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Oval The Moon

Chris Evans | 07:41 UK time, Monday, 24 August 2009

How good was that yesterday ? What a beautiful day to take The Aussies down on a summer afternoon in South London.

I admit, I was worried until we took their sixth wicket and if Ponting hadn't run himself out by ball watching then who knows, Little Urn could be strapped in a Quantas business class seat all of his very own as we speak.

But it was not to be, our boys, be they South African, English or otherwise did what they had to do to win the day and it was party time in Vauxhall.

I watched the cricket, the grand prix, the athletics and the tennis at my mother in laws - seven hours straight with three generations for company. Tash's mum loves sport and so does her man. Their house is the best place to be on a big sporting Sunday. Fab food, the telly showing one thing whilst Five Live blasts out another in the kitchen.

We stayed till way after it was dark and had to somehow justify a take away on the way home to cap it all off. If only simply watching sport kept you fit and burnt off the calories. Right, Power Plate to "on" I need to feel the burn baby.





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  • Comment number 1.

    & the boys won silver in the relay too! Wherhoo!
    Great weather great day
    Long may it continue


  • Comment number 2.

    Morning CLP & Blogpeeps!

    Looks like you all had a good weekend. Bondy it's great to know that you're enjoying the new job and you're still managing quality time with the Daphster. Me & Boo had a good day yesterday, went for a lovely walk by the canal in the morning then she had a small rest while I went to take Birthday cards/prezzies to 2 of my friends before we went to Mum's for lunch then back home to finish painting the nursery. Boo sat and watched while I was painting just as if she was giving a critique on my work. Of course we had the Ashes on while I was working and can I just say....

    "Get in England!!!" I had the urge to phone my relatives in Oz but was told they're away on holiday so had to make do with a text instead. For some unknown reason I haven't had a reply yet?????

    I'd like to say a big Well Done to Andy Strauss and his victorious team and a special mention to an ex Fox Mr Broad too.

    Right just enough time to say another well done to my boys in Blue for Saturday's performance against Barnsley and then I'm off to make eggy bread for brekkie.

    Happy Mondays peeps!

    Booboo & the bump

  • Comment number 3.

    morning all, hope you're well?

    Brilliant day yesterday, well done to the Strauss and the boys. Spurs won too, 3 in-a-row eh? Lovin' it while it lasts!

    Baggy - saw the pics from Sat - ding dong x

    bonnet de douche


  • Comment number 4.

    As a Scot, I am (obviously) indifferent when it comes to cricket. And I will be irate, but not surprised, when (not if) the England Cricket team win the BBC Sports Personality awards. The hysteria surrounding this victory (and yes, they were the better team) is reminiscent of 1966. And those who are calling for Knighthoods......get real. It's one series. It's not life or death. It's only 'sport'. There are far better sports men and women out there - did you see the World Athletics championships? Or the Solheim Cup (bad luck ladies)? I suppose we will be hearing about this for the next lord knows how many years, as usual. And no, this is not sour grapes - just the opinion of a dedicated fan of (most) sports.

  • Comment number 5.

    Morning All

    Souds like almost everyone had a lovely weekend. Didn't it stay nice for Mrs SBP's big day?

    Deev, Agree about Griff in Stanglia. Don't know if many people realise just how beeeuuuuttiiiful it is around here, maybe we shouldn't tell them all too much.

    When's the Good Food Show on? I keep hearing about it after it happens.

    Have a good day everyone

    I've come to work & left all my lots lazing on the sofa at home, boo

    Seza x

  • Comment number 6.

    PS Is there anything Griff won't try? Diva could float him a little boat full of runner beans down the river.
    & PPS he went out with the Norfolk Low Level Rescue team. Are they called that to tell them apart from the Norfolk Mountain Rescue Team?


  • Comment number 7.

    Morning all......well....what a weekend.....SBP having her 5 mins of fame Friday at 5.05 courtesy of one CLP...you STAR Chris!!!!!!

    AND was there a cricket match too?......WELL DONE BOYS!!!!!!

    Mr Ponting not a happy bunny today me thinks???? The 'little urn' is OURS...but 100% correct about his wicket being the turning point...I was actually starting to get nervous about the result...that was until Freddy did the business....farwell to one of our great sporting characters......we will miss you Fintoff!!!!!!!

    Now I've got that out the way....HI to the rest of you...Lyndy (and bump) Seza....and...where's the Deevsta today????


  • Comment number 8.

    LOL Seza ..... the Norfolk Mountain Rescue - good one!!! I think there's a hill somewhere near Norwich Castle if that counts ....???

    Good Food Show is normally on in November - a fab day out!!! Let me know if you go - I might tag along as Mr Grumpy Pants doens't want to go this year!! (as long as it don't clash with Liverpool weekender).

    Back at the mad-house again.

    Hey Ho .... let's go!

    x x x

    peeeeeeeeeeeees: CLP - no football this weekend???
    peeeee peeeeeeeee essssss: Athletics: the first time you try to pole vault must be a really weird experience!

  • Comment number 9.


