Monday, September 1, 2014

Labour Day Special: Top Five Coronation Street skivers

please note: no spoilers were used in the preparation of this post

In recognition of Labour Day, Blanche's Polish Hip is proud to present our Top Five list of Coronation Street skivers. Obviously this is a tough challenge given the vast number of labour-averse characters who have appeared on the show over the years. Still, here are our picks for the Top Five Corrie skivers.

1. Stan Ogden
Stan was the lovable husband of Hilda Ogden and a mainstay on the show for 20 years. Known for a mysterious bad back which got worse at the prospect of labour and a fondness for alcohol, Stan set the standard for avoiding work. Think of him as the Roger Bannister of skiving.

2. Jack Duckworth
Another veteran who was beloved by Corrie fans, Jack was known for his pigeons, his no-good son and his philandering. Jack ostensibly had a job 'working' as a cellarman at the Rovers, but in reality the cellar became his skiving 'HQ' from where he operated his work avoidance empire.

3. Eddie Windass
Never knowingly worked a day in his life. Eddie preferred a life of leisure to hard graft, much to the consternation of his wife, Anna. Eddie spent most of his time working scams, drinking and smoking. He was however an excellent baker of cakes. Go figure.

4. Vernon Tomlin
Vernon was a drummer and managed to become Liz McDonald's boyfriend. The word 'work' wasn't in Vernon's vocabulary although he was the creative genius behind the smoking shelter at the back of the Rovers. Vernon married Liz although Jim McDonald tried to prevent the nuptials by beating Vernon to a pulp (so he did).

5. Les Battersby
Les looked at life as an opportunity to get 'compo' for doing nothing. Wife of Janice and father of Leanne. Les stole drugs, assaulted Ken, worshiped the Status Quo and killed a turkey. And that's just for starters...

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