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The sense of humour of the great unwashed: kachkéis and nuts.

Posted by fcb on July 23, 2008

View of the Upper Town of Luxembourg and drawing of postman, postbox, and Luxembourg postage stamps, postcard, 1912.

See the exchange of niceties between our Thomas Falzon and Jacques R. Zammit of the blog J’accuse.  You’ll find it under Representing diversity in a complex and dynamic world: the moderate and progressive vision of European democracy.  That you are at it, also have a look at Anna Maria Callus’ squeezing of Dr. Sigmund Bonello’s nuts. As the controversy rages in the ‘have-your-say’ section on the ADMINISTRATION & NATIONAL EXECUTIVE ELECTIONS, preserve your sanity and have a laugh. It really looks like Joseph’s New Political Season is compelling the elites to realise that the ‘great unwashed’ have a formidable political weapon…a sense of humour.

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5 Responses to “The sense of humour of the great unwashed: kachkéis and nuts.”

  1. Marvin Tonna said

    Thomas Falzon Says:
    July 23, 2008 at 1:00 pm
    FOR THE INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINMENT OF OUR VISITORS, WE ARE PUBLISHING AN EXCHANGE OF COMMENTS BETWEEN LABOUR-IN-LABOUR TEAM MEMBER THOMAS FALZON (WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR LIAISING WITH THE BLOGGERS COMMUNITY) AND JACQUES R. ZAMMIT OF J’ACCUSE, A BLOG WE LOVE TO BE PROVOCKED BY. IT ALL BEGAN WITH THOMAS ADVISING JACK, WHO RESIDES IN THE GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG, ABOUT A REFERENCE TO HIM IN ANNA MARIA CALLUS’ COMMENT ON SIGMUND BONELLO’S (AN ALIAS) BLOG. BONELLO, WHO IS MAKING AN EFFORT TO PARODY JOSEPH MUSCAT, RECENTLY POSTED A COMMENT ON THIS TAZEBAO. BY THE WAY, KACHKéIS IS THE GROUSSHERZOGTUM’S NATIONAL CHEESE.

    From Thomas Falzon // July 21, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Jacques,
    you’re mentioned in Labour in labour (with reference to Siggi Bonell). You may wish to take note.
    Thomas Falzon

    From Jacques René Zammit // July 21, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I’ve looked through the site and not found the reference (or mention). In case someone might be thinking that I am also Sigmund Bonello (an alias), rest assured that I am not. I always sign my input.. no matter how bad it may be

    From Thomas Falzon // July 22, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Have another look, Jacques. You are referred to in a comment by Anna Maria Callus who seems to think that Siggi Bonello is replacing you as flavour of the moment. Don’t worry, mon cher, moments, like eons, are relative.

    From Jacques René Zammit // July 23, 2008 at 12:57 am

    @Thomas: Cheers, found it. I see “flavour of the moment” with a particular crowd. You can’t win them all I guess. I always said I would settle for the select few… that J’accuse is only for particular tastes and cetera and cetera. All the bla in other words. We’ve seen blogs come and go and we’ll see many more yet. Still find the general administrative side of the tazebao rather cheesy (latest funny phrase is “we apologize for the disappointment”) but it’s still a good rag on the net… just like any other I guess.

    P.S. I don’t know who AMC is but she does not seem to have managed to fit in with the BXL crowd. What? Not enough invites to be with the in crowd? Sounds very much like the sour gripe of the illuminati labourite kind. There – a label to savour. Tell her not to worry, the Luxembourg elite is made of another mettle altogether.

    Chill. Now I’ve got some more Latin to revise… I can’t stand to be corrected (guffaw, this English is awful innit?)

    From Thomas Falzon // July 23, 2008 at 4:03 am

    How dare the great unwashed pronounce themselves on the taste and style of the elites, n’est-ce pas?

    À propos des saveurs particulières de les amis de M. Jacques Zammit et de son successeur au throne…fascinating subject and AMC authorises me to announce that she will be coming back to this theme.

    Is it just love of parody, irony, sarcasm and wit that attracts the attention of a certain crowd or is there more to it than that? When I told AMC that the whole field might be a trifle too highbrow and esoteric for our core audience, she threatened to insert a hardbound copy of Bourdieu’s Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste in and up the tightest of my orifices.

    It is not so much the internet functional substitute of the stand-up comedian (such as you or Siggi or herself) that concentrates her anthropological gaze but your audiences.

    As to our cultivated cheesiness, dejjem ahjar mil kachkéis! But then we won’t dispute your qualifications as conoisseur of fine cheeses.

    Savour that label, Jacques, and cheers to you!

    See the original exchange of views in:
    http://jaccuse.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/jaccuse-triple-x-rated-xxx/#comment-11314

  2. ziguzajg@geezer.com.mt said

    Anna Maria Callus Says:
    July 21, 2008 at 6:20 pm
    Dear all,

    “Considering how intimate some of the cockroaches are with us , it is disconcerting to find how little we know of the private life of cockroaches”, wrote Robert E. Snodgrass (1875-19862) in his excellent entomological study published in 1930, Insects, their ways and means of living.

