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Eddie Mair | 05:37 UK time, Friday, 10 October 2008

"The PM Blog Beach is whatever you want it to be - a place to hang out with other bloggers, and be completely off topic.
"Over time it has developed its own identity, complete with camels, sand dunes, and a permanently stocked bar, but fundamentally it is a place to relax and have fun."


  • 1. At 07:35am on 10 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning Peeps....just rustling up coffee, tea, OJ, toast and porridge!

    Sorry, bit behind schedule this morning. But there again I am on holiday.

    Hope complete the deforrestation project today but some of the trees have got large roots!

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  • 2. At 07:59am on 10 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Morning all - I've restocked the NC bar with the usual selection of liquid refreshment, and IRL have just munched my way through a bowl of museli.

    Now, last week we were celebrating the 100th beach. I hear that today is the 60th birthday of AQ (courtesy of JD's trailer). It would be interesting to hear the kinds of Qs and As from the early episodes, but that's something for another thread...

    Meanwhile, thinking of RL, looking forward to meeting some of the gang tomorrow for the Autumn '08 FrogFest!

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  • 3. At 09:36am on 10 Oct 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    I believe we're also about to celebrate the founding of the very first beach around now as well. I believe that calls for a celebration...

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  • 4. At 09:43am on 10 Oct 2008, justfloating wrote:

    It good to see that the sand has been raked and all the green slim has gone along with the debris from the failed hunting expedition.

    I think I might swim ashore now.

    Breakfast burritos anyone, or should I cook Breakfast stotties?

    (RL has only All Bran.)

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  • 5. At 10:11am on 10 Oct 2008, Izzy_Tme wrote:

    I'll have a burrito please JF, and can I order something soothing for poor Frances O, when she manages to crawl out of her hammock. She was having a hard time on the previous beach last night - I think the mods were doing their thing to her....

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  • 6. At 10:12am on 10 Oct 2008, U11204129 wrote:

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  • 7. At 10:22am on 10 Oct 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Ah, a fresh new beach. Happy Friday to one and all. This thought from a received email this morning IRL:

    8) DRESS-UP
    A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, 'Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit.'
    'And why not, darling?'
    'You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.'

    I've got a whole Dressing Up Box of those outfits!!!

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  • 8. At 10:32am on 10 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Looks like Mac's off on his holibags.


    Now, who's for french toast??


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  • 9. At 10:38am on 10 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:


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  • 10. At 11:29am on 10 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh, Val, good to see you here! Love the joke, btw.

    Fearless, I hadn't realised that. Gosh! doesn't time fly!

    We need Andy here as he made the first footfall, as I recall, onto what became the DayOne Beach.

    I'll pass on the toast, but would love a big glass of freshly squeezed OJ, if there's one going.

    FrancesO, hope you slept well.

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  • 11. At 12:30pm on 10 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    OJ - check!
    Toast - check!
    ... also a stack of bacon butties and every imaginable ketchup/sauce/mustard on the side.

    (Those who find our obsession with food irritating... tough!)

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  • 12. At 12:35pm on 10 Oct 2008, Anne P. wrote:

    It was, after all, an obsession with food and the search for walnut whips that brought many froggers together in those far off, early days.

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  • 13. At 12:56pm on 10 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    wotz a wallnut whip?....is it related to Formula 1?

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  • 14. At 1:03pm on 10 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    12: When did you last see a Walnut Whip? ;o)

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  • 15. At 1:14pm on 10 Oct 2008, annasee wrote:

    Speaking of food - anyone been watching heroic Jamie Oliver in his quest to improve the diets and cooking skills of the people from Rotherham? (Or was it Doncaster... - I missed the 2nd programme...) It's plain to me that all the best cooks listen to Radio 4 - and especially PM - rather than watch TV. Obvious really, because you can cook quite happily alongside Eddie or Sequin's doom-filled look back at the day, but you can't cook in front of TV. Or at least I can't.

    I looked at the website that goes with the series. Seems plain that most of the punctuation-users and correct spellers listen to PM too! (What a snobbish comment, but have a look and you'll see what I mean!)

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  • 16. At 1:21pm on 10 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    14: Or a mint cracknel? (ooh, painful...)

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  • 17. At 2:06pm on 10 Oct 2008, andycroak wrote:

    I'm here BigSis!

    First footfall indeed, I still have the sandals with the original sand embedded, in a glass case, guarded by goons.

    When/where's the celebratory celebration then?

    A x

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  • 18. At 2:09pm on 10 Oct 2008, littleFluffyFi wrote:

    Yes I saw that as well Annasee. It was indeed Rotherham..........heroic efforts indeed!

    So are we having a party then? I'll be there!

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  • 19. At 2:30pm on 10 Oct 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    The party could be tonight, seeing as how there's those of us who can't get to the weekend 'un?

    Or shall we just start it now - it is 2.30 after all, that must be something else to celebrate.

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  • 20. At 2:44pm on 10 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    ValP, I'm with you there, and as Andy's around (he who is to the Beach what Livingstone was to the Victoria Falls), I think we should get the special glasses out now

    (rummage rummage)

    uncork the champers


    and raise our glasses to

    "Andy, the founding father of the PM Beach!"

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  • 21. At 2:48pm on 10 Oct 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    To andycr in all his many guises! and to all of us, of course!


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  • 22. At 2:52pm on 10 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Yes, ValP, to all of us (well, perhaps with a few exceptions ;o)).

    Now, I was only thinking yesterday about the original Frogfest way back and how Eddie told us that we were
    "All mad, the lot of you" (or words to that effect). Did he mean it?

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  • 23. At 2:54pm on 10 Oct 2008, andycroak wrote:


    A glass then, to us all!


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  • 24. At 2:57pm on 10 Oct 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    mittfh (2):

    I hadn't realised al-Qaeda was 60 this year. (How *do* you spell that anyway?)

    About time, someone wiped it out altogether and make the world a happier place.

    Or do you mean Any Questions? Same response... ;o)

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  • 25. At 3:03pm on 10 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Checking the PMBlog archive of DayOne:

    DayOne itself started on 17th Aug 2006, on which day it picked up 195 comments.

    By the end of the 18th, it was up to 232, and only picked up another 10 on subsequent days before going into hibernation...

    On 24th October, it reappears with a post by AndyCroak. A day later (25th), and Big Sis starts sowing the 'seeds' of the beach - giving us:
    Hot weather, sunshine, a bar, volleyball, bikinis, water to paddle in, bikinis and an offshore breeze.

    So effectively, a beach in all but name, until Fearless actually christens it.

    By the end of 25th, we've established the beach is on an island, we've got a chillbox, the camels have arrived (seemingly caught up in Fearless' time travel). The following day we also have a coral reef, dolphins, rock pools, a snorkel set and a shower.

    Barely two days later, nearing the 400th post, and Charles Hatton is already musing about what happens when the post count reaches 999...

    On 27th Big Sis officially christens the beach: "And declare Day One now, officially, 'the beach', which is what it has, virtually, become for us."

