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Clare Balding - Live webchat on Monday 9 July, 1.30 - 2.30

(152 Posts)
RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 05-Jul-12 09:42:26

We're delighted that Clare Balding is joining us for a live webchat next Monday 9 July at 1.30pm. Clare has been a presenter, writer and broadcaster for more than 15 years. Since becoming the face of the BBC's racing coverage in 1998 she's become known as one of Britain's leading sports presenters, and has gone on to work on four Olympic Games, three Paralympics and three Winter Olympics. From horse racing to rugby league, swimming to golf or to tennis, she is renowned for being able to turn her hand to any sport.

Since 2010 Clare has hosted Crufts for the BBC, and on More4, and has become established as one of the UK's leading presenters of live major events, such as the Lord Mayor's Show and Trooping the Colour. Clare will be presenting on the London 2012 Olympics for the BBC and hosting the Paralympics for Channel 4.

This September, Clare will release My Animals and Other Family, a funny and tender memoir of her early years, the pets and animals around her and the life lessons they taught her.

Put the date in your diary to join Clare next Monday, 9 July at 1.30 pm or post your question in advance on this thread.

BIWItheBold Thu 05-Jul-12 09:50:58

Fab! I think Clare is brilliant. Will think of a suitable question

Saltire Thu 05-Jul-12 09:52:43

I like her too, except sometimes her choice of hats at Ascot are a bit erm...well. The one she wore on the last day, sorry but it was awful.

I'm not asking a question though, mine always get ignored grin

ShowOfHands Thu 05-Jul-12 09:54:34

Oh I like Clare. She is really quite wonderful. Which isn't a question at all is it? Och well, I haven't had my second tea just yet.

thebestisyettocome Thu 05-Jul-12 10:02:51

I love Clare Balding.

I probably won't be able to make the live webchat but I'd like to ask her if she loves Rugby League as much as she appears to.

If I am allowed a second question I'd like to ask who her favourite player is and does she have a 'crush' on Kevin Sinfield ? grin

Clare, the banter between you and the RL pundits and players is worth the licence fee alone.

Merrylegs Thu 05-Jul-12 10:10:23

I like Clare too - I follow her on Twitter (not a stalker). I like how she is so good at her job and v professional.

BUT despite the fact I am a fan and I think she is bloody marv. I do wonder whether she will have any commentating duties on the Grand National next year? She did a really good build up and story of According To Pete and then it all ended tragically. Also, Clare, are you really a fan of Crufts?

(Sorry, I know these are v predictable questions but I think you talk A Lot Of Sense and would really like to know your views)

lilibet Thu 05-Jul-12 14:00:58

Hi Clare

Another Rugby League question, this time from a Wiganer.

When you started presenting rugby league my husband rolled his eyes and was generally very dismissive, now he thinks that you are wonderful and do really seem to love the game and to know your stuff, I of course knew that you were wonderful all along and it's good to be proven right.

Do you think that the RFL should take some of the blame for the Bradford Bulls situation seeing that they granted them a licence 12 months ago?

Follow up question - next time you are within arm's reach of Robbie Hunter Paul would you please give his bum a pinch from me.

lilibet Thu 05-Jul-12 14:02:13

And that should of course have read Robbie Hunter Paul. I was over come at the thought! grin

thestringcheesemassacre Thu 05-Jul-12 14:21:40

She's amazing. I think the best sports presenter in the country.

<thinks hard for a question>

sanguinechompa Thu 05-Jul-12 17:08:35

Thank you Mumsnet Towers!! Can't wait!!

Agree Clare Balding is one of the best presenters around (and not irritating or silly or fluttering their eye lashes like a lot of 'em)

Question:
I'm horse-mad, pro-eventing and national hunt racing, but the sad deaths of horses at the Grand National this year gave me pause for thought. What was your reaction? It was a controversial subject on this forum, see this thread and I had a hard time defending the racing industry given the circumstances. What are your views and what do you think should happen next year given that more "safety" measures seem to lead to more fatalities?

Popilol Thu 05-Jul-12 20:45:19

Another huge Clare fan here - she rocks! Multiple and potentially endless questions:

Do you find it strange referring to / interviewing your brother?

Do you have a stylist / adviser? (So many great outfits but just loved the coat worn on the Jubilee river pageant barge and e-mailed the designer to ask about UK stockists!)

Think there is a book due out in September - is it an autobiography?

This is meant as a compliment so please don't take it the wrong way - my husband and I have a standing joke that Clare Balding, Aled Jones and Steve Rider are the same person (think it's the hair!) and you never see them together at the same time - have you ever been together with any of the others?

The Sue Barker sketch with Miranda for Comic Relief was brilliant - any others planned?

threeolivemartini Thu 05-Jul-12 21:44:16

I love Clare (and I'm not really a sports fan). Sadly I will be at work when she is on MN.

Clare, I love Ramblings (particularly ones with dogs, even though I no longer have mine <sob>) I like feeling like I'm having a bracing walk even when I'm lying in bed early in the morning or doing something mundane around the house.
What has been your favourite walk on that programme?

I bloody love Claire! She's so professional, but at the same time so warm and human that she's my imaginary best friend... that is, I imagine that if we ever met, we would so be best friends, not that I lay an extra place for her at dinner, or ask an empty space next to me 'What do you think, Claire?', whilst everyone near me edges away nervously.

Ermmmm, tries to think of a question...

Right!

Did you make any progress on getting Kim Clijsters to be your new best friend as you said you would during Wimbledon last year/maybe the year before? If not, I may have a vacancy... <odd stalkerish smile>

I know you're great on the tellybox, but I really love you more on Radio 5, especially when you giggle - which do you prefer to do, and why?

You are so enthusiastic about the sports you cover, which are so wide-ranging. Are you enthusiastic about a sport first and then learn to cover it, or do you get enthusiastic once you have been following it/working on it?

AA Gill... Gosh he's a *** ***** (would like to expand on that, but don't want this deleted, and would like you to reply!). I was so impressed with how you handled that situation. Were you satisfied with the end result of that nastiness, or would you like to see that more is done to combat lazy homophobia in the media (without necessarily spearheading a campaign yourself!). For what it's worth, I think a lot of people gained new respect for you and new disdain for him.

fivegomadindorset Thu 05-Jul-12 21:53:24

Try again, sadly due to work will not be able to do this live. I was on your brother's course at college.

I love ramblings and if you ever want to ramble down here in Dorset in some stunning country side then let us know.

