Category Archives for Belles-Lettres

Blair speaks!

Tweet From my 2005 play Waiting For Gordo a bleak existential drama of backbench life in the Labour Party. Spoken by my character Placebo Lackey MP, but all passages by Tony Blair I believe – passionately – that it is … Continue reading

18. January 2020 by rkh
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John Donne anticipates the UK election results declared on St Lucy’s Day

Tweet ‘Tis the year’s midnight, and it is the day’s, Lucy’s, who scarce seven hours herself unmasks; The sun is spent, and now his flasks Send forth light squibs, no constant rays; The world’s whole sap is sunk; The general … Continue reading

13. December 2019 by rkh
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A Modern Marvel

Tweet Where the bespoke Bermudas ride On sated tourists, plumply thigh’d, And Palm Beach suitings come to greet The guaranteed sub-tropic heat, A Margarita’d poolside throng Delivered up this holy song: “How should we render HILTON’s praise Who searched through … Continue reading

09. September 2019 by rkh
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A London Romance

Tweet Summer journeys down to Brighton And to other places simply Heighten our cares: We’ll save our fares. In a London maisonette We two could find a raison d’etre, So let’s settle down Right here in town. We’ll build in … Continue reading

22. June 2019 by rkh
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A Wodehouse Favourite: Rex Stout

Tweet My tribute to Rex Stout, creator of Nero Wolfe, in current edition of Wooster Sauce, journal of the PG Wodehouse Society “His narrative and dialogue could not be improved, and he passes the supreme test of being re-readable. I … Continue reading

21. June 2019 by rkh
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Boris Johnson through the lens of Alexander Pope

Tweet Oh! could I mount on the Maeonian wing, Your arms, your actions, your repose to sing! What seas you traversed, and what fields you fought! Your country’s peace, how oft, how dearly bought! How barb’rous rage subsided at your … Continue reading

14. June 2019 by rkh
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You Are The Umpire

Tweet Published in the Cricket Society Journal October 2018 For ten summers from 2007 to 2016 the Observer newspaper carried a popular illustrated feature called “You Are The Umpire.” Its creator was the English and international umpire John Holder. He … Continue reading

05. October 2018 by rkh
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Letter in Pedantry Corner, Private Eye No 1452

Tweet “In your previous issue, Nursery Times must have misquoted the Big Bad Wolf when referring to his ‘vulpine activities’ – unless he was cross-dressing as the Fantastic Mr Fox. A wolf’s behaviour is normally lupine. I am not allowed … Continue reading

06. September 2017 by rkh
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Screenwriting Blues

Tweet I reach this point in every Screenplay. It arrived this morning in the Lahore Movie. I have pared down the major characters. I have wiped out all the colourful but cluttering minor characters. I have murdered all the little … Continue reading

05. April 2017 by rkh
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A Modest Proposal To Help Tailend Batsmen Earn A Draw In Cricket Matches

Tweet Proposed amendment to Law 16 section 6 Last hour of match: number of overs Add at end of first paragraph “Before that over commences, the batting side captain may on notification to the umpires decline during the next session … Continue reading

17. March 2017 by rkh
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