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Nuclear wasteses; I eated it


Not really. This is one of Scubafreak’s six cats, coming along nicely, thank you. They’ll be ready to harvest any day now. He’s got a classified going out next week trying to rid himself of a few. If that doesn’t work, what say we all pile into a rental car, drive to Colorado, and take his flash gun away from him before he hurts somebody.

In fate’s ongoing Summer War on Celebrities, actress Mollie Sugden died today. She was 86. Best known for her role as Betty Slocombe in Brit TV’s Are You Being Served? She managed to outlive Wendy Richard (who played the young tart) by some months.

As I am tired from a long day of shopping, making black currant syrup and choppin’ broccoli, I invite you to put paragraphs one and two together and build your own Mrs Slocombe’s pussy joke.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: July 1, 2009, 6:59 pm

In fate’s ongoing Summer War on Celebrities

and Karl Malden–97. It does seem to have been a busy few weeks for the grim reaper.

Comment from apotheosis
Time: July 1, 2009, 8:34 pm

I must admit, I look forward to the inevitable retrospective in alt.fan.karl-malden.nose with some trepidation.

Crossposts into aavfff and alt.non.sequitur have already been detected. Borders are being breached. “Collapse of Usenet” threat warning has been elevated to fuchsia.


Quoth the mimus in news:UOqdnQCtV_NZXdbXnZ2dnUVZ_jmdnZ2d@giganews.com:

> Some “sinister force” is striking at the very pillars of American
> culture.
> Everyone within six degrees of Kevin Bacon.


Comment from apotheosis
Time: July 1, 2009, 8:38 pm


Currently on the front page alone, we have kittens, a puppy dog, meece, giant hamsters, and mini deers.

It’s like CuteOverload for the colorblind.

Comment from apotheosis
Time: July 1, 2009, 11:10 pm


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Time: July 1, 2009, 11:10 pm


Comment from scubafreak
Time: July 1, 2009, 11:11 pm

HA! Good one Stoatie. But I think ya should p-shop one of him standing over a burning London skyline. KAT-ZILLA!!!!

Actually, it makes me think of a movie I saw as a kid were they dug up a ufo under London, and unleashed a race of large ESP wielding locust-aliens. For the life of me, I can’t remember the name……

Comment from Rodent
Time: July 1, 2009, 11:45 pm

Oh shit, Scuba, I still remember, and have nightmares, about that movie.
Brave Colonel, standing in the cavern next to the ship, bursts into flames.
Great glowing/flaming ant-like bastard, finally running afoul of those same derricks Weasy had for us last week…

Comment from apotheosis
Time: July 1, 2009, 11:58 pm

This ‘un?


Workmen building an extension to the London subway discover skulls and skeletons of what appear to have been subhuman creatures. Investigation by Dr. Roney and Barbara Judd of the Natural History Research Institute uncovers a strange missile, thought at first to be an unknown Nazi weapon of World War II. As work continues on the missile, rocket expert Professor Quatermass studies the history of the area and learns that it has always been associated with demons, dating as far back as the Roman invasion. Opening the missile, the scientists discover the bodies of locust-like creatures, which Quatermass maintains are dead Martians. Furthermore, despite the passage of millions of years, Quatermass believes that their evil force is still present. His theory is verified when a monstrous horned creature materializes above the excavation pit. This creature’s sinister power is such that the mind of any human being approaching it becomes controlled and redirected by the Devil. Knowing that the future of mankind is threatened, Dr. Roney drives a large crane into the creature, causing it to disintegrate. In so doing, however, Roney sacrifices his own life.

Comment from scubafreak
Time: July 2, 2009, 12:23 am

Thats the one…..

Better than the Boogins, and even harder to find…..

Comment from Ed Flinn
Time: July 2, 2009, 8:34 am

Karl Howman’s finally taken over for his TV dad?

Comment from James
Time: July 2, 2009, 11:32 am

Quatermass and the Pit is available on Youtube, though broken into a few chunks. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=quatermass+and+the+pit&search_type=&aq=0&oq=quatermass
I looked it up and watched it a couple of months ago.

Comment from Dawn
Time: July 2, 2009, 2:22 pm

Are you Being Served? I watched that show as a kid and used to know the theme song by heart. I was only allowed to watch PBS when we moved stateside and that show and Upstairs Downstairs were my favorites. I still say weak as water although I don’t know what it means.
Come to think of it neither of those shows were age appropriate for me. Guess my parents assumed that PBS was wholesome.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 2, 2009, 3:30 pm

“Are you Being Served? I watched that show as a kid and used to know the theme song by heart.”

For anyone who doesn’t:


Enjoy! 🙂

Comment from Schlippy
Time: July 2, 2009, 4:30 pm

Great deal of good Are You Being Served? clips on youtube to be had too. Something to be said for good dry English humor even when it’s decades olde. Beats hell out of most comedy in the US these days to be sure.

Comment from Roman Wolf
Time: July 2, 2009, 6:35 pm

…I feel like that kid in the back of class who didn’t do his homework, any studying, or even listening to the lectures…and just getting handed a test. I have no clue what’s going on. I’m confused, lonely scared, and have absolutely no clue what the answer to number one is.

Oh, but the cat is cute. Otherwise, I’m confused, lonely, and scared.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 2, 2009, 7:40 pm

I loved Are You Being Served, what a great show. Mrs Slocombe was hilarious, they all were.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 2, 2009, 7:41 pm

Even before I hooked up with a Brit, I always though it hilarious that ANY old shit with a British accent was considered classy enough for PBS. What we call Masterpiece Theater they call television (seriously — MT just recycled ordinary BBC short serials). And stuff like Are You Being Served? was the lowliest of low-rent comedies.

<pats Roman Wolf on the head and gives him a biscuit>

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Time: July 2, 2009, 8:54 pm

[…] S. Weasel In fate’s ongoing Summer War on Celebrities, actress Mollie Sugden died today. She was 86. Best known for her role as Betty Slocombe in Brit TV’s Are You Being Served? She managed to outlive Wendy Richard (who played the young tart) by some months. […]

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 2, 2009, 9:43 pm

Oh yeah it was just goofy low brow comedy stuff, just cheesy sitcom but funny. But since they had a British accent it got shown on PBS, culture, don’t you know.

Comment from Roman Wolf
Time: July 3, 2009, 4:39 am

Oh, I always knew that MT was just recycled British TV. It’s just when my parents watched it, I’d go over into another room and read a book. To quote Groucho Marx, “I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.” But I have seen some of the 80-90’s British TV fare as well as the occasional older one, like “The Prisoner”.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: July 3, 2009, 4:57 pm

When I was living in NYC in the late 70’s Channel Nine ran a week of programming from some British channel (I remember the event being called “Thames on 9,” so possibly the Thames channel? Or something. . .) I wasn’t much of a TV watcher (still amn’t), but this was ENGLISH TV, y’know? So I watched a couple of shows, one of which was the opening episode for an absolutely hilarious sitcom, but of course I never got to see any of the other episodes.

badump, badump

Some years later, I (still not a TV watcher) was thrilled when I saw that that same show was now going to be broadcast in America. Well, not the SAME show–the American version, but all the same, I was thrilled. And I watched the opening episode and it was, so far as I could tell, word for word the same script. And it was the dumbest thing I’d ever seen.

Yup. Gotta be the accents.

What? Which show? Three’s Company. . .

Comment from NancyB
Time: August 26, 2009, 11:54 am

I liked Are You Being Served very much, but thought it needed subtitles. I’m from Chicago.

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