New tent in Italy
We have exciting news of a new tent in Italy, the Far Diavolo Tent.
For full details, go to https://fradiavolooasis368.wixsite.com
The Grand Sheik is Giuseppe Tedeschi and you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
International Trivia Quiz
Here we go with my final International Trivia Quiz sheet, December 2020.
I've issued the answer sheet for the Nowonder quiz, in case some of you are still scratching your head.
The Trivia Quiz questions total 100, from March through to December. Roland Steinert has 77 points to date and nobody can catch him at this late stage. Roger Robinson and Marc de Coninck are competing for 2nd place at the top of the leader board.
The scoring regime is very simple, the first person to respond with a 10/10 score earns 10 points, the second all correct respondent scores 9 points and so on down the line.
Those who fail to score 10/10 do not feature on the score board, scoring no points at all.
Good luck with the final Trivia Quiz sheet, let's see some quick responses even though we now know that the World Trivia Quiz Champion lives in Germany, but do still have a go anyway.
Feel free to forward the monthly Trivia Quiz to any of your Sons friends who might have a spare few minutes to fill?
Remember, it's only a bit of fun, a trivial diversion albeit briefly, from the continuous covid bad news.
I'll send out the December answers in a couple of weeks.
Best of British
I am a subscriber to the magazine Best of British and look forward to reading it every month. Last month there was a reader’s story about Max Bygraves’s appearance at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston and how much he had enjoyed that as a young boy.
So I sent the Editor the story of the Laurel and Hardy statue unveiling in 2009 by Mayor Janet Jenkinson and Sir Ken Dodd complete with tickling sticks. I am pleased to see my story has appeared in the Postbag page with the above photo.
Tell Me That Again
We bought the new book by Gary Winstanley and must enthuse that it is terrific.
Mike Jones has reviewed the book on his Beau Chumps Tent website at
Gary and Mike engrossed
The Repair Shop
In The Repair Shop (BBC1, 4.12.20) a customer brought in a bicycle which had been given by Laurel and Hardy to his brother on stage at the Nottingham Empire in 1953. His brother, who was three-and-a-half years old, had had to perform Ba Ba Black Sheep before receiving the special gift!
The bicycle was in a neglected state and the task was to return the vehicle to a better condition - which the team did miraculously.
Donation to charity
Once again this Christmas, the Call of the Cuckoos Tent of Glasgow has been able to make a donation to Variety, the Children’s Charity. They gave £30. This has been achieved partly by the sale, in conjunction with Bowler Dessert, of Laurel and Hardy Christmas cards and the Bowler Beginnings book. We gratefully thank all those who supported us in these ventures.
Fra Diavolo sauce
Eric Schultz found this at his grocery store.
Several of us were on a Zoooom session and Neil C asked if Fin was an original Keystone Cop, as is commonly thought. Well, the answer is no, he wasn't, but it's nowhere near as simple as that.
Yes, that is indeed James Finlayson at far left in the above photo. However, as I said, he wasn't an original Keystone Cop! For a full explanation (including our thanks to fellow SoD Liam Muldowney), you'll need to visit our revised website page that is dedicated to the great man. This can be found here, and I'd be delighted if you have any comments or thoughts to share in the 'reply box' on the page.
Several of us Chumps have been working on another Blog, Laurel and Hardy : Music and Musicals for a wee while and I have uploaded it.
Sent to us by Stephen Barlow
Men o’ War Tent
We have an open poll on “What films would you like to see when we resume meetings” which has a response trickling in and the results are being added to our website.
It was great news this week that scientists at Oxford University have developed a vaccine against Covid 19. I have now found out that the genius behind this breakthrough is Lord Paddington and he gives credit to his able assistant… “Fatty”.
Here is something I noticed years ago, but never mentioned it. Notice that Ollie has something flat in the seat of his pants. This was probably something that both caused the smoking effect, and shielded him from actually getting burnt.
Smile by Spike Milligan
Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realised I’d passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile, then I realised its worth.
A single smile, just like mine, could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!