Big Ben, Bishop's Move, Camelot, How To Handle a Woman, I Loved You Once in Silence, If ever I would leave you, Lancelot, non-PC, Royal School of Church Music, sleeping dogs, The Lusty Month of May, Timex, Today programme
Diana, Dru and Gus sat in that hostelry which was run by a dyslexic
landlord, namely, The Running Sore and digested their two course
It had been a special midweek offer: a discount if orders were taken
before seven pm.
They had slid into a corner table two minutes before the deadline, only
to be told that it was two minutes past.
Gus summoned mein host, who couldn’t tell the time anyway, but he was
soon persuaded that Mr Snodbury’s watch was regulated every morning by
Big Ben‘s chimes before the Today programme and that the school bell was
synchronised by this ancient timepiece- Snod’s Timex, that is.
Okay, okay, you can have the special offer, he conceded. There was no
point in arguing with a bunch of teachers, or they who must be obeyed.
They were too used to getting their own way.
He clawed back the reduction by substituting a cheaper bottle of house
red and they didn’t notice.
Well, we’ve missed the funeral, sadly, Gus said.
Yes, but we can go down next week and make an appointment to see
the solicitors. Also, Aunt Augusta wants to be taken out again, remarked
Dru, somewhat ruefully.
I suppose so. She never even commented on me going to see him with
Berenice when I was little, Gus said a little bitterly.
She’s old now. It was a long time ago and she’s forgotten, soothed Diana.
Better let sleeping dogs lie, she advised.
Mum, can you manage your removal on your own? Have you got storage
I’ve got Bishop’s Move- that removals firm that sounds like a chess
strategy. They do everything for you. I’m going to put everything into a
secure barn near Suttonford. Don’t worry. You go with your father.
The Royal School of Church Music, hmmm. He was musical then. I must
have taken after him. Snod looked down. He looked pensive, but he
had just noticed a soup stain on his tie.
He should have heard you take the lead role in Camelot, said Diana. ‘If
Ever I should Leave you’-such a moving song. He would have been so
proud of you.
‘Would’. ‘Would leave you’. That was Lancelot’s song, Snod corrected her.
Yes, but you would have sung it even better.
He let it go.
It’s a blessing that Berenice is gone in a way, Dru observed. What she didn’t
know didn’t hurt her. I don’t suppose he remembered her in his will.
I loved you once in silence, said Diana. That was anther good one.
And Snod looked down again. But this time it was a tear that had stained
The Lusty Month of May.. Diana began, but Dru signalled to her to shut
up. It was too much information and at completely the wrong time. How to
Handle a Woman didn’t even come into it. Those were non-PC times and
Snod was still living in them. He was one of the Old School.