Wednesday, June 23, 2010


The question was:

Why did the first Desert Island castaway make a wartime British Prime Minister admire an Italian dictator?

Simple if you knew I was referring to the BBC radio program Desert Island Discs. The first "castaway" was radio comedian Vic Oliver, who was married from 1936-1945 to Winston Churchill's daughter Sarah.

There is an anecdote that when asked at a dinner party, attended by Oliver, whom he most admired Churchill replied:

"Mussolini" and explained " because he had the good sense to shoot his son- in- law [Count Ciano]."

Copies of August Heat and The Wings of the Sphinx will be sent off to winners in Morpeth, Northumberland and Crawley, Sussex in a few days. Well done!


Blogger Maxine Clarke said...

Thanks for putting us ignorant readers out of our misery in such an entertaining and educational fashion, Norman! Great answer, and well done to the winners.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks Maxine.
My favourite Winston quote is still:

“Lady Nancy Astor: Winston, if you were my husband, I'd poison your tea.
Churchill: Nancy, if I were your husband, I'd drink it.”

1:39 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I am so seriously outclassed here! Great question and the answer is even better.

I won't even say what my guess was...

11:35 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks Amy. I will be posting in late November or early December a Winter Festivals Quirky Quiz with more prizes so you will be able to outclass me in that one. ;0)

1:56 AM  

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