‘Of A Certain Age’: The Answers
Okay teams, let’s take a look at the answers to what I thought was a ridiculously easy quiz – apparently not. Agatha – ‘Hancock’ is not a day of the week. Mr Groves? No, don’t look at your friend, I’m talking to you – poor score! Nell, take a bow for doing the days and times.
1. London’s most spectacular Santa visit was famously at Gamages, the department store torn down at Holborn Circus. Before you met Santa you got into a Heath Robinson-style rocket ship or a river boat.
2. Rinky tink pianists.
3. A Red Rover was a 5/- ticket that allowed you to travel anywhere in London on a bus for a day. A Twin Rover was 7/6d and included the tube.
4.Rag, Tag & Bobtail
5. A pencil – such was the paucity of prizes at the BBC in the 1950s. A cabbage if you lost.
6. This wasn’t Simpsons but Swan & Edgar (Simpsons was on Piccadilly, and is now Waterstones).
7. Surprised nobody got this. They drank tea and spat it out. The Twinings tea tasters stood in the window doing this all day long until well into the nineties.
8. Black and white stripes.
9. Wilson, Keppel and Betty. They started long before I was born and were still doing it into their dotage with the latest in a long line of Bettys. Dreadful act.
10. Sunday. The line is from ‘A Sunday Afternoon At Home’ – at the time considered one of the most innovative Hancock’s Half Hours ever recorded because it contained so much silence.