There's an advert on telly with a young woman singing ♪♫♪Little Boxes On The Hillside♪♫♪♫
Anyroad, what's bugging me is: who did a parody of The Spinners singing ♪♫♪Woolly Jumpers♪♫♪
It was none too PC as the lyrics went something like;
♪♫♪♫Mine's a red one, mine's a yellow one
Then when they got to the chap impersonating Cliff Hall he sang ♪♫♪And I get to wear the coloured one♪♫♪ (Guffaws from audience)
Think it was pre 'Not The Nine O Clock News' and co.
Started: 15th Mar 2012 at 20:32
I first heard this two nights ago and I can't get it out of my head - beautiful song though. I assumed it was completely original though as it doesn't ring any bells for me.
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Lots of recent comments on that one about the advert.
Can we say/type 'Malvina'?
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Sorry to tandem, Dostaf, but did you cry?
Replied: 15th Mar 2012 at 20:51
No comment, Jo Anne.
Replied: 15th Mar 2012 at 20:53
And Jeffrey Holland (Spike in Hi De Hi)
Replied: 15th Mar 2012 at 21:00
'No shame, that one.', indeed!
To cheer you up, I was going to link to Sian dancing with other BBC Newsreaders for BBC Children In Need 2011, but now ... I shan't.
Replied: 15th Mar 2012 at 21:56
your fault for persistent hints about the iron
Replied: 15th Mar 2012 at 22:08
You're thinking of another group there, Mache.
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Sorry - It was emotional and, I must admit, it made me cry.
Sian and Bill, together are brill.
Made to part, it breaks the heart.
But never worry - Sian will be back soon, covering the Olympics, she said. (You might not have heard that, through the sobs.)
Replied: 15th Mar 2012 at 22:20
I'll keep it plane and simple
Replied: 15th Mar 2012 at 22:23
What the hell have steam planes got to do with 'Little Boxes'?
Another lovely new thread ruined.
Replied: 15th Mar 2012 at 22:25
Mache - 'your fault for persistent hints about the iron'
I would have objected, with ire , but now believe Dostaf does aspire to take the lead, with all those gratefultuituous mentions of an iron.
(I thought the Aintree Iron might be something horse terrainers use, but, no, it's not, is the flat answer to that.)
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 10:51
I wondered what that was ... so checked its url address ... it's a Wonder brand (paperweight?)!
Of course, we should mention that other brands are available.
And some are pressing for those to be stamped out.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 11:26
stamped out I hope so
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 11:35
There are many more modern issues still to be addressed.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 12:27
I've got The Aintree Iron in me yed now.
Some interesting theories as to its origin.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 13:41
'I've got The Aintree Iron in me yed now.
Unfortunately, it's the early bird that catches the earworm.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 13:58
Does an earworm wax lyrical?
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 14:04
There's a cracking bit in a Steptoe episode where father and son are on a plane and Harold is winding the old boy up as he (Albert) has never flown before and is scared.
Eventually, Albert retaliates and tells Harold that when they get home he'll put earwigs on Harold's pillow and they'll get into his ears.
that shut him up.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 14:16
Why are earwigs called earwigs?
'Ere we go.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 14:21
Thats a male earwig,they dont get in your ears
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I think it's something to do with that pincer thing on their bums which resembled a medical instrument.
Though I should imagine the name predates modern surgery.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 14:30
Bowt googlin. Bowt looking at my informative link, either.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 14:32
The link doesn't mention how they got their name.
There was a recent interview with someone working on a new performance of The Railway Children and the question of accents came up.
Anyroad this 'expert' confirmed a geographical location of the setting by referring to specific colloquial names for insects and animals in the book.
Don't think earwigs got mentioned.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 14:37
'So how did this creepy crawler get its name? Turns out if you stretch one out, it actually looks like an ear ... but who has the time for such antics?'
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 14:40
And, there's something I'd just like to add.
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If that looks like an ear. I'll not bother.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 14:47
Another suggestion for the origin of the earwig name is the combination of two Anglo Saxon words, "eard" meaning native soil, and 'wicga' meaning beetle or insect.
I think I'll claim the term as a Wiganism.
I'm sure Tonker will be happy to help with confirmation.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 14:50
(Sorry, Dostaf - that's one of my favourite adverts and I just got carried away.)
a Wig-anism An interesting th-ear-y, but I fear it may be refuted, Dostaf.
There's another suggestion, as I carefully observed from your link:
"When open, the wings are noticeably ear-shaped which may have given rise to the name 'earwing'. It's possible that over time, this name became corrupted and we now call them earwigs."
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 14:56
And more Anglo Saxon words if they get in my ear
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Dostaf - I'm sorry to say I've put Mache on ignore since 16th Mar 2012 at 14:29.
Although that could be music to his ears.
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My wife left me yesterday because she says I am obsessed with metamorphosis.
''But please Babe,'' I pleaded. ''I can change''
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 15:28
George Clooney has been arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy.
Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are inside cleaning out the safe.
Replied: 16th Mar 2012 at 19:22
George wasn't acting alone, then, Mac?
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