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Shorts week and a short week, who could ask for more ?

Chris Evans | 11:24 UK time, Monday, 6 April 2009

Loving it, loving it all...

...speaking to you live from Absolutelybeautifulsville here in sunny Berks.

Days like today fill your heart with all the right gold don't they ? Even if the backside of you is falling out the other end like mine is. I have picked up a stomach bug from somewhere, not a problem just a pain in the butt - literally. Corny but true, I daren't venture more than a few metres from a toilet at the mo', inconvenient and it means a mad dash to the studio later but I have a photo shoot later this week so at least it means I might look a little less lardy by Wednesday. Always look on the birght side eh ?

Our new website goes live today. That is the whole of Radio 2's new website. We will be launching it later on during our show. Think Yellow Submarine that's all I'm saying for now.

So hope you have been well, the family is rocking and the old man is a year older. What did I get for my birthday ? From my wife, a pair of slippers, honestly just what I wanted, I had no idea she had some idea ! Noah bought me some t shirts and a Ferrari book, damn that kid he's just too generous and my daughter bought me the coolest book of all - Ferrari Legends, maybe they'd had words. Every time I get a new Ferrari book it reminds me of being a kid as it's full of things I can't have. Not a bad discipline. My mum bought me a copy of Richard Madeley's book though I have no idea why and it's signed.

The most useful thing I have learnt in the fourteen days since we last chatted is that frozen bread makes far better toast than fresh bread by miiiiiiles. It's crispier and crunchier all the way through. Go try sweet children I promise you it is thus.





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  • Comment number 1.

    Well Come Back CHristophe!

    Hope you had a fantastic time away and that the wee man travelled well!

    here's hoping that you manage to make it in this arvo - we have missed you


  • Comment number 2.

    morning CLP - just you and me - we will get talked about ;-)

    Glad you ahd a great hols - even glader you are back

    Super bp x

  • Comment number 3.

    Chris great to have you back - it's just not been the same.

    But we only get you for 4 days this week, I suppose and then 4 next week? I feel cheated.
    Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Chris,

    Sorry to hear you have the squits (or as my hubby would say, a runny bottom!)
    Yes you will lose weight but it never stays off when you start eating normally again does it?

    Easter holidays have started here, kids just chilling while I attempt to clean the house, so much to do, so little time! In to Norwich tomorrow for new shoes (them not me unfortunately) and maybe a trip to the cinema if we can all agree on a film to see.

    London meet looks fab from the photos, and Bingo you're not quite what I was expecting, if you know what I mean!

    Welcome back Chris, glad you had a good birthday, my hubby turns 43 on Easter Monday and I can't wait to give him his Paolo Nutini tickets! (and lots of other goodies)

    Take care,

    Em xx

  • Comment number 5.

    Welcome back CLP....Happy days!


  • Comment number 6.

    Afternoon Chief

    Loving your "bright side of life" philosophy on the tummy bug / photo shoot situ! You will indeed go far with that attitude, Sir!

    Glad your berfday was all you wanted it to be .... can't beat a good pair of slippers. I have pink ones with my beloved Arsenal crest on them ... all the way from The Armoury.

    Other Deev news: have just booked a lovely 4-poster room at an old coaching inn in Norfolk (Gingembre will know the one to which I refer) for mine and Mr Deev's 13th wedding anniversary next month.

    Who'd have thought ... all that time eh?!?

    Right, work. Sadly. But only a 3 day week for me this week - hurrah!


    Divaski xx

  • Comment number 7.

    PS: I just did the booking. He's paying the bill!

  • Comment number 8.

    Welcome back Chris...it ain't been the same!

    Hope that the website is the only change, as there are 'rumblings' there might be other things!! Only time will tell.

    Anyhoo, get your backside in that there studio and sit by the loo!!!

    Roll on 5pm.

    Penny xx

  • Comment number 9.

