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Eddie Mair | 12:47 UK time, Wednesday, 27 September 2006

For the first time, we're going to try a competition on the blog. As newsletter subscribers already know, a copy of Pervez Musharraf's memoir has arrived on my desk. If you'd like to win it, (the book, not the desk), simply tell us who your FAVOURITE Pervez is, and why. Post your entry on the blog, along with an indication of whether you'd like the book to be signed. It won't be signed by Mr Musharraf, but we could perhaps get Lissa to scribble on it, or I could do it myself.

Anyway, do your best. The future is yours etc.


  1. At 01:05 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Phil Dawson wrote:

    My favourite Pervez is Ali Pervez (www.umarketu.com) mainly because he has a winning smile.

    Could I have my copy signed by someone on the fifth floor.

  2. At 01:09 PM on 27 Sep 2006, coco wrote:

    My favourite Pervez is the LA cop who was discovered carrying out his hobby as a Peeping Tom outside a friend's house. He lived a few streets away and had been doing this for weeks before he was caught peering through her bedroom window and depositing DNA. Gross gross gross.

    .........oh.......you didn't mean perve! Oh well. Brain in the gutter as usual. Signatures from you and the team would just make my day!

  3. At 01:13 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Philip Rice wrote:

    My favourite Pervez is Pervez Hoodbhoy, a professor of physics at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, because (a) boys with hoods generally get a bad press & (b) he wrote after 9/11 "If the world is to be spared what future historians might call the "century of terror," we will have to chart a course between US imperial arrogance and Islamic religious fanaticism. Through these waters, we must steer by a distant star toward a democratic, humanistic and secular future. Otherwise, shipwreck is certain." I think that was just before the first ship hit the rocks.

    I'd obviously like the book to be autographed by Eric Muir or Eddie.

  4. At 01:13 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Roger the Pedant wrote:

    My favourite Pervez has to be Ahmad Pervez. Who could forget his seminal work:

    'The influence of age on reproductive performance of the predatory ladybird beetle, Propylea dissecta'

    (Pervez, A, Omkar and Richmond, AS. 2004. The influence of age on reproductive performance of the predatory ladybird beetle, Propylea dissecta. 8pp. Journal of Insect Science, 4:22, Available online: insectscience.org/4.22)

    Beats old Musharraf into a cocked hat, that's what I say...

  5. At 01:15 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Royston Smith wrote:

    I would love a signed copy.

  6. At 01:16 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Katherine wrote:

    Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is definitely my favourite (starting from now)

    As a physicist myself, having someone writing on "Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality" is always welcome. He has done significant work to popularise Physics in his homeland of Pakistan, again, somsthing that is necessary and should be praised.

    He should be recognised, both for this and his work on women's rights.

    OK, so I only found out about him from your competition, and I am not sure that this is really what you were looking for, but I would like to assure you that Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is definitely my favourite Pervez - I am now off to hunt down his book to add to my new collection of "books by people called Pervez", which I hope you will be adding to!



  7. At 01:17 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Andy wrote:

    My favorite Purvez is Libby. Named after a damn in Montana I believe.

  8. At 01:17 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Roger the Pedant wrote:

    Oh yes, nearly forgot... well actually I did forget - I'd like mine signed by Rupert, which means I should receive the same copy twice, or two days after I've read it. Or something.

  9. At 01:17 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Peter Scott wrote:

    Pervez Hoodbhoy. If he's not a man down with his posse, I don't know who is, ya dig? Respect.

    Signed by Wogan would be wicked.

  10. At 01:22 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Phil wrote:

    Why sign it when you can just leave a coffee ring on it?

    Or four coffee rings on it bcause...
    Hang on a mo, I think channel four already did that one.

  11. At 01:24 PM on 27 Sep 2006, andycraComp wrote:

    Pervez Aloysius - discoverer of treacle mines in Lancing, Sussex. b 1829 d 1901. The mines collapased soon after the discovery and no-one believed his story. He lived a quiet life in Melbourne, Derbyshire after that, and refused to speak about the mines until, on his deathbed, he gave his son, Bob, a map. Bob Aloysius didn't believe him either and used the map as bedding for his chickens.

