Post by LFS Post by Penny
On Mon, 1 Oct 2018 09:45:03 +0100, "J. P. Gilliver (John)"
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
I shared this thread with my brother, and he says
I wonder whether "So long..." might have been an echo of "So farewell
then", the opening line of many "posthumous tribute" poems supposedly
penned by "E. J. Thribb" for Private Eye.
Was whicheverrat started the use of these phrases in this way, inspired
A quick search in Google Groups shows 'So, farewell then...' is the more
usual subject line in such threads here and is definitely a nod to E J
Some of Sid's posts under that heading have certainly been in the style
of E.J. Thribb. Reflecting on whether it is possible to parody a satire,
I realised that I have no idea what EJT might have been satirising.
... might be satirising. EJ Thribb is still alive and well, still
memoralising, and still 17½.
Son bought me a subscription to Private Eye two years ago. When the
first year passed he mentioned that he'd left it to renew and would
continue to do so. So I now have an obligation to read every issue,
instead of just those I used to buy when travelling by train.
It's hard graft for a while, after we get back from a couple of months
in France, I can tell you.