Monday, 12 November 2007

Ask not what your Ottoman Empire can do for you, but what you can do for your Ottoman Empire.

What good is baklava without frontlava?

7 comments:

alexis said...

Could I be any more offensive? Could I really? Here I am, in one fell swoop, casting aspersions on the all-sufficiency of Turquoise honeyed pastries and dorsal massages, all for the sake of an altogether pointless pun. Sorry, world.

Martin Kingsley said...

Bah, no doubt there was plenty o' room for a joke about footstool dynasties. Also, if possible, I would have tried to incorporate "secrétaire à abattant" in there, somewhere. I remain convinced hilarity would have ensued.

TimT said...

Baklava without frontlava is just a load of palava and we should have nothing more to do with it.

Tony said...

I indeed Turkish Delight without Turkish Disgust.

Tony said...

I? That should say And.

alexis said...

And Istanbul without Istanbulshit (sorry Mum).

Martin Kingsley said...

I'm sure your mum fully understands and is sympathetic to the cause. All I can do is point to the wise words of Jimmy Kennedy, as immortalised by They Might Be Giants:

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night

Every gal in Constantinople
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you've a date in Constantinople
She'll be waiting in Istanbul

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can't say
People just liked it better that way

So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works
That's nobody's business but the Turks

Istanbul (Istanbul)
Istanbul (Istanbul)

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can't say
People just liked it better that way

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works
That's nobody's business but the Turks

So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works
That's nobody's business but the Turks

Istanbul!

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