    Please can Lissa sign my book?

  12. At 01:24 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Royston Smith wrote:

    Ooops, forgot my favorite Pervez,


    For a completely useless website!!!

  13. At 01:25 PM on 27 Sep 2006, giantrat wrote:

    I don't particularly have a favourite Pervez, I much prefer a mature Stilton or crumbly Cheshire.

    However if you are pushing me, and I feel that you are then I would plump for Ali Pervez - his book regarding empowering people on how to effectively use the tools of marketing to improve their life will be a great asset, especially signed by yourself Eddie.

    By the way, did you know he also has a car rental business in Burton on Trent that specialises in German vehicles www.pervez.co.uk .

  14. At 01:29 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Del Hintze wrote:

    My favourite Pervez is Naseem, whose website (naseem.4t.com) includes nice photos of cities in France and Spain. What's more, he has probably never been threatened with virtual extinction by a National Leader.

  15. At 01:34 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Stewart wrote:

    Cherie Blair could sign it, it would go well with the Hutton Report.

  16. At 01:34 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Ian Robinson wrote:

    Peter Pervez of TV's Blue Peter and Kick-Start fame. He also appeared in an early Dr Who where he was strangled. Wrote many impressive Blue Peter Annuals.
    Good friend of John Noakez

  17. At 01:35 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Paul Carter wrote:

    My favourite Pervez is the cricketer Pervez Mir. A player in the mid seventies, his was a career of spectacular non achievement.

    A middle-order batsman and fast-medium opening, he was picked as an allrounder in the 1975 World Cup squad where he played in Pakistan's first two matches. He was recalled for one match against England during their 1977-78 tour. But that was it!

    In England he had successful careers on the County circuit - in 1975 he joined Derbyshire, playing one match, and in 1979 was on the books at Glamorgan where, again, he played once.

    Without a doubt my favourite Pervez.

  18. At 01:37 PM on 27 Sep 2006, whisht wrote:

    erm.... anyone spot a theme here?

    I mean - Eddie's obsession with names

    Giggling at funny-sounding foreign names (this is the second time Eddie)

    Giggling at funny-sounding non-foreign names (a blog or two ago)

    Constnatly obscuring himself behind "Eric Muir" et al in the Newsletter...

    I could go on but its surely a cry for help!

    Eddie, did the big boys call you names at school? Do they still?

    hmm, on second thoughts... this is a bit rich coming from someone hiding behind a made-up-word username....
    [sound of breaking glass and thud of rock on ground...]

  19. At 01:39 PM on 27 Sep 2006, big sister wrote:

    I'd like to nominate someone who may well be a distant relative of Eddie's*. Myt other reasons for nominating? - Not only does he have excellent form on the pitch, but he has such a broad range of experience, both in these Isles and elsewhere, that I think he deserves the accolade.

    My nomination:

    Pervez Jamil Mir, who played cricket for Pakistan as well as Derbyshire, Glamorgan, and Norfolk

    *In Pakistan, they choose to drop the 'a'.

  20. At 01:43 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Ian wrote:

    My favourite's a taxi company in Burton on Trent



  21. At 01:43 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    I have to go with Peter Pervez, not to mention Petra.

    And, of course John Noakes, Shep and Lesley Judd.

    My childhood would not have been complete without them

  22. At 01:46 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    BTW, how many people have just Googled "Pervez", and pick the best Website they found?

    Come on - own up!

  23. At 01:51 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Geigerin wrote:

    Perhaps the Pervez most in need of a sympathy vote is Pervez Choudhry. He works for Slough Borough Council...


  24. At 01:52 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Sara wrote:

    I vote for Peter Purvis. He's my fave. Can I please have a Blue Peter badge as well as the book (signed by Eddie please) and I promise not to sell the badge on Ebay. I might flog the autographed book, though.

