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Bikes in shared hallways...

Chris Evans | 10:12 UK time, Wednesday, 19 October 2011

...obviously not ideal, but where else if you don't want them to get nicked? Your own flat - sure, but think about how much of a beating the wallpaper, paint and woodwork's gonna take, with all that carting up and down every day. Wall racks? An answer, but still cluttersome. I mean that's the issue right there. It's more about the clutter aspect of the situation than anything else.

Wonder what Nancy Dell'Olio's take on this topic would be? If it's still smouldering come Friday, you can rest assured I'll be asking her about it.

In the meantime, still cannot believe JV's show declined our suggestion the of eturn of Bob A Job week as one of today's hot topics. Next time.

Peace and Love and have as good a day as you possibly can. That's what they're here for.





  • Comment number 1.

    Bikes in hallways is a conundrum (sp?) indeed, but if anyone has the answer it's surely Dell'Olio.
    Happy Wednesday everyone!
    Amy _E x

  • Comment number 2.

    Morning All,

    Posted then realised there was a new blog - doh!

    So - I've cut & pasted here ...................

    Brrr, chilly today, but wall to wall sunshine, so not all bad!

    Nancy Du-lally on Friday - can't wait, but will have to do listen again as I'm in meetings all morning. You're a brave man Chris!!

    Sounds like quite a few of you need lots of hugs today, so I'm sending them {{{HUGS}}} as you were all there for me when I needed them most.

    Update on the horse - tried to ride on Saturday, but my kneee didn't like it. Went through the pain barrier, but not sure about it at all - psychological I can overcome, but this is ouch-physical!! Going to see the GP tomorrow, then hopefully try again at the weekend.

    Have a good day one & all

    CG xx

  • Comment number 3.

    Bikes!! An issue we have in our office with people leaning them up against the walls. They're an ugly sight too! Lock ups required in Manchester as they keep getting nicked

  • Comment number 4.

    Bikes Yikes.

    Don't talk to ME about bikes. I've scraped me shin, got roared at in traffic, tormented at an early age by a psychopath on a three-wheeler wit frogs in the boot, welted wit a bicycle pump, got me sock caught on a bike wheel whilst fishin' for sticklebacks, even run over by one. So if any eejit leaves 'is bike in MY hallway I'm goin' to tar an' feather the thing an' 'ang me washin' on it without further ado.

    Am goun' for a lie down.

    Clodagh Armstrong. xx

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello Again.

    Heavy rain & wind since my post a little while ago when I said it was OK, will it change before I finish this one?

    I don't have a bike in my hallway CLP (not at the present moment) but I do have a mobility scooter parked behind my door. And I'm not happy at all because the builders have put their scaffolding up preventing me from doing my usual straight up the path and then reversing nicely into it's space. The last time I arrived home a piece of scaffolding caused me to keep reversing too far to the left. As I kept on going in and out of the door at the same time a workman was tryin g to walk up my path with a large piece of wood saying "is she going in or coming out?" In the end three builders carried it into the hall.

    Off again soon, it's OK going out but will I get back in again?

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 6.


    Quiet on here again today - long gone are the days when we used to reach the 100's by 5 o'clock.

    Living in flats is always controversial, fortunately where I live we have individual cupboards in the under croft where you can store bikes, albeit on its back wheel and standing up right. You can also store a load of rubbish there too, like I do!

    But there are strict rules as to what to do with your washing! No putting it out on the balcony and it also mustn't be seen from the road.

    There should also be rules about neighbours who live above you having their food shopping delivered at 10:20pm at night!!!!

    Nice sunny weather down south, but very chilly. The office heating hasn't been switched on yet, so I'm freezing.


  • Comment number 7.

    Afternoon lovelies

    I've never lived in shared accommodation, and the two flats I've lived in during my lifetime have both been so small a child's tricycle would've struggled for space!

    I'm having a better day today and making some progress which feels nice.

    Also booked the breakfast venue for CiN Day .... the most important meal of the day before we all toodle off to work our socks off for Pudsey. Really, it's not a jolly - it's very hard work but rewarding too.