    Skip forward a couple of weeks, and 13th November marks the 1,000 comment milestone. The following day, at 1,025, the first beach finally dies...

    Anyone know when the first "official" Beach came along?

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  • 26. At 3:06pm on 10 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    At 06:19 PM on 24 Oct 2006,
    andycroak wrote:
    Hello, what are you doing here?

    No need to blush, Andy!

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  • 27. At 3:06pm on 10 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    SSC: Courtesy of Wikipedia:

    Al-Qaeda, alternatively spelled al-Qaida, al-Qa`ida or al-Qa`idah, (Arabic: ????????; al-qa?idah; translation: The Base) is an international Sunni Islamic movement founded in 1988.

    Take your pick...

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  • 28. At 3:12pm on 10 Oct 2008, andycroak wrote:

    "...a small step for a frog, a giant leap for frogkind ..."


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  • 29. At 4:01pm on 10 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tasting, tasting, one, two, three, four, tasting. Slurp!

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  • 30. At 4:13pm on 10 Oct 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    mittfh (25):

    So the beach (small b) was born on St. Crispin's Day?

    I vote we celebrate with a giant bag of Smokey Bacon flavour Crispins, and recire the famous onologue from Shakespeare's Eddie V:

    "This day is called the feast of Crispian:
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
    And rouse him at the name of The Beach.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
    Then will he strip his speedos and hie to the bar
    And say 'This Beach was born on Crispin's day.'
    Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
    But he'll remember with advantages
    What feets were paddled that day: then shall our names
    Familiar in his mouth as household words,
    Eddie the king, Big Sister and Fifi,
    Horses Intermittent and Fearless Fred, Annasee and ValP,
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the Frog,
    But we in it shall be remember'd;
    We few, we happy few, we band of froggers;
    For he to-day that rides the camels with me
    Shall be my brother (or sister); be he ne'er so base,
    This Beach shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in the Chris Evans blog now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That relaxed upon the Beach with us upon Saint Crispin's day!"

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  • 31. At 5:29pm on 10 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Cat: That is PRICELESS! :o)

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  • 32. At 5:36pm on 10 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    mittfh 27, Somebody thought Alchy Ida was some drunken old woman.

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  • 33. At 5:41pm on 10 Oct 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Big Sister (31):

    Nah luv, not priceless. I'm not askin' a pony, I'm not askin' a gorilla, I'm not askin' a duck-billed-platypus, for you, a tenner... no, I'm cuttin' me own throat, a fiver.

    Anyway, I had a bit of help from old Willie.

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  • 34. At 5:51pm on 10 Oct 2008, mygloriousleader wrote:

    Which old Willie?

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  • 35. At 6:18pm on 10 Oct 2008, Lady_Sue wrote:

    (31) TSSCat: a secret scholar! Brilliant!

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  • 36. At 6:18pm on 10 Oct 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    MGL (34):

    I'm not telling; he promised me his best bed when he goes, if I keep quiet. (His wife's going to be furious...)

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  • 37. At 7:09pm on 10 Oct 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    TSSC - fantastic!!!!

    And a nother crate of bubbly for beach-type frolics tonight...



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  • 38. At 7:31pm on 10 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    o o
    o o o

    o o o o

    Glug glug

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  • 39. At 7:35pm on 10 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ish funny how the bubbleshh get up you nose..hic.

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  • 40. At 7:36pm on 10 Oct 2008, Izzy_Tme wrote:

    Cheers everyone!

    Some rather nice nibbles 'n stuff to go with the bubbly on the bar - dig in - do.

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  • 41. At 7:36pm on 10 Oct 2008, U13521663 wrote:

    So true!

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  • 42. At 7:37pm on 10 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Deforrestation nearly complete!

    But me back isn't happy!

    Fabio.....where are thou?

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  • 43. At 8:35pm on 10 Oct 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    DIT (39):

    Bubbles certainly got up my nose, that's why I sold him to Michael Jackson.

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  • 44. At 9:40pm on 10 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    David (32): Shave off their beards and eyebrows, and some of them might even "pass", what with the long cloak things they're fond of wearing...

    OK, OK, I'll get my coat...

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  • 45. At 00:35am on 11 Oct 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    SSC! what a clever pussycat! tres amusant.

    More bubbles please?

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  • 46. At 3:23pm on 11 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    afternoon peeps, just been out with the Grandchildren.

    They have been showing me how to feed the Swans and Ducks!......."NO, Grandad, not like that"....so, it seems I musn't feed them by standing on one leg and tossing it over my left shoulder!...That's me told then!

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  • 47. At 4:33pm on 11 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    DI_W 46, Having just become grandparents for the sixth time about 10 weeks ago we now discover that we are going to become great-grandparents in Nov. That's what happens when you leave an 18 year old and a 16 year old alone.

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  • 48. At 6:53pm on 11 Oct 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    David, Not sure if congratulations are the correct things to send!

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  • 49. At 7:29pm on 11 Oct 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oooh, belated thanks, Izzy. It was just being told that I had already posted a particular message and was, by implication, pmleader. A new one on me!!!

    However, Real Life got in the way of my shock and I am now fully recovered.

    That fluffy pink 'recovery' hammock is veeerrryyy comfy... could have stayed there for ages.....

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  • 50. At 7:52pm on 11 Oct 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oh, and thanks, Big Sis.

    Hello, Andycr!

    Val, now all we need is Stephen, Leader of STROP and some music so we can dance in our red spotty shoes and we could have a Dayone nostalgia party

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  • 51. At 7:57pm on 11 Oct 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Ooohhh... hadn't read all the posts... seems I missed it... but there's a fridge full of yummy food and some still-unopened bubbly (how did that happen?)

    SSCat, you're on good form!

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  • 52. At 9:06pm on 11 Oct 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    Anyone seen any Boggarts here?

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  • 53. At 11:11pm on 11 Oct 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    I saw one trying to teach Lauren Bacall to whistle, but I think he'd missed the point.

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  • 54. At 07:57am on 12 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    morning froggers 'n peeps. tis reet foggy in RL so i is going to stay in this hammock till it clears.

    ..can someone pop the kettle on please?

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  • 55. At 08:33am on 12 Oct 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    DIY, Seeing as you is on holiday, Kettles on. Coffee?

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  • 56. At 09:56am on 12 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    S M 48, As my wife already had her three daughters when I married her, I lay no claim to being a father, grandfather, or greatgrandfather.

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  • 57. At 10:35am on 12 Oct 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    David, That's me told! Cant call you great-gramps then ;-)

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  • 58. At 10:42am on 12 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    SM 57, It all started when I got married and didn't want to confuse my wife's children, so I told them to call me David. It has carried on through the grandchildren and now the ggrandchildren.

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  • 59. At 10:44am on 12 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    I see where some schools in Wales have now banned M*rm*t* and ketchup from their menus. Can we have them here for meals?

