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Monthly Archives: June 2010


I’ve never read so many biographies in my life. But now I’m onto David Niven – so who’s complaining!
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These are Alec Guiness’ favourite four lines of poetry. Very apt for me at the moment: We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time T.S EliotLittle Gidding -(the last of his Four Quartets)
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I tend to read in spurts of five books every five years. Something hooks me into a book and then I’m off until I hit a dud… OLIVIER first, SCOFIELD second, GUINESS third, then THE TWO OF US by Sheila Hancock, which is a very special book. Onto book five now. This is normally where [...]
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Good theatre

Another good show at The National with AFTER THE DANCE. Wonderful to see Benedict Cumberbatch on stage as Scott-Fowler in this superb Rattigan play. And I thought John Heffernan was excellent as Peter. My mouth opened wide to find that Rattigan is telling the story of my life for the last twelve months. I hope [...]
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I stopped collecting autographs when, at 21 years old, I asked Olivier to sign a book which I’d been given for my 21st birthday. I reckoned that was the last autograph I needed. But how could I refuse when I was offered a unique collection of signatures by Eileen Shand, a 90 year old lady [...]
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I’ve just finished Garry O’Connor’s book on Paul Scofield and it’s been wonderful to ‘hear’ the old man’s voice again. It’s been like having an extended conversation over some of the things we never talked about. Sitting under the apple trees in Paul’s garden on a summer’s day eating all kinds of wonderful cakes home [...]
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I read an article over the weekend which reminded me to register to donate my organs when I’m gone. It takes 30 seconds and will save someone’s life when you’re no longer in need of them. So here’s a quick plug for Quick, easy and could be the most important website you ever clicked [...]
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