Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Remarkable Adventures of Oliver Cromwell’s Head

Those of you who know me well know my predilection for Sam Pepys. On this day (30th January) in 1661 Sam wrote

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“Then to my Lady Batten’s; where my wife and she are lately come back again from being abroad, and seeing of Cromwell, Ireton, and Bradshaw hanged and buried at Tyburn. Then I home”.

 

 

Now since Oliver Cromwell had died three years earlier, and been given a lavish state funeral at Westminster in November 1658, why was Sam telling us that Bess, his wife, had just seen Cromwell hanged and buried three years after his death? It’s a bit of an odd, and gruesome story.

When the monarchy was restored in 1660 with King Charles II, the surviving men who had participated in the trial and execution of Charles I were hung, drawn and quartered. The recalled parliament also ordered the posthumous execution of the three ‘deceased regicides’ Oliver Cromwell, John Bradshaw and Henry Ireton.

Contemporary scene outside Westminster Hall, showing Tyburn and the three heads mounted on poles at the right-the caption lists the heads as 1} Cromwell; 2} Bradshaw and 3}Ireton

On the morning of 30th January 1661 (the anniversary of Charles I’s execution), the three bodies were dragged on a sledge through the streets of London to Tyburn gallows, where they were hanged in full public view until around four o’clock in the afternoon. After being taken down, their heads were cut off, and stuck on 20 ft pikes raised above Westminster Hall.

“Jan. 30th was kept as a very solemn day of fasting and prayer. This morning the carcases of Cromwell, Ireton, and Bradshaw (which the day before had been brought from the Red Lion Inn, Holborn), were drawn upon a sledge to Tyburn, and then taken out of their coffins, and in their shrouds hanged by the neck, until the going down of the sun. They were then cut down, their heads taken off, and their bodies buried in a grave made under the gallows. The coffin in which was the body of Cromwell was a very rich thing, very full of gilded hinges and nails.”—Rugge’s Diurnal.

In 1685 a mighty storm broke the pole which carried Cromwell’s head, and it was retrieved by a sentry. He hid the embalmed head in his chimney for many years. On his deathbed, he left the relic to his daughter who, presumably, sold it.

Advertisement for the Hughes brothers' exhibition of Cromwell's head, 1799. The exhibition was a failure.

 

In 1710 the head appeared in a Claudius Du Puy’s museum of curiosities, described as ‘The Monster’s Head’. Later it passed through various hands, being sold each time for sums which were equivalent to thousands of pounds today. It also appeared in a failed exhibition in 1799.

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In 1815 a Dr. Wilkinson bought the head. It then remained in the Wilkinson family, who allowed several scientific studies to be undertaken as to its authenticity. The conclusion was that there was a “moral certainty” that it was indeed Oliver Cromwell’s head. In 1960 it was offered to Sydney Sussex College, where Oliver Cromwell had studied.

 

800px-Cromwell_Head_burial_plaqueThere it was buried on 25th March 1960, in a secret location near the antechapel, preserved in the oak box in which the Wilkinson family had kept the head since 1815. The box was placed into an airtight container and buried with only a few witnesses, including family and representatives of the college.

 

If you want to find out more, you can buy a book by Jonathon Fitzgibbons all about Cromwell’s Head. There was also a Radio 4 programme about it which I’d love to hear.

Tweet Encounter

3282144A group of us on Twitter are strongly considering hiring a cinema in Derby for a Tweetup. We would see the rather wonderful “Brief Encounter” (so I’ll need my hankies). The showing would be on a Sunday afternoon yet to be decided, and would presumably followed by some sort of pub visit afterwards, for me at least. Before we go ahead with booking, however, we need some sort of idea of how many would be interested in coming. If you are interested, then let @_Dunebug know, using the hashtag #tweetencounter.

Wombat’s DVC Rule for Charity Shops

IMAG0107Put simply, this rule states that in every charity shop in every town in Britain, there is a copy of Dan Brown’s execrable book “The Da Vinci Code”. Go, look, and you’ll discover the truth of this for yourself.

IMAG0109There is also a sub-clause, which states that if you DON’T find DVC in a particular charity shop, there will be two copies in the next one you visit. Or maybe one of his other equally naff tomes. try it out. It’s a fun game to play while Mrs. Wombat* is looking at endless jumpers and handbags.

* insert your OH’s name here.