A difficult one, what has been your outstanding sporting moment that you have witnessed?

fivegomadindorset Thu 05-Jul-12 21:55:35

Oh and regrading the National, personally I think a smaller field would help with the safety issue, what is your opinion on this? (the horse my mother has a share in pulled up at the 11th, the breeder said it was the most terrifying experience of her life and never again).

Chubfuddler Thu 05-Jul-12 21:56:00

I felt for Clare commentating on the grand national this year. According to Pete's owner was nearly in tears before they even started (poand people) and her comment about synchronised turned out to be horribly prescient. how do you cope with situations like that Clare?

Solsti Fri 06-Jul-12 08:03:40

Huge fan of Clare's and will greatly miss her insightful commentary on the Grand National on the Beeb.

Having just had to have me beloved horse put to sleep aged 10 due to high grade Wobblers, I would love to know who was her horse of a lifetime and why?

cm22v077 Fri 06-Jul-12 17:03:02

Hi Clare,
Great to have you on here, I follow you on twitter, your #traintolondon tweets were hilarious- we want more! How do you feel about using these social networks? Have you witnessed much abuse on there?
Also, how challenging was commentating on the flotilla event? Will you be helping to cover the olympics too?

Sorry, a few questions there!

cm22v077 Fri 06-Jul-12 17:09:48

Oh and what's you most embarrassing TV broadcast moment? You must have one!

CaveMum Fri 06-Jul-12 19:21:46

Hi Clare, another racing fan (and worker) here.

I've been trying to spread the gospel about Frankel, can you sum up for all the non-racing Mumsnetters just how unbelievable he is and why they should book their tickets for Goodwood, York and Ascot now!

bestemor Fri 06-Jul-12 20:43:29

I'm not really a big sports fan but hearing your voice almost makes me wish I was - you sound enthusiastic, authoritative and warm all at the same time!

However, I do wonder what was in your mind that time when Wales had beaten England to win the Grand Slam (I'm talking Rugby Union here, of course) and in the Sports slot on "Today" you didn't even mention it!

Was it English nationalism or Rugby League chauvinism, - or was it just to annoy John Humphrys?

Kveta Sat 07-Jul-12 17:57:40

I'm sure we sat at the table next to Clare in Wagamamas on the South Bank last May, it was pissing with rain that saturday grin

Clare, which event that you commentate on have you enjoyed most? Crufts, the Jubilee flotilla, the Grand National, or something else?

GobblersKnob Sat 07-Jul-12 19:00:21

Hi Clare, we see you every year at Crufts reading lines before you go live, you are the only famous person that ds (7) recognises and he always gets very excited when you are on the telly grin

Do you think the coverage for Crufts will ever go back to the BBC or is the rift with the Kennel club too great?

LynnCSchreiber Sat 07-Jul-12 19:11:52

I follow you on Twitter and am pleased that you often talk about women in sports, and how they are sidelined. The fact that a horse is more likely to win Sports Personality of the Year than a woman riles me immensely.

Do you have any advice for young girls who are hoping to make a career in sports, either as participants or as journalists? Was there one decision you made that helped you be taken more seriously as a sports journalist?

FellatioNelson Sat 07-Jul-12 20:05:53

Hello Claire, I don't really have a question but I just wanted to say I think you are fabulous. You are quite possibly a National Treasure. Everyone loves you.

NaturalNatures Sat 07-Jul-12 20:52:54

Hello Clare, I think you're great too and would have asked MmeLindors question so....

How difficult is it being a woman in your line of work?

40notTrendy Sat 07-Jul-12 21:09:33

Clare, also a fan here. You are so professional and warm with wonderful personality. I always feel like we are in safe hands when you are presenting or commentating, I particularly thought the way you handled the boat race was excellent, you got to heart of what was happening with such poise and respect.
I'd like to know if there's anything you would love to be part of but haven't yet?
smile

CaveMum Sat 07-Jul-12 21:25:47

One more question grin

Give us the name of a two year old your brother trains that we should all follow this year wink

LoveAndOtherIndoorSports Sat 07-Jul-12 21:30:42

Hello Claire

I just mentioned this webchat to the DH and DDs (14 &16) who all said at the same time

'oh I like her' grin

Anyway. DD1 wants your job.
She wants to know....

How much do you really know about the sports or events you cover? Or do you do a bit of cramming and wing it?

Sharpkat Sat 07-Jul-12 22:45:37

A question for Clare as I cannot make the webchat on Monday: to what extent do you think your father's career influenced you? Did you ever consider doing something totally different?

I have a similarish background to you and was always determined to break away from the family which I have done. I just wondered if you had ever dreamt of a completely different career.

Devora Sat 07-Jul-12 23:06:35

Ooh Clare, can you give us some gossip on the Tatler lesbian ball? Do you think this idea might spread to other titles so that us unposh lesbians can get a look in? [pictures self at, um, Easy Living lesbian ball, swapping tips on how to do the shabby chic look in a 30s semi.]

thestringcheesemassacre Sun 08-Jul-12 11:25:11

Clare, if you could only watch/commentate on one sport for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Also black caviar or frankel? Which horse do you rate the best?

LaGuerta Sun 08-Jul-12 15:51:27

Hi Clare. I'm another fan (and Newnhamite) and have long said that you would be on my invitee list if I held a fantasy dinner party where I could invite anyone dead or alive blush.

I have really enjoyed the 5 live tennis coverage and was wondering who you enjoyed working with the most? Nick Bollettieri's "today is history" line to Heather Watson was brilliant.

Ooh, very excited. But can't make the webchat so will pre post a question.

Do you think womens' sporting events will ever attract the same attention as mens'?

For the record I'm not really sporty myself but am attempting to cultivate an interest so that DD doesn't grow up thinking sport is a 'boy thing'.

Love your commentating, think you're great. smile

rhetorician Sun 08-Jul-12 21:05:17

without wishing to rake up the AA Gill saga all over again (I really really don't), do you think that it's harder to be a lesbian in a public position than a gay man? (ps - good friend of mine worked with you on the SPort and the British series and thought you were fab!)

snice Sun 08-Jul-12 22:46:01

Hi Clare
Yet another fan here. Is there a sport that you are longing to get a go at commentating on? And are you cramming madly for any obscure Olympic events that have fallen to you to 'do'?

LineRunner Sun 08-Jul-12 23:51:28

Clare

Teethgate - is it all over now?

