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Ben Elton: "Yappy The Pekingese" (1986)

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Published on Apr 20, 2006

Ben Elton, back when he was openly doing "a bit of politics", puts in an impressive rant on the then 80s yuppy obsession with Pekingese dogs. ( http://tinyurl.com/p3tbu ) Being Ben Elton, he has a bit of sympathy for the plight of the Pekanese, bred to be the "John Selwyn Gummer of the animal kingdom", but as he says, nothing opens a dogs bottom faster than a pair of hand stitched Gucci shoes...

80s POP CULTURE REFERENCES:
* Pekingese dogs ( http://tinyurl.com/p3tbu )
* UK Yuppies ( http://tinyurl.com/mhdex )
* Sir Geoffry Howe ( http://tinyurl.com/zyx96 ), then UK Foreign Secretary
* Ronald Reagan
* Tax on cigarettes ( http://tinyurl.com/q8o35 ) courtesy of the Chancellor of the Exchquer. (At the time, Nigel Lawson.)
* London Weekend Television ( http://tinyurl.com/f2ele )
* Ford Fiesta ( http://tinyurl.com/qkj8p )
* Dire Straits ( http://tinyurl.com/bpkle )
* The Nolan Sisters ( http://tinyurl.com/eh6sy )
* John Selwyn Gummer ( http://tinyurl.com/j7tnk )
* Sony Walkman
* All-Bran ( http://tinyurl.com/qgutt )
* Charles & Di (On a skiing holiday!)
* The TARDIS. ( "Doctor Who" was in the news, as it had been suspended for 18 months. )
* Cruise Missles ( http://tinyurl.com/nh7lu )

UK SLANG:
"Fags" = cigarettes
"Goolies" = testicles
"Jobby" = excrement
"Dildo" = in this context, "idiot". (Not used much these days, as people are more aware of it's correct meaning.)
"Naff off" = "F*ck off". (Presumably inspired by the 70s prison sitcom "Porrige" using the Polari word "naff" as a synonym for "f*ck". ( http://www.chris-d.net/polari/ )

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