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Bath Anyone?

Chris Evans | 10:22 UK time, Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Bath time with Jonny, my new Wednesday pastime. Off for a spot of bob skeleton as our Sporting Challenge No. 14.

If you'd have told me I'd be doing this when I was in junior school, staring out of the window and wondering what to do with my life, I would have sent for the men in white coats to take you away.

I love Bath - fabulous cafes and shops, one of the best hotels in the world and stunning architecture. It seems a crime to be going there for just a few hours. I wanna stay !

Head first, here we go, on the bob but without the snow.

Will tweet pics later @achrisevans.

Have a good one fine people.





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  • Comment number 1.


    Beez xx

  • Comment number 2.

    Yay !! Have a good time in Bath you two. Not been there since I was 22 and don't have very good memories of it !! Perhaps time I re-visited and changed my mind.

    It only went and rained this morning - told you the sky was grey ! Now sunny as you like.

    Right - work head on now.....

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 3.

    only been to Bath once - they tried to charge us to enter a park - never again!

    Can't ahve a bath at the moment as the taps are broken and its outseide Mr bp's knowledge base - tried unscrewing it and hitting it and didn't work! Luckily we have a shower!

  • Comment number 4.

    I've always fancied a trip to Bath. One day praps ......

    Enjoy the bob sleigh CLP - await the pics of the head to toe lycra body suit!!


  • Comment number 5.

    Morning All,

    Chris - You are bonkers doing this challenge IMO, though Bath is a fine city. Did a trip of the baths many years ago and tasted the water - disgusting - almost threw up!
    It's supposed to be sunny here today but it's straining to get through. Weeding day today - exciting huh!
    Come on you Scholars!!


  • Comment number 6.

    Dont you just hate it when it is straining to get through?

    Its pretty much the same here.

    Now then we had a debate about Bath a couple of weeks ago.

    I say its definitely Barf.

    Debs totally disagrees with me and says it is Baff!

    Any other opinions on this?


  • Comment number 7.

    Barth ..... off for a shower now

    (see what i did there?!?)


  • Comment number 8.

    Shrroosbury or shrowsbury?


  • Comment number 9.

    Theres a village in North Devon spelt Woolfardisworthy, how do you think they pronounce that?


  • Comment number 10.

    Hope you both do ok on your challenge - rather you than me. I have never been to Bath but know someone who lives there. The sun is shining here in Sussex.

  • Comment number 11.

    Cholmondely (sp?) in Cheshire, there's another!


  • Comment number 12.

    Milngavie is another one.


    (milnguy for anyone who doesn't know)

  • Comment number 13.

    Hello Christophe Lambie Pie and all Bloggers.

    They're coming to take me away ha ha. You can send for the men in white coats for me Chris. I used to look out of the window wondering what to do with my life, now I do the same wondering what I did with my life!

    Bath is a place I've never been to but would love to go, I love historical places.

    Have fun with the bob skeleton Chris and Jonny. I used to do this in Central Park (not NY)

    Hope everyones well.


  • Comment number 14.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 15.

    for anyone other then cathmel

    chesham bois!

  • Comment number 16.

    PS CLP - Love Bath too.... one of the most charismatic cities in the UK!!!!!!!!
    A love the journey by train from Paddington... a IC 125 blast and only just over an 'our ter get there!!!!!!

    PS Last year a realised an all time ambition of mine.... a stayed overnight in Bath and 'ad a bath!!!!!!!!
    Yes a bath in Bath!!!!!!!

    Also met me once fav blogger there & 'ad a very nice evening out!!!!!

    A 100% agree CLP.... great city!!!!!!

    Like a mini York.... aka me fav city in the UK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CLP - Ave yer tryed York????? It's mega... a remember turning up there ter the annual BIG TVR owners club meeting.... in a Lotus!!!!!


  • Comment number 17.

    Cholmondeley in Cheshire is Chumley. I know the Bois one as well, as I used to live quite near there, have no idea on the Devon one, and no time to cheat!

    I've been to Bath once on a course, but didn't see much of it. It'd be nice to go again, but not to go bob-sleighing!

    Shouldn't be here....

    JG x

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi Chris: good luck to you and Jonny for this week's challenge - you guys are really living on the edge!

    Bath is on my "places to visit" list - it looks beautiful.

    Marjie: funnily enough, just this morning I said to my husband "I honestly feel I have done absolutely nothing with my life" but then he reminded me of the fact that our daughter exists, we have had wonderful holidays together, and in general just a really blessed life. But, I still would have loved to work in "continuity" on telly and in movies, instead of typing for a living!

    Pronunciation: Ms Love informed me that Portsmouth is pronounced Portsmoo (I think!).

    Dreamer (from the previous blog): yes, I know just the likes of that wee wumman! However, she must be doing alright if she can afford Burberry for her dog!

    Hope everyone else is ok.

    C xx

  • Comment number 19.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 20.

    Dozymac - Sorry ter 'ear about yer boiler blowing!!!!!!!!

    Glad ter 'ear yer a cat lover & they are safe!!!!!!

    A like cats alot too!!!!!!!!!

    Am off ter the golf range... a think... then London on the train later!!!!!


  • Comment number 21.


    You are absolutely right. I think we probably all look back and think we could have done more all of us have good and bad in our lives. You sound a lot like me, I have a lot to be thankful for, a nice home, a son to be proud of and, funnily enough, since my health deteriorated, complete peace of mind. This is because I,m no longer restless and always thinking that I should be doing something more exciting.

