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Life Is Back But What To Do Now?

Chris Evans | 11:42 UK time, Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Book ll is now done and dusted and off to the printers. Suddenly I finish the radio show every day and have - at worst - a whole heap more time than I have had for the last few months to ponder...and perhaps plan.

So what happens next - relaxation, reading and reclining? Er, well no actually.

Just the onset of mild panic brought on by space and time opening up again enough to wonder what the heck it's all about, and why we are all here in the first place...

Please anything but that.

Time is to be filled, not killed. Next project please !





  • Comment number 1.

    Howdie CLP!

    As of next week, my hours are being cut at work which means finishing at 2pm every day. I am kind of looking forward to having a tad more time to go to the gym, write short stories (my course starts in 2 weeks today!), cook healthy things for me and my man.

    The downside is the cut in money, which through hard work, you don't have to worry about.

    So, enjoy Tash, enjoy Noah growing up, enjoy the odd game of golf in the afternoons. Take up stamp collecting, watch an old movie.

    But basically, in the profound words of Wham! ...... Enjoy what you do!

    Muchos amore.


  • Comment number 2.

    well said Deevs, and I second everything wholeheartedly!

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 3.

    Yep I am with Tiggs & Deevski!!!!!!!!!! x x x

  • Comment number 4.


    Chris can't imagine you ever being bored now, Don't think you'll ever let that happen now!

    If all else falis, you have a lovely kite to fly now!

    Deevs, well said! Hope the reduced hours will improve your work situation.

    Tiggs, Hi honey

    Gingembre, saw you on last blog. How was your holiday? Wish you'd let us know if you had a good time! ;-)

    Baggy - (((hugs))))

    I've run away from work today! My office is all wet paint, I have no computer and no phone!!

    So I've come home - so there!

    Seza xx

  • Comment number 5.



  • Comment number 6.

    Seza, will improve the work situ, but play havoc with the finances!


  • Comment number 7.

    Deevs, finance havoc will be a thing of the past when you are a best selling author!

    Remember, J K Rowling started off making one coffee last all day in the coffee shop!!

    Seza xx

  • Comment number 8.

    hiya Seza xxx

  • Comment number 9.

    Well, what I would do is write a list on things you really want to, for example run a marathon? something like that, when you really have to work for it :)

  • Comment number 10.


    Chris, take the time out to enjoy the next 2 or 3 years or so watching your boy develop. These are the best times of his little life and you will never get them back. Whatever you do, I'm sure you'll have fun.

    Ta ta Lin x

  • Comment number 11.

    Hey Christophe and Allski !

    Golf of course, a course! You've already mentioned "one day" having your own course, why not now? Something Tash can work on with you designing it, being a pro golfist. Maybe a miniature Wentworth complete with ickle bungalow for Marky Mark to spend his retirement in.

    I can see it now - charity events, pro-ams and may be even an academy.

    Just a thought or five.

    Tim the Taxi x

  • Comment number 12.

    Hey CLP!

    Personally - more time with the wife and kids can only be time well invested - trust me....I have a five and a seven year old and I can hardly believe that they have reached these ages so quickly.
    Although we do tons of varied activities and adventures, we're quite an insular unit as a family and the time we have together is priceless. We do spend time with family and friends obviously - just not as much as maybe they would like....If only there were more hours in the day eh?

    Professionally - I really enjoyed that golf series you did years ago. How about revisiting that or knowing what you're like for new ventures - and not entirely stretching the imagination - couldn't you do something Ferrari related? Maybe a history of the greatest models and their cultural significance at the time.....might be a limited audience, but thats your department, you're the ideas man!

    Come on - get on with it!!

    Hi to the rest of Blogsville - Hope you're all well and living the dream :-)



  • Comment number 13.

    I am a bad, bad man!
    I actually have a 6 year old and a seven year old.
    I can't believe I did that - she would go loopy for calling her a five year old - now that she's all grown up and that!
    Her opinion, not mine!


    Who prays that his six year old doesn't click on the blog the next time she's watching the sporting challenge videos!


  • Comment number 14.

    LOL Rips. You're only human. I think ......!



  • Comment number 15.

    Rips - is this the same daughter that you booked tickets to go and see blur - on her birthday - because you forgot the date?

  • Comment number 16.

    sorry to kill the blog

    thanks for all the good wishes - things seems to have settled down at work and I have left my 'how to be more assertive at wor' lying about!

  • Comment number 17.

    a'noon all

    Seza - I didn't think i'd got it accross well enough, I did though thanks for asking ;)
    Jillygoat - ta for the info
    deevs - gym? writing? the new you eh? fancy changing North London teams too??? lol

    Been running today for first time in 3 weeks (pesky shinsplints), Holiday ironing for 5 done, coffee next with the sports channel from the dish based firm.


  • Comment number 18.

    Deevs - See I need to sign back up with the gym and get my butt into gear but I'm just too lazy - need someone to drag me there kicking and screaming lol.

    I'm going to see KT Tunstall perform at Cambridge next month and I'm stupidly excited - it's a proper concert not a Christian bible camp music evening thing - eep!

  • Comment number 19.

