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On Friday I went to a recording of Bridget Christie Minds The Gap, one of a series of four feminist comedy programmes to be aired on Radio 4 next month. I hadn't heard of Bridget Christie (it was a pal-with-spare-ticket scenario), but on learning that she had done a show called War Donkey I surmised that I would probably be amused, and I was.

While walking up Portland Place I saw he who was Dave in Drop The Dead Donkey, looking exactly the same as he did then. I remembered finding him quite fit at the time; then I remembered that pretty much every male cast member (with the exception of slimey Gus) had something to recommend them in that department. Then I remembered that when the show aired, I was a teenager at a single-sex boarding-school.

On Saturday I saw The Captain of Köpenick at the National Theatre. Written in 1931, set in 1910 and based, I now learn, on a real case, the play is about a newly-released prisoner with no identity papers and thus no official identity, but also about German militarism and fetishisation of uniforms. There were certainly some fine uniforms on display, not to mention excellent moustaches, and a wholly unexpected ending I loved and won't spoil.

Sunday was a london_bookswap at lsugaralmond's place. As well as her offspring, one of whom is also called Alice, so I got to be Big Al for the morning (not something that has ever happened before), I met the lovely elderly cat Molly, and of course several lovely and book-focused adults. I left with fewer books than I brought, which I feel shows enormous strength of character.

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Big Al! That reminds me of the Big Al game! One of the best games ever from Auntie Beeb.

It seems they have now s3xed it up somewhat. Hmmm - perhaps I'll give it a go later anyway...
Not sure I dare try that at work. Maybe when my esteemed neighbours have gone to lunch!
Wow.. reading about Wilhelm Voigt makes me think of the portrayal of 1890's Germany in Jerome K Jerome's Three Men on the Bummel.

I always assumed it was massively exaggerated for comic effect – he says it would be consistent with the German character for a criminal condemned to death to be simply given a piece of rope, and told to go and hang himself. But perhaps there's some truthful reporting of what he saw, hiding somewhere in there.

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I'd forgotten about that - must re-read! (I remember the bit about the 10-mark kiss very well.)
I remembered finding him quite fit at the time; then I remembered that pretty much every male cast member (with the exception of slimey Gus) had something to recommend them in that department. Then I remembered that when the show aired, I was a teenager at a single-sex boarding-school.

*chuckles*

Yeah, Der Hauptmann von Köpenick is a classic. :) We watched a movie (I'm not sure which one) retelling the whole incident in school, and I found it very amusing, doubly so since it was indeed based on a true story.

I left with fewer books than I brought, which I feel shows enormous strength of character.

I'll say it does — I wish I was able to cut down on the number of books I got, but I only seem to accumulate more and more as times goes by.

I hope the ones you got are nice! :)
I thought having a Kindle might help with the book thing. HA HA HA. (It just allows me to get more convenient copies of my favourites, and to obtain books which are incredibly expensive in dead-tree.)
Oh, that would help, yes. :)
Or, indeed, both expensive and weighty - Grzimek winds up at some seventeen hefty volumes in print, or a bit under 1GB as PDFs. =:D

Köpenick does sound rather interesting.. I might have to get along sometime. Probably after the next quarterly meeting, on March 12th, so I can (hopefully) watch it in a reasonably relaxed state, given there don't appear to be any more performances this month.
I'm lucky in having a friend who's a member, and sends round details of shows he's interested in with potential dates. Even provides likeminded company to watch with!
he who was Dave was a guest star in Death in Paradise last week. Good actor.

Big Al, ha ha. For me there's one Big Al, and he's a character in The Beiderbecke Affair played by Terence Rigby.
Oh, good - Death in Paradise is on karate night, but Howard records them for me.
Neil Pearson was Dave! I couldn't remember. I also used to find him fanciable. He was in Between the Lines as well, being all gritty.

Just realised imdb doesn't list radio work - he was in 'Vent', a surreal Radio 4 comedy/drama thing about being on life support. It was an odd format but he's got a lovely voice.
Yes, he has! I can never remember his name so he is always Dave to me. He looks like a Dave.
Oh man, drop the dead donkey! And I even remember the character :O
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Did you spot George in Sarah Jane Adventures (the Mona Lisa one)?
If I'm honest, I didn't watch SJSa. It was on at a really bad time for me and quite a few of the adults in it got on my nerves. And I don't think I could, now :( I do miss Lis.
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I'm glad she had such a wonderful comeback in what turned out to be her last few years. It must have been lovely for her.
Yeah, I'm so glad she got the chance to become beloved to another generation.
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