Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Happy 50th Anniversary Coronation Street!



I can't let this week pass without making mention of Corrie's 50th Anniversary. It's on every night this week with a special live episode on Thursday. I have been gripped. More gripped than usual... although I've still got the urge to give Gail a slap for still looking like a gerbil that's chewing on a soggy cotton wool ball even though a tram has plunged into the street. Will anyone survive? But most importantly, what is to become of Mary's asymmetrical hemlines and Norris's neatly knitted mustard tank top...?

For those of you who don't understand the above paragraph please feel free to discuss the following: Snow; dressing up games; stippling; 'fashion' as the cultural construction of the embodied identity, or beekeeping... or Wikki-Leeks, as I am plumbing new depths in Wales.

Thank you, and I apologise in advance for being absent and, let's face it, a bit of a crap blogger lately.

51 comments:

savannah said...

50 years? wow! i finally figured out on twitter who/what #corrie was! xoxoxo

(i think the current blogger malaise is in the air, sugar!)

Scarlet Blue said...

Savvy: I know... blogger malaise has gone viral!
Sx

The Unbearable Banishment said...

No apologies necessary. This isn't, after all, a pay site. You owe us nothing and we appreciate your occasional surfacings all the more.

MJ said...

We here in The Colonies are at least 10 months behind the UK in Corrie episodes thanks to broadcasting interruptions such as the Olympics and other sporting events.

To give you an idea how lagging behind we are, Joe has just fallen off the boat and Peter’s fallen off the wagon.

Thursday night we’ll be treated to Corrie Crazy: Canada Loves Coronation Street… and we DO!

But I still want to slap Gail.

Oh, and I’m happy you’re blogging! YAY!

wv: fudgical

xl said...

BBC America mostly shows Dr Who, Top Gear, assorted Gordon Ramsey cooking shows, and, inexplicably, one of those Star Trek spin-offs.

Dave said...

This isn't a pay site? Why have I been sending you envelopes stuffed with cash every month then?

My grandmother used to watch Coronation Street. I don't.

Betty said...

We're so behind with Corrie in South London that I've only just recovered from the shock of finding out that Leonard Swindley has been jilted at the altar by Emily Nugent.

Actually, that's a lie. On Monday night we both cheered when all of that masonry fell on Awful Mollie With The Mad Staring Eyes. What vile people we are.

nick said...

Coronation Street? Flipping 'eck, I haven't watched that since I was a bairn and that Ena Sharples was banging on in her hairnet.

WikkiLeeks eh? I always thought there were sordid secrets behind the leek industry. And mushrooms can't be far behind.

fairyhedgehog said...

You're alive!

I haven't watched Corrie since I was a kid. I must have been six when it started - see, I can do advanced maths problems like taking 50 from 56!

Hope all's well, Scarlet m'dear.

Ponita in Real Life said...

I know what Coronation Street is... but not who Corrie is... and have never once watched an episode. So I'll just talk about snow. I'm an expert on that, having shovelled over 20 inches of the stuff so far this winter. Did you know the Inuit (formerly knows as Eskimos) have over 20 words for different types of snow? I only two or three. Obviously I need to study up on that...

Vicus Scurra said...

Thank you for the update. Did Concepta Hewitt survive the tram crash?

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B-u-x said...

By the thump Miss Scarlet, so nice you put in an appearance. I have to say I have not seen Corrie since departing English shores and I have not for one second missed Gail (Tilsley as she was when I last saw her).

Oh, now I had to remove my earlier comment because I realised I'd left a link to the exact same video you posted at the top of the blog.....it's my favourite ever parody of the street (Wood & Walters *bow down*)

French Fancy... said...

I used to watch this years ago but now have been out of the loop for about 8 years. I wonder if it is time to pick up the Corrie reins again.

Geoff said...

Scrooge will this year be visited by the ghost of Colin Fishwick.

tony said...

I Have Been Humming This Tune All Week!

Pat said...

