When turning on the radio or TV in the UK these days, we no longer hear the bloody Brexit word being mentioned in every other sentence. That time when the British Government were so preoccupied with getting us out of Europe, they were blind to the far greater threat to our future looming on the horizon. Switching on these days, the words unprecedented and battling are being bandied about. Unlike Brexit, it’s impossible to laugh about the C-word, but it is more important than ever for us to hang on to our sense of humour.
I’ve never trusted anybody who comes over as having had a sense of humour bypass. Chatting to someone new at a party or, these days, at a virtual social soiree, you unleash your best one-liner. As your voice trails away into cyberspace, together with the sound of a damp squib, it’s time to mute yourself, and go and chat to someone else.
Humour for me, has always been the attraction when making new friends; it is the glue that binds me to the people I am closest to.
Money makes the world go round. Bleh! You can keep that little idiom stuffed in your pocket. Money might get shit done, but it’s love that makes the world go round, after a little humourous foreplay.
While we are in Lockdown, read some funny books, to lift your spirits. Here are a few of the books that have tickled my funny bone in the past, written by authors I admire and would so much like to follow in their rib-tickling typescript.
Dulcie Domum’s Bad Housekeeping, Fourth Estate (London, England), 1990, and More Bad Housekeeping, illustrated by Marie Hélène Jeeves, Fourth Estate (London, England), 1992.
Sue Limb Bonus Ball: GloomsburyBBC Radio 4 comedy sitcom which gently parodies the lives, loves and works of the Bloomsbury Group. Written by Sue Limb and five series have currently been produced, in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
This Adam Kay book also brings back memories of falling off a sun lounger in Puerto del Mogán, while I was reading it for the first time, but don’t just take my word for it.
‘A funny, moving and insightful celebration of the everyday heroes of our NHS. Kay reveals the realities of working for the NHS with visceral honesty but also with humour, never losing sight of the huge significance of the work itself and those profoundly rewarding moments of truly-deserved gratitude from the patients.’
Where there is humour, there is love, and where there is love, there is strength.