LottieJenkins Mon 09-Jul-12 08:18:58

Hi Clare. What are your views on The Grand National fences? I grew up next door to Geoff Hubbard and all his lovely horses. I was devastated when Strong Promise was killed at Aintree shortly after Mr Hubbard died. sad

DuelingFanjo Mon 09-Jul-12 10:04:31

Hi there

I would just like to apologise for once writing a snotty letter complaining about you covering the darts championships. On reflection I was a bit mean and have often worried that I may have upset you. Hope not and sorry.

R4 Mon 09-Jul-12 10:08:06

Another haven't-got-a-Q-but-just-wanted-to-say-you're-fab here. I love Ramblings and all it conveys: I really feel that I have climbed that hill with you and got slightly out of breath, stopped for the view and earned that pint / thermos of tea at the end. You always seem to draw the best out of your hosts - not in a Meedja Personality 'I am indiscriminately excited by everything and vacuously love everyone' sort of way - and find them genuinely interesting.

Oooh, thought of a question. What do you think of the media hype around Wimbledon, all this 'we haven't had a British champion since 1936'. Why all the attention on the Men's Singles? Why do we brush Virginia Wade's achievement to one side? Why were the Sunday papers full of pre-prepared pieces on what Murray might do and pretty much ignored what Marray had done?

champagnesupernova Mon 09-Jul-12 10:53:29

Hi Clare
Cant be here later but just wondered are you a Mumsnetter? I imagine you to be. Fave biscuit??

champagnesupernova Mon 09-Jul-12 10:55:16

Oh and (hopes MNHQ don't notice an extra question)
Saw you at the jubilee getting very wet but still enjoying yourself.
What is the best/coolest event you have done through work?

mendipgirl Mon 09-Jul-12 12:01:55

I love Clare. You are always so enthusiastic but knowledgable as well.

My question:

which sport do you like commentating on the most? I bet it will be horse racing but I think you are wonderful at the tennis...I'd rather listen to you than watch the TV!!

all4u Mon 09-Jul-12 12:20:06

Clare you should have been given a main presenter role for the Jubilee River Pageant not stuck on one boat! When the viral pandemic hits us (as all experts agree it will sooner or later and probably sooner) I think you should be the intelligent trustworthy anchorperson for the vital PR information/advice role (hopeless task though it will be given the lack of public preparedness the civil service has decided on!) sad

MrsKwazii Mon 09-Jul-12 12:51:56

Hello Clare, just want to add my voice to the chorus of what an impressive broadcaster you are. I think that you and Sue Barker are simply excellent, talk sense and are fantastic female role-models in a very male-dominated profession.

How do you think that we as parents can encourage girls to take up sport? I am not particularly sporty myself but would like to encourage my daughter to give things a go and find something she enjoys. The emphasis on male teams is so pervasive in society - the disregard for women's football and cricket when we have excellent teams is very disheartening for instance. Do you think that broadcasters have a role to play in this?

recall Mon 09-Jul-12 12:58:46

I think you are great Claire, you have a way of interviewing and discussing people that is really intimate like they are all old family friends, you bring a real personal touch to it. You are a national treasure ( gush) blush

recall Mon 09-Jul-12 13:00:20

all4u what viral pandemic ????? shock shock shock

aristocat Mon 09-Jul-12 13:00:57

Another fan of yours here too smile

Except for Racing, which is your favourite sport?

NomenOmen Mon 09-Jul-12 13:05:31

Hello Clare.

I would like to repeat all the enthusiastic praise: you are one of a very few presenters on television or radio whom I always enjoy watching or listening to. You have a great talent.

I would also like to echo Mme Lindor's sentiments about the scandalous way in which women in sport (and other arenas, of course!) are represented - or not represented, as the case may be. I'd be interested to hear you comment more on this.

My question, however, is about how you see your role: do you feel under pressure to fulfil certain expectations and to meet certain standards as a woman and a lesbian which your male peers - straight or not - simply don't have to? I think you are - deliberately or not - an excellent role model, but I imagine that could become a tiresome burden at times!

Thanks.

AbigailAdams Mon 09-Jul-12 13:12:01

Hi Clare.

How do you cope with the casual sexism and homophobia in sport in general and especially sport in the media?

Love your work btw (another Twitter stalker follower here).

edam Mon 09-Jul-12 13:14:01

Not into sport but agree with everyone else, I really like Claire. Very funny on panel shows and one of a very rare species, women on TV who don't fit the blonde/20-something/eye-candy stereotype. (Not that she's not pleasant-looking, but TV bosses seem to demand women fit a certain 'type' to get on screen.)

So, Claire, what do you think about the double standard in TV, where older women, especially, are under-represented? What did you make of the Miriam O'Reilly case? Do you think there will ever come a day when a woman who looks as, um, characterful as Adrian Chiles will be allowed on our screens? What could be done to widen the pool of female talent beyond Barbie look-alikes?

GetOrfMoiiLand Mon 09-Jul-12 13:15:42

I know absolutely bugger all about sport but I was deeply impressed at how you dealt with that ghastly little AA Gill. His confusion (he thought because he said generally nice things about your TV show you should have sucked up the homophobic insult) was telling. You were brilliant.

thestringcheesemassacre Mon 09-Jul-12 13:24:09

What Olympic event are you most looking forward to watching?

Do you think Team GB will win eventing gold?

(I know I've asked more than one, but I do love Clare)

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Mon 09-Jul-12 13:27:43

Another Racing 'Professional' here.

Without gushing, you do a superb job on the BBC (not sure I'd be quite so patient with Willie!), but now the party's over, do you intend to continue a role within racing or are you a BBC devotee? Channel 4 present a good show (between all the adverts), but some of their presenters are of a distinctly higher calibre than others - have you been approached by either them, ATR or RUK and would you ever consider it, or do contracts not permit it?

On a sneaky 2nd question kind of note, did Jilly Cooper have much to impart (or you to her) when you were sat together at the Darley lunch last year??

ChoccyJules Mon 09-Jul-12 13:28:11

Hi Claire,
Fellow TC survivor here, can I ask do you find energy etc generally well-balanced these days or is it an ongoing day to day moveable feast (as the after-effects seem to be to me)?

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:29:15

Hello,

It's Clare here. Just getting the webchat magic explained to me and will be answering your questions imminently!

xx

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:31:18

ChoccyJules

Hi Claire,
Fellow TC survivor here, can I ask do you find energy etc generally well-balanced these days or is it an ongoing day to day moveable feast (as the after-effects seem to be to me)?

