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The Arch Bishop Who Never Ceases To Surprise.

Chris Evans | 10:39 UK time, Thursday, 25 November 2010

You know, I thought I was in quite a good place in my life at the moment after my wilderness years and all that and I am, I'm doing ok, family life is very very good for me.

However, when one has the good fortune to meet someone like John Sentamu, you just realise how much further you can go when it comes to being a better person. Just being around him makes you want to improve yourself, and almost exclusively with regard to what you can do for others.

"What prayers do you say every morning John ?"

"I say very sad prayers to remind me of all the people who need my help much more than I need my help. They teach me not to be self centred and selfish."

What a fantastically simple mantra and the road to true freedom as a human being.

If I had a hat on, I'd take it off right now. Here's to J.S. Arch Bish Bash of York.





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  • Comment number 2.

    Hats off to him CLP.

    I really enjoyed the interview this morning. The show from his house will be great, I am sure.


  • Comment number 3.

    Morning Chris

    Lovely blog. And yes, although I don't pray (I do consider myself spiritual, although not religious) I just love doing things for other people, and giving gifts to others without the expectation of return.

    You can't beat making a friend smile, or cheering up someone's dull day with the smallest of gestures.


    x x x x

  • Comment number 4.

    I do my bit, towards putting a smile on peoples faces Deevs ;)


  • Comment number 5.

    Quite very literally, MTF!!


  • Comment number 6.

    Morning Chris, MTF and Deevs,
    I really enjoyed the interview with the arch bishop this morning, I could've listened to him speaking for hours with his beautiful accent. I'm going to miss the show from his house tho as Ill be home in Ireland for Xmas and t'internet hasnt reached the mothers' yet. It'll be the first time I'll be home for Xmas in quite a while so I can't wait! Which is what the reminder about the roofbox on the show this morning was about! Ive been asking him for WEEKS, lets see if it works, that's 2 mentions on R2 Ive had in a week!
    I do pray sometimes and I've had reason to just lately but It's also been brought home to me it doesn't matter how bad you think you've got it
    theres always some one who is worse off and you usually don't have to look too far to find them. Enjoy life folks, it's what its there for.
    Returning hugs to all who so generously gave them when I was in need.
    ((((((((( ))))))))))))))))

    What about our Rips then????

    T xx

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning all

    Is missed the Archbish as I had to go to work, so may have to listen again.

    How very true about helping though and this blog is definately the place to come when you need help! (Read that in any way you will!)

    It's appropriate today though as its exactly 12 months since we had the fire at home and this blog was a great source of help and love. Especially the one person who can't comment in person any longer. Thank you Beez for all you did then.



  • Comment number 8.

    Yo CLP, Yo ALL Reading This...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    CLP - Yes. there's definately something in religion... even if there is no god, of which i'm sure there is a god... But let's say there isn't one for a moment!
    If you try to behave both to yourself & others in a way that religion teaches you... it makes you not only feel a better person... but it actually does make you a better person!!!!
    I though do think there's a god... something 'igher in life - know what am sayin!!!!!!
    INDEED I found being brought up around the church with my grandad being a vicar, it was one of the 'appiest times of my life!!!!
    Revs, priests & bishops... they seem to 'ave a very good ora of calm & warmth coming off them!!!!!
    Just like I fondly remember my grandad did!!!!
    I also find going into churches... they are not only such beautiful buildings... but the atmoshpere of calm inside... and the feeling of some kind of presence there!!!!!!
    Sadly something I find so terribly wrong with society in the UK is watching so many churches closing/ boarded up - a very sad siight of a empty site of worship & calm!!!!

    Also since recently being blessed for the first time since I was a child & the religious experiences I 'ad including taking me strange photo, that a mentione don the blog a few months ago, life does seem to be improving for!!!!!!
    It's like somebody is dropping opportunities my way... and am taking them!!!!!!!!
    A lot of change is starting ter 'appen in me life for the better!!!!!!!!
    A can just feel something renewed deep inside me... A can just feel meself building to something... from me career, to me love life... to me music... am even considering going on the X-Factor... something a few years back a would ave been way too shy ter even think about!!!!!!

