Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Christmas came early

When I opened my morning post yesterday I was not surprised to receive the usual pile of tat that most retired persons receive, namely bills you'd rather not pay, offers of credit you don't need, special offers you can refuse only too readily, appeals for donations from charities you have no particular desire to support, and occasionally a letter from her Majesty's Customs and Revenue Officer, which is either replying evasively to a question you had asked them 6 months ago, or asking you a question about something you thought you'd done and dusted 3 years ago.

And then, mirabile dictu, Christmas and the Good Fairy arrived simultaneously in the form of a cream envelope containing a letter from the Astronomer Royal, who also happens to be the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge and the President of the Royal Society, telling me that he had found that my "most engaging book" had resonated with the views he had expressed in his recent Reith Lectures.

Wow, how big a name can one drop! I was, as they probably say in the Royal Society, 'well chuffed'.

So folks, we still have a few copies left. Just E-mail your delivery address, asking for a copy of 'Why Man Made Gods and Dogs' to perrottpress@hotmail.com and it will be sent to you with an invoice asking for payment of £9 (this includes postage in UK).

6 comments:

  1. Well done you! The Astronomer Royal (for Scotland) is giving us a visit next weekend. Don't think it will be the same guy. Is there an Astronomer Royal for Wales and Norn Irn too, I wonder?

    Ali x

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  3. Not sure. Who is the King of Scotland at the moment. Is it Alex Salmond or is Mel Gibson still in charge?

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  4. Oh we've totally disowned Mel because of his anti-semitic, anti-everyone outbursts and threats to punch his girlfriend in the face.

    As you know, we Scots reserve our punching in the face purely for people who set themselves alight whilst trying to bomb Glasgow Airport.

    It is Wee Eck Salmond who is Head Budgie at the moment. I cannot look at Mr S without thinking of a rather smug Boy Scout, resplendent in Empire Builder shorts, hat and woggle.

    I dunno why. Perhaps it's some subliminal dark thought that he'd need to use a compass to find his own a*se...

    Ali x

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  5. Legend - it's the string vest, isn't it?

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