|Title ||Forty Sixth Series|
|Original Price ||£3.50|
|Date Cartoons Start ||//||Date Cartoons End ||//|
Introduction by - Eric Sykes
Being asked to write this foreword
is like Johann Sebastian Bach asking me to turn the pages while he plays.
Sadly Johann is no longer with us but thank God Giles still manages to
turn out his masterpieces.
We all have or have had, or known,
someone with relations similar to his family. Incidentally dietitians will
be amazed to learn that Grandma although she eats plenty of what she likes
hasnít put on a pound in weight for nearly fifty years. But then I
donít want any of them to change because to me they are a microcosm of
all the best of Britain in the last century: the church, pompous old
vicar, the pub landlord and the regulars, the streets and homes, it
isnít just nostalgia, it is now. Laughter is a good feeling and Giles
engenders more of this therapy in one cartoon than most television comedy
shows evoke in half an hour and this is no accident: there is a depth and
a wealth of understanding in each brilliant creation. And here we are with
another December upon us. No longer it seems do we have robins and thick
white snow for the festive season, nowadays we are more likely to be
lolling in the back garden in seventy degrees of sunshine, but as long as
we can have Giles Christmas Annual beside us, a pint of good ale and a
white hanky knotted over the bald patch we shanít do too badly.