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Spent the day at the wonderful St Marks Hospital ...

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Chris Evans | 15:14 UK time, Wednesday, 21 March 2012

... making a film to encourage reluctant blokes to go and get checked out for nasties. It's a brilliant place full of brilliant people. The film is due to be on The One Show the first week in April.

Thank you to everyone involved in today's shoot. You are all amazing.

Peace And Love





  • Comment number 1.

    Chaps, I know it scary but if it's not normal get it checked - majority of the time I bet it's nothing!

  • Comment number 2.

    Please ignore my appalling grammar! Normally it's miles better!

  • Comment number 3.

    Hello Chris.

    Did Marky Mark drive you to St Marks?

    Yes CLP blokes should go and get checked out just like a car we should all have an annual MOT.

    Actually I'm always mystified as to why blokes are so obviously proud of their bits and pieces but when it comes to medical matters they become shy.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 4.

    CLP - getting checked out at the earliest is a scary but necessary thing, I hope your film helps people do the right thing.

    Cant stop, not really here, so going to catch up anyway if i can dependant on number of posts.

    Thinking today of a very special blogger - my pink fizz rose is springing into life this very week.


  • Comment number 5.

    Debs - I noticed today that my Pink Fizz is showing signs of life for the first time this year too. Karma!

    Well done Chris on making a film, to be shown at peak viewing time, aimed at them there fellas. Guys - you only get one lot of crown jewels, so look after them!

    And on that note, I've always had a bit of a bugbear that breast screening only starts for women over the age of 55. Breast cancer isn't fussy as to who it strikes, and the disease in younger women is on the increase. Lower the age of mandatory screening I say!

    In other news, I watched the Richard Bacon programme this afternoon about internet trolls. Absolutely horrifying. What on earth drives these people to behave like that? It's just bizarre.

    I'm off to meet Nic for a swim later this evening. We've not done that for ageeeees!


  • Comment number 6.

    Okies, had a quick catch up but as per I've forgotton most things!

    Dozer, hols sounds fab, I love a good narrow boat holiday, just let things slide by at 4 miles per hour, whats not to love about pub lunches by the canal and you can work them off with the locks!

    Still snoty of snotzville here, so "tissues" to all what need em! But took my doggies out for a quick walkies at lunch and its gloriously warm out there, as the first day of spring yesterday I can confirm that it has defo sprung - que snow......

    Also have you spotted the planets in the sky in the west - spectacular - I think its venus and jupiter, bright bright "stars", they were the closest they have EVER been last week, I showed my american guest - you gotta guess what she said.....

    oh, and I really have forgotton everyone else! DOH, you know I love you all really - you are all my favourites!

    Right, comfort food for tea tonight, bacon, leeks and pasta in cheese sauce - making extra for tomorrow too, so when I get in late, jobs a good un. Off viewing potential new office space in Telford tomorrow with the surveryor who really is very easy on the eye, so now what to wear........ (dont worry he's safe - he has a girlfriend and a cat called gordon....)!!!

    Happy Hump Day everyone
    See you on Friday

    PS - BARMY - as always loving your work,

  • Comment number 7.

    Evening each

    Chris, what a good thing to do and I hope lots of people take note.

    Back from Edinburgh - a whole day of meetings, and just a tip for anyone visiting soon - do not go near Princes Street - it's a guddle.

    Back in a bit when I've caught up and had something to eat.


  • Comment number 8.

    Hello again,

    2 Blogs in 1 day, you are spoiling us CLP, and what a worthwhile thing you are doing, anything that encourages people to get things checked has to be good.

    Wasn't going to have a drink tonight with it being a work night, but I will have to raise a glass to Beez so Cheers everyone, enjoy your evening!



  • Comment number 9.

    .....oh and guess what I have got in the fridge - a bottle of pink fizz!!!

  • Comment number 10.

    Gail, cheers me dear, and my glass is raised to our dear friend too.

    Still have'nt caught up.


  • Comment number 11.

    Evening all

    Chris, I really hope that your openess about these issues will encourage at least some men to check out those things they try so hard to ignore

    Debs, your tea sounds delish - maybe I might sneak in when you're not looking - hee hee!

    Annie, I don't know what a guddle is but it doesn't sound good!

    Dozer, I'll join you in a little drink later x x

    'Lo to everyone else-hope you're all tickety boo!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 12.

