The Horse Babbler

5 Feb

A message for new readers: every couple of days, I take a random selection of Daily Post prompts and attempt to answer them in a serious manner.

horse

horse (Photo credit: possan)

Link to an item in the news you’ve been thinking about lately, and write the op-ed you’d like to see published on the topic.

Horsemeat Found In Frozen Burgers

Op Ed:

Stop complaining!  The French are laughing at us.

Besides, you never really believed there was any actual meat in processed burgers, did you?  This is a step up.

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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve given someone that you failed to take yourself?

NEVER make fun of the WordPress prompters; they know your host.

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Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.

The third full sentence in the book nearest to me is taken from Grace Nichols’ Everybody Got A Gift:

poop po-doop
poop-poop po-doop
poop po-doop
poop-poop po-doop

She has such a way with words.

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Winner of the Silly Face Contest

Winner of the Silly Face Contest (Photo credit: Linda Hartman.)

Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding, belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?

A WordPress prompter got into the lift with me one day.  Given my relentless tormenting of the evil creature, I was terrified. Fortunately, however, I was thinking about Grace Nichol’s sublime poetry at the time, so I had an idea how to distract him…

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Some people eat to live, while others live to eat. What about you? How far would you travel for the best meal of your life?

As far as a horse could take me.

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What is your earliest memory? Describe it in detail, and tell us why you think that experience was the one to stick with you.

I remember carefree days on an English farm with my mother.  It sticks in my memory because I was suddenly, cruelly separated from her and put to work driving cabs in London, even though I was still young.  I did eventually retire happily to the country but along the way, I met with many hardships, much cruelty and some kindness.

Oh, wait…that was Black Beauty.

My first memory was of reading a rather sad book.  I forget what it was called.

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29 Responses to “The Horse Babbler”

  1. vivinfrance February 5, 2013 at 13:21 #

    Neeeeeiiiiiggghhhh.

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  2. Katharine Trauger February 5, 2013 at 14:37 #

    You. Are. Funny.

    Thanks. 🙂

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  3. Elaine - I used to be indecisive February 5, 2013 at 14:42 #

    I’m a little ho(a)rse from laughing now! 🙂

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  4. mairedubhtx February 5, 2013 at 14:51 #

    Do I detect a horse theme amongst the Word Press prompts here? You could develop them into one massive horse post, you know. Or not.

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  5. Grannymar February 5, 2013 at 15:55 #

    I am very disappointed wit the reply to ‘How far would you travel for the best meal of your life?’ I expected the answer to be as far as the bag of Maltesers on my desk!

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  6. laurieanichols February 5, 2013 at 16:24 #

    Too funny!

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  7. viveka February 5, 2013 at 16:38 #

    Not only the French, we eat smoked horse meat as cold cut .. and so do they in Belgium too. And may restaurants serve horse meat instead of beef – very difficult to detect. Only when you cut the meat in a special way and it’s doesn’t fall apart as it should you will notice it really. Great meat.
    By the way .. you’re both mad and funny. *smile .. I have crawled out again.

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    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife February 5, 2013 at 23:21 #

      So I see! This was interesting stuff. Though my British stomach suddenly feels a little queasy 🙂

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      • viveka February 6, 2013 at 14:20 #

        Tilly, promise you … you wouldn’t be able to taste the difference. Horse meat is really good.

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  8. Al February 5, 2013 at 16:39 #

    Best get to the doctor today, I sense you may be coming down with hoof-in-mouth disease.

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  9. slpmartin February 5, 2013 at 17:39 #

    Okay…that last answer made me laugh out loud…I seem to be getting some strange stares from the people around…I’d better leave now. 🙂

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  10. Three Well Beings February 5, 2013 at 19:03 #

    Your last remark is pure proof of how gullible I am! Despite the fact it didn’t really make much sense to me I actually started to feel this tug at my heart concerned for your childhood…good grief! You got me!

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  11. adinparadise February 5, 2013 at 22:05 #

    You’re so hilarious, Tilly. Thanks for the belly laughs. 😀

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  12. SchmidleysScribbling February 5, 2013 at 22:16 #

    Memory, what memory? People who have lost their minds don’t have memories. Dianne

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  13. Maddie Cochere February 5, 2013 at 22:34 #

    Hahaha … you saved the best for last! 🙂

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  14. robincoyle February 5, 2013 at 22:40 #

    Horse meat burgers? Yum! I think I’ll stick to tofu.

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  15. sanstorm February 5, 2013 at 22:57 #

    Have you been answering prompts furlong? Horses for courses I suppose. This may be closing the stable door after the horse has bolted – but did you know they’ve now found uniquorn in the veggie burgers? So, I had a closer look at my processed burgers AND THEY’RRRRRRRE OFFFF!
    I really need to reign myself in, but I seem to have got the bit between my teeth.

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    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife February 5, 2013 at 23:23 #

      Can you hear the applause for your magnificent comment? Clop clop clop clop… 😀

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      • sanstorm February 6, 2013 at 10:55 #

        🙂
        The horsemeat saga has driven me mad, forcing me to generate and collect puns Thanks for providing me with an outlet.

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  16. bevchen February 6, 2013 at 09:18 #

    “Besides, you never really believed there was any actual meat in processed burgers, did you?” Exactly!! My first thought when I saw this in the news was “at least horses are animals! I’d be more worried about the other stuff that’s in them!”

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  17. kateshrewsday February 6, 2013 at 14:29 #

    And there was me, inundated with colourful visions of you at 12 with The Knowledge propped up on a dashboard, trying to pick up an extra fare at Waterloo.

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  18. sonofwalt February 6, 2013 at 19:09 #

    I enjoyed all of these but guffawed out loud at the Black Beauty.

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  19. vastlycurious.com February 11, 2013 at 16:07 #

    Silly face award- SO FUNNY- finally catching up on my mail!!

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I welcome your comments but be warned: I'm menopausal and as likely to snarl as smile. Wine or Maltesers are an acceptable bribe; or a compliment about my youthful looks and cheery disposition will do in a pinch.

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