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Eddie Mair | 12:18 UK time, Monday, 2 October 2006

On the programme tonight we're toying with the idea of a story about Neil Armstrong's first words on the moon. Did he mean to say "One small step for A man" instead of what we all remember. New analysis of the recording suggests he DID say "a man".

Which got us wondering. If YOU were about to set foot on the moon - the first human to do so....what would YOU say? We may mention the best ones on the programme. But don't let that add to the pressure.

Comments

  1. At 12:33 PM on 02 Oct 2006, andycraAman wrote:

    One small step, wooaargh! Ok, take me to your leader.

  2. At 12:37 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    “What did I come up here for? I forget.”

  3. At 12:45 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    I'd say: Mmm, where's that Eddie Mair when you need him?

  4. At 12:55 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Ontheledge wrote:

    "One small step for A woman"

  5. At 12:56 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Colin Jackson wrote:

    Armstrong has expressed his preference that written quotations include the "a" in parentheses.

    Theories that he consciously took the statement from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit ("not a great leap for a man, but a leap in the dark") are denied by Armstrong.

    Personally, I'd have preferred "We come in peace, for all mankind", but I guess you'd need an indigenous audience for that.

    Any chance the BBC could actually do a space-related story without the obligatory indulgent chuckle and patronising tone, intended, it seems to distance the presenter from "all this geeky stuff"?

  6. At 12:58 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Did anybody else hear what Rob the Weatherman just said on the 1 p.m. weather forecast?

    "Sunshine makes you feel warm, showers don't"

    What pearls of wisdom might he have presented us from 'up there'?

  7. At 01:00 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Susan Orty-Boyden wrote:

    I think we've dropped a big CLANGER coming here for three nights... is that a Soup Dragon grazing over there?

  8. At 01:01 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    Hmm, dull here, maybe I'll go to that happening planet, Pluto

  9. At 01:01 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Mark Allen wrote:

    hey, its not made of cheese then...

  10. At 01:03 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Simon Blake wrote:


    "Well, here we are then. Isn't this nice?"

    ...

    "I claim this planetoid in the name of the BBC." That'd put the wind up them.

    ...

    "Are we nearly there yet?"

    ...

    "Is this thing on?"

  11. At 01:04 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Keith Moss wrote:

    It is cheese!!!

  12. At 01:06 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Lee Vitout wrote:

    " Bugger Me!"

  13. At 01:07 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Contrary to received wisdom, no human has yet set foot on the moon. A spacesuit life-support system sub-unit of a larger sub-unit may have done so.
    xx
    ed

  14. At 01:07 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Rufus T. Firefly wrote:

    Did I cancel the papers?

  15. At 01:08 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Jezetha wrote:

    "Is anybody here?"

  16. At 01:11 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Stewart M wrote:

    Whats that blue police telephone box and Casonova doing with that big metal pepper pot and sink plunger?

  17. At 01:11 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John W wrote:

    Dull? No atmosphere here at all.

  18. At 01:13 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Grant Thomas wrote:

    "Put a £1 in the meter love, I'll be at the fruit and veg stall"

  19. At 01:16 PM on 02 Oct 2006, jonnie wrote:

    "there is no dark side of the Moon really... matter of fact it's all dark"

  20. At 01:19 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Fifi wrote:

    "Hello? Can you hear me? I'm on the Moon...."

    Okay, that was funnier when I pictured a man on a train saying it.

  21. At 01:22 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Honour Mission wrote:

    Hang on a minute...this looks very much like Nevada to me.

  22. At 01:25 PM on 02 Oct 2006, russell wrote:

    "no, YOU go outside and see if it's safe"

  23. At 01:28 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Oldog wrote:

    I thought this was the Acton bus!

  24. At 01:31 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    "Okay, now everyone remember where we parked..."

  25. At 01:34 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    Is the "Man In..." in?

  26. At 01:35 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Chris the Pickle wrote:

    I told you go before we left the house...

  27. At 01:37 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Karen Weynberg wrote:

    Tomorrow night I shall be taking my 6 year old daughter to see a 'physical-theatre play' called "Muttnik - the first dog in space!". It's apparently loosely based on the story of Laika, the dog the Russians chose to launch into space in the 1950s. Not that poor Laika had much choice in the matter. Needless to say she didn't get a chance to send any postcards back to our planet...Anyway, we're very excited about seeing the play and will give feedback if anyone is interested? I wonder what Laika would've said/barked if she'd been able to set a paw on the moon?

