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(Yahoo)   Winston Churchill's half-smoked cigar sells at auction for £365. Half-empty glass of brandy not up for auction as there never was such a thing   ( divider line
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2006-07-12 01:38:12 PM  
MY glass of brandy is half-full. Submitter must be a pessimist.
2006-07-12 01:51:55 PM  
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2006-07-12 02:25:32 PM  
Whoever bought it got the bargain of the century
2006-07-12 02:25:35 PM  
nice headline
2006-07-12 02:26:13 PM  
Winston Churchhill, we hardly knew ye.
2006-07-12 02:26:46 PM  
"oh, that andy capp... he sure likes the booze."

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2006-07-12 02:27:11 PM  
Winston Churchill looks like every baby.
2006-07-12 02:27:24 PM  
good call smitty.

That's the problem with Comedians, Musicians, Authors, and World Leaders these days- they all sober up start sucking.
2006-07-12 02:27:52 PM  
I want the parrot that still says fark the nazis.

/it was his right?
2006-07-12 02:28:48 PM  
Kudos to whichever farker made this. If you are here, speak up!

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2006-07-12 02:29:16 PM  
Monica Lewinsky was the winning bidder
2006-07-12 02:29:25 PM  
2006-07-12 02:30:08 PM  
sirgrim: it was his right?

Yup. I think he's still alive.

I want a hat pin that Churchill used to keep the ashes from falling from his cigars.
2006-07-12 02:30:50 PM  
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(From the valentine's Day card PS contest.)
2006-07-12 02:33:50 PM  
TwoBit wishes she had been around to witness the awesomeness of Churchill first-hand.

Zombie Zero

Winston Churchill looks like every baby.

Not me. I looked like an evil little imp... as opposed to a stodgy, british bulldog-face.
2006-07-12 02:34:55 PM  
A half-smoked cigar enjoyed by Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's war-time prime minister, was sold at auction for 365 pounds (670 dollars, 527 euros).

oh, that winston churchill!

/seriously, people won't know who winston churchill is?

//how about: a shroud which may have been the burial cloth of jesus christ, king of the jews whom some believe was the son of god, was found in turin...
//or: a set of trunks worn by muhammad ali, a former heavyweight boxing champion, was...
2006-07-12 02:37:52 PM  
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I want his Tommy-gun.
2006-07-12 02:41:01 PM  
I want a pair of President Clinton's running shorts. I'll wear them to the next Pride parade. Or wear them with an afro and a pink throwback b-ball jersey, and prance as Richard Simmons for Halloween.

/went too far
2006-07-12 02:44:27 PM  

TwoBit wishes she had been around to witness the awesomeness of Churchill first-hand.

Agreed. He did leave a pretty good legacy in writing behind him, both his words and those from others. I'm just hoping that someone will hurry up and turn the whole thing into a sitcom soon. Books are scary.
2006-07-12 02:45:42 PM  
But who bought Elvis' last turd? You know the 43 pounder.
2006-07-12 02:47:25 PM  
Sad thing is that today, someone with that amount of greatness could never get elected, because he was bat-shiat crazy.

Greeted FDR buck naked in his room when he stayed at the White House. Said he had nothing to hide from the leader of his greatest ally. Was also smoking a cigar and drinking at the time.

Instead we get retards (in both parties) with no character, no vision, and no charisma. Hooray for progress.
2006-07-12 02:48:50 PM  
ga362: But who bought Elvis' last turd? You know the 43 pounder.

It never made it out. I'm sure the coroner kept it once he cut it out.
2006-07-12 02:49:52 PM  
Yikes. I'll have to ask my stepdad whether he was the anonymous bidder. He's got a crazy Churchill collection. One of his most recent acquisitions was a $900 /bibliography/ of Churchill books.
2006-07-12 02:50:10 PM  
I'm surprised he left a half-smoked stogie!

/loves cigars
//only likes slashies
2006-07-12 02:51:11 PM  
What about the one he was carrying when he died? Sorry looks more like 1/3 empty upon inspection.
2006-07-12 02:51:17 PM  
Lady Astor: "Winston, if I were your wife I'd put poison in your coffee."

Winston: "if I were your husband I'd drink it."

-Winston Churchill
2006-07-12 02:52:10 PM  
one of the great orators of our time

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
2006-07-12 02:56:12 PM  
What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."

