Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Aunt Bessie



This advert really really annoys me, simply because it rips off this . . .



I imagine this is how Beastie's kitchen is in the morning.

60 comments:

CyberPete said...

I am amazed that they make commercials like that.

It SO doesn't happen like that in ANY family anywhere. EVER.

Dave said...

I shall have a word with my gentleman's gentleman. I have no idea up to what he gets in the kitchen these days.

MJ said...

Who is Eric to Beastie's Ernie?

BEAST said...

Ha Ha Ha I had forgotten how funny Morcambe and Wise were . Thats the kitchen at Cafe C , my house is much more sedate

scarlet-blue said...

Pete: No. In my experience, family mealtimes consist of sulking, silence, hissy fits and flouncing out the door without a bye or leave...

Dave: My kitchen functions better without me. I need a Ladies' Gentleman.

MJ: Does Beastie know any tall good looking chaps like Eric?

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scarlet-blue said...

Beastie: Ha! I can just see you with a pound of sausages...
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Gorilla Bananas said...

I think Beastie would have done a great double act with Fanny Cradock. She was his kind of woman.

EmmaK said...

It is a rip off of M&W but am I the only person who never found Morcambe and Wise remotely amusing? Also, Ken Dodd, he was just senile wasn't he, and yet he made a career as a comedian. I remember watching him live on stage on the TV that time he just fell over and died. We kept waiting for him to get up. That was quite funny.

scarlet-blue said...

GB: She was a bossy old Fanny, wasn't she Mr Bananas?

Emma: I agree with you about Ken Dodd, he left me cold... sounds like he left a whole audience cold...

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Crabtree said...

A small side "La Cage aux Folles" :)

Geoff said...

You know where Aunt Bessie can stick her Yorkshires.

The seventies were better in so many ways.

KAZ said...

There was something so innocent about Eric and Ernie - that's why it lasts.
My mum was called Bessie and she absolutely hated it.

Famulus said...

M&W were, in their day, fantastic. I even liked Ken too. But then I was a kid. That was the best bit of the 70s. That I was a kid. :-)

And those aren't proper Yorkshire puddings like my grandma make. It was like a solid brick of the stuff with more butter and death inducing fats than you could throw a stick at. But it tasted divine...

CyberPete said...

Yes and kids not helping out.

I know I didn't.

WV: sianitye

Gadjo Dilo said...

I can't get either of these clips to play as my computer has not been configured for Yorkshire pudding. I loved Eric and Ernie - I don't know why they were funny, but that's usually true of the best comedy, I reckon.

scarlet-blue said...

Crabtree: En effet! Une com├ędie musicale! I love farces d'une entreprise.
Indeed! A musical farce! I love a firm farce.

Geoff: Her puds look a tad anemic for my liking and too small. My Gran used to make slabs of the stuff. Aunt Bessie also does roast potatoes. Which is just plain wrong. Even I know how to make perfect roast potatoes...

Kaz: Yep, they were innocent and silly. I think one of my favourite sketches was the one they did with Andre Previn.

Fammy: Are we related?

Pete: I tried to help, I really did, but I'm a clumsy creature and most of my cooking efforts ended up in the dog... or they were the objects of mirth... hence my sulking, hissy fits and flouncing out to the chippie...

Gadj: Aunt Bessie is trying to flog frozen ready prepared Yorkshire puds. They look rubbish. There are no burnt bits to nibble. And the ad is trying to copy the classic M and W breakfast stripper sketch... and fails miserably... it's an insult to a classic comedy moment. Aunt Bessie should be ashamed of herself.

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Dave said...

My grandmother was from Yorkshire. the secret, she told me, is to open the back door, and beat the batter there, so you get some good Yorkshire air into the mix.

Then you eat it first, with gravy, to fill you up, so you don't want so much expensive meat later.

I just fancy some now, on this chilly morning, having nothing else on which to warm up my hands.

Famulus said...

Scarls: We could compare baby photos if you like, but I don't remember any children of my age lurking around my grandparents. I'm sure that I would have noticed you...

Maybe they had a second secret life that I wasn't told of? Maybe somewhere in our families there was some split during that time for political or scientific purposes?

I blame the Masons...

CyberPete said...

