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Plane and simple.

Chris Evans | 12:36 UK time, Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Never mentioned this before but...

... we live five minutes from Terminal 5. And I have to say, I love it.

Planes come right over our house all day. Some of them are so big and bank so early it looks like they're gonna take the roof off the kitchen.

It doesn't bother me in the slightest, in fact it never fails to make me wonder what a feat of engineering they are.

Third runway or not? Frankly I don't know enough about it either way to comment. Obviously I am aware there is environmental and local opposition to the idea but then again Heathrow needs to keep apace with the rest of the world.

Jobs will be created but peoples' afternoons in the garden will be disrupted. Trees will die but more passengers will get to go where they want. What a dilemma!

How about anyone who doesn't like planes swaps houses with people who do like planes? The biggest swaparam ever.

Surely there are enough of both. How about Heathrow pick a place in the world ten times the size of their site and become responsible for planting and tending.

The world will move forward, it's the only way it knows how, apart from going round and round of course.

Someone has to come up with a win/win, otherwise some dudes is gonna be deeply unhappy. But then again some dudes "want" to be unhappy. Never quite got that myself.

Happy Birthday Bing- oh- it's your birthday.





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  • Comment number 1.

    CLP for Prime Minister ...!!

    Afternoon guv'nor


  • Comment number 2.


    you know what they say - you cannot make all of the people all happy all of the time. They will do what they want to da anyway. My rebeilous spirit was crushed when they built the Newbury bypass that I marched aganist- and then a larhe telecommunications giant "bribed" the local governement so they could build their headquarters on my old cross country field

    super bp x

  • Comment number 3.


    Howzabaht playing Red Hot Chilli's Aeroplane on Drivetime tonight ... go on fella - you know you wanna!

    Chezza xx

  • Comment number 4.

    Good afternoon Christophe, and good grief...I have already had a mini-rantette about this very subject on your previous page...maybe you have seen it???

    "How about Heathrow pick a place in the world ten times the size of their site and become responsible for planting and tending."

    Or indeed any of them.

    good call mister

  • Comment number 5.

    pee ess my friend designed and built some of T5...I hope you like it...

  • Comment number 6.

    Many happy returns of the day to:

    da dah

    Mr Bingo Star

    Hope you have a good day.

  • Comment number 7.

    aren't we lucky enough to be able to afford to be environmentally aware! That our lives are not dominated by survival, finding food, water & shelter that we have time available to ponder the bigger picture.

    Not that I'm condemming "greenies" or "ethic..ies". As CLP says the world moves on - changes happen - London is London because of where it is situated - the environment lent itself to being a big merchant city and the center of England's economy as the world got bigger (not physically!) London got bigger - it needed better infrastructure to connect to the new corners of civilisation - and the world continues to get bigger therefore infrastructure needs to meet that demand. This ball was set rolling far back in history and Greenpeace ain't gonna stop it, its actions will increase awareness, and possibly shape policies but in the end needs must!

    wow did I just right that! Quick alert one of my old english teachers (specially that one who gave me a D!)


  • Comment number 8.

    Dookie Egg - here are a few more O's for your list:


    Hope this helps with the foal names

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  • Comment number 10.

    Well said Christoph - some people are not happy unless they are moaning about something.

    Agree with what Dookie said "its actions will increase awareness, and possibly shape policies but in the end needs must!"

    I live quite near a small airfield, just for the Saturday flyers and I like nothing more than listening to the plans taking off on a sunny Saturday morning. I'm also near the Euro* line and could set my clock by them, 10 and 20 past the hour and 20 and 10 to the hour!


  • Comment number 11.

    Hi CLP & Gang again.... Wow I love it that the new minister for enviroment(CLP) has a sensible and ecological approach to the problems. Obviously he can't be transport minister as that job is for Clarkson! Personally I'd like an extension or new runway for Birmingham airport! Luv Lyndyloo xx

  • Comment number 12.

    Now's there's a theme ......

    Which Celeb in which Government post?

    Love Lyndy's Clarkson for Minister of Transport!

    CLP - Minister for the Environment

    your turn ....

  • Comment number 13.

    oooh planes are well interesting but I'm not sure I could live that close..But, like all things I suppose you would get used to the noise and vibrations (baby).

    We once saw an aborted landing at Heathrow from the M25...plane about 10 ft from runway...nose points up and it climbs climbs climbs. By the time we got on the M40 it was nearly at the top of the landing circle. I was fascinated and wanted to ring Mr Branson (for it was one of his) and see what had happened!

