Common sense and a sense of humour

Brian Edwards posted this in Facebook:

Here’s my favourite quote of all time. It’s from Clive James. And it summarises my own philosophy, which I don’t always live up to:

“Common sense and a sense of humour are the same thing moving at different speeds. A sense of humour is just common sense dancing. Those who lack humour lack sense and should be trusted with nothing.”

Never trust anyone who has no sense of humour.

104 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 8, 2018

    I’m guessing Bob Jones would agree.

    • Gezza

       /  February 8, 2018

      Bob’s not the best at larfing at himself.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 8, 2018

        A few YNZers aren’t, either.

        • Corky

           /  February 8, 2018

          Glad you have been doing some self reflection. You are as dry as a bottle of water in the desert.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  February 8, 2018

            A dry sense of humour is a good thing to have, Thank you.

            I don’t need to reflect to know that about myself, though-your first comment is based upon nothing, as usual.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 8, 2018

              A bottle of water wouldn’t be dry anywhere, so your second remark makes no sense, either.

            • Corky

               /  February 8, 2018

              Lol..where’s your sense of humour?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 8, 2018

              If you have to ask the question, you wouldn’t understand the answer.

            • Corky

               /  February 8, 2018

              Nice try…but I’m afraid I’ve just proved the water bottle is empty and dry.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 9, 2018

              In that case it wouldn’t be the ‘bottle OF water’ that you said it was.

              Do stop being tiresome.

            • Corky

               /  February 8, 2018

              Proved or Proven?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 9, 2018

              Proved, of course.

            • Gezza

               /  February 8, 2018

              (Stop tittering Kitty. You’ll give the game away)

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 9, 2018

              I take it that you noticed the glaring error.

            • robertguyton

               /  February 9, 2018

              I’m with Kitty, however;
              “A bottle of water wouldn’t be dry anywhere…” It could be very dry on it’s exterior surface. That said, Kitty’s right when she implies, “a water bottle” would have been better than “a bottle of water”.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 9, 2018

              I meant in any place-Corks said ‘as dry as a bottle of water in the desert’, and I was replying to that- but a bottle of water wouldn’t be dry no matter where it was, because the water would still be wet.

              0/10 to Corks.

            • Gezza

               /  February 9, 2018

              Oh yes.

            • Corky

               /  February 9, 2018

              ”I was replying to that- but a bottle of water wouldn’t be dry no matter where it was, because the water would still be wet.”

              Yes, ‘we’t is the operative word.

              You should tapped out long ago. Sir Bob isn’t the only one who has fun with Lefties. Hey, have you met PP?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 9, 2018

              What does we’t mean ?

            • Corky

               /  February 9, 2018

              It means you are wet.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 9, 2018

              yawn

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 9, 2018

              yawn, yawn

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 8, 2018

        How would you know? I’m guessing you are quite wrong. Remember this gem:
        https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/04/bob-jones-messianic-tendencies-gareth-morgan/

        • Gezza

           /  February 8, 2018

          I don’t like reading anything on that site. Have you got another one?

        • Gezza

           /  February 8, 2018

          I quite enjoyed Mike King in the short item on 1ewes about whether he should lose his knighthood. Mike said he didn’t think so, that we should just think of him as like our dear old uncle whose social filter has broken down.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  February 8, 2018

            Bob Jones never had a social filter. Mike King had the break down, not Sir Bob.

            • Gezza

               /  February 8, 2018

              Mike King can joke about it & get through to kids who need to learn it’s ok to fail so they won’t kill themselves. Bob Jones tells them they’re losers.

            • Gezza

               /  February 8, 2018

              Mike King can go round schools and tell kids it’s ok to have doubts, it’s ok to not be confident all the time, it’s ok to be nervous, it’s ok not to not to be right all the time. It’s ok to talk about this stuff. Bob Jones tells them they’re shit.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 8, 2018

              B.s. Jones grew up dirt poor, lives with Addison’s disease and doesn’t tolerate crap. If you actually want to know something about him, read this:
              http://www.font.net.nz/words–ideas/bob-jones

            • Gezza

               /  February 8, 2018

              BS yourself. He’s the archetypal silverback.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 8, 2018

              More nonsense. He’s not typical of anything.

