Saturday 21 October 2017

I’d like to raise an empty glass to Winston

Harry Wallop’s attempts to match the late British PM’s daily consumption of whisky, brandy, port and champagne ended in tears

Cabinet and drinks cabinet: Harry Wallop, above, in the Cabinet War Office, couldn’t keep up with the daily drinks consumption of Winston Churchill. Photos: Heathcliff O’Malley.
Cabinet and drinks cabinet: Harry Wallop, above, in the Cabinet War Office, couldn’t keep up with the daily drinks consumption of Winston Churchill. Photos: Heathcliff O’Malley.
Photo dated circa 1940 of Sir Winston Churchill, as events will be held to mark the 50th anniversary of the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill - arguably Britain's greatest prime minister
The statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, Westminster, London, as the 50th anniversary of his funeral will be marked tomorrow with a memorial service

Harry Wallop

As I was slumped on the sofa during Death in Paradise and struggling to complete my second pint of champagne, I realised I was never going to match Sir Winston Churchill’s prolific achievements.

It is at moments such as these that you feel your life is a failure. In so many ways.

By my age (40), Churchill had already fought in the Boer War, escaped from a prison camp, written 11 books and served as British home secretary. Alongside this appetite for work and adventure, he had also acquired a seemingly gargantuan capacity for food and drink, which he kept until his final days.

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