Saturday, 8 September 2012
Mrs FB thought a painting would be nice. As FB put his easel up and looked to get to work, she added in clarification, '....by a proper artist.' So there could be no doubt. FB's expressionist study of doughty groundsman at work in the midday sun will have to await another commissioner.
A more interesting co-birthday holder is the great comic actor Peter Sellers, one of FB's all time favourites.
Regretably Sellers was not a cricket fan. In the movie What's New Pussycat, Sellers plays a psychiatrist treating Peter O'Toole who attempts to convince him that he is not in need of psychiatry by the means of reciting the laws of cricket. Sellers as the psychiatrist listens patiently before asking 'Cricket? Is there any sex in it?' 'No,' says O'Toole, 'cricket is a game for gentlemen played by gentlemen.' 'Then it is sick....sick.'
As far as FB is concerned, Peter Sellers' greatest performance was in Stanley Kubrick's Doctor Strangelove. Which was not a cricket movie. Despite this, it also carries the approval of Mrs FB.
Here is a birthday present in the form of a clip from this great movie.