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Eddie Mair | 10:10 UK time, Friday, 22 August 2008

The company is always engaging and there is usually a something going on at 'The Nick Clarke' bar where tipples and nibbles can also be had. There are hammocks to laze in, a dog walking area and even a naughty step for those that want to self administer mild punishment!


  • 1. At 10:15am on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    cracking new Beach!

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  • 2. At 10:17am on 22 Aug 2008, Hugh_Z_Hackenbach wrote:

    It certainly is.
    If that's Caldey Island... Tenby's changed a bit since I was last there!

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  • 3. At 10:19am on 22 Aug 2008, Gladys_Friday wrote:

    You are all invited to the TODAY PROGRAMME BALL - RSVP.
    Are you coming? - IT'S A FAIRLY SIMPLE QUESTION!!

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  • 4. At 10:24am on 22 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    Right-o Gladys, but what's the dress code?

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  • 5. At 10:28am on 22 Aug 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:


    You are invited to the Psychic's Ball. You know where, You know when, and we KNOW you're coming.

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  • 6. At 10:29am on 22 Aug 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Oh, and may I say how serendipitous that Witchi have a strapline today, seeing as it's her birthday! The champers is behind the NCMB for later...

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  • 7. At 10:33am on 22 Aug 2008, Joe_Palooka wrote:

    No can do Gladys - I'll be going to the Haemorrhoids Sufferes Dinner (actually it's a Stand Up Buffet).

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  • 8. At 10:42am on 22 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Happy Birthday Witchi!

    And how appropriate for Eddie to recycle one of your straplines!

    Meanwhile, since Eddie's doing a lot of strapline recycling, perhaps it's time for us to compose some more, since we started getting our creative juices flowing on the last Beach...


    Anyway, back to Beach matters, and it's nice to have a fresh sea breeze, in contrast to the, erm, unusual, breezes generated by DIY last night on the previous beach!

    Anyway, my food contributions: a dozen cheese scones behind the bar, a few bottles of chardonnay on it, a pack of Bonios at Fido's Run, and some freshly grilled sausages behind dune 4 for the camels to find...

    Meanwhile, I *think* we've enough baking ingredients left behind after the blog birthday to rustle up a cake for Witchi, but could someone double-check?

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  • 9. At 10:47am on 22 Aug 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Happy Birthday, Witchi. Would you like a fruit, chocolate or jam and cream cake?

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  • 10. At 10:59am on 22 Aug 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    We were once asked if we wanted to buy tickets for the Mayor's Ball, but we weren't told if it was a dance or a raffle.

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  • 11. At 11:29am on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Happy Birthday, Witchi. I will don my Gold Lamé Speedos in celebration and pop a bottle of Champers on ice for later!

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  • 12. At 11:38am on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Lame with a fing abuve the e!

    and here is a candle for the cake


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  • 13. At 11:42am on 22 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    DIY (11) just be sure you get those 2 actions the right way round...

    Hoppy burpday to Witchi, and congrats on a lovely strapline!

    Who's for a bacon buttie lunch?? It'll go nicely with WW's champers.


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  • 14. At 11:47am on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    timely advice Feefs, thanks, nearly made a tragic mistake there.

    anyhoo.....who is up for a quick chorus of 'I am sailing.....'

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  • 15. At 12:08pm on 22 Aug 2008, Selkius_Piscinus wrote:

    Happy birthday, WW! I am being instructed at the moment in the gentle art of making extremely ungentle cocktails: do you have any tipple you particularly fancy, with or without added fruit, miniature umbrellas or other doo-dads? We've got a book that seems to have most of the traditional ones in it, plus several I had never thought possible...

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  • 16. At 12:32pm on 22 Aug 2008, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Is Shughie McFee still behind the fridge?

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  • 17. At 12:34pm on 22 Aug 2008, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Gretings all, and birthday wishes to the svelt young lady..

    (Guinness in the cellar)

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  • 18. At 12:42pm on 22 Aug 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Happy Birthday Witchi - have a great one!

    Seems to be about lunchtime now and the sun looks over the yardarm up above, so let's crack open a bottle.

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  • 19. At 12:50pm on 22 Aug 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    Happy Birthday, WW!!

    Well done, Val, you lowered that yard arm just at the right time!!!

    Pour me a large one, I think,


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  • 20. At 1:26pm on 22 Aug 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    I'll add my Birthday greetings to whitchi

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  • 21. At 1:50pm on 22 Aug 2008, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 22. At 1:54pm on 22 Aug 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Hmmm...UtT, it might get modded again if you leave an actual person's name in ;o)
    Good joke, though!

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  • 23. At 2:04pm on 22 Aug 2008, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    You were so right Gillian!

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  • 24. At 2:11pm on 22 Aug 2008, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    Is this acceptable?
    A cyclist from Scotland has apparently been stripped of his Gold medal haul.
    Seemingly he was using unethical methods of training. One of
    which was attaching sausages to the back of his bike and getting pit
    bull terriers to chase him round a track.
    He has been found guilty of using performance enhancing dugs.

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  • 25. At 2:33pm on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    UtT, nearly as goods as those on PM last eve. Specially the one about the show jumping horse what had been disqualified for taking Class Hay Drugs.....

    (i'll get me coat)

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  • 26. At 2:41pm on 22 Aug 2008, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    NEARLY as good?? That was a Class A dug joke!

    (I'm leaving, right now...)

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  • 27. At 2:45pm on 22 Aug 2008, U11204129 wrote:

    Good to see what this blog is serious about. No Glass Box, but a new Beach.


    Goodness, I support black British monopolies in sprinting!

    And no, it's not racism! Wells was the fastest man in the world that year when he won gold.

    It's because our Afro-Caribbean and West African traditions deserve the rewards for reasons of historical restitution.

    And, we wouldn't drop the baton, like that, of course! (There, it's a (:-) after all!!)

    Sorry, DMcN, no time to bandy words with you, today, nor to take you or Big Sis seriously. Really pressed!

    But I am willing to waste 21.1 words by saying that Barry Cryer*** himself claims to have died often at the Glasgow Empire.
    (This joke had whiskers on it (note interesting hackneyed English metaphor, which had whiskers on it w....) when Adam was a lad. (Another such.)). This may account for his living undead complexion.

    *** DMcN confused him with Anne Cryer. A natural enough mistake to make for someone from across the pond. The difference is easy. Barry makes political jokes, Anne is one.

    Oh, and BC looks as if he's a toupee wearer.

    PPS Is 'batON', Micheal Johnson style, standard Yankee, I wonder?

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  • 28. At 3:08pm on 22 Aug 2008, mygloriousleader wrote:

    A pea bird tie Whichwitch

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  • 29. At 3:12pm on 22 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Hope you're having a great day, WW! A toast to Witchi!