    Am drowning in a sea of tedium at work today....someone throw me a lifeline!

  • Comment number 14.

    jospots - think i'm in the sea od tedium withchoo!

    feel quite grouchy today .... like a pirana


  • Comment number 15.

    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - Judith Chalmers

    Secretary of State for Health - Amy Winehouse

    Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport - Mike Tindall


  • Comment number 16.

    Happy Birthday Bingo!

    I agree with CLP, you can't please everyone and there are two sides to every argument.

    Hey it's my Friday today, so what do I do with the last two days of the week. Sleep I think :-)

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 17.

    customers will be getting ht in the nck the laws havent been properly drafted yet,because the laws are coming soon comanies are climbing a wobbly ladder to reach a few plums on the top of the tree,when they ought to be grabbin the armfuls of suculent harvest on the arms reach fro the ground on chriss evans drivetime blog
    we just had a technican check but the final results arnt expected until next year although this has ittle to do with customers behavior and branding their current frenzy of gesture politics,excactly the opposite is happening.companies chuck literally millions truth when the cash should be spent on other sensible.to give these proposed rules some teeth more efficent enines wil be develped and drive more economically .ourtechnition was able to recomment several easy solutions with the topgear blog race track or try 5 laps with a sentance on each whe super economical
    wait a second .is that a jaguar following me? time to go .like i said ,iam dumb,not stupid

  • Comment number 18.

    aaaah jaguarjames.

    juicy plums reminds me ....

    anyone seen 007 this arvo?


  • Comment number 19.

    ..sorry AliB, I'd like to take the Ministership for Culture off Mr Tindall, and award it to Adele. Or indeed that Tina woman off CBB(ies). Both fine examples of what Grate Britain has to offer.

    And when I worked for BA (for b a) we all used to rush out to watch, on the very rare occasions that Concorde was diverted to land at Gatwick, and the amount of furore, good and bad, generated in the local press was crazy...mainly how wonderful, and what a tourist attraction, and wouldn't it be fantastic if it could land here all the time...and if Gatwick had had a second, and slightly longer runway, which would have been a lot safer for the plane, then both the British and the French may have considered just that...

    what can you do eh?

    ps Jo - saw a few of those at the aforementioned airport...scary!

  • Comment number 20.

    Cheryl! I can't believe you just typed that! Hehe.

  • Comment number 21.

    OOh Diva, Minister for Agriculture, Hugh FW, has to be!!

  • Comment number 22.

    Talking of Hugh FW - did you hear SK this morning who said her much beloved went to the same school as HFW and he has rather a naughty nick name. She said she has to be careful when she mentions him on the radio, just incase she uses said name and gets the sack - I say use it....Naughty AliB

  • Comment number 23.



    x x x x

  • Comment number 24.

    Hugh Phwoar-nley Wittingstall, eh Tins!?!

  • Comment number 25.

    Morning/Afternoon everyone, Just go in the office CtD. It's absolutely freezing here. 0 degrees fahrenheit this morning. Roads like ice, too cold for the salt to have much of an effect...

    I like the idea of a house swap..... I think job swaps would be a good idea as well......

  • Comment number 26.

    Oh and I forgot, Happy Birthday Bingo....

  • Comment number 27.

    Can I job swap with Russel Brand's personal shopper / dresser / wardrobe assistant.

    Can I?

    Please ......

    I'm sure she'll type invoices better than me!

  • Comment number 28.

    Re: Hugh FW - I always think he might be a bit crusty IYKWIM?

    Each to there own I guess!

  • Comment number 29.

    Greetings Ter CLP And ALL Blogger Dudes,

    Bingo Star ere.....

    CLP - BIG thanks for the birthdee greetings... yuv all really made me dee.... BIG TARR TER ALL!!!!!!