    As for thinking of others.... a do every day... one thing for example... a always use me indicators correctly at roundabouts - 100% TRUE!!!!!!!


  • Comment number 9.

    PS Sorry about me spaces being done too fast, in the wrong area of a word, in me blogs... A blame it on the boogy aka me guitar playing... it's the fast finger of a guitarist that's too fast/ early for me laptop keyboard ter keep up with... 'ence me spaces in the places!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 10.

    John Sentamu is a cool dude lol. Mr Hannah saw him preach once and he was wearing a hoodie with his dog collar ness on underneath to make the point that the hoodie doesn't make the person kinda thing.

    Anyhoo - hi speed visit going for lunch with my friend today - i haven't seen her for like 6 years properly. (At least since we were in sixth form and I've been left that 6 years lol)

  • Comment number 11.

    I listened to the Bishop this morning and enjoyed everything he said. Will listen to show from his home. Also Bingo Stars blog was nice today - number 8 - I liked it very much.

  • Comment number 12.

    Afternoon all,

    Isn’t that typical, I do not post very often these days and as soon as I do manage to get on here CPL posts a new blog! LOL

    I agree though I thought the Bish Bash was excellent on the radio this morning. He made me smile and I had only had one cup of coffee! ;-)

    Got really emotional this morning at the petrol station. Don’t know why, just started filling up!

    I will get my coat……

    Keep smiling

    Grumps Keith

  • Comment number 13.

    Hello CLP & Everyone (again)

    Despite being a vicar's daughter (actually stepdaughter, my own dear old dad worked at a well know Birkenhead shipyard) I don't go to church but I do strongly believe there is something far greater than this life.

    I'm afraid I have to admit to praying only when I or someone close to me is in trouble or in need. But I do consider myself to be a very kind and thoughtful person and we do, indeed, feel much happier when giving and helping others.

    And as Bingo says most clergymen (and certainly my stepfather) have a lovely calm aura.

    MM x

  • Comment number 14.

    Afternoon All,

    Thanks for the blog today Chris. John Sentamu gives Christians a good name, which is excellent, he really comes across as a kind and loving man. I've made no secret of my faith on here and I wouldn't be where I am today without prayer and knowing that God is with me every step of the way. I try to pray and read my Bible every day, TRY being the key word there!

    I know faith is not everyones cup of tea and people deal with things in their own way, but if anyone wants me to offer up a prayer or two for them, you know how to get hold of me xx

    Here endeth the lesson for today...LOL.


  • Comment number 15.


    But he was less calm upon my arrival with Bingo as a toddler saying "Here comes the demolition man" LOL

    MM x

  • Comment number 16.

    Am breaking me own blog rules 'ere aka Never ter chat to me mother via the blog... But...

    Yes a do remember the time a was at me grandad's aka The Rev.. and aged 4 a watched the gas board dig up the road outisde 'is 'ouse & bury these nice yellow plastic thing sin the ground!!!!!!
    So much... a decided ter copy them & dig up the tiled path in 'is garden & dig a trench ter lay me own gas pipe!!!!!!!!

    Yes that was one moment when me grandad was anything but calm on 'is return 'ome to see 'is beloved garden with roadworks in it!!!!!!! (gardening being 'is main 'obby!!!)

    All a will say is at least me trench was straight... and a was only trying ter 'elp!!!!!!!

    Could 'ave saved a fortune on gas bills if a managed ter break thorugh ter next doors gas pipe!!!!!!


  • Comment number 17.


    I too loved the Bish this morning but most of all loved the Bish and Chris together - what a force for good! Really can't wait until Christmas now

    Boy1 langushing in a heap today with sore throat and achiness - I'm under orders from his teacher to keep him home today so he can be at the performance tonight!!

    Good news here is that the post has just arrived and I have a lovely Fairy parcel!! It's all in one piece and nicely chilled so I'll be enjoying that later!

