Monday, March 17, 2014

RIP Clarissa Dickson Wright


Sad to hear that CDW has joined her old companion, Jennifer Paterson, in what I hope is an amazing feast in heaven. She claimed that UK sales of butter and cream rose 20% during their TV series Two Fat Ladies. She looks like the sort of person who might have boiled her vegetables in Cinzano, in the fashion of our erstwhile dear Canon Michael St John Channell whose funeral was on Friday.

16 Comments:

Blogger Angus said...

She will be forever remembered for bringing the cardoon back to the dinner table.

3:37 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

I haven't tried that, Angus. Is it any good?

3:56 pm  
Blogger Eurodog said...

What is cardoon?
Do you know the French word for it, Angus?

1:29 pm  
Anonymous kinglear said...

The thing I find quite extraordinary about her was that she had this HUGE IQ and was the youngest ever female barrister ( I think) but then the booze got her. Very pernicious. Yet apparently she enjoyed Ugandan relations throughout her sober years and despite looking and dressing a bit like your Great Aunt Ethel. Goes to show there's hope for us all.....

3:46 pm  
Blogger Angus said...

Eurodog - Plant potagere perhaps. Very popular here although the preparation ( I'm told) takes forever. Flowers like small artichokes, stems fired and served au gratin. Not really worth the effort despite the best efforts of our absent friend. Italians make a wonderful alcoholic drink from them.

7:46 pm  
Blogger Eurodog said...

Thank you, Angus. I will look into this here. Is the drink like Cynarr which is pretty foul?

8:38 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Yes it's the lovely Cynar!

8:47 pm  
Anonymous Portinari said...

Come on Eurochien Cynar is delicious. Try it with fresh squeezed orange juice also pretty good with plenty of ice and tonic. Being first cousin to Campari and made by the same people it ios fr developed summer palates.

9:10 am  
Blogger Eurodog said...

As a child I was given the odd small glass of Cynarr to help my liver digest family lunches after church on Sundays. "C'est bon pour le foie"!

11:14 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Have you tried it since ED?

7:36 pm  
Blogger janerowena said...

I wasn't able to comment before, for some reason. Anyway - I loved the two fat ladies, but I loved Michael far more. He was my friend too, and I was devastated when an email arrived to tell me that he had died, a couple of weeks ago. I'm so sad that he never got to fulfil all his retirement plans. He was a lovely, funny and very naughty man, and I am so glad that I took a few photos of him.

6:12 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Yes he was a lovely man JR. His sister and Roy spoke to him the evening before he died and he was on fine form and full of enthusiasm about St Mary Bourne. It was such a shock for everybody. The funeral was wonderful though: a full mass, an excellent address from his friend, the Bishop of Pontefract, incense and a marvellous rendition of part of Faure's requiem.

7:09 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Yes he was a lovely man JR. His sister and Roy spoke to him the evening before he died and he was on fine form and full of enthusiasm about St Mary Bourne. It was such a shock for everybody. The funeral was wonderful though: a full mass, an excellent address from his friend, the Bishop of Pontefract, incense and a marvellous rendition of part of Faure's requiem.

7:09 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Yes he was a lovely man JR. His sister and Roy spoke to him the evening before he died and he was on fine form and full of enthusiasm about St Mary Bourne. It was such a shock for everybody. The funeral was wonderful though: a full mass, an excellent address from his friend, the Bishop of Pontefract, incense and a marvellous rendition of part of Faure's requiem.

7:09 pm  
Blogger janerowena said...

I'm glad he had a good send-off, I'm only sad that I couldn't be there. I bet a few facts were missing from the service though... :D

8:59 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

:)

10:03 pm  

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