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    Posted 6 months ago

    Simonc
    (160 items)

    A great little glass ashtray for one of the UK's most popular bitter beers. Interestingly, this 'Big John' is a north of Britain item as the ad campaign was divided into a real north/south split created to appeal to the broad demographic of those two regions. The 'northern' 'Big john' used a reworking of the classic US hit, whereas the 'southern' campaign used a dour, rather stereotypical Northerner/Yorkshireman called Arkwright.
    I'm glad I found this as it brought back a lot of memories of this beer and the great campaign it used.

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    1. keramikos keramikos, 6 months ago
      Simonc, Cool.

      When the Beatles "Hard Day's Night" movie first opened in the U.S., I was still a little girl, and a lot of the British cultural references in the film went right over the top of my head.

      One of those was the scene where Ringo threw a brick into the Thames, and after a passing policeman on a bicycle chastised him, Ringo was heard to call the policeman in derision, "Southerner" (1:40-1:59):

      Ringo's Theme, (This Boy)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIvEc4yhdpM

      No doubt that was immediately understood by British audiences, but I suspect that a lot of people in the U.S. at that time didn't understand that the Beatles as Liverpudlians were Northerners, whereas the policeman as a Londoner was a Southerner.

      But I digress:

      BIG BAD JOHN ~ Jimmy Dean (1961)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnnHprUGKF0
    2. Simonc Simonc, 6 months ago
      'Every mornin' at the mine, you could see him arrive, he stood six foot six and weighed two forty five..."
      @kermamikos: yes, you're right. That North/South divide has existed and still exists to this day. Being a Halifax boy and a proud Yorkshireman, I'm definitely a northern lad at heart.

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