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T HE M AGA ZINE OF B OISDA L E R E STAUR A N T S
Editor’s letter
Welcome to the 17th issue of Boisdale
Life, which is as ever rapaciously bursting
with diverse and occasionally irritating
comment. Our aim is not simply to
seductively massage those comfortably
held opinions – though few could
disagree with Graham Boynton’s
despondency over Hong Kong’s future, in
his riveting report from the front line of
the protests there. Importantly, Mark
Littlewood challenges the now almostuniversally accepted orthodoxy (as touted
by the BBC et al), that income inequality
in Britain is increasing. This statement is
clearly a fully-loaded political weapon
and should be handled with care. Less
controversially, given the extraordinary
popularity of Etonians in today’s society,
Tom Parker Bowles’ comedic relish with
which he remembers the charm of his old
school tuck shop and the food of his
childhood should not upset anyone!
When I was at prep school I was
particularly pleased that my school
number was 69. At the age of nine I knew
nothing of its sexual significance, but
found that my parents’ friends always had
a wry smile, which I interpreted as a sign
of my engaging charm, when I explained
to them what a wonderful school number
I had. As a result it became my opening
gambit with most grown-ups I met. I
would go on to explain that it was
because, when we handed in our shoes to
the school cobbler with a numbered
luggage card tied to the laces (no slip ons
allowed then!), I always got my shoes
back, whereas others were returned the
wrong shoes as their school number had
been read upside down. Soon enough
though I understood the meaning of
soixante-neuf, but continued innocently
to regale my parents’ friends with a wry
smile of my very own.
I assume this innuendo has contributed
somewhat to 1969 becoming such an
iconic year and almost a brand in its own
right. But for Jonathan Wingate, our
contributing music editor, it is actually
just a momentously important year for
music. He takes us back, with a
fascinating insight, to this epoch-defining
age of Manson, the Moon Landing,
Woodstock, Vietnam and Abbey Road,
when James Delingpole was only four
years old, and just a sparkle in the eyes of
The Spectator. Delingpole’s children were
fortunate to have him as a father, as he
candidly explains in his charming and
instructive account of how in these
challenging times he managed to bring
them up to be good conservatives.
Adam Barker though was blessed with
a highly remarkable mother, who was in
fact a great Conservative. Baroness
Trumpington was one of the most
remarkable women of the 20th century
and very sadly died a year ago, aged 96.
She is remembered by Adam with great
love and humour, as she would have
completely approved. Trumpers, as she
was affectionately known, was no stranger
to Boisdale and was presented the
Boisdale Cigar Smoker of the Year Life
Time Achievement Award in 2014, at
which event she met Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger, with whom she became
quite besotted. I would like to think that
she might have been equally star struck by
the smouldering charm of Chris Noth,
who was our Cigar Smoker of the Year in
2018, and in this issue is cornered at
Boisdale of Belgravia by the irrepressible
Joanna Bell. In the resulting interview
Chris opines hilariously and poignantly
on tequila, #MeToo and Sex and the City
with consummate style and wit.
But if it is just unadulterated gorgeous
looks you’re after, and performance is
important, but not everything, please let
Adam Hay-Nicholls take you for a spin in
the finest vintage Aston Martins, and
transport you back in time to the one and
only time George Lazenby played James
Bond: it was of course in On Her
Majesty’s Secret Service – in 1969.
RANALD MACDONALD
Editor & Chief and founder of Boisdale
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BOISDALELIFE .COM
AUTUMN 2019
ISSUE 17
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