    I'm here (in a kinda Poltergeist scary voice!)


  • Comment number 10.

    NB: I am wearing very high heels in the office today, very high indeedy. May be in a place called Vertigo later!

    Hi Bono!!


  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Chris,

    Glad to hear you had a great (sporting) weekend - I don't "do" cricket - can't understand a moment of it, but well done England! They are entitled to their moment of glory, IMHO!

    Floridagal: lovely to see you contributing to the blog and how jolly that you have added to the myth that we Scots can't bear to see England do well. Gie's peace, hen.

    Ooooh first day back in ages and already embroiled in a disagreement!

    Hope everyone is well - I haven't managed to catch up on everything (just impossible) but I do want to say to Baggy and MrBaggy - congratulations on your wedding - hope you had a wonderful day, and all the very best for your future married life.

    Re: the ARF - it was fabulous how Chris presented it, wasn't it? I did have a wee bubble! Well done to everyone on the blog who voted for that lovely song, but especially well done to Cheryl for nominating it first!

    Happy Monday everyone.

    C xx

  • Comment number 12.

    V V Impressed with the power plate antics at such an early Monday morning slot - that does take a lot of willpower and enthusiasm . . .

    If you ever come across any spare, can you bottle it up, send it across the Irish Sea to moi-meme, sil-ver pl'aite . . .

    Mondays remind me of Bob & his rats . .& the silicon chip . .

    Have a great week everyone . . .

    DtM x

  • Comment number 13.

    There is a mountainous region of Norfolk near Blickling Hall. We found it when we hired bikes there earlier in the summer. It is definately high mountian that made me puff not the fact I was on a bike for the first time in umpty year & was trying to keep up with cycling mad 12 yr old son!

    Still Slightly Sore Seza x

  • Comment number 14.

    Good morning all in Bloggsville

    Has anyone heard who the day went for the Bagpuss's. I was so pleased for them that they got their tune played as the first for ARF along with the church bells.


  • Comment number 15.

    Me again (ChrissieS) - any idea why my comment has come up as "you"??!!



  • Comment number 16.


    The hill near Norwich was made by a mole. I remeber when I first came down this way. Lived in Lowestoft to start off with. Was really into Rock climbing in a big way. Got excited when I saw a place showing "Gorleston Cliffs" drove over there with the full harness, latex trousers the full works. Imagine my dismay when I found that the so called cliffs had a gratient of 1 in 2.
    So went up to Cromer and promptly got arrested for climbing the chalk faces there, ahh happy days.

  • Comment number 17.

    Clever technical stuff they are assuming you know your own blog name so just refer to you a you rather than 'ChrissieSagain'.



  • Comment number 18.

    Ads: thank you for the explanation! Just how long I have been off the blog?!


  • Comment number 19.

    Morning all,

    Oh L sport AGAIN this weekend! It's fully worse now that we have a big TV and hubby and kids hog the 'mote. I give up, just lurk away somewhere quite and read me books!

    Went horsing this weekend tho' and the little blighter faffed about so much that I am now on a very strong pain killers to take the aches out of me poor back (any sympathy?) not a chance! Think I'm probably too old for the equine malarky now.

    Roll on the week, see what 'citement we'll get.


  • Comment number 20.

    Bingo on the Modders Mat!

    What did you say?


  • Comment number 21.

    Good morning all.

    A real heavy gloom hanging over the Bristol Channel that looks like it is going to linger.

    Bucket loads of rain too.


  • Comment number 22.


    Isn't this just the best time of the year for sport.

    All the summer games coming to their climax and the early season expectancy of the footy with games being played in glorious sunshine.

    Plus,rugby will start soon as well.

    But F1, why oh why?

  • Comment number 23.

    Ola Amigos!

    Am back safe and sound from Barthelona despite Soft Lad's best efforts to emulate Frank Spencer, and to lean over to the window and exclaim, "Strewth! That was a near miss. Did you see that plane?" "Shrup," says I, me finger pointin' vertical up 'is nose. "Shrup and fasten that lifejacket." I have to say I've never before seen pallid Spaniards.

    As for that Gaudi. What a right show-off. Buildings all over the place, and not a straight line in sight. 'E never saw a spirit level in 'is life, that chap. And however he got plannin' permission for that Cathedral, blockin' the light like that. Yous can see it stickin' up right from across town. Planners musta bin' Irish.

    Ere.. Antony O'Gaudi... Of COURSE. Now I get it.

    Any road up. Am delighted about the cricket, hurrah wa-hey yippee. Don't know one end of a cricket bat from t'other, wouldn't understand the rules if you sat me at Lord's with the rule book for 6 weeks, and my only connection to a cricketer is my old War Hero Granddad, playin' at the local YMCA ground with 'is Woodbines and a box a matches in 'is pocket. Preparin' to bowl, Granddad rubs the ball on 'is trolleys with a little too much enthusiasm and boom! Up 'e goes like a sky-rocket wit 'is crutch abalaze.

    Actually, what really upset 'im over and above the 3rd. degree burns to the weddin' tackle was the fact that Grandma chucked 'is pint over 'im to staunch the flames.

