Welcome to Micro Bookends 1.42. Some quintessentially British prompts this week: bawdy comedy and rain. Remember to keep calm and…
The Carry On franchise is a series of thirty-one British comedy movies made between 1958 and 1992. All the movies were filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire with location shots filmed within a few miles of the studio. By the late 1960s, at the height of the franchise’s popularity, location shots were filmed in such exotic locations as the Snowdonia National Park (the foot of Mount Snowdon acted as the Khyber Pass in Carry On Up The Khyber), and Camber Sands on the Sussex coast (acting as the Sahara desert in Carry On Follow That Camel.) The movies followed a predictable pattern of farce, double entendres, slapstick, parody and mild nudity, and featured a recurring cast, including Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Hattie Jacques and Barbara Windsor.
Barbara Windsor MBE, who celebrates her 78th birthday today, is responsible for perhaps the most memorable scene from the Carry On movies, in Carry On Camping. Windsor is also well-known for playing the no-nonsense pub landlady, Peggy Mitchell, in the long running British soap opera, EastEnders. In her early life, Windsor was associated with the East End London crime scene. She had a brief relationship with Reggie Kray (half of the infamous Kray twins) and Ronnie Knight, an associate of the Krays, was the first of her three husbands.
Let’s wish Barbara a very happy birthday with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with CARRY and ending with ON and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘Who is the author?’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
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Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation, including hyphens and apostrophes, is allowed) will be eligible to win.