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Eddie Mair | 05:06 UK time, Friday, 5 October 2007

Relax.

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  1. At 05:59 AM on 05 Oct 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Cooo..... pure clean sand!

    I'll just take up residence in this purple spangly hammock, for an early morning snooze before the nooze.........

    Budge up, Fearless!

    Fifi ;o)

  2. At 09:16 AM on 05 Oct 2007, Gladys Friday wrote:

    Morning Eddie and good morning Fifi,

    Everbody's seems to be smilin' on the beach this morning, it's one of those sunshine days. Do you know - I've just found out there's a flavour of Ben & Jerry's ice cream called Peanut Butter Me Up. It is half chocolate ice cream and half peanut butter ice cream, with fudge chips mixed in.

    But here's the amazing part . . .It has a Peanut Butter Caramel core. PEANUT BUTTER CARAMEL!!!

    The fact that Peanut Butter Caramel EXISTS is ample proof to me that the universe is benevolent. I left a catering pack in the fridge at the NC bar for those who wish to try iy.

  3. At 09:48 AM on 05 Oct 2007, Gladys Friday wrote:

    Morning Eddie and good morning Fifi,

    Everbody's seems to be smilin' on the beach this morning, it's one of those sunshine days. Do you know - I've just found out there's a flavour of Ben & Jerry's ice cream called Peanut Butter Me Up. It is half chocolate ice cream and half peanut butter ice cream, with fudge chips mixed in.

    But here's the amazing part . . .It has a Peanut Butter Caramel core. PEANUT BUTTER CARAMEL!!!

    The fact that Peanut Butter Caramel EXISTS is ample proof to me that the universe is benevolent. I left a catering pack in the fridge at the NC bar for those who wish to try iy.

  4. At 09:54 AM on 05 Oct 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    This morning's dance on the pristine sands:

    5-0-2...2-0-5...5-0-2...2-0-5...5-0-2...2-0-5...5-0-2...2-0-5...5-0-2...2-0-5...5-0-2...2-0-5...5-0-2...2-0-5...5-0-2...2-0-5...

  5. At 09:55 AM on 05 Oct 2007, Peej wrote:

    morning peeps, my turn to make the Blue Mountain this morning, its on the counter in Cafe 502.

    Update:
    well given that I've been 502'd umpteen times in trying to post this, the d*mn stuff's probably cold by now, grrrrrrr!!

  6. At 10:34 AM on 05 Oct 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Gladys (2), Forgive me buit that sounds utterly awful! But then, I don't like peanut butter, caramel or any ice cream except coconut...

    All the more for you then.

    :-)

  7. At 10:37 AM on 05 Oct 2007, Anne P. wrote:

    Ah....how lovely, a new beach, a new day.

    If anyone is looking for me I'll be the one floating gently in the big rock pool and thinking of nothing in particular.

    Fresh English Breakfast on the bar and I've set up the coffee machine: croissants are in the solar oven keeping warm.

    A.
    xx

    They may have to keep warm for a long time if I can't get out of room 502....

  8. At 10:54 AM on 05 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Morning peeps, new day, new Beach so it must be Friday!

    Feefs it looks as if FF has overslept again!

    Gladys, you know they way to a blokes heart then......mmmmm....delicious!

    BTW if, and it may be a big if, this post does go through OK I may think about closing Cafe 502 for the winter!


    Doh...502'd......i am getting a bit fed up with this!
    Cafe 502 will stay open and will probably do a roaring trade.

    DiY:)

    wot....still....502...i'll get this through if its the last thing I do.........DOH

    third time lucky?......no.....

    one more go and then its out with the hammer....

  9. At 10:59 AM on 05 Oct 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    wsznhft.... Oh, morning everyone:-) Nice to wake up on a nice new clean beach. Thanks Eddie. Now to help myself to a coffee and investigate that strange new dune that appeard just to the left of the beach. Anyone want to tag along for the stroll?

    Hmm a new beach, but already it's got a few 502 holes to trip up the unwary frogger....

  10. At 11:00 AM on 05 Oct 2007, Little Miss Poppy wrote:

    Coooeee Eddie lammy pie,

    My cat Madison loves the sunshine. And when the sun rears his full face, of an autumnal morn, a felling of goodwill and peace to all men shepherds us weak, past the valley of darkness and gets the ol’ brown eyes ‘a smiling again.

    Eddie life is good and the rails are back on.
    Friday - so it is - traditionally the weekend eve; - and half-celebratory in a sense, for those of us who look at a half-full glass with a smile. :0)

    Fillet mignons are relaxing in the fridge and a cheeky little Shiraz is getting ready in the cellar – an afternoon in the setting sun beckons, staring at the blue sea and thinking of good times, laughter and cheer. :0)

    Eddie - have a great day the butter-free crusty bread is on the NC bar . . .

  11. At 11:11 AM on 05 Oct 2007, UptheTrossachs wrote:

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  12. At 11:22 AM on 05 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    Big Sis - may I join in?

    By the time I get here it will certianly be time for the hazlenut liqueur (which was meant to go with the hot chocolate - the wonderful thing about the Beach is that npthing ever goes cold. Or congeals!)

    So, try again shall we? I was so full of hope...

  13. At 11:24 AM on 05 Oct 2007, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    502502502

  14. At 03:49 PM on 05 Oct 2007, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    If anybody says "Why the long face?", I'm leaving.

  15. At 05:19 PM on 05 Oct 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Someone left this on the Froggers refuge earlier. It wasn't me - not enough mistakes? and too well composed - actually very amusing and close to the truth.

    Anyone have any ideas??

    --------------------------------------------------------

    The 502 Editor @ Fri, 05 Oct 2007 16:20:39 BST:

    I'm afraid you lot only have yourselves to blame - if you didn't all post so frequently you wouldn't be having this problem.

    Take today for example. A NEW Beach is provided for you at 5.06 am. By 11.11 am, you have put 10 messages on it (plus a repeat). That's getting on for about 2 posts an hour!! What sort of rate do you think we are able to work at here?

    And look at the storm of postings to the other threads that Mr Mair has put up today. 5 threads he's only gone and placed on the Blog and you lot have bombarded them with a grand total of 17 posts! Yes 17!!! I mean give us a break here.

    Any more days like today and you'll wake the moderators up. You should realise that the Blog is a very delicate creature and should not be over-stretched.

    I sometimes think that you lot consider the Blog is place where you can simply debate issues and comment on the programme and have the odd bit of fun. Well I have news for you; the BBC isn't spending a fortune on the shiny Blog just so you lot can comment on issues and inform the programme-makers.

