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About meBorn in 1955, I live with my son and two demanding canines in the halcyon seaside village of Hemsby.

About my libraryI have a fairly eclectic collection but, have a particular interest in British humour from the second World War onwards. This does not preclude a weakness for Bill Hicks and some earlier English comedians such as frank Randle.
British Crime stories are another weakness, particularly the works of Reginald Hill, a genius of the first order. I always feel more learned at the end of one of his books and he is one of the few writers, regularly to extract audible guffaws.

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, BBC (Radio) 7 Listeners, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, Best of British, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Brits, Christianity, Christianity and Scienceshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Samuel Beckett, Alan Bennett, Bob Dylan, Ray Galton, Graham Greene, Reginald Hill, Graham McCann, Spike Milligan, Frank Muir, David Nobbs, George Orwell, J. B. Priestley, Eric Sykes, Vanessa Wagstaff, Kenneth Williams (Shared favorites)


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A fellow Radio 4 extra last ! I so wish more people had heard of it.
We have that Poetry book in common too. Got it for my birthday. Roger McGouy ?
I KNOW ! Mine are these ....:) :) :) ...:)
Me again. Hope you're reading good.
John Harvey. The Wasted Years?
Heard it on t'radio. Had me riveted.
Thanks for your kind reciprocation of interesting library.
And you have a collie! Ssh I had a very jealous one. But what's a half tiger dog ?
Your library is awesome. The day of the Triffids is but one shared book- as I start adding mine it's already gone up to 3 :)
I tried Alistair Campbell's diaries Part 1. Couldn't gel with it at all.
It was Samuel Beckett got my attention. have Pepys there too.
Good to "meet " you :)
I've just read your excellent review of "Madeleine" by Kate McCann. You wrote:
"I knew that Kate and Gerry were suspects, for a while, but one area of this case that I had not properly considered was the way in which the police were so keen to blame the parents. Admittedly, I have only read one side of the story, but it has always seemed ludicrous, to me, that anyone could believe that the McCanns were stupid enough to have killed their own daughter..."

No one knows about my daughter's illegal removal from the UK. I have now published that story (The Key?) which also gives a new insight on the McCann tragedy - check out the Fact Sheet (picture) in my gallery for a quick overview. If you read my story, you will have a better understanding of why "the police were so keen to blame the parents."

"To have a child abducted is so much worse than a death" is absolutely spot on. I have done my best to explain how it affected me. If you ever read The Key?, you may again need a few hankies.

My book is also a true crime story. I spent considerable effort trying to find out why my four-year-old daughter was removed in that appalling manner. The information uncovered is very controversial and goes a long way to explaining why I can't be identified: the UK authorities don't want the public to find out about this story.

The public need to find out what happened here. The truth will also help the McCanns, which they certainly deserve. Can you help in raising awareness?

Hi, Ken
Thanks to Penguin we have a lot of books in common. I note your enthusiasm for Reginald Hill. I've seen a few of the Dalziel TV episodes but never read any of Hill's books. Would you like to suggest a work of his which might grab me?
I'd appreciate a recommendation.

hi urgent question, you know the hancock boxset with the iffy picture of someone else pretending to be him on the front? yeah well if you do , is it worth buying do you know?
I've got the single DVDS I could sell them, the moeny put towards the boxset but well it's that picture on the front of the boxset and the fact it is a boxset, compacted,compressed. it don't look like I'm a serious fan somehow with just the boxset. what do you think?
talking comedy 'in with the flynns' probably joins 'big top' as one of the below average comedies, even hi-di-hi wasn't this bad. BBC coemedy can be very poor these days. Althoguh I do love lee mack and miranda hart. There's some great stand up comedians too.
Hi Ken, just want to say that your comment on the Book of Simon Sebag Montefiore "Jerusalem" was pretty cool and amazing, you are right the place where every man should find peace and fraternity is full of weapons, horror, intolerance and hate, sometimes I wonder what would happen to Jesus if he ever come back and want to visit this city, probably he would be send to jail and interrogate or just stone to dead for been blasphemous, I'm waiting for the spanish edition but if take to long to publish I going to try the english one.
Saludos Cordiales
Yes in almost every book i have read about james dean it is said he died at a good time. i love james dean.
Hancock, I do know a little of what he must of experienced but I haven't been famous and not so much alcoholic as something else but I certainly can sympathise with him and I can't imagine whta he must have feli like being alone in austrlia and having not much to do but drink and feel sorry for himslef. It must of been awful too, knowing people were having to babysit and make sure he doesn't drink much so he can turn up for work in the morning, sober. Have you read the Edward Joffe book called Hancock's Last Stand: The Series That Never Was ? that's a great book on tony's last year.
I've recently started listening to the radio 'hancock's half hour' and they are just as funny.
I wouldn't worry about the computer I have difficulties getting acess to one.

yes I love the man. I was devasted to hear of the circumstances of his death too. What a way to go. I know about depresssion and sucide but a man of such talent he had and the laughter and light he gave to people, why did he do it? I have no doubt he would have made a terrfic comeback, in britan and australia and maybe he would have cracked America too. Who knows?
i read so books about him and i'd love to just give him a huge hug. What a guy. I lvleo that episode where him and sid james are tryingt to murder each other, or they think there each out to get each other. That was a funny show. The blood donor was the first I saw of him and despite his injuries he really shone in that episode, a legend.
What other kind of humour do you like?
i'm a fan of almost any british comedy. I love ronnie barker and peter sellers. David Jason and richard beckinsale too. Rising damp and open all hours are 2 of my favourites comedies. Morecambe and wise are a brilliant double act as are laurel and hardy. Guility pleasure is the sitcom 'On the buses'. Leonard rossiter is so cool. Steptoe and son is just amazing. I love monthy python and the people who make up the team. Comedy just doesn't make any sense these days, it's not as funny as it was in those days. Saying that I do love Ricky Gervais, especially his laugh and I think Lee mack and Miranda Hart are acceptable comedians of today.
Although no body could be more funny than hancock, he still shines and you feel such affection towards him too. Despite the fact he was an alcoholic and could be violent too but I don't pay any attention, he seems to me like a enourmous lovable teddy bear.
Sorry I've gone on a bit. It's usually a turn off for men when they see the full force of my love for 'Creaky, ageing' sitcoms but the oldness is part of the charm, don't you think? and they are the best.
see ya
do you like tony hancock or was reading the book a flying fancy?
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