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Saint Selina has come unto us...

Chris Evans | 10:16 UK time, Monday, 20 September 2010

...to confirm that I can now pass through this mortal coil called life, with only thanks for all I have been fortunate enough to experience.

Seriously, I had one of the best weekends of my life this weekend. The Goodwood Festival was the best its ever been. Every year as I understand it more and more, it becomes even more enjoyable.

This year the almost miraculous drifting Mk l Jag of The Williams family had me spellbound, whilst the Aston DB 1's and the Maserati 300 S's were a revelation.

Before we called it a day yesterday, Tash and I treated ourselves to a last hurrah bowl of pasta at our local Italian, and then this morning I wake up to the prospect of Andrew Flintoff, Kevin McCloud and Selina Scott.

Thank you God.





  • Comment number 1.


    That was the sound of the first bit of your blog going over my head CLP! DB what!? Is it motor vehicles you scribe of ....?

    Jury's still out on Selina to be honest.

    And thanks for Kylie at 7.45 - life saver in many ways!

    Onwards and upwards.

    Muchos amore.


  • Comment number 2.

    CLP - no mention of the fancy dress - tsk tsk!

    Can I also voice my utter disapointment that you are apparantly not doing a book signing tour - as the self proclaimed "book signing monitor" to alert all the loverly bloggers where and when you were going to be - you've put me out of job!

    Seriously - can we start a petition to change your mind???

    pretty please with big pussy cat from shrek eyes???????


  • Comment number 3.

    morning peeps
    lovely autumnal day here (sorry for saying that)
    Just picked up an application form to volunteer for that big charidee based in Oxford, maybe the first step to returning to the workforce?

    Onwards and upwards indeed Deevs
    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 4.

    nice bit of pleading there Debs, and I shall join you in it


  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning CLP.

    You certainly do live a very busy, interesting life Chris, Goodwood, Andrew, Kevin and Selina.

    And then to top it all PASTA fantastico! I might have Italian myself tonight but whilst watching the happy soaps.

    MM x

    PS Good luck and every success with Kevin staying around your abode throughout October ha ha!

  • Comment number 6.

    PS - no movie reviews or trivia this week - bloomin Westerns aint it! pah!


  • Comment number 7.

    Morning all, from a Sparkling Somerset.

    What a truly lovely day.

    Happy Birthdays to MCM and Scoobs. I hope you are both having a nice time.

    Marj, lovely news about your little stray and that the RSPCA were able to help out.

    Right, I feel a serious forage coming on. I'll be back later with purple fingers no doubt!



  • Comment number 8.


    Debs, Crocs?


  • Comment number 9.

    MTF - got my patent pink birkies on! huzzah! slightly cheating, but going to see if I can do a little walkie around the green in a bit!

    Re your forage, keep an eye out for any potential sloe pickings!


  • Comment number 10.

    Already got the sloes lined up Debs, just need to wait a bit longer and hopefully a light frost (yikes!) too, before picking them.

    Its elderberries and rowan berries this week.

    And lots of fungi too!

    Who doesn't love the odd fungi?


  • Comment number 11.

    Patent AND pink!!!


  • Comment number 12.

    Happy BIrthday Scoobs and MCM x x x

  • Comment number 13.

    *Happy Birthday Scoobs & MCM* xxx

  • Comment number 14.

    shoe watch. Think its going to be birkies for a while, just tried to put on a "normal" boot - no chance, foot and ankle still way too swollen

    hows this for a good look - socks and birkies! LOL


  • Comment number 15.

    Afternoon all

    MTF - And there are plenty of odd fungis on here! :)

    Happy birthday Scoobs and MCM.

    Debs - don't you be pushing thta foot too hard and making it worse.

    Deev's - hope it all sorts itself out soon ;)


  • Comment number 16.

    Afternoon, from a town called Dampsville. It has eventually stopped raining after a weekend of continuous stair rods.

    Anyway, Happy birfdee to Scoobs and MCM , have a good one laydees.

    Debs, glad you are on the way to recovery , what size shoe are you btw ???

    Today is day one of having no bathroom , it was there this morning when i left, but it will be in skipsville when i get back tonight. No barf, bog or shower until Friday (fingers/legs crossed it goes well) So, we are nipping next door to spend pennies etc etc as they are away . I am petrified of locking myself out in the ensuing tiptoe between houses, clutching my soap on a rope and my shower gel. I am sure i will be at work in my nightie at least one day this week. .

