More Banquets and Dinners Anecdotes (Post No.5426)

Picture of Sam Rogers

Compiled by London Swaminathan

Date: 13 September 2018


Time uploaded in London – 13-19 (British Summer Time)


Post No. 5426

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At the dinner-parties which the poet Sam Rogers (English Poet) gave, he started the custom of having no candles on the table, all the lights being attached to the walls and ceiling. This novelty created quite a buzz of comment in London society. While Sydney Smith was dining with Rogers one evening, the host asked him to say what he thought of the illumination of the table. “For my part, I don’t fancy it at all, Rogers, returned the candid guest. It is too uncomfortably like the Day of Judgement. Here we are, a flood of light on all above, and below nothing but darkness and gnashing of teeth.”


Lord Holland Statue in London
It is said of Charles Fox that from infancy to manhood it was the practice of his father, Lord Holland, to show him the most unlimited indulgence. The following story is told in proof of it.

Master Charles, when six or seven years of age, one day strolled into the kitchen ; and while dinner was cooking, and a pig roasting at the fire, he amused himself with making water upon the unresisisting porker it was a standing order of the house to contradict him on nothing, so there was nothing to be done- but to let the pig be so basted. The cook, however, thought it fair to give the guests warning of the sauce to it, which he did sending up the following lines upon a label in its mouth.

If strong and savoury I do taste
Tis with the liquor that did me baste
While at the fire I foamed and hissed
A Fox cub upon me
Gossip Anecdotes

‘How this world is inclined to slander’, said a maiden lady to an English noble man.
‘Can you believe it, sir, some of my malicious acquaintances reported that I had twins’.

‘Madam, I make it a rule to believe’ only half of what I hear!’ replied his lordship.


Mrs Graham Bill Vanderbilt had been displeased by a number of things which the late Maury Paul had written about her in his ‘Cholly Knickerbocker’ column.
Upon meeting him one time at a nightclub, she said,
‘You are a rude and scurrilous man’.
Yes, confessed Paul, ‘I am. But I would rather make a living that way than by selling bonds’.


Mrs Vanderbilt


Once when Madame de Stael, was praising the British Constitution, Talleyrand explained in an aside,
‘Above all she admires the habeas corpus’.

The society gossip purveyor, Maury H.B.Paul , had been writing in a number of familiar and impertinent items about Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt for many years. Then one day Vincent Astor unexpectedly introduced Paul to the mighty lady.

With a gasp he said,’ I am not really the disreputable person you think I am, Mrs Vanderbilt’ .
Mrs Vanderbilt replied, ‘My dear Mr Paul from what you have been writing about me, I was under the impression that you thought I was the disreputable person’.

Xxxx Subham xxx

Pleasure goes with Pain


Compiled by London swaminathan

Date : 30th July 2015

Post No. 2029

Time uploaded in London : 18-57

A man was passing on the road when he saw a blind man. He wanted to take the blind man for dinner. But as he had to go in a hurry, he told the blind man to his house and have dinner with him. He gave him the address. He went to his wife and asked her to have one more meal prepared as he had invited a blind man for dinner. His wife replied she would prepare two extra meals. When asked why she was preparing meals for two instead of one, she said “the blind man will not come alone, he will be led by another.”

The story can be interpreted at two levels. Women are more intelligent and practical as far as the home affairs are concerned. Men do not think that way. They look at it superficially. They don’t even think about the provisions required for more people. They simply act without thinking.

Another interpretation is philosophical as Swami Ramdas says, “The illustration is to show that the worldly happiness does not come to us alone but is always mixed with sorrow. The objects of the senses cannot give us unmixed happiness; this is the experience of every one of us. We must, therefore, rise above the pairs of opposites and going deep into the heart, discover the eternal source of joy within and behold the whole universe as Divine, ever filled with light, joy and peace.”