Lyndon Hood - blatherskite, Wellington

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Not least because, having thought of it (and realised it could still be vaguely current, though not realising they were debating the tagging bill last night till they started) I had to write it...

New Hood: The Adventures Of Tom Tagger

It probably helps if you're familiar with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, which you're not. FWIW, here's this from the preface to Tom Sawyer:
Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.
While we're quoting this particular genius, here's a nice bit of Parliamentary language from The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg:
"And so, if the Chair will examine the test-remark in the sack, we shall know which of these two frauds--[The Chair. "Order!"]--which of these two adventurers--[The Chair. "Order! order!"]--which of these two gentlemen--[laughter and applause]--is entitled to wear the belt as being the first dishonest blatherskite ever bred in this town--which he has dishonoured, and which will be a sultry place for him from now out!" [Vigorous applause.]"

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