It's funny but I don't think my energy levels have been affected that badly but it's hard to tell as I was so like Tigger before I had Thyroid Cancer that my parents thought I was on something (you know how parents are). I do feel tired some days but then given the hours I work, I would with or without no thyroid. I'm pretty good at remembering to take the tablets and am on 200mg a day which is meant to do the trick. So far so good.

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:33:03

GrumpyOldHorsewoman

Another Racing 'Professional' here.

Without gushing, you do a superb job on the BBC (not sure I'd be quite so patient with Willie!), but now the party's over, do you intend to continue a role within racing or are you a BBC devotee? Channel 4 present a good show (between all the adverts), but some of their presenters are of a distinctly higher calibre than others - have you been approached by either them, ATR or RUK and would you ever consider it, or do contracts not permit it?

I'm freelance so in theory anything is possible but it's all up in the air at the moment. Luckily, it seems that quite a lot of projects are in the pipeline for next year and I'm going to be more Countryfile filming, which hopefully might include some racing stories.

On a sneaky 2nd question kind of note, did Jilly Cooper have much to impart (or you to her) when you were sat together at the Darley lunch last year??

Oh yes.....!

ChoccyJules Mon 09-Jul-12 13:33:38

Thank you, frankly I was never like Tigger before so maybe theat's the difference!

tribpot Mon 09-Jul-12 13:37:21

Thank you for doing such a great job, Clare! You rock.

<apparently easy question> What are your favourite biscuits?

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:38:20

thestringcheesemassacre

What Olympic event are you most looking forward to watching?

Do you think Team GB will win eventing gold?

(I know I've asked more than one, but I do love Clare)

I'm going to be presenting the swimming for the first week which sadly clashes with the eventing so I won't get up to Greenwich until the dressage and show-jumping starts (good chances of medals in both). I will be keeping a keen eye on the Eventing as they're all my friends and really hope they can win gold. I'm looking forward to the whole thing getting started because there's a genuine highlight every day from Mark Cavendish in the road race on day one through to the modern pentathlon on the final weekend. I should be lucky enough to see a British gold medal - Becky Adlington, Fran Halsall, Kerrianne Payne, are a few with real chances

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:40:23

GetOrfMoiiLand

I know absolutely bugger all about sport but I was deeply impressed at how you dealt with that ghastly little AA Gill. His confusion (he thought because he said generally nice things about your TV show you should have sucked up the homophobic insult) was telling. You were brilliant.

Thank you. I take most insults on the chin (it's big enough!) but when it's an attack that affects other people as well as me, I think it's important to stand up and say "That's enough." I tried to do so without losing too much dignity - also important.

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:42:03

tribpot

Thank you for doing such a great job, Clare! You rock.

<apparently easy question> What are your favourite biscuits?

Thank you. You know the biscuits you get in a collection tin that are like a rolled up funnel? They're crunchy & really yummy. I could eat about 100 of them

rhetorician Mon 09-Jul-12 13:43:00

hello - ignore my previous silly questions; I wondered if you had any views on how to get girls into sport (some statistic about them only moving for something like 3.2 minutes a week!) or activity? for so many teenaged girls it seems resolutely uncool and unfeminine to get sweaty and hot?

MirandaLadyA Mon 09-Jul-12 13:45:55

Hi Clare smile Big fan of yours.
If you had to commentate one sport for the rest of your life what would it be?

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:46:46

edam

Not into sport but agree with everyone else, I really like Claire. Very funny on panel shows and one of a very rare species, women on TV who don't fit the blonde/20-something/eye-candy stereotype. (Not that she's not pleasant-looking, but TV bosses seem to demand women fit a certain 'type' to get on screen.)

So, Claire, what do you think about the double standard in TV, where older women, especially, are under-represented? What did you make of the Miriam O'Reilly case? Do you think there will ever come a day when a woman who looks as, um, characterful as Adrian Chiles will be allowed on our screens? What could be done to widen the pool of female talent beyond Barbie look-alikes?

I just think we need more women on TV and if there were more out there, we'd have more of a cross-section of looks. I think it's a fault of our society that we judge women so heavily on looks at the expense of talent, intelligence and wit. We should all take it upon ourselves to change that view and one by one, we can change the world.

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:47:37

Saltire

I like her too, except sometimes her choice of hats at Ascot are a bit erm...well. The one she wore on the last day, sorry but it was awful.

I'm not asking a question though, mine always get ignored grin

Hello.... Just so you know I'm not ignoring you..

x

tribpot Mon 09-Jul-12 13:48:29

Okay, I'm gonna ask another as my biscuit question was just an ice-breaker based on Clare's tweet about being nervous.

Yesterday, Sue Barker referred to 'The First Minister of Scotland, Sir Alex Ferguson' (I'm not quite sure which of these two people she actually meant as they were both present at Wimbledon). What's the biggest gaffe you've made on live telly?

Hi Claire

Love you too!

How do refrain from beating Willie Carson over the head when he keeps interrupting you?

And is Frankel the best horse you have ever seen?

CaveMum Mon 09-Jul-12 13:50:48

Harking back to my Frankel request oop thread, where does he rank in your all-time greats list? Better than Dancing Brave? Better than Sea the Stars? Or do you have to say Mill Reef was better, for obvious reasons wink

Personally I'd say he's the greatest. I loved Sea the Stars, cried after his Arc win, but Frankel just has the X factor grin

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:51:13

Popilol

Another huge Clare fan here - she rocks! Multiple and potentially endless questions:

Do you find it strange referring to / interviewing your brother?

Do you have a stylist / adviser? (So many great outfits but just loved the coat worn on the Jubilee river pageant barge and e-mailed the designer to ask about UK stockists!)

Think there is a book due out in September - is it an autobiography?

This is meant as a compliment so please don't take it the wrong way - my husband and I have a standing joke that Clare Balding, Aled Jones and Steve Rider are the same person (think it's the hair!) and you never see them together at the same time - have you ever been together with any of the others?

The Sue Barker sketch with Miranda for Comic Relief was brilliant - any others planned?

There are a lot of questions here so I'll try to take them on:

1. It's fun but also a little strange interviewing Andrew
2. I have a great designer called Claire Thorogood who has helped me blitz my wardrobe & has made some great things for me.
3. The book coming out in September is called My Animals and Other Family It's a memoir about my childhood with every chapter being loosely based on a different animal.
4. Aled & I joke a lot about being one and the same but I didn't realise Steve was our big brother!
5. I hope so...

