How lovely to read that bricklayer’s lament again after all these years [turn to page 8 of the March 8 edition].
In the 1950s, it was regularly played on BBC Radio (before TV), but it was very different to the version on your Interval page.
Gerard Hoffnung entertained the Oxford Union in ‘58 (Google it) and, using well-timed pauses, got many a laugh on the (broken?) back of the hapless bricky.
John Johnson, by email