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Simon Mayo | 09:10 UK time, Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Tuesday lovely Tuesday (being positive). Lovely sunrise (still being positive). Got a good show lined up (convinced yet?). Still Tuesday though. And I have to write a thousand words before lunch or I'm toast. This is the discipline. I was supposed to manage that yesterday and it turned out to be 38. Now that's poor you have to say. So as soon as I finish on this here blog, I shall disappear into this strange loneliness and world that exists only in my head. Please don't call round for a while, I'm out of biscuits anyway.
So we found a way of keeping Sally's attention during the confession anyway- she just has to appear in it. Sorted. So if any bloggers have a story in which the Mother Superior appears, however tangentially, that would be a good thing.
On the show today, the great Barry Cryer and the wonderful Ian Lavender. They are both involved in the Slapstick festival in Bristol which celebrates silent and visual comedy and this year marking the genius of Buster Keaton. Ian is hosting "An Evening With Private Pike' which only goes to prove yet again that the genius of Dad's Army never fades. In fact I always think they are still making them; there always seems to be one on that I haven't seen. So how about doing SLAPSTICK oldies then? Defined in my dictionary as 'knockabout low comedy or farce' it always seem to involve falls, tumbles, pies in the face, chases, slipping on bananas etc. Visual comedy is back of course with the wonderful 'The Artist' nominated for 12 BAFTAS today but still mainly associated with Tom and Jerry, the Keystone Kops, Hal Roach, Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers. And others. SLAPSTICK should work I think.
Have a coherent and measured Tuesday, see you after 5.

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