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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Happy Birthday, Lawrence Durrell !!!
An announcement for the Tatler (Sydney, London, and San Francisco editions). An early birthday party was held for Lawrence Durrell, his 102nd, in anticipation of February 27th. It was celebrated today on the beach, Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The charter members of the AALDS gathered together for the festivities. They traveled from far and wide and each made his or her unique contribution. Dr. D., bedecked in saffron kaftan and colorful sandals, brought vegetarian delicacies for the barbie. He was accompanied by a local mermaid, who had swam ashore in a bikini, not unlike Botticelli's Venus on the half shell. The good doctor spoke about the birthday boy's affinity for whales, especially Hilda, "the great sonsy whale" of The Black Book. David and Denise brought their special recipe of octopus in red sauce and many bottles of vin rouge and vin blanc, straight from the vineyards of the Blue Mountrains. Ken and R. W. provided the music and had composed a special piece for the occasion — "Heraldic Ditties Downunder." As the music played, David extemporized a poem on Lord Larry, and Paul read Anaïs Nin's encomium on young Durrell. And Bruce (the other one) simply took it all in, listened to crickets in sheltered places, and admired a sky of hot nude pearl. Nearby, nubile waxed beauties, tattooed bums twitching in the sunlight, watched in amusement. A good time was had by all. — BR