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Tickled Pink

Posted: September 15, 2009 in Humour, Music, Rock
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Tickled Pink

Tickled Pink

Fairly humourous rock. Tickled Pink by Pule Thamex

The Goons: Milligan, Secombe and Sellers

The Goons: Milligan, Secombe and Sellers

The Goon Show, is it the greatest comedy of all time? Yes, for me it is. Although to anybody outside of the UK, Australia and New Zealand it might not even be completely understandable because of its surrealism, its Britishness with its parodies of Britain in the 1950’s, and the unusual voices of some characters that take getting used to. Broadcast on BBC radio during the 1950’s it lasted for 11 series featuring a mad blend of surrealism, satire, many politically incorrect lines (happily, this was before PC reared its air-filled head), deliberate ham and corn and what can only be described as Milliganisms, not surprising really as it was mostly written by humourist Spike Milligan whose brainchild it was. The first three series and part of the fourth featured various sketches, also Michael Bentine was a fourth Goon for the first two series but then he left and there were only three Goons from series three on. Half way through the fourth series a single storyline featured instead of a number of different sketches. It is this single plot show (using the word plot very loosely, as acknowledged by the Goons in the shows themselves occasionally) that has amassed a cult following and thankfully, partly because of fans taping the shows every week, most of the episodes from series four onwards have survived.

The Goon Show featured Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers, whose voices and characterizations go a long way to ensuring the shows continued popularity according to some people, and Sellers has been quoted as saying that professionally this was his happiest time. Supplementing the main performers were occasional guests and regular announcer Wallace Greenslade, plus there were two brief musical interludes each show featuring Max Geldray and Ray Ellington.

The Goon Show: Sellers, Milligan and Secombe

The Goon Show: Sellers, Milligan and Secombe

THE GOONS:

Neddie Seagoon Harry Secombe (the central character, a gullible but well-meaning fool)
Hercules Grytpipe-ThynnePeter Sellers (a suave cad and con-artist out to fleece Neddie)
Count MoriartySpike Milligan (Grytpipe-Thynne’s dilapidated accomplice)
Major BloodnokPeter Sellers (a retired army Major, coward, money-lover, and womaniser with an explosive bowel condition)
Henry CrunPeter Sellers (an ancient and doddering old idiot and forgetful inventor)
Minnie BannisterSpike Milligan (Henry Crun’s ancient lady friend, at an unspecified time in the past she had some sort of liaison with major Bloodnok)
EcclesSpike Milligan (a tall idiot, once referred to by Neddie as, ‘the nearest thing I’ve seen to a human being without actually being one’)
BluebottlePeter Sellers (a boy scout, also an idiot, often teams up with Eccles to help Neddie)

Various minor characters appeared from time to time. My favourites? Probably the scenes featuring Henry Crun and Minnie Bannister.

The Goon Show was quite an influential programme, probably responsible for the so-called alternative comedy that had its beginnings in the 60’s, it’s been cited as a major influence by Monty Python’s members and the most famous of its devotees are probably Prince Charles and The Beatles. Although it’s a 1950’s programme, I didn’t discover it until the 80’s, though I was aware of its cult status and had heard bits and pieces but I just never had the occasion to appreciate it properly till then. Even with today’s advanced technology, I doubt whether the Goons would transfer well to a visual medium, they were conceived for radio broadcast and can only be fully realized and enjoyed by that means. Whether via the airwaves or via recordings, the Goons inhabit a fantastic world inside the listener’s head, a world of delirious and delicious humour, a world unlike any other.

The Goon Show early days with Michael Bentine far right

The Goon Show early days with Michael Bentine far right

Fred’s Head

Posted: August 18, 2009 in Humour, Music
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Fred's Head

Fred's Head

A short humourous piece.Fred’s Head by Pule Thamex

Fundies Say The Darndest Things

Fundies Say The Darndest Things

For colossal laughs and jaw dropping amazement at the sheer depths of human depravity take a look at the huge collections of stupidity and banal evil collected from other parts of the web and archived on Fundies Say The Darndest Things, FSTDT. Much of the inhumanity and idiocy comes from fundamentalist religious cults that seem to specialize in turning their members into brainless barbarians or brainless sheep, but other forms of imbecility are also catered for. There are large sections devoted to conspiracy theorists, Conspiracy Theorists Say The Darndest Things, CTSTDT, and racists, Racists Say The Darndest Things, RSTDT,

The way it works is that people search fundamentalist and racist websites and forums to find boneheaded quotes which are submitted to FSTDT and posted in the relevant section. The site is updated every day and the supply of stupidity never seems to diminish. Apart from enjoying the moronic posts themselves, many of which will have you splitting your sides, you can also read the comments associated with each one, they can also be hilarious. And if you feel you have something to add, you can add your own comment too, I’ve added many myself. It’s a brilliant idea and a brilliant site. Take a look and be prepared to be hooked. Make sure you’ve got plenty of time available to you because you’re going to have difficulty pulling yourself away. Let the laughter commence.

Matchbox Circus

Posted: August 17, 2009 in Humour, Music, Rock
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Matchbox Circus

Matchbox Circus

Another slightly humourous rock piece.Matchbox Circus by Pule Thamex

Thimbleful Of Stardust

Posted: August 16, 2009 in Humour, Music, Rock
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Thimbleful Of Stardust

Thimbleful Of Stardust

A more humourous somewhat whimsical, happy piece.Thimbleful Of Stardust by Pule Thamex

The End Of The World …Again

Posted: August 11, 2009 in Humour, Prophecy
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Screwed World

Screwed World

If you enjoy laughing at and reading about the massive fail of assorted prediction chumps through the ages then this site is for you. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It …Again is wittily written by Alma Geddon, and a hilarious read, it tells of the idiotic prognosticating of various doom mongers throughout history, from 633 BC through to 2003 AD, and of the inevitable failure of their measly predictive powers, obviously. Copious laughter and relentless mocking is the order of the day. Brilliant site. The only pity is that I don’t think it is updated any more.

Mayan Prophecy of 2012

Posted: August 11, 2009 in Humour, Prophecy
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Prediction Chump

Prediction Chump

I’d like to start with a prophecy, and that is that all the waffle foretelling craziness to happen at winter solstice, December 21, 2012 AD is in fact, just that, waffle, and the predicted events won’t happen at all, and I don’t even know what those events are. I can’t be bothered to find out, it’s a waste of seconds. Now that’s what I call prophetic. This will prove that my forecasts are far better than the cranks’ predictions with regard to future events when, as I foretell, nothing happens. Pule Thamex beats all the deranged and self-important cranks, mystics, wizards, witches, prognosticators, frauds, con-men and snake-oil salesmen, into a cocked hat.

Big deal, you’re thinking, anyone with half a brain could predict that. And you’d be right. Anyone with half a brain could quite easily predict that. Does this mean that the above list of prognosticators and cranks have less than half a brain? What about the people who believe the cranks, what fraction of a brain do they have? Presumably less than half. Hey, this is cool. I’m really digging my own straw man here. Whoopee!

Anyway, before I get too carried away, I’d just like to say, “Take that cranks, we’ll soon see who’s right in a few years”.