Thank you of a cynical kind

I had no inspiration whatsoever to do something with saying “Thank you” for the current Mach Was challenge. Of course, the first thing I thought of was saying thank you to all care workers and those in essential services who keep us afloat. However, I couldn’t think of anything special to do with that other than actually saying THANK YOU! So, I now move on to something completely different.

A week or two ago I came across a video by Tim Minchin that I’ve been thinking about sharing for the challenge. I was a little hesitant because the cynicism may be off-putting for some but then I thought, eff it, it’s my blog, I share what I want. Tim Minchin is controversial to say the least but I like him, I can appreciate his outlook on life, and he makes me laugh. He is an Australian comedian and musician and makes musical comedy on the piano.

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He sings and jokes about social issues and is an outspoken atheist. So, be warned, the video I am about to share really is not for everyone! I assume conservative Christians will hate this man, so watch at your own discretion. The first 5 or so minutes are safe enough (I just adored the line “Love without evidence is… stalking”), it’s when he gets into the song when I think many people will really get offended. I, however, loved this.

So yeah, a bit of a cynical “Thank you” for this challenge. It’s all I could come up with.

P.S. A much safer Tim Minchin video to watch that I think everyone can laugh at is this one on Prejudice…

So, I guess from me on this Sunday it’s a thank you to comedy that can brighten our days and particularly in this case a thank you to Tim Minchin for the laughs.

Comic relief

Comic relief is better than getting super angry yet again at this morning’s Trump news. That man’s a menace! Anyway, yesterday evening our TV was switched off so I forgot about the Comic Relief Big Night In the BBC had put on to raise money for combating the Corona virus. Just a few quick clips here this morning before I get back to my boring work chores.

  •  Miranda is back with tips on how to get through these times of isolation. I loved how she got the primary cast to Zoom in with her. I follow her on Twitter and she posts a lot about mental health. She’s such a sweetie!

  • And Dawn French was back as the Vicar of Dibley, but alas without any Richard Armitage. It would have been nice if she had been able to Zoom with come cast members. Wasn’t as fun as I’d hoped but but I’ll take this too…

I understand the Big Night In has raised over 27 million pounds. Wow!

OK, gotta go, my meeting’s starting!

Resignation letters

I am so behind in blogging world, but I didn’t want to miss another ‘Mach Was’ and I see the deadline is today! The latest theme posted by Die Pö is to do someting with post / mail. I didn’t have any inspiration until now… As I have been in full on resignation mode of late, I have been occupying myself somewhat with resignation letters. I even helped my colleague P with hers a little bit (she and I are leaving on the same day!). She and I went the serious route with our resignation letters but I came across some fun ones, short and to the point, online. I very much understand the sentiment in these. 🙂 I don’t remember the sources, but here is a collection:

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And I’m thinking maybe my colleague and I should do something like this when we leave:

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Followed by this…

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The dance doesn’t have anything to do with post, but I thought it would end this post on an extra cheerful note. 😉

Arise, Sir Michael!

I have a real soft spot for Michael Palin. I went to a Hemingway book festival event here in The Netherlands once, specifically to hear him speak. One of my fave pictures I took that evening was this one:

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And one of my treasured possessions is a book he autographed to me personally (a gift arranged for me a few years ago by Mr Esther). The man has lovely penmanship! I also have several of his travel diaries, all very much worth reading.

Last night I read that Michael Palin is named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List! He is going to be a Sir and will be honoured for his “services to travel, culture and geography following his career as a writer and presenter of documentaries that have taken him all over the world”. I have yet to see his recent North Korea documentary, but it’s already on my to-watch list. I’m feeling very happy at this news!

Who could have predicted that a comedic knight in the 1970s with Monty Python…

would become a real knight one day! Arise, Sir Michael Palin and congratulations!

Easter Bunny

I have not had any inspiration for the latest Mach’ was Easter Bunny challenge. Easter bunnies have never really been on my radar, not even in my childhood. So, I was going to skip this challenge, but then I saw something on my Twitter timeline and although it’s not much, I figured it’s at least something!

Even before Harry Kennedy (Richard Armitage) became the man of Geraldine Granger’s (Dawn French) heart in The Vicar of Dibley, I used to really enjoy watching the show! And yes… I’ll just share some gifs of them here (nothing to do with Easter, just for my own viewing pleasure…)

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Well, in the first season of The Vicar of Dibley, way before there was even any thought of Harry, there was an episode about Easter in which Dawn French dressed up as the Easter Bunny! She went out at night to hide Easter eggs around the village and I saw this fun little gif of that on my Twitter timeline. 🙂

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So, there you have it, that’s it from me for this challenge: Dawn French as the Easter Bunny!

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Have a Happy Easter everyone!