Sunday, August 12, 2007

An interview with the Reverend Gentleman 1

I've been lucky enough to get into contact with the man who was The Reverend Ignatius Pubes (Mrs.) O.B.E. and he's agreed to answer some questions about the Cosy Corner. This is the first of an ongoing, irregular series.

Thanks for agreeing to answer some questions about the Cosy Corner.

That's OK. I'm just amazed that anyone can be arsed to ask questions about it in the first place.

How and why did you start doing the Cosy Corner?

The How's easy: I just started writing and drawing on bits of paper. Why's trickier. Part of that's got to be that I was bored. Besides that, I was irritated and angry by the sheer absurdity and wickedness of the world around me - I've read your blog so I guess you can relate to that! At the time there were lots of people going around "being political," which usually amounted to saying rude things about Margaret Thatcher while setting themselves up in cosy bits of employment. It galls me to think that I was being chucked out of my local Labour Party for not toeing the Socialist Worker line at the same time as Tony Blair was sucking up to CND and the like. At the last election I was asked if I would be voting Labour. I told them straight: if I wanted to vote for the policies of Margaret Hilda Thatcher I'd have done it when the bitch was available for election.

So that led to the Cosy Corner?

Pretty much. I couldn't be arsed being another agitprop wanker lecturing the masses so I decided to be an absurdist wanker drivelling to myself in a corner. That's why I ended up giving up on it in the end.

How so?

The world got too absurd. There I would be, writing some utter drivel about politics or popular culture and some beggar would go and do or say something even more stupid. I'd stand no chance these days. I'll bet if I came up with some nonsense about a TV series called "When Celebrity Toothbrushes Go Bad" I'll find it's already in post-production for one of the Channel 4 channels.