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Bang On 8.21, I promise

Chris Evans | 08:20 UK time, Tuesday, 17 February 2009

I am looking at the time in the corner of my computer screen and it's telling me that

Noah is exactly one week old.

One week for goodness sake !

So all the warnings about him growing up before you know it are already coming true but I don't want him to. I just want him to stay exactly like he is for another year. He is so scrumptious and so unpolluted by the madness of the world. He only knows good and love and honesty and the magic of his own dreams. You can see it in his face. When he looks at you, he transports you to another place. This is the moment when I love him most.

He's already surpassed his birth weight. Initially babies lose weight and then it takes them 12 days to get back to where they started. Not Mr. Hungry though, oh no, he's 300 gramms over at 3.9 kilos. He can't get enough of his yummy mummy, I seem to recall that used to my perogative, in fact that's how he came to be here in the first place.

On the subject of Tash, she is looking so beautiful by the way. I mean she's always been a stunner right from her Girl On The Sofa days but she's never looked quite as radiant as she does now. It's just a tragedy she has an invisible "DO NOT TOUCH" sign over her head at the moment. Of course I completely understand why.

I had some idea of what a woman has to go through to give birth to a child but I had no idea about the aftermath. My my, Tash is actually frightened of going to the loo, she puts it off for as long as she can. When she does pluck up the courage to go, she does so armed with a huge jug of ice cold water and it's not for drinking !

Bless her, bless all women who have been through this. You are amazing.





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  • Comment number 1.

    Thanks CLP - you have single handily put me off having kids for life!

    Glad Noah is doing well and tell Tash to hang in there - it must get better if people have more then one??

    Super bp x

  • Comment number 2.

    Thanks CLP - you've re-confirmed my decision never to have kids!! Thank goodness for "that op" I underwent at 31 !!

    And how your lives have changed in the last 7 days eh?! Funny, as I was thinking that very thing whilst driving home last night - "this time last week we were all waiting for the news ....."

    A funny old thing. Life.

    Deev x x x

  • Comment number 3.

    Tash is going to love you Chris for sharing that info!!

    All mums will know exactly what shes going through right now but yes super_bagpuss it does get better and you forget it and then it all comes flooding back when you do it again!!

    God bless you Chris for blogging at the exact time of Noah's birth.

    MizzDarcey xx

  • Comment number 4.

    Hahaha, you are going to be in soooooo much trouble Christoff. There are some things us ladies want keeping private!!!!

    Blimey, how time flies, can't believe a week has passed already. Can you tell us weight progress in pounds and ounces please - don't get kilos!!

    Can we please see some more piccies of the little smasher - please please please???

    So glad everything is going so well, love to you all xxxxx

  • Comment number 5.

    morning bloggers and most especially big chief CLP

    I can't believe your honesty Chris, now you know why we all love you so much these days!

    Bloggers, think my computer now realises I'm leaving, keeps messing me about this morning, have had to log on and off 5 times already! Also, the team have obviously suddenly realised that I am leaving and it's not a fantasy so they are bombarding me with work! Oh well, the longest week of my life will at least be busy!

    Laters all

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 6.

    OH and Chris - I really think you ought to play Joey Ramone's Wonderful World again for Noah's 1 week old birthday!!


    x x x

  • Comment number 7.

    Good morning Christophe, and kell coinkydinks...at 08.21, and I even noticed the clock...I was spending a bit of quality time with my puss cats...then a little minute with the Badger...just before I left for work...

    as far as going to the loo...not for here...

    Tash, you have all my sympathy...those of us who have never given birth, even though we know people that have...never hear about the 'bad' things...apparently there are secrets that are only ever between a woman and her gynaecologist...and I thank the Lord for that!

    Hope you're feeling more the ticket soon...speshully if you're looking that beautiful!

    ...and Christophe...to gaze upon such beauty is another gift in itself...

  • Comment number 8.

