Sunday, July 26, 2009
STORYHEART SUNDAY UK BLOG - TICKETY-BOO
Yesterday I was hunting around for a copy of a song I heard a while ago thinking to replace the opening music for my “Book and a Chat” radio shows which currently is set to “Tea for Two”. The reason being, the show is aimed to be a friendly chat between two friends over a cup a tea/coffee. The guests I have had so far and the show has been running since February with over forty shows so far and a waiting list for guests going into November.
Anyway I was looking for a song called “Tickety-Boo” by one of my favorite singers Ralph McTell, who sang the song along with Billy Connolly with the launch in October 18th 1999, Tickety-Boo is tea. The sales of this tea in eighteen months after the launch, Tickety-Boo had already raised over £50,000 to help children in India, China, Romania and Tibet.
The song not only starts with a whistling kettle coming to the boil but has such wonderful lines as…
“A little cup and saucery is magic in the morning.”
“Tickety-Boo, isn't that nice? The only cup of tea that makes you feel good twice. “
Needless to say I could not find my copy (old cassette) nor find a place on line to purchase or down load the music.
Today I did find the old cassette, and also why I had not played the music as the cassette due I would guess to little fingers was broken.
So while I hunt the internet for another copy I though I’d check up on the meaning of
This is the best I have found…
There are a number of theories regarding the origin of the expression "tickety-boo" (also sometimes spelt "ticketty-boo", tiggity-boo") meaning "all in order, satisfactory, as it should be." or " Everything is going fine"."Things are proceeding smoothly or quickly".
It appeared in the early 1920s, well before World War II, and was in general use by the 1940s. It is still used in UK by people of "a certain age" and therefore has become rather old fashioned.
There is the theory that it is a relic of the British colonial presence in India and it may have originated in the British military. One of the most accepted and common theories about "tickety-boo" connects it to the Hindi expression "tikai babu" or "tickee babu" meaning "Everything's alright, sir".
So this week when people ask how you are feeling,just tell them.
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