    Forgive me if I've mentioned that before by the way but the man was a legend in the Pointless Corps.

    It's just that in these difficult times it's fantastic to have these occasions for celebration. We shouldn't turn it into a negative. All the banter between the Aussies and ourselves is just that; or at least, it is in my experience. I've several Aussie friends, and never cease to delight in extractin' the whatsit from each other. It's all good clean fun.

    As for the knighthoods, well, whatever. Yes, it's a shame that more nurses and care/ charity workers don't get knighted, and I have to say I have my tongue firmly in me cheek when the Civil Servants get the gongs; but really. I'M never goin' to get to be Dame Clodagh Rubbish of Wigan but in fairness, I reckon I'll survive without the privilege of drivin' a flock a sheep up Market Street. So so what. It isn't something I'm going to get into a lather over.

    Right, am off; Renee's got the neighbours in to look at 'er sombrero and plastic bull vinegar bottle, and they'll be startin' on the sherry if I don't go and sort 'em out.

    Also delIGHTED that the plan went to order, Deev, bless you! Congratulations, Baggy!


  • Comment number 24.

    Sorry peeps...Brighton weather, 18c, sunny, winds SE 14 mph, visibility GOOD!!!!


  • Comment number 25.

    Happy Monday to you all!

    Sounds as if a good weekend was had by one & all!

    Mine was fab - great champagne, yummy food & good company up in Sunny Aberdeen.

    Weather check for Cambs - warm but no sun!

    Check in later once my pile of work has gone down, who am I kidding??!! lol x

  • Comment number 26.

    Awww so you didn't go to Shoreham Airshow after all then? It was fab!

  • Comment number 27.

    Saw loads of planes heading to and coming back from the Airshow???? Bet is was hot there wasn't it....been last 2 yrs so thought I'd give it a miss this time....was the Eurofighter there....noisy????

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi Chris and everyone - as a blogging virgin I am excited to join in your blog. What a weekend for sport, but tonight I should be able to watch Stevie G and Fernando Torres (Liverpool's number 9) in HD. Pity I didn't have HD for Freddie's fantastic throw yesterday.

    keep up the good work

    Geronia Bike

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning all - oh no it isn't - its afternoon - Yikes!!

    Back later - loadsa work !!!!

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 30.

    ha ha ha ha - love the name Ger !!!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 31.

    Thank B-sMum,

    Looking forward to joining in the fun on this site.

    Must go it's nearly lunch time and I still have work to do.



  • Comment number 32.

    Can anyone else access CLP bloggers or it it just me avin trouble?


  • Comment number 33.

    Welcome Geronia.....to the 'fun house'!!!!! Where we are all about as Bonkers as that Dizzeee Rascal....


  • Comment number 34.

    Buongiorno tutti from an overcast Leeds :-( Still, tomorrow's supposed to be nice!

    First day back after a week off, came back to squillions of emails in the inbox - is anyone willing to give lessons on the appropriateness of using the "Reply to All" button? Hmph!

    Anyhoo, grumpiness over, I'm havin' a lovely day. No particular reason, just enjoying myself - can I actually have missed work? Nooooo!!

    Don't really know anything about the sport over the weekend, though I heard that we did quite well in the cricket - well done lads (was going to try to insert some sort of sporting euphemism there, but I'd just make a t*t of myself...).

    Hope everyone's keeping well. Welcome to the newbies and my, didn't Baggie look well!!

    AF xx

  • Comment number 35.

    Afternoon each

    Well done lads...great to have little 'urn back in our glass cabinet. They don't like it up 'em you know! All other sporting events went down well n our house (apart from one, which we won't mention...needless to say much beloved didn't watch MOTD2!).

    Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Hello to newbies and well done Deev for instigating Baggie's ARF. Despite best efforts I didn't get to hear it live. Will have to 'play it again Sam' ron.

    Spent a depressing day trying to find a frock to wear to a Civil Partnership...why does everything look like it needs a damn good iron!? And the price they charge for privilege!! Anyhoo, GD was brilliant in that she's going to help me again next weekend.

    So, back to stuffing envelopes (how I love a mail merge)....someone wake me if I doze...zzzzz

    Steffi xx

  • Comment number 36.

    Hi Chris &all you bloggers.Dont watch cricket,but so glad we beat those
    Aussies,enjoyed the Gran prix,think Lewis is great,glad hes back on form.
    Took my grandsons,Harri & OLi to the park Saturday, love having them.
    Seems we all had a good weekend, love to all.x

  • Comment number 37.

    Afternoon all.

    Just catching up on blog from over weekend.Lots of mad goings on and wish I had been reading at the time. Even catching up had to resist the urge to laugh out loud! I too have the hot thigh top of the leg thing but assumed it was age related!!!!
    Joking aside this 'puter keeps having the blue screen of death and usually happens just after you have typed a masterpiece and about to hit send - you know the sort.
    Nice to see you surface Bondy after starting your new job and am sure you too are very please with cricket result.
    Well now that lunch is well and truly over better get back to stripping the bathroom wallpaper - got to do something with my week off that isn't computer related.


