Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml en-gb 30 Tue 28 Jul 2015 19:45:49 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=99#comment171 It's nice to be loved so much that certain posters here hang on my every word. No normal life to lead, I guess... Fri 03 Apr 2009 09:20:27 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=98#comment170 nn 170, I don't think rattlesnakes 'do' corn. A pet food shop we go to has bags of frozen chicks for people with 'odd' pets. lF TIH, And saying it to often can cause problems... Fri 03 Apr 2009 08:44:29 GMT+1 nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=98#comment169 164 - DMcN - would that be corn fed rattlesnake?!or the ones that are fed baby chicks!!!169 - Anne P: you and your 'ologies...; actually, now that I check, one of them is an 'ogony, which seems strangely appropriaten-nxx Thu 02 Apr 2009 19:58:37 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=97#comment168 In that case Izzy I think I'll pass - I had thought perhaps it would taste like eel but obviously I'm confusing morphology with phylogony or something. Thu 02 Apr 2009 19:31:55 GMT+1 Izzy_Tme http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=97#comment167 Hmm Gill - not so sure, they tend to be bung full of Salmonella, apparently! Perhaps if you cook it in the oven first and then put it on the barbie.......? Thu 02 Apr 2009 19:22:05 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=96#comment166 David (164) - and it's available frozen and skinless.I suggest we try some on the barbie at the weekend. Thu 02 Apr 2009 18:04:14 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=95#comment165 TIH (165) 'nuff said! A point I made myself a time or two.... Thu 02 Apr 2009 17:58:11 GMT+1 U12196018 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=95#comment164 At 5:35pm on 29 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:". . . I am now leaving the blog because it is too cliquish and full of people who like to hear themselves talk. The Beach is the biggest waste of time on the blog."At least he's consistently inconsistent. Thu 02 Apr 2009 17:09:11 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=94#comment163 DI_W they say rattlesnake tastes like chicken. Thu 02 Apr 2009 16:33:24 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=94#comment162 DI_W, Er, um, I care to go no farther than to say it is more like lF. Thu 02 Apr 2009 16:31:46 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=93#comment161 Yep, but why on earth would you want to explain that to a jolly jack tar, are the ships of the USN infested?Anyhoo anyone with a modicum of common sense would know not to tread on a Rattlesnake. Thu 02 Apr 2009 16:29:21 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=93#comment160 Fred....are you having your account pre-moderated for being a 'naughty' FF? Thu 02 Apr 2009 16:23:37 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=92#comment159 DI_W, Did you see what it said on the flag? Thu 02 Apr 2009 16:22:37 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=91#comment158 Well, people have been asking about another poster... Thu 02 Apr 2009 16:19:16 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=91#comment157 Nope, DM, now you have lost me!Are you saying FF has been press ganged into the USN? Thu 02 Apr 2009 16:14:12 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=90#comment156 DI, G, See First Navy Jack. (maybe)FIRST NAVY JACK Thu 02 Apr 2009 16:04:56 GMT+1 U13879388 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=90#comment155 At Port Merion on Monday.The sign at the entrance said Open Until 7.30.We got there at 6.30.The balloon went up straight away.They started hunting us down as soon as we were in the grounds.They came up to us, uniformed, sinister 'You'll have to leave''Leave? We want to stay. Till 7.30 like on the sign''There's no Number 1 on the...''Number 1? That's just a phantasy. We're not part of that. Just want to see the Italianate buildings.''The closing time is 5.30. 17.30. The number 1 is missing.'Make your own numerical jokes ....here......'Cos we weren't even allowed to use the loos. Thu 02 Apr 2009 15:52:45 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=89#comment154 I'm saying nothing.... Thu 02 Apr 2009 15:26:19 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=88#comment153 LOL, has FF moved to David_McNickletown?Please Gillianian, with loads of butter. Thu 02 Apr 2009 15:22:05 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=88#comment152 Oh I'm here. Gillianianian :-) It's just that you only get to hear the echo when I talk.... Thu 02 Apr 2009 15:19:19 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=87#comment151 I see Ffred's lost his security pass ;o(I wonder if he left it in St Albans?Never mind - I'll get the afternoon tea started and he can tuck in when