This week is really gripping.
Gail gets on my t--s too (and her elder son - Big Ears.) NTL calls her hen face.
The live episode will sort out the men from the boys and I'm worried sick about Rita.
You must be frozen in Wales

BEAST said...

Do you stipple Miss Scarlet ?
I rather fancy that you do

eroswings said...

The only Brit shows I watch are the scifi and fantasy ones: Dr Who (and the spin offs), Primeval, and Merlin...

Hope you're staying warm and cozy this winter!!!

tony said...

meanwhile.......

Lulu LaBonne said...

I used to be hooked on Corrie but have completely lost the plot now. Me too with the bloggie malaise xxx

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Banish: Thank you! Sshhhh... Dave still thinks this is a pay site...

MJ: Canadians have excellent taste!
You still have the factory story line to deal with... and a lot of Deidre's trembling wattle still to come.

Mr XL: Any possibility that you could keep Mr Ramsey... we'll throw in Jamie Oliver for good measure.

Dave: Ignore Mr Banish. The orphans are deeply appreciative of the monthly envelopes.

Betty: Poor baby Jack!!!! I wonder who's going to be left holding the baby?
I was sobbing at the end of last night's episode... not because of Mollie, but because of another character's demise [I am protecting MJ by not naming names!].

Nick: Have you been to Wikki-sprouts? It's an off-shoot.

Fairyhedgehog: Yes, I am still knocking about! Tonight would be a good night to catch up with Corrie.
My maths is rubbish... I will ponder your mathematical connundrum.

Ponita: Corrie must be our best export... please don't give us any more snow in exchange!

Mr Vic: Blimey... that's before my time... but I do remember Albert Tatlock.

BUX: I remember her as Gail Potter... and I thought she was quite pretty... I'm sure she used to be nice... but now all she does is suck on a lemon and bring home inappropriate men.

Ms Fancy: Yes! A dollop of Corrie will do you the world of good - tune in tonight for the live episode.

Geoff: Oh crikey... did John Stape have time to cover his tracks...??? What a perfect cover for his little accident with the hammer.

Tony: As ever you have impeccable taste!

Pat: Surely they can't bump off Rita like this? Not Rita. She is one of my favs. What would happen to Norris?

Mr Beastie: I am a stippling Queen! I could stipple your sconces?

Mr Swings: Do you not get Corrie in the US? It's a bit like Desperate Housewives without the cosmetic surgery and designer frocks.
It's warming up here today... I might go out without my thermal vest.

Tony: Blimey... I wonder if that's true! Trust The Sun eh?

Sxxx

Scarlet Blue said...

Lulu: Tune in tonight!
Maybe one of us should write a post about the Bloggie malaise?
Sxxx

Happy Frog and I said...

I agree with Bux, it is lovely to see a post from you. I just have cotton balls for brain cells today and nothing to contribute. But I did want to say hi! :-)

Rog said...

Has Deirdre tired of that Moroccan bloke yet?

Mitzi said...

My favourite Corrie moment was when Rita finally lost it in the Cabin, when Mavis once again failed to put the buttermint bonbon jar back in it's usual place. Rita in a spell of raving fury then begins to beat Mavis to death with a clown's shoe.

Scarlet Blue said...

Happyfroggy: It's lovely to see you too... surely Happyfrog has hopped down the Corrie cobbles at some time on his way to the canal?

Rog: She cut him up and gave one of his kidneys to Tracy... the rest of him ended up in Betty's hotpot.

Mitzi: Goodness! Are you sure? This sounds like a plotline from Eastenders. Mitzi, are you secretly writing scripts for the other side????

Sxxx

TechnoBabe said...

Since I don't know of what you speak, I choose Wiki-Leaks out of your choices. Hooray for Assange. And hooray for all the people providing the information. We don't need all this crap secrecy and lies. Thanks for the chance to speak out. How are you doing and why are you saying you are a crap blogger for not blogging much lately? Hey, we all go through that. Hugs to you.

Happy Frog and I said...

You would think so Scarlet, but Froggy tends to travel everywhere either by rucksack or lilypad. :-)

Grump said...

