Oops. Howzat / I Will Survive

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Howzat‘s Kerry Packer was so ahead of his time that when he met the Australian Cricket Board, the honour roll behind him showed the names through the 80s, 90s and 2000s. What a guy.

Meanwhile, TEN’s I Will Survive had “Cabret performer” Tom Sharah last night, which followed a typo on the word “Jeckyll” the night before (damn them typos, know how it feels!).

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  1. A number of mistakes: 1. Outside Broadcast vehicle interior contained 90’s Betacam SP machines and sony era monitors. 2. B&W television set was displaying a color picture (1977 many people still had B&W sets). 3. Media Scrum in the uk, had an RCA tk76 camera, rarely used in the UK, and only just released at the NAB in america in 1976, it took many years until these were established and in use outside the U.S. The other common mistake i see in any of these “period” dramas is the overdressing of people, if you look at archival footage of “real people on the street” in the 70’s, I’d estimate only around 1 in every 5 people actually wore way out dressy 70’s clothes, with a bulk of them perhaps apart from haircuts, passing for someone today. But then again this is fiction I guess and in the end its more to do how they want you to remember things, than what the reality was.

  2. @SusanP, LOL, whatever happened to “dead set”??? Another of those ’70’s expressions that has gone the way of typewriters (another relic of the ’70’s). It was also very common back then for girls to describe other girls they didn’t like as “sluts”, it was interchangeable with “mole”. The worst swear word from my adolescence was the c word, followed very closely by f***wit.

    @DavidKnox, I think I remember “Spunky” magazine, I vaguely recall an Aussie magazine from my youth that used to have stories about David Cassidy, Bobby Sherman, Johnny Farnham and assorted other pop stars. Aimed at tween girls, like “Dolly” magazine.

  3. @The Moops…”deadshit”. laughed at the memory and I used to say “dead set” almost obsessively.

    @Cam Reed…I admit to not being a fan of Lette’s. To coin something I heard in a series recently ‘The middle classes get terribly carried away over sex”. 🙂

    re sharpies…..there were widgies and bodgies too! Widgie and Bodgie were a hang-over from my parents youth and were more around late 50’s and 60’s I think. “mod” was a 70’s word.

  4. @Cam Reed, we had lots of Sharpies here in Sydney, too. They were a western suburbs phenomenon. I remember almost coming to grief with a bunch of them at the Prince Alfred Ice Skating Rink when I inadvertently insulted one of them by commenting on her distinctive hairstyle.

  5. What a spunk! Haven’t heard that used for years.Thank you to those who reminded me of that one.Memories,so funny.I remember using the term,what a whacker on occasions,many decades ago.

  6. I know growing up spunk was used at school when I was there in the 70’s in Melbourne, however as far as Sydney goes not sure as we quite a number of Sharpies around then and maybe it was particular to here because of that.

    I guess the only way to be definitive about the use of the word hot or spunk for that time, would be to go back and see what Kathy Lette used in her book (or perhaps the 1981 film), anyone got the book laying around per chance.

  7. @David Knox, LOL! yeah, that one was Very common! Also heard another expression last night that I had not heard in decades, when one of the girls described their headmistress as a “deadsh*t”. Such a great expletive and put-down, I’d forgotten all about it!

  8. I was a teenager in the mid-late 70’s in Sydney and good looking guys were described as “spunks”. I do not ever recall the expression “hot” used to describe boys back then. Likewise, one of the characters last night used the expression “titted me off” to describe fooling around with a boy. Never heard of that, it may have been unique to the Cronulla area where the show is set. Other than those two anomalies, the slang is spot-on ie mole, rack off, go round with me, pashed, all words we used back then.

  9. @Tony Bee…etymology 101? 🙂 Whilst that is true, terms slide in and out of usage. The word ‘slut’ was still being used in the occasional Brit TV series of the 70’s to describe someone very slack and untidy but few young people would have thought of messiness if it had been used in Aussie in the same era.

    I simply don’t recall the use of the word “hot” to refer to someone attractive back then. ‘spunky’ was one word I remember. “He’s soooo spunky!”

  10. Mole and moll also mean two different things of course but it was always mole…

    And being called a ‘prawn’ was in back then too. Not a term I’ve heard for donks. Oh dear, I think I’m about to regress……

  11. simmo3…true. I noticed a similar issue recently when watching a DVD. I just knew the word wasn’t around when we were teens. Let’s presume there will be no ‘fully sicks’ etc in the script. 🙂

  12. There were a number of other errors in Howzat.

    The glaring one I noticed was when Kerry was standing in the middle of Lords.

    While the actors were super imposed, the image of lords is actually quite recent and shows grandstands and buildings that didnt exist during the 70’s.

    Additionally, they showed shots of the exterior of VFL park. Prominently included in the shot is the VFL legends mural which wasnt installed onto the stand until 1984.

    I will also be a little bit more pedantic and suggest VFL park never had bitchumen car parks, they were always grass and an absolute pain to drive on during winter.

    I am sure I will pick up even more errors in an otherwise excellent show!

  13. “Jeckyll” isn’t a typo – someone just doesn’t know how it’s spelt. Prob same with “Cabret” – “Cabraet” would be a typo.

    Good find with the honour roll.

  14. Nice pickup! I love that sort of thing.
    I confess I love watching TV with a critical eye to continuity and similar errors, you know, jet contrails in the sky in the 1800’s and suchlike.
    Not out of meanness though, I just have an eye for detail and I’m easily amused…..

  15. Nine is by far the worst at “typos” and straightout gramatical errors.
    That none of the crew of thousands picked up the KP goof is weird.
    It was a great piece of fiction, perhaps science fiction.

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