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     Tuesday, May 23 2006 @ 07:22 PM EDT
    I remember this line.

    I don't think it was used on the Idiots Lantern(moving wallpaper/tele/boob tube (delete as applicable)) though.

    I seem to remember that it was from childrens hour on BBC radio. This was before televisions became affordable in Britain.

    Maybe my memory is faulty (I was younger than 3 at the time) but I am sure it was from radio.

    Forget the shooty dog thing!
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     Tuesday, May 23 2006 @ 07:36 PM EDT

    It was a few weeks ago... "Good morning class! Are you sitting comfortably?" Twisted Evil

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     Tuesday, May 23 2006 @ 07:40 PM EDT
    My memory is not that faulty.

    Over the years that saying has been used and misused a lot in Britain.

    Forget the shooty dog thing!
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     Wednesday, May 24 2006 @ 06:50 AM EDT
    "Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin."

    Was the equivalent of "Live from ..." for a BBC
    Radio programme (British spelling) called "Listen with Mother" where children's stories were read on a daily basis.

    In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed are Kings
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     Wednesday, May 24 2006 @ 08:56 AM EDT
    Yeah, even Monty Python has used that one.

    I'm curious as to where it originated, though.

    -M-

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     Wednesday, May 24 2006 @ 09:31 AM EDT

    Listen With Mother ... Listen With Mother Introduction

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     Wednesday, May 24 2006 @ 12:33 PM EDT
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    Listen With Mother ... Listen With Mother Introduction


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     Wednesday, May 24 2006 @ 12:42 PM EDT
    Indeed not. Listen with Mother was an old stalwart of British broadcasting that came from the golden age of television and which many people remember from childhood. I vaguely remember the phrase "Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin" from nursery school (didn't realise the programme was still going even in 1982). Because it sounded so maternal and caring, it was one of those phrases that gave the BBC the nickname of "Aunty Beeb". Obviously - as a phrase that so many grew up with - it was ripe for parody by the likes of Monty Python.

    There's a Doctor Who connection too since one of the ladies who originally spoke the phrase - Daphne Oxenford (still going strong at 85) - has appeared in the Doctor Who story Dragonfire.

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     Wednesday, May 24 2006 @ 11:00 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Doctor Whoovie] "Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin."

    Was the equivalent of "Live from ..." for a BBC
    Radio programme (British spelling) called "Listen with Mother" where children's stories were read on a daily basis.


    Listen with Mother! That was it. Thank you!

    Forget the shooty dog thing!
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     Thursday, May 25 2006 @ 08:25 AM EDT
    Abuse of the quote seems rife even in Doctor Who.
    I was just listening to the Big Finish Audio "The Sandman". In Episode 2, the Sixth Doctor says "I'm sitting
    comfortably, you may begin." when asking/ordering the Orchestrator to tell Evylyn and himself the Legend of the Sandman.

    Stewart

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     Thursday, May 25 2006 @ 09:39 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  BadWolf]
    [Quote  by:  Doctor Whoovie] "Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin."

    Was the equivalent of "Live from ..." for a BBC
    Radio programme (British spelling) called "Listen with Mother" where children's stories were read on a daily basis.


    Listen with Mother! That was it. Thank you!

    If I'm not mistaken, when it hit the idiot's lantern, it became Watch with Mother.

    Taras

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     Thursday, May 25 2006 @ 10:29 PM EDT
    There was indeed "watch with mother" however
    It wasn't really a TV programme in it's own right.
    It was a segment filled with shows such as "Andy Pandy",
    "Bill and Ben, the flower-pot men", "Hammy the Hamster",
    "Bagpuss", "Fingerbobs", "Mr. Benn" and "Mary, Mungo and
    Midge". It certainly did not start with the phrase quoted above.

    The nearest equivalent to "listen with Mother" on British TV
    was "Jackanory" which had an altogether different start.


    Despite my current Massachusetts address, I am British
    and of sufficient age to remember most of the above.

    Stewart Robertson

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     Thursday, May 25 2006 @ 11:01 PM EDT
    Yep!

    I remember Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben

    It was Watch with Mother for a while before Muffin The Mule became a criminal offence (olde English Joke)

    Past memories are a funny thing.

    I was looking at a Dvd of a new British series; Life on Mars (which is a time slip cop show) and it was interesting to see how accurately the Beeb had recreated the period. The only obvious mistake I saw was the colour television. They were very rare in 1973 Britain.

    We all think we are lucky to live in the time we live in because of how primative the past was but the thought that haunted me was we thought that the 1970's were "those times."

    Now 30 years later we sit here on the internet discussing Listen with Mother with people all over the world with podcasts from here there and everywhere.It is sometimes hard to believe that we grew up in a world where radio was the primary form of entertainment and sometimes you had to just imagine what was happenning. Perhaps this is why I love the Big Finish productions and absolutely refuse to pay a subscription for digital radio.

    Nostalga is not only fun but also reminds us of who we are and what we came from.

    Well that was all very profound I think I need to go soak my head for a while.

    Forget the shooty dog thing!
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     Thursday, May 25 2006 @ 11:17 PM EDT
    Given the nostalga factor above, I suspect that I
    am not the only person on the forum's who associates
    Doctor Who with the football scores, Basil Brush,
    Dirty Girty from Number Thirty and Jim'll Fix it,
    which immediately preceeded and followed Tom Baker
    episodes at Saturday Tea Time.

    In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed are Kings
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     Friday, May 26 2006 @ 12:04 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Doctor Whoovie] Given the nostalga factor above, I suspect that I
    am not the only person on the forum's who associates
    Doctor Who with the football scores, Basil Brush,
    Dirty Girty from Number Thirty and Jim'll Fix it,
    which immediately preceeded and followed Tom Baker
    episodes at Saturday Tea Time.


    No you're not!

    I don't remember Dirty Girty but the rest I do

    Partick 3 Stenhousemuir 1

    And how many wanted Jim to fix it for them to meet Doctor Who?

    Forget the shooty dog thing!
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