Are You Being Served? Update

Discussions of new films, books, television shows, and media indirectly related to magic and magicians. For example, there may be a book on mnemonics or theatrical technique we should know or at least know about.
Richard Stokes
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Are You Being Served? Update

Postby Richard Stokes » August 10th, 2021, 2:06 pm

I was flabbergasted to learn that Candy Davis who played the ultra-bimbo Miss Belfridge in the comedy series Are You Being Served?
later developed a serious career as Mo Hayder, the acclaimed crime novelist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1sDjK9820E

Alas, she died of motor neurone disease last month.

Richard Stokes
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Re: Are You Being Served? Update

Postby Richard Stokes » August 10th, 2021, 2:20 pm

Mo rarely appeared at Crime Fiction Conventions. This is a German interview which partly captures her.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUcWvzarnb0

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Richard Kaufman
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Re: Are You Being Served? Update

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 10th, 2021, 6:35 pm

Shock!
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Bill Duncan
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Re: Are You Being Served? Update

Postby Bill Duncan » August 11th, 2021, 1:00 am

Sad news indeed. I'm not sure what that magic connection is?

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AJM
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Re: Are You Being Served? Update

Postby AJM » August 11th, 2021, 10:54 am

Well the exploits of Mrs Slocombe’s p.., erm, cat are certainly a source of wonder.
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Richard Kaufman
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Re: Are You Being Served? Update

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 11th, 2021, 12:22 pm

... certainly to me!
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Q. Kumber
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Re: Are You Being Served? Update

Postby Q. Kumber » August 12th, 2021, 3:18 am

Switzer's Department Store, Dublin, December 1977.

I'm running a stand selling balloon animals and kits. The stand, in the basement, is facing a magnificent sweeping staircase. At 2.30pm, it's a bit quiet and a mature, plumb woman in a fur coat comes down the staircase and straight over to me and in a loud clear voice . . .

"I know what I want and I want someone to give it to me." She added what sounded like, "Two totoplees and an ulcer."

'I beg your pardon," says I.

"They are games."

What she wanted was two games called Totopo;y (based on horse racing) and one called Ulcer. I directed her to the toy department just behind me.

Fast forward a few years and with my dog I am in the waiting/reception area of the veterinarians' in Dartmouth Square. It's a large area with a number of people with their pets. In walks the very same lady followed, I suspect by her maid carrying a cage containing a cat. She want straight to the reception desk and in the same loud clear voice said, "I have an appointment to have my [censored] fixed at half past nine."

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AJM
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Re: Are You Being Served? Update

Postby AJM » August 12th, 2021, 4:38 am

Classic!

Thanks Quentin
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