My TV went on the blink the other week - for about four days I couldn't get it to work. Now sometimes it plays up if we have storms in the mountains but this time I couldn't seem to "wait it out". I did all the usual girlie things - you know, unplug it, thump it, turn the electricity off etc. I even got the instruction manual out, took a photo of how the wires at the back were hooked up to the Freesat box etc. but still nothing worked. So I gave up. Usually I read a lot anyway and just have the TV on as background noise, but I must admit it felt a bit weird sitting there in complete silence. So I got on to youtube and initially started off playing clips of the wonderful Robin Williams! He was such a motor-mouth and so funny (God rest his soul). Eventually I ended up with a clip of Robin Williams on the Michael Parkinson (talk) show and he was hilarious. In fact, over the years Parkie had some wonderful guests on - what a fabulous job to have eh! Anyway, I eventually got to the final Parkie episode before he called it quits. He had some of his favourite acts back on (always Billy Connelly of course), Michael Caine, David Beckham (who is an amazingly good sport - get the pun!!!), David Attenborough and Peter Kay. For me, Peter Kay is a relative newcomer - I say newcomer in that I have only known about him in say the last five years and I just love him. No swearing, very drôle, with just a very sharp narrative on everyday life (particularly in the north of England). I wanted to share one of his jokes which just tickled me. It would be interesting to see if others find it funny because humour is very personal and specific but this one just tickled me.
PK "Me and my nan are really close. They were really different that generation - they didn't complain they just got on with things didn't they. Not like us lot, always complaining and feeling hard done by. Anyway, one day I got a phone call from my nan".
Nan "Peter love, I've had a fall"
PK "What happened nan, are you all right?"
Nan "I don't know love, I think I might have broken my wrist".
PK "But what happened?"
Nan "Well I had just got off the bus with my shopping when I tripped and fell over and I hurt my hand."
PK "So what did you do?"
Nan "I got back up and managed to walk home with my shopping."
PK "Crikey nan, tell you what, I'm on my way but in the meantime have you got any ice to put on it?"
Nan (looks in the freezer) "No love, I haven't."
PK "Well have you got any peas?"
Nan "Yes love, I have that."
PK "Well put the peas on your wrist and keep em there - I'm on my way."
Nan "OK love, I'll just go and get the tin ......"
I don't know, it was probably more to do with the way he told it but it just tickled me.
Oh and as for the TV, I had pulled a chest of drawers out in my bedroom to clean behind it - and managed to dislodge the connection cables - so now all is well! Happy days.