I am greatly enjoying Alan Bennett reading his own diaries on the radio right now. He really is a national treasure, and I bet he secretly - or not so secretly - enjoys being seen as one.
I find myself agreeing with everything he says and loving the way he says it, and I also find that I am not bothered about feeling this way, which is unusual. I suppose it is the humour which permeates everything that makes it so attractive. Loads of people express the same views but lack the humour, and they bore, if not repulse me.
I can identify with him for another good reason too. Do you ever find yourself fed up with your own personality? I do on a daily basis, but - like everyone else - there is nothing I can do to change it. We are stuck with it. Sometimes I like myself and sometimes I see myself as others see me.
He read a quote from a critic which said something like, 'I can only take so much of Alan Bennett', and he responded with, "How does he think I feel?"
What better person to narrate Winnie the Pooh?
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