Monday, August 03, 2009

What HO!!

Worry not!

I'm still the same raving, lefty, pinko, Old Labour, commie loving, knee jerk socialist. The bust of Lenin is still on the mantelpiece - well metaphorically speaking - you don't often get mantelpieces in flats.

I still have my badge collection and the Endangered Species one is becoming increasingly appropriate.

But someone gave me this which I'd missed in 1990 ..................

..................and now I've fallen for Bertie in a big way.

I wonder how this:

Became this?

Glad he decided against becoming a National Treasure like his boring friend.

Bertie and I have a few things in common.

As Aunt Agatha accused -

"Cursed with too much money (a teacher's pension is quite generous), you fritter away in selfish idleness a life which might have been made useful, helpful, and profitable."

And Bertie once opined -
"I don't know why it is, but I've never been able to bear with fortitude anything in the shape of a kid with golden curls. Confronted with one, I feel the urge to step on him or drop things on him from a height."
So 'What Ho'.

I see it's to be repeated on ITV 3 tonight.
I may watch it after my preprandial rituals.

But it won't be half of mild and the Gallagher brothers tonight.

Oh No

More like some very dry martinis and The Inkspots.

Toodle pip!




Blogger Emerson Marks said...

Am I first? Hugh Lawrie's a lucky boy, hasn't lost his wig at all has he?

5:53 pm  
Blogger Rog said...

His eyes have been photoshopped in the second pic.

He is annoyingly a very nice chap though. I used to love "A Bit of Fry & Lawrie" which was uproariously amusing - they should bring that back.

6:08 pm  
Blogger xl said...

"raving, lefty, pinko, ... commie loving, knee jerk socialist"

Sister KAZ!

6:31 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

This post is full of Briticisms and will require translation for your friends Over the Pond.

6:36 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

Good to hear your pension keeps you in the style to which you have become accustomed.

I quite like House in small doses. Laurie is almost fanciable.

6:41 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

He reminds me of me, not at all.

6:46 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

Oh, other than the 'you fritter away in selfish idleness a life which might have been made useful, helpful, and profitable' line, which I may use myself, when I eventually return to blogging.

6:47 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

I bought the boxed set for Karen for Christmas last year and it's perfect cosy night viewing. My personal favourite is Spode - outwitted every time by the superlative Jeeves. I still love Hugh Laurie in Blackadder - especially as gullible George in Blackadder Goes Forth.

6:59 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

I'm feeling supersonic give me gin and tonic.

Poetry innit?

7:00 pm  
Blogger tony said...

You Have 'preprandial rituals' in Manchester! Never mind chuck, It will soon be the football season again.

7:55 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Prefer John Laurie. Hugh's voice really really grates.

Prefer Saki to Wodehouse, too.

8:05 pm  
Blogger savannah said...

if xl is y'alls brother, sugar, then i'm a first cousin! i love hugh laurie in all of his incarnations!

8:41 pm  
Blogger BEAST said...

I was just watching J & W on ITV3 when I read this.
I love it , its one of the Beasts faves

8:47 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

You are first - I'm a bit late today.
His postiche is intact.

You mean he hasn't really got radiant, hypnotic sexy blue eyes - just bloodshot like the rest of us.
He is also annoyingly talented - musician, writer, funny man etc.
Come to think of it - I hate him.

Yo soul brother.

Isn't that what Google's for?

Glad you're glad. I don't take it for granted - I know how lucky I am.
You will be amazed to know that I've never seen House. I was thinking of getting the DVD.

So you aren't "As vague and wooley-headed a blighter as ever bit a sandwich".

There are lots of Wooster quotes websites out there.
Perhaps P.G. Wodehouse could be one of your guest bloggers.

The Spode character is outrageous! The guy who played him was perfect.

I don't think Carol Ann needs to worry too much.

Football season - prepare for mood swings and binge drinking.

I thought Saki was a drink - I've never actually read Wodehouse either.
I'm just an ignorant science nerd eh?

You are very UK Savvy.
(wrote that before I realised that you are Savvy (Hee Hee).

9:02 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

What HO Beast!!
By Jove that was a rummy thing.
I'm so pleased you agree with me that I think I'll pop down the Drove's club and throw a few bread rolls.

9:05 pm  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

Did you see Kevin Bishop impersonating Laurie on Friday C4?
I too enjoyed J&W. I like twenties frocks.