  25. At 01:54 PM on 27 Sep 2006, russell wrote:

    my favourite Perez is.. Rosie Perez

    who could forget her winning ways in films such as 'It Could Happen To You' and um...'Riding In Cars With Boys' (i know you're a big fan of that one Eddie)

    anyway http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001609/

    she practices Kung Fu apparently too...

    i'd like my book signed by Debbie Kilbride, she's one of those Woman's Hour people

  26. At 01:55 PM on 27 Sep 2006, big sister wrote:

    Hey, fellow bloggers, did you know that Lord Mair has his own link for quotes on Wikipedia? I direct you to:


    Some memorable moments!

  27. At 01:57 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Richard Pain wrote:

    Well dahhhling the interior design shop on Tottenham Court Road - Purvez & Purvez - two for the price of one. (Peter Purvez too - but I got beaten to it...drat.)

  28. At 01:58 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Kevin wrote:

    The girl sitting opposite me at work says I'm a pervez..
    Just because I keep staring at her ample cleavage

  29. At 02:02 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Peter Simmons wrote:

    Well, this is all very googlepredictable I must say.
    My nomination is Pervez Sajjad who played 19 Tests for Pakistan as a cunning left-arm legspinner whose forte was that he was effective even on unhelpful tracks. In all, he took 59 economical wickets, including five wickets in an innings three times, always against New Zealand. At Auckland in 1964-65 he finished with 5 for 42. In the 1969-70 series, he took 22 wickets at only 15.63, including 5 for 33 at Karachi and his Test-best 7 for 74 at Lahore.
    But only because no one else googled that far.
    Anyone for cricket?

  30. At 02:02 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Rachel wrote:

    My favourite is definitely Pervez Hussein who made a video of himself with his guide dog to help educate the Muslim community in Birmingham about the value of guide dogs - apparently some of them felt it was unIslamic to use one. I'm sure no man has ever made a greater contribution to cross-cultural understanding. If only he taken advice from Ali Pervez, his video would be a bestseller by now.

    I'd like my book signed by that reporter chappie who fearlessly borrowed the editor's bike to bring us a classic PM dispatch (so memorable, I've forgotten his name). And by Dr M, of course.

  31. At 02:05 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Douglas Wright wrote:

    I like that nice Pervez Muir who presents that P.M. program on the radio.

    Thank you
    Douglas Wright
    Aged 104

  32. At 02:08 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Pervez Mair wrote:

    Has no one a good word for the holiday snaps of Pervez Naseem? Looks like he had a great time on his trip to Europe. Does anyone know how to filter out the unhelpful references to the most popular Pervez in a Google search? ...If I search again, will I find my own comment?

  33. At 02:10 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Pervez The Favourite wrote:

    Why, of course my favourite Pervez is me, Me, ME! Now can I have the book before anybody works out I'm just pretending?


    Oh, Lissa, "third-party cookies" (about a life-time ago), just means cookies that come from someone else.

    Still no photos. SB24 - ha ha ha

  34. At 02:11 PM on 27 Sep 2006, andycraComp wrote:

    Boocock : an excellent complement to the Ironing music.

    Maybe Annaseed could do a Party Mix too?

  35. At 02:12 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Charlie Pierce wrote:

    I'm new to this PM blog lark, having resisted Eddie's daily attempts to lure people in by claiming it's all utter nonsense; while much of it is, methinks he doth protest too much.

    Anyway, I certainly didn't expect to be given the chance to win prizes as I thought that sort of stuff was restricted to commercial radio, so I'm even more in thrall to this blog than I imagined.

    My favourite Pervez has to be Peter Pervez, late of Blue Peter, Kick Start and that dog show programme. I admire him because, despite being totally over-shadowed by John Noakes, for many years, he never allowed his bitterness to show on screen - what a pro!

    If I win this prize, I'd like to offer a new prize for the PM bloggers, a mint copy of Rudolph Giuliani's book, Leadership, which I was given by my boss during a training course. I've never read it, but I don't imagine I'll read Mr Musharraf's book either.

