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Eddie Mair | 10:22 UK time, Wednesday, 10 January 2007

on the programme I write my own introductions. When you hear a rubbish one - it's mine. This is less possible with news that breaks while we're on the air - such as last night with the police story about the files on people convicted abroad sitting around on desks at the Home Office.

madmary obeserved on the "Paddy and I" thread:

"That was very funny Eddie. What made it funnier was that I was listening whilst you were struggling with summarising the problems of the police data base. I trust you've saved that snippet for another day."

Well - maybe this will help explain. It was one of those introductions I hadn't written, and, because of a large number of "live" items, I hadn't had a chance to read beforehand. So these are the words in the introduction, which I was seeing for the first time as I broadcast:

"More on the revelation that more than 500 criminals convicted abroad was left sitting in desk files in the Home Office and not processed. "

The BBC. It's what we do.


  1. At 12:54 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    And your 'fix' worked!

  2. At 01:12 PM on 10 Jan 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Testing for level

  3. At 01:26 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Gives new meaning to the words "rubbish introduction" anyway. Reminds of the English exercises I've just been doing with the 9 yr - old. "Correct this text".

  4. At 01:34 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    My offer to help kick the introductions into touch has been studiously ignored.

    Do you think I'm incapable of being serious, Eddie?

    I know I can do better than the stuff they're giving you at present ......

    (Oh dear, you don't think Marc wrote it, do you? No, it couldn't have been him .....)

    Eddie: Still no news about the cat repellents. Will you update?

  5. At 01:41 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Jo wrote:

    When I first read today's strapline I thought it said PM 'farmed for it its signature tunes'.

    That would explain it, then.....

  6. At 02:00 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Stephen, Leader of STROP wrote:

    Sorry Eddie, the grammar here is appalling. It should read:

    More on the revelation that more than 500 criminals convicted abroad were left sitting in desk files in the Home Office and not processed.
  7. At 02:03 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    jonnie: spirit level?

  8. At 02:10 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Whisht wrote:


    its also what this blog do's which is (one of) the reasons I was so interested in it at the start.

    then, of all trhings, I started conversations with people and.... thinking!!

    the blog - its what we do

    (ah, that could be a strapline...?)

  9. At 02:24 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    What IS the matter with the Blog today? Either some completely harmless postings have been moderated, or there's a massive bloggage somewhere.

    By midnight tonight, the whole thing will read like garbage.

    Ah well, I guess that's no different from the introduction written for Eddie ..... :-)

  10. At 02:28 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Jerry Cornelius wrote:

    PM - Getting it right, as often as not
    PM - never strapped for a line

    Do let us know when you've got enough straplines.

  11. At 03:19 PM on 10 Jan 2007, The New Blog Prince wrote:

    Re post 4. Big Sister - I can confirm that I was *not* responsible for the introduction (or "cue" as we call it in the business) which made Eddie stumble. If I want to put Eddie off his stride, I have much more effective ways of doing so...mainly by editing the programme.

    I was though inadvertently to blame for something *else* which went wrong in last night's show. Any ideas what it might have been?

    (clue - it was in the last half hour of PM...which we call "the back half")

  12. At 03:46 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Gillian wrote:

    New Blog Prince (11) You should not have told us that!!!! Now you'll be getting all sorts of jibes about Pantomime Horses.You're to blame for something going wrong in the back half? Really!!!!!

  13. At 03:51 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Belinda wrote:

    Marc (11) Whatever you were responsible for, could not possibly have been any worse than the quote about the Thames boating licencing thing:

    "I think that the River Thames boatsmen are simply out of step with the [governmental] experts here!"


  14. At 03:54 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    Marc (11): you don't seriously imagine we pay attention, do you? Take a look at all the things going on in the Window on your World shots...

    (And if the italics worked I will be well chuffed!)

  15. At 03:54 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Blog Prince, how lovely to hear from you!

    I didn't think it would be you. I wouldn't like to think of the fate of the offender ... Have they been demoted to tea duties for the rest of the week?

    I'll be back with you on the second half (back half) of your posting when I've had a think (and possibly a relisten).

    Incidentally, while I have your ear, can you explain why my postings with links to Eddie's clips on the BBC website have all, apparently, been moderated? Did Eddie not like them? They were all ones of particular interest to PM listeners (the birdsong one, the Nick Clarke link, etc.). I'm a bit puzzled.