    I always said there is NO dignity left once you've had a baby! if it isn't people complimenting each other on how good their stitching is (happened to a friend of mine and initially she was quite flattered till she realised what they meant!!), to how easy (or not) it is to sit down etc - and i remember the "not-wanting-to-go" days - never worth making a cup of tea beforehand! but Tash you must do it otherwise it'll get worse!!

    and who can forget the Victoria Wood bit about the haemorrhoid (not spelt right but you know what i mean!) - she says they should give you 2 bonnets, one for the baby and one for the haemorrhoid!

    sorry, all those who haven't had the delights - or have them yet to come!

    but nature is a fabulous thing - even people with absolutely awful times giving birth go on to do it again - the end result is without question worth it!!

    Roidy - i agree with the kilos thing - my midwife used to convert it all to pounds every time - so why bother with the metric?!! if it helps my son was 9lb 2oz when he was born and was just over 4 kilos so I guess 3.9 kilos is about 8.5 lbs?? am sure one of the midwives out there will know exactly!

    phew! long post for me this early!

    CG xx

  • Comment number 9.

    Oh yes I remember the aftermath of my two when you put it like that, but it soon passes and then it goes all warm and fuzzy, well it did for me!! Best not to remind me of it though. My babies are 32 and 28 and one has a baby of their own so granny Rose now, that's a whole new story starting for me.

    Isn't life wonderful when you don't read the papers or watch the box, life can be so simple, so extraordinary, so amazing, unfortunately some people make so awful, so confusing and so disgusting!

    You have put life, real life into perspective this last week Chris we all need that, keep on blogging and giving us what life is all about, the simple innocence of life, the real love, the amazing feelings we all forget sometimes when we go about our lives. Thank you and put these blogs into a book for us all to read before we drift off to sleep because this is real life.

    Bless you Tash, Noah and Beth for giving us so much in just one short week, we love you all for it.

    R x

  • Comment number 10.

    Men - we tell it like it is don't we!
    Yes definitely more pics (of Noah please!) and can we have an update on size - is he going to make 6' plus like his daddy? Is he a ginger top too? I think we should be told.
    Thinking of pics - Noah and Tash perhaps?
    Noah and Beth?
    Misty Isle again here today, no mountains out. All the snow has gone and that's another big change in just 7 days! Time flies......
    Love to all of you people in faraway places with strange sounding names. X

  • Comment number 11.

    Goodness. I'm thinking today's blog reading is going to excruciating! I'm wincing just sitting here thinking about some of the above posts.

    Stitching???? Is it not like anything - just throw it away and get another one .....


    Oh well!

    Deev x x x

  • Comment number 12.

    CtD - no and if i put on here what one of my friends' dear husbands was going to ask for while they were there i'll get moderated!!!


  • Comment number 13.

    I'm having visions of all sorts of fancy embriodery now CG!!

    Cross stitch?

    Eyes watering like a good 'un now!!

  • Comment number 14.

    a sort of toggle fastening like on a parka/snorkel jacket if you must know


  • Comment number 15.

    ooh i wish i hadn't said that now!!

  • Comment number 16.

    maybe i should moderate myself!

  • Comment number 17.


    muchos coughing now underway chez deev x x x x

  • Comment number 18.

    see what i mean about no dignity at all??!!


  • Comment number 19.

    Stop it. Stop it. Stop it.


    ...and sunnink else wot I just fort ov...

    My friend, who has had not one but FIVE (yes FIVE) wee bairns, said her only complaint was that her brain turned to porridge.

    apparently this is a well known syndrome

    I call it Sunday mornings

    ARF - Working on the Chain-stitch Gang, Sam Cooke...

  • Comment number 20.

    good job I put my coffee cup down before I read those CG!

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 21.


    Some of my very bestest brainiest ladychums have turned to porridge during the gestation period.

    Most peculiar.

    x x x

  • Comment number 22.

    Oh - slight Deev deviation .....

    How FANTASTIC was Morrissey on The One Show last night!?!?!


    A true Legend x x x x

  • Comment number 23.

    sorry, sorry, i said it wasn't really something to put on here!! but it was Chezza - she forced me into it!!

    and i agree with the brain mush thing - i still plead that one and my kids are 9 and 3!!!


