Great moments in radio comedy

I’m sure many readers have heard of the British comedy ‘The Goon Show’, broadcast in the 1950’s on the BBC. It has many fans all over the world, and (along with others of its genre such as ‘Round The Horne’) was the inspiration for later comedy teams such as Monty Python. I’m delighted to find that one of the greatest clips from the Goons is on YouTube. It’s the immortal Bluebottle (the boy scout from Finchley) and Eccles (the doofus) discussing timekeeping. It takes place ‘in the ground-floor attic of a nearby clock-repairer’ (you work it out!). It’s totally zany

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The worst job in the world?

OK. I thought I’d heard of all the bad jobs in the world, but this one just blows my tiny mind. How would you like to be a sewage diver? No, let me rephrase that. A SEWAGE DIVER???!!!?!?!? I had no idea. A few quotes from the linked article, plus my responses: “I’ve done about 1000 hours of sewage diving. Working in a pit of sewage is very difficult; you can’t see anything for a start, so everything’s done by feel.” And why would you want to feel anything in that lot??? “You can walk through the sewage but not

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How (not) to hunt the skunk

This happened in 2003. I posted about it at the time in a forum to which I belong, but it aroused so much amusement that I thought it worth recycling and reworking for this blog. Living in North-Central Louisiana is rather fun. The local wildlife are convinced that they own the neighborhood. We’re just intruders on their territory. I’ve had an armadillo nest underneath my house, and other wildlife tries to do the same thing all around here. A family on my street had seen skunks wandering around and warned me to keep an eye out (my house, like theirs,

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Another good man leaves us

I’m sorry to have to report that George McDonald Fraser, famed author of the ‘Flashman’ novels and many other books, has died. Fraser was a truly superb raconteur, skilled with language and vocabulary to paint a picture in words that was almost unsurpassed by contemporary authors. I’m sad to think that we’ll hear no more of Harry Flashman, rogue, bully, cheat and all-round poltroon – but a hero nonetheless. What’s more, Fraser was a veteran of World War II. His memoir ‘Quartered Safe Out Here‘ is certainly on my list of the top ten veteran autobiographies to come out of

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Sears joins the spyware nasty brigade

This really, really makes me mad! Sears (parent company of Sears, Roebuck & Co. and K-Mart) has admitted that it is installing spyware on customers’ computers when they sign up for its Web-based services. Sears thus joins a growing number of companies who’ve arrogated to themselves the right to install spyware on your computer without so much as a ‘by your leave’. Oh, sure, they may claim that they tell you what they’re doing and give you the opportunity to decline . . . but they do so in the middle of a long, convoluted document where you’re unlikely to

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Snowmobiles as combat vehicles in WW2

One never ceases to learn new things about the last World War. I never knew that on the Eastern Front both the Soviets and Germans used armed snowmobiles as fighting vehicles. You’ll find many photographs and diagrams over at Dark Roasted Blend if you’re interested. BTW, Dark Roasted Blend regularly comes up with truly amazing lists of interesting things and photographs to blow your mind. If you haven’t visited the site before it’s well worth bookmarking and returning regularly. A few of my favorite posts there:Heavy Machinery Acrobatics, Part 2 (check out two other parts linked on this page); The

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Tragedy of the day

How I hate it when I read these things . . . 🙁 A man from Natchez, MS shot and killed his wife when he mistook her for an intruder. There are so many things one could say . . . but I’ll say only this. If you hear a noise in your home you’d better be very, VERY sure of your gun-handling skills and knowledge of tactics before you go looking for trouble. It might be your wife, or kids, or some completely innocent noise. If you decide to go looking, tell the rest of your family to stay

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Sam The Sex God

I spent several years in part-time and full-time work as a prison chaplain. Lawdog‘s been bugging me to share more about those years, which I’ll do from time to time in this blog. I’ve written a memoir of those years for which I’m trying to find a publisher, so keep your fingers crossed. The incident below is taken from that book, which is tentatively titled ‘Walls, Wire, Bars And Souls’. One of the major issues in prison is inmate sanity. A large proportion of the hardened criminals in high-security institutions are mentally unstable, to say the least. Some are downright

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Doofus of the Day #1

This will be a regular feature. Now and again human stupidity gets the upper hand. What am I saying? Human stupidity gets the upper hand just about all the time! For today’s dose, I give you the two gentlemen who decided to use a .357 Magnum revolver in a tattoo parlor. They attempted to trace the outline of the revolver on the skin to use it as a template for a tattoo. I think you can guess what happened next. Both gentlemen are now in hospital. Am I the only one who thinks that we taxpayers are going to have

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