    I'll sign it, too.

  36. At 02:13 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Zebedee wrote:

    My favourite Pervez just has to be Pervez, the Friendly Dictator.

    He's a wonderful man. According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace website, "The key to understanding Pervez Musharraf is this: He is so sure of his own good will and altruism that he fails to see how others could doubt him. "I know it sounds arrogant," he told me. "It sounds arrogant to me when I say it. But I think I am the only person who can make sure that true democracy takes root and is allowed to function without being pulled down."

    So there you have it. How can you argue with that?

    Oh, and your signature, Eddie, would surely at least double the value of such an emminent tome!

  37. At 02:15 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Russ Cooper wrote:

    My favorite Pervez is police support worker Pervez Hussain from Hereford. He’s been helping to launch the 75th anniversary year of the first guide dog partnerships in the UK.

    Pervez joined the West Mercia Police force in 1989 as a telephonist when he still had his sight. As it decreased, he didn’t want to learn Braille and “look different”, so he memorised 700 extension numbers. He's now a Diversity Officer for West Mercia police

    His guide dog is called Grant the Golden Retriever.

  38. At 02:26 PM on 27 Sep 2006, John McReynolds wrote:

    My favourite Perves is Pervez Musharraf as he is the only one I've ever heard of. Google only lists the ones that your contributors have already mentioned - imagine cheating just to win a book! Can I have it signed by someone who does a good copy of Cherie Blair's handwriting.

  39. At 02:27 PM on 27 Sep 2006, andycraComp wrote:

    Stephen, Leader of STROP [22] : I made mine up completely, in fact if you type "Pervez Aloysius" on google with the quotes - well maybe it will, ultimately, direct you here.

    Except that has given the game away, I didn't really want the book anyway, just Lissa's signature.

  40. At 02:41 PM on 27 Sep 2006, katkin wrote:

    My favorite Pervez? Gotta be Peter - undoubtedly the king of Crufts (presenters), forget Bruce Fogle for goodness sake, at least Peter knows how to read a cue-card with credibility... mind you, he never did send me that Blue Peter badge for my pathetic attempt with the sticky backed paper and a fairy liquid bottle...but we'll gloss over that one.

  41. At 02:43 PM on 27 Sep 2006, katkin wrote:

    My favorite Pervez? Gotta be Peter - undoubtedly the king of Crufts (presenters), forget Bruce Fogle for goodness sake, at least Peter knows how to read a cue-card with credibility... mind you, he never did send me that Blue Peter badge for my pathetic attempt with the sticky backed paper and a fairy liquid bottle...but we'll gloss over that one.

    If I'm the lucky chosen one, I'd love mine signed please....and made payable to....

  42. At 02:45 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Wolf wrote:

    Without a doubt, it's "Perveza", a unique Pakistani take on Spanish beer. They brew it on the fifth floor.

    It's my birthday coming up, so if your whole department could please sign it with some well-wishes, that would be really appreciated. Many thanks.

  43. At 02:45 PM on 27 Sep 2006, liz wrote:

    I nominate Dr. M Pervez Mughal, specialist in Thermal Fluid Sciences, and whose research interest include
    modeling and simulation of welding processes, Rapid Prototyping, CFC free air-conditioning and refrigeration, Modeling of materials processes and Energy conservation with pollution control. He also developed a new concept of flat heat pipe for micro-gravity applications especially for space ships.

    No contest. I rest my case.

    P.S. A scribble from you, Eddie, is worth a million Picassos.

  44. At 02:51 PM on 27 Sep 2006, whisht wrote:

    Now, this is all very well, but there doesn't seem an appropriate blog entry to jest about "weightless operations" (from the Newsletter).

    so I'll have to bury it here.
    [deep breath]

    I guess they're the only operations where there's no wait.

    oh... ho ho he he he ha ha ha

  45. At 03:05 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Graeme wrote:

    How about Najmuddin Pervez - he didn't sue the hospital where he worked when an ex-colleague machine gunned him or over dubious accounting but finally snapped when the hospital changed his benefits. And yes, I did use google.

