I still haven’t found that thing I was looking for, but I did unearth some “stuff” I hadn’t seen for years!
“Taking The Piss” is one of my more recent acquisitions. The page inside the cover where there is usually a warning in impossibly small font against plagiarism, unauthorised copying, et cetera is missing. That’s my excuse!
The author(Genevieve LaRue) of this slim volume claims to be a de-frocked nun…who am I to take issue?
A book of “Booze” that I see, from the inscription, was a Christmas present in 1969.
I love the illustrations (by John Astrop and Eric Hill, according to a very badly stained flyleaf. )
Here’s one of its recipes…
And a tattered and worn anthology that’s been twice around the world with me and has scars to prove it.
Puns and parodies and irreverence. Bit like moi.
In my eclectic hoard, back in the 60s, I counted several interesting books. So, apparently, did some tea leaf whose conscience clearly wasn’t a burden. If someone ever offers to sell you a first edition of John Lennon…it just may be mine.
I collected 3 kinds of books in those days: serious literature (early edition “Doctor Zhivago” before Omar Sharif’s face graced covers, Tolstoy short stories, Guy de Maupassant and more, art books, particularly early engravings and Japanese prints) and what I call the “funnies.”
These were light-hearted verse, graphics. Things like “Sam, the Ceiling Needs Painting.” These cartoons are still around, but probably censored on Amazon.
And I had a copy of this ! So I was delighted to find it on Youtube.
Which is lucky, ‘cos the weather is anything but a delight. Even ‘way up here, the dust is thick ; I need to keep my inhaler handy and firefighters’ water bombers have been grounded. A bit scary when there are bushfires raging.
Of course, on the bright side, I’m saving electricity as Hoovering is just pointless 😉
Here’s a web picture from Nine News of one of the bridges across the Brisbane River, in Brisbane.
Seems there IS life on Mars!