#TWANTA2011 – Megablog part 2

An introductory whinge part 2Firstly, DO read this excellent blog by @davidtims (just click here) about last year’s Twanta. It sums up exactly what we lose when people don’t take this seriously – sparkly Christmasses and faith in humanity. I’ve decided NOT to name those who let us down, because that would achieve little other than anger. I WILL be limiting next year’s to those who have already taken part properly, or that I know ‘in my water’ that I can trust. There’ll also be another ranty post about this, since a few people didn’t seem to understand why most of us were so annoyed. Sparkly Christmasses and faith in humanity, folks. Let’s not lose those next year.

Right, enough of that, let’s have fun – here’s the second half of your #TWANTA2011 mega-blog. As with Part One hover over each picture to discover, through the magic of popup, the identity of the kind Twanta who sent that particular treasure (though sadly that doesn’t work on phones, since there’s no actual cursor to hover with). I’ll still be listening to my mp3 player, so if I go orange that’s cos I’m bursting into song as I type. A voucher for two free hours of Wombat Lurve to anyone who recognises all the songs.

09missmandymoo78-Big thank you to my twanta for my gift just opened in Snowdonia“A big thank you to my twanta for my gift just opened in Snowdonia” shivers @MissMandyMoo78 – Snowdonia? Blimey, woman, you must be freezing. Come here, let me rub you warm. Sorry, I always get frisky after eating bacon.

 

 

10luggermatt-Thanks very much Twanta whoever you are! It's fab! Age spot on10luggermatt-Done! Fab present. Taken me back 30 years!  thanks again!@luggermatt says “Thanks very much Twanta whoever you are! It’s fab! Age spot on! Fab present. Taken me back 30 years!  thanks again!

 

11och23-Fab gift all the way from @hunyock in the states. Movie night is looking good.

 

Here’s a “Fab gift all the way from @hunyock in the states. Movie night is looking good” according to @och23. That’d make a great Christmas dinner, I reckon.

 

12_gail__ Merry #twanta2011

 

 

“Merry #twanta2011” chortles @_gail__ – it’d be groovy if you could actually play those, and out would come Jim Nabors singing “Oh Holy Night” or somesuch.

13starlitwolf-My very cute #twanta2011 gifts, along with some cooling tarts!

 

 

The lovely @starlitwolf tells us “My very cute #twanta2011 gifts, along with some cooling tarts!” I’m partial to a warm tart myself, you know.

 

15smiler1313-thank you soooo much for my prezzie it's awesome

 

 

Oooh, choccy! And recipes! I’m hungry now. @smiler1313 says “Thank you soooo much for my prezzie it’s awesome”. It certainly is.

 

16kaPOWed-Merry Christmas tweeps! & thanks sooo much to @OnTheUpbeat for my lovely LOVELY #Twanta pressie!!

 

 

@kaPOWed wishes us all “Merry Christmas tweeps! & thanks sooo much to @OnTheUpbeat for my lovely LOVELY #Twanta pressie!!” I do love a nice bun or two.

 

46greythorne-Thank you to my Twanta! Happy to get these cute Love Hearts tea lights.

 

Here’s the delightful @greythorne, who received enlightenment and says “Thank you to my Twanta! Happy to get these cute Love Hearts tea lights”. We slip through the streets while everyone sleeps, getting bigger and sleeker and wider and brighter. We bite and scratch and scream all night. Let’s go and throw all the songs we know into the sea..

 

47nyncompoop-And thank you #twanta! For hat and choc

 

She’s like something out of “The Cat Returns” – it’s that @nyncompoop, chirrupping merrily “And thank you #twanta! For hat and choc”. That’s a joke, see, cos I don’t think I’ve ever heard her chirrup. Not that she couldn’t, I imagine, in the right circumstances. I’ll shut up now.

48sarahhanner-Nomnom thank you secret #TWANTA2011 !! They look deeeeeeeeelicious

 

 

More chocolates here – lovely posh ones – for @sarahhanner. Speaking before having her mouthful (good girl), she says “Nomnom thank you secret #TWANTA2011 !! They look deeeeeeeeelicious”. Not sure what happened to her at the beginning of that last word there. Maybe she slipped on some ice.

49sjnewton-rude word

 

Here’s someone who was not at all impressed to receive a pen shaped like a … well actually it looks more like a giant Twiglet than a turd. Maybe the designer of this delight is a bit ill, if her (or his) Richards look like that. No doubt @sjnewton will tell us if it has brown ink.

