Laurel and Hardy
and the
Sons of the Desert
are at the heart of
Bowler Dessert Online





Them Thar Hills Tent
George Cullen, Grand Sheik of the Them Thar Hills Tent of Carlisle, has a new address:
10 GLOUCESTER ROAD, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 4EW


Norwich Convention

Roger Robinson has issued another update on the forthcoming UK Convention. Click here.

Small sample:


At the Panopticon

It was on one of the coldest evenings ever for the Call of the Cuckoos Tent for their big screen show at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in Glasgow on 4th April, when the tent started its thirteen season of Laurel and Hardy film shows.

The laughter was warm, though, and the show was well attended - as always! In fact, the hall was full to overflowing. Stand by for a fuller report.

Grand Sheik Willie McIntyre finally met "The other monkey"

Forthcoming book

Ant Mitchell-Waite has sent us a few sample pages of his forthcoming book and it looks like another super read. It looks in detail at Laurel and Hardy lookalikes, impersonators, and actors. Ant says, "I am not giving the title yet, and don't have a release date - but it should be soon. Will know more in a week or two."


Two of a Kind: An Introduction to the Book

Chapter 1 - Pantomimes and Wartime Tribute Acts 1930-1950

Chapter 2 - Duos and Doubles: Plays and Performers 1950-1975

Chapter 3 - Tom McGrath's Play Laurel & Hardy

Chapter 4 - Two fold Tributes: Plays of the 1980s and 1990s

Chapter 5 - Plays in the New Millennium 2000 - 2010

Chapter 6 - Plays in the New Millennium 2000 - 2018

Chapter 7 - Theatre, Burlesque and Other Stage References

Chapter 8 - Sons of the Desert On The Stage

Netherlands revelry with the Jitterbugs Tent

Preparations are being made for the 3rd Sondayz in Bergen op Zoom. All contracts have been signed with the artists and goodies are being ordered or have arrived already. The team, Graham, Rene and Hans, are working hard every day to make sure that your stay in the bohemian city of Bergen op Zoom will be as pleasant as possible. So, for the Friday night, for those who arrive early we have a few things extra arranged.

If you haven't decided to come to Bergen op Zoom yet but are thinking about joining us at the Sondayz 2018 don't wait too long. We suggest that you make your decision within the next two weeks.

You will find lots of information on our website ( Go to the menu - in the upper left corner select the Sondayz page in either Dutch or English!

In the press

Sunday Post (18.03.18.), spotted by Willie McIntyre

Sunday Post (01.04.18.), spotted by Bill Crouch


Mess beer

The award winning Kelham Island Brewery from Sheffield has released a beer called Another Fine Mess which is a Vanilla Porter and by all accounts very nice too.

I will be on the lookout for it in the next few days to sample it myself.

John Burton

Photo from Geoff Burrows, which he kindly uploaded to the Brats Facebook page

On the telly

On Saturday, County Hospital is on the Talking Pictures channel at 3.45pm and Helpmates at 7.35

Tony Hillman

On the radio

If you have lost track of your webmaster's current times on the radio each week, here is an update:


Back to the Seventies
Monday 6.00pm, Saturday 11.00am, Sunday 2.00pm
Spinning the Sixties
Friday 6.00pm


Back to the Seventies
Tuesday 2.00pm
Spinning the Sixties
Tuesday 3.00pm


In a Spin (Live)
Saturday 2.00pm