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Good Times Seem Like No Time

Chris Evans | 12:40 UK time, Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Have just concluded a one hour "talk" about television and radio at BBC Television Centre.

I swear it felt as if we were up there for no longer than fifteen minutes maximum. There were clips played in too!

I had never seen the infamous Shaun Ryder appearance on TFI Friday until today. My goodness, that was a live television moment if ever there was one. No wonder it caused such a fuss at the time.

Those days of course, are over - and now seem the pages of someone else's story - but I s'pose the past is generally very much like that.

Here's to the future.





  • Comment number 1.


    What do they say about the past being another country, they do things differently there. I think that's especially apt for you.

    Is this talk for public consumption, would love to see it if so?



  • Comment number 2.

    Always looking to the future Chris. Can't dwell on the past, can't change the past, can only make things happen today that will influence tomorrow.....

  • Comment number 3.

    How can you know where you are going, if you don't know where you have been?

    I think its the places that you have 'been' that act as a guide for where you are going.

    Is that too deep for a Tuesday lunchtime?

    Ok, who's for an nice free range egg sarnie then?


  • Comment number 4.

    Just had a great minimeet with a lovely blog lady!

    Thanks for all the kind words on todays and yesterdays blogs, i do feel a bit like myself again - which is good as no one wants to play with a grumpy bagpuss!

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Christoph and All

    The best saying about the past I've heard:

    "Look at the past by all means but don't stare."

    Think it means don't live in the past (which I'm guilty of sometimes).

    Love to All

    Tim the Taxi x

  • Comment number 6.

    MTF - true, it's a bit like being an onion, as we are made up of the various layers of our past experiences, both good and bad to form the whole thing you see today!

    Think I'll pass on the egg sarnie tho, not good when you work in a shared office! ;)


  • Comment number 7.

    Ok Andy, luckily, I only have myself for company again this afternoon.

    Mental note to self, dont wrap said sarnie in silver foil. For some reason (which I'm sure some intelligent scientist would diagnose) the pong is accelearated when wrapped like this!

    Then, as you mentioned, the after pong.LOL!



  • Comment number 8.

    Andy/ MTF

    I accidently had onions in my wrap today - I'm going to be tasing them all day - and I've already had some mints!

    I have forgotton a lot of my childhood etc and there are very little photos so much of my life pre mr bp is a blank - not sure if thats a good thing or a bad one!

  • Comment number 9.


    Yes, the world turns so quickly now. Todays newspapers will be used to wrap our fish and chips tomorrow. What used to cause an uproar a few years ago, now goes on without anyone batting an eyelid.

    Anyway, Baggy, glad you are feeling better, am sure you will be snapped up. Why aren't you allowed to mention that you are leaving btw ?

    MTF, thanks for the offer, but just had chicken and bacon butties today, makes a nice change from cheese !

    MC xxx

  • Comment number 10.

    MC - they want to have my replacement in place before they annouce I'm leaving so people don't think the role will be empty as I do everything!

  • Comment number 11.

    Forgot to say, "Hi Andy " & "hi Bondy ".

    MC xxx

  • Comment number 12.


    Ohh, I see. I bet you feel like a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Keep going, all will end well.

    right, back to my perch, things to do, and possibly shred, depending how it goes.

    MC xxx

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi MC....

  • Comment number 14.

    Bondy - 7 hours is a bit far to travel - I'll let you off ;-)

    Maybe next time - or let us know when you are back over here?

  • Comment number 15.

    Hi All,

    Speaking of the past:

    Here's some drivel I posted earlier on yesterday's blog:

    'Never saw it as the start. Just a change of heart'

    CLP - couldn't listen this morning as I had a 0700 meeting, not all bad though - it was on the 14th floor of a building in central London with views over the city and the sun rising behind it.
    If only I could start every day like that.....alternatively - I'd quite happily start it with the foxiest string quartet since Basil Brush joined the LSO in my office....another pinch yourself moment was it?