50 37ellie-My lovely #twanta prezzie! Perfect as the only cooking I like is baking and good new scissors for sewing

This reminds me – @37ellie has yet to bake us some muffins. Mind you, she is working hard at the moment, so maybe I’ll have a go. “My lovely #twanta prezzie!” she effuses, “Perfect as the only cooking I like is baking and good new scissors for sewing”. Just don’t run with them. #dadadvice

 

@ontheupbeat is “opening my #twanta2011 RIGHT NOW – 51ontheupbeat-I'm opening my #twanta2011 RIGHT NOW - what is it, Im so EXCITED53ontheupbeat-The card says 'From your Scottish twanta.' This is a really really awesome gift!!! Thank youwhat is it, I’m so EXCITED” followed by “The card says ‘From your Scottish twanta.’ This is a really really awesome gift!!! Thank you” Aw now – that’s what this should be all about.

 

52_aaronkelly-My #twanta gift. Caledonian Calendar Thank you to my mysterious #twantaMore Caledonian cadeaux now, with that @_aaronkelly finally getting a date (sorry, couldn’t resist that one). “My #twanta gift” explains the son of fun himself, “Caledonian Calendar. Thank you to my mysterious #twanta”

 

54englishkirsty-thank you whoever you are54englishkirsty-My #twanta gift, now discovered by the kids

 

 

More choc! And a… weird spring-loaded vibrator, by the looks of it. That’s got to hurt… oh wait! I see – it walks down walls! Phew. “Thank you whoever you are” says the stunningly gorgeous @englishkirsty “My gift, now discovered by the kids”

55louwiseman-Look what I got!! Thank you Twanta, whoever you are, you've brought a smile to my face!

 

A music box! Sparklers! A shiny card that you can use to reflect disco lighting from your sparklers! Add gin and it’s the perfect night in. The recipient of the perfect night in was @louwiseman who can’t help chuckling “Look what I got!! Thank you Twanta, whoever you are, you’ve brought a smile to my face!” before doing the twist to “Here Comes The Sun”.

56macjude-The Bengal loves her #sundaypics #twanta - thanks @bexagin56macjude-and I love mine

 

@macjude reports that “The Bengal loves her #sundaypics #twanta – thanks @bexagin – and I love mine”. What is that blue thingy? Candy floss for cats? But oh looky! Choclit! Yummo.

58alicestronaut-My freaking awesome #twanta2011 present! press the rubber on the end & a retractable pencil & pen. This person didn't know me but perhaps my love for novelty pens & pencils has echoed around the world

 

 

I imagine @alicestronaut jumping up and down like a giddy schoolgirl as she exclaims “My freaking awesome #twanta2011 present!” Maybe she’s even wearing a gymslip. I might just stand back a little bit… “Press the rubber on the end & a retractable pencil & pen! This person didn’t know me but perhaps my love for novelty pens & pencils has echoed around the WORLD!” I love it when a Twanta takes the time to stalk their Twantee a bit. Good work.

57littlebit_bod-Dear #Twanta, Wonky cat said I could open present.57littlebit_bod-Thank you very much! LB x

 

“Dear #Twanta,” begins @littlebit_bod, politely, “Wonky cat said I could open my present. Thank you very much! LB x” Oooh books, my favourite! Nahoo-a-ho, hoo-a-ho, mo nighean donn bhoidheach. Nahoo-a-ho, hoo-a-ho…

 

59xkylet-Thanks twanta. Thwanta. Yes, was me at primary school. Now I just need to figure out how anyone found it! I must have posted it here.

 

Look who was sent a mug with his own pic on it! Yes, that’s @xkylet before he became all world-weary. Brillaint Twanta detective work. “Thanks Twanta,” he grins, “Thwanta. Yes, was me at primary school. Now I just need to figure out how anyone found it! I must have posted it here”.

60lottielee1960-I love my #TWANTA2011 gift. The cats are excited & my 81 yr old mom has claimed the candy. So much fun!

 

More pussycat interest – do none of you have lizards or ferrets? This lovely creature belongs to another lovely creature, @lottielee1960, who tells us “I love my #TWANTA2011 gift. The cats are excited & my 81yr old mom has claimed the candy. So much fun!” Bloody mothers, tsk!

61em_and_lola-thank you @EnglishKirsty 'something to bring out every year'

 

@em_and_lola gratefully says “Thank you @EnglishKirsty –  ‘something to bring out every year’”. There’s nothing better than a contented child, is there? Just look at that lovely physog.

 

 

 

62spiffykates-Here are my lovely #twanta2011 gifts! Thank you!!!

