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Thread #60691 Message #974613
Posted By: HuwG
30-Jun-03 - 10:09 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: What is a 'furtive Jodrell'?
Subject: RE: Folklore: What is a 'furtive Jodrell'?
Purely as asides by now, but ... I was walking on the moors near Ramsbottom (no, that is a town north of Manchester) yesterday, and climbed the Peel Tower, a local monument. In spite of lots of haze, the dish at Jodrell Bank was visible at a range of 48 miles.
The best reference to J. Arthur Rank I have heard was a quote from Kenneth Williams in the film, "Carry on up the Khyber". As a slave announces visitors to an Indian palace by banging a gong, Kenneth says, "I wish he wouldn't keep doing that. Rank stupidity !"
I regret that I once worked for Barclays Bank. Their association with self-abuse is nothing to do with rhyming slang, in my opinion.