My 2019: mice, Marrakesh and a fond farewell to my dear friend Christopher Booker

Christopher Booker (centre) with Richard Ingrams (left) and William Rushton working on Private Eye magazine in 1963 (John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Another year over and it wasn’t all bad, you know. Here are some of my personal highlights.

Best birthday parties: my dear old friend Liz Hogg’s 90th and my dear older friend’s Jim Lovelock’s 100th. The latter, in the Orangerie at Blenheim Palace, was possibly the most unboring semi-formal social occasion I’ve ever attended. My table included the philosopher John Gray, a dapper Japanese gentleman who had been blown out of his bed by the Hiroshima bomb, and an economist from northern Uganda who’d narrowly escaped the Lord’s Resistance Army massacres.

Read the rest in the Spectator.

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