Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml en-gb 30 Fri 25 Jul 2014 20:53:57 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=99#comment180 n-n....I see naughty Fifi has led you astray again ;o) Sun 30 Nov 2008 12:39:33 GMT+1 nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=98#comment179 Gosh Fifi!!did you get any shut eye between half two and eight this morning?!And all this nostalia business isnt what it used to be; in my day, we used stones or pebbles to write giant letters in the sand.....Greetings to you all on this beach, how i wish it was as warm and inviting where I am!!!! Maybe just a little glass of something, and a mince pie;n-nxx Sun 30 Nov 2008 12:27:29 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=98#comment178 Gillianianianianianian (178) : And there was me thinking I was being nostalgic just in one way! :oP Sun 30 Nov 2008 11:58:56 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=97#comment177 Fifi - you're being nostalgic in more ways than you know ;o) Sun 30 Nov 2008 10:33:25 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=97#comment176 * Bleagh! *First one on to the Beach this morning, eh? I'll tiptoe around the slumbering bods and try not to step on the 1s and 0s littering the sand around Stewart's lounger (nor rustle any of the swear-words from when he couldn't get the new thingy to work!) ... ... ...... ... and write this gigantic 'Vyle Hernia' in the wet sand where the tide's going out.Does that take anybody's mind back, I wonder? Sun 30 Nov 2008 08:42:06 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=96#comment175 What were all those 1s and 0s that whizzed over my head a couple of hours ago? They looked as if they were in a big 'S' formation but I couldn't be sure... might have been a giant pair of spectacles. Anyhoo... very late night bacon rolls for anyone still awkward enough to be still up this time of night. And a fairly acceptable Shiraz.Gosh, I'll be bumping into Eric going the other way on the stairs if I stay up much longer! Sun 30 Nov 2008 02:03:41 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=96#comment174 I have been a bit naughty and ordered myself a Netbook. So will be spending next week or so making it dual boot for various reasons best known to myself. Linux on Netbooks = fast load to online. But I intend to use it for accounts so need XP to run Sage (Other accountancy packages are available). I have a plan. Partitioned HDD with a data drive using Open Office. So I can access files easily which ever boot up I'm in. Sad man what I am. Thu 27 Nov 2008 23:49:48 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=95#comment173 Must get the podcast of that before saturday. Iplayer about to go on! Or even I tunes Thu 27 Nov 2008 23:35:19 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=95#comment172 5.45am on Saturday, Sis (172). At the end of the programme. And he lied about it.... Thu 27 Nov 2008 23:20:38 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=94#comment171 You mean, Eddie played the piano on iPM? How? Where? When? Thu 27 Nov 2008 23:09:47 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=93#comment170 Sid - that is fantastic! I think stop right there - while you're at the top. Rather like Eddie's piano playing on iPM. "Always leave them wanting more" is the best motto.The motto doesn't apply to wine, btw. And I just heard a serious science prog saying something found in red wine will reverse or stop ageing, and keep your immune system young. Then he said "You'd need to drink about 1000 bottles to get the effect"What are you waiting for Sid??? You heard the man! Thu 27 Nov 2008 23:06:51 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=93#comment169 Well, I was going to start with the one Eddie read out ...'There's whales in the ocean,There's poetry in Motion.'And then I was going to stop and drink a lot of wine. What do you think? Would people pay for that? Thu 27 Nov 2008 22:59:08 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=92#comment168 Perhaps I should begin...Ladles and jellyspoons,I come before you to stand behind youTo tell you something I know nothing about.Next Thursday, the day after Friday, There's a ladies' meeting for men only.Wear your best clothes if you haven't any And if you can come please stay at home. Thu 27 Nov 2008 21:23:53 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=92#comment167 Okay, Sid - I'm sitting comfortably....would you like to begin? Thu 27 Nov 2008 20:00:27 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=91#comment166 Sid - yay! Post them on here. Any about sprouts?? Thu 27 Nov 2008 18:18:01 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=91#comment165 Sid - Oh freckled grunt buggly,Thy micturations,Are to me...?;o) [] Thu 27 Nov 2008 17:49:26 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=90#comment164 I'm on the last page of a chapter. Hurray!It's a much earlier chapter than I should be on by now. Boooooo! Thu 27 Nov 2008 17:35:07 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=90#comment163 I'm going to do a poetry reading later. Won't take long. All are invited. Thu 27 Nov 2008 16:47:58 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=89#comment162 Me too with the busybusy. What IS it about RL today? Must be balancing out the tranquillity of all those lovely harp photos... Thu 27 Nov 2008 16:22:17 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=88#comment161 DIWyman - will a maple syrup and pecanpastry make up for the long wait you've had for your cuppa? Thu 27 Nov 2008 15:46:25 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=88#comment160 Afternoon Peeps, been too busy in RL working here to do any Frogging, but now I am back in Norfolk and waiting for T at 3 whilst I catch up with what you have all been doing. Thu 27 Nov 2008 14:06:23 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=87#comment159 And a quick wave from me too!;o) [] Thu 27 Nov 2008 13:30:52 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=87#comment158 Quick wave to the froggers on the Beach as I rush past in RL.... Thu 27 Nov 2008 13:01:28 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=86#comment157 Now to see if there's a Linux variation on a theme of Flash - now a certain video sharing website is displaying in widescreen, I think I should do a widescreen version of the song...including some images to fill up the black-ness.If you'd like to contribute some images, they'd be more than welcome - regulars should either know my email address or know how to obtain it! Thu 27 Nov 2008 11:53:27 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=86#comment156 Help! I think I'm becoming addicted to statistics!My role is normally to produce guidance and helpsheets for our database system, but there hasn't been much call for it recently. I noticed we were getting near the end of the month, and for the past month those doing helpdesk duty in the mornings doubled up because of a perceived increase in call volumes.So, for want of something better to do, I've been extracting the number of calls logged each day for the past 6 months, plopping them into a spreadsheet, and not only graphing them but working out things such as total/min/max/mode/median/mean calls for each weekday...including having tremendous fun with tweaking my formulae to cope with bank holiday mondays (when obviously no-one's in) - so have to stick NA() in for the benefit of the graphs, then lengthy array formulae involving ISNUMBER() for the benefit of the statistics. The scary thing is - I'm enjoying it...Never mind isolation wards on the beach for those suffering from colds/flu, what about those suffering from insanity?Meanwhile, hiding behind one of the dunes, I've salvaged a Pick 'n' Mix display from a branch of Woolies - so even if your local branch closes, you can still enjoy the (virtual) taste of (virtual) sweets! Just save a few jelly babies for me :) Thu 27 Nov 2008 11:50:16 GMT+1 Little Red http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=85#comment155 well as i mentioned before 5.28 in bbc terms is actually 6.28 here. so not all *that* impressive.fried egg butty and relax on the beach really needed after morning from hell in RL. needless to say i'll be keeping a keen eye on the sun and yardarm this afternoon. Thu 27 Nov 2008 11:25:34 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=85#comment154 Little Red - 5:28 am? Good grief, makes me feel tired just thinking about it ... Thu 27 Nov 2008 09:45:16 GMT+1 pmmolly http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=84#comment153 Fifi-Hope you don't mind- I'vehelped myself as you must have overlaid, as they say.Gosh, this is a good way of keeping dry in RL.Mollyxx Thu 27 Nov 2008 09:29:18 GMT+1 Little Red http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=83#comment152 can i still put an order in for a fried egg butty. need coffee immediately but I think a butty will hit the spot in about 4 hours time... Thu 27 Nov 2008 05:28:58 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=83#comment151 I've stocked up on rolls for the morning butties, so please leave