@spiffykates, all spiffy, says “Here are my lovely #twanta2011 gifts! Thank you!!!” (what does ‘spiffy’ mean, actually?) I said God, it really doesn’t matter where you put your world someone will come along and move it and it’s always been the same. It’s just a complicated game.

 

63chickenprincess-Oh WOW! Heee! It's PERFECT! but who is it from @wombat37 Dying to know now

 

Duck-fan @chickenprincess ejaculates*  “Oh WOW! Heee! It’s PERFECT! but who is it from, Wombat37? Dying to know now” Well I could tell you, but that would remove the fun of hovering over the picture oh alright it was me.

*don’t even, dear reader, you’re above that.

 

64hugeshark-Look at my adorable #twanta2011 gift! Sorry about lousy iPad photo, but it is cute

 

Here’s @hugeshark, probably warbling in her attractive tones, “Look at my adorable #twanta2011 gift! Sorry about lousy iPad photo, but it is cute”. It is indeed – are those reindeer about to battle to the death?

65kezza575-Fantastic down under #twanta present. Can't wait to try a chocolate fish sandwich. Thank you very, very much!!

 

“Fantastic down under #twanta present” sings @kezza575, probably with an Australian accent like I just did in my head, “Can’t wait to try a chocolate fish sandwich. Thank you very, very much!!”  My Mum used to warn me about girls like you, with your chocolate fish sandwiches.

66tonihill79-My #twanta2011 present, thanku very much

 

 

Do you know, I’ve got just the right photo for that frame. @tonihill79 says “Thanku very much!”

67lilianlouvaine-Thank you #twanta ! I got a lovely squishy cupcake that I think is a pincushion

 

What the….? Wait, I think @lilianlouvaine has worked it out. “Thank you #twanta ! I got a lovely squishy cupcake that I think is a pincushion” Nice. I’ll bet our cats’d have fun with that.

 

68rosamundi-Somewhere in Peru there's a poor, nekkid baby llama. Thank you

 

 

“Somewhere in Peru there’s a poor, nekkid baby llama. Thank you” lilts our very own @rosamundi, warm as toast probably, although I often enjoy my toast cold. Especially with marmalade on. Lime. maybe, or on a special occasion grapefruit. Sorry, where were we….?

69friendlysolrflr-I got a cool keyring compact brookite zipaway kite.Thank you very much, secret #TWANTA2011

 

 

Here’s that epitome of all that’s good in the world, @friendlysolrflr, bubbling away that “I got a cool keyring compact brookite zipaway kite”. Hang onb, it’ll take me a while to string those words together into a meaningful phrase … hang on a tick .. OH NICE! Sorry, carry on: “Thank you very much, secret #TWANTA2011”.

70scullyscully-A fabulous homemade mouse for #twanta2011 #sundaypics. His name is Bertie and he is loved. Thank you so much x

 

@scullyscully, so good they named her twice, says “A fabulous homemade mouse for #twanta2011! His name is Bertie and he is loved. Thank you so much x” Bertie has character indeed. Just a roll, just a roll. Just a roll on your drum. Just a roll, just a roll and the war has begun

71pme200-Here's my #Twanta2011 pressie.. Someone who knows me well dog baking kit with recipes! Thank you

 

Here’s leading style-icon @pme200, rather pleased to have been sent some dog biscuits. Well played, Peter’s Twanta. “Here’s my #Twanta2011 pressie from someone who knows me well. Dog baking kit with recipes! Thank you”

72louisehector-Thank you to my #twanta for my lovely pressie DONT SHOW MISSMUCHLY.

 

 

Tis surprising how often, during the writing of this blog, that a person’s twantee is immediately followed by their own gift. So it is now, as here is @louisehector herself – “Thank you to my #twanta for my lovely pressie”. Your Twanta wishes to remain anonymous, Louise, so t’will perforce remain a delicious mystery.

73dbrereton-Excellent #TWANTA2011 gift A classic, photographed in black&white. Hoping the Brussels provide enough wind

 

Artistic interpretation as usual from @dbrereton, who intones (he strikes me as someone who would intone, given half the chance) “Excellent #TWANTA2011 gift. A classic, photographed in black&white. Hoping the Brussels provide enough wind”. Ah, our first sprout joke! You win the blog.

74womble61-Picture for @wombat37 for #SundayPics

 

 

Senior jokes??? That should have been sent to me, rather than @womble61. Mind you, if you had, I’d have just filled this blog with them, repeated ad infinitum. Ad infinitum, I tell you. That’s how I roll, I said that’s how I roll.

