Flippant Friday…. Monkey & The Organ Grinder


Once upon a time…long before ‘piped music’ shattered the silence of our shops.  Long before phones and ear pieces providing endless music (if that is your style)…… there was the Organ Grinder.

A regular attraction on Victorian streets, a mini hand driven organ playing, what to us was,  a rather tinny tune.

Invariably we are told The Organ Grinder also had a Monkey sat on the Organ as an added draw. A novelty for adults as well as children

Apart from the so called entertainment value, it also spawned a phrase.  A Phrase that is still used at times today, when frustration kicks in, and one needs to speak to someone in authority….

” I want to speak to the Organ Grinder NOT the Monkey”

I think we have all experienced such moments….  though I have often thought it is rather disrespectful to many monkeys.

Just a thought for a Flippant Friday.

Whatever challenges you face today…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

17th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

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