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Salon 25

28 July, 2014

Last week, in case you missed the Twitter storm, there was a fabulous list under the hashtag: #RemoveALetterRuinABand. Outfits included The Grateful Dad, Daft Pun, Counting Cows and Pubic Enemy. Check them out.

The gag has inspired me to wonder about people, with one letter missing – or one letter added. What say we wangle a few and give the ‘altered egos’ a new bio. For example:

PRO ARTPainting advocate
PRO CHARTPainter pushing ‘artography’
HAROLD POINTERDidactic playwright
GLORIA SWANSONGthe Melba of Hollywood
JOE HOKEYbogus budgeteer

By my reckoning I’m attempting to crack Times #88 today, assuming I survive the weekend’s fare. That’s a little giddy. I can feel the rare air, the vertigo. If you wish to play Tenzing to my Edmund, tag along with the Times this week. Or share the joys of the G and elsewhere. Have a wordy week.

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