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Great excitement here, because

Eddie Mair | 09:02 UK time, Monday, 7 December 2009

at noon today, I will be conducting what is probably the interview of the year.

The guest is a man the whole nation wants to hear from.

And only PM has the interview. You'll be able to hear it in the run-up to Christmas.

I've said too much already.


  • 1. At 10:33am on 07 Dec 2009, GiulioNapolitani wrote:

    Shatner Claus?

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  • 2. At 10:47am on 07 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Fred Goodwin?

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  • 3. At 10:49am on 07 Dec 2009, Looternite wrote:

    Who? David McNickle perhaps.

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  • 4. At 11:08am on 07 Dec 2009, AgeingSkiFreak wrote:

    Must be Simon Cowell

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  • 5. At 11:31am on 07 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    Is it John Gummer?

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  • 6. At 11:39am on 07 Dec 2009, patmartin wrote:

    I do hope it's Lord Lucan.

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  • 7. At 11:48am on 07 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Well if it isn't that Tory peer that may or may not pay tax must be Father Christmas. I wonder if you had to bung him a fee for the interview? And did he give you a small gift?

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  • 8. At 11:56am on 07 Dec 2009, mygloriousleader wrote:

    Is it Hugh Jars?

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  • 9. At 12:13pm on 07 Dec 2009, Lepus_Madidus wrote:

    Big Sister beat me to it. Fred the Shred!

    Tiger Woods.

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  • 10. At 12:14pm on 07 Dec 2009, McRaker wrote:

    Mark Thatcher? If so,please inform Simon Mann as he would probably have something to add which would make the whole thing quite jolly.(and quite a coup for PM)

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  • 11. At 12:21pm on 07 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Eddie, you are such a tease. I'm not even going to give you the satisfaction of trying to guess who it is. Just make sure you have plenty of spare batteries for that recorder, and don't get too excited, if the interview is so important. You wouldn't want to get back to the office to find you'd forgotten to press "record" now, would you? ;-)

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  • 12. At 12:29pm on 07 Dec 2009, Lepus_Madidus wrote:

    Is it Milly the $8 per hour waitress?

    I am really not sure what her hourly rate has to do with it though.

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  • 13. At 12:30pm on 07 Dec 2009, Lepus_Madidus wrote:

    Is it Kerry Callard and Alec Goff the bus stop puddle child splashers?

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  • 14. At 12:39pm on 07 Dec 2009, GiulioNapolitani wrote:

    Professor Phil Jones of CRU email fame? No, I didn't think so...

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  • 15. At 12:58pm on 07 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    Ln 3, You'll be lucky. Ed's even ignoring my Glass Boxes and Advent photos.

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  • 16. At 1:00pm on 07 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    Paris Hilton on Climate Change?

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  • 17. At 1:01pm on 07 Dec 2009, Lepus_Madidus wrote:

    Malcolm Tucker?

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  • 18. At 1:16pm on 07 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Vera Duckworth?

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  • 19. At 1:18pm on 07 Dec 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #15. davmcn
    Whilst I've been away have you upset Master Mair?
    Your photos were talking points.

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  • 20. At 1:25pm on 07 Dec 2009, thepublicist wrote:

    My Boss? Maybe she will be able to answer the whole of the UKs questions, and not just mine. Although mine would be nice.

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  • 21. At 2:06pm on 07 Dec 2009, DoctorDolots wrote:

    It has to be OBL surely.

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  • 22. At 2:11pm on 07 Dec 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    Vera Duckworth? No but that is the right ball park I would suggest. Genderwise I mean.
    BALL park might not be quite appropriate but Mr Mair - that was clever. The words "the man" the whole Nation wants to hear from? Nice misdirection. Respect! Yes - if it is whom I think it is - she would have had time to get there for a 12.00 noon interview.
    I have said too much already. Quick subject change.
    Anyone else notice the alleged Gloom That is Portuguese is gloomy again? Mr C Ronaldo - admitted to being "only human" this weekend following a dismissal off, for alleged misbehaviour on, a football field. Well it took a time in being admitted to - the only human part but hey!

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  • 23. At 2:14pm on 07 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:


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  • 24. At 2:41pm on 07 Dec 2009, eddiemair wrote:

    There was a clue in the newsletter.