    Love the spotty cover too!

    What about that Rips then! Right place at right time or what!

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 18.


    Whilst not being the slightest bit religious nor spiritualist I do enjoy making people smile/laugh/help ease their worries away. I think too much is put on people to be good/happy/etc when they don't feel like it. Whilst i don't give things to people i do enjoying making them smile and in doing so make myself smile and be happy (is that giving without expecting anything in return?) Sometimes i make a fundamental error of judgement in that i say/type something that i think is funny and will make someone laugh and it doesn't . . then i feel bad :( I hope that by now my friends know that i'm not malicious (although i can be) and i'm just trying to help people through the day :-D

    Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't :( *sigh*

    Steve :-D

  • Comment number 19.

    Ooooooooh ....... it's clouding over here and getting proper moody outside.


  • Comment number 20.


    You make me smile *gggggggggggggggggggg*

    I have a sense of humour which sometimes can get me into trouble and I have to be careful but we need to laugh even at misfortunes sometimes.

    So Bah Humbug LOL

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 21.

    Well, it must be winter, because the office heating has failed again. I'm also suffering from another Internet virus, which given her description of the symptoms, I think I got from Deevs (cough, sniff, ache..). More likely my rapidly-expanding dose of man-flu may be because I went out last night sans scarf, having been dissuaded from showing off my newly-developed tying skills by the rest of the group, who suggested that looped scarves should only be worn by girls.

    On the subject of the good Bishop, I'll admit to not being too big a fan of organised religion so much, but I do believe in belief (if you see what I mean). I'm also in the `small gestures can make a big difference' camp too, I find a single finger can often do the trick.... :-)

  • Comment number 22.

    Afternoon CLP and other blog peeps, enjoyed the PFT with the Bish Sentamu this morning, I'm on a day off from work so I was able to listen.It sounds like the Christmas Eve Eve show will be a good 'un!

    Right I better get a wiggle on as I'm meeting a friend for coffee in a bit then going to a talk. Then it's off to a bar this evening for anoter round of Spanish conversation.


  • Comment number 23.

    Cheryl #3 - A just wanted ter say yer certainly brightened up my day when yer got me ter 'ave me photo taken with Jeremy Vine!!!!!!!

    A think it was one of me 'ighlights of the day... As me & Jerr 'ave always been errrr 'like that!!!!!!'

    When a say 'like that' a don't know what it means... but for years ave during 'is programme sent 'im e-mails with up to the minute analysis of the topics on 'is show & a usually getta reply!!!!!!
    A very nice man!!!!!!!

    Seriously, thanks Cheryl as it did make me day ter meet Jerr & nice ter remember it by a photo!!!!!! ;)))


  • Comment number 24.

    Unc ... tea/screen .....!!!!

    Bingo - thank you for your thank you! I thank you!


  • Comment number 25.

    Yikes. Did I bwoke de blog?!?!

    I have pulled out of yoga tonight as I am flagging now, and I figured that my fellow yoga-goers probablywon't thank me should I have a coughing fit mid sun prayer.

    So, instead I shall be at home in the warm turning my attentions to planning my first Christmas with MrRolastic.

    And that makes me feel all warm and glowy!


  • Comment number 26.

    Is it Alright Flower's birthday today? I can't get on FB to check ....

    If so:-


    if not, then save it for when it is!


  • Comment number 27.

    It's all gone quiet over here....

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi everyone from a very cold and was sunny but now dark Ayrshire.

    Yes, you're right Deev, it is AF's birthday, so Happy Birthday AF!

    Hope you're all having a good day, enjoy what's left of it.



  • Comment number 29.

    29. At 4:51pm on 25 Nov 2010, Telectual wrote:

    Well down in Devon the skies are very clear - looks like another night of hard hard frost - get them plants protected

  • Comment number 30.

    we really don't appreciate how good we have it nowadays

  • Comment number 31.

    Evening all,

    Chris what a lovely post about the lovely Arch Bishop Dr John Sentamu ,I just love that man to bits .He is christianity itself .
    He's so humble and not self centered in the least ,I think he's been a breathe of fresh air to the church .

