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Laughing It Off With My Friends

Before this weekend, people kept asking me what I had planned for the weekend. I think it must have sounded odd to them when I said that Jack and I were working. Bank holidays don’t effect our work as volunteers, in fact, we are usually more busy.

But I did fit some extra things in…including…a bra-fitting (which is always traumatic, but it feels great to have bras that fit really well), attending a Christian service with a group of friends which was very enjoyable, and having supper and drinking wine with some friends of ours that we have not seen since before the Pandemic.

I had forgotten how funny they were! It was so good for me to enjoy their company. My we laughed. And when I related some of the little challenges I have encountered with my new job, well their humour just had me shaking with laughter.

She Just Laughed And Said, “Oh, You’re So Funny.”

As many of you know, Helen Vahdhati has wisely decided to focus on her health for the present time. Jim Adams, aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me has kindly volunteered to host SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY for Helen, while she takes a break. Jim is a great lover of music and regularly writes about music, so he is going to be a brilliant host.

As you can see from Jim’s post below, for this week’s theme he has chosen: LAUGH/LAUGHTER/LAUGHING


Well, the first song that popped into my head was that one from Mary Poppins to be honest. But I have heard so much about Mary Poppins this past month, I was worried it might be a bit too much for you all to have such a well known song.

So I have chosen something completely different. Most people my age who grew up in Britain will remember the band Pulp. After Oasis and Blur, they were one of the biggest bands of the Britpop era. They won a lot of recognition for phenomenal lyrics and sounds. Unless you were there, its almost too hard to explain their popularity!

Now…I am yet to tell the story on my blog, although I may get round to it one day, but I was actually involved in a TV show and raved on and on about Jarvis Cocker in front of a live audience some years ago. I was working for a record company at the time and something happened at a certain awards show – we will not mention it right now. However, that eventl led to my television debut. She holds her head in her hands in shame!

She came from Greece, she had a thirst for knowledge
She studied sculpture at Saint Martin’s College,
That’s where I
Caught her eye.

She told me that her dad was loaded
I said, “In that case I’ll have a rum and coca-cola.”
She said, “Fine,”
And in thirty seconds time
She said,

“I want to live like common people.
I want to do whatever common people do,
I want to sleep with common people
I want to sleep with common people like you.”

Well, what else could I do?
I said, “I’ll see what I can do.”

I took her to a supermarket
I don’t know why but I had to start it
So it started there.

I said, “Pretend you’ve got no money,”
She just laughed and said, “Oh, you’re so funny.”
I said, “Yeah?
Well, I can’t see anyone else smiling in here.”

Are you sure you want to live like common people?
You want to see whatever common people see
You want to sleep with common people,
You want to sleep with common people like me.

But she didn’t understand,
She just smiled and held my hand.

Rent a flat above a shop,
Cut your hair and get a job.
Smoke some fags and play some pool,
Pretend you never went to school.

But still you’ll never get it right
‘Cause when you’re laid in bed at night
Watching ‘roaches climb the wall
If you called your dad he could stop it all.

You’ll never live like common people
You’ll never do whatever common people do
You’ll never fail like common people
You’ll never watch your life slide out of view,
And dance and drink and screw
Because there’s nothing else to do.

Sing along with the common people,
Sing along and it might just get you through
Laugh along with the common people
Laugh along even though they’re laughing at you
And the stupid things that you do.
Because you think that poor is cool.

I want to live with common people like you,
I want to live with common people like you…



This song was written by the members of the band Pulp listed below:

Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Russell Senior

They Say It Is The Best Medicine

Who doesn’t like a bit of a laugh with their mates? Well Rory and Kristian have been spreading the laughter this week by tagging bloggers with a lovable and laughable Challenge!



Rules: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector – Thank you Kristian! 

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’


The theme for this 3.2.1 Quote Me! Challenge is: LAUGHTER!

Oh me oh my – I love what I call belly ache laughing…when I am laughing so deeply that my belly is aching. I love it when something does that to you!

