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I often use the expression, 'The comfortable routine of early old age', when describing activities that give me and my lady constant pleasure. One of those pleasures is watching the quiz show, 'Pointless', which we do almost every day of the week. Jenny grimaces when the things I have knowledge of come up, subjects like History or Politics, knowing for certain that when they do I will not be able to resist what she and my children call my annoying smirk. Yesterday we were watching it when a question came up that required the contestants to call on their knowledge of that wonderful western film, 'The Magnificent Seven', I didn't smirk, but I smiled, as my mind flew back in time to what is one of my favourite memories.
The memory involved my three brother's and I sitting in a pub called, 'The Tavern Jem', sipping what my brother Gordon called laughing beer. It was a lunchtime and Gordon had posed the question for us to name the actors who had played the parts of the seven heroes in that famous 1960s film. Brother Bob kicked off with, "well there was Flint Eastwood---". Brother Len interrupted with, "its Clint not Flint". "Surely its Flint", Bob insisted, "I tell you its Clint, Clint Eastwood", stated an adamant Len as the argument grew to involve other people in the pub. It grew in its intensity until Gordon calmly informed everyone that whether it was Flint or Clint Eastwood, it didn't matter, for that actor did not even appear in 'The Magnificent Seven!'
The laughter that erupted throughout the pub was a treat to behold. It was a perfect example of the sense of humour shared by the Tuffs' family, although I had a suspicion that some of the other people in the pub were laughing at us and not with us. That didn't matter at all, for it was a fun moment for the brother's four and as I went to the bar to buy some more laughing beer I could hear the voices of the remaining three, as they tried to name the actors who made up, 'The Magnificent Seven'. That lunchtime was an absolute joy, it seemed that everything we spoke of had some amusing twist and there was no doubt we added to the merriment of the pubs other customers, as well as increasing the landlords profits.
I kept out of the seven actors debate, with the exception of the occasional stirring of the argument, for I knew I knew all the actors. For those of you who are interested I have listed their names below.
As of today, in February, 2012, only one of the above is still alive. Can you name him? (No Bob, its not Flint McQueen!)