Inside Issue 317 - on sale
Wednesday 10th December
• Lord Lucan: the mystery lives on
Who killed the nanny and what happened to the earl? It's the great
whodunnit that refuses to go away. In the light of a new book that
poses fresh theories about the affair, Patrick Marnham re-examines
the case and looks back on his own involvement in it.
• Doomed, I tell ye: Ian Jack salutes Private Frazer
Forty years after the end of Dad’s Army, the men from Walmigton-on-Sea
are still dear to the hearts of the great British public. And none more so
than the wild-eyed villain played by John Laurie who gave the show its
most memorable line.
• Survival by Teresa Waugh
Published exclusively in The Oldie especially for Christmas, a short
story about beauty, ageing, rich old widows and faithful gigolos.
• Brothers in arms
Colin Welch was known to the world as a brilliant journalist with a
weakness for wine and women. But for his wartime comrade Francis
Plaistowe he was something else entirely. Colin’s daughter,
Frances Welch, tracked down the 91-year-old Plaistowe in his
Jersey retirement home and here she describes their moving
and memorable meeting.
• I’m with the uke band
The ukulele is undergoing a renaissance and Trevor Grove is one
of those newly enamoured with four strings.
Plus: I Once Met Freddie Ayer (in flagrante), a Christmas quiz,
seven pages of book reviews, Jim White on the lessons of Italian
football, What Was Empire Day and What Is Civet Coffee?