your orders on the bar and I'll make them up in time for breakfast. Wed 26 Nov 2008 21:10:03 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=82#comment150 Careful, Sid - your laurel's slipping ;o) Wed 26 Nov 2008 20:50:58 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=82#comment149 fx: preenSid the poet Wed 26 Nov 2008 18:02:52 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=81#comment148 I would, but I have to brave the Mines of Moria, ok the Victoria Line. See you tomorrow.;o) [] Wed 26 Nov 2008 18:01:23 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=81#comment147 Pleased to be of service! Olbas Oil tissues are my current recommendation - particularly useful if you're a surgeon or a scrub nurse.Anyone for an iced party ring? And a fruit punch made with stuff from the flammables store?? Wed 26 Nov 2008 17:45:04 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=80#comment146 Karen (145), you're free! Congratulations and pull up those chipolatas where I can reach 'em...By the way my SO is blessing you for the antihistamines tip. They are working wonders with the phlegm count chez Fifi this week.;o) Wed 26 Nov 2008 17:39:34 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=80#comment145 Nurse!Nurse! I need 200cc of chicken soup and a hot toddy. Stat!;o) [] Wed 26 Nov 2008 17:39:05 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=79#comment144 Feefs (144) any use for a cynical pharmacist telling them all to pull themselves together in your new zone?I've brought party food. No need to hide tonight. YIPPEE!! Wed 26 Nov 2008 17:08:48 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=79#comment143 Wonko (143): This is the Beach - you can do anything you like here.But if you don't want to be sneezed around or spluttered near, you might be wiser to take advantage of the deep leather sofas in the always peaceful surroundings of the Furrowed Brow snug. Wed 26 Nov 2008 17:01:59 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=78#comment142 Feefs - can those not suffering from any of the described conditions but who just fancy a bit of a rest and some comfort food go to the palm tree isolation unit?;o) [] Wed 26 Nov 2008 14:37:18 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=77#comment141 I have set up a Quarantine Ward under the palm trees for the man-flu sufferers and those with bad colds.Hot and cold running nurses will mop brows, administer medicine and keep the coffee, beef tea and milky drinks flowing.There's a tureen of chicken soup bubbling and a barrel of rum tapped.Oh, and hankies! Wed 26 Nov 2008 13:33:46 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=77#comment140 Re-heated cauliflower cheese anyone? Wed 26 Nov 2008 12:17:14 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=76#comment139 Omelette? Yes, please! With lots of stuff in it and a wodge of French bread. Thanks. Wed 26 Nov 2008 11:57:18 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=76#comment138 Morning all (just).Where is everyone? Just a mulling pan, several empty bottles and a mysteriously unopened bottle of something green... Sorry not to be around last night, things to sort out in RL. Not least of which was a distressing lack of tomato ketchup in the Wonko household, which obviously had to be rectified directly!Oh well, I'm doing omlettes for lunch if anyone's interested.;o) [] Wed 26 Nov 2008 11:43:13 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=75#comment137 94Well, I'll rely on you to have a good stock by you, when the stores appear to have run out. :-)) Wed 26 Nov 2008 00:43:13 GMT+1 Deepthought http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=75#comment136 Since this has become a technical beach, as it were...I had trouble with iPlayer (I use Mozilla under linux), but it cleared itself up in the end. But there are still glitches, such as a Radio7 programme "listen again"ed at Radio 4 sound levels (Last Wed's Hudson and Pepperdine).I actually use mplayer to listen again, but have to go via iPlayer to find the link (Radio_Bridge_*.ram) from which I can then set mplayer to go and get started.They certainly make it ever increasingly difficult to "listen again" on any platform other than iPlayer, which does not play all so often (e.g. on dial-up modem). Tue 25 Nov 2008 23:12:18 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=74#comment135 Have come back from my "asthma night" (Don't ask - it's complicated) bearing a case of red for you all to share. Oh, and a bottle of sprout wine. Who wants that?Many thanks for hiding me so well, guys. I'm