chapter 65

Here tis folks…the next chapter in this epic tale of the wonderful and wearisome worries of one wandering warrior wondering which withering and wholesale whammy will beset him next… Probably run out of milk for breaky…

Must look ‘tribulation’ up …
I mean…we all make mistakes…
Should have trained hi a bit better as a pup I suppose…
Well, even the best laid plans can go wrong…
So you’d better brace yourselves…
Yeah, I know, you probably can’t take too much more of this heartbreak… not sure I can either…guess we’ll all just have to turn up next week and hope for some light at the end of the tunnel…hey wait a minute I think I can see some now and…LOOK OUT!!!!!

EPiC of PauL…our little hero…chapter 63

Digging into his monstrous Fambly Album little Pauly continues to recall his tragic journey through his early life as each pic drags him back to those traumatic years….

Read on you intrepid seekers of wisdom and truth…and good breakfasts…

yeah…we’re talking about little sisters here, so what’s new ?

In fact just thinking about little sisters gives me the stitch…

Yeah, so get on with it…
I mean, this was one kid who expected the highest standards…
I mean she can be a bit on the impractical side…you know…mailing herself in a parcel only to find she can’t fit through the slot…
Reckoned she’d been waiting there for days…
Oh yeah…
Here we go….
Boy, I’m a glutton for punishment…

I mean a man’s gotta do…

Yeah…life would be an absolute breeze now…
Oh dear…did we speak too soon????

EPIC OF PAUL…or to be a little more accurate, The miserable existance of one poor little mite battling the cruelties and iniquities of an unjust world in which absolutely no allowance is ever made for the needs and ambitions of such a heroic, yet tragic figure as he battles his evil family in a vain effort to declare his individuality, and where possible, to gain a second breakfast. Read on as he delves into his Fambly Album to reveal the indisputable truth of his deplorable plight in the monstrous evidence before our very eyes.

Yes, in case you’ve just tuned in, poor little Pauly is marooned on his island way out in the middle of nowhere and is desperately lonely. After trying his so called friends, the only person he feels who will not fail him is his little sis.
Yeah, those crews are just the pits.
See ya then.. Oh, and eat well. Gotta keep up our strength eh.

A Letter From The Farm…but only for those with strong constitutions [don’t say you haven’t been warned!!!]

By Howard Birnstihl on a particularly gloomy Sunday afternoon

Hi Mum,

A bit of a shaggy dog story perhaps, but there I was feeling grouse, quite cocky really, although not wanting to crow about it, having a cat nap after a heavy stag night when a wise old owl who really had ants in his pants started badgering me, saying even though I was a lone wolf and the black sheep in the family – a real dark horse in fact – and usually in the doghouse feeling lousy with a hang dog expression, and even though I had bigger fish to fry seeing a man about a dog, I’d be better off coming out of my shell and become a big fish in a small pond by leaving the rat race and all those road hogs floundering around like fish out of water and duck down to the farm today.   Feeling a bit crabby and wanting to buck at the idea, but not wanting to ruffle his feathers, and usually afraid to say boo to a goose, I said, in a pig’s eye mate, you’ve got emus in the top paddock, I haven’t been down there in donkeys and could fall prey to any number of things.  But then I thought, it’s water off a duck’s back to me so although as busy as a beaver, flat out like a lizard drinking and dog tired, feeling like something the cat dragged in, I decided I could run with the hare and run with the hounds and pressed doggedly on, running hell for leather like a raging bull as straight as the crow flies till I got to the gate.  At first feeling quite chirpy, trying to ferret out the key, I felt a bit of a galah, a bit of a lame duck actually, standing there like Blinky Bill as I thought, holy cow, someone has been horsing around here monkeying with the lock. I thought yeah, while the cat’s away, eh.   Anyway, I don’t wish to bleat about it but that really got my goat as I’ m as blind as a bat without my glasses, as clumsy as a cow on roller skates and the damned thing was as stubborn as a mule. Perhaps I should have turned tail and run but I didn’t want to chicken out and was champing at the bit.  I could have tried till the cows came home, being the pigheaded type, flogging a dead horse no doubt as I felt as weak as a kitten and as sick as a dog, and even going the whole hog and beefing myself up it just wouldn’t budge.  Feeling like a bull in a china shop, and raging like a caged lion I thought you’d need to be as strong as an ox to move that thing, but of course there’s more than one way to skin a cat. So, going at it like a bull at a gate and placing my head in the lion’s mouth, and having done the donkey work, I made a monkey of myself.  I slipped in the mud and in two shakes of a lamb’s tail I was on my ass.  Feeling like a lame duck I thought maybe I should have let sleeping dogs lie, but the place was an absolute pig sty. 