    You don't have to be religous to lead a good life just do some good and help people where and when you can ,like Cheryl said doing things unexpected and bringing a smile to peoples faces is reward itself .

    And yes I do pray and believe ,being a lapse catholic it's in my blood and proud to amit it .there have been people here that have needed a prayer ,and I've always being willing to do so .

    Ali ,well done girl proud of you .

    Right better go and end my sermon ....Sorry ,but wanted to say it .


  • Comment number 32.

    And Chris your also going to dinner with him ,you are going to have a fabulous time .You lucky thing .


  • Comment number 33.

    Am back from the gym, busy day again terdee... Just popping inter the blog ter say:

    Cheryl - Not at all... thank you for your thank you for my thank you thanking you for your photo that tells me that me mate Jerr being able ter stand next ter me.... tells me 'e at least isn't frightened of me aka thinking am a deluded stalker or NUTTER!!!!!!!!!

    Also thanks ter CaptainStella for your most friendly words about me blog!!!!!!!

    Ok am off ter practice me guitar now.... just like not ter be frightened of women.... going on the X-factor or INDEED... traffic wardens.... Last night a made a discovery with me guitar playing... Not te rbe frightened of it... And suddenly ave think am getting closer ter mastering me scales!!!!!!!!!


    PS the bit about me guitar playing isn't mean't ter be egotistical in any... am just trying ter share me 'appy news with all!!!!!!!!

    PPS On the not being frightened of women bit.... a must admit a am still a bit frightened of 'ells Bells of 'ull aka 'er charisma & BBC authority... and a would be firghtened if ever a met Cheryl Cole/ Tweedy... and a must admit a was frightened of Amanda 'olden when she walked inter the CiN 'otline room!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Am still kicking mesen for not saying 'ello & trying ter get me photer taken with 'er!!!!!!!!!!

    PPPPS Next year Cheryl, if yer see any 'ot famous babes walk inter the room.... any chance of doing a Jerr Vine jobbie again and jumping up & forcing us tergether for a photer ;)))))))))))


  • Comment number 34.

    Forgot ter say:

    Just popping back outta the blog!!!!!

  • Comment number 35.

    Back again in between me e minor & me G major....

    Errr... Did anyone 'ear The Jerr Vine Show terdee?????
    The first bit of 'is programme was about the goverments new survey, at a cost of 2 million when the country is broke, ter find out 'ow 'appy we are as a nation!!!!!!

    Jerr was asking 'is listeners what makes us 'appy & ter contact the show.... So a e-mailed 'im an e-mail with the photo of us together... And wrote... This is what makes me very 'appy!!!!!!!!


  • Comment number 36.

    hi everyone

    excuse for the absence - I can't get on while at work and unless I can be bothered to switch on the laptop on at home I dont get on.

    Hope your all okay


  • Comment number 37.

    PS NYC was fab, piccie on fb, kinda flat to be back home (other then being reuntied with the marvellous Mr bp) although lots of things going on pre christmas so should stay occupied.

  • Comment number 38.

    Evening All,

    What a fabulous night was had last night.
    I must thank Alex for the ticket and it was great to see MTD, Deebee and Peter.
    I really hope they didn't mind when I asked if I could slip off early, but I just had to.

    The phrase 'broadcasting genius' seems to trip off the tongue when journalists (well, the better informed ones anyway) describe Chris.....
    Last night reminded me why it does.
    The way Chris held the, frankly, chaotic (but brilliant) quiz together last night, was a joy to watch.
    He ad libbed so many links and introductions and worked the teams at such a rate, that I couldn't keep up with him, and I was just watching. Honestly - his mind is like a computer, and he is even funnier at large than he is in the confines of a radio studio.

    As for Good people doing good things....
    What he did last night, meant the world to me, and he knows it!
    I just hope I didn't embarrass him in anyway.

    Chris - you're one of the most decent blokes I know and I'm far from alone in thinking that.

