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R.I.P The Man With The Original Massive Heed

Chris Evans | 10:25 UK time, Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Yesterday saw the far too premature passing of Frank Sidebottom - the Timperley Treasure with the papier-mache noggin. If you don't know who he was, you will have to google him because it's quite difficult to explain the ethos of such a unique individual from ground zero. There has never been and never will be another comedy performer like him.

I was once fortunate enough to be a bit part player in his legendary Oh Blimey Big Band. The band, led by Frank, featured such illustrious names as Rick Zarco (real name) and Mark Radcliffe (yes the Mark Radcliffe of Radio Two-sville). My job was to drive the van so the rest of the lads could get tonked, but my favourite task was having to sit on stage reading the Daily Mirror, whilst on stand-by to light any of the lads ciggies if they fancied a quick puff mid set.

Frank also somehow got to support Queen at Wembley stadium, where he unashamedly conducted a ten minute sleight of hand magic show. 99.9 % of the audience had no idea who he was and what on earth he was doing - priceless.

God bless originality and let's all try to have a bit more in our lives.





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  • Comment number 1.

    morning CLP and RIP Frank Sidebottom

    Tiggs xxx

    Deevs, from previous blog, I'm sure you'll come up with something spectacular for Mr Rolastic

  • Comment number 2.

    First gig I ever saw - Frank at Sheffield City Hall in 1991. A showbiz legend.

    Little Frank has lost his voice.

    RIP Frank and Chris.

  • Comment number 3.

    CLP, mon ami

    I am loving the word "tonked".

    So much so, I may go for a jolly good tonking myself this evening!

    And despite it's sad subject matter, your blog words today have made me smile, so thank you for that Chief.



  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Chris: I did g**gle Frank/Chris - I didn't know him at all, but from what I have read, he seems to have been really talented, and very funny. Best wishes to his family and friends who will miss him so much.

    Chris, you must have had such a great time hanging out with him and the band!

    C xx

  • Comment number 5.


    What a glorious day here in Cambridgeshire - wall to wall sunshine!

    Hope everyone is well.

    Had a great weekend - drove a Ferrari 360 Stradale, what brilliant fun!

    AS x

  • Comment number 6.

    Morning Everyone,

    CLP - what a wide and varied career you've had. I bet you had fab times with Frank. I'm going to g**gle him too just to remind myself of who he is, there's a wee bell tinkling away in the darkest recesses of my mind (dark in a good way because that particular recollection is way, way at the back where not much light gets in) indicating that I may have heard of him in the past.

    From the previous blog - loving all your best memories. Two of my best memories are meeting my gorgeous boys for the first time (again the memories wouldn't be too clear given the amount of drugs coursing through my bod but there is photographic evidence to give the old memory a nudge).

    Deevs - I know when I first started lurking you were a very regular blogger and as your posts became less frequent and considerably shorter I realised that life for you had changed and probably for the better. I've missed you and enjoyed your lovely long musings from the previous blog. I'm sure you'll think of something equally fantastic for old Rolastic.

    Annie - from the previous blog, I meant to say last night, it made me giggle that you were having coffee in the cupboard. I'm assuming it was with himself?

    Clodagh - spot on as usual. Old Fabs seems to have become even more serious than before and quite the grumpy grumperson. I'd love to see him dressed in the postie outfit with his b&w cat and his wee red van. It might just cheer the players up too. Aw, I used to love watching Pat with the gorgeous boys - Mrs Goggins was my fave.

    Anyhoo, must crack on - just popped in for a quick catch up. Trying to be on my best behaviour at work today and not take advantage of being quiet. I'm off to find something time consuming and / or fulfilling to be getting on with.

    Will be back in for lunch.


  • Comment number 7.

    Hate to say it Chris but it's wall to wall sunshine here in Lincolnshire too. I hope the sun has got his hat on wherever you are.

    AS - you lucky ducky. I'm not sure that I could drive a car like that, I'd be worried I broke it.


  • Comment number 8.

    Gaily - "old" Rolastic ..... steady on, he's a sensitive soul y'know!

    I prefer to think of "old" as experienced and worldly! And mine .....


  • Comment number 9.

    Deevs, humblest apologies, I didn't mean old as in old I meant old as in ole (eg ole blue eyes). Yours in anticipation of being forgiven. ;)


    note to self: say what you mean and mean what you say and watch out for pesky typos

  • Comment number 10.

