The comedian Linda Smith has died:
Her roots, in Erith, south-east London, were working-class, but she stubbornly refused to fit any stereotype, her deadpan diatribes about everyday irritations resonating with millions.I remember Linda Smith for one joke in particular, which I borrowed here. There's a tribute by Jeremy Hardy, and some words here from Laurie Taylor:
She had a wealth of subjects to grumble about: motorway service stations, the trains, inane daytime television commercials for sun awnings or loans, all delivered in a downbeat fashion that belied a penetrating insight to social trends.
One of her great loves was modern jazz, a passion we shared. Not only was she one of the busiest and most successful comedians in the country but she still found time to be a tireless promoter of humanism.Linda Smith was President of the British Humanist Association.
Update: See now here.