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Christopher Fowler
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I have never seen 'It's A Wonderful Life'. It wasn't a Christmas perennial in our house and I only became aware of it long after I'd grown up. I still haven't seen it but intend to this year, although I'm allergic to schmaltz. When I was growing up, in the wonderful world of two TV channels, it was a choice of 'tom thumb' or 'The Wizard of Oz'. We tend to forget that despite the dominance of…
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Christopher Fowler
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Two British things are especially hard to explain and often impossible to understand; cricket and comedy. My mantra on the subject is that slapstick travels across cultural barriers but wit does not. Reading Norman Collins' 'The Three Friends', published in 1935, I find myself noting certain phrases he uses because they are funny while being intrinsically descriptive. His tropics-set novels place…
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