Well my book reading tour is finally over and Wilf is very glad I’m back, I did twenty-five dates and adding it up I have driven over six and a half thousand miles read for twenty hours and answered something like two hundred questions. I can’t recall where it was (I think Folkestone) but I was asked what I would do if I ruled the world. After giving it some thought I said that I would introduce a law capping the price of Pilau Rice in a restaurant or takewaway at £1.95. If I find myself paying more than £2.00 for Pilau Rice I always feel like like I’m being exploited unless the restaurant is very fancy. Apart from that I said I felt the world was pretty much OK.
I noticed a review by Roger Lewis ( a very funny writer, I recommend his "Seasonal Suicide Notes" ) of Stephen Fry’s new book in the Telegraph. He wrote “As Stephen says often enough, he possesses a mind imbued with “fundamental dishonesty. I never tried to engage authentically or truthfully with an intellectual issue or to answer a question” because he thought it preferable to “have fun, tell jokes and not hurt or intrude on anyone’s feelings”.
But here we have a problem with The Fry Chronicles. As most of its cast are not dead, Stephen has to be gushing. Only Alexei Sayle gets it in the neck, “for his bullying unkindness towards Ben Elton”, though for that most of us would want to shake Alexei by the hand.”
I was asked about this at a reading but chose to take the high ground. After all as I said I have apologised to Ben for how nasty I was to him and he in response invited me to the opening night of his Rod Stewart musical “Tonight’s the Night” (which hoped to replicate the success of “We Will Rock You”) and in those three long hours I paid for every cruel remark I’d ever made to anyone ever.
WARNING! I've just been round with my £5 off voucher to the new Robert Dyas hardware store that's opened around the corner from me and they had free chocolate on the counter which I of course had a bit of but it's Marmite flavoured chocolate! And I still feel sick half an hour later. Learn from my mistake or I will have suffered in vain.