By Ben Hatch
The tale of a madcap five-month relations journey to jot down a travel guideembracing the liberty of the open street with a spirit of discovery and an business provide of child wipes "Hurry up," I shout at Dinah, while at the overhead small screen television Ray Mears’ Survival is enjoying terribly loudly simply because Charlie sat at the quantity button of the distant. the children writhe approximately within the V05 shampoo they only spilt, guffawing because the final in their fresh outfits chunk the airborne dirt and dust, and I'm pondering: "Survive using around England with below 4s, staying at a unique inn each one evening and vacationing 4 or 5 points of interest an afternoon and occasionally a cafe within the night. Sleep all within the related room, visit mattress at 7 p.m. after having had no night to your self, get up at 7 a.m. and do all of it back day after today with the possibility of one other one hundred forty nights of the samethen come and inform me approximately survival on your khaki ****ing shorts, Ray." They have been bored, broke, burned out, and turning forty. So whilst Ben and his spouse Dinah have been approached to jot down a guidebook approximately relations go back and forth, they embraced the open highway, ignoring friends' warnings: "One of you are going to come again chopped up in a bin bag within the roof box." that includes lethal puff adders, Billie Piper's pajamas, and a pal of Hitler's, it's a narrative approximately love, loss of life, falling out, relocating on, and starting to be up, and 8,000 inaccurate miles in a Vauxhall Astra.
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This is a special kind of reading. Because the play is intended to be acted, it shares features with ritual or festivals, and therefore needs a crowd, an audience, in order to ‘work’. The reader must imagine herself into the crowd. The drama happens in the present, and therefore it heightens life, and intensiﬁes the experience of life. Because it is taking place here and now it is fundamentally different from the novel or the ﬁlm, which are reports on events which have happened in the past. In drama, we can see for ourselves what is happening among living, breathing people (the actors) in front of us.
In As You Like It, Audrey’s marriage to Touchstone is comic because it, too, is clearly incongruous. And so is the absurdity of the pantomime horse – is it an animal, or two people? And what are two people doing under the blanket horse hide? Part of the laughter we may give vent to when we hear a dirty joke told by a vicar is similarly due to incongruity. But often the incongruity is only visible from a standpoint of accepted social morality, the morality which binds society together. The laughter may be cruel, but it is, at least in intent, corrective, as Bergson suggested.
We ﬁnd those who fail to adapt to the demands of society laughable, because they lack the ﬂexibility which is a sign of human intelligence. The failure to adapt makes them appear mechanical, and the laughter this provokes stimulates them to change their ways. From this developed his idea, often quoted, that the comic is ‘something mechanical encrusted on the living’. Thus, a person who is marching mechanically along, eyes front, fails to notice a banana skin in their path. They tread on it and crash to the pavement.
Are We Nearly There Yet?: A Family's 8000-Mile Car Journey Around Britain by Ben Hatch