            • Gezza

               /  February 8, 2018

              Of course he is. He’s a gorilla.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 8, 2018

              Just what have you been drinking tonight?

            • phantom snowflake

               /  February 8, 2018

              Bloody Satan won’t accept Bob Jones; keeps sending him back.

            • Gezza

               /  February 8, 2018

              Just a coffee. Milk & two sugars. You know how I like it. You very kindly made me several. That’s why I’m being polite to you.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 8, 2018

              Then you had better try something else as obviously the coffee isn’t working.

            • Gezza

               /  February 8, 2018

              You don’t want me to be polite to you?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 8, 2018

              Polite is immaterial. Intelligent would be good.

            • Gezza

               /  February 8, 2018

              I am intelligent. Bob Jones is an opinionated, arrogant sod who throws his money and fists around because he can use both. Just because he’s got a lot of money & arrogance is no reason to assume he’s automatically someone to look up to.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 9, 2018

              You haven’t said anything intelligent about Bob Jones yet. Not sure you even know anything about him from your comments so far. Nothing illuminating anyway.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 8, 2018

    A dear friend with a real sense of humour was snared by a woman with none. It was if humour was a language that she didn’t understand. Poor, poor man.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 8, 2018

      My stepfather’s last words were accompanied by a grin and a chuckle-‘D’you reckon ?’ In the context, this was a funny response, and I like it that his last words and action were him being humorous.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 8, 2018

        I wonder who the two PDTs were who don’t think that someone who marries a person with no sense of humour is to be pitied. I can’t IMAGINE who they were. Poor sad people.

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  February 8, 2018

    One of the greatest gifts is to be able to laugh at yourself.

    • Gezza

       /  February 8, 2018

      The greatest gift is being able to laugh at yourself when others are larfing at you.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 8, 2018

        Actually the greatest gift is not to laugh at someone when the mob is ridiculing them. Something I think we taught our kids.

        • Gezza

           /  February 8, 2018

          You taught them the difference between what’s funny & what’s ridicule I hope.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  February 8, 2018

            No. Just what is kind and what is cruel. The rest they can work out for themselves.

  4. PartisanZ

     /  February 8, 2018

    A sense of humour is common sense looking in the mirror …

    What’s Left is Right …

    A sense of fear is common sense looking in the mirror …

    … and not seeing any reflection.

  5. PartisanZ

     /  February 8, 2018

    A sense of humour ain’t all its cracked-up to be …

  6. robertguyton

     /  February 8, 2018

    Funny that. Sadly, we sandal-munching, mung-bean-shod hippies have no sense of humour what-so-ever.

    • Gezza

       /  February 8, 2018

      You eat sandals?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 8, 2018

        It’s hard to believe even the loony Left are so brain-dead thick as to take satire seriously … but they are.

        • Gezza

           /  February 8, 2018

          Personally, I think that’s hilarious. I’m sure Bob will see the funny side. Eventually. Does he have a twitter account? Have you signed it Al?

        • Gezza

           /  February 8, 2018

          I’ve found a twitter account. I can’t really tell if it’s a parody site or not. Last tweet posted was May 2015.
          Here’s one:

          • Gezza

             /  February 8, 2018

            Sorry, here

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  February 9, 2018

            Since he hates cell phone technology it is certainly a limp Lefty attack site. Not sure why you find it hilarious other than because it plays to your politics.

