Magazine article The Spectator

Dear Mary

Magazine article The Spectator

Dear Mary

Article excerpt

In response to Barry Humphries's query in the Christmas diary.

A. What a remarkable coincidence! I happen to know just the person who can solve your problem. Simply commission your fellow Australian Meredith Ramsbotham (whose hose you once borrowed in Parkville when you were 18 and `already exciting') to knock off a copy of the painting for you. Meredith can copy any masterpiece at a budget-friendly price, yet still retain the spirit of the thing; tel: 01274 401978. When the time comes for the hand-over, invite your friends round. Then send them up to a boxroom where they will find the painting, in a replication of the conditions in their own home, face to the wall.

Q. A query you printed recently has given me the courage to come forward to seek advice regarding a long-standing dilemma. Like your correspondent - `Name and address withheld' - of 16 November 1996, I live in the Kensington area. Often in the late lunch-hour, I find myself gazing out from inside the long plate-glass windows of Kensington Place restaurant. What is the correct facial expression to wear on these occasions?

A.S., London W8

P.S. A particular worry is that because I often lunch there late (arriving minutes before the strictly enforced 3 p.m. `lastorders' deadline), I am sometimes still `on display' at 4. …

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