    Take care


  • Comment number 22.

    I see my first blog again has been removed.

    Don't know why as it's not been written differently from the later ones & it contains nothing nasty.

    All I wrote was abit a fun banter regarding CLP/ Jonny's bob skeleton trip & a good luck message for them!

    Then a wrote about my good news that last night I got my GCSE maths exam results for my March & got a A & B grade!

    Why am I suddenly being singled out by the blog moderators?

    Is somebody continually complaining about my posts - trying to ruin my enjoyment of the blog?

    I don't understand why after four years of blogging suddenly my blogs keep getting removed when I am only writing nice things & joining in in CLP's blog!

  • Comment number 23.

    PS I've put a copy of my moderated blog on FB!

    Again if any can find anything wrong with it please tell me!

    And if i'm not welcome here anymore, please either CLP or the moderators tell me & as much as it will really, really sadden me I will stop blogging.

    Looks like the person who set out to destroy me... has done it!

    Hope it's given her ego a big boost!

  • Comment number 24.

    Thanks Bingo, I am pathetic when it comes to my cats, I am so neurotic about them disappearing, we live in the country, nowhere near any main roads but whenever anyone visits I check their cars to make sure they don't have any stowaways.



  • Comment number 25.

    Andy & Ali thanks for the meaning of BFIWWW!

    Ali - have a great lunch and what is a graze box??

    Sun still shining here!

    Been to Bath once - lovely place from what I can remember!!

    AS x

  • Comment number 26.

    Oh no, my last post makes me sound a bit SK doesn't it?, I'm equally as neurotic about the dogs and horses but it's a bit more difficult for a horse to sneak into someone's boot!


  • Comment number 27.

    Marjie: there is no doubt that the most important thing in life is our health. I am sorry to hear that you have health problems, but I hope you are ok. And of course I agree with you - there is such a lot to be thankful for - whenever I feel sorry for myself, I try to remember that.

    Thanks for your lovely reply.

    C xx

  • Comment number 28.

    Bingo - well done for your GCSE marks- trains here you come!

    Dozy - as long as I see (and cuddle) my three cats daily I'm pretty lax with them, in a love them but they want to be outside playing kind of way.

    Saffy has managed to get herself locked in next doors shed and the attic so we always go looking for her if shes not seen in the morning and when I get home!

    I also think that I have a very charmed life but forget sometimes, I have a job I like sometimes and challenges me, a hubby, a house and we are not on the breadline.

    But its the if onlys that get to me too - and the big one which cannot be talked about does get me down a lot at the moment!

  • Comment number 29.

    Afternoon all

    I went to Bath (deffo pronounced Barth) some time ago - to give you a clue Culture Club's first single was in the charts and we were all at the is he/isn't he stage with Boy George. The only reason I remember that was that it was also the time when video screens had recently been introduced into night clubs and bars - and the main thing I remember about that weekend is going to a bar with such screens (a first for me).

    I'm now back at work, feeling a bit wooly headed but catching up slowly.

    Thought I would put a bit of a travelogue together for the blog (in instalments but nowhere near as comprehensive as Bingo's).

    Part 1 (getting to the cruise)

    We left home on 8th April to stay overnight in a hotel near to Heathrow - for me that is when the holiday started. The hotel that we had found was quite small (only 47 rooms) and the price included parking for up to 15 days (just as well as it turned out). The situation of the hotel was delightful being set in about 5 acres of woodland - we saw some Munjac (sp) deer out of the window of our room.

    Next morning was a leisurely transfer to Heathrow where we were due to take off at 12.50pm - 4 hours later we were still sitting on the plane on the stand, the airline had had a computer failure and were not able to load any baggage or food until the weight ratio had been calculated. 3 hours in, they offered us orange juice or water and decided to switch on the entertainment system......

    This of course meant that arrival in Shanghai was delayed and the first day was spent catching up on sleep. We had met a couple of other people who were going on the same cruise and discovered that our transfer had been booked for a time that would have meant that we would have had to wait for quite some time at the cruise terminal - frantic phone calls to the travel agent did not produce any change in the time, so we thought we would wing it the next day and if necessary take a taxi to the port. We also tried to suss out how to get to the GP on our return but it turned out that the tickets would have been extortionate (it would have been cheaper to buy 3 day tickets before we left and just used the last day).

    After a meal and a few drinks we went to repack and sleep for the night.

    The following morning our original transfer car arrived on schedule and after 20 minutes was finally persuaded to leave without us. After breakfast we waited for our travelling companion's transfer to see if they could fit us in (they had transfers booked with the same company). Again after a lot of bowing and smiling we were able to share their minibus (there were 3 of them and 2 of us - loads of room)....

    On arrival at the port - more forms to fill in (we had already had to do this on the plane) and finally got on to the ship after the OH had to give the authorities his lighters - beware any travellers, you cannot take lighters through security at any port or airport in China, as you can't pack them either it is quite awkward until you can get a replacement. Especially as the cruise company did not sell them either - their answer was 'ask a member of staff' - all very good unless you want a ciggie at 3.00 in the morning....... We were able to buy one when we got to Japan on day 3 though.

    Part 2 to follow tomorrow.


    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 30.

    Bingo can't comment on FB as not friends but your blogs always have seemed ok to me - your opinion on life and things! Please don't get downhearted. BIG congratulations on your GSCE results - well done you!

