Saturday, April 23, 2011

Betty and the Real World

Fate Takes a Hand:

Lally (ugh) uses Interflora to send flowers for Mr. van Linssen:
Back in 1920 a florist, Joe Dobson, of Leighton's Seedsmen and Florists in Glasgow, and a nurseryman, Carl Englemann in Essex were looking to increase their business. They knew of the Florists Telegraph Delivery Association (now known as FTD, Florist's Transworld Delivery) which had existed in the US since 1910, and applied to join as foreign members. In 1923 the UK arm of the FTDA was officially formed and had seventeen members across the UK.

Lally (double ugh) tells Peter that while she's in London she'll pick up a Beano from the bookstall.  Peter wasn't in need of a natural enzyme supplement to curb gasses in the digestive tract:

The Beano comic takes its name from the English word beano which can be loosely interpreted as a good time.  Its iconic characters such as Dennis the Menace, Roger the Dodger, Minnie the Minx, The Bash Street Kids, Calamity James, Ivy the Terrible and Billy Whizz have become known to generations of British children.

The Doctor's Girl:
Cousin Charles takes her out to a movie described as 'a triumph of modern cinema'.
The prosecution rests...
Here are the top grossing films of 2000:
1 Mission: Impossible II
2 Gladiator
3 Cast Away
4 What Women Want
5 Dinosaur
6 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
7 Meet the Parents
8 The Perfect Storm
9 X-Men
10 What Lies Beneath

I'd like a show of hands for Gladiator.  Because if Russell Crowe isn't a triumph of modern cinema...


  1. Russell Crowe yes, Gladiator, no. I have to admit I never say any of those movies in the theater. Then again, ten years ago I was so busy with kids stuff I didn't have any evenings free. I've seen The Perfect Storm on TV, X Men and the Grinch. I wouldn't choose to see most of those on the list. I'm such a wuss.

  2. Betty Barbara here--
    Ahh Gladiator. Glad I saw it, Glad I saw it for free! I spent a good deal of time while watching it comparing it to Fall of the Roman Empire. But I will admit that Mr Crowe looked just fine!
    Looking at that top ten money list I will admit that I helped none of them achieve their place on that list.
    With Fate Takes a Hand, I will admit to having a nice flashback to my grandparents' florist shop. I helped with deliveries once I got my license(if we were visiting, that is). I recall lots of funerals, some weddings and the occasional hospital--but no snooty Veronicas! (BTW, my grandparents gave their workers a real lunch break).

  3. I too never saw Gladiator...but we own Castaway on DVD (it was the first DVD we ever purchased - as a Father's Day gift for Dr. van der Stevejinck)and we saw X-Men. I can't remember if we saw Mission Impossible II (there's only so much Tom Cruise I can take).