BOOKS: Missing Libraries?

Are you missing the opportunity to visit your library in the current virus lockdown? Try listening to this 7 minute article on what you’re missing, by Umberto Eco, writing somehow despite having his tongue firmly in his cheek.  The essay “How to Organize a Public Library” is selected and read by Booktube creator Shawn DContinue reading “BOOKS: Missing Libraries?”

HUMOUR: Writing Exercise

This morning, I went around the house, seeking a writing perch for my pen, journal, pot of ink, coffee, and laptop.  I took the materials out of storage in one place, nearly settled in the living room – before finally choosing the kitchen table, trying to gather my accoutrements before realising another was missing, andContinue reading “HUMOUR: Writing Exercise”

Terry Gilliam

Animator, Python (Monty Python’s Flying Circus) and film-maker, Terry Gilliam, was invited earlier in the year to select favourite films. Given the run of Criterion’s DVD Closet, he excitedly chose: Yojimbo RIFIFI The complete Jaques Tati A box-set of Ingmar Bergman 8 1/2 (which he says is a great truthful insight into being a Director)Continue reading “Terry Gilliam”

Friday night is Health & Safety Film Night: Diction

Professor Mal Archaic: Bon soir, mesdames et monseiurs, tonight at ,& (i.e. ce soir) I present to you a safety film on the importance of Diction.  For reasons which shall become clear, enunciation is of key importance. Tonight’s film was made by that great French documentary filmmaker, Jacques Tati.  It concerns the importance of clearContinue reading “Friday night is Health & Safety Film Night: Diction”

Legal Fidgey-Widgeyness

The technical term for when your brain tries to explode with impatience at wording in legal documents…. as demonstrated by the calm and patient* Mr Black in “Black Books” *caution: there may be some irony used If you like this scene, do search out the whole series of “Black Books” on DVD – if inContinue reading “Legal Fidgey-Widgeyness”

Dylan Moran: on Writing Comedy

“I don’t analyse it too much, otherwise I’d freeze up and fall over, like a fridge”. Interviewed at the Edinburgh Festival, on BBC Radio 5 Live, this is sparkling, fascinating, honest talk on political power, the world, the universe and writing comedy. The interviewer, Nihal Arthanayake, talks to him about how he goes about writingContinue reading “Dylan Moran: on Writing Comedy”

42 Douglas Adams Quotes…

Douglas Adams fans will recognize some of these quotes immediately from his books (include the series of Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). They are witty and worth reading – thank you BBC for compiling.  I especially like: 1. “A learning experience is one of those things that says, ‘You know that thing you just did? Don’tContinue reading “42 Douglas Adams Quotes…”

Humorous Food Review “Hoovering”

Breakfast with a side order of wit – from food reviewer and comedienne Jessica Fostekew, at online humour magazine Standard Issue (“a smart and witty e-magazine by women”).  Here’s an amuse bouche: “I should confess that I hate black pudding. It tastes like licking a hot, broken road that there’s recently been a terrible fight on. My companions howeverContinue reading “Humorous Food Review “Hoovering””