Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"I don't know what they got up to in there, but we never had a single cucumber." It might not make much sense to you out of context, but I heard this statement uttered during an episode of the delightful British comedy series Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, and it didn't make much sense when you'd seen the whole thing, either! The series is from the 70s, and apparently only ran 3 seasons. It stars Michael Crawford, better known later on as the Phantom of the Opera, and Michele Dotrice as his perpetually put-upon wife Betty (pronounced BET-eeeeee). Poor Frank does try, but he is always getting into one scrape or another. My favorite episode has been "George's House", when Frank manages to single-handedly destroy his brother-in-law's high-tech house.

The latest edition of Fate magazine contains an interesting article titled Strange Tales from the London Underground. The author points out all sorts of odd creatures that have been observed in the Underground over the years, including ghosts, big cats, and weird inbred types who have lived, apparently mostly unobserved, underground for years. My favorite Underground oddity has to be the story of the "creature" captured in the 1940s. According to the article, the "dirt-encrusted and hair-covered caveman" was "around six feet in height and completely naked. It had a heavy brow, wide nose, and very muscular arms and legs." I don't know what all the fuss was about. I see "creatures" like that every time I travel on the Underground!
Final Verdict for Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: Four Gherkins, for being a delightful slapstick comedy


Gail Is This Mutton? said...

Lisanne it's very heartwarming to see you writing about the island. If you enjoyed "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em" you might also like "Keeping up Appearances" where is a parody on the upwardly mobile.

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