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Eddie Mair | 13:03 UK time, Saturday, 15 September 2007

is lovely.

We are very excited to be here for Any Answers. The photo was taken a little earlier outside the National Galleries of Scotland where there is an exhibition of, well, guess who...


...although this afternoon it was more like this..



  1. At 01:48 PM on 15 Sep 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    Donald Campbell?


  2. At 01:59 PM on 15 Sep 2007, RJD wrote:

    Obviously a Campbell of some sort! Let's see . . .

    Menzies Campbell?
    Nicky Campbell?
    Alastair Campbell?
    Naomi Campbell?
    Donald Campbell?

    am I close?

  3. At 02:01 PM on 15 Sep 2007, David McNickle wrote:

    That had to be the most boring AQ/AA I have heard in years.

  4. At 03:16 PM on 15 Sep 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Oi....you leave my soup out of this!

    Campbell H Jones

    aka DIY

  5. At 03:54 PM on 15 Sep 2007, Frances i wrote:

    I know Embra's lovely. Mind you, it's changed a bit since I lived there.

    You're whizzing round the East Coast, aren't you, Eric?

    Is the clue 'tomato'?

  6. At 05:17 PM on 15 Sep 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    Campbell Bannerman?


  7. At 05:24 PM on 15 Sep 2007, iBigSis wrote:

    Mm, make mine Cream of Asparagus, laced with a little Warhol.

  8. At 05:50 PM on 15 Sep 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    iBigSis (7)

    Ah yes, that's the man - Andy Asparagus.


  9. At 06:42 PM on 15 Sep 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Tom Thumb, judging by the little figure in the right hand corner.

  10. At 06:42 PM on 15 Sep 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Well was it only BigSister that clicled on Eddie link?

    Haven't managed to listen to either 'AA' or 'AQ' but may not bother after David McNickle remark at number 3 :-(

    According to the school website - hosting 'AQ' next week, the presenter will be David Dimbleby - has Jonathan been informed? - or Eddie come to that!

    The DAB display yesterday evening - whilst I caught a couple of minutes of Eddie - told me it was Jonathan Dimbleby!

  11. At 07:09 PM on 15 Sep 2007, Fifi wrote:

    David McNickle (3) : I disagree. Heard AA (not AQ) and learned a HUGE amount from it. Usually I justs find AA irritating, because back-to-back untrained broadcasters don't express themselves clearly enough.

    Oh, and why, Eddie dear, was there no Glass Box for Saturday? Had nobody briefed Ratila (sp?) about it?

    Fifi ;o0

  12. At 11:01 PM on 15 Sep 2007, iBigSis wrote:


    I didn't need to (and indeed didn't) click on Eddie's link. I happened to realise that Andy W was the only way a tin of soup would get into a major art exhibition.

    At the risk of sounding a tad smug! (Oh, I'd like to think AndyC would be proud of me)

  13. At 12:50 PM on 16 Sep 2007, imac wrote:

    There should be an Emergency Strap Line:

    PM, the Monday to Thursday Show.

  14. At 07:40 PM on 16 Sep 2007, iBigSis wrote:

    They really a very big cans, aren't they? m Do you think they'd let us take one onto the Beach to practice our diving techniques? We could drink the tomato soup first .....

  15. At 09:16 PM on 16 Sep 2007, iDeepthought wrote:

    iFifi (11),

    I've wondered why the Saturday PM crowd (often Sequin, after all), don't blog. I don't know the situation, but it may be that there are rather less staff (and the show is shorter), so there would not be time for much blogging. Also includes Ritala Shah, Nigel Wrench - does Dan Daimen still do shifts? Surely they could raise a Glass Box, though. Or is it like the cocktail cabinet, Eddie locks it up and takes the keys with him?

    Unlike David Mc (3), I did not find it boring, but the panellists clearly did not understand one question despite the steers Eddie gave between opinions.

    Jonnie (10),

    You may remember the blog Eddie wrote when some newspaper listings mixed up David and Jonathan for AQ. Including a photo of David. Eddie urged Jonathan to sue (the Indie, I think), for everything they had. Interestingly enough, that evening it was actually hosted by the stand-in, the late Nick Clarke. Interesting how history has repeated itself with this c*ck-up! (the incident is reported on W*k*qu*te).

    Perhaps Eric should sue the school for everything it has....or more sensibly email them to point out that they are getting a rather better chairman next Friday. I'm one of those who does not think that much of the chairmanship of JD, and had written to Feedback asking for NC to be made the main chairman, as he did the job so much better, as well as AA.

    imac (13), is that a reference to Chris Evans?

    Is iPM going to go out on Sunday at 17:00? I've not seen an answer to that question I posed on the initial naming thread. Although I cannot listen at that time on Sunday (family commitments), it would make a lot of sense.

  16. At 09:42 PM on 16 Sep 2007, eddie mair wrote:

    After (15) - no it's Sat 17.30!

  17. At 10:54 PM on 16 Sep 2007, iBigSis wrote:

    Must make a note of that time - Do we know when it's likely to begin, Eddie?

    Oh, and you'll see I was right about the weather. So I hope you heeded my advice to take your brolly!

  18. At 12:49 PM on 17 Sep 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    I heard bits of AQ % AA, and thought it a pleasant change from the usual situation in which two opposing politicians just disagree for the sake of it. And did someone say that Britain produces 2% of the world's CO2 emissions? That wouldn't surprise me, and I expect most of those come from bonfires and cigarettes.

  19. At 03:14 PM on 17 Sep 2007, Eddie Mair wrote:

    Don't take any time off in November....

  20. At 06:04 PM on 17 Sep 2007, Charle Holding wrote:

    Dear Eddie

    Re the 'short sleeves' for medical staff.

    Isn't it time to bring back Florence Nightingale standards of hygeine back to hospitals?


    Charlie H

  21. At 07:49 PM on 17 Sep 2007, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    Charle Holding @20: I have a vague memory about someone not too long ago mentioning that a hospital somewhere had enormously reduced the incidence of MRSA in their premises by the simple expedient of taking their cleaning away from the contractors and putting it back in-house.

    That might be a place to start. Seems to me that the cost of paying people do do the job properly would be offset against the cost of all those people staying in hospital for longer with diseases they'd caught when they were in there.

    I speak as one who has had to visit three different hospitals in three different towns over the past couple of years, over several weeks for each. During that time I have noted things like stains on the walls in the corridors being there for weeks on end, urine samples left in the patients' loo for twenty-four hours at a time, dust under beds not being moved, bits of food on the curtains round patients' beds for the entire visit of that patient.... I am somehow unimpressed. That's *before* I start to think about the way that doctors and nurses don't wash their hands between one patient, or one ward, and the next: that's another can of iinfectious worms.

  22. At 12:05 PM on 18 Sep 2007, R J Molesworth wrote:

    The problem with bringing hospital cleaning back in-house is that it would have to be managed and managing is something the public sector hates to do. They like to get paid well for it but it is the doing of it they can't abide.

    I think the answer is to make an offer to the Iraqis (Iraquis?) in France. Do a decent job of cleaning our hospitals for two years and you get to stay. Do a bad job and we send back to Basra airport to clean for the troops. Then we leave you with the translators to be killed when our troops leave.

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