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The week-before-Christmas Beach

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Eddie Mair | 06:00 UK time, Friday, 19 December 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 07:48am on 19 Dec 2008, Matterbooboo wrote:

    Great strapline Mrs Eff. :)

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  • 2. At 08:15am on 19 Dec 2008, gossipmistress wrote:

    I feel like we should be starting a poem...

    'Twas the week before Christmas...

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  • 3. At 08:27am on 19 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    OJ, anyone?

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  • 4. At 08:40am on 19 Dec 2008, Izzy_Tme wrote:

    Hello everyone

    I've just emerged from the assignment dune (due back to the revision dune in a couple of weeks - boo) and it would appear it's christmas. How did it get to there (or here)?

    Hope everyone's ok. I'll be the one running around like a mad thing, getting stuff done, or trying to anyway.

    I've started the bacon and eggs - should be ready soon. Orders please!

    Izz x

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  • 5. At 08:53am on 19 Dec 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Izz, can I have a bacon buttie, please? Red sauce on one slice, mustard on the other...

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  • 6. At 09:20am on 19 Dec 2008, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Mornin' all. Bacon butties all round then. Strong coffee as well please. Must get myself fortified for the company Christmas Lunch this afternoon.

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  • 7. At 09:23am on 19 Dec 2008, U12915933 wrote:

    Big Sister (3) - I don't think OJ will be on the beach for a few years. He was imprisoned for kidnapping and robbery earlier this month - something to do with sports memorabilia. It was in all the papers.

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  • 8. At 09:26am on 19 Dec 2008, Humph wrote:

    Re GM (2)
    'Twas the week before Christmas
    Still no presents bought . . .


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  • 9. At 09:28am on 19 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Dr F (aka Loon) ;o)

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  • 10. At 09:45am on 19 Dec 2008, newtried wrote:

    Im doing my best here to keep you all happy over christmas OK! its a credit crunch we got over the last one im sure our elected leader "will have learned the lessons" Blimey Its better than the Goon Show? Im not saying any more Ill get banned!!

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  • 11. At 09:59am on 19 Dec 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    MMM, nio breakfast for me, Christmas lunch looms large. More anon.

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  • 12. At 10:11am on 19 Dec 2008, Humph wrote:

    Christmas lunch looms large

    Tautology from ValP - whatever next??


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  • 13. At 10:11am on 19 Dec 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    I hope Nikki Noodle doesn't mind, but I've carried his beautiful decorations over here.
    Nikki, you're a star xx



    Fairy Lights!!!!!!!!


    The tree!!!!!!!!


    There are stashes and stashes of presents hidden around the beach - just holla when you find something behind a palm tree.....

    Oh wat a hoot!!!
    nikki noodle

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  • 14. At 10:13am on 19 Dec 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning peeps, I have jsut nipped down to add a drop of water to the sprouts, don't want them to boil dry!

    I'm with you in spirit but RL is punishing at the moment!

    Diy :-)

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  • 15. At 10:16am on 19 Dec 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Val P (11) I think I've just found your present behind the dunes - a pair of leopard-print skinny trousers with an elasticated waist - a perfect match with your gorgeous shoes, and ideal to wear at your Christmas Lunch ;o)

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  • 16. At 10:17am on 19 Dec 2008, U13717586 wrote:

    War on Want style lunch available everywhere.

    Buy lunch here for a quid (a small bowl of rice, Christians).

    Put what you would have spent in the collecting box in your local Oxfam shop.

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  • 17. At 10:19am on 19 Dec 2008, redsmas wrote:

    I think its just refering to the fact that many people go abroad to warmer climates for the christmas holidays

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  • 18. At 10:23am on 19 Dec 2008, gossipmistress wrote:

    Lovely decs Gillianian/NN and yum to bacon butties Mansaylo!

    Humph -
    Twas the week before shristmas
    and still no presents bought
    The fairy was looking droopy...

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  • 19. At 10:50am on 19 Dec 2008, U12915933 wrote:

    Humph -
    Twas the week before Christmas
    and still no presents bought
    The fairy was looking droopy
    Tree-lights completely shot . . .

