Singing In The Lifeboats

It’s April Fools Day! As a result we’ll have a day littered with inane pranks, silly stories and tiresome practical jokes…… In other words, it’s business as normal dans maison de Strachan.

I find some practical jokes quite funny, such as filling hollow Easter eggs with toothpaste. I’m unable to play that one this year as the family Easter eggs didn’t last until 1st April.

I’ve got to say I’m not much of a fan of the ill thought out and lazy pranks that are obviously not true and have no chance of fooling the attempted victim. I refer to stuff like someone exclaiming “Come quick Gary, an ostrich has just run off with your mobile phone!”

It’s so obvious that an incident like that just won’t happen and as such I find that type of attempt to fool you incredibly lame.

It’s the practical joke that’s lame by the way, not the ostrich after injuring itself during the escape with my mobile!……. The ostrich didn’t exist remember!

April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. The only thing historians are certain of is that this celebration didn’t start as the result of an ostrich stealing a mobile, or following a Lenny Henry comedy act.

There is a school of thought that the day celebrates the changing from winter to spring and less inclement weather. It is said in the early 19th century the 1st April used to be called ‘Thank F*** it’s Not As Parky Outside Day’ However, that was changed after it was deemed too wordy, not to mention inappropriate.


I currently have a book beside me which is called ‘Don’t Forget to Sing In The Lifeboats’ It is a weighty tome that consists of hundred’s of philosophical sayings, which I received as a present a few Christmas’ ago.

It contains many pearls of wisdom such as “Don’t leave your mobile phone unattended near ostrich’s.” and “If your going to fill hollow Easter eggs with toothpaste, act sharpish in the Strachan home!”

Seriously though it is full of philosophical jewels like “If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks.” which was attributed to an American football coach.

There is also “If you want to catch more fish, the number of hooks are irrelevant. Go where the fish are plentiful.” by a Canadian Ice Hockey coach.

Not forgetting “Ignore fishing advice from American and Canadian sports coaches! They talk out if their arses!” by a Croatian basketball coach.

I’m not a fishermen as such, however, if I even do don my sowesta, wellies and rod I will bear the Croatian basketball coaches advice in mind.


One man who wouldn’t have made it into one of the Croatian’s basketball teams was diminutive comedian Ronnie Corbett who sadly passed away yesterday.

At 5 ft 1 in, the wee Scotsman may not have been the most statuesque of entertainers, but he was a giant when it came to his contribution to comedy, particularly in the field of TV entertainment.

On this day which annually encourages silliness and inane humour, we are all the worse at the loss of one of comedy’s finest exponents!

Anyway, I need to dash. A bloody ostrich has just run off with my mobile phone!

RIP Ronnie Corbett (1930-2016)

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