Thursday, 31 January 2013

Pusscat and Tiger back to normal? : Thurs 31.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Thursday 31st January 2013
  • Team Pusscat and Tiger
  • Alice’s eyeing a job in Canada
  • Jim’s not good at turning wood
  • Archaeology gig = ideal gap year?
  • Bunty will be 91 soon

Usha shouts at Alan: Thurs 31.01.13 #ambridgeextra

Ambridge Extra Thursday 31st January 2013
  • Who is Sadie?
  • Colonel Aubrey Shawcross does not approve
  • Amy also wants Michael gone
  • Usha’s suspicious
  • Now Colonel Aubrey Shawcross’ accusing Alan
  • The physio who won’t stop talking
  • Usha sees Michael eating a pizza
  • Usha has a go at Alan

Rob visits Brookfield: Wed 30.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Wednesday 30th January 2013
  • Ruth doesn’t like Rob
  • Helen agrees with Tom
  • Emma and Helen … best friends?
  • Rob makes disparaging remarks about Lynda
  • What’s so funny about Susan?
  • Pip’s creating trouble by not even being there

Won’t anybody think of Tom’s children?: Tues 29.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Tuesday 29th January 2013
  • Tom wants to breed
  • Bethany meets The Bull … and a reluctant Nic
  • Jim made Bethany cry
  • Will’s nearly 30

Colonel Aubrey Shawcross is a bigot: Tues 29.01.13 #ambridgeextra

Ambridge Extra Tuesday 29th January 2013
  • Usha just wants privacy to kiss Alan’s eye
  • Michael is special
  • Alan just can’t say no
  • Michael borrows £20
  • Colonel Aubrey Shawcross doesn’t like divorce and is a sexist
  • Colonel Aubrey Shawcross doesn’t like gay marriage
  • Colonel Aubrey Shawcross meets Usha
  • Usha’s obsessing about Michael’s car

Pip’s being stroppy: 28.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Monday 28th January 2013
  • Pip’s “on virgins”
  • A 20 year old teenager
  • Rob wants to connect with Alice on Facebook
  • Alice lies about Canada
  • Chris has grubby internet habits?
  • Chris had a mini Swiss roll for dinner
  • Business advice from Jennifer
  • Rob corners Ruth

Susan breaks her crystal bowl: Sun 27.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Sunday 27th January 2013
  • Paul REALLY wants to see Lilian
  • The vicar with a black eye
  • Emma falls out with Susan
  • Neil helps change Bethany’s nappy
  • The Parish Council not to do Lynda’s bidding?

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Paul’s back: Fri 25.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Friday 25th January 2012
  • Matt and Lilian see a papermill
  • Lynda and David have a set too over badgers
  • Trevor’s milking will be limited
  • Brenda delivers during her lunch hour
  • Rob corners Tom
  • Matt just doesn’t get Lilian
  • Lynda corners Rob
  • Paul calls Lilian

Lynda wants badger signs: Thurs 24.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Thursday 24th January 2013
  • Rob and Brian go shooting
  • Lynda has a plan to save the badgers
  • Vicky’s worried Bethany will go back to hospital
  • That Rob’s a bit odd
  • Ed could help where Will couldn’t
  • Joe quashes Ed’s pride
  • And still on about Bob Pullen

Alan has a really, really bad day: Thurs 24.01.13 #ambridgeextra

Ambridge Extra Thursday 24th January 2013
  • Drunk calling
  • Colonel Shawcross
  • Bert saves Alan
  • Usha’s furious

Poor badger: Wed 23.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Wednesday 23rd January 2013
  • Pure llama wool cot blanket
  • Bethany’s still not eating properly
  • Ed’s frustrating David
  • Jim’s not amused by the final Ifty article
  • Freddie passed his maths test
  • Lewis and Bert are having a spat
  • Rumours about Liverpool
  • Scruff finds a badger

Matt burnt the crumpets: Tues 22.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Tuesday 22nd January 2012
  • Matt talks fire alarm
  • Was it really Jennifer this time?
  • Henry’s not for sharing
  • Rob is Brian’s long lost son?
  • Team Pusscat and Tiger, back together
  • “The fleshpots of Liverpool”

We’re at the Vicarage: Tues 22.01.13 #ambridgeextra

Ambridge Extra Tuesday 22nd January 2013
  • The Ballad of Bob Pullen’s Last Ride
  • Alan! I’m not sure that’s appropriate!!!
  • Rachel the Arch Deacon has a problem
  • Amy wants to move out
  • Alan to leave St Stephen’s?
  • Michael’s bored of his flock

Bethany Tucker arrives home: Mon 21.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Monday 21st January 2013
  • Tom and Helen make some money
  • Who was talking to Kirsty?
  • Kenton cleaned farm equipment
  • Bethany meets her room
  • Ed to turn sheep shearer?
  • Henry’s off to playgroup

