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Gornal and Black Country Humour.
The Gornal Lament
Oh dear o
me 'art 'angs low
an' how t' rise it
I dow 'no
Published in 1949, this omnibus edition combined volumes 1 to 5 (CDM collection).
Black Country Stories, T.H.Gough.
The first 'Black Country Stories' was published in 1934, this was a selection of stories and anecdotes some reputedly true and collected and presented by T.H. Gough, firstly in the Dudley Herald newspaper and a little later in a series of books, the last book -volume five was published in 1939.
There is some great humour, probably a bit tame compared to what is offered nowadays.
Some of these stories are related to Gornal and Gornal folk.
The Omnibus edition shown right, was published in 1949 and contains all five volumes.
The Black Country Society later reprinted some of the content in booklet form.
Here is a couple of quips from the book.
"Is your father in my boy"?
"No, he's in the pigstie claenin the pigs out -yow'll see which ones faether, es got 'is 'at on".
First Man: "I day know yore Jim was jed?"
Second Man: "Ah, if he'd a-lived till termorrer, he'd a bin jed a fortnit".
To appreciate the local humour, an understanding of the local dialect is a must.
Gornal shares the dry humour of elsewhere in the Black Country, stories are delivered in a dead pan style with almost incomprehensible dialect and accent to some outsiders - the depth of humour being rarely appreciated.
Two fictional characters, Aynuk and Ayli [Enoch and Eli] bear the brunt of storytelling, portrayed as working class and less than the sharpest knives in the draw.
The stories and jokes are indigenous of the Black Country, some say Aynuk and Ayli are 'of Gornal' and many an argument started.
Typical Aynuk and Ayli:
Aynuk and Ayli are fishing in the canal....
Aynuk: "Me mates fell in the canal!"
Ayli: "Owd it 'appen?"
Aynuk: "I just took a bite ov me sanwich an the mate fell out"
['mate' being local 'spake' for meat]
Although not from Gornal, we can't forget the likes of Dolly Allen, Tommy Mundon and Harry Harrison, who perpetuated the humour of the 'Black Country in their 'Black Country Night Out' shows from the 1970s onwards, sadly Dolly died in 1990, Harry in 2007 and Tommy in 2014.
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