    I agree with the marvel of aeroplanes.... I remember on 'olidee a few times going for a wander along the beach ter watch the planes comiong in ter land. The landing lights are in the sea and the planes go over your 'ead about 100feet. Yer can see the plane wobbling from side ter side over the sea as it rides the air... looks like it's coming right at yer. Then an enormous noise followed by a strong following draft of air.... love it!!!!!
    Then yer see it in the 'aze touch the tarmac and the reverse thrust comes on ter 'elp slow the 100 odd tonnes of immense metal slow!!!!!!
    A love anything that moves fast, is noisy and powerful!!!!!!!
    In fact a little dream of mine 'as been ter be a pilot but a think it's a class thingy. Think yer ave ter ave alot of A-levels and know people - know what am sayin'!!!!!
    So ave 'ad ter settle for truck driver... even though abet the principle of flying a plane is easier than reversing a truck . Just yer ave ter learn WAY more about the technicalities.... and all the flying jargon..... rules of the air.... nautical stuff - know what am sayin'!!!!!!
    A once drove an intercity train at 110mph and yes it's so much easier than driving a car!!!!!!!!!
    Just yer gotta learn all about the technical workings of signals, lineside jargon, distances, technical basics of the train - know the points am tryin' ter say ere????!!!?!?!!?!!!
    What am 'Plane And Simply' tryin ter say ere but as usuual noot keeping it simple iz...... I like planes VERY MUCH too!!!!!

    But a still think there's too much already squashed around the 'ounslow/ 'eathrow area in question!!!
    'ence if they're gonna extend should be in a different area..... an area that's goot good transport links but needs job creationings - know what am sayin'!!!!!!

    Ok all onter CLP/ Natasha's soon ter be ere little one!!!!!!
    Ave been racking the Bingo brain of torment and come up with a few ideas.....
    CLP man, yer joked about the baby will be called DJ Evans.... so.... 'ow about if it's a boy...... for DJ Evans 'ow about Dylan Joshua Evans or Dylan James Evans or Darcey Jasper Evans or for no DJ initializations Ethan Evans, Elliot Evans, Elvis Wrockin Evans or indeed Ewan Evans???@???
    If it's a girl 'ow Delilah Jewel Evans, Dee Josie Evans, Demi Jo Evans, Daisy Chain, sorry mean Daisy Jane Evans or Emily Evans, Ella Evans, Amelia Evans or Essence Evie Evans. Ameilia iz a very nice name.... i'd like that if ever I ave a girl one dee!!!!
    Yes.... Ameilia 'urricane Star!!!!
    Tryin ter think russian names too!!!
    Some really nice female russian names out there. I always did like the name Inna alot!!!!!
    Also Asya, Nika.... errrr Irina, Natalia, Tatiana or Karina.... all most nice names ans different!!!!!
    Maybe Tash knows of some very nice Portuguese/ Spnish names?????@??

    'ope this 'elps!!!!!!!

    GOURANGA yet again!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 30.

    Top tunes on the Golden Oldies so far

    I need a hero


  • Comment number 31.

    PS All ave just 'eard somone by the name of RANDY PRATT mentioned on the 15.00 Wrightie news..... just whatta need for me birthdee!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 32.

    Chesney Hawkes - Top Tune!!

  • Comment number 33.

    Good job I'm in the office alone this afternoon, as the radio is turned up and I'm singing along.

    That's the joy of working in the Voluntary Sector most of them b****r off in the afternoon.


  • Comment number 34.

    I'm definitely having a grumpy old moo kinda day. I think it's coz it's so quiet in this office. I've put the radio on for the mo, but know that Old Lady Boss will be back any minute, and sadly the radio will have to be turned off.


    Today is really dragging too, which isn't helping my mood one little bit!

    Cheryl xxxx

  • Comment number 35.

    My little boy got punched in the mouth again today, by the same boy. He has a cut lip, again.

    The mother approached me in the playground, the Headteacher called her to the school to talk about it.

    I am so close to tears but can't let the wee fella see me get upset.

    He told the teacher when it happened last week but I was told that both boys gave different stories. The teacher actually saw it today.

    I'm having a grumpy moo day now :-(

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 36.

    Good grief Plum - just looked at your clip on previous blog. Wonder what daft ha'porth stood there taking that with a zillion ton machine hurtling towards him?

    Not too keen on planes but a bigger/extra runway at Birmingham good idea Lyndy.

    Scary stuff when I fly - baggage doors not shutting and one BA pilot landing at Nice - nearly fell out of me bra - thought he was about to start sign writing with the darn thing he banked so steep!!

    Smile ~Diva !! gwon - you can borrow my outfit and virtual hubby if you like?

    Beesmum xxxxx

  • Comment number 37.


    Poor LM, at least the teacher saw it this time and hopefully it will all get its self sorted out.



  • Comment number 38.


