Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Jake Flinthart Has Been Writing Again.
I just received this e-mail from Jake, at his school. He was asked to write an expository piece about the cancellation of the local show. ('Show' = 'local fair' for the overseas readers hereabouts.)
Let me hasten to add that the Scottsdale Show is NOT cancelled. This is just a writing exercise. But frankly, I think he's done a great job, and his piece is funny, so I'm reproducing it here. Remember the kid is ten years old, so don't expect Shakespeare. On the other hand... I think Ben Elton might need to look out.
The Show Must Go On!
An exposition starring Thames O’reilly and Dennis ‘deny everything’ Fletcher
TV PRESENTER: Hi everybody and welcome to another episode of The Debaters and I’m everybody’s favourite presenter Thames O’reilly! Today we just got word that the Scottsdale council is going to cancel the Scottsdale Show! What we need here is a good debater and here he is: DENNIS ‘deny everything’ FLETCHER!
DENNIS FLETCHER: Yah, zat is me.
THAMES: How do you feel about the council cancelling the Scottsdale Show?
DENNIS: What?! No ‘otdogs on a steeck? Ze Scottzdale show is... Well, kind of a cultural theeng in Scottzdale. Peeple save op for it, are exzcited about it, and it only comes once a yeer! It's like going to a native tribe of some contry and cancelling an ancient reetual for zere peeple. Ze Scottzdale show is eemportant to a lot of people, and ze blimming council does not have ze right to demolish zis age old tradition! It wouldn't be so bad if zey had cancelled it earlier in ze year so people wouldn't have to take down their preparations for it, but no, zey decide to cancel it right when everyone is preparing for it!
THAMES: Those are some pretty good arguments, but is there any other reason?
DENNIS: Yeh! What about ze peeple who make money out of it? You’d be steeling dere job! All zose peeple who zell zose battered zausages on a steeck rely on ze Scottzdale show for a lot of their money! Cancelling ze show would make all zat tedious preparation (cooking ze food, zetting up a stall, buying a permeet, zat sort of stuff...) go right down ze drain! And who is to say zat they’ll get their money back? Ze preparation requires lot of money, and eef they don’t get their money back and they don’t get a profit because ze show is cancelled, zey could go bankrupt!
THAMES: I hope the council’s watching this right now! I don’t know you, folks, but Dennis here is sure convincing me! Go on, Dennis...
DENNIS: Zank hyu. Now there’s also ze problem of the animal attractions in ze Scottzdale show. If it’s cancelled, what weel happen to all zat work zey put in to clean their animals and train them? It’ll all be for nothing! Hyu know, it’s bad eenuf zat we get a holiday for ze Launzeston show but not for ze Scottzdale show, but now they're stopping it altogther!
THAMES: You’ve explained all the communtiy and economic problems, but what about the simpler problems?
DENNIS: Ah yez, I forgot. Ze children. You can’t deny it: ze children LOVE ze Scottzdale show! It’s cheap, fun, local and all ze money goes to people in ze community. Plus zere is lollies! Imagine all ze children crying zemselves to sleep because ze council has cancelled it! Why should zey suffer?
THAMES: Wow, that was great, Dennis. People are definetly getting their money’s worth today.
DENNIS: It’s my job.
THAMES: Too bad they’re still probably going to cancel the show.
DENNIS: I’m not going to theenk about zat.
THAMES: And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen! They don’t call him Mr. ‘deny everything’ for nothing! I’m afraid today’s episode is coming to a finish, but next week we’ll be finding out who exactly ‘they’ is! Bye everyone!
...must remember to teach him how to spell 'definitely'.