Saturday, June 22, 2013

Bridging the gap between generations

I must pass these on to Little Jo from my late farther, who died well before his grand daughter Little Jo was born.

"Dad, who are your solicitors?"

"You've asked me countless times before and they have not changed."

"Please Dad, tell us again."

"Martin, Barton and Far..quhar."

Paroxysms of children's laughter. Say it aloud dear viewers. It is all in the timing and a pregnant  pause.

There was another from Father that my ageing brain cannot recall. The lines were said and would have naturally concluded with the word bum, but was cut short with, "don't be mistaken, don't be misled. One had a pancake stuck on  head". Anyone know?

Later, I remembered something about tom cats. That was enough for google to help.

Not last night but the night before
Three tomcats came knocking at the door
One played the bugle
One played the drum
And one had a pancake stuck to his ...
Don't be mistaken
Don't me misled
One had a pancake
Stuck to his head.

Somehow I doubt avoiding saying the word bum would not amuse present day children. Perhaps something rhyming with truck might be more appropriate for today's children.

16 comments:

  1. bum bum BUM!! you can say it :)

    During the 1956 Olympics there was a truly wonderful swimmer with the awful surname of Crap (spelling?). I was young enough to repeat the name over and over that night at home.

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    1. I must have heard her name a couple of times Hels, as it has stuck in my memory. The '56 games have not :-P

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  2. Yes Hels, it was Lorraine Crap a name that seemed awful to say aloud in those days.

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    1. Victor, we won't mention Sheila then, the Indian government minister.

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  3. They do know a lot more colourful words these days and they don't mind using them mainly on the bus coming home from school.
    Merle.......

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    1. Merle, boys from our very top private school walking along a shopping street in uniform, eff this, eff that. Disappointing.

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  4. What a good memory you have for an old codger Andrew! I have a devil of a time remembering anything from my child hood.
    There are some gems of children around but I'm afraid the vast majority appear to be foul mouthed materialistic morons. I fear for our future.
    Funny how we don't remember ourselves as being like that when we were young.

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    1. Old Craig? I am as slim and as smooth as I am in my memory. From my observations things are worse in Britain than they are here. R's nephew was about ten when we visited in 2008, now on FB he is a MILF hunter. I think I have been deleted as his FB friend, which is fine, but I find his FB persona disturbing when he is a young teen. Nice looking and intelligent lad, I thought. Now what is my mid twenty year old nephew's email address? The one he applies for jobs with. Cammoluvsbeer or something like that. I live in a different world.

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    2. I'm not familiar with youth in Australia but they would be hard pressed to be worse than many in the UK. Especially noticeable after our time in France where youth are well behaved and respectful - quite old fashioned and lovely really.
      Of course, it's the parents. When you have trash as parents it's not likely that you'll aspire to much more.

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    3. Craig, it can be quite bad here in some areas. I have seen it myself in England, and it is quite depressing.

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  5. Don't be misled Andrew, that poem would still amuse children today, but they would have to be old enough to understand it and young enough to still find the word bum funny. I'd suggest 7-8-9 year olds. Those that HAVEN'T been brought up in households where f...is commonplace.

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    1. Dear River, please don't mention about how some kids are brought up. You might have seen a few pass by your checkout. You can just see what future they don't have.

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  6. Reminds me of a 'naughty' rhyme from my dad.

    Ask your mum for sixpence
    to see the big giraffe
    with pimples on his whiskers
    and pimples on his....aaa....
    ask your mum for sixpence....

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    1. That's a good one Tony and not one I have heard before. There was one that began Mary had a little lamb, its face was black as charcoal....

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  7. I agree with River Andrew, I think a lot of youngsters would still have a snigger about bum :) I must admit I prefer to think that there are more or at least equal numbers of fabulous young people as there are the unlucky ones who have been brought up by nasty parents..

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    1. Little Jo would certainly find the word bum funny. I agree but I do take into account the area I live in and it not like that everywhere. I've seen some great behaviour by young people and come across some very clever ones too.

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