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They got to Mr Punch

We went to a surprisingly subdued Punch and Judy show this weekend. It was missing several key elements. Punch didn’t have his distinctive squeaky voice (made by one of those mouth-whistle things like they used to sell in the comic books for ventriloquism) and his slap stick, which is just what it sounds like.

Even worse, there wasn’t a single murder. Punch didn’t clobber Judy, or the policeman. The baby didn’t fall into the sausage machine. The policeman didn’t brain Punch. And nobody at all got hanged.

To be fair, no Punch and Judy show includes all those elements, and almost none of them do the hanging these days. I’m willing to put most of that down to a less than polished performer (‘the Professor’ as a Punch and Judy showman is always called), but I have a feeling the shocking lack of violence was deliberate.

What is the world coming to?

p.s. sorry about the terse post last night. I was pissed. That was a lot of work to go through to end up with a saucepan full of FAIL.


Comment from Drew458
Time: July 24, 2019, 9:10 pm

Oh pooh. Rutger Hauer died. Several days ago, but the news just came out today.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 25, 2019, 1:29 am

Without Punch & Judy to provide a harmless source of cathartic vicarious violence, I guess the kids will just have to go out and stab people.

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: July 25, 2019, 6:44 am

If it makes you feel any better, I’ll betcha I’ve put in a lot more work to achieve a waaaay bigger fail. Though I do take pride in finding ways to fail that nobody else has even imagined.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: July 25, 2019, 11:16 am

no no, what’s important is what you learned!

And we all learned something through your failure!

Wait, that really didn’t sound very encouraging. I’ll come back when I’ve thought of something wise and thoughtful that will make it all right again.

Don’t, uh, wait around for that though, just sayin. Not because I won’t come back you see, it’s just, uh, yeah, wise and thoughtful isn’t really in my wheelhouse.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 25, 2019, 2:32 pm

Yes. They got to Punch. Up Next: Shakespeare.

Re: A saucepan full of fail. You are not alone. After 50 years of cooking, I think I’ve made every mistake that can be made, and now I’ve started over again with Classic Rookie Errors. You should see the highlights reel.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: July 25, 2019, 6:29 pm

Can I ask if it was bad enough to chuck the very saucepan you used?

Early in, uh, someone’s marriage, I, uh, the husband came home and was surprised to find a saucepan, filled with something or other in the bin.
It seemed there had been an epic cooking fail that resulted in everything…everything… being disposed of.
It was foolishly suggested by the husband that we, uh, the family, couldn’t afford to throw out the cookware when mistakes were made.

I don’t recall, I mean, it’s not known how long it was before the husband got his next home cooked meal.

And then there was the meatloaf incident, and the time the husband discovered it’s not a good idea to leave the gas oven on for too long when the pilot light is out.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 25, 2019, 6:58 pm

The saucepan is fine, thanks. A little boiling water did the trick, and I was able to glob it out into the trash rather than risk our very expensive computer-driven septic system. Don’t ask. They made us put it in.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: July 25, 2019, 8:53 pm

Computerized septic system….No outdoor privy?

Oh, that’s right, you have a library now, no need for a reading room down at the end of the garden path.

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