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…over the weekend…

A Punch and Judy show. Still common here at the seaside.

In the local version, Punch beats Judy to death and then the policeman hauls him away and he beats the policeman to death and then the devil appears and Punch beats the devil to death, and then he spreads out through the crowd beating the children to death.

No, wait. I think that last part was just in my fantasy version.

Anyhoo, the sound is like if you jammed a ventriloquist’s whistle up a cat’s ass and beat it to death with an axe handle. Like that.

So! Good wholesome entertainment for kids of all ages.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 1, 2012, 10:46 pm

Sounds like the sniveling bleat and whine of a lot of my callers on the help desk. “I SWEAR, I’m on a PC! I SWEAR I’m on Internet Explorer! DAMMIT, I JUST HIT THE APPLE BUTTON AND IT’S YOUR FAULT!!!”

Comment from Laughing Buddha
Time: August 1, 2012, 10:46 pm

I always loved Punch and Judy. Good wholesome educational fun.

Comment from Mike James
Time: August 1, 2012, 11:21 pm

Thank you for posting so quickly after the one about the micropoo. It’s nice to have a reason to come here again.

Comment from Oceania
Time: August 1, 2012, 11:44 pm

He’s the original version of Chucky … less Americanised nor commercialised.

Comment from AliceH
Time: August 2, 2012, 12:02 am

I’ve been searching my memory, trying to come up with a puppet I did not actively dislike as a child. Kukla, Fran, Ollie? Yuck! Lambchop? Nope. Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit? Hated the moose. The rabbit was trouble.

I did sort of like Albert the Alleycat but that’s because they had him read the local weather forecast and I thought it was funny when he pronounced “humidity” as “hugh-mid-der-y”.

When I first encountered P&J, I admit I was horrified.

My loss, no doubt. My mom did tell me once that I’d not have to worry about entering my second childhood in my old age, since I managed to skip having the first one at the usual time.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 2, 2012, 12:27 am

Wow! I’m about equal parts horrified and exultant to know that Punch & Judy continues, in an apparently largely unexpurgated edition (what about the baby?)

There’s a wonderful M.R. James ghost story that centers on a P&J performance. . .

Comment from PatAZ
Time: August 2, 2012, 12:59 am

Does a person have to be British to understand P&J. I never got the hang of it myself.

O/T: Tony Martin passed away at 98.

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: August 2, 2012, 1:02 am

Loath puppets, ESPECIALLY Punch and Judy.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 2, 2012, 1:45 am

The Muppets. I don’t dislike the Muppets.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: August 2, 2012, 2:12 am

Isn’t there an alligator involved somewhere along the line?

Comment from David Gillies
Time: August 2, 2012, 2:53 am

I certainly hope so. And a big string of sausages.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 2, 2012, 3:38 am

I actually enjoy Avenue Q when they perform….


Comment from Oceania
Time: August 2, 2012, 4:06 am

‘Meet the Feebles’ Anyone?

Comment from Oceania
Time: August 2, 2012, 4:06 am

Talking of Feeble!

Жуткая вакханалия в Биологическом музее. 29 февраля 2008 г. Новая акция: http://plucer.livejournal.com/55710.html

Voina f*cks for the heir Puppy Bear: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a4d_1204458756

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: August 2, 2012, 5:54 am

I gotta admit that would be a pretty amusing version, until Punch comes at me with the truncheon.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: August 2, 2012, 8:55 am

Meanwhile, back here in what laughingly passes for civilization these days, seems the Chik-Fil-A chain of fast food restaraunts had a rather good sales day yesterday. Only anecdotal evidence so far (it’s all over the web), but if hour-long lines and running completely out of food at locations all over the country are any indication, there you go.

Don’t tell the chickens, weas…

Comment from Animositas
Time: August 2, 2012, 9:31 am

@ Can’t Hark My Cry

Do you know the name of that M.R. James story? I thought I’d read all of his published ghost stories but can’t recall any that have a Punch and Judy show.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 2, 2012, 10:36 am

Animositas: “The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance.” It is in A Thin Ghost and Others which, if you can’t find it elsewhere, is on Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/20387

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 2, 2012, 2:39 pm

For puppet perfection—here’s Shari Lewis and Lamp Chop in “The Nanny.” The episode was written after the wardrobe mistress for the television show found a coat trimmed in lamb skin in a second-hand shop and had to have it, not knowing how or when the coat might be used.

It’s one of Lamb Chops more dramatic performances 🙂

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 2, 2012, 3:45 pm

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 2, 2012, 1:45 am

The Muppets. I don’t dislike the Muppets.
I can see it now. Miss Piggy takes a scale Thompson submachine gun and riddles Punch with tiny little bullets.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 2, 2012, 4:08 pm

Children have always had a taste for the brutal and vicious. Starts somewhere around age 10 or so I think.
Some of them grow out of it.

Then must be some Darwinian purpose to it. I’ve heard a theory that it teaches them to deal with fears and that children with rougher childhoods do better later in life than those who were overly coddled.

I personally believe that, genetically speaking, little savages with a taste for blood were useful for hunting and warfare. Bred in over 1,000 generations, it’s going to take a long time to breed it out. So, stay out of the city, any city after dark.

Punch’s little brother is part of a gang out there.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: August 2, 2012, 4:21 pm

If this November’s voting booths look like Chick-Fil-A’s yesterday, the pundits are in for a shocking election.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 2, 2012, 4:57 pm

If people are motivated enough wait an hour in the hot sun for chicken sandwiches — though of course it’s also to make a point — we can hope they’ll be motivated enough to get out and vote in November.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 2, 2012, 5:05 pm

I just wish Teh Gayz would decide the gin&tonnix were homophobic, cos I can drink the shit out of those in protest.

Not, the literal shit, though. That might be viewed as a little fey in certain circles.

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Comment from Malcolm Kirkpatrick
Time: August 2, 2012, 6:09 pm

Puppets on strings? Boris Johnson pinatas ought to sell well in Argentina, no?

Comment from Animositas
Time: August 3, 2012, 11:07 am

@ Can’t Hark My Cry

Thank you!

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 3, 2012, 1:27 pm

Animositas–you’re welcome; always a pleasure to encounter another who likes James.

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