    Lovely interview with the Bish Bash this morning, that and the quiz have kick started Christmas for me



    Who is still on cloud nine


  • Comment number 39.


    CLP on The One Show!!

    Bonus ....


  • Comment number 40.

    Too right Deevs - hope he's on tomorrow as well. I've just used my 100th tweet to ask him (I know only 100 but I don't tweet that often). Mind you managed to get a response from SM today - result.

    How's the cough?

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 41.

    Chris is on the One Show now!

    Talking to Ricky Gervais and discussing the Beatles!

    Love CLP's blue shirt and cool waistcoat!

    MM x

  • Comment number 42.

    Rips, hope you don't come down from that cloud for a very long time xx

    Deevs, Good bonus!

    Baggy, good to see you, hope the job's going well and you're settling in

    Bingo, happy times indeed!

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 43.

    I've just thought. As bloggers, we have concentrated on CLP and SM's performance at the quiz last night - not mentioning the entertaining parts played by the other panellists - Patrick Keilty, Tony Blackburn, Janice Long, Kate Thornton and Trevor Nelson all contributed to a most enjoyable time. Obviously some of the show will be cut but hopefully the fun will shine through.

    Thanks again CLP and R2.

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 44.

    I saw your superstar Tweet MTD! Nice one!

    The cough in intermittant, but I decided to swerve yoga and come home to the warm.


  • Comment number 45.

    Is it me, or does there seem to be a bit of an atmosphere between CLP and Ricky Gervais?


  • Comment number 46.

    Thanks for the heads up on the One Show....will be back after...

    JG x

  • Comment number 47.

    It's not comfortable is it Deevs, but then I often think that about Ricky Gervais


  • Comment number 48.

    Deev, I think it's just the way Ricky comes across...I'm never quite sure if I like him or not!

    JG x

  • Comment number 49.

    Maybe Mr Gervais knows what he's up against, in the shape of the truly sharp-minded genius of CLP!

    But if you missed An Idiot Abroad on SkyOne, I can highly recommend you buy the DVD - it was one of the funniest things on TV in a very long time.



  • Comment number 50.

    What an amazing post today. Extremely profound and heartfelt and actually very moving. Top stuff.
    I didn't get to listen to much of today's show, alas. (Work and other such trivial matters...) Hope no Sporting Challenge injuries ensued - I'm guessing it was better that, as far as here down South is concerned - the BMx-ing came before potential snowing... Trust all went well, without too many horrendous dismemberments/Johnny-tantrums ;-)
    Also, I really hope the problem with Chris's waterworks was fixed before little Noah's bath-time this evening! (How CUTE was he when he said "Jeremy Vine"?! What an adorable little poppet (Noah, not Jeremy!)!)
    The one bit I DID coherently catch this morning was a MEGA-Johnny-strop during Head to Headlines... It even filtered out of the radio and inspired Jasper-dog to unleash a Johnny-strop* of his own, when he wanted more breakfast biscuits than I was prepared to offer him!
    Stay safe and well if it's snowing where you are...
    Keep smiling!
    Roo and Jasper x

    *a Johnny-strop is like a Jock-strap - only MUCH less comfortable and protective... ;-)

  • Comment number 51.

    What on earth is Ian Beale doing in the cupboard under the stairs!?!?!

  • Comment number 52.

    Deevs, I have no idea!!!

    But he's about the only one i recognise!

    Now, it's freezing out there, there's a threat of snow in the air and all i fancy is ice cream!!!

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 53.

    Deevs - Is he trying to become as popular as Harry Potter...?

    (In truth, I think it might be something to do with S and M - but I don't want those thoughts in my head!)

    Roo and Jasper xx

  • Comment number 54.

    LOL Sezza!

    I was just thinking it may be a Malteser night here at ChezNic.


  • Comment number 55.

    Oh Roo ... nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    Ian Beale and S&M.



  • Comment number 56.

    Deev, that's the only problem with watching the One show, you get Eastenders afterwards!

