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The One Show Team | 18:08 UK time, Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Caroline Quentin joined Adrian and Christine in the studio.

The trial in Dubai of Ayman Najafi and Charlotte Adams for kissing in public has reminded us that what's acceptable in one culture might be very bad form, or even illegal in another. Matt Allwright told us more.

Lucy Siegle reported on a building society which promised its customers it would keep its rates low... click here for info about the Skipton mortgage rate increase.

Mike Dilger looked at some of the important projects your generous Sport Relief donations are supporting. Find out how to donate.

And this month the British Army introduces a new style of camouflage for the first time in 70 years. Phil Tufnell looked (closely) at camouflage's history.

You may also like: The invisible man: Liu Bolin's camouflage artwork (external website).

What did you think of tonight's show? Add your comment.


  • 1. At 7:00pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

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

  • 2. At 7:07pm on 17 Mar 2010, sxg123 wrote:

    If UK travellers fail to acquaint thmselves with local rules and customs, no matter how bizarre they may seem to us, they deserve all they get.

    With reference to the 'planespotters, it is illegal to use (not buy) a scanner in the UK so why would they think it would be acceptable in another jurisdiction?

    Thee is an underlying arrogance among UK travellers that leads to these issues. And when they do get into trouble, they naively expect the UK government to bail them out.

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  • 3. At 7:08pm on 17 Mar 2010, sxg123 wrote:

    Re #2 sorry for couple of typos.

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  • 4. At 7:09pm on 17 Mar 2010, tyroneshoelaces wrote:

    Not often I'd say something like this, but I will; Christine you look lovely in that feminine dress. Nice change!

    On cultural differences and given the amount of information available to us all, it amazes me the ignorance of some of my fellow countrypeople when travelling abroad.

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  • 5. At 7:09pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

    UK government couldn't run a bath

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  • 6. At 7:12pm on 17 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    #5 bwoods30

    Well,they really are a shower. Boom, Boom.

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  • 7. At 7:15pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:


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  • 8. At 7:17pm on 17 Mar 2010, claire wrote:

    Christine, I have to know where that GORGEOUS belt came from? You look lovely tonight and I love that belt!! Please tell!!

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  • 9. At 7:20pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

    I think the new theme tune to TOS should be The Smiths "Heaven knows I'm miserable now"

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  • 10. At 7:21pm on 17 Mar 2010, sxg123 wrote:

    I think Mike Dilger should make clear that not all of every pound donated goes to the good causes, Sport Relief in this case. A fair slice goes in administration, I understand.

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  • 11. At 7:21pm on 17 Mar 2010, Steffan wrote:

    It's St Patrick's Day!!! Where is Christine's shamrock. Tut tut.

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  • 12. At 7:22pm on 17 Mar 2010, Steve Murphy wrote:

    If you think the SKIPTON is expensive, look at the CHELSEA BUILDING SOCIETY. The standard rate I have to pay is 5.79%. Scandalous?

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  • 13. At 7:22pm on 17 Mar 2010, vince wrote:

    i have to say i think its terrible the attitude taken on the show this evening to the report about the couple arrested for kissing in dubai.
    christines attitude was disgraceful oh dear she was heard to say when told the possible consequences of conviction but she should have been saying we should respect other countries rules and regulations weather we agree with them or not and when people go abroad they should do a little research instead of just presuming they can go off and do whatever they want.
    it works both ways i dont think christine and her irish countryman/women would be very happy if tourists came over and didnt respect their rules. vince, east sussex

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  • 14. At 7:22pm on 17 Mar 2010, crazylamp wrote:

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  • 15. At 7:25pm on 17 Mar 2010, Paul wrote:

    I respect that countries have their own rules and regulations however why when we get Muslims visiting this country they are allowed to cover their face as they would in their home country yet we associate ppl who cover their face as hiding their identity.

    Also if we ask ppl from Muslim countries to uncover their face we as British as then accuse as being racist.
    It's just unfair.

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  • 16. At 7:25pm on 17 Mar 2010, shufflewick wrote:

    So Adrian will be shaving his beard off for charity? I for one would pay him to KEEP IT ON.....far preferable in my opinion.

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  • 17. At 7:30pm on 17 Mar 2010, HOWIE BOLT wrote:

    Carolin Quentin is brill ,but we will not be watching the "comedy" at 7.30, because of the "Canned Laughter".It,s always on the BBC "comedy" progs of late and is "So" anoying, sorry BBC,We Still Love You.

