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Posts Tagged ‘Wales’

The National Drink of Wales

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on July 22, 2010

Sambuca is the official drink of Wales, as decreed by the Welsh Assembly in 2003 during a particularly memorable sitting. Over five thousand bottles of of Sambuca – including the rare Off-Brown Sambuca and the popular Leek flavour – are consumed every hour in Wales, where it is particularly popular with children and the homeless.

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Norah Jones and Ivor the Engine

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on December 3, 2009

Ivor the Engine

Jones the Steam was shocked when Mrs Portly abandoned their child in a basket at the station

Singer Norah Jones is the daughter of famous animated character Jones the Steam, best known for his role in popular documentary series Ivor the Engine. She grew up in the cartoon Welsh village of Merioneth and Llantisilly, where her father worked for the local railway station.

She is the result of a torrid affair between Jones and company owner Mrs Portly – who refused to have anything to do with the child – and first learnt her craft at the knee of local songmeister Evans the Song.

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Famous First Drafts

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on November 30, 2009

Sir Woofsalot

Sir Woofsalot offered invaluable assistance to Sherlock Holmes

Many literary works began life in radically different forms before seeing print as the versions we know and love today.

Conan Doyle’s famous creation Sherlock Holmes is known for his friendship with Dr Watson, but originally, he was paired with a cheeky street urchin called Tinker and a  talking dog named Sir Woofsalot, who offered psychological insight into the motives of the Hound of the Baskervilles.

Before becoming a vampire, Bram Stoker’s Dracula started out as a sinsister purveyor of foreign foods called Dr Eel, operating from a gothic takeaway in Whitby.

Dr Fu Manchu is known as a Chinese criminal genius, but was originally a Welsh supervillain, Dai Dai Dai, intent on spreading the Welsh language across the globe.

The working title of Dr Zhivago was Elephants I Have Known Intimately, and had a radically different – and somewhat controversial – plot line.

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One Eyed Monsters

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on November 25, 2009

You looking at me?

Both British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and right wing BNP leader Nick Griffin lost an eye while engaged in the dangerous and illegal sport of marmoset wrestling. The sport was outlawed in 1977 after a series of underground ‘marmo-fight’ clubs were uncovered in Wales, where Brown and Griffin were living in a squat together, fighting for money to support their egg habits.

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