Archive for the ‘funny’ Category

what about iraq?

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Emma told me about this a couple of days ago – an interview with a couple of voiceover artists who specialize in election season attack ads. It’s pretty interesting, and especially worth listening to for their takes on a couple of nursery rhymes. My brother Richard I’m sure will appreciate the mention of trout.

another headline

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

There are a few words in American English which mean a completely different thing in UK English. Hence this from the local paper: The latest wrinkle at the spa? Fanny facials (the link probably will expire in a couple of weeks). Yes, it’s amusing. But the fanny in the USA refers to the posterior – hence “fanny pack” in the US instead of “bum bag” in the UK. I had an alarming experience in my first week or two living here when someone invited me to “park my fanny” on a chair.


Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Not the best story ever, but the headline caught my eye: Spanish King Denies Shooting Drunk Bear. It just sounds so … 17th century.

wallchart wars

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

My brother Robin is quite the regular in the BBC’s online Magazine Monitor these days. Yesterday he had a post up about something in the Guardian (scroll to the post from Robin, Edinburgh).

I felt that I had to reply with a comedically stern rebuke, which to my surprise they actually ran:

Further to the snarky comment from Robin of Edinburgh regarding the Guardian’s apple wallchart, I feel I should make you aware that this comment came from someone who used to have a ‘Sheep breeds of Britain’ poster. I should know – I’m his big brother (which also gives me the right to humiliate him in public).
Andrew, Minneapolis (formerly from Edinburgh)


Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Toby’s got a good head of hair now, but you might remember that he was pretty much bald until he was two. Too bad we didn’t know about!


Friday, September 1st, 2006

This morning I got a message from my brother Richard this morning about a jolly jape he inflicted on BBC Radio 5 Live:

Last night I was listening to FiveLive on the BBC and they were doing one of their “send in your amusing names” items. It was full of things like “One of my teachers was called Mrs Strict” from John in Barnet – all very boring. So I decided to liven it up and emailed them this from Rear Admiral [you'll have to listen to the clip for the name] (Mrs)

Click here for the audio clip.

follow-up on fish news

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

I’m sure you were waiting with baited breath about the results of the fish slap thing which I posted a couple of weeks ago. Well, from the BBC: Man slapped in face with wet fish.

Great quote from the woman who slapped the bloke in the face with the fish: “It is kind of a dream of mine.” This actually makes sense in a way. Your dreams are seldom linear and often don’t make a whole bunch of sense. Alexei Sayle said once that he wouldn’t actually enjoy the holiday of his dreams because it would involve floating in the air and landing in a swimming pool full of green rabbits etc etc.

non-fish news

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Due to the lack of fish news lately, here’s some exciting, stop-the-presses cows news.

more fish news

Monday, August 14th, 2006

A charity fish face slap on offer. Emma’s comment: (incredulous tone of voice) “Wait – you have to buy your own fish?”.

trout news

Friday, July 28th, 2006

On the Minnesota Trout Unlimited message board:

As reported in The New Yorker, edition of July 10 & 17, 2006:


From the Chaska (Minn.) Herald.
A man passed out on the banks of Courthouse Lake attracted the attention of local police in the early morning hours on Jan. 14. The man appeared to be extremely intoxicated and was using a trout as a pillow.

As if this story wasn’t bizarre enough, note that the date is Jan. 14 – it probably would have been well below freezing.