Archives for November 2008

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:21 UK time, Friday, 28 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

Mumbai? Bombay?

Eddie Mair | 14:51 UK time, Friday, 28 November 2008

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Interesting piece in The Guardian.

This man makes a lot of noise. And he'll make it on PM tonight.

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Eddie Mair | 13:00 UK time, Friday, 28 November 2008

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Nigel Wrench writes: "Dror Feiler is an Israeli-born, Swedish-based composer who believes noise can be music, and you'll hear some of what he produces on PM this evening.

Earplugs may be needed. The Bavarian Symphony Orchestra refused to play one of Mr Feiler's pieces in the spring. Orchestra members said they feared permanent damage to their hearing.

I met him in Huddersfield yesterday, inside the brand new creative arts building at the University of Huddersfield. Mr Feiler is performing at the annual contemporary music festival this evening.

It's an impressive building, designed by the Leeds architects Darnton Elgee. More here.

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The piece Mr Feiler is performing at Bates Mill in Huddersfield tonight is called Music is Castrated Noise (more on that here and here )

It is, not to put too fine a point on it, a cacophony.

I'll try to include some Beethoven and perhaps some Verdi in the radio item to sooth your nerves. The piece, as you'll have gathered, is still very much in the editing stages.

"If you dare to listen in a new way," says Mr Feiler, "then maybe tomorrow when you are in the street and you see things you don't like, then you say 'Is it really necessary that things are like this?'.""

Caption Competition*

Eddie Mair | 09:58 UK time, Friday, 28 November 2008

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This is the photo I took during the show last night of Mr Donaldson. (There is an explanation (of sorts) in the "Not to be out-done" strand).

I think it might make rather a nice caption competition*.

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*as ever, it's not really a competition. There is no prize and no point.

The Beach.

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Eddie Mair | 05:52 UK time, Friday, 28 November 2008

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Oh most beautiful Beach of the programme PM,
Where the Froggers congregate even though you can't see them,
With camels and surf and castles of sand,
As a refuge from woes and seriousness it was planned,
With a bar in memory of a presenter most grand,
And imag'nery sun to get most safely tanned,
Renewed by our host, most every Friday,
Visitor, relax and enjoy, and please keep it tidy.

Not to be out-done by Nils

Eddie Mair | 17:50 UK time, Thursday, 27 November 2008

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Here is Rory taking a photo of me, as he prepared for tonight's Upshares Downshares.

Nils Blythe at Large....in Riga, Latvia.

Eddie Mair | 17:30 UK time, Thursday, 27 November 2008

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Nils and property developer Viktors Savins from ARCO Real Estate at a new apartment complex outside Riga. House prices have been falling 6% each month having soared over the past few years. Viktors had to knock 35% off the price of these flats in order to sell them.


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The somellier of Vincents restaurant, Raimonds Tomsons, choosing wine in the cellar. Restaurants and cafes are closing across Riga as people find the financial crisis beginning to bite. My guess is that Nils ate at Vincents but I cannot prove that.


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Nils and Ivo Grubanov of Baltic Holidays in the main square in the Old town of Riga. Ivo's business has been hit by the weakness of the pound against the country's currency, the Lat.


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Property developer Viktors Savins driving across the South Bridge in Riga. Recently opened, the bridge is reported to be the most expensive ever constructed in Europe as spiralling metal prices hit the development from the very start. You didn't get this from me but Nils is seriously thinking about buying property in the area. He loves the cold crisp air.

Ireland into the UK

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Eddie Mair | 17:15 UK time, Thursday, 27 November 2008

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army. Michael Buchanan has a report on the programme tonight. He writes:

"We'll be talking about a surprising side-effect of the peace process in Northern Ireland tonight - recruits from the Irish Republic are swelling the ranks of the British military.

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Michael Godman from County Offaly wants to be a sniper with the Royal Irish Regiment. He says the image that many Irish people have of the British military - associated with its role in either the Republic's independence struggle or in Northern Ireland is history. And there is definitely a sense that the Republic is becoming more comfortable with the British military.

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The funeral earlier this week of Robert McKibben from Westport, County Mayo - who was recently killed in Afghanistan - saw Royal Marine marching through his hometown -
something that wouldn't have been acceptable a few years ago. The respect shown at the funeral built on the opening of a memorial in nearby Castlebar last month to honour around 1500 people from County Mayo who died in several conflicts, mainly with the British. As one of the organisers of the memorial said we are not only honouring the dead, we are giving dignity to the living who can come here and now proudly tell their families that their ancestors fought and died for peace."

