Three Little Pigs – like you’ve not heard it before

If you need a laugh (and who doesn’t these days?) listen to John Branyan regale you with the account of the porcine trio in a manner most unaccustomed.



A “Sunday” Song

“Lazy Day” by the Moody Blues. The video is nicely done and I added lyrics below.

Except for the mildly fatalist allusions of certain lines, I really like this song. Sets a nice mood.

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Lazy day, Sunday afternoon,
Like to get your feet up, watch T.V.
Sunday roast is something good to eat,
Must be beef today ’cause lamb was last week.

So full up, bursting at the seams,
Soon you’ll start to nod off, happy dreams.
Wake up, for tea and buttered scones
Such a lot of work for you Sunday Moms.

It’s such a crying shame
Week after week the same.

Today’s heaven-sent and you’re feeling content,
You worked all week long.
Still, it’s quite sad tomorrow’s so bad
And I don’t feel so strong.

Lazy day, Sunday afternoon,
Like to get your feet up, watch T.V.
Sunday roast is something good to eat,
Now it’s almost over till week.

That’s how your life goes by
Until the day you die.



“One Night in Bangkok” – video, back story and lyrics

One of my favorite music videos is “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head. The title might raise eyebrows, but it’s not what you think. It is a tale about a world chess tournament in Bangkok and the speaker’s opinion about the location and what goes on outside of the tournament. I am fond of music that tells a story, and this video does it well. (If there are any problems with the video here, just leave a comment and I will do my best to fix it.)

The song was originally sung by the British actor and pop-dance singer Murray Head (verses) and Swedish singer and songwriter Anders Glenmark (choruses) on the 1984 concept album for the musical “Chess.” Its music was composed by former ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn K. Ulvaeus, and its lyrics were written by Tim Rice and Ulvaeus.

In the musical for which it was written, it is sung by the former American champion, who lost the previous year to the Russian. He is now in Bangkok as a TV commentator on (some say the referee for) the tournament between the defending Russian champion and a new Russian contender.

Tim Rice was interviewed about “Chess” and they asked about the location. He replied that he had noticed that other major world competitions were held in either the great capitols of the world or big cultural centers, while world chess tournaments seemed to be set in fairly unfashionable places or, at least on first glance, slightly odd places for events of such importance.

His aim was to contrast highbrow intellectual chess culture with the distinctly lowbrow attractions of Bangkok. Thus the American actor mocks those who only come to Bangkok for the sexploitative nightlife and other mundane attractions, looking down on what goes on, for he is there for the beauty of the game. This is shown by at least one double-entendre about Chess compared to the Bangkok nightlife -“I would invite you, but the queens we use would not excite you.” After all, it does seem a rather unusual place to have such a tournament if you understand that, at the time, chess was seen as a metaphor for the Cold War superpower struggle.

Bangkok, Oriental setting,
and the city don’t know what the city is getting –
the crème de la crème of the chess world,
in a show with everything but Yul Brynner!

Time flies, doesn’t seem a minute
since the Tirolean Spa had the chess boys in it.
All change, don’t you know that when you
play at this level, there’s no ordinary venue.

It’s Iceland,
or the Philippines,
or Hastings,
or, or this place!

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster,
the bars are temples, but the pearls ain’t free.
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister,
and if you’re lucky then the god’s a “she.”
I can feel an angel sliding up to me.

One town’s very like another
when your head’s down over your pieces, brother.

It’s a drag, it’s a bore, it’s really such a pity,
to be looking at the board, not looking at the city!

Whaddya mean?!
Ya seen one crowded, polluted, stinking town…

Tea girls, warm and sweet, (warm, sweet)
some are set up in the Somerset Maugham Suite.

“Get Thai’d!” You’re talking to a tourist
whose every moves are among the purest.
I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine!

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble;
not much between despair and ecstasy.
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble;
can’t be too careful with your company.
I can feel the Devil walking next to me.

Siam’s gonna be the witness
to the ultimate test of cerebral fitness.
This grips me more than would
a muddy old river or reclining Buddha!

But thank God, I’m only watching the game, controlling it.

I don’t see you guys rating
the kind of mate I’m contemplating.
I’d let you watch, I would invite you,
but the queens we use would not excite you.

So you’d better go back to your bars…
your temples…your massage parlors…

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster.
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free.
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister,
a little flesh, a little history.
I can feel an angel sliding up to me.

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble;
not much between despair and ecstasy.
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble,
can’t be too careful with your company.
I can feel the Devil walking next to me.


For anyone who is interested, here is a link to the Musical: Chess, the original recording (audio, not videos, and has more storyline). A different production from the next link.)

This link is to a playlist which is just the music (the Broadway version is different than the original): Chess – Original Broadway Cast

And finally, here is a link to a review of the musical: AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

Math Jokes! (explained)

I’m an odd duck – I find math fascinating (especially weird conceptual stuff), but as for working it out, I don’t quickly “get it.” I managed to mostly get passing grades in middle school because I could figure out “work arounds” (there’s often more than one way to get an answer) but rarely by the method taught. Formula for maths failure in high school. Sigh.

Anyhow, I blame it largely on frequent moves during middle school creating substantial academic discontinuity. I’m also a quirky visual learner, so when math jargon was casually tossed around in a classroom my eyes glazed over and I didn’t try to understand it because by then the teacher had raced on down the road and I knew I wouldn’t catch up. I could have interrupted to ask for a proper explanation, but…I knew how that usually went. Because it would take me a bit longer than others you could almost hear the rolling eyes and suppressed sighs.

