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Your final postcards please!

Eddie Mair | 10:40 UK time, Thursday, 16 November 2006

I have four more cards to post...will try to do them today. If you have a postcard you've been meaning to send...please do it now, as we're going to stop posting them next week. They've been great and it's time to do something even greater.

It's sort of related to the thing mentioned below.

Is Common Agricultural Policy another clue?


  1. At 10:56 AM on 16 Nov 2006, Fifi wrote:

    I am officially clueless.

    Getting a bit lightheaded bating my breath now....

  2. At 10:59 AM on 16 Nov 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Flash, Common Agricultural Policy, (but only, "Is it a clue?")

    Perhaps it's to do with Sophie and her pals?

    Pets Corner?

    Or Jack Straw?

    Very in-t-e-r-e-s-t-i-n-g ....

  3. At 11:09 AM on 16 Nov 2006, Mrs Trellis wrote:

    Or could it be a community access programme? Am I getting warmer Eddie?

  4. At 11:18 AM on 16 Nov 2006, Deepthought (not deepthroat) wrote:

    No strap line again, and not a peep from Mr I Kew, either.

    Flash? CAP? "Is it a clue" (Big Sis). Sequin getting the Westminster hour.

    Humph and the team aren't taking over PM, by any chance?

  5. At 11:21 AM on 16 Nov 2006, Belinda wrote:

    something to do with flaxseed oil? Sending in photographs of farm animals?

    I'm stumped.

  6. At 11:26 AM on 16 Nov 2006, John H. wrote:

    It's taken some time, but I think I've got it: cowboys and indians! "Flash" the result that, along with "bang", comes from firing little "caps" in your replica six shooter. Ah, memories of a long past childhood where shooting indigenous North Americans was entirely valid on the basis that you were worried they were going to scalp you. I remember once getting into terrible trouble - or it felt like it at the time - trying to pinch pheasant feathers which I wanted so I could make myself a big headdress - like wot I had seen on the telly.

    Or perhaps PM is branching out into farming and we can all take turns at being Sam, the cow-man. Presumably, at some point in the recent shenanigans, Sam considered the possibility of a quick flash...

  7. At 11:28 AM on 16 Nov 2006, Anne P. wrote:

    Good grief Mrs Trellis (4) you don't really think they'd let us loose on the airwaves do you?

  8. At 11:47 AM on 16 Nov 2006, Hillman Hunter wrote:

    Is it the Member of Parliament for Rhondda - Chris Bryant.

  9. At 11:49 AM on 16 Nov 2006, jonnie wrote:

    My Mother who lives opposite, has just come over in a fluster.

    She has to do something called a beetle drive with other oldies for the church? She can't remember what it is and is worried she'll make a fool of herself.

    Do any froggers know what she may have to do. Been hunting on the net but can't find much out ?

  10. At 11:51 AM on 16 Nov 2006, OnTheLedge wrote:


    Now you're being daft. Of course it isn't!

  11. At 11:53 AM on 16 Nov 2006, John H. wrote:

    I know that by the time this gets published, it will be completely redundant, but this frog can be so frustrating. Just when you think that comments are appearing in reasonable time, the whole thing seems to just go to sleep for an hour or so and nothing appears. When this occurs mid-afternoon, I like to think that it's because PM people have more important things to do.. At other times, I find myself wanting to go and get treatment - "I can stop frogging, I can stop frogging..."

  12. At 11:55 AM on 16 Nov 2006, jonnie wrote:

    I see that the Today programme is auditioning for editors to esit a new year or Christmas show, I forget which without checking.

    Perhaps we should trial some froggers and give Roger and Rupert a break ?

    Who would you choose ? I'd like Anne !

  13. At 11:59 AM on 16 Nov 2006, Mrs Trellis wrote:

    Anne P (6)
    Not for an instant but, it would be kind of fun!

  14. At 12:01 PM on 16 Nov 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Mrs T (4) and Anne P (6)

    They could do a community access hour on DAB for an hour. The Daily service and Parliament have there own little spaces reserved - or on the net.

    It could be called 'Froggers on four' and we could delegate a daily presenter. For instance Deepthought or Big Sister, or Ed Iglehart if his accent isn't too strong -- or Simon Worall as he looks big and butch.

    They set the agenda and read out comments of a slightly faster blog platform than this.

    Bit like the music channels on SKY with all the texts from people scrolling underneath.

    Perhaps not ;-(

  15. At 12:16 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Anne P. wrote:

    Jonnie (10) was a sort of civilised version of hangman which permitted it to be played by Brownies in my far off youth.

    Dice are thrown and for certain values you add a limb to a beetle on a card - first person to a complete beetle wins.

