Thursday, 23 April 2009

Gawd Save The Queen Mum, It's Only Saint George's Day, Innit?

It's Saint George's Day, and to mark the occasion this blog post is going to be written exclusively in the English language, or your money back! No Albanian or Minangkabau for us today. As such, we'd better keep it brief, and make sure we don't ruin that boast by accidentally using a phrase from another language. So, with one eye on avoiding a linguistic cul-de-sac (eh? Oh bugger), how about we find the most English thing possible, and post a clip of it?

But just what could be the most English YouTube clip possible? Some Sun readers beating up a paediatrician? Richard Littlejohn's perpetually peeved face yelling about how you're not allowed to call them 'blackboards' any more? A cheeky builder from Nantwich having his back covered with a massive tattoo of Del Boy and Rodney? Or is the question wholly moot because you can't express the personalities of forty million unique individuals within a single lazy stereotype?

Not even close. It's this:


OR SO WE THOUGHT. Simon (from ace music blog Sweeping The Nation) suggests there's another song about mid-1980s snooker than outdoes Snooker Loopy. And here it is:

So, which is best? Erm, if we're being brutally honest, neither is very good. We'd only written that pre-amble because we were confident we'd find the clip from 1995's The Ant & Dec Show on Children's BBC where Chas and Dave perform a version of Go West while dressed as the Pet Shop Boys. That would have been so much better, but The Internet let us down. Snooker Loopy was a last minute replacement. This post isn't coming together as well as our one on Britain's Got Talent, is it? We can't even think a suitable way to hark back to the gag on avoiding non-English words, then saying 'dénouement'. Bah.

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Simon said...

B...b...but it's not even the best song about mid-80s snooker.

Mark X said...

Blog post now amended to include your video clip. LET THE PUBLIC DECIDE (or express their collective indifference by not bothering to respond).

Brig Bother said...

Snooker Loopy is a bona fide classic, but if an alien came down to Planet Earth and wanted to know what this snooker lark was all about and how it is played, then I would not hesitate to direct it to video two.

mcgazz said...

Fantastic - I haven't heard that for ages (possibly since the mid-80s, in fact).

The World Snooker finals was always a big event in my house when I was a kid (that, and the World Darts final were the only things we all sat round the telly as a family to watch).

Chris Hughes said...

The brief glimpse of David Vine at the start of Boss Of The Black reminds me of his wonderful habit of referring to the BBC's interval entertainment during the final as "our little snooker cabaret".

The perennial highlight, of course, being The Entertainer montage.

I'm sure one year they played the video for Snookering You Tonight (or whatever it's called) by Captain Sensible, long before it was drafted by Big Break.

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