I forgot to mention that the programme I made for Radio 4 about John Lennon’s house-”The Lennon Visitors” was on this Thursday the 7th at 11.30 a.m. You can always listen on i-player.
I have been so busy going all over the country doing readings that I haven’t had any time to think about anything else. I must have done 2000 miles in the last week or so, I feel like I'm in that ABBA song “Supertrouper". It all seems to be going well though, a lot of the arts centres and festivals have been sold out so if you’re planning to come to a show you better book soon.
I did manage to get home last night from Gloucester to watch Mad Men and I enjoyed the episode, particularly when I noticed that the 60s lamp on Don Draper’s desk is exactly the same as one I have. Does that make it valuable? In fact does that make me Don Draper? I certainly look good in a hat.
"Here's Wilf's photo that will go with his interview in Your Cat"
As well as the extract in the Sunday Times I've just had a look at the finished copy of Stalin Ate My Homework. Which looks great. So great I thought I'd run a special offer. If you pre-order the book by the 27th of August and send some kind of proof to the email address that comes with this site I'll send you a signed drawing. In the book I talk about how my parents were always remarkably keen to take me to see Santa in his grotto at Lewis’ department store, I suppose they felt that Santa was a lot like Stalin. Their names were sort of similar and they were both, kindly-looking, rotund gentlemen with facial hair and red uniforms and ther headquarters were located in the Northern snowy wastes and were based upon a system of slave labour. So I thought I'd do a drawing of "Stanta" a cross between Stalin and Santa for all you lucky pre-orderers.
p.s. Evelyn why are you in China and what is is it you're asking me about?
Well in response to your question Evelyn I would say that its generally accepted that the era of the Main Battle Tank (MBT) such as the T90, M2 Abrams or Challenger 2 is over and the North Koreans are going down a blind alley in building their own (apart from all the other blind alleys they are going down). There is however an account in "Stalin Ate My Homework" (which you have very sensibly pre-ordered) of how I came to be obsessed with military hardware.