All you need to know about Year 10
This week I have the need to mention a different fandom, as I am sure the others are starting to feel left out! Cabin Pressure is a wonderfully written and perfectly executed BBC radio 4 comedy, and it rates very high up on my list of the best creations known to man.Definitely not as high as Sherlock Holmes though, I cannot betray Conan Doyle!
One character in particular stands out for me, and that is Arthur Shappey (played by John Finnemore, who also writes the show). Arthur appears to be an eight year old stuck in a twenty nine year old’s body. He is the steward of the aeroplane and also the son of Mrs Knapp-Shappey (the founder of the single plane charter airline). Arthur is a little dim-witted, but a character loved by all. His irrepressible enthusiasm and cheeriness makes him one of the most loveable of the characters, he may not be the brightest of the bunch, but his childlike approach to his duties and life in general draws the audience in like a moth to a flame.
If there is anything I could admire more about Arthur, it would be his blissful ignorance. He still lives with his Mother and has never had to venture out into the wide world on his own. Coupled with his lack of intellect and childlike personality, he is (in his exact words) ‘Fairly often, just completely happy’ He then proceeds to give examples to the two incredulous pilots of whom he was conversing with. Stating that life is all about the little moments ‘like when you get into a bath quickly and it’s just the right temperature, and you go ahhh’. Now, just like the pilots you are probably ridiculing what I am saying and having doubts as to where this is going. But Arthur makes a good point from saying that he is happy because you get those moments in life all the time, whereas you’re hardly ever in the moonlight with the love of your life blissfully happy because you’re far too busy worrying about it being over. But with the bath moments for instance, there a whole load of them to look forward too.
Sometimes it can be hard to determine whether Arthur is just being a buffoon, or what he says does in fact make sense. However, here I admire his little speech and wonder what it would be like to live in his little bubble of blissful ignorance. Not worrying about anything, and being ‘fairly often, just completely happy’, because the best things in life are the small things that happen every day, moments that you can have plenty of. For example, writing this word of the week (which has accidentally become longer then I intended) in this short time has lifted my mood. To lift it even more I must now go and bury my nose in a Sherlock Holmes book, and maybe even an episode of Cabin Pressure.
Have a good evening!
This made me smile Lucy, so thank you for lifting my evening!
Love it! Lucy: you are a genius! Have you read the new Sherlock Holmes book, ‘The House of Silk’?
Thank you very much No, I have not read it yet. I am always a little cautious about stepping outside of the original canon; it took me about a year to finally give in to watching the Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes movie! Considering the book was written by Anthony Horowitz, I should probably give it a chance. My sister has read it and wholeheartedly recommends it to me, so I suppose as some point I shall get round to it. First though, I must persuade my stubborn mind that Conan Doyle isn’t the only brilliant writer out there!
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