Saturday, August 07, 2010

No photographic evidence...

Omid Djalili's Q&A in The Guardian's Weekend mag today amused me and also reminded me of a pointless incident in my misspent youth. Djalili's favourite read, he tells us, is "Asterix and Obelix books". Mine too back in the early 1970s. I was so enamoured by Obelix's permanent super strength that I wrote a letter to the publishers Hodder & Stoughton. "I would like you to send me a photograph of Obelix when he fell into the vat of magic potion and got his strength. If you have one of him sitting in the vat I would like that one." I got a short response soon afterwards informing me that "no such photographic evidence existed". I do believe that this is the moment in time when I became a cynic.

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