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  • 60. At 10:45am on 12 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    SM 57, According to some here, you can call me great-grumps.

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  • 61. At 1:03pm on 12 Oct 2008, Sid wrote:

    Anybody fancy a roll?

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  • 62. At 3:43pm on 12 Oct 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    David, I'm glad you did that comment before anyone else ;-)

    Sun is shining in RL so off into the garden for me.

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  • 63. At 4:00pm on 12 Oct 2008, Little Red wrote:

    fig for me please, Sid! good for dunking in me coffee.

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  • 64. At 4:18pm on 12 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    SM 62, Remind me what I said in 59 that was offensive.

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  • 65. At 6:08pm on 12 Oct 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    A brief run along the beach while RL allows it - we've been plagued all week by power cuts, and have now totally lost patience! Bad enough when they had an all-day elective one on Tuesday, but Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, all Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening and Sunday forenoon! It's beyond infuriating!!! Every time of course the pcs crash, and I've threatened the poor girl on the phone with all sorts if they end up with permanently pcbrain damage.

    Is that actually possible, or am I just being paranoid?

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  • 66. At 6:24pm on 12 Oct 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    47 - congrats to you and Mrs DMcN!!!

    53 - what was he saying? Something like - you just put your lips together, and blow....?!!!

    phew what a scorcher, am going to retire to a hammock, with a coconut smoothie

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  • 67. At 6:35pm on 12 Oct 2008, chatterisgirl wrote:

    Hi, haven't been to the beach for a while. Thought that I would dip in and see what cocktail is available - anyone seen the shaker, please?

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  • 68. At 6:45pm on 12 Oct 2008, U13521663 wrote:

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  • 69. At 6:47pm on 12 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Good eve peeps, had a busy DIY day in RL hanging doors for son # 2. I now need a pint (or two) of Scrumpy and a lie down!

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  • 70. At 6:49pm on 12 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ..no I can't, SO has demanded Bubble-n-Squeak for supper.

    Sid, you got any Sprouts that are nearly ready?

    David_McNickle (47).....I blame the parents!

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  • 71. At 6:54pm on 12 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    chatterisgirl..re shaker....I fink Steven's got it at the mo!

    you up for some bub-n-sqeak?

    got some home made Picadilly to go with it!

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  • 72. At 7:12pm on 12 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Sorry, I have been slacking all weekend and neglecting my Beach duties. :o(

    I was in fact thinking of you all this morning when I did a RL bacon buttie session, complete with condy menthes ... and nobody wanted any! (All the more for meeeeee.....)


    Rioja, anyone? *proffers bottle*

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  • 73. At 7:39pm on 12 Oct 2008, Sid wrote:

    DI Wyman - I've always got sprouts that are nearly ready ... just don't tell Big Sis ...

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  • 74. At 8:40pm on 12 Oct 2008, nikki noodle wrote:


    did someone say 'rioja' ??!!

    holds out glass....

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  • 75. At 8:57pm on 12 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    chatterisgirl (57) I can rustle up an asp's nibble if you like. Give me a mo to find some champagne and cider.
    Hi Little Red....what's new?

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  • 76. At 9:00pm on 12 Oct 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    Sorry David I was on about your 57. Didnt see the 59

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  • 77. At 9:14pm on 12 Oct 2008, Little Red wrote:

    hey gilianian. not a lot is new right now. just been rather busy of late so have let my blog perusing dwindle.

    so, do we have ingredients for white russians this evening? like i need to ask!!

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  • 78. At 9:33pm on 12 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    For the benefit of Gillianian and anyone else that sampled my cheesecake during the NoodleFest, here's the not-very-secret recipe (a hybrid between two different internet recipes and my own experience)

    This could be done with manual implements, however mixers make it much easier! I used a hand-operated food processor ("JML Pro Chef") and a Tesco Value hand mixer.

    Base: 150g/6oz biscuits, 75g/3oz margarine.
    Crush the biscuits, blend with the margarine, spread out on the bottom of an 20cm/8" flan tin.

    Body: 150ml/6fl oz double cream, 150g/6oz soft cheese.
    Place together in a bowl and whip until stiff. Place on top of the base and smooth out.

    Topping: 400-454g/1 standard punnet strawberries, 1-2tsp cornflour, 1-2tsp sugar.
    Once washed, start with the best strawberries, slice in half, and arrange around the top of the cheesecake. Once you've covered the entire top (and filled in any reasonably sized gaps), slice the others multiple times and place in a jug with about 200ml/8fl oz water. Heat until the strawberries have pulped and transferred most of their colour to the water - if doing in a microwave, use medium heat to prevent it overheating and splashing out of the jug (been there, done that!).
    Sieve into another jug, add the cornflour and sugar, stir then heat a bit longer to ensure both are fully dissolved. When the sauce is a thick, syrupy texture, pour over the cheesecake.

    Store in a fridge until needed. It will last several days in a fridge, although it'll almost certainly be eaten well before it even thinks of going off!

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  • 79. At 9:45pm on 12 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Little Red - here you go! Fancy a swirl of skooshy cream on that?
    mittfh, that cheesecake is sooooo more-ish! Here's a jug of Gossipmistress's strawberry sauce to go with it.

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  • 80. At 10:15pm on 12 Oct 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    David McN (60)

    Well, I think you sound rather a nice ggramps actually.
    But what do I Know.....!

    Oooh! That sounds lovely ,mittf- I'll try that.

    n-n- hiyaa!!


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  • 81. At 10:20pm on 12 Oct 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    mmmmm... oh. mittfh... if I hadn't pigged out on trifle round at my Mum's earlier, I'd be tempted...

    But that was a while ago. Oh, go on, then. Just a small one.

    For starters.

    Don't go to bed on an empty stomach.

    Feefs, are condy menthes summat to do with a high-powered US person launching her own brand of cough sweets?

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  • 82. At 10:24pm on 12 Oct 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    Frances O
    Here- share mine- I shouldn't have taken quite so much on a full stomach....... help!!


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  • 83. At 11:04pm on 12 Oct 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    Cocoa anyone?

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  • 84. At 11:32pm on 12 Oct 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Ohh, Molly, you star - just a spoonful, then. Oh, are you sure? Mmm, another one... two... no, don't want that 'large dog sitting on my stomach' feeling which only those of us who have no dogs but have occasional puddings can truly appreciate.

    It's got a name at Crufts... summat to do with 'best in greed'...

    And. with the best will in the world, you may have a wet nose and a fluffy tail, but a too-full tum detracts from the delight in the rosette.
    So they tell me.

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  • 85. At 07:17am on 13 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    oh.....all those tempting treats! LOL I wonder how many of us are bit 'bloated' this morning!

    Tea and toast anyone?

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  • 86. At 08:20am on 13 Oct 2008, gossipmistress wrote:

    Morning all -
    here's hoping Dr Mair can find us something cheery for the programme tonight! All this doom and gloom on the news - anyone else just been turning it off?

