2018: Happy Hogmanay & New Year!

As has become our custom, we take a break from serious blogging to welcome in the New Year with an exchange of greetings, favourite seasonal music, comical stories and jokes, all of which must fit into the category of “good clean fun”.  Enjoy! 

Warning:  anyone allergic to the “music” of bagpipes (!) should avoid the above video!

Happy New Year folks! 

40 responses

  1. The video below is on the website to make our priorities clear as we enter the New Year. While we may enjoy our national customs, it is good to take the opportunity provided by the short clip below, for peaceful reflection on the Holy Name of Jesus… In these politically correct days it is good to remind ourselves from time to time that there is only one way to the Father, only one Name by which we can be saved – and the end of one year, beginning of another, is a very good time to do so. Enjoy!

    • That was MAGNIFICENT, Madame Editor! You have to post that every year!

      Btw, at approx. 5:20 when you see the Virgin’s robe covered with stars, it’s an amplification of the Byzantine practice of putting 3 stars on Her robe. The 3 stars (sometimes the 3rd star is hidden by the Child Jesus) indicates Her Perpetual Virginity as we sing in the Tone 7 Theotokion:

      O all-praised treasury of our resurrection, we hope in you; bring us up from the pit and depth of sins for you have saved those subject to sin by giving birth to our Salvation, *** O Virgin before childbirth, and Virgin in childbirth, and still a Virgin after the childbirth.***

      *** That’s the meaning of the 3 stars.

  2. PS: I did not succeed in transferring the picture.
    Sorry!

    Editor: Worry not, I went in, found the picture, and posted it here for you. All part of the service!

    Signed: Mzzzz Clever Clogs 😀

  3. A joyful and blessed New Year to all our bloggers! Apparently it will be more joyful and blessed without bagpipes…

    • RCA Victor,

      That IS funny, although you ARE what we in Glasgow call “a chancer” for posting that dig at our national music, and that on this Hogmanay night of all nights. Shocking! You need to follow the example of this good American below – plenty of time to practise wearing the kilt before NEXT Hogmanay!

      PS – I remember, as a schoolgirl on my way home from school, having to pass by a house where someone was practising the bagpipes. I hope he didn’t hear the loud laughter as we raced by as fast as possible! Poor musician or whatever they call bagpipe-players 😀

      PPS – happy new year!

      • Editor,

        How do ye know it was a man playing? Coulda been a woman….

        …and I must say, the kilt looks a lot better on the fairer sex….even though the sound that comes out of that contraption could easily be mistaken for an air raid siren!

        Editor: RCA Victor asked me to move this down the page as he posted it in response to my bagpipe prank video below. However, I am unable to do this. I’ve even tried moving mine up, but nothing works, so, folks, we will just have to live with it! Great response, anyway, wherever it is on the page! When I say “great response” I mean this could have been another prank! Kidding! She’s doing her best! And I recognise the location – that’s George Square in Glasgow. RCA Victor, IS the one I posted located in the USA?

      • RCA Victor,

        I’ve just come across this hilarious prank – I don’t recognise the phone company so perhaps it is in the USA? Whatever, you’ll enjoy this!

        • Editor,

          I didn’t want to reply to myself to answer your location question, so I’m putting it here. That phone booth location is not familiar, but I will say that there are very few outdoor public phone booths left in the USA. But have a look at all that graffiti on the pink-lined building! Do they have a graffiti plague on your side of the pond? Over here the favorite target for graffiti artists is subway cars.

          • RCA Victor,

            Not sure about the graffiti – I am not sure there’s a “plague” of it over here but then I’ve never thought about it. I did wonder about the courier van – more USA than UK, I think but again not sure. I’ll need to sharpen up my sleuthing skills – we shouldn’t really need Columbo on the case!

            • Editor,

              The buildings looks small town America and Bell is an American company. Also, when you see the closeup of the white van it’s a left hand drive.

              • Vianney,

                Yet again, folks can say what they like about you, Vianney (and they do, believe me), but nobody can fault your detective work.

                Rumour has it that he is the real creator of Sherlock Holmes and that the claim put abroad that Arthur Conan Doyle was the author is a patent falsehood…

                Absurd that anyone would think such a thing when you read his latest comment on this thread and across on the “SSPX priest resigns” thread…

                The man’s a walking detective agency 😀

  4. Just to redeem myself for my bagpipe insults, here is a legitimate piece of music written for the instrument (though I must say, the composer’s last name gave me a moment’s pause….)

  5. Has anyone noticed that the global warming crowd is rather silent as the New Year approacheth? That’s because it’s so cold over here in the US that the lawyers have their hands in their own pockets!

    • RCA Victor

      Have you noticed how quiet the global warming people are about all those mega tons of explosives going off around the world in fireworks? But try burning a candle at a holy statue and you’ll be up before the beak as an enemy of the O Zone layer!

      • Athanasius,

        “fireworks displays versus simple candle/statue” …

        Good point. And the picture below, represents my own thoughts this past couple of weeks when I have been virtually housebound due to ice and snow…

        Happy New Year as we face another 12 months (God willing!) of nonsensical reasons for so-called “man-made climate change”.

        • Editor

          It used to be called “global warming” until they realised that the winters were just as cold as always, so they altered the slogan to “climate change”.

          They say fools and their money are easy parted. Well, there are more illiterates in the world today (won’t call them fools) than informed people. They go along with the myth because they trust their leaders, not realising that it’s all a big money-spinning racket.

          I was watching Lord Lawson being interviewed on TV the other day. He was chancellor under Margaret Thatcher. Without any hesitation he said that the other side of the climate change argument was being deliberately suppressed and that the real truth is that higher CO2 makes the planet greener. He is by no means a stupid man, he’s highly intelligent and very well informed. His lament was that the climate change myth has taken away all the cheap heating for the masses (wood and coal) and forced them into paying inflated prices for fuel from a handful of globalist companies. The whole business is well stitched up!