he gets here. Would anyone like a toasted teacake to be going on with? Thu 02 Apr 2009 15:04:22 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=87#comment150 DiY (150) I've been up to the office upstairs, down to the meeting room downstairs, even walked along to Production in the other building. ;-) The Mods are The Mods... Thu 02 Apr 2009 15:00:51 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=86#comment149 Fred! This comment is awaiting moderation. Explain. What have you been up to? Thu 02 Apr 2009 14:51:22 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=86#comment148 FF - were you rude to a mod this morning or something?;o) [] Thu 02 Apr 2009 14:42:45 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=85#comment147 Which royal do you want, Big Sis? And, do they come with free inflatable bouncy Windsor Castle? Thu 02 Apr 2009 14:21:49 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=84#comment146 Hm. I see somebody 'stole' one of the jokes I posted here recently and sent it to Eddie.Do you think I'll get a royalty? Thu 02 Apr 2009 13:30:31 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=84#comment145 TRW: You're very welcome. We have a lot of it around here. I always think it is very pretty because the bark is very dark and the blossom forms a lovely contrast. And all at a time of the year when other plants are barely awake ... Thu 02 Apr 2009 12:49:44 GMT+1 U13879388 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=83#comment144 141, 144Thank you kindly, both.Wiki-ing 'Blackthorn' and clicking on your link make it all clear and v. interesting.Thank you. Thu 02 Apr 2009 12:25:34 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=83#comment143 Fred, what on earth have you done to yourself?.TRW, I'm with Big Sis on the white stuff! Thu 02 Apr 2009 11:29:31 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=82#comment142 Oh, and Can I bagsie the blue hammock for later too? Thu 02 Apr 2009 11:23:00 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=81#comment141 Any spare tea going? Thu 02 Apr 2009 11:22:16 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=81#comment140 TRW: The white stuff is probably blackthorn (produces sloes later in the year). Thu 02 Apr 2009 10:11:19 GMT+1 U13879388 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=80#comment139 Fish and chips in Pwllheli.Unbelievable.Fish that melts, honestly melts in the mouth.Ketch up with it when you can.Speaking of witch.......In Leicester there's a shopping precinct which is a shade down from a mall which is called Belgrave Centre. Except the b, e and l have fallen off the sign for it. It's matched by the cafe in a Welsh resort called the AROUSEL CAFE. A very exciting place since the C fell off.Even better if it had been the L instead? Thu 02 Apr 2009 10:02:03 GMT+1 U13879388 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=80#comment138 Just back from the sheep shaped hills of Wales. Let's hear it for the sheep. They are brilliant. They destroy everything (gorse, heather, etc) that they can't thrive on and tend the grass with loving care.And produce lambs to delight the weary of soul.Saw some scruffy dense undergrowthed woodland too. Part of the Simon Jenkins backed plans to destroy the green sheep shaved exquisite contours of the hills.Why doesn't he campaign against (EU financed?) barbed wire fencing appearing like a rash in some parts?And anti-tourist policies in the countrysides so that everyone gets poured into the resorts like people going into a mincer in that old advert? Thu 02 Apr 2009 09:50:56 GMT+1 U13879388 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=79#comment137 What are all those flowers appearing in fields and hedge rows and woods?Those spikey-petalled-buttercup-looking ones are apparently celandine and the white stuff everywhere that looks like may, isn't, apparently.Apart from that, I know nothing. (Except that upright bluebells come from Spain too. But that appears to be later on.)So is there a web site showing which flowers, blossoms etc are appearing now?(Just that, not all buried in a huge compendium of all blooms ever observed in Britain) Thu 02 Apr 2009 09:41:14 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=79#comment136 Cracking breakfast Mansaylo! Thu 02 Apr 2009 09:33:48 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=78#comment135 Cheers for breakfast Mansaylo, I'll have a large portion of everything please.Gillianianianian - Glad the toddy sorted you out.Frances - Aberlour can be good (IMHO!), but it's best when bottled by an independent bottler I think.Mmmmm, whisky... I might bring a few more bottles later we can have a bit of a tasting session.;o) [] Thu 02 Apr 2009 07:35:47 GMT+1 Trevor Mansell http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=77#comment134 Oven's on, grill's heating up. Breakfast in half an hour. All