr MCCRUMBLE - huh? I think I saw a band in about 1984 called the Fenozans? Their track 'Administer Orally to Mice' got to no.73 in the charts.

    TRACY-ANN and CAT - You know we're all with you xxxx

    BIGUN - One for you...Two ducks, staying at a beautiful country hotel, on their honeymoon.

    They've had a wonderful day and evening and just before they go to bed the Drake realises he's forgotten the condoms.

    'Go upstairs to the room and wait for me...' he whispers to his precious bride...

    He gets to the reception and requests a packet of condoms from the manager.

    'Certainly Sir...and how will Sir be paying for them?'

    The Drake replied 'Could you put them on my bill please...'

    'B*gger off you little p*rvert!'

    Hope you like...

    Left over right and under

    OOOH how exciting...just got a text re Fatboy Slim New Years Day beach party...Definitely up for that!

  195. At 09:24 AM on 31 Oct 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Hazel # 193

    Very good :-)

    Reminded me of this little one :-)

    Q. How do you turn a duck into a soul singer?

    A. Stick in the microwave until its Bill Withers


  196. At 09:33 AM on 31 Oct 2006, soozy woo wrote:

    Hi All,

    I wasn't convinced that the blog would continue in the Bosses absence - so imagine my delight when I logged on this morning and saw all these wonderful posts from you beautiful people!

    Although I have no idea whatsoever what Dr McC is talking about (not being a specialist in the area of Malaria or experimental treatments) I do greatly enjoy the posts and am concerned that he may catch cold in the woods.

    Dr. McC, considering the season we are in - please be careful not to be tempted to creep under a large pile of wood & branches etc. People will probably set fire to it this weekend, and we don't want you getting paranoid that they're out to get you!

    Hugs to all,


  197. At 09:54 AM on 31 Oct 2006, prof plum wrote:

    A very good Halloween morning one and all.

    Dr Mc Crumble my thanks. I think I will have to recap on my Cambridge journals.

    Hazel Love. Can you find any info on the Ferazans Band?

    Well I have a busy day today organising a games night for Halloween, this is for the residents of the local old folks home. Apple Bobbing can be a bit dangerous with 20 sets of false teeth flying around. Trick or treating is out too because one of the residents. like to flash.

    Ah well,

  198. At 09:57 AM on 31 Oct 2006, Gaby wrote:

    Good morning schmorning,

    Went in search of a hill this morning......didn't find it today but did find a lake....

    On this lake there were all kinds of water birds......the Canadian geese were present in the highest numbers and were certainly making their presence felt towards non-bread-bearing onlookers!!! Anyway, there was this other group of what looked like sea gulls (perhaps they had been lulled off course by the gentle and collective hums of the M3 and M4 and found themselves on our Reading shores), and this group seemed to be the playground bullies - consistently picking on this poor little, lone and lake-loving bird (genus unknown) who was just trying to get on with his/her day, pedalling round the lake. They were swooping down, pecking at it, irritating it in every way they could think of. Even the Canadian geese were ducking down (sorry for atrocious pun) to avoid the swooping gull creatures............

    .....I guess those in the corridors of power would put the above down to global warming.... : )

    Loving your jokes ladies and gents.

    Mange tout


  199. At 10:53 AM on 31 Oct 2006, Hazel Love wrote:


    ...heard that one before but the punchline was a Marlboro. So THAT'S why it wasn't funny...

    I'll have a crocodile sandwich, and make it quick!

    Are you taking Mrs B to the Big Apple for Christmas then? I think I missed that one...or are you trying to decide where to go? I went a good few years ago with 11 friends for 4 days over Thanks-giving. We rented two apartments next door to eachother and had an absolutely fab time! Whatever you do, take hats, scarves and gloves, and wear as many of them as possible if you go on the Liberty or the Statton Island boat trips. Do the Empire State Building at night as well as during the day. Amazing views all lit up. Lastly (stopping now) New York City is TINY and you can walk everywhere pretty much, and you can't really get too lost as all the roads are either north/south or east/west.

    Go to Tiffany's and try on jewellery that you can NEVER afford...go into the Plaza foyer, sit down, wander about, pretend to be famous and/or posh, and see how long it takes before the Doorman asks you to leave...don't forget to pack something smart to go to the Rainbow Rooms at the Rockerfella for a romantic meal...go to Trump Tower to see the Water Wall...have a pint of the black stuff at Rosie O'Grady's...and I can thoroughly recomment the Howard Johnson on the corner of East 52nd Street for breakfast...go to Saks, Bloomingdales, Macy's, FAO Schwarz...and when you've had enough, breathe and relaxxxxxxxxxxxxxzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    SO sorry I said I was stopping, and you might not even be going there, and you may have been before so...

    olive oil

  200. At 10:54 AM on 31 Oct 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Good morning all

    Have tried to post an answer to the question posed by Amanda: what is Tween. But the moderators obviously didn't like my simple answer (quote: 'It's an emulsifier'). How they found offense in that I have no idea.

    Cat: Thanks for your vote! I don't need a sniffer dog, as I have Ravel, whose nose is keener than a love-starved shark's snout during the mating season.

    Hazel Love: The lead singer of the Fenozans was Teddy Fenozan. He died of intestinal obstruction in 1987, alone in a cottage on the outskirts of Penzance, after trying to eat his guitar.

    Jill: You would like a Nature lesson, I see. As I am currently ex-domum, I'm not really in the best position. However, here's something to get you started.

    'Hookworms are a parasitic species of nematode worm that infect several hundred million people in the tropics and sub-tropics. The adult worms, ony a few mm long, attach themselves to your gut wall and suck blood from your capillaries. A few worms might be good for you, as they dampen down the immune system to protect themselves. But a large number can lead to severe anaemia. Imagine ten thousand pin-pricks on your arm that never heal, and you get the idea.'

    Mel C - I'm not so much on the move as unable to move. Although that is likely to change in the near future

    Soozy Woo - I don't dabble very much in experimental malaria either, but I did once self-infect to keep the life-cyle going after our mice were kidnapped. The delerium was so strong that I tried to upturn a Range Rover thinking that there was a crocodile trapped underneath that needed medical attention.


    J McC

  201. At 11:16 AM on 31 Oct 2006, Jane from East Midlands area wrote:

    Keep blogging Chris, loving it. Tell us all about the Emerald Isle Adventure with your ma.

  202. At 12:01 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Hi Prof Plum

    To borrow a slice of your previous comment, namely:

    "Plasmoduim yoeli nigeriensis strain, which is lethal in swiss mice.It was successfully treated with Fernozan derivatives 6,27,32,39,44,51, if my memory serves me well."

    I think you'll find it is called Plasmoduim YODELI nigeriensis strain, and it is the yodeli factor which is key in the lethality of any tested Alpine rodent. See also: Lonely goat-herds.

    Further to your enquiry, I'm currently trying to get hold of the Fenozans Greatest Hits. I've spoken to numerous record shop staff around the Brighton area. Several of them ran away screaming, one of them said 'You'll be lucky...' and the last one I tried sobbed into his hanky and cried 'Poor Teddy!'...thanks to Dr Joseph, I now know why! I had no idea they were so highly thought of. When I saw them they were the support to 'Dollar'.

    Dr JMcC - if i may...perhaps you should title your latest missives 'Blogs from the Bivouac'?...and I totally agree with Suzy Woo with regard to hiding out in piles of wood etc. Paranoia is a wonderful thing, and you can do it to yourself without anyone setting fire to you, but I don't think that either Dolores or Denise would be impressed if you return from your enforced sojourn slightly singed...

    Have just noticed the mushrooms are about...another healthy source of paranoia...

    Eat not the red cappe or grey
    Lest thou become an elf all day
    Thou wilt laugh, chuckle and watch the skye
    And be amazed as piglettes fly

    Then whenne thou see'st the sun go down
    And feel thy hart a beating
    Thou shalt wish thy hadn't pict
    Those mushrooms for thy eating

    From the 'Olde Englishe Poemes for Moderne Lovers' by Hazel Love

    I need more work to do...

    Will probably be back again later though

    Fondest dahlings

  203. At 12:19 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Abigails Diva wrote:

    Hello All!

    How are we today??

    Gilly M on Friday 27th Oct, thank you for pointing me to the wizards!!! Is Chris on about Deepak Chopra in that blog does anyone know, as am thinking of getting one of his books - not that i need another mind-bending book to read at the mo, am ploughing through War and Peace, for fun, not for study!! Is good so far tho!

    Squeaky recovered from 'the operation' absolutley fine and has now gone back to happily clawing the wallpaper, stealing my jewellry and rubbish out of any small bin he can find - ew!!!!!

    Have a great day all!!!


  204. At 12:50 PM on 31 Oct 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Hazel love,

    I am exhausted just reeding you post about The Big Apple :-(

    This all started when Weezie blogged that she had just returned form New York and she got me thinking that I may like to take Mrs B for a shopping trip. So I asked if it would be a good place to go. Your ideas sound great but hard work, how long would you have to be there to do all of that? I would need a holiday to get over the holiday :-)

    I do worry about long haul flights as I have had a DVT (following an operation on my leg to remove a melanoma, 3rd time same hole) in the past and should probably not do a long haul flight :-( I would like to again one day though (when I can afford 1st class for the leg room).

    I am thinking of driving to Germany and visiting the Christmas markets. We have done this before but not for over 6 years. We will just book hotels as we go as long as we leave enough room in the boot for a few cases of wine from Calais on the way back we should have a good time.


  205. At 12:59 PM on 31 Oct 2006, emma wrote:

    Hey Hazel,

    I have to ask you - what DO you do for a living???! Do the bosses know what you are really up to when you are tapping away on your keypad??? I noticed some time back you mentioned you were a blogaholic which tickled me, but at least it looks like you're in good company! x

  206. At 01:11 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Andy wrote:


    Really please for you that the figures are good, your show is superb and brilliant to listen too

    Be glad when you are back, don't like your stand in
    If he was a sweet he would lick himselfi think

    Roll on November 11

  207. At 01:53 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Well, d'you know Emma...

    I do what I do and there's only me who does it.

    Je suis tout seule, ce n'est pas un autre

    in between the gaps I do this

    or have lunch

    or a cuppa and a cig

    I am very lucky. I have a very nice job indeed.

    Hope that clears that up

    Mr BigUn...sorry about that. You'll be pleased to hear I've never been to Germany, but am right there with you on the wine!

  208. At 02:02 PM on 31 Oct 2006, lyndyloo wrote:

    Hello Lovely Bogger/ettes

    It's my final day in Fort Lauderdale and I'm coming home to Blighty only to find I have to wait ages for Chris to come back too! I hope that you've all had a fine time without me and I'd like to say on here officially that I have had a great time, workwise as well as getting to spend some time with one of my most favourite men on the planet ahhhhhhhhhhh!

    One day, maybe when I'm no longer "the client" we'll sail off into the sunset with all 3 labradors and live on a little island off the coast of Abaco watching the sunrise and sunset together.....

    Hurry back Christophe I miss you!


  209. At 02:13 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Gus wrote:

    2 Chirs for 2 weeks! hearing your jingle at the start of your show keeps me sane!!! its the signalling of nearing the end of the work day, what will I do for 2 weeks!!!!!

  210. At 02:39 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Karen D wrote:

    Morning from a chilly and snowy Calgary!!

    Aren't we doing well in the absence of the master !!
    Just had to share with you my good news and bad news.........the g.n is that I recieved the results of my final exam (regarding my new career as a Dental Assistant) and I am pleased to say I passed with 79%. On this note may I encourage any of the bloggers who are considering a career change to go for it..it is one of the best thing I have ever done.

    the b.n is that my ickle dog Daisy has to go in to surgery tomorrow to have a tumour removed....much crossing of fingers please !!!
    I know several of our "friends" are undergoing tests and treatments for various unknowns and i want to wish them all well.

    Also to Joanie (Toronto..but now in the UK) I hope you are having a wonderful time back home and look forward to hearing all about it when you return.

    Love Karen x

  211. At 03:08 PM on 31 Oct 2006, kem@chiswick.co.uk wrote:

    Such prolific poetry and solving of scientific dilemmas. A rich tapestry us bloggers weave to instruct, educate and purely amuse. I wrote some long-winded blog yesterday -fully imbibed and brimful of creative ideas - which didn't get through. Who knows why? Who is the current recipient of our blogs and who has the say-so to heave-ho?
    Well, part of my rejected blog was about organising a sort of bloggers-reunited knees-up next year that only we knew about. A secret policeman's ball mark 2. Don't know how or when but mulling it over. Is this a daft-as-a-brush idea? How many more hyphens could I use.
    Love, peace and reflective musings
    Kazza xxxxxx

  212. At 03:39 PM on 31 Oct 2006, cat wrote:

    Dr McC

    What's Ravel, "whose nose is keener than a love-starved shark's snout during the mating season."? anything like a love-starved schnauzer?

    back from my first day at work (actually only the morning, couldn't face a full day...)

    ta for all good wishes, hoping no news (re scan) is good news, am playing the waiting game now. With you on yours too, Tracey-Ann.

    have been wondering what I was missing out on blog-wise while at work, going to take awhile to break this addiction.

    BigUn & Hazel Love - wonderful jokes!

    Cat & Archie Dog

  213. At 03:48 PM on 31 Oct 2006, cat wrote:

    Hi Karen D #209 - fingers & paws crossed for Daisy, hope she comes through it all ok. Archie sends many stumpy wags and grunts as only a schnauzer can.

    Cat & Archie

  214. At 04:50 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Hometime soon...

    Tomorrow is another day to look forward to. I've got training at another office in the morning, so I'm looking forward to having loads to read when I get back here.

    Have just been watching the sun set. Now its getting dark.

    Off to get my hair cut this evening, then a quiet night in with the boy and cats.

    Karen 209# - Daisy will be fine I'm sure. If there was no way she could be helped, they maybe wouldn't be doing anything at all?

    My Barney had kidney failure a few months ago and he's got to be on pills and special diet for the rest of his...could be six months, could be six years...but you wouldn't know he'd been poorly now!

    Kazza 210# - I don't know if this is a good-idea-or-not...I quite like my cyber-pals...but on-the-other-hand-it-might-be-fun...

    Cat...I do hope that if there was anything very wrong they'd have let you know by now?

    Tracy-Ann...still thinking of you

    Sending love and light to all xxxxxxxxxx

  215. At 05:00 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Karen D

    My little dog Maisy wanted to wish your little dog Daisy all the very best tomorrow... Her 5 other doggie friends (yes, we have 6 dogs !!!) all wish her well too

    I hope it goes really well x x x x

  216. At 05:04 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Thank You !!!!! Thank You to everyone for all the lovely thoughts and wishes !

    I`m trying really hard to immerse myself in lots of other things to keep my mind off it.... Work is really busy so that helps alot !

    I really appreciate all of you and all of the positive vibes - Thank You :)

    Cat - hope everything is going well with you. Thinking of you.

    Have a wonderful evening one and all

    Tracey-Ann xx

  217. At 05:32 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Littlest Hobo wrote:

    Good morning from Vancouver and good evening to all back in Blighty,

    I can but hope that you are all enjoying a splendid day and that Mr Evans continues to relish his well earned recess.

    If I may be so bold, I would like to seek your council, Karen D in Calgary. (#209) I live in Vancouver buy am traversing to Banff in late November for a professional gathering. At the end of the said soiree, I am affording myself the luxury of a couple of extra days to take in the majestic Canadian Rockies and the stunning, snow-capped surroundings.

    Though I have read the traditional area guides, I was wondering if you could recommend something particular to indulge in, a 'not to be missed' activity if you will. Your local knowledge, I am sure, will be priceless.

    Any pointers would be much obliged.

    Good day and cheerio.

    Dr T

  218. At 06:03 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Weezie wrote:

    Good evening bloggers!

    As much as I am missing Chris ;-((, our Stuart is doing a grand job. Good music tonight I must say! Havn't herd Ghost in my House for eons!!!!

    Am so glad the BIG'UN blogged early, today. Didnt have to go worrying about him! With regard to your DVT, you can get special socks now and also if you are prone to them (which you are) you can take an aspirin before you fly to thin your blood - get advice from your doc! New York is only bout 6hours so its not like flying to Oz. Mind you, HAZEL LOVE exhausted me too with what she did in 4 days and having also done the Germany thing to the Christmas markets as well, I can see why that would be apealing!!!

    Fab jokes from the BIG'UN and HAZEL LOVE although dont think HAZEL's answer to what she does for a living was satisfactory.....!!!!! Talk about keeping us in suspenders:-)). You have been taking too many tips from our holidaying leader - only telling us enough to wet our appetite!

    HAZEL - I do so love my bed too, but with the jet lag, after a while you'll sleep anywhere! ;-))))

    Wonder why my blog appeared 3 times yesterday? Curiouser and curious-er!

    Got everything crossed for #209 KAREN and her dog DAISY. Be brave, babe.

    Still sending vibes to TRACY-ANN.

    Love to you all

    Weezie xxxx

  219. At 07:01 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Jill wrote:

    Anyone had any trick-or-treaters? We're immune here - too dark and spooky to walk down to our house from the village - but I've seen them nearby, and we had fun making the obligatory pumpkin lantern (with a smiley grin of course)

    How go the Ghouls for you? xx Jill

  220. At 08:40 PM on 31 Oct 2006, GillyM wrote:

    Good evening fellow bloggers,

    Im at work, in the univ library, pretty much empty, i guess all the students are out celebrating Halloween. Cant wait to go home for my trick or treat!"

    Have a ghoulish eveing!


  221. At 09:44 PM on 31 Oct 2006, JF wrote:

    hey y'all
    just wanted to check in!
    that's all really!

  222. At 11:48 PM on 31 Oct 2006, Karen D wrote:

    BOO...well it is Halloween !!

    thank you for all your good wishes regarding Daisy...I will blog tomorrow evening to let you know how it all went.
    Littlest Hobo, great news to hear you are coming to my part of the country........what sort of things do you like?...food, scenery, sports. Is it just you or are there a few of you? I will get my thinking cap on...you can always email me direct....karenincalgary@hotmail.com

    We are now standing at 220 replies to the original blog.....how many do you think there will be before Chris blogs again? My vote is 367...any other offers?

    Love Karen x

  223. At 07:51 AM on 01 Nov 2006, barney wrote:

    have a break chap-let the blog go wild-we can talk amongst ourselves!
    besides, will be fun to see what happens

    tout le monde!

  224. At 07:52 AM on 01 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Hi all blogees, (commentators sounds too boring even if it is correct),

    Have been watching the blog the last couple of days but as you can tell until now tried to hold back. Well 2 days is quite a long time so here I am!

    Tracey-Ann and Cat my thoughts remain with you both, keeping everything crossed that I can.

    Karen D, hope all goes well with Daisy today - Lucky and Rio send their best (Rio has his paw on my laptop as I type (he's waiting for his dinner)

    Great jokes Kieth and Hazel Love, I read them out to my hubby now rather than try to remember them as they kept losing something in the way I tell em.
    (eg last Friday told him joke from#50 then got a bit stuck when trying to explain why a scotsman would be putting a wall around France, I kind of started it wrong oops)

    I'll send this message then try and send a joke but not sure if joke will get through (does contain a rude word - so watch next spaces to see....

    Take Care all


  225. At 07:56 AM on 01 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    A very good morning to all the bloggers left blogging and lurking!

    Blogging early again to keep Weezie and MWA happy :-) I know how you worry about me..….LOL

    Cold in Somerset today, I nearly had to put on my heated seats in my car on the way to work but I decided to hold off as I would appreciate them more in a few weeks. :-)

    Weezie, thanks for the advice :-) My left leg in permanently in a (man) stocking as my left calf swells up to 5cm larger than the other one just coz it can :-( (I am a wreck) Mind you 6 hours to New York is not too bad, the last flight I did to the USA was Florida and that dragged, especially on the way home :-(

    Karen # 221 how many blogs? Well I think 470………WOW. We need to blog an average of 30 a day to get close to this number so get blogging :-)

    Tracy-Ann # 171. Big hug for Friday, thinking of you :-)

    Keep smiling everyone, life is too short to frown :-)


    P.S. I know this is an old joke but I like it! :-))

    It’s 1066 and King Harold is scoring the country for volunteers to fight the Normans.

    At one village, a young man runs up enthusiastically and says “My liege, please, please allow me to be one of your archers.”

    “Let’s see what you can do,” replies the King.

    The youngster unleashes several shots at a target on a nearby tree. When he’s finished, there are arrows scattered everywhere but none have hit the target.

    “So can I join you?” asks the young man.

    “No chance son,” says the King. “With your aim, you could have someone’s eye out.

    “Sod off and join the French.”

  226. At 08:07 AM on 01 Nov 2006, soozy woo wrote:


    My vote would be for over 500 (if we are allowed to keep that many comments). You know how it is when you go on holiday... all good intentions, but then you start having fun and forget about everything else! And rightly so!

    Question.... am I a bad person? Last night I stayed in, drew the blackout curtains, turned the lights off and ignored the doorbell. Sorry if I'm just a grumpy old witch but I can't bear halloween! {:-(

    Weezie, maybe if Hazel Love told us what she actually did, she'd have to kill us... (it's tough for these international spy types isn't it)!!!

    Hugs to all

  227. At 08:17 AM on 01 Nov 2006, anna wrote:

    Morning all, what a beautiful, fresh sunny morning it is today. I am supposed to be getting ready to go to work and am sat with my laptop in front of me catching up on yesterdays posts.
    Was out all day and saw some contemporary spanish dancing in sheffield last night so didnt get chance to blog in.

    Apparently we didnt get many tricksters - so now have a large bowl of choc to get through...... good job i threw my weighing scales out last week. I think the country should have a scales amnesty - 3 times a day i was checking how much i weighed... and have for the last 14 years. Realised it was a problem when him in doors hid them and i ransacked the house trying to find them! Cold turkey has been good for me.

    Anyway, happy humpday to one and all. Just had a crate of wine delivered so think i may be indluging in thirsty thursday a day early.

    Good Luck Daisy. Jess the Airedale says she is thinking of you.


  228. At 09:52 AM on 01 Nov 2006, Kelly-Marie wrote:

    Well, the blog definately still seems to be going strong. I really enjoy checking in here in the mornings to see how you all are.

    I bought a big bag of chocolate for the trick or treaters last night and we only had 2. One of them was bigger than me with a very deep voice. Anyway I gave him a curly wurly and he went off happy.

    Lots of chocolate left for me though! Which will provide much needed energy for the challenge I am attempting this month (see my blog for more info!)

    Hope you are enjoying this cold but beautiful day

    Kelly x

  229. At 10:09 AM on 01 Nov 2006, Kazza wrote:

    Guten morgen mein lieblings!
    What a fantastic day! Drove to work through Richmond Pk this morning and it was amazing. The tips of the huge trees are gleaming russet with the underleaves still green and hanging on. Even the deer, always beautiful and graceful, had a spring in their amble.Already hufflehump day, with thirsty Thursday looming and all request Friday champing at the bit. It's been great just chewing the fat for the last week, enjoying jokes, stories and sharing cyber love.
    A very silly joke:
    What goes moo, croak, baa, woof, miaow?
    A cow who speaks five languages.
    Out there love and etheral hugs
    Kazza xxxx

  230. At 10:21 AM on 01 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Hello all :o)

    I had it off at the weekend so was unavailable to read the blog although I listened carefully on Friday night as we were tootleing up the M6 to see what was happening to the blog while blogmaster is away - having only come back to work today I was delighted to see it's still going strong and that there are still jokes being thrown about, excellent stuff.

    So We've just learnt that my sister is up the spout, and my sister in law too - they're both due on the same day, what was happening in August I wonder!! Must have been something in the air!

    Oh well - work calls, unfortunately so 'd better get a wriggle on and actually do something.

    :o) Jo

    PS my dog has a poorly leg and may need an operation, anyone got any spare doggy healing thoughts to pass his way?

    Thanks :o) Jo

  231. At 10:48 AM on 01 Nov 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Hello all

    Winter is hitting us with a vengeance, yes? Just when we think that global warming is the solution to ever-increasing gas bills, here comes the payback. Ravel, my faithful research assistant, was out extra-early this morning chopping wood for the fire. He managed to get a huge splinter underneath his right thumb which stopped him from working. So we are now shivering in the cold.

    Why did I not take up the axe, I hear you cry, tutting at my reluctance to get my hands dirty.

    I'll tell you why. It's because we don't have one.

    Ravel was chopping wood with his bare hands, karate style. He apparently learnt the technique in the woods near his home in rural Bulgaria one winter, when the family were stranded in bad weather and a neighbour had stolen their only axe. When the snow stopped falling, but it was still freezing cold, Ravel and his brother visited the neighbour to retreive their axe. They found the both the neighbour and the double-headed axe in the yard. They had a problem retreiving the axe from the neighbour, mainly because it was deeply embedded in the neighbour's head, and the cold weather had frozen the whole grizzly ensemble. They had then found the neighbour's wife, sobbing in the house. Apparently, the neighbour was too lazy to chop his own wood and had demanded that his wife pick up the axe. The wife had never used an axe before and swung too far backwards. Her husband was standing behind to make sure she chopped the wood properly. Unfortunately, he was too fat to move out of the way quickly enough, and the last thing he saw was the axe blade swinging through the icy air.

    Let this tale be a lesson to you all - respect your neighbour, and never shirk the woodchopping.

    best wishes

    J McC

  232. At 11:02 AM on 01 Nov 2006, mwk wrote:

    Good morning bloggers

    Big thank you to Keith for blogging early yesterday and today :-) xx

    Love the jokes from Keith and Hazel love - as do my fellow colleagues! :-)

    Helped a Lady who had a car accident today on the motorway - poor woman was sat in the car in the outside lane so shaken she didn't know what to do, I don't know how many cars must have past her before I stopped. I managed to get her
    out of the car and over to the hard shoulder to wait for the arrival of police, once they got there I left her in their capable hands. Can I call on my fellow bloggers to send her some get well thoughts please?

    Jack Frost paid us a visit in Central Scotland today which gives me cause for concern for our delightful Dr McCrumble! After the storms the other night and now the frost I hope your are keeping warm in your hideout xx

    Sending healing doggy thoughts to Jo's (#229) dog and Karen D's Daisy xx

    Tracey-Ann & Cat hope your both doing okay - stay positive, will be thinking of you xx

    Take care all
    Love Mary xx

  233. At 11:17 AM on 01 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Jo # 229. You say, “I had it off at the weekend so was unavailable to read the blog!” You lucky thing, I do not blame you for not blogging at the same time :-)))))))))

    I do hope this was not at the same time as you were tootleing up the M6 as that could have been dangerous! ;-)

    I am having a doggy thought for your dogs leg, I hope he is repaired soon :-)


  234. At 11:20 AM on 01 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Morning All ! A beautiful Wednesday here in leafy Surrey....

    Following (very humbly I might add !!!) in Keith’s brilliant tradition I thought I would share my fave joke with you all....

    A lonely man decides he would like a pet for company and visits his local pet shop. He explains to the sales assistant that he would like a low maintenance pet, just one that will give him company, the assistant suggests a millipede.

    The man takes the millipede home in a little box and sits him on the table. After a few days of chatting to the millipede with no response he decides to invite the millipede out for a night on the town.

    "Milly, I wondered if you might accompany me to the local pub ?" ... No reply.... 10 minutes later he tries again - "Millie I wondered if you would like to come for a drink ?"... Again no reply... Five minutes later he tries again - "Millie, I think its quite rude of you just to ignore me and not even give me an answer to my kind offer of a drink" to which the millipede replies ....

    "Give me a chance I’m trying to put my shoes on"

    I love it !!!!

    I hope you all have wonderful Wednesdays !!!

    Tracey -Ann x x

    P.S - Cat, how are things ?
    P.P.S -Karen D - Tizer, Tango, Whizz, Tia, Tanzy and Maisy are all wishing Daisy well x x

  235. At 11:25 AM on 01 Nov 2006, Nicki wrote:

    Hi all,
    not been able to blog of late, work will keep interfering (don't think that's correct spelling)

    Well, Huggy Bear from Cagney and Lacey....I don't think so, Glad to see they've sorted it today, I thought I must be having a memory moment.

    I hope all bloggers and their pets are well and warm, isn't it cold today, still would rather have cold and sunny than bit warmer, grey and raining.

    Humpday again already, celebrated in my house by georgeous man of mine and I indulging in a Curry and a couple of bottles of the red stuff.

    Have a great Wednesday everyone

  236. At 11:32 AM on 01 Nov 2006, soozy woo wrote:

    Dr McC, I have to say I'm beginning to worry about you. Are you sure that Ravel is who he says he is?

    Are you sure you know enough about his past to be able to trust him? I know he's been your companion for a while now but he could be biding his time.

    For God's sake man, BE CAREFUL.

    I've got my fingers crossed for you (and we all know how powerful that can be).


  237. At 12:20 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Greebo wrote:

    A Hundred Thousand Thank You's? Time off should be spent reading grammar books! No offence!

  238. At 12:33 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    #230 Jo...wow...ALL weekend??!! : ) ding dong!! : )

    on another matter entirely (sadly!!)......

    I would like to pose a question........is it possible to not enjoy a song as much when it is played by a different DJ to the one you usually listen to? (am honestly not referring to Mr Marconie, just generally) .....hang on, let me re-phrase that before the grammar and syntax police get hold of me.....here goes....take two...

    does listening to a song which is played by our fave DJs enhance our enjoyment of the song? (fractionally better grammar?).......

    try it...listen to a song that is not normally one of your faves and imagine that it is on the playlist for CE's Show - does it sound better????....or should I just get out more???!!!!

    or is it me?


    ps am already regretting posing question - i think it IS probably just me!!! lol!!

  239. At 12:36 PM on 01 Nov 2006, IanG wrote:

    Hiya bloggybuds

    Glad to see there are still a hardcore of addicted bloggers going strong on here. Which is good, as I've got a bit of a dilemma on my hands today that I thought I'd share with you all.

    My mobile has broken and whilst it's gone off to the docs to be fixed, a female friend of ours has lent me her old one. Now, being a curious chappie, I was flicking through the stuff that was on the phone. It was all the normal wallpapers and screensavers until I came across some pics that she'd taken of herself and left on there - hopefully, I don't need to spell out the style of "self portrait", but they didn't leave anything to the imagination.

    Now, how am I supposed to face the woman again!

  240. At 12:49 PM on 01 Nov 2006, soozy woo wrote:

    Ian G #238,

    The answer to your question is.....

    With a smile!


  241. At 12:51 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    #238 IanG........Answer to your question: with a big smile on your face : )



  242. At 12:59 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Ian @ 238 -

    You could always use the old favourite of oh, sorry, I didn't recognise you with your clothes on. Unless said female friend is the shy type who wouldn't find such a terrible gaffe amusing. It's not as if you've read her diary or anything!

    :o) Jo

  243. At 01:11 PM on 01 Nov 2006, mwk wrote:

    Ian G - I'm with Soozy Woo (#240) and Gaby (#241) ......... smile :-)

    Gaby #238 - I with you on this one Gaby. I had not listened to Mr Maconi before and decided to give him the benefit of the doubt but like you songs I would normally sing along to took on a different feel. For me the show doesn't flow in the same way and there doesn't seem to be the same interaction with the Fox and Johnny!

    It's all down to personal preferance, would be a boring old world if we were all the same. I'm just thankful I get to share the same world as Mr E, who I hope is having a fab holiday, and if there is any spanking going on whilst he is playing golf I hope he is the one doing the spanking :-)

    Take care
    Love Mary xx

  244. At 01:32 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Maridle wrote:

    Hi everybody,
    first time blogger here. I have been an avid reader for some time now but have'nt had the courage to do so before now. Maybe whilst the blogmeister is away I feel that I can play! So I hope it is ok with everyone if I join in?
    Best wishes to all,both human and canine,awaiting test results and treatments.
    #238IanG me thinks your lady-friend may have left the incriminating evidence on purpose for your eyes only!

  245. At 01:46 PM on 01 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Ian G # 238 or should I call you lucky?

    Firstly, what a shame you do not have my number to text me an example :-( or two :-) of the pics so that I could give a more considered response :-)

    Secondly, I can see nothing wrong with what you did as she knew the pics were on there when she loaned you the phone, she may have been hoping you would find them.

    Finally, as has been said before….smile, smile, smile :-))))))

    Gaby, I am with you, in fact I very nearly put on a CD on my way home last night, (not that this about Drive time) as there was a lack of energy. I do not think it is only a DJ that dictates the mood though as I have a varied pallet when it comes to music but I have to be in the right mood to really enjoy it. A good DJ playing good tunes will help :-)


  246. At 01:55 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Susan wrote:

    Hey everyone!

    IanG - I guess it depends on whether you actually enjoyed the photos or not! My partner works abroad and I often get requests to text him "reader's wives" type photos, but I make sure I delete mine before anyone gets hold of my 'phone.

    So, just a thought ..... perhaps she meant you to see them?!!! Or perhaps she's just an exhibitionist!!

    Take care all, happy Wednesday

  247. At 01:58 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Caroline wrote:

    What a lovely surprise, Wednesday is my day off, so I have access to internet all day, and I see the blog is carrying on.
    I hope you don't mind me ( a novice ) joining in.
    I'm in agreement with Mary #242, I hope Mr E is having a fab holiday.......I wonder if he'll be pleased that his blog is continuing without him?
    We didn't get any T or Trs last night, so the sweets will have to go to my workmates tomorrow.

    G'dbye and happy rest of the day
    Caro X

    P.S it's a beautiful sunny, crisp day in the Borders of Scotland
    Hopefully I'll be able to sneak a peak at the blog tomorrow from work!

  248. At 02:16 PM on 01 Nov 2006, ChrissieS wrote:

    Just checking in to say I think it's great that the blog is continuing without Chris, but oh how we miss him!

    I managed to hear most of the radio show last Friday (due to packing for the house move) and was quite distraught that he was heading off for two weeks! No wonder everyone goes on and on about the radio show, it's terrific. I believe we will definitely hear from Chris and it will be when we least expect it, so stay alert!

    I have to agree with Gaby regarding some records sounding better when your favourite DJ plays them. I know that sounds crazy, but I think if the DJ really likes something, it makes you listen a little harder and you may end up loving a record that you would never have normally listened to.

    Thinking of all the "commentators" who are dealing with personal/health issues. Over the weekend, I was almost in tears with exhaustion because it was such a nightmare trying to pack 16 years of utter rubbish that I have been hoarding for some reason. I had to keep reminding myself that compared to other people's problems, I've got it easy. Since this blog started, I have tried to moan a little less!

    Take care everyone.

    C xx

  249. At 02:58 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Loz wrote:

    Ian G, take care. Your lady friend may not have left them there on purpose. A similar(ish) thing happened to me recently, but in reverse. I left my mobile in a taxi after a night out & boyfriend picked it up from the taxi office the next day. Unfortunately I'd forgotten to delete some self portraits I'd sent to a certain gentleman friend of mine. Unbeknown to me at the time, boyfriend obviously couldn't resist a peek at my phone & found the pictures. A couple of weeks later he discovered a rather incriminating text from the certain gentleman friend, the result of which is that I am now back living in student accommodation 12 years after I graduated! Then again, maybe your lady friend is not as dim as me & she did intend you to find the photos & you will live happily ever after. Hope so. Good luck!

  250. At 03:33 PM on 01 Nov 2006, JF wrote:

    RE How many comments?
    WELL we are at 250 already and at least half are from the time AC (after Chris) so at that rate I would guess 100 posts a day, maybe dropping to 50 in week 2, so an average of 75, multiplied by 10 (no. days Mr E is absent) plus a little weekend extra...
    so my (educated!) guess is 850 comments (if the system will allow)
    fingers crossed, and happy humpday everyone!

  251. At 03:40 PM on 01 Nov 2006, anna wrote:

    Tut Tut Tut bloggers. Are we all so absorbed in the wonderful world of CLP that we cannot atleast make his temporary replacement feel welcome.

    I know the comments arent all disparaging, but i just feel like we are not appreciating the very difficult task anyone would have, stepping in to the shoes of the countries finest radio presenter. Its not a job i would want to take on.

    Ok, so SM isnt invigorating and inspiring in the way we have come to expect from CLP, but it wouldnt do for us all to be the same. And i for one am enjoying the show.