    Phew! The world will be right once again today when Chris returns. The last two weeks just have not been the same. Very much looking forward to hearing Chris back on the radio :)

  • Comment number 10.

    Moring Chrissie boy . . .

    welcome back, welcome back . . .

    All grand ere in Norn Irn - over the hump of the busy period and all set for an Easter in Abu Dhabi starting on Thursday - yippee . . .

    By the way - the no. 2 tip for the best toast . . . is . . . . .

    BUTTER BOTH SIDES . . . !!!!

    DtM xx

    PS, where did you "vacation"?

  • Comment number 11.


    Many Happy Returns as well . . .

  • Comment number 12.

    Doesn't it go soggy, buttering both sides?

  • Comment number 13.

    Welcome back Chris.

    Glad you and the family had a great time but being very selfish, get back in the studio!!!!

  • Comment number 14.

    Ahh I've found the MOST perfect toastie method

    1) butter one side of bread and place on hot plate of Rayburn

    2) place filling on top and butter other slice of bread

    3) place 2nd slice ontop of fill - butter side up and flip over - wait until cheese is melted remove from heat and eat!

    YUMMM! - and no messy toastie plates to clean up


  • Comment number 15.

    Personally, for what it's worth, I toast bread then have to leave it a bit to cool down, then butter. That way you don't have soggy toast and the butter sits on the top and toast is crispy.

    Taste buds now got the better of me and off to breadbin!!!


  • Comment number 16.

    So, an All Request Thursday then?

    Welcome back Mr. Evans.

    Take care of your bum and your bum will take care of you. Don't get up too quickly from that microphone tonight.

    We don't want to have to be sponsored by Kleenex old son!!!


  • Comment number 17.

    Welcome back CLP!!!

    Glad you've had a fab break and a wonderful Birfdee. You have been missed soooooooo much! It's amazing that you got all those prezzies that were just perfik... it's like your family know you really well aint it?

    London meet looked fab! As always you looked like you had a brilliant time. Shame I had to miss it but had to celebrate my mates 50th birthday which was also fab!

    Loads of
    & Booboo

  • Comment number 18.

    Penny_For, so do I!

    Anyhoo, good to have you and your family home Christophe...may I wish you a very belated birthday?! And I've made you a cake...


    Bless Tash for looking after your poor old-man's feet! The Badger got the Top Gear annual for Christmas last, and it was his best present! I can't really start with the Ferrari malarkey...he gets the 'I wants' a bit too badly...and the main thing that he does get is the 'can't haves'...I do have to say though that you can never go wrong with a good pair of flippers or some warm glubs for birthday pressies...my foots would FRIZ without flippers.

    Bingo??? I've said it all along...BINGO BOP!!! (Yet to be seen during daylight hours...)

    Have been listening to R2 most of the day (turned JV down to a dull roar though I have to say) and hearing all your news bits...I'm assuming it's to do with the new website wot you mentioned? You big teaser!

    i am the walrus

    PS I hope your botty gets well soon and I trust young Noah had a good flight?

  • Comment number 19.

    Welcome back Big Chief, it just ain't the same without you :) And - happy birthday to ya! You got a good couple of kids there, they know you pretty well eh!

    Glad you had a good holiday, apart from picking up a tummy bug... And I agree, frozen bread does make great toast!

    Sunny and warm here too, so beautiful. The wee fella is snoring on my lap, having had banana, chocolate biscuit and carrot for lunch, washed down with a milky drink and now it's siesta time for him. Lucky thing :) If I went and fell asleep now I'd want to sleep for far longer than I know he will!

    Seen the pics of the latest meet - Bingo, phwoar blimey fella!!! And that's all I will say on that matter :)

    Looking forward to the website re-launch :)

    Take care of yourselves all xx

  • Comment number 20.

    Great to have you back Chris. I've missed you! Pleased you had a good birthday on April Fool's day.

