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In praise of villagers’  innovation

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May I congratulate you and your staff for the high standard of The Village, which, I’m sure, is improving with every issue.

The many innovative people living and working within The Village conurbation never ceases to surprise me. I enjoyed Maggy Dickinson’s article and wish her and husband Peter success and prosperity with their venture to return out-of-print authors to the book market.

I used to read Gerald Verner’s Detective Inspector Sparrow stories. The humour started when the reader realised that Sparrow’s shape was nearer to that of a Christmas turkey than a sparrow.

I cannot remember the author’s name but I do remember the name of the adventurer hero Peter Gayleigh, “Gaily we go,” in stories not unlike The Saint and The Toff.

I’m certain he used to refer to Elphimflofam, a lugubrious yak. He also had a girlfriend but there was no hint of sex. Certainly there was never any swearing in either of the authors’ work.

Edgar Wallace was another favourite and it would be nice to be able to read On The Spot again.

John F Rice
Cofton Hackett

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