    Just checking in. Chris, how lovely of you to wish Bingo a happy birthday!

    Now, I adore watching planes, but I don't want them taking the roof off my kitchen! I once had a dreadful argument with an ice cream vendor who used to park his van right under the window where MsS was sleeping (occasionally!). That was bad enough!

    Debbie: what does the headteacher intend to do, do you know? This must be stopped immediately - I know it is very difficult - and I know it is irrational of me to just blame the other boy, but I just feel your LM is not to blame! You must insist that some form of action is taken now! Oooooh, it's a minefield, isn't it? I have said this before, I despise bullies - and your wee boy is so young to have to start defending himself!

    I do sympathise, really I do.

    C xx

  • Comment number 39.

    Cheer up folks, it's home time soon, well for yous anyway. Not even lunchtime here..... groan !!!!!!

  • Comment number 40.

    Effkin teddies...to add to the general air (aer?) of doom and gloom...the Badger has just been done for speeding. What were we saying just the other day?

    Still, I guess it wouldn't be right if there was an uneventful week in the life of the Sett now would it.

    big fat points and an effkay

    ps Debbie, at least the teacher saw it!

    pps Bingo, my Russian name is Nita Pulova x

  • Comment number 41.

    Thanks AliB. Chrissie, I spoke to the teacher and she said that it had been dealt with and she would keep an eye on the situation.

    The other mum said it was totally her sons fault and so did the teacher. LM won a race at playtime, the other boy said that he did. Didn't like it when LM said he didn't...punch.

    My heart breaks to think of him being hit like this by another child but I know that I have to toughen up. I just have to. But god I feel awful.

    For a split second I thought that the other boy should be excluded now I feel bad.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 42.

    Oh poor LM Debs - as it was witnessed this time hopefully will now be stopped!!!

    Hi James - I'm a happy bunny if that helps? ggggggggggg as Steve would say!!! Loved your office pic - lucky you - check out my fb profile and you will see my nieces office!! Seems I am doing something wrong here!!!!

    Beesmum xxx

  • Comment number 43.

    Hi Debbie

    A bit of rough and tumble now will make him stronger for the future - just look at me! I've mentioned on here before how I was bullied at school and now I'm fab!

    Cheered up a tad - Lady Boss let me have a look at her brochure for Shakespeare's Globe and they are doing Romeo & Juliet this summer ........

    Anyone up for a bit culture?

  • Comment number 44.


    I don't think your VH could cope with the two of us!

    x x x

  • Comment number 45.

    ppps not in a built up area, and was only a danger to himself apparently. He'll know just how much danger when I see him later. IN MY CAR!!! Mind you I guess the fine is cheaper than a RTA ambulance. And the policeman who kindly telephoned me wouldn't tell me how fast.

    The Badger's Russian name is Ivana Nokisblokov.

    saints preserve us

  • Comment number 46.

    Ooo dear - anyone know Badgers number to warn him!!!

    Diva - at least he'd go smiling!

    Bees xxx

  • Comment number 47.


    That's what I thought last week, boys will be boys and all that. But to come home twice with a cut lip, at 5 years, old I think is a bit much.

    I was bullied. Not until I got into senior school. I was painfully shy and didn't talk to anyone. I was scared of making myself look stupid. So they decided that I was a snob.

    They took things from my bag throwing them around the class, called my mum names and threatened to wait for me outside school. They never did but the thought of it was bad enough.

    I ended up staying at home with the Headteacher phoning me 'Deborah I know why you are absent today....'

    Schools seem to not know what to do about bullying. It's a horrible thing to happen.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 48.

    Greetings and Salutations from Vancouver...

    Having been back to Blighty and indeed, through Heathrow recently, I concur that expansion may be necessary, evils though it may entail and feathers it may ruffle. "What price progress?" echoes the cry...

    Having been enthralled by an utterly vibrant Christmas, my next trip to Blighty, (incorporating a week in Switzerland, a country my Canadian femme has always longed to see...and who am I to deny such joys...) is now firmly confirmed.

    Mid-August, with the warmer weather, afternoon pints by the river, late day slumber in the Royal Parks, late evening sunshine, entrancing sunsets and the plethora of pleasures that are simply stitched into the fabric of our nation in the Summer months. And this time, a beverage with fellow contributors to this forum is simply a must.

