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Eddie Mair | 14:19 UK time, Wednesday, 25 October 2006

The newsletter sent this morning has still not arrived. When do you think it will arrive in my inbox? Whoever gets closest to the exact date, time and year will win a printed off copy of the newsletter signed by me! Yes. That's right.

In the meantime, let me alert you to our programme tonight. We're looking at face transplants - just recorded an int with the man who'll lead the team doing the world's first full transplant. Also, we are checking right now whether we'll be able to bring you clips of what Madonna told Oprah about Dave.

I've spoken to the head of that July 7th charity which has wound itself down having done its job rather well by all accounts. What did he get right that some other charities and relief funds didn't?

Also: would you welcome a nuclear dump under your house if it meant getting a new community centre? And Sir Patrick Moore looks ahead 100 years. That's one helluva monocle.

So come on - let me have your guesses. When WILL the PM newsletter sent today arrive in my inbox?


  1. At 02:32 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Diana Welams wrote:

    Hey Eddie
    Great quiz. I have faith in those BBC computer whizz kids and reckon your lovely Wednesday newsletter will be popping itself into my inbox at 14:51 today.

  2. At 02:33 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Fifi wrote:

    Glad to see the Lord Mayor 'seeds' his own email address into the newsletter list.

    How else can he be sure our comments aren't just an elaborate wind-up? ;o)

    Seriously... I have a hazardous waste landfill site (or 'toxic dump' as we affectionately know it round here) in the next village.

    We've had bad experiences with the original operators but things are turning around now it's been sold to a company that knows what it's doing.

    One thing we tend to say locally when trying to look on the bright side is ... 'at least there's no nuclear waste in there'

    Of course there IS a nuclear arms dump in the area, which we all know about, but that's different.

  3. At 02:34 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    A challenge if ever I heard one.... My guestimate is that it will arrive tomorrow (thursday the 26th) at 4:15am.

  4. At 02:34 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Steve Greatorex wrote:


  5. At 02:34 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Mrs Trellis wrote:

    Eddie, your'e back! You should have joined us at the beach we had a lovely day and the weather was perfect.

    After consulting my crystal ball I confidently predict that your news letter will arrive at...

    ...5pm Today! Just as you go on air to delight us again.

    Fish fingers crossed I'll be right and win the signed news letter (either that or tonights lottery I'm not fussy)

  6. At 02:43 PM on 25 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Well I'd guess, as it was sent early, it will pop in to your inbox at 16:35 today

  7. At 02:47 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Brightonram wrote:


    It'll be tomorrow morning at 02:19am.
    Please autograph the newsletter in green biro.


  8. At 02:47 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    My suggestion is 01:19 Thursday.

    P.S. I performed the first ever face transplant twelve years ago, but we don’t talk about that now.

  9. At 02:49 PM on 25 Oct 2006, OnTheLedge wrote:

    Okay, Eddie, there's a challenge .... I'll go for 15.05 (That's five minutes past three)
    today. Or tomorrow.

  10. At 02:50 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Lupus Lupinsky the Wolfman woof woof arhooo Esq wrote:

    7:43h on 26/10.

  11. At 02:51 PM on 25 Oct 2006, David McDonald wrote:


    I reckon, because of the unique way the BBC is funded, we'll be seeing the newsletter sometime around 12 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.


  12. At 02:54 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    'Scuse me - Would it be too much to restore the link to Day One? Via comments? It would help greatly. Ta.

  13. At 02:57 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Fifi wrote:

    I am less confident than my fellow froggers.

    I'll take a deep breath, screw my eyes shut, try to be brave, and estimate ...

    ... the wee hours of Friday morning. Before 9.20am, if you want me to be more exact.

  14. At 03:01 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Sara wrote:

    Why ask me? If Sir Patrick Moore can really look that far ahead, he should just about have it in his sights. Ask him. Possibly on tonight's prog.

  15. At 03:02 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Have just heard on the news about the fire station just down the road which was destroyed by fire - and didn't have a fire alarm fitted!

