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Eddie Mair | 10:22 UK time, Wednesday, 3 February 2010

sandy6.jpg It was Roger Clasper who started it, with this email, read on the programme last night:

"Following the sucess of "up shares down shares", as we muddle on towards the general election, how about "up chairs down chairs" referring to seats won & lost? Unlike other listeners I miss the theme of the day, and would certainly add to the entertainment value of the forthcoming shenanigans in May!"

My threat to take away his radio did not deter others...

Geoff Grandy wrote: "how about: Upmares, Downmares: Dodgey horse traders.
UpMairs, DownMairs: A traumatic day in the life of Eddy.

Upwears, Downwears : Under-clothing manufacturer.

Uptears, Downtears; Versatile tailering shop.

...... Well you started it!!!"

And we got this: "Following the sad demise of "Upshares", and then yesterday's waggish suggestion for its replacement, I should like to propose another alternative.

Given their frequently rising and falling public stock, and their uncanny ability to be world leaders of peace one minute and war the next not to mention occasional followers of cultish lifestyle gurus), how about a new PM feature called, "UpBlairs/DownBlairs"?

Best wishes,

Simon Mercer."

And then there was this:

"I've got it. This is going to be great!

In the run-up to the election (thereby quantifying its shelf-life) PM should run a feature
monitoring the ebb and flow of voter confidence in the major parties, and how that would
translate into seats through FPTP and other voting systems. Peter Snow would be the
natural choice of presenter for the feature, but anyone similarly excitable about stats and
graphs could be employed. Nils, for example.

So, you call the feature POLLDORK, and people can send in innovative versions of the
theme from Poldark to introduce it. Just a bit of fun!

Chris, Ipswich"


  • 1. At 10:40am on 03 Feb 2010, Fifi wrote:

    * dives back under duvet in despair *


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  • 2. At 10:42am on 03 Feb 2010, Sindy wrote:

    Hi Fifi - budge up a bit, there's not going to be much room under here soon ...

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  • 3. At 11:05am on 03 Feb 2010, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Up your and up theres!

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  • 4. At 11:29am on 03 Feb 2010, Allan Lewis wrote:

    Surely Tim Harford would be the man to do the election maths...

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  • 5. At 11:35am on 03 Feb 2010, gossipmistress wrote:

    Can anyone remember how the Poldark theme goes?

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  • 6. At 12:03pm on 03 Feb 2010, Sindy wrote:

    Try this gossipmistress. Right down at the bottom.

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  • 7. At 12:32pm on 03 Feb 2010, vagueofgodalming wrote:

    I think that's an excellent idea because, of course, it would mean that all election-related news would be relegated to an easily-missed five minute slot signalled by a recognisable theme tune. Wouldn't it?

    Sigh. I feared not.

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  • 8. At 12:34pm on 03 Feb 2010, vagueofgodalming wrote:

    OK, why do the PM comments discriminate against those of us who type properly: that is, type two blanks after a full stop?

    Two blanks follow this sentence. One blank follows this sentence. PM is contributing to a rising tide of illiteracy and sloppy practice.

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  • 9. At 12:53pm on 03 Feb 2010, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:


    In this case, it's a general html effect to ignore spaces, and the blog software rejects attempts to insert "non-breaking space" characters, the usual means of inserting extra spaces....([ampersand]nbsp[semicolon])...so we are left with ellipsis...


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  • 10. At 1:28pm on 03 Feb 2010, mittfh wrote:


    UpMares, DownMares.

    Surely that would be an objective analysis of the quality of that day's Today racing tips?

    One radio station somewhere (IIRC the independent alternative to 3) had a novel approach to racing tips. They would start the year with a virtual kitty of £100, and put a virtual £1 bet on their horses. Any virutal winnings would go back into the kitty. At the end of the year, see how much money (if any!) is left in the kitty...

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  • 11. At 2:00pm on 03 Feb 2010, janie wrote:

    What about 'The Lack of Foresight Saga'?

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  • 12. At 2:13pm on 03 Feb 2010, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    VOG (8)

    Re; the lack of spaces between full stops. It might be an equality issue. You know what the BBC can be like. My employer removed 2 bank holiday spaces from my contract...called it an equality implementation package...there yer are. However if its any consolation it dosen't seem to mind how many........................................................................................................full stops you put between words.

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  • 13. At 2:39pm on 03 Feb 2010, annasee wrote:

    GM - I'm sorry to say that I have even got the sheet music for the theme from Poldark - so our next recording session could be only days away! Sadly, I think it was a rather banal piece of music, (having been watching the whole series on dvd recently) and the background music was terrible. Not at all a catchy theme tune like Upstairs Downstairs.
    I think this idea might be dead in the water. Luckily.

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  • 14. At 05:09am on 04 May 2010, Angela Dani wrote:

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  • 15. At 3:58pm on 10 Dec 2010, U14717710 wrote:

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