    Right off to catch up, as I missed the Archbishop this morning...bloody work! Plus the visitor with the X5 managed to beat me in and hog the parking spaces (there are two between two pillars) yet again!! 7 point turn to reverse into the parking space yet again.....

    JG x

  • Comment number 57.

    Roo, I was thinking what a nice person you seemed and good to see you on the blog - now I'm not so sure!! ;-)

    Ice cream it is, but with a mince pie to mark the season!


  • Comment number 58.

    I've got all the original old Ricky/Steve/Karl XFM radio shows on my PC from when they were broadcast live - there are a couple of shows where Chris is subtly slagged-off (all recorded during his wilderness - and we generally ALL have one - period). Perhaps that's where the unease comes from? Also, I think Ricky Gervais is quite a private, though actually very nice, man (the arrogant, couldn't-care-less persona is an act, I think) who doesn't care too much for promotional interviews and appearances. I suspect he may just have been tired and therefore a little uncooperative.
    My brother gave me the "Idiot Abroad" book for my birthday recently (I don't have a TV) - hilarious. Especially when Karl said that Rio de Janeiro's 'Christ the Redeemer' statue looked "a bit like Jimmy Hill"...

    Wish he'd been a bit more pleasant to the locals though...

    On the whole however, if I had the choice, I'd rather be at a dinner party with Chris than with Ricky.

    Roo and Jasper xx

  • Comment number 59.

    Oh no. nd now Phil Mitchell is snogging some old trout.

    WHY can't I reach the remote .....


  • Comment number 60.

    Roo - my fave episode of Idiot was China - Karl was genuinely bewildered and just pure comedy genius without even trying.


  • Comment number 61.

    Evening Each,

    Rips, you stay on that cloud for as long as you can xx

    Sorry had to switch off the One Show as Ricky G really, really grates on me! I've never watched The Office nor do I ever intend to, I'm not sure why I feel so strongly about it....but I do!

    I'm snuggled under a blanket watching a recorded Grand Designs. Like Bids I love Kevin xx

    Had a boring old Board Meeting this afternoon that I had to take minutes at, but fortunately the meeting I was supposed to go to tonight has been cancelled. Just as well as it's tatters out there!


  • Comment number 62.

    Deevs/Sezza - I'm so sorry to have put that into your heads... If it's any consolation, I feel terribly soiled also... ;-)

    Here - take your mind off those diseased thoughts - What did the ball do when it finished rolling down the hill? Nothing. It just looked round.

    Bit better now...? Probably not. Profuse and sincere apologies yet again.

    Roo and Jasper xx

  • Comment number 63.

    Here's a (relatively) serious question. Without any disrespect intended towards Steve McFadden - what DO women see in Phil Mitchell?! Look at them over the years - Kathy, Sharon, Lisa, Mel... all such beautiful women desperate for the touch of a character who is a violent alcoholic and who is basically a strategically-shaved Orang-Utan forced into human clothing and taught to walk upright.

    Why? WHY?!? Jasper suggests something about being hung - and went on to mention a cart-horse. But what that might mean is anyone's guess.

    Roo and Jasper xx

  • Comment number 64.

    It's OK Roo ...... managed to get to the remote. ChezNic is now an Ian Beale Free Zone.

    Bring on Nigella!


  • Comment number 65.

    Loving that I have the freedom tonight to listen again! Have got two nights on my own, and really feeling good about them! I know I've got some of my good friends here and from work, available if I need them, but have Finlay too, although he is currently sulking!

    Roo, he would be a good friend for Jasper in the sulking corner!

    The Bish is a really good guy!! Lovely interview!

    My Mum used to be a Sunday school teacher before she had me and my sister, although we never went as kids, as we were to far away from one! I don't a faith as such, but feel I have something in there somewhere...just don't know what it is!

    JG x

    But she taught us how to respect people, use compassion, and be aware and appreciate all that is all around us!!

  • Comment number 66.

    That Jasper's a bad influence!

    Good question Roo, and one which like the black holes in the outer time space continuem remains totally unanswerable!


