Tag Archive: Humour

Have we lost our sense of humour?

From the CoffeeHouse ‘lunchtime expresso’ we learn that former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has apologised for his Ukip calypso song amid claims that it is racist. The song, which the musician performs with a mock Carribean accent, drew complaints from people including Labour MP Chuka Umunna, who branded it ‘distasteful’. The DJ has now requested that his record company remove the single from sale, saying: ‘I am so sorry that the song unintentionally caused offence. It was never meant to, and I apologise unreservedly.’

So one Labour politician chuka his rattle outta de pram over what is a satirical record, consequently the singer apologises and asks his record company to withdraw it from sale? Is not part of British humour poking fun at others? If a song is written in calypso format then where is the harm in performing it in the style of those that originated it?

I do not recall any outcry at the time Lance Percival performed topical calypsos (with a mock Caribbean accent) on That Was The Week That Was. Neither do I recall any outcry at the antics of Charlie Williams (The Comedians) whose humour was  often at his own expense and particularly his colour – and who would respond to heckling by saying: If you don’t shut up, I’ll come and move in next door to you.

Umunna considers himself a Brit – to which one can only say: Chuka, me ol flower, first, what the hell has it to do with you; and second, if you don’t like our humour then find a country whose humour you do like.

 

 


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Swinglish

Time for a little ‘dry’ humour – the use of English words by the Swiss.


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Oh for bygone days…….

The main article in Christopher Booker’s regular column in the Sunday Telegraph is, unsurprisingly, about the energy crisis – however a ‘must read’ is a subsidiary article, which is a cri de coeur for a return to the standards of the 60s where culinary cuisine is concerned.

Trust me, it is a ‘must read’ – if just for the humour contained therein!


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Senior citizenship

For those of us who are advancing in years, the following video may well resonate.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv1tMioGgXI


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MacShane: the pryce is right

A little political “tittle-tattle” from James Kirkup’s Telegraph Evening Briefing:

“……Mr Macshane, who left Parliament last year, is currently in a relationship with Vicky Pryce, the former wife of Chris Huhne, another former MP.”

When one’s social, career and emotional life seems to have hit the depths of despair, surely there is a limit to the question: ” Huhne can I turn to?”

Having experienced the “delights” of a close relationship with a woman on three occasions and thus become a cynic on such matters – each of which lasted seven years (which is what I suggest MacShane should get, if proven guilty – but I digress) – perhaps MacShane is just attempting to rub a bit of Vick(y) on his chest in order to gain an insight to “life inside” and thus “ease” his breathing time?

Just a thought…….

Afterthought: One wonders whether the phrase: “come on down” ever passed his lips? (self-administered “slapped wrist” has already followed)


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Getting the message across

Courtesy of Ian Parker-Joseph who comments that it takes a cartoon to get the message across:

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Rapped knuckles

As I reported yesterday Barroso delivered his “rapped knuckles” admonishments to each of the 27 member states, which where Belgium is concerned, courtesy of Pressurop, has prompted the following to appear from Belgian daily De Standaard:

“Belgium escaped a fine for its excessively high deficit, but the Commission made some strict recommendations on May 29, notes Belgian daily De Standaard. Olli Rehn, the Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, asked the Belgian government to slash an additional €3bn from its budget in 2014, to end early retirement and to stop automatically raising salaries to meet inflation. It also asked for the division of responsibility for public spending between the federal and regional authorities to be revised.

The EU wants to see the responsibilities, which are a source of conflict between linguistic communities [French and Dutch speaking], codified in the country’s new public finance legislation.”

 And from Le Soir:

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José Manuel Barroso – “Belgium: No fine, but a €1bn worth of savings to be made. And 30 more days of rain. Next!”

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo – “These rainy days are awful.”

Born in 1958 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (at the time it was still a Belgian colony), Pierre Kroll initially studied environmental science and architecture before embarking on a career as a freelance cartoonist in 1985. Today, he is the resident cartoonist for both the daily Le Soir and the weeklyTélémoustique, and appears on RTBF‘s Sunday current affairs programme, which broadcasts live footage of his work as it is being drawn. He is also popular in France, where his cartoons often feature in Courrier International. In 1986, he was awarded the French Prix de l’humour vache (Caustic Humour Prize), and he won the Press Cartoon of Belgium award for best cartoonist in both 2006 and 2009.


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2013
05/09

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On a lighter note………..

a warning to the fair sex:

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And on an even lighter note, if you want proof that muslims do not believe in sexual equality, then answer me – how many male virgins are there? Just asking…….

H/T Ian Parker-Joseph


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2013
03/23

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A little light relief

What with England letting Wales beat them at rugby and the closing down of coal-fired power stations, it is somewhat surprising that comment on those two events from Max Boyce has not, to my knowledge, appeared.

So, first rugby then coal mines. No doubt nowadays he would not get away with the lyrics of the first although the second would have probably have survived due to its poignancy

 


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2013
01/17

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The problem with the European Union

On the basis that “the old ones are the best ones” where humour is concerned, a step back in time:

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May 29, 2005: when French voters rejected a referendum to decide whether France should ratify the proposed Constitution of the European Union. “Europe would work better without all these Europeans”.

A statement to which they are now adding: “and the bloody Brits!”.

For years, Patrick Chappatte has commented on events inside and outside Switzerland. His work is published in Swiss and international media including the International Herald Tribune, Le Temps and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag.

Ack: Swissinfo.


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