[identity profile] storyfan.livejournal.com
This is an article from the Telegraph, published in 2008. Not really sure how I came across it, what with all that surfing, don't you know.

At any rate, it's a quick, fun read and it casts Bertie in another light.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/anwilson/3555169/Was-Bertie-Wooster-a-silly-ass-or-a-wise-man.html
[identity profile] storyfan.livejournal.com
A Washington Post review of "Jeeves and the Wedding Bells," the new Jeeves and Bertie novel sanctioned by the Wodehouse estate, is firmly dissed.

Here's the good part: The reviewer says the reader can find better stuff right here on our illustrious comm!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2013/11/05/jeeves-and-the-wedding-bells-is-worse-than-bad-fanfiction/?algtrack=mixedrecfill-2&tid=btm_rex_2
[identity profile] horriyuo.livejournal.com
A chap called Sebastian Faulks has written a 'homage' to P.G Wodehouse entitled 'Jeeves and the wedding bells' it sounds rather interesting, I was wondering if any of you think it's worth reading.

Article here

I probably won't be able to buy it yet but I'll probably end up buying it when I've read some reviews -hint, hint-
[identity profile] laeticiav.livejournal.com
What ho! Knowing of my ardent affection for Jeeves and Wooster (if not the precise forms, which said a.a. takes), my mother sent me this piece, I say, young Sebastian has got himself into a spot of bother, from the Sydney Morning Herald. I found it quite witty. There's even a sartorial skirmish and some Jeevsian virtual undressing of the willowy Wooster corpus.
[identity profile] baskervwatson.livejournal.com
Not sure if someone's posted this, but just heard this morning that Matthew Macfadyen and Stephen Mangan will in the show based  on The Code of the Woosters in October.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22715927
[identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
Apparently, the BBC plans to do a 6-part Blandings series. I thought this might be of interest to the chaps and chapesses of our fair community. Those of you who are likely to see it first, please do let us know! I'm sure it will be quite spiffing!
[identity profile] charismaz.livejournal.com
Wodehouse references have been popping up all over, from "Jeeves" dry cleaners in St Ives, to random mentions on youtube comedy videos. But I'd thought I'd share this one which I found most interesting, as it describes k9, the robotic dog in Doctor Who, as like a Jeeves. I've never thought about the comparison, but it's surprisingly apt (in certain ways).

"So, a robot dog, with a gun in his snout, a plunger in between his eyes and radar ears. Why dies he work? Well, apart from the ears, which are very cute, the voice actor John Leeson can take most of the rest of the credit. Rather than re-creating the internal monologue of a real dog, which would essentially be “HELLO! I LOVE YOU! HAVE YOU GOT ANY FOOD? SCRATCH ME! I HAVE A SAD FACE! HELLO! I’M HUNGRY! I LOVE YOU! HELLO!”, the decision was taken to make K9 a robotic Jeeves. So his is often the voice of caution, next to the Doctor’s wayward streak and Leela’s barbarity. He’s the grown-up to their impulsive teens. He’s also a very good guard dog:"

http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2011/12/a-companion-to-the-doctors-companions-k9/

Any thoughts? I have to now wonder how many other characters are molded loosely on our favourite cerebral valet.
[identity profile] charismaz.livejournal.com
Continuing in the vein of [livejournal.com profile] heretherebefic 's  post about a man like Bicky Bickersteth, here's a story that I heard on the radio on the way home that made me laugh.

A 27yo man has stolen a policeman's hat, and was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond and fined $79 for court costs.
The magistrate calls it "stupidity at its highest"

I call it brilliant, if just for the inadvertent mimicking of Bertie's most notorious 'crime'. Who knew there were policeman's helmet-pinching men left in the world? 
[identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
I happened across a thesis titled LIMINAL BUTLERS: DISCUSSING A COMIC STEREOTYPE AND THE PROGRESSION OF CLASS DISTINCTIONS IN AMERICA (the title is all caps and I just did a cut and paste; this is a PDF file), which features a fairly significant section on Jeeves, as one might expect. It's a rather interesting read about the space occupied by butlers and valets in Victorian and later British society, and how those things have been reflected in American media. Definitely food for thought.
[identity profile] amphitritie.livejournal.com
The AV Club did a piece last year on their Gateways to Geekery feature focused on . . . . you all knew it, Plum himself and how to get into the fandom! I don't think this has been linked before so I thought it'd be nice to share.

 

Short Article Transcript Behind Cut )



Thoughts? Agree? Disagree?

[identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
While surfing the intartubes for bits and bobs on Bertie, I came across a hilarious essay from 2008 titled Where is the Posthuman Bertie Wooster? The opening graphic is a hoot, showing Jeeves sitting behind a borged-out Bertie, and the text itself is fantastic.

