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Centenary vote

2021 marks 100 years since the teaming of Laurel and Hardy.


Talking Pictures TV, the channel that brought the greatest comedy duo back to British TV a couple of years ago — will be BRINGING THE BOYS BACK AGAIN to celebrate the occasion.

Which shorts and films would you like to see again? Let us know!

Email your suggestions to: sarah@talkingpicturestv.co.uk

Talking Pictures TV Sky 328  Freeview 81 Freesat 306  Virgin 445

Sarah Cronin

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The Perry Winkle


It comes as no surprise that the latest issue of The Perry Winkle is well up to standard. It always is! 


Get your copy from roger.robinson5@btinternet.com.

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2021 Virtual UK Convention


Janice Hawton and her Bonnie Scotland Tent are busily preparing a virtual UK Convention. It will run from 7th till 10th May. A schedule and invitation will be sent to folk who were booked for the conclave planned by the tent (for May in Greenock) but postponed due to the pandemic.

Laurel and Hardy Trivia Quiz


Yet another Online Laurel and Hardy Trivia Quiz.  It will help to keep your mind off Covid-19 and those delightful vaccinations!


This time I've based it around the wonderful Edgar Kennedy, who of course was born in the month of April.


As ever, the first to respond with a score of 10/10 will be adjudged to be the winner.


Again, you might not be able to rattle off all the correct answers from memory, it's an opportunity for some online research, just be sure to use a comfy chair while doing so.


Of course, as usual, a splendid prize will be awarded to the winner, well splendid that is, as long as the winner likes drinking beer.


Good luck, remember it's all just a bit of fun, the answer sheet will be sent out before the end of the month. 


I am dedicating the Quiz this month to Bob Spiller, a good friend and well loved Son of the Desert who sadly passed away on 25th March.


 Eric Woods 

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Museum concern


I happened to come across this article online dated March 20th from The Mail newspaper in Cumbria that I thought might be of interest to the Sons.

 Stan Fan 


Concern for Ulverston’s Roxy Cinema and Laurel and Hardy Museum


Bosses of a cinema and museum have said uncertainty over the future of the building they share is limiting their capacity to invest in the sites.


The Roxy and The Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston have been forced to cope with attempts to sell the Brogden Street building spanning a number of years.


"We want to stay there but, until such time as we do know what our future is, it holds us back with regard to sprucing the place up and so on," said Charles Morris, director of the Roxy.


“I would like to be a little more assured of my future there. One likes to be able to feel secure and to be able to make plans."


Mark Greenhow, owner of The Laurel and Hardy Museum, said the potential sale of the building had been a 'recurring theme'.


"It goes on, it comes off, it goes on, it comes off," he said.


“It’s always worrying when the sign goes up. You never know what the new owner is going to do with it.


“It’s a place we’d like to stay, but you just never know what a new owner’s plans for it might be, so it’s always concerning.”


Mr Greenhow said 'some sort of closure' would be 'ideal'.


"It’s got to the point I can’t spend, I can’t invest anything in the business, I can’t invest anything in the facilities or the exhibition, because I don’t really know what our future’s going to be," he said.


He described it as an 'iconic' building in the town and felt the old cinema building was a 'perfect fit' for a museum paying tribute to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, film stars of yesteryear.


In addition to the cinema and museum, the building houses a gym.


A listing at corrieandco.co.uk says offers in the region of £190,000 are sought.

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Forties bargain


Fellow Chump Alan L spotted this in Sainsburys (UK) for only £5.00 featuring The Dancing Masters, A-Haunting We Will Go and The Bullfighters.

Now we probably all agree that the forties output was far from the Boys’ best, but hey, they all have Laurel and Hardy in them so they must have something, right? Besides, it's only a fiver! Several of us Chumps objectively viewed the whole catalogue from this era and produced this review, the conclusions of which might surprise you. Go on, dip your toe in and if you're still not keen, donate the box set to the tent for raffle etc purposes.


 Mike Jones 

On the telly


Talking Pictures Channel appear to be using The Boys as fill-ins lately. Here we have another 10 minute slot this time on Monday 19th April at 5.15pm where they are showing Laurel and Hardy Musical Moments. 


Not as in depth as the Musical blog that Mike put together on the Beau Chumps website but if fans see this small offering it might whet the appetite of viewers to read more about the Boy's musical adventures.


 Peter Jones 




I’m starting to clean out my office pre-retirement and came across these in a filing cabinet. Those of a certain age may notice the TG&Y price tag on the stickers.


 Richard Ward on Facebook 


...and finally