Friday 27 April 2018

Christopher Howse: No more rainy nights in Soho for Bernards

Oliver Bernard's death marks the end of a unique set and of an era, too.

Christopher Howse

The drunkest man in the Coach and Horses, Soho, said to me, with an intonation of wisdom: "Don't mess with those Bernards." That was 30 years ago, but already it was too late.

The three Bernard brothers were, to be sure, dangerous. I spent more time with Jeffrey Bernard, mostly in the Coach, than Boswell did with Johnson.

Boswell just remembered more. Jeffrey, the youngest, died first, in the same week as Diana, Princess of Wales, and Mother Teresa.

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