From Alan Bennett’s Keeping On Keeping On
I was given this book for Christmas and am now on page 361 out of 753. Quite a bit to go which is great as I won’t want it to end.
Also reviewing another book at the same time and the temptation, with KOKO, is to pick up a pen and make notes. Fatal. I’d be making notes all the time.
Here’s one anecdote out of many: he cycles through Regent’s Park every day for the exercise but one day it’s raining so he walks.
“Almost out of piety and a respect for a tradition I filch a couple of branches from the base of a balsam poplar on the north side of Regent’s Park. The buds are hardly open and thus are briefly heavily scented. Now in a glass on the sitting room mantelpiece they bring a flavour to the room as they have done every spring for the last forty years.”