Musrum

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Musrum

Why Musrum?

In the 1950s and early 1960s I used to listen regularly on the radio to The Goon Show. In the early days I would listen on an old valve radio with headphones because it was on the radio in the evenings after my bedtime. I just loved the zany humour of Spike Milligan in particular.

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In 1968 soon after the BBC Home Service became BBC Radio 4 I was listening to a book programme and they read some of Musrum by Eric Thacker and Anthony Earnshaw. I HAD to have the book! So off down to Foyles to buy a copy. It cost me thirty shillings and I still have it – a first edition.

And so I decided to use the name for my website. Like the book, it has some sort of a thread running through it but also has lots of unconnected ramblings. There are some notes on Wikipedia: Anthony Earnshaw

The copyright of his material is retained by his second wife Gail Earnshaw who also owns the website: www.anthonyearnshaw.com

I look for you in my heart, but alas
The heart I have is not my own.
My fingers run through my hair,
But they come back empty-handed.
(Musrum)

I found a copy of The Sunday Observer colour supplement from 1968 on eBay. It has an article about Anthony Earnshaw. I have transferred it into a PDF file which can be downloaded from this page: CLICK HERE

Musrum
“ There was little excuse for the invention of the name MUSRUM. It was already known in sixteen principalities and native states.”
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Telephone dial

Talking Telephone Numbers

The history of the telephone system in the UK has always fascinated me, partly because about half of it has taken place in my lifetime!

I was brought up in North West London in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The area was then part of the county of Middlesex (which no longer exists as it became part of Greater London in 1965).

We were probably quite early in having a home telephone because my father became self-employed in the late 1950s.

Our telephone had a dial so we were able to dial directly to any telephone in the London area. A London telephone number comprised three letters and four digits. Our telephone number was COLindale 1443. Anybody in the London area could call us by dialling the seven characters COL1443.

Over the years telephone numbers have gradually been lengthened. In 1958 Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) was introduced. In London it wasn't introduced until 1961. So in 1958 a telephone subscriber in Bristol could have dialled 01COL1443 and got through to us.

In 1966 All Figure Numbers were introduced so our number became 012051443. In 1990 that number would have become 0812051443. In 1995 it became 01812051443. In 2000 the numbers were changed once again so it would now be 02082051443.

Incidentally, until the advent of STD dialling zero would put you through to the operator. This was changed to 100 in 1958.

“ Every hour, on the precise stroke, trains leave Moscow bearing MUSRUM and his relations in tears.”
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Decimal Currency

A celebration of the day when the United Kingdom moved from pounds, shillings and pence to Decimal Currency

Decimal Day
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Elephant Jokes

Elephant Jokes

In the early 1960s when I was at school elephant jokes were popular and I put together a selection. I still have the list which I typed out on a very old typewriter at the time. The jokes are silly, surreal and nonsense. I have removed a few which were somewhat non-PC.

Click on a question to reveal the answer.

Where do elephants live?

 

How do they get in there?

 

How do you get an elephant out of a cherry tree?

 

What happens at 4.30pm?

 

Why are alligators flat?

 

How do you get four elephants into a Mini?

 

How do you get four zebras in a Mini?

 

How do you get four giraffes in a Mini?

 

Why don't elephants like gruyère cheese?

 

Why don't elephants drink cocktails?

 

Why do elephants paint their toe-nails red?

 

Why do elephants paint their feet yellow?

 

Why do elephants paint themselves green?

 

What is the difference between an elephant and a strawberry?

 

What is grey and has a trunk?

 

What did Tarzan say when he saw a herd of elephants?

 

What did Tarzan's wife say when she saw a herd of elephants?

 

What did Tarzan say the second time he saw a herd of elephants?

 

Why do elephants wear sun glesses?

 

Why do elephants have thick skins?

 

How do you know you have an elephant in your fridge?

 

How do you know you have two elephants in your fridge?

 

How do you catch a purple elephant?

 

How do you catch a white elephant?

 

How do you catch an elephant in the middle of an African forest with a blackboard, a piece of chalk, a telescope, a pair of tweezers and a matchbox?

 

Why do ducks have webbed feet?

 

Why do elephants have flat feet?

 

Why do elephants have flat feet?

 

Why do elephants have short tails?

 

Why do elephants wear short trousers?

 

How do you stop an elephant falling through the eye of a needle?

 

How do you get down off an elephant's back?

 

Why do elephants make nests in rhubarb trees?

 

What do you get when an elephant sits on a grape?

 

Why do elephants have corrugated feet?

 

Why do elephants drink?

 

How do you stop a charge of elephants?

 

What is green, hairy, and goes up and down?

 

What is yellow and always points North?

 

What is green and always points North?

 

What is black and comes rushing out of the ground at 100 m.p.h?

 

What is black and white and comes rushing out of the ground at 100 m.p.h?

 

What is red and comes rushing out of the ground at 100 m.p.h?

 

What is green, has four wheels, and grows in the garden?

 

What is mauve, grows on trees and hums?

 

What goes "Zzzubbb, zzzubbb, zzzubb" and is black and yellow?

 

What is brown, dangerous, and lives in a tree?

 

What is black, lives in a tree, and is very dangerous if it falls on you?

 

What is black, lives in water, and can sink ships?

 

What is red and lies upside down in the gutter?

 

What is yellow and goes "Ding dong"?

 

What is red and goes "Ding dong"?

 

How do you catch a white rabbit?

 

How do you catch a monkey?

 

What do you get when you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?

 

What do you get when you cross a mouse with an elephant?

 

What is green, comes rushing out of the ground at 100 m.p.h. and goes "Phut phut"?

 

What is brown and comes spluttering out of Cows?

 

What has five legs, a green back and eats pebbles?

 

Why do bees hum?

 

What has one wheel, flies and hums?

 

What is purple, weighs two thousand pounds, and lives at the bottom of the sea?

 

What is yellow and dangerous?

 

What is green and comes rushing out of the ground breaking the sound barrier?

 

What is green and goes 'click-click'?