Hugh Massingberd

O Father, Where Art Thou?

Right Royal Bastards: The Fruits of Passion


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In these mealy-mouthed, politically correct days, the word ‘bastard’ packs a more powerful punch than one might suppose – as I discovered not so long ago during a kiddies’ chat show on regional television presided over by a green animatronic Martian (don’t ask). Invited to explain the euphemisms employed in obituaries, I said that ‘he did not suffer fools gladly’ translated as ‘he was a complete bastard’. Shock, horror. The recording was stopped, and high-level conferences held as to whether such an ‘emotive’ word could be transmitted.

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