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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Animal magic

Being naturally inquisitive, I asked Ken Barmy about his reference to Johnny Morris the other day.

"When did you ever see any librarians on a David Attenborough programme?" he asked. "It just doesn't happen does it?

"Oh, they had one on "Zoo Time" with George Cansdale but that was a lifetime ago. Besides they had to shoot it because it bit one of the keepers."

I had to go for my bus when he started explaining why Ann-Ann and Chi-Chi didn't get it on down because of a lack of cardigans and leather elbow patches.


nursemyra said...

I want to comment on how funny you are but I'm still laughing at that final scene in the video clip

wendy house said...

I want a creer change to a librarian, preferably responsible for managing children and meetings (staff and clients)

St Jude said...

Ah dear old Johnny Morris, he was a staple of my youth, they don't make em like that any more... I wonder why!

Affer said...

'George Cansdale'...ho, ho! Now that was a left-field reference. I am now eagerly waiting to see if Phillip Harben will creep in.......

Pat said...

St Jude pre-empted me. One of my most enduring memories was seeing Albert the gorilla at Bristol Zoo - just before the war.
Wasn't John Braine a librarian? And
Philip Larkin? And then there's our Kev.

zIggI said...

I met him once, Johnny Morris, by that time I was taller than him but I still loved him and bought his book.


Gadjo Dilo said...

The most curious fact I ever heard about Johnny Morris is that he wanted to go and live in Germany just before the outbreak of WW2. One is left to wonder why, though it could have been that Hitler wanted him to teach his dog Blondi to speak proper English like the animals on Animal Magic.

Kevin Musgrove said...

nursemyra: you may want to loosen your stays, to avoid accidents.

Wendy: no!!!!!! Honestly, no you don't. Tell her somebody!

St Jude: it's all informercials and on-the-couch double acts that make Frank Bough and Selina Scott seem cutting edge cool.

Affer: I would have sworn Philip Harbe had appeared but a search was fruitless. An oversight, obviously.

Pat: I thought we were friends; fancy calling me a librarian!

zlggl: I always thought it would have been more fun if the animals had written the book for him.

Gadjo: being suspected of Nazi sympathies because he drove a German car! These days half the country would be interned as Axis moles.