55 minus 14: Furthermore, another Saturday Smile

Posted: 3 August 2019 in 55 minus, saturday smiles
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Long before I started the countdown blogs, every so often, on a Saturday, I’d put up some YouTube videos or some single panel editorial cartoons, or even some ‘funny newspaper headlines’… some silliness, anyway.

Silliness, even in the roughest of times, the worst of days, is never unimportant. Indeed, as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate silliness as one of the best, the most superlative, things about humanity.

And after the week we’ve all had, we deserve much silliness; so here’s six bits of silliness.


While we in the UK always vote on a Thursday, in the US, they vote on a Tuesday. John Oliver sometimes asks How Is This Still A Thing? Here he is asking the question about that voting on a Tuesday thing… 



John Fortune and John Bird – the Two Johns – did fantastic mock interviews with ‘people of power’; sadly, many of them aren’t on YouTube. Joyfully, many of them are. Here they are discussing investment banking. 

It’s just about possible, I guess, that somoene reading this blog has not seen Four Candles. Written by Ronnie Barker, as Gerald Wiley – and there’s a story of its own – it remains one of the finest comedy sketches ever broadcast. Whether you’ve seen it or not, watch it in wonder.


And since we’re reaching back into history, here’s Morecambe and Wise with The Breakfast Sketch, more commonly known as “Oh, the one they do to ‘The Stripper'”

Again, from when they were much, much younger, Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis make it impossible to watch British war movies in the same way again, with an explanation of Spot The Stiff


A bit more recent for this week’s from the always present Mitch Benn. Think Pluto’s still a planet? Mitch has your back

See you tomorrow, with something else.

This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting down to my fifty-fifth birthday on 17th August 2019. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here.

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