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December the 10th

Eddie Mair | 08:04 UK time, Sunday, 10 December 2006

and Fiona (Fifi unless I'm mistaken) sends this: "Aha!, and you thought you were the only ones with random reindeer eh! Okmy snap doesn't include any cbeebies presenters, fair point - but itdoes include not only the main man himself, but also his lovelymissus......... There you go. Merry Christmas to one and all (early I know!)"



  1. At 09:00 AM on 10 Dec 2006, madmary wrote:

    I think you are very much mistaken Eddie.

    Fiona is not Fifi and if she were Fifi then that means you would have posted two of Fifi's advent pictures and not mine! That's not fair! I'm going to sulk on the beach!

    I'm going to cry!

    Maryn :(

  2. At 09:41 AM on 10 Dec 2006, madmary wrote:

    I should have said it's a great picture Fiona!


  3. At 10:31 AM on 10 Dec 2006, eddie mair wrote:

    I am doomed to get everything this weekend completely wrong.

  4. At 10:31 AM on 10 Dec 2006, jonnie wrote:


    It'll end in tears

  5. At 12:15 PM on 10 Dec 2006, valery p wrote:

    Oh Eddie - how could you!

    Congrats to Fiona on an extremely Festive Foto. I hope you see the photo though, didn't I read last night that you are going to be incommunicado for a while? Worry, worry,,,,

  6. At 12:55 PM on 10 Dec 2006, Aunt Dahlia wrote:

    Eddie, I'm pleased to see you are taking your role in the panto seriously enough to go and get tips from a professional - and I don't mean Mrs. Naughtie,who would have to go some distance to lose her entirely amateur status.

  7. At 01:24 PM on 10 Dec 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    A new thread on a Sunday eh? Whatever next!

    Actually I had a dream about Eric this morning: We were all sitting in a classroom and he asked for our homework. Everyone passed their work forwards but I hadn't done mine! I just sat in the corner at the back hoping he wouldn't count them and ask whose was missing before he had to leave to go on air at 5... From wry presenter to autoritraian teacher?...

    I am seriously disturbed. That is a completely inappropriate way to dream of Eddie. I can, as you all know, think of much better ways to do that. Be assured that I have reprimanded myself.

  8. At 02:13 PM on 10 Dec 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Oh Appy! You and your dreams of Eddie! :-)

  9. At 02:46 PM on 10 Dec 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Oh Dearie me!

    I've landed myself in hot water with James and his garden picture (see yesterdays thread)

    It looks as if it was a PM cock-up!

    He said he definately marked the picture 'ADVENT CALENDAR' on his e-mail to PM.

    I'll also post this on the relevant thread so perhaps the picture can be removed from WOyW - if not no-one will be too bothered!

  10. At 02:52 PM on 10 Dec 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Hi Fearless,

    Yes, but what a waste this morning, what a waste...

    I've said it elsewhere but I need to congratulate Eric for telling the journalist Lauren Booth not to be so rude (to a fellow guest) on The Daily Politics on Friday. He did it with humour and gently enough to not be threatening, yet firmly enough to pull her up sharp.

    Eric Annan, the ultimate diplomat.

  11. At 05:58 PM on 10 Dec 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    An excellent programme just finished on File on Four, and I couldn't believe my ears! Folk should listen to what they actually say, sometimes...

    I have just listened again, and the relevant comment begins a little before 34 minutes, while one of British Energy's main spokesperson/apologists is speaking: "we have not, and we will never put any safety issues before commercial operation, and we're taking the business decisions to do that. We're putting the reactors back online, and they will come back on line when they're ready to do so."


    All the best

    P.S. I don't think that's what he meant to say ;-)

  12. At 07:54 PM on 10 Dec 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Re (11) Ed I

    Well spotted Ed ! Excellent and now in the audio store:


    How funny !

  13. At 09:39 PM on 10 Dec 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Rufus A B, should you happen by, please note that I would like to collect the kisses that you left on your bottom for me on December 6th. How might I go about it?

  14. At 11:02 PM on 10 Dec 2006, gossipmistress wrote:

    I do hope Johnnie & Eddie have spent the day on the naughty step (or should that be the 'Naughtie' step) for their misdemeanours!

    PS Does anyone else hate panto? Just me then.....

  15. At 11:16 PM on 10 Dec 2006, gossipmistress wrote:

    14 For 'Johnnie' read Jonnie!

  16. At 11:17 PM on 10 Dec 2006, Fiona wrote:

    I am both extremely excited and heartbroken at the same time. Excited that my picture has been published, thank you for that Eddie - and heartbroken as you don't even know who I am!!. Alas I am not Fifi (Hi Fifi btw), I am just Fiona (who is thinking of changing her frog name so to avoid any more confusion!!)

