Reasons to be Cheerful, one, two, three

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As its all getting a bit heavy on the Business as Usual thread, just remember, 'He (or she) ain't heavy - He's my brother'...

So, with that in mind, and much inspiration from a ice New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, The Singleton Whisky and Ian Drury, let's have some reasons to be cheerful.

Mr Drury and others set out some couplets below as a guide to form and content, eg, one or two lines on almost anything, with rhymes as a bonus but not compulsory.

Reasons to be cheerful, one, two, three.

Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly,
Good golly, Miss Molly and boats.

Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet,
Jump back in the alley and nanny goats.

Eighteen-wheeler Scammells, Dominica camels,
All the other mammals, plus equal votes.

Seeing Piccadilly, Fanny Smith and Willie,
Being rather silly, and porridge oats.

A bit of 'grin and bear it', a bit of 'come and share it',
You're welcome – we can spare it; yellow socks.

Too short to be haughty, too nutty to be naughty,
Going on forty no electric shocks.

The juice of a carrot, the smile of a parrot,
A little drop of claret, anything that rocks.

Elvis and Scotty, the days when I ain't spotty,
Sitting on a potty, curing smallpox.

Reasons to be cheerful, one, two, three.

Health service glasses, gigolos and brasses,
Round or skinny bottoms.

Take your mum to Paris, lighting up a chalice
Wee Willie Harris...

New Reasons to be cheerful, one, two, three.

Talking as a quorum on the ToffeeWeb live forum

Damn that social distance at the wife's insistence.

Andy Capp and Florrie, even watching Corrie.

Listening to music, turn it up quite loud.

Simpson, Galton's Hancock, walking around Bangkok.

Wishing you'd been at Woodstock. The Supermarket's got stock.

Reasons to be cheerful, one, two, three...

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Chris Williams
1 Posted 26/04/2020 at 13:08:37
Ok Derek

I’ll play (with profound apologies)

Singing in the shower
With Emmy Lou and Robin Trower
What about Paul Power
And Wyatt Earp
Vernon Young And Stevens
Vodka in the evening
Tricky Trevor Steven
Boris is a twerp

Merseybeat and sixties swinging
Carragher is minging
Cooders guitar stinging
And Davy Graham
Chimes of Freedom ringing
Prine and Bonnie singing
Little Richard blinging
And Penny Lane

The Band and Bobby Dylan
John Lees Boogie Chillen
Clive Thomas was a villain
Gerrard is a berk.
Harvey Ball and Kendall
Crowd going mental
The vandal took the handle
So the pump don’t work

Drinking nice Rioja
Alcaraz a shocker
A plane called a Fokker
And Freda Payne
Rita Webb and Otis
Even Denis Lotis
Wanker now the POTUS
And Arnold Layne

Reasons to be cheerful (and fearful 123!)

Chris Williams
2 Posted 26/04/2020 at 00:10:34
After some cooking eating and drinking some nice red wine, a bit more rambling.

Reasons to be cheerful:

The Pier Head
The Grateful Dead
And Ray Charles
Tell me what’d I Say
Peter Sellers, Chatterleys Mellors
And Buddy Holly
Not Fade away

Mustang Sally,Down in the Valley
Sneaking Sally through the Alley
And Tony Kay
Nothing but the Best
Labone and West
Maurice Williams Won’t you stay

Van the Man and Steely Dan
It Stoned Me, BadSneakers and Doctor Wu
Late night thinking
Late night drinking
Late night curries
I love you

Harry Catterick
Fred Pickering hat trick
Robert Wyatt John Hiatt
The Mardi Gras
Blacklers Grotto
Playing Lotto
Getting blotto
In the American Bar

Derek Thomas
3 Posted 27/04/2020 at 01:46:34
Well done Chris. All together now - Reasons to be Cheerful, 1, 2, 3.
Derek Thomas
4 Posted 27/04/2020 at 07:35:36
Curly, Moe and Larry, my dreams of Debbie Harry. The Fountains Abbey.

The cartoons of Bill Tidy, Arteta getting snidey and Cahills corner flag.

Archie Leitch's gable, when we topped the table, Ball quite able to see the rs off.

A Pound, a pence, a shilling, the scouse girls that were willing. The 'last orders' bell.

Window cleaners ladders, square clocks on the Gwladys, Brian and Jimmy Harris.

Pete Best out, then Ringo, your Nana at the Bingo. The 500 bus.

Reasons to be cheerful, 1, 2, 3.

Chris Williams
5 Posted 27/04/2020 at 08:24:41
Cheers Derek,

It’s a good idea, this and good fun too. Got the little grey cells going for a change.

