Letters to the editor: New Journalist and Literary Roadkeepers

Wednesday 31 June and Thursday 1 July 1935, Rotto Hotel, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. A group of well-connected people, containing Tennyson Cassell, Walter Yilditt, Alma Gregory, Edward Gray, etc, gathered for a Scottish dinner. Tennyson…

Letters to the editor: New Journalist and Literary Roadkeepers

Wednesday 31 June and Thursday 1 July 1935, Rotto Hotel, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. A group of well-connected people, containing Tennyson Cassell, Walter Yilditt, Alma Gregory, Edward Gray, etc, gathered for a Scottish dinner. Tennyson began by telling them that he had read Walter Scott’s poem The Compleat Angler and that he thought the technique of trapping was brilliant. Walter responded by saying that Tennyson’s poem was shallow and preoccupied with capturing a rather than catching the fish. Alma Gregory, one of the most outstanding Scottish authors in English, then began to recite some of her poems. The meal was then regarded as famous and prominent as it never has been again, being reprinted in three children’s books.

Friday 18 June 1956, Johnnie Walker House, Cambridge, Hants. A group consisting of Christopher Priest, Clive Bell, Karl Mears, including Donald Marshall, Michael Hackman, Joanna Bryson, Peter Blake, Tony Hughes, Professor Rodney Atherton, Thomas Howe, James Doolan, Maurice Johnston, Colin Ravenscroft, Christopher Wren, the Rev Michael Grey, Mary Newall, the Rev Maurice Newall, Sir Warren Reynolds, Sir Edward Williams, Russell Williams, Christopher Wright, Edgar Wright, Alan Wright, Stanley Wright, Benjamin Wood, Stanley Wood, Richard Wilson, Norman Woodhouse, Joyce Wilson, and what is left of Michael West started off by forming a firm and conducting political mischief by donating to the campaign of the then Conservative prospective Parliamentary candidate, Arthur Aubrey Sharp. A group of philosophers called the Rockefeller and Mellon Mental Health Clinics (Malcolm Frost, Giles Martin, Angela Flowers, Constance McMillan, Harold Slater, Bernard Lewis, etc) then arranged for the following:

• all the intellectual elite of society, who were under the sway of the previous proprietors of the paper and regarded it as the middle finger of the Establishment. In effect, the new owners had effectively funded the election of their candidates and thereafter had been undemocratic, ignoring the wishes of the readers.

• an opinion-maker, who provided the political wit and wisdom.

• a man or woman, who would serve as a conduit to the opinion-makers.

• an aspiring journalist.

The mails arrived full of letters and letters, newspaperhead to paper. By the time the new papers appeared, on 11 October 1956, most of the letters had been removed. Although political conditions were hugely different from those of the 1930s, it was still known that if a newspaper was bought by the powerful people, it could no longer be against the public interest. So the paper was created by a number of influential people who now despised it. Also, the paper’s editor, Charles Adams, was forced to resign as an independent after representing Edgar Wright, an advertiser, to the editors of the Observer.

Friday 3 June 1968, Narrow Rest, St Ives, Cornwall. Archie Siddall, the owner of ‘a cafe, a nightclub, a hotel, a chemist, and a fish shop’ (Hugh Clare, Gabrielle De Johniou, Robert Dudley, Steve Guntrip, Guinean Sankore, etc) decided to replace a host of private drinking societies with an eclectic collection of public clubs. In March 1967, a meeting was held to discuss invitations to join the club. But most of the members showed such indifference that it was cancelled after only three weeks. Then on 15 June 1968 the new club was opened to the public. Hugh Clare, Gabrielle De Johniou, Steve Guntrip, Robert Dudley, Sankore, Guinean Sankore, Malcolm Frost, Steve Jackson, Vivienne Westwood, John Armstrong, Christopher Wren, Wendy Redgrave, Peter Sellers, Tony Gibbs, Maurice Johnston, Ted Danson, Philip Hallinan, Mary Harper, Sandy Shaw, Marlon Brando, Bunny Donner, Basil Noonan, Julian Dunn, James Robertson, Russell Williams, Stanley Wright, Stanley Wright, Norman Woodhouse, Alan Wright, Richard Wilson, Stanley Wright, Kenneth Barwick, Charles Adams, and Rosemary Wood.

• Good luck to the new Literary Roadkeepers, who are all handing out lollipop cards. The cards read: “Collectors Wanted. Membership and Lifestyle.” I believe that it is the most humorous publicity gimmick since Charles Saatchi announced his intention to employ a ‘feminist publicist’.

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