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11th February 2004, 02:46 PM
I'm a big Orwell fan. I read this essay in a book about twenty years ago and recently stumbled on it on the 'net:
The Art of Donald McGill (http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/O/OrwellGeorge/essay/CriticalEssays/donaldmcgill.html)
A Google image search on "Donald McGill" yields:
"Donald McGill" (http://images.google.com/images?q=%22Donald+McGill%22&ie=ISO-8859-1&hl=en)
Any of you UKers or anybody remember (or know about) these?
18th February 2004, 11:14 AM
The rude post-cards used to be a staple of British seaside souvenier shops, they went into decline around the end of the sixties and seem to have practically disappeared, though I can't put a date on when they faded out.
I guess as things sexual became more openly talked about, the fun went out of the double-entendre to some extent. Also there's the issues of '..isms' and '...ists' as they relied a lot on stereotypes.
The belong to the same strand of British humour that produced the 'Carry On' films, which are practically animated McGill postcards, the '70s TV series 'Are you being served' which I think has been shown (and is probably rerunning somewhere) in the States) and the late comedian Benny Hill.
18th February 2004, 01:04 PM
Originally posted by Timble
... and the late comedian Benny Hill.
As a Yank, I can say that I liked Benny Hill about half the time. If I could've understood what he was saying, I'd probably have liked the other half. :p
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