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Friday, April 01, 2005

The Bee Bee Cee

Seeing as how slagging the media seems to be sport of the moment, I'm reminded of a story about the BBC from back in the days when it was the pinnacle of jounalistic rectitude.

Shortly after the defeat of Nazi Germany, some enterprising American travel agents started operating tours of the battle grounds of Europe. Apparently there was a sudden enthusiasm amongst Americans for visiting Europe once bullets had ceased to fly. The BBC decided to do a story on this phenomenon and sent one of its plummy voices out to Gatwick to interview a Yank. The scheduled aircraft arrived on time and the first bloke off the plane was a huge, red headed, bull necked Texan. Diminutive Plummy approached Bull Neck, thrust out his microphone and by way of openers asked. "Excuse me sir, welcome to England and can you tell me, what do you think of London?"

Bull Neck replied "Ah thaink London is an ass hole!"

Quick as a flash, Plummy came back with "cough cough errr, and of course you're just passing through then, are you?

The Yank didn't get it.

I'm told that story lurks somewhere on BBC archives.

Which reminds me of a remarkable piece I heard on Australian ABC radio around about 1988. During the mid 1930s, some visionary genius in the ABC went out and recorded interviews with a number of people aged over 90.

I heard those interviews being replayed. You must pause and think about that. Realise that in 1988, there I was, actually listening to a lady reminiscing about her childhood experiences in Melbourne at about the time the Treaty of Waitangi was being signed. There was a hilarious moment when, in all inocence she said "Our father always took us away for a holiday at Christmas time but we never went overseas, not even to Tasmania."

Old habits die hard. The bloody Ockers still don't recognise Tassie as part of the nation.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 4/01/2005 11:16:00 AM


Blogger ZenTiger said...

Reminds me of the "Passage to India" line in "Meet the Feebles"

4/01/2005 01:24:00 PM  

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