Fastest Milk Float In The West
Another quick nugget from the diaries of Janet Jones, the wife of Ivor Richard.
When Jim Callaghan was Foreign Secretary he was woken early in the morning and summoned to the Foreign Office because Turkey had invaded Cyprus. His Government driver was too far away to collect him so he went out into the deserted street and flagged down a passing milk float. The milkman managed to squeeze him in between the gold top and the semi-skimmed and drove him to the Foreign Office on his milk float.
OK, one more, a glimpse of Thatcher in her dotage, now competely bonkers. At a dinner she is opposite the Duke of Edinburgh and displays a novel line in opening a conversation. She bellows across the table "I am very worried about the price of gold!" When this doesn't work, she follows up with the extraordinary assertion that if you draw a line from north to south, just east of India, there are no religions east of that line. The Duke and other guests recited a list of religions east of her imaginary line - rather pointlessly, I should think, because even when she was relatively sane she never let facts get in the way of her beliefs.