I’m back, and this time I hope I won’t disappear again, but I
have no intention of tempting providence by making extravagant promises.
I wasn’t the only one who was unwell – my computer decided that
it was so sick it had to go away for repair. It was gone for almost six weeks,
so even when I was ready to do the work for the site, I had nothing to do it
But we are both in reasonable working order for the moment – just the
odd glitch here and there for both us – so at last the site has been
And it’s had a little makeover as well. Regular visitors (if I still
have any) will notice that there is now a site map, which should help you find
things you might not have known existed before. Please note that on the Books
pages there is a link to the chronological order of the Lloyd and Hill books,
something which has always been on the site, but which people couldn’t
find, judging from the number of e-mails I get asking for the correct order.
And throughout the site the links on the left of each page are now a little
more logical, taking you to where you might reasonably want to go next. But
when in doubt, use the site map and you should be OK.
Almost all the pages have been updated to some extent – you can find
my comments on the reaction to Unlucky For Some on the Books pages, the addition
of my gorgeous great-niece (grandniece? I never know which it should be) Georgia
on the bio, and now she has her own page of photographs too.
Georgia and Katy
And I think the photo here is one of the best mother and baby photographs
I’ve ever seen, so it will be permanently in the bio. She was three months
old when it was taken, and she’s even more gorgeous now that she’s
one. Can you believe it? I can’t imagine how quickly that year would
have seemed to pass if I had been enjoying myself!
There’s another of my long-ago short stories that you might like to
read, and of course more news of George.
Speaking of people called George – have you seen the video that Swedish
TV made of Bush and Blair singing ‘Endless Love’? They showed it
on Channel Five news the other night, and it’s very clever and funny.
If you want to see it, click politicalhumor.about.com,
and then the photo of George W.
The December competition ran for an unprecedented six months, so I picked
out six months’ worth of winners and runners-up, only to discover that
I have hardly any paperbacks left. My solution was to send all the winners
a first prize, by way of saying thank you for sticking with me. If you are
a winner, you should be hearing from me very soon if you haven’t done
But the lack of paperbacks (and, as it happens, audio books) means that I’ve
had to reduce the number of winners to two each month. This is what happens
if you miss a year in the publication cycle! The good news is that the winners
will each receive a hardback or a video, whichever they prefer. So – not
as much chance of winning, but if you do win, you’ll get a top prize.
As soon as I have paperbacks again, the runners-up prizes will be back.
And I’ve written a little parody that I hope you’ll like. It’s
called ‘My Unfavourite Things’, and it isn’t about spiders
and dentists and cold-calling salesmen, because loads of people hate them.
It’s about things that I dislike that are favourite things for millions
of other people – that’s what makes them unfavourite things.
My Unfavourite Things
Cashmere and parsnips and medical dramas
Popcorn in cinemas, silken pyjamas
Discussions on whether Prince Charles should be king
Are some of my very unfavourite things
Red Bull, white chocolate and blue curaçao
Salad that’s served with no dressing or mayo
Switchbacks and carousels, see-saws and swings
Some more of my very unfavourite things
Some will prize them
They will be someone’s wont
But they’re not for me and below you will see
What some most enjoy –
Rhythmic gymnastics and synchronised swimming
Newspaper articles on health and slimming
Phone-ins and chat shows and Meissen and Ming
Are numbered among my unfavourite things
Romcoms, choux pastry, umbrellas and chilli
Stencils on paintwork and anything frilly
Butterscotch, butterflies flapping their wings
Now you know all my unfavourite things
Some adore them
Save up for them
And they’ll dismiss this rant
But though they may love the things listed above
I’m sorry to say –
I think that’s it – enjoy the new improved site, and as they say
these days on the telly, not knowing whether the next programme will be shown
in five minutes or five years, see you next time!