Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml en-gb 30 Sat 12 Jul 2014 10:29:53 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=99#comment160 all is fine.. just some lurking Genesis lyrics possibly.Night all Sun 07 Dec 2008 01:41:31 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=98#comment159 Heaven - white sheets .....the smell of bold and Lenor - comfort!Gillian and non believers ---there is an after life :-)but who's this friend on the horizon?Uh Oh ;-(................. Sun 07 Dec 2008 01:39:20 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=98#comment158 ..... staggers to pc for last wordDo the words pml ... Sun 07 Dec 2008 01:19:10 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=97#comment157 I thought you were in a non chatty mood earlier Fi ;-)Only joking - I was meant to be in bed by midnight!We will however take your offer on.Anyway I've had a lovely day. Listened to - hang on a sec. be right back,,anyway as I was saying .. I downloaded the ipm podcast and got as far as the National Grid bit - all - .tiudgqw d'arggggh!!!Fifi I think! - Hellllllll ppppppcough,splutter Lots of blood spurts from chest wound,,,,Aheeeeeeeeem (two grunts) Sun 07 Dec 2008 01:16:48 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=96#comment156 Now then. As a now-qualified super-sleuth, having caught the murderer fair and square at tonight's Murder Mystery Night, I challenge any frogger with a mystery to solve, to provide me with the situation, the suspects and the clues... and I bet I can solve it!Offer ends 1.30am Sunday. Sun 07 Dec 2008 01:03:29 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=96#comment155 Thanks Izzy. I put my symptoms into NHS Direct's symptom sorter and apparently I need to call an ambulance immediately! Funny that. When I had proper pneumonia they suggested simple linctus...I still think my system was rocked by the Judge Judy clip. Thu 04 Dec 2008 22:54:33 GMT+1 Izzy_Tme http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=95#comment154 Probably Norovirus - not a happy experience I believe. Poor you lot. I'm sure there's relief on the beach in the Fifi quarrantine area. Take care xx Thu 04 Dec 2008 22:32:58 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=95#comment153 Hi All. I haven't forgotten about the photo of Newton on her handmade Xmas tree. I fear that I may have caught whatever DiY had. Though come to think of it, I did start to feel really unwell after the whole Shatner experience on Tuesday night... Thu 04 Dec 2008 16:44:22 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=94#comment152 The nice thing about pancakes and maple syrup is that you can eat them at any time of the day - thanks Wonko! Thu 04 Dec 2008 13:41:05 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=93#comment151 Thanks Wonko - lovely breakfast ;o)I'll put a glug of whisky in my tea while no-one's looking.... Thu 04 Dec 2008 09:20:17 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=93#comment150 Morning all, I'll put the coffee on.Pancakes and maple syrup for breakfast?Hmmm, where did all this Scotch come from?;o) [] Thu 04 Dec 2008 08:56:42 GMT+1 needsanewnickname http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=92#comment149 Better ask the Young Macallan. He still (ahem) around? I grant you there's a big selection behind the bar so I'll bow more to experts.But I do think the official malt should be Leapfrog... in fact Islay a bet on that.**Yes, I know it's not pronounced like that Wed 03 Dec 2008 23:34:37 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=91#comment148 I have an open Glen of the Livet. Will that do? Wed 03 Dec 2008 21:29:51 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=91#comment147 Oh well, an excuse to open a bottle of Oban then...;o) [] Wed 03 Dec 2008 18:02:29 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=90#comment146 Sorry, Wonko, I think it's all gone ..... Wed 03 Dec 2008 17:41:57 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=90#comment145 Apparently the vouchers don't help with spelling!Where's that Single Malt gone?;o) [] Wed 03 Dec 2008 17:40:57 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=89#comment144 DIY - I'm delighted to be able to inform you that siad vouchers are in fact for a high street music, DVD and games vendor whose name is a three letter accronyn. Other places to spend ill gotten gains on spectacular, if entertaining, wastes of time are available.;o) [] Wed 03 Dec 2008 16:13:59 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=88#comment143 Afternoon Peeps, I don’t feel 100 percent but am with you in spirit!The baby wipes have come in useful but I am now wondering whether a spoonful of cement with the LookoZaid would help!Wonko, so glad to hear that the Saga