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Today could be the day...

Eddie Mair | 12:26 UK time, Tuesday, 9 January 2007

...that this Blog explodes through the 20,000 comment mark! Thanks to our regular contributors - and the occasional ones too - we're at 19,867 as I write.



  1. At 12:31 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:


    Shall we do something like that Little Britain author character and send in lots of emails like


  2. At 12:32 PM on 09 Jan 2007, ian wrote:

    Maybe if you released the backlog in moderation / censorship / purgatory, it would do.

  3. At 12:34 PM on 09 Jan 2007, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    SB 19,868...

    Given the passing of Scooby-Doo's creator...


    ...are you going to have a feature on that as a thinly disguised excuse to use as many cartoo sound effects as possible?


  4. At 12:36 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Whatever happened to 'quality over quantity'?

    I can't help noticing that the BBC does not have a measure for the extremely high quality of our postings.

    As a Words Bird, I find that these things matter.


  5. At 12:48 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Just as a point of interest, Eddie, do you have a 'counter' to view?

  6. At 12:53 PM on 09 Jan 2007, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Fifi (1):

    You're a "words bird"? what kind?

    I'd guess a magpie. (Lat: Pica Pica)

    (How's that for quality? Ornithology and a lithographic pun in Latin...)

  7. At 12:56 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    I think there are dangers involved in this.

    Does anyone remember the thrill of our first 100-post day? And already there were attempts to sabotage the flawless software....

    Now, 100 in a single day is common, e.g. yesterday's brand new beach. What would happen if the supply was withdrawn?

    Tuesday January 09, 2007 at 12:55:51 GMT

  8. At 01:01 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Fiona wrote:

    So what does the lucky 20,000 poster win? Do you pop round to their house Eddie with a surprise knock on the door and a cheque for £20,000 - a la Keith Chegwin on GMTV or something or other ( not that I watch it folks !!)

  9. At 01:05 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    Big Sister (5) I have an image now of the Two Ronnies "Four Candles/Fork Handles" sketch...

  10. At 01:06 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Belinda wrote:

    Keith Chegwin is still alive?

  11. At 01:07 PM on 09 Jan 2007, The New Blog Prince wrote:

    I'm all for quantity.

    20,000 is such a nice round number.

    I wonder if I can rustle up something from the PM goodie-bag for the author of the 20,000th post?

    (answer - possibly not)

  12. At 01:11 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:


    It'll probably be his review copy of 'Tony Blair's Speeches 1997 - 2003 '..... or whatever yawnraiser he has in his (desk) drawers at the moment, if previous form is anything to go by. Am I right, Eddie?

  13. At 01:16 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Big Sister (1)....computer says Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!
    Seriously, that's no mean feat, so well done everyone

  14. At 01:24 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    re 7

    Ladies & Gentlemen will you please welcome Mr. J. Good and J's son, B. Good.

    Okay, okay, it was the best I could do to try to catch up with your humour ....

  15. At 01:37 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    But you forgot wee Johnnie!


  16. At 01:37 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Belinda wrote:

    Eddie - how about an Eddie Mair screensaver for the 20,000 poster?

  17. At 01:37 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Anne P. wrote:

    So Eddie,

    Given the comments about quality vs quantity and our persistent (and usually justified) concerns about moderation, disappearing postings etc, do you have a date yet for the release of Blog Version 2?

    Will it be released with a fanfare, or just slipped in to see if we notice the difference?

  18. At 01:42 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Member of the Public wrote:

    Good afternoon Mr Mair,

    With all this talk about hypocrites. Let's see if this gets the lamp swinging. You'll recall that after Labour was exposed trying to sell Knighthoods to the highest bidder, a lot of people may think that the reputation of the British honours system could fall no further.

    But with the elevation of the Irish rock star Bono in the recent New Year’s Honours list, I think the government has actually managed it. It's my view that Bono is the composer of pompous, overblown rock anthems who treats himself very seriously and demands everyone else does too.

    He’s so far up himself that he keeps his sunglasses on even in darkened nightclubs.
    Bono is to modesty what Shane MacGowan is to cosmetic dentistry.

    But Bono’s honorary knighthood, announced by email in December, is apparently more for his charity work than his singing – mainly his constant badgering of Western governments to give more money to the Third World.

    Very noble I’m sure. But as Bono is so insistent that taxpayers’ money be diverted from schools and hospitals in order to increase aid to Africa, surely he must be more than keen to contribute a fair share of his own earnings to the exchequer?