MirandaLadyA Mon 09-Jul-12 13:51:48

Miss Balding, Clare if I may :D
Thank you for tweeting me a few times on the power of twitter.
my question.
What is your favourite cheese!!!!

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Mon 09-Jul-12 13:52:40

Thanks - as an evangelical promoter of racing, I hope we do see some more racing stories on Countryfile. I'd like more people outside the business to know how much we love and cherish our horses who enjoy the best attention and finest quality of life, as I feel we suffer a bit through a wilfully ignorant press. My daughter got a Twitter message after the Grand National this year from someone who said they thought it was disgusting that all the horses got put down after the race! We need a voice of reason to explain...

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:53:16

rhetorician

hello - ignore my previous silly questions; I wondered if you had any views on how to get girls into sport (some statistic about them only moving for something like 3.2 minutes a week!) or activity? for so many teenaged girls it seems resolutely uncool and unfeminine to get sweaty and hot?

This is going to be my big mission for the next ten years. I want to make sure that more girls have access to regular sport in schools and that more women keep doing it in later life. I think we are paying the price of taking sport out of the school curriculum and it affects girls for the rest of their lives. Of course boys suffer too but my challenge will be to get a higher profile for women's sport, which I will then work towards feeding down to school sports.

CaveMum Mon 09-Jul-12 13:53:25

Spooky x-post there fecking grin

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:53:43

MirandaLadyA

Miss Balding, Clare if I may :D
Thank you for tweeting me a few times on the power of twitter.
my question.
What is your favourite cheese!!!!

Brie

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:55:53

lilibet

Hi Clare

Another Rugby League question, this time from a Wiganer.

When you started presenting rugby league my husband rolled his eyes and was generally very dismissive, now he thinks that you are wonderful and do really seem to love the game and to know your stuff, I of course knew that you were wonderful all along and it's good to be proven right.

Do you think that the RFL should take some of the blame for the Bradford Bulls situation seeing that they granted them a licence 12 months ago?

Follow up question - next time you are within arm's reach of Robbie Hunter Paul would you please give his bum a pinch from me.

I won't pinch Robbie's bum but yes, you can tell your husband and anyone else that I do genuinely love rugby league. I try not to get involved in the politics of the sport as, like so many other sports, it's a bloody minefield!

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 13:57:20

Justfeckingdoit

Hi Claire

Love you too!

How do refrain from beating Willie Carson over the head when he keeps interrupting you?

And is Frankel the best horse you have ever seen?

I love Willie but it is like working with a small child sometimes....
We only have two more days together on television and I will miss him when it's all over. I think he has an incredible ability to switch from deep insight to the jocular and he's a great communicator.

Yes, Frankel is the best I've ever seen.

<faints with excitement>

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:01:30

AbigailAdams

Hi Clare.

How do you cope with the casual sexism and homophobia in sport in general and especially sport in the media?

Love your work btw (another Twitter stalker follower here).

You've probably seen from my timeline on twitter that sometimes I confront the sexist/homophobic abusers and sometimes I just ignore. I've taken to copying in @stonewalluk so that they have a record of the abuse and if they want to take it further, they can. It also helps them collate evidence of homophobic bullying. With the casual sexism, I try not to get uptight about it and just prove that as long as I do my homework well, I'm good enough to do any job and hopefully I am selected on the basis of that, not on the basis of my gender.

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:03:11

ClareBalding

GrumpyOldHorsewoman

Another Racing 'Professional' here.

Without gushing, you do a superb job on the BBC (not sure I'd be quite so patient with Willie!), but now the party's over, do you intend to continue a role within racing or are you a BBC devotee? Channel 4 present a good show (between all the adverts), but some of their presenters are of a distinctly higher calibre than others - have you been approached by either them, ATR or RUK and would you ever consider it, or do contracts not permit it?

On a sneaky 2nd question kind of note, did Jilly Cooper have much to impart (or you to her) when you were sat together at the Darley lunch last year??

Oh yes.....!

Just realised I put half the answer to this in the wrong box so here it is again:

I'm freelance so in theory anything is possible but it's all up in the air at the moment. Luckily, it seems that quite a lot of projects are in the pipeline for next year and I'm going to be more Countryfile filming, which hopefully might include some racing stories.

recall Mon 09-Jul-12 14:03:54

Claire, did you want to cry when you heard Andrew's speech yesterday ?

HotheadPaisan Mon 09-Jul-12 14:04:07

No question, just huge appreciation for being out, it matters.

BTW, I came up with the Twitter #GoClare hashtag which trended briefly during that AA Gill incident, I can die happy in that knowledge smile

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:05:31

sanguinechompa

Thank you Mumsnet Towers!! Can't wait!!

Agree Clare Balding is one of the best presenters around (and not irritating or silly or fluttering their eye lashes like a lot of 'em)

Question:
I'm horse-mad, pro-eventing and national hunt racing, but the sad deaths of horses at the Grand National this year gave me pause for thought. What was your reaction? It was a controversial subject on this forum, see this thread and I had a hard time defending the racing industry given the circumstances. What are your views and what do you think should happen next year given that more "safety" measures seem to lead to more fatalities?

I was very upset by it this year and last. I wonder if lowering the fences was a mistake. The false starts in the last few years have been embarrassing and they add to the tension building up before the race and the pace at which they then set off. Speed seems to be the issue, so I would consider moving the start to the Melling Road, putting the tape on the far side but not letting the field cross the near side of the road until the starter says "Go". Anyone who does is penalised and put to the back of the pack - as they would be on the grid in F1. It's worth trying....

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:05:59

HotheadPaisan

No question, just huge appreciation for being out, it matters.

BTW, I came up with the Twitter #GoClare hashtag which trended briefly during that AA Gill incident, I can die happy in that knowledge smile

You star! Thank you for that.
x

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:06:28

recall

Claire, did you want to cry when you heard Andrew's speech yesterday ?

I did cry. Luckily my microphone wasn't faded up at the time but I was a blubbering wreck.

HotheadPaisan Mon 09-Jul-12 14:07:04

<grin will die even happier now]

TigerFeet Mon 09-Jul-12 14:07:22

Oh hello Clare! I love brie too! Especially at Christmas, with a dollop of cranberry sauce. I leave it until it can walk on it's own before I eat it. Bloody gorgeous.

I luffs you and I am a bit excited blush

What did you think of Sue Barker's interview of Roger Federer yesterday? Should she have acknowledged his enormous acheivement more?