vouchers have arrived! Just don't spend them all on Sprouts and Sprout accessories! Wed 03 Dec 2008 16:01:38 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=88#comment142 Thanks, Wonko, that'll do nicely. Clink clink! Wed 03 Dec 2008 14:52:29 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=87#comment141 Big Sis - fair enough, how about this cheeky Glen Scotia?;o) [] Wed 03 Dec 2008 14:50:24 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=86#comment140 Wonko, for me it's always too early for gin, but if there's a brandy or a single malt around, I'll be happy to join you! Wed 03 Dec 2008 13:59:49 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=86#comment139 Afternoon All!QL - Was it something we said? Anyhoo, fare thee well if we don't see you here again.Must chip in on the subject of haggis. I love it - have had it battered and deep fried, and it was delicious. Whenever Mrs Wonko and I go to Scotland we try and stock up with decent haggis as the offering from our local Tesburyaswaitsonsfield is somewhat below par. Hmmm, may have to get some now.I'm having a horrid day in RL, which has been brightened somewhat by the receipt of a bonus in the form of vouchers. Is it too early to open the gin?;o) [] Wed 03 Dec 2008 13:57:12 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=85#comment138 RxK 127, If you look at Advent 2007, Dec 18, you will see my nativity scene and origami Christmas tree. Wed 03 Dec 2008 10:19:06 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=85#comment137 I just have to ask - Q L - why? Have I missed something? Have you been moderated one too many times and your patience has finally snapped? Has the credit crunch impacted to such an extent that you can't afford the electricity to run your computer? I mean - why why WHY??? Wed 03 Dec 2008 09:46:09 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=84#comment136 According to my sources it's MadMary's birthday on Friday. (Who remembers her? Started out as MaryMary and then during Dayone she transmogrified into her true self!)I'm happy to send her any greetings/prezzies/drinks/wishes you have for her, if not already connected via some other sociable wotsit off-lilypad.I miss her. Wed 03 Dec 2008 09:37:41 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=83#comment135 Farewell, Educated Aberdonian (129). That was a bit of a bombshell, though, wasn't it? Others just quietly stop bothering but you are polite enough to say ta-ta. Good on yer.;o) Wed 03 Dec 2008 09:27:26 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=83#comment134 Qualified Loon (129) You know that there'll always be a hammock here when you need one ;o) Wed 03 Dec 2008 09:05:49 GMT+1 needsanewnickname http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=82#comment133 I'm up late, waiting for tomorrow's soup to get to the stage I can leave it; so filling time where I know it'll be well filled.Faith, hope have gone; mere charity remainsAnd on the cruelty of man she chills her blains Wed 03 Dec 2008 00:42:49 GMT+1 U13717586 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=81#comment132 Is this Lapland?I always imagined it was like Mount Everest near the summit, littered with cola cans, beer cans, abandoned snow shoes, dead explorers and empty tents.Well, it isn't. But this Beach does look too much like a Star Trek cast reunion picnic (without the ageless Uhura) for its own good. (With mine host looking like a Kirk look alike - his double in just a few short years to come. (Is that really a group of blog groupies (bloopies) getting him to sign their copies of the Radio Times?))Far too many chocoholics and alcofrolics, On the Beach.Not enough star gazers, full of wonder, or people thrilling to the strains in their own bodies when pitted against sand, sea and tide. A fair (sprout) wind seems as close to nature as some, here, get.((:o))xxx((-:)) ('Kirk to Mare. You are increasing in resemblance to me at warped factor 9. This cannot be right. As I am now, should take you 32 earth years to get here. But at this rate, you will be here in as many months, even days. Captain Harkness has exposed a weakness of yours (Thinking you cannot be seen on the wireless). St Alban's bone (as worshiped by McN) may now be your only hope of rejuvenation. Let's hope not.') Wed 03 Dec 2008 00:39:58 GMT+1 needsanewnickname http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=81#comment131 Oh, feefs, I do like haggis; it may be corny since I no longer live in Scotland, but I really do. Better than black or white pudding any day. Save some for me, whatever the excuse.n-n, Fabbitty-dabbity! Love it! Is that all your own making?In fact [wait for it......] marvellous! [clue: Ed] Wed 03 Dec 2008 00:31:51 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=80#comment130 