Pablo Gonzalez Casanova: The Lion and the Cricket
When it comes to fights between a mammal and an insect, the insects win. A good story but a terrible translation, as are all the stories in this book.
William Shakespeare: Who is Sylvia
This is a song from Two Gentlemen from Verona, Act IV, scene 2. Sylvia is often spelled Silvia. Here's my favourite version, set to music by Schubert and sung by the King's Singers:
Clive James: Fanfare for a Big Yin
A funny but slightly strange "essay" about Billy Connolly. I love the first sentence, which is so true:
Billy Connolly is a man loved even by those who hate him.