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Dear All...

Chris Evans | 17:34 UK time, Friday, 10 August 2012

The last of our regularly scheduled Olympic breakkie shows ended at 10 o'clock today.
We're back on the air tomorrow from 10 until 1 and then Sunday 11 until 1. And then that'll be us for London 2012.

Now, how do we get to be at Rio 2016? I'm looking at perhaps taking up pole vaulting or perhaps archery - or bowls, do they do bowls?

Now need to go and carb up in preparation to watch the BMX. Becks and The PM are in the crowd. Too hot for me and my pale paper thin skin. Attractive, eh? Last but one 3.30am alarm call tomorrow. Shows don't start till later, but all the medallists arrive early for the telly box. D'oh!

Have a great one you Olympic crazy cats.

Peace and Love

X

CE

(London) 2012.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    Hello Chris and bloggers

    Lovely to have a Friday wine club blog! I don't know how you get up that early nearly every day Chris.

    Lurking on and off and love to all.

    Susan xx

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello Chris & Everyone.

    Oh Rio, Rio, Hear them shout across the land!

    What about a mobility scooter sprint race Chris? Actually just lately I've been noticing how my red scooter is so yesterday. The in colour is black or black or silver. This has got me thinking as to how do I dispose of a scooter? Do they do part exchange? I've also noticed how widely advertised scooters are, this weeks TV listings magazine alone has many ads.

    Enjoy the BMX Chris!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 3.

    Bums, you're over here and I was over there.

    Pole vaulting I think Chris - can just see you!!!

    xxxxx

  • Comment number 4.

    Morning all - not sure if this one will post - got one spinning around on another page!

    Anyhoo, wont repeat everything in case it finally does post
    Just to say Bids if you are around did your ticket arrive?

    Happy Saturday everyone - off to buy a bit of beef for a roast
    laters!
    debs
    x

  • Comment number 5.

    Weekend Morning Greetings Ter CLP & ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    CLP - WHATTA OLYMPICS this 'as been!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    A just can't get over 'ow BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRILLIANT a games it 'as been!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Alreadt this morning...... We've got our:

    26th.....

    GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 6.

    The BIG QUESTION that 'ave 'eard both yersen CLP & Mayo Man discussing is 'ow do we get ter Rio as a competitor.... Considering the oldest competitor of the 2012 gig was 71.....

    It looks like there's a possible possibilty that any of us could be at Rio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So 'ow could we get there.... A will look inter it further over the next week on the blog......
    For me power cycling looks closest ter my assets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PPPS Just wanted ter say the BBC's whole coverage of The Olympics 'ave been TOTALLY BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    No commercial station could or would do as good as the beeb 'ave done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    My goodness NEVER must the beeb be privatised!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Notta single stupid commercial break ter wreck the live coverage..... Excellent all day commentry and analysis..... And Radio 2's programmes 'ave bene excellent.... From your extra show CLP... Ter The Mayo's live from the gig evening events and the programmes on R2 in the evening i've really enjoyed: Of the 'istory... Analysis on 'ow to compete... And the blaggers comedy guide (VERY funny!!!!!!!).
    I really found it interesting too the programme on Wednesday about 'ow more champions believe in god than athiests!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Never really noticed but yes.... The amount of times yer see somebody winning and they cross their 'eart or look ter the sky.....
    From 'usain Bolt.... Ter yesterday's gold winning female 'ammer thrower!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Most wonderful event this 'as been for Great Britain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chow for now!

  • Comment number 7.

    PS Just watching the diving now.... The comentator said 'e's come out all guns blazing?????????????????????

    Shouldn't that be saved for the olympic shoooooting???????????????????

  • Comment number 8.

    WHATTA COINCIDENCE..... Just watching the men's olympic diving on BBC1 now, just flicked over ter BBC2 ter see if there's any olympics.... And.....

    It's children'd tv with Dic & Dom's Splatalot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WHATTA COINCIDENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 9.

    Afternoon delight playing on the radio!!

    Happy afternoon bloggers xx

  • Comment number 10.

    Afternoon each

    Another lovely day in Fife.

    Bingo, the BBC have excelled themselves with the Olympic coverage, haven't they?

    7yr old has just been collected by his Dad so am going to switch on, pour a glass of vino with ice and put my feet up - I deserve it! He was up at 1am asking if it was morning yet, then up for good at 6.30.

    xxxx

  • Comment number 11.

    Evening all,

    Well this is my first sit down of the day and first break,have been mega busy .

    Beautiful day here and long may it continue,and more so for tomorrow evening for the closing of the games ,we have the grandchildren staying over so we're going to make a nice evening of it,maybe a few treats involved .

    Debs ,so rude of me not to let you know ,I meant to have messaged you but not been here ,but Yes recived it next day ;-)).

    We're having take away tonight so no cooking for me ,would hve liked to have gone out but grumy old Mr B doesn't ,hence the t/away.

    catch up later ..Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 12.

    Just to say nice to see Country girl and Planet Jane popping in and so pleased to see alls well in your worlds and also that Handsome Henry is growing upwell.

    Alib ,not nice having a broken toe ,just stubbing your toe is bad enough let alone breaking it Ouch!!! hope it mend OK for you .

    Crissie hope brother in law is home now and well. and that your staycation is also going to plan .X

    Maddy ,hows Tom doing did see you saying about being poisened ,that dreadful and yes what a good vet you have.

    Beth ,yes did see you pop in as well and ,hope your well and that you're all liking your new big house ,so hopefully you'll be settling down now and hows the expecting little one going ???

    Right I'm goin g now and see you later ..Bids.xxx

  • Comment number 13.

    Mo Farrah - what a man. Was on the edge of my sofa yelling at the tv, hope the neighbours didn't hear me.

    xxxxx

  • Comment number 14.

    By christmas people will have forgot the olympics thank god.

  • Comment number 15.

    Come monday maybe all the people that have been sat on their back sides watching the olympics will get out and do some excerise.

  • Comment number 16.

    Well, scaryperson, I'm just loving the Olympics.

    xxxx

  • Comment number 17.

    Me too Annie, I will certainly miss it all next week - time to start saving the pennies for Rio..

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 18.

    I really do think the Olympics are inspiring young people - and I'm sure they can spell exercise!!!

    xxxxx

  • Comment number 19.

    Annie-you're right, I think and hope that the Olympics will inspire young people and also create better role models.

    Scarlerow-Nobody has to watch if they don't want to, there are plenty of other channels.

    Bids-Yes the vet said that from the speed with which Tom's kidney failure was happening it looked like poisoning and as Daisy had been coming in with bright blue bits stuck to her fur which I kept on picking off it seemed obvious that it must be slug pellets. It says on the label 'not harmful to animals & birds' but it seems some are. I've asked the neighbours each side, they haven't got them down but they'll ask around. The good news is that Tom is recovering very well with the help of his pills & special diet.

