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Fume son pipe, mais ou'est ?

Chris Evans | 09:43 UK time, Thursday, 15 January 2009

Yesterday, during the show, we touched upon the subject of...

...pipe smoking.

Now, yes, I know pipe smoking is still smoking and smoking is bad for you and can and does kill people but pipe smoking just seems a bit more cuddly. Have you ever met a pipe smoker you don't like ?

And then this got me on to thinking, it's so hard for smokers to get their thrills anymore it must be nigh impossible for the smoker of a pipe.

Where do they do it ? What do they do with their smoke ?

I used to work in a tobacconist and the smell of pipe tobacco in the tin was one of "the" memorable smells of my childhood. It smelt like sweet candy doused with a hint of some dark mysterious spirit. It was, in short, gorgeous. Then if a customer should fire up one of their fabulous burns, wow, magnificent. How come cigarettes smell so bad when pipes and cigars smell so good ?

Though having said that I have tasted both a cigar and a pipe and they both come up pretty rank in the mouth, something else I don't understand.

So tonight we may well talk to a pipe smoker. Do they have conventions ? Are there still shops dedicated wholly to pipe smoking ? Are they a dying breed ? Is this down to the fact they've all smoked their pipes too much ?

If it didn't taste so bad on the tongue I may well have taken up pipe smoking for 2009, as it is I'm just gonna be continuing my new comforting habit of talking to myself.

Now where was I ?




P.S. All Request Friday tomorrow, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HEAR first record of the show ? The chosen request will get a namecheck on International Radio 2 ! How's that for sherbert lemons ?


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  • Comment number 1.


    My Grandad was a pipe smoker - only outside though - the smell of it reminds me of him!

    ARF - I don't feel like dancing - sissicr sisters - just because!

    super bp x

  • Comment number 2.

    G'day Christophe

    I too am gawjus, altho 5'7" so not exactly short!

    My grandad used to smoke a pipe too, and yes, very fragrant, altho not so sure it did my developing lungs any good when I was left with them for the weekend as a child!

    I may get modified for this, but I actually like the smell of "hemp" cigarettes (!!). Tried it once. Violently ill. Never again. At least I know what I'm missing!

    Smoking shops are a dying breed tho, which is sad as there are still baccy conoisseurs out there. Each to their own. Just as long as they don't do it in a restaurant while I'm eating!

    Smoke free pubs are good now too, but I think it daft when rock stars are fined by the local council for smoking on stage - what's a 250 squid fine to the likes of Slash, Keef Richards and Paul Weller?

    Back later with an ARF suggestion ... thinking cap on!

    Cheryl the Diva xxxx

  • Comment number 3.

    Wasnt Steven Fry voted as Celebrity Pipe smoker of the year? What a top accolade!

    K x

  • Comment number 4.

    (& LURKERS TOO!)

    We're having another Bloggers meet in London, early April.

    Be brave! Be great to meet some newbies!

    Cheryl xx

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi all - especially you, CLP.

    Busy v.v. busy since yesterday am - tried to catch up on all blogs since then but way too much - gave up. So to the above..............

    My Dad and Granddad both smoked pipes but one gave up decades ago and the other is no longer with us, so now although I don't much like the smell, on the odd times I do get a whiff of a pipe it does stir up lots of memories for me too.

    I don't like ciggy smoke at all though! Sorry to those on here who like a puff - but being on the blog means you can do it and I don't have to share it!

    For ARF: James - Sit Down - pleeez.

    Tried before and didn't get it, so if at first you don't succeed...............


  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Chris,

    When I was very young, my dad smoked a pipe - I loved the smell of it. But he gave it up because he could really feel it affecting his lungs ..... and went on to cigarettes instead - clever or what?!

    When I was in my 20's I went through a stage where I was a "social smoker" but MrS absolutely hated it and I reluctantly stopped. I was livid with him at the time, but I now know he did me a big favour - no doubt I would have spent the last 25 years trying to give up!

    C xx

  • Comment number 7.

    Hello all.

    Hope you all had a good Christmas/New Year. Bit late I know, but there you are. I have been lurking.

