Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Hullo Rerr China!

Hullo ma wee blog,

'Hullo Rerr China' is a saying familiar to most Scots my age and older as being a greeting used in Glasgow and the West coast for many years.  Based on Cockney rhyming slang it was used by two Scots comedians, Ricky Fulton and Jack Milroy - or at least by their creations 'Francie' and 'Josie', who became famous in the 50's and were popular through many years of my growing up.  It means 'Hello there pal!' as 'China' means 'china plate' which rhymes with 'mate'.

I mention it here as it fits today in a weird, cack-handed and pretty unromantic way {which reflects much of my personality}. Today is our wedding anniversary. We were married in Inchcolm Abbey on Inchcolm Island in the Forth estuary twenty years ago which makes today our china wedding anniversary. My lovely G is both my pal and my mate in so many different ways. Many who knew us twenty years ago would never have bet on us lasting more than a couple of years at best.

Somehow we've made it here through those twenty years and are stronger, closer and more in love now than ever. So this my weird, cack-handed and pretty unromantic way of saying I love you and I will love you for my ever.


Hullo Rerr China! Are ye dancin'?

Ah'm dancin'........

Here's a favourite clip of Francie and Josie and the interplay between boy and girl.


jono said...

Happy anniversary to both of you. Here's to another 20!!

Jane said...

That brought so back so many happy childhood memories Al; Francie and Josie were our favourites and pantomime has never been the same since they left it!

Hope you have a lovely and happy anniversary!

The Scudder said...

Gaun ya romantic auld fool .,.,
And Congrats to you both .,.,
You've only another 26-to go to catch up with me & the beloved .,., So keep doin' what you're doin' cause the first 20 are the hardest ,, and obviously you must be doin' something right !
Oh & Francie & Josie are/were two of my all time favourite Glasgow comics, especially Francie .,., He oftentimes reduced me to tears ( of laughter of course ),, so I'll just away & watch your clip ,,, again !!
Looking forward to sharing a celebratory sip of something nice & alcoholic with the pair of you.

Alistair said...

Thanks folks - we had a lovely day.

Nicky said...

Aw, Happy Anniversary! I'm a little late in getting here, but I'm glad you had a lovely day.

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