The sea resembled a worn-out blackboard upon which an inspired idiot had scrawled equations and then tried to erase them.
— Michael Moorcock, The English Assassin ‎· have each other with cream
Major Nye rolled himself another cigarette as he waited to get onto the road. The rain was bearing down on the black tarmac. The Bedford’s single windscreen wiper clacked erratically. Moving out, Major Nye began to sing to keep himself awake. He sang ‘Hold Your Hand Out (Naughty Boy)’, ‘My Old Dutch’, ‘I Love a Lassie’, ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’, ‘The Army of Today’s All Right’, ‘Burlington Bertie from Bow’, ‘If It Wasn’t For the Houses in Between’, ‘Are We to Part Like This, Bill?’, ‘The Honeysuckle and the Bee’, ‘You’re the Cream in My Coffee’, ‘Dolly Gray’, ‘On the Road to Mandalay’, ‘Rio Rita’, ‘Maxim’s’, ‘Only a Rose’, ‘Moonlight Becomes You’, ‘Jolly Good Luck to the Girl who Loves a Sailor’, ‘Am I Blue?’, ‘Change Partners’, ‘Fanlight Fannie’, ‘Auld Lang Syne’, ‘White Christmas’, ‘The Riff Song’, ‘My Little Wooden Hut’, ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’, ‘The Cornish Floral Dance’, ‘Mairi’s Wedding’, ‘Phil the Fluter’s Ball’, ‘My Old Man’, ‘Mammy’, ‘The Eton Boating Song’, ‘Yesterday’ (half), ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ (part), ‘What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?’, ‘The Dying Aviator’, ‘When This Bloody War is Over’, ‘Sonny Boy’, ‘Sally’, ‘Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner’, ‘I Belong to Glasgow’, ‘Molly Malone’, ‘Land of My Fathers’, ‘Underneath the Arches’, ‘Run, Rabbit, Run’, ‘Rose O’Day’, ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’, ‘Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer’, ‘That Lovely Weekend’, ‘Lucky Jim’, ‘September Song’, ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo’, ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ (part), ‘The Physician’, until at last he reached Ironmaster House in Sussex croaking the last few bars of ‘Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?’ and stopped the lorry by the brook. ‎· have each other with cream
He saw that a fire had been lit in the grate. Someone had been burning books. He picked up the poker and turned over the covers, which were only partially burned. _How Michael Found Jesus_ was one title, and there were others: _Ragnarok and the Third Law of Thermodynamics_, _Time Search Through the Declining West_, _Bible Stories for Little Folk_, _A Cure for Cancer_, _How to Avoid Heat Death_. All religious and medical stuff, plainly. Who on earth could have bothered to set fire to them? ‎· have each other with cream
Catherine Cornelius, looking like a young Una Persson, stood in the doorway, an M16 over the shoulder of her brown trench coat, a green tam-o’-shanter on her golden curls. ‎· have each other with cream