Monday, 13 March 2017

Eye On The Background


I adore this video. It is so funny on so many levels.
I was reminded of this " what's going on behind you" phenomenon this morning when I bumped into a former colleague from work outside the vets in Denbigh this morning.
I had William and Winnie with me both on leads .
My friend had a rather over weight mongrel tied to a pushchair. In the pushchair was an eighteen month old baby in a bright blue romper suit ( I tell you only in way of adding a bit of local colour)
The dogs all were good natured and friendly.
We chattered for a while and swapped small talk as they sniffed and licked.
Moments later I had said goodbye and had lifted Winnie into the back seat of the car.
As I turned to William , I could see his tail wagging guiltily .
In his mouth was a half masticated baby's rusk.

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  1. He stole the baby's pacifier?? I hope the reception is as nice the next time your run into this person...I guess a chew toy is a chew toy...

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    1. Worse! A Rusk is a (delicious) baby food item. They are large "cake"/"cookie" type things, probably 3" or so in diameter and very thick, They are easily hed by tiny hands, and dissolve very easily with the slightest amount of moisture. Even though they are a baby food, I love them!

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    2. Thank you, Witch Hazel. I, too, thought it was a pacifier. Ooops!

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    3. Thank You for the clarification. I've actually seen babies with those when teething...still a cheeky dog!

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  2. babies and animals, always provide a lot of entertainment and for animals, babies always provide them with a lot of food......

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  3. No matter how many times I see this, it makes me laugh. Just perfect.

    And hope you enjoy the TWD episode (I'm assuming it hasn't aired yet in your neck of the woods). Excellent, in my humble opinion; Lennie James is the best.

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  4. Hahahaha, William has no shame!

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  5. The baby was definitely feeding William...
    Greetings Maria x

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  6. When the little girl arrives at daddy's desk, the professor seems to swipe her with the back of his hand. I guess that most professors are cruel that way.

    I imagine the "conversation" after this TV moment finished..."WHAT THE **** WERE YOU DOING LETTING THE ****ING KIDS IN THE STUDY? I TOLD YOU I WANTED TOTAL PRIVACY!"
    "SCREW YOU ROBERT! I'M NOT YOUR ****ING HOUSEKEEPER!"

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  7. I read an article on all the reasons that clip is comedy gold but my fave was when the mum tried to discreetly shut the door.
    Rusks are awful and the baby was glad to get rid of it

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  8. That's funny...under the cover of confusion a covert maneuver to garner a baby's cookie.

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  9. Interesting juxtaposition going on in your mind.

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  10. Obviously, a half chewed baby rusk coming your way is not to be sniffed at, never mind resisted. Yum. It's what I like in dogs: They are not afraid to steal should the opportunity present itself, AND they'll eat anything. One of my friends introduces her smooch as "And this is my hoover".

    As to the video. I fail to see the funny side. Maybe because it hits a bit of a nerve since my father worked from home intermittently - which to us kids was one hell of a nuisance. We didn't exactly tip toe around but were certainly reminded to stay out of earshot. In the clip's scenario the IDEAL father, you know the one we all wish for, would have pulled the toddler on his lap instead of pushing him/her away (AWAY??????), not even turning towards him/her? Bloody hell. Maybe even smiled at the fruit of his rather stiff loins, thereby showing the human side of a professor's life and just carried on with the "serious" business of politics.

    As to the babe in the walker bursting in (siblings always in hot pursuit of their older one) I may tweak Yorkshire Pudding's script ever so slightly, but at least he and I are on the same wave length. What I can't help wondering, different subject, what can anyone see in someone so wooden to actually agree to procreate?

    U

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    1. My first Scotty wa called KIRBY, everything on the floor was her's !
      At one time I started to name all my dogs after vacuums.
      It got a little strange when we started to yell Panasonic.

      cheers, parsnip

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    2. Why do you call yourself "angry", Parsnip? If at all your anger is benevolent. And I love parsnips.

      What I called the cats had to be amended at times - a dog of mine would have scampered at being brought to heel by "MIELE". Still, I suppose "Dyson" even more embarrassing.

      U

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    3. It is a longish family story.... that has to do with that carrots are pretty and parsnips are so plain white and no one notices them. An angryparsnip is so funny to us. Chilies can be hot and angry but not parsnips
      I have had this name for so long that I asked one time
      on my blog about my name it won and it stays.
      Plus my x hates it !

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  11. That nanny was fired an hour later.

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    1. It's actually his wife. :)

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    2. You know what is ridiculous, and I left out of my response to John, namely that I assumed the woman to be the mother of the children. Then I thought the better of it: Oh my god, maybe his wife is out at work and it's the nanny who can't do the job she is supposed to do.

      Spare a thought for the kids.

      U

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  12. I believe the children thought they were Skyping their grandparents (who are from the Cleveland area); the only reason I think this is b/c a local station had talked to the grandmother (the professor's mom), and that was her impression. The woman in the video is her daughter-in-law.

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  13. I think the video is hilarious as you say on so many levels.I read that his WIFE!was on the loo which would make it even more embarrassing for her.

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  14. 'Elle' tonight? Lucky you! It's only showing around here in Brighton at such a time as would mean returning after dark, a big no-no. If it doesn't get a screening soonish at somewhere accessible there's going to be BIG trouble from this quarter, let me tell you!

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  15. It is a very funny clip. The poor professor was talking about a very serious issue -- Korea, which is very close to my heart, but it was a good reminder that whatever happens in the world life and its moments do go on...

