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Eddie Mair | 12:40 UK time, Thursday, 28 June 2007



  1. At 12:57 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Master Doctor Mair, you look most fetching in that Tardis.

    David had better watch out ......

  2. At 12:59 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    Have you mended it then? The Master had butchered up the Tardis last saturday.

  3. At 01:02 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    I am really disappointed, the TARDIS has wheels. Bottom right there is a flight case caster :-(

  4. At 01:05 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    .... Of course, as a Time Commander, it's a short step to Time Lord.

  5. At 01:06 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    .... of course, as a Time Commander, it's a short step to Time Lord.

  6. At 01:07 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Fifi wrote:

    "Radio heart-throb tipped to take over David Tennant role" ??

    Fifi ;o)

  7. At 01:09 PM on 28 Jun 2007, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:


    Bags me for chisel-jawed but flirty male companion, and can I suggest Appy as cute companion?

    Still, you can easily fit all the Froggers in there, so let's go and tease some Daleks...

  8. At 01:12 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Val P wrote:

    Big Sis - is this one of yours? Are you taking commissions now ;-)

  9. At 01:14 PM on 28 Jun 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Talking of mainstream channels at 8:00 PM

    Don't forget tonight.

    Part two of Eddie Cleaning out the camp.

    BBC Radio 4


  10. At 01:20 PM on 28 Jun 2007, JPAllen wrote:

    Does it smell like the phone box in our High Street?

  11. At 01:24 PM on 28 Jun 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    SSC - how do you tease a dalek?

  12. At 01:28 PM on 28 Jun 2007, JPAllen wrote:

    You're flying the same photo as yesterday, Big Sister. Do you feel like a caged bird?

  13. At 01:29 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Tony wrote:

    So you nip forward in time to listen to the broadcast then come back to email us the details in the news letter.

    Given the propensity for the TARDIS to arrive at unforeseen times and places I think I have worked out why the newsletter often goes astray

  14. At 01:31 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Dozy Parker wrote:

    Knock Knock! Who's there? Doctor. Doctor who? Yes. Yes what? You said it. Doctor who.

    Eh? Never mind. I don't get it. Forget about it. Knock Knock! What? Knock Knock! Go on...

    Alright. Knock Knock! Um... Who's there? Eh? Doctor...? Arggh! Go away and die!! Doctor? What? No, Doctor who? What?

  15. At 01:32 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Eddie Mair wrote:

    Oh and on that subject Jonnie (10): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6248326.stm

  16. At 01:36 PM on 28 Jun 2007, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Witchiwoman (12):

    There are loads of ways to tease a Dalek even though the "stairs" one doesn't work any more...

    "Look at my lovely new *shoes*!"

    "Fancy a jelly baby? Oh, right... no mouth."

    "Look at my lovely new pair of designer shades! Want to try them on?"

    "Hey, someone's dropped a fiver on the pavement, why don't you bend down and pick it up?"

    "Of course gold/grey/black is *so* last year."

    "That Dalekanium armour looks a bit tight, are you putting on weight?"

  17. At 01:58 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    JP Allen: Just for you ......

  18. At 02:06 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Daniel Craig wrote:

    Ladies & Gentlemen, your new Cabinet, discuss;

    Prime minister: Gordon Brown
    Chancellor: Alistair Darling
    Foreign Secretary: David Miliband
    Home Secretary: Jacqui Smith
    Health: Alan Johnson
    Schools and children: Ed Balls
    Innovation, universities and skills: John Denham
    Justice: Jack Straw
    Commons leader: Harriet Harman
    Defence and Scotland: Des Browne
    Int Development: Douglas Alexander
    Work and Pensions: Peter Hain
    Northern Ireland: Shaun Woodward
    Chief secretary to the Treasury: Andy Burnham
    Cabinet office minister: Ed Miliband
    Culture: James Purnell
    Olympics: Tessa Jowell
    Transport: Ruth Kelly
    Lords leader: Baroness Ashton
    Attorney General: Baroness Scotland
    Environment: Hilary Benn
    Chief Whip: Geoff Hoon
    Business and enterprise: John Hutton
    Housing minister (attending Cabinet when needed): Yvette Cooper
    Communities: Hazel Blears
    Children and youth justice: Beverley Hughes
    Africa, Asia and UN: Lord Malloch Brown


  19. At 02:11 PM on 28 Jun 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    SSC - that cheered my June right up! A glass of something slurpy for you on the Beach (though watch out - that Daniel Craig is loitering and looking thirsty...)

