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An Aggers /Johnston moment

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.

My late father and his father could never finish a joke as they found the punch line so funny they were both helpless in laughter long before they reached it.

In my father’s case he would emit a high-pitched siren-type noise that unfailingly brought the house down.

We were studying the difficult subject of the Spanish past tense as there are three of them: a simple past perfect, the imperfect and a historic descriptive tense.

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.

One sentence was “he grabbed my handbag”.

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 dropped in on Bob Tickler whose p/a Polly was visiting.

I told them the puerile joke but my consolation was they thought it very funny.

About Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway will be reporting on Sussex sport. He is a member of the 1901 club at Brighton HAFC, Sussex County Cricket Club and an enthusiastic horse race goer. After selling his freight forwarding and conference business he settled in Hove. His other interests are bird watching, brass rubbing and bridge. More Posts