going to deal with him tomorrow.Failing that my lovely gay friend has offered to pretend to be my boyfriend. Apparently he doesn't go hetty for just anyone. That could be a whole new heap of trouble though...I'm going back under the throw with my merlot! Tue 25 Nov 2008 22:41:05 GMT+1 nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=74#comment134 putty? did you put their windows out?!!!Karen, I am sure we outnumber his hormones, who ever they are. So it is absolutely safe to surface once more. Have a glass of this!!Frances O - what about hte iplayer? can you get the content to play from that? and how about the news 24 thing? or is it just listen again?Stewart, you read my mind!!! I 'll have a glass, to start with, and then, mabye anothre, or so, to be getting on with....Wonky, are you a fan of the Mulled stuff??? Little Red? Can you get it out htere?!!!n-nxx Tue 25 Nov 2008 22:18:16 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=73#comment133 I think its time to Mull over some more wine. Tue 25 Nov 2008 21:41:11 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=72#comment132 Wonko, you still here? I'll have my Pimms now thank you. Committee From Hell were as putty in my hands tonight... tee heee! Tue 25 Nov 2008 21:18:22 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=72#comment131 Oh, so THAT's what all that was about, Karen! ;o Tue 25 Nov 2008 18:59:49 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=71#comment130 Is it safe to come out? I'm avoiding a strange customer who is a victim of his own hormones... Tue 25 Nov 2008 17:22:33 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=71#comment129 Will do Feefs, good luck!;o) [] Tue 25 Nov 2008 16:20:47 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=70#comment128 I need to keep a clear head Wonko: Committee From Hell tonight!Just pop mine in the fridge behind the Bar and I'll collect it later, once I've spat the fur and feathers out... Tue 25 Nov 2008 16:14:39 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=70#comment127 Frances, Little Red - you haven't let any of the smoke out of your computers have you? It's a well known fact that computers actually run on smoke, so if you let any out of them they will stop working. ;o)Otherwise I am also a fan of poking and prodding settings on software. Lots of issues can be sorted out that way! Ahem.Pimms O'Clock anyone?;o) [] Tue 25 Nov 2008 14:55:01 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=69#comment126 May be your setting are different in the two browsers. I "lost" graphics the other week. I swear i did not touch anything. Poke and prod of various settings and all was fine again.If in doubt poke and prod.Now thats a strapline "poking and prodding to get to the bottom of the news" Tue 25 Nov 2008 13:17:25 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=69#comment125 Frances, maybe the short term answer, as with the non-arriving newsletter, is for a frogger to help out in a more practical way.Why don't you ring me, and I'll set LA going on my computer, and then leave the phone next to the speaker where you can hear it?;o) Tue 25 Nov 2008 12:53:13 GMT+1 Little Red http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=68#comment124 interesting. in safari for me it soesn't work but in firefox it does...perhaps the OS version matters too? Tue 25 Nov 2008 12:43:08 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=67#comment123 Little Red - I use Safari here, no problems. Tue 25 Nov 2008 12:28:19 GMT+1 Little Red http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=67#comment122 of course i meant orangina! that's brummy fonetics for you!! Tue 25 Nov 2008 12:25:52 GMT+1 Little Red http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=66#comment121 Sorry to be semi-technical on the beach...Frances_O... you were asking a few days ago about the listen again feature and having trouble using it. I too had trouble for a while... i seem to remember you are a safari user as i am myselfI am no computer genius but as far as i can see safari is not compatible with LA since the *ahem* updates - for some reason LA can't recognise that you have real player/media player already installed. So... I would suggest getting another program - personally i use mozilla's firefox (it's free). and perhaps someone in the beeb should look into it...