ME and Ophelia

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

For Scaryduck

Right now, TV news is reporting a severe weather warning. One night last week, the sea here sounded like it was lashing against the windows. Deafening 80-90 mph winds roared around the roof and chimney with such great force, everything creaked, squeaked, whistled and howled like the innards of an old sailing ship at sea in a horror movie. Ophelia crouched under a chair in the kitchen and, unusually, sat hunched dead still in the middle of the hallway. The last time she did that, a few years ago, there was a landslip in the area. No worries here though. We are safe, high and dry on solid rock and cosy and warm.

This evening, I am looking forward to watching Big Brother on TV but disappointed to hear Germaine Greer walked out. She was my favourite. I expected her to stay for as long as Janet Street Porter did in the jungle.

Today, I visited a few blogmates and, in the comments at Madhu's, clicked into an American blog called The Attic where I found this chimpy joke that made me think of Scaryduck. Heh.

George Bush is visiting the Queen of England.
He asks her, "Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give me?"
"Well," says the Queen, "the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people."
Bush frowns. "But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?"
The Queen takes a sip of tea.
"Oh, that's easy. You just ask them to answer an intelligence riddle.
The Queen pushes a button on her intercom. "Please send The Prime Minister in here, would you?"
Tony Blair walks into the room. "Your Majesty..."
The Queen smiles. "Answer me this, please, Tony. Your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?"
Without pausing for a moment, Blair answers, "That would be me!"
"Yes! Very good!" says the Queen.
Back at the White House, Bush calls in his vice president, Dick Cheney.
"Dick, answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It's not your brother and it's not your sister. Who is it?"
"I'm not sure," says the vice president. "Let me get back to you on that one."
Dick Cheney goes to his advisers and asks every one, but none can give him an answer.
Finally, he ends up in the men's room and recognizes Colin Powell's shoes in the next stall.
Dick shouts, "Colin! Can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it's not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"
Colin Powell yells back, "That's easy. It's me!"
Dick Cheney smiles. "Thanks!"
Cheney goes back to the Oval Office and asks to speak with Bush.
"Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It's Colin Powell."
Bush gets up, stomps over to Dick Cheney, and angrily yells into his face,
"No, you idiot! It's Tony Blair!"

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 1/11/2005
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