Category Archives for Belles-Lettres

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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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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