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Roy catchpole

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Wot? You had an ESTATE car? Us? All we had was a toy Tonka - we were REALLY poor... :)
 

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a Tonka truck? - you were lucky...
Tonka was a little old for me, although I still have one or two in their sealed boxes that belonged to my father. Back when I was young the craze was the little diecast vehicles you could buy in Poundland. I particularly loved the ones with logos on - like the 'golden wonder' truck.

Fond memories of playground meetups, whose vehicle would be tough enough to survive the forest assault course (running along the base of a tree trunk).
 

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Certainly North Yorkshire Police had very lucrative and creative minds, in their cultural treatment of me. Problem was, 'it wasn't actually funny!'
 

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My prejudice against SOME Yorkshire folk is founded on experiences of the sort of people who the Pythons are taking the mick out of in this sketch -
I loved Scarborough and York where my Mum was raised, it seemed I could like the place while I was there.
but...
being the only county where cricketers had to be born inside the boundaries - long after it was clearly a ridiculous notion. -
having people like Michael Parkinson, Geoff Boycott and Fred Truman talk arrogantly about being from Yorkshire as if it was a valued profession...
and the arrogant assumption by so many that being from Yorkshire means something superior to being from any other county in the UK -

all of that makes my prejudice seem justified...
then we have some of the worst, most arrogant, police to go with it.
I blame it all on winning the wars of the Roses.
 

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One of the perks of going to film school was the necessity to familiarise yourself with the Monty Python repertoire, although granted I couldn't remember this sketch off the top of my head!

Interesting that the discussion has evolved into one of cultural elitism as that is exactly the kind of attitude that still prevails in certain rural parts of Wales and indeed among said facets of South Wales Police.
 

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Culturally, what do you think the 'plods' thoughts were after they got passed the security gate, into the most expensive private school in the North of England? Passing the highly tendered lawns, the helicopter pad, the grandeur of the original hall, the big water fountain feature, the walled gardens, the many estate workers and the 'poshly' dressed students - who no doubt would have been polite enough to ask them if they knew where they were going! And then escorted them with impeccable manners.

Then, the realisation they were going to arrest someone they had determined was a common 'crim', they were not going to address me as 'Sir' (something customary by all staff including the Head Master on greeting the most Senior House Master - Head of Senior House, even embarrassingly addressed this way outside of the school). I bet they were in their element with their mindset of 'We'll sort this bastard out!" . . . "We'll knock him down from a high and mighty position!". "We'll get a big trophy and even an award for getting a 'top dollar' ranker". A rare opportunity for these scally wagging plebs to get the boot in and show their colours . . . . . somewhat envious of a 'rank' they could never achieve. (Am I being too snobbish?)

They got it 'oh so wrong'!

PS I'm was educated in a Secondary Mod . . . . . managed a place at Bristol Uni and then finalised my MSc at Cambridge. Maybe I should have shown them my Degrees and Diploma's to really piss them off and for them to conclude (wrongly) that I was a 'toff', purely because I went to Cambridge. In summary of me they would have failed to identify me as a hard working class boy, who went to school with the arse hanging out of his trousers, then went to college and Uni. The grandson of a Methodist scouser bricklayer, from Dock Road!
 
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