  28. At 01:40 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Betty Diddent wrote:

    ... I wonder if newly married moon people go off on their honeyearths...?

  29. At 01:41 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Fifi wrote:

    Re (26):

    "Derr iz no woof!"

  30. At 01:41 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Mark Drew wrote:

    Ecky thump Grommit it's not made of Wesleydale after all!

  31. At 01:43 PM on 02 Oct 2006, whisht wrote:

    aww hell - I always end up at the wrong end of the beach...

  32. At 01:47 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Artela wrote:

    Dusty, isn't it! Did anyone bring the hoover?

  33. At 01:48 PM on 02 Oct 2006, barrie singleton wrote:

    "So Earth is finite!" What the heck.

  34. At 01:53 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Rhys wrote:

    'I can see my house from here.'

  35. At 01:53 PM on 02 Oct 2006, barrie singleton wrote:

    PLANET – FIXING MANUAL

    Mankind is not designed for the “good life”; like an over-watered houseplant, we go rotten. Various improvements are being offered, from micro-chips in the brain to world government, but they all suffer from a lack of proper appraisal of the current situation with respect to humankind’s limitations in terms of maturity. Further, while gods, as envisaged by humankind, both “know and care”, they don’t seem to have the solution either. We are on our own.
    When we went to the moon, and photographs showing “finite earth” came back with the astronauts, one might have expected a total shift of consciousness down here.
    It didn’t happen. Piecemeal, on our TV screens, we see the planet and the diverse activities of its peoples – from war to pollution to starvation – but the whole picture at once, does not impinge on the mind of those who propose answers.
    The awful reality is that any clever solution of a “bolt on” kind, to planet Earth, amounts do “disease management” not fundamental cure.
    Since joining the ranks of the planet-fixers, I have become more and more convinced that the problem lies in human cleverness, and almost certainly originates from the beginnings of agriculture; a “yang” intervention in the “yin” of the “gathering” ethos.
    Today everything is yang – even, though paradoxical, the “veal-crate” constraint of men to make them soft and acceptable; a pale residue of their natural selves.
    I mentioned the inability of gods above. I made no mention of goddesses. One might note that the “-ess” ending, added to feminise, is today, un-PC and tantamount to a blasphemy! This extreme was thousands of years in the maturing.
    My conclusion is that the current dominant culture (male to its rotten roots) that started with farming and ends with man-mediated-mayhem, runs counter to our in-built (male/female equivalence) nature. It is poignant to note that the culmination of this “run-away” culture is the nuclear bomb which relies on the deliberate, man-made, initiation of a run-away reaction – an abuse of Nature – “The Final Countdown”.
    My assertion is that our culture emanates from the forceful impingement of higher-brain activity, particularly language, on genetic animal imperatives. As such it MUST, as its first duty, reinforce Nature’s norms. There are residues and glimmerings of such in odd spots around the globe, but the dominant “Western” culture runs utterly counter.

    If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.
    If sadness were wisdom the truth could not hide. Barrie Singleton 2.10.06


    OF BEDS

    As the oyster yields a pearl
    man invents.
    Neither realises their fecundity
    is rooted in irritation:
    of one - the body
    of the other - the mind.
    Man kills the oyster
    for its pearl.
    And kills his own World
    for that eureka moment of invention.

  36. At 01:59 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John W wrote:

    Given the Busty Regulation that Shaun Ley gave last week, I thought he rather slurred an "Sh" when he said "In the City..."


    Blue Earth,
    you saw me standing alone
    without a dream in my heart
    without a love on my own....

  37. At 02:01 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Chris Carter wrote:

    I needn't have brought my reading glasses...

  38. At 02:02 PM on 02 Oct 2006, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    "Oh bum! I think I left the gas on."

    "Um, Buzz? You know they said we'd just be in a film studio in Nevada? Bloody engineers and their sense of humour..."

    "That's one small step... ewww. I think I just found out where Laika ended up."

  39. At 02:08 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    Have you got the postcard for that "Pointless PM Blog" thingy

  40. At 02:10 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John Pollard wrote:

    Finally made it ma. Top of the world!