We'll miss you, you mad Horse, you! Tue 02 Dec 2008 23:11:14 GMT+1 nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=80#comment129 cripes!!How do you follow *that* !!?!!? (129)All I can do is quote from another frogger:"Where feeble hope could ne'er have flown,But vainly flapped her tinsel wing"and add:"Stands dew-eyed charity, unknownbedecked in tinsel, spare bare bling"but the beach looks wonderful tonight, with the mysterious moonbeams dancing on the rippling waves...n-nxx Tue 02 Dec 2008 23:08:31 GMT+1 U12196018 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=79#comment128 Hi all and bye all. I've enjoyed this for a couple of years and I'll talk to others elsewhere but I won't post here any more - under any of the names I've used. I'll continue to listen to PM, because it is much too good to miss. Tue 02 Dec 2008 22:48:43 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=78#comment127 Classy Advent calendar. Am I in the wrong place Tue 02 Dec 2008 22:16:38 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=78#comment126 I'll see what I can manage tomorrow ;o)She's currently stuck (I haven't asked how) to our home made Christmas Tree Advent Calendar with a pharmacy theme(!)There's a Christmas Tree competition at work and we're desperate to win. I'm pinning my hopes on Newton...Eddie - I'll understand if she gets bumped for a prettier scene. Tue 02 Dec 2008 18:28:26 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=77#comment125 Karen, I think they'd be perfect subjects for the Advent Calendar, and now that Eddie has blessed them by joining in the naming game, I can't see how he could refuse, can you?Mind you, you might have to call them Newton and Ridley. Eddie's clearly a Corrie fan. Tue 02 Dec 2008 18:24:15 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=77#comment124 If I was clever enough I'd get photos of them for you all. No clue how to get it posted though. The poor girls are obviously not suitable for Eddie's classy Advent photos. Tue 02 Dec 2008 18:22:31 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=76#comment123 Well, they're both a couple of floozies by the sounds of it, though the skirt flying up one should perhaps be called Marilyn (after Monroe, of course), and perhaps the other could be called Judy, after Judy Holliday, who could cross her eyes. Tue 02 Dec 2008 18:19:45 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=75#comment122 BigSis - We kept the prettiest one! The twin has a skirt that flies up indecently too as well as the thing going on with the eyes and legs Tue 02 Dec 2008 18:14:00 GMT+1 eddiemair http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=75#comment121 Newton and Ridley? Tue 02 Dec 2008 18:09:22 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=74#comment120 Thelma and Louise? Tue 02 Dec 2008 18:06:28 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=73#comment119 Does her twin also have a gammy leg and cross eyes, Karen? This information is important in the naming process ... Tue 02 Dec 2008 18:00:48 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=73#comment118 The angels are bound to be reunited after Christmas. Pathology were reluctant to accept the twin initially but didn't want to be accused of not getting into the spirit of the season.We're after names for the twins at the moment - they need names! Currently the suggestion list includes Hinge and Brackett and Dastardly and Muttley. Tue 02 Dec 2008 17:56:06 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=72#comment117 Pimms O'Clock everyone!Well, my day has steadily improved as it has gone on, hope yours have too.Now where's the chocolate? [begins rummaging in the fridge];o) [] Tue 02 Dec 2008 16:17:17 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=72#comment116 Karen, speaking for your little angel, could you arrange it for her to be reunited with her twin after Christmas? I feel very sorry for her .... :o) Tue 02 Dec 2008 15:04:48 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=71#comment115 Love it Big Sis!! Tue 02 Dec 2008 14:27:52 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=70#comment114 Hark the cross eyed angel sings"I was nearly in that bin.Though my legs are past their primeKaren saved me, just in time!And though Rudolph hit the floorLeaving me alone and poorLike a lady of the nightBy that flashing red red light!My World Aids Day tag I wear -For an angel, I'm so aware"Now the cross eyed angel sings"Glory, now I have a twin!Yesterday I was uniqueNow I'm just a clon-ed freak!She will sit in majestyNew-found star of pathologyHigh atop their Christmas treeLeaving little, lonely me!!Now the cross eyed angel sings"Glory, now I have a twin!" Tue 02 Dec 2008 14:03:07 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=70#comment113 