    LOL Gaily! Apologeeee accepted, although unnecessary!


  • Comment number 11.

    Hello CLP and All.

    Happy Birthday PurpleDragon and AnnieMac.

    RIP Frank Sidebottom.

    I have googled Frank or Chris. His fibreglass head makes me laugh to start with. Then there's his sidekick, Mrs Merton. I can imagine how hilarious it must have all been. And you as the driver CLP, you must have had so much fun.

    A lovely day here in Wirral.

    MM x

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi MM, hope you're getting rid of that cold. Whatever happened to Mrs Merton?

    Very remiss of me, I've missed out the happy birthday wishes to PD and AM. Hope you're both having a fabby day.

    Deevs, Aw you're sweet - thank you. x

  • Comment number 13.

    Thanks GB.

    Cold no better but no worse either, been having plenty of drinks.

    I miss Caroline Aherne doing Mrs Merton, she used to be so funny. Of course she went on to do The Royle Family but we don't hear anything of her now.

    MM x

  • Comment number 14.

    Glad the cold is no worse MM. I think she moved to Australia but I'm not sure if she's back now or not. Yes I miss her too.


  • Comment number 15.

    Cheryl: re: the previous blog. I had completely forgotten about your weekend arrangements, so my suggestion was just daft! You will come up with something terrific, I am sure.

    C xx

  • Comment number 16.


    I've just seen the Frank Sidebottom Y*uT*b* tribute and I was crying with laughter watching him playing the drums.

    I don't know how to do the link thingy but you must all see it!

    MM x

  • Comment number 17.

    Christoff I DON'T believe it, I do indeed remember Frank Sidebottom and had no idea of his demise until I heard Mark Radcliffe last night talking about how they played his invention of Travel Snooker in the back of a van en route to London, with snooker balls made of velcro, hahahahahaha.. Have only just been talkin' to the bezzy mate and remeniscin' about him and his Oh Blimey Band; ergo was just about to reply to Darren Stephens' post on the previous blog, and do an NB. to your good self. BUT I had NO idea of your involvement, oh hurrah... well, I shoulda guessed really, shouldn't I.

    Christoff Lambie-Pie. Nutter-magnet extraordinaire..

    So indeed we should mourn his passing. I don't know, what a year this is turning out to be..

    Well now. The deed is done. 'Ave 'ad me leg off. Well, the HUGE life-threatenin' belligerent mole, anyway. Ok ok so it wasn't THAT huge. But 'ave got 6 stitches in me leg, jayzus I'll not be pole-dancin' for at least 2 weeks. Ah well. Just as well, I look a bugger in them trolleys wit bells on an' straw 'at, frollickin' round wavin' bits a ribbon.

    Any road up. There was I, tryin' to be sensible an' serious an' look, well, you know, suitably forlorn like you do whilst on that trolley wit Doctor Killmore clutchin' 'is instrument; when I asked, "By the way, doctor; can I drive with this leg?"

    "Better than you could without it." Says he. So cue the usual hilarity and innuendo, which immediately brought in Hattie Jacques the Practice Nurse. "Oh, hiya," says she. "I mighta known it'd be you."

    Flippin' cheek. Anyway, since 'e's only after returnin' from 'is golfin' trip to Ireland, we swapped tales as 'e carved lumps outa me leg an' turned it into a pork fillet, an' managed to do the dirty deed in only 2 sittings with a slight interval while 'e changed 'is gloves, as 'is glasses 'ad steamed up.

    And I should like to publicly apologise to the GD, on her jollies in Dubrovnik, who texted me to find out how I was. I replied somewhat too graphically, apparently.

    How was I to know she was eatin' mushrooms in tomato sauce for lunch.


  • Comment number 18.

    GailyB - wasn't worried about that at all, was more worried I would stall the car but luckily I didn't! Have put some photos on FB.

    Never really 'got' Mrs Merton or The Royle Family!

    MM - hope the cold gets better and doesn't linger.

    Deevs - have you really been blooging that long??!!

    Am absolutely starving today and not sure why! Still got an hour to go till lunch

    AS x

  • Comment number 19.

    AS - I'm starving and I've just had lunch

    Day two of drastic action to lose 5lb still in force - I will be back below ten stone!!


  • Comment number 20.

    AS - yep! There aren't many of us "originals" left on here (Mw,k was the first ever blogger). I first dived in in about November 2006 - about 2 or 3 months after CLP started this blog - when I was really down in the dumps working on a landfill site in a portakabin.

