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Bunga Bunga. He's gone!!!

Chris Evans | 11:19 UK time, Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Well, he's almost gone. Or will he ever really go? Italy's debt has increased exponentially in the last twenty four hours, and Bunga Bunga Berlusconi has said he will resign within the next fortnight.

I'm not so sure. I think he's a clinger (they all are dear).

Mind you, he does have all those telly stations and newspapers to run. Highly inadvisable to have your PM in charge of half the country's media don't you think ?

Closer to home, I'm staying in London tonight. My wife has sanctioned a night out for me with an old car pal.

Max - I'll see you at the usual place, wearing the usual pink carnation.

Peace and Love my friends




  • Comment number 1.

    Greetings CLP & ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    CLP - 'ello CLP man, yes politicians... They seem ter get worse & worse at their job... most of them total rotters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The Burlesconi.... involved with underage women & look at the state of 'is countries finances while 'e's been running the country running around with young women!!!!!!

    Whatta find shocking is why are these people not put in prison!!!!!!!

    Am eman even Blair & Bush started the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq.... And still our soldiers are being killed now for nothing in my opinion!!!!!!!!

    Strnage thing too.... Al Quida seems to 'ave gone quiet since Blair & Bush left office!!!!!!
    Was it all a shirade?????

    Who knows.... All a do know our world is run by rotten people!!!!!

    Ok me PART 3 of me Road Safety thingy.... In A Moment....

  • Comment number 2.

    So what can be done to reduce the deaths on our roads?

    PART 3 -A:

    The raise of the speed limit to 80mph isn't a factor that will make roads more dangerous. The Institute Of Advanced Motorists have long argued for a raise to 80mph on the motorways.

    The best way to make roads safer is educate drivers.
    This can be done by re-testing. This for sure would make people sharper/ better drivers. Build up their knowledge of driving.
    I'm amazed at how many people when you get talking to them all think they know so much about the rules of the road. When actually.... They don't!!
    People are strange when it comes to driving... Most think they are better than they are and most have their own interpretation of rules.
    In fact it is worrying just how many people don't really know the exact rules of certain aspects of driving who actually drive daily.
    I myself even though I'm a HGV driver of 14 years, car driver of 20 years, a member of the Advanced Motorists having passed my advanced test, been to police skid control courses and taken part in motorsport events & held a racing licence... Despite this I do admit it... Some rules on the roads i'm not 100% sure about!!!!!!
    And a quick read of the Highway Code is a great refresher.
    The only problem I've noticed driving in my truck... Often I will be following a rule correctly & somebody else will nearly have a collision with me as they think I'm wrong & they are right.
    One common area is when I have to occupy two lanes with my truck when turning. Very often I come across drivers who even though I'm straddling the white lines & part in both lanes I've had people trying to get past me & beeping their horn at me & doing rude signs... As they simply don't understand the Highway Code & drive with a me, me, me aggressive attitude.
    It says very clearly in the Highway Code that large vehicles often need to take up more than one lane at roundabouts/ when turning at junctions & extra room/ patience should be given to HGVs. But isn't this just simple common sense?
    Most of the Highway Code are simple rules of simple common sense!!!

    Years ago I was involved in an accident on the South Circular road in Wimbledon.
    I was driving a tanker of highly flammable solvents (more flammable than petrol). As I pulled away from a set of traffic lights already occupying the 2 lanes as the road was of narrow lanes AND I had a cyclist next to me on my left. When a lunatic in a van came full speed and went for a gap between me & the central traffic island. He expected me to swerve over the cyclist for him. (that he was also convinced was not there, He couldn't see it due to my vehicle and his speed).
    The result he skidded into my 40 tonne tanker & the front side of his van, the metal exploded with the force. Why a 2 tonne van would take on a 40 tonne tanker?
    But the most worrying thing is as part of his van exploded with force... The debris hit the side of my tanker nearly rupturing the side. If that had happened... 35,000 litres of liquid could have leaked & my vehicle would have exploded with a large fireball. All because of one idiot!!!
    When he got out of his van he was screaming at me totally convinced he was right. And calling me a liar about the being a cyclist!!!
    This is my point of how scary it is that there are these people out there who never read the Highway Code yet are convinced they are know all about driving.
    And the mad thing – Being rush hour,150 yards ahead was a large traffic jam, so if the van drive had got ahead of me... He would have just sat in a traffic jam ahead of me. Yet he badly wrecked his van & nearly caused an explosion to try & do so... CRAZY!

