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Eddie Mair | 09:45 UK time, Wednesday, 2 January 2008

returned to the office in numbers today. Martha is back at the WATO desk and almost everyone is nursing a cold. Please do not sit too close to the radio tonight and certainly DO NOT listen on digital with headphones. You are sure to become infected and I would just feel terrible.

There is snow forecast for London tomorrow. Rob McElwee was on the telly this morning predicting a couple of centimetres which of course means the entire place will grind to a halt. I remember after one slight snowfall a few years back I offered a producer colleague a lift of about a mile to the nearest mainline railway station after PM. It took two hours. We ended up listening to Donald Rumsfeld speeches trying to identify good soundbites (we found one) - such is our dedication to work.

Comments

  1. At 09:56 AM on 02 Jan 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    Surely everyone in the country has a cold already anyway Eric?

    As for Donald Rumsfeld -- whatever happened to him, eh?

  2. At 10:21 AM on 02 Jan 2008, Piper wrote:

    Eddie

    "You are sure to become infected and I would feel just terrible"

    So, undoubtedly would I

    "...such is our dedication to work"

    Yeah, yeah...

    (un-named Producer excluded of course)l

  3. At 10:24 AM on 02 Jan 2008, Val P wrote:

    We don't mind sharing a cold with you Lord Mair, we've had to share all the other Blog Vicissitudes. Which reminds me, is the Intermittent January 7th still holding his breath?

  4. At 10:30 AM on 02 Jan 2008, Frances O wrote:

    Well, I've certainly got my own cold, and don't need anyone else's, though feel resentful that it's not MY cold almost everyone at PM is nursing.Why not? I need a break from it. It is dull, screams a lot and needs its nappy changing. Nurse my cold, please, someone.

    Btw, Eddie, what's the next main line railway station after PM? Is that short for Plymouth? Or Portsmouth?

    Mind you, the whole 'Oh, a snowflake, London can't cope, quick, panic' thing is SOOOO ludicrous. But I did live in Scotland for quite a whlle, so I can get a bit sniffy. Even when I haven't got a cold.

  5. At 10:36 AM on 02 Jan 2008, Eddie Mair wrote:

    Val (3) - as far as I know we're still on for the 7th but that's not really very far as I haven't heard a peep. Let's stay optimistic, yes?

  6. At 10:41 AM on 02 Jan 2008, DI Wyman wrote:

    Ye Gods you are full of good cheer aren't you!

    Thanks for the weather warning though, as I have to go to a bookshop near The Hanger Lane Gyratory System, maybe I should go by canoe down the River Brent?

  7. At 10:42 AM on 02 Jan 2008, vyle hernia wrote:

    Happy 2008 to all.

    What does Fifi's strapline mean?

  8. At 11:00 AM on 02 Jan 2008, The Intermittent January 7th Horse wrote:

    As one of the many who have "returned to the office in numbers today" I have chosen to come in a 44. For most of last year I was a 35, except for my holidays when I used two 23's. As it is a new year I thought I would splash out. Whddyathink?

    Happy 2008 everyone.

  9. At 11:15 AM on 02 Jan 2008, DI Wyman wrote:

    vyle (7)

    It has a very deep and philosophical meaning.

    i.e as no, I aint got a bleedin' clue either!

  10. At 11:25 AM on 02 Jan 2008, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    Quiet today in Cambuslang. I made the mistake of coming into work on a Holiday. I'm keeping myself occupied by answering the phone and explaining to customers down south that nobody's here because it is a HOLIDAY.
    Oh, and I have a cold too... apart from that, a very Happy New Year to you all!

  11. At 01:12 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Fifi The Enigmatic wrote:

    Vyle (7): I could tell you. But then I'd have to kill you.

    Fifi ;o)

  12. At 01:13 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Carol Clark wrote:

    i'm going to rush out with everyone else in the south east and buy up what remains in the supermarket after Christmas. We go crazy here at the idea of being snowed in - it's brilliant fun watching how many loaves of bread you can cram into a shopping trolley. Last year I dined off tinned vegetables until well into May.

  13. At 01:43 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Humph wrote:

    I wonder what kind of number Martha turned up in. Was it a functional navy blue dress suit with pale white blouse, perhaps? Or a totally inappropriate ball gown? I guess that it is too late for a piccy.

    H.

  14. At 01:51 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Humph wrote:

    Re Vyle (7) It means that you-know-who is top of the strapline chart for 2008 already! I sometimes wonder why the rest of us bother. :o(

    H.

  15. At 02:10 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Oh joy, snow... If it's like last year's snowfall, I can assume that the roads that I have to drive* to get to work will be totally blocked by people all trying to find alternative routes because of accidents on the main road.

    Don't worry about spreading the germs Eddie. Just get everyone listening to stand their radios into a bowl of disinfectant while they listen.

    *Don't get me started on why I don't use public transport. 2 hours each way to travel 8 miles...

  16. At 02:14 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Aaa-chooo!!!!!!

    Happy New Year, Eddie!

  17. At 02:16 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Oh joy, snow... If it's like last year's snowfall, I can assume that the roads that I have to drive* to get to work will be totally blocked by people all trying to find alternative routes because of accidents on the main road.

    Don't worry about spreading the germs Eddie. Just get everyone listening to stand their radios into a bowl of disinfectant while they listen.

    *Don't get me started on why I don't use public transport. 2 hours each way to travel 8 miles...

    Uh=oh, a 502 at 14:13

  18. At 02:24 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Well, Humph (13), I hope this Frog is going to be fixed next week. I've already been 502-ed today and it's not yet tea-time.

    Having splashed-out £9.99 on a new phone with 50 texts, I had better reserve them for sending to PM.

