#17 Comic Relief

As a child, I loved my weekly comics and magazines. It all started with Twinkle “the picture paper specially for little girls,” and that was as twee as it sounds. Then I discovered Jack & Jill with its cutesy talking animals. Thank heavens I soon moved on to The Beano – sheer anarchy for kids.

But through my friends, I discovered the joy of girls’ comics with Judy, Tammy, Mandy and Bunty. These were populated with put-upon orphans and nasty stepmothers. I lived in fear of family tragedy from the ages of six to eleven. But the good always got their rewards and the bad their comeuppance.

The next stage was the young teen mags, with My Guy, Patches, Blue Jeans and the queen of the genre, Jackie. This one had it all: photo stories, fashion, make-up, how to get and keep a boyfriend, along with many warnings of the perils of going too far. Even kissing could lead to dissing and once you lost your reputation, life was over.

Then came Just Seventeen “everything a girl could ask for.” This blew my mind; the eternal quest for a boyfriend was laughed off the page and put in its proper place. It was goodbye to fluttering hearts, and hello to reality, career choices, and the real you.

Being nice to a boy meant no longer pretending to be a girly ditz who didn’t understand the offside rule in football. This came as a relief to me and my girlfriends, and probably the boys in our lives as well.

Just Seventeen gave you the facts of life, with no euphemistic crap creeping in. I swear the first time I saw the word penis in print outside of a textbook was in this magazine.

The moralising was toned down. With expert, but never patronising, advice given about everything from contraception to money management to dealing with bullies and angry parents. It even covered topical news issues!

Poor old Janis Ian’s protagonist in At Seventeen, imagine how her life would have been if only she had access to magazines not obsessed with notions of turning teenaged girls into beauty queens.

Song Lyric Sunday: Whole Wide World

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
Atoll, Island, Key, Lagoon, Peninsula, Reef, Tropical
.
The song must contain a reference to the prompt in the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it.


Make way for Wreckless Eric’s two-chord punk paean with a whole lot of heart.

Written in 1974 and recorded in 1977, Whole Wide World is about finding your one true love, wherever and whoever they may be.

The song only reached No. 46 on the UK charts, but has attained the status of cult classic and been covered by the likes of The Lightning Seeds, Mental As Anything, The Monkees (reunion tour!), The Proclaimers and Elvis Costello.

It also made it into the 2006 film Stranger than Fiction, where Will Ferrell serenades Maggie Gyllenhaal, earning him a severe snogging.

And who wouldn’t kiss the love of their life after they’d searched the entire planet for you?

When I was a young boy
My mama said to me
There’s only one girl in the world for you
And she probably lives in Tahiti.

I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world just to find her

Or maybe she’s in the Bahamas
Where the Caribbean Sea is blue
Weeping in the tropical moonlit night
Because nobody’s told her about you

I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world just to find her
I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world
To find out where they hide her
I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world just to find her

Why am I hanging around in the rain right here
Trying to pick up a girl
Why are my eyes
Filling up with these lonely tears
When there’s girls all over the world

Is she lying on a tropical beach somewhere
Underneath a tropical sun
Pining a way in a heat wave there
Hoping that I won’t be long
I should be lying on that sun swept beach with her
Caressing her warm, brown skin
And then in a year or maybe not quite
We’ll be sharing the same next of kin

I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world just to find her.
I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world
To find out where they hide her

I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world just to find her
I’d go the whole wide world
I’d go the whole wide world
To find out where they hide her

Yeah!
Whole world

Songwriters: Erik Frank Goulden
© Imagem London Limited

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Laid Back

LindaGHill hosts Stream of Consciousness Saturday.
The prompt is body parts. Pick a body part and talk about it.
Please put a disclaimer if it’s NSFW/Mature Content. Enjoy!
Click HERE for the rest of the rules, and to play along.


Winter wood arrived today, all six cubics of it.
That was fun lugging it from the road into the barn…

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Fibbing Friday 22nd October 2021 – Collective Consciousness

Frank (PCGuy) and Di (Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday. To join in, write a post with your answers to the 10 questions below and tag it #FibbingFriday. Then link back to Fibbing Friday so others can enjoy the answers and join in too!


1. A walk of …………camels

2. A bed of …………. eels

3. A horde of ………….mammoths

4. A bike of …………..sardines

5. A rhumba of ………..ruminants

6. A shrewdness of ………….ferrets

7. A raft of ……………..skunks

8. A mess of …………….crabs

9. A huddle of ……………moose

10. A family of……………….frogs