Sr. Martinette Rivers: Prayer and Laughter

​​As is usually the case with the Bible, there is irony in the fire. Before ever a word passes Jesus' lips, he is teaching, in fact, communicating the heart of the faith to his followers with a smile on his face. He puts a little joy in their lives, because its only he who can [...]

January 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sr. Martinette Rivers: Spiritual Invasions of Laughter

​God, like the lion, Aslan in C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narina" is on the move. Brings to my mind words like 'transformation', 'invasion ' and both words could mean; transformation of individuals with the 'invasion of laughter' coming by way of messages, sent by God through friends, an illness, a death, laughter. Pure absurdity..."And blessed [...]

January 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

John Berger: On Laughter

Laughter is not a reaction but a contribution. What can happen in twenty-four hours may outlast a century. .... Of the seven court jesters whom Velázquez painted close-up portraits of, three were dwarfs, one was boss-eyed, and two were rigged out in absurd costumes. Only one looked relatively normal – Pablo from Valladolid. Their job [...]

January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

John Berger: The clown knows life is cruel

​The clown knows that life is cruel. The ancient jester's motley coloured costume turned his usually melancholy expression into a joke. The clown is used to loss. Loss is his prologue. The energy of Chaplin's antics is repetitive and incremental. Each time he falls, he gets back on his feet as a new man. A [...]

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

New Year’s Resolution: Attitude Change and Humour

​In 'The Psychology of Attitudes and Attitude Change' (2015) by Greg Maio and Geoffrey Haddock,  explain how we get to know our specific attitude: Individuals come to "know" their attitudes, emotions, and other internal states partially by inferring them from observations of their own over behavior and/or the circumstances in which this behavior occurs. We [...]

December 31st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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

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

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

Rabbi Lionel Blue: Unexpected Effects

​One of the most unexpected effects of prayer was for me the gift of laughter. Life seemed lighter, more buoyant. Perhaps it was because I trusted it a little more, did not fight it and could flow along with it. Another unexpected side-effect was that I became more difficult to live with. This occurred especially [...]

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

Gustave Flaubert on Laughter

​For the task of demoralising the dupes, posers, and naïve people preaching virtue and happiness,  Flaubert honed a weapon: his sense of the grotesque. Victor Hugo had sung the praises of the grotesque in his manifesto on Romantic drama: "It penetrates everywhere,"  he wrote, "for in the same way that the most vulgar people have [...]

December 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments