Word of the day

April 24, 2017

Mirkning – late twilight, dusk.

John Clarke/Fred Dagg.

April 10, 2017

“He laughed at the way we talked, but it was a laughter without jeers.

Clarke had the true comic’s gift of being able to show what was funny about New Zealanders but in a way which, somehow, celebrated rather than sneered at it.

There was always a sense of heart, a generosity of spirit, as he laughed – or rather, as he showed us what was funny.” so true and so sad that I can’ think of anyone in NZ who does that now.

The Hinterland

The late, great John Clarke/Fred Dagg on the meaning of life. An excerpt therefrom.

“Of course, in the 20th century, we have produced a fair array of theories about what life’s actually about and probably the existentialists take the buttered confection for getting closest to thinking they had it all worked out. They used to hang about in the Paris area, which is in what we used to call Gaul, and talk about how terrible life was and how they didn’t know if they’d really get to the weekend. They reckoned life was a pretty dreadful business and was filled with a thing called ennui.

“Now, ennui is a terrible thing, and seems to have roughly the same effect as terminal boredom. Ennui actually is a French word meaning Henry. And the story goes that once you get a touch of the Henry’s, it’s all downhill and the only way…

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Sunday soapbox

April 9, 2017

Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. - Mark Twain

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. – Mark Twain.

Quote of the day

February 22, 2017

Oh all the time when Victoria Wood and I did our series. There were people asking ‘Can women be funny?’ People still ask that. It’s like asking: ‘Can women breathe in and out?’  – Julie Walters who celebrates her 67th birthday today.

She also said:

I keep seeing myself in my daughter, and I see my mother in me and in her. Bloody hell.


In order to be creative you have to be allowed to fail.

Quote of the day

February 21, 2017

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.  – Erma Bombeck who was born on this day in 1927.

She also said:

Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.


It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.


There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.


No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I have known mothers who remake the bed after their children do it because there is wrinkle in the spread or the blanket is on crooked. This is sick.

Word of the day

February 13, 2017

Cognize – know; understand; become aware of; perceive.

Quote of the day

February 8, 2017

It’s increasingly apparent that the absence of purpose – or of a moral language – within government, media or business, could become one of the most dangerous own goals for capitalism and for freedom.Elisabeth Murdoch who was born on this day in 1909.

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