This reason to be cheerful is almost certain to have some people feeling exactly the reverse, but my blog, my rules etc etc and any film franchise that can come up with the line "Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me" can get away with a lot.
Yes, I'm talking about Carry On films, a uniquely British comedy institution which made dozens of films taking their inspiration from music hall and bawdy seaside postcards.
Why do I, a man known for his artistic sensibilities, like Carry On? Well, they make me snigger. This is different to roll around on the floor laughing. Sniggering is something teenagers do when an otherwise innocent phrase strikes them as having a rude meaning. Those of you who have seen any of the 31 Carry On films will know that is the basic method of getting a laugh. Those of you who haven't seen any of the films please don't worry, I've not given away any major secret.
I was probably still a child when I saw my first Carry On film and I still like watching them now I'm a grandparent. I think that should tell you something about the nature of the jokes in the films, which were all called Carry On and then a word appropriate to the content. So after Carry On we got words including Doctor, Camping, Screaming, Nurse, and, one of my personal favourites, Up The Khyber.
The films, which were made for a pittance, featured the same cast over and over again and in some senses they played the same roles over and over again. What is more, you can see the jokes coming from a mile away, but no matter there is still something strangely innocent about them and they cheer me up.
There are numerous jokes so bad they're good that could be quoted from Carry On films, but this will always remain one of my favourites.The line is from Carry On Cleo and is uttered by the late and great Kenneth Williams.
As to music to go with this, well, it's proved a little difficult. I've chosen Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas. This, by the way, was not the title of one of the Carry On films. The video is worth watching if only because it will make you wonder whether Spinal Tap was such a spoof, after all.
- Question: Do you like watching Carry On films or would you sooner be repeatedly slapped round the face with a piece of wet cod? I suppose it's possible some of you have never even seen one of the films, if so, it's time to give yourself a treat.