A tweet to Eric Idle

5 02 2013

A little wit makes the world go around.  🙂

Found on Twitter…

Twitter / paulmcbride4: @EricIdle here you go Eric ….

How To Kill A Mustache – DesignTAXI.com

8 12 2012

OK, so let’s forget that the creators can’t spell moustache for a second. (Even WordPress is trying to tell me I’ve spelt it wrong (and doesn’t recognise spelt as the past participle of spell either, it seems! (Or “recognise” as a legitimate spelling. Jeez – I feel like I’m in Inception, I’ve recursed that deep!)), but I’m used to ignoring its insistent Websterisms). [Being an ex-programmer helps me keep track of all the brackets! 🙂 ]

Instead, enjoy this witty video piece on how to deal with the end of Movember 2012!

How To Kill A Mustache – DesignTAXI.com.

DesignTAXI: Valhalla awaits

Histoires drĂ´les de jouets | La boite verte

26 10 2012

OK, so it’s a French site, but it is still funny!

A series of photos of plastic toys with (usually – it IS French) amusing speech bubbles.

Histoires drĂ´les de jouets | La boite verte.

“Funny stories with toys – The green box”

A Lannister Always Spays His Pets

10 10 2012

Now I’ve never read the Game of Thrones books, and if it wasn’t for the regional UK accents and rampant nudity, I’m not sure I’d have watched it on TV either. OK – the accents were a distant second.

But this wouldn’t have been funny had I not put up with all that gratuitous sex…

A Lannister Always Spays His Pets

Tyrion Lannister Has An Important Message For You


Advice on how to prepare tea like a Englishman (sic)

10 10 2012

First born is having a rare old time as a co-op student in Switzerland at the moment.

As far as I can tell she is making good use of my educational dollars and getting drunk and/or laid quite regularly. (At least she is evasive enough in answering my questions that I am simply forced to draw such conclusions.) She recently went on a road trip to MĂĽnchen to the Oktoberfest… I am so jealous. Good on ‘er! Life is the best education anyone can have.

Me embarrass her?! It’s character forming…

All I can say is it’s a good job my own parents weren’t such shameless libertarians… I’d probably never have left University with a functioning liver.

Anyway, one of her “friends” (wha’?!) passed on this little titbit, which she thought I’d appreciate. I did, and despite the appalling English in the title, I thought you might too, so here it is… a tongue in cheek description of making “English” tea.

Thaddiousz comments on LPT Request: Advice on how to prepare tea like a Englishman.

Of course, bits of it are deadly serious… like the bit on sugar. Although, I have to say that I know at least one less-than-abhorrent sugar taker. Perhaps their family often falls victim to swan attacks… just sayin’!

33 Perfectly Timed Photos | Bored Panda

16 08 2012

Not a lot you can say really!

30+ pictures where the shutter closed at the perfect moment…

33 Perfectly Timed Photos | Bored Panda.

Photo Credits: siteaks.com

25 03 2012

Now THIS is funny. A great find by Martin Moore.
Delivery is awesome.
But is it art?! 🙂

BBC News – E-mail error ends up on road sign

8 03 2012

As promised in Signs of the Times, here’s a “lost in translation” signage moment.

BBC News – E-mail error ends up on road sign.

The English is clear enough to lorry drivers - but the Welsh reads "I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated."

John Wayne’s teeth

25 12 2011

Firstly – Merry Christmas!

As is socially expected on these occasions, I over-indulged today, and ate enough food to keep an entire family of more deserving people fed for a week. And I didn’t even partake of my wife’s lovely Christmas Pudding yet! I even let my son perform the annual “setting fire to perfectly good food for theatrical effect” ceremony. Traditionally this involves pouring a spoon of brandy on the hot pudding and setting fire to it to “flame” or “fire” it. Never been one to leave a rule or tradition unbent, I recently tested the flammable qualities of an Australian rum going by the name of Bundaberg. This turns out to be somewhere only just south of petrol and gives a sustained pyrotechnic display allowing for photography and enough time to rush to the kitchen for a bucket of water. This was duly substituted for brandy in today’s proceedings. Being relatively young, I feel sure my son’s eyebrows will regrow in due course.

Anyway, this has nothing to do with the current posting which is about a song that I have had in my head for a couple of days. It’s a First Nations style chant, performed by The Eaglebear Singers, called John Wayne’s Teeth. I first heard it in a film called Smoke Signals.

Smoke Signals is a quirky little comedy/drama based in WA state up here in the Pacific Northwest, and introduced me to fry bread and driving deliberately in reverse for sustained periods. Based on a short story from the book  Lone Ranger and Tonto: Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, I recommend both the film and the book. The film has the advantage of coming with music though.

If you want something more thoughtful for the holiday season, check out Ulali’s “All my Relations”, also in the film.

Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967)

20 12 2011

I was recently sent some quotes from Dorothy Parker. I’d heard of her vaguely, but wanted to know more. I was aware she had a biting wit and was a New Yorker. That was about it.

Wikipedia: Dorothy Parker

Wikipedia: Dorothy Parker

Turns out her career took off while she was writing theatre criticism for Vanity Fair, which she began to do in 1918 as a stand-in for the vacationing P. G. Wodehouse, himself famous for the Jeeves books. According to Wikipedia, “Parker’s caustic wit as a critic initially proved popular, but she was eventually terminated by Vanity Fair in 1920 after her criticisms began to offend powerful producers too often.” My kind of woman!

Among other things, she’s attributed with saying:

  • The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
  • I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true.

If her wit is to your taste, I found this little cache for further reading: