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Chris Evans | 14:07 UK time, Thursday, 30 July 2009

... editing.

The book is totally finished except for one thing. A book is never finished - it can always be better and as long as they say I can tinker I will.

Been tinkering all morning to tell you the truth.

You have to be really hard on yourself and take a knife to anything that may even run the risk of holding the story up.

I spent four days writing one bit that I have just put a red marker pen through. It's good but it's not relevant. Relevance is everything when it comes to telling a tale.

The cutting room floor eh ?

Pass me the dustpan and brush before I change my mind.

Clp 2009 X.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Afternoon Chris,

    The happiest days of my life were when I worked for a publishing company - great memories.

    Whatever is written your true fans will love.

    Catch you later on the radio.


  • Comment number 2.

    Oh, CLP, don't you feel like you've been wasting all those days writing?

    Mind you I have days like taht too, working on something for ages for someone, and then they change their mind...

    JG x

  • Comment number 3.

    Christoph - do a separate book with the "out-takes"

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 4.

    hey there bigman

    I assume this is an autobiography, or is it a book of tales from days gone by (same thing?)
    Looking forward to October and finally be able to read it.

    Any chance to coincide (sp) with the book release you could allow a sat channel to show re-runs of toothbrush???

    bonnet de douche


  • Comment number 5.

    As if by magic Christoff, my little ditty worked!! See previous blog!

    Good news about the book, I know it will be superb!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 6.

    CLP.....I'm sure it will be well worth all the hard worch!!!!

    Keep it relevant AND good, leave the best bits in though, relevant or not.


  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Christopher

    FGI (flippin good idea, other f words available!) - have you thought about doing an audio version - would be ab fab me thinks! What do you reckon blog mates?

    Steffi XX

  • Comment number 8.

    Awww CLP, not sure if I could cope with that - chopping it up and pasting it all back together and stuff. I'd probably take it waaaaaay to personally that my first draft was total pants!!

    Can't wait to read it tho!

    Now, are we ARFing????

    Wonderful World - Joey Ramone

    Thank you!!

    Truly Madly Deeply In Love Deevs
    x x x x x x x

  • Comment number 9.

    Hey, Ginge....and also re-runs of TFI Friday...cmon. Sweet memories.

    Beez...good idea re the 'out takes', I'm with you on that one.


  • Comment number 10.

    Christoff dear boy,

    Drivetime has many many irrelavances mingled in, thats part of what makes it such a joyful show.
    Don,t leave the good stuff on the cutting room floor old bean.


  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Chris, it must be difficult for you to take out stuff you originally meant to say, but sometimes, just sometimes - less is more.

    Really looking forward to the book - top of my wish list at the moment!

    And, Chris, I am totally with Gingembre: please give us Toothbrush. It was utterly brilliant, I now know - though as I have confessed in the past - I only saw the final two shows!

    Hi everyone else, hope you are ok.

    C xx

  • Comment number 12.

    Can't wait to read the book CLP, am sure it will be a cracker!

    Just wanted to wish Bondy good luck with the job - all sounding v promising yesterday?!

    And DebsC - great to see you and sounding so perky again! Well done sweetie, you've done and are doing amazingly well!

    T xxx

  • Comment number 13.

    CLP - I'm sure whatever you write it will be fine - i am lookign forward to it :-)

    debs2 if you are about? I need our resident HR person - I have told my old job I'm l;eaving but as we haven't sorted out at date yet I cannot do my resignation letter. On the other side I am still waiting to hear from my new company with a solid offer letter - although I have an email on intenet - where do i stand?

  • Comment number 14.

    Good afternoon everyone...just popping by...can't look at the screen for longer than about 30secs before it sends my eyes all odd...

    Anyhoo, Christophe, editing...if this bit was so good, why did you then decide it wasn't relevant? There comes a time when you just have to stop making the soup m'dear.

    Also, thank you all for your cards, poems and best wishes...I'm missing you, I'm missing work, and Christophe, you're keeping me going!!!

    ARF please.

    See my baby jive - Wizzard


  • Comment number 15.


    Outkast-Hey Yah!

    If that don't make you smile on a Friday at 5.05, nothing will.


  • Comment number 16.

    In editing and writing we have one rule that works:
    "Be prepared to kill your darlings"
    :O( but works!
    Just abandon it at the least damaging point, CLP.
    See you on the radio.

  • Comment number 17.


    given the change in weather forecasts for the summer it has to be.............

