Friday, April 14, 2006

The Churchill Series – Apr 14, 2006

(One of a series of weekday posts on the life of Winston S. Churchill.)

Churchill quite often delayed leaving for the train station. Early in speaking out against communism and fascism, where trains were concerned he was a classic "last minute" traveler.

When he was a cabinet minister or PM, and later when out of office but "a great man," Churchill's delays didn't cause him any problems. Staff simply phoned ahead and the train was held; no need to race.

But when out of office, Churchill frequently had to race to catch a train. Often he lost.

Clementine once explained Churchill's "last minute" habit this way: "Winston's a sporting man. He likes to give the train a chance."
Tom Hickman,
Churchill's Bodyguard. (p. 130)


straightarrow said...


JWM said...


I don't know what "Lmao" means.

Please fill me in.

BTW - I'm going to return to The N&O's "Shame on Duke" coverage tomorrow.



straightarrow said...

"laughing my a** off" Lady Churchill probably captured captured the spirit of the man as succinctly and accurately as anybody ever did. I actually laughed out loud.