    Oh No!

    This shiny Blog was specially built to attract a shiny Sony. Now that we've captured it, we don't really think you lot are relevant anymore, but we'll keep the Blog running for appearances sake - but at the reduced level that you are now experiencing.

    Can I suggest that you all get together and draw lots for posting order timings? With a bit of organisation I reckon that you regulars should be able to each post 1.5 times per fortnight.

    Can't say fairer than that now, can I?

    And until you cut the incessant and ludicrous rate of posting, we are leaving ‘Mac’ where he is - just to annoy you a bit more!

  16. At 05:38 PM on 05 Oct 2007, stewart M wrote:

    Crate of Champagne on the bar. I've just bought (with the help of a royal scottish bank) the property I work from. Probably won't be able to do this again for a while! i.e. provide the champagne

  17. At 06:39 PM on 05 Oct 2007, Izzy T'Me wrote:

    From previous beach - hello Molly - it's nice to be back! And, DIY, I always have a bucket don't you?

    Ha ha Jonnie - Are you sure it wasn't you?!

  18. At 08:02 PM on 05 Oct 2007, Frances 5O2 wrote:

    jonnie, spot on!

    Congrats, stewart m.

    Meanwhile the sun is down, so G&Ts and fresh orange juices on the 502 bar

    2nd try: 1928

  19. At 08:38 PM on 05 Oct 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Drinks all round at the NC Bar. I'm in need of some refreshment after dancing all day.

    Oh, and a double for Eddie of whatever poison he chooses. It's Friday. Relax.

  20. At 10:09 PM on 05 Oct 2007, eddie mair wrote:

    Much appreciated. And I come with this from our techy colleagues:

    "We are working as fast as we can towards a resolution but it's likelythat a small percentage of those who try to comment at the moment willcontinue to get error messages of various types. We realise this isfrustrating and it shouldn't happen to even one person. We hope to havea resolution soon and will let you know when things are back as they should be."

    I know that spam has been a huge problem. They are working on a fix for that. I share your frustration about all this. It sucks all the fun out of the Blog. I know THIS will be 502'd several times. One day...soon I hope...it will be over.

    And I was...once...twice...

  21. At 05:04 PM on 06 Oct 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    Anne P - look out for the sea anemones ... and, of course, the seaweed fronds. Mind you, with fronds like that, who needs anemones?

    Sid

  22. At 05:39 PM on 06 Oct 2007, Gillian wrote:

    How hot has the sand become in this heat? Can I walk on it without my flip-flops? I'll take a little step......

  23. At 07:31 PM on 06 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Sid.......get a grip mate.....:)

    Gillian.....ooh...ow..ow..oh..ow..ow..oh....oh....oh...ow....ow...ow......oh...ow....splosh....its about 502 degrees!

  24. At 11:17 PM on 06 Oct 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    Sorry, DIY - I didn't think it would get through. And I'd just discovered I wouldn't be standing in a November election after all.

    Drinks all round ...

    Sid

  25. At 01:01 AM on 07 Oct 2007, jonnie wrote:

    So I've just trie a test - which said it was accepted!

    Now that looks positive - however some of us - as Eddie suggested - have moved here till Monday -

    http://www.pmblog.co.uk/froggers%20refuge.html

    and on Monday we can see what's happening here!

  26. At 06:15 PM on 07 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Sid (24)

    shame.....BTW, wotz Brown and got no bottle?

  27. At 09:26 PM on 07 Oct 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    DIY - isn't there a rhyming slang phrase to do with Aristotle? Or shall we just make one up?

    Sid

    'Aristotle Brown, leader of the Labour Party ...' Hmm. Just doesn't quite gel ...

  28. At 09:54 PM on 07 Oct 2007, Gossipmistress wrote:

    Wow! An almost empty beach! And a beautiful starry sky! And a glass of wine....perfect!

  29. At 09:54 PM on 07 Oct 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    DIY - isn't there a rhyming slang phrase to do with Aristotle? Or shall we just make one up?

    Sid

    'Aristotle Brown, leader of the Labour Party ...' Hmm. Just doesn't quite gel ...

  30. At 10:09 PM on 07 Oct 2007, nikki noodle wrote:

    Geronimo!!!

  31. At 07:12 PM on 08 Oct 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    I think can see an adolescent camel having his first hump ...

    Sid

    (It's funny what you come up with when no one's listening, isn't it?)

  32. At 09:23 PM on 08 Oct 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    I think can see an adolescent camel having his first hump ...

    Sid

    (It's funny what you come up with when no one's listening, isn't it?)

  33. At 11:12 PM on 08 Oct 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    I think can see an adolescent camel having his first hump ...

    Sid

    (It's funny what you come up with when no one's listening, isn't it?)

  34. At 09:13 AM on 09 Oct 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    So, Sid, if there are three adolescent camels having their first hump, can we now officially declare this an orgy? ;o)

  35. At 09:20 AM on 09 Oct 2007, Humphrey Camel wrote:

    Sid - (31, 32 and 33)
    Kindly avert your eyes.

    (what do you call a camel with 3 humps?)

  36. At 10:47 AM on 09 Oct 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    Hmm ... I thought no one was listening ... oh dear.

    Anyway - yes, let's declare this orgy officially open - careful where you put those scissors.

    And I'd call a camel wiv free humps 'Humpfree', being an Essex boy.

    Sid

  37. At 11:50 AM on 09 Oct 2007, Al Beback wrote:

    Morning all,

    I have to tell you about last night hope you don't mind - what a scream - so there I was, with this cheeky little Shiraz, regaling me with her tales of life on the vines, lying in the sun, then getting picked up by a sun-ripened, olive-skinned Portuguese farmer, before a brief spell feeling down-trodden and squashed out by the local gentry and then there was nothing else for it but to hit the bottle…big-time.

    A couple of dark years followed, not venturing outside, afraid of the daylight and all the time turning to alcohol, until she was gradually teased out of her shell, into the light by . . . good ole me!!

    We spent several hours together; I swallowed her every thought, drowned in her happiness and for the first time in years myself, I felt at one with another, this tall thin stranger, – yes, admittedly hard-nosed, maybe even full of herself, at first, but when she opened up and poured out all to me, a warm fuzzy feeling enveloped my very being. Noice.

    After some time though, I’d had enough and decided that this relationship was not the way forward. She was becoming scarily addictive. I didn’t want to dump her there and then, that would be just rubbish and that’s not me.