    Enjoy the golf range - am off there this evening to practice my swing & grip :) :)

    AS x

  • Comment number 31.

    Bingo: just had to pop in to say congratulations to you! Really, really well done!

    This business of being moderated must be driving you crazy. Have you contacted the moderators? What do they have to say about this? Your comments on the blog are always funny and amusing, so I really don't know what is going on. I will just ask - have you read the previous blog? There are a couple of messages there for you - quite late last night - I don't know whether they will help.

    mtd: Wow! What a trip you have had - and we've only just begun! Look forward to Part 2 tomorrow!

    Gail: I completely understand about your cats. I have talked in the past about my lovely wee cat Toots. We had to leave him in America 30 years ago, so he must be long gone, but last Saturday night, MrS and I talked about him for about two hours! Hope your boiler has been fixed - I can't survive without heating and hot water!

    C xx

  • Comment number 32.

    Hello Everybody Peeps,

    Been lurking whilst troughing today. Just a few quick comments,

    CLP & JSS - you pair of mental mentalists - what are you thinking about blimmin' bob-sleighs - good luck anyway and try to have fun.

    Btw CLP - loved the mystery guest today - what a lovely interview.

    Bingo - i like your posts - find them quite amusing - I don't know what's up with the mods - perhaps it's the way you write them!?! Anyhoo, many congratulations on the GCSE results - that's fantastic news. Keep your chin up!

    Count your blessings comments - I agree, it's easy to feel you haven't achieved much in life but when you think about it there's always a lot to feel blessed about.

    Place names - I love these - there is a place in Fife which is spelled Kilconquhar and pronounced Kinnuchar (the ch being the same as in loch).

    Gail - I hope your boiler is sorted soon. Phase 1 of fixing my heating system begins on Friday. It's going to be a long slow process as there are so many things wrong with it. We limped quite badly through the worst of the weather with no central heating and a couple of electric fires. Electricity direct debit has gone up by £70 per month! Hey ho - just thankful I'm able to pay it. the one big blessing through it all was that we had hot water. Hope the cats will be okay.

    MTD - I will be logging in regulary to catch up on your travel-blog - do you see what I did there? Sounds like you'll have lots of stories to tell.

    Auntie Sandy - Good luck with your grip and swing practice.

    Well I'd better get back to the grind. Nothing to report from Lincolnshire. A brief weather update - it's a bit breezy and overcast but at least it's dry.

    Nic - when you're finished weeding, would you like a visit to Lincolnshire - I'm struggling to get time to weed the garden / cut the grass? I hope you and Deevs are okay - still got everything crossed for you both on the jobs front.

    Btw and talking about having all things crossed, any word on CSN's other daughter's baby's arrival? Sorry peeps been so busy lately haven't had time to catch up.

    Enjoy the rest of the afternoon whatever you're doing.

    Cheerio for now,


  • Comment number 33.

    Afternoon blogpeeps!

    I once had an interview in Bath for a job as a ride-on tractor mower salesperson. I got the job but decided I couldn't afford to move to Bath so didn't take it up. I just remember it being a really beautiful place in a valley... and a bit of a bugger to get into (traffic "sigh").

    Hope everyone is having a fab day.

    Baby-man (now 6months old!) & Booboo (now getting food thrown at her)

  • Comment number 34.

    Afternoon all

    Bingo - I've commented on fb re the moderation, can only think its cos you mention that drink that gives you wings. I think its a spiral unfortunately the more you get modded, the closer they look and you don't get the benefit of the doubt that other posts would.

    Don't stop posting as this blog would be worse for your loss, even if we do have to wait for your pearls of wisdom to come through.

    Nic - if you're working north after Gaily's Lincolnshire, I could use two 'willing' helpers on the allotment! ;)

    (Who definitely isn't here)

  • Comment number 35.

    Never been to Bath CLP - one of the places on my list though. Good luck with the challenge and looking forward to the video of this one.

    MTD - really enjoyed reading your travelogue, looking forward to the next installment. Sounds like it was quite a trip.

    Darce x

  • Comment number 36.

    Woolzery MTF?

  • Comment number 37.

    Hi Andy, Long time no 'speak' - how're your beautiful babies doing?

    Forgot to say previously, I haven't been to Bath either but think it's definitely a place to visit. Not sure I could take the waters tho' Nic -the smell would put me off.

    Toodle-oo for noo


  • Comment number 38.

    Andy - if your about - what the hell is a P14 or a P38(S) - I need to include them with the P35 but don't know what they are?

  • Comment number 39.

    My fav place name in Somerset is Huish Episcopi. Trying saying that after a couple of ziders! I've been to Bath many times, it's a beautiful place and the view from the approach by train is stunning.

    Ta ta Lin x

  • Comment number 40.

    Bingo I'm sorry, I've tried to keep out of this and let you work things out for yourself but I feel I have to say something.

    The reason you are being moderated, it seems to me, is for your own good as much as for any other reason. As you say yourself, you were not in a good place some months ago, and sharing your feelings in such a public place was never going to be positive for you, or indeed, for the spirit of the blog. And hence you are being 'supported' by the moderators.

