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#21 poppy

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Posted 31 August 2016 - 12:21 AM

I thought one of his funniest passages was in Down Under (UK) or In a Sunburned Country (USA)

 

“I am not, I regret to say, a discreet and fetching sleeper. Most people when they nod off look as if they could do with a blanket; I look as if I could do with medical attention. I sleep as if injected with a powerful experimental muscle relaxant. My legs fall open in a grotesque come-hither manner; my knuckles brush the floor. Whatever is inside—tongue, uvula, moist bubbles of intestinal air—decides to leak out. From time to time, like one of those nodding-duck toys, my head tips forward to empty a quart or so of viscous drool onto my lap, then falls back to begin loading again with a noise like a toilet cistern filling. And I snore, hugely and helplessly, like a cartoon character, with rubbery flapping lips and prolonged steam-valve exhalations. For long periods I grow unnaturally still, in a way that inclines onlookers to exchange glances and lean forward in concern, then dramatically I stiffen and, after a tantalizing pause, begin to bounce and jostle in a series of whole-body spasms of the sort that bring to mind an electric chair when the switch is thrown. Then I shriek once or twice in a piercing and effeminate manner and wake up to find that all motion within five hundred feet has stopped and all children under eight are clutching their mothers’ hems. It is a terrible burden to bear.”
 



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Posted 31 August 2016 - 07:26 AM

Haha, I like that. :D



#23 Madeleine

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Posted 31 August 2016 - 08:50 AM

Very funny, wonder how his wife puts up with it! ;)



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Posted 31 August 2016 - 11:32 AM

He has such a way with words.  So funny.



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Posted 31 August 2016 - 12:49 PM

Very funny, wonder how his wife puts up with it! ;)

 

If its anything like as bad as my Dad and his wife, probably by having separate rooms like they do! lol :D



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Posted 16 March 2017 - 09:02 AM

I quite liked Notes from a Small Island, but didn't care for Little Dribbling - got tired of all the complaining.

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 07:41 PM

I quite liked Notes from a Small Island, but didn't care for Little Dribbling - got tired of all the complaining.

 

Yes, it was quite uncharacteristic - seemed far more negative than his other travelogues. Perhaps he's just that bit too old to enjoy that kind of travel so much now.







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