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Cold Comfort Farm

GUEST,jane2001 06 Jul 02 - 06:54 PM
Herga Kitty 06 Jul 02 - 08:10 PM
Charley Noble 06 Jul 02 - 08:15 PM
GUEST,Peter from Essex 06 Jul 02 - 08:45 PM
Helen 06 Jul 02 - 08:46 PM
GUEST,Peter from Essex 06 Jul 02 - 09:07 PM
GUEST,jane2001 07 Jul 02 - 06:38 PM
Sorcha 07 Jul 02 - 06:43 PM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 07 Jul 02 - 06:44 PM
McGrath of Harlow 07 Jul 02 - 06:57 PM
Greyeyes 08 Jul 02 - 02:12 PM
greg stephens 08 Jul 02 - 07:19 PM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 09 Jul 02 - 06:55 AM
Coyote Breath 09 Jul 02 - 09:17 AM
GUEST,steve 22 Jul 12 - 06:36 PM
Charley Noble 23 Jul 12 - 08:17 AM
Charley Noble 23 Jul 12 - 08:26 AM
Mr Happy 23 Jul 12 - 08:47 AM
Mr Happy 23 Jul 12 - 08:48 AM
Will Fly 23 Jul 12 - 09:26 AM
gnomad 23 Jul 12 - 11:02 AM
Les from Hull 23 Jul 12 - 01:26 PM
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MGM·Lion 24 Jul 12 - 05:43 AM
Will Fly 24 Jul 12 - 05:53 AM
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Subject: Cold Comfort Farm
From: GUEST,jane2001
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 06:54 PM

Can anyone tell me where I can get a recording of Cold Comfort Farm read by Kenneth Williams? I'd like it for a special birthday present for someone who never heard it. It was such a brilliant reading I can never think of the book without those voices. I tried record shops and the Beeb without success.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 08:10 PM

Sorry Jane, no I can't. But I remember seeing a filmed version with Alistair Sim.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 08:15 PM

Yes, about 4 years ago there was a fine British movie production of this classic novel available on vidio tape.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: GUEST,Peter from Essex
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 08:45 PM

I can find a reference to the KW reading being broadcast but not to an audio book version being published. You could try the Stella Gibbons message board


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Helen
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 08:46 PM

Hi jane2001,

Have you tried looking it up on internet sites selling books, videos, tapes etc etc? Just make sure you search for audiobooks (or books on tape) and that it is the one with Kenneth Williams reading.

barnesandnoble.com

or

Amazon.com

Also try their out of print sections because they have amazing networks of secondhand dealers which are as easy to search through as the in print items - although a secondhand tape would be a worry.

Helen


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: GUEST,Peter from Essex
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 09:07 PM

The book is available on tape but read by Eileen Atkins. I assume that you are in the UK from your reference to "the Beeb". I didn't find it on Amazon.co.uk but it is on the list of Bags of Books in Lewes but for mail order p&p is an eye watering £4.25


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: GUEST,jane2001
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 06:38 PM

Thanks Peter. I'll try those sources. It is specifically the Kenneth Williams version I wanted. His voices were so right for the characters that I can't think of them any other way. Yes I am in UK, Grimsby to be precise, but I'm an Essex girl too, from Little Wakering.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Sorcha
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 06:43 PM

You might also try half.com


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 06:44 PM

Try Waterstones bookshop, the one in Hull has a good Talking Books section, if they don't have it in stock, they will order it for you.Sorry I don't know where your nearest branch is.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 06:57 PM

That title Cold Comfort Farm sounds as if it might have been taken as a quote from a pre-existing source, such as a song or a poem. Is there any truth in that, or did Stella Gibbons just make up the name?

Or even maybe a real place? Not far from us, for example there's a farm hamlet by the name of Cold Christmas, so it's not such an unlikely name for a place.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Greyeyes
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 02:12 PM

Spot on McGrath. this extremely informative site on Stella Gibbons confirms that it was a real place. She was originally going to call it something quite different but was talked out of it by someone who knew a real farm called Cold Comfort.

The site also mentions how pleased she was when Kenneth Williams was chosen to read the book on the radio. I'm pretty sure you won't find the recording available from any retail outlet at present. The BBC may re-release it sometime in the future. It might be worth trying a library, there may be an old copy lurking in a stack somewhere.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: greg stephens
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 07:19 PM

Friends of mine live at Little Charity Farm in Kent!!


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 09 Jul 02 - 06:55 AM

I'd love to hear the Kenneth Williams version. Cold Comfort Farm is one of my favorite books. I use it as a test in new relationships- do they "get it?"


