Good Moaning France!

Good Moaning France! : Officer Crabtree's Fronch Phrose Berk

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Based on a favourite character from BBC TV sitcom `Allo `Allo! In this delightful book, Officer Crabtree's masterly grasp of 'Fronch' falls under the spotlight as never before. From 'Ploose may I hov a kippy of the dooly nosepooper?' to 'frigs logs', 'scrimbled oggs' and 'fosh and chops' the book is a tribute to mangled words and phrases. Arthur Bostrom, who played Officer Crabtree on stage and screen, mixes vowels and pronunciation trying to educate those less gifted in the French 'longwodge'... For example: 'Criss chunnel fairy'... 'Which bonk do you bonk with?'... 'Would you lick a drunk?'.... Illustrated by John Cooper and ideal for travellers and fans of `Allo `Allo! alike, Good Moaning France! is a wake-up call for anyone who thinks they are competent in French (or English or any other language). Readers' questions are answered in Ask Crabtree, there are examples from Crabtree's 'poloce newtberks' and a most unhelpful 'Undex'. In a Foreword music legend Rick Wakeman recalls how he fell off his chair laughing on seeing the character created by screenwriters David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd at the start of the second series (the book is published by permission).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 127 x 178 x 7mm | 114g
  • Winchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 black and white illustrations
  • 1909976598
  • 9781909976597
  • 5,470

Table of contents

Introduction; 1.Out and About; 2.Wartime Phrases; 3.French Language Rules; 4.My Everyday Practice; 5.Everyday Words and Phrases; 6.Going on Holiday to France; 7.All About Banking; 8.Shopping; 9.Living and Working in France; 10.Music; 11.Proverbs; 12.Books; Further Reading; Undex. PLUS: Interspersed with examples from Crabtree's 'Poloce Newt Berks', Ask Crabtree and illustrations.
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`Listen very carefully, you will read this more than once. I loaved it'-- Les Dennis; `I've not laughed at anything like I've laughed at Crabtree ever in my life, this book is "very good nose"'-- Justin Moorhouse; `Buck your fairy trip to Fronce now and take Crabtree's guide with you. A must-read. Hilarious'-- Su Pollard; `DO NOT BUY ZIS BOOK!!! IF YOU DO, YOU VILL BE SHOT!!!'-- Helga.
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About Arthur Bostrom

Arthur Bostrom appeared as Officer Crabtree in eight series of `Allo `Allo! (which is still repeated in the UK and sold to 80 countries worldwide) and also in the stage version. Born in Rugby, he graduated from the University of Durham. As an actor he has appeared in many theatrical, TV and radio productions. He is also a voice-over artist, trained life coach and member of the Royal Geographical Society.
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