    Also hoping today at work is better than yesterday - the first (canine!) patient I examined yesterday pood on my arm... I knew things were only going to get worse from there. Still, one client did tell me his dog had been chewing its foot 'incestuously' which made me smile...

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  • 87. At 08:37am on 13 Oct 2008, Sid wrote:

    What - he thought it was his sister's foot???

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  • 88. At 09:32am on 13 Oct 2008, annasee wrote:

    GM - re dogs - I was out in our garden yesterday and could hear strange grunts and growls. Amongst the undergrowth over the fence I saw next-door's "naughty staffie" and his equally naughty but younger staffie friend being very friendly indeed. I suppose this is the inevitable consequence of their terribly macho teenage owners refusing to get them neutered? Is this going to go on for ever now?

    I must say, at least it kept them quieter than usual. No barking or racing up and down the garden any more.

    I think if I was in government I'd be setting up a mobile vet compulsory neutering service - do the dog and certain owners in one fell swoop. Save a fortune in the long run...

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  • 89. At 09:45am on 13 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    SM 76, Well you can now.

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  • 90. At 09:59am on 13 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    I'm with David_McN....Mermyte and Tomato based Catchups should be part of the National Curriculum and be administered daily to pupils in all schools across the land...

    ....or have I lost the plot?

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  • 91. At 10:14am on 13 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    In case anybody wants to know who 'referred' post number 68 to the mods, it was me. Until he/she is gone, I won't be back. I thought he/she had been dealt with. My name is mine and I won't have it fooled around with.

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  • 92. At 10:29am on 13 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    gossipmistress(86) Dr Mair's a bit slow on the uptake this morning. Did he forget to set his alarm, I wonder, or is he refuelling with quadlattes first before he faces the fray?

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  • 93. At 10:43am on 13 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    We're like twins, Gillianian.

    Looking forward to hearing more about the weekend's goings on ..... ;o)

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  • 94. At 10:54am on 13 Oct 2008, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    I had a vege mate sandwich this morning. Almost as good as mermyte DiY.
    Anyhoo - I'm off to do some strange stretchy exercises by the palm trees. Sore legs and back this morning after foolishly agreeing to do a mountain bike race. However, I'm tempted to do the next one, on Saturday, just because it's called The Hairy Coo!
    Honestly - it is. Look it up...

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  • 95. At 11:04am on 13 Oct 2008, Perky wrote:

    Eddie's sick, apparently. Not sure what with, so I've put a variety of medicinal things on the bar in case he pops down to the beach for a pick-me-up.

    Of course, some of them are properly medicinal and some of them are just normal food and alcohol in disguise ;)

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  • 96. At 11:11am on 13 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Perky - so that will be Bailey's in the coffee, whisky in the tea, rum in the fruit salad, cider in Ffred's marvellous chicken, red wine in Big Sis's chilli, white wine in mittfh's cheesecake.......
    Crikey, I'm looking forward to lunch!

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  • 97. At 11:12am on 13 Oct 2008, Sid wrote:

    91 - Of course I was wondering, David. I've hardly been able to put my mind to anything else all morning.

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  • 98. At 11:13am on 13 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    UtT (94) Witchiwoman will be along soon - take your socks off and roll your trouser legs up, ready - and be prepared!

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  • 99. At 11:17am on 13 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Sid (97) You'll have to shout to get Dave's attention - he's down on the jetty, sending messages in bottles ;o)

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  • 100. At 11:26am on 13 Oct 2008, Sid wrote:

    99 - David who??

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  • 101. At 11:43am on 13 Oct 2008, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    When we lived in Honiara *clang!* (just thought I'd drop that in) my parents new a very nice man called Mr Tickle. Just down the road was a Mr Towel (he had his own swimming pool doncherknow) . I'm sure Roger Hargreaves must have been to the same place before he wrote the Mister Men books...
    The main reason why I shall never forget Mr Tickle is that he introduced me to the wonderful world of chip butties.
    I never encountered a Mr McNickle though... are you sure it's not a made up name?

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  • 102. At 11:48am on 13 Oct 2008, Perky wrote:

    When I was at primary school, we had a dinner lady called Hazel Nutt.

    And my SO works with someone called Teresa Green.

    Just thought I'd throw those into the naming mix ;)

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  • 103. At 12:02pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    I must say, I'm finding the Beach very ticklesome today. Why is there a scantily clad night nurse perched provocatively on the bar?

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  • 104. At 12:07pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Today's recipe: Asp Nibble

    1/2 glass good quality dry cider
    1/2 glass good quality champagne

    Method: sup liberally!

    (c) Frogfest October 08

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  • 105. At 12:16pm on 13 Oct 2008, Perky wrote:

    Is that 1/2 LARGE glass, Fi??

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  • 106. At 12:18pm on 13 Oct 2008, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    Does this Asp Nibble lead to loss of sensation in the legs? If it does, please could I have 2 large glasses?

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  • 107. At 12:39pm on 13 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    If we're into Asp Nibbles, could we also have a few Asp McTickles? ;o)

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  • 108. At 12:41pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Sorry Perky (105) I don't understand the question.

    ...is there some other size of glass, then?

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  • 109. At 12:44pm on 13 Oct 2008, Wonko wrote:

    What ho Froggers!

    Back again after a period of Being Extremely Busy. As usual in such circumstances it most involved sorting out other people's problems and mistakes, which had mysteriously, suddenly become my duty to sort out!

    Even after nine and half hours sleep last night I'm still knackered.

    Any tea going?

    ;o) []

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  • 110. At 1:14pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Not just tea, Wonko, but a bowl of home made ham and barley soup. Nicely warming, as well as refreshing.

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  • 111. At 3:07pm on 13 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Crikey, we're in a worse mess than I thought .....Fifi's opened a soup kitchen ;o(

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  • 112. At 3:12pm on 13 Oct 2008, Sid wrote:

    A bowl of soup, please, kind lady, as I'm on me uppers ... and could I see the wine list?

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  • 113. At 4:24pm on 13 Oct 2008, chatterisgirl wrote:

    Thanks for the advice re the shaker yesterday. I have mixed some Mai Tai if anyone is interested. After the news that two of my senior bosses have "resigned" from RBS, I think I need something to brace me.
    Is there room for a little one for dinner? I fancy something hale and hearty - like a casserole.

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  • 114. At 5:09pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    'fraid there's no casserole here, Chatterisgirl, and Sid's finished the soup already. However I was thinking of doing a run to the chip shop tonight, followed by comfort eating...?

    Orders please! SO and I will as usual share a fish supper (Scots froggers, please translate for the English).

    I'll take some old newspapers with me to wrap them in, so they keep extra toasty-warm AND smell like they used to when I was a kid. ;o)

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  • 115. At 5:15pm on 13 Oct 2008, Perky wrote:

    Oooh - 2 fish suppers here please Feefs - saves on the old washing up . . .

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  • 116. At 5:17pm on 13 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Feefs.....can I have bit 'o Rock, portion of chips, mushy peas an' a bread roll

    Oh..an' dunt forget the 'curry sauce'!