75mich_annie-love my gift! thank you

 

WOW, that’s an immense gift! Oh wait … it’s a bit smaller than I first thought, isn’t it? Doesn’t matter actually, it’s rather fine. @mich_annie says “love my gift! thank you”. Our cats would SO knock that off if it was that near the top of our fridge.

 

76hunyock-The perfect combo...art and cooking all in one! Thank u so very much twantee, I love it!!

 

Puddings! Cakes! Whatever that other book is! Tis a veritable cornucopia of recipe goodness! @hunyock, the recipient, overflows with appreciation “The perfect combo…art and cooking all in one! Thank u so very much twantee, I love it!!”

 

77leontia2001-#Twanta2011 came to me. It seems she's quite similar to I am!

 

@leontia2001 applauds her gift – “Twanta2011 came to me. It seems she’s quite similar to I am!”. Or, she investigated, and chose something appropriate. Or, she IS similar to you. Probably. Stop wittering, Wombat.

 

78sarahpez-My lovely #twanta2011 present

 

I thought for a brief moment that was a glass of Guinness. Should have gone to Specsavers. Tis in fact a Christmassy mug with who-knows-what in it. @sarahpez says thank you for “My lovely #twanta2011 present”.

 

79secretstef-Had a lovely day. This was my very beautiful crafty @twanta2011 gift. Thank you

 

 

@secretstef “Had a lovely day. This was my very beautiful crafty Twanta2011 gift. Thank you”. I trust the sun shone and birds sang and wildlife helped you clean your house. That’s what I’d call a lovely day.

 

81gib46-Me mate @Gib46 is having phone probs so posting his #TWANTA2011 #sundaypics for him

 

That kind @mannymunkeh and his new squeeze helped out their chum @gib46 with uploading a pic of his pressie, which appears to be a LOT OF LOLLIPOPS! Hope they were nana flavour. Why do birds sing so gay and lovers await the break of day?

 

82quantumtree-Sorry, it's late. Thanks to my

 

 

We’re starting to reach the pics that were posted slightly after Christmas Day now, but I reckon they were all appreciate greatly nonetheless. Here’s @quantumtree, confirming that “Sorry, it’s late. Thanks to my Twanta!” What the actual twanta is that?

 

83davidtims-My #TWANTA2011 gift, the pre-assembly pic. Post-assembly pic to follow (when I find a ruler)Here’s himself, @davidtims – “My #TWANTA2011 gift, the pre-assembly pic. Post-assembly pic to follow (when I find a ruler)” He must have found one, cos look – “Hopefully not too late. Another pic of my #twanta2011 gift and a Sabretooth plane”. I want one!

 

84fannyingabout-Better late than never with my picture. Sweets and smellies from #twanta2011

 

“Better late than never with my picture. Sweets and smellies from #twanta2011” says @fannyingabout. But you always smell delicious, darling. #smoothtalkingbastard

 

85LucieMR

 

An eclectic collection of stuff for @LucieMR here. They look like the sort of things that might be used in a magic ritual to me. But given that the sender is SO lovely, I doubt that was the intention.

 

86avensarah-My #twanta2011 has arrived! A beautiful scarf & card. Thank you so much, @ericafairs

 

@avensarah trudges to our microphone through the Canadian snow, and shivers “My #twanta2011 has arrived! A beautiful scarf & card. Thank you so much, @ericafairs” for indeed her Twanta was the redoubtable Erica.

 

87andromedababeThe #twanta2011 bracelet I received goes beautifully with the pink dress I bought to match it. I'll jangle all the way to Lon-See - matching dress and sparkle. I love @wombat37 for organising #twanta2011

 

@andromedababe purrs in her sexy tones “The #twanta2011 bracelet I received goes beautifully with the pink dress I bought to match it. I’ll jangle all the way to Lon-See – matching dress and sparkle. I love @wombat37 for organising #twanta2011” Oh yeah, she loves me. *struts*

 

88purple_nurples_-my brilliant twanta gift

 

I’ve always fancied one of these, but at least @purple_nurples_ has one. “My brilliant twanta gift” is certainly what it is. Caught in a jet stream caught in a gorgeous howl all the world lost in noise

 

89jamerz3294-Here's the #Twanta2011 gift from @sarahtregear, a pooping deer! Perfect for my neighborhood89jamerz3294-Pt 2 PoopyDeer is at home in the North Pole in our entry! Life in The Hundred Acre Woods By The Inalnd Sea is magiFine upstanding gentleman @jamerz3294 says “Here’s the #Twanta2011 gift from @sarahtregear (oh, he knows), a pooping deer! Perfect for my neighborhood . The second pic shows PoopyDeer at home in the North Pole in our entry! Life in The Hundred Acre Woods By The Inland Sea is magic”. Ahem – “in our entry”? Ew.