    I've made so many wonderful friends on here, been to a fair few blog meets (as well as organised some of them) and of course met my amazing fella via CLP and his blogginess.

    Also getting to meet CLP was just a lovely, lovely thing - even if I did swear (rather badly) when he told me who I was before I had introduced myself!



  • Comment number 21.


    Just another stunner of a day here, bright blue and lots of sun.

    Happy birthday to PD & AM

    Chrissie, how remiss of me to forget Alan Osmond ! I will send a belated card this evening.

    Frank Sidebottom was superb, when i worked in Manchester i used to catch the metrolink from Timperley Station , 100% true.

    Baggy, I'll raise you a further five lbs. I am on day three of my 16 week traning plan. Its goodbye to the Magnums and hello to hell.

    MC xx

  • Comment number 22.

    MC - its misery isnt it - and then your clothes fit again propely and you look great and its all worth while :-)

  • Comment number 23.

    Clodagh: bless you, you can turn a serious situation into something absolutely hilarious! Make sure you take care of yourself, ok? Pet lamb!

    MC: no worries, you are a very busy girl, and you can't remember everything. Hee-Hee!

    C xx

  • Comment number 24.


    I just want to get fit enough to run the snicker sorry Marathon should i get selected. The training plan says 16 weeks, so i am going to stick to it , weather permitting, TV permitting and general apathy permitting. This week, Saturday is my rest day, which will fit in nicely with Leeds.

    Failing that, i will just buy bigger clothes !
    MC xx

  • Comment number 25.


    So sorry, meant to say hope you are ok too. You really made me laugh again, take care.

    MC xx

  • Comment number 26.

    MC - a 16 week plan sounds very serious. My plan is a day at a time. It is definitely worth going through the hell bit tho'. Good luck.

    AS - I'll check out FB later - don't get access at work.

    Clodagh - as always you made me larff. Good luck with the leg - hope it's all better soonly. Mmmm mushrooms in tomato sauce, sounds delish. ;)

    Rightio, I'm off to trough now oh and have a comfort break. All the other secretaries went out and left me on my ownio. This is going to be interesting, getting to the loo with legs crossed.


  • Comment number 27.

    Gaily, yep, that was my thoughts too , but this was the beginners plan ! Strewth !

    MC xx

  • Comment number 28.

    Blimey O'Reilly MC. Which marathon are you training for?


  • Comment number 29.


    Just the one you trot round London , not the 2012 Olympic Games !

    MC xx

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi all

    Message for MTF - the Beeb text coverage of the Budgie says that the fact that there is no increase in duty on alcohol is good news for cider drinkers -

    No more news about the job - I really need to find out coz I need to make plans one way or another. I will have words soon.


    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 31.

    MTD - Hi - hope you find out soon and I hope it's good news too. Gaily

  • Comment number 32.

    Hi mtd: I did wonder where you had disappeared to! Hope you hear something soon.

    C xx

  • Comment number 33.

    Thanks mtd.

    'Drink up thee cider, drink up thee cider.....'

    Off to work now, being chauffered in the new family mobile,as Puffball has been getting a bit steamy under the collar and is in, being poked and prodded.

    BOGOF pizza night tonight.

    Hope to drop by and catch one or two of you.

    If not, no worries. I'll catch up at some point.



  • Comment number 34.

    Afternoon All
    Baggy I wish! It'll not be 5lbs but 5 STONES if I keep eating. Just polished off a humungous bag of min****ls feel a bit green round the gills now, but that wont stop me.
    I've got to get out of this comfort/stress/whatever mode of munching my way through everything.
    Glorious sunshine here in the lovely Scottish Borders, need to do a spot of gardening - now where that loose baggy top?

  • Comment number 35.

    Ooooh Bly - I envy you getting out in the garden this aft.

    I'm taking the eldestGB to the orthodontist then it'll be home, tea, collect youngestGB from his friend's, then get ready for running club and RUN -like the wind bullseye (I wish). May not be back later, depends on how I feel after the run.

    I hope you all have a fabby afternoon and evening.


  • Comment number 36.

    It has just come to my notice that some bloggers think I am a Bingo character.

    This has truly shocked and saddened me.

    I was born on 5th July 1943. In March 2006 I suffered heart/lung failure and was diagnosed with COPD. In October 2006 I had a heart attack. I was very lucky to survive both these major incidents.

