SOPPY SUNDAY

1. Munguin wishes you all a Happy New Year, or at least those of you sober enough to read this.

2. The water of Leith yesterday after the storms.

3. You wouldn’t have any breakfast for a hungry animal on New Years day, would you, Munguin?

4. Before and After. Kay writes: “He is called Felix and he’s a cat that we feed at another bar in Srem. Before and after pictures. What a difference 6 months make. Scruffy, skinny, dirty little boy and now healthy and happy”. What a wonderful village to be an animal.

5. All dressed up for Munguin’s New Year Party.

6. You’ve heard of Puss in Boots? Well I’m Pup in Boats and this is my human’s yacht.

7. Munguin, could you tell them not to come around when it’s bath time. A bird has at least some modesty, you know.

8. Nothing like a treat on New Year’s Day to bring a smile to the face of a little tortoise.

9. Inbhir Leitheann in the Borders got a tad wet too…

10. I’m a Brown Rat (not a drowned rat, despite the weather). How do you do?

11. We’re coming through.

12. Downtown Cairo always makes me think of Paris.

13. Today’s the Day the Teddy Bears have their Picnic.

14. There’s a man down the road there who’s got a red coat on, so can I come in and hide, Munguin?

15. Maniitsoq, Greenland.

16. Kenyan Black Serval Cat.

17.  Philareta treitschkii 

18. I’m a vole, in case you wondering. What are you?

19. I think we is twins.

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22. I got the fish. Could someone get the chips (fries)?

23. I’ve got the pudding!

24. Wait for me…

25. Me and my mum wish you a happy new year, as does Munguin and that factotum blokey, Chris or Priss or something like that.

Thanks to Kay.

I apologise if some of it isn’t working. WordPress seems to be having an end of year melt down as I put this together… A tad annoying now that I have to pay them for running the blog!

OK, so, in addition to WordPress acting up funny, also I went and published Soppy Sunday on Saturday.

Who’s an idiot?

This, just in… Stop Press, if you will:

Thanks Andi.

We wish the same to you.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Doubtless, this will come as a bit of a relief for women who are vaccinated, and may encourage others who are not, to make haste to remedy that.

Probably going to need it as the British government responsible for Scottish border control, says that it’s reviewing whether or not to do any checking of passengers from China. Just as they did the last time round. Italy, which is a bit more switched on to the world than the Brits, started checking people of flights from Beijing and found that 52% of passengers have Covid.

Welcome to the next lockdown.

Fortunately the health services in these benighted islands have loads of spare capacity so if there is another outbreak, they will be able to cope easily. But if not…Let the bodies pile high.

“I’m an emperor, I’ll have you know. I don’t care to be weighed by the serving staff against my will.”

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Ridley, the Secretary of State for Smoking and Stealth.

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No wonder we’re a laughing stock. The place is falling to pieces. Nothing works, Britain has regained the title “sick man of Europe” and this muppet insists on a full coronation, although, bless his generosity, he is limiting the guests to a mere… 2 000. Or at least he says he is, but he is a big fan of the lavish, and coming late to the throne, he has to cram it in in the time he has left. So, i’l believe it when I see it.

I’m sure that will be a comfort to people who have no food in the kitchen and no money to pay the gas bill.

Still nice cosplaying Snarles, Batman? Where’s the Boy Wonder?

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The Boxing Day Hunts… Foxes are chased to exhaustion and then ripped apart by hounds, and the toffs smear the blood on the new hunters’ faces.

I just hope none of them fell off their horses and broke things… and that none of the blood was contaminated by any nasty foxy disease. Eh?

I appreciate that foxes are troublesome for farmers in various ways. But surely there is a better way of deal with this problem than having them ripped apart by dogs for the delectation of upper crust slobs.

It seems that, although it is illegal to hunt with dogs in England, it still happens and those who do it are so well connected that nothing happens to them.

So all that’s left is Karma and it’s jolly fun too!

There are new laws in Scotland.

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Go away. I’m having a bath and it’s private. Tris, get to the shops and get some more Robin treats.