    'Tis my birthday on Friday and the weekend is all about being whisked away to Whistler for dog sledding, snow shoeing and relaxing...all punctuated by piquant food, unbearably drinkable wine and devilishly wonderful company...

    I wish each and every one of you good folk the finest of days and most hearty regards from this corner of the Commonwealth...

    Dr. T.

  • Comment number 49.


    Most of what you typed above hit a chord with me too - 'cept they did wait outside school.

    I think it was because I was an only child, with nobody bigger at home to help fight my corner. Even after I left school and started work, I was afraid to go into town in my lunchbreak as most of the nasties also worked in the that very same town.

    I really hope the Headteacher sorts something out soon.

    Give LM a big Pirate hug from me!

    Cheryl x x x

  • Comment number 50.

    Dr T

    Have the happiest of Birthdays on Friday my love!

    Cheryl x x x

  • Comment number 51.


    I think that if you are bullied as a child it effects how you are as an adult. Do you agree?

    Even now at work I find sometimes that I go to say something and stop. Or if a conversation is going on that I want to join in on, I can't always do it. Kind of want to blend in with the wallpaper.

    Once I really get to know and trust people though, (which takes a while) you can't shut me up.

    I'm not taking it any further at the school. The mum was so apologetic and the Headteacher aware. But if it happens again......I'm outside her door like a shot.

    LM has had a few cuddles, very cuddly in fact. The next one is from Auntie Cheryl.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 52.

    Hi BeesMum, glad you're having a good day. Will have a look at your pics on FB.

  • Comment number 53.

    Debbie: as I have said before I was bullied too - by my "best friend" when I was around 10 and then when I went to senior school, by another girl, right through those four years. Utter hell.

    But it's another thing when the children are as young as your son. It is just not on for a five year old to whack your son, just because he was jealous of him winning the race.

    By the sound of things, the school is "up to speed" so hopefully things will get sorted.

    Of course, it is only when we get older that we realise that the bullies are, in all probability, being bullied themselves. Who's to say what is going on in that other little boy's life? But, what concerns you is YOUR son and I completely understand that you really must feel sick about all this.

    Children should be able to just enjoy being children ...... I better stop, or I'll be in tears in a minute!

    C xx

  • Comment number 54.

    Debbie / CtD

    If anyone's pencil case was going to go down the loo it was mine. Was also badly teased at school - hated every minute, in fact have blocked most of my school years out of my memory.

    Now I'm a fairly confident person, but quite shy when I first meet people, then once I've got to know them, like Debbie, you can't shut me up.

    Ali B

  • Comment number 55.

    Deb - it definitely affects you in later life, for sure.

    And as for shutting you up ...... you don't arf go on Mrs!!! ;-)

    I'm smiling now! And its got nothing to do with what Cathmel wrote on my wall!!

    Chezza xxxx

    PS: Beezer - not only would he go out smiling, he'd probably be exhausted!

  • Comment number 56.

    Oh, Dr. T! I was sad not to be able to see you when you were here! Best we didn't catch up akshully as I suffered from vile flu for most of December...not giving myself the chance to get better y'see...and you wouldn't have wanted to take that home with you, would you sir!?

    Anyway, please accept my warmest regards and best wishes to you for a wondrous birthday...sled 'n all!


  • Comment number 57.


    it's the planning.

    it all falls down in the planning!

    humbug to points, speeding, flu and all things evil!

    Chezza xx

  • Comment number 58.

    Cheryl I'm smiling and it's because of what you wrote on your wall.

    Filthy moo.

    I know that we've met twice but I don't think you've seen me in full flow Cheryl. And after a few glasses of wine.......!

    I understand what you are saying Chrissie. There may be a problem somewhere for the other boy. But again, I don't want him taking it out on mine, as you say.

    Poor you AliB by the way.

    I'm sure it will all be fine. I have to toughen up, got a few more school years to go yet!

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 59.


    That word is a Russell-ism!! Trust me! Altho how he gets them in those tight trousers .........



  • Comment number 60.

    That will be my epitaph I think. One of them anyway!

    'Here lies Hazel
    She fell down in the planning'

    Anyhoo, lovely friend has just confirmed her visit Chez Sett ce soir, so I'm taking early doors and skedaddling to cook something with chorizo and butter beans.

    ...although that sounds like too much of a plan...tchah!

    now then, a humbug sounds like a fine idea...thanks Chezz

    Being bullied at school suks big time. I had to 'get on with it and don't be so silly'. LM is so lucky he's got you Deb! It can be a very lonely world.

