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A postcard

Eddie Mair | 12:08 UK time, Tuesday, 17 October 2006

leevitout.jpgarrives from Lee Vitout. He says "This is me on holiday. Please pass my regards on to "Big Sister" and "Aperitif".

annasee.jpgAnd Annasee, sent this, a photo taken from a brochure found at Manchester Art Gallery. She wrote: "even as youngsters, Eddie, Kirsty and Carolyn wanted to be on the radio. Tragically, BBC budget cuts in late 2006 saw them replaced by Tilly the pony, Vicky the goat and Sophie the sheep. A senior BBC source said "Eddie Mair has our full support. But the goat was cheaper.""

As it happens the back page of the new in house BBC mag - Ariel - carries a photo of Chris Jarvis and other CBeebies people posing with our favourite farmyard animals from last week. They came from Spitalfields city farm. All the animals have now been adopted by Madonna.


  1. At 12:19 PM on 17 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    What fabulous cards today :-)) Not what I thought the typical BBC R4 audience would resemble though!

  2. At 12:26 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Wow! And definitely no room for mistaken (sexual) IDs here.

    But, Lee, do you really look like that?

    Incidentally, the hidden script on this one reads: Image 1-7:JPG. Which is code for ....?

  3. At 12:27 PM on 17 Oct 2006, OntheLedge wrote:

    I see Ed's receding hairline goes back a long way ..... and I always knew Kirsty's hair was dyed! Trust Carolyn to keep in the background. Always the modest one.

  4. At 12:27 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    Changing the subject, diplomatically, all of this activity here today has shuffled a few previous entries off the main page.

    Andy, I responded to one of your recent comments here, in case you didn’t see it. That is all.

  5. At 12:39 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Sara wrote:

    Happy Birthday, Appy! I'm looking forward to tea and cake - choccy cake, perchance?

    Is that really Lee? If so, what have I been doing all my life!

    Hope Valery P and FF have good travels and anyone else up in the air today. Susan (previous thread 4) says it is foggy in Yorks and it's pretty foggy here in the midlands too.

    If there's any wine involved in the celebrations tonight, Appy, I think I might come, if you'll invite me. In fact, I think we'll all come. Eddie too. He's not doing much after 5.

  6. At 12:40 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Whatever happened to the lovely complimentary email I sent re the hunk at the top?

  7. At 12:43 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Phil wrote:

    Did anyone else see that Paddy chappie from BH on breakfast telly this morning- he was talking about inflation figures and used the phrase 'whanging off about interest rates'

    At least I think that's what he said...

  8. At 12:51 PM on 17 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Dear Eddie,

    Could Lissa please scan the article from your (in-house) magazine so us froggers can see Madonna's new tribe ??

    Go on - you know it makes sense.

  9. At 12:56 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Jack Scribbs wrote:

    Can we have more pictures like this please? (the first one, not the kids)

    Is this the exciting big things for the blog that was promised the other day? Good work if it was.


  10. At 01:00 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    Sara (5), you might find that he’s on the radio after five, but perhaps not doing much after six.

  11. At 01:03 PM on 17 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Here here Jack!

    And as noted by OnTheLedge, perhaps it means that it is pic 1 of 7 - which if that is the case, can we have a glimpse at the other six please.

  12. At 01:14 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Cathy Harrison wrote:


  13. At 01:16 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Hey, Jonnie, don't confuse me with Ledge!

    But, yes, the idea that there might be 6 more of this eyecandy is interesting ....

  14. At 01:21 PM on 17 Oct 2006, OnTheLedge wrote:

    Phil - What exactly is whanging? Does it have anything to do with todger-bashing?

    And, Jonnie, BTW, it wasn't me ....

    Hmmm, hope I manage to get this past the Object Driver

  15. At 01:23 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Sara wrote:

    Dr H (10) I just thought he might skive at five so as to be with Ap. I'm sure Lissa would hold the fort. But if you think he's got to be on the radio, perhaps we could have the party there? News bad, party good.