    That's all I remember I'm afraid, but I'm sure you could invent it from there on in.

  16. At 12:33 PM on 16 Nov 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Re: Anne P (16)

    Don't think it will tax her brain cells too much then!

    I told her that I'd ask you and she was fascinated by the blog - she sais Ah! Eddie Mair - he's the one with the lovely voice - isn't he ?

    She's normally a Simon Bates lady with Classic FM !

    Wonder if he has a blog ;- It's be very surreal if he did.

  17. At 12:41 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Simon Worrall wrote:

    Jonnie (16) it's the New Years Day 'Today', but you have to have a definite agenda and ideas to put across. Then, if you were one of the fortunate ones shortlisted, you had to make your pitch to the great British public, who would then vote for their choice. I heard one such pitch and was underwhelmed.

    I'm all in favour of having some of the fragrant ladies from the beach having a crack at the PM job. In no particular order, Appy, Mrs. T & Anne P. With Fifi and Annasee providing musical accompaniment (perhaps reviving the PM theme tune?).

    Re: the idea about 'Froggers on Four'; Nice one, but I'm way too opinionated & nasty to be a success doing something like that. Thanks for the thought though....

    I do like the general idea of blogging, but 99.9% of the ones I've seen are navel-gazing idiots without a great deal to tell because they don't have any personal background. This one is mightily different, because it combines comment and debate on hard news items with places to go off-message and be thoroughly silly. Most refreshing.


  18. At 01:19 PM on 16 Nov 2006, andycroak wrote:

    Flash? Cap? Maybe it's a photo competition, which Wolf would win?

  19. At 01:21 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Valery P wrote:

    Jonnie - rules as I remember:

    You have to start with a 6 because 6 is for body and you must have a body to start (no cheating and having random detached limbs.

    After that, you can make up your own,
    2 for head,
    3 for legs (as many as required depending on patience of participators, but DO decide beforehand, TD who is and always has been an inveterate rule re-negotiator used to demand leniency for age etc, DO NOT ALLOW)
    4 for antlers/antennae whatever they're called (antlers was of course TD's name for them)
    5 for eyes

    Off you go. A beetle drive per se is set out a la Bridge, tables of four, and the winning two from each table "progresses" to the next table. It's to make it a sort of chummy, sociable thing. Pre speed-dating obviously!

    Do let me know how it goes Jonnie?

  20. At 01:31 PM on 16 Nov 2006, jonnie wrote:

    And Simon (18)

    Thanks for not getting uptight about your name !

    It's Worrall

    I must recite that a thousand times.

    As you all clearly know I don't preview or spell check but will make an effort after glancing over some previous comments.

  21. At 01:34 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Jonnie (15),

    My accent is strongly mixed (with much borrowed vocabulary), and my voice is one of the overlooked treasures of radio (he said modestly). I was hoping someone would ask me to come on air to speak about Buy Nothing Day, but so far no rise to the bait.


    Kalle Lasn would do a better job, and I'm sure he'd be willing.

  22. At 02:03 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Mrs Trellis wrote:

    jonnie. You can now buy this game (sorry Ed) it is called build a beetle and is remarkably good fun for such a simple concept.

  23. At 02:05 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Mr. I. Kew wrote:

    Lissa Blogmistress
    Fix'd straplines for next two months;
    Nairy one today.

  24. At 02:21 PM on 16 Nov 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Re: Valery P

    Thank you very much, I've just telephoned over the info.

    However a disaster involving something called Spelt and her Panasonic breadmaker may have taken over preceedings.

    You are all very clever, and better than google!


  25. At 02:28 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Fifi wrote:

    Mrs Trellis ... welcome to the ranks of the 'fragrant ladies'!!!!


    Oooh, stop it! :oD

  26. At 02:31 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Annasee wrote:

    Common Agricultural Policy - Eddie you're not going to ask us to start sending in SHEEP now are you? Where would we stick the stamps? And it would have to be "Large Letter" so that's starting to get expensive. Frankly I think you're pushing your luck with this one. I suppose we could always scan the sheep, but really, have you tried holding a sheep on a scanner so you can get the lid down properly? It's quite tricky.

  27. At 02:32 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Big Sister wrote:

    Mr. I. Kew

    Blame Sequin. She probably pressed the wrong button while she was putting on her lippie.

  28. At 02:53 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Mrs Trellis wrote:

    Fifi, *smile* And I am ever so fragrant ;o)

  29. At 02:59 PM on 16 Nov 2006, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Flash...Common Agricultural Policy...one more than one thousand six hundred and fifty nine...

    Flash... CAP... 1660...

    Got it!

