Talking Drums

The West African News Magazine

A Stranger's London

The self-denial of Mr Tricklebank

Twenty-six years of embarrassment ended after Brian Tricklebank walked up the aisle. For he walked back Brian Denial, having taken his bride Angela's surname.

Last night the bridegroom from Sheffield did not want to talk about it. But his father said: "I had the mickey taken out of me at school. Classmates could always find something rude to rhyme with Tricklebank".

Angela, 23, said: "I don't mind Brian having my surname. I have no brothers and the family name will now be carried on.

Name expert Professor Richard Wilson, 76, said: "Tricklebank is probably a place name; Brian's ancestors having lived by a hill with a stream. It's a good name - certainly not one to change".

Take it easy if you want to stay healthy

Exercise can damage your health if you're not careful. That was the message from Junior Health Minister John Patten at a conference at the Pineapple Dance Studios in London.

The government, he said, was now anxious to drive unskilled and unprofessional teachers out of business since there was mounting evidence that they are doing enthusiastic pupils far more harm than good.

And Mr Patten gave strong backing to setting up a new organisation, the National Association for Health and Exercise Teachers (ASSET) which intends to establish safety standards in what has become a multi-million pound business.

Mr Patten's recipe for health? Correct exercises "carried out in a proper framework", and preventive medicine to reduce the level of lung, heart and other diseases and a balanced diet.

Maggie and Ken in verse

Despite being implacable political foes Margaret Thatcher and Mr Ken Livingstone are joining forces to aid starving children in Africa.

Both have written funny poems to feature in "The Children's Book", a 64-page illustrated volume due to be launched in September by Princesse Anne, president of the Save the Children Fund.

Mrs Thatcher offers her little readers a sharp admonition to hold fast to their chosen course come what may. Her poem reads:-
"It's easy to be a starter but are you a sticker too?
"It's easy enough to have a job, it's harder to see it through".
Mr Livingstone famous for his interest in newts and salamanders, gives us:-
"A curious young girl whose name was Amanda
Thought it fun to behave like a green salamander;
But when she ate slugs and hid under rugs
Her mum said 'Amanda that's naughty' and banned her".

God is an employer

A clergyman's wife from St Albans recently had her application form for a Marks and Spencer credit card returned because it did not contain "sufficient information". In answer to the question "Who is your husband's employer?", she had simply written “God”.

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