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The Perry Winkle

 Issue 77 of The Perry Winkle has arrived. As always, it simply bursts with news and features and has something for all Sons of the Desert everywhere.

Contact Roger Robinson.


Charity donation

As you may remember, a group decision was taken at the 25th Laurel and HarDay to donate funds raised in recent years from our Charity Auctions to the Alzheimer's Society.

The total funds gathered amounted to £301, a cheque for this sum was presented to Sylvia Barnes who is a Care Manager with the Alzheimer's Society on Friday 22nd September.

Give yourselves a pat on the back for a job well done.

Eric Woods


Golden Years Film Festival in Bradford

I just wanted to bring to your attention a triple bill of L&H at the Golden Years Film Festival in Bradford. On Wednesday 4th October, at 7pm at the Bradford Club. I will be introducing Hog Wild, The Music Box and Sons of the Desert as part of the festival.

The Bradford Club is a lovely old traditional club at 1 Piece Hall Yard, Bradford BD1 1PJ. Please reserve a ticket in advance and pay on the night. Contact Robert Allan on email at or call 07738801832. Although I'm sure you will be able to just turn up and pay on the night, it may be best to reserve in advance if possible.

Full details are at

Tickets are £4.50.

It would be great to see any Sons on the night! 

 Dave Ballard


Cincinnati. Convention

 We are reminded that Cincinnati. Convention and hotel registrations are now open with details are available on the convention website:

 The organisers say, "The first batch of dozens of registered attendees have been acknowledged on the convention website on the "Honored Guests" page; we thank everyone who has registered thus far (especially our very first recognized attendee Lori Jones-McCaffery!) and challenge all Tents to see which one of you can send the most delegates to the convention.

"Questions? Comments? Hard-boiled eggs and nuts? Let us know what's on your mind and please email and ask us if you have any cares, worries, or concerns about your time in our beautiful city of Cincinnati next year. Our answer elves sit ready and able to assist you at"



 Spotted by Robbie Eyre whilst on his travels and sent to us by John Burton.


Restored Battle of the Century coming to Men o' War Tent meeting

We've packed a lot into the evening of 7th October and the first film will be starting slightly earlier than usual at 7:40 and, although it may be tight, we are aiming to finish by 10:30pm.

One highlight for the evening (maybe that should read 'The highlight for the evening') is the inclusion of the restored 'The Battle of the Century' - this will have the footage which was rediscovered in 2015 and had been missing since the 1950s. It's great news that David Wyatt will be bringing the 16mm print for the screening and will be giving us some information about the discovery and restoration. Exciting or what?

And, as this is part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, entry price for the evening is just £1 which includes the light buffet!

 Paul Harding

Sons of the Desert

In the Radio Times (16.09.17.)

On track

The Breeders Cup racing festival is held annually in the USA at the end of the European flat racing season and this year is being held at Del Mar  racecourse in California.

The festival is televised in the UK on the At The Races channel and they have started to advertise the event using a trailer comprising of a compilation of old and new photos - one caught my eye...


Curious as to why a photo of L&H were featured in the trailer, a little sleuthing revealed that the racecourse was built by a partnership including Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper and Oliver Hardy.

Bing Crosby, came up with the catchphrase for the course, "Where the turf Meets the surf," through a song:

Where the turf meets the surf
Down at old del Mar
Take a plane, take a train, take a car
There's a smile on every face
And a winner in each race
Where the turf meets the surf at del Mar.

The song was plugged on NBC's radio show before the 1938 race meeting by Crosby, Pat O'Brian and Oliver Hardy as per this photo...

Today, the song still plays before the first race and the last race on every race day

Oliver Hardy briefly appeared (Uncredited) in Bing Crosby's 1950 film Riding High playing the role of a gambler at a racetrack - Racetrack scenes were filmed at Tanforan Racetrack (Not Del Mar - as Bing Crosby had by then sold his shares in the Del Mar racetrack, which however continued to attract major Hollywood stars, and still does... although the original stand that Ollie would have frequented was pulled down and replaced with a new one in 1992!)

 John Burton