    Deevs ,Baggy, good luck in your job hunts xx.

    Happy Monday folks.

    MC xxxxxx

  • Comment number 17.

    Right, I'm off to work, being chauffer driven again, as Puffball goes back to the garage to have done what should have been done last week.

    Have a good afternoon everyone and keep looking skywards for those liitle housemartins and swallow. Before you know it, they will have packed their bags and headed south to warmer climes.

    If any of our more northerly bloggers are still spotting them, can you let me know :)

    Multi cheerios.


  • Comment number 18.

    Hi MTF,

    Had 3 flying over my head in the stables yesterday, they will be away soon no doubt.



  • Comment number 19.

    Thanks Gail.xx

  • Comment number 20.

    MC - oh it's a definate the door slamming behind you in the wind! You be carefull you dont slip on that soap mind - dont want you in the same boat as me do we!

    size 6 btw!

    Andy, not doing too much, physio said that the best part of not getting the physio I should have had 5 weeks ago is that the tendon is v strong now - thats part of the problem to be honest, lack of movement and why the stretching is so important. But thanks for your concern hun!

    MTF dont know much about swallows, but I do know an airbus 380 when I see one!


  • Comment number 21.

    Yes Debs, you hardly need binocs for plane spotting do you!!

    Right, must fly, myself.



  • Comment number 22.

    just watching Tooth Fairy, MTF, you never said you were a 6ft4 hockey player!

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 23.

    enters singing 'I'm going down the garden to eat worms...............'

  • Comment number 24.

    Dont eat worms, come to my house and i'll cook you something ;-) dare ya !

    Debs, sorry you are a size 6 , was going to have a root through my stuff and see if i had anything suitable to send you.

    Right, we have no bathroom, its all gone in the skip, every last tile and tap , we have bare plaster and just a hole where the loo used to be.
    I am taking photos of the progress , they are the neatest workers too, no dust , no fuss, so far so good. No more drinks after 7pm in this house, we need to have a "dry" night !!!.

    MC xxxx

  • Comment number 25.

    evening anyone who might be lurking!!

    come over all weary tonight for some reason - think it was an over active weekend that did it!! but lots of lovely food and company from Friday to Sunday so it was worth it!

    how exciting MC, new bathroom!! hope you've got some fabulous new fluffy towels to put in it when its finished?

    off to a "meet the teacher" session for small boy tomorrow morning - new teacher to the school, not just to him, so thought i ought to go and listen!!

    love CG xx

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi folks

    I'm so glad some folk have returned!!

    Sorry about the absence, been trying to get my new phone to work, and to get Mr JG to actually speak...failure for both...

    So am off to brave the dark, and take Finlay for a walk...

    Night all (hoping he will record Spooks)!

    JG x

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi CG,

    Nope, no towels as yet, not going to use it, just going to polish it and admire it !! LOL.

    JG, I went to get a phone upgrade yesterday, but was sooo tired i ended up leaving it, not sure if i want a slidey screen, or old fashioned buttons. Dont think i want the t'int either. Just text and call functions will do. Am a bit overloaded with technology. Might just go back to carrying a ten p around and using a public payphone. Or maybe a pigeon , that will also double up as a pet.

    Dont ya just hate these dark nights, it feels like normal life ends at 6.45pm now. Take care .

    MC xx

  • Comment number 28.

    Finlay has decided not to go...

    I think he has been out all day, so CBA...I'm not arguing!!

    JG x

  • Comment number 29.

    I've fallen for the "must have the latest phone" trick from Mr JG, and knowing my aversion to all things appley, he knew what I'd come back with (the betterer one apparently)!!

    Trouble is, apart from helping me get my sim card from one to the other, he hasn't helped much!

    And, actually, I quite like my old one, so have stuck with it, on the pretence of waiting for the cover to arrive for the new one...but fear that won't wash for too long...!!

    JG x

  • Comment number 30.

    JG, when i get an upgrade it usually sits in the box for a month or three, until i can build up the strength and temper reserves to deal with it.
    MC xx

  • Comment number 31.