    It's my turn now (not as serious as Tom's or my usual copd excaberbation needing treatment )but I was making my tea at 5pm when suddenly I felt nauseas (the meal wasn't that bad lol) but after eating half I brought it back up. Stomach pain & vomiting continued so I've been lying down until now. I've no idea what caused it, the last time I was sick was in 2006. Now trying a cup of tea to see what happens!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 20.

    Maddy, look after yourself - hope you feel better very soon.

    xxxxx

  • Comment number 21.

    Thank Annie-Seem to be ok now, it was something that came and went fast I think. As I'm now going to be up half the night after my lie down going to be snacking and catching up with the Olympics.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 22.

    Hiya:

    Just having a catch-up while listening to the fabulous Steve Wright. Just love him!

    I have made a list, and I really do apologise if I miss anyone, but just have to comment on quite a lot!

    eb: nice to see you - glad to hear all is well with you.

    AliB: re: last week - yes, very scary - really sobering which is not a word you will hear me use very often. Sorry to hear about your toe - that must really be hurting. xx

    Jilly: no wonder you are so proud of Mr JG - just wonderful for you both. And, thanks, for passing on the word about the alarm thingy. xx

    Crumpy: thank you, too, re: the alarm. If we can just tell as many people about this as possible, that will be wonderful. xx I hope you had a lovely time with Naomi.

    Annie: thank you, re: my b-i-l. Hopefully there will be no lasting effects physically, but emotionally and mentally, it's another matter. We saw him on Thursday when he came home from hospital, and the three of us are just still totally freaked out. I can't explain it, really. xx Sounds like you had a lovely time with your grandson - you are such a lovely Gran. xx

    Lyndyloo: don't know if you are here these days, but I heard your mention on Friday, and was so pleased for you and miniman! xx

    CG: always nice to see you. Good to get a wee update.

    Sue: I agree - the Olympics have just restored everything great about being British!

    Bids: thank you, re: b-i-l. xx And thank you, the staycation is going well, but flying past - why, oh why don't the working days go so fast?! xx

    Maddy: I am glad to see that Tom is on the mend. Just awful what happened. And, I hope you are feeling better this morning.

    Bingo: as always, I love your posts.

    Susan: how you doin'? Always lovely to see you.

    mtd, Debs, Cheryl and MC: hiya. xxxx

    And, to anyone I have missed - hi!

    Happy Sunday - so looking forward to hearing Chris soon!

    C xx

  • Comment number 23.

    Morning all!

    Cant try and emulate Chrissie with her list - but i agree with it all LOL!

    Just listening to Chris, missed the Mo bit so will listen again later, I'm going to really miss the shows, they have been brilliant, but I think CLP is off for a well earned rest next week so double missing! We've got Ryan again - at least its not RM - phew!

    Looking forward to the closing ceremony later, the daily snail have been showing some of the performers practicing if you want to sneak a peek.

    Right few chores and then another roast I think, got some de-lisc-ous beef crying out for a yorkie!

    Happy Sunday everyone
    debs
    x

  • Comment number 24.

    oh my my - for those of you Olympic fans out there who want a lump in the throat half hour or so listen again to the last half hour of CLPs show today - all the comentary from the gold medal wins and games maker commets - made me all unecessary!

    off to buy more tissues for tonight now!
    debs
    x

  • Comment number 25.

    Hello.

    Debs-I've just listened to the last half hour, heard most of the show but missed the final bit. Wasn't it great listening to all the gold winners commentaries again, so exciting & emotional. Britain has so much to be proud of! And I liked Chris's final song Oh Rio Rio!

    I'm really looking forward to tonight's closing ceremony, how breathtaking & spectacular it will be!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 26.

    Afternoon each

    Maddy - I'm looking forward to the closing ceremony too - although, perhaps, not the Spice Girls! Hope you're feeling better today.

    Another lovely day in Fife, although rain is forecast for tomorrow - bums - and I'll be heading for Perth - sure to get lost in the one-way system.

    xxxxx

  • Comment number 27.

    Well done Samantha Murray - Silver!!!

    xxxx

  • Comment number 28.

    Good morning all,

    Well what a night last night was ,don't know how we're going to top that . It's been a great two weeks for this country of all in sport and other quarters . But most of all it all seemed to go off peaceful ,that was my main worry if you get my drift ,I wont spell it out.

    Feeling strange here at the moment as no1+2 grandsons have gone round to their own home to see to their guinea pigs and prepare for mum and dads return ,they have popped home each day as now they are older ,and they have done the washing ,cleaned the lounge ,and the kitchen ,what boys ,their parents should be so proud because I am ,and the oldest isn't even 15 yet.

    Maddy ,I see you've not been well ,I hope you're feeling better now ,It might be the worry of your Tom ,or even the weather being a bit hot for you ,that is if it has been up your way ,Take care of yourself .

    Not much on for us today apart from usual chores ,unfortunately I've got to do my own ,where did I go wrong ..lol..

    Might go and have a walk along the sea front this afternoon all being well, that's if the weather hols as they have forecast rain today but I quite like walking in the rain .

    Take care all and have a good day..Bids.xxx

  • Comment number 29.

    Hi:

    Bids: how true, it was a great relief that everything re: Olympics was peaceful and safe. Incredible organisation - what a wonderful ovation all the volunteers received. Re: your grandsons - no wonder you are proud of them - very impressive and it just shows how well they have been brought up. Such a credit to the family. xx

    Well, I just loved the ceremony last night - so much of it just fantastic, some of not quite so fantastic but generally, it was great. I loved Ray Davies, Madness, Eric Idle and Emeli Sande (what a voice) and, you know, I thought One Direction were terrific! And of course it was wonderful to see Take That - how incredibly brave of Gary - he must be in agony, it was so brave of him to perform last night.

    Today sees major house cleaning. It's raining here, so no point in going anywhere - will just have to knuckle down and get some cleaning done!

    Happy Monday!

    C xx

  • Comment number 30.

    Morning busy busy busy, but just wanted to echo your comments Bids and Chrissie, fab show last night and yes Gary must be in bits but what a professional he is

    Nuff said
    debs
    x

  • Comment number 31.

    Afternoon everyone,

    Maddy - hope you are feeling better by now, and Tom too.

    Wow, what a blast the last couple of weeks have been. I have loved every minute of the coverage. It has spurred me on to go and have a look for tickets at the Velodrome and Aquatics centre in Manchester and appreciate these sports live .
    So glad it has gone so well, there will always be bits that some liked and others didn't but thats the nature of the beast. I am just so proud that as a nation we hosted a superb event for the Whole world to take part in or watch where ever they may be.