The Glass Box

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Eddie Mair | 16:30 UK time, Thursday, 27 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

Harp day continues...

Eddie Mair | 14:46 UK time, Thursday, 27 November 2008

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"To add to your harp collection, here is my daughter with her antique Erard harp. Anne P."

Christmas tradition.

Eddie Mair | 13:44 UK time, Thursday, 27 November 2008

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Every year...I can't remember why....we play this rude and pointless game.

What's your high score?

Harp.

Eddie Mair | 13:07 UK time, Thursday, 27 November 2008

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Is it just me...or is it restful just LOOKING at these photos?

Eddie Mair | 09:21 UK time, Thursday, 27 November 2008

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"The glamorous life of a professional musician (and broadcaster?!!) - slippers and apron compulsory! (Annasee in her music room) Best wishes, GMx"

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Spotting a sociopath.

Eddie Mair | 06:50 UK time, Thursday, 27 November 2008

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Our Home Editor Mark Easton talked about that on the programme last night. Here is his blog post on the subject.

What went wrong at Woolies?

Eddie Mair | 17:36 UK time, Wednesday, 26 November 2008

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and do you have special memories of the store?

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:16 UK time, Wednesday, 26 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

Christmas is coming...

Eddie Mair | 12:46 UK time, Wednesday, 26 November 2008

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and we want your advent photo. Send it to pm@bbc.co.uk, and please put ADVENT in the subject line.

To inspire you, this photo is just in - you'll have to trust me on this - from a Senior Member of our Editorial Team (acting) Rupert. He's attending some conference or other in Frankfurt of all places...but even when he's so far away, Rupert is thinking of the Blog, as you can see. I don't think he's IN this photo.

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Would you like to be poet laureate?

Eddie Mair | 10:52 UK time, Wednesday, 26 November 2008

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Curiously, when I went into the BBC's picture system and typed "Andrew Motion" - this chap was the first photo in the list. It's not Andrew Motion.

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The reason we're mentioning Mr Motion is that, as The Guardian reports, his decade as poet laureate is coming to an end. He has some advice for the new person in the linked article.

But I was wondering - if you have a song in your heart, why not pen a few lines about why YOU should be the next poet laureate? Better still, type them. Oh hang on I've found a photo.

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1610 UPDATE: Just recorded an interview about this very subject. With someone who doesn't want the job.

"Recession can be good for us"

Eddie Mair | 17:05 UK time, Tuesday, 25 November 2008

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1645 UPDATE:

We're talking about THIS in the programme tonight...with the health secretary, the BMA and a trustee of the Patients' Association.
Share your view by clicking on Comments

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:55 UK time, Tuesday, 25 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

I just lost a fiver

Eddie Mair | 15:07 UK time, Tuesday, 25 November 2008

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in a bet with Briony, today's deputy editor. I'd said I was sure a certain politician would want to join us on PM tonight. She said he wouldn't.

He won't.

This man passed his driving test this morning. About to record an interview with him.

Eddie Mair | 13:55 UK time, Tuesday, 25 November 2008

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More here.

1500 UPDATE: He was a great interviewee - and he vividly remembers the incident above.

The Oval Office. Or is it?

Eddie Mair | 13:01 UK time, Tuesday, 25 November 2008

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(Thomas Demand, from 'Presidency' at Sprüth Magers London, 26 November 2008 - 17 January 2009 © Thomas Demand for The New York Times/DACS, London, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin/London)

Nigel Wrench writes: "One of a series of huge images in a timely new show, opening this evening in one of the commercial art galleries in Mayfair, London. Photographed in Mr Obama's future office in the White House, obviously. Obviously?

The artist has had retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and at the Serpentine, London.

My photograph of him this morning will be exhibited nowhere but here. A film crew was about to interview him for a short film, commissioned by Tate, the gallery people.

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What is real after all? (The answer live on PM, technology permitting, this evening)."

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Paddy's lovely idea...

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Eddie Mair | 11:56 UK time, Tuesday, 25 November 2008

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comes to life!

The Pre Budget Report.

Eddie Mair | 17:00 UK time, Monday, 24 November 2008

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The BBC News coverage is here. The Treasury website is here.

What do you think of what's been announced and what our guests are saying?

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:26 UK time, Monday, 24 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

If the licence fee was to be scrapped, how much would you be willing to pay each year for the BBC in its current form?

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Eddie Mair | 14:51 UK time, Monday, 24 November 2008

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Tell us by clicking HERE.

Stuart Hall laughing.

