Language warning for the sensitive, but the harmonies are superb.


Thanks to Brenda, John, Erik, Andi, T, PP and Jon Harvey.

43 thoughts on “JUST FOR A LAUGH”

    1. True, but if you didn’t laugh you’d cry, or at least that’s how I was brought up.
      Satire, humour, essential right now imo.
      Love the take on William Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ I think he would approve if he was around today! Was he being ironic when he wrote the words, ‘in England’s green and pleasant land’? Did you know that he was almost locked up for sedition?
      He was living in S.Coast of England in a wee cottage to escape London, when a soldier opened his gate and trampled around his garden, ‘get off my garden’, he shouted with some anti war anti army words…he only escaped jail because the judge took pity on such an eccentric aging man!

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    1. Ha! If the Tories want Asian carp, they’re welcome to all the ones infesting our rivers. (Just keep ’em out of Scotland, they’re seriously bad news for all native fish…)

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  1. I do not quite understand andimac’s cartoon, Pic 4.
    As far as I’m concerned, in my innocence, a 99 is an ice-cream cone with a Flake.
    What Wullie’ niece Sandra (aka Miss Whippy) means by it, I have no idea.
    andimac will have to explain. Or maybe better not . . .

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    1. “Miss Whippy”

      She offers trips in the van which involve hairpin turns and sudden braking.

      Her name is short for Miss Whiplash Injury…

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  2. Thanks for those tris. I know it’s o/t, and personal, but my wife and I attended our local Health Centre for our Covid jag. Couldn’t have been better organised. Prompt, caring and considerate. Made sure we were feeling O.K before we left. So far no after effects at all. Be sure to get it when it’s your turn would be my advice.

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    1. Good to hear you’re both OK, Alex. There are reports from Norway of deaths after elderly people with underlying conditions received the Pfizer vaccine. Which one did you get?

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    2. Great, Alex. The effects start right away, but slowly, increasing every day, from what I’ve heard, for around 2-3 weeks. They you’ll be something like 90% protected.

      There’s no way in the world I’d turn it down if (or when) I get the opportunity.

      My pal, who is a doctor gt his right back at the beginning, and he reported a very sore arm, but small cost to pay.


  3. #9 is very upsetting to think about. No matter how appalling my mental state has been this year, especially considering my interest in aviation, it is so much worse for young kids. I’ve heard stories of complete lack of interest in life in people under 16, and this is truly heartbreaking. What upsets me more is that it seems that nobody cares about the severe mental impacts that will become apparent if we ever get to a point of being a society again.


    1. It’s terrible for everyone. Around here, as far as I can see many kids are not respecting any kind of distancing. I suppose really young ones are doing so at the behest of parents, but teenagers are hanging together in the park, in cars, etc.

      But it must be dreadful for those who are not socialising. I can’t imagine my teenage years without a fair number of other people around me, doing all the stuff that teens do.

      It’s also hard for their parents. And maybe most of all, their grandparents.

      There’s an old guy lives not far from us. He’s a sociable fellow, a bit of a gossip really, and since his wife died a few years ago he’s taken on charity work. He’s always busy with people. But not now. I have no idea how he’s managing. I left him my telephone number for if he needs anything, but he’s all alone… no visitors, no activities but a walk around the park. No seeing his grandkids.

      So, I guess every age is suffering.

      Well obviously, except those and such as those. I see that after the PM asked everyone to stay at home at the weekend, Matt Hancock went to a crowded park with his son. So there are people who aren’t suffering that badly.

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      1. Sorry for the long response, I really should write my feelings on things some time, but I fear it would be an incoherent mess.

        It would seem to me that the sort of doom narrative that is being spread in some places runs contrary to the aim of getting people to comply with whatever measures are necessary at that time. People need something concrete to look forward to, and hearing messages of how measures may last for years or decades is not helpful. I’m confident this won’t actually happen, but it’s depressing to contemplate, and I think it would be hard to argue against it being used as an excuse for ending one’s life early.

        Indeed, there are many people of all backgrounds suffering, and perhaps I shouldn’t have concentrated on kids. For example, certain older care home residents feel like they’ve been imprisoned and cannot understand why. However, children will be the ones who will have to deal with the consequences of our actions (and lack of actions) for many years to come.

        And indeed it’s possible to note that there are always winners and losers out of any situation. Perhaps one of the more frustrating things I’ve observed is that it’s all too easy for people who are privileged (and it is a privilege) to be able to work from home don’t seem to realise or care that there are people who still have to carry on working in order to have some aspects of society work (power, water, broadband, health). I see this odd ‘utopian’ vision of people working from home for their whole lives as nothing short of a dystopia for the vast majority of people.

        I’ve been accused of many things for even suggesting there are problems that are caused by what sort of interventions there are for the health emergency. This actually lead me to a pretty serious depression before I decided it wasn’t worth the time arguing about things. I honestly should have learnt this years ago.

        Again, apologies for the lengthy stream of consciousness.

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        1. You need never apologise for a post on here, SoP.

          Especially when it’s a reasoned post like that.

          Most people are suffering, as you say.

          I feel desperately sorry for teenagers who can’t get on with being teenagers. I feel sorry too for people who regardless of age are cooped up in a small flat in a block with no access to gardens, green spaces and having to cram in to lifts with other people, or climb 20 fights of stairs just to get a pint of milk.

          For those forced to share public transport, or to work on public transport. People for whom just earning enough to live on means putting your health at risk every day. People working in care… not just the great doctors and nurses, but porters, radiologists, cleaners, ambulance drivers, receptionists…

          Parents trying to find things to do with their kids… Families stuck together 24/7 in a tiny apartment with no escape and not much money.

          Of course, the really privileged in big houses with large gardens live much better lives at any time, but it must be even more remarkable right now.

          It is depressing. I’m lucky, I can get out without needing to use public transport. I can get into the woods, and enjoy fresh air. I’ve plenty of food and I’m as warm as I want to be. But I know for some people, this must be the worst time they have ever gone through.

          It will end. We will find a way around it.

          Once again, don’t apologise for your interesting p[ost. Even… well not on MNR anyway πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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          1. Thank you, and we will indeed prevail, simply because we must. I used to have to out 20p on a jar for each time I apologised at work. Bought wee metal aircraft models with it, so perhaps not much of an incentive to stop!

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      2. I think people at the age just in-between school and the boring world of work have it worst. That’s the time of life when you are the most free.

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        1. Yes. Last year when the unis went back and everyone had their first week… parties, joining societies, clubs, getting drunk, finding friends and… well, you know… there was a massive up tick in infections, which rapidly spread around the town.

          And yet, I felt sorry for them. I remember my undergraduate Gaudet week. It was indeed “rejoice”.

          It’s something you never get a second chance at.

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  4. Monday isn’t Monday without Jimmy Ferguson

    “I decided to protest outside Parliament by playing my Stradivarius really loud.
    Then I realised violins won’t solve anything.”

    “Just got a wardrobe delivered from IKEA. Not a single bracket, hinge, screw or dowel.
    Seriously, you couldn’t make it up.”

    ” I went to the doctor.
    He gave me 2 months to live.
    So I shot him.
    Judge gave me 30 years.

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