I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything on the blog this month so far. As you know, I’ve had various domestic distractions which have kept me busy elsewhere. BUT I’ve missed you all very much and have been checking the Comments box regularly.
Which reminds me....
To all those people who’ve emailed asking if AGM VI actually took place last Sunday at Tynemouth, the answer is a resounding YES, as Vivienne discovered to her cost and much too late! Under normal circumstances, the AGM is just one of the the things I would have harangued and hectored you about over the last few days. (Isn’t hector a lovely word? It sounds like what it means.)
Here are some of the other topics you haven’t heard me wax lyrical about recently....
LEROY LA STRANGE
Strange by name, strange by nature. Leroy has emailed me to tell me a bit about himself. Turns out he used to be a ‘Blast Furnace Shunting Loco Driver for Consett Iron Company so I am a real ex Truck Shunter.’ Genuine shunters of real-life trucks occupy a very special place in our hierarchy and our hearts; naturally. So Leroy is already up there with Neville (as it were).
Leroy also tells me that he and I have spoken during my radio days. He says (and I quote) ‘I told you the story of being attacked by a Bengal Tiger on the Isle of Wight...’
Er...Bengal Tiger? Isle of Wight? Er....
Welcome to the warm, enfolding arms of the Sacred and Noble Brotherhood of Truckshunters, Leroy.
GREEN MAN FESTIVAL
Yes, I went and it was AWESOME. I just haven’t had the time to tell you all about it yet or to post the pictures I took...
TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES
One of the items on my Project 60/60 list was to read more ‘classic’ novels. My friend Mark gave me this one to read. It’s awful.
On the basis of reading Macbeth and The Winter’s Tale at school, I’m a shocking Shakespeare cynic. So (in reparation) another 60/60 item was to read/watch every Shakespeare play; yes, all 37 of them. Impetus and motivation was added to this item when I noticed the Complete BBC Television Shakespeare DVDs for sale cheap on Amazon. So I bought them and have started to watch them, in alphabetical order. That means I started with All's Well That Ends Well; if only.
I had intended to give you the benefit of my thoughts on each of the plays as I waded through them. For now, though, suffice to say that I reckon I was right. Up to now, most of them have been turgid, unintelligible rubbish. Antony and Cleopatra is in a league of its own, though. It's truly execrable. It’s much, much worse than any other cultural or artistic creation ever dreamed up by anyone anywhere. I’m not joking. Anyone who tells you they think it’s really rather good ought to be arrested, drugged and sent to a special place of recovery built of peat turf on St Kilda.
MAUREEN’S VIRAL LIES 2
The amazing Maureen has sent me yet another list of ‘viral lies’ - internet lists of bogus explanations for words and phrases. When I get the time, I’ll share with you the ludicrous reasons it gives for ‘raining cats and dogs’, ‘chewing the fat’ and many others.
She also sent me the pictures of the lovely Dutch town you see above.
Kev has sent me an intriguing puzzle. See what you can make of it.
What do the following words have in common? banana, dresser, grammar, potato, revive, uneven, assess.
He also informs me that Morrison's are now selling peches plat! The power of truckshunters!!!
IN THE MEANTIME...
There’s loads more I had lined up to hector (!) you with but it’s going to have to wait a couple of days. In the meantime, please keep in touch by commenting on the blog or by emailing me (see below).
I’m also looking for venue suggestions for AGM VII.
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