anon: (archaic or literary)
- in a short time; soon

50:50 vision

80:20 insight

In trouble (again)

I‘ve just been bearated (did you get that? ) by the editor-in-chief. Apparently, I haven’t been blogging as often as (he says) I should, and I haven’t been cracking the whip in the direction of Dan and Toni. Doesn’t he know we’re all very busy people? All he has to do is sit round on his knitted arse all day.

So, in an attempt to get some of my own back, I’ve been rummaging through our image library and come up with a couple of pics of the aforementioned editor-in-chief at his … well not at his best. I think the phrase “in his cups” suits admirably (any one know the origins of this?).

There are lots of expressions covering the various states of inebriation. One of my favourites refers to a newt. I’ve heard this used in a Goon Show. This was a lunatic UK radio comedy from the 1950s and 60s, highly ‘alternative’ 30 years before the expression was coined. The principal lunatics are now, unfortunately, dead … but their shows live on. And before you say anything, I wasn’t around then – blame one of my uncles for the introduction.

Getting back to the subject, the language used on radio and television was rather more restrained than it is today, and the Goons used a variety of ploys to get the scripts past the BBC’s censors (the people in charge didn’t have a sense of humour).

So, the newt … they just left the offending word out – the effect was at least as good as leaving the word in …

“Yes your Honour, the accused was … as a newt.”

There are lots of others, but the only one which springs to mind at the moment is a character who appeared momentarily, called Hugh Jampton. If you don’t get it, try Google … and look at the Wikipedia entry for “The Goon Show cast members and characters”.

More Anon Editor-in-Chief with his first drink

The EIC, standing up at this point

The EIC after a few

… and sometime later, ‘in his cups’.


James ~ More Anon …