A sample paragraph for your bemused amusement:

But extending our capabilities also means expanding our ability to make jackasses out of ourselves. It will be a jolly nuisance once we start receiving encrypted instant messages directly into our brains. We'll be stuck, in the middle of backing up our consciousnesses, trying to figure out exactly who tunneled that animated video directly into our visual cortex. And how to deal with that attractive but misguided young person who may have mistaken the grace and liveliness of those who have transcended ortho-bodies for flirtation.

Go. Read. You must, or Jeeves will cry.
ext_24392: (JW - Bertie Jeeves Luv)
[identity profile] random-nexus.livejournal.com
Ran across this here and wanted to share.

SOUP AND FISH
[Q] From Lee-Ann Nelson: I am baffled by an expression from P G Wodehouse. Bertie puts on his soup and fish. Can you explain this?

[A] I can. The soup and fish is a man’s evening dress, dinner suit, or dress suit, though I should really instead refer to it as a tuxedo, since — despite Bertie Wooster’s mainly London milieu — the phrase seems to be natively American.

Until I went delving in old US newspapers, I thought that Wodehouse had invented it. Indeed, the OED gives him the credit for its first use, in Piccadilly Jim in 1918: “He took me to supper at some swell joint where they all had the soup-and-fish on but me. I felt like a dirty deuce in a clean deck.” But there are earlier examples, such as this from The Atlanta Constitution of November 1914, in a report about local kids being given a slap-up meal by the Rotary Club: “There’s going to be no ‘fess up’ business; no ‘soup and fish’ outfits. It’ll be just a good dinner.”

But why soup and fish? Well, one dons these duds for a special occasion such as a formal meal. This is likely to be a heavyweight event, with many courses, starting with soup and followed by fish before one gets to the main event of the meat course. So the soup-and-fish is what one wears to consume the soup and fish.

Incidentally, one of the more delightful aspects of hunting down this kind of language is that sometimes you get more than you were expecting. The Grand Rapids Tribune in February 1915 included this: “After donning the complete Soup and Fish known in swozzey circles as Thirteen and the Odd, he didn’t look as much like a waiter as one might have supposed.” Thirteen and the Odd? There are other examples to be found, though only a few. Jonathon Green notes in the Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang that it is long-obsolete slang for a tail-coat, as worn with the full fig of white tie and tails, but says that its origin is unknown. Well, did you ever?

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[identity profile] pro-prodigy.livejournal.com
I was googling for information on the Junior Ganymede Club, trying to perhaps find the name of members and some such for the story i'm writing, when i came across this, http://www.economicexpert.com/a/Junior:Ganymede:Club.html.  It somewhat freaked me out that ECONOMIC expert.com listed information about a fictional club for gentlemens' personal gentlemen.  Part of me went, "That's totally awesome!" and another, the less fangirly and more actively intelligent part of my brain went, "What does that imply about today's sources for economic advisory?"

Perhaps the quote, "Fans are everywhere" proves to be true once more?

[identity profile] castalianspring.livejournal.com
From The Guardian:

"Writings from 100 years ago emerge to cast new light on the author's politics

The discovery of four satirical "playlets" by PG Wodehouse, seen by the public for the first time in 100 years this weekend, prove that the humorist - who is often viewed as apolitical - had a strong interest in public affairs from his youth."


Read the full article )
ext_24392: (Ministry of Funny Walks)
[identity profile] random-nexus.livejournal.com

Biff off to my journal for a word or two on this:  BIFF off to see what Random_Nexus is blathering about.

Thenkyew!
[identity profile] heidi-wiggin.livejournal.com
 ...since he probably picked it out!

A modern cheers to our dear Bertie for his smashing grey suit. 

[identity profile] princesshannah4.livejournal.com
So I was just browsing the posts with "articles" tags and was shocked to find this article to be not present.

Forgive me if this has been posted before, but it's quite a remarkable piece.

This is the ultimate justification for Hugh Laurie playing Bertie (besides the obvious fact that he is a straight-up genius)

Uhm, what?

Mar. 17th, 2009 12:23 pm
[identity profile] mxdp.livejournal.com
I found, uh, two articles. I think. I don't know.


Jeeves? Bertie's father? (nothing but rot!) Who starts an article with that line? Gosh, I'm gonna have such nightmares tonight... *does Star Wars ripp-off* GgghBertieee I am youuur faaatheeer...*

Crying Jeeves when there is no Jeeves Has anyone, and I do mean anyone, read that book -- Wake up, Sir!? What was it like?

Ouf! Gotta go... Enjoy...
[identity profile] laughingacademy.livejournal.com
As part of its recurring series “Steal This Pitch,” the sci-fi blog io9.com has posted an article exploring the comic possibilities of a bumbler living in an A.I./cybernetic age.
But extending our capabilities also means expanding our ability to make jackasses out of ourselves. )

Complete article here.

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