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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

And Now For Something Completely Different

Today’s post is a mismash of things that I hope you’ll enjoy.

I originally read this satire written by John Cleese on Julia R Barrett’s witty, eclectic blog. I never know what I’m going to find over there but I’m always entertained and Julia’s blog is well worth a visit:

But first a brief word about the fabulous Julia R Barrett and tiny bit of promo. Julia has two new books out that are truly worth taking a look at. The first is a beautiful micro-story and brief glimpse into a woman’s psyche called “The Artist”. This story is only a few pages long but provides an honest and spicy peek at a creative woman’s inner world. It was as much fun as secretly reading someone’s very erotic diary entry. I enjoyed it!

The second is a big beautiful eBook “Incorporeal”, which is a very romantic love story between a young woman who reluctantly sees ghosts and a very loving protective spirit from the past who literally materializes in her life and becomes her guardian and lover. If you love a good ghost story with a great romance this one’s for you!

And now for something completely different…

Comment: From the BBC - by John Cleese.

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved."

Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards." They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."

The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbor" and "Lose."

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be alright, Mate." Three more escalation levels remain: "Crikey!", "I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend", and "The barbie is cancelled." The last warning has never been issued.

(John Cleese—British writer, actor and very tall person aka Mr. Fawlty from “Fawlty Towers” and many other hilarious personas displayed on Monty Python.)

I also have a bit of my own good news. A short story of mine, an ancient world fantasy, was selected to be included in an upcoming anthology. A dozen other amazing authors are included too. I can’t wait to share more details about this project.

Here are the links to “The Artist”.
Amazon link:

These are the buylinks for “Incorporeal”:


I see its RBRU member Lisa Kessler’s Birthday today, Happy Birthday Lisa!



Tina Donahue said...

Congrats, Kat, on having your short story selected for the EC anthology. I read the announcement - whoot!

Love the John Cleese Announcement. Gave me my first laugh of the day. Thanks! :)

Paris said...

I'll add my congratulations to Tina's:) and we all seem to enjoy the humor of John Cleese! I still watch the old Monty Python re-runs and Fawlty Towers:)

Katalina said...

Hello Tina and Paris!
Thank you for dropping by today!

jean hart stewart said...

What a wonderful post. I got a real kick out of the old rerun of Monty Python. That's an absolute scream...Thanks. Jean

Mary Corrales said...

That's awesome about your short story. Congrats!

ROFL with that John Cleese bit. Thanks. :)

In today's world, a good laugh means a lot.

Liz said...

hilarious! thanks for sharing Kat!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

LOVE Cleese. And congrats on the good news!

Nina Pierce said...

Kat - I saw your name in the announcement and am over the moon happy for you. Congrats!

Thanks for the great laughs.

Katalina said...

Thank you Jean! I saw that old silly walks skit the other day and I was convinced I wouldn't laugh but I did!
Thank you Mary! I very excited.
Hi Liz, you're the one with the wonderful sense of humor.
Hi Cindy, big congratulations on your new EC contract!
Thank you Nina. I can't wait to sign the contract and blabber about that anthology! lol

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Thank you so much for the kind words, Kat. And big congrats!
You're making me laugh and I so need laughter!

Katalina said...

Hi Julia! We all need a few more good laughs. That and I do think you're wonderful!
XXOO Kat said...

It was Julia who gifted me your book, Noblesword. She is quite the woman.
And kudos!

Katalina said...

Hi Stephanie, thank you so much!

jean hart stewart said...

Thought I commented yesterday but it must not have gone through. The video is hysterial...thanks so much. Jean

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