    I hope the stomach bug doesn't last too long and that the sunshine does. I've just spent four days in sunny Berkshire and it was beautiful.

    Lots of love,

  • Comment number 21.

    Afternoon all and welcome back lovely lovely CLP, we've missed you!!!!

    Hope the botty gets better!

    T xxxx

  • Comment number 22.

    My first ever post.

    Welcome back Chris, sorry to hear you're a bit crook at the mo. Glad you had a good berfday tho.

    I've lurked here for ages and enjoyed all the banter but not some of the other stuff but hope that has gone away ............... for good.

    Take care all !!!

  • Comment number 23.

    Hooray Chris is back and no more next button.

    Welcome back Chris, you have been missed. Glad you had a good birthday and time off and sorry that you're not feeling the "Mae West" today.

    I always cook my toast from frozen, it's the only way.

    Roll on 5 O'Clock.


  • Comment number 24.

    PS.... I've had a tummy bug too.... only had your symptoms for a couple of days but have felt poorly sick on and off for over a fortnight! I thought it was just withdrawal symptoms from no drive time with you but it seems it's been "going around"... hope yours is gorn real soon!

    & Booboo

  • Comment number 25.

    Just checked out the FB piccies of the meet - looks like you had a ball! Bingo, Bingo, Bingo ... where have you been all my life???!!!!

    T xxxx

  • Comment number 26.

    Akshully have just thought. We don't have a freezer where we are now. So I couldn't toast bread from frozen anyway.

    ...and SweetPeaShe...it'd be good if it has...but I guess we'll see...

    But Christophe!!! I appear to have only wished you a very belated birthday. I did mean a very HAPPY belated birthday.

    When I'm feeling belated, I have activia

  • Comment number 27.

    Chris :)

    Great to have you back as its been so dull without you!

    Sara xx

  • Comment number 28.

    Haven't seen pictures as not on facecloth, but by all accounts Bingo, you're a bit of a babe!!

    Any singletons out there???

    Penny x

  • Comment number 29.

    Question for all those who were at the docklands meet........Does Bingo talk like he types?


  • Comment number 30.

    Good to have you back youth, try a bit of scrambled egg with your toast.
    Should firm things up for you baby.


  • Comment number 31.


    Who was listening to how he spoke...LOL

    I couldn't stay long, but I did get a hug off him, just so I could say that I've hugged The Bingo.

    Penny - I'm single and hoping :)


  • Comment number 32.

    Good morning and afternoon, from a dull and dreary Upstate NY. Terrible winds and rain over the weekend. 60 MPH gusts..... and snow in some areas and more on the way tonight..... oh well. Hopefully we won't have a white easter but who knows, we had one before..... Hope you all had a great weekend and hope you have a wonderful holiday Chris.

    Meetings, meetings, meetings for me this morning. My third one starts in about 15 minutes and it's not even 11AM.......

  • Comment number 33.

    welcome back Chris,

    I am sorry about your trouble, I do hope it clears up soon. Will they ever invent a car with a commode, no doesn't really bear thinking about does it?

    I'm really looking forward to the new Radio 2 website..... the holding page looks really funky!


  • Comment number 34.


    In reply.

    Bingo has a very softly spoken voice, with a beautiful Scouse accent.

    So no, he doesn't speak as he types. Its way, way betterer!

    Deev x x x

  • Comment number 35.

    Thank heavens you are back Christoph can listen to drivetime again now. Sorry about the poorly tum - imodium - that will sort it!

    Poor you James 3 meetings already!! Black frilly knickers today I think!!!

    Dook yes his voice is as sexy as he looks!! and Ali you left too early girl!!!!

    Beez xx

    JTT go to your room - thats disgusting!

  • Comment number 36.

    Bondy - Red Frilly Knickers!!!! nod nod wink wink!


  • Comment number 37.

    Hello Chris

    I very much enjoy drive time I am a newbie to the blog and have wanted to post for a long time but a little afraid.