    Right, back to the grindstone , i feel like I have been here a week already .

    Love to all
    MC xxxx

    Right,

  • Comment number 32.

    Hello Bids, Chrissie, Debs, MC & Everyone.

    Oh What A Night! How wonderful was the closing ceremony. I loved the John Lennon tribute and it got me thinking this is what the Olympics did. All the nations brought together looking so happy, the world as one. Only sport and music can do this. I enjoyed the whole thing (well maybe except for one or two bits). Boris Johnson makes me laugh, how appropriate to have an eccentric London mayor.

    None of the doom & gloom predicted by the press happened and it has all brought so much optimism to Britain.

    MM xxx

    PS I still don't get the part where everything and everyone were wrapped in newspaper. What was that all about?

    PPS I'm AOK now thanks and Tom is recovering very well although it has taken it out of him and he's not as lively and playful as he was. I suppose it's only to be expected, it takes us humans a while to recuperate.

  • Comment number 33.

    Good afternoon blogettes:

    Agree the Olympics have been excellent and made us proud of being British. Friend attended a couple of events the first week and said it was 'efficient without being officious' good humoured and good manners combined. I hope that sums up the best of our British character.

    Over the weekend I was in Deevs country. Visited the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield. What an inspirational place. Still very immature but will be stunning in another 10 to 15 years. To cap it all off a Spitfire flew over the memorial bang on half past three. Never seen one before at such close quarters, goosebumpy moment.

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 34.

    Hello all, hope you're well?
    Longtime no blog, I know, I have no excuses really other than laziness.
    Weren't the 'lympics great? From the opening ceremony right through to last night. Yeah I know some of the acts aren't to everyone's taste but all-in-all good job, well done in my opinion. I love the fact that I've been reduced to tears, laughed, shouted and generally wished & prayed for GB'ers to win - or at least do well.

    Life's good in chez gingembre, kids doing well at school, eldest on course for good GCSE's anf the little 'uns growing up far too quickly. The long suffering MrsW is still my rock amd I continue to punch well above my weight.
    I have the difficult second album syndrome coming up, it's year 2 of the charity fun run I organise in the village to remember the first MrsW and others lost along the way. All in aid of CRUK. Got 200 confirmed entrants and all systems go for Sept 9th.

    Been running quite a lot again as I build up to the London marathon 2013, I have secured a charity golden bond place with CR and am beside myself with excitement. Knees holdin on at the mo' - don't fail me now please!

    Anyway, enough about me...

    ...how are you?

    bonner de douche

    KWx

  • Comment number 35.

    excuse the typos

    esp the "bonnet de douche" being wrong x

  • Comment number 36.

    Evening each

    And helloooooooooo Gingembre, good to see you and glad the knees are ok.

    Loved the closing ceremony last night, stayed up to the very end. And, yes, Chrissie, the John Lennon clip said it all.

    xxxxx

  • Comment number 37.

    Good morning all,

    Had some real heavy rain herte last night ,didn't know it could come down as fast ,but all clear now ,but just might get some more .

    Hello Annie ,always seem to miss you ,hope ythat you and yours are well. Lovely pics on the other side .

    Gingembre, nice to see you ,and pleased that alls well in your world , and yes you certainly do have a lovely family ,you must be very proud of them . Please let us know when you're page is up on the usual sight ,very good cause and well done you for organising the race . I've heard of three sad cases in as many weeks ,one in my Son in laws family ,a families whole live changed just within one week ,Tragic.

    Right just a coffee now for me then it's off to to work .

    Take care all and have a good day .

    Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 38.

    Afternoon .
    Gingembre , good to hear from you, glad all is well, and well done you for keeping up with the running and fund raising.

    Bids, hope you are ok , sorry to hear that some bad news has touched your family too . xxx

    Sunny here today, and very very warm. I should be at home cutting my grass and dealing with the washing.
    Big big news on the home front ........... we are having central heating installed for the very first time next week. I know you may laugh at this, but we have put if off for 16 years. So next Wednesday the fun begins. Funny how we just decided to do it once all the decorating had been done and floors laid . I bet we have the mildest winter on record !

    Right , off to calc the spreadsheets .

    Love to all
    MC

    Living life in the 21st Century lane :-)

  • Comment number 39.

    Good afternoon blogettes:

    MC: Welcome to the 21st Century! Aren't we humans contrary creatures? Waiting until you've done major redecoration. Well if we have another mild winter we know who to 'blame'. Though I for one will not be complaining after the previous two. Our road (unadopted) was like a skating rink for several weeks the winter before last.

    Mr PJ decided to update our bathroom several months ago. He's now rushing round like a flea in a fit trying to finish it because my friend is comng to stay next week. She's been booked in for nearly 6 months. Men !

    Weather here on the border is quite sunny but a bit blustery. No r*** yet.

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 40.

    Evening each

    Not many people around - where are you all?

    Bids, sad news about your son-in-law's family.

    MC, I do hope PJ's right and that we have a mild winter because of your central heating! If not, you'll just love going into a warm bathroom.

    PJ, we've had a lovely day in Fife, apart from thunder and a downpour at 1pm for an hour.

    10yr old was back at school today but the 12yr old doesn't start till tomorrow - didn't see him till he got out of his pit at 11.30 looking for something to eat.

    xxxxxx

  • Comment number 41.

    I'm here Annie!!
    I'm back from my jaunt around the Lake District with (and I should maybe whisper this) a bit of a tan!

    Beautiful weather, beautiful place and nice people to spend time with!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 42.

    Nice to see you back Sezza - glad you had a good time.

    xxxxx

  • Comment number 43.

    Good morning all,

    Heavy rain forecast for the south coast today ,albeit it's still very mild.

    Sezza ,nice to see you back and glad you've had a nice break. I hope the little man himself was a good boy and was on his best behaviour.

    Running late today soo must be off ,see you later ,have a good day all.

    Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 44.

    Morning all,

    I have a note from my mum for my absinthe, so please forgive me. Although I admit her handwriting is a tad shaky .....

    Still busy busy busy here on Planet Deevs, but I ain't complaining!

    I have read everything from the last few days but my sieve of a brain has not retained anything, nor did I take notes. However, I would like to offer big hugs to ChrissieS - the situation with your b-i-l must have been absolutely terrifying, and I really hope he's properly on the mend.

    So how are we all coping with life post-Limpix? I have to admit, it's nice to watch some "normal" telly - I missed Tony Soprano during the Games but we are now playing catch-up with the digiboxthingygizmo, freeing up some space for when we leave the country for a week in September.

