I don’t think that heading really works. By a ‘more’ I mean the word that describes the conventions of social behaviour rather than the first one that most toddlers learn, but that’s the risk you take when you’re trying to be too clever.
I only mention it because I happened to be scanning through the catch-up tv tonight and came across Man About the House, one of the sitcoms of my youth and how things have changed.
It was the In Praise of Older Men episode from series two and I found myself quite shocked that it should open with Robin (Richard O’Sullivan) sitting on the sofa with smoke drifting into shot from his cigarette.
And a few minutes later he wandered into the kitchen to peer over the pan on the cooker to see what Chrissy (Paula Wilcox) is cooking still surrounded by clouds of smoke.
It seemed like another age which I suppose it was since this was January 1974, the same month that Britain switched to the three-day week due to the miners’ strike and Nixon refused to hand over the Watergate tapes.
The Steve Miller Band reached number one in the US with Joker, the Loch Ness Monster was photographed and Peter Benchley published Jaws. If you too remember these things too, doesn’t it make you feel old?
Still the tv wasn’t bad, even if smoking be frowned upon – sorry, forbidden – today. As in the dialogue between Robin and Chrissy when he has her alone on the sofa:
Robin: You know Chrissy, sometimes a man wants something more. He wants something fine and warm. One day he wakes up and realises that it’s right there under his nose.
Chrissy: Are you thinking of growing a moustache?
That wouldn’t sound amiss in Friends would it? And most appropriate for Movember.