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The Perry Winkle

Yet another outstanding issue of The Perry Winkle has arrived.

We are told about the Jean Harlow connection, a new book, new CDs, Laurel and Hardy and pantomime, how Ken Dodd came to unveil the Laurel and Hardy statue in Ulverston, a convention at the Library of Congress Packard Campus in the USA, a visit by Saps at Sea Tent members to the USA, some rare artwork from around the world, an examination of how Laurel and Hardy films might be considered in today's climate of sensitivity and correctness, a piece on AE Pickard and the regular "Cockles and Mussels".

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Stan and Ollie movie

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The Fiddle and the Bow

Graeme Green writes on Facebook: "I can confirm that Andrew Shepherd will be performing his play The Fiddle and the Bow for our entertainment and pleasure on the October 25th at the Harlequin Pub in Sheffield."


Just fell over this in the news. Otto is in Germany a well known comedian and I have known him since I was a child.

Please find below an extract of the news comment (translated by Google) and the picture I found most interesting.

The elephants are called Ottifanten which would be called ottifants in English I suppose.

Michael Schmitz

Otto Gerhard Waalkes, 70, is a painter. "The mental preparation is the most important thing," says Otto about the emergence of his art. "I'll do that in bed in the morning." Everything else the Ostfriese then does in a small studio in the west of his adopted hometown of Hamburg. The paintings, most of which were made in recent years, can be seen from Friday on in an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Crafts (MKG) - under the frivolous title "Otto - Die Ausstellung". An entirely new section of work or noble, original art can not be expected here. Even in his painting Otto remains completely Otto, and therefore can not actually disappoint.

 Two greats


1958: Marcel Marceau and Stan Laurel. Spotted by Richard Smith.


 Daily Mirror archive


Spotted by Lorna Twaddle


In the press


Rogues gallery

 Glynne MacDonald says, "Found these... some police brutality from the Keystone Cops..."

Willie McIntyre, Michael Schmitz and Glynne MacDaonald at a Sons convention in the 1990s

Glynne and Willie are joined by an unidentified reveller

At the Panopticon in Glasgow in the 1980s: Janice MacNicol, Kevin Smith, Marion Grave, Johnnie Beattie, Fred Terris, Glynne MacDonald