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May 16, 2014

Winston Churchill's daily routine

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From Daily Routines:

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He awoke about 7:30 a.m. and remained in bed for a substantial breakfast and reading of mail and all the national newspapers. For the next couple of hours, still in bed, he worked, dictating to his secretaries.

At 11:00 a.m., he arose, bathed, and perhaps took a walk around the garden, and took a weak whisky and soda to his study.

At 1:00 p.m. he joined guests and family for a three-course lunch. Clementine drank claret, Winston champagne, preferable Pol Roger served at a specific temperature, port brandy and cigars. When lunch ended, about 3:30 p.m. he returned to his study to work, or supervised work on his estate, or played cards or backgammon with Clementine.

At 5:00 p.m., after another weak whisky and soda, he went to bed for an hour and a half. He said this siesta, a habit gained in Cuba, allowed him to work 1 1/2 days in every 24 hours. At 6:30 p.m. he awoke, bathed again, and dressed for dinner at 8:00 p.m.

Dinner was the focal point and highlight of Churchill's day. Table talk, dominated by Churchill, was as important as the meal. Sometimes, depending on the company, drinks and cigars extended the event well past midnight. The guests retired, Churchill returned to his study for another hour or so of work.

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[via The Churchill Centre, Eric Henning, and Cultural Offering]

May 16, 2014 at 04:01 AM | Permalink


Comments

Although I have imbibed on Brandy and been mesmerized by Port,

I never heard of Port Brandy.

Please let it be, I need another vice!

Posted by: Joe Peach | May 16, 2014 5:49:56 PM

Given the lack of reference to gov't, I infer that this was Churchill's daily routine in retirement.

Posted by: antares | May 16, 2014 4:31:10 AM

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