18. Ah, really, Julia? Well, um…why are we having one?
19. Failed! … I say Elizabeth, old thing, how do you fancy 2 weeks in Benidorm?

Thanks to John and Brenda.

48 thoughts on “JUST FOR A LAUGH”

      1. Thanks for the rconfirmation, Tris. Thought it was one of mine – and from the Eye – but there have been so many more since I couldn’t be sure and didn’t want to risk claiming undue credit.

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  1. Some corkers there. I did love no13 and as for no20, that might explain why we have so many cases and deaths. Still time for more funnies from Jimmy Ferguson. Maybe if anyone is on twitter they can let him know how appreciated he is and that he is always credited! I consider posting him here the equivalent of retweets 🙂

    “Sometimes I don’t understand my wife. First she says ok have a tattoo if you want.
    Then she moans about all the people playing bagpipes in the garden.”

    “Apparently talks of a merger between the R.A.C. & the AA have broken down.”

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    1. Cute critter! Also a nice tune (with a Kansas City connection!)

      Munguinites may wish to know that the location of 12th Street is debated. The song title may refer to the famous jazz street in Kansas City where the Reno Club stood and where Bennie Moten and Count Basie played Kansas City style jazz in the 1930’s. Or it may refer to a street in Fort Worth, Texas, where Euday Bowman may have been born. Bowman played piano in both places. Twelfth Street Rag was certainly published in 1914 by J.W. Jenkins’ Sons in Kansas City.

      Bennie Moten’s 1927 recording:

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      1. I could pretend I realised the Kansas City connection but would you believe me? I loved Benny and his orchestra and I don’t normally like jazz music!

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        1. Thanks PP…….Glad you liked it! 12th Street rag is one of the enduring standards of the ragtime era. It certainly makes you want to dance (assuming you do the Charleston.) I too find jazz to be less and less listenable, the farther it gets from its New Orleans roots. By the time Bennie Moten recorded this version of 12th Street Rag for Victor in Chicago in 1927, many of the old New Orleans musicians like Louis Armstrong and King Oliver were there playing Chicago style jazz. (Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven also recorded 12th Street Rag in 1927.) Back in Kansas City, Moten and William “Count” Basie would develop what would become the Kansas City style. Basie’s remote radio broadcasts from the Reno Club at 12th and Cherry is credited with popularizing Kansas City jazz in 1935-36. Basie, with a band that included personnel from the Moten orchestra (Moten died in 1935) went to New York City in 1936 and joined many of the Chicago musicians there.

          This jazz article (below) says:

          “Meanwhile in the Midwest, centered in Kansas City a town then run by Mayor Tom Pendergast and his [corrupt] gang, “territory bands” were touring with a hotter, driving style. These bands played looser “head arrangements” — riffs often not written down vs polished written parts like the NYC bands played. The most famous territory band was led by Bennie & Buster Moten (Moten Swing 1933). That band merged with Walter Page’s Blue Devils from Oklahoma City to become the famous Count Basie Orchestra…..The Basie band famously was in-residence at the Reno Club 1935–36 and gained fame via nationwide nightly radio broadcasts.”

          View at Medium.com

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        2. PS PandaPaws…..Another toe tapping Kansas City song comes to mind. A popular Rhythm and Blues number from the 1950’s titled “Kansas City.” Farther east from the Reno Club location (now a police department car park) where 12th street intersects Cherry, was the intersection with Vine, where the guy in the song had a Kansas City baby and a bottle of Kansas City wine. Sadly, urban development has obliterated the corner of 12th and Vine. All that remains is a symbolic street sign in a park. But six blocks to the south in the predominantly African-American East Side, Vine still intersects 18th street. The 18th and Vine Historic District celebrates black culture and Kansas City jazz with the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. (BTW, the voters in this area are what white Republican politicians are really yammering about when they decry the “urban” influence in Democratic politics.)

          Everyone….even the Beatles (sort of)……have covered the song “Kansas City.”
          Chuck Berry:

          The facsimile sign in a park:



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      2. Loved the illustrations in that, Danny. I thought though that while the women were scantily clad… short dresses with no backs and low fronts, the men seemed to be burdened with a lot of clothes… suits and buttoned-up shirts and ties.

        So I got to wondering how they managed to keep the dance halls at a temperature that would allow the women not to be cold and the men not to be roasted.

        Then I though… what the hell and anyway, Munguin required a refill!

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        1. Tris…….And it was the roaring twenties. It calls out for the Charleston, which is an energetic dance. The women were probably better attired for that than the men I would say, especially during the summer in the days before air conditioning.

          A couple of internet articles about Count Basie and the Reno Club that might be of interest…..or not. 😉




            1. Regarding jazz; there was a really interesting programme on radio 4 about John Coltrane’s version of Favourite Things the other day. Musically interesting.