  46. At 03:20 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Graeme wrote:

    How about Najmuddin Pervez - he didn't sue the hospital where he worked when an ex-colleague machine gunned him or over dubious accounting but finally snapped when the hospital changed his benefits. And yes, I did use google.

  47. At 03:25 PM on 27 Sep 2006, John Pollard wrote:

    My favourite perv ez got to be Sid the Sexist from Viz magazine.

  48. At 03:33 PM on 27 Sep 2006, big sister wrote:

    Lord M
    What's the closing date/time?

  49. At 03:38 PM on 27 Sep 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Uhuh, look what happens when you leap into the shameless world of commercial radio and offer prizes Sir Ed ( I'd rather have points), you attract a much better class of poster and all us oldsters are......oh, I think I see what you're doing here.

    Well - on the grounds that I didn't get here in time to claim any of the Google-Pervez (an obscure but highly discreet branch of the family tree), and all my original musings ( Libby, Peter and, well that's all actually) came up before me as I scrolled down the posts - then I shall admit defeat. I never win competitions anyway, sob,sniff, shameless attention-grabbing bid for the booby prize. Maybe just an autograph would be nice?anyone's?

    Just remembered, the daughter's favourite primary school teacher was a Michael Pervez and we just saw him in a shop in Nearest Town yesterday, and she was so pleased to be reminded of days when school was fun that we reminisced for ages. Now there's a coincidence. Is that worth a prize? a small one? one for the daughter since he is her favourite Pervez?

    Whisht, that's great! I laughed and laughed(43)

    SB 127 probably, I stopped counting

  50. At 04:28 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:


    Mr Pervaz was the landlord from whom we didn’t steal much.

    Please ask Eric to forge the signature of John Peel or Alan Alda.

  51. At 05:07 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Eleanor Thomas wrote:

    My favourite Pervez is Ivor. I'm his probation officer.

  52. At 05:10 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Bill Gribble wrote:

    Remind me please, I can't remember; is a Pervaz somebody that uses the whole chicken or just the feather?

    I think I'd like Lissa to sign my book, please :)

  53. At 05:10 PM on 27 Sep 2006, David McNickle wrote:

    I'll have the desk.

  54. At 05:20 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Tim C wrote:

    My favorite is "My horse escaped"

    I have no idea why.

    Can I have the book signed by a winning horse? it will remind my of my old horse which escaped.

    I Think

    Do I?

  55. At 05:26 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Edward wrote:

    My favourite Pervez is the one that eBay plugs on Google:

    "Pervez -
    Fantastic low prices here.
    Buy It. Sell It. Love It"

    Can't, surely, ask for more from a Pervez than that?

  56. At 05:27 PM on 27 Sep 2006, David Lowe wrote:

    My favourite Pervez is Pervez Musharraf - for bravely saving his country from being bombed back to the stoneage.

  57. At 05:28 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Ken the Atheist wrote:

    How disappointing, I thought it was going to be Richard Dawkins' God Delusion. Perhaps you could get Prof Dawkins to sign it for me anyway?

  58. At 05:40 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Andrew M Rosemarine wrote:

    My favourite Pervez?
    He's one who says:
    "The Pope should be blessed,
    For his anti-jihad quest."

  59. At 05:47 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Gavin wrote:

    My favourite Pervez is Pervez Musharraf undergoing brain surgery ...


    If I win, could Valerie Singleton sign the book please?

  60. At 05:49 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Andrew M Rosemarine wrote:

    Pervez Musharraf
    Shows us our gaffes.
    For in matters of security,
    We’re a shower of laughs.

    Musharraf's the Best!

  61. At 05:56 PM on 27 Sep 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Oh David McN, just realised when I read your 53, that's what I had meant to ask for as a booby prize. Damn, how slow am I today?