    As CLP's bloggers/bloggees/commentators what ever you want to call us, surely it is our responsibility to make Stuart feel appreciated.

    I will be making a point of switching on this evening and partaking in the show, the way i am sure CLP would want us to.

    I think we have a lovely community on this blog, but i woud hate to think we are giving SM the supplement teacher treatment.


  252. At 04:29 PM on 01 Nov 2006, JF wrote:

    Re how many comments part 2
    Have just realised the error of my ways. 150 posts in 3 days A.C. = 50/day = 500 in 10 days plus a little for the weekend = maybe 600 in total. not quite 850 then!!
    more haste, less speed

  253. At 05:07 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Susan wrote:

    Hello again!

    JF #250 and #252 - well, I was impressed anyway! That's a few sums more than I can do after a full day at work when my brain's died...

    Anna #251 - I agree. I think we should be more welcoming to our little gang!

    Take care all, have a lovely evening, stay warm and dry

  254. At 05:12 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Littlest Hobo wrote:

    Good morning from a crisp, cold and beautifully sunny Vancouver (though as Karen D will attest, compared to Calgary, it is positively tropical...)

    In reply to your inquiry, Karen D (#222), I love everything from fine wine to majestic mountain scenery, lakeside walks to wildlife spotting, enjoying a beer in the hot springs or sipping an Irish Coffee by a roaring fire. Sadly, my skiing abilities are outstandingly mediocre at best but I do occasionally hit the slope so as to justify my subsequent indulgence in the apres ski festivities. As I will be there solus ipse, (alone) not withstanding the conference delegates with whom I shall not be spending my leisure time, my time is delightfully open and I intend to luxuriate in that fact.

    Thank you for your email address and offer of local knowledge to enhance my visit. I shall pause for thought and furnish you with further questions when I have composed a suitable list of preferred recreational ideas.

    To one and all, I hope and trust you are enjoying your Wednesday and looking forward to the inevitable revelry of Thirsty Thursday, though I will of course be frequenting my local hostelry for a quick snifter after work today also. Rude not too.

    Good day and cheerio.

    Dr T

  255. At 05:38 PM on 01 Nov 2006, kaz wrote:


    Hello everyone. Hope Chris is enjoying
    his break. Won't be long before he is
    back. Then he will be all refreshed and
    ready to blog away.

    Counting the days

  256. At 05:42 PM on 01 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Evening/morning all (depending on when you read this)

    I am sorry for coming back on here again; you will be getting fed up with me soon!

    I am blogging a joke now this evening before I leave work as I have (want to) to go to Birmingham (NEC, bike show) all day Thursday and will not be around to blog :-(

    Mrs BigUn has told me I am not to buy a new bike or else (so that is a maybe?) I will be in trouble :-(

    No Hazel love today? I am sure she will be back ;-)


    P.S here goes I hope you enjoy it and have a great thirsty Thursday :-)

    This penguin takes his car to the garage to get it fixed.

    The mechanic says he's going to need about an hour to look it over and find out what’s wrong.

    So the penguin goes to the shopping centre over the road for a look around. Whilst there, he sees an Ice Cream stand, being a penguin, he decides to buy one...penguins love ice cream you know....sadly he has wings, not hands....as most penguins do.....so he ends up getting it all over his beak.

    Anyway, after an hour he goes back to see if the mechanic has found anything.

    He goes in and the mechanic says "It looks like you've blown a seal" and the penguin says "no, it’s just a little ice cream!"

    I should be back on Friday :-) stay happy :-)

  257. At 06:32 PM on 01 Nov 2006, mikee wrote:

    Hello Christoph-lambie-pie

    Do whatever you think is best for you Mr. Comedy Genius. You've been entertaining the masses for over a decade now and every show, whether it be TV or radio, has been top drawer.

    Have an ace holiday


    PS Any chance of 'One' by U2

  258. At 08:28 PM on 01 Nov 2006, pennie molloy wrote:

    Ahaaa!! I thought you was 'orrible then I accidentally heard you doing a programme and I thought "ooo I like this bloke"and there it was - you!!!! So I listen every day now and I really love the show - so quick back...................
    Pennie (new to blogging)

  259. At 08:44 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Jill wrote:

    Hello Friends

    Must have been a Blogee who phoned in with the answer to SM's cryptic X-word clue on the show tonight, since we had already been there and done that on the Blog!

    Wishing well to Tracey-Ann and Cat and also all poorly pets. Loved the millipede story Tracey-Ann!

    I heard a little joke today too, although my recounting of it won't reach the Big 'Uns standards (love 'em Mr B):
    The day after his 65th birthday, Harry decides to go down to the DSS to sign up for his state pension. There's a long queue as always and he is horrified to realise, as he gets near the front, that he's forgotten to bring his wallet containing all his identification documents (utility bills, driving licence etc). When he gets to the glass window he explains this to the woman. She says 'Don't worry, dear, just open your shirt.' As he does so, she nods her approval and says 'That's OK, dear, you can sign on, I see you have a good chest of grey hair'.
    Harry goes home in amazement and tells Mrs H what has occurred. 'Pity', she responds, 'that you didn't drop your trousers as well - you would have qualified for a disability allowance'.
    :-0 ??

    It's like enjoying music played by CE more than by other DJs, jokes can be told better by some people than others, and I'm not a maestro/ maestra in this respect! My husband really tells jokes well - he embellishes them as time goes on.

    Love and positivity xxxx00000

  260. At 08:47 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Jill wrote:

    What do you think? Since the blog states that there have been (0) comments, and there are actually 250+, I reckon that it's not being monitored in Chris's absence. Maybe some entries are just excluded on the basis of having specific beeb-beeped words.

  261. At 08:51 PM on 01 Nov 2006, prof plum wrote:

    I think the Halloween ghosts got to my pc today as I was unable to bring up the blog site.

    What a great Halloween, The party went very well until Marge(one of the elderley relatives lost her false teeth). They turned up in the hot pot which she had hepled prepare earlier. Someone had a plate full of hot pot served with red cabbage topped with a pair of dentures.
    Tom the most elderly of residents managed to set fire to the pet budgie after over practising his fire eating.
    The evening was topped off with a 60's disco and someone was very sick after dancing to Lulu.
    We arranged an ambulance. They are now on a life support machine.

    Good evening one and all

  262. At 10:19 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Jill wrote:

    Prof Plum
    What a wild time you have in the residential home!! How full is intensive care as a result of the party? I envisage the whole crowd in there - the denture-eater, the fire-eater, the singed budgie, and the sick dancing Lulu-crazed dervish.
    Trust you have recovered from the ambulance ride, as I assumed you accompanied them all to the local hospitals (geriatric and veterinary) leaving the appropriate patients at each one.
    Keep them alive and kicking!

    (x(to all)x) Jill

  263. At 10:24 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Weezie wrote:

    Good Evening bloggers!

    Arnt we doing well in CLP absence? I'm enjoying the jokes and messages. Think our leader would be proud.

    Had v busy day today and so have caught up with todays blogs while watching the Telly Awards - Chris's ex is doing well, isn't she? Well deservedly so , I love Dr Who!!! Steve Irwin's wife is on now. Bless her cotton socks, such a loss.

    At this rate, KAREN #221 we'll be on approx 467 blogs before we get a suprise blog from Chris - that is my prediction! hahaha! Still dont know whether our leader said on Friday what he was going to do? A, B or C? Do any bloggers know??

    #226 SOOZY WOO - think you might be right about HAZEL LOVE. She may have to shoot us if she tells us. ;-))))). Anyway, where is she today? She said she'd be late but maybe she is still saving the world! (ie same as Adam in Spooks!)

    #230 -JO, Good vibes for your wooffer xxxxxx

    #239 -IANG - as per SOOZY-WOO, GABY AND MWK - just face her and smile! Tell us, is she garjus? With and without her clothes?

    Tis very cold here in Wiltshire today, have finally switched on my heating today, first time since the summer switch off! 1st time i've got to Nov!

    Hope BIG'UN has a fab time at the Bike Show!!

    Hugs to you all. You are all fab and groovy, even if you do think the same song sounds different played by different DJ's!! :-)))) Shows are different with a different DJ (energy, interaction etc) but a good song is a good song whoever plays it. After all Chris wasn't DJing (for example!) when the Beatles released Hey Jude and its still a Top Tune!!

    Hey ho you lovelies!! Nite nite Weezie xxxx

  264. At 10:24 PM on 01 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    hi stalwart blogfriends

    only managed to blog last thing tonight...work getting in the way but suppose I have to earn a living.

    thanks to all who've asked after me, I'm ok and still waiting for results. someone said they'd've told me if there was anything serious and I'm hoping they are right!

    Me 'n' Arch are wishing all sick pets the best, was it Daisy having an op today? Is she OK? (I haven't time to read back again through our many many blogs...my bed is calling me)

    I always loved mr maconie when he stood in for johnny walker (wasn't keen on him to be honest), he's just different from our CLP - to state the obvious...let's get behind him cos we could have had a lot worse!

    first hump day without our blogmeister and we're doing ok, don't you think?

    going to bed now, sleep tight mes petites pois

    cat & archie dog

  265. At 11:09 PM on 01 Nov 2006, Jack Charlies Nan wrote:

    Just my luck I log on to your blog because you are away on holiday and find you are not here. Have a great couple of weeks. You will come back with your battery fukky charged. Drive time is not the same without you. But everyone needs a break. Have a great time XXX

  266. At 03:44 AM on 02 Nov 2006, Karen D wrote:

    Morning All,

    before I get down to the real news can I just thank Jack Charlies nan #265 for making me laugh with her wonderful typing error..and it wasn't even spotted by the comment police...which makes me think maybe it is chris himself who monitors the blog......? if Chris has had his battery fukky charged I am sure he will be a VERY happy man indeed.

    Daisy is now home after her op. they removed three tumours which are now headed to Colarado where there is a wonderful lab. specialising in oncology. She has a few stitches but seems to be quite happy in herself......a huge thankyou to ALL of you who sent her good wishes from both yourselves and your 4 legged friends. I had thought about telling my collegues about your comments but decided against it.... I guess you have to be a blogger to really understand.

    Littlest Hobo...looking forward to finding you something to do ...are you planning on hitting the big city (Calgary) or staying up in the mountains? If it isn't too forward of me and the timing is OK maybe I could offer my company for a cup of coffee at least?

    I also had the gremlins around this morning as I couldn't log onto Chris's homepage at all.

    Love Karen x

  267. At 09:39 AM on 02 Nov 2006, prof plum wrote:

    Morning one and all

    Jill 262. Thank you for your concern. All the residents are now fine except for the budgie which has lost 75% of it's feathers. Marge is in the process of knitting it a winter coat to prevent hypothermia.
    I should explain that the residential home is for retired cabaret artisits. Marge is one of the youngest in the home. A past magicians assistant.One night she forgot to set the safety catch on a guillotine act. Her carreer ended at that point.

    PS We have destroyed all Lulu recordings for Health and safety reasons.

  268. At 09:39 AM on 02 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Greetings comrades!

    Good job I'm trained for the cold, coz it's bleedin' cold where I am, however the noise of the helicopters is reassuring - hope the pilot has remembered my bacon sandwich.

    Anyhow many many apologies for not making it yesterday. Due to circs beyond my c I'm afraid, but I'm here now, and have just read the messages since my last post so I'm now sitting here with a HUGE smile, thanks guys!

    BIGUN - a 'man' stocking??? Interesting.

    Is this akin to a 'man' bag? ...or a 'man' thing...or even 'man' time???? Those odd things that 'men' think women have no conception of, but we really think they are just excuses...hmmmmm?

    IAN G - wha hey...she will be mortified when she realises that she's left the pic on her phone, but all her friends will be telling her what a lovely bloke you are, and of course you wouldn't have looked at anything on her phone because you're too nice...etc. etc. Only we, and you, know different.....(pantomime baddie laugh here)

    PROF PLUM - can't wait for the invite to your Christmas Do!

    PROF JMCC - I do hope you're wearing plenty of layers.

    WEEZIE and SOOZY-WOO - lovin' the intrigue...

    What a jolly day yesterday. My trusty steed failed me and I had to wait for International Badger Rescue. Not for long though fortunately, but it was then pointed out that the replacement transport had a dodgy tyre, hence I had to wobble up the dual carriageway at approx 4miles an hour whilst grannies on zimmers shot past me in the fast lane.

    Don't talk to me about cars.

    from a bunker outside Krakow

  269. At 09:49 AM on 02 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    guys n gals

    I really didn't intend to imply anti-Maconie feelings when I posed my question re songs sounding 'different' when played by different DJ's. I tried to emphasize that in my posting ie that I wasn't referring to SM. So, my apologies to Maconie fans if I have unintentionally offended you. My point really was a general one.

    Anyway, hope you all having a good day.....

    Good morning to our friends in Canada when they tune in - good afternoon from me and good morning to you :)

    #266 Karen D - I am also smiling so much at the fukky charged - thank you sooo much Jack Charlies Nan :) : )

    Mange tout and enjoy


  270. At 10:10 AM on 02 Nov 2006, JF wrote:

    Morning all!
    It's Thirsty Thursday and I hope you're all having a good one so far.
    I miss Chris, and have to admit have not listened to SM - have been taking the opportunity to catch up on my most recently purchased CDs with chris' absence. Last night it was Sciwssor Sisters, before that Phoenix and Cassius. I think tonight it might be The Fratellis, but only time will tell!
    Keep bloggin everyone!
    JF xxx

  271. At 10:15 AM on 02 Nov 2006, Nicki wrote:

    Hi everyone,

    Hope all are fit and well and looking forward to thirsty Thurs.

    Anyway, Hands up now, who out of all you wonderful bloggers out there thought yesterday 'ohmygod we've broken it'

    I know I did, I even sent an email to the beeb to apologise and hope they could fix it before the return of Mr E.

    Phew! what a relief we're all back and safe today.

    BigUn loved the Penguin joke
    take care

  272. At 10:26 AM on 02 Nov 2006, Mariella Wolenski, apparently! wrote:

    Spelling mistakes, what a joy! I remember an English teacher telling the class about an essay she was handed in by one of her students. The subject was The Ocean, and this particular student had focused on octopus's (octopi??). The lucky octopus in the essay didn't have 8 tentacles, oh no, it was a very lucky octopus indeed. (do I need to spell it out?)

    I like Spoonerisms myself. Mum and Dad are often called Dum and Mad in our household, but my heart does go out to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's little one, Shiloh Pitt. Not enough thought went into that I feel.

    If you are still struggling with the octopus story then heres a little clue to help you out.

    If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests????



  273. At 11:00 AM on 02 Nov 2006, Caroline wrote:

    Hello Chaps and Chapettes

    Well, I’ve managed a sneaky look at the blog from work…I had to keep in the laughter at the fabulous typo..from Jack Charlies nan superb!
    Big Un – loved the joke and can’t wait ‘til tomorrow
    #272 Mariella Wolenski, apparently! _ I got the octopus one too!

    Mr Evans be proud

    I’ll be lurking for the rest of the day ( so don't be too funny..my boss'll suspect if i'm red faced and giggling)

    Happy Thirsty Thursday everyone
    Caro x

  274. At 11:41 AM on 02 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Hi all,

    Have been reminded of my error in my Geography exam aged 16. We had to suggest different ways that farmers and scientists could improve crops etc. In my list of options I included:

    "Genetic Engineering" only my genetic ended with an "al" oops

    Take care all

  275. At 12:06 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Maridle wrote:

    Merry Thirsty Thursday to one & all,
    please pardon my ignorance but can anyone tell me how to read the most recent entries on the blog without scrolling through them all? I am very much a novice at all this techno communication!
    Sorry if it's been discussed already but I could do with some help.

  276. At 12:08 PM on 02 Nov 2006, mwk wrote:

    Happy thirsty thursday everyone xx

    Nice to have you back Hazel Love xx Love the mystery surrounding your job. Hows the weather in Krakow? :-)

    I haven't seen any postings from Rachel Blue Angel, hope your ok. Come back soon :-)

    Keith (BigUn) I'm sure your having great fun at the bike show, don't be spending too much money :-)

    Karen D - Pleased to hear Daisy's op went ok.

    Prof McCrumble - I agree with Hazel Love hope your wearing many layers xx

    Lots of love to our bloggers and their pets who need a special thought xx

    Take care all
    Love Mary xx

  277. At 12:15 PM on 02 Nov 2006, mwk wrote:

    Hi Maridle #275

    Press the "ctrl" and "end" buttons to go to the bottom of the page where you will find the last entry. To return to the top press "ctrl" and "home".

    Hope this helps.


  278. At 01:50 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Good afternoon mes amis

    Hi Mary - The weather continues cold. More snow is forecast, but we are very much looking forward to the temperature rising above zero after the weekend. Many street parties to celebrate are planned.

    I have just had to rescue a ladybird. We believe it must have stowed away in a shipment of foodstuffs. Otherwise, how can you justify a ladybird in November?

    After lunching on a bowl of soup and some cheese sandwiches I am going to knuckle down to reading last Sunday's Mail. Unfortunately the free DVD has already been claimed but the crossword still has some clues remaining. Cryptic...lovely!

    Prof McCrumble - Have you checked your clothing for bugs?

    from a surveillance pod near Krakow

    WHERE IS EVERYBODY?????????????

  279. At 02:12 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Good afternoon all

    Still a bit cold up here, but thanks for your messages of support. I have blogged the first part of recent happenings on the incogito blog (click on my name above). Stay tuned for what happened next...

    Soozy - If we had a woodpile to creep under, I would use it to heat the place. Don't worry about Ravel, I know him long enough to be sure that he won't bring me to harm - well, not deliberately anyway.

    Hazel - I'm not actually in a Bivouac, so I should say 'Blogs from a cold hut somewhere on the edge of a large forest'. I admit that doesn't have the same ring, but as a logically-structured man of science I am duty bound to tell the honest truth, without artistic licence.

    mwk - I am sitting at my computer with a duvet over my shoulders. Its only an 11 tog, so not affording too much warmth

    Well, it looks like your votes weren't enough to persuade the BBC to let me take over the blog. Shame really, as I had all sorts of things planned, including the world's first attempt at using the medium of Blog to spread good karma to our nation's troubled teenagers. I was going to call it 'ASBOBEGONE'


    J McC

  280. At 02:17 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Tim McGuire wrote:

    Take the blog off and come back all guns blazing after the break.

    Have a proper R+ R

    There will be so much to tell us when you return

    Can't wait!

  281. At 02:23 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Maridle wrote:

    Many thanks Mary. It's so easy when you know how isn't it? One less thing I have to get my kids to help me with, they already think I'm a dinosaur and would be amazed to think I am blogging!

  282. At 02:25 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Hello Hazel Love :o)

    Some of us are still knocking about.

    You're absolutely right about the weather remaining cold, I had a little car trouble this morning and had to stand at the side of the motorway for around an hour to wait for a very nice man to come and fix the thing! It's amazing how many yellow lorries there are around (that don't belong to very nice men!).

    Good luck with the crossword, I am working my way through a kingsize sudoku that I sneakily printed off at work and it has taken me ages to start. I only keep it for the quiet times however and don't flaunt it in front of the boss! (Much like the blog :o)

    Unfortunately the doggy healing vibes that people sent haven't worked on charley dog so he's booked in for an x-ray and probable operation tomorrow morning. He feels very sorry for himself at the moment and would like lots of fuss as well as healing vibes if possible.

    It turns out he has footballers knee (you know the cruciate ligament thingy) and tomorrow they will replace it with some heavy duty fishing line (that's what the vet said!). Isn't it amazing how wquickly our pets can be booked in for an appointment and operation. If only it was that quick for people too :o)

    Mind you, I'd rather wait than pay human vets fees!

    To those who were impressed with me having it off over the weekend, I'm also having it off for two weeks over Christmas - lucky me :o)

    :o) Jo

    PS, what turned out as a bit of stupidity has now messed with my head. You know in the Simpsons when Homer can't say saxaphone and calls it a saxamehphone? Well we started doing this for a laugh with long words in August and now I think my brain has been conditioned to try and insert a meh into all long words. Am confuzzled! Don't try this at home!!

  283. At 02:32 PM on 02 Nov 2006, soozy woo wrote:

    Wow, what an exciting, jet setting, bunch of internationals we are!

    Krackow, A forest in Scotland, various parts of Canada..... can I really count myself worthy and a part of the "gang" I ask myself? Splitting my time between Bedfordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire is hardly Glamorous!

    Love to all, hope you are all keeping safe and well. My concern for Dr. McCrumble grows. He's not given us an update for a while now.


  284. At 02:42 PM on 02 Nov 2006, anna wrote:

    how lovely that we are managing to continue the chat about nothing in particular whilst himself is away.

    I am also preparing for my holidays, not going for a couple of weeks yet but i got a call from my mother in law to discuss the plan of action this morning.

    We are going away with him in doors' parents......(gramar and apostrophes were never my thing, a shame for someone in PR - apologies if that isnt right...!) at the end of the month.

    Our relationship hasnt always been so good, but improved drastically when i bore them a grandson - apparently the 3 day labour was sufficient to gain their respect - anyway, we are away at the end of this month for a relaxing holiday, or so I thought.

    I got a call today with the first part of our itinerary, which involves a night at a belly dancing show, aqua aerobics and a paella making class........

    Perhaps i am being ungrateful, i am sure a lot of thought has gone in to the planning of our holiday, but i had rather hoped for a bit of R & R.

    Paella anyone?

  285. At 03:17 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Nicki wrote:

    Hi again,
    Just read Jo 282's post -

    Love the Homer speak.
    Georgeous guy and I love to say words wrong, so much so that they sound 'righter' (yes, you can say that) than wrong a few examples:

    Circular becomes circlear
    Nine o'clock = banana clock
    Sunny spells=funny smells
    Rectangular = rectanglier
    Helicopter = wheelybob (I think this one may be a hanger on from childhood)

    very small example, is'nt it strange that I can't think of them, I guess its 'cos they are used so much I've forgoton the correct way.

    So, re my earlier post, no one else thought it strange that Mr E's pages could not be opened for most of yesterday. I was getting quite concerned, and thought maybe just maybe the blog was knocked out whilst the big man was posting, but no - still let's hope he's having a stonking good time.

    Well, I got a nice e-mail from a Beeb boffin, with the very technical answer - it went like this
    'I've just had a look and it seems to be working fine'
    Oh well, alls well that ends well (why oh why did I say that, makes me sound ancient - I'm not Honest)

    love to all

  286. At 03:21 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Afternoon All !

    What a beautiful day ! I`m sitting here in my office in Egham looking out to a gorgeous scene of blue sky and varying colours on the trees - lovely !!!

    Even better that we have just had a delivery and the nice courier chap delivered a delicious 80GB chrome MP3 player (I decided to treat myself !!) I holds about 25,000 songs and photos and DVD`s - I`m sure I won`t ever be able to fill it up completely but how exciting !

    I`ve been working hard today - very very busy ! Didn`t even get a chance to check the blog at lunch ! Keeping my mind off impending tests tomorrow morning....

    I`m so glad to hear Daisy is on the mend - Jo I`m sorry to hear yours will be having an op - I really hope it goes well.

    Anna - Paella - Yum ! You have made my mind up for "what to have for dinner this evening" I`ll knock up a paella ! Fab !

    Hope you are all enjoying Thursday as much as me !

    Have a GREAT one !

    All the love

    Tracey-Ann x x x

  287. At 03:26 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Cat - I`m still keeping my fingers crossed for you xx

  288. At 03:31 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Tickle In Cork wrote:

    Hi everyone!

    How big can a blog entry go! Let's find out! Great to see lots of comments whilst the "big man" is away.

    Seeing as everyone is talking about their jet setting/plans for today and in some cases their shiny MP3 players (you lucky thing!) I thought I'd join in with my plans for tonight.

    Off home shortly only to leave again to go walking as the sun starts to set. But tonight I'll make sure I've some gloves with me - the hands were frostbitten last night! Then it's planning the big big holiday next Feb. An around the world trip - for 5 weeks. It's the longest I'll ever have been off work and I'm so looking forward to it!

    Then it's upstairs to have a play with the new shiny pocket pc I decided to treat myself to!! (How nerdy - but I'm happy :) )

    Then sleep - and hope that 7 hours feel more like 17 hours!

    Have a great day and be happy!
    Tickle. :)

  289. At 03:50 PM on 02 Nov 2006, anna wrote:

    Tracey - Ann, Sorry I forgot to say earlier - good luck for tomorrow morning.

    enjoy the paella.


  290. At 04:14 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Well hi there at snack time...

    Isn't it always the way?

    Just when you get your prawns peeled, someone asks you to do something.

    One of my esteemed colleges (sic: see JO and NICKI) has suggested that I might like to fashion a warm rug, from rags, to send to a charity he's just discovered on the internet. Not only has he suggested it however, he has brought with him the makings, namely some vile-smelling old socks, three 'Kid Jensen' t-shirts, an assortment of (stained) trousers and some mittens on strings.

    Apparently the charity requires the means to keep warm this winter. I have advised him that it would probably serve better purpose if the clothes were at least rinsed through, and be distributed as they are.

    How I am expected to do my job, eat my sumptuous prawns AND knit...all whilst clad in an unfeasible amount of thermal wear as well as fingerless glups (sic: see again JO and NICKI) (how else can I type?)????? I can barely put my arms down for one thing, and these pods are not built for comfort!

    Oh how lovely - another esteemed colleague has just presented me with a (pre-chilled) bottle of delicious Sauvignon Blanc. This is by way of payment for an Abba Gold CD which I gave him for which I had no further use, and apparently he plays it in his car...

    Anyway, I'm going to have to go now. It's my turn to pretend to press the big red button...and right after that, I'm gonna EAT MY PRAWNS.

    Have just found out the charity is run by someone called 'Miron'. What a very Eastern Bloc name...

    don't tell him your name Pike

  291. At 04:19 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    My brain has shrunk due to the extreme temperature and I have only just remembered that I wanted to say...


    TICKLE - The holiday sounds FABULOUS dahling. I think the boy and myself will probably be staying at Costa del Brighton next year. I can thoroughly recommend it though!

    Oh, that's charming. I can see one of the guards outside the window, chipping icy bits out of his moustache.


  292. At 04:32 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Littlest Hobo wrote:

    Good morning to you all from Vancouver and good afternoon to you all in Blighty,

    Firstly to Gaby (#269), thank you kindly for greeting the self-exiled ex -pats over here in Canada. Though Welsh through and through, I can but extol the virtues of residing in this most beautiful country. I positively encourage everyone to visit and appreciate all that is on offer.

    Secondly, to Karen D (#266) in Calgary. Could this be an historic moment: the first ever meeting of two contributors to the blog? Oh my.
    In answer to your initial question, I am staying in Banff, at the rather luxurious Fairmont and looking forward to it, if I may say. I am not actually going to be in the city but for a 90 minute layover at Calgary Airport. Naturally, if you were in and around Banff (or indeed the airport!) I would be happy to investigate my schedule and attempt to create a rendezvous for coffee. It would be fascinating to meet a fellow listener/blog contributor and the pleasure would, I am sure, be mine. My anticipation for your recreational advice continues to grow.

    With that, I must away and pen some more fine work in my professional capacity.

    Good day to you all and cheerio from Vancouver.

    Dr T

  293. At 04:50 PM on 02 Nov 2006, JF wrote:

    I think Hazel Love might be losing it!!

    Good luck for tomorrow Tracey-Ann - everything is crossed.


  294. At 04:50 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Well, it's absomehlutely freezing here - God only knows what it's like in Krakemow. Nice to see that the stereomehtypes of easter bloc men with moustemaches is still actually happemehning!

    All hail the additional meh!

    Nicki - some of my favourite words are troublums (a nicer kind of trouble / problem)

    confuzzled - confused and frazzled

    qweedle (this is when you lean back on your chair, noone at my work knows this word!)

    Broddler - Alternative word for cotton bud, can also be made into a verb, I broddle, you broddle, he broddles etc. To describe politely cleaning your ears!

    And my favourite is bunglies - a word for the black bits you get in between your toes (could be sock fluff or boy dirt!), thus when you pick it out you are indeed bungly hunting


    :o) Jo

  295. At 05:17 PM on 02 Nov 2006, alexbluecat wrote:

    Hi Guys enjoying reading all your posts (but missing Chris)

    Jo and Nicki I have words too! Slippers are ippers, underpants are pandahunts and when it is so hot I combine boiling and baking and it becomes boiking!

    Keep smiling everyone - wrap up warm


  296. At 05:51 PM on 02 Nov 2006, ian gordon wrote:

    At present, whilst I try and get some artwork done, your show is orchestrating my evenings. Keep up the great work.

  297. At 06:19 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Katrien wrote:

    Hi Chris

    I'm from Belgium and I listen to your show every day. Nothing new when I say I miss having you around as you're away on holiday.
    I think you're so funny, honest and real. In Belgium we're not used to that type of radio making! I haven't been listening to the Belgian radio in ages!
    When looking at your blog, I've noticed I'm not the only one who's a fan... Have fun!


  298. At 06:22 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Piglet wrote:

    D'oh! Just wrote a nice long comment to mark my return to the blogging world after half term and too much work stopping me reading thus far this week. Then internet connection failed just as I clicked post and it all disappeared never to be found again. Boo hoo! Darn that wireless technology.

    Anyway the gist was as follows.

    Careful Dr McC - don't do anything risky - you've mafde it this far.

    The BigUn - definitely go to Christmas markets in Germany. They are great. (I did write a long sectin extolling the virtue of them as someone who lived in the afore mentioned country for four years but not sure I can face retyping it) But if anyone has never experienced them - go, go, go. They're fandabby-dosy. Can't wait to go to Berlin for my dose of them. Yeah.

    Was trying to think of a joke but couldn't. D'oh.

    love to one and all
    Piglet xx

  299. At 08:34 PM on 02 Nov 2006, Weezie wrote:

    Mange Tout, mange tout my fellow petit pois!!

    Greetings to you all, one and all!

    Am thinking good thoughts and vibes and cauliflowers and broccoli for TRACY-ANN for tomorrow mornings appointment. If you can/want, let us know how it goes.

    MW.a, loved the octopus joke, fab!

    So glad DAISY's op went OK

    HAZEL LOVE - you need to be careful in Krakow! Although I know (via this blog) that no-one does what you do, I do confess to feeling a little worried about you! The Costa del Brighton needs you home safe! Look at poor Dr J.MCCRUMBLE! You could end up in the woods for long periods of time not knowing who to trust!

    Dr J.McC - you need a higher tog! At least 20 tog in this weather! Especially north of the border!!

    I discovered something yesterday that I never knew. I went to our gym - I am a seasonal gym goer as I only go in the winter to get fit for skiing - (love the Fairmont Whistler by the way LITTLEST HOBO! Bamff is next on my list! The skiing is pretty fab too but must confess like you to a little over indulgence is the apres ski dept, hence the gym!). Anyway, I digress!! When I plugged my earphones into the instrument of torture they call a Cross Trainer, I discovered Radio 2 and SM doing drivetime! I was delighted cos it means that when CLP comes back, I will be able to work out to his show!! Thats enough to keep me peddling/gliding, WHATEVER! ;-))))))

    Looking forward to the BIG'UN's return tomorrow so he can tell us all about his day and another joke!!

    Be good (ish)! Lov Weezie xxx

  300. At 09:13 PM on 02 Nov 2006, pat wrote:


  301. At 10:51 PM on 02 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    Hi blog people

    It's very late and once again my bed is calling but I just caught up with today's offerings.

    Tracey-Ann - I'm still waiting (song in there somewhere) for my results, looks like it'll be next week now - good luck for your appointment tomorrow morning. all things crossed as usual.

    happy convalesence to Daisy and good luck to Charley - this from Archie who is lying on his back snoring, paws in air.

    my words are leekalips for weetabix (another childhood one) and croncrete for concrete...they seem to stick don't they?

    love & stuff to all - first CLP-free week nearly over.

    cat & archie

  302. At 06:21 AM on 03 Nov 2006, Karen D wrote:

    Morning All,

    Hate to find fault with our leader esp. in his abscence but re-reading the last blog I realised that the opening lines of the song are not from Walking Back to Happiness ..they are the opening lyrics to It Might Aswell Rain until September by the brilliant Carole King.
    Sorry to be pedantic.........

    Daisy continues to recover from her op. and is now back to her old self and is happily consuming her antibiotics ..providing of course they are disguised within a piece of cheese, frankfurter or some other delicacy. Dylan (a German Shepherd/Lab cross..) my other dog is delighting in the fact that he also gets a 'treat" three times a day for no other reason than he just looks at me with those big brown eyes......

    OK, its 11.25pm here in Calgary so its off to bed for me...some of you will soon be waking up to the ramblings of Terry and the gang..how I envy you.

    Good night!
    Love Karen x

  303. At 06:59 AM on 03 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Morning all,

    Hope everyone had a good thirsty Thursday.

    Tracey-Ann, all the best for today, keeping everything crossed for you.


    I am 99.999999999% certain that if there was anything serious you would have been told by now. My advice is to ring them today, you should not have to wait until next week. In health, stuff gets prioritised so problem results get phoned out and dealt with immediately, but when things are ok they keep getting put to the bottom of the pile when each new concerning result appears (does that make sense?). So promise me you'll ring them so you don't have an anxious weekend but have one of relief instead, thinking of you

    Take care

  304. At 08:55 AM on 03 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    Good morning to all you lovely people and another good morning to all you lovely people in Canada when you tune in (why have ONE good morning when you can have TWO!! :) :)

    Tracey-Ann and Cat; thinking of you and sending you so many good luck thoughts.

    During my hours of wakefulness last night, which were not too numerous thanks to a cheeky little Cabernet Merlot (to coin a fellow-blogger's phrase :) ) that our friends at Tesco had intentionally reduced from £7.99 to £3.99. It's a beauty and is a 2004 from Howcroft Vineyard, Australia (just in case anyone is interested : ) ). Littlest Hobo: I think in this wine I have most certainly and at last come up with my light-hearted (and not full-bodied) recommendation : ) : )

    Anyway, where was I?.....ah yes, lying awake thinking of 'stuff'......I thought of quite a few and almost amusing witticisms to post but most of them probably would have been lost in translation from my mind (a confusing place at the best of times!!) to the page and certainly seem to have been completely lost in transition from night to day!!! :)

    However, one thing I have recalled was that I was thinking about 'belonging'.....yes indeed, belonging.........I am in that state of singledom at the moment. I know that when we are attached to a partner we love and loves us then all that is so lovely, heartfelt, soulful....those feelings of hearts full of and for each other etc etc......but I was also thinking just of belonging.....how lovely to be together somewhere or even apart somewhere and just BELONG to someone and have someone BELONG to you : )

    So.... that is all my friends........for those of you who have someone to belong to - please enjoy that today and for those of us who do not.......for today maybe we could belong to each other : )


    ps #279 Dr JMcC - loved your idea of the Asbobegone!! lol!! - I am laughing AGAIN as I type the word!!......I read in the paper yesterday that Asbos are widely seen as badges of honour by offending teenagers....so I thought maybe we could have taken your suggestion a step further (if you'll pardon the expression) ........any resultant, reformed teenagers could indeed actually wear a badge - a little like a loyalty card - the more reformed they become ..........it could actually have an ironic, reverse-psychology feel to it......(I am actually concerned about the amount of time that I am spending thinking about how this could work!! : ) : )

  305. At 08:56 AM on 03 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Good morning everyone

    I've just spent a rather uncomfortable night in a hammock...they tell you that it's all gonna be cosy and that you'll have your own bed to sleep in, but they don't mention that you'll be sharing your room with five other people. Mind you it made it a bit warmer...

    WEEZIE - Thank you for your concern. I've been in worse places than this, and still managed to uphold free speech! I'm no good in the woods either. If there isn't a flushing loo I don't get involved.

    JF - I Lost it a long long time ago...never bothered looking for it again...

    CAT - You've gotta do what Auntie Cake says. Don't let them keep you hanging around. You need to get your results, either way, and then you can relax over the weekend and decide what you're gonna do now. The longer it goes on the worse the waiting gets. I think I said before that they'd surely have told you by now if the news wasn't good. So, listen to me and CAKE and phone them. Don't get fobbed off either. Rant ends. (because we care hon! xx)

    TRACY-ANN - All my paws are in the air snoring for you too xx

    We aren't allowed pets here. Most of the men have mice in their beards although I'm not actually sure that they know...

