Wednesday, August 31, 2011
In the world of rhyming slang it is either a handkerchief (hankie) or an American (Yankee). For the latter, the Cockney's don't seem to mind if the American concerned is from the north or south!
I can't say it's a common expression in the slang world. For a Cockney rhyming slang for American, the one I have heard more often is 'septic' for 'septic tank' = yank.
I've probably given the game away in the title.
They are all rhyming slang for the act of urination!
Christopher Lee = pee or wee.
Johnny Cash = slash.
Nelson riddle = piddle.
I tended to hear Jimmy Riddle after Jimmy Riddle Hoffa. "Going for a jimmy" is the general expression.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
A largely archaic and pointless item, most homes no longer have a toast rack, so the sight of one is largely confined to b&bs. A reassuring day off and breakfast with toast nicely cooled off in a toast rack!
For those interested, toast racks date back to the late 18th century, they were designed to stop the toast getting soggy due to the steam condensing. Electric toasters made them fairly unnecessary, but they are still mass produced.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
There are several Frankie MP3 downloads here.
I used to have the 'shut yer face' as a text message alert on my phone, I was giving a lift to an elderly gent, and when I received a text message he said "what did you say", it took a while to explain it was my phone.
This is not the best example, but there is one at around 23-24 seconds
Saturday, August 13, 2011
In the UK especially we do have gurning contests and according to Wikipedia these date back as far as 1267. These contests don't seem to be that commonplace, I've never been to one.
If we set aside a minute a year when everyone has a gurn then that's fine with me, on a Wednesday during Prime Minster's questions in the House of Commons would be a good start.
Anyway here's my favourite gurner, Mr. Les Dawson
Friday, August 12, 2011
It was often used in TV programmes such as Porridge and Minder. In the former the inmates were already doing bird in the latter Arthur Daley was constantly trying to not end up doing bird.
|Arthur Daley - at large and definitely not doing bird.|
It's possible that it was also used by criminals on their hands and where the expression 'sticky fingers' came from. The slang meaning however is rhyming lime with time,
'Time' is a slang description of a prison sentence, so there you have it.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I'm sure Marvin would hate me giving him as a reason to be cheerful.
"Here I am brain the size of a planet...."
Anyway I would suggest the version of Marvin from the TV series, voiced by the exceptional Stephen Moore
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Distance seems to make happenings around the world almost fictional at times, television and internet pictures are just pictures, when they get nearer to home they become that bit more real.
However this blog is frivolous at best so I won't dwell!
Here's a picture that amused me from today's happenings, posted on the door at Subway
Monday, August 8, 2011
Now having rebooted the brand they appear to have made a not very good film.
The Smurfs originated in Belgium. The Smurf Song was written and performed by Dutch singer Father Abraham (Pierre Kartner), a writer of over 1600 tunes. His Smurf oeuvres has sold in excess of 25 million copies and The Smurf Song itself was number one in 16 countries.
So let's have a listen to Father Abraham and The Smurfs
So Nick Clegg is new rhyming slang for beg, as in the phrase "If I couldn't afford tuition fees I would Nick Clegg, borrow or steal my way to university"
|David Cameron demonstrates to Nick Clegg how to nick clegg from Nick Clegg|
Sunday, August 7, 2011
They were also the basis of books and TV programmes written by Elizabeth Beresford. The central Wombles of the TV programme and the books lived under Wimbledon Common in London.
The Wombles were the original recyclers, making good use of the things that they find, rather like the fictional characters in The Borrowers.
Characters in the TV programmes included Great Uncle Bulgaria, Madame Cholet, Orinoco, Tomsk, Wellington and Bungo.
Several of The Wombles formed a band and had a series of hits in the 1970s, aided by songwriter Mike Batt, number one hits included Remember You're A Womble
I once owned a full length Wombles suit (it was Orinoco).
The TV series was narrated by Bernard Cribbins and here's an episode.
After several years underground, The Wombles ventured out again in 2011 to perform at Glastonbury, surprisingly the years had been kind to them.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
In 1970 Lowe narrated a story on Jackanory, The Emperor's Oblong Pancake by Peter Hughes, otherwise prior to the Mr Men there doesn't appear to be any other narration work.
If you ever hear me telling a story I often have Arthur Lowe in my head!
Well here's my favourite, Mr Topsy-Turvy
Friday, August 5, 2011
An emotional and amusing song, talking about his dad and their relationship.
It was also recorded by Suggs on the tribute album Brand New Boots and Panties
and My Old Man quite often a reason for me to be cheerful. Funny, cheeky, loud, kind, understanding, trusting, and a million other adjectives, some good, some bad, he was many things to many people.
My old man, August 5th 1935 - August 5th 2005.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Ruby Murray herself was born in 1935 and was something of a child star in her native Belfast.
By 1955 she was number one in the British singles chart with Softly Softly. She held a record of 5 records in the top 20 of the charts, a record that no other female artist has even matched. Her chart career was overtaken by the advent of rock & roll and the more commercial pop songs of the 60s but she remained a popular touring artist.
A Ruby Murray as Cockney rhyming slang for Britain's most famous food, the curry made it in 2005 into the Oxford English dictionary.
Ruby died in 1996 and her name was synonymous with the dish then, whether she was pleased with being remembered for having a name that rhymed rather than her singing career is unclear.