Random Jottings

The girl had style. She once went to a Fancy Dress Party as a small plastic container of shampoo. You should have seen the way she sashayed into the room.

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The heavy got heavy. He needed information. He grabbed the man by the lapels and threw him down on to a bean-bag, which burst. The man spilled the beans.

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MISPRINT IN MILITARY BULLETIN: The camp was erected with commendable speed, though the latrines inevitably remained something of a makeshit arrangement.

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A double bed is one in which
Every time you move a-
Bout you feel an angry twitch
And lose a bit more duvet.

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I love it when in an old book you come across a phrase to which the passage of time has added a new meaning. It’s like all those Jane Austen characters who keep ‘exposing themselves’. Recently, in Allan Quatermaine by Rider Haggard, I found this comment on the benefits of a good night’s sleep: ‘It’s like going to bed one man and getting up another.’

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Newspaper ad: COSMETIC SURGERY SPECIAL ON CHINS − TWO FOR ONE OFFER.

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We prepared the Greek salad earlier. By the time our guests arrived, it was a feta compli.

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Cast your bread upon the waters, and it will come back soggy.

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No one but a fool ever crossed Enid Blyton. She knew where the Noddies were buried.

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ACTOR: I’ve just been cast as William Tell. It is a Swiss role.

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He had been meek all his life, and went on waiting quietly for the day when he would inherit the earth.

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I’ve suddenly realised that ‘hutzpah’ rhymes with ‘footspa’. Is it worth writing a whole musical to get in that one rhyme?

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It‘s a bit like my idea for an alcoholic‘s version of Through The Looking Glass. I couldn’t get any further than ‘“Curaçao and Curaçao,” said Alice.’

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Then there’s the fact that the hotel chain ‘Mövenpick’ sounds uncannily like the name of the English author of Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake. But opportunities for the right context to arrive in which one could dazzle people with that particular pun could be few and far between.

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Depression is like picking at your own scabs and then chewing what you’ve picked off.

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For no very good reason, I was trying to think of a fictional name for one of the new wave of Scandinavian Noir crime writers. I came up with Turgid Glümsdottir.

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EPITAPH ON AN AIR HOSTESS

Here lies a girl whose duties were
(Before Death’s Pilot summoned her)
Sidling up and down the aisle
With plastic trays and plastic smile
And serving, with each plastic meal,
Her plastic-packaged sex appeal.
But now her final flight’s begun.
Her eternal safety belt’s undone
And, as her drinks were, so is she.
Now, forever, duty free.

A Deadly Habit: A theatrical mystery (A Charles Paris Mystery)

Rehearsals in a new West End play are disrupted by sudden, violent death in the intriguing new Charles Paris mystery

Having landed a small part in a new West End play, The Habit of Faith, Charles Paris is dismayed to discover that his good fortune has been orchestrated by his b├Ęte noire, the now-famous screen actor Justin Grover. But why has Grover become involved in this relatively obscure production - and why has he roped in Charles to star?

From the outset the production is fraught with difficulties -- and matters become even more complicated when a body is discovered at the foot of the dressing room stairs. Did they fall - or were they pushed? As one of the last people to have seen the victim alive, Charles Paris is drawn into the ensuing investigation - and discovers that more than one person involved in the play has a scandalous secret to hide ...

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