And now, to reveal this week’s honours list:


Once again thanks to Heraldic Officer AndiMac and Cartoonist AndiMac, Brenda, John and Erik.

And for another laugh, have a read of this thread on Twitter…


I promise, it will choke you up.

Oh, and a late post from Bulgaria:

58 thoughts on “JUST FOR A LAUGH”

  1. Pic 16 resonates with me.
    I am officially on holiday (vacation) till a week next Wednesday, but I can’t go anywhere.
    Anywhere interesting.
    Like Scotland.
    Scheiß Covid-19.
    Scheiß 2020.

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  2. More funnies from Jimmy F.

    “I’ve just swallowed my wife’s phone.
    She’s going to ring my neck.”

    “I think I just had my first UFO experience.
    I told my wife her cooking was rotten.
    Flying saucers everywhere.”

    “I have put in an application form to become an army sniper.
    Its a bit of a long shot.”

    The 2nd CoA is for John from Catgaria (because I spied the Bulgarian flag!) but the first one foxes me because I can’t find a translation.

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      1. Two better than one? Well DonDon repeats their name so maybe them. Any other name repeaters??? Then there are two heads better than one but the emblem foxes me, it seems to be sunbursts…

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        1. Hmmm, good thinking, although DonDon is only one, he does have two dons in his name (highly educated, huh? I wonder if he’s two of the Oxford Dons!)

          Jim and Arlene maybe, although it’s a while since Jim commented?


        2. PP, in heraldry, sometimes the arms are a play on the person’s/family’s name. e.g., the arms of the de Lucy family display 3 fishes. Back in the past, the name for the fish we now call a pike was a lucie. Today’s first coat of arms can be described as… azure, in chief and in base, a rising sun or, motto in scroll, DUO MELIOR QUAM UNUS ( two better than one). So, two ‘dawns’ better than one – dawndawn = DonDon. So, you’re right.

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          1. Than you, andimac, I am honoured indeed.

            Anyone who wants to know my real name can find it in the last thread, where the subject under discussion is Liechtenstein.

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              1. Once upon a time, there was an English jazz trombonist called Gordon Langford.
                He wanted a shorter professional name, so he called himself Don Lang.
                Now, I don’t play much jazz (though I am quite keen on swing), but I am an amateur trombonist.
                And I am merely following Don Lang’s example . . .


                  1. Yes and no, andimac. I have just checked in Google, and I seem to have been carrying a misconception around in my head for the last forty-odd years.
                    I have confuddled Gordon Langhorn, aka Don Lang, with the composer and arranger Gordon Langford.
                    Similar names, both trombonists.
                    Easy mistake to make.

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        3. Got it! Think of Andi’s punning expertise – two rising suns. What else but ‘dawn dawn’. Congratulations DonDon – and delighted that we should both be so honoured on the same day. I know this will help compensate for your restricted holiday destinations.

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      2. Thank you Munguin, Tris, and of course Andi. I thought that had to be me but didn’t want to be presumptuous and make the first claim. I am deeply honoured and privileged to be inducted into this elite group. The coat of arms is about to be printed and framed to join the MacIan prints that adorn the entrance hall to Zamuk Alba in Srem.

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        1. Well, John, to be fair, it is all down to Andi. He’s the bod in charge. Munguin simply waves his sword (shh don’t tell him it’s a fruit knife) and I only have to pour the wine and sweep up the broken glass afterwards.

          I trust you will enjoy your new-found position of import and stop laughing at the Noble and Gallant Baroness of Baronessness.


          1. I liked Ed’s ‘birkieness’ for her. The theme can be extended to BarYon Birkieness to follow the source “Ye see yon birkie, ca’d a lord…” from A Man’s a Man for a’ That.

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      1. Talking about Ed Miliband, for whom I have little or no time, he tongue-lashed Johnson and left him in that ditch today. I bet Johnson is drowning his sorrows right now while Cummings tells him what he should have said instead of shaking his head.


  3. Virgin engineers(that doesn’t sound right…) have just left and 56mbps is back, whew.
    I missed all the Latin!
    Sicut dicitur gladiator: Omnia non possis…

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    1. How did you know they were virgins? Munguin says it’s very rude to ask workies that come to your house about their sex lives, or lack thereof. He would never do that. That said, he is only 11.

      omnia possibilia sunt, as Munguin always says when he’s getting me to do the impossible.


  4. May I go completely off topic here? ( I know you allow it trispw, but this is really weird.)

    I have encountered at least three sites that are run by young African Americans that appear to have nothing but astonishment that American white music, and to some extent UK music of the ’50’s to 70’s eras is actually worthwhile.

    I give you:



    Quite odd.

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    1. Quite odd, in a nice and amazing way. I kinda think that music transcends boundaries, if you let it, and these folk do.

      I just thought it was an amazing find and more or less in the line with the MNR philosophy.

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    2. I’ve never really seen music as being black or white…

      I accept that of course there at that time the sounds of the Beatles and the Searchers and Hollies which was very “white” and very good. And there was the sound of Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Mowtown, which was I suppose soul.

      But there were a lot of people who crossed it… Jazz singers, soul singers who were white… Probably Dusty Springfield comes most to mind there.

