Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml en-gb 30 Wed 01 Jul 2015 02:50:30 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=99#comment263 annasee, while I like the idea of the bus tour, my screen appearance is as brief as it is rubbish so hardly worth the effort! Perhaps we could simply continue to enjoy the delights of the whisk(e)y varieties here instead? ValP: why do we have to heap coals on your head? Is this some strange local custom about which I am not yet familiar? I know the one about 'first footing' in Scotland and bringing a piece of coal but this is definitely a new one on me (or on you). I rather like Nigella - she's gorgeously sexy, not a stick insect and seems to have a delightful sense of humour.Nightcap anyone? We seem to have an outstanding selection of whisk(e)ys at the bar. Thu 10 Dec 2009 23:47:55 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=99#comment262 Or even Raku. ;o) Thu 10 Dec 2009 23:21:55 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=98#comment261 Raiku, Val, I believe. Thu 10 Dec 2009 23:02:11 GMT+1 ValeryP http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=98#comment260 Oh look, I still have the backspace issue too (I tried to replicate it, but got told that my comment began with some HTML that had been mistyped - rubbish)SO, being English, disliked Whisky heartily until sometime in the late 70s (having lived in Edinburgh since 1970) someone introduced him to Longmorn Glenlivet - since then he's never looked back :o)Good grief, Thursday already and I've missed Ivor's birthday - we could perhaps share in this Christmas Cake I bought today. Yes, yes, heap coals upon my head, and then repeat after me "I am not Nigella, I am not perfect, I do not bake my own Christmas cake...."Now, rubbish pottery - that I AM good at, I did an evening class 20 years ago and still have all the bits and bobs - they were so darn sturdy that nothing will rid me of them. Well, the thing we set fire to in a dustbin full of sawdust is kind of flaking - what was that called again, anyone? Not reiki, sounded like that. Thu 10 Dec 2009 22:54:36 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=98#comment259 lucien - I'd move to a different authority if I were you. Thu 10 Dec 2009 22:34:12 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=97#comment258 I have it on good authority that BigSis will be 12 and a half next birthday. Thu 10 Dec 2009 22:27:36 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=97#comment257 Lucien, that's the answer to a totally different question. I might suggest that it is the correct guess to Big Sister's age but then that would be an awful calumny as she will no doubt attest. In fact 20 is the number of posts that you have to make to break out of premoderation. Thu 10 Dec 2009 22:11:51 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=96#comment256 So the party's at the Glengrant Distillery then, I guess. Then we can watch Lady Sue on the big screen as well. Perhaps we could hire a coach & go on a tour of several distilleries...That would save on accommodation. "Jush keep drivin, driver. On to the nex' one" Thu 10 Dec 2009 22:09:03 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=96#comment255 I heard it was 75.;o) Thu 10 Dec 2009 21:59:42 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=96#comment254 Well, that proves it - it's 20. Thu 10 Dec 2009 21:56:28 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=95#comment253 Is it 20 or 30? Thu 10 Dec 2009 21:55:44 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=95#comment252 When you discuss whisk(e)y and other delightful tipples, I always remember Robert Altman's The Wedding and the doctor trying to fortify all the guests before announcing the bride's grandmother has died in the midst of things. (The wedding is v. upmarket and takes place entirely in the family mansion. The old lady is upstairs in bed)'Here, have a drink' he says to a guest looking innocuous - like a humourless Roland Rivron in his glasses'I don't drink' says 'Rivron''What?''I don't drink, ever'The doctor looks at him, stonily amazed.'You mean, when you get up in the morning, you feel like that all day?' Thu 10 Dec 2009 20:25:18 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=95#comment251 I just love those iPlayer adverts on TV, with Stephanie Beacham and M. LeRoux.Where can I see them over and over again? Thu 10 Dec 2009 20:06:53 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=94#comment250 Gosh Ivor! I am impressed. After our whiskey discussion on the Beach I included a 'booze cruise' when I went for a swim (RL) and saw that Bushmills did indeed have a single malt. I was ready to do an apologetic grovel on return and am now most impressed by the information you have so kindly imparted beyond this. Amazed all those whiskeys produced in the same place as they have such different tastes. Mr. Hawthorn, isn't Islay where Macallan hails from? There are some superb whiskeys from there. Lucky devil. Wonko, did you go to the Glengrant distillery? If you happened to see the video that starts the visitor tour