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  • 18. At 7:30pm on 17 Mar 2010, elaine cox wrote:

    Dont do it Adrian!! I'll give you a tenner to keep it on!!!!

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  • 19. At 7:31pm on 17 Mar 2010, Orsino1 wrote:

    Re camoflage - not such a new idea - remember, Shakespeare writing in 1606 (approx!) had Malcolm and Macduff to use ranches from Birnam wood to disguise themselves as they advanced on Macbeth at Dunsinane :-)

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  • 20. At 7:33pm on 17 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    Thankfully the beard is going, but when did having a shave become a sporting activity?

    If someone tells my old man about this he will count shaving as part of his daily exercise.

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  • 21. At 7:35pm on 17 Mar 2010, Strictlydancefan wrote:

    Ref sport relief info. I think it was post 58 yesterday that hi lighted all the money spent on football being hosted in the country. This really made me stop and think and wonder if I should have made the donation I made last week. (I am a full time carer on a limited budget)

    Then I thought about all the homeless in this country and the money spent on hosting the olympics. I think every country should really look at the money thay are spending on things that are really not needed.

    If I had seen the comment hi lighting the football before I made my donation would I have still given? ... I was impressed with what Christine did and gave of her self and that is why I donated. I really don't know if I would have given had I thought about the money spent to host football..

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  • 22. At 7:35pm on 17 Mar 2010, staffybull wrote:

    wow you keep on expecting us to put our hands in our pockets for our hard earned cash .And all your going to do is shave that beard off !! maybe put your hands in pockets to !!.Rather than sending tom dick and harry out to see where "small amount" finally ends up ,makes me sick ,in this climate where do you expect us to find all this cash ???

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  • 23. At 7:38pm on 17 Mar 2010, Orsino1 wrote:

    Re my message #19 - sorry typos in my msg too! I meant Branches from Birnam wood, not ranches!

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  • 24. At 7:39pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

    I see the the BBC are not happy with their studio in south Africa so are spending £1 million pounds of our money building a new studio.

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  • 25. At 7:39pm on 17 Mar 2010, marley53 wrote:

    I think Christine's achievement was amazing but having watched Mike Dilger's report tonight, although he was again saying every penny counts, we still have no idea what anyone intends doing for those poor people.
    We've been told they've already been offered money to leave but there's nowhere for them to go so is the sport money going to build them new flats/homes? Can it find and buy land for new homes? What is going to happen for them?

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  • 26. At 7:42pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

    charity starts at home, look at live aid most of it went to arm the troops allegedly

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  • 27. At 7:42pm on 17 Mar 2010, dutchblog wrote:

    Rule Britannia = Brits abroad…………………….

    In regards to the disturbing reportage on South Africa bear in mind that Johannesburg is far from the worse in terms of African cities.

    For those interested in camouflage I add my own photo below :-

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  • 28. At 7:47pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

    this is not an exam its a blog no need to worry about errors in spelling grammar etc!!!!

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  • 29. At 7:51pm on 17 Mar 2010, sxg123 wrote:


    There's nothing wrong with endeavouring to get things right and knowing when they're not, even in a blog.

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  • 30. At 7:52pm on 17 Mar 2010, sxg123 wrote:



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  • 31. At 7:53pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

    ok teacher you cabbage

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  • 32. At 7:54pm on 17 Mar 2010, dutchblog wrote:

    #20 glad you got all the spelling right!

    AC = hats off, not only recently donning a wonderful WW shirt you will have a close shave congratulations! Don’t forget to get up a bit earlier again each day for the ablutions.

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  • 33. At 7:55pm on 17 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    #27 dutchblog

    Sorry, but I can see you. Bottom left hand corner. Good try.

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  • 34. At 7:55pm on 17 Mar 2010, sxg123 wrote:


    Cabbage? Is that a typo?

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  • 35. At 7:57pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

    the English are the most annoying people on earth

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  • 36. At 7:59pm on 17 Mar 2010, dutchblog wrote:

    # 33Daneland = yes, I was facing away from camera!

    # 35bwoods30 = without any doubt you are English – yes?

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  • 37. At 8:03pm on 17 Mar 2010, sxg123 wrote:

    #15 Paul

    The difference is that it's not illegal to cover your face in the UK. It is illegal to kiss in public in Dubai. I don't see where fairness comes in.