Last week I was writing a post about something that happened on a holiday and the memory is still so so funny, I sat there with my eyes streaming with tears and I was shaking with laughter. I was all on my own…but I was belly ache laughing at this holiday memory.

I am very fortunate to have grown up near Liverpool where there is an amazing sense of humour. So many friends and relatives can easily provoke me to belly-ache laughter. I love it! It is so good for you to be able to laugh like that!


I think my laugh is fairly normal.

However I have a few friends whose laughs are quite memorable. One is a friend of mine from Brazil. She has the most amazing donkey laugh. Please tell me you have heard a donkey laugh! We were so cruel. We used to deliberately think of jokes and funny stories to get her to start laughing at parties, and once she started, everyone would turn around and stare at her. She has the loudest donkey laugh I have heard. I love her to bits – but her laugh is insane!

Then there was Uncle Warren. Ay karumba! I remember he was telling Mandy and I a story as teenagers. It was a funny story and we laughed…for a few seconds. Uncle Warren started laughing after we stopped laughing. It was the weirdest scene. He started slowly and steadily, but you could see he was really taken. The laughter was descending slowly to his belly and then he started rocking and guffawing, and these huge heaves of laughter and snorts were being projected from his mouth. It went on and on.

Mandy started yelling for mum in the fear Uncle Warren was about to have a seizure or heart attack – she said his face had turned purple. I could not look at him because his laugh had reduced me to a blubbering wreck of laughter myself. I could not remember the joke that day, just Uncle Warren’s laugh that went on and on for about three or four minutes, before my mum was trying to pour water into him so he could get control of himself.





I am going to tag the following bloggers to carry on the “3.2.1 Quote Me!” Challenge on Laughter:


A Lorra Lorra Laughs In Liverpool


By the time I reached Liverpool with some friends who I grew up with, I finally started to feel I was relaxing.  It has been a long time since I have had a two week holiday.  Maybe ten years or so.  Normally I spread out my annual leave and have long weekends or take a random day off because a friend is passing through London and wants to see me.

At first I still had the pent up “places to be, people to see” rush rush mode switched on inside me.  But after a couple of days of realizing how incredibly slow the public transport routes are, I accepted you can’t rush outside of London.  I am not insured to drive anyone’s car at the moment.  In London, I don’t miss having a set of wheels at all. But outside of London, you have to accept a different pace enforced by the schedule of the buses and trains.


The day in Liverpool was great fun.  We did a bit of a whirlwind tour of some of the locations I was keen to see and then we relaxed with a phenomenal feast in a restaurant up in China Town.

My ear was delighted to hear very strong Liverpool accents again.  I have a few friends in London who grew up in Liverpool but their accent is blending with a southern hue. But hearing raw scouse is fantastic!

If you are a tourist visiting Liverpool, I am more than happy to recommend to you a visit to the Albert Docks.  It was so pleasant to be near the river on a blistering hot day. Walking through the colonnades provided plenty of much needed shade.  There are great museums and a myriad of little shops and cafes.


This photo came out rather blurry I am afraid.  The boat was just moving so quickly, I found it hard to focus.  It was packed with passengers at their leisure who were waving at us.  It looked so colourful in the sun today gliding along the River Mersey.

We did not take any boat trips today…we had too long a list of other places we wanted to visit.

Liverpool seemed very vibrant and lively today.  I think we were as well.  We laughed so hard, I felt I had a pain developing in my side.  I notice immediately the propensity Liverpool people have to laughter.  They truly like a chuckle and it is so easy to ignite what turns out to be a conversation of pure comedy.

And we were singing, we sang songs we knew off by heart that “The Beatles” were famous for.


It is so so good wandering around a place that you have been visiting since childhood, arm and arm with friends who you have known since childhood.  To have no time limitation because you are on “holiday” and can explore and play like a child.  Oh we did!

I don’t want to overload you with holiday spam!  But, if you can tolerate a few posts about my travels around the North West of England and North Wales this week…while I am on my hols!  I would love to show you around.  I could do my whole “Tour Guide Barbie” thing and tell you facts and figures that would probably give you more of a laugh than impress you.


We had a lorra lorra laughs in Liverpool.