    We had a lovely night last night ..... you know every Tuesday we go to the quiz (me, Nic and Big Al). Well, we've been pooling our winnings over the last few months and last night we went for a meal at the pub where the quiz is (Mrs Big Al came too - she's lovely) and we had a fab meal with our winnings, then went through to the other bar for the quiz and won again! Big Al also won the "nearest to" question at the end (randomly, it appears Big Al is an expert on dodos!) so we came away with £62 to start lining the pot for our Christmas (sorry!) quiz team night out. Sorted!

    We may struggle next week though, as Big Al is on holiday next week and we've also got a 6 point handicap before we start as that's the margin of points we won by. Best I feed Nic and I lots of fish in the next 6 days .....

    Bids - can you send some of that heavy rain up to the Midlands please? It's really a heavy, oppressive day here and it feels like we need a really good thunder storm to clear the air.

    Sezza - did you do any of those big hills in the Lakes? I'm still not sure I've forgiven NicRolastic for "making" me conquer The Old Man Of Coniston last year. Without a doubt, the toughest thing I've ever done, physically, but yes, an amazing sense of achievement that I managed it.

    Right, I'll endeavour to nip in later for a chat - if you're lurking, say Hi - I'm glad I stopped by to post this!

    Muchos amore, amigos

    Deevs
    x

    living life in the "slightly hungover this morning" lane ..... x

  • Comment number 45.

    Bids - thank you ..... It's absolutely throwing it down outside now!

    x

  • Comment number 46.

    Morning blogettes:

    Deevs: Mr PJ occasionally works alongside a 'Big Al' who's a great chap. He recently lost a great deal of weight. 'Medium Al' just doesn't trip of the tongue the same.

    Whispers quietly ................. still no rain here on the border but it's obviously making it's way up to us and I've no jacket or umbrella with me. Hey ho.

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 47.

    LOL PJ - "Medium Al". Although that's got to be preferable to "Little Al" ?!?!

    x

  • Comment number 48.

    Yes, Deevs 'Little Al' not good !

    On the weather front - it's absolutely hissing it down here now on the border. Hope it clears up before I finsih work. It's a long walk to my car! Well not so long when the sun is shining!

  • Comment number 49.

    Afternoon All,

    I'm slowly coming down from the Olympics, wow what a fortnight that was, it's going to be hard to top! To quote Miranda Hart on Twitter "Never thought I'd get in and be desperate to watch an obscure sport on BBC 3".

    But like Deevs I am now catching up on "normal" telly. We really did ourselves proud and put the "Great" back into Britain. I liked the fact that in Seb's speech, the bit that got the biggest clap and cheer was him thanking the Games Makers, and rightly so.

    Gingembre, Good to read you and I'm glad things are all hunky dory with you and yours xx

    Bids, Sorry you've had a bit of bad news. Big hugs to you xx

    PJ and Deevs, I often get called Big Ali, especially when I visit my friend in the States; as her daughter has the same name!! I suppose it's preferable to "Old Ali"!

    Sezza, Glad you had good hols, the Lake District is a beautiful part of the country xx

    Annie, Kids back to school already up there, wow that's early! xx

    My toe nail is black and no matter how hard I try I can't move my toe, so I guess that's still broken!

    Not much else to report. The skies are grey, but it's very muggy - we too need a storm to clear the air.

    This weekend I am off camping, not with the kids this year as we are having a sabbatical. But us leaders are going to the site for the weekend to catch up, sort out equipment etc and generally enjoy ourselves without 20+ teenagers :)

    Right it's lunchtime!

    AliB
    xx

  • Comment number 50.

    Afternoon folks,

    Blowing a gale and intermittent heavy showers, but phew, it's very muggy.
    Nothing to report or much to say today :-)
    Am just about over the Olympics now , but it has spurred me on to thinking about taking up a sport, just not sure what is right for me, with my hurty bits in various places.

    Bye for now,
    MC xx

  • Comment number 51.

    Afternoon all. I am so sorry for my absence too, life has just got in the way and I dont have a hope in a handcart of catching up so firstly, hello to everyone and bigs cockneybird kisses to you all.

    Quick catch up - Mr CB has gone back to work and we went on a quick family break last week which meant visiting Essex and Kent where I basically got a sight seeing tour of pubs..... the main thing was though that I caught up with Ma and Pa and some friends in Kent I havent seen in an age.

    Have loved the lympix and caught some of Chris's coverage could that man get any more excited by it all. It is positively infectious. Didnt we do well.

    Me and Mr CB did out first 1940's event in Uppermill on Sunday and bagged a seat on a jeep in the procession. I have bruises I didnt know you could get bruises, it was marvellous, the place was full of people some dressed up and some not, we got loads of compliments on our costumes and there was lots of great music from the old songs to the big bands. Me and 'im have definately got the bug and cant wait for the next one. Got talking to some nice veterans who were just lovely.

    I am lilking Ryan at the moment I find him quite funny and hope that CLP is enjoying his break with his family.

    Back to the grindstone then. TTFN.

    CB xx

  • Comment number 52.

    Evening each

    No sun in Fife today - bums - but lots of fog on the way to see the man in the cupboard this morning.

    Deevs, about time you were back on here madam! And you mentioned the C word!!

    Absolutely loved the Olympics, and I see Glasgow is hosting a welcome home to the Scottish Olympians next month.

    Looking forward to the new Who do you think you are at 9 tonight.

    xxxxx

    PS: Ali, hugs to your poor toe. My thumbnail is still hanging on by a thread.

  • Comment number 53.

    I did apologise for "that" word though Annie, and it was used in a context as opposed to a countdown ..... ;-)

    Right, my man's on his way home so I'm going to switch this beastie off for the night and squeeze in a chapter of "that" book before he gets here.

    Hey ho.

    Deevs
    x

  • Comment number 54.

    Deevs!!!! You're reading 'that' book??

    Have just re-read Memoirs of a Fruitcake - reminded me what a tiptop man Christoff is.

    xxxxx

  • Comment number 55.

    Hiya:

    Having a wee catch up - I just cannot believe how quickly the days go when one is at home! We have had a lovely time - both of us doing lots of stuff together, and also having some time to ourselves. Today, a great day for the washing being out on the line - I started at 8am with the bedding, on to towels, and then shirts, etc. My sister called: she said - be aware, we are due rain at 5pm, so don't overdo it. 5.05 - I had to rush out and bring in the remainder of the washing - the Wicked Witch of the North was correct! (apologies to all of you who had a terrible day today - we are getting it for the next few days, apparently!)

