In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- The curler-wearing charlady, played by Jean Alexander, lived with husband Stan in a house decorated with her famous flying ducks and treasured Alpine ‘muriel’.
- They spent much of their time moving forwards on their knees - much as the infiltrating Japanese must have done - and those wires broken without comment from the charladies were noted by observers.
- The comedy drooped a little after this, when Sugden's charlady character, Lil, just given an MBE for services to the House of Commons, gossiped with a statue of Churchill and then celebrated her award at a drunken party with Vi and Min.
- Sir Michael arrived 30 minutes early for yesterday's ceremony so he could drive around his old neighbourhood, where his father was a fish porter and his mother a charlady.
- She works as a charlady for well-off, upper-middle-class women, and she lives a fairly austere, but comfortable, life with her husband, Stan, a mechanic in his brother's garage, and their grown-up children, Sid and Ethel.
- Caine's mother was a charlady, so the scenes in the rural pile in the movie had a far deeper resonance for him than mere film-set nostalgia.
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