Comment rédiger un article

One evening in January 1970 I was having a drink with Barry Humphries in the Mucky Duck. […]
A few months earlier, he told me, he had been asked by the Daily Mail to write an article about Ned Kelly, the nineteenth-century Australian outlaw, and had duly turned up in the features room one evening in merry mood and clutching a bottle of whisky. He spent many congenial moments chatting with Gordon McKenzie, the assistant editor in charge of features, and such other department executives as Alwyn Robinson and Peter Dobereiner before, the evening by now well advanced, they left him alone in Gordon’s room to get on with it while they went home.
Around midnight, Arthur Brittenden, the editor, was prowling the corridors and heard odd, muffled noises coming from Gordon’s darkened office. He went in, switched on the light and found Humphries asleep on the floor, snoring gently. ‘G’day,’ said Humphries waking up and greeting the intruder courteously.
‘Hello,’ said Arthur. ‘Who are you?’
‘I’m Barry Humphries. Who are you?’
‘Well,’ said Arthur, ‘I’m the editor of the Daily Mail.’
‘Oh, shit, what a bastard of a job,’ said Humphries. ‘You poor sod, you shouldn’t be here at this time of the night, man in your position.’
Arthur thanked him for his sympathy and asked what he was doing there.
‘I’m writing an article for you,’ Humphries said.
‘Oh well, in that case I shan’t disturb you.’
‘Okay, sport,’ Humphries said. ‘Switch the light off on your way out, will you?’
By morning he had gone. The article never did get written.

Barry Norman, And Why Not? Memoirs of a Film Lover.
Simon & Schuster, 2002.


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