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I had a lovely

Eddie Mair | 15:18 UK time, Monday, 2 April 2007

chat a few minutes ago with the female gondolier who's now working the canals of Venice. I mentioned it in the newsletter and look:


Stewart writes: "Sorry neither are women but here are two gondoliers doing some work ferrying Venetians across the grand canal and not fleecing tourists. This was Easter 2005 so not that recent. Enjoy."

And you know what, Stewart? It may be out of date and not really relevant...but isn't that what PM's all about?

(And thanks to Vyle for her tip: I brightened the photo from the first posting)


  1. At 03:20 PM on 02 Apr 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    I can send you some photos of Venice circa 1985 if you're interested?...

    The BBC. Old news is what we do.

  2. At 03:26 PM on 02 Apr 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    How's the campaign for the BBC Chair going these days, Eddie?:o)

  3. At 03:31 PM on 02 Apr 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Picture so dark I thought they must have gond ownstream.

    It is quite easy to adjust brightness and contrast in MS Picture Manager...

  4. At 03:32 PM on 02 Apr 2007, Fifi wrote:

    I have been wondering whether a female gondolier is a gondoliera.

    A titchy one might be a goldolieretta.

    May one say 'titchy' in these policically paranoid times?


  5. At 04:21 PM on 02 Apr 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    See how I sent the picture anonymously!

    We had a great week staying on the lagoon.

  6. At 04:27 PM on 02 Apr 2007, silver-fox wrote:

    Ah, The Merchant of Venice. Lovely photograph.

  7. At 05:01 PM on 02 Apr 2007, nikki noodle wrote:

    Great Post.

    (tee hee!)

  8. At 05:50 PM on 02 Apr 2007, Aunt Dahlia wrote:

    My feeling about all the gondoliers we came across in February was that they were all muttering, 'I'm not havin' that in my boat', until they spotted some Koreans and then pounced....

  9. At 07:13 PM on 02 Apr 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Lovely pic, Stewart. Naughty Eddie, trying to put bad comparisons in the poor woman's mouth. She was delightful, and good luck to her.

  10. At 07:30 PM on 02 Apr 2007, stewart M wrote:

    I never knew there were "private" gondoliers. So is she the gondola equivalent of a mini cab.?

  11. At 10:17 PM on 02 Apr 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Oh dear Vyle! You'll never get that tickle while Eric thinks you're a girl.

  12. At 10:40 PM on 02 Apr 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Yes I'm confused too. Vyle - I don't know why, but I've always thought you were a man. Am I right or is Eddie right re your gender?

  13. At 11:03 PM on 02 Apr 2007, Frances O wrote:

    hee, hee, nikki n. Great sense of humour (ie very silly).

    Have you been photoshopping, Eddie?

  14. At 11:09 PM on 02 Apr 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Vyle is definitely a blokie, Annasee. (Or a girl with a bloke's name.)

  15. At 01:33 AM on 03 Apr 2007, Ivan Orr wrote:

    For what it's worth, I, too, assumed Vyle is a chap.

    Why does it seem more romantic to hear of a lady working the canals of Venice, than a lady working the streets of London?

  16. At 10:31 AM on 03 Apr 2007, vyle hernia wrote:

    I may sound like an old woman, but I'm actually a grumpy old man (56).

    Appy, the curious thing is that BJ was talking about the tickle during a test match, where the 2 teams would have been blokes. Should I be worried?

  17. At 11:03 AM on 03 Apr 2007, RJD wrote:

    Vyle (16) - As I recall, BJ only said you were waiting for a tickle. He offered no comment on who was likely to supply it or whether you had expressed any preference.

  18. At 12:09 PM on 03 Apr 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    RJD (17) - That's all right, then.

    Vive la gondoliere.

  19. At 03:13 PM on 03 Apr 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Vyle (16), RJD (17), I don't know why, but I imagined it would be performed by someone called Tess. She sounds female to me.

  20. At 03:34 PM on 03 Apr 2007, Aunt Dahlia wrote:


  21. At 04:15 PM on 03 Apr 2007, RJD wrote:

    Ap - Hahahaha! More free advice for you. Never laugh out loud with a mouthful of coffee. Where's my tissues?

    This blog has gone full circle - we're back to balls again!

  22. At 05:41 PM on 03 Apr 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    I tend to ignore unsolicited advice, RJD, but on this occasion I think I'll bear it in mind. Btw, circular balls are the best kind. Only rugby can be played with odd shaped balls.

  23. At 04:25 PM on 04 Apr 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Appy (19) - if you look at threads this old -

    Yes, it was a Tess Match, now you come to mention it.

  24. At 10:50 PM on 04 Apr 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Oh Vyle! That's worse than one of mine! ;-)

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