This post may be so far outside the envelope of good taste and political correctness and aural comfort, that it may well get Returned To Sender. Some might end up wishing the postal strike had started a little sooner.
The banjo is a much maligned and misunderstood instrument. Apparently.
It should not be confused with the ukulele - unless of course it's a banjo-ukulele.
Nor should it be confused with this:
- banjos being made of a polished wheel-rim, a length of broom-handle, a selection of wire [from barbed to garotted] and some jubilee-clips.
But for some reason this made it onto Radio 4's Pick of the Week:
The Essay [ - it's an eleven-o'clockish sort of thing on BBC Radio 3.]
Novelist AL Kennedy describes what happened after she found a neglected banjo in a shop in Glasgow. Some quotes:
"The banjo? - it's joke. Funnier than a trombone - or even an ocharina."
"That strange metallic hum of a disturbed banjo."
"It's a naturally anxious instrument."
"You shouldn't want to know how to play it - and if you can, you should refrain."
It is the Contributor's sincere hope that no Blimps were harmed during the course of this missive.