  41. At 02:12 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John McReynolds wrote:

    Hello, Helllloooo!, Coooooeeeeee!

  42. At 02:15 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John W wrote:

    Re "Blue Earth", currently #36

    That last line should probably read

    without a love of my own,

    I just cut and pasted from another web site and did not notice before I submitted...

    or

    without a love, on my own

    works, but not quite what Rodgers and Hart were thinking.

    SB38

  43. At 02:16 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    "Finally, now the Mother-in-Law can't get to me"

    Suddenly I feel all "Les Dawson"! Nurse, where are my pills?

  44. At 02:20 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Ewan wrote:

    I think I've put on a little weight.

  45. At 02:20 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John McCort wrote:

    I always wanted to be shot into space.... My mum said if my dad had got the timing right, I would have been.

  46. At 02:21 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Frances O wrote:

    Can I have your autograph, Mr Presley?

  47. At 02:23 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Charles Hatton wrote:

    "One small step for a man, one giant leap for a grasshopper".

  48. At 02:24 PM on 02 Oct 2006, coco wrote:

    Borrowing from Dorothy in Wizard of Oz:

    "Eddie, I don't think we're in Shepherds Bush......"

  49. At 02:25 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Joe Palooka wrote:

    Memo to - Des Lynam.

    This is the mother of all commutes!

  50. At 02:29 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Re. 36, you're right. It was Shaun's City Shares Check.

  51. At 02:40 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Nick Hollingworth wrote:

    I'd heard that Neil Armstrong was at the time actually on the radio to the Command Module ordering his lunch ..."That's one doorstep with ham, one giant leek and some rind"

  52. At 02:41 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Philip wrote:

    I wonder if Barrie is OK?

  53. At 02:47 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    "Who left this London double decker bus here?"

  54. At 02:49 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Hillman Hunter wrote:

    MIND THE GAP!

  55. At 02:55 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Carl Goss wrote:

    No he said 'one small step for a moon' Very PC.. Planetary Correct

  56. At 03:10 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John W wrote:

    ...you know that "Get away from it all" holiday that travel agent sold us, Buzz, well.....


    ...have you got the factor 5000 sunblock?...


    ...why does that cow keep appearing in the sky?

  57. At 03:11 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    (36) and (50) - yes, I heard that too.

    (51) Nick
    There was the time when Welshman Milton Jones went to the moon in his radio programme:
    “One small step for man, one giant leek for mankind.”

  58. At 03:20 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Rufus T. Firefly wrote:

    Eddie,

    " What do you call one politician on the moon?

    A problem!

    What do you call two politicians on the moon?

    A problem!

    What do you call one hundred politicians
    on the moon?

    A problem!

    What do you call all the politicians on the
    moon?

    Problem solved!"


  59. At 03:28 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    Right Buzz, where's the piece of paper that I wrote my quote on?

  60. At 03:31 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Eleanor Thomas wrote:

    "Is this Mars?"

  61. At 03:31 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Colin Morris wrote:

    I knew I should have booked with a reputable travel agent, they haven't even started builing the hotel yet!

  62. At 03:32 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Xavier Self wrote:

    Hey Eddie,

    Its just been announced that aliens are due to land on earth. Its reported they'll take all the good looking people to the moon for a week.

    I'll let you know what its like when I get back.

    Cheers,
    X.S.

  63. At 03:38 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Jorge Gomez wrote:

    Wilma! I am home!

  64. At 03:58 PM on 02 Oct 2006, David Britten wrote:

    Hey guys; whaddayuknow - free parking!

  65. At 03:59 PM on 02 Oct 2006, terryble wrote:

    Are you sure it's not pay & display Houston?

  66. At 04:06 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Annasee wrote:

    "What's this fire extinguisher & roll of hazard tape doing here already? Oh I see - Health & Safety had to do an audit to check if it was safe for me to be the first person here. But that means..."

  67. At 04:09 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Roberto Carlos Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR wrote:

    One Small Step for Humanity.

  68. At 04:20 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Dave britten wrote:

    Houston! The Brits got here first. They've just clamped the bloody module!

  69. At 04:22 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Dave britten wrote:

    AND I'VE GOT A SPEEDING FINE!

