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Hard News: The Hager saga continues

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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alfie,

    palm mate

    Love it

    ta, and I wish I could say it was original
    but I'm riffing on (or ripping off) a classic story I first heard on a radio show last century My Word! by either Denis Norden or Frank Muir, it may even not have originated with them...
    involving a tribe living in the jungle who spurned modern medicine and laxatives preferring to use the leaves of common trees - the pun(ch) line being, of course - "with fronds like this who need enemas"

    In the final round Muir and Norden each told a story to "explain" the origin of a well-known phrase. An early example took the quotation "Dead! And never called me mother!" from a stage adaptation of East Lynne by Mrs Henry Wood, which became the exclamation of a youth coming out of a public telephone box which he had discovered to be out of order.

    here's a sample of the earlier part of the show:

    it even has a word to tickle Rob and Gareth...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Denis Norden

    Still on deck, though largely retired. There are a bunch of It'll Be Alright On The Night segments on YouTube which showcase his (for me) excellent 80s TV incarnation. Favourite quote: Modern life is full of surprises, not all of which respond to antibiotics.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart,

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

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