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  • 20. At 10:56am on 19 Dec 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    GM (2):

    Hit was Christmas Day in the workhouse,
    And Eddie was working so hard,
    His desk was full of quad-lattes,
    And bedecked with forests of card,

    A stack of recorded items,
    For broadcast later next week,
    Lay piled upon the floorboards,
    So heavy the boards grew weak,

    The overtaxed power went out,
    Save only the Christmas lights,
    Much thumping and cursing ensued,
    And Lo! There were ladders in tights,

    Little Eddie jumped up and he cried,
    "I know how to save the day!"
    And feeling one-legged from sherry,
    He stumbled off on his way,

    He knew where the fuses were hidden,
    He knew just where they were kept,
    The outsourced maintenance people,
    Thought of lost business and wept,

    With a flourish Ed put the new fuse in,
    And the lights all came back all aglow,
    Young Eddie was hailed as a hero,
    For he had just saved the show,

    The DG came down just to thank him,
    "You're well worth your pay," he said,
    "We were going to replace you with Paddy,
    "But your job you can keep. Well done, Ed!"

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  • 21. At 11:05am on 19 Dec 2008, Wonko wrote:

    What ho!

    Yum, bacon sarnies, coffee and a former running back in American Football, excellent!

    I'm in quite a chirpy mood today, don't know why. A number of colleagues went out for a seasonal festive drinking session last night. I didn't join them as I had to pick up Mrs Wonko from her own night out. The bleary eyed, unshaven faces show that everyone had a good time, and some of the men look the same! There are one or two hangovers being nursed, and a couple of people appear to still be drunk! Turns out the bar bill was over a grand, oh their poor livers!

    ;o) []

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  • 22. At 11:21am on 19 Dec 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Gill 13, vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv,
    baby bunting.

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  • 23. At 11:23am on 19 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Cat, that is brilliant. When we see the collected works?

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  • 24. At 11:24am on 19 Dec 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    pmL 16, Is War on Want style lunch like Warren Buffet?

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  • 25. At 11:46am on 19 Dec 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    gm 2, Asked Santa for a mistress.

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  • 26. At 11:54am on 19 Dec 2008, U13717586 wrote:


    With more lettuce and less lettuce.

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  • 27. At 12:06pm on 19 Dec 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    pmL 26, I knew a Lettice Moore.

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  • 28. At 12:30pm on 19 Dec 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^....upside down baby bunting!

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  • 29. At 12:54pm on 19 Dec 2008, gossipmistress wrote:

    SSC you're a wonder with the old verse!

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  • 30. At 1:24pm on 19 Dec 2008, annasee wrote:

    Someone has just sent us this. It's rather interesting...

    This simple maths test can predict the person who'd most likely be your ideal date.

    Try it - without looking at the answers first!

    Ready? .... then we'll begin.

    Pick a number from 1 to 9
    MULTIPLY it by 3
    Then ADD 3
    Then MULTIPLY it by 3 again

    You'll then have a two-digit number

    ADD the two numbers together to find your ideal date...

    Scroll down...

    1. Robert De Niro
    2. Clint Eastwood
    3. John Travolta
    4. Harrison Ford
    5. Alan Shearer
    6. Will Young
    7. Sean Connery
    8. Noel Gallagher
    9. John Humphreys
    10. Al Pacino

    And I don't want to hear from any clever-clogs maths whizz who can tell us why!

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  • 31. At 1:27pm on 19 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    So, John Humphrys is my ideal date, eh? Well, he'd be my Number Two, with Harrison Ford ahead of him.

    Actually, thinking about it, Mr. H probably would be my ideal date - and I'd be able to quiz him about Eddie, wouldn't I? ;o)

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  • 32. At 1:29pm on 19 Dec 2008, gossipmistress wrote:

    Annassee..... Errr....Will young????!!!!

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  • 33. At 2:45pm on 19 Dec 2008, annasee wrote:

    GM - I fear you might have made a mistake with your maths!

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  • 34. At 2:46pm on 19 Dec 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Big Sis, GM, you're very kind.

    Annasee, I get an answer of 13, or possibly 19. Maybe I shouldn't have picked 4.5 as my first number.

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  • 35. At 2:52pm on 19 Dec 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:


    Further to my (34), is there any chance that number 13 or possibly 19 on the list is Eve Myles "off of" Torchwood? That would make my Christmas.

    And that reminds me, was Eddie's mention last night of the search for a new Doctor Who a hint that he's interested in the job? I could go for that.

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  • 36. At 5:23pm on 19 Dec 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    I don't date men.