    No, beside the corkscrew and stopper, I left her to her own devices - in the kitchen. That was her, her in the corner, losing her religion - with Mr. Sheen (not great company admittedly, as he also happened to be pretty wasted).

    As I left for the evening, my cat gave me such a catty look as if to say “Hmm, you’re a real lothario, my friend and compadre, aren’t you?”

    Calm down, pet.., I mumbled and set off into the night . .

  38. At 12:21 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Humphrey Camel wrote:

    Ah, Sid - but there's no such thing as a "free" Hump!

  39. At 01:29 PM on 09 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    sticks head round corner......pssst.....is it fixed?

    and why can't we free Humph?

    wots 'e done anyway?

    and it's raining here in Norfampton. (Well Kingsthorpe really)

  40. At 01:40 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Gossipmistress wrote:

    Sid (29) may I refer you to Monty Python's Philosophers' Song -

    Aristotle Aristotle was a bu**er for the bottle

  41. At 02:00 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Eddie Mair wrote:

    Hello all.
    As you may know I have been testing the PM Blog comment thing and it seems, for now, to be working. I was wondering if you would be kind enough to test it too? I have been posting on the "suspending service" thread. It helps if you post the time of your comment.
    If it all seems to be working and no-one gets 502'd, we'll maybe re-start. What I don't want to do is re-start then annoy everyone and have to grind to a halt again.
    Only if you can be faffed. Wouldn't blame you if you couldn't!

  42. At 02:06 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Humphrey Camel wrote:

    DIY - see 31,32 and33 *smirk* - and it's not raining on the beach.

  43. At 02:45 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Molly wrote:

    Come on everyone!

    We,re all bieng faffed on the suspenders thread..

    `14.48

    Mollyxx

  44. At 02:51 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Humphrey Camel wrote:

    DIY (43)
    I blame global warming - but, hey, who's complaining?

  45. At 03:21 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Val P wrote:

    Not only are they going through on iPM and Suspenders, but they are going through fast!!

    15.21

    sb46 (for old times' sake)

  46. At 03:25 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Val P wrote:

    ....and the good news is (see Rescue Beach) I didn't have to do a Chocolate Run, in the end, I found a bag of them in the glove box of the car. Bit fusty, but oh well, any port in a storm eh?

  47. At 03:27 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Val P wrote:

    Oh dear, sorry, that last should have had 15.27 on.

    15.28

  48. At 04:23 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Frances 5O2 wrote:

    Oh, lord, my suspenders are faffed. Must've washed them too often.

    Great story, Al B!

    Giggle, Goosipmrs!

    It's pouring down in October, so I'll just stretch out my pins by the NCMB and eye up that jug of sangria, the one of homemade lemonade, and the crudites and dips I put there... ahhhh, sunshine.

  49. At 04:41 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Molly, ValP and Frances0

    I'm just so glad we don't have to keep 'em up any longer - and we don't have to resort to tights!

    Slap on a bit of fake tan and relax on a lounger. Bring on the margueritas - Time to chill out!

  50. At 04:41 PM on 09 Oct 2007, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    Phew! Took an age to get here. That sand really saps the energy from your legs. Just enough time for a power nap before jumping into the car to catch up with how the world looks in radioland

    1648
    and malicious at 1649

  51. At 04:43 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Does anyone have a spare corkscrew? I found this crate of Fleurie behind the bar, and I think a glass of that would be just right about now....

    faffed at 16:43

  52. At 04:47 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Ffred (49) Here's a corkscrew

    ll
    ll@@@@@@@@---
    ll

    or is it a syringe?!

    16:56

  53. At 04:49 PM on 09 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    Wahey.....splash!!!!! splosh!!!!!

    splutter

    :)

  54. At 05:08 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Molly, ValP and Frances0

    I'm just so glad we don't have to keep 'em up any longer - and we don't have to resort to tights!

    Slap on a bit of fake tan and relax on a lounger. Bring on the margueritas - Time to chill out!

  55. At 05:52 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Molly wrote:

    Big Sister

    Mmmmm- sounds wonderful- just a large one

    please...

    Quite like old times is it not?

    Do you have a song for the occasion, Big sister?

    Mollyxx

  56. At 06:24 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Frances 5O2 wrote:

    (Sings) Happy days are here again!

  57. At 06:42 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh dear, Molly - I've tried to send my song through to the Beach and ....... well, it simply hasn't appeared.

    Pass me another marguerita.

  58. At 06:47 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    It's 18.48 here in Essex ...

    Sid

  59. At 07:38 PM on 09 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Hi Sid, well if it's 18.48 in Essex then it must be 2007 in Norfolk....tee hee

    either way the sun is well over the yard arm, Darling Alistair has shoplifted everything he can so lets share this bottle of Islay single malt and dream of thing to come...

  60. At 07:40 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Humph wrote:

    Too see if things are a bit better . . .

    Oh, and ValP (45), how about a new game:

    SB 19:44 ;o)

    H.

  61. At 07:45 PM on 09 Oct 2007, nikki noodle wrote:

    ooh, a song, Mollster??!!

    May I?!

    *sings*

    Early one mor-or-ning, just as the sun was ri-ising,
    I heard a maid sing in the valley below:
    "Oh, don't deceive me, oh, never leave me!
    How could you use a poor maiden so?"

    n-n
    xx

  62. At 07:58 PM on 09 Oct 2007, cliff richard (though not Harry Webb of Chesnut) wrote:

    Hey, lets do the whole blog here On the Beach!

  63. At 08:31 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Aha!\\The beach is afloat again?

    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
    -- Mark Twain
    Tue Oct 9 20:29:32 BST 2007
    xx
    ed


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    Oh well!
    Tue Oct 9 20:31:14 BST 2007

  64. At 08:32 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    I'd join in with the singing, but I think i'd get barred for singing the rude version of Nessum D'Orma!

  65. At 09:11 PM on 09 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    wot a strange day it has been...even RL still has a few surprises left!

    anyhoo......feel welcome to pull up a bean bag, pour a glass of yer favourite poison and look at the stars.....

    .......isn't that Camerons Comet just fading away there over in the west?

  66. At 09:25 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    Have the suspenders come off then?
    I only ask as if its all back to normal is the naughty step also working.

  67. At 10:07 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Eric (41) Only if you can be faffed

    I can always be faffed for you :-)

  68. At 10:44 PM on 09 Oct 2007, nikki noodle wrote:

    "oh danny boy, the pipes the pipes are calling...
    de dum di dum, de dum di dum di duuuuum"

    n-n

  69. At 10:52 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Molly wrote:

    Big Sister (57)
    Don't worry- n-n stepped into the breech....

    n-n 61
    what a charming rendition- that top note!
    gosh!!!
    (Jacques Briel, is it?)!!

