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Welcome to Newsletter #113

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson
[A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson]

A tale I heard

Actor Steve Coogan on the slow pace of TV show The Trip:

“I think the pace of it is part of its charm. I always see it as Last of the Summer Wine for Guardian readers. Most comedies aren’t hits, you try your best to capture people’s imagination but you can never really predict what’s going to catch. I wasn’t convinced it was going to work out while we were filming the first series, but I realised it was different from everything else. Whatever the critics said, I knew they couldn’t say ‘It’s just another…'”

A tale I saw

The Lanyard by Billy Collins
[The Lanyard by Billy Collins]

A tale I wrote

Hello, you.

God you're sexy
with all your flesh wrapped up
in scarves and hats and jumpers
and gloves and that thin little coat
underneath that massive coat,
the one with the arms far too long
that make you look as proportioned
as a monkey.

Watching you hold a hot chocolate,
your smile setting off fireworks,
tells me our season is back again.

Your mittens, stained from
ghosts of mulled wine past,
your teeth the set of fairy lights
hanging behind our TV set 

I'd never dipped chips in hot chocolate
before I met you -
my waist ageing from 34 to 36 since
our first trip to the bonfire.
My belt has never been happier. 

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
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