HAPPY STORY FOR FLOSS

Quokka from Munguin’s Australia Office sent me this story.

It’s a cheering read for this time of the year, where at least in the Northern Hemesphere, the days are short and dark and the weather is cold, wet and disagreeable.

Floss the Dog was abandoned and wandering the streets… but, well read the story and see how things worked out for her.

And you can trace her journey here:

Thanks, Quokka. Fair cheered me.

Matthew 7:3–5: ‘Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Scottish Branch office of the BritNat Conservatives

@ScotTories

“Since Humza Yousaf was appointed health secretary in May 2021, a total of 56,228 patients have waited over 12 hours to be seen in Scotland’s A&Es. Everyone knows he is presiding over complete chaos in our NHS, but this exposes just how catastrophic his tenure has been.”

Oh, you think so?

Meanwhile, where the Tories are in charge…

Waiting times throughout the UK.

Now what do they all have in common?

I may know the answer.

Could it be that the level of funding is set in London by the UK parliament which for all the time shown above has been in the hands of the Conservative Party (albeit for a short time, in coalition with the Liberals)?

Oh, and whose are the best?

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And then there is this:

So, Mr Sunak, if that is true and “British” and “English” basically mean the same thing, Scottish and Welsh people and people from the North of Ireland should stop calling themselves “British” as, if it means English, then they would be lying about their nationality.

How many times can you put your foot in your mouth in one week?

And just one more point:

13. Unlucky for some. But what do you notice about countries 1-11 on this table?

Yep, they are all small.

And interestingly, San Marino, a tiny republic surrounded by Italy has a substantially higher GDP than Italy itself.

Would that not suggest to you that small independent countries do pretty well, thanks, whereas big ones like Germany, Italy, UK, Spain and France, do rather less well?

Do you wonder where the other tiny states would figure on that table? Then wonder no more, for Munguin has instructed me to investigate for you. E vous voilà:

Monaco: $189,487.15 and Liechtenstein: $169,049.16

Odd that… Almost makes you want to be a small independent country too…

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

The Brexit Freedoms Bill will come into force on the 31st of December 2023.

The automatic right to paid holiday will be removed for UK workers after this date.

As will the automatic right to paid maternity leave, and various health and safety laws.

This does not mean that they will be abolished, but it gives the UK government the power to remove them.

Why would they want that power if they have no intention to used it?

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This is good, because heaven knows, these poor bankers have had a hard time since people clamped down on their bonuses and taxes.

If we weren’t careful, there was a chance that they’d run out of £100 notes to burn in front of homeless people or maybe they’ll all just go to France or Germany or Luxembourg… oh, no , wait… can’t do that now.

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All the best people do it, you know.

About £10m of the (late) Queen’s private money was invested offshore, leaked documents show.

The Duchy of Lancaster, which now provides the king with a private income (you know, so he can pay to keep his brother safe), held funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

Some of it was invested in Bright House, a chain accused of irresponsible lending (where the desperately poor could buy a washing machine for a very high price and pay it back over many years) , and Threshers, which went bust owing £17.5m in UK tax.

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I was wondering if the Scottish Tories had anything to say about this particular little blip in the incredibly smooth running of the Britbin yUK government. They are, you see, particularly interested in boats, admittedly usually only if the Scottish government had something to do with the order.

I expect they will say it is all Nicola Sturgeon’s fault anyway and heaven knows their muppet followers will agree.

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You couldn’t make it up.

While the rest of the sainted family sit on ordinary seats (although I bet that the plebs in the congregation are on benches),their Magisterial Magnificences king Snarly Old Git (boss man of the church) and queen Mrs Parker-Bowles (not even properly married to him in the church’s eyes, because Mr Parker Bowles is still alive) have thronesand a red carpet that only goes in front of them.

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Watch to the end… Probably shouldn’t enjoy violence, but sorry, I did.

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JUST FOR A LAUGH

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Thanks to Brenda and Conan.

Late addition

Just had to add this.