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  • 38. At 8:03pm on 17 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    #36 dutchblog

    Wearing 'off white' cricket whites was a bit of a give away, you didn't quite pull off blending into the background, next time use some Vanish.

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  • 39. At 8:05pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

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

  • 40. At 8:06pm on 17 Mar 2010, dutchblog wrote:

    O’K . It was correction fluid, sorry! Maybe vanish is a preferance

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  • 41. At 8:08pm on 17 Mar 2010, dutchblog wrote:

    # 39 - no safe answer to this

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  • 42. At 8:09pm on 17 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    #39 bwoods.

    We all like a bit of fun and banter but let's keep it friendly.

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  • 43. At 8:09pm on 17 Mar 2010, sxg123 wrote:

    #41 dutchblog

    Are you looking for suggestions?

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  • 44. At 8:10pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

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  • 45. At 8:13pm on 17 Mar 2010, dutchblog wrote:

    # 43 sxg123 what have you in mind?

    # 44 woods – pretty obvious

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  • 46. At 8:16pm on 17 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    41 & 43

    We all know what we are thinking, and a large zip is keeping my usual big gob shut.

    On a lighter note, I thought Caroline Quenten was fun and was given time to speak and take part in the show without being left on the sidelines.

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  • 47. At 8:16pm on 17 Mar 2010, sxg123 wrote:

    #45 dutchblog

    Not one that will escape moderation.

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  • 48. At 8:17pm on 17 Mar 2010, tyroneshoelaces wrote:

    #15 Paul

    We are expected to do "in Rome what the Romans do" , problem is that when people come to this country they expect to maintain their cultural differnces here and are quite often allowed to. And they wonder why so many English feel they are losing their identity.

    sxg123; It is not always legal or acceptable in the UK to cover or hide your face/ identity.

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  • 49. At 8:18pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

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

  • 50. At 8:21pm on 17 Mar 2010, sxg123 wrote:

    #48 tyroneshoelaces

    I was referring to normal day-to-day life. Presumably you're referring to banks, petrol stations, airports etc.

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  • 51. At 8:22pm on 17 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    Next time I am shopping in downtown Aarhus, Denmark, I will take particular notice of anyone who appears to be wearing a 'mask' as I think it was described by Matt.

    Just as well there isn't a Disney store or they would have a big problem with the Mickey Mouse masks.

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  • 52. At 8:28pm on 17 Mar 2010, tyroneshoelaces wrote:

    #50 sxg123

    Yes. But from a normal everyday point of view, face coverings may not be illegal per se, but never in our history have women(specifically) been expected to cover their faces.

    The fact that women are expected to do so and not men, says it all for me.

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  • 53. At 8:34pm on 17 Mar 2010, bwoods30 wrote:

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  • 54. At 8:35pm on 17 Mar 2010, dutchblog wrote:

    # 49 bwoods30 - not worthy of any further comment.

    # 46 Daneland at last a comment about Caroline Quentin
    good guest.

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  • 55. At 8:41pm on 17 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    #54, dutch

    Not keen on sitcoms with children in it. Sorry if I offend anyone with children, but they don't do itfor me.

    I would like to see her back with Martin Clunes in a sequel(if that is the right term) to MenBB, possibly both divorced and meeting up again later in life. Lots of potential there I think.

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  • 56. At 8:43pm on 17 Mar 2010, tyroneshoelaces wrote:

    Marley 53 & Strictlydancefan 21

    You may complain about us spending money on the Olympics but what about S.Africa - shouldn't they be spending cash for \football on a better infrastructure for their people?

    I for one would not want to spend a few days spending good cash, in an extremely dangerous country, knowing that little would go to its people.

    By the way, most of the money for The World cup has come from Europe. What a pointless waste.

    Caroline Quentin was good, very good.

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  • 57. At 8:50pm on 17 Mar 2010, flunklumpard wrote:

    Was anyone as intrigued as me when they showed the amount CB's effort had raised for the poor. Nearly 3/4's of Adrian's annual salary. Strange world!

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  • 58. At 8:59pm on 17 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    #57 flunklumpard

    Ahhaam, remarkable isn't it. The World has gone completely mad!

    TV Zedlebrity and football, who wouldn't want a job in either field these days.

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  • 59. At 9:00pm on 17 Mar 2010, dutchblog wrote:

    # 55, Daneland – quite agree, yet to see a decent sitcom. Perhaps we have to await the {BBC} televised version of: Stieg Larsson

    # 56 tyroneshoelaces – problem here is that ZA claim to be busy with the infrastructure with many rands spent for the………………… World cup!