  • Comment number 24.


    Don't know if anyone has said this already as don't have time to read all the posts but ...

    (whispering now ...

    Tell Tash to wee while she's having a bath - much much less painful!)

    And if she's not already taking arnica, tell her to take some arnica - great for healing the bruising/wounds and totally ok for Noah.

    I had loads of stitches - they were more painful than childbirth itself, so I totally empathise!!!!

    T xxx

  • Comment number 25.

    i have got to like Morrissey more as i have got older. maybe you have to have lived to appreciate his angst!

    but did anyone ever see Tony Christie (you know, Way to Amarillo bloke) do an impression of Morrissey on never mind the buzzcocks that time?? hilarious!!

  • Comment number 26.


    I remember those days well! Poor Tash.

    I compare childbirth to going on a huge bender.

    You forget how bad the last hangover was and do it all over again.

    Back later.

    Debbie x

    PS: Been asked to attend a meeting and take the minutes, not done that before eek!

  • Comment number 27.

    Thanks Chris for sharing - I think!!

    The thought of a tiny weeny baby of my own fills my heart with joy, but it's how it gets out that makes my eyes water and me clench!

    All my friends who have children have brains of mush (well that's there excuse anyway). My brains mush and I don't have kids!!

    CtD - not a great Morrissey fan as I find his music quite depressing, but I have to confess to thinking there was something about him last night that I found attractive - is it just me??


  • Comment number 28.

    Debs - a tip - make sure you know who all the people are sitting round the table, so you know who said what!! I usually draw up a little table plan for myself when I first get there and everyone's introducing themselves.

    You'll be fine!! Are you allowed to take your hairnet off for the meeting???

    T xx

  • Comment number 29.


    Bullet points / action points only - do not go for verbatum. That's just asking for trouble!!

    Good luck - go get 'em!

    Deev x x x

  • Comment number 30.

    Ali - no, I saw him on JR (I know I know I hate JR but he does have good guests) - and thought he was really scrummy - and I never used to like him at all!

    T x

    Right, work!

  • Comment number 31.

    Tins - I've done that too, but if I don't catch their names I have my own "key" - bloke with comb-over, red-tie man, perfume woman etc etc etc.

    Norty secretaries eh!

    x x x

  • Comment number 32.

    LOL Diva, me too!!!

    Well, got to have something to brighten up a dull meeting!

    T x

  • Comment number 33.

    Happy 1 week old Noah! I can't believe a week has gone by already!

    Loved the blog story yesterday Chris, certainly cheered up such a boring Monday!

    Good to hear Tash is doing well & cant wait for the show later!

    Love to you all


  • Comment number 34.

    Tinsel, hairnet is off! hehe.

    Cheryl, I am going to prove what a bimbo I am now....what's verbatum?


    x x x

  • Comment number 35.


    I always try and type up the minutes within a couple of days, if not hours, while it's all still fresh. So if you write something down that doesn't quite makes sense you can think back to who said it at the meeting and remember what it is they did said!

    Good luck


  • Comment number 36.

    Would women prefer it if the men had the stitching done?

    As for Morrisey (and I've only come to his stuff on Radio 2 late in life) he does rather remind me of Billy J Kramer (Beatles era in case you haven't heard of him) who was fine on record e.g. Little Children, but his live performance made you recognise the art of the studio sound engineer..... I heard a clip of Morrisey's live performance the other night and have to ask - why??

    Please don't set the angst police on me - his writing is amazing but the voice, no.

    Coffee time.

  • Comment number 37.

    It's verbatim, and it means word for word...minutes just means what is said every minute...

    ...and another tip...(the table plan...always!) once they start talking, just glance to see who is speaking, but don't look up, or look out of the window...that is when you will miss possibly the only vital point in the whole dull malarkey!

    I'm sure you'll be fine.

    there's always a first time

    Which is pretty much what Chris said to Tash

  • Comment number 38.

    #34 - I think that should be verbatim, it means word for word like a court stenographer

  • Comment number 39.