    Appy- I think you'll find that I was faffed f.irst....
    sorry..

    Mollyxx

  70. At 11:24 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Helloooooooooooooo!

    My SO respectfully reminds me to ask if anyone knows what you call a camel with four humps.

    While you're pondering that one, here's a case of Pigassou for those partial (as I am) to the black pig. Mmmmmm!

    Lovely to be back!

    Fifi ;o)

  71. At 11:52 PM on 09 Oct 2007, Fifi wrote:

    "Always listen between five and six...."

    * whistles *

    Would someone like to grab an end of this bunting? I've been saving it up for weeks now, and it keeps tungling round my lags.....

    Good stuff that Pigassou. Goes great with Appy's ice cream!

    Fifi ;o)


    Oh, the good old Content Submission Error. How wonderful to see it again after all those 50.... no I won't say it....s!

    * mwah! * to Content Submission Error.

  72. At 12:07 AM on 10 Oct 2007, Selkius Piscinus wrote:

    omigawd...

    I've been posting occasional frivolity in other places just to see what happened, knowing that it would just get a 502 or 'this server is dead. It is an ex-server. The BBC does not exist.' or something, and I just did over on a thread somewhere, and it said 'your comment has been held for approval', and I have a nasty feeling that it has gone through.

    Shocks like that are *not good for me*.

    Please would someone pass a bottle of something appropriately strong? Nobody's going to mind if I just sit in a corner and get quietly slarmy....

    I may sing a little....


    starting at 00.08 on Wednesday

  73. At 06:07 AM on 10 Oct 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    What lovely bunting, Feef :) I'm off for a quick jog round the beach and dunes. When I get back, I'll start the coffee machine going, as well as the various pots of teas for folks. If I see any fresh fruit on the jog, I'll collect it and we can make some smoothies later :)

  74. At 08:26 AM on 10 Oct 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    Isn't it good to have the blog back? I shall have to repeat my jokes in case anyone missed them ...

    Give us a nudge when the coffee's ready, Mr Fearless.

    Sid

  75. At 08:37 AM on 10 Oct 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Okay, coffee's brewing, teas are in their respective pots, and the mangoes, pineapples, kiwi fruits, and oranges I found in the copse behind the dunes are lined up on the bar for juicing/smoothie-ing. :)

  76. At 09:01 AM on 10 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    Ah, the most of good of good mornings to you all! What a lovely day. On my walk in to work I discovered the very colour that I want to use in my new abode (or the West Wing as we like to call it....have to actually sign the contracts though....anyway). Trouble is how to replicate the golden green slightly brown tinge of turning leaves.

    So with thoughts of beauty and natural wonder in my mind I will indulge in some of FFs juice and go and meditate under the palm. Any takers for a bit of yoga. Downward frog will of course feature x

  77. At 09:28 AM on 10 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    PS SP (72) Slarmy, what a great word!

  78. At 10:33 AM on 10 Oct 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Good morning one and all,

    And on this auspicious day (Blog revived - hurrah!) I have a little game for us all to play. It's one of those caption competitions and involves visiting the Today Programme website.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/galleries/1957/

    is the link to their gallery called Through a Glass Darkly, consisting largely of photos of the Today Team at work. Now, if we discount the non-Team photos (like No. 1, of the lights outside the studio), we could work through those photos providing captions for each one, perhaps on a daily basis.

    So, here's my opening shot, for this link
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/galleries/1957/2/

    "The Welsh Terrier gets ready to pounce."

  79. At 10:47 AM on 10 Oct 2007, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    A few crumpets left for those who want to toast 'em. I've put the butter in the fridge behind the bar.
    I might try a bit of yoga witchiwoman - may take my mind off other things which are dragging me down a bit

  80. At 10:49 AM on 10 Oct 2007, Perky wrote:

    I know this might be a bit premature, but will we be having a beach Hallowe'en party this year? I'm imagining a huge feast, lots of drinks and cleverly-disguised froggers. Anyone up for decorating the sand-dunes??

  81. At 10:49 AM on 10 Oct 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Sid (74) - *Nudge*

    I feel like celbrating. I just closed a Six Sigma project that seems to have been going on forever. Anyone mind if I bring some champers to the beach later?

    p.s. What's the difference between a teabag and the All Blacks? The teabag stays in the cup longer!

  82. At 11:00 AM on 10 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    79 - Perky, that is early! Are we having a particular theme? Witches & Wizards? Faeries and Other Folk? Goblins and Ghouls?

    Someone else can be in charge of pumpkins though, I always sustain injuries.

  83. At 11:16 AM on 10 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    UpTheT - feel free to join in! And afterwards feel free to drag up a lounger if you need a chat.

    What a glorious day, am feeling remarkably happy!

  84. At 11:20 AM on 10 Oct 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Gaah! Everything in working order again just when I have a Monday deadline to meet :-(

    Mind if I sit over here with a sand-resistant laptop? I'll just sip at this lemonade and get on with my work...

  85. At 11:23 AM on 10 Oct 2007, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    Fearless - just spotted this on a South African blog.

    England meet France in the first semi-final
    South Africa meet Argentina in the second semi-final
    Australia meet New Zealand at the Airport.....

  86. At 11:27 AM on 10 Oct 2007, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    Oh, and I quite like this one:
    Q: What do you call an Australian at the RWC final?

    A: Ref

  87. At 11:30 AM on 10 Oct 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Q: What do you call a camel with 4 humps?

    A: A Saudi Quattro

    (I'll get me coat...)


    Fifi ;oD

  88. At 11:35 AM on 10 Oct 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    FFred:

    Six Sigma? That got me confused. First thing I thought was Six Pack - mmm, that sounds nice! Time for a visit from Daniel Craig, thought I - until I looked it up.

    Well, if you think it's worth celebrating, I'll drink along with you as ever, and maybe, just maybe, some six packs will appear along the way? ;o)

    'Morning Appy, let me squeeze some fresh lemons for that lemonade. Sorry you're snowed under in real time (though not on the Beach, of course!)

  89. At 11:50 AM on 10 Oct 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    I gather the All Blacks are now branching out into some new business venture that combines trampolining with car wrecking.

    Sounds like the good people of Munster would be well advised to keep their cars in their garages.