Eddie Mair | 14:15 UK time, Monday, 24 November 2008

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Paddy O'Connell

Eddie Mair | 10:44 UK time, Monday, 24 November 2008

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for it is he, suggested to me yesterday a rather splendid idea which we're going to try out over on iPM. It will involve YOU, it's easy to do, and it will make an interesting listen.

I will share more later.

We are busy preparing for tonight's programme. Carolyn will be at Westminster with the PBR as it's known. One of the parties is refusing at the moment to give us a member of their front bench team to talk to. We're trying to change their minds.

Good morning. If it's iPM you're after...

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Eddie Mair | 02:46 UK time, Saturday, 22 November 2008

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...we're over here.

BBC Trust.

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Eddie Mair | 12:22 UK time, Friday, 21 November 2008

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1215 UPDATE on my earlier hurried scribbles: Here is the BBC News coverage....have a read and then share your view here.

You can read the full BBC Trust judgement on Ross/Brand (and others) HERE.

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 12:19 UK time, Friday, 21 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

Rail fares.

Eddie Mair | 12:08 UK time, Friday, 21 November 2008

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They're going up. We're talking about it tonight. Here's what train operators are saying, while this is the view of Passenger Focus.

Tomorrow

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Eddie Mair | 08:46 UK time, Friday, 21 November 2008

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Jennifer, me, Ryan the editor and Lee the technical genius, will be broadcasting live from the home of a listener for iPM. It's not so far from the office, and upon reflection we should maybe have gone here, but we think we'll have fun anyway.


The Beach.

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Eddie Mair | 08:23 UK time, Friday, 21 November 2008

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After Bob Walker's report on the BNP...

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Eddie Mair | 17:55 UK time, Thursday, 20 November 2008

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...you might like to see this work from iPM.

Smiling actors, kitchen sinks, EastEnders.

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Eddie Mair | 17:49 UK time, Thursday, 20 November 2008

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Nigel Wrench writes: "This is the cast of a new play that opens at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh this evening, one that provokes the question: is this the right time for a new wave of kitchen sink drama?

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Grinning at rehearsals in Edinburgh, actors John Wark, Ryan Fletcher, Susan Vidler, Carmen Pieraccini and Gary Lewis (is it just me or does Mr Lewis look uncannily like John McCain?).

The play is Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us written by Paul Higgins, best known as an actor and specifically for his role as a press officer in the TV series The Thick of It. I spoke to him for PM this evening and to the director John Tiffany who had such a success with Black Watch, also produced by the National Theatre of Scotland. You might have a thought about something that Mr Tiffany said: 'People think of kitchen sink drama as EastEnders. The thing about EastEnders is all it's done is take kitchen sink drama to new levels of mediocrity'."

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:53 UK time, Thursday, 20 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

The debate over congestion charging in Manchester. Terry Stiasny has a report for us tonight. Here are two photos that seem to illustrate the arguments.

Eddie Mair | 15:32 UK time, Thursday, 20 November 2008

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BBC Manchester is asking people what they'll do if the charge comes in.

How can the roads be made safer?

Eddie Mair | 13:32 UK time, Thursday, 20 November 2008

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The Department for Transport is consulting on this very subject and has come up with some ideas. You can read them here. Feel free to share what you know by clicking on Comments.

Responses to today's PM newsletter...

Eddie Mair | 11:50 UK time, Thursday, 20 November 2008

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"Pop down to Iceland and pick up a couple of banks while they have any left" - from Tim Lee.

"Eric, can you get me a new pair of Speedos? Sprout Green, 32" waist. Tah, DiY :-)"

"Buy me something nice, won't you? Marion, Birmingham"

"Hi Eric, Could you pick me up a couple of lonely male millionaires please? Thanks, ChrisThePickle xx"

A pleasant change from huge Nigerian lottery wins, and penis implants.

Eddie Mair | 11:48 UK time, Thursday, 20 November 2008

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This just came in to PM's email inbox:

"Dear Sir or Madam,

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As a professional mold manufacturer at Shenzhen, China, Sinic Ltd. provides you high quality molds at a competitive price, we believe that buying molds from Sinic Ltd. means reduction in cost and enhancement in competitiveness.

We are willing to establish business relations with you and a quotation will be sent to you as soon as we receive your specific inquiry.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Very Truly Yours,

Daniel

Sinic Mould Co., Ltd."

A busy morning..

