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Luke Upward and General Zia ul-Haq

Tweet One of the joys of being Luke Upward’s official biographer is that I sometimes uncover new information about the life of England’s premier but often elusive man of letters. I recently discovered that Upward was a diplomatic correspondent in … Continue reading

02. April 2016 by rkh
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Luke Upward Discovers A French Spin On Agincourt

Tweet Luke Upward could not stand the Prince de Millecrêpes, first husband of Annie Oldiron, who later married his patron, the affable Marquis de Tarpaulin, and helped him create a “big tent” for writers in their regular Friday salons where she poured … Continue reading

01. November 2015 by rkh
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A Wounded Tiger At Bay In Pakistan

Tweet With the Wounded Tiger Cricket Tour of Pakistan 2014: a few personal notes Weds Nov 5: satisfactory PIA overnight flight to Lahore, although unable to resort to normal longhaul relief by drinking myself insensible (cf Squire Haggard). To refurbished … Continue reading

17. November 2014 by rkh
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Peccavimus (We Have Stayed In The Sind Club)

Tweet Impressions of a first visit by Peter Oborne and Richard Heller (November 2012) For a first-time visitor, the Sind Club is hard to believe. Set within a sprawling, noisy turbulent city, its order, its elegance, its history make the … Continue reading

17. November 2014 by rkh
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Luke Upward’s Great Lies Of Modern Times (some additions)

Tweet 1) Your call is important to us 2) Easy to assemble 3) Serves 2 4) Fun for all the family 5) You can’t miss it 6) I didn’t get your email for some reason, could you send it again? … Continue reading

29. May 2014 by rkh
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Luke Upward London Library Lion

Tweet Needless to say, Luke Upward was a lion of the London Library. His subscription was paid irregularly and in arrears, but he was never challenged since it was unthinkable that the greatest private lending library in the world should … Continue reading

14. April 2014 by rkh
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Luke Upward’s Legend of Pimlico Part 2

Tweet The story so far: Imperial China in the 1860s. Beautiful, gifted peasant girl Pim-Lee-Koh (Little Oyster of the Prairie) is groomed to become the concubine of the Manchu Emperor. Instead, she becomes the lover of the Loyal King, military … Continue reading

23. March 2014 by rkh
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Luke Upward’s Wisden Obituary

Tweet UPWARD, Luke Constant Lee, whose death due to pernicious anomie was announced on 31 June, was once described as the David Gower of English literature, delighting his followers with a stream of effortlessly exquisite aphorisms and apophthegms. He also … Continue reading

22. March 2014 by rkh
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Luke Upward: The Legend Of Pimlico part 1

Tweet As previously noted, Luke Upward was intermittently banned from racecourses and betting shops, when it was discovered that other punters were betting the field against his selections. During one of these periods of relative prosperity, England’s pre-eminent man of … Continue reading

21. March 2014 by rkh
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More of Luke Upward’s Excellent Business Advice

Tweet 1) Be on the alert if you see what might be a Scots, Welsh or Irish name. The Scots, Welsh and Irish, after centuries of subjugation, like to show that they are fully assimilated into British society, and they … Continue reading

07. August 2013 by rkh
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