    Oh Chris

    You are going to be a great dad to Noah and a wonderful husband to Tash.

    I found that having warm baths and using Lavendar helped with the stiches.


  • Comment number 40.

    Meeting notes - check with the ChairOne if they want bullets or verbatim (with an I) or they will strop later. Scribble notes verbatim ("as said") and you can bullet later - but not the other way round. Enjoy!

    Agree with drawing pics as I don't remember names. Even the wife is called Mrs RfS.

    Kettle boiling, musdash as Mrs RfS fell down stairs last Monday on first day back at work, and she will be shouting for biscuits.

  • Comment number 41.

    Okey dokey. Thanks guys.

    Checking out the minutes from the last meeting, that's got to help.

    Ooh half and hour to go....'citing!

    x x x

  • Comment number 42.

    hi chris and tash...yep it goes so quick, i have a nearly 4 week old babba and im trying to find a time machine as i speak to slow everything down some....

    anyway a tip for the wee wee's....hold a large wadge of toilet roll over the 'painful' area and then let the fountain go. Yes its gross 'cos you are essentially weeing on your hand but after all those 'urine' samples throughout pregnancy it shouldnt be that odd!! Just a tip. I tried the water thing and i could never co-ordinate everything to happen at the same time!!

    and my other tip.....

    pain killers, no one is going to give you a medal for 'toughing' it out!!

    lots of love to you both.

  • Comment number 43.

    Good morning Chris - such wise and heart warming words - I have read the blogs from Thursday and caught up with some of the posts but not all - I have a slip of an excuse for my absence but mainly have been in meetings and out of contact at home. Boo hoo

    The wee story was hilarious and really made me smile and it seems a lot of bloggers recall their experiences and some wise words from experience for you to note indeed.

    Gingembre from your posting it seems you had a really good birthday and you really deserved a fun time.

    After having a female op I too had a problem with the toilet and the bath really did help along with Arnica. That and trying to walk on the wards holding my tummy thinking it was going to fall apart/drop off wasn't funny but that's what happens.

    Off now to go back to lurking and hoping that one day soon my internet connection will stay up long enough for me to blog at home.

    So to Chris, Tash, Noah and Beth and all bloggers/lurkers I wish you a great week.


  • Comment number 44.

    Oooh yes Debbie - just take the actions that people say they are going to do under a heading and leave it at that - much easier to do and follow up on - cos you will get that as well.

    Good luck

    Practice comes with more practice.

  • Comment number 45.

    Ooops. I spelt it wrong. Sorry bout that!


    There! That's better .....

    Now, please don't shrink wrap my cucumbers!

    Deev x x x

  • Comment number 46.

    Hi Chris,

    Sounds like you are loving every minute of being a daddy. We here at gro-group just wanted to wish you and your new family well and all the best for the future. We have put some goodies in the post to you including our Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag and Grobag Swaddle. Hope little Noah loves them.

    Lots of love to you all.


  • Comment number 47.

    well - never thought I would be refering women here as a midwife for postnatal advice!!! It's a funny world - thanks Chris! (don't know if Tash will thank you though)!

    Excellent advice - especially the arnica and lavender.

    To answer your questions yesterday Nicki - Hamster recovered, Daughter did not become an artist, and Scared Husband is now an ex!

    Spring is Springing - can feel it in the air......

    have a good day all - thank you for brightning mine xx

  • Comment number 48.

    Now I know why everyone is so stressed here today....Mr JW is on his way.

    Very tense here today, important business this bread making lark you know!

    x x x

  • Comment number 49.

    Ouch, poor Tash.

    Glad the little man is doing so well.

    J xxx

  • Comment number 50.

    So this is where you're all playing.............! I thought it was oddly quiet on the last blog!

    A whole week has gone by already - told you so, CLP!

    Poor Tash, I do hope she doesn't mind us all knowing about her 'women's problems'! My sister in law had a 9 and a half pound baby as her first and I vividly remember how much she struggled to walk around the ward afterwards. Not being able to carry to full term myself meant I at least avoided that problem - we just had other ones to worry about instead. But all was well in the end.

