Thursday, 28 May 2015

The Daily Teaser — 28-5-2015: The Goon Show.

I’m not a football fan.

I’ve never especially been keen on the game.

Things like the World Cup, and the various European Championships tournaments?   Tend to either pass me by, get ignored … or seen as a bloody nuisance.

On the other hand … ?   I worked in pubs for 14 years.   Professionally speaking, it comes in handy to know who’s up, who’s down, and who the major managers are.   I still feel David Moyes, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, was hard done by: given he was booted out after only a few weeks.

So one can’t be unaware that football’s governing body is FIFA.

One can’t be unaware of the fact that — yesterday — several senior FIFA officials were arrested.

One can’t be unaware of one fact that many football fans … aren’t going to be surprised.

I’ll be frank: from the little I know, there’s been talk — amongst fans — of FIFA corruption for years … 

From the little I know?   Yesterday’s arrests aren’t surprising.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* and Wayne† putting in their answers: with Wayne scoring five out of five and Debbi scoring four and a half.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s Goon Show themed questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, license and video … 

Q1) 28th May saw the first broadcast of The Goon Show: in which year of the 1950s?
Q2) The show’s main scriptwriter was Terence Alan Milligan.   Terence was better known how?
Q3) Which of his characters was — arguably — ALSO a type of cake?
Q4) Osric Pureheart and Hugh Jampton were played by which member of The Goons?
Q5) That actor also presented a children’s show: between 1973 and 1980.   What was it called?
Q6) Major Bloodnok, Bluebottle and Henry Crun were all played by whom?
Q7) The actor who played Bluebottle was also associated with a fictional (film) detective.   What was that detective’s name?
Q8) The Goons only Welsh member, Harry Secombe, regularly played which character?
Q9) Secombe was also a singer.   In which range: Tenor, baritone or bass?
Q10) The series ended in 1960.   When was The Last Goon Show Of All broadcast?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 27th May, 927, saw the death of Simeon 1st: broadly regarded as the first emperor of which European country?
A1) Bulgaria.
Q2) 27th May, 1927, saw the Ford Motor Company cease production of the Model T.   In which Aldous Huxley novel is Ford regarded as a messiah?
Q3) 27th May, 1942, saw assassins from Operation Anthropoid kill senior Nazi, Reinhard Heydrich.   At the time, Heydrich was the governor of a region that’s now in which European country?
A3) The Czech Republic.
Q4) 27th May, 1941, saw the final sinking of which German battleship?
A4) The Bismarck.
Q5) Finally … 27th May, 1935, saw the birth of actress and model, Lee Merriwether.   She, Eartha Kitt, Anne Hathaway and Camren Bicondova, have all played versions of which character?
A5) Catwoman.
I’ll leave you with an excerpt from one well known Goon Show script …
*Various timepieces ticking, chiming and cuckooing. A chicken clucking. Finally a hooter.*
Bluebottle: What time is it Eccles?
Eccles: Err, just a minute. I’ve got it written down on a piece of paper. A nice man wrote the time down for me this morning.
Bluebottle: Ooooh, then why do you carry it around with you Eccles?
Eccles: Welll, um, if a anybody asks me the time, I can show it to dem.
Bluebottle: Wait a minute Eccles, my good man.
Eccles: What is it fellow?
Bluebottle: It’s writted on this bit of paper, what is eight o’clock, is writted.
Eccles: I know that my good fellow. That’s right, um, when I asked the fella to write it down, it was eight o’clock.
Bluebottle: Well then. Supposing when somebody asks you the time, it isn’t eight o’clock?
Eccles: Well den, I don’t show it to ’em.
Bluebottle: Ooohhh.
Eccles: [smacks lips] yeah.
Bluebottle: Well how do you know when it’s eight o’clock?
Eccles: I’ve got it written down on a piece of paper.
Bluebottle: Ohh, I wish I could afford a piece of paper with the time written on.
Eccles: Oohhhh.
Bluebottle: ’Ere Eccles?
Eccles: Yah.
Bluebottle: Let me hold that piece of paper to my ear would you? ’Ere. This piece of paper ain’t goin’
Eccles: What? I’ve been sold a forgery.
Bluebottle: No wonder it stopped at eight o’clock.
Eccles: Oh dear.
Bluebottle: You should get one of them tings my Grandad’s got.
Eccles: Oooohhh.
Bluebottle: His firm give it to him when he retired.
Eccles: Oooohhh.
Bluebottle: It’s one of dem tings what it is that wakes you up at eight o’clock, boils the kettil, and pours a cuppa tea.
Eccles: Ohhh yeah. What’s it called? Um.
Bluebottle: My Granma.
Eccles: Ohh. Ohh, wait a minute. How does she know when it’s eight o’clock.
Bluebottle: She’s got it written down on a piece of paper.
And this tune … 

Enjoy your day … !

*        Cheers, Debbi!   (Oh, sorry about the half point, Debbi: but, strictly speaking, it ’s now — as Wayne Said, yesterday — the Czech Republic, one of Czechoslovakia’s successor states.)

†        Wayne … I think I’d appreciate you having a look at the comment I left you, yesterday.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

No problem! :)

1. 1951
2. Spike Milligan
3. Eccles
4. Michael Bentine
5. Michael Bentine's Potty Time
6. Peter Sellers
7. Chief Inspector Clouseau
8. Neddie Seagoon
9. baritone
10. 1972