    Very, since you ask


  62. At 06:12 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Eijaz Khawaja wrote:

    Well the best Pervaiz I know is my Uncle Pervaiz.. A man full of life, loves to keep is Toyota 1974 in excellent condition. Makes sure it gets a shine daily.. and his endless love of gossip.......He would be over the moon knowing how his nephew mentioned him on Eddie's Blog;

    PS: Eddie ...your sig would do till I get it signed by the General himself.. I can get a copy signed for you as well if you want

  63. At 06:21 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Alex Perry wrote:

    Dear Eddie,
    We are clearly aligned regarding your favourite Pervez; you are so insightful, masterful and a strategic genius. Obviously, I'd like the book, but only if signed by you. Love the prgramme!

  64. At 06:25 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Andrew M Rosemarine wrote:

    Pervez o Pervez
    Show us the Ways
    To evade Jihad
    And Osama the Bad!

    Only Musharraf
    can show us those Ways,
    So please do send me
    The Book of Pervez.

  65. At 06:33 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Rita Robinson wrote:

    Could I have my copy signed by Noam Chomsky!

  66. At 06:58 PM on 27 Sep 2006, whisht wrote:

    a few people were wondering why there was no signature on the Newsletter - surely it was cos only one "lucky listener" will get a signature today - the one he'll inscribe in the book)

    [can you tell i've a background in design and consultancy? I can justify anything...]

  67. At 08:03 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Lissa, PM Blog Supremo wrote:


    Well I don't know about the Pervez challenge but I've already pre-judged the early entrants to the postcard competition and I think the winner should be Tony Wheeler.

    Why? Because his postcard was from Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel where my husband and I went on holiday in sunny June. (Sting and Trudie Styler were there you know).

    Hopefully I'll manage to post the photos of the postcards tomorrow but I'm supposed to be editing PM so I might not have time. (I know it's a bit basic to photograph the postcards but I can't think of another way of getting them online unless the Today programme will lend me their scanner).

    Meanwhile my battle with BBC bureaucracy goes on to try and get an easy way to post audio clips to keep Eddie amused.

    Best of blog wishes to you all


    PS Andy and Bill - It's v sweet of you to want me to autograph your book. I will put in a good word with the competition judges.

  68. At 08:29 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Jim wrote:

    My favourite is PM, pervez-ors of mad thoughts in the afternoon. The thinking listeners' sanity machine on wet Wednesdays.

    Send me the book if you must, but I'd rather you sent Valerie.

  69. At 09:01 PM on 27 Sep 2006, anne wrote:

    Dear Lissa with an a

    I'm sorry we have obviously not comprehended the total awfulness of your working conditions and the paucity of equipment with whihc you have to work.

    You cannot think of another way to get the postcards up 'UNLESS THE TODAY PROGRAM WILL LEND ME THEIR SCANNER'.

    Que? I should think just about all the loyal PM bloggers have a scanner of their own and you're telling us that the PM program doesn't have one? Good grief, you can get them for about a hundred quid.

    Heaven forfend (and I'm sure Valery and the rest of the gang would agree with the use of our favourite phrase there) that we should moan about the millions spent on various 'entertainers' who pop up on TV causing a significant proportion of the population to immediately switch off their sets but surely to goodness somewhere in the vast BBC budget there must be a spare hundred notes to get a program like PM a scanner of its own. If not we might have to organise a whip round.

    BTW to whoever did the choccie run, thanks for the picnic AND for not putting it in the fridge. It was very nice to relax with when we came back from entertaining the visitors; we had a lovely day but gosh - I'm not used to talking all day anymore. I'm shattered.

  70. At 09:18 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    Re 44 Whisht - I'm in kinks here; how extremely hilarious!

    I wish I could think of something equally as funny, but I can't so there we are.

    All this talk of postcards and holidays makes me want to go somewhere nice for a few days... hey ho, never mind.

    Btw AndyC--gg, I have signed up for notification of the postcard book, and the lassie I emailed asked where I'd heard of their website. I told her it was you, hope that's ok?? Umm, don't know what I'll do if you say No...