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Eddie Mair | 10:32 UK time, Thursday, 20 November 2008

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...we're working away on Saturday morning's iPM outside broadcast. Here's a clue:

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Not a great clue but there you are. Yes, some poor listener who innocently contacted us, will have Jennifer and me invading her home before dawn on Saturday. If you're up early do try to catch us - not least because of a discussion we recorded yesterday with two listeners who could bring some personal experience to bear on the Baby P story. They were terrific and I hope you'll enjoy hearing it. It's our last week at 0545 for a while (we move to 1730 next week...back to 0545 in the New Year).

In other news, advent photos are already arriving - don't forget to send yours.

And as you may know our editor, Peter Rippon, is leaving after being fired. His "do" is tonight. There was a card going round the office which we lost. Twice. The drinks tonight will be in line with the new frugal BBC, and it'll be rose wine - one glass only - created by mixing a bottle of red with a bottle of white.

It's true to say that PM would not be the programme it is without Peter.

Please don't hold it against him.

The Doctor...and how he nearly didn't happen.

Eddie Mair | 17:52 UK time, Wednesday, 19 November 2008

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Advent.

Eddie Mair | 17:00 UK time, Wednesday, 19 November 2008

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treesa.JPG This photo taken this morning outside a TV studio here, is further proof that Christmas is on its way.

Every year, our beloved listeners send us their photos for the season and this year is no exception. Please send your advent photo to pm@bbc.co.uk. Please put ADVENT in the subject line.
We'll post one photo here each day from the first of December. As ever, please accept our apologies if yours isn't chosen.

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:59 UK time, Wednesday, 19 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

A national tragedy.

Eddie Mair | 12:41 UK time, Wednesday, 19 November 2008

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1535 UPDATE: There was a news conference in the last hour. Hugh Sykes was there for PM and will have a report for you in the programme.

And this is just in: Peter Mandelson has told us:
'John Sergeant should not bow out, he has become the people's John Travolta and he should be a fighter and not a quitter.'

Happiness!

Eddie Mair | 10:14 UK time, Wednesday, 19 November 2008

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Our warm congratulations!

"Eddie, You requested a picture. As Mrs LoS said, "I don't mind people seeing my picture on the radio". Regards, Stephen, Leader of STROP"

Prostitute users face clampdown

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Eddie Mair | 08:40 UK time, Wednesday, 19 November 2008

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is the BBC News headline.

But is that the right approach? In August an iPM listener wrote this on the blog:

"What prompts me is the reported double standard between the perceived acceptability of paying for sex and having a female relative who is a sex worker. I'd like to hear that unpicked a little bit. Is there a parallel with the perception of violence against women (in which case, it's a question of respect not sexwork). Surely these women are women, just like any other; do we think that they are not so, and maybe even that sex taints women..."

iPM wants to know about your experience of prostitution. If you can help, please click HERE, where you can read that blog post in full, as well as other information on the story.

Nils Blythe: Actor.

Eddie Mair | 17:35 UK time, Tuesday, 18 November 2008

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But as I said a moment ago, we received a photocopied document today revealing much earlier dramatic strengths.

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And here is the document:

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And if you'd like to read the full play....click HERE.

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:55 UK time, Tuesday, 18 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

Scary.

Eddie Mair | 12:58 UK time, Tuesday, 18 November 2008

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Credit crisis crunching ex-pats?

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Eddie Mair | 12:25 UK time, Tuesday, 18 November 2008

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"I would not want to be a Romany; I would not want to be a foreigner; I'm not sure I would even want to be a Brit in Spain."

Which former Minister for Europe said this recently and is he right?


Remember I asked you to make a noise?

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Eddie Mair | 11:56 UK time, Tuesday, 18 November 2008

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It's something to do with filling an odd gap in my influential weekly podcast for ipm. THIS explains it, if you're confused.

Anyway, here are some of the suggestions we've received (plus a bit of Charlotte Green from last week's iPM):

Add IPM Radio4's channel to your page

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Eddie Mair | 10:39 UK time, Tuesday, 18 November 2008

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Williamson was back on the show last night looking appallingly well.

This is his new single. Do not confuse it with an Andy Williams single.

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Jazz!

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Eddie Mair | 06:10 UK time, Tuesday, 18 November 2008

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Nigel Wrench writes: "This is Sibongile Khumalo, appearing the London Jazz Festival on Friday and on PM this evening.

Trained in opera in South Africa during the apartheid years, she turned to jazz because opera was generally only performed at state-run theatres, where a black woman in a leading opera part was unthinkable.

I snapped these pictures while she rehearsed with a band including Jack de Johnette, pictured here, widely thought to be one of the world's leading jazz drummers."

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Organ donors and presumed consent.

Eddie Mair | 17:01 UK time, Monday, 17 November 2008

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What do you think? More on the story here.