    I'm a regular visitor to the gym. I buy a new membership at least once every two years. Me and the boy live quite close to the beach so we do walking, and I/we try to go dancing at least once a week, so it's not all bad!

    KAREN D - The boy has big brown eyes. Perhaps I could tempt him with some cheese or a frankfurter when I next see him.

    Barney (my poorly cat) isn't allowed anything other than his special diet, so he just gets his pill as is. He's been taking them for a while now so I don't need to wear the gauntlets anymore.

    Oh it's snowing again. Hoorah. There's only a limited amount of times that you can get fun from making snow angels.

    Back to the surveillance pod shortly. Will keep in touch when time allows. All things crossed for all animals and people xxxxxxx


  306. At 09:06 AM on 03 Nov 2006, Tickle in Cork wrote:

    Moring schmorning!

    Hope everyone finds themselves well today - it's the end of the week! You've survived Halloween, the first 5 dark nights and am on the cusp of bonfires and fireworks galore.....what a weird world!!

    Hazel - Enjoy Brighton I'm sure you will - it's not just the place but the people that make a good holiday. My little jaunt has been in the making for the past 3 years!! Even last night I met a woman from Malaysia working in Mrs Tickle's office. Lots of tips handed out. She thought it funny that everyone from the East is headin West and everyone West is heading East!!

    Tracey Ann - Best best of luck and love for today. I won't and simply can't say any more than that.

    Have a good day everyone too - and don't forget to do something new.


  307. At 09:12 AM on 03 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Morning bloggers,

    You may be pleased to hear that I did not buy a new bike at the bike show……I no Mrs BigUn is :-) I did have a great day out as there were lots of lovely young ladies in very scantily clad outfits…..and shiny bikes of course! :-)

    It was a very long day with lots of walking and no blogging :-( The only thing lighter is my wallet (yes Mary too much money).

    Still on with the blog!

    Tracy-Ann, good luck today :-)

    Cat, I hope you get your results (and they are good) soon, I know waiting is hard. :-(

    Hazel love, My “man” stocking is not actually exclusively for men, it just makes me feel better if I refer to it as a man stocking rather than tell everyone that I wear a stocking…..some people would just not understand :-( Of course it is hell to wear and I do not like the sensation of the way it hugs my calf :-)) ummmm not at all you understand! LOL

    Piglet, I think you are right glue vine and curry wurst are just the perfect tings to keep out the chill. I will not be travelling as far as Berlin and my wife would not enjoy a visit to the Schlottenberg area of Berlin ;-)

    I am not sure if I am happy so many of you enjoyed the Penguin joke or I am just worried about you :-))


    P.S here is one for today! Smile :-)))

    A dwarf with a lisp goes into a stud farm,

    "I'd like to buy a horth" he says to the owner of the farm.

    "What sort of horse?" said the owner.
    "A female horth" the dwarf replies.
    So the owner shows him a mare.

    "Nithe horth." says the dwarf, "Can I thee her eyeth?"

    So the owner picks up the dwarf to show him the horses eyes.

    "Nithe eyeth.", says the dwarf, "Can I thee her teeth?"

    Again the owner picks up the dwarf to show him the horses teeth.

    "Nithe teeth.... can I see her eerth?" the dwarf says. The owner is getting fed up but again picks up the dwarf to show him the horses

    "Nithe eerth.' He says,

    'Now...can I see her twot?"

    With this the owner picks the dwarf up by the scruff of his neck and shoves his head deep inside the horses v*gina. He holds him there for
    a couple of seconds before pulling him out and putting him down.

    The dwarf shakes his head and says:
    "Perhaps I should weefwaze that. Can I see her wun awound?"

  308. At 10:18 AM on 03 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Hi everyone

    I did a post this morning with loads of best wishes and stuff in it, but for some reason it didn't get through...hey ho...

    Spent a rather uncomfortable night in a hammock. Should be glad I was on my own though as most of the others have to share, although I think they were probably all warmer than me!

    JF - I lost it a long time ago, and never bothered looking for it!

    WEEZIE - I'm fine really, and huge thank you for your concern...xxx

    TRACY-ANN - All my paws are in the air snoring for you too x

    KAREN and DAISY - Hope all are keeping well. My pusscat Barney can't have anything other than his special diet, so he gets his pills as they are. He's getting slightly more used to them now and I don't need to wear the gauntlets any more!

    CAT - Do as Auntie CAKE says please - just because we care hon...

    BIG'UN - Perhaps you should loosen off the straps a bit...but at least it won't get caught in your bicycle chain.

    Gotta knuckle down to some work(!) now so catch youse all later.


  309. At 10:38 AM on 03 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    GABY - Coincidence or not?...BELONG...B LO G...

  310. At 10:52 AM on 03 Nov 2006, Jill wrote:

    Good morning everyone - and a lovely sunny-but-chillsome one it is here. Bridie Dog lying on my feet keeping them cosy as I write...but probably fed up and awaiting a walk.

    Sending good vibes to Tracey-Ann and Cat (yes -DO phone them, good idea) and to poorly dogs, cats and their worried owners too.

    Caught news from Radio 4 (not all serious!) of an interesting event in Wales today - a gathering of Joneses, to see if they can get enough of them together to make the Guinness Book of Records for the largest family gathering. It transpires that sharing the surname Jones, though, doesn't mean that you're from the same family, as the name originates from being the son of anyone called John. Fred Jones is no more likely to be related to Bert Jones than a son of John Travolta is to be related to a son of John Major. IVAN is the Welsh translation of John, so EVANS people are in the same boat - Evans too simply denotes being the son of Ivan or John. So..if any of you lovely people share Chris's surname, any boasting that you're a relative is unlikely to have foundation!

    Have a good 'un, with many blessings xx

    Jill xx

  311. At 10:58 AM on 03 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    #309 Hazel Love.... : ) I thought the same myself : ) : )

    How slow was the blog this morning??!! - I, like you, thought my posting had been side-lined. I wondered if the beeb had decided that recommending Tesco Cabernet Merlots was really not on!!!

    The tardiness with which the comments are dealt with and posted up by the moderators makes it very difficult to belong to anyone at all!!! : )


  312. At 11:36 AM on 03 Nov 2006, IanG wrote:

    Morning all

    Thanks for the "just smile" comments - I saw my friend last night and could feel myself getting very red in the face. As she is more of a friend of my wife than mine, I'm kinda hoping that she didn't leave them there on purpose for me to see. Don't wanna get into that sort of thing at all.

    Anyway, I have a confession to make. I turned SM off last night and put a CD on. He just hasn't got that spark for me that our blogmeister. (I do hope he isn't reading this blog). Felt really guilty about doing it though, which was kinda weird.

    Anyway, love and best wishes to you all.

  313. At 11:47 AM on 03 Nov 2006, mwk wrote:

    Good Morning all - Happy Friday xx

    Well one week gone only one more to go. For me it has been a long week and whilst I hope Chris having a great time I can't help feeling a little excited that he might surprise us with a blog next week. I know I should not expect him to but I can't help it :-)

    Gaby - I understand where you are coming from on "belonging" to someone. Think this time of year has something to do with feeling like this a bit more than I normally would, not much fun snuggling up on your own on a cold winters night :-) I like your idea of us belonging to each other we couldn't pick a better bunch of friends to belong to xx

    Tracey_Ann - thinking of you xx

    Cat - I'm with Cake and Hazel, we all care about you so give them a call xx

    Hazel - You sound like your having fun, are there any vacancies :-) Liked the "B Lo G" too clever for my frazzled brain to spot on a
    Friday :-))

    Keith - Pleased you had a nice time xx Thanks for today's joke - had trouble holding my
    laugh when reading it on my pc. However, just had a really good giggle when I shared it with our receptionist :-))

    Have a great weekend everyone xx
    I'm looking forward to getting wrapped up in several layers of clothing (it is really really cold in Central Scotland) sipping mulled wine and enjoying the fireworks.

    Take care all
    Love Mary xx

  314. At 12:02 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Good morning all

    As a card-carrying scientist, I was heartened to read that the PM (Mr Anthony Blair), is now encouraging young people to learn more science. He admits that as a child he thought science was for boffins devoid of emotion. Unfortunately, this prejudice carried on into his political career, with the result that scientists are now considered about as important as silt in the Thames.

    OK, maybe not that low down the ladder, but you get my drift. We scientists (even those of us permitted to use the 'celebrity' moniker) are almost invisible to society. I could publish half a dozen potential-Nobel prize winning papers and garner fewer column inches than Wayne Rooney's girlfriend shopping at Sainsburys for toothpaste and teabags. We feel unloved, unwanted, disenfranchised, disillusioned, disengaged, disentangled and discombobulated. Not too far off the range of emotions expressed by today's troubled teenagers, when you think about it...

    Given the scale of the problem, and it's similarity to other modern ills of society, I would like to offer a radical solution; something that I hope will repair the link between the scientific and wider community.

    Let me introduce you to 'HUG A GEEK'

    That's right. Use this trademarked, patent-pending concept to show that you respect the work of scientists, by demonstrating physical affection. Next time you find yourself in front of a university or public science-department, shake the hand of the first person in a white coat that you see. Send letters of support to scientists you may heard about, donate money to valuable research projects. Postitively discriminate in favour of scientists at speed-dating events. Buy popular science books and organise parties where scientists mingle with the public. All these things will build bridges between disparate groups, and hopefully prevent an escalation of the tension between scientists and their fellow human beings.

    Don't forget people, that the PM was wrong. Scientists are not boffins with no emotion. They are just misunderstood.

    hugs and best wishes

    J McC

  315. At 12:04 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Afternoon (just !!)

    I`m now back at work after having the traumatic experience of needles this morning ! My arm still hurts from having all that blood taken....

    They have done one blood test for Ovarian Cancer as apparently it shows up via blood and the rest are for other things they are ruling out first.... I`m sure its nothing. I feel positive in myself, feel fit and healthy for the most part... We shall see !

    Thank You so much for everyone for the wonderful messages and positive vibes - I really do appreciate it !

    I now have to play the waiting game - Cat and Keith I know you know how I feel !!!! - I have been told it will be about a week...

    Cat - Hope you make the call. I`m thinking of you :) x x

    My allotment will be getting a LOT of attention over the weekend to keep my mind off things thats for sure !

    Its another beautiful day in Egham. I love working in Egham...

    I hope you (and your pets !) are happy and healthy and looking forward to the weekend.

    Anyone doing anything exciting ?

    Other than going out to play with friends, fireworks on Saturday night, allotmenting and uploading songs on to my fab new MP3 I`m having a relatively quiet one !

    All the love,

    Fab Fridays one and all x x x x x

  316. At 01:37 PM on 03 Nov 2006, cath wrote:

    Hi Guys, happy Friday and only one more week till Christophe gets back!!

    Big-Un - I LOVE that joke about the horse!! I laughed out loud and have sent it to my mates!

    Tracey-Ann and Cat - sending +++++ vibes as usual!

    We're going to our caravan on the south coast tomorrow - hoping it hasn't frozen over, it's soooooo c-c-c-old at the moment!! It's lovely down there though - the dogs get to run for miles on the beach, and then we put the fire on and snuggle in a lovely warm caravan for the night, bliss all round.

    Have great ones everyone!!


  317. At 01:42 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Weezie wrote:

    Happy Friday Bloggers,

    Havnt had time to read all the blogs from today yet and have to rush a bit as am getting hair dun soon! Am thinking of going from brunette to blond - very platinum blond - for a change you understand! but will decide when I am sitting in the chair! Will update you later!!

    GABY - you certainly do belong even if you are a singleton at the mo! I, for one look forward to your posts and like HAZEL LOVE has said BELONG B LO G!! Thats great HAZEL :-)))). Your night in the hammock hasn't affected your razor sharp mind!!

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant Joke to day from BIG'UN! Your best yet? Well I howled! Glad I was on my own in the house!! Think maybe the bike show gave you inspiration yest!!!

    Will be back later.......

    HUGS TO CAT AND TRACY-ANN! (((((C & T-A)))))

    You are all lovely, Weezie xxx

  318. At 02:06 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Susan wrote:

    Hey all!

    Gaby, I'm with you on this one. I'm not a singleton, but feel like one most of the time as my partner works away in Iraq eight to ten weeks at a time and then comes home for two to three weeks, before going back out there.

    Can cope with it most of the time, but there really are certain times when I "need" to have someone there - Valentine's Day, Fireworks Night, etc, etc, when it's cold and rainy. Living in rented accommodation, I'm not even allowed to have a dog or cat to cuddle up with!

    I enjoy the blog and hearing so many views from other people, whether intentionally single, unintentionally single, or just without partners on a temporary basis. Sometimes your family and friends are just not enough and it's good to relate to "virtual" friends - I feel a bit braver talking to you guys than to people I know!

    Take care all, happy Friday, happy weekend and be careful with those sparklers everyone!


  319. At 02:11 PM on 03 Nov 2006, cath wrote:

    I'm sure my blogs keep going missing! This is just to test!!!

    Once again, LOVED that joke, Big'Un!!


  320. At 02:17 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Thanks to all of you who sent healing vibes to Charley - turns out it could be a bit more serious after all and that he may not have long left (they mentioned the C word in his bones) and we now have a very lengthy few days to wait for biopsy results and 2nd opinions on x-rays.

    Have spent all day weeping, it's amazing how worried and sad I am and he's only a dog, thoughts are with those of you who have these things to deal with for yourselves

    Jo x

  321. At 02:21 PM on 03 Nov 2006, soozy woo wrote:

    Dr McC, Great to hear from you!

    I see your shack in the woods still affords you the luxury of a soap box!

    Is someone feeling a little lonely and unloved? Worry not Dr., I think I speak for many, if not all, here... you are not unloved.


  322. At 02:23 PM on 03 Nov 2006, soozy woo wrote:

    Dr McC, Great to hear from you!

    I see your shack in the woods still affords you the luxury of a soap box!

    Is someone feeling a little lonely and unloved? Worry not Dr., I think I speak for many, if not all, here... you are not unloved.


  323. At 02:30 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Jo -

    "Only a dog" - I am sure to you, Charley is everything. Maisy is to me... I got Maisy as an 8 year old rescue earlier in the year and within 4 days of having her she needed a life saving operation, it was heartbreaking. In that 4 days I had completely fallen in love with her. Thankfully she is a fighter and pulled through, she makes me laugh every day ( I don`t think she packed all her sandwiches in her picnic basket if you know what I mean !) her personality is amazing and she is "only a dog" !!

    There are definitely people out there that don`t understand to them it is "just a dog". I`m not one of those people !!!

    I really hope that everything works out for you and Charley. Its heart wrenching having to wait. Yes, I`m waiting too but I can talk and I can express my frustrations and I can have a little cry when it all gets too scary. Charley can`t. I`m sure he`s really REALLY grateful to have an owner who loves him and cares for him as much as you do.

    I`m keeping my fingers really crossed and I`m sure Maisy will be sending doggie vibes too !

    GOOD LUCK ! x x x

  324. At 02:33 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Janet and Kevin Harris wrote:

    Congratulations on your viewing figs. Chris - weekday evenings have been transformed in our house since you started the show - keep up the good work, hope uou are having a fab holiday and a good rest.

    Hurry back we miss you!


  325. At 02:37 PM on 03 Nov 2006, JF wrote:

    IT'S FRIDAY!!!
    And I am so pleased and proud that the blog (belong) is flourishing so heartily. I think Chris would be proud too.
    T-A - a weekend on the allotment is just what the doctor ordered, and we will all keep up the positivity I'm sure.
    Jo - so sorry to hear Charley not so good. Big hugs from me.
    Only 6 more shows til Christophe is back - I can't wait (though I throughly enjoyed listening to my Midlake CD on the way home last night!)
    Have a great weekend everyone, and stay safe with those fireworks.
    Love JF xxx

  326. At 02:46 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    guys n gals

    Well, here we are whipping up a bit of a friday frenzie of blogs........

    #315 Tracey-Ann....thank you for updating us and I am thinking of you as you wait for results.

    #317 Weezie - what a lovely thing to say, thank you : )

    #314 Dr J McC - great post : )....and so apt after my previous entry re. 'belonging' and 'singeldom'........ not only am I single at the moment but am a (not practising) scientist!! (no chance, I hear you all cry).....I empathize with lack of newspaper inches gained despite brilliance of papers published, although my most recent published paper was over 20 yrs ago and I think neither Wayne Rooney nor his girlfriend were invented then.

    Mange tout, chaise longe.


    ps Just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading EVERYONE'S postings......: )

  327. At 02:52 PM on 03 Nov 2006, cath wrote:

    (((Jo and Charley))) - you poor thing. There are few things worse than losing a beloved pet. We get the Battersea Dogs Home Mag there are always incredibly moving, sob-inducing tributes from people that have lost their dogs.

    I hope Charley isn't suffering and that you aren't hurting too much.


  328. At 02:53 PM on 03 Nov 2006, IanG wrote:

    Susan #318, you mention an interesting point that I totally agree with -
    " it's good to relate to "virtual" friends - I feel a bit braver talking to you guys than to people I know! "

    By posting on here, I feel very much like part of a big gang. Everyone is warm and friendly but we've only really got one thing in common - our listening choice between 5 and 7 on a weekday.

    I suppose that because there is such anonimity and distance between us that is possible to say anything. No one can judge us, make us feel small, awkward or foolish.

    If we were to meet in the real world we'd most probably never be friends yet online we're becoming a community

    Now for a question - Is this typical blog behaviour or is it just the people who listen to Chris?

    Have a good weekend all.

  329. At 02:53 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Nicki wrote:

    Hi all,

    Imust apologise for the lateness of my posting today, I have just got back to work after a visit to the doctors for a rather painful injection, or I think harpoon fits the bill better.

    I'm sure you don't need all the grisly details,, suffice to say I had my back to the doctor at the time! Was it really necessary for her to start running from the other side of the room?

    I'm only quite skinny, if she hadn't put the brakes on I'm sure she would have pinned me to the wall in front of me!

    So, a little bit sore, not helped by 12 mile drive down very bumpy country lanes to work. Oh well I'm sure it will be soothed later after a glass or three of red medicine.

    Friday at last, but doesn't seem to come round quickly, must be getting old, oldies say stuff like that.

    I best get on with some work now I'm finally here, so have a fantastic week-end all. Especially those of you waiting for results, I have to agree with earlier posts, If the news is bad they get in touch a bit rapid, although if you're waiting that doesn't help I know, I've been in that position myself, take care stay focused.
    Until Monday,

    (Ididn't mean stay focused until Monday, you know what I meant)

    All of poorly four legged chums, I send you hugs, kisses and treats.


  330. At 03:02 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Karen D wrote:

    Morning from Calgary,

    first things forst...huge hugs and a big wet lick from Dasiy and Dylan to Jo's dog. We are thinking of you and hoping that we won't have similar news next week when we get Dasiys results back. Share the same view that they aren't "only" dogs......being a singleton they are my "BELONGINGS" and I wouldn't have it any other way, although it is nice to BELONG to all of you other singletons out there.
    Tracey-Ann..more hugs and a big lick (if you want!) for you...you know we are all rooting for you.
    Weezie....go BLONDE - VERY BLONDE..........they do have more fun. That last statement should open a nice line in comments !!

    Hope you all enjoy the weekend...I am off to see James Blunt in concert this evening.. even in the frozen north there is life...not always defrosted but it is there !!

    Littlest Hobo....need to know your dates for your trek across the Rockies. Would we be the first bloggers to meet up or has someone beaten us to it?
    Love Karen x

  331. At 03:22 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Friday afternoon greetings to you all!

    You'll be pleased to hear that I will shortly be back on home soil. They requested a volunteer to (actually I can't tell you that) so I (being a loving & giving (& not stupid!!) type of person) volunteered.

    This means that I will see the boy at some point over the weekend, and I get the chance to light the sparklers that my mummy sent to me...hoorah!!!

    WEEZIE - hope the hair went well...I have white hair though I'm ash blonde naturally, so it wasn't much of a leap, but it's me now! I also wear it very short because it's SO FINE it's a real pain in the a when it's longer...

    DOCTOR McCRUMBLE - I bought a 'HUG A GEEK' t-shirt from the last Petridishers Convention, but was a tad put out when someone asked me why I had the word 'HAG' emblazoned across my bosom.

    JO - I'm so sorry to hear your news. You have to make every minute count with Charley. I only had a few hours left with my first cat, she had kidney failure - went downhill so fast it was untrue. She was so poorly she couldn't appreciate anything. We're all here babe xx

    I'm so glad you all liked the B LO G thing. GABY it's a shame you feel as if you don't belong. I'm sure there are plenty of your friends who would miss you if you didn't 'belong' to them...and spare a thought for all those 'E's and 'N's which don't b lo g anywhere now!

    SUSAN - My boy works away quite a bit, and when he doesn't he gets up at silly o'clock, and isn't home til late, so I don't see him either way. I have no idea how I would feel if he was in another country for as long a time as it's hard enough as it is. Sending hugs to keep you warm and toasty on Sunday 5th xxx

    Right. I just have time to finish off before heading for home.

    Give a man a smile and he'll smile for a day. Teach a man to smile and he'll smile for the rest of his life.

    (I just made that up, but I spec it's probably been made up before somewhere)

    For Keith and all of you who make me smile

    "Mummy! mummy! Why do I keep running round in circles?!"

    "Shaddup or I'll nail your other foot to the floor!"


  332. At 03:47 PM on 03 Nov 2006, NICKI wrote:

    Hi again,

    Thanks Jo and Alexbluecat, wixed up murds are great.

    I have a confession to make, well not a bad one.
    Last weekend georgeous guy and myself were mooching around a book store (a real fave type of shop for me) and my eyes alighted upon a very attractive looking tome, that I knew I had read good things about but couldn't remember exactly what.
    Georgeous guy promptly purchased said book for me (bless him).
    Once home I eagerly opened the pages to discover (I think) that its meant for persons a hell of a lot younger than myself!
    Undeterred I carried on reading it, I love it. Its called A Series of Unfortunate Events - The End.
    It reminds me very much of Roald Dahl (hope I spelt that ok)
    It's choc full of wixed up murds and strangeness.

    Any of you guys read it? or maybe read it to some kids?

    Let me know
    luv to all

  333. At 04:13 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Littlest Hobo wrote:

    Good Morning from a wet and windy yet always beautiful Vancouver and good afternoon to all in Blighty,

    Though the weather may be utterly inclement, the torrential rain cannot dampen my enthusiasm at the dawn of Friday.

    Gaby (#304) Your evening of imbibing sounds positively delicious and as a homage, though more of a typical occurrence really, I shall myself enjoy a glass or two of a delicious red this evening. Naturaly, I will frequent my local first to commence proceedings with a pint or two in my usual fashion

    Weezie (#299)
    I must admit, the Fairmont Whistler is indeed splendid and, in my humble opinion, second only to the opulent grandeur of the Four Seasons. Living this close to Whistler is simply wonderful.

    Gaby, (#330) In answer to your question, I believe I arrive on Nov 30 for 4 days in your glorious Rockies region(one and a half of which is work related). If memory serves, I arrive in Calgary in the early lunchtime hour. After loitering at the airport for a while, it is off the Banff for me. I wonder if indeed, were we to convene, we would be the first of this community to have met (notwithstanding the technicality that Dr and Mrs McC have, of course met...)

    To you all, I can but wish a fine, festive and fruity Friday. Enjoy.

    Good Day and cheerio

    Dr T

  334. At 04:35 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:


    I haven’t read the book but I have seen the film! (www.unfortunateeventsmovie.com) Jim Carrey is hardly recognisable but gives a fantastic performance nonetheless !

    The film was odd, scary (well, I thought so!) in places and altogether strange....It was entertaining, just very very strange !

    Hope you enjoy the book !

    Tracey-Ann x x

  335. At 04:43 PM on 03 Nov 2006, a friend of Hazel Love wrote:

    Hazel has asked me to say have a lovely weekend everybody and she forgot to mention TRACEYANN and hopes your ok and have a good weekend and see you all next week goodbye for now love hazel x

  336. At 04:47 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Caroline wrote:

    hello chaps and chapettes

    weather blinking freezing in the borders, but it's beautiful sunshine too - what a fantastic day for a jolly long walk kicking up leaves ( I'm sure I've heard that somewhere here before!)

    Big un - loved the joke, thank goodness , not at work because I laughed out loud!

    Have any of you noticed that on television from 1st Nov it was was the start of the Christmas adverts?
    Blinking heck, we haven't even got bonfire night out of the way yet.....My favourite firework is the one which goes chrysanthamumlike in the sky, but with no bangs..honestly I still go OOOOOO and i'm well over 7 years old

    happy friday everyone, watch out for those sparklers have a baked potato for me

    Caro xx

  337. At 08:27 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Amanda wrote:

    Hello friends and neighbors! The weekend is here so we have much to celebrate.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see the blog thrive this week even without new original postings from CE! Although I have been neglectful in posting myself, I have enjoyed reading everyone's messages, stories, jokes, worries, etc.

    I too am a dog-lover. I think you can tell a lot about a person's character by how they regard/treat our canine friends. I refuse to date a man whom my dogs have not approved of first. If he passes the Annebelle & Zoe test, then he is by definition a "keeper".

    I am on my own this weekend. "Wine-time" starts early as it has been a tough week. I plan a weekend of diy projects and reading. I love it!

    Cheers my fellow shloggers! Keep on bloggin'!

  338. At 11:02 PM on 03 Nov 2006, Weezie wrote:

    Evening Bloggers!

    Well I did it! I am now Blond! Very very blond!! I really love it! Keep doing a double take whenever I pass a mirror!

    "Arghhhhh!! Who is THAT!! O, its me"!!! :-))))).

    The hubby loves it (said who is that blond bombshell I'm apparently married to!!!) and my good friends hubby, who saw it before my hubby (due to being threatened with death by my friend if I didnt drop in to show her on way home!) texted my hubby to say how lucky he was to have me!!! Think KAREN D is right Blonds do have more fun! Well I intend to!!

    JO - Am thinking of you and CHARLEY. What can we say. I lost my dog earlier this year and I couldn't stop crying for days. She was 16 and we'd had her since she was 5 months. Your pets are part of the family and there is no such thing as "only a dog". My love and thoughts are with you. Some positive vibes for you - Jo-c (my Westie) was diagnosed with severe liver disease 3 years earlier. The vet said we'd be doing well to get 6-9months out of her then and we got 3 1/2 years, so always think positive and it aint over till its over.

    Have a great weekend and fireworks everyone! Hope you all get alot of bangs! :-)))) (This blond has definately gone to my head - literally!!)

    Love you all Weezie xxxx

  339. At 07:33 AM on 04 Nov 2006, Andy Harrison wrote:

    Chris! No apostrophe in "you's" - I know it LOOKS wrong without one, but you're using a plural (if there IS a plural of the word "you"?) and so there's no apostrophe :-)
    Andy H.

  340. At 12:58 PM on 04 Nov 2006, Proff Plum wrote:

    Why has Chris Evans name been replaced on two of the blog entries.

    This is one.

    Nic Philps 27 Oct 06, 02:37 PM

  341. At 03:57 PM on 04 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    guys, gals, bloggers, schloggers, contributors, posters, hard-core lurkers, readers, commentators, missive-makers, petit pois, and last but by no means least, one and all......

    hello : )



  342. At 08:35 PM on 04 Nov 2006, Mariella Wolenski, apparently! wrote:

    Ahh, Bonfire Night. The smell of roast chestnuts and gun powder, cold toes and runny noses, wearing that hat you only ever wear on bonfire night, trying in vain to light that blooming sparkler until the gas in your lighter runs out and then burn your fingers on it, everybody oohing and aahing apart from the baby that is terrified and is louder than all the fireworks put together My favourite day of the year. No, really it is! Closely followed by the 2nd day of holiday - you know when all the travelling is done, cases are unpacked, no more Welcome Meetings and you know how to ask for a coke with no ice . Its normally 'coke please, no ice. Thank you'. (Tee total you see, not through choice, I have an allergy)

    Am off on my travels soon. Sharm El Sheik, in just over 2 weeks. Going with the ex so could be entertaining, but I'm pretty certain everything will be cool.
    I have an irrational fear of going under water, well not that irrational, my dad nearly drowned me accidently when I was about 7 years old. We went down a water slide together and when we hit the pool at the bottom my dad stood up to try and find his sunglasses which had fallen off, but he didn't realise he was stood on my leg, hence trapping me under water for longer than is good for you. Anyway I digress, I have been practising in the bath putting my head face first into the water and holding there for as long as I can because the 1 thing I want to do on holiday is snorkel. I'll keep you posted upon my return of my success (hopefully). Then I shall be enjoying christmas and new year, then off again. This time to New Zealand for 3 weeks with Dum and Mad. Upon my return from there I then start my new job - doing what I want to do but this time being paid for it and the stresses of running a business no longer rest on my shoulders.

    Here's to new beginnings! (raises glass of coke, no ice!)


    MW, a!

  343. At 09:21 PM on 04 Nov 2006, Teresa wrote:

    Mariella - we too are off to Sharm in just over two weeks - so if I see someone tentatively putting her face in the water I won't say anything!
    ..and I thought it was only us that asked for coke without ice.
    Good to read the blogs. I feel a bit of a fraud cos I don't often get to hear Chris between 5 and 7. I'm retired you see and only work a couple of days a week - and if I leave at the right time, I get the Christophe bonus.
    Hope you've all enjoyed Guy Fawkes - my poor cat is still in the airing cupboard trembling

  344. At 01:06 AM on 05 Nov 2006, Jill wrote:

    Guy Fawkes Morning! Hope you all enjoyed fireworks last night, or maybe still look forward to combustibebables later.

    What an odd occasion to celebrate - a group of terrorists attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament!!! Nothing would encourage us now to get together for merriment and laughter in memory of other similar events. If I was in charge, though - perish the thought - I would not ban any such customs so long established. I love watching fireworks. Rockets to stars - just magic!

    Teresa #343 - it's not compulsory to be in the car to qualify as a shlogger, just cos the show is called Drive Time. Lots of us dance around the kitchen with Christophe - it's Cook Time for us.

    mw a! I'll certainly raise a glass of coke to you and your adventures, which will hopefully be colourfully reported on your return.

    What an impressive number of posts/bloggings in Chris's absence. Great to know this community bonds together, struggles on bravely, wherever we are - Canade, Khazeztan, Monrovia, deep in the woods in a secret hideout, and in whichever secret location Hazel happens to be in action at the time. Nothing can keep us apart.

    Hugs all round -

  345. At 06:35 PM on 05 Nov 2006, Scuba Smurfette wrote:

    Mariella and Teresa, have a great time in Sharm - it's lovely at this time of year. I haven't been for a while but sometimes stay in na'ama bay just outside Sharm. Hope you pluck up the courage to stick your face in the water Mariella and are rewarded by the lovely turtles, rays and dolphins. I could just do with a lovely week of african sunshine and diving right now.

    I know Christophe made no promises of a blog but I can't help feeling a little disappointed by his tardiness. I've been checking in, seeing what everyone else is up to but not a word. I hope his wizards are still loooking out for him and haven't handed him over to renegade leprechauns, they'll feed him the black stuff and blarney and goodness knows when he'll be heard of again.

    Loving the jokes BigUn, and sending everyone happy thoughts and crossed fingers for test results/surgeries/poorly animals.

    xxxxxxxxxx (not kisses - sparklers doing star jumps)

  346. At 07:06 PM on 05 Nov 2006, JF wrote:

    Evening all!

    Hope you've had a fantastic and safe bonfire weekend. I have taken the sensible (and maybe boring) option of watching the community's fireworks through the French windows! Fire is roaring, am awaiting the condensed repeat of Strictly Come Dancing, chilli con crane bubbling away. I'm not good in the cold!!

    1 week to go and we are still going strong - keep up the good work bloggers - am loving reading them all!


  347. At 08:44 AM on 06 Nov 2006, cath wrote:

    Monday morning - bleurgh!

    Morning all - it's taking longer to open this blog every morning cos there are so many messages on here.

    Hope everyone had great, safe weekends with no firework disasters and that all dogs, cats and assorted other creatures weren't too traumatised by all the nasty bangs.

    one more week to go, one more week of sorrow, one more week without our Chris, and he'll be back next weeeeeeeeek - woo hoo!!


  348. At 09:14 AM on 06 Nov 2006, Caroline wrote:

    hello chaps and chapettes

    JF has started the wuddled up mords this week... I hope you enjoyed the chilli con crane- Made me laugh again!
    Hope everyone is Ok, not long now 'til the Meister returns...will we get to 500 comments?

    Caro XX

  349. At 09:20 AM on 06 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Hello all - Charley news for those interested, He had a biopsy taken form the top of his shin bine which will be sent to the lab for tests, x-rays to be sent to specialist in Runcorn, awaiting results with baited breath.

    He seems fine in himself though and has got more cheery as the weekend has gone on, even managing to get his front paws on the sofa and wait for his back legs to be lifted up.

    When I said earlier that he was only a dog I didn't mean that really, what I meant that I couldn't imagine what you would go through if it was your child, or a member of close family. I suppose love is the same though and to us he is a member of our family.

    Anyway, positivity is best I feel and am looking formward to todays joke :o)


    PS, anyone want to see a picture of charley???


  350. At 11:06 AM on 06 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Well hallo you BEEEEAUTIES! Glad to see my friend's post got on - had to smuggle the request through...


    Not so much as a bleedin' sparkalier. Boy was workin' up Lunnon for the whole weekend, so the sparkaliers sent in good time for 5th by my mummy, are still languishing on the coffee table.

    Did however have the company of very good friend Fri night so we went out for a short while which ended up with both of us having hangover lie-ins on Sat morn...same again Sat eve/Sun morn, but she'd left before I got up as she had to drive some way home and was working at 4pm. I now have custody of her clompy boots and her camera lead which apparently she'll collect at a later date.

    Amazingly I have never seen Agatha Christie's 'Murder at the Vicarage' so that was nice easy telly yesterday afternoon. Later various 'cr*p telly' choices and the Antiques Roadshow. Was actually quite a good day apart from missing the boy.

    WEEZIE - Soooo glad to hear you've joined the platinum set...gotta keep the numbers up hon!

    AMANDA - Hope you got your DIY bits done.

    MW, A! and JILL - I never have ice at all. Shaken not stirred.

    Hope Doc JMcC has had a peaceful and not too chilly (or chilling) weekend.

    All for now. Boy has just called and may pop in to see me on the way home. We will probably have to swap cars.


  351. At 11:27 AM on 06 Nov 2006, anna wrote:

    wow.... now that bonfire night is over - its nearly christmas!!! Am i the only person to be excited about that!! The man cub wont be interested in anything but the wrapping paper - but i still cant wait to have a proper family christmas in our new family home.

    Before all that tho, as mentioned last week, i have my summer holiday in tenerife. So the diet starts today..... again...... Dont know how far i will get following the scales amnesty we had in our house 3 weeks ago, cant remember if i said it before but binned them when i realised three times a day was an unhealthy number of times to weigh oneself.

    So, cabbage soup for lunch, and steamed chicken and veg for tea......

    anyone got any maltesers?

  352. At 12:26 PM on 06 Nov 2006, Susan wrote:

    Hello all!

    I'm new to the village I live in so, to welcome me, I was invited to our local village bonfire party, but got there late as I was waylaid by my next door neighbour who insisted we have a glass or two before we went and then we got all caught up in Strictly Come Dancing! So fireworks were over by the time we got there, although we did get some of the mulled wine and a couple of sausages! Very nice though.

    #331 and 350 Hazel Love - thank you for your kind words on Friday. How long has your boy worked away for now? My man's been doing this for over two years now and it gets no easier. Am counting down the days to Christmas as he's actually going to be home for this one - hurrah! (That's of course if he isn't sent home any earlier now the whole Iraq thing might be kicking off again)

    Anyway, happy Monday all! Take care y'all.

  353. At 01:15 PM on 06 Nov 2006, NICKI wrote:

    Hi all,

    Trust you are all ok after the fireworks, Boy arn't some of them loud!!!

    My poor old puss, Charlie has not moved from behind the sofa for the past couple of days, even tuna fish can't tempt him out, he's turning into a right pansy. He used to be the toughest mog in town, but these days he's more a pipe and slippers type of guy if you know what I mean.