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  • 117. At 5:22pm on 13 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Sid (112)...I have a cheeky little 'Sprout' Shiraz 2005, will go with anything and very good for removing carpet stains.

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  • 118. At 5:23pm on 13 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Thanks Fi - fresh roe and scallops please, with salt and vinegar on both.

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  • 119. At 5:28pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Why O why have I been so industrious today putting photos on a social networking site, instead of preparing for tomorrow's meeting?

    Anyone would think my priorities were wrong!

    Any more chip shop requests? I'm just about to go...

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  • 120. At 5:31pm on 13 Oct 2008, Sid wrote:

    DI_Wyman - I've tried that Shiraz before. Impudent rather than cheeky, if I recall* ... and I don't have any carpets left since the last time I used it!

    *I've just checked my tasting notes - I judged the wine to be 'impudent on the tongue with lingering afternotes of sheer insolence'.

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  • 121. At 5:36pm on 13 Oct 2008, Perky wrote:

    I should think that sprout wine has more than a lingering afternote . . .

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  • 122. At 6:10pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Not so much afternote as afterburner, Perky....?

    OK, OK, I'm going! Chips ahoy!

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  • 123. At 6:34pm on 13 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Okay, okay, let's restore a little order on the Beach, shall we? Fish 'n chips? Sprout wine?

    Here we are, on our very own Caribbean/Pacific/Whatever beach, and all you lot can think about is Fish and Chips? Pah!

    Okay, I propose a good ole fashioned clam bake, in the style of that I enjoyed some years back on Martha's Vineyard. The strong guys can dig the pit while the rest of us gather together an assortment of shellfish, clams, oysters, crayfish, lobster, and anything your heart desires. Perhaps a couple of us could gather some firewood (oak is good, so is apple and ash), and when the pit is dug, we can get to work organising the bake.

    Mmm, I'm hungry just thinking of it! And we can provide some delicious veggie and non-shellfish options on the barbie for those who don't, or can't, eat the fruits of the sea.

    I've already filled the chiller with Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc and a pert little Viognier.

    [rolls sleeves up]

    Let's get cracking!

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  • 124. At 6:55pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Hmmm. I think I'll have to leg it down to the East End Beach, where a girl's allowed to feast on fish suppers and scrumpy, having had a surfeit of asp nibbles and cheesecake over the weekend, without being accused of squandering Beach resources!


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  • 125. At 8:34pm on 13 Oct 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oh, now, what a quandary. Fish supper? (btw, feefs, is it salt n sauce, or salt n vinegar?) (salt n mayo is not an option)

    Or my first-ever clam bake?

    I like the pert little vinegar, Sis, so I've brought along a fruity yet blushing extra virgin of the olive oil persuasion to make some sauciness.

    I have a feeling the clam bake ain't going to happen tonight; froggers seem busy with that Real Life nonsense, so can I have a pokey chips, Fifi, and save myself for a clam-bake later this week?

    Sis, the extra virgin isn't going to go off (anywhere; it's well brought up) so can we have your lovely idea later this week?

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  • 126. At 8:46pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Various aromatic parcels are heaped up at the side of the barbie. No cutlery or plates, we're eating out of the newspaper.

    Your choice of salt, sauce, vinegar, mustard, ketchup, HP, pepper and lemon juice are on the bar.

    And I got in a few extra portions of chips for those with good intentions but no willpower!

    Do dig in. . . . .

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  • 127. At 8:58pm on 13 Oct 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oh, Feeeeeeefs...

    As long as they're proper chips and not the stick-thin thingies MaccieD has peddled.

    Fried twice? Ains tae cook, twice tae crisp?

    If it's chips like that, all soft in the middle and crispy on the outside, you don't need anything except a whiff of salt and an asbestos mouth to be sent to the planet bliss...

    Cripes, I'm getting hungry...

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  • 128. At 9:03pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Large portion for Frances, coming up!

    If you don't want newsprint on your hands, double-wrap yours in today's newsletter, which I sent along earlier...

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  • 129. At 9:29pm on 13 Oct 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    moreish????? oooooo I should say so....

    I have parked my willpower out in the carpark, along wiht the rest of the Quads

    80 -hi molly!!! are you going to finish that chip-buttie???

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  • 130. At 9:38pm on 13 Oct 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    Thesch Chips are good.

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  • 131. At 10:05pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    And what are we thinking about the scrumpy? I think the combination works rather well, don't you?

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  • 132. At 10:20pm on 13 Oct 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    Chip butties?
    do i look like I need chip butties, having just finished a huge supper.

    oh! go on then, n-n- just a small one , if it's going.

    possibly a portion of mayo?
    So kind!

    Shiraz, did someone say?

    Mmmmmm! Lovely!
    Just what the doctor ordered....

    (we seem to have got rid of the sprouts at last....)

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  • 133. At 10:22pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Just one thing......

    mind the leg!


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  • 134. At 10:23pm on 13 Oct 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    Stewart M can't spell......


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  • 135. At 10:24pm on 13 Oct 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    Molly, don't mention the S word. Sprouts or Speedos. Woe betide DiY and Sid getting them mixed up.
    Boiled speedos and Sprouts on DiY's head.

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  • 136. At 10:34pm on 13 Oct 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    Look at it this way-
    it keeps them occupied, working out what goes where etc.....

    Quite frankly I think the sprouts are quite big nough to..... you know what...

    Partially blanched speedos!!!!


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  • 137. At 10:38pm on 13 Oct 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    not ''nough""- Enough!

    Silly me- can't spell now!

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  • 138. At 10:54pm on 13 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    God, what a bunch of philistines ;o)

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  • 139. At 10:59pm on 13 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Can clams be deep fried, as a tasty alternative to baking, Big Sister? If the batter recipe and the temperature's right, it'd be like tempura .. the seafood would steam within the batter shell, light as a feather, and really healthy!

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  • 140. At 11:06pm on 13 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Well, Feefs, part of the delight of a clam bake is the smoking of the clams, etc., as they cook. I'm sure you could cook clams the way you suggest, but - batter is healthy? I suppose if you throw the batter away and just eat the clams, you could be right. But who'd want to throw the batter away?

    Funnily enough, I was thinking that clams might be high cholesterol and therefore to be avoided, but I gather that they're actually quite healthy. Mind you, that's only based on internet research, and we all know how unreliable that can be ;o)

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  • 141. At 09:31am on 14 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning Froggers, I'm a bit crock at the moment with a chest infection, Dr De-ath has prescribed a course of amoxicillinianian so should be back on top form quite soon. In the mean time I will be in the Star spangled hammock contemplating the insides of me eyelids.

    If anyone is popping out to the shops, some doughnuts would go down well for elevens's.

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  • 142. At 09:54am on 14 Oct 2008, annasee wrote:

    DI Wy - have you tried a sprout inhalation for that chest infection? I hear it's very beneficial for all sorts of bronchial troubles. Though I believe if you heat it for too long in the microwave it'll blow the door off...