As a result of this I have just googled the AA Gill dispute (good for you) and realised in the process that your partner is a R4 news reader. How did you meet - clearly both in the media, but pretty far removed from each other in what you do - is there a romantic BBC Canteen story in there somewhere [nosy]?

BTW, you can buy those biscuits outside of selection tins - brand name pirouline

recall Mon 09-Jul-12 14:09:33

will you be at the rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the games on the 25th ?

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:10:07

NomenOmen

Hello Clare.

I would like to repeat all the enthusiastic praise: you are one of a very few presenters on television or radio whom I always enjoy watching or listening to. You have a great talent.

I would also like to echo Mme Lindor's sentiments about the scandalous way in which women in sport (and other arenas, of course!) are represented - or not represented, as the case may be. I'd be interested to hear you comment more on this.

My question, however, is about how you see your role: do you feel under pressure to fulfil certain expectations and to meet certain standards as a woman and a lesbian which your male peers - straight or not - simply don't have to? I think you are - deliberately or not - an excellent role model, but I imagine that could become a tiresome burden at times!

Thanks.

I never feel it's a burden and sometimes I wonder if it helps. I have never been a flirt so it's not as if I would get giggly in an interview but I guess I benefit from not having anyone think that I'm commenting about a male tennis player or rugby player for any other reason than their talent on the field of play.
I fear there is always a bit more excitement when Alice and I go out than when Hazel Irvine or Sue Barker step out with their husbands but such is life. I genuinely think it's changed over the last few years as people have just got used to the idea.

sanguinechompa Mon 09-Jul-12 14:10:30

[jumps up and down with delight with mini-Sanguine-Chompa (aged eight) at having question answered by wonderful Clare!!]

Thank you!!! Yes we were speculating on previous Grand National thread that lowering the fences seems to have sped things up, possibly causing more accidents. Brilliant idea to move start to Melling Road and moving tape to far side with penalties for those that don't comply!! Hope the Aintree authorities take you up on that one!

thestringcheesemassacre Mon 09-Jul-12 14:12:26

Thanks for answering my question Clare.

Quick relook at my Frankel vs Black Caviar one.

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:12:45

stealthsquiggle

As a result of this I have just googled the AA Gill dispute (good for you) and realised in the process that your partner is a R4 news reader. How did you meet - clearly both in the media, but pretty far removed from each other in what you do - is there a romantic BBC Canteen story in there somewhere [nosy]?

BTW, you can buy those biscuits outside of selection tins - brand name pirouline

It's the Ciggarrillos biscuits I like (just googled them)
Alice and I met when I was on a BBC panel show and she was there. We were friends for two years (I waited!) before we became a couple.

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:14:07

TigerFeet

Oh hello Clare! I love brie too! Especially at Christmas, with a dollop of cranberry sauce. I leave it until it can walk on it's own before I eat it. Bloody gorgeous.

I luffs you and I am a bit excited blush

What did you think of Sue Barker's interview of Roger Federer yesterday? Should she have acknowledged his enormous acheivement more?

It's always hard with live PA interviews because you're so aware of the sound coming out of the speakers and given that she probably had an editor screaming in her ear about Andy's tears, I think she did well to remember his name was Roger!

NomenOmen Mon 09-Jul-12 14:15:08

Thanks for answering, Clare. smile

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:16:06

aristocat

Another fan of yours here too smile

Except for Racing, which is your favourite sport?

I've worked at Wimbledon for 5 Live for the past 17 years and I do really enjoy the gladiatorial nature of tennis. Love the way it ebbs and flows & how the key people stay around for long enough for you to really get to know them

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:17:57

recall

I think you are great Claire, you have a way of interviewing and discussing people that is really intimate like they are all old family friends, you bring a real personal touch to it. You are a national treasure ( gush) blush

Thank you. I think doing Ramblings on Radio 4 for so long (started in 99) has helped my interview technique. I walk with people for four hours or more, we record for 2 hours and the programme is 28 mins so you get the best of the chat but it has helped me be patient, to let people reveal what they want to reveal over time and not to interrupt or rush.

countingto10 Mon 09-Jul-12 14:18:06

Hi Clare

do you have any unfulfilled ambitions or "bucket list" things to do?

Ps massive Clare fans in this house too! going to really missed your insights/behind the scenes stuff on racing!

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:18:54

MirandaLadyA

Hi Clare smile Big fan of yours.
If you had to commentate one sport for the rest of your life what would it be?

I'm hoping I never have to limit myself to just one...

TigerFeet Mon 09-Jul-12 14:19:10

I've really enjoyed your commentary on the tennis on R5live <simpers>

recall Mon 09-Jul-12 14:20:10

Yes I have listened to it, << jumps up and down >> and I am taken there, you are able to describe a view, I liked the one when you walked with the girls from inner city, you managed to get them really chatting, felt like I was there (wish i was !!)

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:20:31

MrsKwazii

Hello Clare, just want to add my voice to the chorus of what an impressive broadcaster you are. I think that you and Sue Barker are simply excellent, talk sense and are fantastic female role-models in a very male-dominated profession.

How do you think that we as parents can encourage girls to take up sport? I am not particularly sporty myself but would like to encourage my daughter to give things a go and find something she enjoys. The emphasis on male teams is so pervasive in society - the disregard for women's football and cricket when we have excellent teams is very disheartening for instance. Do you think that broadcasters have a role to play in this?

Yes, I do. And I hope to play a very major role in promoting women's sport in the years to come. More to come on this subject after the Olympics & Paralympics

sanguinechompa Mon 09-Jul-12 14:20:32

Forgot to add:

maybe good idea to reduce Grand National field too

Also:

would be great if there were more places/opportunities for older (more wobbly) ladies to participate or take up a sport and not feel out of place ...

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:22:19

all4u

Clare you should have been given a main presenter role for the Jubilee River Pageant not stuck on one boat! When the viral pandemic hits us (as all experts agree it will sooner or later and probably sooner) I think you should be the intelligent trustworthy anchorperson for the vital PR information/advice role (hopeless task though it will be given the lack of public preparedness the civil service has decided on!) sad

You're very kind.... I'll take the 'voice of the viral pandemic' as a compliment!

recall Mon 09-Jul-12 14:24:12

i am frightened about the viral pandemic

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:24:13

threeolivemartini

I love Clare (and I'm not really a sports fan). Sadly I will be at work when she is on MN.

