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Eddie Mair | 17:50 UK time, Sunday, 16 August 2009

I saw today in London. Angela Rippon and Susie Orbach (they were not together).

Can anyone top that?

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  • 1. At 5:54pm on 16 Aug 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Not today, Eddie.

    Did they see you? Have they blogged about it?

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  • 2. At 6:17pm on 16 Aug 2009, Sid wrote:

    Or twittered, more like ...

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  • 3. At 6:32pm on 16 Aug 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

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

  • 4. At 6:40pm on 16 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Did you ask for their autographs?

    Did they ask you for your autograph?

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  • 5. At 6:41pm on 16 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I once saw John Cleese and Michael Heseltine on the same day, but not together.

    Piccadilly/Fortnum and Mason are good places for spotting celebs.

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  • 6. At 6:51pm on 16 Aug 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    who they?!

    (giggles)
    n-n

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  • 7. At 6:54pm on 16 Aug 2009, vagueofgodalming wrote:

    I stayed well away from London today, and I saw nobody famous, so I think that's a double win.

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  • 8. At 7:16pm on 16 Aug 2009, eddiemair wrote:

    I have met them both previously but I didn't like to interrupt them. Angela was looking slightly rushed near a well-known market and Susie was looking serene in Regent's Park. If I twittered, this would be EXACTLY the kind of pointless nonsense I would write, so count your blessings.

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  • 9. At 7:17pm on 16 Aug 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    I passed bill oddie on Oxford St once. Don't think he was twittering.

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  • 10. At 7:18pm on 16 Aug 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Course mentioning famous people on blogs can lead to moderation. But lots of other stuff does also.

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  • 11. At 7:33pm on 16 Aug 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

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

  • 12. At 7:37pm on 16 Aug 2009, U14101052 wrote:

    There was an unconfirmed sighting of a dead person on the beach....

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  • 13. At 7:59pm on 16 Aug 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Past tense of twitter is VERY RUDE.

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  • 14. At 8:50pm on 16 Aug 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Dear Eddie Mair, why did I get modded for naming one of the directors working for the company wot does the moderation for this blog?

    They don't even have the decency to e-mail me / us as to why we keep getting modded for mentioning who they are despite all their details being in the public domain!

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  • 15. At 9:02pm on 16 Aug 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

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  • 16. At 9:46pm on 16 Aug 2009, Redheylin wrote:

    Never mind that!! The country is going to the dogs - did you hear "Face the Facts"? It turns out that, since the Kredit Krunch, unemployed professionals have often received no preferential treatment at all.

    Despite promises of personalised guidance, they got treated the same as ordinary people. No wonder the BBC got involved. And I am glad to hear that now special funds are available to pay private agencies to find them jobs. Not the ordinary people, obviously, the important ones.

    But if it were not for that, you could have ended up with real, proper, people, not the scruffs, getting ignored or even harrassed by civil servants just because of "the world economic climate". This is not right because the scruffs are there for the lower-middles to harrass - people like that, on 20 grand or so, ought to treat their betters with deference.

    Well done BBC! If it were not for you, people in the south-east with degrees could end up with no obvious natural advantage over any comprehensive kid in a small town in the sticks.

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  • 17. At 10:22pm on 16 Aug 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Yup, today in the cafe of the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, I saw Clive James, Siobhan Redmond and Johnnie Beattie.

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  • 18. At 11:29pm on 16 Aug 2009, annasee wrote:

    Valery P, I reckon you win! Except I don't know who Johnnie Beattie is. I assume he's famous though.

    I suppose it's just possible Edinburgh has an unfair advantage at the moment?

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  • 19. At 11:34pm on 16 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Annasee (sotto voce): Nobody knows Johnnie Beattie, except for his mum ;o)

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  • 20. At 11:37pm on 16 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Okay, I presume this Johnnie Beattie is a rugby player, ValP, and since we all know how much Eddie loves the rugger, I think I'd best rephrase my #19 by saying that I'd never heard of him and wouldn't have recognised him if I had seen him, but thanks to ValP I now know he's quite well known in Scotland.

