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Saturday, 6 November 2010

Reported conversations No. 23 : The St Trinians Effect

Today's weather? Damp below, but bright above.

Mama and B. (aged 4 and all girl) are watching 'The Pure Hell of St Trinians'. What can I say, sometimes a mama needs a break from the delights of Postman Pat, Fireman Sam and Sportacus.

In this classic 1960 comedy, the Sixth Form are abducted and carried off to a desert fortress to be married off to a sheik's nine sons. The suspendered Sixth put up a good fight, and the sons are actually wondering whether they want to be married to these hellcats at all when the Fourth Form - Britain's finest fighting force - arrive in stolen APCs and the Arab hordes are routed.

B.: "Mama, what happened?"

Mama: "Well, those naughty little girls stole some tanks and chased the men away."

B.: "No. Mama. Not."

Mama: "Whaddya mean, Not?"

B.: "Mama, not naughty little girls!"

Mama: "Yes, darling. The naughty little girls stole the tanks and chased the men away."

B.: "No, No, NO! The naughty MEN were chased away by the strong girls with broken hats on..."

There's a feminist media studies thesis in there somewhere: "Pippi Longstocking, St. Trinians, haute couture and the rise of the Bad Girl in the pre-Flower-Power consciousness of the western European teen", perhaps? Or what about "Naughty girl, strong woman: perspectives in historical millinery 1960-1969"? Anyone prepared to supervise?


3 comments:

Woodman said...

A superb piece of English comedy.

ladyfi said...

I agree with B! Those girls were strong and brave and feisty!

Anonymous said...

Now I know who to ask when PhD candidates and others hope to make very boring content seem interesting by adding a catchy title! Ilse

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Reported conversations No. 23 : The St Trinians Effect

Today's weather? Damp below, but bright above.

Mama and B. (aged 4 and all girl) are watching 'The Pure Hell of St Trinians'. What can I say, sometimes a mama needs a break from the delights of Postman Pat, Fireman Sam and Sportacus.

In this classic 1960 comedy, the Sixth Form are abducted and carried off to a desert fortress to be married off to a sheik's nine sons. The suspendered Sixth put up a good fight, and the sons are actually wondering whether they want to be married to these hellcats at all when the Fourth Form - Britain's finest fighting force - arrive in stolen APCs and the Arab hordes are routed.

B.: "Mama, what happened?"

Mama: "Well, those naughty little girls stole some tanks and chased the men away."

B.: "No. Mama. Not."

Mama: "Whaddya mean, Not?"

B.: "Mama, not naughty little girls!"

Mama: "Yes, darling. The naughty little girls stole the tanks and chased the men away."

B.: "No, No, NO! The naughty MEN were chased away by the strong girls with broken hats on..."

There's a feminist media studies thesis in there somewhere: "Pippi Longstocking, St. Trinians, haute couture and the rise of the Bad Girl in the pre-Flower-Power consciousness of the western European teen", perhaps? Or what about "Naughty girl, strong woman: perspectives in historical millinery 1960-1969"? Anyone prepared to supervise?


3 comments:

Woodman said...

A superb piece of English comedy.

ladyfi said...

I agree with B! Those girls were strong and brave and feisty!

Anonymous said...

Now I know who to ask when PhD candidates and others hope to make very boring content seem interesting by adding a catchy title! Ilse