I nearly had kittens when I took a peke, a real nest of vipers.   Like a fly on the wall, and with a worm’s eye view, I quickly checked the rafters to see if my chickens had come home to roost, and I suppose I should have counted them before they hatched, although I’m never sure which came first, the chicken or the egg.  Poor things were cooped up with hardly enough room to swing a cat, and when I did, I really set a cat among the pigeons who’d weaselled their way in somehow…perhaps through a hole in the chicken wire. 

I checked the nests but was too late, the bird had flown, gone like a bat out of hell.  The only one left was a horrible looking thing, a real ugly duckling.  Maybe I shouldn’t have been so hasty, you know, like a rat up a drainpipe, after all a bird in the hand and all that.  But then I just stood there, like a deer caught in the headlights, feeling like I was shutting the barn door after the horse had bolted – the farm now, I’m afraid to say, once a ripsnorter of an enterprise, was now something of a white elephant.  This, I fear, was turning into a dog’s day afternoon.

I got the word from the horse’s mouth when he let the cat out of the bag, a strange sort, neither fish nor fowl, that the chickens were as mad as a dog with a fly up its bum.  I thought they were just crocodile tears at first, but I’d been backing the wrong horse entirely, they were actually pretty cross, so much so that they threatened to cross the road, which they did.  They crossed it with a baritone and got a gravelly voice.   Then they crossed a rooster with another rooster but ended up with two cross roosters.  But I digress…which is a bit like a tigress but its teeth aren’t so sharp.   Anyway, this snake in the grass came up to me…the guy thought he was the bees knees, the cat’s meow, proud as a peacock, a real gadfly.  Slippery as an eel, a real hyena, you know the type, crooked as a dog’s hind leg, a real lounge lizard, saying he could give me the good oil, angling to get his fangs into me.  I said, yeah, you wolf in sheep’s clothing speaking with a forked tongue, snake oil no doubt.  Of course it was a hare-brained cock and bull story, a load of wombat droppings [I’m too polite to use the term horse shit] but he egged me on, playing cat and mouse and eventually hitting the bullseye.  I ended up shelling out to the cold fish, raiding the piggy bank, taking the bait, hook, line and sinker.  I bought a camel load of the stuff, the lion’s share in fact, made a real pig of myself hogging it all like that.  Not wanting to be anyone’s lapdog, I sat there feeling a bit of a bunny while he looked like the cat that swallowed the canary, the cat’s pyjamas in fact, now having feathered his own nest completely. 

Went back up the road where I had a bird’s eye view and saw a zebra crossing.  It was crossing a businessman with a thousand dollar bill but he was just big noting himself.  I couldn’t stomach that.  The cows could though cos they’ve got four of the things, but I’d had a gut full of all this so hopped on my horse and left.  Mind you, hopping on a four legged animal requires years of training and I often fell in a heap.  I think it was left there by the garbo’s who’d been on a wildcat strike.  And although it was a soft landing and I was as comfy as a pig in clover, I thought I could smell a rat, but it was just full of creepy crawlies that had wormed their way in.  I checked to see if the worm had turned, but they were flocking together like birds of a feather, acting like sheep, but I thought, ah, they can’t pull the wool over my eyes.  So I called to my pet dinosaur to help…his name is Tyrannosaurus…or Rex for short, [his brother’s blind…I don’t  think he saurus] but he was off haring around after some fluffy tails that had been crossed with frogs, I think they call them bunny ribbits, but he was barking up the wrong tree as usual.  They were in another one, the pine tree…the one where you long to be somewhere else.  {I’ll explain that one later for the slow ones}.  Then the tree attacked him, but he was okay, its bark was worse than its bite.  To get rid of the worms from this web of intrigue I called the early birds and we soon had it all under control. 

