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Prince of Paradox

Yesterday the Sixth Form reflected on the life of the great G K Chesterton. Chesterton was a large man, standing 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and weighing around 21 stone. His girth gave rise to a famous anecdote. During World War I a lady in London asked why he was not ‘out at the Front’; he replied, ‘If you go round to the side, you will see that I am. On another occasion he remarked to his friend George Bernard Shaw: “To look at you, anyone would think a famine had struck England”. Shaw retorted, “To look at you, anyone would think you have caused it.” P. G. Wodehouse once described a very loud crash as “a sound like Chesterton falling onto a sheet of tin.

Lord David Alton, the Patron of our Ficino Society wrote recently that, ‘in an age of compromise, clubability and consensus; in an age befuddled by the language of political correctness; in an era which holds that truth is what you want it to be and authority something to be despised, here is a prophetic voice penetrating the insanity of our times.’

If interested Anne Widdecombe yesterday reflected on perhaps one of Chesterton’s most famous characters: the detective Father Brown.


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