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Eddie Mair | 01:00 UK time, Friday, 10 April 2009

Everyone should have a Beach to go to, chill out, meet their friends and relax.
In other words it's the off-topic area of the Blog, renewed every week on a Friday, to keep it to a manageable length. Bad attitudes not welcome. No bridges for Trolls to hide under. Just warm sun, sand and virtual sangria. Plus the odd (make that very odd) camel wandering around.


  • 1. At 06:26am on 10 Apr 2009, dennisjunior1 wrote:

    and to my other friends here on Radio 4 PM...I am sending my best wishes for Good Friday and Easter wishes to everyone...(and your families)......

    I hope that the beach, has the warmest water........

    ~Dennis Junior~

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  • 2. At 06:36am on 10 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Thanks Dennis the same to you!

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  • 3. At 06:41am on 10 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ..and by popular demand, The Full Hands On Everything Breakfast..

    Sausagues (Beef, Pork, Wild Boar)
    Bacon (Back, Steaky, Smoked and Unsmoked)
    Black Pudding,
    White Pudding,
    Fried bread,
    Fried Eggs,
    Poached Eggs,
    Scrambled Eggs,
    Boiled Eggs,
    Chocolate Eggs,
    Toast (white and brown),
    Fresh fruit salad,
    Orange Juice,
    Pommygranite juice (sp),
    Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate.

    Tuck in and enjoy.

    ...and did you spot the Easter twist?

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  • 4. At 06:56am on 10 Apr 2009, Little Red wrote:

    bording all. cold has developed to full throttle.

    did i see any cold relief drinks on the breakfast menu? i'm not a lemon fan but if they had blackcurrant i could curl up in the hammock, clutching a mug, generally moaning and feeling sorry for myself.

    but hey ho. in RL i'm off to work. no public holiday here :o(

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  • 5. At 08:15am on 10 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Little Red you poor old soul, I have left the keys to the Beach medicine cabinet at NC's.

    There Beach potions in there guaranteed to clear up anything from colds to Speedo burns!

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  • 6. At 08:27am on 10 Apr 2009, eddiemair wrote:

    No beans?

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  • 7. At 08:48am on 10 Apr 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Worse than that eddie, no Hot Cross Buns!

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  • 8. At 09:01am on 10 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Eddie: DiY is being thoughtful. Beans might make the Glass Box in RL uninhabitable later.

    More to the point, no beach photo. Where's Septic?

    DiY: spotted your Easter twist, you clever little bunny you.

    Little Red: where are you in RL?

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  • 9. At 09:02am on 10 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Sooooorrrryyyy..... One Mega Portion of Beans for the young R4 broadcaster....

    Stewart M, you leave my Buns out of this!

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  • 10. At 09:11am on 10 Apr 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    I'll have the black puddin' and a chocolate egg. Afraid that glass box ain't safe yet.

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  • 11. At 09:19am on 10 Apr 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Along with Dennis I'd also like to send Easter good wishes to everyone.

    Eddie, did you hear that comedian taking the Michael out of you at 6:40 PM last night? Hee hee hee!

    In real life there are more rashers of bacon around here than I know what to do with so leaving a few around the NCMB with some lovely wholemeal seeded bread. Do tuck in - I'll see you all for coffee at elevem.

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  • 12. At 09:24am on 10 Apr 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Well it wasn't that funny. A bit about having all programming coming from Scotland - 2 mins in on this link.


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  • 13. At 09:26am on 10 Apr 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Morning all. I'll have a coffee and some toast, I think :-)

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  • 14. At 09:35am on 10 Apr 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    I need one of each please, DI including the beans ;o)
    I need to build my strength up as Mother is coming to stay.
    I may need a lie down in the Purple Hammock later!

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  • 15. At 09:37am on 10 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    jonnie: I heard it last night too. Your link doesn't want to work.

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  • 16. At 09:43am on 10 Apr 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    DIY poached egg on toast please - am feeling delicate after moving aged father-in-law (101) from home that was closing at very short notice to new home that we hope will now be permanent for him - not far from Gillianian as it happens. We'll wave in passing!

    Could do with a rest day, but family arriving this evening, so it will just be a quick breakfast at the bar and ten minutes in the hammock.

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  • 17. At 10:14am on 10 Apr 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Good morning Lady_sue and a very happy easter to you.

    I was wondering if you would like to share some hot cross buns later this morning?

    Well I'll put them in the oven - should be ready soon.

    What a 'soft' day we are having.

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  • 18. At 10:19am on 10 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Hot crossed buns would be lovely, thank you jonnie, though I don't know how you can bear going near an oven in this glorious sunshine. Perhaps we could have them for elevens after a walk along the beach?

    [It's 'soft' here in RL - so I've opted to enjoy the blazing sunshine on the beach instead!]

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  • 19. At 10:33am on 10 Apr 2009, Septic wrote:

    A beach picture for you all:

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  • 20. At 10:42am on 10 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Oh Septic! Lovely (though looks a tad chilly for my liking/imagination).

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  • 21. At 10:50am on 10 Apr 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    morning all!

    bless you little red, do you have the weekend off?!
    Another great photo Septic!

    I am having a mellow morning, and will then do my duty this afternoon!
    A Happy Good Friday to you all.

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  • 22. At 10:57am on 10 Apr 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    My kids think there is an Easter Bunny called Harvey. I always thought the Easter Bunny was called Biryani

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  • 23. At 11:38am on 10 Apr 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Happy Easter everyone.

    In RL I'm in happy mood because it's the first band practice in one-and-a-half years this afternoon. If all goes well, Lying Scotsman should be back in business and all sorts of musical fun back on the menu - though not in time for the 21st I'm afraid.