    The Prof Plum character was scary. I mean I don't understand sarcastic humour and I don't think it belongs here.

    I prefer reading about sensible things like recipes, allotments, sharing and caring about virtual people.
    I don't think I could ever go to a meet but Bingo I am single and although a little large have interests in Music, Gardening, and funnily enough Bingo.

  • Comment number 38.

    LMAO Dook and Beez, you just know how to cheer a guy up. Thanks. I will be thinking of both as I am in meeting. Back after!!

  • Comment number 39.

    Welcome to the blog beverly. Keep on posting to the blog, we don't bite........

  • Comment number 40.

    Welcome back Chris,sorry you ve got a BUG
    Happy Birthday for last week , glad you had a great hoilday.Missed you on the radio..x

  • Comment number 41.

    Bingo, where are you?? Poor chap's probably scared to come on here. I'll embarrass him a bit more...

    I'm off to the milliners!!!

    Hello Bond.

    Penny xx

  • Comment number 42.

    Greetings Ter The CLP Boy And ALL Blog Friends,

    Bingo Star ere......

    CLP - Firstly can a just say welcome back dude... 'ope yuv 'ad a nice 'olidee and 'ope yer noticed all the birthdee greetings on the blog from uz all!!!!!
    Plus it waz Jono S's too.... whatta coincidence!!!!!

    Az for yer Ferrari book, got one meself, fancy doing a swap after yuv read it???? Unless we've goot the same books!!!!

    While we're on the subject of cars... whatta GP at the weekend!!!! Get's more mad by the week F1 when yuv goot rivers, sorry drivers (mind you the rain waz so bad there waz rivers across the damn circuit) like Glock thinking 'e's 1st, then second, then 3rd and poor old Lewis in the war zone again, thinking 'e waz 3rd then 5th - make 'im a stronger driver in the future though - just 'ope know, sorry now, that McLaren ave 'elped make 'im a star they're noot trying ter corrupt the dude!!!!!
    Great ter see Button winning again!!!! Lookin good for this year's championship... Button's story this year iz like a film script but in it's appening for real!!!!!!
    Won't be long though, before all the other teams copy Button's diffusser and catch up too 'is speed!!!
    Az for Fisi - man a know the ForceIndia car iz struggling again but a wish it would come good for 'im soon - gotta feeling it will.... just wish ForceIndia would get a copy of the Brawn diffusser on the car fast and it'll make the car fast... aka the back end grip better... gotta be worth at least a second per lap!!!!!

    Ok onter the BIG Blog Meet.....

    Firstly just wanted ter say am really glad a finally came ter one of the meets and glad a did!!!
    Just sorry a missed a few who 'ad ter go 'ome early!!!!
    Az for the meet, really embarressing when a arrived only ter get jumped by B's Mum wreet in front of the big screen in front of the whole pub!!!! LOL!!
    It waz great ter ave a few drinks and noot worry about driving for once and brilliant ter see LFC do it again in extra time too!!!!!
    Then off ter ave ter ave a great meal. I wouldn't ave thought ter ave spanish tapis, but great food.
    It waz the first time i'd been around the Canary Wharf area too - A very 'appening place... the bits that the bankers aven't blown yet that iz!!!!
    And managed ter get over me opposite fear of vertigo!!!
    Yeah a suffer from a VERY rare fear of tall buildings.... the vertigo opposite, when a look up at tall buildings, a feel ill..... ill!!!! So being wreet next ter the tallest building in the UK aka Canary Wharf Tower wasn't easy for me!!!!
    It all started after me shrink told me ter always keep me chin up!!!!
    A tell yer those shrinks can be dangerous messing with yer sanity aka with yer mind!!!!
    I think it waz only the ciders that kept me feet firmly on terra firma!!!!! Mind you too many ciders and a might ave ended up struggling ter me feet firmly on terra firma - know what am sayin'!!!!!
    Then near the meet end... enjoyed going ter ave a few drinks at the 'otel with Chezza, B's, Annie G and Suzie.
    As for me and Suzie, we got on really well and she took me clubbing up in central London and we 'ad a great boogie atta brill club she recommended.
    We couldn't ave timed it better too, just az we got upter dance a really good live band started playing loads of mototown 'its!!!! Really good vibe there!!!! A brilliant end to a brilliant dee!!!!!
    PS Suzie, she's goot the most beautiful dark and mysterious eyes ave ever seen!!!!!!
    Great ter meet you all and i'll defo be coming ter more meets!!!
    Such a great bunch of dudes you all are... Ave been a member of many different clubs, golf, motorsport, AA DIY meetings (that's vehicle maintenance improvement/ breakdown avoidance, noot cider over indulgence) and some people can be so pompus in these clubs but the CLP bloggers... all a great bunch... all different ages and all from so many walks of life!!!!

