The Glasgow Empire theater was regarded as a tough gig by nervous performers.
An audience of miners, shipyard workers and less well-off families scrubbed up after a hard week's graft and grime, had a few pints and expected to be entertained in return for their hard-earned cash.
English double act Mike and Bernie Winters were so unfunny that they never stood a chance at the Empire. The suave Mike would come on first with his patter which was met with stony silence. Then big Bernie would poke his head in full length with his catch phrase "Choochie Face."
Again silence. Well, he said something a bit stronger than Oh no, but the line what exactly I thought this week when a woman with the Delightful Christian name of Annunziata made a speech calling for "a political revolution at the ballot box."
Her surname? Rees-Mogg. That's right, Jacob's younger sister.
Aargh, there's two of them!
There must be something in politics than two Rees-Moggs. But I just can not think of anything at the moment. Westminster elections but puts the "fear of God" into obituary. Brexit Party formed by Nigel Farage wins campaigns to get Britain their country back.
Farage has abandoned UKIP and formed the Brexit Party. There are so many parties in Britain now that if there is a European election is held, it could soon be one for every voter.
The following exist now: Lib Dems, UKIP, the Brexit Party, Change UK (which the Tory and Labor dissidents who broke away) Renew, The Radical Party,
The Bring a Carry out Party. Okay, I made that last one up, but that's the mess of British politics now, it may just be a matter of time.
Then there's the Conservatives and Labor, but it's hard to call them two parties anymore. The Corbynistas are under challenge in Labor, but they're really riven apart. What, for example, does Ken Clarke have in common with Mark Francois, whose letter stint with the TA allows him to describe himself as a "soldier who was not trained to lose."
The Tory is right now dictating the agenda, with Rees-Mogg and Francois dominating the airwaves with others, including Boris Johnson.
Ah Boris! Darcey Bussell as a judge on Strictly because you know he'd vote only depending on what benefited him.
The strange thing is this motley crew of Brexiteers appearing to be the agenda in the palm of their hands. Possibly, I think, because there is a jingoistic mood among more and more people in England that they want out of the EU now. I stress England, and would suggest that English nationalism is not really too focused on what is the impact of this.
Despite all the words about the precious union, they'll not think twice about putting themselves first.
And so, the Brexit mess shows no sign of ending. We've just been reading about scientists discovering an image of a black hole. One definition I read is: A black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting a strong gravitational effect.
Sounds like Brexit.
On Monday evening I watched with great sadness as fire engulfed the Cathedral at Notre-Dame. There is something very unsettling, disconcerting even, about seeing this historic building being destroyed. With its centuries of art, culture and worship, this place of faith is a symbolic host of many of the things we have. What a scarey feeling of loss in the Holy Week.
As the spire collapsed, a little bit of my heart sank too. It's hard, but important, to remind oneself that it is not building, but our God in our hearts that is really important in the message of Easter.
The palace of Westminster is not burning literally; but the so-called mother of parliament's role in modern democracy is openly called into question. It's a metaphorical destruction and the UK is breaking apart in plain sight.
What, if, would elections solve? If the referendum was to run again, would it heal any divisions, and what kind of government would it be in power if there was a general election?
In Northern Ireland, we want to head to the polls for both European and Council elections. Conversely, there is no doubt that this is the majority of our voting tradition.
So, what are the issues here? Brexit and a Border Poll. And even then, and with no assembly up and running for over two years, the voters will not punish our local politicians.
Have you asked what are you voting for at the Council elections?
So far, I've been two candidates only on my doorstep. One valiantly tried to explain the rates increase and the system is behind it, and it's clearly on issue for many people who are now faced with scandalous increases.
Claims by one of his rival's party What were they doing for the months they were put together, and what was the proposal at the meeting?
The amalgamation of councils what is supposed to save us money, but we're landing with massive increases every year. And why?
Brexit and the varnish of activity at Stormont.
Between Councils Who Do not Go to Work for us, and Assembly, which does not even sit down, Westminster MPs it's disillusioned and disconnected with politics.
All this at a time when attention is needed on our health service, education, jobs and all the other matters which affect people's day-to-day lives.
Instead of voting "for the Union or against the Union" if we voted on these real issues instead, it really would be the "political revolution at the ballot box" that Annunziata Rees-Mogg refers to.
This time, though, I get the feeling there's more chance of getting the O'Connor at the Glasgow Empire.