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And does that sardonic Mills walk upon England’s mountains green? Well, yes.

Shortly after chatting with American comic David Mills in London, I met my eternally-un-named friend, who is a fan of David’s sophistication.

For some reason, I said to her – it may have been some after-effect of the flu – “And did that dark Satanic Mills walk upon England’s mountains green?” 1,258 more words


Quote, Unquote : Kenneth Williams

“Purchased plums from a barrow in Rupert Street and a not unattractive cockney said ‘I know you like the big ones…’ with a great leer. I remained quite composed : ‘Just so’ I replied airily.”

In which I attempt to do something useful with a lifelong and useless obsession

I’ve done something I’ve been promising I’d do for months. Yes, I’ve dyed my hair and tidied the sock drawer, but more importantly I’ve set up a bloody sexy Etsy shop (technical term). 236 more words

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A Personal History of the British Record Business - Pt. 2 Bob Barratt (1)

Bob Barratt started working at Abbey Road studios in 1960 for Norman Newell as an “office boy” at the age of 22, as Newell found Barratt to be particularly polite during their previous interactions. 892 more words

Chaff and grain (quote from Christopher Stevens' biography of Kenneth Williams)

The quote that most often closed his letters (sometimes in full, sometimes indicated with just the words ‘chaff & grain’) was from a forgotten Victorian novelist, Mrs Craik: ‘Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.’


Handholds (quote from Christopher Stevens' biography of Kenneth Williams)

Williams, whose mind was a compendium of verses and tag lines, sources and quotations, felt his thoughts were clearest when told in other people’s words. Wilfred Owen, Roy Fuller, A.E.

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