I did cook, it was mostly the setting of the table and washing up that I didn't do.

Once I threw a fit and went out to get a pizza. Can't remember exactly why but I know my parents were less than amused and that it had nothing to do with not helping out or the cooking.

scarlet-blue said...

Dave: It's a long drive to yorkshire for a batter...
It's turning grey here... have you got any snow yet? We're not supposed to get it here but the smell of snow is in the air... I certainly don't want that in my pud.

Fammy: I blame Barry Manilow. For just about everything; on a daily basis.

scarlet-blue said...

Pete: My Mum threw me out once with the words: 'And don't come back 'til you've got a proper job.'
...it was the making of me...
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Dave said...

Clear blue sky, sunshine reflecting off the frost. Come east, young lady!

Dave said...

ps. Am decided to cook toad in the hole and roast potatoes for dinner tonight. I seem to have a craving.

Famulus said...

Scarls: Barry? Why Barry? If I was going to blame a singer/group, I'd blame The Bee Gees. They have to be responsible for far more than they are letting on. Would CyberPete have the inside on that story?

I've been craving my grandma's Yorkshire pudding for about 15 years now... :-(

scarlet-blue said...

Dave: Whimper... are you also doing thick hot gravy... dribble...

Fammy: Barry... because Iknow all the words to his songs... and I know this isn't a good thing.
I'm starving... now I'm craving...

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Dave said...

Yes. I could do enough for two if you're quick.

scarlet-blue said...

Dave: A tempting offer. I have chocolate digestives...
This is called biscuit flirting by the way...
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Dave said...

I'm sure you could knock-up a quick pudding with the biscuits. Will you bring the DVD?

Dave said...

I was going to say that was sausage-flirting, but it sounded strangely rude. So I didn't.

scarlet-blue said...

Dave: Don't worry, there's been worse said here. And any type of culinary flirting is welcome here just so long as you remember to bring a Dyson to help clear up afterwards... I like sausages on sticks.
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Famulus said...

I cook a mean spaghetti. I can’t find anyway to make that sound rude inappropriate or even suggestive, but I wanted to say it anyway.

scarlet-blue said...

Fammy: Spaghetti is good to suck up. I'm talking the dirty canned type though, the type that's smothered in tomato sauce, the type that makes a mess on your chest.
See, easy.
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Famulus said...

Scarls: I bow to your superious knowledge of these things. I confess to being a little slow off the mark due to the last of the death throes of this damned ManFlu, but I shall try harder next time.

I am shamed.

scarlet-blue said...

Fammy: I'm tired of this damned pitiful manflu excuse that's infecting blogs at the moment. I won't hear another word about it, Do you hear me. I'm stamping my feet now.
Oh Fammy, I can't think about this now! I'll go crazy if I do! I'll think about it tomorrow. But I must think about it. I must think about it. What is there to do? What is there that matters?
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Kevin Musgrove said...

An excellent description of Eric and Ernie came from a recent UK Gold documentary: "They were like two much-loved uncles being silly, just for you."

At the risk of being pedantic: Ken Dodd's still alive and well and keeping audiences hostage.

The secret of Yorkshire pudding's all in the hot fat.

"a bit full" shazam!!!

PI said...

But don't they lack the charisma of Eric and Ernie? I suppose one could see it as homage.

Famulus said...

Scarls: Now I'm scared and shamed. I'll be back to my good ol' Evil Overlordy self tomorrow, Scarls, promise. Fit and ready to rumble.

Kevin: Kenny Boy can't die yet, he still has all those tax bills to pay off, right?

CyberPete said...

My mother never did that, but she did once tell me I couldn't come into the house until I'd gone and returned something I'd purchased that day.

No it wasn't something rude.

PI said...

Emma K : are you sure? I thought Ken Dodd was still alive.
Tommy Cooper died on stage - mortally.
Just googled. Ken Dodd is alive and well and rumours of his death have been exagerrated.

scarlet-blue said...

Kev: They were lovely, especially at Christmas. They taught Newsreaders how to dance - well before Strictly Come Dancing.
And everything tastes better in hot fat. Except Mars bars.

Pat: I just hate the way that Aunt Bessie has ripped this sketch off. Not a patch on the real thing.. no feeling behind the eyes.