9:10 pm  
Blogger Mopsa said...

Have just watched it and re-loved it. I got Claude and Eustace (my cats) and Aunt Agatha (my prize sow)all in one episiode. And you KNOW I'm not joking.

9:33 pm  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

Kaz. Yes, excellent, thank you.
I suggest you read Wodehouse - of the same high standard as the tv series, with even more clever word play.
Mr Laurie is annoyingly funny in everything that he does. I usually manage a LOL during House.
But, the best news of all is that old Geoff doesn't like it. A surefire guarantee that something is good. I fear, however, that he is pulling your leg. John Laurie was mediocre in comparison, and Saki is not as nice as Wodehouse, although I do like "The cook was a good cook, as cooks go, and as cooks go she went."
Gussie Fink-Nottle remains a favourite.

10:18 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

I did toy with asking Mr Wodehouse to write for me but I feel my blog is too poor for a writer of his standard.

7:23 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Those frocks make you look so slim.
It's the bias cut.
The hair and make up in the series was excellent as well.

I know.
There are so many different plots and characters interlinked in every story.

Saki's cook may have been good - but not a patch on Anatole.
I love the wet blanket - but he does sometimes put a damper on things. Rather like Gussie's newts.

Well Will Shakespeare didn't grumble.
You can only ask.

10:19 am  
Blogger zIggI said...

Teachers' pensions make my eyes bleed. Hugh **sigh** is sex on legs but he wouldn't have been such a sublime Bertie with out Mr Fry upholding his end.

1:18 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

But you'll get one soon won't you?
OK - well for soon read later.
Fry and Laurie were born to do Jeeves and Woooster. A casting dream.

7:41 pm  
Blogger xl said...

[off topic]

Somewhat ironically I suppose, the Send Follow-up Comments Via E-mail Thingy no longer works for me. :(

1:06 am  
Blogger zIggI said...

sadly not, I am not a teacher but I have to deal with them, teachers and teachers' pensions people - they like to over-complicate.

but don't mind me I'm just moaning as per, I need a stiff martini, which is a funny name for a pool boy isn't it?

10:50 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

That just isn't fair - after you gave them all that publicity.
I'm still reading the long list of comments about your warning labels.

Oh poor you - dealing with teachers is not enviable. I rarely taught the crème de la crème so I learned to avoid overcomplication.

Send the lovely Mr Martini over here.
Sadly no pool - but the bath could do with a good clean.

11:54 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't watch it a while back because there were no subtitles, but now there seem to be, unless we're just tuning in at the right time! I love it, anyway.

The songs always make me giggle.

1:35 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

The one problem with the TV series (including the sublime-but-largely-lost one starring Ian Carmichael and Dennis Price) is the loss of Wodehouse's startling metaphor. Even such a great acrtess as Joan Sanderson would underachieve in comparison with "whose demeanour was now rather like that of one who, picking daisies on the railway, has just caught the down express in the small of the back."

1:58 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I often use subtitles for the American shows but Bertie and Jeeves have excellent diction.
Let's hope they've put them on for the latest repeats.

Was Joan Sanderson in the Ian Charmichael series?
Each aunt has been played by a few different actresses in this one.
No wonder Bertie says "In these disturbed days in which we live, it has probably occurred to all thinking men that something drastic ought to be done about aunts ......"

7:23 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

She wasn't, but she is my litmus test for Comedy Dragon.

9:28 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

However, imdb tells me that she played Lady Bassett in Wodehouse Playhouse (TV, 1976)
Though I don't think this was the same Lady Bassett - i.e. Madeline's mother.

9:05 am  
Blogger Kerrie said...

I am so impressed with the Blue Peter badge. The only badge I ever had said "Wine Me Dine Me Sixty Nine Me" but my mum banned it.
My friend Vanda is madly in love with Hugh Lawrie but I won't be fighting her for a go.

5:34 pm  
Blogger Pete said...

brilliant series!! i've got it

6:52 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

(Blushes) - I didn't come by it legally.
Your badge is a new one on me. I'm envious.


7:57 am  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

Jeeves and Wooster are fantastic. I rather think Laurie and Fry are playing to character though. Public school twits with too much money and not enough sense... ???

9:26 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Spot on - glad you like it.
When I started appreciating a 'public school twit' series I was a tad worried about myself.

7:51 pm  

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