Brighten up your writing with the right kind of humour

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For generations people have been saying that laughter is good medicine. And now the scientists have taken an interest it turns out great-grandma was right. The boffins have discovered that laughter releases helpful goodies in the body which boost your immune system.

aricle about using humour in writing

As long as the butt of the joke is a set of circumstances, not the people, you’re far less likely to upset anyone.

In fact the therapeutic benefits of laughter are harnessed by academia and the business community into laughter workshops and other formalised chuckle sessions. Get the workers laughing and you raise productivity, so it seems.

However it is extremely easy to get humour wrong. [Read more…]

Why writing is our new comfort food

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Do you ever wonder what’s going to go schiz next before we break out the virtual bubbly and sing Auld Lang Syne on Zoom for December 31st this year?

Assuming an earthquake hasn’t chopped off and sucked the United States down into the Gulf of Mexico leaving a comfortable isthmus between South America and Canada to use for amicable trade arrangements at last?

why writing is our new comfort food

At a time when flying pigs and unicorns seem not only normal but mundane, simple activities like writing are comfort foods to feed our inner souls.

Or assuming that the World Health Organisation hasn’t turned out to be a group run by aliens from another galaxy who take pleasure in watching us all shrivel up from evil viruses so they can take over and mine our few remaining natural resources?

Or assuming that Vladimir Putin and XI Jinping don’t turn out to have been conjoined twins (having then had a little culture-defining cosmetic surgery) who secretly plan to turn their countries into Ruschina and dominate the universe? [Read more…]

Should some of our faith in human nature be restored?

With Donald Trump having been heartily lampooned in the last four years and having been the source of thousands of mocking jokes and cartoons in most of the English language media, now – suddenly – the mood has shifted.

Everyone wishes him well.

Trump’s illness may throw the final spanner / monkey wrench into the works.

No-one has said ‘I told you so’

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Why ‘doing it’ can still be fun

Another hilarious poem written by retired GP / family doctor Andrea Kingston, who is fast becoming our resident HTWB poet … this time on how you can still have fun way into your nineties. Rock on!

Why ‘doing it’ can still be fun

why doing it can still be fun

Jumping off the wardrobe isn’t wise. Yet, with a decent parachute …

The sixties and the seventies
When having sex was such a whizz
Were times we felt alive and filled our senses.
We had the pill but not yet AIDS,
Our one concern was getting laid,
Clothes off, to bed and blow the consequences [Read more…]

Happy Jewish New Year – Shanah Tovah

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“Can this year just stop already?” says Ryan Prior of CNN
Jewish New Year

A chance for us all to reflect and renew

“It’s a thought ricocheting around the world as we cope with Covid-19, quarantine, wildfires and hurricanes. Now it can.”

Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year, begins Friday, September 18. Even if you’re not Jewish, it’s a way to immerse yourself in parts of these rituals of renewal. Maybe God knows we all need a little renewal now.”

Wishing our readers a peaceful period of renewal and reflection

Happy New Year – Shanah Tovah – from us all at HTWB

 

Enjoying your Zoom meetings? Really?

Much as we owe many of our small (and bigger) businesses’ survival to the likes of Zoom, MS Teams and other platforms during this Coronavirus pandemic, some meetings are more successful than others.
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funny poem about zoom meetingsHere’s a short, sharp ode to the less-than-comfortable type, attended by a group consisting mainly of women… (probably in the public sector)

The not-so-good Zoomie

It’s ten to nine and nearly time
For this morning’s Zoomie
Rush to put some makeup on
So I don’t look too mushroomie.

Put a bra on – flippetty-flop
Spray the hair with fumies
Put on top from dear Top Shop
And find some fresh joggeroomies. [Read more…]

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