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Her Majesty cheered herself up during Christmas illness by watching old Laurel and Hardy films. Her Majesty did not attend the traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham. The 90-year-old was too ill and was told by doctors to rest up and relax at home. She decided to watch old Laurel and Hardy films and Keeping Up Appearances. 


The Queen (pictured) did not attend the traditional church service at Sandringham because she was too ill. The Queen cheered herself up as she battled her illness over the Christmas period by watching old Laurel and Hardy films, it was revealed today. Her Majesty missed the traditional church service at the Sandringham Estate on Christmas Day because she was suffering from a heavy cold. She was told by doctors to rest up and relax at home. And it has now been reported that the 90-year-old monarch nursed herself back to health after watching old black and white films.

According to Camilla Tominey at the Sunday Express, the Queen sat down and watched films featuring the famous comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy. A source told the newspaper that the television at the country house estate in Norfolk was switched to Talking Pictures TV. The channel plays reruns of old television shows and films and the Queen took a particular liking to the duo's films. They were active from 1927 to 1950 and were known for their slapstick comedy.

A source said: 'The Queen has really been enjoying some of the channel's output, especially Laurel and Hardy and films starring Sid James and Dora Bryan. She normally doesn't have much time to watch television but obviously when she was told to rest up by doctors, she was able to convalesce by watching some of the films she would have first enjoyed as a girl.'

The Queen was said to also have enjoyed Keeping Up Appearances, Midsomer Murders, The Last Detective and Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee.

 Spotted in the Daily Mail (05.02.17.) by Eric Woods

Exhibition in Milan

I wish to inform you of this beautiful initiative of the Museum of Cinema in Milan. It dedicates an exhibition to our heroes.

From 3 to 26 February 2017, the national Cinema Museum of Milan has 90 YEARS OF LAUGHTER: Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy.

Silent films, rarities and classics, a tribute to the comic duo's most famous films in eight programmes, including screenings with live music, meetings and special events. For the exhibition, the corridor of the Museum will be set up with a selection of film - silent and sound - of the pair of Laurel and Hardy that viewers will see before entering the cinema hall.

 Giancarlo Manfredini



Sculptors sought for Ben Nevis Ford Model T sculpture 

Artists have been sought to create a life-size bronze replica of a Ford Model T car that was driven to the summit of Ben Nevis in 1911.

Henry Alexander Jr, the son of Scotland's first Ford dealer, drove the Model T up and then down the mountain. The publicity stunt was to show that the mass-produced American car was superior to hand-crafted British ones.

Highland Council has sought a contractor to develop, cast and install the sculpture in Fort William. The replica is to be installed in the town's Cameron Square.

In a notice inviting bids for the work, Highland Council said that up to £89,000 was available for the contract. A group called The Ben Bronze Model T has been promoting the idea of the statue in Fort William, the nearest town to Ben Nevis.

In 2011, a team of about 60 volunteers carried a dismantled replica of a Model T Ford car up and then back down from the summit of Ben Nevis. The attempt, made in strong winds, hail and snow, was successfully completed.

Volunteers carried wheels, seats and the chassis. Other parts of the car were put into 40 bags weighing 10 pounds (4kg) each. After being reassembled on the summit the car was again dismantled for the descent.

Parts of that replica car would be available to artists as templates for the sculpture, Highland Council said. Footage of the original drive on Ben Nevis was thought to have been lost, before being found. The film, which is in the care of the British Film Institute, shows a peat bank being dynamited to make the journey a bit smoother for the Model T.

BBC News website, 3 February 2017, from the section Highlands & Islands, seen by Roger Robinson


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Peter Andrews spotted something in the Daily Mail (01.02.17.)...


Martin Tierney comments, "Seems to me it's somebody taking what are, essentially, films, out of context. Kind of, like, Tom and Jerry are a cat and a mouse, so they wouldn't be able to talk in real life!"


Willie McIntyre came across a reference in a 1992 copy of the book The Comic Inquisition by John Hind, which he thought worth quoting...

 As a coupling - or duo - I feel Laurel and Hardy stand as guards to the key to "comic resolution" which all humorists and humour pine for. The question is: why on earth would two characters like Laurel and Hardy stick together, through thick, thin and thinner? And, indeed, why on earth would we so relish them doing so? Quite simply I believe it is because, both despite and because of their perpetual failings, they resolve great generational forces within us. The fiddle and the bow are mother and father, wife and husband, siblings, it often feels, but - most importantly and ultimately - parent and child. Hardy, the tackler, is the father-figure who believes he knows best and that his colleague - a dumb protégé - needs to be guided and sometimes bossed around. Laurel, the perpetual helpless hopeless "sexless" son (but occasionally genius conjuror), nevertheless proves, and we recognise, that Hardy is not superior to him, and even - ultimately - perhaps slightly more hopeless and helpless.

 Plenty of points there for debate. What do Bowler Dessert readers think?


Spotted by Bill Crouch in The Herald (07.02.17.)


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