    Now, I'll get back to you in a mo'.

  16. At 03:58 PM on 10 Jan 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Re: Jason (7)

    Spirit level ?

    Quite high still, after last night. I'd say over 80 milligrams in the bloodstream.

  17. At 04:07 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Bill'n'Ben wrote:


    Welldone, that's a good way of getting everybody off of the blog.

    We're now all "Listening Again".


  18. At 04:07 PM on 10 Jan 2007, madmary wrote:

    Oh Eddie I hope that you didn't think I was having a go at you!

    You struggled bravely on and you were professional as ever. You remain my favourite broadcaster on radio.


  19. At 04:24 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Blog Prince:

    Ah ha, The Robin Cook Epitaph!

    Gotcha, Marc! (Was that your: "I'll do one more", btw?)

    But you didn't corpse. Well done for that!

  20. At 04:34 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Frog Prince,

    Another sort of corpse?

    Wednesday January 10, 2007 at 16:34:28 GMT

  21. At 04:41 PM on 10 Jan 2007, The New Blog Prince wrote:

    Gillian (12); Your reference to "pantomime" is curiously apt. You've obviously been spying on our editorial meetings.

    Jason (14): I'd like to hope you *do* pay attention, where possible. It would make it all seem so much more worthwhile. And congratulations on the italics. The boy good done good.

    Big Sister (15): Not sure why any moderation may or may not have happened. Bear in mind though that I am posting from home (secret hideaway somewhere in the North Atlantic) so I can't clarify further with The Powers That Be (henceforward to be known as TPTB) and (17) yes that was me. UThe shame, the shame. And it's not the *first* time that has happened to me either...as my colleagues were only too keen to remind me yesterday.

    Now be good everyone, and play nicely tomorrow, as I'm out of the country for the day. Please don't take that as an opportunity to misbehave, Eddie will still be around.

  22. At 05:07 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Trevor Adcock wrote:

    Find the spelling mistake in the comments? "Licencing" - come on - how about licensing (noun - licence; verb - to license. Oh - and what spell check program do you use?

  23. At 06:07 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Belinda wrote:

    Apologies Trevor. I'll bring out my "English is not my first language, you jackass" excuse once again.

  24. At 06:34 PM on 10 Jan 2007, RJD wrote:


    That deserves 10/10

    and I'd settle for my English being as good as yours. There are those that say that people from Northern Ireland (like me) speak English as a foreign language!

    Nosey question which you can ignore if you like – what is your first language?

  25. At 06:55 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Reminds me that when Southern American cops ask to see your license, they usually ask you to, "please take them out."

    Wednesday January 10, 2007 at 18:59:19 GMT

  26. At 07:49 PM on 10 Jan 2007, admin annie wrote:

    Dear Blog Prince - why do I keep wanting to add 'of Bel Air 'to that I wonder? (no I don't really, I know why although I never watched it)

    anyway - what is this 'out of the country tomorrow' business. You've only being doing this for three days - you can't possibly need a holiday already!!!

  27. At 10:39 PM on 10 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    Stephen Leader! - happy 2007 to you, where have you been?

  28. At 04:14 AM on 11 Jan 2007, Annasee wrote:

    SCHOOL REPORT :BBC London City Blog Academy

    Student’s Name : SETTLE, Marc

    READING: Marc’s reading is above average. He has quickly mastered finding his name on the blog, and shows he understands messages and questions which are left for him. A promising student.

    WRITING: Again, above –average capabilities. Is fluent and amusing, and shows a good memory for other students’ names. Has mastered spelling and the correct use of apostrophes this term.

    MUSIC: Shows interest in choir music, and has started his own orchestral society at the school. Excellent work Marc!

    ART: Unfortunately Marc has not so far handed in this term’s work ( taking a self- portrait ) for inclusion in the school photo-gallery. We are sure he will achieve this module soon though.

    I.T. : Again, Marc has unfortunately not yet completed his assignment of creating a screensaver with his friend Eddie. We cannot tick the I T module off until we receive this work. Please see your Blog Tutor, Mr Richard, as soon as possible if you need help in completing this assignment.

    HOMEWORK: Marc has already achieved a good pass in the section “Blogging from home”. He is now working towards the final section of this module “Blogging from Bed”.

