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Joining the dots...

April 18th, 2009 (06:55 pm)

A couple of interesting links...

Firstly, those who enjoyed Colin Brockhurst's mock-up telesnap of a Hartnell-era Planet of the Dead might like his sequel, a mocked-up Radio Times cover.

Secondly, the BBC News site ran an interview with Ernest Millington, the only surviving MP from the wartime parliament, a couple of weeks ago, but I've only discovered it today. He was Common Wealth and then Labour MP for Chelmsford from 1945 to 1950.

Comments

Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: April 18th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)

Thank you for the link to the Millington interview, it is fascinating. The highlight for me:

As he fondly recalls: "I was approached by a Tory MP dressed in civilian clothes and with a hand in his trouser pocket. 'Your DFC ribbon is worn too wide'. He was, I think, not expecting my reaction. 'If you are talking to me as an RAF officer: stand to attention; take your hand out of your trouser pocket and address a senior officer as Sir. If you are talking to me as a fellow Member of Parliament, mind your business and bugger off.'"

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 18th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
UK_politics

O for the mores of sixty years ago! (Not that they were all good, but I think that there were wider assumptions about common decency and its benefits than there are now; and profanity was, like much else, strictly rationed.)

Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: April 19th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)

I dunno - my impression of the Tory MP is that he is decidedly lacking in common decency and rather demanding deference. Though I'd agree on the swearing front, not least because it is a pity for useful words to lose their power (like wearing black at weddings).

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 19th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)

I'd agree with that - it's more that there sem to be fewer Millingtons about to pull the Tory MPs up.

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: April 18th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)

Interesting interview - like Nineveh, I also enjoyed the DFC anecdote - and I like the Radio Times cover very much, too.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 18th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Hartnell words

Agreed on both counts, though I wish I could think of a more appropriate 1960s actress than Diana Rigg, who is not as precise a match for Michelle Ryan as I suspect could be found. There was probably someone suitably svelte in Compact who never got the opportunity to wear a catsuit...

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: April 18th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)

Joanna Lumley's too young, isn't she? (sticking with the theme of Avengers)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 19th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)

She is, I think. One option would have been to have someone like Gillian Hills, whose career at that point seems mainly to have been in France; but then, the Francophile Verity Lambert would have been aware of her.

Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: April 19th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Pertwee bike

Oh, I like very much, and Rigg is an excellent choice!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 19th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)

I give in! Rigg would be arresting, anyway...