German Sense of Humour: What Makes Germans Laugh

The Germans take their sense of humour very seriously. It is not a joking matter. Harsh, astringent and satirical is their style. The cabarets of pre-war Berlin are famous. Their bit was ferocious: the nearest modern equivalent is the British Spitting Image, but this is playful by comparison. Classic German satire put the boot in [...]

December 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Interview with Karen Steel: I laughed so hard I choked on the sweet I was sucking

We caught up with writer, diarist and Funeral Celebrant, Karen Steel. What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud? It’s holiday time, so, as he’s home for the week, G and I are laughing every few minutes: we have special names for each other and silly songs we sing. We laugh about [...]

December 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Carrie Fisher: If my life wasn’t funny it would just be true and that is unacceptable

I have to start by telling you that my entire existence could be summed up in one phrase. And that is: If my life wasn't unny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable. What that really means, other than what it sounds like, is, let's say something happens and from a certain slant [...]

December 28th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Mark Vernon: Menippus of Gadara on the seriousness of laughing

A cheeky smile hangs on the face of Menippus, as painted by the Spanish artist, Velazquez. He looks out at the viewer, half turned away, a sizable chickpea nose separating saucy, knowing eyes that dare you to follow him. He wears the clothes of a commoner, a heavy black cloak that reaches from his shoulders [...]

December 28th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Diary of a Funeral Celebrant: A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to the Bathroom

Waking in my usual haze this morning I hit my elbow as I blundered into the bathroom doorway. “It’s a funny thing…”, I thought; the ‘funny bone’ is named after the word ‘humerus’ or ‘umerus’ in Middle English, which means ‘upper arm’ or ‘shoulder’. It has nothing to do with humour at all - which [...]

December 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sr. Martinette Rivers: Wrapped in Jesus’ Joy this Christmas

Today much of the world is celebrating Christmas once again and I am reminded of what St. Thomas Aquinas said: "No man can live without JOY." The greatest miracle of all times, has taken place in Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, the JOY of the WORLD. Does the beauty of this event not blow your [...]

December 24th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

99 Ways to More Laughter

Here's 99 creative ways to bring more laughter into your life. See whether an of the ideas tickle your funny bone. Why don't you write your own 99 ways to more laughter and email us, we will happily publish them under your name. Start smiling back at the shops and checkouts. A smile helps to strike up a [...]

December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A.A. Gill: Only the English will happily truffle for laughs in places where other cultures can’t even find sense

​Only the English could so utterly year for a giggle that they'll laugh at limericks. The first one said in jest. Laughing at 'There was an old man with an eyebrow, that was indisputably high-brow' is proof that you will probably laugh at absolutely at anything, that you have such hair-trigger humour that you will [...]

December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Marina Abramovic: I just want to be hilarious

​First time Marina Abramovic appeared onto my radar was through her, often shared on social media, the eye gazing stunt, "The Artist is Present" at New York's Museum of Modern Art. I had a bit of an insight on how it feels to gaze at someone's eyes for a while. This was some years back, [...]

December 21st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Diary of a Funeral Celebrant: My Family and Other Accidents

Mum and I didn’t always see eye to eye, but if we could share a laugh, there was a greater chance of harmony. She once checked that I was not upset with her because I had not been rude to her in three days! I had been trying to follow the advice of a church-sermon [...]

December 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments