Archive for the ‘Humour’ Category

Valentine Dilemma

Monday, February 13th, 2012


xkcd on the money, once again.


And In News Elsewhere…

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

…two things that caught my eye.


I am slowly working through the shorts films that make up Ed’s Story.  Ed Dobson is a pastor who is recording his reflections on living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.  These include gentle yet enlightening insights on hope, healing and forgiveness and more besides.


For all those who have found their IT knowledge called upon by family and friends at some time or another, Mike Lacher’s story will ring bells and tickle funny bones.

The Beatbox Nativity

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Contemporary yet scriptural, dear reader, I give you TyTe and The Beatbox Nativity.

and, for those who like their greatest story ever told live and unplugged, the Nativity Rap live and on location.

TyTe (aka The Reverend Tyte) is a vicar at Uplyme Church in England and was a professional beatboxer before being ordained seven years ago.



Achieving spiritual efficiency through prayer macros

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Simply arrange with God ahead of time that when you recite the prayer macro, it will be understood as a recitation of the longer prayer in full.”

A great morning coffee splutter from the funny if not quite scriptural Achieving spiritual efficiency through prayer macros.

(Hat tip to Tony Jones.)

The Important Field

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

I hear in some places, you need one form of ID to buy a gun, but two to pay for it by check. It's interesting who has what incentives to care about what mistakes.

from the ever-intriguing and often hilarious XKCD.

Dinner Ladies

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011



I’m not scared. I’ve already had three near death experiences. Do you remember Bren? Oh, no, you weren’t there. The last one there was a light at the end of a long, dark passage and Dusty Springfield was beckoning to me with a lovely smile….turned out i’d passed out in the Mersey Tunnel with a drag act.

from Petula’s living will video in the last episode of ‘Dinnerladies’.

Victoria Wood’s words and Julie Walter’s delivery – few can match that combination for laughs and pathos.

Saturday Night At The Movies

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

As the father of four females and the husband of a fifth, my ability to influence prime time viewing in our house is somewhat limited, to say the least.

At one end of the televisual spectrum is surfeit of SPCA inspector / model / singer / designer / cook / doctor / customs dog handler reality fare.  At the other end of that spectrum is the seemingly unending geyser of imported rites of passage, ‘good vs evil’ movies.  These invariably feature a multi-cultural teenage dance crew/cheerleader squad/football team (who are secret either witches or superheroes) battling to save the world from sparkly vampires, t-shirtless werewolves or plain ol’ baddies aided by bespectacled boys, talking animals and cameos who should know better.

It is for this reason that, while reading this week’s TV Guide just now, I laughed out loud upon reading the following superbly acerbic movie review.

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Clearly, I am not alone in my misery but I think the reviewer’s pain threshold is higher then mine, as I would definitely question the two-stars (FAIR) rating.


Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I spent an enjoyable couple of hours watching ‘Heartlands‘ last night. Rescued from the ignominy of the bargain bin, what a cracking little movie it turned out to be. A gentle tale of a quiet man who sets out on his moped to find his philandering wife and discovers there’s more to life than darts and beer along the way. Michael Sheen (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) delivers a solid performance in the lead role, supported by old reliables Jim Carter and Celia Imrie and a great cast including nicely understated Paul Shane, Ruth Jones, Phillipa Peak and a softer than normal performance from Mark Strong. The only downside were the inconsistent dialects of some of the characters.  More than anything I’ve watched recently, this movie reminded me of England and the subtleties of the English sense of humour. Another cracking $4.99 bargain from The Warehouse.

Book Burning

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

A funny from the always excellent but sometimes unfathomable xkcd, coinciding nicely with listening again this week to the thought-provoking story of Carlton Pearson in the Heretics episode of This American Life.

Automated prayer fulfilment

Monday, January 18th, 2010
Printer queue with 'Amen' document names

The Praying Printer

If this morning’s print queue screen is anything to go by, it would seem that my department’s print station is now connected to a higher network and accepting prayer requests via Microsoft Word documents.