Last week’s Listener celebrates its 70th birthday.
It dedicated the issue to humour, with contributions by or about some of the people who had entertained and amused readers in the past.
These incldued John Clarke, Tom Scott, A.K. Grant and Lyn of Tawa.
Then there was Bogor.
(Some stars are much brighter than others. Bright stars are like important people. they stand out amongst the many unimportant dim ones. But dim stars aren’t really dim. They just seem to be becasue they’re far away. I’m like that. Not really dim, just far away).
I loved the little woodsman and was very sad when he left The Listener.
The magazine thrived in the days it had exclusive rights to schedules for TV programmes. Once it lost those rights its readership fell but it has survived and a few months ago after years of buying it casually I became a subscriber.
It still has good writers, including Jane Clifton and Joanne Black, but I miss the regular cartoon.
Apropos of the magazine, the current edition which asks is Phil Goff’s Labour Party strong enough to rise from Helen Clark’s long shadow?