Mister Twitch


Keeping me awake at night: apart from (thoughts of) the tambourine-and-keyboards player from the Dandy Warhols, the screaming maniacs in the tower block next door, and the cat clawing at my throat in order to get me to let her under the covers, there’s always THE FACE OF ROBERT NEWTON, looming from the gloom like a tumorous balloon, inflated with methane, mustard gas and whisky breath, eyes like twin singularities a-glint with maleficent know-how.

Over at The Auteurs’ Notebook we peruse HATTER’S CASTLE, starring both Emlyn Williams (who may have originated the phrase “Blackmail is such an ugly word”) and Robert Newton  (who may have originated the phrase “Ah-harr!”)

Mr. Newton always brings out my romantic, poetical side.


4 Responses to “Mister Twitch”

  1. That link’s looking at me! Where’s the auteur’s notebook?

  2. Fixed it! What an alarming effect that must have been.

  3. That sent me looking up the poem in full on http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/poems/pgdisaster.htm. Under the heading “Historical Note” is this wonderful sentence: “Despite Railtrack’s best efforts in recent years, the Tay Bridge disaster remains one of Britain’s worst ever railway accidents.”

  4. Beautiful! Well, they did their best to destroy the Forth Bridge by stopping painting it, with the result that rusted chunks of iron were falling on the village below…

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