    :o)

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  • 21. At 00:09am on 17 Aug 2009, Scotch Get wrote:

    #17 - #20 inclusive.

    He's Maureen Beattie's daddy. And he is more famous than Eddie Mair, by far!

    The other Johnnie Beattie is indeed a rugby player. A 23 year-old rugby player, so he's not quite as famous as Eddie. (Not yet, anyway).

    The other Johnnie Beattie happens to be the son of John Beattie, also a rugby player. (Retired). Mr. Beattie, Senior is currently a sports presenter with BBC Radio Scotland.

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  • 22. At 02:19am on 17 Aug 2009, dennisjunior1 wrote:

    Eddie:

    I didn't see anyone well-known....

    =Dennis Junior=

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  • 23. At 07:28am on 17 Aug 2009, trainapuppy wrote:

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  • 24. At 07:30am on 17 Aug 2009, trainapuppy wrote:

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  • 25. At 08:24am on 17 Aug 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Val P you a truly a star-spotter, what with your Boosh experience as well! I once when on a vet call as a student to see Noel Edmonds' cow. He wasn't there.

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  • 26. At 08:55am on 17 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I once spotted Hugh Jackman and Maureen Lipman together. Can anyone guess where?

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  • 27. At 09:24am on 17 Aug 2009, Scotch Get wrote:

    #26

    Oklahoma?

    >8-D

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  • 28. At 09:32am on 17 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Well done that man! A bowl of porridge awaits you. If you saw it, I imagine you'll agree that it was a very fine production.

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  • 29. At 09:40am on 17 Aug 2009, Scotch Get wrote:

    #28

    Big Sister,

    Maureen Lipman can do no wrong in my eyes. She's pure dead brilliant, so she is!

    P.S. Honey and cinnamon in my porridge, please.

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  • 30. At 09:45am on 17 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Your wish is my command.

    I thought Hugh Jackman was pretty brilliant in the show, too. Needless to say, I'd not heard of him before Oklahoma!, along with zillions of other Brits, but his singing, dancing, acting and damn' fine looks made him unforgettable in the role, along with the other cast members. It was a brilliant production.

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  • 31. At 09:49am on 17 Aug 2009, Sid wrote:

    I saw Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders on telly last night.

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  • 32. At 09:52am on 17 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    I saw Eddie Mair, Angela Rippon and Suzie Orbach in London.

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  • 33. At 09:58am on 17 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Sid 31, But no Charles Dance...yet.

    S-g 29, Maureen Lipman and that other woman were rubbish in Ladies of Letters on TV.

    I saw Esau sitting on a see saw.

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  • 34. At 10:01am on 17 Aug 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Annasee, give that girl a coconut - you can hardly walk down the street in Edinburgh without the embarassing experience of smiling at someone and saying hello, thinking (as I do frequently since reaching un certain agae) that you've spotted an old friend - only to discover later, when greeted by a disapproving frown, for such was the riposte from Clive James :-(, that it's not an old friend but an old famous person.

    Re Johnnie Beattie - Scotch-git, you can have a coconut too because it was he of the voice. Presumably he was there to watch/meet his daughter Maureen who was in the play I'd gone to see. The Girls of Slender Means, I recommend to all, if anyone else gets a chance to see this Stellar Quines production.

    Today it's Margaret Drabble in a tent - and if it's as wet there as it is here in East Lothian at the moment, I shan't be a happy bunny!

    To finish off the train of thought I started at the beginning of this post (see? easily distracted), actually you can hardly walk down the street in Edinburgh at all just now. Trams - eeeek! I was intrigued to trip over Virgin Media scrawled in yellow writing in the middle of Princes Street yesterday - and I don't think it was an advert, it may have been an instruction to where they'd hidden their cables??

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  • 35. At 10:01am on 17 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    SM 9, We passed a car on the M3 that had ODDIE on the license plate. No, he hadn't been hit by a car.

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  • 36. At 10:08am on 17 Aug 2009, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    I once met Sir Patrick moore on the beach at Selsy. He invited us back to his house for tea, but unfortunately, we had to decline. A really nice man. I still have the letter he banged out on his old Remington.

