Uncle Bertie’s ankles are subjected to quite a bit of abuse in this song. In subsequent verses, they’re bitten, kicked, broken, stung, and burned. Finally, he’s eaten by a bear, leaving the ankles unharmed. Poor Uncle Bertie!
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July 28th, 2014 · 3 Comments
July 2nd, 2014 · 3 Comments
The Unknown Adjective has arrived! “Mr. Skinner knows many terrible, terrible secrets about us. We are once again fortunate that he chooses to share them so deftly and so altruistically.” —Mark Newgarden “Witty and ingenious comics from the exceptionally-talented writer, musician, performer, ventriloquist, and cartoonist Doug Skinner. It’s exciting to finally have these little-seen strips available […]
June 26th, 2013 · 6 Comments
I’ve long been intrigued by the hapax legomenon, the word that appears only once. (See here for a musical version.) There is, as it happens, a hapax in the Pater Noster; I confected this cartoon essay about it (this is just the first page, mind you).
April 30th, 2012 · 3 Comments
The Ullage Group deserves a mention on this site. Anthony Matt and I had contemplated forming a Fortean Society, along the lines of John Keel’s old group, and like those currently meeting in pubs in Dublin and Edinburgh. We finally opted for a semi-fortean group, and chose as our emblem “ullage,” a fine old word […]
April 29th, 2012 · 1 Comment
For the 2006 UnConvention, the annual convention organized by the Fortean Times in London, I gave a talk on “Evolution and Pop Culture,” and presented a “Cabinet of Musical Curiosities.” Here’s the line-up; I was in fine company..
December 26th, 2011 · No Comments
For my first appearance at the UnConvention, the weekend bender organized by the Fortean Times, I gave talks on the Count of Saint-Germain and Richard Shaver. The nice folks at FT even hired a ‘cellist for me, so that I could sing a couple of the Count’s songs with a proper continuo.
November 30th, 2011 · No Comments
In 2002, the nice people at the Fortean Times invited me to give a couple of talks at their annual UnConvention. I gave one on John Keel and the Mothman, tying in with the film that was just released; and the other on the scientific method. At Keel’s request, I introduced a talking frog puppet […]
July 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments
The tune I’ve arranged here was first published in Hamburg in 1740, in a pamphlet by Johann Mattheson: Etwas Neues Unter Der Sonnen! Das Unterirrdische Klippen-Concert in Norwegen. It related the testimony of a certain General Bertuch, who claimed that on Christmas Eve, 1695, he and a small group of musicians were led by a […]
July 2nd, 2011 · 2 Comments
I teach ukulele classes; here’s a brief clip of my students and me at a recital, at Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theater. (The clip has subsequently been removed.)
June 24th, 2011 · No Comments
I wrote this glum little tune back in 1983, when I was staying in Nancy. It was choreographed by Pam Quinn for a concert at Dance Theater Workshop (in NYC) in 1985. Here’s the first part of it.