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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Splendid health

Thursday, December 29th., Cadogan Square, London.

Splendid health. I have now cut my breakfast down to four or five kinds of fruit (raisins, orange, apple, lemon, prunes) plus two cups of tea and two pieces of rye bread. And little or no meat for lunch.

After chores, I saw Dorothy, apropos chiefly of a cable from Estelle Winwood asking for American rights of "Flora". 

I then walked along the Embankment to the next bridge West, and down along King's Road, and then wrote 750 words of my "Millionaire" article in one and a quarter hours at most. Then by bus to Piccadilly.

Lunch at Reform Club with Gardiner and Tudor Walters. I like Tudor more and more. Sir John Brunner and Vivian Phillipps joined us in the smoking-room. Talk about our own defects, and about the characters of politicians. I came to the conclusion that what Liberal statesmen lacked is courage. This applies to Walter Runciman, Herbert Samuel, and Asquith, and John Burns.

Sir John Tudor Walters PC (1868 – 1933), was a British architect, surveyor and Liberal politician. He served as Paymaster-General under David Lloyd George from 1919 to 1922 and once again briefly in 1931 under Ramsay MacDonald.

Additionally for December 29th., see 'Bugger Bournemouth' -

After seeing this and the town I decided absolutely against Bournemouth. It was symbolic that I couldn't even get China tea there. Six hours in train. I got back to the hotel at 7.30.
I had spent a day and a pound in discovering that Bournemouth was impossible.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I am a local historian in Leicester, where John Tudor Walters was a councillor and advocate of municipal housing. I would like to get hold of a decent picture of him at a reasonable resolution. I would very much like to use the one on your very interesting site. Can you tell me where I can obtain a copy and permission to use it?
    Ned Newitt