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  • 143. At 10:02am on 14 Oct 2008, Perky wrote:

    Are you still on holiday DIY? How miserable to be sick when you can't take a sick day!

    I know it's early for elevenses, but I have just returned from the supermarket, where by chance I purchased lots of jammy doughnuts. I'm sure they'll be the perfect healthy snack to follow last night's fish 'n' chips.......

    Do you need a chest rub?

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  • 144. At 10:04am on 14 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Take me to the fatfree zone of the Beach, please!

    DiY, I hope you feel better soon. Did you know that fatty foods are bad for things like colds and chest infections?

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  • 145. At 10:14am on 14 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    I can contribute some apples to the fruit bowl...

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  • 146. At 11:22am on 14 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    thanks for your advice peeps and Perky for the Doughnuts.

    Mrs DiY will 'do' me chest with her patent horse rubbing compound when she gets back from RL!

    mittfh...get a grip.....me eat APPLES....you 'avin a larf or what!

    Apples are a fruit in a transient state, their destiny is to be Scrumpy.

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  • 147. At 11:35am on 14 Oct 2008, Perky wrote:

    DIY - or a delicious doughnut filling!

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  • 148. At 12:11pm on 14 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Perky....doughnuts with apple filling?

    Next you will be telling me 'they' also use custard...!

    (wonders off muttering about peeps mucking about with perfickly good food)

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  • 149. At 12:14pm on 14 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    .....(still muttering....it's like bashing out some bubble-n-squeak that hasn't got Sprouts in it).......

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  • 150. At 12:17pm on 14 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

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

  • 151. At 12:57pm on 14 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Actually, the apples were for the benefit of Big Sis, who wanted a fat free zone...

    But DIY, since you're ill, surely you should be imbibing a liquid a slightly darker shade than scrumpy, slightly higher in ethanol, and typically made in Scot(ch)land?

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  • 152. At 1:22pm on 14 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Thanks, mittfh, the apples will be very welcome .....

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  • 153. At 3:05pm on 14 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    mittfh....wot, u mean Irn Bru?

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  • 154. At 3:56pm on 14 Oct 2008, RxKaren wrote:

    DIY - Remember to swallow whole and complete the course. Of the doughnuts that is!

    Thankfully you can drink in moderation with amoxicillin so that would be my route. I still swear that the Ice drink had more effect with my tonsillitis than the clarithromycin. Can't be seen to be saying that though...



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  • 155. At 4:08pm on 14 Oct 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    DIY -(146) - Will you please tell your wife that I want my compound back?!

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  • 156. At 4:55pm on 14 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    RxK....thanks for the advice as there is no indication on the instructions...

    TiH...sorry, we have used it all up, besides being a good vapour rub it is also very good for black leading the grate and removing unwanted facial hair.

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  • 157. At 5:35pm on 14 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    DIY: Since when did Irn Bru contain ethanol?

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  • 158. At 5:50pm on 14 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Mittfh (157) surely that's why you could use it to clean 2p pieces?

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  • 159. At 6:17pm on 14 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    mittfh (157)....since when you mix it wid the Wodka comrade

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  • 160. At 6:20pm on 14 Oct 2008, nikki noodle wrote:


    that smells good.......is it mulled wine, or is someone doing chips with 'erbs??!!


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  • 161. At 6:21pm on 14 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Feefs (158), as a general observation, I find that if you give a small child a two pence piece, telling them that it is 'hard sort of toffee' gets the grime off just as well!

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  • 162. At 6:37pm on 14 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Alternatively, you could dip the coin for 15 seconds into an eggcup full of the stuff advertised with the tagline "BANG! And the dirt is gone!"?

    Actually, thinking of that tagline...
    If the stuff is explosive, shouldn't it have a few more warning labels on it? And surely they can employ someone to advertise it who doesn't presume his entire audience is stone deaf...

    Meanwhile, changing subject, just came across pics of this road sign in Drumnadrochit...

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  • 163. At 7:03pm on 14 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    mittfh (162) Sorry matey, but we've all been there, saw that and posted on the thread a few weeks back ;o)
    I think you've had enough Asp's Nibbles for now......

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  • 164. At 8:19pm on 14 Oct 2008, Izzy_Tme wrote:

    Gillianainain - 'House'!!! (Recent comments)

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  • 165. At 10:27pm on 14 Oct 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    Great fun


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  • 166. At 10:48pm on 14 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Izzy (164) Thanks for the reminder, but it was CSI night tonight ;o)

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  • 167. At 00:25am on 15 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    If anyone has ever fancied finding out what trainspotting is like as an experience, I recommend this:


    Careful now... I wouldn't want you getting hooked on this. It can take up hours of your life, apparently!

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  • 168. At 02:00am on 15 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Our straplines are getting better by the day! This is another from Paddy's Strapline Scrounge (this was #14, mine was #121)

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  • 169. At 09:57am on 15 Oct 2008, Sid wrote:

    Anybody seen DI Wyman? I was hoping for some doughnuts, and my tummy's beginning to rumble ...

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  • 170. At 10:39am on 15 Oct 2008, littleFluffyFi wrote:

    Are there any more butteries left Gillianian?? One would go down very nicely with my mug of tea!
    Fi x

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  • 171. At 11:11am on 15 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning peeps....sorry i'm late!

    Feeling really groggy today and have discovered a side effect from taking amyoxcilian (sp).....far more effective than Sprouts!

    Sorry Sid, but you will have to 'do' the bun run today, can you get me a couple of Eccles cakes?

    nice one Feefs....train spotting from the safety of my kitchen. Doh, I just went for a cup of Tea!

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  • 172. At 11:34am on 15 Oct 2008, RxKaren wrote:

    DIY - Baby wipes luv. A****x is only so soft if you're getting that effect from the amoxicillin!

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  • 173. At 11:53am on 15 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Okay, I've done the Cake Shop run (oh....bad choice of words, sorry DIWyman!)
    Help yourself to Aberdeen rolls, Eccles Cakes, Bakewell Tart, Dundee Cake, Bath Buns, Ecclefechan Tarts, Shrewsbury Biscuits......

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  • 174. At 11:55am on 15 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Can you believe it... someone in the PM office was surprised to discover I have a 'Scottish lilt'!

    *looks perplexed*

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  • 175. At 12:00pm on 15 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Fifi: invite them to your next gig, then they'd be in no doubt as to (a) your origins, and (b) your musical abilities :)

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  • 176. At 12:01pm on 15 Oct 2008, Sid wrote:

    Bath buns - rhyming slang for the runs?

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  • 177. At 12:04pm on 15 Oct 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    Well I knew that there was a Banana and Peach Lilt and a Pineapple and Grapefruit Lilt. Never heard of a Scottish Lilt. What is it flavoured with?

