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Eddie Mair | 12:38 UK time, Tuesday, 10 July 2007

meets a lot of famous people. His facebook site has these snaps:

"with Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel, September 2001"

"with President Obasanjo of Nigeria, February 2002"

"with Tony Blair at Downing Street, December 2002"

"with President Museveni of Uganda, August 2005"

"with President Chavez of Venezuela, October 2005"

Clearly, this is all terribly impressive and I am anxious not to be outdone. So here is a snap of me this lunchtime, with none other than George South, our Broadcast Assistant today.


  1. At 01:02 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Eddie - This is Priceless! You have absolutely made my day!

    Top Totty Mair Humour.

    (Oh, and lots more hair than the sceptics have credited you with!)

  2. At 01:06 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    But you've got hair!

    And, of course, i'm full of envy and malice!

  3. At 01:13 PM on 10 Jul 2007, tomi wrote:

    With reference to today's newsletter, whose cash - yours or mine?

  4. At 01:19 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Rachel G wrote:

    Mr South is doing an excellent job of mimicing the bemused (bewildered?) facial expressions of Presidents Museveni and Obasanjo. They look like they have absolutely no idea why they are having their picture taken with this person.

  5. At 01:24 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Alby Blode wrote:

    Delighted to see that, at last, you have found a photographer worthy of the photographic subject.

    What handsome young men and no sign of a beard or specatcles.

    Must get this set as my "wallpaper".

  6. At 01:28 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Charlie wrote:

    ...a south-paw eh...

  7. At 01:36 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Sally Rodd wrote:

    Blimey! Eddie, you've found the top of your head!
    Any chance of finding tops for Martha, Carrie and Carolyn?

  8. At 01:46 PM on 10 Jul 2007, vyle hernia wrote:

    Apropos of marrying for money:

    Bob, a 70-year-old, extremely wealthy widower, shows up at the Country Club with a breathtakingly beautiful and very sexy 25 year- old blonde who knocks everyone's socks off with her youthful sex appeal and charm.
    She hangs onto Bob's arm and listens intently to his every word. His buddies at the club are all aghast. At the very first chance, they corner him and ask, "Bob, how did you get the trophy girlfriend?" Bob replies, "Girlfriend? She's my wife!" They're amazed, but continue to ask. "So, how did you persuade her to marry you?" "I lied about my age", Bob replies
    "What, did you tell her you were only 50?" Bob smiles and says, "No, I told her I was 90."

  9. At 01:47 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Hahaha -- excellent! But that's a bit of a sinister smile you're giving the camera Eric! Is an unsuspecting George about to get whoopee-cushioned or something?

  10. At 01:49 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Simon Worrall wrote:

    BigSis, Ed;
    Our Eddie is the one on the left of the shot, the hairy one is on the right....


  11. At 01:56 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Piper wrote:

    Eddie, for purposes of clarification only, would I be right in supposing you are the one-armed old fellow on the left and the far younger, handsome fellow is George..?

  12. At 01:57 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Donna wrote:

    That's a great head of hair, Eddie.
    Are not even News presenters free of competition? Would Mr. Lustig have got through to Rt.Hon G. Osbourne they way you did last full-moon? I think not!

  13. At 01:57 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    Now I know why there is a world shortage of palm oil.

  14. At 01:59 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Piper wrote:

    Apologies Simon @ 10. Your post only appeared after I'd sent mine

  15. At 02:08 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Chrissie the Trekkie wrote:

    Re marriage

    True story.

    He Who Is Now My Husband wanted to buy a new car.
    " We can afford it, " he said, "if I get the married man's tax allowance."

    "Shouldn't you be asking me something then?" quoth I.

    My engagement ring was a new car key ring....
    We couldn't do that nowadays!

  16. At 02:10 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    Now I know why there is a world shortage of palm oil.

  17. At 02:13 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Well, Simon, just like Goldilocks of old, my response to you is that Eddie has 'just the right amount' of hair.

    By the way, I note your hair is cut off your online photo ............. or should that read, the bit where your hair should be? ;o)

    As to poor young George, I hope he didn't mind being called hairy.

