A saucy postcard and a Limerick

As a child, I had a summer holiday every year at my Gran’s house on the north Kent coast at Herne Bay. It had all you could want as a holiday destination: a beach, albeit mostly made up of stones, two sea water pools to risk life and limb in as they were slathered in seaweed, a pier, a clockhouse, a promenade, a cinema with Saturday morning pictures, fish and chips and cockle stalls. It also had those ubiquitous tacky gift shops. We weren’t allowed to spend our pocket money on the most off kilter examples but a postcard for the other grandparent or a school friend was permitted.

When sifting through the selection, I was always intrigued by the cartoon cards. Cartoons were for children yet these were ones that caused laughter amongst the adults but seemed daft to me. This was my introduction to the saucy postcard.

This memory came to me when Esther Chilton provided this week’s Limerick prompt


Imagine if you will a surprised nurse, holding a pan of water, a doctor looking aghast and a horrified patient gripping the blankets. This was in mind when I wrote this little ditty

Trainee nurse, Christopher Tick

Was as mustard keen as he was thick.

When told to prick Colin Doyle’s

Large and aggressive buttock boil,

He, instead, heated water and boiled his…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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33 Responses to A saucy postcard and a Limerick

  1. Darlene says:

    Ha! Ha! A good limerick.

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  2. Lol – A very good one, and the postcard is adorable. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Geoff! My excuse for the delay.Enjoy a beautiful rest of the week! xx Michael

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  3. Oh, you are a caution!

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  4. It is possible to wince and grin at the same time. I know, because that’s what I do every time I see this!

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    Wah hoo! Pricking the boil might have hurt almost as much. What lovely summer memories – your Gran’s was a wonderful place for a young boy to spend the summer!

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  6. Erika says:

    Too funny, both the story and the limerick 😂

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  7. I can just see someone receiving that postcard.

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  8. JT Twissel says:

    You sent that postcard to one of your grandparents!

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  9. Great fun. “Slathered in seaweed” is an excellent phrase

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  10. I used to have quite a collection of those postcards, Geoff – including that one. At some point, probably during one of my several house moves, they disappeared. Never failed to make me smile, though. Thanks for finding an excuse to present this wonderful piece of (what must surely be very British) nostalgia. Have a great weekend!

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    • TanGental says:

      I loved them to and saved a few which have now gone like yours. I always thought the ability to find a double entendre was a particularly British skill until I realised the descriptor is French…

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  12. Widdershins says:

    Heh, heh, heh 😀 … yes, ouch! 😀

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