It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand

Lucy Wingett’s “Thought for the Day” on @BBCR4Today was on the Christian concern for hope during the Advent approach to Christmas.

She mentioned the “It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand” quote from the John Cleese “Clockwise” film. It is of course always topical amongst football supporters everywhere at all levels from World Cups to grass roots.

It resonated with me however, not because of the football connection but because I used the whole Clockwise allusion to hopeless despair beyond personal control – not just the quote – as my orienting reference when I’d read Ishiguro’s “Unconsoled” back in 2006. Topical because it was being discussed just recently, prompted by a BBCR4 documentary broadcast in advance of the Ishiguro film “Living”.

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