this talk about whiskey reminds me of a bottle my dear old aged mother bought back from across the border. Glen Turret, an excellent, smooth, single malt. Not normally a whiskey drinker, I must say that I enjoyed this particular one. A visit to the Isle of Skye put a couple of bottles of the Talisker in the drinks cupboard. They didn't stay there very long.Meanwhile, back to reallity(?). Sausage, bacon, black pud, fried bread and, as usual, eggs to order. Croissants in the oven warming up. Ready when you are. Thu 02 Apr 2009 06:50:17 GMT+1 needsanewnickname http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=77#comment133 Oh, well, if you're talking Speyside, a rather older Macallan would do.Though I'm partial to Glenfarclas 105, if they still make it.Aberlour? I wouldn't kick it out of my glass.In fact, unless it's late at night, any Speyside would do. Wed 01 Apr 2009 22:10:39 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=76#comment132 Ohhhhh Wonko - that Aberlour did the trick! Thank you ;o)I'm definitely a Speysider, rather than an Islander.Frances O - the blend you recommended is what I keep to put in my tea! Wed 01 Apr 2009 19:52:19 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=76#comment131 Gillianianian - I've just the thing! A cask strength Aberlour; rich, malty and with a kick like a mule! If you need firewater, that's the one!;o) [] Wed 01 Apr 2009 18:44:31 GMT+1 needsanewnickname http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=75#comment130 Oooh, Leapfrog, please, Wonko. I heart Islay malts.Gillianianian, I suggest a foul, cheap, mouth-rotting, gut-emptying grain blend, but I've never drunk one, so I can't recommend... or an Ardbeg before the distillery changed - I'm talking the 80s now, the most Islay of Islays, it either sends you to taste heaven or hell. IMHO, of course. Wed 01 Apr 2009 18:18:34 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=75#comment129 Wonko, what have you got for someone who needs a good kick up the behouchie? Wed 01 Apr 2009 17:29:24 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=74#comment128 Ah, the joys of drafty waiting rooms at British railway stations! Having spent many valueable moments of my life getting very cold at Preston station waiting for connections I do sympathise Feefs.Time for a little something to warm the cockles of everyone's hearts. Hot toddy anyone? I have Laphraoig for those who like a good mouthful of peat, Linkwood for those feeling a bit more fruity, and Rosebank for the nostalgic romantics among you.;o) [] Wed 01 Apr 2009 16:31:30 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=73#comment127 Time for one more cuppa from the flask, then I am packing up for the change of trains at Glasgow Central. I now have a little routine for using up the 55 minute wait: treat myself to a pair of trashy earrings, consider buying more stuff to paint my hair a different colour, drink the little 1/4 bottle of wine I bought at the buffet car, text my jealous trainspotter friend, do Sudoku, get cold and bored, have to run for train...See you back here on Sunday. I'll bring some President's XV from my mum's wine cellar, if there's any left! xxx Wed 01 Apr 2009 14:42:39 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=73#comment126 And now with added indigestion, Anne, after an indigestible meal lovingly boiled in the bag in the finest traditions of the old British Rail. Served by a surly yob who never made eye contact with me once.Who says nostalgia ain't what it used to be! Wed 01 Apr 2009 13:46:00 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=72#comment125 Bored, Fifi? Wed 01 Apr 2009 13:09:18 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=72#comment124 * waves madly *Frogging from a train ... trying not to be noisy in the Quiet Coach ... but all I want to do isSHOUT! and *bounce* and PLAY ...Why is that man glaring at me?....Are we nearly there yet?? Wed 01 Apr 2009 12:01:32 GMT+1 Trevor Mansell http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=71#comment123 Hi Folks, back in time for lunch. Did anybody notice in the latest Robin Hood on Saturday, there was an eclipse of the sun which allowed our erstwhile hero to rescue his fellow outlaws. After the eclipse was over, shot pans to Robin stood on castle ramparts, over right shoulder is the moon in second quarter, ergo Eclipse not possible. You'd have thought that with all the magic of CGI used to show the eclipse someone might have got round to removing the moon from the follow up shot.Meanwhile, any chance of a chicken kebab with all the trimmings, feeling a bit peckish. Wed 01 Apr 2009 11:55:16 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=70#comment122 S_P 114, If ours was supposed to be a medieval banquet (which it wasn't) it included gammon steaks and apple crumble. Wed 01 Apr 2009 10:44:17 