|Title ||Thirty Eighth Series|
|Original Price ||£1.75|
|Date Cartoons Start ||12/06/1983||Date Cartoons End ||14/06/1984|
|Published by ||Daily Express Publications||ISBN ||0-85079-138-3|
Introduction by - Sir Alistair Burnett
Gilesland is, as everyone knows, a country
wholly surrounded by choppy seas and duffers in boats. Its pastures are
peopled by idle cattle, idle farmhands and even idler earls. No snow falls
there that does not end up impacting on the necks of vicars and postmen.
No rain falls except to raise the grass for the lawn-mower
It is not a democracy but an anarchy, the
urban guerrillas led by a gerontic passionara in black. Its pubs never
close, its butlers never falter. Its men are pitiable but persevering, its
women patient in their superiority, its children numerous. It is full of
mischief. We have to shout on News at Ten to make ourselves heard above
the Gilesland hubbub. Its books are more often thrown than read. Mostly
English is spoken.
We have all lived there for many years,
and our memories of each year are full of grace. Long may it flourish, and
its begetter thrive!