Butthead’s Beat: Laugh in the face of adversity

MONTY Python star Eric Idle sings: “Always look on the bright side of life.”

That mantra features regularly in this column and it has never been more appropriate than now with all our water and sewage problems.

Psychiatrists confirm that ‘laughter is the best medicine’ so, at the risk of cheesing off the humourless, here goes…

On a personal ‘up’, after about 47 years as a journalist, I’ve finally learned how to spell ‘diarrhoea’… without looking it up in a dictionary.

Some say it’s the ‘fastest thing in the world’… faster than thought, faster than blinking, faster than switching a light on and off. Before you can do any of the latter, diarrhoea makes you mess your pants.

Then a 105-year-old’s secret to long life is also worth sharing:

“For better digestion I drink beer. In case of appetite loss, I drink white wine. In case of low blood pressure, I drink red wine. In case of high blood pressure, I drink Scotch. When I have a cold, I drink Schnapps.”

Journalist: “When do you drink water?”

Reply: “I have never been that sick.” (womenafter50.com)

This past month or more has certainly caused a lot of anger among South Coasters, understandably so. But, on the ‘bright side’, this whole sorry saga has also brought many strangers together, mainly on social media.

Of course, there have been some rather strange bedfellows as well.

DA councillors have been using the very popular Ugu Complaints site to communicate with their constituents and why not? The latter has thousands of followers and has proved very effective, not only with crisis updates, but as a platform for blowing off steam.

But it is little secret that the site is hosted by AfriForum which is perceived to lean to the right. Nothing wrong with that, of course. It’s a democratic country.

However, one has to wonder what DA leader Musi Maimane might think of this, particularly as he is trying to woo the exact opposite of the political spectrum, the EFF, in recently won, but hung metros like Gauteng and Tswsane. Sigh! C’est la vie.

Butthead has come in for a ‘butt-ering’ on the same site for daring to bat for DD in some instances. It must be said, one such post did raise a chortle or two. Someone quoted something quite profound: “Strong people stand up for themselves. Stronger people stand up for others!”

Another proudly concurred and said he recognised the quote from the kiddies’ animated movie… Barnyard. Priceless!



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Bevis Fairbrother
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