  90. At 12:04 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Big Sis (88) Trust me, if you g*ggle (other search engines are available) the term Six Sigma, you'll underrstand how nice it is to complete a project and get it out of the way. Much as I would love to have the six pack as well, that will have to remain a dream!

    Now, what is that camel doing over behind the hammocks?

  91. At 12:18 PM on 10 Oct 2007, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    Big Sis - did you hear that the All Blacks are also branching out into underwear production. They have a revolutionary new bra - all the suport, but no cup..
    ;¬)

  92. At 12:18 PM on 10 Oct 2007, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    Snow White returned to the cottage to find it had burned down. Distraught, she searches for the dwarfs in the forest and hears a lone voice chanting, "Wales for the World Cup, Wales for the World Cup, Wales for the World Cup." On hearing this, Snow White gave a little sigh of relief as she knew that at least Dopey was safe.

  93. At 12:19 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Perky wrote:

    Witchi - I don't mind wielding the pumpkin saw; it's the scooping-out of all the seeds that makes the mess in my house....

    I'm open to suggestions theme-wise, although I'd probably veer towards the gruesome side, which always seems like lots more fun.

    As for the All Blacks, I've heard they've been seen looking a little sheep-ish.

    Sorry.

  94. At 12:21 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    FFred: I DID look it up, and it looked (well, how can I put this?) extremely complicated and - for a non-techie - boring. But I know it's 'what you do', so I'm v. pleased for you.

    Should we set up a gym on the Beach to help with the six packs? ;o)

  95. At 01:18 PM on 10 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    hi peeps....just bimbled in from RL where October is being really b*tchy at the moment.

    I am just going to count to 100, eat my lunch, have a stroll and then re enter the fray..

    ..may pop back for tea at three.

  96. At 02:55 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Congratulations to Ffred and the Stainless Steel Cat, who have both had work-related successes back in October.

    Oh, it's soooooo good to have the Blog back!
    Let's have some little fairy cakes with our afternoon tea - do you like the way I've iced a frog on each of them?!

  97. At 03:34 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Thanks Sis (88).

    Yes Gillian (96), they're lovely! One for me please! :-)

  98. At 04:19 PM on 10 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    Gilian (96)


    mmmmmm......delicious frogging fairy cakes, just wot like me ol' gran used to bake!

    Youngest son is coming round for dinner this evening, (sure sign he is getting low on pennies for food), so there may will be some left over Beef Madras & rice. Will pop it down to NC's if there is.

  99. At 04:22 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    I'll have a fairy cake too, please and offer 'round this wee supply of Liffey Water, as it's nearly yardarm time....Slainte

    And congrats FFred, but I've often pondered on matters of Quality Control, as in reality it's Uniformity Control, for truly, Quality is in the differences.....Gnu's not Unix & Uniformity's not Quality.

    We expect the world to provide us with totally predictable outcomes (products, services, etc), yet claim the right to be totally individualistic and unpredictable ourselves. Hmmmm.

    xx
    ed

    Charlie was a chemist,
    But Charlie is no more.
    For what he thought was H2O,
    Was H2SO4.
    Wed Oct 10 16:30:06 BST 2007

  100. At 07:12 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    Fearless (90)

    re g**gle - Ask dot com is getting much better as a search engine (it finds what you want trather than what goblins are able to persuade g**gle you want).

    Sid

  101. At 07:48 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Frances roO wrote:

    Any of that Islay left? Which one? I'm partial to a Leapfrog myself, which is appropriate, but I like Lagavulin, Bowmore and the old Ardbeg was a favourite.

    Hello all, it's been a busy but good day.

  102. At 08:21 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Millie O'Neare-Nott wrote:

    hello all - please help me out - I'm sat here with a pack of choc digestive biscuits and if I'm not careful I'll eat the lot - so please help yourselves! ( but sorry the bottle already seems to be empty hic!)

  103. At 08:55 PM on 10 Oct 2007, nikki noodle wrote:

    evening peeps!!

    I'll assist with them there biscuits, millie-oh!!

    Was so glad the beach was back, I was moved to post in French, (well, franglais), which sadly seems to have slipped down the back of the sofa. I ask you! infact, i-sofa, now I come to think of it.

    Right, time for a burst of song:
    "If you were the only girl in the world,
    And I were the only boy,"
    n-n

  104. At 09:32 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Millie (102) Are you sure? That's very generous....well if you insist...thank you. It's lovely to meet you!
    Pass your glass, I have a bottle we can share. ;o)

  105. At 10:35 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    I've some Munchen Hell Beer on offer anyone.

    Also some Chilli beer I have not dared to try yet!

  106. At 10:50 PM on 10 Oct 2007, Selkinus Piscius wrote:

    Ed @ 99, my old Ma used to say 'oh you young things! You spend your time demanding the right to dress how you please so that you can flaunt your individuality in the faces of us boring oldies -- then you all wear identical jeans and t-shirts, and I can't tell one uniformed one of you from the next!'

    As for being wrapped in paper, have you been spying on my study? And what can one say about my being totally wrapped in 450 A4 pages of my father's memoirs? Oh my all that proof-reading! And it is nearly done.

    I think I'll just fall into a hammock and have another drink...

  107. At 12:13 AM on 11 Oct 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    I'll swap a liffey for a chilli, just for the hell of it, Stewart Munchken!

    And Chris, I couldn't resist the fishwrapper quote when it turned up. Just got a new toy from Linux - a 'fortune cookie' lucky dip:
    I like myself, but I won't say I'm as handsome as the bull that kidnapped Europa.
    -- Marcus Tullius Cicero
    Something mysterious is formed, born in the silent void. Waiting alone and unmoving, it is at once still and yet in constant motion. It is
    the source of all programs. I do not know its name, so I will call it the Tao of Programming.
    If the Tao is great, then the operating system is great. If the operating system is great, then the compiler is great. If the compiler is greater, then the applications is great. The user is pleased and there is harmony in the world.
    The Tao of Programming flows far away and returns on the wind of morning.
    -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

    Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood.

    Do nothing unless you must, and when you must act -- hesitate.

    Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.
    -- Quentin Crisp

    'nuff for now, eh?

    xx
    ed

    Surprise due today. Also the rent.
    Thu Oct 11 00:21:30 BST 2007

  108. At 09:38 AM on 11 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    Morning all - and what a glorious one it is. Before I get too embroiled in RL I must get this of my chest and ask for your Froggy thoughts tomorrow morning.