    However it's looking dry-but-dull outside, so I think in the short term a bit more Spring pruning is on the cards. And moving the fat-ball away from the tit-box, so the clever jackdaws who've learned how to cling on and peck won't get the fledglings in a couple of months' time.

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  • 24. At 12:08pm on 10 Apr 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    A life on the Ocean waves. Good Friday.

    Nice menu above but - not hunger.

    In a bad mood - I am looking gloomily out to sea.

    I want to be out there somewhere. Not slumped in this deck chair wondering if I can be bovvered to move for my sunglasses.

    That problem with modern day pirates isn't funny at all and I wish that kidnapped ship captain the best.

    But it happens on an open sea and no doubt about what goes on - once it has happened - who is on whose side.

    The recent Pirates film series - Jack Sparrer etc - why those cutthroat dogs all had a sort of Code. Very unethical but unless the Black Spot was issued -hey......

    You knew where you were with them. Oh, except the Keira Knightley character. Who I was told swerved in her allegiance as to main squeeze. Bloom, Depp, Davenport.

    The Beach was a Di Caprio film but I prefer the open sea myself.

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  • 25. At 12:28pm on 10 Apr 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * Passes the sunglasses to Steelpulse *

    There you go, matey.


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  • 26. At 12:40pm on 10 Apr 2009, Sid wrote:

    Fifi - a band practice every eighteen months? Golly, you're a hard taskmaster ...

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  • 27. At 12:49pm on 10 Apr 2009, Little Red wrote:

    made it thru the morning. only a few more hours to go before le weekend. I do actually have monday off so shouldn't complain. and now plans are being made for a camping trip either to the beach or a recently disused treetop platform (built by the non other than the beeb).

    seeing as you ask so nicely Lady Sue, and even though i quite liked the little mystery about it... I live in Gabon.

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  • 28. At 2:11pm on 10 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Gosh Little Red, that is wonderfully exotic and must be hot [envy]. I recall a comment you made some time ago about the infrequency of mail coupled with the vagaries of internet connections making regular communication difficult and did wonder where you were at the time. It transpires you are somewhere even more remote than me (in RL). It would be very interesting to learn more about your RL, perhaps you will share some snippets with us from time to time?

    It is quite amazing that the tentacles of the Beeb stretch so far, seemingly so effortlessly. Have you always been an avid listener?

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  • 29. At 3:04pm on 10 Apr 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Hello, all.

    Can I have an 'all-day breakfast', DI?

    Pomegranate juice (I once won a tenner for spelling that correctly), one wild boar sausage (old Harry's game - pun for Archers listeners), two rashers smoked back bacon, one Darwin egg and can I add these tomatoes and mushrooms I brought along?

    And a nice strong coffee in case all that nosh makes me sleepy.

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  • 30. At 3:08pm on 10 Apr 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oh, and Feefs, great news! Keep us updated, please.

    I'll have hot cross buns, (yeah, yeah) fresh and toasted, with butter and other types of spread ready on the bar at Nicks at five-ish.

    Sequin can have hers earlier, if she likes.

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  • 31. At 4:48pm on 10 Apr 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    Okay, here we go - hot cross buns, butter and marmalade at the ready.
    The kettle's just about to whistle, and the teapot's already warmed ;o)

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  • 32. At 4:51pm on 10 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Well the Breakfast Bar still seems to be going strong. Anyone up for a 1/2 pint of my special Easter Scrumpy?

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  • 33. At 4:53pm on 10 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ..can anyone taste the Rabbit yet?

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  • 34. At 5:02pm on 10 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Going for goal...

    DI_Wyman on Red rubber band update....
    DI_Wyman on Making mysterious music

    and then along came Charlie......!!!

    Charlie on Red rubber band update....

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  • 35. At 6:12pm on 10 Apr 2009, Little Red wrote:

    Evening all. Finally made it out of the office and now it's officially holiday! Whoo!

    Lady Sue I am recently moved here (only 6 months) so am still getting to know the place myself. As I mentioned earlier I'm hoping for a camping trip this weekend which should be interesting. But in general my days are spent between an office that could be anywhere (aside from the occasional monkeys at the window) and the beach which i'd agree is pretty idyllic. I sent a pic to Eddie once with the hefalumps on said beach but he didn't seem to approve.

    Anyway on to tonight's plans, which involve lots of medicinal brandy. Who's cooking?

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  • 36. At 6:23pm on 10 Apr 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Are we cooking with the brandy? How about a sort of bread-and-butter pudding made with leftover hot cross buns, then flamed with brandy, and/or served with brandy sauce/butter?

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  • 37. At 8:05pm on 10 Apr 2009, Sid wrote:

    Frances O - I have a book* in which pomegranate is spelt two different ways in two pages ...

    *The Janissary Tree, by Jason Goodwin. Well worth a try ...

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  • 38. At 8:07pm on 10 Apr 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Sorry folks, band practice was called off last minute owing to RL issues chez bass player. Most frustrating!

    However, may manage something next week or even over the rest of this weekend, if I'm very clever...


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  • 39. At 8:46pm on 10 Apr 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    FRances that sounds great Hot Cross Bread & Butter Pud. No need to add the sultanas or cinnamon. They are already there in my buns.

    DiY Pint glass being held for a snifter of the Scrumpy.

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  • 40. At 11:27pm on 10 Apr 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Y-a-w-n, time to think of winding down. So I won't be needing that hammock for a while. Left some brandy-bread-and-butter pudding and a glass by it in case anyone fancies a late-night tummy-warmer.

