Yes Billy, but what stroke is he using?…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: turlough, turndun, turgent, turcopole, turpeth, tush, and bordraging. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor turn up wearing a false beard, sea boots, a yellow sou’wester, and carrying a flensing tool dripping blood, you should not let this distract you from your studies.
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Some time ago I showed you the rather nice front and back covers of one of my junk shop books, a scruffy and defaced copy of the ‘Lion Annual’ from 1956.

dscn4745Shall we open it up and look inside dear reader?
Oh, what’s this? It seems to be a quiz, a ‘world-wide quiz’. I wonder if the original owner of the book, let’s call him Billy, a popular name for a lad in the 1950s, could answer all these pretty straightforward questions?

wp-f-dscn4748Hm, now Billy, I see that your little sister Shirley has been at the lady with the hat and big frock with her blue pen… Do you think this lady must live in the land where the ‘blue people’ live?…
Me, my favourite is No. 1, the jolly actor with the daft hat talking into a microphone, he has the look of someone who might receive a phone call any minute, and by the way what is the time? Oh, look it’s five past nine. Excuse me sir, but you are starting to sound a little bit hoarse, and your diction is going – why not pause, and have a gulp of water from that handy carafe?…

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Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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12 Responses to Yes Billy, but what stroke is he using?…

  1. memadtwo says:

    The script is definitely lost. (K)

  2. I am intrigued by the sign on the wall, and the bit underneath which asks “What is meant by unadopted?” I have visions of lonely little walls up and down the country all wishing they were part of someone’s road, or pretty garden. 😀

  3. Jheron Bash says:

    Somehow I wonder if young Billy would know what that cafe notice was saying – apart from “dinners”! I’m not sure he’d understand what an unadopted road was either. I’m not sure I do – do we still have them?
    I do like the actor. He really looks like an actor, doesn’t he? Do you think the nice hat is to help him get ‘into character’ for what appears to be a radio broadcast? I wonder where the script can be ….?

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Ah, but kids back then were taught useful stuff, unlike now – he probably had to learn French at school too.
      That actor could be you Jheron – do you have a hat like that?…

  4. Dana Doran says:

    I have it! Subliminal messaging….items of common knowledge necessary for a safe escape from an island. The “actor” before the mic sets things in motion to depart using unadopted roadways to the sea where one must use the breath-stroke (avoiding large vessels) to a land where French might be spoken and the women dress in plaid skirts with Pilgrim hats. Can we play again?

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