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Eddie Mair | 15:43 UK time, Tuesday, 5 June 2007

has arrived, as it often does this time of day. Jeremy's got a round in, as he so often does this time of day.

We used to have a kettle, but health and safety took it away.


  1. At 03:47 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Gossipmistress wrote:

    Mine's white, no sugar please
    Is it builder's tea or fancy Laphsang souchon?

  2. At 03:55 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    GM (1): Is that the new Chinese PM?

  3. At 03:58 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Lapsang Souchong for me too, if there's not Russian Caravan available. Black no sugar, please!

    Oh, and can you ask Jeremy to open another packet of biccies? These are too sweet for me.

  4. At 03:59 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Jason (c 2) He's not Chinese is he? He talks Greek, but I thought he was Scottish.

  5. At 04:03 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    I'll have a green tea if there's any going, Eddie

  6. At 04:11 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Piper wrote:

    ...tea AND "a round" at a quarter-to four. Fantastic! Must get a job there.

    Jeremy, I hope you got me a scotch and soda...

    Incidentally, H & S were quite right to remove the kettle. You shouldn't cook fish in the studio.

  7. At 04:16 PM on 05 Jun 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    I wish H & S would remove my iron

  8. At 04:23 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    FF (3): I've yet to see tea go "Eddie".

  9. At 04:48 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Health & Safety wrote:

    witchiwoman - We've removed your iron - it just wasn't safe!

    We've left a replacement.

  10. At 05:04 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Gossipmistress wrote:

    Jason (2) PM's on in China?? Who's Eddie?

    Can I have a hobnob please?

  11. At 05:08 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    Piper @6 wrote 'You shouldn't cook fish in the studio.'


  12. At 07:09 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Janet McCann wrote:

    Green tea for me please.

    I started to drink it because I had read somewhere that it was good for something or other but couldn't for the life of me remember what. Perhaps Memory I asked hopefully of my mature degree students? One of them suggested that it might give me multiple orgasms and I facetiously replied that one would do! I wondered at the time if I would have to have sex as well as drink the tea or just drink the tea....

  13. At 07:24 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Piper wrote:

    ...Chris Ghoti @ 11...

    Cooking fish may not be the only reason to panic.

    Thinking about it, maybe "Jeremy's got a round in, as he so often does..." means he plays Golf in the studio...

    And that, of course, would necessitate a "T" shot...

    Whatever, clearly the BBC and specifically, the PM studio, is THE place to work...

    Anyone got the address of the DG?

  14. At 08:43 PM on 05 Jun 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    ...just got back from working in Higham Ferrers.....nice place but NO tea......loadsa coffee though.....walls, bouncing, off, now for the use of please.....

  15. At 09:03 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Owen Dunn wrote:

    So Health and Safety are now sitting somewhere in the bowels of of the BBC in a fortress made entirely of confiscated kettles...

  16. At 09:55 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Val P wrote:

    Janet McCann - Lol! Nice one.

  17. At 11:20 PM on 05 Jun 2007, RJD wrote:

    Janet McCann (12) - I agree with Val P - LOL. If you have been here before, I haven't seen you. Please don't let this be a one-off visit

  18. At 11:40 PM on 05 Jun 2007, Mike Lloyd wrote:

    Did they get the toaster too?

  19. At 09:01 AM on 06 Jun 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    H & S (9)

    And so thoughtful to supply a well trained young man to implement same; never will I ridicule you again!

  20. At 09:34 AM on 06 Jun 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Janet (12) -- I echo Val P and RJD! Hahahaha.

    Can I have a Red Bush? (Naughty corner now Gossipmistress!)

    On come on! Where's the malice in that?!

  21. At 09:36 AM on 06 Jun 2007, Health & Safety wrote:

    witchiwoman - Did you notice the new dishwasher as well?

  22. At 09:41 AM on 06 Jun 2007, D Arjeeling wrote:

    Hello Eddie,

    Tea, the cup that cheers. 1,000 office workers and Human Resources Managers took part in research commissioned by the UK Tea Council which revealed that 79% of people felt that that tea-makers displayed top management skills.

    They were sited as being the best communicators in the office and 69% of those surveyed felt that they were the most friendly and enthusiastic.

    Headed by an occupational psychologist the research also led to the identification six different tea drinking postures to help people understand their colleagues more effectively.

    To interpret the secret signals of staff an easy-to-use guide has been devised to help people get ahead and get on with others at work in the new year.

    1.The gossip

    Holds cup tightly in one hand and keeps waving the other. Regularly peers into cup and at colleagues. Sharp cup movements are a big clue too. Famous examples include: Samantha (Sex in the City)

    2.The nervy one

    Holds cup in both hands and finds eye contact difficult. Picking the side of cup during one-to-one conversations and playing with hair is a specific sign. Famous examples include: Eastenders' Kat (Jessie Wallace)

    3. The weak boss

    Holds cup in both hands as if warming them and keeps blowing tea nervously. This is the kind of boss who's not comfortable in charge. Famous examples include: Ricky Gervais (in The Office)

    4. The angry one

    Holds cup close to head and uses as a tool to make a point.. Direct eye contact combined with palms facing upwards is another early sign of trouble. Watch out! Famous examples include: Liam Gallagher

    5. The confident one

    Leans forward with cup close to chin in one hand. Lots of flowing, varied and relaxed gestures. Steady but relaxed eye-contact and smiles. Famous examples include: Kate Moss, Hayley (pop idol)

    6. The listener

    Holds cup in both hands and leans towards you and everyone else in turn. Posture shows agreement and sympathy for the whole group. Cold Feet's Adam (James Nesbit)

    The research also reveals that modern twenty-first century bosses are twice as likely to brew up for the team. Many young women have realised that making a cup of tea for colleagues is more likely to raise their status than taking a long lunch or having an unlimited expense account. Recognise anyone?

  23. At 12:11 PM on 06 Jun 2007, Val P wrote:

    D Arjeeling - marvellous!
    What about those of us working at home, alone, though? My most frequent pose is laying the mug down swiftly in case I empty the contents onto the keyboard when I have a lol moment on the blog :o)

  24. At 12:56 PM on 06 Jun 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    H & S (21) -
    Yes I did, what a fetching apron he's sporting.

  25. At 05:17 PM on 06 Jun 2007, Puffin wrote:

    How is a kettle in an office more dangerous than staggering along the corridor holding full mugs of freshly made tea? Of course, if H&S owns the machine that makes 2000% profit every time you use it, then I understand...

  26. At 06:13 PM on 06 Jun 2007, stoneface wrote:

    i wish h&s would remove tony blair

  27. At 06:15 PM on 06 Jun 2007, spongeface wrote:

    od 15 how appropriate for h&s to be sitting somewhere in the bowels

  28. At 09:08 PM on 06 Jun 2007, mittfh wrote:

    I wonder if there's a suitably sized lockable cupboard anywhere in the environs of the studio...

    Use the kettle whenever the studio's not in use, but lock it up whenever anyone outside the production / presenting team appears (i.e. management, H&S, government ministers).

    Alternatively, see if you can make the case that the studio is so far away from the canteen that the tea is cold by the time you get it, and campaign for a vending machine in the corridor outside (then bribe someone from IT to set each drink's cost to 0p).

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