    Well, not exactly. It's reported that Bono’s 'band' U2 recently moved large parts of its music publishing business from Dublin to Amsterdam to avoid paying an Irish tax on royalties. So to me Bono is exposed as a bogus philanthropist; someone who is supremely generous and compassionate – so long as he is spending other people’s money. We can all do that can't we?

    When it comes to his own vast wealth the story is a little different. He is as grasping and tight-fisted as the next multi-millionaire, and starving African orphans – no matter how photogenic – can go hang. Who better to grace a knighthood?
    Arise Sir Bono – first class hypocrite.

  19. At 01:55 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Roberto Carlos Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR wrote:

    Great Blog.

  20. At 01:58 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh my goodness, Jason's now moved to 9. I can't keep up with this.

  21. At 02:01 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Fifi wrote:

    The Stainless Steel Cat (6) : Well, I have always thought of myself as a wise old owl (well, middle-aged I suppose) but the pun is irresistable!!!!

    Cheers m'dear, you've made my day.

    FiPicaFiPica ;o)

  22. At 02:11 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    Big Sister: boundary changes in the build up to the next election are to blame. The incumbent MP knows I have it in for him so I have been encircled and have now become part of Birmingham Ladywood in acknowledgement of my support for Claire Short's resignation.

    I will probably be number 10 by the time you read this. I promise, Eddie, you will get the first interview.

  23. At 02:24 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Molly wrote:

    What will happen to all the comments on the Blog no.1?
    There must be lots of paper-will it be a 'Blog roll'?

    I'm so sorry-it'smy first blog joke so don'tbe cross!


  24. At 02:29 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Perky wrote:

    Fiona (8) I'd be happy with Eddie knocking on my front door bearing only his wit and intellect. Who wouldn't take that over £20,000 any day!

    Slightly more realistically, this blog's true power is in the quality of the postings and the strength of its community. Let's celebrate that with a virtual group hug! Ahhhh.

  25. At 02:40 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Molly (23) : HAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!

    Fifi xx

  26. At 02:41 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Lissa, PM Blog Editress wrote:


    Further to the post the other day about the message you get when you post too frequently...

    (This is the one: "In an effort to curb malicious comment posting by abusive users, I've enabled a feature that requires a weblog commenter to wait a short amount of time before being able to post again. Please try to post your comment again in a short while. Thanks for your patience.")

    ...the ever-patient and never abusive Richard the Blog Wizard says it's a fair point that we make about it being annoying and he will ask the "support crew" look at it in the hope that hey might be able to make the filter a bit more lenient.

    Bless him.

    On the subject of MARC SETTLE I think he's been rather scared of by his outing by BigSis. We'll hand over formally on Friday I imagine with trumpet fanfare and flag lowering / raising.


  27. At 03:20 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Fiona wrote:

    Fair point Perky (24)........(although the cheque would be a nice bonus!)

    I'm hugging too..........

  28. At 03:31 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Lissa, PM Blog Editress

    I wonder, should that be "Editrix"?

    What does a support crew look like? Answers on a postcard, please.

  29. At 03:33 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    Lissa - we'll all be there, in the ether if not actually in the studio with you, that would be wrong of course.

    Still laughing about the Paddy and Eddie Show next door......

  30. At 03:34 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Support Crew in case previous post contained too long a link.

  31. At 03:39 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    The New Blog Prince - who is that then please?

  32. At 03:47 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    Love it Vyle!

  33. At 04:16 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Valery P wrote:

    That's interesting (well it is to me) I used italics in 29, but they've been moderated?

  34. At 04:47 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Lissa (26) : If Marc has been even slightly discombobulated by the blog, he's covering it well! I thought he showed remarkable poise, for a man unused to balancing on lilypads whilst frisky amphibians frolicked around him.

    Do pass on my compliments!

    Fifi xx

  35. At 05:21 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    SSC (6),

    Simply brilliant. Pica Pica is an endangered species at North Glen, but I'm temporarily without my 12-bore....


  36. At 05:26 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Maybe you and I should form a support group for the easily amused?
    Salaam, etc.
    Tuesday January 09, 2007 at 17:26:48 GMT

  37. At 08:57 PM on 09 Jan 2007, Philip wrote:

    Come on folks, don't pretend you didn't see Keith Chegwin on that Swap Shop retrospective over the Christmas break.

    By the way, congratulations to Carolyn Quinn on getting the 'Westminster Hour' gig. It makes up for Private Eye referring to her as 'Caroline' - how she must really hate that ! Or perhaps they had to alter it to avoid a libel suit.

  38. At 09:17 AM on 10 Jan 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Ed (36)


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