Nov. 30, 1874, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, Eng.
Died Jan. 24, 1965, London
full Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
British statesman, orator, and author who as
prime minister (194045, 195155)
rallied the British people during World War II
and led his country from the brink of defeat to
|After a sensational rise to
prominence in national politics before World War
I, Churchill acquired a reputation for erratic
judgment in the war itself and in the decade that
followed. Politically suspect in consequence, he
was a lonely figure until his response to Adolf
Hitler's challenge brought him to leadership of a
national coalition in 1940. With Franklin D.
Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin he then shaped Allied
strategy in World War II, and after the breakdown
of the alliance he alerted the West to the
expansionist threat of the Soviet Union. He led
the Conservative Party back to office in 1951 and
remained prime minister until 1955, when ill
health forced his resignation.
See also here.
April 16, 1889, London, England died Dec. 25,
1977, Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland
name of Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin British
comedian, producer, writer, director, and
composer who is widely regarded as the greatest
comic artist of the screen and one of the most
important figures in motion picture history.
after his father, a British music hall
entertainer, Chaplin spent his early childhood
with his mother, the singer Hannah Hall. He made
his own stage debut at age five, filling in when
his mother lost her voice in mid-song.
|The mentally unstable Hall
was later confined to an asylum, whereupon
Charlie and his half-brother Sydney were sent to
a series of bleak workhouses and residential
schools. Using his mother's show-business
contacts, Charlie became a professional
entertainer in 1897 when he joined the Eight
Lancashire Lads, a clog-dancing act.
||Did Reginald Perrin wear a
bowler? He certainly should have!
Iolanthe Perrin is a 46-year-old senior sales
executive with Sunshine Desserts, a company that
manufactures instant puddings, jellies and ices.
He lives in the London commuter-belt town of
Climthorpe with his wife, Elizabeth. They have
two children: Mark, a budding actor, and Linda,
who is married to Tom Patterson. They have two
small children, Adam and Jocasta.
|The series revolves around
Reggie as he develops a mid-life crisis, and
becomes more and more frustrated at living the
life of a commuter in the rat-race, every day
doing the same routine catching the same
train to his office, seeing the same old faces at
work, doing the same things all day, every day in
his poky little office, and catching the same
train home again. He feels that his life is going
nowhere fast, and sets out to change that. He
starts to behave eccentrically writing
rude letters, embarking on an affair with his
secretary Joan and giving a drunken speech at a
seminar, culminating in leaving his clothes on a
Dorset beach in a faked suicide attempt, and
starting a new life. Reggie
Perrin website here
Ministry of Silly Walks
perfected the silly walk beyond that of any other
member of Monty Python. Although Cleese perfected
it and is best known for it, he hated the skit
with a passion. He found it dull and even
painfull at times to do. He also did the same
basic skit in the short run Fawlty Towers episode
"The Germans." But how can a silly walk
be described in words, the only true way to
understand it is to see it. Though ideally,
watching the skit would be the best way, a good
idea of what can be done with a silly walk can be
depicted by a picture. See a
relevant website here.
Look at this
site for video
Captain Peacock is
admonished by Mr. Rumbold for wearing a Bowler
hat instead of Hamburg, such as what senior floor
staff are supposed to wear. Mr. Humphries
arrives with the wrong hat and Mr. Lucus didn't
have a hat at all. It's up to Captain
Peacock to see to it that the floor staff wear
the proper hat attire while covering up the fact
that he doesn't really know what the rules are in
the first place!
It is believed that Fred was
'born' in 1964. He was initially designed
for use as a company logo, but in 1965 he
appeared for the first time on the Homepride
flour bag. This was the start of a long and
In 1969 the 'Fred' figure
was used as the basis for the design of a plastic
flour shaker. This was manufactured by
'Airfix' and was offered on the flour bags for
just 3/6 (17.5p) and two special tokens.
Fred was so popular that 500,000 people sent off
for their very own Fred.
||Mr Benn (not to be confused
with Anthony Wedgewood Benn)
Mr Benn`s address 52 Festive Road was based on 52
Festing Road in Putney, where the writer David
McKee lived. See
October 1950 - three generations of
the Bowler family celebrated the centenary of the
|Arthur Stanley Jefferson (Stan
was born on June
16, 1890 in Ulverston in North Lancashire
(presently Cumbria), England. His family called
him Stan, and in 1918 he adopted the stage name,
Laurel. Stan's first professional theatrical
engagement was as a boy-comedian at the Britannia
Theater in Glasgow. He would become a film
legend, and one-half of the world-famous comedy
team of Laurel & Hardy. Stan Laurel's film
career spanned 35 years and 182 pictures.
||Mr Bradford and Mr Bingley -
Bradford and Bingley Building Society
& MarketPlace is resurrecting the characters
Mr Bradford and Mr Bingley, with Bingley now a
|The new figures also bear a
striking resemblance to characters from the film
Men In Black.
black suits and dark glasses, though retaining
the famous bowler hats, the pair are known as the
Advice Squad, Bradford and Bingley.
the commercial, created by M&C Saatchi,
Bradford and Bingley help Hugh Laurie find the
best value financial products, represented by
apples, in a market to stress the group's role as
a product distributor.
MarketPlace at Bradford & Bingley was
launched in March 2001 as part of a shift by the
former building society away from selling its own
products to being a financial adviser offering
other companies' mortgages and savings accounts.
company's Clara Stafford said: "Bradford and
Bingley are really well known financial services
icons. We had them for more than 20 years and
people still associate us with them.
it got to the point in 1996 where they did not
have the right values associated with them and
they were phased out as they were slightly old
fashioned and fuddy duddy.
have bought in Bradford and Bingley in their new
incarnation to represent a very professional,
confident, knowing image. One is a woman because
at least half of our workforce are now
Story filed: 00:29 Friday
4th October 2002
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