“So Harry says: “You don’t like me anymore.” “Why not?” And he says, “‘Cause you got so terribly pretentious.” And Harry says, “Pretentious, moi?”
As said by Mr Johnson (Nicky Henson) in the outrageously funny Torquay-set show Fawlty Towers (1975 – 1979). Long considered one of the greatest British sitcoms ever, the main character of Basil Fawlty was based on a real-life rude hotel owner. Creator John Cleese had met him when he was still a Monty Python member. You can find other examples of the show’s humour here.
Tobias Fünke: Listen, I’m an actor. You’re an agent. You do the math. I want you to represent me. In other words, you do the math. The money. The negotiating. James Carr: You know I’m not that kind of agent, right? I’m a real estate agent. I’m predator. I sell giant houses to very poor people who can’t afford them. Tobias Fünke: You see that’s the money stuff I don’t understand. All you need to do is tell people what a terrific actor I am because I can’t do it believably. What do you say? James Carr: Sounds like it shouldn’t be too much work. Tobias Fünke: Huzzah!
David Cross and Ed Helms in the highly original and intricately plotted comedy Arrested Development (2003 – 2006 and 2013 -). Set mainly in California, the how tells the story of the wasteful Bluth family and their flawed attempts at recovering their financial status. You can find two more examples of the show’s humour here and here.
It must have been love but it’s over now. It must have been good but I lost it somehow. It must have been love but it’s over now. From the moment we touched ’til the time had run out.
Taken from the song It Must Have Been Love by Swedish band Roxette. Originally released in 1987, a slightly edited version appeared in 1990 as part of the Pretty Woman soundtrack and became their third US number one. The second of these was another classic, Listen to Your Heart.
I’m a light eater. As soon as it’s light, I start to eat.
American football Hall of Famer and broadcaster Art Donovan (1924 – 2013). Nicknamed The Bulldog, the Donovan was a self-deprecating character and popular figure who titled his autobiography Fatso: Football When Men Were Really Men.
I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.
As said by the intensely tortured Heathcliff in Emily Bronte’s Gothic classic Wuthering Heights (1847). Famously set in the Moors of Yorkshire, the quote highlights the complex relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, which drives the heart of the book. The gorgeous cover is entitled Figures in a Storm by one of my favourite artists. Percivus has nothing to do with the story but wanted to be included. It is a Penguin Classic after all.
As said by the genius that was Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 – 1851). I’ve always been a huge fan of the English landscape painter. He was the first artist that I remember seeing an exhibition of and have been able to see his work up close several times since. I’ve posted a review of one of his collections here and my favourite of his many works here.
So I look in your direction But you pay me no attention, do you I know you don’t listen to me ‘Cause you say you see straight through me, don’t you
The opening lines of the song Shiver by Coldplay. From the English band’s debut album Parachutes (2000), it was the follow up to the hugely successful Yellow. Here’s a photo of when I saw them live, where they closed with this song.
Boycie: (Through gritted teeth) “Well done, Del. Nicely played. Where did you get those bloody Aces from?” Del: “Same place you got them Kings. I knew you was cheating, Boycie.” Boycie: “Oh yeah? How?” Del: “‘Cos that wasn’t the hand that I dealt you.”
John Challis and David Jason in the much-loved British sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1981 – 2003, 2014). Set in East End Peckham, it tells of a poorly educated but hugely entrepreneurial market trader who dreams of getting rich. You can see other examples of the show’s humour here and here, with some memorable quotes on poker here.
Heart beats fast Colours and promises How to be brave How can I love when I’m afraid to fall But watching you stand alone All of my doubt, suddenly goes away somehow
The opening lines of A Thousand Years by American singer songwriter Christina Perri. Released in 2011, it was part of the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 film, where the tortured relationship within Bella Swan and Edward Cullen reaches its conclusion.