    Eddie's starting up a Club 16-60 Holiday group for all froggers, with a PM uniform of flat CAP and dirty mac' for the flashing.

    Count me in!

  30. At 03:23 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Belinda wrote:

    1660, could, conceivably be written 16:60...which is another odd way of saying 17.00, when PM comes onto the air. How that comes in with Lord Flashheart wearing a flat cap though...I have no idea.

  31. At 03:37 PM on 16 Nov 2006, jonnie wrote:

    As the Newsletter points out it's all about us 'YOU' etc..

    That and the flash and agriculture.

    Could it be photo's of us and our pets ?

  32. At 04:11 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Valery P wrote:

    Jonnie - glad to be of service, and you even "spelt" my name correctly too!

    I do have a breadmaker, but it's woefully underused - can't get over the huge hole it leaves in the bottom of the loaf after it's baked it. Any suggestions welcomed, however. Also someone brought some fabby onion bread to the Beach the other day, sorry I can't remember who (not Mrs Trellis!) one of the other gals, I suggest you put out another plea.

    I think spelt is a sort of starter for, not rye bread, but some other kinda special stuff my incredibly clever sister-in-law in Canada makes. When she's not weaving. Or knitting. Or working full-time with 3 children. Inadequate, moi?

  33. At 04:41 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Belinda wrote:

    I use Spelt flour for bread-making. It stops the bread from crumbling but I have found that it tends to make the bread stick to the bottom of the tin.

    I think this post won the 'most boring post' ever competition. Sorry about that.

  34. At 04:42 PM on 16 Nov 2006, John H. wrote:

    Valery P (33), I bet your sister-in-law in Canada is an incredibly lovely person, too, isn't she? Some people are just intolerable.

  35. At 04:47 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Annasee wrote:

    Isn't "spelt" a very ancient variety of wheat? You can buy spelt flour in certain terribly posh delis or grocery suppliers, I think.
    (I make bread but not with a breadmaker - plastic bowl is cheaper!)

  36. At 04:48 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Valery P,

    Maybe it's a baglemaker.

  37. At 04:53 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Anne P. wrote:

    If I remember correctly (and I frequently don't) spelt is a primitive form of wheat and often eaten by those with a wheat intolerance.

  38. At 05:06 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Aunt Dahlia wrote:

    Valery - jamais!
    My favourite supermarket sells a box marked 'spelt breadsticks' which are yummy, but my LIPH (live in petrol head)
    merely looked at the packet and said 'well, it would be wouldn't it'
    Can I have £5 too please?

  39. At 05:20 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Mark Drew wrote:

    Eddie, Shame Shame Shame on you!

    Closing the postcard opportunity. I had just finalised a booking to fly down to Cadiz at the end of next week to search out a unique postcard for the blog.

    What is the reason for the closure?
    Running out of space?
    Too much effort to scan and load?
    Replacement by something far more exciting?
    None of the above?

  40. At 05:30 PM on 16 Nov 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Valery you have been so helpful, Thanks,

    She is thrilled and scored 47 !

    She couldn't get a six at first but then got loads. Anyway all proved very good fun and brought in some cash for St Peters church in Bournemouth

    As for the breadmaker Mum agrees about the hole in the bottom. She had to resort to scooping it out of the breadmaker and slinging it in the bottom oven in the AGA so she'll let me know what the result is !

  41. At 05:36 PM on 16 Nov 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Re: mark (40)

    Eddie decided it was 'Pointless'

  42. At 06:18 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Frances O wrote:

    And there was me thinking a beetle drive was something about herding six-legged hard-carapaced crawly things.

  43. At 06:33 PM on 16 Nov 2006, anne wrote:

    Mark (40) - you're going to Cadiz! You lucky lucky man, I could only be more jealous if you had said Seville. I can see where it might be disappointing that you can no longer send Eddie a postcard and expect it to be put up on the frog, but I'm sure you will still find it worth going.

    Given the outing of various other people who have been posting under several different names I can truthfully say that I have only ever frogged under my real name of Anne ( which incidentally I loathe ) but as we now have two Annes i.e. me and Anne P I thought I would now change to Admin Annie which was a nickname given to me in a vacation job by the man who eventually became my husband. Just so we don't get confused.

    This does of course rely on me remembering to do it!

  44. At 07:44 PM on 16 Nov 2006, Anne P. wrote:

    Anne (43) do sympathise about the name, though I don't actually hate mine.

    I've previously mentioned wanting to be an Esmeralda, but when I was at secondary school there were 7 of us all called Anne/Ann in our year and two were Anne Smith. As a result none of us was known as Anne, but by variations on our surnames. As a 'Wilson' I became Wilhelmina! Ugh.