    Since then I have been admitted to hospital during exacerbation (worsening of symptoms usually caused by colds)

    As I am mostly housebound and can only get out with the help of my scooter, this blog was recommended to me by my very thoughtful son.

    If people think that anyone could be sick minded enough to impersonate me then this is not the place for me.

    As this blog so far has caused me so much stress it's not all good for my health and so I say goodbye.

    Thank you to the lovely bloggers, you know who you are!

    MM x

  • Comment number 37.

    MM where are you getting this information from? I haven't seen any blogs insinuating what you are saying - we know that you are Bingo's mum and very proud of it (btw Bingo is a good son to you as well).

    As far as I can see you always have been and always will be welcome here.

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 38.

    Marje (MM) I was just saying to Annie last week, I think it was, how I had missed you. You see I hadn't twigged that you had changed your log in.

    No idea where you are getting that impression from - please keep blogging when you feel well enough. Hope the cold gets better and not worse. Bad enough with my breathing in this hayfever so full of sympathy for your sitiation.

    Hi everyone else - scorcher in the Toon today

    Susan xx

  • Comment number 39.

    time to blow my own trumpet here but BLY, I have lost 5 stone since November

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 40.

    R.I.P Chris Sievey. You made me laugh.

  • Comment number 41.

    Afternoon Bloggers,

    Just wanted to pop by quickly and say Whoop Whoop to Tiggs, that weight loss deserves a Whoop. Well done you xx

    Sorry Chris, but I have no idea who this chappie is, so I best go g****e him to find out; it looks like I've been missing out though.

    Really suffering with hay fever at the moment, which is making me grumpy and tired. But in the great scheme of things I really have nothing to moan about - my cup is full and runneth over.

    Hugs all round whether you need them or not {{{}}}


  • Comment number 42.

    Tiggs - whoop whoop and very well done xxx

  • Comment number 43.

    Baggy & MC - can raise you both a few punds to lose but will settle with half a stone - need to find some motivation from somewhere!!

    Bly - I needto curb my sugar addiction somehow! Enjoy the gardening.

    MC - good luck with the marathon training, keep it up :)

    Baggy - drastic action - hope that's not the cabbage soup diet??!!

    Tiggs - wow, that is fantastic and worth blowing your own trumpet about :)

    Hi Susan - hope all is well with you

    Deevs - wow, that is a long time! I must have been lurking for 2 or 3 years then before I took the plunge and actually posted! Lovely to hear you have made some great friends.

    MTD - hope they give you some news soon, at least you will then know where you are and what you need to do.

    MTF - hope puffball is ok with the poking and prodding.

    Just had a client come into the office to be photographed by the Daily Telegraph, apparently he thought our office was better than his - hmm wonder how much I can get away with billing him for the 'service'??!!

    AS x

  • Comment number 44.

    thanks guys!

    Oops, Frogs got one sent off

  • Comment number 45.

    Tiggs - well done you.

  • Comment number 46.

    AS fine thanks - loving your car photos. I would like a Lambo or failing that an R8

    Can I please ask you bloggers to do what you do best with the positive vibes? Colleague i used to work with became a Grandma for the first time last Thursday. What should have been very joyous has turned a bit nasty as her grandson was born with leukemia and has had to have chemo already - don't know much more details at the moment but felt the need to share. They are all probably in shock as not expected. Thank you

    Sus x

  • Comment number 47.

    vibes well and truly focussed Sus xx

    Baggy, ta very much

  • Comment number 48.

    Susan, that is awful for your friend, positive vibes on their way. X Gail.

  • Comment number 49.

    Susan - not a Lambo fan myself but they did have a tasty looking orange one there however the R8 looked far better imho.

    Very sorry to hear about the new born boy - fingers crossed for all concerned, good luck vibes on their way.

    AS x

  • Comment number 50.


    Positive vibes and prayers on their way xx


  • Comment number 51.


    That is so awful for your friend and family, more positive vibes on their way from me. xx

    Well done Tiggs - that's an amazing loss! x


  • Comment number 52.

    Evening all

    Beautiful day here.

    I had a wonderful weekend, looking after darling little grandchildren, they were so well behaved.

    Must say it was hard work, feeding, nappy changing and generally keeping them happy.

    I didn't stop and only got about eight hours sleep all weekend but it was worth it, just for all the fun and laughter that was had by all.