    I have decided to hand in my notice. Some of you are aware that I work for the family business and, even before I started here, things with my Dad were not great. They are now a whole heap worse. So, for the sake of my sanity, health and general well being I've decided enough is enough. I was hoping to hang until I'd got my teaching really started but don't have time to do that if tied to the office so this will be a huge leap.

    I'm not so much worried about that as my father's reaction; it could be rage, disinterest or plain nastiness. So please do spare a thought to this wee frogger at about 8.30 tomorrow morning, I could really do with an extra bit of strength xxx

  109. At 09:40 AM on 11 Oct 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    EdI, It was actually a performance-based project, improving people's use of certain codes on a system to ensure (yes) uniformity. All I can say is that I was "well-chuffed" afterwards when one of the reviewers (a Master Black Belt for those in "the know") said she was impressed at the use of some of the measures, including some that are "rarely used" by people like me who are running lower level projects. :D

    Still, I see that there's still some champers left over from last night. Bucks Fizz anyone?

  110. At 09:58 AM on 11 Oct 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    WW (108) sorry, I missed your earlier wander along the beach. I hope things went well earlier. I've set aside an Apple & Cinnamon muffin for you. It's hidden under the counter on the NCMB...


  111. At 10:14 AM on 11 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    FF - will it keep until tomorrow?? Thats N-Day!

  112. At 10:22 AM on 11 Oct 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    WW Of course it will keep! It's a special blog muffin :)

  113. At 11:15 AM on 11 Oct 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Strength to you in all matters, WonderWitchi, and deep hopes that your dad and you find a way through the mirky woods.

    I can say that there have been moments of fire and ice with both my offspring, and that we're damned good friends now.

    (((((frugs)))))
    xx
    ed

    From the cookie pool:

    VICARIOUSLY experience some reason to LIVE!!

    The difference between a career and a job is about 20 hours a week.

    If some day we are defeated, well, war has its fortunes, good and bad.
    -- Commander Kor, "Errand of Mercy", stardate 3201.7

    And FFred, Good on you, and I'm sure you know no offence was intended.

    Salaam/Shalom/Shanthi/Dorood/Peace
    Namaste -ed
    Thu Oct 11 11:16:23 BST 2007

  114. At 12:06 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    EdI: I hadn't even thought of offence :) 6 Sigma is, as you rightly state, about achieving uniformity or repeatability. Quality? Who needs that! :p

    btw, While we're using quotes from TV & Film, I offer this:

    Relax, it's much worse than you think -- Ethan Hunt, on the train; Mission Impossible

  115. At 01:12 PM on 11 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    afternoon peeps, just popped down for a breath of fresh air and a cup of tea..

    ...deep joy in RL as the brummy chocolate people are re(launching) that quietly spoke chocky bar...I used to love them. Pop one in the fridge for a few hours to really chill and then consume......heaven

  116. At 01:19 PM on 11 Oct 2007, stewart M wrote:

    Ed, Thanks for the liffey. I have a web address for this Chilli beer. But its at home. I'll post it at some point over the next day. They do normal (whatever a normal chilli is) and hot. Have not yet tried either.

    Kew had a glasshouse of different chilli's this summer. Also some info on the hotness scale.

  117. At 01:24 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Witchi, my thoughts are with you. There's a huge cuddly ((((((((((frug)))))))))) waiting in your in-box.

    Give me a shout if you want to talk about anything.

    Fifi x

  118. At 01:56 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Fiona wrote:

    Dear Witchi, you have always been there offering frugs to me when needed so please let me offer you some back (((((((((witchi))))))))))
    Hope it goes well
    Fiona x

  119. At 02:46 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Millie O'Neare-Nott wrote:

    Dear Witchi (108)
    I haven't been around here long but already beginning to feel part of the virtual PM family. Will be thinking of you tomorrow morning. I don't know your circumstances but sounds from this one post that you are starting out on something new and exciting - so try and keep that positive thought in your mind.
    Will try and post a message in the sand tomorrow morning so if you do manage to come down for an early wander you'll know you are being thought about!
    and tonight- well build your courage up with a glass or two of your favourite tipple!
    Millie xx

  120. At 03:15 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Sum Ting Wong wrote:

    Q: What's the difference between the Vietnam War and the Iraq War?

    A: George W. Bush had a plan to get out of the Vietnam War.

  121. At 03:40 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Millie (119) : You? new?

    Nah!

    Part of the furniture, you are. ;o)

    So, are you and n-n up for a bit of Competitive Hammocking?

    We each pick a hammock. When I shout: "Knickers!" we see who can be the first to swing it right over the top.

    "KNICKERS!"

    Fifi ;oD

    Oooh it's good to be back! (Oi Nikki - that's cheating...)

  122. At 03:50 PM on 11 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    You are all such lovely lovely people (thanks Millie for the offer of the drink....I have some champagne ready for tomorrow night!)

    Am feeling very nearly ready for the fray and you are all helping so so much.

    I love this blog!

  123. At 03:52 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Millie O'Neare-Nott wrote:

    OUCH my poor head (was going to say something else but not sure if allowed!) I've just fallen out the hammock - all your fault Fifi (121)leading me astray and encouraging me to swing so high plus of course the effects of a relaxing lunch as off work this afternoon!!!! or did I see FF (114) & Ed (113) sneaking away behind the dunes after giving an extra big push!!! you rotters! :-)

  124. At 04:43 PM on 11 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    wots all these pairs of Speedos lying around for.....oh, they aren't!

    for heavens sake wots going on, a bloke pops in from RL for a tea and biccie to find KNICKERS strewn everywhere.....blimey Feefs where on earth did you get that pair from?

  125. At 04:47 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    PUUUUSH! (a blast from the past?)

    ;-)

    In Hollywood, all marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes the problems.
    -- Shelley Winters

  126. At 04:57 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Val P wrote:

    Witchi - good on you gal! There's nothing like making a decision for giving you that feeling of empowerment.

    wW{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{W}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}Ww

    Make sure you swirl the above scarflet around your neck tomorrow morning (I don't knit as well as Anne P, but it's the thought that counts). It's a power scarf. Here's hoping it goes with your outfit ;-)

  127. At 05:19 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Fifi wrote:

    DIY (124) : Now then, young sir. A gentleman never comments upon a laydee's breeks.

    Taint seemly, tha noze.

    ;o)

    Fifi

  128. At 05:19 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Just had a skim through so forgive me if I omit anything.

    Witchi (108) good luck and well done for making the decision.

    Welcome Millie O'Neare-Nott.