    ATTENDANCE: I am sorry to have to report that Marc has been found absent without leave this week, and is apparently going on a holiday overseas. Please remember Marc, any absences must be authorised with us first, and permission granted BEFORE you leave. It is not enough to report in from home and say you are going the next day. Try to do better in future.

    GENERAL: Marc has settled in nicely to his new surroundings, and made lots of friends.

  29. At 08:20 AM on 11 Jan 2007, LadyPen wrote:

    O Annasee (27) that IS funny! But what on earth were you doing up at that hour? Apart from writing reports . . .


  30. At 09:12 AM on 11 Jan 2007, Belinda wrote:

    RJD (24) - It's Swedish! Obviously, I don't use it all that often in Norfolk unless I am swearing at someone.

    Actually, I am amazed that my above message got through at all. Thanks censors!

  31. At 09:51 AM on 11 Jan 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Brilliant Annasee (28). Made me laugh out loud. I do hope Marc shows it to his parents/carers

  32. At 12:14 PM on 11 Jan 2007, gossipmistress wrote:

    Annasee hahaha! V funny. Are you also on Moscow time?

  33. At 12:47 PM on 11 Jan 2007, The new blog prince wrote:

    Anyone else noticed it'sa bit windy out? So much so that my ferry - well, not mine per se, but you know what i mean - was cancelled. A day out in calais quickly became breakfast in Canterbury, a trot round the cathedral and I'm now in a tea-rooms in Whitstable. Any suggestions as to how to fill my afternoon in Kent most welcome. Annasee...very funny, but i may have to have words with you later.

  34. At 01:20 PM on 11 Jan 2007, gossipmistress wrote:

    Your highness the New blog Prince... how about a bit of kite-flying...or wind-surfing (you might even get to Calais....!)

  35. At 01:26 PM on 11 Jan 2007, Annasee wrote:

    OOh, I am scared, NBP! (Don't mind if I use an acronym instead of your full title, do you? Only its a bit of a mouthful to type, if you know what I mean)

    Actually it was the storm here that had me awake at such an anti social -hour this a.m. Horribly wild outside. Our nasty cheap plastic chairs have been blown around the garden. The cat looks twice as big , being fluffy and windblown. Terrible draughts round every window & when someone leaves a door open. Is this global warming? If so, I don't think I like it very much.

  36. At 01:50 PM on 11 Jan 2007, Annasee wrote:

    NBP- if you're still stuck in Kent, perhaps you could take some photos for us to view on your return. "The New Blog Prince's Guide to Kent" kind of thing. Particular places of interest - ponds, puddles, water-lilies etc. Or even "What I ate for lunch". Get that Art project started.

    (BTW - you're not being sent to Calais on a thinly-veiled excuse to top up Eddie's cheap booze supplies are you? I do hope not!)

  37. At 02:03 PM on 11 Jan 2007, Helen Sparkles wrote:

    V.G. Annasee!

  38. At 02:20 PM on 11 Jan 2007, LadyPen wrote:

    Annasee (28) -
    Does 'Blogging from Whitstable' tick the box between 'Blogging from work' and 'Blogging from bed'?

    NBP (33) -
    I notice that the wind seems to have blown away your capital letters as well as your ferry. And my wheelie bin.


  39. At 03:22 PM on 11 Jan 2007, Helen Sparkles wrote:

    Whistable means eating to me!

  40. At 03:57 PM on 11 Jan 2007, The New blog Prince wrote:

    I've now made it as far as Margate. life doesn't get any better than a howling gale on a windswept beach in January. Ok, maybe it does, but that's the hand i've been dealt. The light is closing in and the rain is still sheeting down. Still, I could be at work. I've taken some photos, but sadly not of my lunch as the request came too late. If you're really lucky, and if I can master the technology, i'll put it up here tomorrow. I'm almost out of batteries so i'll say farewell for now. Farewell. (see? told you i'd say farewell)

  41. At 06:00 PM on 11 Jan 2007, eamon wrote:

    i heard that scottish secretary for defense on the programme a short while ago. he seems an odd sort of person for such a position, ties himself up in rehearsed phrases and has a wide boy feel about him.

  42. At 10:37 PM on 11 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    Ah, welcome New Blog Prince - one of our own, obviously! You'll do lad!

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