Waarom herlees ik Adrian Mole elk jaar ? Vandaag heb ik (her)ondekt waarom : het is gewoon één van de grappigste boeken ooit geschreven. Bijna alle boeken van Sue Townsend zijn trouwens bijzonder grappig.
Een bijzonder geslaagd fragment is de beschrijving van de schoolreis naar het British Museum in Londen die Adrian Mole samen met zijn vriendinnetje Pandora en de rest van zijn klas maakt.
Saturday September 19th
The school may well want a clear account by an unprejudiced observer of what happened on the way to, during and coming back from our trip to London. I am the only person qualified. Pandora, for all her qualities, does not possess my nerves of steel.
Class Four D’s Trip to the British Museum
- 7 a.m. Boarded Coach
- 7.05 Ate packed lunch, drank low-calorie drink
- 7.10 Coach stopped for Barry Kent to be sick
- 7.20 Coach stopped for Claire Neilson to go to the Ladies
- 7.30 Coach left school drive
- 7.35 Coach returned to school for Ms Fossington-Gore’s handbag
- 7.40 Coach driver observed to be behaving odly
- 7.45 Coach stopped for Barry Kent to be sick again
- 7.55 Approached Motorway
- 8 a.m. coach driver stopped coach and asked everyone to stop giving ‘V’signs to lorry drivers
- 8.10 Coach driver loses temper, refuses to drive on motorway until “bloddy teachers control kids”
- 8.20 Ms Fossington-Gore gets everyone sitting down
- 8.25 Drive on to motorway
- 8.30 Everyone singing “Ten Green Bottles”
- 8.35 Everyone singing “Ten Green Snotrags”
- 8.45 Coach driver stops singing by shouting very loudly
- 9.15 Coach driver pulls in at service stations and is observed to drink heavily from hip-flask
- 9.30 Barry Kent hands round bars of chocolate stolen from self-service shop at service station. Ms Fossington-Gore chooses Bounty bar
- 9.40 Barry Kent sick in coach
- 9.50 Two girls sitting near Barry Kent are sick
- 9.51 Coach driver refuses to stop on motorway
- 9.55 Ms Fossington-Gore covers sick in sand
- 9.56 Ms Fossington-Gore sick as a dog
- 10.30 Coach crawls along on hard shoulder, all other lanes closed for repairs
- 11.30 Fight breaks out on back seat as coach approaches end of motorway
- 11.45 Fight ends. Ms Fossing-Gore finds first-aid kit and sees to wounds. Barry Kent is punished by sitting next to driver.
- 11.50 Coach breaks down at Swiss Cottage
- 11.55 Coach driver breaks down in front of AA man
- 12.30 Class Four-D cath London bus to St Pancras
- 1 p.m. Class Four-D walk from St Pancras through Bloomsbury
- 1.30 Enter British Museum. Adrian Mole and Pandora Braithwaite awestruck by evidence of heritage of World Culture. Rest of class Four-D run beserk, laughing at nude statues and dodging curators.
- 2.15 Ms Fossington-Gore in state of collapse. Adrian Mole makes reverse-charge phone call to headmaster. Headmaster in dinner lady strike-meeting, can’t be disturbed
- 3 p.m. Curators round up class Four-D and make them sit on steps of museum
- 3.05 American tourists photograph Adrian Mole saying he is a ‘cute English schoolboy’
- 3.15 Ms Fossington-Gore recovers and leads class Four-D on sightseeing tour of London
- 4 p.m. Barry Kent jumps in fountain at Trafalgar Square, as predicted by Adrian Mole
- 4.30 Barry Kent disappears, last seen heading towards Soho
- 4.35 Police arrive, take Four-D to mobile police unit, arrange coach back. Phone parents about new arrival time. Phone headmaster at home. Claire Neilson has hysterical fit. Pandora Braithwaite tells Ms Fossington-Gore she is a disgrace to teaching profession. Ms Fossington-Gore agrees to resign.
- 6 p.m. Barry Kent found in sex shop. Charged with theft of ‘grow-it-big’ craem and two ‘ticklers’
- 7 p.m. Coach leaves police station with police escort
- 7.30 Police Escort waves goodbye
- 7.35 Coach drivers begs Pandora Braithwaite to keep order
- 7.36 Pandora Braithwaite keeps order
- 8 p.m. Ms Fossington-Gore drafts resignation
- 8.30 Coach driver afflicted by motorway madness
- 8.40 Arrive back. Tyres burning. Class Four-D struck dumb with terror. Ms Fossington-Gore led off by Mr Scruton. Parents up in arms. Coach driver charged by police.
Als je de dagboeken van Adrian Mole nog nooit gelezen hebt dan moet je dat toch eens doen. Ondertussen zijn ze misschien wel een beetje gedateerd maar als je net als ik de fabulous eighties hebt meegemaakt dan is dat niet erg. Een andere absolute aanrader van de hand van Sue Townsend is “The Queen and I”. Zie je ze ergens liggen ? Koop ze dan en lees ze minstens één keer per jaar.