What passes for charity (and art) these days

30 Jun

Small town, market, charity event. You know the sort of thing. A street full of stalls selling crafty knick-knacks and jumble type stuff.

Whilst browsing my Mum happened upon a small junior Meccano set. Paul had spent the previous night with his Grandad happily banging 4″ nails into bits of wood to make swords so my Mum thought he’d quite like a bash at Meccano.

Despite the very reasonable price tag of £1 Granny didn’t realise it was 2nd hand until she opened it at home and a whole mish mash of bits tumbled out onto the floor.  There were no instructions.

But there was a notebook.

How kind of the child who donated it to write out the instructions.

However the first page did not bode well…

Whatever could it mean? Was this Meccano just too difficult for little hands?

After a few blank pages, perhaps testing reader durability, the next page revealed…

Oh dear. Not instructions then? Well certainly not Meccano instructions.

Onto the next page..

Oh flippin’ heck! I’m not sure what it is but it looks sore!

There was more…

Seriously are you not worried about this woman? She needs a doctor, or at the very least a set of tweezers.

Put it all together and what have you got?


By now my Mother is barely able to catch her breathe from the giggling.

The final page…

Oh the disappointment!

But sadly typical and representative of the p.r.o.n. industry. Only to be expected I guess.

We’re assuming this is the point at which the little artist almost got caught and stashed their masterpiece into the Meccano box.

So please, check all the bits are there (fnar fnar) before donating toys to charity.

Instructions would he handy too.


28 Responses to “What passes for charity (and art) these days”

  1. PippaD @ A Mothers Ramblings June 30, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    That is the best book ever! Oh my, I can’t stop giggling. And Breathe. Nope, can’t stop!

  2. Chris June 30, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    OMG! I think I may actually have split my sides laughing!!!

  3. TheMadHouse June 30, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    This had me rolling on the floor!

  4. The Moiderer June 30, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    This is way too funny. What a lovely notepad. Shame about the contents!

  5. Kelly June 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    This is the kind of stuff that I dream of finding when I shop at thrift stores. You should submit this to Found Magazine http://www.foundmagazine.com/.

  6. Heather - Notes From Lapland June 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    That is GENIUS! Why do I never get things in my charity shop buys? No fair!

  7. Dawn June 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    OMG that is hilarious!

  8. Marylin June 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    OMG I love it!! This is sooo cute… 😀 Thanks for the giggle sweety! xx

  9. Priness_L_88 June 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    ROFL! Oh that was definitely work the £1!!!!! Hilarious!

  10. If I Could Escape June 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    I needed that! It gave me a right good belly laugh! Love it!

  11. Kerry June 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    This is so funny I can’t believe you found this I can’t stop laughing am going to be showing Mr L later it is his humour how funny xx

  12. Big Mamma Frog June 30, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    Ah, those kids of today don’t know how lucky they are. When we were kids, we didn’t have the luxury of notebooks to doodle in, we just drew our rude stuff straight onto the school desk.

  13. Kristin (Wanderlust) June 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    I’m sorry, but I’m slightly precious and I find that offensive. I don’t think I’m going to be able to read your blog anymore. I didn’t realize your wrote about things like THAT!! I feel a swoon coming on.

    So seriously, who got all uppity with you? I’m feeling curious (nosy).

  14. Niecey June 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    Hey, you need to warn us pregnant women with weak bladders to make sure we have our Tena Ladies pads on before posting something as funny as this.

  15. kat June 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm #


  16. cartside June 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    One couldn’t make that up, fabulous. One quid well spent!

  17. Nickie@Typecast June 30, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    CRYING with laughter and I’m going to share this on FB – hope that’s ok 😀

  18. Rosie Scribble July 1, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Simply brilliant! I haven’t laughed so much in ages.

  19. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli July 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    That is hysterical!! I’ll be laughing all day. Thanks

  20. Plan B July 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    Can’t type. Laughing too hard.

  21. Dad Who Writes July 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    Oh. My God. Off to inspect dudelet’s collection of notebooks…

  22. jfb57 July 2, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    move over Renoir! Brilliant!

  23. Rachel Durik July 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm #


    a)I think this is hilarious
    b)I just read your Florida post and I’m so out of the loop that I have no idea what the whole free trip debate is about! and,
    c)you’ll be awfully close to Naples! Would be fun to meet up!

    • mrsw July 5, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

      Sounds like a great idea Rachel – have emailed you our dates 🙂

  24. Not Waving But Ironing July 5, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Oh boy, this made my day. Reminds me of the time Richard Baylis drew an enormous penis in my college library copy of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Wintering Out’, and he pressed so hard with the pencil that how ever hard I rubbed it (fnurr!) i couldn’t get rid of it. We were both 17, not 7, though.

  25. Glen July 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    You actually made me laugh out loud! Can i have my sketch pad back now though – I’ve been looking for that for years!

  26. Ladybird World Mother July 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bloody marvellous!!!! Wondered where that had got to… can I have it back please??! (actually it really is rather like something my children would write, rather worrying really)


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