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  • 30. At 3:15pm on 22 Aug 2008, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    Are we allowed to guess where the picture was taken Eddie?*
    My guess would be Mauritius.

    *I understand that this is not a competition and that the BBC have no intention of running a 'guess where it is' competition in relation to the above photograph. No prizes will be awarded and the whole concept is entirely frivolous and pointless.

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  • 31. At 4:12pm on 22 Aug 2008, eddiemair wrote:

    The answer (30) doesn't lie with me...someone sent it in....

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  • 32. At 4:19pm on 22 Aug 2008, BorneoHumph wrote:

    UtT (30) I would not need to guess as I know the answer (hint, hint).



    P. S. Thanks, Eddie.

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  • 33. At 4:29pm on 22 Aug 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    pmL 27, Craig Pickering. OK, he doesn't have the 'black' footwork of Stepin Fetchit ("Feet's do your stuff!"), but he is a white sprinter.

    Yes, most Americans say 'batON'. I suppose it has to do with baseball.

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  • 34. At 4:39pm on 22 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Humph: A certain country in SE Asia, by any chance?

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  • 35. At 4:42pm on 22 Aug 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Phew, I just had an email pop up and thoought the mods were at it again. Turned out to be info from woolovers.

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  • 36. At 4:55pm on 22 Aug 2008, thenicecatlady wrote:

    Well I'm going to jump into the bathing cozzie and try out the water. Anyone for a swim?

    Now if I can just get over these rocks without damaging any of my vital parts..........

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  • 37. At 5:06pm on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    BorneoHumph (32).....Sea Palling?

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  • 38. At 5:07pm on 22 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Seen on another forum...

    Six men and a lorry carrying concrete posts and some wooden panels have turned up at the Olympic Village in Beijing

    Apparently its the Irish fencing team...

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  • 39. At 5:08pm on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    thenicecatlady.....Ahem....'scuse me miss....I think you missed when you said I'm going to jump into the bathing cozzie...cos that looks like that bit has never been exposed to daylight.......mind you 'tis a cracking view!

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  • 40. At 5:14pm on 22 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Meanwhile, I've decided to launch "The Modern Pun-tathalon" on a couple of other forums (fora?) I occasionally visit - if anyone decides to compete, I'll repost the best entries here...

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  • 41. At 6:12pm on 22 Aug 2008, steelpulse wrote:

    Part of the 1968 three minutes before tonights PM programme - reported that Paul McCartney was drummer for the Beatles "Back in the USSR" track on the White Album. Richard Starkey aka "Ringo" had walked out for some reason. Was that when the remark "Not EVEN the "Best" drummer in the Beatles" made about him? For Petes sake! lol

    "You don't know how lucky you are, boy"! The line from that classic about Russia - aping "California Girls" by the Beach Boys


    Last week someone actually named within my hearing all 3-5 sandy beaches in the whole country of Finland. 3-5 beaches. Yet PM can create a new one at a moments notice.

    Denmark I suppose has only one but she lives here now doesn't she? Sandi Tosvig?

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  • 42. At 6:30pm on 22 Aug 2008, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Ah, Sandi Tosvig, ...My fifteen seconds of fame involved the visual joke of looking down from 6
    foot five into her wee face on No 73!....

    Celebrity ed

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  • 43. At 7:48pm on 22 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Chicken kievs ready in 10 minutes.... who's for some serious garlic breath?

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  • 44. At 8:04pm on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....me...me...me...me....and some, 'cos.................

    I am the duty dog again tomorrow.

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  • 45. At 8:05pm on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    WOW..look wot I did

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  • 46. At 8:10pm on 22 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:


    Just lit the candles by breathing on them!


    And accidentally shaved DIY's head. Oops?

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  • 47. At 8:25pm on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    oi....my syrup of figs is a'flame......

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  • 48. At 8:32pm on 22 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Hey! I got modded! :(

    Let's see if this re-write is acceptable...

    Someone on another forum I occasionally visit mentioned a truck turning up to the stadium with concrete posts and panels - a fencing team!

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  • 49. At 8:46pm on 22 Aug 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    What a lovely beach!
    Happy birdys WW!

    Mods seem busy tonight- How did you know how to rectify ''that'' joke, Gillianian?
    hooray for the weekend-what a week....

    Party tonight? Which dune is it now-
    seems a bit quiet for friday .


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  • 50. At 8:49pm on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Molly...third sand dune from the left, the one with the candle on top....bring your own bottle!

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  • 51. At 8:51pm on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    O....and Molly..24 pkts plain crisps, 74 pkts Cheese and O, 14 pkt Smokin' Bacon and 1 pkt o' Marmite for Feefs.

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  • 52. At 8:52pm on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ....and a party size pack of Poppers...

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  • 53. At 8:53pm on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Nooooooo.....the ones wi' a bit o' string wot u pulls and then they go BANG..........not the ones you swallow!!

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  • 54. At 9:06pm on 22 Aug 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    ooooooooooooh! Diy!
    You are naughty- lucky you are...!
    Right- crisps- where's m'' bag- got some in here somewhere....

    Now, there's the sand-dune- sounds a bit quiet- hang on a minute- MUSIC!!
    Yep! the joint's jumpiNg alright...


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  • 55. At 10:11pm on 22 Aug 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Molly (49) I know slander when I see it ;o)

    Well the dune was rockin',
    Goin' round an' round,
    A-reelin' an' a-rockin',
    What a crazy sound.......''

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  • 56. At 10:11pm on 22 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    go molly go....!

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  • 57. At 05:52am on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    morning peeps, coffee and OJ on the bar along with a choice of cereals.

    just going out to bag a few Woodies.

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  • 58. At 09:04am on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Woodies 0 - DiY 5.

    anyone for porridge?

    It's a bit damp and chilly in RL!

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  • 59. At 10:05am on 23 Aug 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Blue skies and sunshine where I am, DIWyman! But thanks for the porridge ;o)
    Hmmm...I think I'll try it with some golden syrup.

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  • 60. At 10:51am on 23 Aug 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    Gillianian (59)
    Same here. Hopefully have a swim later if it isn't too rough for this wimp.Girly-speedos required in this water. Anything less gets whipped away- I've seen it happen.

    Hey-ho! Have a lovely Bank Holiday, you super lot!


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  • 61. At 11:02am on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    coffee and doughnuts for elevenses anyone?

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  • 62. At 11:50am on 23 Aug 2008, jonnie wrote:

    Croissants here aswell. Nice healthy eating ones from Asda :-)

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  • 63. At 12:49pm on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Asda?....wot ever next....all that hoi poloi!

    Izit just me but is mit Blog ein bit strange today?

    4 in stance the 'your comment' box appears to be superimposed on top of the 'Beach' pic if you start posting a comment, go to another tab / www for and then return?

