I first heard this in 1959 …

11 Mar

And it's remained with me, through the years. I still can't hear it without breaking up.
Ignore the video; it doesn't do anything.


Posted by on March 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “I first heard this in 1959 …

  1. kentsopera

    March 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for sharing the fun d_W.It was not necessary for the video to do anything, just listening evoked sufficent images of the activities being described. In my head it played like a " old time movie " with the series of mishaps that one sees in a Charlie Chaplin film. Thanks again for the giggles and have yourself a great weekend.

  2. Weatherlawyer

    March 17, 2011 at 7:03 am

    This sort of stuff filled the Light Radio or Home Service (now Radio 1, and 2 I think) in the days when the BBC was the only broadcaster allowed on British airwaves.I dare say Tommy Hanley was the progenitor and after WW2 Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes et al were the brilliant voices of the day.I can't say I have heard much of Gerard Hoffnung though. I will have to do some research. It sounds very A.A. Milne.An experience of that nature once happened to me. I posted it years ago, on one of the MSN notice boards (now defunct.) I'll have to rewrite what I can remember of it.I wonder if anyone remembers Rainbow, Cuckoo and Vine on MSN. There is nothing on a Google search.

  3. derWandersmann

    April 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I haven't thought of Spike Milligan in years … there's a station in Chicago that broadcasts a Saturday-evening prog called "The Midnight Special" … something like 9:00 or 10:00 to Midnight (local, of course … Chicago's something like GMT + 6 hours in winter). A wild variety of stuff, or used to be. That's where I heard Hoffnung and Milligan, sitting in my dorm room, pretending to be studying.The station's gone Public, as in NPR and PBS since then, so I can't say how it is nowadays, having listened only a bit, over the comp. It's available at:,5,8and most of the time plays classical music … the old policy was, and I think still is, that barring nuclear attack or the end of the world, a piece of music is played from beginning to end, full stop.When they're out begging for funds, however, it gets bloody awful … the last time I caught them at it, I was so sickened I had to switch off … two coprophagous sycophants dropping first and nicknames of their personal opera singer friends, with the most limp-wristed accents I've ever heard. I really couldn't take it.But the music's still good.


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