THINK ROBERT WAGNER FROM TV’S ‘HART-TO-HART AND ‘TWO-AND-A-HALF MEN’
Lord David Owen, Blenheim Literary Festival, Oxford
******** This guy’s a hearthrob. No question of that. Like a very British - though ageing - George Clooney or Jean-Paul Belmondo.
And that’s remarkable because -
1. Lord David Owen is a politician
2. He must be in his Eighties
3. Oh, did I say he’s a politician?
Charm just oozes out of him; a little more and he’d be Eamon Holmes; a little less and he’d be Phillip Schofield.
But admirably he hasn’t let his matinee idol good looks and ‘purr-fect’ oration distract his clearly brilliant brain from working.
Which is why he’s just appeared at the Festival to discuss his latest book “Cabinet’s Finest Hour: The Hidden Agenda of May 1940’ in which he tells the story of the pivotal coalition war cabinet meetings held in the Spring of that year.
It was a brilliant discussion, hosted by journalist Peter Hennessy and such was the quality of their conversation, I wished they’d stayed all afternoon.
But hey, that wasn’t to be.
Nevertheless, it was undoubtedly the current highlight of this year’s event (and to think I didn’t even really want to go… I mean - political history, come on?).
With an entry price of £12, the festival organisers were giving it away, reflected by the full audience.
Though honestly, they could have made better provision for some of the swooning blue rinses.
A FLAWLESS END-OF-FESTIVAL TOAST… SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 18.27PM
FROM THE RIDICULOUS TO THE SUBLIME… SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 15.23PM
THE RAT PACK FOR THE STAIRLIFT GENERATION… SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 14.23PM
JEEVES WOULD APPROVE… SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 18.31PM
QUALITY NOT QUANTITY… SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 15.28PM
WELL YOU WOULD, WOULDN’T YOU…? SATURDAY, OCT 13, 13.15PM
WELL, I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING… FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 17.55PM