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What better way to fill Blog 100 than to answer some of your questions.  With regard to a third volume of memoir it’s sort of up in the air.  My original contract with Bloomsbury is a volume of memoir followed by a volume of fiction.  There is some possibility that they would take another volume of memoir instead but I’m not sure what I want to do, if I could think of the right thing I’d really love to write some more fiction, I think the longer I spend not writing fiction the harder it will be to get back to it.

Yes Sandwich Bar book!  Ideal Christmas present and new series begins transmission on Nov 9th at 6.30 0n R4.  And good guess, it was Pauline Melville in the voodoo doll story.

I was as shocked as anybody to hear about the death of Sean Hughes.  I didn’t know him well but when I met Sean there always seemed some sadness that hung over him.  I’m sure he had other problems but there appeared to me to be a gap between what he thought his talent warranted and the critical and public acclaim that he received.  Regardless of how talented he was this is inevitably a recipe for unhappiness.  It is no accident that Alcoholics Anonymous has a saying, that you can’t control- “People Places, Things”.  You can either accept this or you can do what I do which is to think that there is a huge gap between what my talent warrants and the critical and public acclaim that I receive but to see that gap as further proof of my genius.


Blog 100a


Here's a thing I'm doing. 

http://www.thewordfactory.tv/site/citizen-festival/ [1]



WORD FACTORY PRESENTS: Citizen: The New Story Festival - Event #2 Hot Off The Press : An Evening with Alexei Sayle and Christina Lamb...


Blog 100b

Since you ask the whole story of the appearance-disappearance-re-appearance of Wilf Mbanga (the cat) is featured in ep 4 of Sandwich Bar which txs 30th Nov.

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It's hard coming up with a comment about how touching and funny your paragraph about Sean Hughes was. So I don't envy you the task of having to come up with something to write a book about.
'Collected Eulogies'?

October 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

Hi Alexei,

Sorry to have missed out on the Sandwich Bar recordings, been a tough few months. Things are getting back to normal service now, so please pass me on any updates for the page.

Sean Hughes. That one hit hard, terribly sad news. Loved Sean's Show.

Sandwich Bar book?! Nice, that's on the Crimbo wish list! Will update about the transmission date.

Wishes, Jay xx

October 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJay

Just lie. Tell them it's fiction and it isn't. That way you can have your third volume of memoir without having to renegotiate. In fact you can tell it like the life you wanted to have. Tell the story of Alexei the unreasonably funny undertaker, or Alexei the misguided parking officer, or Alexei the frustrated primary school teacher. Also, can you email me, I have a small request...

October 31, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterthoran

Love the Sandwich Bar book. It's basically a transcript of some of the monologues - there's nothing new apart from the illustrations, but it still adds a certain something to read it in print. Looking forward to the new series.

November 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Thomas

Hi all.

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar is the Radio 4 "Comedy of the Week" podcast. "Plus interview."

November 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

Enjoyed 'Sandwich Bar' last week. I read an article on Guardian online by Wilf Umbanga' about the situation in Zimbabwe yesterday and it made me think of your cat (named Wilf Umbanga). How is he? A friend of mine lives in a flat in Covent Garden and she told me that when he went missing a few years ago it made the front page of the local 'Covent Garden' newspaper. he must have lost one of nine lives crossing Euston Road.

November 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Walsh

In sincere recognition of your genius, I thank you for the smug feeling I get being one of the people on the right side of the gap.


"I suppose you prefer the tedious formality of, like, Armani or Versace. You dickhead"

November 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterdj

hey Lexi, just want to say that I'm listening to the new series of Sandwich Bar and it is absolutely amazing - and brings me back to when I was about 12 or 13 listening to The Fish Tapes - and then later, Lenin of the Rovers. Basically I've been listening to you and watching you for all of my life since I was 7 years old, and I want to say THANKS. cheers, Carl

November 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

I want to send you my parish newsletter.

November 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFather kevin Robinson

ASISB is the best thing on radio by far. Crying with laughter!

December 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDonnie Ross

I am writing to tell you how grateful I am for your DIY advice on your recent show. Righty Tighty Lefty Lucy has been invaluable, especially since my recent purchase of a power screwdriver .
For years I have been struggling to remember which way to turn my screwdriver or whether my drill is going in or out, even though I did woodwork classes, now I just have to repeat RIGHTYTIGHTYLEFTYLUCY. Its my new mantra.

I've been a fan of yours since the 80 s, being of a similar age, and I am so glad you're back, love Sandwich Bar.
Thank you, Alexei, for DIY advice and all the belly laughs, keep the red flag flying..xxx

December 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Morris

Did you get many festive gigs this year? You've already got the face...

December 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

What about maybe doing a spoof memoir by Bobby Chariot as a novel?

August 4, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrian McNeill

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