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Monday 7 September 2009

Funny cuckoo clock

A neighbour bought this silly cuckoo clock.

Decorated with badly-carved animals, it chimes at five to and twenty-five past the hour, loses seven minutes a day and finishes its routine with a comic rasping sound.

I think she paid £70 for it. But you can’t put a value on this kind of comedy.

Filed under: Fun,Strange,With video — GS @ 2:06 pm
Sunday 26 April 2009

Golden Girls star Beatrice Arthur dies

Bea Arthur, who starred in the US television sitcom The Golden Girls has died of cancer at the age of 86.

As well as winning an Emmy for The Golden Girls and an earlier sitcom Maude, Bea Arthur won a Tony for the musical Mame.

In Britain The Golden Girls was something of a gay cult in the late 1980’s, when it was shown by Channel 4 and, in October 1988, the cast appeared on the Royal Variety Show at the request of the Queen Mother.

Bea Arthur at the Royal Variety Show 1988

Filed under: TV & film — GS @ 4:01 am
Friday 14 November 2008

Comedian Jim Bowen uses 1,600-year-old jokes in act

‘An ancestor of Monty Python’s famous Dead Parrot comedy sketch has been found in a joke book dating back to Greece in the 4th Century…

[The ancient gags] have been published into a multimedia online e-book, which features video of veteran comic Jim Bowen bringing the old jokes back to life in front of a 21st Century audience.’


One of the old jokes:

‘Someone needled a well-known wit: “I had your wife, without paying a penny”. He replied: “It’s my duty as a husband to couple with such a monstrosity. What made you do it?”‘

Filed under: Fun,History — GS @ 4:05 am
Thursday 12 April 2007

Smashing Time, baby

A sequence from the rarely-seen 1960’s British comedy Smashing Time, starring Lynn Redgrave and Rita Tushingham.


Filed under: Fun,TV & film — GS @ 1:39 am
Monday 13 March 2006

Open All Hours shop threatened with demolition

The shop from the BBC comedy series Open All Hours could be demolished to make way for new developments in Doncaster.

They must be mad! How many tourist attractions does Doncaster have?

Filed under: TV & film — GS @ 9:06 am
Thursday 16 February 2006

Carry On Screaming with The Sun

In terms of sheer hypocrisy no other British newspaper can match The Sun. Take Tuesday’s issue…

On the bottom half of the front page: relatives of the victims of the ‘Moors Murderers’ condemn Granada Television for merely filming an episode of Coronation Street on Saddleworth Moor.

On the top half of The Sun’s front page: ‘Free today! Carry On Screaming DVD’. Which is especially appalling when you consider that Brady and Hindley recorded one of their victims as they abused her.

Carry On Screaming with The Sun

Presumably it is OK for Rupert Murdoch to use the murders along with a comedy DVD to sell his rag of a ‘newspaper’?

As far as the Coronation Street issue is concerned… I have sympathy with the relatives, but I don’t think you can ban all filming at a certain location because of something that happened forty years ago. Any drama that is based in Manchester, and which needs a desolate location, is going to turn to the moors.

Actually I’ve always wondered if the 1959 film Hell Is A City gave Brady ideas in the first place. There is a scene in that where a woman who works in a bookmakers is abducted by the robbers, murdered in the car and her body thrown out on the moors.

Very few films were made in Manchester, so Hell Is A City would have been a big event. It had its premiere at the Apollo Theatre, Ardwick, in April 1960. Brady and Hindley began killing and burying the bodies on Saddleworth Moor just over three years later…

Filed under: Manchester,The media — GS @ 2:26 pm
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