John Stringer Cartoon 2 September 2011

September 2nd, 2011 at 8:00 am by Kokila Patel

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18 Responses to “John Stringer Cartoon 2 September 2011”

  1. Longknives (4,953 comments) says:

    I don’t get it.

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  2. Peter (1,694 comments) says:

    Me neither.

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  3. peterwn (3,333 comments) says:

    He apparently spent 3 years in ‘year 10′ at Harrow and was very grateful that his English teacher taught him proper English in that time.

    When he dictated a letter, speech, etc the sternographer was expected to type while he dictated and hand him the letter as soon as she finished typing. Some newbie sternos quit the first day – they were probably top civil service sternos who were seconded to Winston’s office.

    I think Winston said that it took 10 minutes to prepare a two hour speech, but two hours to prepare a 10 minute speech. Of course when about to face Beeb’s microphone he wanted each word to hit hard.

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  4. iMP (2,455 comments) says:

    How can you not get it? Are you under 20 a Tomorrow’s Schools Child and don’t know about Churchill’s famous Iron Curtain speech to US Congress?

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  5. Longknives (4,953 comments) says:

    Thanks iMP- I am well aware of Winston Churchill and his “Iron Curtain” speech. Just don’t get this cartoon….can you explain the satire to me?

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  6. Ryan Sproull (7,360 comments) says:

    I laughed out loud, myself.

    It’s not satire. Just a funny little imagining that Churchill came very close to calling it the “Ironed Curtain”, and it was only a last-minute whim that made it a good phrase instead.

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  7. mikenmild (12,340 comments) says:

    Perhaps it was an ‘ironic’ curtain descending across the continent?

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  8. Scott Chris (6,178 comments) says:

    Longknives:

    “A joke is a vewy sewious thing.”
    Winston Churchill

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  9. Scott Chris (6,178 comments) says:

    Surreal humour, also called absurd humour or nonsense humour, is a form of humour based on violations of causal reasoning with events and behaviours that are logically incongruent. Constructions of surreal humour involve bizarre juxtapositions, irrational situations, and other displays and expressions of nonsense.

    It’s a bit hit and miss, and quickly wears thin IMO, so I’m with Longknives on this one.

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  10. Ryan Sproull (7,360 comments) says:

    Man, I never get sick of surreal humour. Mighty Boosh, all the way.

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  11. xy (202 comments) says:

    Almost, but not quite, entirely unlike, humour.

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  12. Brian Harmer (687 comments) says:

    I’m all for fostering talent, and all credit to you DPF for giving space to emerging talent. But for how long will you let a cartoonist run without his having yet said anything funny (IMO)?

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  13. Daigotsu (471 comments) says:

    I enjoy the Mighty Boosh and their surreal humor. This isn’t up to the same standard.

    If the word Winston was employed as nearly using was funny in and of itself, either due to sounding absurd or being somehow appropriate to the situation, it’d be funny. As it is, “ironed curtain” isn’t particularly amusing. So the joke is essentially “Haha, Churchill made an inconsequential mistake, hoho”. It’s about as funny as showing Winston Churchill tripping on the rug.

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  14. mikenmild (12,340 comments) says:

    Would these be better?:
    “We will fight them on the peaches”
    “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to a loo”
    “This was their finest flour”

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  15. Ed Snack (1,939 comments) says:

    Yes, it’s an attempt, and not a bad attempt, just not quite a good attempt.

    Reminds me rather of the (funnier) Larson cartoon of General MacArthur drafting a speech as he prepares to leave the Philippines in early 1942. He has a series of crossed out entries such as “see you later alligator”, “see you’all soon”, “I’ll be sure to write” etc. I laughed at that one …

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  16. Scott Chris (6,178 comments) says:

    Mike – haha. I take that as a challenge.

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  17. Scott Chris (6,178 comments) says:

    Churchill:

    There is no such thing as a good taxi.

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  18. iMP (2,455 comments) says:

    “It’s not a dead parrot! It’s stunned!” I don’t get it.

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