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.’
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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.
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
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