Posted by Peter H on May 31, 2004 at 22:56:31 from 184.108.40.206 user Peter_H.
In Reply to: Re: Swallowdale review in (Manchester) Guardian 26-05-04 posted by John Lambert on May 31, 2004 at 17:23:57:
In fairness, the Guardian writer is probably making a factual observation, not passing an opinion. And it is a sensitive review. The one daft bit is where she talks of the children shouting 'across the lakes' to each other. That would have saved the 'Beckfoot flag' misunderstanding in WH, for a start.
On the 'polite children' point, I like to look at it this way - you are walking alone through an unfamiliar inner-city area at night, and you are lost. Few people are around, and then you see 8 adolescents coming towards you, in a group. Supposing there was some way of knowing that the 8 kids were the S and A's and the D's all grown up a bit. Would not your fear turn to immense relief? You could actually ask them the way. This sounds like a joke but it is a serious point.
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