  70. At 04:30 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Dave britten wrote:

    Ah...Houston. Didn't bring any cash and the Brits want a couple of million bucks to unclamp the module. By the way - can't drive back. I've got 350,000 points on my licence.

  71. At 04:38 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Who decided we should have beans for breakfast?

  72. At 04:39 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Susan Orty-Boyden wrote:

    Hey diddle diddle.

  73. At 04:44 PM on 02 Oct 2006, ian wrote:

    Crikey! Where's a bloke to get a drink around here?

  74. At 04:45 PM on 02 Oct 2006, chris westgarth wrote:

    Damn me! Glasgow looks pretty flat from up here!

  75. At 04:57 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Dave britten wrote:

    One small...yeeeeeouch! OK - what smartass forgot the steps?

  76. At 05:24 PM on 02 Oct 2006, andycraAman wrote:

    Oh dear, no prize for us then :(

  77. At 05:28 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Morseman wrote:

    Eddie stopped the guy giving the website for the audio clip of 'One small step for (a) man...'

    Where's the webiste?!

    This is going to drive me crazy if I can't find it...

  78. At 05:31 PM on 02 Oct 2006, glyn wrote:

    yeh.. but what was the web page you spoke about

    and to be honest...

    Who cares.. well appart from those who belive that it was all a fake anyways!

    Speaking as somone who certainly aint from the same planet as you guys... bleep blip bleep

    8-)

    oh and please take me to your leader.. I could do with a laugh....

  79. At 05:34 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John Ravenscroft wrote:

    This little piggie went to market,
    This little piggie stayed home.
    This little piggie had roast beef,
    This little piggie had none.

    And this little piggie said: 'Wheee... several piggies on the moon!'

  80. At 05:37 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Brian Salt wrote:


    We were promised a web site where we could view the evidence on what Neil Amstrong said, but all we got was a pointer to bbc.co.uk/pm from Eddie.

    Not good!

    Brian

  81. At 05:41 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Richard Baker wrote:

    Neil: "That's one small step for a .. Hey, wait a minute! There's no stars, the flags are fluttering and the shadows are a bit dodgy!"

    Director: "Cut!"

    END

  82. At 05:45 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Glyn Roughsedge wrote:

    Armstrong: "Buzz, got the matches for the rocket?"

    Aldrin: "No Neil, I thought you had them"

  83. At 05:46 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Ostercy wrote:

    Actually is you listen carefully he says "One diant neap for Makrrrrkkkk". And there's an explanation; http://p209.ezboard.com/fdarkcafefrm18.showMessage?topicID=4387.topic

  84. At 05:47 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Glyn Roughsedge wrote:

    Aldrin: "What's a biant leap?

  85. At 05:50 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    So, did I win?
    (This is a question, and not a moon landing quote.)

  86. At 05:51 PM on 02 Oct 2006, cherry mosteshar wrote:

    I agree I wanted the web address not to be sent to the PM page. Give us the link before more people get irritated with your programme

  87. At 05:53 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    Re the seventies - I believe Barry Sheene used to advertise Brut.

  88. At 05:55 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Nikki Greenwood wrote:

    'one small step for (a) man - a giant step backwards for the moon'

  89. At 05:56 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    2, 24 and 25 all made me make audible laughter noises.

    I heard Sean/Shaun referring to shares in the shitty too.
    The guy is getting very lax - or does he just like us all to talk about him?

    In view of the news report, I think I'd have said "To be or not to be..."

  90. At 05:59 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Mick wrote:

    Thats one small step for a man, and... yep thats another.. and another .. yes I think I,m getting the hang of this

  91. At 05:59 PM on 02 Oct 2006, j such wrote:

    re M T Hussain pls push for a stay 1 month allowable under Pakistan Law due to Ramamdan.

  92. At 06:02 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    re 87

    Glad to hear you laugh again after stressing about work. How did it go? Did you meet the deadline?

  93. At 06:03 PM on 02 Oct 2006, b wrote:

    So, is it true you can write any old rubbish in here and other people read it?

  94. At 06:10 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Sloop wrote:

    Errr, Eddie there are loads of crates out here, with arabic writing on them and pictures of Saddam Hussein.

  95. At 06:17 PM on 02 Oct 2006, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Never mind the web-link to a rotten old quote.

    What I want is to be able to download a sample of Eddie's after shave.