  • Comment number 38.

    Has everyone been a bit phased by Chris starting his blog soooo early this morning?

    Just been for a reflexol on my feet - and feel very relaxed, mustn't drift off in my warm lab.

    Will miss my grandchildren for the next two weeks as they are off to France.


  • Comment number 39.

    You know I meant pleased though didn't you?

    Looking forward to some Bagpuss wedding piccies - maybe she will send one to Chris so that he can share the blog wedding with all?

    Must go I suppose.....

  • Comment number 40.

    Afternoon each

    Warning of the day: Do not, i repeat do not, run out of wine and then start on the JD and coke.. you will regret it for the rest of the following day...trust me, i know what i`m on about! Seza, shouldve taken you up on that cider offer instead!

    Hope everyone is smiling now we are near the good end of a monday..

    Bondy, great to hear from you and glad its going well..

    And Geronia..welcome to the madness!

    Yooohooo to rest of ya loonies!

    Off to get another paracetamol...

    mSc x

  • Comment number 41.

    And SusanB..enjoy your week off..fingers crossed weather improves for you!

    AF..hop you had a relaxing week..and smiling being back at work is not a bad thing. We spend too much time there to not enjoy it! Also, replied on thread re `Pool meet on FB..may want to have a look? Let me know!

    mSc x

  • Comment number 42.

    Just coming up for air!!! Working like an idiot here just so I can have a day off tomorrow.

    Anyone any ideas what to do with a sulking dog? Keeps going from the back to the front door - presumably waiting for the decorators who made a huge fuss of him. Guess the poor mutt thought they had moved in !!! I certainly did!

    Nearly Chooseday.

    Keep smiling

    Beezer xx

  • Comment number 43.

    eeeew - Scoobs - JD on top of wine - sorry - didn't mean to shout !!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 44.

    Yeah.. NOT one of my better ideas i have to confess Beez!

    And poor doggy... you need to have a break from work for 10 and go play..will make you both feel better! In fact..i`m on me way!


    mSc x

  • Comment number 45.

    Greetings Ter The CLP And Every Blog Operatative Operating In This Area.....

    Bingo Star ere......

    CLP - A most wonderful achievementation on the cricket!!!!!!
    A waz 'Over The Moon' mesen yesterdee..... yes a waz at the Oval!!!!!!!!!
    Only problem it waz the Wirral Borough Council Oval sports centre in Bebington.... errr on the Wirral!!!!!!!!!
    A waz attending their 'Weight Management'class and unfortunately due to being successful at losing some weight.... whilst doing one of the exercises.... me trousers fell down.... thus revealing me very own moon over at the Oval!!!!!!
    It'a all too much CLP man!!!!!!!!!!

    Chezza - A don't now, sorry know why me blog yesterdee goot moderated.... a waz just trying ter warn yersen and all of the dangers of too much Vimto!!!!!!!!
    Don't beleive me.... check out this link and let it be a warning ter all >>>>

    My advice... yer ask what am a on.... i'll teeeell yer.... Lucozade.... apple juice with a kick and know, sorry now, the G and T..... and a ain't talkin' Ferrari Grand Tourer GT.... aqm talkin' the old leeemonade juice with a BIG kick!!!!!!


    GOURANGA 09!!!!!!

    am off.... gotta sort out me suzie airline know, sorry now, one of them on me rig iz playing up & causing me ABS ter go ape!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 46.

    And here's another drink related warning from the GD......DO NOT mix full fat Coke (other cola's available)with anything, especially Coconutty stuff beginning with M....makes you proper sick it does!!! Speshly at 3a.m. when much beloved had run the gauntlet home so as to avoid messy car!!

    Oh the joys of being a teenager. Still got my t shirt somewhere. Wonder did my mate ever forgave me after a Cider related incident which rendered his bike helmet truly useless!

    Hope the headache eases soon Scooby.

    Steffi xxx

  • Comment number 47.

    Gosh it's quiet in here today!

    Geronia - from one nearly new blogger - welcome to the fun!

    Bagpuss - congrats to you & Mr, hope you both had a fantastic day with lots of happy memories made.

    Bondy - haven't had time to catch up on previous blog so hope new job is all going swell!

    Scoobs - yoo hooo to you too!

    B's mum - bribery?? It tends to work with sulking niece & nephews, lol!!

    According to an article in the Daily Mail (other papers avaiable) we ladies have by this time on a Monday planned our next weekend....???!!

    Auntie x

  • Comment number 48.

    Scoobs...man o man...I'm wincing at just the thort of JD and coke after vino.....that's bad....really bad....that said...I'm sure I've done worse...like starting on JD from the off.....never again....ended up doing karaoke to George Michael's Careless Whisper.....then refused to hand the mike over at the end......that's bad....Oh...nearly forgot...it was all on video too.....cringe with capital C...kids are forbidden from ever seeing it...teehee


  • Comment number 49.