    Give me Esmeralda every time.....

  45. At 09:46 PM on 16 Nov 2006, admin annie wrote:

    Anne P - I had much the same trouble in A level french - 7 in the group and three Ann(e)s. As the only Anne as opposed to Ann I was Anne with an E - shades of Lissa with an A there. Wilhelmina I would not have appreciated.

  46. At 11:56 AM on 17 Nov 2006, Valery P wrote:

    Anne's - when I was at school, we had 3 Ann(e)s and 3 Elizabeths in the year.
    I was also alive when trolls came around for the first time (bear with me on this one), and we had a wonderful game where they all had names, and we made them clothes and houses out of shoeboxes with furniture out of matchboxes (very Blue Peter). Anyway, mine had green hair, and I called her Esmeralda.

    Perhaps that wins the book token for the most boring post now?

    Jonnie - so glad she enjoyed the Beetle Drive, more power to the church fund. Re the baking in the oven idea, yes I've a friend who does that, but my reservations are that the whole point of the breadmaker was that it was magic (well aren't all these things, juicers etc) and you just whopped it all in and voila you got a fully formed loaf out the end. Too much faffing about it you've got to hover over it and co-ordinate the separate oven thing.

    Ed I - bagelmaker, I love it! Or doughnuts perhaps?

    Aunt D 39 - Lol! Your LIPH has a gsoh.

  47. At 01:05 PM on 17 Nov 2006, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Aunt Dahlia (39)


    Seriously, we have tried spelt bread from a posh bakery, but it always seemed rather dry.

    Been away for a couple of days, so haven't had time to read most postings carefully.

    Disappointed about the curtailment of postcard sending; I was planning to send one from my Christmas Day beach in Cornwall...

  48. At 01:13 PM on 17 Nov 2006, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    And I haven't used any other pseudonyms. This one is just an anag. which someone gave me many years ago, long before I had 2 hernia operations. My experiences were so different at the same hospital that I have often thought it might help them if I wrote a short story entitled, "A Tale of Two Hernias".

    Does that win the prize for being boring?

    "I don't make conflakes for anyone else."

  49. At 02:38 PM on 17 Nov 2006, Aunt Dahlia wrote:

    Who would you want to play Hernia?
    (private note to Manual M'Oderatores - I think you're luvly)

  50. At 03:14 PM on 17 Nov 2006, Valery P wrote:

    Vyle Hernia - that's really odd. I was walking Pluto/Fido/Sam the other day and randomly (as TD would say) found myself trying to re-arrange your name, as it struck me that it sounded like a crossword clue. Couldn't make anything from it though, bit rubbish at anagrams....
    Cue for others to have a go?

  51. At 04:33 PM on 17 Nov 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    I rember thinking that you and Vyle were the same person a while back Valery, you being a "Valery H" underneath it all and Vyle Hernia being an anagram of Valery Hine/Hein. But then, I sometimes feel that Vyle might be a bloke.

    Am I even close Vyle?

  52. At 06:16 PM on 17 Nov 2006, John H. wrote:

    Neil Harvey?

  53. At 07:21 PM on 17 Nov 2006, Valery P wrote:

    Might have known you would do crosswords John H!
    The only thing I can make out of my name is Very Layed Woo - but that's not very nice is it?

  54. At 07:22 PM on 17 Nov 2006, Valery P wrote:

    Nope, missed a letter out, Very Layed Woho. Worse?

  55. At 07:40 PM on 17 Nov 2006, Valery P wrote:

    Right, that looks stoopid, they've posted my second post first, and my first post not at all, at the moment.
    Sigh - time to go to the pub I think, see y'all later.

  56. At 11:36 AM on 18 Nov 2006, John H. wrote:

    I don't, believe me. I don't know where that came from. I wonder if vyle will mosey on by and tell us if it's right.

    After I came up with that, it got me thinking about anagrams and I found this:
    And just now I wondered if you could use it "backwards" and you can! So if it's not Neil or Nile, it could be "A Vile Henry" or even "Evil Ray Hen" (other anagrams are available - about 238 of them!).

  57. At 10:55 PM on 18 Nov 2006, Valery P wrote:

    Isn't t'Internet wonderful?

  58. At 10:06 AM on 27 Nov 2006, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Awfully sorry. I haven't kept up with recent posts - too many of them to read. Work away for a day and you've lost the plot.

    I had to use Google to retrieve this thread, and, John H (53), you are quite correct. Well done, Appy (52), for spotting my sexism.

    Some folks are old enough to remember a famous Australian cricketer of the same name.

    Maybe if my colleague had known about the other 237 anagrams he might have chose something different. On second thoughts...

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