JUST FOR A LAUGH

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Sheila McKenzie Welsh Cybernat  @Welsh_Cyber_Nat·

So @WelshLabour have been quiet after Keith confirmed Labour is the party of middle England. What about Wales? Comments indy folk!

18. Also, I’m wondering where that leaves Scots… I know when Sir Starmer uses the term “Middle England”, he means the average person in Britain. It’s an understandable error based on the mindset of the average English person (and I’ve lived there, so I know first hand) that England and Britain are the same place. People talk about “The Queen of England” and “Anglo American” agreements… and show business people talk about the success they had with a film or song in “England” when they mean the UK. But politicians, knowing this is a dodgy subject need to be a bit more switched on to the “minor nations” of the UK.

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Thanks to Brenda and TM.

SOPPY SUNDAY

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1. OK, that’s your medical over. You’re fit to go back to work at Munguin’s Tours.
2. That’s where to spend the summer.
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3. And from Greenland to Bulgaria where two new cats have decided to take up residence in the animal-friendly Srem.
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4. Are ye dancin’? Are ye askin’?
5. Sheepdogs? Huh… This is how it’s done.
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6. Yeah, you should have thought about how cold it was before you came out without your coat. This is mine and it’s staying on me! Got it?
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7. I know I’m a Common Buzzard, but that doesn’t mean I’m common. I’m actually quite a posh burd!
8. Lots of Monkey Business.
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10. I was wondering if Munguin needed any protection, you know, what with him being important and all…
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12. We made a brief appearance in the comments thanks to Ed, but Munguin though we needed great exposure, coz we is so cute.
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13. Ices in the ice in Suisse, with a wee bit of a hill in the background.
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14. If Munguin needs protection, I think I’m the dog to do it.
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15. Kigali, Rwanda.
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16. Axolotl here, but you can call me Ax!
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17. I’m a Thorny Dragon, as you will find out if you get to up close and personal!!
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18. I’m not normally this fat before you start recommending diets and stuff. In fact I’m a slim fellow, but I just puff myself up to make me look intimidating. Are you intimidated yet? Eh? Well, are you?
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19. I’m a deer with tusks. Smart eh?
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20. I dunno. Sleeping on the job? What will Munguin say?

Thanks to John, Kay, Ed

ONE RULE FOR SOME

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MEANWHILE, ON A DIFFERENT PLANET…

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ruth wishart@ruth_wishart

Thinking back to last Christmas and how none of us did what we would have normally, it’s clear the PM thought yet again that rules are for the little people, not the likes of him.


John Malcolm McMenemy@AberJohnny
Replying to @ruth_wishart and @ron_mould

last Xmas day my father died, I wasn’t allowed to see him (even the priest to give Last Rites wasn’t). Kinda put a crimp on my day and mophead does this.


Jonny Morris@jonnymorris197

489. In case you were wondering how many people died of Covid on the day that our Prime Minister had a Christmas party.

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Pam Jarvis @Dr_Pam_Jarvis

My brother died in hospital on 18/12 last year. He hadn’t seen any family irl for over a month due to #Lockdown. On that day, it seems a Christmas party was in full swing @10DowningStreet. Do others remember what they were doing on or around that date?

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DID NO ONE TELL HER ABOUT THE PARTY?
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MASKS…WHAT IS WRONG WITH SOME PEOPLE?

(AND SOME VERY CHEERING NEWS)

Masks, which have remained obligatory in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (not to mention most of Europe) in most indoor situations, have once against become obligatory in England.

And you would think that the world had come to an end.

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More than 20 Tory MPs voted against their government’s Covid regulations for mask wearing in England and the health minister who was obliged to introduce the legislation was heckled and booed by her own back benchers.

Amongst those who voted against the regulations were some names I guess you would expect to see on the far right of the right-wing Tory party of today:

Steve Baker, Graham Brady, Andrew Bridgen, Christopher Chope, Philip Davies, Jackie Doyle-Price, Richard Drax, Mark François, Philip Holloone, Mark Jenkinson, Craig Mackinlay, Esther McVey and Charles Walker.

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Steve Baker, who gives me the impression of a slightly (slightly? Munguin) deranged person, accused his own government of “once again choosing that downward path towards, frankly, hell” by bringing in a new law telling people to wear masks in shops. “I intend to chart a course towards heaven and I hope honourable members will come with me,” he says.

HELL? If Hell is having to wear a mask on a bus, when I thought it was raging fires and intolerable pain, what have all these sinners been worrying about?

Mr Baker and many others, who presumably are also charting a course for Heaven, are still refusing to wear them in the Commons chamber despite it now being passed in the Commons.

It’s odd how wearing a piece of cloth over their mouths and noses to protect yourself and other people who potentially might suffer the effects of the virus more seriously than you, is considered such an infringement of liberties and human rights, but…

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I don’t know for certain how effective a mask is… and I know that there are many different kinds of mask available, but it makes sense that a mask, any mask, will prevent droplets which we all exhale, being transmitted as far as they would otherwise be, especially when we are speaking, coughing and sneezing.