    House is so quiet today, so got stuck in to get some order back here, washing, ironing, cleaning and food shopping. Think I might have a bbq tonight.

    Purple Dragon and Annie Mac. Happy birthday to you both.

    Susan, sending positive vibes to little newborn boy.

    MTF, hope puffball gets sorted out soon.

    Deevs, lovely posts, enjoy your tipsy evening.

    Gaily, well done for getting your song played on the radio tonight.

    Tiggs, well done, that's fantastic.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 53.

    Oh Gaily I missed your song and mention as boiler service man turned up just as Mayo show was starting so haven't heard any of it really. Might have to listen again.

    Sus x

  • Comment number 54.

    Hi all

    Have had a a bit of a drama here this afternoon, Mr JG managed to trip down a hole at work, and hurt his foot, but he's been x-rayed and apart from some swelling, is fine! Dr thought he'd done a metatarsal...I told him he's not a footballer! lol

    Anyhow, he's fine now, all iced and foot raised!

    Maddy, I have no idea where you've got that from? As MTD said, we all know who you are!

    Susan, all good vibes being sent to your friend and family!

    MTF, hope Dylan gets a new home and Puffball is OK?

    Deevs, enjoy your tipsy evening, quiz night?

    CSN, glad you survived the weekend and found time to enjoy it!

    Well off to eat my unexpected 2 for 1 pizza, I'd planned a billy no mates BBQ, so I hope it keeps!

    JG x

  • Comment number 55.


    Hope Mr JG is not in to much pain.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 56.

    Evening each

    Chris, I second (and third) that comment about originality. Just read that Tam White died today. Don't think he was a very nice man actually, but I loved seeing him at the Jazz & Blues Festival in Edinburgh. He was in Braveheart too.

    Am sad I won't see him in the Speigel tent this year.


  • Comment number 57.

    Well Simon's bloggers got a hat trick tonight, can England do that tomorrow!

    Annie, how is baby Sam doing. xx

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 58.

    Just caught up.

    Clodagh, you daft bat, look after that leg - you need it or you'd be very unbalanced. Oh, right, you already are!

    Susan, hope the little baby is ok, sending positive thoughts.

    Gaily (6) yes, coffee was with himself in the cupboard.

    Well done Tiggs.

    Bums, can't remember any more but hallo to everyone else.


    That's all I can remember.

  • Comment number 59.

    Oh, CSN, Samuel is very well thank goodness. Thriving - eating and pooing for Scotland.


  • Comment number 60.

    Annie good news, glad to hear Samuel's doing well.

    lol, csn. xx

  • Comment number 61.

    CSN, he's fine, thanks! Made the most of it I think to get out of doing stand-by tonight!

    Annie, glad Samuel's OK now!

    And yes, Clodagh, you take care of yourself now!

    Well done Tiggs too!

    Well, I've done my watering so can collapse on the sofa now, well until I get too warm again! It's certainly been a scorcher here today, and they've were talking about hosepipe bans on the local news last night!

    So what happened to all the rain from last summer and all the snow?

    JG x

  • Comment number 62.

    Oh, and Deev, meant to say earlier - the Ashes are in Oz this time! Might prove more tricky than OT ;) x

  • Comment number 63.

    JG, been really hot here in Fife today too. Just finished watering the pots, and gorgeous 10yr old helped me move the clematis to its appointed spot.

    Snow? Bite your tongue woman.

  • Comment number 64.

    LOL, was just thinking about where it went whe it eventually melted!

    JG x

  • Comment number 65.

    when, even..doh!

    Have already got in trouble earlier, when Mr JG rang to say he was going to go to A&E...conversation went along the lines of.

    Mr JG: Going to A&E, have fallen in a hole and hurt my ankle badly

    Me: Must have been a bl**dy big hole then, how did you miss that? Oh, and how are you getting there, do you need me to come home from work?

    Him: It was only my foot went in it!!! I'm Ok and driving and thanks for the sympathy!

    Me: What you going to A&E for then, get yourself home and get some ice on it!

    Don't think I'd have had a good career in nursing somehow!

    JG x

  • Comment number 66.

    JG, treat Mr JG, how you would treat Finlay if he was ill, with lots of loving care. xx

    Now all the family have arrived here, for this very late bbq.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 67.

    Well, JG, I'd put salt in his tea! Sorry CSN. Enjoy your BBQ


  • Comment number 68.


