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I'm very very well known, you know.

Eddie Mair | 13:34 UK time, Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Everyone knows who I am. Everyone.


  1. At 01:46 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    mmmm ..........Mispronunciation of 'Lord' perhaps?

    You've cheered me up. Thanks.

  2. At 02:01 PM on 22 Nov 2006, gossipmistress wrote:

    How ignorant! Everybody knows you're called Eric......

  3. At 02:03 PM on 22 Nov 2006, gossipmistress wrote:

    (parma ham parma ham parma ham....)

  4. At 02:09 PM on 22 Nov 2006, RobbieDo wrote:

    Now you can't be surprised. Laurie Mayer and you do look remarkably similar on the radio

  5. At 02:09 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    And it was Andrew Neill, of all people.

    Well, Eddie, just call him Neal next time. Perhaps he'll see the joke.

  6. At 02:25 PM on 22 Nov 2006, luc wrote:

    He was calling you 'Lorry' because you're so articulate. Possibly.

  7. At 02:30 PM on 22 Nov 2006, steve wrote:

    Re. the newsletter.

    If the hole in the programme is small enough, I think you ought to do a feature on a wood turner being featured on the V&A's web site. Believe me that is unusual. But then I guess I'm biased. ;-))

    What a sensible suggestion from the copper about heroin. Wasn't there a trial along similar lines in Liverpool some years back. Cut crime in the area by something like 80% I seem to recall.

  8. At 02:34 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Fiona wrote:

    .....I can't play it!! What does it say, what does it say....??

    But I do just have one question, if that is indeed the case (and I don't doubt you for a second Mr Mair) then why have I still never seen you featured heat magazine's Spotted column...???

  9. At 02:39 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Big Sister wrote:


    Great stuff!

  10. At 02:40 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Fifi wrote:

    The Orange Scotsman's tangue must have got tongled up.

  11. At 02:43 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Aunt Dahlia wrote:

    He probably thinks PM is just you thinking aloud.
    Thanks Luc LOL (whatever that means- I hope its not rude frogspeak)

  12. At 02:57 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Message for ValP:

    The old dog sends a big lick to his new fan.

    I'll try to post another of him in more nimble days.

  13. At 03:02 PM on 22 Nov 2006, silver-fox wrote:

    How dare ole' Brillo Pad get our Eric's name wrong.

  14. At 03:29 PM on 22 Nov 2006, luc wrote:

    Big Sis:

    Awww shucks!

  15. At 03:34 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Roberto Carlos Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR wrote:

    I am ready with my camera.

  16. At 03:56 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Shucks, yourself Luc.

    Y'all might enjoy this wee bit of audio, and well shucks, it might even sound a wee bit 'down home' to some of us....
    Y'all take care, y'hear.

  17. At 04:08 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Big Sister wrote:


    'Hows about' emailing Jonnie another image of yourself (if you don't entirely belong to Auntie - and somehow I can't imagine you do!) so that we can see you before Big Ben clipped off the top of your head? He could then use that on the PMBlogpost.

    Go on, go on, go on - you know you want to do it!

  18. At 04:32 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Deepthought (John W) wrote:

    Groundhog day:

    Audio clip plays :-), but no newsletter again :-(.

    (see yesterday's posting).

  19. At 04:39 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Eddie Mair wrote:

    Big Sister have you seen the time???

  20. At 04:43 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Susan Orty-Boyden wrote:

    Eddie "Two Dogs" Mair.

    It has a certain ring to it don't you think?

  21. At 04:47 PM on 22 Nov 2006, HelenSparkles wrote:

    Anyone up for the heroin debate? Taking the petty crime out of it could be straightforward, and not a bad idea methinks.

    BUT I was led to think about the country of origin, and the war on drugs, which is largely a US war which includes trade tariffs as well as funding localised efforts. All crops are sprayed, not just the coco/opium crops, effectively denying anyone any other means of cultivation even without the localised brutality which 'persuades' people to grow a marketable product.

    The crime we suffer here is largely petty crime, although there is nothing petty about the experience of those who suffer it. At the beginning of the trail is the organised crime, which is very organised.

    I realise an overall solution is huge, complex, and multifaceted, but we can’t forget we don’t exist in isolation.

  22. At 04:49 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Frances O wrote:

    Good stuff, Luc and fifi.

    What an eejit Brillo is. (No change there, then)

    Thanks, Eric, a good laugh

  23. At 05:01 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Fellow froggers,
    Another bit of audio from our old friend Charlotte Church

  24. At 05:06 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Frances O wrote:

    There you are, Eddie, a good meaty lead item. And guaranteed to get people calling, emailing and frogging.

  25. At 05:33 PM on 22 Nov 2006, JT wrote:

    like whatever

  26. At 05:55 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Frances O wrote:

    Eric, plugging not just the 'Today' programme but also its blog! So generous, so big-hearted!

