Wednesday, 17 January 2018

It's Betty White Day!

Gawd bless ya, Ma'am!

Betty Marion White Ludden (born 17th January 1922)

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Public Information Notice

When using strong chemicals to do the cleaning, always ensure you wear stout gloves.

Thus endeth the lesson for today.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Another of my namesakes is gone

Very sad news - and quite a shock! One of the most distinctive - and one of my fave - vocalists of the modern pop era, Miss Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries is dead, aged just 46.

And oh, my dreams,
It's never quite as it seems,
'Cause you're a dream to me,
Dream to me.

RIP, Dolores. We'll miss ya.

Down boy

Groan. I am aching in places where I didn't even realise I had places - after a busy weekend of scrubbing, sorting, boxing-up, and making a start on clearing out the excess stuff in the extensive gardens here at Dolores Delargo Towers.

Now, as we awake in the darkness, it is pissing with rain, which makes getting up for work just that little bit more joyful. Sigh.

Never mind, eh? - on this Tacky Music ("Blue") Monday, let's cheer ourselves up with dear Betty Grable, living out every gay boy's fantasies (dressing outrageously, behaving even more so), as she dreams of "A dozen husbands":

Note to self: must get my hair done like that for our housewarming party.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Spawn and Spain

The Demon Spawn have not stopped this weekend. Not for a second. From 7am to midnight.

Just two full weeks to go before we'll be rid of them, thank goodness!

Let's have little Spanish moment, methinks - just to remind us that after the dust settles on this arduous move, we have a week in Spain to look forward to in just under three weeks' time...

Here's a gorgeous little number by today's birthday girl Signorina Valente [still with us, thankfully!], accompanied in this clip by the shimmying talents of Signorinas Lollobrigida and Loren and Miss Gardner:

Many happy returns, Caterina Valente (born 14th January 1931)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Blunderwoman blunders off

“Russ said he was looking for a fat woman who could keep a straight face. That was fine by me.”

And so, farewell to the eternal "straight woman" in some of the UK's most popular prime-time comedy shows, including those of Benny Hill, Les Dennis, Dick Emery and Lily Savage. But is for her hysterical roles alongside Russ Abbot in his Madhouse that she is best remembered - including her most famous character "Blunderwoman".

Despite regularly attracting viewing figures in the multi-millions, their style of slapstick comedy was destined to be somewhat sidelined by the time the "cool" 1980s drew to a close, in favour of a more "knowing" brand of humour as espoused by the likes of Ben Elton, French & Saunders and Victoria Wood. But simple pleasures like this sketch still raise a chuckle today this day...

RIP Bella Emberg (born Sybil Dyke, 16th September 1937 – 12th January 2018)

Friday, 12 January 2018

Baby let me be your lovin' teddy bear

Lordy. The suave, sophisticated, and damned sexy Mr Anthony Andrews is seventy years old today!

In his five-decade career, Mr Andrews had starring roles in Danger UXB, Ivanhoe, The Scarlet Pimpernel and, latterly, The King's Speech, as well as numerous stage appearances.

However, it is for his masterful portrayal of the damaged and decadent Lord Sebastian Flyte in my all-time favourite television series Brideshead Revisited for which he will be eternally remembered.

A character that the book's author Evelyn Waugh fancifully based on aristocratic eccentrics such as (his former lover) Alastair Hugh Graham and the notorious Stephen Tennant, Sebastian famously spent his entire life wafting about in a perpetual drunken stupor, accompanied by his faithful teddy bear Aloysius...

...and in a link that is tenuous, to say the least, here's a "bear-related" number to get our hips moving this weekend!

Thank Disco It's Friday - "hoo-hah, hoo-hah"!

...and many happy returns, Anthony Colin Gerald Andrews (born 12th January 1948)