Friday, 22 September 2006

a previous life on Barra

One of the many sound ideas pioneered by the Romans was a grammatical form which expected the answer no. Even as you asked the question, you already knew the reply. How useful this would be today. Turn to your Radio Times, children. Spooks (BBC 1): "Is the country under siege from sinister forces at the heart of the establishment?" No, it isn't. Don't be silly. The Boy Who Lived Before (Channel 5): A five-year-old recalls a previous life on Barra. "Will a trip to Barra provide positive evidence?" No, it won't. Not only is he five, he is on Five.
- the splendid Nancy Banks-Smith, in Tuesday's Guardian. As Danny Baker often says, 'That's an hour of my life I won't get back.' Still, I was reading at the same time, and saw some footage of Barra, where I've not been yet.

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