    Thanks for your support guys.. normally ok with JD..agree with TB that i think it was the half bottle of wine that i started with! Tablets working tho..thus far! Just dont expect to see me after 9 tonight!

    And poor GD Steffi..she`ll learn as we all did (note DID on my part!)..I remember something similar happening to me in NZ when i was living there..19yrs old, single, casual work to pay for the nights out... i cannot bear the thought of the B drink since.. think i got thro an entire nations worth in about 6 months!

    mSc x

  • Comment number 50.

    Well now.

    Just returned from Sainsbury's with Renee, in imminent danger of wastin' away and bein' found, starved to death from lack of potatoes for 3 whole days, in an undignified heap at the bottom of the stairs.

    And imagine the scene. 2 small boys runnin' round the fruit and veg, roarin' an' shriekin', the Granny tryin' desperately to ambush them between the cabbage and the bananas, when what I take to be the mum turns up.

    "Brandon! Tyson! Geddeere! Neeew! Al KILL yer!!!"

    Now then. These two little darlings are never goin' to be the Fosdyke-Smythes or the Cuthbertsons. They are never goin' to be Weeds and Wet, Chiz. These two are goin' to be the future guests of Her Majesty at Butlin's, Strangeways. Ergo I steered Renee out of handbag-weltin' range and ducked beneath the hail of satsumas, and left the Bash Street Kids to it.

    And it reminded me fondly of the Gerry Ryan Show I was listening to as I drove through Galway a few weeks back. Gerry was discussing with a spectacular selection of eejits, a news story about some woman being mauled by her dog, when Seamus from County Cavan came on the line.

    "Sure, Gerry, it's all out of proportion. These dogs don't attack unless they're provoked."

    "Well, sure, Seamus; but that's all dependent on what your definition of provocation is. Like, looking at the dog? Offerin' it the wrong sort of biscuit? This poor woman was attacked just for being in the room at the time."

    "Ah, I can't believe that. I've a Rottweiler meself, soft as you like; and the Gardai are never off me back, tellin' me to muzzle him because they reckon he's dangerous. But he wouldn't hurt a fly. Ah no, it's nonsense, Gerry."

    "And why do they think he's dangerous? Has he attacked anyone?"

    Pause. "Well, not exactly.. He'll defend himself, like..."

    "And what's the name of the dog, Seamus?" Asks Gerry.


    "Sounds like a poppet, Seamus."

    Hm. Ergo I reckon for a start, all Rottweiler owners should be forced to re-christen their dreadful mutts Tinkerbell or Pansy.


  • Comment number 51.

    Where's our Terry gawn anyways.....off to do some more golfin' no doubt???....still nice to here JW back on the air again....

    One things for sure, I don't need to be told why I don't like Mondays.....Sir Bob...!!

    You can tell it's a slow blog day today can't you....

    Beez re sulking woofy....buy him some sweets and put on animal planet for him to watch....that should do it...


  • Comment number 52.

    ha ha Baz - tried his football - his rugby ball - just watched them roll past him !!! Just been to bank so bought a new squeeky toy from pet shop I was passing - well it was actually out of my way but I could park - so.... toy in middle of lawn - plastic bag as I speak - being ripped to shreds in the dining room.

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 53.

    Ahhh that's good Beez. If anything like a small child, the packaging will give endless pleasure!

    Steffi xx

  • Comment number 54.

    Beez you've done your very best for the gawjus mutt and it can't be helped if they pine for people who come in and make a huge fuss of them for a while... Boo makes a huge fuss of anyone that wants to come into my house (or should that be her house?)... speshully the ones who know where I keep her bic-bics. They're not as silly as they'd have us think ya know!

    Scoobs- there was a time where I could polish off a bottle of JD to myself with no next day consequences... luckily that's not the case any more but I wouldn't reccommend having anything other than JD and mixer... it'll be the wine that did it!!!

    Booboo & he bum

  • Comment number 55.

    Ah, Christophe, I take it that you're talking about Cricket?

    I also take it that England won sumfin?

    Our mate, J. P. Dubya, scored the winning run for his team on Saturday. Batting from no.2 and not out. Hoorah.

    So that's all good...isn't it!

    In case you were wundrin, I had anuvver shingles flare up...who knows when it will all end. I look like I've been hit with a cricket ball m'self. Right under the arm...and on the b-s-m...but that's not for here.

    c'mon England

  • Comment number 56.

    BTW Baz, 'Tony's' in Reigate.

  • Comment number 57.

    Hi Hazel:

    Sorry to hear the shingles made a return visit to you. Must be really awful for you - hope you will be 100% recovered soon.

    Will be thinking of you tonight watching UC - I am trying to improve on my all-time highest score of 6!

    C xx

  • Comment number 58.

    Hayzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Sorry to hear about your further woes me darlo.

    Chrissie - long time no write!

    Beezer. will fb soon, but I've just been getting meself into a reet tangle over there, trying to upload photos and suchlike, so I've taken my ball home for today. Facebook is not my friend.

