I am prompted to write this because of a post from my blogging friend Mark Bialczak
Alistair Cooke, reporter for the Manchester Guardian, settled in America and wrote and recorded a regular weekly column for BBC radio under the title of “Letter from America”. His distinctive voice and delivery added to the flavour of a Sunday morning in Britain and was a significant feature of my Sunday mornings. I learnt a lot about American politics and culture from listening to Alistair Cooke, who managed to be witty and fascinating even when talking about things that would not have been of the slightest interest to me, but for him.
Mark Twain described the game of golf as a good walk spoiled. I happen to agree with his assessment. Alistair Cooke was a keen golfer and he would slip it into his Sunday morning talks. One of my favourite talks of his is about his teaching golf to the Russians. I haven’t been able to track down the recording of this which I think he made in the 70s. but here is one that makes reference to it.
Enjoy. This one’s for you, Mark