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Eddie Mair | 13:33 UK time, Monday, 5 February 2007

Tonight, Hugh Sykes, in collaboration with his producer Tara O'Nelly, will bring us the first in a series from China. It's in China, you know. I asked for a pic or two from his travels and here are some. There will be more - and Hugh's piece is scheduled to run just after 17.30 GMT (this is subject to change).

He tells me these are "various images from Nanjing, which you'll hear from on Friday. Those black clouds in the distance are not clouds but AWFUL SMOG".

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Comments

  1. At 02:31 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Anne P. wrote:

    I love the 'Care the Gap' sign, so much more gentle than 'Mind the Gap' - somehow that poor gap really needs looking after.

  2. At 02:38 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Bonjour!

    How to prank a telemarketer
    xx
    ed

  3. At 03:01 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Joe Palooka wrote:

    Eddie,

    Its bloody taters outside, it's cold enough to freeze the breath of a dragon.

  4. At 03:06 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Love it, Ed(1) though it's too time-consuming. I prefer to say ''Just give me a minute, please'', then leave the phone lying on the table while I get on with what I was doing and wait for them to hang up.

  5. At 03:08 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    It's disheartening to see the level of atmospheric pollution already in Nanjing, particularly given the amount of extra coal-based power stations they are apparently building....

  6. At 03:17 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Valery p wrote:

    Awful Smog? That must have been what got into the Frog last week? It's all blown over now though, tra la!

  7. At 03:17 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    The pollution reminds me of Madrid at the end of the week. Or even south east England midsummer.

  8. At 03:34 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Yvonne, Sussex wrote:

    Dear PM,

    I have a very unusual question for you. It's comical actually but at the same time the problem is annoying me. My husband yawns when he is fast asleep! Why is this?

    I know he is asleep because he is usually snoring in the middle of the yawning. I would be so grateful if you could let me know why he does this. Thankyou.

  9. At 03:37 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Fearless: Are you still stumbling around January before getting to February?

  10. At 03:54 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Hi Big Sis,

    I don't have to go back to Jan now, but I still have to come in through the Furrowed Brow and move forward from there. Don't worry, the exercise does me good!

  11. At 04:01 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Hi Big Sis,

    I don't have to go back to Jan now, but I still have to come in through the Furrowed Brow and move forward from there. Don't worry, the exercise does me good!

  12. At 04:26 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Dr Love wrote:

    Yvonne @ (8)?

    Your question isn't as unusual as you may think. Yawning is the body's way of rebalancing the amount of oxygen it needs for either wakefulness or sleep.

    You yawn when you wake up because you need more oxygen to have the energy to move about. If your husband's yawning when he's asleep or just drifting off, it could be that the snoring means he's not getting the amount of oxygen he needs at that point.

    The body's quite busy while we're asleep, renewing cells and carrying out digestion et cetera, but depending what point of the process he's in he could need a deep breath or two to keep it going.

    When people snore, it's a combination of catarrh rattling in the tubes and the relaxing of the soft palate (the soft back part of the roof of the mouth, by where the tonsils are), which vibrates to the breathing. A yawn is the body's way of automatically balancing things out.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with what you describe, at least in terms of your husband's health. For your own peace of mind, why not try ear-plugs? And encourage your husband to sleep on his side rather than on his back, as that helps cut down snoring too. Being a bit on the tubby side can make snoring worse so healthy meals and encouraging him to do more exercise could also help.

    I hope the two of you have many healthy, companionable snoozes ahead of you. Good luck!

  13. At 04:30 PM on 05 Feb 2007, gossipmistress wrote:

    Yvonne Sussex (8) is this during the programme?

  14. At 05:32 PM on 05 Feb 2007, gossipmistress wrote:

    Yvonne, Sussex (8) Does this happen during the programme?

  15. At 05:50 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Yvonne (Sussex):

    Could your husband be suffering from sleep apnoeia? Worth getting it checked out. And if you're in West Sussex, the good news is that there is a Sleep Clinic at Worthing and Southlands Hospital. I know because I suffer from this disorder.

    Quite seriously, if what you say is true, you should get it checked out. Look the condition up on the web. In extreme cases it can be life threatening.

    Dr. Love's point about yawning is quite true. And the lack of oxygen plus the snoring are all part of the syndrome to which I refer.

    Big Sis (also from Sussex)

  16. At 09:15 PM on 05 Feb 2007, nik marshall wrote:

    Probably wrong board for this, but am I the only person who feels the Church have acted very badly using an ancient right to extract money from individuals living on land that was once Glebeland. I checked with my lawyer an it appears they do not need to register on your deeds that they have this right, so you could buy a house and at some stage they will turn up and demand money from you, my lawyer told me the worst he ha heard of was £100k being asked for and got! Don't worry about the City Fat Cats nicking your pension money the Church will probably get there first!

  17. At 09:29 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    Yvonne (8). If he won't lie on his side to reduce the snoring, I've been told that you tape a full nutmeg to the middle of the back of his pyjama top. If he is a northerner then he probably does not wear pyjamas. If that is the case and he refuses to let you tape the nutmeg on his back then a gentle nudge may help the snoring.

  18. At 10:05 PM on 05 Feb 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Well I think the blog is working better now but if there are still problems, I've set up an alternative makeshift called 'Froggers refuge' at the pmblogextra site whilst the Beeb get the probs sorted. It's at :-

    http://www.pmblog.co.uk

    It's instant but unmoderated, however I / we can remove posts if necessary.