Maybe it was the butterfly effect, as I saw a butterfly flutter by, but Rex, who I’m afraid is a one trick pony and had become a bit cuckoo of late, started horsing around with this little Chihuahua, although for these two little love birds I think it was probably only puppy love, but when it started hogging into a sausage on a roll he realized it was dog eat dog.  He took his sausage and climbed up onto a huge pig, no doubt eating high on the hog.  When they started rooting like rattlesnakes I shouted at him to leave it, reminding him that curiosity killed the cat, but he laughed at the idea of a mere cat and said being the top dog he was only foxing, all bright eyed and bushy tailed, just aping the cat as a joke, you know, just kidding, acting the goat. 

I said stop being a copycat with all this ‘monkey see – monkey do’ business and leave the jokes to me. He put his tail between his legs and I soon had him eating out of my hand, but he got too heavy, felt like I was holding an elephant, but he was having a whale of a time, snorting like a pig, blowing stuff out his nose.  Then I noticed him sitting with his paws together like he often did.  He was quite a prayery dog really.  Then I thought I heard him yelling for help like a cat on bricks, but when I looked, he was much higher, up on a hot tin roof.  But he was only crying wolf, the pigeon-toed little twerp probably had bats in the belfry – mad as a snake – would you believe he was actually trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill?  Boy, did he have his head up a dead bear’s bum.  But every dog has his day and I told him, better to be a live dog than a dead lion, even though I knew he’d gone to the dogs and I’d probably backed the wrong horse.  Thinking I was riding him too hard, he gave me a snaky look and said call off your dogs.  Feeling a bit of a lame duck, but wanting to tan his hide, I crawled back into my shell, remembering not to put all my eggs in the one basket of course.

Passing three wise monkeys leapfrogging over each other we saw some birds swanning about, lazing in armchairs, as happy as pigs in shit.  One, as graceful as a gazelle, was in a high chair.  I guess he was a stool pigeon.  There was a swallow on her own larking around, totally unable to add up her bill…but I guess one swallow doesn’t make a summer.  I noticed a small insect beside her was meticulously writing a letter home… although it was spidery writing I could tell it was a spelling bee. Then the strangest thing, a tiny armadillo with miniature feathers wandered past.  On closer inspection I saw it was just scaled down.  Anyway, the rest being night owls, were singing happily, each taking a tern.  It must have been their swan song as they were like sitting ducks, standing out like shags on a rock where I killed two birds with the one stone, cooking my goose and preparing it for supper.  We had to pluck them of course and the dog asked, how do you get down from a duck?  I said, silly goose, you shouldn’t have got up there in the first place.   I said, it’s obvious mate [feeling like the cat that got the cream] it’s the elephant in the room, you should have asked him, an elephant never forgets, but if the tusk is too great, pack your trunks baby.  He went as red as a baboon’s bottom and tried juggling his cases but had to admit you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

