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It's not often that we get the chance to speak directly to the most powerful man in the world. So as George Bush lands in Britain for his first state visit, we asked 60 Brits and Americans to make the most of it


Something for people of every political colour. My favourite so far (I have only read the first page):


Dear President Bush,
I'm sure you'll be having a nice little tea party with your fellow war criminal, Tony Blair. Please wash the cucumber sandwiches down with a glass of blood, with my compliments.

Harold Pinter
Playwright


But then, I've always enjoyed Pinter's work.

Simon R. Hughes
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Something for people of every political colour. My favourite so far (I have only read the first page):

Dear ... down with a glass of blood, with my compliments. Harold Pinter Playwright

But then, I've always enjoyed Pinter's work.

He's a terrible rent-a-quote on anything to do with American policy, though I've never read anything other than frothing-at-the-mouth, knee-jerk reactions from him.

Cheers, Harvey
Ottawa/Toronto/Edmonton for 30 years;
Southern England for the past 21 years.
(for e-mail, change harvey to whhvs)
On 19 Nov 2003, Simon R. Hughes wrote

I once attended an "anti-Contra" (as opposed to "counter-Against") meeting organised and presided over by him in some drafty hall in Holland Park. It was so dull that all I remember about the evening is that Pinter looked someone who had once come eighth in an Yves St. Laurent lookalike contest.
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all I remember about the evening is that Pinter looked someone who had once come eighth in an Yves St. Laurent lookalike contest.

For the puzzled (and another one for RF's "Never Seen In The Same Room Together" collection:)


For the puzzled (and another one for RF's "Never Seen In The Same Room Together" collection:)

Judging by the AUE Photo Gallery, I nominate Bob CunningHam/John Varela.

Matti

On 19 Nov 2003, Simon R. Hughes wrote

Simon or Pinter? The description fits either.
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While we have your attention, Mr President... It's not often that we get the chance to ... down with a glass of blood, with my compliments. Harold Pinter Playwright

But then, I've always enjoyed Pinter's work.

Pinter turned into a terrible arsehole some years ago. He is one of the essential dramatists of the 20th Century, his extraordinary innovations in the use of dialogue were seminal, his ability to create a breathtakingly powerful atmosphere on stage was almost unmatched. I've seen many of his plays and even acted in one in University days - no better way to see how extraordinary he was - and even though we were a rag-tag bunch with limited talent, we held a week's audiences spellbound becaue the play itself was gripping.
But when it comes to coherent prose about the world at large, he is laughable.
My personal favourite from the letters is Jenny Colgan's:

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John Dean
Oxford
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"Simon R. Hughes" (Email Removed) wrote on 20 Nov 2003:
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While we have your attention, Mr President... It's not often that we get the ... down with a glass of blood, with my compliments. Harold Pinter Playwright

But then, I've always enjoyed Pinter's work.

He might have amde a passable political cartoonist, but only if he drew them for the pro-Arab-anti-American press.
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While we have your attention, Mr President... It's not often that we get the chance ... in Britain for his first state visit, we asked 60 Brits and Americans to make the most of it


A recent survey indicated that the majority of Brits are in favour of Bush's visit.
If there were no communication or visits between the leaders of these two states, you'd be complaining just as loudly. Or louder.

Charles Riggs
Email address: chriggs>at>eircom>dot>net
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