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Lilian ends it with Paul: Sun 20.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Sunday 20th January 2013
  • Matt’s REALLY angry with Lilian
  • Bethany’s stared sucking!
  • Farmhouse Breakfast Week (tomorrow)
  • Brenda’s birthday tomorrow
  • The Liverpool Lads are home
  • Fallon’s also going gingham
  • Bethany gets home tomorrow
  • Paul and Lilian, no more

The Bull celebrates Bethany: 18.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Friday 18th January 2013
  • Paul and Lilian, back together
  • Everyone loves a baby
  • Amy helps Vicky
  • Rob woos Neil
  • Jazzer offers himself to the dark side
  • Mike’s a dad

Vicky’s first day as a mum: Thurs 17.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Thursday 17th January 2013
  • Lynda’s ecstatic
  • Bethany won’t feed
  • Vicky doesn’t like her stepfather
  • David gets excited
  • Pip’s no longer the golden girl
  • Ed still needs Mike to see sense
  • Bethany still won’t suck
  • Brenda’s skiving
  • Rumours about Liverpool

Bob Pullen’s secret is revealed: Thurs 17.01.13 #ambridgeextra

Ambridge Extra Thursday 17th January 2013
  • The rest of the second final clue
  • Just who is Mrs Jones?
  • The final clue
  • Joe’s sad
  • Bert has an inappropriate joke
  • Secrets
  • Mrs Jones wants to know more
  • Joe, the executor

Bethany Clair Tucker: born Wed 16.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Wednesday 16th January 2012
  • It was a very loud birth
  • Bethany had a quiet start
  • Brenda meets her new sister
  • Mike sounded like Pa Larkin
  • Tony tries to put his foot down

Vicky and Mike’s baby is on her way: Tues 15.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Tuesday 15th January 2013
  • Flour for Rob Titchner
  • Vicky wants to give birth
  • Lilian’s annoying Jennifer
  • Brian wears reading glasses
  • Susan interrogates Rob
  • Brian’s being quite hilarious
  • Vicky’s water breaks

Off to Aintree: Tues 15.01.13 #ambridgeextra

Ambridge Extra Tuesday 15th January 2013
  • Bert Fry appreciates the Cathedral
  • Bert Horrobin solves another clue
  • Mrs Jones, the B&B lady
  • There’s no racing until April, but Bert Horrobin has his bag
  • The less salubrious surroundings of a betting shop
  • Red Rum!

Pat shouts at Tom: Mon 14.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Monday 14th January 2013
  • It’s cold in Ambridge
  • Pat’s being creative with leftovers
  • Lilian likes tinned tomato soup
  • Lilian slips up
  • Tom uses John’s name in vain
  • James unwittingly plays cupid

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Lilian samples Watford: Sun 13.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Sunday 13th January 2013
  • Lilian wakes up with Paul
  • What has Watford got to offer?
  • The arks are on the move again
  • Pat puts her foot down
  • Lilian can’t comprehend anonymity
  • Tom’s so full of himself
  • Lilian has the perfect Sunday

Friday, 11 January 2013

Hellin (aka Cheesestraw) is back: Fri 11.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Friday 11th January 2013
  • How many Matt’s does it take to change a light bulb?
  • Helen and Henry are back
  • Kenton’s vague on bacon and sausages
  • Tony wants his cows back
  • Peggy had a marvellous time, despite Lilian …
  • Will Matt and Peggy gang up?
  • Lilian stands-up Matt

Paul and Lilian, back in bed: Thurs 10.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Thursday 10th January 2013
  • Paul's back
  • Maurice has the best approach to Tom
  • Tom's off on one again
  • Pat and Tony want a holiday
  • Mike's nervous
  • Peggy was flirting?
  • Pip was on the lash again

Four men in a car: Thurs 10.01.13 #ambridgeextra

Ambridge Extra Thursday 10th January 2013
  • Bob asked for Joe to collect him
  • Preparations for a jaunt to Felpersham
  • The Beatles
  • I Spy ...
  • Tea and wet wipes
  • Bert Horrobin needs a wee
  • Chewing gum, bubble gum, a hat and a lack of a jack
  • Time for a Bert Fry poem
  • And more poetry ... this time, from the grave

Kenton wants to borrow a tractor: Wed 09.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Wednesday 9th January 2013
  • Pip's still in holiday mode
  • Freddie has a math test looming
  • David still has time on his hands
  • Ed should have bided his time
  • Farmhouse Breakfast Week
  • Lower Loxley sold a Passport
  • The Shires Rare Breed Centre opening ceremony
  • Utter shock at taking a trip to Liverpool

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Ed asks Mike for (please sir!): Tues 08.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Tuesday 8th January 2013
  • Lilian's in a foul mood
  • Tom's pleased with himself
  • Vicky's an animal
  • Brenda doesn't need to hear Mike and Vicky's sexual habits
  • Ed asks for more from Mike
  • Sabrina likes Rod
  • Neil sits on the plumped cushions
  • Rickyard’s being redecorated