  96. At 06:18 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Annasee wrote:

    87 - I heard it too as we were driving home, & said I just knew it would end up on the blog. But I did think someone would have given us the clip here so we could keep listening again& again & again. They're quick enough to put Charlotte Green on, I notice.

  97. At 06:56 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John W wrote:

    ..this'll wind up the pedants on Earth:

    To boldly go, where no man has gone before

  98. At 06:56 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Dave Britten wrote:

    Hey! This reminds me of someplace....Oh yeah...Iraq.

  99. At 07:33 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Rosie Pearson wrote:

    What strikes me is how the American worldview has shrunk since 1969. Today, the word "mankind" has almost disappeared from public speech, to be replaced by the word "America."

  100. At 07:37 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Wolf wrote:

    Well, that's a lie!

  101. At 07:47 PM on 02 Oct 2006, David Walker wrote:

    Think about it, Eddie!
    "One small step for man (no indefinite article); one giant leap for Mankind" doesn't make sense.
    "Man" without the article means the same as Mankind. The whole is self-contradictory when the "a" is left out.
    Put in the "a" and we get the brilliant metaphor that Armstrong intended!

  102. At 07:50 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John W wrote:

    BBC Censorship?

    If you listen again, the programme is cut off just as Shaun says
    "In the Sh...."

    Eddie/Lissa, do you have the originals?

  103. At 07:56 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John W wrote:

    ...even worse in the censorship, if you look at the schedule,

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/schedule/2006/10/02/day/

    you'll find that a whole swathe of the schedule, around the world at one, is strangly missing. I had to go in via Tuesday's (which says that wato tomorrow will be with Nick Clarke, so perfect enunciation and no more of these "slips"), only to find the listen again had been ruthlessly cut just as Shaun gets to the first vowel of his slurred "City"

  104. At 08:10 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Keith Muir wrote:

    "Grommit! The crackers!"

  105. At 08:21 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    re 92, thank you Fearless, you're a kind sort. Well, yes deadline met, but, without going through all of the details, now I have a related piece to write and so am going to be pretty busy again for the next couple of days. I'm hoping to be done by Thursday, then I can attend a seminar on Friday and just listen to other people talk. Just longing for Saturday: planing a bit of a lie in, a haircut and afternoon cocktails followed by wherever the fancy takes us. It's the anticipation that's keeping me going.

    re 93, yes.

    re 97, This pedant is not upset: There's actually nothing wrong with "to boldly go", other than that it sounds a bit clumsy. The idea that one mustn't "split" an infinitive is silly - "to go" isn't the infinitive: that is "go". To split it one would need to say "to gboldlyo". Or so I was taught anyway.

  106. At 08:33 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Usman wrote:

    I would say "Allahu Akbar" God is Great and then follow it by a prostration(although not sure how easy that would be in 0 gravity and space suit).

  107. At 08:38 PM on 02 Oct 2006, whisht wrote:

    [psshhhkkkkttttt]

    "Kirsty?"
    "Kirsty - are you there?"
    [sssssccchhhhhpsshkkttt]
    "Kirsty..? Its Eddie, Kirsty. Eddie, for his interview. I must say I'm really flattered..."

    "It's all a bit radio verite this Desert Island Disk thing you're doing..."

    "Hello..?"

    "Oh - don't close the hatch. No.. hello? Hello - I say, don't close the hatch..."

    [pffFFfffsshhhhhhhssscccccCCHHHhhkkkkttt]

  108. At 08:49 PM on 02 Oct 2006, chris ramsay wrote:

    I'd say "Crackers Gromit, we've forgotten the crackers!"

  109. At 08:52 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    re 105 Aw shucks! I just know what it's like to have to work for a deadline that means pulling out the stops, only to find that suceeding only means that you've been "volunteered" to do more on an even tighter timescale next time. Remind me to tell you about the WEEE/RoHS joy I got caught up in sometime. Don't worry, we'll keep you supplied with chocolate, crisps, & insanity while you work on the next bit:))

    Boldy going? I tend to be a bit of a pedant on that, only because my dad drilled it into me for so many years....

  110. At 09:05 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John W wrote:

    Aperitif (#105, at the moment, anyway)

    I wasn't planning on starting a debate on the matter in this blog, it was more a case of using the quote as first words on the moon that would then cause (I hoped) an even bigger debate on the grammar &c than the actual first words did...

