I have nothing Herbievourous to tell you today so purists might wish not to read on. For those who are left, here is some irrelevant news.
Twice in the last week we have been visited by grandchildren who within hours of seeing us tested positive for Covid. I mentioned Grace in my previous post. Now it's the turn of her big brother Jacob. He came to stay the night at our house so as not to mix with Grace. He had been routinely tested at work and got an email next morning to say he was positive, so he's gone back home with Grace. Mercifully Kath and I seem OK so far.
Someone out there might know of Stanley Accrington ( a popular entertainer and master of puns and anagrams m'lud). I wrote to him four years ago asking for the words of a song which included the immortal words "Why must I be a dyslexic in vole?" Another line had something about a tin leg running down his spine. This week, out of the blue, he emailed back. How's that for a quick reply?! Cunningly he invited be to buy his DVD with 180 of his songs on it, warning me not to listen to them all at once. I succumbed. I have thoughts of sitting through them as a sponsored marathon listen for a dyslexic charity. Apparently Stanley had to stop singing that particular song in public due to objections that is was unkind to dyslexic folk. Draw your own conclusions.
My friend Steve, a keen amateur naturalist saw a great white egret at a local lake last week - there are only 35 in Britain so he was chuffed. Little egrets have become much more common of course. and occasionally visit our canals. In France they have a lot of egrets although as you all know, Edith Piaf famously claimed so have seen none.
I can't understand what is going on with my novels. I put them up for free on Kindle the other day, expecting a few dozen to be taken as usual. (Over the last six months actual paid sales at a quid or so have been zero.) This time, after three free days it's up to 1700 and counting! That's never happened before. Of course how many takers actually read the books is another matter, but it's puzzling. As Harry Worth used to say "I don't know why but there it is" . I thought maybe there were not many free ones out this week on Kindle, but I checked and there are tens of thousands of them. Apparently my second book "A Good Hiding" is ranked number 3972 in the best free seller lists and number 51 in General Humourous Fiction. Result! The other one is ranked 10,044. Booker prize judges please note.