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  • 37. At 10:11am on 17 Aug 2009, Scotch Get wrote:

    #33

    David,

    Please! You're speaking of one of the women I love!!

    I would, however, agree that the TV adaptation was not a good idea. It worked much better on radio, IMHO.

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  • 38. At 10:20am on 17 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    David/Scotch-git: Can I add my voice to the dislike of the TV adaptation? Of course, many of the viewers probably didn't hear the radio version. Far, far superior - as in so many other cases, the imagination paints finer pictures than any TV screen, plus the actors in question (Prunella and Patricia) were so much better at acerbic.

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  • 39. At 11:23am on 17 Aug 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Chris Jarvis and Su Pollard

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  • 40. At 11:29am on 17 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I'll raise you a Zoe Wannamaker, Jonnie.

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  • 41. At 12:27pm on 17 Aug 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    I meet myself each morning when I look in the mirror. But, I'm not gonna tell how famous I am!

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  • 42. At 12:33pm on 17 Aug 2009, The Wrath Is Come wrote:

    Does Eamonn Holmes count?

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  • 43. At 1:17pm on 17 Aug 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    WiC - yes, to 10 I believe

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  • 44. At 1:25pm on 17 Aug 2009, patmartin wrote:

    I saw Robbie Paul, or it might have been his brother Henry, in Tesco filling station in Brighouse yesterday and Jenny Murray once asked me how my shopping bag worked, in Waitrose in Bury St Edmunds on the day of the opening of the strange new Debenhams

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  • 45. At 1:25pm on 17 Aug 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    ValeryP. If you are still fringeing it at Edinburgh look up Sarah Morgan. She is famous in Optician circles and has a "turn" somewhere at the fringe.

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  • 46. At 1:37pm on 17 Aug 2009, vainly_here wrote:

    35 - Would that be the Reverend Oddie?

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  • 47. At 2:00pm on 17 Aug 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    I've seen a cartoon by Gordon Kaye (allo allo) in a Restaurant in Brighouse. Never seen Robbi or Henri Paul there though.

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  • 48. At 2:20pm on 17 Aug 2009, Lady-Lindyloo wrote:

    I had breakfast with the England Rugby Team on Tuesday

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  • 49. At 2:30pm on 17 Aug 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I passed Hugh Dennis on Oxford Street once. And nearly fell over the surprisingly small Rodney Bewes outside Woolworths in St Helier. But in my previous incarnation as part-time receptionist at Scotland's first commercial radio station the stars used to pass through my hands like confetti - including Johnnie Beattie, alas not in one of his trademark terribly bright blazers.

    Oh, and I had lunch several times in the canteen with the lovely Captain George, R.I.P.

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  • 50. At 2:31pm on 17 Aug 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Oh, and welcome Lady-Lindyloo. I can't wait to see what you've said, once the mods have finished with you!

    ;o)

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  • 51. At 2:37pm on 17 Aug 2009, Lady-Lindyloo wrote:

    Thanks Fifi - I've lurked for a long time but was waiting my moment

    LL

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  • 52. At 2:41pm on 17 Aug 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Nor can I !!!!!!

    I saw the actress who plays Debbie Aldridge in 'The Archers' in Portalnd Place not so long ago, but, then that's proably not too strange, it being where the other' BH is.

    Tamsin Greig [sp?]. I think.

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  • 53. At 2:41pm on 17 Aug 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Or Portland Place, even. Sigh.

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  • 54. At 3:57pm on 17 Aug 2009, patmartin wrote:

    If you think Rodney Bewes is small you should see Nick Berry. I once passed him on the harbour front at West Bay when he was filming that thing about a harbour master. I'm sure he was taller when he was in Eastenders. I haven't seen it for a while but I believe he's left.

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  • 55. At 4:33pm on 17 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    S-g 37, BS 38, You are right, I didn't hear the radio version. I did, however, hear Dad's Army on the radio.

    FO 52, I did some research at the RIBA in Portland Place. Wouldn't mind seeing that Tamsin Greig...

