Friday, March 16, 2007

Lofty treasures

During the storms in January our roof sustained a bit of damage, which included one of the skylights being lifted up and all the putty round it breaking away. We've had to have it fixed, and that's entailed a whole lot of debris falling down onto the stained glass internal hall skylight.

At the weekend my husband finally went up there to clear away the mess.

Anyway, he also brought down some old stuff which he thought could maybe be thrown out. In the event all we did was look through it and decide we couldn't bear to part with most of it. One of the things was an old leather school satchel of his from the 1960s. Inside it was the slim volume pictured here on the subject of ventriloquism.
He vaguely remembers being interested in how it was done when he was about ten years old.

Here's a wee extract:

"You may have difficulty in pronouncing some words with closed lips, but this is easily overcome by substituting other letters that may sound the same; for instance, V is substituted for B, W is pronounced duggle-you , M is pronounced like eng. For P use fee . Avoid as much as possible using words that are likely to give you any trouble. It is always possible to substitute sounds resembling the original. "A big piano," could be used ad a "A vig fiano," etc..."

Vye Vye for now..........



Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

I always wondered ... ;)

1:14 am  
Blogger PI said...

Gottle of gear to you. Oddly in the car yesterday we were listening to Woman's Hour and Roy Hudd was hysterically funny about rotten vents- as he called them. The idea of a radio ventriloquist is rather ridiculous. Good luck with the roof. We had lesser damage and still await the Builder's Return.

12:47 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

Hi CB and Pat.

"Rotten vents" is a great expression Pat. It's another music hall type act that's all but disappeared -I'm rather glad the dummies always seem a bit possessed to me!

6:32 pm  

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