    Speaking of which - I've just caught up and noticed some of you adding your 'pinch yourself moments'.
    Mine has to be the time that I was paying for fuel at the BP station on the M40, I finished the transaction, turned around and saw CLP who in the middle of a fairly crowded shop - shouted "alright Rips!"....I'm still dining out on that now.

    Baggy - great to see you taking the big step, it will pay dividends in so many ways in the long term x

    Deev - stick with it and keep looking. It's always easier to find work when you are in work - apparently. Good luck with the creative writing. Can't imagine where your inspiration will come from! x

    Dreamy - I wasn't ignoring your non-invitation invitation to the rugby but I have to watch Wasps more than I'd like anyway thanks to my club's affiliation with them.
    Nice to 'see' you though x

    Finally - thankfully.......I've not been around much, but where's Chrissie?

    I see you've got a busy day CLP.....enjoy - they tend to be the best sort!




  • Comment number 16.

    Afternoon peeps of the blog!

    The past is great - it is what makes us who and what we are today and I for one am grateful of that! Hasn't always been good but life is mighty fine and great now :0)

    Can't believe how slow today is going? Why do some days drag?

    MTF, if the egg sarnie is made with salad cream then can I have one please?

    MC - hope you haven't been caught short yet?!

    As x

  • Comment number 17.

    Hi Super, if you plan to come up state let me know. I am hoping for a visit home next year.... Fingers crossed. How are things with you?

  • Comment number 18.

    Bondy - well other then quitting my job before I have a new one and never seeing my husband, not so bad!


  • Comment number 19.

    Hello CLP & Everyone.

    I don't know where I'm going but I know where I've been.

    I've had some very good and some very bad times but one thing I know for sure, I certainly would not like to have to do it all again.

    MM x

  • Comment number 20.

    arrh - spanner in the works - my boss doesnt want me to leave until 15th Noc/ early dec time ...........

    ummmmmm what happens if you want to leave but they need you? This is unexpected but I guess it gives me more time to look while they know here I'm trying to go?

  • Comment number 21.

    Smeeee again.

    Thanks for all your lovely messages. I am hanging in there, and trying my bestest to be strong with a capital S. I've ordered some St John's Wort today so hopefully that will improve my mood a wee bit too.

    I'm going to see an agency tomorrow pm (before my other interview) about another PA job. At least there's stuff filtering thru - I guess it's jsut up to me to go all out at interview and seize it with both hands.

    I've also had a chat-cum-whinge to my boss about how bored I am - the result of which is that she's actually given me something to do - huzzah!!

    And my colleague and I must've looked really cheesed off earlier: two of tenants went out to a local cafe for a "breakfast meeting" and brought us both back a sausage sandwich!

    Oh, and said same colleague thinks I ought to write a series of "Divalicious" novels, a bit like the shopaholic ones but with more attitude!!

    Right, post to frank and boxes to tick ..... oh I know hoew to live!


  • Comment number 22.

    Baggy - say you'll stay on as a consultant at consultant's daily rates!!!

    CG x

  • Comment number 23.

    CG - I was thinking that as an option, might wait until i have somne bites and say because I am delaying I might lose the role so what will they do?

  • Comment number 24.

    Sorry to hear about your job situation. I have been a little out of touch. I hope something comes along soon.

    Things here are busy. Lots to do, not enough time. Just as usual....lol

  • Comment number 25.

    Been reading back.

    Re phones. Been trying to phone special saver overseas number. All I can say is aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhh *@&%**@!*%!*

    MM x

  • Comment number 26.

    Baggy - Mid November isn't that far away and most firms would expect you to have to work some notice period anyway. But if the ideal job gets offered and they need you to start then you should go.

    After all your current employers have not been overly concerned at your welfare over the last few months and what's the worst that can happen, even if they don't pay your notice period, you'll have a new job and get paid for that.

    Do what needs to be done and if you get the right job offered, just go for it.

