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Good Morning Wales and Manchester, Who's Next Then?

Chris Evans | 12:28 UK time, Friday, 22 October 2010

Currently in the middle of a round of interviews to do with you know what - and if you don't - it doesn't matter.

Wales just pointed out how instrumental Wales has been in my life. Billie and Dr. Who; and Celtic Manor being the venue of The Ryder Cup where Tash and I met for the first time.

Indeed, if Sir Terry hadn't built his golf resort to realise one of his many dreams, then there wouldn't be a little Noah running around Berkshire today.

Crazy, life, isn't it ? Wonderful of course, but crazy.

Right - off to record my first ever hologram - and then One Show and Paul O'Grady to talk more about that thing that's in the shops now.




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  • Comment number 1.

    Am I first?

    Busy times Christophe! Make sure you have some time to relax as well!

    JG x

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  • Comment number 3.

    Just typed a poinyent (sp) post and lost it all

    Anyhoo - it was along the lines of it is indeed a crazy world CLP - and I am a great believer in "what will be will be"

    happy friday everyone

    MC - got one of "them" pies int oven for me lunch :-)


  • Comment number 4.

    CLP, I think i know what you mean about knowing what what is all about . You confuddled me last night by appearing on my tellybox, you naughty man ;-)))

    Debs, Cant beat a Friday pie ;-))

    I am entrusted with doing the weekly shop tonight . A huge honour , as Mr MC banned me from food shopping a long way back.
    So i've got me list, my quid for the trolley , and i'll be off to wander round the soopermarche . If you dont see me at FNWC, its because i'll still be whizzing round on my trolley .

    MC xxx

  • Comment number 5.


    It is a strange and wonderful world - enjoy being a hologram Chris!!!

    Debs, might need to pop over and borrow your oven for while - mine blew up yesterday when the nice workmen turned on the electricity they had turned off earlier!

    I'm thinking we need to learn to love the stir-fry - Mr Seza is booking his table at the pub!

    I've just suggested to him that this year we all might be able to have Christmas Dinner or Christmas Presents but not both!!


  • Comment number 6.

    ARFternoon troops!

    Firstly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AS!!

    Secondly, THANK YOU RIPS for brightening up my day and treating me to lunch. You turned a dull day in the office into a lovely lunchtime interlude, even if you did take the mickey out of my registration number and spoiler! You can't beat an impromptu blog meet, and I hope the rest of your weekend is fine and dandy sir!

    Can't blog much today as MD is in (I also have some work to do, don'tchyaknow!). Will look forward to catching up on FNWC tomorrow morning with a strong cup of coffee.

    Love, peace and happiness.


  • Comment number 7.


    It is a funny old life indeed. For instance, Deevs and I have Russell Brand to thank for getting us together. Apparently, you have said that Sir Terry Wogan was all ready to retire in 2008 and you were all fired up to take over from Jan 2009 but that, as a result of the "scandal" surrounding Messrs Ross and Brand, he decided to stay on to aid the image of the BBC. So, if you had been doing your breakfast show and not Drivetime when I started blogging in August 2009, I wouldn't have been blogging, if you see what I mean, and would never have gone to the O2, nor met the divine Deevs!!


  • Comment number 8.

    Oh and Happy Birthday AS!!



    P.S. I know what you mean about the car reg - would be more appropriate for my ex - or possibly hers should be W1 TCH..

  • Comment number 9.

    Can my day get any betterererer!?!?


    Roll on 5pm.

    Deevs, the Divine!


  • Comment number 10.

    Alwight CLP & ALL Blog Dudes...

    Bingo Star ere...

    CLP - It must be such an interesting life ter be a prominant celebrity, DJ, broadcaster, tv presenter.... etc!!!!!!
    Always being on the go in the world of celebrity... i'd love it!!!!!
    Not the being famous bit or the gettign alot of attention bit, (although am sure it's nice too) but the meeting lots of interesting people... and being in an authoratative position - know what am sayin' CLP!!!!!!!!!

