"The marvelous thing about a joke with a double meaning is that it can only mean one thing."
-- Ronnie Barker
Ronald William George Barker OBE -- The Guardian has lots -- has just shuffled off the mortal coil.
The UK and Australia has lost one of the best naughty uncles we grew up with. A right lad who you wouldn't trust in a pub with your money but who'd you'd always trust in a trench or on a foredeck with your life. Well sort of. The kinda bloke for whom the term "larrikin" was coined if he'd grown up in Straya. Arfur Daley without the bullshit. And with a brillant deadpan delivery of some the finest lines that that great writing team Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais ever penned. Met him once. A bloody nice bloke.
"We'll continue our investigation into the political beliefs of nudists. We've already noticed a definite swing to the left."
The fact there's no need to recount his career here tells you just how well known and loved he was. Sorta like a piece of the furniture. But with a upholstery spring that would pop up just there when the bank manager's wife was getting comfortable.
Ronnie Barker in his own words.
"To get a job where the only thing you have to do in your career is to make people laugh-well, it's the best job in the world"
And it's good night from ... this phrase; time it was ... ahem ... Slade to rest.
UPDATE! Well, "Slade to rest" in your more standard "until something better comes along" kind of way, at any rate. It really is an excellent image, don't you think.