    And thank you Mary and Val P - very kind of you to say so, and yes will be on-line very infrequently between now and the New Year so lucky I checked in tonight.

    Goodnight all
    Fiona (the other one, that's not called Fifi :0))

  17. At 11:42 PM on 10 Dec 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Re: Fiona

    AAaah - Poor Eddie

    Don't change your name now Fiona. At least one thing is sure, he won't forget again.

  18. At 12:17 AM on 11 Dec 2006, james wrote:

    apology accepted, jonnie (9) (by the way it's definitely not definately - but then you are from Essex)

  19. At 12:22 AM on 11 Dec 2006, Mrs. Naughtie wrote:

    gossipmistress wrote: I do hope Johnnie & Eddie have spent the day on the naughty step (or should that be the 'Naughtie' step) for their misdemeanours!

    Now Dear,
    If you think to defame me in any of your gossip, you are wasting your time. Ever since Mr. Naughtie ... well nothing can embarrass me, but we don't speak of him.
    If you think that talk of men queueing at my door would be anything new, carry on.

    With best wishes,
    Mrs. Naughtie.

  20. At 12:41 AM on 11 Dec 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Jonnie and James, I do love being party to your exchanges. Even though you have made up can you please continue to communicate via the medium of the frog? I shall miss the little updates if you stop.

    James, Jonnie may have swapped an "a" for an "i" but have you seen the website he's made??? Surely we can also forgive a minor spelling misdemeanour?...

    Mrs Naughtie, come on then - why don't you speak of Mr Naughtie? Give us a clue...

  21. At 12:58 AM on 11 Dec 2006, james wrote:

    now jonnie, what about a nice pic of your dog, Rupert, in a santa hat, for the pm advent calendar - it would look alot better than the forlorn dog on Saturday - Rupert never looks forlorn - stupid yes, but never forlorn

  22. At 01:10 AM on 11 Dec 2006, Mrs. Naughtie wrote:


    Give us a clue...

    D'you know, My Dear, I almost wish I could, but we've not spoken of him for so long that I can't (for the moment) remember why we don't speak about him.

    I had a salutary experience today, well - yesterday, to be precise. I was speaking to a young lady who - having a son - desperately wanted her second child to be a girl. In order to avoid being disappointed, she convinced herself that the baby would be another boy. When the baby turned out (!) to be a girl she was very upset for an hour or so until she remembered that she really wanted a girl all along and had just been kidding herself.

    With the benefit of this example, I trust you will excuse me if I decline to go ghost hunting.

  23. At 01:24 AM on 11 Dec 2006, Prof. S. R. Pedant wrote:


    I am most impressed by the attention to detail shown by your acquaintances in the photo.

    I note that:
    Father Christmas has chosen to appear in his American style costume while Mary Christmas is wearing his traditional English style robe.
    The quadruped, which I am unqualified to identify definitively, is wearing his "running lights" in the proper orientation: Green to starboard, Red to port.

    Most impressive. Congratulations to all concerned.

  24. At 02:24 AM on 11 Dec 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Mrs Naughtie (22),

    That is possibly both the best and worst explanation imaginable. With that in mind you are, of course, excused. I shall remain curious. so if the ghosts do come back to haunt you and you would care to share at any point I will be, as I've heard said, "all ears".

    What a bizarre and wonderful thing this blog is.

  25. At 04:10 AM on 11 Dec 2006, Mark wrote:

    I gotta feel awful bad for that sorry looking reindeer, he'd better have a lot more help than seven more like him cause they've got a plenty big enough load to haul even without the toys.

    Prof S.R. Pendant, that may be an American style Santa suit but it looks like it was tailored by Omar the tent maker.

  26. At 07:50 AM on 11 Dec 2006, gossipmistress wrote:

    Mrs Naughtie (19) it wasn't the intention of the gossipmistress to defame you , I merely thought that a woman of such intellect and social standing was bound to be able to shape up a couple of errant boys in a jiffy.

    Aperitif (94) maybe we should get her squiffy at the christmas beach party then she may share her secrets.......

  27. At 10:27 AM on 11 Dec 2006, Fifi (not Fiona, Fifi) wrote:

    For a moment there I thought I'd had a blackout, during which I had a) taken a photo of which I have no memory, and b) emailed it to PM.

    What a relief that it is in fact Eddie, currently working inside a small tent under twelve feet of photographs, who is losing the plot!

    Fiona, et al, thank you for your good wishes. Lovely pic by the way.


  28. At 10:52 AM on 11 Dec 2006, Aunt Dahlia wrote:

    What's Mrs Naughtie doing with errand boys? Put them down at once dear.