    Cheryl, as soon as a date is organised, please post it up here and I certainly will try and make it. Only one hour journey on the train to London. I am very much a "lurker" because I don't usually get to read the blog until in the morning, and by then it's usually yesterday's blog/news.

    And you know what? Chris played my ARF on Friday 15th December, "Rockin' All Over the World" and never mentioned me! Typical!

    Am trying to think of what I would like to hear tomorrow!


  • Comment number 8.

    In answer to your question Christoph - Mr Beesmum smokes a pipe!
    He fills the house with smoke and turns everything yellow but it does smell nicer than ciggy smoke.
    and you wouldn't want to talk to him cos he's a grumpy git at the moment!!!
    and yes v difficult to get his baccy - we're in Midlands and he gets via courier from Leeds!!! old fashioned tobacco shops are as rare as hens teeth!

    Beesmum xxxx

  • Comment number 9.

    Morning all - well afternoon now! Grandad Egg apparently used to smoke cigarettes (before my time!) and then moved onto cigars, then about 10 years ago stated one Christmas "after i have finished the Cigars I got for Christmas I'm stopping!" and duly on the 1st of January he did and hasn't had another since. I still adore the smell of King Edwards and Hamlets. The best bit is that King Edwards used to come in large hinged boxes, and when dad finished a box I got it to keep my bits 'n' pieces in, so some where in the loft I know there is a box with some crap in it that still smells wonderful.

    ARF - Alaska by Tiny Spark

    Ahhh come on Christophe - its better than some of the shuck you play on Drive Time Jukebox Jury!!!!!


  • Comment number 10.

    Sent so many emails this morning my system has just crashed - sigh!!!

    Bees xxx

  • Comment number 11.

    Morning all,

    Did anyone have a Grandad who didn't smoke.
    Mine had four pipes and used them all.
    He had different pipes for different destinations, I can still hear the popping sound it used to make when he baged it on on the palm of his hand to clear it out before resting it on the the magnificent four pipe balsa wood stand that I made for him in the shed!

    Pipe smoking Grandads also made Christmas and Birthdays easy..pack of filters, new pen knife for scraping it out or every one club together to buy a new Ash tray, so big it needed a table of its own...Blimey, I'm all misty eyed...mind you I was then aswell, all that smoke!

    I'l have another go with this for an ARF request....

    Timbuk3 - The Future's So Bright.

    Right, where's that Grindstone?

  • Comment number 12.


    Sat 4th April
    London Bridge area - market research into pubs in the area will be conducted over Valentines weekend!

    be great to see you!

  • Comment number 13.

    dead subject just have to look at amy whinehouse an pete dockaty

  • Comment number 14.

    hello mrripley!

    don't go wearing yourself out on the grindstone hun!



  • Comment number 15.

    LOL! Missed all of the show last night so am taking CLP's sage advice and 'listening again' on the BBC iPlayer while having my lunchtime soup.

    Loved the ManU supporting kid who phoned in - nearly choked and spilled hot soup on my lap. Ouch!!


  • Comment number 16.

    Crumbs, sympathy (albeit sarcastic) from the fairer sex.
    I shall print this and show the Current Mrs M!

    Four more sleeps, I don't suppose any of your mates attending RB with you are looking a bit peaky are they?

    Just a thought...


  • Comment number 17.

    Wish i'd seen yesterdays blog, I think i'm the only airline employee here at good old Heathrow that doesn't actually agree with the 3rd Runway. Mind you my main issue is what will happen when that fills up, do we demolish another part of West London to fit another one in?

    Anyway, pipe smoke, had a bloke at school who smoked a pipe and I always thought it was a bit weird for a 17yr old to be doing that. Great smell though!....the pipe smoke, not my spotty 17yr old mate in the '80s.

    ARF - The Beatles....Back in the USSR (just cos it starts with the noise of a plane ;-) )

  • Comment number 18.

    LOL ripples

    It could be arranged .......

  • Comment number 19.


    Lshinbcoomn- as I believe the Kids are saying nowadays.

    Took me until 12:44 to work out who Ripples was!


  • Comment number 20.