    A very happt birthday to Purpledragon - hope you've had a great day and are also enjoying this special time (I mean expecting a baby, not having a birthday!) X

    Susan - hope things are going ok, positive vibes to you and your friend.X

    Chezza - blogging is fab, but so is real life, by the sounds of it. Enjoy it and live every moment. I had my "second chance" 10 years ago and I've never looked back. X

    Hello also to Chrissie. You always respond to my (very spasmodic) posts and you are a treasure.

    In other news: have wedding coming up at the end of July, plus choir performing in a posh concert in a couple of weeks, so am having a kind of rerun of last year's wedding preps, though obviously not as drastic. Still, another good reason to buy a posh frock (designer, in the sale at the House of the Scottish bloke in Dad's Army, ged in, back of the net, fits like a glove). And I can wear all my wedding accessories with it (without the tiara, natch) so it's positively a BARGAIN dahlinks).

    For those who know me a bit, the teen troubles are currently abating and life is slowly returning to normal, "whatever that is".

    MTF - 8 weeks to Devon!

    A x

  • Comment number 69.

    Evening BG, would that be 'Fraser'? And what's wrong with wearing a tiara?

    Glad teen troubles are getting better, I always found a sense of humour helps.

  • Comment number 70.

    Glad things are looking up for you BG, and well done for bagging a bargain!

    LOL Annie! x

    CSN, he'll get the same level of sympathy as I would get from him! When I tripped over at the back door and my foot turned black and blue, I got told to get up and stop making a fuss!

    Finlay gets more as he can't explain what's wrong!

    Anyhow, anyone who subjects me to Minder all evening deserves all they get! And now Highlander... Oh dear!

    Enjoy your BBQ CSN, it's gone a bit cooler here now, at long last!

    JG x

  • Comment number 71.

    Evening to you all,

    What a hot day ,It's floored me today ,sat in the garden when I got home for an hour and when coming indoors I fell fast asleep ,not like me .

    hope you're all enjoying this lovely weather .

    Annie ,I see that Samuel is on the up ,so pleased to hear that ,hate poorly little ones .and the gardens looking good ,and by the way Annie your table looks awfully familiar,I have one of those in my garden LOL.

    JG ,hope Mr JG is ok .Can be quite painful ankles .

    CSN ,glad that your w/end went well ,and you got through it unscathed haha.

    Deev,always love seeing your posts always have ,but like you say you cant and don't always want to be bashing the keys .
    And it's so nice here ,because you can pop in and pick up from where you left it and your still made to feel welcome.

    Gailyb ,did I hear your name mentioned on Mayo's prog tonight .???

    Hope eveyone else is ok .


  • Comment number 72.

    Evening all

    Attention all chocoholics (and MC if she's about - not that she is eating choclit at the moment) my local elh has got B*r of P**nty on offer for a squid (I got the toffee apple and hazelnut and cashew) - they are far too expensive normally but you can just about justify a squid cos they're so yummy. (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) I'll take orders for Leeds if your local elh is not playing for this offer.

    Susan - sorry to hear about your friend's baby. Good vibes coming from this direction as well.

    I heard your mensh GailyB well done.

    JG - sounds like the ankle is worse than man flu - poor you...

    Hugs to everybody else.

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 73.

    Hi everyone

    Thank you for the good vibes. Had an email to say he is progressing well and had his 3rd chemo injection last night - poor lamb. BTW he is called Sam too so hope he is a fighter like Annie's grandson.

    Not long til Leeds whoohoo xx

    PS mtd - for once I don't know what choccy you are talking about - so unlike me!

  • Comment number 74.

    Susan ,will light my poorly candle for the little one and have him in our thoughts along with your friends .

    Tiggs ,Well done you .you must let me know what you did ,coild do with some good advice this end .


  • Comment number 75.

    MTD itsok as I have g**led what I thought it was and can't say I have seen these in my local supermercardo but will have to look in more reasons when I go for bread & milk tomorrow.


  • Comment number 76.

    They only brought them out a few months ago but they are gorgus.

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 77.

    Boleyngirl ,
    your life will always be up and down with two Girls ,believe me I've been there and still am even though they are not at home now ,married with own fams ,but wouldn't have it any other way .
    Hope the wedding goes well .


  • Comment number 78.

    Right, I'm off. See you all tomorrow.

    Just replied to an article in the Scotsman looking for Haddo Babies. I'm one - interesting to see what happens.