Want to make a noise for us?

Eddie Mair | 15:16 UK time, Monday, 17 November 2008

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Full details HERE.

Gulf War Illnesses.

Eddie Mair | 13:10 UK time, Monday, 17 November 2008

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We'll talk about them tonight, thanks to a report due out at 16.00. You can read more on this page now, and as you'll see, there is a link which will have the report after 1600.

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 13:09 UK time, Monday, 17 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

I'm planning to go on the air tonight and talk up the pound. Or talk it down. Which should I choose?

Eddie Mair | 10:15 UK time, Monday, 17 November 2008

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Reg Varney.

Eddie Mair | 09:50 UK time, Monday, 17 November 2008

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And so Monday morning arrives. I have a jungle question.

Eddie Mair | 09:01 UK time, Monday, 17 November 2008

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I didn't see it and probably won't be watching - not in a snobby "it's not my sort of thing" way, just probably won't commit to it - but I am keen to know whether you have an early favourite.

Marilyn, your "number 2" on tonight's PM thinks the chap from Star Trek is in with a shout.

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:55 UK time, Friday, 14 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

Shadow Foxing

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Eddie Mair | 16:00 UK time, Friday, 14 November 2008

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We're planning to have Nigel Wrench, or a shadow of him, live from Trafalgar Square on PM this evening. He writes:

"Take a look at this....

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Top of the Morning to you...

Sequin | 10:02 UK time, Friday, 14 November 2008

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His Edship is away today - so I'll do my best to fill his shoes. Nice to speak to you again.


I've been doing some filming in the House of Lords this week for a BBC Parliament programme about the 50th anniversary of Life Peers. The authorities will only let you in for filming between 7 and 9am - during which time the cleaners are also hard at work. Strange to see that ornate Pugin-designed gold throne on which the Queen will read the Queen's Speech next month, being flicked over with a feather duster.
Just like any ordinary old chair!

The Beach.

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Eddie Mair | 05:03 UK time, Friday, 14 November 2008

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"The PM Blog Beach is whatever you want it to be - a place to hang out with other bloggers, and be completely off topic.
"Over time it has developed its own identity, complete with camels, sand dunes, and a permanently stocked bar, but fundamentally it is a place to relax and have fun."

In tonight's Upshares Downshares

Eddie Mair | 17:33 UK time, Thursday, 13 November 2008

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Nils found out more about THIS.

He sent this photo of him in action to further brighten your Thursday:

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Thursday's Glass Box

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Eddie Mair | 16:59 UK time, Thursday, 13 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

Jack Scott has died.

Eddie Mair | 12:52 UK time, Thursday, 13 November 2008

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We've been sent this from Richard Chapman, the Editorial Manager at the BBC Weather Centre: jackscotta.JPG jackscottb.JPG

"Jack Scott, the 20th BBC TV Weather Forecaster, died on Tuesday evening, the 11th November.

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Upshares Downshares tonight....

Eddie Mair | 12:08 UK time, Thursday, 13 November 2008

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may well feature Nils visiting this giant pile of money.

Good morning.

Eddie Mair | 08:52 UK time, Thursday, 13 November 2008

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Surprisingly clear headed this morning despite the efforts of Froggers. Thanks again.

Over at iPM, we are working hard on this Saturday's show. We may well have an interesting follow up to our Land Girls coverage on PM, and we're also talking about music while you give blood. But I also like the early morning photos we have...

By the way you may have heard trails for a programme we've recorded which is going out tonight on Radio 4 at 20.00. There's a Have Your Say page here.

Yorkshire Pudding recipes!

Eddie Mair | 18:00 UK time, Wednesday, 12 November 2008

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Here please! Just click on Comments....the RSC site is HERE .

"Blimey. I can hardly hear myself bleed!"

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Eddie Mair | 17:54 UK time, Wednesday, 12 November 2008

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iPM is investigating why music is played at some blood banks - HERE.

It's serious. And bloggers have sent in some suggestions for the play list. If you missed them, here's a sample...

- Papa don't leech
- Bleeder of the pack
- All you needle is blood
- I gave it through the drip line
- 50 ways to bleed your liver.

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:36 UK time, Wednesday, 12 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

Prime Minister's Questions..

Eddie Mair | 15:13 UK time, Wednesday, 12 November 2008

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is one of our talking points tonight.

See the full thing here.

It is rather humbling

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Our listeners' stories of the First World War.

Eddie Mair | 17:53 UK time, Tuesday, 11 November 2008

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We heard tonight from 13 year old Rebecca Oughton, and her poem "War".