    As for The Celtic gig all those years ago, a was so close to going!!!!!!
    Yer know when yer look how long it would take ter go, the dates, the ticket info!!!!!!
    A so muc wanted ter go, but the only thing that stopped me was 'cos a 'ad been working a 70 'our week as a trucker & a just couldn't face driving 3 'ours plus on me day off... and the drive back!!!!!!
    If it'd been closer, say at The Belfry in the midlands then a would ave been there & witnessed you meeting Tash!!!!!!!
    Aswell as all the top celebs!!!!!!!

    But then 'aving said that if it was at The Belfry then like yer say about the gig... would Noah be 'ere???????

    Boggles the mind CLP.... boggles the mind 'ow fate guides us ter things 'appening!!!!!!

    Talking of which.... A will bang me Part 5 of me story on asap!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 11.

    Part 5:

    The last day of my stay in Kherson arrived, I was just killing time now & waiting to go home.
    Lena had said she could not see me as she needed to help her mother with things at home & visit the hospital where her gravely ill father was still in a coma.
    I understood her problems but at the same time I felt confused about our friendship.
    Will she want to keep in touch when I come home to England? – It's easier to drift apart once I come home but we did agree to keep in touch & get Skype to speak to each other.
    I thought if she thought a lot of me she would at least come to say goodbye at the railway station.
    But then if she has so many family problems maybe it's simply too difficult.
    The one thing she did tell me the day before was that I should not waste my time waiting for her as she's not sure if she can ever come to England. She told me I should meet other women through the agency before I go home.
    But I just didn't feel right to do this. It's crazy I thought to have a rushed last meeting with other ladies & I only wanted Lena. It felt wrong to meet anyone else.

    I packed my suitcase as I had to check out of my apartment by noon.
    After getting everything together I headed off to the agency to leave my bags there until it was time to leave on the night train to Kiev.
    Twenty past nine the train departed so still another 9 hours of time to kill.
    While in the agency I started to browse the profiles of the ladies at the agency.
    I started to think maybe I should meet someone. I've always been a fool when it comes to women.
    I've always been a one women man, loyal to them & then end up getting dumped or find they are seeing other men behind my back.
    I saw a lady that i'd often thought of writing to & a few days earlier when I was at the agency she popped in to say hello to the translators – she looked very nice.
    What harm can it do I thought to meet her & it will kill time.
    So I asked the translators could they arrange a meeting.
    They phoned her & luckily she could meet at six after work.

    I decided to go for a walk, before coming back later for my meeting.
    I sat in the garden by the statue where I had taken the interesting photograph the day before.
    Again it was a beautiful sunny day with glorious clear skies & warm sun beating down.
    I decided to sit in the sun & catch probably the last bit of sun of the year I thought.
    I knew when I got back to England it would be cooler being the end of September.

    I headed back to the agency at ten to six & waited for the lady to arrive.
    6pm in she walked.
    Irina is her name, again tall, slim, blue eyes & very long blonde hair- she was very pretty.
    I greeted her with a smile & off we with the translator for our meeting.
    The meeting went well – she seemed very nice & although we had a translator she did speak very good bits of English. She told me she is learning English- always a good sign.
    We chatted for an hour & a half- then suddenly my phone rang..... it was Lena!
    If felt embaressed, guilty... like I was cheating on Lena.
    I didn't know what to do! Do I answer or carry on chatting to Irina.. The translator told me “answer it.. go on!!!”
    I think she sensed it was Lena as she knew of the intense week we had been through.
    I apologised to Irina but felt so rude... I got up & walked away to answer my phone!
    It was almost like Lena sensed I was with someone else- having a good meeting!
    Lena sounded quiet, upset!
    Are you ok I asked.
    She said yes but was very quiet.
    During the short phone call- we again agreed to stay in touch as soon as I got home.
    I could feel myself welling up again & Lena sounded emotional.
    I said goodbye & went back to my meeting with Irina!

    I started talking to Irina but my mind was racing. I almost couldn't concentrate on what Irina was saying as I sensed Lena wanted to meet me before I go.
    I spent another 15 minutes chatting to Irina & then she said she has to go- not miss her bus home.
    I thanked her for meeting me & we agreed to write to each other through the agency.