  18. At 02:30 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Cheney sneaks out of Whitehouse wearing Burkha
    Iraq: Private Contractors Outnumber Soldiers
    Surge accompanied by splurge.
    U.S. Tightens Export Controls On Military-Use Technology
    Much of it made in China.
    Generals Warn Against Islamists in Turkey
    Cite catastrophe of religious rule in Iran, U.S.

    Ask your doctor if he's a suicide bomber.


  19. At 02:44 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Lady from Auchtermuchty. wrote:

    Pair of scruffy herberts.

  20. At 02:54 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Speaking of photographic likenesses, does this guy look like a future PM?


  21. At 02:58 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Teuchter wrote:

    First the photograph goes up and then I get a marriage proposal in the PM newsletter. Sorry Eddie, I do like you but my wife just wouldn't stand for it.

  22. At 03:04 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Ray Piggott wrote:

    Following on from the Alistair Campbell diaries coverage on Today, World at One, PM is it permissible or subversive to admit to the BBC that one is an unapologetic admirer of Tony Blair as Prime Minister?

  23. At 03:09 PM on 10 Jul 2007, admin annie wrote:

    good grief Ray, and we thought you'd all gone the way of the Dodo.
    But you can admit what you like here, because even if we don't sgree we won't laugh or shout at you.

  24. At 03:15 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Teuchter wrote:

    Ed "does this guy look like a future PM?"

    No! It does look a bit like David Cameron though.

  25. At 03:21 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Simon Worrall wrote:

    No worries. Great minds and all that...

    That just means that I'm as lousy with the Photoshop cropping tool as the chap at the Beeb!

    Poor quality photo though, terribly underexposed. Big contrast range from very light to very dark. Bad positioning of the two subjects, so that the face of one is brightly lit, the other in dark shade. Great gaping gap between them bang in the middle of the image. Huge depth of field, so that you are drawn away to look at all the office clutter (except Appy, who has eyes for only one thing in the image).

    1 / 10, see me after school.

    I wonder if Eddie would like a new photo for the Blog? I could arrange that. Mind you, in one or two of the mugshots lying around the BBC website he looks as if he enjoys having his photo taken about as much as he would enjoy a serious attack of shingles..... So I doubt that he'll be in touch.

    Looking at the Lustig photos;
    Mandela looks asleep and his wife looks like she has a hunch. Obasanjo has committed the photographers nightmare of wearing white against his dark skin, so the kaftan is beautifully exposed, whilst you can't see him at all. The Blair one is also badly exposed and composed. Museveni looks like he's just been informed of a death in the family and Chavez has malaria and is about to pick Lustig's pockets.


  26. At 03:22 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Ray Piggot,
    Sorry, but he's taken.

  27. At 03:25 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Humph wrote:

    On tax breaks for married people, should bigamists get paid double? I really do not see the point of penalising single people.


  28. At 03:51 PM on 10 Jul 2007, silver-fox wrote:

    Great photographs.

  29. At 03:52 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    Note to the moderators: something doesn't become funnier by repetition!

  30. At 03:54 PM on 10 Jul 2007, admin annie wrote:

    Si, your very enjoyable comment led me to look more closely than I had before at the photos. I am intrigues by eh Tony Blair one as on the table there appears to be two glasses and a milk jug. I am struggling with the purpose of the milk jug. Had they previously had tea or coffee and the rest of the china has been cleared away? I thought it might be a water jug for the whisky (oh sin, sin, sin) but then thought that surely Cherie would see that water for whisky wasn't served in a china jug.
    All this wittering, anyone would think I had soemthing to do that I was trying to avoid...
    PS I don't like what I can see of the rug much either!

  31. At 04:02 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Jason (28),

    Was that aimed at me? And I wished you luck!

  32. At 04:05 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Ed (26) That's fantastic. Wonder if Cherie knows.

  33. At 04:12 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    Ed (31): No, my friend, it was in reference to my own (13) and (16).