    Stewart, of course the sultanas and cinnamon are there already. Who would have imagined less?

    Sid, as one who's spent much of her ill-spelt [sic] youth proofreading and editing or as a jobbing hack, I am not surprised one bit.

    It ruins stories for me if I'm relaxing with a book and there are badly-edited bits, because I lose the immersion in the story and switch into work mode, which is, quite frankly, irrelevant in the context. To sound a bit po-faced.

    (Hello, Valery! Stephen's been around. Got your shoes ready?)

    BUT! That doesn't stop me.

    As an ingarmatticle msisplelled, badley, puntuated nonsen's, wehn im in a hury I oftern silp up.

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  • 41. At 05:24am on 11 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Morning everyone!

    Yesterday I saw a swallow in RL, heralding the beginning of Spring - hurrah! Any swallows where you are?

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  • 42. At 06:07am on 11 Apr 2009, dennisjunior1 wrote:

    Thanks, DI_Wyman & Jonnie and everyone for the Easter Wishes....

    Re: Beans
    No Thanks....

    ~Dennis Junior~

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  • 43. At 07:19am on 11 Apr 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Eddie, Sequin and Everyone-

    Happy Easter!

    Just time for a dip. Coffee brewing and Hot Cross Buns warming.

    Help yourselves- I'm off....

    See you next week-


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  • 44. At 07:59am on 11 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning all!
    Coffee and your Hot cross buns Moly will set me up perfickly for a day of fencing!

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  • 45. At 08:13am on 11 Apr 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Wow what an early bunch of Froggers!
    No swallows here yet Lady Sue, I think maybe on the late arrivals would bother - not a very swallow-friendly environment!

    Thanks for hot cross buns Molly - just what I need!x Last days' work before 2 days off, roll on 4.30!!

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  • 46. At 09:29am on 11 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    DiY: in doublet and hose with a speedo-like codpiece?

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  • 47. At 09:52am on 11 Apr 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Update on Monty: Yesterday, while we were out, he decided to impersonate Houdini, breaking through our living room window and engaging in life threatening activities on the nearby main road. Thankfully, neither he nor anyone else was injured due to this escapade (well, beyond a cut on his nose from the glass), but you can imagine the scene that awaited us when, half a hour later, we returned ....

    Our lovely neighbours, collie lovers too, had managed eventually to corral him with the help of their own dog.

    I think I've mentioned Monty is mischievous and clever. He is also determined. It is a worry.

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  • 48. At 09:56am on 11 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Oh dear Big Sister! What a worry for you! Very glad Monty was alright. You'll have to get the 'Dog Whisperer' book by Jan Fennell. She's simply genius and I'm sure it would help. I believe she has a website too.

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  • 49. At 10:27am on 11 Apr 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Lady Sue: Do you think she could help train my husband? It's a prerequisite to training Monty, I'm afraid ... ;o)

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  • 50. At 11:22am on 11 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    I just read a column in a local paper that said the goat's cheese served to the G20 leaders at the No 10 meal was made at Childwickbury farm near St Albans. The farm used to be the home of Stanley Kubrick. The cheese is also sold at the Sat market in St Albans.

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  • 51. At 11:41am on 11 Apr 2009, Ichaclem wrote:

    In a world so highly depressed, one remedy to heart related problems or worries, I think is relaxation. But Dear! the question still boils down to prudent spending. Thus, is either we choose to spend relaxing or die thinking. All the same beach relaxation is imminent.

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  • 52. At 11:58am on 11 Apr 2009, Ichaclem wrote:

    The Rate of Piracy in the Somalian Coast calls for Global concern and not the victims affair as it seems now.

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  • 53. At 12:02pm on 11 Apr 2009, Ichaclem wrote:

    The Somalian Pirates aren't invisible, so where there operating from? Can't Somalians support in the fight?

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  • 54. At 12:12pm on 11 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    (35) Little Red: intriguing. Perhaps Eddie didn't get the photo, which sounds idyllic, I love elephants. Do send it again and we can keep fingers crossed he puts it up.

    Big Sister, hmmm, that is a thorny one. Suggest you give him the book to read first. Lots of couples had a variety of problems with their pooches (eg. due to one trying to be strict and the other a soft touch) and she manages to sort them out. Explain that, if Monty keeps up his mischief, he is merely asserting that he thinks he is the Alpha male in the pack and ask if hubby if he's happy to be third place Gamma.

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  • 55. At 1:02pm on 11 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

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

  • 56. At 1:05pm on 11 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Ichaclem re pirates. A warm welcome to you, but wrong thread for RL issues!

    We have enough problems with our Beach pirates, not to mention the Easter Egg Rustlers, as it is without having any more foisted upon us!

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  • 57. At 1:09pm on 11 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    David_McNickle. Everything is sold at the St. Albans Saturday Market!

    The Chinese food stall is brill. You can buy MSG by the pound and fermented Soy Sauce by the gallon! And wasn't that you I saw last week taste testing the Sweatmeats?

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  • 58. At 1:09pm on 11 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    DiY: isn't that "doesn't make a Spring"? Swallow pie! How could you?

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  • 59. At 1:26pm on 11 Apr 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Flying frugs to all you froggers ... I'm off out for a few hours to hold the hand of a friend in need.

    Hope you're all having a happier Easter in RL than this one is proving to be for me!

    I'll just snaffle that last hot cross bun as I go...


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  • 60. At 1:47pm on 11 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Longing to put "Is Jeremy Paxman the best looking BBC presenter in the UK?" as a question to the nation later but perhaps not.