    Waiting on a Sunny Day by bruuuuuuuuuuuuuce springsteen

    good foot tapper to get the 2 hours on the road.

  • Comment number 18.

    Are you lurking? Any news?

  • Comment number 19.

    Sooner or later you will have to stop editing. You know what it is like you could keep going for ever. Will have to book myself another holiday around October so I can take the book to read.

    I loved toothbrush, always hoped it would be my house that the camera would be outside but it never happened, Chris wont let them be shown as he was far too young looking then, me thinks.

  • Comment number 20.

    Hazel - Good to hear from you, we're missing you too, sweetie. It's probably early days to ask if the rash is on the wane. From my experience, about 10 years ago, it took about 6 weeks.

    Take care xx

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 21.

    Oh yeah, forgot........


    Hold on Tight to your Dream - ELO

    or in your case, Christoff, your head!!

    Quite apt methinks

    Thank you kind sir

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 22.

    Hazel Love....hope you are mending well.....take it easy, like the Commodors. I know it takes time to get better, must be v frustrating for you.

    BTW-the tablets worked wonders...not ONE single bite in 2 weeks...thanks again for the tip honey!

    Look after yourself.


  • Comment number 23.

    Morning and Afternoon everyone, No news yet on the job from (thanks for asking sparkling and thunder). Fingers and everything else crossed I get a call today. Weather-wise we have sunshine and temps around 80 (supposedly).

  • Comment number 24.

    Christoph - why not put the bits that you've cut out of the book onto the blog? That way no-one misses out!!!!

    Hazel - hope you're feeling a bit better my lovely - just don't join up the dots .............

    jillygoat xx

    PS - can I jump on the Wizzard "See My Baby Jive" ARF request with HL? Another one of me all-time favourite recuds xx

  • Comment number 25.

    ARF: well since it was said that there was positive discrimintaion for new bloggers I doubt mine will be picked as I'm an old timer.

    However, nothing ventured, nothing gained!

    MR blue sky: ELO as a staple as its my favouristist song in the world ever

    morning train (9 to 5) sheena easton as mr bp keeps singing it to me now I need to commute to London each day!

    Super bp x

  • Comment number 26.

    Just catching up on yesterday's blog. Thanks for the good luck wishes AliB, Thunder, eb, ginge, penny (and no you didn't wake me..LOL), Debbie-C, and everyone else I may have missed.

  • Comment number 27.

    Just a quickie .....

    Text from Bingo: he's alive and well and a very busy bunny! Promised to be back soon and sends his love!

    Text too long to copy out in its entirety!

    Much love

    Deevs, Bingo's Spin Doctor ....
    x x x x x

  • Comment number 28.

    C'mon Bondy, we are all rooting for ya! Glad to hear weather picking up a bit now. Sussex weather gone balmy, sunshine, then heavy rain, followed by sunshine then more rain...is this climate change for real I wonder???

    Penny, ARF good choice, but I smell desparation in your comments (thank you kind sir?)....lol xx

  • Comment number 29.

    "see my baby jive" now there's a great song I haven't heard for ages. Will have to check if that's on my ipod..... any news on when the cricket will start.... besides tomorrow...LOL

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Baz, lost the tan yet...LOL Thanks for the support, much appreciated. Weather here is still 10 degrees cooler than it's supposed to be for this time of year, but at least it's not raining....yet!!!!

  • Comment number 31.

    2nd choice ARF

    You Little Thief- Feargal Sharkey


  • Comment number 32.

    Hi Bondy

    There's another pitch inspection due at 4.15, and the possibility of a start at 5.00, providing it doesn't rain again in the meantime!

    Will need to think about my ARF!

    JG x

  • Comment number 33.

    Right guys, listen up - the bet is on . . .

    Whats the name of the book going to be??

    My guess is . . "Thanks for tuning in . . . !!!"


    a fiver . . .


  • Comment number 34.

    Deevs - thanks for getting back to us re Bingo - text too long? you don't say!!!LOL

    Bazza - desperate mois? Just being polite, which is wot I was tawt!! But you never know It might work, doubt it tho' as I'm not a newbie! But if it gets the newbies posting it can't be all bad!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 35.

    JG you beat me to it....you cricket fan too??

    Fingers crossed that there is some play today...damn weather...xx

  • Comment number 36.

    Thanks JG, on the plus side, if this ends in a draw we are still one up in the series......

    DtM...... hmmmmm I like your suggestion for Chris' book.....

  • Comment number 37.

    Pen, you be an 'oldie' then? How long is my newbie probation period then?