We found our Angel's twin! We've given her to pathology to brighten up their room. Tue 02 Dec 2008 13:56:38 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=69#comment112 What ho!I've cheered up a bit. Glad to see there are others who feel as I do about the Festive Season.I don't have a coal bunker, we used to have one at home when I was growing up. Those were the days when our hot water was heated by a coke boiler! And the house was freezing cold!I hadn't found any of these chocolate stashes that seem to be hidden around the Beach. I'll have to get my bucket and spade out and start digging!;o) [] Tue 02 Dec 2008 13:43:14 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=68#comment111 Ooops, Anne, you've let the cat out of the bag - I think all froggers have secret stashes dotted around the Beach, but they're secret no longer ;o) Tue 02 Dec 2008 13:27:02 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=68#comment110 Big Sis, if I thought there was no chocolate allowed on the beach I would have left it long ago! Mansaylo, I have a secret stash in the shade next to the waterfall where it is cool enough not to melt. Help yourself. Tue 02 Dec 2008 13:10:57 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=67#comment109 Mansaylo: No chocolate allowed on the Beach as it melts too quickly (though if you look in the Nick Clarke fridge, you may find some hidden behind the pina coladas) ... Tue 02 Dec 2008 12:42:43 GMT+1 Trevor Mansell http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=67#comment108 Questions.Where's the Advent Calendar?Does it have chocolates?Who gets to open the doors Tue 02 Dec 2008 12:17:14 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=66#comment107 Mr loon, its waht you do with it ;-) Tue 02 Dec 2008 11:40:36 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=65#comment106 Stewart M 102, The cold weather causes that.We have a coal bunker and just had five bags delivered. Tue 02 Dec 2008 11:25:29 GMT+1 U12196018 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=65#comment105 Stewart M - I wouldn't have thought that two inches was much to brag about to be honest. Tue 02 Dec 2008 10:40:42 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=64#comment104 That's just what the Beach is for, Mansaylo - an escape from the realities of RL! :o) Tue 02 Dec 2008 10:40:16 GMT+1 Trevor Mansell http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=63#comment103 2mm of snow in Brum, chaos will no doubt ensue. Time for a lie down in the tropical sunshine. Tue 02 Dec 2008 10:24:03 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=63#comment102 Wonko and Anne - Yes indeed, it is not yet Christmas. But it is Advent, and there are lovely traditions associated with that time of waiting before the day of Christ's birth (sorry, don't mean to come over all 'holy', but that is what the celebration is actually about). So, out with the Advent candle, and on with the preparations that need to be done in advance. Christmas tree will be bought in the next three weeks and, like Anne and her family, put up and decorated on Christmas Eve. It is the steps towards Christmas that make the actual day so special, don't you think? Tue 02 Dec 2008 10:23:41 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=62#comment101 Coal in Bath, Luxury!. No better no go off on a pytton tangent. We got modded off the last time we did that.Anyhow. I had a good two inches this morning. Tue 02 Dec 2008 10:11:27 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=62#comment100 Wonk (99), I do so agree. When I was a child the tree didn't go up until Christmas Eve, there wasn't the money for endless shopping (we kept coal in't bath you know) and everything was taken down for twelfth night. Kept it all in proportion somehow.Woke to lovely whiteness in RL so expect Eddie to be inundated with snow scenes for his Advent series.Thanks for the porridge, just what the weather in RL demands, that and log fires. Tue 02 Dec 2008 09:54:40 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=61#comment99 mittfh (97) Add my brother and sister to your list of birthdays today ;o)I'm just off to deliver their presents. Tue 02 Dec 2008 09:00:20 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=60#comment98 Morning Froggers!The coffee's on. Porridge with a selection of things to put in it on the bar.A colleague asked me the other day if I was getting all "Christmassy" and I had to say no. I guess it's a left over from my (lapsed) Methodist upbringing, but for me Christmas is really about the period from Christmas Eve - perhaps stretching to the Sunday before - through to twelfth night. The period buiklding up to is Advent, not a shopping expedition. Even as a child I hated the plastic, shop based