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  • 61. At 1:49pm on 11 Apr 2009, Little Red wrote:

    Well I am shortly off out for a camping trip to a beach up the coast. not worked out which one yet - we're winging it.

    if i don't get some better photos tonight then i'll re submit the last one. perhaps it did go astray.

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  • 62. At 2:09pm on 11 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Hang on!
    I have been modded for posting something the BBC Broadcasted!

    ...Dear BBC Blog contributor,

    Thank you for contributing to a BBC Blog. Unfortunately we've had to remove your content below

    Comments posted to BBC blogs will be removed if they are considered likely to provoke, attack or offend others; are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable; are considered to have been posted with an intention to disrupt; contain swear words (including abbreviations or alternative spellings) or other language likely to offend.

    You can read the BBC Blog and messageboard House Rules in full here:

    Because I directly quoted from a BBC broadcast! Re Tim Brooke-Taylor and "One Swallow doesn't make an orgy" in Humphs round of famous quotes

    It is available on cassette and CD from the BBC The ISBN of the tape ( ISIHAC Four) is 0563557303 (13 digit EAN is 9780563557302) Come on Easter Mods...get a grip!

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  • 63. At 3:05pm on 11 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    I hope my comment on your comment didn't imply it had caused any offence.

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  • 64. At 3:13pm on 11 Apr 2009, PerfectlyPerky wrote:

    Just a quick visit inbetween unpacking my suitcase and preparing for Easter lunch tomorrow. I see things have been very busy while I've been culture-vulturing overseas, so I'll just leave some espresso and pastries on the bar for anyone who needs a Saturday afternoon pick-me-up.

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  • 65. At 4:21pm on 11 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    DI_W 57, But don't forget the farmers market on the second Sunday of each month. Don't know about Easter, though. And the Wednesday market as well.

    If I go as far as the Chinese stall, I'm tempted to go into the pasty shop. There is a good food stall at the Catherine St end that sells all sorts of tinned food, crisps, sweets, etc that are from all sorts of well know shops at low prices.

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  • 66. At 4:53pm on 11 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    PP 64, You keep your Easter lunch in a suitcase?

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  • 67. At 6:17pm on 11 Apr 2009, PerfectlyPerky wrote:

    Certainly do, DMcN - don't you? If not, how do you get all your market purchases back home??

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  • 68. At 8:34pm on 11 Apr 2009, annasee wrote:

    Hello all and Happy Easter. I'm back - missed you all. Good to see the Beach is thriving still. Do we have an evening beach market? If not, time for some entrepreneur to start one, surely.

    My toothpaste got confiscated in N Z before I flew to Oz last week. Still trying to work out why. The conversation went something like this (I had my toothpaste in clear plastic bag, as requested, at security x-ray)

    (Security man): "That toothpaste's too big."
    Me (annoyed at having forgotten to put it in suitcase and also forgotten to check size of the tube) "B*gg*r"

    S Man "Sorry. You can't take that."

    Me "But it's half-used.Look!" (Demonstrating well-squeezed appearance of said tube)

    S Man "Doesn't matter. It's the size of the container that counts." (Searching tube, then, triumphantly) "See that? 145 g. The rule is 100 g maximum. Can't have it"
    He removes it from bag with confident air of one who has done his job well.

    I'm left wondering at the security threat posed by my half-used tube of toothpaste. I'm not bitter, oh no. Just puzzled.

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  • 69. At 9:17pm on 11 Apr 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    How lovely to see Perky and annasee back! And I hope you have a wonderful holiday, Molly.

    Toothpaste, eh? That could be the iPM question. How to squeeze. Middle or bottom (stop it, DI).

    I take it most prefer the 'cap on' option? For the toothpaste, of course.

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  • 70. At 9:25pm on 11 Apr 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Lady Sue, that (Paxo) is indeed a major question, but how included would the heteros3xual males feel? We need to consider minority communities, after all.

    You'd get my sister's vote, though. Long-time member of the Paxman Supporters' Front. (ahem)

    You might need to define what a 'presenter' is. The former M&S wearer might think he's a journalist, after all.

    And it does rather exclude radio. Brian Perkins and Peter Donaldson look pretty good to me, but I've never seen either. And then there's Eric Muir, of course.

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  • 71. At 10:03pm on 11 Apr 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    Happy Easter one and all!!!

    DIWyman - I think you have an open and shut case there! It stands up by itself.

    Welcome back Perfectly Perky!!! Did you pack that suitcase yourself, ma'am?!

    Annasee - who among us has never dreampt about the threats from Big Toothpaste...

    Frances O and Lady Sue, if we got a beach poster, would that do you?!

    And Bon Voyages to Molly and Little Red!!

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  • 72. At 00:25am on 12 Apr 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Lying Scotsman is alive and ... alive.


    (off to bed now)


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  • 73. At 08:03am on 12 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Hmmm, Frances, my very tongue-in-cheek question was meant to include radio. I'll have to re-phrase it.

    n-n a beach poster would be lovely but I'm not sure what your comment comes in response to. Perhaps it's just too early for my brain to be in-gear.

    It's a misty morning but, ever the optimist, I'm hoping for glorious sunshine later.

    I understand Eddie and the team have hidden eggs amongst the palm trees for us to find before the sun gets too strong or the camels sniff them out.

    Tropical fruit salad for breakfast anyone? The coffee's on. Wakey wakey!

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  • 74. At 08:03am on 12 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning Froggers and Peeps and Frogging Peeps and Peeps-a-Frogging.

    Toast is ready. How do you want your eggs?
    Boiled, Poached, Fried, Scrambled or Chocolate?

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  • 75. At 08:05am on 12 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Poached please, DiY - I wouldn't be a big fan of chocolate and it's too early in the morning for such indulgence (gosh but I sound puritanical and, trust me, I'm far from it!).