    Is Jon Holmes really that small? I know Andy Hamilton is.

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  • 56. At 4:33pm on 17 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    VH 46, I didn't see the driver.

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  • 57. At 4:38pm on 17 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    I saw Terry Waite walking up the street in St Albans. That was after he was released...

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  • 58. At 4:39pm on 17 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Fifi 49, I passed wind in Oxford Street.

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  • 59. At 4:42pm on 17 Aug 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Saw John Hurt in Bournemouth's Ask restaurant with a bunch of students - all very noisy.

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  • 60. At 4:47pm on 17 Aug 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Oh and nearly forgot ... Count Arthur Strong near the reduced items in Asda

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  • 61. At 4:52pm on 17 Aug 2009, jonnie wrote:

    and a bit like Fifi - in the UK's first commercial radio station the stars used to pass through my hands like confetti includin a terribly rude Michael Winner who had to be coaxed back in the building after the reception / security asked for his name ;-)

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  • 62. At 6:01pm on 17 Aug 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    I sat behind Will Self at an opera last year. I also met Jodie Foster when I was 13 whilst choosing footwear

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  • 63. At 6:30pm on 17 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I spoke to Jonathan Miller during a performance (well, in the interval) of his production of The Mikado. He was both chatty and very pleasant.

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  • 64. At 6:38pm on 17 Aug 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Eddie - a few years ago I saw Bella Emberg and Roger Whittaker outside the Victoria Palace in London. Laughing like drains the pair of 'em.

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  • 65. At 7:56pm on 17 Aug 2009, Cossackgirl wrote:

    I sat behind Peter Cook at a performance of "Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell" with Peter O'Toole on the stage. Peter Cook did what all the great comic actors do when watching another professional: he remained gathered, concentrated and even slightly frowning in his attentiveness to the most brilliantly delivered lines which were sending the rest fo us into gales of uncontrollable laughter. Just a brief nod of confirmation / recognition here and there...

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  • 66. At 8:35pm on 17 Aug 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    @63 Big Sister
    I was in a production of the Mikado once. Sadly, we didnt have Jonathan Miller as our director. But it went down well nonetheless.

    Oh The Town of Titipu!!

    nikki noodle
    xx

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  • 67. At 10:39am on 18 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Barbara Windsor lives around the corner. OK, not the Barbara Windsor.

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  • 68. At 3:20pm on 18 Aug 2009, Fifi wrote:

    The great English baritone John Shirley-Quirke commuted to his summer season with Scottish Opera from my family's then caravan site on the Clyde coast one year.

    Lovely man, and lent the key of his estate in Argyll to my parents so they could go and relax there on their days off.

    What do you mean, John Who??? (although that's what I said at the time...)

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  • 69. At 3:44pm on 18 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Did Eddie spot Mollie on Friday? You don't get much more famous than Molly!

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  • 70. At 3:45pm on 18 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Mollie/Molly. Discuss.

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  • 71. At 3:52pm on 18 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    As does Clive Sinclair. Once again, not the Clive Sinclair. Discuss/discus.

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  • 72. At 4:28pm on 18 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    And Harold Wilson, but not the H Wilson beecause he is dead.

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  • 73. At 4:28pm on 18 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Stung by a bee, he was.

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  • 74. At 4:36pm on 18 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Fifi 68, I've heard of J S-Q, and I don't even like opera.

    GM 62, Did Self sit and grumble in his low, slow voice the whole time?

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  • 75. At 4:54pm on 18 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    David, have you heard of Christopher Booth Jones?

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  • 76. At 8:09pm on 18 Aug 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Today was Tracey Chevalier, Alexander McCall Smith (and his wife whose sister was in my class at school!) and a bonus feature of Jim Naughtie. I tentatively smiled at the latter later when standing in a queue, but he smiled back :-)

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  • 77. At 11:37pm on 18 Aug 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    As well he might, Val, with such a fine lassie smiling at him ;o)

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  • 78. At 09:07am on 19 Aug 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    BS 75, No.

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