    It's scary just how bad some drivers are out there. Seem to have a mentality of not looking properly ahead. Not thinking about their actions/ driving.
    And sadly this is why serious accidents do & will carry on happening.
    The introduction of re-testing incorporating the advanced driving test really, really would make driving so much safer & better for all.
    It would save money on accidents, make insurance companies pay out less claims & cut the pain & hurt families feel after the loss or injury of loved ones.
    So WHY do the government not do this???
    If 2,000 people a year died in train crashes the railways would be shut down!!!!!

  • Comment number 3.

    PART 3 -B:

    One VERY good yet simple A very fast way to cut road deaths would be send everybody a copy of the Highways Code Book with their tax disc renewal form – This for sure would save well over 100 lives in the first year alone – maybe many many more !!!!
    How many people actually go to the trouble of buying the Highways Code... Very few.... Mainly only when people are trying to pass their driving test!!!!
    So why do the government not do this? It's a very easy way of improving our road safety!
    I'm sure many people would take a look at it over breakfast or on their work break and look at aspects of the Highway Code they are not sure about.
    And another very effective way would be send a leaflet with their tax disc renewal all about a particular rule/ area of safety that's in the highway code.
    Maybe safety critical areas of driving and areas where there are a higher number of serious road accidents.
    This would greatly educate drivers, and ultimately save lives and reduce injuries!!!
    I mean how many times do you get leaflets with your road tax reminder like the ones trying to sell you a personalised number plate!!!!!
    Yet never anything about road safety!!!!!
    Is the government's ONLY priority about collecting money from us & not the welfare/ care of motorists?????@?@??
    Even when you hear governments talking about road deaths, very often mentioned is that each death costs the tax payer so much money per year!

    I'm sure the above basic ideas would be very effective ways of reducing road deaths!!!!!

  • Comment number 4.

    Bingo, thank you for taking time to post this advice. It's a real eye-opener and making us all think

    Maddy, deffo speak to the warden and see if they can help. They are probably wondering what's going on!

    Good Luck

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 5.

    MOrning each

    Very quicky from me as on phone so apologise for spelling mis-steaks!

    QUick update on Pip.. she is still in labour.. all ok tho but just very slow! THey gonna try something new this afternoon so fingers crossed she'll have exciting news before tonight!
    Know she won't mind me putting this as a few of you Have asked after her.. I've just text her to to tell her she's in everyone's thoughts. Will let you know as I do!

    mSc x

  • Comment number 6.

    WOW exciting news about Pip!!!!!!!!! 'ope all goes well soon & congrates will be in order soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS 'ope CLP doesn't mind me putting this on today's blog that a put on yesterdee's blog earleir terdee.... Just 'ope all who drive will se eit as it will 'elp improve your safety & fuel efficiency greatly by avoiding sudden sharp breaking or stopping uneccessary:

    PS One other important driving tip the IAM teach you is look more further ahead to see what's going on further down the road.
    Most motorists just stare at the rear of the vehicle in front of them!!!!!

    What you should do is be looking 200 yards or more ahead of the vehicles in front of you.... This way you can react to slowing traffic even before the vehicle ahead of you does!!!!

    I've done this & often seen something happening ahead... started slowing and watched the vehicle in front of me nearly have an accident as they've not seen the hazard until the last moment!!!!!!!!

    So rmemeber the Bingo IAM driving tip terdee: Look as far ahead down the road as you can, NOT just at the rear of the vehilce in front!!!!!!

    Glad ter 'elp!!!

  • Comment number 7.

    He's going nowhere in a hurry, Christoff. He says he'll step down after the budget reforms. Lord knows what will happen in the next few weeks. If I actually understood the implications of any of this, I'd be very scared indeed.

    Bingo - why will going faster make us safer? Genuine question - I'm interested to know the answer.


  • Comment number 8.

    Hello CE & Everyone.

    Politicians Chris! Say no more! I do hope that BBB does go. I've just noticed that there are a lot of B's amongst them!

    Enjoy your night out with the old car pal but be careful where you are standing wearing that pink carnation.

    HURRAH! I have now got a nice new shiny digital dual channel programmer which can be timed in advance or for an hour at a time, etc. I just need to read the instructions to learn how to use it LOL.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 9.

    Evening all

    How's the day been for you?

