Month: July 2017

A Love of the (Hot-Water) Bottle: Wartime Anecdotes

A Love of the (Hot-Water) Bottle: Wartime Anecdotes

Living Hot-Water Bottle

Q. “Rab” But­ler, Churchill’s Min­is­ter of Edu­ca­tion in 1941-45 and Chan­cel­lor of the Exche­quer in 1951-55, recalled that Churchill once told him he was doing less for the war effort than Churchill’s grey cat Nel­son, who saved fuel and pow­er by act­ing as a Prime Min­is­te­r­i­al hot-water bot­tle. True?

A. Yes. But­ler said this in a speech to the Rt. Hon. Sir Win­ston Spencer Churchill Soci­ety of Edmon­ton, Alber­ta. (This was the orig­i­nal Churchill Soci­ety, the only one sanc­tioned by Churchill per­son­al­ly). But­ler spoke at their annu­al din­ner on 6 May 1968.…

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“Rascals, etc….”: Churchill & India

“Rascals, etc….”: Churchill & India

“Rascals, Rogues and Freebooters”

“Pow­er will go to the hands of ras­cals, rogues, free­boot­ers; all Indi­an lead­ers will be of low cal­i­bre & men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and sil­ly hearts. They will fight amongst them­selves for pow­er and India will be lost in polit­i­cal squab­bles.”

The state­ment above is attrib­uted to Churchill. I can­not find it, as a speech or in a book. Although it is wide­ly and increas­ing­ly quot­ed in the Indi­an press and, giv­en what is hap­pen­ing, he seems to have been prophet­ic! —K.P., India

I searched for this line, and iso­lat­ed key word com­bi­na­tions (ras­cals, etc.), with­out suc­cess.…

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Churchill Myth and Reality at Nashville, Oct. 14th

Churchill Myth and Reality at Nashville, Oct. 14th

Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 14—

The Churchill Soci­ety of Ten­nessee announces its autumn ban­quet pro­gram in Nashville on the evening of Sat­ur­day Octo­ber 14th. Our guest speak­er, Richard M. Lang­worth, CBE will dis­cuss “Win­ston Churchill: Cur­rent Con­tentions.” For ban­quet tick­ets please con­tact Richard H Knight, Jr., rhklwk@bellsouth.net.

Resid­ing in Moul­ton­bor­ough, New Hamp­shire and Eleuthera, Bahamas, Lang­worth is a writer and pub­lish­er of works on Win­ston S. Churchill and auto­mo­tive his­to­ry. His newest book is Win­ston Churchill, Myth and Real­i­ty: What He Actu­al­ly Did and Said (McFar­land, August).

Churchill Works

Lang­worth is also author or edi­tor of A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Sir Win­ston Churchill, Churchill in His Own Words, Churchill By Him­self and nine oth­er books about Churchill.…

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