  27. At 06:03 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Big Sister wrote:


    Yes. But where's the hair?

  28. At 06:04 PM on 22 Nov 2006, gossipmistress wrote:

    Susan (20) would he then be known as
    'Mair of the dog(s)'?

    Luc (6) very funny!

  29. At 06:10 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Deepthought (John W) wrote:

    Ed (23), Charlotte Green (SeaGreen), not Ms Church. She might be up for singing the shipping forecast.

  30. At 06:13 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Helen (21),

    There is a new 'thread' for the heroin debate. I agree entirely with what you have to say, especially about the destruction of farmland and folks' livelihoods which, no matter how long continued, will never solve the problem.
    In sadness,

  31. At 07:38 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Bill'n'Ben wrote:

    Ed (23),

    That was absolutely brilliant. Did I hear the faintest snigger towards the end?

    I'm starting a queue for Sea Green.

    Off to the beach.

  32. At 10:43 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Valery P wrote:

    Calm down Bill'n'Ben!

    Big Sis - Sam says Slurp, crashed out in front of the log fire, on his back, paws in the air!

  33. At 10:45 PM on 22 Nov 2006, Annasee wrote:

    A long wait at the dentists today. You know what they say about work for idle hands....

    Good evening, & welcome to Front Row. I’m Mark Lawson, & tonight’s guest is the famous Eddie Mair talking about the extraordinary PM online Photo exhibition he has organised.
    Tell us about the show, Eddie.

    EM: Well, we thought it would be great to get our listeners to send in photos of the world as they see it at 5 pm.

    ML: And did any respond?

    EM ;Oh yes, all of them. We were overwhelmed.

    ML: ALL of them? But that must have been thousands of photos

    EM: No, 35, actually.

    ML: 35???

    EM:Yes, wonderful response, wasn’t it?

    ML: mmmm…So, what sort of pictures did you get from your listeners?

    EM: Well, we had a lot taken through the car windscreen, showing motorway, the back of the car in front, that sort of thing.
    There were several showing the back of people’s heads, over the seat in front. I guess those were from bus travellers.
    Then quite a few that were out of focus but seemed to be views of other people jammed up very close to the camera. I presume those were our listeners travelling on local trains.
    We also had some of vegetables being prepared for dinner. And a rather disturbing one of a large pumpkin being cut up. I think that was from Anne P.
    One, of the footprints of a large dog across sand, no doubt from RobbieDo walking the dog. Then the empty champagne glass and the screwed up chocolate wrappers had to come from Aperitif.

    ML: Absolutely amazing – you seem to know all your listeners by name!
    EM: (Sighs) Well they’re always writing to me. Several times a day sometimes. You know the sort of thing, just little niggles like can I get their housing benefit increased, can I get their son –in-law into the BBC, can I get them exempt from the London congestion charge…
    I tell you, this fame thing has its drawbacks.

    Why, (laughs), recently several of them wrote saying could I get the PM newsletter delivered on time –Hahahahaha – I had to say to them, “Come on, I’m not G*d you know”

    ML:It’s been an absolute pleasure talking to you, Laurie. Sorry, Eddie. I do beg your pardon. (Can we just run that again please)

  34. At 11:51 PM on 22 Nov 2006, steve wrote:

    Thank you Annasee (32), brought me great relief having seemingly spent hours manipulating photographs. None for the "next big thing" which is just around the corner though :-) Funnily enough, out here on the west coast the newsletter comes in nice and early. Probably something to do with the resonance set up by your harp strings keeps bouncing it back.

    Re. moderation. I'm probably very slow here and have no doubt missed previous references to this but I have just noticed that it says that "Comments are moderated, and will not appear on this weblog until the author has approved them." Does this mean that Laurie stays awake to moderate all frogs? No wonder it's slow sometimes, poor man must be exhausted.

  35. At 12:06 AM on 23 Nov 2006, RobbieDo wrote:


    Superb stuff. Are you sure you weren't high on anaesthetic?

    I'm spending all day tomorrow driving from one end of Ireland to the other and back. I'll TRY think of another theme. What other show should he be interviewed on?

  36. At 08:25 AM on 23 Nov 2006, Annasee wrote:

    Robbiedo - emphatically NOT high on anaesthetic - rather the opposite - so happy because he fixed the broken filling with a bit of glue stuff ("bond" is the technical term). I was walking on air when I came out of the surgery!
    Enjoy the drive today -but who will walk the dog??

  37. At 08:55 AM on 23 Nov 2006, Anne P. wrote:

    Annasee (33),

    Thank You! If Lawrie does want photos I know what to send now.