    ...well I smoke cigs, and my Great Uncle Len used to smoke a pipe...as far as I remember was relatively cuddly...although surrounded by a blue haze at all times was a bit hit and miss in the arm chair, my Gran'ma let me smoke a seegar when I was five, and I like the odd puff of a fat Havana these days...although my group of friends tend to buy one expensive cigar to share between us...and my Stepfather used to say that once you'd smoked a pipe, your eyebrows would never come back down to their original position...

    Haven't seen anyone smoke a pipe for years. Not with just baccy in it anyway, but that's not for here, and I CANNOT ABIDE that malarkey so there.

    ARF - Move it on over by George Thorogood and the Destroyers...some REAL R 'n B!

    bo le peep

  • Comment number 21.

    ps wasn't mais ou'est a famous film star?

  • Comment number 22.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 23.


    Ever Fallen In Love With Someone - The Buzzcocks

    Many thanks.

    Cheryl The Diva
    x x x

  • Comment number 24.

    ARF song
    Springsteen, Born To Run

    Richard (Mr caroch) and I get home from work at around 5 on a Friday and hate/love getting the cleaning over with to free up the weekend, the opening notes fire me up to scrub the loo with vigour!
    thank you

  • Comment number 25.

    PS...I am a very very occasional blog contributer but read it daily, I see mention of FB which I do do regularly...is there a group or am I being dense/asking things I shouldn't?

    If so...sorry

  • Comment number 26.

    Don't remember either of my Grandads smoking a pipe. My Dad did though, probably still does. Don't think I'd like the smell in the house, no thank you!

    ARF - You Were Always on my Mind by Elvis please.

    MV x

  • Comment number 27.

    hi caroch

    re: FB - look for the group

    CLP bloggers

    approx 85 members and we're all on there!


  • Comment number 28.

    bit of a late arrival today - house of sick - small boy up most of night being sick - now flaked out on sofa - how much shaun the sheep can one person watch in a day?!!

    my dad used to smoke a pipe for years - but often used to just sit there chewing it rather than lighting it! i think it was a bit of a comfort blanket thing!! i did like the smell though - and years later i worked for someone who smoked a pipe in the office and it always made me feel at home!!

    thanks guys by the way for the warm welcome to the blog and to fb!

  • Comment number 29.

    Caroch, prefer Cillit Bang myself!

  • Comment number 30.

    oh - and forgot

    ARF - oh what a night - can't remember who by sorry!

  • Comment number 31.

    or is it called December 1963? you know the one i mean!

  • Comment number 32.

    Got your email about the 4 April meet.
    Although North Wales is a fair old step from the Big Smoke, I really hope to get down to put real - not FB - faces to names/nicknames.

    Really need to get my act together and blog (and FB) more regularly.
    Difficult in work (where I am now) and virtually impossible at home as the son and heir monopolises the pc!

    ARF - what about a bit of Stevie Wonder " don't worry 'bout a thing"

  • Comment number 33.

    cornishgirlie - it was The Four Seasons.

    hiya Crumpy! That's great - be fab to see you.

    this is coming along nicely now peeps!


    oh - and i think i may have just found me n im a holibob! pass the Factor 4 if you will ....

  • Comment number 34.

    ARF Tobacco Road, The Nashville Teens, what else?
    Thank You.

    Ta ta Lin x

  • Comment number 35.

    ARF: Stacey's Mom by the Fountains of Wayne please.

    I have rotten flu all week and it would really cheer me up to hear it (yes I am going for the sympathy vote!!!!!!)

    Thanks for all the bloggers who have left me get well messages on my facebook.

    I am def going to the Bloggers meet - how about you Chris?

    Cathmel x x x x

  • Comment number 36.


    My grandad used to smoke roll ups and he used to give me his empty tins to put my dinner money in.

    There is something nice about the smell of an empty tobacco tin. Strange.

    What am I like? Just driving around the M25 and between Junction 25 and 25 the traffic suddenly slowed right down. Could see that a lorry had stopped with hazards on in the slow lane.

    As drove past realised that in front of the lorry was a swan. Just wandering along in front of it, unaware of the danger it was in. So next, me in tears. What's all that about? Hope that someone gets to the swan in time. And how totally brilliant of that lorry driver to sit in front of it.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 37.

    ARF - Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag - by (you've guessed it) Pigbag

    haven't heard it in years and it was THE song of my Poly years. Hi to all who studied Perfrming Arts at Leicester Poly in the mid 80s

  • Comment number 38.

    ARF: Shine, Take That please CLP.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 39.

    Good Afternoon,

    Hope everyone is fine and dandy.

    I don't think either of my Grandfathers smoked a pipe, but I do like the smell. Much prefer the smell of cigars and pipes to ciggies. I love it when you go out to a pub now that you don't come home stinking of fags!! Not that I have anything against people smoking each to their own vice.

    ARF - Andy Williams - More Today than Yesterday - because it's a happy feel good song.

    Cheers CLP


  • Comment number 40.

    As tomorrow is my 40th birthday, I reckon I should be allowed to jump the ARF queue :-) Modern Love by David Bowie would be good - haven't heard that in years (probably since the last time I heard Pigbag too, actually...)

    Please play this and help me celebrate reaching pipe-smoking age :-)

  • Comment number 41.

    Good shout Cathmel,

    Could always treat Young CLP to a belated birthday beer or two.


  • Comment number 42.

    show starts at 5 all sorted for later havent set off yet finding some really lively stuff to

    play on the way in the car and my have a hair cut

  • Comment number 43.


    Ripples! Love it!!!!

  • Comment number 44.

    oh and THERE IS A GOD!

    Lady Boss gone for the day. iPlayer on.

    Diva happy!

  • Comment number 45.

    Ohhhhh! JV!!!!! As someone who is supposed to enable debate, he surely struggles to be impartial, just sensationalises topics and rankles.

    I LOVE MY RAYBURN (wee aga) and fingers up to that "greenie" - just crawl back under that slimy (cold & dark coz you won't use energy) rock you came out of!

    Oh I'm peed off now! time for a cup of tea i think (yes i'm actually going to use ELECTRICITY to boil WATER, to infuse my TEA that's been IMPORTED half way around the world, then add MILK (from dairy cows that will fart us to oblivion!)


  • Comment number 46.

    Cornishgirlie: now I feel terrible because I didn't say hello to you when you "joined"!! You have chosen a terrific ARF - I did ask Chris to play this before (for Mary's birthday - she was Chris's first ever comment on his blog). Hopefully you will swing it this time!

    Though uncle-carl - you have a good chance too! 40? You are still a baby!

    Debbie: I hope the swan makes it. How lovely of that driver to be so caring. A few years ago, we had a family of a mum duck and her seven ducklings in the wee estate we lived in. She paraded them through the streets and then headed off to try to get them to water. I phoned the RSPB to see if we could do anything, but they said, no. And then proceeded to say the magpies would probably get the ducklings! I do think about them often - did they make it??!!!


  • Comment number 47.

    Hi Chrissie. With my Mum and Dad being in the animal welfare line of things, I hear some sad stories regarding certain organisations that don't always respond to calls.

    My Dad has rescued mum ducks and ducklings doing exactly what you described.

    Thought of Bingo when I saw that lorry parked on the motorway.

    Hope that the swan is ok. They can't take off from dry land you see, so someone would have to go pick it up.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 48.

    Ah, dook, I cannot be doing with the man...I think I previously mentioned that he was getting more Jeremy Kyle by the minute or similar...

    ...and Oh, Uncle Carl, if we all got ARFs played on our birthdays, we'd be very happy bods indeed...so good luck with that...and an excellent choice too if I may say so...

    Anyhoo, CHRISTOPHE PLEASE NOTE, I have just been to lunch and chanced upon the local (and verra verra olde fashyoned) TOBACCONIST. So I popped in and had a sniff...lovely!

    just for you

    the bloke managed 'Can I he...' before I spun around and shot back out of the door...he'll never know!

  • Comment number 49.

    Deb, it probably was Bingo, and he'll do a whole swan song about it when he gets on here later...

  • Comment number 50.

    LOL Hazel,

    I actually don't mind JV. I don't like it when he's off and they stick someone else on, it's not the same.

    Didn't think much of KB's replacement earlier either.

  • Comment number 51.

    Steve just played my theme toon ....

    More Than A Woman ....


  • Comment number 52.

