The Christmas cracker

is pulled and I pretend to read the joke inside:

‘Why does Noddy wear a bell on his hat?’

A standard beat.

“Because he’s a cunt.”

My audience is shocked

and silent

except for the 12-year-old boy

I had not seen

who is doubled up

and laughing harder, I reckon,

than he has ever laughed before.


Arthur Smith

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