sir_guinglain: (PitWheelWoodhorn)
( Aug. 9th, 2016 04:30 pm)
"Mind Dickie teks things varry literal. He's watchin' Ted Heath mekkin a speech at the Convarsative Conference when it was on the telly. "We must, we must" sez Ted "Wage war against poverty". So Dick gans strite oot and shoots a tramp."
---Dick Irwin and Scott Dobson, Geordie Laffs (Newcastle: Frank Graham, 1970) p. 9
sir_guinglain: (UKPolitics)
( Nov. 16th, 2011 01:57 am)
It's just like old times - I'm writing in the middle of the night. This is because I'm only fairly recently back from London after a family-and-friends trip to see A Walk On Part at the Soho Theatre Downstairs, adapted from the diaries of Chris Mullin, MP for Sunderland South 1983-2010, by Michael Chaplin. I was told by one who has read the diaries that Chaplin's drastic abridgement successfully represented content and flavour. I thought the performances tended towards over-caricature at first, but they settled down, with John Hodgkinson displaying great skill in his portrayal of Mullin, effectively a two-hour monologue with interjections from the other four cast members, who shared ninety-six parts between them, from the prime minister of Ethiopia and a Northumberland landowner to a Ukrainian refugee schoolboy and a Sunderland newsagent, via Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and other players of the New Labour era.
The Independent reports that Dr Ian Bradley from the University of St Andrews has proposed that St Aidan become patron saint of the United Kingdom. As someone for whom stories of Aidan, Oswald, Cuthbert and all were the stuff of first school history, I am attracted to this idea; though doubt whether a St Aidan's Day would at first attract even as little attention as St George's Day has until recently.
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