David, exciting to hear about the nascent dugong story. Dugongs are the Australian version but very closely related to the Florida ones.
For those who are interested I have read 'Naked Came the Manatee' and don't think it is worth making a huge effort to track down, unless you fancy a disjointed thriller set in a corrupt mid 90s Florida featuring not only several criminal types, various beautiful and clever women (including an interesting 102 year old greenie), several Fidel Castros, and surprisingly, Jimmy Carter.
The star is Booger, the not very clever manatee, who has 'Flipperian fantasies' of heroism.
Here's a sample from the chapter by Carl Hiaasen
'Thirteen hundred pounds of saucy sea cow nooky had paddled into Booger's life, and he was serene beyond distraction.'
For those who are interested I have read 'Naked Came the Manatee' and don't think it is worth making a huge effort to track down
I was fascinated by it as a process - it's an exquisite corpse type story, where each subsequent chapter was written by a different author. You can watch them trying to screw each other over.
A bit like a PA thread? No, sounds more like thestandard.
But I'm sure they had great fun doing it.
__Wahey! The kinky bugger. Still, a nice touch for the honeymoon.
I ... rofflenui'd!!
Gwad, the heat's getting to me, I had to read that several times before I too rofflenui'd!
Some trivia for today. Stephen Fry is in Wellington filming a TV series following up on Douglas Adams' book and series' Last chance to see' of 20 years ago. (It's about endangered species). Fry is here to look at wetas (lucky him) and kakapo. But also on his list are AMAZONIAN MANATEES. (They are the most similar sirenians to the Florida manatees, while dugongs have fluked tails and the males have tusks).
So manatees are going to become fashionable!
while dugongs have fluked tails and the males have tusks).
Advice for any parents visiting Sydney, if you're minded to see the dugongs at Sydney aquarium, go really really early - opens at 9am - else expect obscene delays.
Stephen Fry is in Wellington filming a TV series following up on Douglas Adams' book and series' Last chance to see' of 20 years ago. (It's about endangered species). Fry is here to look at wetas (lucky him) and kakapo.
Oh, ace . I read Last Chance to See a little while ago and wondered if an update might be due.
Here's hoping that NZ gets the series free-to-air before the end of this decade.
David: I kept My First Stabbing for a January treat but have put it aside. not quite finished, as it is a treat to savour. It is tremendous--a book for reading out loud to adults.
I reckon you have read my secret list list of Things I Abhore viz leaky babies, weddings, memories of brutal NZ schools.
We do need a second book, before next summer comes around!
Extremely pleased that you enjoyed My First Stabbing! And delighted to find someone that shares my secret list of abhorrence.
I will certainly do my best to get another book out for summer 2009...
Thanks so much for taking the time to drop me a line.
P.S. I've always said that Hamiltonians were particularly discerning in their literary judgments.
...and thank you, David. Is it too rude to ask what might you be doing in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne?
No longer in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne -- just moved to York yesterday! We're now living a stone's throw from the old city walls.
I'm just doing my usual writey things, but Jennifer is doing terribly brainy linguistic stuff at various English and Scottish universities. Bob is also working hard at linguistics, having recently mastered important words such as 'excavator', 'front-end-loader', and 'steam roller'. He is particularly pleased to be in York -- only a short stroll from the National Train Museum.
Past midnight here, and still recovering from various nasty germs, so off to bed with me...
Have you taken Bob to the Jorvic Centre? A fair amount of excavation and front-end loading has gone on there.