Fantastic Beasts & where to… 2 2

Fantastic Beasts & where to… 2
Hydrarchos Sillimanii   In 1845, for a meagre 25 cents, New Yorkers gaped in open mouthed wonder at the 120 foot long skeleton of a sea serpent. Scientifically named Hydrarchos Sillimanii (until the famous Yale Professor Benjamin Silliman objected), it was exhibited in the Apollo Saloon on Broadway. Apparently the creature’s huge bones were so ...

Thomas the Rhymer

Thomas the Rhymer
  I was recently lucky enough to be interviewed by Sally Cronin. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-book-reading-and-interview-paul-andruss/ At the end of the interview, my good friend Sue asked a thought provoking question: what drew me to the ideas behind Thomas the Rhymer? To be honest Sue’s incisive question left me realising I have forgotten a lot about why I ...

Hey Joe 10

Hey Joe
  When Joe Orton’s future agent, Peggy Ramsay, said she found his first play derivative, Joe blithely replied: “I’ll try ’n write you a better one, dear.” To which she answered: “That would be gorgeous!” Peggy was referring to his one act drama called ‘Ruffian on the Stair’ aired by BBC Radio on 31 August ...

Bolan’s Millions 6

Bolan's Millions
  I first came across Marc Bolan when I heard my best friend’s older brother playing Tyrannosaurus Rex’s third album Unicorn. I was instantly smitten by this unworldly voice, warbling incomprehensible lyrics to chords bashed out on an old acoustic, accompanied by fevered bongos and tinkling pixiephone. The few words I understood hinted at arcane ...
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