Saturday, November 01, 2008


For those of you who thirst for seasonal Silurian cheer, I commend Comrade Sedgemore's recounting of a typical Welsh start to winter.

Mrs Boyo mounted her sonic broomstick this morning and headed off to the US, where she will be enlightening Mr Obama as to the Ruthenian Question.

Last night she did the doors as trick-or-treaters ventured out into the Berkshire gloom.

We alternate festive duties. Last year the kids who came calling got genuine Welsh taffy and Glenys Kinnock masks from me. They were ecstatic.

This year they took the Moldovan prunes in ration-book chocolate (from Mrs Boyo's father's bunker in Czernowitz) without a word.

Wait until they open the wrappers and each find a copy of "Auntie Dühring", Mrs Boyo's specially-written children's guide to and critique of the early opponents of Marxism!


Gorilla Bananas said...

Did Mrs Boyo put the boot into Böhm-Bawerk? His critique of Marxism sounded pretty devastating to me, but then I'm only a gorilla. I bet he couldn't have locked horns with Mrs Boyo and lived to tell the tale.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Godspeed, Mrs Boyo. Please put in a good word for us all with Mr Obama.

Heh! "Sweets with the case from sugar lipstick and the alcoholized plum" - how progressive of this Moldovan chocolate prune manufacturer to employ Allen Ginsburg to write their copy!

Gyppo Byard said...

Beat chocolates (shudder).

Before you know it, you'll be getting a box of 'Kerouac creams' with flavours like "the wheel of the quivering nougat conception, robed in slaving bitter chocolate".

We must use all means, including violence if necessary, to prevent this.

No Good Boyo said...

Dunno, "Beat Sweets" has a kind of ring to it. I would love to meet the English translator at the Bucuria Confectionery Factory in Chisinau. I've a feeling she and the director get along very well, despite their age difference.

I've not read Mrs Boyo's work, GB, as she insists that I try the no-pictures version. I can't imagine that anyone with a double-barrelled name comes out of it very well. Herr Anti-Dühring himself certainly didn't.

Kevin Musgrove said...

I'm too busy being beguiled by the idea of a happening in a wine gums factory to come up with anything useful.

No Good Boyo said...

"Dharma Plums". It's the sit-com that has to be written. A job for MC Ward, I reckon.

I saw the best teeth of my generation destroyed by macadamias, starving glucuose pecans,
dragging themselves through the sherbert dips at dawn looking for an angry Twix;
Angel-Delighted hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly confection
to the starry Dime Bar in the machinery of a can of Sprite.

Mrs Pouncer said...

This Halloween I was able to get rid of a load of Israeli Bazooka Joe bubblegum that an aunt had sent over. Certified Parve and Kosher L'Mehadrin and bought from Best Bonbons at Moshav Tapruah, you can imagine it went down a storm with the urchins of Hurst. Only a few fusspots complained - and mainly because the comics were in Hebrew.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Nice, Boyo - I was impressed by the lilt of your Esperanto verse (though was too tired to try to understand it and so merely made up my own meanings, which is what I'm in the habit of doing most of time over here anyway) but this is more up my street and makes perfect sense to me!

Bazooka Joe bubblegum in Hebrew - I suppose with that eyepatch he could have been a role model for Moshe Dyan (or vice versa).

Gyppo Byard said...

Somehow the idea of an Israeli sweet going under the name 'bazooka' seems slightly distasteful. What are the marketing slogans like? "First blow up the gum, then blow up the Hamas HQ!"?

Mrs Pouncer said...

Gypps, you old reactionary! B. Joe is fantastically popular in Israel, and they have the extended-brand merchandising that anyone would dream of. In particular, they love the T-Shirts (B. Joe with his Moshe eyepatch and great swirls of Hebrew on the diagonal). for the best selection. And FYI the Israeli version of the little comic books are funnier than the US ones; more post-modern. Well, they would be, wouldn't they?

No Good Boyo said...

Thanks for the Israel gifts tip. Mrs P. That's my Hanukkah list sorted.

And blowing up Hamas HQ sounds like just the sort of thing any kid would want to do. Especially if he's been living in Gaza for the last few years.

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