    PJ: I bet seeing the Spitfire was incredible - I would have loved to see that. Also, I know just what you mean about Mr PJ updating the bathroom, and it taking for ever. MrS and I agreed many, many moons ago that his DIY skills leave a lot to be desired (mine are non-existent) and we have just always had to pay for the professionals. Even a can of W*40 in his hands can cause havoc!

    Gingembre: wow, just lovely to see you. I am always quite amazed that so many of the "old" bloggers are out there - just reading, but still feeling part of the blog. Lovely to get an update from you.

    Bids: I am so sorry to hear that there has been bad news in your family. It is awful, just awful, and I am thinking of your son-in-law. I know only too well that life is so fragile and everything can change in a heartbeat. xx

    MC: good luck with the central heating project! Hey, better ever late than never. OK, it may be another mild winter (please!) but this is the UK - it can't last for ever! xx

    Sezza: welcome back! I have missed you. xx Glad to hear you had such a great time.

    Cheryl: well, you are another blogger missed here. I know life is busy, and that can only be a good thing. Thank you for your good wishes for my b-i-l. Bless him, he is totally recovered physically but I know he is so shaken up over what happened. Great to hear about your success at the quiz nights. Big Al sounds like bit of a star!

    Alib: your poor toe! Sending you lots of love. xx

    CB: the 1940's event sounds terrific. My lovely Mum and Dad were married in 1940 - no photographs of their wedding, but some photographs of them mid-1940's - they were gorgeous and so beautifully dressed! A really terrific time in history. xx

    Annie: bless your wee thumbnail - you have been so brave!

    Sorry if I missed anyone - it's definitely not intentional. xx Just to say, it's lovely that we all make such an effort to stay in touch here. This is purely personal, but I just don't get the same "feeling" on FB - I am sure it is just me being me - but I think the magic created by Chris and this blog is just so precious and I hope we all hang on to it.

    On that note, off to boil some potatoes!

    C xx

  • Comment number 56.

    Piddling down here now - thanks PJ!! It's definitely moving north.

    Howdedoody Chrissie, you're right - it's nice to stay in touch, even when Chris is away.

    xxxxx

  • Comment number 57.

    And after the holibobs, the washing mountain!!!!!!!!!!

    Never mind, I'm getting there!

    So good to "see" you all again. I did wave when we went passed somewhere I knew one of you was and did a little wave for anyone I'd missed.

    We didn't go up any of the big hills on this vist. We were staying on the very Southest point of the Lakes for a GeoCaching Rally so spent a lot of time between grange Over Sands and Cartmel.

    We did walk across the bay from Ulverston to the other side - Gibbs had his first experience of swimming in the sea!

    He did very well with what was a exciting weekend for him. Lots of walking, lots of people and lots of new dogs!

    Think he's pleased to be back though!

    I hope everyone is well although do I see Ali has a poorly toe? Ouch!

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 58.

    Hi: just a quick check-in: heading off out at 11am to spend the day/overnight with my sister - I am really looking forward to it. Heavens knows, we just talk absolute rubbish when we are together, but in the main, it's very enjoyable!

    Annie: sorry I missed you last night - I had to switch off and serve MrS his mince and tatties! Yes, I agree, it's good if we can stay in touch on the blog, even when Chris is away. Of course, it can be a big effort, and I always understand when people say that "real life" takes over and they don't have time to blog.

    Sezza: ooooh, I know, the washing pile must be horrendous! I have no idea where all the washing comes from in our house - there's only two of us, but it is endless!

    Have a happy Thirsty Thursday, all - will be back tomorrow.

    C xx

  • Comment number 59.

    Morning everyone!

    Chrissie - glad you're enjoying your time off, and yes, being at home is a bit like being in time machine. I thought I'd be kickng my heels working from home but the days just literally disappear. Sounds like your sister should get a job with the ECB - they could do with an accurate weather predictor at cricket matches! And glad that b-i-l is physically ok, but of course, the emotional side will take a bit longer.

    Yes Annie, I'm reading "that" book. I'm on book 2 (Darker) at the mo. It's better than book 1 - more of a story rather than all the "shennanigans". I'm not sure if I'll get through all 3 before holibobs but I've got a stack of trashy paperbacks to pack and read, poolside.

    Sezza - bless Gibbs! Randall loves the water (something to do with his natural instincts for hunting, I've been told) and he bounds in to any pool, puddle or lake at the first opportunity.

    I was thinking - has anyone seen or heard from Jakeygirl lately? I've not seen her on FB or Twitter - did I miss something? I hope you're OK if you're lurking JG xx

    Actually, let's have another go at getting back the MIA bloggers ..... where are you all!?!? Follow The Gingembre and come in and give us all a Hugh Five!

    I've had a busy morning so far: been to ELH, picked up b/day stuff from Nic's mum and walked Randall. Now for some work, as I really don't want to be a slave to the PC tomorrow.

    Back later - have a fab day y'all.

    Muchos Amore,

    Deevs
    x x x

  • Comment number 60.

    Afternoon from a sunny little corner of the world.
    Mind you, it was roaring down with rain yesterday afternoon, never seen it so bad in ages.
    Am sat here at my desk and my Maltesers are in the fridge at home, along with my unchecked lottery ticket :-)

    Ali , hope your tootsie is a bit better today , and Annie with yours too .

    Sezza, boo to the washing mountain, that is certainly the downside to the holiday I find.

    Today is pre central heating installment day 6 , can't you just feel the weather getting hotter :-))

    Right, back on my perch, people to pay today including myself , so best get jiggy with it .

    Over and Out
    MC xxxx

  • Comment number 61.

    Greetings CLP Ma Man & ALL Blog Dudes...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Firstly a just wanted ter say a see George Micheals is getting 'is karma for crossing Bingo Star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A was waiting in the freeeeezing cold outside R2 a few years ago (a was in the area and 'eard 'e was.... A didn't go especially!!!).... Waiting ter get me album signed by George Micheals with about ten other people!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    When 'e came out we all asked could yer sign this please.....
    'e turned to us all and with a smile said "yer all e-bay merchants!!!!!!!"
    And carried on nby inter 'is limo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Since that day about 3 years ago ave NEVER played 'is album since!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Whatta way ter speak to 'is fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anyway 'ave just 'eard in the news this week many are critising 'im for using the Olympic closing gig ter open the way for 'is new single!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'ypocritc or what blog pals???????????????????????????????

    Something 'ave found so, so, so, so, so, so, many times in life something that me mother told that 'ave found out ter the single one best bit of advice that she ever told.... That am sure most reading this if yer think carefully if somebody 'as 'ad a go at yer recently yer will find out 'ow true what me mother told me is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What is it that me mother told me??????????????

