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Eddie Mair | 13:02 UK time, Monday, 25 September 2006

We've sent Christian Fraser to interview Muslims in Rome.


  1. At 02:06 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    SB ONE???? Doubt it...

    I could investigate the state of the gherkin export market if you like Eddie?


  2. At 02:18 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Axel O'Veeliss wrote:

    sb 1 (or not)

    I say! That's a bit provocative, isn't it?

    Haven't you got a "John Smith"?

  3. At 02:32 PM on 25 Sep 2006, whisht wrote:

    later, Mark Urban will be looking at some of the RIBA competition entrants - how have they fared?

    or may be talking to the Pope.

  4. At 02:32 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Alfster wrote:

    Throwing a Christian to the Imams eh?

    Being Ramadan though they are only allowed to during the night so he should be OK during the day.

  5. At 02:37 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    SB3 (based on the fact it says comments (2) on the main page, even though there's only one visible)

    Honestly Eddie, asking Christian Miller to interview Muslims? I've heard of irony, but even I wouldn't be that tongue in cheek!!

  6. At 02:41 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Steph Smith wrote:

    About today's newsletter; has anyone else noticed an odd link betwen some of the articles and their reporters? Eg: item on deafness by Roger HEARING, report on law and order by Mike SARGENT, and a poll about mints by Dennis MURRAY. Is it me?

  7. At 02:42 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Hillman Hunter wrote:

    Why send a reporter named Christian to interview Muslims? There's enough trouble without the BBC adding to it.

  8. At 02:44 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Steph Smith wrote:

    Part II: ....and I've just noticed CHRISTIAN Fraser interviewing muslims in Rome. What's going on??

  9. At 02:48 PM on 25 Sep 2006, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    What else is lined up for the programme?

    James Naughtie talking to some well-behaved children?

    Mark Porter on the lack of baggage handling assistance on railway stations?

    Nigel Wrench on osteopathy?

    Peter Snow on global warming?

    And finally, Kirsty Young talking to Eddie...

  10. At 02:52 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    Steph (6 & 8)

    Based on that, what is Eddie Mair going to be doing? And does it involve horses???

  11. At 02:56 PM on 25 Sep 2006, andycraGP wrote:

    John Humphrys on milk.

  12. At 02:57 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    BTW, is anyone else kicking themselves that they didn't spot the link between reporters and reports then?

    Just me huh?

    Oh well!

  13. At 03:14 PM on 25 Sep 2006, John W wrote:

    ...and Sequin's in Manchester tonight, no doubt covering the Labour party's Celebrity Come Dancing event a 't conference.


  14. At 03:30 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Captain Square wrote:

    Eddie old boy,

    I've checked the weather forecast for Rome. The predominant weather suggests light rain. I do hope Mr Fraser takes his umbrella with him.


  15. At 03:39 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Al Beback wrote:

    I wonder if the Pope has heard of the Artic Monkeys?

  16. At 03:58 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:


    And where was Muslim Fraser sent?

    OK, chaps, now for a serious question. Or something. Why do news readers still persist in talking about ‘Etter’ when they refer to the Basque separatist group ETA?

    We cannot Estimate our Time of Arrival, because we will all be travelling separately....

  17. At 04:03 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:


    Oh, and how about a caption competition for the Gordon Brown picture on the PM home page?

    “I don’t know about Curly Wurlies, but I can give you a chop.”

  18. At 04:12 PM on 25 Sep 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Hmmm, and there are those (they know who they are) who say OUR comments are flippant - once again (with feeling) "Look who starts it!"

    Loved it tho Eric, and everyone else's suggestions, not feeling bright enough to make any myself due to lack of chocolate.....


  19. At 04:36 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Dave T Dogg wrote:

    Just a few more couldn't resist

    Lucy Ash - Australian bush fires

    Clare Balding - recent hair treatment improvements

    Quentin Cooper - local resugence in barrel manufacture

    Robert Orchard - poor apple harvest

    John Waite - NHS operation times

  20. At 05:16 PM on 25 Sep 2006, anne wrote:

    sorry Valery did you not see the chocolate on the corner of the table? go, go now, before someone else grabs it.

    yes Eddie, give us your DID choices, that would be fun.

    Also you have done some telly work yourself; our family used to be glued to that battle thing you did, and we were just waiting until son no 2 hit 16 before applying to appear on it as a family. Then you gave it up - I know hamster hammond took over and we like him, but it wasn;t the same.

    how many of us are sick of hearing T Blair say Let me make this quite clear, before going off into a spiel of such sonorous tedium that audience and interviewer both slowly lose the will to live?

  21. At 05:18 PM on 25 Sep 2006, David McNickle wrote:

    Steph Smith (8ish),
    The other day, and I wasn't really paying that much attention, I could swear that I heard a report from Rome from Harry Willy.

