Middle-class revolt

BBC Radio 4 recently announced that it will soon be dropping the so-called UK Theme—a truly bizarre medley of traditional tunes including Danny Boy, What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor?, Scotland the Brave and Rule Britannia—which has been played before the start of programmes for the last 33 years.

Will they never learn? Don't they know that it simply isn't possible to make the slightest change to the Radio 4 schedule without facing a barrage of criticism from sad, old gimmers who think it's the end of civilisation as they know it? I'm not kidding, I swear some twisted no-wit would complain even if they axed the god-awful You and Yawns.

Oh, yes, and while I'm on the subject, what the hell is What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor? on about? Who the hell decided that the phrase early in the morning should be pronounced earl-aye in the morning? It's not as if they've had to pronounce it stupidly to make it rhyme with something. Are we seriously expected to believe that sailors say earl-aye? I don't remember my peg-legged (I kid you not), merchant-seaman great-grandfather talking that way. Mind you, he did die before I was old enough to understand whatever the hell it was he was saying.

Oh look, someone's started a campaign!

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. R.I.P. Alex Snouffer, aka Alex St. Claire (magic band) 1941 - jan. 2006

  2. When folk singers ply their trade, they put one hand over an ear. Apparently, it improves the sound. When I listen to folk singers, I use both hands. Yup! works a treat!

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