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Tony scores a hat-trick!, 5 Sep 2002
"Darling, you've done it again!"
Those were the words Noel Coward used to use if ever confronted by the tricky scenario of telling someone close that something they'd done was good when, quite plainly, he thought it wasn't.
Words vague enough to avoid upset but of course, deliver a verdict in Coward's own inimitable style.
And words which comic Tony Hawks also touches upon in his latest book.
But in this instance, I am glad to say that Hawks has indeed done it again.
And that's to come up with a laugh-out-loud, witty, entertaining and thoroughly absorbing tale, and perhaps, his best book yet.
To bring you up to date, Tony is the man who scored chart success with Stutter Rap with Morris Minor and the Majors before trekking round Ireland with a fridge and then beating the entire Moldovan football team at tennis.
And naturally, his latest book is in a similar deranged and surreal vein. This time, he's been given the task of notching up a Top 20 single - anywhere in the world within two years.
If he fails - embarrassment and misery all round. If he does it - Simon Cowell, Pop Idol's Mr Nasty gets to eat a huge hat-shaped cake.
Expect tales of Albania dentists, Sir Tim Rice playing a plastic toy saxophone, Norman Wisdom, hail-sodden Dutch telephone boxes and a Sudanese man desperate to get his hands on Tony's camera.
It's weird, wonderful and excellent stuff with a whole host of dry one-liners which will have you sniggering in public and drawing disapproving looks from others.
He might be a one hit wonder when it comes to music, but Tony Hawks has notched up a fabulous hat-trick with his latest effort.
* Darren Burke