  • Comment number 67.

    Hmmmmm ..... Nigella and Lemons.

    I need to bake!


  • Comment number 68.

    Ok Roo, after that lot you're forgiven!!

    Deevs, am Nigella-ring too. Tell you what, if she's really the same age as that mckeith creature I'm definately sticking woth the lemon polenta cake!!

    JG, Think she did a very good job from what I've seen!!

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 69.

    Deevs - Phew! Now, remember your breathing exercises - IN... OUT... IN... OUT... mental image of Ian Beale with amorous goats... IN... OU - oh no!!!! Where did that come from?!?

    Uh-oh... Nurse! The Screens!!!

  • Comment number 70.


    I want to b Nigellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!


  • Comment number 71.

    Got the new Nigella book for a birthday/christmas prezzie and love the fact that some of the recipes give servings such 6 adults of 4 teenage boys!!

    Very useful in the Sezza household!

    That's one way i could be sure boy1 was proper poorly today - didn't want to eat!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 72.

    I may have to ask Santa Nic for that book Sezza


  • Comment number 73.

    I want the cooking by solo for a semi-veggie version, please!

    JG x

  • Comment number 74.

    Deevs, It's good, big, lots to read cooky book

    And there are a fair number of recipes that I actually want to have a go at

    That chicken with 40 cloves of garlic keeps tempting me

    Maybe that would be a good accompaniment for Strictly!


  • Comment number 75.

    Nigella's coca-cola cake is one of my favourites (to bake and to scoff) - If I'm among the lucky ones to get to do the 'phone lines for CiN 2011, I might make a cake or two especially for the bloggers.... ;-)

    Thank you for your forgiveness Sezza. I shall do my utmost to try not to sin again....

    Hi Jakeygirl! My parents are actually missionaries (and probably still wonder what happened in London in 1974... somewhere there is a really quiet, passive, compliant young lady with loud and bouncy parents - there was clearly a mix-up somewhere down the line...) I don't share all of their beliefs - but the basics are there. Just think how fantastic a place the world would be if EVERY SINGLE human stuck to the 10 commandments! If you like, I can tell you a (totally true) story of a bizarre coincidence seemingly brought about by prayer, which influenced many lives within my family...

    Given the ultimate choice, I'd probably go with God over Darwin. After all, God's got lightning - and Darwin's got {cough}-all... :-D

  • Comment number 76.

    I could NOT do this challenge on IMAC...

    JG x

  • Comment number 77.


    I should be out by now, sitting in a bar preparing for tonight's pub quiz, anticipating the half-time sausage rolls and Pringles (mmmm......Pringles....). Instead, I'm sat in a freezing cold room at home waiting for someone in Mexico to give me a password to their system so that I can check it's working properly. Why couldn't Thanksgiving be in July?

    P.S. My Facecloth account is reactivated, but all my groups have disappeared (it's a new phenomena, where you join a website in order that other people can ignore you. I think it's called `antisocial networking'). Does anyone have the link for CLP Bloggers, or at least tell me what to search for?

    Muchas gracias.

  • Comment number 78.


    Back from Edinburgh where they have no snow to Newcastle where we have at least 3 to 4 inches - what's that all about.

    Edinburgh Christmas market looked amazing when we went past it in the taxi to the station just such a shame we couldn't visit it. No idea about getting to work in the morning if this snowfall continues as it has been. Yuk.

    Susan x

  • Comment number 79.

    Unc - look for .... CLP bloggers.


    Now, if I went and hid in Nigella's house, do you think when she finds me she'll drape me in fairy lights?!?


  • Comment number 80.

    Roo, strangely, at school I was friends with a girl called Ruth, her parents were missionaries for the John Wesley Institute, in Horsleys Green, Bucks, and they all disappeared to Brasil when we were about 12!

    They did come back, but I lost touch :(

    For info, I would always go the Darwin route!

    JG x

  • Comment number 81.

    JG - which Darwin route are we talking about - the Charles `theory of evolution'one or the John `does this canoe have a Sat Nav' one?

