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The way we were: Terrible Christmases

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   December 2012

Barbara Skelton poses for a modelling photo in the 1940s (photo: Getty Images)

Christmas Day, 1940. Harold Nicolson writes in his diary:

“The gloomiest Christmas Day that I have yet spent. I get up early and have little work to do [at the Ministry of Information]. Finish reading the memoranda on local organisations with which I have been supplied. Have talk with Hall about the reorganisation of our propaganda among minor nationalities in the USA. Lunched alone at Antoine’s and read a book of Pitt’s war speeches. Hear the King…

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