Monday, 13 July 2009

Good News for a Change

There's a lot of gloom and doom about at the moment, so I am particularly delighted to be able to impart two wonderful pieces of good news to lift up your hearts from the desperate Clarkson of despair that is the stuff of modern living today.

Item One.

The lovely and talented Jo Whiley has produced - hold my quivering heart - an AUTOBIOGRAPHY in hardback!!!! It is called "My World in Motion" and is about this inspiring "mother, sister, DJ, wife and music-industry insider who throughout her career - and in an age of fleeting celebrity - has earned the respect of her peers and fans". Doesn't it gladden your heart? Isn't it simply inspirational to see someone being paid nearly £0.25 million a year from our licence fees topping up those meagre earnings with a hefty advance from Virgin Publishing?
Item Two.

I've discovered the wonderful liberating democracy that Web 2.0 has bestowed on publishing, letting ordinary folk have their say on the Amazon review system on the same level as each other and as the fly-leaf author. Here's one I found at random telling a wonderful tale of hope and redemption brought about by Jo's extraordinary book.

It comes from Mr Jeff Haddock of Frying-Pan-On-Sea and reads as follows:

"I picked up this book whilst being treated in hospital for severe brain cancer. I had literally weeks to live, so everytime I put the book down after a night's reading I had no idea if i would be alive in the morning to start the next glorious chapter. I managed to get through the entire book and was completely moved at how beautiful it was. Every night I cried tears of what I now believe to be cancer. Night after night my eyes flushed out the toxins from my brain and with every page turned, my longevity increased a little bit more. By the end of it all I was given the all clear, and had also grown three inches. Thank you Jo, your life has given me life. I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone, especially those with terminal cancers."

I defy you not to be moved.


Dave said...

You may not be surprised to learn that I have no idea who she is.

In other moving news, England fought Australia to a draw yesterday, and the Aussies are whingeing about it.

KAZ said...

"Grown 3 inches" - what's the name of that book again?

Mr London Street said...

Jo Whiley = Skeletor in a wig.

Vicus Scurra said...

As with my dear friend above, I have no idea who she is. (Jo Whiley, that is: I know who Dave is).

Sarah said...

He doesn't say which part of him had grown 3 inches. Perhaps Jo should bring out an ehhm video and she could help cure more than just cancer..

Don't Dave and Vicus listen to radio 1..shock, horror. How OLD are they?

Dave said...

What is Radio 1? Is it the Light Programme?

Rog said...

Dave: I know as much about cricket as you do about Jo Whiley. Unless you have a dark secret....

Kaz: I think it's only a short novel.

Mr London: I'm too young to remember He-Man and She-Rah.

Vicus: I bet you're an old friend of Mr Haddock though.

Sarah: Dave and Vicus are like Waldoff and Stattler in the Muppet show. I think they show ehhm videos on ehhm TV.

Dave: This old buffer routine won't wash with me. I've seen you Poi dancing to Jay-Zee and Dizzee Rascal. Anyway Radio Two is now officially hipper than Radio One, which will soon be part of CBBC.

Geoff said...

LOL. The other 5 star review is good, too.

"Bowels In Motion" might be a better title.

"This book is AMAZING!" (Edith Bowman).

Rog said...

Geoff: Bowels in Motion!!! Perfect. A free packet of imodium with every hardback.
I'll let you know when Edith's Autobiog comes out.

john.g. said...

I shall not be moved! The brakes are on!

Rog said...

John: It's the difference between rocking and rolling!