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And the winner is: Scooch

Eddie Mair | 11:56 UK time, Monday, 19 March 2007

It's always a bit of a whirlwind, catching up after holidays. I've been replying to old urgent emails from people in other bits of the BBC saying things like: "Hey what was the name of that woman you interviewed last Friday?" or "can you present our programme on Tuesday", or "I am a senior BBC executive but I appear to have a cat on my head, what should I do?"

Ronnie Corbett is on the front of the Daily Mirror today, pointing. Why?

Upon my return I hear that (and I hope you're sitting down for this) we've discovered another way we let down people with this Blog. Oh yes. Just when you thought we'd run out of ways! To be fair, this dates back to Day One - but we intend to right the wrong. If we've time, as we watch every single moment of the Phil Spector trial. I know the judge is worried about meeting a Wall of Silence.

And I still have that Julie Andrews book on my desk. I will do something about it. I promise.

One other thing: we are about 300 or so comments away from our 30,000th. Good grief.


  1. At 12:15 PM on 19 Mar 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    Welcome back!!

    Let down? By this blog? Never let down, just momentarily deflated!

  2. At 12:17 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Eamo wrote:

    Eddie Mair? Hm, the name rings a bell - didn't you once present the PM programme..?

  3. At 12:29 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    "One other thing: we are about 300 or so comments away from our 30,000th. "

    While you were away, there was some discussion about radio, and in particular Radios 3 & 4. The control freak stated on "Feedback" that R3 has the biggest blog. Sorry, I'll rephrase that. The control freak stated that R3 had the biggest blog. That will have been until most of it was deleted.
    Another statement, by Jonnie, was that LBC gave Londoners an alternative to Radio 4. We rural types used Radio 3 as an alternative before the days of local radio. I used to love listening to a programme called "Six Continents" in which excerpts from foreign broadcasts were played. As a reactionary imperialist, I especially liked the ones from the Soviet bloc.

  4. At 12:37 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Eamo - no, that was definitely Carolyn Quinn. She presents everything now - hadn't you noticed? Some kind of budget- cutting exercise, I think. Just the one presenter for all programmes. I can't think where you've heard of this Cedric Mare chappie. Perhaps he was on the telly?

    Btw - who has been watching Shaun the Sheep? It's so BRILLIANT we tape it & watch it all in one go at the weekend. (Has to be nightime, because of our no daytime tv rule...) Funniest thing I've seen for years. I bet they have it on in the PM office. (3 45 pm on BBC 1, for anyone who's missed it so far)

  5. At 12:38 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    Two things:

    1) I have resisted the urge to say anything negative, so will simply say that I am listening forward to your return to active duty today.

    2) The default home page for this blog today appears to be some time in last September....

  6. At 12:48 PM on 19 Mar 2007, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    RE: Scooch:

    It's great that the UK is being represented by a "High Life" tribute band!


    Pif Paf Pof!

  7. At 12:48 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Eddie...re 300 or so comments. I know you know I'm not the only one who will see that as a challenge!
    Annasee, I do so agree with your opinion of Shaun the Sheep. It is inspired....and we do not have young children in our family. Makes us laugh out loud every time.

  8. At 01:19 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    I've seen a few Shaun The sheep. And yes they are good. I never got round to setting the DVD recorder (posh or what!) so will be in queue to buy when they are put onto DVD.

    They do repeat them on Cbbc on Sundays I think.

    I wonder if this stuff about 30000 posts and Julie andrews is something t o do with getting rid of the book?

    Or is it posible to know when 30000 posts are passed but not who it is?

  9. At 01:35 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Eddie Mair... Eddie Mair... The name certainly rings a bell, but I'm at a loss to remember where from :p

    3:45pm, Annasee? I wish! I'll be stuck here in the office.

  10. At 02:13 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Eh? What did Scooch win?

  11. At 02:14 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Fiona wrote:

    Hello, and welcome back Eddie - hope you are all rested and raring to go once more.

    Yes Annasee I'm with you on Shaun the Sheep - love it! I see it the days I do school pick up (take little one home, wait for dad handover and then come back to work for a couple of hours)

  12. At 02:15 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Frances O wrote:

    Giggle! "Wall of silence." Now I remember why I miss you, Eric.

    Now to important things. Is the 'Shaun the Sheep' thingie a spinoff from the Wallace and Gromit film? If so, I'm going to have to malinger for a while and watch it.