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  • 64. At 1:08pm on 23 Aug 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    DIY, I think it's just an after effect from your libations last night :-p

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  • 65. At 1:52pm on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    FF...last night....I took the hip flask with me this morning when bagging Woodies!

    It was a bit nippy at 5 this morning when I went out to check the 'shoot' to se if it was worthwhile.

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  • 66. At 3:43pm on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 67. At 3:43pm on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:


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  • 68. At 3:45pm on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Now, I wonder if this will....will...

    have the same......

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  • 69. At 3:45pm on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:


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  • 70. At 3:51pm on 23 Aug 2008, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Meet the new Veep
    - with a sense of humour, too!

    And, here comes the Sheriff!


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  • 71. At 4:57pm on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    CRASH....BANG.....Who in their right mind would name a rocket launch pad Wallop!.......only our Mercan cousins..thats who!.......yeeee......haaaa

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  • 72. At 5:50pm on 23 Aug 2008, gossipmistress wrote:

    What a gorgeous beach! Humph - did you sip an exotic cocktail while the sun went down?

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  • 73. At 6:30pm on 23 Aug 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    absolutely!! - I second that GM!!!!

    And what a gorgeous day!!! Let me try to make some cocktails here on the beach; yes, I know what happened last time.....not that I remember personally, but i was told; told in no uncertain terms, i may add....!!

    Right, first off:
    A dash of this, and another... oh go on then, and one for luck; a spashette of that; ooooh, and some of the absinthe for the colour, and half a tot of that too;

    rihgt, what does that taste like....?!
    A BIT STrong!!!!
    Add some more of this, and lets go for half a bottle of the heavy duty loverly jubberly

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  • 74. At 6:31pm on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Re 66...i have been modded for making use of the Frogs inadequacies!

    ironic or wot?....
    so if you want to put together a sentance wot goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and .....BEWARE

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  • 75. At 8:09pm on 23 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    n-n.....don't light....that. can..

    anyone know any one that "do's" eyebrows..

    n-n....needs some!

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  • 76. At 07:47am on 24 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning peeps, typical Bank Holiday weather here in the eastern bad lands.

    Dark grey clods and drizzle........thank goodness for the beach!

    Tea and bacon butties at NC's for those in need.

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  • 77. At 08:05am on 24 Aug 2008, Anne P. wrote:

    Good grief Charlie Brown, I manage to get to the beach for the first time in days (lovely photo) only to find I've got a recycled strapline.

    I think that calls for a full Scottish cooked breakfast in celebration. Anyone like to join me?

    Tea and toast for those watching their waistlines....

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  • 78. At 10:21am on 24 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    Sounds lovely Anne, yes please. Anyone coming for a quick circuit of the buoys to get the appetite going?

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  • 79. At 10:27am on 24 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    27, you seem to complain often that there is a beach but no new glass box. Perhaps you don't realise that the glass box is meant for comment upon the content of the day's programme, thus there is little point in Eddie putting it up on a morning (although it is sometimes early, of course). The beach, as I understand it, is scheduled to arrive on a Friday morning, which is why it will always appear earlier than that day's glass box. I think what you want, actually, is a Furrowed Brow. Or a dose of anti-misery medicine. Whichever.

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  • 80. At 10:47am on 24 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    27...'ere you go son 'ave a happiness sup-oz-it-ory.......

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  • 81. At 11:24am on 24 Aug 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    The Olympics are virtually over, the last two days produced golds in both 4x400m relays for the US and the US mens basketball team won the gold. As few people here were very interested and preferred to make up meals, I will now now make my exit and waste my time elsewhere. Our rivers dirty, or whatever it is the Italians say.

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  • 82. At 5:46pm on 24 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    n-n... ~ ~ this is the nearest I could get you for replacement eyebrows.....makes you look kinda distinguised!

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  • 83. At 7:38pm on 24 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Well goodness me, what's been going on here while I've been away?

    Girly Speedos cast off on the sand, a pair of comedy eyebrows stuck to the 2nd palm tree on the left, the dregs of some remarkable looking tartan-coloured cocktails and a bucket of spent party poppers collected by the bar.

    This calls for Fifi's Patent Post-Party Prandial Pickmeup ... switched eggs, tabasco, WD40, rocket and garlic ... served in a tall glass with ice cubes and a marachino cherry on the top.

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  • 84. At 7:43pm on 24 Aug 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    cheers DIW!!
    Distinguished?!? moi?!!

    Oh, I see, you mean extinguished....


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  • 85. At 8:46pm on 24 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Feefs...ish nosh wash you finks...hic...ish was all n-n fault, he hashed a cocktail and then struck a mash.....hic....and the resht is hishry

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  • 86. At 10:24pm on 24 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:


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  • 87. At 09:38am on 25 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    morning peeps....take two young grandsons on a 'sleep over' and two cats and then try having a quiet start to the day!

    breakfast has taken nearly an hour seeing as the boys wanted to feed the cats, the cats didn't want to be fed by the boys but they wanted to eat the boys cereals!

    anyhoo, as it is a reasonably nice day we are off out to look at my friends sow, she has given birth to eleven piglets....and then maybe the beach if the weather holds out.

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  • 88. At 10:28am on 25 Aug 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Since it's an English Bank Holiday in RL, the weather in this part of Scotland is very definitely autumnal, not actually wet, but not far off and with a cold and wild wind that's blown the washbasket across the garden and down into the river :-(. That'll teach me for leaving it out there last night, at least the washing didn't blow off the line.

    Anyone watch Britain from the Air last night, we chased it across the Beeb network, BBC1, then 2, then 4, then the wine ran out. Good night though!

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  • 89. At 10:50am on 25 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    ValP, I was only saying to SO yesterday evening (as we struggled with guttering - lol!) that there was a lovely autumnal feel in the air. It was sunny, but with a breeze, and a blackbird was singing its little heart out. There is a certain quality to the light in autumn which I love. Yet it is still August. I predict that September will be much more settled weatherwise, and that we'll be sitting out in the garden much more. This summer, parasols were only usable as umbrellas. Perhaps they'll be used correctly in September? We can but hope.

    A pitcher of freshly squeezed orange juice for all beachcombers on the NC bar.

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  • 90. At 12:20pm on 25 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Over on a certain social networking site, where mittfh has been animating The Song, some of us are trying to remember who did what.

    Gossipmistress, Humph, Frances O and I wrote some verses? The idea was dreamt up by Nikki Noodle and Jonnie definitely mixed it. But whose was the tambourine? Harmonies? All the other little touches?

    Any memory-jogs would be much appreciated! ;o)

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  • 91. At 12:34pm on 25 Aug 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    Good afternoon all, A bowl of hot Bovril will be more in order is this global warmed world

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  • 92. At 12:45pm on 25 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Tbird: Are you on board ship at the mo? The last time I can remember bovril being offered was on a very long sea voyage when we were north of the equator ....