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  • 37. At 11:09pm on 19 Dec 2008, annasee wrote:

    David- well you shouldn't have done the quiz then. What a wasted effort.

    My SO complained the same to the friend who had sent us the questions - he sent back a new list of lovely ladies,but with Nora Batty at number 9...

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  • 38. At 11:19pm on 19 Dec 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    WOuld John Sergeant not have been a better Number 9? AT least he can Dance (sort of)

    Cocoa anyone.

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  • 39. At 11:37pm on 19 Dec 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    The first verses of 'Twas the week before Christmas' ...

    'Twas the week before Christmas,
    When all through the house
    Not a PC was stirring, nor even a mouse.

    The stockings discarded by Val near her shoes,
    In hopes iPM wouldn’t break the shock news.

    The Froggers were nestled all snug in their beds,
    While visions of Advent pics danced in their heads;
    And the mistress of Gossip had poured a night-cap
    While hammocks were settled for a long winter's nap…

    When out on the beach there arose such a clatter,
    I sprang from the bonfire – now, what was the matter?
    Away to the windows (or other OS)
    Tried to open the Frog. 404! What a mess!


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  • 40. At 11:46pm on 19 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Lift a glass to Sam Davies, bravely ploughing through treacherous seas to help a fellow sailor.

    May the Gods be with you, Sam!

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  • 41. At 11:51pm on 19 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    And here's the latest I could find online


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  • 42. At 00:15am on 20 Dec 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    SSC, Frances - ooh, you're so clever with words, well done both!

    Gillianian - my pressy's lovely thank you, I've arrived too late to wear them to the lunch, so I'll wear them down to the Beach tomorrow. Must get some practice in for the Strictly Finals tomorrow night :-)

    Humph - actually the Christmas lunch wasn't as large as it might have been. I chose the baked butternut squash stuffed with gorgonzola, followed by mulled wine fruit pudding. Yummy. I was abstemious enough on the red wine not to go out and do too much silly last minute Christmas shopping either! and I was travelling home by public transport too, what an opportunity missed, damn.

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  • 43. At 00:38am on 20 Dec 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Omigod, I tried it three times and it was always Humprys.

    Is this a mathematical fix? V v clever.

    So it's all about multiple f 9.

    But how????

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  • 44. At 00:40am on 20 Dec 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Phooey. I meant multiples of 9. Quickness of typing deceives eye.

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  • 45. At 00:41am on 20 Dec 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oh, I get it...

    very clever.

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  • 46. At 02:28am on 20 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:

    * rolls over in sparkly hammock *

    (Mutters: whatever happened to SparklyHelen who invented this most comfy of passing-out places?)

    * snores gently *

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  • 47. At 09:30am on 20 Dec 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    a 37, I only looked at the answers.

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  • 48. At 10:23am on 20 Dec 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Nicely! It's the Saturday morning after the Friday before Christmas and I don't have a hangover! Perhaps we could celebrate here on the Beach with some Buck's Fizz?

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  • 49. At 11:14am on 20 Dec 2008, mittfh wrote:

    Just done a bit of fiddling in a spreadsheet and confirmed my suspicions...

    Add up the digits in the results of 1x9 to 10x9 and 12x9 always results in an answer of 9...


    Meanwhile, as the christmas party season gets underway, I've put a pinboard behind the bar to pin up your cracker jokes...

    Three from this year:

    How do you stay cool in a football match?
    Stand next to a fan.

    What should a prize fighter drink?

    What do you get if you cross a detective and a skeleton?
    Shelock Bones.

    And a selection from previous years that can probably still be recycled into groans:

    What do you call a girl with a food processor on her head?

    Why were the two butterflies refused entrance to the dance?
    It was a moth ball.

    "How did you get on in court yesterday?"

    How do you make an idiot dizzy?
    Put them in a circle and ask them to stand in one corner.

    What's small, round, white and giggles?
    A tickled onion.

    What has large wings but cannot fly?
    A stately home.

    What do you get if you cross a piece of toast, cereal and a duvet?
    Breakfast in bed.

    He: "I always kiss the stamps on your letters because I know that your lips have touched them."
    She: "And to think I always dampen them on Fido's nose!"

    Why are mothers-in-law like magicians?
    They can turn anything into an argument(!)

    And finally, one that's perhaps starting to ring true nowadays:

    Bank: An institution where you can borrow money if you can provide sufficient evidence to show that you don't need it.