    I headed for the pizza restaurant again to fill up with a large meal. I need it, I thought, ready for my long journey home.
    I sat down & began to eat my meal.
    After a few minutes I got the urge to check my phone- I had a missed call come up... I realised i'd put my phone onto silent mode after speaking to Lena during my meeting with Irina & had forgot to take it off silent again.
    Lena had phoned me only a minute before- I must have sensed she had phoned me.
    I didn't finish my meal & rushed out of the restaurant to phone her.
    I felt happy, excited she had called me again- I sensed in the earlier call that she wanted to say more to me.
    When I rang she sounded a bit shy, like she was trying to say something more.
    I took the lead & said it's a shame you can't come & say bye to me at the railway station.
    She replied that she will come then but she will have to put her make up on & do her hair.
    I said you don't need to, you always look very beautiful with or without make up.
    We agreed to meet at 8pm at the station.

    I rushed back to the agency to arrange for a taxi to the station & to collect my bags.

    When I arrived at the station it was it's usual hectic busy part of the city.
    There's a one way road around a square in which there's a garden & area where they have small market stalls in the daytime. And around the road are bus stops & lots of small buses.
    The railway station dominates & is a large white grand looking building. It reminds me of an Indian building i've seen in films.
    I waited for Lena under the main clock on the building.
    It was just dark now & the most beautiful large red full moon. In fact I later found out it was the very rare harvest moon.
    My phone rang- it was Lena.
    “Where are you?” she asked... “Under the large clock!”... she spotted me... “I see you she said.”
    She looked amazing, in a nice dress with tied scarf & long white coat. Her hair was in tied back & pleated, something I liked a lot about her & she was smiling.. her blue eyes lit up.
    We embraced & headed off to the platform.
    My train was waiting. I could tell which was mine as it was the longest train in the station- about 18 carriages long.
    We cross the track to & stood by the train waiting to board.
    I talked to Lena about how it had been great to meet her & how much i'd enjoyed my time with her.
    While we were chatting away, suddenly three black military trucks pulled up on the main platform.
    They looked old like the kind of thing you'd see in a museum but in Ukraine you get used to seeing old trucks everywhere. It's part of the charm of Ukraine.
    Out got around 20 solders all in black with berries & some armed with machine guns.
    Two soldiers had a dog each, one a rotweiller & one an labrador.
    They surrounded the three trucks & stood their guarding the vehicles while the labrador seemed to be being used as a sniffer dog.
    I asked Lena “who are they?”
    There's many different types of police, home guard and special army type police in Ukraine. You get used to seeing them walking around & they never bother you.
    It's not a communist type country at all with so many types of police.
    They simply seem to keep law & order very well from what i've seen. There's no targeting motorists or traffic wardens wheel clamping or towing away vehicles like in the UK.
    Lena said she'd never seen this type of police/ military before.
    Inside each truck was a solder – maybe they are prisoner vehicles.
    I presumed they are waiting for the arrival of a train & there must be a very dangerous criminal being handed to them, maybe a Mafia member or a lot of money.
    We carried on chatting but with 20 soldiers right next to us. The soldiers stood totally still at their set positions around the trucks.
    I wondered if it was a mistake me leaving, I knew it would be difficult to keep our friendship alive what with the problems of her family.
    I said to Lena, as I had a few days before, is she sure she doesn't want me to stay for another week or more.
    Lena said there's no point as she has got to devote all of her time to helping her mother.
    She added we should stay in touch.
    I said as soon as I get home I will get Skype set up on my computer.
    We hugged and kissed & I climbed aboard my train.

    As I settle down into my first class compartment I felt a sense of relief that she came to say bye to me.
    But at the same time I knew she has a very difficult time ahead & her father is still gravely ill.
    Would it be the last time I will ever see her I wondered.
    My heart felt torn but I tried my best to keep my emotions together!
    I had a 13 hour train journey ahead through the night to Kiev... The train slowly left the station and I thought about Lena... Will we see each other ever again? Will she one day be able to leave behind her difficult life & come to England? Something told me it's a mistake for me to leave?
    But then something told me any chance of us having a relationship is doomed as her life, and her mother's life, have been turned upside by the almost certain death of her father.

