THE ARUNDEL AFFAIR 20
The Flower Power Affair
The Very Wild [or pretty upset, anyway] Goose
Logo © Gwynneth Gillett Report by Ann Manwell
“If you’re going to Arundel-l-l-l,
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you’re going to Arundel-l-l-l”
Peace and Love, Man
Beautiful downtown Arundel played host to the Swinging 60s the
first weekend in March. At least the Norfolk Arms Hotel did. Some
flowers were worn in the hair by the more adventurous, and flowers
also took over the tables, some shirts, and the traditional
‘ensemble’ photograph before the Saturday night meal.
Some of the ‘freebies’ were sweets/candy from the 60s, including
Sherbet Dabs, Love Hearts, Fry’s Chocolate Cream bars, Fudge bars
etc. To add to the mood Jac had put together a compilation of 60s
music and TV adverts which had us singing along.
This year’s MFU episodes reflected the general theme. Personally I
had never realised that ‘grass’ as mentioned in the ‘The Pop Art
Affair’ could refer to anything other than the green covering in
lawns, and found myself trying to check if Illya was wearing flip flop
shoes/thongs when he was being chased in the café. Some of the
dialogue was so far out I didn’t know what it meant then - and still
Watching ‘Hot Number’ it was hard to imagine that Cher would win
an Oscar years later. ‘The Matterhorn Affair’ remains one of the
silliest episodes but Bill Dana as the ‘innocent’ was amazing; one of
the best ever ‘innocents’.
Darryl gave a comprehensive talk on UNCLE merchandising,
including toys and publications. And Anushka challenged us with a
sequence of MFU scenes containing food and drink. We had
fun recognising the episodes and it was amazing to see how many
alcoholic drinks were consumed. I mean on the screen, of course. . . . .
Jac had also prepared a short tribute to Robert Vaughn with
excerpts from ‘The Persuaders’, ‘Hustle’, and ‘Coronation Street’.
Terry Bamber dropped in unexpectedly with his wife, and they had
time to watch an episode before we had a wide ranging discussion
on spy films, 60s TV etc.
If he manages another time it would be great if he took part in
All I am Saying is “Give Peace a Chance”
It wasn’t all sweetness and light though. The quiz format was
slightly different this year. All the answers to questions about
UNCLE were numbers, so you not only had to calculate the correct
answer, you also had to have that number on your team’s Bingo
The caption contest didn’t have as many entrants as usual. The
winner was Ann’s:
Napoleon: “Gavin won the caption competition”.
Illya: “I don’t think so.”
Runners up were Ann’s:
Napoleon: “And then he spent the next 11 months learning all the
answers to Trivial Pursuit ”.
Robert to David “Do you think our show will still be remembered 50
years from now?”
However the most competitive (and unofficial) part of the Arundel
Affairs are the Trivial Pursuit contests in the evening.
[An optional addition; there are UNCLE-related alternatives going
on at the same time - Jac]
We resumed last year’s game and it took so long I envisaged it
going into 2018. However we finally got an outright winner and
then had a very quick game in teams where, for the second time in
one evening, Ruth was on the winning side, putting the ‘ruth’ into
ruthless. She and Michael were on such good form they were
already halfway to winning before the rest of us got to throw the
dice. Questions on American TV never seemed to come up when it
was Debbie’s turn.
Most of us went to the Arundel Wetland Centre to look at the many,
many birds there. It was a very interesting place and some of us
also took a boat trip through the reed beds. When a few of us went
on the boat, the guide asked how we knew each other and was
surprised to learn how many different places we had come from.
Speaking for myself I didn’t see any THRUSHES but I certainly did
notice the geese. And the geese noticed three of us. A word of
advice - never call a goose a ‘thicko’ if you don’t want to meet a
first-aider. The brochure did say “Get Close to Nature” and it wasn’t
The raffle isn’t really a competition but some people are definitely
luckier than others. As always there were some great prizes, eg a
script, some TV Guides with UNCLE-related articles, and samples of
Gwynn’s ‘Arundel 20’ artwork on stickers, marshmallows, a
notebook, and more.