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  • 50. At 2:55pm on 20 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:

    (oof!) (grrrrf!) (gnkl!)

    And then..... one.. two.. three..


    That's the other half of the tree up. Took me all morning to drag it across from last Christmas's beach, whither it had been delivered in error.

    TNT are very embarrassed about this, especially as they want to sort all our cards as well next year!

    Anyway, on with business. I've got some spare lights and plenty of other decorations (since we're not bothering with a tree in RL this year) so who'd like to help do the honours?

    With what shall we top it? Is Thelma available?

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  • 51. At 10:03pm on 20 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:

    A Fifi Full House on the Recent Comments list!

    (Amazing what happens when your social networking site is off limits.. eeek)

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  • 52. At 11:09pm on 20 Dec 2008, Sid wrote:

    I'd have a Buck's Fizz, ValP - but it's the drink most likely to encourage me to Spoonerisms, I'm afraid.

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  • 53. At 11:15pm on 20 Dec 2008, U12915933 wrote:

    What? - like PalV?

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  • 54. At 07:30am on 21 Dec 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning Froggers and Peeps of the Beach realm.

    Tree looks right proper!

    Anyhoo tea is brewing, who wants toast and who wants porridge?

    Mrs DiY has told me I have to accompany her on a mission to Tesburys this morning to stock up on nibles....bah humbug. I was looking forwards to putting my new shed together!

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  • 55. At 08:22am on 21 Dec 2008, eddiemair wrote:

    Morning. Coffee please. And lovely verse at 20!

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  • 56. At 08:47am on 21 Dec 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    There you go Eric, one large mug of Guatemalan Huehuetenango just for you!

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  • 57. At 09:00am on 21 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:

    H'eau h'eau h'eau!

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  • 58. At 09:26am on 21 Dec 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:


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  • 59. At 09:29am on 21 Dec 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    If anyone 'sees' Sid can they ask him how long and at what temperature Parsnips should be roasted at.

    We have had ours in the oven at 180 'c for a week and they still look edible!

    Mind you the Goose is fine, well crispy really, but I do like the skin to be crunchy.

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  • 60. At 09:58am on 21 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Nice to see that Eddie is taking it a little easier this morning.

    Warm croissants, anyone?

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  • 61. At 10:19am on 21 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    I struggle with the terms of reference for this page, but I guess it's as good a place as any to ask the question:

    Could anyone recommend a book that deals seriously with the subject of coincidence? I'm researching it for a novel, but my local library offers no clues and google is just a tangle of chewing gum,strong twine and dating sites.

    Thanks in advance.

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  • 62. At 10:24am on 21 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    You could try this one:


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  • 63. At 10:37am on 21 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    Big Sister - many thanks, it looks the part. Your good deed done, the rest of the day is yours!

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  • 64. At 12:26pm on 21 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    Big Sister - Coincidentally I just discovered Coincidence in ipm archives - I left a comment. You may be interested. On the other hand..

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  • 65. At 1:36pm on 21 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    Re: Wall of Achievement:
    is it available on CD?
    Nils has a GCSE in geography - so what?

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  • 66. At 2:35pm on 21 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:

    If you like fisticuffs you'll enjoy the antics on the Hungry Now thread.

    Somebody is showing his true colours at last!

    Tea's just brewed if anyone would like some..

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  • 67. At 2:35pm on 21 Dec 2008, U13717586 wrote:

    On the run from Fifi.



    Finally get to listen to radio with Gorgeous Wife. ('Cos it's that rare thing, a free-ish Sunday, and work etc makes any other steam radio together time imposs).

    In half an hour, an item about Gretna Green. We were there on Tues and Wednesday.

    And how to spell 'heart' from a Gardener's QT panelist after I'd asked G. Wife whether 'hearted' could live on its own (without half-, hard - etc)

    Honestly, in half an hour!

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  • 68. At 2:38pm on 21 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:


    Shall we call a Truce, AKAPML?


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  • 69. At 3:05pm on 21 Dec 2008, U13717586 wrote:

    Of course.

    We nearly crossed a 'Bridge too Far'.

    (A fine song I heard once or twice sung by a Scots lass, I think. Anyone know anything about that fine songstress or where I could hear the song again?)

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  • 70. At 3:11pm on 21 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:

    I'm not sure Karl Robins would appreciate being described as a Scot, a lass, or indeed a songstress!

