Prince Philip was 'grandfather of nation' as Andrew pays tribute | Metro  News

There have been an unprecedented number of complaints about the BBC’s coverage of the death of Philip Mountbatten Windsor.

I don’t have a tv, but I’ve heard that coverage was 24/7 on all tv stations except the special children’s channel.

Even the Gaelic language station BBC Alba covered his death, non-stop.

I occasionally listen (not often these days) to BBC radio, but because I was sick of the non-stop news about how wonderful Britain was and how horrible the SNP and Scotland were, I pretty much gave up on it, and listened instead, although rarely to Radio 4 Extra on which there was no news, just repeats of programmes from the recent and not so recent past.

I switched on the other day to find that Radio 4 Extra had joined with Radio 4 to commemorate the life of Prince Philip. I immediately switched it off.

According to the Guardian, complaints about this have broken all records.

I wonder if the BBC will learn anything from this…

Within not 10-15 years there will be other elderly royals who will almost certainly die. Alexandra (84) is elderly as is Michael (78) and the Dukes of Kent (85) and Gloucester (76). The queen herself turns 95 this month.

Will the BBC learn that while no one suggests that they should not note and report these deaths (the people are, after all, well known), the non-stop coverage for days on end on all channels of the state broadcaster is going WAY over the top.

If independent television wishes to do that sort of thing, then that is between them and their advertisers and if the BBC wishes to dedicate one channel (that most of the population pays for) to non stop coverage of royal death, then maybe that is OK.

But honestly, if I paid a licence fee, I would expect to have at least a few channels of the state broadcaster which didn’t fall off the perch just becasue a royal has.

National Rail showed its respect to Philip, by making their website unreadable.

I’d be interested to hear what people think about this…. BBC and Rail… and/or anything else that has been disrupted by the death of a very elderly man that very few of us ever met or even gave a second thought to (except maybe to “tut” when yet another rude and inappropriate comment, that only he could get away with becasue no one had the nerve to challenge him, came to light).


Replying to @JimMFelton and @robdelaney

How can you even think of catching a train when a 99 year old man had died? For shame!

8:42 AM · Apr 12, 2021·Twitter Web App


These jokes/cartoons are not intended to be offensive. Be aware that there is some swearing in a few of them.


Keep this in mind the next time you are about to repeat a rumor or spread gossip.

In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.

One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said: “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?”

“Wait a moment.” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

‘Triple filter?” asked the acquaintance.

“That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about Diogenes, let’s take a moment to filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man said. “Actually I just heard about it.”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?”

“No, on the contrary.”

“So,” Socrates continued. “You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you’re not certain it’s true?”

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, “You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really.”

“Well,” concluded Socrates. “If what you want to tell me is neither True, nor Good, nor even useful, why tell it to me, or anyone at all?” 

The man was bewildered and ashamed. This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.

It also explains why Socrates never found out that Diogenes was erm, “enjoying relations” with Socrates’ wife.



BEFORE the internet what did our parents do when they were bored? I asked my 26 brothers and sisters and they didn’t know either.


7. It probably won’t surprise you to know that the government allegedly adjusted (rewrote) the findings of the inquiry about racism in the UK.
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Some of Edinburgh’s politically incorrect humour:

·      To a group of female Labour MPs at Buckingham Palace: “Ah, so this is feminist corner then.”

·      To Welsh singer Tom Jones. “What do you gargle with? Pebbles?”

·       To Cayman Islanders: “Aren’t most of you descended from pirates?”

·      To Australian comedian Adam Hills, who had a prosthetic foot: “You could smuggle a bottle of gin out of the country in that artificial foot.”

·      To a disabled man on a mobility scooter: “How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?”

·      On the horsiness of his daughter, Princess Anne: “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she isn’t interested.”



WHAT do you call a cat that chases outlaws?

A posse cat.



I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound – if I can remember any of the damn things. – Dorothy Parker



Thanks to John, Brenda, Lexie, Erik, Graham and T.


