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12 August 2008


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Mike Reed

David - you are very kind. I'm in severe danger of developing a very large head indeed, what with all this nice feedback. I'm so pleased you liked the piece, and your pictures are terrific. Everyone else's are better than mine, in fact.

The LARGE stamp surprised me, too, but when the chap in the Post Office tried to put the box through his little tester slot it proved about 0.5mm too fat. As the Beautiful South had it: 'If it's XXL, well what the hell, every penny don't fit the slot.'


Mike - The Beautiful South? That sounds like Ben's musical taste. Have you two been swapping CDs? If you have, please don't send any my way: I'm a Neil Young man, me.

Mike Reed

Well, I've been a Paul Heaton fan since the Housemartins. The man can turn a phrase. I like to think of my taste as 'eclectic': can one not admire both the Beautiful South and Neil Young?


Yeah, go on then - I'll let you off.

And talking of men who could turn a phrase, where did I put that Ian Dury CD?

Mike Reed

Well quite. Dury is a favourite, too, you see. "But I got right up between 'er / rum and 'er Ribena" never fails to raise a smile.


And it's pretty hard to top:

"I'm in love with the person in the sandwich centre
I'm living for the moment that I next frequent her
In beauty's eyes beholding my inamorata
As she works her wonders on a dried tomato

Geraldine, Geraldine

I know there's much more to life than the sensual side
And the spiritual should come first
But when she's buttering my baguette
I think I'm going to burst"

But Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 would have to be my desert island disc.

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