    * * *
    Hugs and kisses to all of you! Missed you all but as the team knows I have been away for a while and am now eligible to participate in the NSO’s Doctorates survey.

    When I was where I was (which is none of your ducking business) I did my best, as many of us confess to doing, not to advertise my Maltese identity lest I be approached by the usual crowd of Maltese expats riding on GonziPN’s gratious and grateful munificence. Hucking fell! What a bunch of what Italians call “morti di fame”! When you meet these fellows in Malta you’d think they rub shoulders daily with Barroso and Solana and survive on a diet of gran crus (”Ajma! The Bâtard-Montrachet was a bit dull this time, I think we’ll stick to Griotte-Chambertin from now on”)and tartufo con tutto. When you meet them over there, they’re the epitome of small-headed, provincial, self-effacing, qammilin who’re out to make the most of their gov.mt allowances.

    Well although I did my best not be spotted and identified, I failed. They’re bad when observed at a distance, worse at close quarters. The men tend to be terribly frustrated and I don’t think they get laid as often as they wish you to think they do. Probably because available women (not Maltese) tend to take the initiative and that makes our homespun lotharios wilt. Our women there do better, I must say. They are more laid back.

    Their politics: well, they are quite relieved that we lost the elections ’cause they all imagined that Alfred Sant was going to recall them on day one. Joseph confuses them and they ask more questions than they pass sentences. Well, that’s progress.

    And they are all blog crawlers. Few, if any, post comments but most of them take a keen voyeur’s interest in Maltese blogs. I actually met three (2 ladies, 1 gent) who visit Labour in labour regularly and swear that it must be written by a team of Dutch and British comrades at the PES office in Brussels.

    Flavour-of-the-month blogger with this crowd is Sigmund Bonello who has taken over the honour from Jacques of J’accuse. One of the girls who seems to be intimately acquainted with him swears he’s a magician at… (she whispered it in my ear and I won’t tell you). I see that he’s written to us too, see under the editorial Ranier’s Thesis. I am not too impressed…give me Blatta Orientalis anytime. Did you know that the secretion from the dorsal glands of orientalis was believed to have the typical roachy smell of cockroaches while the secretion from the males of germanica had a not unpleasant, fruit-like odour (Haase 1889)? Apparently it isn’t true. Perhaps that idea had something to do with racism.

    Well, I see you’ve been busy and are busy surprising all those who thought we were brain dead.
    I’ll go back to my summer reading now. What? A Study of Cockroach Behaviour, Roth and Willis 1952. I just got to a good bit, “Sexual Behaviour of Blatella Germanica“, yeah the fruity-smelling German Adonis…

    Anna Maria Callus

  3. Pjitru Qamri said

    Bonello Sigmund Says:
    July 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm
    CARETAKER’S NOTE: Thanks to our prodigal sister Anna Maria Callus (and congrats for now joining the community of dotts)for pointing out that a Dr Sigmund Bonello had in fact posted a comment on our tazebao at 11.17 am of yesterday July 20 under an editorial of early last week (Ranier’s Thesis). We thought of copying it to this section for ease of reference. Gents, don’t develop an inferiority complex and ladies keep you hands to yourself.

    So many words to explain the glaringly obvious.

    I’ll bet you that this is how Your Leader did it. I would’ve made exactly the same calculation.

    Laburisti (jibqghu jivvutawlek taghmel x’taghmel): 150,000, suq.
    Nazzjonalisti li xebghu bil-Knisja tindahal f’kollox u ’saru moderni’: 20,000, suq.
    Gewwa x-xileb Jason.

    Easy, free of waffle and effective. Pathos, logos and ethos mon cul! Labour in Labour? More like labouring your point!

    Sigmund Bonello

    Originally posted at Ranier’s Thesis., 2008/07/20 at 11:17 AM

  4. Pitrutt Qamri said

    FRONTLINE HUMOUR

    You’ve been following the debate (is it really a debate?) on the special ADMINISTRATION & EXECUTIVE ELECTIONS page and have come away in despair? We had originally planned to let that string of comments unfold before provoking you to contribute to the debate on ‘humour as a political weapon’. But the taparsi-debate has bored us to tears and we have now decided to wait no longer. So, we thought we’d begin by collecting some of the exchanges, mere skirmishes so far, between our friends Anna Maria Callus (AMC) and Thomas Falzon (TF) and two bloggers from…I was going to say ‘from the other side’.

    The truth is, however, that the world, even our microscopic and claustrophobic Maltese world, is no longer a simple one (assuming it ever was). It’s no longer simply divided into two camps: the good on one side and the bad on the other with God on the side of the side that considers itself that of the good. It’s more complex than this (and this is, admittedly, not as simple as meets the eye): on the side of those that believe they are good there are two camps, the good and the bad (depending on who you believe, of course). Now, this is further complicated by the fact that each side within each side believes it is the good side. As each sub-side is further split into the good and the bad (with each vehemently denying allegations that it is the bad side), the world is indeed complex. Which begs the question: where is the frontline?

