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15th Oct '17 3:04:04 PM nombretomado
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* BritishRockstar: Gary Bloke of the ''Celeb'' strip, and Spiggy Topes (later "Sir Spigismond Topes") of Spiggy Topes and the Turds. The latter is unusual in that the joke started contemporaneously with TheBritishInvasion and has continued in real-time, with his career paralleling that of RealLife musicians. This also makes Spiggy Topes a CompositeCharacter, as he is basically used as a stand-in for any has-been rock star who's been in the news, from Music/PaulMcCartney to Rod Stewart and more.

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* BritishRockstar: Gary Bloke of the ''Celeb'' strip, and Spiggy Topes (later "Sir Spigismond Topes") of Spiggy Topes and the Turds. The latter is unusual in that the joke started contemporaneously with TheBritishInvasion UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion and has continued in real-time, with his career paralleling that of RealLife musicians. This also makes Spiggy Topes a CompositeCharacter, as he is basically used as a stand-in for any has-been rock star who's been in the news, from Music/PaulMcCartney to Rod Stewart and more.
15th Oct '17 3:00:55 PM nombretomado
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* Spiggy Topes and the Turds. A fictional band from TheBritishInvasion, who are a very transparent parody of the Music/TheBeatles

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* Spiggy Topes and the Turds. A fictional band from TheBritishInvasion, UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion, who are a very transparent parody of the Music/TheBeatles
9th Oct '17 4:30:23 AM Malady
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** "The New Coalition Academy" - in the style of a posh school's newsletter for UsefulNotes/DavidCameron's Tory-Lib Dem coalition. Cameron is the headmaster, while UsefulNotes/NickClegg is his deputy. Inspired by the Academies that were part of the Coalition's [[BritishEducationSystem education policy]]. Following the 2015 General Election and Nick Clegg's departure from the Government, became the "Cameron Free School", with the Lib Dem bird poorly cut out of the previous logo (which combined it with the Conservative tree).

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** "The New Coalition Academy" - in the style of a posh school's newsletter for UsefulNotes/DavidCameron's Tory-Lib Dem coalition. Cameron is the headmaster, while UsefulNotes/NickClegg is his deputy. Inspired by the Academies that were part of the Coalition's [[BritishEducationSystem [[UsefulNotes/BritishEducationSystem education policy]]. Following the 2015 General Election and Nick Clegg's departure from the Government, became the "Cameron Free School", with the Lib Dem bird poorly cut out of the previous logo (which combined it with the Conservative tree).
9th Aug '17 7:50:40 PM karstovich2
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** Sometimes the adjective "Ugandan" is used to denote eroticism - "Ugandan advances" etc. Though sometimes mistaken for a racist slur, it actually comes from an obscure scandal where an Irish journalist and an exiled Ugandan politician claimed to have been "discussing Uganda" when they had more or less been caught with their pants down at a posh journalistic house party in London.

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** Sometimes the adjective "Ugandan" is used to denote eroticism - "Ugandan advances" etc. Though sometimes mistaken for a racist slur, it actually comes from an obscure scandal in the early 1970s (when else?) where an Irish journalist and an exiled Ugandan politician claimed to have been "discussing Uganda" when they had more or less been caught with their pants down at a posh journalistic house party in London.
11th Jul '17 2:54:54 PM john_e
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* NotInMyBackyard: Denis is horrified to find that the Channel Tunnel rail link will pass through the suburb of Dulwich, where he has bought a house in the hope of retiring.

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* NotInMyBackyard: Denis is horrified to find that the Channel Tunnel rail link (or 'Frog Conveyor Belt' as he calls it) will pass through the suburb of Dulwich, where he has bought a house in the hope of retiring.
11th Jul '17 2:34:25 PM john_e
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-->In my experience any Frog in office for more than a couple of years starts to [[NapoleonDelusion think he's Napoleon]] or [[LetatCestMoi Louis the Whatever It Was]], at which point the lower orders winkle out the cobblestones and create havoc. Then they bring in someone new and all go back to sipping their evil-smelling liqueurs in their pavement cafes. At which point the whole process begins all over again.

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-->In my experience any Frog in office for more than a couple of years starts to [[NapoleonDelusion think he's Napoleon]] or [[LetatCestMoi [[UsefulNotes/LouisXIV Louis the Whatever It Was]], at which point the lower orders winkle out the cobblestones and create havoc. Then they bring in someone new and all go back to sipping their evil-smelling liqueurs in their pavement cafes. At which point the whole process begins all over again.
11th Jul '17 2:33:22 PM john_e
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* HerrDoktor: Doctor Bosendorfer, a fellow guest on one of the Thatchers' infrequent holidays.

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* FullCircleRevolution: Discussed by Denis, when the French voted out Valéry Giscard d'Estaing:
-->In my experience any Frog in office for more than a couple of years starts to [[NapoleonDelusion think he's Napoleon]] or [[LetatCestMoi Louis the Whatever It Was]], at which point the lower orders winkle out the cobblestones and create havoc. Then they bring in someone new and all go back to sipping their evil-smelling liqueurs in their pavement cafes. At which point the whole process begins all over again.
* HerrDoktor: Doctor Bosendorfer, a fellow guest on one of the Thatchers' infrequent holidays.holidays at the Schloss Bangelstein in Switzerland.
11th Jul '17 6:44:33 AM john_e
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* CompressedVice: A RunningGag in one letter has Denis playing ''Videogame/SpaceInvaders''.

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* CompressedVice: A RunningGag in one letter has Denis addicted to playing ''Videogame/SpaceInvaders''.
11th Jul '17 6:33:37 AM john_e
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* TheMole: It's abundantly clear that Boris is the Russians' man in Number Ten.




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* UnsuspectinglySoused: When Mrs Thatcher is due to be interviewed by Robin Day, Denis meets Day beforehand and spikes his drink so that he's drunk by the time of the interview.
11th Jul '17 6:28:44 AM john_e
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: In the "Dear Bill" letters -- Denis, being elderly and reactionary, frequently uses racist language to describe the dignitaries he meets abroad.


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!!The "Dear Bill" letters additionally provide examples of:
* CelebrityParadox: One letter has Denis apologising for not being able to meet Bill, because he'd "had to entertain a man called Deedes who has just got the boot from the Hot Seat at the Telegraph".
* CompressedVice: A RunningGag in one letter has Denis playing ''Videogame/SpaceInvaders''.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Denis, being elderly and reactionary, frequently uses racist language to describe the dignitaries he meets abroad.
* HerrDoktor: Doctor Bosendorfer, a fellow guest on one of the Thatchers' infrequent holidays.
* HonestJohn: Maurice Picarda, one of Denis's friends who can forever be found trying to sell dubious shares or double glazing.
* IncrediblyObviousBug: At one point Boris, the butler at Number Ten, brings in a vase of daffodils and plugs it into the wall.
* MightyWhitey: Prosser-Cluff, a former colleague of Denis's whom he remembers fondly for the hard line he took with the local workers.
* MultipleChoicePast: Exactly how "poor old Podmore" died changes each time Denis recalls it.
* NotInMyBackyard: Denis is horrified to find that the Channel Tunnel rail link will pass through the suburb of Dulwich, where he has bought a house in the hope of retiring.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: One minor arc has Denis make a fake Valentine card for the Chancellor of the Exchequer's wife, asking Bill to have it posted in the tiny Sussex village of Frant. In the following letters, he finds that the Chancellor sent a similar card to Mrs Thatcher, and had it posted in the neighbouring village of Eridge.
* TruthInTelevision: Denis Thatcher did regularly correspond with Bill Deedes, though in real life his letters were handwritten rather than typed.
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