The Grand Tour in Venice - Page 111



THE GRAND TOUR IN VENICE
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THE GRAND TOUR IN VENICE
I was in Venice on th e Lido
trying to persuade an expatriate
Russian Arm enian to put up
som e money for m e for a mo vie
I’d written. As we walked
th rough th e h otel lobby to lu nch,
Church ill was standing th ere
with Clemmie and we nodded to
each oth er. At lu nch th e Russian
was suitably impressed. Actually,
h e wasn’t just impressed, h e was
bowled o ver! How on earth did
I know one of th e arch itects of
th e Allied victory in 1945? 
Th e next day I was swimming
opposite th e h otel and suddenly
fou nd myself near Church ill.
‘Mr Church ill, I said, I ha ve
to thank you for acknowledging
m e yesterday. Th e man I was
with is being pursu ed by m e
to in vest in a film I plan to
make. He th inks I am very well
connected. Churchill replied:
 
Fig. 72 Bartolomeo Bezzi,
Spiaggia del Lido, 1891,
oil on canvas, Mart,
Museo di arte moderna
e contemporanea di
Trento e Rovereto.
Little does h e know that I am no
longer Prim e Minister. Russians
are not familiar with our democratic
systems!’ With that, h e swam away
and joined Clemmie on th e beach. 

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