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Welcome to Newsletter #116

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

Football by Selima Hill
[Football by Selima Hill]

A tale I heard

Actor and writer Eric Idle on the style of humour used by Monty Python:

“I suppose there's an attitude, which is to mess around with the show itself, and to recognise it's only a show, and to play with the audience's expectations. And I think that's what we did with the most fun, messing with them. I mean, we put out a three-sided album once. Some people still didn't find the third side for about two months, and then they really nearly fell off their seats.”

A tale I saw

The Missing by Roger Robinson
[The Missing by Roger Robinson]

A tale I wrote


I’ve never understood how my teammates
keep playing when their limbs fall off.
Today it happened when I saw that killer pass,

I pulled my right leg back but it slopped to the ground.
My torso and head joined it. I looked up from
the centre-circle and the red blobs that were once

my friends rolled smoothly, spraying the ball around
at ease with only their tummies and chests. I stayed
on the ground, urging my arms and legs just to get

close. I looked up at my dad. His arms were
on the ground too. One of his thumbs
pointed firmly up to the sky.

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
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