Laurel and Hardy – My Favourite Comedy Duo

Laurel and Hardy
Two peas in a pod!

Welcome everyone, let’s  have a good laugh!  Laughter is the best medicine, as the famous saying goes!

Laurel and Hardy comedy drama is our family’s favourite weekend treat which I eagerly look forward to.  On every Saturday night, I pull out a DVD from the  L&H collection and the very next moment, we are in stiches ! 

Mr Laurel is the thin and short one with hilarious, clumsy behaviour,  while the fat and bossy one who is always imaculately dressed is Mr. Hardy, who is quite capable of messing everything up as he famously blames it on his chum, Mr Laurel, “Here is another nice mess you got me into”.

The subtle humour in their dialogues as well as the full blown comody from  beginning to the end, wrapped with mesmerising music and dancing clips, makes this an enchanting entertainment for any ages.

So, no wonder that,  in my opinion, over a hundred years on and no one comes near to being as funny as these two.

Stan Laurel was born in England and  Oliver Hardy who was born in America brought together by Hal Roach, the Hollywood director, seeing how the two complement each other beyond his expectations.  Hence, he teamed them up  and made  hundrends of  short, classical comedy films which started to rock the world up until now.

The interplay between them with perfect harmonising of on screen body chemistry is quite sublime,  which leads us to believe that they were put on this earth by a higher force to entertain the world.

See this dance clip in, ” Way Out Of West “ that will prove how charming the way  the two blend into one with such crisp and smooth dancing movements as if they were floating in the air to the melodious background music.

“Way out of West”  with its beautiful dance sequence is the most loved short film of L&H fans;  but my favourite one is “Brats” in which the two are shown in their miniature figures as their own children.  It’s incredible that how they appeared the size of kids side by side their own selves as parents because during that time, filming technology was at its basic stage.   I learnt that they made huge furniture so that the two looked in miniature figures.  The ending of this film is so funny, I always end up laughing until my sides ache.

Me sitting on the arm of a giant chair.  See how small I look.  This is the impression they have given in Brats!

Have a peek on both of these classic comedies by clicking on the clips below:

“Way out of West”

“Brats”

Physics behind the mechanism of the Shot Tower-Crane Park-Twickenham-UK

shot tower

This shot tower caught my eye while walking in the Crane  park with my dad and we started an interesting discussion about physics behind the mechanism of making ammunition using the height and the atmosphere around the tower.  

Mechanism 

  • The tall, hollow structure of Shot Tower has a heating chamber at the top.   In this chamber,  lead is heated until molten
  • Heated lead is then poured through a copper sieve that determines the equal size of the ammunition.
  • The drops of molten lead fall through the air to a cool water basin placed at the bottom of the tower.
  • During the fall of heated molten lead in the air, they form into spherical balls due to the fact that air resists motion. The final stage is that the spherical shots are removed from the cooling basin and polished to prevent them from corrosion.

The origin 

A plumber called William Watts from Bristol happened to notice that the    rain drops take an almost perfetly round spherical shape as they fall through the air from the tall roof of his local church.  He was quite amused and conducted an experiment making lead fall through a sieve from the church tower and his assumption was right.  His simple idea lead him to make a fortune by producing ammunition in large scale in the late 18th and 19th century.

The diagram of shot tower

Crane Park

The trees are green, solitary soldiers, canopies ranks of army that stretch high into the sky. The leaves of trees form green, picturesque roofs which enclose waterways with spotted shade. Small lakes are ideal for floating in, green trees, deep blue water and golden summer sun forming a vibrant colour mix that adorns nature’s glory.

Dirt paths guide you through the thick forest, on either side encased by brambles displaying a wide selection of juicy blackberries. The daily soundtrack of birds and duck is eternally present along with the rustle of trees and the sound of children with sieves joyfully attempting to catch darting tadpoles that flash past in the blink of an eye. Bees and crickets feast on the large meadows of wild flowers that sway gently in the evening breeze. Fields are green canvases on glory in the late-day light.

Picture gallery – Crane Park

Taking a dose of fresh air into my lungs
Invented a new fishing method with a kitchen seive
Any child’s dream – Splashing water to my heart’s content