    As the train rolled out of the station.... This song came into my head....



  • Comment number 12.

    Hello Christophe Lambie Pie.

    You're not wrong there Chris, it's all a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

    I love Wales, had some lovely holidays there and my dad came from Aberystwyth before moving to Birkenhead where, incidentally Paul O'Grady is from who you are chatting to tonight.

    Now off to watch Sporting Challenges while awaiting home delivery.

    MM x

  • Comment number 13.

    I'm glad that Wales has played a big part in your life too Chris!

    I was there at The Manor when you met Tash, by coincidence it was also my birth place, and when Billie was living in Cardiff I was working just around the corner and used to pass it every day !!!!!

    Bingo you should have gone to the 'gig' it were fab x

  • Comment number 14.

    Happy Friday everyone!

    Today is my last day at work for a whole week - yippee! But then I wake up this morning with a blocked nose, sore throat and yes, you've got it - a cold .........the first I've had for two years.

    But why now, the week I'm on hols ...........bah!!

    Bingo - been reading all of your story, what a tale!

    To all of you - have a wonderful weekend and catch up with you all soon.

    CG xx

  • Comment number 15.

    Chris, I think that most of the events that change our lives for the better occur entirely by chance, especially meeting the right person. I feel like Boleynman the Second was meant for me, but if we hadn't signed up for the same teacher-training course at the same time, and been in the same "group", then we'd never have met, and we wouldn't have known any different!

    Likewise, it's impossible for me to imagine having different children to the ones I have, and loving them the same, but if Boleynman the First and I hadn't "made" them when we did, then they wouldn't be them, they'd be somebody else and I'd never have met my actual daughters because they'd never have existed!

    Pure, random chance. Fluke coincidences which change whole futures.

    No idea what "recording a hologram" means though!

    A x

    PS I've broken up and Boleynteen the younger has gone to Spain for the week!

  • Comment number 16.


    Chris: you must be all interviewed-out by now, but I am so looking forward to seeing you on Paul O'Grady tonight! As for how life works out ... it's the same for all of us, isn't it? If it's written in the stars, it's written in the stars!

    I have been having terrible trouble getting on the blog today - I hope this is not a sign that I won't be able to get on tonight!

    Brekkie Production Team: I cannot wait to see the video - will check it out when I get home! Bless you all - you are brilliant!

    MC: the FNWC should last quite a wee while - hope to see you there!

    Bingo: I'm still following your story xx

    CG: have a lovely holiday - I hope your cold doesn't take hold!

    Hope Friday afternoon is treating you all well. I am almost in the "starting blocks" - can't wait for 5.30!

    C xx

  • Comment number 17.

    PPS Will pop in later!

  • Comment number 18.

    CG, same here and it's worse now than this morning.

    Bingo, loved reading your story.

    Marjie, glad you didn't get a cold. Have you started Chris's new book yet?

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 19.

    Why is the last half an hour on a Friday the longest half an hour of the week .......?

    I'm a Diva, get me out of here!!!!!


  • Comment number 20.

    Just coming on to say: I am unable to get on for FNWC!!! Have just received a message from ChezS to say that our anti-virus thingy has expired, MrS tried to renew, but that won't happen in time for this evening!


    Have a lovely time one and all, and I will see you on Monday!


    C xx

  • Comment number 21.

    CSN-I think I'll be starting the book tomorrow as there's a lot on television tonight.

    Deevs-the shortest half an hour is the one before the alarm clock goes off.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 22.

    Hello Chums,

    Just a quick one to say:

    A: It was lovely to catch up with one of my favourite Nut Jobs earlier. Looking very well she is too.
    Mr Rolastic, must be looking after her ok......I just hope he makes her car away from the house.

    B: I'll be back at about 7:30 once I've fed, watered and got rid of the family x



  • Comment number 23.

    Oi Oi!

    I parks on me droive, I does! Roight next to the house!

