Monday, 30 April 2012

594. What we mean is what we don't say (47)

What we sayMy Sat-Nav is crap.

What we mean:  I don't know how to work my Sat-Nav properly.

What is says about us:  I don't carry A-Z's in the car...


Sunday, 29 April 2012

593. What we mean is what we don't say (46)

What we sayI got lost.

What we mean:  Your instructions were crap.

What is says about us:  I don't carry A-Z's in the car...


Saturday, 28 April 2012

592. Questions & Answers on an Australian tourism Website (5)

Q:  Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia? (USA)

A:  Af-ri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe.  Aust-ra-lia is that big island in the middle of the Pacific which does not... Oh forget it.  Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings Cross.  Come naked.


Sunday, 22 April 2012

586. Welsh Idiosyncrasies - Nickname Series (70)

We have a Dai-Turbo, he shuffles along about two miles per hour.  My favourite is Dai-Nose-and-Glasses, for obvious reasons.

Alan Watkins, Oakdale

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

582. Einstein was a soya grower...

Daughter (11):  In your opinion was Einstein a genius?

Gustavo (38):  He was very clever...

Daughter:  Yes, but he couldn't do arabic dancing, or play golf.

Gustavo:  Well, one can't know everything, but he knew a lot in his field...

Daughter:  Ah, he had a field, did he?

Gustavo:  No my love, his field, it's as if to say his subject, his speciality (gives her a kiss)

Daughter:  Why are you kissing me?

Gustavo:  Better than cuffing you...

Daughter:  Pa, I'm serious.

Gustavo:  So am I.

(Gustavo's comment:  Einstein grew soya in his field)

(Loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.)


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

581. Questions & Answers on an Australian Tourism Website (4)

QAre there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia?  Can you send me a list of them in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Hervey Bay?  (UK)

A:  What did your last slave die of?


Thursday, 12 April 2012

576. Welsh Idiosyncrasies - Nickname Series (69)

There was a man called David who ran an upholstery business in Georgetown, Merthyr Tydfil, who became known as Dai-the-Up.

Karen, Littlehampton

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

575. Glorious Insults from the Past (13)

"He's not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."  Samuel Johnson


Monday, 9 April 2012

573. Generation Gap

Girl (28):  Are you an idiot or what - you wait for me to put my iPod in my ear and then you start talking...

Man (36):  No, it's you that puts the Walkman in your ear just when I'm about to say something.

(Gustavo's comment:  He looked young, but if he says 'Walkman' he must be over 35...)

Loosely translated from Blogudeces de la Vida Cotidiana, with thanks to Gustavo.


Saturday, 7 April 2012

571. Questions & Answers on an Australian Tourism Website (3)

Q I want to walk from Perth to Sydney - can I follow the railroad tracks?  (Sweden).

A:  Sure, it's only three thousand miles.  Take lots of water.


Friday, 6 April 2012

570. Lucky dog...

"An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard.  I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head. He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. 
An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar:  'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with a non stopping chatting wife, 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep.
Can I come with him tomorrow?' "


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

567. What we mean is what we don't say (41)

We sayI'm running late.

We mean:  Got up late, left late, I'm telling you now so that you don't nag when you see me.

What is says about us:  Was up late, slept through the alarm...


Monday, 2 April 2012

566. Welsh Idiosyncrasies - Nickname Series (68)

A miner in Elliots Colliery in New Tredegar had an accident where had part of his ear taken off.  His nickname was Van Gogh.

James Hughes

Sunday, 1 April 2012

565. Glorious Insults from the Past (12)

"I've just learned about his illness.  Let's hope it's nothing trivial." Irvin S Cobb