    Debbie - I still can't believe that you've met one of the MR. W's

    My non-environmental mug of tea - tasted great! and my feathers are beginning to settle down again - although I fear I'm off the lay for a few days!!!

    Did anyone catch Wrossie's comeback prog? It wasn't hype advertised was it? and didn't his suspension go really quickly!


  • Comment number 53.

    Hi Chris and team,

    I'm a new blogger :) Love the show, on the way home every day! I always remember having a toy pipe in red and yellow and had it clamped between my teeth walking around on the farm 'puffing away'!! Remember many members of teh farming community could be located below major clouds of smoke. The smell always takes me back.

    Music for All request Friday - there are so many classics I could think of.... but can't remember now. But how about 'Music' by John Miles

    Cheers and keep up the GREAT work

    Gareth P

  • Comment number 54.

    Hi Dook. There are three brothers and from what I gather he is the one now most actively involved in the business.

    Very strange meeting the man who's name is on the bread in Tesco's.

    Off to get LM now.

    Back soon.

    x x x

  • Comment number 55.

    Afternoon each!

    Pipes..loved the smell..my old Grandpa (who died when i was only 3) had one..and it still takes me back to collecting eggs from the bottom of his garden whenever i smell one... Bees, can i borrow Mr Bees for the weekend please ..for nostalgia purposes only of course!

    And up here in the wilderness of my town (that is currently the hot topic in the news it seems..and not in a good way unfortunately..)..we have a traditional old tobacconists that just keeps going and going..anyone want a lighter shaped like an elephant or about 50 different shaped pipes..not to mention walking sticks (random but hey!) then i know just the place. And long shall it stay i hope.

    Day off yesterday and had every intention of catching up..but car for service (boo), mums for lunch (yay) and then shopping (more yay!) took over.. i WILL try harder i promise..cos i miss yas!

    Anyhoo...welcome to al the newbies.. belated happy birthday to Mr B Starr and hugs to anyone else feeling under the weather/down and just generally needing one...

    Laters...as my 3yr old nephew has taken to saying..i tell you..its amazing what they learn at nursery nowadays!

    mSc x

  • Comment number 56.

    Dook: What comeback show for JR?! I have been waiting on the edge of my seat - I thought his first show was next Friday night - 23rd?!

    I have to say, I don't think it's going to work for him - the Press absolutely hate him and they are gunning for him big time. I will make the most of his return while I can!

    C xx

  • Comment number 57.

    Morning/Afternoon everyone, to say it's cold here is an understatement. zero (yes zero) degrees fahrenheit this morning with wind child taking into negative numbers...... Even colder tomorrow wind chills expected to be around minus 25 degrees.....yikes!!!!!

    I think like most I had a grandfather that smoked a pipe. He lived until the ripe old age of 96......

    ARF: Air on a g string - the Barron Knights version.... (Found under benches and hedges...LOL)

  • Comment number 58.

    Dook, how's the tinnitus today?

  • Comment number 59.

    hiya everyone....

    I've been a lurker quite some time, but one of the items on JV today had me thinking...... I caught the tail-end of the story about women dying in childbirth and Childbed Fever.... So I went to the Jessica's Trust Website and found out the whole story:


    Since many of us know someone who is pregnant PLEASE go and read this, and then pass it on to anyone you think needs to see it.

    I warn you, you'll need some hankies..... but, given that TWO women died of the same illness that killed Jessica Palmer around Christmas, this is too important to ignore. If by passing the word around we can prevent another Mummy dying, and leaving other children and their daddies bereft, then it'll be worth it.

    Ok... I'll get down off my soap-box now and go and lurk in the corner over there.... (but I'm sure I'll be back!)

  • Comment number 60.

    welcome all newbies - glad to see you aboard the goos ship CLP blog!

    super bp x

  • Comment number 61.

    ...have just had another thought re the ARF...with all the talk about pipe-smoking aged grand ps...

    I'm my own Grampa by Homer and Jethro

    sometimes you just gotta

    howdy purplegirl...look out for purpledragon!

  • Comment number 62.

    Hiya Gareth P - hope you enjoy being on the blog - it is a terrific place. Most of the time!

