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Tru:   Updated version:

Macbeth and Lady M. arrested at Airport for importing offensive weapons (to wit two daggers) which are impounded.

Prior to Duncan\'s visit, Duninsore Castle searched by M15  or whoever and various wmd confiscated.   Duncan accompanied on his visit bya possee of security men.

Two grooms locatated at Duninsore Castle arrested and held without trial as illlegal immegrants.

Three witches banned from prophesy because they could not find someone to certify their passports, provide utility bills ,  had lost their mobile phones and the internet was not working, and anyway had forgetten their passwords.



Duninsore Castle inspected by H & S and found to be

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Radio Matters / Re: Illiterate scripts for presenters
« on: May 29, 2015, 01:57:45 PM »
IvorThirst Wrote:
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> So Hero Worship means looking for the bare
> necessities!

Or the naked truth!

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Radio Matters / Re: Illiterate scripts for presenters
« on: May 29, 2015, 09:33:09 AM »
IvorThirst Wrote:
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> Is that a C Shanti ?

An glass or two of Chianti might be called for

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Radio Matters / Re: Illiterate scripts for presenters
« on: May 28, 2015, 01:40:11 PM »
#-o  I have been complaining about the illiteracy of the BBC generally for years - and to think it used to be famed for setting good example of English syntax and the Flagship for non native speakers abroad!   Now I just switch off mentally from the presenters and grind my teeth  at the written world.

The latest example (though for grammar but for sheer unhelpfulness) is the notice \"The content does not seem to be working\".   No Aunty,  
 it it not that it does not \"seem\" to be working - it isn\'t ****!!!!!!$$$\"^^%%%***** working? :X

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Having looked at photos of both on Wilki, I think I see how I(and apparently others) made the mistake.  Its the peering over specs plus the mustache and perhaps even more the caricature of an old man by a comparatively young one  - with acrobatics .  Or is someone now going to tell me that Clive Dunne used a stunt man?

IE sorry to bring a twinge of disagreement , but accepting that \" there (was) a war on you know\" Capt M \'s attitude to Germans was illogical.  There is a very funny episode where he is supposed to lecture on identifying German paratroops by uniform, insignia etc.   Instead he  points out thick necks, eyes too close together etc., type casting is the most dangerous form of racism and I dont know how he makes it funny, but he does and thank goodness for that!   He also explicitly and implicitly believes that the English are definitely superior to ANY other race  - only making slight  hurried modification to British when glared at by Fraser,  Again to make a comedy of it not to mention the ageism and sexism of the programme comes close enough to genuis as makes no odds.  Maybe it goes so non PC it comes out the other end!

Maybe we didnt appreciate it quite so much first time round because there was so much competition from really good comedies with brilliant actors debunking  pretentiousnessn :  Sir Humphrey Appleby , Margo Leadbetter and Audrey Forbes Hamilton spring to mind.

Its late and I will leave IE to tell me why my spell check is having kittens at the last sentence.   After all I am not perfick.

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Come to think of it, I went the other way round, I wasnt keen on DA to start with but  increasingly enjoyed the repeats.    I think it owes a lot of the main character -both in writing and acting .  Captain M really is a racist, sexist, pompous old  bigot who should be highly irritating, but one ends up feeling quite fond of him!   The other thing is, perhaps, that dated as it is, it is true to life as it was then - at least according to my father who had been in the Home Guard  and nearly cried with laughter at the first episodes - he particularly remembered the makeshift weaponry.  And reading about John Le Mesurier  it seems that was very nearly type casting.

Some of the characters irritate me a bit when they go ott - the Warden and Fraser and particularly Jones - though perhaps thats because I saw him first as Mr. Pastry.

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James Beck, who played Private Walker tragically died suddenly in 1974 aged 44, and character did not appear in subsequent TV programmes as far as I know.   I had not realised that another actor took the part on Radio?

All Gas and Gaiters was a programme I loved the first time round but it was one of those in which I  was disappointed when I rediscovered it  again on Radio 7. Perhaps I  had \"put away childish things\"8-)  Dad\'s Army, on the other hand, seems to have a timeless quality and I can still laugh at the third or fourth repeat.

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Thanks for the thought, Jan, but I would have preferred to have heard  or seen the Play itself.  imho the BBC has too many programmes with people talking about books, plays, even sport, and not enough of the original!

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The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Oops, there goes ...
« on: May 01, 2015, 05:00:20 PM »
Or \"half sick of shadows\"











The fairy Lady of Shalott

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The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Oops, there goes ...
« on: May 01, 2015, 04:16:35 PM »
Yes, but I rather suspect she might be ill - met by Moonlight!












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The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Warning Audible.co.uk scam
« on: April 27, 2015, 01:43:34 PM »
Tru ; I was just checking although I knew you would not have missed any obvious warning about availability:): and  to point out  the failure to issue such a warning is an indication either of inefficiency, neglicence or intention to mislead and if the former would have implications in civil if not criminal law.

Agreed there are \"far worse things happen at sea\" or in our ruthless commercial world; but your experience in this instance is symptomatic and should be brough to light and taken seriously.

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The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Salutations Willie Wobble Dagger...
« on: April 26, 2015, 08:03:13 PM »
Ok I am not infallible,  I forget Hamlet - I did listen to that, but never realised A and C was on!  The list isnt BY Shakespeare - just hangers on to his name.  Proves the BBC are not only not making him accessible -   they are making his works inaccessible and disguising the fact.

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The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Warning Audible.co.uk scam
« on: April 26, 2015, 02:43:50 PM »
Tru.  Did Audible in their promotion or an offer of a free trial of a book of your choice  use the three simple words \"subject to availability\"?    Did they in any indicate that this particular title might not be available and suggest you gave a choice of one or two alternatives if it wasnt?

If they didnt and the book was not available then the contract between you is null and void (at least according to English Law , unless it has been changed recently, and you are entitled to cancel it without explanation  and get your money back without delay.

Better still, does any kind of Advertising Standards legislation apply to on line offers and is there an authority to whom it could be reported?

Most genuine \"free offers\" in the real world cover their backs when offering an item with finite supply by \"subject to availability\" or similar wording

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The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Salutations Willie Wobble Dagger...
« on: April 25, 2015, 08:20:40 PM »
I agree  Tru and Ivor,, but we are not talking about \"remakes\" here :  think how many thousands of different stage and film versions there must have been of Shakespeare\'s plays!  We are talking about the Beeb who play the same material on endless repeats and cant even be ar.............er bothered to dig out one single play to celebrate the Anniversary of Britain\'s most famous playwright and poet.

Thanks for doing the search Mat.  I think your \"unsytematic\" seach proves not only that The BBC is largely ignoring Shakespeare but it also proves my earlier argument that their Website is extremely unhelpful and inaccessible, and is designed to con you into watching and listening to what they want you to , and not help you find what you want.

It also proves that my memory is still not totally fallible nor my watching out for interesting plays (aided kindly by Tru and Jan) totally  inept.

As for other plays, apart from repeats of THE SAME Shows by Wilde and Coward (and R3\'s occasional forays  into Ancient Greece to prove they are intellectual) real drama , ie  plays ,  is sparse and totally depressing

As for films on Television, finding one worth watching is like looking for a needle in a haystack and finding a nugget of gold!

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The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Salutations Willie Wobble Dagger...
« on: April 25, 2015, 02:33:24 PM »
I rest my case.  Mat\'s statistics prove that we are not exactly overwhelmed with with material from the Bard.    I remember the Radio production of the Dream and  they televised it as well (I didnt have access to TV) and from the press descriptions it was a very special productionn.  Why do repeats?

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