    Home now. Weekly shop done. Wine rack refilled. Tea almost ready. Dancing shoes on stand-by. Will take it easy tonight coz of the back, but really looking forward to dance class.

    Talking of the back, I booked an acupuncture session today for next Wednesday after work. I'm sooooooooooooooooo looking forward to it already .......

    Maddy - how true about the shortest half hour!

    Have a pleasant FNWC one and all, and I look forward to catching up with the antics in the morn.

    Muchos Amore


    ps: keep an eye on The Ripster ..... don't let him near anything over 5% proof! x

  • Comment number 24.

    Tap-Tap-Tap.just popping in to say i'll be a little latw tonight as just starting the super but will catch you up

    Ps where will you all be ?????

  • Comment number 25.


    Quiet in here, where is everyone!

    Lovely daughter popped in to pay her sick mum a visit this afternoon.

    She bought me a present to cheer me up.

    Can anyone guess what it is?

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi Bids

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 27.

    Well, David's away to his auction, I am sitting here with his laptop and a glass of Chards listening to The Music Goes Round, where is everyone???


  • Comment number 28.

    Hi Gail, I'm here

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 29.

    Where are you hiding Rips.

    Shall I get on my broomstick and come and find you.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi CSN, hope you're feeling a bit better, maybe everyone else is still eating and getting organised, I'll only be here till 9, that's when I go out and feed and muck out the horses and walk the dog.


  • Comment number 31.


    Kids asleep or pretending anyway - The CMM about to head out to a - come round my house and buy some tat, party - I'm all yours

    Mine's a Peroni, ice cold please



  • Comment number 32.

    Right I'm here at long last, just about to order tea, anyone for a kebab or pizza?

    JG x

  • Comment number 33.

    Hi all

    I just got here, thinking I would have loads to catch up on (thinking I was late) but no, seems I am early.

    Right - just need to pour another glass of wine get something to eat and I'll be back soon. Keep a space for me in the hot tub.


    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 34.

    I must say, this is very different from when I normally post from work, this is really slow, that's mobile broadband for you, with a poor signal which doesn't help.

  • Comment number 35.

    Hi CSN and Dozy,

    How are you?

    Mucking out the horse! It's good to have something to look forward to eh? ;-)


  • Comment number 36.

    JG, I would love a kebab or a pizza but we've just had M&S meatloaf (exciting eh?)

  • Comment number 37.

    helloooooooooooooo Gail and CSn
    Just arrived, managed to steal GD's macbook off her - not sure how long that will last!

    glass of chards by my side and watching Pillars of the Earth from last week, not sure how i'm feeling about it yet - read the book twice - all 1000 pages plus and loved it - feel the acting is a bit "wooden" at the mo, but like all things in life, willing to give it a chance!

    right - who's got the nibbles?


  • Comment number 38.

    Yeah Rips, my life is bursting with that kind of excitement, tomorrow night for instance, we are going to the indoor bowling club for dinner with my parents and my brother and his partner, just to give you an indication of the standard of food, it's £5.95 for 2 courses!, but never fear the drink is dirt cheap and since David is on stand-by all weekend for gritting, he will be driving (for a change).

  • Comment number 39.


    Got out of my sick bed to be here tonight. LOL!

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 40.

    I'm watching one of my favourite programmes, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, but I am so with it, I only know 2 of the people on it!

  • Comment number 41.

    Welcome JG and MTD,

    We went for Tesco finest meal deal tonight.
    I went with the steak pie option, as I know that the CMM only eats the pastry leaving me with a spare pie filling for later......

    Rips - not as green as he is cabbage looking...


  • Comment number 42.

    Bums - how did that happen? post a post and about 100 of you blighters pop in there!

    REALLY fancied a curry tonight so picked up the latest through the door leaflet - looks fab - dont blinkin deliver on a Friday or Saturday???? and theres supposed to be a recession?????

    bah humbug for the 2nd time today

    Oh Gail £5,95 for 2 courses??? stay on the pink love!


  • Comment number 43.

    Hi Debs and MTD


  • Comment number 44.

    Hi JG

    Trying to cook some salmon fillets.


  • Comment number 45.

