Thanks to all of you who entered our Slightly Foxed competition. The Betjeman quote in full is*:
Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows. (from Summoned by Bells)
We used this random number generator to pick the email from our inbox, the number 44 came out, and the 44th person to enter was…
Congratulations to Tanya, who wins a year’s subscription to Slightly Foxed’s wonderful quarterly magazine. You should have received an email to this effect – just reply with your postal details and we’ll do the rest.
Commiserations to everyone else, but you should get over to Slightly Foxed and buy a sub now; you won’t regret it. Watch out for other Dabbler competitions soon, and don’t forget that you can still win a copy of Second Class Male by improving on Betjeman.
*Or is it? That’s the quote all over the internet, but one Robert Compton, a member of The Betjeman Society, emails us to say:
Some people seem to think that the word “hour” should be inserted after “dark” in the above quotation. But my copy of “Summoned by Bells” published by John Murray in the 1960s has the text as above. Just thought you’d like to know!
If Robert is right (and it does seem to scan better without the ‘hour’, doesn’t it?) then technically everyone should be disqualified except him. However, we decided that would be a bit unfair, could possibly cause a riot, and the ‘hour’ version was the one ‘on the card’. So the original decision stands. But many thanks to Robert for adding to the sum of human knowledge… Thus the dangers of ‘research’ by Google and Wiki; someone just needs to tell the internet now…