    Does anyone have a cure for a heart that was broken a long time ago, fairly healed but with still-tender scars that have recently been ripped open? Thought not. Anyone got a large gin then?

  129. At 05:23 PM on 11 Oct 2007, mac wrote:

    Can I interupt you, Big Sis, or are you having a precious moment or two with Tom Conti (good guess?)?


    Any road up, you were the first person to mention Christmas this year.

    yours


    mac

  130. At 05:27 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Appy, A double gin and a huge (((((((frug)))))))) !
    xxxx
    ed

  131. At 05:40 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Thanks Ed (130). You know how to settle a girl down as well as wind her up ;-)

  132. At 06:24 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Guima wrote:

    Witch
    My dad has Alzheimer and 15 days ago we decided to move him to a care house. It was so tough but we made decisions and were certain things would be better.
    Now hes well treated and adapted.

    A frug from the South Brazil.
    Guima

    good weekend for all

  133. At 06:25 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Selkius Piscinus wrote:

    WW, fins crossed for you that all goes well and there are no explosions and nobody drownded -- in fact, nothing to laff at at all...

    Have a shiny pebble to keep in your pocket and touch for confidence.

  134. At 06:35 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Appy (128): Several large gins in the company of a male gay friend who adores you, would be my best suggestion.

    (You might get caught, lobbing a half brick through his front window, which was my other thought...)

    (((((frugs)))))

    Fifi x

  135. At 06:42 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Fifi wrote:

    Someone on our regional BBC news programme has just concluded a piece about schizophrenia, saying:

    "The overriding message is that, if you've got schizophrenia....

    "You're not alone."

    Other incredibly-inappropriate wording is available.

    Doesn't anybody EDIT these things????

    Fifi >:o(

  136. At 06:46 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Perky wrote:

    Witchi - lots of frugs to you and I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. You're always tremendously supportive to others on this board, which is one of the many reasons you're receiving such frog-love today! Hope it all goes well.

    Appy - have been there, so I sympathise and encourage you to stick with the gin for now. I've brought some double chocolate brownies down too, so we can waggle our toes in the sand and share stories if that will help.

    (((((((((((((hugs to you both)))))))))))))))

    Feefs - are these yours?? I found them hanging off one of the camels!

  137. At 07:05 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Just what are you inferring, Fifi????
    Old maybe, and platonically inclined (sort of), but...

    xx
    ed

  138. At 08:26 PM on 11 Oct 2007, DI Wyman wrote:

    mmmmm.....KNICKERS......with a reinforced zip gusset....very interesting...

  139. At 08:31 PM on 11 Oct 2007, nikki noodle wrote:

    Gosh,

    My biggest bestest wishes all round, ww and aperitif!! Let's try another packet of hob-nobs, and dunk them in the booze....

    ((()))

    n-n
    xx

  140. At 09:20 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Humph wrote:

    Appy, have some frugs from me too

    ((((Appy))))

    They will not cure a damaged heart, nor even heal any scars, but they are yours all the same.

    H.

  141. At 09:31 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Peej wrote:

    Good luck for the morrow Witchi and don't forget there is no problem to which booze is not the answer (unless you're pregnant).

    And a frug and tonic for Nikki

    (((((((((((((((((((Frugs)))))))))))))))))))))

  142. At 10:36 PM on 11 Oct 2007, stewart M wrote:

    www.littlegreenmen.co.uk Chilli beer

  143. At 10:39 PM on 11 Oct 2007, stewart M wrote:

    Witchi, good luck for the morn. I'm sure it will be the best thing you ever do.

    And NN hobnobs dipped in gin. I'm off to try that!

  144. At 11:12 PM on 11 Oct 2007, Gossipmistress wrote:

    Witchi - good luck, I hope it goes ok x

    Appy - here - I've brought you some special liquid wound bandage from work. Use three times daily whilst drinking a large Bombay Sapphire & Tonic. Works wonders!x

    Feefs (135) we once saw an advert (can't remember which paper) for 'Two part time posts with the Schizophrenia Society'. Not even the charity gets it right!

  145. At 07:15 AM on 12 Oct 2007, Humph wrote:

    Best wishes and {{{{{frugs}}}}} for witchi. I will be thinking of you at 8:30 whilst I am on the (number 25) bus to work.

    H. x

  146. At 07:53 AM on 12 Oct 2007, Millie O'Neare-Nott wrote:

    Well I came down for an early stroll this morning and the beach was closed! (well 502'd) shame as i'd brought my camping gas cooking, frying pan and bacon & eggs - sorry had to move on and come back and haven't got them with me now.

    anyway Witchi hope you get 5 mins to have quiet 5 mins relax here before going into work to have THAT conversation! will be thinking of you. :-)

    Oh the waves are looking wonderful this morning
    have a good day all.
    millie x

  147. At 09:41 AM on 12 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    Hello all - before I start, Appy frugs to you and I hope things are less raw today xx

    Well, what fun! Boss/Pa broke his shoulder yesterday so is at home pumped full of painkillers. But I did phone him this morning and tell him, reaction 'put it in writing'. Am sure there will be further come back at some point but theres no point living in fear of that.

    Thank you Val for the lovely scarf, it matched perfectly and SP the stone was very reassuring and beautiful.

    And even more thanks and frugs to you all. Felt a positive woosh of strengthening vibes on my in way in this morning. I know that whatever happens in the future I can deal with it and that all us frogs will pull together for each other.

    I feel truly blessed to know such good people.

    Now, anyone for chapmpagne? xxx

  148. At 09:51 AM on 12 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    Hello all - before I start, Appy frugs to you and I hope things are less raw today xx

    Well, what fun! Boss/Pa broke his shoulder yesterday so is at home pumped full of painkillers. But I did phone him this morning and tell him, reaction 'put it in writing'. Am sure there will be further come back at some point but theres no point living in fear of that.

    Thank you Val for the lovely scarf, it matched perfectly and SP the stone was very reassuring and beautiful.

    And even more thanks and frugs to you all. Felt a positive woosh of strengthening vibes on my in way in this morning. I know that whatever happens in the future I can deal with it and that all us frogs will pull together for each other.

    I feel truly blessed to know such good people.

    Now, anyone for chapmpagne? xxx

  149. At 10:12 AM on 12 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    do you believe it 502'd!!

    Well, I wrote a lovely post so will try again, apologies for any duplication...

    Appy - I hope things are less raw today.

    The deed is done but Boss/Dad fell yesterday and broke his shoulder so I had to ring him this morning with the news - reaction: 'put it in writing'. Am sure there will be further come back once the pain killers have warn off in 6 weeks time (in which case I won't be here anyway!).