kind of Christmas I saw even then. It feels like it's ten times worse now, though I'm sure a fair part of that impression is just me being a miserable old so and so. And don't get me started on office parties...Sorry to bring the mood down so early in the day, would anyone like a humbug? I've left a bag of them on the bar at Nick's.:o/ Tue 02 Dec 2008 08:35:31 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=60#comment97 I'm laying out a well-insulated helping of haggis, on the grounds that I won't be 'doing' You-Know-What' this year.Other than humouring those who can't sing carols without a guitar and someone providing all the words. Just to be nice.Mrs B Humbug :o) Tue 02 Dec 2008 01:22:28 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=59#comment96 Famces (95):So what is there to commemorate today? According to Wikipedia, it's National Day in the United Arab Emirates (1971) and Laos (1975). It's also the UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, and the feast days of Saints Bibiana and Chromatius.Famous births:Georges Seurat (1851) - painterGianni Versace (1946) - fashion designerRick Savage (1960) - Def Leppard bassistLucy Liu (1968) - actressMonica Seles (1973) - tennis playerBritney Spears (1981) - singerFamous deaths:Philip Larkin (1985) - writerAaron Copland (1990) - composer-oOo-Meanwhile, as we're now in both advent and December, I've put a selection of mince pies behind the bar, should anyone feel seasonal. For those that aren't, a bumper pack of choc chip muffins. Tue 02 Dec 2008 01:17:35 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=59#comment95 I'm with you 100%, Frances!I'll just spit out these last segments of wax orange, and mull another jug of ready-mulled wine in the microwave.Good old Nick Clarke. Such a well stocked bar. . . . . Tue 02 Dec 2008 01:05:54 GMT+1 needsanewnickname http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=58#comment94 Trying to beat cold threatening my soft bits at the back of my mouth/nose/throat, I overindulged up garlic[k]y food and now have a grumbly tumbly. Feh. Had planned a cosy early night.So: is Tuesday a World Anything Day?If not, may I suggest a few National Bah Humbug Days?This short but pungent season may involve the ingestion of stripey peppermint sweets of various strengths; but preferably accompanied by ideas, quotations etc which may undermine the commercial exploitation of our purses in the run-up to what a very witty friend calls 'the Feast of St Gut'. And of St Overdraft.I open with a fave of mine, which I insist is just about relevant: Where feeble hope could ne'er have flown,But vainly flapped her tinsel wingI do like that last line. All spelinge's moddernized and koreckted, off cawse. Tue 02 Dec 2008 00:07:02 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=57#comment93 Annasee (70): SO comments that his 'Economy 7' might be better than most alternatives you'll find in the cold!These fruit-shaped candles don't last long do they? Mon 01 Dec 2008 23:58:56 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=57#comment92 Oh I don't know, Little Red, I think Karen's angel is very PC, and no shame in that. She reminds me, from Karen's description of her, of Clare - as in Clare in the Community. Since I'm a great fan of earnest Clare, I'm also a great fan (since today) of Karen's angel.In her honour:Hark the cross eyed angel sings"I was nearly in that bin.Though my legs are past their primeKaren saved me, just in time!And though Rudolph hit the floorLeaving me alone and poorLike a lady of the nightBy that flashing red red light!My World Aids Day tag I wear -For an angel, I'm so aware!" Mon 01 Dec 2008 23:08:34 GMT+1 Little Red http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=56#comment91 I'm not sure wearing a red ribbon counts as politically correct Big Sis, but certainly shows some awareness. Which is impressive for an inanimate object. Thanks for the reminder Karen. Mon 01 Dec 2008 19:42:43 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=55#comment90 I like the idea of a politically correct angel, Karen :o) Mon 01 Dec 2008 18:11:19 GMT+1 nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=55#comment89 see that single line of swell out there towards the coral?!! (and, I must admit, the wash spreading out behind....)