          The real climate change that’s destroying mankind is the one that has seen God and His Commandments exiled and Lucifer with his hedonistic works welcomed back after two thousand years.

          • Athanasius,

            Yes, I saw Lord Lawson interviewed on this topic, not so long ago and he showed up the shallow and unscientific propaganda on global warming/climate change, big time. Next day, he was trashed in the so-called “newspapers”.

            The only thing newsworthy about the papers is that they are bereft of real news. If they’re not repeating the same news for days on end, they’re making it up as they go along, to the point where the media outlets openly admit to the phenomenon of “fake news”.

            This morning, for example, I received The Scotsman in my inbox, with a headline from days ago – I can’t even remember what it was, because I instantly deleted it calling the powers-that-be at that “newspaper” something resembling an idiot, only more polite – as you know, I couldn’t possibly be less than polite… 😀

            • Editor

              I agree completely. The newspapers in the UK, as in the rest of the world, are propagandist rags for godless liberalism. They underpin the Marxist cultural revolution going on around the globe right now and that’s why they hate Trump. He knows what they are and refuses to indulge them, using social media to speak to people instead.

              The news channels on TV are exactly the same as the newspapers. They have a remit to spread liberalism and unhappiness. The most depressing programmes on TV are the news programmes, it’s just one tragedy after another. I don’t even bother watching them now, they’re so obviously choreographed by the godless owners of the media. Lord Lawson spoke of their suppressing the facts that blow their liberal myths out of the water.

              It’s just as it was under Stalin and Hitler, State controlled media that spreads only misery and godless propaganda. If only people out there would wake up and inform themselves instead of listening to the lies these outlets feed them with.

          • Margaret,

            I presume your question addressed to me… moi?

            Answer – nope. Athanasius lives a fair bit away down the motorway towards Edinburgh from where I reside in west-coast luxury [running water, right out of the tap!] and, traditionally, “first-footers” were usually close neighbours in the days before we were terrified to open our doors after dark!

    • RCA Victor,

      “Lawyers hands in own pockets…”

      Love it! But never mind global warming, in the light of the transgender phenomenon, here’s another “legal” corker…

      • Editor,

        That reminds me of a Foster Brooks line during a roast of Jack Benny (who claimed he was 39 no matter how old he got), on a Dean Martin Roast. Foster said he had attended a 45-year wedding anniversary party for Jack and his wife Mary. Then he said “Jack married her when he was minus 6!”

        • RCA Victor,

          Rather than show my ignorance on here, I Googled to find a definition of a “roast” that would fit your comment about “a roast of Jack Benny” – since the useage we have over here would have called for a criminal investigation!

          I get it now. Very funny. For the enlightenment of others less humble than myself (!) who won’t own up to their ignorance, here is the Wiki definition:

          A roast is a form of American humour in which a specific individual, a guest of honor, is subjected to jokes at their expense, intended to amuse the event’s wider audience. Such events are intended to honor a specific individual in a unique way. In addition to jokes and insult comedy, such events may also involve genuine praise and tributes. The implication is that the roastee is able to take the jokes in good humor and not as serious criticism or insult, and it is seen by some as a great honor.

          I’d say that I’d see it as a great honour myself, but in case some numpty plumps for the wrong definition, and decides to organise a “roast” for me, I think I’ll pass… 😀

          • Editor,

            In these modern days of political correctness, true roasts are a thing of the past, since everyone is required to be offended by everyone else. Apparently they are still held, but are now just plain vulgar hype, not an occasion for mutual esteem and recognition.

            But back in the late 50s they were started over here by the Friar’s Club (an entertainers’ fraternity), and the famous Dean Martin Roasts from the 70s and 80s were an imitation of the Friar’s Club Roasts.

            I never had a TV back then, but I discovered all things Dean Martin on YouTube recently, including Foster Brooks’ lovable drunk character, who makes a frequent appearance on these roasts.

            In fact, if you have nothing better to do whilst waiting for spring to arrive, I’ll post a video of Columbo appearing during a roast of Frank Sinatra….

            • RCA Victor,

              I await the video of my hero, Columbo (RIP!) – as and when you’re ready. I’m having to go offline now for a bit (expecting a call from the Vatican, so need to be near the phone, you’ll understand…) But first…

              😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

                • RCA Victor,

                  I did laugh – he’s a character. Anybody not familiar with the show would be wondering why he was so doddery etc. Great fun. Thanks for posting it.

    • DOTF,

      A very happy new year to you, as well, with apologies for the fact that your greetings languished in SPAM for too long before I spotted the post.

      Seems WordPress is also working its censorship magic over on your blog, because I went on earlier to read your blog and offer my new year wishes, but that comment has disappeared without any explanation – a sign of disappearing into the SPAM folder (unless you’ve black-listed me! Hope not!)

      In any event, your quote from St John Chrysostom is very thought-provoking, and timeous for this turn of the year, so – in case my comment doesn’t turn up – I repeat my very best wishes for a blessed new year in 2018 for you and yours.

      God bless.

  6. Happy New Year to you all! May 2018 bring rich blessings and especially some hope for a return to traditional Catholic values and praxis.

    • Elizabeth,

      Hear hear! Which reminds me of a “hearing” joke… And before you read it, just remember, the old ones are the best 😀

    • Helen,

      We wondered if 2017 would be the last, given that it was the centenary of the Fatima apparitions, and we’re still here to tell the tale, so I think we must simply put our trust in Divine Providence that we’ll surely be here until the Consecration of Russia – or, at least, the world will be here even if you and I are gone to our rich reward 😀

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