Last week we were making – as the saying goes – plans and provisions for the morrow. We did this not for any deep dark reason but simply to make things easier at some future time. As we went about the business of making arrangements this old Nichols and May sketch popped out of my sub-conscious. It’s one of their classics and as I recall it raised the ire of the “grief” industry when they appeared on Jack Paar.
As I’ve mention on an earlier Lunedi Lunacy
everyone in a Nichols and May sketch seems to live on Huguenot Walloon Drive. It cracks me – and usually the audience – up every time Mike Nichols says it. It is just one of those silly sounding combinations that hits the funny bone. But a bit of research revealed that a group of Huguenots from the Walloons first settled in New Netherlands (New York State) in 1624 and that the stamps issued in 1924 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of their landing are considered collectors items by stamp enthusiasts. I wonder if Nichols knew that or it was just a name that he pulled out of a hat?
On this day in 1710: The Statute of Anne, the first law regulating copyright, comes into force in Great Britain.