90patobeirne- finally arrived. Magazine all wet but readable.

 

Also finally arriving is @patobeirne’s awesome gifty – “finally arrived. Magazine all wet but readable”. Let’s hear it for Royal Mail, eh? In my day they carried the post in waterproof bags.

 

 

91keith_c_jarrett-Love my #Twanta pressie! Thanks to the sender, may flights of angel's sing you to sleep x

@keith_c_jarrett loves his Twanta pressie. Listen. “I love my #Twanta pressie!” See, told you. He continues. “Thanks to the sender, may flights of angels sing you to sleep x”. Flights of angels, not just one, but a whole choir invisible. How cool would that be? Unless they were singing “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, obv.

92annosportel-No more cold hands, thanks to my #twanta2011

 

Young @annosportel got handwarmers, look! I could really do with some of those. My fingers are always cold, no matter where I stick them. “No more cold hands, thanks to my #twanta2011” is the verdict. No need to rub it in….

93tigerbaps-Late entry to #twanta pics. Half of my #twanta gift! Other half left at work. Pic tomorrow

 

“Late entry to #twanta pics. Half of my #twanta gift! Other half left at work. Pic tomorrow” says that @tigerbaps, but oh no! She storyfibber! She not show other half. It was probably a bra and she was shy. Well, I dreamed I saw the silver space ships lying in the yellow haze of the sun. There were children crying and colours flying all around the chosen ones.

94butmadnnw-unwraps to

 

Lots of pink for @butmadnnw, including a weird tickly bird thingy that may be a tit of some kind. Or perhaps I have the scale all wrong and it’s a mighty condor. A blue condor, that’s it. I’m pretty certain.

96hallmork-just opened my gift and it made me proper homesick. Thank you so much. XXX I love tablet too!!! Mmmm

 

Here’s a commentary from @hallmork “I just opened my gift and it made me proper homesick. Thank you so much. XXX I love tablet too!!! Mmmm” Tablet? What do you mean, “tablet”? You appear to have received some shortbread, and a packet of purest Brown. What’s that all about?

97alliterative-came a little late, but got here in the end! Thank you

 

 

I love this on which arrived a little late, but then if you will spend winter in the Canadian wilderness, you have expect slight postal delays. “Came a little late, but got here in the end! Thank you” says @alliterative. Look, it’s … I don’t know what it is.

99acornettofairy-Yay! It's still Christmas. Merry chrimbles and thank you to

Wow, @cornettofairy has had a good haul, albeit a wee while after Christmas. “Yay! It’s still Christmas. Merry chrimbles and thank you to my Twanta” is what I believe she said, although I cut a bit of it off while cutting and pasting. What? I’m tired now, that’s why, but there’s only a few to go and I want to knock this on the head tonight so I can start on a really good ranty post tomorrow.

 

99bIainLJ-Forgot to say - my replacement #twanta2011 gift arrived yest. Thank u twantafairy! It's excellent

 

An here’s @IainLJ, with a hearty “Forgot to say – my replacement #twanta2011 gift arrived yest. Thank u twantafairy! It’s excellent”. I’ll tell you what – those Twanta Fairies have been bloody brilliant, and have gone some way to restoring my mood.

 

99cRachamuffin-My replacement #twanta gift turned up today! A new mug to drink my wine out of!

Oh my, you could almost fall into @Rachamuffin’s beguiling eyes, couldn’t you? Oh stop it, Wombat, you old greybearded perv, refresh your brain and sense of honour with a huge fuck-off coffee – just a few more pics to go now. “My replacement #twanta gift turned up today!” the woman behind the mug twinkles, “A new mug to drink my wine out of!” Ended your sentence on a preposition there, dear. Just saying. By the way, this was one of the gifts that Royal Mail ‘mislaid’, and was replaced by the original Twanta herself. Now that’s how you do it. *applause for @fannyingabout, dear readers*

99danzigirl-cat too quick to take pic of her and brill #twanta pressie - so this is the best there is!

 

Someone sent @anzigirl a kitten! Oh no, wait – “Cat too quick to take pic of her and brill #twanta pressie – so this is the best there is!” Cat toy, eh? Someone read up on you before sending that Smile … also, that settee looks a bit tempting for cat claws, I have to say. Or is it a sofa?