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  • 60. At 9:11pm on 17 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    Time ticks on the old man is watching a bunch of over paid guys who like playing at home 'and away' ha ha, kicking a ball around a bit of turf.

    Nice chatting, was a good night on TOS and on the blog.

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  • 61. At 9:16pm on 17 Mar 2010, dutchblog wrote:

    60Daneland – who is the old man………….. better than golf and “playing around”!


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  • 62. At 9:20pm on 17 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    #61, dutchblog

    The guy I find wondering around my house most days, he used to go out in the mornings and return in the evening. Then I noticed he stopped doing it. I usually refer to him as 'him indoors' now. lol.


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  • 63. At 05:44am on 18 Mar 2010, callyfragilistic wrote:

    I was moved to see the plight of the dignified individuals in Mike Dilger's report. Dignity apparent even under their tragic circumstances. All the chap in the wheelchair wanted was a home for him and his girlfriend. All the lad wanted was somewhere safe to play. Basic human rights. I was staggered to learn that a third of SA's population live without proper shelter. One in three! With the forthcoming World Cup I'm sure we will witness signs by the touchline declaring 3 : 16. Perhaps there should also be signs and T-shirts with 1 : 3.

    The Brits abroad thing made me wince. Is this embarrassing spectacle our main national export? Oh no, there's the other one. I reckon they should just let our ambassadors Wayne, Duane and Shane simply stagger off the plane on arrival, lead them straight through the terminal and onto the awaiting bus. Following a quick, scenic round trip of the carpark it's back to the terminal. Then as they're led through the departure lounge for their connecting flight, it's a full strip, sprayed lobster pink top to toe, redressed with sombrero slapped on head, wee purply stuffed donkey called Pedro wedged under the arm and each given a wad of torn fag packet tops with fictitious names and telephone numbers to impress the mates back down the pub. Nigel's tel. no. might prove a bit tricky to explain mind. Then it's all aboard Sunny Airtours back to dear old Blighty. Staggering off from the rear exit with a tirade about the weather, dodgy foreign food and a diatribe about too many foreigners not speaking the Queen's lingo, it's off to sit in the pub to wait for their new found purple friends to get the rounds in. Huh! Typical foreigners! Fink I'll phone one of me harem. Oo's Nigel?!

    Well done Chipper Chiles for sticking your neck out. What with the sporting theme and the looming World Cup I reckon if you're going to have a shave - have 'a shave' my son. What with the potential prospects of an England v Brazil final, here is the time. Here is the opportunity. You've go to go for it. It's all or nothing! For the country. Seize the moment. Seize the razor, or rather let Christine seize the razor -Beat the Brazilians at their own game - only make it sharp. It might be a close cut thing -but Carpe Diem! Clinch the Kudos and clench the glory. Think stripes.

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  • 64. At 06:56am on 18 Mar 2010, watchingone wrote:

    Adrian is a brave soul, letting Christine near him with a razor, mind you the one she had looked like a safety razor rather than a cutthroat..

    On a slightly unrelated theme, has anyone else read the note on the site about the website changing? Presumably this is to do with the cutbacks announced recently by the DG. But it does say the blog will no longer be updated. Does this mean the nightly feedback blogs will cease to be, or have I misunderstood? Could a moderator confirm please?

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  • 65. At 09:08am on 18 Mar 2010, sebe261 wrote:

    I watched your Sports Relief extract on Johannesburg last night (17/03/10), yes all very sad but why not tell the whole story not just the emotive bits. As an African originally from Durban, I spent a lot of time in Johannesburg. The area you filmed was a vibrant part of the city, the buildings were maintained, it was clean and tidy and yes there was crime, petty crime not violent crime as we see it now.

    The mid 90’s saw the fall of apartheid and unfortunately law and order as well. Black criminal gangs moved into the inner city, businesses, shoppers and local residents looked for safer alternatives, these were places like Santon City. Downtown Johannesburg closed down, leaving a void for black criminal gangs to roam at will.

    Buildings were broken into and stripped of anything of value that could be sold. Landlords now receiving no rents could not afford to service their obligations to the banks, lost their investment. Criminal gangs then “rented” out the space exploiting the homeless. The ANC dominated council no longer receiving business rates and taxes, nor being paid for the water and light, have cut all services. That is the reason these people live in squalor. The local authorities have allowed it. We Africans are exploiting each other.

