SOPPY SUNDAY

  1. Sorry, Munguin, I had to bring the kids to work today. The babysitter took a day off!

2. Certain Bulgarian cats enjoying the warmth of cuddles in the pub… as is their right, by birth as Bulgarian cats.

3. Dear Deers.

4. I’m an Elephant Shrew. Can you see my trunk?

5. What a cosy bed.

6. Now that’s what I call Wisteria!

7. Has anyone ever seen a more magnificent Venus Fly Trap?

8. I’m learning to ride and one day I’ll win the Kentucky Derby.

9. Bryce Canyon, Utah.

10. Our mummy doesn’t look much like us, does she?

11. Dakar, Sénégal.

12. Look who has come to dinner, mum. It’s Munguin!

13. Unexpected guest a picnic and this time it’s not Munguin.

14. They are indeed!!!

15. I don’t like to crow, but I am a really handsome bird, don’t you think?

16. You turn up for a photo op and all the idiot photographers are looking in the opposite direction. I ask you! Peoples is thick!

17. Pretty in pink!

18. Perfect spot for luncheon.

19. Odd street lighting in Norway!

20. Finally, the babysitter showed up…

Thanks to Kay, John and Erik.

All Our Yesterdays

  1. Our Derek is in the Green car. Can you tell what it is?

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We ran into a little problem today. It appears that the photo storage on Munguin’s Republic had run out and it wouldn’t accept new photos. I tried deleting some posts from over a year ago containing pics, but that didn’t work, however, Munguin generously said that I could rake some of his second hand gold (inferior quality) from the oubliette and pay WordPress for more access.

It appears (fingers crossed) to have worked… but we shall see. Hopefully we shall have a Soppy Sunday tomorrow…

Munguin’s thanks today go to to Dave A, Dave S, Derek, John and Marcia.

Struth. How completely mad is Kyle?

Probably not, mate.

Much more likely to be that people are at the end of their tether. Unlike you, on your fat salary (heaven knows why) some people can’t afford to eat and can’t afford to heat their houses.

There are ordinary working people who not only have to try to find enough money for eating and heating and all the other expenses of the day, but are also struggling to help out pensioner or sick relatives.

In the mean time, electricity and gas companies make obscene profits, government ministers and their MPs eat subsidies food, drink subsidies alcohol, get their electricity bills paid… and can claim for Christmas parties and royals live like there is no crisis.

Please someone take him into a hospital and let him see how hard it is for short staffed wards to cope with nurses and other staff who haven’t had a proper pay rise in years but risked their lives every day during the Covid crisis.

Let’s just remind ourselves about this bloke, shall we?

In 2005, Kyle moved his format to ITV with a programme also entitled The Jeremy Kyle Show. Members of his production team later accused Kyle of looking down on his guests.[12] He was recorded referring to participants on his show that day as “thick as shit”.[13]

In September 2007, Manchester judge Alan Berg[14] described the show as “trash” which existed to “titillate bored members of the public with nothing better to do”.[15]

In May 2019, the recording and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show was suspended after a guest committed suicide shortly after appearing in an episode of the series. A review of the episode occurred before any resumption of the programme’s transmission,[2] and on 15 May 2019, ITV confirmed that the series had ceased production with immediate effect.[23] It has since been revealed that more guests had taken their own lives following their appearances in this and another programme hosted by Kyle on Channel 5Britain’s Worst Husband.[24]

All quotes for Wikipedia page which also tells us that his father was an accountant and personal secretary to the Queen Mother for forty years.  Which explains where he got his hard right wing views from…

If you’re sick of living in Britbin, you could come and live down here with me.

WHY?

How can MP’s be eating meals at these subsidised prices when I’m seeing elderly patients presenting in A&E on the brink of starvation? Something is very wrong in this country. This from an NHS Nurse of 48 years (BSc(Hons) 1st class, RN in NHS for 48yrs.)

Nanny looking very smart there.

And why did the cost of a steak in the Commons Dining room go down in price in 2021 at the same time as beef had to be taken off the menu in schools in England because it was too expensive?

And why, oh why, above all, are we subsidising alcohol at work for people who are paid over £80,000 a year for sitting on back benches with very little responsibility, except to vote for what they are told (whipped) to vote for and to make deprecating noises whenever an SNP or Alba MP speaks?

And today’s laugh…

And some photographs of a bit of the A93 that was by passed… and through which we walked this afternoon.