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  16. I love it when a serious news interview is sabotaged by some unexpected disruption like that. Which somehow reminds me of the sensation-seeking reporter Damien Day on Drop the Dead Donkey.

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  17. I have a friend who eats dog biscuits. As a child her neighbor gave them to her, with the admonishment "These are too good to tell your mother about."

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    1. When I had my now-30 year old baby, my Aunt Bea told me never give him teething biscuits (probably the same thing as rusks) because they disintegrate and turn to glue. "Give him Milk Bone dog biscuits, instead," she advised.

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  18. I thought it was funny. I think William stealing the rusk is funny too.

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  19. The rusk was probably just lying on the child's lap, minding it's business, when William thought he's give it a lift. No harm in being helpful, is there, William?

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  20. It's the way both children enter the room that makes me giggle plus the mum trying to keep under camera level .

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  21. Apparently the Dad did think it funny/amusing but a true professional. So there is some hope he is human. How he would have reacted to William ? Hopefully laughed with us all too.

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  22. They need a lock on that door! That poor woman - I hope they both got a laugh out of it afterward :)

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    1. And maybe there's a reason the "rather overweight mongrel" tied to the pram was rather overweight ;)

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  23. Maybe William is teething?
    I doubt we'll ever know what hubby said to wife afterwards, but we can all imagine !

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  24. This video has brought me so much laughter since last week. Every single thing about it makes me laugh harder and harder.

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  25. I love that video too. We have radio/newspaper people ringing for soundbites/opinions, and it's difficult having to keep the house totally quiet while my Prof talks to them. Fortunately it didn't happen when our kid was that age. Probably if the mum had left them they would have settled down and nearly stolen his pens.

    It is more than likely that Winnie was given that rusk. Our grandchild frequently stuffs food into the Goldie's willing mouth, so Winnie, you're absolved!

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  26. It was very funny when the second child entered.

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  27. William is nothing if not an opportunist!
    Arilx

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  28. We always shared food with our animals. Sometimes at our choice, sometimes at theirs.
    The small boy who lived next door to us took a left-over leg of lamb from the fridge and came down to the fence and shared it with the dog. A bite for him, a bite for her.
    Her mother was unimpressed. Colin and the dog were happy.

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  29. i have watched this video over and over too. what a rascal william is!

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  30. Doggie heaven... nothing better than a baby slobbered rusk. Clever William :)

    Regards the clip.. when I saw it I loved the fact that the husband - who was a very qualified gentleman discussing a serious issue - couldn't retain a smile. I'm pleased to be thinking that they as a couple had a good laugh about it later rather than an argument

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  31. Hilarious, I almost peed my pants!

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  32. When my sons were very young, I was a freelance writer. One particularly busy day... printer whirring, baby watching Sesame Street on TV, older son throwing tantrum because he couldn't find a tissue... the phone rang. As I picked it up I hollered over the din to my oldest, "Just use toilet paper then!" And then, into the phone, "Hello?" It was a woman from Harpo Studios (Oprah show) calling about a query I'd sent. 25 years later I still blush.

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    1. I was on the phone to my MP when my two year old toddled in to show me proudly his filled potty (1s and 2s).

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  33. U fails to see the funny side. I rest my case.

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    1. May your "case" rest in peace.

      Let's assume that you, Tom, mean me by "U".

      Bearing in mind that Ursula is derived from Ursus (bear), it appears that I, U, am your very own bug bear, and according to you don't have a "sense of humour". Bears, on the whole, don't. They take a short cut.

      Being accused of a lack of sense of humour is the lame man's even lamer attempt of a lame way to try and shut someone up, maybe even shame them. Because, after all, what is more shameful than having no/a different sense of humour? Sweetheart, if you can't come up with something mildly more interesting, challenging and, dare I say it, witty - let's just leave it. If you need a punchbag look in the mirror. Nothing better than smoke, a looking glass and shadow fighting.

      No hug, plenty of hisses,
      Ursula

      PS John, my ps not so much an afterthought as an addendum and, in the best of Chamberlain's misguided attempt at appeasement: I was in two minds, and nearly left it, whether to even grace Tom with an answer. However, and whatever his shortcomings, he does write an interesting line on his blog. Thus he is not a complete loss to me and the rest of mankind. However, my dear sweet peacemaker John, and now you'll appreciate the shithole Kissinger found himself in, it isn't my idea to use your blog's comment box as a playpen. Alas Tom doesn't have the balls, the guts, to play his games in the comment boxes of his own blog, his scope limited. Neither is he able to resist trying to shame me. As not to test your patience, John, just think of Tom as a dog. That way one may find him bearable and forgive him many a sin against good taste. Hug, U

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    2. I think you need to offer your own blog to the world at large, Ursula. I would definitely follow it if you allowed me to. I wish you no harm, but I wish I thought that you felt the same way about others. Come on - expose yourself. Be brave. Get the balls.

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    3. Tom, what you are talking about? My blog is for all the world to see, read, comment on, ignore.

      Let me take you by your hand (don't worry - I wear gloves) and lead you the way: What you do is click on my username, et voila, the magic of it, you'll find yourself on my blog where you may expose yourself, your wit and other assets to your heart's dis/content.

      You may also rest assured that, unlike some, I afford those who comment the courtesy to never block or delete anyone. Gives a whole new meaning to "your place or mine", doesn't it? Let's make it mine - I believe it more welcoming if, on occasion, in need of a tidy up.

      Hope you won't go all shy on me, Tom. Be as good as your word and play ball(s).

      See you,

      U

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  34. It was the mum backing out of the room that finished me off.

    Good for William you have to get these treats when and where you can ;-)

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