    CLP - Just wondering when your gonna join a bloggers meet.... Or 'ow about arranging a special guided tour of your studio/ office at R2 for all the regular bloggers so we can all meet the Drivetime team and vice versa- could be a good idea pal - know what am sayin'!!!!!

    Finally just wanted ter say a BIG thanks ter Chezza for organising it all - yer do uz all proud Chezza!!!!
    PS Loved ter wild look.... and like yer 'air!!!!!

    PPS Yer comments ere ave goot me embarrassed, me 'ead 'asn't gone big though... just bright RED!!!!!! Maybe an omen for LFC!!!!!

    Tatty Bye from Ant!!!! Aka Bingo aka Antony Keith Andrews!!!!!!

  • Comment number 43.

    42 DAMN IT...... missed the #22!!!!!!

  • Comment number 44.

    As if by magic!!


  • Comment number 45.

    Lookin' abit long me blog but a suppose it 'its most points.....

    Mind you a didn't put full aerodynamic details of Button's diffusser in me blog.....

    Ok Butto.... actually need ter go off for a jog!!!!!!


    Ant/ Bingo x (the one without a Dec)

  • Comment number 46.

    Ello Penny - yuv goot the double 22!!!!

  • Comment number 47.

    Why thank you, Bingo, kind sir.

    Pen x

  • Comment number 48.

    #34 - Chezza - Thanks for yer kind words... gives me abitta confidence ter try singing!!!!!!

    Still don't know if a can sing... but when a do a sound abit like Gary Lightbody... but from Merseyside instead of Belfast - know what am sayin'!!!!!! No???? Me too!!!!

    Better shut up!!!

    Maybe a should try singing lessons???

  • Comment number 49.

    Afternoon each..

    Only an hour to go...yay!

    And Bingo...welcome back...Glad they didnt scare you off and you had as good a time as the rest of them! Wait til i have a word with that Suzie tho....! As for Fisi..saw him heading into the gravel and thought `here we go again..` bless!

    Looking forward to hearing Chris again tonight...i know weve all said it but it does seem like more than 2 weeks that he`s been off... hope the tummy has settled enough for the show!

    Oh, and can everyone stop mentioning this 4 day week thing please...us retailers are here Fri AND Sat this week...there is no justice! But i dont begrudge any of you an extra day off.... honestly guv!

    Right, off to pack up...

    Roll on 5.05!

    mSc x

    PS - heading down to Brookland Museum in a few weeks and after a nice hotel/BnB in the surrounding area..anyone know it please?

  • Comment number 50.

    Hiya Bingo

    Ta very muchly for noticing the mane. Tis my main thing, my mane!

    Deev x

  • Comment number 51.

    Just reading back through the comments..... yer all making me too red!!!!!

    All a can say iz BIG thanks!!!!!!!

    Am outta ere!!!!

    PS Just listening ter Wrightie play the new tune by the Pussycat Dolls - the indian one from the Slumdog movie.... Ji 'ow..... MEGA TUNE!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 52.

