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Eddie Mair | 12:31 UK time, Thursday, 5 October 2006

Even before I start, I know that this is going to take a while. And I think a few of the postcards will appear sideways. Please be understanding. But thank you for all the cards. We love them. I love the stuff on the back...either the scribblings of bloggers or the sometimes odd descriptions of what's on the front.

Keep 'em coming to the address you'll find on previous postings.

This first one has a stamp from the Netherlands, but appears to come from Kit Tyrrell in Gloucestershire. The words underneath are "Prosit Neujar" which is Dutch for "James Naughtie".


Next we have a charming card from "C" who found it on a charity stall. C has listened to PM since the mid 70s...but finds the portable radio on the bus often cuts out.


Cathy sent is this as she had been "wondering where to send this card". The blurb says "70 million years ago Triceratops faving the enemy, Tyrannosaurus. The blurb is repeated in several languages. 70 millioen jaren geleden: Trceratops oog in oog met de vijand, Tyrannosaurus.


Sandra Jenkinson in Portsmouth sent this one which, I can assure you, was cut from a cereal box.


John Wilson in Whitchurch sent this delightful watercolour: John Nicholson


Carey, Bruce et al sent this saucy card with an even saucier message on the back which included: "mine's the one on the right with the spanner"


Jane offered this depiction of what she described as the PM Production Meeting..."I can see Sequin in the kitchen"...


Susan Orty-Boyden offers "this is 5pm where I live"...


Madeline Fraser sent this "broody landscape of stone age Britain" in part to thank us for our work on current affairs when "I'm too tired or lazy to read a newspaper".


Charmingly, Alexander wrote on his card: "saw this and thought of you".


Anne Powers wrote something about "keep it up Lissa", but despite that I've included it...


And finally for now (though one lovely Miami postcard didn't scan...we're working on it Roberto), Aperitif wrote that he/she had just remembered having this..."been looking for someone to send it to"...



  1. At 12:48 PM on 05 Oct 2006, big sister wrote:

    A veritable 'embarrasse de richesse' or 'cornucopia', - or should that read "corny cop out"?

    I take it back, Eddie, you're a ***STAR***

  2. At 12:49 PM on 05 Oct 2006, ontheledge wrote:


  3. At 12:51 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    Great! I’ll just distort my eyeballs so I can look at them.

  4. At 01:12 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Ms Primnproper wrote:

    Mr. Ed: Your headlines are getting too saucy by far. You should be ashamed of yourself. This is a very clean, proper, blogsite.

  5. At 01:51 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Rufus T. Firefly wrote:

    Very good Ed,

    I do like the picture of the herd of yaks. Tibet or not Tibet?

  6. At 02:23 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Carl Goss wrote:

    Newsletters about blogs, blogs about postcards, podcasts about news, and now you're scanning!! are there no end to your talents Eddie?
    By the way you're on air at 5

  7. At 02:32 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    It’s not Tony Blackburn, is it...

  8. At 02:50 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Jezetha wrote:

    The first postcard is German, not Dutch. Is the stamp really from the Netherlands? The card is as German as Sauerkraut. 'Prosit Neujahr' combines 'Cheers!' with 'New Year'. In Dutch it would have read 'Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!' Just to clear things up...

  9. At 03:05 PM on 05 Oct 2006, liz wrote:

    That postcard from the Netherlands puts me in mind of my own New Year spent there. I see the frogmen in the picture are drinking from those funny glasses that you can't put down (well, only after you've drunk the lot). Has anybody else seen these? They're a winner if you want to make a party really go.

  10. At 03:12 PM on 05 Oct 2006, anne wrote:

    appy, where on earth did you find that card? and should I recognise the man in the picture? he looks vaguely familiar, but maybe he just has a generic look.

  11. At 03:52 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Jan Hill wrote:

    Eddie, I sent my postcard about five days ago but do I see it on the blog? - No!!

    Obviously you haven't found the time to post it.

    For goodness sake stop wasting time with all that politics and war stuff and get on with what's really important.

  12. At 05:07 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Andy Mabbett wrote:

    Can Eddie sayl "breach of copyright"?

  13. At 07:22 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Anne (10),

    You'll kick yourself... it's a young(ish) Oliver Reed. I can't remember where I got it from - I think it may have been among a collection of those free ones that advertise stuff that one can find in pubs and cafes and the like. But then, that doesn't really make sense because it's not advrestising anything (apart from "being Oliver Reed" or "beer in general" or "smiling in a slightly smug manner" or "growing a plant out of ones pint of beer"... none of which strikes me as having the potential to benefit commercially from the production of free postcards).