    Can't add much to the advice given to Debbie but the table plan is the best idea out there. If you do use descriptions like 'tall bald man' etc do make sure they are in initials only - or written where people can't see them! People can be soooo sensitive about what you think are purely factual descriptions!


  • Comment number 51.

    Debs, I have visions of it being like when the Queen arrives - everyone will be lining up in the best clean white aprons and curtseying to him!!!

  • Comment number 52.

    LOL not quite Tinsel!

    Blooming chaos here today. But then he is the MD I suppose.

    Good tip derbyfi ta.

    x x x

  • Comment number 53.

    Right I'm off to the meeting room, see ya later!

    x x x

  • Comment number 54.

    Morning all !
    We have snowdrops and crocus appearing in the wilderness we call a garden - Yay!!
    Ouch - poor Tash been there for a different reason - battery acid springs to mind!

    Loads to get done if I'm to get to the bolt hole this week-end to see if it's still there.

    Good luck Debs - too late now but will give you a few shorthand tips some time - agree with above tho' and grab the names - I'm terrible with names - Pin numbers however !!!!!

    Back later

    Beesmum xxx

  • Comment number 55.

    Norty Beezer! xx

  • Comment number 56.

    Morning all bloggers and CLP
    and Chris thanks for last 3 blogs. I loved Saturday's, made me cry - again!!!!! What are you doing to us all, making all our girl hormones messed up.....ok, i know it doesn't take much but still...

    But your message on Saturday was absolutely lovely, and if only every parent were like you and Tash, the world would undoubtedly be a happier more content place. Also lovely that you keep daughter no 1 in the picture!

    Yesterday you made us laugh and now today all us girls are sitting with legs well crossed!!! Poor Tash, and i guess poor you as well.....:), but everything good in life is always worth waiting for. perhaps not the 9 months you waited for Noah, maybe bit too long, but whatever the timescale, it will be worth the wait, and the excitement, nervousness and trepidation once you 'start' again....just similar to first time together, except Tash keeping one ear open for her baby no 1!!!!!!

    Well done Superdad!!!! you are amazing to be sharing your special time with us. thank you.

    Debs, hope the meeting went well, would love to meet mr JW!!! hope he's not a crusty old thing...:)

    CtD - hope your cold all better...must have been the bombay.


  • Comment number 57.

    Dreamer - think it was not enough of the Bombay ....... !!


  • Comment number 58.

    True, always good to spirit away the bugs...:)


  • Comment number 59.

    Not too diluted tho - reserve the tonic for the summer to keep the mozzies away!

  • Comment number 60.

    So, here you all are, I thought I was all on me tod...an I was!
    Time warp - stuck in yesterday.

    all these posts about ladies with sore areas, I can't imagine how that must feel, but can't help thinking of that old saying, summink to with a camel and the eye of a needle!!


  • Comment number 61.

    Really pleased for you both - ice cold water though - I thought warm was supposed to be better?

  • Comment number 62.

    Tins, I'm still larfin about the wiper nicker with it up his bottom...possibly how 'after-baby' might feel...

    SBeep, Mariella was arstin for you yesterday. Good to see you about now...likewise Phoenix xx

    Dreamer! What you said about girl hormones. I'm in enuff of a state about the imminent removal to a new Sett...I wonder if re-reading these lovely blogs of Christophe's isn't helping any. I thought they were cheering me up...perhaps they were but in a strange weepy way...hmmmm

    ...and I have to say, Nicki-Noos, I'm with you on that one...

    it's all very well pullin' the needle through, but you gotta stop at the knot

  • Comment number 63.

    ps I meant to give you this.

    Christophe, maybe you can get Beth to take up cycling...and a wee trolley on the back for Noah!


  • Comment number 64.

    Anyone else listening to JV? Who is this idiot who is praising the supermarkets for their packaging? Completely barking!!


  • Comment number 65.

    He's doing it again. Jeremy Vine. Getting my goat.

    Recycling / packaging debate.

    Yes there's too much packaging. Waste has gone up because as a nation we rely on more convenience foods, which are over-packaged. Not to mention over-priced. And under-taste.