    Sorry Bingo - can't resist a hunk - just have to cuddle!!!!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 53.

    Hello Chris,

    Lovely to have you back - hope your tummy is better soon xx

    Bingo - Hello ;o) xx

    Mary xx

  • Comment number 54.


    I did warn you when I texted you earlier ..... Fan Club ... see!!

    Deev x

  • Comment number 55.

    Well Bingo, you certainly seem to have your own fan club on here! You're going to love this, but before I saw the pictures I thought you were female!! Don't know why!

    Kids have already fallen out, so one is playing out with friends and younger one has a friend round to play (he's 9 and his friend is an 11 year old girl!). He says he wishes he'd never been born so he wouldn't have a brother! sorry, just realised been gettin a bit carried away with exclamation marks!!!!

    Defo think we should have an East Anglian meet now guys, as long as Bingo comes along (to keep all the girlies happy!)

    Em xx

  • Comment number 56.

    emma, I could coincide the meet with a visit to my folks as they live in that neck of the woods.....

  • Comment number 57.


    Definitely need a Stanglia meet - there's enough of us. Do you fancy doing to organising? I can't keep doing 'em - I'll get a reputation!!

    Deev x x x

  • Comment number 58.

    Oooooo! a blog meet with an over seaser! that would be cool!

    unfortunately Me is a shy duck and not likely to attend any meets - but do like the photos on FB - word of advice/suggestion - blog names would be helpfull in identifying attendees.

    Ho hum half four.... oh 16:31 now!


    whoops forgot to hit post so it is now 16:35 ;@)

  • Comment number 59.

    nice to see ya back chrissie...

    ever wondered ?

    frozed bread, now the squirts....

    old chinese proverb say man who eat toast from frozen bread, run faster to tiolet that man who diddnt.

    enjoy the show


  • Comment number 60.

    Bond- at a meet! That would be fab! International bloggers convention... have you got plans to visit the folks soon?


  • Comment number 61.

    Em - Deev -
    Do they have tilty trains going to your neck of the woods? Got hooked now - and I also get to avoid bashing my car in car parks - ooops - the pillar moved - I swear it did!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 62.

    hi lyndy, no plans yet, but may be over during the xmas hols..... time to see the folks. I haven't been home for ages!! I think I owe you a pint.

  • Comment number 63.

    Welcome back fella me lad ! Soz to hear youve got the runny bummy. Stick a cork in it and get to the studio ASAP !!!!!

    (failing that, sit on one of Noahs nappies!)

    Jobs a good-un, problem sorted.

    off to see the photos on f-book of the london meet.

    Take care all,

    Gill ~ The Wigan Lass

  • Comment number 64.

    Ctd..... it's too late.....LOL

  • Comment number 65.

    OHHHH! That Lonestar - Brian Adams rip off song is on where is the MUTE - where is IT? Ahhh there it is - phew!

    quack - ruffling the feathers back down

  • Comment number 66.

    Mary - your hello to Bingo - was it said in a kind of Leslie Phillips kind of a way?? ;-)

    Bingo, we're forming a not so orderly queue for you :-))

    Ooh, not long now, lets hope the Chrismeister has managed to get to the studio without any mishaps!!

    T xxxx

  • Comment number 67.

    Ah, Scoob, we've just been running some courses...and there was a chap from Brooklands Museum on two of them...ergo, I have a personal contact...he he he...

    I'll arst him for you if there is anywhere suitable for you to park your caboose and let you know! (have just called him and left a message...watch this space)

    Ah, Bingo...you've only bin and gorn and dunnit nar...bless you!

    philipewaa...wise worms indeed

  • Comment number 68.

    Oh go on Cheryl, you do it so well! Seriously though, I'm the sort of person who, if I organised it and no-one came that would probably tip me over the edge! I'm not the most confident girlie in the world. We'll see.....

    Another girl has just arrived at the house!

