Friday, 4 December 2009
I am amused to see that Geoffrey Boycott is in a spot of hot water for exclaiming 'fucking tosser' on Test Match Special. Note for American readers: Geoffrey Boycott is an old Yorkshire and England cricketer. He is a strange man but was an all time great and is now a very knowledgeable commentator on the game. Test Match Special is the BBC national radio live cricket commentary programme. Boycott assumed he wasn't on air when he said the rude words. Oh yes he was! Cue much predictable outrage.
Mike Selvey has a sensible article in the Guardian today bringing an element of commonsense to the synthetic outrage that has blown up over the Boycottian rude word fest. He tells the story of Allan Lamb (another old England cricketer - pic above in typical pose). He was invited once to do a guest appearance on Test Match Special. There was a questionable umpiring decision.
'Fuck me!' exclaimed Lamb.
A note was passed to him.
'You can't say fuck on air' said the note.
'Shit!' said Lamb. 'Did I say that?'
This was apparently the end of our man's glorious career in the broadcast media, sadly nipped in the bud. We haven't had any Dead for a while so here they are with Not Fade Away
And as a bonus here are the Stones from 1964 with the same...