Monday, January 23, 2017

She expected the worst of his friends

Well, this friend of yours has got here, and I must say that or a friend of yours he seems less sub-human than I had expected. A bit of a pop-eyed bleater, but on the whole clean and civil, and certainly most informative about newts. Am considering arranging a series of lectures for him in neighbourhood.

(from Right Ho, Jeeves, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Eduardo Ciannelli - actor, and baritone

We know Eduardo Ciannelli as a prolific actor who played gangsters and criminals, including a good number of bad-guy Germans during the World War II period, even though he was an Italian. Before he became an actor, he had been trained as a surgeon, and then as a singer, and achieved sufficient success to sing at La Scala, the famous Italian opera house.

The jump from hoods to cops

Two of the most recognizable faces for underworld characters in old movies were Harry Belaver and Horace McMahon. However, in the TV series Naked City, they were promoted to two of the main police characters in the show. So, we viewers had to adjust.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

An unappetizing young gentleman

I threw my mind back to the last time I had seen him. About two years ago, it had been. I had looked in at his place while on a motor trip, and he had put me right off my feed by bringing a couple of green things with legs to the luncheon table, crooning over them like a young mother and eventually losing one of them in the salad. That picture, rising before my eyes, didn't give me much confidence in the unfortunate goof's ability to woo and win, I must say. Especially if the girl he had earmarked was one of these tough modern thugs, all lipstick and cool, hard, sardonic eyes, as she probably was.

(from Right Ho, Jeeves, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Those opera singers can get tough!

          "I shouldn't worry, I said. "There's probably nothing in it. Whole thing no doubt much exaggerated."
          "You think so, eh? Well, you know what he's like. You remember the trouble we had when he ran after that singing-woman?"
          I recollected the case. You will find it elsewhere in the archives. Cora Bellinger was the female's name. She was studying opera, and young Tuppy thought highly of her. Fortunately, however, she punched him in the eye during Beefy Bingham's clean, bright entertainment in Bermondsey east, and love died.

(from Very Good, Jeeves!, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Confusing British punctuation

In quotations, the British use the single first ['], and then the double ["] for quotes within quotes - just the opposite of how we do it in the USA. This makes reading it slightly difficult to read their passages that contain involved conversations.

British: 'She told me, "I'm going to town," and then she went.'
U.S.: "She told me, 'I'm going to town,' and then she went."

This aunt was not the best foot forward

I began to see that this Rhoda knew her business. If I'd been a girl with someone wanting to marry me and knew there was an exhibit like this aunt hanging around the home, I, too, should have thought  twice about inviting him to call until the ceremony was over and he had actually signed on the dotted line. I mean to say, a thoroughly good soul - heart of gold beyond a doubt - but not the sort of thing you wanted to spring on Romeo before the time was ripe.

(from Very Good, Jeeves!, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A hearty "Tchah" to you, too

You see, I'm one of those birds who drive a lot but don't know  the first thing about the works. The policy I pursue is to get aboard, prod the self-starter, and leave the rest to Nature. If anything goes wrong, I scream for an A.A. scout. It's a system that answers admirably as a rule, but on the present occasion it blew a fuse owing to the fact that there wasn't an A.A. scout within miles. I explained as much to the fair cargo and received in return a "Tchah!" from the Pyke that nearly lifted the top of my head off. What with having a covey of female relations who have regarded me from childhood as about ten degrees short of a half-wit, I have become rather a connoisseur of "Tchahs," and the Pyke's seemed to me well up in Class A, possessing much of the timbre and brio of my Aunt Agatha's.

(from Very Good, Jeeves!, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Nobody is that stupid"

Ensign Chuck Parker of McHale's Navy definitely falls into the Nobody Could Be That Stupid category.

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Gas and gaiters

"Gas and gaiters." This term is used in Very Good, Jeeves!, by P. G. Wodehouse. One LINK  I found explains it.