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You can read her poem below - just click on "continue reading".

You might also want to read the stories our listeners have posted on the blog. To read those, please click HERE.

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Look out - speed camera ahead!

Eddie Mair | 17:05 UK time, Tuesday, 11 November 2008

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The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:59 UK time, Tuesday, 11 November 2008

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It's a gift.

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Eddie Mair | 13:30 UK time, Tuesday, 11 November 2008

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Shaun Ley is back from his US odyssey, which proved such a hit here on the blog. He was your host for The World at One today.

And being the nice man he is, he not only did all that stuff for the blog but he's brought back a gift from the States too. Here it is. I will open it tomorrow. What do you reckon is inside this appropriate wrapping paper?

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1420 UPDATE: I couldn't wait. If you want to see the unwrapped gift...click on read more....


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Do you give blood? Is it bloody noisy?

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Eddie Mair | 12:24 UK time, Tuesday, 11 November 2008

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Let us know...or just take part in our fun pointless game - they're both HERE.

What iPM listeners are doing while we're on the air.

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Eddie Mair | 09:17 UK time, Tuesday, 11 November 2008

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sunrise.JPGHere are some more photos of our listeners' early morning activities...

Armistice Day.

Eddie Mair | 06:50 UK time, Tuesday, 11 November 2008

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Our listeners' First World War stories are worth reading. Click here.

On Saturday's iPM, we heard more about The Great War from our listeners. Worth a listen if you have time.

What should Joan Bakewell do in her new role?

Eddie Mair | 17:20 UK time, Monday, 10 November 2008

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If you have advice - feel free to leave it here. Just click on Comments.

Want to say sorry? Got a guilty conscience?

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Eddie Mair | 17:08 UK time, Monday, 10 November 2008

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Inspired by THIS story, we are asking for YOUR apologies. Something you want to say sorry for...perhaps anonymously? Click HERE .

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:58 UK time, Monday, 10 November 2008

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What iPM listeners are doing at 0545 on a Saturday morning.

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Eddie Mair | 13:54 UK time, Monday, 10 November 2008

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Have a peek.

Upshares Downshares

Eddie Mair | 13:12 UK time, Monday, 10 November 2008

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is the name we've settled on for Nils' slot, as suggested by David Cartwright. Congratulations David. Your prize of nothing at all is not winging its way to you.

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He was in the office just now, relating the tale of how he was listening on Friday to hear me announce that he was in Liechtenstein visiting his money. It seems that Mrs Nils expressed some surprise at his apparently secret stash of cash...and she is believed to be out with the joint credit card as I speak.

Sorry Nils.

Sorry.

Eddie Mair | 12:44 UK time, Saturday, 8 November 2008

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I wonder whether you would like to say sorry to someone? A blog offers you the chance to do so pretty anonymously if you wish.

I'm asking because I was struck by this story.

Early morning photos,

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Eddie Mair | 05:41 UK time, Saturday, 8 November 2008

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First World War memories and more...over at iPM.

Autumn from Fearless Fred.

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Eddie Mair | 18:42 UK time, Friday, 7 November 2008

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"It was taken in the backstreets of Dublin mid afternoon on balmy October day about 8 years ago (if my memory serves me). I'd had a couple of pints of the black stuff, and thought I'd try for an "arty" shot...."

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:58 UK time, Friday, 7 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

Just popped out of the office

Eddie Mair | 15:21 UK time, Friday, 7 November 2008

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and noticed this giant crane.

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It was physically removing Jeremy Clarkson from his seventh floor office. Ugly scenes.

Autumn extra.

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Eddie Mair | 11:57 UK time, Friday, 7 November 2008

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This from Chris Doherty "taken by the riverside in autumn 2003,between Twickers and Richmond southside. It was a very good year."

PM editor fired.

Eddie Mair | 10:59 UK time, Friday, 7 November 2008

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Well, Media Guardian has a different slant on it.

Trust me.

Fired.

Spot the missing Emu competition.*

Eddie Mair | 10:56 UK time, Friday, 7 November 2008

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We've taken the emu out of this photo. Can you guess where it should be?

*It's not really a competition. There's no prize. Compliance. Blah.

The Beach.

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Eddie Mair | 04:14 UK time, Friday, 7 November 2008

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Hello. Welcome to my beach.
It's a place to take all your inhibitions off and run into the sea and have a dip...
Go to the bar have a drink or just lay down and sun yourself...
because the sun always shines on the beach.
Be nice.
Say nice things.
Have a nice day.

Jeremy Clarkson's comments.