Chris Williams
6 Posted 27/04/2020 at 17:23:37
One last go Derek, seeing as how we’ve got this to ourselves!

Reasons to be cheerful 123

Boat across to Calais
The Monte Carlo Rally
Bottles of Aunt Sally
And bannymugs
My dad calls me soft lad
Get Scouse Git of my mates dad
Get your hair cut sharpish
Wash behind your lugs

Cherie’s dad, Alf Garnett
Frayed jeans, dodgy Barnet
Valderma, spots and blackheads
And NHS specs
Chelsea boots, combat jackets,
Ban the Bomb barbers ‘packets’
Playing footy, Stanley Park
My mates torn kecks

Micky Lill and Tommy Ring
Shirley, Moggsy, Johnny King
Wembley 66
And a dream come true
Me and Woolly, Neil Shenton
Eddie Cochran and Brook Benton
Hoochie Coochie, Muddy Waters
Dions Runaround Sue

Johnny Winter,Jimi Hendrix
Going to the Bendix
Bagful of washing
Going round and round
Rory, Peter Green
Being deafened by Cream
The latest stuff on Caroline
All the best sounds

Peter Green on the Kursaal
Dr. Who playing Worzel
Southend and London 67
The summer of love
Smoking like a chimney
Byrd’s The Bells Of Rhymney
Wild Mountain Thyme
All You Need is Love

Gram Parsons and Gene Clark
Smoking weed in the park
Sweet Soul Music
And Dock of the Bay
King Curtis, Wilson Pickett
Fairport, Jansch, playing cricket
Holy Trinity, Royle, Husband
Alan Whittle won the day.

Reasons to be cheerful 123

Great fun Derek, cheers mate

Chris Hockenhull
7 Posted 27/04/2020 at 17:35:37
Fabulous all. A great deal of my favourite musicians in there. You are all a very educated musical lot. A ToffeeWeb Box Set of all this wouldn't go amiss!!!
Chris Williams
8 Posted 27/04/2020 at 17:59:42
Cheers Chris,

Welcome to the party. Good fun, and uplifting too.

Paul Tran
9 Posted 27/04/2020 at 18:12:43
Was this the Ian Dury song with the fabulous line 'Stafford Cripps and Walnut Whips'?

Here's my Reasons to be Cheerful

Staying at home
Been weeks since I've flown
Walks on the beach
Trump talking bleach
Bottles of Shiraz
Watching old matches
Swearing at Thomas
The king of referee bollocks
Drinking Innes & Gunn
Then less work's done
My work just as personal
Since converting it to virtual

Chris Williams
10 Posted 27/04/2020 at 18:36:07
Yup, Paul,

Ian Dury

And now the Knobheads!

Derek Thomas
11 Posted 28/04/2020 at 00:26:45
Not having piles, walking two miles, granddaughter's smiles

Peaky Blinders Polly, Good Golly Miss Molly, Pendelton;s ice lolly.

Bright blue skies, Christmas mince pies, seagulls cries.

Snuggle in the eiderdown, coming out of lockdown, when you had half a crown.

Reasons to be cheerful, 1 2, 3.

Steve Carse
12 Posted 02/05/2020 at 10:10:33
Derek (11) - what could be nicer than a Pendleton's Twicer?
Chris Williams
13 Posted 02/05/2020 at 14:05:54
Oh sod it! I'm bored

Reasons to be cheerful 1, 2, 3

Frodo, Samwise
Hot meat pies
Tangerine Skies
And John Ford
Nathan Brittles
Slap and Tickle
Cheese and Pickle
My Sweet Lord

Grapes of Wrath
To Have and Have Not
Orson Welles
And Citizen Kane
James Dean
The Soft Machine
Michael Keane
And Mary Jane

Alex Parker
An Otter called Tarka
A Nice Warm Parka
The Magic Clock
Mikel and Tim
Jungle Jim
Memphis Slim
Bramley-Moore Dock

Sauron and Sméagol
The Bow-Legged Beagle
Reading the Eagle
Bangers and Mash
Camping in the lakes
Nice rare steaks
The Mississippi Sheikhs
On the lash

Lego and Meccano
Glasses from Murano
Boy Sopranos
Chop suey rolls
Lake Pontchartrain
Downtown Train
Love in Vain
Sandy's own goal

Drinking in the Crown
The Moon is Down
Dirty Old Town
And Jailhouse Rock
Blue Jay Way
And Brother Ray
Why Don't You Stay
A nice cold hock.

Jason Leung
14 Posted 02/05/2020 at 23:31:07
Thanks for the laughs, lads!!

Keep 'em coming! I'm no good at this creative stuff but I'll gladly join for the laughs!!