    OK, so like old times then - by the time the fingers have done the talking you've gotton 10 posts behind already!


    Ripstickles - got your pie and peronni on the go? I had one of me norvern pies at lunch and jolly good it was too - bums that I cant have a curry now tho - so just going to power on through with the chards....

    uh oh.........


  • Comment number 46.

    Alright Debs,

    Bowls club!! Sounds.....Ummmmmm.........

    Anyway - enjoy the drinking opportunity.

    Just watching the Eddie Stobart programme for the first time.

    Why does the driver who is cursing the fact that the M6 has been closed, not have a sat nav as he heads off to find an alternative route?

    I also might have found Bingo's dream woman - she's a very attractive ES driver who can reverse like a man...

    Controversy.....this early!!!



  • Comment number 47.

    Debs: re #45, please assure us you're sat down!

    Now how did I end up at FNWC without a drink? Something not quite right there... best go rectify then we can have some glass clinking and big shout of "cheers" ;)


  • Comment number 48.

    Well the food is ordered, but it's a new girl...wonder what we'll get?

    I was supposed to stop at the shop on the way home for tea, then thought he was going to the gym...but it all went badly wrong! Hence the delivery option!

    Rips, why does the CMM only eat the pastry?

    JG x

  • Comment number 49.

    CSN - can't the old man do that if you're under the weather?

    Put your feet up.



  • Comment number 50.

    Hope you have a super supper Bids ;-)

    Hello everybody, I'm afraid I drank the wine with my dinner, so I'm initializing the FNCC (friday night cuppa club). Any objections?
    I want to stay sober for New Tricks at 9pm, but will be back again later, maybe with a new bottle.

    Ta ta Lin x

  • Comment number 51.

    Rips, having worked in the industry since I left school and having my Class 1 HGV, I find the Eddie Stobart thing hilarious, the way the guy narrates it has me in stitches every week.

  • Comment number 52.

    She doesn' like the gravy that goes with those particular pies. How was I supposed to know eh?

    Oh yeah, she told me last time......

    Genius? Me?



  • Comment number 53.

    Dozy, I don't envy you mucking out horses in the evening, as well as mornings!

    Liking the idea of the bowls club though! ;)

    Oi Rips, I can reverse, I just can't drive over bridges!! LOL

    JG x

  • Comment number 54.

    David likes his food fairly plain and dry, so if we have anything with a sauce, I love it because I can just put a little bit on his and smother mine as unfortunately I love everything (except nuts).


  • Comment number 55.

    I really must learn to type faster!!!!

  • Comment number 56.

    JG, I can't complain, it's my choice to have the horses, I have had them at home since the late 80's it is really is just a way of life now, they are out all the time in the summer, but in the winter they are in at night, that's when the work really starts, but it really is a labour of love.


  • Comment number 57.

    Oz Girl - defo sat down with said foot "elevated"! ta da!

    and yes CSN - get old man on the cooking

    BTW anyone else want one of the £10000s of cooking baths and vacuum things that James M had on the one show tonight - how easy would real life be with one of them hey?

    and yes Rips why does the CMM only eat the pastry??? not if you came to mine she wouldnt! (ha - MTF - got there first!)


  • Comment number 58.

    I'm going to avoid the obvious there dozy and act like a grown up.....

    The CMM and I are complete opposites regards sauces too.

    She won't have gravy or sauce on anything through choice and if the meal dictates it, it has to go only on the meat. If it crosses over to the veg or anything else - it's all over!!!

    JG -how did I know that you'd bite? ;-)



  • Comment number 59.

    Hey, did someone mention the hot tub? Could do with a warm up. Who is on lifeguard duty tonight? Off to get my towel.

    Ta ta Lin x

  • Comment number 60.

    Gail - you dark horse you - (see what i did there!)

    HGV1 - mucho respect and all that!

    LOL Rips - silly billy - dur - 2 ears for listening, one mouth for chatting on about nothing in particular!
    and I agree - need to type/read quicker!


  • Comment number 61.

    Dozy, at home, we had Welsh Cobs, and when I was a girl, one was a x Clydesdale called Jason... They stayed out all year, thankfully!