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=70#comment121 What's worse, like most recycled jokes I've probably told it here before! Wed 01 Apr 2009 10:13:31 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=69#comment120 In the days when an office had to have two telephones per desk, one for the internal and one for the external lines, I dialed the London tourist service in German and connected it to an inside phone (by holding the two handsets together, such was the technological sophistication available to us). It took the recipient a while to work out what was going on. OK like most practical jokes it was funny at the time! Wed 01 Apr 2009 10:04:58 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=69#comment119 I've just read the following suggestion on a BBC website as a way to liven up April 1st."Do you work in an office with speed dial phones? Reprogramme someone's most used numbers to a 'dial-a-prayer' number"Better be quick, though, as the fun only lasts til noon! Wed 01 Apr 2009 09:28:19 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=68#comment118 Anne P - it was both. ;o) Wed 01 Apr 2009 09:27:03 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=68#comment117 Wonko, was that a request or an offer ? - here have a fresh jug of Java - and the kettle is on for tea.Now I have to go and clean the kitchen because someone is coming to clean - how does that make sense? Wed 01 Apr 2009 09:10:14 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=67#comment116 Morning all.I have a theory. The death of the strapline is actually a cunning double bluff April Fool by Eric!More coffee.:o) [] Wed 01 Apr 2009 08:58:26 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=66#comment115 April Fuel, everyone!I hope everyone filled up their tanks last night before the price hike. Wed 01 Apr 2009 08:31:56 GMT+1 Anne P. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=66#comment114 Morning all - Fifi (101) not only is it apparently a new month but the swan has not yet sung and you have today's strapline! Wed 01 Apr 2009 08:20:37 GMT+1 Selkius_Piscinus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=65#comment113 David_McNickle, your 108, last time I was sent a menu for a "Medieval Banquet", it included baked potatoes. Tue 31 Mar 2009 19:37:42 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=65#comment112 Mister Fifi has just offered me a bit of chocolate. He knows I have the Committee From Hell tonight.Good job I don't believe in Lent! Tue 31 Mar 2009 16:56:23 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=64#comment111 DI_W 109, More the church louse if you ask some of the people there. Tue 31 Mar 2009 16:31:33 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=63#comment110 Wonko 110, Yep, the Refectory. Tue 31 Mar 2009 16:30:23 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=63#comment109 TIH - hope the port and brandy was in the correct proportions for you, I guessed at roughly half and half.I think my supper tonight will be last night's rather lovely toad in the hole re-heated. Or possibly something involving minced beef. Or something else.David - I presume you'll be eating in the Refrectory at the Cathedral then? I know St Albans Abbey rather well, growing up as I did in nearby Watford. Tue 31 Mar 2009 16:20:43 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=62#comment108 David_McNickle, you the church mouse or wot? Tue 31 Mar 2009 16:20:19 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=62#comment107 We are eating at the Cathedral tonight. It is a medieval night, but don't know if the food is medieval. No fancy dress. Just a meal, several lectures, and compline. Tue 31 Mar 2009 16:05:25 GMT+1 U12196018 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=61#comment106 Yep Wonko, please. And then I'm having a 'red' curry apparently. I think there was a word after 'red' but I couldn't make it out. I like a mystery! Tue 31 Mar 2009 15:39:31 GMT+1 Wonko http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=61#comment105 That's it. Stop the World, I want to get off! Life is a lemon, and I want my money back!As you may have guessed from the above I've not had the best of days at the start of this week. Why do idiots always seem to insist that their stupidity and lack of, well, anything much actually are somehow your problem? My colleagues and I have been wondering if something has happened to the rest of our workforce and we're the only ones not affected, a la invasion of the bodysnatchers.Anyway, I'm having a port and brandy, anyone care to join me?;o) [] Tue 31 Mar 2009 15:23:46 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=60#comment104 Yes, that remark puzzled me too, Sid.I have tried addressing Lucy as 'Mrs Wyman' but she just said 'miaow' again and looked rather pointedly at the empty bowl. Tue 31 Mar 2009 13:31:06 