How accurate this diagram is, I do not know, but it certainly encouraged me to mask up when I saw it some long time ago.

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I’m getting more and more angry with people who won’t put on a mask in public places to the point where I am now pretty obviously rude to them.

How are others coping?

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SOME GOOD NEWS

An opinion poll has put support for independence at 55%, the highest level seen in polling data since the election.

The Ipsos Mori survey for STV News showed 55% backing for Yes and 45% for No among likely voters when undecideds were excluded.

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I see they didn’t even poll the Liberal Democrats.

Independence support in each Scottish region: Highlands & Islands: 65% Glasgow: 64% Central: 59% Lothian: 56% Mid Scotland & Fife: 52% West: 51% North East: 50% South: 47%

That’s a YES majority in 6/8 regions. Source: Ipsos MORI, 22-29 November 2021. Undecideds excluded.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

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I was broken hearted to see Tentsmuir forest yesterday, after the hurricane.

Paths I’ve walked for years blocked by fallen trees and parts of the forest practically flattened. At the car park by the river, a tree I’ve sat under and picnicked, down and dead. I picked up some of its cones for Munguin’s gardens so it will live on in kind.

Sad.

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Happy day, however, for the people of Barbados.

Dame Sandra Mason new president-elect | Barbados Advocate

Congratulations to President Mason and the Barbadians. (And thanks to DonDon for putting me right on the president’s name.)

Prince Charles arrives in Barbados as it becomes republic, replacing  British queen | Channel

Charlie arrived in Barbados in his royal private plane (at heaven knows what cost to us and to the planet) as a member of their ruling family and left as a member of a foreign royal family.

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Another piece of good news.

The English government has made it compulsory to wear masks in crowded public places as of today, in response to the new covid variant, which is now in the UK.

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Obviously, this doesn’t apply to superior people or, if you prefer the alternative description, complete tossers.

JUST FOR A LAUGH

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What do you call it when a shark, a crocodile, and a giant spider walk into a bar?


Another typical day in Australia.

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A horse walks into a bar: “I’ll have a triple whisky.”

Bartender: “Are you an alcoholic?”

Horse:  “I don’t think I am.” He promptly vanishes into thin air.

This is a play on “Cogito ergo sum ”  (I think therefore I am.) But if this were to be explained at the start of the gag, it wouldn’t work. It would be putting Descartes before the horse.

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Thanks to Brenda, John, Graham, Erik.

Bonus:

“I CAN’T stand innuendo. If I see one in the script I whip it out immediately.” – Kenneth Williams

SOPPY SUNDAY

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1. Morning all. I’ve just been hearing about Boris Johnson. What is it with humans? We’d NEVER elect a loonie like him to be head orangutan.
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2. Yep, we sheeps agree! Wherever you found him, put him back.
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3. Actually, we Passion Flowers in Bulgaria, still flowering, agree too. Ditch him.
4. Getting ready for a night on the town?
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5. If there’s no baby elephants to play with, why wouldn’t you play with a baby giraffe?
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6. What you looking at? You’re wearing odd socks!
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7. Hmmmmm.
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8. Redbilled Fire Finches cosying up.
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9. Nothing beat a hug.
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10. Sorry the beak’s a bit dirty. Just had breakfast!
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11. What a comfy pillow.
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12. We can share if you like.
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13. Niamey, Niger.
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14. First thing after the storm, was to check on wee Robbie. He was there seconds after me looking for breakfast of mealworms, seeds and bread. He was swiftly followed by Bertie the Blackbird looking for sultanas.
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15. Well, why not. That’s what mums are for!
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16. All dressed up… so I’m off to the dancing!
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17. What? I’m busy eating. Come back later. Oh, no, wait, I’m always eating. Don’t come back at all!
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18. Loch Tummel.
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19. You wanna dance?
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20. Hari, a new baby rhino in Australia.
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22. I’m a bridled nail tail wallaby, but of course, you knew that already, being Munguinites.
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20. If anyone asks, you didn’t see me! It was another orangutan what done it. OK?

Thanks to Quokka, John and Kay.

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THE TORIES, AFTER LIZ TRUSS, DOMINIC RABB, BORIS JOHNSON AND NADINE NOODLEHEAD, COULDN’T GET ANY DIMMER …

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I GIVE YOU NICK FLETCHER (Nah, nor me but I’ll look him up for you.)

Nick Fletcher | MP for Don Valley
MP for Don Valley. Don Valley is a former coal mining area which elected only Labour MPs from 1922-2019. The current MP should probably not get too comfortable.

I can, of course, understand, that if you are a male British teenager and you hear that you are not going to be playing James Bond, Luke Skywalker, or even Dr Who, that you must think to yourself, “well, self. That’s it. There’s nothing left for me now but the world of crime. I’ll have to go rob a bank … or maybe even join a crime syndicate, like perhaps the Tory Party.

Liz Truss: 'You have to put yourself forward... No one else will' - YOU  Magazine

Why, only the other day I saw two young lads lamenting the fact that not only was the home secretary female but the foreign secretary was too.

Imagine their dismay when I added to their woes by informing them that the queen was a woman!

I await the crime wave.