    Val - thank you for the scarf, it matched perfectly! And SP the stone was very reassuring and quite beautiful.

    And the biggest of big frugs and thanks to you all. I did feel a burst of strength on the way in this morning. I feel truly blessed to know such generous, special people.

    Now, who's for champagne?

    third time lucky....

  150. At 10:25 AM on 12 Oct 2007, witchiwoman wrote:

    do you believe it 502'd!!

    Well, I wrote a lovely post so will try again, apologies for any duplication...

    Appy - I hope things are less raw today.

    The deed is done but Boss/Dad fell yesterday and broke his shoulder so I had to ring him this morning with the news - reaction: 'put it in writing'. Am sure there will be further come back once the pain killers have warn off in 6 weeks time (in which case I won't be here anyway!).

    Val - thank you for the scarf, it matched perfectly! And SP the stone was very reassuring and quite beautiful.

    And the biggest of big frugs and thanks to you all. I did feel a burst of strength on the way in this morning. I feel truly blessed to know such generous, special people.

    Now, who's for champagne?

    4th time....am determined

    no.5! I will not be silenced, but may have a coffee whilst I'm waiting

  151. At 12:14 PM on 12 Oct 2007, Fiona wrote:

    Ok, 2nd attempt! those lovely 502's are back!!

    Good morning one and all and big (((frugs))) to all in need - in particular Appy and Witchi.

    And if you don't mind Witchi, I will gladly take you up on the offer of some champagne - let me just fetch a glass and pull up a sun lounger, Time to chill I think...

    By the way have to say I love the little quotes
    Ed I usually puts at the end of his posts. I cannot claim to be anywhere near the same ballpark as Ed in terms of how well read or knowledgeable I am but if you don't mind I would like to share with you all one of my very favourite quotes, and one which I feel applies to me

    "with my luck the day my ship comes in I'll be waiting at the airport"
    Charlie Brown
    (extracted from Peanuts by the late and very great Charles M Schulz)

    Fiona xx

  152. At 01:42 PM on 12 Oct 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Fiona, Love that Charlie Brown!

    Reminds me :

    If I traveled to the end of the rainbow As Dame Fortune did intend, Murphy would be there to tell me The pot's at the other end.
    -- Bert Whitney

    I have to admit to having gathered and kept a large and still growing (searchable) collection of 'commonplaces', but I recently came upon a venerable Unix/Linux routine called 'fortune', which will spit out a random 'fortune cookie', and I love it.

    My old favourites include,

    Those who talk don't know;
    Those who know don't talk.
    --Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, verse 56, ~450 BCE

    and

    Pereant, inquit, qui ante nos nostra dixerunt.
    "Confound those who have said our remarks before us."
    -- Aelius Donatus

    for obvious reasons.

    And now, for a dip into 'fortune':

    Dear Emily:
    How can I choose what groups to post in?
    -- Confused

    Dear Confused:
    Pick as many as you can, so that you get the widest audience. After all, the net exists to give you an audience. Ignore those who suggest you
    should only use groups where you think the article is highly appropriate. Pick all groups where anybody might even be slightly interested.
    Always make sure followups go to all the groups. In the rare event that you post a followup which contains something original, make sure you expand the list of groups. Never include a "Followup-to:" line in the header, since some people might miss part of the valuable discussion in the fringe groups.
    -- Emily Postnews Answers Your Questions on Netiquette

    and

    To say that UNIX is doomed is pretty rabid, OS/2 will certainly play a role, but you don't build a hundred million instructions per second multiprocessor micro and then try to run it on OS/2. I mean, get serious.
    -- William Zachmann, International Data Corp


    Fri Oct 12 13:08:44 BST 2007
    Never mind the 502! Press on regardless!

    If it heals good, say it.

    A putt that stops close enough to the cup to inspire such comments as "you could blow it in" may be blown in. This rule does not apply if the ball is more than three inches from the hole, because no one wants to make a travesty of the game.
    -- Donald A. Metz

    Save the Whales -- Harpoon a Honda.

  153. At 01:50 PM on 12 Oct 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    WW, Did you really have to get that physical?

    It must have been possible to twist his arm a little more gently!
    xx
    ed

    (aikamuotojen käyttö aikamatkustuksessa)
    "You can arrive (mayan arivan on-when) for any sitting you like without prior (late fore-when) reservation because you can book retrospectively, as it were when you return to your own time. (you can have on-book haventa forewhen presooning returningwenta retrohome.) "

  154. At 02:08 PM on 12 Oct 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Fiona, Love that Charlie Brown!

    Reminds me :

    If I traveled to the end of the rainbow As Dame Fortune did intend, Murphy would be there to tell me The pot's at the other end.
    -- Bert Whitney

    I have to admit to having gathered and kept a large and still growing (searchable) collection of 'commonplaces', but I recently came upon a venerable Unix/Linux routine called 'fortune', which will spit out a random 'fortune cookie', and I love it.

    My old favourites include,

    Those who talk don't know;
    Those who know don't talk.
    --Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, verse 56, ~450 BCE

    and

    Pereant, inquit, qui ante nos nostra dixerunt.
    "Confound those who have said our remarks before us."
    -- Aelius Donatus

    for obvious reasons.

    And now, for a dip into 'fortune':

    Dear Emily:
    How can I choose what groups to post in?
    -- Confused

    Dear Confused:
    Pick as many as you can, so that you get the widest audience. After all, the net exists to give you an audience. Ignore those who suggest you
    should only use groups where you think the article is highly appropriate. Pick all groups where anybody might even be slightly interested.
    Always make sure followups go to all the groups. In the rare event that you post a followup which contains something original, make sure you expand the list of groups. Never include a "Followup-to:" line in the header, since some people might miss part of the valuable discussion in the fringe groups.
    -- Emily Postnews Answers Your Questions on Netiquette

    and

    To say that UNIX is doomed is pretty rabid, OS/2 will certainly play a role, but you don't build a hundred million instructions per second multiprocessor micro and then try to run it on OS/2. I mean, get serious.
    -- William Zachmann, International Data Corp


    Fri Oct 12 13:08:44 BST 2007
    Never mind the 502! Press on regardless!

    If it heals good, say it.

    A putt that stops close enough to the cup to inspire such comments as "you could blow it in" may be blown in. This rule does not apply if the ball is more than three inches from the hole, because no one wants to make a travesty of the game.
    -- Donald A. Metz

    Save the Whales -- Harpoon a Honda.

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