*End of semi-technical bit*I seem to have too much halloumi with chillie in oil for my simple lunch. Spares are on the side for those interested. And bottles of ice cool Oringina in the fridge! Tue 25 Nov 2008 12:24:43 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=66#comment120 Thanks, n-n (107) ... several top-ups later I was feeling much better. And now it's Ed Iglehart's birthday! If you're lurking, Ed, best wishes from Fifi. Tue 25 Nov 2008 11:33:26 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=65#comment119 Thanks Anne - I'll eat waffles with maple syrup, don't you worry! Delicious.;o) [] Tue 25 Nov 2008 10:56:49 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=65#comment118 Just bought some Belgian waffles, so plenty on the bar for everyone. (Who says Belgium is boring.) Not sure if you are meant to eat them with maple syrup but it is yum.... Tue 25 Nov 2008 10:42:17 GMT+1 U12196018 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=64#comment117 Regarding today's strapline by mittfh, I'm not sure that he is right. You want to see what is building up in the North West and heading my way. I reckon the sky will have fallen on me inside 30 minutes. Tue 25 Nov 2008 10:39:31 GMT+1 U12196018 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=64#comment116 Sid - Nothing to worry about. It was just two camels who got carried away after eating some fermented figs. Tue 25 Nov 2008 10:32:36 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=63#comment115 Oh, and while I'm here - I see that a couple are about to be ejected from the beach for being naughty. So, which couple?? Tue 25 Nov 2008 10:03:02 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=62#comment114 Ah - tea cakes and coffee! Thanks Little Red. Tue 25 Nov 2008 09:37:17 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=62#comment113 Morning!Ah, tea cakes and coffee for breakfast, excellent.You're quite right Little Red. In no way could I be described as a "morning person". As an old friend of mine would say: "What can you expect from a day that begins with getting out of bed?" I don't really start to function until 10:00am. In fact I have been known to need a cup of instant coffee to get my strength up to drink a cup of real coffee.Mutter, grumble, etc...:o/ [] Tue 25 Nov 2008 08:42:46 GMT+1 Little Red http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=61#comment112 morning all. and a special MORNING to wonko who obviously isn't an early bird! (Note that I have the advantage of an hour on the bbc!)Anyway due to special request I found some tea cakes lurking and have them in the toaster. But my personal fave are crumpets! with lashings of *real* butter. So here's some of them too. The usual drink selection on the bar though I would advise against the merlot at this time of the morning! Tue 25 Nov 2008 05:50:22 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=61#comment111 Have just popped in to raise a glass to the most inspiring conductor I've ever had the pleasure of singing with - Richard Hickox, who has died today, aged only 60.You may not have heard of him but he has been a fervent supporter and promoter of English music for many years and despite being conductor of Sidney Opera house, came back every year to conduct, lead and be the backbone of the St Endellion Music Festival in Cornwall, unpaid and purely for the love of the music and good company.A large one to you, Richard, you had so much more to give, and love to all your family and friends GMxx Tue 25 Nov 2008 00:17:54 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=60#comment110 Bi nothing was yesterday and today I think. Mon 24 Nov 2008 23:57:14 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=60#comment109 I think it would be prudent of me to mention that I am not bi-anything and therefore that ... oh well YOU know! Mon 24 Nov 2008 23:37:49 GMT+1 needsanewnickname http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=59#comment108 Oh, my goodness, tea cakes!!!!!! I can't remember when I last had them. What a treat! I'm getting hungry at the thought and it's bed-time. Please can I have some tomorrow? Just butter. All melty. I'll be good and do my homework, even if it's sums. Mon 24 Nov 2008 23:26:49 GMT+1 pmmolly http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=59#comment107 Karen-Ouch! Steady on............!Oh! Have it then!I'm off to bed at booktime...... now, where's my bed?I''ve had a busy day too....;-)Molllyxx Mon 24 Nov 2008 22:58:06 GMT+1 nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=58#comment106 Ahhhh wonko, what a treat!!feefs, sounds like you need a top up after such a 'stressful' day!!! pours n-nPS is karen still under that throw?!"Karen??!" Mon 24 Nov 2008 22:28:16 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=58#comment105 