Happy Hour

Time really is flying by, it’s the weekend again already and it doesn’t seem more than a moment since I shared some music videos with you. As it’s the day when hopefully you can relax and enjoy yourself, I thought I’d do that again for your entertainment, only this time I’m hoping to make you laugh. Over the years there have been many very funny comedy programmes on TV, so here’s a selection of my favourites. I’m just choosing UK and Irish programmes so, sadly, there’s no room for Two And A Half Men. Then again, there wouldn’t have been anyway. And to be included these have to be programmes that make me laugh, which cuts out Miranda Hart and Ricky Gervais.

Although it has been seen countless times I make no excuses for my first choice. I was 16 when this series first aired, and it was a revelation in comedy programming. The unforgettable Monty Python:

I could have filled this with sketches by Morecambe and Wise. Much missed, never bettered. I’ve managed to restrict myself to two of their all time classics. You’ll have probably seen both many times already, but I hope they still make you laugh, as they do me. Firstly, breakfast as you had never seen it before:

 Care to dance?:

If you watched that to the end you would have seen one of their classic show endings too. And boobs!

To some, the Two Ronnies were a poor relation to Morecambe and Wise, but not to me. Yes, their shows had many similarities in format, but they introduced a number of ideas – such as the newsreader announcements – to create their own identity. I’m also sharing two of their sketches. Firstly, THAT one:

 And Mastermind as you’ve never seen it before:

Final one for today is from a wonderful sitcom that was cut tragically short by the early death of its lead actor. Thank heavens for box sets! From a Father Ted Christmas special, the priests need to escape the lingerie department:

I hope you’ve enjoyed these. If you have, do let me know as there are plenty more programmes I haven’t covered!

Art, Poetry and Smut!

Back in the Dark Ages I studied English Literature and the History of Art at UEA (officially the University of East Anglia, aka the University of Easy Academics). I thought it might be an idea to combine these two interests into a brief article so, with my evidently cultural background, there could only be one way to do this: mucky limericks!

The limerick as an art form is believed to have been invented around 400BC by the Ancient Greeks, but was made popular in latter-day form in the 19th century, with Edward Lear at the forefront. To the 21st century eye these now look very tame, and his habit of almost repeating his first line as his last looks like a cop out! I’m hopeless at remembering jokes, poems or pretty much anything else, but one limerick with an art theme has remained with me since I was first told it by one of the lecturers all those years ago:

While Titian was mixing rose madder,

His model had climbed up the ladder.

Her position, to Titian,

Suggested coition,

So he shinned up the ladder and ‘ad her!


I figured that there must be plenty of others in this vein so started some research. My, there are a lot of dirty minds out there! I said at the beginning of the month that I wanted to amuse and entertain you, so I thought I’d share a few of these in the hope they make you smile. Try this one, for a touch of class:

 Regardez-vous Toulouse Lautrec,

Though at first glance an ambulant wreck,

He could bonk once a week

A la maniere antique

And now and then a la Grecque.


Or maybe, lowering the tone a little:

 The cross-eyed old artist, MacNeff,

Was colour-blind, stupid and deaf.

When he asked to be touted

The critics all shouted:

“This is art, with a capital F!”


What I like about all of these is that they are suggestive but without needing to use words I wouldn’t want to write in my blog! I found many that used a variety of words for bodily parts, functions and actions, often as part of the rhyme, but you’ll have to find those for yourself! This one sums this up perfectly:

 A poet, whose verses inclined

To the rude and the randy, opined:

“Abusing my muse

Is not what I choose,

But I do have the filthiest mind!”


And I leave you for today with a final one, which amuses me by its use of language:

 Far removed from the girls of Pirelli

Are the ladies of S Botticelli.

They have porcelain skin

And a pert little chin,

With erogenous botti and belli!

Have a good day!