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Goon Show Anagram Competition Winners

Monday, 9 October 2017

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Thanks to all of you who entered the competition. The winners are *drum roll*...

Bill Froog, Jonathan Street and Richard Montagu

Congratulations!

If you weren't lucky enough to win this time, fear not as there will be more competitions in the future!

There has been quite a lot of interest in the forthcoming production of Vacant Lot with articles appearing on Chortle, Wolverhampton’s Express…

Goon Show Anagram Competition!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

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As we're just a single pledge away from reaching 35% funding, how would you like to win a copy of Memories of Milligan signed by Norma Farnes? Or The Goon Show Compendium Volume Six, Series 7, Part 2 on CD? Or perhaps you'd prefer London Entertains, Climb up the Wall and Calling All Cars on a Region 0 DVD?

The prizes may seem familiar from a previous update but due to a lack of entries (sob!),…

See the first performance of "Britain's First Situation Comedy"... 65 years after it was written!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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The writers of Hancock's Half Hour, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, are often referred to as the creators of the British sitcom but few people realise Tony Hancock had previously explored the genre with his friend, Larry Stephens.

In July 1952, Larry approached BBC Producer, Peter Eton, with a suggestion: he had come up with an idea for a comedy series, entitled Vacant Lot, to star Hancock as a blundering…

'Name that Goon' competition!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Mom

To celebrate Glarnies, Green Berets & Goons reaching 33% funding, I'm launching a competition called, NAME THAT GOON!

It seems that the majority of Goon Show fans can 'do' the voices of the characters, including HRH The Prince of Wales!

The first part of the competition is open to anyone, regardless of whether they've backed Glarnies or not but the second part is for supporters only.

PART…

Can we return this photo to its owner's family?

Friday, 8 September 2017

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Thanks to everyone for your suggestions about the Larry Stephens-related mysteries I shared last week. Glarnies, Green Beret’s & Goons supporter, Karl Tiedemann's sister-in-law, identified the language on the photograph as Japanese and says that it translates to something like 'photo shop' or 'photo studio'.

I bought the photograph from eBay because of what is written on the back of it:

Crun and Company Ltd, Licensed Clue Manufacturers

Friday, 1 September 2017

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Can you help me to solve some mysteries?

While I was researching Larry Stephens' life, I came across a few things I was unable to identify. Can you put me out of my misery by providing further information about any of them please? If you click on the pictures, you'll be able to see larger versions.

1. Who is DT?

This is a photo of Larry playing the piano as a member of Dennis R Hinton…

Want two free premier theatre tickets?

Friday, 25 August 2017

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I have a pair of premier tickets for tomorrow's matinee of Adrian Mole The Musical which I can't use because of the leg injury I was moaning about last week. The performance is tomorrow, Saturday 26 August, 3:30pm at the Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

If you would like the tickets, email me on dreensdo@gmail.com before 7pm (UK time) this evening (Friday 25 August…

Only those who have an IQ of 135 or more will read this update

Friday, 28 July 2017

Quiz

I've made a quiz!

I see lots of quizzes on social media with titles like, "1 million people tried but so far only 1 person was able to score a perfect 10" and "Only those who have an IQ of 135 or up will score a perfect 10" and they get shared around. A lot. I started thinking about how a quiz could be used to tell more people about Glarnies, Green Berets & Goons and here's what I came up with…

By Royal Command-o!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

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I'll be running another competition for supporters when Glarnies, Green Berets and Goons reaches 25% funding and the prize this time will be a programme from the 1952 Royal Variety Performance. Anything you can do to help reach this milestone would be very much appreciated, be that persuading friends to support the book, sharing the link on Facebook or Twitter - whatever is within your power!

Commando Training in the 1940s

Thursday, 6 July 2017

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The Commandos were formed in 1940 after the colossal military disaster of Dunkirk when Britain's morale was plummeting. In June 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill wrote to the Chiefs of Staff proposing the raising of a special force to enable Britain to regain the upper hand.

The Commando Basic Training Centre was located in the house and grounds of the 24th chief of Clan Cameron, Donald Cameron…

My family and other flapdoodles

Friday, 23 June 2017

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Programmes like Who Do You Think You Are? are fascinating but it's not just celebrities who have interesting family backgrounds; in my experience of family history research, everyone has a noteworthy character or two among their ancestors or long-hidden secrets waiting to be uncovered. I really enjoy delving into the past (which is why I'm offering family history research as a couple of the rewards…

Goon With The Wind

Friday, 9 June 2017

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While we pause between elections here in the UK, I wanted to let you know that I'll be running a supporters-only competition next week. Up for grabs will be a first edition of Max Geldray's autobiography, 'Goon With The Wind' (I think that's such a clever title!) and what's more, there's a hand-signed photo of Max taped to the inside of the book.

When the Goon Show first started as 'Crazy People…

Video billed the radio stars!

Friday, 2 June 2017

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Glarnies, Green Berets & Goons launched just over a week ago so I thought it was about time I said hello.

Hello!

I'd like to tell you a little more about Grafton's pub where my video was filmed. Making the video was a very interesting and exciting experience for me (not just because I got to enter a pub at 9 o'clock in the morning!) as with no one else in there, it made it much easier to imagine…

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