My thanks to Zanyzigzag for permission to reblog another fruity little piece of Plum appreciation while I’m in transit. Much appreciated – and another great read. The Clicking of Cuthbert is close to being the perfect short story.
Originally posted on Zanyzigzag's Blog:
Seeing as I haven’t written a blog for AGES – not since June, if memory serves – I thought I would post this review I’ve just written for the PGW Society of the Sporting Stories before Bedtime event I went to see last Friday. I will be writing more blogposts again soon, but have rather lost the thread due to being bogged down with dissertation-writing – deadline is in two weeks! *gulp*
Anyway, here it is. I have also included a link to a pdf file of The Clicking of Cuthbert, which Stephen Fry read at the event, so those of you who don’t know the story already can read it now.
Last Friday, rather late in the evening, I tooled off to the Criterion Theatre at Piccadilly Circus to see Sporting Stories before Bedtime, a show that was part of the two-week Playing the Games season put on by the theatre during the Olympic Games. This particular event featured Brian Blessed, Eddie Izzard and Stephen Fry, who were all doing readings from various sport-themed pieces of literature. The reason for this review appearing in Wooster Sauce is that Stephen Fry had chosen to read one of Wodehouse’s golf stories. You might at this point be raising the perfectly reasonable point that golf is not in fact an Olympic sport, however, since Brian Blessed’s extract was about mountaineering – a sport that would be somewhat challenging to recreate in the East End of London – the sporting theme was clearly an all-embracing one. Having said this, golf will apparently be making a return to the Olympics in 2016, after a short hiatus of a hundred and twelve years.