Good Moaning France: Officer Crabtree's Fronch Phrose Berk

Good Moaning France: Officer Crabtree's Fronch Phrose Berk


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Now you can 'spook Fronch' like the policeman in ’Allo ’Allo! Based on a favourite character from the BBC TV sitcom. In this delightful book, Officer Crabtree's masterly grasp of Fronch falls under the spotlight as never before. From 'Ploose may I hov a kippy of the dooly nosepooper?' to 'frigs logs', 'scrimbled oggs' and 'fosh and chops' the book is a tribute to mangled words and phrases. Arthur Bostrom, who played Officer Crabtree on stage and screen, mixes vowels and pronunciation trying to educate those less gifted in the French longwodge.

Criss chunnel fairy.

Which bonk do you bonk with?

Would you lick a drunk?

Illustrated by John Cooper and ideal for travellers and fans of ‘Allo ‘Allo! alike, Good Moaning France! is a wake-up call for anyone who thinks they are competent in French (or English or any other language). Readers’ questions are answered in Ask Crabtree, there are examples from Crabtree’s poloce newtberks and a most unhelpful Undex. In a Foreword music legend Rick Wakeman recalls how he fell off his chair laughing on seeing the character created by screenwriters David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd at the start of the second series (the book is published by permission).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909976597
Publisher: Waterside Press
Publication date: 10/10/2018
Pages: 114
Sales rank: 871,494
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Arthur Bostrom appeared as Officer Crabtree in eight series of 'Allo 'Allo! (which is still repeated in the UK and sold to 80 countries worldwide) and also in the stage version. Born in Rugby, he graduated from the University of Durham. As an actor he has appeared in many theatrical, TV and radio productions. He is also a voice-over artist, trained life coach and member of the Royal Geographical Society.

Music legend Rick Wakeman is an English keyboard player, songwriter, presenter and author best known for his many albums released since the 1970s and as a member of the rock band Yes

John Cooper is an illustrator and stand-up comedian based in Manchester. Creating the original comic caricatures of officer Crabtree with Arthur Bostrom adds to his already diverse artwork portfolio which includes TV adverts, music festivals and comic books. You can view his work at

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1.Out and About; 2.Wartime Phrases; 3.French Language Rules; 4.My Everyday Practice; 5.Everyday Words and Phrases; 6.Going on Holiday to France; 7.All About Banking; 8.Shopping; 9.Living and Working in France; 10.Music; 11.Proverbs; 12.Books; Further Reading; Undex. PLUS: Interspersed with examples from Crabtree's 'Poloce Newt Berks', Ask Crabtree and illustrations.

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