In Search of Fun, Fame and Fortune

Written by Ieuan Dolby

As a kid I had endless hours of fun with my cousins and sisters. With sometimes five of us squashing into one ofrepparttar old style telephone boxes, somehow managing to closerepparttar 148257 door behind us we would start dialing numbers chosen at random fromrepparttar 148258 telephone directory.

The typical conversation being:

“Hello, can I speak to Mrs. Walls Please”? said in a rushed squeaky voice!

The person atrepparttar 148259 other end would usually reply “sorry, wrong number”.

And thus we would respond in a breathless giggle “well, can I speak to Mr Walls then”.

This might go on indefinitely and to include Great Uncle Walls, hopefully long enough forrepparttar 148260 recipient of our humor to say, “THERE ARE NO WALLS IN THIS HOUSE”.

And this was our queue forrepparttar 148261 punch line of: “Well, how does your roof stay up then”.


This style of humor was often followed, once we had got over our fits of giggles, by one of us standing underneathrepparttar 148262 all imposing clock tower in Rhosneigr town center and asking passerby’s forrepparttar 148263 time. Or back intorepparttar 148264 telephone box to ask if some poor housewife’s washing machine was running. Hopefully for a positive reply so that we could respond with “you better go and catch it then”.

My mother used to tell me of what she used to get up to with friends:repparttar 148265 tying of door knockers together, pullingrepparttar 148266 string and watching many doors open atrepparttar 148267 same time and some confused residents wandering what was going on. Orrepparttar 148268 tying of a bit of string acrossrepparttar 148269 road so thatrepparttar 148270 local bobby would find his helmet suddenly knocked from his head!

Such gentle humor in retrospect and compared to what we are issued up on television these days! Producers have taken practical jokes to a new extreme with each program trying to outdorepparttar 148271 next in daring and shock and none more so thanrepparttar 148272 Japanese who took it up a notch and past what any civilized person would call ‘funny’. The program that I remember was shown on British television maybe fifteen years ago and was based upon practical jokes and endurance tests for a series of what I would call mad people!

Scenario: A newly wed couple, having exchanged vows repair torepparttar 148273 open air reception. It seemed to be rather a grand affair with hundreds of people, marquees and even an archery range nearby for guests use! Anyway, after a few speeches and toastsrepparttar 148274 bride having had a few drinks was persuaded to take a shot at hitting a target. Picking uprepparttar 148275 bow and fitting an arrow took some teaching but after a few attempts an arrow was fired inrepparttar 148276 general direction ofrepparttar 148277 target. Whenrepparttar 148278 arrow would have hitrepparttar 148279 target (if it had been going anywhere near)repparttar 148280 husband, who had been hiding in waiting staggered out from behind it. Covered in tomato ketchup over his white shirt and with an arrow suitably affixed to his chest he fell torepparttar 148281 ground, thrashed around for scenic effect and with a final scream finished his acting debut inrepparttar 148282 death position.

The wife meanwhile having seenrepparttar 148283 effect of her shooting was in hysterics, thumpingrepparttar 148284 ground and had a knife been handy she would have ended her own life there and then! Staggering blindly to her supposedly dead husband she held his limp body in her arms. Weeping untold sadness and apology she looked down throughrepparttar 148285 mist only to find him winking at her!

I am certain thatrepparttar 148286 couple did not repair to a bed of roses that evening, nor would they have a merry chuckle aboutrepparttar 148287 day’s events over a cup of hot cocoa that night! Butrepparttar 148288 main aim ofrepparttar 148289 show andrepparttar 148290 practical joke was not aboutrepparttar 148291 wife’s feelings, but about providing an audience with some good humor. And judging byrepparttar 148292 laughter ofrepparttar 148293 guests,repparttar 148294 husband’s satisfaction overrepparttar 148295 success of his practical joke andrepparttar 148296 audience’s laughter it was a total and resounding winner.

I imagine though thatrepparttar 148297 wife was either seeking annulment that very same night or was to spend time inrepparttar 148298 local jail accused of murdering her husband with a meat cleaver. Naturally she would not get her sentence reduced through ‘justifiable cause’ –repparttar 148299 convicting judge stating that she obviously had no sense of humor and would therefore serverepparttar 148300 full term without parole.

But that was ten or fifteen years ago and from Japan, a country that considers endurance tests unworthy unless more than halfrepparttar 148301 contestants nearly die or end up in hospital with some serious disorders. Back home inrepparttar 148302 UK, withrepparttar 148303 more morally justifiable humor things were following another path, people no longer wanted ‘fun’ or revenge onrepparttar 148304 next door neighbor they wanted fame. Before long every man jack and his border collie wanted to appear on TV, to have their ugly mugs shown torepparttar 148305 world however embarrassing it might be to themselves and their family, friends and neighbors.

Young guys and girls lined up byrepparttar 148306 thousands to sing songs off-key and totally sadly, hopeful models tried to get through to a contract with some high profile magazine which preferred girls to be anorexic rather than ones who might have just come from breakfast at MacDonald’s andrepparttar 148307 one-man bands who thoughtrepparttar 148308 London Symphony orchestra wasrepparttar 148309 next step would not have sounded out of place amongst a steel fabrication yard at full swing.

Halo 2 Tricks

Written by Doug Beavers

There are many tips and tricks when it comes torepparttar popular Xbox game Halo 2. You can easily getrepparttar 148256 upper hand on your friends when playingrepparttar 148257 game if you know how to utilize these handy tricks, as well as make it throughrepparttar 148258 levels much easier. The most obvious tip is to practice all ofrepparttar 148259 time. If you are by yourself, just go throughrepparttar 148260 multiplayer maps just to get a feel where everything is located. That way, you will know where all ofrepparttar 148261 good weapons and hiding places are when you are competing against your friends.

It is also a good idea to stay on high ground. This makes it much easier to spot someone and jump on them unsuspectingly and easily take them out. Surprise attacks are a very good way to get an easy kill. You also have to remember not to rule outrepparttar 148262 use of grenades. Often people will forget that they possess these great little balls of destruction.

There are several skulls available to you in Halo 2 that allow for special modes inrepparttar 148263 game play. The following is a walkthrough of how to getrepparttar 148264 Blind Mode skull:

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