99eNotmetaltax-My #twanta pressie arrived! I WAS a good boy! I shall use it to remove boy scouts from horses' hooves

 

 

And finally (except for me, cos I’m always last) @Notmetaltax finally gets a gift, a month after Christmas. “My #twanta pressie arrived! I WAS a good boy! I shall use it to remove boy scouts from horses’ hooves”. I thought the restraining order kept you away from scouts, Matt?

99wombat37

 

And here’s mine, look! LOADS of American goodies! There’s even an American newspaper! (It was boring, don’t tell, but the ads were fascinating). And those salty caramels were the best thing I’ve had on my tongue for decades. Yes, including this. And that other thing you’re thinking of. These things made me happy.

And that’s what #Twanta’s about – making other people happy. If I may put forward a slice of personal philosophy, I feel that man has ruled
this world as a stumbling demented child-king LONG ENOUGH! And as his empire crumbles, my precious Black Widow shall rise as his most fitting successor!

Sorry, that last bit should have been in orange italics. Night night, Earthlings.

#Sundaypics Fringe

You know I said I was taking a few weeks off, and wasn’t setting a theme for a while? That didn’t sit well with you lot, who decided you were going to do your own #Sundaypics anyway, and sod The Wombat. Possibly because a couple of the early pics were of that sort, an informal theme developed of “Animals Arses”, and most pics were of that. My OCD kicked in, and I collected the pics out of habit – I present them to you here to hover your mice over in order to read stuff. You lot are barmpots, and I love you dearly.

@alexbrightsmith - Spent ages trying to get this lot to co-operate & look the right way, but this was my favourite shot anyway@baronhawkey - 1 Always been a flat cat until we moved into our house@annieandmorris - Morris was most upset when I asked if I could photograph is bum hole

 

 

@baronhawkey - 2@caddac23 - Bob's bum@captain_doodle - Hmm, no animal arses in my collection, but here's a cat in a basket

 

 

@bugjemm - Jinx's bottom 1@bugjemm - Jinx's bottom 3@bugjemm - Jinx's bottom 2

 

@chickenprincess - well that made me think of this pic I took at San Diego Zoo in Sept@davidtims-View from our car in SL ('99). Always makes me chuckle@davidgilray - Ria & Rosa in Johnstown

 

@dbrereton - Any number of arseholes@elsieassap@dbrereton - no #sundaypics this week. This is a photo without a theme, but makes up for lack of sun #sundaypics

 

@flylilypad -  Everyone else is doing animal arses for #sundaypics@girlthing63 - Not really his arse, but he was running away @flylilypad -  This is a photo of the dullness of Sundays with no #sundaypics

 

 

@greythorne - blue tit bum@jaxbourne - Beetles Bum@greythorne - rat bum

 

@hallmork - oh I've got one looks like a bulldog chewing a wasp!! Oops wrong end@jimtheSG - @hallmork - that's much nicer view

 

@julietims - Not strictly an animal arse pic but this should do. #sundaypics @wombat37 (Warrington Hospital)@lilianlouvaine - I took a similar one of elephants at Twycross last summer@knocknascheagh - One dogs arse coming up for the #sundaypics @wombat37, shes been skiding on it all morning, so should be fairly clean

 

 

@macjude - our tea towel holder @mizzlizwhizz - here are two deer arses in the distance@mizzlizwhizz - After following me round in a circle 3 times the dog finally stayed put

 

@nyncompoop - arse@sarahhanner - Does my bum look big in this @PabloTheDonkey - always wanted to enter a pic but never had a pic for any of your themes

 

@sjnewton - As it's animal arses for informal #sundaypics today, here's some from Whipsnade in 2007. Bonus cute baby ele@wombat37 - for the #SUNDAYPICS Fringe, here's @GoodBoyBen & @CleverGirlBuffy@stabwild - I've got a cow bum, but I can't find it, so heres a goat bum, mid poo

 

@butmadnnw - No butts in phone, but here's Chaucer in a sink@marcomunkeh - #sundaypics fringe! Me & platypus dude with some reindeer arses in the background@kivadapup - I dunno what an 'arse' is, but here's my munkeh, who I luv

 

@emmaloopy -  Molly says 'HI'

@emmyloopy - georgymog says hi too

Daft Little Ditties

If you know me at all, you’ll know I enjoy barmy old songs, especially those with a touch of the surreal. Dear Reader, let me introduce you just three little gems.