 The pig-headed coot trottered away having made a dog’s breakfast of everything as usual.  But I said, hold your horses, it’s as easy as shooting fish in a barrel, as they were all lined up in a roe. I said, particularly that leading one.  He said, oh, the starfish.  But we’d been flogging a dead horse here, and even though he is getting a bit long in the tooth, he is the one we’re saddled with and friends like him are important lynx in the chain.   He was a fine sprinter too and boy, could that horsefly, actually the only horse ever to win the Stawell Gift.  And I should have looked him in the eye, I mean you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth do you?  But as a reward for this creature who was man’s best friend, I cooked up some cats and presented him with a plate o’puss for dinner.   He was as happy as a clam when I gave him some bird for desert too, but when he saw the duck bill he refused to pay.  I said, come on, that’s chicken feed.  He wolfed it down and reckoned he was full up to pussy’s bow, saying he’d take the rest home in a doggy bag.  I was about to fly off the handle but wasp leased to let him off this time.  Although I was subtle about it, this being a pet subject of mine, I hoped that sting in the tail would get the message through.  I didn’t want to ram it home if ewe know what I mean.  Anyway, I guess it was all over baaa the shouting. 

Now the world was my oyster and we were on the wallaby, I got down off my high horse and got a wriggle on.  We could see what looked like men belting some rodents with a cat’o’nine tails, fighting like dogs over a huge cracked egg when a map fell out.  Oh well, I said…the best laid plans of mice and men… Feeling like we were on a wild goose chase, we saw a guy sitting in a hole smiling like a Cheshire cat, although as quiet as a dormouse he was as drunk as a skunk and looking as snug as a bug in a rug.  He was as tall as a giraffe and the size of a whale, holding a ringtail, twiddling it with his fingers and blowing in its ear.  We were a bit worried for a while but soon realised he was only playing possum.  Then eyeing his camel, the one without a hump, known to his friends as Humphrey, he got out his sewing kit.  I said, speak up, cat got your tongue?  But he clammed his lips shut as tight as a fish’s arse…and that’s water tight.  Then rising up on his hind legs he reminded me, curiosity killed the cat, and I said don’t talk bull, and anyway, they’ve got nine lives, so we left.  I certainly didn’t let on I’d once been a cat burglar, it’s dogged me all my life.  But at least we had a tail to tell, and fur a long time too, folks will be lapping it up.  Falling in the hole, we had to claw our way out, the edges as slippery as an eel.  Then, emerging, I tripped over a huge pile of hay and noticed the man’s pet writhing like a cut snake on the ground.  It must have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.  I waddled over. The poor thing had croaked and was as dead as a dodo.

I said, I wish I hadn’t seen that and Rex, the old buzzard being a little terrier, reminded me it was no good burying my head in the sand like an ostrich.  Standing with his legs apart, the bandicoot, he noticed we were on an old army range, a bullet whizzing by missing us by a whisker.  We were surrounded by caterpillar tracks.  In fact there was an old tank close by and Rex reckoned you’d need a crane to shift it, in fact a whole flock of ‘em. It had a huge hole in the side and a man was trying to fix it.  Boy, said Rex, he’ll need an elephant seal there, which I thought was a bit catty.  Then he spotted a lizard and while we were taking a dekko at the gecko a man in a brown shirt came by with his flock.  I thought the guy was a German shepherd but he turned out to be a kiwi, which of course couldn’t get off the ground.  He stood his ground and declared, I mayfly, taking a huge swig from his drink bottle.  We watched this dragonfly drink his flagon dry and he began to sing like a nightingale, but ran out of breath.  Sorry he said, I’m newt o this singing lark.   Silly bugger was as useful as a tit on a bull.  Perhaps I should have treated him with kid gloves but I said, don’t come the raw prawn with me mate, I won’t stand for it, see squirt?   He said don’t you spell that with an ‘a’?  He was only fishing but I said aye?  He said that’s a start.  I said, I’ve heard of sea lice, dragons, cucumbers, slugs and otters.  He said, what’s an otter?  I said it’s like a totter without the ‘t’.  So, a coffee drinker eh, could keep it awake.  But I guess he knows how many beans make five.  I said why?  Is he an adder?  He said yes, and asthmatic with it.  Uses one of those puff adders.  I said, listen you little termite, toucan play at that game, climbing the ladder to get a bird’s eye view of the notice board.  It said, ‘stick insects here’.  It must have been fly paper so I did and although the vultures were gathering I kicked the dog and began to whippit.  You’ve never seen a wilderbeast.

