Christmas Special – The Tale Of The Cursed Hat

We at Old College are delighted to welcome you to the first of our Christmas Specials – The Tale Of The Cursed Hat. Finally we discover the truth behind the origins of the Professor’s unusual head gear.

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43 thoughts on “Christmas Special – The Tale Of The Cursed Hat

  1. I loved seeing and hearing this story. What fun this must have been. See you next year!

    1. Paul is always a delight to work with. So talented. See you in 2016, my friend!

  2. LOVED this – although I am reading your Christmas posts while I sweat and swear thru’ the beastly summer season. Regardless, and despite the obvious dangers, I would like to order one of these charmed hats.

    I have well enough of the other kind – for summer and winter both – but one with a charm to allow me to eat whatever I desire and remain slim and fit would be nice, along with a charm for dewy, unlined skin as the years advance. If it’s not too much to ask, might I also request a charm that strikes mute in my presence all those whose thinking is only of the shallowest and cruelest kind — before they can ruffle my countenance?

    Before I go, I feel I must add that I have noticed that PorterGirl’s Diary contains a great deal of watching from the shadows, and here it is again in this charming – though hearbreaking – Christmas tale. Could it be that the misfortunate hat maker’s mother has found some kind of charm ensuring an unusually long life, and it is she? [Back to the Diary . . .]

    1. Isn’t Paul wonderful in this? I could listen to him read stories all day. I loved writing this, it was almost like a fairytale. And charmed hats would be a dream come true! I would ask for a charm that enables me to fly – it has been something I have longed to do since I was very small. If there is such a charm to make those unpleasant people mute it should be sewn into every item of clothing across the planet! What a beautiful world it would be if only good things could be spoken.
      You make a good point about the watching from the shadows, I do that a lot but hadn’t realised until you mentioned it. I think it has something to do with being on the outside, looking in. I am one of life’s observers, perhaps. Ooh I love how you pick up on these things! It makes me know myself a little better πŸ™‚ xx

    2. Yes he is! He is a born story-teller. I love the way he fills a pause and where he chooses to insert them – and the camera work was wonderful. The man certainly knows his craft!

      I’d love to hear/watch him read some of Grimm’s fairy tales too. He would no doubt find nuance that would give them a freshness that would bring them to life in a new way – and his versions would be a welcomed break from the cartoons (at least for me – wasn’t crazy about most cartoons, even as a kid.)

      YES -add flying to my list of charms too. I used to have flying dreams all the time when I was a kid – I sort of swam through the air. They seemed so real, I almost thought there might be a way I could figure out how to do it once I was awake.

      Btw – I’ll bet most of your readers pick up on the little things – they’re just not as wordy as I in the comments. πŸ™‚

    3. I have a selection of short stories (about 2000 words each) that we have been planning to record for a long time but he has been working all over the place and our schedules don’t match up. They are quite dark, contemporary adult fairytales so very different to this. It’s a different type of humour and no happy endings – but kind of with a moral relating to modern life. I did put one up on here ages ago – Mondays Are Who You Really Are. I am dying for him to do them for me, I shall have to keep pestering!
      There is no doubt that being able to fly would be super πŸ™‚ xx

    4. Tell Paul his online fans are clamoring for MORE! Your shorts would be wonderful, I have no doubt. Methinks you need a staff of worker bees to make the magic happen.
      xx, mgh

    5. I shall certainly tell him – he will LOVE that!! What we need is to clear a weekend where sleep is an after thought and just get on with it. Although I love the idea of staff πŸ™‚ xx

    6. Either that or a way to make time stand still for the rest of the world – giving those of us who need it extra time! (the only trouble with staff is finding the time to supervise – which is why God invented butlers, I suppose)

    7. What I need is a time travelling Butler- that would solve everything! πŸ˜€ xx

    8. The Dr. Who of Butlers! Order two, while you’re at it (in case you were wondering what I’d like for Christmas.) πŸ™‚
      xx, mgh

    9. I shall pop a bow on him and send him over! Xx

    10. Will he bring his Tardis? I’ve always wanted to see if it really IS bigger on the inside. xx, mgh

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