I must admit that I don’t really understand what Ian was getting at here – Dominica or Dominecker – I’ve seen it written both ways, the country or something else? Camels, of course, could refer to the cigarettes of the same name or the humped ungulate, famed as a pack animal with a seriously bad temper.
I don’t smoke but I have ridden camels on a few occasions in Australia, Egypt and the US, so I have chosen the mammal as my answer to the 11th r2bcheerful challenge.
I guess if you needed to travel a significant distance, especially over a sandy, dry terrain they would certainly give you a reason to be cheerful, despite their tendency to grunt and spit and generally act like curmudgeons.
I thought I’d ask the ChatAPT AI what this meant and this was the result:
Me: What is the meaning of the term “Dominecker Camels” in the Ian Dury song, “Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3”?
AI: The term “Dominecker Camels” in the Ian Oury song “Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3” is a reference to the Dominecker breed of camel, which is a cross between a Dromedary camel and a Bactrian camel. In the song, the phrase is used as a metaphor for something that is unusual or unexpected, and serves as one of several examples of things that can bring joy and positivity to one’s life.
So, there you have it!