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Humour for all ages
on 20 November 2013
I a very proud that my 16 year old daughter can imitate Able Seaman Johnson to a "t" and recite verbatim vast chunks of a previous Navy Lark CD, which we bought as a means of sending her and her brother to sleep on long car journeys. It had precisely the opposite effect.
This is classic with a big C; I grew up listening to this and other Post War radio shows since a TV did not arrive until 1973 - Thank God for that.
If you don't get this humour, and the rest of these priceless shows like Beyond Our Ken, |Gerard Hoffnung, Flanders and Swan, , the Goons, Men from the Ministry, Al Read, I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue, and the piece de resistance Round the Horne there is no hope for you.
I would say it anyway but these guys and gals - just listen to Betty Marsden doing her Daphne Whitethigh take off of Fanny Craddock and squirm when she does her Dame Celia Molestrangler skit of Celia Johnson - and to a certain extinct their American cousins of the same vintages - my daughter can also recite the whole of a Best of Stan Freberg CD with all the accents- are in a different Solar system compared to the utterly dreadful tripe and claptrap that serves as adult humour today - Paul Merton and Peter Kay excepted.
Utterly priceless and IMHO timeless if you take the trouble to know the history of Britain from the Great War onwards.