Category Archives: 2013

A Festive treat

Good afternoon to all members of Team Clifford.

We are all familiar with the feeling. Christmas is gone and it seems a long time until Easter. All the pressies have been opened-including the ones that were forgotten and were then discovered at the back of a cupboard on Boxing Day. You were online shopping at first light on Christmas morning and all the festive food is gone. Well here at Team Clifford we thought we would cheer you all up.

I know you are all dying to know what my Christmas pressie was. It was a copy of Monkey’s autobiography. I have been reading it carefully to pick up some ideas for my own effort. I am not going to be outsold by a Monkey. Whilst I was doing this on Christmas morning that man went out for an early walk. He ended up down by the river and was on the Millennium Bridge at 08:00. It was so quiet that he could hear both Big Ben and St Paul’s clock strike the hour. He walked down to Tower Bridge and then back. We had a nice piece of Lamb for our dinner and he had made some Chocolate Mousse for pudding. There was also a fair amount of alcohol being consumed so none of us was entirely sober for the whole Christmas period-fantastic!

Anyway to help you through the cold dark evenings that man and I thought you might like to see some pictures we have taken recently. On an early Sunday morning we went out and took some pictures of some local landmarks. To give some perspective I have been allowed to appear. Anyway we hope that you like them.

By my favourite sculpture next to the Guildhall

By my favourite sculpture next to the Guildhall

A herd of Sheep on a walk

A herd of Sheep on a walk

Dr Johnson's cat in Gough Square

Dr Johnson’s cat in Gough Square

It is New Year’s Eve next. Luckily that man is going to work so we should have most of the day to plan our party. If anyone fancies joining us in the Eyrie then just shout-everyone is welcome provided they bring a bottle or two!

Pass me the Whippet

Afternoon to all supporters of Team Clifford!

Christmas is creeping up on us and arrangements are being made. As it is the winter solstice that man will be shortly going out and lighting some candles on the balcony to encourage the sun to come back. I am not sure if we are insured for the consequences of this but fingers crossed all will be well. After that it will be party, party, party. That is the theory but in this hell hole you never know what is coming next. Some years Christmas happens and some years it doesn’t. Keep everything crossed that this year it is a goer. On the plus side I am sat on a big parcel which I have been told is my Christmas present from that man. I am a little bit nervous as I am not sure what he has in mind and the parcel is not shaped like a bottle. As you know a bottle of single malt is what I would normally ask for but “I am sure it will be splendid” he said through a gritted beak.

The world has been waiting for the big piece of news that will shake it to its core. Well I am here to tell you it has arrived. That man has gone all (and this is his term not mine!) Downton and bought himself a cloth cap. I am a bit worried that the Whippet must be stood outside somewhere. Anyway as his Christmas present to himself he has bought himself a Donegal Tweed cap. He also tried on a Deerstalker but we are drawing a veil over that whole concept. Anyway he thinks he looks all Downton but as Uncle Mike said he is more Andy Capp.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to all my loyal followers. Christmas is a time for togetherness and forgiveness and I am prepared to offer seasonal greetings to everyone-even certain foreigners. I hope that you have a splendid Christmas. My younger readers should look outside their windows on Christmas Eve to see if Santa is on his way. My older readers should know where big Nana has hidden the good wine and not settle for anything else! As a mark of goodwill to all I thought I would share this picture of a get together I had recently with some of my friends and followers.

A little get together

A little get together

All together now-ahh!

Finally as it is Christmas I am also posting a rare picture of that man and I having a bit of a moment next to the Roman Eagle. Later on in the day he took me to see Dame Edna so a lovely memory of a wonderful day.

That man and I on a mission

That man and I on a mission

Happy Christmas to one and all.

A Christmas get together

Morning all-Cliff the Eagle coming to you live from the Eyrie.

Now as you all know we Eagles are a sociable bunch and so I was pleased to see one of my loyal followers coming for a visit (or play day as that man insisted on calling it). Cecilia the Rabbit came to say hello and to spend the day with me. To mark the occasion I agreed to pose for a picture. We Eagles are normally publicity shy you know so this was a real concession on my part.

A follower who popped in for a chat

A follower who popped in for a chat

To show the quality of the photographer (three guesses as to who was in charge) this is one of the outtakes. I should say that quite a lot of alcohol had been consumed at this point and everyone thought this was all wildly funny. I am thinking of getting the RSPB involved. We Eagles have a natural dignity and I think this is taking a bit of a liberty. There is one more shot from this shoot but I am saving it for another time.

Kate Moss never had to deal with this you know

Kate Moss never had to deal with this you know

Following on from the excitement of yesterday things are a lot more peaceful in the Eyrie this morning. That man had some friends round for a pre Christmas piss up-sorry civilized get together as he insists on calling it. All I can say is that he had to take the recycling out this morning as it contained quite a lot of bottles and he didn’t want to leave them on the doorstep. Enough said. As a small bonus we seem to have acquired a new brown tea towel. Hopefully someone will claim it soon!

