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Friday, 31 December 2010


New Year's Eve 2010, and I would just wish everybody the very best for 2011 and hope you all have a healthy and happy time throughout the coming year. Frank Reynolds (1876-1953) cartoon of the early 1920's depicts the 'problem' of returning the seasonal compliment with an original turn of phrase.

Transcript below:

PUPIL: "A Happy New Year to you, Sir."
TUTOR: (who has a horror of the phrase. "The Same to You") "Thank you, Smith; and I sincerely trust that the ensuing twelve months will be fraught with unbounded joy for you also."

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In the time honoured tradition of the New Year Sales, for this post only, we have a 'two for the price of one' edition. Attached below is a topical cartoon from the pen of A. Wallis Mills (1878-1940) to help bring us into the New Year with a smile.

Transcript below:

WIFE: "I'm writing a paper on Calendar Reform for our Club. Do you know which Pope it was that gave us our present calendar ?
HUSBAND: "Pope?" Good gracious! I thought it always came from the grocer."

Tuesday, 28 December 2010


The glitches have been exorcised at last ... hopefully, and now we're back on air again. Serious technological problems with the transferring of data to the blog for over a month now, but I think it's finally sorted and we can post up the weekly 'oldie' to give you all a smile again!

The offering this week by George S Dixon (b. 1890) maybe typifies the scene as we move ever closer to the year end, and the start of a New Year. Maybe there will be a few Yule Log's being carried into a few households across the land ? 

Since the Gregorian Calendar skipped the '0' year, starting at 1AD then technically the 1st of January 2011 is the start of the new decade. Therefore Happy New Decade to everyone, and thanks for checking in on the blog from time to time, and hope you all have a great New Year!

Transcript Below:

The Festive Season

"By Jove! Jones is keen on the old customs! They're carrying in a Yule-
log to his place. (Pause) No, I'm wrong ----- it's Jones."

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