  • Comment number 61.

    Dr T: lovely to see you. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family.

    Hazel: it never rains, but it positively pours all over you. Poor Badger, I'm sure he wasn't doing anything too silly - but of course speeding is a big no-no. Even the very likeable MrS has fallen into its trap!

    C xx

  • Comment number 62.

    Ah thanks Hazel, I kind of feel lucky to have him. That boy and I will never be lonely. He saw that I had a 'sad face on' at the weekend and went and got a bear from his bed. 'Cuddle him mum, you'll feel better' Love him to bits.

    Is anyone still watching CBB by the way? Is anyone else irritated by Michele? And I just can't stand that Tina woman.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 63.


    I am!! As is Mr Diva. Both unashamedly hooked! Get Tina out, I say!

    Tonight's task looks like a cracker ....

    pas de deux ....

    Cheryl x xx

  • Comment number 64.

    Tina out! Yuk.

    They really are a strange bunch this time aren't they. But I suppose you would have to be. No surprises with any of them I don't think.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 65.

    Ooh - did you see her biting her toenails the other night? Mr Diva was screeching at the tellybox for her to stop but still she nibbled ....


    Off home now, in the fog, via @sd@. Need some bread as you never got me a loaf from work earlier! Call youself a mate .....

    Back later no doubt!

    Chezza x x x

  • Comment number 66.

    Great show as usual, even better now that I got new headphones, why is everything so disaposable nowadays, went through 3 sets of headphones last year, seem to go faulty quickly. Makes me wonder do DJ's go through headphones as quick as that, and do they hurt their ears like my ears hurt whilst wearing them.

    Awe just been reading Patrick McGoohan has sadly passed away at the age of 80. Famous for the cult show The Prisoner, I remember him more for his work on Columbo.

    Just one more thing...

    Feels like am talking to myself which I do all the time.

  • Comment number 67.

    Cheryl I'm allowed to bring out 7 loaves at the end of my shift. And so I did. Order from MiL, the kids and Mr Debbie some to take to work. Look out for the Crusty range, it's lovely.

    By the way, making cauliflower cheese tonight, are you impressed?

    Deb x

  • Comment number 68.

    Hello Tifflette, you're not talking to yourself I'm listening! x

  • Comment number 69.

    Hi Tifflette,

    Wasn't Patrick McGoohan considered for the role of James Bond or the Saint (or possible both) at one point?

  • Comment number 70.

    On the show tonight.....Talking to yourself....... At least you know you'll get an answer...LOL

  • Comment number 71.

    Sorry - no time to catch up - no time to do anything but scoot, scoot, scoot...

    before I go...

    Had a friend who shall remain (first)nameless.

    He had a scottish father and a spanish mother. From the father he got the surname Kerr and from the mother he got the middle name Juan...

    Oh dear - still, at least it wasn't his first name!

    Will try and play catch up laters, dudies, but hope you is all well and coping with the cold, wet, fog, rain,

    off to me evening clarse now..

    PS I often argue with myself and I don't always win!

  • Comment number 72.

    Hiya all,

    Re: Patrick McGoohan, yup he was offered both The Saint and the Bond film "Live and Let die" he turned them both down. Also was first choice for Gandalf in LoTR, and Dumbledore in Potter films.

    Never really got into The Prisoner, was weird.

    I remember him fondly for his starring and directing a number of Columbo episodes.

    Columbo is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it.

    On the subject of talking to ones' self
    It can be embarassing if you get caught talking to yourself, sometimes you don't realise you've actually spoken it out loud.

  • Comment number 73.

    Tifflette, hmm didn't know that about LoTR or Harry Potter. Interesting. Do pefer Richard Harris in the Dumbledore role.... I liked the prisoner, but agree it was a little weird. Liked Columbo too, "Just one more question...."

  • Comment number 74.

    Suddenly occured to me that I'm nervous about taking LM to school tomorrow.

    He has been so clingy this afternoon, really cuddly and calling me all the time.
    And I haven't made a big deal over things, or let him see me with a 'sad face on'.

    I can be fragile sometimes so I have to take that into consideration.

    Please bear with me sorry for going on, this is the first time I've had to deal with something like this. So me and LM both have to learn don't we.

    He's watching Chitty Bang Bang, huddled up under a throw right now. Bless him.

