Quite why this cartoon strikes me as the funniest I’ve seen in a long while, I’m not sure. Displacement? Modern anxieties, feelings of inadequacy expressed in a historical situation, another time, another place, a movie cliché at that? Allied, of course, to the drawn body language.
As the line at the bottom betrays, it’s lifted from the bi-monthly New Humanist magazine, November/December cover date. The one with Al Murray on the cover – “Of course there is a god, and he’s British. The Bible’s in English isn’t it?“- if you can find it on magazine racks anywhere. If I’ve infringed copyright it’s because I’m trying to spread the word (to the select few who land and linger on Lillabullero, so no great invasion methinks) and Chris Collins deserves the exposure.
Great magazine, published by the Rationalist Association, with a strapline of ‘Ideas for godless people,’ though I wouldn’t say godlessness necessarily precludes finding something of interest (like the affectionate interview with ex-Communard turned vicar Richard Coles). £3.95 if, as I say, you can find it anywhere, though there is plenty – including the cartoon – to sample on its website here. Well designed, nicely illustrated and full of articles, journalism, think pieces, interviews, reviews, humour, great cartoons (well up to Private eye standard) and a regular Lawrie Taylor tailpiece.
And here’s a joke I came across in the Guardian’s Football Blog last Friday, where it was credited to “the sparkling” Simon Hoggart: “Did you hear Greece has banned exports of hummus and taramasalata? They’re in a double-dip recession.“
Unexpected quote from Alison Graham in the Radio Times on Nirvana last week: “a quick blast of Smells like Teen Spirit is enough to clean anyone’s spiritual and emotional pipes“. Well, yes. And more prime words from her leading up to the Downton Abbey 2nd Season Finale:
I must admit I have always had an odd relationship with Downton, more Stockholm Syndrome than actual love. I watch, see only its flaws, yet I am captivated and chained to the door handle. Not Patty Hearst captivated; if Robert, earl of Grantham told me to rob a bank while wearing a beret, I wouldn’t. But it always reels me in, despite my sturdy defences (cynicism, ruthlessness, a refusal to admit to weakness).”
More Crossword wit, courtesy of the Guardian’s compilers. First some satisfying anagrams, starting with a couple of classics:
- from Rufus: Stomach is churning – but he enjoys it! (9)
- from Tramp: Philosopher unconventional to realist (9)
- from Gordius: The gaps it managed to fill (9)
- from the mighty Araucaria: He was beat and needed a cure all right (7)
- from relative new boy Bonxie: City slam United – that’s inexplicable! (8)
And now some more with musical subjects:
- a couple from Rufus: Put on heavy music symbolic of Ireland (8)
- Four on the fiddle (6,7)
- genius from another newie, Tramp: Singer has straight daughter – alternatively the opposite (7)
- and from Gordius: Egg breaks listener rising to music (6)