The road has all but disappeared.

It was rather wet…

Little waterfalls everywhere.

Baillie Bridge which was starting to look a bit ropey.

And here’s Munguin’s pal, Bertie looking for his breakfast of sultanas and meal worms… to each his own, I say.

MORE RANDOM THOUGHTS

Many people, for various reasons like high inflation and low wage increases, if any, will be looking forward to a rather reduced Xmas celebration this year. And having worked in some of the poorer areas of Dundee, I know how much pressure is on parents at this time of the year to provide their kids with the best that they can afford. This year it may not be much.

Fortunately, however, our beloved royal family will not be among the scrimpers and savers.

Windsor Castle, for example, is clearly unbothered by the cost of electricity and although Snarles has reduced the staff, it appears they have sufficient people on hand to do the work.

Christmas tree No 1.

And Christmas Tree No. 2.

The heating must be on in the castle because these servants are hardly dressed for the cold.

Munguin will just have a vase of flowers on the table.

And of course there will only be one member of staff… guess who.

It’s good to know that while many of his subjects will sit down to rather poor fare for Christmas lunch, if indeed any at all, our gracious sovereign and his charming and HUGE family of hanger on benefit recipients will enjoy nothing but the best. How generous of his loyal proletariat to provide so generously for him.

I wonder it Airmiles the Unprotected will be invited this year now that Mummy’s no longer there.

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Bulls and Bears outside the Frankfurt Börse.

Brenda sent me this story as yet another Brexit bonus hits at the heart of the London economy. (London is a remainer city.)

As the UK is no longer an EU member, the bloc has set out plans to shift processing trillions of euros of derivative transactions from London to Frankfurt as London faces competition from EU financial centres in Paris and Frankfurt.

It seems that, in fact, you can’t actually have your cake and eat it as was suggested by the Boris.

Bonne chance, Paris! Viel Glück Deutschland!

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UK is Germany’s third export market, but we are concerned that trade between Germany and the UK has continuously declined since the Brexit referendum. Britain has traditionally been Germany’s fifth largest trading partner. In 2022 UK will drop out of the list of the TOP 10 (blue line), says the German Ambassador to Britain.

Some more cake just gone stale?

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Embarrassingly, this is on GB News, the Brexit lovers’ channel. As we watched it, more cake went mouldy before we even ate it the first time.

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And to cheer you up, from BLP and Brenda.

And a final laugh…

RANDOM THOUGHTS

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Apparently, we are to have a new duchess for our capital city. Duchess of Edinburgh was one of dozens of titles that Lizzie had. It had been expected that when prince Philip died the dukedom would pass to Eddy of “It’s a Knockout” fame.

However, Charlie grabbed it for himself because, he was only Duke of Cornwall and Rothsay, and how on earth can a bloke get through the day with only two dukedoms?

So now that he’s king and all these lowly dukedoms (except Lancaster, which pays £20 million a year) are a bit beneath him, the rumour is that old Snarles is going to give the title to his granddaughter, Charlotte, who is seven years old and is only a princess (poor thing).

Obviously in those seven years she has done more service for the country than folk that have worked all their days for charity and got an MBE.

When is this nonsense going to stop and Britain move out of the 18th century?

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A voluntary union, indeed!

Well, Elon, mate. You’re kinda doing the advertising for them, for free.

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I see the disgraced English ex-Health Secretary didn’t win that tv show in the jungle. Probably just as well.

His government is insulting the health service enough at the moment by telling them they don’t have enough money (even after all the £350 millions a week that the health service got as a Brexit bonus) to give them at least a cost of living pay rise after the nightmare two years these poor people went through.

Nurses aren’t particularly well paid. These are the figures for England. At the top end, it not bad, but at the lower end… bed pans, wiping noses, taking temperatures and blood pressures and general dog’s bodying, it’s pretty low.

As I was thinking about it I found myself wondering why it was that back bench MPs are paid so much more than nurses, with their £84,144 pa plus a wide variety of expenses, including homes in London, and all the stuff that goes with that, along with subsidised food and alcohol within the workplace and at home… and all for sitting on a bench and jeering, and doing exactly what the whips tell them.

Also, nurses won’t get a single minute off work for the coronation of Snarles. Folk don’t stop getting sick because some medieval nonsense is happening in London.

The proletariat is to get a day off, and apparently MPs and Lords are to be given a week off. But nurses will be holding sick buckets, emptying bed pans and saving lives… as per normal.