    Now, this is all well and good, but what do we say to the firemen next time they come round exhorting us to fit a smoke alarm?

    My guess is 16.07

  16. At 03:02 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Miss Terri Novel wrote:


    Who cares? Please send my newsletter to The Rose Revived Inn, I'll be there tomorrow night. It's the one at Newbridge just off the A415. Thanks.

  17. At 03:05 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Joe Palooka wrote:

    The twelfth of never!

  18. At 03:11 PM on 25 Oct 2006, ian wrote:

    I think it will arrive the day before yesterday.

    Also, I think that nuclear waste dumps should be located in those areas where the local population has NIMBYed about having a nice windfarm nearby.

  19. At 03:11 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Mark wrote:

    Hi Eddie

    Perhaps Partick Moore might be able to tell you the exact arrival time of the newsletter, but I'm going to hazard a guess of this Friday at about 7am.

  20. At 03:15 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Mrs. Naughtie wrote:

    Diana, Duckie,

    Don't be downhearted, (what a good job the "d" is once more available) but the competition result is determined by the time of delivery to Muir Towers, not to the mere mortals.
    Easier for the Laird to ensure that the prize goes to one of his most loyal and loving fans.

    (Coo-ee, your lairdship. I'm over here.)
    (Naughtie by name but not by nature; but hoping my luck changes.)

  21. At 03:17 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Kevin wrote:

    I'll go for 0330hrs Thursday 26th

    And can people stop going on about half term. Some of us have to wait until next week for that pleasure.

  22. At 03:17 PM on 25 Oct 2006, James wrote:

    My waters say it will arrive on Friday at 08.23.

  23. At 03:20 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Thanks for restoring the links for us. And my guess is .... Mmmmm....... 17.07 today.

  24. At 03:20 PM on 25 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Youre sitting on the ledge OnThe Ledge. Today OR tomorrow ? :-)

  25. At 03:30 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Mrs Trellis wrote:

    Lupus Lupinsky the Wolfman woof woof arhooo Esq.

    Just LOVE your name and have had a look at your photos and have to say that you have a rare tallent. Good boy now, roll over!

  26. At 03:36 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Anne P. wrote:

    My guess - Thursday at 03:27
    one minute earlier than today's (Monday's that is).

  27. At 03:41 PM on 25 Oct 2006, OnTheLedge wrote:

    You spotted my ruse. Drat! :-D

  28. At 03:41 PM on 25 Oct 2006, andycroak wrote:

    My guess : 03:07 26th Oct 2006

    I wouldn't mind a nuclear dump under my house, as long as I didn't also have to go to the Gardening Club meetings at the community centre.

  29. At 03:45 PM on 25 Oct 2006, charlotte alderman wrote:

    I predict it will pop into my inbox at 3am on Saturday - when no-one's around to read it other than the terminally insomniac and extreme nerds...

  30. At 03:51 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Lou Natic wrote:

    Terri (16)

    That's funny. I'm at the Rose tomorrow too. I'll be wearing a German World War II helmet a maroon four-button smoking jacket, yellow slippers and plus fours in 'dress stewart' tartan. The rustic bread is my favourite starter. Huzzah! I hope you enjoy it. See you on the ice.

  31. At 04:00 PM on 25 Oct 2006, silver-fox wrote:

    Perspicacious bloggers.

  32. At 04:03 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Jon G wrote:

    When you get "lists1.mh.bbc.co.uk" fixed! That's the server that's stalled your newletter mailouts.

    (Sorry to be the resident geek here, but It's What I Do.)

  33. At 04:08 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:


    A serious point. Your competition is verging on a horse race. And we all know where that could lead.

    Perhaps you should also post the link for Gamblers' Anonymous?

    And could this also be why you're up at such odd times?

    Believe me, Eddie, it's just not worth it - Just ask the Beeb for a rise if you need more cash!

  34. At 04:10 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Rosalind wrote:

    Hey, Joe Palooka, wwelcome.

