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Bored Hero

Alan Bell

22 January 1981
Raymond Asquith: Life and Letters 
by John Jolliffe.
Collins, 311 pp., £10.95, July 1980, 9780002167147
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... Kipling’s ‘Soldiers of the Queen’: The sun like a Bishop’s bottom        Rosy and round and hot Looked down upon us who shot ’em        And down on the devils we shot ... Mr Jolliffe’s selection gives enough of the already strikingly mature Winchester and Balliol letters to show where the reputation for brilliance arose, but fortunately there is even more of his later ...
7 June 2001
... a bit on the high side. ‘I can smell incense,’ said a feared TV interviewer to his actress friend. ‘Are we in a Catholic church?’ She had once stabbed a priest to death in a film involving John Mills so knew about churches. ‘Yes,’ she said firmly. At which point a plumpish man in a cassock crossed the chancel in order to collect a book from a pew, bowing to the altar en route. ‘See ...

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