Monthly Archives: July 2013

Horses 4 Courses

Looks like it’s the end of an era for Barlow’s Bookies and I for one will be very sorry to see the traps shut. Where else are all the non-speaking extras gonna place their 50p each way on the likes of this list of runners and riders (soon to be destined for the knackers yard)! Never mind Steve’s 40-1 winner Absent Enemy, Ah’ll Tell Thi my money would be on Ee By Gum at 9-1.


It’s a sure bet we’ve all had enough of the ongoing “race row”… yawn ZZZZZzzzzz… I wish The Fireman, Lloyd & The Gang would just bore off now! Bring on Deirdre AKA “Switzerland in glasses” in her new role as UN Diplomatic Peace Keeping Envoy. 1st task: smooth over the relations between The Fireman and Lloyd – there’s nowt that can’t be resolved over a bottle of Sherry and a packet of Lambert & Butler in the back room at t’Rovers, then pack ’em all off in a Street Car down to Walford! Ta-ra!

Totally devo’d by Hayley’s news, but 3 cheers for good ol’ Royston and Sylvia rallying round her in support. There’ll be a few boxes of Kleenex got through over on settee 1 in the coming weeks, but I’m “Team Cropper” all the way! *air punch*


Out for The Count!

How many “likes” for the new BBC situation-comedy Count Arthur Strong (apart from me, Mr C-P & Richard Singleton)?

Is it so bad that it’s actually hilarious? It certainly passed the brutal “I’ll give it 5 minutes” cut-off in our gaff, and there was even some mutual LOLing from both settees – from a faded variety turn reconjuring up his Memory Man act, to high-jinks with a foot spa in the cafe, and how to disguise embarrassing toilet noises by bashing a pan with a wooden spoon! What’s not to laugh at?!

TV critiques however, are giving some very mixed reviews…

The Guardian: “The problem was this: it wasn’t at all funny.”

The Independent: “Did anyone muster a laugh…?”

icanboogie: “Really enjoyed it and tittered my way through it, especially when her leg came off.”

The jury is still out. As Our Graham would say… “The decision… is YOURS!”

Scriptwriters in heatwave mass-walkout!

CORRIEWATCH: Oh great! The Fireman is back centre stage with a controversial “race card” storyline! Feel compelled to send my two-penneth suggestion to the scriptwriters: 

In Ken’s “absence”, Deirdre takes over dog walking duties. Eccles chases some random cat up tree on Red Rec. Cat gets stuck. Quick, call The Fireman. The Fireman gets stuck. Never to be seen or heard of again! Simples!

Best line of the night goes to Steve MacD in t’bookies… “£2 on Fizzy Lizzy… reminds me of my mother!” I can think of other more apt names for her after THAT picture in Viz! #placethemingeface 😉