    Sezza, Princes Street is an awful mess with the tram works. Was walking across it thinking 'they'd better get this sorted before June'. xxxxx

  • Comment number 13.

    Evening all,

    Well you ll look like you've had a good day and the weathers not been bad either .

    Sezza /Debs hope your colds are getting better ,just make sure you get you rest ..

    Annie ,saw your post and had to google it ,and yes it must be a right mess for you ,what with that and that bridge ,can I ask ,have you still got hair??

    I've still got a poorly typing finger but found another one that I can plonk out the letters with .

    wont be around for my usual morning post ..Ben Bulliton is that he's having to go to Southamton tomorrow to have key hole surgery as the lung isnt enmtying of the fluid so hence the op and apparently thats where the lung surgeons are .
    so daughter driving up to us in the morning and I shall drop her off at our hospital so that she can go with him...hopefully this will be the beginnning of the end for him to getting better as he now has had enough poor thing.

    Meant to say to Baggy ,but forgot ..have a good holibob ,enjoy .

    Crissie /Alib ,welcome mat here anytime .

  • Comment number 14.

    sorry ,pressed wrong button too soon ,was just about to say cheerio ,so wil say it now..

    Take care all and see you later ..have a god day tomorrow ...


  • Comment number 15.

    Bids, good luck to Ben. His Mum must be beside herself.

    And, yes, still got hair - just!!!!

    Just been talking to Kirstie and told her to get on here. We shall see.


  • Comment number 16.

    Am trying to organise my weekend in Newcastle - the man in the cupboard and I are attempting to see a thoosand folk - friend playing a gig, friend who isn't too well, cousin, old uncle, brother, a pop into Windows, meeting up with friends on Saturday morning for coffee and a catch up........

    Ma heids birling.


  • Comment number 17.

    Thanks Annie ,..but will we now who she is ???? Kirste that is .

    Was thinking of you tonight ,was watching bbc2 ,John Sergeant was in Scotland with his programme Britain's First photo , he was in sterling then he was at the falkirk wheel ,fantastic . how they do that is amazing .don't think I could go on one of those boats .
    And I didn't realize that, that is where the Forth meets the Clyde .

    Dozer ,I'm surprised that you're not doing this one re above ,as Debs mate would say ..Awesome .


  • Comment number 18.

    Hiya all

    Annie I was in the toon last Saturday, fleetingly. It's amazing what you have to fit in when you don't live there any more - boo hoo.

    Bids how awful for your grandson and hope he gets sorted soon xx

    Sorry can't remember much more except to say "cheers Beez - hope you are having a good knees-up wherever you are"

    Love Susan xx

  • Comment number 19.

    Good morning all,

    Absolutely stunning morning, and I think the forecast is good for the next few days - great.

    Bids, thinking of you all, what an awful time for you all.

    The Falkirk Wheel is really something to see, I was too scared to go on the boat trip up it but maybe next time! Pity I missed that programme and of course the i player isn't an option for us not having broadband.

    Hope you all have a good day.



  • Comment number 20.

    Morning all,

    Great message Chris - I think that health promotion is so worthwhile! As many of you know it is my field of work - I work as a cancer specialist nurse & the majority of my patient are men. I have to say most of them are taken to the GP by their wives/partners!!!!!!

    If anyone is interested we are doing a live webcast of prostate cancer surgery on Tuesday. I know I can't post a link to register & view here but I will email it round as I have most of your email addresses. This is going to be the FIRST in the country & we are all very excited!!!

    C xx

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning blogettes:

    Thoughts with Ben this morning. Scary for him but hopefully this keyhole stuff will get him 'sorted'.

    It's blimmin cold here on the Borders. Didn't have to scrape my car this morning but a colleague did. Misty too. Signs of sunshine now creeping through. The birds are making a fair old racket too. (I'm a poet & didn't know it ! )

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 22.

    Morning All,

    Absolutely gorgeous day in North Kent, so if it's not where you are let me blow some your way :)

    Bids, Sorry to hear about Ben, let's hope it gets sorted today xx

    Deevs, I agree entirely about Breast Cancer Screening, it should be available to anyone who has any concern at any age.

    As Chris says about the boys ignoring things and not testing themselves, us women need to do the same. I must admit that I am not great at copping a feel and I should do it more often.

    Cathmel, A big hug to you for what you do {{{}}} takes a special person xx

    I've got a man on his knees with me this morning, PAT testing all the electrical equipment at the church, there's a lot of it!

