I have a very nice mother. As soon as she sees something in her daily newspaper that has anything to do with Elvis she cuts it out and sends it to me. "Maybe you can use it for your blog," she tells me.
Not surprisingly, most of the time these clippings are old news to me. One example is the news-item I received this weekend that Elvis Presley is once more leading the list over top-earning dead celebrities.
But sometimes my mother strikes gold. My favourite clipping is a short paragraph that Elvis in 1960 was appointed society's enemy number one by the East German paper Junge Welt. That one has earned a place of honour on my notice-board.
And I have to admit I didn't know that Elvis is featured together with his bloodhound in The Big Book Of Dogs, by JC Suarès . But now I do, thanks to my mother.
By the way, does anyone know the story of that bloodhound?