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  • 25. At 2:46pm on 07 Dec 2009, James Davison wrote:

    Is it Mr Squiggle?

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  • 26. At 2:54pm on 07 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Jim Davidson?

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  • 27. At 3:01pm on 07 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    to tweet or not to tweet?

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  • 28. At 3:31pm on 07 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Look, I had to go rooting around in the trash bin on my computer after you said that about a clue. I'd already deleted the newsletter in the interests of tidiness. Some of the things in our trash bin aren't pretty!
    Anyway, the only possible clue I could see is "Faris", which means nothing to me. Or to google, unless you're interviewing a Lebanese singer with a mis-spelt first name?
    Of course, I may have missed something...

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  • 29. At 4:24pm on 07 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    "Interviewing someone at his London home?"

    Or as Anna said 'Faris'

    Clearly very cryptic....

    For those who don't subscribe to Eric's newsletter here it is:-


    An early newsletter today because at the time I would normally be scribbling at you, I will be interviewing someone at his London home. It's the interview everyone will be talking about: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/great_excitement_here_because.shtml

    In the programme tonight - well at this early stage it's a bit tricky to say to be honest. We've been listening to Gordon Brown's speech on cuts (correct) and thinking about super-duper tax. There will probably be something on Copenhagen. We have a report on booze in Australia. But aside from that it seems to be up for grabs.

    What would you like us to talk about? Pm@bbc.co.uk.

    See you on the ice at 5,

    Eric Faris.

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  • 30. At 4:27pm on 07 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    Ln 19, I told Ed that you are really a nice guy.

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  • 31. At 4:28pm on 07 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    annasee 28, Maybe it's Paris Hilton.

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  • 32. At 4:38pm on 07 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Surely not Paris Hilton.

    The Radio 4 listeners would not approve of that.....

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  • 33. At 4:58pm on 07 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Can't be Paris Hilton, unless she's a man. (Or unless Eddie thinks she's a man...) He said "his London home".
    Now see what you've done? I wasn't going to play this game!

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  • 34. At 5:01pm on 07 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Does Paddy O'connell have a London home? Its not an interview its just a trailer for the Christmas BH :-)

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  • 35. At 5:02pm on 07 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Jonnie - do you think there a philosophical term for the fact that now you've placed the newsletter on here, there is, as a result,a link on this thread that links back to, well, this thread?

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  • 36. At 5:06pm on 07 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    annasee 33, Eddie misspelled her.

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  • 37. At 5:07pm on 07 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    As I don't get, and have never seen the newsletter...

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  • 38. At 5:24pm on 07 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    Maybe Conrad Hilton...

    I'll bet it's Al Gore.

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  • 39. At 5:29pm on 07 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    Ferris Bueller? Ferris Wheel?

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  • 40. At 5:34pm on 07 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    Must be Robert Peston.

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  • 41. At 5:37pm on 07 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Oh we were all so dense...When you plainly gave us the answer in the newsletter!

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  • 42. At 5:37pm on 07 Dec 2009, Whisht wrote:

    hmmmmm..... I had thought you were interviewing yourself, which would have been a coup but seemingly not.

    could it be Stephan Faris?

    Never heard of him before but a quick search pulled up his name (as well as the rather lovely Anna Faris which was no hardship)

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  • 43. At 5:44pm on 07 Dec 2009, Chris Jones wrote:

    Upshares downshares.

    Truly awesome; best yet, but one day there'll be better (or as good).

    Keep up the good work.


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  • 44. At 6:12pm on 07 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I don't recall hearing an interview with Gordon Brown ....

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  • 45. At 6:28pm on 07 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    I was in around noon ... but Eddie never arrived.

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  • 46. At 7:29pm on 07 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:


    Who is it guys? Come on? annasee what is the big hint in the newsletter?

    I did think Osama bin Laden but decided he wasn't Christmassy enough.