    I get very excited about my new phones!! but i am sure i never get to grips with half of the functions! i have had my existing one for 2 years and it is really getting a bit rattly cos i've dropped it on the floor so many times the back doesn't stay on properly!! Fancy one of those AEIOU-phones (if you see what i mean!) next time but will definitely need the most padded case ever if i am to keep it looking lovely!

    and MC - I said the same when i had a new cooker - double oven, 8 gas rings - was I thrilled!! but now it is in definite need of some tlc and a good clean!! note to self - Must stop cooking!! LOL!

    CG xx

  • Comment number 32.

    CG, 8 gas rings , blimey , thats some cooker . You need to have a word with Chrissie, she has found the ultimate oven cleaner !

    Right , am off to bed .

    Night folks.

    MC xxx

  • Comment number 33.

    Where is our lovely Chrissie?

    Has anyone heard from her?


    P.s Bienvenue Bids.xx

  • Comment number 34.

    Good morning from a busy bond but enjoying good almost summer-like weather. Lots to do at work but so far so good! Hope you all had a great Monday and an even better Tuesday.

  • Comment number 35.

    Morning Bondy and everyone else

    CLP - top show again so far, loving the toons

    MC - you be careful, dont want you falling in the hole where the loo used to be in the middle of the night!

    JG - I am rubbish with phones too, only need the txt and call option - thats good enough for me! GD on the other hand......

    Hope everyone has a good tuesday, hugs to those who are struggling with rubbish work situations at the moment.


  • Comment number 36.

    Morning all

    So, another 9 hours of feeling like a spare part stretch ahead of me. Lots happened here yesterday: the "problem" I was having was asked to leave, and I was told that as of 5 October I will be working part-time hours. If I don't get out of here soon I am scared I will just walk but it's really, truly dragging me down and I don't know how much more I can take.

    Phones. I upgraded mine back in August. Not a fruity one, despite my provider advertising that I could upgrade to that one "for free" they wanted something like £300 for it! It was only "free" if I agreed to a call package of £75/month or something ridiculous. So I now have the SongSam equivalent (it sounds like a bar of chocolate) and I love it. Theo nly problem I've had with it was the first time someone phoned me I didn't know how to answer it - it's the slidey motion I have since found out!

    My evening class starts tonight, so for the next 10 weeks I shall be Creative Writing every Tuesday night, whilst Nic goes to the quiz to try and win without me ....... ;-)

    (although in theory I could go straight to the quiz from college if I felt that way inclined).

    Right. Time to paint on the smile and pretend I'm enjoying it.


  • Comment number 37.

    morning all

    Got to work today, had breakfast, checked email, changed shoes, applied for some jobs - might have to do some work for a bit as well today ;-)

    Actually now I know I'm going its much better, I'm not allowed to say I'm leaving but certain people in the states are being nicer to me and I don't care anymore, last night, for the first time in ages, I left my laptop at home ;-)

    Deev - hugs to you, glad to hear your problem is sorted!

    Phones - got the latest update to my old one, and its as slippy as anything, its been on the floor in pieces more times then anyother phone I have owned. I gave my old phone (and it was still worth a bob or two) to my hubby who was using my phone from 8 years ago! Dispite him saying he doesnt need a better phone etc is funny how quickly he has adapted to all the new features - hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Anyway - getting a wriggle on as we speak


    PS - Bondy - we are coming to NYC in Nov - I know you live a bit away but any chance of a meet?

  • Comment number 38.

    okay - where is everyone? Please don't say that some nastiness by a cetain someone is too blame? I know Rips is busy and a few others have notes from mums but who is out there?

    How about a roll call with a lyric for the day:

    I'm baggy le puss chat and todays lyruc is ' life's a journey not a destination'

  • Comment number 39.

    Can I go with .....

    Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans


  • Comment number 40.

    deev - great choice and always room for Lennon

  • Comment number 41.

    brain being wracked, back shortly...

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 42.

    all that my brain is throwing up this morning is
    'Life is the name of the game and I wanna play the game with you'
    sorry, brain is truly fried

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 43.

    Good morning everyone from a cloudy Ayrshire.

    Tiggs, I'm with you, be back soon when I have a think.



  • Comment number 44.

    PS - sent my CV out to 6 agencies - 2 have already called me desperate to meet me - woohoo! Thank goodness I wore a short shirt today ;-)

  • Comment number 45.

    woohoo indeedy Baggy xxxx

  • Comment number 46.

    that should be short skirt - a short shirt on me would be a bit too far!

  • Comment number 47.