    With the archive of the Frog being hidden, we could start all over again. This year's Window on your World will be of what you see at 5:02. of course.

  19. At 03:02 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Some possibilities for tonight's coverage?

    WORLD NEWS
    Pakistan Plunged Into Sectarian Strife, Religious Extremism, Civil Unrest, Political Murders, Military Repression, Mob Violence
    But nukes safe.
    U.S. Didn’t Know Turkey Was Sending Bombers to Bomb Northern Iraq
    Consistent with current “don’t ask, don’t tell” foreign policy.

    ALSO IN THE NEWS . . .

    FBI Building Huge Biometric Database of Dangerous Criminals
    Shown: you, due to computer error.

    U. S. NEWS
    Bush Administration Finally Develops
    Immigration Policy That Works
    It’s called “recession.”
    Report: Every Government Agency Has Failed Miserably
    Except agency writing report.

    Plus ca change....Happy New Year anyway!

    xx
    ed

  20. At 03:11 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Frances O wrote:

    Intermitty, dear, I strongly recommend you DON'T take a 502.

    Now here's a thought. If all PM listeners within the M25 get a cold by listening tonight, they won't need to go into work and get stuck in a 7-hour* traffic jam trying to get round Shepherds Bush Green (or insert junction of your choice). Worth a try?

    Upthetrossachs, you're in the right place. Is that a broad grin I see behind the suave telephone manner?

    * Slightly up from the usual 2-hour jam.

    (Which is made with Sid's sprouts, well-boiled, and those sachets of sugar you get in coffee shops. Mm, tasty)

  21. At 03:21 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Frances O wrote:

    Intermitty, dear, I strongly recommend you DON'T take a 502.

    Now here's a thought. If all PM listeners within the M25 get a cold by listening tonight, they won't need to go into work and get stuck in a 7-hour* traffic jam trying to get round Shepherds Bush Green (or insert junction of your choice). Worth a try?

    Upthetrossachs, you're in the right place. Is that a broad grin I see behind the suave telephone manner?

    * Slightly up from the usual 2-hour jam.

    (Which is made with Sid's sprouts, well-boiled, and those sachets of sugar you get in coffee shops. Mm, tasty)

  22. At 03:38 PM on 02 Jan 2008, DI Wyman wrote:

    The Intermittent January 7th Horse (8)

    44, wow good number, you carry it off so well. I didn't think you had it in you.

    Carol Clark (12)

    re tinned veggies, you need to team up with Sid. He does a cracking line in boiled Sprouts, in fact he has some on a gentle simmer ready for Christmas [2008] even as we converse!

    Humph (14)

    Hopefully she will run out of steam by Easter

  23. At 03:39 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    "We ended up listening to Donald Rumsfeld speeches trying to identify good soundbites (we found one)"

    Only ONE, Eddie?

  24. At 03:56 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Charlie wrote:

    Aperitif @ 01

    I know I've posted this before, but I've no reason to doubt it's authenticity and, it does, at least provide an explanation for Rumsfeld's disappearance. And, now I come to think of it, Cheney's. Don't see, or hear, too much of him these days either...

    "President Bush gets off the helicopter in front of the White House carrying what appears to be a baby pig under each arm. The Marine guard snaps to attention, salutes, and says: "Nice pigs, sir."

    The President replies: "These are not pigs, these are authentic Texan Razorback Hogs. I got one for Vice-President Cheney, and I got one for Defence Secretary Rumsfeld."

    The Marine again snaps to attention, salutes, and says, "Nice trade, sir."

  25. At 04:03 PM on 02 Jan 2008, Gossipmistress wrote:

    Donald Rumsfeld speeches eh?

    As a 1st year vet student in 1981, I spent several nights on *night lambing* duty on a farm in Powys where, in between rounds of the lambing shed, my friend & I had a caravn to shelter in. We could make coffee, and the only entertainment was an ancient record player with a selection of LPs, several of which were the speeches of Winston Churchill. Oh what laughs we had!!!

  26. At 04:22 PM on 02 Jan 2008, DI Wyman wrote:

    Charlie (24)

    Oh my aching sides, keep up the good work.

  27. At 04:51 PM on 02 Jan 2008, DI Wyman wrote:

    Gossipmistress (25)

    Surely you could have made up batches of mint sauce as well?

  28. At 05:00 PM on 02 Jan 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    Numbers
    Chapter 2
    v1 The *Lord said to Moses and Aaron, v2 ‘The people of *Israel must *camp on all the sides of the *Tent of the *Lord. They must not be near to it. They must *camp in *tribes. Each person must be with his own *tribe. Each *tribe must have its own Glass Box....

  29. At 07:24 PM on 02 Jan 2008, DI Wyman wrote:

    n-n

    Well thats it then. I'm with Moses on this one, 'cos when the snow melts on the morrow I think I would prefer an Ark rather than a Glass Box!

    Oh!, a 502, how so VERY naughty.

  30. At 04:11 PM on 03 Jan 2008, Piper wrote:

    n-n @ 28

    I understand the Lord also commanded Moses to:
    "Come Fourth"

    But, the silly devil came fifth and the rest, as is often said, is history...

  31. At 06:13 PM on 03 Jan 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Piper (30): What did Luke Skywalker say on 3 May?

    "May the 4th be with you."

    (I'll get me coat.)

    Fifi ;o)

  32. At 06:21 PM on 03 Jan 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Humph (14): Annasee's giving me a good run for my money though. It's anybody's race and all up for grabs. If I thought there was going to be some sort of prize I'd probably have a go at dredging up ... sorry, dreaming up ... some more!

    Fifi :o)

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