    As an African I despair as the corruption and misery we Africans inflict on one another. I encourage people to donate to Sports Relief but the truth and cause of the suffering must also be told. The authorities must be forced into action.

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  • 66. At 12:46pm on 18 Mar 2010, GAZ Gaskell wrote:

    In PHIL TUFNELL's article on CAMOUFLAGE, I was a little disappointed that there was no admission that Germany's [Third Reich] Waffen-SS were the first to introduce actual camouflage uniforms (as well as tent & shelter material) with their distinctive mottled patterns as far back as 1936 and even patented these - presciently as it turned out. The regular army [Wehrmacht] ridiculed them but eventually followed suit (!) but settling for a "splinter" pattern.

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  • 67. At 2:06pm on 18 Mar 2010, callyfragilistic wrote:

    Re Sebe261 # 65. Thanks for the info. Well worthh trying to get an
    quick connecting link on tonight's blog to your comments above as early as you can.

    Watchingone @ 64. I was wondering the same. Hello Mr/s Moderator can you tell us what will become of us. It would be a shame to lose the blog as it does give pretty pronto feedback and allows us licence payers to see what others think. Still think a hike of 3 per cent to £145.50 is a bit much if the services are to be cut. Come on, we're better edutainment than alot/most/all (bloggers delete accordingly - there you go TOS democracy) exorbitant smugmugs currently hogging the BBc airwaves. To be continued . .

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  • 68. At 3:12pm on 18 Mar 2010, flunklumpard wrote:

    64 &67

    You never know, the changes may have more to do with the new producer coming along. Remember that the whole thing is going to change with the Friday night edition and that any alterations may also relate to that.

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  • 69. At 4:24pm on 18 Mar 2010, sky_viewer wrote:

    Re 55 & 59: try Outnumbered (along with The Inbetweeners, the funniest sitcom in years). C Quentin's My Family is a bit like Outnumbered except with all the humour removed.

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  • 70. At 4:38pm on 18 Mar 2010, sky_viewer wrote:

    Have just read the notice on the home page re the changing face of the site from 25 March following post 64: so the blog will 'no longer be updated' - does this indeed mean it will be discontinued? Can't say I'm intrigued by a focus on video highlights of the show; and submission of items for inclusion in the show can be done via email.

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  • 71. At 6:13pm on 18 Mar 2010, Ryan - One Show team wrote:

    Hi Sky, Cally and Watching,

    there's more info about the changes to the blog here:


    Thanks for visiting The One Show website.

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  • 72. At 6:27pm on 18 Mar 2010, Holdfast55 wrote:

    A little surprised at Phil Tufnell's assertion that camouflage work in the British Army started in WW II in UK. The Royal Engineers Museum webpage shows:

    Royal Engineers camouflage units were first formed during the First World War (1914-1918), for the purpose of disguising any object used in war.
    Significant dates and events
    1916 - (Mar) Special Works Park established to provide camouflage and deception support (Artists employed included Solomon J Solomon and Wallis Mills (Punch)).
    1916 - (Summer) Camouflage experimental school established in Hyde Park, London.
    1917 - Demand for camouflage leads to the formation of a camouflage factory for each Army.
    1919 - Camouflage unit disbanded although a small section was maintained under the Royal Engineers Board until 1923.
    1940 - Camouflage factory established in Rouen, France

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  • 73. At 6:46pm on 18 Mar 2010, Daneland wrote:

    # 71 Quote from the above link

    This also means that viewers will no longer be able to add their comments to The One Show blog from Thursday March 25th. Although previous blog posts and comments will still be available to view as part of the archive.

    It looks like we will no longer be able to post views or opinions about TOS on this blog! Posting our views to Points of View will be an utter waste of time.

    Oh well folks, looks like we have to say our good byes soon.

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  • 74. At 7:22pm on 18 Mar 2010, Buddy wrote:

    This is a strange item to post - but i really want to know where Christine's dress is from that she wore on the Caroline Quentin show. I really want to buy it - can anyone help????

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  • 75. At 6:01pm on 19 Mar 2010, Len West wrote:

    #75 ..Alexander Wang.. she won't wear anything else.. but you'll have to be on a Premier footballer's wages. (probably one from Chelsea)

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  • 76. At 12:51pm on 23 Mar 2010, Len West wrote:

    R.I.P. .. TOS BLOG

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