A Recipe for Gruel – The Movie

Frank Key's Hooting Yard is brought to the screen, thanks to brilliant animator Sharon Smith... The Dabbler is delighted to present this splendid 10-minute animated film by Sharon Smith. It is an adaptation of a tale by our own Frank Key, is narrated by him, and has been screened at film ... Read More...

Invoking Sumai

Watching Game of Thrones intently, Frank discovers an extremely useful rhetorical device... There is a scene in the second series of Game Of Thrones where Daenarys Targaryen and her raggle-taggle band of Dothraki followers, having struggled across the vast and desolate Red Wastes, their food and water supplies exhausted, seek entrance ... Read More...

Moptop Of Gath

Today's lesson comes from the book of Frank Key... 1. Now there dwelt in Gath an moptop whose name was Ringo. And one day the Lord appeared to Ringo and he was sore affrighted. Ringo tugged at the fringe of his moptop so it might cover his eyes that he could ... Read More...

Toots

Today, horror fiction and groovy ska music combine in a tale about Toots and his missing Maytals... Toots clattered up to the post office counter, sore perplexed. “Hello Toots, what can I do for you today?” said the friendly postmaster. “I am sore perplexed,” said Toots, “I have lost my Maytals.” The postmaster was ... Read More...

Flies In Mud

This week, Frank takes up an exciting new hobby... Bored by stamps, coins, and foopball paraphernalia, I decided to collect flies in mud. I began my collection last Saturday, and what with one thing and another have not been able to devote as much time to it as I would have ... Read More...

Books And Pencils

Frank considers that eternal question: how should one arrange one's books?... The other day I decided to rearrange my bookshelves. Their current state is, to put it mildly, chaotic. I seem to recall there being a system of sorts, some years ago, but latterly the apposite word to describe the disposition ... Read More...

Some Handy Tips On Etiquette

This week, a guide to manners when finding oneself amongst royalty and/or pigs... We all know that good manners cost nothing, and that civility makes the world bearable. Here, then, are some useful extracts from my forthcoming Book Of Etiquette: Correct Form Of Address When Ushered Into The Presence Of Prince Fulgencio. Oh ... Read More...

Cat Versus Booby

Which is the most stupid member of the animal kingdom?... I have been thinking, as I sometimes do, about the ineradicable stupidity of certain members of the animal kingdom. These thoughts were prompted, today, by the newsagent’s cat. It really is a bewilderingly stupid cat. I then found myself pondering the ... Read More...