  16. At 01:25 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Knowing how the bloggers like a challenge, I'm offering a Wanut Whip for the first one to correctly identify the source for the following quote:

    "PM scores because the people who matter listen to it"

    Clue: It wasn't Peter Mandelsohn

  17. At 01:30 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Fiona. wrote:

    Hi Lee, (postcard pic)

    I thought you'd like to know that you're my screensaver now!

    I've sent Orlando Bloom the the recycle bin.

    love ya dude. Cor!!!!

  18. At 01:33 PM on 17 Oct 2006, AndycStrapNoMore wrote:

    Doc : thanks for the link and the comment, I will respond there. Too many blogs, too little info at the top of these tabs ... :)

    I was going to send in a pic of me, in but the first one above will do just as well.

  19. At 01:36 PM on 17 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Yes apologies for getting mixed up Big Sis and Ledge, however after further research the 1-7 code is merely referring (of course) to the office Canon scanner. Perhaps after all this hype Lee will send Ed more piccies though.

  20. At 01:42 PM on 17 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    I think it was Eddie - and I love walnut Whips Big Sis :-)

  21. At 01:43 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Jessica wrote:


  22. At 01:48 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    You seem to know too much about all this. Are you Rupert in disguise (with glasses)?

  23. At 01:53 PM on 17 Oct 2006, OnTheLedge wrote:

    I've been wondering who this Fiona is who like Lee ViTout so much and pondering on the possible consequences.

    Fiona Bruce (Reading News at Ten) checks screen for top story:

    " ... while today in Downing Street - "Phoarrrrrr" [mops brow, goes red then white] " ........

  24. At 01:57 PM on 17 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    He he,

    Afraid not Big Sister, but are you using diversionary tactics here?
    Surely you should be asking for my address as I'll be expecting my Walnut whip in a jiffy tomorrow as promised!

  25. At 01:59 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    A big Walnut Whip is winging its way to Jonnie .... or Rupert .......... (; :)

  26. At 02:02 PM on 17 Oct 2006, OnTheLedge wrote:

    I see from the newsletter that the blogging jokes cheered up the team. I see, too, that Eddie has supplied a joke (and laughter) of his own.

    How unusual.

  27. At 02:03 PM on 17 Oct 2006, John W wrote:

    Sara (15),

    Bit mean, leaving Lissa out of the party? Let Vicky the Goat take over this evening, she'll stand no nonsense in interviews, and probably head-butt any pol who doesn't answer the question first time round.

    Or should we also have Vicky, Sophie and Tilly round, let Rupert run the show.

  28. At 02:12 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    It may not be tomorrow, Jonnie (don't remember offering next day delivery), but just provide the necessary and the Whip will be on its way ..... In a JiffyBag.

    So, how did you know it was a Canon scanner if you're not really Rupert (or one of his cohorts)? An explanation is required here, otherwise I'll be sending the Whip to Eddie.

  29. At 02:12 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Sara wrote:

    Now that my newsletter has arrived I can see Eddie will be much too busy to join us until after the prog. We really need an in depth discussion about the number of episodes of Corrie each week. I'm sure we all agree this is crucial. Has Craig arrived safely in Berlin? We won't know until at least tomorrow and that could be too late.

    (I'm afraid this is the only bit of Corrie I can remember as I watched the 11 pm repeats but fell asleep for all but the last 5 minutes)

    By the way, this blog gets very annoying sometimes. I submitted this once but it was rejected because it had forgotten me and I didn't notice, so there were no contact details. But as soon as I went back to the original entry - lo and behold! my contact details are there again.

  30. At 02:13 PM on 17 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Thanks Big Sis, I look forward to it and will send back a pic of me enjoying the said Whip.

    Alternatively I feel very sorry for the lovely Manveen (top right) in the photo's file. I can't imagine a more soul destroying job as filtering through all the 'Angry of Mayfair' type letters in an attempt to sift out something useable 'on air' so perhaps Manveen should have the 'Walnut Whip of the week award.