    Baggy - whenever I get an interview via an Agency, I always take with me (bound and in a presentation file thingy) a copy of MY CV. The interview I had on Friday was thru an Agency, and they sent me a copy of "my" CV as submitted by them. To be honest, they hadn't exactly done me justice, and the interviewers were more than happy to have my CV, as written (and re-written several times!) by me.

    Good luck!


  • Comment number 48.

    Deev - not got to a real interview stage, still battleing the agnecies but the more the merrier in my book!

  • Comment number 49.

    Right ok, I've thought, there really are too many but one of my favourites is:

    "They call us lonely when we're really just alone".

    Have a good day everyone.



  • Comment number 50.

    Baggy - "when" you get to interview stage. Because you will one day!


  • Comment number 51.

    ooh, Aztec Camera, great choice Gail
    Tiggs xx

    I agree with Deevs Baggy, you WILL get interviews!

  • Comment number 52.

    Baggy, here is mine
    "i'm jake the pake diddle iddle diddle dum"

    Good luck with those agenicies!


  • Comment number 53.

    Morning All,

    'Never saw it as the start. Just a change of heart'

    CLP - couldn't listen this morning as I had a 0700 meeting, not all bad though - it was on the 14th floor of a building in central London with views over the city and the sun rising behind it.
    If only I could start every day like that.....alternatively - I'd quite happily start it with the foxiest string quartet since Basil Brush joined the LSO in my office....another pinch yourself moment was it?

    Speaking of which - I've just caught up and noticed some of you adding your 'pinch yourself moments'.
    Mine has to be the time that I was paying for fuel at the BP station on the M40, I finished the transaction, turned around and saw CLP who in the middle of a fairly crowded shop - shouted "alright Rips!"....I'm still dining out on that now.

    Baggy - great to see you taking the big step, it will pay dividends in so many ways in the long term x

    Deev - stick with it and keep looking. It's always easier to find work when you are in work - apparently. Good luck with the creative writing. Can't imagine where your inspiration will come from! x

    Dreamy - I wasn't ignoring your non-invitation invitation to the rugby but I have to watch Wasps more than I'd like anyway thanks to my club's affiliation with them.
    Nice to 'see' you though x

    Finally - thankfully.......I've not been around much, but where's Chrissie?

    Take care



  • Comment number 54.

    Greetings all!!

    can I have 2 lyrics

    "young at heart" (with accompanying fiddle solo!)
    and "don't worry be happy".

    just becuase really!!

    Deevs and Baggy - keep persevering!! the right thing is out there somewhere, it has to be! need to find the right shape hole for your particular pegs that's all!

    Rips - that is a MEGA pinch me moment!!! how cool!!

    love CG xx

  • Comment number 55.

    Afternoon all

    Been really busy and only had time for a brief lurk.

    Loved the Elbow this morning and 'Throw those curtains wide, one day like this a year will see me right'

    Baggy - Nice to have the real you back and I'm sure there are plenty of firms out there who need you.

    Just got a new phone upgrae which has been sat in the box for 2 weeks as too busy to sort it out!



    Deev's - Hope the writing goes well and the time when CLP is interviewing you as the next big thing to hit the bookshops!

  • Comment number 56.

    Morning/afternoon one and all. Slow start to the day for me. Can't get moving..... Any way, supposed to be another nice day. Temps in the high 70s and even warmer tomorrow!

    Hi Super, I am about 7 hours drive from NYC! Are you going to visit Niagara Falls by any chance? That's a lot closer. Would love to meet up.

    Hope everyone is having a great day!

  • Comment number 57.

    Don't know what happened with the formatting there, as you definitely weren't an afterthought Deevs!

    Confused of blogland


  • Comment number 58.

    New blog!

  • Comment number 59.


    We have sunshine and blue sky , for a limited period only i'm guessing .

    Baggy wow , that sounds interesting.

    Deevs, sorry its getting you down , better things are just around the corner. When your best seller is going global, we can all say, "she used to be a blogger " xxx

    Right, bathroom update, usual routine all thrown out due to lack of facilities. Felt a bit daft letting myself into the neighbours house with my towel and toilet bag ! Found shampoo had leaked all in the bottom of toilet bag. Mastered the shower and got home to find i had left towel at neighbours. Well, at least i remembered to get dressed.

    Dead busy today, gym tonight, and a "weigh in" looming.

    MC xxx

  • Comment number 60.

    I heard Selina for the first time this morning (Wednesday) brilliant!



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