    But the big issue on recycling is you can only recycle what your local authority are willing to take away to recycle.

    If the Government made every area the same UK wide as to what's collected and recycled, it would be a tad easier for the general public to get their heads round.

    That said, I still detest my fruit and veg being encased in polythene.

    Surely common sense should prevail.

    Stepping off her soapbox, for now
    x x x x

  • Comment number 66.

    Deev - good point re local authorities. Every London borough seems to have their own rules/containers/pattern of collection. So one of my friends who lives on a main road has different arrangements from her neighbours directly opposite who fall into the next borough!

    At our bolt hole we never use the recycling collection service because it is done on a day when we're hardly ever there and the boxes just get left out in the street afterwards. We use the recycling bins behind the supermarket instead and that area is always very busy. So my question is, just how much does the special collection van actually gather?


  • Comment number 67.

    here, here Deev!

  • Comment number 68.

    It's all down to tonnages y'see. The LAs get paid by the Government for their tonnages of what percentage goes to Landfill (subject to landfill tax) and what gets recycled.

    Lighter materials (plastics for example) tend to not get collected because it takes a shedload of plastic to make a tonne/bale. Glass bottles and paper on the other hand, well - you can do the math.

    We're lucky in Suffolk as to what we can recycle via our kerbside scheme - and I consider it a priviledge having worked as Education Officer at the Suffolk Recycling plant for a couple of years. I learn so much!

    Another thing you may not know - use your "bring sites" in your District - paper banks, bottle banks, clothing/textile banks etc - they raise money for local causes - particularly those sited within school grounds etc.

    See. I can be sensible sometimes!

    Off to hug a tree now

    x x x x

  • Comment number 69.

    Speaking for m'self (other opinions available) I'd like to see Jezza V packaged in cellophane and left in a landfill. I can't watch Panorama any more either. Or Eggheads, but then I didn't have that as part of my regular viewing...

    He just gives me the pip.

    end of

    CtD, please ensure it is a nut tree of some description!

  • Comment number 70.

    Hi I'm back, did you miss me?

    Meeting was fine, think I did ok with these minutes find out next week.

    Just saw Mr JW in the wash station while I was scrubbing up and putting on my hairnet. The Bakery Support Manager was behind him pointing and waving letting me know who it was. Seems like a nice enough bloke.

    It's my friday today, day off tomorrow hurray!

    Debbie x

  • Comment number 71.

    afternoon peeps! I pre empted Mr V today and am listening again to Mr Alan Titchmarsh currently playing the theme tune to Dambusters ;-}

    Daaaah da daaah da dada da daah da

    much more civilised!


  • Comment number 72.

    I'm all for recycling and less packaging. I am often asked at the checkout whether I'd like my veg/fruit put in a bag and I always say no, cause if I did I would have done that when I selected it - doh!!

    But what I don't understand is that if my local council only collect the blue bags/bins once a fortnight. How come those blue bags in my bin store that are put out a week early are taken?!?! Does that mean they are just throwing them in with the everyday rubbish and not recycling them?

    Confused AliB

  • Comment number 73.

    Hello all

    Another busy morning here, however, have been able to read and catch up on the blog. Always good for a laugh and a tear or two!

    Dear Tash, how I remember the pain and discomfort......would agree with the lavender and a warm bath. Worked wonders for me both during and after bringing the GD into the world.

    Poor JV, sure he must be an ok bloke really. BUT does he really enjoy making us all depressed and getting up our noses (mine anyway)!

    Not long till Steve takes over - thank goodness.


  • Comment number 74.

    Glad the meeting went well Debbie - well done. Can be nerve wracking at times I know from experience. Enjoy your day off tomorrow whatever you get up


  • Comment number 75.

    CtD and others,

    JV seems to take pleasure in winding both his callers, guests and us up. If the bbc or others involved think this is good journalism then they have much inward looking to do. The programme always made me angry, incredulous at some people's opinions and disbelieving that JV and others want to do this kind of show at all, just to pay the mortgage?! I have stopped listening, same as not buying 'those' newpapers. Let's have some uplifting lunchtime programming 'bbc people that make the decisions'.

    along with ctd, i'm off my soapbox for the day and off to the supermarket to complain about the deforestation of our world!



