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AR01High Jinks At Happy-thought Hall20110524A hundred years ago, A.A.|Milne was honing his writing skills as Assistant Editor of Punch with his regular humorous columns and essays.|Perfect gems of the form, his stories not only delight in the spirit of the age, they also transcend the years with their insights.|Parodying the country-house weekend, with its uncomfortable joys of evening games such as "Definitions", "The Complete Kitchen" and "High Jinks at Happy-Thought Hall", Milne captures the absurdity and vacuousness of characters in transition from idle youth to the tedium of adulthood.|Of course, no country house weekend would have been complete without "the little play for amateurs", perfectly formed examples of which Milne supplies in read-aloud form.|He also shares his experience of being out of his depth in the company of those more suited to society gatherings, in the form of survival hints and tips.|One such is to become "an Authority" on something, anything, even if you know nothing - it livens things up.|Milne's stories might have a frivolous veneer, but each one ends with his customary twinkle in the eye, having given us more to think about than we imagined: "...But if you mix in the right society, and only see the wrong people once, it is really quite easy to be an authority on birds --- or, I imagine, on anything else."|When he re-published this collection of his humorous stories much later in his career, he observed that for years his younger self was "a model to which I was failing to live up...|in fact he became, as one's past is bound to become, both a rival and a millstone." His talent for comic observation that was to become evident in his tales of Winnie-the-Pooh is obvious in these essays.|As he wrote himself by way of introduction:|"This little book contains the best of what my rival was writing thirty years ago.|I contemplate him now with detachment.|I have grown to appreciate his quality.|So impartial am I become, that I am torn between a desire to tell him how very, very good he is, and a desire to re-write his book for him.|But I shall do neither, leaving him to speak for himself."|Read by Ian McNeice|Abridged and Produced by Neil Cargill|A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.|Humorous tales of absurd country-house weekends written by AA Milne 100 years ago.
AR02Little Plays For Amateurs20110525A.A.|Milne relives the agony and ecstasy of amateur dramatics during a country-house weekend.|A hundred years ago, A.A.|Milne was honing his writing skills as Assistant Editor of Punch with his regular humorous columns and essays.|Perfect gems of the form, his stories not only delight in the spirit of the age, they also transcend the years with their insights.|Parodying the country-house weekend, with its uncomfortable joys of evening games such as "Definitions", "The Complete Kitchen" and "High Jinks at Happy-Thought Hall", Milne captures the absurdity and vacuousness of characters in transition from idle youth to the tedium of adulthood.|Of course, no country house weekend would have been complete without "the little play for amateurs", perfectly formed examples of which Milne supplies in read-aloud form.|When he re-published this collection of his humorous stories much later in his career, he observed that for years his younger self was "a model to which I was failing to live up...|in fact he became, as one's past is bound to become, both a rival and a millstone." His talent for comic observation that was to become evident in his tales of Winnie-the-Pooh is obvious in these essays.|As he wrote himself by way of introduction:|"This little book contains the best of what my rival was writing thirty years ago.|I contemplate him now with detachment.|I have grown to appreciate his quality.|So impartial am I become, that I am torn between a desire to tell him how very, very good he is, and a desire to re-write his book for him.|But I shall do neither, leaving him to speak for himself."|Read by Ian McNeice|Abridged and Produced by Neil Cargill|A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.|AA Milne relives the agony and ecstasy of amateur dramatics.
AR03 LASTThe Arrival Of Blackman's Warbler20110526How to survive dinner parties by becoming an expert on absolutely anything.|A hundred years ago, A.A.|Milne was honing his writing skills as Assistant Editor of Punch with his regular humorous columns and essays.|Perfect gems of the form, his stories not only delight in the spirit of the age, they also transcend the years with their insights.|Parodying the country-house weekend, with its uncomfortable joys of evening games such as "Definitions", "The Complete Kitchen" and "High Jinks at Happy-Thought Hall", Milne captures the absurdity and vacuousness of characters in transition from idle youth to the tedium of adulthood.|Of course, no country house weekend would have been complete without "the little play for amateurs", perfectly formed examples of which Milne supplies in read-aloud form.|When he re-published this collection of his humorous stories much later in his career, he observed that for years his younger self was "a model to which I was failing to live up...|in fact he became, as one's past is bound to become, both a rival and a millstone." His talent for comic observation that was to become evident in his tales of Winnie-the-Pooh is obvious in these essays.|As he wrote himself by way of introduction:|"This little book contains the best of what my rival was writing thirty years ago.|I contemplate him now with detachment.|I have grown to appreciate his quality.|So impartial am I become, that I am torn between a desire to tell him how very, very good he is, and a desire to re-write his book for him.|But I shall do neither, leaving him to speak for himself."|Read by Ian McNeice|Abridged and Produced by Neil Cargill|A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.