AND THE AWARD FOR BEST AWARDS GOES TO…

It used to be the case that the only awards ceremonies one heard about were the Nobel Peace Prize, Oscars, Booker, or Turner prize. But that was then. Now we have hundreds of awards for everything and everyone.

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JOHN BARRY 1933-2011

A five time Oscar winner, who gave a great deal of pleasure to many, and was a great source of inspiration to me. Repeated listening to the scores of ‘The Ipcress File’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and ‘Out of Africa’ to name but three helped immensely during the writing of various books. Let alone the Propellerhead’s version of ‘On her Majesty’s Secret Service’.

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THE SEXIEST LITERARY LAUNDRETTE IN THE WORLD

This month’s edition breaks with tradition and concentrates on film, as opposed to books. The Santa Monica Suicide Club, Taking Leave, The World According to Ned, Two Steps Forward and One of Our Meters is Missing are each currently undergoing a wash cycle in the above launderette. Regular readers are asked to have faith and be patient until the cycle ends- more will be revealed. Meanwhile, two authors being read and admired are Murakami and Charles Dickens.

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