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THE ARUNDEL AFFAIR 20


The Flower Power Affair



aka



The Very Wild [or pretty upset, anyway] Goose 


Chase Affair

            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 


don’t!


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 


the quiz.



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


card.


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 ”.




And Debbie’s:


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


kidding.


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.




So Long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye




The 2-day format worked a treat again and we all had a lot of fun.


The hotel was warm , the food good and the staff very attentive.


Thanks again to Jac for all her hard work. 


Roll on Arundel 21.