    Anyway, t'was he singing the song on the recording, and I think harmonies provided by an English 'lass' he used to sing with, who dumped him in favour of a life in Australia some years ago.

    He wrote the song, so if it's out there anywhere it'll have his name attached to it. Suggest you try t'Interweb thingy..?

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  • 71. At 4:12pm on 21 Dec 2008, U13717586 wrote:

    Sorry, I thought you'd recorded it with the Lying Scotsmen.

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  • 72. At 4:34pm on 21 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Don't think so... we meant to but I don't think we got around to it. Karl had recorded it before he met us.

    With a bit of luck there'll be some new stuff recorded in 2009, once we've settled the new guitar player in!

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  • 73. At 4:44pm on 21 Dec 2008, U13717586 wrote:

    It'd really suit your voice.

    Hope you do lead sing it.

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  • 74. At 6:43pm on 21 Dec 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    I've bunged myself on the Naughty Step for speculations on another bit of the Frog.

    All I have here is firewood, kindling, a lighter, some sausages from the shop round the corner - spicy - some pitta bread and vine tomatoes.

    Oh, and an abandoned barbie.

    Anyone with veggie additions?

    I've set up some beers and red wine at Nick's on my tab.

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  • 75. At 6:44pm on 21 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:

    Actually, Frances, I am just about to do something wonderful with an aubergine and some peppers and mozzarella in RL.

    Is it too early for a glass of the red stuff while I'm chopping and seasoning?

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  • 76. At 6:56pm on 21 Dec 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:


    A little berry-fruity Cab Sauv?

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  • 77. At 7:04pm on 21 Dec 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Aubergine. Peppers. Mozzarella. Ohhh, yummm.

    What seasoning? Black pepper, oh and maybe a bit of thyme? Now I'm getting hungry and I might have to start without you.

    Oooh, and some basil with the toms. Rosemary if we're eating sossies.

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  • 78. At 7:46pm on 21 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:

    It'll be ready about ten past, Frances. I won't take it out of the oven till the mozza's turning dark brown on top.

    There's quite a lot of garlic in it mind. Might need to share it with your SO if you fancy any mistletoe action later.....!

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  • 79. At 9:47pm on 21 Dec 2008, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Ohhh, thanks, Fifi, the grilled bits were fabby-dabby and I do love garlic. So good for the blood. What a great excuse for delicious food...

    If they invented garlic and cheese on toast I'd be happy for ages.

    I'm not sure bruschetta or pizza quite get there.

    Anyone know? Before the Beach is replaced....

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  • 80. At 10:05pm on 21 Dec 2008, nikki noodle wrote:

    too much RL for posting much, but I am glad the decorations made it over to this Week Before Christmas Beach!!!

    And is that the other half of the tree?!!! Looks great!!!

    "garlic and cheese on toast?!!" F_O, I can do you a cheesy Garlic Bread - is that the same thing?!!

    Meantime, here;s a fruity red to keep us warmed.....

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  • 81. At 08:52am on 22 Dec 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    What? No brekkie yet?
    Okay - here's a cold buffet - muffins, cereal, yoghurt, crusty bread and cheese.
    Hot tea and coffee in the urns....
    Right, I'm off on Elder Duty again. See you later.

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  • 82. At 11:44am on 22 Dec 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    Just time for some of gillianian's brunch before pushing round with my trolley. On the othe hand , I could do a late swoop tonight....
    Yep! that's a good idea.
    Right, lets sort out these fisticuffs...

    Lovely decorations, n-n. Can anyone help themselves?


    ps- cheeky strapline nicky-n...

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  • 83. At 11:58am on 22 Dec 2008, Wonko wrote:

    What ho, ho, ho!


    RL seriously intruding into Beach time, not least of which discovering a leak in our garage roof on Saturday. Bound to happen at some point, it's a flat, felted roof, I just wish it wasn't now! It appears to be a stead seeping through of moisture rather than a big hole, so we must be grateful for small mercies. Fortunately too nothing valueable was damaged, just a few cardboard boxes. Mrs Wonko is now 'phoning builders and roofers, who no doubt (like me) were hoping for a quiet run down to Crimbo.

    Ah well, these things are sent to try us. And they do. A lot.