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  • 47. At 8:44pm on 07 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Oh the answer is there all right, Lady Sue! You just have to think when Eddie mentioned something on the programme tonight in his best cryptic manner. A forthcoming big event to do with the nation's favourite tune.
    But maybe I've said too much already...:-)

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  • 48. At 8:59pm on 07 Dec 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    annasee - oh! go on! Just whisper.....

    jonnie- you are soooo thoughtful! I don't seem able to have the newsletter sent to me. I must try again...
    Thank you, anyhow . ;-)


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  • 49. At 10:11pm on 07 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Haha! I've got it too! Annasee I do think you had a slight advantage in guessing that one, seeing as you have the person's name in print in your very house!

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  • 50. At 11:49pm on 07 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    GM yeah but I didn't have to look it up! I REMEMBERED it! Anyway, he did tell us on PM, at least once in the past...

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  • 51. At 01:04am on 08 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Ah! Yes! - Annasee may be gave the game away.

    very clever and cryptic...

    Now for all you froggers who don't subscribe to Eddie's newsletter...

    As Jimmy Young used to say:- This is what you do!

    Either click on this link :


    or if you don't want to give your email to the beeb - and even better - view all the newsletters whenever you want, just click on the next link!

    David McNickle can also do this!


    I thought, presumed you all knew ;-)

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  • 52. At 01:12am on 08 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:


    Now everyone has had the ability to see a reasonable archive (though not all) of the Newsletters - it's probably clear (with no offence meant to Sequin or Edddie) that they are possibly of secondary importance to the blog - however I always take great delight in reading them, and the signoff - Eric - always puts a grin on my face.

    Mmm! little things

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  • 53. At 01:16am on 08 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Here is an old one I've dug up from the archives that made me chuckle:-

    From: owner-pm@lists.bbc.co.uk [mailto:owner-pm@lists.bbc.co.uk] On Behalf Of PM@dev1.reith.bbc.co.uk
    Sent: 21 April 2006 11:44
    To: pm@lists.bbc.co.uk
    Subject: Friday PM


    We'll be on the air at around four or perhaps four and a half minutes past five tonight. Just to let you know.

    When we do make it to the airwaves we'll be talking about the Queen's birthday, David Cameron in Norway, and BBC funding.

    Nigel Wrench is putting together a lovely piece on Picasso's African influences. We're looking also at Cherie Blair's hair, and football chants.

    By the way, we're thinking of giving over airtime to listeners to send greetings to loved ones, perhaps on special occasions. Just a thought - let me know if you'd be interested.

    See you on the ice,

    Eric Charles.

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  • 54. At 01:20am on 08 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    and finally a classic Newsletter from 11th November 2006 (Windows of YOUR world and the -Water Vole!

    If you would like to respond to this Newsletter, please email the PM team at: pm@bbc.co.uk


    All sorts of problems with the newsletter at the end of last week. I apologise.

    At the moment, our lead story is likely to be the increasingly grim news from Ipswich. The death toll among female sex workers has risen - and another woman is missing. Police are very concerned for her safety.

    We also have our eye on events in Iran, where a conference is taking place discussing the existence and extent of the Holocaust. Reuters reports: "Dozens of Iranian students burned pictures of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and threw firecrackers in an effort to disrupt his speech at a university on Monday, a presidential office spokesman said. It was first time the president, elected in a landslide in June 2005, had faced such open hostility at a public event. But the spokesman said Ahmadinejad was not deterred and completed his address."

    We're hoping to hear from Gerry Adams, who's received another warning from police that his life is under threat from dissident republicans. And Colin Blane will report on the protest in Edinburgh by campaigners and victims of the collapsed Christmas saving and hamper scheme Farepak.

    And when DID you last see a water vole?

    See you on the ice at 5. And check the blog, please, for more Window On Your World pictures (they're detailed down the right hand side).

    Eric Tinsel.

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  • 55. At 08:00am on 08 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Nope. Sorry, I haven't a clue, though I did hear the quip about it being associated with the 'Upshares' theme and Eddie uses the phrase "scribbling at you", so I'm thinking a writer? Perhaps a writer of things financial?

    I'm no good at cryptic crosswords either! Help!

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  • 56. At 08:26am on 08 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Jonnie I do hope you were awake in time for breakfast this morning? 1.20am??

    Lady Sue you almost have it. Try combining your words 19 & 20 from your last post with the discussion around comments 28 & 29..