ᐈ Monkey funny stock pictures, Royalty Free orangutan smile images |  download on Depositphotos®
1. O E I H NNow the other eye.
2. Taken by a friend of John’s (Hannah) in Iraqi Kurdistan.
3. Then taken again, just two weeks later.
4. Cow and calf at Barry, by Carnoustie.
Fox Life Cycles: Throughout the Four Seasons & FAQ | Pet Keen
5. I’m pretty cute, huh?
6. Redmire Loch last week.
7. Munguin is despairing of the lawn… or what appears to pass as lawn.
8. Volcano and Northern lights in Iceland.
9. Tremosine.
Watch The Baby Elephant & The Baby Giraffe | Prime Video
10. Is this how you do it?
The Shots Your Cat Needs
11. I’ll just grab 5 minutes’ shuteye before i have my lunch.
Queen's gamekeeper warned by RSPCA after owl found dead in trap
12. Douglas Ross said WHAT?
13. Timbuktu, Mali.
14. You’ll have to learn your lessons well if you want to work for Uncle Munguin!
15. Welcome burst of yellow close to the beach. Whin.
16. Mont Blanc.
17. Oh do get on with it, Tris.
5 reasons goats are the G.O.A.T. | World Vision
18. The public transport hereabouts isn’t as fast as it is some places, but it’s very comfortable and it always has a smile on its face…and a cuddle for a wee goat like me.
The blackbird hour, when the hedgerows thrill with song | Birds | The  Guardian
19. I thought for a minute you weren’t going to include me… but I see you were keeping me for nearly last.
Minden Pictures - Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) young smiling while clinging  to bamboo, Borneo, Malaysia - Mitsuaki Iwago
20. I hope you enjoyed that. I’m just climbing a tree here, coz that’s the kinda thing we do. You humans are probably lazing around drinking coffee.

Thanks to John, Hannah and Dave A



Holiday interruption

Not gonna write it on the side of a bus… oooops, no, the bus has been firebombed.
I say, you chaps, take it on the chin, we’re British you know.
Ah, but it won’t. Or will it? Still, now that the Nationalists have started to fight back, maybe the BBC won’t be able to say…
Pretty sure they will have heard of it tonight.
I refer you to previous comment.
Doubtless he’s been shaking hands and taking it on the chin. Just like he did before. I wonder if he could get it twice?


None of the jokes in this article is intended to to cause offence.

1. I see the Tories have appropriated Easter. The idiot Mogg was tweeting with a lot of Alleujahs again, and this time it wasn’t the queen..
2. There, someone has managed to make it a little more Conservative and, erm, “nationalist” for them. We wouldn’t want anyone to think that Jesus wasn’t British, now would we?

Tom Hunt MP@tomhunt1988

The flying of the Union flag should be compulsory for all schools. If any pupils and teachers have concerns about this then surely they can be “educated” about what the flag actually represents. belongs to every single British person.

3. Yeah, great idea, Tom, mate. You gonna ram it down Northern Irish throats too? Because if you are, Munguin could offer you a few words of advice.

4. Just the people for the Tories!
8. See what I mean, Tom?
9. Ross on a tank. We shall fight them on the
10. … um, lawn and a dead plant.
11. Goodness me, DRoss, they have found your successor.
16. Ummm… did no one tell you that Her Nobleness isn’t the party leader any more.
17. “The saviour raised his cup and said…” “OK Chief: It’s a church.”
20. Well, she had to do something for all the money… besides, ya know…

Thanks to Brenda, Tom, John, Erik, et merci à Claudine.


A mini Soppy Sunday

Is it possible to change a chicken's sex before it hatches? | Eggs | The  Guardian
1. I’m in charge today becasue the orangutans and Tris are on holiday. Happy Easter.
2. Nothing like a swim with your best mate.
3. Easter bunny and his mate, a chinchilla.
4. The grounds required a bit of attention, but Munguin is a little more content with the way the are looking now.
5. You can’t keep a good Orangutan away for long.
6. Goldfinch.
7. Almost prepared for Munguin to start his cocktail parties again.
Steps to ensure a good chick quality at all levels
8. What on earth are you looking at?
9. Nuuk.
10. Sangria?
11. Munguin’s favourite lambs.
12. I know Munguin got me an Easter Egg…
13. Mum’s keeping an eye on Uncle Tris.
Is Your Rabbit Sick? | Best Friends Animal Society
14. I’m not sure that rabbits like chocolate eggs…
How to Hatch Chicks With a Broody Hen
15. To Munguin and all his friends and factotums, have a nice Easter



I’m aware that All Our Yesterdays is a popular feature (as is Soppy Sunday) and Munguin has suggested that I should come back off my break to find photographs for Saturday and Sunday…

And when Munguin suggests something…

Angela Lansbury - Age, Movies & Facts - Biography
Looking back at the wedding of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace – Royal  Central
1955 Persil Coloureds Washing Powder Retro Magazine Ad - Retrofair
Ted Ray (comedian) - Wikipedia
Fry's Chocolate Advert High Resolution Stock Photography and Images - Alamy
Eydie Gorme, 'Blame it on the Bossa Nova' Singer, Dead at 84 - Rolling Stone
15 (again)… maybe 15.5.
Old Bus Photos » Guy Arab I
In pictures: Take a trip down Glasgow's retail memory lane to Arnotts,  Pettigrew & Stephens and Goldbergs | Glasgow Times
Sunsilk Shampoo Original Advert 1955 (ref AD4348) – The Nostalgia Shop

Thanks to Dave and Marcia.