      By the same token, no one could possibly call Shirley Bassey, a black woman, soulful…

      But it is interesting that kids are shocked by it.

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    3. Douglas…..I’ve mostly encountered this song in the context of the folk song revival recordings of the 1960’s, but also in early “Country” versions. I’d never heard the folk rock version.

      Wiki says:

      “The House of the Rising Sun” is a traditional folk song, sometimes called “Rising Sun Blues”. It tells of a person’s life gone wrong in the city of New Orleans; many versions also urge a sibling or parents and children to avoid the same fate. The most successful commercial version, recorded in 1964 by British rock group The Animals, was a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart and also in the United States and France. As a traditional folk song recorded by an electric rock band, it has been described as the “first folk rock hit”.

      “The oldest known recording of the song, under the title “Rising Sun Blues”, is by Appalachian artists Clarence “Tom” Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it on September 6, 1933 on the Vocalion label (02576). Ashley said he had learned it from his grandfather, Enoch Ashley. Roy Acuff, an “early-day friend and apprentice” of Ashley’s, learned it from him and recorded it as “Rising Sun” on November 3, 1938.”

      In his long career, Roy Acuff covered almost everything. In the Ashley-Foster (“Carolina Tar Heels”) version from 1933, some Jimmie Rodgers guitar riffs can be heard. Rodgers’ died that year.

      The Carolina Tar Heels – 1933:

      Roy Acuff – 1938:

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            1. Interesting, Danny.

              But I wondered about this:

              “Arranging credit went only to Alan Price. According to Burdon, this was simply because there was insufficient room to name all five band members on the record label, and Alan Price’s first name was first alphabetically. However, this meant that only Price received songwriter’s royalties for the hit, a fact that has caused bitterness among the other band members ever since.”

              Firstly, he supposedly arranged it; he didn’t write it. And secondly, why would they base anything on what appeared in small print on the record label as gospel for payments.

              I’ve got a disc where the artiste’s name is misspelled… I’m sure that the company didn’t withhold the royalties because of that.

              Munguin says I’m picky!

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              1. Tris….Yes, it’s surprising that what’s printed on a record label would have anything to do with the payments. Reminded me that reading about copyright law is as confusing for me as free trade agreements. 😉

                I tried (but failed) to find a good source that talks about the Carter Family copyrights which I have seen described as “controversial.” While A.P. Carter is widely credited with “writing” most of the Carter Family material, he mostly gathered tunes that were in old songbooks (or maybe songs his black friend Lesley Riddle just heard someplace) that were by then in Public Domain (maybe with a known original composer, or maybe just “Trad Anon.”) Then A.P. Carter would re-work the arrangement and the lyrics and copyright it as a shared copyright with the Carters’ Victor record producer Ralph Peer. So if you look at the list, the copyright on most of them is “Carter-Peer.”

                One of the most famous and widely covered “Carter songs” is “Can the Circle Be Unbroken.” It was an old hymn that was written in 1907 and titled “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Carter reworked it. It’s now often performed unattributed, since the original copyright has now lapsed, although the Carter “Can” version is the one performed, but with the substitution of the word “Will.”


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                  1. LOL LOL……I think that “Uptown” just might make the charts. 😉

                    Thanks! That’s a really nice video of the girls doing “Circle.” I found an old recording of the original hymn version, before it got the Carter-Peer country treatment.

                    A now-famous Nitty Gritty Dirt Band LP set (later CD set) issued in 1972 assembled old time artists to sing the old country songs. Maybelle Carter was prominently featured in the 1972 set, including a conversational lead-in to another landmark “Carter song”, “Keep on the Sunny Side.” It too was an A.P. Carter reworking of a much older song.

                    Maybelle sings lead, with a good solid guitar accompaniment in her “Carter scratch” style, with a thumb-picked melody on the bass strings, and her fingers “scratching” rhythm on the higher strings. She says “on the old record, I started it like this.” (A little higher volume at the the beginning lets you hear the conversation with Maybelle better.)

                    There was a Volume 2 by the same name that came out in 1989, featuring some performers from the 1972 album who were still living, and some popular younger performers. Maybelle had died in 1978. Here’s a video of that entire group doing “Circle.” Roy Acuff is featured a couple of times, and first comes in after Johnny Cash. At one point, the lyrics are modified to say “we sang the songs of childhood…….the ones that Mother Maybelle taught us.” The Carter Sisters are glimpsed briefly, but are not named in the video. June is quite recognizable in the brief shot.

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                    1. PS:

                      There was a long (about 15-20 hour) multi-part “Country Music” documentary that came out last year and first played on PBS Public Television. This video clip of one episode shows early Carter family history at the beginning, and at the close (49:00 to 55:00), it shows pictures and audio from the first (1972) Nitty Gritty Dirt Band “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” album, with several showing Maybelle at the session. It shows her (in glasses) doing a lead solo on the title cut. Great pictures of Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and many others……all in the same studio! 😉

                      A short documentary about the now iconic album. (NQ)

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    1. The internet is a wonderful thing. There is a craze at the moment for “medievialising” pop tunes called “Bardcore”.
      It’s great.

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  5. Danny: Interesting stuff. Too much to comment on… like Maybelle called them “them dirty boys”…
    But I was taken with the line: “At that time the country was divided… Imagine that!”


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