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On the blog on Christmas Day...

Eddie Mair | 12:29 UK time, Friday, 22 December 2006

as well as a brand new Beach...there will be, for the first time ever, the famous Parma Ham incident, along with an explanation of what the hell was going on.

Join us amid the mince pies for that...


  1. At 12:47 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Stewart M wrote:

    Looking forward to the Parma Ham.
    Have you noticed Eddie has not asked if we want a new year beach. If he is being true to Scotland he will not take Boxing day as a holiday but choose 2nd Jan instead.

  2. At 12:48 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Deepthought (John W) wrote:

    ...and the golden joystick for the new year?...

  3. At 12:51 PM on 22 Dec 2006, madmary wrote:

    Oh! Eddie you are truly Santa Claus!


  4. At 01:15 PM on 22 Dec 2006, jonnie wrote:

    At 09:39 PM on 30 Nov 2006, eddie mair wrote:

    ...PM became single presenter in November 2003. It was after we killed Clare English and buried her in the Blue Peter garden, under some Parma ham.

  5. At 01:21 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Stewart M wrote:

    is it just me or is the electronic tide coming in on the Beach?

  6. At 01:42 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Helen Sparkles wrote:

    Oh Johnnie, you spoilt it now! Golden joystick then Eddie, whatever that might mean, it sounds a bit like a Carry On episode to me.

  7. At 03:02 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Eddie Mair wrote:

    I've forgotten what the Golden Joystick refers to. Am I supposed to know?

  8. At 03:06 PM on 22 Dec 2006, gossipmistress wrote:

    Parma Ham & Mince pies - is that a Nigella recipie?

  9. At 04:35 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Jason Good wrote:

    gossipmistress (7) - can't be. No mention of maple syrup.

  10. At 05:00 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Leverett and Mann | Uncensored Op-Ed on Iran
    In response to the White House's intervention in the normal prepublication review process and the demand for substantial deletions in their article for the New York Times about Iran, Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann write, "National security must be above politics. In a democracy, transparency in government has to be honored and protected. To classify information for reasons other than the safety and security of the United States and its interests is a violation of these principles. It is for this reason that we will continue to press for the release of the article without the material deleted."


  11. At 05:02 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Eddie (7) How can you forget about the incident a month or two back where you were talking to the winner of a gaming competition (I think he was German?) The trophy was a Golden Joystick. It had me in stiches when you opened the interview with "So are you.....?" (Dots in place for those who didn't hear it at the time and want to be surprised...)

    You know the one we mean :-)

  12. At 05:08 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Fifi wrote:

    Eddie Mair (7) : You are joshing, aren't you? Nobody's going to believe you don't remember asking that nice young man:

    "And are you holding your Golden Joystick now?"

    whereupon he audibly blushed and said:

    "Er ......... yes!"



  13. At 06:04 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Fifi wrote:

    Oooh, FFred (10) : you got in ahead of me with exactly the same comment!

    Smart boy!!!!

    Fifi x

  14. At 06:06 PM on 22 Dec 2006, S.G.Pritchard wrote:

    Eddie Mayer obviously thinks that his sense of humour is peerless. His "humour" just doesn't work! I've never heard any broadcaster who is less funny than Eddie.Why are we license payers expected to tolerate this moron every weekday for year after year? Surely he's long ago reached his unfunny, sell-by date.

  15. At 06:30 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Mr/Ms/Mrs S.G Pritchard,

    Fortunately, you are in a minority, and considering lack of ironic appreciation, you may even be American.

    Happy holidays anyway

  16. At 06:55 PM on 22 Dec 2006, admin annie wrote:

    ooo-er looks like the Trolls are back. You'd think they'd want to be at home preparing for Christmas really wouldn't you?

  17. At 07:00 PM on 22 Dec 2006, Perky wrote:

    Well, I'm looking forward to the Parma Ham clip and I'd also like to vote for the Golden Joystick for New Year. Eddie, how can you have forgotten that? It was a classic moment.

    S.G. Pritchard (13) - it's OK not to find Eddie funny - it just means that those of us who appreciate him can share him in bigger slices.

  18. At 07:24 PM on 22 Dec 2006, whisht wrote:

    awww.... S.G.Pritchard

    is it my imagination or do you sound like a p Elliot I once spoke to?

    maybe its just me, but the off-set spell checker seems uncanny....

    merry xmas!

  19. At 11:51 PM on 22 Dec 2006, madmary wrote:

    I for one will never forget the Golden Joystick Award. Eddie it was given for a computer game called Oblivion which I happen to have played.

    I was moved to email you on the topic and you read it out (not some actress). You caught my meaning perfectly!


  20. At 12:07 AM on 23 Dec 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Well, SG Pritchard clearly isn't referring to OUR Eddie, must be some German geezer with a name like that!

  21. At 07:07 AM on 23 Dec 2006, eddie mair wrote:

    Oh yes. The Golden Joystick. Sometimes, we really shouldn't be allowed on air, you know.

  22. At 08:38 AM on 23 Dec 2006, madmary wrote:

    Eddie if you find the Golden Joystick moment, could you also find your reading of my email too? I'd love to archive both moments.


  23. At 09:42 AM on 23 Dec 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Eddie (20) All I can say is I'm glad I wasn't driving when you did the golden joystick moment. I'm sure I would've run off the road from too much laughter!

  24. At 10:45 AM on 23 Dec 2006, Stewart M wrote:

    re SG Prtitchard. As a blog is public all opinions must be forwarded. However, I find Eddies style fantastic. He never becomes sacrastic just keeps the style so dry. You can almost feel politicans squirm. As for the poor interviewees who do not not realise the P!$$ is being taken it just adds to our enjoyment. I seem to remember that the golden joystick was one of those interviews.

    MMary was the game any good? Suppose if it won the joystick award it must have been.

  25. At 12:37 PM on 23 Dec 2006, madmary wrote:

    Stewart M, the game was/is fantastic. In theory you could play it forever. I think the beach froggers could really get into it. It involves creating a character and taking him or her out into a beautiful world, doing quests or just collecting stuff, like herbs and plants, or wine, or beer, or sitting in a pub or best of all treking throught the world fighting off monsters and sitting watching the sunset over the water.

    I had to stop playing as it was soaking up too much of my spare time, now I have more time I spend it role playing on the beach! Ah well!


  26. At 11:52 AM on 24 Dec 2006, Molly wrote:

    S.GPritchard (13)

    Hands up those who agree with S.G!

    Oh well,never mind S.G-we're all entitled to our own opinions.

    Happy Trolls!


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