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Subject: Amman #52 - Knowing your telly
(Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 04:28PM ) Tags:
Digging a little deeper on a silly passage for shits and giggles, and what was meant here one night in Amman back in August 2000.

I hopped off the bed where I’d been watching the telly for a little local flavor and to get a quick peek at the news. Telly here was not to be confused with Telly Monster or Savalas, unless you were watching Sesame Street or Kojak. Then it would have been "Telly on the telly,without consideration for either the U.S. awards or U.K. Addicts varieties in that telly mix.

Just what the hell was Bob blathering on about with all that crap? Let's break them puppies down one by one. 

1) Telly = Brit slang for TV / television, pretty straightforward on this one.

2) Telly Monster from Sesame Street, the long-running children's TV show. 


3) Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas of Kojak TV series fame that ran from 1973 - 1978. 


4) Telly Awards (US) - "Honors the very best film & video productions, groundbreaking online video content and outstanding local, regional, & cable TV commercials   and programs" per their website.


5) Telly Addicts (UK) – This was a TV trivia game show and needing to know your stuff. It ran there from 1985 - 1998. 


And then as an added bonus at the end of it all, and keeping with the British angle on the last telly, let’s not forget about Roger Mellie, The Man on the Telly, the killer strip/series character from that stronghold of UK funnydom at Viz. Here's a little sketch entitled Challenge Roger with our main man in fine form from the animated TV series adapation.


Note I couldn’t mention the Indian Telly Awards, cuz they only started in 2001, and the Amman wedding dates to 2000, unless I wanted to time travel or sumpin’ in the book. Perhaps Roger sums it up best with this reply to Kojak’s trademark line.


At the end of the day, this nonsense is all tied to the telly, and as Roger himself would throw out there with his catchphrase: "Hello, good evening, and bollocks!"