    One is tempted to conclude that there is no longer a frontline and that it no longer matters which side you are on…that it’s all relative and that perhaps the time has come to agree with the postmodern view that there is no longer any point in distinguishing between good and bad sides (or indeed between the more and the less good, or the more and the less bad) because there is no such thing as good/bad…that ‘good’ is what we call whatever it that is in our interest to call good, period.

    What are we to make of politics in this world of maddening, frustrating complexity? Do we retreat into our own bell jar and observe the world from within its apparent safety, in turn observed by other refugees from the world, each one in her/his own bell jar? Do we invert our eyes inwards and refuse to look outwith our inner selves?

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total population of the World, projected to 07/28/08 at 16:20 our time [.e. right now] is 6,713,022,812 [ http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/popclockworld.html ].The overwhelming majority of these are too busy making ends meet to bother with such metaphysical musings. Some, very few relatively, agonise over the meaning of life or the absence of a meaning to life. Almost certainly, the blogger variety – unless they are the relatively very few amongst them broadcasting from real war zones [I mean REAL war zones, you know bang, kapooww, zwoooshh buuum – that was an RPG screwpropelling itself past your head and blowing your lap top to smithereens, crack-crack-crack-crack-crack etc etc] – belong to the race of bell jar occupiers and of humanoids with inverted eyes.

    Luckily

    Bonello Sigmund Says:
    July 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm
    CARETAKER’S NOTE: Thanks to our prodigal sister Anna Maria Callus (and congrats for now joining the community of dotts)for pointing out that a Dr Sigmund Bonello had in fact posted a comment on our tazebao at 11.17 am of yesterday July 20 under an editorial of early last week (Ranier’s Thesis). We thought of copying it to this section for ease of reference. Gents, don’t develop an inferiority complex and ladies keep you hands to yourself.

    So many words to explain the glaringly obvious.

    I’ll bet you that this is how Your Leader did it. I would’ve made exactly the same calculation.

    Laburisti (jibqghu jivvutawlek taghmel x’taghmel): 150,000, suq.
    Nazzjonalisti li xebghu bil-Knisja tindahal f’kollox u ’saru moderni’: 20,000, suq.
    Gewwa x-xileb Jason.

    Easy, free of waffle and effective. Pathos, logos and ethos mon cul! Labour in Labour? More like labouring your point!

    Sigmund Bonello

    Originally posted at Ranier’s Thesis., 2008/07/20 at 11:17 AM

    Dura lex, sed lex xi tfisser? … Qatt ma smajtha fl-ghalqa din.

    Daphne // July 22, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    @Reuben: the law is harsh (hard) but it’s the law. And Jacques, there is no use for commas in the construction of a precise Latin sentence. Dura lex sed lex.

    Jacques René Zammit // July 22, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    @Daphne: Welcome back from Gaul. Hope the holiday was nice. Like many others I still like to think of Latin as a living, useful language and as such there are many instances in which you can speak of modern usage. A case in point is the Dura Lex, Sed Lex, which as you rightly point out can very well be written without a comma. You will however come across many instances in modern usage where the comma is inserted, without any detrimental effect to the overall meaning.

    Revera linguam latinam vix cognovi, but in any case, the comma does come in handy when writing some hilarious phrases like: Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.

    Acta est fabula, plaudite!

    Fek // July 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Atque memento, nulli adsunt Romanorum qui locutionem tuam corrigant

    Jacques René Zammit // July 23, 2008 at 12:52 am

    @fek: LOL Damn right there aren’t 🙂

  5. latinlovers@gontror.com.mt said

    Dura lex, sed lex xi tfisser? … Qatt ma smajtha fl-ghalqa din.

    Daphne // July 22, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    @Reuben: the law is harsh (hard) but it’s the law. And Jacques, there is no use for commas in the construction of a precise Latin sentence. Dura lex sed lex.

    Jacques René Zammit // July 22, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    @Daphne: Welcome back from Gaul. Hope the holiday was nice. Like many others I still like to think of Latin as a living, useful language and as such there are many instances in which you can speak of modern usage. A case in point is the Dura Lex, Sed Lex, which as you rightly point out can very well be written without a comma. You will however come across many instances in modern usage where the comma is inserted, without any detrimental effect to the overall meaning.

    Revera linguam latinam vix cognovi, but in any case, the comma does come in handy when writing some hilarious phrases like: Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.

    Acta est fabula, plaudite!

    Fek // July 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Atque memento, nulli adsunt Romanorum qui locutionem tuam corrigant

    Jacques René Zammit // July 23, 2008 at 12:52 am

    @fek: LOL Damn right there aren’t

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