?!turbo noodle.I'm on Form today!!!! yeeeehaaaa!!! Mon 01 Dec 2008 17:37:10 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=54#comment88 I meant to mention - today she was wearing her red ribbon for World AIDS Day. She is a very aware angel. Mon 01 Dec 2008 16:37:54 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=54#comment87 I think it was "a donation" to my department from another department. I suspect that the journey to us was shorter than the journey to the appropriate bin.She has a certain quirky charm to her. Her legs seem to have been damaged as she fell off the tree one year. She now looks as though she is desperate for the little angel's room.We did put her up next to our red flashing Rudolph poster on year. The poster fell down leaving a dodgy looking angel next to a red light. Could have given completely the wrong impression... Mon 01 Dec 2008 16:37:00 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=53#comment86 Why is the angel cross, Karen? Is it because it only has one eye? Mon 01 Dec 2008 16:22:44 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=52#comment85 Have calmed down now. Knocked off early and drinking a mug of shiraz. I can't find any glasses...I've found some tinsel for the NC bar. And a cross eyed angel. Mon 01 Dec 2008 16:14:06 GMT+1 U13717586 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=52#comment84 A FAREWELL WAVE. I have seen more realistic representations of flight Than the implausible flight of the hovering gull In the scarcely fluttering wooden toys with whirring paper wings, Whip-driven by small boys pulling hard on tightly wound strings. Black headed gulls in careless, still formation, twelve perhaps more,Guard the Victorian shelter, cast iron and glass, on Weymouth promenade. A handful of breadcrumbs thrown high into the air, Each piece taken on the wing, the bird in an upward curve Like a dolphin surfacing, In their flotilla stillness they threaten the hands we use to feed them.Hitchcock understated the aggression in their beaks and Beady eyes. But their wings are almost sillyIn their flimsy excessive exertion And their bodies in poetic perfection. Motionless. Mon 01 Dec 2008 13:16:01 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=51#comment83 BS 83, I collect the used candles after the Candlelight Carol service at St Albans Cathedral. Also from the Advent service last night. We burn them year round on the mantle. Mon 01 Dec 2008 12:45:37 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=50#comment82 David, why don't we add the plastic fruit to our Christmas decorations on the Nick Clarke bar, while sticking a wick into each of those lovely wax fruit for use at the Carols by Candlelight? Mon 01 Dec 2008 12:38:03 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=50#comment81 We're having an argument here about where to stick a Christmas tree! Two heads of department trying to agree that.... I had a suggestion which wasn't met with much approval.And that's hot on the heels of the "two managers sorting out a muddle with the Secret Santa that the departments jointly organised." I'm using organised in the broadest possible sense of the word. Mon 01 Dec 2008 12:36:03 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=49#comment80 I see the clique is ignoring me. And I brought a basket of wax and plastic fruit. Mon 01 Dec 2008 12:35:50 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=49#comment79 Stewart - I don't think you'll need a shovel. Snowfall has stopped, and the sun is trying to come out. SO and mpb just been in to Didsbury to violin lesson. Not nearly so much snow even there. Probably warmer still in central Manchester, and the roads have all been treated. It was glorious for those few minutes though! Felt all Christmassy. Mon 01 Dec 2008 12:19:48 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=48#comment78 What ho!Where do these morning's go? I'm in a bit of a grumpy mood, mostly down to it taking me two hours to get in to work today.Weekend was an interesting mix. Mrs Wonko and I were looking after next door's dog while they had a weekend break. Fortunately our dog gets on very well with her, even though she is considerably younger and much more bouncy! We took them both to Bury St Edmonds on Saturday for the Christmas Market.Met up with some pals there, bought and eat some lovely food and generally had a good (if rather cold) time. Two of our friends are having building work done at the moment, including a large new section of roof. So, after dinner we all climbed up the scaffolding ladders in the dark and cold for a "topping out" ceremony!Yesterday was rather quieter, taking the dogs out for a walk in the morning and then giving them both a bath in the afternoon as they were very muddy!Oh well, better get on with today I suppose. Any suggestions for lunch?;o) [] Mon 01 Dec 2008 12:18:03 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=47#comment77 Karen: Too much information!DiY: I hope you'll soon feel your usual perky self. Mon 01 Dec 2008 12:16:47 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=47#comment76 75 (DiY)Baby wipes! If it's winter vomiting it starts one end and finishes off with the other...It's also doing the rounds of East Anglia. Mon 01 Dec 2008 