Everyone: Ken Dodd is still alive and paying tax [hopefully].

Fammy: Gone with the Wind? I sometimes quote my namesake when having a hissy fit.

Pete: And are you going to enlighten us??? Was it a puppy?

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Kate Lord Brown said...

More innocent days weren't they? It was just accepted that Eric and Ernie shared a bed - no suggestion of shenanigans. And Angela Rippon's legs ... who knew?

scarlet-blue said...

Kate: I know! I didn't bat an eyelid when I saw them in bed together.
As you can probably tell by now, I've been heavily influenced by little Ernie's plays wot he wrote... I did genuinely enjoy those plays. Wonderful stuff.
And then there was the time when Shirley Bassey lost her shoe...
Happy days.
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Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Those Yorkshires look rubbish, dry as a bone. Thanks for the Eric & Ern clip, I wonder how many takes it took to chop those grapefruit in half?

Famulus said...

Scarls: Wasn't quoting anyone. All my own work... But do I now have to say something about frankly not giving a damn? Sorry, but that's one classic I never saw...

Innocent times alright. I never even knew that they shared a bed. Never seen them in one (possibly a sketch, but nothing real) and never even considered that possibility. First time that I ever gave it a thought.

I need to find this g*d damned permissive society. It's got to be around here somewhere...

CyberPete said...

No, it was the Barbie living room set.

VE said...

Oh thanks for sharing. I hadn't seen either. I've led a sheltered life of American TV and meat-by-product hot dogs...

And now Scarlet...I'm calling upon you to help VE in his time of need. You must proceed to his Tue Dec 2nd blog post and fulfill your destiny. The gnomes are waiting...

scarlet-blue said...

Daphne: They look so hard that you'd probably break a tooth if you tried one...

Fammy: I know you weren't quoting anyone, you twit! Goodness me; please wake up at the back. Here's me making all this effort to google quotes correctly, and you're not even paying attention. Good job this isn't Mrs Pouncer's
Counsel or she'd have your guts for garters.

Pete: I wish I'd collected Barbie Dolls.. but I was a little destructive.

VE: I've done the business. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink...

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Famulus said...

Oh god, now I'm for it. :-(

I blame the last dregs of the manflu. I'd blame the dog if it'd help?

I'm doomed aren't I?

Bummer.

PI said...

Did you know that in my day if you were filmed in bed you had to keep one foot on the floor to get by the Hays office. Those were the days.

savannah said...

funny vids, sugar, but i agree with you, the original is funnier. xoxo

(i made stir fry shrimp with veggies and served it over rice for supper tonight.)

Mrs Pouncer said...

I was working at the Palladium in, errm, 1991, I think, when Ken Dodd had a sell out two week run there. It was absolutely harry packers - not a seat to be had all fortnight - and the audiences loved him. He used to play at least 2 encores each show - and when he paged the tabs at the end, well! Pandemonium. If he'd have been holding a loaded Luger they wouldn't have shrieked louder. A real pro, you see. You can't argue with that.

scarlet-blue said...

Fammy: Go back to bed sweetie... and stop wiping your nose on your sleeves - it's not attractive...

Pat: It's a very good rule to live by Pat, even in this day and age... it prevents mishaps and misunderstandings. If more people stuck by this rule the world would be a better place.

Savannah: I bet your food never comes out of a frozen packet. Have you tried Yorkshire pudding?

Mrs P: Well, yes, and he had very good teeth as well...

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Famulus said...

I'd love to Scarls, but they want me to work. All day too...

Could you pass the tissues then please? I think that they are under the bed, you know, just in case...

scarlet-blue said...

Fammy: Back on form I see!
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Famulus said...

You know that I always do my best for you Scarls...

Sniff

scarlet-blue said...

*blush*
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Grump said...

Blimey that was a blast from the past. Had me laughing in the aisles. Thanks for the memories.
Cheers Mark x

scarlet-blue said...

Grump: pleased to be of service Mr Grump!
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Glamourpuss said...

What kind of man uses an electric carving knife, eh?

Puss

scarlet-blue said...

Puss: Anything that was electrical was fashionable in the seventies Puss! I didn't notice until you said. My Mum had one too.
Lethal in the wrong hands.. so yes, why is a man using one...?
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