    Em xx

  • Comment number 69.

    Hazel - perhaps that's what Chris has got!!! Eurgh!

    Out with the spot on!

    Quack :-)

  • Comment number 70.

    Hi all,
    checked your piccies on Fb, looks like all had a great time, I really will get round to bunging a pic of me on there, it's just that Fb seems to totally knacker my old 'pooter, must get me a new one - once I get me a job - does all of yours run on steam?
    I thought it would be better once I had installed the hamster and wheel attatchment, it must wake up from hibernation soon!

    Thanks for good wishes all, I really should have left the hoover alone, never mind, bit sorer but tidy, oh a glass of red liquid has just appeared (sp) all's well that ends well!!

  • Comment number 71.

    I know - upgrade to a gerbil (think they're faster)

  • Comment number 72.

    em - I arranged a meet and no-one came - trust me - its not the worst thing that can happen and at least me and Mr bp got to see the Mulberry

    Super bp x

  • Comment number 73.

    oh - and Bingo - sorry I had to run away shortly after you ahd turned up - would have liked the oppotunity to talk to you more but the train awaited - maybe next time? Us capricirns need to stick together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Super bp x

  • Comment number 74.

    Tinsel - it's said in the kind of way that will get me to the front of this ever growing queue!

    Speaking of good looking guys - Sunday evening wasn't the same without Monty!

    Mary xx

  • Comment number 75.

    Beez - you didn't, did you?? Not the brand spangly new shiny car???

  • Comment number 76.

    Mary, you're right. I did watch him again on Sat though!! And I've got the book now so I can gaze longingly ... Sad, moi?????

    Ah well, off to lie on the sofa and listen to the rest of the show. have great evenings all.

    T xxxx

  • Comment number 77.

    Jumpin - no it was the old one "luckily" ???? Brum meet - Mail Box car park - Just didn't get as much for it when it was traded in the following week for the sparkly new one which btw is bigger !!!! Oh My !!! Got to be careful this one doesn't get a white - watch where you are going - stripe down the side!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 78.

    Bagpuss - sorry, didn't realise! At least you had Mr BP with you. There's no way I'd get Mr M to come with me (unless I didn't tell him you were all going to be there!) The sort of person I am it WOULD be the worst that can happen, Bingo's probably got an astrological theory about it (I'm a Sagittarian).

    Just been contacted by an old school friend on FB, she's lovely but I feel really nervous, god knows why!

    Em xx

  • Comment number 79.

    Mr bp always comes with me in case you are axe murderers - well you never know

  • Comment number 80.

    James I'll look forward to it x

    Seems the big news is indeed the re-launch of the web-site... wonder if the blog will be the same?

    Oooooh David Tenant on Saturday.... I may be in heaven (swooning!).... ahhhhh xx


  • Comment number 81.

    Em- I think us sagi's must have a bit of a nervous thing underneath... I have to put my brave head on to meet new people but can vouch for the bloggers being a really friendly bunch xx

  • Comment number 82.

    CLP Q: "when do you know hat something is afoot"

    Deev A: "when its at the end of a leg"


    Deev xxxx

  • Comment number 83.

    Welcome back Chris - hope a relaxing time has been had by all of you..

    Evening All,

    The London meet looked/sounded like fun....and I have to add my phwoar to everyone else's.....
    sorry Bingo, but such a nice surprise...not at all the face I had in my head!!

    How's everybody doing?.......


  • Comment number 84.

    I know I'm way too late in the day, but just want to say - Chris, welcome back!
    Even though I won't hear you at all this week, it's just nice knowing you are back!

    I have had one of those really rubbish days, no real reason for feeling so bad, but I am just glad it's almost home time.

    The only thing that has managed to get me through this day is looking at the photos of Bingo! Gorgeous! I bet you girls must have just about fainted when he walked in!

    Hiya Bingo!

    C xx

  • Comment number 85.