We looked for a greyhound bus as a jaguar zoomed past but all I could spot was a leopard lying in the dappled shade counting sheep.  It was as fat as a pig and in our direct path, a real fly in the ointment, and with butterflies in my stomach, watching it like a hawk and giving it the eagle eye, I took the bull by the horns and asked it to move.  It was a red rag to a bull and the blighter, as conceited as a barber’s cat, gave me a nasty stare, a kind of cat scan which made me as nervous as a kitten.  He simply refused to move but a little bird told me it was only to be expected, leopards never change their spots.  At first it looked like it wouldn’t hurt a fly, then it snarled and we looked for somewhere to hide.  We chose the long grass, but soon had to leave…it was the hide of an elephant, which it shared with a lioness and her cubs, a large bovine creature and a scowling tiger.  I said, how now brown cow, and although we were quiet as mice we were told to moooooove out, which I thought was a bit low, and I said, go on, pull the udder one.   She just gave me her cow eyes look.  I then took the tiger by the tail and asked why he was so unhappy.  He said he was only a paper tiger and had been arrested…for rustling.   Stupid pond life.  The lioness I noticed appeared quite concerned, but we said we wouldn’t hurt her pride.  But this was like a can of worms so we galloped off, running like a herd of wild buffalo, hoofing it till we found safety in an animal shelter.  The gate keeper was pacing up and down like a caged lion and we patted him on the back and said sanctuary much.  He was as bald as a coot and said, don’t worry, I won’t rat on you and if you’re hungry I’ve some food squirrelled away.  Clever man was ahead of the pack and had been keeping the wolves from the door for years and we were sure he wouldn’t throw us to the lions.  Sopping wet, he’d been reading the sign, ‘beware the llama spits’, and he was.   Anyway, I was as hungry as a bear and wolfed down his gift, Rex going ape and sinking his canines into a sacred cow as he fought the monkey off his back, locking horns with a huge steak.  He reckoned he could eat a horse but began to change them mid-stream, going to a horse of a different colour, which I hoped wasn’t the man’s cash cow which wouldn’t make horse sense at all of course, even in a story like this.

Having a cow of a day, up with the lark and putting the cart before the horse, therefore travelling at a snail’s pace, I put up the umbrella as it was raining cats and dogs.? I’d bought a heavy duty one just in case pigs might fly.? Then I noticed I had a sore calf so made a bee line for the hospital, where I collared a sister who was quite drab.? I’d assumed this grey nurse would be as clean as a hound’s tooth but was in fact a bit of a grub, not to mention mutton dressed as lamb, certainly no spring chicken that’s for sure. Though I denied I spied a spider beside ‘er I asked her if she’d help and she said she mite, which made me as mad as a march hare.?? An eager beaver though, her name was Robin and she kept bob bob bobbin’ along till we got to the ward.? I’d hoped it would be a forward but it wasn’t, a bit of a red herring really, and we went backward to where we started.?? Rex seemed to like her though, attracted like a moth to a flame, thinking her as cute as a bug’s ear, and although I was casting pearls before swine I reminded him you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.? The silly pigeon-chested tit began to object but I shouted, shush, not a dicky bird, you hear!?? And stop blubbering!? He protested, saying what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.? So I took a gander.? Okay, so he was a top dog, but stone the crows, surely I didn’t have to tell him about the birds and the bees.? This was all a different kettle of fish now and feeling like I was in a kangaroo court I put a flea in his ear, I mean you can lead a horse to water, but poor old Rex started running around like a chicken with its head chopped off, acting like a clown fish, making a mare’s nest of our situation, probably thinking I would throw him to the wolves.