  • Comment number 76.

    Hi Dreamer

    I've switched it off - rarely listen to him at all and one hour was more than enough for me today. I also wish there was something more fun and uplifting on at lunchtime. Do the powers that be read this blog I wonder?

    The only useful thing he did was to remind me that it is dustbins day tomorrow so I've put mine out ready for the 06.30 disturbance. The most annoying thing is when they wake you up and only then you realise your bin isn't out but it's too late to dash out and do it!


  • Comment number 77.

    Chris your blogs just keep getting better. As a mother of a beautiful 4 month of daughter, I fully understand where you are coming from regarding not wanting them to get any bigger and protecting your son from the big bad world. They are so loving and trusting and completely oblivious to life outside the bubble which we have created. I wish I could freeze the moment, but it is true you just don't want them to get bigger. I cried when I had to pack away her 0-3 month clothes. I just wanted to thank you also for keeping us posted on how life has changed for you as a husband, father and dog owner! Your honesty is wonderful and so entertaining. Please keep blogging as it brightens up my day. Love to Noah, Tash and Beth.

  • Comment number 78.

    Poor Tash know how she feels after having three children myself,but it will pass and she will soon forget all about it TILL NEXT TIME!!
    know what you mean about wanting to keep Noah just like he is now for a while,but unfortunately as you have probably already noticed they seem to literally grow before your very eyes,in both size and intellect.Make the most of these wonderful times,they are so very very precious.
    Enjoy your day.
    Take care of each other.
    Love to you all. J x x x x.

  • Comment number 79.

    Good grief!!!!

    Thank Goodness the subject has changed, no offence but I had to sit that one out!

    Deev, saw Morrisey last night and laughed my bits off...what an awkward character to have to try and interview.

    I loved the honesty, very refreshing.

    Debbie, I hope JW didn't catch you loafing about on the blog......Sorry, very very sorry!

    Squeemish Rips!

  • Comment number 80.

    I have to agree with the comments above about JV's show.

    I have to admit that I immediately switch to http://www.bigl.co.uk and listen to Mike Reid. It reminds me of the days of the original pirate radio stations.

    Then at 2 it is back to "SW in the afternoon"

  • Comment number 81.

    df, hope you remember to put on your slippers and take off your hairnet when you get caught out at a 6.30 dustbin alarm call!


  • Comment number 82.

    no chance dreamer - by the time I got some clothes on, ran down the stairs and out to the back gate they'd be 3 streets away!

    And the sight of me first thing (even without a hairnet!) requires a strong stomach - mr df could vouch for that! :)


  • Comment number 83.

    Hi to Ripples - I just caught part of Morrissey's bit on the One Show - something else I rarely bother with - from where he said they had 4 houses in a row, one for them , one for his gran and 2 for his aunties. Those were the days..................


  • Comment number 84.

    Hi df,

    Hope you're well?

    I'm a latecomer to Morrisey, always liked his music but not enough to become a huge fan.
    It was Russel Brand who put me on to him through his much missed R2 show.

    Despite, what your supposed to think of him, I find him hilarious and quite warm...I also (and this will be controversial) find him quite attractive) oo-er: If I had to pick someone etc etc!

    The CMM doesn't fancy him and can't understand my, ummmm, 'attraction' as it was always Jude Law before if I had to go
    Gay, as they say..

    Right Fella's back me up here as I'm feeling insecure....Who would you go Gay for that includes already Gay fella's. Which woman?

    Actually...C'mon Girls lets have yours aswell.

    This may be my last blog, I remain to see.

    Bi Bi...Ripples x

  • Comment number 85.

    I'm in full agreement re (over) packaging at the supermarkets, it seems things are in a sachet, in a carton, wrapped with plastic, in a box. Makes me mad (der), an I grew out of pass the parcel ooo must be weeks ago now!

