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Press cuttings

Hunstanton Hall

The Guardian, among others, carried details on 11 April in its property pages of a six-bedroomed wing of a grand and substantial house in Norfolk – the same Hunstanton Hall where Plum wrote a lot of his best stuff in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

And More Plum Property Goes on Sale

Two weeks later, on April 25, the property section of the Daily Telegraph featured two more of his residences, this time in London – 16 Walton Street, Knightsbridge, yours for a snip under £8m, and an apartment in Dunraven Street for a much more manageable £4.75m.

And is that Sir Watkyn Bassett beside the Earl of Grantham?

A few days earlier, also in the Daily Telegraph, there was a paean of praise from Jessica Fellowes, niece of Downton Abbey creator Julian, for Plum’s writings, prompted by the completion of the Everyman collection. She strangely failed to mention that DA is a dead ringer for Totleigh Towers from Fry & Laurie’s J & W.

Even the Economist is Getting in on the Act

A spokesman for a venture capital firm, talking in the 28 March issue about the growth of messaging services, included the following: “I propose, if and when found, to take him by his beastly neck, shake him till he froths, and pull him inside out and make him swallow himself.”

Someone at Private Eye is a Wodehouse Fan

On 20 March Private Eye ran a spoof animal welfare report claiming that a peer, the 9th Earl of Emsworth, following a raid at his home, had been charged with cruelty on a pig by poking it with his walking stick. The raid was reported as a Summer Lightning Raid.

Quotable quotes

Max Davidson also celebrated the completion of the Everyman collection (see the next entry) by reminding us in the Telegraph Online on 5 March that Wodehouse produced more quotable one-liners "than you could shake a stick at", and then giving us a few of the best (click here).

The Funny Side Of Everything

On 28 February Alan Taylor in the Herald Scotland, in reviewing the final three of the 99 books in The Everyman Wodehouse - Louder And Funnier, The Prince And Betty, and Sunset At Blandings - reminded us of PGW's quote that comedy is "the kindly contemplation of the incongruous", and said that his genius lay in his ability to see the funny side of everything.

Programme for the Chichester summer season to include A Damsel in Distress

The Littlehampton Gazette announced on 26 February that the forthcoming Chichester Festival Theatre summer season will include a production of A Damsel In Distress (music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, book by Jeremy Sams and Robert Hudson; based on the novel by PGW and the play by PGW and Ian Hay). This production will be directed by Rob Ashford and will appear from 30 May to 27 June on the main-house stage.

Fan mail

The Daily Mail (among others) reported on 23 February that PGW was in correspondence with Agatha Christie, notably after the crime writer had dedicated her 1969 novel Hallowe’en Party to The Master.

Breakfast of champions

The Guardian ran a recipe for coffee cake on 20 February, noting that PGW ate a piece every morning for breakfast.

Young One No More

The Chichester Observer noted on 11 February that Christopher Ryan, erstwhile star of The Young Ones, is now appearing in a touring production of Perfect Nonsense. Ryan comments that he is happy in a bygone age, as he has neither a TV nor a computer.