Anyone scratching their head for novel Christmas shopping ideas will welcome the publication of a new collection of comic rural stories gleaned from across Scotland.
The book, Farming is a Funny Business, has been compiled by well-known journalist and author Andrew Arbuckle and his brother John, and contains anecdotes and jokes about the trials and tribulations of everyday rural life. As an additional bonus all proceeds are being given to Scotland’s rural charity, RSABI.
Copies are available from RSABI directly and cost £10, plus postage and packing.
Nina Clancy, RSABI chief executive, said: “Christmas shopping can be a headache at the best of times, and we all know someone who is especially difficult to buy a present for. Thankfully Andrew and John Arbuckle have come to the rescue with their super collection of funny farming anecdotes.
“RSABI is enormously grateful to Andrew and John for their hard work in putting this book together, and to all those who contributed their jokes and tales. Farming is a Funny Business deserves to sell well in its own right, but I am always heartened that people are willing to help RSABI raise money in innovative ways.
“Rural life can be tough, and RSABI helps hundreds of people each year who are working or have worked on the land - and their dependants – and face difficulties due to illness, stress or financial strain. Whether you buy this book for yourself or as a present, you’ll be delighting someone and supporting a good cause at the same time.”
Andrew Arbuckle said: “Whether you’re stuck for a Christmas present or just want a diversion from the toils and troubles on the farm, Farming is a Funny Business provides the answer.
“With over 300 jokes and anecdotes from contributors all over Scotland, it will surely dispel the view that farmers are dour and uncommunicative, and equally it will remove the thought that farming has a monopoly on pessimism.
“For city dwellers, it would also be a welcome present to that neighbour, uncle, aunt or other relation who keeps talking about farming, and it has the added benefit in that it can be sneakily read before being wrapped up in Christmas paper.
“Some of the humour is pawky and a lot of it is dry and understated; there may not be a lot of ‘laugh out loud’ moments but it provides proof there is a lot of fun in the farmyard, at auction sales and agricultural shows; in fact wherever farming folk meet.”