Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml en-gb 30 Sat 30 Aug 2014 01:00:05 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml davmcn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=97#comment35 I have a book called The Vesuvius Club signed by Mark Gatiss. Sat 14 Aug 2010 08:02:55 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=94#comment34 Beautiful picture and a lot of love to Tony Blair........(d) Sat 14 Aug 2010 01:53:15 GMT+1 artifus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=91#comment33 "d'ya hear that, tony? do ya?" Fri 13 Aug 2010 19:39:51 GMT+1 artifus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=88#comment32 it really looks in the photo above that art is trying to demonstrate to tony the difference between being 'in tune' and 'out of tune'. why has the acoustic guitar been photoshopped out? Fri 13 Aug 2010 19:24:22 GMT+1 George Goodenough http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=86#comment31 How the labour party has changed (re Blair's book signing)I have a book written by Katherine Bruce Glacier, who Kier Hardy described as the mother of the Labour Party.She donated a signed copy of the "Glen Book" to my Grandparents in 1935. Fri 13 Aug 2010 19:10:24 GMT+1 GiulioNapolitani http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=83#comment30 PS Those asterisks hide only a name, not an expletive!!Heh! Now that would have been a story... Fri 13 Aug 2010 11:32:39 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=80#comment29 PS Those asterisks hide only a name, not an expletive!! Fri 13 Aug 2010 10:48:07 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=77#comment28 When 'The Wrong Trousers' came out I bought an Aardman book of it and sent it to Nick Park to sign for my Mum's birthday. He not only returned it signed, but with an original W&G drawing saying 'Happy Birthday ****'.What a nice chap! Fri 13 Aug 2010 10:47:21 GMT+1 Phil Burt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=75#comment27 26. funnyJoedunn"Tony Blair, I'd throw the book at him! "A whole legal library full of them! Fri 13 Aug 2010 09:30:16 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=72#comment26 I was once sent (as the winner of a competition) a copy of a certain Scot's speeches signed by another Scot who, in chosing to write in blue on purple endpapers, wittily commented on same. I still have that book, Eddie. You'll know the one I mean ;o) Thu 12 Aug 2010 23:10:38 GMT+1 funnyJoedunn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=69#comment25 Tony Blair, I'd throw the book at him! Thu 12 Aug 2010 18:33:22 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=66#comment24 I've two memories of book signings. The first was a (Sir) Terry Pratchett signing (when Maskerade was first published). Being a college town, the queue was enormous. I think it took me about an hour and a half just to get inside the shop. When I left, three hours after it had started, the queue seemed to be as long as ever. Throughout it all, Terry was charming to all that I saw him greet, and I remember writing a letter to him (care of his publisher) to say thank you. I didn't expect a reply, but he wrote back, thanking me for thanking him, saying how much fun he had meeting his fans, and a few hints of what his next book might be about. A lovely guy.In a similar vein, I saw Colin Dexter give a talk in Cheltenham once. I took a copy of one of the Morse novels (The Way Through The Woods) which he signed afterwards. Again, a very gracious man who (as far as I could tell) enjoyed meeting fans of his novels. Thu 12 Aug 2010 18:02:56 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=63#comment23 Gillianian and Horse - very good! I'm with Chris@20. Same goes for Mrs. Ken Follett, equally rolling in it, who claimed c.£60K (?) for bodyguards in her expenses. Can't remember which author it was at a book signing in a big London bookshop with another younger author, the latter clutching his pen patiently waiting for someone to present themselves with a book for signing, while the older (more experienced) author signed stack after stack in preparation."You're expecting quite a few fans then?" "Not really but if you write in them, the bookshop can't send them back." Thu 12 Aug 2010 17:47:21 GMT+1 ElMaLe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=61#comment22 Rumour has it that in the late '90s when Damien Hirst was signing his books I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever at the old Dillons in Long Acre, he spent the morning signing 'Damien Hirst' and the afternoon signing 'David Hockney' Thu 12 Aug 2010 17:24:19 GMT+1 davmcn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=58#comment21 I have two books in front of me written by Jeffery Farnol, 1950, 1951 (Who he? He wrote quite a few books.), signed for my wife's father, LM Bates, who wrote several books himself. One says, 'To: L M Bates a brother of the pen, etc.' and the other says, 'To: Commander H E Bates DSO, etc.' H E Bates wrote The Darling Buds of May. Thu 12 Aug 2010 17:16:10 GMT+1 Simon Dobbs http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=55#comment20 When a student at Bristol University in 1980, Graham Chapman (Monty Python) was signing a book of his. I impertinently asked him to sign a copy of Calculus made simple, which he did, penning "Do not believe mr Mulholland, the man is a proven liar who can't even do sums properly" Thu 12 Aug 2010 16:59:48 GMT+1 Chris Ghoti http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=52#comment19 Why on *earth* are we paying for Scotland Yard to send bodyguards round the world with this man? He has millions: can't he afford to employ a minder for himself instead of us having to pay?And how many other ex-PMs are we bankrolling, or needing to bankroll, in this way?