    Tracey-Ann, (334)
    Thanks for that, I've finished the book now and I guess you're right, Strange and scary in parts (especially if it is for children)is really the only way to describe it - but I loved it. Now is not a good time to tell me that you are only 8 years old!!

    Mariella (342)
    Things look like they are really looking up for you, great you deserve it (told you so didn't I)

    Jo (lots)
    Your Charley just looks so full of life, I've got everything crossed for both of you.
    I have to tell a short tale at this point. Several years ago whilst in the vets with my Charlie, I asked if they had any strays been dumped on them, they had, a very small but very old female, so I said, thats it she's coming home with me. The vet said I was being stupid as she was so old they couldnt tell as all her teeth had fallen out! she was so thin, I've never seen anything that tiny and still alive, they had to shave her as she was so matted, she had a plague of warts and virtually no eyesight, they were convinced she would not last the week.

    She looked like a featherless baby bird, but too late i'd fallen for her, she came home, my mum christened he EFFi, short for EFFEL, cos she couldn't have a pretty name, 'cos bsically she wasn't!

    Anyhow, once her fur grew back she was stunning, real long silky tortie and white with a tail Basil Brush would be proud of, she was known as my nearly cat, you know, nearly blind, nearly deaf, nearly no teeth, and nearly always makes it to the dirtbox!

    From the vets prognosis of a week she was with me for nearly five years, so keep thinking positive, it's the only way.

    Crickey I think this must be the biggest blog I've ever done, no posted, no neither sound nice.
    Sorry if I've bored you all to tears

  354. At 01:30 PM on 06 Nov 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Hello all

    No news from our Blog Leader, so I guess he is sunning himself well away from an internet-connected computer. It would be a good thing for the BBC to release us from this blog, wouldn't it? Maybe if we all shout loud enough, someone will hear us...

    In other news:
    I am, you may be interested to learn, no longer in my forest hideaway. I'm not saying anything else at the moment, because I'm going to blog what happened later today or tomorrow.

    The book of the blog is still at the printers. I've just submitted the blurb that will appear on Amazon and other sites, so hopefully it will be available soon. Profits from the book will initially be split between Children in Need and the Matangini Project. Stay tuned!

    Sorry, have to go - Ravel has just electrocuted himself whilst trying to change a fuse. He thought it was inside the plug socket.


    J McC

  355. At 01:59 PM on 06 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Good afternoon bloggers,

    I trust we have all had a good weekend? I did not attend any firework displays. My dogs were going mad with all of the bangs, our village is normally so quiet, I am rather pleased it is only once a year.

    Mrs BigUn has had a toothache all weekend so no fun for her means no fun for me :-( She went to the dentist Friday but the antibiotics have not touched the pain…bless her.

    Weezie, I am pleased you are happy with your new hair. My wife had her hair coloured two weeks ago. She says it is copper but I say ginger………..guess who is wrong! (again)

    Happy Monday everyone :-)


    P.S. I am sorry this little joke/story is a bit late only it is this dame work thing getting in the way of me blogging. I will have to prioritise my work better :-)


    Lawyers should never ask a southern grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer. In a trial, a southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know me?"

    She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you."

    The lawyer was stunned! Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know the defence attorney?"

    She again replied, "Why, yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him."

    The defence attorney almost died.

    The judge asked both counsellors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said, "If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you to the electric chair!

  356. At 02:55 PM on 06 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Howdy y'all in the good pm!

    Hallo BigUn. I didn't do any displays either. Did see fireworks over the sea while out with friend on Sat eve which were very pretty, However, Sun eve whole 'early night sleeping experience' marred somewhat by pub next door having display til 1130 last night. I don't care how pretty they were.

    Very sorry to hear of Mrs BigUn's plight. There are few things worse than toothache...especially when the healing powders don't work either!

    Glad that the good Dr JMcC is no longer in the woods, but is he out of the woods yet I wonder? I also wonder if he reads any of our ramblings too...

    Hi Susan - I've been with the boy about 24 days short of four years, and he's never really worked 'locally'. It is more recently that he has to go away for a longer time, but this is partly due to the fact that neither of our cars are particularly reliable, so ironically, sometimes, it's better he stays away...
    Your new neighbours sound cool. I think winter is the best time to meet new people as there is always loads going on from Hallowe'en to New Years Day. At least if they know you are on your own, hopefully they'll carry on doing the decent thing and make sure you're ok up until your husband comes home!

    's a funny old day today. It started in a bleakish misty sort of day which has blossomed into a bright sunny sort of day and the robin has been in this afternoon. Because of what he did the last time he got himself locked in, I had to shoo him away. He has now gone to take it out on the sparrows.

    Can't believe it's nearly 3. Time for tea and cig.


    PS The boy has not been to swap cars. In fact he has barely left the smoke. He requested that I pay the TfL congestion thingie, which I have, and all so that he can get out of the place!

  357. At 03:23 PM on 06 Nov 2006, Amanda wrote:

    Hey friends! I submitted a post earlier, but it must have gotten lost in the virtual mail. Ah well, second time is a charm!

    Hazel - yes I did complete my diy tasks and feel great about it...and a little regret as now I am asking myself why I didn't do them a year ago when I moved into the cottage. But all in all a very productive weekend.

    As I mentioned in my now long lost post: CE and others waxing nostalgically on about chicken stew prompted me to give it a try yesterday. Now, keep in mind that I make an AMAZING beef stew so I thought this would be a piece of cake. What a disaster! I don't know what I did wrong! It was bland, runny, greasy, and the chicken was rubbery! Anyone with any ideas or a tried and true recipe would be a hero to me at this point.

    Let's make it to 400 today people!

  358. At 03:37 PM on 06 Nov 2006, wilsmar wrote:

    Good afternoon/morning to one and all!!
    This is a sort of stop press for all the Winnie the Pooh afficienado's out there - The Book People have just made their latest drop and there is a "Winnie the Pooh Classic Story Cupboard" with twenty 4.5" x 6" hardback books in a case = £20. Book No. 1 is 'W-the-P and some Bees' right through to No 20 'Pooh's Poems'.

    I'm treating myself to one for Chrimble.

    That's me lot folks. Too tired to think of anything of any interest.... fireworks still going off at 1.30a.m alarm going off at 6.10a.m. Thank goodness it was a cold morning, that and the body blasting shower woke me but flagging now. Roll on 5p.m next Monday.
    Oh! just remembered did anyone see Celebrity Family Fortunes? Our man was the top answer for naming a red haired celebrity!!
    Take care all.

  359. At 04:55 PM on 06 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    WEEZIE - just remembered...may make you smile...during my weary telly channel stopping stupor last eve...I had a conversation with a pal of mine who told me that she is biting the bullet and getting her hair cut & coloured this weekend coming.

    Her hair stylist is urging her to go 'Titan Red' because he thinks it'll look 'GORGEOUS dahling'.

    I hastened to point out that the word 'Titan' is from Greek mythology, and meant one of a breed of giants. It can also be used to mean of huge size and strength eg Titanic...ahem.

    She has now decided to go 'TITIAN Red' which is named for the 15c Italian artist because he liked to paint a lot of a particular colour red.

    Bless 'er

    Mundleday allmoste over mein leiblings

    PS hope you all got your results today and they are good?

    Jo - big hugs for Charley x

  360. At 04:58 PM on 06 Nov 2006, Megglet wrote:

    Hello lovelies,

    Oooh it's proper Autumn, isn't it? I'm loving toasting my cold bits when I come in from the fresh air. It's this time of the year when I reeeally wish we had an open fire. I'm trying to use my imagination but it's just not the same. Does anyone know how to get marshmallows out from behind a radiator...?!

    No real news...just wanted to say hey and play my part in pushing on to 500.

    C'mon blogettes; our Leader needs YOU!

    Meg x x x

  361. At 05:23 PM on 06 Nov 2006, Linda Brady wrote:

    Hello darling people.... I've got a bad cold... snuffling & sneezing & all those things but we really have to keep this going... I check the blog everyday... it's addictive... & I agree gotta keep it going... every blog counts... & my gorgeous cat Harry... (apparently he's a Burmilla looks like a big cream coloured tabby to me, got him from a sanctuary 6 years ago, he bites which is why he was there) anyway he hates all the loud bangs of Nov. 5th... he's an indoor cat only goes out on a lead... O.K... have a lovely evening.X.

  362. At 06:09 PM on 06 Nov 2006, Weezie wrote:

    Good Evening all you lovely bloggers!

    Had a great Bonfire Night! Went round my friends house for small vino tinto before the excitement then went to a great firework display in the village with our respective hubbys and her two girls! Girls got cold and tired, so after the traditional (well in my house!) tomato soup and hot dog, went back to her house, put kids to bed and then the 4 of us got a wee bit squiffy on champagne (well it was in the fridge!) and JD and coke - not together! Got home a bit later than we had intended and had to watch Strictly come Dancing (that I had sky plused!) as decided that I couldn't sleep without knowing who had got through!!! Sad but true! Well I enjoyed myself!

    The usual high standard of Joke from the BIG'UN. You will have to stop working so hard. Also hugs to MRS BIG'UN. Hope the dentist has sorted her out today!

    JO - Charly is so garjus, sweetie! What a lovely face and eyes. Give him a big hug and kiss from me! Am thinking of him.

    HAZEL LOVE #359 TITIAN Red sounds fab to me! I have to admit to a love of all things that involve hair colour - I love it all! Tell your pal to go for it if she fancies it. If she dosnt like it you can always go change it again - takes 10mins!!
    My best friend is not so sure of my new blond look! She dosn't dislike it but prefers me brunette she said today. Think its too much of a shock for her but I love it and thats all that counts. Tell your pal that HAZEL LOVE - always do these things for YOU, not for anyone else!!!

    Well my garjus bloggers, sadly I have had my week off and tomorrow morning I am off to work. Going to India this time, to Chennai (used to be Madras for those oldies amongst us!!). Fab trip - I love going to India, great food, people and lotsa shopping! I wont be back till Saturday and then I have a party to go to so wont be able to blog till Sun maybe Mon :-(( (unless I can get to a computer in the hotel in Madras). By then, our lovely leader CLP will be back at the helm. Hurray :-))))))) !!!!!

    Dont want you to think i'm abandoning you all when we are trying to get to 500 blogs!!!

    Keep safe. Keep Warm. Keep Smiling. Be lovely to each other (you always are!) and I will catch up next week.

    Lov to you all, my lovelies!!

    Weezie xxx

  363. At 08:56 PM on 06 Nov 2006, Kazza wrote:

    Bonsoir mes petits pois et choufleurs,
    So loving BigUn's jokes and Hazel Loves chirpy tomes! Trying to organise my daughter's 21st b'day party for Dec 2. Have left it all to last minute and am only now sorting out marquee, dj etc. 3 and a bit weeks to go and I'm panicking. May have to bunk off work for a few days to get my head together. Food? Finger or hot stuuf?(About 80 -100 coming)?
    Enjoyed another fab weekend in West Bay, Dorset. How beautiful was the weather at the weekend. Long walks, lots of good food and copious amounts of cheery wine whilst chewing the fat and basically talking cr**!
    Going up to do some marking now.
    Good night, god bless and keep all your bits toasted.
    Kazza xxxx

  364. At 09:37 PM on 06 Nov 2006, ASHY wrote:

    i have only blogged once before but read them every day.you are all so witty that i never feel that i have anything very exciting to say.can't wait for C.E. TO BE BACK ON THE AIRWAVES.wishing all who need extra best wishes either human or animal extra love. love the jokes big un relay them to the family everyday. hope this blog makes an addition to get us closer to 500??? wishing you all much love ashy and harry potter [my scottish terrier]

  365. At 10:14 PM on 06 Nov 2006, MWK wrote:

    Good Evening All,

    You all sound on good form, pleased a good weekend was had by all.

    Keith, sorry to hear Mrs BigUn had a troublesome tooth! Hope the dentist has taken away her pain xx
    Thanks for today's joke xx

    Hazel - you are fab xx So thoughtful to smuggle your post through on Friday passing on your good weekend wishes, thank you xx Loved the "running around in circles joke" it got a few giggles on Saturday around the bonfire :-)))

    Weezie - Your new blonde look sounds great.
    Have a safe trip, have lots of fun xx

    Jo - Sorry to hear about Charlie xx Hope it all turns out well for him..........he is adorable, give him a big hug from me xx

    I really wish I could say something witty, but I've failed miserable :-( So I will just say Goodnight & Godbless.

    Lots of love
    Mary xx

  366. At 10:15 PM on 06 Nov 2006, kaz wrote:


    Just thought I would say hello everyone.
    Glad Monday is out of the way because has
    been a nothing sort of day. Wonder what
    Chris is doing now?

    night night

  367. At 07:53 AM on 07 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Oops what day is it? (Happy Tuesday everyone) It is early you know! :-))

  368. At 09:10 AM on 07 Nov 2006, Tickle in Cork wrote:

    Ok - a few more days until Mr CE returns...so how big can this blog entry go?

    Morning unless you're reading this in the afternoon, so then it's afternoon! Amm..unless you're reading it in the evening then it's a good evening to you.

    So Happy Tuesday to us all - the weather is holding up - at least in this part of the world - and there's some fantastic sunsets in the evenings! Just don't drive as there's a sunset, you'll spend more time looking in the back mirror at it than on the road - not a good idea!!

    So just think - tomorrow is Wednesday, so we'll be in the middle of the week already and then Thursday will trundle along and we're at the weekend. How great is that?!

    Have a good day and my challenge to everyone is to watch a movie you've never seen before today. Apt for me as I've had a copy of the DaVinci code sitting by the tv for the past 4 weeks...... so I'll make it a cosy Tuesday too.

    Bye for awhile!
    Tickle :)

  369. At 09:12 AM on 07 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Chirpy. CHIRPY!

    KAZZA - I'll tell you about chirpy. I've had yet ANOTHER car nightmare this morning.

    The boy suggested I take his car to work today..."Ooh but you might need some petrol..."

    It ran out of petrol before I got it out of the parking space.

    I went back home to tell him (he's still asleep as he did 36 hours straight at the weekend and only got home about 4pm yesterday) and explained the problem.

    I told him I would be taking my car.

    Now, my car needs a new radiator which was the cause of the breakdown last week, and is now prone to over-heating as we cannot currently afford to get it fixed.

    About a mile from my house I had to pull over at the side of the road, amongst the school run I might add, switch off the engine, and try desperately to add some more water.

    I then spent the rest of the journey terrified that it was going to break down in the HUGE traffic.

    Fortunately (thank you whoever is looking after me) it didn't and I eventually arrived at work at 0835 in time for an 0800 start. It took me 50 minutes to get three miles.

    I am now drinking hot sweet tea and waiting for the shaking to subside.

    I am feeling distinctly not chirpy.

    However...I am not about for some of today, and my lovely boss is lending me his car for the journey I need to make. I will endeavour to be more chirpy later and please accept my apologies for letting the side down.

    I'm willing to bet that what ever Chris is doing right now it doesn't involve a broken down car.

    Thank you for being there

  370. At 09:16 AM on 07 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Sorry me again.

    KAZZA - Finger food. If they are 21 they aren't really gonna be eating anyway...

    MWK - Glad you liked it. That is my mother's most favourite joke of all time.

    BIGUN - Happy Tuesday right back atcha!

    WEEZIE - Probably too late by now, but make sure you put sun shield on your lovely new hair...

    laterzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz babes

  371. At 09:49 AM on 07 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    I have to say sorry bloggers,

    # 367 was correcting a mistake on another blocked post!

    The BBC blog/laughter Police do not like my joke of the day :-( (Not for the first time) I think they have something against me as I do seem to get a lot of my post rejected :-( They never tell me what part of my post is offensive. The rules are just if they think so then that is it without anyone getting the chance of complaining about a post!

    I have said before I have no intention of offending anyone, so sorry :-(

    I think I had better leave the blogging for a while to give them a chance to forget about me :-(


  372. At 10:08 AM on 07 Nov 2006, dom wrote:

    Hi Chris, Love the show :) And I hope you're having a great holiday.
    Do us a favour when you return though ,please stop referring to these COMMENTS as blogs, they are comments or replies, not blogs ! ...
    A weblog is, literally, a "log" of the web - a diary-style site, in which the author (a "blogger") links to other web pages he or she finds interesting using entries posted in reverse chronological order.
    I hope you have time to visit my site and have yourself a wee lil laugh at some of the weird news.
    Take care

  373. At 10:15 AM on 07 Nov 2006, Jill wrote:

    Happy Tuesday Bloggers All

    HAZEL - Sympathise with your stressy car journey, and hope you now recovered. M15 obviously not paying you enough - you need to be driving around in a reliable motor... although I see you're being supplied with an official car for today's assignment. Don't press any buttons before checking out what they do, as you might fire off the rocket booster or the splange spring exterminator.

    Also agree with others who feel the pressure to be witty bloggers. Me too. BUT I think it's important just to accept ourselves as we are, and realise we all offer something different to make up a worthwhile community rich in talents and character!

    I'm off soon for an induction afternoon at a new client company (I'm freelance) and wondering what to wear. Decisions, decisions. Skirt or trousers? shirt and top, or jumper? I didn't inherit my Mum's good dress sense and sadly she's not around any more to advise me. Need to grow up and rely on my own judgment - that is when my stylish daughter is out at work and so can't sort me out!

    (()) from me to you. Wish you and yours all good things and healthy.

    Jill xxx

  374. At 10:16 AM on 07 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Hello all :o)

    It's tea and toast time in my office - well for me anyway. Still awaiting news on Charley dog, all appendages suitably crossed!

    Keith - I love your jokes and await a relaxing of the blog laughter police rules for todays laughter edition.

    Many thanks to all who sent good wishes to the dog, he slept comfortably last night cushioned by wishes and love :o)

    Hazel Love - I had a similar problem on Thursday, my car started shaking and juddering (juddaking or shakering) on the motorway and I had to wait for a very nice man (who turned out not to be so nice after all) to come and fetch me!

    Much tea nd coffee needed on arrival at work - mainly due to the coldness that had pervaded all of my bones as a result of the standing outside bit of awaiting the not very ice man!

    Take it easy and happy tuesday!



  375. At 10:40 AM on 07 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:


    This is Chris' thing. We add all our bits and pieces. It's fun.

    I don't care what my comments are called. They are there for the edification and amusement of others. Sometimes they are more poignant, and sometimes they are more informative, but mostly they are to do with a community getting together to share.

    I'm sure you are right in what you say, and having checked your site I understand your enthusiasm for the correct terminology. So, I'm sorry if you find the mis-use of internet computer weblog language exasperating, but if you saw the news yesterday, they are trying to get rid of jargon.

    Thank you for your comment.

  376. At 10:53 AM on 07 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Hello Bloggees ,(I'm sorry Dom #372, but I reckon that these internet rules are not fixed in stone, who decides these names anyway??)

    Cat if you're reading this please blog if you can so we know how you are, I have been thinking about you.

    My fingers are crossed for all of you awaiting tests and results, human and furry family members.

    So, I've noticed the challenge is to push past 500 comments on the blog. I believe this could well be done naturally but had an idea for all of your consideration to help the challenge along. How about a game thread running through at the same time. I was thinking the famous name game e.g I end my blog CHRIS EVANS, the next blog uses the S at the end e.g. SHARON STONE then the next uses the E ur Eric Morecombe etc.

    What do you think could be an added bit of fun and if the name is just tagged on as a PS it won't effect the content of the comment. It will also become funny as our blogs often get posted in batches.

    Or alternatively just ignore me 'cos 4 weeks off work is making me a bit mad methinks

    Take care all


  377. At 12:07 PM on 07 Nov 2006, galadriel wrote:

    Hello one and all

    DOM....GET A LIFE !!! Who care's what it's called. Its fun and interesting and is bringing a lot of like minded people together. Who needs the TOGS when we have the BLOGGERS

    Just a little bit of info to try to add to the 500 posts .

    In Shakespeare's time, mattressess were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......"goodnight sleep tight"

    TAKE CARE ONE AND ALL ...remember to smile at least once each day


  378. At 12:17 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Caroline wrote:

    Hello Chaps and Chapettes
    It’s lovely to see you all, thank you for keeping me amused
    Kazza I agree with Hazel – Finger food, deffo.
    What about stuff from your local Indian eg bhajia, popadoms, raita and dips, tikka…Or Chinese eg Ribs, Wontons, spring rolls.
    Alternatively I had a fab party ( 180 people) where we served bread and cheese, with celery and grapes. It was really easy and effective.
    Ashy/Jill – don’t worry about wittyness, it’s the joining in that counts..remember we’re trying to get to 500 before the meister returns.

    Happy Tuesday everyone
    Caroline xx

  379. At 12:23 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Jonahwood wrote:

    Message for Jo with Charley... I understand what you mean about being so sad for an animal, but there's no need to say he's 'just a dog' as I (and I bet hundreds of us) know that dogs can mean so much to us.

    My world revolves around my hounds, so don't feel amazed that you're so sad. They're excellent companions as they give such unconditional love and I'd gladly trade in my hubby for another one!

    Lots of love to you and Charley, the main thing is that he's comfy and you're happy. If it get to 'that time' when a decision needs to be made about his future, I'm sure you'd know when it was right and don't feel sad as animals don't see leaving this place in the same way as we do. They just move on and have a whale of a time. It's us who struggle with it.

    I send you lots of love and best wishes. xxx

  380. At 12:31 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Spoodle Doo wrote:

    Afternoon one and all!

    I cant believe Chris is still away! A much deserve rest for Mr C granted but two whole weeks in the office with no new blog :o

    Keith, keep the jokes coming. Your bound to get a few past the laughter police :)

    Ho Hum back to the daily grind. Hurry up 5pm!

  381. At 12:41 PM on 07 Nov 2006, kali wrote:

    Hey, aren't we doing well. Should reach 500 easy!!
    Why isnt it 5pm yet!!!
    Great to hear u all can't get thru a day without checking the blog (I think I may have a problem!!!)
    Keep going guys...need the daily joke from BigUn to cheer me up

    Keep smiling

    P.S. Susan Sarandon

  382. At 12:56 PM on 07 Nov 2006, JF wrote:

    #348 Caroline - glad my typos are keeping you amused! they are very common as i skived off all my typing classes in sixth form, preferring instead to spend the time snogging boys.
    Re chili con crane - it was very enjoyable, for about an hour, and then a stomach bug kicked in. haven't eaten anything since, though am about to embark on some dry toast.
    wish me luck.
    JF x

  383. At 01:11 PM on 07 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Cool Kali,
    Glad you icked up the thread.

    I think maybe we should look towards 600 everyone, go on we can make it

    Take care all


  384. At 01:14 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Mariella Wolenski, apparently! wrote:

    Good day all,

    Bit of sad news today, I have just had to bury one of my cats. Ozzy, 18 years old, came to us under her own free will as a kitten and became the mistress of the household. She was a beautiful Maine Coon, mainly white with tabby patches splodged over her body, and the most magnificent tail, which always reminded me of a stick of dynamite. My dad named her Ozzy after Ozzy Osbourne due to her ability to bite heads off small rodents. Not nice I know, but its instinctive and you can't hold it against them. Thankfully she passed peacefully in her sleep.

    On a lighter note, went to see Mark Thomas last night. He is a very funny man, and certainly knows how to make you stop and think about whatever point he is putting across. Last night was about arms dealers and corruption - sounds a bit heavy going, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.

    Tonight I take my first tentative steps into tap dancing and street dance. Well, thats not strictly true. I did all sorts of dance from the age of 3 up to 21, but then it stopped dead, and apart from prancing round my home in an attempt to maintain some sort of grace its all kinda gone by the wayside. In the new year the tutor is thinking about ballet classes as well, so I shall be beautifully toned, slim, fit and quite bendy! Now all I need is to find a paintball team in my area that is looking for somebody who isn't a great shot but can be a fantastic distraction!

    MW, a!

  385. At 01:18 PM on 07 Nov 2006, mwk wrote:

    Good Afternoon All

    Getting close to 500.............

    Laughter Police if you must blocked the BiGun's joke please have the decency to tell him why!

    BigUn please don't leave the blog :-(((

    We should really get Chris to have a word with the laughter police when he returns. I can't imagine how anyone would find BigUn's joke offence. You have a choice with this blog, if you don't like it don't read it!

    Have a good rest of the day.

    Lots of love
    Mary xx

    ps. Nick Nolte

  386. At 01:25 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Good Afternoon One and All

    How is everyone ?

    Jo - Charley is GORGEOUS !!! I hope its good news, and soon !!

    Mini update - I`m kind of petrified !!! I was doing so so well with the positivity thing and looking on the bright side of life but now, as I`m waiting for the results, I`m begining to get a bit scared... I`m doing ok most of the time, its just when you catch yourself thinking and you realise you`re thinking "What if it is cancer ?, What will I do ?"

    My wonderful parents have organised a few days away by the sea for me and I leave on Thursday night after work (test results are due back Thursday / Friday) ... I`ll be away until the following Tuesday afternoon... I`m sure its just what I need, a complete break....

    Cat - did you call ? Any news ?

    Hazel Love - Thanks for the message smuggling !!!

    I really hope everyone is having a FAB Tuesday !

    Have a good one my friends...

    Tracey-Ann x x

  387. At 01:42 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Kali wrote:

    Orlando Bloom

  388. At 01:54 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Thanks Tracey-Ann, he's a very pretty boy!

    :o) Jo

    PS Brian Blessed!

  389. At 02:00 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Susan wrote:


    I was just saying to my colleague over lunch at the local Balti House - I think I have that annorexia thingy, cos every time I look in the mirror I see a fat person....

  390. At 02:02 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Caroline wrote:

    I've arrived! I'm in! been acknowledged for a comment! Hooray!

    Thanks JF you've made my day sorry to hear you're poorly though

    Caroline xx

    Marlon Brando

  391. At 02:15 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    good afternoon friends and thanks for tuning in..... : )

    #371 Keith .....No, you CANNOT disappear...anwyay, when people have made such a kindly impact like you have, your disappearing will not mean you are forgotten, so you may as well stay...... : ) : )

    ALSO, as a frequenter (frequentress?? : )) of the Radio 2 Current Affairs Message Boards, I have observed the material that IS passed by the moderators - and I find it hard to believe that your material would be 'thrown out' when some of that Message Board material is 'kept in'. (apologies for grammar - I think I am still jet lagged from the clocks changing the other weekend)

    Have a good one guys - loving your posts - thank goodness they kept to option A (blog doors open)



    ps Michael Caine

  392. At 02:24 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Karen D wrote:

    Morning All,

    another bright and sunny but cold day here in Calgary.

    Not much to say this morning, Dasiy and I are off to the vets tomorrow to hopefully get good news regarding her surgery last week. She is back to her usual self...always looking for something to eat !! hard to believe she has a 3" long scar on her tummy, if that was me I wopuld be laid up in bed having grapes fed to me !!!

    We are on the downhill now....I sat thinkng last night that CE has probably been taking sneeky looks at the blog just to make sure we haven't deserted him but has somehow found the will power not to join in , but there again he probably hasn't given us a thought over the last two weeks due to enjoying himself immensely.

    Love karen

    PS Oliver Reed

  393. At 02:53 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Entirely intentional of me to try and mess up the game - any opportunity for thinking about the words Brian Blessed must be taken!!

    As we have a couple of M's, are we going with the first? (apologies Gaby & Michael Caine!)now I have re-read the rules I think I might be able to join in!

    :o) Jo

    Dave Gorman (from the exceptional book Are you Dave Gorman?)

  394. At 03:01 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Hi All

    Update - Doctor called about half an hour ago. I`ve just about stopped crying ! ...

    My Doctor has called to say test results are back already and as such I have been referred to the hospital for "investigate procedures"

    My Doctor has been really great and very reassuring but its still all very scary.

    Karen - I really hope Daisy is doing well :)

    I`ll be off for a while now, I think I`m going to go and see my Mum !

    Have a lovely evening one and all

    Here's to a much better Wednesday !

    Love to all

    Tracey-Ann x x x

  395. At 03:01 PM on 07 Nov 2006, mwk wrote:

    Karen D (#392) very nicely put re the BigUn xx

    Will attempt another PS however it might miss the slot as did my previous one :-)

    Take Care
    Mary xx

    ps Denzel Washington

  396. At 03:46 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Maridle wrote:

    Love the name game especially as the blogs don't always appear chronologically, makes it even more amusing.
    Is anyone else a secret blogger? It's my guilty secret, don't really know why! I tend to do it (although I've only done it 3 times) when my kids are either at school or in bed.
    p.s. Nana Mascouri

  397. At 03:49 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:


    #393 Jo - you made me smile : ) : ).........

    I thought my name looked rather good 'hooked up' like that next to Michael Caine......well, well my friends - little did I know when I wrote my little piece about 'belonging' that by mid-week I would be belonging to the great Michael Caine : )

    Am loving the fact that (due to the tardiness of the process of positioning the posts past the post-passers) sometimes the letters don't match - making the game even more fun, well suggested CAKE : )

    mange tout


    ps Neil Armstrong

  398. At 03:54 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Hello all

    My last three posts have not seen the light of blog. If this one doesn't get posted, it looks like I've been blacklisted. I suspect I know why.

    J Mcc

  399. At 03:54 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Abigails Diva wrote:

    Hello fellow bloggers!

    How goes it this sunny Tuesday??

    Can't belive i havent been on here for nearly a week! Where does the time go??!

    Dr J McC, you are a nutter! and i love it!! Have just been onto your blog and spent the entire time i was reading through your latest blog laughing like a crazy woman at the 'puter!
    How is Ravel's hand now? I take it the splinter didnt have any lasting side-effects?!

    Have a lovely afternoon-evening all! I have the dreaded weigh-in at Slimming World tonight, and over the weekend i discovered Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.........they are food of the devil!!!!
    But are unfortunately completley delicious, if you're ever in Selfridges in Brum go and try em :-D ....

    ...you may even get chatted up by a strange man with a foreign accent who works in there - i had no makeup on, hair that had had no more than a brush shown to it and strangely mismatched clothes (it was a Sunday, and they dont count!) and managed to attract the unwanted attentions of aforementioned dodgy geezer: -

    "You are very beautiful lady...!"

    Thanks, but no thanks! All my other half could do was laugh as i squirmed under the unwanted letchy gaze of this bloke - ew!

    Ok am really going this time hurrah! its ten to four and i have to go early tonight ( how heartbroken i am!!!! NOT!)


    PS: Ian Botham (sorry, couldn’t think of anyone more rock and roll who began with I, apart from me but that would be cheating!! ooh the ego on that one!)

  400. At 03:55 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Maridle wrote:

    Good game, good game! The name game that is, especially as the blogs come out in a delayed fashion so it makes for a more amusing result.
    p.s.Norman Cook

  401. At 03:58 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Maridle wrote:

    Good game, good game! The name game that is, especially as the blogs come out in a delayed fashion so it makes for a more amusing result.
    p.s.Norman Cook

  402. At 04:02 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Good afternoon lovelies and jubblies!

    Have returned, on fumes, from my assignment. Rather than my boss' car I used that of a colleague. When I took my seat I noticed there was not a vast quantity of engine juice present, but was assured it would manage the return journey. Which it did.

    ...and I'm SO SORRY MW, A!. I lost my first puss Bean a few years ago, and was devastated. I send all love and light to you and for Ozzy too.

    BIGUN - You can't leave and that's an end to it. I have run out of joke repertoire and it's not my place anyway! See you on the morrow.

    GABY - Succinctly put hon!

    JF - Hope you're over it soon

    CAT - If you're there but don't want to talk, just know we are thinking of you.

    Good to have you back CAKE
    The minibreak sounds like a SUPERB idea TRACEY-ANN
    ...and a big non-avalanche inducing shout to CALGARY KAREN

    I myself will again be off shortly but no clues.

    One thing I haven't mentioned with all this talk about Charley. Dalmatians are my favourite dawgs ever since I read all about 101 of them by Dodie Smith when I was 9. Beautiful in every way they are.

    Right. Now I'm back I need to work.
    Enuff frivoles

    PS Norman Wisdom

  403. At 04:04 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Kali wrote:

    My thoughts are with u Tracey-Ann
    good luck xx

    P.S George Clooney

  404. At 04:29 PM on 07 Nov 2006, wilsmar wrote:

    Tracey-Ann - when one of my sisters got the same message from the Doc as you have just had it was a cyst - so good news to you too. Hope your Mum gives you tons of hugs.

    P.S. Yvonne De Carlo - aka Mrs Herman Munster
    or Yusuf aka the gorgeous Cat Stephens

    Happy Tuesday to all - esp T-A

  405. At 04:31 PM on 07 Nov 2006, wilsmar wrote:

    Tracey-Ann - when one of my sisters got the same message from the Doc as you have just had it was a cyst - so good news to you too. Hope your Mum gives you tons of hugs.

    P.S. Yvonne De Carlo - aka Mrs Herman Munster
    or Yusuf aka the gorgeous Cat Stephens

    Happy Tuesday to all - esp T-A

  406. At 04:38 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    DR MCCRUMBLE I presume!

    "I want McCrumble and I want him now!" is possibly why your posts are not appearing hmmm???

    Glad you are well though and bearing some semblence of being in the land of the living.

    ...and ABIGAILS DIVA...surely a dodgy geeza serving the aforementioned krispy kremes is good enough reason for not buying them if they are truly naughty...???

    PS Yul Brynner
    but I bet i've missed it...

  407. At 04:46 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Nicki wrote:

    Hi All

    Just had to respond to Tracey-Ann.
    I know exactly how you feel, I have also had the same terrifying thing happen, got called back after suspect test results for more tests, to be told something not too attractive was forming and I was to undergo laser treatment. It wasn't that bad, kind of like seeing a spce man dissappear up ones nether region.

    The point of this blog is to try to say, try not to worry too much, easy for me to say I know, not so easy for you to do.

    Best place, go see your Mum, things are always better once you've seen your Mum.

    Keep us all posted when you can, I'm sure I blog for all when I say we'll be tyhinking of you.

  408. At 04:58 PM on 07 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    hi blog friends

    I'm still here, now I'm back at work I just don't get the same chance to blog, and I'm really missing you all. To quote our beloved blogmeister, a hundred thousand thankyous to all those people asking after me.

    Yes I did ring (good idea Cake) only to be told that results weren't back yet. Sigh. I'll keep chasing.

    Tracey-Ann - fingers are as crossed for you as ever, can't tell you how I feel for you, and how much I hope you're ok. You're in the system now, though, and did the right thing by getting yourself looked at in the first place - how many people don't even do that much for fear of what they may hear?

    Jo - my heart goes out to you too (and all those with sick animals). I know just what you mean about only-a-dog cos some people take offence, but they are so important. My Archie has developed a nasty lump on his face, think it's a tick but I worry about that enough let alone the prospect of anything more serious. Hope all goes well.

    Cat (& Archie Dog)

  409. At 05:04 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Hello again

    Hazel Love - first, I do read other comments. I tried to answer last night, but the moderator didn't like my reply (which went somthing like the beginning of this post).

    Second, I suspect, in a round-about way, that you might be right. I don't know what the house rules of this blog are, but deliberately making certain references to certain things are probably not allowed. What we need is some kind of vague allusion to the idea that will elude the keen eyes of the moderators.

    Lets try this..

    Once upon a time there was a tree growing in a wood. It was a tree destined for the sawmill, and one day it was chopped down. Now, the wood from the sawmill was destined to be turned into woodpulp, in order to make books for people to read. Some of the wood pulp was made into a book that was written for CHARITY. But a gagging order was placed on the author of this book by the nasty censors, who decided that CHARITY was not a worthy cause. This made the author very angry, because he put A LOT OF WORK into writing the CHARITY book, and if no-one knew about it, the CHARITIES being supported by the book would not get any money. He had to go underground, and use coded messages like this one:


    in order for people to know about his book for CHARITY. Eventually word spread, and the book was a success. Hurrah!


    J McC

  410. At 05:18 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Sooperdooper wrote:

    Tracey-Ann, just needed to send you a bloghug, i know how you are feeling and i truely hope that everything goes well, please blog and let us know how you get on.