    Anyhoo, I've left one for you on the NC bar ;o)

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  • 93. At 1:48pm on 25 Aug 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    DI, are you killing woodpeckers?


    You may have explained earlier, but I missed it...

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  • 94. At 2:45pm on 25 Aug 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    Thank you Big S (92) I wasa trying to be ironic about this cr@p weather. Now get back to your gutters

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  • 95. At 2:48pm on 25 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    I seem to be having semi-decent weather in RL T-Bird (94). But give it another 10 minutes.....

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  • 96. At 3:01pm on 25 Aug 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Frances - omg, I naively thought he meant woodpigeons, ooooh no-o-o-o

    Big Sis - funny you should be doing gutters, we're doing sarking. Although if SO is to be believed they don't have sarking in England, they put the felt straight onto the rafters. Ah, the things you learn, eh?

    Breaking weather news in RL - we've had the rain (and the washing was still out on the line, of course) and now we have blue skies and sunshine. The combine's in the field on the other side of the river and Fiodo's trying to glue himself to the back of my legs because he thinks the noise is thunder. Still, at least the combine's working, 2 days ago it went in the field, sank and had a tractor sent it after it, which sank. Then another tractor came along with a load of stone and they had to be very ingenious about getting each other out.

    I've put a pot of coffee on the side there, help yourselves.

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  • 97. At 3:21pm on 25 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Tbird: Back to the gutter? Now, now!

    Of course you were ironic. So was I. As well you know.

    ValP: Sarking? That sounds sarking awful! But not all builders down south put the felt straight onto the rafters. So, Pedant's Palace is coming on apace, eh? And our project is also nearing its end. Not before time - oh no. Though the garden looks like the Somme, and will take a lot of straightening out, not to mention hard landscaping. I confidently predict we will be ready for the 2012 Olympics :o)

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  • 98. At 3:52pm on 25 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    My SO confirms that sarking is not de rigeur en Angleterre. Seems bonkers to me, but then I don't build roofs.

    Which events will you be hosting in 2012, Val? ;o)

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  • 99. At 4:15pm on 25 Aug 2008, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    I just love watching heavy equipment get into trouble.

    Schadenfreude forever!

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  • 100. At 4:18pm on 25 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    I was brought up, out in the country, up a hill, at the end of a narrow and in places very exposed little road.

    We got snowed in once but I was disgusted when my Dad simply got the tractor out and took me down to the main road, where I caught the school bus as usual.

    You'd think there's be at least one perk to living at the back of beyond, wouldn't you?

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  • 101. At 4:19pm on 25 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Frances_O (93).....Woodies = Wood Pigeons!

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  • 102. At 4:39pm on 25 Aug 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oh, DI, 's obvious now...

    do you eat them? Yum!

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  • 103. At 4:43pm on 25 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:

    The credits list for "The Song" is starting to get more complicated!

    Anyway, while we're trying to work out who did what...

    As you sing / listen to it, you may encounter various images in your head. For the next phase, I hope to add some illustrations to various bits of the song. There'll probably be several in-jokes, so e.g. "did our comments ever get displayed?" will display a 502 error (search Google hard enough and you'll find one!)

    However, I thought it would be rather fun if the production of the images was collaborative...
    Send me appropriate images (either 'free' ones from the net, or, for the more creative types amongst you, self-created), probably by email is the best method, and I'll sort out resizing them and plopping them in at the appropriate point in the lyrics.

    I'll report back on what's been submitted, so we don't end up with 15 people all sending various pictures of purple hammocks, and nobody contributing sausage-eating camels...

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  • 104. At 4:46pm on 25 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Can you magic up a link to the song as it is now? One that doesn't require membership of any other website, I mean.

    (Ooooh in't 'e clever!)

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  • 105. At 5:07pm on 25 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Ho hum...


    ...you can tell we're in the news's Silly Season!

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  • 106. At 5:09pm on 25 Aug 2008, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Val (96),

    I just love watching heavy equipment get into trouble.

    Schadenfreude forever!

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  • 107. At 5:10pm on 25 Aug 2008, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Whoop! Duped by a duplicate!

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  • 108. At 5:44pm on 25 Aug 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    Ed, calm down old bean!!! you are getting beside yourself....

    meanwhilst, on the beach, I spy a yard arm and a rapidly sinking sun!!!

    (aka Idea Master, Thought-Thunker, etc (90))!!

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  • 109. At 5:51pm on 25 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Francis O, i used to but since my tame 'butcher' in the village retired, and his apprentice ran off with last Christmas profit, I have no one who will do the business.

    I can 'do' a rabbit but I can't be having with all that plucking.

    Anyhoo, grandsons enjoyed seeing piglets....!

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  • 110. At 6:03pm on 25 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    just an idea

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  • 111. At 6:51pm on 25 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    arm yard over...clink clink...aaahhh..that is soooooo good.

    Help yourselves i have cracked open a bottle of 'Mothers Ruin'.

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  • 112. At 7:20pm on 25 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    * holds out glass *

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  • 113. At 7:27pm on 25 Aug 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Here's a link:


    PS: mittfh, is there any deadline for this? I've got a busy week ahead, but any excuse not to get on with work stuff accepted gratefully.

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  • 114. At 7:33pm on 25 Aug 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Me too (that's to Ed's heavy equipment post, and DIY's drinks!)

    In 2012, we'll mainly be hosting the "can you see what it is yet" category ;-), unless I get off the pc and go out and help him right now...
    *sigh* 7.30 on English Bank Holiday Monday Evening and I'm up on top of a roof. Pictures will be posted idc.

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  • 115. At 7:34pm on 25 Aug 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Btw, was anyone at Notting Hill Carnival?

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  • 116. At 7:37pm on 25 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Frances - No, there's no deadline for submission of images. I'll add them as/when received.

    There's also a higher quality version at http://bnorwood.fastmail.fm/frog.html

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  • 117. At 7:42pm on 25 Aug 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Yes, me, Val. Will post later when my ears have stopped ringing and my rib cage is no longer thudding.

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  • 118. At 8:52pm on 25 Aug 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    oooo Frances_O was it fantastic???

    Who was that dancing with the huuuuuuge feather head dress??!!

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  • 119. At 8:56pm on 25 Aug 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Aha Fran, I thought I remembered tales from you from there. Looking forward to more.

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  • 120. At 9:29pm on 25 Aug 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Me, if she was wearing red shoes, n-n.

    Oh, it was a bloke?

