Laurel and Hardy
and the
Sons of the Desert
are at the heart of
Bowler Dessert Online




In Ulverston

Steve Coogan and John C Reilly (pictured with Mark Geenhow, centre) were in the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston on1st October and were featured on the regional news on ITV that evening, in advance of the premier of their movie Stan and Ollie this month.

About the movie

I'm not happy about this new film Stan and Ollie. From what I've seen it shows them falling out with one another. Now the image I have through books and the Sons is that they got on and never had a cross word. And it shows empty theatres. I thought they sold places out.

I can't stand Coogan. He's awful. He gets a bad press. I hated Alan Partridge.

Would the film had been made if Lois laurel had been alive? I don't think so.

Nick Rich

At the Panopticon

Hallowe'en was in sight so it was perhaps not surprisong that the customary warning to unauthorised persons was ignored at the meetimg of the Call of the Cuckoos Tent at the Panopticon in Glasgow on 3rd October. 

Oliver Hardy Festival

The Augusta Chronicle featured this photo from the Oliver Hardy Festival in Georgia on 6th October.



In the press

Bill Crouch spotted that the first clue in the daily crossword in The Herald (02.10.18.) was, "&emdash;and Hardy, comedy duo (6)."

On Facebook

Seen on Facebook were Johnny Sorrow and Kevin Pulling of the Laughing Gravy Tent, with Mrs Fox, at Statfold Barn 1940s event.

Posted on the Laurel & Hardy Forum

From Trevor

Trevor Bell (Saps at Sea Tent) has been out and about with (as always) his camera.

The Cuckoos' banner

We thought we might give any newcomers some background on the two illustrations on the banner which the Call of the Cuckoos Tent unveiled during the summer.

The top drawing was drawn for our tent by Tony Bagley when the tent was started in 1993. Tony is a long-time member of the Sons of the Desert, who drew numerous illustrations for Bowler Dessert.

The other illustration goes back to 1977, drawn specially for the front page of the third issue of Bowler Dessert by the late Anthony Stubenrauch. Anthony drew the front page illustration for many years.

That is why we are so proud of our banner!

Willie McIntyre