Pulsars and quasars.

Astronomy BBC Four have lately been advertising 'A Night of The Sky at Night' with Patrick Moore giving the full Gamesmaster in sepia colours. Predictably they decided not to call it 'Sky at Night Night' which would have been appropriate but silly. In a similar vain, is this study of 'The Galaxy Song' by Eric Idle. Unsurprisingly, the song gets much of the science right. The study does however forget to analyse the first few important bars, something which I'll attempt to rectify right now:
"Whenever life gets you down Mrs Brown
And things seem hard or tough

Some people made a film about this. "Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely to lead to monarchy crisis." Her nickname in middle of all this was Mrs Brown. So very accurate.

And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft
Slightly inaccurate because people tend to be stupid, obnoxious and daft as anyone who uses public transport in Liverpool will agree.

And you feel you've had quite enoooough.
Well we all have haven't we really?"
That's better. Incidentally, every episode of The Sky At Night since the end of 2001 is archived and watchable at the BBC website. [Idle link via]

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