Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Jack of all, Master of none

I know a little bit about a lot of things and how I admire people who are so boned up on a subject that they can be interviewed and have all the knowledge at their fingertips.

There are a few things I know quite a bit about.

But because I don't pay daily attention to these, I even forget these things.

As previously mentioned, I know a fair bit about the Vietnam war, especially the lead up to it.

I am not bad on garden plants, motor car mechanics pre computers and I am pretty expert at matters body corporate.

One weird thing that I know a lot about is the Mitford Sisters. I was reminded of them the other night when we were watching some crap tv, a local Aussie show about tourism for us in the UK.

The present owner of a large, that is very large, like hundreds of rooms, house in the UK, is the son of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Perhaps the son is now the Duke. The house is called Chatsworth.

The Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah, is the last remaining Mitford sister. She was the youngest and married well.

The other sisters were famous in their own right.

Nancy was an author who wrote Love in a Cold Climate.

Unity was a friend of Hitler and it was rumoured that it was a 'very close' friendship. She unsuccessfully tried to suicide at the outbreak of World War II, and the shot to her head damaged her brain. She was subsequently became an invalid and died eight years later.

Diana was married to Bryan Guinness, heir to the company that makes that disgusting black drinking liquid. She divorced him and married Sir Oswald Mosley, the fascist leader in the UK. They were married in Joseph Gobbel's drawing room in Berlin. Mosley and Diana were jailed for three years during the war back in the UK as they were thought to be security risks. They moved to Paris after the war.

Jessica was an anti fascist and a communist and supported those against the Spanish dictator Franco in Spain. She became a journalist and later moved to the US and wrote a book that blew apart the funeral industry in the US. For a short time, funeral palours reduced the rip off of their poor customers.

There was another sister Pamela, who just lived quietly in the country and a brother Tom, who died in the war.

Truly a fascinating family.


  1. Chatsworth is a wonderful place indeed Andrew. Have you been? It and Blenhaim Palace alone are worth the trip over to the UK... :-)

  2. Not been M!key. Would have loved to when I was younger, but I don't have a desire to now. Maybe one day.

  3. there are manor houses like that all over the UK...

    eventually, they all become the same. so if you can content yourself with Werribee mansion (just make it look nicer in your head) then you have pretty much seen it!!

  4. Anonymous8:07 pm

    Chatsworth is where they filmed Pride and Prejudice.

    Sigh. Rosanna loves that book.


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