Time for a little ‘dry’ humour – the use of English words by the Swiss.
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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!
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)
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:
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.
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
On the basis that “the old ones are the best ones” where humour is concerned, a step back in time:
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.