I have finally finished reading Frank Hardy: Politics, Literature, Life, by Jenny Hocking. It must have taken me months. It was very educational. Faint praise that isn't it? I don't read many books now, thanks to this bloody machine. I did not know that Hardy had 'an affair' with Nana Mouskouri. It was quite a good book really, and there was a chapter called Mary, My Mary about his sister Mary Hardy. I have written about this terrific but mentally frail lady in the past, but I will just pass on this anecdote that amused me and rather sums her up.
In her early days on stage, she had a romantic role playing opposite Fred Parslow. She was supposed to close her eyes and receive a passionate kiss from him. On one eyelid she had written 'get' and the other 'f****d'. Whether it broke him up as he bent towards her or not, the book did not say.
(I would have liked to post a nice picture of Mary to conclude, but alas even the internet fails me)