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Five Catherines in One Week

One has been so insanely busy that she had entirely forgotten that she'd written an exhibition catalog last year.

One told amusing anecdotes of radio shows which chronically "crashed the pips" on the radio.*

One of them reported that saskatoon berries grow wild all over London in June and July.

One of them is adept at the art of sushi-making.

One of them we'd unexpectedly met years earlier, up in Durham and Whitehaven, because the world is small.

* I love the phrase "crashing the pips". Shows which do so are those which overrun the time they're required to stop for the pips which precisely announce the beginning of an hour.


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Mar. 19th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Testing an openid for my weblog...
Mar. 19th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
Aronia alnifolia? Really???

And ... do tell about 'crashing the pips' ... it always seems such a crime :-)
Mar. 20th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
So she said. I've never gone looking, but June isn't so far, and now that I know that particular Catherine, I'll be able to ask her advice on finding them.

As for crashing the pips: at least one of the BBC news shows makes a point of scheduling an exciting interview in the last five minutes of the show and squeezing in extra questions at the last minute to show how chock-full of news they are, they can't even fit it all into their alloted three hours. They are frequently in danger of crashing the pips and sometimes actually do...

Other late night radio shows - ones not tied to stopping for news programs - sometimes make a point of overruning the next presenter by a bit, in the spirit of, umm, friendly competition?
Mar. 20th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
Also known as: Amelanchier alnifolia, I thought this was roughly accurate - "Range: Western and Central N. America - Saskatchewan and south to Colorado and Idaho." Since there's been a kerfuffle about saskatoons with the UK Food Standards Agency over the "marketting of a fruit new to Europe", it does seem very unlikely to me :-( Perhaps she's thinking of bilberries?

I still usually <3 the Today programme :-)

Mar. 20th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Interesting... you must be right then. Having never had a bilberry or a saskatoon berry, I can't compare. I'll ask her.
Mar. 19th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Do you remember the Kids in the Hall bit "40 Helens Agree?"
Mar. 19th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
That's a great title!

My until-recently televisionless existence has left me with no direct Kids in the Hall experience; although aerinah does head-squishing on a regular basis.
Mar. 24th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
I think you mean crushing! I am crushing your head - crush, crush, CRUSH!!! :PPP
Mar. 27th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Bless Kev and his tiggerness.
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