    As for cricket:

    There's been a lot of cricket,
    They have keepers by the wicket,
    I know that many pick it (to watch on telly, inculding boleynmen)
    But as far as I'm concerned you can stick it!

    How'm I doing Haze?

    A x

  • Comment number 59.

    Evening all

    I am shattered!! Man Boss being very demanding at the mo, hence my absence from this re fine blog.

    Glad I've got Friday off - even if it is partly taken up by housework and waiting in for a BT engineer! Oh - and Mr Deev's birthday of course .....

    Hazel - that's pants news ... here's a huggle {{huggle}} from me! xx

    Boleyn - you glamourpuss you! I've seen you over on the dark side - beautiful!!

    Beez - don't do sulky dogs, I'm afraid. Just a pampered pussycat who gives me her big green eyes when she wants feeding.

    Well, I think dinner's nearly ready. May be back later.

    Deevs, slightly deflated

  • Comment number 60.

    Actually, scrap that 'slightly deflated' and replace with a 'completely and utterly hacked off at the mo' Deevs x x

  • Comment number 61.

    Evening all, just sitting here with my chilli chocolate beside me, it aint half got a kick to it!

    Have to confess to being a total dunce when it comes to cricket, but it is growing on me, and I did tune in on the odd occasion to TMS, which has to be said is not a bad listen, gently entertaining. Did have a big smile on my face when I saw the Ebgland boys lift the urn. It has to be said that it's a wee bit ironic that a competition that has gone on for soo long has the teeniest tiniest trophy at the end of it???

    Hope everyone has survived Monday intact, Scoobs I hope the head is clearing, Hazel hope you're feeling better soon, Shingles sounds horrendous, and Beez hope your pooch perks up soon...


  • Comment number 62.

    PS Cheer up Deevs! x

  • Comment number 63.

    Hi all

    What a busy afternoon. Just sitting waiting for OH to throw salad together

    Hey Clodagh, not sure how he got there so quick but I think Brandon from your shopping trip was in the shoe shop this afternoon. It was great. Mum brought him into that shoe shop we all go to for school shoes. So there were at least 4 lots of kids waiting to be measured for school shoes, when she come in wanting her 3 year old, Brandon's, feet measured to find out if the shoes she bought him at the cheap outlet were the right size. He ran round the shop, jumped up & down on the foot measuring machine & was a total pain in the b*m, all accompanied my mum going please don't? Even my favourite shoe shop man, Kevin, looked ticked off.

    Never mind, I've got my kids shoes so don't have to go back before the end of term when I can go & use my 20% off vougher on those scrummy red lovlies!

    Seza x

  • Comment number 64.

    Evening all,

    Hazel, so sorry to hear about your shingles , hope you are on the mend soon.
    Chrissie , wow , and impressive score . Mr MC are always so chuffed to get one right , let alone 6 . I just shout out random guesses and it does work eventually.
    Rosie, that Chilli chocky sounds good, I am trying to wean myself off Galaxy at the moment . Got to feed a cold ..........

    Deev, you alright ?

    Seza, hiya .

    Clodagh, so glad you made it back in one piece !

    Right , Monday done, it's going darkish here already , pants

    MC x

    PS Beez, sorry your ickle cutie doggy is down in the dumps , give him a cuddle from me.

    PPS Bondy, glad you are ok, that commute puts my three miles to shame.

  • Comment number 65.

    Note to self, don't type so quickly!

    I have a 20% off voucher to spend on adult shoes & there were some lovely red shiny shoes calling to me

    Hazel sorry to hear shingles attacked again. Just take care of yourself

    Beez, have you tried leaving doggy for 10 mins then coming back in the room? He might miss you then be pleased you're back. Works with toddlers!

    Chin up Deev, i was looking at Good Food Show. Will def think about going. Go look at your new shoes to cheer yourself up.

    Seza x

  • Comment number 66.

    I'm happily adding anyone who comes through to Fb but I'm not quite sure who everyone is! lol

    I think I'll have to start a list so I know who everyone is.


  • Comment number 67.


    Be careful, dont go adding all them mad uns, stick with the normos like me ;-)

    MC x

  • Comment number 68.

    I'm looking out for them MC, but not many coming through.


  • Comment number 69.

    Aw Hazel, what a bummer. Poor you. That's not funny now is it.

    Loads of hugs and warm wishes, hun.


  • Comment number 70.

    Seza - om CLP bloggers FB page there's a message thread of What's Your Name on CLPs Blog ..?

    Might be of asssitance....

    x x x

  • Comment number 71.

    And you too, Deev.

    By the crin we can't have our favourite girls down in the dumps. Will have to thinka summat to raise a titter while I brew up and try to divert Renee with the Parish Magazine, the Guess Who's Dead game.


  • Comment number 72.

    Thanks Cheryl

    I'll check that list

    Are you buying your OH same as he got you for his birthday?


  • Comment number 73.

    Clodagh, LOL , my gran used to be like that . When the obituaries were published in the Mcr evening news, she was never off the phone .... with her " you'd know e'm if you saw e'm " quote.

    MC x

  • Comment number 74.