  • Comment number 79.

    MTD, ;-))))


  • Comment number 80.

    Hi All

    Having a slightly cr*p day but nothing compared to your friends, Susan

    Every best wish and lots of good vibes to littlest baby Sam

    Seza xx

  • Comment number 81.

    Thanks for your good wishes, girls, re. the aul hoppin' tackle.

    It's flippin' sore at the minute actually, ow ow ow. Specially as I forgot meself earlier whilst chasin' after the ginger whirlin' dervish that is the great-nephew Zak, an' did the full-on pantomime Slappa-My-Thigh at 'im as we careered round the wheelie-bin. Now am in deep doodoo wit the Gorgeous Niece as the said youngfuller is delighted wit 'is brand new additions to 'is lexicon. Oops.

    Which leads me nicely into the other thing, am LOVIN' the budgie theme on this morning's show. I myself was at one time the ashamed owner of possibly the worst-tempered budgie in the Northern Hemisphere, a little fat blue chap called Eric (natch), who used to batter seven shades a sh**e outa 'is plastic budgie punchbag on the floor of 'is cage, and if 'e caught sight of 'imself in 'is mirror, sweet sufferin' holy jayz there'd be bother. All 'is feathers on 'is neck would stand up on end an' 'e'd launch into a right clangin', furious tirade.

    Mind. I thought it was understandable, really. I've often 'ad to resist the urge to head-butt me bathroom mirror in a mornin' as well. Anyway. We got 'im a bath that clipped onto the door of 'is cage; 'e just looked lividly at us as if to say, "Oy. What you tryin' to say?" So no joy there either. I began to wonder if 'e was born into the wrong body, you know, like some people are; maybe what we had here was a Rottweiler in a budgie's body.

    In due course of time we thought 'e probably needed a little friend, so we got 'im one. An' that was a mistake that will karmically re-visit me one day, it was tantamount to trowin' Clarice Starling (ey hahaha) in wit Hannibal Lecter. The mornin' after that little experiment, 'is cage looked like there'd bin a pillow-fight.

    Any road up, when I went to work in the Big Smoke for a while, Eric was fostered out to heroic friends, where 'e lived out 'is days in happy Tourrette's bliss until 'is noisy but sad demise.

    Ow by the crin me leg. It's bound to drop off by Thursday. And natch, I've no flippin' sympathy from Renee Nightingale 'ere. She took one look at it an' said, "Eee, that'll be a pig's foot in the mornin'."

    Cheers. Huh.


  • Comment number 82.

    Night Annie

    I'm going to switch off too.

    Night everyone else - hope to see you tomorrow. Trying and failing to wean myself off a bit in preparation for the new job.

    Susan xx

  • Comment number 83.

    Clodagh, have never had a budgie, can't bear the flappin around me heid.

    You look after that leg, girl, you'll need it to stop falling over.


  • Comment number 84.

    Clodagh do take care of yourself - your version of Riverdance will be strange with only 1 leg!!

    JG hope Mr JG improves and his ankle gets betterer soon x

  • Comment number 85.

    Evening Everyone,

    Thank you for the well dones on the mensh. First (and probably last) time I've ever made a suggestion (I never know song titles and artistes, too busy to pay attention) so was well chuffed to get it played especially when MTF had to persevere to get her ARF opener played. (I had to listen again as I missed it in real time.)

    CSN - glad you had a lovely time at the weekend. Making lovely memories for the wee ones, how special is that?

    Annie - is there enough room in the cupboard for more than one person at a time? Sad to hear about Tam White. Did you see him in River City recently?

    Susan - very best wishes to your friend, her wee boy and the family. I didn't realise babies could be born with something like that.

    JG - you poor thing. I hope Mr JG's ankle responds well to treatment and is soon well again, skipping the light fantastic.

    Tiggs - forgot to say earlier well done - that's fantastic.

    Rightio, I've been in from running for about 3/4 of an hour and I really do need to go for a bath now.

    Night night everyone. Sweet dreams.


  • Comment number 86.

    Definitely off this time.

    Gaily, you're very welcome to join us in the cupboard. Bums, missed Tam in River City, but I'll remember him fondly - loved his bluesy singing.

  • Comment number 87.

    Clodagh, just had to pop in to say thank you my lovely, you always make me larff out loud.

    BG - glad things are improving on the teenage front. Great news on the bargain of an outfit.

