Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Linda Smith and her knitting mother

Gutting to hear last night of Linda Smith's death at just 48. There's a very touching obituary in today's Guardian by fellow comedian Jeremy Hardy.

I'll never forget seeing her on Room 101, where she spoke of her mother's knitting habits: as the daughter of another addicted knitter who also kitted out her child in excessive amounts of home-knitwear, I rolled with hysterical laughter at her description: "It was like Tourette's with her - she wasn't in full control of it."

Smith will be much missed.

7 comments:

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Quite. She was great live, and on the radio. My abiding memory is a News Quiz moment, with Jeffrey Archer the topic of discussion - around the time he came out of prison - and someone said 'I'm not sure we should be giving him the oxygen of publicity', and Linda came straight back with 'I'm not sure about giving him the oxygen of oxygen, myself.' Priceless.

Clare said...

Blimey, I had no idea! What on earth did she manage to die of? I shall have to check out obit later on (no time now).

Clare said...

I saw her live in Skegness once, at the Butlin's holiday camp. Twas a political thing. I miss those Skegness dos. This was years ago. Almost twnety years ago. Blimey, how old I am.

Clare said...

Have read the obit now. How very sad. Makes me think of Julia Darling and another friend of mine currently going through chemo. :o(

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Zinnia: LS was president or the Humanist Society, yes?

And I agree about the Archer remark: can think of several for whom "the oxygen of oxygen" remark would equally well apply.

Clare, I hope your friend gets through the chemo okay. When I started work here at the Uni, my boss was diagnosed with cancer and though she got through it - as much as you can ever be 100% sure of having got through it - it was so upsetting to watch her go through the treatments' effects.

And yes, Julia is much missed...

Barry Beef said...

She was really funny and it was a real shock to hear she'd passed away.
I am glad you remembered the Room 101 as fondly as I do too.
There are tributes on Radio 4 in the upcoming days.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Lisa, yes she was, and a very good one too.