Our great city is awash with curious stories about interesting people. The Dame is in one of her reminiscing moods so thought this little vignette would interest readers.
Not long ago the Dame was having her 1960 Mercedes Benz sports car serviced.
|The Dame in better days|
Whilst her loyal chauffeur was attended to the technical details the Dame enjoyed a chat with the garage owner, a delightful and amusing Indian gentleman.
Anyway, in course of conversation the Dame’s amusing raconteur
said, “ Dame, do you realise you are talking to the last man ever to see Albert Speer alive?”
The Dame, puzzled, asked how it was that a ‘garagiste’ would have known the awful Herr Speer.
“Well, Dame, it was like this. At one point in my life, before the motor trade, I was a junior doctor at St Mary’s Paddington. I remember that day in early September 1981 so clearly.....
I was the only A&E doctor on duty when Speer was wheeled in suffering from a brain clot. He was in London to be interviewed by the BBC.
All I remember of Speer was the anger as he fought death: not a nice man".