Selfridge was larger than life, a bon viveur
who enjoyed life: he had a yacht and mistresses and he loved gambling.
There were also some interesting paradoxes in Dalley: a strong Catholic yet an advocate of religious tolerance; a respected member of and spokesman for his Church who occasionally crossed swords with its clergy; a man of Irish convict descent who successfully transcended his origins to become a leading member of respectable society and who had a statue posthumously erected in his honour; an opponent of Imperial expansion in the Pacific who despatched a NSW military contingent to assist the Empire in the Sudan; a bon viveur
occasionally chided for idleness who worked prodigiously hard as Attorney-General.
The Lichfield-born bon viveur
wrote the first recognised English Dictionary in the 18th Century.
In fact, the most aristocratic offering actually sports three storeys, which may prove somewhat of an impediment to the dedicated bon viveur
. Your arctic retreat is available in several different styles and price ranges.
And Derek (the black Jiminy Cricket) who thinks he's a great political gameplayer and bon viveur
when really he's just a (very) poor man's Christopher Biggins.
BIRMINGHAM'S SHOPPERS GET A GROTESQUELY HIGH FASHION ADDITION TO THEIR SKYLINE; RESULTS OF THE RECENT COMPETITION FOR THE NEW EGYPTIAN MUSEUM IN CAIRO; FAREWELL TO CEDRIC PRICE--PETER COOK SALUTES A BRILLIANT ARCHITECTURAL THINKER AND STYLISH BON VIVEUR
; BROWSER; LETTERS; VIEW FROM INNSBRUCK.
THIS is radical new ground for director Mike Leigh - a gorgeous bio-pic of Gilbert and Sullivan starring Jim Broadbent as the eternally gloomy William Gilbert and Alun Cordoner as the bon viveur
Two interesting minor adepts are revealed by Dirk Geirnaert, on the Bruges bureaucrat and bon viveur
Eduard de Dene, who pillaged the library catalogue of Pantagruel VII, and by Anne Lake Prescott, on the failed Jacobean colonist Robert Hayman, though here the connection is a touch speculative.
(On that point, Diana does come to mind.) A diversion of sorts is provided by the murder of moneyed island hotshot Sir Harry Oakes, whose putative killer, local bon viveur
Alfred de Marigny, is someone for whom Wallis may once have had "the hots." In fact, the blame was subsequently found to lie with Oakes' partner, Harold Christie, a third figure mentioned but not shown in this very underpopulated play.
He enjoyed socialising and was a proper bon viveur
, wit, painter and writer of note, Moore is also a saw-playing ventriloquist and first person to import absinthe to the UK.
A real bon viveur
, the larger than life publican enjoyed a slap-up meal in central London a few hours before the show then fell fast asleep during the programme itself.
Blowers has become perhaps our greatest oenophile, a bon viveur
with whom most cricket fans would enjoy sharing a satisfying lunch.
Jenkins was more radical and had a greater claim to working-class roots than many who denounced him, but his penchant for good living, and loving, and a cultivated accent not often heard in Pontypool made it easy to portray him as a Whiggish bon viveur
Born Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey, she and her monocle-wearing partner, Major John "Johnnie" Cradock, made their BBC debut in black and white in Kitchen Magic in 1955 and Chez Bon Viveur
, The Cradocks, Giving A Dinner Party, Fanny Invites and Cradock Cooks For Christmas all followed as well as Fanny's Kitchen on ITV.