    It's like a breath of fresh air listening to Chris, he's so vibrant!! I feel energised.

    Is it just me?

    Penny x

  • Comment number 86.

    Wey hey, Chris, it is so good to hear your voice again! Welcome back, and the same to all the bloggers, it's really good to see you again.

    Glad the meet went well,

    A x

  • Comment number 87.

    Penny, I'm def with u re: energy levels. It sounds sooo good to have Drivetime back as it should be!
    So nice to see positive vibe back on blog too, been lurking & waiting..let's forget the last 2 weeks and keep it up, up, up!

  • Comment number 88.

    Sooooooooooo good to have you back. Cooking has not been the same without you on radio.

  • Comment number 89.

    Super Bagpuss - maybe Mr M is hoping you will all be axe murderers, that's why he wants me to go on my own!

    Lyndy - When I first meet people I come across as confident but I'm a bit of a wreck really! Never think anyone will like me. Really would love to meet you all, and hope I will soon xx

    New website looks cool but glad blog hasn't changed.

    Em xx

  • Comment number 90.

    I dont know about the rest of the male bloggers but all these comments about Bingo have made me feel quite inadequate.

    Daren't go to a meet in case I dont live up to his high standards ;-)

  • Comment number 91.

    Hi Chris,
    Soooooooooo glad to have you back! Loving the new web site.
    Wendyp xx

  • Comment number 92.

    LOL Thunder..... I am going to send a body double in my place.....LOL Hmmm I wonder who I could get.....

    Like the new website....very reto

  • Comment number 93.

    Aint it just great to have the maestro back, the wine tastes better and all,s well with the world.
    Bingo baby I will be having a word with the virtual missus, embarrasing a 6 foot 5 scouser in a full pub in front of the big screen, LoL x


  • Comment number 94.

    Loving the new brighter looking website Chris and hope you had a great birthday!

  • Comment number 95.

    Hello everyone, welcome back CLP hope you had a fabby holiday and a super duper birthday, what a clever wife you have, knowing excatly what you wanted as a present!

    It's Friday today in my world so looking forward to a couple of days of shopping (for an outfit for a hen night on thurs) and baking!

    Looks like you all had a fab time at the Docklands meet... and Bingo! The most eligible batchelor on the blog methinks... and he's a scouser too! Who could ask for more


    PS AF and Annie- I saw amongst the post over the weekend you were talking about something available to buy in Valvona and Crolla? Well said shop is a mere 5 mins walk from my humble abode so if you are needing something and they don't do mail order I can get it for you and post it?

  • Comment number 96.

    Well, OH, I have to admit, I didn't hear the show tonight - I was all 'Oh great CLP is back then the phone rang at 10 past 5,
    the man's boss saying he was no longer required!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OH my god he's ben mad repugnante (sp)
    don't care about spelling - with me out of work as well - what the hell are we oing to do!
    Sorry didn't mean to bring a downer, but - hey ho that's the way it goes.

  • Comment number 97.

    Not mad - I,meant made

  • Comment number 98.

    Ok, I've been lurking for months now, so time for a first post...

    So glad to have Chris back, have just changed cars, and haven't sorted out the CD's yet, so had to listen to Mayo, who I used to like, but now find a bit bland.

    Nicki - sorry to hear your news

    The weird pub in Beaconsfield, can just about picture where it is, my Nan lived there and I was brought (dragged) up in HW, Lady Verney, now extinct, sadly.

    Now in the North West, and not looking back :)


  • Comment number 99.

    Hello again.

    I would not worry guys it's the heart that is the face of the soul. I don't know what anyone looks like but the face tells you an awful lot.
    Nicki Noo sorry to hear about the work situation. Hope a silver lining is around the corner.

    I am off to Bingo now with my friend wish us luck.

  • Comment number 100.

    Dear Chris , you made a really good misstake last month , so I thought you might like to see some more -

    from Stephen


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