    Ello Ter CLP & ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Some may wonder why ave not blogged for a few days, many may not care either way... but the reason is a can't blog as a can't speak after me visit ter the dentist!!!!!!

    But a just jumped in quickly, RESISTING the pain of the socket where me tooth once stood, ter say:

    CLP - If yerv got too much time on yer 'ands, 'ow about a round of golf?????
    One of me ambtions is ter 'ave a round of golf with CLP... still yet ter fulfil this... now could be the time... well once me tooth is better!!!!!


  • Comment number 20.

    CLP - seriously, take some of the advice on here - as every parent on here will tell you - be thankful that you can have extra time with Noah, its such a precious commodty and one that you cannot get back when its passed - he will be borrowing your real ferari's before you know it!

    And then, make a wish list - and see where you go from there!

    Hiya to everyone else - big day tomorrow - meeting with Mr Consultant, wish me luck!


  • Comment number 21.

    Ginge - swap teams??? NEVER!!!!!! But yes, things have changed for me this year and I'm loving life.

    The gym that my lovely man has got us signed up to is fab and nowt like one of the corporate high street brands owned by Dragons or the like. They have done a programme for me which is all on an ickle key which I plug into the machine and it tells me what to do! And the swimming pool is lush - I'm up to 60 lengths without stopping now. And the best bit - when I've done all the workout stuff, I can go relax in the sauna and steam rooms for a bit. Luverly!

    Not having too bad an afternoon at work. All around me are in meltdown mode so I'm being a calm, supportive oasis of loveliness!



  • Comment number 22.

    peeeeeeees: Ginge - you missed off the Ballroom Dancing which starts in October!!!


  • Comment number 23.

    surely you're not on strictlythis year????

    be careful when doing a rise & fall or a fleckle!

  • Comment number 24.

    You gotta watch out for those fleckles!!

    Fab - U - Lous!!!

    Seza xx

  • Comment number 25.

    I am sewing the sequins on Nic's tutu as we speak!!

    Note to self: shopping list ..... shin pads for the fella!


  • Comment number 26.

    Time is the essence of life my friend, all work and no play make Jack a dull boy as they say, others are right the chance to spend time with family is worth a million ten times over. I should know. Lost some contracts, had more time = family life good and golf swing even better. Join me on the course if you like!!

  • Comment number 27.

    Deevs, I should think that after that last comment, it will be YOU needing the shinpads!

    Ta ta Lin x

  • Comment number 28.

    oh - I'm surprised no one has mentioned it - did you see the man from ELO died by being hit by a hay bale? Very sad for all concerned - but surely that goes down in rock and roll history as the strangest way to die?

  • Comment number 29.

    Baggy - Jeremy Vine wasted a good chunk of R2 airtime yesterday by creating an entire phone in on the perils of hay bales in the countryside. I couldn't believe what I was hearing!!!

    I can't help but wonder if it would have made such headline news had it been a regular, hard-working farmer killed under same circumstances!


  • Comment number 30.

    Chris you have made the kite, now how about kite surfing?

    Deevskiboo I love JV what a great show.

  • Comment number 31.

    Not my cuppa really, tbh Baz, but I happened to be in the car yesterday lunchtime for a few minutes.

  • Comment number 32.

    Oh well stay lucky Deevski

  • Comment number 33.

    If you want to waste some time, google Google then put your cursor over "Google"

    Seza xx

  • Comment number 34.

    Or go to Google Images and Google yourself!


  • Comment number 35.


    CLP, as others have said, you need to enjoy lickle Noah while you can!

    Seza, google's good today isn't it!

    Baggy, hope you met your deadlines, and good for you for saying No! I had a conversation with my boss today to discuss my workload, but whilst he was sympathetic, he is under pressure from his boss...

    And then he had the cheek to add two further things to my workload - I nearly went home!

    Oh well, I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, or is it just some bugger with a torch bringing more work? LOL

    Deevs, sorry to hear about your reduced hours, although it gives you an excuse to look for something else.

    Right, off to see what unauthorised excavations have been made in the garden by mad-dog!

    JG x

  • Comment number 36.

    Evening each. Haven't caught up yet, was so tired after looking after 10month old yesterday I was in bed early.

    CLP, I'm sure there's stuff brewing in your head right now to keep you occupied for the next year.

    Fierce rain and wind in Fife this morning, then it was blue sky and sun in the afternoon. Oldest grandson is away with the school to Ardroy on the west coast for a week. Hope they found undercover stuff to do this morning. We're all missing him.

    Back later when I've watched Coast.

  • Comment number 37.

    Just heard from Kirstie - she's coming to stay tomorrow night. So, anyone wanting info on Genealogy from her - send me a message on FB.


  • Comment number 38.

    Evening all

    Just had a fantastic day out with little grandson at the zoo!

    Annie, know how you feel, i'm really tired tonight too.

    Hope you all have had a good day.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 39.

    Well, I've had a bad day, and an equally bad evening, so I'll bid you all goodnight!

    JG x

  • Comment number 40.

    JG, really sorry to hear that.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 41.


