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I was just listening to a wonderful programme* on Radio 4 about my grate hero Nigel Molesworth (and of course his nemesis fotherington-tomas, the star of this icon). One of the interviewees, the poet Wendy Cope, said that Molesworth had influenced the way she spoke and wrote, and that's definitely true of me and indeed my entire family. When I was away in Irish-language summer college (the annual rite of passage for middle class Irish teenagers), my dad wrote a series of amazingly funny stories in the molesworth style, purporting to be my adventures in the gaeltacht - these stories continued when I was away for the summer during my college years, and are still some of the funniest things I've ever read.

The funniest things I've ever read, however, are the Molesworth books themselves, and if you've never read The Compleet Molesworth, then you should do so immediately. There are very few things which could reduce me to tears of laughter when I was nine and which can have exactly the same effect on me nearly twenty years later, but that book is one of them. I must have read it a hundred times, and it never gets stale. In fact, I'm off to re-read it now...

*Note: the readings of the books in this show can't achieve the same effect as the written version, not least because the reader was a rather whiny small boy, so don't let that put you off.

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biascut
May. 13th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
*Note: the readings of the books in this show can't achieve the same effect as the written version, not least because the reader was a rather whiny small boy, so don't let that put you off.

I know! Wasn't it funny how utterly it didn't translate to radio? So much of it is in the illustrations and the spelling mistakes. Also, I kind of have Molesworth down as younger than that boy - more prep school than public school.

I loved the bits about Molesworth and the undermatron. "Well, um, gosh, coo, I mean, gosh." "I think mumps is on the whole better than measles."
stellanova
May. 13th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)
I think the reader was a particularly bad one, too - when the adult fans were reading bits aloud, it sounded much better! Although of course, no one can ever sound like the molesworth in the reader's head... And yes, the annoying reader was too old - I'm pretty sure st custards is a prep school, too.

And, yes! Molesworth and Prudence Entwhistle! Magnificent. I think that's from the dream of the grate st custards flood, isn't it?
leedy
May. 13th, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
litening pla about my horns
Excellent. I must make a note of the URL so I can listen to it at home. No streaming/downloading audio at work, chiz.

I think my favourite Molesworth moment is probably his guide to the skool piano ("C - this one go plunk"), though there's some stiff competition.
stellanova
May. 13th, 2004 06:19 am (UTC)
Re: litening pla about my horns
I don't kno what my favourite it - possibly the christmas pla in which molesworth and peason take the starring roles "you are peason in rouge and a wig and you look like the wrath of god." Heh heh heh.

And look - the second molesworth fan to post here is my own sister! Proof that the molesworth gene runs in families...
leedy
May. 13th, 2004 06:39 am (UTC)
Re: litening pla about my horns
Ooh, I'd forgotten about that one. I think it may actually be "..and thou lookest like the wrath of god", which is possibly even funnier.

stellanova
May. 13th, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
Re: litening pla about my horns
You're right! And it really is even funnier...
anglaisepaon
May. 13th, 2004 11:33 am (UTC)
Sounds great - I was looking for something fun to read. :)
stellanova
May. 13th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
Oooh, you have to try Molesworth! Your life (not to mention your spelling) will never be the same again...
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