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  1. "Me. And you. God only knows it's not what we would choose to do "Forward!" he cried From the rear And the front rank died And the general sat And the lines on the map Moved from side to side. b]Black. And blue. And who knows which is which and who is who? Up. And down. And in the end it's only round and round and round. "Haven't you heard It's a battle of words?" The poster bearer cried. "Listen, son," Said the man with the gun, "There's room for you inside."" [/b] "Down. And out. It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about. With. Without. And who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about? Out of the way It's a busy day I've got things on my mind For want of the price Of tea and a slice The old man died."
  2. The Goodies, Series 5, Episode 7. "Kung Fu Kapers." Aired March 24, 1975. In January 2020, it was declared to be the fans' favorite episode. Ok, I don't know much about the Two Ronnies. I DO know that I recommend the following skits: Four Candles, Swedish Made Simple, My Blackberry Is Not Working.
  3. Someone who lived in California for a while once told me that they use it the British way there (meaning drunk.)
  4. To quote Regis Philbin, it's only easy if you know the answer. Some other people have noted it's easy if you know exactly what's a real clue and what's fluff. You mentioned it was a real person role, and the actor handled some things of the person. So, that should eliminate, say, Alexander the Great and that time-frame because their personal items would have been lost to time. So, with MULTIPLE items, it was probably sometime since, say, the 1600s. So, the signing of the Declaration of Independence or thereabouts. The audition tape had a skull and crossbones on it. That strongly suggests some kind of pirate film, or some kind of pirate role (or some role where they had a name like "Poison" or something like that. The director wore a suit and tie. That suggests a movie where people wear suits and ties. The movie includes Leonardo di Caprio, and another male lead- who had a bigger role than di Caprio. I can't think of a pirate flick with di Caprio, nor one which was a biopic. Di Caprio wore a suit in "The Great Gatsby", but he was the title role and there was no male lead in front of him. Plus, it was based on a novel, a work of fiction. With di Caprio, and a suit and tie, I could try "The Wolf of Wall Street", but di Caprio was the title role again. So, movie with suits co-starring di Caprio, and with pirates, that was a biopic. I've got nothing, I don't think your clues are as much of a slam-dunk as you think they are. Perhaps I haven't seen this movie. Perhaps one or more clues is pointing in the wrong direction and you didn't mean to.
  5. From "the Goodies", I only saw the episode with "Ecky Thump", the British martial art. Ever hear that show killed a man? It was that very episode. Somebody watched it at home, and when he got to the scene with a soldier in Highland garb in a fight with an Ecky Thump practitioner wielding a pudding as a weapon, he went into hysterical laughter. He apparently had a history of a bad heart, and that was it for him. (I was curious because a UK comic book once had a one-panel joke. They were introducing martial artists, and that included "the last living practitioner of Ecky Thump- who was dressed in the garb "the Goodies" specified when they made it up. So, I got curious after that..especially after "the White Stripes" did a song with the name "Ecky Thump."
  6. Blackadder is from the 70s/80s. BTW, if you look at the thread, the shows I mentioned in that round were from no later than the 70s, also. Have you watched "The Two Ronnies?"
  7. BTW, Twinky, if you go to the Games forum, and the "TV Show Mash-Up" thread, page 57 starts with clues to a bunch of British shows. (Further down the page, they're all named.) Perhaps you would enjoy trying to guess them now for laughs (even though that round was years ago.)
  8. It varies. Mrs Wolf watches that Regency stuff. I grew up on Benny Hill and Monty Python. She's also a WHOvian. As a Shakespeare fan, I think "Upstart Crow" is HYSTERICAL. We've watched the original "Who's Line is it Anyway" and a little of "Would I Lie To You." We definitely like to watch "QI" together. We're watching a little Blackadder lately (we finished Series 1.) We also like both the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes and the Father Brown Mysteries. (Mystery shows appeal to both of us.) We watch "Maigret" also, but since the entire series is 4 episodes, that doesn't count for much. Naturally, we're also fans of "SHERLOCK", the modern Holmes adaptation with Cumberbatch and Freeman as Holmes and Watson. We also watched "Britain's Brightest Families." So, we're all over the map. Comedies, game shows, mysteries. I'm probably forgetting something.
  9. I was going to go with "Will and Grace", but I don't think there were brothers in the story. I think Billy Crystal's straight and played a gay man, so I'm going to go with "SOAP."
  10. BTW, as the Mrs and myself watch more than a little UK television, we have less of a problem understanding this than the average American.
  11. A jumper is a dress. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumper Right- to a Brit, it's the boot of the car, and to an American, it's the TRUNK. One comedian was surprised to live in the UK for a while and realize he spoke "American." In an exam, someone asked to "borrow a rubber." At first, he was puzzled why he picked the middle of an exam to ask. Then, he thought "I don't want it back, it's not something you borrow." The guy wanted an ERASER, of course. A woman later asked him to show up and give her a wake-up or something. "Come by in the morning and knock me up." "Well, I didn't want to be the 'ugly American.' " He was a little disappointed when he arrived, since he thought she wanted him to use an eraser. (He warned her about saying that phrase to Americans afterwards.)
  12. "Me. And you. God only knows it's not what we would choose to do "Forward!" he cried From the rear And the front rank died And the general sat And the lines on the map Moved from side to side." ["Down. And out. It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about. With. Without. And who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about? Out of the way It's a busy day I've got things on my mind For want of the price Of tea and a slice The old man died."
  13. That's him. "High Anxiety" was his spoof of HItchcock and suspense movies. And so on.
  14. OK, let's say he does date films. Most of these are outright comedies.
  15. Those people who read the Harry Potter series in English may have had different experiences. There were 7 books in the series. The main distributors for the book in English were Scholastic (US print run) and Bloomsbury (UK print run.) For the first 2 books, each publisher was given the book, and edited in-house, then printed the result. So, for the first 2 books, kids and adults could read them in their vernacular- providing it was US or UK and they had the right edition. From the 3rd book on, the text was edited and THEN passed on to Scholastic and Bloomsbury for printing and distribution. That means the US and UK versions of the remaining books had different covers but the same interiors. However, they were edited in the UK, so the books now had UK slang to follow, which could be tricky if you're not used to it. It could also be funny. The Weasleys went to their car and put luggage in the "boot."(the trunk) In the US, if your car has a "boot", it's been immobilized by the authorities putting a lock around one wheel. Mrs Weasley knitted Weasley sweaters for the family. One Christmas, Harry received one. When he tried on his new "JUMPER", I'm sure it was amusing to quite a few readers besides me- since a "jumper" in the US is a dress, what the British call a "pinafore dress." In another book, a moat showed up in the middle of a corridor, and Mr Filch was forced to punt the students across. I thought it was like a "punt" in US football, where he kicked them across, presumably with them wearing padding. No, to the British, a "punt" is a little boat, and he rowed them across. Back when I read them all, there were lots of little moments of amusement like that.
  16. Back when I was in high school, like everyone else, I had to read "the Verger." At one point, the title character had just been fired as a verger. He wanted to smoke a cigarette, but realized he wasn't carrying any. He also realized the street he was on didn't have a cigarette stand, which gave him an idea for his next job- a cigarette stand on that block, with which he was rather successful. Anyway, when he realized there were no cigarette stands there- and there was the possible demand for one- he said to himself "I can't be the only man as walks along this street and wants a fag." Yes, all the high school students were amused, although we knew what the sentence meant.
  17. BTW, Twinky guessed correctly about "Wellies" being the same as "galoshes". "Wellies" is short for "Wellington boots". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington_boot "They were worn and popularised by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington." "The name was subsequently given to waterproof boots made of rubber and they are no longer associated with a particular class." "Usually called rubber boots, but sometimes galoshes, mud boots, rain boots, mucking boots, billy boots, or gum-boots, are popular in Canada and the United States, particularly in springtime when melting snows leave wet and muddy ground. Young people can be seen wearing them to school or university and taking them to summer camps. " I knew they were the same because they were drawn correctly in a comic book I read a long time ago, and named as "wellingtons" and "boots" and looked just like galoshes. (Iron Man vol 1, number 94, for those who absolutely have to know.)