    My views are exactly the same today as they were on the day I met you in Liverpool, in an attempt to try to help, lift and support you in your hour of need. In other words, that no-one is out to "get" you, destroy you or even impede you. You were, and are, like the rest of us in experiencing good and bad fortune in life. The trick is to become more self-aware, so that we can recognise unhelpful thoughts and patterns for what they are, and not to blame others for our negative experiences in life.

    Now, sometimes, we feel so overwhelmed by these negative patterns and thoughts that we need some help, and there's nothing to be ashamed of in asking for it, from friends, colleagues..or even professionals. And I thought you were, indeed, completely overwhelmed, and low in energy and spirit. Luckily, there were, and still are, so many of our lovely, sweet bloggers willing, nay eager, to join me in trying buoy you up and help in any way they could. You are lucky, my friend. You have friends. Lovely ones. Ones who genuinely care and want to help. You can, and should, repay this kindness by moving forward, away from the victim personality and embracing the poweful one which has everyone laughing and waiting for the next instalment.

    Your travel blogs recently have been amazing. Funny, enlightening, interesting... I'm sure you felt brilliant when you'd written them and had the response you did to them. Pick up that ball and run with it, sunshine. That's something unique and priceless that you CAN do, and it will breed the positivity you desperately need.

    Stop protesting about being a "nice" person. We can all read between the lines and make up our own minds about whether each and every one of us is "nice". And, speaking personally, I never waste my time around people who are NOT "nice". Life is too short, and mine, in particular, is too precious to waste on those who have a toxic effect upon my spirit.

    You have a fantastic opportunity here to turn things around for yourself. But you need to acknowledge that you are being supported. And do you know what, maybe that apology would be a good thing. No buts, just an apology. That little unconditional word, Sorry, is one of the most powerful and healing in the English language. But you have to mean it. Saying sorry is never a sign of weakness, but rather of strength, compassion and intelligence. And in healing others with that one little word, you will strengthen yourself and become that Nice person that you want to be. Trust me.

    I hope you know I'm sending this with love and warm wishes. And not just to you, but to anyone else feeling that life is conspiring against them. The Universe often throws up extraordinary circumstances just at the point when we feel we can't deal with any more. And hence the saying, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

    I wish you well, as always, my friend. Good luck to you.


  • Comment number 41.

    What a beautiful post Clodagh, thank you!



  • Comment number 42.

    I echo Gail's sentiments. I hope Bingo takes them in the spirit they are intended.


  • Comment number 43.

    clodagh - beautiful words

    and can I add that sometimes it may feel that someone is against you, but actually it might be something in there life that has nothing to do with you, I constantly have to remind myself I'm not that important and people do have other things going on.

    now any help with P14s?

  • Comment number 44.

    Well said Clodagh.

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 45.

    Now then, Bath. LOVE it, beautiful city. Was only there myself some months ago doing a spot of retail recreation, tea an' crumpets in the galleries, cultural enlightenment in the Pump Rooms an' gettin' squiffy an' philosophical in one of the posher hostelries.

    Can't wait to see yous an' Johnny hurtlin' down a precipice on the aul tin tray, Christoff. Am in a bit of a mad jealous rage, actually. An' funny enough, it was en route back from the Bath Sevens that the Rugger-Bugger Brother-Outlaw decreed that no-one should be allowed to sleep on the coach until safely back in Wigan, and anyone showin' signs of glazin' over or noddin' was revived in spectacular style with a sharp bash on the head with the tin tray.



  • Comment number 46.

    Hi All,

    Have been lurking alot, but felt compelled to say what a thoughtful post, Clodagh. You do say some sensible things (sometimes!!!.. )But I do love your mad posts too, especially the banter with Rips!

    Bingo- those maths results are amazing, not only did you pass but did so with flying colours! You really should think about taking it further, A level perhaps? Well done, bet you're 'reet proud'

    Chris, hope the challenge went well without injury. I love a bath, especially if I have time to read in the bath. Only problem is, if the book is too engrossing, the water gets cold and my feet look like prunes!

    Have a date with the ironing board now, shouldn't think it will be too exciting!

    Mme Poulet x (aka Mcw) Fancied a change of name as I am not always mad, sometimes I can be quite sensible!

  • Comment number 47.

    Forgot to say, welcome back mtd!

  • Comment number 48.

    Ah thanks everyone.

    Btw Baggy. You should have your parcel by 1pm tomorrow. I do hope you like it; if you hate it, though, I shan't be offended, and I've made sure everything can be unpicked without destroying the Weapon Of Mass Destruction, and you will be able to wear it afterwards. I've eschewed the use of too many sequins or feathers, though, as sequins + feathers + sweat is never a happy combination...


  • Comment number 49.


    Just popped in.

    The P14 is the record of wages tax and NIC for each employee and will be sent with the P35 automatically by Sage payroll. P38(S) is for if you pay any students working in their holidays for you, as its a declaration that they won't earn enough to pay tax.

    Therefore on the software you should answer yes taht you've included all the P14's (as presumably you've included all the employees you've paid this year) and no if you don't need a P38.

    Hope that's clear if not message me on FB.


  • Comment number 50.

    'Lo everybody

    Clodagh, well said as usual, you have such a skill of putting thoughts into words. whather happy or sad, serious or frivolous. How's the novel coming on? Got that editor yet?

    Bingo, Big congrats on the maths results. You must be really chuffed that all your hard work has paid off.

    Bonjour Madame Poulet!('v')

    MTD, Enjoyed your first report, look forward to the next

    Can I just ask for a fingers crossed for us for a little while? Won't say anymore now but ...........

