Back to Keef


Mr Mook has emailed to ask about that Desert island Discs. At the end he does the usual thing choosing a book which is Doctor Dogbody’s Leg by James Norman Hall

Speaking about it, KR explains the book is a collection of tales about how the Dr lost his leg, and he adds something about him being an 18th Century sailor and “Portsmouth pbvsgfjfkfoe” – or something like that. Mr Mook cannot work out what KR says and neither can MRA or I …

Anyone got a clue? It’s at the end of this link



Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

7 thoughts on “Back to Keef

  1. In his inimitable vocal style he was explaining that it was based in a mythical Portsmouth tavern, called the Cheerful Tortoise. Written in the 1940s I believe by James Hall, co-writer of Mutiny on the Bounty. I’ve tried to find it but it seems to be out of print and unavailable. I thought it was bound to be a free e-book, but sadly not!

    All in all I thought it was a nice ending to his choice of discs.

  2. Does he not mumble ‘Portsmouth Pardner’ (as in ‘partner’)?
    Incidentally, check out the broadcast with Charlie Watts as a castaway. He comes across as a really super bloke – great choice of music and even includes a piece of cricket commentary from John Arlott.

  3. Not a Portsmouth Physician then?

  4. The nearest I got was ‘pardner’ but not sure

  5. Incidentally, this book (and a paperback at that!) is available from Amazon at a bargain price of £999.11.
    Any takers?

  6. Second hand from ABE Books , used hard cover . £467.11. But!! While on EBay I came across ‘ A dialogue betwix Timotheus in Defence of Dr. Fullwood’s Legas Angliae against the Vindicator of Naked Truth, stiling himself Phil. Hickeringill (1681). So if anyone needs a name for a new band…………….!

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