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Oldie Diary Entry: Christmas comes early

Letters | January 2018


1st December 2018. A visit from Trader Faulkner coincides with the season's first snowfall and our editor receives an advent calendar from Jilly Cooper

Ninety-year-old actor Trader Faulkner, an Oldie contributor since the earliest days, who learnt to dance flamenco with a one-legged instructor and has been photographed kissing Vivien Leigh, popped round to the office this week. A Christmas miracle – his entry coincided with the season’s first snowfall!

The Oldie’s HQ is a modern-ish building, wrapped in glass, so we were encased in what felt like a snow globe. If the staffers were shepherds and wise men, Trader, in his olive-green beret, was an elf.

Not one to dawdle, he set to work. We had him answering the phone and operating the computer – while reading the magazine. A vision of dexterity. He got a taste of the well-oiled editorial machine that is The Oldie.

Thank you from the editor!

Harry Mount would like to pass on a great many thanks to Jilly Cooper, who has sent The Oldie a chocolate Advent calendar. Ahead of the first day of advent, nine days’ worth of Dairy Milk has already been consumed. Season’s greetings.


This story was from January 2018 issue. Subscribe Now