  20. At 02:20 PM on 28 Jun 2007, JPAllen wrote:

    Thanks Big Sis! And this for you. XXX

  21. At 02:23 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Mr Snow wrote:

    Why is defence now a part time job? It would appear that Des Brown is minister of defence and minister for Scotland. I was under the impression that we were fighting 2 wars at the moment. Surely we need a full time defence minister.

  22. At 02:23 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Fifi wrote:

    How long before Jacqui Smith tells us how we're going to love our new ID cards....?


  23. At 02:32 PM on 28 Jun 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Sorry - this is the 'Camp' link that works :-


  24. At 02:45 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Peej wrote:

    The cabinet looks sort of ok at the moment, though by the end of next week I'm sure we'll all be saying its rubbish. Its not completely composed of the usual suspects, Mark Malloch Brown for Africa and Asia is an inspired idea. I can't believe though that Des Browne has survived at Defence. someone less calculated to inspire confidence amongst the forces I cannot begin to imagine. But other than that, lets give them the benefit of the doubt - well up to the weekend anyway.

  25. At 03:24 PM on 28 Jun 2007, tom wrote:

    (23) Fifi said:
    "How long before Jacqui Smith tells us how we're going to love our new ID cards....?"

    Prediction for Smith's future speeches...
    'As a mother myself I know how important it is to protect Britain's children, by letting the govenment microchip them then lock them up without charges or trial.'

  26. At 04:03 PM on 28 Jun 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Actually - If we scroll down on this Wikipedia link -


    we can see Eddie's Tardis (at TV Centre) along with some info.

    It's fibreglass you know!

  27. At 04:25 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Simon Worrall wrote:

    Henman is out of Wimbledon. Normal service has been resumed. Nice to know that there are some things you can always count on.


  28. At 05:57 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Thank goodness for that Si.

    The annual loops of 'come on Tim' and 'why are Brits so clap* at tennis' and 'will he do it this year' and 'why doesn't he just retire' are tedious and I can't wait for them to be over.

    Perhaps I can start watching now.


  29. At 06:55 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Fifi wrote:

    When I said clap* I wasn't doing a bad comedy impression of a person unable to roll their....


    It was of course Fifi Rhyming Slang.

    Glad we cleared that up.


  30. At 08:35 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Frances O wrote:

    As jonnie pointed out, Eric's other job (apart from becoming a Dimblebum) tonight - excellent (and very shocking and sad at times) programme.

    Well done, Eddie. I learned a lot.

    I was especially moved by the man whose dog saved him from taking his life.

  31. At 08:47 PM on 28 Jun 2007, Frances O wrote:

    Eric, so now we know your secret.

    Giggles, SSC and Fifi.

    Thanks for the TARDIS link, jonnie.

    As for 'Defence and Scotland' - is this Gordie trying to downsize his native land in order to see off the (is it East?) Lothian question?

    Wales is bracketed with something. Popped into the BBC News website but haven't found it yet. But here's a thought, from the website:

    Old Cabinet 23, new Cabinet: 22
    Old Cabinet 8, new Cabinet 5
    Old Cabinet 5, new Cabinet 4
    Ministers over 60:
    Old Cabinet 5, new Cabinet 1
    Ministers under 40:
    Old Cabinet 2, new Cabinet 5
    Average age:
    Old Cabinet 54, new Cabinet 49
    Sacked, resigned or demoted: 10


  32. At 12:25 AM on 29 Jun 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    SSCat (7) Cheers! I'd love to! and (16) Hahahaha!

  33. At 01:39 AM on 29 Jun 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Blimey Frances - I really feel my age now! First it was the policeman who started looking like kids - and now (in two years) I'll be the average age of the cabinet!

    Mind you - was shocked that Piers Morgan is only .( )... It would be indiscrete to divulge but I thought (on Question time) he looked closer to Gordon Browns age?

    Of course, our Eddie, as can be seen in his Tardis shot, still looks so youthful. What's Erics birth date? - Ah yes, - Nov 12th 1975 ;-)

  34. At 11:59 AM on 29 Jun 2007, Piper wrote:

    I wonder Eddie, is this your way of revealing that the DG has resolved the Beeb's cost-cutting requirements?

    Broadcasting House and White City are to be re-located within the Tardis and their existing structures sold to property developers..?

    What a saving..!

    Problem is, I guess that'd be in-the-box thinking...

  35. At 12:29 PM on 29 Jun 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Jonnie (3), are you teasing? That would make Eric 31!! I'm no judge of age, but surely he is at least 35?... ;-)

  36. At 01:34 PM on 29 Jun 2007, Karen wrote:

    It's begging to be part of a caption competition really!

    What was Eric up to in the Tardis anyway to have a slightly shifty/guilty look?

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