Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Music and movement

A little bit of 1970s nostalgia today; I stumbled across a happy coincidence this week while doing some researching into silent film comedy.

The 'roller-skating' sequence from 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em' became famous despite its uninspired and unsubtle soundtrack; combine it with another iconic TV institution of the era, however, and the result is pure comedy gold.

I realise this may mean nothing to those under 40, but for anyone who remembers the 1970s, here are the clips; mute the second one, then start them in order...

(If the clips don't work, links are here and here)


  1. Remember the 70s? Don't think I was born then.

  2. More worryingly, neither was the colleague with whom I have been working on the piece.