Category Archives for Belles-Lettres

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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Luke Upward Meets Monsieur de Crapaud

Tweet As Luke Upward’s patron, the amiable Marquis de Tarpaulin, became more and more devoted to his collection of old cars, his soirées became more and more over-run with old car bores who did not know a salon from a … Continue reading

23. January 2017 by rkh
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Three Dickensian death tributes

Tweet Published in the Yorkshire Post 23 Dec 2011 (revised 23 December 2016) Ebenezer Scrooge was a successful banker who survived early derision to earn recognition as a champion of sound finance and a pioneer of environmentally sustainable living. Scrooge … Continue reading

23. December 2016 by rkh
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Luke Upward and General Zia ul-Haq

Tweet One of the joys of being Luke Upward’s official biographer is that I sometimes uncover new information about the life of England’s premier but often elusive man of letters. I recently discovered that Upward was a diplomatic correspondent in … Continue reading

02. April 2016 by rkh
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Luke Upward Discovers A French Spin On Agincourt

Tweet Luke Upward could not stand the Prince de Millecrêpes, first husband of Annie Oldiron, who later married his patron, the affable Marquis de Tarpaulin, and helped him create a “big tent” for writers in their regular Friday salons where she poured … Continue reading

01. November 2015 by rkh
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A Wounded Tiger At Bay In Pakistan

Tweet With the Wounded Tiger Cricket Tour of Pakistan 2014: a few personal notes Weds Nov 5: satisfactory PIA overnight flight to Lahore, although unable to resort to normal longhaul relief by drinking myself insensible (cf Squire Haggard). To refurbished … Continue reading

17. November 2014 by rkh
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Peccavimus (We Have Stayed In The Sind Club)

Tweet Impressions of a first visit by Peter Oborne and Richard Heller (November 2012) For a first-time visitor, the Sind Club is hard to believe. Set within a sprawling, noisy turbulent city, its order, its elegance, its history make the … Continue reading

17. November 2014 by rkh
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Luke Upward’s Great Lies Of Modern Times (some additions)

Tweet 1) Your call is important to us 2) Easy to assemble 3) Serves 2 4) Fun for all the family 5) You can’t miss it 6) I didn’t get your email for some reason, could you send it again? … Continue reading

29. May 2014 by rkh
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Luke Upward London Library Lion

Tweet Needless to say, Luke Upward was a lion of the London Library. His subscription was paid irregularly and in arrears, but he was never challenged since it was unthinkable that the greatest private lending library in the world should … Continue reading

14. April 2014 by rkh
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Luke Upward’s Legend of Pimlico Part 2

Tweet The story so far: Imperial China in the 1860s. Beautiful, gifted peasant girl Pim-Lee-Koh (Little Oyster of the Prairie) is groomed to become the concubine of the Manchu Emperor. Instead, she becomes the lover of the Loyal King, military … Continue reading

23. March 2014 by rkh
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