Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Happy Birthday James the Hat

Yesterday the Sock was berating ice cream men and then suddenly there was one of those strange coincidences that happen so often on the Sea of Immeasurable Gravy! The Sock was snooping around an article in the Reckless Gardener and it turns out that James Alexander-Sinclair was once a Mr. Whippy salesman! (The Sock assumes he was talking ice-cream there and not some more exotic equipment because you never know...).

Anyway the Sock will forgive James as she is sure he would never have played "Teddy Bears' Picnic" in an irritating manner. Also it is James's birthday today and all at The Sea of Immeasurable Gravy wish him a good one. James here is a private and personal card for your eyes only... make sure your speakers are on.....


Crusty Bedsocks said...

Yes a very Happy Birthday to James, one of the most charming men I have never met ( actually that is a little lie as I sort of met you at GWL a couple of years ago and you were kind enough to chat to my sister and I)

Brilliant card Ms Sock :o)!

Fat Rascal said...

My tribute in verse!

I really don't need one more hero
My heights have been wuthered enough
My box balls don't need manicuring
I prefer that they stay pretty rough

My veg do OK without triangles
I'm happy to be considered a square
I can look after my own carbon footprint
Jerkins are not everyday wear

I've nothing against discreet decking
I'd even paint something bright blue
My heart will still flutter for Beardshaw
But there's plenty of place left for you!

A gentleman -perhaps of the old school
In the original sense very gay
Reality's better than fiction
So do have a really great day!

James A-S said...

I am a bit overwhelmed: musical tributes, poems etc. Thank you very much.
(I very seldom played the chimes on my ice cream van as it tended to give your position away to the police.)

The Black Finger Nail said...

"He's Justified and He's Ancient and He drives an Ice Cream Van." paraphrase Tammy Wynette's lyrics on a KLF song. The KLF apparently hijacked an ice cream van and gave out free 99s to the denizens of Liverpool to promote their records. Wonder if James will do likewise?

Many (hundreds and thousands) returns to James. Hope he has a FAB day!

Arabella Sock said...

Blackfingernail! I thought you were bound for Mu Mu land again! So I checked on Youtube and sure 'nuff it was all there including the ice cream van!

Without googling does anyone know why 99s are called 99s?

Anonymous said...

Happy Day james.
Do you want sprinkles on that?
Madam Sock - no - they can't have been 99 p then can they?

Arabella Sock said...

The cost of 99p is not the right answer! You will be eliminated!

Pork Chop said...

Happy birthday James!! We did meet very briefly once at Malvern.

I think 99's are so called because they are very moreish. Once you've eaten one you need another 98!

Isn't it something to do with an elite corps of soldiers numbering 99 or did I dream that up from somewhere?

Anonymous said...

Well that's not very nice is it A?
And to think I've been with you since you were only a knitted uterus................

Arabella Sock said...

Well done Pork Chop you are pretty much right.

From the Cadbury website (apparently) An Ice Cream served in a cone with a Flake 99 is the UK's favourite ice cream. In the days of the monarchy in Italy the King had an elite guard consisting of 99 soldiers. Subsequently anything really special or first class was known as "99". When Cadbury launched its small Flake for ice creams in 1930, the UK ice cream industry was dominated by ex-pat Italians. So, to appeal to Italians we called our superb Flake a "99".

Fat Rascal said...

I remembered them discussing 99s on "Balderdash and Piffle" but couldn't remember what conclusion they reached!

So I googled and the OED didn't accept any of the theories -lack of proof!

Pork Chop said...

Does that mean I get a 99 then?

Can I have raspberry sauce and nuts sprinkled on the top please?


Arabella Sock said...

You don't get a 99 because it turns out there is no proof that you are right! As well as Fat Rascal some dirty fingernailed person just HAD to prove the Sock wrong!!!!! So this is what the BBC says about it

and as we all know the BBC is never wrong except when it fixes the results of competitions and misnames cats!!!!

Arabella Sock said...

And to return to the original subject. I've never met James but I have met Chris Beardshaw!!!! So there!

Pork Chop said...

Oh Pooh!

I just fancied an ice cream too.

I have never actually met the lovely CB but have seen him many times, usually wearing the same jacket(CB that is not me)

So there to you too! (largeraspberrysmiley)

Crusty Bedsocks said...

Did you want nuts on the top of raspberry?