Wednesday, 29 July 2009

The Wednesday Ramblers' Association

Overheard in the office:

Lyndsay: “Sammy – there’s a phone call for you.”
Sammy: “Who is it?”
Lyndsay: “A man.”

Overheard in the caravan:

Hay: “I can go for a week without a shower.”
Chairman: “So can I.”
Hay: “I mean without smelling like a midden.”
Chairman: “Oh.”

Yesterday I noticed adverts at the foot of my daily blog for vitamin C supplements to prevent swine flu. Listen up people – vitamin C is about as effective at preventing flu as crossing your legs. The only successfully tested prevention against flu is a vaccine, and there is no vaccine for the common cold. Medical flu preparations can only alleviate symptoms, they don’t prevent it in the first place, nor do they reduce the length of time you have it. Some of these vitamin companies need suing.

Thanks to Alan Burnett for this one. For those not in the UK, NHS Direct is the generic National Health Service telephone helpline.

We were watching the film “2001: A Space Oddysey” the other night. Anyone out there understand the ending, ‘cos I’m buggered if I do.

I’m thinking of starting a cult of personality around myself. It was pointed out by a friend that I first need a personality.


  1. I always thought that the ending of 2001 meant exactly the same as the ending of The Prisoner.

  2. Alan: To quote Winnie: "A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."

  3. The 'overheard in the office" conversation reminds me of my conversation with an offshore provider (India) where the person I was talking to kept calling me 'Sir'...
    I may have had a cold at the time. Not enough Vitamin C, obviously.
    Love the cartoon - v.funny

  4. We have a guy who comes in our office that it's always best to satnd up wind of. Any relation?
    It's no good phoning that swine flu line. All you get is crackling.....

  5. Kabbalah: Reminds me of a Monty Python sketch.

    Kerrie: May well be. Does he have arms like an orang-utang? Love the joke.

  6. Good one. Husband swears by "2001" but I can't get past the monkeys at the beginning. I recall Leanard Rossiter somewhere.

    Don't shatter my illusions about vitamin C. I remember bein told as a kid that it cured everything! I still believe that now. xx

  7. My teenage daughter is convinced that she has swine flu -- along with everyone else who has feeling slightly poorly. A timely cartoon.

  8. What does midden mean exactly?