Eddie Mair | 17:21 UK time, Thursday, 6 November 2008

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What do you think?

This is what the Press Association is saying about the story tonight.

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:58 UK time, Thursday, 6 November 2008

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Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.

Our next photo excitement...

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Eddie Mair | 12:01 UK time, Thursday, 6 November 2008

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but you'll have to get up EARLY!

Text.

Eddie Mair | 08:36 UK time, Thursday, 6 November 2008

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Have you noticed the new scrolling text on DAB while PM is on the air? It should also be on Freeview, Freesat and Virgin screens. It comes direct from me in studio S1, and is supposed to be a good guide to what's on, and what's coming up.

Do let me know if you find it useful, or a giant waste of your time.

The drinks are on Mr Dimbleby.

Eddie Mair | 08:33 UK time, Thursday, 6 November 2008

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US election footnote...

Eddie Mair | 08:26 UK time, Thursday, 6 November 2008

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Autumn....

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Eddie Mair | 07:47 UK time, Thursday, 6 November 2008

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Starting off this final big batch of photos: " I took this from my front door yesterday afternoon. Have a nice day !! John" - Oct 29.

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"This picture was taken on Monday 27th; it is of the River Findhorn at near Ardclach in the county of Moray. Jennifer Farquharson"


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"Here's an autumnal picture I took in Stockholm Sweden at the weekend...drier, colder and bursting with colour. Jonathan Marks. PM listener in Holland, thanks to wifi radio and longwave."


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"Red Deer Stag in Richmond Park, London on 18 October. What a glorious sunny day and the autumn colours brought to life. Keith Dunning from West Sussex."


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Sent to us last Wednesday: "Dear Eddie and Team, These pictures were taken on a balmy afternoon last Friday at Bodnant Gardens in the beautiful Conwy Valley, North Wales. A very special place for me in that my mother worked in the house as a nanny during part of WW2. Regards, Richard Clinton"


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Also sent last Wednesday, by Jane and Victor Russell - "Autumn - today in Mullyknock, Co. Fermanagh"


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Similarly from the same day: "Taken when winter surprised us on Wednesday morning. Jackie Luben"


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"Is this too late? Taken in my Mum's garden this morning - heavy frost, light dusting of
snow & a power cut! GMx"


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"River Stour, Dedham , Essex I took this picture yesterday." From Sara Panizza last Thursday.


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"Autumn in the Caymans" - from Stephanie J. Belovich. Looks awful, Stephanie.


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And this came to us from Chris Doherty. Thank you Chris.


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"Dear Eddie - Autumn seemed to happen a little earlier in the Czech Republic. This picture was taken a month ago from my hotel window on the outskirts of Prague. Best wishes, Patricia Burns"


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Back on Friday we got this: "Dear Eddie. These pictures show the autumn colours on our tour of the vineyards of Switzerland and France just last week. They include Lake Geneva, Chablis and Burgundy - the wine was just as good as the colours - hic!
Elizabeth and Derek McManus, North Yorkshire". They are beautiful Elizabeth and Derek. But where the hell is the free wine for us all?!


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Also sent on Friday: "Dear Eddie and team, I went to Chatsworth House yesterday to see the Sothebys' sculptures in the gardens, but thought this view better than any of the sculptures. Regards, Rob"


And on Monday we were sent this by Caroline Jamison: "Unlike others I have been stuck indoors preparing for an important OXFAM OXHIBITION next week so my photo is a fun one especially for today only. I am off to Stourhead one day this week, can't wait, promise." OK Caroline. It's Thursday. Where's our photo?
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As I say for Caroline, and anyone else who's been meaning to get round to sending, we are still open for business for autumn snaps...I will try to post them as they come in. But that's the last BIG posting.

Now we have to stand by for Christmas...

Shaun Ley's US Odyssey....one last word.

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Eddie Mair | 05:27 UK time, Thursday, 6 November 2008

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Shaunley.JPG"Remember, remember, the 5th of November ? In my case, only as the morning after the night before.....

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The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 16:59 UK time, Wednesday, 5 November 2008

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Autumn....

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Eddie Mair | 12:00 UK time, Wednesday, 5 November 2008

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More autumn photos from PM listeners.

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From Saturday October 25th: "Hi Eddie... taken this morning in Thetford Forest. Jason North - Suffolk."

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Shaun Ley's US odyssey.

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Eddie Mair | 07:45 UK time, Wednesday, 5 November 2008

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"... And yes, I am in a bar. After all, it may be almost 6am in the UK, but it's only 1am in Washington.

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It will be President Obama.