  • Comment number 82.

    Ok, I've eaten dinner, had ice cream (amd a mince pie!) and I am starving!!!!!

    Deevs, maybe she'd adopt us!

    I think her kids are older teenagers so they'll be leaving home soon and she'll so need someone there to take care of!


    Still can't believe she's the same age as McKeith - is someone telling porkies or have I been had?

    And bbc4 for the Beauty of Diagrams? How can we resist!!

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 83.

    Jakey - Can't exactly argue with Darwin - the beard alone puts him above most, if not all!

    Deevs - I used to go out with one of Nigella's brothers. Looked EXACTLY like his father :-( Started smoking a PIPE (tobacco) at 28 :-( :-(

    Uncle-Carl - Sadly (for me) I am cursed with a photographic memory and am something of a legend pub-quiz-wise... any tough obscure questions and I'm likely to be your gal. Every SINGLE Dr. Who companion since 1963 in less than 2½ minutes... Sad but true. Jasper-dog can also answer ANY question. As long as it is meat-based.

  • Comment number 84.

    And now .... cricket highlights!


  • Comment number 85.

    Deevs - YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAyyyy! Or not. Maybe better with the bowling tomorrow, eh? xx

  • Comment number 86.

    Sus, take care in that snow. Am tempted with a Christmas market on saturday but that depends on any of my boys being awake and I'm not hopeful in that!

    UC, Darwin & Sat Navs?

    If we're choosing our celebrity family can I have Kate Humble and Kirsty Allsop as my cousins too please?

    On Autumnwatch, everryone's wrapped up in layers and layers of sensible clothing except one girl in the office in a tight, black, cut-away top!! Desperate for a moment maybe!!

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 87.

    No, they really are thee same age, give or take a month or so!

    UC, don't mention SatNavs in my presence again!! Oh and BTW I meant the Charles version!

    JG x

  • Comment number 88.

    My dad talks to the Sat Nav Lady. He won't now even use any shortcuts that he knows - "because it might upset the lady". When she announces that she's 'recalculating', he says "yes dear".

    Should I be worried? Jasper-dog barks that I ought to investigate specialist "Retirement Homes for the Terminally-Disenfranchised". Could he be right?

    Keep smiling,
    Roo and Jasper xx

  • Comment number 89.

    I have delayed my tea long enough, it needs to be eaten, not that I'm looking forward to it...lack of appetite (sp) for anything!!

    JG x

  • Comment number 90.


    Bon appetit!


    Ruth et Jasper xxx

  • Comment number 91.

    I wonder what McKeith would say about Nigella and her diet?

    JG, Horrible when you don't fancy what you've got to eat!

    Roo, nope, sounds like perfectly normal behaviour to me!!

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 92.

    Sezza - Nigella would snap her like a twig :-)

    All now well down Mexico way, so I'm going before they find any more problems! Enjoy the rest of your evening :-)

    P.S. Would it be acceptable for me to ask that you vote to keep Gillian in the jungle? Forever.....:-)

  • Comment number 93.

    UC lol! Haven't actually watched any of it - just read about it.

    Maybe she'll faint when they're packing up, fall in the corner and get forgotten? ;-)

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 94.

    UC - I never vote for any of them programmes!!

    Seza, am trying to eat it...

    JG x

  • Comment number 95.

    Oh bloody 'ell, I've ended up with Corrie on now!!

    JG x

  • Comment number 96.

    I've just got toasty warm and now I've got to do a taxi run!

    Brrrrrr!! ;-(

    Sometimes I wish I had boring kids who never did anything!

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 97.

    Awww Sezza!! :(( Can't Mr Sezza do it?

    JG x

  • Comment number 98.

    Good evening guys. ...

    Not gonna hang around today. .. Feel drained. As had long day today xxx

    good to hear you all ok. .. Brain not in gear to remember names xxx

    billue xxx

  • Comment number 99.

    'Old Miss Tooth Fairy' here, LOL!


  • Comment number 100.

    100 not out!



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