tweedledum and tweedledee


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tweedledum and tweedledee

Two matters, persons, or groups that are very much alike, as in Bob says he's not voting in this election because the candidates are tweedledum and tweedledee . This term was invented by John Byrom, who in 1725 made fun of two quarreling composers, Handel and Bononcini, and said there was little difference between their music, since one went "tweedledum" and the other "tweedledee." The term gained further currency when Lewis Carroll used it for two fat little men in Through the Looking-Glass (1872). For a synonym, see six of one, half dozen of the other.
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MANY people like myself can see quite clearly through events in the past few months and during the Labour party's conference that Tweedledum and Tweedledee of Downing Street are both caught in their own dilemmas.
After seeing the school's physiotherapy suite and choir practice, the royal couple were treated to two mini-ballets performed by all students - Sir Frederick Ashton's Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and a grand defile choreographed by Mikhail Tchoupakov.
Daniel Rye and Anthony Wilkes also make a cute double act as Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
There are loads of laughs when Michael O'Hare and David Justin appear as wacky Tweedledum and Tweedledee, accompanied by Rachel Peppin as Alice with music by Percy Grainger.
OASIS brothers NOEL and LIAM GALLAGHER will shortly be immortalised - as Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
He added: "Both Tweedledum and Tweedledee plan damaging cutsin Scotland 's frontline services.
The movie features Depp as the Mad Hatter, Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Australian rising star Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Little Britain star Matt Lucas who plays Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Lucas - playing Tweedledum and Tweedledee opposite Depp's Mad Hatter - said of plans for a Little Britain film: "We thought it would be interesting to make a movie where we play lots of characters.
THE Mad Hatter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee will be joined by magicians and entertainers for an afternoon of fun in Edgbaston to put a smile on children's faces.
Galloway and Pete "Let's start a war for the sake of it" Burns deserved to be supported, simply because they were up against Tweedledum and Tweedledee (or Chantelle and Preston) and Michael "I think I'm gonna cry" Barrymore.
The Mad Hatter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the fantastic lobster band and the baby that turns into a pig are just some of the nonsensical chapters played out on stage.
Frederick Ashton's Tweedledum and Tweedledee double act was wonderfully droll as always and took an appreciative house along with it.
Thus Little Britain's Matt Lucas plays both Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Stephen Fry is the grinning Cheshire Cat, while Michael Sheen's White Rabbit looks drained with the stress of being permanently late.
On her way across the board to become a Queen herself, she encounters Tweedledum and Tweedledee, a plate of singing oysters - and even rumours of the fearsome Jabberwock.
Then there were clips from Sylvia along with an amusing piece, Tweedledum and Tweedledee by Frederick Ashton.