            • Gezza

               /  February 9, 2018

              Nothing to do with politics. I don’t like the man because he’s an arsehole. Stop putting everything to politics. Except for the fact he’s an arsehole I don’t otherwise mind him as long as he can see the funny side of a lot of people publishing what they think of him for a change. I’m sure he can. He’s got a great sense of humour according to himself. Your trouble is you’re too sensitive to alt righties’s feelings. Harden up Al.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 9, 2018

              Of course it’s your politics. You align with everything Sir Bob despises so you hate and abuse him. I’m pretty sure he’s well immune to Lefty hatred now. And can see the funny side of supporting womens’ refuges financially while most who give them lip service condemn him.

            • Gezza

               /  February 9, 2018

              I don’t hate and abuse him I’m just saying what I think of him. Sir Bob would applaud this I’m sure, he’s said that’s all he does too. You have no idea what my politics are. They’re satirically motivated as much as anything. Anyway, this discussion was over yesterday at midnight & I had the last word so I won again. You know the rules.

              If you wish to fulminate further the next day it doesn’t count & I don’t pay any attention except to stir you up a bit because it’s good for your blood pressure.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 9, 2018

              My blood pressure is fine, and I’m just releasing some of yours with my scalpel. Winners are grinners.

            • Gezza

               /  February 9, 2018

              I know. 😆

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 9, 2018

      I know that shoes are made of banana skins, but mung-beans ? Wouldn’t they wear out quickly ? Of course, they’d be bio-degradable. Wear ’em and put ’em in the compost bin.

  7. A SOH is number one characteristic in my books. I can forgive someone almost anything if they can give me humor. I love most sorts of humour including old fashioned slapstick and pranking. I don’t have close friends who aren’t self deprecating and know that a well developed and easily shared SOH is a gift that means you’ll never want for company.

    • Blazer

       /  February 9, 2018

      still…waiting.

        • Blazer

           /  February 9, 2018

          in future do not question my authority when I tell you Key did not donate his salary to …charity.

          • robertguyton

             /  February 9, 2018

            Key was a deceiver. The deceived seem still blind to his behaviour, even with him gone.

            • Zedd

               /  February 9, 2018

              J Key.. now thats a JOKE we can all LOL at !! 😀 😀

          • Gezza

             /  February 9, 2018

            I understand the claim has been made that he did but no evidence of this has ever been produced & I too am disinclined to believe it.

            • robertguyton

               /  February 9, 2018

              Key was well aware that the claim was out there, but did nothing to dispel the myth – lying by omission, on a grand scale, yes?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 9, 2018

              Key said he would give “a good part” of his salary to charity. That is all that was ever claimed. No evidence he lied. Most generous people prefer to give quietly.

            • robertguyton

               /  February 9, 2018

              Any skerrick of proof to support that claim?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 9, 2018

              That his political enemies (that includes you, Robert) never published an accusation that it was false for fear of being sued and proven wrong?

            • robertguyton

               /  February 9, 2018

              Fear of being sued !
              Yes, Alan. That’s how it works.
              Nice folk, those Tories.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  February 9, 2018

              Most people take exception to being slandered and libelled, that’s why these are offences.

              I wonder if those who doubt the charitable donations do so because their own are non-existent.

            • Blazer

               /  February 10, 2018

              ‘Key wouldn’t elaborate on what charities he supported, nor how large a portion of his salary he donated. He said his “personal decision” was not something he wanted publicised.’

  8. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 9, 2018

    Traveller-do you know the Molesworth books and the Jennings ones ?

  9. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 9, 2018

    Here’s a little puzzle which will make some people laugh, I hope.

    There is a carpark, which is numbered thus.

    / 16 / 06 / 68 / 88 / X / 98 /

    A car is in X-what number is X ?

  10. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 10, 2018

    / 16 / 06 / 68 / 88 / X / 98 /
    _____________________

    Is that better ?

    • Gezza

       /  February 10, 2018

      No – | 86 | X | 88 | 89| 90 | 91 | is.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 10, 2018

        I was trying to underline the parks, but the bold, italic, underline doesn’t work now for some reason.