    A will tell yer>>>> :

    When somebody accuses yer of something..... Nearly ALWAYS yer will find out they do this themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As is true with George Micheals.... Accuses me of stooooping low enough ter try and get an album signed just ter flog it on e-bay.... When it looks like 'e stoooped low enough ter use the Olympic gig ter flog 'is single!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Secondly..... A goot carried away with the above.... A forgotten what secondly was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Remember blog friends if somebody 'a accused yer of something that yer not..... Nearly always they are telling you something about themselves that they don't even realise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It psychological ter off load their guilt onto yersen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    They do it without even realising!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Glad te r'elp!

  • Comment number 62.

    Just remembered 'Secondly' of me first blog:

    Soz ave not been able ter blog this week but ave been upter me neck in it demolishing me ceiling in me 130 year old ne wold 'ouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Black soot EVERYWHERE.... The number one worst job and dirtiest job of renovating me whole 'ouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Basically am knocking out all the upstairs ceilings ter bang in some new joists 2 foot lower.... Ter make way for a new bedroom in me loft!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also this week 'as seen the start of:

    Bingo Star's Quest Ter Becoming An Olympic Track Cyclist Champion By 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Monday was day one so 'ere is me diary of the me aim ter rip the velodeeeeromedome ter bits......

    DAY 1 (Mondee) - Ate as much beetroot as both me mind and bowels will allow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 (beetroot the main diet for power cyclists as it 'elps the oxygen in the blood!!!!!)

    DAY 2 - (Tuesdee) - Checked out the cost of a top track cycle..... 20k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh dear oh dear..... Noot ter worry.... Build up me legs ter give MEGA power ter overcome the disadvantage of not 'aving a 20k carbon fibre light weight cycle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DAY 3 - (Wednesdee) - Saw Lucozade on BOGOF at me local supermarket..... Went mad and spend £92 on Lucozade/ cleared the shelves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DAY 4 - (Thursdee/ Terdee) - A will tell all about DAY 4 on DAY 5 as ave noot done anything yet as am still demolishing me ceiling..... Talking of which.....

    Tatty bye!

  • Comment number 63.

    Afternoon!
    A quick hi and bye from me, had a catch up and nice to see Gingembre popping by, good luck with your fun run again and look after them knees!

    have been oop north for a couple of days and can confirm MC's rain comments - it was like comedy rain as if someone up there had tipped a bucket over! Had some more of it down here today too.

    Now I'm very glad MC is getting her heating sorted next week as we need a week and weekend of warm and dry in prep for carfest, dont want a mudfest do we!

    Am looking forward to it very much but also at the same time dreading it! Havent camped for over 10 years, have a dodgy knee, ankle and as a result of them dodgy back and hate creepy crawlies! Why am I doing this!!!!

    However, my friend at work has been selected to enter a pie in pie vs cakes so will mostly be looking forward to "supporting" her when she meets a certain blue eyed baker judge.....

    Oh gosh - seen the time, should be on a conf call - ooops
    BYEEEEEEE

    debs
    x

  • Comment number 64.

    Afternoon,

    Just stopping by while I have a cuppa and a slice of cake!

    CB, Your 40's event sounds fab xx Also agree about Ryan, he is much better this time round.

    Annie, Chrissie, Sezza, MC, Thanks for the love and sympathy re the toe. I know I am being pathetic, but I don't care! It hurts, it doesn't look nice and I want it to be all about me...lol ;) xx

    Bingo, I look forward to cheering you on in Rio :) xx

    Debs, Camping is great, you'll have "such fun", as long as it's not raining, then it's not quite as much fun! Good luck to your friend in the pie vs cake contest xx

    The parentals are coming for "tea" tonight, fortunately they are bringing it with them courtesy of Mr Spencer and Mr Marks.

    Right tea break over!

    Slaters
    AliB
    xx

  • Comment number 65.

    'Lo everybody

    Came here to say hello and now can't think of anything to say!

    So, hope you're all okay and will catch up with you all soon

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 66.

    Evening each

    Just popping in to say hello.

    Lovely day in Fife today

    Deevs, sound advice to our lurkers - get back on here you lot, we're missing you.

    Ali, it'll get worse before it gets better - looking forward to updates. Not sure if the top half of my thumbnail has detached itself, I'm too scared to take the plaster off.

    Sezza, helloooooooooo

    Debs - camping - look out for the earwigs. In fact, I think you should wear a scarf round your head (1940s look).

    Bingo, good luck with the cycling.

    Have had a lovely evening with my gorgeous daughter. She thought I was a bit 'down' so arrived with flowers, chocolates, wine and a posh magazine. Love her to bits.

    xxxxx

  • Comment number 67.

    Morning all!

    Just wanted to pop on first thing to say

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEEVS!!!!!!!!!

    Hope you have a lovely day and weekend and get thoroughly spoilt!!!!!!!
    love
    debs
    x

  • Comment number 68.

    Morning!!

    Happy Birthday Divalicious Deevs xxxx. Loved the comment on FB - forty phwoarrrrr

    Hello everyone else - yes lurking when I can and commenting occasionally.

    Ali poor you with the toe x

    Oh I can't remember anything else.

    Love and stuff,
    Sus xx

  • Comment number 69.

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  • Comment number 70.

    Moring Greetings Ter ALL...

    Ali B & Annie G - Thanks a need all the luck a can geet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chezza The Diva - Wishing you a FABBY-DABBY-DOZZY OF A BIRTHDEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'ope you 'ave a great dee.... 'APPY BIRTHDEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don't get too plastered.... Talking of which ave gotta skim me wall now... gotta go....

    Chow for now!

  • Comment number 71.

    Morning everyone!

    So here it is the day that makes my mum feel older by the year ;-)

    Thanks for all the lovely messages on FB, Twitter and this 'ere blog - how fab are you lot?!? And I shall enjoy the cupcake with a cuppa later Katy!

    Well I don't know what Nic has in store for me today but he's gone to work and left me hi credit card, and said that he'll send further instructions later ..... the mind boggles, and the tummy flips!

    Oh, and he made me a bacon sandwich at 6.30 ths mrorning - that's love for ya! :-)

    Will pop back later - and thanks for the cards Debs and Lisa - really lovely.

    Deevs
    x

  • Comment number 72.

    Good morning all,

    A dampish day down here on the south coast this morning ,But I've heard that it's going to get better.

    Deev,Happy birthday to you me dear ,I hope that you have a lovely day,I wonder where you will be ending up today;-))

    Annie ,hope you're OK ,and I do hope that you are feeling up and not down ,A big {{{hug }}} if you do .And I see that you're still hanging on to that nail of yours .

    Ali, a {{{hug }}} for you too ,it's a good excuse to put your feet up and have a rest ,but did I see that you were off out to play this w/end ;-))

    Susan ,nice to see you ,and Have you got all those boxes unpacked yet??. And found yourself a dream hair dresser.