    Deev's - Divalicious sounds like some sort of mills & boon/ jilly cooperesque best seller just waiting to be written. No doubt set in the midlands where bored Pa's are swept of their feet by ruthless accountants!

    Will you still talk to us when you're a best seller?


  • Comment number 27.

    LOL!!! Naturally Mr Toverson!!

    Vol I - A Diva In The Making is being penned as I type!!

    This blog really cheers me up y'know!


  • Comment number 28.

    Ahem. Collague and I have just quite excelled ourselves with at least 6 Divalicious book plotlines. We've also sussed the branding, marketing amd a snazzy line of stationary merchandise!


  • Comment number 29.

    another way to cheer me up: googling freddie ljungberg and d avid beckham mens' undies campaign photos.

    the power of the interweb.



  • Comment number 30.

    You definitely need more work to do on an afternoon ;)

  • Comment number 31.

    For whatever reason today I can't concentrate. My head is in a fog...... Nice day weather wise though.....

  • Comment number 32.

    Evening each

    My humble opinion Chris is that intelligent people learn from their past. I'm sure you have and I know I have.

    Right, where's Chrissie? I'm getting worried now.


  • Comment number 33.

    Hi Annie-G how are things?

  • Comment number 34.

    Good evening Bond

    I'm fine and would be even better if this damned cold would disappear. Have had it for 2 weeks now and it's driving me mad.

    Just been speaking to dear 92yr old uncle. He's coping so well since my Aunt died a couple of months ago - he's just finished doing his washing!! I can't imagine what it must be like for him - 68yrs married and they loved each other so much.

    Anyway, how are you? Sounds like it's much warmer where you are than here in Fife.


  • Comment number 35.

    Hiya all!!

    Hope you're all well.

    I made it into London and back today - me feet don't half ache though!

    Too many post to comment on but will just say Diva-lady, put me down for a set of books and, of course, a selection of the stationery!

    Seza xx

    PS I can confirm Mrs Bagpuss was indeed suited and booted and looking good!

  • Comment number 36.

    Evening all,

    Deevs, can we all feature in your books but in cameo roles , so we will know who we are please ? LOL

    Baggy, dont worry about notice periods, obviously if a stonking job comes your way, then you just negotiate and leave. As Andy said, they werent overly concerned at you digging an early grave for yourself, so i am sure the next victim , will soon be in situ. Just take each day as it comes, and i am sure it will all fall into place.

    Annie, dont panic , Maureen is alive and well, i have received a message from her on FB this evening.

    Have been to the gym tonight and my legs hurt, so i have had a cream donut to ease the pain , now i need another for the other leg .

    Bathroom looking rather bleak, plaster board on walls and bits of pipes sticking out , am sure they know what they are doing.

    MC xxxx

  • Comment number 37.

    Evening CLP and bloggers out there,

    Our past definitely shapes all of us, everyone should learn from the past but try not to dwell in it. What's gone is gone, and we can't change it, but we can shape our own futures.

    Have been mainly lurking the last few days, have been feeling somewhat low, you know that post holiday come down? I had been so ready for a break from work and then it was back to earth with a bump at work on Friday. But onwards and upwards I guess.

    Hope everyone is ok


  • Comment number 38.

    Hallo Rosie

    Hope you feel better soon - not many weeks till Christmas!!!! Perhaps we should organise a minimeet in Edinburgh when all the lights are twinkling.


  • Comment number 39.

    Evenin all.

    Around a bit earlier tonight due to being grounded.

    Why does it never work out like that on a Friday??

    Glad to hear that Chrissie is ok MC. Cant wait to see your completed bathroom. We had to use next doors bathroom last year for 2 weeks while our plumber took his time to come and fix our shower, ho hum!!

    Then there was the time that our cooker blew up on Christmas Eve and we had to cook the turkey 3 doors down. Hurrah for great neighbours, and how hilarious was it, for those that didn't know, why I was running up and down the road with a turkey baster, in my flp flops!!

    Falling flat on my face, carrying the gravy boat full of turkey juices was a bit embarassing, but Bisto saved the day!