    We actually saw a glimpse of the sun today so that was a pleasure

    Maddy, sorry, not keeping up here. Was that the timer causing all the trauma? All sorted now?

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 10.

    Hello all,

    Chris ,I'll believe that he's gone ,when he's gone. Cant believe that the man has lasted as long as he has ,but like you say if he owns probably half the country so to speak ,you don't need to say any more eh!!!
    Enjoy your evening out tonight ,no doubt there will be lots of car talk.

    Just dropping in while I defrost the meat ,the meat in the fridge was not looking very good so decided not to cook ,so hence got some more from the freezer.

    Maddy,Whoop,Whoop,Whoop. About bliking time ,lets hope now that thats the end of your problems ,and I must say that Sezza came up with some grand ideas.
    really pleased that you've got it sorted.

    Pip ,hang on in there ,not long now my love...and breathe.

    Deev ,Christmas tree,noooo.and yes far too early.looking forward to the guessing whats behind the window.

    Bingo, very wise words indeed and thanks for all those fab tips.oa couple I didn't know but will be passing those onto my family.
    I agree that you should be looking well ahead of the road when driving ,My thoughts are always with not the car in front of me as I can see them ,but it's the ones in front of them that I'm thinking off . also I never over take on a hill which some people tend to do .
    And bikes ,had one tonight ,couldn't over take him as he had a loose jacket on flapping all over the place and his feet wher sticking out off the side off the peddles just like ducks feet, you've only got to brush by them and they'd be off.

    And while I'm at it ,my most bug bare is people still using there mobile phones whilst driving ,I see it every day...rant over.

    Better go now ..lol.


  • Comment number 11.

    That's the one Sezza, all sorted now with a new digital timer.

    Two very efficient electricians arrived at the door, they said they'd only received the job today so I've no idea at all what all the nonsense has been about over the past couple of weeks.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 12.

    Mad isn't it Maddy! You wonder what's happening sometimes

    So glad it's sorted now. How are they getting on with the outside of the house?

    Hi Bids

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 13.

    Just watching the Forces Who Wants to be a Millionaire

    Hugh Bonneville just asked if he'd beaten Chris Evans

    Says Tarrant, with a wry roll of the eyes "Everyone beats Chris Evans!!!"


    If true!!!! Sorry Christoff x x x

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Sezza.

    They are just finishing off the last of the pointing and then I think the house is all done and the scaffolding will be coming down. I've got to quite like the scaffolding around the house and the cats are going to miss walking around it LOL.

    I didn't watch Who Wants To Be A Millionaire but I've seen Chris Tarrant before mentioning CLP's little faupoux, he likes to remind us LOL.

    MM xxx

    PS It was incredible what happened re the timer, why couldn't they have just sent the right person to the right address in the first place?

  • Comment number 15.

    Evening All,

    Chris Tarrant and Chris Evans don't get on...fact! Well, I say "fact" I don't know that for sure, but reading between the lines when they share a radio station.....
    I know who my money's on.....

    Pip - Everything crossed and looking forward to hearing of your impending good news. x

    Bingo - minefield, that's all I'm saying.

    Time for bed Zeb



  • Comment number 16.

    Good morning all,

    The sun is I think going to put on a show again today ,yesterday that started off damp turned out to be a beautiful day,infact at my place of work they have a Balcony off their b/room,so I opened up the doors.
    And as they back onto Langston Harbour and the tide was out all you could here was the wading birds and other birds twittering away ,reminded me of a late spring afternoon, tonic in it self.

    Have a lovely day all and take care.


  • Comment number 17.

    *pops head round door* Coo, you've done it up nice in here!!

    Hello everyone, have excellent news *drumroll please*...

    Our lovely Pip and her partner have a bouncing baby boy!! Andrew was born at 10.56 last night, weighing 6lbs 10oz. Pip and Andrew are both doing well, as is daddy!!

    If you're on FB, Pip has asked that you don't post anything on the public bits until she's sure all her family know - I'm sure she'd welcome Inbox messages and posts here though.

    Ooh, I might celebrate with a piece of cake!

    AF xxx

  • Comment number 18.

    Hip Hip Hooray
    Hip Hip Hooray
    Hip Hip Hooray

    For Pip, Baby Andrew, Big Brother and Daddy - fantastic news xxx

    Welcome to the world Andrew :)

    Sending lots of love to you all.


  • Comment number 19.

