Monday, August 19, 2013

Lord Bonkers' Diary: "Go out and look at Uranus"


The morning’s post is brought to me on the usual salver. News comes from Peking that Cumbrian lanterns are to be banned – an up and coming you member of the State Council called Tim Fal Lon had been making a terrible fuss about them and has finally got his way. I am invited to the Oakham gala opening of “Beware of Mr Baker” – a documentary about the career of the controversial transport minister and MP for Lewes. A boxing journalist wishes to interview me about my memories of that plucky welterweight, Sugar Ray Michie. I am asked to contribute a foreword to a life of Raymond Baxter who, in 1953, blasted off from Woomera to become the first Briton and space and, along with Sir Patrick Moore (who urged schoolboys to “go out and look at Uranus”), did most to fix our gaze upon the stars. The Home for Distressed Canvassers in Herne Bay is seeking tombola prizes.

But of the quest there is not a word.

Lord Bonkers was Liberal MP for Rutland South-West 1906-10.

Earlier this week in Lord Bonkers' Diary

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