You're welcome Feefs, did you save any for me?Sorry to dip out there for a while, must find a way of accessing the Beach while on a tube train... note to self: invent way of accessing the Beach on the Underground...Came home to find that:a) Mrs Wonko had cooked a lovely dinner from the chicken I left marinating overnight in the fridge (secret recipe, sorry).b) She had also bought the DVD of a certain musical film heavily featuring the songs of certain Swedish Eurovision Song Contest winners, based around a wedding on a Greek Island. Despite the fact that Pearce Brosnan couldn't carry a tune in a gold plated, 2 gallon, air conditioned, two-stroke engine self powered tune carrying bucket (with optional sing-a-long-a-music system), it's quite fun.As Mrs Wonko said: "The lyrics may not have been the most complex or deep, but boy could they write a melody."Anyway, I'm retiring to a comfy armchair in a quiet corner of Nick's, as I have to be up early in the morning. Did you know there's a five o'clock in the morning as well as evening?! Chin, chin.;o) [] Mon 24 Nov 2008 22:02:54 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=57#comment104 * Grabs conveniently strewn throw *Karen! under here, sparkly hammock!* Grabs extra glass of nicely fruity Merlot just in time * Mon 24 Nov 2008 21:47:48 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=56#comment103 Quick - I need somewhere to hide! Mon 24 Nov 2008 20:01:51 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=56#comment102 Ah....... that's better.Fed, reclining, glass in hand, swinging gently in the sparkly hammock.Cheers Wonko! Mon 24 Nov 2008 19:40:52 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=55#comment101 Forgot to say the magic word to Wonko:"THANKYOU!" Mon 24 Nov 2008 18:44:40 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=55#comment100 * Holds out glass to Wonko *A nice fruity Merlot sounds gorgeous to me!I'll just leave it to breathe on this low table beside the hammock, while I nip out to obtain the something cooked by not-me I mentioned earlier. Today's turning out better than I expected. ;o) Mon 24 Nov 2008 18:43:59 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=54#comment99 Good for you Feefs. How about a nice fruity Merlot? Hold your glass out then...;o) [] Mon 24 Nov 2008 18:04:35 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=54#comment98 I've spent a lovely lazy day over here on the sparkly hammock ... and fully intend to enjoy an equally lazy evening in front of Spooks, enjoying something cooked by not-me, and admiring the lovely flowers I was given today.If someone could just make sure my glass is always topped-up, that would be perfect. Thank you. Mon 24 Nov 2008 17:59:42 GMT+1 Edgie_Mare http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=53#comment97 I've written a wee song for all ye bloggie fans (groupies wi' keyboards), to sing in ma honour.If ye sing it, it'll bring ye a wee amount o' borrowed fame (borrowed from me, with almost no interest at all) and it'll help in ma campaign to be the first iMP in Britain. Sitting for ye PM and iPm acolytes.Its called Springboard Time for Edgie. "PM for Edgie and the BeeBeeCee,News time is so gay and hap-p-peeWe talk up the news that's already deadMore plugs for iPM than hairs on ma headEdgie is Scots, read his lips, watch his mouthThat's why he still loves coming southHis iprog goes down whilst we're all still in bedThat's where Edgie is given his headDon't complain about the puerile jokesHe thinks them funny, that's no hoax.PM for Edgie and the BeeBeeCeeMaking us glad that we've got a TV"Now dinna blame The Producers, look more to the HeadHitlers. Mon 24 Nov 2008 17:02:49 GMT+1 pmmolly http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=53#comment96 Hello chaps!Builders and teacakes- just what the doctor etcMmmm! Slurp! Lovely....Gillianiian (95)Why aren't you listening to you-know-what? I am! (smirks)Mollyxx Mon 24 Nov 2008 16:55:29 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=52#comment95 Here you go Gillianian - milk and sugar on the bar if you need them.;o) [] Mon 24 Nov 2008 16:45:50 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=51#comment94 Ta, Wonko - builders, and just butter on my teacake, please ;o) Mon 24 Nov 2008 16:35:13 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=51#comment93 Afternoon all. Hope everyone is fit and well.As it's tea-time I'm making tea and toasting some tea cakes. Butter and various jams and preserves on the bar at Nick's. I'm doing Assam, Ceylon and Builders on the