Sunday, 24 April 2016

That's the colour of our Margaret's shower curtains - them varicose veins over there

Just because...

...It is a Sunday...
...The weather's turned horrid again, so it's been too cold to potter in the garden...
...I've had enough of lumping around with this broken foot, but know I still have weeks to go before I can remove the "big boot"...
...The world needs some cheering up...

Here's some more of the much-missed Miss Victoria Wood!

Turkish Bath:

In the Supermarket:

A Fairly Ordinary Man [starring Jim Broadbent]:

Ena, Martha and Minnie ("Coronation Street"):

"Kitty" [Patricia Routledge]:

And finally, of course - the Ballad of Barry and Freda...

Everybody loved "Barry and Freda", it seems - and everybody loved Victoria Wood.
  • "I've got a degree; does that mean I have to spend my life with intellectuals? I've also got a life-saving certificate, but I don't spend my evenings diving for a rubber brick with my pyjamas on."
  • "Foreplay is like beefburgers – three minutes on each side."
  • "I haven't got a waist. I've just got a sort of place, a bit like an unmarked level crossing."
  • "A man is designed to walk three miles in the rain to phone for help when the car breaks down, and a woman is designed to say, ‘You took your time’ when he comes back dripping wet."
  • "I once went to one of those parties where everyone throws their car keys into the middle of the room. I don’t know who got my moped but I’ve been driving that Peugeot for years."
  • "Sexual harassment at work... is it a problem for the self-employed?"
  • "She said 'Victoria, I see you in a beige Kaftan' I said, 'well I see you in an oxygen tent' and put the 'phone down."
  • "I looked up the symptoms of pregnancy ... moody, irritable, big bosoms ... I've obviously been pregnant for thirty-six years."
  • "My boyfriend had a sex manual but he was dyslexic. I was lying there and he was looking for my vinegar."
  • "Everyone's a national treasure these days; you can't move for them. But there should only ever be one at a time. For years, it was Dame Thora Hird. After she died, it was going to be Judi Dench, but then Joanna Lumley saved the Gurkhas so she got the gig."
  • "Life’s not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597."


  1. Thank you for that. I'm still stunned by this week's celebrity losses! JJx

    1. There has been rather a glut, hasn't there? I'd be watching Brucie very carefully if I were his family. Jx

    2. A terrible loss. We've just been watching dinnerladies - the "Bring your Mother to work episode" (Moods). The cast list for that alone is a roll call of the best of British comedy. All the usual cast plus Thora Hird; Eric Sykes and Dora Bryan( Marvellous stuff.

    3. One thing Victoria Wood was fabulous at - much like Alan Bennett or Jennifer Saunders - was her use of beloved character actors in the most innocuous bit-parts in her comedy sketches. Every one of them went along for the ride... Jx

  2. PS. My money is on Brucie for the "rule of three" - or whatever number of famous people we're up to now!

    1. Mind you, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Olivia De Havilland, Kirk Douglas and Billy Graham are all just about alive and supposedly hitting their centenary this year... Jx

    2. Now that was a treat! New to some clips, but familiar with the Patricia Routledge clip. I adore her. If something happens to her, I may go into a depression. I was just telling MJ I was very happy this weekend, as our public station started re-running episodes of Dawn French in the Vicar of Dibley. I had forgotten how funny that show was.

    3. It may just be a touch of national pride, but - Golden Girls aside - Great Britain has produced some absolutely top-notch comedy over the years - and yes, let's hope Miss Routledge (and Miss French and Miss Saunders) remains in sturdy good health for many years to come... Jx

  3. Damn you, Jon! Now I'm going to get lost in Victoria Wood clips for the rest of the morning. I do have other procrastination to accomplish as well, you know!

    ::goes back to watch the Kitty clip again::

    Sherry's acceptable at 9:17 in the morning, isn't it?

    1. "She's a nice girl, but when someone chain-smokes Capstan Full Strength and wears a coalman's jerkin, you're hardly tempted to sample their dumplings." Jx


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