you will have seen Moi dressed up as Victorian version of the Major's wife, serving drams to guests and being escorted to the secret safe hidden in the cliffside. I'm sure, if you saw all 15 seconds of me in it, it's burned on your memory! Thu 10 Dec 2009 17:31:23 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=94#comment249 ... or Norfolk, Annasee? ;o) Thu 10 Dec 2009 17:27:21 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=93#comment248 Sounds like we'd better organise the next frogfest very near a distillery! Highland gathering, anyone? Thu 10 Dec 2009 17:26:11 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=93#comment247 Wonko - no such thing as a bad malt? Have you ever tried Sarsons? Thu 10 Dec 2009 17:05:32 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=93#comment246 Yep, I think I remember him shouting that. Thu 10 Dec 2009 16:40:14 GMT+1 Anne P http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=92#comment245 Hands off! Thu 10 Dec 2009 16:37:31 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=92#comment244 Mr Hawthorn & Lady Sue - There was an 18 year old Macallan on the Beach some time ago. As I recall the last sighting was in the company of AnneP. I wonder what happened to him. Thu 10 Dec 2009 16:17:06 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=92#comment243 And I agree, there's no such thing as a bad malt, it's all down to personal taste as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink Glenfiddich, but I certainly drink a glass of it if offered.;o) [] Thu 10 Dec 2009 16:15:16 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=91#comment242 I've been to Craigellachie, in fact I stayed at the hotel there. Jolly pleasant weekend it was too, not that I remember much about it. I've also been to Dufftown and Elgin more than once. In fact I've had to be poured out of more than my share of distillery tours in that region!Mmmm... distillery tour...;o) [] Thu 10 Dec 2009 16:13:27 GMT+1 Crataegus Monogyna http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=91#comment241 There's no such thing as bad whisky (Teachers excepted), but some are definitely better than others. You can't go wrong on Islay.(holds glass uncritically);-) Thu 10 Dec 2009 15:46:45 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=90#comment240 Lady Sue - All three of Jamesons, Powers and Paddy are produced in the same distillery in Midleton, Cork. It also produces the grain whiskey that is blended in Bushmills. Jamesons, Powers and Paddy are also blends and I assume make use of the same grain whiskey.Jamesons, like most Irish whiskeys, is distilled three times. Scotch is distilled just twice. That and the fact that Irish whiskey uses a mixture of malted and unmalted or 'green' grain, means that it is much smoother than Scotch whisky.Jamesons produce a Pure Pot Still whiskey (unblended) - Jamesons's 15 Year Old, and Bushmills produce two Single Malt Whiskey - 10 year and 16 year old.As for the spirit in a good hot whiskey, nothing beats Coleraine, again produced by Bushmills. But I'm biased!By the way, the reason there is the extra 'e' in Irish whiskey is due to a decision by Irish and American distillers, around about 1870, to distinguish their products from the very poor and cheap spirits flooding the market from Scottish distilleries using the Coffey still. Thu 10 Dec 2009 15:36:22 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=90#comment239 backspaceooops, not fixed here either. I must be doing it automatically! Lucien, here you go. [time delay] Did you win? Did you win? Will you be getting the next round?Fifi, I spent lots of time in Scotland near the villages of Dufftown and Craigellachie (you have to be Scottish to be able to pronounce that!), right in the heart of the whisky making area. Every little pub had several bottles of locally produced whisky which hardly ever made mainstream sales. Such delights *sigh* but this is by way of suggesting that Glenfiddich, while a very popular whisky and no disrespect, is not IMHO one of the better varieties. Have you tried Macallan (one of my favs) or Laphroaig (wonderfully peaty)? There are so many and so different... I think your Ma might have had something with the 'cooking whisky'. Try a different one - treat yourself! You can always use Glenfiddich to make a hot whisky ( a good shot with lemon studded with cloves, teasp. sugar and hot water). Thu 10 Dec 2009 14:40:51 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=90#comment238 I have been trying really hard to like whisky. As a Scot in exile, I have known for years it is my cultural and racial duty but simply couldn't get past the petrol-like smell and TCP-like flavour.However, running out of alternatives and SO foolishly having opened a modest flagon of the cooking whisky (Glenfiddich is known as cooking whisky in my family, for reasons to do with the WI and a cranachan-making competition my Mum didn't even win) ... I find I can now sip the cratur with every appearance of quite enjoying it. Would you like me to show you?