    And purplegirl: welcome! I will read that link when I get home tonight.

    C xx

  • Comment number 63.

    Oh James! Air on a G string aka hamlet ad!!! Yeh! Although for topicalness (real word?) I think it may work better for today's show!!!!!!

    Tinitus still EEEEEEEEing away! Doctors tomorrow - I suspect that the ole blue injection will be making an appearance (unfortunately it's illeagal for humans! so maybe not!)

    Minus 25 F is what in "REAL" temperature? not to be confused with the "REAL" economy (you know the other one coz all these years we've been using the "Pretend" one!!!!!)


  • Comment number 64.

    Ooooo! DIVA you're on!!!

  • Comment number 65.

    hiya.... (not gone to my corner yet!)

    I would have been a "purpledragon" if PurpleDragon wasn't already here (I'd seen the name pop up occasionally - told you I'd been lurking!) so I knew I couldn't have that name...
    (there's another Purplegirl on the BBC somewhere - but not a PURRplegirl!!)

  • Comment number 66.


    now sitting here grinning like a right berk!!

  • Comment number 67.

    Diva - on iplayer the damon show last night has been edited - how pants is that?

  • Comment number 68.

    Scoobs - you can have Mr B with pleasure - right now!!!!!

    Beesmum xxx

  • Comment number 69.

    aw ne'eer mind! at least you got some of him!

    d'ya know, there's yellow feathers everywhere in this office now!


  • Comment number 70.

    Hi Chris,

    Did we ever see pipe smokers getting their 'thrills' in the public domain pre the smoking ban? Well of course we all did but it was a rare occasion, one which I agree would usually result in someone commenting on how much they like the smell and that it reminded them of years past.....usually a Granddad sat in his rocking chair whilst betting on the horses.
    Even when smoking was considered 'fair game' in public places pipe smoker seemed a breed all to themselves keeping themselves to themselves, perhaps the saying Pipe and Slippers really is just how it is? A comfy cosy relaxed sporting pleasure rather than a quick fix between appointments. It lives on me thinks, however behind closed doors where it is given the time and dedication and appreciation it requires.


    ps - I'm not a pipe smoker, cant stand the stuff...nice smell though!

  • Comment number 71.

    Hi Sproudog

    I can imagine the pipe smoking fraternity taking up all the cosy chairs in coffee shops, chugging away on their pipes whilst sipping a capuccino ....

  • Comment number 72.

    J Ross - I thought I'd missed it as a caught a thing on TV saying that he'd had Tom Cruise on and that he was back from suspension (wossie not Cruise!)

    Well I've only got 3 things left to do on todays "To Do List" at work! One has to wait until next week, one has to wait until someone is back from leave (councils!!), and the other needs a director and they are away for the rest of the afternoon! so YEH!

    Another unenvironmental mug of tea me thinks! No biscuits left though ;-{


  • Comment number 73.

    tom cruise could do with suspending, but in the words of La Love, that's not for here!

  • Comment number 74.

    Diva - 71 - yup that's what he's doing - lolling back in chair annoying me whilst I try to work!!!

    Bees xx

  • Comment number 75.

    Bees...still grumpy then eh? oh bless him! hee hee..

    And Rossy back this Fri...yay! and with a great guest list too..should be good.

    mSc x

    PS - sorry its about a TV prog but does anyone `do` CSI? any of them? Ive become addicted..help!

  • Comment number 76.

    Bees...give him a pile of said work..that`ll do the trick of sending him scurrying off!

    mSc x

  • Comment number 77.

    scoobs -we used to "do" CSI but gave up as there were so many different seasons spread across different networks it got confusing.

    i love the way they resolve the most grissly of murders in 47 minutes tho! puts our plod to shame (sorry ginge!)

    x x x

  • Comment number 78.

    PS: are you watching Dexter - it's FAB!! and v.v.grizzly!

  • Comment number 79.

    Scoobs - just given him all his phone messages - he he he he he he he! wouldn't mind a jumper the colour of his face!!!

    Bees xxx

  • Comment number 80.