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              1. Derek…….That would indeed be interesting! Although I’m not a big fan of modern jazz, Coltrane is a big name. Kansas City was the birthplace of Charlie Parker who is very well regarded. There is an American Jazz Museum in Kansas City’s 18th and Vine Historic District. Apparently it’s struggling as a tourist attraction, but it’s a fine idea as a homage to the Kansas City jazz scene of the 1930’s, 40’s, and into the 50’s. One of Charlie Parker’s saxophones is on display, as is one at the Smithsonian in Washington.

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                  1. Thanks for the link Derek. I enjoyed that. I do often enjoy BBC radio programs that play in the States on the BBC website. Television programs on the website often aren’t available for streaming here.

                    In 2001, a major documentary on Jazz played in the States on PBS (American non-commercial public television.) Not too long ago, I watched a rerun of some of that 10-part documentary. Wiki reports that it got generally good reviews, but also had naysayers, especially among jazz aficionados. For me, jazz becomes less and less listenable, the further it gets from its early Blues and Ragtime roots in New Orleans. The Guardian described the documentary as it was shown in the UK on BBC2 as a 12-part series, with runtime cut by a third from its 17 hour run in the States.



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  2. Lidl is our go-to here for non-basics. It’s in Yambol, the regional capital about an hour away, so weekly or fortnightly visit along with Kaufland, another big German supermarket. First stop is Magazina Elena, the village convenience shop, but she also does car insurance, electricity payments, and stocks building materials in the back.

    We have Diana Supermarket in Elhovo, the nearest town about 20 km up the road, that carries fresh meat and a wider range of other stuff than Elena so she doesn’t try to compete with that. But if there’s anything else you want and it’s not in stock -chicken wire, a wheel barrow, cylinder head gasket for your Lada – it’s “I’ll order. Come back tomorrow.” And it will be there.

    And people ask how we can possibly manage in a emote rural village in the Bulgarian outback. (Having four pubs for a population of about 350 also helps.)

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      1. In Germany, you are never far from an Aldi or a Lidl.
        The other big names are Penny, REWE, and Edeka.
        I invariably go to Edeka, just because it is handier for me.
        REWE was my favourite for a while, but it is further to walk.

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        1. I remember a snobby friend of my mother refusing to go to Lidl or Aldi because they were cheap and the “stuff was second rate”!

          Silly old bat.

          Most of the stuff is far better than the stuff in British supermarkets. It’s certainly cheaper and the staff are better.

          Like Tesco is posh! Pffff


          1. Agreed. I only wish they delivered.

            We here at Schloss Freeman do wonder, however, how Aldi and Lidl will get their superior comestibles and so forth over from the Continong if HMRC in England prove incapable of dealing with incoming shipments timeously. But surely we can rely on the broad shoulders, superior abilities, top-notch planning and innate savoir-faire of our betters down south, eh, Tris?

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              1. Yes indeed, Tris – just like we British got the COVID vaccine developed by Turkish scientists in a German lab and produced in Belgium first, because we’re better. That’s what that nice Mr. Williamson told us, anyway.

                Of course, the AstraZeneca one developed at Oxford will be far superior as it will come in little vials decorated with proper British flags, won’t it, Tris?

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                1. Indeed. That’s the one all loyal subjects of the queen will have. Unless… do you think we can force these Turkish-German-Belgians to put the superior union fleg on theirs…

                  What what… bound to make it more effective.

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                  1. Adding “By Appointment to Her Majesty” would raise its effectiveness over 100% without a doubt, Tris. In fact, I’m surprised They haven’t thought of that already… maybe if they authorize Tesco to do the vaccinations…

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  3. OT, a little philippic diatribe cum excoriating Jeremiad by Umair Haque entitled “The Year of the Idiot: 2020 Was the Year We Found Out That Our Societies are Largely Made of Remorseless, Malicious Idiots”: https://archive.vn/qUoqt.

    From the article: “Do you know how many people would have died in America if it had acted like South Korea? 3,200. Singapore? 1,600. Vietnam? 120.”

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  4. Marcus Carslaw
    COVID cases in the UK today:
    Flag of England : 36,521
    Flag of Wales : 2,273
    NI : 1,634
    Flag of Scotland : 967

    Today’s figures are the worst ever.


    1. I’d have just done my usual lazy ‘like’ and left it at that.

      However this is what you get with Tories in power.

      Who, exactly, is working for us, as a species, or against us as a species?

      The jury is out.

      The answer is not The Tories

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  5. I’m reading that the doris deal will be reviewed every Five Years, so that must be a generation period now.
    First review is in 2026.
    IF the deal is passed by the parliaments.

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    1. DUP, LibDems, SNP voting against, but I imagine the bulk of Tories will vote for it, likewise Labour. Not sure about Plaid.

      Anyway, it will pass. Who cares what Wales Scotland and NI think.


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