Did I mention that I have a satellite dish? Actually, I've two. One for German channels, one for British.
Yesterday I was trying to explain to the kids the wonderful TV of my youth. The swinging sixties, when we were treated to half a dozen hours of black and white programming every single day. Luckily, ITV 4 is showing reruns of On the Buses.
"I know. It was crap even by crappy sixties standards."
"It isn't even in colour. Can we watch something else, dad?"
"No. This is educational. You can discover how we lived back then."
"I'm happy with the present, dad."
And with that, Andrew sloped off upstairs to rot his brain with some computer game. I felt obliged to keep watching. I'm glad I did.
Stan (Reg Varney) had been working night shift. He arrived back at breakfast time and got stuck into a steak and kidney pudding. When his mum offered him a cup of tea, he turned it down. "Naah. You know what goes with steak and kidney pud? A nice glass of Stout." He then took a screw-top pint bottle out of a cupboard and poured himself a glass.
A fascinating bit of social history there. The episode is from 1969. My guess would be that screw-top bottles of Stout would have been pretty old-fashioned, even then.
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