tea front. orders please.;o) [] Mon 24 Nov 2008 15:32:20 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=50#comment92 I'm off to Morrison's, to forage for hidden bargains.I'll earmark the sour grapes for you, pmL. Mon 24 Nov 2008 14:28:07 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=50#comment91 For two years now, in M*rrison's in Likes, a HEAVY, gathers up all the 'last day for sale' items that he fancies, from the 'Reduced' chilled shelves, just after the major restock by staff in the early afternoon.He proceeds to hide the stuff round the store.Then comes back at 6,30 and gets it re-labeled at give-away prices.I'd always thought he must be chief procurer and head chef in a bouncer's collective.He must also listen to Radio 4, 'cos after Anna Christiansen's pieces, now he turns up with two enforcer mates for the cheap food scam. Do the staff worry? No, anything THEY want, never gets to the Reduced shelves.These scams mean the hungry and weak five thousand must eat dirt, whilst all the loaves and fishes go to the strong and overfed. Mon 24 Nov 2008 13:30:17 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=49#comment90 UtT (89) Wow!!!!!!!! Thanks for the warning - I only had a nibble and it hit the top of my skull...........Mind you, it's good for clearing the sinuses ;o) Mon 24 Nov 2008 13:21:09 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=49#comment89 What's the best menu for 2 hours of BBC2 coverage of darling Alister + 1 hour of Edgie trying to make sense of it?I hear ('sources close to...') that BIG BORROW is going to be paid back by a blog-post stamp duty.Though whether by charged by the word, keystrokes or per post, is not yet clear.Love the video. It's one of Edgie's best choices, up there with Shatner at an award ceremony, Edgie's co presenter getting the giggles and Sarah Palin clips. Mon 24 Nov 2008 13:14:10 GMT+1 UptheTrossachs http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=48#comment88 Feeling so hungry I could eat a pizza, but I'll make do with these snack size things we've been working on. I'll leave a few on NC's bar. Watch out for that cheese - it's like napalm when you bite into it, then it does that stringy-snap-stick-to-your-chin thing with a little flick-of-sauce-onto-the-clothes. Tastes great though! Mon 24 Nov 2008 12:54:24 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=48#comment87 Our first You-know-what* card has just arrived. Waaaaaa! I'm going back to bed . . . * other winter festivals are available IN A MONTH'S TIME!!!!!!!!:o) Mon 24 Nov 2008 11:26:51 GMT+1 needsanewnickname http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=47#comment86 Morning, all! That coffee's most welcome.Eddie doesn't seem to be up and about yet, so here's a quadlatte for him, too. Mon 24 Nov 2008 10:51:33 GMT+1 nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=46#comment85 morning Little Red!!morning all, more coffee ready, and lots and lots of boulange. Mon 24 Nov 2008 08:31:00 GMT+1 Little Red http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=46#comment84 morning all . glorious sun up this morning after last nights rain. my clothes are still drying from the 3m dash from road to house which felt like jumping into a swimming pool. but the elephants seemed to like it. perhaps they can come and join the camels...anyhoo. coffee on the bar (and i really need it this morning so the offer wont be around too long). Afraid I don't have time for a boulangerie dash this morning, perhaps someone else could do the honours? Mon 24 Nov 2008 05:46:55 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=45#comment83 Planning enforcement being what it is(n't), our weekly removal to the new Beach means the BBC Conservation team never catch up with us, Sid.Last I heard, they had just caught up with August 2007... Sun 23 Nov 2008 23:06:31 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=45#comment82 Which reminds me - did that planning permission for extending the naughty step ever come through? or did we decide just to go ahead and do it anyway? Sun 23 Nov 2008 23:04:40 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_88.shtml?page=44#comment81 I don't remember anything untoward in it, Deep (81). Other than being not very nice about local government, which you tagged with its political flavour ... that might've done it?Here, have a pint of scrumpy with me. Let's link arms and settle back on the scatter cushions at the Naughty Step ... and tell filthy jokes till someone works out what our double-entendres mean!!;o) Sun 23 Nov 2008 22:53:20 GMT+1