As a publicity stunt, a bad one, Sunak “volunteered” in a soup kitchen for a short time. It’s so pathetic that it is worthy of Just for a Laugh.

https://www.itv.com/news/2022-12-24/sunak-branded-out-of-touch-after-he-asks-homeless-man-if-he-works-in-business

So, Sunak’s serving food and he asks one of the customers if he works in Business. The bloke replies that he’s homeless. He was really polite too. I’d have been inclined to ask the prime minister, how many businessmen he knew who had to come to a food bank to get something to eat at Christmas. “Yeah, I’m a senior manager with Lloyds, you dipstick!”

I suppose it’s a reflection of how badly Britbin is doing that he even considered it.

Sunak, presumably knowing he was being filmed told the man that it wasn’t only London where there were opportunities in finance… nope, all over the country, apparently.

Which country, I don’t know.

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Soppy Sunday

  1. Morag the Red Nosed Hielan’ Coo to the rescue!!

2. What has Munguin left for me under the tree. I hope it’s bananas.

3. There’s me, little orangutan. I’m not a banana though…

4. Turkish cats from Srem, Mona and Rolo, getting attention.

5. Utah.

6. Yes? And what are you looking at? Me? Fierce? Nah, I’m a lovely bird.

7. Try tying a yellow ribbon around that old oak tree.

8. Are you Santa Claus? We’re very wary of people in red coats. Whatcha got in that sack?

9. Can’t a dog get a bit of peace and quiet on Christmas Day?

10. Has he been yet?

11. Brown Honeyeaters choose to live in a high rise.

12. Munguin sympathises. There a lot of exploding beds around. You should get another one for Christmas. In the meantime you should just used your people’s bed.

13. Can someone make the weather change, please?

14. We’re only playing. I’m not gonna eat him really!

15. I’m not a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I’m just a sheep in my own woolly jumper.

15. You can come for Christmas lunch. Us manatees had potatoes for the main course and now we’re having sweet potatoes for pudding. The waiting staff are getting on a bit but they are cheap so we keep them on.

16. Munguin arrives, bearing gifts.

17. The situation in Antarctica is dire.

18. What a comfy bed. And space at the bottom of it for Santa to leave my presents.

19. Moses Bridge, Netherlands.

20. I am a small animal that had a small accident and now I have a small plaster on my small leg!

21. It’s good to have friends.

22. Isn’t water wonderful?

23. Sunset in Nuuk.

24. This is a good book. I tend to drift off when i’m reading it.

25. Thing is, when you’re Santa, peoples leave carrots for the reindeer and they leave mince pies for you… but I’d rather have a carrot. Something needs to be done! But its good to see them enjoying the presents.

Thanks to: Kay, Andi and Quokka.

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

Before we take a trip down memory lane today, I have some news to give you. I’ve just had an email from Kay in Srem, Bulgaria. There’s no easy way to put this so, I’ll just say it straight. John MacDonald has died.

John has been a stalwart Munguinite for as long as I can remember. There’s hardly been a weekend pass when he didn’t contribute material to All Our Yesterdays, Soppy Sunday or Just for a Laugh pages. Usually all three. And many comments in so many posts.

But he was very much more than a Munguinite as this article points out.

John was a journalist, so I was flattered that he was impressed enough with my amateur scribblings to stick around, and to contribute so much to the blog. I’m grateful for his help.

I’m pretty certain that he wouldn’t have wanted any kind of fuss from us. He didn’t come over to me as that kind of guy, so after contemplating not putting out this page today, I thought better of it. He was a professional. And the show must go on. And so we have an “All Our Yesterdays”, albeit a sad one.

And the show will go on. Kay, who took so many of the photographs that he sent to Munguin, is going to continue to contribute, and become the Bulgarian Bureau Chief of the Republic. Welcome Kay.

My sympathies go to Linda, the Resident Sassenach, of whom he so often affectionately wrote, to his family, both blood relatives and the family he gathered around him in that lovely, kind and caring village of Srem.

I’ll miss you, John. We all will.

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Thanks to Marcia and Dave.