    Seza xx

    btw Happisburgh on the Norfolk Coast! Another not said how it looks.

  • Comment number 51.

    Afternoon All,

    Bingo - Clodagh is right (as usual!...lol).
    Gardening now all done - didn't let Deevs have lunch until it was done and no, to those who have asked can I come and do their gardening. I only do it about twice a year and that's 2 times too many!


    And its Bath btw, because as far as I can see there is no "r" in Bath! There is however, sometimes a silent "p" in bath!

  • Comment number 52.

    Seza - Haysbra!

    Clodagh, lovely words as ever. You really are a tower and strength on this ere blog.

    Bingo - listen to auntie Clodagh - you know it makes sense, and WELL DONE on the maths results. Look to the future and don't swell on the past - go you!!

    So, garden almost weeded - just a bit of digging and raking to go.

    Amore, in spades!


  • Comment number 53.

    #51 Bally tyrant!!! x

  • Comment number 54.

    Clodagh: I know I am much too late - but what a great post to Bingo. You are so wise and just say the right thing at the right time. xx

    Bingo: we love you!

    C xx

  • Comment number 55.

    Never mind that Carling chap as correspondent, what about Clodagh as CLP's agony aunt!

  • Comment number 56.

    GailyB - thanks, need all the good luck I can get being a newcomer to the game of golf!

    Clodagh / Baggy - am sure the costume will be fab, looking forward to seeing pics somehow and somewhere!

    Seza - fingers crossed here :)

    MTD - great travel journey, here's to the next instalment....!

    Mme Poulet (sounds like a Wombles character) enjoy the hot date!

    AS x

  • Comment number 57.

    My fingers are crossed too
    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 58.

    Clodagh, as the others have said, great post!

    Bingo, excellent results, well done you!

    AS - I have been supposedly learning to play golf since being given some clubs for C-word 2008, but never quite find the time to go to the range - especially as Mr JG's supposed to be teaching me, and always seems to be working :( I would go alone, but wouldn't know how to correct what I'm doing wrong, maybe I should consider forking out for lessons.

    JG x

  • Comment number 59.


    I've read your post twice,each time with tears in eyes.

    I just want to say two words. "Thank you"


  • Comment number 60.

    Afternoon Each,

    Clodagh, Wise words as ever xx I agree with Seza #50 you always say exactly the right thing.

    Had a nice lunch with my BFITWWW, as I hardly ever go out to lunch it was a nice treat, especially as she paid :)

    There are a lot of things that I don't have that I wish I had, but I have to remind myself that I am very blessed and maybe I shouldn't have the things I want as I might not be the person that I am. (If that makes sense!)

    You all know about my obession with Sandra Bullock, well some good news. She has adopted a little boy, despite everything that has been going on recently she has managed to keep this quite, she is also divorceing Jessie James...phew. I am all for adoption, and this little boy is from New Orleans so not the usual celebrity thing of adopting from outside the country - go Sandra.

    OK Obession over :)


  • Comment number 61.

    Clodagh - Thank you fora taking the time to write to me!

    But I have done all that you say!

    I've not written anything nasty on the blog since the middle of February when things came to a head!

    I pulled myself together, without professional help.... ave shown alot of stength & passed my exams all two weeks after the event!

    I've kept away from a certain perosn who caused me alot of upset & said some very nasty things to me in private!

    Since then I have returned to my old strong funny self on the blog like you advise me!

    But how am I able to do this when these very blogs are removed?

    I have put my blogs on FB for all to see... I can't see anything wrong with them... they are nice, fun & in typical Bingo style!

  • Comment number 62.

    Hi JG

    I have alwys enjoyed watching golf but since getting together with GG last year have begun to hit the ball. I have had 2 lessons. Now try to go the range once a week to keep up what I have learnt. Last Sunday went round a nine hole par 3 and enjoyed it - will do that a few more times before going back and having a lesson or 2 on other areas (pitching and putting for example)! Let me know how you get on!

    AS x

  • Comment number 63.

    I've contacted the blog moderators for advice & to ask where i'm going wrong, why my blogs are being removed, but I have noy had any reply!

  • Comment number 64.

    Well now. Yous are all too kind, As usual.

    But as ALL the mums on here will testify; this uncanny characteristic of Always Bein' Right happens at the moment the umbilical cord is cut. After that we are all bestowed wit the gift of Omnipotence. Hurrah.

    And so whenever the Genius Daughter, (herself Nearly Always Right), demands, "And how do you know THAT, mother?", I always puff up the aul chest an' declare, "Because I'm a MOTHER an' I know EVERYTHING."

    An' then get the hell outa there before am rumbled.


    PS. Agony Aunt, Andy? Hahahahaha.. that'd give new meanin' to the word Agony alright. Nowt wrong wit our CLP a good thrashin' can't sort out.


  • Comment number 65.

    I also want to add, when you get close to someone & you see the real them behind the charm & smile, sometimes you find that people can be very two faced!

    I have always been very nice to people, while certain people only put me down & be little me!!!

    Thankfully i've now moved on & want nothing to do with such people who only used me & caused me alot of hurt!

  • Comment number 66.

    An' another thing. A propos of absolutely nowt.

    Is it just meself who was delighted during this morning's news bulletins, to hear about the Police Commissioner by the name of Bob Quick?