 

It’s Party Time Again, by George van Dusen

george van dusenYou might actually know this one, since apparently it was played a lot by Terry Wogan in the 70s. George Van Dusen’s recordings were hugely popular in the 1930s. George was known as The Great Dutch Yodeller , throughout his long career, despite being born no nearer Holland than the East End. I love bonkers stuff like this, which have a joyous infectious effect on me. 

 

Birdsong at Eventide, by Ronnie Ronalde

mzi.jlemetrt.170x170-75Ronnie Ronalde (born in 1923 in London) is (yes “is”, he’s still alive) a music hall singer and siffleur (click it if you don’t know the word). Ronalde is famous for his voice, whistling, yodelling, and imitations of bird song. “His crystal clear yodelling gained him acceptance with connoisseurs of Alpine and Western music around the world” it says here.

 

I Want to be Bad, by Helen Kane

If it’s wrong to let someone take
Just a little kiss by mistake,
Let a lady confess,
I want to be ba-da-da-da-da-da
Bad!

250px-Helen_kaneHelen Kane was an American popular singer, whose theme song was “I Wanna Be Loved By You”. Her voice and appearance were a likely source for Betty Boop. Boop-oop-idoo.

Fun!

I’m playing catch-up on the missing #SUNDAYPICS blogs now – or at least the ones that I ran. There will always be some that are forever lost in the mists of time, I’m sad to say. Here’s your ideas of fun, presented as a “fun” video. Have… well, you know.

#Nuddyfood

Thank you profusely to all of you who responded so wittily and bravely to the late call for this theme. As you’ll see on the Next Theme page, #SUNDAYPICS is taking a few weeks off to recharge its batteries, and this was a fantastic one to end with. If you hover your cursor over each picture, you should see who tis from, and a few rough notes from pervy old me.

@_AaronKelly pays a loving tribute to @tonihill's #nuddybooze entry@badunderpants, a #sundaypics virgin, and what better way to break his duck@alexbrightsmith says 'Might feel braver later, for now here's one that should survive the censors'. And it did, although she didn't feel braver after all

 

 

 

 

@baronhawkey and - wow, that's a big one. Also the end's been circumcised@captain_doodle puntastically explains from behind his Quavers 'Short n curlies. Eep. runs away'

@bottyB 'I could just go a bowl of cereal'. If you're wondering about that cute tattoo, that's her honey bee, that is. Buzz

 

@cha0tic proves that skanky cheese has its uses. Whatever you do, don't squint while looking at this one@davidtims going 'in for a penny.... uses for a King Coconut no. 53'. I don't know what that is, but I'm glad it's quite large@chickenprincess cheats a little bit cos she's eaten her chocolate penny. Actually, I wouldn't mind.... no, I'll not go there

 

@gibbonarms suffered from censorship by Yfrog at first, but persisted in exhibiting his hirsute form by other means@lesleysherreard, raven-haired and bed-raggled, says 'This is all you get, it involves an apple so it should qualify'. Oh it does indeed. @heidivodka, well-known fan of frolic and fun,asks 'Who's for a bit of duck'. Erm

 

@little_mavis with a lovely pair of vegetables@paintgirlMCR and her 24-carat legs. Apparently there were more carrots, but she hasn't shown us those@nyncompoop, the one we were all waiting for, here deflowers two very surprised Santas. She says 'It was either the choc or bacon'

 

@quantumtree's bottom, smooth as a baby's, busy melting some sort of American confectionary. I wonder if nuts were involved@simonhurst says nowt about his pic. I daren't, but if I did, it'd be a joke about being caught short in the kitchen@richkieu_uk and a mirror I think we all remember, explains 'There's a bag of crisps somewhere'

 

@sjnewton says 'May Contain...err... Warning I am not supplying a sick bucket'. You've a big sack there, young man@theflossietp got in early with her fruity goodness. I wonder if it hurt in a spiky way@splashman here, keen to point out that 'Anyone who meets me on a twissup is told how shy I am in real life'. Yes, we can see

 

@waywardlou begs 'For the love of christ, if I know you, don't look at these pics'. Oh, too late@wombat37, for it is I, with one for the ladies. Warning - may go off in warm, humid conditions@waywardlou 'feels a bit weird emailing Wombat a photo of me in the nip. But here goes anyway'. Warning may contain scenes of nudity, spam or copyright violation

 

@xkylet - 'Excuse me whilst I get naked'. See what he did there@yura_otoole, not content with ruining one kid's foodstuff, also debases another juvenile favourite. 'Who needs a G-string when you have a Cheese string'@yura_otoole Billy Bears all for Sundaypics

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