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Around noon yesterday

Eddie Mair | 08:22 UK time, Thursday, 2 August 2007

as we tried to do Mrs Pointon and Ms Allsopp, both scheduled for recording at almost exactly the same moment, this
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was Manveen, who often works on PM, trying to fix everything with the use of only two telephones. All PM producers are trained to use five telephones at once, while typing, getting tea, and pretending to laugh at things I say. So two phones, as you can see, was something to smile about.

The photo was taken in the production booth of Studio S1 - where PM comes from. But at noon it's the property of Dame Martha who kindly agreed to let us borrow it.

Comments

  1. At 08:38 AM on 02 Aug 2007, Fifi wrote:

    And they are telephones apparently nailed to the wall. That's not very user friendly, is it? How can you keep talking, whilst fetching your triple espresso from the far desk?

    I think you were jolly lucky that Manveen didn't hit someone with that phone!

    Fifi

  2. At 08:43 AM on 02 Aug 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    ... And somebody was (helpfully!) handing her yet another phone.

    Well done, Manveen, for keeping such a lovely smile while all around you falls apart. :o)

  3. At 08:54 AM on 02 Aug 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    But whose hand is that on the left trying to hand Manveen another phone? The nation should be told!

  4. At 09:15 AM on 02 Aug 2007, Humph wrote:

    She cannot be someone who works on PM! You can see the top of her head in the photograph ;-). It may have been two phones at the time, by I can see a third approaching rapidly.

    H.

  5. At 09:21 AM on 02 Aug 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    FF (2)


    .....that will be Squirrel Nutkins.....he has a delivery of conkers for Gillian and jonnie?

  6. At 09:37 AM on 02 Aug 2007, Simon Worrall wrote:

    It had to be a woman to manage more than one activity at the same time.....

    Si.

  7. At 09:58 AM on 02 Aug 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Humph (4)


    .....good point well made...I have never actually noticed that anomaly before!


  8. At 10:03 AM on 02 Aug 2007, Lee Vitout wrote:

    ...phoawar!!!

  9. At 10:40 AM on 02 Aug 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    fif, telephones nailed to wall means they dont go missing :-)

  10. At 10:48 AM on 02 Aug 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Poor Martha - I think it's rather cheeky to jeapordise WATO with less than an hour to go?

  11. At 11:37 AM on 02 Aug 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Lee (8)


    stop drooling....and put yer tongue in....i saw 'er first....!!


    ttfn.........gorgelicous......init?

  12. At 12:02 PM on 02 Aug 2007, jonnie wrote:

    I don't realise why the three or four 'current affairs' programmes don't originate from Broadcasting House.

    On my recent visit I was surprised at how many empty booths there were. The session that Chris was involved in (utilising a huge studio and production booth on the top floor larger than S1) finished at 3PM. The next programme to use the booth and studio was the moral maze was at 8PM

    On the Radio 4 / BBC 7 floor - although editorial space is limited nearly all the Studio's /Booths were unused as most editing is done in the editorial areas on the computers. Oh there was a nice man making trails in one booth I recall?

    It seems rather a waste of resources and electricity - if facilities are so stretched at TVC. - and surely it's easier to get contributors in to Broadcasting House rather than travelling across to West London?

    Still it's the BBC - it's what they do.

  13. At 12:51 PM on 02 Aug 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Jonnie: If memory serves me right, the idea was to put all the BBC News stuff together (apart from the Westminster studio) so that resources could be better used.

    No doubt the Lord Mair can put us right on this?

  14. At 01:10 PM on 02 Aug 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Big Sis (13)


    ...personally I think BBC News an C. Affairs should be moved down to Ashtead in Surrey, that would give those *&^%$£*& NIMBY's something to really moan about......?


    ttfn.....expletive deleted.....init?

    G8013319 Jones CH

  15. At 01:14 PM on 02 Aug 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    PS to the above: I still remember the phantom driller when Today was broadcast from BH, and the references to being 'in the basement'. No doubt the view's a lot better up at the White City.

  16. At 01:50 PM on 02 Aug 2007, jonnie wrote:

    There was some drilling going on there last week - but the building and views are much nicer from BH. When everything is completed it will look fabulous.

    It's great to be in the centre with all the pubs and shops on the doorstep. TV Centre looks very dated in comparison - and the studio's at BH are state of the art - just a shame they don't get more use.

    http://www.btinternet.com/~roger.beckwith/bh/bh32/bh32_e.htm

  17. At 03:01 PM on 02 Aug 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    I agree with the being central bit - but the basement can't have been nice.

    Would Eddie move back there? - Well, Eddie, would you? Lots of coffee bars, I hear .......

    macciato; espresso; triplelatte; americano; quadlatte; macciato; espresso; triplelatte; americano; quadlatte; macciato; espresso; triplelatte; americano; quadlatte; macciato; espresso; triplelatte; americano; quadlatte; macciato; espresso; triplelatte; americano; quadlatte; macciato; espresso; triplelatte; americano; quadlatte; macciato; espresso; triplelatte; americano; quadlatte .................. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  18. At 03:12 PM on 02 Aug 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Simon W (6) That's right.....if you want something done, ask a busy woman ;o)

  19. At 03:47 PM on 02 Aug 2007, RJD wrote:

    Gillian (18) - Busy woman yourself! You don't really have time to be frogging here, do you? Have you finished that packing yet?

    Have a good holiday!

  20. At 04:45 PM on 02 Aug 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Gillian (18)


    I know you r proby busy...but can u fix a 'bloogage'?

  21. At 06:04 PM on 02 Aug 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    Looks like Manveen is right-handed and left-eared. Like me. Anyone else?

    Sid

  22. At 06:23 PM on 02 Aug 2007, from your Top Gear correspondent wrote:

    (18)

    I admire people who can multi task 'till they're interrupted.

    Or asked for help when they are doing something else.


    I love it when they say 'Ive only got one pair of hands' whilst scowling a smile.

  23. At 07:07 PM on 02 Aug 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Sid (21) I think it's only because her right ear was otherwise engaged!

  24. At 09:11 PM on 02 Aug 2007, whisht wrote:

    Humph (4) - you're right!

    When I was honoured to have this pic taken, a definite clause was invoked...

    [apologies if the link doesn't work - but don't worry, its not that funny]

    btw is it appropriate for me to find Manveen del.icio.us or even Digg her..??

    [ahem]

  25. At 09:54 PM on 02 Aug 2007, mittfh wrote:

    BigSis (17): with a little rearrangement, you could turn those coffees into a Macarena parody, similar to the pasta-based "Hey Macaroni!"...

  26. At 10:19 PM on 02 Aug 2007, mittfh wrote:


    Looks as though Manveen is getting very close to par - two calls currently on the go, a third phone being passed to her, AND a fourth (as yet unused) phone in the background...

    I'd never be able to remember who was on which phone, so to hold three/four simultaneous conversations is pretty impressive!

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