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  • 121. At 11:13pm on 25 Aug 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    me too, Val P (119), and especially I want to hear more about the red shoes!!!

    have you been before, is that what prompted your question (115)


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  • 122. At 11:20pm on 25 Aug 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    Fifi (90 ish)
    I'm the one shyly smiling and quietly doing a hand-jive (!!!!!) in the corner- surely you remember...

    n-n- I didn't know it was your idea- you clever thing, you ! xx


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  • 123. At 00:13am on 26 Aug 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Been trying to pull my Carnival impressions together, Val, and realised I'm too tired (not a lot of sleep for obvious reasons) I'm too tired to do it to a pedant's standard.*

    Choppers have only just stopped overhead, no-one's doong-doong-doonging any more.

    Lovely comfy bed seems the best idea.

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  • 124. At 00:17am on 26 Aug 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oh, pfrrts.

    Forgot to do a second *

    * But you know what I mean.

    (Blast - must be one of the only compos mentis people round this side of Marble Arch. But such is the scourge of pedantry)

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  • 125. At 10:03am on 26 Aug 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    OFrances, no need to beat yourself up! Any time will do for me - for instance I always read our morning paper the day after it comes out, for reasons too dull and trivial to go into.

    Second cup of coffee of the day now, I think.

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  • 126. At 10:30am on 26 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    Morning all.

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  • 127. At 10:39am on 26 Aug 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    Morning, Appy.
    Morning everyone.


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  • 128. At 10:43am on 26 Aug 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Morning Appy,
    Morning Molly
    Morning everyone

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  • 129. At 10:53am on 26 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    'Morning Fearless, ValP, FrancesO, Molly, et al.

    Another jug of freshly squeezed OJ on the Bar.

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  • 130. At 10:58am on 26 Aug 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    And here's some cider cake to go with it ;o)

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  • 131. At 11:10am on 26 Aug 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    Morning Ap
    Morning Molly
    Morning Fred
    Morning Sis
    Morning Gillianian
    Night John Boy.

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  • 132. At 11:11am on 26 Aug 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    What a lovely way to start the day.
    Anyone else there?


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  • 133. At 12:06pm on 26 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    How about a pat for the horse? -- there you go. And a polo mint for being a good boy.

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  • 134. At 12:10pm on 26 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Morning Horse
    Morning Appy
    Morning Gillianian
    Morning Molly (again)

    Oops, there's an empty plate where the cider cake was ......

    Oi, Jonnie, bring that cake back NOW!

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  • 135. At 12:12pm on 26 Aug 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    Afternoon everyone!

    Appy (133) do you recall after the last Ulster Fry, Horse was producing his own pats....?!

    I think its just toast for lunch, unless anyone has been out this morning and got fruit, fish, veg

    (I know I havent been out, I was in the hammock, doing hte crossword - it was so tough I had to shut each eye alternately to concentrate; and sometimes shut them both!)

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  • 136. At 12:28pm on 26 Aug 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    Ap (133) - I thought that you were restricted to patting the donkey!
    Any more Polos?

    n-n (135) - I'm an intermittent horse, not an incontinent cow! Pats indeed!

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  • 137. At 2:03pm on 26 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    Here you go everyone -- mints for all.

    Anyone want a cup of tea to go with them?

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  • 138. At 2:27pm on 26 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Yuck, mints do NOT go with tea, Appy. Well, unless it's Moroccan mint tea, of course.

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  • 139. At 4:02pm on 26 Aug 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    Ah Big Sis - you've got no taste! Someone just gave me a mint Club biscuit with my afternoon cuppa. Lovely!

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  • 140. At 4:11pm on 26 Aug 2008, Anne P. wrote:

    I think the difference is the chocolate - you can do any kind of chocolate and mint with tea, but never mints on their own!

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  • 141. At 4:24pm on 26 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    afternoon peeps....can I smell Cider cake?

    .....and you can have mince for tea if you want....or have plot the lost?

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  • 142. At 4:53pm on 26 Aug 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Snapshots from this year’s Notting Hill Carnival:

    The barriers delivered a week in advance, a gloomy if practical reminder of possible trouble to come

    Friday night and the boards are going up

    Some are already tagged

    First steel band passes at 6.45 on Sunday morning. It sounds great, but nooooo, not now

    The smoke and the irresistible smell as the food stalls set up. How is it possible to be so hungry not long after breakfast?

    An angry blackbird scolding a particularly loud bit of bass from the nearby sound system

    The zoo-like smell of men pissing into the vicarage shrubbery

    Extraordinary salsa sound system. Watching the dancers, unable to stop smiling, I learn the basic step (I think)

    Anything not selling food or drink boarded up. Back comes the ‘siege’ feeling

    A happy Ambulance woman learning how to dance to salsa music

    Having to squeeze past ‘anti-piss’ barriers Wonderful reggae mix round the corner

    Someone I know looking utterly wasted. Sadness

    Smiling at the dancing, finding myself moving to the music even though I’m only walking past

    The skill of the man chopping off the top of a coconut

    An angry blackbird scolding a particularly loud bit of bass from the nearby sound system

    Piles of waste and empty bottles even in the early afternoon

    The reggae sound system closing down with a Marley mix. In the kitchen, I’m dancing before I realise

    A small boy kicking his way with delight through the evening’s rubbish

    Helicopters overhead more often than I’d heard in Belfast

    Queues at the local corner shop when I pop round to get milk, and the supplies low

    Girls strutting by with mouths flashing LED smiles. Never seen that one before

    The streets foul with discarded food, bottles, cans, whatever else

    The choppers still interrupting the newly-precious quiet of the night.

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  • 143. At 5:05pm on 26 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    All the more mints for me then!

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  • 144. At 5:12pm on 26 Aug 2008, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Love the high and low notes, Fran.

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  • 145. At 5:14pm on 26 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Hi Fran...thanks for the insider view!

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  • 146. At 5:14pm on 26 Aug 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    beautifully written, Frances_O, a slice of oral poetry, capturing the sights and sounds of a passing cavalcade in verbal snapshots!!!


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  • 147. At 6:00pm on 26 Aug 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Thank you, Ed, DI and young noodle.


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  • 148. At 6:13pm on 26 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Oooh, Frances, I wish I'd been there! Do you live in Notting Hill, then? My Grandpa had a business near the Star pub. Happy memories of trips to Portobello Market ......

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  • 149. At 6:20pm on 26 Aug 2008, Humph wrote:

    Appy (143) Could I have a mint, please? I cannot stand tea!!


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  • 150. At 6:41pm on 26 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Hectic day in RL. Dashed down to Northampton for a meeting I'd forgotten I had at 12. Car engine running far too hot, nurse it home again.

    Oil low (I thought as much) but coolant zero! Fill coolant with water, add the dribble of oil we had handy, drive to town to buy 90th birthday card and motor oil.

    Checkout lady asks if the oil is to rub into the elderly person on her birthday...