    Rightio, now I've caught up and left my mark I'm offski.



  • Comment number 88.

    Btw Susan.

    Big huge hugs and warm wishes to your friend, I do hope all goes well, how awful.

    But just to add a note of hope.. remember the conjoined twins from Cork? The ones I seem to remember many of yous guys sending out your healing vibes for? Well, last week guess who I saw. Yes, they're back home safe and well and fighting fit after their successful operation to separate them. Not quite out of the woods yet, they've a few problems which will still have to be addressed; but what a gorgeous dynamic duo they are indeed, and a happier family you won't find.

    So, you see, there is always hope. Hope and faith, and powerful vibes.


  • Comment number 89.

    Thank you Annie for your very kind invite. I'll see how I'm doing next time we're up. We'll be around from the beginning of Aug for a week but the second week we're hoping to get away for a few days with some friends.

    Rightio, def offski this time.



  • Comment number 90.

    Just popping in to say good night.

    Susan, sorry to hear about the tiny baby, will have him in my thoughts for you.

    JG, errr, stick to the day job, not sure if nursing is your thing ! Hope Mr Jg is ok .

    Clodagh, that has made me laugh, you take care and get Renee to wait on you.

    Sorry to not mention everyone , am struggling to keep up .

    Take care .

    MC xx

  • Comment number 91.

    Clodagh, that is fantastic news. Great get well vibes from me, to see them out of the woods.



  • Comment number 92.

    MC, hahahahaha listen 'ere, it takes me all me time fendin' Renee off; gettin' 'er to wait on me is a truly terrifyin' thought.

    Have you never seen Misery?



  • Comment number 93.

    Good news, Mr JG has hopped upstairs quicker than I can, so all is well!

    MC, will definately stick to the day job! lol

    Night all!

    JG x

  • Comment number 94.

    Bedtime for me. Night all - 4 sleeps to go.

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 95.

    Well, here I am again.

    Late as usual.

    I see there is good news, some not so good and some that needs lots of support, that is well supplied on here.

    This blog offers such a huge help when it is needed the most.

    Long may it continue.

    I had a dear friend aged 100, that I lost two years ago. She had obviously seen a lot of life and shared her wisdom with me regularly.

    One of her famous phrases was...

    I know Dear, that there are people worse off than me, but, that doesn't make me any better off. She was talking about health not wealth. In fact, she was very comfortably off, but still had to suffer with horrendous brittle bone problems.

    Yet, she did her best to remain cheerful and in return, was rewarded by having some lovely friends that rallied round to help make life as easy as it could be for her.

    So, I love coming on here and reading how much warmth is generated by people who have never met, yet are genuinely concerned about the well being of one another.

    Am I rambling??

    I expect so. Way too much sun again today and a rather generous helping of jalapenos on the bogof pizza.

    I cant do the individual post thingy, but wish everyone well.

    On a mission to find my first request for my ELO arf in the archives.

    I loved what I read last night and will pop another date on here if I come across anything of interest.


  • Comment number 96.

    Can I take the liberty to agree with what MFT has said...

    MM, Marjie-k, especially for you. I have always known that you are Bingo's mum. From your first post I knew and have never doubted it. I really believe that you should continue to be here... this is such a hugely supportive community that really does care - and I think you know that. So... don't take any notice... just continue...

    On a lighter note... solved the problem of youngest home alone while big bro and me are away... ex-husband - yes I have a load of jobs that need doing... and spare keys...

    Also - smelly boozy household about to be fixed tomorrow - arranged engineer to fix boiler in morning... meaning work from home... so I will not be able to follow football, tennis (my favourite) or any sport on the BBC live text thingy!!! How sad am I???

    Much love


  • Comment number 97.

    that'll be MTF not MFT - doh!

  • Comment number 98.


    This will make you smile and it would have made Jane smile.

    Lovely bbq, kids turned up very late to enjoy it.

    As we were all saying good bye to each other, guess what happened.

    Holly got out. so there was Mr CSN and son- in - law, running down the bloody road. trying to retrieve mad dog!

    Must say it was a bloody nightmare!

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 99.

    Night everyone

    Sleep well.

    lol, csn. xx

  • Comment number 100.

    How could I pass up the opportunity of the 100.

    Well obviously, I couldn't!

    Lots of cobwebs to clear tomorrow.

    Night all..

    or, Good Morning to the next person to post.



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