  • Comment number 40.

    Hi Annie-G, sorry to hear about your cold and the passing of your Aunt. I hope things will get better for you soon. Ooo I remember the fife autumns ......brrrrrrr. Supposed to be in the 80s here for the next few days then 60s at the weekend...

  • Comment number 41.

    Annie I'm trying not to think about Christmas just yet but will need to start getting organised soon! A Christmassy mini-meet at the German market etc would be fab!


  • Comment number 42.

    Buona serra

    Well I'm back and haven't a hope in whatsit of catching up with the blog from the last 15 days. Actually we were back just gone midnight last Friday/Saturday but haven't been feeling wonderful. Strange i was fit as a lop in Italy.
    Monza was incredibly hot and the race a bit processional but an experience again.

    Hope everyone is ok or if not at least getting better?!

    Missed you all

    Susan xx

  • Comment number 43.

    Missed you too Susan.



  • Comment number 44.

    80s? 60s? Bond, I am soooo jealous.

    Rosie, we've got a family holiday in the Lakes in October, and I've got a squillion birthdays before Christmas, but the German market sounds like a plan!!

    MTF: your neighbours sound like my brother's street - when he and his partner got married about 25 yrs after they started living together, the street organised the party and it was just fab. Lucky you.


  • Comment number 45.

    Hallo Susan

    Sounds like a good holiday.


  • Comment number 46.

    Ooh Rosie & Annie is the market on a Saturday at all as I'd love to pop up?

    Thanks MTF - OH has sqillions of photos so I'll see what I can use. Has your GD settled in to freshers week?

    Sus x

  • Comment number 47.

    Hi Susan,

    Glad you had a lovely holiday, are you suffering from Cornetto withdrawal syndrome ?

    Annie, sorry to hear you are not feeling too good, take care xx

    MTF , LOL

    Rosie, hello , hope you are ok.

    Right off to make my butties , might see if next door have left anything interesting in their fridge .

    MC Xxxx

  • Comment number 48.

    Sus the market is on every day, it usually opens at the end of November and goes right through December.


  • Comment number 49.

    Rosie/Susan: Sounds like the plan is coming together.


  • Comment number 50.

    Hi Rosie. We never seem to 'meet up!'

    Are you off to York??

    I am doing my best, to defy all odds and get there.

    Susan, yes, so far, so good. But you know the location, etc... have only gone one day so far, without seeing her!!

    Annie, you have set me off in song mode now!

    Neighbours, everybody needs......


    Ps JG... xxx

  • Comment number 51.

    Hi MTF yes I'm hoping to be at York, I just need to book train tickets!


  • Comment number 52.


    ooo i love a Christmas Market but i think the one you're talking about might be a bit too far for me! Maybe I'll get to the one in Hyde Park again, that is beautiful (and the gluhwein helps!)

    MC Did you find anything good for your sarnies?

    MTF, nice to see you have got back early. Bet you don't know what to do with yourself!

    Seza xx

  • Comment number 53.


    Hiya, Actimel ! think i'll give it a miss.

    We have a large German Christmas market in the city centre. Always busy and some great stalls and food. Less than a 100 shopping days left now apparently. Grrrrrrrrr

    MC xx

  • Comment number 54.

    MC, I'm horrified that there's only 100 shopping days left - haven't done the birthday shopping yet. Can hear Beez in my ear!!!!


  • Comment number 55.

    MTF You had better make York or else!!

    MC wouldn't touch a cornetto with a gondola paddle - now proper Italian ice-cream is another thing entirely - had some fabulous ones especially in Turin. Hope those legs are crossed and not causing you too much trouble?!

    Right more clothes to sort out so best be off

    Night all xx

  • Comment number 56.

    Annie, yes, it was in the paper last week. I have only just had my summer holiday. Dont get sucked into the hype , we need to stand firm . Tins of toffee were £5 EACH at the beginning of the week, now they are two for £10 !!!!!, thats quick marketing.
    Now ask my how much something useful like a pint of milk is , and i havent got a clue.