    Return with oil. SO gently points out that I've bought oil for diesel engines not petrol. Stream of expletives follows. Birthday card de-priced, written, addressed and posted to Orkney. Will it get there for Tuesday? In time for the party I'll be at?

    Frantically bash through some of the work I would have done if not sitting in a hot-hot car to/from Northampton. Eye on the time, as have to be out for a rehearsal at ten to seven.

    Throw things into a bag for rehearsal: huge floppy hat, gob-iron gripper (or whatever you call that thing Bob Dylan et al use to play harmonica hands-free), duck and cuckoo calls, shoes, music stand. (What DO we get up to, Jan and I??)

    Meanwhile cook dinner, bring in washing from line, feed cat, empty and start re-filling dishwasher, fail to ring friend in need (drat) as promised, and set down computer keyboard just in time to ...

    Leave for rehearsal. Waaaaaah!

    Frances.... yours is so much better!


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  • 151. At 7:24pm on 26 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Feefs..(150) and your SO is doing exactly what at this time?

    (fetches SO @ss-whopping-paddle from under the stairs!)

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  • 152. At 7:28pm on 26 Aug 2008, annasee wrote:

    If we're doing snapshots from "a day in the life of" here's today for me.

    Going to hospital for annual (it won't let me type the word, but it's the letter after "w"-ray) and check-up at the Family History Clinic. Last year, had to wait for hours. Lots of time to compare clothes with other women in waiting room. This year, decided to wear skirt given me by next-door neighbour when she was sick of it. 2 sizes too big, but has ties at waist I can pull in. Hidden by shirt. Get to examination room, nurse looks at me as I take off shirt.
    "Good heavens! You've lost so much weight since last year. Look at the way that skirt's hanging off you!"

    Sadly, I could not tell a lie, and had to admit what I'd done. How we did laugh...

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  • 153. At 8:31pm on 26 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    annasee, hope your w+1-ray went well and all OK?

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  • 154. At 9:46pm on 26 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    (151) SO was meanwhile out at a 9.30am meeting with a new client, and then later in the day working bloomin' hard updating drawings for a charity client who may or may not be able to pay for the work...

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  • 155. At 10:29pm on 26 Aug 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    A non-eventful day then.
    Perhaps tomorrow will be better.



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  • 156. At 10:32pm on 26 Aug 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    ''night everyone.
    ''night John boy.


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  • 157. At 10:35pm on 26 Aug 2008, annasee wrote:

    DIY - well I hope all is OK, thank you for asking. Always has been so far. It's one of those annual screening jobs, for which I'm very grateful to the NHS. The worst bit is the convoluted poses one has to hold to get the correct bits on the glass plates, mean that I have now put my neck out. Hoping it might all fix itself overnight. It must be age!

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  • 158. At 10:48pm on 26 Aug 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Feefs, whew!

    Well, today was much quieter. I, too, had an ex-ray (!!) [I thought it was only kay we couldn't use].

    Turns out I have bursitis in/on my hip, hence all the pain walking and the vileness of stairs. Gawd, I feel old, too, annasee!

    It goes by the name of 'tailor's bottom', the doctor said, and we both had a laugh. I mean, I know I wield a fair needle, but really!

    Laughter at such times is precious, isn't it.

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  • 159. At 11:34pm on 26 Aug 2008, annasee wrote:

    Hey, Frances! "Tailor's bottom" -respect!

    I've got a "Tailor's bunion" which is a little bunion on the outside of the foot. If you sit cross-legged (oops, well maybe not with your hip, sorry) you can see where it would form, beside the little toe joint. Those tailors sure had a bad time of it, didn't they?

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  • 160. At 08:25am on 27 Aug 2008, Sid wrote:

    Well, good morning all. It's jolly nice to be back. Coffee's on, you'll have to be quick if you prefer your tea unstewed, and there are warm croissants and apricot jam aplenty. Also fruit salad, of course. Porridge will be ready in two minutes ...

    Anyway. A family wedding in York in August - so we thought it would be a good idea to go camping. It wasn't. (This was the York where they cancelled the racing due to a water-logged pitch.)

    But back now, and drying out ...

    A couple of questions: who won the Olympics? Did Southend beat Millwall? Who's Prime Minister now? Has PM been good while we've been away?

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  • 161. At 08:54am on 27 Aug 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    Sid - Answers.

    1. TeamGB apparently.
    2. Who cares?
    3. Ben Elton.
    4. Ben Elton is always good - ask Ap.

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  • 162. At 08:58am on 27 Aug 2008, Anne P. wrote:

    Tea and croissants - lovely Sid, thanks. Just what I need to set me up for taking the minutes at a board (hopefully not bored) meeting.

    We once had a tent flattened by wind at York, but we did also find a wonderful small campsite by the river just outside York.


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  • 163. At 11:09am on 27 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    Here you go Humph (149).

    Horse (161), did my Ben Elton comment not get modded then???

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  • 164. At 11:39am on 27 Aug 2008, U11204129 wrote:


    Goodness, you sound so very alone, there. Like that sociological talk of the Lonely Crowd. (Hope you don't smoke Strands!) (:-)

    I know it sounds crazy, but I'm sure the solution is exercise, So much that you deaden all the pain with adrenalin. I had a killer back, for years! The first six months jogging, to make it better, I was in daily agony. Eventually the pain went. Completely.

    By then I was doing 6 miles a day. (You get home from work. Then instead of the 'dead hours', de cinq a sept, in front of the box, you jog. Start with going to the (far) end of Ladbrooke Grove and back.)

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  • 165. At 11:50am on 27 Aug 2008, U11204129 wrote:

    Cut my finger dicing swede.

    (Mashed with black pepper, so much, it's grey, and anti-fat 'butter', now available in huge dollops, served from a trestle table and an old fashioned washing bowl, over there, where the camels vegetate)

    So help me, by the time I'd got the sticking plasters out, I needed three, not one.

    'Cos the sticking plasters (By THE household name in plasters - as they are to elastic plasters, J. Edgar is to vacuums*)

    The packing they come in is UNOPENABLE.

    It won't tear, if you trim it with scissors length ways or across, you (I mean I) still can't peel back the cellophane. Eventually I had to take a knife to them.

    The third cut was the deepest.

    *OK, vacua, pedants.

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  • 166. At 2:24pm on 27 Aug 2008, U13193581 wrote:

    S'ppose it has been missed by PM that the FTSE sometimes goes up and then can go down (as well)? Thought not. Evidently no one else interested in the fall of CAPITALISM.****

    There will now be a gap to make me look intelligent.

    **** Notice that was in capitals? Subtleness personified me.

    So the world is full of knowledge. Would that be 'knowing that' or 'knowing how? I know the answer but then I also think people want to read what I write.** The distinction is recognized linguistically in many languages, though not in modern English except as dialect (see verbs 'ken' and 'wit' in the SOD. I should think the act of balance in riding a bicycle should make it obvious.
    * No arguments now – I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t wanted.

