Sunday, 28 March 2010

WELL, B*GG*R ME!

For those of you not on Twitter and who missed the Best Inappropriately Funny Story of the Last Ten Days: the Times carried a report on the latest sex abuse scandal, this time involving the Vienna Boys Choir and gave the story to a reporter named--- well, see for yourself...


Roger WHO?

Yes, it really does say Roger Boyes!


Oh, dear! However, unlike the widely-circulated urban myth that Captain Pugwash featured a character named 'Roger the Cabin Boy', Roger Boyes really is the name of a thoroughly respectable journalist.

Next time a story like this comes up, Roger, I'd take a vacation if I were you --- and avoid Vienna!



Thanks to Twitter-tweeter, Irascible Ian for the bottom line on this story.

9 comments:

SharonM said...

Thanks for the laugh, Brian and II - though it was a very serious matter for the victims.

Great to have your Blog for a bit of cheer, as here in Beautiful Gran Canaria, my father is in hospital, probably with cellulitis and our holiday is somewhat disrputed.

Brian Sibley said...

Oh, Lor! I do hope people didn't think I was being flip about the abuse cases... :(

Well, if any one did, then I wasn't! But absurdities - particularly in the press - are no respecters of decorum.

So sorry to hear about your Dad. Does this mean you are having to spend all your time in the hospital instead of being in the sun? Poor things: all of you...

Hope he gets well enough to travel back OK. I have had several bad bouts of cellulitis and it is excruciatingly painful.

Suzanne said...

I can just imagine Sister Patricia's reaction if we had abandoned choir practice for games back in my convent days! OUCH!
Loved the clip!
stousine: the ribbon hanging from the back of a boy's sailor hat

Brian Sibley said...

I doubt the VBC are allowed to do that either (or kick balls around inside the palace) other than when they are making TV football commercials!

The really scary bit is when the choirmaster has a go with the ball in the empty room and you just hope that he isn't going to reduce that exquisite chandelier to a rubble of crystal dust!

Eudora said...

But, dear Brian, the Wiener Sängerknaben has nothing to do with the Catholic Church, it's a private organization. (Well, if you meen Catholic Church with "latest Catholic") Unfortunately these monsters are not only hiding in the Church.

Brian Sibley said...

Thanks, EUDORA, I've amended the posting accordingly.

Boll Weavil said...

Oh dear, I laughed without a thought to whether I was being disrespectful to anyone.
Sorry to hear that Sharon M's holiday is disrupted. I was in Gran Canaria last week - the temps were pretty high then at 33 degrees so its not a place to have around a hospital. Hope things are not too serious and she rescue some of her holiday on that beautiful island. Meant to send you a photo I took there actually....
PINEGAL A person who poses as a photographic subject whilst thecameraman shoots the subject he is really interested in as discreetly as possible.

Good Dog said...

Apologies too, but it did make me laugh.

...the widely-circulated urban myth that Captain Pugwash featured a character named 'Roger the Cabin Boy'...

My copy of The Golden Age of Children's Television from 1991 has a big CORRECTION, CAPTAIN PUGWASH sticker over what should have been a box with the list of characters, offering an apology to John Ryan. Nice to see the author did his research.

Brian Sibley said...

Well, BOLL and GOOD DOG, you're in good (or, perhaps, bad company) by laughing about the name but, I'm sure, not the content of the story...

By the way, GD, rare copies of The Golden Age of Children's Television can occasionally be found without the sticker before they were forced to put right that astonishing error...