Friday, 11 May 2012

Coco's corner: 11 May

Written by Coco
Dear Readers,

So, the weather. I agree it was quite pleasant in March, hot and dry. We ate in the garden and I had to lie in the shade, panting, too hot even to truffl e for the clods of pasty the family dropped into the grass as they consumed their lunch.

We were down on Exmoor for something called the Stuckeridge Weekend. This was one of those endemic literary festivals, only this one had music too, which was or was not a plus, depending on your feeling about Schumann Liederkreis, Mozart duets etc. On the literary side, there were distinguished writers such as Mr Nicholas Coleridge, Mr William Fiennes and Mr Charles Moore, doing turns, so you can imagine the excitement.

The editor in chief did a turn herself, which I managed to avoid, as did her father and Mr Dawnay, pleading prior engagements with the Saturday Telegraph Motoring Section, but on the Sunday, she had to interview Jez Butterworth, the terribly trendy author of Jerusalem (the play). She hadn't seen the play but didn't think that was a problem apparently. Afterwards the organiser said, 'You got away with it. Just.' It's always like that with her.

Anyway, since then, it's been a continuous monsoon and people keep saying, apropos this Government (I am writing this out before the Mayoral election, I should add) and all its troubles to do with grannies and pasties – two of my favourite things as it happens – that the country is going to the dogs.

Frankly, I think a canine government would do a jolly good job! I think what they mean is, it never rains but it pours, don't you?


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