    (as posted on the beach)

  19. At 10:12 PM on 05 Feb 2007, Chris McMillan wrote:

    In six weeks I'll be in China for my first visit. I can't wait to get on a train with signs like 'Care the Gap' to cheer me on. And I'm not sure there was even a gap there to be cherished.

    Chris

  20. At 12:05 AM on 06 Feb 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Seems a bit better today doesn't it? (Fearless' carry on excepted, of course).

  21. At 12:51 AM on 06 Feb 2007, Mr. I. Kew wrote:

    How right you are, and
    It's already twelve - fifty
    And no complaints, yet.

  22. At 01:16 AM on 06 Feb 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Yes it seems to be fixed!

    Valery P has just nudged me! We are in bed together tonight. To celebrate we are sharing a glass of bubbly!

    I'm still on the Beach with Valery but we are about to batton down the hatches.

    Night!

    make a noise before you enter .. just incase we aren't dressed!.. No other reason!

  23. At 01:30 AM on 06 Feb 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Blog qoute of the Month!

    HahaHahaha

    Fron the Chris jarvis and Sarah-Jane Photo two weeks ago!

    At 05:27 PM on 26 Jan 2007, Jason Good wrote: Fiona: Must say my son (but more so my SO!) was disappointed Sarah-Jane was not in the cbeebies show at Wembley last month. She was replaced by an equally bouncy smiley one though.
    I share your SO's pain. And I regret your final sentence is patently impossible.

  24. At 10:20 AM on 06 Feb 2007, Valery p wrote:

    Jonnie - great idea for a new feature! Blog Quote of the Month, there could be prizes?
    ***
    oh-oh, long pause and then the "you are not allowed" comment. calm, calm
    ***
    ***
    ***
    oh dear, 5th try coming up, let's hope that for some bizarre reason they haven't just switched the comments round by mistake and this one goes through twenty or so times?
    ***
    doesn't look likely. I'll wait even longer then, and come back to you...
    **
    Well they've moved on, at least, and I got a 502 this time - I had left an interval of 20 minutes.

  25. At 10:23 AM on 06 Feb 2007, Valery p wrote:

    Jonnie - great idea for a new feature! Blog Quote of the Month, there could be prizes?
    ***
    oh-oh, long pause and then the "you are not allowed" comment. calm, calm
    ***
    ***
    ***
    oh dear, 5th try coming up, let's hope that for some bizarre reason they haven't just switched the comments round by mistake and this one goes through twenty or so times?
    ***
    doesn't look likely. I'll wait even longer then, and come back to you...
    **
    Well they've moved on, at least, and I got a 502 this time - I had left an interval of 20 minutes.

  26. At 10:25 AM on 06 Feb 2007, Valery p wrote:

    Jonnie - great idea for a new feature! Blog Quote of the Month, there could be prizes?
    ***
    oh-oh, long pause and then the "you are not allowed" comment. calm, calm
    ***
    ***
    ***
    oh dear, 5th try coming up, let's hope that for some bizarre reason they haven't just switched the comments round by mistake and this one goes through twenty or so times?
    ***
    doesn't look likely. I'll wait even longer then, and come back to you...
    **
    **
    another hanging and another 502 - only been trying for an hour now.
    **
    Well they've moved on, at least, and I got a 502 this time - I had left an interval of 20 minutes.

  27. At 10:43 AM on 06 Feb 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    How lovely to hear Jenni Murray back on the radio this morning. For her, I'll extend the programme to Woman's Hour and a Half.

    Incidentally, I think Martha Kearney is one of the BBC's great gems. I hope she enjoys hopping from radio to tv as she does and that she doesn't kept snapped up by commercial stations. She is both intelligent, good natured, and good on the ear. A bit like a certain Scotsman, in fact. Oh, and good on the eye, I guess - but that's not a primary consideration, is it?

  28. At 11:18 AM on 06 Feb 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Looking at the above posting from me, and other typos I've made, I realise that my typing is sound related, i.e. my mistakes are words which sound like the actual word (even though they make nonsense of what I'm trying to say). So for "she doesn't kept snapped up by commercial stations" you should read "she doesn't get snapped up by commercial stations".

    Write out 20 times:
    Preview buttons are there for a purpose

  29. At 06:23 PM on 07 Feb 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Hey Big Sis! -- I use the preview button and I'm not a porpoise! Ah...

  30. At 10:01 PM on 07 Feb 2007, RJD wrote:

    Appy - Oh dear! Not even I would say that.

    Well, maybe I would.

  31. At 10:35 PM on 07 Feb 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Ah go on RJD -- you would've if I hadn't already ;-)

  32. At 10:42 PM on 07 Feb 2007, Valery p wrote:

    RJD - well you've said worse!

  33. At 10:59 AM on 08 Feb 2007, RJD wrote:

    Val & Ap.

    You mean like asking what's the difference bewteen a buffalo and a bison?

    You can't wash your face in a buffalo.

    Alright, alright, I'm going. . .

  34. At 03:00 PM on 08 Feb 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Thanks RJD -- I needed the chuckle. Did you get that from ISIHAC?

  35. At 04:48 PM on 08 Feb 2007, RJD wrote:

    Appy - Probably the Beano a few decades ago!

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