Exeunt, pursued by a sow. And so on, for the next 60 years of The Archers.

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PseudoBadger Thu 01-May-14 23:51:40

It's all about the Sons at the moment. Tom is having an identity crisis, Dan is off to Sandhurst, and poor old Adam is working his socks off.
Follow the undulating Ambridge pastures here!

BiscuitMillionaire Thu 01-May-14 23:54:51

The undulating Ambridge pastures soon to be ripped apart by the (da da daaah) new road.

mummytime Thu 01-May-14 23:55:55

Yes that by pass has to affect Ambridge doesn't it? Could it be linked to Borsetshire land?

PseudoBadger Thu 01-May-14 23:55:59

Oh yes Biscuit I forgot about that! Very ominous...

SalemWitch Fri 02-May-14 00:14:08

I've been lurking long-time, but getting in on this thread double fast grin.

Tony was horrendous tonight. What does he expect to achieve from that?

It was possibly the first time I have felt sorry for Pat.

So tony is allowed to blame his parents for his troubles but he won't let tom do the same...

ZeroSomeGameThingy Fri 02-May-14 04:32:13

Thanks Pseudo - Have some weddingcake.

(What did they do with it?)

Very true about the sons theme at the moment. Something Stands said at the end of the last thread -

I feel sorry for the Bridge Farm dairy herd now, retrospectively ... I suspect Tony is simply realising that he got rid of them on an entirely false premise, and misses them dreadfully.

- rather brings it into focus. Pat and Tony have worked almost their entire lives to secure Bridge Farm for their children; they've already lost the previous heir, Helen has so far only shown an interest in dairy products rather than production, so effectively everything has been about passing it all on to Tom. And now it looks as if he might not want it.

Poor Tony indeed. (Still an idiot.) His life's work has been rendered meaningless - what happens to the farm if Tom walks away?

Eastpoint Fri 02-May-14 04:52:24

I don't think it's fair on Tom to say they should have kept the cows. Tony couldn't milk them, Pat didn't so it fell on Tom all the time. Pat doesn't seem to do much actual farming, or indeed much yogurt making as Clarrie & Sussn do that. What does she do all day?

ZeroSomeGameThingy Fri 02-May-14 05:20:28

IIRC Pat does a fair amount of the veg box work. Perhaps not so much planting and picking but an apparently relentless round of packing and delivery. They must be selling a lot to keep it a viable business. Which must mean a lot of admin as well.

And I'd imagine for both the dairy and the veg boxes she has to spend time establishing and maintaining customers, keeping on top of new outlets, technology, regulations, feedback, innovation, accounts, avoidance of disaster.....

CuttedUpPear Fri 02-May-14 05:58:47

Checking in. I always wonder what non Archers listeners think when these threads pop up in active convos.
Do you reckon anyone has their interest piqued to the extent that they tune in to find out what we are alll wittering on about?

mummytime Fri 02-May-14 06:31:52

Well even my book group ended up discussing it this week! (Not mentioned when it was STTC).

GypsyFloss Fri 02-May-14 06:32:24

Marking place.

It'd interesting to know CuttedUpPear . The thread definitely got an influx of new posters, which was good.

pasbeaucoupdegendarme Fri 02-May-14 06:49:32

I'm parking my Fergie...

MollyBdenum Fri 02-May-14 06:54:46

I'd been a lifelong listener but stopped when it all went rubbish with Ambridge Extra and ridiculously badly depicted Young People dramatic storylines. Then it gradually started better and I found myself deliberately cleaning the kitchen with R4 on during the omnibus and gradually dipping my toe into the thread. But the wedding is what has turned my back into a diehard listener.

BitOutOfPractice Fri 02-May-14 07:53:47

Morning Mrs!

<Joe Grundy emoticon>

Actually, thinking about it, we should SO have a Joe Grundy emoticon

GypsyFloss Fri 02-May-14 09:06:50

I've shamelessly nicked this from the alternative ML BBC site, where interestingly the general consensus is that Moany was in the right to give it to Tom all guns blazing.

This however is Kirsty's take on all things wedding and sausagey...
https://soundcloud.com/shambridge/kirsty7days

Songbird Fri 02-May-14 10:54:14

Oh, Tony.....

BitOutOfPractice Fri 02-May-14 10:58:38

Gypsy whoever did that Kirsty impression is genius!

R4 Fri 02-May-14 10:58:50

Tony shouldn't have had a go at him.
Irrespective of the rights and wrongs, now is not the time.

R4 Fri 02-May-14 11:06:21

arf @ songbird.

I had DD in the car with me last night. She was taking the p**, joining in with Pat's far too frequent "oh, Tom". I am most disappointed in her though it's a very valid comment! grin

unitarian Fri 02-May-14 12:03:21

Just when Tom thought he had found a good enough explanation his father pulls the rug away!
Both are pretty hateful but I'm rather pleased Tom doesn't get off the hook easily.
Now I wish Tony would give Helena piece of his mind but that's perhaps a bit too much to hope for.

mummytime Fri 02-May-14 12:11:46

It was how two faced Tony was though. He seemed like he'd taken on board what Pat had said, and gave the impression he was going to build bridges. But then when he got Tom alone he just laid into him, and basically told him to pull up his socks and get on with it.
Both Peggy and Pat (and even Kirsty before he really put the boot in) are worried about his mental health, and even that he might "do somethign silly". But Tony just lays into him, and comes out with the John was a Saint, and anything else was all Sharon's fault. Sharon was only 4 years older than John - so hardly the "older woman" Tony was talking about.

I think Tony has been secretly reading the Mail!

stealthsquiggle Fri 02-May-14 12:15:20

Just marking my place with nothing useful to add as I missed last night - need to go get the podcast as I can't do 2pm either hmm

GypsyFloss Fri 02-May-14 12:35:26

It's great BitOutOfPractice isn't it?! From what I gather there's a whole load of them made by the same people, I need to do some investigating smile

TeenAndTween Fri 02-May-14 12:56:08

My 9 year old has been taking quite an interest recently. smile
She's been asking if the Rumpty Tums are on when she has her bath, and has asked for updates at meal times too!
Catch them young that's what I say!

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