Cartoons Exhibition: at the Oxymoron Museum with John Atkinson

Always one to darken the door of an art exhibition, and having curated two myself, this diagram, spotted on Twitter this morning, made me laugh.  Delightful.

Plan of Oxymoron Museum

categories of display at the Oxymoron Museum

John Atkinson, drawer of this cartoon, has his work exhibited in Time Magazine.  There’s a reason: it’s clever, perceptive and give you a smile or roar with laughter.  (Which, after all, is what we want from a cartoon).

You can follow John’s work at his website Wrong Hands.

Here are a few more gems:



Movement and other dangers

Once again, Friday night is Health and Safety Film night with our resident expert, Professor Mal Archaic.

Bonjour!  That’s your actual French, that is, mesdames et monsieurs.  Ce soir (or this evening) we consider the dangers of movement, travel and encountering postmen.  I bow and generally lean forward at 30 degrees to the great French Safety film-maker, Jacques Tati.  

Youtuber “cinefils 2002” has compiled a visual essay of some important safety information from Jaques Tati, which we will now view, while seated in a safe armchair, rigorously tested to European standards.  Please ensure that your popcorn, if used, is not so hot as to induce a burning sensation in the throat.  Are we sitting comfortably?  Then roll the cinetape, Francois!

Friday Night is Health and Safety Film Night: Easy Money

Yes, Patrons, in 2018, back without popular demand: Friday night is Health and Safety Film Night at this particular blog circus tent.

Tonight’s lecture subject is: “Easy Money”.  Yes, that’s “Easy Money”.  See, I even said the word “money” quite simply.  It’s easy.  But not so simple to pick up.  Roll the cinefilm, Beowulf, there’s a lamb.

The obvious lesson here, lecturees, is to adjust your expectations to lower levels.  This particular safety film has inadvisedly been mal-labelled as: “One of the funniest Comedy Sketches of all time.”  No good can come of this.  Expectations are automatically set at the stratosphere; it is mildly amusing.  Be on the lookout for such misleading trade descriptions.

For previous important health and safety announcements in 2017, consult our archives on working conditions here and here.

That is all for now, tune in next Friday for the next lifesaving (potentially) Health and Safety Film!

Monty Python comedy

Friday Health & Safety: Mount Everest Expedition by Monty Python

Yes, Patrons, in 2018, back without popular demand: Friday night is Health and Safety Film Night at this particular blog circus tent.  I recently shared news of the Hairdresser’s Ascent and Blow Dry on Mount Everest, and found to my astonishment that stouthearted comedy fans had not seen it before.  Indubitably wayward.  For the safety and encouragement of comedic hairdressers everywhere, the facts must be made plain:


For non-hairdressing Pythons planning urban expeditions, this next exciting footage features important techniques, crucial to the vertically challenged.  Eagle-eyed observers will notice these groundbreaking techniques are similar to those ably demonstrated in early Superman and Batman tagteam wrestling TV spectaculars.


For non-domestic, high-rise challenges, teamwork and basic geography and geology is crucial, such as exhibited in this planning for the Kilimanjaro challenge.  This training film lasts 5 minutes – for the impatient, theres is less talky talky and more practical demonstration, don’t you know, from 3 minutes 50 seconds in, if you prefer to begin regarding the small screen from that point in the proceedings.  Tally-ho, toodle pip and send us a postcard from the summit.  Both of you.



Comedy Food: Letitia Cropley

I’m beginning to think that the overcrowded market of cookery books lacks one thing – a really funny cookery book.  Here is one of the Master Chefs of the craft: Letitia Cropley, a neighbour of the Vicar of Dibley.  Who always managed to add that little “Je ne sais quoi” ingredient to traditional recipes:

Letitia Cropley has previous “form” in rare cuisine, but is always generous at sharing her recipes, as you can see in this brief but unforgettable clip, in which she provides a birthday cake:

cartoon, housecleaning, after party

Clearing up after the party – animation

Betty Boop struggles to clear up after yesterday’s party.  Fortunately, her inventor friend, Gramps, has some inventive ideas.  I especially like way he deals with laundry.

The sound and picture may seem a little dated and scratchy – but what do you expect from a lady who’s 80 years old?  It’s still got energy and boop boopy boop.

An Amuse Bouche of food jokes

Over our evening meal at home tonight, I laughed as I remembered a joke told – I think – by Woody Allen, many years ago:

There were two women at a holiday resort and one said “Ah – this food is terrible!”  And the other said: “Yes!  And the portions are so small!”

(In case you’re wondering what an amuse bouche is – it’s French for something to tickle your tastebuds – you get it on menus at expensive restaurants.  It’s something unusual and dramatic and in a very small portion.)

I reckon that joke is about 40 years old plus – but my family has one older than that – a relative was told it in school 60 years ago.  Nobody laughed.  And the teacher who told it said to go home and tell it to their parents, because they would be amused.  (Rightly judging that the grownups would be more likely to ‘get’ absurdist humour).  And so the relative told it to her parents and it went down big; her father guffawed and almost keeled over.  Here is the old joke:

Two people were at a restaurant, for a meal.  When a bowl of mayonnaise arrived, one woman began to rub it into her hair.  “What are you doing, rubbing mayonnaise into your hair?” asked her startled companion?  “Oh, I’m sorry” she replied.  “I thought it was blancmange.”

If the joke doesn’t make sense; don’t worry.  It’s the lack of sense which makes it funny.  It is just absurd.

Today somehow being a day for aged jokes about food, I quoted one about 150 years old, today to a friend who mentioned pâté – quoting the wit Sydney Smith (1771-1845) – who said that his friend, Henry Luttrell’s “idea of heaven was eating pâté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets”.  

IMG_3919Sydney Smith was accustomed at one point in his life to London dinnerparties of great elegance – he did enjoy his food – but then his career as a minister took him to live in the depths of the countryside where tastes and food were simpler.  He took this change well, but noted that he now lived “Twelve miles from a lemon.”  

This became the title of a small book about him which I rejoice to say I have upon my bookshelves.

I wonder what old jokes about food other people can remember.