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Speakers corner is probably the only place in England where one will find culture melting into a pot. It's parliament without the temple and constraints of protocol. It's where idiots, intellectuals, and right-wing nutters go for the answers to life, the universe and everything in it. That's about it really. I'm stuck now. I don't know what else to say about it. If someone approached me and asked me to write a whole book about the place, well that's right, you've already read mine.

I can't get my head around Tony Allen's new book, 'A Summer in the park' Obviously I can, but you know what I mean. This is not simply a book about Speakers' Corner per se, and the nutters that frequent the place. It's a book about people. It's a book about what makes people shine. When I tell you there's a thousand laughs in the book, I'm not lying. In fact the only problem I had with the book is that I actually got bored of laughing while I was reading it. It's light reading, but it's intelligent light reading and that's why I didn't put it down until I had finished it in full. Insightful, delightful, inspiring, funny, moving, honest, witty, political, brilliant, what else can I say? I've read a thousand books and Tony Allen is up on my top ten shelf already.

One doesn't have to move the goal-posts when one understands the pitch they are swinging from. One-nil to Tony Allen. He's a great, great writer and I'm delighted for him and the people who are about to read it. I'm going to have a cup of tea now, a jammy dodger, and then I'm going to start reading it all over again.

Bless. Yap.



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