* looks hopeful * Thu 10 Dec 2009 14:28:12 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=89#comment237 Thanks Lady_Sue!I'll have a Jamesons and a bet on the 2pm at Huntingdon Thu 10 Dec 2009 13:29:16 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=89#comment236 Backspace - well, they haven't fixed it for me...Thanks for your absolution (is that right?) Feefs, please note I am now doing as ordered and lounging in the bar with a drink in my hand.I love the Beach!;o) [] Thu 10 Dec 2009 13:13:08 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=89#comment235 Molly the 'backspace' mystery seems to be resolved but, hitherto, when one started to type in the 'comment box' the cursor always appeared one space in, which meant the observant would 'backspace' before starting to type. It didn't seem to matter if one didn't but one felt compelled to. They've fixed it. Perhaps it's only a matter of time before they bring back 'Recent Comments'. As good whiskey seems a new requirement at the bar, I've brought some Jamesons, Powers and Paddy. Ivor (apologies for getting your age wrong yesterday - silly of me to be so wildly out, I blame the keyboard). Isn't 'Bushmills' a *shudder* blend? Thu 10 Dec 2009 12:59:42 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=88#comment234 Wonko (234) : I hereby * arcane waving of arms *absolve you of all further work today, and condemn you to spend the rest of it lounging in the bar/BBQ area of the Beach experimenting with drinks and nibbles for the rest of us.You have your orders! Thu 10 Dec 2009 12:11:14 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=88#comment233 Ivor - I have that trouble every day!Thanks for the "water of life" Lucien, I prefer it as it comes from the bottle. I've brought a rather nice Caol Isla to add to the growing collection.Somebody tell me when I can go home, I've had enough of work today...;o) [] Thu 10 Dec 2009 10:41:01 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=87#comment232 Morning Wonko. Preston told me that he enjoyed himself so much on his birthday yesterday that he feels like a whole new person. I'm covering for him whilst he discovers exactly who he is. Thu 10 Dec 2009 09:34:10 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=87#comment231 Btw, Lucien, it is good to see you here - and elsewhere, if you've time. Thu 10 Dec 2009 09:25:28 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=87#comment230 Mr. Grype, there is Bushmills aplenty in 'the usual place'. And I've put a case of Chapter Six, from St. George's, which I managed to smuggle out of Norfolk, for a tasting this evening. (By the way, it's going to become increasingly difficult to knock Norfolk if the whisky's as good as Jim Murray says!) Thu 10 Dec 2009 09:24:02 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=86#comment229 Please help yourself Wonko ... mix and match if you like. Thu 10 Dec 2009 09:23:01 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=86#comment228 ... and I have a bottle of English armagndpit brandy distilled from the finest fermented gripes. Thu 10 Dec 2009 09:21:54 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=85#comment227 What ho!Belated Birthday greetings to Preston, hope you had a good day.If there's any of that Scottish juice going spare Lucien I'd love a drop thanks - purely for medicinal reasons, of course.;o) [] Thu 10 Dec 2009 09:17:54 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=85#comment226 Right! Where's the cooked breakfast then? Who was supposed to tidy up the bar after last night?Has nobody started the coffee?Who drunk all the orange juice.Sorry that's several gripes. I'll stick to just one. Who replaced the Bushmills whiskey with this odd smelling stuff from England? Thu 10 Dec 2009 09:15:09 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=85#comment225 Yes .... I've got my hands on a bottle of Ingerlitch. Thu 10 Dec 2009 09:08:56 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=84#comment224 I'm with you, Lucien - will it be from the St. George's Distillery? Thu 10 Dec 2009 09:02:24 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=84#comment223 Anyone care to join me for an early lunchtime whiskie? Thu 10 Dec 2009 08:59:59 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=84#comment222 This post has been Removed Thu 10 Dec 2009 08:26:29 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=83#comment221 OH i hope the mods will reinstate that poem?Just a few words from Joyve Grenfell - with the credits at the end! Thu 10 Dec 2009 01:45:49 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=83#comment220 This post has been Removed Thu 10 Dec 2009 01:11:51 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=82#comment219 This post has been Removed Thu 10 Dec 2009 01:02:30 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=82#comment218 Lady Sue (205) - "It's not every day one turns 75." How very dare you? I'm not even that reversed.Annasee (212)- I haven't a baldy who I am either. Thu 10 Dec 2009 00:41:53 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=82#comment217 Fifi, I very much fear that should you be so unwise as to place strawberry milkshake in any of the aforementioned ceramic items, you could soon find it dripping on your shoes. Apparently none of this stuff is waterproof. So "vase" in the purely-ornamental sense of the word. You may peruse pics of these extraordinary objects in another place, and, should you have any friends you don't like, place an order (with cheque) for gift-wrapping and despatch by return of post. Wed 09 Dec 2009 23:34:48 GMT+1 pmmolly http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=81#comment216 happy birthday to the naughty numbered one ! Rather a lot of 'ladies' on the beach tonight. I hope I'm not the wallflower when the dancing begins.;-(what is this talk about 'back spacing'? A barn dance, perhaps? cushion puffing on the 'step'? Fifi (197) I read your posating as 'chessboard'- I am a twerp!!!!Lots of *very* wellbehaved camels on the beach tonight. Wonder why ,poor things....mxx Wed 09 Dec 2009 23:16:22 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=81#comment215 Gosh where to start? Oh! The backspace has disappeared - Spooky (no pun intended). Fifi, I've jhad more jthan enough vino jcollapso (that pesky 'j' keeps popping in there, despite my best jefforts) for the both of us. Ivor@205: attempt at witticism to do with candles, incense and incantations/ incarnations. Hope you've had a great day. It's not every day one turns 75. I was a tad disappointed with 'Spooks'. Fifi and Mr. Wrath: I used to enjoy CSI before Horatio became like the slow motion, perpetual meaningful-look-on-his-face character, with the sunlight 'just so' across his features and before I saw that he got shot in a later episode and died ... now I just keep waiting for that bullet. He's so smug a lot of the time, I nearly want it to happen. GM... Lucas or Tariq - gosh, that's a tough one. They are both rather lovely. Wasn't Lucas Your One who married Herself in 'Vicar of Dibley'? Was wildly out earlier about Your Woman who's in 'Ashes to Ashes' - latter is lovely and wears her 1980s clothes with style and enviable panache.I second your glass for friends in need of support - esp. if Ivor's paying, or Sid (where's he got to?). Cheers, Happy Birthday, Slainte and tiddlypoms*!*No disrespect to the English. Wed 09 Dec 2009 22:59:54 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=81#comment214 Happy Birthday Mr Firmlie! Wed 09 Dec 2009 22:44:33 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=80#comment213 So lady Sue, what did you make of Spooks? Bit violent, that episode wasn't it? This series isn't as good as the last by a long chalk. Nice eye candy though? Are you a Lucas or a Tariq girl?Glad you are still able to share your birthday with us on the beach Mr Grype.... it wouldn't be the same without your bare cheek on the naughty step.And now, a glass to friends in need of help & support - and make it a large one if Ivor's paying Wed 09 Dec 2009 22:35:35 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=80#comment212 Annasee, we could use your fine ceramic wares in the Nick Clarke bar. So much more durable than ordinary glasses and trays and stuff ... please may I have a serving of strawberry milkshake in the item of your choice? Wed 09 Dec 2009 22:23:44 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=79#comment211 Hi all, especially Ivor. Though I don't recognise your name, I feel sure we've met before...Just back from our final ceramics class. Clutching a box-full of earnest artistic endeavours. His, mine, hers. Several vases, trays, and tiles/coasters. Painted tonight, having been fired last week. SO is currently photographing them, in order that we can put pictures in our Xmas letter to unfortunate friends & family & they can go "Thank heavens we're too far away for them to post us any of that stuff" when they see them. Another mother, having limited success with decorating her vase, said "I'm going to give it as a Xmas present" & when I asked who to, said "Someone I don't like"! Wed 09 Dec 2009 22:17:58 GMT+1 Poppy the Parrot http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=79#comment210 *squawk* Pieces of cake Pieces of cake Pieces of cake Wed 09 Dec 2009 21:48:50 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=79#comment209 I don't have to backspace any more! I was about to comment that, if you don't backspace, when the posting appears it's been done for you... and the little blighter was already doing it.Some things are just no fun any more... Wed 09 Dec 2009 21:14:57 GMT+1 The Wrath Is Come http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=78#comment208 backspaceHang on, CSI doesn't give an accurage portrayal of life in a crime lab? I thought it was a documentary ;-) Wed 09 Dec 2009 21:01:37 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=78#comment207 Nice to see you, Mr Wrath. Do pop in again soon! Wed 09 Dec 2009 20:56:12 GMT+1 The Wrath Is Come http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=78#comment206 bloody backspace!Evening all, and happy birthday to the submarine. Just popped in for a quick hello/goodbye, let everyone know I'm still about. Will pop in again when I get a chance.hello goodbye, hello goodbye, hello goodbye {SQUAWK} Wed 09 Dec 2009 20:51:10 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=77#comment205 Oh come on... Spooks is just preposterous plot lines, lovely lighting and Richard Armitage getting his top off. What's not to like? You'll be expecting CSI to give an accurage portrayal of life in a crime lab next! Wed 09 Dec 2009 20:40:36 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=77#comment204 Lady Sue (203)- Incantation or incarnation? Probably both actually.I wouldn't bother with Spooks if I were you. It requires too much dismissal of reality - and that's from me who quite liked Ashes to Ashes. Wed 09 Dec 2009 20:26:17 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=76#comment203 I'm on the wagon tonight Sue, after overindulgence last night getting over a truly grim and draining day. However I'll slurp a delicious redbush tea while you're getting moroculous on the collapso, and sneak you a bit of the chocolate my SO stupidly let slip he'd put in the fridge before going out to bellringing practice... Wed 09 Dec 2009 20:10:31 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=76#comment202 (backspace)Oooohhhh Sindy! I know that one. Ivor - another incantation, this time with (birthday) candles and incense? Not that I want to make you cross, you understand. OK, tonight I'm going to watch Spooks and see if I can see what you all see in it. The only thing I can see in it is, isn't she Your One who plays in that Ashes to Ashes 'Back to the Future' programme? Love her 1980s gear and think she is the bravest actress in the business to wear it with such aplomb. Maybe not same one but I wanted to make the point anyway. More vino collapso anyone? Wed 09 Dec 2009 20:06:20 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=76#comment201 I said to my brother, 'Your round', and he said 'So are you, you fat ...'Eat your cake before Spooks! Wed 09 Dec 2009 19:22:44 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=75#comment200 Where's my cake and whose round is it? Wed 09 Dec 2009 19:18:29 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=75#comment199 Welcome, Ivor. Like the cut of your jib, sir!Have some birthday cake. There's just one sliver left.... Wed 09 Dec 2009 19:13:22 GMT+1 U14250170 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=75#comment198 Thank you, Mr Hawthorn. Wed 09 Dec 2009 19:01:29 GMT+1 Crataegus Monogyna http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=74#comment197 Happy birthday U! I didn't realise you'd been torpedoed too.Some submarines find it possible to sign in, but not to post....but then there's virtualisation,Peace be with you Wed 09 Dec 2009 17:10:28 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=74#comment196 .. but first, a brew-up.One great big pot of plain old builder's tea is now on the Nick Clarke bar. An array of mugs, cups and saucers, bowls and straws available to choose from.Shame there's none of Sue's cake left - but I've set out the cheeseboard. The smoked Red Leicester with sprouts is particularly mature. Wed 09 Dec 2009 16:48:15 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=73#comment195 Preston, Happy Birthday! Why is it you have "become a number"? Apart from your mystery birthday number, of course.Fifi, you are going to be the envy of Letitia Cropley. Is it time? Is it time...*moves towards lemon tree* Wed 09 Dec 2009 16:37:08 GMT+1 Anne P http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=73#comment194 Happy Birthday, Preston. I have made a very large chocolate cake fit to be cut into 14138029 pieces. Wed 09 Dec 2009 16:35:22 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=73#comment193 Happy Birthday Preston! Whatever number you be, you're always number one with me![Well, almost] Wed 09 Dec 2009 16:33:33 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=72#comment192 I can feel a Victor Meldrew tantrum coming on... Wed 09 Dec 2009 16:13:49 GMT+1 Anne P http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=72#comment191 So let me get this straight - any reference to the town of Preston and affirmative action is likely to get us modded? How can that possibly make sense? Wed 09 Dec 2009 16:03:47 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=71#comment190 Repeat after me: "I am not a number ... I am a free man ... I am NOT a number ...">:o( Wed 09 Dec 2009 15:57:46 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=71#comment189 Oooo errr Preston's become a number! (Hope that's not his age) Wed 09 Dec 2009 15:29:19 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=71#comment188 Happy Birthday, Preston xx Wed 09 Dec 2009 15:20:58 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=70#comment187 "You may have to give it to Sindy if it gets too hot."I remember a dashing young man giving me one ... thought that was a long time ago.Happy Birthday, O Numbered One! Wed 09 Dec 2009 15:11:29 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=70#comment186 I have it on slightly shaky authority that the drinks are on the birthday boy today. Hurray! Wed 09 