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  • 76. At 08:05am on 12 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Coming soon to a cinema near you!

    DI_Wyman v Lady_Sue, The clash of the breakfast titans!

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  • 77. At 08:27am on 12 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Stop brandishing your skillet! I surrender! You can do breakfast and I'll take the morning off. What is it about men and cooking out of doors?

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  • 78. At 10:30am on 12 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    BS, L_S, My basket is on the Happy Easter thread. (Tee Hee).

    PP 67, Take home? Who takes it home!?

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  • 79. At 11:38am on 12 Apr 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    L_S - good point (73). I was writing in (71) about a poster for your (60), but I admit, it was a while ago now.

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  • 80. At 12:28pm on 12 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    (78 @1030) David: yes, I know. I posted a comment at 0754 saying I knew you would be thrilled. Calm down.

    (79) n-n, think a Paxman poster is a jolly good idea. Perhaps you could mock one up and send it in for PM to flog that particular thread? Am a big concerned that it seems the request for questions is going to go on for a bit. The poster might hurry things up.

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  • 81. At 12:41pm on 12 Apr 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Afternoon all, just taking a break from dashing the bed linen againnst the cleaning stones. Is it too late for egg on toast DiY?

    And what time are DiY and lady Sue brandishing the skillets I want a ringside seat!!

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  • 82. At 2:08pm on 12 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Hi gossipmistress! Sadly, you've lucked out. I decided to retire gracefully and let him get on with it. Be warned, it'll be sprouts with everything.

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  • 83. At 2:30pm on 12 Apr 2009, annasee wrote:

    Lady Sue - I've just seen the breakfast menu as written in DIY's own fair hand. (Green crayon actually, but let's not worry about that)

    "Sprouts on toast
    Scrambled sprouts
    Fried sprouts
    Poached sprouts
    Sprout porridge
    Sproutflakes and milk"

    Anyone for breakfast?

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  • 84. At 2:56pm on 12 Apr 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Goodness what IS that smell??

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  • 85. At 3:29pm on 12 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    That did make me laugh! Whatever will he make of your discovery annasee? He must have hidden it away, wanting to surprise us all.

    Quick Fifi - grab the other side of that crate of sprouts and let's make a run for it!

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  • 86. At 3:35pm on 12 Apr 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    'Crate of sprouts' makes an interesting spoonerism...

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  • 87. At 3:36pm on 12 Apr 2009, Sid wrote:

    Talking of Spooner, isn't it strange how it's OK to say you've pricked your finger ...

    Happy Easter, all!!

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  • 88. At 4:21pm on 12 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Sid, "By the pricking of my thumbs..." - Shakespeare/Christie.

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  • 89. At 4:57pm on 12 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    I wish I had a tall cool glass of Wishniak black cherry.

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  • 90. At 7:40pm on 12 Apr 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I wish you did too, David (89). Virtual's just not the same is it?

    Personally, I have a hankering for a black russian ... but that's enough about my personal hangups!

    * hastily completes burying behind tussock *

    Whatever happened to that crate that was here earlier?

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  • 91. At 07:11am on 13 Apr 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning Froggers and Peeps and Frogging Peeps and Peeps-a-Frogging.

    My Easter Monday Surprise breakfast of..

    Sprouts on toast
    Scrambled sprouts
    Fried sprouts
    Poached sprouts
    Sprout porridge
    Sproutflakes and milk...

    is off. Someone has nicked my stash of Sprouts!

    So I have left a choice of serials at NC's!

    Anyhoo me and Mrs DiY are off to Elveden today for a week of fun with our children and grandchildren. It will be a first time outing for my new Speedos, so look out you Suffolk gals!

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  • 92. At 11:46am on 13 Apr 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    Have a grand time DIWyman!!

    fifi - are you still behind that cossack?!

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  • 93. At 12:06pm on 13 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Fifi 90, Something we were watching on TV the other night with a character named something like Wishniak made me think of it, and I hadn't thought about it in years. What I said in 89 was part of an ad for it. Hope BS and AP don't read this and get it deleted for being an advertisement.

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  • 94. At 12:14pm on 13 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    a 83, Bean sprouts?

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  • 95. At 5:14pm on 13 Apr 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    David (93), if you had seen either of the ads I complained about you would have realised they were *very* different from anything froggers post!

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  • 96. At 5:21pm on 13 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    AP 95, You were too quick. Tell me what they said.

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  • 97. At 5:43pm on 13 Apr 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Today has made up for a pretty dull Easter, all by itself! Band practice, the promise of taking 4 songs out to a folk club next week, and then an afternoon of re-potting and top-dressing my poor starving houseplants.

    And now.. the sun is out! So, if I squint towards the yard arm ... what do you think, peeps, is it under or over?

    Silly question!

    GandTs and Pimmseseses lined up on the Nick Clarke bar, plus a dish of my very special homemade salsa, sour cream and jalapenoes. Do dig in...

    And David, one day you will have to taste my homemade salsa in RL and then you might forgive at least a little bit of our obsession with Beach food!

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  • 98. At 6:05pm on 13 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    AP, LS, I did refer funnyJoedunn for not being funny.

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  • 99. At 6:23pm on 13 Apr 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Great heavens, David, if we start referring each other for not being funny where will it end.....and what happens if we are funny when we didn't mean to be, or serious when we tried to be funny.....

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  • 100. At 7:55pm on 13 Apr 2009, annasee wrote:

    Anne - well, clearly, that way madness lies! In the meantime, just enjoy this relaxing beach for what it is.