Eddie Mair | 04:37 UK time, Wednesday, 5 November 2008

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What do YOU think?

Full BBC election coverage here.

Shaun Ley writes for us here.

Read Martha Kearney's diary from the US here.

Other news coverage: New York Times. Fox News. Anchorage Daily News. The Australian. Chinese television. Le Monde. South Africa Mail and Guardian. The Winnipeg Free Press. And of course, Variety.

The Furrowed Brow.

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Eddie Mair | 19:37 UK time, Tuesday, 4 November 2008

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This is the place where PM listeners can start serious conversations about topics of THEIR choosing. There are previous Furrowed Brows under Categories on the right hand side. Just click under this message on Comment if there's something you want to say about something serious.

What did your relatives do in World War One?

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Eddie Mair | 16:01 UK time, Tuesday, 4 November 2008

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Were you told stories? Are there letters or other treasures from that time that you keep as part of your family history?

Here's why I'm asking: In June 2007 Bill Lamin emailed iPM to say he was putting a cache of his grandfather's letter from world war one online.

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This is a photo of Harry Lamin's postcard to his family - dated 27th oct 1918. Looks innocuous enough - but his grandson Bill Lamin says the issuing of thse forms would have told Harry that "some serious action was imminent". With just days to go before the end of the war, Harry's unit went back into battle...we'll have more on PM tonight about Harry and Bill.

But as I say - what about YOU? What stories were YOU told about your family during the Great War? Feel free to share by clicking Comment below, or send an email to pm@bbc.co.uk.

US Elections...and the latest part of Shaun's US election Odyssey.

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Eddie Mair | 14:11 UK time, Tuesday, 4 November 2008

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Shaunley.JPG Tonight, from midnight, your friend and mine Shaun Ley will be co-hosting Radio 4's US election night coverage. I hope you'll join him...he's been filing copy for us for days. And Martha Kearney has her own diary here. Here is his latest...you can read his older stuff by going to Categories on the right and looking for Shaun's name.

"Judging by the good people of Leesburg, Virginia, the "I've voted for President" stickers are the must have fashion accessory at the moment.

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The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 14:10 UK time, Tuesday, 4 November 2008

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Happy Birthday, Walter Cronkite. 92 today.

Eddie Mair | 10:57 UK time, Tuesday, 4 November 2008

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This has something to do with tonight's programme.

Eddie Mair | 10:50 UK time, Tuesday, 4 November 2008

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Autumn....

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Eddie Mair | 09:48 UK time, Tuesday, 4 November 2008

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These three "taken in Montreathmont Forest Angus Scotland, by LEC Peters"


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From Kevin Luff: "Autumn in the Isle of Man"


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From West Norfolk, Nick Ford sends: "Castle Acre (in case you couldn't read the sign!) taken Wed. 22nd October at 08.00 - unusually the green wasn't full of parked cars."


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"Sunrise in Richmond Park - the puppy gets me up and out early and the rewards last week were great. Thanks, Jane Lawrence"


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"photo taken in October 2008 at Westonbirt Arboretum...Best Regards, Chris Britton"

Cushy.

Eddie Mair | 17:40 UK time, Monday, 3 November 2008

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A diplomat with the Foreign Office is said to have spoken "out of turn" in her Blog, when she describes her posting in the Seychelles as "cushy" with "amazing" beaches. You can read more here


School admissions policy.

Eddie Mair | 14:15 UK time, Monday, 3 November 2008

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You can read the BBC News report on it here: we're focussing on Sir Philip's assertion that "there was not wilful disregard" of the admissions code. His study found that half of schools had breached the admissions rules.

The Glass Box.

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Eddie Mair | 14:14 UK time, Monday, 3 November 2008

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Shaun Ley's US Odyssey.

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Eddie Mair | 04:57 UK time, Monday, 3 November 2008

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"Two days before election day, and everyone here seems to have run-out of things to say.

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Shaun Ley's US Odyssey.

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Eddie Mair | 07:06 UK time, Sunday, 2 November 2008

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Shaun will be your host for The World This Weekend at 13.00 today on BBC Radio 4. He writes:

"Just heading back into Washington from Chevy Chase (the place not the person).

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The autumn photos

Eddie Mair | 10:21 UK time, Saturday, 1 November 2008

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we're being sent are great...we love them and will feature more next week.

But even the best might struggle to compete with these.

Good morning. What on EARTH are you doing up at this time?

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Eddie Mair | 05:08 UK time, Saturday, 1 November 2008

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We want to know over at the iPM blog...where there's also more on parking and opera.

If you want to share your (ahem) morning habits - click HERE .

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