The Butt of the Joke

I did wonder how best to answer this prompt today, but having already published a limerick today, I thought perhaps some folk music? My Irish uncle taught me this one.

for Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge, noteworthy.

The Gift Of…

Over on Weekly Prompts this week, the challenge is to come up with something to do with gifts.

I did write a short poem this week but, basically, it was rubbish. So I’ll make do with a tiny amount of prose instead.

The gift is empathy. We don’t even need to go to the level of having been through the same experience as somebody else, simply to appreciate that it has put them in a dark place, just like the dark places we have found ourselves in.

The Mad Professor

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 7 November 2020, prolific, and the Weekly Prompts challenge of 7 November 2020, flames.

In his home on the outskirts of town,
Lived inventor of world-class renown,
In his fields scientific,
With his exploits prolific,
Such a pity he burned the place down.

Suggestion Box (2)

Here’s another suggestion. I’m on a roll this week.

When somebody appears on an advert, I think that the advert should say whether they are an actor or not. Quite simply, when somebody says “buy x” or “do y“, I think we should know whether they are being paid to say what the’re saying.

I don’t so much have a problem with commercial adverts, because it is obvious (to me) that these people must be actors (although what might be obvious to one person might not be obvious to another). But when somebody speaks on a particular theme, perhaps as part of a political broadcast, or from the government, say, and gives the impression they they are just a concerned citizen, I’d like to know whether that is true or not. Or when somebody comes on and speaks for a charity, I’d like to know whether they are being paid to speak for that charity. If the charity is using that image to tug on our heartstrings.

The only safe assumption currently is that anybody who says anything is being paid to do so, but this should be stated explicitly.

written for Weekly Prompts Weekly Challenge of 24 October 2020, Suggestion Box.

Suggestion Box

In the UK, there is already the concept of a minimum wage. It is there, in law, expressed as an hourly rate.

This minimum wage is something which has already been accepted as “the smallest amount that somebody can live on”. That’s why it is called “minimum”. The concept of a minimum wage is a done deal, it’s been in law for twenty years.

Why, then, do our furlough schemes pay people only a fraction of that?

Surely, if the minimum is the minimum, then it should be the minimum?

written for Weekly Prompts Weekly Challenge of 24 October 2020, Suggestion Box.