Tag: Nancy Astor

Long View: “Churchill’s Secret Affair,” Gary Oldman and the Oscars

Long View: “Churchill’s Secret Affair,” Gary Oldman and the Oscars

Ms. Camil­la Long (“TV Review, Sun­day Times, March 11th)* has a way with words. Nev­er mind that some of them are so ultra-camp that she could be accused of gra­tu­itous­ly inflict­ing them on the rest of us pro­les with mal­nour­ished intel­lects.

“Hoorays,” “lilo,” “naff,” “pro­to-Wal­lis” and “pan­tomime horse-named” may be dai­ly ver­nac­u­lar in the rar­i­fied atmos­phere of the Sun­day Times Cul­ture Sec­tion. But they’re like­ly to con­fuse any­one who prefers com­mu­ni­ca­tion to obfus­ca­tion. How­ev­er, the Long View of my col­league Andrew Roberts as a “striped-piglet his­to­ri­an” makes me for­give her every­thing.…

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Churchillian (or Yogi Berra) Drift

Churchillian (or Yogi Berra) Drift

Yogi Berra, 1950s

“If you don’t know the author of a choice quote, cred­it it to Churchill, Ein­stein, Lin­coln or Mar­tin Luther King, Jr.. Every­body will be impressed and they said so much that nobody will know the dif­fer­ence.”

I have been look­ing for a term to describe the numer­ous pot­ted, inac­cu­rate Churchill quotes: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth puts its trousers on” is big right now on Twit­ter. Also: “Suc­cess is not final, fail­ure is not fatal: it is the courage to con­tin­ue that counts.”

Then there is: “If I were your hus­band, I’d drink it,” Churchill’s alleged retort to Lady Astor’s threat to poi­son his cof­fee, which was most like­ly uttered by his friend F.E.

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