Ah well every day brings us closer to the big day. Journeys are being planned and so we want to say safe journey to anyone who is setting out for the Christmas break this week.

A new best friend and some audience “feedback”

Hello there. The world’s favourite Eagle here.

Now I have had some concerned followers contacting me asking how I am keeping up under the non- stop activity that is going on at the moment. I tell them that their support is what keeps me going. After our triumphant excursion into the West End to see Dame Edna I have more earth shattering news to report-I have a new best friend. “What!” I hear you cry “surely not”. Yes Uncle Graeme started this week and is coming to see us on a regular basis to give the place a much needed going over. The Eyrie is looking very smart and clean and I can see my own reflection in the desk now. It turns out that there really is a first time for everything. I know that man does his very inadequate best but Uncle Graeme is a professional and we are very glad that he is taking control. As he will be a regular visitor I am thinking of asking him if he could nip into the local tuck shop (The Chocolate Salamander) on his way in to pick up my weekly treats. Judging by the look on that man’s face I strongly suspect that this might have to be a strictly local arrangement. As we all know what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him!

As you know we have to put up with a lot of unwelcome attention here in the Eyrie from some of my more socially unbalanced followers. One of them offered some “feedback” on the blog and said that he had the results of a readers poll to share. He said that 93% of you wanted gossip and filth instead of my high minded musings. I have carefully considered my response to this “valuable feedback” and have decided to ignore it completely. If my audience want filth and gossip then they are going to have to go elsewhere-this Eagle’s not for turning as that lovely Mrs Thatcher nearly said once. Now as you know all feedback is completely anonymous and welcome and I couldn’t possibly reveal the source of this information. Apropos of nothing in particular I have just learnt that it is snowing in Norway at the moment. Enough said I think. Now Dame Edna is retiring I might think about taking over from her with my sharp wit and wicked sense of humour.

Talking of intellectual fibre I thought I would share with you all the lovely picture that one of my followers took of me visiting my Roman ancestor the other day. It is nice having him so close and I wanted to share the moment with you all.

Not one but two impressive Eagles

Not one but two impressive Eagles

I have a few Christmas pictures in mind and I have the Christmas special picture in the can already. Not long to wait now.

Hello Possums

Now as you all know that man and I have a bit of a strange relationship. He provides me with an Eyrie and also inadvertently provides us with amusement. In return I make sure that the world knows what is going on. I think it a fair swap and in general we rub along fine. Up until yesterday that is.

Yesterday is a day that will be remembered for a long time in the Eyrie. I was taken to see Dame Edna and Sir Les at the London Palladium. We were sat in the front row of the stalls and so were up close and personal with the stars of the show. Sir Les was very crude and rude and there was a lot of toilet humour. There was one joke in particular that was so obscene that I can’t repeat it publicly. However, if any of my followers would like to hear it I can tell you when I next see you. Needless to say that man wasn’t amused but I loved it. We Eagles like a bit of healthy crudeness you know. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to see Dame Edna in the flesh. She was sensational and did not disappoint and it was a fantastic show. It is not often you get to see your heroes in the flesh but this was one such occasion. It was all quite emotional and I saw that man wipe away a small tear at one point. At the end the Gladdies were thrown from the stage and that man and I had one each so we could wave them along with the rest of the front row. I thought you might like this picture of Piaf and I posing by them.

Hello Possums

Hello Possums

All in all it was the best fun I have had at the theatre ever and that man even splashed out on a glass of Champagne before the start of the performance. I would recommend this to everyone and for once that man done good.

The camera has been out this week as Big Nana wanted to see the Beavers. Here they are.

My Beaver friends Little and Large

My Beaver friends Little and Large

As you can see they are as fine a looking pair of Beavers as you could find anywhere.

Next week I have some more pictures to share so don’t forget to come back for more.

Some pictures to share

Good morning. Cliff the Eagle here.

That man and I went for a walk recently looking at some of the new buildings in the area. We thought you might like to see some of the pictures.

This is the Cheesegrater which has a wonderful slope to it.

The Cheesegrater nearing completion

The Cheesegrater nearing completion

This is the Walkietalky which is melting cars parked next to it.

The Walkie Talky with the Cheesegrater in the background

The Walkie Talky with the Cheesegrater in the background

Finally, a little herd of Dinosaurs that we came across.

Some Dinosaurs out for a stroll by the Gherkin

Some Dinosaurs out for a stroll by the Gherkin

Hope you enjoy the pictures. More next week when we hope to have a review to share with you.

To the more cynical ones of you I should add that that man and I are in high level talks about Christmas presents so I am trying to be nice for once. Trust me this won’t last!