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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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Nano Num-Nums No.23

Round the Horne was a radio show so apologies that this isn’t very visual. Julian and Sandy was truly radical (Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick) because, at the time these two clearly gay charactes were running riot on the BBC, homosexuality was a criminal offence and as the recent film, The Imitation Game makes clear these episode took place within ten years of the time when one of our brightest minds was being chemically castrated for his sexuality. 83 more words


Carry On Teacher [DVD]

Carry On Teacher

Carry On Teacher is the third in the very successful Carry On franchise, and this was probably the one when they thought that it might be nice to have an actual storyline, rather than a set of sketches put together. 453 more words

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Carry On Nurse

Carry On Nurse


Set in an NHS hospital, not surprisingly, this is the second of the Carry On franchise. The regular cast gets a few more additions in the second feature, and a number of the cast of… 386 more words


Max Headroom

On an extremely blustery morning I walked to and from Giles’s home by the Shorefield footpath and Blackbush Road route.

Pine cones littered the terrain, and I added to my collection of fungi photos. 434 more words

I have to keep going to Europe the way Kenneth Williams had to keep going back to Tangiers

I have to keep going to Europe, the way Kenneth Williams had to keep going back to Tangiers. I realise now it is exactly the same thing. 211 more words