    Red is SO in this season Bees!

    and as for CSI - i just watch them as they are on..gave up trying to figure out which season etc etc! Cant be watching Miami as cant be doing with Horatio`s sunglasses acting but NY and Vegas are brill! and new season just started for both... sad, moi?! Not got into Dexter so far but shall try on recommendation..

    sorry folks... l need to get a life!

    mSc x

  • Comment number 81.

    My Grandads a pipe smoker... never seen him use a pipe cleaner in my life...

    ARF - Beautiful South - Rotterdam

  • Comment number 82.

    If you need to get a life Scoobs then so do I.

    I love US dramas, in fact I'm excited about going home so I can watch ER and Brothers and Sisters tonight, and next week I shall be beside myself as Series 5 of Grey's Anatomy starts.

    Long live V+ I say (other brands are available).


  • Comment number 83.

    scoobs - is vegas the one with the tall black guy with the afro? that was my fave one.

  • Comment number 84.

    Where have Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives gone????

    Eh?? Ch4 we want answers please!!!!

    I used to love Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope (remember Dr Billy Kronk - a young Eric Mabius (Daniel) from Ugly Betty) and grew up on my weekly fix of Dynasty and Dallas.

  • Comment number 85.

    I'm going to watch this series of Dexter the first one was brilliant. Very dark and very clever.

    Otherwise I'm not a big fan of US shows.

    Btw: I know that the 'hug' bit gets on somes nerves. But could I just have a couple. Just to keep me going :-(

    Debbie x

    PS: Just a bad day that's all.

  • Comment number 86.

    Hi CLP & bloggers!

    I went to school with a guy that started to smoke a pipe when he was about 18, he was known as Noj as his name was Jon and he was dyslexic. He used to smoke cherry tobbacco which smelt divine!!!! He also had chocolate tobbacco and all sorts of other smells all wonderful though.

    ARF- Teardrop Explodes - Reward pleeeease!!!


  • Comment number 87.

    Like CSI - agree about all the different seasons, reapeats at different times on all digi channels etc.

    LOVE NCIS - but again get's a tad confusing with channel 5, channel 5 US, Channel 4 etc etc. Gibbs (hero), Abby (quirky), Ziva (cruel yet cool), Tony (cocky), Ducky (well its Illya Kuriakin innit)


  • Comment number 88.

    CtD - I used to love Ally McBeal as well, keep waiting for the price to drop on the DVD's so I can buy the whole lot.

    Debbie - {{{{{}}}}}} for you, and it's a big one. Just so you know I got a Christmas card that said to the best hugger in the land!!


  • Comment number 89.

    Ello Ter CLP And Each Ere,

    Bingo Star ere....

    Am so busy terdee.... ave goot so much ter say but can't.... a wanter thank all individually for yesterdee by name.... a will later or termoz!!!!!

    Also a noticed a new blogger by the name of '737Driver'!!!!!!!!!
    737 Driver...... Are you a qualified pilot, captain, 1st officer?????
    If so any chance of telling us all about 'ow yer get ter your position, what exams yer need? 'ow did you do it?
    Do you enjoy your job? Come on tell us all...... it's a career that's always goot me intrigued... 'ow do yer get into it????My goodness did a spell 'intigued' correctly.. am gettin' good!!!!!
    A know some come via being ex RAF, but ave also 'eard yer can get inter flying by doing yer light aircraft first licence like CLP recently did???@?!!
    Then going for yer big baby licence.
    And do yer need individual licences for each plane make/ model aka yersen being a 737 licence 'older????
    Seriously 737Driver.... please tell all ter the blog!!!!

    Me blog, it's geeting long again, can't 'elp meself.... come on type faster.... FASTER..... ok a am.....

    CLP - The smoking of pipes. In Ukraine they ave in most restaurants the smoking of 'uge pipes bit like yer might see in Morocco, it's called 'Coupa' or something like that maybe 'Cooupka' forgotten what exactly me translater said it's called but something like that.
    But it's noot tabacco. NYET!!!!! (NO)
    Yer can get fruit flavours, almost like 'erbal tea type of thing. And when yer sitting nearby it fills the air with smoke.
    Yer 'ave a date with a beautiful ukrainian babe and come out smelling of strawberry or maple flower???? 100% true all!!!!!
    Ave been told it's good for you too, unlike tobbacco!!!!
    Tobbacco one b and c or two or one b, two c's or two b's one c.... I don't know..... I jusy simpkly do not know the answer..... maybe that's why am noot an airline pilot!!!!!!!!!

