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 (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.


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.


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.


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…


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.


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.


29 Responses to “The Horse Babbler”

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



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

    You. Are. Funny.

    Thanks. 🙂


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

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


  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.


  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!


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

    Too funny!


  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.


    • 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 🙂


      • viveka February 6, 2013 at 14:20 #

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


  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.


  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. 🙂


  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!


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

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


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

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


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

    Hahaha … you saved the best for last! 🙂


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

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


  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.


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

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


      • 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.


  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!”


  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.


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

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


  19. February 11, 2013 at 16:07 #

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


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