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  • 101. At 05:55am on 14 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Annasee, well done you reached a century! This could be a new form of 'beach cricket' - whoever posts the 100th beachblog comment gets a prize. A copper dipped and mounted sprout, perhaps?

    However, think the "rules" should state that any beachblogger repeatedly making entries when the numbers get into the 90s is automatically disqualified and has to sit on the naughty step and eat sprouts for the rest of the week.

    What think?

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  • 102. At 08:35am on 14 Apr 2009, annasee wrote:

    L S - clearly you weren't around when we were trying to get to the first thousand comments (I think it was 1000, anyway) and Jonnie sent in random comments of a word or two, repeatedly.

    I'm afraid not everyone has our antipodean sense of fair play in these matters! ;-)

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  • 103. At 10:42am on 14 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    L_S 101, A newspaper used to run a forum and one of the threads (Innane Gibberish, I believe) was about to reach 10,000 posts when the forum closed. Everybody then went to another forum and restarted the thread.

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  • 104. At 10:43am on 14 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    AP 99, I also referred TRW (whatever) for being boring.

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  • 105. At 10:47am on 14 Apr 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    oooh (104), does that work?!

    that'll scythe through the chaff.

    It is such a lovely day that I just wanted to post a short massage on the beach, and seeing that Mansalo and DIY are both off, to maybe offer a short comestible indulgence for elevenses on a platter draped in a cloth:



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  • 106. At 10:49am on 14 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    L_S I started by saying tha Eddie and I grew up in Brooklyn together and then became more bizarre. As I am 24 years older than Eddie, we couldn't have grown up together here, there, or anywhere.

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  • 107. At 11:21am on 14 Apr 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Thanks Mr Noodle - cream-filled chocolate eclairs, my idea of heaven.

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  • 108. At 11:47am on 14 Apr 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    David thanks for that - though I don't recall asking the question, it is useful information.

    n-n - yummy! Thankyou.

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  • 109. At 4:21pm on 14 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    L_S 108, You wondered if it might have been rude. No rudditity involved.

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  • 110. At 5:30pm on 14 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    nn 105, Well, let's put it this way, he/she does have to keep changing his/her name.

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  • 111. At 09:47am on 15 Apr 2009, Sid wrote:

    Nobody else awake? I'll quietly put the coffee on, plus kettle for tea, and pop these croissants in the oven ... perhaps some apricot jam with them today?

    Shhhhhh ...

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  • 112. At 09:57am on 15 Apr 2009, Wonko wrote:

    What ho Sid!

    I'm a little sleepy still this morning. Mostly the result of being rudely awoken at about 3:00am by a sudden thunderstorm; thunder and lightning very very frightening me! Actually not, I rather like them and would have got up to watch the light show if it wasn't for the fact it was 3:00am!

    Mmmm coffee...

    ;o) []

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  • 113. At 10:17am on 15 Apr 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Well, it seems an RL-enforced absence from the Beach has made me miss the Easter Egg hunt, various Easter meals, etc. Ah well... I bring some croissants and coffee for elevenses....

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  • 114. At 10:21am on 15 Apr 2009, eddiemair wrote:

    Hello. Sorry, I seem to have started this on another thread. I was thinking about next Tuesday at 8pm for our little chat. How does that grab you?

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  • 115. At 10:50am on 15 Apr 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Sounds good to me, Eddie. I hope it'll use a different system to this, though, otherwise I may have to just lurk...

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  • 116. At 11:46am on 15 Apr 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    yup that sounds grand, and should suit most peeps.

    Like Fred, however, I may be restrained by circumstance.

    [not pomp, though; no doillies round here]

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  • 117. At 11:48am on 15 Apr 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    "Tuesday at 8 and don't be late"

    Sounds good to me, Eddie!

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  • 118. At 12:01pm on 15 Apr 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Sounds good to me Eddie.

    Linchtime! I've brought homemade tomato, butter bean and red pepper soup, along with crusty rolls, butter and some salad.

    Help yourselves.

    ;o) []

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  • 119. At 12:02pm on 15 Apr 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Whoops! make that lunchtime not linchtime! That's something else completely, and something I do not endorse in any way I hasten to add!

    ;o) []

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  • 120. At 12:33pm on 15 Apr 2009, U13879388 wrote:

    The Easter Sunday family outing. You've booked to hire bicycles.
    Half way round Rutland Water in the persistent drizzle, father looking totally dapper - neat red anorak, little blue knapsack, cool, hair unruffled, son an exact replica,- both waiting patiently in front by twenty yards....

    ...waitng for mum who is looking totally frazzled, pushing two bikes up hill, hers and her equally distressed looking daughter, both looking as if they have passed through a hail storm of mud.
    Cut glass voice cuts the heavy atmosphere, in fully switched on 'Or it will be worse for you' mode.
    'Nigel, is it the plan that we DO stop at the very NEXT car park and that one of us should go back and get the car whilst the others shelter?'

    Raucous laughter from hoodies on wide tyred bikes without mudguards, each sporting a mud Vesuvious up the back of their jerkins. And wallowing like circus hippos.

    Ah, the English wet Sunday holiday week afternoon.
    Schadenfreude the only relief from the misery.

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  • 121. At 12:35pm on 15 Apr 2009, U13879388 wrote:

    On a quiet country road in Norfolk, suddenly a pigeon walks out into the road. Very slowly. It more than takes it's time to cross in front of the car which has screeched to a stop for it. The bird is leisurely, country style, a pigeon's version of grand, almost.

    'Don't you know how dangerous that is?'

    'Well, yes, but the pheasants told me that's the way to get really impressive tail feathers. You get them awarded to you after three successful traverses.