    Happy Friday Eve everyone


  • Comment number 23.

    Morning all

    Yes Deevs I meant to say I was lucky enough in my NHS area to be invited for annual screening once I hit 40 as were many people across Newcastle. This was extremely lucky for a friend and colleague of mine who ended up being diagnosed with breast cancer at a few weeks after her 44th birthday. So if that screening experiment saved even one life it was so worthwhile. It is weird for me now that I am over 50 not to have that annual visit!

    Quite sunny here today too - must venture out for a walk and not treat myself to coffee and cookie when I do today as defeats the object I think lol

    Hugs and stuff to all that need it.

    Susan xx

  • Comment number 24.


    A lovely sunny day here on the Wirral peninsula.

    Bids-Thinking of Ben and hoping he will now make a speedy recovery after the keyhole surgery, it's amazing what they can do these days. He must be getting really fed up now, we grown ups do in hospital, it must be 100 times worse for young people.

    There should be regular screening all round as there's far too much cancer these days. My friend's sister has stomach cancer and is having chemotherapy. I have to say that despite so much of it about and the fact that my lung illness could turn to cancer I am still confident that I'm safe from it, it's just a strong intuition I have. A heart attack is far more likely although as the last one was nearly six years ago things are looking positive.

    Anyway enough of this talk of illness, I'm off out while the sun's shining. But I do hope people will not stop to blow their noses right in front of me this time. Had to hold my breath three times the other day.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 25.

    LOL Ali - "copping a feel" - oh so eloquent my dear!

    Hello everyone!

    Wow, Susan that's really good of your health service (or ex health service as you're now relocated). Good on them, and when will the rest of the UK catch on?

    Bids - lots of love to Ben. It must be extremely worrying for you all and let's hope he soon makes a really speedy (and careful) recovery.

    PJ - lovely and sunny here. I was even considering getting a deckchair out of the garage when I was out in the garden with Randall earlier. Glorious. And the cherry blossom tree in the garden is absolutely blooming beautiful. Literally.

    Cath - good luck with the webcast. That's a real feather in the cap for your hospital. Hope it all goes well.

    Hello everyone else - loving reading your work!

    I'm having a fab day today. Getting my bot in gear and working out my networking groups, how much they cost, when they are etc. I've joined a Women's Networking Group this morning that meet monthly, and have an invite to another monthly group from a friend for next week. Tomorrow is my every other Friday breakfast meeting (which I love!) so this afternoon I shall be mostly preparing my elevator pitch and prepping. It'll be my first network breakfast since we've had puppy paws so it may be an early start for me tomorrow with the added extras of puppymummy time before leaving the house at 7.15 am!

    Oh, and I've got an event to go to tonight too - the one that awarded me last month, so also really looking forward to that.

    I think I enjoy the networking so much because working alone from home can make for long days. Please, don't get me wrong - I've never been happier, but it's good to have some real human interaction as well as you lot on here, my virtual colleagues!

    Yeh, things is good man!

    And it's nearly Friday.


  • Comment number 26.

    ps: I've also found out today that the best writer of all time ever, the wonderful Marian Keyes, is now on Twitter! Huzzah!!!

  • Comment number 27.

    Deevs: Weather here has defintely got better. Nipped out in my lunch break and it was blooming lovely. Looking good for my walk tomorrow.

    Our cherry tree is also flowering. It was planted to flower around our son's birthday (born early May) and for the last few years it has finished flowering by the time his birthday arrives. What's that all about? Further evidence of global warming - discuss.

    How did your visit from friends go yesterday morning?

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 28.

    It was lovely to see them PJ, thanks for asking. They weren't here for long but had a coffee, a slice of my marbled chocolate loaf and a play in the garden with Randall. They were up against it timewise - they dropped their girls off for the school bus, hurtled from Suffolk up to me in Cannock, then had to go to Stafford (the reason for their journey to these parts), then get back to Suffolk down the glorious M6/A14 in time to meet the school bus at 5pm!

    Lunch break. Now there's a thought ......


  • Comment number 29.

    Afernoon all,

    CLP, so glad you are promoting health awareness , hopefully you will encourage more people to get checked out if they have concerns .
    I have lost all my family to the big C , and yet I am still too young to be considered "at risk" . It bothers me greatly, so I am extra concious of checking my bits and bobs, and not afraid to go and seek reassurance from my GP - if i can ever get an appointment that is.