    I am really missing Chris it is not the same driving home from work without him. i have also become seriously addicted to reading the blog, bit nervous about posting though. ;~)

    karen x

  411. At 05:30 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Yul Brynner to ....Richard Cook, famous Jazz author !

    Yes, I`m still at work, thought I would keep my mind off things. Phoned my Mum and had a chat about it all and will see her in a while...

    Looking forward to my break.

    Thank You so much for the kind thoughts

    MW,a I`m so sorry to read about your cat. At least she had a very long and happy life :)

    Keith - I love reading your posts, don`t go anywhere

    Wilsmar - Thank You for sharing and for giving me hope !

    MR. CHRISTOPHER EVANS - There is uproar in the press today that the price of Christmas trees is going up....If you`re selling Christmas trees again this year I hope you make LOADS for charity :)

    Right then, nearly time to call it a day, hook my MP3 up to the car stereo ( No Mr. E for company this evening :( ) and blow this pop stand....

    Have a wonderful evening one and all

    x x x

  412. At 05:35 PM on 07 Nov 2006, ChrissieS wrote:

    Hi everyone,

    Have been staying in touch with the blog/comments/whatever and I think everyone is doing a brilliant job of keeping things going in Chris's absence.

    Just a quick note to Tracey-Ann - please try not to panic. Easy for me to say, but believe me when I say these doctors know what they are doing.

    I know we don't know each other, but I thinking of you so much! Also, I know everyone on Chris's blog is thinking of you too.

    Lots of love,

    C xx

  413. At 05:38 PM on 07 Nov 2006, ChrissieS wrote:

    Hi everyone,

    Have been staying in touch with the blog/comments/whatever and I think everyone is doing a brilliant job of keeping things going in Chris's absence.

    Just a quick note to Tracey-Ann - please try not to panic. Easy for me to say, but believe me when I say these doctors know what they are doing.

    I know we don't know each other, but I thinking of you so much! Also, I know everyone on Chris's blog is thinking of you too.

    Lots of love,

    C xx

  414. At 05:42 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Attn Hazel!

    I think you are right. I have just tried another post and hey presto, it vanishes into the ether, never to be read by anyone except the moderator. It would help if we could contact someone regarding blog etiquette, but there isn't anyone specified to deal with questions about the Chris Evans blog. So we are left with nothing, and nowhere to go...

    J McC

  415. At 06:06 PM on 07 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:


    My thoughts are with you, (I won't go into detail but I had a similar experience 2 years ago) You know we are all here for you, no one ever knows exactly how someone else is feeling but within this blog I feel that many of us understand.
    Please take care
    You are never alone,


  416. At 06:20 PM on 07 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:


    My thoughts are with you, (I won't go into detail but I had a similar experience 2 years ago) You know we are all here for you, no one ever knows exactly how someone else is feeling but within this blog I feel that many of us understand.
    Please take care
    You are never alone,


  417. At 07:02 PM on 07 Nov 2006, MWK wrote:

    Evening Friends

    Firstly a correction to my post #395

    It should have said "#391 Gaby very nicely put re BigUn"..........sorry! :-)

    Tracey-Ann Thinking of you, take care xx Good idea to go away with Mum and Dad xx

    MWa - So sorry to hear about Ozzy xx Big bloghug to you xx
    Try to enjoy your tap dancing tonight, takes me back to when I was a lot younger, I absolutely loved it, would love to take it up again xx I'm in my element with Strictly Come Dancing being on TV

    Dr McCrumble - Pleased to hear you are well xx Not so pleased about your missing posts :-(

    Blog Monitors what is going on? First you take away BigUn's posts, now it's Hazel's and Dr McCrumble.......very poor show! You will have a lot of unhappy bloggers on your hands!

    Chris hurray back to sort these moderators
    out :-)

    CAT - Lots of love, hugs and kisses. It must be a very difficult time for you. We are all here for you xx

    Hazel - Be careful on your next venture :-)
    your too precious to us xx

    Have a nice evening everyone

    Special thoughts to our human and animal friends facing difficults times xx

    Lots of love
    Mary xx

  418. At 07:20 PM on 07 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Dr McC and Hazel Love,

    It seems that either posts disappear into the ether or like mine you get told to post later and then it gets posted twice.

    Maybe its to do with the huge number of blogs so far. Bit like time slowing down as you approach the speed of sound???!!!


    P.S. Richard E Grant

  419. At 07:34 PM on 07 Nov 2006, anna wrote:

    Blimey you lot have been busy today.

    Had a busy busy day so no chance till now log in. The man cub has gone to bed, and him in doors is out so am indulging in a glass of the red stuff and a packet of monstor munch (other makes of crisps are available!) - i amaze myself at just how classy i am!

    MW a! I bet puss is watching over you as we speak.

    TA - im not sure wot to say, not as eloquent as some of the rest of us.... so xx sums it up for me.

    Jo - Brian Blessed, i love that man so much. he is my hero - i met him last year and he is quite simply the loveliest man in British Theatre...... dahling.

    Jo McC - if only i could work out the coded message i might have been able to buy the book and support the CHARITY.......

    must do some work - lots to do before i jet off to the paella class.


    PS Rob Brydon

  420. At 08:16 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Anna - The code can be broken. But remember, once you have mastered the art of codebreaking, you are bound to its secrets like a boa constrictor around a small puppy, or something like that.


    J McC

    P.S. Don't worry if you can't break the code - you can always visit me blog and take the shortcut.

  421. At 09:13 PM on 07 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Ooops re. #419, I meant speed of light, sorry Einstein

    PS Nicho;as Cage

  422. At 09:59 PM on 07 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    Evening all

    Husband's away this week, so me & Archie Dog have been curled up by the fire catching up on series 7 of Charmed which I missed first time around (yes i know i'm sad, watched 4 in a row; i'm not even a teenager, just keep waiting for julian mcmahon to make a comeback...)

    Nearly the 2nd humpday without CLP, we're getting there. I think Cake's right, it must be the ginormous amount of blogs that slows it up cos mine are taking ages to show. But then what do i know, my dog knows more about technology than me, may Dr McC can explain it?

    Nothing interesting to say really, just thought I'd check in.

    Night all, sleep tight, have lovely lovely dreams and wake up happy tomorrow...you deserve to!

    cat & archie

  423. At 10:34 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Joseph McCrumble wrote:


    I think you may be suffering from sleep exhaustion. My remedy (though please remember that I am not medically qualified) is to stop watching back-to-back episodes of supernatural television programmes and listen to some classical music instead.

    I'm not sure your dog does know more about technology than yourself. Unless he wrote your comment. In which case we're all in a lot of trouble...


    J McC

  424. At 10:39 PM on 07 Nov 2006, Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    P.S. The reason the blog now takes an age to load is because the BBC have decided not to break up these comments over separate days. It would have been very straightforward, I'm sure you will agree, to introduce a new topic each day. Even one of the moderators could have done it. Just one word a day, like 'Mushrooms' or 'Charity' would have been enough to start a stream of comments.

    Let's give it a go...

    Tonight, the subject for discussion is...

    How did Koalas get chlamydia?

    Have fun

    J McC

  425. At 12:02 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Mariella Wolenski, apparently! wrote:

    It is not certain how koalas have come to be infected with Chlamydia. Some of the possible explanations are via introduction of infected mammals to Australia on one or more occasions over the last 40,000 years, exposure to it during the koala's evolution, or or a combination of these factors. Whatever the case, most populations of koalas carry antibodies for the disease, indicating some level of exposure (Reed 2002).

    Yeah, I know i cheated, but it is ten to midnight.

    At the back of my mind I have a little bell ringing telling me that chlamydia is also a zoonotic disease, similar to (or perhaps even the same thing as) psitticosis in birds and can be passed by exchange of bodily fluids - blood, saliva etc etc. (other bodily fluids are available) so maybe somebody with chlamydia got into a fight with a koala, and that particular koala was rather promiscuous........

    or maybe I should just go to bed.

    Night all,

    MW, a!

  426. At 01:00 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Jill wrote:

    Hello, Well-oh!

    Here I am in the wee small hours again, only time I've had to catch up with news, and there's so much to read... Col, are you out there too?

    J McC's suggested topic re pandas assumes that koalas DO suffer from chlamydia. Before this can be discussed I will need to read all relevant scientific journals to ensure we are not chasing a red herring. References please!

    Had a good half-day in London although found that Clapham Junction, the busiest station in the UK, failed miserably to live up to that reputation and was almost train-less in view of signal problems at Waterloo. Information boards also out of service, presumably exploded with so many delays and cancellations to report.

    Isn;t it funny when iu tyep so fasy that you getrw words all wrong?

    I noted that I had something to say to CAKE but don't know what it was - sorry Cake, but send you positive vibes. Perhaps it was to thank you for name game idea, come to think of it. They've added a certain something to the catch-up reading!

    Tracey-Anne and Cat, I x whole-heartedly join all others in wishing you good news, and think of you often every day. Truly.

    Am also sorry to hear about your cat, Mariella. Hope the tap-dancing helped to shake off the 'blues' a little.

    Keep on blogging/posting/commenting! So many of us enjoy it. I'm with all the others who think it doesn't matter one bit what we call ourselves or our activities (the on-line ones, that is)

    Still indicates that there are 0 comments to Chris's last blog! WHY oh WHY? Thought it meant no one was minding it.

    Hig Bugs to all xx Jill

    P.S. Not sure of last name mentioned (too tired now to check) so I'll say ALAN BENNET

  427. At 03:18 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Karen D wrote:

    Tracey-Ann.............big bear hugs from Canada......as my Nan used to say "keep your chin up lass".

    Cat...thinking of you too.

    Happy hump day everyone, even though it is still Tues. evening as I write this.

    Love karen xx

  428. At 06:50 AM on 08 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Good Morning Bloggees,

    Humpday here again, gosh time outside the blog goes so fast!

    Cat, sorry that the results still aren't back yet, but good luck with the chasing. I am sure they are ready in someone, somewheres out tray. I am also still sure they are going to be ok. Am with you all the way :-)

    Take care all


    PS TOM CRUISE (even though Alan Bennett came from nowhere Jill #426 LoL)

  429. At 08:04 AM on 08 Nov 2006, anna wrote:

    MW a! this may give a clear idea of my intelligence/maturity levels but i have to say hats off to you for the other bodily fluids available line. V V Funny.

    There should be an annual CE blog awards ceremony,

    Funniest Contributor
    Most Thoughtful Contributor
    Most Random statement
    Person most likely to stalk a celebrity (i have nominations for this - some people have gone very quiet whilst CLP is away!)
    Best recipe using 'tumbled upon whilst out walking the dog' ingredients

    any other award suggestions? - am not feeling very inspired myself this morning after trying desperately to get mancub to go back to sleep at 4pm this morning...... I failed.


  430. At 09:10 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    good morning schmorning,

    Have thought and thought - and am struggling for something interesting/exciting/witty to say but I just HAD to post because the letter to start with is E....and it gives me a chance to mention one of my absolute faves

    EDDIE IZZARD....yeahhhhhhhhhhh


    ps bet I missed the slot......

    pps mange tout, chaise longe

  431. At 09:12 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Good morning mes petits filous et bonne mercredi a vous xx

    ...and GOOD GRIEF! Seventy twelvety posts since my last one...including those that are on twice! Methinks the 'Moderator' is suffering from double vision. It must be terrible when their leader departs leaving them floundering for two weeks and they take refuge in a bottle...but who knows, they may have just got new spectacles and haven't quite realised which end to look out of yet...

    DR JOSEPH - (if i may call you such?), why Koalas with infectious diseases? You can even buy them, sell them and love them on a popular auction website (**ay.co.uk). There is no warning as such on this site that your bear may arrive clutching a rake of antibiotics. I must admit to a certain degree of trepidation now regarding the purchase of said mammals.

    CAT - Glad you're feeling ok xxx and I have to agree that it is much nicer to stay indoors in the warm in this weather...and you've got your wee hols to look forward to. Oh, and a dog Charley's age should only really be able to programme a video recorder - if he is further advanced than this he is truly gifted.

    SOOPERdooper - Don't ever be scared! I can't be scared in my job, but I still don't like spid*rs...or prunes for that matter.

    Isn't it hard trying to catch up to everyone! ANNA - Looking forward to the paella although I hope it doesn't contain anything you stumbled upon whilst out dog walking...and DEFINITELY agree with the 'stalker' thang...


    PS Ewan McGregor

  432. At 09:50 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Morning everyone - is it only wednesday? It feels like it has bee a mountainous hump this week. Thoughts to you Tracey-Ann, at least they didn't come back and say definitively that it was something horrible, it may be very minor.

    Charley went for a small walk (well a hop really) yesterday and kept stopping to sniff things. He was v. playful yesterday too. Positive signs I hope.

    Today I found a CD in my car (very rare for me). My pod (it's a generic MP3 player but I call it a pod) was out of juice, I couldn't find the car charger and I set off to work in a bit of a grump. Listening to Terry wasn't really doing it for me so I decided to have a furtle about in the in-car storage. What I found was a CD of 90's dance classics. I sang and giggled all the way to work to the sounds of cheese 90's dance and a bit of pop reggae (in the form of shaggy). Now I'm at work and am in all together a much better mood.

    Someone once told me to never underestimate the power of music - this has been proved today. Music can make such a big difference to your mood, feelings, memories and I for one am thankful :o)



  433. At 09:58 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Nicki wrote:

    Hi all,
    Wednesday again, time for gorgeous guy and self to enjoy several galsses of red stuff and curry tonight - I'm such a lucky gel!

    Anyway this is for CAT, well ARCHIE really
    The removal of tics is earso simple, plaster the little blighter with vasoline (Tic not Archie) get it all smothered esp spot that it's hanging on by.
    Then after a couple of hours the nasty little thing will suffoate and drop off deaded.

    Hope this helps, it's from my latest (as yet unpublished) Nicki's helpful tips around the House/Garden/Shed/Dog/Cat/Gorgeous Guy - (delete as applicable)

    Oh well guess I should do some work as I've made the effort to get here.

    Later peeps, happy hump day

  434. At 09:58 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    I know I know...

    ...it's ARCHIE!

    v v sorry indeed & tail down

  435. At 10:00 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Prof Plum wrote:

    Morning one and all.
    What a gay day for walking backwards naked down the pier.
    I'm afraid that is just what one of the residents did at the nursing home last night. I may have mentioned it is home for retired Carabaret artisits. Thank heavens he was not recognised, otherwise it would be all over the News of the World today.
    Pleased to say the pet budgie who lost most of it's feathers in a fire eating accident is now doing well after Marge knitted him a coat.

    PS NIC Philps

  436. At 10:18 AM on 08 Nov 2006, soozy woo wrote:

    Oops, I've not commented for a couple of days so to avoid being nominated for an award by anna (#429) here I am!

    Categories for awards...hmmm

    Most intriguing profession? (I think it may be a two horse race, Dr McC and Hazel Love!)

    Love and good health to one and all (be it human or animal)


  437. At 10:26 AM on 08 Nov 2006, soozy woo wrote:

    ps: Stanley Matthews

  438. At 10:54 AM on 08 Nov 2006, mickster wrote:

    Morning blogsters,

    Sorry Dom but I like the idea of these posts being blogs, I'm not a technophile so I can't get excited about the correct terminology. I've been away so I 've just got back to blog on and my hav'nt you all been busy, Chris is going to have to have another holiday to read all the entries.
    I also had to write something don't want to be classed as a celeb stalker.

    Hope everything is all right in all your lives, I retire in a few months not bad as I'll only be 40, still need another job though as my pension is not enough to live on, boo hoo!

    peace, love and understanding.

  439. At 11:07 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    hello again, hello

    This is your Radio 2 Message Board mole reporting back....there is an interesting debate currently in progress on the above Message Board (News and Current Affairs) and it is aptly entitled 'Who is having all the posts nuked?'!!......it seems that our contemporaries over on the MBs are experiencing 'zapping' problems too.......: )

    Please come back Chris and sort out the moderators.

    And (sorry to start sentence with a conjunction, but desperate times call for desperate measures : ) ) please come back Keith........the beeb is obviously employing some very strict locums at the moment : ) : )


    ps Chris' blog page is so slow to come up that I actually managed to prepare the ingredients of an entire chicken stew whilst waiting.......ingredients included petit pois, choufleur, mange tout and a chaise longe.

    pps Shirley Bassey

  440. At 11:16 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Elevensies. Hope Mr E is up and about by now making the most of his LAST THREE DAYS hooray for us!

    Most kind of you SOOZY WOO - but I think that in the interest of the Country I should bow down to the Grand Master of the Parasitical, if only for the reason that he would be free to name all the people who helped him get where he is today....and world peas etc.

    PROF PLUM - Intrigued as to the whereabouts of your home for retired Carabaret Artisits. There was a write up recently in the local rag suggesting that there is a shortage of this type of home in the DELETED BY CENSOR postcode area.

    JO - The main thing is Charley is being happy. Good to hear he's doing ok xx

    Now then now then jury jury

    PS Leonardo di Caprio

  441. At 11:45 AM on 08 Nov 2006, Crocogile Redwords wrote:

    Chris can I stir fry this idea in your mind wok mate?

    How about you broardcast from my living room I shut the door,keep the family in the kitchen for the duration then when said show complete I show you my new whatch?

    Deal or no Deal?

    Just running ideas up the flagpole mate

    Luvvin all yor works

  442. At 12:48 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Hello again -

    :o) Jo

    PS. Omar Sharif

  443. At 01:06 PM on 08 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:


    A young woman took her troubles to a psychiatrist. "Doctor, you must help me," she pleaded. "It's gotten so that every time I date a nice guy, I end up in bed with him. And then afterward, I feel guilty and depressed for a week."

    "I see," nodded the psychiatrist. "And you, no doubt, want me to strengthen your will power and resolve in this matter."

    "For God's sake, NO!" exclaimed the woman. "I want you to fix it so I won't feel guilty and depressed afterward."


  444. At 01:07 PM on 08 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    quickly quickly before my boss gets back & catches me...

    ...thanks Nicki (#433) for the tip re tics! if i can get the little blighter to keep still i'll give it a go - providing i can find the vaseline (no sniggering at the back)

    cat & archie-the-soon-to-be-tickless-schnauzer

    ps oliver reed

    ps more tonight from home! happy humpday!

  445. At 01:13 PM on 08 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Hi all again,

    I just decided to find something positive to do while off sick instead of moping around. Have just baked some cheese scones and they smell great, and don't look too bad either guess I just need to eat them now, but promise I will wait for hubby to get home so we can share them.

    Dilemma - do I eat 2 now and pretend I only made 6???? ....only joking, would I!

    Anyway, don't really know why I've blogged that not really that interesting is it oops!

    Take care all

    PS Freddie Mercury

  446. At 01:18 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    dammit jannit!

    Yvette Fielding puhlease! Am suffering from no food intake...not on full cerebral function.

    For all of those who missed the sublime Rob*n Hoo* on BBC* on Saturday (I did due to the bad timing of a friend's telephone call and I'm not that rude) it is being repeated on BB*4 this Friday hoorah. And this Friday also marks the end of Chris' sojourn into the Eireland.

    PS Fred Astaire

  447. At 01:19 PM on 08 Nov 2006, wilsmar wrote:

    Tracey-Ann where art thou? I hope you had a fairly decent sleep last night. Saying prayers to keep you calm while they find out what's the matter and get it sorted.

    Mork calling Mr Big Un ..... come in please!!! Or are you extra busy looking after the orally plagued Mrs Big Un? I hope that wasn't you in the speeding milk float on the A40 (heading towards the BBC?) earlier this morning?

    I don't know about celebrity stalking I think the above could be classed as harassment though.

    Is everyone scared of putting any jokes on here now. Please I desparately need a chuckle - the dafter the better.

    Have now dismantled the soap box will stop the ranting and will crawl back under my stone until medication arrives.

    A good Weds/whatever to everyone.

    PS Freddie Mercury

  448. At 01:24 PM on 08 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    Cake - eat them - therapeutic!


    ps by "little blighter" i meant dog not tic!

  449. At 01:26 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Crocogile Redwords wrote:

    With ref to ones last blog #441;

    Now how does it go.. 'Theres no i in Team but there is a me'
    Well there is no 'H' in Watch unless its spelt by me..

    Soz for the bad spelling

    Tyme I learnt to do this properly
    Herbtastic Mate

  450. At 01:34 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    yay - joke of the day returns :o)

    Yumm - Subway, sub of the day today is tuna meh fish if anyone is interested!

    :o) Jo

    PS Yvette Fielding

  451. At 01:48 PM on 08 Nov 2006, prof Plum wrote:

    Hazel lovey

    I'm afraid I can't disclose the address of the home, as the residents wish to remain incognito.
    However if Mr Evans was to arrive to broadcast from the home I am sure they would enjoy putting on a Christmas show in tribute.
    We have many old acts who love to demonstrate their skills in the world of art.

  452. At 01:57 PM on 08 Nov 2006, cath wrote:

    Hello all!! This will be my last blog this week - it takes so long to get into now, and so long to catch up!!!! Just wanted to say ...

    Tracey-Ann - please try not to worry. The success rate for treatments 'down there' is fab. I've had most of the treatments actually - none of them very painful, just rather undignified lol, but I'm fine now.

    I know how scary it is though, so I'm just sending you lots of big hugs.

    Love to everyone, woo hoo to hump day and only 5 more sleeps till our Christophe is back!!

    Lots of love, Cath

  453. At 02:35 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    #445 CAKE.........eat the lot of them and remove all evidence : ) : )


    ps Galloping Gourmet (thought his name may go well with my instruction above : )) .........oh, dear....showing my age....again!!..us sagitarrians are far too candid...

  454. At 02:49 PM on 08 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Ok you lot, thanks for the ear bashing to get me to blog again! I know you are right and I should not let the laughter police get to me :-(

    To be honest yesterday I left home at 6am to travel to work having had a poor nights sleep with the other half still not right in the dentistry department. I knew I had a very busy day ahead so I decided to post early and none of them got through so I felt I had wasted my time. So I ask you what is wrong with Barbie, Ken and action man getting it on? I will have to leave the rest of the joke to you :-( or you can ask the laughter police.

    I spent all day interviewing for a new member of staff. All the time I knew I had to get to the Hospice to have my Lymphodima in my leg checked, so was anxious I guess and the last thing I needed was to be messed around by the laughter police. As I have said so many times I have no wish to upset anybody by posting jokes. Not one of my jokes that have been published has been complained about so I keep going.

    I feel better today, still very tired as I am not sleeping well at all. I am working very long hours which is getting in the way of blogging :-(

    Still only 5 sleeps until CE is back on the air so not long now :-)

    I will catch up and read the blogs I have missed.

    Happy Wednesday everyone :-))


  455. At 03:19 PM on 08 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Hi all me again,
    well I ate 4 and hubby has had 2 so far, not good for my diet methinks.

    Good to have you back BIG UN orry yesterday was sooo rubishy. When I had bad toofy I used a warm lavender cushion on my face alongside painkillers and antibiotics etc, really feeling for Mrs Big un

    Take care all

    PS Terence Stamp (from Galloping Gourmet LoL Gaby #453)

  456. At 03:38 PM on 08 Nov 2006, IanG wrote:

    Hello everybody peeps

    Well we're nearly at the 500 mark, so the big question should surely be, "who is going to claim the 500th blog? (or comment, or post or whatever people wanna call them).

    Oh and Cheese Scones - haven't made any for yonks, but I could smell them when I read your post CAKE. weird how the brain works. I'll have to make some tonight

    P.S. Peter Stringfellow

  457. At 03:39 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Buenos airys

    That's forty six posts not got through now, and all because I used the french word for chicken I reckon.

    GABY - I hope you got a chicken in the stew too is the English translation.

    I had also called out to KEEEE-heeeeith, and you are here now hooray. Horrible time for you and Mrs B. Perhaps you should ask her to hug your calf to take her mind off her teeth, and your mind off your lack of sleep &c. &c. I hope you have found a suitable new MoS which may take some of the pressure from you eh?

    ...and blimey...because of the length of time anything is taking, the blog is getting REALLY random innit?

    ...and they've almost finished announcing the 'cast' (ahem) for I'm a never-was and I need more publicity get me an agent! - perhaps some of Prof Plum's Carabaret Artisits are apearring...

    ...and CAKE you may well have et them all by the time he gets home anyway, so you will have to make some more because they are helping you to recover...

    This will not be on before I leave I spec.
    Suck it and see

    PS Timothy Spall

  458. At 03:44 PM on 08 Nov 2006, JF wrote:

    I'm back on solids! Still no energy mind - that's what 2 days of nothing but water does for you!

    Tracey-Ann - big hug from me too. I hope the support you are finding here is helping a little.

    Happy humpday people xxx

    PS Pam Ayres

  459. At 03:47 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Ashy wrote:

    Welcome back Big Un-great joke H.P.[scotish terrier] at the moment chasing my three hens around the garden in wet and windy Wales.Thinking of you Tracey Ann,feel as if I know you all so well.Can't wait for Monday 5.00p.m the return of Christophe!!!!! Keep Smiling,Ashy XXX

  460. At 03:59 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Looby wrote:

    Please, please keep it open.... how are we all going to gabble at tea break time???? You HAVE to keep it open.

    I hope your holiday is a fab one, but i hope it goes really really quick, so you can get back and do some posting. ;o)

    PS, Can you please say hello to my 10 year old daughter 'Evelyne Rodgers' during your show tonight,

    Looby xx

  461. At 04:10 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    My word LOOBY, how long ago did you post that comment!??

  462. At 04:22 PM on 08 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Now I am back I can not keep away ;-)

    Tracy-Ann and Cat. Still thinking of you xx. I know this is the worst part waiting for results from the doctor. For some reason for me what ever the result it never seems as bad as it could have been…..well that is what I found anyway (and some of my results gave not been good) so try to stay positive (easy for me to say) and see if our positive thoughts can help at all!

    Wilsmar # 447 see # 443 :-) Me in a milk float now that would be a sight :-))

    CAKE. Great will power to not have eaten all of them cheese scones before hubby got home. I would have be welcomed home to the smell of home cooking only :-(

    Hazel love. I have tried (sympathetically of course) to get Mrs B to help with my calf and take her mind off the tooth. But for some reason the mention of gums and plums just gets me the look ;-) there really is no helping some people :-))

    Thanks Ashy, good luck catching those chickens :-)

    Can we all stop posting now as my guess was 470 posts and we are getting very close ;-)

    Be good one and all.


    P.S. Just to leave you with an extra thought for the day!

    An English professor wrote the words, "woman without her man is
    nothing" on the blackboard and directed the students to punctuate it correctly.

    The men wrote: "Woman, without her man, is nothing."

    The women wrote: "Woman! Without her, man is nothing."

  463. At 04:43 PM on 08 Nov 2006, KarenD wrote:

    Good news re. Daisy. Just got back from the vet and the pathology report indicates no cancer just some fatty tissue which the body attacks !! there was a very long word to describe it but haven't got a clue what it was.

    Lets hope that all our two legged friends get good news regarding their test results.

    have a great evening ...here in Calgary the sun is shining, the snow has melted and life is good.

    Only 5 more sleeps and he's back...yippee

    Love Karen

  464. At 04:45 PM on 08 Nov 2006, sooperdooper wrote:

    Hazel, thanks for the encouragement i will keep posting and reading!

    Thirsty Thursday tomorrow and my birthday too, well something to look forward to!

    a joke........... not sure if it will get through but it made me chuckle!

    Taffy the Welshman, Steve the Englishman and Noel the Irishman were sitting in T's bar, Sabinillas Spain.The view was fantastic, the beer excellent, the food exceptional.

    "As good as this is," said Taffy the Welshman, "I still prefer the pubs back home. In Wales, there's wee place called The Jolly Sheep Shearer. The Landlord goes out of his way for the locals. When you buy four drinks, he will buy the fifth drink for you."

    "Well, Taffy," said Steve the Englishman, "At my local in London, the Red Lion, the barman will buy you your third drink after you buy the first two."

    "Ahhh, dat's nothin'," said Noel the Irishman "Back home in Dublin there's the Shamrock Bar. The moment you set foot in the place, they'll buy you a drink, then another, all the drinks you like, actually. Then, when you've had enough drinks, they'll take you upstairs and see dat you gets laid, all on the house!"

    The Englishman and Welshman immediately shout down the Irishman's claims, but he swears every word is true.

    "Well," said Steve the Englishman, still suspicious. "Did this actually happen to you?"

    "Not meself, personally, no," admitted Noel the Irishman "But it's happened to me sister quite a few toimes"

    :) karen

  465. At 04:50 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Gotta squeeze in one more (as the actress said to the bishop)

    BigUn - one of my fave pomes of moderne tymes follows her'with:

    Women, they have many faults
    Men, have only two

    Everything they say
    and Everything they do

    this will definitely not be on afore I go
    Eat, shoot's, gone

    PS Lemon Drizzle

  466. At 04:52 PM on 08 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    hi blogmates

    back from work into the loving paws of archie...and you lot of course.

    Hey BigUn - your jokes really cheer me up, I'd tell you one back but I'm carp at jokes (re-arrange into a word that fits here). I've now found that I go for my results next thursday 16th in the evening, so i'd better chill till then as nothing more I can do for now. oh well.

    going to make a cup of tea now, and dream of CAKE's scones. salmon pasta for tea - oh the joys of cooking for one!

    blog you later

    cat & archie

  467. At 05:00 PM on 08 Nov 2006, wilsmar wrote:

    Mr Big Un, I know your first joke was above my harassing rant but................ it wasn't there when I was ranting and posting. Honest!!
    Glad you're back though.
    The strange thing about my post making it is that it had the "malicious" message pop up so I assumed it wasn't going to show. Anyway that may also have caused the delay between my begging plea and the message becoming visible after your log awaited comments/joke.

    Stopped ranting, now waffling.

    Good evenings to one and all.


  468. At 05:10 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Afternoon Friends !

    Just a quickie as I`m ridiculously busy (good thing, means my mind is occupied !!)

    I am feeling much calmer about things today, I`m trying to think about it all rationally. The tests they did last week were to eliminate other possibles (non cancerous) or to find a cause for symptoms (again non cancerous) unfortunately they all came back clear meaning something else is causing the problem. Thats why I was so scared yesterday, it was just one more thing that has been eliminated. Thankfully the ovarian cancer test came back clear aswell. Thats a very good thing, as the other cancers in that `department` are much more treatable.

    I`m still remaining as positive as I can about it all. My approach is that there is nothing I can do now, nothing until I know exactly what I`m dealing with. Once the next lot of tests are done I`ll know what I`m up against. If its cancer then I`ll fight it. I`ve watched my Mum survive it and I`m sure I am strong enough too aswell...

    Will just have to wait for the hospital letter now and take it from there !

    On more slightly exciting news - had a call from BMG (other record labels are available) this afternoon asking if I wanted to go to some Beyonce gig at the BBC on Monday - might have been good but parents have already organised a few days away for a break so no can do !

    The awards are a great idea ! I`ll definitely have a few people I could nominate !

    Oooh and Brian Blessed - He is such a sweetie ! I walk my dogs in his back garden ! You`ll often see him with his mass of assorted doggies on a Sunday morning, such a lovely chap. He lives in an Arboretum near me, absolutely beautiful.

    Right then... back to the masses of E mails I still have to get through !

    A good night to one and all.

    So many posts on here I wanted to reply to but haven`t got time just at the moment.... Will do though.

    Thanks again for the positive vibes, it really does mean alot !

    Rock On !

    Tracey-Ann x x x

    P.S - Pam Ayres to Simon Cowell (yummy !!)

  469. At 05:44 PM on 08 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    tracey-ann...simon cowell "yummy"??!!! not 3 words I would have put together but each to their own (Julian McMahon is mine as I'm sure I've mentioned before - haven't managed his name in the game as no-one finishes with a J!)

    anyway, if thinking of simon cowell takes your mind off "other things" then go for it. i'm sure everyone here in the world of blog is thinking of you too.

    hazel love...sorry to be really thick but I thought lemon drizzle was a cake? who is he/she? passed me by I'm afraid.


    ps eddie the eagle

  470. At 06:38 PM on 08 Nov 2006, MWK wrote:

    Evening all

    BigUn is back yippppeee xx Sorry for hassling you on a bad day xx

    Sorry it's just a quick post from me today, but it takes us one nearer 500! Only 5 more sleeps, don't know about anyone else but this has been a long two weeks :-)

    Take care all
    Mary xx

    ps Ella Fitzgerald
    pps......I bet that misses the slot :-)

  471. At 07:15 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Sarah wrote:

    We miss you!

    Stuart is great, n'all, but not just the same.

    Does it have to be a living room? Why not an office?
    I volunteer mine...

    we make a great lunch every day, the MD makes a mean cup of coffee and every month we move around 300,000 cases of English apples and pears - so plenty of fresh fruit to choose from...

    go on everyone, make it an 'officecast' not some critique on the shag pile and dodgy ornaments!

  472. At 07:49 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Keit Eggleden wrote:

    Your music knowledge leaves a lot to be desired.
    The song you refer too is It Might As Well Rain Until September by Carol King.
    Oh and as an added bonus, the line is "What can i write, what can i say".
    Strewth. If you are going to quote a tume at least get the title right even if you can't get the lyric !!!!

  473. At 09:13 PM on 08 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Dear Keit #472,

    Welcome to the Blog, don't worry about the song and lyric confusion, we all noticed but that's not really what the blog is about as I'm sure you'll realise as you enjoy reading the comments.

    So don't stress, sit back rread and enjoy. We all make mistakes sometimes and it is only a "tume" (sorry, couldn't resist)

    Men seem to have such willpower my hubby has saved 2 of his scones....?

    Take care all


  474. At 10:58 PM on 08 Nov 2006, Scuba Smurfette wrote:

    Tracey Ann,

    I wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and hope everything is ok. I have to have annual checks following a family history of Gynae type cancer and have a couple of ways of getting through the indignities of the examinations, firstly I call them my annual 'glove puppet' checks and try and not say gottle of geer during the exam, secondly the med physics guy used to tell me to imagine it was happening to someone else so now i think about exactly who I would like it to be happening to (very therapeutic especially combined with the glove puppet image).

    With all good wishes


  475. At 12:32 AM on 09 Nov 2006, Jill wrote:

    All I have to say tonight is that I'll say something on Thirsty Thursday, and....


  476. At 08:03 AM on 09 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    A very good morning bloggers,

    Good news as I think Mrs B’s tooth is finally giving in the potions the dentist prescribed. I only know this as she had a better nights sleep (I spent most of the night just looking at her sleeping wide awake myself!) than me again. I do not know why I am having problems not getting to sleep but staying in a subconscious state (dreaming of the blog).

    My blood tests are back and guess what they want more! Another appointment booked for 14 Nov to collect more claret and with the doc on the 21st to get the results (checking for Cholesterol and Diabetes now). My 3 month check up with the cancer consultant at the hospital has just come through for Jan 07. That seems a long way away at it is in 07 but it is not really :-(

    Still only 4 sleeps (or not in my case) and Christopher will be back on the air so something to look forward to! :-)))

    So happy thirsty Thursday :-)


    P.S. There is much on this site about reading books, so what about this one (not that I would recommend it to some men) :-))

    A man had just finished reading the book, 'Man of the House' while riding the commuter train home from work.

    When he reached home, he stormed into the house and walked directly up to his wife. Pointing his finger in her face, he said, 'From now on I want you to know that I am the man of this house and my word is law! You are to prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I'm finished eating my meal, I expect a sumptuous dessert afterward. Then, after dinner, you're going to draw my bath so I can relax. And when I'm finished with my bath, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?'

    His wife thought for a moment and responded, 'The Funeral Director is my guess.'

  477. At 08:15 AM on 09 Nov 2006, soozy woo wrote:

    Good Morning All!

    Just caught up on all the entries from last night - can't believe we're still going strong after all this time!

    Hope everyone had a good nights sleep and is feeling rested.

    Off to get a coffee now, well it is Thirsty Thursday after all!

    Hugs to all.


    PS - Frank Bruno

  478. At 08:52 AM on 09 Nov 2006, Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Good morning all

    Sorry for absence yesterday. Since my return to the Insitute, I have been embroiled in re-habilitating not only the experiments that I was forced to abandon, but also the staff, who seem to have taken on the lifestyle and pre-enlightenment attitudes of those poor young lads left to fend for themselves in Lord of the Flies.