    And the crows say that it's true'.

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  • 122. At 12:45pm on 15 Apr 2009, U13879388 wrote:

    Let's here it for the pigeons.

    My goodness, in summer in the cities they are fat, dusty and dirty.

    They seem to have caught traffic-jam attitude from us.
    'There's too many of us, in too confined a space. Life is nasty, dirty and short and left over bits of sandwhich are worth fighting over'

    But in the winter they leave Leicester Town Hall Square to the renovators and retreat to the woods and fields.

    By this Easter weekend they were lean, flying like swallows, crusing on the air currents like sea gulls and cooing in delight like....

    And their sense of rhythm. That marvellous call

    'Da-da, Da-da, Da-da, Da-da

    Da-da, Da-da, Da-'

    And you're left there high and dry waiting for the last crochet which the musically anthropomorphic demand.

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  • 123. At 12:56pm on 15 Apr 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Next Tuesday at 8.00.
    I will have to pop in and out as I think I have to put the kids to bed that night. What with the Mrs Stewart M being out at a meeting.

    Could be "interesting"

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  • 124. At 1:13pm on 15 Apr 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Tuesday at 8pm it is. I shall relinquish the joys of watching our local city council cabinet perform on-line in order to be here/there.

    BTW where exactly is here? on the beach or elsewhere?

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  • 125. At 4:07pm on 15 Apr 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Fish pie for tea anyone? I've made a huge vat and now half my guests aren't coming!

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  • 126. At 4:32pm on 15 Apr 2009, annasee wrote:

    GM - oh no! Well that's meals for the rest of the week sorted then.

    Next tuesday at 8 I'm supposed to be teaching. What a shame. I don't know how long you'll be chatting for - I'll have to see if I can pop in promptly at 8 for kickoff and hope my pupil is late!

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  • 127. At 4:35pm on 15 Apr 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Tuesday at 8 p.m. - I'll be tenpin bowling for charity. Ah well.

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  • 128. At 4:48pm on 15 Apr 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    I still don't know what exactly IS happening next tuesday at 8! Is it some kind of web chat?

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  • 129. At 5:02pm on 15 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    gm 125, I didn't know that fish pie comes in a vat.

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  • 130. At 5:02pm on 15 Apr 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    GM(128) I think we'll have to wait for Eddie to let us know exactly what's going to happen.... Possibly it'll be an IM-based platform that'll be used. Who can say?

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  • 131. At 5:19pm on 15 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    FF 130, What is IM?

    GM 128, It isn't very clear, is it?

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  • 132. At 5:27pm on 15 Apr 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Eddie's updating live http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/04/pm_live_blogging_tonights_prog.shtml

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  • 133. At 10:16pm on 15 Apr 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oh, bums. Tuesday's a busy night.

    Better count me out, Eddie.


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  • 134. At 10:22pm on 15 Apr 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Help - been catching up with the frog and seem to have got all five 'recent posts' - someone join in!

    There's a pint of anything except creme de menthe for you at Nick's.

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  • 135. At 00:07am on 16 Apr 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    O Frances, what a pity you'll be busy on Tuesday.

    Let me offer you a big glass of something you fancy at the NC Bar to compensate.

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  • 136. At 06:52am on 16 Apr 2009, Little Red wrote:

    morning all. the search and rescue can be called off. camping was in general a success. tents were erected and duly abandoned in the middle of the night as a pair of eyes we spotted crawling up the beach. point to note cars are not comfortable to bed down in. and are extremely hot when three are sharing.

    anyhoo. i have some beach snaps to send to eddie (though no elephants) which i shall do once i get a moment to myself (but maybe not until tomorrow when i have a surprise bank holiday!).

    fresh coffee on the bar along with breads, jams, cheeses etc

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  • 137. At 06:53am on 16 Apr 2009, Little Red wrote:

    oh, the eyes were a mongoose apparently.

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  • 138. At 08:18am on 16 Apr 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Morning all, just come down to raise a cup of Tea to Clement Freud, he'll be sadly missed.

    FF - what's an IM based platform? IM means intramuscular to me.....!

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  • 139. At 08:34am on 16 Apr 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I'll drink along with you, GM, though I think a glass of the finest champagne might be more appropriate.

    To Sir Clement!

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  • 140. At 09:00am on 16 Apr 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    DMcN (131) and GM(138) IM is an abbreviation for Instant Messaging. I was just suggesting that the more "live" chat that Eddie's proposing may be on a different platform to the standard blog, as it'd be a little unwieldy here. Another thought might be a more "chatroom" based option, where the chat is more live. I've seen a few instances where this has been done in large companies with a number of offices where they need to hold a conference/training session, and they can work quite smoothly...

    I'll raise my coffee mug to Sir Clement too. A erudite gentleman has been lost.

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  • 141. At 09:08am on 16 Apr 2009, Sid wrote:

    139 - ditto

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  • 142. At 10:05am on 16 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Just a minute, did Clement Freud die? Don't forget, he was also a Liberal MP.

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  • 143. At 10:36am on 16 Apr 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    David, I don't think that's been forgotten. My first thoughts are of his culinary prowess.

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  • 144. At 10:40am on 16 Apr 2009, Wonko wrote:

    In memory of Sir Clement I shall attempt to post without hestitation, repetition or deviation...

    And so, I lift my mug to salute the memory of this highly original man, an individual whose intellect, sharp wit, turn of phrase, gentle manner, unique voice, beard, all these characteristics will be much missed, especially by those fond of long lists spoken in futile attempts to avoid the dreaded sound of a buzzer interrupting the stream of words, one raises the formerly described drinking recepticle to a more elevated position than that previously demonstrated, to share in the salutations of a sadly departed polymath, drinking to the memory of said person, Sir Clement Freud...