Ambridge Extra goes a bit Last of the Summer Wine: Tues 08.01.12 #AmbridgeExtra

Ambridge Extra Tuesday 8th January 2013
  • The balaclava
  • The fence
  • The birdbath
  • Bert Horrobin has a Mary Poppins bag
  • A tin box, a jigsaw and a Christmas card
  • Pickled cows
  • A B&B in Liverpool

Monday, 7 January 2013

More of Rob, more moaning from Lilian: Mon 07.01.12 #thearchers

The Archers Monday 7th January 2013
  • Rob likes the Super Dairy
  • Super Dairies are better than Windfarms
  • Lilian’s running from Matt
  • Lilian’s moaning about Whitby (once again!)
  • Jennifer has to make her own Quince and Apple Pie
  • Brian’s shocked
  • Rob and Adam talked arable
  • Seems Rob is a looker
  • Rob would love a ghost
  • What’s Paul said to Lilian?

The Three Year Anniversary of Pondering the Archers, #thearchers blog

I started this blog on the 7th of January 2010, posting about the eavesdropping episode of 6th January 2010.

As I’ve said many times – I only started the blog to have somewhere to put my witterings about Ambridge. Most of my friends don’t eavesdrop, and my wife certainly doesn’t. I had no idea about blogging, and no expectation.

How amazed was I that folks actually started commenting on the blog!

The visits to the blog shot up in their hundreds almost overnight (now at thousands every day). My Twitter profile (@thearchersfan) starting getting followers. The official BBC website pages about The Archers link to my blog. And I’ve even been interviewed by the press (even from outside of the UK).

Though I am sometimes late with my posts due to life outside of Ambridge interrupting, I always catch up eventually. Life just isn’t in sync if I have Pondered the Archers.

It’s really because a way of life for me now. As self-employed, it’s one of the few parts of my life which is purely a hobby. No fee applies.

A huge thanks to you for reading the blog, and I look forward to celebrating the 5th … 10th … 20th … 40th … anniversary of the Pondering the Archers blog.

Yours Aye,

‘Hello’ to Rob Titchner: Sun 06.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Sunday 6th January 2013
  • Ruth yanks down Christmas
  • Who is this Rob Titchner?
  • Pip’s using young people’s language
  • Lilian deepens her lie to Peggy
  • Ruth’s on about insemination again …
  • Lilian’s moaning about Whitby (again)
  • Brenda’s not a Pusscat replacement

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Bob Pullen's funeral: Fri 04.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Friday 4th January 2013
  • Bob has a busy funeral
  • Peggy wants to go on a train
  • The Robert Pullen Memorial Toilet
  • The One-Hundred-and-Ninety-Ninety-Steps
  • "I am officially the oldest man in the village"
  • How is Elizabethan not English?
  • Lynda thanks Kenton
  • Lilian is very rude to Peggy

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Lilian and Peggy hit Whitby: Thurs 03.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Thursday 3rd January 2013
  • Vicky’s still hooting about the Elizabethan Christmas Extravaganza
  • Mike’s still worried
  • It’s windy in Whitby
  • Peggy’s’ never seen a Goth
  • Neil and Mike reckon they had Christmas off this year
  • Lilian seriously needs to lie better
  • Deirdre = drain cleaner

Bob’s mysterious poem: Thurs 03.01.13 #ambridgeextra

Ambridge Extra Thursday 3rd January 2013
  • Bert and Bert
  • Bert (H) blames himself for Clive
  • Bob has the last laugh … a mysterious poem for Joe
  • Joe was very negative
  • Joe and Bert (F) on suits

Susan’s feeling positive: 02.03.12 #thearchers

The Archers Wednesday 2nd  January 2013
  • Pip hasn’t broken any bones
  • Josh to be a banker?
  • Jack enjoyed his cake
  • Off to Whitby!
  • Jill’s in charge of Bob’s funeral
  • Ruth sets Ed onto Mike
  • Susan knows about Donna and Clive
  • “How much further?”
  • Happy days in the Carter household

New Year 2012 in Ambridge (prt 2): 01.01.13 #thearchers

The Archers Tuesday 1st January 2013
  • The Bells
  • Nic and Will’s anniversary
  • Peggy and Jack, married 22 years
  • Alice meets reality with a bump
  • Susan’s loving a full house
  • Tracey had been round
  • Can Jennifer do the catering from her kitchen?

Joe and Bert (Fry) ransack Bob Pullen’s: 01.01.13 #ambridgeextra

Ambridge Extra Tuesday 1st January 2013
  • Poochy gets 4 biscuits
  • Clive’s away for 4 years
  • Tracey apologises to Emma
  • All sorted?
  • Have Joe and Bert (Fry) no shame?
  • What was in Bob’s letter to Joe?