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If you see a famous person on a train, you should approach them only in the buffet queue

By Jeremy Clarke   January 1999

About a year ago, I was sitting on a Penzance to London train reading a newspaper article about Ted Hughes. It said he had rewritten the words to some popular hymn-I forget which-and the article was illustrated with his photograph. In this photograph, Hughes appeared to be gazing meditatively out of an unseen window, allowing us to look freely at his handsomest profile. His head was tilted slightly upwards towards the light. He looked both saintly and resentful.

After scrutinising the photograph, I looked up from the page for a moment to ponder him. And there, sitting alone at the…

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