Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Just Who is Tamzin Lightwater?

You know me. I'm not one to gossip... The identity of the author of the Tamzin Lightwater column in The Spectator is as much a mystery to me as it is to everyone else. But should you know, do feel free to email me. Won't tell anyone. Promise. It's not as if anyone reads this blog anyway... For thos who don't read The Spectator, Tamzin writes a column which purports to give an insight into the world of CCHQ and the Notting Hill set. A brief foretaster for her column in Friday's issue...

“A strange post-Manchester memo has arrived with a list of approved adjectives. We have to use new ones — ‘new’ is one of them, in fact. Poppy claims that ‘new’ is, in fact, old, which confuses me somewhat. There are two pages of ‘words you may like to include when writing press releases and speeches for members of the front bench in future’: ‘beautiful, lovely, brilliant, great, inspiring, amazing, modern and young’. The words are all stupid. I don’t know how I’m going to get them into my statement on bird flu.”

4 comments:

Pulsar said...

Not Boris in drag by any chance?

Seamus said...

I can't be the only one who finds the Tamzin Lightwater column one of the more irritating features of the new Spectator, which is rapidly becoming a sort of glorified in-flight magazine full of lazy writing by friends of the editor?

Busker said...

I wrote a letter to the Spectator.

"Sir: I'd been meaning to ask if anyone else finds Deborah Ross's verbal tics and pyrotechnics just a little too self-referential for her Cinema column to be of actual use in choosing or understanding the films she writes about.
Then someone wrote in to praise and my resolve collapsed under the usual lack of confidence in my own opinion.

But I haven't seen anyone toss a bouquet to the witty Tamzin Lightwater and this worries me for the continuing health of her agile and clever 'Diary of a Notting Hill Nobody'.

No one around me seems to understand the column, but nor do they 'get' Doonesbury or Dilbert. This feeds my paranoia that Ms Lightwater's Speccie masters fall into the same category and will use the dearth of letters of support as ammo to give this zeitgeist-savvy lady the heave-ho.

I plead that she is not let go gentle into those Wibberley woods."

I find hers some of the cleverest writing around

stevehem said...

I am about as far from the bubble as could be imagined, but I find Tamzin's column a good read. It certainly frays my nerves a lot less than Rod Liddle's increasingly rabid rants.