    Nic's cooking tea tonight - something with fresh tuna by Jamie Oliver. Bring it on!

    Hope you're all fighting fit and as gawjus as ever.

    Muchos Amore.


  • Comment number 8.

    Hi everyone:

    Haven't had a chance to catch up, so I hope everyone is ok.

    Re: Nancy - I could be wrong, but I think she is an utter nutter. She looks at all the other contestants in Strictly with complete disdain and her face is always tripping her. I find her quite, quite unattractive.

    But, if anyone can get a decent interview out of her, it's our fantastic Chris!

    Re: bikes. Well, as I have said before on this very forum, I am certain that my fate is to be run over and mangled by someone on a bike! With all due respect to cyclists (and my husband used to be one of them) the majority of them do tend to think they can do what they like on the roads, and that traffic laws don't apply to them. I have had a few very close calls with cyclists, that's for sure!

    Maddy: hope you managed to get into your house on your return!

    Hope everyone enjoys the remainder of this very cold day!

    C xx

  • Comment number 9.

    Afternoon from another freezing office - wish they'd put the heat on!!

    I've always lived on a farm so would find it very difficult not to be able to find space to store anything ....... now, which barn did I leave the cycles in ....... :-)

    I do have other problems though - like a permanently muddy car which people at work accuse me of never cleaning, and the nearest shop being 4 miles away!

    Pouring with rain now - just in time for leaving off........... oh joy.

    Night, night all

    CG xx

  • Comment number 10.

    Evening all

    Brrr, it's chilly out there tonight!!

    Don't have to have the bikes in the hall but they are always getting in the way in the garage - somehow we seem to have about 89 bikes for 2 boys - weel, maybe a small exageration!!

    Er, boy2 just informed me BIG exageration!!

    Deevs, looking forward to breakfast already!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 11.

    Sorry for being absent...

    Thanks for all the Birthday messages!!

    Ok, so got Finlay into kennels, hotel booked for Uncles funeral, work have been so great about it all!! Especially as I've only been there 5 minutes!

    The good friend who's Mum has has a stroke, well that's actually my new bloke... I am devastated for him and actually don't know to handle it at all!! I'm trying to be there for him, but am I interfering?? I only text once a day!

    JG x

  • Comment number 12.

    Hello all - just posted this on FaceCloth, but was so touched by everyone's generosity in sending messages of support after Jasper's medical emergency on Monday, that I wanted to put it here also (apologies Chris - hope you can forgive):

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to all who sent such wonderful messages of comfort and support following Jasper's emergency on Monday evening. He is much better - though it seems that the crisis came about because his tumour is "on the move". He is not in pain and is back to his cheeky self. I cannot put into words how much your supportive posts meant to me. They REALLY kept me going through a most distressing time. Bless you all. Jasper sends his thanks, love and licks too. xx

    PS - Jasper is my DOG, in case anyone reading this thinks I have a male friend/relative who goes around licking people!

    I always hoped that, one day, I'd have a nice Victorian terraced house in central London - and I always envisaged that I'd have a bike in the hallway! Though anyone who rides a bike through central London these days needs a bravery medal... x

  • Comment number 13.

    Roo, so pleased to hear Jasper is feeling a bit better

    JG, what a week! Will be thinking of you. Am sure you are just right with your fella. Just knowing you're there will be a help.

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 14.

    JG - Thanks for your comment on Jasper's blog. xxx SO sorry about your uncle; hope the funeral goes OK.
    A new bloke, eh? What a lucky man, to have got himself a lovely Jakeygirl - but so sorry to hear about his mum; hope she makes a decent recovery. The best thing is, I think, just to be there for your man and you sound like you're doing that. Little things often speak so much more than grand gestures. xxx

    BTW - I had a dream the other night about being on R2 with Chris. Three bloggers had been picked to be the Friday guests on the show; me, Not-so-BigUn and I can't remember who else. We arrived one by one and were introduced to Chris who greeted us with a friendly handshake. The show hadn't started yet and Chris suddenly said "Oh no! I've got to post this parcel for Tasha and I promised I'd do it before the show this morning! I'm in SO much trouble...". So I said, "Don't worry, I'll do it." and I took the parcel to the nearest Post Office (paying for the postage out of my own pocket, I might add). On the way back someone asked me for directions, which I gave, and then when I got back to R2 they'd locked me out and wouldn't let me back in. Ken Bruce was guarding the door.