    So who to talk about today?? Who can I get to rise to my Green Highlander? The usual suspects are quiet. I'd try poshmissusmac but self-flagellation never appealed.

    I do hope that you are all paying attention. I may well ask questions. I Bleat, therefore I am. I'm a useless bleater – Sid James might have said that.

    As Tony Blair didn't say ECONOMICS, ECONOMICS, ECONOMICS.
    And so to other things. You do like me don't you?

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  • 167. At 2:46pm on 27 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    PMleader - there, there. I usually resort to a wodge of kitchen roll to staunch the red stuff while ripping the plaster out of its infernal wrapper with my teeth.

    PMbleater - I agree with much of what you say (the bits I could follow!) ... but the Beach is a place for non-serious stuff. You will find much more intelligent debate at the Furrowed Brow.


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  • 168. At 3:17pm on 27 Aug 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    Ap 163) - Don't think so. But it did shock an awful lot of people - Fearless had to lie down for 5 minutes!

    Fifi (167) - I suspect that pmBleater is doing a Rory Bremner.

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  • 169. At 3:37pm on 27 Aug 2008, Sid wrote:

    Horse - whatever gave you that impression??

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  • 170. At 3:49pm on 27 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Sid: Should that not read 'who'? ;o)

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  • 171. At 4:00pm on 27 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:



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  • 172. At 4:01pm on 27 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:

    I wonder...


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  • 173. At 4:13pm on 27 Aug 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    mittfh - Don't you know that there are Rules & Regulations about where and when you can test with X-rays?

    Sid - Haha! - Your holiday didn't dull your wit then?

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  • 174. At 4:33pm on 27 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    whoosh......flying visit...RL.....busy, busy, busy..

    pmLeader (165)....the third cut is always the deepest.

    Sid....glad you enjoyed your holiday.

    pmBleater.....you are in serious need of my special Scrumpy therapy.

    mittfh....I can see straight through you.


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  • 175. At 4:42pm on 27 Aug 2008, mittfh wrote:

    DIY (174): Now where did I put that lead sheeting? :)

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  • 176. At 4:52pm on 27 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Mittfh (175) : if your sheeting is in the lead does that mean you win a gold medal?

    Horse (168) : bet you're right!

    Sid (160) : welcome home to the Beach after your exotic underwater holiday. How are the sprouts in Yorkshire?

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  • 177. At 5:27pm on 27 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    Tee hee Sid/Bleater. Welcome back.

    Horse (168), Fearless Fred is not so easily shocked as he would have us believe -- remember, I've seen what he gets up to through the 'knowhole'...

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  • 178. At 5:27pm on 27 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Feefs..re Sid

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  • 179. At 5:33pm on 27 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    Oh DIY, I'd got over that and now you've made me play it again!

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  • 180. At 6:19pm on 27 Aug 2008, Sid wrote:

    I wonder if there's an equivalent version with mushy peas ...

    Apparently you can always tell a Yorkshireman - but you can't tell him much.

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  • 181. At 7:06pm on 27 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    DIY that game is seriously addictive. I have suggested the song to our bass player for the band's first Christmas Album...

    Sid, my Dad always said that about railwaymen. Never did find out why!

    Who's for some of Fearless Fred's Fabulous Fowl recipe? Just off to start mixing the flour and paprika...

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  • 182. At 7:58pm on 27 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Oven's warming up, soy sauce and lemon juice mixed and ready, oil and butter in pan, chicken coated and ready to go.

    Just got the spuds to get ready, and the last of the runner beans from my pal's garden.

    Cooking's exhausting isn't it? I'll just have some of this champers to chill out with, thank you, till the oven's hot enough to kick off the laughably straightforward making of the meal...

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  • 183. At 9:11pm on 27 Aug 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    I should like to know, please, the hidden agenda of the cryptic Ben Eltron- Appy-TIH-FF saga. I seem to have missed something and my appetite has been whetted (Spelling?).

    Perhaps it's none of my business, but this is a public beach after all.


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  • 184. At 9:18pm on 27 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    I'm in the dark too Molly. Explanations please, while I dish up the chicken. (Added wine to the sauce as an experiment... made no difference... still delicious.)

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  • 185. At 9:29pm on 27 Aug 2008, Humph wrote:

    Mollifi (183 or 4) Check the boxed glass box thing-something from Tuesday. If you "three" your minds, you will acheive enlightenment.



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  • 186. At 9:46pm on 27 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Ah thank you Humph. Appy has a speech impedalbin.... ahaaaaa!

    SO has a complaint about the chicken.

    There wasn't enough of it.


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  • 187. At 9:50pm on 27 Aug 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    Thank you. I'm back now, all threed up.


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  • 188. At 9:53pm on 27 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    It's called "talking too quickly". I might add that, to my good fortune, I don't have cause to say "Ben Elton" very often.

    Fifi, if you're making second helping for your SO can I have some please?

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  • 189. At 10:00pm on 27 Aug 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    Me too, Fifi- sounds delice!


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  • 190. At 10:21pm on 27 Aug 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    fifi, i dont want to be a pain, but seeing as there's now five of us....you might as well do the rest of that chicken thing...!!

    It did smell soooo good, (didnt it Molly, Appy?!??)

    I expect Humph wouldnt say no

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  • 191. At 10:22pm on 27 Aug 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Appy (177) and you promised you wouldn't tell!!!

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  • 192. At 00:02am on 28 Aug 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    Sid, weather in Yorkshire not always bad.

    I'm off to Stainforth (North of settle) in a couple of weekends camping so weather had better be good. I have a bad weather back up though!

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  • 193. At 00:06am on 28 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    The mutated chicken with umpteen breasts was duly served, with extra sauce (cheeky!) and new potatoes and runner beans.

    SO and I scraped the black gooey bits off the bottom of the pan though.... ;o)

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  • 194. At 08:54am on 28 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    morning peeps, day off from work in RL so have to do battle with the strimmer and trim the lawns!

    anyhoo, coffee and toast is needed to kick start me......will leave supplies on the bar

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  • 195. At 10:59am on 28 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    Fearless (191), I'm only hinting -- I haven't given anything away. Yet. :-)

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  • 196. At 12:26pm on 28 Aug 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Appy (195)So, it's a bribe you're after? ;-)

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  • 197. At 12:35pm on 28 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    Depends what's on offer...

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  • 198. At 12:53pm on 28 Aug 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    I've juiced the first fall of apples with some carrots and a bit of ginger. Help yourselves.

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  • 199. At 1:04pm on 28 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    I think we should all take a mass excursion to the naughty step and leave Appy and Fred to their game of innuendo!


