Programming note: Tomorrow, Tuesday, I'll be back on GB News for a full hour, sitting in for Nigel Farage at 7pm GMT, which is 2pm North American Eastern.
Meanwhile, for those of you who prefer me in non-visual formats, welcome to Part Two of The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, our November audio adventure in Tales for Our Time. Steyn Clubber Ted Kumlander says:
This is the first Tale for Our Time that I have listened to and I must say Mr Steyn has a very eloquent style of narrating that I find most enjoyable. He has gained a loyal listener.
Thank you, Ted. If you seek something more obviously timely, do check out our brace of Orwellian adaptations - Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four - or even a contemporary inversion of a classic, retooled for our wretched times, by yours truly. Whatever your taste, we have plenty of other yarns in all genres over on our Tales for Our Time home page.
As to Agatha Christie, Elizabeth, a First Fortnight Founding Member of The Mark Steyn Club from Florida, is fully on board:
This is great! This is my favorite Poirot in that it shows how Hastings and Poirot met. Also the reference to the Great War is not unnoticed. Fits with your Hundred Years Ago Show. Can't wait to get into this! Thanks!
Hope it lives up to expectations, Elizabeth.
It is July 1916, and one of the most appalling battles in human history, the Somme, is underway just across the English Channel, with brutal daily casualties for Britain and the entire Empire, from Newfoundland to South Africa. Yet in tonight's episode of The Mysterious Affair at Styles Mrs Inglethorp is doing her bit with an entertainment at the village hall:
The 16th of July fell on a Monday. It was a day of turmoil. The famous bazaar had taken place on Saturday, and an entertainment, in connection with the same charity, at which Mrs Inglethorp was to recite a War poem, was to be held that night...
~Tales for Our Time started as an experimental feature we introduced as a bonus for Mark Steyn Club members, and, as you know, I said if it was a total stinkeroo, we'd eighty-six the thing and speak no more of it. But I'm thrilled to say it's proved very popular, and and we now have quite an archive. If you're a Club member and you incline more to the stinkeroo side of things, give it your best in the Comments Section below.
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