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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.
8th Jul '17 9:13:02 AM nombretomado
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*** In fact, this nickname has gotten prevalent enough that TheOtherWiki automatically redirects you to Douglas-Home's page if you type in Baillie Vass in the search bar.

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*** In fact, this nickname has gotten prevalent enough that TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki automatically redirects you to Douglas-Home's page if you type in Baillie Vass in the search bar.
28th Jun '17 11:11:06 AM DarcyFoster
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** "Prime Ministerial Decrees"- UsefulNotes/GordonBrown as a Stalin-style leader. Inspired by a comment by one of Brown's underlings that he had "Stalinist" tendencies in his leadership. It was also an excuse for the magazine to comment on the lack of an election as Prime Minster, either by his party or the United Kingdom.

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** "Prime Ministerial Decrees"- UsefulNotes/GordonBrown as *** After the 2017 General Election resulted in the Conservatives needing to create a Stalin-style leader. Inspired by a comment by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confidence_and_supply confidence and supply agreement]] with the Democratic Unionist Party, the "school" incorporated the William III Orange Academy, with one of Brown's underlings that he had "Stalinist" tendencies in his leadership. It was also an excuse for the magazine to comment on the lack of kitten heels being replaced by an election as Prime Minster, either by his party or the United Kingdom.orange.
27th Jun '17 1:27:05 AM AgProv
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* BavarianFireDrill: ''Private Eye'''s owner and longtime editor Peter Cook was a master of this trope. His finest hour was leading a raid on the ''Mirror'' offices at a time when Maxwell had tried to force the magazine off the newsstands (and succeeded with WH Smith, a large British newsagents chain). He and some cohorts, including current editor Ian Hislop, convinced the doorman and security at the ''Mirror'' offices that they were there to see Robert Maxwell. They used this to vandalize Maxwell's office, steal the master copy of a planned spoof ''Not Private Eye'' smear-job piece Maxwell had been producing (they had previously sent the journalists involved with the project a case of whisky, with predictable results), order a champagne lunch to be delivered at Maxwell's expense, and, finally, ''very'' drunk, phoning Maxwell personally in New York and saying "guess where we are".

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* BavarianFireDrill: ''Private Eye'''s owner and longtime contributing editor Peter Cook Creator/PeterCook was a master of this trope. His finest hour was leading a raid on the ''Mirror'' offices at a time when Maxwell had tried to force the magazine off the newsstands (and succeeded with WH Smith, a large British newsagents chain). He and some cohorts, including current editor Ian Hislop, convinced the doorman and security at the ''Mirror'' offices that they were there to see Robert Maxwell. They used this to vandalize Maxwell's office, steal the master copy of a planned spoof ''Not Private Eye'' smear-job piece Maxwell had been producing (they had previously sent the journalists involved with the project a case of whisky, with predictable results), order a champagne lunch to be delivered at Maxwell's expense, and, finally, ''very'' drunk, phoning Maxwell personally in New York and saying "guess where we are".
2nd Apr '17 11:09:19 AM 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 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 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 PaulMcCartney Music/PaulMcCartney to Rod Stewart and more.
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