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Myles & Rudge Ltd

 
 
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Strip 3732 was published in the Evening Standard in March 1973 and in More Bristow

Mr. Myles and Mr. Rudge pause to review progress on their extension

Mr. Myles and Mr. Rudge own the company sited across the street from the Chester-Perry building. They are amiable and visionary gentlemen, determined to own the highest building in the city and yet prepared to give their builders, the Blondini Brothers (Scaffolding to the Gentry) a free hand in the project. "Salt of the earth, the British workman"

Hearing that a developer, Mr. Barry Byams, was intent on making his new skyscraper Middle Apex two stories higher than theirs, Myles and Rudge wasted no time in instructing the Blondinis to add another three. They did this by shouting upward from the street - strip 4012
Strip 4012 was published in the Evening Standard in February 1974 and in Bristow Extra. This scan is from the Melbourne Age February 1974.
.

For two men who have worked so long together they have an oddly formal relationship. "Nice day Mr. Myles" "Certainly is Mr. Rudge". Mr Myles is definitely a bit of tearaway, keen to take on curvacious temps whilst telling his wife he is working late. As strip 4471
Strip 4471 was published in the Evening Standard in September 1975. This scan is from the Melbourne Age published October 1975.
shows, this makes his partner somewhat upset.

How Myles and Rudge can remain in business whilst pouring unlimited funds into the building works is a mystery. As indeed is the nature of that business.They do sell something to Chester-Perry's, but we do not know what. Bristow knows that M&R is the office over the street but does not appear to realise that they are also people he is supposed to be chasing up, until one fine day... strip 1217
Strip 1217 was published in the Evening Standard in December 1964. Apologies for poor quality of scan

They did one year land a £10m export order, to Sir Reginaldís approbation. And in October 1967 the businesses are joined in another way for Mr. Myles daughter Fiona becomes engaged to Robin Chester-Perry. Bristow learns about it whilst reading Daily Things, dashes to the typing pool where the disappointed girls can only pour scorn, then becomes alarmed at what might happen should the two mighty corporations merge. Fiona proceeds to have a series of stupid accidents in her sports car, including denting both Sir Reginald's Rolls-Royce and a C-P delivery lorry, but eventually the happy couple marry leaving a vast crowd in tears (including the traffic warden putting a ticket on the Rolls outside the church)

Staff whose offices face the street can see directly into the Buying Department at Chester-Perrys. This is both useful and irritating to them. Useful because they can judge the time of day according to Bristow's sleep breaks and irritating because unlike the lazy buying clerks, staff at M&R do appear to do a decent day's work for their pay.  

Footnote:
I am indebted to two posters on the BBC7 messageboards who marked the passing, on 10 October 2007, of a songwriter called Myles Rudge, author of the immortal Hole in the Ground and Right said Fred. He was, it seems, the inspiration behind the naming of Chester-Perry's neighbour.

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