  31. At 02:23 PM on 17 Oct 2006, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Happy birthday Ap!

    We expect a mention of this in the headlines Eddie!

  32. At 02:35 PM on 17 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    It all gets a bit embarassing BigSister.

    Truth is I wanted to have Lee as my wallpaper (like Fiona) so I saved it to the Desktop. Then if you right click on the saved jpeg icon (on the Desktop and go in to 'properties' and then click on the 'summary' tag -- al the details will be there.
    In this case the Camera model is the Canoslide (which is the scanner)
    I better not post anymore today in case I get told off by Lissa or even worse Eddie, but they all count towards making the PM blog the number 1 slot I guess.

  33. At 02:36 PM on 17 Oct 2006, John H. wrote:

    So then, Big Sis, are you thinking that this one is a trannie as well? (Oh, and I'm referring to the top card, of course.)

  34. At 02:37 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    H-E-L-P! Jonnie, you've got me very confused now. Do you want the Whip? Do you want me to send the Whip to Manveen?

    And if it's the former, and as I'm not psychic, you'll either have to divulge an address, or we'll need to set up a 'drop'. Trouble is that, if we do the latter, the chocoholics who populate this blog will all be racing to get there before you .....

  35. At 02:38 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Fifi wrote:

    Just wanted to make it plain that I am not Fiona.

    'Hi Fiona!'

    Besides which... nahh... the pic does nothing for me.

    Bring back the sheep, I say! ;)

  36. At 04:02 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh dear, Jonnie, time's run out on the WW now - I've got to sign off for today.

  37. At 04:05 PM on 17 Oct 2006, silver-fox wrote:

    Enjoyable blog.

  38. At 05:17 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Jonnie wrote:

    Re: BigSister (34) AND (36) I am in a whirl now - sorry a dichotomy!

    In a previous life as a Radio producer we attracted a great number of gifts from the listeners and after my presenter was convinced that Doris of Harrows Rock cakes tasted of Tinaderm powder we binned anything edible that was sent in. I wonder whether Manveen would eat a whirl ? I leave the decison in your hands, if it's destined for me clicking on my name should provide the details

    Jonnie xx

  39. At 05:57 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    John H - You are awful - But I like you!

    Jonnie (not one and the same, I hope!) - So, you're really Basil Fawlty, eh? (joke)
    I'll see what I can organise. Tell the staff to look out for a plain paper parcel for Jonnie. I may have to flatten the WW soas not to attract a higher rate of postage. But it'll be great. If I can find one .....

  40. At 06:32 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Frances O wrote:

    Hmm, in my young days Ariel usually had pix of staff, not presenter types.

  41. At 08:46 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Frances (40) I always thought Ariel was for washing clothes with (other washing powders/liuids are available, of course...)

  42. At 09:50 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Frances O wrote:

    Well, there is a school of thought inside the Beeb that thinks it washes whiter.

    But I'll say no more, or I may be sent to sit on the naughty step

  43. At 11:58 PM on 17 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Are we back to Ariel again? Hasn't Valery got an aunt Ariel? I used to know someone called Lenor... yes, definitely done that one to death...

    Oh, midnight bongs - birthday over! Still, the party's not over until we all go to bed.

    Amaretto now I think. Anyone?

  44. At 12:02 AM on 18 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    P.S. Lee, nice picture. I see lots of fellow froggers have decided to use you as wallpaper. I'd have thought you would make a much nicer pillow...

  45. At 12:09 AM on 18 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Re: The Hunk (Lee Vitout)

    One of my best friends called James who I have to say is rather gourgeous but is too scared to make a comment on the blog - although he avidly reads the Newsletter and 'reads' the blog.

    ....has just sent me the following -- and I'm just interested to know if I'm the only one (apart from James) who missed the obvious

    James says...... "I think we have all been duped. lee vitout...leave it out? and if you enter it in google it turns out to be a plump bloke. hmm

    I'm afraid I didn't link Lee and Vitout together :-
    Anyway shows how many non contributors we have!