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  • 200. At 1:15pm on 28 Aug 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Well, what would you like, Appy?

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  • 201. At 1:56pm on 28 Aug 2008, U11204129 wrote:

    Goodness me, when a frog hits pay dirt it's always a deep vein.

    Brotherss and sisters, I've found mine.

    Take two 68p swedes from little L*dls, and peel. (They're the size of a bowling green bowl)

    That bit is easy, using the following patented method:

    1. Cut the swedes unpeeled into 6 or 7 medallions, each say a cm wide.

    2. Peel the medallions. (Great fun)

    3. Cut each medallion into 3 or 4 strips each say 1 by 1 by 8 cms.
    (Again great fun if you do it like they get the tobacco leaf off hte stalk. Downward slashes).

    4. Dice the strips.

    Then boil to distraction. (20 mins)

    Add a little broccoli or sweet potato 15 or so minutes in, for taste and colour.

    Drain, and mash till it has porridge consistency.

    Add a handful (sic) of ground black pepper. Make that two.

    Add 200 grms of low fat spread.

    Mix well.

    Serve in big bowls, with onions fried to dark brown (8 or 9 medium sized one) and cheese sauce.


    Oh, boy! I scarcely ever post on the Beach 'cos I never have a recipe worth having and my home made wine is never quite ready.

    But this, this is SPECIAL.

    And we've been feeding it to CATTLE all this time?????

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  • 202. At 2:00pm on 28 Aug 2008, Aperitif wrote:

    Hmm. I'll have to give it some thought Fearless. I will get back to you...

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  • 203. At 2:16pm on 28 Aug 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    I'll be waiting, Appy ;-)

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  • 204. At 2:43pm on 28 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Who remembers Mrs Trellis, an early devotee of the Dayone Beach?

    You'll never guess which infamous ex-popstar has moved in just 5 minutes' walk away!

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  • 205. At 2:54pm on 28 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    So, Gary's now your neighbour, Feefs? ;o)

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  • 206. At 3:18pm on 28 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Not mine, Big Sister. But Mrs T is not best pleased with the reporters crawling all over the village!


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  • 207. At 3:20pm on 28 Aug 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    poor Mrs T :-( I hope they rugger* off soon...

    *borrowed Fifi-patented rhyming slang

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  • 208. At 3:26pm on 28 Aug 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Yuk. That's not so far from me.

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  • 209. At 3:29pm on 28 Aug 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Thank goodness for this place - a brisk walk to the headland, a gentle swim back and a lie in the hammock is just what I need right now....oh, and alcohol wouldn't go amiss!!
    A word of advice - don't, whatever you do - just DON'T have a teenage lad!! Keep them as babies, they're much nicer. ;o)

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  • 210. At 4:49pm on 28 Aug 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    Gillianian, as an ex teenage lad I can't remember being a awkward or moody ever.

    I feel as if I am constantly telling my kids off (age 8 & 4). Its probably no more than I was told off as a child. But that was in the Seventies when summers wer eward and we were allowed to play out without beiong taken to frineds hosues by parents.

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  • 211. At 5:25pm on 28 Aug 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    wer eward I think I mean were warm.

    Gillianian, Any of that alcohol stuff left ?

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  • 212. At 6:19pm on 28 Aug 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    pmleader !!!

    I read your post !!!!!! And I am with you on this one.

    Suggestion: try them with beetroot as well as the sweet potato!!!

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  • 213. At 6:25pm on 28 Aug 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Stewrat (211) Shtop me when we've bosh had enough...*hic*

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  • 214. At 7:04pm on 28 Aug 2008, U11204129 wrote:

    Hey, if posters are all over the country, someone will always be 5 minutes from every 'mare in the country.

    But take heart. You're all only 5 minutes from the next frogger.

    Sing 'Aren't you supposed to be in my gang, my gang?' and one'll come running. Or at least blogging.

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  • 215. At 7:15pm on 28 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    hash anybodish sheen giLLianIanish!

    (....walks off naughty shtep..thud)

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  • 216. At 7:22pm on 28 Aug 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    DIy she's over here with me. We've run out of tonic so bring some over with the ice.

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  • 217. At 7:26pm on 28 Aug 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    pmleader, will try this recipe I like Turnip, (by turnip I mean the big one you call swede)

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  • 218. At 7:40pm on 28 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Gillianianianianian is there any of that alkathene stuff left? I'm so fed up with today I'll try anything!

    * holds out litre-capacity stein *

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  • 219. At 8:01pm on 28 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    To trade it for (that doesn't look right but I don't care) I have a tub of scrummy vanilla ice cream, Scottish raspberries, and gorgous plump brambles picked from the garden.

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  • 220. At 8:17pm on 28 Aug 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    Sounds like a fed up with sort of day for many people!!

    fresh fruit, icecream, and hot mulled wine all round!!!

    (what do you mean they dont go?!) (have you tried them...?!!)


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  • 221. At 8:21pm on 28 Aug 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    That's a fair swap, Fifififififi..... and why wait for the tonic???
    Stewie, I'll have a plate of neeps, please.
    DIWyman needs the ice - that's a nasty lump you've got there, matey ;o)

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  • 222. At 8:27pm on 28 Aug 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Hot mulled wine!! My cup runneth over!!
    Oh to pot with it all.....here's a huge box of chocolates - milk, plain and white with every sort of filling you can think of.
    Cheesey nibbles for Fifi - footballs, straws, puffs, crackers, rolls.....

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  • 223. At 9:50pm on 28 Aug 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Scrummy tuck, everyone. And what's this? ...a case of Black Stump behind the Nick Clarke Bar!

    A toast to my Dad, who introduced me to the wonderful stuff. And another to all froggers having a bitty* time in RL for whatever reasons.

    * Fifi Rhyming Slang

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  • 224. At 9:53pm on 28 Aug 2008, Sid wrote:

    Fifi - did anyone ever tell you you were much too pretty to be a teacher?

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  • 225. At 11:49pm on 28 Aug 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    Gillianian, The term my dad uses for neeps is bagey so thats what I call them.

    Its northumbrian and I think the origins are norse. (hence swede)

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  • 226. At 07:12am on 29 Aug 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning peeps, just going to sit here with a cup of coffee and wait for the tide to come in and give us a nice new beach!

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  • 227. At 08:17am on 29 Aug 2008, Anne P. wrote:

    Morning DIY, think I'll join you with my morning cuppa. What happens if we're paddling here when Eddie makes the new beach do we get frozen in time?

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  • 228. At 08:24am on 29 Aug 2008, Sid wrote:

    Well, at least we'll have each other ...

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  • 229. At 08:44am on 29 Aug 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    well, Eddie seems a little tardy in setting up the new beach, so I'll pour a mug of Hot Lava Java, and join everyone else on the driftwood log...

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