    Katy, Nice Cake ..I hope that Deev is willing to share it round later ,maybe with a cuppa.

    Hope that everyone else is OK .

    Not the last day for me as far as work ,have to go in tomorrow and prepare for bosses home coming as they have been away for the last three weeks and arrive back tomorrow evening .

    Take care all and have a good day.

    Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 73.

    Hi All

    Just popped over the fence from next door to say

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEEVS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ❤~X~❤❤~X~❤❤~X~❤❤~X~❤❤~X~❤❤~X~❤❤~X~❤❤~X~❤

    Hope you have a fantastic day, and enjoy your 'surprise'.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 74.

    XXX HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEEVS XXX

    Wow, your surprise sounds exciting, please keep us updated if you can xx Have a lovely time, your man certainly knows how to treat a woman. You are one very lucky lady (but I know you know that) xx

    Very muggy here still, but no sign of the sun!

    Slaters
    AliB
    xx

  • Comment number 75.

    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday dear Deeeeeeevski
    Happy Birthday to you

    That all sounds exciting Deevs, I wonder what Nic's instructions will be? Has he given any clues? Please keep us updated.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 76.

    Third time lucky?

    Happy Birthday Deevs. Like Maddy says do keep us updated on your birthday surprise.

    Tried twice to post yesterday - let's see if these birthday greetings get through.

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 77.

    Thanks everyone. I'm having such a lovely day - reflecting how much things have changed in the last 12 months, as per Deb's post yesterday.

    Well, The Love Of My Life has revealed all ..... I'm off to a spa hotel this afternoon, where we're booked in for the night, a meal in their excellent restaurant and an afternoon by the pool, wrapped in a fluffy robe reading "that" book until Nic arrives after work.

    Happy Happy Happy!

    :-)

    x x x

  • Comment number 78.

    Morning again:

    Sounds very exciting Deevs. I'm sure you'll enjoying the relaxing by the pool with 'that' book.

    Bit of a sad morning here on the border. A light aircraft came down last night. Two people killed - very sad. Don't know if they were flying into our airfield or leaving but they came down near where Mr PJ works south of Chester. RIP. Thoughts with their families.

    Thoughtful PJ

  • Comment number 79.

    Greetings CLP Dude & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Bingo Star's Dairy Of A Quest Ter Be An Olympic Track Cyclist Champion By 2016:

    DAY 4 (Thrusdee) - Analysis Of Me First Cycle 'ome : Lately 'ave been taking me bike on the train ter work but riding 'ome!!!!!!!! (get too sweaty when a arrive at work).... But if a wanter be a track cyclist with power and INDEED pinache AND panache.... Then from now on a NEED ter cycle both to work and back... Noot one way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So after a week were ave been unable ter take me cycle ter work due to needing ter go too B&Q for DIY 'appenings.... And the next an importan tmeeting with The Mangement (don't wanter sit there during the meeting dripping with sweat... They'd think a couldn't 'andle the 'eat of the meeting!!!!!)
    Finally Thursdee was the dee a was gonna ride to work and back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So what 'appened ter stop me riding ter work.... Torrential rain.... so a took..... The train!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A know a top champ should power redargless of the weather.... INDEED ave often cycled 'ome when it's below freezing in the winter.... But arriving for work wetter than an otter on a bicycle in the middle of the UK summer is notta good situation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A did ride 'ome and by total coincidence me cycle from work is about 6.8 miles aka 10.94km!!!!!!!!!!! 10km 0r 6.22miles being The Sprint event at the Olympics indoor veeeeelodromedome event!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So a decided ter compare mesen with the Women's sprint (just as a starter comparing with the women as the men's pace could frighten me off me bike!!!!) (the women still go nearly a squick as the men anyway!!!!!!!!!!!)
    Me record ter do the 6.8 miles is 22 minutes aka me fav number - whatta coicidence!!!!!!!

    But on this Thursdee a did it in 25 minutes.... With mostly a fairly moderate slightly coming from the left 'ead wind... And at times a direct 'ead when a altered direction slightly!!!!!!!!
    Me ride is all main roads with slight up and down 'ill all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Excellent for cycle training!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And a did the whole ride in top gear.... Forced mesen up the 'ills without dropping a gear even though it's 'ard going on the legs and lungs!!!!!! (track cycles don't 'ave any gears just a very small cog equal to a VERY top gear for maximum speed!!!!)

    Taking inter consideration about 30 seconds of me ride was spent stationary at 2 traffic lights.... a will still count it as 25 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Women's Olympic sprint they did their 10km race in 12mins 39seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That's 47.43kph or 29.48mph average!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All indoors with no wind and on the flat aka no 'ills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A did my 10.94km ride 'ome in 25minutes... which is 26.26kph or 16.32mph average!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Not bad going and considering am on a 'eavy slower mountian bike notta light weight carbon fibre bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Still a long way ter go ter get me fitness up.... But as am reasonably fit am 'alf way there already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Although a insane mountain ter climb ter get as fit and strong as the top male cyclists.... and age against me being only six months from me 40th birthdee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But age is only numbers.... Yer as old as yer feel and a feel like a 25 year old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tatty bye!

  • Comment number 80.

    PS Take a look at this BBC sport link of the sprint (click number 4 box)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/live-video/p00w321l

  • Comment number 81.

    PS ALL - A very interesting link above... Like the commentator says it's like the track cycle version of Mo Farah's 10km run that 'e won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Very similar event over the same distance... Except one is running... One power cycling!!!!!

  • Comment number 82.

    Bingo - where do you get the energy from!?!?

    PJ - that's terrible, and yes, very thought provoking. I can't imagine what their families must be going through.

    Postie's jsut been - thank you Bids and Susan for my cards.

    Randall's been collected by the kennel people, and is now off for his overnight holiday! Time to pack a bag methinks.

    Deevs
    x

  • Comment number 83.

    Afternoon ,

    Deevs, happy birthday , enjoy your day.

    MC x

  • Comment number 84.

    oooo Deevs, what a lovely surprise! Enjoy :-)

    Ali, keep forgetting to sympathise about your toe - poor you - I bet every step hurts - and I know about that!

    PJ - thought provoking indeed....

    Right off to make an omelete for lunch

    See you later!
    debs
    x

  • Comment number 85.

    Afternoon each from soggy and sunny Fife

    Soggy this morning as I travelled over the rickety bridge - water everywhere - but it's warm and sunny now.

    Bids, thank you. I'm absolutely fine, it's just life gets you down sometimes. I'm sure everyone feels like that now and then and I'm very lucky to have a loving family and friends (all of you included of course).