    Annasee your memory is significantly better than mine!!

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  • 57. At 08:36am on 08 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    GM, I just popped back because I got all excited, thinking I had it and now I'm more confused than ever! ;o)

    I did think the clue was (and the resultant person I mentally 'bingoed') "his London home"... am I getting warmer? (I hope so, it's freezing over here and my fingers are seizing up!).

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  • 58. At 08:37am on 08 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Words 19 & 20 being "upshares theme"?

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  • 59. At 08:49am on 08 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Lady Sue. You are getting warmer! (metaphorically if not in RL...) Keep going!

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  • 60. At 08:52am on 08 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    annasee - you're a smart Alec!

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  • 61. At 09:03am on 08 Dec 2009, Whisht wrote:

    ah - so that's what's going on!!

    erm, Lady Sue, I suggest a quick perusal of a well know collaboratively produced encyclopedic site (with a name based on the Hawaiian for "fast") searching for that well loved programme that was from the 70's...

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  • 62. At 09:43am on 08 Dec 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    How's about Alexander Faris? He's originally from Norn Iron, you know.

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  • 63. At 10:13am on 08 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Preston - you are far too straightforward! Lady Sue would have been happily occupied most of the day figuring that out. What did you have to come right out & say it for? What's she supposed to do now for the rest of the morning? File her nails (again)? ;-)

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  • 64. At 10:39am on 08 Dec 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    Annasee, but think of the research that she can do! The man was born in Caledon, which I'm sure Lady Sue will know. She'll have his whole ancestry and background sorted out for us by the time of the interview airing.

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  • 65. At 10:43am on 08 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    I would have spent the whole of next year figuring out who he is ... even after the interview.

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  • 66. At 10:49am on 08 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Composer of Upstairs, eh?

    Eddie, I think you might come unstuck under the Trades Description Act.

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  • 67. At 3:36pm on 08 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Preston, thank you so much for that! I had to look up Caledon, as I was unfamiliar with it though it isn't too far from here. I was slightly alarmed to read the entry about it on wiki which says:

    "The residents have a well-known rivalry with near-by village Killylea, mostly friendly, this has resulted in several murders and attempted murders."

    Thank goodness it's a 'friendly rivalry'.

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  • 68. At 6:08pm on 08 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Sounds fascinating, Lady Sue.

    When I googled Faris (yesterday, after reading the newsletter) he didn't appear. I still question whether, as Eddie implies, 'the world awaits', but it will certainly be interesting to hear what he thinks about the many many versions that now exist of his theme music.

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  • 69. At 6:30pm on 08 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:


    He didn't appear with my googling, either Big Sis. I was most impressed with annasee, Preston, GM and others who 'got it' immediately. I was thinking an interview with Your Man at No. 10, or Your Other Man at No. 11.

    That reminds me of a pre-election campaign here some decade ago (or more) where the slogan for both political leaders was a picture of them with the caption underneath, 'Your Man'.

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  • 70. At 7:44pm on 08 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Lady Sue - maybe we have the advantage of knowing, from past experience, that whenever Eddie does a big "this is going to be so exciting" build-up, you need to set your sights, well, a little lower and more local than his publicity suggests. So, you don't expect G Brown, for example. Not that I'm suggesting hearing Mr Faris won't be lovely and very interesting, but he's not quite global, is he? (At least, not till after the interview has aired, anyway...)

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  • 71. At 7:50pm on 08 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:


    annasee, thank you. I will adjust my sights accordingly. I'm sure Mr. Faris will be a most interesting interviewee - I anticipate he's chuffed to bits about the ingenuity, creativity and wit with which his theme tune has been treated. Which reminds me - it would be rather lovely to hear your version again AND did anyone guess your very clever manipulation (I'm quite sure that's not the right word, forgive me) of the tune and what was hidden in it?

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  • 72. At 9:46pm on 08 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Thank you Lady Sue. I'm very glad you asked that question! Not that we are the teeniest bit jealous of those other performers who got their versions played for what seemed like hours because as you know I'm not one to moan ;-)

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  • 73. At 10:23pm on 08 Dec 2009, Jesus Pastor wrote:

    is it me?

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  • 74. At 06:36am on 09 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Is what you?

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