"Comedy always works best when it is mean-spirited" - John Cleese
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Sunday, August 07, 2011
Three Harrys and an H Bomb
Let us start with the first Harry. He was James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE, FRS, FSS, PC, better known simply as Harold Wilson, the pipe-smoking prime minister of Britain from 1964 until 1970 and then again from 1974 until 1976.
The third Harry of this strange tale was the very similarly named Harry Corbett, the son of a coal miner. Harry number three was deaf in one ear which halted his ambition to become a musician. However, he did achieve fame in the entertainment world as a puppeteer with his stage and TV act involving a mischievous teddy bear called "Sooty".
The error must have embarassed the prime minister and disappointed the intended recipient who was nevertheless also rewarded with an OBE in the new year's honour list of 1976.
The moral of the story is "never drop your H's".