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Off piste

By psmiddy, Feb 10 2020 09:29AM

By way of diversion I read Nicholas Coleridge’s autobiography over the weekend – the well-reviewed The Glossy Years. Highly entertaining. He drops names as though delivered by JP233s (check it out). And to ram the point home, most names have an accompanying footnote telling you their profession, their films, their books. Even in the case, for example of Joan Collins. A little naff. He even lists the entries in the visitors' book of his country gaff acquired later in life – Wolverton Hall, in Worcestershire.

Coleridge, like his employee Betty Kenward, is very particular about punctuation. So I should point out one error: the visitors' book entries read (mid-flow): "Mr Simon Thurley and Miss Anna Keay [ex- English Heritage & English Heritage], Mr & Mrs David Shaughnessy [Eton mate], Lord Rose of Monewden [M&S etc]; Miss Kate Reardon [Tatler etc], Mr & Mrs Charles Moore [Telegraph]….”

The semi-colon after “Monewden” is superfluous since Rose and Reardon were an item!

There are some great stories, related with dry and great wit – entertaining.

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