    Off to bed, Mr Mc says i need to be a good girl or Father Christmas wont visit.

    Night all,

    MC xxx

  • Comment number 57.

    Seza, LOL...

    More handwashing, trying to avoid electrocuting myself on here.

    Rosie, me too. I think if I do go, I will let the train take the strain...... Debs, we need to talk.x

    MC, are you up for a Yorkie??


    Psst, I sense a Bids in da house!!

  • Comment number 58.


    I am guessing you are talking about the end of October rather than the chocolate bar , either way , you know I'll say yes LOL xx

    Night lovely people.

    MC xxx

  • Comment number 59.

    Night MC.xx

    Susan, am hoping to be there, but lots of problemos at the moment, that are going to determine my decision.

    Life Eh?


  • Comment number 60.

    right, have just put soem photo's from the weekend on t'other side

    Not actually any of my flight but some of my brother and nephew

    Will have to wait to get some of the pics other people took of me

    MTF, hope problemos not too problematic.

    Night MC, it it a quick run up the road before bed?

    Seza xx

  • Comment number 61.

    OK, haven't caught up, but MC, saw a sign for a Continental Market in Alty today, for Fri and Sat???

    Msg me if interested!

    JG x

  • Comment number 62.

    Night all

    Need to go wake Mr Seza up so I can send him to bed!!

    Sleep well

    Seza xx

  • Comment number 63.

    Hi all ,
    Just popping in briefly to say hi,Got back from holibob s last night ,had a great time ,saw lots of chateau's and vineyards.
    Enjoyed some wine tasting ,just loved the food .

    What I did find this year is that It's getting quite expensive in France now to what it has been in the past ,likewise with the duty free on the boat .

    But I did purchase some lovely bottles of wine from the area of Saumer ,so will partaking of a tipple at the w/end .

    Back down to earth this morning, IE work ...Oh well !!!

    Hope everyone is Ok ,I'm sure that I'll catch up on what you've all been up to .

    Take care all ...nice to be back with you .....Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 64.

    I knew you were about Bids.

    I've missed you.


  • Comment number 65.

    Ps, yes, on the price difference, zut alors!

    We bought what I thought was a nice chicken only to find out it was an old broiler!! Four hours later and 15 euros lighter, still as tough as old boots!


  • Comment number 66.


    Hello my dear friend ,thankyou for the welcome back ,missed you too.
    Hope your well .I see you've got the wash day blues .Take the washing down to the foreshore and chuck it in,twirl it around and hey presto bobs your uncle .;)


  • Comment number 67.

    Will think of you Bids, when I am sitting on the riverbank.

    Now that was a lovely programme, tales of..

    Fannys my Aunt.


  • Comment number 68.

    What you been up to ??

  • Comment number 69.

    LOL Bids...

    Just washing, on the river bank. The sea around here is a pretty yukky colour!


  • Comment number 70.


    Is that like Tales from the river bank......lol

  • Comment number 71.

    You filled in the blanks James.

    Hi Marj, bet you have the same coloured water on the Wirral. Its a tidal thingy.


  • Comment number 72.


    After what has been a very difficult day (won't go into details here) I finally get into bed to find a spider hanging from the ceiling right over my face threatening to fall on me during the night.

    Right, now going to take action. It will have to go!

    MM x

    PS. On a brighter note, there's a lovely full moon tonight. Perhaps this explains everything!

  • Comment number 73.


    We do, the Mersey and the Irish Sea!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 74.

    MM sorry you had a tough day. Hope tomorrow will be better.

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  • Comment number 76.

    Blog of new


  • Comment number 77.

    Baggy, dont worry about notice periods, obviously if a stonking job comes your way, then you just negotiate and leave. As Andy said, they werent overly concerned at you digging an early grave for yourself, so i am sure the next victim , will soon be in situ. Just take each day as it comes, and i am sure it will all fall into place.

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