12:00:57 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=46#comment75 DiY: I've warned you so often about those sprouts ...... When will you learn? :o( Mon 01 Dec 2008 11:30:09 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=45#comment74 Morning peeps, Saturday tree surgery was a complete success, see FB, but I have now picked up a tummy bug and the contents of my stomach won't stay down.I'll be in the Purple Hammock on a diet of water and dried biscuits. Mon 01 Dec 2008 11:26:34 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=45#comment73 How bad? Eldest is at Young Voices at tHe Manchester Arena thingy this afternoon (well evening). S.O. off there too. Will I need to dig them out? Mon 01 Dec 2008 11:19:46 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=44#comment72 Annasee, I'm checking the train timetable NOW!!!! Mon 01 Dec 2008 10:33:57 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=44#comment71 I've just looked out the window - ITS SNOWING IN MANCHESTER! What fun! Mon 01 Dec 2008 10:30:10 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=43#comment70 We spent the weekend in sub-zero temperatures, which didn't do my cold much good. I thought of Joanna Lumley in the Ice Hotel ..... Brrrrrrrrr!Anyway, the sun is shining in West Sussex this morning, so I'm about to wrap myself up and try to do a spot of gardening. I hope the ground isn't too hard! Mon 01 Dec 2008 10:25:11 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=42#comment69 GM -(65) I thought she was lending him out to anyone who didn't have an electric blanket. Wasn't the phrase "in need of a winter warmer"? I mean, in these days of high electricity bills, he could probably be rented out as the Economy 7 alternative to an expensive electric blanket. Mincing extra, of course. How about it Fi? (It's a good job your SO doesn't read this blog, isn't it?) :-)Sympathies on the cold church. Nothing so miserable as hypothermia and wooden pews. I bet the single toilet in the church was freezing too. They always are. I was luxuriating in the relative warmth of Leeds University Great Hall. Was interested to read their energy efficiency certificate on the wall - apparently they have a score of 23, which is excellent. A normal building of that age and size would have a score of 100. Can't understand it. The radiators were barely on, but the whole place was warm. Amazing architecture too. All tiles,stained glass, grand staircases, bespoke carpet (echoing mosaic floor pattern). A Victorian gem. Mon 01 Dec 2008 10:09:19 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=42#comment68 Morning, Fearless - I'm finding it hard frogging, too. Good to see you here, though! and the croissants are lovely.I think the camels could be called upon to hiss at appropriate moment - You know how they get the hump if you ask too much of them ;o) Mon 01 Dec 2008 09:59:12 GMT+1 Trevor Mansell http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=41#comment67 Mornin' all, just had my bacon sarnie and a latte.Nice to get a bit of tropical sunshine after all the frost this morning. Mon 01 Dec 2008 09:58:13 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=40#comment66 Morning all! I seem to get very little chance to Frog nowadays, so I'll make the most of the few minutes I have now. All the vittals are lined up on the bar. I'll tidy up the plates from yesterday so we've got things to put food on later. Now, does anyone know how to teach the camels some carols for the Beach Carol Concert? Mon 01 Dec 2008 09:18:56 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=40#comment65 GM (65): ;oPWhy keep a dog. . . . .? Mon 01 Dec 2008 00:49:14 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=39#comment64 Fifi (62) - you're lending him out to do a bit of mincing? Mon 01 Dec 2008 00:01:05 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=39#comment63 Fifi (56) I don't have trouble with the page not refreshing but I do often find myself in a loop with the 'previous' button. Has there been an explanation sometime about it that I missed? Does it happen to anyone else??!Also Fifi - much sympathy re playing in a cold church. We were singing in one in Yorkshire yesterday and it was flippin freezing! Took me a 3 hour car journey with the heater on full and an electric blanket to get warm again! Sun 30 Nov 2008 23:59:52 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=38#comment62 Its Advent. Where is Picture Number one? Or are we just doing December 1 to Dec 24?And Rx Karen. Thanks for the link Sun 30 Nov 2008 23:26:28 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/11/the_beach_89.shtml?page=37#comment61 I am prepared to lend my SO out to any frogger in need of a winter warmer. Must like mince... Sun 30 Nov 2008 21:35:50 GMT+1