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Fantastic News!

Eddie Mair | 14:10 UK time, Friday, 26 January 2007

PM's just been emailed this. I think we're all billionaires! Fantastic!

"We Happily announce to you of our Visa Credit Card Bonus Winning Prize for this year 2007. Luckily your Email appears to be one of the 7 Lucky Winners, with the following Numbers:

Winning Number: 90038.
Play Number: 777V-S-S.
Registered Code: AX-0033V-L-3181-C-C
Notification Number 1100VC, KXQ

You are advised to Contact our Approved Claims Department citing your Winning Number, Play Number and Registered Code for Validation.

Contact Person: Mr. Reynold Hunter
Email Address: reyn_hunter@winning.com
Telephone Number: +44 (0) 701 113 3698
Fax Number: +44 (0) 709 288 3345


Yours' Sincerely,

Mrs.Angelina Ashton,"


  1. At 02:11 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    You will, of course, be phoning them and sharing the great news of your new found fortune with the listeners tonight?

  2. At 02:14 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Zebedee wrote:

    Well fancy that! Has anyone ever actually won anything from one of these 'sure-fire winner' things? I mean, actually?

  3. At 02:15 PM on 26 Jan 2007, tobias wrote:

    Just got the PM newsletter. Old bully boy Reid keeping his head down is he? No surprise there. As with all bullies, he can quite easily dish it out but not so fond of taking it.

    I look forward to hearing from Stan Laurel.

  4. At 02:16 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    I hope you'll share the prize, Eddie!

  5. At 02:22 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh rats, I've been sussed! Eddie, did you really have to share that with the rest of them?

  6. At 02:27 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Mrs.Angelina Ashton wrote:

    Mr Mair

    If you had read the small print you would have noticed that our conditions state that no announcements should be made to the media without our consent.

    Please accept this as notification that your Prize has been withdrawn.

    Mrs.Angelina Ashton
    Approved Claims Department

  7. At 02:28 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Suzie Sue wrote:

    Spam, Eddie. Check it out and expose them on PM!

  8. At 02:30 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Humph wrote:

    Hang on, Mr. Mayor

    I have the same winning number with the same play number. I do hope that you are not going to attempt to stop me winning all that money for myself by making contact with Mr. Hunter before I do!

    [leaves keyboard to make one of the most important phones calls of my life]


  9. At 02:39 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Humph wrote:

    Bother! The line's engaged. I will try again in a few minutes.


  10. At 02:47 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Fantastic News: Newsletter from PM arrives in Sussex at 2.24 p.m.

    Have looked for a winning number on it - to no avail. Ah well, you can't expect everything.

  11. At 03:20 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Gillian wrote:

    I know the Beeb's strapped for cash, but why has PM got a Visa Credit Card? Is this the reason no-one wants to talk to you....they might be asked to chip in to pay the bill?

  12. At 03:50 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Fiona wrote:

    Can I just say I've ALWAYS been a fan of yours Mr Mair, and may I add how dashing you are looking these days..........

  13. At 04:10 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Frances O wrote:

    Right, champagne all round on Mr Mair's account. Trebles.

  14. At 04:17 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Hillman Hunter wrote:

    Eddie you really don't want to ba a billionaire do you? You can't buy happiness, but how about annoyingness?

    You probably know that Donald Trump likes to be number one in all things. But did you know he can add another to his collection with Forbes magazine putting him on top of their "Most Annoying Billionaire" list? With over 400 Americans having a net worth of least a billion dollars, Trump had plenty of competition.

    H. Ross Perot, who topped the list when ran for president in 1992, came in third this time. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whose annoyance stock peaked when he almost published O. J. Simpson's pseudo murder confession, was second.

    Forbes noted Trump is frequent tabloid fodder, which gives him plenty of opportunities to publicize his obnoxious ways. His escalating feud with talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell is receiving massive media coverage. The Donald was the number one topic for millions of catty Americans when he publicly called O'Donnell "fat" and "out of control".

    The Forbes annoyance ranking gives significant weight to public insults and rudeness. Trump's zeal in firing contestants from The Apprentice also helped him earn the top spot. And the hair helped too.

    Trump, who carefully cultivates his public persona, allegedly threatened to sue Forbes if they did not rank him number one. Forbes editors refused to comment on the matter, but one did offer that "it is pretty damn annoying to have Donald Trump call you every day."

  15. At 04:30 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Mr Reynold Hunter wrote:

    I've been out - did anyone call?

  16. At 04:38 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Mr Reynold Hunter wrote:

    I've been out - did anyone call?

  17. At 05:06 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Frances O wrote:

    Hillman, what an imp you are.

  18. At 05:37 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Did anyone else hear this afternoon's 'Last Word' (or whatever the obit programme is called)? It was about the Secret Santa, and absolutely fascinating it was, too.

    Why not run a story on it, Eddie? It is truly heartwarming. And, sadly, he was only 58 when he died.

    It should be available shortly on Listen Again, and the show's link is

  19. At 06:02 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Frances O wrote:

    "The bongs started early"?

