Thursday, March 02, 2006

In memoriam Linda Smith

Saleem Vaillancourt, in the Guardian, interviews Mark Steel for his memories of Linda Smith, who recalls her telling an anecdote, which I reproduce here:

'...She was talking about a friend's parents, who were in the communist party. The morning that Russia invaded Czechoslovakia it was all over the news, and there was despair because no one knew how to deal with it.

And Linda remembered that this friend's mum got up and said, "Oh well, why don't we all have a nice cup of tea and see what it says in the Morning Star."'

And see, it loses nothing in the retelling, does it, even, now let me see, fourth, no fifth-hand?


  1. Hello! I'm glad you liked the interviews; it was my first big task, just starting out at the Guardian. Best of luck with the bike ride; I read a book of someone's similar trip, years ago. He made it, so I'm sure you will too.

  2. That's my favourite argument in favour of "Everything's gonna be alright".

    To quote the sage Pink Gloves, "My mate played Russian roulette and was fine, so I reckon it's perfectly safe."