Notes & Quotes (2) : Remaining Unknown


“It’s wonderful to be famous
as long as you remain unknown.”

Edgar Degas, French painter (1834-1917)

Letter in The Daily Mail:

The year was 1966. I was 20 and  had just returned from two years in the Merchant Navy.

My mother took me to a posh drinks party in Dartmouth, Devon. The other guests were in their mid-40s, apart from an elderly lady sitting on her own.

She asked me to join her, saying: “I gather you have just returned from a round-the-world adventure. Tell me all about it.”

I spent the evening chatting to her, discussing everything from sex to religion as well as my naval exploits.

As we left, our host asked if I had enjoyed talking to Agatha Christie.

— Tony Bovill, Sunningdale, Berks.
(The Daily Mail, January 19, 2021)

4 thoughts to “Notes & Quotes (2) : Remaining Unknown”

  1. In Rome I once met and kissed the ring of someone I thought was a great and holy pope but found out later he was an enemy infiltrator into the Catholic Church. It was 1984 and the anti-pope was the charismatic, world traveling superstar and Great Deceiver John Paul II, the fourth in a series of anti-popes following the forced and therefore invalid abdication of a pope on Oct. 26, 1958. Many Catholics even call him “St John Paul the Great.” He was fast track “canonized” by the enemy-occupied Vatican, along with the Freemason John XXIII and the homosexual Jew Paul VI. In fact it was JPII who eliminated the important “devil’s advocate” position in the canonization process, thus preparing the way for himself and the other two Vatican II NewChurch impostors to be disgustingly called “saints.” O tempora, O mores!
    “Papal Imposters”:

    1. As for Agatha Christie, not many people know that she, although an Anglican, organized an appeal to anti-pope Paul VI not to suppress the Traditional Latin Tridentine Mass. It is widely known as “The Agatha Christie Indult,” a nickname applied to the permission granted in 1971 by Paul VI for the use of the Tridentine Mass in England and Wales — but nowhere else. “Indult” is a term from Catholic canon law referring to a permission to do something that would otherwise be forbidden. Other signatories to the appeal included Harold Acton, , Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Compton Mackenzie, George Malcolm, Malcolm Muggeridge, Joan Sutherland, Philip Toynbee, E.I Watkin, and about twenty other prominent British personages.

      1. I should mention that it was reported that Paul VI had read the letter and exclaimed “Ah, Agatha Christie!” and so decided to grant the request, thus giving the indult its nickname. Her powerful and eloquent appeal can be read here:

        And some little know facts about Paul VI: and two other short related articles there.

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