  • Comment number 38.

    ARF: HOWZAT by Sherbert........

    or in celebration of the book being completed:

    The Book of Love by the Monotones

  • Comment number 39.

    Baz - in more ways than one! LOL

    Only been posting for about 6 months, but that's not classed as a newbie in terms of ARF, I think it is someone who posts today for the first time. Now watch them all come out of the woodwork!!!

    Anyhoo have been lucky like you to have had a couple played, so am more than happy for someone else to have a go! Nevertheless you've still gotta try!!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 40.

    By the crin Christoff I'd say the contents of your dustpan will make more sense than my aul ramblings. I'll be needin' a skip if I get as far as editin'. Can't WAIT for the book. I'll be queuein' outside a Waterbombs in me tent to get mine, hurrah.

    Any road up guess where I've bin.

    Took me car in to get serviced this morning, battled with torrential hailstones, if you please, on the M6/ M62, was like summat off Perfect Storm, expected George Clooney landin' on me bonnet in the sou'wester with a mazzard full a turbot; anyway, got to the garage and guess what. Lightning had struck the phone lines, chaos. Ergo surrounded by firemen, oh hurrah, thinks I. Things are lookin' up. So, quick-thinkin', I threw meself over the shoulder of one of the burly ones and claimed I needed to rescue me cat from the roof. Bugger the flyin' dreams.

    And d'you know what. Them seats in the fire engine are a bit slippy, good job I was in the middle.

    Best be off; I need to wash this soot off me face.

    Can't wait for the dream chappy.


  • Comment number 41.

    ARF by the way.

    Roll Over Beethoven, Beatles?


  • Comment number 42.

    Clodagh....LOL...you very funny...

    OMG just looked out of office window....Perfect Storm now arrived in Brighton...have no brolly just a thin sports jacket...still, means I can get out of cutting the grass tonight...haha


  • Comment number 43.

    Clodagh - brilliant, I'm still laffing!!!

    Pen xx

  • Comment number 44.

    Just got back in. Been checking the clouds and the direction is 25 miles up the road towards Edgbaston. Been dry here for a few hours now. Any play yet JG?

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 45.

    Cricket just started.......

  • Comment number 46.

    Brilliant Clodagh !!!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 47.

    Ta James !! Any news yet - my arms legs and other bits are turning blue - can I uncross yet?

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 48.

    Hi Beez, yes, they've just started, and will probably have given up by the time I get home so I'll miss it!

    Although they should play until 7, as long the light's good

    Catch you later

    JG x

    PS Clodagh, hilarious as ever!

  • Comment number 49.

    No news yet Beez, still waiting for the phone call.

  • Comment number 50.


    Just want to say how much I am enjoying the blog just now - it has just such a great "vibe", hasn't it?

    Everyone is in great form at the moment (Tango, welcome back) but really have to say to Clodagh: what a tonic you are. Absolutely brilliant about the firemen!

    Happy Thirsty Thursday everyone, I'm off home and looking forward to a large glass of wine while watching New Tricks tonight!

    C xx

  • Comment number 51.

    P.S. 007: my fingers are crossed for you - have been meaning to say this for ages!

  • Comment number 52.

    Thanks Chrissie - knew there was a reason I needed to eat at a reasonable hour tonight!!! Love New Tricks !

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 53.

    Thanks Chrissie,

  • Comment number 54.

    Beez: happy to help!

  • Comment number 55.

    ARF - how about a bit of cheese to get the weekend started?

    Love Is In The Air by John Paul Young

  • Comment number 56.

    nothing wrong with a bit of cheese (gromit)......

  • Comment number 57.

    finally, we got a wicket.........

  • Comment number 58.

    well, I've made it home!

    What a different journey to this morning, lovely and sunny now (but I wasn't brave enough to put the roof down)!

    We need some more wickets, and quick!

    Sorry Baz, missed your earlier question - I only really watch the Ashes, and not as religiously as golf!

    Yippee, Pizza delivery tonight! And Mr JG home for once!

    JG x

  • Comment number 59.

    Can any one see me???????????????????????????????????



  • Comment number 60.

    hi debs......

  • Comment number 61.


    Hiya Bondy!

    I am in ESSEX - in a hotel room with my new work laptoppy and I have figured out how to do this with the wiffy thing!

    So now when I am here for the next two weeks I can join in my beloved blog in the evenings to stop me getting bored - I am like a little Ripster!

    Hello everyone!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bondy - not been on for a few days but I'm hoping you get some good news.

