For many the funniest-ever broadcast was when Jonathan Agnew and Brian Johnston lost it in a fit of giggles after Aggers said Ian Botham could not quite his leg over. I later found out that the producer was less than amused and the two were never paired again. Yet even today when I hear it I dissolve into laughter. I also heard when Johnners was in coma they played him that tape.
In my father’s case he would emit a high-pitched siren-type noise that unfailingly brought the house down.
Needless to say the class could not work which one was appropriate. The exercise was to provide the police with a statement about a theft.
My neighbour, a lady with whom I am on good terms and would describe as a”laugh”, said “The best I can do is ‘he grabbed my bolsa …’” (Spanish for handbag). I replied that I hoped it was not too painful.
This made us dissolve into peals of laughter. She recovered but I did not. The more I tried to eliminate from my mind the silly joke the more I laughed, especially as I could hardly explain it to the class.
No doubt at school Teacher would have me to leave the class but I was supposed to be an adult now.
Even on the journey home I had difficulty in controlling the wheel.
I told them the puerile joke but my consolation was they thought it very funny.