    Anyway, onto other things, Bids, will be thinking of Ben, and i hope his surgery goes well.
    Deevs, good luck with the networking, i hope all your hard work begins to pay off soon.

    Its getting sunnier here as the day goes on, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it stays for the weekend. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to the hour going forward . Well, I will miss that extra hour's sleep, but the thought of light nights and sitting in the garden really excites me.

    Right, got to get back on my perch.

    Have a nice afternoon everyone, hugs and high fives to all.

    MC xxx

  • Comment number 30.

    I think I'll get Deevs to check mine ;-)

  • Comment number 31.

    Not again .....! ;-)

    Thanks Kathy. I'm feeling really positive about stuff, which is good, as I was lower than low on Monday! It must be Spring.


  • Comment number 32.

    Deevs: Glad visit went well. That was a lot to squeeze into one day.

    We're having chicken curry for tea tonight .................. guess which one .......... that predictable am I ?

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 33.

    Hi everyone:

    Just so busy at work, no time really to catch-up, but I hope everyone is ok.

    Had to make time to say to Bids: thinking of Ben - bless him, he's been through a lot. I hope that this procedure today will really set him on the road to full recovery. xx

    Re: my bits and bobs - checked regularly ... you know it makes sense!

    Loving the sun today - just loving it!

    Hopefully will be back tomorrow for a good catch-up - enjoy the rest of Thursday, all!

    C xx

  • Comment number 34.


    I've got two more large Easter eggs arriving here shortly, how am I going to keep these put away upstairs until Easter?

    For my tea tonight I'm having something which I used to have a lot of but haven't had one for ages. Pizza, cheese & mushroom!

    Whoops! Knock knock! Must go!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 35.


    Very wise words about the need for us chaps to get checked out.

    It is a pity that somebody could not resist a bit of smutty innuendo, but I guess that it just sums up the attitude of a lot of men on this subject.

  • Comment number 36.

    Good evening everyone,

    Hope you all had a good day today.

    The weather was absolutely beautiful here today, and still is actually, the sunset is going to be stunning by the looks of things.

    Nothing of any interest to report, so "see" you all tomorrow.



  • Comment number 37.

    Evening all

    Have just had well deserved fish and chip supper!!

    Well deserved after trawling into London today on a train that took 35 mins longer than it should have to sit through a training day with one of those very vocal people who takes every point discussed and wants to talk about exactly how it relates to them rather than anyone else!! Phew!!

    Feel better after that rant!

    Hope you're all ok!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 38.


    I will be back over the weekend for a proper catch up but I just had to come on and say....

    John Bishop - what a guy!

    Mary xx

  • Comment number 39.

    Chris, well done on getting checked out.

    I have had the most awful week ever what with little grandsons accident at pre school who is now recovering with lovely black eye. Then got a call tonight from youngest daughter that youngest little granddaughter who is only one is not very well tonight and has breathing problems.

    Hope you all have had a good day.

    Hi Mary. xx

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 40.

    Sorry forgot to say

    Night everyone sleep well and sweet dreams.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 41.

    Morning all,

    Very quiet on here just now isn't it?

    Very misty and a cold wind this morning but I am ever hopeful that it will get nice as the day goes on.

    Hope you all have a good day.



  • Comment number 42.

    Good Morning all, from a beautifully sunny Somerset coast.

    It started off misty here too Gail, but is now burning off, so I hope the same is happening up there for you too.

    Yesterday was a belter, I had a fairly long day on the coach, but with the in between waiting around bits, managed to sit in the sun.

    There are some real bargains to be had at the moment on one of our more well known coach operators. Salisbury to Bristol cost the grand sum of £2.50 and in fact, the trip the week or so before, from Bristol to Southampton was only £3.50 and I could have stayed on to Portsmouth for an extra pound. Tap in fun fares, you will be amazed at whats on offer and not always off peak either.

    I had been hoping to spot the return of the first swallows while down on the south coast, but it wasn't to be and I wouldn't be surprised to see them around here in the next day or two, as I know that they have already reached parts of Pembrokeshire, only across the water from here really.

    However, I was lucky enough to see a vast selection of other birds, ducks, some of which I had never even heard of before, let alone spotted.

    I have posted most of them daily, on my fb wall, but amongst them, were Godwits, Red breasted Mergansers (amazing!) Curlews, with their almost haunting warbling cry, Tufted ducks, Teal..... the list could go on and on.