  29. At 11:43 AM on 11 Dec 2006, valery p (Tumbleflump Holly-Hippoface) wrote:

    Forlorn Dog James, Forlorn? The cheek of it! I'll have you know he's a chirpy little chap and I just happened to catch him in pensive mood - wondering why he'd managed to eat all his presents already and if this was, mayhap, going to be a daily occurrence.

    Forlorn, huh. Up until that posting I had been going to congratulate you on correcting Jonnie's spelling, the d-word is a pet hate, BUT, instead I'll just draw your attention to the fact that Jonnie's got one in the Advent Calendar already, and Eddie's in hot enough water without making any more photographic blunders.

  30. At 12:08 PM on 11 Dec 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Thanks ValERY,

    And Sam is gourgeous.

    As you may be wondering who the Rupert that James refers to, he's in the foreground here:


  31. At 12:09 PM on 11 Dec 2006, jonnie wrote:

    Re : Appy

    Yes there are certain words I'll always get wrong.

    I must make an attempt though. I should start running it through a spell checker but that may cxause more problems.

  32. At 12:44 PM on 11 Dec 2006, james wrote:

    valery p

    apology - in honesty I thought he looked cute, in a one eyed sort of way.

  33. At 12:49 PM on 11 Dec 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:


    The up-to-date version of Firefox has inline spellchecking as a default (it has got inline and spellchecking marked as wrong at the moment) And I've got British English set up, so it marks center and theater and color and honor wrong as well.

  34. At 03:52 PM on 11 Dec 2006, valery p (Tumbleflump Holly-Hippoface) wrote:

    Jonnie - oh, Rupert's lo-ovely, and he doesn't look stupid at all, James - you're just a troublemaker!

  35. At 04:06 PM on 11 Dec 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Oh I think Rupert looks sweet too.

    Ed, "British English"? Are you on the same planet as Bill Gates? It's "English" - the clue is in the name. Anything else is a variation.


  36. At 04:29 PM on 11 Dec 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:


    Does what it says on the tin. If you don't specify, you get American, thanks to that consummate ideas-thief, Gates. I'm bilingual, of course, and probably more sensitive to creeping Americanisms, like when we learn that so-and-so is 'running' for deputy leader, or somesuch. Brits used to stand, but perhaps al Poodle's re-definition of the shoulder-to-shoulder posture has had unexpected ramifications?


  37. At 04:31 PM on 11 Dec 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:


    Ironically, the finest "English" is spoken in Inverness, though the Dundee variety is also very acceptable.


  38. At 05:50 PM on 11 Dec 2006, gossipmistress wrote:

    Aunt Dahlia

    What's Mrs Naughtie doing with errand boys? Put them down at once dear

    Put them down? Surely a reprimand would suffice........ Oh I see, put them down......

  39. At 07:02 PM on 11 Dec 2006, Helen Sparkles wrote:

    I was tasked to do something the other day, where on earth did that come from, how do such verbs occur?!

  40. At 01:02 AM on 12 Dec 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Sparkles (39),

    And did you action it?

  41. At 01:54 AM on 12 Dec 2006, Mrs. Naughtie wrote:


    maybe we should get her squiffy

    I heard that, Dear.
    It's nice of you to think of me, but no one has managed that since that handsome Leslie on V.E. Day.
    Mind you, now I think about it, no one has tried in the last 15 years or so.

  42. At 02:12 AM on 12 Dec 2006, Mrs. Naughtie wrote:

    Aunt Dahlia,

    I had the same trouble till I found my proper glasses. There was only ever the one errand boy (Ahh me), the others are allegedly errant boys, but that remains to be seen.
    As for putting them down, I hope that they will be too big for me to pick up.
    "Hope springs eternal ..." as they say. I shan't finish that quotation because of the word that comes at the end. It always had a strange effect on Mr. Naughtie, but we don't speak about him.

  43. At 10:27 AM on 12 Dec 2006, Helen Sparkles wrote:

    Aperitif (40) I didn't, & still haven't. Do you think being stunned by grammar will be an adequate explanation?

  44. At 12:02 PM on 12 Dec 2006, Aunt Dahlia wrote:

    None of you were obviously 'nuanced' at the time.

  45. At 01:22 PM on 12 Dec 2006, Aperitif wrote:

    Re 43 - for me, it certainly would be; for those who write such nonsense, I suspect not...

  46. At 02:13 PM on 12 Dec 2006, Helen Sparkles wrote:

    Aperitif (45) You were right, they do really want me to get tasking! Next they'll be asking me to ... (fill in the blanks) I can't think of anything, but am sure someone more clever than I can.

  47. At 03:07 PM on 12 Dec 2006, Fifi (and I'm still not Fiona!) wrote:

    What you need, dear Helen, is some finessing.

  48. At 04:22 PM on 12 Dec 2006, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    I have heard it said that there is no noun that cannot be verbed.

    So there you are!

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