Monday, July 20, 2009


I saw this absolutely gorgeous photo of Anna and had to write a post around it.
Then she turned up in ‘The Street’ on BBC 1 tonight?

As soon as Anna appeared in Brookside as Beth Jordache I new she was far too classy for a soap.
Brookie (and her friend Corrie) helped me through a bad patch in the nineties.

Here is Beth/Anna in the first lesbian soap kiss.

Don’t worry I’m not thinking of moving to Hebden Bridge. That's where Tony lives - though he spends a lot of time in Rochdale 'cos he’s a big fan of Gracie Fields . Both Anna and Gracie are from Rochdale - (not many famous Rochdalians but Cyril Smith helps make up the numbers).

Gracie Fields set back the image of Lancashire womanhood for decades with her Sallying and Alleying and Trouble at t‘mill. Nevertheless, Anna called her daughter Gracie and a nanny was flown from Lancashire to LA to make sure she kept the accent.

Speaking of Rochdale - I didn’t get round to visiting. I didn’t go to Ramsbottom either or Broadbottom. But Gerald wrote about Broadbottom last week - they’ve been having a scarecrow competition .

I love this one of MJ

But what’s this - surely that’s another MJ - where's the Jamesons ??

Small world - eh?



Blogger xl said...


No more Filthy Friday ... No more cake ... No more Pillow Fluffing gig ...

1:00 am  
Blogger Dave said...

6 years ago I was asked to move to Hebden Bridge. I turned that job down.

Who is the young lady in the first photo? (Sorry, I'm not up on popular culature). Is the fact that she's topless connected with the last photo?

7:05 am  
Blogger Steve said...

I never watched Brookie but was still very aware of Anna Friel. She is gorgeous and as you say classy. I feel that she has yet to achieve the true success she deserves yet she seems to have built up a large amount of respect for the work she has undertaken.

As for the legs, Karen tells me they are the "Wicked Witch of the North" and "everybody knows that".

7:17 am  
Blogger Rog said...

Anna Friel is lovely, although the soapy kiss looks as romantic as this one.

And she missed a chance to call her daughter "Cheap".

8:07 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Console yourself dear
I suspect this is just a tribute to MJ from the good folk of Broadbottom.
She is famous all over the Universe you know.

Probably best that you turned it down as they're all hippes and lesbians there - you'll be safer in Norfolk.
Surely you watch drama on TV - or movies (fillums).
If not you should.

Yes - her career has been patchy to say the least. She was at her best in 'The Street' last night playing a single mum from Manchester.
Karen is right of course - thanks.

Oh yes - I've had kisses like that one where you're wondering what's for tea.
Good pun - it took me a minute. It'll take Dave much longer.

8:23 am  
Blogger zIggI said...

That looks like Edward Scissorhands to me - Am I missing something??

*ticked the box*

8:29 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Yes - I did wonder - but that would have ruined the punch line.

8:31 am  
Blogger zIggI said...



What punchline??

And I think that's the Wicked Witch of the East because that's the witch that Dorothy's house lands on.

I need to go back to work don't I??

8:55 am  
Blogger tony said...

I hate to name-drop But I was sat in Todmorden Sauna last week with the bloke who played Tom Kerrigan.( Liam's cousin).He's around Hebden Bridge shooting some new series.
& did i tell you? 5 doors up my street lives Eileen O,Brien who has been in 3 Soaps!(she played the punk lass's Mum in East Enders/the woman that died of Cancer in Brookside/& currently doing something{i never watch it) in Emmerdale.
Touch Me! I'm Famous By Proxy!!!!!!

9:06 am  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

Blimey, I've been here 10 mins... working out out the 'cheap' pun. I got it in the end!
Used to love Brookie.

9:25 am  
Blogger Dave said...

I got the pun straight away, but only because Rog gave her surname earlier in his comment.

9:29 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

East, West, North or South - I've never allowed facts to get in the way of a good blog post!

No. You haven't got time to go back to work.
And we like having you around.

Sorry - but I can't help being underwhelmed.
I was once in the steam room with that woman who used to go out with Don Brennan (the bloke who drove Alma into the water at Salford Quays) or perhaps it was someone else - who knows?
But you don't catch me bragging about it.

Was it worth it?
I loved Brookie in the Sheila Grant/ Beth Jordache era.

Oh Dear - I didn't use her surname because I didn't want to attract heavy breathers.
Too Late.

10:21 am  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

A very good friend of mine was in Brookside for a long time.
I don't remember much about her being in said entertainment, but she does have big tits.
I hope that this helps.

10:30 am  
Blogger MJ said...

Take a good look at this photo.

Clearly that’s IVD (Inexplicable DeVice).

Mistress MJ would not be caught dead in those shoes.

Don’t worry, XL. Your position as my Official Pillow Fluffer is secure.

12:35 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Early Brookside was great but it got silly then it got very silly then it got very very silly.

Don't see the fuss about Anna Friel meself. Or Jimmy McGovern post-Brookside.

1:28 pm  
Blogger Donn said...

