basil brush show

Help for American fanfic writers writing for British characters


Repeats: Reruns, this is what we call reruns of a show.

Pavement: Sidewalk. when a British person talks about “pounding the pavement” this is it.

Fringe: Bangs, seriously I’ve read first person POV fanfics about a British character from a British movie or tv show who use the term “bangs” instead of “fringe”. It smashes the sense of disbelief for me.


SM:TV Live:  Early 2000s kids Saturday morning television programme.

Jim’ll Fix it: Television show broadcast in the 70s and 80s. Probably best to avoid this show since it was revealed Jimmy Saville was a paedophile.

Live and Kicking: SM:TV Live’s main rival, broadcast from 90s onwards. There would have been fights over this: write that in, it’ll make it more realistic.

Get Your Own Back: Hosted by Dave Benson Philips, broadcast from 90s.

Taggart: Glaswegian cop show, started in the 80s and ran until the late 2000s

 Swap Shop: broadcast from 70s, originally hosted by Noel Edmonds but it enjoyed a renaissance in the late 2000s/early 2010s hosted by Basil Brush (I’ll explain in the next point)

The Basil Brush Show: Basil Brush is a puppet fox who had his own show from the 70s but had a spin off sitcom in 2002-2007, the actress who played Katie Bell in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix had a main part in it! Basil’s famous catchphrase “Boom, boom” comes from the joke about two elephants who fall off a cliff.

Only Fools and Horses: Sitcom in the early 80s. Iconic. This show gave us so many  hysterical moments such as the Batman and Robin scene, the bar scene, the Chandelier scene. If you want to see these moments they’re on youtube. 

The Young Ones: An 80s sitcom about students in London starring the late Rik Mayall. It is all over tumblr so finding out more shouldn’t be a problem.

I think that’s it. If any Americans want to do one for British fan fic writers I’m all for it!

anonymous asked:

I don't think Tolkien purposely made it so there weren't many females, I think it's for many reasons including, but not limited to; in his time, men and women being equal wasn't a mainstream issue. The characters he imagined were boys, he didn't decide that, they just were. He wouldn't have changed the gender of characters for equality's sake. Also most men are more comfortable writing about males and vice verse. Please get your tits out of a knot and accept that nothing should be that equal.

“I smile when I hear the expression “Don’t get your panties in a knot” and another variation like “Don’t get your knickers in a knot”. My brief research to discover the meaning yielded only that it originated from “some silliness” on The Basil Brush Show – a British television program in the 60’s. The general meaning appears to be about telling people to not get excited or upset by something. It is common when some people are in conflict, for instance, to try to ‘shush’ the other person – to stop them from expressing their emotions or otherwise reacting to us or the situation.

For me, such an expression, or others like “calm down” and “just settle down” or body language that is meant to hush someone who is visibly upset, creates tension rather than prevents it. What may be meant as a well-intended gesture or remark can easily be misinterpreted and assumed to be patronizing. Such comments or demonstrations may even perpetuate negative reactions, being experienced also as dismissive. For many it feels like a way to shut down the conversation and not take seriously what is being said or felt.

For this week’s ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) blog, consider a time when you tried to calm someone down (with whom you were in conflict) or when someone said something to you that appeared to have the same intent.

  • What did you say or do in an effort to calm down someone who was upset?
  • What was your intention when you did so?
  • What exactly was it that you wanted to calm down or stop?
  • Why did you find it important or necessary to do so?
  • How did the other person respond to your efforts?
  • How may she or he have interpreted your efforts that may not be what you intended?
  • What other ways may you have responded?
  • When others have tried to calm you down, what have they said or done that has irritated you?
  • Why do those particular words, gestures, etc. provoke you?
  • What would be more effective ways for someone to respond to you rather than trying to hush you?”

—from “Don’t get your panties in a knot” by Cinnie Noble, posted on (“Peacebuilding… One Person At A Time”)