    D'you think this means anything? Or should I stop eating cheese in the evenings...?

    Roo xxx

  • Comment number 15.

    Roo, sorry about my insensitive comment on your blog, deleted now!

    I'm so glad you have Jasper home with you! I dread the time I lose Finlay!

    Sorry again, I wasn't in a good place at the time! x

    JG x

  • Comment number 16.

    JakeyG - PLEASE don't apologise; it's quite OK. I perfectly understand that you are having a pretty rotten old time yourself at the moment - no harm done at all, and we still love you lots. Thank you for having a look at the blog and leaving a comment - they are all welcome (I'm not much given to praying myself - apart from where Jasper is concerned!!).

    Do look after yourself - as well as your lovely new beau.

    CG - was thinking, might it be worth learning to ride side-saddle? It could be helpful if your knee keeps giving you grief... Hope you get through the trouble soon. xx

    Sezza - hello you! Hope all's fab in Sezzaworld! xx BTW, we always had LOADS of bikes and scooters in our parents' garage when we were young! Some of them are probably still there even now... ;-)

    Roo xx

  • Comment number 17.

    Dear Roo.

    Great news about Jasper.

    Lots of love to you both from me and Holly.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 18.

    Thank you CSN - and for your texts. xxx Jasper's Holly tree is doing very well, by the way. He's named it after his favourite l'il lady (pure coincidence that his Holly tree is also a Holly tree!) x

    Still up to your eyes in builders...?

    Roo xxx

  • Comment number 19.

    Thanks Roo, and I am truly sorry!! I'm so glad Jasper is better!!

    JG x

  • Comment number 20.

    Dear Roo.

    Holly loves Jasper and was so glad to hear your news last night.

    Lots of love to you both.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 21.


    Building site is driving me mental!

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 22.

    CSN - ah, but that only leaves the blessing of sanity to look forward to. Just look at the sort of dreams I have (Post #14) - sanity is not a regular visitor here either!

    Hope it's due to be restored to you soon...!

    Roo xxx

  • Comment number 23.

    Evening all,

    chris , now a debate about bikes with our Nancy I think would prove very entertaining ,I'd give it a go if I was you .
    got lots of bikes around here ,Yhe bikes don't bother me ,its the people that ride them that bother me .
    Being a tax payer I'm happy to contribute to these cycle paths ,so why dont they jolly well use them ,and keep off the road.

    Roo ,that's great news about Jasper ,at least you can breathe easy for a while again eh!!!.

    JG, so pleased to see that you're managing things and I shouldn't worry too much about things ,they have a way of working themselves out,if you let them.

    Deev ,nice to see that your day has gone better. hope you enjoyed your meal.

    I've had a megga busy day and didn't stop when I got home , have been busy on the old sewing machine tonight catching up on a few things . And now it's nearly that time of day when your head want to hit the pillow.

    And Gail so that you don't feel quite alone up there,I've glanced out the window tonight and the roof of my car has a white coating on it ,I wonder just what that could be!! .take care out there all you northern lasses .

    Take care ..Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 24.

    Night everyone.

    Dear Roo and Jasper, thinking of you both. xx

    Sleep well and take care.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 25.

    Biiiids! Thanks for your messages!

    I could make a comment about Nancy, bikes, and Ulrika Johnson, but perhaps that might be cruel. The name "Nancy" reminds Jasper of his glory days, onstage in productions of Oliver! as Bullseye. I won't tarnish that for him with crudity... ;-)

    Hope all's well with you.

    Roo xxx

  • Comment number 26.

    'Night CSN. Sweet dreams honeybee.

    Roo & Jasper xx

  • Comment number 27.

    White stuff Bids?

    Yikes, we have had it here too, but still no heating. Oh no, determined to get through to November before hitting the 'on' button.

