Sunday, February 13, 2011

An Award for Dame Edna !

She's been thrilling and entertaining West End audiences for 3 decades as well as fronting numerous of her own TV series on the BBC and other British networks.

Now Australia's grand Dame Edna Everage has received another award that she has said is as great an honour as when the Prime Minister Gough Whitlam declared the Moonie Ponds housewife to be a Dame of the Empire at a ceremony at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport in 1975.

At London's Simpsons-In-The-Strand restaurant during a ceremony presided over by TV  personality Terry Wogan for the 'Oldie Awards', Dame Edna was declared Oldie Of The Year  while HRH Prince Philip was declared Consort of The Year.

The Oldie is the stablemate publication of the hugely successful British satirical magazine Private Eye. It was started by Private Eye publisher Richard Ingrams in 1992 and presents  the type of articles written by the personalities that often appear in the BBC series Grumpy Old Woman/Men (screened in Australia on the ABC). Where else could one find on sale a DVD of programs with comedian Eric Sykes ?.

As Ingrams says :""After editing Private Eye for over twenty years, I decided in 1992, along with a group of friends (Auberon Waugh, Alexander Chancellor and Stephen Glover), to launch The Oldie. The aim was to produce an antidote to youth culture but, more importantly, a magazine with emphasis on good writing, humour and quality illustration..."

It's an entertaining magazine and well worth reading. You can subscribe by going here and find out who else received awards.

And here once again is Dame Edna in a moment of brilliance :