    On the last day, while sitting on the estuary, a huge flock of Brent geese flew in, several hundred of them and landed almost at our feet. They are heading back to Alaska for the summer and most of them have already gone, so this indeed was a treat and they were noisily feasting away on what they could in preparation for the long flight, until, a sheepdog, off his lead, came bounding along the shore, at the rate of knots and did what came naturally, and decided, that they needed rounding up.

    Off to the skies they took and it was almost like a total blackout as they noisily departed in the direction of the South downs and gradually faded out of sight.

    OOps, thats a bit of a ramble, but sights like that, like I always say... no price tag.

    Wishing Ben, well for today Bids, will keep in touch as you know.

    Right, off to gaze skywards, any day now, I am sure.

    Wishing everyone a great weekend :)

  • Comment number 43.

    Morning all, quick fly by, glorious day here in brizzle, one of those days when its hard to stay motivated to "work from home" when the garden looks like it does!

    Just wanted to say hope Ben is on the mend after his op Bids,
    Csn sorry your grandchildren are in the wars too, hugs

    I'm still full of a cold so gutted that I cant go and see my friends baby who hits the heady heights of being 3 weeks old tomorrow, I might just go and have a look through the window!

    Right, work to be done, have a great Friday everyone, nice to see you fly by too Sal,


  • Comment number 44.

    Morning All,

    I am hoping that Chris is right and the sun burns the fog away, at the moment it's not looking hopeful - but I will keep you posted!

    Sal, An absolute delight to read you - I miss your nature updates, you certainly see some beautiful sights where you live xx

    Mary, John Bishop, couldn't agree more, I may even confess on here that I find him very attractive ;)

    Debs, Hope the cold clears up soon xx

    csn, What a week for you and the Grandkids, sending you a big hug {{{}}}

    Morning Dozer xx

    I'm on a learning how to preach course all day tomorrow!! Why do I do these things? But at the end of tomorrow I have a big bar of chocolate waiting for me as a reward!

    Happy Friday Everyone


  • Comment number 45.


    I think it's called humour. You should try it some time.

    I absolutely 100% give up.


  • Comment number 46.

    Happy Friday Indeed everyone

    Hope it's nice and sunny like it here with you all

    Sal, you're so lucky with all the things you see as you're travelling round. I often think of you when I'm listening to Simon in the evening

    Special hugs for the poorly grand-babies - however big they are! x x x

    These colds going round are persistent blighters aren't they! I keep thinking I feel better then try to speak and run out of breath half way through!

    Ali, Guess what we're going to look at tomorrow!

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 47.

    Diva lady, Don't you dare give up!!! I might need you soon!

    And Ali, you will do brilliantly on the preaching course. Someone who speaks from the heart as you do cannot fail!


  • Comment number 48.

    Ali, good luck with the course, you will of course be fab, and I have to agree with you, I too find John Bishop very attractive, and boy didnt he do well!

    Tissue sezza? I'm waiting with bated breath for the day I can actually smell the balm on them!

    Right, really not here....

  • Comment number 49.

    Morning all at the risk of our esteemed leader posting a blog as I post my comment I shall continue....

    Glad to see that Mr Evans is ensuring our men folk are checking what they need to check but being the mother of a 21 year old and wife for 22 years I can safely say that they are seldom out of their hands anyway.... lol.

    Sal loved your anecdotes about your bird watching, the fine weather is definately on its way and you have reminded me that I need to fill up my bird feeders thanks

    Mary - theres only one johnnie bishop! I thought he was amazing last night on the telly and I watched the other one the other day David Walliams. They are true stars who give something back.

    CSN hope the grandkiddies are all okay very worrying times for you (((hugs)))
    Been busy busy busy the last couple of days apologies for my absinthe.

    Debs Hope your cold gets better!

    Deevs - dont bite love it aint worth it.

    18 month old dishwasher has decided to take early retirement so I have upgraded to a better model, not a happy bunny as i am now manually washing up.

    Had a lovely call at work which meant tea at the pub yesterday evening which was nice and definately a sure sign that spring is on its way.

    Got invited to a party tonight by the lottery winners but unfortunately we are working but we will see them all tomorrow night so we can celebrate with them then.

    Nothing much planned apart from cleaning and catching up with friends this weekend. Hope you all have a lovely weekend everyone.

    CB xx

  • Comment number 50.