  38. At 10:01 AM on 23 Nov 2006, Fiona wrote:

    Brilliant Annasee (33)......... a thoroughly enjoyable read to brighten up my morning! Still haven't been able to listen to the clip myself yet but think I have got the gist of it now!!

  39. At 10:45 AM on 23 Nov 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    Strange that Mark didn’t ask Eddie about the photo I took whilst working on that duodenal ulcer in theatre....

  40. At 11:32 AM on 23 Nov 2006, Annasee wrote:

    39 Dr Hackenbush - I think you'll find your photo was mistakenly filed under the "food preparation" category - they thought it was some kind of exotic steak cut.

  41. At 12:12 PM on 23 Nov 2006, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    That will make us all rest easier.

  42. At 01:36 PM on 23 Nov 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Oh dear Annasee! You've realised that I don't actually work for a living and really spend all day drinking champers!... Ah, that pic was from my dreams... In which case, why wasn't Eddie (wearing nothing but Speedoes) in it?

  43. At 06:54 PM on 23 Nov 2006, Bertie wrote:

    Been reading your comments on bullying -
    Came to this country in 1962 from Norway and it started at once.
    Schools were the worst;if it was a private school you just couldnt get away, it followed you everywhere. Many teachers were very good at it too.
    I learnt quickly that if you want it to stop you have to take the bullys on - but you have to do it in such a way they cant pay you back.
    Yes i have to leave several schools because i hurt the bullys.
    The worst was a secondary modern in the south Hams. That was out of school - first i was stoned then beaten with sticks i estimate there were about 14 in all. I then stuck a knife in one of them - police got involved and were going to prosecute me untill they discovered how many were on to me.
    Because none of the issues were ever resolved i had a nervous breakdown at 17 - violence etc - dangerous, just look at the record.
    I was called skitzophrenic and sectioned. They didnt even need to talk to me, the record spoke for itself.
    Electroshock, drug therapy and more - hopeless case.
    After a year or so i was no longer of interest, just fed the drugs.
    It took me 8 years to loose them
    After being told i would never hold down a job, or work i became a lab tech within 2 years, 12 hour shifts and more.
    The bullying followed - eventualy it had to stop.
    The man who was physically tormenting me at work ended up in hospital with a dislocated shoulder and torn ligaments - i had put in a couple of years learning judo.
    Surprisingly enough he stood up for me when the bosses were going to call the police, he said he asked for it, (in fact he did a lot more than just asking for it)
    So now i work for myself - the last 25 years in fact.
    I have recently learnt too that i may be inline for compensation for my incaceration, electroshock and enforced drug regime.
    I have reached the heights of my chosen career, but allways the bullying is there somewhere.
    It still happens but i have developed some unusual strategies to deal with the problem.
    The first is give much more than you get, make sure they know why so if theres a mistake it can be sorted, and lastly the best weapon is humour.
    Perhaps all this has taught me what happiness is;i live a very rich and happy life, and far more than that im free.

  44. At 07:04 PM on 23 Nov 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    I've been sent this:

    A Tory party viral ad campaign launches today called "The inner tosser". It features a young man being persuaded to spend beyond his means by an evil sidekick - "the tosser within" - who embodies the youngster's worst impulses and urges him to buy many things he can’t afford. David Cameron has made a number of spending promises he can’t afford because he has pledged to cut investment in public services through the “proceeds of growth rule”. He has not said who he blames for this.

    Can a political party really use the term "tosser" in an advertising campaign??? I'm stunned. Perhaps they don't know what it means?

    Can this get through moderation without me having to alter it?...

  45. At 09:57 PM on 23 Nov 2006, Valery P wrote:

    Annasee, wonderful, thanks! Why is it that my wasted time is just that - wasted?

  46. At 11:06 PM on 23 Nov 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:


    Thanks for that. I hear you.
    Vaya con Gaia

  47. At 06:34 AM on 24 Nov 2006, Rosalind wrote:


    What a horrendous story. And congratulations on your survival.

  48. At 05:42 PM on 26 Nov 2006, old fallopian wrote:

    So this is where my sister hangs out.
    PS Isn't it time we wrapped up warm?

  49. At 12:02 AM on 27 Nov 2006, Annasee wrote:

    48 - we used to "wrap up warm" on Broadcasting House - since Eddie has moved to PM we've got a lot more careless about such things, & now hardly even notice the weather. Could be because none of us go out any more, of course. The blog keeps us indoors over the computer all hours of the day & night. What's that? Midnight already? Must check to see what the new strapline is today...

  50. At 07:03 PM on 27 Nov 2006, old fallopian wrote:

    Yes, Annasee, I'm worried that all those people on the beach are running a risk of hypothermia.

  51. At 08:21 PM on 05 Apr 2007, RJD wrote:

    I think you should delete this one.

    Have you looked at the name?

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