  34. At 04:21 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Admin: Challenged by your comment, I did a close up on Tony and can confidently confirm it is a mug. The jug is a mug, I mean, NOT Tony is a mug (though there may be others who'd disagree).

    I'm now speculating the following:
    (1) Was he drinking tea? or
    (2) Did he lie to the nation about giving up coffee?
    I suggest we subpoena Robin to divulge the truth on this point.

    On the positive side, zooming in gave me a chance to see Eddie's hair in greater detail, and I can confirm that today he is sporting a cheeky ruffled look, but that, sadly, he is suffering the fate of the dark haired and becoming rapidly (but very distinguishedly) grey.

  35. At 04:22 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Piper wrote:

    I rather suspect Eddie's claim to have been reading the "Tory marriage proposals" for so long is spurious...

    Perhaps he's found a pending financial advantage and rushed-off to get "spliced"

    Vegas perhaps..?

    Why not? After all, he may still have his £5 winnings to squander...

  36. At 04:37 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Charlie wrote:

    ..a repeat of last evening's un-edited "language" for those who missed it..?

  37. At 04:49 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Piper wrote:

    ...he's back on the "Tory marriage proposals".

    It's surely got to be a pending financial advantage...

  38. At 04:58 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:


    Thanks (33), but is it because so many have been greased?(16)

  39. At 05:02 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Is it really naughty of me to have spent a few minutes putting the blokes in the pictures into a mental "Order in Which I Would Do Them"?

    George makes a new entry fairly high up.

    Tsk, tsk people! I meant "Do" in the PM sense -- inteview! But then again...

  40. At 06:51 PM on 10 Jul 2007, admin annie wrote:

    Appy - naughty step!

  41. At 07:17 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Robin Lustig wrote:

    re 30 from admin Annie: it wasn't a milk jug on the table in front of T Blair, it was a rather large mug of tea. And Eddie, Eddie, what did poor George do to deserve being pictured with you? I just hope he doesn't make a formal complaint to HR.

  42. At 07:26 PM on 10 Jul 2007, admin annie wrote:

    Big Sis, well that makes it even odder in a way because it implies Tony had a cup of tea but Robin didn't. Well maybe Robin wasn't thirsty. Or perhaps he had been hearing rumours about how A Campbell was out to get the BBC and didn't dare partake.

  43. At 07:50 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Rachel G wrote:

    Robin - (I did like seeing Robin Lustig on Robin Lustig in the Recent Comments list) - George shouldn't be too bothered. He's got himself a whole new female fanclub here on the blog (well, me and Appy, anyway).

  44. At 08:23 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Aunt Dahlia wrote:

    That's not THE George South is it?
    O be still my beating heart.....

    o and you can add me to the Lustig fanzo's, I often fall asleep with, to, or by, him

    actually that isn't all that much of a wholehearted recommendation but the sleepiness is shift work, not tedium


  45. At 11:15 PM on 10 Jul 2007, Frances O wrote:

    Thank you, Eddie.

    It's been a bit of a traumatic evening - friend in crisis turning to me for help - and you've made me laugh out loud.

    The best medicine in the world for frazzled nerves.

  46. At 12:10 PM on 11 Jul 2007, Gossipmistress wrote:

    Simon W - v interesting comments on the photos. I thought President Obasanjo looked as if he had been cut-and-pasted in!

    Does Robin always wear that red tie when interviewing important guests?

    And why is Eddie using that photo at the top of the blog which looks nothing like that handsome chappie in the pink shirt?

    George is looking suitably important!!

  47. At 12:41 PM on 11 Jul 2007, Simon Worrall wrote:

    Thanks GossipMrs.

    I agree about Obasanjo. It is a trick of the eye, a sudden harsh change of contrast from very light to very dark can give the appearance of a cut-and-paste job.

    Had another look at the Chavez one. Maybe jaundiced, not malarial. And the wall colour looks like the aftermath of the 'Dirty Protests' at the Maze prison decades ago in Norn Iron. If I were him I'd sack the decorators and interior designers.


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