  35. At 04:14 PM on 25 Oct 2006, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    I guess the newslater will arrive at 2:06am Thursday 26th October 2006 (Twenty Oh Six).

    If I win, instead of the signed newsletter, can I have a signed Charlotte Green? (If not, a Brian Perkins would do...)

    It's good to see Sir Patrick still presenting The Sky At Night, even if the TV crew have to go down to his house in Sussex to tape it.

    Eddie, have you thought about presenting PM from your kitchen? You wouldn't have to get up so early to get into the studio.

  36. At 04:17 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Ian T wrote:

    Ah Ha! The newsletter has just popped into my mailbox. That's just under 6 hours - quite a record going on past attempts. You should have started this competition earlier as it has obviously done its job.

    Now then, what will Eddie be whittling on about today...

    Well done all those background whizz kids! I know how they feel.

  37. At 04:20 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Jack Scribbs wrote:


  38. At 04:23 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Peter Wharton wrote:

    A Pelican swallows a pigeon whole. Is the food chain starting to change!

  39. At 04:27 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Simon wrote:

    I'm not sure which is the biggest shock - the very arrival of the newsletter, or the fact that Dr Muir is still presenting PM at whatever random point in the future it was intended to cover.

    I'd have thought that he might have progressed by then to be the host of You and Yours, or failing that, Controller of Radio 4.

  40. At 04:28 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Stu wrote:

    Got it! Based on Mondays diff, I'd say you got it at 16:21 Eddie.

  41. At 04:28 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Jennifer wrote:

    I've got it! A whole 35 minutes before the programme starts as well. All hail the uniquely funded BBC geekmonkeys

  42. At 04:29 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Fiona wrote:

    I'm hoping Santa brings mine on 25th December!!!

  43. At 04:31 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Julian Nicholls wrote:

    Mine arrived at around 16.20.

    I seemsto have the air of an e-mail that was composed but never meant to be sent, like the e-mail that you start to write to your boss the day you leave and then abandon half way through, or accidentally hit 'send' on :-)

  44. At 04:32 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    That’s twenty-zero-six.

  45. At 04:38 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Jo Lean wrote:

    I can't help but point out that today's newsletter (arrived in my inbox at 16.29, by the way, well done) has got its prediction timings all wrong.

    For example, Madonna will be 58 in under ten years' time. I cannot imagine science be able to freeze people and bring them back to life in that short space of time. Not even Oprah. And considering that speed the EU works at, I really cannot see the enlargement programme extending to 250 countries in that time. Not even if Peter Mandelson is in sole charge by then.

    Arctic Monkeys the Musical is a strong possibility, though, I grant you.

  46. At 04:41 PM on 25 Oct 2006, ratbert wrote:

    16.24 sounds about right.... at least that's when it arrived in my inbox. although it does appear to have come back in time from next month...

  47. At 04:42 PM on 25 Oct 2006, RobbieDo wrote:

    Thursday the 26th at 4:55am.

    But I'm still waiting on the one before that!

  48. At 04:46 PM on 25 Oct 2006, ian wrote:

    Hackenbush! SSCat! Outside, Now!

  49. At 04:46 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Twenty Aught Six, please.

  50. At 04:46 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Peter Wharton wrote:

    The latest newsletter has just landed. EU has taken over the World?

  51. At 04:49 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Susan Orty-Boyden wrote:

    Thanks Eddie.

    The newsletter arrived. Geronimo!

  52. At 04:49 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Fifi wrote:

    Newsletter arrived at 16.47. Cutting it fine, but BEFORE THE SHOW!!!!!

    I am no longer cynical. Anyone want to show me some puppies....?

  53. At 04:50 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Deepthought (formerly John W) wrote:

    I'm going for the less optimistic than some: 01:01 Friday morning. At Eddie's inbox, that is. (Will he be sitting up all night, waiting?)

    Some bizarre article in New Scientist this week that stated that it might be possible to speed up the radioactive decay by many orders of magnitude, thereby making it safe much sooner. Even claimed to have some evidence...