    What a marvellous name. If 'e's not immediately put in charge of the Riot Squad, somebody's missed a trick.



  • Comment number 67.


    Well done Bingo Bongo xxx

  • Comment number 68.

    Hi all

    I think the funniest thing on this morning's news was the one about the man who wanted to sail along the English Channel - see this link for more details


    (Apologies for the daily wail link it had disappeared from the bbc news).

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 69.

    And breathe ...........

    Garden now looking better than it did 48 hours ago, weeds gawn, grass mowed, bushes cut back and tied up, brown bin full to the brim. And my elbow hurts!

    Charlie Chicken in the oven for tea.

    Today much much bettererer than yesterday.

    Quizology tonight, but not drinking too much as interview tomorrow for a temp role. Not my ideal job, but money coming in will be nice whilst I look for something more me.


  • Comment number 70.

    Hello All.

    I have to write this as a mother. I know that all mothers will stand up for their own sons and daughters but I am I swear writing the true facts.

    Firstly Bingo is an amazingly strong, intelligent, common sense, kind, thoughtful, generous person. In fact what he has been through would definitely break most people.

    He renovated a house doing all the work himself including electrics,CH garden, the lot only for his other half to walk away with a large sum.
    Then he met a string of unsuitable women, materialistic,taking advantagr of his sweet nature, etc.

    He is an extremely hard working person and has been bullied in his jobs, I suspect because of his polite personality. I've seen coming home


    work looking completely and totally exhausted but he picks himself up and carries on. And at the same time studying and now, happily, passing exams. He missed his school exams because of his Guiness Book of Records Challenge, maybe this is my fault, I don't really know.

    I know that he is extremely talented, I've heard his guitar playing coming from his room and seen some of his songs.

    Regarding his "blog romance" he has confided in me when at breaking point and I know the truth. I won't say too much because I would be modded but he met 'not a very nice personality at all, maybe, in fact, surely because of many life's troubles.

    All this he goes through with no support from a father who does'nt want to know him except when there's something in it for him. And when I am in and out of hospital with heart/lung illness, my own fault caused by smoking.

    As he's been through all this lot with no help from happy pills, etc.
    I'd say that he has the strengh of a lion.

    I know some people will not like me for writing this but I have to speak what I know to be the absolute truth.


  • Comment number 71.

    Marjie: I have read your post and with each sentence, my jaw was dropping further onto the floor.

    I completely understand your need to explain things re: your lovely son. We (almost) all love "Bingo" and we do know that he has had some really tough times.

    Hopefully, from being on this blog recently, you will see the love and support the bloggers give to Bingo. We are really happy for all his achievements and we think he is a top guy.

    I hope this all gets sorted and that Bingo can just get on with his life, being the terrific guy he is.

    I am sure he will be so proud of you posting this message today.

    Sorry, I have to leave the office now, but I hope we can "talk" tomorrow.

    Love, Chrissie xx

  • Comment number 72.

    Dear All

    I've just emailed Phil @ The Beeb re Children In Need. So far, there's 21 of us (from this blog and Simon Mayo's blogpoppets).

    If you still want to do this, please add your name to the list on Faceache (CLP bloggers page).

    Lotsa luv

    Cheryl x

    nb: if you're name's already on the list, you've been counted! x

  • Comment number 73.

    Bingo- What a lovely Mum you have. x

  • Comment number 74.

    Bingo. Well done you, and am first to be only too delighted to say that. All credit to you for achieving what you have.

    But it's a work in progress, stay focussed and keep at it. And please, you don't have to justify yourself to ME, do it for yourself. I'm not offering you the Holy Grail, just a little guidance and support from one who knows how it is to make mistakes.

    What you don't seem to be hearing is that you HAVE to stop blaming the other person. You have made your point that you have been hurt. But relationships are complex, and the fact that you felt that way will be more down to your perception and dashed hopes for the relationship than cruelty on the part of the other person. I've been in relationships wherein I've felt trapped, and I've acted harshly in order to break free. But I'm not a cruel or heartless person. I'm simply human. You may be interested to hear that the guilt I feel over hurting one fantastic man in particular, necessary as it was at the time, I carry with me to this day. It's a scar that never heals, despite that I remain his close friend to date.

    So no more mention of it; at least not on here. Ok? Let it heal.

    And Marjie. Bless you. But you know, I'm trying to remember who it was whose mother said to her, "Don't tell me chapter and verse about the fights you have with your husband. Because then you guys go off and sort it out in the bedroom, and I'm left still mad..."

    It's hard for us mums to watch our babies struggle. But they battle through, often with more courage than ourselves; and it's an act of love to let them.


  • Comment number 75.

    And Bingo. Most importantly.

    Can I point out how fantastically lucky you are to have such unequivocal support from your mum. She obviously has such faith in you, a man can move mountains with love and support like that.

    So if you only do one thing in your life, it's to concentrate on your strengths and talents, and vindicate that pride.

    ....And now I'll shut up. And limber up to go 3 rounds and a knockout with the GD over how many bags she's bringin' with her to Ireland on Friday.


  • Comment number 76.


    You are such a beautiful kind person but I just want to say one thing.

    I had a relationship with a charming man who would ask me out, wait until I was ready to go,then phone to say he could'nt make it and then phone me the next morning to tell me that he went out after all and a wonderful time.

    Nothing on earth could make me apologise to him, this is why I know exactly how Bingo feels.