    LOL Seza - funny you should mention that - I had that very same discussion with a special friend just before laving work today!

    My trouble is, I love giving presents. It's the thought of making someone smile with something you have instigated. My faves are surprise presents, where the recipient has no idea they have something en route, however trite, costly, home-made or otherwise.

    So, for his b/day, I had in fact pre-ordered him a CD before his "no prezzie" news-flash and yes, it will probably be wrapped in tissue paper, tied with a bow and given with a smile come Friday morning. Even if I'm screaming inside!!!!

    And Clodagh - I'll be dandy! Just being a girlie twit as per norm!!!

    I've had some messages on FB tonight that have almost reduced me to tears. Some friendships are so amazingly special.

    Slightly Humbled Deevs
    x x x

  • Comment number 75.

    Ha! When I worked at the local council offices, my ladies in the typing pool used to refer to the weekly "Hatches Matches & Despatches" page in the local rag!! I swear between the 9 of them, they knew every single person mentioned every single week!


  • Comment number 76.

    Oh Seza - don't wait just go and get the red ones. They will just so not be there when you go back later! See shoes - buy instantly!!!

    Haze oh my sweetie poor you. Hope your bits don't suffer too much with the shingles coming back. See - told you should have been taking it easier. Rest and pampering - tell the badger to get his pinny on and start running round for you.
    Good to see you back Clodagh. In at the deep end tho with a supermarko visit -brave - very brave. Get it delivered - can just imagine Renee going through all the boxes poking the fruit and eating the grapes. What is it with wrinklies in supermarkos? they think the grapes are free!!! all huddle round scoffing away!!!

    MC - erm - mad uns - yes - well !!!

    Boleyn - wowee - do you look gawjus or what!!Your wedding pics - Stunning!!!

    Rosie chilli choccie? eeew!

    Deevs - huge hugs and have a lovely time with our debs tomorrow - she will make you smile.

    Beezer xx

    pee ess doggy cheering up - nearly treat time!

  • Comment number 77.

    Yes, looking forward to meeting Debs tomorrow evening. I've booked a lovely bistro about 15 mins from Chelmsford. I've never been there before but my previous bosses used to take clients there for dinner about twice a week, and they were reet fussy so it's gotta be good. Won't be able to imbibe as driving home, but that's not such a bad thing midweek!!

    Just hope i recognise the auld bint after her weekend "Because I@m Worth It" make-over!!!!!



  • Comment number 78.

    enjoy yor night out , no doubt Debz will be in the kitchen arguing with the chef !!
    As long as you feed her Chardonnay , she should be ok.

    MC xx

  • Comment number 79.

    Just popping in to say hello, has been a lovely day here on south coast and have had a nice day off. done a bit off retail and had a late luch out .Please note NO killer heals purchased .

    Hope you are all well and getting over celelbrating englands ashes win .
    not into sport mesen bit glad they won .

    Beez, maybe your little one would have liked a walk ,you could have taken him to the pet shop and he could have picked his own toy hehe.

    Deev ,not like you to be down we all rely on you to keep us going .

    Bridge .xxx.

  • Comment number 80.

    Beez, by the time i'd taken me ticket, waited while the 3 in front of us were done (while avoiding the slightly odd Dad from school so i didn't have to talk to him), persuaded the 10 yr old he wanted shoes with laces not horrible trainer type things with velcro, persuaded nearly 13 yr he couldn't have the same style as before cos they just didn't have it in his size, avoided "Brandon the demon 3 year old" & Stopped my boys telling him not to play on the foot machine like I tell them, then carried out open purse surgery to remove the required 2nd mortgage of money, I could n't face buying for me. The red shoes are new in tho & there were about 3 different styles so i think I'll be ok.

    Already have beeeyootifuull grey shoes with green heels so they will keep me going for a while

    Seza xx

  • Comment number 81.

    Deev, sounds like a nice time, where you going?


  • Comment number 82.

    Hi Bridge, glad you are ok.
    It's been a bit grey here and rained heavily this afternoon. Going dark way too early for my liking.

    MC x

  • Comment number 83.

    Hazel ,sorry to hear you've had a flare of your shingles .
    must be rotton while this hot weather is about .take care and try and stay cool.xx

    Mc ,hope you're feeling brighter now ,xx

    Love to everybody else .

    bridge .xxx.

  • Comment number 84.

    Bride, I am fine thanks , been busy at work, had my serious head on today .LOL


  • Comment number 85.

    Seza - The Blue Strawberry at Hatfield Peveral.

    I'v heard it's luverly!


  • Comment number 86.

    Hello dears!!!
    just finally logged on having had aFULL on day - up at 4am - just getting to hotel room at nearly 10pm - so going to check what you's lot been up to - when i find me glasses!

    in a bit

  • Comment number 87.

    Thanks Bridge,

    I do ok most of the tim but sometimes even foundations have a tendency to crumble a litle bit!

    I'm sure I'll be fine in the morn. Just one phone call and I'll be smiling again!


  • Comment number 88.

    Debz, glasses as in spectacles i presume, surely not on plural drinking receptacles so early into the week ?

