Let's open a gottle of geer and drink to Ray Allen and Lord Charles. Or was it Ray Charles and Lord Allen? Anyway, he used to make me laugh. The Guardian said his catch-phrase was "you silly arse" but of course it was "you silly ass" spoken with an upper crust accent. That's what made it so funny, for crying our loud. He was saying 'arse' on prime time telly at a time when you couldn't even say bum without being blacklisted. I remember when Kenneth Tynan said 'willy' and caused a national furore, and he was only referring to Willy Carson, the adorable little jockey fella. Happy days.Still, the world is poorer by one ventriloquist. More than that, he was the ventriloquist's ventriloquist. No man could ask for a finer obituary.
I'm a writer, photographer, illustrator and film-maker who's into computer games, game modding, music, machinima and fish'n'chips. I have a Masters degree in Multimedia & Information Design from the University of Wales, Newport where I worked as as Press and Communications Officer. I'm also volunteer PR Officer with Newport Playgoers Society who own and run the city's 400-seater Dolman Theatre.