Derek Thomas
15 Posted 03/05/2020 at 01:38:56
The golfer Sam Snead, Mike Tyson's weed, that's all we need.

Dan Dare and Digby, Elenor Rigby, Sammy Lee's a pygmy.

Larry Niven's Ring World, I'll see you in the next world. Don't. Be. Late.

Single Malt Whisky, feeling rather frisky, its all getting risky.

Reasons to be cheerful, 1, 2, 3.


Chris Williams
16 Posted 03/05/2020 at 12:08:23
Reasons to be cheerful 123

Warren Zevon
Rick and Levon
Gary Stevens
Watership Down
Mary Black
Hit the Road Jack
South side Johnny
Jackson Browne

Round the Horne, The Goons
Moon the Loon
Martin Dobson
Wolfman Jack
Buffalo Bill
Can’t Buy a Thrill
Drinking in the Phil
And in the Cracke

Gomez and Lurch
Walton Church
Mavis Staples
Etta James
Jackie Leven
Odds and Evens
Ramon Wilson
The Famous Flames

The Glimmer Twins
Wheely bins
Venial sins
And James Brown
Bobby Collins
Sonny Rollins
Bootsy Collins
Thomas Crown

Scott Fitzgerald
The Daily Herald
Evening Express
Rory Storm
King size Taylor
Norman Mailer
Horace Yates
And Rip Torn

Doctor John
And Cornish scones
Allen Toussaint
Southern Nights
Christy Moore
Elvis, Doors
First time Howard
We hit the heights

Skiffle, Lonnie
Stevie and Ronnie
The OPB
The Golden Bough
Joni, Coyote
Don Quixote
Reason to Believe
All Over Now

Chris Williams
17 Posted 16/05/2020 at 09:55:47
Ray and Jackie Wilson
Lennon, Harry Nilsson
Christmas casey
Vodka and lime
Dylan Thomas,Brendan Behan
Jet Harris Tony Meehan
Art Deco and Nouveau
Burning Times

The Wizard and the Beano
Ram jam Band and Geno
The Footy Echo
Walton Hall Park
Graham Sharp and Inchy
Leonardo da Vinci
Bob Wooler,the Cavern
The Navy Lark

Cy Tuckers Friars
Billy’s Weekly Liar
Bill Tidy
Blood on the Tracks
Michael Foot and Harold
Sedaka and Oh Carol
Zydeco and Cajun
Muscle Shoals and Stax

Dave Swarbrick Paul Simon
Ricky Nelson,Frankie Lyman
Hitting the Pieman
In row Z
Brian and Jimmy Harris
Jewell and Warris
Stella Maris
Baking bread

Barry Steve And Tony
Bony Morony
Dylan’s New Pony
Don McClean
Dan Dare And Digby
Eleanor Rigby
Trigger and Roy Rogers
The Rock Machine

James Burton Scottie Moore
Horace Batchelor Infradraw
Wembley miss by Ashley
Bonfire Night
Psycho and the Rat
Year of the Cat
Born to Run
Time is Tight

County Road And Scotty
Hans And Lottie
St Francis de Sales
Richard Briers
Tom Joad, Jim Casey
Smut at the Jacey
Cagney and Lacey
Johnny Myers

Joe Friday
Jacky and Bridie
Gregson Well
Davys on the Ball
Cyril Davies, Duster Bennet
Mr Pastry, Stan Stennet
Royal Blue Mersey
Bless them all

TJ Hughes
January queues
Reynolds News
The Cast Iron Shore
Otterspool Prom
Herbert Lom
Uncle Tom
The Iron Door

Bob Cherry
Pippin and Merry
Bottle of sterry
St George’s Hall
Iron in the Soul
Toad in the hole
Rock and Roll Trolls
Lou Rawles

O’Raffertys Pig
An Irish Jig
Grossman’s gig
The Bon Marche
Bluebottle and Eccles
Girls with freckles
Jennifer Eccles
Collars with starch

Ry Cooder And Mavis
Ray and Dave Davies
Sunday dinner
Johnnys Wembley barge
Rigsby and his lodgers
The Artful Dodger
Beat the clock
I’m in charge

Fritz Spiegel
Anna Neagle
Is that legal
Bayco bricks
Grand Coulee Dam
Vigilante Man
Barry’s Uncle Stan
Number 6

Milligan, Puckoon
Landing on the Moon
Name that Tune
Drinking in the Mons
Playing for the school
Playing the fool
Acting like a tool
Ritchie and the Fonz

Goals on blank walls
And Frido balls
Hans Road Walton
Mum and Dad
Goodison Park
Lighting up the dark
Stanley Park boat lake
Make me glad

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