Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Pope and the Ageing Process

You knew when you were getting older when policemen were the same age as you. The next stage was when people in shops stopped addressing you as ‘mate’ and started calling you ‘sir’. The step after that was when young ladies stood up to offer you their seat in a crowded train. Today you know […]

THIS MONTH’S PARODY (March) The Pigtail of Li-Fang-Fu

THE PIGTAIL OF LI-FANG-FU Sax Rohmer (1919) Sax Rohmer was the pen-name of Birmingham-born writer Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward (1883-1959), a prolific novelist most remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu. Rohmer wrote both text and music for this ‘Musical Monologue’ in 1919 with the piano part transcribed by the composer T.W. […]