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  • 178. At 12:08pm on 15 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:


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  • 179. At 12:13pm on 15 Oct 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Personally, I'd've assumed "Scottish Lilt" was a simple cocktail involving a can of said soft drink mixed with a shot of distilled fermented barley water...

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  • 180. At 12:14pm on 15 Oct 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    I shall send this trian spot sim site to some spotting friends of mine. I "hope" they will see the funny side.

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  • 181. At 12:14pm on 15 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    The blog prince does have a very sexy voice, I can tell you.

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  • 182. At 12:19pm on 15 Oct 2008, Perky wrote:

    In which case, Fi, I think we need to hear it - what's the use of a sexy voice running a blog with no sound??

    I vote for a gramophone corner on the beach where we can play our favourite songs and sound clips, and where Blog royalty can leave their own recordings for the rest of us to enjoy!

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  • 183. At 12:37pm on 15 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Whatever happened to those little midmorning recorded chats with the PM editor? I liked those.

    Come to that, does anyone remember a time when some bloke used to present PM fairly often.... what was his name.... umm......?

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  • 184. At 1:54pm on 15 Oct 2008, andycroak wrote:

    Gramophone corner sounds excellent!!

    And I think we can have more than eight disks each to play.

    Can you find an excuse, Feefs, to ring TBP and get a sneeky recording?

    A x

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  • 185. At 1:57pm on 15 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Gramophone corner sounds perfect but I'm only playing if we have discs and not disks.


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  • 186. At 2:03pm on 15 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Just heard on one of those sponsor's clips at the end of the lunchtime Weather bulletin:

    "Protection from those nice people at the X and Y building society."

    Didn't realise they were that much of a threat!

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  • 187. At 2:14pm on 15 Oct 2008, annasee wrote:

    Just got the latest Private Eye. It says the BBC has forbidden the use of champagne. "Not appropriate in the current climate" or something. I think we might have solved the mystery of Eddie's absence.

    Simple equation : No champagne = No Eddie.

    A nice cup of Earl Grey tea = Carolyn still turns up for PM

    (Sorry if I've mis-read your tastes there, Miss Quinn, but I just feel it goes with the cashmere cardigans. I'd be shocked if you were a beer drinker.)

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  • 188. At 2:50pm on 15 Oct 2008, gossipmistress wrote:

    TIH (177) Sporran?

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  • 189. At 2:58pm on 15 Oct 2008, andycroak wrote:

    Or platters then Feefs?

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  • 190. At 3:17pm on 15 Oct 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    gossipmistress (188) - That suddenly makes the haggis flavour appealing!

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  • 191. At 5:17pm on 15 Oct 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    What about wax cylinders, Andycr?

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  • 192. At 5:21pm on 15 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    If D McT reappears after I post this, you will really know what a troll is. He/she disappeared when I did. Incidentally, I complain every time he/she posts.

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  • 193. At 5:25pm on 15 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    David (192) hasn't it occurred to you that that might be his real name? And that you might be causing a good deal of hurt by your comments?

    And before you snort derisively at the idea... I used to know a Fiona McTickle.

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  • 194. At 6:08pm on 15 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

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

  • 195. At 6:33pm on 15 Oct 2008, eddiemair wrote:

    I saw that in Private Eye too. It's going to ruin lunch.

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  • 196. At 6:42pm on 15 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    At least they haven't banned quadlattes ;o)

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  • 197. At 8:15pm on 15 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Perhaps you can smuggle in some premixed Asp Nibbles ... ?

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  • 198. At 8:20pm on 15 Oct 2008, Perky wrote:

    I bet they let you drink champagne at your foreign radio station, Eddie - didn't they?

    If it'll take a supply of champagne to make you stay, I'm sure we can rustle some up ;)

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  • 199. At 8:27pm on 15 Oct 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Fifi, I'm worried. They start talking about lilt. You say haggis. Now I like haggis. Esp Mc$w33n's. But not to drink.

    May I suggest, instead:

    Liltin' adie, toorin adie,
    Liltin' adie, toorin ae,
    Liltin' lowrin, lowrin, lowrin.
    The Barnyards o' Delgaty.

    (btw 1: I know some sing lintin' adie; but that was the one I heard first)

    (btw 2: I saw a version on the net which cam in by Tara market. Now that's a whole nother place fae Turriff)

    This post has no responsibility for the taste, savour or ingredients of adie*, toorin or lowrin. In addition, any savour, flavour, taste, ingredient, whiff, sludge or other output of the Barnyards o' Delgaty are solely the property of the Barnyards o' Delgaty.

    * particularly any admirable adie or adies employed now or formerly by the BBC.

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  • 200. At 9:26pm on 15 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Frances (200): I used to have a soft spot for a lad fae Turriff.

    * looks dreamily into middle distance. . . *

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  • 201. At 9:32pm on 15 Oct 2008, annasee wrote:

    Actually Eddie, I think they might be about to ban lunch too. "Not appropriate to be seen eating in the current financial climate" probably.

    Anyway, won't you be too busy to eat lunch, dealing with that overflowing in-tray after your extended absence?

    Nice to see you back. If indeed you ARE back. That is to say - if you're still back tomorrow, having been briefly back today... Don't tire yourself out now!

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  • 202. At 9:40pm on 15 Oct 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    Please, dear Lord, let no-one allow Eric to get near to the camp fire - he'll only go and kick that too...especially if it's just after lunch.

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  • 203. At 08:36am on 16 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    morning peeps.

    tea, coffee and toast anyone?

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  • 204. At 09:41am on 16 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    I think we need to keep at least one bottle of champers in the chiller for His Nibs so that he knows he can nip down to the Beach when the going gets tough.

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  • 205. At 09:50am on 16 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    To celebrate the start of the Pet-Sitting Pentathlon, here in the sunny East Midlands, I would like to invite nominations for the official re-opening of Fido`s Run.

    The glorious stretch of unbroken sand has lain unused for months now, after RobbieJohnDo got in intermittent touch with his inner equine.

    My own suggestion for who to cut the dalmatian-spotted ribbon is of course John Noakes. If Eric isn`t available or his agent thinks it`s infra dig to do anything in public involving scissors rather than a golden you-know-what*.

    * joystick! I meant golden joystick!!

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  • 206. At 10:03am on 16 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Excuse ME, Feefs! Fido's Run has not lain unused at all. After Dafydd's demise (he was a regular user of the canine beach) Monty took over, and I'm amazed you haven't seen all the holes he's been digging there. I'm sure, too, I've spotted other dogs there, including Rupert (the dog, not 'he of the gorgeous legs').

    Unbroken sand? Not when Monty's there! And please, no makeovers!

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  • 207. At 10:29am on 16 Oct 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    I've been cantering along Fido's Run for ages. The dogs don't seem to mind.

    I used to get the odd glimpse of a Silver Fox, but I haven't seen him lately.

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  • 208. At 10:35am on 16 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Big Sis (204) and some Scrumpy

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  • 209. At 10:39am on 16 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    If it's a choice between scrumpy and champagne, I'll chose the latter. I like scrumpy, but it gives megahangovers, while champers is kinder.

