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Secret Curmudgeon: Sad to hear about death of Richard Briers
9:00am Sunday 24th February 2013 in News
I was sad to hear of the death of actor Richard Briers recently.
Only last week I was listening to a radio show where he played – brilliantly, I should add – the comedian Tony Hancock, focusing on the troubled comic’s final hours.
And I was also a big fan of the kids’ cartoon he narrated – Roobarb – complete with that trippy, wobbly animation. Don’t make ’em like that any more, eh?
I must admit though, I was never a fan of The Good Life.
All that nice suburban humour wasn’t really my cup of tea, but it did introduce me – as a child growing up in the north of England – to this place called Surbiton, or rather a TV producer’s version of Surbiton.
I never thought years later I would be living there – although my life didn’t quite turn out to be on a par with Tom and Barbara Good’s.
I lived in Surbiton over several years and I would always laugh at the usual reaction I’d get when I told someone where I lived.
“So, where are you living?”
“Surbiton. That’s a bit posh isn’t it?”
Yep, staring at my small bedsit wall covered in mould and my mushroom farm of a bathroom I’d say to myself “yep, I’m really living the good life here”.
I’ve never really understood the “posh” moniker – and places such as Twickenham also suffer from this. I think it’s just based on house prices and the fact Surbiton is at a comfortable distance from central London.
Apart from that it’s just like anywhere else isn’t it? A high street, a McDonalds, average pubs, a few parks and a train station.
Maybe the reason it gets the “posh” label is because it’s slightly less rubbish than everywhere else.