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JohnL
500157.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:54 am Reply with quote

This wonderfully rude sounding word and favorite of Round the Horn and Ronnie Barker is a shroud rope on a square rigged ship. A Grunt Futtock was in times past a small boy who had the job of checking on the futtocks in the US Navy.

 
Gaazy
500159.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:17 am Reply with quote

That is, indeed, QI.

'Horn' in this context, though, ought to be 'Horne', the title a reference to frontman Kenneth Horne, whose first name was used for another of his series - 'Beyond Our Ken'.

An anthology of these shows is now available on a 3-CD set, rather inevitably entitled Horne of Plenty.

 
JohnL
500194.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:18 am Reply with quote

I stand correctly, if you have a DAB radio or Cable TV you can listen to 'Round the Horne' on BBC7 Fridays at 7.

Just a little trivia question what were the names of Julian and Sandy's 'wives'

 
Ion Zone
500204.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:36 am Reply with quote

Quote:
An anthology of these shows is now available on a 3-CD set, rather inevitably entitled Horne of Plenty.



At least it isn't 'Still Horne'

:}

 
masterfroggy
500211.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:47 am Reply with quote

JohnL wrote:
I stand correctly, if you have a DAB radio or Cable TV you can listen to 'Round the Horne' on BBC7 Fridays at 7.

Just a little trivia question what were the names of Julian and Sandy's 'wives'


Julia and Sandra

 
JohnL
500363.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:12 am Reply with quote

Yep they were "dolly palones" which I guess was 50's speak for fag hags

 
soup
500408.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:22 am Reply with quote

JohnL wrote:
Yep they were "dolly palones" which I guess was 50's speak for fag hags


Wasn't it Polari rather than "50s speak"?

 
roundhead
500435.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:45 am Reply with quote

soup wrote:
JohnL wrote:
Yep they were "dolly palones" which I guess was 50's speak for fag hags


Wasn't it Polari rather than "50s speak"?


Wasn't it the 60's?

 
exnihilo
500440.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:50 am Reply with quote

It was indeed polari, it meant "pretty women" though not specifically fag hags.

What I always find impressive was that in between doing all this radio and TV comedy, Kenneth Horne managed to be the chairman of the Triplex Glass Company and a toy company as well.

 
Celebaelin
500451.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:59 am Reply with quote

In 1988 Billy Connolly and Pamela (Stephenson) bought a mansion in Windsor, which they renamed Grunt Futtock Hall.

http://www.sunnygovan.com/GF/A-E/BillysClassicMoments.html

 
JohnL
500514.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:21 pm Reply with quote

Celebaelin wrote:
In 1988 Billy Connolly and Pamela (Stephenson) bought a mansion in Windsor, which they renamed Grunt Futtock Hall.

http://www.sunnygovan.com/GF/A-E/BillysClassicMoments.html


One of Billy's houses is next door David Hockney's is that Grunt Futtock Hall?

 
Celebaelin
500590.  Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:58 pm Reply with quote

Hockney is based is Yorkshire and LA isn't he? It seems more likely to me that he would be neighbours with Billy and Pamela in California than in Windsor. The Wiki article says he maintains a base in London - which at a stretch could mean Windsor I suppose.

 
Southpaw
500886.  Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:28 am Reply with quote

Quote:
This wonderfully rude sounding word and favorite of Round the Horn and Ronnie Barker is a shroud rope on a square rigged ship


Incorrect. You are describing a futtock shroud, not a futtock. See post 237649 and beyond for more detailed information.

 
RLDavies
514656.  Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:48 pm Reply with quote

Various Round the Horne CDs are available for under 10 each from Audible. The main annoyance with Audible is that all its downloads are in iTunes format, but at least you can burn them onto CDs.

Better yet, I bought the entire Series 1 boxed set from Waterstones last year. Rather pricey, but it was my birthday present to myself. Will have to save up for Series 2 now.

I have an Audible subscription, by the way, and can recommend it to audiobook lovers.

 

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