A Short Walk from Harrods by Dirk Bogarde

By Dirk Bogarde

The newest quantity of Dirk Bogarde's autobiography.

'I discovered very early on in my existence that not anything used to be for ever; so I must have been conscious of disillusion in early center age: yet, in some way, we attempt to obliterate early warnings and move cantering alongside with a bit of luck, idiotically ...'No topic that the tide will flip once more and smash all that you just construct (and within the depth;of your soul you recognize that it will happen), you thrust the spade within the hard-packed rippled sand, define the start of a moat. quickly the castle will come up, embellished all approximately, as soon as again,with shells and weed, with towers and turrets, arches and a drawbridge, every one turret capped with a conical limpet shell. As excellent because the first one ever was once, most likely even higher from the event received via its destruction, and each bit as impermanent ...'How bizarre it truly is that one isn't really ready for the "dissolving of the fort" one has built with such care in later existence. yet we don't examine. We regularly think that it'll be very well for us. That our castle will stand, the tide won't ever flip. yet, in fact, it does.'

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Captain Nicholas Balaskas faced me across a desk in a forbidding office on Lekkas Street which displayed the blazing phoenix: the compulsory logo and insignia of the dictatorship. At the British embassy, which was then run by a genial old diplomat whose son had been with me at Balliol, I had to sit 26 through a lunch where a reactionary creep of a Labour MP named Francis Noel-Baker gave a lecture about the virtues of the junta and (the first but not the last time I was ever to hear these two arguments in combination) both denied that it tortured its prisoners while asserting that it would be quite justified if it did do so!

I proposed stepping into the Queen’s Lane coffee house. I don’t remember how it went: I was in Oxford to keep some pressing political and sexual engagements that seemed important at the time. The man seemed nice enough, if a bit wispy, and had an engaging grin. He was called Timothy Bryan, which I also remember thinking was a wispy name. I felt no premonition. But next time I saw her, my mother was very anxious to know what I thought of him. I said, becoming dimly but eventually alert, that he seemed fine.

The English army had just won the war. — The Beatles: Sergeant Pepper : “A Day in the Life” N A N C I E N T P I E C E of Judaic commentary holds that the liver is the organ that best represents the relationship between parents and child: it is the heaviest of all the viscera and accordingly the most appropriate bit of one’s guts. Only two of the six hundred and thirteen Jewish commandments, or prohibitions, offer any reward for compliance and both are parental: the first is in the original Decalogue when those who “honor thy father and thy mother” are assured that this will increase their days in the promised or stolen Canaanite land that is about to be given them, and the second involves some convoluted piece of quasi-reasoning whereby a bird’s egg can be taken by a hungry Jew as long as the poor mother bird isn’t there to witness the depredation.

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