Tag Archive | British Culture

British Culture: Top of the Pops 1984.

Life is history, it goes so quickly just when you think it will never end.
Published on Nov 27, 2016

TOTP 1984 Christmas Day Special. Recorded onto a VHS Tape, Xmas Day 1984 (32 years ago!).

00:00 – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes
03:14 – Duran Duran – The Reflex

duran_duran
07:42 – Nik Kershaw – I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down
11:00 – Culture Club – War Song

Culture-Club
14:44 – Thompson Twins – Doctor Doctor
19:10 – Jim Diamond – I Should Have Known Better
23:29 – Paul Young – Love of The Common People

26:51 – Duran Duran – Wild Boys
31:06 – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power of Love
36:18 – Thompson Twins – You Take Me Up
40:07 – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
44:00 – Band Aid – Do They Know it’s Christmas?

British Culture Comedy: Freddie Starr.

The Great Freddie Starr

Freddie Starr funny interview on The Alan Titchmarsh Show – 2nd March 2009

Alan Titchmarsh started as a TV Gardener and people loved his charm.  Alan Titchmarsh’s Summer Garden | How to Feed Your Plants | Waitrose

Starr was born in Huyton, Liverpool, England.[2] Under his birth name, he appeared as a teenager in the film Violent Playground in 1958. In the early 1960s, Starr was the lead singer of the Merseybeat pop group The Midniters. The group was promoted by the manager of the Beatles, Brian Epstein, and was recorded on the Decca label by Joe Meek, the record producer of the single “Telstar”. During this period Starr performed in nightclubs in Hamburg and was an acquaintance of the Beatles.

Freddie Starr.

Freddie is a great singer but in his act he preferred to make us laugh but this time he let us hear him sing.
Starr gave an interview to the Herald Express, the local newspaper for Torbay in Devon which was published on 20 July 2007. In it he says that his father was violent and broke both his legs, a claim which does not appear in his 2001 autobiography Unwrapped. He says that he was taken away from home for two years at the age of six after his father beat him up. In Unwrapped, Starr gives speech problems as the reason he spent two years away from home as a child.
Published on Apr 17, 2016

The healing power of laughter

For people living with cancer, it may seem strange to find humor when facing such serious issues. Yet, laughter can be helpful in ways you might not have realized or imagined.

Laughter can help you feel better about yourself and the world around you. Laughter can be a natural diversion. When you laugh, no other thought comes to mind. Laughing can also induce physical changes in the body. After laughing for only a few minutes, you may feel better for hours.

When used in addition to conventional cancer treatments, laughter therapy may help in the overall healing process.

According to some studies, laughter therapy may provide physical benefits, such as helping to:

Boost the immune system and circulatory system
Enhance oxygen intake
Stimulate the heart and lungs
Relax muscles throughout the body
Trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)
Ease digestion/soothes stomach aches
Relieve pain
Balance blood pressure
Improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)
Laughter therapy may also help to:

Improve overall attitude
Reduce stress/tension
Promote relaxation
Improve sleep
Enhance quality of life
Strengthen social bonds and relationships
Produce a general sense of well-being.

“I Posted This Video To Thank You Freddie”
Your Videos Have Helped So Many, To Feel So Good!
Thanks Again! Tony.

British Culture: Dame Edna Ever Everage.

In 1959 Humphries moved to London, where he lived and worked throughout the 1960s. He became a friend of leading members of the British comedy scene including Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, Spike Milligan, Willie Rushton and fellow Australian expatriate comedian-actors John Bluthal and Dick Bentley. Humphries performed at Cook’s comedy venue The Establishment, where he became a friend of and was photographed by leading photographer Lewis Morley, whose studio was located above the club. Humphries has been married four times. His first marriage, to Brenda Wright, took place when he was 21 and lasted less than two years. He has two daughters, Tessa and Emily, and two sons, Oscar and Rupert, from his second and third marriages, to Rosalind Tong and Diane Millstead respectively. His elder son Oscar is editor of the art magazine Apollo and a contributing editor at The Spectator.[29] His fourth wife (from 1990), Lizzie Spender, is the daughter of British poet Sir Stephen Spender. They live in a terraced town house in West Hampstead, his home for forty years.

Edna’s Neighborhood Watch.

Sir Les Patterson is a boozy Australian cultural attache; dishevelled, uncouth, lecherous and coarse. He alternates with Edna and Sandy Stone in Humphries’ stage shows and typically features in pre-recorded segments in Dame Edna’s TV shows. He is the polar opposite of Dame Edna, as a Roman Catholic from Sydney not a Protestant from Melbourne.