    As for this 30,000 business; well, Gillian's right; stand by for bloggade. After all, it's what we do.

    Vyle mentioned the 'Feedback' item on blogs, message boards etc. A muffled 'eek' at the thought that they'd think of axing our Frog.

    And, yes, Eddie and Marc, I know we're an experiment. It was only last week I was spirited away into a PM spaceship and examined by camels. Then I woke up and realised it was all a dream.

  13. At 02:22 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Frances O wrote:

    Cat on head problem: easy.

    Open jar of Marmite*. Scoop up small portion. Offer to cat on head. Remove marmity finger to floor level. Cat will decamp to Marmity finger.

    *Other yeast extracts are available, but, unless to Australians, less tempting

  14. At 02:25 PM on 19 Mar 2007, admin annie wrote:

    Frances you really should stop chewing that strange gum........

    several years ago on holiday in Tunisia we were sat down with a group of locals in an oasis plantation and they passed round pipes, after which you had the opportunity not only to buy one of the pipes, but some of the 'special grass' they smoke in them. We didn;t bother.

    Hooray for the weather btw. My in-laws, who have foolishly got on a very cheap train from Exeter to Aberdeen will not be able to cross the water to see us, as the ferries are all cancelled. This makes up for the very cold wind and the intermittent hail, even though I had to go out in them this morning.

  15. At 02:26 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Frances O - I don't know about spin off from Wallace & Gromit, (I watched the film about 4 times in the plane on our last trip to Australia, but kept falling asleep, so can't be sure what it was all about. Some kind of giant rabbit?)

    Shaun is certainly an Aardmann animations product, & it is absolutely worth malingering to catch it. Or setting the video recorder (take note, F Fred. Technology is so marvellous these days - you don't have to be at home to watch it at 3 45! You could tape it & watch over tea. Fantastic.)

  16. At 02:58 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Frances O wrote:

    OOOooo, Annasee, I'll just have to try for myself, having an unexpected Monday at home and lots to do on the puter. (Yes! It's true! We who work at home do nothing but watch daytime telly!)

    Oh, my nose! How it grose!

  17. At 03:31 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Oh Annsee, do you have such a low opinion of my technical skillset? *harrumph*! The problem is that it's too late to go home and set it for todays' ep, and I'll probably not have enough space on the tape I need to set tonight for Life On Mars, CSI, etc while I'm away....

  18. At 04:19 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Frances O (12) Yes, Shaun the Sheep is from ''A Close Shave'' if I remember rightly.
    Ffred, I too love CSI....all of them. You're the first person (besides my mother and sister) I've come across who watches it. It's taken me all this time but I believe my teenage son is starting to pay attention, too. Oh the wonder of television, bringing the family together!

  19. At 04:22 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Val P wrote:

    I don't do daytime tv, and that's nowt to do with the children, that's to make sure that my "working from home" gets done! (Video recorder hasn't worked ever since we had to get satellite tv as our analogue signal gave up (too many trees)). Though, it isn't at the moment, as I've given into temptation, to see what I've been missing from Eric today on the Frog. Welcome back Mr Mayor!

  20. At 06:26 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Ffred, if I were you I would prioritise Shaun, & leave the rest. I think you'll laugh so much you won't miss the other programmes at all. Go on, give it a try - you know I'm right.

    (btw- of course I have a very high opinion of your technical skills - I was just being silly.I guessed you couldn't get home to set the machine. Anything for a cheap jibe, that's me...)

  21. At 11:31 PM on 19 Mar 2007, Frances O wrote:

    Krumz. I now know what Scooch is. What a sheltered life I lead.

    Oh, what a sheltered life we lead
    When first we practise...

  22. At 09:14 AM on 20 Mar 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Frances O - I also had no idea what the title of Eddies posting meant. (I know - where had I been for the last week? Not in front of the telly, obviously.) I assumed either all would be revealed in the programme, or else he was off on some wackier-than-usual tangent which I would never understand. I heard PM, & lo! all was revealed. I loved the sound clip of the winning performance. Oh how we laughed in our kitchen!

  23. At 09:56 AM on 20 Mar 2007, Humph wrote:

    Actually, Annasee (22), I thought that the sound clip went on a bit too long. You can have too much of a bad thing, you know.


  24. At 10:02 AM on 20 Mar 2007, Aunt Dahlia wrote:

    Does this mean Scooch has won the Julie Andrews book. Shame.

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