Brian Carroll pic

Still hungry, wishing we could put a shrimp on the barbie, we tried sneaking up on some pigs who were hamming it up.   Stampeding off to save their bacon, I could see they were too expensive for us anyway, we were as poor as church mice.  They cost just over a pound each, they were guinea pigs.  I tried to buy a teddy as they said it was a bear market but Rex kept prodding me and when I objected he said he was just looking for a pig in a poke.  Then we tried the stock animals, but they herd us coming, and besides, we couldn’t separate the sheep from the goats.  We saw one on its own, a real lamb for the slaughter that one.  They began running at a cliff like lemmings but when they jumped they were so far away they looked like ants, just little black specks.  They were dropping like flies.  Rex became excited, in fact going hog wild and I said, stand back and let the dog see the rabbit.  He said that was inapt.  I said, what’s inapt?  He said a p and a t.  [I had a sinking feeling inside thinking I’d been here before, a case of groundhog day if ever I saw it].  I said, surely you have the tea first and then the pee.  He said no, that way you’re in a tent.  I said what’s in tent?  He said he doubted mine and wished he was in another story.  I said, what, 101 Dalmations?   He said, no, they reckoned I was too plain, but then they thought they might have a spot in it for me.  Then he really flipped…it must have been the tail wagging the dog.

I don’t want to keep parroting on, and I certainly can’t crow about it but things had gone to the dogs and it was about this time I turned to drink.  I was lapping it up, in fact I drank like a fish, but you try that underwater, it ain’t easy.  One morning, seeing pink elephants and dragging a lobster on a string, my throat as dry as a gorilla’s armpit, I really missed Rex – I could have done with a bit of the hair of the dog, and maybe I should have gone cold turkey.  And did I mention he was a little foxie, but I’m pretty smart myself, particularly in a one horse race and I’m reminded of a Groucho quote:  Outside a dog, a book is a man’s best friend, inside a dog, it’s too dark to read anyway. 

I was trying not to think about that when I saw this lady standing alone in the middle of a field holding a goldfish bowl trying to thumb a ride.   I peddled over and asked what was the bee in her bonnet and would she like a piggy back ride?  I felt a bit goofy, in fact you could have knocked me down with a feather when she said, a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle, and they rode off on mine into the sunset.  I had to use shank’s pony to get home and even though it was cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey, all in all I was as happy as a barrel of them, like a kid who’d caught two yabbies on the one string.

And summing up, did you know if you went to the trouble of gathering all the elephants left in the entire world and placed them head to tail they’d be pooing on each other’s faces.  And do you know which animal can jump higher than a house?    All animals…cos houses can’t jump.   But let me leave you with this final thought:  porcupines.

EPIC of PAUL Chapter …wait for it…..wowski, wowski…I don’t believe it either…are you telling me we’re up to chapter 60 already???? No, hang on, I’m telling you aren’t I. Yep! We’re up to chapter 60 of this epic tale of childhood, hardship, loneliness, deprivation and lots of breakfasts. Strap your seat belts on and polish your toe nails cos this chapter could be a ripper…or of course it could be a profound disappointment, but if you’ve done what our little hero would advise and have a darned good breaky then with luck, and determination you should be able to ride it out. Gee…hope I’ve left enough room here for the chapter…fingers crossed, eh?

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WORK CRAZY…test tuby stuff

by Howard Birnstihl {in his lab coat}

Scientist.   I first went into the field of science because I thought it would be exciting and challenge my intellect.   But it was like any other field really …only it seemed to have more weeds.   Those science chaps should definitely work out more.   And there were creeks which we had to oil constantly.  So, you’re a field nerd, eh? they said.  I said, what’s a nerd.  They said it’s a lot of animals in a group. I said like the ones who played House of the Rising Sun?  They said you’re showing your age.  So I thought I’d better cover it up, that’s why I now wear this white coat.

Told everything had to be sterilised, I made the tough decision and went to see the doc.  Thankfully he pointed out my mistake.   Then he pointed out all the others.   The nurse seemed to agree. They laughed and laughed.  Quite a nasty experience all round. 