    Discipline is the order of the day. I have confined them all to quarters, with no communication until I have interviewed each member to find out who released the hedgehogs. It has to be an inside job, as only the staff know the entry combination to the animal house. I suspect Denise, as she has always had a soft spot for the spiny omnivores, but she is denying having been anywhere near them. I will get to the bottom of this problem, mark my words!

    With regards to my question about diseases of Koalas (which I admit I posted after several glasses of wine), I think Mariella got it right.

    In other news:
    I was fidddling with the blog last night, to promote the book-of-the-blog, and accidentally screwed up the template. It has now changed into a nice shade of blue. Comments welcome.

    bye for now

    J McC

  479. At 08:59 AM on 09 Nov 2006, gaby wrote:

    morning tout le monde,

    Hoping you are all going to have a good day today.......

    It's great that these pages have carried on - thanks so much for your company over the past fortnight : )

    As I type this, there is a posting from cat dated 27th Oct just peeking into my screen - the first posting in response to Chris' blog of that day....it seems like an AGE ago.....and here we are racing toward the 500th....

    I heard Uncle Tel play 'It Might as Well Rain until September' this morning : )

    Mange tout and chaise longe



    ps Oliver Reed

  480. At 09:13 AM on 09 Nov 2006, Gilly wrote:

    Hi everyone,

    Haven't blogged since CLP went off on his jaunts, but have been popping on regularly and catching up with folks.
    Big'Un, cat and TraceyAnn- I'm so sorry that you are going through it. Please, hang in there and know that so many of us are thinking of you and sending you lots of positivity.
    Can't wait for next Monday!!!

    PS Ozzy Osbourne

  481. At 09:35 AM on 09 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    I recent read this and thought you lot might just like it as much as I did :-))

    Noah and the Arc

    And the Lord spoke to Noah and said: "In six months I'm going to make it rain until the whole earth is covered with water and all the evil people are destroyed. But I want to save a few
    good people, and two of every kind of living thing on the planet. I am ordering you to build Me an Ark."

    And in a flash of lightning he delivered the specifications for an Ark. "OK," said Noah, trembling in fear and fumbling with
    the blueprints. "Six months, and it starts to rain," thundered the Lord. "You'd better have my Ark completed, or learn how to swim for a very long time." And six months passed. The skies
    began to cloud up and rain began to fall.

    The Lord saw that Noah was sitting in his front garden, weeping. And there was no Ark. "Noah," shouted the Lord, "where is my Ark?" A lightning bolt crashed into the ground next to Noah.

    "Lord, please forgive me!" begged Noah. "I did my best. But there were big problems. First I had to get planning permission for the Ark construction project, and your plans didn't meet
    their specs. So I had to hire an draughtsman to redraw the plans.

    Then I got into a big fight over whether or not the Ark needed a fire sprinkler system. My neighbours objected, claiming I was running a business from home by building the Ark in my garden, so I had to get permission from the local council.

    Then I had a big problem getting enough wood for the Ark because there was a ban on cutting trees in our area to protect wildlife. I had to convince DEFRA that I needed the wood to save
    the animals on the planet. But they wouldn't let me catch any badgers.
    So no badgers.

    Then the carpenters formed a union and went out on strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with them and ACAS before anyone would pick up a saw or a hammer. Now we have 16 carpenters going on the boat, and still no badgers.

    Then I started gathering up animals, and got sued by an animal rights group. They objected to me taking only two of each kind. Just when I got the suit dismissed, the Environment Agency notified me that I couldn't complete the Ark without filing an environmental impact statement on your proposed flood. They didn't take
    kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of a Supreme Being.

    Then the Army's Royal Engineers wanted a map of the proposed new flood plain. I sent them a globe.

    Right now I'm still trying to resolve a complaint from the Equal Opportunity Commission over how many Croatians I'm supposed to hire and the Inland Revenue has seized all my assets claiming I'm trying to avoid paying taxes by leaving the country. I really don't think I can finish your Ark for at least another five years," Noah wailed.

    The sky began to clear. The sun began to shine. A rainbow arched across the sky. Noah looked up and smiled. "You mean you're not going to destroy the earth?" Noah asked, hopefully.

    "No," said the Lord sadly, "Tony Blair and George Bush are doing it for me."


  482. At 10:06 AM on 09 Nov 2006, jax wrote:

    hi to all the bloggers and blogettes, have just caught up with all the posts, havent posted anything myself for a while, we had the school holidays which kept me busy. then when i finally got the little darlings ahem back to school, they left me with their chest infection lovely. there's grattiude for you.starting to feel better today and it happens to be thirsty thursday, and i have a babysitter for tonight. i wonder how alcohol mixes with antibiotics and steroids?????????? ah well i'll soon find outbetter go do some cleaning up after the monsters.

    have a good thirsty thursday everyone.


    p.s. david essex

  483. At 10:09 AM on 09 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Humpday has passed,
    But it won't be the last.
    Request Friday draws near,
    What do you want to hear?

    The blog's going strong,
    A tad slow, cos it's long.
    Beware those laughter Police,
    It's Big un's jokes that they fleece.

    Our spirits are high
    As we look to the sky.
    And we shout hip hooray!
    It's Thirsty Thursday today!!

    (Sorry-had to try)
    Have a good day all


    P.S. DEBBIE HARRY (the blog showed upto #478 Ollie Reed when I posted this)

  484. At 10:13 AM on 09 Nov 2006, stella wrote:

    OH MY GOSH!!!! i can believe you guys have posted 470+ mails with out me knowing!!! Ive log on every day hoping for a fix of CLP but alas no new blog and as the comments say a big fat 0 i have not gone any further.
    But today in a vain hope it was wrong i had a quick look and there you all are having a ball and no one is watching .

    Ive got so much reading to do and as is raining here in Geneva what better way to spent the day.

    Hope there are some good jokes from Keith and some wise words from the Doc.

  485. At 11:05 AM on 09 Nov 2006, jax wrote:

    i wonder who is going to be the 1.
    the 1 who will post the 500th blog.
    did anyone just hear john marsh crack up reading the news, funniest thing ive heard all week,
    englebert humperdink

  486. At 11:43 AM on 09 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Morning Morning Morning !!

    Another absolutely beautiful day here in Egham, the view from my office window, is, as always, gorgeous. The sun is bright, the air is crisp and the sky is as blue as my eyes !!!

    This evening after work I`m off to a cottage by the sea (two hour drive !!) as organised by my parents so as I can have a break ! I can`t actually remember the last time I had a full break... It was so long ago !! Its only 5 days, I`ll be back at work next Wednesday but its a break none the less and its just what I need !

    Went out to dinner with a friend late last night, it was nice to chill out, catch up and take my mind off things for a while. As I mentioned previously I`m doing much better with it all now, got a kind of "well lets just get on with it" kind of attitude. I have packed loads of good books and uploaded my MP3 with some great Deepak Chopra audiobooks such as Conversations with God, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Perfect Health etc and threw in some Anthony Robbins too just to keep me really focused and motivated.

    As I`m not going to be here for a few days (although as I`m off I can listen to the WHOLE of Drive Time on Monday and Tuesday ! Yipppeee ! ) I just wanted to say Thank You. Thank You for all of your kind words, thank you for caring and thank you for thinking of me. It really does amaze me how wonderful our little community here is. So thanks. It means alot :)

    Weezie, Anna, Joannie, MWK, Roaslinda,Jo, Karen, Gaby, Cake, Scuba Smurfette, Gilly, Keith (BigUn) Hazel Love, Kali, Mary, JF, Cath, Jill, Wilsmar, Chrissie S, Karen D, Nicki and Soooper Dooper - I really do appreciate all of your thoughts and positive vibes. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and think about me :)

    Cat and Keith - Fingers crossed for you both. I really hope all is well x x x

    Cat - Simon Cowell, Yes I know ! Terrible isn`t it ! I`ve always had `odd` taste in men though ! My friends always make fun of me for my strange tastes. Even my ex thought I was mad. When we were playing the elevator game once (you know, who would you like to be trapped in an elevator with) he was expecting my top five to be Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and the like, my top five however went something like this...

    Alan Davies (yes, him of Johnathan Creek fame !)

    Declan Donnelly (we`re probably about the same height !!!)

    Simon Cowell (I think its an arrogance thing !)

    Ralf Little (lovely lovely bloke !, very funny and a great laugh - I`ve been fortunate enough to enjoy a night out with him and he had me in stitches the whole time !!)

    Mr. Christopher Evans (blushing now, but its true !!! There is definitely something about him ! And he`s so tall !!! - well I`m only 5 foot but the first time I met him (years ago !) he seemed like a giant compared to me !!!!!

    Karen - I am so so pleased to hear the news about Daisy. I hope she makes a full recovery and is back to her old self soon !

    Jo - still sending you lots of positive vibes for the GORGEOUS Charley. Hope all is well and things are on the mend x x

    Right I have waffled on long enough, loads of work to do. Will miss my boss like mad while I`m away (she is a great friend) but I`ll be back soon enough.

    Might hop on the lap top to drop by and say Hi to you all from my seaside location !

    Have a wonderful, bright, sunny, happy and healthy Thursday one and all

    All my love

    Tracey-Ann x x x

  487. At 12:09 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Abigails Diva wrote:

    Morning Bloggers!!

    I like the Noah story Keith, it rings true for me!

    At the moment and the Bricky and I are building a garage - well, he builds whilst i watch him flex his muscles!!, to put all his tools in and our band gear (he is a drummer so there's a mountain of stuff!) and we have to keep getting it inspected, its a bit of a palaver really!!!
    And we had to pay £50 for someone to tell us that no mining had been done in our area for 100 years - its an ex-council estate and the houses are i guess 60 years old? so i think we would have noticed mining operations happening!!

    He had this survey done when he bought the house, but apparently they only surveyed the actual house and not any of the garden, does this strike anyone else as downright stupid???!!!

    Ah well c'est la vie, mange tout, mange tout....

    A.D xxxxxxx

    PS: Kenny Wayne Shepherd (great blues person!)

  488. At 12:21 PM on 09 Nov 2006, ChrissieS wrote:

    Hi, just checking in.

    I have to go out of the office fairly soon, so I reckon I stand no chance of being the magic 500th "comment", but just want to say I'm glad to have been a part of this the last two weeks! I wonder if Chris will think we are nutters!

    Anyway, I don't care. I have never been a part of anything before where people seem to genuinely care about others. Read any other Message Board and it's all moans and being critical of each other - seems fairly pointless.

    Thinking of Cat and Tracey-Ann and of course Keith. We are all in this together!

    Good luck making it to the 500th, whoever you are!

    C xx

    David Cassidy (I am 49, you know!!)

  489. At 12:22 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Gill wrote:

    Hi bloggees!
    Race is on to be number 500, who will be the Supreme one?!
    losing the plot on the name game so apologies if my suggestion is completely off course!
    Christophe will be back just when I'm back to proper hours at work so will be able to have a good 45 minute journey home!

    Oranthal J Simpson

  490. At 12:22 PM on 09 Nov 2006, JF wrote:

    I think there may be forces of evil conspiring against us! I made a posting late last night and it hasn't appeared. Perhaps they are trying to prevent us getting to the big 5-0-0?

    C'mon Jedis, we can do it!!


    PS Englebert Humperdink to Keith Chegwin!

  491. At 12:59 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Scuba Smurfette wrote:

    Keith Chegwin to Nicholas Cage

    Nicholas Cage to Elizabeth Hurley!

    Taking 2 is probably cheating but hey, the laughter police can't also be the blog game secret agents

    (Taking advantage of a) unusually being in the office for any length of time and b) no one else being here and checking what I'm up to! )

    Actually should I be worried - did the fire alarm go off before I came and has everyone fled? Last time that happened we had a bomb threat and I was sitting in the office with a suspect package on the table while everyone else was hiding with the police at the back of the building and I hadn't noticed!

    Oops best just have bit of a look around

  492. At 01:12 PM on 09 Nov 2006, anna wrote:

    Tracy-ann you go have a fab time, well deserved methings.

    The elevator game, well i applaud you TA, i agree in most to your list, mine would look like this

    James Nesbitt - my hubby has more than a passing resemblance. lush

    Sir Chris of Evans

    Matt Dawson

    Gordon Ramsey

    Actually, several of the World Cup winning English Rugby team.

    anyone notice a theme here.....!

    Happy Thursday peeps.

  493. At 01:33 PM on 09 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    No other reason to post other than to see if this is the 500th one ;-) It is geting close now!

    I still can not think what Chris will make of this effort in keeping the blog going whilst he is away on his holibobs! :-)


  494. At 01:39 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Elizabeth Hurley to Yannis Stavrou (Greek Artist !) x x

  495. At 01:43 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Scuba Smurfette wrote:

    Nothing so exciting - others just out doing other stuff, secretaries at lunch.

    The only suspect packages around are lurking in the bottom of the fridge.

    Spect I ought to do some work then.

    No more postings since my last can't even amuse myself with the blog game without monopolising it.


  496. At 01:45 PM on 09 Nov 2006, wilsmar wrote:

    Jax - yes I was "one earpiece" listening at work when Mr Marsh was chuckling away- whoever it was that recently said "Smile it confuses them" was spot on. Good job it wasn't during WUTW or Ken would still be waiting to start his show.

    Tracey-Ann you sound really upbeat, much more than I felt before reading your comments. Have a wonderful few days R & R.

    I shall be spending tomorrow wrapping Christmas prezzies ready to deliver next weekend for t'family oop North - inlaws too - I'm not really "that organised" but I have a niece's birthday to visit for and it's a good time as we're all together for the last time before the madness season kicks in.

    Looking out for the next Y celebrity. Ms Hurley was the latest!

    It's a lovely day and the end of lunch beckons.

    All keep well and take care.


  497. At 01:49 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Kali wrote:

    Yannis Stavrou to Uma Thurman

  498. At 01:54 PM on 09 Nov 2006, mwk wrote:

    Happy Thirsty Thursday all xx

    Only 4 more sleeps until the return of Mr E....yipppeeee

    Tracey-Ann Enjoy your break, sounds like you have lots to keep you busy, take care.

    Liked the elevator idea, mine would go something like this

    Andy Garcia - Especially if he is wearing his pilots uniform from "When a man loves a woman"

    Chris Evans - the font of all knowledge

    Keith (BigUn) - for all the laughter he has brought to me

    James Martin (Chef) - hopefully he will have some goodies with him so he can rustle us up a wee treat :-)

    Mark Ramprakash - Cricket player who done a fab salsa on Strictly come dancing on Saturday....he can salsa with me anytime :-)

    Have a good rest of the day

    Bring on blog #500.....................

    Take care
    Love Mary xx

  499. At 01:56 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    #495 - Wilsmar

    Yes, I`m feeling much more my normal self, thanks :) It takes a lot to topple me from being positive but the last week or so having been testing !!!

    Anna - agree with Gordon Ramsey - Delish for an older chap !!!

    Have a good one x x

  500. At 01:58 PM on 09 Nov 2006, tootie wrote:

    Haven't posted in aaaages. Not because I'm a celebrity stalker! Just because : )

    Tracey-Ann~I've been following your troubles. I do hope everything turns out well and your worries are unfounded x

    As for your elevator game. Got me thinking......

    Philip Schofield, such a nice chap. A nice amiable chat I should think.

    Robert Downey Jr, aside from his addiction troubles he's a very spiritual and intelligent man.

    Patrick Dempsey (of Grey's anatomy) I don't think I need an explanation of that one ;-)

    Chris Evans, it would be interesting to hear who did the most talking out of this lot : )

    All men hahahahaha!

  501. At 02:09 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Sigh Not Simon wrote:

    Right ! That's it !....I've had enough of just quietly observing the party from the corner of the room. I've come to say hello.

    All you lovely people. I've read every single blog/comment/posting/observation/statement/mention/note......and utterance (think that's got it covered) on here since Day 1 and not said a word.

    a word

    There, that's better! I feel refreshed (just like this page)

    This Blog has completely changed my outlook on life. Don't get me wrong, I've been having really quite a good time, generally, but since my god, CE himself, started his written words of wisdom on this blog things have gotten even better. For example (and it's a very simple one) I don't even get wound up in the car anymore.....and I didn't realise I used to until I started thinking differently. It's all SO much better post-CE !

    I feel as though I know you all and thought it a bit voyeuristic to carry on reading your fantastic comments without at least saying hi.


    Keep up the positivity people - it's the only way.

    I'm sure I'll be back for more but that's quite enough for my first ever....erm.....blog comment thingy ever.


  502. At 02:10 PM on 09 Nov 2006, NICKI wrote:

    Hiya bevryoddy,

    Hope all well and happy, I just thought I would drop a bloglet, not 'cause I care who is number 500, In fact, does it matter how many there are?
    I don't think so, I think it's important that we can chat in this way, with or without Mr E, Oh don't get me wrong, the drive home will be much improved after his return, but have we really missed his daily thoughts (well, yes a bit) but his being away just shows once we've got started there is A) no stopping us and B) we don't need an actual starting off point, don't you think?

    I've just been re-reading some earlier blogs, and (I meant to mention this at the time) Big Un is your man stocking thing a bit like thos awful surgical stockings they make you wear in hospital after an operation?
    If so I can really feel for you, they are the work of the devil and the devils own job to put on/take off!
    So just so you know, thinking of you and all the horrid things they do to you in order to 'make you feel better'

    Good to know Mrs B Un's dental troubles seem a little improved.

    I may be out of contact now til Monday, got the day off tomorrow, can't wait.
    If I tell you my plans you'll think I'm barking mad (not far off) I plan to wax the inside of my front door, its and antique from reclaim yard, weighs a ton and needs looking after, and my bannister this is also quite old, made from old roof rafter, and carved (no, not as good as that) hacked into a rather interesting twisty/swirly shapeby my own not so fair hands, that when waxed looks fab (bannister and door not my hands).

    Oh well work calls, till next time, love and warm fuzzy thoughts to all.


  503. At 02:11 PM on 09 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    He shoots........................will he score or hit the post with the 500th post? It is at 498 when I sent this................the result is?


  504. At 02:18 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    good afternoon friends and thanks for tuning in....

    the elevator game - what fun!!!!!!......um let's think - I have forgotten how many men we are allowed to have (!) , so I will name 4.

    I guess who I choose depends on what I plan to do with them (watch out moderators, here she goes.....!!!).....I will assume I can do as I please : )....so, it would have to be...

    ..and obviously leaving out people YOU don't know cos that would be a bit boring!!

    I think I am putting too much thought into this - am taking ages trying to decide which of my 2 faves get top spot :)

    1 Robbie (in his Albert hall tuxedo)

    2 Shaun (from Eastenders)

    3 Johnny Depp

    4 Teddy Sheringham (yep, 'fraid so)

    I expect I will read someone else's choices in a minute and think that I might like one of theirs too!! darn sagitarrians - so indecisive.

    Well, now that I have embarrassed myself (not for the first time I hear you cry) I will say....

    Tracey-Ann...have a lovely time by the seaside, it would be lovely to hear from you over the next few days if you feel like posting. We will miss you but you must do what's good for you : )

    Littlest Hobo - greetings to you, our Welsh friend over in Vancouver. You have been conspicuous by your absence these last few days - hope this day finds you well and happy.

    CAKE #483....I loved your poem : )

    Mange tout


    ps How long do we get in the elevator with ........: ) : )

    pps note to self....get the elevator game well and truly out of your head Gaby

  505. At 02:19 PM on 09 Nov 2006, ness wrote:

    Happy thirsty Thursday all.

    Well only two more drives home without the lovely Mr Evans ,if you are out there I am looking forward to hearing about your camping with Ray Mears. Will we have some bush/ forageing recipes for next Thursday?

    (I apologise for the spelling forageing and recipes are words that I rarely seem to use).

  506. At 02:20 PM on 09 Nov 2006, KarenD wrote:


    the post is at 497 so I shall porbably miss the 500 by a whisker.congrats. to whoever gets it.

    Big dump of snow here in Calgary overnight and I really should be shovelling my driveway rather than blogging but who cares !!

    Its a long weekend here in Canada..we 'remember" Remeberance Day but don't have any big plans other than a Friday night Chocolate evening with 10 girlfriends..starting with Chocolatinis and ending with Delia Smiths Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding (my contribution)
    Ok, lets get this sent in the hope.....


  507. At 02:21 PM on 09 Nov 2006, mwk wrote:

    Awwwe Keith you were just pipped at the post :-))

    We made it, what great bunch we are xx

    Mary xx

  508. At 02:22 PM on 09 Nov 2006, KarenD wrote:

    Just scrolled back down..it takes a while these days and sorry Big Un...you missed it by one !!

    Never mind....loved the Noah story, as true this side of the water as it is for all of you back home in Blighty.


  509. At 02:27 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:


    As we race towards the 500 post, one reflects on what it would take for one's own blog to attract such attention. I think the average number of responses to anything I post at Mccrumble.blospot.com is about 0.2

    Maybe I should change my name to Chantelle, and talk about Britney's divorce, or whether Abi prefers breastroke to butterfly when she goes down to the municipal pool.

    Did I get the 500th...? I'm soo excited.

    J McC

    (This post was brought to you by McCrumble Grumbles Ltd - a commentary service for the disconnected blogger)

  510. At 02:28 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:


    Yeayyyyyyy - we made it to 500!!

    hurrah - and yippideedooo


  511. At 02:31 PM on 09 Nov 2006, wilsmar wrote:

    Mr Big Un knocks it in the back of the net....... YESSSSSSS!!!!! The crowd go wild. EASY EASY !!
    So pleased you were IT.


  512. At 02:43 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Wooo Hooo ! We went past the 500 ! Rock On !!!

    Nicki - I see what you mean but I personally love reading what Mr. E is musing about for the day, its great to read someones take on things and then read loads of different people digest and disect those musings and add thier own thoughts and feelings in the mix.

    I`ve missed Chris, but, if I`m honest, have loved hooking my MP3 up to the car for the drive home.

    Work Work Work......

    Tracey-Ann x x

  513. At 02:44 PM on 09 Nov 2006, wilsmar wrote:

    Apologies..... as usual open mouth way too soon. Those blasted "retrospective" comments have booted Mr B-U off the scorecard. Can we have the third umpire - for a recount please.

    I saw Mr B's comment as #500 - give the man the money Grace.

    Will this turn into a "where were you when Kennedy/Lennon died"? Nah!!!

    Just taking the tablets.... will be ok soon.

    Bye people.


  514. At 02:44 PM on 09 Nov 2006, JF wrote:


    Ethan Hawke (don't even care if he's a philanderer!)
    Ryan Giggs (permanent 5 o'clock shadow and great legs!)
    Damian Lewis (it's the red hair that does it)
    Johnny Borrell (razorlight man. I know he's skinny, and arrogant, but I can't help it!)
    Richard Gere (he's still got it!)

    Tracey-Ann - enjoy your trip!

  515. At 02:53 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Mariella Wolenski, apparently! wrote:

    Now girls, you all seem a bit concerned in your taste of men you would like to be trapped in ana elevator with. Fear not, for I am here and my list is based entirely on lust, rather than their ability to make me laugh or entertained in any other fashion (apart from the obvious).

    At number five we have Johnny Depp, but not as Johnny Depp he must be in full costume and character of Cap'n Jack Sparrow, including the blacked out teeth and more eye make up than I have ever worn.

    In at number 4, Frank N Furter, as played by the wonderful Tim Curry in Rocky Horror. Again, full costume and make up is required.

    Coming in at 3rd place we have Anthony Keidis from Red Hot Chili Peppers - preferably with long hair and a sock. (some of you will know what I mean)

    2nd position goes to George Clooney - nothing too scary there, but I particularly picture the scene in From Dusk to Dawn, at the end of the movie when he takes his jacket off to reveal that gorgeous tattoo on his fab arms. I guess the character is appealing in the film as I don't get too excited by him in anything else.

    And the winner is STEVEN TYLER. Aerosmith front man. Skinny, old, not particularly pretty but OH MY GOD! Just his whole persona oozes naughtiness.

    So make of that what you will. I find that I don't meet many people that bear any resemblance to anybody on my list, but if any of you know of a cross dressing pirate, covered in tattoos and can scream in tune then please let me know.

    MW, a!

  516. At 02:56 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Hello people :o)

    Big congrats all round for hitting the big 5-0-0.

    No news about charley dog yet but here's hoping that no news is good news. Funniest thing happened last night. Husband fell asleep ion the floor (after being puished off the sofa by charley!) Charley stretches out and his head falls off (the sofa, not his body) and hits a cushion. He is so sleepified that by the time he realises he's falling his whole body has hit the floor and he's lying there, paws up with a slightly bewildered look on his face...in no pain whatsoever, just wondering why he is now on the floor instead of the comfy sofa. Not seen anything so funny in a long time (maybe I should get out more??).

    Tracey-Ann enjoy your seaside trip. As a former seaside resident I love anything vaguely coastal (despite currently residing in a landlocked country!). Wrap yourself up warm, get a flask of hot drink (chocolate is good), a chair and go to the top of a sanddune and let the wind refresh your soul. I always do that when by the sea. It helps if it's a blustery day with a slight nip in the air (and in your flask!)

    Big comment/bloglette here so i will leave your for little while - work beckons.

    :o) Jo
    PS A big welcom to sigh not simon *waves*. You're on the slippery slope now. Once you've started you can't stop :o)

  517. At 03:21 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    MW, a - "and a sock".... Oh I remember that photo shoot well ! He is a beautiful man, especially in the under the bridge video in the slow motion running scene.

    Totally agree with the men in make up thing. LOVE IT !!! Boys with eye liner and black nail varnish rock my socks ! Especially Russell Brand and Ewan McGregor ... Oh and Robbie... Lovely !

    They are just boy candy though, I would prefer anyone on my top five any day !!

    Although saying that ... Now that Damian Lewis has been mentioned....

    Good lord ....Must hault that thought process immediately ! A million things to do before leaving tonight and I`m lusting after auburn haired men ! Get a grip !!

    Tee Hee !!

    Glad you are all enjoying the elevator game. Would love to see some of the chaps contributing too !

    How many will opt for Angelina in full Tomb Raider get up !

    Until the next time

    Tracey-Ann x x

  518. At 03:31 PM on 09 Nov 2006, wilsmar wrote:

    Just re-read #509 Dr J Mc....... don't feel ignored........ I think the reason you don't get many direct responses to your wondrous missives is that (I think) they are like "High Opera" you may love the music but haven't a clue what they're on about but still enjoy the experience - apologies to those of you out there who hate Opera.
    Always enjoy your words and look forward to Hazel Love's responses.

    Nil Carborundum

    Lead on McC..............


  519. At 03:36 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Susan wrote:

    Hey all! Congrats to all of us for getting it to 500 and beyond - well done all!

    #488 ChrissieS - David Cassidy was my hero a very long long time ago. I saw him on TV a couple of years ago and actually wondered what all the fuss was all about. Sorry David, if you're reading this - you never know :-)

    #501 Sigh Not Simon - hey, well done! Jo at #516 is right though - once you've started, you never get out of here .....

    Tracy-Ann - thinking of you. Take your wellies and have a paddle in them - and have an ice cream for me!

    Take care all, happy Thirsty Thursday

  520. At 03:38 PM on 09 Nov 2006, prof Plum wrote:

    Good day one and all

    I just popped in before I leave for work at the residential home.
    I have spent most of the day making a new wig for a ventrilioquist dummy.This belongs to Joe who starred at the London Palladium in his hey day.

    Hazel..... some of our residents have had eminent careers on stage and screen.

    Dr Crumble... I have checked you blog out. It is most interesting!!!! However It would be nice to see a few more photo's posted.
    After all, Denise is a very attractive woman.

    Big Un... good jokes.

    I try to read most of the blog but then I skip one or two sorry! Typical bloke eehh.

  521. At 03:47 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Prof Plum wrote:

    PS if I was stuck in a lift I would like to be with Hudini.

  522. At 03:47 PM on 09 Nov 2006, NICKI wrote:

    OK,OK OK, I just re-read my last post, It diddn't read how it sounded in my head, Yes, I've missed the thoughts and musings of Mr E, I was just saying it's great that we have all carried on, and it feels like got to know one another better.

    And for that same reason it didn't matter who was no 500.

    However, here's an idea as I guess it is a bit of a milestone, should the 500th blogger be contacted by Mr E and congratulated on air - just a thought, could be fun.

    Please don't think me a misery, I really, really didn't mean it to come out like that.

    Oh and the lift thing, my tastes are a little obscure,

    1 Oliver Reed
    2 Freddie Mercury (I know, but can't help it)
    2(a) Arnold Schwarzenegger (who wouldn't)
    3 Prince, before he changed to a sqwiggle (same as number 2)
    4 Johnny Depp

    However, Georgeous guy wins hands down!

    Love and lust

  523. At 04:00 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Abigails Diva wrote:

    MWa #515!!!

    Men like that DO exist i can assure you! Start going to smallish rock gigs you will find em there, also try goth nights lots of men in eye-liner who can sing and sometimes i have spotted them in kilts (oo the lovely legs!!!!!!!!!!) also dressed in tight trousers with the baggy white shirt thing and.....i think i may have to dress up Mr Bricky tonight after watching Pirates of the Carribean (or P**-rats-of-the-curry-bean as a friend of mine calls it!).......

    ...another benefit of men who r into rock music etc is they have long, long lovely hair.......*dribble, melt, hot flush*..... Why is that? Pretty much every bloke i know with long hair doesnt have split ends or dry bits!! I know one bloke (vaguely) who has posterior-length naturally pale blonde hair - last time i knew he wanted it cut off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ....So not fair!!

    AD xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  524. At 04:13 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Abigails Diva wrote:

    Hello Peeps,

    I'm back again after a conspicuously short absence - sorry!

    I dont know how the elevator game works really, but I'm going to have a go anyway!

    Right then: -

    1: Johnny Depp - in POTC

    2: James Nesbit - especially when he's being the bad/good cop in Murphy's Law

    4:Ewan McGregor - in Train Spotting and Moulin Rouge

    3; Vin Diesel - but only as Riddick, ooh those eyes!

    5: Jon Bon Jovi - he's still got it y'know

    6: Sean Connery in Highlander (wibble!)

    .....basically any man with tight trousers, long rock-god hair, makeup and.......wandering hands!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-DDD

    .....as you can imagine, whilst Mr Bricky is admiring girly-drummers i am admiring all the men in makeup around me. Being a female singer in metal/rock/goth band has its benefits - you're mainly surrounded by men!!!!!!!!! and therefore are ALWAYS RIGHT!!!! ha ha....way too much coffee today methinks!

    Am off now to dream of Mr Bricky with eyeliner on!!! *sigh*

    AD xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  525. At 04:20 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    Nicki - no one thinks you are a misery I`m sure !!! And yes, totally agree its great we have all been able to get to know each other over the last couple of weeks :)

    One think though.... Arnold Schwarzenegger .....Really ???!!!

    Totally get the Prince thing though ! x x

  526. At 04:24 PM on 09 Nov 2006, galadriel wrote:

    Hi one and all

    the elevator game...my top 5

    1. Colin Firth as Mr Darcy complete with wet white shirt.....hmmmm
    2. Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe...love a man in uniform
    3. Roberty Carlyle....just as he comes
    4. Brad Pitt.....short skirt and rippling muscles as in Troy
    5. Patrick Stewart...as Captain Jean Luc Picard...thinking woman's crumpet.

    Oh and the option to keep them in elevator for as long as i liked..

    Now now..I must calm down ...got work to finish.

    Happy thirsty thursday


  527. At 04:30 PM on 09 Nov 2006, JF wrote:


    I'll share Damian if you'll share Johnny?!!


  528. At 04:31 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Littlest Hobo wrote:

    Good Morning from Vancouver and good evening to you all back in Blighty,

    I hope and trust that wherever you all are, your day is proceeding without incident and your Thursday thirst is close to being satisfied. Mr Evans will be back in but a few days and I am sure he will resurface more invigorated and ebullient than ever.

    Karen D in Cow Town...Delighted to hear about your beloved pet. Having lost one of my two cats this year, I can fully appreciate the relief and unbridled delight that such good news affords you. I shall email you at your hotmail address in the near future so as to give you details of my brief time in Calgary, just in case you are available for a coffee...though it will be lunchtime so you will forgive me if I indulge in a high noon snifter.

    Gaby (#504)...Deligthed to see that you noticed my absence. Though I have been reading plethora of presented posts, my workload has sadly arrested my ability to contribute for a few days. Writing with so many different deadlines can be frightfully taxing but as you will no doubt appreciate, my pre and post prandial libations, fine literature and company of friends has helped maintain my sanity.

    Anyway, time gallops on and I must away to some professional pursuits.

    Take care one and all.

    Good day.

    Dr T

  529. At 04:35 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Dr Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    wilsmar - thanks for the explanation. I'm not sure that's the answer, but it cheered me up nonetheless to imagine myself singing in a language that no-one understands yet everyone applauds.

    Plum - You have seen a photo of Denise, but she has not seen a photo of yourself. I will forward any photo you send to me in utmost confidence

    J McC

    P.S. Are we heading for any kind of record yet? This must be the longest stream of comments on any BBC blog, ever. We should all get an award. How about 20% off our next licence fee?

    P.P.S. Sorry, I'm feeling very grouchy today. Still haven't found the hedgehogs, or the culprit.

  530. At 04:42 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Hel Cruse wrote:

    Haven't popped in for ages. Still missing Christof.

    Feel a bit let down when I switch on and he isn't there.... ah well not long now.

    So Elevator mmmm, that made me smile.

    1. My Husband.
    2. Christopher Lambert
    3. Eddie Izzard
    4. Adam Sandler
    5. Robert Downey Jnr.

    Nice bunch eh? I honestly can't think of anyone I'd prefer to be stuck in a lift with more than my husband. I like to think he would be flattered but I think he'd actually be quite scared. I'm always accosting him.


  531. At 04:49 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Major Tom wrote:

    Oh noooooooo the blog is turning into a girlie silly posting thing like the message boards.

  532. At 04:54 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Saggy Zaggy wrote:

    Sigh Not Simon has inspired me to join in too! I have been feeling more and more guilty about not joining in (whatever the technical term may be!), but I am just not witty/clever/interesting. Everyone else seemed so established and I felt I might be intruding! (I just wonder how many others are out there looking in?)

    So now I have taken my first steps, but please don't have a go at me if I don't contribute frequently. I've never blogged before and, whilst I can talk (bore) for England, I just enjoy reading what everyone else has to say. I promise I am not a celebrity stalker - for what it's worth I think everyone's comments have developed so much more naturally without the great man, although he is, of course, much missed! (Particularly between 5.00pm and 7.00pm every day.)

    Not wishing to sound too presumptious for a newby - may I also send my best wishes to all who are experiencing worries about health (two legged and four legged).

    Phew - and now it's time to go home, but sadly only with SMcC.


  533. At 05:21 PM on 09 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Hello all Bloggees

    So, no pressure but as I write this comment the blog is only 70 short of 600, go on I dare you all we can do that by the end of all request Friday!!!

    Mmmm stuck in an elevator???? Now I am 34 but I know from friends that my tastes can be wierd, I am often influenced by fond teenage movie and tv memories!!!

    So in no particular order:

    Yul Bryner (especially asking "shall we dance" although love Magnificent 7 too!

    Alan Rickman

    Christopher Plummer

    Elvis Presley

    Colin Firth

    Captain Kirk

    A young Cliff Richard (my first records were my mum and dads old 45s)

    Hank the blond cartoon character in Dungeons and Dragons (My first crush!!!)

    I guess that's enough for now I've probably revealed far too much

    Take care all

    WE CAN GET TO 600 !!!!


    PS URSULA ANDRESS (from Yannis Stavrou)

  534. At 05:31 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Prof Plum wrote:

    Sorry to interupt the elevator game. Gosh I should not be posting this while I am supposed to be doing Bingo night.

    However I needed to say Dr Crumble that I am afriad to send a photo of myself. I have had little success on dating websites. I am sure Denise would not find me attractive whatsoever.

    But please tell her her from me she is georrrrrrgous.

  535. At 05:43 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Craig Webster wrote:

    Glad the show is getting the plaudits it richly deserves-not rocket science really, work hard behind the scenes to make it look easy on air and be nice to people!

    looking forward to your return.

  536. At 05:48 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Mariella Wolenski, apparently! wrote:

    Abigails Diva #524.

