Thursday, 30 May 2013

and the Hallmark Medal for Poetry goes to . . .

The girls from the Paddington Poetry Speed Writing Team (seen here
 with their coach Fanny Forester) raise a glass of sweet sherry 
in celebration of winning the regional heats to qualify for the finals
of the Strict Tempo Light Verse Olympic Sprint at this year's exciting
Isle of Wight Literary Festival.  "We're confident of taking the medal
- these girls can rhyme in double-quick time," declared Fanny,
a legend in the greetings card industry.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

and he does his own hair and make-up

Charlie Chisel the celebrated thriller writer, athlete, adventurer,
mercenary, explorer, mountaineer, bush pilot, sharp shooter, deep sea
diver, big game hunter, columnist, wit, historian, wine expert, wrestler
TV celebrity, gourmet, cigar enthusiast and award-winning fashion
designer  (seen here at another literary luncheon) announces that he
plans in future to get "some little scribbler" to bang out his blockbusters
 since he's just too busy 'being Charlie'

Thursday, 16 May 2013

he looks better in costume

A rare photograph of the world's best-selling romantic novelist
Lettice Silk-Gussett, seen here at home with her devoted companion
Cyril.  Ms Silk-Gussett has used Cyril as the inspiration for her most
hot-blooded heroes, including dashing Hector Haunch, Highwayman,
Captain Challenger and Diablo the Pirate from her Buccaneer series. 

Friday, 10 May 2013

another look at Mrs Slocombe's pussy

After the failure of veteran French cookery writer Colette de Belbeuf
to publish her classic recipe book 'Cooking with Horses' in Britain, 
she's soon encouraged to try again with her beautifully  illustrated 
'Cooking with Cats - favourite recipes from South-East China'
Colette was confident of success. "In England they are crazy for pussy"
she announced.  "She is everywhere cheap and plentiful."