57 minus 38: Yet another Saturday Smile

Posted: 10 July 2021 in 57 minus, saturday smiles
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Silliness, even in the roughest of times, the worst of days, is never unimportant.

Indeed, as I’ve grown older, if not wiser, I’ve come to appreciate silliness as one of the best, the most superlative, things about humanity.

And some thing don’t change. In the year and a half’\s absence from this place, things are still not great for most people. So, after another week when the only sensible reaction to the news is to answer Twitter’s ‘What’s happening?‘ with a hearty ‘how the fuck should I know?’, here’s some much needed silliness.

For this run, I’m going to try and find, each week, three archive clips, one example of something that’s just… nice. And then end every week with something from my mate Mitch, who fortunately has continued to provide videos over the past year.

Ok, let’s start.


You wanted to see Bob Newhart receiving a call from the Colonies, didn’t you? I knew you did.


I have very fond memories of the movie Airplane. I saw it the same day I got my O’Level results. The results were ok. The movie was better than ok. Here are some ‘best bits’

It surprises me to remember, on rewatching this one, just how nuts the reaction was to Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. Not The Nine O’Clock News was having none of it

This week’s ‘nice’ smile(s): There are two types of people… those who find night shots of small kids getting up to mischief after the lights go out… and those who don’t. If you’re the former, you’ll enjoy these. If not, well, there’s always next week…
The first is one that went viral: twin toddlers who really should be going to sleep…
The second is what happens when one small child won’t go to sleep and enlists her brother’s aid.

From the moment Mitch played this one to me, I knew I wanted to see a video of it. Now I’m not saying that’s the reason he made one…. It’s from his most recent Edinburgh show, Ten Songs To Save The World, and it’s a thought I suspect is becoming more serious every day…

See you tomorrow, with something else.

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