/another awesome speech
2006-07-12 02:58:44 PM  
Whnever anyone tells me I drink too much I just tell them Hitler was a tea-toataler and Churchil drank whisky for breakfast. YOU do the math.
2006-07-12 03:01:03 PM  
006-07-12 02:28:48 PMSo_it_goes

Kudos to whichever farker made this. If you are here, speak up!

What do you mean? That's a photograph.
2006-07-12 03:09:49 PM  
actually he wasnt the very heavy drinker verging on the alcoholic which everyone seems to think.

he would drink alot of Whiskey yes, but always very diluted, and he was a 'sipper' his drink would often last a long time.
2006-07-12 03:14:30 PM  
Great article.

A few years ago I read a story about Winston Churchill calling his favorite smoke shop to make sure that his cigars were okay. (There had been a massive German bombing raid the night before.) Fortunately for him, the stogies survived.

/Loves cigars.
//Along with Ronanld Reagan, Winston Churchill is one of my heroes.
///One of the best cigars I ever had was the Romeo y Julieta Churchill.
2006-07-12 03:18:11 PM  
"A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him."

"Clement Attlee is a modest man who has a good deal to be modest about."

"Clement is a sheep in sheep's clothing"

"Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry."

"I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me. "

"I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks. "

Sorry, I'm just a huge fan of Winnie. There are many, many more great quotes.
2006-07-12 03:20:06 PM  
He was a gin drinker, and he plowed through it.
2006-07-12 03:20:32 PM  
Rest in peace, Former Naval Person...

/Reading "A Man Called Intrepid" for the second time
//Great book for insight to the "secret war" of WWII
2006-07-12 03:25:41 PM  
He was a gin drinker, and he plowed through it.

I thought he was a scotch drinker... Johnnie Walker Red particularly.
2006-07-12 03:38:32 PM  
Back when more political leaders were the real farking deal (Chamberlain excluded). I'll take em drunk if that's how they come.
2006-07-12 03:48:18 PM  
How much for a straw that Duhbya used to snort coke with? It still has a little coke in it and I think there's a nose hair or two stuck to it.
2006-07-12 03:58:14 PM  
My favorite Churchill moment:

Churchill was at a dinner party at the home of Lady Nancy Astor. As usual, he was soon drunk. Annoyed, Lady Astor went to Churchill and said, "Winston, if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee. To which Churchill responded, "Nancy, if you were my wife, I would drink it."
2006-07-12 04:08:45 PM  
I always thought he was a gin drinker too.
Apparently, his idea of the perfect martini was pouring the gin, and looking at the Vermouth.
2006-07-12 06:05:20 PM  

*happy dance*

A Churchill thread! He was my childhood heroes. And now, my favorite anecdote:

One day in Parliament, a young MP called him a "guttersnipe". The Speaker thought that it was out of order and asked the MP to apologize.

So, the MP drove to Chartwell where Churchill lived and knocked on the door. The valet answered and the MP told him that he was here to give Winston his apologies.

The valet went up to where Churchill was. He was busy using the bathroom. He told Winston about the guy at the door, and he said: "I can only take one s**t at a time."
2006-07-12 07:24:38 PM  
more useless trivia:

I think Martin Gilbert wrote that Churchill made fun of gin & martini drinkers?

liked brandy, wine and champagnes?
and proudly drank white wine with red meat?
2006-07-13 04:59:25 AM  
2006-07-12 03:25:41 PM Crunch61
He was a gin drinker, and he plowed through it.

I thought he was a scotch drinker... Johnnie Walker Red particularly.

Maybe he drank any damned thing he could get his hands on?

Yup, you can't get that kind of thing any more.

Maybe Dubya thought he was the new Churchill, with his Texas Cowboy act, but if so--he sucked at it.

Churchill had the social graces of a sewer-cleaning foreman (and I've met a few) or a salty Chief, with a body and appetite for booze to match. And for this, the blue-collar people that made up both the war's enlisted soldiers and the factory workers that supplied them could understand him PERFECTLY.

Patton as well. How many of today's military officers will ever be remembered for their choice of signature sidearms, or no-shiat attitude?

/once had a Professor in college who was a retired enlisted
//When came time for the student's feedback forms, he gave us a grin..."Everybody know how to spell 'sonofabiatch' and 'bastard'..."
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