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Coyote Breath
Date: 09 Jul 02 - 09:17 AM

I hope I can get a copy of the read version. My mother recently passed away and she and Dad LOVED the BBC mini series. I was able to find them a copy of the Allister Sim film but if I could find either the "spoken word" version or the original BBC production as a video I would be very pleased. When they first retired my folks named their ten acres at the edge of the El Dorado National Forest, Cold Comfort Farm. They even had a sign made! My Dad would really appreciate either version.

thanks!

CB


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: GUEST,steve
Date: 22 Jul 12 - 06:36 PM

One of the great mysteries; the beeb broadcast it twice back in the days before the net, but have never repeated it or issued a CD. Perhaps no permission from the Williams estate?


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Jul 12 - 08:17 AM

Who remembers all the names of the cows?

Feckless...

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Jul 12 - 08:26 AM

For those who need some explanation of what on earth is thread is about: Click here!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Mr Happy
Date: 23 Jul 12 - 08:47 AM

The whole thing's on YTube, here's Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozhb3ytlyVg


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Mr Happy
Date: 23 Jul 12 - 08:48 AM

.....something naaaaaaaasty in the woodshed!


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Will Fly
Date: 23 Jul 12 - 09:26 AM

There always have been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm...


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: gnomad
Date: 23 Jul 12 - 11:02 AM

Well, there's Aimless and Pointless, Big Business the bull, but I suspect we have at least one more..have to look it up now.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Les from Hull
Date: 23 Jul 12 - 01:26 PM

Graceless


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Jul 12 - 04:04 PM

Les-

It was the first "herd" shot around the world!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: gnomad
Date: 23 Jul 12 - 04:28 PM

Good, glad we cleared that up.

This being a music site, what candidates do we have for Adam Lambsbreath's smutty wedding song "learnt for the marriage of George IV"? Enquiring minds want to know.

Got to mention a personal favourite from quite early in the book; (Judith to her errant son, Seth)
"Do you want to break my heart?"
"Yes," said Seth, with an elemental simplicity.
The porridge boiled over.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Jul 12 - 05:19 PM

Mr. Happy, thanks for the link. I know what we will be watching this evening!


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 24 Jul 12 - 05:43 AM

No-one seems to have mentioned thruout this thread [or did I miss it?] the sub/post-Hardyesque novels of Mary Webb, such as Precious Bane [1924 - revived by tv in 50s-60s?], much admired and prize-winning back then, but whose emotive bucolic imagery &c soon fell out of fashion: thanks largely to Stella Gibbons' parody, Cold Comfort Farm which "parodies the romanticised, sometimes doom-laden accounts of rural life popular at the time, by writers such as Mary Webb" - wiki.

An interesting instance, like many of Lewis Carroll's mock-Wordsworthian or Isaac·Wattsian nonsense poems, of parodies which have enough intrinsic quality to have outlived the originals.

~M~


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Will Fly
Date: 24 Jul 12 - 05:53 AM

Ah, Precious Bane! I have a treasured first edition of that with superb illustrations by Rowland Hilder - certainly parodied by Stella Gibbons.

What I like about CCF is the asterisking of passages of supposed 'fine writing', which tease the more high-flown parts of "Precious Bane". Sussex substituted for Shopshire.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 24 Jul 12 - 06:12 AM

Ah, Will. The New Statesman once, years ago, held a competition for a clerihew summarising the plot of a well-known novel. Both my late wife Valerie and I got hon mentions. Her contribution was

Precious Bane

Although he saw Prudence
In the nude once
Her faithful weaver
Did not deceive her

Best

~M~


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 24 Jul 12 - 07:20 AM

the sub/post-Hardyesque novels of Mary Webb, such as Precious Bane [1924 - revived by tv in 50s-60s?], much admired and prize-winning back then, but whose emotive bucolic imagery &c soon fell out of fashion

When I was growing up there was a row of uniform blue hardbacks in the bottom shelf of one of the less-used bookcases; never referred to, rarely even dusted. One day I asked about them. It turned out that my mother's parents, who weren't generally extravagant, had decided to mark her coming of age in a big and memorable way, and offered to get her whatever she wanted, within reason, as a 21st birthday present. Her choice, from which she couldn't be shifted (and they did try), was a complete edition of Mary Webb. Of course, she went off Mary Webb within a couple of years, but by then it was too late.

They're gone now, as is she.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: GUEST,Ebor_Fiddler
Date: 24 Jul 12 - 02:47 PM

Why is Mary Webb still out of fashion? I enjoyed her stuff.

KW's broadcast on Radio 4 (1971 or '72) was the reason I read CC Farm and I still hear his voice when I reread it.


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Subject: RE: Cold Comfort Farm
From: GUEST,Jules
Date: 26 Apr 16 - 04:04 AM

It's on Radio 4 Extra now http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b078dmm5 and can be grabbed off there


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