  46. At 12:32 AM on 18 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Jonnie (45), Lee Vitout frogs quite often and I suspect is the same person who frogs under other, similarly constructed, jokey names. Sure the name is a pun, but it wasn't invented just for the postcard.

  47. At 12:38 AM on 18 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    I wish I could let you all see the Johnny Depp pic my mate sent me this morning - unlike many other film stars you don't often see him with his shirt off. Adorable.

  48. At 01:14 AM on 18 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Aperitif (47) (46) thanks .. I feel a plonker now .. just like my friend James should for not realising the pun earlier!

    Still, at least I've got a nice Walnut Whipp coming my way from BigSister ?

    By the way.. and I must be the only boy on the blog to say this at this time of night, but hope you had a nice one and that you aren't suffering! My other half just celebrated his 41st on the 16th -- nice people Librans, apart from always balancing everything up that is!

  49. At 01:16 AM on 18 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Perry - His was on the 15th of October 1964!

    I had to get that right just in case he ever found out!

  50. At 01:51 AM on 18 Oct 2006, Watt A. Whinger wrote:

    jonnie (45)

    You have followed Jack Straw's example in highlighting a matter which needs consideration. It is my view that the practice of hiding behind silly names is childish and must stop.
    I cannot imagine how it started, but the powers that be must take a firm line and stamp it out forthwith.
    Just so that you will realise that I am not a killjoy, Happy Birthday to anyone whose birthday occurs within the next 366 days.

  51. At 10:54 AM on 18 Oct 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    O Jonnie, bless! A lot of the names of Froggers are in this vein, as Appy said; go on, read some of them out loud, they're weally witty!


  52. At 11:27 AM on 18 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Thought Jonnie might like to see this:


    Now, the question is, just what will my WW contain?


  53. At 11:32 AM on 18 Oct 2006, AndycChrisHasWonAPrize! wrote:

    Mine is informative today too - just for you Chris Pickled!

  54. At 05:58 PM on 18 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Don't worry Johnnie - your secret birthday slip up is safe with me! Re the balancing thing - does he have to bash his left elbow to match an accidental bash to the right one (and vice versa) then? Or is that just me and my Dad?

    Watt (50) - you are Lee Vitout and I claim my five pounds!*

    (*I should like to point out that I am far too young remember the origins of this phrase - even in light of yesterday's birthday. But I remember my grandmother talking about it. Thank you for caring. Or not).

  55. At 07:16 PM on 18 Oct 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    AndycChrisHasWonaPrize!: you've lost me on your 53... Please Sir, what do you mean?


  56. At 11:59 PM on 18 Oct 2006, Watt A. Whinger wrote:

    Aperitif (54)

    Madam, I will have you know that I am not Lobby Ludd, nor would I hide my identity behind a silly name. (C'mon Lee. Confess!)
    If there should be any repetition of this gross calumny (or even a mere dozen calumny) I shall instruct my solicitors, Messrs Dee, Laye and Haver, to take appropriate and disproportionate action.

    ps The photo was of me when I was a little older than I am now.

  57. At 08:48 PM on 19 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Watt (56)... ever :)

    I reckon you have about a dozen identities thus far? But I've not counted - maybe I'm way out.

    You are a most amusing creature...

  58. At 02:51 AM on 20 Oct 2006, Watt A. Whinger wrote:

    (ever? that's neat)

    Honestly, I am not Lee Vitout,
    "He" (I imagine) is young, amusing and talented. By contrast I am old, slow and contrived and have difficulty remembering my name.
    Do you suppose he'd be prepared to swap?

    I do not blame you for misinterpreting my
    condition but you should not mock.

  59. At 01:45 PM on 20 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Mock? Not at all! Just trying to work out how many (or few) of you name-changers lurk behind these psuedonyms. Go on - give me a clue - how many have you?

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