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
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.