    Anyhow, I got to disappear for an hout or two, I'm going to do summink many will think crazy, but it's been nagging me for ages, and I think my mum would approve, I may ask your opinion after I dunnit.


  • Comment number 86.

    Thats an hour or two

  • Comment number 87.

    Ripples - you may have started something here...............

    I confess to thinking that he was attractive in some ways - more than when he was young and I regularly listened to his music in various student hovels - but then he kept doing something odd with his mouth (or teeth) that put me off again and I can't quite say why!

    I know some straight men who adore certain star footballers so much that I do wonder - if they ever got the offer, etc........... Stephen Gerrard seems to get many of them going in ways that don't seem to be entirely about sport. But what do I know? He doesn't do it for me.


  • Comment number 88.


    Just so you don't feel out on a limb - I would go gayo for Ellen Pompeo. She's Meredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy (US TV Drama). Also have a bit of a girl crush on Claudia Winkleman.

    But also have major crush on Patrick Dempsey, (Derek Shepherd in Grey's) - now there's a threesome worth thinking about.


  • Comment number 89.

    Lol Ali!


  • Comment number 90.


    If you are one them there lady types..You haven't answered the question!

    AliB, I know it defeats the object, but I'm with you on The Winkleman!

    Rips x

  • Comment number 91.


    Do you remember that time on Russell's show when Morrissey made him sing I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles?

    You could feel Russ cringing thru the airwaves but not doing something asked for by The One And Only Morrissey .... he just had to do it.


    And their on-air chemistry and flirting was so funny too.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaah. Happy Dayz!

    Deev x x x

  • Comment number 92.

    no.............because I was thinking about it and no-one immediately sprang to mind.

    But if pushed I suppose I quite liked that Portia de Rossi (or similar) who was the tall blonde ice queen one in Ali McBeal - and who in real life was with Ellen de Generes for ages (not sure if they still are couple). I would have liked to think I looked like that (but never did) which possibly signifies something...........

    Otherwise I really can't think of anyone. Sorry!


  • Comment number 93.

    AliB #88

    Ha ha ha! Me too re Claud! But am more of a Lexie fan than Meredith lover I think - she is just too whiney! I think everyone has a gay-crush, if only they'd admit it.

    Hello everyone else! I am sort of newbie...not posted for a v v long time (and not under this name til yesterday - I used to be plain ol' "JF") but have read everyday since Day 1!

    Hope you are all well and happy

  • Comment number 94.

    Agree with you there on Ellen Pompeo, (and patrick Dempsey, as I remember hime from Brat pack movies!)

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 95.


    I do remember indeed, I was Cringing just as much, he was also bang on about Mozza never answering a direct question, I've still never heard him do that.

    God! I miss that show.

    Chez, answer the question.....come on!

    Ripples xxx

  • Comment number 96.

    Morning/Afternoon everyone from upstate NY,

    Bright and sunny here this morning. Snow is almost gone, making way for more tomorrow I think. Interesting comments on the blog this morning. Almost bordering on the "to much information"....LOL

    I can honestly say AliBaba, as big a footie fan as I am, there is not way on this green earth that I would be tempted by one, unless they play for the England women's team....... and Ashley Cole is not included....LOL

  • Comment number 97.

    df, Portia and Ellen are "married" now.

    JF2009, Lexie is really growing on me as a character. I do agree about whiney Meredith but there is just something about her ;)


  • Comment number 98.


    Portia de Rossi will do, on many levels!

    Good work..

    Rips xxx

  • Comment number 99.

    Ripples - I just put that question to an older friend who said quick as a flash that she'd pick the blonde one from Abba - in their heyday!

    Didn't even pause for thought...... and she's a 30 years happily wed mother and grannie.


  • Comment number 100.

    HI Chris, sounds as if your really enjoying being a Dad, dosent seem possible that Noah s a week old, and doing so well.hes such a beautiful boy.Oh!!Poor Tash, I rememeber how she feels its brought it all back to me !!!!!take it easy Tash.
    Lot of love to all of you.xx


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