Sunday, June 25, 2006

No more Fanny and Dick!

Have just been listening to the newspaper review on Broadcasting House and they mentioned this Sunday Times story. Basically, Enid Blyton's biographer has said the publishers are bowing to political correctness and sanitising Blyton's work. Among other thing that have been changed, the characters Fanny and Dick from the Far Away Tree stories have been renamed Frannie and Rick.

I can't help but wonder if the Daily Mail will pick up on this and scream about "political correctness gone mad" whilst simultaneously moaning about the moral filthiness of Jonathan Ross saying "wank" and "Thatcher" in the same sentence. Or am I just a cynic?


Ellee Seymour said...

I know an MEP, Geoffrey Van Orden, whose wife is called Fanny. It doesn't worry her.

My friend's son is called Richard, shortened to Dick of course, he doesn't mind either, and he feels flattered when he is called Big Dick!

What an hilarious story. Didn't Enid Blyton use the word "gay" for having a jolly time too?

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Michelle said...

This is big news in Australia this morning!
I am so sad. I grew up with so many Enid Blyton books, and now my daughter is reading Secret 7 and Famous 5. Bloody political correctness gone mental.