    I'm such a nutter sometimes.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 75.

    the time is now 3 :38 and am aready tuned in on radio 2 seve wright was on before evans and playing some cool mixture of music .listen again on the i player

  • Comment number 76.

    Evening Jag James if it is 7.23pm here where in the world are you?

    Debbie - know what you are going through and LM might be picking up on your signals of uncertainty - sensitive souls all of us.

    I was also bullied at school as I wasn't a local - foreigner to those that had grown up on the estate - never really got accepted throughout primary or secondary school as the schools were linked. These days I'm fairly well adjusted and army training was hard too and I had my fair share of knock backs there too.

    I'm just dipping in before I head off to volleyball training. Next matches are on the 27th Jan.

  • Comment number 77.

    Evening each

    Have been lurking the last few days, but really too tired to engage brain. Matt, I need your sleep remedies!!

    I live under the flightpath for Edinburgh airport and don't really notice it any more, although when I'm in the garden having a fag, watching them go over, I do sometimes think of Lockerbie!!!


  • Comment number 78.

    I lived next to a pig farm once. On the wrong day, the pong was absolutely ghastly..... When I say next to, we didn't live right next to the pig pen, but on those days it certainly smelt like it....LOL

  • Comment number 79.


    As if by magic, your sleep genie has arrived!

    I have never slept as well as I have over the past couple of weeks in my entire life.

    Well I may have done when I was about four months old, oh, and there was a time in 1991 when I spent three months living in a tent whilst hiking across Canada, but other than that?


    The secret?

    The wagon. No, really.

    See, we're now about to close week two of the New Year nobooze-athon, and I have to confess, I'm loving it.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't normally have a bottle of scotch a day habit or anything like that, but I do enjoy a drink, possibly erring on the 'slightly too much' sometimes, and that does not help my sleep problems. In fact, you can get into a viscious circle by having a drink thinking it may help you sleep, then experiencing more sleep problems and subsequently drinking more in a desperate attempt to cure the problem.

    I'm not suggesting that this applies to you, but it has certainly helped me.

    But, you musn't forget the other key areas;

    Keep the room cool and quiet. A bath late at night helps as it raises the body temperature which then cools in bed, helping you get to nod land.

    Stay away from here late in the evening. In fact, turn the telly off and go read a book. See my list of rock biogs if a debauched tale of drug-taking, booze-swilling, tattooed maniacs takes your fancy. Alternatively, Wuthering Heights is rather good.

    Counting stuff (yes, even sheep) or making lists in the mind has helped me in the past.

    I have even had success with some of these CD thingys. McKenna's is quite good, but I feel duty bound to recommend my mate Glenn Harrold.

    If I can do it Annie, you can.

    Good luck.

    Peace, love and loads of zzzzzs


    PS I am not a number.

  • Comment number 80.


    Southend are beating the mighty Chelsea 1-0 at Roots Hall.

    Come on You Shrimpers!!!!

    Hi Matt.

  • Comment number 81.

    Matt: Thank you muchly. Have not had any vino since New Year, and then not much.

    Am running bath as we speak, can't I watch Monarch of the Glen on ITV3? That's my part of the world which I love with a passion.

    Bedroom is cool, quiet and lilac coloured, is that ok?

    You going to the London meet in April? We could exchange zzzzzzz info.


  • Comment number 82.

    PS: Off to google Glen Harrold.


  • Comment number 83.


    Annie-G, ever tried melatonin?

  • Comment number 84.

    Bond: ????


  • Comment number 85.

    i believe he's chuckling at the football score Anne, as too am I !!


    Matt - sent you an email off FB re London meet as not sure how much you get on there. Also a link to a news clip which made me smile.

  • Comment number 86.

    Evening all!

    not sure what the protocol is when i have something to add to a previous topic for discussion? do i put it here or there? anyway, it is to do with eggs/toast/timings etc - you remember, from the other day? Well - so excited!! - my father in law has a toaster with a contraption on the side that boils the eggs too!!!! soft or hard, as you like!!! how fab is that??!!

    and on a more serious topic, Debbie i know what it is like when your child has a problem with another kid - mine was a bit older (8) and in fact it was more verbal than physical - i was v impressed with how our school dealt with it - all sorted now, and all behind us. I was really worried about it at the time about bullying etc but sometimes i think maybe we read more into it than the kids do esp if we had a hard time at school? do the other mothers say that kid is like it with the others too? it can be very reassuring to talk about it with other mums as i always used to think it was just my daughter until i started talking about it and realised some kids are just unpleasant to everyone!!

    sorry, only second day on here and i'm rambling and wittering aimlessly already! you'll see that is quite normal for me!!

  • Comment number 87.

    Sorry Annie-G, didn't mean to confuse you. CtD was quite correct, I was laughing at the score.

    However I was serious when I asked if you'd tried taking a melatonin supplement? It helps restore your sleep pattern/cycle or whatever it's called. You should be able to find in the herb/vitamin section. At least you can here. In any case it works quite well.....

  • Comment number 88.

    Debbie-C, been thinking all day what I can say to help you through the nasty bullying episode.... but I can't think of anything except kids are tougher than we give them credit for.... worse case, I fly over on my jet back and take care the little bully myself...... Bond's at the ready.......

  • Comment number 89.

    Off to watch CBB in a mo, so will say nitey nite to you all.

    Nitey Night!

    Come on you Shrimpers!

    Chezza x x x

  • Comment number 90.

    PS: cornishgirle - did you find us all on FB?

  • Comment number 91.

    Cornishgirlie, I really appreciate your post thank you.

    I am too sensitive so have to remember that, and do worry that my insecurities will be taken on by LM.

    I really noticed how clingy and quiet LM was and it upset me a little. But you're right I could be looking for it. I'm sure he go back into school without a care tomorrow. I'm not going to mention anything in the morning.

    The other boy is known for being cheeky and over bearing shall we say. But I haven't discussed him with other mums before. I'll see if anyone mentions it tomorrow. Sure that the discussion outside the class was heard today.

    And you ramble away, not that you are......you will see that worrying too much is quiet normal for me.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 92.

    Thank you Bond, will look it up and try it.

    Cornishgirlie/Debbie: I'm a gran with 3 gorgeous little boys. There's no way I'd let my little boys be bullied. Want me to come round and scare the little so-and-so's??


  • Comment number 93.

    Cornishgirlie, I really appreciate your post thank you.

    I am too sensitive so have to remember that, and do worry that my insecurities will be taken on by LM.

    I really noticed how clingy and quiet LM was and it upset me a little. But you're right I could be looking for it. I'm sure he go back into school without a care tomorrow. I'm not going to mention anything in the morning.

    The other boy is known for being cheeky and over bearing shall we say. But I haven't discussed him with other mums before. I'll see if anyone mentions it tomorrow. Sure that the discussion outside the class was heard today.

    And you ramble away, not that you are......you will see that worrying too much is quite normal for me.

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 94.

    Boooooo.... my boys are losing at Palace :(((

  • Comment number 95.

    Two posts? Oops sorry.

    007 bless you, sometimes it nice to just vent on here. I don't expect anyone to have all the answers, thank you.

    Anne, can you make Waltham Abbey for 8.50am tomorrow? I'll point him out for you ;-)

    Off for a quick bath to de-stress a little.

    Back soon

    Debbie x

    PS: I often forget that Chris Evans actually reads these posts. Am cringing with embarrassment now, but in fact he might skip mine though!

  • Comment number 96.

    CtD - yes i did thanks - now spending happy hours trying to figure out who is who!! some are a lot easier than others!!

    Debbie - sounds like a bit of a brat to me!!! needs squashing (maybe not literally!). hopefully if everyone else is sensible he will learn that he can't behave like that and have friends? and maybe remind your LM about all his lovely friends - cultivate the good ones - are they too young for tea dates etc yet? that is always a good show of solidarity!

    right, i could sit here all night but i think i really should go and do some of the ironing mountain! might pop in from time to time and see how you're all doing!

  • Comment number 97.

    Lyndy..... you can't lose to palarse.... come on!!!!

    Debbie, sounds like this little.....bu....er bully needs to be taken down a peg or three. May your son should mention that you know 007 and if things don't improve he'll be visiting.......(sheepish grin).....

    Annie-G, it's worth a try and it is in-expensive...

  • Comment number 98.

    I'm off too folks.

    Cornishgirlie: You need to talk to Bsmum about the ironing!!

    Night night.


  • Comment number 99.

    Nite Annie-G, let me know how you get on with the melatonin....

  • Comment number 100.

    Bond- I know I'm not a happy bunny right now, we have our top striker out again tonight too :(((


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