  • Comment number 77.

    Hi Seza, have messaged, probably twice on fb, but just to let you know, I have my fingers crossed for you! I had a good feeling about the folks last night...?

    MK, you dark horse you, but having met your son in Liverpool, I know he's a nice bloke!

    Right, buzzer for Mr JG's tea has just gone, so back later....possibly!

    JG x

  • Comment number 78.

    Me again.

    Oh No! I hear you cry.

    Phew! I joined this blog with the intention of light hearted banter but I'm finding it more emotionally exhausting than watching the soaps!


  • Comment number 79.

    I for one, and I am probably alone in this again, have had as much of "Bingo-Star-ere - The Soap Opera" as I can stomach!

    Too many people have spent too much time trying to help somebody who doesn't think he needs any help.

    Clodagh must have spent ages writing her post this afternoon and I'm afraid to say it was time wasted.

    He will not drop his victim mentality and now his Mother comes along and reinforces it.

  • Comment number 80.

    Phew! My life is so rock and roll it hurts ..... last night the Mighty Chasetown in the Unibond Play Off Semi Final (c'mon you Scholars!!), now it's Inter/Barca in the Champions League!

    I think Lionel Messi would fit in oh so well at The Emirates ......

    Pub Quiz night tonight, so doodle pad and inky pen packed, along with some beer tokens - we may not have jobs but life goes on. It's all a matter of planning and budgeting, y'know. Good job Nic doesn't mind eating beans on toast every night ..... ;-)

    Play nicely, catch y'all in the morn!


  • Comment number 81.

    Well have just come back in to find Mr JG watching the Barca-Inter match (178 for HD)

    But what is worse is he's eating the Easter Egg my nieces bought for me!

    Barney, are you watching the footie too, seems more like a soap opera than Eastie Enders to be with all the histrionics!!

    JG x

  • Comment number 82.

    Evening each

    Bath, Chris? Only been there once and I loved it. Hope you had a good time.


  • Comment number 83.

    Oh my - go for the works at my hairdresser and all sorts happening!

    First and foremost - Bingo - well flippin done on the maths results. Brilliant - you must be well pleased. So chuffed for you.

    Clodagh - as per usual such wise words. Line drawn in a mo.

    Marj - spoken like a true mum. Was messaging Clever Supernanny last night to see how her girls were. As she said - they tell her what they want her to know. Bear that in mind!!!
    Daughter number 2 not yet produced and daughter number 1 being monitered very closely for those who were curious. CSN a bit busy to blog at mo!!!

    Seza - all crossed for you - really really crossed - your house is lovely.

    Go Deevs - win that quiz. Need to email you tomorrow. Remind me!!!

    Reet - my hairdresser looked at me when I walked through the door - said I know that look and I am ahead of you!!! Don't you hate it when that happens!!! Your barnet fixer knows your mind before you do?!!! Highlight stuff already mixed - two shades lighter than my usual caramel colour - razor and thining shears at the ready! So - I am lighter and Much shorter!!! and it's going cold this week-end! Hey ho!!

    Off to eat - may be back later - sweet fanny adams on the box!!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 84.

    Evening ,
    Well I hope alll went well for you Chris today in Bath .
    Have been there so many times ,It's one of my favorite places and never ever tire of it ,
    Hope everyone is well and did I see somewhere that there is a match on tonight .


  • Comment number 85.

    Well, I think I've lost the plot completely, so might just bid you all goodnight!

    If you follow me on twitter, sorry for the Portuguese...long story...and no, I don't speak or read it, although am getting there on the reading...

    JG x

  • Comment number 86.

    Evening all,

    Been a grey day but very warm . Raining now , and the weekend forecast is not too great.

    Just commenting on general stuff, well done on the exam results Bingo, keep going , you will get there. Its nice to see how the hard work pays off. Marjie , ding dong ! , fancy being Bingo's mum , that was a nice surprise !

    I always try to look forward , its not that i dont ever look back and say if only. I always work on the principle, that if i had really wanted something badly enough , i would have gone all out to make it happen.

    Been shopping without Mr Mc tonight .... bliss !
    Bought the same top that i took back last weekend. Wandered round the store and tried the same thing on in all different colours and sizes. Changed my mind dozens of times. and didnt have to give that sheepish smile when paying the bill , the "oh i didnt realise it was THAT much" and I will wear it all, or, i'll try it on again when i get home and take some of it all back !

    MC xx

  • Comment number 87.

    JG - I don't twitter - what you been on about then?

    Bids - yes - footy on not watching but dare say a few folks are!

    MC -keep it - you are worth it!!!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 88.

    MC, I might need to borrow your time sometime soon, if you're up for it?

    I need to buy an outfit and shoes for BiL's wedding, and have no idea where to start, other than Mr JG saying Trafford Centre....and sorry, I think it might have to be there :(

    Will message you tomorrow on t'other side!

    JG x

  • Comment number 89.

    Beez, following Brasilian motor-racing guys...like you do, and should ;)

    Do you fancy a shopping trip?

    I need help!

    JG x

  • Comment number 90.

    JG, Hey . just say when , will be happy to help.

    Mr MC likes shopping , so we travel together and then go our separate ways . I hate having him trawl round with me, even though he says he dosent mind, I always feel a bit compelled to cut it short . Trouble is, he always seems to ring me when i am in a changing room, just trying to extract myself out of something , or just trying to zip it up or that horrible stage when you realise you cant get it back over you head and you might just have to leave the changing room and ask for help.