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  • 210. At 10:41am on 16 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    ff 193, You bet, and I knew a Fifi Fofum.

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  • 211. At 10:51am on 16 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    * hides behind palm tree *

    OK, OK, I withdraw my nefarious suggestion!!!

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  • 212. At 10:52am on 16 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    We use Fido's Run to get away from the smell of sprouts and chips.

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  • 213. At 10:52am on 16 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    (That's the one about Fido's Run. The one about our friend McTickle stands prouder than ever. Think I might erect a small podium for it in fact.)

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  • 214. At 11:18am on 16 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    ff 211, As you might have noticed, I posted on the thread about 'art' after being away for several day and up pops D_McT to reply after also being away. I complained and my post was referred while his/hers remains. You don't know how bl**dy annoying that can be.

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  • 215. At 11:20am on 16 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    ff 211, I see his/hers has now also been referred. Time for coffee....with a stiff shot of Calvados.

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  • 216. At 11:24am on 16 Oct 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    David (210, 214, and 215) Can I ask you not to use ff when talking to Fifi? It's just that it's usually used when replying to me, so I got a little confused to see you replying to something I hadn't written. :-)

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  • 217. At 11:31am on 16 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    FF 216, Now you know how I feel about one D_McT, but I usually use FF for you and ff for Fifi. Or for fast forward.

    Odd thing, I was looking at a post on A N Other forum, also BBC related (yes, there are others), and somebody referred to a post with my name on it (yes, the same as I use here, but without the _ ) and I didn't send it. He noticed it too.

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  • 218. At 11:36am on 16 Oct 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    DMcN (217) - That's why invented monikers are probably more useful than real names - less chance of inadvertent confusion and easier to detect deliberate personation.

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  • 219. At 11:47am on 16 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    TIH 218, But I could call myself The Intelligent Horse to annoy you. The thing on the other forum was a computer error.

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  • 220. At 11:51am on 16 Oct 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    There ain't no such thing as a computer error.

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  • 221. At 12:32pm on 16 Oct 2008, U13521663 wrote:

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

  • 222. At 12:50pm on 16 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    I'll just mention here that I have no difficulty telling McNickle and McTickle apart.

    Also that there would be no confusion between our own dear occasional equine and an 'intelligent' one.


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  • 223. At 12:54pm on 16 Oct 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    Fifi - I have decided not to take umbrage at last remark! But I am going to take a canter in the surf.

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  • 224. At 2:15pm on 16 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    After reading Eddie's newsletter, I felt it was time for

    S E X

    on the Beach

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  • 225. At 2:21pm on 16 Oct 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Umbrage! Getcher luverly umbrage 'ere! Ownly a pahnd a bunch! Umbrage!

    [Prof Higgins voice]: Oh, not again

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  • 226. At 2:26pm on 16 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    "Who will buy my lovely umbrage,
    Two pounds for a penny?"

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  • 227. At 2:37pm on 16 Oct 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    Big Sis - Two pounds for a penny, eh? Sounds like a good Icelandic Bank investment. I'll have 20 pence worth.

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  • 228. At 3:03pm on 16 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    20 pence worth? That'll cost you forty pounds, kind sir ;o)

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  • 229. At 4:27pm on 16 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    ff 221, etc, Just to show you what a nice guy I am, I have taken my complaint right to Eddie and the PMfeedback by email.

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  • 230. At 4:43pm on 16 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Frances O (225) Got any petulance to go with that umbrage? Or a bag of peevishness?

    Dave (229) If you're going to stamp your feet would you mind moving away from the hammocks, please? The sand's going in my eyes.

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  • 231. At 4:53pm on 16 Oct 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    Gillianian (230) - I orginally thought of being miffed but I save that for certain Spanish islands.

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  • 232. At 4:54pm on 16 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Gillianian 230, Make that David as we haven't been formally introduced.

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  • 233. At 5:00pm on 16 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Oooh-er, I'm off to Fido's Run. There's too much tension in the air.

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  • 234. At 5:16pm on 16 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    BS 233, As Al Jolson said..... Time for a glass of Bulgarian cabernet. Cheap stuff from a box.

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  • 235. At 5:25pm on 16 Oct 2008, RxKaren wrote:

    DIY (208) How are you today? Have you got over the amoxicillin??

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  • 236. At 5:51pm on 16 Oct 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    TIH 220, Computer says, "Yes."

    "Ain't no.." means there is.

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  • 237. At 6:08pm on 16 Oct 2008, U10783173 wrote:

    DMcN (236) - Gerraway! Really?

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  • 238. At 6:13pm on 16 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    If ever there was a time to declare Pimms O'clock, now is that moment.

    Garlic petulants and lightly salted peeves in dishes on the bar, help yourselves.

    Sorry about the cling film over the bowls, but there was sand flying everywhere and there's nothing worse than grit in yer peeves. ;o)

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  • 239. At 6:14pm on 16 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Horse, I'm relieved you failed to take the umbrage I was dangling in front of your withers. The withering look was enough for me.

    Thankfully, most of us can be relied on not to take anything too seriously on the beach...

    (yes that was a HINT!!! to those who do)

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  • 240. At 6:16pm on 16 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    234: It may be cheap, but it's very tasty. Thank you.

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  • 241. At 7:44pm on 16 Oct 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    anyone peckish tonight?! or is it just me?!!

    I have found some sundried tomatos, black olives, a hunk of fresh bread, a jar of olive oil and a slab of feta cheese, all wrapped in this waterproof-oilskin.

    Now, *that* must be fate, shurely?!!!

    All i need now, is a washed-up old wineskin.....


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  • 242. At 7:51pm on 16 Oct 2008, Izzy_Tme wrote:

    ......guess what's just washed up, n-n?

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  • 243. At 8:19pm on 16 Oct 2008, andycroak wrote:

    ... and its vintage rioja too!

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  • 244. At 9:08pm on 16 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Thanks n-n. Tomatoes on toast - that'll do for me ;o)

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  • 245. At 10:16pm on 16 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    * Takes long hard look at self *

    Noodle (241) ... that sounds like a perfect description of Fifi!

    * blushes *

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  • 246. At 07:27am on 17 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    morning peeps, don't know if this Beach is going to stay, but either way it is a Very Bappy Hirthday to Aperitif.

    Have a good one.

    Tea and toast anyone?

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  • 247. At 3:58pm on 21 Oct 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Is some of this beach missing?

    * looks around, puzzled *

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  • 248. At 4:08pm on 21 Oct 2008, Izzy_Tme wrote:

    Feefs, you're right - someone's stolen our beach.....

    Stop thief!

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  • 249. At 4:09pm on 21 Oct 2008, U13643995 wrote:

    Fifi - You're on the wrong beach - the tide came in here last Friday!

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  • 250. At 4:11pm on 21 Oct 2008, U13643995 wrote:

    You should be HERE.

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