Elizabeth shared this YouTube video about a lethal self-defence move with us. Please watch before reading the rest of this post. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wr5Sa_R4GQ You've just been Rickrolled! Elizabeth likes to Rickroll us. If you don't know what Rickrolling is it's what I've just done to you: tricked you into watching the 1987 Rick Astley hit, "Never… Continue reading A self-defence move and a cure for insomnia
You have to murder to call it a burger
The Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach launched this satirical marketing video for the meat industry this week to highlight an upcoming EU parliament vote on whether to ban meat-related names for plant-based products. The marketing video starts at 2:47 so you'll have to fast-forward to then as the first part of the video is in Dutch… Continue reading You have to murder to call it a burger
Humour in adversity
One thing I will forever remember from this pandemic is our capacity for humour at a time of adversity. Every day brings new laugh-out-loud moments. The tweet below from the Scottish sports broadcaster, Andrew Cotter, commentating on the final suspenseful moments of his dogs struggling over a toy is superb. https://twitter.com/MrAndrewCotter/status/1248313303270596610 Boris Johnson is home… Continue reading Humour in adversity
Elizabeth has been reading Sophie's World which is an introductory philosophy book for children. Recently she started talking about someone called So-crates and someone else called Arse-trolls. It took us a little while to realise she was referring to Socrates and Aristotle 🙂
When the kids unstack the dishwasher
When life is like a Monty Python sketch
I ordered some shoes online last weekend and this evening at about 6:30pm a delivery driver from DPD turned up with the box. However when I opened the door he was looking at his device - the thing you sign to accept the delivery - with a concerned expression on his face and said, "Sorry, I’m not supposed… Continue reading When life is like a Monty Python sketch
John Oliver destroys Donald Trump
Donald Trump (aka Drumpf) is particularly unlikable and so it was very satisfying to watch John Oliver pull him to pieces. I've seen and read about his behaviour here in Scotland when he was building his golf course and it was shocking. It's hard to believe he could potentially become president of the United States. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGc2nN9OguQ #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain
Scamming the spammers
One of my coworkers shared this TED talk which is so funny I want to share it as well. James Veitch, a British comedian-director-writer-producer, decided to reply to a spam email one day and his talk is about the resulting correspondence. https://www.ted.com/talks/james_veitch_this_is_what_happens_when_you_reply_to_spam_email
Snow and ice
It snowed a bit late last night and then today the temperature didn't go above 1°C so the snow froze on the roads and pavements creating a a bit of an ice-skating rink. I wasn't sure whether to cycle the kids to school but I did and it was absolutely fine. In fact, I think… Continue reading Snow and ice
I got this card for my birthday: It's funny! But would it be just as funny if it was the other way around? Say it was a woman whose shadow had two huge boobs and the guy's saying "If only". Would that be funny? I don't think I'd find it funny but perhaps that's because I… Continue reading Saggy bits
Who’s in charge?
A conversation Ben had with our 7-year-old son, Daniel, today: Daniel: Is mummy older than you? Ben: No, she's younger. Daniel: Then how come she's in charge?
The things my children say
I have never spent a night away from my children. Not a single one. Now that I've got this flashy new job I will occasionally take trips away and the first one is next month. I'm going to Hawaii! We told the children over dinner that I will be going to Hawaii for a week… Continue reading The things my children say
How many times can I embarrass myself in one week?
This morning at 6am I had a job interview; at least I thought I did. My instructions were to be online at 5pm GMT on March 26th. I spent so much time checking and double-checking that 5pm GMT was indeed 6am New Zealand time that it didn't occur to me that 5pm on the 26th… Continue reading How many times can I embarrass myself in one week?
Let's see whether this title generates more traffic than my bikini photo did. The Automobile Association of Britain has launched a campaign on cycling safety and they've produced this video clip of a naked cyclist. It's very good. Coincidentally, my 7 year old has been asking questions about nudity this morning. He said, "When did… Continue reading Naked cycling
A funny letter to DFAT
My aunt sent me this funny letter which was apparently sent to the Australian DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) office about a passport application. I have since discovered that there are British and American versions of this letter as well. I can't comment on the process in Britain or America but I can… Continue reading A funny letter to DFAT
Someone sent me this yesterday. It's quite old but I've only just seen it and want to share. I can certainly relate to the challenge of getting small children ready and out the door each morning.
Who is Christopher Monckton?
I was wrong about Christopher Monckton. For some time now, I've thought he was the 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (whatever that means), but it turns out that he's Sacha Baron Cohen's latest creation, uncovered by Australian comedian, Craig Reucassel. Thanks to Sou at HotWhopper for pointing this out.
A three-year-old is an entertaining beast. Our three-year-old always seems to be ordering us about. Here are some of these orders. To Daniel: * Hurry up Daniel or you'll be late for school! * Don't run across the road! To Daddy: * Don't put the orange skins in the compost because the worms don't… Continue reading Bossy three-year-olds
I went to the dentist this morning. All was fine as it pretty much always is. But that doesn't stop me from freaking out. What is it about the dentist that does this? I blame the school dental nurses of my childhood with their set of torture tools and creepy schadenfreude. The thing I hate the… Continue reading Dental anxiety
Questions from my son
I had a couple of questions from Daniel - who is 6-years-old - yesterday afternoon. One of the questions is quite profound, the other, profane. I'll let you guess which is which. NB: Freud is our dog. Question 1: What would happen if I put my finger in Freud's bottom and took it out and… Continue reading Questions from my son