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XIIDX day 8: Citizen Mame

I don’t know about you, but I have one resolution this year: live, live, live! Inspired, of course, by Auntie Mame.

XIIDX day 8: Citizen Mame

I don’t know about you, but I have one resolution this year: live, live, live! Inspired, of course, by Auntie Mame.

XIIDX day 7: the help

New Year’s Eve, millions of German television viewers watch an 18-minute black & white programme which most of them have seen numerous times before, in a language which is second to their mother tongue at best.

XIIDX day 7: the help

New Year’s Eve, millions of German television viewers watch an 18-minute black & white programme which most of them have seen numerous times before, in a language which is second to their mother tongue at best.

XIIDX day 3: Merry Crispmas

This two-part documentary from 1970 finds Quentin Crisp at a curious mid-point. He’s past the trials of young adulthood which saw him literally beaten up on the street for flamboyant campery, but not yet settled into his elderly, august years as a “stately homo”.

XIIDX day 3: Merry Crispmas

This two-part documentary from 1970 finds Quentin Crisp at a curious mid-point. He’s past the trials of young adulthood which saw him literally beaten up on the street for flamboyant campery, but not yet settled into his elderly, august years as a “stately homo”.

At home with Nina Hamnett

Nina Hamnett was vivacious, high-spirited, up for anything; a typical evening might find her singing off-colour sea shanties to a delighted André Gide, or dancing naked on a table in a Montparnasse bar long after closing time for an audience including Brancusi and Modigliani.

At home with Nina Hamnett

Nina Hamnett was vivacious, high-spirited, up for anything; a typical evening might find her singing off-colour sea shanties to a delighted André Gide, or dancing naked on a table in a Montparnasse bar long after closing time for an audience including Brancusi and Modigliani.

At home with the Duke of Portland

Bentinck, after his brush with normality in early life, became a recluse, apparently after being rebuffed by an actress. Why the reclusive duke, who shunned all society and even built doors on his bed, should for example build a vast ballroom underground, is just one of the mysteries of Welbeck.

At home with the Duke of Portland

Bentinck, after his brush with normality in early life, became a recluse, apparently after being rebuffed by an actress. Why the reclusive duke, who shunned all society and even built doors on his bed, should for example build a vast ballroom underground, is just one of the mysteries of Welbeck.

Surreal estate

Edward James was born in 1907 into a family with great wealth but little in the way of affection. One of his oft-told anecdotes has his mother dressed for church one Sunday, instructing the nanny to summon one of the children to accompany her. “Which one, Madam?” the nanny asked, to which she replied “Whichever goes best with my blue dress”.

Surreal estate

Edward James was born in 1907 into a family with great wealth but little in the way of affection. One of his oft-told anecdotes has his mother dressed for church one Sunday, instructing the nanny to summon one of the children to accompany her. “Which one, Madam?” the nanny asked, to which she replied “Whichever goes best with my blue dress”.

At home with the Baron de Redé

In the 21st century Redé had himself become something of a museum piece, remnant of a vanished milieu for whom a well-laid table was the greatest good to which humanity could aspire. “Most of the world moves too fast for hand-made shoes, and elegant luncheons,” he reflected sadly, before dying in 2004.

At home with the Baron de Redé

In the 21st century Redé had himself become something of a museum piece, remnant of a vanished milieu for whom a well-laid table was the greatest good to which humanity could aspire. “Most of the world moves too fast for hand-made shoes, and elegant luncheons,” he reflected sadly, before dying in 2004.

Last round

Born Jacques d’Adelswärd to minor nobility and a major fortune, he later added the second barrel to his name in honour of his ancestor, the Swedish adventurer Count Fersen who was a favourite — and possibly lover — of Marie Antoinette.

Last round

Born Jacques d’Adelswärd to minor nobility and a major fortune, he later added the second barrel to his name in honour of his ancestor, the Swedish adventurer Count Fersen who was a favourite — and possibly lover — of Marie Antoinette.

At home with Alfred Jarry

Jarry has few equals in the field of literary eccentrics. The bizarre, grotesque lead character of his play Ubu Roi was not just his most revolutionary creation, it was the inspiration for his own persona.

At home with Alfred Jarry

Jarry has few equals in the field of literary eccentrics. The bizarre, grotesque lead character of his play Ubu Roi was not just his most revolutionary creation, it was the inspiration for his own persona.