    Many many Congratulations to Pip, Daddy and Big Brother too.

    Whoop whoop.

    I will text Bids and let her know.

    Happy Days.


  • Comment number 20.

    Bids sends her 'luv'


  • Comment number 21.

    Morning all

    Thanks Flower for letting us all know.

    Congrat's to Pip and OH, welcome to the world Andrew!



  • Comment number 22.

    Morning All

    Thanks so much flower for letting us know.

    Well done Pip you are very very clever.

    Propa x x x

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi everyone: lovely to see the blog rolling along nicely last night.

    AF: just great to see you - I miss your posts, you know. xx Thank you for the wonderful news about PiP! Well done PiP, and congratulations to you, your gorgeous other boy, and welcome to Andrew! xxxx Beautiful name, I have to say!

    Just a lovely way to start the working day!

    C xx

  • Comment number 24.

    And, of course congratulations to Mr PiP!


  • Comment number 25.

    Just sent you 2 slices of cake Flower. Chocolate and one coconut, wasn't sure which one you would prefer .

    x x x

  • Comment number 26.

    Congratulations to Pip, Mr Pip and Junior Pip on the arrival of Andrew - welcome to the world little one!!



  • Comment number 27.

    Welcome to the world baby Andrew - congratulations Pip, Mr Pip and young man Pip! Thrilled to hear your news! Wishing you all love and blessings!
    Morning all!
    Daisy x

  • Comment number 28.

    Many congratulations PiP and Mr PiP and big brother PiP, on the safe arrival of baby Andrew xx

    Thank you AF for passing on the good news.

    Pen x

  • Comment number 29.

    Had to pop over after the FB message: what lovely news about Pip and Mr Pip's new arrival Andrew, hooray!

    And hello again after another loooooooong blog absence, I tend to spend time on t'other side since these blogs have been appearing there.

    I'm with Obamarama about Berlusconi - really not sure how it will work itself out, the rest of us are watching through our fingers from the sidelines, so to speak.

    Thanks Bingo for the words of wisdom n experience re driving, my previous job insisted you did an advanced driver session with the IAM every 2-3 years if you did any driving for work, and they paid for it. The 'look further than the car in front' advice is definitely the most useful thing and I try and do it all the time.

    Am so looking forward to next Friday and seeing the phone-in bloggers again, I'm practicing my best handwriting for all those requests, the phones never stopped ringing! I got to talk to a few bloggers last year so I really hope that happens again.

    Popping out soon so congrats again to Pip and love and hugs to all!

    Ann xxx

  • Comment number 30.

    Many congratulations to Pip, Mr Pip & Master Pip. Welcome to the world little Andrew Pip.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 31.

    afternoon peeps.

    Just wanted to add my congratulations to the PiP household and say how lovely it is to be a blog auntie again! Babyman Daniel being our original 'blog baby'.

    Howdy-doody to everyone else - apologies for continuing absence - although I do try to catch up on posts every few days - life is just a bit manic at the mo.

    Stay safe and remember to share a smile with someone today.
    You know it makes sense!

    ttfn, Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 32.

    Morning Greetings Ter ALL at 12.30 plus...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    CONGRATULATIONS TER PIP & 'ER GROWING FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-))))) xxxxx

    Bridget M - Yes cyclists can be very 'azardous!!!!! There's alot who seem tet think they are above the 'ighway code!!!!!!
    A common problem a get in me truck is them coming up me inside inter me blind spots - MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Although ave recently started cycling ter work mesen again!!!!!!

    Again it's all common sense... A wear bright clothing a try ter keep out of th eway of cars... Although not always easy if yerv gotta traffic island that narrows the road ter just wide enough for a car!!!!
    Also it can be bad in the wind on a bike!!!!!!

    The only thing when passing a cyclist a was taught ALWAYS give them an exagerated amount of room!!!!!
    A good metre to cars width... better to be safe than sorry!!!!!!!

    Also it says this in the 'ighway Code!!!!!!!

    Bids - Am amazed 'ow yer drive around London in once piece.... Especially with those BIG air ducts!!!!!!!

    Obamarama - Speed alone isn't dangerous... It's in the wrong place at the right time!!!!!!
    Most modern cars can do 100mph safely.... With many 'igh performance cars capable of easy cruising at 120mph!!!!!!!!
    I mean if it's so dangerous why do the traffic police drive at 130mph sometimes!!!!!!

