I practised beforehand...

Macrae-Gibson,R R.Macrae-Gibson at lse.ac.uk
Wed May 7 11:50:01 EDT 2003


Well why not tell your partner that the line was originally meant to be 'the girl in my arms is a boy'. Which I suppose would have been progressive for the 1950s. Esp. considering how shocking the 'bloody January again' was at the time.

Rowena
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From: Ian W. Riddell [mailto:iwriddell at charter.net]
Sent: 06 May 2003 16:05
To: dwj at suberic.net
Subject: Re: I practised beforehand...


Oh, I looooove Flanders and Swann.

Happy was the day when a friend gave me a gift certificate to go and 
buy the boxed set!

When I did a vocal recital last year, I sang "Ill Wind" (their 
version of the Mozart Horn Concerto) which the audience loved.

My partner has never understood my love for F&S. A little "twee" for 
his tastes I suppose.

"It's a satellite moon . . . it's a plagiarized tune . . . the duck 
on the lake's a decoy . . . there's a sodium glare in the 
purifiewahahahahied air . . . and the girl in my arms .  . . is Mable 
Figworthy! and if she says 'Oh, really; on more time . . ."

hee hee

ian

>Reading the start of Deep Secret to my father, I realised DWJ also 
>quotes from a Flanders&Swann song. F&S are one of those groups Not 
>Enough People Know and I am always looking out for references to 
>them. (Once I ended up singing snatches at the dining table with our 
>college principal which was a surreal experience). Pratchett's Rude 
>Mechanicals quote a line in Lords and Ladies, and so does Maree when 
>she says to Janine, having passed the driving test, "I practised 
>beforehand and ruined your fun", which is from A Song of Patriotic 
>Prejudice:
>The English, the English, the English are best,
>I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest.
>..
>All over the world, each nation's the same,
>They've simply no notion of playing the game.
>They argue with umpires, they cheer when they've won
>And they practise beforehand which ruins the fun."
>
>At least, the resemblances is striking.
>
>Regards,
>Kathleen Jennings.
>
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