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=59#comment103 DIY (102)You mean Mrs DIY wasn't bothered when it was announced, but now feels rather sad? Tue 31 Mar 2009 12:38:56 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=59#comment102 Anyhoo as I am not working in RL today I'ts is my turn as duty cook and bottle washer tonight!So Mrs DiY is going to be refuelled with Chicken Chasseur (care of Pride of Home!), Roast Spuds, Roast Parsnip, carrots and peas. Sadly I have just found that we are totally out of Sprouts and the farm shop shut at 12:30.I know, I know, life without a daily dose of THE vegetable is going to be hard but looking on the bright side me Summer Speedos are back in action after some serious darning! Tue 31 Mar 2009 12:18:19 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=58#comment101 FiFi, much the same as Mrs DiY! Tue 31 Mar 2009 12:09:25 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=58#comment100 Do I remember correctly? Isn't today the swan song of the strapline?I wasn't bothered when it was announced, but now I feel rather sad.Think I'll go and play with next door's cat to cheer me up. She's started dribbling when she's happy, and it always makes me laugh. Tue 31 Mar 2009 10:58:03 GMT+1 Trevor Mansell http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=57#comment99 I have returned. Breakfast for the hungry will be ready in 15 minutes. Much of the usual, sausages, bacon, black pud and eggs to order. Meusli for a change. Got the new coffee machine up and running, so Lattes, cappucinos and espresso now available. Got to pop off the beach in about half an hour, so I shall need someone to take over the eggs. Any volunteers? Tue 31 Mar 2009 06:50:11 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=56#comment98 TWIC 98, Yessss, it is. It is back on the table again because our cat knocked over a glass of red wine on the one we were using recently. No table manners, cats. Mon 30 Mar 2009 16:00:51 GMT+1 The Wrath Is Come http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=56#comment97 D_M 97, nice floral tablecloth you have there. Mon 30 Mar 2009 15:57:51 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=55#comment96 If you want to see my spaghetti sauce, go to SAUCE and look at photo 8. (maybe) Mon 30 Mar 2009 15:43:36 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=55#comment95 Stewart M! Make sure you take all the moth's balls out first!The once a week phone call to son #3 yesterday morning was interesting! It went Brrrmmmmmmmm, breeeewwmmmmmm, breeeewwmmmmmm, breeeewwmmmmmm, breeeewwmmmmmm.....go Jason go..breeeewwmmmmmm, breeeewwmmmmmm, breeeewwmmmmmm, breeeewwmmmmmm.....go Jason go...he lives in Melbourne! Mon 30 Mar 2009 14:04:53 GMT+1 Stewart_M http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=54#comment94 Who one the Boat Race? I would suggest a crazy boat race to the Lighthouse and back. I have adapted diy's 2008 speedos for this event. Iv'e added a 400BHP Outboard and a few corks to increase bouyancy. Mon 30 Mar 2009 12:25:46 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=54#comment93 BS 83, The boat race, like University Challenge, should be for undergraduates. Too many 'professionals' involved now. Mon 30 Mar 2009 09:55:44 GMT+1 pmmolly http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=53#comment92 DIY 91I had noticed.... didn't like to mention....;-(...xx Mon 30 Mar 2009 07:54:09 GMT+1 pmmolly http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=52#comment91 DIY 46This frogs-a-peeping to see you were at LRB place.A fav p;ace of mine!Don't suppose you could swipe me a little moleskin book thingy?I do so covet them...No? Oh! Well! Never mind...Hey! all the cossants have gone....!Mxx Mon 30 Mar 2009 07:51:20 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=52#comment90 Morning Molly, coffee for me then afyer that I will have a warm cossaunt.Got a two days from RL after working at the weekend so the purple hammock it is. But first I need to darn my Summer Speedos. It seems the moth balls didn't work.DiY:-) Mon 30 Mar 2009 07:00:01 GMT+1 pmmolly http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=51#comment89 Who forgot to do the bedroom clock afyer the weekend away?Never mind- I've had my drip, done my ''stretches '' and got the coffee on and the croissants are ready and I think you might all do with some fresh fruit....Byee- see you later!!Mxx Mon 30 Mar 2009 06:36:41 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=51#comment88 Gillianian, just make sure the whitefly don't find the new shoots first! :o) Sun 29 Mar 2009 23:11:41 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=50#comment87 Talk to Perky, Little Red. She specialises in food parcels!;o) Sun 29 Mar 2009 18:38:21 GMT+1 Little Red http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=50#comment86 I obviously live in the right climate