he came out of the lift with his post-breakfast cigar in his mouth and got out his box of outsize matches - they were a quarterinch thick and three inches long.
Noticing me, he gave me one: 'here, boy, keep this in memory of me,' which I did. Thus emboldened, I said: 'Mr Winston Churchill, sir, to what do you attribute your success in life?'
Without an instant's hesitation, he replied: 'Conservation of effort. Never stand up when you can sit down. And never sit down when you can lie down.'