From Rochdale to Lesbian Kiss
From Lesbian Kiss to Scarecrows
From Scarecrows it's back to Rochdale
Oh where am I now

Tried to get a flight out to Brookside
hope Beth and Anna start gettin'
Gotta get a flight out to Brookside
Because I wanna see young hot chicks snoggin

It's the latest craze in soaps..30 years after Billy Crystal did it in Soap!
Now the Producers of The Young and the Restless have an evil fake ghey man on the show to plug a huge plothole... it's tragic.

2:31 pm  
Blogger Ackworth born said...

I never knew that about Hebden Bridge - maybe it explains why Sylvia Plath went off the rails.

My wife comes from Rochdale - for famous sons and daughters Gracie and Cyril are the two that come to mind - what about the guy who sang about the Rochdale Cowboy - or did he come from Oldham? Always thought John Virgo was from Salford.

5:13 pm  
Blogger dh said...

Take it from me lass Broadbottom's not all it's cracked up to be.

5:44 pm  
Blogger xl said...

[off topic]

Whilst reading the Kaz archives, the calorie counting formula thingy was mentioned a couple of times.

Maybe your food labels are different? Anyway ours shows total calories per serving and fat calories per serving. I think maybe that's what the mystery formula was getting at? So if the fat calories are 1/3 or less than the total calories, then it is an acceptable food! Right?

6:13 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Well I can't call you a namedropper because you didn't drop her name.
I'm not a fan of the top heavy shape.
That's why I like the photo - no implants or wonderbra.

I admit the similarities - but he hasn't got stripey tights - and that's the decider.
Sorry about the shoe faux pas.

Perhaps Anna Friel is the sort of woman that women fancy.
You may prefer Vicus's friend (see above).

6:50 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Oh 'Soap' and Billy Crystal et al. Has it ever been bettered?
We don't get 'The Young and the Restless' - sounds like we're lucky.

Mike Harding was born in Manchester - though I'm sure that ruins his folkie image.

Ha ha ..... 'You are Naughty - But I like you'
*affectionate Dick Emery slap*

I think that may be it.
One gram of fat = 9 calories, in contrast to 1gram of protein or carbohydrate which have 4 calories.
So it's misleading to go by % weight or the vague 'low fat' unless you check.
It's helped me a lot - I can eat loads and loads of carbs and not gain weight.

6:51 pm  
Blogger Ackworth born said...

Mike Harding - I'd forgotten his name - got an old cassette tape which I've recently rediscovered with some of his stuff on - like "the day John Willie took his ferret to a do"

8:17 pm  
Blogger Kerrie said...

I loved Anna in The street last night I think that is a great drama and she is really gorgeous. I have never been to Ramsbottom but I do like a nice Broadbottom.

8:40 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

"Our Gracie" was notable for sodding off to Capri as fast as her legs would carry her. Mind you... Capri or Rochdale? Difficult choice. I'd go for Rochdale for its balmy Mediterranean weather and cosmopolitan nightlife.

Anna Friel's very comely to look at in real life, too.

(Are you going to metion Oldham Mumps at some stage, just to puzzle the audience?)

10:37 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Sounds much more like Rochdale than Crumpsall.

I think The Street is good - I enjoyed Bob Hoskins and Frances Barber last week as well.
I've been watching the DVD of Mad Men tonight and you certainly get some beautiful broad bottoms in that office.

I don't think the good folk of Rochdale ever forgave her.
William Walton from Oldham was on Capri as well - but it was Eric Sykes who came from Mumps.

10:52 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

Always keep your pearls in the fridge.

2:38 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

The picture is one of a series taken from the August edition of 'Vanity Fair' which has a theme about pearls

8:22 am  
Blogger zIggI said...

she was good in Pushing Daisies in which she co-incidently starred with the original Glinda The Good Witch.

10:19 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

I didn't see that one.
You were a good witch until you started drinking that beer.

3:25 pm  
Blogger Madame DeFarge said...

This insight into soapland and grim up north land has my head spinning. Life has not been the same since they dropped Take the High Road.

9:13 pm  
Blogger zIggI said...

You havern't seen Pushing Daisies? I loved it, complete and utter crap and quite wonderful. Also sponsored by Toblerone which is also quite wonderful but I never think of buying it because Fruit and Nut is so much more obvious. Have you not had green beer either? It's very good for lying down afterwards.

9:20 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Ah - Take the High Road. I'm not sure we had that in Granadaland.
Now that's really 'up north land'.

I read it was fantasy and didn't bother. I'll catch the repeats.
I'm trying to give up 'lying down afterwards'.

8:15 am  
Blogger zIggI said...

Oh yes you're a scientist, probably not up your street then; you can avoid lying down afterwards if you start in the prone position, I find :)

12:57 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Do you think there's a connection?
I start every single day in the prone position.

4:46 pm  
Blogger Liam said...

I have no idea who any of these people are!

7:53 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

"Take The High Road?" Wonderful stuff. Helped me through fallow times during one of Thatcher's recessions. It came on after Fred Trueman's pub game show. Dougal was a hero.

10:47 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

That's probably because you don't live in the cold, damp, North West of England.

Well they repeated 'The High Life' - so who knows?
I think we've found the reason for the success of soaps - to help us through the bad times.
Thankyou Mike Baldwin.

7:23 am  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

The perils of burning your bra - they'll be round her knees by 50!

9:19 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

No Laura:
I assure you from personal experience that small ones defy gravity much more successfully.

10:41 am  
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