    Afternoon cocktails during Sat PM, I assume, especially if sequin's on duty.

  111. At 09:16 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Grayling-Dabbe wrote:

    Love No. 88 - made me chortle with mirth. Also like "To gboldlyo" - what a great word.

  112. At 09:24 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John W wrote:

    By the way, welcome all new bloggers from an old fogie, do continue to gild the lily....

    Usman (#106).

    The moon has gravity, albeit a small fraction of Earth's; if it were zero, then the module would drift away as soon as it landed, and any astronaut who jumped would go into their own earth orbit.

    However, NASA/ESA/Russians/Chinese would get upset at you getting all that dust into every crevice of the space suit, apparently the suits NASA used were getting so worn out by the sharp angular dust in the few moonwalks of each mission that there was a danger of leaks. Might be better to do the prostration within the lunar module (and easier).

  113. At 09:30 PM on 02 Oct 2006, John W wrote:

    FF (#109),

    I've just got RoHS compliant switches that, if you try and solder with lead free, not only does not work but "poisons" the surface, and will not solder with anything after that.

    But work a dream using lead solder.

    OK, not exactly on thread...but a current rant.

  114. At 09:36 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Joseph Hughes wrote:

    'This is Major Tom to Ground Control.'

  115. At 11:30 PM on 02 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Pedantry? not tonight thanks. Don't quote me on that of course.

  116. At 11:33 PM on 02 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    SB115

    Two things:

    Shaun Ley mentioned his ‘busty’ exploits in the World at One newsletter last week.

    Oh, and, from the title, I was expecting this topic to include more of Eric’s thoughts on his favourite member of Steps - the former popular music combo. So which is it?

  117. At 07:46 AM on 03 Oct 2006, Nick clark wrote:

    One small step for man, a Tescos trolley up here?

  118. At 10:07 AM on 03 Oct 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Dollar hu Akhbar!

    xx
    ed

  119. At 10:39 AM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Fearless,
    re Remind me to tell you about the WEEE/RoHS joy I got caught up in sometime.

    Do tell - only, you'll need to explain what WEEE/RoHS means. From John W's later post it sounds (warning: sexist comment coimng) "a bit blokey" to me - kind of thing my Dad would understand right away, if it invoves computers and soldering...

    re Don't worry, we'll keep you supplied with chocolate, crisps, & insanity while you work on the next bit:)), thank you - you're a star :)

  120. At 11:03 AM on 03 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    re 118

    Trust me, it's too boring for words :( That's why they come up with Acronyms for them. The 2 acronyms stand for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, and Restriction Of Hazardous Substances. If you're involved in the electronics business, as I am, then it becomes a big deal, and the last couple of years will've been spent tearing your hair out over them...

  121. At 12:24 PM on 03 Oct 2006, David Pearson wrote:

    READY !!

  122. At 01:46 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Dave britten wrote:

    Are we still on the 'Small step for man' thing, or is this a private conversation on something else? Just thought I'd ask.

  123. At 01:51 PM on 03 Oct 2006, lucien wrote:

    I don't travel to the moon and back for just any man.

  124. At 02:00 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Ah, no, I have lots of hair thank you.

    David (121, presently), for what?

  125. At 02:22 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Dave britten wrote:

    123 - Who said you were coming back?

  126. At 02:41 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Has anyone spotted the bit on the BBC News Magazine ( here ) debunking the "Good luck, Mr Gorsky" quote? It's a shame, really!

  127. At 03:40 PM on 03 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Huh, any article which references a "leading moon-landing scientist" comes over as a tad whimsical anyway.

  128. At 03:54 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    It is a shame - I guess it's like the Peter Mandelson guacamole thing: Comedian says it, gets a laugh, it spreads rapidly, becomes legend and is assumed to be true... because one wishes it were!

    I heard it was to do with Mr G's wife granting him certain sexual favours though, rather than the more bland reference in the report.

  129. At 04:25 PM on 03 Oct 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    I guess that Auntie Beeb was trying to protect the young 'uns from reading things they shouldn't... I think I know what you're alluding to Appy, and it's the version I heard as well...

  130. At 10:33 AM on 05 Oct 2006, pan wrote:

    Woah! Get a load of the bounce in that cow!

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