Canada from Afar: The Daily Telegraph Book of Canadian by David Twiston-Davies, Conrad Black

By David Twiston-Davies, Conrad Black

Canada From Afar is the fruit of the amazing flowering of obituary writing within the London day-by-day Telegraph up to now ten years. those vigorous pictures of Canadians are knowledgeable, witty, occasionally quirky, sometimes iconoclastic.They contain royal courtiers, politicians, businessmen, infantrymen, sailors, airmen, scientists, explorers, novelists, artists, or even reporters. one of the sought after Canadians considered from afar are individuals similar to Margaret Laurence, Joey Smallwood, K.C. Irving, Raymond Burr and A.J. Casson.

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Keenleyside duly reappeared in the White House, where Roosevelt told him that within a week annihilation or surrender would be the only military alternatives for Britain. The president suggested that the British Fleet should be sent overseas when the last hope of British resistance had gone. The government could evacuate abroad, say to Ottawa, though in deference to the Monroe Doctrine, King George VI should go to Bermuda instead of mainland North America. While American public opinion would not allow any direct intervention, the Fleet would be permitted port facilities, since (as the president did not point out) British tars would then be protecting the United States.

It was in revue or as a solo turn that "Bea" Lillie won the affection of theatregoers the world over, to the extent of becoming a cult figure owing to her ability to demolish social pretense. An inflected eyebrow, a furtive sniff, a sotto voce growl or a steely grimace (the repertoire of grimaces was limitless) were her favourite weapons. Words hardly mattered as she chattered incoherently because the pulling of faces, shooting of glances, under-the-breath murmurs and disdainful corners of the mouth expressed all she had to say.

In the mid-1970s she suffered a stroke in New York and was brought back to England bedridden. During her last years Bea Lillie was largely forgotten by the public, but when the writer Timothy Findley came to London to publicize his novel about Noah, Not Wanted on the Voyage, he recalled in a speech at Canada House that the title was inspired by a sketch he had seen her performing almost 40 years earlier. 29 HUGH KEENLEYSIDE HUGH KEENLEYSIDE (who died on September 27, 1992, aged 94) was the secret go-between when President Roosevelt sought the prime minister Mackenzie King's help in saving the British Fleet once Britain had been defeated in the Second World War.

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