    :o( []

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  • 84. At 12:21pm on 22 Dec 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Hi All,

    Just a quick dash across the sand to say hi to all the fellow froggers. RL is V busy at the mo, so not much frog-time. That'll all change tomorrow, though, as I'm off 'til the new year, so I'll have plenty of time to catch up :-)


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  • 85. At 12:22pm on 22 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Looking forward to seeing more of you, Fearless!

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  • 86. At 2:03pm on 22 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:

    I too am struggling to fit all the RL things needing to be done before tomorrow's trip to Scotland .. with not very well puddy tat. :o(

    Not the least of my troubles is, how to fit catbox, litter tray with hood, guitar, suitcase and of course presents into the car.

    Also have to hand-deliver cards round the village before it gets dark. Eeeek!

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  • 87. At 10:52pm on 22 Dec 2008, Sid wrote:

    Anyone noticed the days getting longer?

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  • 88. At 11:03pm on 22 Dec 2008, Fifi wrote:

    They seem to me to be getting shorter, Sid ... I can't get a day's worth of stuff done any more!

    Is it just me or is the book faced place broken?

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  • 89. At 11:16pm on 22 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Time is running out fast for finishing off the Christmas preparations. I hope everyone is coping, though, and that Fifi finds a way to get the catlitter tray into her car ;o)

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  • 90. At 09:07am on 23 Dec 2008, Wonko wrote:

    What Ho!

    I'll put the coffee on. Porridge on the bar at Nick's - can someone fetch a cloth? ;o)

    Mrs Wonko and I went vegetable shopping last night at Morainsfieldroseco. Honestly, you'd have thought someone had declared at state of emergency! We had one basket, I saw one family pushing three, yes three trollies, each stacked to the gunnels! Goodness knows how many people they were feeding, or for how long, but they seemed to have enough to make the feeding of the five thousand look like a small and intimate picnic. Small piece of advice: the supermarkets are only going to be closed for one day you know.

    ;o) []

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  • 91. At 09:59am on 23 Dec 2008, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Mornin' Wonko and everybody. Quick cup of coffee before I start pounding my PC. I was in the supermarket on Sat morning before 7:30. Left the good lady in kip snoozing. There were couples in there doing their shopping with toddlers in tow. Couldn't one of the adullts stay at home with the kids while the other went shopping???

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  • 92. At 10:27am on 23 Dec 2008, Wonko wrote:

    Good morning Mansaylo. Quiet on the Beach today isn't it?

    The sad thing is that for a lot of couples shopping at the supermarket is probably one of the few times each week the family spends together. I have noticed that when I go grocery shopping by myself it gets done a lot quicker and cheaper than when both Mrs Wonko and I go. Oh well, nothing like conforming social stereotypes is there?

    ;o) []

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  • 93. At 12:28pm on 23 Dec 2008, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Where is everybody, not still out Christmas shopping? Think I'll have a pre-prandial G and T and put my feet up for half an hour.

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  • 94. At 12:38pm on 23 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    Wonko 90 Good news for the Gunnel family, they'll be back on Boxing Day.

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  • 95. At 12:44pm on 23 Dec 2008, Little Red wrote:

    Fleeting visit to grab coffee and beg for a G&T to be saved for later.

    Too much on at work at the moment. Looks like I'll be delaying my hols a few weeks/months/indefinitely.

    Speaking of... better dash...

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  • 96. At 12:45pm on 23 Dec 2008, Wonko wrote:

    Mind if I join you for that G and T Mansaylo? Just what I need to keep my spirits up.

    Who are the Gunnel family and why will they be back on Boxing Day? I didn't even know they were here, let alone left again. They never introduced themselves.

    ;o) []

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  • 97. At 1:01pm on 23 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    The Gunnels is a new phone-in reality sitcom about shopping. It starts in January. Don't you read your Radio Times?

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  • 98. At 2:37pm on 23 Dec 2008, Wonko wrote:

    I never knowingly read the Radio Times, I find it distracts from quality Beach time.

    ;o) []

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  • 99. At 2:41pm on 23 Dec 2008, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    You can read the RT in the hammock and still enjoy beach time. RT is required reading in the Mansaylo household. One day I might even finish the crossword. As for the Gunnels, I think I'll give that a miss. Meanwhile, who has hidden the gin??

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  • 100. At 2:50pm on 23 Dec 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Ah, afternoon all:-) First fay of le vacance is swiftly flying by as I try to get al those annoying bits of housework done. Still, time for me to take a few minutes to relax, slump into a hammock, and watch the sun sliding into the sea....

