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Many of us like watching Tim and Pru on their canal journeys around Britain and across the world. I, certainly, am hooked: beautiful and interesting locations and amiable and relaxing banter between two folk in their dotage. Long may they keep going.

But as they float down this waterway or that (this one's near Tigre near Buenos Aires in Argentina) what we don't see (and therefore forget) is that they are not alone. That there is a camera crew and a director and script editor, a whole panoply in fact. You wonder how many takes have to be made of each, apparently spontaneous, shot. "I'm sorry, Tim, can you do that again? Your hat slipped and was obscuring your face. Can you take it from the top?" Or "Pru darling, that was wonderful but the light was all wrong. Can we have a screen here and a couple more PARs? Are you up to trying it again. Big smile now. "

And then of course there must be a whole army of researchers planning the route, booking hotels, fixing up visits so that it appears that T and P arrive somewhere and walk into a welcome, whereas they have probably been there already for three hours or the arrival may have been shot one day and the welcome the next.

So it is all artificial. But never mind. The programme is still wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 8th Nov 2018 - 08:56AM   Posted by Fennie   Tim and Pru Comments: 14

Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie and everyone,

Lovely sunny autumnal morning but the easterly air is a tad bracing .

Have watched all of the programmes of Tim and Pru in Canal Journeys always enjoy them and I agree there must be quite some 'out takes ' whilst filming but of course they are used to it being Thespians. They always look so relaxed love the topics of conversation between them both too.

Fourth day without the weed bought some more Dolly Mixtures yesterday my teeth will no doubt all fall out before we know it.

Two cottages that back onto us have now started to light their fires now the weather is colder trouble is they are not using smokeless fuel and no cap on their chimneys either. Chug chug out comes all the black smoke and they have not a care in the world as long as they are warm, never mind us that have to breathe in all the sooty smoke . I have rung the local council many times since we moved here and as ever they always pass the buck and never sort out my complaint.

Posted by: Camilla on 8th Nov 2018 at 10:00AM

Camilla's Avatar Have a good day everyone .Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 8th Nov 2018 at 10:01AM

Camilla's Avatar Thank you for posting for the larks FennieVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 8th Nov 2018 at 10:08AM

Camilla's Avatar All very quiet here today...Very Happy

Chilly old day but there has been some lovely intervals of bright sunshine throughout. Not going near the sea edge at the moment as Seals have their pups born. Winterton Post on FB say keep dogs on lead at all times and be aware as Seals could move nearer from the beach up to the dunes too.

Mentally weary today and could have done with some weed but no I have been brave and soldiered on.! Managed to mow the front lawns but the pruning of the tall Hollyhocks will have to wait another day.

Have a good evening everyone.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 8th Nov 2018 at 05:26PM

Faith's Avatar I have to say that while I do not like either Tim or Pru (or their names for that matter) I do quite like the programme - relaxing as you say Fennie.

Posted by: Faith on 8th Nov 2018 at 05:47PM

Fennie's Avatar Oh Faith - Chill! They are a lovely old couple.
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Posted by: Fennie on 8th Nov 2018 at 05:50PM

Fennie's Avatar As for evenings, I intend to Camilla. I think I am getting a cold and so have allowed myself a glass or two of whisky* and we have little shrimps for supper fried in hot oil with garlic and chilli flakes. Mmmm - delish!

*Waitrose has been selling 12 year old Highland Park for £25 though it has probably already gone up in price. Lovely honeyed finish and just the thing for colds.

There's an Alec Guinness film on at 6.20 on Talking Pictures, I might watch it. I need a break. Outside it is cold and wet and dark and bleak and unwelcoming so well done for braving the elements and visiting the seals.

Posted by: Fennie on 8th Nov 2018 at 05:58PM

Fennie's Avatar When I played Jeff Bernard in the play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell I could smoke (indeed had to smoke) every evening on stage. I smoked Players Navy Cut, untipped and it was wonderful but sadly I knew that I mustn't carry on beyond the play or I would be hooked again. But it was just like smoking for the first time all the pleasure and none of the pain. Perhaps I should try Dolly mixtures. But have you tried, Camilla, crystallised ginger? You need something with a bit of a bite to it. Besides the good stuff comes in a lovely wooden box. I suspect though you might have to send away for it.
Anyway very well done and treble tick gold star for getting through another day. We are all incredibly proud of you. Onwards and upwards to better things. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 8th Nov 2018 at 06:04PM

Faith's Avatar
Fennie said:
Oh Faith - Chill! They are a lovely old couple.
Very HappyVery Happy

People aren't lovely just because they are old. And I don't find them appealing as a couple or on their own! But I am perfectly chilledEvil or Very MadLaughing

Posted by: Faith on 9th Nov 2018 at 08:36AM

Camilla's Avatar I have always wondered if actors when you see them smoke in films or on TV Actually do smoke or is there some sort of device that looks like the real thing and smoke comes out of it. I don't mean the vapor thingy I mean that looks like an actual cigarette. If you watch the drama Endeavour (young Morse) there is an actor in it who smokes like a chimney in the drama. It is set in the fifty's and sixty's though when smoking was fashionable.

Ooh ah... love the sound of that crystallised ginger, thanks for my treble Gold star, I was wavering yesterday but I got through another day.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 10th Nov 2018 at 10:59AM

Camilla's Avatar Remember Players cigs although never smoked them, I think they are extremely strong though especially the untipped ones. I have smoked Richmond menthol green ones for ages.

Posted by: Camilla on 10th Nov 2018 at 11:01AM

Camilla's Avatar Shrimps with garlic and chilli flakes with a swig of whisky sounds good Fennie.Very Happy Hope your cold is soon on its way out I love a brandy with some honey in it for colds not that the cold always goes quickly mind you.

Posted by: Camilla on 10th Nov 2018 at 11:04AM

Fennie's Avatar Well then you can have more brandy and honey! You see: silver lining Wink

As to cigarettes on stage. Yes I think there are cigarettes like those, specially for the stage or films and they look realistic. But these days there seems to be a blanket ban on fire in theatres. Which would rule out cigarettes of any sort.

Posted by: Fennie on 10th Nov 2018 at 04:39PM

Camilla's Avatar More brandy and honey sounds good to me Fennie.Very Happy

But are there really fake cigs that when you inhale through them that smoke comes out of your mouth like you see on the screen? if you get a chance try and watch a snippet of the Endeavour drama on catch up, ITV3 you can see Inspector Bright puffing away like mad almost chain smoking.

if it is a fake cig I would like one.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Nov 2018 at 11:33AM

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