    Chris you're like a cat on a hot tin roof ,cant sit still for five minutes.I wish I had a quarter of your energy ,I'd be well made up .no use telling you to relax ,It would be like putting you in chains .

    Deev ,You'll be fine and you'll manage ,what you haven't got you can't spend it mate .

    Baggy ,don't be harassed that's not on .{{{HUG}}}

    Seza working from home ,nice .Enjoy while the paint dries .

    JG,things not so good for you either hun are they ,don't let them grind you down .Let it float over the head ,I know it's easy for me to say that I'm not in your situation
    Hope you still had a garden when you got home ,Finlay isn't digging for gold is he ??

    Not seen the fairy flying around of late .She's probably on the other side .hope your OK hun ,bet your wings are getting a drenching .

    Annie ,can see how you get tired ,it's these grandchildren ,we love them dearly ,just wished we had the energy that we had when we had our kids when they were young ,wouldn't that be great .

    Bingo ,did see that you've been suffering with your wisdom tooth being drawn ,hope it eases soon for you ,nothing worse is there .

    Hope everyone else is fine and dandy .


  • Comment number 42.

    Night everyone

    Sleep well.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 43.

    Good morning all,
    Well I'm up Chris I don't know where everyone else is ,must be having a lay in.

    Nothing exciting happening here today just the usual work day,the weather is quite glum .

    Take care all and have a good day .


  • Comment number 44.

    Morning all

    Woo Hoo to England doing the business last night. The football match was quite good too I thought.

    Well, I've got the office to myself today and I've just come in to loads of stuff - which is fab as it will help the day go quicker. Everyone else is at a company "do" which I declined to attend, on the grounds that what it's costing per head I'd rather have in my pay packet and to be perfectly frank, I'd rather be at home with my fella this evening than in a hotel miles away with a load of sozzled colleagues.

    CLP - loving the 80s toon at arout 7.50 - yesterday Culture Club and today ABC. CAn we have a bit of Human League tomorrow please as it will help with the black eyeliner application!

    Right, will be back when I've done a bit.


  • Comment number 45.

    Morninb Bids.

    What's a lay in!?!?


  • Comment number 46.

    Hi Deev's
    nice to see you ,have a lovely day which I'm sure you will, office to yourself make the most of it .And I totally agree with you on the home front .
    As you know I'm not into footie ,but was pleased that they had a win ,for the fans mainly.

    Don't you get a lay in at the w/end and that lovely fella of yours brings you a coffee ;)


  • Comment number 47.

    LOL Bids - I've never been one for lay ins. I can usually survive on 6-7 hours a night and once my body clock has had those hours, I have to get up. Weekends I leave my man to have a bit of a lay in on Saturdays but Sundays we have a 7 year old alarm clock that makes sure we're both up and awake just after 8am! Bless him!


  • Comment number 48.

    Morning Bids, Deevs and everyone

    Cold and wet here.

    Heating on!

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 49.

    morning ladies (and CLP and any other lads lurking)

    So - my job is on the rocks and money is tight to mention and yet I'm smiling - why

    well 1) I have a fantastic husband
    2) I have some great friends, as proven yesterday when I was given a lift on a bike from work to pub pick up point, and then lift in car to my car - all so I didn't ahve to struggle with the public transport (or lack of it)
    3) tonight I'm going out to dinner - and its not costing any of us a penny - 4 friends having fun for free
    4) I've given up caring about my job - I'm still working just as hard but now if they sack me I'll deal with it and get something better

    Rock on


  • Comment number 50.

    A lie in Bids!!!

    I had been down the Exe Valley to Tiverton and was on my way back up again by the time you surfaced!

    What a beautiful morning it was too. Thick mist all the way down, following the river and then on the way back, I climbed up and over Exmoor, where the mist had lifted and there were lots of red deer and Exmoor ponies about. AND biggest bonus of all.... I got to hear the whole show! Times like this, I wish my job started the other end of the day. Especially now I am getting home in the dark most nights.

    Still, to have a job at all is something and I do enjoy my own company if that doesn't sound too selfish.

    So, time to crack on before I have to start work again.

    I might get a sneaky half hour in the deckchair if I get a wiggle on!

    Happy Humpday.

    Multi Cheerios.


  • Comment number 51.


    Have got back into my office now, computer re-connected - now I've just got to find places for all the things I've taken out of the office.

    It looks all spick and span now - I don't really want to mess it up by putting stuff in it again!

    Maybe if I just leave all the work type stuff where I've stashed it, no one will ever know!

    Hope everyone ok today, has been very grey and overcast here but looks like it is finally brightening up a bit.

    Hope so


    Seza xx

  • Comment number 52.


    Quiet today isn't it...
    Baggy, I like your spirit!
    I hate my temp job and my boss is a complet numpty waste of space. Almost feeli like saying enough is enough and walking out, though that's not very professional!
    Still, hopefully I will get to gym tonight...Ann Widdecombe to win strictly?????



  • Comment number 53.

    I'm hoping you get to the gym too mister - if only to boost the view!


    I'm starting to feel narky! I just want to be left alone to get on/have my lunch and someone keeps coming in and filling my air with their banality.



  • Comment number 54.

    NEW BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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