Clare, I love Ramblings (particularly ones with dogs, even though I no longer have mine <sob>) I like feeling like I'm having a bracing walk even when I'm lying in bed early in the morning or doing something mundane around the house.
What has been your favourite walk on that programme?

I love, love, love doing Ramblings and I'm so pleased that it now has an extensive library of programmes via iPlayer so that people who don't hear it live can 'go for a walk' any time they like. I have discovered walking in Northumberland because of it and I'd say a coastal walk up there is very high on my list of favourites.

fieldyfield Mon 09-Jul-12 14:25:48

Hi Clare,

Love your Twitter feed, regularly makes me chuckle!

What do you think the legacy from London Olympics will be, and who are your personal heroes, sporting or otherwise?

LOL at googling the biscuits

<<imagines MNHQ minion has now been sent out in search of cigarillios>>

Do you think women's sport would be better served by children playing mixed sport for longer at school, rather than often playing the same sports, but separately? My DC's school is probably stronger in girls' cricket than in boys', but to my mind it would be better for all if they competed with each other to be in the first XI (which would of course require schools leagues to be set up for mixed teams...).

rachel5073 Mon 09-Jul-12 14:28:10

Hi Clare

I completely agree with everone who's said how wonderful you are and with all the reasons.

I'm afraid I have two questions both related to education:

1. Somewhere in the mists of my pre-baby memory is a story about you being allowed to stay at Newnham despite getting up every morning to go to Newmarket and it having something to do with the racing pages...what actually happened.

2. I'm a secondary school teacher and feel adolescent girls often don't think they're good enough. How do you think links be made with amazing female role models (like yourself) be made to change this?

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:28:40

iceandsliceplease

I bloody love Claire! She's so professional, but at the same time so warm and human that she's my imaginary best friend... that is, I imagine that if we ever met, we would so be best friends, not that I lay an extra place for her at dinner, or ask an empty space next to me 'What do you think, Claire?', whilst everyone near me edges away nervously.

Ermmmm, tries to think of a question...

Right!

Did you make any progress on getting Kim Clijsters to be your new best friend as you said you would during Wimbledon last year/maybe the year before? If not, I may have a vacancy... <odd stalkerish smile>

I know you're great on the tellybox, but I really love you more on Radio 5, especially when you giggle - which do you prefer to do, and why?

You are so enthusiastic about the sports you cover, which are so wide-ranging. Are you enthusiastic about a sport first and then learn to cover it, or do you get enthusiastic once you have been following it/working on it?

AA Gill... Gosh he's a *** ***** (would like to expand on that, but don't want this deleted, and would like you to reply!). I was so impressed with how you handled that situation. Were you satisfied with the end result of that nastiness, or would you like to see that more is done to combat lazy homophobia in the media (without necessarily spearheading a campaign yourself!). For what it's worth, I think a lot of people gained new respect for you and new disdain for him.

I didn't make much progress on forcing Kim to be my best friend, mainly because she got beaten and went home.
I would have liked to have had an apology from the Sunday Times but hey ho...

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:30:46

rachel5073

Hi Clare

I completely agree with everone who's said how wonderful you are and with all the reasons.

I'm afraid I have two questions both related to education:

1. Somewhere in the mists of my pre-baby memory is a story about you being allowed to stay at Newnham despite getting up every morning to go to Newmarket and it having something to do with the racing pages...what actually happened.

2. I'm a secondary school teacher and feel adolescent girls often don't think they're good enough. How do you think links be made with amazing female role models (like yourself) be made to change this?

Thank you. Great questions as well.
1. Yes, I did get up every morning of my first two terms at Newnham to ride out in Newmarket and consequently struggled to stay awake in lectures. I won't say more but you will read more in My Animals and Other Family....
2. yes, I think girls and women are judged and judge themselves too strongly on their body shape and size. That's why I think the Olympics and Paralympics are so important for women to see that it's not what their body looks like but what it can do that is important.

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:32:52

stealthsquiggle

LOL at googling the biscuits

<<imagines MNHQ minion has now been sent out in search of cigarillios>>

Do you think women's sport would be better served by children playing mixed sport for longer at school, rather than often playing the same sports, but separately? My DC's school is probably stronger in girls' cricket than in boys', but to my mind it would be better for all if they competed with each other to be in the first XI (which would of course require schools leagues to be set up for mixed teams...).

looks around furtively I don't think anyone is rushing out to get a box of Ciggarrillos..... Disappointed...
Yes, I think mixed sport to a later age is a very good idea. Football is the sport that could benefit most, in my opinion, as it has the biggest participation level and it would seem to me that girls and boys would both enjoy it

rachel5073 Mon 09-Jul-12 14:33:55

Thank you, Clare. I'm going to be making heavy hints to all loved ones that I need to receive My Animals and Other Family... as a gift as soon as it's out.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 09-Jul-12 14:35:46

ClareBalding

stealthsquiggle

LOL at googling the biscuits

<<imagines MNHQ minion has now been sent out in search of cigarillios>>

Do you think women's sport would be better served by children playing mixed sport for longer at school, rather than often playing the same sports, but separately? My DC's school is probably stronger in girls' cricket than in boys', but to my mind it would be better for all if they competed with each other to be in the first XI (which would of course require schools leagues to be set up for mixed teams...).

looks around furtively I don't think anyone is rushing out to get a box of Ciggarrillos..... Disappointed...
Yes, I think mixed sport to a later age is a very good idea. Football is the sport that could benefit most, in my opinion, as it has the biggest participation level and it would seem to me that girls and boys would both enjoy it

Despatches minions to Brindisa in Borough Market in search of Cigarillos pronto. <Mutters even Gordon wasn't this much bother>

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:35:50

fieldyfield

Hi Clare,

Love your Twitter feed, regularly makes me chuckle!

What do you think the legacy from London Olympics will be, and who are your personal heroes, sporting or otherwise?

Thank you...
Of course the Olympic Park and the sports facilities therein will be a lasting legacy BUT I think there will be a huge legacy of attitude, which will reach right around the country. I hope this will lead to pressure from parents and from teachers to increase the sporting opportunities for kids in schools, knowing that it will improve their capacity to learn as well as helping them live a healthier lifestyle. I also think the Paralympics will have a huge impact and I know from working on three previous Paralympic Games that they will touch the public in a very profound way.

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:37:33

DuelingFanjo

Hi there

I would just like to apologise for once writing a snotty letter complaining about you covering the darts championships. On reflection I was a bit mean and have often worried that I may have upset you. Hope not and sorry.

