Friday, 8 July 2016

Friday Frivolity: Commercials

Friday Frivolity

One of my favourite TV specials growing up was Commercial Breakdown with Jasper Carrott, (they never seem to re-run any of his stuff, I don't know why - maybe it hasn't dated well?). Anyway, the point of the show was to introduce the British public to silly foreign adverts. Because it aired on the BBC, a publicly funded institution banned from carrying advertising, home grown ads were a no go.

But, really, that was where the true comedy gold was. Just look at this:

And this:

And definitely this:

I should probably point out that in addition to being an old fashioned girls' name, 'fanny' means vagina in the UK - 'fanny packs' are known by the much safer term 'bum bag' here!

My all time favourite funny ad though is actually a spoof of the subject that seems to make up 90% of modern British ad breaks: life insurance / funeral cover. Here, Kevin Bishop plays Michael Aspel, asking viewers if they're 'somewhere between the age of sixty and dead?' It's so awful - but the worse the actual ads get, the more you think it won't be long until this becomes reality!

Now on to the link-up! :D

The Hosts:

Host: Jess from Babi a Fi
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Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! This week Jess is talking about Catch the Bus Week.

Host: Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom
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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living a life full of all of her favorite things... friendship and connection, laughter, books and music, furbaby love, minimalism, wellness pursuits, Paleo-ish cooking, and on and on! Check out her post on the top game apps to relieve stress.

Host: Audrey from Munofore
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Audrey is an awesome, eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore - "MUsings NOt FOod RElated." Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! I'm loving this tutorial for a Dried Rose Shadow Box Display.

Host: Lisa from Syncopated Mama
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Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and wonderfully authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Check out her educational ideas and resources in the latticed learning series!

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay! We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun! Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment. :) Swing by HERE to express interest and ask any questions!

Featured Post from Last Week: 
In a fun twist, since we now have four hosts we will also have FOUR FEATURES.... but you will have to go check out the other three blogs to see if you were featured there! ;)

4th of July table setting by Penny's Vintage Home
by Penny's Vintage Home.

It was a quiet one last week, I'm guessing because it was Independence Day weekend. But when it results in set ups as pretty as this one by Penny, who am I to complain? :)

Now time for the new stuff! 

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy. That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot.

If you're here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin'! 

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to three posts, and old posts are always welcome! There are three rules only:

Party Rules

If you want to let others know about the linky, feel free to grab the badge!

Babi a Fi


  1. Those are pretty amusing commercials. Thanks for hosting. Have a terrific weekend.

    1. Thank you, lovely! Hope you're having a fab weekend. :)

  2. Thanks for hosting Jess! Have a great weekend!

  3. Thank you for hosting and allowing me to link up! Ahhhh how I miss the old school adverts which were actually funny! Anything with Peter Kay in it will always be funny! :) Sim xx

    1. I love Peter Kay - we're always quoting bits of his shows! x

  4. found you via the #weekendblogshare and will take a good look at your posts. Hopefully you'll visit my blog as well.

    1. Thank you! I'll be over some day this week :)

  5. These commercials were so much fun to watch! Thanks for the walk down memory lane and for the fun blog party. I would love for you to stop by and join my On the Edge of the Week Link Up as well! Have a fantastic weekend!


    1. Thank you! I've been really behind this week, but I'll be sure to make it next weekend. :)

  6. I loved the fanny one best - laughing so hard at this little difference in the language! #FridayFrivolity

  7. Oh my GOSH, you totally win this whole topic... your choice of commercials were all hysterical! Thank you for the laughs, I needed them extra today. ;P

    And I had NO idea about "fanny," rofl

    1. Featuring you this week! Not sure if that's kind of cheating because you're also a host, but this post was just too awesome and funny not to need extra attention...!


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