    John Bishop - legend!! I was all a bit tearful at the end of the programme last night and I'm sure I even heard a bit if a sniff from Mr Sezza

    David Walliams, also a star!

    Helen Skelton!!! Absolute Heroine!!!! Gorgeous and amazing!

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 51.

    Good morning all,

    Having trouble with the internet today...lost it ealier .

    A beautiful day down here on the south coast ,as the fairy can vouch ,and Hi by the way lovely to see you .

    Deev ,Turn the other cheek and not the one you're sitting on .oops!! hope thats not smutty,sorry .

    Yes Debs /Sezza ,hope that your colds are abaiting a little now,Debs you've had yours too long ,maybe doc visit??

    CSN ,same boat as me then.

    AND many,many thanks from Ben and Helen for your lovely messages ,I did tell her last night about them all and as she does know some of you now ,it made them all rather special. Op today ,so just waiting now for news .

    specail reason for popping in that As Gail's not around over the weekends Id like to wish you A very Happy birthday for tomorrow ,have a lovely day ,and I hope that you're going to be doing lots of nice things over the w/end ..

    Ali ,good luck for tomorrow.I'm sure that chocolate will taste that much better for all your hard devoted caring work that you do do .

    Take care all ,Ill probably pop back laterv ...Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 52.

    Right, let's start again.

    Morning everyone!

    I've now been playing out in the garden with Randall, and acted as a puppy trapoline on the kitchen floor. Yes, you're right. It's jsut not worth it.

    Ali - you will be great! You're generous, honest and you have faith. What's not to work?

    Sezza- you might need me soon? Why? Do you too have puddles of puppy wee that need mopping up? ;-)

    CB - that made me laugh. WHY do chaps keep checking their credentials? I've noticed that some children actually hold on to their crabsticks through their trousers when out shopping etc. Why is that!?!? It's not like they're going to get stolen or owt is it!?

    Nic and I went to see John Bishop live and he was, without doubt, one of the funniest comedians I've ever seen. And there's been a fair few over the years! He has charm, is kind on the eye and his wit is razor sharp. I only hope he doesn't go the same way as Michael McIntyre and "sell out" too much to the big, shiny, commercial way of life. (I was lucky enough to see MMcIntyre at a VERY small venue in Essex before his star ascended to its current dizzy heights status - only about 200 in the audience!)

    This morning's network event was good. A lovely breakfast, at a great local venue and some prospects to follow up. Can't ask for much more than that!

    And last night's meeting was all about websites so I've now got lots of food for thought and will be re-jigging my website over the coming days/weeks. I just need courage - web design isn't my prime skill but I can't afford to have it done by a Pro .....

    Weather-wise, it's murky here. MC might call it shonky. Thick thick fog this morning, now a grey sky, with grey mist. Later I shall venture out to do the shopping and then venture home again.

    Right, let's work.

    Thanks everyone.


  • Comment number 53.

    Deevs, This will make you laugh!

    Mr Jimmy Carr recently played a warm up gig at Notley High School!!!!!

    Alright, They now have a shiney new building and they call it a Arts Centre!! but still!

    No puddles...............yet! We're on the brink of a decision and weighing up pros & cons at the moment. Want to make sure we get it right

    Bids, thinking of you and you family just now xxx

    Sezza xxx

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  • Comment number 55.

    Deevs the sun is out in Shropshire and I have been out with my technical equipment (a finger licked and held up to check the wind) and the clouds are definately being pushed along so I reckon the sun will be with you shortly...

  • Comment number 56.

    Notley High School? Really?!?!? OMG - yes, that's really made me smile! We used to play hockey against Notley High - you can't beat a bit of friendly local rivalry between school. As I recall, Notley High gave great shin bruises!

    That's also reminded me of an old school friend, who emigrated to Canada with her family in 1983. We UK teenage girls were clamouring for anything and everything Duran Duran. One day, one of the girls in my class bought a letter in that she'd received from Kelly (the girl who had emigrated to Canada) and there were some photos of Duran Duran enclosed. Apparently, in an effort to break Canada and North America, DD had done a mini-tour of school gymnasiums. Coming from the UK, you can imagine how this made Kelly feel - and the rest of us green with envy! Selling out UK stadiums and then gyms in Calgari .....!

    Right. I can hear a trolley calling me, so will be back later.


  • Comment number 57.