    Baggy - not really HR - more recruitment - if you have written confirmation by email of start dates I believe that is a legal document - but check first - the web might help.

    Oh so happy to be back..........


  • Comment number 62.

    Thanks debs.... still waiting, no word yet!!!!!!

    So what's going on in Essex?

  • Comment number 63.

    Hi James - the BIG job I went for a few weeks ago - I didnt get - but the company I interviewed with have asked me if I would help them on the account with issue management and project management whilst they get their account out of the myre.

    This is obviously a potential 'in' for me with this business, as they have lots of similar projects in my field of work, so of course I said yes and now here I am! Initially for a couple of weeks, but it is a good opp for me to show what I can do and then - who knows....

    watch this space - so hence I am in Essex!


  • Comment number 64.

    Woohoo Debs me little darlin - good these wiffy things aint they?!!! Only tried mine in bolt hole and here - dying to try somewhere else!!!!

    Can't get the cricket so keep me advised James/JG.

    Back later to keep you company - half way through cooking nosh.

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 65.

    Well good luck with the assignment debs, I am sure you'll set the stage alight and they'll just have to hire you...

    Hi Beez, we didn't fair too well on the opening day (well 2 hours really) the aussies elected to bat first and are 126-1 and the close.......

  • Comment number 66.

    Further staking my claim as the unofficial 'dream man'

    Gingembre - Re your White Heart Lane dream. Having consulted all my learned texts and ancient scripts from many cultures, I have come to the following conclusion. Your concious mind has fooled you into believing that you support the Spurs and that your loyalties lie in N17, however your subconcious mind knows the real truth and that is you are a Gooner.

  • Comment number 67.

    LOL BBB......

  • Comment number 68.

    Hiya Chris.......

    hope your book is just as great as Billie,s ??

    love ya Billiexxxx

  • Comment number 69.

    Barney - LOL you were smack on with mine and how the heck did you know I was about in the 60's huh?????? Do you know me!!!!? Gingembre however !!!!! I think not!!!

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 70.

    OI - ladies - maties - were are you!!!!???
    Heres me on the wiffy and only Bondy has the manners to keep me company - sorry BBB dont know you yet - been off blog for a few days

    O whas occurinn?


  • Comment number 71.

    Debs , hows tricks ? sounds like you are a busy girl.
    Hope you will be making it home in time for FNWC ?

    MC xx

  • Comment number 72.

    Evening everyone,

    Bondy, have they phoned you yet?

    Beez, hiya , hope you are ok.....

    BBB can i send you my dreams ..... i would love to know what they mean.

    MC xx

  • Comment number 73.

    Scuse me Debs but you need to check the f5 button !! I woz here too!!!!!

    Beez xx

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    If and when our Norfolk law enforcement officer replies it will merely confirm how much in denial he is of his inner latent Goonerism. I would suggest that he be put under deep hypnosis and played recordings of the wisdom of Arsene 'The Professor' Wenger until he sees the error of his ways and crosses to the Red Side.

  • Comment number 75.

    debs, it is really quiet tonight isn't it?

    Hi Beez, and MC

  • Comment number 76.

    Think everyone has left the country ......... this weather is enough to make you go insane.

    MC x

    PS hows little Daphne ?

  • Comment number 77.

    Debz , where are you ? have you just nipped out for Chards ???


  • Comment number 78.

    BBB - thin ice methinks!!! he he!!

    How you doing MC?

    Agree James - v quiet but I am watching New Tricks (new series) and I know there are a few fans! Deev was yawning when we spoke at 5.30 after all the swimming this morning and late night last night so I daresay asleep by now!!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 79.

    Hiya Beez, MC I have been doing the F5 thing - might be delay because I am 'dawn sarf' n that! LOL

    MC + Beez - oh how it seems so long ago we was darn brum.... good times...

    Yeh Bondy - what of the lovely daffers?

    MC - should make it back for FNWC - depends on the car park that is otherwise known as M25 I guess - might be a late entrant giggling at all your antics!

    love yahs

  • Comment number 80.

    Debs /MC - I know - Brum was only just over a couple of weeks ago!!! Seems like months!!!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 81.

    Hiya Beez , am great thanks, a little tired today though. Rain woke me up in the night and I couldnt get back to sleep.

    Debs, yep Brum was fun. hope you have an easy commute, can't you get an early dart.

    Am off to the big smoke on Saturday morning. Coz we is dining at the Ritz on Saturday night. Really looking forward to it. Struggling to decide on what tea to drink - ha !