I decided to take a peke at the lab, but bought a bulldog instead.   Expensive!  They really put the squeeze on me.  It was a bulldog clip.  The labs I found weren’t quite up to scratch either…although the Dobermans not only scratched, they’d damn near take your hand off if you even looked like patting them.   But I fell in love with the lab mice.  Cute little critters, three of them.  I checked to see if they were blind.   No, like the other scientists, just slightly sozzled.  But they were a valuable asset.  We had a big Tom who kept an eye on them…in fact he gave them a cat scan every morning.  

Thought I’d better do some study, read a book on helium.  Couldn’t put it down.  Then I read one about atoms, but you can’t trust them.   They make up everything.  And then I found this carbon sample.  Tried to date it but got accused of harassment.   So took myself off to the movies to see Tron.  It was a remake ….Neutron.

When I first moved in I was aghast at how little the space was… They said that’s all right, we give all our scientists the same microscope.    But I said there’s not even enough room to swing a cat in here.   Although I did try…my god that Tom was a heavy brute.   

We worked with lots of specimens in the lab ….and in fact the two who worked either side of me were real weirdos I can tell you.  And equipment, you’ve never seen such an array.  On balance the scales were an asset, but I was confused about the burners.  Harry kept saying ‘look at the bunson that one’.   I figured she must be an old flame.  Then there was the sign on the cupboard saying ‘Test Tubes’.    I tested them over and over, it all came to nothing.   So I looked in the energy cupboard but it had been ransacked…we’d had a joule thief.

My boss said I was falling down on the job.  It must have been the alcohol swabs.  He said make up your mind –  success or failure?  Your choice.  I looked around, he was right.  I’d slipped off my seat …so you could say I was …sort of…falling between two stools.   And the smell, Ugh!

We did research too, cell division was all the rage.   I finally admitted my cell had been in A Division, not much worse than the lab really.    They said what about the bars?   I had to admit there weren’t any, we made our own hooch out of potato peels.   And the sentence, what sort of period?   Just a normal full stop, I said.   Then they asked how bad were the screws.   I told them nights got pretty lonely but to mind their own business.   

We used to experiment on rats brains, tiny little things.  Had to use needle nose tweezers.  Jabbed myself once, felt a bit of a prick.  We were trying to find the different functions of each lobe.   The first day I looked in and said what’s this ‘ere lobe and they said no, that’s not an ear lobe, you fool, they’re little pink things ladies like to put things on.   I decided not to take that any further.  

 But dissecting the brain was very confusing because in some cases I found the right side was the wrong side and if I left the right side on the left side it was the wrong side but if it was on the inside seen from the backside then it became the right side after all.

Then went on to doing research on the shyness gene.  Bloody hard to find…it kept hiding behind all the other genes.   So, went all space agey and studied the planets.  Was up all night wondering where the sun had gone, then it dawned on me.   And speaking of light, studied that for a while too, till I banged my neon something.   Well at least we could all relax on Friday night.  We all went down to the pub and had a few beers and fission chips.

Far too complicated, so tried something else instead.  It was a bedstead, so I lay down for good hard think.  Then I had a naughty soft think and then I drifted off.  Finding myself out to sea I hailed a passing tramp and we talked about life on the road.  Ironic really cos he was hit by a huge transport and became carrion.   I naturally decided to carry on myself when I heard my mother shout to stop that carrying on.  Just as well as I could never carry it off.   After that the only resort was hirry carry, a nice little place really, in the Japanese foothills, greeted gregariously by great groups of gorgeous gushing geishas.  Unfortunately they rubbed me up the wrong way so I came home.

Thought I’d give it one more try.  Decided to write a report on frogs and their method of locomotion.  Shouted go!  Measured the jump.  Four feet.  Wow!  Cut off two legs and remeasured. Shouted go!   Eighteen inches, not bad.  Cut off another leg, shouted go…six inches…okay I suppose.  Cut off the last leg and shouted go!  The frog didn’t move.   Sent my report in and still waiting for their reply, but there’s no doubt in my mind I’d solved it.  Frogs without legs are deaf.

What do you think…back under the microscope for a while maybe?  Yeah, I’ll do a bit more experimenting on it.