    MC xx

  • Comment number 91.

    I sooo hate trying things on, and am often getting stuck....

    I need to se what MiL has bought when we pop round on Saturday for her birthday, but was thinking of May 22nd if Beez is interested, or any Saturday apart from the 15th if she's not...

    Beez, will message you!

    JG x

  • Comment number 92.

    JG - love spending other folks money as well as mine but just out of curiosity let me know shoe size on message - if you are never likely to want to wear again erm - I have a few - some new too - nothing to say guests can't do something borrowed!!!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 93.

    Blooming long day again but just back!!

    GR, Woolsery indeed.

    And I go through Huish Episcopi everyday, under that railway bridge too.

    Pronounced hewish ay pisk oppy!

    Not hewish eppy scoppy as I used to think.

    Looks like I have a bit of catching up to do, so may be a while.

    Soonish. MTF.xx

  • Comment number 94.

    Aww, that gorgeous John L**** ad is on again....

    First time I saw it, I almost cried...

    JG x

  • Comment number 95.

    Right, I need my bed, so night all!

    JG x

  • Comment number 96.

    Hi everybody

    I really should come on here more often. It makes my head spin trying to keep up with you all! Can somebody please draw me a diagram...

    MTD - nearly fell off my chair laughing at your sailor story. Being a bit of a sail-girl myself....I mean, how could he have been so stupid!

    Deevs - bit worried about Charlie chicken - do you normally give your food names? Or do you eat your pets? Better not tell MCW, sorry Mme Poulet (loving the new name by the way)

    As to anything else, well I'm just a newbie round here and it's none of my business so I can't really comment. Group hug, anybody?

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 97.

    Evening All,
    Christoph - hope today went well for you. It has to be worth remembering that you are a few (just a few mind) years older than Sports mad Saunders. To be so close to parity after some of your challenges is no mean feat (sp?).

    Can I bore you with what I did today?
    Scroll on if the answer was no!
    First off - I am not complaining. Work has been dreadful for a while now so stress and worry have started to overtake the day's normal routine. Finally - about two weeks ago the orders started coming through and we now can't cope with the work we have (again, I am not complaining) but we will, and I would always take this option over the other.
    Anyway..... because money has been the main concern for the last year I have put off starting our little extension. Nothing grand, just a downstairs toilet and utility room.
    We planned to do this three years ago and now the planning is about to lapse.
    So, since I realised this I have been planning to dig the footings and pour the concrete in order to preserve the planning permission indefinitely.

    Yesterday - I woke up (way too early) to one of those days where you feel like your head will explode....too much work to complete.....too much personal stuff to deal with.....deadlines approaching that simply can't be met etc etc

    I went into the office as usual and moaned that I couldn't have a coffee (well actually Milham. You could! It's you that decided to give up. No one's going to arrest you) moaned that work colleagues, rugby colleagues, family and friends had dared to email me and generally sulked my way through to lunch time.

    At lunchtime a very good friend, an amazing friend a shining star in the solar system of good people rang me and I gave them nothing while they tried to cure my ridiculously unnecessary blues.
    Following our conversation, they then sent me an incredible email which I read several times.
    Then do you know what I did?

    I worked like my life depended on it and took today off.
    Today I have called in the help of some other friends and now have the footings for the extension completed.
    I ache like a ba&£;:d and am currently typing this from a neck deep bath of R@&£x but I feel refreshed.
    The worst thing is that I haven't had the time yet to thank that person.
    I'll try and do it tomorrow!!!

    Friends are too easy to take for granted aren't they?

    Deev - you know my feelings because I was insensitive enough to post them on here. I guess you have to respect their opinions and hope that time repairs the damage. I am happy that it has worked out for you all though x

    Clodagh - why do you never say those nice things to me? When I said that you were the thinking mans Anne Widdicombe, I meant it as a compliment!!!

    Seza - fingers crossed, I hope it's what I think it is x

    Bingo - go back and see how many of us backed you on passing those results. Well done Sir. Regards the other stuff. Go back and read what Clodagh said again. You have to move on!

    Hello and best wishes to everyone else xxx x


    Who hasn't dropped his phone inthe bath yet but has broken the drinking during the week rule.
    And who apologises for the many mistakes that the above post will contain owing to using a phone.


  • Comment number 98.

    Group hug Deebee ((()))

    Must admit - I was a tad worried about Deev's charlie chicken - did they find it lurking in the weeds today?

    Heard that sailing story and saw it on the lunch time news! Wasn't John Marsh was it? Loved the way the rnli reported on it but the person was nowhere to be seen....

    Night night JG

    Any news on the swans MTF?

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 99.

    I hit post - go and load d/washer and poorly Rips pops up!
    Huge huge hugs poppet - know exactly how you feel but you are young - deep breath hon - you will cope. Nowt like soaking in a r***x bath with your ipod/raspberry/bluebottle etc phone and message folk. Feel free to rant on the dark side if you want. I know I have been flippant there with MC but do really feel for you. Have a laugh at my status too - you will love it!

    Beez xx

  • Comment number 100.

    Hang on Poppet!

    My whole post was about how good life is not how rubbish mine is, because it ain't......sorry if that didn't come across.
    My worries yesterday were selfish and misplaced...today I figured that out.

    Flippancy is fun!




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