    MC xx

  • Comment number 82.

    Now MC - you is a cheeky little monkey - what do you mean abart the chards??
    I NEVER touch the stuff - yeh right! LOL

    but alas - not tonight - saving that up for tomoz!!

    just getting to grips with the lap toppy and not having a mouse only the little thingy thing - you know what I mean - PLUS got given a raspberry phone thing today - WHAT A NIGHTMARE they are - a whole new lot of buttons in the wrong order - oh nooooooo dont do modern technology - give me the fax machine anyday.....


    PS so happy can communicate going to go


  • Comment number 83.

    Well..... I just got "THE" call offering me the job........... I have to call them back to accept and see I can negotiate any extras.....but I thought you'd like to be the first to know...... thanks again for all your support. I can't tell you how I have appreciated it over the last few months. It has kept me sane and focused..... you are all very much my friends. THANK YOU!!!

    ARF: Celebration - Kool and the Gang

  • Comment number 84.

    Got a general techno question for anyone who is FB user.
    When i did the initial set up , i made it all pretty private. So, i couldnt do games and notes and stuff.It kept asking me to allow access. Sooo, now i have allowed access !! have i opened up a can of worms, or a whole new world ?
    Can i switch it off again ???
    MC ... a little bit cautious ......

  • Comment number 85.


    James - BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Congratulations you - big hugs all round !!!!!!

    Beezer xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Comment number 86.

    Bondy, yyyyyyyaaaaayyyy , great news , soooo glad for you, sending you a big hug (((()))). Can i apply for the dog sitting vacancy please ?

    Guess you will be calling them back hey ??? Big Congrats xx

    MC xxxxx

  • Comment number 87.

    James - that's fantastic news - so pleased for you.

    Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 88.

    JAMES - WELL D~O~N~E you - bloody fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    on behalf of all bloggers I am sure they will agree - thats fandabydosey

    see I said didnt I - you, baggy and me - like buses all come along at the same time - mines not perm but I'm sure it will expand and even if it dont - it gets me over a major financial crisis

    WHooooooo hoooooooo for James!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Much love hunny!


  • Comment number 89.

    Evenin' all..

    Just poppin' in to say what a great bloke Ian Wallace was on DT tonight.

    Check out his website, v. interesting, simple and no mumbo-jumbo.

    I was looking at the sleep paralysis thing. That's another thing that happens to me occasionally; whereby you wake up, feel fully conscious, but can't move a muscle. Not even your eyelids. I've often wondered what that's all about, and have never really had a satisfactory explanation. In fact, I've had a few people tell me it doesn't happen and I've imagined it; well now it all makes perfect sense.

    Cheers Ian. Top man.


  • Comment number 90.

    James - I've got that song - "I'm so excited" going round in my head now but CELEBRATION great ARF!!!!!

    Presume you've made the call !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 91.

    Way to go Bondy!!! Excellent news!!!

    Hope you've accepted, are you hanging on for a better offer from t'ther place?

    Missed the dream man :(

    JG x

  • Comment number 92.

    Bondy... Wa-hey yippee hurrah!!!

    That's great news. Onwards and upwards, well done!!


  • Comment number 93.

    Awww MC - I wanted the Daphers job!



  • Comment number 94.

    Lovely to see you Debs, and glad you're not commuting!!

    JG x

  • Comment number 95.

    Where's he gone? Making the call or dancing round the room with Daphers!!!!

    Beez xxx

    C'mon James - have you called back???

  • Comment number 96.

    Hiya JG - well not for tonight anyroadsup - got to brave M25 carpark tomorrow evening but next two weeks based up here in the week - but now I've figured out how to communicate with the outside world from new lappy - no problemo!

    missing my little doggie dears tho......


  • Comment number 97.

    Good luck tomorrow, used to do the M25 regularly and don't miss it at all! LOL M60's bad enough!

    Who's looking after your doggies for you?

    JG x

  • Comment number 98.

    Debz, wonder if Bondy will let us job share. Us being such responsible upstanding pillars of the community. Think the job is pretty much ours hey ??? LOL

    MC x

    Debz, book those flights girl .. Bondy we are on our way ............

  • Comment number 99.

    Was lurking before bed, but had to log on to celebrate with Bondy - Well done that man!!

    Does it mean a move, or can you stay in newly decorated house!??

    And Beez, I shall now go to bed sing 'I'm so excited'!!


  • Comment number 100.

    Am off to do my packing, see you at the airport .

    MC xx


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