    There is something to be said for having a bit of flesh on them there bones!


  • Comment number 28.

    Roo, you're welcome ,just glad things are going well for you ,not nice having a poorly pooch and hope that things improve for you both .

    And did I just see a fairy fly by, yes thats right, white stuff ,an no heating on here only another week just over...I'm really tyring to hold out ,I admit to putting the heating on the other day for an hour,just for laundry purposes mind.
    have got my woollies out though .


  • Comment number 29.

    Bids and MTF - I believe you. Our heating went on this past Saturday, meagre rations but on nonetheless... Not spotted any white stuff yet - but it's in the air, no doubt about that. Giving serious thought to getting my geraniums in. Lost 'em all last year, much to Jasper's amusement - they were the only remaining plants in the garden (apart from the roses) that he hadn't gotten around to eating...! I won't lose them again - and Jasper now understands the consequences of using my borders as his personal salad bar... (Probably. He assures me that he's a reformed character. I've yet to be convinced...!)

    Never mind though - each bit of white stuff is that bit that's closer to NEXT summer!

    Roo xx

  • Comment number 30.

    Bids and MTF, really bad ground frost here tonight!

    I have had no heating or lighting for the last few weeks, so it now full on day and night. LOL!

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 31.

    Roo, glad you said that about your geraniums we have some in a large pot out side , must keep my eye on them . must get Mr b onto it .
    And what a lovely thought about the white stuff bringing us closer to the warm stuff .


  • Comment number 32.

    Csn , looks like its all coming together for you know ,so you casn make up for lost time can't you ..good luck .


  • Comment number 33.

    Thank you Bids, still got a long way to go yet and I am now chasing the builders to finish by the end of November.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 34.

    Well, it looks like as you are finishing ,I'll be just starting ,and not from choice.


  • Comment number 35.

    Bids, I am so sorry to hear that, really feel for you.

    csn. xxxxx

  • Comment number 36.

    Good morning all,

    And it aint half a cold one,that white stuff is still on my car this morning ,how dare it.
    But apart from that, the sun is smiling ,and the sky is blue and all is well in my world .

    So Here is hoping that you all have a sunny happy smillie day.

    Take care and stay safe out there .


  • Comment number 37.

    Good morning all,

    Chris - I cannot be doing with clutter. We are not even allowed doormats in our corridor goodness knows what they would do to us if we started storing bikes out there.

    Thank you for dedicating today's show to our lovely Chrissie. I loved the story about Father and Son, it would have been hilarious if you had spoken to one of them.

    Chrissie I thought about you as soon as I heard the news about your beloved Westlife xx

    CSN - I know the end of November will seem a long way away at the moment but at least you have a finish date to work too. You will get there, it will all be worth it when it's finished and you can sit back and enjoy it with your lovely family.

    Bids - sorry to hear you are just about to start. Hope it doesn't cause too much upheaval and it's finished soon xx

    Roo - thinking of you and Jasper xx

    JG - as the others have said just being there for him will be a big help.

    My, we have some tough bloggers, no heating on yet. I've had mine on for weeks.

    Hope everyone else is well.

    Take care and have a good day folks!

    Mary xx

  • Comment number 38.

    Hi Chris - I had exactly the same problem. My bike cluttered the hallway for months.

    I searched the internet and bought a 'protect a cycle' bike box which works great.

    Maybe this could be your solution?

    TOTM x

  • Comment number 39.

    Hi Chris
    Breadhead here - sent you my winning Leicestershire loaves to celebrate National Baking week - hoped you loved them ! (and my mums lemon curd)
    Bumped into Sven Goran Erikson the other week - he is now the manager of Leicester City football club - I asked him of course about the bread he likes - he replied WASA a swedish rye bread that he likes with 'everything' !
    I wondered what bread Nancy likes - is it a feisty Italian Foccaccia or Ciabatta ? Waht is her guilty secret that she has on her bread ? everyone has a bread story and I would love you to ask her what hers is please - and for that matter whats yours ?
    Bread unites the world !
    Rosie Clark


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