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Knees up … and toes-up, off the perch, pining for the fiords - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Knees up … and toes-up, off the perch, pining for the fiords

As you’ll recall, an interest of mine is the old demotic pub and music hall and variety culture, and I hope you saw the Beeb’s documentary programme recently about Mrs Mills.

Of course, if you’d watched that, you’ll have seen young Michael Sands discussing and playing the music of the great Glad. And you’ll also have seen young Stewart Nicholls, in this documentary, the director and choreographer. I very much hope that both are seized upon by Roy Hudd, in his capacity as historian-by-default of the music hall and variety tradition, and by Barry Cryer, and made use of in keeping that tradition and history alive.

But what I want to note here is that as performer as well as explicator and living historian, young Mr Sand is brilliant. And clever. And incredibly talented: you simply must watch and listen to his playing.

Turning to matters funerary, of the There’ll Always Be An England sort, I really must again assure overseas readers that I do not in fact make up the more improbable names and characters, as witness these recent obits, including one of one of the originals, one amongst several of the inspirations, for Dr Vickers in Zider:


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tazlet From: tazlet Date: October 4th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmm....given your interest in the golden days of the Empire, how are you on First Class cricket circa 1896?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 5th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

What, Ranji & the Doctor?

Yorks CCC were County champions despite most of the individual records being held by members of the Surrey side; it was a 'home' Ashes year (England retained, 2 games to 1); and the Tabs had the honours, playing MCC to start the season w the Lord's varsity match.

Why do you ask?

(I'll check back when I no longer reek of wet wool & lanolin. Bloody weather. Bloody Met Office.)
tazlet From: tazlet Date: October 5th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: What, Ranji & the Doctor?

Need a cricket-picker for a scene in which The Gentleman Cracksman lobs a ball straight at the Great Detective's head - setting Brighton 1896 (where it is to hoped the occasional exhibition match might have been played).
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 5th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Send it on.

Happy to look at it.
tazlet From: tazlet Date: October 5th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Send it on.

Thank you very much. I'll send it on this evening my time - email?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 5th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


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