A novice's betting "guide" by Sir Clement Freud
As a new member of the site, I thought the title of this first thread that I saw was going to explain everything to me. It didn't quite do that, but it did remind me of my favourite Clement Freud joke
Clement Freud joke - Much-loved broadcaster and former Liberal MP, Clement Freud dies...
Clement Freud (Grandson of Sigmund) was an amazing character, his writing was superb (hysterical) & he had a fascinating life. If you can get a copy of his biography then do so.
My all-time favourite Clement Freud quote is from when he was on parliamentery duty in China with Winston Churchill (grandson of THE Winston Churchill). Freud enquired why Winston Churchill had been given a bigger suite than him & was told "It is because Mr Churchill had a famous grandfather."
Freud later remarked it was the only time he'd been out-grandfathered.
After reading that "guide" I wikipediad Sir Clement Freud and found this:
Originally Posted by musicbox
Personally I think that is brilliant.
I stood as a Liberal and was fortunate in getting in. Ladbrokes quoted me at 33-1 in this three-horse contest, so Ladbrokes paid for me to have rather more secretarial and research staff than other MPs, which helped to keep me in for five parliaments.
I can recommend listening to his talk to the 2000 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It is very amusing.
Available until 7pm tonight (Tuesday 9 June) at BBC iPlayer - That Reminds Me
Damn. Missed it
Originally Posted by doomed
He was an amazing bloke & his writing is uniformly excellent. His autobiography is humbling because it makes you realise just how much stuff some people do! Pukka chef, ran a hugely successful restaurant for years, TV celeb (great panellist), MP, writer + loads more I can't even remember. This little snippet gives you an idea of what he was like:
"Freud's enthusiasm for horse racing went as far as challenging Sir Hugh Fraser, then chairman of Harrods, to a horse race at Haydock in 1972. Freud trained for three months and lost some five stones for the event. Although Fraser, a country gentlemen, was seen as a much better prospect, the two made a bet for £1,000-a-side. Freud used the long odds to his advantage, however, and shrewdly placed a large side bet on himself. Freud won the race and made a great deal of money."
How many overweight 48-year-olds who've never ridden would take on that kind of challenge & then basically live the life of a stable lad/jockey for 3 months in order to win it?
He was an absolute gambling maniac too. Used to give his family ante-post vouchers as presents. One of my heroes.
Available again either at 5pm today on BBC 7 or at
Originally Posted by doomed
BBC iPlayer - BBC 7
or soon afterwards until Sunday 21 June at
BBC iPlayer - That Reminds Me
I am going to be ordering his autobiography now, this thread has intrigued me to find out more about him.
Have a plan and stick to it
Yes, I remember hearing his quotes .. wish I could remember them all.
One gem was something about men just wanting women, women just wanting children and children just wanting hamsters.
As usual, not too far from true.