    But methinks even if that's true, it's far too impractical still, since whatever's good to speed up the first radioactive decay is unlikely to be good for the next one down the chain - and they are very long chains when it comes to the fuel rods themselves.

    While it's geologically fairly stable, under the House of Commons not practical, as it'll be under water in 50 years, what with global warming and SE England sinking.

  54. At 04:53 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Anne P. wrote:

    Well no prize for me - but lots for the IT guys who (hopefully) have finally flushed the buffers or whatever it took to unstop the BBC mail servers.

  55. At 04:54 PM on 25 Oct 2006, RobbieDo wrote:

    Arrived 16.50 ... just as I pressed the button to guess tomorrow morning

  56. At 04:55 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Sara wrote:

    Julian (43) - Hello and welcome! Almost the first email my colleague received when he arrived here a year ago was from someone who was clearly mentally unhinged. Not recognising the sender, my new colleague thought he would forward it to me with the question "Who is this nutter?"

    But unfortunately he hit the "send" button instead of "forward".

    He hasn't yet lived it down.

  57. At 04:55 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Deepthought (formerly John W) wrote:

    ..damn, it was in my mailbox as I wrote my last guess, and hadn't realised it...

  58. At 04:56 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Sara wrote:

    PS My newsletter has arrived too. Well done for foreseeing that, Patrick Moore (oh, and I see he's PM as well)

  59. At 04:59 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    16.54 p.m. Newsletter arrives.

  60. At 05:01 PM on 25 Oct 2006, OnTheLedge wrote:

    17.00 PM opens with a very smug sounding Eddie.

    We can hear that smile, Eddie .....

  61. At 05:24 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    16:51:30, in distant Scotland. It only took 6 minutes within btconnect after six hours in BBC...

  62. At 05:30 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Newsletter arrived at 16.43. I suspect, from its contents, Eric expected it would never see the light of day.

    BTW, Do you think he's extra playful this evening?

  63. At 05:33 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    well I was certainly way off the mark!

  64. At 05:38 PM on 25 Oct 2006, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:


    "Twenty-oh-six" is the way the Velvet Voiced Vocabulator Charlotte Green says it, so that's good enough for me.


    Nice one on the "completely safe" nuclear waste comment...

  65. At 06:21 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Sue-Sue wrote:


  66. At 06:56 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Fifi wrote:

    "Twenty-zero-zero: A Space Odyssey"?

    I don't think so!

    Even the dictually-perfect Ms Green can't argue that one.

  67. At 07:46 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Deepthought (formerly John W) wrote:

    Fifi (66),

    Sorry, it's Twenty zero one: A space Odyssey.

    I wonder if it's that film title that has made us all question how we say the year. What did our ancestors say in 1901?

  68. At 07:59 PM on 25 Oct 2006, Anne P. wrote:

    Deepthought (67) they had more time than us so I suspect they said 'Nineteen hundred and One'. Sadly the only person I could have asked was my grandmother, born 1883, and no longer available.

    I'll try to remember and ask my father-in-law born 1907 (that's nineteen o seven to me I'm afraid).

  69. At 08:22 PM on 25 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    The only 'fair' way to judge the competition is to award the prize to the person who was closest AND had the earliers posting in the blog.

    Thank you :-)

    Please can I have a Radio 4 mug !

  70. At 01:41 AM on 26 Oct 2006, Mrs. Naughtie wrote:

    Peter W (38)

    I'm surprised that no one has responded to your pelican report.
    I wonder if Mayor Ken has contemplated moving them to Trafagar Square? That would be a rare treat for the tourists.

    Not for those of a sensitive disposition
    No, REALLY, it isn't.


  71. At 05:58 PM on 27 Oct 2006, Ian Roberts wrote:

    Was going to say that my copy amazingly arrived at 04.01 on the 25th, a number of hours before it was sent. Then I realised that that was Monday's newsletter.

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