  22. At 06:07 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:


    re 18... I'm with you, V. We're just followers to the flippancy of Mr Ed...

    I hope Appy's having a nice break. She'll have a pile of chocolate & crisps to eat when she gets back :p

    Re 17 Dr H, that is brilliant! I love the fact you even worked in Curly Wurlys:o)

  23. At 06:50 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Athelstan wrote:

    While Muslim Fraser was in Rome chatting to Muslims, Eddie's chat with Tariq Ramadan was fairly cosy. Tariq asked for mutual respect and dialogue: Eddie utterly failed to mention that in Islamic states such as Saudi, Pakistan, Egypt, Sudan, Indonesia, Malaysia etc etc other faiths are oppressed and even banned. No respect agenda on Islamic turf, but demanded here? Not a difficult question to think of Eddie?

  24. At 09:36 PM on 25 Sep 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Thanks Anne, just got to it before Pluto sniffed it out. I'll go tomorrow then, cos the car got the thumbs up from the garage (and a new handbrake cable of course - it just isn't POSSIBLE for garages to just let you PASS is it? They have to go and find something for you to spend your ill-gotten gains on, as if petrol weren't expense enough for us rural, non-public-transport-served dwellers?).
    I'm with you on the politician-speak thing too, it's not just TB - they all have an uncanny knack of hypnotic delivery. Perhaps it's pre-meditated. Sigh, got the Cynical Hat on tonight I'm afraid.


  25. At 10:16 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Jim Hillman wrote:

    Serious sense of humour failure anybody? Do we really need to congratulate ourselves on being clever enough to spot the silly connections in the newsletter? Can't you just chuckle inwardly or come up with extras like The Stainless Steel Cat (see above).

  26. At 11:48 PM on 25 Sep 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:


    Jim (25), I certainly chuckled inwardly.

    For tomorrow’s programme I expect interviews with Romans in muslin.

    Now, any advance on my Etter question?

  27. At 11:49 PM on 25 Sep 2006, anne wrote:

    well I don't like to crow, but our beaten up old citroen estate has just passed its second MOT in a row with nothing needing to be done. We're rural too. Very rural. In the city where we used to live we'd have taken it to the Citroen dealer and it would have cost us a bomb both times. Now who's wearing a cynical hat??

  28. At 01:23 AM on 26 Sep 2006, Frank O'Fobe wrote:

    sb 28

    Citroens are so complicated that few garages would dare fail them, lest they were asked to repair them.

  29. At 10:04 AM on 26 Sep 2006, David McNickle wrote:

    Anne (27 or something),
    Our Citroen AX is sooooo old that it is one you can actually look past the motor and see the tarmac. We recently had the brakes replaced and it cost more than the car is worth.

  30. At 11:36 AM on 26 Sep 2006, anne wrote:

    but the citroen is still going obviously. say what you like about the french - and I do - but they make damn good cars.

  31. At 12:05 PM on 26 Sep 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Jim H - re your
    "Serious sense of humour failure anybody? Do we really need to congratulate ourselves on being clever enough to spot the silly connections in the newsletter?" at25

    What's your problem? Who is congratulating whom? All I see are some cracking extra suggestions from several conributors. If you aren't amused that's ok, but what's to be complained about exactly?


  32. At 01:26 PM on 26 Sep 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    Goodness me Jim (25), I think you may be the one with the sense of humour failure?!?

    We have great fun on this Blog; silliness in great amounts, and long may it go on...

    Be Happy!


  33. At 06:18 PM on 26 Sep 2006, David McNickle wrote:

    Anne (30something),
    Assuming that you are talking to me, yes, the AX is still going strong and we have no intention of getting rid of it.

  34. At 11:28 PM on 26 Sep 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    WE had a great wee citroen ax which would doubtless still be with us had I not been reversed into and subsequently sat on by a large lorry in the car park at IK*A.
    (Other huge car parks are available in which to write off one's car, obviously)

  35. At 12:29 PM on 27 Sep 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    I once had a Red Citroen 2CV Convertible called Flash (coz she was so slow), but the big air pipe thingy came off en route and caught fire... It was a very sad day I can tell you, but gave the RAF Fire crew someting to do... quite excited they were.

    I miss her a lot and would like another one as they are great fun to drive (but don't ever try to put the soft-top up en route, as it will pull your arms out their sockets).

  36. At 10:12 PM on 27 Sep 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Hmm, looking to change the car soonish, I'll bear that in mind Gherkinpal!

    RAF firecrew - how did you manage that? Maybe they thought you were a Red Arrow?

  37. At 10:50 AM on 28 Sep 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    Hi Valpal! I was in the RAF at the time... Ah, it all makes sense now doesn't it??! What do you mean No!

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