How very sweet of you to apologise. Thank you. I am always a little stung by criticism, especially if I think I don't deserve it (sometimes I do) but I've learned to get over it and move on to the next challenge...

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:38:22

rachel5073

Thank you, Clare. I'm going to be making heavy hints to all loved ones that I need to receive My Animals and Other Family... as a gift as soon as it's out.

GOOD FOR YOU! I'm hoping it'll be on a few Christmas lists....

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:40:47

countingto10

Hi Clare

do you have any unfulfilled ambitions or "bucket list" things to do?

Ps massive Clare fans in this house too! going to really missed your insights/behind the scenes stuff on racing!

Top of the bucket list is to present at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games so barring accidents, that should happen very soon.
I would love to have a major impact on the coverage and popularity of women's sport so that's the next big mission.
I'd also like to work on more factual programmes and write another book...
That should all keep me pretty busy for a while!

Birnamwood Mon 09-Jul-12 14:42:48

Claire, I luffs you blush

It's been mentioned before, but you have extensive knowledge of a lot of sports, are you just a massive sports fan or do you have to do a bit of cramming before events?

ClareBalding Mon 09-Jul-12 14:43:12

Thank you so much for all the brilliant questions. I don't know why I was nervous. You are all lovely. I really hope you enjoy My Animals and Other Family. It's out in September but available to pre-order now.

Meanwhile, I'll get on with doing what I do and hope you tune in for the rugby league, the Open Golf, the King George, the Olympics and the Paralympics. If I get through all of that lot without making a big gaffe, I'll be doing alright!

Many thanks to Mumsnet for having me.

Clare
x

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 09-Jul-12 14:43:53

Thanks so much Clare for coming in and being so entertaining and so quick (Fastest typer we've had, bar none, I'd say. Even quicker than Boris.)

Birnamwood Mon 09-Jul-12 14:44:51

Nooooo, I was too late sad

LynnCSchreiber Mon 09-Jul-12 15:12:11

Great webchat, MNHQ. Thanks, Clare. I look forward to reading more about your work promoting sport for girls.

GetOrfMoiiLand Mon 09-Jul-12 15:41:40

What a great webchat, isn't she fantastic.

FellatioNelson Mon 09-Jul-12 16:02:45

What a lovely woman.

sanguinechompa Mon 09-Jul-12 16:24:24

She's totally fab [sends large hampere of ripe brie and cigarillos through cyber-space to Clare]

sanguinechompa Mon 09-Jul-12 16:24:48

>hamper

ChoccyJules Mon 09-Jul-12 16:45:35

Just recovered from being the first question-putter! Great webchat, lovely woman, fab pro.

PorkyandBess Mon 09-Jul-12 19:57:02

Great webchat, she's fab.

<wibbles> She actually answered my question!!! I feel slightly overcome blush

She is as lovely as we all said, isn't she? Can't believe she managed to answer so many questions so quickly too!

tribpot Mon 09-Jul-12 21:21:59

I am so pleased that despite a prompt and definitive answer on the subject of biscuits, Clare still managed to cause controversy at Mumsnet Towers.

Well done Clare - you go girl!

NicholasTeakozy Mon 09-Jul-12 22:03:21

Dammit I missed it. sad I didn't have a question for Clare, I just wanted to say I think she's the finest presenter on the television at the moment.

tribpot Mon 09-Jul-12 22:06:38

Nicholas, she's a regular Tweeter if you do that sort of thing.

edam Mon 09-Jul-12 23:27:43

Loved her answers, she was just as nice and funny on here as she seems on TV. I can't stand most sport but am tempted to put her book on my Amazon wishlist... grin

Greenshadow Tue 10-Jul-12 08:12:44

So sorry to see that the Telegraph has used this webchat to make a cheap article from and upset Clare.
Can nothing be done to stop the press stealing quotes from MN without permission?

BIWItheBold Tue 10-Jul-12 08:25:50

Oh no! What did they say?

Greenshadow Tue 10-Jul-12 08:32:29

Nothing that she didn't say, just out of context and without permission - link.
She has commented about it on Twitter.

sanguinechompa Tue 10-Jul-12 11:05:24

Typical of the Telegraph, hideous rag of a paper (imo), insular, snide, judgemental whilst pretending to be something else.

toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Tue 10-Jul-12 11:28:34

Just read this and think I have a Clare crush now!!! She is luffly! Great chat!

LineRunner Tue 10-Jul-12 11:32:02

Dear Telegraph

You have just proved you are a useless fucking newspaper and I will be delighted never to buy or read your lazy, nasty, derivative rag again, and to encourage everyone I know to do the same.

Now fuck off.
........................................................

Dear Clare

I now admire you more than ever.

Love, LR x

That 'article' has the feel of something a shoddy sub has got their hands on to 'jazz up' in a hurry.

tribpot Tue 10-Jul-12 13:44:14

The article itself doesn't seem too bad. The headline is a fucking disgrace. What utter bilge.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 10-Jul-12 14:40:38

Utter bilge indeed.

Can anyone top that? Well, the DM have tried, by making look as though the wonderous CB and Lily Allen had a twitter spat over it ...when actually a few, nice, supportive tweets were exchanged instead.

Linky to ''For the record, I do not think being a lesbian makes me a better sports presenter': Clare Balding's Twitter rant to Lily Allen HERE

johnworf Tue 10-Jul-12 15:03:29

Just read the DM article. Wtf??? It's a nonsense.

LineRunner Tue 10-Jul-12 18:09:46

Dear Daily Mail

You can fuck right off as well.

Clare Balding is terrific.

LR x

domesticslattern Tue 10-Jul-12 20:39:45

What a lovely webchat! So sorry I missed it.

tattychicken Tue 10-Jul-12 21:15:13

Claire you are an utter legend! Favourite sports presenter by far. So well prepared, knowledgeable and respectful to the sportsmen and women you interview.

Fuck the Telegraph and whoever regurgitated it. Utter twats. smile

CaveMum Tue 10-Jul-12 21:20:59

I hope Clare is still reading this thread. Should someone tweet her a link?

tattychicken Tue 10-Jul-12 21:25:55

CLARE!! Not Claire... Sorry.. blush

FarrowAndBollock Tue 10-Jul-12 23:13:49

Clare, you can get them on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=cigarillos&tag=mh0a9-21&index=aps&hvadid=479680453&ref=pd_sl_29i1rjsttj_e

uselesslife Wed 11-Jul-12 09:38:27

see why you should never believe anything you read in the papers?!!

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