...or possibly caution, I ought to point out that I'm presenting tonight's Archive on 4 on BBC Radio 4, on the theme of pubs and literature, produced by the gifted and fragrant Tim Dee. You should listen, if only to hear W. B. Yeats, little leprechaun of a man that he is (after that you can switch off).
8pm GMT, shortened repeat Monday, 3pm GMT (and I've an uncomfortable feeling the 45-minute version will be pithier and more effective); and of course, you can always listen again via the BBC iPlayer.
UPDATE: Now on iPlayer. As I write, the programme is the top-trending new subject on the Radio 4 messageboard, but it turns out that you only need three messages to do that. Still, two of the messages are quite nice; the other one points out that we didn't include any Hardy, which is true. We did think quite long and hard about putting in the pub scene from Jude the Obscure (in which Jude gets roaring drunk and recites the creed in Latin), and maybe we should have. But my impression is that Hardy's interest is not in pubs qua pubs but in drunkenness.
UPDATE UPDATED: Another complimentary message on the messageboard, containing this enigmatic sentence:
"For some reason I’d always suspected that I’d detect an element of BSA Bantam (175cc) within Mr. Hanks’s voice; quite the opposite and rather pleasant and generous."
"Pleasant and generous" I'll snap up with glee. But what is "an element of BSA Bantam"? And why the 175cc? Wikipedia lists these differences from earlier 150cc models: "The spark plug sits in line with the cylinder head, front forks are stronger (as they are from the larger capacity C15), slightly lower compression ratio at 9.5, separate headlight with high-beam warning, exposed rear shock springs, strengthened kickstart shaft, revised fixing on crankshaft compression disc plates." I'm glad none of that applies to me.
FINAL UPDATE: I am told by other members of the household that my "self-obsession" is nauseating. I'll shut up now.