    Mc xxx;-))

  • Comment number 89.

    Had newsletter from Blue Strawberry at work today. Looks v nice, have a wonderful time. They had a C-word menu in I was going to show to my colleagues cos it looked lush

    MC Agree about it getting dark too early even though it's been quite bright here today

    Hi Debs, welcome back darn Essex. Have a nice time with Diva tomorrow. Are you going to wear a red carnation so she can recognise you?


  • Comment number 90.

    Hey Gang,
    Much as we all love CLP, can we spare some love and attention for Mr Eddie of the Izzards, who is currently Running the Length and Bredth of the United Kingdoms to raise money for Comic Relief.
    check out BBC.co.uk/three for information on his efforts, watch the video; i feel ashamed that he is doing this while i sit on my arses. Sponsor him even just 10pence. He is running six marathons a week - is currently on Marathon No 25, and is half way across Belfast. Seriously he is doing this. Watch the videos on the web page... see how exhausted he is, and still he keeps going, I think he is going to keel over.

    CLP - Can you not phone him on the programme and get people to listen (a) to how funny he is (b) how mental he is for doing this and (c) to get MORE PEOPLE TO SPONSOR Him.


  • Comment number 91.

    Night folks, am heading for my bed.

    Deev, sleep tight, xx

    Right, i'm off before Debz gets back ....... tee heee xx

    Night all ,

    Seza, go back for those shoes , you must .

    Beez, glad woofy if picking up . hope you are ok.

    MC xxx

  • Comment number 92.

    Deev bless you, you're not in the slightest way a twit, girlie or otherwise. But if I can venture a small thought..?

    I don't think you're being entirely honest with yourself or himself as regards the pressie issue. You're exactly the same as myself, by the sound of it, in that you like to portray yourself as a strong, feisty bird, no holds barred, etc; and this keeps a safe shell around you. But the truth is you do have your vulnerabilities; we all do; and I suspect one of those is that, now and again, despite the bubbly exterior, you truly need a small unsolicited show of affection. There is nothing at all wrong with that. And the giving and receiving of presents is actually very symbolic. Nothing annoys me more than someone giving me a pressie that is wildly inappropriate- I'd truly rather get nothing if the donor can't be bothered to think what I might like. At least that's honest. In other words, it really IS the thought that counts.

    I should say here that what I know about men could be written on the back of a beer-mat with a fat felt-tip pen; but I do know that the majority of them need to be told what we need, plain and simple. Ergo if you tell him it's fine to not buy you a pressie, you simply won't get one. Don't expect him to second-guess because, bless him, he'll get it wrong. I'm sure he genuinely thinks he's acted on an agreement. So you need to fess up and tell him.

    Please feel free to tell me to mind my own business, hun; I know nothing whatsoever about your situation, but I'm just getting the feeling I know where you're coming from.

    A present doesn't have to be lavish or expensive. Just thought out.

    Because you're worth it. We all know it and so does himself.

    And so, on the theme of advice re. Womans' Minute; She who expects nothing invariably gets just that.


  • Comment number 93.

    Bridge , sorry, night night to you too.take care

    MC xx

    PS Margot , if you are out there, hope you are ok, am looking out for you xx

    PS Chrissiem how did you do tonight .

    MC ... really going now...

  • Comment number 94.

    Back - lost internet had to re-boot - will catch up but will post what I had written so far!!!

    Seza - quite understand - I came across a Tarquin in W@rose the other day demanding smoked trout not salmon - personally I would have smacked a wet kipper sideways in to his mouth sideways to shut him up !! They are everywhere!!!!! Just get the shoes first opportunity!!

    Beez xx

    Dog and Mr B wrestling on floor - think he's cheered up now he's had treats!

  • Comment number 95.

    Night MC, you're right , the shoes are calling me. I'll let you know when I give in

    Clodagh, when does the book come out? I think we all need a copy. ;-)

    Seza x

  • Comment number 96.

    Did Mr B enjoy the treats?


  • Comment number 97.

    Awww Clodagh - you is partly right (the first bit) but the b/day prezzie thing not so right. He pretty much told me it was a waste of time buying prezzies so instead he'd pay for dinner. which he did. then spent the next day or so moaning about the bill!!!

    just a simple case of deep pockets / short arms syndrome!!!!

    but yes, little gestures mean so much. i just hope my little gestures - wherever they may be directed - are received with a smile.


  • Comment number 98.

    Seza - you beat me to it!! I was about to offer my congrats on Mr B's happy state following his treats!!

    Great minds .....


  • Comment number 99.

    Seza - Mr B now snoring - dog still pestering me for next treat!!

    Clodagh - you have our Deev down to a tee - she is a sweetie and needs a bloody good hug right now. I've been on receiving end of one of her surprise pressies and was so happy in seconds !!! bursting with grins.

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 100.

    ok, now i'm sitting here fighting the tears ... but in a good way! and yes, a bloody good hug would be 'fab gear la', but failing that, there is a plentiful stash of hazlenut chocolate in the fridge!



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