Hugs, Glorious Hugs

I worked with a quite deep red canvas created in PicMonkey, then added a photograph of a yellow hibiscus I took recently, and finally fiddled with some of the gizmos on Pixlr.  The resultant image reminds me of the pleasure and joy we feel when we give each other hugs, so “Hugs” this digital image is.

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before, but in October 2012 I attended a reunion with my university mates from 40 years ago. We caught up at the cafe at the Festival Hall on the Embankment. We left via the top exit which takes you across the bridge over the Thames and as I walked out, a young man – with his friends sniggering in the background – asked me if he could shake my hand. I replied: “I can do better than that, young man, I’ll give you a hug if you like.”  He looked quite bemused, nodded so I gave him a huge hug and a kiss on the cheek then strolled off over the bridge. I looked back and he was standing there looking bemused, while his friends simply looked confused.  Great fun, trust me!

Here’s a rewrite of the chorus from The Hippopotamus Song by Flanders and Swan, but instead of mugs, we’ve got HUGS!

“Hugs, hugs, glorious hugs,

Nothing  quite like them for warming the heart,

So come let us follow, down to the hollow

And there let us wallow in glorious hugs!”

And since I know so many of you will not have heard of this song, or of Flanders and Swan, the video of them singing this song is below.




4 thoughts on “Hugs, Glorious Hugs

  1. Teagan sent me here knowing I’d like the theme since I send Hugs worldwide every day. She was right, I like it and despite calling yourself crazy I’d have to say it’s the kind of crazy I approve of. Thanks for the reminder about Mud, mud etc. Flanders and Swann were fantastic, like Arthur Askey and his bee.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


    1. Good to make contact, David. I agree, Flanders and Swann were great, as was Arthur Askey. I was trying to remember the name of a British comedian who also played the violin – I remember watching him in a one hour solo performance which was brilliant. I also recently fished out two of Morecombe & Wise’s very funny sketches – with Shirley Bassey (and how she kept a straight face and continued singing is beyond me), and Andre Previn (Andy Privet). I saw both of them as a kid but still howled with laughter when I watched them again.


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