The pig wake up call

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Discussing with a colleague the important topic of how to rouse an adolescent pig from its slumbers as I walk past the sty of our Oxford Sandy and Black piglets in the morning, he alerts me to the P.G. Wodehouse story Pig-Hoo-o-o-o-ey!, in the Blandings Castle collection. So here is the answer, given to Lord Emsworth by James Belford who is coaching him to the perfect pig cry, the “master-word” in the main dining room of the Senior Conservative Club:

“The first syllable should be short and staccato, the second long and rising into a falsetto, high but true.”

“Pig-hoo-o-o-ey.”

“Pig-hoo-o-o–ey.”

“Pig-hoo-o-o-ey!” yodelled Lord Emsworth, flinging his head back and giving tongue in a high, penetrating tenor which caused ninety-three Senior Conservatives, lunching in the vicinity, to congeal into living statues of alarm and disapproval.

“More body to the ‘hoo,’ advised James Belford.

“Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey!”

So now you know…

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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  1. Good post. Reminds one of contented pigs. The mention of Keith Budge (no offence meant) brings back memories of Rev Aubrey Upjohn and Ms Tomlinson.

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