On to the point: I love math jokes! Often they are puns (which I adore!), but it’s also a way to learn what I never understood because people are generally more willing to explain these “fun bites.” So here’s a great video with some popular maths jokes “dissected in forensic fashion” from one of my favourite channels.

BTW, for those concerned about my regrettable maths deficit, no fear! I developed an ongoing, multi-layered solution:
1. I grew up. If you like learning, you learn better as you get older.
2. I taught myself the essentials I had missed and needed to know.
3. I bought cool books about fascinating mathematical topics and math shortcuts.
4. I watched “Numbers” obsessively and looked up what they were talking about.
5. When I became a sign language interpreter I learned the “tech signs” for math and suddenly jargon had logical meaning! Hey, it’s not everyone’s solution. If I could make a video it would make sense, but I am not of the “selfie” generation, so making videos of myself seems narcissistic.
6. Then I homeschooled my children and I am now very much better at maths.

Boomer the Cat Loves His Ball Pit

If you like cats, here’s some cat-therapy to make you chuckle.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  Proverbs 17:22


Man Walking in Costa Rican Jungle Meets Ocelot Kitten!

It’s special being chosen by a cat–even more so when that cat is one of the big cats! Wildlife expert Coyote Peterson learned that first-hand the night he was in a Costa Rican jungle on an insect-research expedition and unexpectedly had an encounter of the up-close-and-purrsonal kind with a friendly ocelot kitten.


Moral commentary by way of tea videos?

Get ready to be offended, no matter where you stand on this topic. Of course, you might also find it funny, which is rather sad when you think about it, since that means you recognize the irony of the current state of United States’ (western) moral values, and that animals generally behave better than we do, and they have NO moral values at all. But to continue…

If you haven’t seen or heard of the “Tea and Consent” videos yet, you will. For the as yet uninformed, this is generally about the “sex and consent” issues on college and university campuses. Wow. I mean, just WOW.

In the mid 20th Century there were (and to a lesser extent, still are) those who believed in, and tried to adhere (with varying degrees of success) to the belief in chastity/purity/virginity, meaning waiting until marriage for sex as opposed to the grungy, pathetically vacuous (I could go on with more adjectives, but I won’t) “no holds barred” lifestyle that has replaced what the Flower Children at least tried to clean up by calling it “making love.” Sodom & Gomorrah and the latter Roman Empire would be right comfortable with 2016.

Problem is, apparently, this free and easy morality (if that insults you, congratulations, you can read between the lines) has degenerated into a whole “new” sense of mysoginistic entitlement that makes the old “double standard” look nearly chivalrous. Not to say that there weren’t people back then who weren’t warning that this is exactly what it would come to. In fact, if some are still alive they are yelling “TOLD YOU SO!” until they are hoarse.

But this is all I am going to say, as there are bloggers and vloggers who are much more adept at putting a very fine point on it. If I find one who has done so, I will share it.

Otherwise, if you don’t understand all the nuances behind this, I am not going to club you with a verbal bat to try to wake you up – enjoy the videos. The rest of you can join me in rueful, ironic laughter at the truth/value of observing God’s commandments in preventing this and other related outrages.



Joel Osteen “news flash”!


This audience for this blog post/link is Christ-followers, but some non-believers may find it funny, too.

Even if you don’t know who is Paul Washer, this satirical article will be funny, but if you have ever heard him (and what he has said about Joel, which is not funny) it will actually be uproarious! (My son was trying to read it aloud to me and was struggling to get through it.)

HOUSTON, TX—What seemed to be a harmless mix-up in mistakenly scheduling missionary and preacher Paul Washer to speak to Joel Osteen’s congregation at Lakewood Church turned into tragedy Sunday, as Washer’s fiery sermon saw thousands brutally slaughtered where they sat, sources reported.

From what investigators have been able to piece together so far, Lakewood’s Coach of Vision and Teaching had contacted the agent of deceased actor Paul Walker to schedule a motivational speech, not realizing he had passed away. Walker’s former representative assumed the coach had meant to schedule Paul Washer for the church service, and made the arrangements for Washer to deliver the Word that Sunday. (read the rest of the article)

If you would like to get better appreciation for why it’s funny, here’s a link to a relevant YouTube video:

[BTW, if you have ever rolled your eyes at the (not all, but most) fake preachers on TV and then changed channels, you’ll like the vid, because he’s right.]

[2nd and 3rd BTWs: Oh, and in case you can’t tell, that pic from the article is modified AND the video’s background music was added by the person who uploaded it because I know the full vid, and Paul would never have that kind of stuff.]

Oh, and some of you will be offended. You have been warned.



The Underwater Tunnel at Ripley’s Aquarium Canada

We visited the Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto Canada in March. Very impressive! A friend later asked how long we had to wait long in line. When I looked puzzled she explained that it is so popular that not only is it open until 11 pm(!), but that most of the time you must buy “timed tickets” to guarantee getting in without long lines. I can only think that we were there on just the right day at the right time and the right time of year (it was also cold, wet and dreary) because though it was fairly busy, it was not oppressively so, and there were no lines to speak of.

So here are my four “longer” videos (of ONLY the underwater tunnel) in a playlist. Yeah, I could have spliced them together, but that would have taken a lot longer.  If I owned an actual video camera they would have been higher quality (and there are better videos of this out there), but it’s still a pleasant “trip.”



Micah Tyler – “You’ve Got to Love Millenials”

This video just got put up and if it doesn’t go viral I will be astonished! It is sung to the melody of “Obla dee obla dah.” Have fun! If there is any problem with watching it, just go to YouTube and search by title.


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