(I cannot forget that when Blair's wife turned up in Bristol to look at the history department and find out whether it was good enough for her son, she had with her more bodyguards than the Duke of Edinburgh found necessary in the same year.) Thu 12 Aug 2010 16:52:49 GMT+1 Phil Burt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=50#comment18 18. mittfh"keep grinning when all about were losing theirs... "Yup! Thu 12 Aug 2010 16:38:40 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=47#comment17 Re: Post 17 (Phil Burt)I can't help but wonder what substance the people awarding that prize were consuming at the time... or how much they'd been bribed by certain interested parties...It was probably awarded solely on his ability to keep grinning when all about were losing theirs... Thu 12 Aug 2010 16:31:23 GMT+1 Phil Burt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=44#comment16 16. mittfh"lasting solutions to areas in conflict"Yeah, right! Thu 12 Aug 2010 16:15:55 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=41#comment15 Tony has been awarded the Dan David Prize by Tel Aviv University for "exceptional leadership and steadfast determination in helping to engineer agreements and forge lasting solutions to areas in conflict".In other words, "Like a bridge over troubled water" ? Thu 12 Aug 2010 16:09:49 GMT+1 davmcn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=38#comment14 MN6 10, Ever watch Heir Hunters on BBC1? They rarely use more than one company of hunters. Is that fair to all the others? Thu 12 Aug 2010 15:52:18 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=36#comment13 "Still a man hears what he wants to hear And disregards the rest..." Thu 12 Aug 2010 14:38:19 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=33#comment12 Picks up the refrain from Lady Sue...."Lie-dee-lies.....lie-dee-lie-lie-lie-dee-lies....." Thu 12 Aug 2010 14:35:27 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=30#comment11 "I am just a poor boy, though my story's seldom..." oh, hang on, Blair's not poor, is he? Thu 12 Aug 2010 14:22:21 GMT+1 Phil Burt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=27#comment10 For clarification:"1. * eating grin Sometimes *-eating grin. (1) n. A * eating grin is a very wide and, to the outside observer, stupid looking grin, usually showing smugness, self-satisfaction, or inner humor. The term is most often seen in the expression "Wipe that * eating grin off your face!", usually said by the aforementioned outside observer. This observer-based definition makes "* eating grin" the negative counterpart to "You look like the cat who ate the canary." While the two expressions describe the same grin, they have very different connotations. This definition has nothing to do with the term "* eater"" Thu 12 Aug 2010 13:29:49 GMT+1 MontaguN6 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=25#comment9 Why does the BBC continue to give free publicity to New Labour politicians selling their books?I thought that the BBC was supposed to be impartial yet week after week we get ridiculous coverage of publications. It would be nice if Radio 4 spent a little more time investigating the activities of some members of the last government instead of trotting out guff from the slick PR firms employed to make people such as Mr Blair even richer. Thu 12 Aug 2010 13:16:08 GMT+1 Phil Burt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=22#comment8 It appears that any mention of the grin and coprophagy is deemed "likely to provoke or offend".... Thu 12 Aug 2010 13:04:38 GMT+1 needsanewnickname http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=19#comment7 artifus - hee hee! Except shouldn't that be to Lord Mandelson? Thu 12 Aug 2010 12:59:55 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=16#comment6 Is Art Garfunkel morphing into Tony Curtis? Thu 12 Aug 2010 12:38:03 GMT+1 Phil Burt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=13#comment5 This post has been Removed Thu 12 Aug 2010 12:31:58 GMT+1 artifus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=11#comment4 "hello darkness my old friend..." Thu 12 Aug 2010 12:13:15 GMT+1 Alan_N http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=8#comment3 And the 2010 prize for the worst haircut goes to... Thu 12 Aug 2010 12:08:46 GMT+1 Mike Kinross http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=5#comment2 Bliar has the look of one who can not find his way off the bridge over troubled water. Thu 12 Aug 2010 12:07:35 GMT+1 Phil Burt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=2#comment1 This post has been Removed Thu 12 Aug 2010 11:00:34 GMT+1 Mindclearly http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/lots_of_love_tony.shtml?page=0#comment0 Nice to see somebody will do well from the Blair years. As us mere mortals are not! Thu 12 Aug 2010 10:57:46 GMT+1