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October 13, 2008

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How spooky!

I mentioned the wonderful Trebizon books in my post today!

How wonderful! What a thoughtful lady, and such a delightful gift for you.

What a lovely story and how kind of Anne Digby. Not like Ringo Starr pompously announcing that he's not going to open or answer fan mail anymore - oh but do carry on buying all my crap overpriced memorabilia please . . .

When I worked at Random House, we were editing the Roald Dahl Treasury and I heard from his publisher that Dahl used to write back frequently to his young fans. He sent this poem to the Priory School in Dorset about a year before his death. The teacher at the school asked the children to write to Dahl and he wrote back:

"My teacher wasn't half as nice as yours seems to be.
His name was Mister Unsworth and he taught us history.
And when you didn't know a date he'd get you by the ear
And start to twist while you sat there quite paralysed with fear.
He'd twist and twist and twist your ear and twist it more and more.
Until at last the ear came off and landed on the floor.
Our class was full of one-eared boys. I'm certain there were eight.
Who'd had them twisted off because they didn't know a date.
So let us now praise teachers who today are all so fine
And yours in particular is totally divine."

It is a lovely story, and as other Jane says, such a contrast to Ringo Starr (and why would I want his autograph anyway?)

Yes, Janes-both and Cornflower, I think small acts of kindness, especially with children, have very far reaching effects. I suppose Ringo is fed up of 40 years of being public property but it still seems a bit ungracious.

Thank you Kit for your comment too. I thought I had added your blog to my links but realise I hadn't. Sorry! Oversight now corrected!

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