Day light saving ended today, helping us with an early start to travel to Ballarat. Driving accompanied by Alan Bennett reading stories made the two and a half hour journey there pass in a flash, as did the return journey.
I’m sure many of you have heard Alan Bennett reading his stories. The first one was called ‘Father! Father! Burning Bright’, (1999) followed by, ‘The Clothes They Stood Up In’ (2001).
Alan Bennett’s astute ability to observe and describe the idiosyncrasies of the mundane is remarkable. His sense of humour saved what might have been a sad, dour experience of the protagonist’s father dying, into an amusing escapade.
From simple ideas; human nature with its foibles are captured into webs of intrigue and enhanced by his warm, Leeds accent.
Another favourite novella written by Bennett is ‘The Uncommon Reader.’ It is a gem and for anyone who has not read any of his work, his humanity shines through.
We had a delightful day celebrating Jack turning 6. His chosen profession at the moment is to become a spy. A finger print pack was given, so he went around inspecting all of our fingerprints with a magnifying glass.