    I'm off out tonight actually, to a Chili Peppers tribute gig. Its also an Over 30's Singles night. Is it me or do the 2 not go together? Doubt very much that my pirate will be there, but hey you never know.

    Had a sneaky peek at your web site, and must say you are a lucky lass. Must admit I quite liked the look of the bass player, but 1 boyfriend and 2 husbands went by the name of Steve (I talk in my sleep) so thats a no go area - apart from the great S Tyler who I will make an exception for.

    Must admit I think I am plagued by them. Got chatting to this chap a few nights ago. Lovely looking, not too drunk, friendly, personable, witty and charming. Asked his name and it didn't even have an S in it, let alone start with one. Surname though was Stevens. Run, run like the wind.....

    MW, a!

  537. At 05:50 PM on 09 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    evening blogmates

    tracey-ann - windy walks on the beach, all wrapped up snuggly warm! fantastic! have a good one.

    Nicki - "arnold schwartzenegger -who wouldn't?" - me!! (sorry but that leaves more of him for you)

    Major Tom- sorry if it's girly but i'm sure it won't last, in the meantime live & let blog

    BigUn -LOVE the Noah joke :-)))

    as for my elevator list:
    Julian McMahon
    Julian McMahon
    Julian McMahon
    Julian McMahon
    (and Eddie Izzard to make me laugh)


  538. At 06:20 PM on 09 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    ...just one more thing, i'd like to canvas some opinions.

    My hubby & I are going away next weekend and we've narrowed it down to Edinburgh or London (we live roughly half way-ish...if you squint).

    Been to Edinburgh twice in the last couple of years, dearly love the place. Husband works in London some times so he relates it to work, but never been as a couple. And I've not been well (as you know) so not sure if it'll be too much for me..but I'm hankering after a visit to the metrop.

    answers on a postblog please and I'm feeling indecisive and need to make my mind up by tomorrow!

    (and for those of you who worry, our lovely neighbours take care of Archie Dog whilst we're away and he gets spoiled rotten).


    ps Simon Scharma (after Ursula Andress)

  539. At 06:46 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:


    ooh, I knew this would happen regarding the elevator thang....I would like to add some more ....: )

    Please can I also have : ) ...

    RUFUS SEWELL.............especially if he is dressed as in BBC production of Middlemarch : )

    and who was the other one, oh yes, Rufus Sewell.....dressed in whatever way he chooses : )

    oh yes, and does the man in the John Lewis catalogue count - I received it today and I know he isn't a 'household name' but we could call him 'famous' for the sake of the game.....couldn't we?! : )


    Welcome to Sigh not Simon and Saggy Zaggy : )

    #535 Craig Webster ....beautifully put : )

    Littlest Hobo - a votre sante : )

  540. At 07:14 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Tracey-Ann wrote:

    For Major Tom

    Cars, Beer, Chicks, Rugby, Football, Gadgets, Top Gear....

    I`m off to the seaside now.

    Hope you all have a great evening

    All my love

    Tracey-Ann x x

  541. At 07:44 PM on 09 Nov 2006, anna wrote:

    its all gone a bit girly really hasnt it.

    I notice some people are referencing the fact i mentioned celebrity stalkers - i really wasnt targeting at those of us who are busy, dont drop in every day, dont always post etc etc etc

    it was a little (if slightly catty) observation i made that i should probably have kept to myself. Hope i didnt offend.

    Saucer of milk - table 2!

    now - what for tea?


  542. At 08:09 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Lis wrote:

    Do you know something, I am a virgin blogger and I have just had to come on to say how much I have missed looking at Chris's daily observations on life.
    Living in a corporate world as I do, I am a great believer in the positivness of how you approach life and how that can make a difference to the life of people around you.
    Want to say no more than, Chris, I look forward to your return so I can once again connect with someone with the same approach.

  543. At 08:40 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Scuba Smurfette wrote:

    Evening all

    I dropped in to the supermarket on my way home from work tonight. Shopping when hungry is never a good idea, I now have a cupboard full of sweets and cakes and nothing for tea, have just eaten a whole bag of Thorntons toffee and feel really sick.

    Also having spent most of the day at work blatantly blog watching I now have to work this evening to get everything done for tomorrow.

    Still can't keep away from the blog, it's become a guilty pleasure. Not going to get much work done now either - I still feel too gippy from my toffee overdose.

    I think it's probably going to be a long night..............

    p.s Simon Schama to Alan Titchmarsh!!

  544. At 10:08 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Gilly wrote:

    Stuck in an elevator, eh?

    Would have to go for those who would be more than just eye candy- or have I not quite got the hang of this?
    1. Lisa Tarbuck- always comes across as a great gal
    2. CLP- of course- he'd just make the whole experience a positive thing
    3.Big'Un- could probably do with a few gags to keep us going
    4. Ant and Dec- do they count as a half each?

    Give us a Telegraph crossword to crack and time would fly!!


  545. At 10:13 PM on 09 Nov 2006, The BigUN wrote:

    Evening all,

    Just thought I would catch up with the blog. So no 500th post for me…close but no cigar ;-) well done tootie :-))

    Tracy-Ann please have a great time, do not worry about me whilst you are way as I will be in the elevator with Mary :-))))

    Nicki # 503. Back to my man stocking, it is a bit like the stockings that you are made to wear in hospital except these are made to measure so they fit much better and the compression is even. My leg is quite sore when I do not wear it as it swells up to 5cms bigger than my other one :-(

    Wilsmar # 511 & 513 very funny :-) LOL you got so carried away and then Doh!

    Sigh not Simon, Saggy Zaggy and Lis a warm blog welcome. I warn you this is like a tube of Pringles….once you pop you just cannot stop!

    So stuck in an elevator without a view!

    1. Linda Lucardi (That dates me)

    2. Catherine Zeta Jones (Darling buds of May)

    3. Rachel Stevens (Mmmmm)

    4. Halle Berry (More Mmmmm)

    5. Heidi Klum (Wow and Mmmmm)

    You may be surprised that I have not chosen a comedienne to keep me company, this is because if I was in the elevator with these ladies I would already be laughing :-))))

    Good night all


  546. At 10:13 PM on 09 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    You see, in 5 hours since my last post we now only need 57 more entries to pas 600!!

    What do you all think??

    Take care all, sleep well (really hope you get some sleep Big Un)



  547. At 10:22 PM on 09 Nov 2006, ashy wrote:


  548. At 11:29 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Jill wrote:

    Hello again to everyone, old and young, old and new, to the beeautiful blog

    Good to catch up again and laugh as appropriate and send love and hugs as appropriate.

    Bell-ringing practice tonight with muffled bells (dings without the dongs). Poignant sounds for Armistice Day - remember it for Queen Mum's and also Lady Di's funeral? Also better for bell-ringers, because it's less easy to hear the mistakes!!

    What an amazing time these past 13 days have been - much more relaxed with each other and much more talkative than we were when our Blog-in-Chief was away in Ireland for a week, and even then he blogged twice if I remember rightly.

    Looking forward as much as anyone to his return but this chat has all been great.

    xxTracey-Ann, hope to hear from you, xx Cat, xx Bug'Un. Clove oil is a good remedy for aching teeth, but p'raps too late to mention this to Mrs B'U.

    Wine glass empty, Bridie-dog asleep on my feet but the air's a bit thick (she's a labrador - say no more!) so time to take her out for a constitutional in the dark, and then we can all get off to bed...My beloved is up there (if I listen, no doubt I'll hear him sleeping) already. Have bought him 'The Yes Man', as recommended on this site, as one of his many b'day presents for 11/11, in the hope of converting him from 'The No Man' (nothing to do with the bed/snoring, but to RAKS or indeed any AKs!!!)

    And...HARRY BELAFONTE TO ELIAH HEEP (who was he? A Trollope character?)

    Jill xxxx

  549. At 11:33 PM on 09 Nov 2006, jill wrote:

    P.S. Just realised it's URIAH Heep isn't it, whoever he was? So I change to ELIZABETH Regina, our esteemed monarch (recommend the film by the way). Alternative Eddy Grundy!

  550. At 11:39 PM on 09 Nov 2006, Jill wrote:

    Of course, or course, Uriah Heep is a band, of 20 years' standing no less. Silly, sad, shameful me. Apologies. Bow, scrape, grovel etc

  551. At 02:45 AM on 10 Nov 2006, wilsmar@home wrote:

    Jill your #549 "who he?" as well as the Group Uriah Heep was "your very 'umble servant" in David Copperfield.

    I've had a think about the lift "attendants" and I think I'd wish for
    Paul Newman - Butch Cassidy era, he can bring his push bike too
    Gregory Peck - gorgeous, gorgeous man
    Colin Firth as either of the Mr Darcy's
    Christopher Eccleston - who (is that a pun?) couldn't love an alien from the North of a Planet?
    and Harrison Ford before he started combing his hair forward - what's that fringe about??

    Will post this quietly - don't want to wake anyone.

    Night night.
    Off to me pit now.


  552. At 08:26 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Tiggy wrote:

    Happy Friday all!
    Last time I blogged we were rapidly approaching what we thought was a huge 500 entries, now it looks like we could hit 700!
    Time I added my two pennorth to the elevator game methinks!
    1. Nic Cage (but only as Charlie in It Could Happen To You)
    2. Jon Bon Jovi (he is the chanteur of mine and hubbies 'our Tune', Always)
    3. Ray Winstone (!)
    4. Stephen Fry (he is so intelligent!)
    5. Patrick Swizzle (in full Johnny Castle tight trouser, open shirt mode)

    Gotta go, really ought to do some work but I'm completely hooked on this blog thing!

  553. At 08:58 AM on 10 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Good morning bloggers,

    So another all request Friday and the last one until Mr E returns (3 sleeps) to the fold. I do hope he has had a great time of and comes back refreshed and rearing to go!! :-)

    At least whist he has been away we have given the BBC blog a true testing with the numbers of contributions we have made…..just think what number we would be at if the laughter police were not being so diligent :-(

    I hope we all have good things planned for the weekend? I have a little charity event on Saturday night which should be a laugh :-) if not a little expensive :-( Sunday weather permitting a walk along the coast (best place for a hangover) with the dogs :-)

    I am sure I will be back later ;-)


    P.S. Three tortoises went on a picnic.

    Three tortoises, Mick, Alan and Les, decide to go on a picnic. So Mick packs the picnic basket with beer and sandwiches.

    The trouble is the picnic site is ten miles away so it takes them ten days to get there.

    When they get there Mick unpacks the food and beer. "Ok Les give me the bottle opener."

    "I didn't bring it," says Les. "I thought you packed it."

    Mick gets worried, He turns to Alan, "Did you bring the bottle opener??"

    Naturally Alan didn't bring it. So they're stuck ten miles from home without a bottle opener.

    Mick and Alan beg Les to go back for it, but he refuses as he says they will eat all the sandwiches.

    After two hours, and after they have sworn on their tortoise lives that they will not eat the sandwiches, he finally agrees.

    So Les sets off down the road at a steady pace.

    Twenty days pass and he still isn't back and Mick and Alan are starving, but a promise is a promise.

    Another five days and he still isn't back, but a promise is a promise.

    Finally they can't take it any longer so they take out a Sandwich each and as they are about to eat it, Les pops up from behind a rock and shouts........

    "I KNEW IT!......I'M NOT GOING!"

  554. At 09:02 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Kali wrote:

    Yippee Tis Friday AT LAST!!!!

    Ok my top five in no particular order:

    1) Jon Bon Jovi - My first love since I was 15!!
    2) Jonny Depp (Edward Scissorhands did it for me)
    3) David Tennant (I prefer the new Doctor)
    4) Eddie Izzard - sooooo funny I was watching one of his DVDs when I was 8 and a bit months pregnant I laughed so hard it made my waters break!!!
    5) Last but certainly not least Jim Morrison from The Doors - went to visit his grave in Paris very spiritual.

    Anywhoo back to work - o hum

    mmmmmmmmm JBJ mmmmmmm

    Have a great day one and all

  555. At 09:20 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Morning all :o)

    Ace tortoise joke!

    Had to go and visit grandmother in law last night in hospital (she had a fall but fervently denies it!). On the way back we saw something which I struggle to repeat here in the safe confines of the blog - A house, with all its christmas decorations up on the outside - and lit - and an inflatable santa in the front garden. Is it just me or is that a bit early??

    What's going on??

    :o) Jo

  556. At 09:53 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Tiggy wrote:

    Christmas decs fully lit in November??? Don't know about you lot but I'm sick to death of a certain supermarket's ads with a small person in boots yelling 'it's Christmas' a la Noddy Holder!
    I work for a retailer and therefore our office is already decked, I find it very hard to cope with even though I lurrrrrve Crimbo completely!

    loved the tortoise joke too!

  557. At 10:14 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Caroline wrote:

    hello chaps and chapettes

    well done you, I've been away for a few days and see you've well exceeded the 500.
    He'll be proud.
    elevator game: not really sure of how it goes..so sorry if i'm not playing correctly.
    1. Gordon Ramsey
    2. Davina MacCall ( my heroine)
    3. Nick Nornby ( good on lists)
    4. Nigella Lawson
    5. Are we allowed him..Mr Chris Evans
    (I am proud to be classed as a celebrity stalker and take no offence)

    I am so looking forward to his return, thanks all for making my days over the last 2 week
    Caroline xx

  558. At 10:19 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Happy Frideedidee tout le monde!

    Look at all I missed yesterday! Started reading all the comments at about 0845, and finished at 0938...Evans above! Speaking of which, only three sleeps to go...unless you live in Canada and I have no concept of time travel.

    CAT - Lemon Drizzle CAKE - just popped into my head sorry! Although there is probably a character in a Roald Dahl book with a similar name...

    Anyway, yesterday passed in a calm enough manner. If you have heard the news today, I was quite busy...nuff said.

    Dr J McC - Don't get to the bottom of the problem, get to the bottom of the GARDEN, because that is where the hedgehogs will be. I expect they'll be snootling around the compost heap.

    Tracey-Ann will have gone by now. She will be shrimping before long, you know it! A lime green net attached to a coat hanger banged into a bit of splintery bamboo. Those were the days...aaah...

    BIGUN - You always score a big 500 with me! Just make sure you get your tea and biscuit allocation after giving your armful.

    Stuck in a lift (I'd rather chew off my own arm, and don't like tunnels either) with???

    1, Matthew McFadyen in Spooks, not P&P as that honour belongs to the aforementioned Lord Colin of the Lake
    2, Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisbourne (don't forget last Sat's Robin Hood repeated on BB*4 this eve hoorah!)
    3, The boy. I see little enough of him whilst not in a lift!
    4, Daniel Craig in very little (can't BELIEVE no one has mentioned him!!!!!!!!!!)
    5, Alice Cooper just because.

    Reserve: David Bowie

    MW, a! Hope you enjoyed Chilli Peppers. My first two husbands were called Gr*ham so I completely understand!

    Still waiting on the paella from ANNA!!!! and 541# those of us who got it know what you meant...

    ...and for those of you watching in black and white, or think it's too girly, it's up to you to BUTCH IT UP! Do sunnink abart it Billy...

    Mrs BigUN - for you, hope your tooth is well for the charidee thang.

    My weekend - friends for poker this eve, and going to see a band with a friend tomorrow eve. The thing I'm looking forward to the most? NOT HAVING TO GET UP IN THE MORNING!!!!

    Off to snootle in the compost heap

    PS I've been on the hedgehog diet for some time now. Can only afford bread and milk!

    Yes I know you're supposed to give them cat food...it's a joke...

    PS Yvan Lendl (from Eddy Grundy)

  559. At 10:21 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Meant to send you all this link before but remembered right after I pressed the 'POST' button.



  560. At 10:26 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    Morning schmorning,

    Keith - loved the tortoise joke : ) : ) ...and I hope you are sleeping better - I have 'bouts' when I have insomnia and it is so horrible.

    I was awake early this morning not through insomnia but because my daughters have gone away for the weekend to attend their dad's wedding (my ex-husband). They were up at 5.30am scurrying around trying desperately to be ready on time as they all had a plane to catch - going north of the border. I don't know how the weekend will be for them - I am not pre-empting anything in particular here, I am just 'feeling for them'. I will make a couple of toasts tomorrow, the day of the wedding, one to my ex-husband and his new wife and one to my beautiful daughters who I am so proud of. A tear in my eye as I type - soppy sagitarrian that I am.

    I remember when my own dad remarried 6 years after my beautiful and much missed mother died. I was 12 when she died.

    guys, thanks for these pages on which I have been able to share the above


    ps mange tout, chaise longe

    pps I think my lift is getting full : ( .....and I haven't even added any of you lot yet!! : ) : )

    pps have a good one you lovely people

  561. At 10:36 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    Hazel Love #557

    Loving your 'Reserve' for the lift : ) : ) ....good thinking my friend

    ....now a couple of reserves methinks .....p'haps one for chats and one for se

  562. At 10:38 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    sorry!! - pressed the 'post' button prematurely : )

    where was I.....oh yes...... the reserves for the list.....

    2 reserves methinks......one for chats and one for sensible suggestions as to how to get out of said lift : ) ;)


  563. At 10:53 AM on 10 Nov 2006, soozy woo wrote:

    hoorah! Only one more drive home without Mr E! (I'll have to remember to put my CD's away this weekend - no need for them until the next holiday)

    I'm so looking forward to this weekend. It's the first weekend in 2 months that me and my big fella have had to ourselves. We've been planning it for ages (clean your dirty minds!)

    We're going to wrap up warm, fill a thermos and do our favourite walk in the peak district.


    Hope everyone enjoys their weekends as much as I plan to.


  564. At 10:59 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Abigails Diva wrote:

    Morning all!!

    I think we could make 600 today, and more!!!

    Dear god its taking me an AGE to write this, i keep getting interrupted by work, of all things!!!

    MWa #536, he is very flattered by your remarks!!! He'll be impossible to live with now, well, more impossible at any rate, to be fair he gets the majority of the attention from our fans and is the one who always gets recognised - s'not fair, i tell thee!!

    Well, i officially give up, its no good, work just keeps coming between me and the blog, so farewell for now peeps - i shall be back....(if the internet at home lets me later on!)

    Have a lovely Friday (hooray for Fridays!)

    AD xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  565. At 11:06 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Kali wrote:

    OK reserves:

    1) Nigel Harman (Dennis Rickman from Eastenders)
    2) David Boreanaz (Angel from Buffy)

    With these in the lift who would care about talking...or getting out for that matter


  566. At 11:18 AM on 10 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    HeY Gaby! I'm larfin and larfin...thought you'd just missed an 'x' off the first time!

    How presumtuous of me...but I'm a sagittarian too so there we go!

    Has anyone been on the BBC News website today and seen the scientists computer impression of what a 'comedy' face looks like? I am totally freaked out by it - it's horrible - really weird starey man. Actually don't go and look at it now, take my word for it. It looks like a picture that they would show on the news of people convicted of dreadful deeds. IT DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH!

    CAT - London is FAB. Work out a route or a list of things you wanna do first though so you aren't all over the place. This should stop you getting too tired as well. If you do galleries, do the T*te Britain and then get their boat to the T*te Modern. It's not far but a good way to sit down after loads of walking around.

    Pull it off quickly

  567. At 11:42 AM on 10 Nov 2006, JF wrote:

    Happy Friday Shloggers, We've made it to Day 10 and there's been no stopping us! Maybe my original (second) estimate of 650 comments/blogs/shlogs/posts isn't unattainable after all?
    Am so proud of us all, and I think CE will be too.
    Big up the SHLOG MASSIVE!!
    JF xxx

    Hugh Grant (but with About A Boy hair and clothes, rather than foppish 4 Weddings)
    Nick Knowles
    Jimi Mistry (east is east, etc)

  568. At 11:43 AM on 10 Nov 2006, jax wrote:

    morning all
    the blogs still going well then, loved the joke today bigun. what do you think the chances are of the blog making 1000 before 5pm monday when the shlogmeister returns??????????

  569. At 11:51 AM on 10 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Hello all, bit late blogging today,

    I really have the baking bug now got 5 christmas puds a steaming and a chrissy cake in the oven.
    (and I don't even like fruit cakes etc!!!)
    I licked the spoon from the pudding mix and felt decidedly merry so I suspect that will go down well.

    Anyway, as I write this (at 11:38) ther are only 35 entries until th big 600 so I have no doubt we'll make it.

    I had another one of my wierd ideas (i.e. name game) as it's all request Friday and, although we all try only a few get through, we could do a virtual all request Friday. Meaning we say on the blog what we would be requesting if we actually got through and maybe why as well.

    Does that make any sense at all????

    As you are all probably aware from previous posts my request would be:

    Gary Moore - The Loner - because I've only ever heard it once on the radio and I think it is one of the greatest guitar anthems ever to be unknown!!

    So go on, what would you all want to hear? (virtually of course)

    Take care all

    P.S. laurence Olivier

  570. At 12:07 PM on 10 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    I said I would be back ;-)

    Gaby my sleeping is no better :-( I think I am averaging about 2-3 hours a night but not all at the same time! Work is not helping as I will have worked 70 hours this week (No extra money) and I still can not get it all done. I love my job but I should get early grave added to my job description!

    As it is the weekend and you may be thinking abut what to do……………maybe this will help! :-)


    After an exhaustive review of the research literature, here's the final word on nutrition and health:

    1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
    2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
    3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
    4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.
    5. Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

    CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.


  571. At 12:09 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Hel Cruse wrote:

    Cat 532
    Edinburgh. I love Edinburgh. Go to Edinburgh and go for a meal to the Witchery at the Castle - in fact if you can stay there. Magical, romantic place, best food in the world and the service outstanding.

    I lived in Edinburgh for 4 years, and another 18 months on the other side of the river from it. It's where I head when my batteries need recharged. I can just jump in the car, be there in 1.5 hours, sit in Princes Street for 15 minutes and go home, happy with life.

    Take Care and Have a good one.


  572. At 12:13 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Susan wrote:

    Hello all!

    #568 CAKE - I'm doing some baking this weekend. Am going to try out a Nigella recipe for Christmas muffins - stuffed with cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, etc. Am going to try them out on unsuspecting guests this weekend - is that cruel?!!

    Weekend taken up with (aforementioned) guests, volunteer dog walking for our local rescue centre, trip to Southwold for fish and chips on Sunday and general catching up with gossip and friends. I looooooove weekends!

    Have a good one everyone. Happy Friday, happy weekend. Take care


    (Laurence Olivier to Rufus Sewell - phwoar!!!!)

  573. At 12:39 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Prof Plum wrote:

    Morning one and all.

    Had a good evening with the residents game night at the home last night. Marge made a delicous stew again. She can rustle up a stew out of almost anything. Yesterday she was offered a supply of Hedgehogs.So they are on the menu tonight. I am going away for a few days so will miss out. I am going up to Yorkshire with my favourite airline.

    They have a great promotional video you might like to see

    . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoIn9hkxbbI

  574. At 12:40 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Tiggy wrote:

    Hi again
    Can't seem to get away from this blog today!

    Cake @#569, great idea, my request would by
    Babe by Styx or Classic by Adrian Gurvitz
    Both fab tunes not played enough!

    Back to work, no doubt I'll catch up again later!
    PS Rufus Sewell to Luke Wilson (why not?!)

  575. At 01:05 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Jo wrote:

    Hello :o)

    Charley's results are in and the prognosis is not good I'm afraid. Sad times ahead :o(

    How do you know what decisions are the best to take at what time? All we have to do is keep him as comfy as possible and make sure he's not in pain.

    As my virtual all request Friday song can I have 'Cheer up Charlie' from Willy Wonka???


    PS. Thanks for all the kind wishes this week

  576. At 01:10 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Jessqua wrote:

    It's time to take the plunge........ especially when ther's a target to hit, every little helps...

    I'm here at last!! I've been a blog voyeur for simply aaages I'm sure there's a lot of us out there) and it's high time I joined in the fun.

    You all bring a light, a smile and occasionally a fit of hysterics (thanks Big'Un) to my daily lif and I love it!

    So I send all the positive vibes an hugs to you all and hope everyone has a fantabulous weekend. My man's working tonight so i guess that bottle of Chianti is all mine..... what a shame : ) but he will be back tomorrow for more fun and frolics and a very likely trip down to our luvverly somerset local, hurrah!

    Lots of love xxxx
    I may dip my toe back in next week : )

  577. At 01:26 PM on 10 Nov 2006, galadriel wrote:

    Hello one and all

    Big-Un....you just make me laugh so much...am now off to buy lots of linguaphone courses so i can live longer !!!

    Virtual Request.....Nina Simone's Feeling good....cause i always do !!!!

    Have a good weekend....can't wait for chris' return.

    Galadriel x

  578. At 01:43 PM on 10 Nov 2006, jillygoat wrote:

    Hi - have only blogged here twice before but have been reading your blogs with mostly great amusement.

    Jo - so sad to hear about poor Charley. I had to make such a decision myself about my wonderful 15-year old black labrador, Enoch, not so long ago. The only thing that makes it even vaguely bearable is knowing that you are able to make that decision. It may seem like a huge black cloud at the moment, but it is quite a privilege. At least you can continue to enjoy his company and make the most of him, whilst making him feel as comfortable and loved as he is already. My thoughts are with you, and anyone else in this predicament.

    jillygoat xx

  579. At 01:44 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Jilly wrote:

    Hi Bloggy Type People
    I've been reading all of your blogs for quite sometime now. What a friendly lot you are :0) At last, like a few others, I have decided to join in.
    My request would be a track called Lady of Dreams by Kitaro. Its sung by Jon Anderson (Yes). Anyone in lurve out there should check it out. I don't think I've ever heard it on the radio! A friend of mine introduced me to it. He had bought a couple of Yes tickets from a guy on ebay. As they lived fairly close they completed the transaction in a pub. The seller had split from his wife and decided not to go to the gig. He also gave my friend the cd saying it had been a favourite of his wifes. Friend passed cd onto me, we played it and loved it.

    Hope you have had a fab break Mr E - can't wait for you to accompany me on my way over the mountain and through the forest each night. Yep I have a fantastic route home!!

    See ya groovy cats

  580. At 01:52 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Tootie wrote:

    Oh heavens above! I feel like a fraud. I would have really wanted the 500th post to go to someone else.

    Nikki~sorry Oliver Reed?! That made me feel quite sick.

    Hel~glad someone else admire the gorgeousness that is Robert Downey Jr : )

    Yes the elevator game is a bit girlie. But isn’t it fun to find out some of the outrageous choices.

    Well, again, I’m so sorry for stealing the big one out from under the more deserving. But hey ho, that’s how it goes. Can’t take it back. It doesn’t matter now anyway, yesterdays news.

    Happy Friday everyone. Just think……..Monday won’t be so bad next week. We have all the news from Mr E to catch up on xxx

  581. At 01:54 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Anna Log wrote:

    Re the elevator game - can I put in a request for the more mature contributor? With all those gorgeous (mostly) young chaps in a confined space I'd be worried out the oxygen giving out and being suffocated by all that testosterone ;)

    So my choices are:
    1. Sean Connery (I could listen to that voice for hours)
    2. Paul Newman (I know he's 81, but nevertheless ...)
    3. Bruce Forsyth (for entertainment value)
    4. Charles Dance (just because I liked redheads once)
    5. Jack Nicholson (he's still got that glint in his eye ...)

    I just hope the incontinence pants hold out ...

    Must go and lie down in a darkened room for a rub down with a damp copy of the Radio Times (other listings sponges are available).

  582. At 01:59 PM on 10 Nov 2006, mwk wrote:

    Hi Folks

    Gaby your earlier posts gave me a good giggle.
    I too am a Saggitarius and like Hazel though you
    had missed the S (great minds think alike! :-))

    Susan - I like your idea of walking the dogs from the local rescue centre, I usually borrow my sister's dog to go walking, but I will also get in touch with my local rescue centre - thanks for the idea - sometimes the obvious is too obvious if you know what I mean! :-)

    Keith - Thanks for my daily helping of laughter xx :-)) Sorry your having trouble sleeping, I go
    through long phases where I only sleep for 2/3 hours per night. Even when I can sleep I never
    sleep longer than 3 hours, sometimes I can get back to sleep again but then wake almost every hour! I've tried all sorts but nothing seems to work. It's very frustrating and even more so when you are so busy with work, I know its easy for me to say, and I'm a fine one to be giving advice on this, but don't go over doing it. I hope you find the new staff soon to help with
    the work load xx
    Pleased Mrs BigUn is on the mend xx

    Cake - great idea to do virtual request friday.
    my choice would be "over the rainbow" by Eva Cassidy - gives me goose bumps everytime I hear it.

    You make me want to bake :-) Last time I tried to make scones they were like rock cakes :-))))

    Jo - So sorry to hear about Charley xx I don't know what to say, just wish I could be there to give you a hug........sending this one through the airwaves {{{{{{hug}}}}}} for you and Charley xx Take care

    Prof Plum you better watch out Dr McCrumble will be tracking you down :-))))

    This weekend I am seeing one of the kids (12yr old girl) I befriend (volunteer through the local social work dept) and I get so excited about seeing her, she is always at the window looking out for me and her little face lights up when she sees my car, it's very rewarding, puts everything into perspective!

    Tracey-Ann, I hope you are having a fab time being spoiled by Mum and Dad xx

    Hello to all our first time bloggers, trust me it won't be your last :-)

    Have a great weekend all, take care xx

    Lots of love
    Mary xx

  583. At 02:17 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    ze plott sickens hummmmmm???

    I think it was being beaten like the proverbial spaniel that made me press ALL THE BUTTONS AT ONCE...

    ANYWAY...rather than risk being caught 'spying' and having her cover blown, she proffered said sack to the unwitting Marge, pocketed the 2/6 and made her escape.

    That is what I think. These are not necessarily the opinions of the panel.

    I love it when my boss goes all Friday. He is currently singing not very good versions of Fallink in Luff Agen and Flars in the Rain, whilst cultivating his belly. I won't say anything though.

    Wot fun
    Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiings can only get betteeeeeeeeeeeer!

    F i n


    by the way - PresumPtuous.

    PS Niamh Campbell

  584. At 02:29 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    ...and my virtual request would be......heck this is hard......erm......coo....golly, so many to choose from......but one that will always get me dancin' if you're askin'...and I don't remember EVER hearing it on the radio...

    Moguai - Get On

    That first bit of geeeeetar...rockin' HOT! Not my mostest favritist of all time, there are too many all on a par. Give me a menu and I can't make up my mind. Order for me and (as long as there are no prunes or peel in it) I'll be happy.

    Mange toot sweet

  585. At 02:32 PM on 10 Nov 2006, My name is Joannie (Toronto) and I am a blogaholic wrote:

    Well good morning all - or afternoon :-)
    I am baaaaaack!! I was in England for 4 days, I got back last week but have been so busy. I have been trying to catch up on all the great blogging that has gone on in my absence. I am so glad it has been growing and growing, somebody mentioned 500, well I think it will be 600+ by the time Christophe returns :-) Speaking of which, I know we have all missed Chris tons but I think Stuart is doing a great job.

    Tracey Ann - I have been thinking about you in my absence and I wish you good health and hope all goes well. Good for you taking a few days off at the seaside. Take care x

    Big 'Un - great jokes - keep em coming

    Jo - Charley is soooooo absolutely adorable - I hope he is OK

    Who said they are just dogs??? My beautiful English springer spaniel died 18 months ago, I was devastated and still miss her a lot. A couple of months ago I cleaned her nose prints off the sliding glass door, could not bring myself to do it before then :-(

    So England trip...........
    Arrived Sunday 7.30 am after a very wobbly night flight - my dad's actual 90th birthday.
    Got to my sisters house in Bucks and had a cuppa then went to Tesco for some shopping - nothing like getting right down to business :-)
    My dad has alzheimers so did not know who I was (he did on the second visit) but I am so glad I went to see him. Very sad to leave cos you never know if you will see them again. When my mum passed away, I could not get there in time to see her so every time I see my Dad I know it could be the last time. His 90th party was lovely, he was exhausted after a couple of hours. He got three cakes, tons of cards and gifts so quite the partaaaaay!

    So, here is what I accomplished in 4 days :
    Chips and mushy peas x 2
    Pub lunch
    Pub dinner
    Indian meal
    Shopping at the mall (bought some great boots)
    Two mammoth walks - one 6 miles and one 4 miles - hey I had to do something to counteract all the food :-) The walks were awesome, country lanes, cows, farmers etc... dont see that a lot here so it was brilliant. Just cannot beat the English countryside.
    I brought back, cheese, bacon, sausages and of course Cadburys choccy - yummmmm :-) My kids love it :-)
    Speaking of choccy - enjoy your choccy night Karen, sounds like a great idea.

    I have to say it was weird listening to drive time at drive time and not early afternoon like here in Toronto.

    I send my love and best wishes to all of you (and your darling pets) waiting for test results etc.

    Back to normal next week...Chris is back YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!
    Have a great weekend everyone
    Joannie xxx

  586. At 02:36 PM on 10 Nov 2006, mwk wrote:

    Gaby It's Friday and my brain is frazzled :-)

    I should have said I thought the x was missing......and I know you will know that's what I mean but just wanted to clarify :-))))

    Roll on 5pm..........

    Mary xx

  587. At 02:44 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Sigh Not Simon wrote:

    Imagine my surprise......against my own internal confidence that there was no way I'd get addicted to this blogging (SORRY!...commenting) thing......When all of a sudden I find myself typing in the little box!!

    Well now I'm here I might as well do some bl.....commentary. Thanks for the warm welcome you lovely people and a nervous knowing nod to my fellow newbies (did your palms sweat for no apparent reason too?!) - I just knew they'd treat us gentle :-)

    Now for my Lift game entries (sorry 'bout the change of terminology but I have no 'hood' on my car) :-)
    Thankyou #540 Tracey-ann for supplying me with my list (Cars, Beer, Chicks, Rugby, Football, Gadgets, Top Gear)...although I would take out football to make it 6 and cars (covered by Top Gear's inclusion) to make it 5. I know they're not proper entries but I'm a gentleman :-/ and wouldn't like to make a lady (or 5 for that matter) nervous by being stuck in a lift with me! Or would it be me that was nervous?...

    Have a great All Request Friday you smashing selection of people - I know for one, I'll be requesting one thirst quenching article after another later....and they'll all, as is the usual case, reflect my own taste.



  588. At 02:58 PM on 10 Nov 2006, IanG wrote:

    586 as I write this - looks like we'll breach the 600 mark!

    Nothing much to say except, to each and everyone of you, have a great weekend doing what you like to do with the people you love to be with.

  589. At 03:00 PM on 10 Nov 2006, KarenD wrote:


    Keith (BU) you have all my sympathy..spent the whole of last night trying to sleep but for some reason after an hour or so I would wake up ...very frustrating. Thanks also for the tortoise joke..what a great way to start my Friday.
    Without wanting to turn the blog into Doctors question time have any of the other older ladies who contribute to this wondeful fountain of knowledge found that red wine (other forms of alcohol are available) contribute to the dreaded night sweats? I really enjoy a glass or two and the thought that it might be a trigger fills me with despair !!!!
    For those of you not familiar with time travel...Joannie in Toronto is 5 hours behind you, I am 7 hours and Littlest Hobo is 8...as I write this it is 7.50am for me and 3.50pm for you.
    I am going to a girlie chocolate evening tonight....my contribution is Delias Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding..........yummy.
    CAKE..I hope you remebered to make a wish when you stirred the Christmas pudding mixture!!!
    Elevator people......
    Tom Hanks...as he was in Sleepless In Seattle
    Chris E .....because he makes me think and feel better about myself
    Johnny Depp... in full POTC outfit
    Richard Gere....with tuxedo and red rose ala Shall We Dance

    Littlest Hobo...you must go to Welchs Candy Store while in Banff.....full of all the old fashioned sweeties you remeber as a kid....at over inflated prices cos its all imported !! Can also recommend one or two good eating places aswell.
    Enjoy the weekend
    Lover Karen

  590. At 03:13 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Oh b*gger.
    POST pressed in error message press control alt delete.

    my post 583# should have been preceded by another one which was inadvertently sent, in an unfinished state, but 'they' aren't putting it on, although you never know.

    The Moderator is Watching YOU

    I had previously said:

    CAKE - I can't abide peel. It's gopping muck and just an excuse for someone to eat earwax without everyone else going yeuch...This Christmas I think we will mostly be eatin' sticky toffee pud made by my own fair boy.