    ;o) []

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  • 145. At 10:42am on 16 Apr 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    A glass to Sir Clement

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  • 146. At 10:51am on 16 Apr 2009, Humph wrote:

    Re 144 Buuuzzzzzzzzzzz. Repetition of drinking. It is not as easy as it seems, is it? Another glass raised in memory of Sir Clement.


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  • 147. At 11:11am on 16 Apr 2009, Sid wrote:

    Re 144 Buuuzzzzzzzzzzz. Repetition of memory.

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  • 148. At 11:20am on 16 Apr 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Humph buzzed in first with a correct challenge, so you gain an extra point. Humph you have 27 seconds left on the subject of "Sir Clement Freud", tell us something about that subject starting now...

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  • 149. At 11:29am on 16 Apr 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    139 - also ditto.

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  • 150. At 11:31am on 16 Apr 2009, Septic wrote:

    Re 148 Buuuzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Hesitation

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  • 151. At 11:32am on 16 Apr 2009, Fifi wrote:

    139 - and double ditto.

    TRW - when you're on form, you are a true poet. I did enjoy that.

    Eddie - Tuesday at 8 I will be in Oakham reviving what remains of my band, so I'll have to pass. Alas.

    In fact, belay that Alas and pass me a full scale BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!


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  • 152. At 11:39am on 16 Apr 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Spetic, you have a correct challenge and so gain an extra point. So now please tell us what you can about "Sir Clement Freud" in 26 seconds, starting now...

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  • 153. At 11:45am on 16 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Septic 150, Repetition of buuuzzzzzzzzz.

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  • 154. At 11:58am on 16 Apr 2009, Wonko wrote:

    David McNickle, under the rules of Just a Minute the repetition only applies to words that individual has spoken, not those spoken by others. As Septic hadn't spoken in the round before it can't be a repetition. None the less we enjoyed your challenge David, and so give you a point, Septic you gain an extra point for an incorrect challenge and now have 25 seconds on "Sir David Freud", tell us something about that subject starting now...

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  • 155. At 2:19pm on 16 Apr 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Mornington Crescent!
    Oh bog, wrong game!

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  • 156. At 3:38pm on 16 Apr 2009, Septic wrote:

    Sir Clement was not related in anyway to the young upstart Internet Fraud. The name is in fact a nom de plumme adopted by a soft drink which was itself of mixed parentage. The result of mixing orange juice and the liquid squeezed out of a lemon. Sir Clement was eagerly gulped down by many a pretty young lass in the delightful fenland city of Ely.

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  • 157. At 3:53pm on 16 Apr 2009, Sid wrote:

    Vauxhall Bus Station.

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  • 158. At 3:57pm on 16 Apr 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Septic: Buzzzzzzzzz. Deviation.

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  • 159. At 3:59pm on 16 Apr 2009, Sid wrote:

    Septic - is it the lemon that makes their lips pucker?

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  • 160. At 4:58pm on 16 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

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

  • 161. At 5:46pm on 16 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    The no-sense-of-humor police strike again. Hope you got to read it before it disappeared, Wonko.

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  • 162. At 5:50pm on 16 Apr 2009, Sid wrote:

    161 - damn, missed it. Blog moderation badly in need of a makeover.

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  • 163. At 5:56pm on 16 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Sid 162, I said that Wonko was a variation of the word deviation.

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  • 164. At 10:32pm on 16 Apr 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Maybe they got you on the rule that you used a verb instead of a noun or adjective...

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  • 165. At 10:34pm on 16 Apr 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    139- double double ditto.

    I"ll ty and find you all on Tuesday at 8, although my techie prowess leaves a lot to be desired.
    Now, how do I get there again...?


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  • 166. At 11:00am on 17 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    FF 164, It was all proper grammar. But an improper word.

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  • 167. At 11:51am on 17 Apr 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    I disagree, DMcN. The word you used was deviate. That is a perfectly acceptable verb. To quote from Chambers 21st Century Dictionary:

    "deviateverb (deviated, deviating) intrans to turn aside or move away from what is considered a correct or normal course, standard of behaviour, way of thinking, etc.

    It would be like me calling someone a push. It's grammatically incorrect.

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  • 168. At 4:48pm on 17 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    FF 167, But I meant it as a noun. Like a perv. (see if that's allowed)

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  • 169. At 5:06pm on 17 Apr 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Ah, but the noun form is deviant (or devienace when describing an activity. To be frank, the act of labelling someone with that tag will run you afoul of the "potentially libellous" section of the house rules. to whit: Are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable

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  • 170. At 5:09pm on 17 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    FF 169, Oh no, you didn't use the other spelling, did you? The one that ends with -ant?

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  • 171. At 5:13pm on 17 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    FF 169, It is both in two dictionaries I looked at.

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  • 172. At 5:17pm on 17 Apr 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    I just went by Chambers (both the English and American versions).

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  • 173. At 5:19pm on 17 Apr 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Fred, that was instant!

    FREE AT LAST !!!!!

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  • 174. At 5:22pm on 17 Apr 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    FF 172, My Webster's says 'A sexual p*rv*rt.'

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  • 175. At 6:53pm on 17 Apr 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Seems the OED has it as a verb only. Maybe we should suggest this as a topic for iPM: See which dictionaries say what!

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  • 176. At 6:54pm on 17 Apr 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Nope. Not instant yet, Big Sis....

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  • 177. At 7:27pm on 17 Apr 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Perhaps it's intermittently instant, Fearless?

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