    PJ, how truly terrible - their poor families.

    Back later with wine. xxxxxxx

    PS: Deevs, you'll be gone by now but I do hope you're having a lovely birthday. xx

  • Comment number 86.

    ok
    its 5 oclock somewhere including the UK - had a mad mad week of it again and thinking that this time next week I'll be on my holibobs - UK styly kicked off at sogfest, so getting in the swing of it

    I declare FNWC open!

    Have a very special penguin thanks to daisy tonight, so bottoms up or bums up as Annie would say,

    off to get my tea sorted so I can sit down and put feet up and chillax into the weekend

    Have a great one everyone, whatever you are up to
    will check in tomorrow
    debs
    x

  • Comment number 87.

    Evening all!

    Happy Birthday Diva-Lady!! x x x

    Debs, Have joined you in FNWC!

    Have had a lovely day in the sunshine - eek to the red shoulders!!! - while the Dog has been at the vets for a little "procedure!"

    He's now got one of those big cones on his head and is feeling a bit sorry for himself! :-(

    I hope you're all well and have a nice weekend planned

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 88.

    Sezza, hope you've got the aftersun on those red shoulders.

    Just joined you and Debs in FNWC. Slainte. xxxxxx

  • Comment number 89.

    Didn't Chris look tanned on the One Show?

    Breaking News Ali - the nail has dropped off - at last - thank goodness, I was running out of sticking plasters.

    xxxxx

  • Comment number 90.

    Annie, I just thought he looked odd when he took his glasses off!!

    We've been listening to his first book in the car - not always comfortable with the boys but enjoying it all the same!

    After-sun on the shoulders but feeling a little bit tender I have to say!

    xxxx

  • Comment number 91.

    Morning all!
    who o why during the week do I struggle to get up - yet again on Saturday I'm in the wide awake club at 6am!

    Anyway, its good to get in first to wish

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALIB!!!!!!!!

    Hope you have a lovely day planned Ali and of course the rest of you

    Sezza - poor little Gibbs I bet he is bumping into things all over the place with his cone on LOL

    right, more juice I think
    Happy Saturday everyone
    debs
    x

  • Comment number 92.

    Hiya:

    Just catching up, as I couldn't get on the laptop yesterday - nice to see lots of comments yesterday.

    AliB: Happy Birthday To You! Hope you have a really great day, even though you still have a poorly foot. xx

    Cheryl: can't believe I missed your birthday - for years it has always been a big celebration on the blog! So, belated birthday greetings - I am sure you and Nic will have had a fantastic time yesterday. xx

    Also, Cheryl, I did laugh at what you said about my sister predicting the weather - she is never, never wrong - it's spooky!

    PJ: very sad to hear what happened with the plane. It just frightens the life out of me, sometimes, as to just how fragile life is. Just a nightmare for the families involved. xx

    Bingo: bless your cotton socks - I wish I had £20k in the bank - I would buy you that bike!

    Annie: how lovely your daughter was perceptive as to how you were feeling, and she spoiled you a bit - just what the doctor ordered. xx

    Not a lot to report from me - don't know what is on the agenda for today - lazy bones MrS is still in bed!

    Happy Saturday!

    C xx

  • Comment number 93.

    Happy Birthday Lovely AliB!!!! x x x x

    x x x x

  • Comment number 94.

    Happy birthday AliB xxx

    Just listening to Jon Holmes this morning and the wonderful Johnny Saunders was on doing the sport!! He is on again later.

    love
    Susan xx

  • Comment number 95.

    Hi all,

    just a quick pop in from me ,off to work later ,but just wanted to wish our lovely Ali a Happy birthday ,and I hope it's going well for you ali ,as I know your're off playing with your friends if I remember right .
    and I hope the toe is holding up for you .

    Hello to Debs Crissie ,and Susan. I tought that voice sounded Familiar reading the sport;-)).

    We had the grandsons last w/end and this w/end we now have the boys guinie pigs for the week while they fly off to Greece ,and one of them is none too well so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that nothing happens between now and then ,I just don't want to be the bearer of bad news .

    Was expecting it to be blazing here today but it's actualy not thankfully , I'm not complaining as I prefer it a little cooler. just need it to be dry now for all of next week so that the Carfest wont be muddy.

    Just putting my feet up for and hour before I go out so I think it's time for tea and biscuits .

    Take care all and enjoy your day.

    Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 96.

    Woo Hoo!!

    I just heard Johnny Saunders too!

    What a pleasent surprise!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 97.

    ***HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALI B***

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 98.

    Afternoon everyone ......

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AliB!


    Well what can I say - THNAK YOU all for my birthday wishes on here, FB, Twitter, texts, cards etc. If everyone who'd wished me a virtual Happy Birthday had sent a real life card, not only would the Post Office shares be worth having, but I'd be at 1k3@ now buying extra shelving!

    I had a fantastic day. After I left you lot yesterday pm, I made my way to the hotel, unpacked, donned my swimsuit and a white robe and then jsut had about 4 hours of relaxing - by the pool, in the sauna, on a heated relaxation bed, in a foot spa .... utter bliss! Nic joined me at about 6.15 and then we had a fantastic meal in the hotel restaurant (a feta salad to start, followed by monkfish in a masala sauce with Thai noodle salad and ice cream for pud. The pud menu was full of rich, indulgent stuff and also a cheese board to die for but we both just wanted some vanilla ice cream! A lovely evening, and a fab night's sleep in a very huge, very comfy bed. Breakfast in bed this morning (crumbs!) and then back home to pick Randall up form the kennels.

    The three of us have been to Blists Hill Victorian museum today and it was fab! Loads to see and do, a trip on a mine train and a real life sweets in jars shop where I succumbed to a quarter of Cinder Toffee.

    Yes, it's been a really fantastic weekend thus far. Maybe 44's not so bad after all!

    Right, not sure about dinner plans but I'm going to see if I can swing a pub meal as I've not been shopping yet and the cupboards are bare!

    Have the rest of a lovely weekend, and I'll see you on the other side.

    Deevs
    x x x

  • Comment number 99.

    Ooh, just read that back. The "three of us" is us and Nic's lad, not Randall. That would just be chaos!

    x

  • Comment number 100.

    Evening each

    Gorgeous, hot day in Fife. Pootled about in Dunfermline today with friend who is into geocaching - she found one at the Abbots House and almost found another one in the Abbey grounds - we found all the clues but then couldn't work out what they meant!

    Deevs, you're birthday sounds fab, glad you enjoyed it.

    Ali - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Hope you've had a lovely day.

    Have had lovely dinner at daughter's - the little boys are still in the garden firing gallons of water at each other.

    xxxxx

 

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