Saturday, May 24, 2008
The Burial of Mickey Mouse: still Part 21 (All about T)
I'd never met anyone like T before. He was a cockney lad and proud of it, sometimes playing up the nasal twang for effect even though he could do 'proper' English when he wanted to. He had been asked by the BBC to record a series of radio broadcasts about his working-class London boyhood because he described it with such humour and authenticity. The broadcasts were made before I knew him but I was given a tape of some of them and have chosen an extract to share. In case you have trouble understanding the cockney pronunciation, think Michael Caine and you'll get it. The talk starts after a short silence.