Never mind the gaps
No, not a dance troupe!
But it was not an entertaining image that I saw on the front page of last Saturday’s Times newspaper. I thought at first I was seeing the photo of an All Blacks haka performance, so grimly martial and determined did this band of young men appear.
But no, they turned out to be Isis fighters performing for the camera, and now, apparently, invading Afghanistan, intent on their usual activities of slaughter and intimidation.
Songs of Love from the Imperial programme
I was never really into Cole Porter, Irving Berlin & co – but now that I’m researching Reg Varney’s involvement in showbiz of the 1940s and 50s many of those vaguely remembered tunes seem to be floating back into my head. As my friend Annie admitted, she found during the afternoon that she could remember all the lyrics of these celebrated works.
And I reckon that I was missing masses of the jokes, feeling at the time that the actors could have enunciated more clearly - although that’s what my elderly deaf mother would have said. But I heard more than enough to enjoy.
G&S with footballers & WAGs
I’m pretty sure that today’s feminists would have taken a dim view of the ‘thwarted WAG’ character Angie Sullivan ‘The Claimant’ (Rebekah Engeler) and ‘innocent rose of a girl’ who ends up in one scene sitting on Mr Justice Soxon’s (Simon Jones) lap. The judge’s line - ‘as she only cares for wealth I shall marry her myself’ - would have made a few lips purse.
And cockney love-rat and Chelsea football player Eddie Gilbert (Robert Felstead) aka ‘The Defendant’, with his view that girls like ‘muscular thighs and wealth’ would have been booed off stage in some theatres.