Tick Tock Tuesday (14 January 2020) – Father Ted

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways… including getting to know the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

It will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry to complete this so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week.

In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator, so if you want to skip ahead each week it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.

Okay, so everybody must have recovered from the holidays by now, right? No? Still? Just on the offchance, I thought I’d share a couple of clips from one of my favourite comedy programmes of the Nineties. this week

I worked bloody hard in the Nineties, carving out a career. Friday night, however, was going-out night. But not until we’d watched Father Ted at 9 o’clock!

Father Ted was actually a British comedy, but set (and mostly filmed) in Ireland about a dumb priest and his even dumber sidekick. There were only three series, from 1995-8 – the show ended after the title character, Dermot Morgan, died from a heart attack, aged just 45. Such is the legacy of Father Ted, it is now possible to eat afternoon tea in the farmhouse in which Ted was filmed, over in The Burren, Clare. A beautiful part of the world. And, NYE just gone, it was possible to watch Ted on national tv in the UK.

I shall post two short clips today, both from the same episide. They have me in stitches every time. First, Ted offends some Chinese:

then, he tries to apologise:

If you enjoyed these clips, they are from the episode Are you Right There Father Ted?, Episode 1 of Season 3. There are bits and bobs on YouTube, but the whole collection is available on the TV company’s on-demand service, All Four, but I think you’ll need to create a login. I’m not sure if they have international restrictions.

Dermot Morgan, 1952-1998. RIP, Father Ted.


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