Mom, it’s time for the quiz. I don’t know if you are aware of this or not but June 1st was the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper” album.
Wow! So hard to believe! It was 50 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play…
So it seemed like as good a time as any to rewatch the Sgt Pepper musical film the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton were in.
What??? Excuse me???? What do the Bee Gees have to do with the Beatles? They (The Bee Gees) hated this movie! It was the worst career move they ever made!
Hey, it wasn’t their idea! It was their manager’s, Robert Stigwood’s! I feel like such a bad Bee Gees fan because I kind of like this movie.
Shana, you’re the only fan this movie has!
I once watched a documentary where Barry and his brothers were talking about how much they hated doing it.
I could never understand why they hated it; except that, well, most of the songs were from “Abbey Road”.
Well, there ya go!
“Nowhere Man” was in it too, and that’s from “Rubber Soul”!
Say no more! Say no more!
Anyway, despite being historically inaccurate, I think Sgt Pepper was an ok film. I just hope that Robin and Maurice (in heaven) and Barry (in Miami) can forgive me. Here’s the trailer:
That was the absolute worst trailer I have ever seen! And if the movie is anything like it, look out!
I guess I should play something from the actual “Sgt. Pepper” album.
If you can, please do!
Here’s Paul McCartney performing “Lovely Rita” and “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” in 2013.
Shana, don’t look now, but, that video was removed from YouTube! We’ll play something by Paul at the end.
But now, it’s time for the quiz!
We are doing a famous-person quiz this month because, sadly, I just found out that Peter Sallis, the voice-actor who played “Wallace” in the claymation series “Wallace and Gromit”, died.
Mom, take it easy! Peter Sallis was 96 years old!
Oh. Well that’s different. Waaaah!!!!!!!
Mom! Go sit down, maybe pour yourself a cup of tea, while I give the “Wallace and Gromit” run-down for our audience (you know, for the sake of our readers from India and Pakistan): It was a British claymation series (meaning everything in the series was made of clay! Yes, everything–look at the picture above–Clay!!!!!) There were four short films, a theatrical movie, and a series of short episodes called “Cracking Contraptions”, which, as far as I know, didn’t make it to DVD in the U.S. (our loss!) There was also a computer game that I never got around to playing. If I can find it, I will want to play it during the summer.
So, in a nutshell, Wallace is an inventor. He lives alone with his dog, Gromit, who is something of a genius but Wallace doesn’t seem to notice as he talks to him like a baby and says things like, “Time for walkies!” The fact is that Gromit is quite capable of walking himself.
So, here’s the thing about this short movie called “The Wrong Trousers”: Wallace has poured all his hard work and time into inventing things that have absolutely no value to anyone but him! He has no “real job”. The point being that he comes to realize that he can’t pay his bills! He becomes very worried and decides he has to take in a boarder. The boarder, however, turns out to be a con-artist! Gromit picks up on this immediately but the good-natured, naive, trusting Wallace is so sincere and honest, he assumes that everyone else is too! Consequently, Wallace gets totally taken advantage of! Luckily, Gromit saves him in the end.
All Wallace really needs to be happy is his home, his work, his beloved cheese and his dog.
I give you now, “The Wrong Trousers”. Try to figure out Wallace’s constitutional remedy and write to us at, let us know what you think it is. Now listen everybody, and this is very important! The video is password-protected! The password is case-sensitive! So type it in exactly as you see it:
The password is: CrackingToast
You can enlarge the screen by clicking the icon on the bottom right with the arrows pointing in all directions. Enjoy watching!
To play us out, from the Sgt. Pepper album, 50-years-old today, here is Paul McCartney, live, in 1992 with, “Fixing A Hole”:
Bye everybody, good luck solving the quiz!
Well, I don’t know where everybody went this time…. Was this quiz too hard? Maria said it was too hard. Well, hold on, it looks like Sarah Q from Jordan is here!
Good grief! Can everyone please sit down?
Is there an Ellen here? Paging Ellen!!!!
Happy Birthday! (I remembered after all)!
Is it Ellen’s birthday too?????
And a great many more happy and healthy birthdays! So…on to the quiz! This one was really fun. It was like real-life case taking, minus that it was a clay animation. I mean to say that you had to really watch for the strange, rare and peculiar symptoms. Textbook cases cut out all the interpreting and filtering we would have to do in real life.
Here we go:
Symptom 1: He has apparently spent all his money on gifts for his dog.
Well, wait, let me look that up. (Must be under “Dog”. “Mind: Dog, spent his money on, all of it, on him”) Hmm…..
Symptom 2: He can’t tell his penguin guest “No!” when the guest takes his dog’s room, despite his love for his dog.
Right! I can probably find that under “Penguin”. (Mind: Penguin, no, can’t say no to, room, takes dog’s, despite love for”) I can’t find it!!!
Symptom 3: He really, really loves cheese.
“Cheese, Gromit, cheese!!!”
There is a framed picture of cheese on the wall.
So there was!
He even dreams of cheese. (Dreaming of cheese was not in Murphy’s.)
Symptom 4: When he is being walked about in the robotic trousers, he doesn’t wake up, until the burglar alarm.
He doesn’t wake up because that was part of the Plan, to make Wallace so exhausted that he would sleep through the whole robbery! So delete the “deep sleep” rubric, it’s not a symptom.
So here are those 4 symptoms, using Radar and Murphy’s Repertory. Pulsatilla, has this delusion/reality that he/she is just the victim and the world takes advantage of them. I say delusion/reality because their weakness invites others to take advantage of them (reality) yet once they see this repeating in their lives, they feel that it is always the case (delusion). In the mini-movie that was pretty much the whole theme, Wallace being taken advantage of by the penguin. My guess is Pulsatilla.
Okay,.. now if I could just get myself to press “send”…
Sarah, I agree with you that being taken advantage of was the whole theme of this movie. Whatever the remedy is, it has to have this theme! And that’s why I went with your second choice, Calcarea carbonica. Calc-carb is independent, Pulsatilla is very dependent and needy and probably would have cried through the whole calamity! Here’s the thing with Calc-carb, as explained by Catherine Coulter:
- Slow, slowness of mind, the last one to know, as they say.
- Target for bullies!
- Easily duped (“Constantly duped but still trusting.”–Catherine Coulter, Portraits Of Homeopathic Remedies p. 43)
With Penguin being a con-artist, being “duped” is at the center of this case, as you said! Have you read my article on Calc-carb?
They are yielding, though it’s missing from that rubric, which is a big mistake! They are non-confrontational, non-competitive, they don’t complain, they just retreat into their shell–their oyster shell. They feel very vulnerable outside of their shell (house). They have a fear of failure so they would never get into a confrontation (with a penguin). People have their way with Calc-carb, as Penguin did. They want to do things at their own pace, they are not suited to the work place where they might have deadlines to meet and people telling them what to do and to hurry up, etc.; you can’t hurry a Calc-carb, they just get slower and slower; they can work at their own pace only. Notice Wallace doesn’t have a job. He’s a hard worker, but, he can’t work for anyone else. He has no money because he doesn’t work. He just wants to stay at home (in his shell) and engage in his projects, none of which are done for money–because having to sell things would be an ordeal, and they dislike ordeals, they do not do well when under pressure.
Elaine, first of all, sorry, I do know your name is Elaine, how could I be your greatest fan and not know your name?