Gawd blimey trousers; Doe's anyone know what these are?

Gawd blimey trousers; Doe's anyone know what these are?

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GTWayne

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4,595 posts

174 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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Alright, so your old man is a dustman and, obviously, he more than likely wears a dustmans hat, I can accept that, and we all have to live somewhere and a flat owned by the council is as good a place as any I guess but the thing that has often perplexed me is what on earth are 'gawd blimey trousers'?, any suggestions?

Fort Jefferson

8,229 posts

179 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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Cor Blimey trousers were commonly worn by dustmen (as in the song) and coal merchants. They are tousers of courderoy (sometimes moleskin) - very baggy and are tied just below the knee with string or rope. Which of course begs a further question - why are Cor Blimey trousers tied below the knee?


Cor Blimey is the East End equivalent of saying wtf or cool these days. It covers a multitude of expressions or exclamations including things like, "Bleedin' 'ell!", "Wow!", "Well stone the crows!" and "Impressive!"

Ordinary Bloke

4,559 posts

155 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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Cor Blimey Trousers is what Dustman wear...





and Cor Blimey was a character on the Goon Show, maybe there's a connection

Engineer1

10,486 posts

166 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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at a guess the tied above the knee is to stop rodents getting up to the crown jewels

lazy_b

363 posts

193 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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Fort Jefferson said:
Cor Blimey trousers were commonly worn by dustmen (as in the song) and coal merchants. They are tousers of courderoy (sometimes moleskin) - very baggy and are tied just below the knee with string or rope. Which of course begs a further question - why are Cor Blimey trousers tied below the knee?
It's ter stop the rats running up yer trahser leg. 'S obvious, innit?

I have a vague idea that the strings are (were?) called "yorks", but I can't find a reference anywhere...

mybrainhurts

89,612 posts

212 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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Fort Jefferson said:
Cor Blimey is the East End equivalent of saying wtf or cool these days. It covers a multitude of expressions or exclamations including things like, "Bleedin' 'ell!", "Wow!", "Well stone the crows!" and "Impressive!"
rofl....you beauty

In fact, I think you deserve a....



Where's me washboard....? rofl

Wacky Racer

33,361 posts

204 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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immigrant

397 posts

152 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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On a similar theme, and puzzling to an immigrant, whats with the wearing of hankies on heads as seen in Monty Python?

Fort Jefferson

8,229 posts

179 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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mybrainhurts said:
Fort Jefferson said:
Cor Blimey is the East End equivalent of saying wtf or cool these days. It covers a multitude of expressions or exclamations including things like, "Bleedin' 'ell!", "Wow!", "Well stone the crows!" and "Impressive!"
rofl....you beauty

In fact, I think you deserve a....



Where's me washboard....? rofl
Why thank you sir, but it was ripped off from here

mybrainhurts

89,612 posts

212 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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Wacky Racer said:
Great, thanks...hehe

By 'eck, that's where Kenny Everett got his inspiration...

Couldn't put my finger on it until now...

Edited by mybrainhurts on Wednesday 12th March 22:05

RDE

4,751 posts

171 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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What if the hokey cokey is what it's all about?

MentalSarcasm

5,972 posts

168 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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immigrant said:
On a similar theme, and puzzling to an immigrant, whats with the wearing of hankies on heads as seen in Monty Python?
Cheap sun hat.

Huntsman

7,072 posts

207 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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RDE said:
What if the hokey cokey is what it's all about?
When Larry La Prise, who wrote the Hokey Cokey died, they had as hell of a job to get his body in the coffin, left leg in, left leg out...in out in out...

Boom boom!

DWP

1,232 posts

172 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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MentalSarcasm said:
immigrant said:
On a similar theme, and puzzling to an immigrant, whats with the wearing of hankies on heads as seen in Monty Python?
Cheap sun hat.
As seen on my Grandad on Blackpool Beach 1957. He would take off his flat cap and replace with lighter more relaxed hankie. Don't know if he had different one for Sundays.

JonRB

64,171 posts

229 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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Huntsman said:
RDE said:
What if the hokey cokey is what it's all about?
When Larry La Prise, who wrote the Hokey Cokey died, they had as hell of a job to get his body in the coffin, left leg in, left leg out...in out in out...

Boom boom!
Wasted gag opportunity there.

The actual joke is "they had a hell of a job to get his body into the coffin. They managed to get the left leg in and then the problems really started".

More subtle, see? So funnier.

mybrainhurts

89,612 posts

212 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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HO HO HO

Blib

36,707 posts

154 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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immigrant said:
On a similar theme, and puzzling to an immigrant, whats with the wearing of hankies on heads as seen in Monty Python?
Pre historic baseball caps

HTH

ginettajoe

2,064 posts

175 months

Wednesday 12th March 2008
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JonRB said:
Huntsman said:
RDE said:
What if the hokey cokey is what it's all about?
When Larry La Prise, who wrote the Hokey Cokey died, they had as hell of a job to get his body in the coffin, left leg in, left leg out...in out in out...

Boom boom!
Wasted gag opportunity there.

The actual joke is "they had a hell of a job to get his body into the coffin. They managed to get the left leg in and then the problems really started".

More subtle, see? So funnier.
Correction! ..... With all the sadness & trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week. Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote "The Hokey Kokey" died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him in the coffin. They put his left leg in, and then the fking trouble started!!

Six Fiend

6,067 posts

172 months

Thursday 13th March 2008
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mybrainhurts said:
Wacky Racer said:
Great, thanks...hehe

By 'eck, that's where Kenny Everett got his inspiration...

Couldn't put my finger on it until now...

Edited by mybrainhurts on Wednesday 12th March 22:05
I don't recall Kenny doing that? Paul Whitehouse did Arthur Atkinson...