The fremony at the library

This news item first appeared in the Peterborough Standard in 1979. Someone sent the clipping to Private Eye, which is where I read it and promptly came close to death from oxygen starvation.

It was and remains one of the funniest things I have ever read, although I recognise that it’s not to everyone’s taste.

Fremony at the library

Apologies for the quality. It’s been in my cuttings file for more than 30 years.


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15 responses to “The fremony at the library

  1. dom

    At first I thought I was reading a lost script from Count Arthur Strong. Very funny, well worth holding on to for 30 years!

  2. Catanea

    Funny…but long.
    I laugh like an hysterical two year old whenever I run across the words “University of Reading”. Obviously I mispronounce it. But it’s gettin worse instead of stale. That there should even BE a “University of Reading” makes it almost impossibly for me not to weep.
    You don’t have to pass this in moderation. I just thought I’d share it….
    Yesterday I encountered “Museum of Reading” and my husband thought he’d have to strike me. I am laughing now.
    What would it have in it? Glass cases containing individual letters… no, I can’t go on.

  3. Steve Wright

    So glad to find this here! I have a tea-stained photocopy of it from one of John Julius Norwich’s Christmas Crackers, but great to see the actual paper. Still makes me howl with laughter. Thank you.

    • bravenewmalden

      Me too. I met someone last night who has yet to reach the end, so cracked up he gets with laughter. So he’s missed the descent into full-scale surreality of Gary Cooper and his debut with the Queen’s Old Boys.

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  6. Loved it. Thanks so much for a really good laugh. I think it probably happened because the stone sub was down the pub and the page needed to go. Well…it’s an excuse, isn’t it?

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  8. CharliebBurgess

    Thanks for sending this on the rounds. It is too good

  9. gaz

    So funny. I nearly soiled myself.

  10. William Johnston

    … and just at the moment when I think I’m recovering, there’s the photo. Priceless!

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