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Actor Geoffrey Hughes dies aged 68
Manchester Guardian ^ | Saturday 28 July 2012 16.26 EDT | Cass Jones

Posted on 07/28/2012 6:59:40 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Actor Geoffrey Hughes, famous for his roles in Coronation Street and Keeping Up Appearances, has died aged 68.

Hughes, who was known to millions for playing binman Eddie Yates in the soap during the 1970s and 1980s, died on Friday night after a two year battle with prostate cancer. …

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: hollywood; obituary
In the USA, Hughes is best known as “Onslow” in Keeping Up Appearances.
1 posted on 07/28/2012 6:59:51 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Very sad...Onslow and “Our Rose” (the second one) were my favorites.
2 posted on 07/28/2012 7:03:20 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: Olog-hai

Did you notice the caption under the photo at the link says he died of prostrate cancer. They can’t spell in Britain either.


3 posted on 07/28/2012 7:03:34 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

What’s sad is that the English dialect of a different Geoffrey (Chaucer) was actually mostly phonetically correct. How we got stuck with the variable pronunciation of vowels and silent letters I haven’t yet figured out.


5 posted on 07/28/2012 7:08:51 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

“How we got stuck with the variable pronunciation of vowels and silent letters I haven’t yet figured out.”

Two Words - Norman Invasion.

The Frogs inflicted most of this on the English language.


6 posted on 07/28/2012 7:12:47 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: mass55th
Did you notice the caption under the photo at the link says he died of prostrate cancer. They can’t spell in Britain either.

The Brits love to add R's to their words heh.

RIP Onslow.

7 posted on 07/28/2012 7:19:37 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: Tzar

There’s an hilarious collection of “Keeping Up Appearances Bloopers” on youtube.

My absolute favorite: Daisy complains that the fire has gone out of their relationship. Onslow responds,

“Nothin’ personal, Daze, it’s just that women get older quicker.” (She grimaces)

“It’s a well known fact, and the fact remains...., that even when the fact remains..., the fact remains!”

This breaks up everyone, especially Judy Cornwell as Daisy.

He seemed a decent sort, even as Onslow. Will be missed. I’m not much younger than that myself.


8 posted on 07/28/2012 7:20:49 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: Olog-hai
Rest in peace Mr. Hughes.


9 posted on 07/28/2012 7:23:19 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: BwanaNdege

Sure must’ve taken a very long time to kick in. That invasion was in 1066. Chaucer lived from 1343 to 1400.


10 posted on 07/28/2012 7:25:15 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Oh no! Loved that “Onslow” character.


12 posted on 07/28/2012 7:59:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Olog-hai

In Onslow heaven, the telly works, there is no drama from Rose, he doesn’t have to chase Daddy, Hyacinth doesn’t care when he shows up, and Daisy brings him his beer without always wanting to get it on.


13 posted on 07/28/2012 8:06:58 PM PDT by yawningotter
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To: yawningotter

Does the Cortina have a V8, though?


14 posted on 07/28/2012 8:10:49 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Liberty Valance

The sleeve-less undershirt, or A line undershirt, was renamed a few years back by my wife. In our house, it is called an “Onslow.”


15 posted on 07/28/2012 8:24:39 PM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: KC Burke
In our house, it is called an “Onslow.”

LOL - He wore it well.

16 posted on 07/28/2012 8:32:13 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Olog-hai

Damn, can’t they stop dying already?!


17 posted on 07/28/2012 8:35:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Olog-hai

“Hughes first appeared in 1960s classics such as Z-Cars and The Likely Lads and was the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles film The Yellow Submarine.”

I did not know that!

Character Onslow was frequently reading high-brow science books in bed like Principles of Particle Physics, IIRC.


18 posted on 07/28/2012 9:31:08 PM PDT by Seizethecarp
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To: Revolting cat!

We have lost a lot of the great ones this past couple of months.


19 posted on 07/28/2012 9:31:26 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Olog-hai

Yea, but it is a LONG walk to Canterbury... ;-)


20 posted on 07/28/2012 9:47:00 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: yawningotter

Well said..I love that show...now two are gone...darn.


21 posted on 07/28/2012 10:32:05 PM PDT by celtic gal
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To: elcid1970

Our Rose’’ I”m off men, he’s left me for another woman!’’ Daisy, “He has?’’ Our Rose, “Yeah, he’s gone back with his wife, the swine!’’. :-)


22 posted on 07/28/2012 11:58:20 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Olog-hai

RIP.


23 posted on 07/29/2012 7:30:12 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Olog-hai
How we got stuck with the variable pronunciation of vowels and silent letters I haven’t yet figured out.

Mostly 17th and 18th century pedants trying to get the spelling of the English words to be closer to their French, Latin (mostly) and Greek sources.

Like doing so was really important!

My personal favorite is spelling thru as through. Three utterly redundant letters.

That said, making English spelling phonetic is itself a pathway lined with pitfalls, most notably whose phonetics. Pronunciation varies dramatically across the English-speaking world and also changes with time. There are numerous clues in Shakespeare that words were pronounced quite differently then.

Also when Chaucer wrote there WAS no "correct" spelling, as spelling was not stabilized for another couple of centuries. Many people didn't even spell their own names with any consistency.

24 posted on 07/29/2012 10:13:35 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Well, my copy of the Canterbury Tales has a pronunciation guide that indicates fixed pronunciation of vowels for the Middle English writing (London dialect) that Chaucer used. “Y” was always pronounced as our present-day “long E”, for example, and there were no silent letters whether vowel or consonant; the now-silent digraphs such as “gh” had a guttural pronunciation.


25 posted on 07/29/2012 10:22:16 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

No doubt.

However, I’ll bet you anything you like that Chaucer didn’t write your pronunciation guide. :)

I’m also willing to place a large wager that in original Chaucer manuscripts spelling of the same word is not uniform throughout. Which was my point. At the time there was no such thing as the “right” spelling because spelling had not yet been standardized.

Lots of the silent letters and silent e’s came along as a result of the Great English Vowel Shift, which took place during the same period when the spelling of words was being stabililzed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Vowel_Shift


26 posted on 07/29/2012 10:38:51 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: mass55th
Did you notice the caption under the photo at the link says he dies of prostrate cancer. They can't spell in Britain either.

What caption are you seeing that has a "r" in prostate?

27 posted on 07/29/2012 10:49:42 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Churchillspirit
"What caption are you seeing that has a "r" in prostate?"

They've corrected the caption under the photo since I posted my comment yesterday. I had triple-checked it to make sure I was seeing it right before I posted. They originally had prostrate, but have now changed it to prostate.

28 posted on 07/29/2012 11:30:03 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

How clever of you to notice. :)


29 posted on 07/29/2012 11:49:03 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Churchillspirit

I specifically noticed because I have a friend who always says prostrate instead of prostate. I’ve never mentioned it to her though.


30 posted on 07/29/2012 12:01:40 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th; Churchillspirit

Well, maybe they were trying to say

“He died, prostrate, of cancer.”


31 posted on 07/29/2012 1:06:41 PM PDT by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: Erasmus

32 posted on 07/29/2012 10:32:41 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Revolting cat!
Damn, can’t they stop dying already?!

You're telling me, I still haven't gotten over losing Benny Hill.

33 posted on 07/29/2012 10:42:32 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Seizethecarp

<was the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles film The Yellow Submarine.”

What! The Beatles didn’t do their own voices? What next, no Santa Claus?


34 posted on 07/29/2012 10:43:20 PM PDT by radiohead (Buy ammo, store food, pray for the Republic.)
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