Day 59 of the Shoe Challenge – My Powder Blue Tribute to Mrs Slocombe’s Pussy

What do you think of when you see these colours?

Some of you might think of the seaside, or the summer sky or the colour of your first school shirt.

Me, I think of the late great Mollie Sugden and the classic British situation comedy Are You Being Served?

When my husband and I arrived in Australia in March 2000 it caused us no end of amusement to shop in the Grace Brothers store in Sydney.  Half way through the cosmetics department one or other of us would turn round and sponteneously channel  either Mr Humphries or Mrs Slocombe:

Are you free dear?” (Me)

I’m free!” (My Husband)

My Husband:  “May I suggest that you take your underwear down at once?!”

[IN JEWELLERY DEPARTMENT] My Husband: “Oh, look darling!  A diamante collar for your pussy.”

Me:  “Thank you dear. We‘ve got to get home now though.  If my pussy isn’t attended to by 8 o’clock, I shall be strokin’ it for the rest of the evening.”

Ah, the maturity of British Seventies sitcoms.

Sadly in February 2004 a marketing decision was by the Coles-Myer group to rename all its stores including its Grace Brothers stores as Myer stores.

Without the trade mark Grace Bros logo I  have only Mrs Slocombe’s favourite hair colours to trigger my memories of Are You Being Served?

These are some of the colours that I associate with her:  lilac, tangerine, bilious green and regal silver.


But the colour I most associate with Mollie/Mrs Slocombe is powder blue.

It is a difficult colour to wear on one’s head, let alone one’s feet.

As you will recall I am trying not to wear quite so much black and powder blue is about as far away from black as you can get. Even my dad would be pleased with these, I reckon particularly as they are Italian shoes with leather uppers, downers and in-between bits.

Kitten Heeled Sandals by Via Spiga http://www.viaspiga.com/#

Powder blue is quite hard to match with other shades so I decided to go with the a white, cream, ash of roses and cloud grey combo colour scheme to carry off the unaccustomed colour. I was quite chuffed with the outcome, particularly as I am not a pastel kind of girl.

It seems, however, that I hit a bit of a bum note.  I had spent so much time concentrating on the colour scheme to work with my shoes, that I didn’t realise that my skirt is virtually transparent in certain lights. According to my husband you could not only see my knickers but possibly (ahem) a bit more.

And so it seems that Mollie Sugden and the writers of Are You Being Served?   had the last laugh on me.

This should be a lesson to me to concentrate a bit less on my shoes and a bit more on  undergarments suitable for a professional woman, wife and mother of two.

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Mollie Sugden died on July 1, 2009 and within 24 hours Mrs Slocombe’s Pussy became the number 1 trending topic on Twitter until the censors stepped in.

5 thoughts on “Day 59 of the Shoe Challenge – My Powder Blue Tribute to Mrs Slocombe’s Pussy

  1. lol – Are You Being Served is on satellite TV – i’ve seen a few episodes – it’s so awful, but i remember it the first time round, so is exercise in nostalgia when i can bear to let it run – it’s often on before shows i do want to watch.

  2. “I’m free!”

    Since I grew up with Grace Brothers, I never stopped to make that connection with “Are you being served”.

    You tell a damn fine story.

  3. I’m glad to see you also quote “Are You Being Served”. Chris came late to the party, but after meeting me and the family, he has developed an appreciation for most British humor. I think it was a case of adapt and enjoy what was being watched on the TV, or live a lonely and isolated telly free existence.

    I have also, for the record, made him a fan of tatties and mince, bangers and mash, scotch pies, bridies, and fish & chips. Additionally, he has learned that HP is a necessary condiment, and that tea is as vital to good health and happiness as water. He has even, on one occasion, tasted an Irn Bru. I apologized to him for that one.

    So, in honor of “Are You Being Served”, whenever we get in the elevator heading up to our apartment, one of us is bound to start saying…

    “Ground Floor: perfumery, stationary, and leather goods, wigs, and haberdashery, kitchenware and food…going up”

  4. Oh how I loved ‘Are you being served’….great British comedy. I especially loved the gay guy on it too…(forgoten his name) in fact the whole family loved watching it when I was a teenager.
    Thought it was far better than ‘Benny Hill Show’!

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