Any one know why MPs need a week off for something that will happen one Saturday afternoon??

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Thanks to Dave A for sending me this beautiful late autumn scene. Hopefully that will cheer you.

JUST FOR A LAUGH :)

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WHY did Shakespeare write only in ink?

Pencils confused him – 2B or not 2B.

The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you’ll grow out of it. – Doris Day

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“Due to recent cutbacks, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.”

“Name me three Qatar players.”

“Easy. Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Jimmi Hendrix.”

A limerick now by Thomas Thornely in which he reflects on the unthinkable cash motive behind art:

A Painter encumbered with cash

Said: ‘It’s time to be making a splash.

I can paint, if I care,

Things to startle and scare,

Though I’m fully aware they are trash.’

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Don’t marry for money – a bank loan is cheaper.

Why was Cinderella dropped from the women’s rugby team? She kept running away from the ball.

Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand. – Putt’s Law

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THIS contortionist went bankrupt. He couldn’t make ends meet.

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Munguin’s sincere thanks to: AndiMac, Brenda, Brendan, Erik, John and Graham.

SOPPY SUNDAY

  1. Don’t tell Munguin I’m snacking at work… OK?

2. Månen … The moon in Norway.

3. Awwww.

4. Do I get a star for cuteness?

5. I got a new house. Mind you I’m eating myself out of house and home…

6. Are you following me? I hope you’re not one of those despicable fox hunters!

7. I look even older than Mick Jagger!

8. Mummy loves you.

9. Do you want to be my friend?

10. Medium-sized, tiger-spotted, exceptionally rare short-haired cat.

11. Maybe spoils the landscape a tiny bit, but would you rather have a nuclear or coal fired power station there? Just don’t tell Trumpy. He’ll spend the day looking for dead birds.

12. A litter of Red Wolf cubs born in the wild. Critically endangered species.

13. You wanna bite?

14. Mangroves, Indonesia.

15. More motherly love.

16. Bzzzzzz.

17. These vaporetti are so slow, still, it’s better than getting your paws wet.

18. I brought my baby for Munguin to see. What do you think?

19. I had a accident.

20. I wonder if Jacob Rees Mogg would rent out his Nanny. This is a LOT of work.

21. Wow!

22. Not very often I have to look up at anyone.

23. Shhhh.

24. Right. Job done. I’ve been born. Now what?

25. Now, how do you swim again? I wish I’d paid more attention at school today.

26. Edinburgh.

27. No, it’s my teddy and you can’t have it.

28. I got a job in the duck school, teaching these little ones. They musta thought I was a duck too.

29. This is my best friend. Odd looking dog, but I love him.

30. That’s it. My shift is over. Nice relaxing sauna and jacuzzi in the staff quarters then home for tea.

Munguin says thank you to Dave.

RANDOM THOUGHTS AGAIN

Have you ever wondered why people make dangerous Channel crossings to reach the UK?

It’s the lack of safe routes for most people fleeing war and persecution and you’d have thought that a union, professing to “punch above its weight” in world affairs to keep its seat at the “top table”, would have wanted to be seen participating fully in saving people who are suffering.

But no.

Regrettably the Home Office doesn’t seem to understand that they have to get here to claim asylum. All they seem to care about is demonising people who have to try.

Here’s Suella Braverman spluttering and stuttering her way through the question, from a Tory MP. Yes, there are some decent one.

What on earth is she doing in that job? What has she got on Sunak?

Great Global Britain?

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Bravo Britain. There’s a lesson to the world on how to be great and global and lead the world. Makes you proud, eh? Now follow their lead.

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Oh dear. This is The Noble Baroness, who seems to have profited from the pandemic in a most unaristocratic fashion. Still we shouldn’t actually expect much from her. This is the sort of tweet she was known for in her early days of the dizzy heights of the British aristocracy.

One wonders what the aristocracy is coming to… really, one does.

What would the Dowager Countess say?

Still, she must have impressed Mr Cameron at some point as being an asset to his union.

Just what it was that impressed him, I fear that we shall never know.

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Thank goodness I rarely need to take a train in Great Britain on Great British Railways. It was always the worst transport system I’d ever used in Europe and I’ve been on a lot. But now? Jeeeez.

Like everything else they touch, it’s completely screwed.

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Thanks to Brenda for the cartoon.

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I’m here to cheer you up if you live in Britbin.