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Please slap me - I feel sorry for Tom

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DuffyMoon Sun 14-Apr-13 20:08:46

I was shouting at the radio a few weeks ago when it was sausage this, ready meal that...but now I feel sorry for him - AIBU ?

R4 Tue 16-Apr-13 08:25:57

What have I missed? Where are we getting the idea that Shula is racist? Alisatair thinks that the sun shines out of Ifti's backside and I don't remember Shula trying to change his mind or make derogatory comments.

I agree that she stuck her nose in unnecessarily but then I think that the Willow Farm mob are getting unnecessarily involved with Brenda too. It's what they do in SoapLand innit? OK she's bust up with her fiance, but they are treating her like she is the first person in the history of everything to split up. Widow/ers in the village have had less fuss made over them!

PS pp good point about dung being 'the circle of life'. They will have to buy in organic milk and poo.

outtolunchagain Tue 16-Apr-13 08:32:58

Because of the fuss when Alan and Usha got married many felt her objections were racist rather than religious . I think she actually made some racist comments

R4 Tue 16-Apr-13 10:20:39

I know that she has history with Usha but that was because they were involved with the same man. Shula was definitely in the wrong over that one.

She objected to Alan and Usha marrying on religious grounds, not racist ones. If you remember, she used to be very active in St Stephens so had an interest in the administration of the parish and hence the vicar's 'helpmeet'. I have never been happy with that storyline, it doesn't ring true to me tbh - does anyone know the statistics for ordained ministers marrying outside their religion?

lottiegarbanzo Tue 16-Apr-13 11:09:48

I did take Shula's taken aback 'I don't think he's her type' remark about Ifty as very latent, unintended racism - it just hadn't occurred to her that Ifty was in the category of men Lizzie could possibly fancy. He's younger too though isn't he?

Surely a real Brenda would now get a job in Birmingham or London and visit her family frequently at weekends. It will seem crazy if she stays in Ambridge, now there's nothing holding back her career.

ppeatfruit Tue 16-Apr-13 19:55:02

Yes R4 IMO Pat would not have capitulated so easily. It's the S.W.'s milking grin Tom's misery as hard as they can.

Yes lottie she's annoying me now she's about as spineless as Tom: they suit each other grin

mummytime Thu 18-Apr-13 10:17:01

I think the Usha Alan story line in real life would have created far more fuss! The Vicar marrying someone who was a Hindu, in your normal Parish/Village it would have been discussed widely with lots of opinions and arguments, not just one Parishoner against it. But then again a church like St Stephens doesn't really exist does it? Used by the whole village, no groups (appart from Shula) going to Churches in other towns and villages? No Catholics or Methodists or whatever? No one going to the whacky church that meets in a Pub in Felpersham.

R4 Thu 18-Apr-13 12:59:09

IIRC Joe is our token non-conformist but, apart from that, I agree with you.

R4 Fri 19-Apr-13 09:11:31

No comments after last night's episode? Even I am - almost - feeling sorry for Tom after Hellin's 'pep talk'.
I'm sure that no court in the land would convict if he had drowned her in the bulk tank.

PseudoBadger Fri 19-Apr-13 09:23:04

I'm going to listen soon

ppeatfruit Fri 19-Apr-13 09:30:13

Yes I'll listen this apres midi grin What do we reckon on dopey Darryl's rescue by Neil? (if he does manage to rescue him).

GrendelsMum Fri 19-Apr-13 11:23:29

All villains in Ambridge signal it by driving 4x4s very fast at random villagers. It seems to be the key attribute for being a villain.

Good for Neil, though - nice to see someone being decisive and sensible about a problem for once.

PseudoBadger Fri 19-Apr-13 13:04:54

Ok, well I think that the way Helen dealt with Tom was not a million miles away from the way he bullied Pat and Tony re. the cows, and the farm in general. It wasnt nice, but seems to have done the trick....

ppeatfruit Fri 19-Apr-13 13:22:56

Yes that 's true Grendels about the 4x4s! I wasn't listening properly so I couldn't work out at what time of day that Nell was walking home from the Bull would it really have been as late as the end (and tidying after) of a dog fight?

GrendelsMum Fri 19-Apr-13 13:55:10

I think the implication was that there'd been a late night at the Bull after the match - hence why Ed was pissed, as presumably they don't get pissed before the crucial match.

ppeatfruit Fri 19-Apr-13 14:25:34

We haven't heard Elona see Darryl returning home covered in blood yet have we grin.

PseudoBadger Fri 19-Apr-13 14:45:48

I hope that helping Darryl doesn't land Neil in trouble some how.

GreenShadow Fri 19-Apr-13 19:31:36

I hope that helping Darryl doesn't land Neil in trouble some how

Oh dear......

OfflineFor40Years Fri 19-Apr-13 19:42:32

More woes for Susan sad

R4 Fri 19-Apr-13 19:47:50

<eyes PB suspiciously>
You're getting a bit too good at this predicting thing. You're not a SW are you?

PseudoBadger Fri 19-Apr-13 19:55:24

Ha! I haven't listened yet btw....
Tbh I find it so predictable right now that I just say what I see grin

ppeatfruit Sat 20-Apr-13 12:38:26


R4 Sat 20-Apr-13 19:32:02

Hear, hear. Well said pp

ppeatfruit Sun 21-Apr-13 08:46:10

Thanks R4 grin

choccyp1g Sun 21-Apr-13 20:32:41

Until today's episode, I thought it was Neil's turn for the Ambridge coma. Or has he had it already, maybe he is immune.

GrendelsMum Sun 21-Apr-13 21:19:42

Oh, I like a bit of woe, me. I was chuffed to bits when Neil was shot.

And Jim interviewing Brian made my week.

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