  71. At 09:25 PM on 27 Sep 2006, andycraComp wrote:

    Having seen the photos of the office, I doubt they'd have anywhere to put a scanner. I imagine the Today Programme to much neater, and they'd have a special desk for "Ancilliary Office Transducers".

    And I know from experience that taking digital photos of pictures and uploading etc is actually ever-so-very-slightly easier than scanning them in, really.

    Thanks much for the good word (blush), O Ms Lissa Supremo (Supremess? Supremette?), if you can find my entry amongst all these good'uns on this blog (er, try around SB11).

  72. At 09:32 PM on 27 Sep 2006, andycraComp wrote:

    Chris the Pickle : that's excellent news, I don't mind in the least at all.

    Every now and then you find a lovely website with a lovely idea and lovely people behind it (I don't know them personally, except through emails) that you can't help but try to spread the word.

    So I've done something useful, that's twice today. Wow.

  73. At 10:02 PM on 27 Sep 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Jim - 68 - que?, you'd rather he sent the book to me?

    Glad you got the picnic Anne, I ate all my chocolate raisins and didn't want any tea..:O(
    I know what you mean about the talking all day thing, visitors, while welcome, are hard work. You know the old saying "visitors are like fish, they stink after 24 hours". Ummm, maybe I've just dealt meself a quiet few months, oops.


  74. At 10:05 PM on 27 Sep 2006, John W wrote:


    I'm amazed that PM cannot afford a £50 scanner (being the cost of a medium quality one)... and that Today are so mean about the use of it's *one*. Are you saying Eddie cannot stand up to John H?

    Sequin, as a PM presenter and blogger, when you're on duty on Today, come to our aid, scan in the postcards for Lissa, when no-one's looking. Or maybe Seegreen can help.

  75. At 10:12 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    AndyC - Thank you for not minding, you're a gentleman... there, now you're blushing again!

  76. At 10:47 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Of course Eddie can stand up to Humphrys! - It's just too early in the morning for him to catch him, and we all know that the Today team lock the office door when they leave.

  77. At 12:59 AM on 28 Sep 2006, Annasee wrote:

    My favourite Pervez would have to be that exclusive emporium Fortnum & Mason, pervez of the finest quality comestibles. Someone gave me some of their rose petal jam once -it was pure magic.
    Just realised probably shouldn't mention their name on the BBC, (commercial - but seems to be ok to give Mr Musharraf free advertising for his book which I didn't know he'd written) So the name of my favourite Pervez is F*rtn*m & M*s*n, which now looks vaguely sinister.
    I'd love all the team to sign the book (the emphasis being "team" after all - left to Eddie the programme would probably be a gentle meander through the stranger avenues of his imaginings, quite forgetting any actual news. Hang on, that sounds quite fun really).

  78. At 08:42 AM on 28 Sep 2006, Kevin wrote:

    Following on from my earlier post (no 28) -
    She's got another low cut top on today. If i win, I might send you a picture Eddie...

  79. At 11:28 AM on 28 Sep 2006, Rachel wrote:

    Oh help! Did anyone hear the stuff about exam boards cracking down on wholescale plagiarism from the internet in GCSE coursework? Do you think it's going to extend to PM blog competitions - 'cos if it is, we're stuffed!

  80. At 01:01 PM on 28 Sep 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:


    Kevin (78) - Can you send me one, too?!

  81. At 01:40 PM on 28 Sep 2006, Andrew Knight wrote:

    My favourite Pervez is:-

    Pervez Musharraf (Urdu: هاشم مجيد; born August 11, 1943 in Delhi, India) is currently the President of Pakistan and the Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistani military. He took power on October 12, 1999 after a coup d'état and assumed the title of President of Pakistan on June 20, 2001. In the TIME 100 Poll 2006 of "The People Who Shape Our World" he is currently ranked at number thirteen.

    Because this was the first posting to come up on Google.

    I look forward to reading the great man's work.

  82. At 09:57 PM on 10 Nov 2006, RobbieDo wrote:

    Just noticed that I signed in here under my real name

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