Re: Uncles Diary Extract 14 (Nov 1940)
Posted by Barry Cram on May 12, 2018, 8:45 am, in reply to "Uncles Diary Extract 14 (Nov 1940)"
Hello Mac, |
Welcome back. It's nice to see the continuation of your uncle's diary extract. He was such a good writer, as the reader can feel the tension in the story. Great stuff!
I had to Google some of the phrases, and in doing so, found that the UK paid off the last of its World War II loans from the US, in 2006 - not because the loan was astronomical, but because it was at such a low percentage, that it was in Britain's best interest to do so. The loan was part of the Lend-Lease bill, signed by President Roosevelt in 1941, to give aid to Britain and China.
Fred Karno's Army:
Frederick John Westcott (26 March 1866 – 18 September 1941), best known by his stage name Fred Karno, was an English theatre impresario of the British music hall. As a comedian of slapstick he is credited with popularizing the custard-pie-in-the-face gag. During the 1890s, in order to circumvent stage censorship, Karno developed a form of sketch comedy without dialogue.
Cheeky authority-defying playlets such as Jail Mum (1896) in which prisoners play tricks on warders and Early Birds (1903), where a small man defeats a large ruffian in London's East End, can be seen as precursors of movie silent comedy. Film producer Hal Roach stated: "Fred Karno is not only a genius, he is the man who originated slapstick comedy. We in Hollywood owe much to him."
Among the music hall comedians who worked for him were Charlie Chaplin and his understudy, Arthur Jefferson, who later adopted the name of Stan Laurel. These were part of what was known as "Fred Karno's Army", a phrase still occasionally used in the UK to refer to a chaotic group or organisation. The phrase was also adapted by British soldiers into a trench song in the First World War, as a parody of, or rather to the tune of, the hymn "The Church's One Foundation". In the Second World War it was adapted as the Anthem of the Guinea Pig Club, the first line becoming "We are McIndoe's Army ...".