    Maybe someone gave it to me.

  14. At 08:32 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    If you click on said (13) postcard image, when it pops up in the side bar - and ignore my unhelpful comment - you’ll see that the uploaded image has been tagged as Oliver Stone. You’ll need to be putting them right on that.

  15. At 09:08 PM on 05 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Do I detect a John W in that illustrious list? not to mention an Anne, Susan O-B and of course Aperitini! Which other froggers are there without their noms des plumes (when in doubt put an s on the end in French I always find.) If I am not mistaken I think I see a nod to a chatbot too?

  16. At 09:10 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Oh dear.

    Maybe they meant to say "Oliver, stoned"?

  17. At 09:13 PM on 05 Oct 2006, anne wrote:

    yup, bruised ankles as I kick myself Appy. Of course it's Oliver Reed, I can see it now. He's never been a particular heart throb of mine, I tend to the more obscure to moon over, but even so should probably have recognised him. And even I wouldn't have put him down as Oliver Stone!

    Maybe it's a publicity shot of him in a play; I have a few RSC ones featuring some of the aforementioned obscure people kicking about somewhere.

  18. At 09:49 PM on 05 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Yeh, a Chatbot that can post cards - even cleverer than we thought (or is Eddie just teasing us?)

    Anne, it never occurred to me that he would be anyone's heart throb, but I guess he probably was before the drink got the better of him? I just thought it an amusing photo.

    Jan (11), I thought you said you sent the 'PM production meeting' card? Have you not just been given an erroneous "e"?

  19. At 10:21 PM on 05 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Perhaps it's Lissa's leftover "e"? Or the "e" off the back of the bus to Pluto?

  20. At 10:35 PM on 05 Oct 2006, anne wrote:

    no Valery I'm definitely not there yet, although I'll be sending a pointless postcard in from Oz next week sometime and if you ask Lissa nicely she might put it up for you, despite my dislike of her fancy footwork whihc obviously isn't personal.

    I gather OR was quite someting in his younger, slimmer soberer days Appy, but obviously before our time!

  21. At 11:07 PM on 05 Oct 2006, valery pedant wrote:

    Oh good grief, but I remember him when he was younger, slimmer and so on! Women in Love caused quite a stir when I were a teenager!

    Have a great holiday when you do get there Anne, I take it you are well-organised on the passport front then? I'm getting twitchy now....
    You'll know if we get there though, because I'll send one with a secret code. Haven't decided what it will be yet, thinking cap on.

  22. At 12:10 AM on 06 Oct 2006, Rufus A Bairzarce wrote:

    sb 22

    That postcard of Oliver Reed must be worth a fortune.
    It's a rare un-autographed one.

  23. At 10:19 AM on 06 Oct 2006, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    I'm off to Basingstoke next weekend. Should I send a postcard, or will that be too pointless.

    Ps, has my postcard from Pluto arrived yet? I know intra-galactic post can be a little slow!

  24. At 11:49 AM on 06 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Rufus A B (22),

    It's been bothering me for a while - the animal in the well known phrase was always a badger in my part of the world. Why a bear?

  25. At 01:08 PM on 07 Oct 2006, Rufus A Bairzarce wrote:


    My Dear Ms A,
    I puzzled over your question for a while before I realised the full implications. Why, I wondered, was your sett so interested in badgers?
    Then the light bulb went on. You are not the first person to have imposed an anglicised pronunciation on my surname. It's sort of "buyer-zar-chay".

    To reply to your question: I am no more familiar with a badger's anatomy than with a bear's but I suspect that the latter's is significantly larger and possibly even less pleasant. I have no evidence to support my supposition (no near-pun intended) and I have no plans to change that ignorance. Well ... not unless you really insist.

  26. At 03:34 PM on 07 Oct 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    OK Rufus, but I don't buy any of it. The bear's may be larger but I reckon the wee badger's will be rougher.

    I did some work for a similarly named business many years ago and, rising above silliness of some of my more childish colleagues, insisted on pronouncing the trading style "Roofuss A-ber-yah" when dealing with the buiness' accountant. Until he pointed out to me that it was meant to be humourous and should indeed be pronounced "Rough as a badger's".

    Why did the childish ones find it even funnier after that then?

    The name was spelled "Rufus Abajahs" btw.


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