Wednesday, July 02, 2008

He mostly just wimbled on about his book, really...

On Radio 5, for the last couple of weeks, Simon Mayo's afternoon programme has been coming live from Wimbledon, so there haven't been too many Daily Mayo podcasts. Evidently rain stopped play today, though, so Julian Clary popped in for an interview.

Wherever Julian Clary is involved the possibility of innuendo is so great that you become sort of hyper-alert to ambiguous turns of phrase. In other words, I'm not sure whether Mayo served up these feedlines deliberately - the delivery was entirely deadpan - but here they are:

Referring to the probable outcome of Federer vs Ancic:

"I suspect Roger's just going to think 'I'm going to get this over with and blow him off the court.'"

[You can almost hear the late, great Humphrey Lyttleton saying that first line on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, can't you? Followed by a pause and "Well, he wouldn't want to do that on court - you can get arrested for that sort of thing."]

About 30 seconds later, discussing match winning celebrations:

"Do you like the Andy Murray style - when he was so pumped up the other day after the five set match and he was yelling and shouting and waving his fists around, and he showed everybody the size of his... [LONG PREGNANT PAUSE] biceps?"

Amazingly, both those serves went unreturned. Must have been distracted by the claustrophobia he kept moaning about, I suppose.*

IN OTHER NEWS: I have become addicted to olives. Especially the huge green Spanish Gordal olives sold by Provedore - pigeon egg-sized and just bursting with umami... Yum :)

Hmm, I don't think I've ever developed a healthy addiction before...


*Apparently, he was finding the studio/commentary box thingy somewhat cramped, but he could cope so long as they kept the door open.

3 comments:

Bel said...

Yes, shame about Humph. I miss Ned Sherrin, too.

Once, in a shared house, we advertised for a new person and this woman came along. She seemed perfect until she said, 'Oh, and can we leave the front door open, I have to have the front door open...'

Next!

Occasional Poster of Comments said...

That's brilliant :) I guess you hadn't already asked why she was leaving her last place, then...

Also, hello! Good to see you revivified and at large again :) I shall have to update my blogroll...

Oh, and that reminds me I didn't reply to your facebook email the other, erm... month, probably [sigh]. Bugger. Sorry.

Bel said...

Nice to be back. Those wasp enzymes do work wonders. :)

NNTR, just FYI. No need for acronymy?

Belated congrats, too, on 'You're Not the Only One'. Nice.