Saturday, April 18, 2009

Farewell Sir Clement

Cranberry Terrace today,
one-time site of the Berkley Hotel in Southampton.

I was sorry to hear of the death of Sir Clement Freud, dog food advertiser, wit, cookery expert, one-time Liberal MP and as Keith Hamilton reports, director of the Berkley Hotel in Cranberry Terrace (now, in a microcosm of what Southampton has become, a mix of private flats and social housing...).
As well as running great gastronomic feasts there, Sir Clement also ran one cookery demonstration at the Southampton Guildhall that attracted over 500 people as well as making a number of TV programmes from the old Northam TV studios.
He was a regular of the long-running BBC comedy radio programme 'Just a Minute' the Panel game in which the contestants are challenged to speak on a named subject for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition.
As the Daily Telegraph note, Freud was a brilliant joke teller. Some of them can be seen and heard HERE.
my favorite was on 'Just a Minute' he told a joke about how he had been asked to address a public meeting. One particularly bad tempered old Socialist barked out from the back of the room, 'Why are you so fat?'
'Because every time I sleep with your wife she gives me a biscuit.' Clement Freud replied.


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