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Ronnie

Eddie Mair | 12:54 UK time, Tuesday, 24 April 2007

is, as you can see, a woman. Veronica, really but we don't call her that.

She completed the London Marathon on Sunday and soon will leave the BBC after 300 years. About 200 years ago, we worked together at Five Live. She was fantastic, and for all I know, still is. Anyway she sent round some snaps from Sunday and I emailed her to ask if I could post them here. She said I could put them "wheresoever you like - as long as you credit me with having taught you all you know."

She sort of did actually. She taught me, put up with me, and once broke a wall at my house. She's the sort of person you always hope you'll work with again. But since that's unlikely now - here are the snaps.
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Comments

  1. At 01:11 PM on 24 Apr 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    Well done Ronnie! And thanks for making Mr Mair what he is :)

  2. At 01:11 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Good on yer, Ronnie! Well done, and good luck in the future.

    Pssssst, Eddie! Not enough gossip.....where's she going? Why? What did you do to upset her....? ;o)

  3. At 01:11 PM on 24 Apr 2007, RJD wrote:

    Eddie - How many marathons have you completed?

  4. At 01:12 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Val P wrote:

    "She taught me, put up with me, and once broke a wall at my house."
    Ahah, I rather suspect that therein lies an interesting anecdote?

    Very well done to Ronnie, and tell her she's looking good for her age :o)

    Btw, did the women behind her in the second pic really run with their handbags over their shoulders??

  5. At 01:18 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    She "once broke a wall at my house"?

    How? Should File on Four investigate?

  6. At 01:40 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Eddie Mair wrote:

    RJD (3)...it's (ahem) a marathon on PM every day....?

  7. At 01:41 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Ronnie, that's a wonderful acheivement to have run a marathin. I know there's no way I could do that:-) (Plus, you had to teach Eddie as well, what a star!)

  8. At 01:45 PM on 24 Apr 2007, whisky-joe wrote:

    RJD @ (3)

    They're called Snickers these days, still very nice chocolate though.

    Very well done to Ronnie.

  9. At 01:46 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Thinking about it, it may well have been Ronnie who taught Eddie how to run a disorderly house - a lesson that's clearly been transferred to the Blog!

  10. At 01:46 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Perky wrote:

    Well done, Ronnie. In my book, anyone who runs a few hundred yards without having a heart attack should get a medal. Now, Eric, would that include you??

    And I add my vote to those who think that the wall incident needs explaining.

  11. At 01:50 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Eddie Mair wrote:

    RJD (3) it is (ahem) a marathon on Pm every day....?

  12. At 02:02 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Well, Perky, I'll second that.

    Eddie for 2008 floraman.

    Indeed, I posted something to that effect, which appears to have fallen foul of the mods. Or Eddie?

    C'mon - sign up now, Eddie! All the Froggers will sponsor you and even be there to cheer you on. If Ronnie can do it, so can you.

  13. At 02:16 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Perky wrote:

    Perhaps we should have a Frogathon, although I'm not sure what form it would take. I suspect alcohol might play a part though ;-)

  14. At 02:31 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Leapfrogging, perhaps, Perky?

  15. At 02:52 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Otter wrote:

    Well done Ronnie.

  16. At 03:01 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Perky wrote:

    Excellent, Big Sis! I can see it now; leapfrogging practice going on in small corners all over the country. Should we have a regional Frog-off before the final competition?

  17. At 03:13 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Colin Allcars wrote:

    They were only playing leap frog
    They were only playing leap frog
    They were only playing leap frog
    When one staff officer jumped right over another staff officer's back.

  18. At 03:35 PM on 24 Apr 2007, b carbery wrote:

    How do you look that good after running a marathon?Also fed up of those older french women who look brilliant discussing election.

  19. At 04:00 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Okay, so let's start the sign up for the 2008 PM LeapFrogathon.

    First on the list: Big Sis

  20. At 04:06 PM on 24 Apr 2007, LadyPen wrote:

    Ronnie -

    Was that Andrew Neill you were overtaking??

    xx
    LadyP

  21. At 04:37 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Molly wrote:

    Eddie (6)

    Well, we did laugh..........!!

    Mollyxx

  22. At 04:54 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Perky wrote:

    I'm up for a LeapFrogathon. I'll be over on the beach, practising - once I can find someone to bend over for me - if you see what I mean.

    Oh dear.

  23. At 05:29 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Perky, I think you might want to head over to the Naughty Step before anyone else suggests it :-)

  24. At 05:37 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Bedd Gelert wrote:

    Gosh ! She looks loverly ! How come you didn't end up getting married ?

  25. At 05:54 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Frances O wrote:

    Well done, Ronnie!

    But what is she doing advertising Fl*ra? (other spreads are available). Tsk. Is that because she's left the Beeb?

    Is that the Ronnie who used to work in 'Afternoon Sequence' back in the 1980s?

  26. At 06:36 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Perky wrote:

    Fearless - *Hangs her head in shame*


    I'm sorry. Honestly.

  27. At 07:08 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Izzy T'Me wrote:

    FF (22) - I thought that's what they did in the naughty corner all the time - that's why they like going there so much!

  28. At 07:16 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    No need to be sorry, Perks :-) No doubt RJDStopit will be along to the Step shortly to keep you company. It's always fun to have a fnar fnar moment in the middle of the day to bring a big smile to my face :-D

  29. At 10:48 PM on 24 Apr 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Well done Ronnie!

    I add my voice to the call for more on the wall incident.

    Eddie (6), Is that along with the six cups of coffee?

    When I was little I would hear the ad for Marathon and think "Oh I must try the rhubarb version! That sounds lovely!" but I would never remember about it when in the sweet shop :-( Terrible shame.

  30. At 11:40 PM on 24 Apr 2007, RJD wrote:

    Ap (28) - Either you are on something that you shouldn't be or I'm not on something that I would enjoy. A rhubarb version of marathon?

  31. At 12:35 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    RJD (29), The ad went something like this:

    "Try a Marathon today -- here, some words and pictures about the general taste which I forget, then -- Mmm! Peanuts and caramel! Mmm! Peanuts and rhubarb! Try a Marathon today..."

    Thunk I "Well, I don't like caramel much so I won't get that one, and, although I'm not keen on peanuts the rhubarb in the second version sounds lovely! It will more than make up for peanuts! I must remember to try one!"

    Many years later I recalled that I had never done so, and simultanueouly realised that the ad wasn't offering two different versions of a Marathon, but that "Mmm! Peanuts and caramel! Mmm! Peanuts and nougat!" all referred to the same product. And that "nougat" rhymes with "rhubarb" rather than "bug it".

    I'm glad, now, that I never remembered in the sweet shop. The disappointment would've been too much to bear.

  32. At 12:47 PM on 25 Apr 2007, RJD wrote:

    Nurse! Nurse! Ap's rambling again! Can you not ask the doctor to increase the dosage?

  33. At 05:49 PM on 25 Apr 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Yes please nurse -- extra rhubarb!

  34. At 10:55 PM on 29 Apr 2007, Val P wrote:

    Rhubarb is a great restorative, a purgative too methinks!

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