    Although we did go through a stage of having a herd of Angora goats...which needed regular mucking out!

    And before that Anglo-Saanan's which we kept as a milking herd! That WAS hard work!!

    JG x

  • Comment number 62.

    Oooh Debs, I couldn't wait 4 days for me dinner!
    And vacuuming the air out of your clothes to go on holiday is one thing, but getting the vacuum cleaner in your suitcase to do the same to come back is another thing entirely!!

    Ta ta Lin x

  • Comment number 63.

    Rips - LOL!!

  • Comment number 64.

    Right, I have drink and am ready to clink :)

    Glad to hear your foot is safely elevated Debs :)


  • Comment number 65.

    JG, I had no idea, that sounds like really hard work. The funniest thing for me is when we go on nights out, it doesn't matter how late we get in, how drunk I am, or what I am wearing, as soon as we get back, I put my electric blanket on (I know, remember it is Scotland), wellies on and go out to give them hay and muck them out, that can be quite interesting at times.


  • Comment number 66.

    Lin - you muppet you - I miss you!

    Bristol meet anyone????

    Can confirm assorted regular muppets of the blog kind will defo attend! - ooo Dan the Man is coming in a few weeks for his stag - shirley we could do something to honour him.......

    off to fridge - top up anyone?


  • Comment number 67.

    Right, I've got an idea!

    How about a bit of light hearted sabotage?

    You know that game where everyone has to say a word - one after another - whilst always maintaining some kind of narrative.

    Why don't we have a go at that?


    Over on Mayo's blog..

    I propose that every five minutes. One of us goes over there and types a word that follows the last one left.

    We can co-ordinate it from this blog and pray that Deebee or one of the other bi-bloggers doesn't suss it.
    We have to be as outrageous as possible..

    Whaddya reckon?



  • Comment number 68.

    Evening all,

    Rips, that sounds like a plan, will keep the moderators busy anyway !

    MC x

  • Comment number 69.

    Hey MC, Lin and anyone I might have missed.

    OK - I'm going in. MC you follow me and then nominate someone else...


  • Comment number 70.

    Oh MAN GAIL - I have SEEN you at the end of a night out - and you do all that!!! Interesting indeed!!!!

    (well seen two of you at the end of a night out any road up) double trouble - do the horses look down their nose at you the next day in a parenting sort of way "well I hope you are paying for that effort" ???

    he he


  • Comment number 71.



  • Comment number 72.

    oh man Rips - you know how to condudle a girl dontya?

    do I need to re-log in to the mayo thing??

    right gonna try anyhoo

    Hello Choccy!


  • Comment number 73.

    Haha! That felt good.

    Sorry that it's an awkward one to follow MC.....

    Condudle - sounds like something Russel Brand might do to a girl rather than me.

    Well, not 'to' me you understand...

    Oh heavens!

  • Comment number 74.

    Rips, don't think I'll join in that one, much as I'd love to, the speed of this thing is excrutiating (sp), by the time I go over there and come back, it will be tomorrow!

    Debs, one of my horses, Ash can be a real bucking bronko if the mood takes him, maybe that's what's wrong, he is punishing me for all those drunken nights, oops, just need to hold on tight because I certainly will not be sobering up anytime soon!

  • Comment number 75.

    he he , my mind went blank, for the first time in my entire life .

    Debs , evening my ickle pie eating buddy.


  • Comment number 76.

    oh no, I think I've fallen at first hurdle Rips - i did a test and bugger! there i was!!! nothing outrageous at all!

    didnt know i could be on that blog at same time..... *hangs head in shame*

    promise not to spoil next time

    go again Rips!


  • Comment number 77.

    Who's next?

    Might be an idea to leave a longer gap between efforts.. try and gain some interest from the natives.

  • Comment number 78.

    do you think Paul of Sheffield is lurking ?? i have my suspicions .

    MC xx sober , but high on Galaxy xx

  • Comment number 79.

    Ok, done that.
    Brizzle....before Crimbo? Hell yes!

    Ta ta Lin x

  • Comment number 80.

