I enjoy writing. And on this blog, I’ve now published 668 stories since 2012, and probably around 700,000 words.
Some stories come easily, others take a little more working once I’ve had an idea. Rarely do I complete a story in one session. I often begin a draft and then let the ideas swirl around my mind for a few days before returning to it and begin some serious editing.
I hope my writing style is accessible. I try to make it so. Having been trained as a scientist, back in the day we were taught always to report our work in the passive voice, almost as if we hadn’t been involved at all. Times are changing, and even when I was still actively publishing (more than a decade ago) I tried to lighten the style by referring to my/our efforts.
So with this in mind, I was amused a few days ago when one of my Facebook friends posted this cartoon. I can relate to that.
It made me chuckle and reminded me of one of the best comedy sketches I’ve ever seen on TV.
Morecambe and Wise were among the UK’s best-loved comic duos from the 1940s onwards. They appeared regularly on TV in the 1970s and 80s, right up to Eric Morecamble’s death 1984.
Their Christmas Specials were always eagerly anticipated, and they were never short of guest celebrities appearing on the show, often to take part in one of Ernie’s ‘plays’.
Anyway, the particular sketch I’m thinking about was first broadcast in 1971, featuring world-famous pianist and conductor André Previn.
Enjoy the next 13 minutes of exquisite humor and, in particular, the interaction between Eric Morecambe and Previn around 10’56”. Classic comedy, and relevant to the initial theme of this blog post.
And while this sketch is considered one of the all-time classics, it had its origins in 1963. The film of this performance only came to light 50 years later.
Morecambe and Wise recycled the sketch to greater effect with André Previn, to the delight of both orchestra and audience.