Lost contact with Coronation St when it was still black and white. I used to love Enid Sharple's hair net. Weird??
If I don't catch you before Happy Christmas.

Macy said...

A tram disaster? 300 miles north of Corrie, and we can only dream of public transport that moves - never mind a tram system that actually has TRAMS!

Roses said...

I used to watch Corrie, back in the days when I was a good married women, so I had something to talk to my MIL about.

Gail has always looked like a gerbil, who has needed a good slapping.

Victoria Woods...awesome lady. Boy and I have the Dinner Ladies box set and we still curl up and watch it.

Scarlet Blue said...

Techybabes: He has certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons... but part of me thinks that he is simply confirming much of what we already suspected. Bless'im.

Happyfroggy: Are there no sneaky photos of him watching the telly? I suspect he has an eye for Kikki from Hector's House?

Grump: Not weird, Mr Grump! As I too had a fascination with Ena's hairnet... but I can't really explain why...?

Macy: I'd suggest that sledge dogs will be coming into vogue in Scotland - get Ned on a training course... he could earn a mint.

Roses: I'm sure Victoria Wood sometimes writes for Corrie... and then nicks half the cast for her own productions...

Sxxx

Happy Frog and I said...

Scarlet, are you spying on our house??!!

LL Cool Joe said...

I too stopped watching Corrie years ago, probably about the same time I became addicted to the internet.

Victoria Wood and Julie Walters are the best.

I know a fair amount about dressing up games though, my whole life is one long dressing up game.

63mago said...

The good thing is that I do not have to understnad what you are talking about, stumbling in and looking around is enough. At least this evening.

nursemyra said...

Oh my is it still going? I can remember watching Ena Sharples and Minnie Caldwell with my mother in New Zealand

K said...

I don't watch Corrie but occasionally I get sucked in especially when there is a big story line.
I also like Twister but have never done it in fancy dress.

Scarlet Blue said...

Good morning! I am having hideous connection problems that are driving me mental *hits pc with large heavy object* and I'm also having problems with Gmail. When there are connectivity problems nobody can hear you scream.
But I did see some metorites the other night...
Sxxxx

Joanna Cake said...

I watched them all. It's not tempted me to come back as a regular viewer tho. Not much has changed - just a few new names and faces when they run out of people for the regulars to shag/fight.

63mago said...

I want meteortits!

nick said...

I didn't realise Corrie had a tradition of strong female characters and hen-pecked husbands, long before the feminist movement of the late sixties. Pioneering indeed.

moreidlethoughts said...

Hello,Scarlet! If you're quick you might read something of interest(actually,I think you'd be the blog expert on the subject!)at my place.
Best hurry though,before he gets rid of it all!

Kevin Musgrove said...

I couldn't bear to watch, it was such an unrealistic premise. It only takes a dirty look from a passing sparrow for the whole tram network to go out of service.

Scarlet Blue said...

Ms Cakes: Well done for sticking with the 50th Anniversary episodes! It was emotional torture!

Mr Mags: I'm sure something can be aranged...

Nick: I've realised that the feminist movement of the sixties was a little out of touch with working class women.
Many years before WWII my Great Great Auntie was a pub Landlady. I'm sure she would have wondered what all the fuss was about.

Dinah: Does it look bigger now?

Kev: I'm still trying to get my head round the concept of trams...

Sxxx

Dave said...

Could you see the eclipse of the moon? Too many houses in the way here.

Scarlet Blue said...

Good morning Dave; I am trying to think of something to post for Christmas. I am stuck.
Sx

Dave said...

You've probably missed the last post.

You could try a photo of your chest of drawers.

63mago said...

What do you mean with "the concept of trams"? Just little trains in the city. Very useful.

Dave said...

Oops. A typo there. Obviously I meant a photo of your chest OR drawers.

Scarlet Blue said...

Quite frankly Dave, I've forgotten what post is...

Mr Mags: I don't know why we don't have trams in this part of the UK... I've never seen one :o(

Sxxxx