Say What?

71 is the number of an apartment we’ve stayed at a couple times in Whinfell Forest, Cumbria. We’ve cooked excellent pizzas and disastrous potato bakes there, watched an entire series of Gavin and Stacy, as well as what seems like the entire filmography of Cate Blanchett, and filled it with more newspapers than you’re likely to find in any other UK holiday destination. We like it there.

‘We’, for those of you wondering, are Dan Hartland and Anna French. We’ll both be blogging here, and may well be joined by Joe French at some indeterminate point in the near future. The Story and the Truth is sort of an inadequate catch-all term for what’ll be going on here: we’ll talk about what we’re reading, what we’re listening to, and what we think. We will also probably offer up recipes, though not for potato bakes.

Expect novels, history, education, politics, football, fashion and travel to feature, but there may also be photographs of soft toys and musicians. Stick around and see.


4 thoughts on “Say What?

  1. Matthew says:

    Hey guys,

    good to see you’ve found a corner of the internet to call your own. Sorry I haven’t been in touch recently – we’ve been busier than ever with various endeavours.

    Hope you can both make it on Saturday.

    Matt x

  2. danhartland says:

    Thanks, Matt! We plan on posting about books and music, which I suspect you’ll find interesting. You’ve discovered my shameful politics anorak secret, though…

    Alas, we’re at a birthday party tomorrow … we really want to make a Colour, though – we miss it! Have a good one, and we’ll see you in October.

  3. Thomas Wendell says:


    Thanks for the Dylan post on Number 71, google lead me here after your post on another Dylan Board. It was a pleasure to read your ‘liner notes.’

    It is up to you Brits to save the ‘Queens English’ and Western Literature in general as English is dying a quick and ugly death in ‘The States.’

    But I digress; I may be going mad, but I believe Bob Dylan wrote a song that contained the line, ‘But I wouldn’t want to be you, on that fateful day.’ Now, google as I might, I can only find cryptic references to the song. Can you tell me the name of the song if it exists? Many thanks Thomas Wendell

  4. danhartland says:

    Hi there, Thomas – no clue what other Dylan board I’ve been posting on, but glad you enjoyed the posts here. We’ll leave you to your own conclusions concerning our kindnesses to the language!

    As for the lyric .. I have no clue. It rings no bells here – Dylan or otherwise. Apologies!

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