Monday, 4 January 2021

A Late Sunday Lunch,

for us today,

Diana had popped out to Bromley to meet one of her work colleagues for a Sunday lunch time take away coffee, whilst in Bromley she noticed this chappie, Diana took his photograph as it reminded her of the penny farthings that are so much a feature of The Prisoner that we were watching yesterday,

in the village guest do not have names, they are know only as numbers, featuring the penny farthing,

after Diana arrived back home, it was time for a pre-lunch sherry,

for our starter mini chicken kievs,

we need bigger plates!


we still had some tomahawk steaks that were in the freezer left over from Christmas,

Diana ready with the gravy,

no gravy for myself,

now the bit I really enjoy,

gnawing on the bone,


for dessert, a bowl of sliced melon,

tonight we used the bigger Monopoly board, which does not like me, I lost again! then a bit of fun,

Diana decided to see what it would look like,

if she changed her hair colour,

the results looked quite spectacular,

I am not sure if Diana likes any of them,

but it was fun trying them,

I have to say for myself a natural colour is best, but great fun trying the new shades, we listened to music for the early part of the evening, 

and then decided to watch an old favourite, it was a series made by the BBC, who have since banned showing the series as a repeat, as it was deemed that the British public are too sensitive to watch comedy shows like this, the series is called It Ain't Half Hot Mum which was in the process of being brought back to TV screens, but it will now never be seen again, the show when it was broadcast between 1974 and 1981 was extremely popular, it attracted audiences of around 15 million at its peak, but it controversially made jokes about the cultural differences between the Indians, Burmese and Japanese, a TV source said: 'the word has gone out the series of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum will never be shown in the future on the channel, the censors feel the undertone of racism and catty remarks about different races and religions has no place on BBC channels', the show was written and created by David Croft and Jimmy Perry, the people behind Dad's Army, and 'Allo 'Allo! it was set in British India and was about the adventures of a Royal Artillery Concert Party, 

the show courted controversy in its heyday for having Rangi Ram, an Indian character, played by a white actor, Michael Bates, co-writer Jimmy Perry said, a few years ago: 'it’s without doubt the funniest series David Croft and I wrote, it’s also the show we’re not allowed to talk about, BBC spies are everywhere!' far from being racist, the show’s real hero was the resourceful Rangi Ram, he said, and the homophobic Sergeant Major Williams, played by Windsor Davies, who was created to lampoon such prejudices, not to endorse them, but as usual older cultures are being judged by modern morals, it always makes me laugh when I see examples of 18th and 19th century culture being held accountable by 21st century morals, it may not be correct now, (I wish it was), but at the time it was OK to hang mass murders and those that murdered children, policemen,

but the good news is that we have all 6 episodes of the show, we found it immensely funny, but then humour is different for everyone, but the fact is that so many people found this show funny at the time I do not see why the BBC has to ban it now, I guess there will not be much chance of seeing Alf Garnet again then in Till Death Us Do Part, (we have that series as well I am happy to say), so it will be interesting to see what other shows the BBC decide are too sensitive for the British public to watch, yet again the snowflakes have won, as an aside Lofty the role of Gunner "Lofty" Sugden in the sitcomwhich was first broadcast in 1974 and ran until 1981. Davies' Sergeant Major character often made fun of Lofty in the storylines. The character was given the ironic nickname of Lofty because of Estelle's 4 ft 9 in (145 cm) stature, Estelle had a powerful tenor voice, and had a Number 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart in 1975 with a semi-comic version of "Whispering Grass" and here it is, 

great fun, pity the ultra PC BBC will not allow the British public to watch this oh so funny series again,

 we rounded off the evening with The Fearless Vampire Killers, a lavishly made and enjoyable film, I have to say we really enjoyed watching this film again, a bit dated now but if you have not seen it give it a try, the film was also known as Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck, the 1967 comedy horror film was directed by Roman Polanski, written by Gérard Brach and Polanski, produced by Gene Gutowski and co-starring Polanski with future wife Sharon Tate, who died so tragically, with the end of that we were off to bed.

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