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March 08, 2004

Maesteg

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The Raging Kraut and the Flea were talking at cross-purposes in comments to a recent Kraut post. Was or was not Jeff Murdock, a character from Coupling, a Welshman? It turns out Richard Coyle, the actor, is not though Jeff's accent is decidedly Cymric. And now I learn none other than Kylie Minogue herself is of Welsh extraction! Not that I am terribly surprised by the news.

The chart-topper's family are originally from Maesteg, where they ran the village post office. Her grandparents emigrated to Australia in 1955, taking Kylie's mum Carol with them. But Kylie admitted she still clings to her Welsh roots - and thought about taking up the family business.

She said, "I was born in Melbourne but my roots are in Maesteg. ... I think I would probably have been a very good postmistress."

In related happiness, I discover Coupling season one and two are available on dvd. If only some North American broadcaster would take pity on me and air Strange. Must consider my budget for the rest of the month...

And then... It was a horrendous oversight on my part to miss this Abraca-Pocus! farewell post to Jeff (sorry Rue!).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 8, 2004 01:03 PM

Comments

BBC Canada ran Strange last year...It started out promising, but I couldn't shake Jeff Murdock. It was weird to see him play a normal role...

Posted by: Ray at March 8, 2004 04:02 PM

I saw Strange on BBC Canada not too long ago, but I don't believe they're carrying it consistently.

Posted by: Mike at March 8, 2004 07:42 PM

Well there were only six episodes...How long can you constantly run them without oversaturation setting in...

Posted by: Ray at March 8, 2004 09:18 PM

No harm done. Now stop shaking the caravan, Nicholas!

Posted by: Rue at March 9, 2004 02:01 PM