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Geoffrey Woolley RIP

As I get older, I become more and more aware how short we're getting of folk in public life who are True Characters, who have Intelligence and who are Eminently Capable of Things.

"Over a period of 30 years from May 1953, Geoffrey Woolley elevated the Letters to the Editor columns in The Times to a national institution, creating a forum and noticeboard for the British Establishment, while at the same time creating an ethos in which anyone could chip in to the debate.

Woolley’s erudition and sophistication guided this important department of the paper through many national and international crises, considerably enhancing its role in public affairs. Yet the pages, though serious, were anything but dull. Woolley maintained a keen eye for a humorous correspondence, honing the “bottom right” letters, sparingly published to maintain their effect, into an elegant parade of the British at their most whimsical and droll. The ideal letter to The Times was once described in the Spectator as: “an alchemy of proposition and declamation, a shooting star of reason, a dark vein of English eccentricity, a merciless slash of commonsense.”

Woolley was adept at picking the perfect light topic, for instance a debate over the top speed of classical Greek triremes, which captivated the nation. While the letters editors of other publications were sometimes driven to invent or solicit correspondence to fill space, Woolley could count upon about 300 coherent letters a day from which to choose."

A true talent, to marshal and handle all of that as well as he did. I'm really gonnae miss folk like this. Droont in the slurry of  the accursed internet.



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dosser

Bugger.......!

Ah've never been a Times reader. Ah think Ah've heard o' Geoffrey Woolley richt enough, but Ah've never read him. Ah'm awa' tae trawl Google.
AG

Ma butler irons a copy of 'The Times' every mornin, except sunday, and leaves it lying beside the breakfist buffit.

Ah nevir read it tho... 'cos ah canny be ersed wi such high falutin pish.

Cool
Celyn

But what about the first cuckoo?    Crying or Very sad   Who will look out for it now?  Oh, the horror!   Devastation and terror is all that comes next. Civilisation will fall.  I must go and and build a bunker.
Celyn

AG wrote:
Ma butler irons a copy of 'The Times' every mornin, except sunday, and leaves it lying beside the breakfist buffit.

Ah nevir read it tho... 'cos ah canny be ersed wi such high falutin pish.

Cool


What?  You mean ye let him have Sunday off?  Ach, such treatment of the working classes.
Neil

Ah believe it's The Times that gets Sundays aff. Mibbe the butler is required tae iron The Sunday Times as weel.

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