    But I think this is where roads are going backwards have reached their peak of evolution as firstly:
    The faster yer go man do yer use a BIG BIG amount fo fuel.... And what with the rediculars 'igh cost of fuel... Is it worth it????
    Yer can't really drive anywhere fast as the roads are so crowded... AND sadly with a lot of selfish idiots!!!!!!!
    A mean try going fast even on a quiet motorway yer still get strange people who seem ter get kick out of obstructing yer progress!!!!!!
    Yer never know what's goijg through the minds of some drivers.... Some might be day dremaing, using the phone.... 'aving an arguement or think if they are going at the max speed limit then they shouldn't 'ave ter move!!!!!!
    All a can say is ave seen it all!!!!!!!!
    Ave driven everything from being in a slow truck ter a 180mph Lotus!!!!!!!!!!
    When am in me truck everyone 'ates me as i'm holding them up!!!!!!!
    When ave driven me Lotus then it's the other way around people won't co'operate with me.

    Yer can't win all.... A can't win!!!!!!

    Ter be 'onest a think 80mph is the relaistic max..... I sort of agree & disagree at raising the speed limit!!!!!
    Yer use alot of fuel at 80mph.... But then if yer driving from say London ter Glasgow... Do yer really wanter trickle at 70mph up a deserted M74???????

    This is where there's a flaw in cars.... The future is railways!!!!!!!!!

    Where else can yer cruise at 125mph.... Or the channel tunnel trains do 186mph!!!!!!!!!
    All whilst 'aving a cuppa tea with yer family in COMPLETE safety!!!!!!!!!

    Ter me the governments should make the trains cheaper and open for all ter travel on!!!!!!!!

    This new London ter Scotland 'igh speed one madness a think is MADNESS!!!!!!!

    Instead of wasting billions destroying villages and building a new railway line just ter get from London ter Manchester in an 'our.... A mean now it can be done in 2 'ours.... That already us plenty fast enough.... Why do we need ter be even faster??????
    A???? AYE????????????????

    What they should do is spend those billions making the trains that we already 'ave cheaper.... more frequent.... less crowded and yer cuppa tea cheaper!!!!!!!!!!

    'ope this answers yer Q Obamarama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

  • Comment number 33.

    Hello Everyone,

    Haven't been here in ages and ages and ages and ages but wanted to add my congratulations to Pip and family. Welcome to the world baby Andrew, and huge hugs and congratulations to Pip, Mr Pip and big brother Pip.


  • Comment number 34.

    Annie Oakley - WELL DONE on doing yer Advanced Test.... Am sure yer will know/ understand/ feel 'ow much safer & better it would driving for us all if this test was compulsorarary!!!!!!!!!!

    SezzaGirl - Am glad ter 'elp.... sorry if a do confuse sometimes though!!!!!!

    In fact am feeling confused about the roads mesen after all me blogging.... Am off ter rest the mind!!!!!!

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  • Comment number 36.

    Hi All

    Just popped over from 'next door' to offer many congratulations to Pip and family on your new arrival!

    And also to wish Cathmel a very happy birthday! I'll see if I can find one of KatyMac's cakes...

    Deebee ~X~

  • Comment number 37.

    Ooooh Ohhh - KatyMac here - needed a reminder from Deebee, thanks Deebs - Have an excellent birthday Cathmel! x

    ♥♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*• TO YOU •*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣♥
    ♥♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*• TO YOU •*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣♥
    ♥♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*•TO CATHMEL!•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣♥
    ♥♣♪♫♫•*¨*••☆ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ☆♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸•☆*• TO YOU •*¨*•.¸¸♪♫♣♥

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  • Comment number 38.


    After spending this morning finally getting rid of the ironing mountain that's been lurking in the boiler cupboard for.......well.....a long time, I thought I would sit down with a cuppa and see what was happening.

    Congratulations PiP and family, and welcome Andrew! xxx

    Bingo - I always give cyclists a lot of room, I'm sure someone told me once that you should give them a car width, if they fall sideways and end up on the deck that's about the amount of space they would need not to hit your car. And nowadays I have my little back seat driver reminding me to 'mind the cyclist!!

    Right then - I need to get my thinking cap on, on how to fix a terminally ill homemade octopod that won't stand up........where's my PVA glue and sticky back plastic!


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  • Comment number 40.

    About time too!! I am a bit jealous though - i bet he could tell a few stories


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