    Now, who's starting the BBQ for this evening?

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  • 101. At 3:47pm on 23 Dec 2008, Wonko wrote:

    Sounds like you just volunteered Fred!

    ;o) []

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  • 102. At 4:06pm on 23 Dec 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Christmas barbie on the beach, Fearless? Great stuff!

    I've left some bags of charcoal by the barbecue pit and am just about to leave some marinating kebabs in the fridge. Lots of salad stuff, too.

    Now, who's for stuffing? ;o)

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  • 103. At 4:16pm on 23 Dec 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Ooh err, Big Sis! :-p

    Actually, that's how we usually do the turkey in RL, in the barbeque. It takes a bit longer, but it's really gorgeous :-)

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  • 104. At 4:24pm on 23 Dec 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    I've got the Gin. At present only the Tanky one is in the Freezer.

    Tonic and a slice of Lime? (lemon is for the common folk:-))

    3 hrs to Staff do.

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  • 105. At 5:16pm on 23 Dec 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Wonko - if your supermarket is the same as mine, it's closed for TWO days!
    Quick - get out there and stock up - I'll keep your Gin and Tonic chilled ;o)

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  • 106. At 5:44pm on 23 Dec 2008, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Closed for two whole days?! People will starve. Where do I send the left-overs. More gin please.

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  • 107. At 11:18pm on 23 Dec 2008, Whisht wrote:

    Hi folks - good to be back after so long away (usual excuses, work.... erm.... work..... and erm.... ah, work).

    its funny, hasn't felt like xmas till recently. Even with a bit of tinsel 'round the coconut tree its just not felt..... christmassy this year.

    However, after spending the past hour laughing at the present I'm giving my brother (tough to explain, but a book of humourous graphs of pop songs...) I feel much more christmassy. Also I did my good deed for xmas and gave marital advice to a girl in Hamleys.

    That's traditional - right?

    Honestly, I should have been focussed on task at hand (niece's xmas pressie) but the rather lovely assistant at the radio-controlled car booth was impossible to ignore.

    Hopefully my suggestion (involving the use of a boomerang) has gone down well with her husband...

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  • 108. At 00:00am on 24 Dec 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Whisht - how lovely to follow you onto the Beach, you are much missed.

    This is a funny year because it's the first one in ages that I've felt truly Christmassy, that's good! I think it's because there's been a whole Christmas to Christmas year without kinder, and now that they will both be with us for the Big Day, it feels kinda special :-)

    Let's open a bottle of fizz to celebrate Christmas Eve? Always my favourite day of the Festives, such mystery and promise in store...

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  • 109. At 09:27am on 24 Dec 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    ValP what perfection, posted at midnight. Its still too early for me for fizz but I'll have a Brandy in my coffee.

    I will do a Pastry run if anyone fancies something.

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  • 110. At 09:34am on 24 Dec 2008, U12915933 wrote:

    I'm buying Ulster Frys for everyone in the office in RL this morning.

    The same egg, bacon, sausages mushrooms, beans, soda bread, fadge and tomato are on hot-trays on the NC Bar.

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  • 111. At 09:43am on 24 Dec 2008, Wonko wrote:

    What ho!

    Well, I'm in the office along with a few other hardy souls and it's very quiet (I'm delighted to say).

    Yes please to fry-up, I think I'll need my strength keeping up for the long hours of watching wildlife programmes on the television!

    ;o) []

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  • 112. At 10:07am on 24 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    No thanks, I'll stick with the berries and acorns.

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  • 113. At 10:45am on 24 Dec 2008, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Hi wonko, you in the office as well. So far my 'phone hasn't rung, and my boss has just suggested that I might want to go home at lunch time. I thought about the offer for at least a micro second. I think he's been at the Christmas Spirit. Large Lattes all round.

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  • 114. At 10:47am on 24 Dec 2008, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Almost forgot, A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all on the beach.

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  • 115. At 10:58am on 24 Dec 2008, Wonko wrote:

    Right back at you Mansaylo.

    I think it might be a lunchtime exit here too. If offered, just follow the Wonko shaped blur heading for the door!

    ;o) []

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  • 116. At 11:02am on 24 Dec 2008, U12915933 wrote:

    Couldn't wait for lunchtime. I've just sent everyone home and I'm taking the post to the PO myself.