Dec 2009 15:10:37 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=70#comment185 EtE, I wouldn't take the candle count on Preston's cakelet too literally. Although I suspect there might be an *anniversary* of his 30th birthday involved, technically speaking...;o)Kipper risotto, anyone? Lots of garlic and parsley in it, and cayenne. Wed 09 Dec 2009 14:50:06 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=69#comment184 Happy birthday, PF.The big three oh!A single candle.Well, as the old ditty has it'All the nice girlsLove a candle...'You may have to give it to Sindy if it gets too hot.But don't confuse racing them with riding them. Remember what happened between them and the Sphinx 'Which accounts for the humps on the camels'Rumour has it they have planned a sandpapery passage for anyone confusing them with sheep and playing the raw prawn Outback style.(Where the joke is, the newcomer always picks the ugly one)Going south for the birthday binge, when the tax on booze is reduced there? Wed 09 Dec 2009 14:46:44 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=69#comment183 All together now:"Happy birthday two ewes.............";o) Wed 09 Dec 2009 14:22:13 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=68#comment182 Happy Birthday Preston! I've melted down the wax from (ahem!) 30 candles and made them into one big one for you. Take a big breath and make a wish................................... Wed 09 Dec 2009 14:21:10 GMT+1 U14138029 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=68#comment181 Can I have one with a candle in the middle, for my birthday? Wed 09 Dec 2009 14:07:36 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=68#comment180 annasee, perhaps for afternoon tea? Wed 09 Dec 2009 14:01:26 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=67#comment179 S.O. made mince pies yesterday. I'm impressed. The filling was a jar of mincemeat (nearly full) that I found in the fridge dating from last year! Out of shame & economy, I "revived" it with extra cherries, spice, fruit, apple, wine, orange peel & I'm told it's better than last year's. Extra-super-ultimate-luxury fruit mince pies, anyone?... Wed 09 Dec 2009 13:38:46 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=67#comment178 Let's have Bailey's in our coffee, eh? Wed 09 Dec 2009 11:38:55 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=67#comment177 Fifi, you'll have to be quick - Poppy's already got his eye on them! Wed 09 Dec 2009 11:30:29 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=66#comment176 Ah, elevenses. That'll do nicely. Thanks for the cake-goodies Lady Sue. Does anyone mind if I scoff the lot??;o) Wed 09 Dec 2009 11:29:49 GMT+1 Anne P http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=66#comment175 Never too late for elevenses, Lady Sue. Thanks Wed 09 Dec 2009 11:16:35 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=65#comment174 Fifi, here's a selection of cake-goodies for you and everyone else. Not too late for 'elevenses', is it? Wed 09 Dec 2009 11:15:50 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=65#comment173 I don't normally like cake but a friend suggested it and now I want some. Where is Valery Pedant when you need her?* hunts through hammock cushions and behind bar for cake * Wed 09 Dec 2009 11:08:30 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=65#comment172 Oooooh ... so she is! Hello, Poppy! Wed 09 Dec 2009 10:38:27 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=64#comment171 And, Sindy, you do have a rather lovely plumage. Tue 08 Dec 2009 23:40:33 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=64#comment170 Watch out, Sindy - Poppy the Parrot is rather fond of nesting under whiskers! Tue 08 Dec 2009 23:31:00 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=64#comment169 Sindy I'm not going to do any sinning under your whiskers!That Naughty step is going to be busy these next few weeks. Tue 08 Dec 2009 22:58:35 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=63#comment168 My whiskers cover a multitude of sins, Stewart. My own and others'. Tue 08 Dec 2009 22:47:08 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=63#comment167 I think sindy's whiskers can cover most of the naughty steps embarrasment. Tue 08 Dec 2009 21:13:51 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=62#comment166 161. Cheers.Did you get the photographs of a standing squatting sheep and a block house from the Hebrides, from Eddie, related to the Island Story I told on the previous Beach, that you and Big Sister expressed such kindly interest in?No photo of a coffee cup available, I'm afraid, (;-(. (Ho, ho!) Tue 08 Dec 2009 21:09:09 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=62#comment165 165 SindyAre your whiskers long enough to cover your embarrassment? Tue 08 Dec 2009 21:00:04 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/the_beach_137.shtml?page=62#comment164 "In some cultures bodily hairiness is considered attractive by a woman."Anyway - it's having a beard that stops people staring so much when I'm topless. Tue 08 Dec 2009 20:27:08 GMT+1