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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 11:57
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I recently went to see a new production of Julius Caesar directed by Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre. I was aware it would be set in 'modern times' and on the whole an interesting experience. It certainly kept my companions and I talking afterwards which is I suppose the point.

However, my grumpy gene kicked in when I started to get confused that some of the characters I read in the play when at school 50 years ago had transformed from men to women. (I am aware that in the original productions men would play the female parts.)

Re writing history to include for diversity actually added nothing to the production. The actresses basically tried to man up and kind of shouted their lines instead of subtly delivering some of the great lines originally written.

If this is the direction our culture is going we're going to see some confusing and possibly boring gender neutral productions of some of the great writings from history.
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 12:07
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Anthony & Cleopatra morphs into a couple of gays: Romeo, that pretty boy, and Juliet morph into a couple of 'lady friends'. The prospects are endless.

"Romeo, Romeo, what for art thou Romeo?"
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 12:12
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The Dam Busters emerges with Wing Commander Gay Gibson and his/her white cat, Trigger. Breaching the dams causes Britain to be kicked out of the EU.
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Old 23rd Mar 2018, 20:07
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Following my earlier moan about the pronunciation of the letter "A" (plarstic, parkistan etc) another potential nail in the coffin of the "A is for apple" we learned at school is the word "that". I have noticed many politicians saying "thut" but it really got my attention today when I heard Theresa May doing it. I think it may have begun with Tony Bliar. He also started another letter "A" abuse with his pronunciation of "magistrut" and that too seems to be catching on with other politicians.
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Old 24th Mar 2018, 06:12
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
Following my earlier moan about the pronunciation of the letter "A" (plarstic, parkistan etc) another potential nail in the coffin of the "A is for apple" we learned at school is the word "that". I have noticed many politicians saying "thut" but it really got my attention today when I heard Theresa May doing it. I think it may have begun with Tony Bliar. He also started another letter "A" abuse with his pronunciation of "magistrut" and that too seems to be catching on with other politicians.
A Beeb traffic reporter once referred to St Asaph as Saint A Saph.

This from the same impeccable reporting source that also produced an entirely new County one day......Cumbriashire.
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Old 24th Mar 2018, 10:47
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Aah! Cumbriashire. I have to say I am partial to Cumbriashire sausages!
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Old 24th Mar 2018, 11:12
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I thought the preferred pronunciation of Pakistan is Parkistarn or so I thought their ambassador said on radio 4 once. My neighbour hales from there, I'll ask him when next I see him.
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 09:43
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In the shower at 8am, as usual, but of course it isn’t 8am...it’s really 7am, middle of the bloody night!
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 09:59
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BBC presenters are often faced with the hard and soft 'a' dilemma. This often causes a problem with ‘aftermath’, a word often used in news programs, given that there are four ways to pronounce it. I’ve heard all four.
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 11:38
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BBC presenters are often faced with the hard and soft 'a' dilemma. This often causes a problem with ‘aftermath’, a word often used in news programs, given that there are four ways to pronounce it. I’ve heard all four.
They all seem to opt for the short 'A' when decribing a 'Fat Person'.
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 12:01
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Much will depend if the presenter is sitting in the Salford or London studio.
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 22:33
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips View Post
A Beeb traffic reporter once referred to St Asaph as Saint A Saph.

This from the same impeccable reporting source that also produced an entirely new County one day......Cumbriashire.
And another thing! Where is Hampsheer, Leicestersheer, Northamptonsheer?
One does not heer a taxi, there are no Sheer horses! Where do these ridiculous mispronunciations originate? Don't get me started on choclit, medsin, guvmint, parlament and all the others, rant complete (for now)
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Old 25th Mar 2018, 22:41
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Old 26th Mar 2018, 01:54
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Lice esta sheer ? No ?
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Old 26th Mar 2018, 10:29
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Back in the day there was an area in Weymouth - a patch of tarmac about 50ft square at the back of M&S. Marked out with white lines originally, which mostly wore away, but we knew roughly where the grid used to be and parked accordingly. I arrived back in town late one evening due to missing a train and found (a) that I was the only car left and (b) I got a parking ticket accusing me of parking 30ft from the kerb!
Decided to throw myself at the mercy of the magistrates (knew some of them) and sure enough, the case got laughed out of court: one of them said he regularly parked there himself. Essentially the young PC who wrote the ticket was told to get himself a sense of proportion. (wish they'd say that to som eof them today...)

Well there's one of mine. "Back in the day". What you really mean is, "Some/many years ago....."
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Old 26th Mar 2018, 10:58
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Lice esta sheer ? No ?
Looks like a clue from the board game "Pictionary"


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A French waiter, working in a restaurant in Vancouver, has complained that his human rights were violated when he was sacked for being rude to customers.
He claims he was, as part of his culture, not being rude but "direct and expressive".

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Old 26th Mar 2018, 18:24
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There was a Chinese restaurant in London (the Wong Kei in Wardour Street) which was famous for being rude to customers.
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Old 26th Mar 2018, 18:52
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There was a Chinese restaurant in London (the Wong Kei in Wardour Street) which was famous for being rude to customers.
God, not been there for years, always enjoyed it!
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Old 26th Mar 2018, 20:21
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Then there was the place in Greek Street with nude live painting models.

Edited to add:- It was called the Brush and Palette - it's funny how these details come back to mind.


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