Archive for December 17, 2010

Ma Crepe Suzette

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 17, 2010 by telescoper

While I’m in a festive mood, here’s a party piece to end all party pieces. It’s a tribute to French language and culture, performed by the sublime Kenneth Williams.


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A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Posted in Literature with tags , on December 17, 2010 by telescoper

There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who have heard Dylan Thomas reading his wonderfully lyrical short story A Child’s Christmas in Wales; and those who haven’t. I’ve heard it hundreds of times, like a favourite piece of music. Technically it’s a prose work, but it’s prose that’s so close to poetry that it really defies categorisation. Either way, the language certainly has a musical quality, and the author’s voice brings it to life in a way nobody else has ever been able to. It’s also shot through with flashes of a dry offbeat humour that tickle my fancy any time of the year. Christmas is near, and the snow is being shaken out of whitewash buckets down the sky as I write, so I thought it would be a good time to share it. I think it’s magical.


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