Sir Les Patterson

Sandy Stone is an elderly Australian man, either single or married with a daughter who died as a child. Humphries is still writing monologues for him, and said in 2016 that slowly the character has deepened, so I begin to understand and appreciate him, and finally feel myself turning into him. He no longer requires makeup for the part, and plays Sandy in his own dressing gown.

Sandy Stone

 

British Culture Comedy: Cannon and Ball.

Tommy Cannon (born Thomas Derbyshire, 27 June 1938) and Bobby Ball (born Robert Harper, 28 January 1944), known collectively as Cannon and Ball, are an English comedy double act best known for their comedy variety show The Cannon and Ball Show, which lasted for nine years on ITV.[1] The duo met in the early 1960s while working as welders in Oldham, Lancashire. They started out as singers working the pubs and clubs of Greater Manchester and switched to comedy after being told comics earned an extra £3 a night.

My husband and I went in Bournemouth middle of the week show and there were only a few in the theater and the duo said “Oh! heck not many here tonight just sit in the front and we’ll start”. So we settled in the front and they gave us the best show ever, no short cuts the very best and I will always remember their kindness to the audience no matter how small they gave the full show.

Their workmates thought they were funny at work that they should try there luck in comedy and the rest is history.

 Sunday Night ‘Live’ Sketches Cannon & Ball .

British Culture Comedy: Morecambe and Wise comedy duo.

In the UK we do have a few comedy duo’s since moving over the pond it seems they are not as many although I do know of Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello.

A lot of the comedy was done there and then first hand.

Morecambe and Wise – Banana Boat Song Sketches

FULL VERSION! Elton on The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Special 1977

The Beatles at the Morecambe & Wise Show – 02/12/63

 

 

BRITISH CULTURE: Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry actors.

James Hugh Calum Laurie OBE is an English actor, writer, director, musician, singer and comedian. He first became known as one-half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his friend and comedy partner. Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell “Ran” Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980). He met Emma Thompson at Cambridge in 1978 when both joined “Footlights” and was introduced to Stephen Fry by Emma in 1980. Hugh is married and lives in Los Angeles. His wife and three children, who previously lived in London, are moving to Los Angeles to live with him. Besides acting and comedy, he has written the best-selling thriller The Gun Seller. A second novel, titled The Paper Soldier, is forthcoming.

Hugh Laurie (Bertie Wooster) sings “Forty-Seven Ginger-Headed Sailors.”

Jeeves meets Wooster.

A Bit of Fry & Laurie – Chicken

British Culture: Danny La Rue – A Fabulous Life In Drag – UK Super Star Female Impersonator!

Danny La Rue passed away 31/05/09. He will be sorely missed by everyone who met him. Danny La Rue was the biggest, and highest paid star in the U.K. His caricatures of the female legends he portrayed are spectacular. No other performer has ever reached the heights Dan did.

British Culture: Danny La Rue started in the early 1950’s.    With Jimmy Stewart.

Danny La Rue with Hollywood actor James Stewart in 1975

In the 1980’s my husband and I went to see the most extravagant fabulous show in London England. In the UK we are used to men dressing as women maybe it comes from Shakespeare’s time when only men played all the parts.

With Princess Margaret.

Danny La Rue meeting Princess Margaret in 1970

Danny La Rue, OBE (born Daniel Patrick Carroll, 26 July 1927 – 31 May 2009) was an Irish born British singer and entertainer, particularly in stage and Theatre known for his singing and cross-dressing performances.

Danny La Rue -Live at Her Majesty’s. 18/03/1984

 

He was appointed OBE in the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honors List. La Rue later stated in an interview that this was “the proudest day of his life”.[9] Other accolades included Royal Variety Performance appearances in 1969, 1972 and 1978, Variety Club of Great Britain Showbiz Personality of the Year (1969), Theatre Personality of the Year (1970), Entertainer of the Decade (1979) and the Brinsworth Award from the EABF for his outstanding contribution to the entertainment profession and the community.[10] In 1987 he was King Rat of the show business charity the Grand Order of Water Rats.

This is his life story.

British Culture I miss. Camp Comedy.

Being English it is hard not to laugh at Camp Comedy I grew up with it and did not find anything weird about it at all but when I moved over the pond comedy was different. So I hope you like this.

BRITISH CULTURE CAMP COMEDY. The ‘Queens’ of Camp Comedy.

Julian Clary at Comic Aid

Les Dawson – Cissie & Ada – At the Doctor’s Surgery