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February 2018: Land of the Prince Bishops

County Durham is not perhaps well-known as a tourist destination, that very fact surely making it worth visiting, but it does enjoy a wealth of ...More
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David Croft

The king of the catch phrase is dead, and that dynasty may have ended. David Croft, with Jimmy Perry and Jeremy Lloyd, wrote and produced some of our most celebrated sitcoms, among them the surreal ĎAllo ĎAllo, the semi-tragic Hi-de-Hi!, the saucy Are You Being Served, and the sublime Dadís Army. His success can be judged not only in terms of ratings and money, but in its linguistic legacy: you stupid boy; are you sure thatís wise; I will say this only once; good moaning; and dozens of others. Croft understood our national nostalgia even for things not yet past, poked fun at lingering class divisions, and from a theatrical background recognized acting talent. An irreplaceable comedy hero.

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I am not against hasty marriages where a mutual flame is fanned by an adequate income - Wilkie Collins
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Battle of Bramham Moor - 1408, Treaty of Westminster signed - 1674, First Man Utd Match at Old Trafford - 1910, 1st episode of Eastenders - 1985, Cocker's Contempt for Jackson at Brits - 1996
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