    'ope this 'elps!!!!!


  • Comment number 90.

    dook are you on FB?

  • Comment number 91.

    LostAliBaba- Brothers & Sisters when where what time?/??

  • Comment number 92.


    Ziva - cruel but cool

    Familarly spooky rhyming of names and traits there .....


    Diva x x x x

  • Comment number 93.

    Dexter...FABULOUS...as he was in Six Feet Under...which is only about as high as you'd need to suspend Tom Cruise lets face it...

    Desperate Housewives...all got a bit mad for me...but I do like a slightly chubby Eva thingamajig...talking of whom, has anyone seen the air-brushing of Lady Beckham in today's Snu? Gawd 'elp us.

    ...and only watch CSI:Miami for the sunglasses acting...is akshully quite a funny comedy...well I think so, the Badger would disagree, and I'm s'posed to keep quiet while it's on but hey ho...and it's just CSI is the one with the black guy who got shot...but that is in Vegas...I find NY a bit too gruesome...even from a used to be a funeral director's pov!

    Ugly Betty...I need my Eric!

    til then mobius take me

    (Deb, shh, ())

  • Comment number 94.

    Bond- that's enough to freeze your wotsits off!!!

  • Comment number 95.

    OMG, Ilia Kuriakin. Napoleon Solo.

    How coinkydinky...the first 'Man From Uncle' I ever saw was at my afore-mentioned, pipe-smoking, Great Uncle Len's house.

    Coo. Talk about a blast from the past!

    Thanks dook

  • Comment number 96.


    B&S - More4 Tonight at 10:00pm, after ER. It's the third series and it started last week. I am sure you can catch up somewhere, if not let me know and I'll FB you what happened.


  • Comment number 97.

    Hello to all newbies, oldies and sporadics like myself. Echo akacrumpy about finding time and free computer to keep up with the blog a ce moment.

    My Dad smoked a pipe occasionally for years, but he gave all tobacco up eventually. I loved the smell too. In fact, for a time, pipe/tobacco-related gifts for Christmas/birthdays/Fathers' Day were my Dad's socks or soap-on-a-rope equivalent. Pipe rack, tins of tobacco, five Hamlets, pipe-cleaning kits. Pipes, obviously.

    After he gave up he had to make do with chocolate brazils and the latest book about cricket. Neither of which smell as good.

    For Christmas I got the "Jackie Magazine" CD - it's all 70s pop music. The thing is, even though technically I can appreciate how awful much of it sounds today, lots of it was the soundtrack to my life aged 6 - 14, and as I was mad about music from a very youg age I can remember it all like yesterday. I love warbling along in the car. Anyway, because I'd forgotten this song ever existed and am currently belting it out daily, I would
    like the following:

    ARF - Forever and Ever by Slik.

    Yes really.

    Love to all, and remember,

    "Maybe I didn't blo-og,
    Quite as often as I should have;
    Maybe I didn't FB,
    Quite as often as I could have,
    Little thiiiiiings I should have said or done,
    But I never had the time;
    But you were always on my miiiiiiiiiiind,
    You were always on my mind."

    A x

  • Comment number 98.

    There were 37 posts while I wrote that! This is why I can't keep up!

    A x

  • Comment number 99.

    Lovely Hazel

    I have to stay quiet when The Hair is watching such tellybox gems as Stargate, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Gallactica etc etc etc blur blur blur.

    When I get the lappylaptop out and start chatting to yous lot on here, or over on FaceCloth, I get The Evils as I tippytap away on the keyboard!! Now tho, thanks to the miracle of wireless broadband I can chat to yous lot from the comfort of my duvet!

    Men eh?!?!

    Chezza xxx

    PS: Did The Badger survive his Hazling last night?

    Deb {{{HUGS HUGS HUGS }}}

  • Comment number 100.


    ref Slik - wasn't that Midge Ure's first forray into pop music pre Ultravox? I rmember that song so well - always on the jukebox in mum and dads pub!


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