Talking in riddles
Do you ever have conversations you wished you'd never started? Here's a merry-go-round of forgotten names and mistaken identities we had over the last Bank Holiday weekend. There were five of us in this multi-generational discussion.
"Are you going to watch that series on TV tonight?"
"No, the other one. Santan-something."
"Santander? That's a bank."
Young person, attached to phone, googles it. Sanditon.
"I like the actress in it. She was in that show you were in"
"Oklahoma? Calamity Jane?"
"The one with Victoria Wood."
"Oh, Acorn Antiques?"
"No, the one in the kitchen?"
If she was in Dinnerladies and Coronation Street then it must be Thelma Barlow
More googling. Dinnerladies?
"Yes, Dinnerladies. Older lady.She used to be married to Ken Barlow in Coronation Street."
Previously...A personal tour of Edinburgh
"No, I don't think it's her."
"She can't be in Sanditon. She died."
"If she was in Dinnerladies and Coronation Street then it must be Thelma Barlow. She was obviously married to Ken Barlow."
"No, she was Mavis. Mavis Riley."
"So Thelma Barlow wasn't married to Ken Barlow?"
"No, his real name is William Roache."
"So who was married to Ken?"
Young person searches all actresses in Dinnerladies who might have been in Coronation Street.
"That's her. She was married to Ken Barlow and is Lady Denham in Sanditon."
"What was her name in Coronation Street?"
"It says here she was electrocuted when trying to fix a faulty hairdryer plug with a potato peeler."
"Wow! Yet she still got a job as a dinner lady...."
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