    Thanks for your kind words folk xx

    Sezza, Exciting :) xx

    I can confirm that the sun is out in North Kent, and I just popped into town to go to the bank and I can also confirm that the muffin tops and white chicken legs are also out. Put it away it's not attractive and it's not that hot!

    Is it nearly lunch time?


  • Comment number 58.


    Another lovely day here.

    I was going to do the list but, apart from being able to remember everything without making notes, will no doubt lose it again.

    Bids-hope there's good news today and that Ben is on the mend.

    CSN-hope that your little grandchildren are OK, what a worrying time for you all.

    I love John Bishop too, he's certainly not just a pretty face and a good comedian. He's a hero.

    Nic & Deev's banter yesterday made me chuckle, MBD being a newcomer probably doesn't know they are a couple.

    That's as far as I've got, if I scroll back it will probably disappear so a very happy Friday to everyone.

    MM xxx

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    I must just say Hello to MTF and really enjoyed reading your post. Some of the birds you mentioned we get around here, in fact there are roads named after some of them, i.e. Curlew Way, Tern Way, Mallard Way.

    I will certanly google the coach trip website as that's something I could do.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 60.


    Wow you mean they are a couple, I wish someone would have mentioned it before I made such an idiot of myself!

    Just a quick question though. Would it have been funny if I had made a similar remark yesterday when the ladies of the blog were discussing screening for breast cancer.

    I think not and that is why Chris Evans is fighting an uphill battle. Ladies feeling for lumps is very serious while a chap checking out his testicles is an excuse for schoolboy humour.

    Moderate away.

  • Comment number 61.


    I take the matter very seriously but that shouldn't stop us from having a sense of humour.

  • Comment number 62.

    You're on the ball there MBD. You would have made a booby had you made a remark.

    We can't argue with that!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 63.

    Mr Elastic
    Some things just aren't funny and so perhaps just for once you could have kept your comic genius in check.

    It's not even as if you were pushing the boundaries or challenging society's taboos, it was just childish, yes we all know that you've got a girlfriend.


    I expected better from you.

  • Comment number 64.

    Afternoon everyone,

    Sorry to hear there are some people with the sniffles, hope you are all fine and dandy soon.
    Bids, tell Helen that Mr MC & I send her and Ben our love xx

    Deevs, yes indeedy, Shonky all the way here too. Its just starting to get sunny now.
    Driving in this morning, i saw someone out in a reet titchy little summer outfit, then on the next corner another bod wrapped up with a scarf and wooly hat as if it was mid winter.

    Birthday greetings to Gail too, hope you have a lovely weekend xx

    Sal, I am watching out for the arrival of those swifty swallows ;-) There is a huge construction site underway right nextdoor to where i work so i am hoping it wont deter them from staying.

    right , take care everyone, & i hope the sun shines all weekend.

    MC xx

  • Comment number 65.

    I shall probably get moderated for this but:-

    MBD sorry if you have been offended by a comment on this blog but I have to say I am feeling quite offended by your behaviour.

    Can this please stop now and can we all play nice.

    CB xx

  • Comment number 66.


    To the best of my knowledge I have never addressed a comment to you so how could I have possibly offended you?

  • Comment number 67.

    Right you are ...on a lighter note ....who has got the (Wally Award ),because I would dearly love it please.

    Just heard from Helen they are now not operating on Ben thankfully, they are now saying the antibiotics are working ...would someone please tell somebody to tell us whats hapening .that lad is upset and fed up.
    Ive worked my fingers down to the knuckle with worry this morning ..and now feeling a right flipping wally having to tell all you lovely people that have listened to to me harping on .

    I'll say nowt else only .Sorry.

    And another thing ...do you remember me saying that I was going to see a friend get Married ...well I am ..But i'ts tomorrow ...Please dont tell the boss ,as I'd booked today off .thinking it was the 24th Today...I think I either need a very strong drink ,or a holiday ..maybe both .

    Hanging head in shame as I go.


  • Comment number 68.


    There's no need to say sorry at all, you must have been beside yourself with worry about Ben. Thank goodness that the antibiotics have now started to kick in and that there's no need for the surgery. He must be feeling really fed up by now but let's hope he'll now soon be home.

    As for the date confusion, it's a good thing you didn't arrive at the venue today LOL!

    The past couple of weeks I've been thinking Thursday was Friday and wondering why the TV schedule was wrong ha ha! I've got it right this week because of Sport Relief!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 69.

    new blog!


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