Monty Python

Sunday nightCap

(Just to get us all fired up for another week of Nazi Internet Party fun!)

Bring out your dead! Life imitates art

Monty Python may well be satire, but sometimes life imitates art.

A funeral director in Mississippi got a bit of a shock this week when a man, brought to him in a body bag, kicked to get out just before he was to be embalmed, a local TV station reported.

“He was not dead, long story short,” funeral director Byron Porter told broadcaster WAPT late on Thursday.  Read more »

Back to work this week?

What if “Monty Python and The Holy Grail” would release in 2013?

He’s not the messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy

Duncan Garner reckons that David Cunliffe has a messiah complex.

Heavens above.

Jesus is back.

Did you see David Cunliffe’s launch for the Labour leadership yesterday?

I reckon he suffers from a messiah syndrome or complex.

What’s that?

It’s a ‘state of mind in which the individual holds a belief that they are, or are destined to become, a saviour.’

And you saw all those traits on offer yesterday.   Read more »

Gutted like a….snapper

You know things are dire for David Shearer when Jane Clifton suddenly bursts forth about just how tits David Shearer is. I’d say one of his main protectors has now quietly slipped off the Titanic after drilling holes in Shearer’s lifeboat.

Ever since Don Brash, visiting a boatyard during an election campaign, was filmed “walking the plank”, politicians have been extra careful about avoiding unfortunate symbolism.

Unaccountably, the Opposition leader’s office forgot this wise precaution yesterday.

Either that, or no-one could manage to dissuade David Shearer, seeking to illustrate a point about snapper quota, from producing two of the fish in Parliament yesterday.

The Government did not know which piscine wisecrack to go with first. They were, of course, dead fish. Necessarily, they were fish out of water – though at the same time, they were as good for target practice as fish in a barrel. Depending on how long they had now been out of water, they could also end up as cat food.

Mr Shearer’s senior benchmates reinforced this point by indicating playfully, but rather unhelpfully, that the fish were getting a bit whiffy.

Poignantly, though Mr Shearer’s staff had failed to protect him from the inevitable fish-related farce, he had come equipped with a paper towel roll to wipe his hands – though journalists at a subsequent press conference reported he still smelt fishy.

Prime Minister John Key sought leave for Mr Shearer to table the fish so he could get them cooked for his dinner. He had already made a meal of Mr Shearer.  Read more »

Bravely Running Away From Man Ban

Labour is now bravely running away from its man ban policy.

Why is it that Monty Python has a sketch that works for everything Labour tries these days.   Read more »

Finland Facts, Ctd

As I posted earlier, I’m genuinely pleased that some in Finland have demonstrated a sense of humour after the noise generated by Gerry Brownlee’s over-egged comments about the place.

As Kiwis we’re used to being on the receiving end of sheep jokes, and there’s nothing wrong with a bit of mutual piss-taking.

But if the Finns were upset by Brownlee’s comments, they must have been absolutely apoplectic about this item on 60 Minutes, where the Finns were described as the “shyest people in the world”, “depressed and proud of it”.

Here’s the first bit of the clip, just the sort of country that David Shearer wants us to emulate.

The first comment on the original YouTube clip reads:

 “Start war agaist us, and you see how united and shy are we.

Dont fu*c with finns.”

Clearly!

Anyway, Gerry Brownlee has famous company.

Monty Python took the piss out of Finland too.

Humour and perspective are wonderful things.

Lunatic expedition brings joy to our lives

News that a Norwegian loony and others, including a Mana Party activist have sailed to the Antarctic, and planted a Mana party flag in the polar ice can only bring us joy.

The so-called accidental stowaway on a Norwegian sailor’s expedition to Antarctica is said to be a Maori political activist who has planted a Mana Party flag in the polar ice.

Adventurer Jarle Andhoy abruptly sailed his boat Nilaya out of Auckland last month, after Immigration NZ served him with a deportation notice.

Aboard was an unnamed New Zealander who was said to have been working below decks repairing the anchor when the boat departed.

But the Herald on Sunday has been told the New Zealander joined the boat trip deliberately.

He is 53-year-old South Aucklander Busby Noble, an acquaintance of one of the three men who died on Andhoy’s last Antarctic expedition.

Mana Party candidate Kereana Pene said he spoke to Noble by satellite phone this week, after the Nilaya reached Antarctica.

Noble had marked his arrival on the continent by planting a Mana Party flag he had taken with him.

Is this the first recorded case of geese migrating to the cold, rather than away from it?

Speaking of loonies on expeditions…. time for some Monty Python!

Dan Hodges is awesome

UK Labour is experiencing the same implosion that is going on here. Basically the left is eating their own and it is extremely funny to watch.

I have blogged about Dan Hodges before and his byline:

Dan Hodges is a Blairite cuckoo in the Miliband nest. He has worked for the Labour Party, the GMB trade union and managed numerous independent political campaigns. He writes about Labour with tribal loyalty and without reservation.

Today he explains why everyone is laughing at the left:

There have been times in Ed Miliband’s leadership when he’s been ignored. That’s not unusual for a new leader of a party consigned to the wilderness of opposition. There have also been times when people have disagreed with him. Like when he’s claimed we should try to understand the rioters or listen to the St Paul’s protestors, or said just about anything on the economy. But now people are openly laughing at him. And for any politician, that is the most dangerous moment of all.

At least, that’s what I thought until I was rudely awoken by my humorous convulsions. And then, at that moment, the truth dawned. People aren’t laughing at Ed Miliband. They’re laughing at all of us. The entire British Left has ceased to become a political movement. We are now a giant comedy sketch. A strange, surreal montage of Monty Python, Citizen Smith and the Thick of It.

On Wednesday I followed a Twitter debate between best-selling Left-wing author Owen Jones, and Sunny Hundal, editor of Liberal Conspiracy, recently voted the most influential Left-wing website in the country. They were debating the deficit, the cuts and Labour’s approach. Hundal’s advice, and I am not making this up, was that the Left should say nothing about them. Coming up with a credible line was just too hard. So we should not talk about the cuts at all. Labour should shift the debate to jobs, the NHS, fly fishing – anything. But a bit like Basil Fawlty, under no account must we mention the cuts.

Snigger. There are some harsh lessons there in those three short paragraphs that Labour in New Zealand and indeed other leftwing organisation need to understand. They won’t though and because they won’t we will keep on laughing at them….like the Maritime Union.