  18. I'm starting a new thread in OPEN about dialect differences between American English and British English.
  19. We started talking about the differences between English dialects on another thread. Twinky: "Actually there are some US spellings that (now) seem better to me. In the UK, we tend to use the verb endings "-ise"" where US might write "-ize" (formalise/ formalize) but now knowing a bit about how many Greek words were formulated with a transliterated Z (zed/zee) at the end, I'm less against the "ize" ending. However, there are other words that have distinct differences: Practice - in UK is a noun but in US is a verb; practise is the UK verb, US noun. So you might at times think my spelling is poor, but it's not; whereas I might think the same of you and then have to re-think because this is a US platform with US spellings. (Nonetheless, there are some people who post here whose spelling and grammar really are appalling.) " ========================= George St George: "When I was in grad school, a collaborator from England came to work in our lab for a few days. Wasn't it John Cleese who said that America and England were two countries separated by a common language? He'd ask me, "'Ave ya a gum bung?" After some thought, I realized he needed a rubber stopper. "'Ave ya a retort 'older?" Ah! A ring stand! And let's not forget the pronunciations: Instead of "I put some trimethylaluminum in a CAPillary tube," it was tri MEEthilealuMINium in a caPILLary. Of course, this worked the other way, as well. I made a business trip to England and decided to to use the hotel exercise room. I couldn't get the locker to open, when a local said that I needed to "give it a poundin'." Well, banging it didn't work, and I finally found out he told me to "Give it a pound (coin) in." (Put a pound coin in the slot.) " ============================ Twinky: "Had some fun with this one in the Corps. Both ways. Once, some Corps bros came to me and said, "What's a wanker?" or some such. Some question involving the verb form of that, too long ago now. Two of my commonwealth Corps bros had been teaching them some interestingly different words, and they'd said that this meant … whatever. My Corps bros were a bit unsure, these two lads being pranksters. The shocked look on my face confirmed the Corps bros' worst fears. I believe "wank" is what one does in the states to tighten a bolt with a spanner. In UK and Commonwealth English it is a thing men do with their private parts. And a "wanker" is a useless, idle, good for nothing person - it's a very big insult. It is not a mechanic tightening bolts (though in his spare time, he could be a wanker as well). I'm wondering if this post will successfully get through the lewd language filters here and elsewhere." ============================ Twinky: "On the flip side of above post, Americans might talk about "shifting their fannies" (moving fast, moving their bottoms, buttocks). A "fanny" is a slightly lower part of the female anatomy in Commonwealth English, the part that may be called "c*nt," with about the same level of obsceneness. " ======================== Twinky: "I had some trouble with my What to Bring list when I went in rez. There's this big long list of items that are required. Some I knew by different names. I never quite worked out what "galoshes" are. I think this is another word that has a different meaning; it's a different type of footwear outside the USA. I think that perhaps "wellies" was meant by this. Anyway - as I couldn't find any, I never got any, and never missed having them. ============================= T-Bone: "Funny stuff George & Twinky...I recall installing a security system with a tech from England - he said he wanted to go outside and smoke a fag - meaning have a cigarette. " ========================== Twinky: "Or "go out for a fag" or "have a fag" - yes, cigarette is one meaning, homosexual is another, and there are various other meanings, some of which will be UK specific. One could also be "fagged" which doesn't mean buggered, well not in the sexual way; it means, be very tired. Hehe. Language can be a "false friend" at times." ================================
  20. No. IIRC, only 1 of thoae movies I listed was a drama. That's Cusack's bread and butter.
  21. Same artist, different song. "With. Without. And who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about? Out of the way It's a busy day I've got things on my mind For want of the price Of tea and a slice The old man died."
  22. The Twelve Chairs Silent Movie The Muppet Movie Life Stinks High Anxiety To Be Or Not To Be
  23. The Twelve Chairs Silent Movie The Muppet Movie
  24. "You better make your face up in Your favourite disguise, With your button down lips and your Roller blind eyes With your empty smile And your hungry heart. Feel the bile rising from your guilty past With your nerves in tatters As the cockleshell shatters And the hammers batter Down your door." " You better run all day And run all night And keep your dirty feelings Deep inside. And if you're Takin' your girlfriend Out tonight You better park the car Well out of sight 'Cause if they catch you in the back seat Trying to pick her locks They're gonna send you back to mother In a cardboard box. You better run."
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