LOOKING Down on Life: At a Fraction over 6' 7", GEOFF HILL Is Ulster's Tallest Journalist. His Lofty View of Life Appears on Alternate Week Days

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LOOKING Down on Life: At a Fraction over 6' 7", GEOFF HILL Is Ulster's Tallest Journalist. His Lofty View of Life Appears on Alternate Week Days


Byline: GEOFF HILL

IT'S hard to see why anyone is surprised at the claims this week that Princess Margaret, God bless her liver, took drugs and had a lesbian affair.

Noel Botham, the author of a biography which was finished before Margaret popped her sparkly clogs, says that she dabbled in cocaine and marijuana and had a fling with a diplomat's daughter in the Forties.

Since the Princess regularly drowned her sorrows with large doses of Famous Grouse and nicotine taken orally, you'd hardly have expected her to stop there.

And a gay fling is only the sort of thing you'd expect from an upper class which, if Gosford Park is anything to go by, spent most of their time bored witless and looking for something to pass the long winter evenings in between games of bridge, being rude to the servants, downing single malt and trying to work out who had stabbed the crusty old bugger in the library.

Heavens, what an unlovely lot they were.

The problem is, of course, that the Royal Family and most of the English upper classes have been suffering from aides for years.

A genetic indisposition caused by years of breeding for money and looks rather than love or intelligence, this is at its most advanced stage in the Royals. Buckingham Palace, for example, is well known to be riddled with aides.

The problem is, of course, that once you discover you have aides, it is almost impossible to return to normal life. …

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