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Fat Man on a Bicycle
Fat Man on a Bicycle
by Tom Vernon
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece or durable absurdity that still sparks ambition in the physically ungifted, 3 July 2010
This review is from: Fat Man on a Bicycle (Hardcover)
Tom Vernon was the reason I got on a bicycle at St Agnes (Isles of Scilly) in June 2010 with the intention of reaching Saxa Vord (far north of the Shetlands archipelago). A 19-stone man who has never done much on a bicycle except occasionally go to work decides to cycle from London to the Mediterranean. The rest is just his gentle observations on the way. When I realised it was thirty years since this was first broadcast on Radio 4 I was shocked, though a refusal to join the Lycra and sinewed-sweaty generation long before this was invented shines through ahead of its time. Enjoy this lolloping account of semi-manufactured stupidity to realise how people were inspired to do memorable things in the time before we all clapped and screamed and faked excruciating enthusiasm.
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Bald Trilogy the: "Recollections of a Furtive Nudist", "Pigspurt" - or "Six Pigs from Happiness", "Jamais Vu" (Modern Plays)
Bald Trilogy the: "Recollections of a Furtive Nudist", "Pigspurt" - or "Six Pigs from Happiness", "Jamais Vu" (Modern Plays)
by Ken Campbell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars In praise of a lost genius, 19 Nov. 2009
Ken Campbell died earlier this year, leaving the world of performance art one genius lighter. This trilogy of scripts cannot do justice to stage performances that left attendees/witnesses curious and open-mouthed, not wanting to laugh or applaud for fear of losing track of a tenuous, multi-streamered 'plot'. There was always time to laugh on the bus home. For those who did see these three epic monologues spouted like Feste on ecstasy, these written versions are welcome say-aaahhh reminders. For those who did not, make of them what you will.


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