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Send Clowns
18th Nov 2004, 18:00
Are these guys taking the pish or what? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/11/18/nrhym18.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/11/18/ixhome.html) They are saying that there is more vilence in nursery rhymes than on evening television, implying that they are as damaging and that children should be monitored. They are completely nuts.Six in a Bed scored highest because of the number of children who fell on the floor. This was followed by Simple Simon, who in the full version is a laughing stock, trampled by a cow and pricked by thistles. Then came Jack and Jill.

18th Nov 2004, 19:37
Ah, heard this chestnut before from some tree hugging so-and-so's.

Although, there is a small point to it. Some of them nursery rhymes do feature gratutious, unwarranted violence. Take the poor old 3 blind mice. That bitch farmer's wife cutting off their tails.

Seriously though, many nursery rhymes are based on events in history, with the characters in the rhyme representing famous persons (in the example of 3 blind mice, the farmers wife is acutally Queen Mary I (daughter of Henry VIII), and the mice represent 3 noblemen she had burnt at the stake).

If you're really bored, this (http://www.rhymes.org.uk/) reveals more.

tony draper
18th Nov 2004, 20:31
Thanks for the link Mr J, some in there I int seen for donkeys years.

18th Nov 2004, 21:52
'Nurries Mr D.

I always been a little worried about the "Rock-a-by baby" one.

"When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all."

Reminds me of the story of my mate Dave falling off the balcony pissed.