    Must be that faffing around with time business. Global timing. It's started already, I tell you.

    Or - no, they wouldn't not in the PM office, not while they're still on air, would they?

  20. At 06:30 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Frances O wrote:

    I wonder if Mr Reynold Hunter is actually Mr Reynaud Hunter and whether silver fox has noticed?

  21. At 01:30 AM on 27 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    We used to have a Hillman Imp, the cylinder head gasket kept blowing though....

  22. At 03:13 PM on 27 Jan 2007, John H. wrote:

    Just to be "serious" for a sec - whilst we all probably take it for granted that this is a scam of some sort, the actual mechanism of the scam appears to be that the contact numbers are premium rate numbers. If you 'oogle, you don't find a lot about the 0701 code (tho' there is a DHL scam reported by the Beeb), but there's lots for 0709 number - upto fifty quid a minute.

    It really annoys me that you can have things like this that seem to be "legal". Or may be they aren't.

  23. At 07:52 PM on 27 Jan 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    It pleases me that some people are still prepared to use "whilst" where appropriate. For a while I thought I was alone.

  24. At 09:33 AM on 29 Jan 2007, Belinda wrote:

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whose annoyance stock peaked when he almost published O. J. Simpson's pseudo murder confession, was second.

    For me, his annoyance stock peaked when Fox News came along.

  25. At 09:47 AM on 29 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    This is an extraordinary development on the Blog. It would appear that only some threads are active at any one time. Since no frogger knows which the 'active' one is at any stage, the results are very Alice in Wonderland.

  26. At 10:02 AM on 29 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    Big Sis - I did wonder if the Beach wasn't active because it had been posted a day too soon; but that's me always trying to give people the benefit of the doubt I guess. I try to be kind, but yesterday was just far too trying...

  27. At 10:22 AM on 29 Jan 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Aperitif (23 ) and have you noticed that those motorway signs have been changed to read "Think! Don't phone whilst driving" whereas I'm sure they used to say " while driving". Have you some influence in the Ministry of Motorway Signage?

    And btw when should one use "whilst" as opposed to while? I like to think my grammar is passable but I think the finer points of that usage rather passed me by in my childhood. In fact I don't think anyone in N Z ever said "whilst". It would be too posh, & you'd probably be laughed at. Or worse.

  28. At 10:58 AM on 29 Jan 2007, Molly wrote:

    Is this "it" then?.....


  29. At 11:09 AM on 29 Jan 2007, Molly wrote:

    Is this "it" then?.....


  30. At 11:32 AM on 29 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    Looks like it Moll.....pretty random, eh?

  31. At 12:16 PM on 29 Jan 2007, Gillian wrote:

    I don't know if this is ''the one'' but I'll try anything once!

  32. At 06:14 PM on 29 Jan 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Um, no Annasee, I have never seen those signs, no indeed their predecssors. Perhap sthey're only presnt in some parts of the country?

    Some believe that "whilst" is merely an antiquated form of "while" and use only the latter, but my understanding is that the noun and verb forms are always "while" whilst the conjunction is "whilst". People from Yorkshire frequently use "while" to mean "until" but I confess that jars with me, for quite a while after hearing it, making it difficult to while away the time pleasantly.

    Can fingers become tongue-tied, do you think???

  33. At 08:44 PM on 29 Jan 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Aperitif - perhaps it's only people in the North West who need to be reminded not to phone whilst driving. Obviously we're so thick we have to be told. Several times on a journey. There's probably a sign I haven't seen yet about sucking eggs...

    Thanks for the grammar assistance. So the sign could read "In a little while, driving whilst phoning will be expensive" , or "Do not while away the time whilst driving, by phoning"? They might need to extend the overhead signs in that case.

  34. At 10:12 AM on 30 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    I laugh so much that I nearly lose control when I see the ones up here that tell us not to take drugs and drive. Can't remember the precise wording but the implication is that it's ok to take them as long as you're not driving!!

  35. At 12:35 PM on 30 Jan 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Annasee, your signs suggestions have given me a fit of giggles! We have no such signs in my part of the world, nor the drugs ones Valery. Maybe the powers that be just think we are all beyond redemption here anyway.

  36. At 03:37 PM on 30 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    Or above reproach?

  37. At 05:50 PM on 30 Jan 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    A nice thought Valery but not likely.

  38. At 07:19 PM on 30 Jan 2007, Izzy T'me wrote:

    I've just heard Ross Noble on Radio 4 talking about road signs. One says "please drive carefully" - he wanted to know if the sign writer was 'your mum' and would the next sign say "and remember to take your coat"!!

  39. At 04:22 PM on 09 Feb 2007, Dipankar Lahiri wrote:

    I find that the name of the person in my Credit Card winning notification received today is different from that on Radio 4.

  40. At 02:59 AM on 12 Sep 2007, Emilie wrote:

    Let's just involve the media in this. They said i won, but i believe this is just another scam. We can easily involve cnn in this. You just go to cnn.com and write your letters. Am on my way there at the moment, Let's put an end to this.

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