    Have a great holiday everyone!

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  • 117. At 11:55am on 24 Dec 2008, Little Red wrote:

    some of us are still at work :(

    but at least i have some xmas tunes to keep me going (though driving the others here to insanity). quite amusing to listen to snow songs in the 30degree heat.

    just hope i get some beach (both blog and RL) time tomorrow.

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  • 118. At 12:05pm on 24 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    I was sent home yesterday. Today is Christmas bonus day. Is he dropping hints?

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  • 119. At 7:05pm on 24 Dec 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    The wine's gently mulling, the mince pies are in the oven and the brandy cream is in the fridge.
    Don't let me be the only one making a pig of myself!

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  • 120. At 9:19pm on 24 Dec 2008, pmmolly wrote:

    Hope I'm not too late to wish all you lovely froggers and Eddie too,a Happy Christmas and a healthy, peaceful 2009.


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  • 121. At 11:15pm on 24 Dec 2008, Sid wrote:

    Honk, honk!

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  • 122. At 11:59pm on 24 Dec 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you, Santa's just got the stockings to fill then off to bed...........

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  • 123. At 00:00am on 25 Dec 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    Dash it - pc clock must be fast :o)

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  • 124. At 00:00am on 25 Dec 2008, Deepthought wrote:

    For those who remember me, Hi, for those who have no idea who I am, hello.

    I've had no chance to Frog, or even listen to much PM for weeks now. But to forget that for now (and don't get me started again on what happened today; you could not make it up).

    Merry Xmas and Happy, peaceful, new year to Froggers old and new, Eddie, Carolyn and the occasional stand-ins, the PM team and all.

    Thanx to Gillianian for remembering me with her message.

    Deep T.

    Now, where did I park that reindeer...

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  • 125. At 00:20am on 25 Dec 2008, U12915933 wrote:

    Hi Deep (124) - Oh I think a lot of people remember you.

    I hope they also remember RJD, who may well return in 2009.

    Have a good Christmas everybody.

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  • 126. At 09:00am on 25 Dec 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    A Merry Frogging Chrimbo to one and all.


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  • 127. At 09:06am on 25 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    This beach is a disgrace. Comb it. I'll do the flotsam...

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  • 128. At 09:52am on 25 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    Just make a pyramid from the those gin bottles and today we'll climb to the stars. Brucie is on the wireless later. Make your comments known to the duty editor. If memory serves it's Amanda. Hi Amanda - compliments of the season!

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  • 129. At 10:07am on 25 Dec 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Bucks Fizz and/or Baileys for all on the NCBar.

    Christmas cheer to all xx

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  • 130. At 10:38am on 25 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    128. Don't worry about the swearing - it's Christmas Day - they let you off.

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  • 131. At 11:04am on 25 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    Sandringham in my sandwiches. I thought they went to Balmoral at Christmas? My message of joy was a waste of time then. Carry on what you were doing. Where's that Wonko when there's work to be done?

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  • 132. At 11:26am on 25 Dec 2008, U13717586 wrote:

    Any ideas for lunch, today?

    I haven't got much in. Still, packet soup and spam is always good.

    Anyway, I'm 200 yards from a couple of supermarkets. I'll pop down there and pick up to eat.

    Something to go with a nice cup of tea, which is always a treat this time of year.

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  • 133. At 11:36am on 25 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    I really fancy eggs and chips. Anyone got a spare Broons Annual they wanna swap for a spare scarfe - tell you what, I'll throw in another scarfe for free. Or should that be scarf? Who cares.

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  • 134. At 12:01pm on 25 Dec 2008, Fearless Fred wrote:

    I see the camels and reindeer are lining up for some festive fun. By the looks of it, they're planning a relay race around the dunes before lunch to work up an appetite. Good luck to the reindeer!

    Now, drinkies will shortly be served. Who wants what?

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  • 135. At 12:04pm on 25 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    Amanda - you can go home now. Tell 'em I said it's OK.

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  • 136. At 12:14pm on 25 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    Not much in the way of scintillaing news from Christopher Landau today.

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  • 137. At 3:30pm on 25 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    Or HM - courtesy of the BBC archives - 1982. Another chip?

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  • 138. At 10:07pm on 25 Dec 2008, Thejestersang wrote:

    Awwww..I must have fallen off the gin bottle pyramid. And I'm surrounded by huge turtles. They think it's all over. It is now.

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