Nobilior

This is what my cat, who adopted me, does when I’m working and she wants attention and food.


Deborah Vivien Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (née Deborah Freeman-Mitford) 31 March 1920 – 24 September 2014

The last of the really grand ladies.

Deborah Vivien Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (née Deborah Freeman-Mitford) 31 March 1920 – 24 September 2014

The last of the really grand ladies.

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That’s my boy!
Another volume from the classic Penguin series of Evelyn Waugh novels

Top five

pseudoculture said: In the spirit of Desert Island Discs, what would be your top five pieces of music; and, generously, your top five luxuries?

Top five pieces of music (e.g.)

The adagio from Beethoven’s 9th (Karajan/BPO/1963)

The adagio from Bruckner’s 7th (Karajan/VPO/1989)

The adagio from Bruckner’s 8th (Karajan/VPO/1989)

Stille Nacht

(and for some variation) Simon and Garfunkel – The only living boy in New York

Top five luxuries (e.g.)

Massages

Travelling by train from England to Bavaria via Paris at the start of the long Vacation

Scent, on which I never compromise

Writing letters on smythson writing paper with fountain-pen ink

Breakfast in my favourite café with a great book

Summer Landscape on the Banks of the Alban lake - Oswald Achenbach

wynsalls said: Top five favourite authors? And also, top five favourite musicians?

A list of favourite authors could be formulated in various ways…genre, period, nationality…but a list of current favourite fiction authors would look something like this (in no order)

E. Waugh

F. Dostoyevsky

S. Marai

T. Hardy

A. Chekhov

Musicians…Again it depends on genre, but I’m going to pick classical and say

Beethoven

Brahms

Bruckner

Tchaikovsky

Strauss family

Ask me my “TOP 5” anything!

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Love the rich red
Hugh Trevor-Roper in old age
(Photo: Ben Schott)
Le Palais des Tuileries, Paris, France. 1871.