    JG, you woke the moderators !!

  • Comment number 81.

    Bugger, I'm awaiting moderation!!

    Tea has arrived, I can't eat it, still traumatised by the journey home...

    JG x

  • Comment number 82.

    Debs, if you're on a Mac. Click file and then new window and it will open a seperate window for Mayo's blog.

    It'll save opening and closing one window. I think that once you are logged in to the beeb, your are logged in across the board


  • Comment number 83.

    Right, back after new tricks

    See ya!

  • Comment number 84.

    MC darling - your mind is NEVER blank!

    hope you are getting your pretty face over to York lass? And I am putting in an order for "me puddings" this weekend now the weather has turned!

    right, I need a hmmmmmm break - will I keep up - I hope so?!


  • Comment number 85.

    I did it, just in case anyone is wondering, on our lane to the house at this time of year there are lots of toads, I really do swerve to try and avoid them but occasionally you go over one, and squelch is the noise I would imagine one would make as it is squashed by the car tyre. Sorry.

    Anyway, I really must love you and leave you, time to muck out, but here's looking forward to doing it next weekend in person with some of you, not running you over with the car, but drinking and eating!!

    Have a great night.



  • Comment number 86.

    Remember, the idea is to create a story as we go...Not just connected words

    Do I sound like a bad teacher now?

    Because that's exactly the sort i'd be....

    Switching from Qi to Paul O'Grady now for Mr Evans.


  • Comment number 87.

    Sorry Rips! I shall stand on the naughty step for 2 seconds!

  • Comment number 88.

    I think we've been rumbled...

  • Comment number 89.

    Have a nice weekend, say hi to David xx

    Debs, go easy on the pies, leave some for us norverners. :-))

    POG on here, not sure i can watch Cheryl whinge about how bad her life is .

    Rips, bad bad teacher ! ;-))

    MC xx

  • Comment number 90.

    HAHA! Sorry Dozy - nice image of the toads though.

    2 seconds!!!

    Enjoy the poo!


  • Comment number 91.

    Rips and Debs

    You must be Joking, I have a cold, he has flu!


    csn xx

  • Comment number 92.

    I'm back - finished tea (ELH beef madras - not bad at all) then interweb decided to have a wobbly.

    Sorry Rips - missed the game - is there going to be another one???

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 93.

    Hahahah!!! You have to get up very early to pull one over on the Mayo bloggers.

    Nice try though! Very good.

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 94.

    Where's our Tooth Fairy?

    Right, who's for game of I-Spy?

    I spy with my little eye something beginning with F

    JG x

  • Comment number 95.

    Just popping in... Am still at work 'ere...

    LisaJo - A know, a saw the gig on the tv!!!!!!!!
    Looked mega!!!!!!!!
    Meatloaf was funny!!!!!!!

    CornishGirlie, Chrissie, CleverSuperNanny & ALL - Glad yer enjoying me story!!!!!!!!!
    A suppose yer could say yer all proof reading it for me book ;))
    And a swear it's all 100% TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The only thing though me book will have all ave written here but in more detail - there's so many other things that happened... it was a strange week & really like being in a real life movie!!!!!!!!

    PS A see the Navy's nuclear submarine got stuck near where a was earlier in the year... Isle Of Syke!!!!!!
    Will cost abit ter patch it up!!!!!!!

    Looks like the goverment's military spending cuts have: 'hit rock bottom' before they've even got..... 'sailing!!!!'
    A 'sinking feeling!!!!' if yer ask me!!!!!!!!
    Struggling ter get their 'heads above water' if yer ask me!!!!!!!!

    Am sticking ter rubber ducks meself!!!!!!!

    Gotta go... back ter work!!!!!


  • Comment number 96.

    Deebee - I thought you were an honorary CLP blogger as well!!!

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 97.

    uh oh - rumbled!

    right - been told this is my 10 minute warning of giving macbook back to teen - honestly!

    9.30pm curfuew!


  • Comment number 98.

    Hi MTD and Deebee

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 99.

    F = Flat animal?

  • Comment number 100.


    I'm here but I'll never keep up!



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