Although famous racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan once joked that she was "a real old battle-axe
", Mrs Topham was a formidable but in private very funny woman who was respected and admired in a male-dominated world.
and landed his character with a wife who is a bit of an old battle-axe
AS Oscar Wilde's old battle-axe
Lady Bracknell might have opined: 'To lose two strikers might be regarded as unfortunate, to lose three looks like carelessness.' But that is exactly what happened to Cardiff City at Hull and it finally proved a bridge too far for manager Malky Mackay and his men.
But then again, the grim old battle-axe
had an excuse - she's just managed to get someone to marry her.
"Frank - I'm 62," replied the old battle-axe
, "I'm nobody's babe."
The old battle-axe
is apparently a diehard fan of Huddersfield, who look good for a quick return to the Second Division.
So, to quote that old battle-axe
Maggie Thatcher, let's rejoice in that.
Hugh Morton-Jones, without whom this column would be much the poorer, refers me to Ian Parri's informative and educational article on Warrior Queen Boudica (February 7) in which is described the old battle-axe
's confrontation with the army of Paulinus.
"I would still love to play a blind old battle-axe
in a wheelchair in a TV sitcom."
And he did so to produce a tear-stained script in which the elderly 'old battle-axe
' (her description, not mine) bemoaned the fact that everything she had ever loved in her life had been taken away from her, while also raising several smiles with the summoning up of the spirit of much-missed best pal Ethel.
ONE of the most touching scenes in soap for a long time had to be old battle-axe
Edna's last minutes with her beloved Batley.
Mr Major has many sup-porters for his outburst at the interfering old battle-axe
- but there are dark plots by his opponents to rubbish his memoirs when they helpfully appear at the time of the Tory conference.
Yes, the old battle-axe
has been irritating her son so much that when she genuinely needs help, he reckons it's another of her scams just to get him away from Emily.
It seems that Mrs P was a bit of an old battle-axe
who hated golf with a passion.
For 27 years, the old battle-axe
had fought off Compo's amorous advances in the longest case of unrequited love in TV history.