    JO - So sorry to hear about Charley. You have to take loads of pics and do loads of fun things and hopefully he won't realise he's poorly (like my Barney) and will carry on having a great time. You make sure you keep yourself warm and comfy too though babe xxx

    I think it was at this point my boss dinged me round the ear with last Sunday's Mail for daring to tell him that it is most certainly NOT too hot to breathe in here.

    I then went on to scribe a short novella arriving at the reason why PROF PLUM now has hedgehog on the menu...which you then get the last gasps of in 583#

    I am really going to try not to go on here again. I've taken up far too much of everybodies time this week....BIG HUGS...it's been such fun getting to know you all and welcoming those new daring first timers. You get your stabilisers off after two weeks by the way. Can't even think what we've covered but it's definitely been cosmopolitan. Can't say it's not been hard....

    MWK - 'X' xx

    Big mwah mwah mwah

  591. At 03:14 PM on 10 Nov 2006, cath wrote:

    Hi everyone - wasnt going to blog again this week but just couldn't resist popping in!! I hope we get to 600 - am sure we will before the next blog anyhoo!

    Hope everyone has really lovely weekends - wrap up warm and keep dry!!

    See y'all Monday

  592. At 03:30 PM on 10 Nov 2006, anna wrote:

    Hazel, re 541, glad you got that! Say no more!!

    Jo, sorry to hear about charley - never good with words when people i dont really know are having a bad time, suffice to say i feel for you.

    tootie - 500, it was fair and square. The beauty of the blog! Cant say i wasnt envious tho!!

    So, him in doors is away for the weekend, me and the man cub are going to have a fun weekend to ourselves so i think i should celebrate the start of my mummy:son bonding weekend with the song that always makes me think of him.
    Wind beneath my wings - Bette Midler. Cheesy, yes. Not the greatest song in the world. But reminds me of just how important the man cub is and how much is supports and teaches me on a daily basis. Its amazing how smart these babies are.

    have a good weekend all - roll on Monday!


    PS If i was being selfish it would be My Chemical Romance - Black Parade, such an amazing tune got to be a classic of the future that one.

    PPS A mass group of hedgehogs have just wandered past my front door. A rare sight indeed.

  593. At 03:45 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Hel Cruse wrote:

    wish I could stay warm and dry!! Working at marina with wind and rain howling round the office, and I have about a twenty metre dash to my car which I am not looking forward to.

    Weather forecast for 2moro doesn't look much better.....and this is the first weekend my Si has had off for 3 weeks and we were hoping to be power kite flying. I think we won't so much be flying the kite, as the kite flying us in this weather.

    Re Animals.... No cats left. Garpie our first, and last cat died in the Summer, in my arms after a long and happy 18 years. It was very peaceful but also so very very sad. I'm not ashamed to say I cried all night, and had sporadic outbursts over the next few days. Rue, Garpies wee sister who came along a year after Garp, died the year before her with cancer. That was awful. Nuff Said.

    Now we have Fish, Bob, HAmish and Michael - they are actually on loan. I was fish sitting them, and the original owner never took them back. But if she asks.... they're still swiming. And we also have Thumper and Blue. The FatBuns. If you'd like to see them theres a lovely pic of them on my web. I'd love a LABRADOODLE... but I'm asthmastic, and allergic to Dogs and Cats, so no more of them for me. Bummer.

    Have a good weekend all..... Stillanother hour and forty five minutes of work I'd best try and accomplish something eh?


  594. At 03:47 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Andyroo Bridge wrote:

    Suprised am I that Evans hasnt been back to the blogging in his holidays, well after a well deserved rest we shall see the reinvigorated Chris take the helm on Monday.

    We are back IN business

  595. At 04:06 PM on 10 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Dear Jo,

    I'm so sorry to hear about Charley. Please remember and trust that your love for him will be what helps you make the right decision at the right time for him. From what you said in your last few entries he seems to be sparkling at the moment so just enjoy each day, week, month...who knows, He will let you know when it's time. Like so many other blogees, I'm sure, I wish I could give you a big hug right now.

    Take care

    P.S. A poem that helped me when it came to "actual decision time" was - When Is It Time?
    by Kit McCallum (please be aware it is a sad poem though!)

  596. At 04:08 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    Guys (term of endearment to include gals : ))

    I am having such fun reading your comments : ), apart from the sad ones of course.

    Jo #575 - so, so sorry to hear your news. xx

    Would love to respond to everyone - but that's just not practical : ) Moderators would be after me (not for the first time I hear you cry) and I could end up exiled for good ( oh please do, I hear you beg).

    I have decided it would be rather useful to have an assistant whilst 'blogging'.....a sort of 'blogger's mate'....someone who could make notes (shorthand preferred) that I would dictate in response to comments that you guys make. I could dictate my responses as I scroll down the posts. So that when I come down to the little box, or rather UP to the little box, I have a list of replies just ready to edit and type. Maybe I could put an advert for such a role in my local post office (I think the post office is still there, it was this morning)....I would entitle it BAPS (Blogger Awaits Personal Secretary).....watch this space.

    Tootie - you shouldn't feel 'a fraud' - everyone was entitled to pip the 500th post - so well done you : ) : )

    Yes, I wonder how many posts we will make before the blogmeister posts his new one. I will guess (given it goes quieter over the weekend) 704.

    #587 Sigh not Simon - I still get sweaty palms sometimes - or maybe that's because I have put too much passion and enthusiasm into my 'lift' ( : )) companions decisions.

    Hazel Love and mwk....you really made me smile : )

    Off to the post office to .....




    ps mange tout

    pps Rufus Sewell

  597. At 04:20 PM on 10 Nov 2006, a friend Hazel Love wrote:

    many apologies hazel has been removed from her pc for safe keeping over the weekend i know she was being far too tempted to do another message post blog comment etc but we feel she has surpassed her quota this week we have ensured she has plenty of tea and cigs to last until mon please to not be alarmed she will be well looked after
    ps have much enjoyed reading all the others of you these past days i am thinking who i may be stranded in a lift with and think it may be good to be with a lift engineer huh?

  598. At 04:22 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    To the virtual all request department,

    I forgot my request.....

    Please can I have Liza Minnelli singing 'The World Goes Round' because it is a belter of a tune and the lyrics are great too and when I hear it I would sing and dance like I owned the stage (or kitchen in this instance).


  599. At 04:26 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Littlest Hobo wrote:

    Bonjour de Vancouver et bonsoir à tous au Royaume-Uni,

    At present, early this Friday morning, the wind is howling and rain is coming down in sheets. That said, my Friday feeling cannot and will not be weakened by such meteorological inclemency.

    Karen D...Thank you kindly for your tip regarding the piquant treats of Welch's in Banff. If I find myself enjoying all too rich pleasures of bon bons, cola cubes and those strange peanut sweets, I will raise a glass to you. With regards to restaurant tips, I shall, in due course email you at your hotmail address. I look forward to your personal recommendations and thank you one more for your kind assistance.

    Gaby....Always a pleasure to read your compelling contributions to this, the finest of forums.

    Joannie over in TO...welcome back from Blighty. Curiously, when I visited the green, green grass of home in March, I too made Tesco one of the first ports of call. All those foods we miss dearly in one urban shopping oasis. Delightful.

    To one and all, I bid you the finest of Fridays. I shall enjoy my usual lunchtime potation regardless of the conditions and enjoy a fine Italian meal as I hasten the long weekend. In Canada, Remembrance Day is observed properly as is only right and proper.

    Good day to you all.

    Dr T

  600. At 04:55 PM on 10 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Evening all,

    Well the weekend is well and truly here (so why oh why am I still at my desk?) and the blog is going strong.

    Sigh not Simon, I knew you would be back again and again and again :-)))

    Time to go home shortly so I will be on the lookout for good jokes for the return of the blogmister on Monday (late as normal) :-)

    Smile everyone


  601. At 05:10 PM on 10 Nov 2006, lyndyloo wrote:

    Can you beleive it's only one weekend to go till the Christophe is back? Yippee!!!!! I think the Mac has done a great job and I've loved his music choices but I'm soooooooooo excited about Chris's return. I hope he's a had a lovely time and is as eager to be back with us as we'll all be to welcome him home.

    I'm going to go out and celebrate the weekend tonight and then I'm having a suprise 70th Birthday lunch for my Mum on Sunday and before you all ask, yes I'm safe, she doesn't know how to do the blog thing.

    So happy weekend to you all, I'll be back on Monday!


  602. At 05:22 PM on 10 Nov 2006, cheryl wrote:

    just trying to get to #600....

    i hope its me!!

    have a good weekend peeps

    c xx

  603. At 06:00 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Jill wrote:

    Hello Blog Friends, this AR Friday

    My virtual request is "Will You?" by Hazel O' Connor. The sax - especially the solo at the end - is heart-melting. The first time I heard it on the radio, the DJ (forgotten who) said it should be against the law to talk during that bit. I agree. Chris played it one time too, think it was on ARF.

    Jo, I'm so sad to hear about Charley. When my dog was very incapable, I rang a buddy and asked her how I would know when to put her to sleep for always, and she said 'You'll just know' and she was right. Her other advice, though, was to bring Kelly's body home and bury her in the garden. Sorry to refer to this already, Jo, but if you've got space please try to do this. Meantime, as others have said, just appreciate every day together. He sounds a real character. Dogs grow to be like their owners, don't they or is it vice versa?

    Wish you all a great weekend, and Hazel's Friend - please tell Hazel that she's welcome any time and not to feel that she's talked too much.

    Speaking of which, how about this, from a newspaper cutting sent to me today?

    - Several months ago, scientists at Europe's annual human reproduction conference suggested that the results of a recent analysis revealed the presence of female hormones in beer, and advised men to take a look at their beer consumption. The theory is that drinking beer makes men turn into women.
    - To test the theory, 100 men were each fed 6 pints of beer within a one-hour period. It was then observed that 100% of the men gained weight, talked excessively without making sense, became overly-emotional, couldn't drive, failed to think rationally, argued over nothing, had to sit down while urinating, couldn't perform se****ly, and refused to apologize when wrong.
    - No further testing is planned.

    Mmmm! Of course i can't see what they're on about.

    Must go though before saying too much

    Love ya! Jill xxx

  604. At 06:14 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Teresa wrote:

    well done "600 Lynda", though it's all the previous who've really made it. There are so many blogs I only skim through them - they are good to see.
    Good Weekend all

  605. At 06:24 PM on 10 Nov 2006, My name is Joannie (Toronto) and I am a blogaholic :-) wrote:

    Hi all again,
    I sent another entry about an hour ago but it appears it has disappeared into cyberspace - was it something I said ??? :-)

    I was trying to help Karen with the night sweat situation - I added a few funny comments but maybe the laughter police did not think they were funny enuf :-)

    Anyway, the shortened version....Karen there is a book called 'The Wisdom of Menopause' by Dr. Christiane Northrup - it is a great book and extrememly helpful. Another book just out is by Suzanne Somers called The Sexy Years - talks about bioidential hormone therapy. I have not read that one though.

    Regarding the wine, a couple cant hurt right?? :-) Everything in moderation. I think sugar makes the hormones go all haywire (mine anyway) - so that is fyi...hope it helps.
    Have a good weekend everyone, lets hope this goes through :-)
    Three more sleeps till Chris is back :-)
    Joannie x

  606. At 07:11 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Lynne wrote:

    From an only occaisional blogger, (sorry commentator), thought I would tentatively dip my toe in the water and join in. Like some fellow bloggers, I'm not always sure I've got anything interesting to say. But I suppose the secret is just to jump in and have a go.

    Just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed reading all the comments over the last 2 weeks. Nice to see some new commentators feeling able to join in. I agree with Jill it does seem more relaxed than when Chris was previously away. Maybe because of the way the blog has been allowed to carry on has enabled everyone to 'gel'.

    What I want to know is, how does everyone else get to keep up with it? No sooner have I nearly got to the end of reading all of the comments when I get called away and by he time I get back, the number of comments are as long as ever! Not that I'm complaining as I'm also addicted and miss them when there's no new ones to read.

    Jo- sorry to hear about Charley, he looks a lovely, friendly dog.

    Hope Tracey-Ann is enjoying her time away.

    Best wishes to everyone else waiting for results, having sleeping problems....

    Who would I like to be stuck in a lift with?
    * Michael Palin
    * Max Beasley
    *David Tennant
    *Rik Mayall
    *Kevin Costner

    Virtual request? Anything happy and dancy from the Gypsy Kings. Although too late, the shows just finished. Takes me ages to write one of these things. Maybe that's why I don't do it much, that, and catching up with all the comments.

    Well done all youse having baked or thinking of baking...mmmm lovely. Always worth it.

    Well I think Stuart's done okay. Difficult for anyone to fill Chris's shoes. Hope he's enjoyed his 2 weeks away, looking forward to his news and words of wisdom on Monday, and not forgetting his energy and zest for life.

    Ta ta for now, now that I've broken the 'block'.


    p.s. from Niamh Cambell or Rufus Sewell (told you I take ages to write) Laura Nyro.

  607. At 07:28 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Lynne wrote:

    Pro Plum #573

    re- Yorkshire Airlines - definately one to try!

  608. At 07:56 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Tony wrote:

    Be gentle with me, this is my first time. I have just read the blog entry from Chris and if he reads this I must say he made the correct decision not to post whilst he has been on holiday. I cannot understand at all people who spend their holidays on the mobile to friends and family at home or sit for hours texting to all and sundry.
    IT'S YOUR HOLIDAY! Do something different, speak to different people then when you get home spend time with the friends and family you haven't been in contact with and bore them stupid with the full and unedited account of everything you did. That is unless of course you have been doing some serious chatting with someone in which case it may be best to edit.

  609. At 08:56 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Luke Warmwater wrote:

    Not been on here for a while but 600+ posts has got to be some sort of a record!!!

    Carry on Blogging Guys... Keep the dream alive!

    Howdy "Big Un" hope all is well.

  610. At 09:04 PM on 10 Nov 2006, Gilly wrote:

    Jo #545

    So sorry to hear about Charley. Tough times ahead for you, I'm afraid.
    A few years ago now, had the cutest pair of kittens- sisters. One, a great big furball, the other tinier and more delicate. Sadly, the smaller one contracted feline peritonitus and we were told nothing could be done. The vet offered to put her down then and there, but as she was still eating and happy, we said no. We then had her for another week, lots of cuddles and purrs and love. One morning, she just stopped eating and looked quite poorly. That was the day we took her back to the vets. And I know we did it right- for her and for us. In the end it's probably the last kindness you can do for your pet and I'm sure you will know when the time is right to say goodbye- even tho it's incredibly painful.

    Thinking of you,

  611. At 07:42 AM on 11 Nov 2006, kerry m wrote:

    Hi, second blog entry for me, still scared!
    I want to join in the elevator game, but i is gay, so all females for me.
    1. Katherine Moennig, shane from the l word, i is in love!!!
    2. Cameron Diaz, funny, active she surfs!
    3.Surrane Jones, Toughest woman on corrie for a while
    4.Angelina Joile in tomb raider gear, sorry but yes yes yes
    5. jodie foster, still wishing

    right now ive come out on the blog.

    happy saturday evryone, not long till ce is back, cant wait missed him

  612. At 02:55 PM on 11 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    Hi Jo

    just caught up on your news about Charley and I'm so sad for you. I know I'll feel the same when Archie is ready to leave us, and I'm in tears just thinking about you (which probably isn't helping you at all). Just know that you've done your best for him, and loved him, and when the time comes you'll know it's the right time. Goodness, I'm in floods here.

    ..on a lighter note, for those of you who were waiting with baited breath for where hubby & me would go on hols (of course you were, don't deny it), I decided to go to Edinburgh, simply because someone mentioned the word "tube" and with my recent state of health it sounded waaaay to difficult to negotiate. Thanks to Hel Cruse #571 who mentioned the Witchery at the Castle, I'm going to give it a go. there's a fab veggie restaurant too (even though I'm not) just off the Royal Mile at the Holyrood end who's name I can't remember but when I do I'll post it cos it's worth a visit if anyone's in the vicinity.

    I'll tackle London when I'm thoroughly better (notice the "when", I'm taking advice from you lot, especially tracey-ann, and thinking positive, five days to scan results).

    anyway, enough of me, blog seems quiet today, or is it just v v slow again?

    Soon be Monday and CLP the Blogmeister is back! Hooray!! (and we won't wait hours for the blog to catch up)

    lots of love
    cat & arch

    ps keep up the jokes BigUn, you always make me giggle, my husband thinks i've cracked up :-)

  613. At 02:59 PM on 11 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    ps has anyone had the dark chocolate kit kat yet? heaven!!!

  614. At 03:22 PM on 11 Nov 2006, Ashy wrote:

    Yes Yes to the dark chocolate Kit Kat,but NO NO to the orange Jammie dodger just does not taste right..As a young child I loved Parma Violets but now yeuk.Do our taste buds change as we get older???Sending lots of love to all, counting down the hours until Monday,XXX Ashy

  615. At 06:22 PM on 11 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    hello? hello? anyone out there?

    just me 'n' Ashy then! not tried the orange jammie dodger, sounds a bit iffy to me.

    Aren't wagon wheels smaller than they used to be or have I just got bigger? And fish fingers too, more like fish toes.


  616. At 07:12 PM on 11 Nov 2006, Karen Jones wrote:


    They are doing a dark chocolate flake
    now too. Haven't tried it yet but can't wait to
    as well as the kit kat


  617. At 08:46 PM on 11 Nov 2006, Anything with a fish in wrote:

    This is a message for Paula from High Wycombe


    I J D

  618. At 11:27 PM on 11 Nov 2006, Granny Bev wrote:

    Hi fellow commentators,
    So pleased this blog is continuing, and soooo interesting.

    Has anyone else shed a tear whilst watching the RBL Festival of Remembrance from the Royal Albert Hall? Kind of humbling, huh?

    On reflection, I'm probably twice as old as many of you guys, so I guess your Saturday evening was not spent in front of the TV!

    Best wishes to all,

    Granny B

  619. At 03:09 PM on 12 Nov 2006, KarenD wrote:

    Anybody out there?

    Where did everyone go?

    One more sleep to go and I see from the list of guests next week that my teenage pin-up idol will be with Chris. on Thurs. David Cassidy........ooooh. I have I Think I Love You on my ipod (other listening devices are available) and whenever it plays I am transported back in time to being 11 and soooo in lurvvve !!! Does anyone else find that music has that ability...to transport you back in time to wherever you were when you used to listen to certain songs. I cannot hear Young Girl by Gary Pucket without thinking of the coffee bar we used to hang out in on a Sat. afternoon (after the shopping...usually of the window variety) planning what we wewre going to wear to the youth club that night !! Anyone else..........

    Enjoy the rest of your sunday.......

    Love Karen x

  620. At 03:58 PM on 12 Nov 2006, Mariella Wolenski, apparently! wrote:

    Music and time warps eh!

    I experience those, but by far the most bizarre is Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody. Whenever I hear it I get the taste of cherry and coconut butter cookies in my mouth. Just as well really, as I can't seem to find them anywhere to buy and they were yum.

    MW, a!

  621. At 04:23 PM on 12 Nov 2006, CAKE wrote:

    Dear Granny B #617,

    I too had a tear and a lump in my throat as the poppy petals fell. I do every year, for as long as I can remember I have watched the service and then remembrance day at the cenetaph every year, a very important family tradition.

    In line with that regarding your question Karen D #618 re music that transports you back to a memory, whenever I hear Nimrod from Elgars Enigma variations I immedietly think of those petals falling.

    Take care all

  622. At 05:26 PM on 12 Nov 2006, wilsmar@home wrote:

    Karen #618 - my evocative musical moment has to be Dancing Queen/Don't go breaking my heart - the red hot summer of 1976, my first foreign holiday in Holland. Wonderful time, lovely people - not much spending money but a fantastic ten days. The two tracks being played wherever we travelled. Brilliant memories.

    Happy Sunday to everyone - wherever you may be.

    Just off to get the roast out and put the Yorks puds in.


  623. At 06:22 PM on 12 Nov 2006, Lynne wrote:

    Good to see one or two people still about.

    On the subject of Remembrance Sunday, my only contact has been the Radio 2 news bulletins on-line with the 2 minutes silence, yesterday and today. Now living in Sweden (for the time being) we've been distanced from it all. But it's still very moving.

    It reminds me of a foray into our local village a couple of weekends ago. We took our friends who were visiting us at the time to a sale of crafts. As our friends were in the process of buying a momentum, an elderly gentleman asked if we were English and would we pass on his gratitude to the English/British people for the part that they played in the war. As far as I could make out he belongs to some group in the village that has some connection back to those times. I didn't really understand why he felt it so important to get this message across. My understanding is that Sweden was neutral in the war. But hey, what better way to pass on the message?

    This blogging does seem to get easier the more you do it. Or is it just that there's no-one out there just now?

    The whole internet thing has come into it's own since moving over here. It's a great way to still feel connected to the UK particularly listening to the radio on-line and this blog.

    Not long now till Chris is back, hurrah! Wonder whether he'll plough his way through all of our ramblings? It takes forever even after missing one day! Rather him than me. I have strange dreams if I've been on the computer for a while before bedtime.

    Lynne x

    p.s. Am I supposed to tick the remember me box if I've blogged before? I have this time for the first time.

  624. At 07:47 PM on 12 Nov 2006, Anything with a fish in wrote:

    Hi Granny Bev

    Saturday I was on a course in Nottingham - Disability Awareness. I am an angling coach and as such it is very important to be aware.

    Anyway at 11pm the whole of the class stood and remained silent for two minutes. Very moving.

    Today - Paula and I attended a service in High Wycombe - as we always do.

    At the going down of the sun - we will remember them

  625. At 08:10 PM on 12 Nov 2006, Weezie wrote:

    Greeting to one and all bloggers, I am back from my travels for a few days!!

    My havn't you been busy? I've spent most of this afternoon catching up with the blog! 500 was easy in the end wasn't it?! Good on us all!

    I have lots of messages to send (deff. need a "bloggers assistant" to write down what I need to remember!)

    MWK - thanks for your good wishes for my safe return! Much appreciated!

    HAZEL LOVE - thanks for the Hair tip for the sun shield for my new blond locks! Unfortunately its monsoon in Chennai so it threw it down for most of the time I was there! Thanks so much for thinking of me though!!

    MW,a - #384 - Am very sorry bout Ozzy. ((((((Hugs))))) to you.

    TRACY-ANN - Have been thinking of you while I was away and now you have gone away on a much need break, so enjoy yourself. Nothing like a trip to the seaside in Nov to blow all the cobwebs away.

    DR McC - I managed to decode your message, think its a good way to get past the laughter police! Any news on the hedgehogs??

    #483 - CAKE - I loved your poem!!

    #492 - ANNA - I would put the England Rugby Team in my lift too - the World Cup Winning side of course!!

    #504 - GABY (and others) Did you know that Johnny Depp and his family have moved from France and now reside in Blighty? He has bought a pad in Bath, which is near where I live, and my friend says she may be arrested some time soon for being a Johnny Depp stalker!!! Only kidding!! Can you imagine, it is possible that I may be in a lift with him one day........! Yikes!!

    With the above 2 posts in mind, my elevator people (man candy!) would be

    1. - Patrick Dempsey (Dr McDreamy in Grays Anatomy)
    2. - Rupert Penry-Smith (Adam in Spooks, yum yum)
    3. - Robbie! (Act my age, not my shoe size springs to mind!)
    4. England Rugby Squad!!!

    #559 - HAZEL LOVE (again!) I have enjoyed your posts but you excelled yourself with the link you posted. I howled! Brilliant!

    #575 -JO - What can I say? Am so so sorry bout Charley. Be brave, babe. (((((((hugs)))))))
    to you and C.

    BIG 'UN - Can you imagine my horror, when I started catching up with the blog this afternoon, that you might not blog again due to posting problems???!!!! Thankfully my fellow lovely bloggers made sure you came back! Phew! The Jokes were good this week, whatever the laughter police thought!! Sorry your're not sleeping though. Insomnia is a curse of my job. Time changes, working nights, days, and due to the fact that my body has no idea where it is all contribute to this! I do not have many pearls of wisdom to impart except that I have learnt that when your body needs to sleep, it will. If you lie awake annoyed that you cant sleep, you wont. I always get up, make a drink, watch telly, read a book just something to take my mind off it. Then I'll sleep. Eventually!!

    Hello to all you lovely new bloggers, SIGH NOT SIMON, SAGGY ZAGGY, LIS, JILLY. Welcome. You'll all be back.......!

    One more sleep till CLP is back! Hurray, I cant wait. Just remember that he blogs late on a Monday!

    Big huge hugs to you all! Chat tomorrow!!

    Weezie xxxx PS - dont know where we got too.....!!!

  626. At 08:57 PM on 12 Nov 2006, Joseph McCrumble wrote:

    Good evening all

    Mood much improved over the weekend. I managed to find most of the hedgehogs on Friday using a geiger counter. They had been injected with a radioactive dye as part of the experiment I had been conducting before my flight to the forest. I went out with McCavity (my no. 2 research assistant) to find them. Most of them were within a few hundred feet of the lab, happily snuffling in the undergrowth. A couple had been squashed by passing cars, and one was nailed to a telegraph pole with a piece of paper bearing the message 'NO TO THE BYPASS' stapled to one of its tiny little feet. No idea what that meant, as the plans for a village bypass were shelved 15 years ago. I took the piece of paper down and turned it over. On the back was the real message which read 'Hedgehogs are the devil's pincushions. Kill them all!' Obviously someone of unsound mind had happened on the poor creature and vented their supernatural fear/anger on it. I suppose the fact that all the surviving hedgehogs had dayglo yellow eyes might have had something to do with it.

    I took Dolores away for the weekend to somewhere in the Cairngorms. We just got back.

    J McC

  627. At 08:58 PM on 12 Nov 2006, cat wrote:

    last day without Himself - won't be able to log on till evening so I'll miss his first one back! Sob!

    Can't believe we got so many blog entries, and still attracting new bloggees too, and to echo a nearly new blog person, it definitely gets easier the more you blog.

    in my jimjams ready for tomorrow's foray back into the world of work. going to catch up with some CSIs i recorded then head on up to bed.

    Nighty night folks, it's been tough but we made it through, we should be proud of ourselves!

    cat & archie

  628. At 09:37 PM on 12 Nov 2006, The BigUN wrote:

    Happy Sunday bloggers,

    Good to see a few are still contributing to the blog over the weekend.

    I thought I would log on just to remind you all (just in case you had forgotten) there is only one more sleep and Mr E will be back on air! :-)))

    Lynne # 622. You do not have to tick the “remember me” it is just if you do when you open the bog you will not have to add your email and display name as it will be remembered. This is can only be seen by you so as long as it is your own computer there will be no problem.

    Luke # 609. All good thanks and howdy right back at ya!

    Kerry # 610. Welcome in/out. Do not be scared and get back on here for post number 3 ;-)

    Cat # 611/2. So your hubby thinks you have cracked up and I get the blame, LOL sounds about right. Dark chocolate kit kat = yummy, yummy, yummy!

    Granny B # 617. I watched most of it and it never fails to make me think. My father was in the Second World War and has now sadly passed on.

    Weezie welcome back :-)) I am pleased you enjoyed the jokes :-) I did get fed up for a day but so many of the blogging bullies (only joking) made me see sense (I think) so I will return tomorrow with another joke and see how the week goes.


  629. At 09:43 PM on 12 Nov 2006, Gavin wrote:

    when is ofi Sunday stating back on Itv 1

  630. At 09:51 PM on 12 Nov 2006, Gilly wrote:

    Ashy #613
    Yes, our taste buds do change as we get older...they start to die off and we end up with far less of them than when we were kids.
    That's why most grown-ups love hot curries, strong flavours etc, and littlies don't- their taste buds are just too sensitive. Grown ups need more flavour and general umph for things to taste good.

    One more sleep.......:-))))))!!!!
    Bonsoir mes petits pois.


  631. At 11:02 PM on 12 Nov 2006, mini girl wrote:

    we are hours away my friends... HOURS!

    I suspect it will be better than ever you can feel the anticipation in the blogair

    may we all pray silence for the ginegergenius at the stroke of 5 bells and hear hearts bursting all over there after.

    here goes everyone... hold tight!

    I suspect he'l have something up his sleeve! (That much creativety left to blossom work-restrains-free for a whole 2 weeks?!)

  632. At 11:54 PM on 12 Nov 2006, My name is Joannie and I am a Blogaholic wrote:

    Good evenin' all.....
    Can you believe it, over 600 bloggings :-) Excellent my friends..... Chrissey will be pleased....we all now wait in anticipation of his return, wondering what his first blog will tell us...will he tell us 'all' or just snippits of his hols and keep us guessing?? :-) It will be great to have him back.

    So come on..... dark choccy kit kats and I did not know before I came over - now I have to come back to stock up!!! Funny thing, I brought back choccy for my kids stockings (they are both in Uni) and I have been sneaking a few bites here and there...will there be any left?? Santa will just have to bring more :-)

    Karen - I can listen to certain songs and it takes me right back to being 16 going dancing with my sis - it never ceases to amaze me how music does affect how we feel. I think every Abba song has some meaning for me....my dad loved Fernando (he would not remember it now unfortunately) - and all their other songs take me back.... and Dancing Queen - it now has meaning for me and my kids cos when I have all their friends over for brunch, we play Dancing Queen...so it has skipped to the next generation, how great is that :-)

    Big Un - I am looking forward to your jokes this week.

    Jo - Thinking about you - hugs xxxx

    One more sleep till the great one returns :-)
    Have a good Monday everyone
    Joannie xxxx

  633. At 12:04 AM on 13 Nov 2006, Teresa wrote:

    Granny Bev - I'm old too, but have watched the Saturday evening remembrance service and Sunday in Whitehall since I was young. Encouraged my "kids" (now in their thirties) to do the same. No-one should forget.
    I looked at the wreaths on our local war memorial at 12.30 today and it's good to see that people are still remembering. ALSO, I do believe more people are remembering and participating in the two minutes' silence than when I was younger - don't you think?
    ..do hope Christophe returns safely

  634. At 12:58 AM on 13 Nov 2006, Granny Bev wrote:

    I watch the RBL Service on the eve of Remembrance Sunday religiously, but don't see the live coverage on Remembrance Day as I take part in our village commemoration.
    I live next to an ex RAF Station, and our community acknowledges both the RAF and Austrialian 460 Squadron.
    For the first time, my 35-year-old daughter accompanied me; she and my 14-year-old grandson visited Flanders Fields earlier this year. What an eye-opener!

    We will remember them.
    Granny B

  635. At 07:35 AM on 13 Nov 2006, TheBigUn wrote:

    Good morning bloggers,

    I should say welcome back Chris but when will that be and should I do it now or wait for his blog?

    Do you think we should we hold a sweep stake as to what time he presents us with his words of wisdom? I will go for 12:30 just so that he can hear us all shout “COME ON” all morning :-)

    Happy Monday!


    P.S. I thought I would post a little story just to keep you going until the blogmister returns to the smoke for the week!

    There once was a farmer who was raising three daughters on his own. He was very concerned about their well being and always did his best to watch out for them. As they entered the late teens, the girls dated, and on this particular evening all three of his girls were going out on a date.

    This was the first time this had occurred. As was his custom, he would greet the young suitor at the door holding his shotgun, not to menace or threaten but merely to ensure that the young man knew who was boss.

    The doorbell rang and the first of the boys arrived. Father answered the door and the lad said, "Hi, my name's Joe. I'm here for Flo. We're going to the show, is she ready to go?" The father looked him over and sent the kids on their way.

    The next lad arrived and said, "My name's Eddie. I'm here for Betty. We're gonna get some spaghetti. Is she ready?" Father felt this one was okay too, so off the two kids went.

    The final young man arrived and the farmer opened the door. The boy started off, "Hi, my name's Chuck..." And the farmer shot him.

    Keep smiling everyone :-))

  636. At 08:30 AM on 13 Nov 2006, JF wrote:

    Re Keith's sweepstake...

    I will plump for 12.12pm please!

    Have a good Monday everyone,

    JF xxx

  637. At 08:35 AM on 13 Nov 2006, Gaby wrote:

    good morning schmorning

    Great joke Keith : ) ........ooh sweep stake, good idea - I will go for 1.15pm. I guessed 704 (i think) for number of posts before the blogmeister's new one - I think I am way off unless we have a 'friday-like frenzie'.....: )

    Weezie - #624 - thanks for the tip-off re Mr Depp -I have packed up entire contents of house whilst listenting to Uncle Tel and his auction and am about to set off down the great west road toward Bath for MY relocation!!!!!

    Mange tout and chaise longe


    ps good news on the advert I put in local post office for bloggers assistant. have had an application for the position from a Mr R. Sewell. Apparently, he is an out-of-work actor. I do tend toward the artistic types depsite the fact that I am a (non-practising) scientist.....so I think we would get on just swell.

    pps Rufus Sewell

  638. At 08:58 AM on 13 Nov 2006, soozy woo wrote:


    I've been having the same dilemma. I did think I'd wait for a brand new entry, but couldn't wait!

    I hope everyone had a fab weekend. I did. The big fella and I went out walking and I had to hang onto him for dear life so I didn't get blown away! We laughed the whole time, got soaking wet and freezing cold but it was wonderful!!

    Hugs to all - roll on 5pm.


  639. At 09:14 AM on 13 Nov 2006, Hazel Love wrote:

    Good morning good people of the Blog

    I have not had, in general, a good weekend. I went to see a band on Sat eve with a couple of friends which was a superb four and 1/2 hours of fun, but in general, I have not had a good weekend. I shall leave it there.

    HOWEVER! How lovely to be back on this grey wet chilled autumn day. All the lights are currently off in the office as I am having a new security system wired to the outside...and am at present amusing myself by trying to read all your messages in the reflection of my glasses. (Am going to the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the V&A next week so am preparing for all that backwards writing...)

    Fab to have you back WEEZIE. Even with the rain I hope you had a good trip hon!

    Can't abide dark chocolate myself, so will be giving the Kitkats a wide berth. Likewise the orange jammie dodgers. We used to get given JD's at school, and I didn't like them either, so am not really up for a new flavour...

    I am going to resist refreshing my screen every 10secs today as it is just going to be a pain.

    I shall look forward instead to seeing the return of El Rosso later on and see who's back (eh ANNA!!!??) too.

    Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible

    PS Doc JMcC - Good news about the Half-life Hedgehogs. I hope you have a suitable lead lined shoe box for burial.

    CAT - Never been to Edinburgh, give it my love. Hope todays foray into the work place isn't too onerous.

    JILL - Thank you! xx

    KERRY M - Gay schmay! You're welcome whoever you are babe!

    BIGUN - Hope you and Mrs B had a pleasant weekend and that the tooth is better... xx

    JO - xxx

    I'm going to have to go now as the lights are back on and I have no excuse for not reading the paper...

    PS again, my evocative tune is Bryan Ferry, Lets Stick Together. All dancing in two rows with the VIth form 'hippies' leaping up and down in the middle pretending to be red indians...


  640. At 09:16 AM on 13 Nov 2006, Bren wrote:

    No, I reckon it'll be earlier than the guesses so far. Don't forget he will most likely have been up all night reading all these entries, in fact he's probably still reading them now! A blog will follow shortly I feel!! I'll go for 9.56am! What's the prize?? I'd like a night out with Chris please!
    Bren x

  641. At 05:18 PM on 15 Nov 2006, don scobbie wrote:

    chris were you playing golf during your break in ireland if so what courses and would you recommend any we visit ireland each year and are always on the lookout for good ones.

    ones I would recommend around dublin
    city west
    st. margarets

  642. At 02:55 PM on 01 Apr 2007, vaginica wrote:

    wat is the diffrence between a male and female snowmen

    SNOW BAlls lololololololololololol

    very funny joke there


  643. At 03:56 PM on 29 Jan 2008, emily winter wrote:

    hi i would like to go onto the radio at drive time because i am now twelve and i have listened to you since i was born. i would like to play 'don't stop me now'by cisatcheeves because when ever me my mum and my sister drive up to yorkshire from hampshire (250miles) we want to have a good time and nobody can stop us. could you please play it on the 8th of february please. thanks

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