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The Perry Winkle

It won't surprise anyone that the latest issue of The Perry Winkle is full of great material. There are all manner of discoveries by editor Roger Robinson, such as his tracing of information on Carl and Roger Yale, who appeared with Stan and Ollie during their 1947 tour of the UK. There is no end to the stuff which the Perry Winkle team are able to come up with to amaze and edify us so don't miss out on this top quarterly publication. Contact Roger Robinson.

The Laughing Gravy Annual

The annual of the Birmingham oasis is a pure delight, as usual. At this time of year it has become an essential bit of reading to reflect on the tent's many goings-on. All that and more, for there is everything from a full convention report to some seasonal bits of fun. Over to Grand Sheik John Ullah for some good news...

For all those who didn't receive our 24 page Laughing Gravy Annual (on paper) the online version is now available on our website So now you can find out what we did last year in Birmingham and beyond. Enjoy the read.

John Ullah

Santa likes Stan and Ollie

Your webmaster met Santa at #FestiveGourock over the weekend. Believe it or not, he brought up the subject of Laurel and Hardy and expressed a fondness of them. We always knew that Santa was a smart cookie!

Stamp of approval

Neil McDonald posted this comment on Facebook. "Great to see Mary on keyboard and Joseph on vocals on this year's Christmas stamp."

Nice art

Jean Poulain shares with us two more classic illustrations of the Boys...

One for the desert

And finally

"Christmas cracker jokes are a Christmas tradition," wrote Jon Stock in The Telegraph (01.12.16.) "They're corny and seldom improve with the telling, but Christmas lunch wouldn't be complete without the chorus of groans that corny cracker jokes always provoke."

Here are some of the classics which he offered:

  • What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?


  • What do they sing at a snowman's birthday party?

    Freeze a jolly good fellow

  • What happened to the man who stole an advent calendar?

    He got 25 days!

  • What is the best Christmas present in the world?

    A broken drum, you just can't beat it!

  • What do snowmen wear on their heads?

    Ice caps!

  • Which famous playwright was terrified of Christmas?

    Noël Coward!