Friday, April 12, 2013

I WISH I KNEW ...
Here I am as Pongo
Would you like to play a game with me? My best friend Anthony Rover and I play it a lot when we're on walks together or riding in the car. (As you probably know, Moira is writing a novel about my friendship with Rover and it's called SMALL WHITE DOG. Actually, she's just finished the first draft.) 

The game 'I Wish I Knew ...' is my own invention and all you have to do is think up three characters in literature you would like to meet and why.

Here are my current choices: 

Pongo in 'One Hundred and One Dalmations' because he is so brave and resourceful, and so tall and sleek.

Here I am as William Brown
William Brown in the 'Just William' books because he has interesting adventures, he often takes his dog Jumble with him and he steals food.





I'm very like M. Poirot in this picture
Hercule Poirot because his flat looks warm and comfortable, he regularly buys Belgian chocolates, and he's polite and kind to everyone even when investigating a murder.



I'd love you to play the game with me, if you have time, so please leave your choices in the comment box. I'm looking forward to reading about them.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

Day Dawns by Melissa James
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RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Scones!

10 comments:

  1. Okay, here are my three choices:

    Captain Wragge from No Name by Wilkie Collins because he's such a brilliantly original, multi-faceted character.

    Professor Snape from the Harry Potter books (as long as he's exactly like Alan Rickman. Why? That's my business).

    Ratty from Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham because he's got everything sorted.

    Like your titfer, Tony!

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    1. Thank you for joining in, Moira. Yes, Capt Wragge is a wonderful character. I like your other choices, too, although I'd prefer to meet Ratty because he tends to pack more interesting picnic baskets than Professor Snape.

      Your friend and collaborator

      Tony Russell

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  2. Very fun idea, T-Meister. At this stage I find myself trying to expunge characters with unsavory traits that pop up in my personality in order to have more fun. Hunter S. Thompson, EEyore, and Holden Caulfield come to mind right off the bat. Love your Poirot!

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    1. I'm very pleased you've had fun, Mr Mark. I had to look up Hunter S Thompson (who is not strictly a literary character but you've entered into the spirit of the game, as Ms Toni has, and that's what matters). 'Catcher in the Rye' is a masterpiece, whereas I'm afraid Pooh Bear is absent from my bookshelves. That's all I'm saying.

      With warmest affection

      Tony Russell

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  3. My three choices would be Brown, Smith and Jones, the three main characters in Graham Greene's "The comedians". A novel I've probably read five times by now (although it's probably 20 years since the last time). That novel and those people changed the way I view the world.

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    1. Hello, Mr T! I hoped you'd come and play! I haven't read this particular Graham Greene novel (my own favourite is 'The End of the Affair'). You have piqued my interest and now I shall have to meet Brown, Smith and Jones for myself.

      With true friendship

      Tony Russell

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  4. Hello Tony. Loving the tash, by the way, you ought to consider growing one of your own. I'm going to choose Orlando The Marmalade Cat (Kathleen Hale), because he's a great raconteur and role model: Alice's Cheshire Cat, because I'd love to learn how to do a vanishing trick like that! And Shiah Khan from The Jungle Book, because I think we might be distant relatives, and furthermore I've always fancied having a whole jungle all to myself.

    See you next week. KK.

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    1. Excellent choices and reasons for them, Mr KK, and many thanks for playing the game. However, I'd be interested to know if there are any human or other animal literary characters who appeal to you apart from felines? Just a thought. I liked wearing my Poirot moustache (he's rather feline, don't you think?) but it fell off in my food bowl a couple of times and became a bit irritating.

      Very best regards

      Tony Russell

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  5. I would like to buy Data from Star Trek as he is so useful (he's not exactly an animal) but good at anything. For example he can do hairdressing, colour co-ordinating (this from an early episode when he had a girl friend and was tiding her clothes away - believe me I was impressed). He can repair anything, and you can press a button and turn him off and put him in the cupboard when you want some peace and quiet. Otherwise, I guess I like Upsy Daisy from In the Night Garden (again not an animal) as she is always so cheerful and sweet. If I had to pick an animal it would have to be the entire world's supply as I adore them all.

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    1. I'm so happy you took the time to come and play with us, Ms Toni. Of course Data and Upsy Daisy aren't really literary characters but they ARE invented, and so inline with the idea of the game. I think you might wear out Data's circuits, Ms Toni. I seem to remember he also tap dances and paints, although those are less useful skills on a practical level.

      I adore you back!

      Tony Russell

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