for basil with my 50+ plants. Problem is consuming it. I'll admit it was a mistake to sow so many at once but i thought it'd never take. With that learning though, I've only sown 12 coriander plants which are all currently about 2 inches high. Should be ready for carrot and coriander soup in a few weeks. Shame I have no carrots. Sun 29 Mar 2009 18:30:08 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=49#comment85 What I'd love to be able to grow is coriander. I loathe the leaf except in one thing: with fresh garlic in olive oil, to flavour it for cooking. After about 6 weeks, just the oil warming in the pan sends me drooling!When I sing the line ' .. we got oil for the pan, we got rock and roll .. ' I think of THAT oil and smile. Sun 29 Mar 2009 17:35:16 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=48#comment84 We have a pot of basil that's been growing on our window sill for the last 20 months or so. It's gone a bit leggy over the winter, but there are signs of new leaves coming out at the top of the plant, so we should be able to make it flourish again ;o) Sun 29 Mar 2009 17:15:44 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=48#comment83 Without looking, I confidently predict that this year's Boat Race will have been won by either Camford or Oxbridge. ...what??? Sun 29 Mar 2009 16:58:59 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=47#comment82 Well, some Brits involves, some of your fellow countrymen, quite a few Poles, some German, Dutch, and a mixed bag of others.Nice to see a multinational force that isn't using artillery. Sun 29 Mar 2009 16:48:14 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=47#comment81 B_S 79, HEADLINE: Boat race today, few Brits involved. Sun 29 Mar 2009 16:23:51 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=46#comment80 BS, My wife does the growing and I do the destroying. She buys growing basil at the supermarket and keeps it on the windowsill.Lady Sue's Basil is Fawlty. Sun 29 Mar 2009 16:17:25 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=45#comment79 *waves from RL in Bury Place, London*Will you lot stop banging on about food! I have only had a chicken sandwich for lunch and it is going to be ages 'till dinner!DiY :-) Sun 29 Mar 2009 14:22:49 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=45#comment78 I should be watching the Boat Race, of course - I've managed to escape a whole day by the river. I'd prefer to be in the garden, though. Sun 29 Mar 2009 12:53:21 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=44#comment77 Yes, Lady Sue ;o)How are you with Basil? - Perhaps I should rephrase that ... Sun 29 Mar 2009 12:52:01 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=44#comment76 Have I accidentally wandered on to 'Gardeners Question Time'? Sun 29 Mar 2009 12:48:17 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=43#comment75 David, basil can be tricky in our climate. I've found the small leaved varieties grow better but the flavour isn't as good as the conventional sweet basil beloved of commercial growers. However, it does germinate quite easily and will grow very happily on a sunny windowsill (spring - autumn), just as long as you treat it as a short term crop and keep resowing. The main problem, indoors, is whitefly, which love it as much as I do (!). I have grown greek basil (much smaller leaves) which was, from memory, a lot less temperamental, though you need lots more leaves, of course!I know of people who can grow it outside, but they always have to keep it very sheltered and, if necessary, move it around. I'll be trying that this year as we have more shelter now in the garden and, in a pot, it might work. Until we go away and it dries out :) Sun 29 Mar 2009 12:33:12 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=43#comment74 BS 72, I'm just too lazy to use anything else because it is a mix. I do use fresh basil if we have any around. It seems to be the one thing that doesn't want to grow in our garden. Thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel, chives, and bay grow quite well. Sun 29 Mar 2009 12:09:44 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=42#comment73 LR 73, Trout and prawns for lunch, lamb for supper. Sun 29 Mar 2009 12:00:39 GMT+1 Little Red http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/03/the_beach_102.shtml?page=41#comment72 i hadn't realised my humble offering of pesto would cause such an uproar. clearly pasta sauce is something of a pet project for most froggers. personally i have many sauces depending on my mood and, more importantly, what's in the fridge. yesterday saw a glut of basil so i went the pesto route.i was supposed to have more pasta+pesto today (the pesto doesn't keep for that long) but now I'm feeling more in the mood for curry!whatever you're eating today, I hope it's tasty! Sun 29 Mar 2009 11:36:20 GMT+1